Bluffton Real Estate 21 Farnsleigh Avenue Bluffton South Carolina-40 – Photo © Tim Peirce
South Carolina – the “Palmetto State” – is consistently recognized as one of the country’s best places to live. From young singles to couples to families to retirees, U.S. residents are flocking to South Carolina to enjoy all the state has to offer. In fact, since the year 2000, the state’s population has grown over 15 percent. Whether you’re looking to purchase property in South Carolina to call home, or to use as an investment or rental home, below are a few things to look for and consider during your search.
A Great Location
South Carolina is a gorgeous state known for its picturesque environment and beautiful beaches, so when you’re shopping around for a home, keep your eyes peeled for premium property. Look for homes in close proximity to South Carolina’s appealing aspects like beaches, shopping and dining districts, museums, and more. Being near these types of attractions will ensure your home is a hot commodity for years to come.
A Good Public School System
If you’re purchasing South Carolina real estate as an investment, or as a seasonal or vacation property, the quality of the public school system in the area isn’t a primary concern (although good schools do positively impact property values). However, if you’ll be living in your new South Carolina home full-time and you have children, or plan to have children in the future, be sure to look into the reputation of the local schools.
Proximity to Work
Depending on your particular industry, background, and skills, you should be able to find a fantastic job in the area, but this is something you should research ahead of time so you don’t end up stuck with a long commute. South Carolina has a plethora of agricultural jobs, but plenty of business and manufacturing firms call South Carolina home, too.
Local Rental Requirements
If you only plan to use your South Carolina property for a few weeks out of the year, look into the local rental rules, and consider purchasing a property that has plenty of rental appeal. Renting out your home to tourists is a great way to recoup some of the money you laid out to make the purchase. With rental money steadily flowing into your bank account, the mortgage on your new home will be much easier to deal with.
A Home with History
This comes down to personal preference, but South Carolina is known for its abundance of history. Why not purchase a historical home? People love that old-time charm, so if you invest in a house rich with history, it could be a big selling point down the road if you do decide to put your home back on the market. Of course, there is also plenty of new construction in South Carolina with all of the modern styles and amenities. In the end, it comes down to the type of house you’d feel most comfortable in.
Whether you’re looking to buy real estate in towns like; Mount Pleasent SC, Charleston SC , Isle of Palms, or somewhere else in South Carolina, be sure to keep these five factors in mind as you shop around. As long as you end up somewhere in South Carolina, you really can’t go wrong!
Tony is a realestate agent in South Carolina and likes to share tips with readers on how to find the perfect house.