Merry Christmas! – my little gift to you . . .

Merry Christmas to all and I hope you are having a safe and happy holiday with your friends and family. You may already be one of the 43,000,000 viewers of this you tube Christmas video but it always makes me smile . . .
A flashback to the flash mob.
Ho Ho Ho!

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A native mourns for her childhood hometown of Charleston . . .

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Here is an interesting take from a Washington Post travel writer on Charleston being ranked as a top tourist destination.
She laments the loss of the town she grew up in and remarks about the downsides of being selected “the best city in the US.”

The comments listed after the article are also interesting and provide some perspective. What are your thoughts?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/when-her-home-town-of-charleston-sc-became-a-top-tourist-spot-everything-changed/2013/12/19/cd279e46-4c6d-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_allComments.html?ctab=all_&

25 Reasons to visit Charleston

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Here’s an interesting piece from a writer at The Huffington Post that I thought you might enjoy entitled “25 Reasons You Must Visit Charleston.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/23/charleston-south-carolina_n_4305335.html)

It lists 25 reasons to visit Charleston, especially this time of year when the tourist population wanes a bit.  Pictured above is a palmetto rose which checks in at #12 on the list.  They do make a nice souvenir and a collection of them also serve as a lovely and unique centerpiece.

As a local, albeit a transplanted one, stories like these help me appreciate what we have in the low country.  And looking at the weather reports from up north today are another reason.  Brrr, it looks chilly so come on down y’all!

Study shows experience pays in real estate agents

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A recent study published in the Journal of Housing Research showed that veteran agents sell homes for an average of 12% more than their less experienced counterparts.  As a “veteran real estate agent” myself, it was not too surprising of a study.  All of us started out as rookies and like many other professions, we get savvier with age and experience.

What was a little surprising was that this experience equals about $25,000 for the average house.  Some of the factors that contribute to this difference are that veteran agents have better knowledge of the neighborhoods and more advanced networks of appraisers, buyers and sellers.  I know that my networks are much more vast than when I started in real estate over 10 years ago.

Also, dealing with consumer behavior becomes more nuanced the longer I practice real estate.  Buying a home is an emotional process for many people and navigating the ups and downs has become easier with each transaction.  However, I still learn something with each client and that’s what makes the profession so interesting.  So if you are thinking of buying or selling a home, the survey says — “Go with a pro!”

Here is the link to the Wall St. Journal article which further details the results of the Longwood University study:  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324123004579057500395585922

Got 4 minutes? Watch this for incredible wacky fun!

Ok, this has nothing to do with real estate, Daniel Island living, or me.  It has nothing to do with anything really but I just thought you would enjoy this wonderfully bizarre performance from the Ross Sisters in 1944.  Thanks to my brother-in-law who sent this to me and I just thought it might provide a nice respite to your day.  (The first 50 seconds they are singing but watch what they do after that.)  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/61cY1ILv60k?rel=0&autoplay=1