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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.

As 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!
 

How to Find the Latest Myrtle Beach Real Estate Listings

If you’re interested in looking at or purchasing property in the Myrtle Beach area you may be interested in how to find Myrtle Beach real estate listings in a timely manner. The fastest way for you to stay current on the latest Myrtle Beach real estate listings comingon the market is to be working with a Realtor like us at Sloan Realty. As real estate agents, we see the latest listings before the general public does and sometimes the expression “The early bird catches the worm.” is never more true.
 
Myrtle Beach real estate listingsWe’d be happy to sit down with you to discuss your criteria for a piece of Myrtle Beach real estate. Whether you’re looking for a home or a residential building lot, we can work with you to find it in record time. Give us a call at 843-449-0835 or 1-800-476-1760 and we’ll set up a time to get together when it best fits your schedule.
 
If you’re looking for some harmless fun this Halloween season don’t miss the Kid’s and Pet’s Costume Contest and Fun Day being held at Barefoot Landing on Saturday, October 26 from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
 
Afterwards join in on the Family Halloween Spooktacular Party at Ripley’s Aquarium that will be a fun night for all families! It takes place on Saturday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Halloween Trick or Treat at Barefoot Landing will take place Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring the kids down to Barefoot Landing for a night of Halloween Trick or Treat fun! 

Do You Know About the Vacation Rentals at Kingston Plantation?

When you’re looking for accommodations in Myrtle Beach that will provide something far nicer than just average then consider Kingston Plantation vacation rentals. Brighton, North Hampton, South Hampton, and the luxurious new Margate Tower feature ample space in one, two, three and four-bedroom accommodations that you’re going to really enjoy. Complete with balconies offering breathtaking views and wide, pristine sandy beaches, the extensive list of amenities found here will have you wishing you’d come sooner.
Kingston Plantation vacation rentals
will provide you with your choice of oceanfront and ocean view condos, or villas nestled in a wooded lake setting. Whichever you choose to stay in you’ll have everything you’ll need for the perfect weekend getaway, family vacation, or your next big reunion.

If you’re here this weekend, you won’t want to miss the popular 4th Annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Valor Park at The Market Common. Over 100 wines from the U.S. and around the world. In addition there will be 20+ specialty vendors, food, live music, and beer. Free admission. All guests sampling wine must purchase a wine glass for $5. Wine samples are “pay as you go”. Samples range from $1 to $6. All samples are 2 oz. Purchase tickets at the gate for your samples. For more information call 843-712-2618.

We look forward to seeing you soon. If we can help you in any way with your accommodations please call us at 843-449-0835 or 1-800-476-1760. 

We Have Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals Available Right Now

It’s such an awesome time to be visiting the beach. The crowds of vacationers have returned home so you’ll have the beachfront mostly to yourself. The water is still plenty warm enough to go swimming so bring your swimsuit and beach toys along with you. If you’re looking for Myrtle Beach vacation rentals where you can comfortably stay be sure to look at what we have available.

Myrtle Beach vacation rentalsIf you want to stay in downtown Myrtle Beach vacation rentals you’ll be able to walk to the Pavilion, the “Boulevard shops and attractions, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, grocery stores, shopping centers and plenty of nightlife. When it’s time for dinner there are plenty of dining venues close by. The Grand Strand as a whole offers more than 2,000 restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining. You surely won’t go hungry here!

We also have rentals in the Shore Drive neighborhood, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the area. It has a unique village atmosphere, wide sandy beaches, championship golf courses, and many dining and shopping venues along Restaurant Row. You’ll be close enough to enjoy the Myrtle Beach Mall and Barefoot Landing, too, if you want to spend the day on a shopping excursion.

Whether you desire to stay in a villa, condominium or cottage, we’re sure to have the perfect vacation rental to suit you. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about any of our rentals and are available to assist you with making your reservations. Just call us at your convenience at 1-800-476-1760 or 843-449-0835.

This Myrtle Beach Real Estate Offers a Taste of New England

It’s not every day that you find properties in this coastal area that are reminiscent of the homes in New England. That’s why when one does come on the market of Myrtle Beach real estate for sale it doesn’t stay there very long. Tugging at the heart strings of northerners that long ago relocated to the south or have it on their retirement radar, they are most inclined to purchase this type of property more than any other Myrtle Beach real estate for sale because, as they say, it feels like home to them. And indeed it is.

Myrtle Beach real estate for sale

This beautiful New England style home is located in the neighborhood of Arcadian Shores on Lafayette Road. It’s a spacious home with 2,0001 sq ft of living space large enough for most families. With 3 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths you’ll like how large the bedrooms are.

With the home sitting on a large lot, your won’t find your neighbors too close plus you’ll be an easy walk to the beach. The fenced in back yard is perfect to keep your four-legged family members safe and the screened in porch keeps the bugs away. There’s a wonderful deck that’s ideal for outdoor gatherings and cookouts. Additional features in this home include a 2-car garage, ceiling fans, central heat/air, two fireplaces, and a washer/dryer.

If you’d like to take a look at this property just give us a call at Sloan Realty, 843-449-0835 or 800-476-1760. We’d be happy to take you by the property for a personal tour.

Save 15% Off Select Summer Rentals

When you’re planning your summer vacation keep in mind that you can find some great deals on our website from time to time. Whether for your vacation or for long term, our Myrtle Beach condo rentals will provide you with the comfortable and well-appointed accommodations you've always dreamed of.

http://www.sloanrealty.com/You’ll be able to save 15% off a select group of Myrtle Beach condo rentals when you book your summer vacation through Sloan Realty. Just imagine enjoying the panoramic views of the entire coastline, pool and tennis courts from every room of this luxurious 2 bedroom condominium. Maisons-Sur-Mer #1404 comes with an outstanding amenity package that includes spacious rooms and large wrap around balcony terraces where you can watch the sun come up every morning while enjoying your breakfast.

You’ll appreciate the quiet unequalled privacy of the split bedroom suites. Begin your morning with coffee or tea in the glass walled ocean side breakfast room. Prepare your meals in a completely equipped full-sized kitchen with a range/oven, refrigerator with icemaker, microwave, disposal, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, blender, and electric can opener. Share lunch and dinner with friends and family in the formal dining room. Other amenities include 3 Flat Screen TVs, a full-sized washer and dryer, large central living room, central air conditioning and heat, cable TV, telephone, and the quiet safety of concrete and steel construction.

Make the most of the Maisons-Sur-Mer amenities that include an olympic sized oceanfront pool, kiddie pool, large sundeck, two tennis courts, 24 hour security with controlled access, four high speed elevators, game room, golf practice range, private oceanfront lounge, deli/restaurant, library, card room, billiard room, barbecue picnic area, beach shower, and private keyed beach access.

You just won’t find any place else that offers so much for so little. This is definitely a property you won’t want to pass up. We look forward to your arrival.

The Real Estate Market is Heating Up Again

If you’re wondering about the state of the real estate market, you’ve come to a great place. It has turned itself around and is well under way in its come back. The market is favoring the sellers at this point in time as the inventory is still low. But the playing field is going to even out. That means the price of homes will start to rise and the interest rate is still at record 20 year lows.

There is quite a bit of Myrtle Beach SC real estate on the market that we’d be happy to show you. This is a great time to purchase before the season heats up. The days of real estate prices and interest rates dropping are over. It’s time to take some action if you want to make a home purchase this year.

If you’re looking for your first home after years of renting, you already know the price of rent everywhere is climbing. You’ll be happy to know that its now cheaper to make a monthly mortgage payment than to continue paying rent for a property you’ll never own.

It’s definitely going to be an exciting time for both home sellers and buyers as the market begins to heat up. We’ve waited years for this to happen while the economy was in a recession. But things are absolutely going to improve and you’ll see it this summer. In the real estate industry, we already see it happening, and that’s why we’re encouraging you to act now to find that new home.

This summer promises will find us moving properties like no other summer in the past 10 years. We’re excited about that and we’d like to get you excited about it too. If you’d like to look at any Myrtle Beach SC real estate we have listed, just give us a call at 1-800-475-1760 and we’ll take you out and show you what we have. We look forward to meeting with you.
 

Check Out These Affordable Foreclosures

While the foreclosure crisis in this country is slowly easing, some of the nation’s neighborhoods feel like it’s just begun. CNN recently reported that total foreclosure filings, including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, were down 3% in 2012 compared with a year earlier, according to RealtyTrac’s year-end foreclosure report.

Myrtle Beach foreclosuresStates with the highest number of foreclosures in 2012 were Florida, Illinois, and Georgia, displacing former title holders California, Arizona and Nevada which accounted for 81 out of the top 100 zipcodes reporting foreclosures in 2011.

While it’s good that South Carolina was spared from any top 100 lists it doesn’t mean we don’t have any properties where you can save big. The Myrtle Beach foreclosures that we have at Sloan Realty are worth a closer look. We’d be happy to take you out and show you any of the Myrtle Beach foreclosures that are presently on the market and waiting for new owners.

Myrtle Beach foreclosuresGreat deals like those you can find on foreclosed property will not be around forever. The market is beginning to come back and the price of real estate is starting to go up. If you’ve been putting off making a purchase, the time has come to take action. We have properties ranging from $735k to $174,900 and there are 2-5 bedroom homes as well as some residential building lots.

Don’t miss out! Give us a call at 800-476-1760 today!

Come Spend the Holidays with Us

It’s such a beautiful time of the year to be visiting the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. Whether you’re here visiting with family and friends or you’ve come to spend your holidays on the golf courses and bring the new year in on the greens, you’ve come to the right place. At Sloan Realty we can provide you with Myrtle Beach vacation rentals that you’re sure to be pleased with.

Myrtle Beach vacation rentalsOur Myrtle Beach vacation rentals come furnished and beautifully decorated in a style you’re sure to like. You’ll have separate bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen that is equipped to make any size meal, dining area and comfortable living room. You’ll enjoy the various amenities that come along with each vacation rental. While you’re here at this time of year, don’t miss the local events taking place in the surrounding area.

There will be complimentary Carriage Rides available between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday through December 22nd at The Market Common. Carriages will stop in front of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar every Saturday this holiday season and take you on a spin through the complex.

Holidays on the Boardwalk will be held every Saturday through December 29, 2012 at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Each week will feature a holiday LED light show, Polar Express Train Rides for $3 and visits from Santa Claus with photo opportunities. On Saturday, December 22, come out and enjoy free cookies and story time with Santa followed by a ride on the Polar Express. Father's House Chorus & Children Drama, The Well Singers and David Cheney will perform live. Then take part in the Ugly Sweater Award Ceremony at Ocean Front Bar & Grill. Saturday, December 29 is the final celebration for Holidays on the Boardwalk. Browse through the sidewalk sale and take a final ride on the Polar Express.

Merry Christmas to all from those of us at Sloan Realty!
 

What's Required for the Closing

If you’ve been looking at Myrtle Beach homes for sale and have finally found your dream home, we know it’s an exciting time for you! Patience is key as you follow the process from making an offer on the property to actually taking ownership of your new home.

Myrtle Beach homes for saleThere are things to know when closing on any of the Myrtle Beach homes for sale that you might purchase. Certain documents need to be obtained and the majority of these will be handled by the closing agent. It will be your responsibility to provide some items as well.

Your new lender must receive a first mortgage on your property. Consequently at closing, all other mortgages or liens, including home equity lines, must be paid off or subordinated by the seller. Your loan approval may be granted subject to proof of certain conditions that may include the sale of a previous residence, liquidation of stock or other investment account, and/or payment of outstanding credit accounts.

At the closing the seller may be required to supply a letter from a licensed pest exterminating company stating there is no active infestation of termites and no damage from prior infestations.

Sometimes contracts provide a one-year warranty to be furnished to the purchaser at closing. The warranty, which is most often paid for by the seller, covers systems and appliances in the house for a period of one year, subject to the terms of the agreement.

Other documents that could be required for closing are a survey or mortgage loan inspection, deed search, and a cashier’s check for money due.
 

How to Get a Home Loan

With mortgage rates having plunged below 4% to record lows, now is a good time to consider the available Myrtle Beach SC real estate that’s on the market. While it’s true that lenders have tightened their underwriting standards, you can still qualify for a mortgage with a good credit rating and an adequate down payment.

There are certain steps a homebuyer can take to find the right mortgage and to qualify for it.

Improve your credit score however you can. Lenders are looking for a score above 620. Those with the highest scores get the best interest rates. To see where you stand, start by checking your credit report online preferably at least six months before you’re ready to shop for a home. You can get a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three credit reporting companies – Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Check your report for accuracy. If you find any errors contact the credit reporting company.

Keep your credit score squeaky clean or improve your score by paying down your debt as much as possible. Pay all of your bills on time even if that means having email reminders to let you know when a payment is due. Don’t close unused credit cards, but don’t open new cards, either.

Decide which type of mortgage is best for you. Fixed rate mortgages offer the security of knowing your rate will never rise. On the other hand, an adjustable rate mortgage offers lower rates and might work if you expect to be moving in a few years. A 30 year loan will keep your loan payments lower but if you can swing a 15 year loan you will have a lower interest rate and it will save you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

Shop around for a mortgage. Check with several lenders. Compare interest rates. Then contact us at Sloan Realty when you’re ready to look at Myrtle Beach SC real estate.
 

Investing in Commercial Beach Property

Investing in Myrtle Beach real estate is a decision that pays off big and will continue to long into the future. One of the leading investment opportunities is in hotels and resorts but they’re easy to come by, until now that is. Myrtle Beach real estateThe Sea Horn Motel on Ocean Boulevard South, Myrtle Beach, is for sale at this time. There are 98 units in this oceanfront 3/4 acre property with additional parcels available for purchase.

This hotel has been a family tradition drawing repeat visitors for over 15 years who enjoy the clean suites and the immaculate condition of the outdoor and indoor pools. It’s conveniently located around the best of Myrtle Beach's dining and entertainment venues. The hotel is normally closed for the winter but highly profitable in-season. Configuration: 50 - Oceanfront Efficiency (2 Beds) 25 - Oceanview Efficiency (2 Beds) 19 - Oceanfront Apartment (3-4 Beds) 4 - Double Room Apartments ( 2-3 Beds) Parcels: 186-08-01-013 (oceanfront) 186-08-01-014 (oceanfront) 186-08-03-003 (1st row) 186-08-03-046 (3rd row).

Myrtle Beach real estateAmenities at the hotel include an elevator, sprinkler system, offices, wifi, reception area, signage, swimming pool, hot tubs, kitchenettes and both large and small two room suites. Walking distance to parasailing, banana boat rides, waverunner rentals and a good location for just enjoying the beach.

If you’re in the market for investing in Myrtle Beach real estate consider taking the plunge into commercial properties.
 

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