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Updated Mortgage Information You’ll Find Helpful


The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage is at the lowest level in almost nine months as mortgage rates dropped for the fifth consecutive week straight, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.
The 30-yr, FRM averaged 4.12% for the week ended May 29, 2014, down from last week’s 4.14%, but up from 3.81% a year ago. The 15-yr, FRM hit 3.21%, declining from 3.25%, and slightly up from 2.98% last year. What does this mean to you. Your mortgage new mortgage is still very affordable. Today you can get more home for you money. But next week that may change.  For Carolina new home information visit to access the largest number of builder blogs and websites in the Carolina’s. From any of these sites or blogs you can read interviews with regional builders, take tours of neighborhoods and meet the Realtors who market new homes. If you have any questions about new homes in the Carolina contact

Insurance for First-Time Buyers: Home Safe

Buying a first home or a new home is one of those moments that go down in a person’s life as memorable. But with the excitement and joy of purchasing, moving into and decorating comes plenty of responsibility, and one of these is properly insuring the home for the safety of your family and your property. According to Sass Schirmer, principle agent and owner of Schirmer Insurance Group, LLC, neglecting home insurance will jeopardize your investment.

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IOP: ABC News 4 Isle of Palms History Interview

ABC News 4’s Stefanie Bainum interviews the publisher of Mount Pleasant Magazine about the Isle of Palm’s History in the video below.

Vacation Inspirations, Charleston Travel Agency, Testimonial, Fortunato Family (Part III)

The Fortunato’s reside in New Jersey but on a random stop for coffee in Charleston, South Carolina while traveling south to Florida they found Vacation Inspirations. “We joined on the spot and are happy everyone has been true to their word. We are more than happy with them.”

Utilizing the travel agency,, they have booked hotels and cruises. “The Vacation Station is a great deal. I use them for everything,” said Fortunato. “It’s a wonderful deal. I don’t know how they do it but I save money. I recommend them to others without a doubt.”

The Fortunato’s, like most members of Vacation Inspirations, already have their next vacation planned, a cruise out of Honolulu. “It’s great; we have our own personal travel agent that is very knowledgeable.”

To learn how you can save money on your next vacation, visit one of their locations in Charleston or Greenville, South Carolina or visit

Vacation Inspirations Helps You Discover Your Florida Side Part 3


Vacation condos-studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom units in most of the world’s top resort locations-are also available to Vacation Inspirations members. Destinations range from Tampa and Savannah to Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the mountains of the Western United States, Central America, Hawaii and Europe, and their average cost is only around $599 per week, according to Young.

‘Hot Weeks’ feature vacations at destinations throughout the United States and abroad. For those who love the beach, options include Brigantine, NJ; Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii; Cancun, Mexico; Ventnor, NJ; Fort Walton Beach, FL; Hilton Head Island, SC; and Myrtle Beach, SC. The mountains are also popular, at Teton Creek Resort, Idaho; Heber City, Utah; and Granby, Colorado; while other ‘hot’ locations frequented by CTA members include Las Vegas, Stowe, VT; Reno, Nevada; and Puerto Rico in the Dominican Republic.

Tours are also popular among Vacation Inspirations members. Possibilities include the Branson Music Holiday; Mackinac Island, featuring the Grand Hotel; Antarctica; Italian lakes and Greek Islands, featuring a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise; the Canadian Rockies by rail; the Wonders of Iceland; and Europe’s Christmas markets, featuring Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland.

Sales management points out that even when the national economy is sluggish, Caribbean cruises and vacations at beaches all along the East Coast remain popular among the company’s clients.

Management also explains that Vacation Inspirations is able to offer deep discounts on quality vacations at locations throughout the world because the company uses the same concept utilized by wholesale clubs such as Sam’s and Costco. Since it provides services to thousands of members and many of them vacation often, Vacation Inspirations is able to purchase large blocks of space at most of the world’s top resort destinations. The company prides itself on its success in negotiating the best possible price for the clients.

“We have created our resort search system to allow you to choose the areas you would like to visit, as well as the number of bedrooms and the time of year, be it prime or low-demand season. You simply submit this information on your vacation voucher, and we will find you the nearest match for your request from our inventory of top destinations.”

In other words, Vacation Inspirations will make it easy for you to plan memorable vacations and save money, as well.

Vacation Inspirations, Charleston Travel Agency, Testimonial, Fortunato Family (Part I)

Growing up with a father and an uncle who served during World War II, William Fortunato always had a respect for the men who served during the Greatest Generation. “My uncle, in particular,” recounted Fortunato, “served at Normandy Beach so it was always a place I felt the need to visit. He suffered after the war with gruesome nightmares about a friend he was unable to save.”


Now, at a different phase in his life, Fortunato has his own family that includes a wife who always wanted to go to Paris in the springtime and travel the Rhine River. So the best option as long time members of Vacation Inspirations? Travel to Paris for a couple of days for their wedding anniversary and then board a Viking River Cruise from Paris to Normandy.


The Munoz Family – Vacation Inspiration – the Bahamas – Charleston, SC (Part 2)

The Munoz family joined Vacation Inspirations locally in Charleston and recommends the company to others which is also now open in Greenville, SC. “We already have recommended Vacation Inspirations to our friends because we do save money booking our travel through them.”

Their dream vacation? “We want to go to Europe and we will definitely utilize our membership with Vacation Inspirations to set it up and save money,” finished Russell. “It is in the plans for our future.”

The Munoz’s prefer to book travel online at Visit them online to learn how you can save money on your next vacation; or visit their newest location serving the people of Greenville, SC.

Vacation Inspirations: Richard & Patricia Bossard: East Coast to West Coast cruise

Richard Bossard, a long term member of the United States Armed Forces and now a civilian federal government employee for the last twenty years, has travelled extensively so finding new vacation locations can be somewhat of a challenge.

“I’ve done a lot of traveling overseas and in the states so we always look for new places to see,” explained Bossard. “We joined The Vacation Inspirations two years ago and decided to take an extensive cruise.”

For fourteen days, Richard and wife Patricia of Vonore, Tennessee cruised from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. “We left out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and our last port was San Diego, California. The best part about it was when we spent an entire day traveling through the Panama Canal. We wore ourselves out running from one side of the ship to the next as we listened to a knowledgeable gentleman on the loud speaker explaining details and history of the canal,” said Richard. “It was definitely the highlight.”

The Munoz Family – Vacation Inspirations – the Bahamas – Charleston, SC

As members of Vacation Inspiration for four years, the Munoz Family of Goose Creek, South Carolina prefers to vacation by cruise lines. “We mostly take cruises to different locations,” said Russell Munoz. “Up until recently the cruises were always out of Florida but this last time we took a five day cruise to the Bahamas that left out of Charleston, South Carolina.”

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, a nation of nearly 700 subtropical islands and more than 2,000 islets extend about 760 miles from the southeast coast of Florida, and has been an extremely popular destination for decades.

Having a short drive down the interstate from home to their departure port definitely makes cruising much easier. “It’s easy to book the vacations too with Vacation Inspirations,” continued Russell. “Whenever I do something with the travel agency they always have a quick response and excellent overall customer service. All of our excursions are booked through them and they help to make our vacations more memorable.”