Relocation Services

The Real Buyer’s Agent helps you envision your life in your new home and helps you make it a reality. We understand how daunting the idea of buying a new home can be especially when it is in an area you may not be familiar with. We see it as our job not only to help you find the perfect home to meet your needs but also to educate you about everything you need to know to make the best decisions for you and your family.
Our Agents are familiar on the many areas and neighborhoods that make up greater Charleston and are experienced working with people relocating for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re military or taking a new job here and need to make a move fast or you’re thinking about a move for retirement and are in no rush we’ve got you covered!

Even if you don’t have school age children, understanding school performance can affect your resale. If you do have school age children or are planning to, getting information on the schools can play a part on where you consider buying.


Charleston Area School Information:


Lifestyle

The Charleston area is larger than some people who haven’t visited realize. While understanding the different areas is important so is considering what you’d like to be doing or what kind of lifestyle you may want. While the following list is by no means an all-encompassing one, here are some general ideas neighborhoods/areas that exemplify certain features.

Golf

Dunes West– Mt Pleasant
Coosaw Creek – North Charleston
Snee Farm– Mt Pleasant
Charleston National– Mt Pleasant
Rivertown – Mt Pleasant
Shadowmoss –West Ashley
Legend Oaks- Summerville
Stono Ferry- Hollywood

Tennis

Daniel Island
Snee Farm– Mt Pleasant
Dunes West– Mt Pleasant

Southern Style

Ion- Mt Pleasant
Hamlin Plantation- Mt Pleasant
Rivertown- Mt Pleasant
Shivling Plantation- West Ashley
Essex at Carolina Bay- West Ashley
Hunt Club- West Ashley
Battery Guild- West Ashley
The Ponds- Summerville
White Gables- Summerville
Rushland Plantation- John’s Island
St Johns Crossing- John’s Island

Gated Communities

Part of Dunes West – Mt Pleasant
Ravens Run – Mt Pleasant
Coosaw Creek- North Charleston
Stono Ferry- Hollywood
Penninsula- West Ashley
Palmetto Pointe- Folly Beach
Headquarters Plantation – John’s Island
Kiawah Island
Seabrook

Public Beaches

Isle of Palms
Sullivans Island
Folly Beach

Primarily 2nd
Homes:

Seabrook
Kiawah
Wild Dunes- Isle of Palms

55+ Community:

Del Webb- Summerville
Some sections of The Ponds- Summerville
The Elms- North Charleston
A section of Dunes West- Mt Pleasant

Major Employers

If you’re relocating to Charleston and considering one of
these employers the maps shows what a 30 minute drive would look like to
give you some areas to consider.
(The driving radiuses were determined using Google Maps assuming travel at 45 MPH for 30 minutes.  Actual times may be longer or shorter depending on traffic conditions)
Boeing Charleston
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston Air Force Base
Naval Weapons Station Charleston

What do I need to know:

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: This is such an important question that we actually published it in a chapter of the book … You may view or download Common Mistakes Smart Buyers Make here.

In general, takes are broken down into two brackets. Second homes and investment property are taxed at 6% and primary residents are taxed at 4%. To be eligible for the 4% rate you must qualify and be approved for the 4% Legal Residence exemption. Primary residents also receive some additional tax credits that further reduce your tax bill such as the property tax relief credit, which discounts the school operating tax from your tax bill. Additionally, if you are over 65 years of age, or certified totally and permanently disabled or blind, you may qualify for the Homestead Exemption. Up to the first $50,000 of your home’s appraised value could be totally exempt from taxes. You may research or estimate your county taxes by visiting our County Tax page.

The short answer is no, there is not an additional cost to use an exclusive buyer’s agent.

Depending on where you are purchasing property, the price of the property, your lender’s terms, the distribution of fees charged to buyer and/or seller (which can be part of your negotiation when you put an offer on a piece of property) typical closing costs on the purchase of real estate range anywhere between 3% to 7% of the purchase price. Your lender by law must supply you with a pre-settlement “Good Faith Estimate.” (GFE) It will not necessarily give you all of the actual costs; it should give you an idea. Make sure to ask your mortgage professional which costs may not be accurate and make sure you fully understand the GFE.

Click Here For A Breakdown of Typical Buyer’s Fees
There are four school districts in the tri-county area surrounding Charleston. Click to our Schools page for more information
Since The Real Buyer’s Agent doesn’t take any listing and only works with buyers we are always happy to provide you with a referral to a listing agent.
The listing agent works for the seller and first and foremost represents their interests. An agent at The Real Buyer’s and an exclusive buyer’s agent represents you and looks out for your interests.

Promise of Performance
  • We will be 100% loyal to you 100% of the time.
  • We will never switch agency relationships with you.
  • We will protect and promote your best interests.
  • We will be on your side and negotiate the best possible terms we can for you.
  • We will obey your lawful instructions.
  • We will keep confidential any personal or financial information which could adversely affect your bargaining position.
  • We will assist throughout the entire transaction, representing when shopping for the right mortgage loan, insurance, and any other ancillary service you may require.
  • We will always be your advocate.

Ready to relocate? We can help.