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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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Mar 23 2014
3:24 pm

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Some of the Areas Best Restaurants!!!

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Ocean Front Dining

When you think of Myrtle Beach, fine cuisine is probably not the first thought that leaps to mind… but you might be surprised. In several places from North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet and over to Conway, there are some fine, locally owned restaurants tucked away where only the locals know how good they really are. We’ve picked out a few for you to try! Bon appetit!

Rivertown Bistro

• Location: 1111 3rd Ave., Conway

• Details: 843-248-3733 or rivertownbistro.net

This upscale dining establishment is known for unique seafood, tasty sandwiches and blue plate specials. Locally owned, this restaurant serves tasty and unique dishes like the lightly blackened dolphin with a jala...

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Mar 13 2014
6:14 pm

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The Day of the Green - St Patrick's Day In Horry County

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Planning to come to Myrtle Beach for St. Patrick’s Day? You’re Irish Luck is holding  for sure – since St. Patrick's Day isn't until Monday, the Myrtle Beach area has decided to spend the whole weekend celebrating the Irish saint -  there’s plenty to do, so pace yourself!

 The city of Conway gets things going with the “Fourth Annual Gathering of the Green” from 5 -9 pm Friday, March 14. Meet on Third Avenue in downtown conway for an evening of fun and activities for the whole family. Including a newly added game – Cabbage Bowling! Plus two other favorites from last year, potato hurling and a giant pickle eating contest. Eight restaurants will participate in a “Taste of Conway” event h...

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WHY DO REALTORS KEEP ASKING ME IF I'M WORKING WITH ANYONE ELSE?

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This is a Better Than Great Post by a fellow Realtor from Canada - Susan Emo - I couldn`t have written it better.

WHY DO REALTORS KEEP ASKING ME IF I'M WORKING WITH ANYONE ELSE? 

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Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage
February 23, 2014 12:55 PM
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I get asked that question almost as much as I ask it of them!

So many potential Buyers feel the need to contact the Listing Agent themselves and, if the Realtor is doing the job correctly, the first question needs to be

"What is the name of the Realtor you're currently working with?" 
(to be gramatically correct I know i...

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Mar 7 2014
9:18 am

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Myrtle Beach Has A Secret - We’ve Got Culture!

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Most people know that Myrtle Beach is a fun place to visit and a great place to live. We have some of the best golf courses in the world, entertainment of all kinds, pristine neighborhoods with all the amenities, and of course miles of white sandy beaches - but we have a secret. Myrtle Beach has culture!

 It’s true, the city of Myrtle Beach and dedicated residents have worked hard to ensure that the fine arts are well represented. Their success can be seen in the number of cultural organizations that have made their home in Myrtle Beach. If you are planning to move here and were worried about missing the theatre or fine symphony orchestras, worry no more. There are many cultural activi...

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Mar 1 2014
10:40 am

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What Makes an REO Agent Different From Your Typical Agent

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What makes a REO Agent different than your Typical Agent?

Our Personal Investment in Our Own Education: Most all successful REO agents are highly trained and heavily invested in their education. It’s not uncommon for a successful REO agent to have thousands of dollars every year go towards education or the maintenance of costly designations and certifications. Our clients demand that we make these costly investments to ensure they are entrusting the right kind of person with their portfolio of asset which could result in millions of dollars worth of transactions. Our investment in our education ensures our clients that we know what we are suppose to do.

Our Clients Investment in Our Edu...

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