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Gracen grew up in Columbia, SC and graduated with Leadership Distinction from the University of South Carolina in 2017 with a major in Hospitality, Retail and Tourism Management. Before getting involved in Real Estate, Gracen began her career as a Sales, Logistics and Marketing Coordinator for an innovative event management company in her hometown of Columbia. Looking to broaden her horizons, she moved down to Charleston in the Fall of 2018 and joined the Marshall Walker Group as an Agent as well as Operations Manager.

Being a third-generation realtor, Gracen knew making the industry leap from event management to real estate was her calling. Since, she has taken her experience in sales and applied it to the Charleston real estate market. In her free time, Gracen enjoys live music shows, sampling the trendiest restaurants around town, and seeking adventure outdoors. 
 

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Good News Homebuilders & DIY-ers: Lumber Prices Down 20% From Peak

Wed, Jul 21st 2021 3:49 pm by Gracen Tilton 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate

Lumber prices are falling— and fast.

On Tuesday, the price per thousand board feet fell anywhere from $114 - $1,210. This comes after its record $122 decline last week. In all, the "cash" price of lumber is down 20% since the all-time high set on May 28. 

What's driving the dip? Homebuilders and DIYers alike are finally balking at the exorbitant price of lumber. Rising supply and weakening demand is a perfect recipe for a price correction.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://fortune.com/2021/06/16/lumber-prices-falling-2021-chart-update-price-of-lumber-going-down-wood-costs/?distinct_id=rJFwcCzEH...




Farmers Markets In and Around Charleston

Wed, Jul 14th 2021 12:41 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

We love our farmer’s markets.  Fresh produce, homemade food and drinks, live music, handmade soaps, honey, smiles, clothes and so much more. 

Farmers Markets are not just a weekly but a daily event here in Charleston. If you're looking for a new market tp check out, take a look at this short guide to help you know when + where the next market is taking place, right here in the Lowcountry. 

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318

➡️https://charleston.momcollective.com/in-around-charleston/guide-to-farmers-markets-around-charleston/




Are Zillows 'Zestimate' Home Values Accurate?

Thu, Jul 8th 2021 10:06 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

Zillow is one of the most popular real estate databases online. Founded in 2006, this Seattle-based company lists information about millions of homes for sale and rent across the United States and Canada. 

Whether you're looking to see how much your home’s value has changed, if your home’s appraised value is high enough to let you refinance, or curious about how much your coworker spent on his new house, Zillow's "Zestimate" offers users a starting point in home valuation. 

But there are several reasons these numbers may not be as accurate as you’d like them to be.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

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When Being Salty Is a Good Thing: Summer Guide to Charleston's Beaches

Fri, Jun 25th 2021 11:01 am by Gracen Tilton 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate


With the summer stretched out before us like a sun-dazed blanket of crashing waves and seashell collections, we've put together a beach guide featuring Charleston’s most popular sandy shores.

We are covering all the way from the "Famously Funky" Folly Beach to the relaxing, laid back Isle of Palms. 

From breezy bars, to historical lighthouses, here are some of the best ways to explore Charleston's beaches this summer.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

SULLIVANS & ISLE OF PALMS

➡️https://www.postandcourier.com/charleston_scene/charleston-beach-guide-let-the-summer-begin-at-sullivan-s/article_7ea54148-71a...




NAR Report Shows 50% of Homes Nationwide Sold For More Than List Price

Thu, Jun 24th 2021 3:09 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate


The latest National Association of Realtors Confidence Index Survey reveals how hot the housing market is. Per the report, homes that sold had five offers on average, and nearly 50% of homes sold for more than their list price and 25% of those home sales were all-cash transactions. 

NAR expects home prices in the next three months to increase nearly 6% from one year ago and will increase almost 3% from last year’s sales level.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318

➡️https://www.residentialrealtytoday.com/edition/weekly-preliminary-report-backup-offer-2021-05-22?open-article-id=16191881&article-title=nar--almos...




Before Putting 20% Down on Your Home Purchase, Read This

Mon, Jun 21st 2021 12:01 pm by Gracen Tilton 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate

First things first: The idea that you have to put 20 percent down on a house is a myth.

The average first-time home buyer puts just 6% down, and certain loan programs allow as little as 3% or even zero down. 

You shouldn’t think it’s conservative to make a large down payment on a home, or risky to make a small down payment. The right amount depends on your current savings and your home buying goals. 

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://www.residentialrealtytoday.com/edition/weekly-mls-marketing-2021-05-01?open-article-id=16066796&article-title=before-making-a-20--mortgage-down-payment--read-this&...




Best Scenic Drives In and Around Charleston

Fri, Jun 18th 2021 4:43 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate


Charleston is known for its beautiful Southern landscapes and oak tree canopies + you can enjoy them on any summer's scenic drive.

There are many roads filled with Spanish moss draped live oaks, great for cruising down this summer. Click the link below to find the best scenic routes to checkout this season! 

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://chstoday.6amcity.com/scenic-drives-in-charleston-sc/




Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails Announces Summertime Tiki Takeover

Fri, Jun 11th 2021 11:38 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

ALOHA, it's tiki time! Mt Pleasant's Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails is hosting a Tiki Takeover with tropical-themed escape with tiki food, drinks, music, and decor, now through the end of Summer.

From Mai Tais to Singapore Slings, they have everything you need to cool off from the Charleston heat all summer long! 

➡️https://www.facebook.com/handcraftmtp/

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 




What Buyers Search For in a Home, By State

Tue, Jun 8th 2021 12:20 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

New meaningful data from the popular real estate search engine, Realtor.com, has unearthed what it says are the features most sought after by home shoppers in each state.

Interestingly, RV garages turn up as a desired characteristic across Idaho, but not in Manhattan, New York.

The company has compiled & analyzed keyword home search data in each U.S. state to determine regional must-have features among those searching for a home.

➡️https://www.builderonline.com/design/consumer-trends/what-buyers-search-for-in-a-home-by-state_o?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=Article&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BP_010121&

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Brookgreen Gardens Announces New Series, Summer Light: Art by Night

Wed, Jun 2nd 2021 9:48 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

Brookgreen Gardens has announced a new after-hours event series, Summer Light: Art by Night.

Offering special access to the botanical gardens at night, back dropped by newly-created light installations and live music. The event begins June 9th and continues Wednesdays - Saturdays until August 21st.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://www.holycitysinner.com/2021/05/27/brookgreen-gardens-announces-new-evening-event-series-with-lighted-exhibits-and-live-music/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021.05.28%20CHS&utm_term=CHStoday%20Subscribers%20-%20MASTER




Oven Range Hoods or Above the Oven Range Microwave?

Tue, Jun 1st 2021 3:44 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

A lot of thought and intention goes into choosing the right appliances for any kitchen. Color, finish, size, and location are all major decisions. When it comes to kitchen ventilation, some argue about which kitchen appliance is better: the vent hood or the OTR microwave vent hood.

Kitchen ventilation is not often discussed at length. You may be tired of the wild answers you find in online forums, or maybe you are sick of the opinions you are getting from friends and family. To help settle the vent hood vs. OTR microwave debate this article debunks some common statements that we hear about over-the-range microwave vent hoods and vent hoods.

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11 Popular House Plants That Are Perfect For Your Indoor Jungle

Wed, May 26th 2021 9:13 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

Having house plants has become very popular over the years as many people are on a quest to cultivate an indoor jungle.

If you’re someone who loves the natural beauty that plants bring but don’t know what to pick, here's a compiled list of popular house plants that will look great + thrive in many types of home's unique spaces. 

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318

➡️https://mymodernmet.com/popular-house-plants/




What Home Sellers Need to Know in a Seller's Market

Tue, May 25th 2021 3:20 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

Today’s housing market belongs to the sellers. If you’ve considered making a move but have been waiting for the right market conditions, your wait is over. 

If you're a homeowner looking for quick & profitable transaction, today's market is calling your name. Here are five reasons why this is the perfect time to sell your house if you’re ready.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://www.residentialrealtytoday.com/edition/weekly-mortgages-finance-2021-03-06?open-article-id=15611863&article-title=5-reasons-to-sell-your-house-this-spring&blog-domain=keepingcurrentmatters.com&blog-title=keeping-current-m...




Why is Charleston called The Holy City?

Thu, May 20th 2021 4:41 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

If you are lucky enough to get to see Charleston from the water, you will understand why it is called the Holy City. Church steeples dot the skyline and offer a visual glimpse into the cities past. Since the 1700s, Charleston has been believed to be called the “Holy City” due to it's religious tolerance + of its abundance of churches. 

Today, the city's skyline is defined by over 400 church steeples, many of which are different religions that are practiced around town. Not only does this city boast dozens of church steeples, but it’s also home to plenty of historic synagogues. Throughout history, people from all over the world flocked to Charleston for religious diversity and freedom, ...




Home Inspection Checklist: What to Expect on Inspection Day

Wed, May 19th 2021 11:46 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

A home inspection is the buyer’s most crucial opportunity to discover problems with the house before purchasing. And it’s a chance for the seller to address those problems and negotiate pricing with the buyer.

Here’s what to expect on home inspection day as a home seller or buyer. Learn what the inspector will look for and how you should handle any issues that are turned up in the process.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318

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Travel Back in Time with These Lowcountry Film Locations from The Notebook

Mon, May 17th 2021 12:15 pm by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

From pastel-colored homes and hidden cobble stone streets to the picturesque landscapes along the natural marsh beds and flora and fauna of the sea islands, the Charleston region evokes romance around every corner. 

So, it’s no wonder that one of the most iconic love stories of all time was filmed here. Primarily shot in the Charleston area, the film adaptation of the best-selling novel “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks follows two young lovers, Allie and Noah, in the fictional town of Seabrook, South Carolina, in the 1940s.

Scattered throughout Charleston and the sea islands, these four filming locations from The Notebook offer an idyllic sampling of Lowcountry romance. 

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Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune

Mon, May 10th 2021 5:07 pm by Gracen Tilton 1998 03 13 SC Real Estate

Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes sense. Others may be homeowners who are realizing that their current home no longer fits their changing needs.

To determine if they should buy now or wait another year, they both need to ask two simple questions: Do I think home values will be higher a year from now? Do I think mortgage rates will be higher a year from now?

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://www.thechrisfoxgroup.com/blog/why-waiting-to-buy-a-...




Top 20 Charleston Hotels to Catch a Stunning Sunrise or Sunset

Fri, May 7th 2021 11:24 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate


To complement the acclaimed cuisine, warm hospitality, and pristine beaches, Charleston’s award-winning hotels provide unparalleled views of the Lowcountry. Retreat to Charleston and you’ll find plenty of ways to decompress, beginning with a sunset sighting at one of the following rooftop hot spots. 

Chasing Charleston’s sunsets? Check out the best sunset spots at these various locations in the Lowcountry. 

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://www.charlestoncvb.com/blog/top-sunset-views-hotels




When is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash? Red Hot Google Search

Tue, May 4th 2021 9:36 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate

The housing market has been white hot for the past year, thanks to the stay at home and work from anywhere culture of the coronavirus pandemic.

But there is increasing concern among consumers that housing is experiencing a price bubble – and that the bubble may be ready to burst.

Google reported last week that the search question “When is the housing market going to crash?” had spiked 2,450% in the past month. “Why is the market so hot?” searches had doubled in just a week.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318

➡️https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/when-is-the-housing-market-going-to-crash-consumers-ask.html

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The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival Returns to Boone Hall This Weekend

Wed, Apr 28th 2021 10:22 am by Gracen Tilton Charleston SC Real Estate


The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival has been a Spring tradition in Charleston since 1997 and after taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the committee is excited to “Bring Back The Fun in 2021” to this popular festival.

Presented at Boone Hall Plantation, the festival will be kicking off this weekend, beginning Thursday April 29th.

Gracen Tilton | Marshall Walker Real Estate | 582 Rutledge Avenue | operations@marshallwalker.com | 803-549-6318 

➡️https://www.boonehallplantation.com/special_event/the-lowcountry-strawberry-festival/




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