Myrtle Beach Real Estate Blog

Oct. 25, 2016

Realtor Magazine's Most Relaxed Cities

Myrtle Beach #9 on Realtor Magazine’s most Relaxed Cities

According to Realtor Magazine, Myrtle Beach has been ranked #9 out of ten of the most relaxed cities in America. Last year, the American Psychological Association did a survey that reported that a quarter of Americans were highly stressed. This survey in turn prompted Realtor.com’s research team to analyze 11 metrics to find the most stressed and least stressed cities in the country. These studies help show a direct correlation between where you live impacting your stress levels. Cities with high rent can prompt financial problems and cause stress while trying to save for a down payment to buy a property. Realtor.com factored in every day occurrences such as housing affordability, average hours of sleep, rental costs, average commutes, unemployment, divorce rate, number of yoga and mediation centers and more to accumulate their data. We enjoy seeing studies like these confirm that Myrtle Beach is one of the best and most laid back settings to live in.  

Posted in Featured
Oct. 21, 2016

Cherry Grove Dredging

The Cherry Grove Dredging project is set to begin! According to the city of North Myrtle Beach, there will be two dredges used in the Cherry Grove Dredging project and they were set to arrive in the area on October 21, 2016. However, as a precautionary measure they were stopped at the Georgia/South Carolina border to ensure that their route to the beach could handle the load since Hurricane Matthew’s recent destruction. There has been over 16,000 feet of pipeline that has been joined together for the project with a projected 20,000 plus feet being used overall. There will be a booster pump attached onto a small barge to guarantee a stable flow of materials through the pipeline. A single crane will be used to launch both dredges and the booster pump. Before we know it the canals in Cherry Grove will be full and ready for you to park your boat in the back yard. 

Oct. 19, 2016

Fall is a Great Time to Buy

Fall is a Great Time to Buy in Myrtle Beach

Changes in seasons can sometimes dictate real estate market activity. This makes the fall season an opportune time to buy in the Myrtle Beach Area. The upcoming of winter months and the return of cooler weather can sometimes cause buyers to be reluctant to make a big move. However, this allows savvy home buyers with an opportunity of finding motivated sellers and sometimes lower home prices.

During the fall many buyers tend to focus on the upcoming holiday season versus their home search. However, buyers looking in the Myrtle Beach area may wish to keep pursuing their search. Whether you are looking for a primary residence, second home, or investment property there is no better time to buy than the fall. Potential buyers looking for a new primary residence enjoy the off season and the quiet that accompanies. It is also a great idea to move before the heightened traffic brought on by the summer season. Second home buyers enjoy getting a feel of the area in off season and are enthusiastic about all of the local deals during the cooler months here at the beach. Buyers interested in investment properties enjoy house hunting during this time of year since there are less seasonal renters in place and there are many more properties they are able to view with ease.

Normally, November and December tend to be the slowest months for real estate activity. This allows motivated home buyers to have more buying power during these few months and possibly allows them to negotiate a lower price. Also, sellers that still have their home on the market after the long summer season may be more eager to reduce their price for a quick sale before the holidays.

For many buyers purchasing a home in the fall gives them much cheer for the upcoming holiday season. This sometimes creates a heightened holiday mood for all involved. There is nothing like kicking back to relax in your new property with close family and friends.

Posted in Featured, General
Oct. 5, 2016

Fixing Up Downtown Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach city officials are working to develop a new strategy for future economic growth in the area. It has been suggested that they would create a new office of economic development that would focus on a broad scope of economic growth as soon as the 2017-2018 budget. This office would also focus on increasing business competitiveness, recruiting businesses, and addressing empty retail spaces. City council members are focused on what can be done to fix up the downtown area. City manager, John Pedersen says the city could offer financial incentives or change zoning codes to help fix up some of the poorly maintained homes in the area. He is suggesting some of the older homes be redeveloped into office spaces. For other properties that investors may not be willing to redevelop, council members are suggesting the city take them over and turn them into parking lots or other low-maintenance spaces so they do not stay vacant. Pederson says the city already has a $10 million dollar line of credit that it uses to redevelop properties by offering loans to property owners to demolish run-down buildings in the downtown area. 

Oct. 3, 2016

Increased Tourism for Summer 2016

The summer of 2016 was a record breaking season for the number of tourists that visited the Grand Strand area. Along the sandy shores of our Carolina beaches we had nearly 18 million visitors this past summer. This number increased occupancy, boosted arrivals at the airport, and heightened attendance at the Carolina Country Music Festival. Increased tourism could be linked to the growing aviation industry here in the Myrtle Beach area. This is helping to make Myrtle Beach a more popular destination for those visitors who do not enjoy making the drive. Increased tourism will help boost the area’s economy and popularity!

May 5, 2015

Approval of Cherry Grove Dredging

NMB approval of Cherry Grove dredging means some property owners get the bill

Hundreds of North Myrtle Beach property owners will have to pay for part of a multimillion dollar dredging project in Cherry Grove.

City council members approved an ordinance Monday night that establishes the Cherry Grove Improvement District.

The district is comprised of around 700 properties that will be responsible making an annual payment to fund the more than $16 million two-dredge project. The project will deepen the channel to make it easier for boats to pass through during low tide.

The city has already invested $1.25 million and will invest another $1.6 million.

Single-family homes, which comprise most of the assessment district, could pay up to $2,400 per year for a period of ten years, according to North Myrtle Beach City Spokesperson Pat Dowling.

However, the city will get a better idea of how much people will have to pay once the bids come in.

Under the ordinance, property owners have 40 days following Monday’s decision to contest their assessments. Those who contest will have to make a presentation before council who will then decide whether to proceed with the assessment.

Some residents still have residual concerns about the long-term effects of the dredging project. One nearby property owner is particularly worried about how it will affect his property values, because he owns land that is not part of the dredging area.

The initial phase of the dredging work is expected to start by the late fall, according to Dowling.

Posted in Featured
May 4, 2015

BIKE WEEK 2015 EVENTS

BIKE WEEK 2015 EVENTS

Founded in 1940 and celebrating its 76th anniversary this year, the Myrtle Beach spring bike rallies have grown into the Grand Strand's biggest annual event with hundreds of thousands of visitors bringing their bikes to the beach each May.

Over the years, as the event has grown more and more places have begun to host their own rallies – individual events marketed by a certain business or promoter.

However all of these individual events, along with countless organized rides, parties, contests, concerts and other events combine to make up what's become one of the top biker events on East Coast.

With the Harley rally and Atlantic Beach Bikefest occurring across three weekends in May, the month has become one of the busiest times of year for the Grand Strand, drawing in well over half a million visitors for these events. Below is a list of some events that will be going on during Bike week.

Bike Week Welcome Center

Bikers can park their trailers at no cost (while space lasts) at Jamin’ Leather, 1222 Port Drive, Myrtle Beach, just off of U.S. 17 Bypass near the intersection of S.C. 707.

This shopping outlet (aka Jamin’ Town) will also host a variety of other events throughout the spring rally including a $1,000 Photo Scavenger Hunt, $300 Leather Raffle, Ms. Bike Rally contest, Biker ministry, 50s & 60s music weekend, free hotdogs and more.

Call (843) 294-1222 or click here for details.

$5,000 Selfie Scavenger Hunt

More than 50 local businesses will be participating in a Selfie Scavenger Hunt to celebrate the 75th Annual Spring Rally — so get your “Selfies” ready, we want to see your mean mugs, duck faces, and toothy grins as you enjoy your visit to the beach!

To enter, visit any of the participating businesses beginning May 8 and take your selfie with the location prominently displayed. Present your pics for tickets at Jamin’ Leather on 17 Bypass South.

Four winners will be drawn daily, May 12-17 with more than $5,000 in prizes will be given away for a total of twenty-four (24) winners!

Visit Myrtle Beach Rallies for details on participating merchants, or pick up one of the 2015 Spring Rally Event Guides at any of over 400 different locations, including bars, restaurants, and hotels throughout the beach.

Marshwalk Bike Rally

The Crooked Floor Tavern, 4078 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (across from the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk) will host its first-ever Marshwalk Bike Rally with vendors, entertainment and live music everyday of the rally from May 9-18. Gates open daily at 10 a.m.

Call (843) 651-5551 or click here for details.

Bikes on the Water Rally

Rally will take place on May 9-18 at Captain Seaweed’s Bar & Grill, located at Bucksport Marina, 135 Bucksport Rd. in Conway.

The event is held on a 35-acre complex on the Waccamaw River with a marina, campsites, and 5,000 sq. ft. covered Tiki Bar with a stage and lots of live music, contests, loop events and the “world’s largest” Bike Rally Karaoke party.

Call (843) 397-6300 of click here for details.

Bike Week South-End Pitstop Party

Old Fish House aka The Big Tuna Raw Bar, 807 Front St., Georgetown, SC, will a daily “South-End Pitstop Party” from 3-11 p.m. throughout the rally from May 9-18 as part of the The Loop promotion where bikers can register for contests and prizes by stopping at four locations across the Grand Strand.

Call (843) 546-1045 or click here for details.

Throttlefest 2015

The House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach will host its third annual Throttlefest celebration May 7-17, with live music and events.

The cast of truTV’s “Full Throttle Saloon” will be on hand to help celebrate and there will be live bands on The Deck all day throughout the rally.

In addition a number of national acts lined up to perform in the concert hall including Flogging Molly, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Allan Coe.

Call 272-3000 or click here for details.

”Rally On The Strand” NMB Bike Rally

Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, will host “Rally On The Strand” May 8-17 featuring more than 40 vendors from around the world. Vendors include Renegade Wheels, Mustang Motorcycle Seats, and Misfit Industries. The shopping complex’s many restaurants, shops and attractions also have bike week specials and events scheduled.

Spring Rally at SBB

Suck Bang Blow, 3393 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, will host events every day beginning with the annual “Walk of Shame” on May 3 and going throughout the spring rally.

There will be SBB’s “world famous” biker games, live music, burnout contests, hot pipes contests, wet t-shirt contests and much more.

Call (843) 651-7960 of click here for details.

“Cruisin’ the Coast” Spring Rally

Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, 4710 S. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, will host it’s annual “Crusin’ The Coast” Spring Bike Rally from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) May 11-17.

Daily activities at the main dealership include food, over 20 vendors, a NASCAR experience simulator and a merchandise tent with 50% off obsolete and discontinued Harley-Davidson® merchandise. The North Myrtle Beach location, The Harley Shop At The Beach, will have demo rides on site as well as all motorcycle sales and rentals.

Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson will also sponsor two Rally Parties held off site, the first at Lincoln Park Bar & Grill (May 11th 4:00-7:00pm) and the second at Logan’s Roadhouse in North Myrtle Beach (May 13th – 4:00-7:00pm).

Call 843-369-5555 or click here for details.

Myrtle Beach Bikefest 2015

The Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach (next to Tanger Outlets off of U.S. 501) will host its annual Bikefest event May 12-16.

Daily events will include poker runs on the track, NASCAR ride alongs,  vendors, and live music.

Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band and the Outlaws will be in concert Friday, May 15th.

Call 1-877-RACE-LAP or click here for details.

“Spring Bike Week” celebration

Spokes & Bones Saloon, 2340 Hwy 17 South, Garden City, will host its Spring Bike Week May 9-18.

Events include appearances from the “Smokin’ Hott” Bad Girls of the Doll House, two stages of live music with daily concerts, a fashion show, biker build-off, seven bars located throughout the area and a VIP Bone Yard Sky Lounge.

Call 843-458-3999 or click here for details.

Swamp Fox Biker Bash 

Swamp Fox in Marion, SC is hosting Bike Week activities May 8-17. The festival will include concerts, amusement rides, motorcycle stunt shows and more.

Click here for details.

Coastal Victory & Indian Motorcycle

Will have vendors on site and will have the new Slingshot on display. May 14-16 you can take Victory and Indiana demo rides.

Posted in Events
May 3, 2015

Carolina Pottery Heads to Myrtle Beach

A home décor and furnishings store will open by the end of May in the former Kmart building on Kings Hwy in Myrtle Beach.  Carolina Pottery wants to be opened in time for the rush of summer tourist. Carolina Pottery will have items that sell from .99 cents to several thousand dollars. Seasonal items will include patio furniture in the spring, autumn décor and silk flowers and Christmas items. Kmart Closed the store at 1403 N. Kings Hwy last fall, leaving the chain with just a single Horry County location in Conway SC. The store had 59 employees when it closed. Carolina Pottery likely will open with 50 to 70 employees, about 20 of whom will be full time. Applications can be made at www.carolinapotery.com by clicking on the icon for the Myrtle Beach store, then on the jobs tab. Starting pay will be about $8 hour. People also can apply in person next week at the Kings Hwy store. There will be signs posted at the store that give the hours for interviews. The store will be open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday with Sunday hours in the 11am to 7pm range. 

Posted in Events, Featured
May 2, 2015

34th Annual Blue Crab Festival

34th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival
May 16-17, 2015

The purpose of this festival is and will continue to be, one that supports and showcases the fabulous atmosphere of the local Little River Community, North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand area.

We encourage you to be a part of this tradition, and join us for our 34th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival, on the Waterfront in Little River on May 16th and 17th, 2015.

Located on the beautiful Grand Strand; the Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast with attendance of more than 50,000. The festival will feature approximately 200 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, tremendous entertainment and a phenomenal children’s area.

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival has been awarded the Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand by readers of the Sun News newspaper for the past six consecutive years. The festival continues to be the premier event on the Grand Strand with excellent vendors, entertainment, food and fellowship.

Posted in Events
May 1, 2015

Cinco de Mayo at Myrtle Beach

Loosen the belts, put on the sombrero and get ready for some Mexican fiestas! Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and a number of Mexican restaurants along the Grand Strand have plenty of fun things to do or at least some specials on margaritas.

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, commemorates the victory of 4,000 Mexican soldiers against 8,000 French forces on the morning of May 5, 1862 in Puebla, Mexico.

In the United States, the day has become a way for Mexican Americans and people all over the U.S. to celebrate Mexico's history, food and culture.

Probably the biggest fiesta on the Grand Strand will be happening at the Fiesta del Buro Loco restaurant located at 960 Jason Blvd. In Myrtle Beach.

Celebrating its 17th annual Cinco de Mayo party, Fiesta del Burro Loco is going all out this year for its BurroFest. Starting at 11a.m., party-goers can enjoy corn hole games, a cookout, drinks, snacks, sun, and fun. Music starts at 1p.m. and continues to 11p.m. outside with sets by Paperwork, Josh Brannon Band, Bullfrog, Tastes Like Chicken Band and No Limit Duo. Come out and enjoy all the fun.

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