102 Sparkleberry Ladson

102 Sparkleberry Ladson

This Adorable Home Truly Does Sparkle!

This adorable light, bright and inviting 4 bedroom Summerhaven home welcomes you! From the time you step inside you will immediately be greeted by the many upgrades done to this home. The newer Pergo Outlast Flooring throughout the entire downstairs even continues into the large sunroom. The living room is open and spacious leading you into the formal dining area and kitchen all with custom paint. This home truly is light and bright with multiple windows in the living room, hallway as well as dining and kitchen so you will have plenty of light!  The kitchen has fresh white cabinets with a lazy susan, refinished countertops and new dishwasher. Upstairs there are 4 large bedrooms and plenty of light from windows in the landing area and all the rooms. The Master bedroom is spacious and included a walk in closet and ensuite bathroom with separate tub and shower. There are 2 standard bedrooms with closet and the large full finished FROG. All the rooms upstairs also have custom paint colors as well as crown molding. The backyard is truly amazing. There is a permitted wrap around sunroom to add a little more living space downstairs.  The sunroom opens up to the large private fenced backyard. Thiz backyard has a nice size patio with a gazebo to sit outside and enjoy the evenings while still having plenty of space for swing sets, trampolines, a large custom built shed, trees and more. The Summerhaven community offers a community pool, play areas, and even ponds where ducks like to hang out and is located in the highly desired Dorchester District II school system. This is an great home at an amazing price so come on over and check out your next home!

Contact me directly to schedule a private showing, just hurry because this amazing home will not last. Sherry Swift 854 444 0772 sherrry@tsg843.com

Starting Down The Path To Homeownership

Are you thinking about becoming a homeowner? Great here are the first steps to take to make sure you experience is a joyful and as stress free as possible.

  1. Get A Handle on Your Credit – this is the starting point of the home buying process and often the toughest to navigate for first time buyers. We will walk you through this along with our lenders who are highly skilled at not just lending but making the lending process make sense to the buyer. Once we have this part set and you know how much you can afford and have your gameplan we move on to a little recon.
  2. Scout some Potential Neighborhoods – take a look around neighborhoods you might be interested in and check them out during various times of day and at various times of the week. You want to find the neighborhood that best jells with you and only you can determine that so get out there and do a little recon and see where best matches you.
  3. Needs and Wants List – this will be a list that changes as you go through the process and see more homes but start with what you think the home must absolutely have and then a second list of what you want the home to have. After that add a list of things you absolutely do not want the home to have. These are your lists, there are no right or wrong answers just put what you think and as you see more homes revisit the list to make sure it accurately reflects what you want.
  4. Getting The MLS Listings – once you have a price range, a few neighborhoods or areas in mind and an idea of what you are looking for in your new home you then we can send you emailed MLS listings that match your criteria. This is really the only way to get real time listings that match what you want without the number of homes already under contract that come up on most internet searches. You want to see homes you can buy not homes you missed out on so once your ready we will customize a MLS search that will send you everything you should be seeing to your email.
  5. The Search Begins – once you pick a few of those MLS listing that you are interested in we will begin showing you homes, walking through and discussing them with you, helping you navigate areas and specifics about the homes, and will continue to do so until we find the right place for you to call home.

Once we have found the right home for you we will negotiate your purchase, work with your lender to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, attend the inspections, negotiate the repairs and be by your side the entire time until we are sitting with you at the closing table and can hand you the keys to your new home. If your thinking about becoming a homeowner feel free to reach out we will be happy to have our almost two decades of experience guide you to getting the right home for you with the least amount of hassle.

Sherry Swift

854 444 0772


Where is Our Local Real Estate Market Headed?

The greater Summerville area has been on a measurable upward swing for a while now but where is the market heading? While trying to time a market is like trying to catch a falling knife here are the pressures that may impact our market and an educated guess of what might actually happen.

Positive Pricing Pressures

Positive pressures that will push our prices higher up include:

Continual Job Growth – the unemployment rate in Dorchester County is sitting at around 4% and we see continued job growth with Volvo and Mercedes expanding as well as a number of smaller employers. Once of the common points employers mention in the area is the difficulty of finding enough qualified employees which leads into the next pressure:

The Influx of People to the Area – we can all see the number of people with various state license plates we are now sharing the road with and we keep getting more and more every day. This influx of people might make traffic more difficult but they do help improve our property prices since they feeding the demand. As long as we are growing faster than we are building we should continue to benefit on the resale side.

The General Upward Trend – trends are hard to break and unless there is a reason usually trends will continue, even if they slow down somewhat to catch their breath. We have a long standing upward trend for resale home in the greater Summerville area so we should continue to see positive price moves unless we get hit too hard from the negative pressures below.

Negative Pricing Pressures

Negative pressures will at the very least slow down the upward trend and could flat line prices or even send them downwards. We have a couple to worry about in our area.

Interest Rates Moving Up – rates are trending up and when they do you don’t so much lose buyers as those buyers can now buy less house so they can offer you less for your house so the average home price appreciation starts to slow down. A major upward swing in rates (which isn’t projected) actually can drive prices down for the same reason, buyers qualify for less money thus have to offer you less money for you home. While something to keep an eye on interest rate moves can be hard to predict since they often can be the result of reactionary (and as I am sure you would guess over reactionary) policy decisions so keep an eye on them but don’t try to predict too far out what they might do.

New Construction – drive around the greater Summerville area and you will see no shortage of new construction neighborhoods popping up. While these new homes will help meet our large demand they also are a negative price pressure on home around them because builders will offer incentives traditional sellers can’t and they will upsell the brand new home smell. In addition the sight of the construction can be a turn off to people driving through it to get to your home. So while we do need more homes to be build if your in an area near where new homes are being built remember your sales cycle will be affected slightly by the sight and sounds of the construction and usually much more by competing with new homes that are highly incentivized.

Affordability Factor – one thing that drives an upward pricing trend is new buyers being able to continually afford to pay the higher prices. When buyers no longer can do that we have an affordability problem where you have willing buyers who simply cannot qualify for the home they want to buy (usually this is a debt to income ratio problem). So once affordability shrinks your potential buyer pool you start to see longer sales cycles and reduced appreciation as the qualified buyers have more homes to choose from and more leverage in negotiations.

The WildCard

The General Economy – a strong housing market needs a strong economy to continue to grow beyond plateaus. In fact to maintain the status quo in the absence of sweeping government activity that ranges from artificially lowering interest rates to significantly reducing the standards to qualify for a home, we need at least a stable economy just to see steady sales and slight upward movement. The sheer size of the US economy and its countless tentacles make it hard to predict. We have seen a lot of positives lately if those continue we should expect the economy to help keep housing prices on the rise, but we are never more from one or two missteps to see a significant negative impact so it is kind of like a tightrope it’s all going well until it isn’t.

The Educated Guess

Ok so with around 20 years of real estate experience each where do we see the market going? Well we think 2018 will continue to trend up and end strong. However we think there are way too many variables to predict much beyond that. We have policy decisions, elections, a host of potential economic impacts, and to many other factors that will come due between now and the end of the year to really be able to guess with any certainty what 2019 might look like for our local real estate market. With that said if your sitting on appreciation and want to cash out and sell or access it through an equity line it would not be a bad time to do that now. If your a prospective buyer now might be a good time to take the leap if your not paying cash and would benefit from the current reduced lending qualifications. If your a cash buyer I would wait and see what happens and if your happy in your home with no desire to move and no need to tap into your equity then I would sit on the sidelines and enjoy the show.

If you have any questions about our local real estate market here in the greater Summerville area feel free to reach out we are always here to help.


Sherry Swift

854 444 0772



Is It Time To Make A Move?

Here are a handful of unique reasons for selling your home to think about if you are considering putting your home on the market as our prime selling season is about to kick off.

Neighborhood – the reality is neighborhoods are always in a state of change, what is true of a neighborhood one year may not be true five or ten years later. Just look at some neighborhoods around Summerville, some homeowners now have to deal with the density issues apartment buildings bring to an area where ten years ago nobody would of thought anyone would of built an apartment building there. Management companies and neighborhood boards can change and bring with them changes that may not be to your liking. Maybe you no longer feel comfortable or safe in your neighborhood. For whatever reason when the neighborhood no longer makes you happy often the best thing you can do is find a more fitting neighborhood to call home. We have been telling buyers for almost 20 years that if your between two houses pick the one whose neighborhood you like best because you can always remodel a home but you can’t really pick one up and move it to a neighborhood you like better.
Them Folks Right Next Door – might sound funny but I actually had a client sell a house they loved, in a neighborhood they loved simply because they couldn’t stand the people living right next door to them. When that’s the case and it is too much to deal with you might want to think about selling and making a move. We have been pretty blessed to have had some great neighbors but if that wasn’t the case and we knew they weren’t leaving anytime soon, well then selling would have to be something for us to consider.
Babies Bring Moving Boxes – it is funny that a home that is roomy for two adults all of a sudden feels cramped when 9 or 10 pounds is brought home. Babies make your home small quick, so if your expecting or hoping to be expecting this might be a good time to consider selling.
Downsizing – downsizing can mean a lot of things. Maybe you are done dealing with stairs and want to move to a single level, maybe your house is just to big now and you want to lower your costs, maybe you are tired of lawn work and want to move to a beachfront condo, or maybe you are ready to unload that rental property and reduce your responsibilities. Whatever the reason downsizing is meant to lower your burdens and sometimes a move is the best way to do that.
Cheaper than Remodeling – remodeling a home can be a great experience, ok maybe going through the experience isn’t the greatest but the end results are worth it. However sometimes you would save money, and of course the months of living in a dust bowl, by simply moving. Like if you have a galley kitchen and want a big open kitchen, might be easier and cheaper to move into a home with the kitchen design you want. Usually anytime you are making major structural changes you should consider the costs associated with remodeling versus the costs of moving to see where your money goes furthest.
Whatever your reason for selling we specialize in helping our clients get the most money, in the shortest period of time with the least amount of stress. If you considering selling please feel free to contact me and let’s get you a free market analysis so you can see where your home would be priced at and decide if now is the time you make that move.
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Rent VS Owning Why Owning Wins Almost Every Time

If you are thinking about becoming a homeowner here are some reasons to take the leap and one time not to.
Wealth Building – the reality is 80% of all wealth in the United States is real estate. Either way you look at it your building someone’s wealth if you own your building your own, if you rent your building your landlord’s. Homeownership is the one vehicle where equity, leverage and appreciation combine to build the wealth of the owner so take advantage of that if you can, so if you like building your wealth rather than your landlord’s owning is the way to go.
Painting Walls – once you are a homeowner for awhile it will seems odd that some people can’t just pick up a can of paint and paint their walls but rental properties are usually like that. Even when they will allow you to paint a rental you usually also have to agree to return it to the original condition and color otherwise be charged for it to be done. Painting is just the simplest of changes you can not usually make in a rental most remodeling from simply replacing lights and fans to changing the floors to major kitchen or bathroom remodels are off limits. You really wouldn’t want to put your money into those changes anyway when the landlord is who will reap the benefits. So if you like the idea of making a house your own personal home owning is the way to go.
Tax Savings – whether you rent or buy every month you have to make a payment, the difference is part of the payment of ownership is tax deductible and none of the cost of renting is (though oddly enough landlords can deduct part of their ownership costs as well). There is no tax benefit to renting while for owners the tax benefit is usually one of their biggest tax savings, so if you like the idea of paying less taxes owning is the way to go.
Stability – once you own a home you become part of a neighborhood and an area and you know where you are going to be calling home for a good while so it creates a sense of stability. You also know how much your payments will be and don’t have to sweat over annual rent increases or worry that the home you are renting is going to be sold and you get a notice to move so there is that additional stability, so if you like the idea of stability owning is the way to go.
Cheaper in the long run – between the costs of moving, security deposits, and rental increases owning a home is always going to be cheaper in the long run. Folks renting a home right now are paying more for rent than someone who bought the home right next door five years ago is paying for their mortgage. In fact the only reason people can become landlords and rent homes to others is because they know they will be paying less to own than the rental rate and that difference will go up greatly over time as rental rates rise and their mortgages stay the same. So if you like saving money in the the long run then owning is the way to go.

Ok so there are 5 reasons to buy but what about the reason not to? Well I would say the one time you wouldn’t want to buy and be better off renting is if you know you won’t be living in the same area for 2 years AND you have no desire to keep the home as a rental property, in that case rent for the less than 2 years then when you get to the area your heading to then look at buying so you have build wealth, make it your home, reap the tax savings, enjoy the stability and save a ton of money in the long run. We have been helping buyers find their next place to call home for almost 20 years so if your thinking about taking the leap to homeownership we would be happy to sit down with you go over your options and help you get on the right path to a place you can call home.
Sherry Swift
854 444 0771

6 ways to improve your curb appeal

Curb appeal is the first impression your home makes on potential buyers. It is the chance for buyers to fall in love with your house before they even see the inside. It is also the first chance to show buyers how well you have taken care of where they will be calling home. The opposite of all this is true as well, a home with bad curb appeal is the first chance for a buyer to decide they aren’t interested in your property, and some won’t even want to bother seeing the inside, and a home with neglected curb appeal is a chance to scare potential buyers away as they ponder what unseeable issues may have been poorly attended to as well. So don’t underestimate the power of curb appeal. To help you get ready for the selling season here are some ways to improve your home’s curb appeal without shattering the piggy bank.

  • Address the front door – dress it up, deep clean or change out the hardware, add a fresh coat of paint to the door (maybe an eye catching color) add some plants for color, makes sure the house number is clean and crisp, maybe add a wreath, flag or if there is space a small sitting area. Since most times home showing work off a lock box while the agent finds the lock box, opens the lock box, gets out the key, returns to the front door and opens it they potential buyers will be standing there staring at your front door so make sure that space has them excited to go through the door.
  • Light the way – outdoor lighting is a nice touch, not only is it an attractive addition but they also convey the sense of security and safety. Even if you just add a row of solar lights to light the way to the front door buyers will respond positively.
  • Build an instant garden – grab a bunch of colorful annual flowers and get to planting. Dress up the porch with some potted annuals while planting more in any area you can. People love colorful flowers and they create a cheerful mood in buyers. Mixing the color, type and height creates a greater sense of depth to the gardening. Water and keep them looking lively replacing any that begin to die off along the way.
  • Whack the weeds – low country living often comes with no shortage of weed types to battle so a weedless yard can really stand out. Weed and feed the yard then address the trouble areas with something a bit stronger then edge and trim the hard to a good height. It doesn’t have to look golf course gorgeous to stand out typically a weed free, edged yard at a decent living height will be more than enough to set you apart.
  • Pressure wash – in the low country pressure washing is generally a must so get to it. Make sure the whole house is done and done well one good wash ought to last you straight through to close and will really help your home look it’s best.
  • Paint and repairs – fresh paint goes a long, long way do touch up any areas that may need it including trim, fascia boards, the garage door, any porch aspects etc. Repair and replace anything that might need it including the mailbox, cracks in the driveway, shutters (keep an eye out for those second story shutters), window screens, roof issues, damaged siding, gutters, etc.

To figure out where to focus your efforts stand in front of your house for a few minutes and take note of everything you notice, then stand in front of similar homes on the market in the same area which would be at the same price point and see what you notice. Being the best house for a buyer isn’t about being the absolute best it is about being the best of the options out there so make sure your curb appeal is screaming buy me and not inspiring buyers to run screaming to the competition.

We have over 20 years combined experience helping folks get the most money for their homes in every type of market so if you want our expert opinion on what you should do to improve your curb appeal so you can get the most money for your home in the shortest amount of time feel free to contact us we would be glad to help.

Sherry Swift


854 444 0772

Is it time to make a move

Spring is almost here is it time for you to make a move?

You, yes you, I’m talking directly to you, come on you know who you are.  Have you found yourself with this big, huge empty home with just the two of you because your nest is now empty?  Is it time to finally move to the area you always wanted to live? Maybe it’s that Folly Beach cottage that you have always wanted or a high rise condo in downtown Charleston that requires no maintenance so you can leave it anytime and travel without the concerns of safety and maintenance.

Maybe you are on the other end of this spectrum and have just started your family and your cute little two bedroom home, which once seemed so perfect and now is cramped with all the additional needs of an expanding family.  If this is you then it is time to start thinking about that next home and you will be much more focused on finding a good school district, family friendly neighborhoods, close proximity to work so you can get home quickly when needed as well as close proximity to the supporting family members who are helping with your bundles of joy.

Not to leave anyone out maybe you are just starting out and you are done with school and have been working in your career for a little bit and really want a place of your own and make your very first home purchase.  You might be looking for an area that has a lot going on and where there is a lot of things to do for younger people.

No matter what your why is we have the experience and the expertise to walk you through the process and with spring right around the corner now is the time to start planning to make those dreams a reality. No matter what your real estate needs are we can assist you and make it a seamless transition into your next phase of life.

Contact us today no matter your real estate need we can help with that.

5 Off beat factors to help you find your ideal home

5 Factors to help you find your ideal home

Buying a home is a fun and exhilarating roller coaster ride of emotions combined with logical deduction in attempting to make the best guess of what is the best option for you and your family. Among the normal factors to consider like city, bed & bathes, square feet, price and the like here are five more at least equally important considerations to throw in your spreadsheet as you try to find your ideal next home:

1)   How long are you staying – when you begin your home search start with making sure that home with match your plans for how long you plan on staying there. Sure things don’t always go as planned, but at least this way you are starting with a plan in mind. If your plan is to stay in that home for ten years while growing your family will that home provide enough space for that? If you are buying your retirement home does it match your future needs properly?

2)   The money side – always remember with real estate you make your money on the buy not the sell and the shorter period of time you plan on keeping that home the more conscious you need to be of this. Obviously everyone always wants to get a deal on home purchases but the degree of impact varies based on how long you plan on owning that home. If you have a five-year or less ownership plan you need to make sure you are getting the best deal you can since your return will be greatly impacted in a short period of time. If however you are buying your last home than the degree of deal you get is less relevant since you won’t be selling it.

3)   Is it you – from the city, to the location, to the tract, to the street, is this home you? This is a pretty subjective element to measure and something that really only is noticeable when the home is NOT you.  Finding an area, tract and street that match who you are will really help make your new house feel like a home so it’s worth the extra effort and brainstorming to make sure you making the right decision.

4)   Afford vs. Approval amounts – when you get pre-approved for you new mortgage you lender gives you an estimated monthly payment along with the total loan amount you are approved for, but sometimes what you are approved for is more than you can afford based on your other goals. Be honest and make sure you are not overextending yourself so much that your other goals become unobtainable.

5)   The Smile Factor – in our years of helping buyers find their next home there is this immeasurable and usually unpredictable smile factor about the home most choose. For one reason or another the home just “feels right” and that really should be your ultimate goal. Take the time to see enough properties and be open minded enough to consider enough options to make sure that home you buy makes you smile, because you are spending a lot of money so you deserve to smile!

Some if not all of these concerns should help frame your decision making as you hunt for you next home. We have been helping buyers find their next dream homes for over 15 years and would be glad to help you as well. If you have any questions feel free to contact us and happy hunting!

8 Tips for Summerville Real Estate Buyers

Whether you are a first time home buyer or have a half dozen home purchases under your belt here are 8 tips to help make the home buying process smoother:

  • Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing.
  • Be realistic. It’s OK to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.
  • Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.
  • Don’t ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your own.
  • Decide your moving timeline. When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? How tight is the rental market in your area? Do you have a home you have to sell? All of these factors will help you determine when you should move.
  • Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.
  • Insist on a home inspection. If possible, get a warranty from the seller to cover defects for one year.
  • Get help from a REALTOR®. Hire a real estate professional who specializes in buyer representation. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer’s representative is working only for you.

We love assisting homebuyers with the purchase of their new home. Contact us today to schedule a free personal consultation to go over the home buying process. We work closely with all of our clients so you won’t go through the process alone.

Sherry – 854 444 0772


5 tips for a quick Summerville area real estate sale


With the prime selling season just around the corner here are 5 steps to help you sell your home quicker!

1) Price it right from the start

Pricing really is part art and part science. A Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) is the starting point which will tell us what properties like yours have recently sold for, which we compare and contrast your home to and then get an idea of what your home’s value is. The art of pricing is knowing the local market, knowing the housing trends on a local level and knowing the current local demand so we can adjust the CMA price point to maximize your profit. Pricing is one area where hyper-local expertise is essential so you can get the greatest price possible without risking overpricing your home and missing out on potential buyers. Overpricing leads to inactivity which often makes potential buyers think there is something wrong with the home even if the price is adjusted latter just because of the number of days it has spent on the market compared to similar properties. The third piece of the pricing equation is your expectations. Once we have all three factors in place we can intelligently discuss a pricing plan that will lead to a successful transaction in the time frame you require.

2)Enhance your home’s curb appeal

Curb appeal is everything. The best way for you to decide what to do is drive up to and walk around your home as if you were a potential buyer of your home. How does it appeal to you?  What looks good about it and what are some things that you need to change? Whatever you notice you can rest assured most potential buyers will as well. Remember you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

3) Update the interior and exterior

A fresh coat of paint inside and outside as well as new updated fixtures are relatively inexpensive ways to make your home more appealing.  These small projects can pay off huge in final sales price and time on market so if you can add a fresh coat of paint and some updates go for it.

4)Clean, store or donate, depersonalize

Start with a complete cleaning top to bottom. The mantra for preparing your home for sale is “Less is more.” Remove your favorite collectables, other knick knacks and that oversized couch that takes up your entire living room. Your goal is to make your home look less cluttered and in effect larger to potential buyers . Lastly take down family pictures, religious items and political posters to allow potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living there.

5)Good photos and good video

Make sure the absolute best features of your house are clear and obvious to potential buyers & utilize the emotional impact visual mediums provide to generate the right reactions. Just snapping random pictures with a smartphone is nowhere near enough today. Busy buyers needs to be motivated to want to see your home, don’t risk getting eliminated from their list of potential homes because of poor quality photos. Photos and video have an impact that words in the description simply can’t compete with. So make sure the promotional images make your home stand out in the Summerville Real Estate market.

For more tips and ideas to get your home sold quickly feel free to contact us today.

Sherry 854 444 0772