Welcome to my monthly newsletter about all things James Island!

On James Island, the story of 2021 is still “inventory.” According to the Trident Association of Realtors, there were 161 single family homes for sale on James Island in April of 2020. Fast forward to 2021 and that inventory had slipped to a meager 44 homes. Not surprisingly, median home prices on the island were up 15% year over year as a steady drip of buyers had fewer and fewer homes from which to choose. Complicating the supply imbalance were soaring raw material prices and up to year long backlogs on items like luxury refrigerators, which have thwarted the ability of homebuilders to increase production. Both anecdotally and now with data, however, it looks as if buyers are finally beginning to pause. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage applications for home purchases fell 2% in the last week of May compared to a year ago. As buyers continue to adjust, however, it still remains a sellers market. There has never been a better time to cash in on increasing home prices, especially for empty nesters looking to downsize or landlords looking to ring the register on their capital gains. Call me at anytime to discuss! 

SATURDAYS

Charleston Farmers Market

Saturdays | 8am - 1pm

 

JULY 4TH

Independence Day

JULY 11TH & 25TH

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series

JULY 24TH

Sweetgrass Festival

Local Berry Picking

It’s Blueberry Season and we are lucky enough to have several spots not far from Charleston to go picking! Check out a few options below:

 

NEWTON BLUEBERRY FARM

ADDRESS 7834 Highway 162, Hollywood, SC 29449 

HOURS Mon - Sat | 8am - 6pm

PAYMENT Cash, check, or credit card

Website | Facebook

CHAMPNEY'S BLUEBERRY FARM

ADDRESS 4492 Rose Drive, Ravenel, SC 29470

HOURS Mon - Sat | 9am - 7pm

PAYMENT Cash

Website | Facebook

HICKORY BLUFF BERRY FARM

ADDRESS 3019 Old Gilliard Road, Holly Hill, SC 29059

HOURS Tues - Sat | 9am - 5:30pm

PAYMENT Cash or cards

Website | Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Champney's Blueberry Farm Facebook

Summer Treat: Firecracker Dogs

INGREDIENTS

• 1 can refrigerated breadstick dough  • 2 packages of hot dogs (16 total)

• 16 thick slices colby cheese  • 16 skewers

DIRECTIONS

• Take your skewers and stick them all the way through your hot dogs leaving about an inch and a half exposed out of the top of each hot dog. Then take a piece of breadstick dough and carefully wrap it around the hot dog until you get to the top. Place the wrapped dogs on parchment paper and bake according to the package directions for the breadstick dough. About 20 minutes at 350. 

• While the hot dogs are cooking, take out your cheese slices. The key to this step is to go to your grocer’s deli counter and ask for them to slice you pieces of cheese that are 1/4”-3/8” thick. Then using a small star cookie cutter cut out your stars. 

• After your dogs have cooled for 2-3 minutes stick the star through the skewer at the top.

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Recipe Courtesy of Handmade in the Heartland

Family Day Trip: The Goatery

Bring the kids and check out The Goatery at Kiawah River on Johns Island.  This dairy farm offers a variety of experiences to help you learn more about how a healthy and humane farm works. For your first visit, you may enjoy a learning tour. The tours are $20 per person (over age 2) and introduce you to the “farm”ily and how everything works together on the farm.  You can also plan children and adult birthday parties, corporate excursions, and even goat yoga. Make sure to purchase tickets for your visit beforehand.

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Photo Courtesy of The Goatery Facebook

RECENTLY CLOSED SALES IN JAMES ISLAND

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