Susan Gardner

February 16, 2018

Camellias – The First Sign of the End of Winter

My favorite time of year!  The end of winter always comes with the blooming of camellias. While winter isn’t quite over, it’s the sign of new life to come. People are cutting back their shrubs and trees preparing for the new season and around this time every year I enjoy […]
February 15, 2018

Majority of First Time Homebuyers put down less than 6%

Many first time homebuyers wait to enter the market because they think they need a 20% down payment, or don’t realize the benefits of buying sooner than later. If that’s you, please keep reading! According to the Confidence Index Survey by the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first time […]
February 6, 2018

Best romantic restaurants in Summerville for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a romantic restaurant to celebrate with the one you love for Valentines Day, here are some of the places I love best in Summerville. We have many more, but these are my tried and true favorites. My number one favorite romantic place to spend the evening […]
January 23, 2018

Will the New Tax Code affect Home Values in South Carolina?

A lot is being said about the new tax code. Two changes are expected to have an impact on the housing market. One, the reduction in the mortgage debt deductible, and two, the real estate tax deduction is now limited to $10,000. In addition to this, a higher standard deduction […]
January 18, 2018

Our Front Porch Story

When we bought the home we loved that it had a front porch but felt the plain large gable overpowered the front facade and was a little disproportionate. We originally thought we’d tear the gable down and put a shed roof across the whole house but Steven didn’t really want […]
January 15, 2018

Non-Financial Benefits of Homeownership

Benefits of Homeownership beyond the Financial Many people want to be homeowners for a variety of reasons. It’s always been known as “The American Dream.” While there are many financial benefits of homeownership, a study by the National Association of Realtors findings show there are other benefits as well. Here […]
January 9, 2018

How to Give Access to Buyers When Selling Your Home

You’ve just signed the listing paperwork and there’s always the question of, “How would you like to be notified for showings?”  While it’s not easy keeping your home ready to show at all times, it’s one of the best things you can do to get your home sold quickly. It […]
January 5, 2018

Being a Buyer in a Sellers Market

Buying a home in a seller’s market can be frustrating, especially if you’re not aware of the market conditions, find your dream house, and lose it because you were not prepared. Markets change constantly. They vary city to city and even neighborhood to neighborhood but one thing is consistent lately […]
January 4, 2018

2017 Summerville Year in Review

It was a strong year for Summerville real estate in 2017. The number of homes sold increased while the number of homes on the market decreased over 2016. This strengthened the “Sellers Market” (where the number of months supply is less than 6 months.) In a Sellers Market, the buyer […]