Carolyn Kraus' Blog

Posted on 07/26/2021
5 Reasons to Consider Urban Living
Photo by Thomas Le on Unsplash If you choose to live in a city, you’ll find a number of benefits to your location. Community: Most cities are densely populated and home to people from many different backgrounds. When you live in a location like this, you’re likely to find a community of folks who share similar interests and...
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Posted on 07/24/2021
7 Pierpoint Lane, Bluffton, SC 29909 now has a new price of $1,175,000!
Outstanding home only 3 years old! Exceptional floor plan with view of Red Oak Lake and wildlife. This house has everything - open floor plan with a screened in porch. Master is on 1st floor along with everything you need on the 1st floor, dining room, office, living area, beautiful kitchen with double ovens. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs (one being a 2nd master) and a bonus area that can be considered a 5th bedroom. Everything you need to complete your lifestyle at...
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Posted on 07/19/2021
Exterior Design: What to Remember When Planning Your New Yard
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels When you are building a custom home, think about more than the floor plan and interior design of your new property. Your outdoor living space is going to be just as much a part of your home as your indoor space, so you will want to be thoughtful and purposeful when designing your...
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Posted on 07/16/2021
19 Pondhawk Road, Bluffton, SC 29909 now has a new price of $1,449,000!
Outstanding custom-built residence by McNair Builder in 2014! Exceptional setting on Big Arrowhead Lake with a saltwater pool and spa. The main floor master suite overlooking the view of the lake offers two walk-in closets and a generous bath. Three bedrooms on the 2nd floor all that walkout to deck overlooking lake and pool, all well sized. The 2nd floor is accessible from two staircases, with one leading to a private home theatre. This house has everything, Screened porch with a built-in grill, a beverage fridge, and a sink. Living in the Lowcountry within amenity-rich Oldfield has never been...
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Posted on 07/12/2021
Checklist for Buying a Luxury Penthouse
Photo by Steven Buissinne via Pixabay Buying a luxury penthouse isn’t just about finding one perfect thing about it. Several other factors come into play when deciding where you might live for many years. If everything isn’t just right, you may end up with buyer’s remorse. Buying a penthouse is different from buying a house in that you...
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Posted on 07/05/2021
Your Guide to the 5 Types of Real Estate Investment Trusts
Photo by Jason Lam from Pexels REITs, or Real Estate Investment Trusts, are a popular way to invest in real estate. An REIT is a company that invests and manages in investment properties, pooling the resources from a group of investors. This makes it possible for individuals to take part and benefit from real estate investment without having...
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Posted on 06/30/2021
7 Pierpoint Lane, Bluffton, SC 29909 is now new to the market!
Outstanding home only 3 years old! Exceptional floor plan with view of Red Oak Lake and wildlife. This house has everything - open floor plan with a screened in porch. Master is on 1st floor along with everything you need on the 1st floor, dining room, office, living area, beautiful kitchen with double ovens. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs (one being a 2nd master) and a bonus area that can be considered a 5th bedroom. Everything you need to complete your lifestyle at...
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Posted on 06/28/2021
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Starter Home
Many first-time homebuyers face the choice between a starter home and a forever home. Every situation is unique but there are some key advantages to starter homes that exist across the board. Here we’ll go over the major reasons you might want to consider getting a starter home. Lower Price Starter homes are smaller and often in less...
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Posted on 06/21/2021
Tips for Qualifying for a Conventional Loan
Photo by Evan Dvorkin on Unsplash A conventional loan is the most common type of mortgage used to secure a home purchase. Conventional loans are backed by private lenders and typically conform to the standards established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In order to qualify for a conventional loan, you must meet several specific requirements. 1. Debt-to-income...
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Posted on 06/14/2021
Insulated Concrete Form Foundations vs. Poured Concrete Foundations
;Image by Michael L. Hiraeth from Pixabay Whether you choose a crawlspace, basement or a slab, you want the strongest structure possible, especially in areas where nature might wreak havoc on your house. Here we will go over the details of two different types of foundations: poured concrete and insulated form concrete. Poured Concrete Foundations Poured concrete foundations...
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Posted on 06/07/2021
How to Maintain Your Flower Garden
To have a thriving flower garden, the work doesn’t stop once you’re done planting. All plants, but especially flowering plants, need ongoing attention and maintenance to get the most bountiful blooms and healthy plants. There are several things you can do to care for your flower garden to make sure it looks beautiful all year round. Here are...
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Posted on 05/31/2021
The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Looking for a Mortgage
Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay One of the biggest hurdles people face when looking for a home is applying for a mortgage. While applying for a mortgage is relatively straightforward, finding favorable terms might be more challenging. Many buyers are surprised by how broad the terms of a mortgage might be. With this in mind, it is...
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