Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Housing Trends January 2016

Perry Peace

Debordieu Colony Real Estate 

129 Luvan Blvd.
Georgetown, SC 29440

Phone: (843) 546-4176 

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Existing-Home Sales Surge Back in December

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2016) — Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, and the delayed closings resulting from the rollout of the Know Before You Owe initiative pushed a portion of November's would-be transactions into last month's figure, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Led by the South and West, all four major regions saw large increases in December.

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REALTORS® Expect Moderate Price Growth in Next 12 Months

REALTORS® who responded to the November 2015 survey expected prices to increase by 3.2 percent over the next 12 months (3.2 percent in October 2015; 3.0 percent in November 2014).9 REALTORS® expect the recent strong price growth to moderate as rising prices have made homes "unaffordable” for many, according to the November 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report.

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Existing home sales (December)

5.46 millions units*

Existing home median price (December)


Housing Starts (December)

1.149 millions units*

New home sales (December)

0.490 millions units*
*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Home ownership

4th Qtr 2015


4th Qtr 2014

The homeownership rate in the fourth quarter 2015 was 63.8 percent, down 0.2 (+/- 0.4)* percentage points from the fourth quarter 2014 rate of 64.0 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West were not statistically different from the rates in the fourth quarter 2014.

New home sales

December 2015


November 2015

Sales of new single-family houses in December 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000. This is 10.8 percent (+/- 17.1%)* above the revised November 2015 estimate of 491,000.

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Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why? • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S. • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time.Read more
Buying is now cheaper than renting in 74 percent of the nation’s largest cities. Low home prices and “rock-bottom” interest rates as well as tax advantages of homeownership are the reasons why it’s now cheaper to BUY a 2-bdrm home than to rent one. Check out this CNN Money article with the details. Read more
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

DeBordieu's Neighbor Hobcaw Barony Upcoming Events

Hobcaw has an active winter calendar with several great events taking place.


February 6 Begins our Saturday morning Introductory Tours!  11:00 am every Saturday!

February 17 begins our Wednesday afternoon Introductory Tours! 1:30 pm every Wednesday!

Click here to visit our website for more details.

Hike Hobcaw: Hike to Alderly Plantation
February 2
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center is built on the former Alderly Plantation, owned by JJ Ward. Walk out into the woods with an interpreter to explore the trails leading to home sites, rice fields, and canals. The hike is roughly 5 miles of relatively flat land, located on the west side of Hobcaw Barony. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Mr. & Mrs. Baruch: A Love Story
February 12
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the romance and marriage of Bernard Mannes and Anne Griffen Baruch whose 1897 union was considered controversial. In this tour and lecture at Hobcaw House, learn of their respective childhoods, religions, courting in Central Park and their 3 children. Enjoy coffee and chocolates at this special Valentine's Day program. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Trail Ride With Your Horse
February 13 & 27
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hobcaw Barony offers an opportunity for individuals of all ages to bring your own horse(s) and ride designated trails. Riders will have the experience of exploring the 16,000 acres with maps that will highlight points of interest. Check-in time runs from 9am - 12pm, and all horses, trailers and their owners must depart by 5pm. Reservations required. Registration and waiver forms must be completed and received by Hobcaw Barony at least 3 days before the event to insure confirmation. You can download all forms at or pick one up in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center at 22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, SC 29440.
Click here for application and waiver forms.
Click here to make a reservation for February 13.
Click here to make a reservation for February 27.

Strawberry Schoolhouse
February 15
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Celebrate President's Day by bringing your family to a one-room, African American schoolhouse. Learn of rural education in the 20th century. The Baruch family paid teachers to provide an education through 4th grade for roughly 30 students living on Hobcaw Barony. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Hobcaw Barony: Behind th Scenes
February 18
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for an expanded tour of the property with opportunities to see and experience more than what is offered on the Introductory Tour. The program includes stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, giving participants a chance to spend more time at each location. Reservations are required. Click here to make a reservation.

Cemeteries on Hobcaw Barony
February 19
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Explore black and white plantation cemeteries on Hobcaw Barony and learn of burial customs, grave decorating traditions, tombstone art, and survival and tragedy in the South Carolina lowcountry. Dress for the woods and the weather. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Bellefield Plantation
February 25
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tour the grounds and structures of Belle W. Baruch's 1937 plantation home, as well as her beloved horse stables. This expanded tour goes beyond the Introductory Tour's visit to Bellefield Plantation. Reservations are required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Plantation Sportsmen
February 25, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
February 26, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Great Pee Dee, A River In Time

Dr. Suzanne Cameron Linder Hurley joins our exclusive group for on Thursday evening at Hobcaw House for drinks, a seated dinner and a talk in the living room The author of A River In Time, The Yadkin and the Pee Dee, Dr. Hurley also researched Hobcaw Barony for Historical Atlas of The Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and The Santee River.
The Belle W. Baruch Foundation's two-part program provides a picnic and transportation for our participants on a field trip to various private plantations along the Pee Dee River on Friday. Duck hunting remains a popular part of the rice plantation heritage and owners prove their appreciation of each property's past. 

Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Next series dates:  April 21 & 22, September 22 & 23, October 20 & 21

Archaeology Underground
February 27
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A tour of the archaeological dig site.  Participants receive a brief overview of the history of Hobcaw Barony and then travel on Hobcaw Barony buses to the dig site near Hobcaw House. Dr. Karen Smith, archaeologist with SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, and her staff, offer information on their methods and their findings at what may be the oldest European settlement on the Waccamaw Neck. Reservations are required. Click here to reserve your place.

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