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Staging…what does it mean and how do you do it?

April 17th, 2021 | By Charleston Fine Homes

When we go to visit a prospective seller and look around their home, we often use the word “staging.” Many buyers have no idea what that means. They understand de-clutter but what does staging mean to us, in real estate terms? In the words of our favorite stager, Lorelie Brown of Showhomes of Charleston:

Spring Prep!

March 26th, 2021 | By Charleston Fine Homes

Spring Garden

Spring is finally here. After months of uncertainty and isolation it will feel so good to be out in the garden again. This winter was harsh for Charleston. Many of my plants were very frost bitten but I am happy to see my Azaleas getting ready to bloom.

Make Your Dreams Come True Day

February 17th, 2021 | By Charleston Fine Homes

Coldwell Banker Realty

Chari, Yvette, and I are quite different. Chari is a country girl from a farm in Georgia. Yvette was born and raised here in Charleston. I am from the East coast. Raised in and around cities. Chari still has one child of her 3 at home, Yvette’s boys are on their own and I am a Grandma, but when it comes to business we are always on the same page, all 3 of us. Our service is platinum; you are our priority.

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 1st, 2021 | By Charleston Fine Homes

I was married for 46 years when my husband died. He still asked, "Do you love me?"  Of course, I said yes.  But after 46 years together was the love the same?

2020 Do-Over!

December 30th, 2020 | By Charleston Fine Homes

Live Louder

If ever a new year required a “do over” 2020 is it. Do you realize that at 12:01 AM you will have 2020 hindsight? What does that hindsight tell you? The year was full of unexpected things? What things? A Pandemic, a loss of a friend or family member, a decreased income or none, claustrophobia and or maybe a combination of all those things. None of us were spared from the unexpected. We are so ready for this year to end.

I found the picture below on Facebook. Thank you to the person that let me “steal” it. We wish you all of this and more. Happy 2021!


December 22nd, 2020 | By Charleston Fine Homes

When my children were growing up, we celebrated all holidays, my Jewish ones and their and their Dad’s Catholic ones. They knew they were Catholic but also knew their Mother was Jewish. Christmas was a really big deal as it is in most homes with 3 young children. Because my Mother was Jewish she preferred not to visit us on that holiday. The children never cared because they saw her often even though she lived in Virginia and we lived in Georgia.

When my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer many things changed. I always loved her but now it became more like I cherished her. One year as December and Christmas came closer she said she wanted to come and see what it was like at our home. The children were so excited I can’t even put it into words. Their Grandma was coming and she would see the Christmas tree, the stockings, see them open their gifts from Santa and see John, our oldest participate in the manger tableau at the children’s mass at church Christmas Eve. He was going to be a wise man.

October is the “Almost” Month

October 27th, 2020 | By Charleston Fine Homes

October is the “almost” month. It’s almost cool outside. It’s almost time to turn on the heat. It’s almost time for Thanksgiving.

As children we looked forward to Halloween. As parents we were worried that our child might be sorry he/she chose the costume that they chose, and we worried we would run out of candy. All three of us have children so Halloween night was chaos when they were little. Do homework, eat dinner and run out the door with older siblings or a parent.


September 24th, 2020 | By Charleston Fine Homes

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.- Jane Austen

What's a COVID?

August 18th, 2020 | By Charleston Fine Homes

What’s a COVID?

How will we show property?  What about our listings?  What do we tell our sellers?  Can we have open houses?  Will photographers take pictures of our new listings?  If lenders are working from home can they still work efficiently? Will attorneys have their offices open?  Can we go to closings?  Will the courthouse be open and recording deeds? What if a buyer gets sick?  What if a seller gets sick?  What if we get sick?  Will our office be open?  Can we apply for any of the business funds available?  Masks everywhere?

What Do You Think About During Quarantine?

May 3rd, 2020 | By Charleston Fine Homes

As we sit in quarantine or isolation, whatever your preferred term what are you thinking about? I am a Mom and Grandma first so of course that is what I dwell on. When will I see my out of state children again and even more important when will I see my 4 grandchildren again? Will all their summer camps be cancelled so they will spend more time with me, or will we still not be traveling, and they won’t be able to get here at all?

I am enjoying working in my garden and it looks the best it has ever looked, but I do not want to venture to my favorite nursery and buy anything new. The smell of fertilizer has replaced the delightful smell of sitting with friends in the office and eating lunch.

A Letter to Our Clients, Friends, and Followers

March 30th, 2020 | By Charleston Fine Homes

Real Estate is our livelihood, our vocation, our profession but most of all it’s a service we provide to the public and we love what we do. I, Franne, have been a REALTOR® for over 20 years and I’m the 2018 Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®, REALTOR® of the year. I’ve seen Buyer’s markets, Seller’s, markets and miserable markets but I’ve never seen anything like this. In the crash, some real estate agents slept in their cars. If we don’t have a closing, we don’t make any money. If you have nothing for a rainy day and your income stops, you can lose everything. We are no different than anyone else. We take videos, we use social media to remind people we are working from home, we try everything creative we can think of and we stay in close touch with our clients. “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt. This too shall pass, soon, we hope. Stay Safe!

Thank you and stay safe!