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Charleston-area home showings dipped again in August for the 13th straight month, but the decline appears to be easing. The figure was down 3.3 percent in August, the lowest drop in more than a year. File/Staff

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Charleston-area home showings drop for 13th consecutive month

For the 13th straight month, the number of people looking at houses throughout the Charleston region fell in August compared to the same month last year.

While the decline in home showings persists, the negative percentage appears to be easing up.

In August, home showings dipped 3.3 percent compared to August 2018, when the steep slide began, according to the ShowingTime Showing Index for the Charleston region.

The negative percentage has steadily dropped for four months in a row, all in single digits compared to the double-digit declines of last fall and winter.

The 12-month average since September 2018 is down 10.3 percent.

Charleston housing leaders blast government policies for hindering home sales

Home sales are down for the year about 1 percent, but if more homes were available at price points people could afford, sales would be higher, according to Charleston area housing leaders.

Nationally, showings jumped 3.5 percent in August, the first increase in more than a year.

The national rebound since the spring could lead to more showings in the fall, ShowingTime chief analytics officer Daniil Cherkasskiy said recently.

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Oakbrook Station in Summerville sells for $22.2 million

The Lowes Foods-anchored Oakbrook Station Shopping Center in Summerville recently sold for $22.2 million after being redeveloped. Provided 

Redeveloped Summerville retail center sells for $22.2M

A Los Angeles-based firm now owns the Lowes Foods-anchored Oakbrook Station retail center on Dorchester Road on the edge of Summerville.

Housing pegged as a $45B annual industry in SC; Charleston County is No. 1 at $7B

By the numbers

6: The number of new retail establishments coming to opposite corners of two huge housing developments — Cane Bay and Nexton — in the Charleston suburbs. 

2: The number of Forever 21 clothing stores that could close in South Carolina, including one in North Charleston, after the retailer filed for bankruptcy in late September.

3,000: The square footage of the new French cafe Saveurs du Monde set to open in February in the new 22 WestEdge office building under construction on the Charleston peninsula. It will be the third Charleston-area site for the restaurant.

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More affordable houses coming to North Charleston as part of $7.3M grant

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Fisher House: Caught up in design criticism

Fisher House

Critics don't like the design of the Fisher House for sick veterans and military families in downtown Charleston. Brad Nettles/Staff

In downtown Charleston, the Fisher House for sick veterans, military members and their families has drawn criticism for its design.

Upcoming real estate events

  •  Market forecast: The commercial real estate market forecast for 2020 will be presented 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard. Cost: $35-$65.

  •  Management course: Charleston Apartment Association is offering a 30-hour property management pre-licensing course on several dates in October at Crowne Plaza Hotel in North Charleston.

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Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.