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Old 07-22-2008, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Your cousin should interview a couple of local agents and pick one he likes. He should have that agent set him up on a new listing automailer so when he's ready he has an idea of what's available and how much it is. That agent can handle some of the preliminary local legwork for him.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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That's great news about the area. Can you tell me what utilities and taxes run? We have .68 acres and pay over 5K in taxes, plus 5% state income tax and $2400 for 3 cars in insurance. Oh - and $115 in electric every month PLUS a standard $475 in oil every gosh darn month!!!

I have been checking on realtor.com and the houses I am seeing are incredibly lovely. You all (or do I say "y'all" yet?) are wonderfully lucky to be in a great place. I am originially from MA and New England has that wonderful hometown feel that I dearly miss.

Is it worth having a plave built or does the price of contruction make it not worthwhile. I'd rather buy someone's home and make it my own than add another McMansion to the landscape!

Thanks again!
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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$475 for oil? Wow, that's a lot! My electric and gas bill averages a little over $200 for electric and gas (I don't have fuel oil), my home property taxes are about $900 a year on a 2200 square foot home inside the city limits and my annual insurance for one car is about $750. What type of neighborhood suits your fancy and we can make some recommendations. I have a link to my website in my profile, which has photos of a lot of in-town neighborhoods, but not many photos from the suburbs.
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