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Do Developers Have to Pay HOA Dues? - 02/27/10 03:14 PM
This was a question asked and answered today in the Sun News , the daily newspaper for Myrtle Beach, SC. As I was reading the article, I starting thinking about all the buyers who purchased homes in these "Big Box" communities over the past four years. Centex, Portrait Homes, DR Horton and other state and national builders who blew into town and began buying huge tracks of land, clearing them of all vegetation, and creating new communities overnight. They drove the costs of land up and the costs of homes down. These communities provided the product that was affordable and purchaser ignored (1 comments)
Sharing a "little" Marketing Tip #2 - 02/25/10 09:30 PM
Many of you may already use this little strategy. I don't do it with all my listings but quite often I will have clients who are very social or they participate in some type of competitive sport or hobby that brings them into contact with lots of people. I buy plain business cards and print a picture of their home on the front with the address. On the back, I post one sentence focusing on a special feature and the benefit that makes this home special along with my website so they can view a virtual tour or more pictures. I use (2 comments)
Why Did the Buyer Choose That Home in Sandpiper Bay!! - 02/24/10 10:01 PM
Last year, I listed a home at 7505 Dunbar Avenue, Sandpiper Bay Golf Community, NC. This community made up of a golf course, condos, and single family homes was developed by Centex. It is a mature community with hundreds of homes. The subdivision is gorgeous with large ponds throughout the area, a beautiful pool for condo owners and one for single family owners, and a very attractive clubhouse. It is conveniently located to the post office, grocery stores, and boutiques and minutes to Sunset Beach or Ocean Isle Beach...you get the picture. A significant negative for some buyers is the cookie (0 comments)
49 Bogie Lane, Village at Calabash, Carolina Shores, NC is in a lovely manufactured home community located a short drive to Wilmington, NC and just a hop to all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.Not everyone can afford a million dollar home at the beach...but how about a home for $115,000. What do you get for $115,000. This property has 3 bedrooms and two baths, a split bedroom layout, open concept, fireplace, deck on the back with views of the pond.Owner recently replaced the dishwasher and installed a instant heat hot water system. This quiet community is built around a (0 comments)
Not a Real Estate Post But If You're a Parent with a Child Not Working up to their Potential...Share - 02/22/10 08:18 PM
Earlier today, I read another post that was not related to real estate and I thought I could do this one, also. I have been wanting to share this strategy for a long time. I retired from teaching in 2001 and when I have the time and there is a need, I have continued to tutor from time to time. You may make copies to share (copywrited), and I hope you will. All I ask is for feedback. I continue to share it with principals, teachers, and parents...and I know it works. I have over 100 testimonies to that fact. If (0 comments)
Short sale home located 205 West Main Street, Sunset Beach, NC is a rare property...one of only two lots, at this current time, that is deeded to the mean high tide. At present time, property is a duplex with 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Features include a private elevator on each side, custom cabinets, etc. Property is to be sold furnished. First year on vacation rental produced over $86,000 in gross rentals.Bank holding the note is local so you can have a quick answer to your offer. Reduced to $1,745,000. Sunset Beach, NC has a small, quaint village atmosphere. The (0 comments)
Preparing Your House for Sale...How to Remove those Pesky Pet Urine Stains from the Carpet??? - 02/21/10 10:06 PM
Replace the carpet and the pad!!Do not waste your money trying to clean the carpet. At one time, I owned over 15 rental properties and I have lived in over 10 houses so I have tried every conceivable cleaner and several national and local companies who promised miracles...the odors disappeared but the stains always came back. I bought a house one time from a lady who had glaucoma and had received her new "working" dog. The carpet was spotless and there was absolutely no odor. About a month after we moved in, these little light yellow stains started popping up all (1 comments)
Sunset Beach, NC has long prided itself on being a small, exclusive family beach with all the charm acquainted with a small, southern community. What kept it small and exclusive? The first reason was the lack of sewer system. To some property purchasers, a septic tank is very unattractive plus some lots on the island are non-buildable because they will not support a septic system...in other words, they won't perk. Secondly, the swing bridge is old-fashioned and unique but wait until you try to check in during the summer on Saturday afternoon at 3:00. You just drove 6 hours to the (0 comments)
This is a personal post based upon my experiences in caring for my mother who has alzheimers. My comments are not about the illness but about the money to take care of a sick parent. Many children think that medicare,personal health insurance policies, or medicaid will take care of their needs; however, it is not true in most cases. My parents lived a very conservative lifestyle, and they invested their money wisely, even though they never made more than $45,000 a year in their life. They both had a small pension plus their dividends from some small stock (4 comments)
What a pleasant surprise! We rarely have snow at the beach and the timing could not have been more perfect. It was Friday night so kids won't miss any school and state employees won't miss work. Snow was a night event so there was very little traffic issues...and to make it even better...by mid-day the snow was melting. Facebook friends were making snowcream with carnation milk and sugar but it never was deep enough for me to feel safe doing that. I had clients coming in to look at property but they were afraid the roads would be bad. The (5 comments)
If Jed Clampett walked into your office wanting to buy a status home, would you qualify him first? - 02/14/10 10:14 PM
Do you automatically qualify all your clients or do you judge by the clothes, the car, their job, etc? One comment that I hear from agents regularly is, "They can afford it," when they refer to clients with whom they are working. How do you really know beyond what a prospect either buyer or seller chooses to share. I wanted to share two stories, briefly...one happened to me and one story was shared.My son was in college in Chapel Hill several years ago, and my husband was going to Raleigh for a seminar. I had been looking for a new car (2 comments)
Do you know what a "Halfback" is???and I don't mean football! - 02/07/10 09:40 PM
Several years ago, when the economy was booming, companies would take agents on trip to various conventions up North promoting tourism. Of course, we wanted to entice convention attendee to buy second homes at the beach or consider retiring to our beautiful area. Many times they would laugh when someone tried to talk to them about property in North Carolina, indicating that they were planning to move to Florida. Agents would chuckle because many don't last long in Florida before they were calling wanting to move halfway back which put NC in their sights...thus the term "halfback". NC sits halfway between NY and Florida. In (0 comments)
Stock Market Unstable, Interest Rates Low, Real Estate Risky...Where Can an Investors Put their Money? - 02/03/10 01:33 PM
Our company had its monthly meeting for all three offices at Ocean Isle Beach this morning. Mike, one of our long-time appraisers, spoke to us about the changes occuring in Brunswick County. Of course, values have decreased throughout the entire coastal areas, but an agent asked, "Where would you take a client who still wants to invest for several years down the road"? He said there were many properties (primarily vacant lots that have been reduced as much as 75%) that are being sold at unheard of prices; however, his recommendation is to buy near tidal areas. Farms can be converted to (0 comments)
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