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What an enchanting place this is! Myrtle Beach is the ideal location for the easy lifestyle. Vacation or retire here. With 60 miles of white, sandy beaches, warm Atlantic Waters and a huge array of entertainment, golf and shopping, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. Here are some official accolades:
2008 Top Family Destinations
2008 Top 10 Places for Families to Visit in the US and 2007 World's Best Beach
•1. There is never a need to raise your voice here; nobody else does.
•2. S L O W down your tempo; no one else is in any hurry.
•3. "We'll get to it, when we get to it", means just that. It may be tomorrow or next week, or even next month...
•4. Borrow a second name; as in Peggy-Sue, Billy-Mae, Mary-Anne... You get the picture... No one has only one name here, except for Bubba.
•5. Never use cuss words here! If you want to be "ugly" you can just use the Southern: "Bless his little heart, he just can't help himself, can he?" Believe me, that's enough of an insult! I know it seems innocuous enough to a Northerner, but take my word for it, that's how it's done here!
•6. "Dear Lord, Sweet Jesus!" replaces any other expletive when something really BIG happens.
•7. If someone bakes you a pie, go ahead and eat it; it's not laced with anything and the person bringing it to you doesn't expect any favors in return.
•8. Don't worry about locking your doors! If you leave your home unlocked the worst that can happen is your neighbor may come in and bring you a pie...
•9. Kids address their elders with Miss or Mister, as in Mr. Bob, Miss Kelly, etc. You don't have to be old to qualify for being "an elder", anyone over twenty something qualifies.
•10. Just ignore the confederate flag! And please, no arguments about who won the war!
•11. When you're in a foreign country it helps to know a few words in their language to show appreciation for the culture. When in France you should at least know: "Bonjour, Ca Va?" In the South you can just make frequent use of "Ya'll", "ain't" and "fixin'..." As in "ya'll ain't from around here. I'm fixin' to go."
•12. When in the South, smile ya'll! Ain't no need to be in any hurry! Ya'll have a seat on this rockin' chair yonder and have another sip of this fine lemonade! I'm fixin' to learn ya'll some Southern!
The fact that over 80% of the Buyers start their search Online, has a lot to do with the remarkable success of one Myrtle Beach Realtor, Mirela Monte, who has built a sizable Internet Presence, helping her sell a preponderance of her listings. Here's how she does it:
In the Top 100 Real Estate Bloggers in the World: With 182,000 Real Estate Professionals and Investors as Members, ActiveRain.com is the Nr.1 Real Estate Network in the World. Mirela Monte is ranked in the Top 100 Bloggers on Active Rain, currently at nr. 34. That is no easy feat, but one that was earned by her knowledge of Real Estate, coupled with her writing skills. Mirela has posted more than a thousand blogs. As Founder of the Optimist Group, Mirela also imparts her upbeat attitude towards Life and Real Estate. As Founder of the Million Dollar Homes Group, Mirela networks the upper end of the market with the most seasoned professionals. As a member of several other Networks, such as Active Rain MLS, Mirela is able to disseminate her listings to an incredibly wide audience throughout the United States and indeed, the World.
Twitter Success Story: with not one, but two very successful Twitter Sites, Mirela Monte has access to virtually thousands of people on a daily basis, driving traffic to her blogs, websites and listings. See for yourself and you too will become a loyal follower: @MirelaMonte and @MyrtleBeachDigs
REO Pro: It's no secret that Foreclosures and Bank Owned properties have become quite popular in the past 18 months. As a designated REOPro Agent, Mirela Monte has worked with several banks selling their newly acquired foreclosure properties.
MyrtleBeachHomes.US: Buyers' Choice Realty's website exposes Mirela's listings and services to thousands of potential buyers. Mirela's Real Estate Blog on the company's Website is sent out to thousands of her clients and leads on a regular basis, keeping them abreast of the latest Myrtle Beach Real Estate Developments.
Google First Page Presence: Mirela's listings are on the front page of Google. Just Google any of her listings by the Address and see for yourself. By allowing her properties to be cross marketed by other Real Estate Agents and Firms, Mirela's listings garner full saturation, thus ensuring a sale even in a tough market.
Each and every listing has its very own website, aside from the many other Internet venues it's promoted on. Here are some examples:
You Tube: Is the second largest search engine in the World with over 100,000,000 videos in its arsenal. Mirela knows that many Investors can pull the trigger if they have enough information and visual evidence of possible investment opportunities. As MyrtleBeachGuru on YouTube, Mirela ensures dissemination of her listings on this valuable Network. Her listings have been picked up on YouTube and distributed to faraway places like the Arab Emirates. Ah, the power of the Internet!
When showing properties to out of town clients who wish to confer with their partners before making a buying decision on a particular investment, Mirela wastes no time. She uses her 3G I-phone to video tape the property and uploads it directly from her phone to YouTube, so the partner can watch the video within a minute or two, while the other investor is still in it, thus eliminating the wait that can sometimes kill the deal...
In today’s tenuous Real Estate Landscape, Internet Marketing can make the difference between having your property just listed or just sold!
Dear Mirela, thank you so much for everything you've done for us! We are very pleased with our two investments in Myrtle Beach! You are a wonderful Real Estate Mentor and we learnt so much from working with you! Thank you!We are recommending you to all our friends and relatives who are thinking of investing in the Myrtle Beach area.
Greg & Julie Swaim, Charlotte, NC
You told us what we could expect from our condo, and we're glad we listened to you and you sold it for us in less than six weeks. Our neighbors who have a similar unit listed with another agent are still on the market, and they are asking less than what you got us for our condo. Thank you for selling it for us for top dollar! We look forward to buying our next property from you!
Dan & Sandy Skamperle, Lauringurg, NC
I'm happy to report I'm one of Mirela's 'savvy' investors. She and I found some amazing deals together. I sold my last (of several) oceanfront units on contract in 06 for a tidy sum, sat out the market downturn, and am now ready to jump back in... in part due to Mirela's keeping her finger on the pulse of what's happening for her investors! She is sooo right, there are bargains to be had at the beach right now. And it is a lovely place to be besides...that blue Atlantic is magic! I'm looking forward to some more profitable fun in the sun at my former home base~ Myrtle Beach, SC.Thanks, Mirela...keep up the good work!
Dr. Maureen Merritt, Santa Fe, NM
"Dear Mirela...We whole heartedly give you our highest recommendation and would not think of buying or letting any of our friends buy with anyone else in South Carolina!"
Robert & Spain Beck San Juan Capistrano, CA
THANK UUUUUUUUUUU Mirela! I was going to write something summarizing my very first cross-border real estate investment experience since I feel obligated to share it with all my friends and I also feel obligated to express my gratitude to my wonderful agent and her right hand Brie -- (they made me feel I am part of the team) BUT I got too excited last night and this morning after I got out from a routine/boring meeting held in a conference room in Downtown Toronto I saw this post on AR -- WOW ! Great, I don't have to type anything!!! All I wanted to say is already published! The reason I was going to visit MB in July was that my wife Michelle and I just had our second kid last December (a baby boy Vincent, and we also have a 7-yr old daughter Vivian) and I thought by simmer time I'll take the whole family down for a vacation as well as do some property hunting...but Mirela advised me to come by myself ASAP because if I followed the original plan and provided everything else holds (which may well not be the case) I would have been closing in September, and would have missed most of the rental months and start with putting money up front to survive winter months, now THAT"S THE BEST ADVICE I've got and I TOOK IT ! Now I was told by on-site property manager that my unit has been booked solid ever since mid April ....... Another thing I want to add a bit more is that I really want to thank Brie, my agent's assistant, who did so much paper work for this deal and always right on time to remind me of something critical to this transaction and always reply to my questions and concerns promptly. Thank You Buyer's Choice !
Mike He, Toronto, Canada
As a Builder and Developer, I have come to depend on Mirela's savvy advice and Real Estate guidance. Mirela has earned a spot on my team due to her relentless pursuit of excellence and her dedication and loyalty to me and my business for the past four years.
Keith Mercure, Picture Perfect Homes, Myrtle Beach, SC
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