Commercial RE

Best County Property Taxes

Is South Carolina a great place to live and own real estate based on value, quality of life, jobs and taxes. Let’s share a few facts about York County, SC…

Low taxes, great communities, close to major cities (Charlotte, Columbia or Greenville), major highway, solid employment opportunities, Lake Wylie, River Walk District and healthy area to retire and enjoy  life.

York County

The seventh most populous county in South Carolina, York County has property tax rates close to the state average. The largest city in the county is Rock Hill. The total millage rate in Rock Hill is around 380 mills (as of 2013). The rate applies to assessed value, which for owner-occupied residences is equal to 4% of a home’s full market value.

How Your Property Taxes Compare Based on an Assessed Home Value of $78,000 (Example only)

Lancaster County    $396
0.508% of Assessed Home Value
South Carolina          $448
0.574% of Assessed Home Value
National                         $945
1.211% of Assessed Home Value

Tax Study by County

As the summer approaches and the weather leads us to the beach or water park

South Carolina is just 0.57%, fifth lowest in the country.

Real-Estate Property Taxes by State



Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate

Annual Taxes on $179K Home*

State Median Home Value

Annual Taxes on Home Priced at State Median Value

1 Hawaii 0.27% $487 $515,300 $1,406
2 Alabama 0.43% $773 $125,500 $543
3 Louisiana 0.49% $876 $144,100 $707
4 Delaware 0.54% $959 $231,500 $1,243
5 District of Columbia 0.56% $1,000 $475,800 $2,665
6 South Carolina 0.57% $1,019 $139,900 $798
7 West Virginia 0.58% $1,044 $103,800 $607
8 Colorado 0.60% $1,073 $247,800 $1,489
9 Wyoming 0.61% $1,097 $194,800 $1,196
10 Arkansas 0.62% $1,111 $111,400 $693
11 Utah 0.68% $1,218 $215,900 $1,472
12 New Mexico 0.74% $1,324 $160,300 $1,188
13 Tennessee 0.75% $1,335 $142,100 $1,062
14 Idaho 0.76% $1,366 $162,900 $1,246
15 Mississippi 0.79% $1,408 $103,100 $813
16 Virginia 0.80% $1,420 $245,000 $1,948
T-17 California 0.81% $1,438 $385,500 $3,104
T-17 Arizona 0.81% $1,446 $167,500 $1,356
T-19 Montana 0.85% $1,525 $193,500 $1,652
T-19 Kentucky 0.85% $1,511 $123,200 $1,042
T-19 North Carolina 0.85% $1,524 $154,900 $1,322
T-19 Nevada 0.85% $1,523 $173,700 $1,481
23 Indiana 0.87% $1,560 $124,200 $1,085
24 Oklahoma 0.88% $1,569 $117,900 $1,036
25 Georgia 0.94% $1,685 $148,100 $1,397
26 Missouri 1.00% $1,790 $138,400 $1,387
27 Florida 1.06% $1,894 $159,000 $1,686
T-28 Oregon 1.08% $1,929 $237,300 $2,563
T-28 Washington 1.08% $1,931 $259,500 $2,805
30 Maryland 1.10% $1,956 $286,900 $3,142
31 North Dakota 1.12% $2,000 $153,800 $1,722
T-32 Alaska 1.18% $2,112 $250,000 $2,956
T-32 Minnesota 1.18% $2,110 $186,200 $2,200
34 Massachusetts 1.20% $2,139 $333,100 $3,989
35 Maine 1.30% $2,321 $173,800 $2,259
36 South Dakota 1.34% $2,389 $140,500 $1,879
37 Kansas 1.40% $2,502 $132,000 $1,849
38 Iowa 1.48% $2,649 $129,200 $1,916
39 Pennsylvania 1.53% $2,725 $166,000 $2,533
40 Ohio 1.56% $2,794 $129,900 $2,032
41 New York 1.62% $2,899 $283,400 $4,600
42 Rhode Island 1.63% $2,915 $238,000 $3,884
43 Vermont 1.74% $3,116 $217,500 $3,795
44 Michigan 1.78% $3,172 $122,400 $2,174
45 Nebraska 1.85% $3,308 $133,200 $2,467
46 Texas 1.90% $3,386 $136,000 $2,578
47 Wisconsin 1.96% $3,499 $165,800 $3,248
48 Connecticut 1.97% $3,517 $270,500 $5,327
49 New Hampshire 2.15% $3,838 $237,300 $5,100
50 Illinois 2.30% $4,105 $173,800 $3,995
51 New Jersey 2.35% $4,189 $315,900 $7,410

Tiny House Rule 2018 – International Residential

Tiny house rule nearly set for the 2018 International Residential

Tiny homes are a step closer to having a place in the building code, after Public Comment RB168-16 received the required majority vote to be added as an appendix to the 2018 International Residential Code.
While the results are still subject to certification by the ICC’s validation committee and confirmation by the board, proponents of the appendix have hailed the decision. The code has no legal effect unless it is adopted by local governments, the ICC added.
If approved, the model code will allow people to receive Certificates of Occupancy for tiny houses when built to meet the provisions of the appendix and could help municipalities better manage the influx of tiny house projects and permit requests by providing a baseline for their own requirements.
Dive Insight:

Tiny houses, which typically have a footprint of less than 500 square feet, have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative for housing the chronically homeless, veterans, young professionals and even empty nesters.

Although the segment will likely remain niche, the ICC’s move may go some way to boosting the sector as many state and local building codes do not accommodate tiny house requirements such as square footage minimums, smaller lot sizes and the ability to co-locate with an existing building.

The favorable vote follows a push by advocacy group Tiny House Build, along with a team of architects, builders, designers and educators, who put up and defended the public comment in the lead-up to the vote.

With many urban centers struggling to meet demand for affordable properties, tiny home projects are slowly building traction in the market. In September, a community organization unveiled the first of 25 planned homes in a $1.5 million effort to build Detroit’s largest tiny house development.

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Commercial RE

What to Look for in a Commercial Real Estate Broker

Before starting your search for rental space, think carefully about the kind of location and building that will best suit your business, determine the maximum rent you’re willing to pay, and set other priorities, such as the size and configuration of the rental space. Then consider the working relationship you want with a broker. If your rental needs are fairly straightforward, the types of spaces you want are plentiful, and you’re comfortable negotiating lease terms with the landlord, you may find space on your own and forego hiring your own broker. But if you want to work with a real estate broker who represents tenants (ideally, exclusively), you’ll need to do some searching. Here’s how to get the best results.


Finding a commercial real estate broker isn’t all that different from finding a good doctor, lawyer, or dentist. A hefty application of common sense, professional and personal connections, and some independent research usually does the trick. The same method works when looking for a broker. Here’s what to look for:

  • Expertise in commercial real estate. Make sure the broker you choose is experienced in helping tenants find office, retail, and other commercial space (not someone who works primarily with houses, condos, and apartments).
  • Experience in representing tenants in commercial real estate transactions. You’ll ideally want a broker who consistently works only with tenants, but it may be difficult to locate such a broker, especially if your business is located in a small community (in this case, you may need to find a broker who works for landlords and tenants).
  • An established business in your geographical area. Look for someone who’s been in commercial real estate long enough to know how deals are done and how landlords and their brokers work. In addition, experienced and successful brokers will have the financial stability to enable them to firmly put your best interests at the front. Remember, in most situations a broker gets paid when the deal is done, according to the size of the rent. A broker who isn’t hungry will be less tempted to rush negotiations or settle for a more expensive result when patience might produce something better for you.

How to Find a CRE Professional

Other commercial tenants in your community will be the best source of leads for brokers. Ask businesses if they have engaged a broker and whom they would recommend. Look for tenants who appear to be running a healthy business (chances are that their good business sense was at work when they chose a broker, too).

You can narrow your field of inquiry by approaching tenants whose businesses are similar to yours, especially if you’re in a large city where brokers may have divided the market into niches, with some specializing in office space, others concentrating on restaurants and food stores, and others working mainly with light industry. For example, if you’re intending to open an art gallery, you’ll want to deal with a broker who’s familiar with the commercial space that is appropriate for a gallery. The owner of a currently operating gallery may have found just the broker.

In some cities, brokers may even concentrate on specific neighborhoods. If you want to locate in a particular area, to take advantage of adjoining businesses, traffic patterns, or expected rents, it makes sense to look for brokers who have already done deals in the neighborhood.

Be sure to check out brokers who represent buyers—but not sellers—of commercial real estate; they may act as tenants’ agents in leasing transactions too, or they may be able to direct you to a kindred spirit who represents tenants only.

Try to get recommendations from several tenants and business people. You may find that the same name or names pop to the top of everyone’s list. Once you’ve whittled down your list to two or three promising names, you’ll want to ask your contacts about the broker’s strong and weak points, before you interview and chose a CRE Broker.