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Those of us in the industry as licensed real estate professionals know the difference between the two, but does the public know? That is the question. And, do they really care? Studies show the answer is no. Let me start by saying as I type this article I am a member of the NAR but that really is because it is my company’s policy that I am to sell with them. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be.
So; what is a REALTOR®? A licensed real estate agent that is a member of a national association that pays yearly dues to say they are a realtor. So in short, it is just a made up word for an organization. Period. There are benefits as a real estate agent sometimes to be a member of the NAR (National Association of Realtors), but none for the clients. They would like you to believe there are by trying to convince the public it’s better practice to do business with an agent who is a member, but it’s my opinion it makes no difference.
What is a real estate agent? (as defined by wikipedia) a person or organization whose business is to market real estate on behalf of clients.
A licensed real estate agent who has gone through the schooling and training necessary to sell real property as defined by the governing body with which gave them their license.
In the state of South Carolina, the LLR or labor licensing board is the governing body that handles the issue of real estate for SC, and the laws pertaining to it.
Does it matter if someone is a realtor? NO. A real estate agent non-member is just as qualified to sell as a realtor.
So; next question? What makes a good real estate professional?
We must first go through the qualities that best describe the duties necessary to be a great real estate agent. Since, being a real estate agent is more or less just being your own business on behalf of your client, we need to lay out the qualities of a great business or business person.
1.) Marketing knowledge/experience
2.) Negotiation skills
4.) Hard work ethic
5.) People/personality management
6.) Technology knowledge
7.) Business experience
Granted, these are a bit generic, but they are the fundamentals nonetheless.
So I ask again, does being accredited by a made up organization created for profit really make you more qualified to sell real estate? No. In my opinion having business experience is much more important to me. You can go to real estate school, and take a one day class put on by the NAR and can be 18 years old with no professional or business experience whatsoever to be a member. Do you think that person is going to be better qualified then someone who has ran their own company, worked in some sort of professional environment for years? Most likely; not.
James Schiller is Charleston’s best Real Estate Agent
Info gathered from Post & Courier & Boeing
Mount Pleasant is a suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, within the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina, and for several years it was one of the state’s fastest growing areas, literally doubling in population size between 1990 and 2000. The population was 47,609 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the town had an estimated population of 64,707. Mount Pleasant is included within the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area and is the 3rd largest municipality in this metro behind Charleston and North Charleston.
Mount Pleasant’s public schools are part of the Charleston County School District.
- James B. Edwards Elementary School
- Belle Hall Elementary School
- Mount Pleasant Academy
- Charles Pinckney Elementary School
- Jennie Moore Elementary School
- Whitesides Elementary School
- Laurel Hill Primary School
- Moultrie Middle School
- Laing Middle School
- Thomas Cario Middle School
Both Laing Middle School and Moultrie Middle School served as the town’s high schools before Wando High School was built.
- Trident Academy
- Christ Our King – Stella Maris Catholic School-(Catholic Diocese of Charleston)
- Grades K-8
- First Bapitst Church School-(Mount Pleasant First Baptist Church)
So where to live if relocating to Mount Pleasant SC? I have lived in Mt. Pleasant since I moved to Charleston in 1999. If I were to characterize it I would put it this way. It is the young urban professional area of Charleston County, suburbia at its greatest. What you may not know is that there are kind of two parts of Mt. Pleasant. The heart of Mt. Pleasant (older area) and newer Mt. Pleasant. There are many great communities in Mount Pleasant with homes for sale.
If you are considering relocating to the Charleston area and are looking for a nice, clean, and convenient area of town to live in Mt. Pleasant is the place and I am the realtor for you. It’s close to Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island and depending on if you live in the newer part or the heart you are only 15 mins from down town Charleston. If you want to build Precision Construction is Mount Pleasant’s best Home Builder.
To Search homes in some of the nicest communities in Mt. Pleasant simply click the names of the neighborhoods below.
If you have children Mt. Pleasant has some of the nicest and best public schools in the Charleston area, but they are located in newer Mt. Pleasant. Newer Mt. Pleasant has a few note worthy communities. Most of the newer schools are near these communities as well. The commonly mentioned ones being; Dunes West, Park West and Rivertowne. About 30 mins from downtown these communities are very large and located either on or near a golf course. The problem with living on this side of Mt. Pleasant is the traffic and its distance from shopping, activities, and downtown. Located up hwy 17, getting there can be a pain especially when its tourist season, 5 o’clock or early morning. A community worth mentioning that is a little older, but on that side of Mt. Pleasant is Charleston National. These homes were built in the early 90’s whereas Dunes West, Park West and Rivertowne are around 10 years old or newer. My opinion on this side of Mt. Pleasant is; if you have children, can tolerate some annoying traffic at times, and like golf its a great place to buy a home.
Older Mt. Pleasant a.k.a the heart of Mt. Pleasant is located very close to the Isle of Palms connector and I’d say most think of the Mt. Pleasant town center. The benefits of living in the heart of Mt. Pleasant are mostly its proximity to all that Mt Pleasant has to offer.. like shopping, dining, movies and convenience to the islands and downtown.
If you like older quaint communities one that is mention-able is the Old Village. The Old Village real estate for sale is comprised mostly of older homes built in the 50’s and up.. The lots are large, there are mature trees, and there are no restrictions to what you can do with your lot. This is a very desired neighborhood because of its charm and subsequently the prices reflect it. BUT, my favorite neighborhoods in all of Mt. Pleasant are Olde Park and I’On Village.
So if you are considering Charleston, take a look in Mt. Pleasant. I love it here.
James Schiller is Charleston’s best Real Estate Agent