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We were both born and raised along the Grand Strand and know the entire Horry County, so no matter what style of home you are looking for or what area you prefer, we can help you!  Please give us a call and let us help you make your dream a reality!  843-222-8566.

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Jan. 24, 2022

The Benefits of Having a Basement

The Benefits of Having a Basement

 

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As you shop for homes, you will find that every home offers a little something different in its lowest levels. Some homes come with a cellar, some come with a concrete slab basement, and some come with a fully finished basement that is ready to become a mancave or family room. Some houses do not come with a basement at all! There are many advantages to having a basement, and the way you use your basement may change significantly throughout the time that you live in the home. This post is going to take a quick look at some of the best benefits of having a basement. If you are in the process of looking for a home and are wondering if a basement is truly necessary for you, this post could be very helpful!

 

 

A Lot of Storage Space

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Arguably the most beloved advantage of basements is the large amount of storage space that they provide. If you do not have plans to finish your basement, using it as a storage space is always a great bet. Basements are often just as big as the main floor of the home, providing ample room for you to store the things you may not need throughout the year upstairs. Christmas decorations are the perfect example, as you only use them for a few weeks and need an out-of-the-way place to store them for the other eleven months of the year. In this way, basements help to reduce clutter on the other floors of your home. On top of that, they allow you to keep thing that you otherwise may have gotten rid of due to not having the space to store them.

 

 

Stylistic and Functional Flexibility

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Flexibility is another one of the biggest benefits of having a basement. While storage space is great, there is much more that you can do with a basement. An unfinished basement is a blank canvas that you can turn into whatever you want. Whether you want a mancave, a guest suite, a workshop, a living room, an organized storage space, or anything else, buying an unfinished home gives you the ability to decide. Your desires may change over the time that you own the house, and you are easily able to adapt your basement over time to be exactly what you want it to be.

 

 

Increased Safety During Emergencies

 

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Depending on where you are looking to buy a home, natural disasters may be very prevalent. Tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, and earthquakes are all scary events that can post a risk to you and your family. Basements are often the safest place to be in the event of an emergency, as the usual lack of windows, doors, and a roof can help to protect you and your family as much as possible. You do not need a designated safe room in your basement to stay safe – just being in the basement away from any windows is often safer than being on the main level of your home.

 

 

Elevated Privacy

 

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Like we mentioned before, basements often have very few windows and doors, meaning that you can create a space that is free from outside view. This is especially helpful if you want to display valuables, as displaying your collection of expensive items in street view is never a great idea. In addition to having privacy from the outside world, basements can also offer privacy within your home. Basements are the perfect place to create a guest suite or apartment, as they are wholly separated from the rest of the house and often have their own private entrance. You can even rent this suite out to create some additional income while you have less of a need for the space!

 

 

Home Value

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Another great benefit of having a basement in your new home is the added value that it brings. While an unfinished basement is nothing more than a concrete slab with cinderblock walls, this space can be transformed into a fully functional living space with comparably little effort. Unfinished basements are not counted in the square footage of a home when it is being sold. Therefore, if you finish the basement while you live in the home, you get to enjoy the benefits of having all of the additional living space while also seeing a great return on the investment you put into finishing costs!

 

Buying a new home is a very exciting, albeit stressful experience. Trying to find the perfect home is hard, and making decisions about what features you need and do not need is very demanding. Hopefully this post explained clearly that having a basement is often very advantageous as a homeowner. Basements offer different functions to you as a homeowner as the years go by, and the added flexibility you experience is invaluable. Even if you do not think you will need one, you can look at it this way: it is better to have a basement and never need it than to not have a basement and realize a few years into homeownership that you could really use one. You can always leave a basement unfinished, but you cannot dig yourself a new one!

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, we’re here to help. We at The Boyd Team are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

 

Written by Greg

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 20, 2022

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach With the Whole Family

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach With the Whole Family

 

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Myrtle Beach is a great place that is absolutely packed with things to do. From fantastic beaches to world class restaurants, Myrtle Beach check a lot off of most peoples’ bucket lists. One thing that is very nice about Myrtle Beach is that its range of activities is very broad. This enables you to plan itineraries for adult-only getaways, senior citizen retreats, family vacations, and more. If you have been considering moving to Myrtle Beach but are worried about finding things that your children or grandchildren will be able to do, look no further; we have got you covered here! Whether you are planning a family vacation or are looking to move to the area, this post will take a look at some of the best things to do with a family in Myrtle Beach. Note that these events are not explicitly for kids, but rather are things that people of all ages can enjoy.

 

1.     Spend a Night at the Ballpark and Watch a Myrtle Beach Pelicans Game

 

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Whether you are a baseball fan or not, a night out at the ballpark is always one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are just a Single-A level baseball team, meaning the vast majority of these players will never actually make it into the major leagues. As a result, they are really just there to have fun and play a game they love. This makes for a really fun environment and dynamic in the stadium, and the cool night air is a really refreshing way to relax and recharge from a day in the heat. Tickets to Myrtle Beach Pelicans games are extremely affordable, making this a really fun night out for the whole family that refrains from putting much of a dent into your wallet. For more information about pricing, schedules, and tickets, visit the Myrtle Beach Pelicans website here.

 

2.     Enjoy Dinner in the Company of Knights or Pirates at a Dinner Theatre

 

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You don’t need to travel all the way to England to meet Knights or the Caribbean to meet Pirates! Myrtle Beach, much like Orlando, is highly regarded for its outstanding dinner theaters. Pirates Voyage and Medieval Times are the two most noteworthy dinner theaters in Myrtle Beach, and both of them are a real treat for the whole family. At each of these locations you buy a ticket that includes dinner and entrance to the show. Both of them are a really spectacular way to spend an evening out with the family, and neither one is really better than the other. It just depends if you prefer jousting or looting! Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, as the shows can fill up ahead of time.

 

3.     See the City From Above in the Myrtle Beach Skywheel

 

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The Myrtle Beach Skywheel is a very big observation wheel that towers over the city. In fact, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is one of the most iconic parts of the Myrtle Beach skyline. Standing at almost two hundred feet tall, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel provides stunning views of the Grand Strand down below. You should note that the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is not a ferris wheel or a carnival ride; it is a bonafide observation wheel, complete with nearly 360-degree windows and slow moving speeds so that you can soak up every bit of the stunning views it offers. It is very similar to the London Eye, if you have been to Londong. For information about pricing, tickets, and operation schedules, be sure to consult the Myrtle Beach Skywheel website here.

 

4.     Admire the Statues and Wildlife at Brookgreen Gardens

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Brookgreen Gardens is one of the most highly decorated attractions in the entire area. This outdoor blend of wildlife, botany, and statue art is one of the only places in the country to be recognized and awarded officially by both art organizations and zoo organizations. The itinerary at Brookgreen Gardens changes every day, and they are notorious for hosting seasonal and locally renowned events. If you want to visit Brookgreen Gardens, be sure to book your tickets online in advance on their website here. In addition to buying tickets, their website is the best place to learn more about what they do and what all will be going on during the day that you wish to visit.

 

5.     Pump some Adrenaline at the Broadway Grand Prix

 

The Broadway Grand Prix is one of the most adrenaline pumping spots in the whole Grand Strand. This activity complex hangs it hat on its seven different go kart tracks, but also offers an arcade, a rock-climbing wall, and two miniature golf courses! Buying an entry ticket grants you access to all of these different activities, and seasonal passes are offered as well. The Broadway Grand Prix is a place that is designed for people of all ages, but kids are definitely the ones who will love this action-packed complex the most. For information about pricing, schedules, and tickets, check out their website here.

 

6.     Put on Some Sunscreen and Spend a Day at the Beach

 

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Why would you go to Myrtle Beach and not actually go to the beach? While this one might seem a bit too obvious, it absolutely deserves its spot on this list. The beaches along the Grand Strand are known for being very family-friendly, and no trip to Myrtle Beach is complete without a day of throwing a football, building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and soaking up the sun. The beaches all along the area are nice, but Surfside Beach is often regarded the nicest beach for young families. This is only a ten- or 15-minute drive south of the center of the city, and the calm waves and beautiful sand are well worth the trip!

 

7.     Observe some of the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium in Broadway at the Beach

 

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Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in the Grand Strand, and it’s location in Broadway at the Beach makes it extremely accessible and easy to pair with other activities. This aquarium is one of three Ripley’s Aquariums in the Americas, as there is another one in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and one in Toronto, Ontario. The marine life on display ranges from small fish, to penguins, to sharks, and more. If you like penguins, you should be sure to buy tickets to one of their Penguins and Pancakes events which happen once or twice every month! This is an opportunity to eat breakfast in the aquarium, meet the aquarium’s mascot, and gain early admission to the aquarium afterwards. For more information on the aquarium and getting tickets, visit their website here.

 

8.     Or Get Up Close and Personal With Some of the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth at the Alligator Adventure

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If graceful penguins are not your thing, or if you need more adrenaline than just seeing sharks from behind glass, look no further than the Alligator Adventure. Alligators are one of the most dangerous animals on earth, and the Alligator Adventure gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with these violent creatures. The danger and thrill doesn’t stop there, though. Alligator Adventure is the home to many other dangerous and not dangerous animals, like mountain lions, crocodiles, hyenas, big lizards, ostriches, and more. This is a really unique place to visit, and its location by Barefoot Landing makes it very easy to pair with other activities on your itinerary. This is a place that the whole family can enjoy, and for more information on offerings and tickets be sure to visit their website here.

 

9.     Slide Headfirst into Fun at Myrtle Waves Water Park

 

When the hot summer sun is beating down, there is no feeling as great as stepping into a nice, cool body of water. Whether that is the ocean or a pool, stepping into some cool water feels magical under the hot July South Carolina sun. Myrtle Waves Water Park is the perfect solution to a hot day under the sun with the family, as they offer refreshing food and drinks, relaxing pools, and thrilling water slides. Going to a water park is one of the best ways to stay out in the sun while doing something other than laying at the beach. Having all of the water nearby makes a quick dip to cool off very possible, and some of the slides are really tall and exciting. For information about tickets and prices, be sure to check out their website here.

 

10.  Exercise the Children’s’ Thinking Caps at WonderWorks Myrtle Beach

 

WonderWorks Myrtle Beach is like an amusement park for the mind. In fact, the word that they use on their website is “edu-tainment.” This complex of over 50,000 square feet has over 100 exhibits that are designed to stretch the imagination and the mind. They offer a zipline and ropes course, a laser tag zone, a physical challenge zone, an outer space discovery zone, an extreme weather zone, a light and sound zone, a wonder art zone, and more. This location is designed for people of all ages, easily making it one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach with the whole family. Tickets are only $31.99 for adults and $25.99 for kids, making this a surprisingly affordable outing as well. For more information and to buy tickets online, be sure to check out their website here.

 

11.  Hop Around at one of Myrtle Beach’s Trampoline Parks

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If you have never been to a trampoline park with the family, Myrtle Beach is a great place to try it. Trampoline parks have ben getting increasingly popular over the past ten years or so, and they are a great place to take a family – especially one with younger children. Trampoline parks often have fun games like trampoline basketball, and letting the kids bounce around is a great way to get them some exercise while also helping them to get some of their energy out! Two of the biggest trampoline parks in Myrtle Beach are Big Air and Rockin’ Jump. Visit their websites for more information on pricing, offerings, and schedules.

 

12.  Take an Evening Stroll around Broadway at the Beach or Barefoot Landing

 

Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach are two of Myrtle Beach’s premier locations, as they offer a beautiful place to step out and go shopping, grab dinner, or have an evening stroll. Broadway at the Beach is the much more family-centric option of the two, but both are very family-friendly. Each of these locations is filled with stores, shops, and restaurants, and Broadway at the Beach has several games and activities that are great for children and teenagers as well. For a nice evening out that requires no planning and little effort, heading to either Barefoot Landing or Broadway at the Beach is always a great idea.

 

13.  Play a Round of Mini Golf at one of the Countless Miniature Golf Courses

 

What is a family vacation or visit without some miniature golf? Miniature golf is one of the most popular activities in Myrtle Beach, and any drive along the road will show you very quickly just how many miniature golf courses there are here. You probably pass at least one miniature golf course every five minutes that you drive along the main road. Miniature golf is a very fun family activity that can be played by everyone in the whole family. It is always very affordable and can be as competitive or non-competitive as you wish! There is never a need to make a reservation or buy tickets in advance, meaning that you can decide to spend a night at the miniature golf course at the last minute without any issues. Also, no evening of miniature golf is complete without ice cream right after!

 

14.  Go for a Hike Along the Beach or in one of the Nearby State Parks

 

People often forget that South Carolina has a lot more natural beauty to offer than just along its beaches. There are countless state and national parks in South Carolina, and several of them are within easy reach of Myrtle Beach. If the fast pace of Myrtle Beach gets overwhelming, a trip into one of the state parks for a hike or a picnic is one of the best ways to decompress. In fact, there is even a Myrtle Beach State Park, which doesn’t even require you to leave the area! If the woods are not very appealing to you, consider going for a long walk on the beach. The sunrises in Myrtle Beach are stunning, and getting some steps in while the sun rises can be a really rewarding experience!

 

15.  Take a Day Trip down to Charleston to see some Colonial History

 

Charleston is one of the coolest spots in all of South Carolina, and its proximity to Myrtle Beach makes it a great day trip. Located just two hours south of Myrtle Beach, Charleston can be easily reached in a rental car without too much planning or thinking. Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and the number of historical sights to see here is off the charts. From Fort Sumpter and all of its historical significance to adorable, quaint streets, Charleston is a fantastic place to visit while you are in Myrtle Beach. The short drive is very easy to do with small children, and the number of cool things to do in Charleston warrants its own blog post. A visit to Charleston is a great way to get in touch with the United States’ colonial roots, and is a great way to add a bit of an educational component to your visit to South Carolina.

 

Thanks for reading our post about the best things to do in Myrtle Beach with the whole family! Hopefully this post helps you to plan out a few days’ worth of events with your family, whether you are visiting Myrtle Beach with them or they are coming to Myrtle Beach to visit you. Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination, and the number of things to do can often be overwhelming. Hopefully this post served its purpose of condensing the fun activities into a short list of the most family-friendly things to do in Myrtle Beach.

 

If you do not already live here, and you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, we’re here to help. We at The Boyd Team are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

 

Written by Greg

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 18, 2022

Tips to Help you Set Up the Perfect Home-Based Office

Tips to Help you Set Up the Perfect Home-Based Office

When you’re new to entrepreneurship, whether you’re a senior or a twenty-something college grad, creating a dedicated home office workspace is crucial. There’s nothing more distracting than trying to work from the dinner table with a television blaring in the background or family asking you where the cookies are. This is even more unprofessional if you plan to meet with clients either in person or virtually.

 

If you’re interested in finding out how to set up the perfect home-based office, then read on for these tips from The Boyd Team.

Make a Home Office Wish List

Before you jump into decorating your home office, it’s a great idea to create a wishlist of everything you want and need. Be sure to prioritize the most important items first, such as a desk, printer, computer, and telephone, then go from there.

Once you’ve established the essentials, you can start adding “wants” to the list, such as decor and accessories. That could include things like artwork, indoor plants, throw pillows, and lamps that will liven up the space.

 

Choose the Right Location

The workspace you need will largely depend on the type of small business you own. If you have clients coming to visit you, you’ll likely need a space with more privacy. The same can be said if you’re hosting virtual meetings — choose a space away from noise and too much foot traffic.

Build a Fully Functional Home Office

Are you considering selling your home shortly? Then building a fully functional home office is an update that could increase your home's appraisal value. This means considering everything from investing in functional office furniture to getting a landline setup to cable management. Be sure to take before and after pictures and keep track of improvements so you can quantify your home's increase in value.

Invest in Comfort

If you’re spending 40 hours a week in your home office, you’re going to want to invest in comfort, especially considering most entrepreneurs spend much more than that. For starters, your office chair should be the right height, as well as provide plenty of back and arm support. You may even want to opt for an adjustable desk, so you can work both standing up and sitting down.

An ergonomic keyboard wrist pad and mouse pad also do wonders for decreasing pain when typing and sitting on the computer for long durations. You may not notice it at first, but the discomfort will start to build over time.

Be Safety-Conscious

With the events of the pandemic, being safety-conscious is crucial for business. That means using masks whenever you meet with clients or customers, having hand sanitizer on standby, as well as keeping a window open for better airflow.

On the other hand, you should take advantage of technology that minimizes contact whenever possible. Rather than having to meet with customers, consider using invoicing and payment software. A great option is Wave Financial — you can send invoices and accept payments from your clients for free.

 

If you plan to have a lot of Zoom meetings, you may want to switch to digital documents like PDFs if you haven’t already done so. However, PDFs can become problematic if you have to send a lot of them at once, as they can become quite large — especially if they’re image-heavy. So, use online tools to merge PDF files before you email them to a client or customer. That way, they will have all the documentation they need for your meeting in one tidy document.

Make It Personal

Lastly, it’s important to add personal touches to your office. This could be anything from decorating your desk with photographs of your family to purchasing stationery that inspires you to painting the walls your favorite color.

 

Having a great workspace at home is the key to success. Make sure this spot is both comforting and productive; after all, the more you enjoy spending time in this space, the more you’ll accomplish throughout the day. 

 

If you’re looking to purchase a new home to accommodate your new business, The Boyd Team can help you find the perfect space. Get in touch with us today!

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 18, 2022

What to consider when buying a home with kids

 

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What to consider when buying a home with kids

 

Purchasing a home is a serious commitment – this is a long-term investment for your family, and you want to make it bulletproof. The whole buying process is decided by multiple factors, which you need to keep in mind to pick the right home. And if your family includes kids or you plan on having them soon – the search becomes even more complicated. However, if you’re well prepared and know what you want, you can simplify the process. To help you out, this guide will reveal the most important things to consider when buying a home with kids. Here’s your shortcut to a kids-friendly home your family will make some beautiful memories in. 

The location

One of the first things that can help you narrow down your search is the location of your new home. Surely, you want a family-friendly place – a safe neighborhood with great schools, playgrounds, and other amenities important for kids. However, your new home should also be close to your work and be a part of a friendly community. Be realistic about your must-haves. Very often, it’s not easy to get it all. Keep in mind your top priorities, and work with your agent to find a home that’s closest to perfection. 

Safety

When it comes to the location, the question of safety pops up. Buying a home with kids means browsing safe neighborhoods and streets with less traffic. You can go online and look at safety reports, but the best way to check is to talk to the locals. If you have your eye on a house, go and take a walk around the area and try to meet the neighbors. Introduce yourself and ask about the community’s safety, common issues, and any other questions you may have.

Furthermore, it’s not only the neighborhood’s safety you should worry about. Take a look around the house and see if there’s enough fence protection if necessary. If you have babies or toddlers, see if there are any bodies of water nearby as they are serious hazards. Finally, check the stability of the staircases, and see if there’s a need for installing some extra protection

Caption: Feel truly happy and safe in your new home after making the right choice.

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The size of your new home 

Another thing to consider when buying a home with kids is the size. As the family grows, you will need more and more space. Even though your kids like spending time together now, they will probably want separate rooms as they get older. So, if you have babies or toddlers, think about the future requirements in terms of size. Apart from the number of rooms, keep in mind that the kitchen/dining room should be spacious enough for comfortable family meals. 

The floor plan 

Another feature of the home parents often forget about is the floor plan. It’s a good idea to buy a house where all bedrooms are located on the same floor. This will make nights with your young ones much easier as you will be able to hear them at all times. In general, families should buy a home that matches their lifestyle and needs

The quality of nearby schools 

While researching your favorite neighborhoods, do a background check of the schools in the area. If possible, visit the school your kid will go to and get more information. Also, seeing the school together with your kids will ensure they relax a bit and accept the new environment sooner. 

The backyard 

Buying a home with kids usually comes with a picture of them playing in the backyard. A big backyard is a huge plus for families with kids. Here you can create your own playground with the toys your kids love the most. 

Caption: It’s true that buying a home with kids requires more effort – but it’s all worth it. 

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Moving with kids soon – ways to make it easier 

Buying a home with kids is complicated, and the moving process is no different. When moving with kids, there are many details to pay attention to to ensure the maximum safety of your loved ones. However, you shouldn’t start panicking – there are ways to make the entire process simpler and safer for your family without stressing out and spending too much money. 

Include your kids in moving preparations

Kids should be a part of the move – try to involve them! They can participate and help you out. This will help them feel more valued and faster adapt to the new situation. 

Caption: Being part of the buying and moving process will help your kids adjust faster. 

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Hire professionals to help you out 

You will have a lot on your plate once you decide to buy a new home and move with your young ones. Next Stop Movers don’t recommend DIY moves for people who have kids. Experienced movers will reduce the stress of a family move by handling the packing and transportation of your household. This way, you’re left with taking care of your kids, paperwork, and making your new home beautiful. 

It’s time to  declutter

Family moves often come with many unnecessary items, old toys, books, and clothes. That’s why one of the wisest things you can do is remove all of them from your old home before you start packing. Declutter your household and make the move simpler and less expensive by packing the items your family actually needs. This way, after buying a home with kids, you can use your new storage space efficiently and make the house practical and more comfortable. 

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Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 17, 2022

Is Myrtle Beach Safe to Live In?

Is Myrtle Beach Safe to Live In?

 

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Myrtle Beach is one of the hottest retirement and vacation spots on the east coast, and its increased popularity has come with a load of benefits and a few concerns. One of the concerns that people most often find themselves worrying about is safety in Myrtle Beach, as the city has begun to earn a not-so-glamorous reputation for safety over the last decade. This post will clear up the confusion that surrounds the topic of safety in Myrtle Beach, specifically for people that are looking to call Myrtle Beach their home. So, is Myrtle Beach safe to live in? Keep reading to find out.

 

Is Myrtle Beach Dangerous?

 

Over the past decade, Myrtle Beach has begun to pop up on lists of dangerous places to visit in the United States. These articles cite surprisingly high crime rates and have even called Myrtle Beach the most dangerous city in the country. Firstly, any article claiming that Myrtle Beach is the most dangerous city in the country is not so trustworthy, because I can confidently say that Myrtle Beach is safer than most of the biggest cities in the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Why, then, do they claim that Myrtle Beach is so dangerous?

 

 

The biggest reason is simply because of the map. “Myrtle Beach” is a name used to describe a large portion of the 60-mile long Grand Strand. When people think of Myrtle Beach, they usually think of an area that includes not just the city of Myrtle Beach, but also North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet, and more. These statistics categorize each of these places as their own individual place, considering “Myrtle Beach” to only be the actual city that is called Myrtle Beach.

 

That city has a population of less than 35,000 people but hosts over 19 million vacationers each year. While most of these people stay in hotels that aren’t necessarily within the city limits, most of them find themselves venturing into the city at some point. This means that there may be half a million people in Myrtle Beach on a random day in July, and the crime rate divides the number of crimes among those hundreds of thousands of people by just the proportionally tiny population. No wonder the crime rate comes out high!

 

This is not to say that Myrtle Beach is perfectly safe. Indeed, some parts of the city can be dangerous – especially during peak tourism season in the summer. This just serves to explain a bit of what makes the crime rate look so high. The crimes exist, but the rate is pretty normal when you consider the number of tourists in the city at any given time that are not being included in the calculations.

 

Is the Area Around Myrtle Beach Dangerous?

 

The city of Myrtle Beach has some justifiable crime concerns, as we just mentioned. There is a fairly high homeless population, which local authorities believe contributes to the increased crime rate. However, while the city is dangerous, is the area around Myrtle Beach safe?

If you ask people that live here or tourists that pass through, they’d probably tell you that it is very safe. The towns surrounding Myrtle Beach, like Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet, and North Myrtle Beach, are generally considered to be very safe. In fact, most visitors to the Myrtle Beach area stay in hotels or resorts that are in these areas! These towns are filled with resorts and residences, and they are pretty well removed from the dangers of downtown.

 

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If you are considering buying a house in the Myrtle Beach area and have been deterred by reports of violence and safety concerns, there are a few things you should know that can help to alleviate your worries. Firstly, the towns surrounding the city of Myrtle Beach are considered to be very safe, and there are endless lovely neighborhoods to call home. Trust us; we live here! Any semblance of crime doesn’t really extend out to these areas, and the crime rate is no different than a regular American suburb.

 

Secondly, you should know that while the risk of crime in the city does exist, local authorities are doing all that they can to design plans to promote a safe future for the entire Myrtle Beach area. As an area dependent on tourism, local officials know the importance of providing a safe, family-friendly destination for vacationers. The benefits of their focus on safety for tourists naturally extends to you as a homeowner. On top of that, as we said, the crime rate is often artificially inflated due to some questionable calculation methods. If they were to truly consider the large crowds that Myrtle Beach hosts every year, the number would surely be much lower. Often numbers fail to tell the true story, and this is a case where numbers may be causing more fear than is warranted.

 

In summary, this post is not claiming that Myrtle Beach is a paradise that is free from crime. On the contrary, parts of the city do see higher than average crime rates during peak tourism seasons. However, that crime is very well contained to certain parts of the city, and the crime rates themselves are often inflated. If you are considering moving to Myrtle Beach and are planning to live anywhere but downtown in the heart of the city, safety really should not be a major concern for you. Even if you are hoping to live in the city, there are areas that are fantastic and are considered to be perfectly safe and family-friendly. The most dangerous areas are even considered to be fairly safe during the daytime, and as long as you avoid them at night, your chances of running into trouble are quite low.

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

Written by Greg

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 13, 2022

Is Myrtle Beach a Good Place to Retire?

Is Myrtle Beach a Good Place to Retire?

 

Myrtle Beach’s popularity seems to increase drastically year over year, and its long coastline and bustling shopping and dining scenes draw crowds from every phase of life. While the summer months are packed with tourists ranging from newborns to senior citizens, the winter months tend to look a little bit different. You, like many other people, are probably wondering “Is Myrtle Beach a good place to retire?” At first glance, the answer to this question may seem obvious. However, doubts and worries are always understandable, and we are here to explain in detail why Myrtle Beach truly is a good place to move to, especially for retirement.

 

First and foremost, I should start out by mentioning that Myrtle Beach is and has been a favorite spot for retirees. The 60-mile long stretch of coastline, the accessibility to fantastic restaurants, the slew of shopping centers, and the countless world-class golf courses are some of the most common reasons that people look to Myrtle Beach for retirement. However, there is much more at play that just that. This post will unpack each of those points, and then dive into the deeper causes that make Myrtle Beach such a great place to retire.

 

Surface-Level Reasons Why Retirees Love Myrtle Beach:

 

 

Myrtle Beach’s Extensive and Beautiful Coastline

 

Myrtle Beach is one of the crown jewels along South Carolina’s 60-mile long stretch of coastline called the Grand Strand. This entire stretch of shoreline is filled with beautiful small towns, beaches, cities, and villages that all have something (or several unique things) to offer visitors. Myrtle Beach is pretty centrally located along the Grand Strand, which makes accessing the rest of the places along the coastline very easy.

 

One perk of this long stretch of coastline and its interconnectivity is that you can choose to live in a community that is a bit distanced from the city while still being able to access all that you need from the city of Myrtle Beach. The coastal highway has been doing a much better job of moving traffic along, and living several miles away from the city to have peace and quiet does not need to come at the cost of being remote and removed.

 

man and woman sitting on bench in front of beach

 

While there are advantages to the coastline being long, it also needs to be mentioned that the Grand Strand is simply a beautiful stretch of beach as well. While the makeup of each beach along the Grand Strand is different, you can always expect nice sand, great waves, and beautiful sunshine. As an east coast destination, you can look forward to beautiful sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. If you are a morning person, a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise could become a daily habit!

 

The Accessibility to World-Class (and Simply Delicious) Restaurants

 

We have written about this in many of our other posts, but the influx of tourism over the years has caused a massive growth spurt in several industries in Myrtle Beach, and arguably none of them have grown as much as the restaurant industry. When the peak of the summer hits and there are up to a million tourists in Myrtle Beach at once, the city needs to have enough restaurants to keep everyone fed! While this can lead to some longer wait times in the summer to eat at your favorite restaurants, it is also the reason that there are so many fantastic restaurants here in the first place. The high volume of tourists has led to a lot of investment by restauranteurs, and as a retiree in Myrtle Beach, you get to reap the benefits!

 

 

A local favorite is Calabash food, which we wrote an entire post about in the past. I encourage you to read the post that is linked in the previous sentence, but to sum it all up, Calabash food is lightly breaded, deep fried, extremely fresh seafood. It is usually served in buffets, and it is certainly the most popular local food offered in the Grand Strand.

 

Whether you think Calabash food sounds appealing or not, there are countless other restaurants that you are bound to like, including top-notch steakhouses, delicious breakfast joints, trendy vegan spots, comfort food restaurants, and more. A quick search on Google for whatever type of cuisine you are craving will show you exactly what I mean when I say there are plenty of places to eat!

 

Myrtle Beach’s Sprawling Indoor and Outdoor Shopping Centers

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While they are very popular with tourists, Myrtle Beach’s shopping centers are a great asset to have as a retiree, too. The biggest ones are the Tanger Outlets, Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach. Each of these places is unique and offers its own draw, and I will expound on them a bit in a second. First, though, I just want to reiterate how convenient it is to have all of the shopping locations that you need right at your fingertips! Between these three destinations, there are very few things that you may need at home that you can’t find. This makes shopping trips extra easy, and the restaurants and venues that are intertwined with the stores make your shopping trip even more enjoyable!

 

  • Broadway at the Beach is a favorite for families, but it is surely suitable for all people of all ages. This expansive outdoor mall has both small local boutiques and large, national stores. It is set up as a loop around a lake, and a stroll along the whole loop is a fantastic way to spend an evening. Broadway at the Beach especially is filled with fantastic places to grab a bite to eat or a drink, and the endless list of stores makes it a favorite among both locals and tourists. Broadway at the Beach is located right in Myrtle Beach, making it very centrally located and accessible.

 

  • Barefoot Landing is like Broadway at the Beach, but a bit higher end and less family oriented. Both Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach are fine places to take children, but Barefoot Landing tends to be frequented by less families and more couples and retirees. This shopping center also borders a lake, and there is a beautiful bridge that you can walk across to get from one side to the other if you don’t feel like walking the circumference of the lake. The stores here are mainly boutiques, and the food options are fewer but equally as fantastic in comparison to Broadway at the Beach. Barefoot Landing is located in North Myrtle Beach, which helps to keep it calmer and quieter – even during peak tourist season.

 

  • Finally, the Tanger Outlets are the place you want to go if you have a laundry list of items you need to buy. As outlets, the stores at Tanger Outlets tend to sell their wares at very low prices. The stores here are all large national brands, too, making them a favorite for both locals and tourists. Ranging from Levi’s Jeans to Bath and Body Works, the Tanger Outlets can offer you arguably the most shopping options of any place on this list, while also selling their goods at the most affordable prices.

 

The Countless World-Class Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach is often regarded as one of the best places to golf in the entire United States. The great weather all year, the relatively low humidity, and the beautiful views of the Grand Strand and the Atlantic Ocean are all reasons that avid golfers cite for choosing to golf in Myrtle Beach. If you are retirining, you may be thinking of ways to fill your time. One of the most common ways to fill the newfound time of retirement is by picking up new hobbies or strongly embracing current ones. If you think golf could be the one that you want to invest in, Myrtle Beach is one of the best places you can go.

 

Two of the most prestigious golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area are The Dunes Golf and Beach Club and Caledonia Golf and Beach Club. These two are consistently ranked among the best golf courses in the entire country. However, not everyone wants to golf at world-class courses every time! They often carry a higher price tag and require a higher level of skill. Don’t worry about that – the Myrtle Beach area has tens of fantastic golf courses that you can choose from, and their quality, required skill level, and price tags are all over the spectrum.

 

 

Deeper Reasons Why Retirees Love Myrtle Beach

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The Comparatively Low Cost of Living in Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach is packed with great amenities, as we listed above. However, there are endless places in the United States with the same kinds of things! What makes Myrtle Beach unique from popular retiree destinations in places like Florida and Georgia?

 

The first of these is the cost of living. South Carolina is one of the most affordable places to retire along either the east or west coast, and as a retiree living on a fixed income, this is probably a very welcomed thing to hear. While you may be able to afford to live in some of the popular places in Florida, living on the Grand Strand allows you to stretch your budget further, and really enjoy the things that you love with less limits.

 

The low cost of living is the result of many factors, but low taxes are one of the biggest ones. Finding a nice place to live in Myrtle Beach ultimately means that you will be able to do more, enjoy life to a higher level, and afford more of the finer things in life much more than moving to a pricier location in Florida. Plus, the summers aren’t nearly as hot and humid, and the winters are still pretty warm!

 

Myrtle Beach’s Proximity to the North

 

This one may not apply to everyone, but to some people it is one of the most important factors. If you are from somewhere in the northeast – especially mid-Atlantic states like Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware – Myrtle Beach is not too bad of a drive. Now, why does that matter?

 

To some people, it doesn’t. If you want to retire and never look back – maybe you don’t have local family or friends, for example – then this doesn’t matter to you at all. However, if you want to retire somewhere warm but have children or grandchildren that you are leaving behind up north, being a drivable distance away from them is often much easier than being a full flight away! While it is possible to drive from Florida to the northeast, it is not a fun drive. South Carolina is about 50% closer, which can cut the drive in half and make visiting your friends, children, and grandchildren without flying significantly easier. While flying may be an option for some people, it can get costly over time, and can limit how much you bring with you on your visits. Once you pack one carload of Christmas presents to take up and realize you could’ve never brought them on a place, you will see what I mean!

 

Myrtle Beach’s Property Investment Growth Potential

 

When you buy a home, you may or may not consider how much your investment will grow. In fact, you may not consider your home to be an investment at all! Whether you actively think of these things or not, a house is a major investment, and investments can generate losses or returns over time. While property values generally tend to trend upwards over the years, some places offer a higher potential return than others.

 

Myrtle Beach could very well be one of those places that offers a high return on the investment you make in your house. Full disclosure, we are not giving any kind of financial advice or guidance in this post. However, Myrtle Beach’s real estate market is only beginning to tap into its full potential, as there is so much land left to be developed. As an area gets developed, the property values around it tend to go up.

 

If you use that logic, you could possibly infer than buying a house in a market like Myrtle Beach, which is still growing and has yet to fully bear its fruit, could be a much higher-return investment than a house in a full developed, stagnant retirement community in Florida. While you ultimately should move where you want to be and not just where your house can gain the most value, considering the growth of the value of your home can set you up even better for another move down the line if you decide to relocate again in the future.

 

Myrtle Beach’s Extremely Comfortable Weather

 

Florida is hot and it never really cools down. If you are chasing hot weather, Florida might be the right move for you. However, most people don’t actually crave incessant heat like you can find in Arizona, or incessant heat and humidity like you can find in Florida. Most people just want warm, comfortable weather all year long. Does this sound like you? South Carolina gets nice and hot in the summer, and it stays pretty mild in the winter, all while not being nearly as humid as Florida. This makes golfing much more enjoyable and makes daily tasks much less draining! Unless you are craving Florida weather specifically, you may be better off in a State like South Carolina with its much more reasonable temperatures and humidity levels.  

 

 

 

At the end of the day, where you retire is a really big decision and there is no right answer for everyone. Everyone has their own preferences and priorities, and the perfect place for someone could very well be the wrong choice for someone else. It is all a matter of figuring out what exactly you want, and finding a place that meets those criteria. Hopefully, this post at least served you well as a window into what you can expect with a move to Myrtle Beach and answered some doubts or questions that you have about living as a retiree on the Grand Strand.

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

Written by Greg

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 10, 2022

The Best Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach and Their Greens Fees

The Best Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach and Their Greens Fees

white golf club on green grass field

Myrtle Beach is one of the premier beach destinations on the entire East Coast. From its delicious restaurants to its 60-mile long stretch of coastline, a week spent in Myrtle Beach is a week in paradise to most people. While many people come for the food, waves, and shopping, there is another attraction that brings in thousands of visitors each year: golf.

 

Myrtle Beach has cemented itself as one of the best golf vacation spots in the country due to its large share of golf courses, many of which being world class. In fact, some even refer to Myrtle Beach as the Golf Capital of the World! People come from all over the country and the world to go for a few rounds of golf in this South Carolina destination, and most leave with the intention of coming back again! This post will list the top golf courses and clubs in Myrtle Beach, as well as how you can contact them and what to expect in the way of prices.

 

 

1.     Dunes Golf and Beach Club

 

 

Dunes Golf and Beach Club is by far the most prestigious golf course in all of Myrtle Beach. It has hosted major golfing events for the USGA, PGA, and LPGA and has been running for over seventy years. There is no golf course that even comes close to the pedigree of Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, and if you are looking for the best, this is the place to go. Dunes Golf and Beach Club is private and not just anyone can play here. Your best bet is to know a member, but there are a few other exceptions which you can read about on their website. Greens fees start at $140 and fluctuate based on the time of day and the time of the year. If you are able to schedule a tee time here, be sure to adhere to their dress code.

 

2.     Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

 

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Caledonia Golf and Fish Club is one of the two most highly awarded and decorated golf clubs in the entire Myrtle Beach area. This gorgeous course has been consistently ranked among the top 50 public golf courses in the entire United States, and golfers that choose to play a round here are in for a treat. Tee times must be made online in advance of arrival, and they can be done on the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club website that is linked above. Greens fees for this course start as low as $69 and fluctuate based on the season and the time of day that you wish to play. All fees include taxes, the use of a cart, and range balls.

 

 

3.     True Blue Golf Club

 

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True Blue Golf Club is actually the sister course of Caledonia Golf and fish Club, and there really is no true consensus as to which of the two is the better course. True Blue Golf Club is known for its long and expansive fairways, its high amounts of water throughout the course, and its large greens. This golf course, like Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, is consistently rated among the top 100 golf courses in the United States and is a favorite among locals and frequent visitors. Greens fees start as low as $62 and range as high as $150. All greens fees include taxes, the use of a cart, and a bucket of balls for the driving range. Be sure to reserve your tee time in advance to guarantee your spot, as this course is very popular! Additionally, no metal spikes are allowed on this course, so plan accordingly.

 

4.     Tidewater Golf Club

 

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Tidewater Golf Club, located in North Myrtle Beach, is often referred to as the most scenic golf course in all of Myrtle Beach. Tidewater Golf Club sits on the top of a high peninsula, and its views overlooking the ocean are mesmerizing. For this reason, visitors love to play a relaxed albeit challenging round of golf here. Tee times can be booked online and should be made in advance of arrival. Greens fees start at $92 and can fluctuate based on the time of day and the time of the year in which you want to golf. No denim is allowed on the golf course. Be sure to check with the club for other dress code restrictions before arriving to guarantee permission to play.

 

5.     Grande Dunes Resort Club

 

green grass field near body of water during daytime

The final course on our list of the five best golf courses in Myrtle Beach is Grande Dunes Resort Club. This golf course is known for being a very well-maintained, challenging golf course with spectacular views. Additionally, Grande Dunes Resort Club has five holes on the Intercoastal, which is another one of its major draws. This course is always a favorite among locals and visitors for its prime location and challenging layout. Reservations should be made in advance either online or by phone, and greens fees start at $70 and go up depending on the time of the day and the time of the year in which you want to visit. 

 

Thanks for reading our post about the five best golf courses in Myrtle Beach! Hopefully this post gives you a little bit of guidance as you plan your trip to the Golf Capital of the World. If you come to Myrtle Beach and love your visit so much that you think about making it your new home, we’re here to help!

 

We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

Written by Greg

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 6, 2022

Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial commitments that you will make in your life, if not the biggest. As we have mentioned in most of our other posts about mortgages, the financial commitment of a mortgage can last decades and cost several years’ worth of income. This is intimidating for many people, and it is all the more intimidating for first-time homebuyers. Finding the perfect home, striking a great deal on price, landing an optimal mortgage, and coordinating moving logistics can be a major headache, and many people get discouraged just by the idea of facing all of those things. This post is for those people who may be apprehensive about buying their first home. Whether your worries are financial, logistical, or general in nature, this post will address the things to expect as well as tips for the first-time homebuyer.

 

Financial Concerns About Buying Your First House

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The financial component of buying a house is often the biggest deterrent or anxiety causing part of the process, as it is the part that will affect your lifestyle the most. Most first-time homebuyers are in their early and middle phases of life, where signing a 30-year loan seems like an eternity. For someone in their 20’s, this means potentially agreeing on a loan that will be longer in length than their entire life up to that point! It is perfectly normal and natural to worry about finances when shopping for a new house for the first time. After all, your mortgage payment will probably equate to anywhere from a quarter to a half of your income each month.

 

Luckily, there are many resources available to help you navigate the financial nuances of the homebuying process. We have actually written several posts that could be of use to you, but we will summarize each of them here. Our goal is to help you out and alleviate as best we can any concerns or fears you have about the homebuying process, and we hope that this post as well as the others we have written prove to be useful for you throughout this long and exciting process.

 

Our first financial tip for first-time homebuyers is to save as much as possible leading up to the homebuying process and to create a thorough and accurate budget. Creating a budget is one of the most effective ways to maximize savings, and the more you have saved for a down payment, the less you will need to finance on your mortgage. The less you need to finance, they less interest you pay. It all works out very well in the end! The concept of creating a detailed budget may be off-putting for some people, and that is totally normal. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out where to start. In this post on creating a budget to save for your home, we outline some of the most important steps you can take to craft an accurate budget that maximizes your monthly savings.

 

Our second financial tip for first-time homebuyers is to do your due diligence when it comes to taking out a mortgage. As one of the biggest financial commitments of your life, you will want to make sure that you agree to loan from the lender with the most favorable terms. Not all mortgages are created equally and finding the right mortgage for you can equal hundreds more in your bank account per month, or thousands of dollars of savings throughout the life of the mortgage. Everyone has different financial objectives, backgrounds, and capabilities, and there is no one size fits all mortgage out there that is best for everyone. This post will offer up all you need to know about mortgages and what kind of mortgage may be best for you.

On top of mortgages, there are many other kinds of loans you can use to purchase all or part of a house. FHA loans are a great alternative for people who cannot afford a large down payment, as they allow down payments as low as 3.5%. There are also VA loans which are offered to veterans and USDA loans which are usually a good option for rural homebuyers.

 

Another element to consider that may help to alleviate some financial woes that come with buying your first house, and our third financial tip, is to investigate the various tax deductions and credits that are afforded to homeowners and homebuyers. These deductions and credits can include expenses incurred by doing necessary repairs on your home, the money you pay as interest on your mortgage, the property taxes you will likely be required to pay, and more. We wrote a post about the tax breaks that are offered to homeowners, and if you are worried about finances while shopping for your first home, I highly recommend you read that post as well.

 

Finally, the time of the year that you buy your house can have a large say in the price that you pay as well. It is important to determine whether or not you are in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, and it is equally important to understand the effects of seasonality on house prices. We wrote a post explaining the differences between a buyer’s market and a seller’s market, but the gist of it is that certain conditions are favorable to buyers and other conditions are favorable to sellers. Determining the current situation in the area where you are looking to buy a home is important to helping you land the best deal and understand the factors at play in your negotiations.

 

In addition to the buyer’s and seller’s market questions, you should also consider the time of the year that you buy your home. Prices tend to be higher in the summer, but there are usually more houses up for sale as well. In the winter, the amount of houses on the market tends to dip but the prices tend to dip along with them. We wrote a whole post about this, and taking the month into consideration can save you thousands of dollars on your home price if this is an area in which you can be flexible.

 

At the end of the day, it is undeniable that the financial side of buying your first house can be very scary. That level of financial commitment is new to most first-time homebuyers, and the sheers size of the numbers involved can intimidate just about anyone. However, by doing your homework on mortgages, learning about tax break opportunities available to you, and budgeting properly, you can sign the papers with much more confidence and security.

 

Logistical Concerns About Buying Your First House

 

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While finances are a major source of stress and anxiety for new homebuyers, they are not the only one. Logistical concerns are another large slew of worries that new homebuyers often have on their plates. By logistical concerns, we are referring to the countless non-financial moving pieces involved with buying a house. These include arranging move-in dates, finding and hiring a moving company, packing up your current home, and more. Moreover, if you are moving to a new state there is another laundry list of things you need to do to make the move go smoothly and without a hitch.

 

Firstly, if you are moving to another state, there are several things you need to consider. This list includes taxes, address changes across state lines, updating documents like driver’s licenses, and reregistering your car or cars, for starters. We wrote a whole post about things to know before moving to another state, and it is definitely worth a read if you are moving to a state other than the one you live in right now. The hoops you need to jump through when moving to a new state are not scary or challenging, but they can be pesky if you don’t have all of your ducks in a row. The post I mentioned above will help you to figure out what exactly needs to be done.

 

Other than the change of state requirements, there are a few logistical aspects of the homebuying process that you need to work through. They can be broken up into the house hunting phase, the homebuying phase, and the move-in phase. We will briefly explain a few of the things that you can start thinking about for each phase.

 

The House Hunting Phase

 

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During the house hunting phase, the biggest hurdle is finding the time to actually go and tour homes. If you are moving to a new area or state, this means coordinating a trip (or several) to the area to tour homes before buying one. Finding the perfect home is about more than just the house itself, too – it is about the neighborhood and/or community where that house is located. Finding the right community and having the right neighbors is often just as important as finding the right house! This is part of what makes site visits crucial. If you are able to go on a visit to the area where you plan on buying a home, spend a day or two exploring the area, determining the best places and neighborhoods to live in, and figuring out if there are any places where you specifically do not want to live.

 

If you are not able to find the time to conduct a site visit or two, modern technology has created ways in which you can tour new homes from the comfort of your current home. Digital tours, both through 3D renditions and live video streams, are an increasingly popular way to tour houses when you are unable to physically attend them. This practice became even more popular throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, as many realtors and homebuyers were hesitant or legally barred from meeting in person to show homes.

 

The Homebuying Phase

 

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During the homebuying phase, the most complicated part is finding the time to navigate all of the beaucracy that is involved with purchasing a home. As most people that are looking to buy a house are also working a full-time job, finding the time to meet with mortgage lenders, sign papers, and meet with various vendors is a tall task.

 

One thing you should do to help with this part of the process is hire a realtor. While some first-time homebuyers think that they can get away without hiring a realtor, this really is not a good idea and you should be sure to find a quality realtor to help you with the homebuying process. We wrote an entire post about why realtors are necessary, but basically hiring a good realtor saves you significant amounts of time and money, and you will probably save more money than it costs. Realtors know their way around the local real estate market and can use some tricks of the trade to cut costs, cut through bureaucratic red tape, and expedite the process to get you moved into your new home sooner.

 

In addition to having a quality realtor, you want to make sure you hire a good inspector to check out the house before you commit to buying it. Having a good quality contractor evaluate the home can save you major headaches down the line, as they are able to detect problems with the foundation, roof, and structure of the house that could otherwise appear a few months down the line and cost you thousands of dollars. A home inspection is a standard part of the homebuying process that a realtor will make sure you don’t forget, but those who decide to skip out on using a realtor are left to hiring a good home inspector themselves. Realtors have trustworthy contacts that they use on a weekly basis, proving their value to you even further.

 

The Move-In Phase

woman in blue denim jacket standing beside woman in black shirt

 

Once you have found the perfect home and signed on all of the dotted lines, the fun part begins. You are finally able to start furnishing your new home and making it your own. Before you can get everything all set up in your new home, you need to get your things there in the first place! Hiring a good moving company can really make or break your homebuying experience, as showing up to your new home with broken or missing items is not a happy way to start. Quality moving companies can be trusted to safely and efficiently get all of your items from point A to point B, leaving you relaxed and ready to spend your time decorating and planning rather than hauling heavy boxes and driving vans back and forth.

 

Additionally, you want to make sure that you set up any utilities in advance to your move in date so that you have service upon arrival. Whether this means Wi-Fi, water, electricity, or gas, you want to make sure that the core functions of your house are working when you arrive so that you can set your home to a comfortable temperature, take a warm shower, and cook a meal once your kitchen is finally set up.

 

 

Thanks for reading our post about the things to expect as a first-time homebuyer! Hopefully this post has been informative as you begin to navigate the complex process of buying a home for the first time. While the homebuying process can be long and intimidating, it is all worth it in the end when you feel the sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with owning your own home. Expect hoops to jump through and snags along the way; that is the nature of the beast. These things are to be expected, and they are nothing that you can’t handle! As realtors ourselves, we understand the struggles and worries that might be facing you as you look to buy your first house, and we are here to help.

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

Written by Greg

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 3, 2022

Best Things to do in Myrtle Beach in January

ocean waves under white sky during daytime

 

Christmas has come and gone, and the new year is upon us. After 12 long months of a Covid-19 infused 2021, many people are ready to get into the groove of 2022 with the hopes of a rebound back to pre-Covid normalcy! For many, this means traveling to some of their favorite vacation destinations. While international travel is still heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, domestic travel has seen a major uptick in traffic, as people all around the United States are eager to get to the beach and relax. As one of the most exciting and popular beach destinations on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach is primed and ready to host the massive influx of visitors that are ready to head its way. Now, is Myrtle Beach worth visiting in January? We sure think so, and this post should give you a bunch of reasons why. Here are the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in January.

 

1.     Indulge During Restaurant Week South Carolina

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As Myrtle Beach has grown in popularity as a tourism destination, its restaurant scene has grown in lockstep. This trend will be fully on display during this year’s Restaurant Week South Carolina! This event takes place all over the state from January 13th to the 23rd this year, and Myrtle Beach itself will have seven restaurants participating. The list includes Southern food, Italian food, and seafood, and the restaurants that will be taking part include Croissants Bistro and Bakery, Ducati’s Pizzeria and Italian Trattoria, Hook and Barrel, Hot Tomato Italian Restaurant and Brick Oven, Mojo’s Marina Bar and Grill, Sweetberry Myrtle Beach, and The Wicked Tuna. Each restaurant will be offering its own promotion, and the full list can be found here. Good food is always a plus, but restaurant week ups the ante as one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in January.

 

2.     Head to Pancakes and Penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium

two penguin standingbaked pancake with blueberry and slice of banan

 

On January 17th from 8 to 10am, you will want to get tickets to Pancakes and Penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium. This event allows for patrons to meet and greet the aquarium’s penguins before the aquarium opens for the day, while also having a unique visitor experience and eating a nice breakfast. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruits, coffee, and juices. In addition to the meet and greet with the penguins and the breakfast, guests can expect a photo op with the aquarium’s mascot, a craft session, and admission to the aquarium once the event has concluded. Tickets cost $59.99 for adults and as low as $12.99 for kids depending on their age. Be sure to purchase your tickets online in advance to make sure that you have a spot, as the event only happens once or twice per month. Pancakes and Penguines in one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in January, and if you miss this opportunity you won’t have another chance until early February.

 

3.     Do Some Shopping at the Tanger Outlets, Barefoot Landing, or Broadway at the Beach

 

We’ve mentioned this in many of our posts, but Myrtle Beach has no shortage of great shopping options. Because of the immense tourist traffic that this region gets during its busy season, there are several premier shopping locations that have just about any store you can imagine. While you probably are not traveling to Myrtle Beach just to go shopping, this is a great activity to fill some downtime. Whether you received a bunch of gift cards for Christmas or are expecting a hefty refund from your tax return this year, checking out some of these shopping destinations is probably right up your alley! From great deals at the Tanger Outlets, to lovely evenings out at Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach, you have plenty of great places to shop in the Grand Strand, making shopping one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in January.

 

4.     Search for Seashells on the Beach

person holding white and brown seashell

 

The ocean brings waves into the coast all year long, so what makes January any better than the other months when it comes to seashell hunting? As the number of beachgoers and tourists drops drastically in January, there are significantly less people out on the sand looking for treasures from the sea. As a result, seashell hunters can expect to find large, intact seashells all along the 60 miles of the Grand Strand, as well as other nautical treasures like shark’s teeth and sand dollars.

 

Like we always say, there is no such thing as a bad month to visit Myrtle Beach – January included! With the low numbers of tourists and the reasonably mild weather, January is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach, depending on what you’re looking for. The temperature during daytime tends to stay in in the low to mid 50s, and the significantly smaller crowds allow you to enjoy those comfortable temperatures without having to wait in long lines. Plus, as Covid-19 continues to play its course, these smaller crowds provide a much safer environment for visitors to come and enjoy the Grand Strand while keeping their social distance.

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Dec. 30, 2021

Best Ways to Childproof Your House

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life, but there are many worries and challenges that new parents may face. One of the biggest ones is childproofing your house in order to make sure that the little one is safe and secure in their new environment. Childproofing a house can take a lot of time, and many new parents wonder what exactly they need to do to make sure that the new member of their family is safe. This post is going to outline some of the most important things you should do to childproof your home, and offer a few suggestions that could make the process easier all around for you.

 

The Most Important Things to do to Childproof Your Home:

 

girl playing jumping rope

 

Put a Limit on Your Water Temperature

 

This is one of the easier things that new parents can do to childproof their home and make sure it is safe for a baby, but it often gets overlooked. Babies – especially between their first and second birthdays – tend to get very curious with everything that they can move. Knobs and buttons are of particular interest to them. Faucets tend to fall into this category, too, and your little baby does not yet understand that hot water can harm them.

 

Your water heater will be preset to a certain temperature that is probably above the scalding level. To avoid the possibility of your baby scalding himself or herself, lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. This is a temperature that is warm enough for a hot shower but not hot enough to cause permanent burn damage to your baby’s skin.

 

Cover Up Everything With an Electric Current

 

black male plug in front of electric socket

Little kids have a habit of putting things where they don’t belong. Small holes, crevices, and compartments are often of interest to small children as they begin to explore their home. Often this curiosity is harmless. Putting their hands in the space below the nightstand, for example, is not likely to lead to any harm. However, one little crevice that for some reason tends to be a very dangerous favorite for little kids is electrical outlets.

 

While it may sound crazy, it is not unheard of for little kids to get curious and put objects – including their fingers – into live electrical outlets. This is clearly not a scenario you want to deal with as a parent, whether in a new house or not, and the best way to avoid this is with plastic outlet covers that plug into the outlets that aren’t in use. If they don’t see the holes, they probably won’t try to stick things in them.

 

Eliminate Access to Potentially Dangerous Rooms and Spaces

 

While there are many things you can do to eliminate or mitigate risks in various rooms throughout your house, there are some rooms that just will never be fully childproof. This might include garages, workshops, offices, kitchens, and more. While kitchens are challenging to block off, you can definitely try to keep them out of all of the other potentially dangerous spaces. Offices might not seem like a very dangerous place, but there are actually plenty of risks both to your child and to your valuable equipment in an office.

 

The most common way to keep children out of spaces temporarily is with baby gates, which are portable gates that attach to the doorframe leading into a room. When you want to keep the child out of a room, you simply put up the gate! Since they are not able to climb over it, they are naturally barred from entering the room. Another common way to keep small children out of a room more constantly is with doorknob covers. While baby gates need to be put up and taken down each time you want to use them, doorknob covers can remain on the door for as long as you wish. When you shut the door, your little one has no way of opening it!

 

Make Sure Dangerous Objects are Out of Reach

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You can block small children from entering a lot of rooms, but this just is not possible with some parts of the house. You may have really difficulty keeping your child out of rooms like the kitchen and living room, as they are often part of an open concept with walkways too wide for baby gates. If you have a room like this – or really any room with potentially dangerous objects – you should do all that you can to keep these things out of reach, sight, and mind of your small child.

 

What are some examples of dangerous objects to keep away from kids, you might ask? If you have a fireplace, all of the pokers and tools that you use for it can present a risk, as they are pointy and covered in dangerous soot. If you have a utility closet with tools or office supplies, the child may accidentally wind up with toxic ink or sharp bladed objects. In your bathroom, children might be able to get their hands on toxic cleaning supplies or harmful medications. The list of potentially dangerous objects is extensive, but the common point stays the same regardless of the room or object: put it in a place where they can’t see it, reach it, or even know it exists.

 

 

Anchor All Furniture Pieces to the Wall

 

This is a fairly simple childproofing task that many parents completely neglect. While this is particularly important in areas with earthquakes, it is relevant and necessary all over the country. Tall furniture items, like bookshelves, mirrors, dressers, grandfather clocks, and other shelving units should all be firmly anchored into the wall behind them. This is because there is always a chance that they will tip over, and the last thing you want is for your grandfather clock to tip over onto or around your child. Even if they manage not to get hurt by the falling clock or shelving unit, they will probably be a bit traumatized from the perilous experience.

 

As adults, we know not to try to climb bookshelves or pull firmly on shelving units in the kitchen, however small children usually don’t have the same level of wherewithal. If you live in an area with earthquakes it is even more important to anchor your furniture, as it can fall even without a curious child’s influence. To anchor your furniture pieces to the wall, you can either use drywall anchors to drill holes right through the back of the furniture or you can use brackets that cause less obvious damage to the back of the furniture. As long as it is strong enough to withstand the weight of your child, you are probably fine.

 

Remove all Heavy Objects from Tables and Shelves

brown wooden table with chairs

 

Now, you have blocked access to dangerous rooms, and you have anchored all of your tall furniture to the walls. You are good to go, right? Not so fast. While the bookshelf in your living room may be firmly anchored to the wall now, the heavy items on it may not be. It is not easy to remove every heavy item from every shelf in your house, and it may not be necessary either. However, making sure that they are out of reach and are on a securely installed piece of furniture is a good compromise that can make sure your small child stays safe without making you sacrifice some of your favorite decorations.

 

Books are going to remain on bookshelves, knickknacks are going to remain on the hutch, and other heavy items are going to stay on display. It is just a matter of making sure that your child can’t get a hand on them and rip them off of the shelf and onto the floor. This can keep them out of danger and can also protect any valuable, fragile, heavy items you might have, like fine china or porcelain displays. Be sure to keep in mind that children are often good climbers, and if they can reach it by standing on the recliner, it may not be high enough or far enough out of reach!

 

Be Aware of Potential Choking Hazards

 

Just like they love to touch every button and poke every hole, little kids love putting anything they can get their hands on into their mouths. This is a major problem when the items that they find are toxic in nature, like cleaning supplies and pest control products. Toxic bathroom supplies are not the only dangerous thing that little ones can put in their mouths, though. Anything smaller than 2.5 inches in width is small enough to fit in a child’s mouth, and if it can fit in their mouth it can be choked on. To properly childproof your home, it is necessary to do a thorough scan of the house to remove all small items from the floor or any other reachable places to keep your little one out of harm’s way.

 

This piece of advice also circles back to the point about blocking off spaces that are naturally unsafe for your child. If there is a place in your home that naturally has a lot of small items that may be choking hazards, it is probably best to just bar them from entering that room as a whole. If you have a garage with many small tools, screws, and nuts, for example, it is probably easier to just keep them from entering that room entirely rather than constantly checking the floors and low shelves to make sure that all dangerous items are out of reach.

 

Soften the Corners of Furniture Pieces if Possible

brown wooden table beside white couch

 

Many parents overlook this step, and many choose to avoid it entirely. What you do is your own decision, but it is at least worth understanding the dangers! Many furniture items have pointy corners that can pose a real risk to small children, especially when they are first learning how to walk. Toddlers toddle, and toddling involves a lot of falling down. While hitting their head or body on anything isn’t great, falling into a sharp corner is even worse and can lead to a hospital trip. If you want to avoid that possibility, either look into getting corner covers for all of your squared-off furniture items (like tables) or consider purchasing round versions in either circular or ovular shapes.

 

Install Window Guards to Prevent Falling Accidents

 

Small children are filled with curiosity, and there is no more alluring place than the world outside of their windows! They will learn to adapt to the space that they live in, but the natural curiosity about what lays outside of the windows will take years to get over. As a result, your small child may be inclined to constantly peek out through the windows. In theory, this is a good thing! You want to encourage natural curiosity as much as possible with small children.

 

However, many windows are not strong enough to be leaned on by a small child, thus posing a fall risk. If your windows are not strong enough to withhold the weight of your little one, there is a real chance that they could go tumbling through the window – especially if it is left open. One common thing you can do to prevent your windows from opening too far is to install window guard, which are small systems that limit the maximum openness of your windows to a few inches. This is enough to open them up and let a draft in without risking your little one falling out.

 

Opt for Placemats Instead of a Tablecloth

white ceramic bowl on white table cloth

 

Everyone loves a nicely decorated dining room table and a beautiful tablecloth, and that unfortunately includes your small child. Like we have said, small children like to grab and pull on anything that they can, which often includes tablecloths. If you keep your table empty other than the tablecloth, the only real danger is that they will cocoon themselves in it as they pull it off of the table. However, if you keep plates, glasses, and silverware set on the table, there is a real possibility that glassware and knives wind up falling onto your little one, which poses a very serious risk.

 

If you opt to use placemats instead of a tablecloth, the risk significantly decreases. This is because your child is probably too small to reach all the way up onto the table to pull on a placemat, and there is no way that they can inadvertently pull every item off of the table at the same time. Tablecloths, on the other hand, pose that risk. While placemats eliminate a large amount of the risk, it is still a wise idea to remove glassware and silverware from the table when not in use, as knives are never safe for small children.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading our post about the best way to childproof your house! We hope you learned a little something about the best ways to keep your small children safe as they grow up in your home. Some of them may have seemed like common sense, but it is very easy to overlook them if you don’t sit down and think critically about ways to protect your loved ones in your own home. Also, this list is only scratching the surface when it comes to ways that you can eliminate dangers to small children in your own home, and we encourage you to read as much information on childproofing your home as possible!

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, we’re here to help. We at The Boyd Team are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

 

Written by Greg

Posted in BoydTeam Blog