Charleston, SC Is Named Best City in the World

by carolinaone_marketing 20. July 2016 08:12



Those of us who live in the Lowcountry already know that Charleston is one of the best places to live. Now everyone else knows it as well. Travel + Leisure Magazine came out with its latest rankings for the best cities in the world, and the results were announced on the TODAY Show. If you weren't able to catch the program live, we're happy to report that Charleston was named as the Best City in the World.

 

While awards are nothing new for Charleston as Travel + Leisure readers have ranked Charleston as the Best City in the U.S. and Canada four years in a row, it has never won the top award before.  According to the editor of the publication, Charleston was named the best city in the world because of how dynamic and diverse it is. No matter your interests or preferences, you're bound to find something that you like in Charleston.

 

Five Reasons Why You Might Want to Visit Charleston

 

A Rich Collection of American History: Are you a history buff? You'll be happy to know that Charleston is essentially a well-preserved live museum with relics from the Colonial days. The Battery and White Point Gardens are pretty well-known as is Fort Sumter, but there are many other antebellum museums and sites that you'll want to check out as well. The Historic Charleston Foundation has worked hard to preserve these historic sites, and you'll certainly want to visit its headquarters as well.

 

Beautiful Beaches: From Isle of Palms to Folly Beach, the Charleston area has some of the most stunning beaches in the world. If you're willing to drive a few miles away from Charleston, you might want to check out Kiawah Island, which offers miles of untouched shoreline. Most of these beaches are open to the public and some offer free parking as well.

 

Delicious Food: If you go to Charleston, expect to eat well. Obviously, because it's on the coast, you will find delicious fish dishes. Don't leave Charleston unless you have had the shrimp and grits. Now that we're in July, it's Peach Season so keep this in mind too. No matter what Georgia residents may say, you won't find a better peach than one from South Carolina.

 

Friendly People: Come for the beaches and history. Stay for the people. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone friendlier than someone from Charleston. If you're visiting, expect to see many smiling faces and greetings as you walk on King St. and other parts of town. Southern charm is not a myth, and it is alive and well in Charleston.

 

It's Affordable: Unlike many other popular summer destinations, Charleston is actually affordable. There are a number of free things to do around the city, including Waterfront Park and the Charleston City Market. And as we mentioned above many of the beaches are free as well. If you're on a budget Charleston may be for you.

 

 

Want to see why so many people call Charleston the best city in the world. Check out our attractive vacation rentals in Charleston, SC and plan your trip to our small piece of paradise. 

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Another Strong Year for Charleston Real Estate

by carolinaone_marketing 7. July 2016 11:02


Are you thinking about purchasing a vacation home to spend time with your family in a relaxing and picturesque setting? There are many factors that go into choosing a place to live – whether it's a primary residence or a home to vacation at during the summer. Location obviously matters, but so does the local economy. You'll probably want a place with good restaurants, shops, museums, and other attractions indicative of a thriving economy.  So where you live will depend not only on the home but the community that surrounds it.

 

The Charleston Real Estate Market Boom

 

Many are choosing to buy real estate in the Charleston, SC area for these very reasons. Carolina One's own Will Jenkinson was featured in an article for Charleston's daily newspaper, The Post and Courier, about Charleston's real estate market. Will is the broker-in-charge of new homes at Carolina One, and he noted that how 'painful' the new homes market was for Charleston five years ago. Now it is seeing a comeback as 34% of home sales in 2016 for Charleston are new homes. He also said that the Charleston real estate market was on pace to beat last year's sales, which were just over 3600 homes.

 

According to the article, economists predict that the Charleston economy will see stable growth after several years of rapid expansion. In fact, a seventh year of expansion would be the best Charleston has even seen. They point to employment growth, especially in the construction industry, which means that more people will have money to spend on homes. In addition to that, low gas prices and other financial factors have enabled South Carolina residents to save and keep more money in their pockets.

 

 

So what does all of this mean for the prospective homebuyer who wants to find a home in the Charleston area? Homebuyers can expect a healthy real estate market, especially if they are planning on purchasing a new home. Construction is up and the demand for new homes is there, so you will be able to find a new home if that's what you prefer. Additionally, there are many different homes in downtown Charleston, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and other popular Lowcountry destinations, so you may want to consult a Carolina One real estate agent to learn more about opportunities based off your budget and preferences.

 

 

Finally, a strong real estate market means that there is a lot of demand as well. If you have always thought about buying a home in the Charleston area, why wait? The home of your dreams may be out there, but it won't be out there forever. Charleston is a beautiful city with a rich history, wonderful beaches, state-of-the-art restaurants, and the friendliest people on the East Coast. It is also a great place to call home. If you are looking at Charleston real estate as we speak, do yourself a favor and speak to an agent to find that dream home for you and your family and friends.  

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Should Empty Nesters Rent or Buy When Downsizing?

by carolinaone_marketing 6. June 2016 09:52


Each month, more than a quarter million Americans will turn the age of 65. This is typically the magic number when people start thinking about retirement, and some will also consider whether to downsize to save on space and money. Downsizing can offer tremendous benefits to a newly retired couple, especially if they are considering moving to a retirement hotspot like Charleston, SC.

 

One is obviously the amount of space needed. Ten or fifteen years ago, four bedrooms may have been necessary if there were a few children running around and others living at home. Now, all of that space may be unnecessary. Unused space requires maintenance and only forces an individual or couple to spend extra money on energy costs and taxes. In addition to that, those who are retiring may want to go somewhere else when they retire for lifestyle reasons, proximity of family, and cost of living.

 

If You Are Thinking about Downsizing Whether You Stay Nearby or Move, Should You Rent or Buy?

 

So you're ready to move out of the family home and get a small place on the beach in Isle of Palms or somewhere else to enjoy your retirement years. You'll now want to consider whether you would like to purchase the property or rent it out. In truth, there is no simple answer here, and each situation will be different. However, here are some questions you may want to ask your agent or accountant to help you make the best decision possible:

 

Do you like the idea of home ownership? If you have owned a home for many years, it may be a bit of shock if you start renting. You like to have complete control over your property, and you don’t mind taking care of small repairs. For others, though, the idea of never having to worry about a repair or upkeep costs can be a relief.  Each has its positives and negatives, and you should certainly consider these points as you make your decision

 

Which will be more expensive? Each has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to expense. You usually have to put more upfront when you buy. However, you can also benefit from certain tax deductions, including mortgage interest and property taxes. When you rent, though, you don't have to worry about most repair expenses and some utilities may be free. However, again, you are not building equity and rent may be higher than a mortgage payment for the same home.

 

Do you plan on remaining in the new property for a few years? The initial costs of purchasing a home can be expensive depending on how much you want to put down as well as the closing costs involved. And don't forget about the home inspection and any initial repairs or upgrades you may need to make as well. Typically these costs are offset in a few years by the equity you build, but if you plan on leaving before then, you may want to rent instead.

 

 

Are you looking at houses in South Carolina? Contact one of our agents today, and we can help you find a fantastic place to call home –whether you decide to rent or buy. 

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The Ultimate How-To Guide Of Surviving A Seller's Market

by carolinaone_marketing 4. May 2016 02:47

Ahhh…spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, the weather is nicer and the faint sounds of lawn mowers are filling the neighborhood. We all associate the spring season with renewal and that means change is on the horizon for many families as they are looking to move. The springtime is typically one of the best periods to find homes for sale in South Carolina because prospective homebuyers no longer have to traverse through winter weather and sellers can finally take advantage of the nicer conditions to prep their home for sale. However, the springtime may also be the starting point of a more stressful home hunt because you won't be the only one looking for new digs and that means the competition will rise and the inventory will quickly disappear.

 

If you are shopping for a new home in a seller's market, which is quite common during the spring season, there are a few things you need to get a handle on in order to survive! But, how do you know if you're shopping in a seller's market? Well, we know that the market varies from place to place, however, keep an eye out for these two red flags:

  • Homes listed on the market are selling higher than their asking price
  • Houses are selling very quickly and the inventory isn't keeping up with demand

 

According to some national statistics, the general consensus is that the market is starting to favor sellers instead of buyers. For instance, homes listed for sale in March were moving 16% faster off the market compared to last year. Properties stayed on the market for only 75 days in March, which is 19 days faster compared to February. Additionally, the median list price of $238,000 is 8.2% higher than last year and 2.6% higher than last month! As home prices creep up and majority of the inventory starts to fly off the market, you need to check out these tips to survive a seller's market.

 

Make It A Priority

You know that the old saying the early bird gets the worm? Well, it definitely applies to home hunting during a seller's market! To prove yourself successful in scoring the home you want, you need to make house hunting your number one priority – not something you just fit in here and there on the weekends. Treat the home hunting process like you were looking for a job – search real estate listings regularly, view homes at the earliest convenience of the seller and follow up immediately if you think it's a fit.  

 

Get Prequalified or Preapproved

Money walks and talk is cheap, especially in a seller's market. If you want to be taken seriously as a prospective homebuyer, than you need to get all your paperwork and finances ready to go. Having a prequalification or preapproval letter can show the seller you can put your money where your mouth is and shows them evidence you are ready to play ball.

 

Consider The Contingencies

It's quite common for a prospective homebuyer to have a few contingencies with their offer. For example, they will purchase the home if the inspection goes well or if the appraisal squares up. However, in a seller's market, you might make the consideration to drop some of those considerations. While it may be a little risky, sellers are looking for the offers that have fewer hurdles to jump to get to closing faster.

 

Go In With Your Best

There is very little room for negotiation during a seller's market because there are so many other buyers around willing to pay listing price or more for a home. With that in mind, you may need to put all your cards in on your first offer to snag the home you want. You could certainly start by offering the asking price the first time around, but be prepared to fork over a little more over asking if multiple bids have already taken place. Just keep in mind that you don't want to blow your budget, so make a strong offer but always put your financial stability first.

 

Expand Your Search

It can be challenging to find the perfect home at a price you can afford in your desired neighborhood but don’t let that stop you from moving. If you are focusing on one specific location, you could be making the home hunt harder than it has to be, so you should be willing to expand your search to nearby areas. Perhaps there's some great deals in another neighborhood or down the street. Don't be afraid to re-draw your search outside of the original area you were looking in.

 

Use A Realtor

Last but not least, use a realtor during the home hunt! Realtors can provide you with homes for sale in South Carolina that you may have not found on your own and they often have great insight and advice about the market. Connect with a realtor from the Carolina One Real Estate by calling (843) 202-2000 today! 

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Why Tea Is Just a Little Sweeter Here in Summerville, SC

by carolinaone_marketing 3. May 2016 05:48

 

 

Are you a fan of sweet tea? Most historians agree that sweet tea was started in South Carolina and, specifically, in the Charleston area. According to primary accounts, a French botanist and explorer, Andre Michaux, came to South Carolina in the late 1700s with tea leaves and other vegetation to appeal to the Charleston aristocracy. He planted tea leaves just northwest of Charleston, and started a tradition of tea-drinking that still exists today in the Lowcountry.

 

There's no question that residents of South Carolina love their tea. What makes them differ from others in the United States who enjoy a tall glass of iced tea is how they prepare it. While some may enjoy their black iced tea unsweetened, residents of South Carolina enjoy their iced tea with a little sugar in it. In fact, South Carolinians love their sweet tea so much, they officially adopted it as its Official Hospitality Beverage.

 

Where Can You Find the Largest Sweet Tea in the World?

 

South Carolina residents may drink sweet tea by the gallon, but there is one small town in South Carolina where residents can say that their sweet tea is record-breaking. The town of Summerville, a small Tree City USA town that sits a few minutes outside of the Charleston city limits, will attempt to break the record of making the largest amount of sweet tea in one glass. In order to break the record, residents hope to make a 2500 gallon single glass of sweet tea.

 

Obviously this amount of sweet tea can't be produced in anyone's kitchen and will require a little more creativity. According to the organizers of the Summerville event, the tea will be made using natural gas, local tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation, and sugar from Dixie Crystals. A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to hopefully verify and present the record. The event will take place on June 10, 2016.

 

Enjoy the Best Sweet Tea in South Carolina Year-round

 

There's one thing you can bet on: if you visit Summerville, you're going to be treated to a glass of iced sweet tea with a lemon or orange slice garnish from a friendly face during your stay. If you are considering moving to the area to take advantage of the beautiful weather, emerging business development, and wonderful heritage, there are few better places than the town of Summerville. Summerville is a place where you can raise a family or grow old, and you're sure to accompany most days with a glass or two of sweet tea.

 

If you're thinking about making Summerville your home, check out our listings of Summerville homes for sale to find a home that meets your budget and requirement. We pride ourselves in matching prospective homebuyers with homes that they can see themselves staying in for a while. Our agents are happy to discuss your needs and help you find a Summerville home that you'll love. Contact us today to get the conversation started. And if you're looking for a good sweet tea recipe, here's a tasty one from WhatsCookingAmerica.net.

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Tips for Getting the Best Mortgage Rate for Your First Home in South Carolina

by carolinaone_marketing 12. April 2016 05:27


Millennials are quickly becoming the fastest growing percentage of home buyers in the country and make up the majority of first-time home buyers. As the oldest Millennials begin to reach their thirties and higher levels of career responsibilities and salary, many will begin to settle down and begin to look at homes. Some will look at the Charleston area for its beautiful weather, friendly communities, and emerging job markets that match Millennials' technology-focused skillset and education.

 

Our younger generation of first-time homebuyers can take advantage of a buyer-friendly market where mortgage interest rates are still low and there are friendly programs for first-time homebuyers. However, they also face unique challenges than other generations of homebuyers that may require a little more flexibility, creativity, and patience. In the end, though, the time you take to research and understand what it takes to apply and get approved for a mortgage loan will help you get one step closer to buying that first home of your dreams in Charleston, SC.

 

Understanding How Much You Can Afford for a Monthly Mortgage Payment

 


If you begin the process of applying for a mortgage, you will get a quote from various lenders that pertain to how much you're pre-qualified for. Just remember this is different from the amount of money you're pre-approved for. The pre-approval process involves a number of additional steps, including income verification, credit history, etc. You may be pre-qualified for a certain amount, but can you afford that monthly payment every month?

 

Getting Your Debt to Income Ratio as Low as Possible

 

Let's say you apply for a $200,000 mortgage where the monthly mortgage payment with property taxes, interest, principal, home owner's insurance is $1500 a month. If you make $8000 a month as a household, your debt to income ratio will only be 19%. But what if you have other monthly payments? For example, many Millennials have student loans. Those go into your debt to income ratio. Do you have credit card payments or car payments? Those affect your debt to income ratio as well. The goal is to get below 43% to provide assurance to the bank that you will be able to afford your monthly mortgage payment.

 

Reviewing Your Credit Score

 

The credit score you need to qualify for a mortgage loan may depend on the type of mortgage loan you're applying for. For example, a conventional mortgage loan from a bank will typically have stricter credit limits than an FHA or USDA loan. At the same time, a FHA loan or USDA loan that is guaranteed by the federal government may have other requirements not necessary for a conventional loan. Therefore, it is a good idea to check out the different types of loans out there and any credit requirements.

 

 

No matter the type of loan you apply for, though, remember to get a copy of credit report to dispute any errors or safeguard against identity theft. In addition to that, you can understand if you need to lower your credit utilization or take any other actions to raise your credit score to an acceptable level that will allow you to get approved for a mortgage loan at a good rate. As Millennials take advantage of good home prices in the Charleston, SC real estate market with affordable rates, managing these common mortgage issues will go a long way in helping them get through the process. 

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Isle of Palms: A Place the Whole Family Can Enjoy

by carolinaone_marketing 21. March 2016 05:04

Are you thinking about taking a summer vacation the whole family can enjoy? There will be a number of factors that will go into your decision-making. You'll have to consider budget, how you want to travel, the time of the season you can go, and your only personal interests. Any parent will tell you that finding something to do for the entire family can be difficult, especially if the kids are a little bit older. Luckily, if you've always thought about visiting the Lowcountry, Isle of Palms offers a wide variety of activities the whole family can enjoy.

 

If you have never visited Isle of Palms before, please know that it is only 12 miles away from downtown Charleston, SC. A short drive will take you to the heart of the Palmetto City where you can experience world-class restaurants, historic attractions, shopping for the whole family, sports, the harbor, and more. But that is only one part about what makes Isle of Palms so great. There are plenty of things to do on the barrier island as well.

Eco-tours

 

Barrier Islands Eco Tours was the number one listed attraction on Trip Advisor as reviewers thought that the captain and guide were both incredibly knowledgeable and they got to see wildlife and vegetation that they wouldn't otherwise see on the barrier islands. There are a number of other charters available too depending on your interests and what you would like to see. If you or your children are into the outdoors and you don't get seasick, an eco-tour could be a fun day out the whole family can take part in.

 

Thomson Park

 

Take an afternoon ride to Thomson Park in the Breach Inlet, which offers a fun, but quiet adventure. Did you know that Thomson Park was the site of a Revolutionary War battle? Although the water is not safe for swimming, you can go a walk with the family, go fishing, or just take in some sun. The Breach Inlet is located between Isle of Palms and Sullivan Island. Isle of Palms County Park is another place to check out if you would like to get some time in outdoors.

 

Paddle Boarding, Wave Sports, and More

 

Are you a fan of water-based activities like paddle boarding, parasailing, jet-skis, and more? There are a number of companies in the Isle of Palms area that offer affordable lessons and equipment rentals to ensure you get your rush on the water. If you have ever wanted to jet-ski on the marshes or intercoastal, you can do it here in Isle of Palms, SC.

 

Check out Isle of Palms rentals today at CarolineOneRealEstate.com. We offer beautiful vacation rentals at a variety of budget levels, and we can help you find the best rental for your dream vacation in Isle of Palms. Don't wait. Summer will be here before you know it. Count down today by searching our vacation rental listings today.

 

 

 

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Will Charleston Be the Top Place to Visit in 2016?

by carolinaone_marketing 22. February 2016 09:44

Each year, Travel + Leisure creates a list of the world's best cities. The rankings for the list take into account various criteria, including sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping, and value. Online and print readers of the publication can participate in the survey, and they are asked to rate each city based off these factors on a 1-5 scale. With so many wonderful cities in the world, it would be understandable to see a new "best city" crowned each year. Yet for the past three years, Charleston, SC has been honored as the top city in the United States and Canada. For the 20th annual rankings that were announced last July, Charleston was named the top city in North America and second best city in the world.

 

What Makes Charleston a Consistent Favorite among Residents and Tourists?

 

First and foremost, it's a city with passion.  Sean Brock was featured in a recent "Parts Unknown" that focused on the culinary scene in Charleston. He was joined by host Anthony Bourdain and Bill Murray, a man who can live anywhere but chooses to call Charleston his home. Brock's restaurant Husk was listed as one of the reasons why Travel + Leisure readers chose Charleston as the best city in North America.  Brock has a renowned respect for the Lowcountry, and you can see it in his culinary expressions. He is one of many people in Charleston who loves their city and wants to show others the rich heritage and history that make it a city unlike any other.

 

Second, there are so many things to do. Are you a fan of the beach? Charleston, SC and its surrounding communities offer world-class beaches with beautiful weather year-round. It features mesmerizing architecture throughout the city, and it is home to a number of historical attractions including Fort Sumter.  Charleston also has a wide variety of antique shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, bookstores, and many other establishments that will fill your time when you come for a visit. Charleston blends modern amenities with Old World Southern Charm for a unique experience that is sure to delight you and your entire family. 

 

 

Act Now if You Want to Get a Vacation Rental for Late Spring or Early Summer!

 

Are you thinking about staying in the Charleston area? Carolina One is pleased to offer luxury vacation rentals in Isle of Palms and Folly Beach. Both beach communities are within close driving distance to Charleston, SC, and each offers a unique experience in its own right. Isle of Palms is a barrier island just north of Charleston Harbor that provides families with a luxury resort island experience right in the Lowcountry. Folly Beach is also known as the "Edge of America" and features a number of outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. Although we don't know if Charleston will be number one when the next list is announced in July, we can guarantee you'll have an amazing time if you choose to come down to the Lowcountry. Check our listings today to learn more about our houses for rent in the Charleston, SC area

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5 Great Activities to Check Out on Your Isle of Palms Vacation

by carolinaone_marketing 17. February 2016 04:58

 

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If you are already planning your summer vacation, you're smart! A lot of people book their rentals anywhere from three to six months ahead of time, or even longer, depending on the location – and Isle of Palms, SC is a popular place for vacation rentals. There are many reasons that so many people come here, from the proximity to Charleston to the beautiful beaches. Here are some of our personal favorite activities to check out on Isle of Palms during the summer:

Isle of Palms County Park

What summer vacation at the beach would be complete without a trip to the beach? Isle of Palms County Park is one of the best places to catch some rays, look for shells or go swimming, but it also has a lot of other advantages. The park has year-round amenities including a boardwalk, changing area, restrooms, a sand volleyball court, a playground, and a picnic area. Along with all of these, the park offers seasonal lifeguards, beach rentals, outdoor showers, shopping, and food and drinks.

Golf

Wild Dunes Resort offers two impressive courses designed by Tom Fazio, the reputed and award-winning golf course architect. The Links course has the distinction of being Fazio's first solo course design, and has just been renovated to include new greens and cart paths, as well as some changes to individual holes. The Harbor course features some of the most spectacular use of water in the golf world, and weaves between backwater, ponds, and the Intracoastal highway. The resort also has a practice area for those who need to get back into the game.

Capers Island

Capers Island is an uninhabited barrier island located just north of Isle of Palms and Dewees Island. It is accessible only by boat, but don't let that stop you! There are several different ways to reach the island, the most common of which is to take a boat tour. You can also kayak over and, if you're adventurous, camp overnight (with a permit).

This island is known for its starkly beautiful Boneyard Beach, so named for the bleached dead tree stumps, trunks, and limbs lining the water. On top of that, there is a ton of unspoiled wildlife to experience here, including palms and salt marshes, raccoons, deer, and dolphins, ospreys, eagles, egrets, herons and pelicans, alligators, and tons of different varieties of fish and crabs.

Charleston Shopping

 woman with colorful shopping bags

If you are more of an indoorsy type, heading to nearby Charleston to check out the shopping scene might be more your thing. There are a number of malls and outlets in the area, in general, but if you are looking for the best, most unique selection of haute couture, antiques, and fine dining, King Street is the place to be! This is one of the most famous shopping destinations in the city, and offers notable stores such as the following:

  • George C. Birlant & Company, an antiques store with a reputation for the highest quality furniture, silver, and ceramics since it was founded in the 1920s.
  • While in the neighborhood, check out Blue Bicycle Books, a used book store with over 50,000 titles and a particularly good collection of books about Charleston.
  • Head to the Finicky Filly and House of Sage for youthful, stylish clothes, or check out Anne's for timelessly elegant clothing designs.
  • Copper Penny will be your next stop, as you look for a pair (or pairs) of shoes to go with your new outfits.
  • Don't forget to hit up some of the art galleries like Corrigan or Sylvan Gallery on your way through the area!

If you aren't shopped out after King Street, make sure to stop by the Charleston City Market, which features a variety of local artists and their crafts. It's one of the major cultural stops that proves that you've actually been to Charleston! 

Special Events

One of the great things about Isle of Palms is that there is always something going on! There are tons of local cultural events happening here, in Charleston, and in other adjacent areas. If you come off-season in February, the island participates in the Lowcountry Blues Festival, an event that is held in many different locations in the close vicinity of Charleston. In June, there is a sandsculpting contest, and in July we hold a 5k beach run and fireworks for Independence Day. In October, there is a Connector Walk/Run, which benefits a local child abuse prevention charity, as well as other charities for children. If you are looking for local live music, check out the Windjammer, a beach club featuring a steady stream of musical acts in a variety of different styles.

If you haven't secured a vacation rental on Isle of Palms for the summer yet, start looking now! Carolina One offers beautiful, convenient, and comfortable rental properties for your vacation, so check out our listings or call us at (843) 202-2000 for more information today!

Five Tips for Finding an Affordable Vacation Rental

by carolinaone_marketing 26. January 2016 10:45

If you live anywhere in the Northeast for Mid-Atlantic, you are probably still digging yourself out of snow right now. These areas were hit hard by Jonas, and the snowstorm triggered heavy snowfall, high winds, and heavy flooding in some shore towns. Some areas got as much as 30 inches of snow. If you have tired of Old Man Winter's antics and are ready for summer, it is never too early to get started looking for a summer rental. There are many places to check out, but we are partial to Isle of Palms SC vacation rentals as they offer beautiful Southern architecture, pristine beaches, and a whole lot of Southern charm as well. Here are a few tips to help you find an affordable vacation rental. 

Book Early

Most vacation homes see spots filled up well before Memorial Day – in fact, it is not out of the question to see coveted times of summer booked months in advance. Therefore, if you have a specific time in mind for when you want to visit Isle of Palms, begin as early as possible. At the same time, if you have more wiggle room, it might be advantageous to book early as well as you might get a better deal. Some rental owners and their agents would prefer to get a spot filled than play the waiting game. This could mean that they're more willing to settle at a lower price.

Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate

It never hurts to negotiate. In many cases the owner or agent will have a number in mind that they're willing to go down to if needed, but you should be prepared to walk or pay the asking price as some aren't willing to budge. Still, if you can save money doing so, it can't hurt to try.

Book a Vacation Rental outside of Town or off the Beach

There's no question that beachfront property has its perks, but it comes at a price. If you don't need to have a place on the beach or right downtown and are just looking for a place to relax, you might be able to save a significant amount of money booking a vacation rental in a less sought after location.

Choose a Less Popular Week and Earn Extra Perks

Isle of Palms is a beautiful place to visit all-year round. If you're willing to visit at an off-peak time, you may be able to get extra perks as motivation for signing up for that week. It's not unheard of to have your pet fees waived or even have your groceries paid for to entice you to book an off-peak time that may not get as much interest.

Consult an Agent

Various vacation rental sites will only provide you with the listings; they will not give you recommendations, inside information, and details about Isle of Palms vacation rentals as an agent would. An agent could keep an eye out for special deals and good owners whom they've worked with in the past. It might be a good idea to consult one, especially if you're not from the area. 

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