For almost a decade, Charleston has been voted the #1 Small City in the US by Conde Nast Traveler Readers. In 2018, Travel + Leisure magazine agreed – for the 6th year in a row. Last year Southern Living Magazine readers dubbed the Holy City the best, prettiest, and friendliest city in the south.
What’s better than spending a blissful, weeklong vacation sampling fresh local fare, soaking up the region’s rich art scene, and digging your toes into the warm sand on Charleston’s many beaches?
Getting to do these things all year long.
If you already call the Lowcountry home, 2019 is the year you stop renting, and start owning. If you’ve been toying with the idea of making a move to one of the country’s very best cities, there’s never been a better time!
Should you buy or rent in Charleston?
A 2018 study by SmartAsset compared total costs of buying and renting a typical home in major metro areas across the United States. They ranked Charleston as the #5 best place to buy a home. The research compared total costs of renting and buying, finding the “break even” point for each city. The results? Charleston is a strong buyer’s market. In fact, it’s among the very best in the country for making the leap into homeownership.
There are financial benefits to making 2019 the year of homeownership, too. For first time homebuyers, the state of South Carolina is offering a handful of ways to save money, including down payment assistance, favorable mortgage loans, and a mortgage credit certificate worth up to $2,000 annually.
You’ll also find property taxes in the Charleston region are currently among the lowest in the country. According to Tax-Rate.org, South Carolina is the 7th best state for property taxes.
Become part of top performing city
Real estate is an investment in your future no matter where you buy, but it’s especially true in Charleston. The Milken Institute just named Charleston among the country’s Best Performing Cities due to strong economic performance, pointing out the region’s economic diversity as protection from external economic impacts.
But this ranking is just one in a long string of positive accolades for the Charleston metro region. Just last year, Charleston was dubbed 4th Biggest Boomtown by MagnifyMoney, Best Place to Start a Career by WalletHub, 13th among U.S. metros for Inc 5000 businesses by Brookings Institute, and #1 City in America for Economic Opportunity by Yelp. South Carolina was also recognized for economic performance, ranking 5th Best State for Doing Business by Area Development Magazine.
Buying with Saussy Burbank in the Charleston region
Since 1989, Saussy Burbank has built some of the most distinctive neighborhoods in the Carolinas. We currently have more than a dozen homes ready for move-in, many perfect for first-time homebuyers. See what we have available in forward-thinking Nexton, stunning Summers Corner, and charming Carolina Park. With Saussy Burbank, you get modern Lowcountry style, exceptional craftsmanship, and the best customer service in the industry. Come find your new Charleston home with Saussy Burbank today.