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June 30, 2022

Why is the Housing Supply Still Low?

If you are keeping tabs on today’s real estate market, you already know that we are in the midst of an ultimate seller’s market. The number of buyers searching for a home is currently outweighing how many houses are available for sale. This is making it extremely competitive for those who are wanting to buy right now, and leaves us all scratching our heads wondering, is the housing supply ever going to rise? If you are on the hunt for a new home this year, here is what you can expect, and what you need to know!

 

The Pandemic and the Demand for Housing

When the pandemic hit the United States in the early Spring of 2020, it awakened a renewed appreciation of the meaning of home. The pandemic boosted the demand for housing by increasing the desire to work from home. Having a safe place to live and work became very important to many Americans throughout the country. Plus, with the money being saved from no longer having to commute, potential buyers had more funds to spend than they did prior. These factors helped push up house prices.

 

Investors Are Gaining Advantage in the Market

Investors looking to make a profit have increased their presence in the real estate market over the past few years, as well. This has made it more difficult for families to find a home because the more investors in the real estate market, the more expensive housing becomes as investors and corporations are buying houses and turning them into rental properties.

 

What Does All of This Mean for You?

For a buyer, low inventory can be a challenge because you don’t want to settle for anything 

less than the home of your dreams. But, even though inventory is low, more homes are predicted to become available throughout the next year. However, even with this good news, you will not want to delay your home search and will want to immediately make an offer on any home that you truly like. Waiting for prices to suddenly drop to what they were in the past, or expecting many home options to be available, would be a mistake. Remember your goals and why finding a home is so important as these will be your motivation behind your home buying process.

 

It’s Not Impossible to Find the Home of Your Dreams With Team Lail-Chambers!

If you are planning to buy this year in Charleston, SC, call Team Lail-Chambers to learn more about what’s happening in your desired area, what homes are available, and why it’s still worthwhile to prioritize your home search today. The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

Posted in Home Owners
June 8, 2022

What Are Closing Costs and What Should I Expect?

For first-time homebuyers, purchasing your first home in the Charleston, SC area can feel intimidating and overwhelming. There are questions such as, what can I afford? What is a good interest rate? Is my credit good enough? How much should I put down? As a homebuyer, it’s important to plan and budget for the expenses you’ll encounter when you purchase a home; however, many forget about one financial factor: the closing costs. While most people understand the need to save for a down payment, many forget to include their closing costs into their budget. Here’s some information to help you get started so you’re not caught off guard when it’s time to close on your home.

 

What Are Closing Costs?

Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or you're refinancing your home, closing costs are an anticipated expense that you will need to prepare for during the homebuying process. Closing costs include a variety of expenses such as lender fees, title insurance, processing fees, tax services fees, credit report fees, appraisal fees, survey fees, attorney fees, and homeowners insurance. In other words, your closing costs are a collection of fees and payments made to a variety of individuals and organizations who are involved with you finalizing the purchase of your home. Some of these costs are unavoidable while others, such as your lender's fee, can be negotiated.

 

Who Pays Closing Costs?

Both parties (the buyers and sellers) have certain costs they must pay during a home purchase. The buyer typically pays for any fees relating to their mortgage loan, and the seller pays the listing and buyer agent's commission and various fees relating to the transfer of property. With that being said, closing costs are negotiable so the buyer can ask the seller to pay for the buyer's closing costs, however, this is not something we would recommend. From the seller's perspective, if they receive two offers for the same amount but only one buyer is asking them to pay the closing costs, which offer do you think they will accept? It is always best to budget and plan for the fees associated with the buyer to pay.

 

How Much Will You Need To Budget for Closing Costs?

The costs to close are typically between 2% and 5% of the total purchase price of your home. So if you find a home you want to purchase for $400,000, for example, closing costs will be between $8,000 and $20,000. Upon ratification of a sales contract, your lender is required to send you an initial estimated closing costs disclosure. And then, not less than three days before your scheduled closing, you will be provided a closing disclosure. This document provides the final figures of your loan including all closing costs and mortgage fees. 

 

Call Team Lail-Chambers to Close on Your First Home in Charleston, SC!

In today’s real estate market, it’s more important than ever to make sure your budget includes any fees and payments due at closing. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that this entails, the best way to understand what you will need at the closing table is to work with Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, has the Lowcountry knowledge to fit you with the home of your dreams — whether in Mount Pleasant or anywhere else in Charleston! We work with you to find a home that fits your budget, taste and lifestyle. We can’t wait to help you. Don’t delay, give us a call today!

 

Posted in Home Owners
June 1, 2022

The Top Things to Look for When House Hunting

Is it time to buy a home of your own? While buying a house isn’t right for everyone, there are many benefits to homeownership such as cost savings, privacy and remodeling to create your dream space! So, if you are ready to buy a house in Charleston, SC, or the surrounding area, now may be the best time to do so! Of course, you probably have questions such as, how many bedrooms would I want? What style of kitchen would make me the happiest? How big will I want my front and back yard to be? And while these questions are essential, there are other things to consider before you make an offer on a house. Here are the things to look for to truly land the home of your dreams!

 

Location, Location, Location

The good thing about purchasing a house is that you can change anything about it that you don’t like after closing is completed. But, the one thing you can’t change is your neighborhood so make sure the area meets your expectations. When you go house hunting, consider the potential home's proximity to your work, the charm and cleanliness of the neighborhood (because the curbside appeal is important for your future sale), its safety, any noise from neighbors or traffic, as well as access to parks, shopping, schools, and public transportation.

 

Does Size Really Matter?

You may be thinking about buying your dream home but is your dream home realistic for your current needs as well as your budget? Will you really need four bedrooms and four baths if you are currently single, or would a starter home, townhouse, or condo better fit your present needs? Think about how the potential home will be used and whether it will fit your lifestyle now and in the future. A good rule of thumb is that an extra bedroom is always a safe bet, as it can be used for a home office, craft studio, or guest room.

 

Meals & Memories

The kitchen is known as the heart of every home so don't settle for one that doesn’t “spark joy” as Marie Kondo would say. Yes, kitchens can be remodeled but it can be very costly, so find one that will be easier to give a facelift to if needed. 

 

True Life: I’m a Hoarder

Do you have a lot of storage bins that will need to be hidden away? Older homes tend to have little closets and not much storage space, however, they will most likely have attics (it’s a southern thing). If you have a lot of sports equipment, craft supplies, out-of-season clothes, and holiday decorations, be sure you know where all this will fit in your new home.

 

This Little Light of Mine…

Do you love a bright sunny room or do you love privacy? Either way, you will want to check out the windows and lighting fixtures! If you are more into natural light, you will want to make sure that all the rooms have the windows and sunshine you are needing. If you prefer to take the electrical route, make sure there are enough outlets and fixtures (or places to install them) to accommodate your needs whenever you move in. 

 

The Finishing Touches

Ultimately, every house you look at will have pros and cons. It’s up to you to decide for yourself which aspects you can’t live without, which ones you can’t live with and which ones you’re willing to compromise on. But, before you make an offer, be sure to do a walkthrough and check that all the appliances work, test all the outlets in the house, take a peek at the electrical panel, open and close all the windows and doors, and test the toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers, and check for any leaks or cracks in the ceilings, walls, or under the sink. 

 

Find Your Dream House With Team Lail-Chambers!

If you’re planning to be a homeowner one day in Charleston, SC, the best thing you can do is start preparing now by keeping these specific elements of a home in mind. Call Team Lail-Chambers today & determine if now is the time for you to buy! The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston & the Lowcountry & are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you & your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready & waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

Posted in Home Owners
May 11, 2022

Is Inflation Holding You Back from Buying a Home This Year?

If you’re paying attention to the real estate market today, or even in the last few years, you’re probably consuming a lot of information about record-breaking home prices, increasing consumer costs, rapid turnarounds, and more. Between inflation and hot real estate markets, all of this can leave potential buyers feeling stuck between a rock and a hard place. So, should you consider waiting to purchase a home this year with the housing market skyrocketing the way it currently is? Our answer is definitely no! Because the best safeguard against inflation is receiving a fixed-rate mortgage now. If you are ready to buy, housing is commonly looked at as a great investment, especially with interest rates so low right now. Not sure where to begin? If you're on the hunt for a new home this year, here's how today's high inflation rate will impact you now and in the long run.

 

Renting Will Become a Financial Burden

Home prices have been increasing for quite some time, and they’ll continue to climb as the years go on. Homeownership offers stability and security because if you rent, you won’t be protected from rising housing costs. So, as a potential homebuyer, you should protect yourself, and today’s mortgage interest rates are lower than they have been in decades! While inflation will lessen what you could normally afford, low mortgage rates help counteract it and will also help keep your monthly payments down. The money you save could be spent on items such as food, utilities, entertainment, and other interests!

 

Make Smart Moves

Yes, it’s a tricky time to buy right now, but buying a home sooner than later is likely the best way to spend less money. The price tag may seem steep today, but if things continue on their current path (which experts predict they will), the sticker shock will likely look like a steal of a deal in the future. So, make sure to do your research (or allow Team Lail-Chambers to do it for you)! Houses are for living in, and purchasing a home will most likely be one of the largest investments that you make in your life.

 

Turn to Team Lail-Chambers to Help Find the Perfect Charleston Home!

When you're ready to buy your first (or next) home, you want to make sure you have the right team to make the process easy & stress-free. That's why you should make the call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter & will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities & find a place that accommodates both your tastes & your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well & is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, & services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Posted in Home Owners
April 25, 2022

Reasons You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent, Especially One at Team Lail-Chambers!

 

The Horn Family

 

Real Estate brokers can create more exposure for your property, help you negotiate a better deal, dedicate more time to your sale and prevent your emotions from sabotaging it. A broker brings a level of professionalism to a complex transaction. Thus, in the end, generating more income and a more pleasant experience for you. Our clients, Amber and Jerad Horn can testify to this! They share the experience that they had with Bob Chambers and Team Lail-Chambers, and walk you through how we helped them buy, build and sell their home. Here’s their story!

 

The summer before the pandemic hit, the Horns needed to move their family from Charlotte, NC to Charleston, SC, and found themselves in a very intimidating position. Amber and Jerad wanted to make sure that they handled the process as smoothly as possible. They worked with Bob Chambers directly, and when asked about their experience they replied, “We were shocked to see how responsive Bob was right off the bat to seemingly all hours of the day. He always made us feel important. And, he made sure that we were able to see every house that we were interested in no matter when we asked him to see it. In addition, he researched the property beforehand and he made sure that the details that were most important to us were always ready to go.” They never had an experience like this while working with a broker, so the attention to detail really stood out to the couple! Team Lail-Chambers dedicated the time to truly understand what this family was searching for, to grasp their vision, and approach many different routes to showcase all of their options within those perspectives.

 

Ultimately, after 10 months of searching, the Horns decided to build their new home but that did not hinder their relationship with Team Lail-Chambers. Instead, it strengthened it as they sought Bob Chambers for both insight and guidance. Bob introduced the couple to his personal contact at Lennar, one of the leading home builders of new construction homes in Charleston, SC, and the lowcountry. He provided them with the step-by-step process of successfully building their new home, and even found them the perfect location to do so! They could not be more impressed with his patience and direction during the whole process.

 

The Horn Family

But after some time, the Horns decided it was time to sell this beautiful home that Bob helped build, and there was no hesitation in their mind to pick up the phone and dial Team Lail-Chambers! Amber Horn told us, “When we made the decision to sell our home, we knew we wanted to use Bob and Team Lail-Chambers again to sell our home. In fact, Bob was the only broker that we contacted.” And, they did not regret this decision! 

 

Team Lail-Chambers provided the Horns with an easy-to-follow checklist that helped get the house ready to sell. Videos such as the Matterport 3D walkthrough were created, pictures were captured, including twilight photos, that really made the house stand out and sparkle! They scheduled an open house so that prospective buyers could not only see the home but also see how in-demand the house was by others. This pushed for a very quick sale! But, just showing a house is not enough, you have to allow the buyer to see what is so special about the home you are showing, and Team Lail-Chambers did not disappoint once again! Bob Chambers had informational booklets that contained key information about the house, the neighborhood, as well as the surrounding area. Once the open house was completed, Bob then sat down with the Horns to explain each of the offers he had received and provided input on which ones he believed to be the best ones, but of course, the one that stood out the most was the offer that was OVER asking price! The Horns were able to receive the money they were aiming for, to secure a cash offer, as well as a buyer with no appraisal contingencies!

 

So, in the words of the Horns, “We would absolutely recommend Bob and Team Lail-Chambers to anyone looking to buy, build or sell in the Charleston area. You won't be disappointed. When it's something as big as buying a home, whether it's your first or your sixth time, knowing that you can trust Bob and Team Lail-Chambers is just a huge weight lifted off of your shoulders.” The only question left is . . .

 

Are You Ready to Explore Your Options With Team Lail-Chambers?

Negotiate a better deal and dedicate more time to your sale or purchase with Team Lail-Chambers! Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry, and are happy to help you decide on the best selling processes for you and your family. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find (and sell) your perfect Charleston, SC home!

 

Posted in Home Owners
April 4, 2022

What Questions Should You Ask a Real Estate Attorney?

Whether you’re buying a house, or selling one, it’s crucial to have a reliable real estate attorney by your side. It doesn’t matter if you're a first-time homebuyer or a professional house flipper; the services of a reputable real estate attorney will make things a lot easier and safer on your end. Real estate law can be very complicated, and the real estate industry can be difficult so whenever you are dealing with real estate transactions, professional legal advice is the smartest choice you can invest in. But, how do you choose the best real estate attorney for you? We know the pivotal questions to ask to help you decide!

 

How long have you been practicing real estate law?

Obviously, an attorney’s years of experience in the business cannot dictate how well he or she can handle the job but, experience is the best teacher. Someone who has been practicing for a longer duration than others is more likely to know of a more efficient way or solution to provide you with the results you are looking to accomplish.

 

Can you describe what your experience in the field has been like?

Real estate law has a wide variety of focuses. Just because the plaque on their desk says “Real Estate Attorney” doesn’t mean the person you're talking to can adequately address your concerns. Look for an attorney who specializes in the goals or matters at hand.

 

Will you be working on my case directly?

If the attorney you’re talking to is a part of a law firm, there may be a chance that one or more of the junior attorneys will assist your lawyer as he or she works on your case. If some of your projects or inquiries are being assigned to any assistants, it is important that you know who they are so you can have a direct relationship with them, so that you feel the most comfortable moving forward.

 

How will my case be handled?

This is an imperative question to ask because it helps you gauge the knowledge and expertise of the law firm you are going to hire. Remember that you’re looking for a highly skilled attorney who also has the ability to communicate and make you understand the complexities of real estate law. If an attorney’s answer to this question sounds like gibberish to you, or they cannot explain their response clearly to you, it might be best to continue your search and move on to the next candidate.

 

How much do you charge for your services?

The fees are always an essential part of the discussion. Inquire how much their legal services cost and what their closing fees are. Some attorneys charge a flat rate while others have hourly fees. Being aware of these things at the onset will save you from any financial issues going forward.

 

Start Your Real-Estate Transactions with Team Lail-Chambers?

As they say, research is the key but if you take the time, you're bound to find the right one. The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry, and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood and real estate decision for you and your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston, SC home

 

Posted in Home Owners
March 24, 2022

Are You Wondering, ”Can I Buy a House With Student Debt?”

 

If you are looking to purchase a home, you may wonder if your student loan debt could burden or delay those plans. You may find yourself asking questions such as, “will my debt prevent me from being qualified for a home loan?” Or, “should I wait to start searching for houses until my student loans are paid off?” While everyone’s situation is different and unique, your goal to become a homeowner may be easier than you think! Many other buyers with student loan debt are already achieving their homeownership dreams. So, here is how you can take the next step toward making yours a reality!

 

Check All of Your Options

There are many mortgage plans available that can help you purchase a home without a 20% down payment. Many lenders offer mortgages with down payments as low as 3% if you have a credit score of 650 or higher. So, it is essential that you check your options, the ratings, and what will work best for you and your monthly income. But, if you are having a hard time finding even a little money to save toward a down payment each month, some state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations offer down payment assistance programs. These programs are designed for low- to moderate-income families and can provide some or all the cash you need to satisfy a lender’s requirements. Depending on the program, the money can be an extra loan or a grant. If it’s the latter, you may need to meet specific requirements to avoid needing to repay the money. Check with your state and local governments to find out if there are assistance options for you.

 

Pay Down Your Debt

Buying a home with student loans is possible. In fact, nearly 40% of homeowners have student loan debt. But, if you have other debts with lower balances, such as credit cards or an auto loan, paying off those debts can reduce your DTI (debt to income) and improve your cash flow situation. Paying down credit card debt will also lower your credit utilization rate (your card balances divided by their credit limits) which will also improve your credit score.

 

Refinance Your Student Loans

If you have good credit and stable income, the biggest advantage of refinancing your student loans happens when you qualify for a lower interest rate that can either help you pay off the principal faster and/or decrease how much you pay each month. For example, if you have a student loan that has an interest rate of 6.8%, you could have this rate reduced to a fixed interest rate of 2.95%. With a lower rate, you could save thousands of dollars over the length of the loan.

 

Purchase a Starter Home

You don’t have to splurge on an expensive house! As the name suggests, a starter home is usually a house that needs some TLC. However, the great thing about starter homes is that they are ordinarily more affordable, and they allow you to get your foot in the door of homeownership. Plus, when you are ready to purchase your forever home, you can either sell or rent your starter home out which can turn the home into an additional income supply.

 

Buy Your First House With Team Lail-Chambers!

If you’re planning to be a homeowner one day in Charleston, SC, the best thing you can do is start preparing now. Call Team Lail-Chambers today and determine if now is the time for you to buy! The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

Posted in Home Owners
March 5, 2022

We Know Where to Find the Hidden Gems Near Charleston, SC!

Charleston is a wonderful city that is becoming a more popular place to live year after year. But, it is not the only incredible city our Lowcountry has to offer! There are several great areas to live here — places that offer all the conveniences you want, while also being fulfilling and safe, so you can raise a family. If you’re looking to live in Charleston, or nearby, here are a few hidden gems only a short distance away from the Holy City!

 

Summerville, SC

Located just past North Charleston, this wholesome and growing town is quickly becoming a “second Charleston” as described by the locals. Here, residents can still enjoy fine dining, amazing shopping, as well as a fun nightlife. Of course, it’s still close enough that you can visit downtown Charleston for a day trip or a night out. It’s also very close to the Charleston International Airport, has access to some of the best schools, family activities and its historic district is still one of the most beautiful areas in the state. It’s a town whose popularity is on the rise, and it’s a great place to move to. 

 

Moncks Corner, SC

Moncks Corner, located in Berkeley County, is a charming town with an old-fashioned atmosphere and that small-town, homegrown, know your neighbors feel. Here you will find low traffic levels, excellent schools, and great recreation options. There is a lot to see and do here, especially if you love the outdoors or want to spend a leisurely day at Lake Moultrie. You’ll get a whole lot more bang for your buck in this historic town and young professionals will find a range of affordable starter homes and single-family houses. So, take a drive, grab some southern comfort food at the infamous Howard’s Restaurant or at the lovely Barony House, and check it out today! 

 

Goose Creek, SC

Goose Creek, SC is a beautiful suburb of Charleston that has all the benefits of a great Lowcountry community. With wonderful recreational opportunities, an amazing golf course, and an inspiring plan for the future, Goose Creek, South Carolina is an appealing option for people moving to the Charleston area. It is a community that has transformed itself from a rural setting to one of South Carolina’s largest cities! Goose Creek is also recognized as a great location to start a business, that is why you will find so many local eateries, and it is only a short drive from companies such as Volvo and Boeing. This city has been recognized as one of the best places to live near Charleston, SC and it is known for its affordability factor for single-family homes and condos.

 

Call Team Lail-Chambers to Get Great Deals on Houses in Any of These Areas!

When you’re looking for a new home in Charleston, SC make sure to give a call to Team Lail-Chambers! Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter and they will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Feb. 27, 2022

Where Should You Retire in Charleston, SC?

If you have been saving and looking forward to retirement, your thoughts might have wandered on where you should live once the big day arrives. From the weather to the attractions, Charleston, SC is a peaceful place to retire and has been ranked one of the best cities in the United States to retire in, as well. No matter what your interests may be, the city’s community, site seeing, and recreational opportunities will surely have something to offer you! But which part of Charleston should you reside in? We have a few options and suggestions that we believe would be perfect for you!

 

Mount Pleasant

South Carolina is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and Mount Pleasant is no exception! Located just over the Ravenel Bridge, only a few minutes from downtown Charleston, you will find miles of coastline along the Charleston Harbor, boating expeditions, numerous attractions, and a tight-knit community. Take a beautiful morning walk up the Arthur Ravenel Bridge and gaze out at the Cooper River, join a tennis or social club, or enjoy a day at one of the town’s many luxurious spas. Mount Pleasant has numerous senior living facilities to choose from, or visit inner Mount Pleasant, located south of the IOP (Isle of Palms) connector. This area is still close to downtown Charleston, and is most liked by retirees as they appreciate the close proximity to shopping as well as the beaches!

 

Daniel Island

Daniel Island is a charming island town located just a short drive from Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston. The island offers various walking paths, as well as rivers and streams to stroll by. They also have a marina for boating excursions, and a vibrant town center filled with grocery stores, shops, and restaurants. But, it doesn’t stop there! The Daniel Island Club offers memberships to those who are interested in participating in golf, tennis, and clubhouse events. We recommend that you explore the Wellmore of Daniel Island - the area’s most luxurious senior living community. Or Codner’s Ferry Park and Barfield Park, as these two neighborhoods are known for their serene and peaceful settings and would be a nature lover’s dream!

 

Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is great for those looking to get away from it all. It’s perfect for people who want to live in serenity and it is famous for its long stretches of sandy beach. So, if you’re a fan of the ocean, this could be the retirement destination for you. The island is beloved for its coastal town vibe, quaint boutique shops, and delicious restaurant options! Because it is a smaller beach town, Sullivan’s Island does not have known neighborhood sections. Instead, it is broken down into three areas known as the Downtown Area near the shops and restaurants, the Northern End near the Marshall Reservation, and the Southern End which is the most historic of the island. All three areas are perfect for any retiree dependent on your wants and needs!

 

James Island

James Island offers so much to the newly retired! It’s an easy-going community that has a small-town feel with friendly neighbors. This town provides the conveniences of grocery stores, an abundance of dining options, plenty of businesses (both local and chain), as well as a few shopping boutiques! Go see a movie at the Terrace Theater or head to James Island County Park to enjoy the biking paths, kayaking, and large dog park! Make sure to check out some of the premier neighborhoods such as Lawton Bluff, Seaside Plantation, Stiles Point Plantation, or Stonefield. All are sure to amaze!

 

Are You Ready to Explore Your Options with Team Lail-Chambers?

If you have recently retired and your housing needs are changing, you’re not alone and now may be the time to explore your options. The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry, and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston, SC home!

 

Feb. 13, 2022

The Best Beach Towns to Live In if You Aren’t a Fan of the Cold

Are you interested in moving to Charleston, SC, or more importantly, are you interested in living on one of our beautiful islands? Charleston has warm weather almost all year long, so wouldn’t it be nice to just open your back door & walk onto the beach? Lots of people think so — & you could be one of them! There are a lot of great options to choose from whenever it comes to our coastal shores: Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island & Folly Beach are our top five! Each of these locations offers quaint, urban communities with a small-town feel, relaxation, ocean tides & sea breezes, as well as beautiful views to remove the stress of everyday life! But, if you need any more convincing, here are some reasons why people love to live on these little islands of paradise:

 

Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms, SC is a shining example of the peaceful island life just minutes from one of the most sought-after destination cities in the world. It has all the glamour of Charleston set to the rhythm of a beach town. Many of the residents even make a point to drive golf carts or other low-speed vehicles on residential streets — a telling sign of the town’s relaxed atmosphere & slower pace. It’s a wonderful place to visit with the family & it's an even better place to live & become a part of this amazing community.

 

Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is great for those looking to get away from it all. It’s perfect for people who want to live in serenity. One can really relax in the peace & quiet of these island-based homes. Of course, one of the best attractions of living on the island is its close proximity to the beach! This island also offers kayaking, sailing, fishing, kiteboarding, & paddle boarding. Hungry afterward? Sullivan’s Island has some of the best restaurant options in the lowcountry so make sure to stop by Poe’s Tavern & try one of their infamous burgers! 

 

Folly Beach

Folly Beach, SC is one of the best, & most relaxed, communities in the Charleston, SC area. 

This beach town is often referred to as “The Edge of America” & is home to the East Coast’s largest fishing pier. It is a draw for surfers, fishermen & overall beach lovers! Here you can enjoy sailing, surfing, paddleboarding, & jet skiing. It has amazing nightlife during the summer months & with restaurants, bars, family-friendly festivals, & the Atlantic Ocean just steps away, it provides the complete package for someone looking for a classic Southern coastal experience.

 

Seabrook Island

When it comes to laid-back coastal living, it doesn’t get any better than here. Located next door to Kiawah Island you will find Seabrook Island, another upscale beach residence. With a phenomenal year-round climate, miles of undisturbed beaches, & year-round activities, this is an ideal location to find your forever home. So, find a spot on the shoreline, get comfortable in your beach chair, & soak up the natural & serene sounds of this nautical dream!

 

Kiawah Island

Located a little less than 30 miles away from downtown Charleston, you will find Kiawah Island, also known as the “The Hamptons” of South Carolina. This is a leisure community with access to beautiful ocean views & regular dolphin sightings! It also offers fishing, boating, golfing, dining & high-end shopping! It is the perfect spot to live if you desire to live a life of tranquil luxury.

 

Live the Island Life All Year Long With Team Lail-Chambers!

When you’re ready to move into a great home on one of our barrier islands, make sure to call Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter, & will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities & find a place that accommodates both your tastes & your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well & is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, & services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!