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VIDEO: 5 Smart Strategies For Home Buyers

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Right now, Myrtle Beach is in a seller’s market, meaning buyers have to work a little harder to find their dream home. Here are five smart home buyer strategies for success:

  1. Make a good first impression on the seller and your Realtor. Here’s what I mean when I say you should make a good first impression on your Realtor: pick one agent to represent you and have a specific list of must-haves for your property. That way, we can show you anything on the MLS that matches your criteria while saving you time and frustration.You should make a good first impression on the seller when you make an offer. We recommend writing a letter to the seller about why you love the house. Those letters do make an impact when it comes time for the seller to accept an offer.
  2. Get pre-approved by a lender. Send the pre-approval letter with your offer. This shows the seller that you are serious about buying their home.
  3. Shop within your price range. Single-family homes in Myrtle Beach are in a seller’s market. Homes are selling fairly quickly in certain price ranges and much faster in others. Shop within your price range. Don’t go 10% over your max budget to look for more options; that will only frustrate you and your agent.
  4. Be flexible. No home is perfect. Even when you build your own home, you will still wish you did some things differently. When you look at homes, look past things like bad wallpaper, carpet, or paint. You can replace those things. Being able to look past those small issues can get you a better value on homes that don’t show well. In fact, homes in older, more established neighborhoods will often get you a better price per square foot.
  5. Be ready. When a home that fits your criteria hits the market, be ready to go look at the property at a moment’s notice. When you find the home you want, be ready to write a strong offer.

If you have any questions about buying in today’s market or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

VIDEO: New Technology Will Find Your Dream Home

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Technology can be a huge help to buyers. It can even help you secure your home purchase. Innovation is happening very quickly in the real estate industry, which allows us to help you find your dream home.

We can put very specific criteria for our buyers into our website and the MLS system. That way, you will get notified instantly when a property that matches your criteria pops up on the market. Your agent will get an email as well so you can look at the property as soon as possible.

Just last week, this search helped one of my buyers find a home. This buyer was interested in a community called Manchester, which features paired ranch homes with garages. There were no properties from that community on the market but my buyer wanted that specific subdivision. We entered that information into the search.

Then, at 9:30 in the morning, the buyer and I each got an email about a property from that community that had just hit the market. My client was out at the unit in the afternoon, wrote an offer that evening, and, less than 24 hours after that property was listed, we were under contract to purchase the home.

If you are looking for a specific neighborhood, layout, number of bedrooms, or what have you, we can get you on an automatic drip campaign so you see any new listings that match your criteria. If you have any questions for me, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

VIDEO: First Quarter Real Estate Market Report

Friday, May 20th, 2016

The first quarter report card is in! By comparing the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2015, we can see exactly where our market is right now and get a peek into the future of 2016.

Inventory for single-family homes last year was 4,138 homes. Today, we have 1,478 single-family homes on the market, so inventory is up, but just barely. The good news is that tons of new inventory is being built right now.

As far as units sold, we are up 8% over 2015. Last year, we sold 1,492 units, and this year we sold 1,611.

There’s also great news about the median sales price: it rose from $179,000 to $195,000. Home values are up! That’s a 9% increase for single-family homes.

As for condos and townhomes, that segment of the market is a little different. Inventory is up by 5% as are units sold. In 2015, 960 condo/townhomes sold in the first quarter, and this year 1,010 closed during the first quarter. The median sales price went up 4.5% from $110,000 to $115,000.

What does this mean for you? One thing to recognize is that single-family homes are the engine of our market. Condos and townhomes tend to trail behind.

We’re also in our 5th consecutive year of an upward trending market. Inventory remains basically the same year to year while units sold and prices continue to rise. There’s no reason that this trend shouldn’t continue.

If you’re waiting for the market to get better, it might not get much better than this. If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

VIDEO: 3 Tips to Prepare Your Myrtle Beach Home for Sale

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

VIDEO: 3 Tips to Prepare Your Myrtle Beach Home for Sale

The busiest selling season of the year is approaching quickly! Today, I’ll share with you three quick tips on how to prepare your Myrtle Beach home for the spring market.

  1. Amp up the curb appeal. We don’t want the buyer to keep driving once they see your home for the first time. It’s all about the first impression, and that’s your opportunity to win buyers over. Add mulch and trim the landscaping. Power-wash the outside of the home.
  2. Repair minor fixes. Last year, over 1,750 new construction homes sold. Since buyers are also browsing newly built homes, your home needs to compete and keep up. Make your home shine as if it’s brand new.
  3. Make the listing stand out. There are two simple ways to achieve this. First, we have a professional stager to come inside your home and address changes. Secondly, ensure your listing photos are exceptional and quality.

There are many other things to talk about, so reach out to me if you’re still wondering other ways to win buyers over in the area. Also, if you’re thinking about making a move in real estate this year, contact me by phone or email!

VIDEO: What Does the Future Hold for the Grand Strand Real Estate Market?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Real estate can often be a rollercoaster ride. Markets will boom and then they will crash. It’s just how the market works. So, what can we expect in the Grand Strand for 2016?

Well, to make some predictions, I have spoken with some agents in places that our market seems to trail. These places are South Florida, Southern California, and Phoenix. My friends in these markets all told me the same thing. In the last 60-90 days they’re seeing the days on market increase, they’re seeing more price reductions, and inventory is rising. We’re very healthy right now, and I expect 2016 to be our fifth consecutive year of positive progression.

However, we have to keep in mind that we cannot ride this wave forever, and other market sectors appear to be waning a little. This is no cause for alarm, but you should know that these great market conditions just cannot last forever.

If you have any questions about this, or if you would like to contact me in order to get your home on the market before the spring hits, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

VIDEO: A Single Photo Can Sell Your Property

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Just about everyone begins their home search online nowadays (95% of consumers), which makes high-grade photography more important than ever. While browsing photos of homes online, it is obvious which ones were taken by professionals and which ones were taken by the agent listing the property.The biggest difference is how bright and well-lit homes look when a professional takes pictures of them.

A smartphone isn’t able to capture the beauty of a home due to the size of the lens and the quality of the camera itself. Professional-grade cameras and lenses make it possible to fit more in the frame and make homes look their absolute best for online viewing. It makes people feel like they’re actually in the room you’re photographing, so you need to hire a professional who knows how to make it happen.

It’s not only about photos, we can also shoot walk-through videos of listings. A professional photographer will give online home searchers the chance to see the home from every conceivable perspective. If you want the details of your home to really stand out, a professional photographer knows how to make that happen!

If you have any questions about getting the most money possible for your home, or about real estate in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!