Swan Lake Estates: A Hidden Gem in Gulfport, MS

Swan Lake front

Swan Lake Estates is a covenant protected neighborhood with an HOA that strives to keep this neighborhood a crown jewel of neighborhoods on the MS Gulf Coast. Located in the northeast section of Gulfport,  it is convenient to just about anywhere you want to be on the coast. Heading west out of the neighborhood you will reach Highway 49 within 5 minutes. Hwy 49 takes you to downtown Gulfport, Saucier, or Wiggins all within 20 or 30 minutes. If you go east out of Swan Lake, a couple of turns and you will be at Hwy 605. Hwy 605 leads you to the interstate which will take you to Biloxi or Ocean Springs within half an hour. If you are up for a little longer drive you can be in New Orleans, LA or Mobile, AL under an hour and a half. It reaSwan Lake sunsetlly is centrally located and convenient to so many adventures here on the MS Gulf Coast, but …. on those days you just don’t want to get in the car, you want to enjoy time at home with your family and slow down a bit, Swan Lake offers it’s own adventure. Fire up the smoker or grill, enjoy a nice meal and then head over to the pool for a swim, bring the kayaks and go out on the lake. Make sure to bring the fishing poles along and catch some fish while you are out on the lake or cast a line out on the pier. Little ones just want to play? Take them over to the shaded playground and nature trail located just across from the lake and pool. End  your Swan Lake adventure by watching the gorgeous sunsets over the lake, like the one pictured above.

Swan Lake Estates really has it all: location, amenities, neighborhood social events, unique homes, large yards and great neighbors all coupled with affordable prices, insurance, taxes and HOA fees. All this makes it one of the best neighborhoods to buy a home  and settle down here on the MS Gulf Coast. You get a lot of bang for your buck!

Fishing on Swan Lake
Fishing on Swan Lake

If you would like to take a private tour of Swan Lake Estates and all the available homes to purchase there, give Morgan or Kristy Young a call at 228.239.0371 or 228.697.1575. Office # is 228.215.2545. Morgan and Kristy are your local experts, they have sold multiple homes with happy clients in Swan Lake. Morgan and Kristy know the ins and outs of this neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Watch this video and have a a bird’s eye view of Swan Lake Estates.

We hope we can help you find your Next Home whether it be in Swan Lake or one of the other great neighborhoods or areas the MS Gulf Coast has to offer! Check out the current available homes in Swan Lake Estates by clicking this link: Swan Lake Estates homes for sale.

The MS Gulf Coast is growing and has so many hidden gems just like Swan Lake Estates, including awesome restaurants, entertainment, shopping and so much more. Take the time to slow down and discover “The Secret Coast”. Check out some of the offerings of our “Secret Coast” here: Coastal MS : The Secret Coast . Here are a couple of our favorite spots to eat:

We hope you find your place here on the MS Gulf Coast and we would be honored to help you find it!

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Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips! | MyKCM

In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!

2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.

3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood You Want to Live In

Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, the article suggests test-driving the area. Make sure that the area meets your needs for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.”

4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code.

An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”

5. Document Your Home Visits

Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy to document what you love and don’t love about each property you visit.

Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.

Bottom Line

In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home.

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates to rise to 4.5% by the Q4 2020.
  • CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 4.8% over the next 12 months.
  • If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!

The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Own Home

The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home

The Feeling You Get from Owning Your Home | MyKCM

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling ones.

No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, that feeling of safety and security you gain from owning your own home is simultaneously one of the greatest and most difficult to describe.

Frederick Peters, a contributor for Forbesrecently wrote about that feeling, and the pride that comes from owning your own home.

“As homeowners discover, living in an owned home feels different from living in a rented home. It’s not just that an owner can personalize the space; it touches a chord even more fundamental than that.

Homeownership enhances the longing for self-determination at the heart of the American Dream. First-time homeowners, young or old, radiate not only pride but also a sense of arrival, a sense of being where they belong. It cannot be duplicated by owning a 99-year lease.”

Bottom Line

Owning a home brings a sense of accomplishment and confidence that cannot be achieved through renting. If you are debating renewing your lease, let’s get together before you do to answer any questions you may have about what your next steps should be, and what is required in today’s market!