10 Best Home Improvements: 2021 Guide

Sat, Nov 27th 2021 4:43 pm by Youlia Apostolova SALES

1. Garage door replacement
New garage doors can make a home look and function better. The average cost to replace garage doors is $3,907. Of that, you can expect to add $3,663 of value when you sell your property. All told, you'll recover 94% of your investment.

2. Manufactured stone veneer
Ask any real estate agent, and you'll hear that curb appeal could be your ticket to commanding top dollar for your home. And that's why investing in manufactured stone veneer (a fake stone that's engineered to look like natural stone) makes sense. The average cost to install a manufactured stone veneer is $10,386, of which you'll add $9,571 of resale value. That means you'll recoup 92% of your cost....

Affordable Living Central Location 4 bed/ 2bath Ranch

Mon, May 10th 2021 8:39 pm by Youlia Apostolova SALES

8218 N Split Oak
Charleston, SC

MLS# 21012239 - Residential

Cozy 1 story house in a prime location. The house is on a large fenced yard. 4 bedrooms (the fourth bedroom is a frog), two bathrooms, one car garage, and a workshop in the yard. Check out beautiful hardwood floors and high ceilings with skylights for extra lighting in the living room, fireplace, and built-in entertainment center. Spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and room for kitchen table overviews the 12x15 screened porch where you can enjoy outdoors. The Huge master bedroom has a private bathroom with double sinks and a nice size shower. The frog could be a fourth bedroom or an o...

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Welcome to the best location on Kiawah!

Fri, Feb 19th 2021 1:42 pm by Youlia Apostolova Selling

4200 Mariners Watch
Kiawah Island, SC

MLS# 21004424 - Residential

Welcome to the best location on Kiawah! With Panoramic Atlantic Ocean views, this turn-key, unique three-bedroom, three-bathroom Mariners Watch villa comes fully furnished and is sure to be your island oasis! This private, first-floor end unit property boasts gorgeous ocean views from almost every room, plus views of beautiful live oak trees and Kiawah landscaping. Conveniently located with two different short-flight staircases off of the front and beachside, the covered porch leads directly to Boardwalk #18 and the beautiful beaches of Kiawah Island! Inside this special East Beach villa, you will find an updated...

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Secluded area 5ac 4 bed/4baths 1 story home with swimming pool 4 sale

Wed, Jan 27th 2021 5:37 pm by Youlia Apostolova SALES

Custom-built all brick house on 5 ac located in Ridgeville SC. This is a rare opportunity to be close to town and at the same time live in a secluded small community. It is only 8 miles away from the town, surrounded by nature and away from the traffic and town noises. The subdivision is horses-friendly. Open floor house is a mix of European style and mansion-like look with decorative brick details on exterior walls. As you enter through a massive front door, you will be mesmerized by impressive columns, shiny hardwood floors, high ceilings, and picture-like windows. Kitchen cabinets give you a lot of storage, plenty of room for entertainment or family gatherings: top-notch plumbing fi...

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Brighton Park Village in Nexton.

Mon, Jan 11th 2021 1:25 pm by Youlia Apostolova Selling

113 Oakbend Street
Summerville, SC

MLS# 21000607 - Residential

This beautiful and spacious 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath filled with upgrades is located on a corner lot within highly desirable Brighton Park Village in Nexton. As you enter you'll notice spacious 10' ceilings, gleaming hardwood flooring and plantation shutters throughout the first floor. The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining and spending time with family. The kitchen features white 42'' cabinets with stepped crown molding, granite countertops, large kitchen island with 2 walk-in pantries great for storage. Also on the 1st floor is the spacious master suite which includes a walk in closet, large tile shower, and ...

Charming Home in Summerville

Fri, Jan 8th 2021 7:00 pm by Youlia Apostolova Selling

9004 Chato Court
Summerville, SC

MLS# 21000578 - Residential

Charming home features full front porch and large screened porch in back. Lots of outdoor living space with HUGE yard!(.29 acre) Downstairs features formal living and dining rooms with upgraded hardwood floors, crown moldings and large family room with gas fireplace. Family room is open to the breakfast area and kitchen. Master suite has a relaxing garden tub, separate shower, walk-in closet and sitting area! The other 3 bedrooms and bath and laundry area complete the second floor living space. One of the upstairs rooms is a FROG so if you only need 3BR it would make a great flex-space.

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Seven developments to look forward to in Charleston

Mon, Jan 4th 2021 2:41 pm by Youlia Apostolova SALES

2021 Developments

Sweetgrass Inn | Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms https://www.destinationhotels.com/wild-dunes-new-expansion/about

Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort | Image courtesy of Wild Dunes Resort

Earlier last year, Lowe, the developer behind Isle of Palms’ Wild Dunes Resort + downtown’s new waterfront hotel, The Cooper, formally announced the newest hotel's name and details under construction at Wild Dunes Resort the Sweetgrass Inn. The 153-room hotel will encompass four acres and feature amenities including 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, an 8,000 square-foot grand ballroom with pre-function and terrace event space, a...

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Myths About Universal Design

Wed, Dec 16th 2020 12:45 pm by Youlia Apostolova rentals

Myths About Universal Design
by Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph. D
Universal design is an exciting methodology that, when applied to vacation rentals, can empower every single guest to enjoy properties to the greatest extent possible — regardless of age, size, ability, or disability.

I have the great privilege to speak around the country about universal design housing. But, over the years, I’ve noticed several unhelpful myths have emerged about universal design that present unnecessary obstacles to its implementation. 

This article serves to help debunk those myths, and to explain how universal design can help grow your business by attracting travelers of all abilities. 
Myth 1: Universal ...

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How to protect your home when it is on the market

Mon, Nov 9th 2020 9:13 pm by Youlia Apostolova Selling

When your home goes on the market, it could be exposed to more than just potential buyers. Your home could be the target of scams, theft, insurance claims, and other issues, especially if you and your realtor are planning to hold a large open house. Taking certain precautions with your valuables and your home can protect you and your family from these common threats and ensure your selling experience goes as smoothly as possible.

Homes on the market are common targets for petty theft. If you’ve got valuables in your home, you’re putting yourself at risk, especially if you’re planning on holding an open house or two. Even common targets for theft can easily fall off your radar if y...

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Sat, Sep 26th 2020 6:25 pm by Youlia Apostolova air b and b business 2020

Covid-19 affected all airbnb hosts and travelers in 2020. Some of the hosts had to survive and some took this situation as a rear opportunity to improve and make the most money and to adjust. Here are a few things that you must know to effectively to run your business in current situation.

1. If you have a furnished home that you were using as a short term rental and because of the Covid-19 you put it up for a long term, try to get back into short-term if possible. Find creative ways to stay booked, it is still more profitable than a long term lease.

2. The short term rental market for homes by far has out passed recovery for hotel industry. Most of the hotels are still only at 60% oc...

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Pool, Garden, Traditional House on double lots in Summerville SC

Mon, May 25th 2020 12:47 pm by Youlia Apostolova SALES


191 Pecan Drive
Summerville, SC

MLS# 20012851 - Residential

Location, location, location! Beautiful and spacious four bedroom, 2.5 bath house (with a bonus 1 bedroom apartment above the detached 2 car garage) situated on 2 half-ac. lots with an inground pool! Located near Orangeburg and Butternut in the DD2 school district with the assigned schools. Just five minutes or less to anything you might need. The master suite is situated downstairs with its own bathroom and living area. The house has gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the downstairs, a spacious kitchen, dedicated dining room, living room with a fireplace, laundry room, a loft area big enough for a home office, large...

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Tue, Apr 28th 2020 12:39 pm by Youlia Apostolova rentals

5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT 505
Charleston, SC

MLS# 20002666 - Rentals

The condo includes high-end interior finishes such as hardwood floors, quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Utilities: Included; except for electric service, Security Deposit: 1 Month's Rent, Possession Date: 06/01/2019, 12+ Month Lease Term, Professionally Managed- Handsome Homes, Pets Negotiable- $500 Pet Fee (Non-Refundable), Furnished, Parking: One (1) Off Street Parking Spot and Prime Location.  For your protection, please be aware that if this property is found on Craigslist it is a scam and do not send money. TO SCHEDULE A SHOWING: Serious Inquiries Only. Showings are available Monday-Frid...

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ENJOY this lovely home located in The Bridges of Summerville!

Thu, Feb 27th 2020 10:00 am by Youlia Apostolova Selling

This Traditional Charles


90 Cross Timbers Drive
Summerville, SC

MLS# 20005498 - Residential

ENJOY this lovely home located in The Bridges of Summerville! This Traditional Charleton Single features beautiful PORCHES as you enter the home. You will find the gleaming hard wood flooring throughout the main level. As you walk in you will note the FORMAL DINING ROOM with CUSTOM MOLDINGS and there is direct access to the kitchen ! The hallway will lead you to the COZY FAMILY ROOM complete with FIREPLACE and back yard access. This space flows to the GOURMET KITCHEN is the perfect space to entertain, with stunning countertops, cabinets and all stainless steel appliances, you will enj...

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Southern Style Home in Summerville

Thu, Sep 26th 2019 10:50 am by Youlia Apostolova SALES

100 Sabal Court
Summerville, SC

MLS# 19027065 - Residential

This home is what Southern Living is all about! You are first welcomed by an oversized front porch that is lit up by a gas lantern which makes for a perfect spot to relax. Once you enter the home, you will find an open floor plan with the perfect amount of formal and casual living. You are first welcomed with French doors that open up to a large office/study. The large formal dining room flows to a kitchen made for entertaining with a gas range, large island, 42'' Upper Cabinets, separate bar/butlers pantry, and granite countertops. The kitchen opens to the great room, eat in kitchen, and beautiful screened in patio. S...

Luxury Lowcountry Living

Wed, Sep 25th 2019 11:15 am by Youlia Apostolova SALES

558 W Butternut Road
Summerville, SC

MLS# 19015289 - Residential

Looking for luxury Lowcountry living with your own personal Horse farm? Then welcome home to 558 W Butternut Road, a gated Executive estate in Summerville! This stunning, custom built home sits on 21 acres of beautiful grounds and has a wonderful backyard recreation area with a spacious saltwater pool for entertaining friends and family. The property boasts a large barn with a 2 bedroom apartment on the second floor for your caretaker or guests.This beautiful home with 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths has so many amenities . . . elevator making easy living on three floors and basement, mother-in-law suite, renovated Master b...

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8 Benefits Of Using A Property Management Company

Mon, Jul 15th 2019 11:59 am by Youlia Apostolova rentals

8 Benefits Of Using A Property Management Company


By hiring a professional property manager, you can add great value to your rental property investments, which is why so many experienced real estate investors agree that working with a good management company is the best thing.

Here are some of the most important benefits that landlords who work with property management companies have:


1. High-quality tenants

Tenant screening can be a complex process, and if you don’t have sufficient experience in the real estate industry, you might end up choosing a bad tenant. The main problem with bad tenants is that it can be quite difficult to make them leave your property. Good proper...

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Own a Rental Property? Why Filing Your Taxes This Year Rules

Mon, Apr 1st 2019 10:20 am by Youlia Apostolova Selling


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My husband and I recently purchased our first rental property. Over the past few months, we’ve repaired and renovated the 1930s-era home and started to look for tenants.

And it turns out our timing couldn't be better: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made several changes for rental property owners that portend a more profitable enterprise than it used to be.

“For rental property owners, [the act] will generally benefit you,” says Thomas Castelli, a New York City–based certified public accountant and tax strategist with the Real Estate CPA, a firm focusing on real estate tax.

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