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.

 

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.

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!

 

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.