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  • Oceanfront Litchfield by the Sea

    11/19/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Address: C-21 Captain's Quarters #C-21

    Litchfield by the Sea

    MLS#:1513698

    Rare find - 4BR/3BA oceanfront villa at Litchfield by the Sea. 4BR Captain's Quarters units rarely come on the market. Spacious rooms and large balcony to enjoy the ocean. End unit. Enjoy beautiful ocean views from the large master bedroom with walk in closet, shower and large garden tub. This villa is used as a second home and is not on the rental program. Litchfield by the Sea owners enjoy a new beach clubhouse, biking and walking trails, fishing pier, crabbing dock, 7 lighted tennis courts and much more. Located close to fine dining, shopping and Brookgreen Gardens. Close enough to Myrtle and Charleston to drive for the day. Furnishings have been removed and unit will be painted. This is a MUST-SEE. Buyer responsible for verify all information including square footage.
     
    Listing Agent: Darissa Thompson (843) 457-9449 , Darissathompsonrealestate@gmail.com
     
     
     
       

  • Home of the week

    08/27/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Address: 131 Seaview Loop

    Subdivision: North Litchfield Beach

    MLS#: 1516867

    5 bedrooms - 3 baths

    Description: Remember the beach house you would visit each year with your parents and grandparents? No fancy whirlpool tubs or chandeliers... forgetting to wash the sand off your feet with the water hose. Sitting under the house, eating watermelon or boiled peanuts. The home of your memories is now available in North Litchfield Beach. As you would guess, when you enter the front door you are in the great room and the dining area and kitchen are in the rear of the home. To your left there are two bedrooms with a bath room in between. To the right is the master bedroom with a private full bath. Downstairs there are two more bedrooms with a shared full bath. Your kids will beg to stay downstairs. So did you, at their age. Two oversized beach showers are on ground level with lots of room for towels and wet bathing suits. This second row home has a huge back yard with room for a pool or other possibilities. Start making your new memories at 131 Seaview Loop.
     
     
       

  • Before Moving Into a New Home

    08/20/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Moving into a new home is exciting but also a lot of work. If you are lucky your old place will be available for at least a couple days after your new place is available.  This will allow you to take your time packing and moving. Even if you do not have this luxury it is still recommended you do the following before settling into your new home.

    Change the locks: You do not know who the previous owners gave keys too.  Changing the locks guarantees you're the only person who has access.  You can install new deadbolts yourself for $10 or call a locksmith. If you choose to install yourself, there are helpful videos on YouTube

    Look for plumbing leaks: Before closing, the home inspector should do this but it is always a good idea to double check.  You can check for leaks by checking the water meter at the beginning and end of an 2hr window in which no one used water. If the meter is different, you  have a leak.

    Steam clean carpets: Before moving in your furniture pay an professional to carpet clean or rent a steam cleaner for a day. Doing this will ensure that your home is fresh, clean, and sanitized from the start.

    Wipe out cabinets: Before placing your dishes and supplies in cabinets be sure to wipe inside and out. Replace contact paper if necessary. 

    Eliminate critters: Bugs are common in the south. There are numerous DIY ways to get rid of bugs or call a pest removal service. 

    Find the circuit breaker box and main water valve:  It is recommended that you figure out which fuses control what part of the home and label it. This task takes two people. You want to know how to turn off your main water valve before you have a plumbing emergency. Locate the valve ( could be inside or outside) and turn until it is off. Test faucet to see if any water comes out.

    Paint: It is a lot easier to paint a empty home than a full one.

    Drive around the neighborhood: If you are moving to a brand new area, drive around to familiarize yourself with the area.  Find the grocery store, post office, bank and etc. 

  • Home of the week

    08/06/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Address: 17-B Sea Eagle Ct. #Lake View
     
    Neighborhood: Lakeside Villas , Litchfield By The Sea
     
    MLS#: 1502778
     
    Description: Meticulously maintained 2BD/BH cottage on lake directly in front of the screened porch. LBTS amenities included in HOA fees are pool, landscaping, roof, windows, outside paint, water & sewer, pest control, trash, fire safety, flood insurance.
     
    Listing Agent: Frankie Hills: (843) 446-0330 , francesthills26@gmail.com
     
       

  • Home of the week

    07/10/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Address: 391 Sportsman, Litchfield Ocean

    MLS#:1513658

    4 bedroom - 3.5 bath

    Description: Beautiful Creek Home on Sportsman Drive only a short two block walk to the beach. The home was originally built and designed in 1985 by the current owners and family. Copies of the original blue prints and artist renderings are available upon request. Home was used as a primarily second home and full time residence, well built with attention to detail with large bedrooms, baths, and closets. Great sunroom off the master bedroom facing the creek. This classic beach home needs the right owner to update the interior and make this gem shine. We all know that one of the challenges of any beach home is storage, this house features a complete floored attic storage space with pull down ladder, and a small workshop built on bottom floor to offer plenty of storage for all your needs. 

     

  • Simple Mistakes to avoid when buying or selling real estate

    07/02/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Buying

    - Not knowing how much you can afford: Avoid this issue by getting pre-qualified for a mortgage from a lender.

    - Getting the wrong mortgage: The wrong mortgage can cost you thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes and interest.  Before deciding on a mortgage consult with a mortgage consultant, financial planner and/ or account.  A good CPA can tell you the effect on your income.

    - Missing hidden defects before buying a home: Before buying a home hire an professional to conduct a home inspection.

    Not knowing about debt:  Meet with a mortgage professional  to find out how debt can affect your ability to refinance or buy a home. A mortgage professional will help you review and repair your credit in advance.

    Selling

    - Setting the wrong asking price: A good real estate agent can help you price your home at the correct price.  You need to remove your emotions and set a fair price

     Not having your home show ready:  You want to highlight the homes best features, thoroughly clean and make repairs.

    Signing a listing contract without an out: Before signing, ask your agent if you can cancel your listing agreement at any time, no questions asked.

    Choosing the wrong agent: Do not choose your agent for the wrong reason , for example because she/ he works for a certain company. Pick the agent with the best track record and marketing plan.

    Not knowing the legal rights:  Contracts are legally binding, missing details can cost you thousands of dollars. Before signing, consult with a knowledgeable and trustworthy individual who understands real estate contracts.

    Any questions about buying or selling real estate, give us a call today! 

     

  • Home of the week

    06/25/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Address: 52 Mandarin Ct.
    Area: Litchfield Ocean
    Neighborhood:Marsh Point
    MLS#:1512232
     
    Description: This wonderfully maintained house in a very private and quiet cul de sac with ocean breezes rustling through the Palmetto trees can be yours! Has 100 ft. long community dock in the marsh to the creek - great for crabbing and fishing! Antique heart of pine flooring throughout main level. Stainless steel appliances and granite in the kitchen; Granite vanity with Vessel sinks in Master Bath; Granite vanity in upstairs Jack 'n Jill bath; Fans in all bedrooms, living and family rooms; Trex Decking and Steps; Outdoor shower; HVAC downstairs unit installed in 2011 and Upstairs unit seldom used - all are serviced twice a year. Window coverings convey. Immaculate! Short distance to the beaches at South Litchfield and North Litchfield and all the many delights of the Lowcountry! Seller will consider selling furnishings on a separate bill of sale.
     
    Listing Agent: Cathy Charnley (843) 833-3371 
     

  • Home of the week

    06/04/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Address: 275 Cayman Loop

    Section: Waccamaw Trace , Litchfield Beaches

    MLS#: 1511324

    Asking Price: $810,000

    This one is Special. A Five bedroom, 4 1/2 bath raised beach house that works equally well as a primary home, second home or a vacation rental property. Situated on Flagg Pond with soothing water views, it's a short golf cart ride to the beach on a scenic path thru protected wetlands. Beautiful distressed Oak floors in living areas, tile in baths and laundry room and carpet in bedrooms. Meticulously cared for and maintained throughout. Two Large screened porches w/double decking & Cypress Ceilings, one overlooking the salt-water pool (which is heated) and patio and both with water views. Crown molding throughout the main level and Plantation shutters throughout. There is an Elevator that goes from the ground level to the 2nd floor. 3 zone HVAC, 2 80 Gal water heaters and an 80 Gal underground propane tank. Ground level included a 26x14 Workshop that is heated & Cooled, lots of storage, room for 3-4 cars + Golf Cart+ riding Lawnmower and more. Waccamaw Trace Owners have access to community pool and covered picnic area. Enjoy long walks on the beach, as well as swimming, surfing and sunbathing. North Litchfield beach is one of the most stable beaches along the entire east coast. 30 minutes to MB International Airport and all the Live Theaters and Attractions of Myrtle Beach to the north, 1.5 hours to historic Charleston. All measurements are approximate and should be verified by buyer.

     

  • 5 foolish mistakes first-time home buyers make

    02/06/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Buying your first home is a exciting time but do not let the excitement get the best of you. Below are some tips for buying your first home.

    Overspending:  Before looking at properties, know how much money you can afford. There are tools online that can help you but they are only estimates. Be sure to adjust the figure for your individual situation. Your current monthly rent payment can help indicate how much you can afford. Meet with a lender and get pre-approved. 

    Counting chickens before they hatch:  When determining how much you can afford , base it on the figure you are earning today.  Do not assume you will be earning more money down the road.  No one can predict the future. 

    Failing to account for the extra cost:  When renting , you often have one payment , rent and maybe renter's insurance. When you own a home, the mortgage payment is just one of many payments. For example you have HOA's fees , homeowners insurance and property taxes. 

    Failing to protect yourself:  During your search, you may find a home that looks great at first glance. Than as walking thru, you notice a few problems with the house. A home inspection provide you with some protection and can find problems that you can't. A seller may not tell you that there is mold in the basement but the inspector will. Another way to protect yourself is with a contingency clause. " A mortgage financing contingency clause protects you if you lose your job and the loan falls through or the appraisal price comes in over the purchase price". If one of those events occur, the buyer gets their money back used to secure the property. Without the clause the buyer can lose the money and be obligated to buy the house.

    Being too paranoid or naive:  Paranoid buyers sometimes believe that the price is not an accurate assessment of the house's market value.  They may submit a low- ball offer and get frustated when they are consistently rejected. Often paranoid buyers do not trust real estate agents so choose to work without one. 

    Sometimes first time home buyers are naive.  They are excited and think nothing can go wrong. If a home has problems, they view them as easy fixes.  Often naive buyers and unrealistic about the cost of a home and the cost to fix a home up.  A naive buyer may move to the wrong side of town. It is important to remember you can fix up a home but you cannot change a neighborhood. 


  • Home of the week

    01/08/2015 in Litchfield Beach real estate

    Address: 152 Norris Drive

    Neighborhood: Litchfield Beach

    MLS # 1422695

    Description: Second Row Beach House that has been totally remodeled and updated with beautiful hardwood floors, fireplace, new HVAC, pool, bar, storage and everything that you would want in a beach house. New custom cabinets, new appliances and granite countertops in kitchen. Nearly all windows were replaced in 2009. Addition of the outdoor hot/cold shower and dressing room was added for outstanding poolside living. Colorful and pleasant, this home will be sure to please. A flat screen TV in every room is a bonus. Home is being sold furnished. The back yard is a wonderful private retreat with lush tropical palms, hammock, pool, covered bar, outdoor speakers, ping pong table and new outdoor shower. The beach is right across the street making this home very desirable as a perfect get away and/or rental home.

    Listing Agent: Cooper & Abernethy Team: 843-241-2654.


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