52 www. ReadMPM. com | www. VOICE forRea l Es tate. com | www.MountPl easantBu i lder s . com If You Can Dream It, You Can Build It New Construction Offers Certainty in an Exploding Real Estate Market T here’s never been a better time to sell your house in Mount Pleasant, but what happens if you’re looking to buy? The housing market throughout the Charleston area has seen an unprecedented demand over the course of the past year, turning the already stressful experience of buying a home into a truly harrowing ordeal. Buyers are forced to scour the MLS listings as if it’s their full- time job. And if a home comes on the market and has even the slightest potential of being “the one,” well, you’d better be prepared to make an offer at or above the asking price within 48 hours, or it will be snatched up by another eager family. “On any given day, we have 2,000 homes available [on the MLS]” explained Will Jenkinson, Broker- in-Charge of the Carolina One New Homes Group. “Based on the current demand, we need another 10,000 homes to balance out the market.” That’s a wide gap and a big concern, whether you’re looking to move from another state and need a sure thing – as a state, South Carolina has the second greatest in-migration numbers this year — or are trying to relocate within the region and orchestrate putting your home on the market while finding a new home at the same time. With this perfect storm brewing, the choice to build your dream home instead of buying has never been more appealing. Mount Pleasant plays host to a wide array of planned communities, but, let’s face it, many of them sold every available lot and wrapped up construction before this boom began. Or at least that’s how it seems. So where do you turn when you’ve made the decision to build, but there’s no space in which to do it? As the premier source for buyers ready to start the home building journey, the Carolina One New Homes Group is a great place to start. Because they spend all of their time focusing on new construction, the group is privy to many of the upcoming projects around the area before they even get started. “People assume that we’ve already sold all of our lots because we don’t currently have any available,” explained Haley Cuzzell, one of the group’s agents who represents the Riverside at Carolina Park development. This custom homes section of the development is planned to include 545 homes on 545 acres. While over 300 are already under contract BY L I NDSAY C . B I SHOP real estate One of the bene f i t s of bu i ld i ng a home i s the abi l i t y to spl urge on spec i a l features , l i ke th i s i nc red ibl e outdoor f i repl ace.