Hurricane Florence Footage From Folly Beach, SC- Courtesy of Sea Island Media

October is here and the fall weather is looking very nice for all kinds of outdoor activities. Hurricane Florence was a recent scare for our area but she did what most other hurricanes do.  She looked as if she would head our way and then went slightly north of us.  Hurricanes often times look like they are going to hit us, but they rarely do.  Usually, the gulf stream pulls them into Cape Hatteras on the NC coast.  This scenario has played out dozens of times over the past few decades.  We have been lucky to have been on the south side of most hurricanes over the past 50 years.  Only Hugo really managed to do any damage to Charleston back in September of 1989. Our neighbors to our north were not as fortunate and we continue to send them as much support as possible. It is always best to be prepared as this is one of the risks we take to live in such a beautiful place. During the Fall months, especially in October, it’s often the most pleasant time of the year. The humidity and temperature will drop to comfortable levels (hang in there) yet the water temperatures are still quite warm. The summer bustle is over and you can truly enjoy and appreciate what it means to be a resident of the Low Country.

Here is your October calendar of events for the Charleston area:

1-8: 35th Annual MOJA Arts Festival

3-7: 35th Annual Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay State Championship Tennis Tournament, Seabrook Island

4-28: 42nd edition of Fall Tours of Homes, History, and Architecture

5-6: The Myth of an Atom, Queen St Playhouse

6: 6th Annual Chucktown Showdown, Brittlebank Park

6: Swanky Southern Soiree, Country Club of Charleston

7: Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour

9: Eddie Izzard, Gaillard

9: Jonny Lang, Chas Music Hall

11: Steven Wright, Chas Music Hall

13: The Victory Cup, Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club in Ravenel

13: Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K, Johns Island County Park

13: Oktoberfest, St Matthew’s Lutheran Church

13: Edisto & Beyond Self Driving Tour

13: 3rd Annual East Cooper Speakeasy, Sweetgrass Event Center

14: Tale of a Fish, Wild Dunes Resort

14: 7th Annual HALOS Oyster Roast, Harborside East in Mt Pleasant

14: 27th Annual Latin American Festival, N Chas Wannamaker County Park

15: SCORE Charleston 8th Annual Captain’s Choice, Chas National Golf Club

16-21: Les Miserables, N Chas PAC

17: Blues Traveler, Chas Music Hall

18: Kathleen Madigan, Chas Music Hall

19: Lodges of Hope 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Legend Oaks

21: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Chas Music Hall

21: Festival of Mountain Music, East Beach Conference Center at Kiawah

25-4: Coastal Carolina Fair, Exchange Club Park in Ladson

28: 5th Annual Coffee Cup, Memminger

28: Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, Gaillard

29:Adam Devine, Chas Music Hall


The Charleston real estate market continues to do extremely well.  2017 was a record setting year with almost 18k transactions.  So far, 2018 is up 1% in the number of sales year to date over 2017. The median sales price is up to a record high of $270k. That is up 6.5% YTD over 2017.  That’s a little more than we should be hoping for.  We’ll have to keep an eye on that.  We hear some buyers say they are waiting until this bubble pops and the housing prices go down.  Many of these are younger people that only remember 2008.  What they need to understand was that was an anomaly.  Real estate prices rarely go down.  They may remain relatively level for 6-10 years during a period of economic recession.  Certainly, the economy will go up and down.  But usually when the economy goes into its period of recession, housing prices simply remain flat.  Then, when the economy inevitably bounces back, we see housing prices rise again.  Waiting for the next bubble in real estate may cost you a lot of money.  We are sure the economy will go into recession at some point in the future.  But real estate values are not likely to fall.  And rental rates are going to continue to rise.


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