Friday, June 28, 2013

How long will you wait?

Today I thought I would share with you all a recent experience I had.  I am sure many of you probably have had the same one as well.  It goes like this.
You make an appointment for a Doctor ( in this case I was driving my step dad to his eye appointment) and he warned me he usually has to wait.  With that thought in mind I did bring my kindle with me, figured I would catch up on some reading... His appointment was for 2:30 for which we arrived promptly.  After signing in and updating some of his info we sat down to wait to be called.
I was really surprised when they called him about 2:50.  I thought wow, that wasn't long at all.  I now settled in to read.

At about 4:00 my step dad comes out, I start to stand thinking he is all done and ready to go......NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT he hasn't even seen the doctor yet!!  He was inside the golden doors waiting in line with about 4 people ahead of him....Now for those of you who know me, I would have left if it were my appointment.  My time is valuable!!!

Why do doctors overbook?  The average patient for this eye doctor needs 45 minutes, then why are patients booked 15 minutes apart? I was sitting next to a woman who then told me her husband's appointment was at 1:30 (now 4:15) and he hadn't come out.

I began to think about real estate - would Buyers wait in line for us?  If they had an appointment at 12 but we didn't show up till 2 do you think they would wait?  I think not.  Why do people wait for doctors?  If they would all just start leaving after a reasonable wait period, maybe the doctors would rethink their scheduling practices. I for one will not wait longer than 30 minutes for any appointment. My time is just as valuable.  What are your thoughts?  How long will you wait to see any Doctors?

p.s. - my Step-Dad finally was done at 4:45 p.m.

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Does Moving Up Make Sense?

Does Moving Up Make Sense? 

These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, it’s a sign that you may be ready to move.

1. Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Look at your annual mortgage statement or call your lender to find out. Usually, you don’t build up much equity in the first few years of your mortgage, as monthly payments are mostly interest, but if you’ve owned your home for five or more years, you may have significant, unrealized gains.

2. Has your income or financial situation improved? If you’re making more money, you may be able to afford higher mortgage payments and cover the costs of moving. 

3. Have you outgrown your neighborhood? The neighborhood you pick for your first home might not be the same neighborhood you want to settle down in for good. For example, you may have realized that you’d like to be closer to your job or live in a better school district. 

4. Are there reasons why you can’t remodel or add on? Sometimes you can create a bigger home by adding a new room or building up. But if your property isn’t large enough, your municipality doesn’t allow it, or you’re simply not interested in remodeling, then moving to a bigger home may be your best option.

5. Are you comfortable moving in the current housing market? If your market is hot, your home may sell quickly and for top dollar, but the home you buy also will be more expensive. If your market is slow, finding a buyer may take longer, but you’ll have more selection and better pricing as you seek your new home.


6. Are interest rates attractive? A low rate not only helps you buy a larger home, but also makes it easier to find a buyer.

If you are thinking of moving up or downsizing, now is a great time!!  Interest rates are still low, but they are inching up.
call me today to discuss your next move.


Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595






Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A look at Litchfield Beach

Continuing with our travel south, the next stop is Litchfield.  Established in 1978, this popular unincorporated beach community took its name from Litchfield Plantation, a rice plantation on the Waccamaw River. Quiet yet lots to do, restaurants, golf, shopping, biking, beach.




Enjoy the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway that is part of the East Coast Greenway. This flat paved trail parallels US 17 from Murrell’s Inlet to Sandy Island Road near Huntington Beach State Park. By using sections of completed trail and roads with Share the Road signs, you can ride or walk from Murrell’s Inlet to Pawley’s Island.  Length: 6.0 miles of continuous trail and two sections of approximately 4.0 miles.



Visit Hammockcoastsc.com for more information.

For more information about homes available in the Litchfield area call or email -

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595










Friday, June 21, 2013

Murrells Inlet - "Seafood capital of South Carolina"

Murrells Inlet is located south of Surfside Beach and Garden City.   Murrells Inlet is split between two counties  Horry and Georgetown Counties.




The town was once primarily a fishing village, but has grown substantially.  It is most known for the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk—the 1/2 mile long boardwalk overlooking a pristine saltmarsh—and the many award-winning seafood and barbecue restaurants along Highway 17 Business in the central business district.





One of my favorite attractions is the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens.

Be sure to visit Huntington State Park and the Atalya Castle

For more information about homes for sale in the Murrells Inlet area: call, email or visit my website.

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Which way should your ceiling fan turn during the summer?

Seems like a silly question, but here is your answer.
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Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

Not sure what or if there is a difference between Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval? click link below...


  Pre-Qual vs. Pre-approved


 Sue Lucas
 Broker Associate
 Re/Max Southern Shores
 843-997-4595
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Search for your next home at the beach..

Looking to make a move to the Myrtle Beach area? There are some great homes available... start your search here.

The market is definitely heating up.  Now is the time to buy.  Watch the latest market update here.

 Let me know how I can help you.   You can check out my other website at www.suelucas.com

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595


Friday, June 14, 2013

Is your home turning off buyers?

Here are 6 reasons that may turn off a buyer to your home.

 1. Dirt: The No. 1 biggest mistake is not getting the home in the best possible condition.  Prior to putting your house on the market do a deep clean -clean carpets, shine those hardwood floors, steam-clean tile and grout and carpets and replace carpets if necessary. 

2. Odors:  Especially kitchen odors, next to the kitchen, the smelliest room in the house is actually the living room. That's typically the room that has the most fabric, so that is where odors get absorbed. 
3. Old fixtures: Change out old fixtures in your house, including outdated ceiling fans. Light fixtures should be replaced prior to listing a home. New cabinet hardware and doorknobs make a huge difference.
4. Wallpaper: When buyers see wallpaper, they think of another thing to add to their to-do list.  If your wallpaper is outdated remove and paint the walls.
5. Popcorn acoustic ceilings: These ceiling were popular in the 1960s and 1970s but now can date a home. Still, it can be a mess and costly to remove, sellers may need to be prepared to credit a buyer in certain markets if they decide to keep the popcorn ceiling when selling a home. 
6. Too many personal items: Cluttered homes make it difficult for buyers to see past the home owner’s belongings and start envisioning themselves there.  Remove all those personal items on your refrigerator, Limit the personal photos.
Thinking about selling your home?  Call me to discuss further.
Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Take the Stress Out of Homebuying

Buying a home should be fun, not stressful. As you look for your dream home, keep in mind these tips for making the process as peaceful as possible.

  1. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the REALTOR® you chose is both highly skilled and a good fit with your personality.
  2. Remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, just as there’s no perfect time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess interest rates or the housing market by waiting longer — you risk losing out on the home of your dreams. The housing market usually doesn’t change fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.
  3. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of your immediate family — the people who will be living in the home.
  4. Accept that no house is ever perfect. If it’s in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped. The kitchen may be perfect, but the roof needs repair. Make a list of your top priorities and focus in on things that are most important to you. Let the minor ones go.
  5. Don’t try to be a killer negotiator. Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price or by refusing to budge on your offer may cost you the home you love. Negotiation is give and take.
  6. Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself — room size, kitchen, etc. — that you forget about important issues as noise level, location to amenities, and other aspects that also have a big impact on your quality of life.
  7. Plan ahead. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate home insurance, and consider a schedule for moving. Presenting an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved issues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers.
  8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post-home buying budget. Even if you buy a new home, there will be costs. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.
  9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a big financial commitment. But it also yields big benefits. Don’t lose sight of why you wanted to buy a home and what made you fall in love with the property you purchased.
  10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation. While U.S. homes have appreciated an average of 5.4 percent annually over from 1998 to 2002, a home’s most important role is to serve as a comfortable, safe place to live.
For more information on how I can assist you in your home search -

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595


Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Garden City Beach

Located just south of Surfside Beach is Garden City. Garden City stretches south to the mouth of Murrells Inlet and straddles the Horry/Georgetown County line.


At the heart of Garden City is the Pier !!! located off N. Waccamaw Drive at Atlantic Avenue.  During the summer enjoy music, fishing or just walking the Pier.  click here to read more.

View the Pier live here.

A little bit further south in Garden City you can enjoy boating at the Marlin Quay Marina a full service marina with store and a restaurant.



Finish off your day at the beach here at one of the best restaurants in the area - The Gulfstream Cafe. Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets over the marsh.


For more information about Garden City Beach:

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595

Monday, June 10, 2013

6 Tips for buying a Short Sale

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market


1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin. 

4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.

5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?

Thinking of selling your home?  call me for a complimentary Market Analysis.  It's a great time to get on the market!

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595



(Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Do's and Don'ts of Homebuyer Incentives

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership

1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.

 2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.

 3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

 4. Start saving. Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. Also, don’t forget to factor in closing costs. Closing costs — including taxes, attorney’s fee, and transfer fees — average between 2 and 7 percent of the home price.

 5. Get your credit in order. Obtain a copy of your credit report to make sure it is accurate and to correct any errors immediately. A credit report provides a history of your credit, bad debts, and any late payments.

 6. Determine your mortgage qualifications. How large of mortgage do you qualify for? Also, explore different loan options — such as 30-year or 15-year fixed mortgages or ARMs — and decide what’s best for you.

 7. Get preapproved. Organize all the documentation a lender will need to preapprove you for a loan. You might need W-2 forms, copies of at least one pay stub, account numbers, and copies of two to four months of bank or credit union statements.

 8. Weigh other sources of help with a down payment. Do you qualify for any special mortgage or down payment assistance programs? Check with your state and local government on down payment assistance programs for first-time buyers. Or, if you have an IRA account, you can use the money you’ve saved to buy your fist home without paying a penalty for early withdrawal.

 9. Calculate the costs of homeownership. This should include property taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities, and association fees, if applicable.

 10. Contact a REALTOR®. Find an experienced REALTOR® who can help guide you through the process.

Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

CHECK OUT THIS NEW VIDEO

Good video from The Myrtle Beach Chamber about whats going on in and around the Myrtle Beach area..... check it out.Beyond the Beach

How to assess the real cost of a fixer upper...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Our next stop is Surfside Beach

Known as "The Family Beach" and located just south of Myrtle Beach.





Surfside Beach is the perfect year round or vacation spot.  The Pristine Beaches are cleaned daily and supervised by lifeguards and police.   There are several beach access points offering showers, restrooms and foot showers.

Stop by the Surfside Pier - originally built in 1953. It has been rebuilt at least three times with the current length at 830 feet.

There are many great restaurants in the area - River city Cafe sits next to the Pier for Oceanfront dining and my favorite spot anytime of the year!!!!


Enjoy the many local attractions, miniature golf, Water park, 

oceanfront camping and you are just minutes to the Coastal Grand Mall, The Market Commons and all the attractions in Myrtle Beach, but away from the traffic!!!

So the next time you are down, be sure to check out the Surfside Beach area.



Links:
Town of Surfside Beach
Surfside Pier

Restaurants:
Bubbas Fish
River City Cafe
Valentinos II

Attractions:
Wild Water & Wheels

Campgrounds:
Ocean Lakes
Lakewood
Pirateland
Myrtle Beach State Park

for more information about real estate in the Surfside Beach area contact me:
Sue Lucas
Broker Associate
Re/Max Southern Shores
843-997-4595