Many called it the Crane City this year because there seemed to be more cranes than Church steeples. Building has been extraordinary. Downtown has seen the building of several new hotels and the suburbs have seen a massive increase in new construction housing. Over one third of the properties now under contract in the Charleston area are new construction. Charleston was again chosen as the #1 City in the US by Travel and Leisure Magazine. They have also put us near the top for Cities in the World. The new Volvo plant is being built in the Moncks Corner area and we’ve seen some changes on interstate 26 to prepare for this. Boeing is still expanding and doing quite well in North Charleston. Mercedes Sprinter Vans got a huge order from Amazon. 2018 will be the 2nd busiest real estate year ever for Charleston, just barely falling short of the record set in 2017. But median sales price is up over 6%. Mt Pleasant and James Island have median home prices well above $200/sqft. Johns Island traffic woes seemed to be solved for now, but the new construction boom there will soon require more solutions. Volvo is causing a major boom to the Summerville and Goose Creek/Moncks Corner markets. Mayor Tecklenburg seems to have done a great job carrying on for former Mayor Riley. All of the local minor league sports teams seem to be doing well and the Volvo Womens Tennis Tournament continues to be a great success. The software and IT industries continue to flourish in what many call Silicon Harbor. New restaurants and craft breweries are opening everyday. Tourism continues unabated. And 2019 looks to be even better.