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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Contrary to what many homeowners think, selling a house is not as simple as sticking a real estate sign in the front yard. When you decide you want to sell your home there are necessary steps to take to preparing your home for sale. Calling Sloan Realty is an important first step. Below you’ll find are many recommendations that we'd like to make to have your home move fast.

Before potential buyers see what your home has to offer, they view the exterior of the home and property. As a result, a cluttered home or an unattractive view of the outside of the home could potentially result in a missed opportunity.

First Impressions Do Matter: An inviting exterior ensures tempts buyers to come inside. Keep your entryway clean and uncluttered. Put a new welcoming doormat down.

Sparkling Homes Make For a Quick Sale: Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce desire. To make the place look great paint the walls and ceilings in neutral colors and polish all wood surfaces. You will find a quicker sale at a higher price will result.

A Clean Home Speaks Volumes: Bright, cheery windows and unmarred walls will assist your sale. Call a window cleaning company like Window Genie if you’re not up to cleaning your own windows. It’s well worth the affordable cost. They can also power wash the exterior of your home as well as patios, walkways and driveways.

Fix That Dripping Faucet: Dripping water discolors the enamel and calls attention to faulty plumbing. If a buyer notices a dripping faucet they’ll wonder what else you’ve neglected around the home. If you’re unable to fix the faucet yourself (often just needing a washer replaced) call a local plumber or handyman.

Hire a Handyman for the Day: Loose doorknobs, sticking drawers and warped cabinet doors are noticed by the prospect. Have them fixed by the handyman as well as any squeaks the doors are making. See what else he happens to notice while he’s there.

Closet Illusions: A freshly painted, super white closet with a bright light bulb makes it look larger than it may be. Clothes hung up on matching hangers, facing the same direction, shoes neatly arranged, and hats and other articles neatly placed, will present an organized appearance. Pack and store excess items to let the closet appear far bigger than is needed.

Dear to Her Heart is the Kitchen: Paint or touch up the paint in the kitchen. Wipe down all the cabinets inside and out. Colorful curtains in harmony with the floor and counter tops will add appeal. Keep oven clean as it often gets inspected.

Appliances: Clean the inside and outside of appliances. Eat that food up so your cupboards and appliances aren’t over stuffed.

Double Check Your Bathroom: Bright and clean bathrooms sell many homes. Keep toilet lids down. Make the tub and tile sparkle.

Bedrooms: New comforters with pillows and matching carpets, all kept in tip top shape, speaks volumes about how the new owners will be able to live. Keep the beds made, the clothes put away, and the rooms clean.

The Brighter the Better: Illumination is a welcome sign. For after-dark inspections, turn on your lights on the front porch and throughout the house. The buyers will feel a glowing warmth; otherwise impossible to attain. Turn on lights in the daytime as well for rooms that are not well lit.

Follow these tips and your home will arrive on the market shining like a bright star among other, dimly lit ones. Honestly, you can’t prepare too much! When you’re ready to list your home with a Realtor, give Sloan Realty a call at 843-449-0835. We lookk forward to hearing from you.

 

5 Top Reasons to Buy Your Next Home in Myrtle Beach

When you're looking for a place to relocate to, whether it be due to retirement or just wanting to live someplace with better weather, consider coastal South Carolina. There are many reasons why people choose to buy a forever home in Myrtle Beach SC so it was hard for us at Sloan Realty to limit our list to just five reasons. But we'll share the top 5 reasons why people choose Myrtle Beach SC to be the place where they buy their next home. Perhaps it will make it easier for you to decide where your future will be.

1. The top reason people buy property in the Myrtle Beach area is the awesome weather. It's the perfect blend of not too hot and not too cold – it's just as close to perfect as you can get!

2. This is the place to live if you enjoy fishing. There are so many opportunities for you to try new fishing spots that you'll likely never run out! There are also fishing charter companies like Hurricane Fleet that will take you out into the deep Atlantic Ocean for a half or whole day. You can also try your hand at surf fishing and pier fishing, too.

3. Those into water sports will love living right on the ocean. Sports include surfing, standup paddle boarding, jet skiing, boogie boarding, and kite surfing are just a few of the exciting pastimes that await you and your family.

4. Affordable living has to be on the list of the top reasons why people relocate to Myrtle Beach. The affordable real estate that Sloan Realty has is plentiful and the cost of living in South Carolina is far below that found in the northern and Midwestern states.

5. Last but not least of all are the many year round activities this area has to offer residents. Golf lovers will enjoy playing on any of the more than 110 championship golf courses. Numerous malls and specialty shops in the Grand Strand area will provide plenty of shopping therapy any time you get the urge. For entertainment and nightlife, there are dinner theaters, live concerts, comedy clubs, amusement & water parks, museums and more than 2,000 restaurants offering anything from four star to casual dining options.

If you'd like to talk with Sloan Realty about buying a home in Myrtle Beach SC just give us a call at 843-449-0835 and we'll set up a time to get together.

Where to Stay & Dine on Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach

Whether this is your first Thanksgiving or your 90th, the holidays are an ideal time to get away to the beach and begin new holiday traditions with your family. Stay in the accommodations only Sloan Realty can provide you with and you can rest assured you’ll have all the comforts of home plus more. Everything you’ll need to make your holidays complete can be found in our Myrtle Beach holiday vacation rentals that includes your own nicely furnished kitchen in which to prepare any size holiday feast.

The holiday vacation rentals we have available come in a range of sizes and have awesome amenities that may include features such as Jacuzzis and whirlpool tubs, hot tubs, swimming pools, game rooms, and on-site laundry facilities. Whether it’s just you or you’re bringing extended family and friends, you’re going to just love these accommodations. We’re sure of it!

If you’d prefer to go out for dinner on Thanksgiving Day there are a large assortment of restaurants in Myrtle Beach that will be open. Many restaurants have holiday specials on the menu while others are all-you-can eat Thanksgiving buffets. Take your pick from the following --

California Dreaming
10429 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 215-5255
Serving an all-American Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Full spread includes oven roasted turkey breast and sugar cured ham with all the fixings and dessert. The price is $18.95 for adults and $9.95 for children under 10. Carry out is available when you pre-order. Reservations are recommended.

Captain George’s
1401 29th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 916-2278
Captain George's Seafood Buffet will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving fare the buffet will feature Alaskan snow crab legs, steamed shrimp and plenty more. The price is $32.99/adult. Reservations are being accepted for parties of 10 or more.

Carolina Roadhouse
4617 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 497-9911
Carolina Roadhouse is offering a special Thanksgiving dinner served from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner includes oven roasted turkey breast, sugar cured ham, and all the sides. Adults are $18.95 and children under 10 are $9.95. Reservations recommended.

Magnolia’s at 26th
2605 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 839-3993
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Breakfast will be served from 6:30-10 a.m., lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5-9 p.m. The Thanksgiving buffet is $19.96.

Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern
1004 Glenforest Rd, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 903-3150
The prix fixe menu includes your choice of salad or tomato basil bisque soup followed by smoked turkey breast; herb crusted prime rib or hickory smoked ham with traditional accompaniments. Dessert is your choice of old-fashioned apple pie a la mode or pumpkin cheesecake. The cost is $24.95/adult and $9.95 for children 12 and under. Seatings start at noon. Reservations required.

Simply Southern Smokehouse
1913 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 839-1913
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Menu includes a traditional Southern feast of turkey and stuffing, pot roast, casserole dishes and other traditional sides including dessert for just $14.99 per person including a beverage.

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse
2461 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 839-7427
Opening at 11 a.m. with a Thanksgiving Day buffet. No reservations required.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sloan Realty!

Halloween Happenings in Myrtle Beach for 2016

Many people look forward to this time of the year especially children. Whether it’s the dressing up as your favorite super hero or collecting “treats” in your large plastic pumpkin, it’s a tradition that we have all experienced since childhood. These days more people are attending local activities and events around Myrtle Beach than are going trick-or-treating. It seems Halloween is not just about the candy anymore. Check out the following events going on in the local area.

Truck-or-Treat at Broadway at the Beach (near WonderWorks)
On October 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. there will be an interactive experience for kids and their families to check out all kinds of trucks including, emergency vehicles, big rigs and more as well as receive their favorite trick-or-treat candies! There will be carousel rides, train rides, a petting zoo and lots more! Horn free hour is from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Not So Spooky Halloween Party
Don’t let the name fool you! Dress up and come to the Character Company Party Place on October 23 from 2-4 p.m. for the best time ever. Tickets are $15 and includes snacks, activities, bounce houses and treat bags. VIP Tickets are $25 and include a private Meet & Greet before the event and a photo with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, too.

Boo Bash at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina
For a safe and fun trick-or-treating alternative join us at Museum Manor on October 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This event is for the youngest ghouls and goblins. Kids are admitted for free and adults are just $5. Admission includes trick-or-treating, themed activities and crafts, the Magic of Science show, and more!

Celebrity Square Halloween
On October 29 come take part in the Monsters Ball Costume party starting at 8 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach.

The Market Common invites families including fur babies to come out and enjoy carriage rides, music and entertainment in front of The Grand 14. There will also be trick or treating from 5- 7 p.m. on October 31.

 

Hurricane Season: Things to Know

Occasionally vacationers to the area as well as those coming to look the area over as a relocation destination, ask about the hurricane season. As with most things, what you hear about it can sometimes be worse than the facts at hand. At Sloan Realty we live here year round and have for many years. Locals around these parts are experienced with and respectful of hurricanes and know the proper steps to take. You’ll find they’re always happy to share that information with anyone that asks.

Hurricane Season: Things to Know

There are some things you should know about Hurricane Season. We’ll share them with you below so you don’t live in fear during your time in the area.

1. Hurricane season along the Eastern Coast of the U.S. is from May 31 through November.
2. Hurricanes never stage a surprise attack. You’ll know they’re coming days or weeks in advance.
3. A hurricane travels very slowly and can take weeks to get to where you’re standing.
4. When an impending hurricane is due to reach land you can expect the airports to have limited flight availability or outright close.
5. Travel insurance is a good idea during hurricane season whether it be through the airline, car rental agency or vacation accommodation agency. Read the fine print carefully.
6. When traveling during hurricane season it’s a good idea to monitor local radio and other sources of information, such as the National Hurricane Center, to stay aware of any weather developments in the area.
7. Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.
8. Travelers should maintain close contact with their tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for evacuation instructions in the event of a weather emergency.
9. Stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries and other essential items you may need
10. If an evacuation order is executed, you will be notified ahead of time where there are safe emergency shelters where you can go.


For additional information on hurricanes and other tropical storms, visit the State Department’s website on Natural Disasters.

 

Entertainment: Hot Summer Nights in Myrtle Beach

Plenty of things are taking place in Myrtle Beach this summer and you won’t want to miss a single one of them. No matter when you’re coming, you’ll find some great deals on Myrtle Beach vacation rentals on our website at Sloan Realty. Whether you’re looking for a two bedroom condo or a six bedroom house, we have plenty to show you that will meet the needs of your family or group no matter how many are coming.

 

Hot Summer Nights on the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach

 

 

There are free nightly events from June 1 through September 30 on the boardwalk for Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights in Myrtle Beach. Following is the entertainment schedule for 2015:

Sunday Nights: Sunday Celebrations on the Boardwalk
Free summer concerts every Sunday on the Boardwalk from 7 p.m.
June 21 – Finding Favour & the City Harmonic
June 28 – Building 429 & KJ-52
July 5 – Tenth Avenue North & Among the Thirsty
July 12 – Audio Adrenaline & Ryan Stevenson
July 19 – Colton Dixon & Coley
July 26 – Hawk Nelson & Rhett Walker Band

Sunday Celebrations in Plyler Park Local and regional artists will perform a variety of music genres for everyone to enjoy on select Sundays in June and August. Come enjoy the music from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on June 7 and 14 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

 

Hot Summer Nights - Kidz Carnival on the Boardwalk

 

 

Monday Nights: Boardwalk Kidz Carnival!?
The Kidz Carnival, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. each Monday, is the perfect time to enjoy live performances, inflatables, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and caricature artists in Plyler Park. The kids will love it!

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday Nights: Board Rocking Concert Series?
Bring you lawn chairs or blankets and your companions then prepare to sit back and enjoy the cool sounds of some of the hottest bands in the area each night from 8-11 p.m. The entire family will enjoy the boardwalk atmosphere with free live music that will feature a vast range of genres that include local, rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, R&B, funk and more.

 

 

Fireworks Display at Hot Summer NIghts in MB 2015

 

 

Wednesday Nights: Live Concerts & Fireworks Display?
Every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Plyler Park boasts the best view in town of the fireworks. The display occurs on the Second Avenue Pier and is visible from the beach and boardwalk throughout the downtown area. We’ll have a special fireworks show for Independence Day on Friday, July 4, too! Bring your blanket and enjoy the spectacular display from the park, the new boardwalk or on our white sandy beaches. Live music on both stages.

Local Talent Showcase Local and regional entertainers will showcase their talents each Wednesday from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. in Plyler Park. Entertainers will include high school marching bands, dance companies, local singers and more. Come enjoy the show!

LIVE Music at 9th Avenue Stage Every Wednesday, the Ninth Avenue North Stage will host free, live music from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The evening will feature a vast range of music genres, including local rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, R&B and funk bands.

 

Battle of the Bands at Hot Summer Nights in Myrtle Beach

 

 

Friday Nights: Boardwalk’s Got Talent
Local and regional performers will compete for a prize package from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on select Fridays in June and August. This will offer a variety show for all ages to enjoy, with the big finale on Friday, September 4. Here are the “Boardwalk’s Got Talent” show dates -- June 12, 19 and 26, and August 14, 21 and 28.

Battle of the Bands Local, regional and national bands will battle it out on the Pavilion stage for cash prizes and so much more, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on select Fridays throughout the summer! The competition will host four bands each night, with a total of 24 high quality touring bands. Here are the Battle dates: Fridays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, and August 7. The final showdown will be held during Oktoberfest.

 

 

Easter Events Around Myrtle Beach

For those planning an early spring vacation or a trip to Myrtle Beach over Easter, we have plenty of early season holiday vacation rentals available. In addition, there are Easter Events around Myrtle Beach that you won't want to miss out on. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss a single one and have a wonderful time while you’re in Myrtle Beach this Easter holiday!

 

27th Annual Run to the Sun Car Show

 

The 27th Annual Run to the Sun Car Show, one of the largest in the Southeast, will take place from March 19-21 at the former Myrtle Square Mall at 2501 Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach. This event is held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and brings hundreds of street rods and classic cars to the Grand Strand. Pre-registration for the event is at the Clarion Hotel, 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd. MB from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Door prizes will be awarded among registered participants. The show raises money for the Children's Miracle Network and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Thompson Farm in Conway, SC

 

The Easter activities don’t wait until Easter Sunday to start. The 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Thompson Farm in Conway, SC, will take place on Saturday, March 21 along with brunch with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt will follow brunch and has more than 10,000 eggs hidden throughout the farm area. Eggs will be filled with candy and prizes and each child is guaranteed an egg. A Golden Egg will be hidden that contains a special prize! Children will be divided into groups by age for the hunt. Other activities during the day include Pappy's Play Area, hay wagon rides and two animal feedings.

The limited seating Brunch Buffet starts at 10 a.m. and includes baked ham, an omelet station, sausage, bacon, grits, French toast, cheddar biscuits, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and milk. Brunch which will be served in Bucksville Hall. Enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny, Mickey, Minnie, Sponge Bob and Olaf!

The cost is $19 for ages 14 and up; $17 for ages 9 to 13; $12 for ages 3 to 8 and free for ages 2 and under. Call ahead for reservations. Join in on just the egg hunt and farm fun for $9/person.

 

Trinity Church Family Easter Festival and Easter Egg Hunt, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

The Trinity Church at 3000 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, will hold a Family Easter Festival and Easter Egg Hunt for all families on Saturday, March 28 from 2-4 p.m. This free event includes egg hunts for toddlers, crafts, inflatables, games and more. The event will be held rain or shine. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Myrtle Beach High School Food Bank collection.

Come join the Myrtle Beach Easter Egg Plunge on April 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Canal Street Recreation Center, 971 Canal St., Myrtle Beach. The free children's event the 5-12 year olds is in celebration of Easter. Activities include diving for eggs in the pool, along with candy and prizes. Advance registration is required by March 30. This is a well-attended event, so please check in 15 minutes before your "plunge." Registration required by calling 843-918-1476.

From all of us at Sloan Realty -- Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

 

How to Take Your Valentine's Day Over the Top

Every year around this time Valentine’s Day makes an appearance. What used to be a holiday for lovers has turned into so much more than that. These days everyone celebrates the holiday and anyone can be your Valentine. This year, don’t spend the holiday sitting around. Go over and beyond that box of candy and flowers. Check out the following events going on in the area and you’ll take this year’s Valentine’s Day over the top no matter who you're spending it with!

If you and your valentine are runners you will want to be part of the 17th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon taking place at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. In fact, there's a whole lot going on the entire weekend so be sure to check out their site.

How to Take Your Valentine's Day Over the Top

Bring your special someone to the 2nd Annual Splash of Love at Ripley’s Aquarium for a fabulous 4-course dinner, admission to the aquarium, one long stem rose, and one drink ticket for the bar between 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. 

How to Take Your Valentine's Day Over the Top

Catch a concert and dinner this Valentine's Day at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. They're offering a three-course dinner and with a ticket to the KISS Army Concert for just $35/person. Call (843) 272-3000 early for reservations. The dinner menu includes your choice of lobster bisque or Arugula and Endive Salad; Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Gulf Coast Red Snapper with Crab meat, Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast or Adobo rubbed Pork Chop followed by Molten Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert.

How to Take Your Valentine's Day Over the Top

Make your reservations for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise aboard the Barefoot Princess Riverboat this Valentine's Day. Cruise along the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach. The package will offer a delicious dinner buffet, live music and great views. The cost is $43/adults and $30/child ages 2 to 12. The dinner cruise will take place at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 14 at the Barefoot Landing Marina. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. Upgrade to the Riverboat Romance package for $18 to surprise your date with a single rose. Admira's Amore is $43 and includes a rose and one bottle of house wine. Call 843-272-6796 now for reservations as spots fill quickly.

Strings fans, rejoice! Famous Japanese fiddler and violinist, Shoji Tabuchi, will perform live at 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at the Alabama Theatre. Southern Living described it as a "must-see-show" and "utterly charming." Treat your Valentine to an unforgettable date night! Tickets start at $34.95. Purchase tickets online here.

Cupid's Comedy Capers, an improv show about relationships and love at will perform on Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Theater. The cast of Carolina Improv Company will perform their comedy acts based on audience suggestions on relationships, dating, marriage and more. It's the perfect spot for date night and even for the single folks on Valentine's Day! Tickets are $11 and can be purchased online here. The show is for ages 18 and up. Uptown Theatre is located at the Myrtle Beach Mall and is a great place for date night, ladies’ night out or just plain fun.

 

Local Events Worth Checking Out

Whether you’re in the area looking for a new home among the Myrtle Beach real estate that we have available or you live here year round, there are always local events taking place that you won’t want to miss. Following are some of the most favorite that come around each year.

 

Local Events Worth Checking Out

Restaurant Week 2015
Restaurants all along the Grand Strand will be participating in Restaurant Week 2015 from January 8-18, 2015. This is a 9-day celebration that’s a great opportunity to check out some of the amazing restaurants in the area at discounted prices. Special menus and selections at some of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach will be available. Participating restaurants include Aspen Grille, The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, Castano's Italian Steakhouse, Croissants Bistro & Bakery, The Parson's Table, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Cafe Amalfi, Greg Norman's Australian Grille and Sam Snead's Oak Grill and Tavern.

 

Thunder & Light featuring All That!
This show features the original choreography by nationally-renowned clogging group All That! A multi-million dollar laser light show it is produced by groundbreaking producer/director Jeffrey Gilmore. The Carolina Opry's all-new Thunder & Light show is a must-see! This entirely new live production will get you up close and personal with amazing dancing of All That! — the group that has been features multiple times on "America's Got Talent" and at The Carolina Opry for several years — and features the same multi-colored 5-laser show that toured with Pink Floyd and Madonna. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $21 for children. Thunder and Light featuring All That will be performed at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. starting January 17 and going throughout 2015 at The Carolina Opry. Book online or call 800-843-6779.

 

Local Events Worth Checking Out

An Evening with Garrison Keillor
On Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 6 p.m., writer, actor and radio personality, Garrison Keillor, will perform one night only at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. An Evening with Garrison Keiller will feature his personal stories about his childhood, fatherhood and his career. Keillor is known for his works like Lake Wobegon Days and A Prairie Home Companion and has been awarded a Grammy, Cable ACE awards and more.

 

Local Events Worth Checking Out

Conway Chocolate Walk
Downtown Conway will host a day of shopping and chocolate delights on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the local shops and restaurants and enjoy the chocolate treats they've created. Don't forget to grab a goodie bag to bring some of the treats home for later! This annual event is sponsored by Coastal Carolina University, PCRX Computers, HTC and Santee Cooper. There will be 35 businesses participating in the fun event and tickets are expected to sell out. Ticket prices are $18/person and can be purchased online or by phone at 843-248-6260.

 

If you’d like to look at properties for sale in the Myrtle Beach area or are interested in vacation rentals, give us a call at Sloan Realty, 843-449-0835 or 800-476-1760. We’d be happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have.

What’s Your Most Favorite Holiday Tradition?

There are nearly as many different holiday traditions as there families in this country but have you ever thought about adding new ones or letting some of the older, less interesting ones slip by? Many traditions are set up by a generation of people so ask yourself what tradition has your generation added to the family?

Some traditions seem like they’ve been around since the beginning of time. That’s because they have. Eating turkey for Thanksgiving is an example of a tradition that is nationwide in this country. There are also family traditions for the whole family that includes the grandparents. But perhaps you’ve started your own new traditions for your immediate family that will be handed down to your children. If you haven’t, this is a great year to start!

What’s Your Most Favorite Holiday Tradition?

Many families will make gingerbread cookies or a decorated gingerbread house each holiday with the children. This is an age-old tradition that only some families participate in. Others will make a variety of Christmas cookies to share with neighbors, family and friends.

A newer tradition is to set up luminaries on Christmas eve to help Santa find his way to your house. Families line the pathway to their house with lit tea candles placed into paper bags before going to bed.

A favorite among probably all families with children is to leave milk and cookies out on a plate for Santa. He used to come down chimneys but now with so many homes not having fireplaces, he often resorts to using the back door with his magical key. But you can be sure he always looks for that plate of cookies!

What’s Your Most Favorite Holiday Tradition?

Putting up a Christmas tree is another popular tradition that has changed every year that goes by. From tiny 4” pre-decorated trees to 12’-14’ live trees, the only limitation on the tree is the size of the room you’re putting it in. Some people opt for artificial trees to avoid the mess a live tree can make. Trees come in traditional green, silver, white, blue, red – you name it! Others go even greener and decorate a house plant they already have. No matter what you use, it’s the reason for the season that matters most of all.

Christmas caroling is an age-old tradition for many families. Thanks to the Internet now you can print out the words to any Christmas carol. Families gather together in the living room or walk the neighborhood with flashlights while singing popular carols together.

What’s Your Most Favorite Holiday Tradition?

All of us at Sloan Realty encourage you to think about how you can start a new tradition for your family this year. Merry Christmas to all!

 

Holiday Events You Won't Want to Miss

With the holidays upon us there are many things going on around the Grand Strand region. This is such a festive time of the year that begins with the arrival of Thanksgiving just a few days away and lasting through to the arrival of a brand new year. Whether you’re considering making a home purchase before year’s end or hoping to start your search when 2015 arrives, give us a call at Sloan Realty and we can help you locate that piece of property you’ve been hoping for. Until then, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanksgiving at Brookgreen Gardens SC

Come out to enjoy a bounty of food surrounded by beauty at a Thanksgiving Dinner at Brookgreen Gardens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. There will be all the holiday food favorites such as turkey, prime rib, vegetables and more. Price: $24.95 for adults (includes non-alcoholic beverage), $9.95 for children 12 years and younger (includes beverage).

The Surfside Beach Turkey Trot is the Grand Strand’s best and largest fitness event on Thanksgiving Day. It will start at and end at the Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach, SC with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean! The event will feature a 10K, 5K, 1 mile and a free Kid’s Tot Trot. The 10K race starts at 8:30 a.m. 5K Race Starts at 8:30 a.m. 1-Mile race starts at 8:35 a.m. Tot Trot Starts at 10:15 a.m.

 

Barefoot Resort The Lighting of the Landing

 

The Lighting of the Landing takes place at Barefoot Resort on Friday, Nov. 21 from 7-9 p.m. Christmas is on its way and it's time to celebrate! Beginning with fireworks at 7:00 p.m., then Santa arrives, lights the Landing and visits with the children. Come join the caroling, music, holiday characters and a holiday movie. Bring a blanket and join us by the Christmas Mouse for this fun holiday celebration!

The Broadway at the Beach Jingle Bell Run & Walk 5k will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. Come out and be a part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Registration at 1 p.m. in Celebrity Square and the run/walk begins at 2 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Broadway at the Beach

There will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Broadway at the Beach at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. Kick off the holiday season with "Magical" performances that include singing, dancing and some other surprises sure to get you in the Christmas spirit while leading up to the lighting of the Christmas tree! A fireworks show will follow the tree lighting at 8 p.m.

Shadrack's Christmas in South Carolina

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is set up at TicketReturn.com Field in Myrtle Beach and ready to mesmerize children and adults alike from 6-10 p.m. every evening through Jan. 4, 2015. Come drive your car through an amazing assortment of colorful light displays as they change in beat with the music. The drive-through show begins at dusk each day. The price of entry is $25.50 per car or mini-van. Activity Van/Mini Bus: $40 Tour/School Bus: $5 per person. Drive route and parking accommodations are tour bus friendly. Tickets are purchased on-site from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Intracoastal Regata SC

The 30th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta will be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The fun-filled parade begins at the Little River Inlet at 5 p.m. and winds up at Dock Holidays Marina at 7 p.m. Bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots or a donation for the Humane Society. For additional information visit their Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Facebook page.

With such a long list of events taking place over the Thanksgiving holiday you're sure to keep yourself busy and working off those extra pounds you consumed on turkey day!

 

10 Questions Home Buyers Should Ask When Choosing a Realtor

When it comes to buying a new home you will want to have a Realtor on your side working on your behalf to find you the perfect home that meets your needs. Choosing a Realtor doesn't have to be complicated but just as you’ll look at various houses to find the perfect one to call home, so should you interview various Realtors. You’ll know when you find the perfect one to work with you because it will be a good fit from the start and they will listen closely to what you want or don’t want.

10 Questions Home Buyers Should Ask When Choosing a RealtorTo help you with the interview process we are suggesting 10 important questions you may want to ask. Their answers may be wide and varied and it's ultimately up to you to decide whom you feel most comfortable with.

1. How long have you worked in this area selling real estate? Is it your full-time job?
2. Are you a Realtor, an agent or a broker? Please explain the differences to us.
3. How many homes did you and your agency sell in the past year?
4. How close to the asking price were the homes that you sold?
5. Will you be advising us on what is an acceptable vs. a non-acceptable offer?
6. Can we trust you to work with us right through the closing?
7. Will you be able to recommend other service providers that we will need – home inspectors, mortgage companies, contractors?
8. What is your own personal business philosophy when it comes to helping families with buying and selling real estate?
9. What types of specific techniques and approaches will you use to find us a home?
10. Will you provide us with the names and phone numbers of recent clients you’ve worked with who have agreed to be references?

At Sloan Realty we believe the answers you’re given to these 10 questions will help you in choosing a Realtor to be in your corner when it comes to buying your next home. We’d love to be that Realtor and would be happy to talk with you about what you’re looking for. Please feel free to call us at 843-449-0835 or 1-800-476-1760.

 

Vacation Home Market is Surging in MB

In early April of this year the National Association of Realtors published the 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. Conducted in March 2014 the survey includes answers about 2,203 homes purchased during 2013 from a representative panel of 2,008 U.S. households. 
 
National Association of RealtorsAccording to the results of this survey, the NAR said vacation home sales, accounting for 13 percent of all transactions in 2013, jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 from 553,000 in 2012. Owner-occupied home purchases rose 13.1 percent to 3.70 million in 2013 from 3.27 million in 2012. The sales estimates are based on responses from households only and exclude institutional investment activity.
 
With the market back in full swing, the prices of vacation homes were rising quickly along with a declining availability of foreclosure and short sale properties. The median price of a vacation home was $168,700 last year, up 12.5 percent from $150,000 in 2012 with 38 percent of vacation home buyers paying cash.
 
Vacation Home Market is Surging in MBAccording to the survey, of those purchasing a vacation home with the assistance of a mortgage, typically put down 30 percent for a downpayment. When asked, buyers stated they plan to own their vacation property for a median of 6 years, which is down from 10 years when asked in 2012.
 
As of March 2014, 5 percent of those who had purchased a vacation home in 2013 had already resold their property, while another 9 percent plan to sell within a year. According to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, “This reflects the 28 percent of recreational property buyers who said they purchased to diversify investments or saw a good investment opportunity.” 
 
With the majority of vacation homes being purchased in the South, Myrtle Beach is a prime coastal area worth looking into if you’re interested in making a vacation home purchase. When it comes to buying a house or condo to use as a vacation home, Sloan Realty has a broad assortment of places to show you. Give us a call at your convenience at 843-449-0835 and we’ll set up a time to get together.

Why Now is a Great Time to Purchase Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Savvy homebuyers know that the best time to be out shopping for real estate is when most other people aren’t. Lots of people in the market for a new home put their search on hold over the holidays because they’re busy with family life and holiday preparations. While that’s certainly understandable we have to say, they’re missing out a great time to purchase Myrtle Beach real estate.

Finding Myrtle Beach real estate over the holidaysAt a time like the holiday season there are far less people out looking at properties so you’ll simply have less pressure and competition for any real estate you may be considering. Take your time, but not too much time, and make your offer, and you just might discover how easily you can purchase that piece of real estate!

Many people with real estate on the market are eager to sell before the end of the year. You’ll find lots of them to be more willing to negotiate over their asking price during the holidays than they may have been at other times of the year. If you looked at a property earlier this year but didn’t make an offer or made one that was rejected, now may be a good time to try again. You just might be surprised by the results!

There is plenty of Myrtle Beach real estate for sale right through Christmas and the New Year. We have a large assortment of 1-3 bedroom single family homes as well as condos that we’d love to show you. These are beautiful and well-maintained properties, some of which are sold with complete furnishings and beautiful beach décor. Many of these properties are oceanfront real estate in Myrtle Beach and for many people, that’s an opportunity to purchase your own piece of paradise!

Give us a call at 843-449-0835 or 1-800-476-1760 if we can help you to purchase that new home before year’s end. Happy holidays to you and your family from all of us at Sloan Realty!

First Time Homebuyers Get More House for Less Using Our Realtors

When it comes to real estate around Myrtle Beach South Carolina and the Grand Strand, you won’t find any other Realtors that can do so much with so little. For families just starting out and looking for their first home by the New Year, this is fantastic news. Having someone in your corner looking for your first home will make all the difference in how much you pay. You see, we’ve been where you are now — just starting out and looking for your very first piece of Myrtle Beach real estate — so we know the challenges that come with that.

Myrtle Beach RealtorsAs leading Myrtle Beach Realtors we want to help you find that perfect first home that you can grow into and make money on should you decide to sell it down the road. We know the areas of the Grand Strand that are up and growing, areas where the real estate is more affordable or more luxurious even, areas that would be more suitable to raising a family than perhaps other areas.

The truth is that you just won’t find many other Realtors in Myrtle Beach or anywhere else that will be as willing to work closely with you as we are. We’ll share our knowledge with you about the home buying process and keep in touch with you every step of the way. We’ll arrange to meet with you to discuss the type of property you’re looking for, your lifestyle habits and what your plans are going forward.

Your first home purchase may be the most challenging but when you have knowledgeable and experienced Realtors like you'll have at Sloan Realty by your side, you really can get more house for less. Let us show you how. Give us a call at 843-449-0835 or 1-800-476-1760 and let’s set up a time to get together!
 

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