Archives for September 2012

135 acres with loads of potential ~ General Development

Marlboro County acreage located minutes from Bennettsville Wal Mart, Marlboro Park Hospital and Downtown Bennettsville this parcel offers plenty of road frontage and has many potential uses. Currently under farm lease 2 parcels front on Beauty Spot Road and have access to city water and gas. Additional acreage on Hickory Grove Road with 20 acre site surveyed for residential subdivision.

Protecting the Murrells Inlet Watershed begins with You

Closed Oyster Harvesting Sign in Murrells Inlet

When I grew up with the creek as my playground there was only a handful of families that called Murrells Inlet home.  Collecting fiddler crabs to sell to the few fishermen that fished off the old government pier, crabbing and fishing with the neighborhood kids and watching the Capt. Alex and other boats unload their catches at the end of the day provided much joy and entertainment back in the day.   Our small population has grown into a thriving community welcoming new familes and vistors alike to appreciate and enjoy our slice of a creekside town but beneath the beauty of Murrells Inlet lies troubled waters that must be protected.

Today Horry County Officials will be presented with a resolution to adopt a Watershed Management Plan to help protect the creeks of Murrells Inlet that are in danger due to high bacteria levels and in doing so will become part of this vital project that will pave the way for a healthier Murrells Inlet Watershed for our future.  Georgetown County will also follow suit and with the help of all community stakeholders a plan will be formulated to identify the cause of high bacteria levels in Murrells Inlet and the steps we need to take to ensure the levels decrease for years to come.

Community input and involvement is essential to not only creating but following this critical mission and in leading the effort Murrells Inlet 2020 needs to hear from you.  When the Murrells Inlet Watershed Management Plan is completed it will serve as a guide to help reduce high bacteria levels in our waters the ultimate responsibility lies with us all as we must be mindful of how each of us affects the land that surrounds the watershed since we are after all the reason our creeks are in danger.   Contact MI2020 Executive Director Sue Sledz @843-357-2007 for more information. Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

How you can help ~  Click here to report potential pollution sources in the Murrells Inlet Watershed.


Myrtle Beach leads the Grand Strand in Short Sale Listings

Short Sales

While Horry County ranks third highest for foreclosures in South Carolina a positive sign in the real estate market can be attributed to the increase in short sale listings along the Grand Strand.  Short sales are far better than foreclosures for struggling homeowners and neighboring property owners.  Currently Myrtle Beach leads the Grand Strand in Short Sale listings with 191 single family homes offer as short sales versus 94 bank owned properties.

Murrells Inlet has 37 short sale listings and 22 REO of 526 single family listings while Pawleys Island only has 3 REO listings and 16 short sales.  Georgetown has 20 REO listings and 17 short sales of 253 listings.  Currently there are 279 REO listings in the CCAR MLS while there are 461 Short Sale listings and buyers also understand that short sales are a good alternative to foreclosed homes as they are often in much better condition.

The short sale trend is likely to continue as homeowners become more educated about the benefits of working with their bank to sell their homes instead of letting the home go to foreclosure.  A short sale has much less negative impacts on credit scores than in the past and homeowners are also coming to realize that foreclosures can hurt them tremendously especially where employment is concerned since employers are turning to credit scores when making hiring and promotion decisions.

Short sale processes have been streamlined by banks and the real estate community is more educated in how to serve their clients that need to sell their home when they owe more than it is worth.  If you or someone you know is having difficulty making mortgage payments and need to sale your home contact us for more information on how a short sale might be of benefit.

Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

Remembering 911

On the morning of 9/11/01 after breakfast my husband and I stopped by a beachwear store in Fernandina Beach, FL for last minute items to take with us for our week vacation on Cumberland Island, GA.  The music on the radio in the store was interrupted by an announcement of a plane hitting the World Trade Center and my first thought was how on earth could that have happened and what in the world was going on.

It wasn’t long before we were back at our hotel room minutes before check out seeing the first live feeds of the horrific scene but still not knowing what was really going on in NYC after all we had a boat to catch to get to the Island and as the second plane hit we walked out the door to make our way to the marina.  An uneasy feeling came over me and thoughts of family came to mind as I called home to tell my family I loved them as others did on that morning not knowing what would come next as the towers were buring and heroic efforts were underway to get thousands of people to saftey.

The 30 minute boat ride to Cumberland Island was both beautiful and sorrowful as seeing the images of burning towers surely meant many had been killed and injured as I prayed for peace and comfort for their families and mine.  As we hiked to the rangers station we met others who had heard as many as 50,000 people might have been killed before they left all communication behind and came to the Island.

Not knowing what had happened for the next few days left us to wonder as we camped on the Island with no cell service, TV or radio only sporadic talk from strangers who didn’t know much about the “attack” on our country and who was responsible.  The peaceful surroundings on the Island were almost comforting.  After all we certainly wouldn’t be a target on the Island but the submarine base nearby was another story and it remained eerily dark at night and the lack of air traffic was another indication of just how serious the situation had been and we could only speculate on what might be next.

On the 5th day of our trip we had reserved rooms at the Greyfield Inn and learned more about the events that occured on 9/11 and in the days and weeks that followed learned about all the heroes that scarficed all to save many.  This event changed their lives and ours forever as the relative saftey of our country had indeed been a target and remains one to this day.  If not for those who serve to protect us more lives would be lost and on this and every day our heroes are remembered and we will ‘never’ forget.