Free Foreclosure Prevention Clinic December 1, 2012 in Myrtle Beach

Today struggling homeowners have more options than ever when it comes to avoiding foreclosure.  For some a short sale might be the best option but there are programs that might help if you having a temporary setback in income or an unexpected emergency that has cut into your housing budget.

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments and want to learn about services and programs available to help Family Services, Inc. will be holding a foreclosure prevention clinic in Myrtle Beach December 1, 2012.  To learn more about this free program visit the event page.

The event will be held at Coastal Carolinas Asssociaton of REALTOR® at 951 Shine Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.  Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Grand Strand and Pee Dee South Carolina.

 

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Today in Murrells Inlet

 

McCleanville after Hurricane Hugo Circa 1989

When a storm hits the coast or anywhere else for that matter the end result is devastation.  As residents in the Mid-Atlantic prepared for Hurricane Sandy last week there was no way to know how much devastation she would bring and the final toll one week later is yet to be determined.

Anyone that has ever been affected by such storms as we have in our area with Hugo can relate to the pain and frustration our friends to the north are now feeling and know they are left with more questions than answers.  Wanting to get things back to normal will take weeks for some months for others and even longer for some.

As the residents in hard hit areas begin the process of rebuilding local efforts in Murrells Inlet are underway to help.  Coastal Carolina Shields has initiated a relief supplies collection today at the Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet to be delivered to New York storm victims.

Some have lost everything while others just need a little help with supplies.  If you can help in this effort please stop by the Beaver Bar at 3534 Hwy 17 Business in Murrells Inlet today and drop off what you can to aid the storm victims.  Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc.  Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

Murrells Inlet Oysters are in Season ~ Time for an Oyster Roast

Time for a Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast ~ MI2020 Style on November 17, 2012 Murrells Inlet 2020 will hold the 9th Annual Oyster Roast at Spuds Waterfront Parking Lot in Murrells Inlet.  Advanced Tickets are $30 per person all you can eat or $35 per person the day of the event.  Purchase your tickets at MI2020 Office or Spuds.  Call 843-357-2007 for more information.

 

One of my favorite treats this time of year are Murrells Inlet oysters fresh from the creek.  No sauce required.
Al Hitchcock of Drunken Jacks & Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet shares his ‘oyster’ secrets with WBTW Libba Holland.

SC DNR has a great video to help you get started on learning more about harvesting and cooking oysters. Enjoy!

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.

 

 

Murrells Inlet ~ Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Murrells Inlet Creek cira 1950

I have been fortunate enough to have grown up with Murrells Inlet and I am often amused by how the way things used to be and the way things are today in our blessed piece of the earth and how it  has and continues to evolve.  The growth in Murrells Inlet continues and just like the tide will continue to change the face of our community for years to come.

Our quiet streets remain as does the calm you will find on an early morning walk along the oak lined streets, Marshwalk, and Bike Path in the Village of Murrells Inlet proper.  To define MIP it is East of Hwy 17 Bypass and follows the Mickey Spillane Hwy 17 path which will bring you into the fishing ‘village’ with access to Huntington Beach State Park which has deep roots in Murrells Inlet area history.

And it is quiet if you get here real early ~ after the fishing fleet leaves for a day of fishing and before ~ the jet skis and fishing boats ~ make their run towards the Atlantic from the Public Boat Landing beside Belin Methodist Church along the creekfront.

Murrells Inlet circa 2012

It is amusing to see how visitors and new residents embrace or ignore what others that only get to visit from time to time long for and have embedded in their DNA.  The view of the moment and the smell of pluff mud at low tide &  the taste of fresh caught flounder or steamed oysters and clams just hours from harvest from the shellfish beds of Murrells Inlet.

Murrells Inlet is a special place and the importance of remembering yesterday and keeping it sweet for tomorrow will remain a challenge now that the secret is out.  Endless recreational opportunities, creek front homes & condo’s oak lined streets and neighborhoods, a community hospital and mall and the best seafood in South Carolina.

Yes things have changed and the landscape will continue to be shaped into new homes and businesses for years to come but one thing that we must continue to remember and protect is the vital watershed that makes Murrells Inlet so unique.  Copyright©2012 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P,Inc.  Serving the Grand Strand and Pee Dee of South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Condo Living in Murrells Inlet

Blue Heron Condo's in Murrells Inlet

Condo living in Murrells Inlet is a great option for buyers looking to enjoy the benefits of low maintenance living and the amenities offered in area condo communities.  Common area landscapes, pools and clubhouses, playgrounds, security and other features are a big draw in the condo market along with aesthetically pleasing views to suit every buyer and price point.

If you are thinking of buying a Murrells Inlet condo as a primary residence, vacation home or investment property we would be happy to help you find one that suits your needs and budget.  Search all Murrells Inlet Condo units here.

Murrells Inlet condo & townhome choices include:

Allston House – Murrells Inlet creekfront condo complex with community dock.

Blue Heron – Murrells Inlet creekfront condo complex with community pool.  Views of the mouth of the Inlet & Huntington Beach.

Govenors Landing – Located inside Wachesaw Plantation on the Waccamaw River with gated access.

Inlet Garden – Small townhome complex with community pool.

Marina Colony – Central location and easy stroll to the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk.  Community pool, tennis, boat ramp and dock space for additional fee.

Moss Creek – Walking distance to Morse Park and the soon to be completed Jetty View Walk.  Pool & tennis.

Riverwood – Larger complex near Waccamaw Community Hospital.  Community pool & tennis.

Wayside Forest – Small complex near Morse Park.  Short and long term rentals allowed.

This is just a sample of Murrells Inlet condo options that are available.  Additional ocean front & golf course units are available in the Murrells Inlet area.  Sign up to recieve new Murrells Inlet condo listings to your inbox.  Copyright 2012 B&P, Inc. – Sandra Bundy – Broker-in-Charge.

 

 

 

Antiques Roadshow ~ Checking out local History for the 2013 Season

Antiques Roadshow in Myrtle Beach

In my book there is nothing else like the excitement of having a long held family treasure or garage sell find being appraised by the Antiques Roadshow and this weekend scores of people will be at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to do just that if they were lucky enough to get a ticket to the event.

This week the Roadshow Crew landed in Myrtle Beach and has wasted no time in hitting some of the public treasures found along the Grand Strand.   No doubt Brookgreen Gardens was on the top of their list and according to their Facebook status updates they were there filming on Thursday and it is very likely Atalaya Castle was filmed too.  Today they were at Hobcaw Barony and surely will be hitting Historic Georgetown later in the day.

While living here we sometimes forget all the great historical sites we have access to in Murrells Inlet and along the Waccamaw Neck when the show airs for the new season of the Antiques Roadshow in 2013 it will certainly provide a glimpse into this wonderful place we call home.

Follow me on twitter for live updates from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center tomorrow as I brave the crowds for my appraisal.  Who knows you might just see me on TV.