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Frog Friendly Gardens: Tips For Attracting Frogs To The Garden

Tue, Aug 11th 2020 7:45 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank Charleston SC Real Estate

Attracting frogs to the garden is a worthy goal that benefits both you and the frogs. The frogs benefit by having a habitat created just for them, and you’ll enjoy watching the frogs and listening to their songs. Frogs are great insect killers, too. Let’s learn more about how to invite frogs to gardens. A Responsible Frog Pond in the Garden It is illegal to release non-native frogs in many areas, and there is good reason for this. Non-native species can take over an area, killing and crowding out native species. In some cases, releasing non-natives leads to disappointment because they may not survive in your area. Just as it is illegal to release frogs from another area into your garden, ...

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Buying a Home? How Property Taxes are Calculated on a New Home

Tue, Aug 11th 2020 6:30 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank Charleston SC Real Estate

Buying a new home is incredibly exciting. It’s also a lot to think about, particularly in terms of budgeting and financing. And one of the big financial factors that you have to consider are property taxes, particularly how property taxes are calculated on new homes and what you can expect to spend each year.

Homeowners—and especially new homeowners—are often confused about property taxes, and understandably so. If it’s your first time buying a house, you likely aren’t familiar with property taxes, and depending on where you live, you may be surprised to learn just how much they are (sorry, New Jerseyans). But it’s crucial that you calculate property taxes prior to making a new home pu...

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Let’s Drink To This! Medieval ‘wine windows’ are reopening, reviving Italian plague tradition

Mon, Aug 10th 2020 11:45 am by MatthewC.G. Brockbank Charleston SC Real Estate

It’s a quaint tradition — with a very dark history.

Centuries ago, the bubonic plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, swept through Europe, killing one-third of the continent’s population at the time. Originating in Asia, the disease made its way to Italy during the late Middle Ages, and spread north from there.

These days, we know just as well as medieval Italians that a stiff drink can go a long way to ease troubles during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Thus, the “wine windows,” or buchette del vino, of Tuscany. They are just as they sound: pint-size hatches, carved into the concrete walls of urban wineries and shops, where beverage merchants would serve sips at a safe social ...

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Zillow CEO: Real estate market is beginning ‘great reshuffling’ as people seek more space at home

Sun, Aug 9th 2020 9:45 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank Charleston SC Real Estate

The U.S. real estate market is beginning to show signs of a “great reshuffling,” as people relocate to homes with more privacy and space, Zillow CEO Rich Barton said.
Millions of people are considering moves for a slew of reasons, mostly being to downsize, upsize or get closer to family. 

The U.S. real estate market is beginning to show signs of a “great reshuffling,” as people relocate to homes with more privacy and space to ease working from home, Zillow CEO Rich Barton said on the company’s Q2 2020 earnings call this week. 

Companies could also fundamentally change how they want employees in the office. Zillow will offer its employees the option to work remotely at least part-time in...

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America’s Next Housing Crisis: How The Pandemic Is Pushing Renters To The Brink

Sun, Aug 9th 2020 9:45 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank Charleston SC Real Estate

For millions of America’s renting families, threats to housing security are a persistent fact of life, even at the best of times for the broader economy. A significant unplanned expense or a temporary interruption to employment can mean the difference between a rent payment made and a payment missed. The relative health of the labor market proves crucial in maintaining a measure of housing stability in the United States.

The historic increase in joblessness brought on by the pandemic has pushed us to the brink of a new rental crisis, forestalled in the short term by a combination of payroll protections, enhanced unemployment benefits, rent subsidies, and a national patchwork of eviction ...

Charleston Wine + Food Cancels 2021 Festival

Thu, Aug 6th 2020 2:59 pm by Gracen Tilton 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate

The Charleston Wine + Food Festival, typically held in March each year, will not take place in 2021 due to coronavirus concerns. The festival was set to return March 3-7. 

“This was a tough decision to make,” shared the festival board of directors and staff in a statement. “This festival is an important event for the City of Charleston and our favorite way to bring people together to share stories and connect.”

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Earth Fare In West Ashley To Reopen August 5th

Wed, Aug 5th 2020 12:45 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank West Ashley

Great News For West Ashley, SC!

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lowcountry shoppers will be able to return to their favorite Earth Fare locations in the beginning of August.

On Aug. 5, the Summerville and West Ashley stores will reopen under new ownership. 

The Folly Road location will reopen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:50 a.m. The Summerville store will open at 9 a.m.

The natural grocery store chain had filed for bankruptcy back in February before being revitalized by investors.

Earth Fare operates locations in four states.

In South Carolina, additional stores are also coming to Columbia and Rock Hill.

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Recycling Oyster Shells on National Oyster Day

Wed, Aug 5th 2020 9:37 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

#DYK that today is National Oyster Day? I’m sure I’m not only speaking for myself when I say that this is a very important holiday here in the Lowcountry 

Oysters not only play a vital part in the social lives + outdoor gatherings of Charlestonians – they also play a major role in our ocean’s ecosystem. These slimy shellfish filter sea water, create reefs that act as habitats for other creatures and reduce erosion, and serve as food for both humans + animals.

While you may have already known this about one of the Lowcountry’s favorite shellfish, did you also know that we can help oysters help the environment by recycling their shells? 

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Lowcountry Outdoors: An Expert’s Guide to Finding Shark Teeth

Tue, Aug 4th 2020 6:30 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank Folly Beach SC Real Estate

Charleston paleontologist Ashby Gale shares his top tips for fossil-hunting beachcombers

“For most people, the thrill of finding a shark tooth is knowing that you are the first human to set eyes on it and hold it,” says Ashby Gale. “To be able to have that connection with an extinct animal drives that fascination.” Gale is no stranger to fossil-finding. It’s a love he’s made a career of as a paleontologist and the founder and primary tour guide of Charleston Fossil Adventures, based in Charleston, South Carolina. 

“Here in South Carolina, and in the Southeast, we are incredibly fossil-rich,” Gale says. Fossilized shark teeth abound and can range in age from 10,000 years old to an ast...

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A ‘Go Bag’ Can Make All the Difference in an Emergency

Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 4:00 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate

Survival expert explains how to be ready to run at a moment's notice 

Recent natural catastrophes, from hurricanes to western wildfires, are a fresh reminder that disaster can strike at any time. And no area of the country is immune, when you factor in the threat of tornadoes, earthquakes and human disasters like toxic spills. While the circumstances may differ, there’s one tip that every person needs to take from all these situations: how to pack a “go bag.”

A go bag is a packed case that you grab on your way out the door, and that will help keep you safe and comfortable in the coming hours and days. Stopping to hunt for your medications or other important needs can cost you critic...

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 8:30 am by MatthewC.G. Brockbank Charleston SC Real Estate

Prepare for Hurricanes
Know your Hurricane Risk
Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Find out how rain, wind, water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now.

Make an Emergency Plan
Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning. Don’t forget a plan for the office, kids’ daycare, and anywhere you frequent.COVID-19

Gather Supplies
Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, cloth face coverings, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk.COVID-19

Those with Disabilit...

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Back-to-school in the Lowcountry

Thu, Jul 30th 2020 7:00 am by MatthewC.G. Brockbank 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate

Calling all parents of school-aged kiddos. We’re working on a back-to-school guide + would love help from you – our local experts. 

We know things are going to look a little bit different this year, so we’re looking for your tips + knowledge on networking with teachers (and other parents), whether you’ll be opting for fully-remote learning (and any hacks you have), plus advice on tools and techniques that support learning, keeping kids happy while physically distancing + more. 

Here’s a little background info –

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Housing market defies expectations amid economic turmoil

Wed, Jul 29th 2020 9:15 pm by MatthewC.G. Brockbank 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate

Some areas of housing are actually doing better than they were before the coronavirus began sweeping the U.S.

The U.S. housing market, the epicenter of the nation’s last economic meltdown, is thriving — and that's helping to keep the country afloat during the latest crisis, even as other industries struggle to survive.

While the $34 trillion market faltered at the start of the pandemic, its rebound has far outperformed expectations, with existing home sales surging over 20 percent in June, according to data released Wednesday. Some areas of housing are actually doing better than they were before the coronavirus began sweeping the U.S.

The reason: The market’s already enormously pent-up...

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