What Are Your Family's Favorite Holiday Traditions?

There are probably as many annual holiday traditions as there are families in this country. But when was the last time you considered adding new ones or letting some of the older, less interesting ones fall by the wayside? Many traditions are set up by a generation of people long ago 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. And indeed 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!


How You Can Sell (or Buy) Before Year End

Many people know that spring is a peak season for buying or selling a home. But did you know when the second peak season is?

Autumn is a runner up to spring as the peak season when it comes to buying and selling Myrtle Beach real estate. It’s an attractive time to put your home on the real estate market and buyers are anxious to purchase before winter.

The majority of potential buyers to this area during the autumn months are retirees, singles and others without children. Home sales at this time of the year seem to be processed faster. Most likely because everyone wants to close before the holiday season arrives and the year ends.

If you’ve decided to put your home on the market in hopes of selling before year end following are some great tips that can help with that. Call us at Sloan Realty and we can make other suggestions to help.

1. Clean Sells, Dirty Doesn’t
Because it takes dirty homes longer to sell we recommend taking steps to make your house look better than it ever has. If you don’t have the tools to power wash your home, walkways, decks, windows and gutters, we recommend hiring a company to come in and do that before listing your home.

2. Eliminate the Clutter
Clear up all the leaves and other debris that can blow in with the wind at this time of year. Mow and edge both your front and rear lawns so they look neat. If you’d rather, hire a landscaping company to come in once and do it for you. Be sure your entryway and the house and garage is free from random knick-knacks, bicycles and toys that can make your home appear cluttered.

3. Autumn Curb Appeal
If your home’s exterior looks drab, consider painting it a warm color, planting Autumn flowers, or placing pumpkins strategically along your walkup to accent your home with color. Do this before you list! Potential buyers will make a quick judgment as soon as they lay eyes on your home. Keep fall decorations to a tasteful minimum. Compost any rotting pumpkins or dead mums. Make sure the paths and entryways are well lit for nighttime showings.

4. Warm and Cozy Appeals
Warm up your home with a fresh coat of paint and set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Turn the porch lights on as the days get shorter to present a welcoming presence.

During the daytime, open blinds and curtains so plenty of light illuminates the home's inside. Buy new throw pillows in a color like red, orange or golden yellow to breathe new life into a drab sofa.

Well-chosen embellishments can give potential buyers the impression you've paid attention to the smaller details of the home. Remember, there's nothing wrong with trying to temp buyers with the comforting aroma of a just-baked apple pie or banana bread to leave a lasting impression. To take it over the top, set some out on the table with plates, forks and napkins. Add a little sign that says “Welcome! Help yourselves!”.

Whether you’re shopping for a home or want to sell your present one, we can help. At Sloan Realty we’re professionals in the Myrtle Beach real estate market and surrounding areas.

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

Come out and celebrate art, food, wine, music, dance, and more at the 27th Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art. The festival will be held Sept. 30-Oct.21, 2017, and includes displays of arts, a wine gala, musical performances and so much more. Performances will take place at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, SC. Tickets start at $25 for musical events. Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala tickets are $100.

Below is this year’s schedule of events:


A Culinary Symphony
Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala
4th Annual Low Country Garden Party

Visual Arts:

Seaside Palette/Wet Paint Sale
Chalk Under the Oaks
Visual Arts Gallery

Musical Events and Concerts:

Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala
Delbert McClinton
Tribute to Carole King & James Taylor
Melissa Manchester
Balsam Range
Joe Gransden “Songs of Sinatra & Friends”
Masters of Soul “Tabled Event”


Sept. 30 | Seaside Palette/Wet Paint Sale and Chalk Walk, Downtown Georgetown
Oct. 5 | Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala, $100
Oct. 6 | Artrageous – Music, Art and Dance Extravaganza, $25+
Oct. 7 | Delbert McClinton, $30+ (VIP meet-and-greet tickets available)
Oct. 13 | You’re Got a Friend – Carole King & James Taylor Tribute, $25+
Oct. 14 | Melissa Manchester, $25+
Oct. 19 | Balsam Range, $25+
Oct. 20 | Joe Gransden, $25+
Oct. 21 | Masters of Soul, $30+

Purchasing Tickets

Purchase tickets using your favorite mobile device online. Online ticket sales end 25 hours before each event. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 843-626-8911. Acceptable forms of payment include Visa, MC, American Express and Discover.


The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and enhance cultural awareness and enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors by providing quality performances, programs, and educational opportunities in music and the arts.

Where to Rent Kayaks for the Eclipse

If you haven’t made any plans for watching the solar eclipse on August 21 we suggest you consider renting a kayak or canoe and experiencing it from the water. There are many places in the area that are either leading guided tours on that day or are renting kayaks, canoes and paddleboards out for self-guided tours. Following are some worth checking out. If you know of more please add them in the comments section.

Guided Tours with Rentals

Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour is being offered by Black River Outdoors at Harris Landing. There will be experts on hand to teach you all the fascinating facts about a solar eclipse. Everyone will have chance to get out on a sandbar to take a rest between paddling. Experience native wildlife like wading herons, egrets, alligators, snakes, etc. An eclipse is known to cause interesting behavior in animals, so you never know what you might see! The tour is suitable for all levels of experience. Price is $100 per person ($75 of the ticket price goes towards the fund to build the exhibits at the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center). For more information call (843) 546-4840.

Rover Tours, 735 Front St, Georgetown, is offering a special extended Total Eclipse Cruise departing at 11:30 a.m. and returning at 5:30 p.m. The eclipse will begin on North Island at 1:18 p.m. Totality starts at 2:47 p.m. for a duration of 2 minutes 33 seconds, with the eclipse ending at 4:10 p.m. Mean low tide on the beach will be at 2:20 p.m. Includes a t-shirt or cap, glasses, goodie bag, and a flashlight. All seats are $100.00 each. For more information, call (843) 546-8822.

Kayak Rentals

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions
413 53rd Ave N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Canoe & kayak tour agency in North Myrtle Beach. Call (843) 241-4588 for more information or to make reservations.

Island Adventure Watersports
5843 Dick Pond Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
Water sports equipment rental service in Socastee, South Carolina. Call (843) 650-7003 for more information or to make reservations.

Kokopelli Surf Camp
Offering free delivery of kayak rentals right to your door. Make reservations on their website or by calling 843-340-9565.

Myrtle Beach Paddle Board & Kayak Adventures
870 Frontage Rd E, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Paddle board and kayak rentals. Free delivery. Call (843) 833-3345 for more information or to make reservations.

Any of the businesses above would be happy to answers questions you may have about not just their rentals but watching the eclipse on water vs. land as well. Please don’t hesitate to give any one of them a call.



When You're Ready to Invest in Your Own Vacation Home

When you find yourself returning to the same coastal area year after year maybe it’s time to invest in your own vacation home. Home prices are very reasonable right now and combined with low interest rates, you could easily discover some super good deals on homes that you just won’t be able to pass up.

If you are at all curious about purchasing a vacation property and what would be involved, we can help. At Sloan Realty we can answer all of your questions about purchasing and owning a coastal home here in South Carolina. We can also help you find that perfect property. When you pair up with one of our Realtors you will have a professional to guide you through the process of finding and purchasing a home.

Here are some helpful tips for making that investment:
1. If your family has a favorite vacation location that you keep returning to, this may be the ideal spot for you. Decide whether this is a place where you’d like to spend every vacation. Base your decision on your lifestyle and recreational interests.
2. Choose the size vacation home you will need. Make sure it fits your family and their comfort level and has enough bedrooms. Will you be getting a lot of company? If so, you’ll want to buy a home with extra bedrooms.
3. What is your budget? Be sure to get pre-approved for a loan if you need one before you start looking. You should know your budget well before you contact us.
4. Once you know how much you can spend, write down the important features you want in a vacation home so you can view some properties for sale.

We will arrange for you to see the homes that match your price range and have the features you want. Once you find one you like, a market analysis will be done on the property to determine if the pricing is fair. Sellers sometimes have inflated expectations, and buyers sometimes don’t realize the higher value a vacation home can have. Make an offer based upon this research and the advice of the agent you are working with.

If all goes well with your financing, the home inspection, and your offer, you may find yourself the new owner of a vacation home! How will you care for the property that you may not be living in full time? If you’re within reasonable driving distance you can care for it yourself. But if not, you’ll want to get references of rental management firms that can take care of maintenance, upkeep and rentals when you are not there.

This is a perfect time to secure your future vacation memories as well as make a sound real estate investment that will gain value in the years to come. We look forward to helping you secure your very own vacation home.

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.