We’ve all seen a yard that we were envious of. You know, the yard that had a super green, weed-free and wonderfully manicured grass turf. The yard that had a nicely integrated array of bushes, flowers, water features and elegant lawn furniture around a beautiful fire pit. I can tell you that it’s not my […]
I grew up in Charleston, and seeing homes raised on pilings was a common sight (it still is). I always thought that this was done to avoid flood damage to a home. We should always be careful about assumptions… Getting the Straight Scoop I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jason Moore, VP and […]
The Johns Island Community Association (JICA) considers itself to be the positive and collaborative voice for the residents of Johns Island to the city, county and state. They strive to understand the overarching desires of the residents and ensure that the same is presented to all appropriate agencies. Currently, a large part of their work is to ensure the various government entities understand the imbalance between the population growth rate on the island and the lack of road and storm water infrastructure support.
Buyers with experience have a few other things to consider. If you’re last home purchase was prior to the 2008 recession, then it may be a surprise to hear about today’s processing changes. Today’s loan processing can often be arduous and time consuming. This is primarily due to new regulations designed to protect the consumer, from costly lending mistakes. The new regulations were an outcome of the 2008 market crisis. This is another reason to start the process sooner than later.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jason Dolinski to talk about the wide world of home mortgages. We discussed what home buyers and sellers should know about mortgages and home financing. Jason is a loan officer with Sunbelt Lending Services. He also has one of the most impressive mustaches that I’ve ever […]
I had lunch with Mike Mankin of National Property Inspections recently, and I thought I’d share my findings. We discussed what homeowners who plan to sell their home should look for when preparing a home for sale. To avoid boring you with a question and answer format, I will condense the content into three categories; inside of the […]
Security is always a concern when you’re talking about WiFi networks or Internet-connected devices. The question is, how much of a concern and what measures are appropriate when it comes to smart home security? Smart Devices Attack – The Absence of Smart Home Security If we are focused on recent news, then the concern would […]
This is a review of my installation and usage experience of the Ring Doorbell Pro. This device has turned out to be a great security asset, and in ways that I didn’t think about when purchasing it. A transcript is available below. Transcript Hi everyone. Jim Smoak with Smoakhouse properties. Today, I’m […]
Smart home technology is no longer just toys for the geeks (although I am one!); it’s a movement. But does smart home tech matter to buyers? We thing so. The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provided over 90,000 square feet of show floor space dedicated to the smart home. What is a smart home? The definition rather vague, […]
It seems everything in consumer electronics is attaching the word “smart” to its products names. One of the more trendy examples is the smart home movement. But smart home is a broad and somewhat ambiguous term. So, what is it? Well, loosely put, a smart home is a combination of devices in the home that […]