Apr
21

Exciting News

We have just received approval to access one of the largest portfolios of new home construction in the area. If you’re looking to buy a brand new home, you have to check out our portal.

http://www.showingnew.com/davidhenderson

Let us know if you find anything you like and we’ll walk you through the process of owning your own brand new home.

This is an excellent resource for the would-be homebuyer or renter. www.homedisclosure.com provides a wealth of information to help with the decision making process.

This isn’t guaranteed to be accurate, it can’t take the place of asking the right questions of the seller or landlord but it can give the consumer a leg up on the process.

http://www.dailynews.com/business/20160126/homedisclosurecom-web-site-tells-you-everything-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-home

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Thank you for your patience while we re-organize our web presence. Our growth over the last couple of years has necessitated this change. You can now find our property management specific site at www.mhpropertymanagement.com. The MH Property Services website is now dedicated to helping property buyers and sellers connect.

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07

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Do you aspire to live like royalty? How about putting your feet up in your very own castle? Up for lease—at $12,500 per month—is this seven-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom castle on Sullivan’s Island, SC, just off the coast of Charleston and accessible by a bridge. “It’s kind of a church castle,” explains listing agent Ashley Haynes of East Islands Real Estate, about the structure known as Castle Mugdock. Built in 1891 as a church (the Church of the Holy Cross), it was later sold to the Lutheran church in 1948, and was turned into a private residence during the 1970s. Current owner Vince Graham—president and co-founder of I’On Group, which designed New Urbanist communities such as l’On Village in nearby Mount Pleasant and Morris Square in Charleston—purchased the property in 2002 and embarked on a hefty restoration to turn it into a “small beach castle,” according to his website.
The castle boasts vaulted ceilings and gothic windows.

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The property is on the western end of the island overlooking a harbor. Two buildings (North Tower and Winter Hall) are joined together by a central stair tower and bailey. There’s an area of newer construction dubbed Norman Keep, which features six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, along with two porches that face south. Included are quite a few accoutrements that are both historic and modern, including an iron chandelier in the living room and an Aga stove—as well as Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Fisher & Paykel appliances—in the kitchen. All of the walls in the Winter Hall are constructed of 2-foot-thick Georgia granite, and the windows throughout are gothic style (some featuring stained glass).
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What you need to know about Sullivan’s Island (population 1,875) is that it offers a timeless vibe. This isn’t where you live if you want to hit the clubs or visit the hottest new restaurant. “It’s a lot of old island character and brand-new custom homes, and not a lot of rentals anymore,” says Haynes, referring to a moratorium on new licenses for vacation rentals. Also, “there will be no more commercial zoning.” Traveling to Charleston and Mount Pleasant takes just 12 minutes, across the Ben Sawyer Bridge. The areas are just six miles apart. “You can always get there by boat,” says Haynes.
A modernized kitchen lies inside this classic castle.

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While this isn’t the first time the castle’s come up for rent, the novelty of bunking in a fortress-type rental can’t be denied. “It’s been rented in the past. I had somebody in there a couple of years ago, and (the owner) had somebody there for a year before that,” says Haynes. Who will be the next person to enter its walls? “I think (it’s) anybody who would like living there. It’s like living in a museum. Maybe a history aficionado, somebody who likes to go to the beach,” says Haynes. The post Yes, Queen? Rent a Whimsical Castle in South Carolina appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.

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Alexandria, VA was rated as having the best downtown of 2016 for a small- to mid-size city by Livability.com.

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Thriving nightlife? Check. Walkable city streets? Check. Arts scene? Check. The results are in, and the small to midsize city that boasts the most happening—yet still reasonably affordable—downtown of 2016 is historic Alexandria, VA, according to a recent report. Go Alexandria! Livability.com, a real estate research and education website, looked at more than 2,000 cities with populations under 350,000 and analyzed their vacancy rates, the new developments going up, and the influx of people moving in (along with the cultural and affordability criteria above) to see just how America’s Main Streets stacked up. “It shows [you can live in] a great downtown without having to be in a huge metropolis,” says Matt Carmichael, editor of Livability.com. “It can be more affordable than some of our larger cities, while keeping a lot of the same amenities and quality of life.” Let’s take a stroll through some hot cities, shall we?

1. Alexandria, VA

Southern hospitality, cool restaurants, and Robert E. Lee’s childhood haunts in Alexandria

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Alexandria, VA was crowned the top downtown of 2016 due to its charming mix of shops and restaurants as well as historic pedigree.
Alexandria was crowned the top downtown of 2016 due to its famously charming mix of shops, award-winning restaurants, picture-perfect street scenes, and low crime. The close proximity to Washington, DC, didn’t hurt either. The town also has a historic pedigree to match all that Southern glamour. It was occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War, and some of its more notable residents and habitués include George Washington, whose Mount Vernon estate was a just a few miles away, and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, who moved to Alexandria as a boy. “We’ve got this rich heritage,” says Claire Mouledoux, a spokeswoman for Visit Alexandria, a group created to promote the city. “But day to day, this is a place where people live, work, and play.” The city is particularly fond of its four-legged, tail-wagging residents, says Mouledoux. Every spring through fall, downtown eatery Jackson 20 hosts a Doggy Happy Hour, where pups can chow down on treats while their owners socialize and dine on more sophisticated grub. But history—and doggy dates—don’t come cheap. The median home price for the whole city of Alexandria is $475,000, according to realtor.com®.

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2. Santa Monica, CA

The amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier is a huge draw for tourists.

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The amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier is a big draw for tourists.
This beach city, known for the tourists who flock to the big and old-fashioned amusement park on its pier, also has a three-block pedestrian promenade packed with restaurants, shops, and street performers. Some of them aren’t even mimes! It’s also one of the most walkable—and bikable—cities on the list, according to Livability.com. The city may be a fun place to visit, but less fun for the bank accounts of those seeking to move there. The median home price in the Los Angeles suburb is a staggering $2 million. Wow!

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3. Greenville, SC

Greenville’s revitalized downtown features artist studios and awesome park renovations.

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The downtown in Greenville, SC has been revitalized with artist studios and the renovation of a park.
The city’s thriving downtown scene, in the Baptist Bible Belt, has been a long time in the making. Over the past few decades it’s been transformed from a fading downtown to a bustling Main Street with a European vibe chock-full of cute boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, and even an excellent whiskey distillery. Take that, Kentucky! “Seven days a week, morning to night, there are people walking and enjoying the shopping and restaurants,” says Diane Lange, a real estate agent at Re/Max Realty Professionals in Greenville, SC. The area is also “exploding” with new condos, she says. Two-bedroom units can start in the high $300,000s and run well above $800,000, she says. However, the median home price in this Southern city is a bit more affordable at $225,000. OK, now we’re talking!

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4. Bellevue, WA

Bellevue’s downtown is booming in both population and coolness.

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Bellevue, WA has a growing downtown—both in projected population as well as cool factor.

With new high-rises, food trucks, and sidewalk bistros—on top of a plethora of shops and entertainment venues—the projected growth of the city, which sits right across Lake Washington from Seattle, is on a steady incline.

The median home price in Bellevue is a whopping $1.3 million, according to realtor.com. But that is mostly in the downtown area, says Sandi Tampa, a real estate broker at Windermere Bellevue Commons. In fact, billionaire Bill Gates lives in the nearby town of Medina. “Prices have gone up tremendously” over the past few years, she says. “It has everything to do with job growth. It’s a lot of tech jobs. Our economy is booming.” So are home prices, apparently.

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5. Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh fell from the top slot in last year’s rankings, but it still held on to a place on the list.

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Pittsburgh fell from the top slot in last year's rankings, but it still held on to a place on the list.
The old steel town tumbled from its No. 1 spot in last year’s rankings due to its higher residential vacancy rate, but the place is still going strong. The historic downtown’s dining, entertainment, and arts scene remains popular with nearby students and workers, according to Livability.com. And the median home price in this Northeastern city is a very affordable $149,900. Sweet!

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6. Boise, ID

Boise’s cool factor has been on the up and up, just like the many high-rises being built in its downtown.

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Boise's cool factor has been on the up-and-up, just like the many high rises being built in its downtown.
The Midwestern city of Boise may not be top of mind for having one of the country’s coolest downtowns. But the city boasts an art museum, performance venues, as well as an array of trendy spots for dinner and drinks. “The city has been really focused on making downtown the place to be,” says Leigh Wilson, a real estate agent with Keller Williams affiliate Boise’s Best Real Estate. “Boise’s extremely clean … and there’s lots of fun restaurants.” Skiing and golf junkies like that Boise is just about 15 minutes from the slopes and the courses, she says. And the downtown is also seeing a lot of new condos going up—which can range anywhere from the $300,000s to upward of $1 million, Wilson says. The median home price for the whole city of Boise is $248,972.

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7. Tempe, AZ

Tempe’s downtown skyline spotlights why this city made the top 10.

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The skyline of the Tempe, Arizona downtown spotlights why this city made the top 10.

The new high-rises, tech firms, and restaurants that have been popping up in this Southwestern city helped Tempe snag a spot on the list. Other features, including Tempe Lake and its array of cultural and sporting venues (any Arizona State Sun Devils fans out there?) are just icing on the cake.

Median home price: $299,500.

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8. Plano, TX

Plano has really taken off in recent years.

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Plano, TX has really taken off in recent years and its downtown is no exception.
This once-sleepy city has kicked it up a few notches with new offices and residents moving in attracted by shop and restaurant openings as well as seasonal events such as free outdoor shows. No, the median home price of $375,000 in this Texas city isn’t cheap, but you sure get plenty for your money. There’s even a light rail station, put in place more than a decade ago, that connects the place to Dallas.

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9. Colorado Springs, CO

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Colorado Springs has become a hot place to live in recent years, earning it a spot on the list.
Over the past few years, the art- and park-filled Colorado Springs has been taking off. The city boasts farm-to-table restaurants, a mix of historic and contemporary buildings, and tons of natural beauty. Bonus: Outdoors aficionados will enjoy the nearby rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking opportunities. The best part? The median home price in the city is still affordable at $284,900.

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10. Evanston, IL

Evanston, once known strictly as a college town, is widening its appeal, big time.

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Evanston is also home to Northwestern University. And these days it's more appealing than ever to college students, visitors and long-time residents alike.
This college town (home of Northwestern University) has gone from dead after dark to, well, hip in the past decade or so. Apartments and condos have cropped up in the downtown as have new breweries and notable restaurants in this suburb of Chicago. And the median home price? A mere $309,900, according to realtor.com. The post The Top 10 Downtowns: Did Your City Make the Cut? appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.

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With the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan—who died in her Los Angeles home on Sunday at the age of 94—eulogies abound about her love and devotion for husband Ronnie, her “Just Say No” initiative, her near-obsession with red dresses. But she’s also famed for leaving her mark on the White House in a literal way: through her signature sense of home decor. Granted, not all of her decorating decisions for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. were met with rave reviews. Some were controversial or just plain awkward—like her asking the Carters to move out early so she could start her overhaul pronto, or the extravagant amounts of cash she blew through, smack in the middle of a recession. Still, you can’t argue with the fact that the results were, pure, unadulterated NR. Here are a few of her most memorable decisions decorating the White House, both good and bad (depending on your tastes):

Her plans to knock down a wall in the Lincoln bedroom

Knocking down a whole wall in this historic retreat seems almost sacrilege—but it served as notice to all that Reagan had guts and a steel will. It also suggests she was ahead of her time. After all, open floor plans are all the rage these days. Why shouldn’t the White House join in?

Her $210,399 china set

Reagan’s influx of a fancy 4,370-piece tableware set also drew a ton of heat, but to her credit, they were a private donation—not taxpayer dollars. And some considered it a necessity. According to the New York Times, before the Reagans’ arrival, state dinners were served up on a miscellaneous hodgepodge of plates, since no one set was large enough to handle all the company. In fact, these plates remained a popular choice with subsequent first ladies such as Laura Bush.
Nancy Reagan’s infamous china remained a popular choice for state dinners long after she was gone.

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Patterned wallpaper

During Reagan’s reign, crazy-patterned wallpaper plastered the White House walls. Some were florals, while her master bedroom featured hand-painted Chinese birds (see pic up top). But later first families—especially the Clintons—were less entranced by the wall whimsy and had it replaced. According to their own designer Kaki Hockersmith: “It had lots of all kinds of birds flying and sweeping around. … It was not a calming atmosphere.”

Her obsession with knickknacks

Reagan loved her tchotchkes, which is why the Reagan White House had possibly unrivaled amounts of them. They included Battersea boxes, blue-and-white porcelain, and jade. And candy jars stocked with jelly beans, of course.

Homey touches

Sure, Reagan’s tastes may have seemed lavish, but she also made sure to include creature comforts from back home in California. In addition to bringing in tons of framed photos of family to clutter every surface (including Ronald’s desk), “they replaced many antiques with 20th-century overstuffed sofas,” White House curator Clement Conger once told The Washington Post. Conger complained that they were “not correct for the room, and, as everybody knows, are too low and hard to get out of.”
Nancy Reagan turned the White House into a home by bringing in many family photos.

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Nancy turned the White House into a home by bringing in hoards of family photos.

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Last but not least, you’ve gotta love how Reagan wasn’t shy about flaunting her new digs before there was such a thing as reality TV. In 1981, she even opened her private quarters to an 18-page spread in Architectural Digest, explaining, “This house belongs to all Americans, and I want it to be something of which they can be proud.” Nancy, you were truly one of a kind. The post Nancy Reagan’s Most Memorable White House Decor—Both Good and Bad appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.

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Home sellers looking to maximize their profits (and who isn’t, really?) should hope they live near a Target. Or at least not near an outpost of competing big-box discount chain Wal-Mart. Owners who lived in the same ZIP code as the shabby-chic discounter with the funky TV commercials saw their property sales prices appreciate about 27% in 2015, according to a recent report from the real estate data firm RealtyTrac. That translates into those sellers pocketing an average $65,569 over what they shelled out for their residences. Sweet! But property prices near the less-trendy Wal-Marts were significantly slower to rise, appreciating 16% for the year, for an average of $24,900. Nationally, homeowners saw gains of about 22% last year, adding up to a none-too-shabby, average $40,626 bump. RealtyTrac came to its conclusions by locating all U.S. ZIP codes with the superstores and then analyzing public home sales data from those areas. Any ZIP code with both big-box chains was excluded. “This is not necessarily showing that Targets are the reason that these homes are gaining value,” says RealtyTrac spokesman Daren Blomquist. “But Targets are picking neighborhoods where the homes tend to be higher value.” Meanwhile, Wal-Marts tend to go up in more rural swaths of the country. “Those areas tend to have less expensive homes and less expensive land,” Blomquist says.
It pays to live near a Target instead of a Wal-Mart when selling your house, according to RealtyTrac.

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It pays to live near a Target instead of a Walmart when selling your house, according to RealtyTrac.
But residents of Target neighborhoods tended to pay more for their houses—and for their annual property taxes, according to the report. Residences sharing a ZIP code with Target had an average value of $307,286 in 2015—a gargantuan 72% more than properties near a Wal-Mart, according to the report. The average home value close to the megachain was an average $178,249. Nationwide, it was $215,921. But RealtyTrac isn’t the only one to look at how home prices near other popular megachains stack up. Last year, we analyzed property values near upscale grocery giants Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s—and found home appreciations were up 40% for those lucky enough to live near a Trader Joe’s. Those close to a Whole Foods saw only a 34% bump. The post Target vs. Wal-Mart: Where Are Nearby Home Prices the Highest? appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.

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