Thanksgiving month is here! Let’s give thanks that all the hurricanes missed us again this year. They always look like they’re coming our way, but they usually get turned by the gulf stream and hit poor Cape Hatteras. The weather is so great right now that they’re going to let us have an extra hour in November. On the table again are oysters, basketball, Holiday Festival of Lights, and chili.
1-3: Coastal Carolina Fair still in town, Ladson
3: Boots, Bottles, and Blessings – Wadmalaw
3: Heather Land, Gaillard
3: Take Ten: A Decade of Jazz Gala and Concert, Memminger
For the 5th consecutive year, Charleston has been chosen as the #1 City in the US and Canada by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Amazon has ordered 20,000 Mercedes Sprinter Vans from our local factory in North Charleston. And Volvo is hinting there will be a third vehicle manufactured here in addition to the S60 and XC90. United Airlines also just ordered 9 new 787’s to be built at our Boeing Plant. All this manufacturing is always a good thing. Obviously, this probably has a lot to do with the growth in our real estate market. 2018 will be very close to matching the record sales of 2017. And the median price is at $272k, up 7.1% year to date over 2018. Remember, there will be an economic recession at some point in the future. However, real estate usually holds its value during recessions. This is one of the many great things about owning real estate. You will not likely ever see a real estate downturn like 2008 ever again.
October is finally here and the Fall weather is looking very nice for all kinds of outdoor activities. Hercules and I are both very excited! Thankfully, Hurricane Florence did what most other hurricanes do. She looked as if she would head our way and then went slightly north of us. Hurricanes always look like they are going to hit us, but they rarely do thanks to the Gulfstream that pulls them into Cape Hatteras on the NC coast. This scenario has played out dozens of times over the past few decades. We have been lucky to have been on the south side of most hurricanes over the past 50 years. Only Hugo really managed to do any damage to Charleston back in September of 1989.
3-7: 35th Annual Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay State Championship Tennis Tournament, Seabrook Island
6: 6th Annual Chucktown Showdown, Brittlebank Park
6: Swanky Southern Soiree, Country Club of Charleston
16-21: Les Miserables, N Chas PAC
The Charleston SC real estate market continues to do extremely well. 2017 was a record-setting year with almost 18k transactions. So far, 2018 is up 1% in the number of sales year to date over 2017. The median sales price is up to a record high of $270k. That is up 6.5% YTD over 2017. That’s a little more than we should be hoping for. We’ll have to keep an eye on that. I have had many buyers recently say they are waiting until this bubble pops and the housing prices go down. Many of these are younger people like myself that only remember 2008. What we all need to understand is that was an anomaly. Real estate prices rarely go down. We cannot create new land. They may remain relatively level for 6-10 years during a period of economic recession. Certainly, the economy will go up and down. But usually, when the economy goes into its period of recession, housing prices simply remain flat. Then, when the economy inevitably bounces back, we see housing prices rise again. Waiting for the next bubble in real estate may cost you a lot of money especially with rising interest rates playing a factor too. We are sure the economy will go into recession at some point in the future. But real estate values are not likely to fall. And rental rates are going to continue to rise.