Myrtle Beach Real Estate Blog

Oct. 30, 2016

Tee It Up for Outdoor Fun at One of Myrtle Beach’s Popular Golfing Communities

If you’re a golfing enthusiast, you enjoy challenging your skills and talents at different courses throughout the Myrtle Beach area. The ocean breezes, the warm sunshine, and the well-maintained greens and fairways combine to make our area one of the top golf destinations in the country. With friendly employees, outstanding Pro-Shops, and inviting restaurants and pubs located at each course, you can easily meet friends and co-workers for a round or two each week. Let’s review some of the tops courses in the Popular Golf Communities of Myrtle Beach

Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach Luxury Homes

If you want to embrace golf in spectacular style, test your skill at one of the two championship courses at Grande Dunes. The Resort Club or the private Members Club receive national award every year for being outstanding examples of what a golf course should be. The Resort Club has stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Marina Inn, and the Grande Dunes Marina. Here you’ll find Bermuda grass along with L-93 bent grass which makes your play more competitive. Visit the Mediterranean-styled clubhouse which has dining, a driving range, and chipping greens. The Members Club is a par-71 course with wide fairways and immaculately kept greens. The Old World Clubhouse is where you can have a cool beverage and discuss your round.

Since 1927, Pine Lakes Golf Course, also known as the Granddaddy, is an 18-hole course designed by Robert White. It has a Scottish-themed Clubhouse, rolling fairways, and greens that are always challenging and demanding. The Dunes Club ranks as the best golf course in Myrtle Beach and is rated among the best courses world-wide. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, this golf course features Low Country terrain complete with ocean front, salt marsh, tidal creek, and maritime forest views. It has a practice area and plenty of Southern hospitality to get you off on the right foot.
Wild Wing Plantation Myrtle Beach

Inside the Barefoot Resort, you’ll find four outstanding golf courses that are sure to provide you with hours of fun and exercise. You can choose the Love Course, the Dye Course, The Fazio Course, or the Norman Course for a round of golfing excitement. Each of these courses is visually striking, unique, and fun to challenge. All of the Barefoot golf courses have been ranked by major golfing publications in the country and are host to many tournaments and league play.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it’s like to play on the PGA Tour, The Tournament Players Club at Prince Creek will give you that feeling and then some. This course has impeccable greens and fairways, aromatic pine forests surrounding the course, and scenic areas that add an element of beauty to your game. Visiting the Clubhouse after your round will complete your Pro experience. At the Legends Resort, you’ll find three golf courses, Parkland, Moorland, and Heathland that all provide you with an excellent round of golf. The Legends Clubhouse will give you a Scottish feel to your day and food and beverages that give you energy for another 9 holes with your friends. Finally, the course at Prestwick has creeks and lakes as water hazards as you try to reach the deep bulkhead greens. With this course you’ll need steady eyes, hands, and a little patience as you hone your strokes and putts throughout the day.

Golfing in Myrtle Beach is an interesting adventure as you journey from one highly-designed course to another with your scorecard.

April 1, 2015

Growth and Prosperity for Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach BoardwalkWith the increase in the population of Myrtle Beach to more than 12,000 people from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, the Myrtle Beach metropolitan statistical area has just been ranked as the second fastest growing region in the U.S. The U.S. Census Bureau released these figures on Thursday and stated that since the 2010 census, Myrtle Beach population has increased by 41,000 people. Included in the statistics are both Horry County and Brunswick County, NC which were counted for the first time. Georgetown County is not included in the reported numbers but saw its own population rise to 60,693 in the new estimate.

This expansion is approaching the boom years of 2005 to 2007 when the Census numbers reported a growth of more than 10,000 per year.  In Horry County the reported increase in population was about 9,300 new residents.
What does this mean for you, a resident of this rapidly growing area?  For starters it means that building roads and infrastructure must attempt to keep pace with the expanding population. Horry County must foster local road-building initiatives so that residents can have speedy access to workplaces and local businesses that they visit on a regular basis. With continual growth comes road construction in a plethora of areas which may impact daily commutes for extended periods.

Our local school system will begin a $160 million, five-school construction project this year to be completed in 2017 to accommodate the new school-aged children in Myrtle Beach. This first wave will have some excess capacity built into the project but two more new schools may need to be built to accommodate incoming students for 2021-2022. The fast-growing areas of Carolina Forest, Forestbrook, and St. James will see the first newly constructed schools with a third elementary school to be built in the second wave of construction.

Every business sector will see a myriad of opportunities for growth coming to the Grand Strand. Both airlines and franchise options will take note of this surge in growth and the national ranking of 2nd place and foster new developments throughout the region. With the development of Coastal North Town Center in North Myrtle Beach, the opening of Gander Mountain at Carolina Forest, and a new Carolina Pottery along Kings Highway it’s already evident that the business community will strive to work diligently to provide growth, selection, and added opportunities for the residents of Myrtle Beach.

With the development of new business opportunities, new schools, and new infrastructure in place, the leadership of Myrtle Beach must also accept the challenges of expanding the performing arts community so that theater and concert productions meet and exceed the expectations of the new residents of the area.  Myrtle Beach, the 2nd fastest growing region in the U.S. is now poised to enjoy regional growth, expanded opportunities, and prosperity for everyone.

Source: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article16828880.html

June 21, 2014

Dreams of Homeownership Alive and Well in Myrtle Beach

If you have always dreamed of owning a slice of paradise here along the Grand Strand, be advised that your dream is alive and well with a strong housing market reported in the past month.  Even with market fluctuations our sector is experiencing continued progress in here Myrtle Beach.

As evidenced by the latest statistics, opportunities for owning your own home abound in the region and show signs of an ever-improving market for both selling and buying a home for you and your family.  In Myrtle Beach, our industry can offer you reliable financing which certainly impacts your ability to qualify for the home of your dreams. With better jobs and stronger wage growth your chances of achieving home ownership is improving with each passing month.

Pending sales for SFR were up over 30% in the past month and for Myrtle Beach condos it was approximately 16%.  Homes priced in the $200-$250k range saw the largest gain in sales which shows that home ownership is affordable and ready of you to take advantage of here along the Grand Strand.  With inventory decreasing for single family residences, should you find a home that meets and exceeds your needs, don’t hesitate to extend an offer via your real estate professional; what you find today may not be available tomorrow.

Should you have a home on the market currently, if it’s priced in the range of $150,000 the average time for a sale is running below 152 days which is an impressive statistic for our region.  With attractive financing available, the inventory of homes decreasing, and the interest in our region increasing, now is an excellent time to be searching for your dream home or downsizing to a smaller home that is more convenient for your family.

Market statistics show that residential lot sales have decreased in the past month as potential buyers searched for and purchased existing homes in Myrtle Beach.  The median sales price for residential lots is up from last year approximately 38% which may be impacting the slowing of movement in this sector of our industry.  Potential home buyers are extending offers on homes in communities that offer established amenities and conveniences that are available immediately instead of buying lots and building their own homes which can take up to nine months or longer to complete.

Owning your own home in Myrtle Beach is a dream that is alive and well; statistics prove that the activity in our market continues to grow and improve each month.

May 29, 2014

Exciting New Plans for the Grande Dunes Community

Grande Dunes Luxury HomesEven though Grande Dunes is one of the most prestigious communities in Myrtle Beach the new owners have just announced some exciting plans to enhance the attractiveness and convenience of the entire area.  These plans which were released by LStar last Tuesday feature a new hotel, retail development, restaurants and a large park complete with biking and hiking trails that make access to the ocean easily accomplished.

Landscaping adds a touch of sophistication to any development and with hardy plants like crepe myrtles and Palmetto palms planned as new additions to the crossings of the bypass and Kings Highway, visitors will certainly know when they have arrived in Myrtle Beach. An additional access to the bypass will be located at 82nd Avenue North.  With cooperation between LStar and the city of Myrtle Beach, this new phase of development promises to be something of which Myrtle Beach will certainly be proud.

With the implementation of this new public waterway-to-ocean trail for Grande Dunes, homeowners in this community will be provided with additional amenities that add value to their investments.  The expansion of businesses around Marina Village is sure to increase the revenue and interest in owning Grande Dunes homes and condos.  With easy access by bike or foot, residents can avoid traffic congestion as they follow the trail to the beach for their day in the sun hassle-free.

The conceptual drawings also show possible residential development that will be located on the waterway.  Residences will be located above retail shops as well as stand-alone dwellings for potential buyers.  This will open up a second waterfront for the Myrtle Beach area and provide more opportunities for buyers who want convenience, comfort, and stylish decor for their second home, their retirement home, or their investment property.

A timetable was not released for the development but LStar hopes that the entire project can be completed in approximately five years.  This will give an economic boost to Myrtle Beach and will breathe new excitement and enthusiasm into our housing sector.  With upscale homes and a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options added to Grande Dunes, it will not only continue as Myrtle Beach’s most popular community but will expand into the future with growth and profitability.

With attention to detail and outstanding stewardship of our Myrtle Beach landscape, this developer is sure to create a new environment for both business and housing that will be unsurpassed.  Buyers are searching for homes close to the businesses that they need on a regular basis and Grande Dunes and the new expansion promises to fulfil their needs in a stylish and functional manner.

May 22, 2014

Market Stats for April Signal Strong Outlook to Continue in Myrtle Beach

With the recent availability of the 2014 April market stats report, it’s now apparent that the housing recovery is maturing into a more stable and flourishing part of our Myrtle Beach economy.  Close review of some of the most striking numbers reveal that closed sales in the Coastal Carolinas show an increase when assessed by segments.

The property type that seems to have the largest price gain is the single-family residential sector which boasted prices up 8.3 percent to $176,000; from May 2013-April 2014 the price range that had the largest gain was in the $200,000-$250,000.  This means that if you purchased a new home in The Farm at Carolina Forest, for example, your median price fell within the impressive growth level of 23.1% recorded in our market. 

Overall median sales were up 7.5% YTD which means that most realtors saw an increase in the traffic they experienced in their office and legitimate offers extended by potential buyers to sellers.  The price range that tended to move more quickly than others was the $150,000 and under properties; they moved at an average of 154 days which is excellent for an improving market climate and homeowners wanting to upgrade or investors looking for exceptional values.

Another factor that influences our market here in Myrtle Beach is the amount of inventory that we have available at any given time.  Currently we have approximately 8.3 month’s supply for single-family residences and 11.1 month’s supply for our condo market; with the statistical reports indicating additional growth, communities like Cipriana Park at Grand Dunes and Cypress River Plantation can expect to see more interest and movement in the available properties in these areas.  As more and more people search for property for a second home or a retirement residence, we can expect our viable market here in Myrtle Beach to attract a great deal of attention. 

With such benchmarks of improvement paving the way for additional growth here in Myrtle Beach, each professional REALTOR should be excited at the prospects during 2014.  With such strong growth already occurring and gains being made in the single family home sector as well as the condo market, this promises to be a successful year for the real estate market along the Grand Strand.

April 29, 2014

Get Your Kids Engaged in Summer Camp

As the long, lazy days of summer draw closer and your children begin to wonder what they are going to do for fun and excitement when school comes to an end, why not have a plan ready to share with them that is sure to capture their interest?  Registration has just opened for the annual Coastal Carolina Kids Camp for your children who are from 6 to 12 years old.

These creative and exhilarating camps will be held at Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Educational Center and the Litchfield Education Center at the Litchfield Landing in Pawleys Island.  Your children will find challenges and exciting opportunities to expand their learning and creative abilities which are fun as well as educational.

The camps begin June 9 and run weekly until August 8 (excluding the week of July 4th) which gives your family plenty of options to choose the session that suits your summer schedule.  Each day’s activities run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and from 1-5 p.m. each weekday.  You may want to explore your options for day-long camps which will keep the youngsters engaged in rewarding projects for entire day’s length.

Some of the most popular sessions of previous camps have been, “Guts, Goop, Globs, and Gas,” “Magnificent Musical Theater,” “Incredible Edible Art,” “Sleuth Academy,” “Express Yourself,” “Superhero Camp,” “Candy Chemistry Camp,” “Draw Doodle and Design,” and “It’s all about Me, Me, Me!”  As the titles of the individual sessions suggest, your child’s creativity as well as his self-confidence will be increased with participation.  When students interact with each other in a more enjoyable and comfortable setting in the summertime, they immediately learn the rewards that can be received from expressing their ideas and standing up for that which they believe.  With successful participation in these summer camps, your children will return to the academic setting in the fall with more enthusiasm for learning and a wealth of self-worth inside.

You’ll find the sessions to be very affordable with the half-day camps costing $75 and the full-day camps only $150 per week.  Think of summer camp as an investment in your child’s future and as an opportunity for him to meet other students his own age and engage in lively debate and conversations that don’t include texting or other social media platforms; your child can learn some valuable lessons about solving problems, learning new concepts, and how education can really be fun. 

If you’re tired of seeing your child using his thumbs to communicate with his friends as he texts the day away, be sure to check out the Coastal Carolina Kids Camps this summer so that he’ll have more confidence in himself, his ability to learn, and the way in which he communicates with his peers.

April 24, 2014

Myrtle Beach Festivals and Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Living in the Myrtle Beach area means that you’ll have a plethora of activities in which you can participate with your family and friends all year long.  One great way to be assured of knowing when all of the events are taking place is by visiting Grand Strand Events which is a calendar of events for the locals along the Grand Strand.  If you’ve just moved here, be sure to mark these festivals so that you can get a true feel and flavor for life at its best here in the Low Country.  Let’s take a look at some of the area’s favorites that are sure to grab your attention and prompt you to engage in another exciting adventure here in Myrtle Beach.

Can-Am Days Festival

Our area celebrates Canadian-American Days during March of each year by inviting both Canadians and Americans to a festival that includes giveaways, discounts, concerts and many other activities that happen along the Grand Strand.  To welcome spring after a harsh winter, you and your loved ones may want to venture out in March to see what all of the excitement is about.

Blue Crab Festival

In the quaint little fishing village of Little River which is just north of North Myrtle Beach, you can attend the Blue Crab Festival in May.  Here you’ll find live music, arts and crafts, plenty of fun for the children, and Little River’s most famous dish, the blue crab served up in a variety of ways with plenty of Southern hospitality.

MayFest on Main

This annual festival on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach can help you to jumpstart your summer here along the Grand Strand in style.  The Saturday before Mother’s Day is the perfect time for this event that only requires that you bring your own beach chair so that you can sit, relax, and enjoy the live music.  You’ll find arts, live music, crafts, food vendors, and a community stage and children’s area that you won’t want to miss.

The Three B’s

Education may have its three R’s but Myrtle Beach hosts the Three B’s to start Labor Day off with excitement and adventure.  The Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival is a three-day family event that provides free beach music concerts, jet-ski demonstrations, arts and crafts, and food that is superb.  You won’t want to miss Saturday’s barbeque competition which puts over 75 pit masters in a competitive cook-off.  Oh the aroma that fills the air and the celebratory environment that the beach offers up as fall begins.

Little River Shrimp and Jazz Festival

There’s something to be said about the quality of shrimp here in Myrtle Beach and if you like the relaxing sound of Jazz, what better place to combine the two than at the Little River Festival.  In October you’ll enjoy mouth-watering shrimp fixed in a plethora of ways all punctuated with the soothing sounds of Jazz on Columbus Day weekend.

To really become a local resident of Myrtle Beach, you must come and experience the different festivals and activities that puts you up close and personal with the lifestyle of our area.

April 17, 2014

A Report Card for Myrtle Beach

Knowing that the “Grand Strand” really is a grand place to live can help you to make the decision to move your family to this fast-growing and award-winning area.  Myrtle Beach has received awards in recent years that include everything from the 25th best place in the U.S. to retire from TopRetirements.com to the World’s Best Beach by Yahoo Travel.  Whether you’re searching for the ideal place to retire or the perfect place to raise your family, you’ll find everything for a comfortable and successful lifestyle waiting for you here in the Low Country.  Let’s take a look at what a report card would look like for Myrtle Beach.

  • In 2013, the South Carolina Department of Education reported that 100% of Horry County Schools received a rating of Excellent, Good, or Average.  70% of these outstanding schools were rated Excellent or Good.
  • The average SAT Scores of Horry County students is 53 points above the South Carolina; four high schools outperformed the national average on the SAT.
  • Myrtle Beach was named the third fastest growing market in the U.S. in 2013
  • Myrtle Beach is also recognized as:

             •    Having the best boardwalk food in the U.S.
             •    One of the Top Ten Places Kids in the U.S. would like to visit
             •    One of the Top 25 travel destinations of TripAdvisor.com
             •    Top 15 of Towns with lower taxes and cost of living
             •    Top areas for doing business

From the business climate to exceptional educational opportunities to superior healthcare Myrtle Beach has established a quality of living that is second to none along the East Coast.  You’ll never be at a loss for things to do; you can visit Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park as well as The Wonderworks Science Center, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, and the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum.  You will have over 100 golf courses on which to play, theme parks that delight the children, and of course the beach where you can relax and unwind at the end of your busy day.

Life in Myrtle Beach is going to offer you a chance to expand your horizons, experience new and exciting activities, and to stretch your budget more than you ever thought possible.  Whether you’re retired and living on a fixed income or a new couple just buying your first home and thinking about starting a family, Myrtle Beach is sure to meet and exceed your expectations for quality living in a prime location.

Compare the report card of Myrtle Beach to some other areas that interest you but be forewarned, our area is sure to win your heart and capture your spirit for living the good life to its fullest.

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April 15, 2014

Preparing for Your Move to Myrtle Beach

When you’re moving to Myrtle Beach from another location, taking care of all the details as you move can be a stressful experience.  Before you make the big move, there are some basic steps that you can take here to streamline the process and make your transition a successful one.  Let’s take a look at some helpful tips for you to follow as you plan your move to the Grand Strand.

1.    Keep in mind that you’ll have 90 days to apply for a South Carolina driver’s license so learn where you need to go to apply and the proper documentation that you’ll need in order to secure your license.  You can find a plethora of information on this website, www.scdmvonline.com

2.    You’ll also need to register your vehicle in South Carolina if you’re coming from a location outside our state.  You have 45 days to take care of this business.  To learn more about vehicle titles and fees, visit www.scdmvonline.com. 

3.    You should contact the utility companies about one month before your move so that you can arrange a start date for your service at your new residence.  You should also contact your current utility provider so that service can be stopped at your current residence.  In the Myrtle Beach area you will contact the Horry Electric Cooperative or Santee Cooper for your electrical needs. 

4.    If your children are in school, you’ll need to get copies of their transcripts, take care of any additional required paperwork, and contact the new school system to inform them of your arrival date.  You can learn more about Horry County Schools at www.horrycountyschools.net or the Georgetown School District at www.gcsd.k12.sc.us

5.    You should apply for your South Carolina voter registration so that you can attend to your civic duties by casting your vote in all of the upcoming elections.  You’ll be able to go to www.scvotes.org and complete your registration online which saves time, money, and effort.

There are a plethora of details to handle both at your current location and your new address as you are preparing for a move.  One of the best things that you can do is to keep a notebook filled with contact numbers and addresses of both locations so that you can save time when having to set end and start dates for service with them.  For the best plan, you should begin gathering documents and making arrangements for transfer of school information as well as utilities, cable, telephone, gas, waste management, and cable service about one month in advance.  Planning helps to remove the stress and frustration that you’ll experience if you put tasks off until the last minute.

April 10, 2014

Staying Healthy in Myrtle Beach

If you’ve just purchased a new home in the Myrtle Beach area, one of the first things that you’ll want to do is find solutions for your family’s healthcare needs.  Moving is a stressful time and when you need medical care and don’t know where to turn, the entire episode can become a nightmare.  Your real estate professional at BRG can refer you to professionals from large health systems to smaller hospitals and clinics that will address your needs right away.  Whether you have to make an office visit for regular check-ups, need a hip replacement, or want to see a cardiac specialist, realtors know the best places in the area that can keep your family healthy in your new environment.

Should you need cardiac attention, you’ll want to visit the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, which is ranked No. 1 in South Carolina for heart surgery; it’s also been rated as being in the top 5% of medical centers in the entire U.S. for the last two years.  Here you’ll find a Level 2 Trauma Center, dedicated medical professionals, and a state-of-the-art facility with the latest technology for your health needs.  The Grand Strand Regional Medical Center also has seven off-site facilities that can provide you with quality care in a convenient location.

Another innovative and award-winning hospital system is the Waccamaw Community Hospital located in Murrells Inlet.  This 24-hour emergency service facility can furnish you with obstetrics and both inpatient and outpatient surgery in a modern and efficient facility.  Endorsed by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, this hospital is well-known for its innovative programs and outstanding healthcare professionals on staff.

When you need a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a facility that boasts state-of-the-art equipment take your family to Georgetown Memorial Hospital.  This 131 bed hospital is located in Georgetown which is about 40 miles south of Myrtle Beach.  If your new home is located in this immediate vicinity you can’t go wrong with getting your healthcare at this location.

When you live closer to Conway, you may want to visit the Conway Medical Center for your healthcare needs.  It’s a 210 bed private facility that has a 60-year history rich in highly trained and skilled physicians who have devoted their professional lives to making sure the residents of our area receive superior health care.

When you are completing your move to Myrtle Beach, be sure to ask your realtor at BRG for some referrals for your healthcare needs. They will know the facilities that are located closest to your home and where you can get emergency and after-hours care so that you’ll be prepared for any accident or unexpected event.