Wednesday, September 10, 2014

James Island Real Estate in Charleston

James Island Waterfront

James Island is a rich blend of the urban and the rural located just a stone's throw across the Ashley River from Charleston. Part of the island resides within Charleston while the other is the incorporated town of James Island. A look back at its past shows us how James Island has embraced diversity and played a major role in the saga of American history.

The beautiful Georgian architectural majesty of McLeod Plantation is truly a feather in James Island's cap! The house boasts a rich military history. From its use by General Clinton as his headquarters while he planned the siege of Charleston during the American Revolution, to its occupation by Confederate troops during the Civil War, the plantation saw many events unfold, but also had its own unique point of view.

Once housing African Americans as slaves for production of Sea Island cotton, the plantation saw its occupation by the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiments comprised exclusively of African American soldiers after the evacuation of Charleston in 1865. The Freedman's Bureau then occupied the plantation, which offered refuge for 10,000 newly freed African Americans. It is because of this aspect of its history that McLeod Plantation is designated as an African American Historic Place by the state of South Carolina.

The first shots of the Civil War were fired on James Island when shells from Fort Johnson and Fort Lamar rained down upon Union troops stationed at Fort Sumpter in Charleston Harbor just off the eastern tip of James Island. The militarily significant battles that make up "The Battle of James Island" were fought here, including Secessionville, Grimball's Landing, and Grimball's Causeway. Civil war enthusiasts will thrill to local reenactments of these battles.  

If the history alone doesn't pique your curiosity, the rich abundant shellfish and fishing areas, water sports on the Ashley and Stono rivers or Wappoo Cut and Wappoo Creek, as well as beautiful parks and recreational areas will definitely get your attention. Once you see the beautiful river, tidal creek and marshland views here, you won't miss the oceanfront.

Beaches are in easy driving distance for the die-hard beach enthusiast, but its setting away from the surf offers James Island homes a bit more seclusion for its established and new construction properties. Contact us today and let us show you the wonder of James Island!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Take a Ferry Across the Mersey to Dewees Island

Dewees Island Real Estate

Dewees Island is an environmentalist's home sweet home and a paradise for any beach lover! Its proximity to Charleston (12 miles) makes it very conveniently close to the attractions and bustle of the city, but its environmentally friendly developments make you feel as though you are as far away from the stress and noise of a big city as one can be.

Beautifully situated 2.6 miles of beachfront, dune, marsh, and maritime ecosystems make one feel as though they are stepping back in time to a coastal paradise. Traffic is never a problem, because the island has no gas powered cars! Dewees Island is accessible only by boat. The Aggie Gray ferry runs hourly and on demand from Isle of Palms. Residents use electric golf carts on roads of beautiful crushed limestone to get around this beautifully pristine island, and many maintain their own docks and boats.

The island’s developers designed an advanced recycling and composting system, with a reverse osmosis system to meet the entire island's residential water needs. Dewees is rich in native American history, Revolutionary War history, Civil War blockade runner history, and has a World War II submarine watch tower. Likely one of the original hunting islands used by the Sewee Indians, Dewees Island (then known as Timacu Island) was owned by the British until Thomas Cary aquired it in 1700. Cornelius Dewees gave the island its new name in 1701.

Largely used over the years for farming indigo, rice, artichokes, cane, swine, and cotton and for harvesting oysters and clams, the island didn’t see much modern development until the 1970s when construction began on a few vacation homes. In 1991, the Island Preservation Partnership was formed to develop the island. When building is eventually finished with only 150 homesites, 95% of the island will still be in its native state thanks to stringent construction and design guidelines that will minimize impact on the wildlife and ecosystem. An advanced recycling and composting system as well as a reverse osmosis system to allow residents to meet their needs for fresh water will ensure that the environment on Dewees Island remains protected and pristine. A beautiful array of birds, deer, diamondback terrapin, and even mink call this beautiful island home and live in harmony with its residents.

To minimize environmental stress, the maximum home size is limited to 5,000 square feet. Additionally, builders are not to disturb more than 7,500 square feet of a lot during home construction.  No worries about hiring a lawn service or cutting the grass!  Lawns are not permitted.  Homes are beautifully surrounded by, protected from the elements, and landscaped with native vegetation.  As with most coastal island communities, the houses are elevated and no matter where you choose to build, your home will have a water view of either tidal creeks, lakes, the Intracoastal Waterway or the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean.  Dewees Island Real estate ranges from fractional ownership with prices in the low $200,000s, homes around a million, to oceanfront lots at $2 million.

If living in harmony with nature in an unspoiled area is your heart's desire, Dewees Island may make your dream come true.  See the Charleston office website at (or click the link above!) for more information.
Greg Harrelson
Charleston Expert Advisors

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Parkland Florida, A Beautiful Lifestyle

Real Estate in Parkland FL

I've contributed to and researched a lot of real estate websites with community information, and I've "seen" a lot of beautiful places doing it. Florida is almost always the prettiest state with the most breathtaking homes and views, but I think I found THE most beautiful place on earth recently, called Parkland Florida.

Parkland is close to Boca Raton and in the Fort Lauderdale Metro area, inland from the actual beach and bordering the Everglades. When it was first developed, they wanted to keep the entire city like a huge park, with no stores, no signs, and little traffic. So many people decided to move there that it wasn't possible to keep a city like that. They eventually had to have the things that every city has, but they managed to keep eight parks operating in an eleven square mile area, so it's still pretty much green.

The homes are all multi-million dollar showcase homes, and to visit this town is like driving through paradise. One of the most notable things about Parkland is that horses and equestrian farms and trails are encouraged and plentiful. It's truly a horse-lovers dream. 

They've now also invested in their schools, which have been voted as some of the finest in the entire nation. They have a very grandiose YMCA, a public library that is actually used, as well as pools, golf courses, tennis courts, and about any other kind of entertainment a family could want.

Two notable neighborhoods in Parkland include Heron Bay; with over 1000 homes - which also sprawls over into Coral Springs - and BBB Ranches, where horses and equestrian ranches rule the roost.

Do yourself a favor and go to Florida and visit this dream community. It blew me away when I was researching and searching photos for it. Just an amazing city, even for Florida.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Homes for Sale in Old Village, Mount Pleasant SC

Old Village Homes in Mt Pleasant

A neighborhood that’s rich in both history and beauty, Mount Pleasant’s Old Village community is a 40-block area of moss-draped oaks and historic homes that date to the mid-1700s. Located on the National Register of Historic Places, the village was the site of numerous skirmishes and battles in the Revolutionary War.

It was from a command post at the Village’s Hibben House, built in 1755 and still standing, that British officers commanded attacks on Charleston. The Village’s place in Civil War history was cemented with an 1860 meeting on Ferry Street from which the first succession resolution in South Carolina was passed. The site of a former plantation, the Village’s first streets were named after the children and grandchildren of that plantation’s owner, James Hibben, who divided his estate into lots for those heirs in 1803.

Some of the Charleston area’s most beautiful and historic homes are found in the neighborhood, with home prices reflecting the limited supply of such historic treasures. Prices typically begin in the $500s and range to $3 million plus. There’s also a small amount of newer construction as well. Homes range from cottages to ornate homes with colonnaded porches that wrap around the house and cupolas.

Bordering Charleston Harbor on one side, the other side of Old Village backs up to scenic Shem Creek. Shem is home to top seafood restaurants and a boardwalk, both great places to watch shrimp boats and pleasure craft come and go. Downtown Charleston is just a few miles away across the Ravenel Bridge and the beaches of Sullivan’s Island are just about four miles distant.

Visit the C21 Charleston Real Estate website for more information or to search available property in the city and bordering areas.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

New Country Music Video/Song for Myrtle Beach

Dan and Shay's 19 You and Me

I'm not a country music fan at all, but I am floored by this new top of the charts country music song by Dan and Shay that was filmed in, and about Myrtle Beach. What a great promotion this is for our area, and different than the funny Welcome to Myrtle Manor tv show, as well as that new, raunchy show filmed in Murrells Inlet. I can't remember the name of it, which is probably a good thing.

Anyway, judge for yourself if this isn't just the greatest!  Dan and Shay - 19 You + Me!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Real Estate Markets in Coastal South Carolina

From Greg Harrelson...

People come to Myrtle Beach from all over the country. We often talk to prospective buyers who tell us they are thinking of buying a second home for family vacations. What is most interesting is that they often have three or four different areas that they are considering.

Here are the most common beach towns in South Carolina that people choose:
1) North Myrtle Beach
2) Myrtle Beach
3) Charleston, SC
4) Hilton Head Island

North Myrtle Beach real estate consists of oceanfront condos, channel homes and beach villas. By far, the most popular resort in North Myrtle Beach is Barefoot Resort. Condos like The Havens, Ironwood and the Barefoot Yacht Club Villas are just a few that attract attention from visitors every day.

The Myrtle Beach real estate market is full of condos and has some fantastic golf villas and oceanfront homes. Grande Dunes is the all-time favorite for luxury homes, but the south end has many fine communities like Prestwick and Prince Creek. A little west of the beach is Carolina Forest, which may be the most popular family community in the Grand Strand.

Charleston real estate has a little of everything. You can find beach houses, condos, historical homes and golf resorts. North Charleston has the industry, Summerville is perfect for families and businesses, and the many nearby islands are...just what you'd think...paradise.

Hilton Head Island has the luxury condos, golf villas and oceanfront homes, and some of the most famous golfing in the US.

South Carolina has a lot of coastal options for those looking for seconds homes and beach retreats.

Now that you know where to purchase, you need to determine when to purchase. It is common knowledge that interest rates are still at record lows. Common sense tells us that they will eventually have to go up and that will drastically increase the costs of second home ownership.  They key with owning a second home is to make sure that you can afford the ongoing expenses. Based on the decline in property values over the last 7 years and the low interest rates, there will not be another time where the expenses will be this low.

Another important part of buying real estate is the agent and the company you choose. The Harrelson Group has three offices to serve your needs. One is located in each of the markets mentioned above.

Serving North Myrtle Beach:
Century 21 Barefoot Realty
4720 Barefoot Resort Bridge Road
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Office:  843.390.2121?
Toll Free:  877.612.1418

Serving Myrtle Beach
Century 21 The Harrelson Group
4999 Carolina Forest Blvd, Ste 18
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Toll Free: 888-874-2121

Serving Charleston and Hilton Head, SC
Century 21 Expert Advisors
100 Seven Oaks Lane
Summerville, SC 29485
(843) 871-1710

Monday, May 20, 2013

Realtors Can Miss the Boat

Greg Harrelson

Some words of wisdom from Greg Harrelson

Greg is now owner of C21 The Harrelson Group in Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Realty in North Myrtle Beach, and Century 21 Expert Advisors in Charleston, SC. He trains and coaches his own agents and others all over the country, and is even a frequent guest speaker for Gary Keller of Keller Williams Realty.


Things that Real Estate Agents do to Miss the Boat

I have been doing a lot of travelling and talking to real estate agents all across the country. I have spoken with agents from many of the major franchises as well as agents from independent offices. As I am speaking and connecting with agents, I have looked at their businesses and noticed four things that agents seem to neglect, which gets in the way of building the business that they dream to build.

I hope you find these tips helpful.  There is no reason for any of us to "Miss the Boat".

The 4 Things that Agents do that hurt them

1) Agents do less when the market is doing more: 

As the market gets better, we see more agents getting lazy. Maybe this is not you, yet look around. Agents will start to assume the market will do all of the work for them. Agents tend to work less efficiently as the market heats up. If anything, you should work more, because the market will reward those who do.

2) Agents believe they are the cause of their success:

Do not get offended because this is not directed at you. But, think about the arrogance that existed when the market was on fire. Realtors thought they were great when it was really the market that was creating all of the success in 2005. This is why so many agents went out of business when the market crashed. Stay humble, commit to learning and continue to treat your fellow agents with respect. 

3) Agents STOP learning:

I have always believed that when the market is good, you better get better. Why? Because more people are going to get into the business and compete with us. The newer agents are younger, smarter and faster than the average agent. If you stop learning now, someone else could take your business away in no time at all. In addition, the consumer deserves professional level services and that is done by those committed to learning the business of real estate.

4) Agents send money without monitoring results:

It is always easier to spend money when you have it. When the market gets better, we tend to see agents over-spending on marketing gimmicks or buying leads. I believe in making investments in your business, yet you should only invest in things you can monitor. If you are not going to measure the result then you should not make the investment.

The best investment any of us can make is an investment in ourselves. Surround yourself by those that are committed to better service and results, and you will find yourself providing better results and service.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Missing Posts and New Websites

I am very disappointed in Blogger these days.  I logged into my account several weeks ago to find that everything I had posted here was gone, back to June of 2012. I've tried to get help with no response, so I guess I'll just have to ignore it and go on. I don't remember any of what I've written since then, so I guess I'll just post some news and updates.

My partner expanded on our Virginia Beach Attractions website. We added a bunch of pages for homes in Surfside Beach and Pawleys Island on the C21 Harrelson Group site. I also created a new Google Plus business page for their Myrtle Beach C21 website. We also have a new Google Plus Myrtle Beach Community page!

Greg purchased the Century 21 agency in Barefoot Resort, and we completely overhauled their website for Barefoot Resort Homes. Real estate has really picked up just about everywhere and is going full tilt in Myrtle Beach, by the way. Home prices are rising, sales are rising, more people are getting sales licenses.  More customers are coming to me. I've just begun to do two new California agency sites...more on that when they're done. Things are definitely looking up for the whole industry, and it's about time!

Hopefully no more of my blogs will disappear. It makes one sick to work for nothing. :-(

Sunday, June 10, 2012

North Texas and Charlotte Real Estate Websites

The last few weeks have been productive, and I've had two new customers and moved an old one to a better IDX website that should make a huge difference in his leads and sales.

Jack Ragsdale has been a customer of mine for around 6 years since way before the time that there were affordable and user friendly IDX websites. Jack lives in a part of Texas that is made up of many small towns instead of one big one, and we've struggled to find a way for him to have a well ranked website that covered his entire area of Denton, Keller, Flower Mound, and several other towns in Texas.  After some research, we decided to make the new website aim at North Texas Real Estate instead of having several small sites for each town. After I finished, he's hired someone to help him with blogs and such, and they've changed a lot of stuff around.  So whatever happens, it's no longer on me!

My next site is for a lady Realtor selling South Charlotte homes, by the name of Nana Tennhardt. Her husband Olaf is very much helping with her online presence and they are really working hard to show off her expertise in the Charlotte, Waxhaw, and Weddington areas.

As it seems like most all of my customers are the best at their profession, I'm sure these new IDX websites are going to bring them so many sales they will wonder how they ever did without it. And the key is CONTENT. Writing about your city, going out and taking great photos, creating YouTube videos to showcase your neighborhoods - all of this works with the new social media to make the search engines love what you do. The harder you work on your site, the better the reward, and I'm proud of all my clients that "get it" and create such exceptional resources for their customers.  Congrats to Jack and to Nana on their new sites!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Woodlands, Texas – There's a Place Here For You

Here's another article from our friend Jarrod Frenzel in the Woodlands, Texas. We're always happy to hear from him and learn about his neck of the woods!

The Woodlands, TX - There's a Place Here for You!

Market Street - The Woodlands Texas
Dubbed as the bestselling and most popular master-planned community in all of Texas for over 15 years, The Woodlands offers a truly optimized life experience for all residents. It's also one of the few areas in the country that is NOT purely a buyer's market, and we're going to talk about that in a second. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's talk about why you'd want to live in The Woodlands...

First, it's a stunning community. Just flat-out, no two ways about it, a drop dead beautiful area. The goal of any master-planned community is to give each resident exactly what they need to live their perfect lifestyle. This means that the development was planned to accommodate couples, families with children of all ages, retirees, single adults and seasonal vacationers.

Price-wise, there is housing available for any budget and any lifestyle; seek and ye shall find...The Woodlands' slogan is “Come Home”, and that pretty well expresses their overall attitude and atmosphere. Of course, being built into a 28,000 acre natural forest, to say it's an outdoors-oriented community would be an understatement. This not-so-little slice of nature is about 30 minutes outside of Downtown Houston and was built to be YOUR dream home, no matter what that may be. The Woodlands offers a unique choice to the Houston real estate market.

There are apartments, single story houses, villas, and more available throughout the 11 different villages inside The Woodlands...You just have to find out where you'll fit best and go there. Prices range from $100K all the way up to $5M, although the average is probably something around $300K. Of course, that's not taking apartments into consideration, which are available for those not inclined to property ownership. The Woodlands has something in every price range.

Now, one of the unique aspects of this real estate market that you have to take into account when browsing listings in The Woodlands is that you're looking at a relatively balanced economy compared to the rest of the United States. Unlike most areas right now, it is NOT necessarily a buyer's market, although it's certainly not a strong seller's market either. Remember that this is the bestselling masterplanned community in Texas since 1992; this little corner of the real estate market has remained active and coordinated throughout the recession that so desolated the rest of the country. Of course, as a buyer this doesn't have to be a bad thing...For anyone seeking low risk property investment, The Woodlands, Texas is a dream come true!

I hope you'll take the time to visit The Woodlands' website and see what the community has to offer. I'm sure you'll find it appealing, and then you can start browsing listings to find a home you can fall in love with.

Thanks, Jarrod! 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

How to Sell Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Greg Harrelson with C21 The Harrelson Group is my most frequent client and friend.  I've met an awful lot of real estate agents here in Myrtle Beach.  A few I really admire, some for their work ethic, some for their sales talent, some for their knowledge and experience, and one or two for all of these qualities.  (The other 95% of them don't impress me at all...some are awful.)

But Greg is a step above agents just about anywhere in the country.  He's spent most of his career being coached and coaching. His sales ability is phenomenal.  There's no hype - no car salesman feel when you are talking to him. If anything, you picture him either on Wall Street or teaching in a classroom. He knows everything there is to know about selling real estate, and knows Myrtle Beach in particular.  He didn't jump into the beachfront property  frenzy and lose his shirt like almost every agent here., nor was he the first to embrace the internet and its miraculous ability to sell homes, especially when search engines are involved. But he gets it now...and like everything else, he's putting his "all" into it, slow and steady, and building another successful empire.  My point to all of this is to say that if someone needs to SELL real estate in Myrtle Beach, the Harrelson Group is where they need to go.   He has buyers' agents as well...but he also has inventory (about 700 listings) - and the ability to market them.

Every few weeks he puts out a newsletter to his buyers and sellers, sometimes geared to good deals to purchase, and sometimes explaining how he "markets" in a less than perfect "market". The last newsletter was just this, and it was rather fascinating to see and understand how things work in selling property at the beach. We added it to his "Monthly Notes from Greg" on the C21 Website, and he also created a video to make it even more interesting. I liked it so much that I felt personally it deserved some attention.  So here we are.  If you have some time, and you want to see how a real estate marketing guru goes about his job, check this out and watch the short video on the page. - Marketing Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Myrtle Beach Real Estate on the Rise?

Is the real estate market in Myrtle Beach on the road to recovery?

This seems to be the question of the week for those who own a condo or  home in Myrtle Beach. I suppose it is a normal question for any real estate property owner to ask.

Here are a few real estate trends that we see in Myrtle Beach right now.

1. The number of homes for sale in Myrtle Beach is declining.

2. The number of Myrtle Beach condos for sale on the market has decreased.

3. Buyers are writing more contracts...this is normal during this time of year in Myrtle Beach.

4. Buyers are making higher offers and some real estate in Myrtle Beach has sold for more than full price.

5. The average days on market for new listings in the MLS are showing signs of improvement.

It's up to you to interpret what the market is doing in Myrtle Beach. We can all agree that the above trends are much different then they were in the past when the Myrtle Beach market was doing the exact opposite. Most people would conclude that the market may be returning to a normal market. Not much decline, not much incline...likely stable at this level for awhile.

One thing we know for sure is that many owners have an opportunity to get their property sold right now. If I were selling a piece of real estate in Myrtle Beach, I would feel more confident today than any other point of time over the last 6 years.

If you are interested in learning more about how these changes may effect you and your investments, please contact any one of our Myrtle Beach real estate agents.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Luxury Real Estate in Houston

We're happy to have another guest blog from our friend in Woodlands, Texas, Jarrod Frenzel.

Luxury Home in Woodlands, TX

When people think of luxury real estate around the country, Houston is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. The fact is, the Houston area has one of the largest inventory of luxury homes in the country and is steadily growing. With the Texas economy flourishing, the Houston luxury real estate market is alive and well.

Forbes recently determined that Houston is the fastest growing millionaire city in the country, as the number of millionaires grew to almost 97,000 by the end of 2010. The oil and gas industry has helped keep the local economy strong through the national recession and the Houston real estate market has out-performed most others around the United States. The market was very strong in 2011 with a healthy number of sales over the $1 million mark. Builders have even started building multi-million dollar spec homes again in certain submarkets around the Houston area.

Located on the north side of Houston, the master planned community of The Woodlands has seen a lot of growth in luxury home market. People from all over the world are starting to take notice of this affluent area, with many purchasing second homes here. The mild winters, world class amenities, shopping, golf courses, and easy access to the intercontinental airport has made this an ideal place for wealthy individuals from abroad.

The Woodlands has seen steady appreciation over the recent years and poised for some really great years ahead. With Exxon Mobil relocating all of their Houston employees to the area in 2013, residents are very optimistic about the future of their home values.

If you haven’t been to Houston before, now would be a good time to visit. The Woodlands is a great place to take a vacation with plenty of world class shopping and restaurants, golf courses, 4 star hotels and resorts, and much more. For more information about luxury homes in Houston or The Woodlands, you can contact Jarrod Frenzel @ 281-658-7389 or visit his web site at

Sunday, September 04, 2011

North Beach Plantation Modifies Community Plans

North Beach Plantation

Some important changes in the overall plans for the North Beach Plantation community have been announced and approved, according to the Sun News today.

Originally this community was supposed to be set up similar to Market Common, with stores, restaurants, and a good bit of commercial property intermixed with single family homes, townhomes, and the condo towers on the oceanfront.

The developers report that sales have been good on the two single family home communities, and preparations are beginning for a third, with about 35 homes per neighborhood. The new phase will have larger homes in the $450k range, as versus the original cottages which started at $179k and averaged in the $200's.

The original plans for live/work condos have pretty much been scrapped for building regular townhomes, along with some hotel rooms included in a new commercial building for shorter term rentals. Presently they have a "Plantation House" which includes a fine dining restaurant, fitness center, offices, and a spa.

Developers report that 207 of the 337 oceanfront tower condos have been sold and they are expecting a complete sellout in about 2 more years if the market stays good. The townhomes that are presently being built have been selling before the builders can complete the construction, they say, and new plans will also include a group of 2 bedroom spa villas as well as some duplexes.

North Beach Plantation homes represent the most impressive and diversified communities that North Myrtle Beach has ever had. Taking a ride through the development will amaze and excite anyone looking for an extraordinary place to call home or for vacation accommodations. We'll be glad to take you on a tour of this fantastic beachfront fantasy land!  Just give us a call.  Whether you decide on the North Beach Plantation Tower condos, the new townhomes being planned, or the spa villas, you'll enjoy the excursion!

Available North Beach Plantation homes for sale.

Available North Beach Plantation condos for sale.

Visit our North Myrtle Beach real estate website.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Myrtle Beach Real Estate Agency Press Release

We just published a press release about Greg Harrelson of C21 the Harrelson Group in Myrtle Beach, about his coaching sessions at the Keller Williams convention in Vegas recently.

Myrtle Beach Realtor Coaches Competition Too

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Real Estate Websites

In the last several months I've had the pleasure to meet and learn about two more places through my real estate customers - Greenwood SC and Des Moines Iowa.  One thing about this career I have chosen is that I am learning about places all over the US that I may never see...but by the time I spend a couple of months learning about the towns, the communities, and looking at all of the gorgeous photos these guys take, I feel like I've been there.

Lake Greenwood property is some of the prettiest stuff I've ever looked at.  I can almost imagine a time that I could be happy living on a lake and foregoing my beach.  Not quite, but it's certainly just about as nice.

I've never been much of a "country" lover, but the scenic farms in Iowa are pretty impressive.  I have a very good friend online that lives in Muscatine, Iowa her whole life.  The small town country living must be something that gets in your blood...:-)

Anyway, if you want to see some new places, visit these websites and check out the photos...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Maui Homes for Sale - Market Update

Maui Homes for Sale
The West Maui real estate market, part of the larger Valley Island and Hawaii housing markets, saw a disappointing performance in the most recent tracking periods. According to statistics provided by the Realtors Association of Maui and the Honolulu Star Advertiser, there was a larger quantity of sales but a lower median price in December 2010.

The median sales price for single-family homes on Maui was $460,000 in December, marking a decrease of approximately eight percent from $498,106 in December 2009. The median price is even further off the market’s peak, which was achieved in 2006 with a figure of $690,000. Condominiums, on the other hand, saw a substantially larger decline in median price.

Condos declined from $450,000 to $377,500, marking a decrease of about sixteen percent from year-ago levels. The highest point of the condo market was reached in 2007, peaking at $550,000. This lackluster performance generally matched that of the Big Island and Kauai, although it was considerably weaker than the relatively strong Oahu housing market.

There were more home sales on Maui in December 2010 compared to December 2009 – 814 in 2010 compared to 693 in 2009, representing an increase of about seventeen percent. Similarly, there were 1,147 condominium sales on Maui in December 2010, showing a larger increase of about thirty-nine percent from December 2009’s 826.

It is important to note that the West Maui and Maui homes for sale analyzed by the Realtors Association of Maui statistics analyzed both new and pre-owned properties, although Oahu’s numbers dealt with solely previously owned homes.

A January 2011 article by Pacific Business News characterized the cumulative numbers for 2010 as possibly indicative of a nascent recovery, noting the higher sales volume throughout the Neighbor Islands. One local economist noted that the recovery of the Outer Islands is projected to be slower than Oahu, although the “bottom” of the market may be gradually forming on Maui. The overall sluggishness of Maui’s recovery can be at least partially attributed to a continually lackluster job market, as well as the hesitancy of many banks to extend additional lines of credit as they continue to recover from the recession.
### from Jeff Manson, ADRHI

Friday, February 04, 2011

AOL Real Estate Talks Foreclosure Hot Spots

AOL Real Estate had an interesting article yesterday describing some cities in the US having a surprisingly large number of foreclosures - cities that many people wouldn't think of having a problem with housing woes.

They noted that one out of every nine homes went into foreclosure in Las Vegas last year. ONE OUT OF EVERY NINE...WOW.

As an aside, they also quoted the president of RealtyTrac as saying 2011 would likely set another record for the number of foreclosures. That isn't such good news for anyone.

Some of the places mentioned were in our immediate area and as such are of interest to Myrtle Beach real estate folks.  One of these was - guess?  Myrtle Beach itself.  Yes, we made AOL News, and not in a good way. According to AOL, foreclosures increased 44 percent in 2010, mostly from vacation property. One thing that was said that I do not agree with though...

"But the city's major industry, tourism, was hurt by the recesssion." {in 2010).  Now that's the first I've heard of that, particularly in North Myrtle Beach, where several of the condo companies reported a record year last year. They also said we were the nation's ELEVENTH fastest-growing city!

Charlotte NC was another city on the list, predicted to see a 37% increase, and one out of every 50 homes in foreclosure this year.

Spartanburg was said to be the fastest growing region in SC, but also with the fastest growing foreclosure rate. They are predicting a 228% increase, and one out of every 60 homes to go into foreclosure. Nearby Greenville and Lake Greenwood property apparently was less affected by the real estate crash. The Greenwood SC MLS only shows 22 active foreclosures at this writing.

Virginia Beach was mentioned as having had foreclosures to the tune of 31 percent or one in 54 homes last year. They didn't mention predictions for the upcoming months.

New Orleans was said to have one in 57 homes in foreclosure, a 36% increase just this past month, which followed 36% last year and 79% in 2009. They described this southern resort city as being one of the 100 worst cities in the US for foreclosures.

Tulsa made the list, as well as Savannah GA, and followed by a report on the woes of Albuquerque real estate. Albuquerque is said to have had one out of 46 homes go to foreclosure in 2010. This is blamed largely on the loss of construction jobs rather than the usual mortgage fraud and over-enthusiatic investment attempts. Albuquerque foreclosures increased over 60 percent in last year.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why Short Sales Are A Win-Win Situation

*Guest Writer today!*

Short sales are viewed as a last resort by most homeowners, and often even by realtors. But while they do have their drawbacks, there’s a reason they’re the most popular solution to troubled mortgages these days.

Borrowers have just as much to gain from short sales as lenders and buyers, especially when taking the differences between short sale and foreclosure into account. Read on to learn more about short sale foreclosures and how borrowers can turn it into a win-win situation.

No More Obligation (maybe)

A foreclosure and a Short Sale both involve losing your home, but a short sale can also mean letting go of your mortgage obligations.

In a typical short sale, the lender waives the right to seek the deficiency, or to sue you for the difference between your balance and the selling price. This may not always be the case with either, but between a short sale and a foreclosure, the former often allows you to move on and get back on your feet sooner.

Save Your Credit

While foreclosure and short sales both have negative impacts on your credit, a short sale carries less damage and is easier to recover from. You lose between 250 and 400 points after a foreclosure, while a short sale pulls your score down by just 80 to 250.

The negative effects of a short sale will stay on your credit report for a shorter period - from three to seven years, compared to the standard ten years of a foreclosure. Some lenders will even write it off sooner.

Get More Credit Options

A foreclosure on your record will turn most lenders away, whether you’re applying for a mortgage or a new credit card.

With a short sale, lenders are more understanding, and may even go out of their way to help you so you can rebuild your credit. Banks are aware of the circumstances surrounding short sale foreclosures, and they know that those who lose their homes in a short sale have at least tried every possible way to get back on track.

Avoid Foreclosure

Finally, the biggest and most obvious advantage of a short sale is that it saves you and your lender from the whole foreclosure process.

The main difference between a foreclosure and short sale is that the latter is much more convenient—you’re selling the home as a regular property, instead of going through a public auction. You also get to control the sale better, work with an agent you like, and choose who gets to buy your home.

Author bio:- Author is a professional short sale/ real estate agent who completely understands the Short Sale process and helps people who need short sales, or who want to sell for any reason. He can also help people who are having difficulties but want to keep their home. Visit to get more information about what a short sale is, how to do a short sale and how to best resolve your situation.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Real Estate in The Woodlands Texas

Today I have a guest post from a Realtor in The Woodlands, Texas - Jarrod Frenzel. It's always interesting to see different areas and learn how they're doing on the other side of the country!


The Woodlands Texas is located approximately 25 miles North of Downtown Houston along Interstate 45.  The Woodlands is a master planned community that started development in the late 60's and covers over 28,000 acres of once dense forest.  The developer put a lot of emphasis on keeping The Woodlands green and the community still has 28% of green space in the form of parks, greenbelts, open spaces, forest preserves, and golf courses.  Even though the population is nearing 100,000 now, it still feels like you are driving through a tranquil forest.  The town has been the best selling master planned community in the state of Texas for 8 years in a row.

The Woodlands is such a large development that it was broken into smaller villages in order to keep its small community feel.  All of the villages are connected through Village Centers, walking trails, parks, schools, and places of worship.  The community includes a town center that serves as a downtown business district for the entire region.  The town center is very urban and has excellent walkability including a regional shopping mall,  the tourist-attracting waterway, a large outdoor amphitheater, and class "A" office space. The Woodlands boasts 6.7 million square feet of office space throughout the development.

The Woodlands real estate market has held its value well through the recession.  While other states have had their problems, Texas as a whole was not as devastated by the recession and housing problems.  Oil and gas has kept the economy strong in The Woodlands.  There are many industry related jobs here and Downtown Houston provides a very close commute.

The Woodlands homes range greatly in price with a large amount of custom and luxury homes.  Currently, there are 55 active listings on the MLS priced over $1,000,000 and capping off at $7,500,000.  The median home price in the community is $285,000, with a very balanced inventory of homes.

The Woodlands started out as a suburb, but is thought of now as its own thriving city.  While it is still not technically an incorporated city, it offers all of the amenities of a thriving urban center while maintaining a small town feel and strong sense of community.  The Woodlands is a great place to live, work, and play.

If you're interested in more information about The Woodlands, Jarrod would be happy to hear from you.  He can be reached by email with Jarrod at (please format with the @ mark) or by phone at  (281) 658-7389. Thanks to Jarrod Frenzel for an interesting post!