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142 Laurens St NW
Aiken, SC 29801
USA

803 / 640 / 0123

Originally from Warrenton, Virginia, David received his BA degree from the University of Montana and his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of Arts. He pursued post-graduate studies at Harvard and the University of California at Los Angeles. After eight years employed as the Art & Design Coordinator at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, David opted for the quiet life ...in AIKEN.

David quickly found out that life in AIken is not quiet, but it is rewarding.  At the Governor's request, David served three years as a Commissioner on the South Carolina Arts Commission. He currently serves on the boards of the Community Medical Clinic of AIken County, the Advisory Council for the University of South Carolina's Etherredge Center, and on the Board of Governors for Aiken's private Green Boundary Club.

He has participated with the Aiken Driving Club and the Aiken Board of Realtors, where he has served as an officer and received recognition for his extraordinary sales. David has served as co-chair of the Green Boundary Club Winter Ball, the Green Boundary Club Winter Auction, the Aiken SPCA Easter Parade, the SPCA-Free Medical Clinic Annual House-&-Barn Tour and as Chairman of the Katydid Combined Driving Event Sunday Brunch and numerous other charity events in Aiken.  In 2012, he raised community funds dancing the hula with Connie Young in Aiken's gala fundraiser: "Dancing With the Stars."

His current pet-project is the annual "Dinner with Friends,' which raises funds for the Community Medical Clinic.

When he is not setting new records in the local real estate market, David can be found on his small farm in Aiken's historic district.

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Farm News for Aiken County

David C Stinson

As the robust winter/spring season of 2014 breezes to a close in Aiken, the question served hot at May dinner parties is “So, how’s the real estate market?”   The answer:  “It’s not bad.”

By most measurements, the Aiken County real estate market is steady with small improvements.  Comparing the first quarter of 2014 to the same period in 2013:

-       New listings are down slightly, a sign that the backlog of unwanted properties is decreasing.  

-       Pending sales are up slightly.

-       The average sales price is down 11%

-       Closed sales were steady, with a drop of about 1%

That average sale price drop looks dramatic.  But because it occurs with declining inventory and steady sales pace, this probably indicates the market is finally reaching dynamic price stability

If I had to put the development in human terms, I would say that both Buyers and Sellers have finally acclimated to the new economy.  Prices today are lower, period.  And prices are stable, period.  So Buyers are purchasing without fear, and Sellers are contracting with less angst and remorse.    Everyone knows the new price structure and - with that knowledge - they are bartering with greater confidence.

In the first four months of 2014, farm sales (properties of 5 or more acres) were twice as numerous in the rural areas than in the metro-Aiken area.  This is a significant change in the County market, after a few years of slow rural sales.

While farm prices remain soft in Aiken County, the number of farm sales for April 2014 was up 20% over April 2013.  Proving once again that  - in good times or bad – smart money finds Aiken!