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Buying a New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than Renting

According to a recent Trulia article, it costs over 50% more to rent in Charleston than buy. Explore why to buy. Continue reading

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Three Handy Home Staging Tips That Will Help You Display Your Home in the Best Light

Staging your home is a great way to present it in the best possible light for potential buyers to see. Here are three simple and affordable tips. Want to learn more? Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@KW.com or at 843-471-7315 Continue reading

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Getting the Most From a Home Inspection

One of the most stressful parts of selling a home is the dreaded home inspection. The best way to get the most value from a home inspection is to talk with an experienced real estate agent. Shawn.Phillips@kw.com 843-471-7315 Continue reading

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Ready to Relocate?

Relocating to a new area can be exciting, but it can also be expensive. There are many resources to help, but most cost money. Contact Shawn Phillips at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315 for more tips! Continue reading

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Market Your Community to Sell Your Home

Selling a home is more than real estate listings and making the home appealing to potential buyers. One factor to take into account when buying a home is its location, meaning the community that surrounds the home.
Buying or selling in the Charleston area? Contact me at 843-471-7315 Continue reading

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Five Ways to Tell If It’s Time for an Upgrade

Interest rates are lower and you can afford more for your monthly payments. How do you know if you have outgrown your current home? Contact Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315 Continue reading

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Ready to Become A Homeowner?

With all of the creative financing available, if you can afford to rent you may very well afford to buy! Are you ready to make that leap from living at home or renting to owning a home of your own? Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315 Continue reading

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Tips for Selling a Home with Tenants

Are you thinking about selling a home that you have rented out for some additional revenue? If so, you’re likely trying to discern how to best inform the current tenants and conduct the sales process in a way that works well for all of the parties involved. How the tenant reacts can make or break your sale. These three tips can make the process easier. Want to learn more? Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315 Continue reading

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Buy a New Home & Grow Your Wealth Faster

Buying a home it can have added benefits for your bank account that renting does not. Why pay someone else’s mortgage? Want to learn more? Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315. Continue reading

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Selling Your Home FAST & for MORE

Not every home looks as beautiful as those from the iconic “rainbow row” in downtown Charleston. Judging from some of the homes I visited recently, home sellers can use a reminder of what does (or doesn’t) make a good impression. Don’t forget you typically have once to create desire for your home and to obtain the best price. Want to learn more? Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315. Continue reading

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Relocating to the Charleston Area?

Thinking of relocating to the Charleston area? Let me help you find the perfect home. Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315 Continue reading

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Daily Observations from Paradise

Most of the Northeast is hit with a storm and Deer Isle is no exception. It has been raining all day and Bob tells me that we have several crappy weather days ahead. It has been a perfect day to go through some pieces I’ve written in the past and I found one to post about a day in the Autumn right after a storm. It’s a reminder to me to stop and enjoy the simple things. Continue reading

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The Recession is the Mother of Reinvention

For the next four years after we built our welcoming home in the Sunshine area of Deer Isle, we rented it out to summer vacationers and to a couple for approximately a year. We visited every opportunity we could. It was well worth the long 10 hour drive from New Jersey as we crossed the humpbacked bridge and felt the stress and nervous tension of our everyday lives melt away. Here we breathed deeper, slept better, awakened early with enthusiasm. This became the place we daydreamed about, the one that sustained us. Continue reading

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Creative Serenity

One of the wonderful things about being in our Deer Isle home is the privacy and serenity. One week I came here with my good friend Gay Chessell and after she left I opted to stay a few days alone in the cottage. It is such a peaceful, rejuvenating space. The soaring cathedral ceiling in the Great Room seemed to lift my spirits and my imagination soared. I would walk in the forest, feeling one with nature and embracing the healing of being quiet with my thoughts. A walk through the woods is an act of meditation. Thoughts would come, linger briefly, and leave. I sat on a granite boulder and admired the moss and the rare and diminutive Lady Slipper (a type of native orchid). Strolls along the shore led me to flattened patches of seagrass where the deer made their beds and a giant heron flew overhead, amazing me with the size of his shadow. All was serene and I felt at one with the universe and open for reinvention.It is no wonder that artists and writers are in abundance on this island. There is something special here that generates creativity and an opportunity to meet your personal muse. Continue reading

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Finishing the House in 2005 (We got by with help from family and friends)

Between October 2004 and June 2005 Brian Burgess and his team worked quickly to finish our house. The myriad of decisions that had to be made prior to completion of the exterior paled compared to the daily discussions we had during those following 8 months. Bob and I were delighted to find that we would not need the marriage counseling that Brian had jokingly said he would not provide. We not only agreed on everything but we were able to include important improvements suggested by our sons and friends.
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Ground Breaking News in 2004 – We started groundbreaking

After our visit in August 2003 we didn’t actually see much happening for several months. Preparation is a large component building a house in the middle of a forest. Continue reading

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Visiting the Enchanted Forest

There are many decisions to be made prior to even starting to pour the foundation of a new house. One of the most important is that of placement of the house. Our little cove was on the southeast section on four acres of steeply graded granite ledge and forest. There was no electricity, no telephone poles, no connection to water and sewer lines. We were “off the grid”. Continue reading

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Inspiration for a Dream Home

If 2002 was the year of determining where we would purchase property, 2003 was the year of finalization of that goal and of fantasizing about the house we would build. Marriage like any relationship is a series of compromises. We found to our surprise that we were somewhat at odds when it came to our initial visions. Continue reading

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Ignorance Isn’t Always Bliss/Listening to Our Hearts

Up to now the story of our path of deciding to purchase coastal property on Deer Isle in Maine sounds relatively reasonable if impulsive. However at this point I have to cop to being a city slicker who had absolutely no idea what she was getting into and was certainly not prepared on even the most basic of levels. Continue reading

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Cure for Winter Doldrums – The First Journey to Deer Isle

The winter blues had not quite set in but I was feeling impatient and wanted to visit some of the places we had identified as possibilities. We made an impetuous decision to give ourselves a Christmas present – to take a week of a “just us two” vacation time and travel up to Deer Isle in January 2003. Continue reading

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