• Q&A with Bryan

    So, how’s the market? Of course that would be the first question you ask! Short answer: it’s healthy. Sellers are selling and buyers are buying, and we’re not seeing the crazy price inflations from several years ago. In some areas though, particularly downtown, the limited inventory of homes has created a price gap. A shortage of affordable housing in the urban centers of Charleston is a big concern for me. Your background was originally in

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  • Home Improvements and Tax Credits

    Homeowners in South Carolina enjoy the potential benefits of both sides of the energy improvement balance: the mild climate allows for cost effective upgrades to improve their homes’ energy efficiency, and that same climate also makes renewable energy systems especially productive. Even better news: many of these upgrades and improvements may be eligible for tax credits! If you invested in energy upgrades for your home in the last few years, check to see if they

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  • Lower Heating Costs with a Retrofit

    During the few short months that we experience winter weather in the coastal South, many homeowners find themselves in the predicament of balancing indoor comfort with potentially enormous power bills. The causes are many, but with an underlying theme: the house is not sufficiently sealed, and the heating unit is working overtime to replace the warmth that is continuously leaking into the outdoors. While we are aware of the quick fixes to a leaky home – weatherstripping the drafty

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  • Nest Thermostat Sale

    The Nest Thermostat (2nd Generation) is on sale for $199 – that’s $50 off its list price and the lowest we’ve ever seen – through Monday December 1st. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. [amazon template=iframe image&asin=B009GDHYPQ] Check Compatibility with your system. The Nest thermostat learns from you – your temperature adjustments, your house, your patterns. Teach it well

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  • Fall Maintenance Prevents Costly Repairs

    With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time for home maintenance. A few weekends of work before the weather really turns will help you get ready for winter and avoid any nasty surprises – and big repair bills – the cold might bring. Here’s your must-do checklist for fall. Gutter Maintenance Clogged gutters can allow overflowing water to damage walls, spark a rodent infestation and erode your landscaping. Worse, the

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  • Solar Power Bill Would Encourage Greater Use

    A compromise bill was introduced to the South Carolina Legislature last week to encourage a proliferation of solar power generation for residential use. It would open the way for residential leasing of solar panels, encourage utility companies to establish distributed generation programs, and get the ball rolling for a much-needed update to the rates that customers receive for generating solar power to the grid. “This bill lights the path to South Carolina’s solar power future,”

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  • Protect Tankless Water Heaters From Freezing

    It’s not something we deal with often, but freezing temperatures in Charleston can wreak havoc on our plumbing. Our common solution for protecting our water pipes is to leave a sink or two dripping overnight, but one device is especially susceptible to this unusually cold weather: the tankless water heater, particularly when mounted on the exterior of the home. While in more northern climates the tankless water heater is nearly always mounted indoors to shield

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  • 2013 Charleston Eco-Home of the Year

    Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity across the world, and Charleston is certainly no exception. We have seen many properties come onto the market in 2013 with green features, ranging from the great prevalence of tankless water heaters to installations of solar arrays and geothermal systems. While it may normally be difficult to decide which of these impressive homes may claim the coveted Charleston Eco-Home of the Year award, there is one that

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  • Clean Trucks in Charleston

    Good news for anyone who breathes air in our fair city – the Port of Charleston is expanding its efforts to see that the trucks moving cargo in and out of its terminals are newer and cleaner with fewer emissions. The air quality in Charleston, particularly in the areas around the ports and interstates, is an inherent victim of the booming commerce provided by the ports. The S.C. State Ports Authority (SPA), the state agency

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  • Home Automation Tech is Transforming the Modern Home

    While home automation technology has been around for several decades in luxury dwellings, the industry has lagged due to complex installations and high prices. But with the increasing prevalence of smartphones and tablets, smart home tech is becoming easier to use and dramatically more affordable. Morgan Brennan of Forbes Magazine points to a projected $14.1 billion growth in worldwide revenues in the home automation industry by 2018, an 11.5% increase over 2012. While many well-recognized players are

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