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Aug 18 2014
10:54 am

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I debated sharing this but felt it a great read!!!

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This is a blog that was posted by a Realtor in Houston, TX with a major brokerage there.  I felt it warranted a spot on my company page as a reminder to our customers and clients, that to have a true professional working with you on your important purchase is extremely important.  If someone is willing to go thru what is ALMOST truthfully accurate in this blog, then they are a true professional as long as they maintain their ethical responsibility, moral standards and offer Better Than Great Customer Service.

ENJOY THE READ!!!  It may open an eye or two of the consumer!!

Thank you to Greg Nino of RE/MAX Compass of Houston Texas for writing this and allowing us to share it!!

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Aug 12 2014
8:42 pm

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Is Now The Time To Sell???

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                    Is There A Best Time to Sell A Home?

Timing the housing market to the moment when interest rates are low and buyer demand is high may seem ideal, but if everyone had the ability to see exactly when home values are at their peak, we’d all be millionaires.

The decision to sell your home should be based on a variety of factors that are both financial and emotional. While you should definitely pay attention to market conditions as part of your thought process, you should always keep in mind that the choice to buy or sell a home is completely individual.

Reasons to Sell

Homeowners have a variety of reasons to sell their home at any given time. Some of the obvious reas...

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Aug 12 2014
8:41 pm

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What is all they hype about Tankless Water Heaters?

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Water Heating – Is It A Tankless Job?

 

If the idea of constantly heating your water in a big tank sitting in your basement sounds  inefficient and wasteful  then a tankless water heater may be the right option for you. To help you make the decision between replacing your hot water tank with the tankless alternative here are some of the pros and cons of a tankless water heater system.

PROS

Energy Savings / Operating Costs
The first thought on tankless water heaters is generally: how much energy/money am I going to save? To be honest, you're going to be spending MORE money to get a tankless water heater and all its plumbing in place. While a tankless water heater costs more up front, y...

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Aug 12 2014
8:39 pm

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Want more out of your Pool????

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 Convert Your Pool Into A Wildlife Refuge Oasis

 

Perhaps the pool came with the house, or you had one installed for your kids and to enjoy neighborhood parties. Now the kids are gone, or you'd like a more natural look to your lawn that blends in to our coastal environment.

Homeowners who no longer need or want their swimming pools often resort to covering them year-round or filling them with concrete, but there is another option. By converting your pool into a wildlife pond, you can build a more natural landscape and provide animals in your neck of the woods a much-needed wetland habitat. Plus, the time you once devoted to pool upkeep can be spent relaxing in your backyard haven and w...

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Aug 12 2014
8:36 pm

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Buying a Historic Home Can Be Fun

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Buying An Historic Home

 

Being one of America's original colonies, South Carolina, especially its coastal region from what is now North Myrtle Beach down to Charleston has been a part of the founding of the nation, the Civil War and  other historical events that have shaped the nation. Fortunately, through all of that history many homes in the Grand Strand area into Georgetown and Charleston are considered to be historic homes and are registered with the National Register of Historic places. 

Perhaps you have discovered an historic home for sale in the area and the idea of owning a piece of history appeals to you. If so, there are some things you need to know before purchasing a home...

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Jul 12 2014
11:22 am

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You have a Bonus Room (FROG) - what do you do now???

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        What to Do With That Bonus Room

Back in the early 1990s, real estate developers hit on a bright idea to give homebuyers more space without adding appreciably to the price tag. Almost overnight, the bonus room was born. It met the demand for open-concept living with a loft or some other empty space and left the buyer to decide how to finish it. If you’re lucky enough to have a bonus room (or perhaps a spare bedroom because your 30-year-old child has finally found work and moved out), here are some ideas for how you can use it.

Start with a Basic Plan

Decide what function the room will serve. It will probably help keep the peace in your family if you ask your spouse and kids for ...

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Jul 12 2014
11:04 am

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A Southern Tradition - The Front Porch

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     The Front Porch – A Southern Tradition

An image that leaps to mind when imagining a quiet southern town is usually the family gathered on a wide front porch, sipping iced tea and watching the world, and the neighbors, go by. Fortunately, those days are not gone forever. Most homes can have a front porch or back deck added on at a reasonable cost. In this article we'll look at the benefits of adding a porch, deck, or patio to your home.

A front porch is composed of a deck, railing, steps and a roof, mostly built out of wood in a style that blends with the architecture. Because a new porch is directly tied into the house itself, a contractor is essential to ensuring a quality job as ...

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Fourth Of July Trivial Facts

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Flag on beach       Things You Thought You Knew About July 4th

Adpated  from George Mason University’s History News Network:

 

In honor of the Fourth of July, here are some commonly held beliefs about the holiday that might not be what you’ve always thought. Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July.

 

1. Independence was declared on the Fourth of July.

America’s independence from Great Britain was actually declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. That’s why John Adams thought July 2 was going to be the day future Americans celebrated.

On the night of July 2nd, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published the statement: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and...

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Jul 1 2014
1:00 pm

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FUN IN THE SUN - July 4 Activities in Myrtle Beach

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Ocean Flag   July 4 Activities in Myrtle Beach       Fireworks

No matter where you are staying along the Grand Strand, it is certain that you will be able to see, hear and attend the many fireworks shows and celebrations that will light up the evening sky on July Fourth. Take your pick of any of these fun and exciting shows.

Myrtle Beach

Broadway at the Beach, between 21st and 29th avenues North on U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014, over Lake Broadway. 

 

TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. Start your evening off with a Pelicans baseball game on July 2 or July 3 and then stay for the free post-game fireworks display.

 

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Why Do You Need A Buyer Agent to Represent You!!

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You have Made the Decision to Buy a New Home... Now What?

Congratulations! You've saved your money, you know your credit score and you are ready to buy a home. The next step is to find a real estate agent who can help you with the ins and outs of buying a home. This is an important relationship as you will be working with them closely to buy the house of your dreams.

Make A Commitment!

Once you've chosen your agent, it's not unusual for them to ask you if you are working with another agent. This is done because  buyers often operate under the misconception that buyer's agents are all paid a showing fee and that they will “cover more ground” if they enlist several agents to help i...

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Making an Offer on a Short Sale? What You Need to Know

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Making an Offer on a Short Sale? What You Need to Know

Are you looking to buy a new home? Are you thinking that now's a great time to find bargains? Before you make an offer, it pays to know a little about the seller's situation.

 

If a home is being sold for below what the current seller owes on the property—and the seller does not have other funds to make up the difference at closing—the sale is considered a short sale. Many more home owners are finding themselves in this situation due to a number of factors, including job losses, aggressive borrowing against their home in the days of easy credit, and declining home values in a slower real estate market.

 

A short sale is different...

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Jun 2 2014
9:12 am

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Myrtle Beach Fun In The Sun Has Begun!!!

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             Summer Has Begun – Welcome to Myrtle Beach!

 

Summer has officially begun in Myrtle Beach and we want to welcome all the vacationers who will enjoy our beaches this Summer. Though the beach is great, if you want a change of pace you only have to come inland a few blocks to enjoy some other attractions that Myrtle Beach has to offer.

 

Here are some special events happening in June:

 

June 3:The Myrtle Beach Art Museum proudly presents an exhibit of the photographs of Ansel Adams. They'll have an opening reception and a series of eight talks and five tours to bring his work to life. The Opening Reception will be hosted with Andrea Stillman who was an assistant to Adams. ...

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Want a Beach Vacation Home? Want Income? Make sure you review this and ask the right questions!

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Buying a beach house of your own to come back to year after year is a great luxury, but not one that should be approached casually. Your beach vacation house is an investment and must be researched with all the care and caution you put into finding your first home. If your beach house purchase leaves you worrying about your financial future, you will not enjoy it.

 

Step 1

Congratulations! If you have already decided that Myrtle Beach is the place for you, you have completed Step One. There are many types of homes available all along the Grand Strand, oceanfront condos, beach cottages, townhomes and houses.

 Step 2

Set up a budget and research what it can buy you. Include costs suc...

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Fun in the Sun!!! Be Smart!!

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Have Fun, But Be Safe In the Sun

Now that official summer is almost here, it is hard not to start thinking about coming to Myrtle Beach and spending time enjoying the beach, the Boardwalk, sailing, kayaking and all the other outdoor activities we have to offer. While it is good to be out of the snow and into the sun, it is still wise to take some precautions. Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can lead to serious sunburn and perhaps later skin cancer. Luckily there are many ways to protect yourself tom the sun and enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation worry-free.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your vacation…                                                              

 St...

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Outdoor Entertaining Anyone???

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Outdoor Patio Ideas

Time for Summer Entertaining

There's nothing better than enjoying good food and cold drinks outdoors with friends and family. That's what summer at the beach is all about! With that in mind, we put together some tips for creating the perfect outdoor entertaining space for summer.

 

Choose the perfect spot

Before you start arranging patio furniture, it's important to be mindful of which type of space you're working with. Find an area you're most likely to do your entertaining in and plan the rest of your yard around that. The spot you choose should be the area most suited to entertaining. It's important that the space you're entertaining in be comfortable for guests, so you'll want s...

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GOLFING ANYONE?? There are one or two courses in the area for you to choose from - here are some of our favorites!!

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Golf Course     Choosing A Myrtle Beach Golf Course

Myrtle Beach is not only famous for its seashore but for its golf courses, and for the uninitiated tourist or new resident, the choices can be overwhelming. Over 100 of the finest golf courses can be found along the 60-mile stretch of coastline that runs from Southport, N.C. to Georgetown, S.C. -- including three of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play. The area offers courses challenging enough for the scratch golfer or the weekend warrior. Here are a few of our recommendations:

 

Must-Play Courses

My Favorite - Tidewater Golf Club(tidewatergolf.com, 843-913-2424, $105-$159)
This 1990 Ken Tomlinson design has low-profile fairways that...

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Apr 9 2014
6:43 pm

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New mortgage lending rules in effect for 2014

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    New mortgage lending rules in effect for 2014

    There are new mortgage rules applying to Qualified Mortgages originated on or after January 10th, 2014, and we           want to give you an overview

    Mortgage lenders are being asked to comply with two new requirements: The Qualified Mortgages and the Ability to     Repay Rule . Here's how they will impact borrowers:

 Qualified Mortgages

A Qualified Mortgage is a home loan that has certain features to make it easier for you to repay your loan. A loan must meet 3 requirements in order to be considered “qualified”: the lender must determine that the buyer has an Ability To Repay (ATR), the cost of the loan must meet certain r...

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Mar 31 2014
3:01 pm

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Trying to Sell Your Home Yourself??

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Difficulties of Selling Your Own Home:

How a Great REALTOR®Can Help

As real estate markets throughout the United States show signs of rebounding, many home owners are once again considering selling their homes. Home values across the nation plummeted in recent years because of the overall recession. As a result most real estate markets became a “buyer’s market.”

 

In a buyer’s market, there is typically an abundance of inventory at reasonable or rock-bottom prices. Those conditions flourished in many markets throughout the United States for several years during the recession; however, signs are pointing to a significant shift across the country. In fact, some markets are changing fro...

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Mar 30 2014
8:20 pm

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Remodel or Sell "As-Is" - The question everyone asks!!!

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  Remodel or Sell “As-Is”

 Should you remodel your home before you list it? It may seem counterintuitive to put money into a house that you're  planning to sell, but the fact is that buyers are notoriously inflexible when it comes to looking past any major home  improvement problems such as a stained carpet or a dirty wall. Sometimes even a gaudy paint job can still cost you  money at the negotiating table if the buyer insists on it being changed before the sale. Plus, you don't want your  buyers to have to envision what the remodeled house will look like if it is in serious need of repair. On the other  hand, you don't want to pour your money into fixing up a home that you are not goin...

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Mar 24 2014
4:56 pm

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Home Improvements! Do It Yourself Or Hire a Professional??

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Do It YourselfDo It Yourself Or Pay the Expert?

 They make it look so easy on all the home shows to renovate your kitchen, add a bathroom or even make a brand new sidewalk to your entryway. Certainly in today's economy the do-it-yourself (DIY) route is tempting, but is that home improvement job really that simple?

In a recent interview, Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List pointed out that some DIY jobs end in disaster. More than 136,000 DIY injuries require medical attention annually. As many as 35,000 injuries were from nail guns. So, how do you decide to DIY or pay the expert?

Before you begin a DIY project, ask yourself three questions:

Do you have the right training and experience?
Do you ha...

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