Carolina Forest, SC Real Estate News

By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
    Now that Twitter and Bing are married, your micro blogging can actually score you some major SEO brownie points.   I tweet my blogs to increase my web presence.  I simply go over to my outside AR blog roll on a regular basis, pull up an old post, shorten its browser address by using the bit.ly service, then Tweet it with an enticing by-line.  I go back afterwards and analyze my statistics (Bit.ly will show you exactly how many people have clicked on that particular link). It works!  Here is an example:  Price it Well. Stage it well. Watch it Sell! http://bit.ly/E2xqT #RealEstate #p2   Now that your Twitter presence gives you Bing exposure, it’s a shame not to use it to drive traffic to your ActiveRain blog and to your website.  BTW, if your blog roll is still called “Annie’s Blog” ...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
I probably follow the most fascinating people on Twitter, for I am presented with the most extraordinary information on a daily basis.  I decided to post a weekly blog on AR comprised of the most important information gleaned on Twitter that week.  I know that my AR family will appreciate that.  Please click on the link following the brief description of each article.  Enjoy!    Small Businesses that blog have 55% More Traffic, 97% More Inbound Links http://bit.ly/27WAJ5   10 Free SEO Tools We Use Every Day http://bit.ly/RHkKv   10 Tips For Using Keywords In Your Articles - http://bit.ly/5KCne   Does the Ownership of Redirected URLs Matter to Search Engines? http://bit.ly/3WolxJ   Eye opening New York Times exposé of America's Toxic Waters. http://bit.ly/1DOtQx   Consumer Guide to Wate...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
Best I-Phone App of the Week: After trying a bevy of mortgage calculator applications I finally had a Eureka moment this week when I found my one and only, hands down the Best Mortgage Calculator around.  It’s called CalcsFree – Mortgage Calculator - With Estimated Tax Savings, from Mortal Geek LLC. This thing is remarkably easy to use, yet it is packed with everything you could possibly need.  Simply put: it makes me look good.  I can zoom through and paint an accurate financial picture, which I can immediately e-mail to my client.  You can whip out a 5, 7, 10 year financial analysis showing interest and principal paid, pre-tax, after tax, the whole nine yards.  You can include all other costs associated with ownership, so your client can know exactly how much money to budget for the ...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
  After you create your Twitter profile, this is what you need to know:  the magic on Twitter only unfolds AFTER you follow some interesting people and entities.  Your Twitter experience rests solely on that.  If you follow silly people who text each other banal messages, you will simply have that limited experience.  If, however, you are like me, a hog for information, and you follow the right Twitterers, you too will have an extraordinarily enjoyable experience and learn a lot in the process.  Here are some valuable websites that will help you maximize your Twitter experience:   http://wefollow.com/   Shows who's who on Twitter in all areas of interest and all niches.   http://twitterholic.com/   Find out who the top Twitter users are; it even shows your own ranking.  It was intriguin...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
CAROLINA WATERWAY PLANTATION - TOTAL SALES JANURARY 1, 2009 - MAY 29, 2009   Carolina Waterway Plantation - Summary Statistics   High Low Average Median List Price: $350,000 $264,900 $294,966 $270,000 Sold Price: $310,000 $226,000 $268,666 $270,000    Price  EstSqFtUR  BR  Appx Age  ADDRESS  Total SQFT  DOM  LP  $/Total SQFT  SP  $/Total SQFT  $226,000  22 3001-3100  3  3  955 SHIPMASTER AVENUE  3130  32  $264,900  $84.63  $226,000  $72.20  $270,000  21 2901-3000  4  1 YR  939 SHIPMASTER AVENUE  2901  170  $270,000  $93.07  $270,000  $93.07  $310,000  31 3901-4000  4  NEW  970 SHIPMASTER AVE  4000  121  $350,000  $87.50  $310,000  $77.50           Total Listings     Avg    Avg    Avg    Avg    Avg           3    107   $294,966   $88   $268,666   $80  EstSqFtUR           =  Estimated sq....
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
I had 'sort of' a day off for my Birthday.  I was finally able to collect my thoughts and relax.  I put together this video of my last vacation, perhaps as a reminder that I need to take another vacation soon.   Working seven days a week, almost non stop, makes one dull and old.  Vacations are that reminder that life is Grand!  Enjoy!    Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Connection                               Join The Optimist Group!
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
    Nice, France, that is...   Nice is the capital of the Riviera and the fifth largest city in France.  Located between Cannes and Monaco, Nice is a lovely diamond in the geographical tiara known as Cote d'Azur.  Bathing suit tops are optional, but a good time is mandatory.   A bientot!   Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Connection                       Join the Optimist Group!
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
  Most kids garner their education from schools.  The typical curriculum of English, math, history, geography, chemistry, anatomy, etc. is followed, but are our kids ready for the Real World armed with such perfunctory education?   Here are some subjects I thought we could add to the list mentioned:   •1.     Ethics.  Analyze case scenarios and have open discussions about what's ethically right and wrong and why.  How else are they going to know? •2.     Nutrition and Exercise.  With vending machines dispensing soft drinks now prevalent in schools, we are grooming the next generation of obese Americans.   We need to cultivate proper indoctrination into a healthier way of life for our children. •3.     Safety.  Without scaring them, we need to ensure they know what to do to stay safe. •4...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
Located in the French Basque territory, with Basque flags and symbols still prevalent throughout Biarritz, this charming Seaside Resort in Southwestern France is only a few miles from the border with Spain, on the Atlantic coast.   We arrived there at dusk and were immediately swept off our feet by its beauty, both of us falling in love with this idyllic place filled with mystique.  As the last rays of the sun bathed the ample beach and classic lines of the buildings, enveloping everything with an almost magical air, one could easily lose himself in reverie.  The faraway lighthouse on the hill, beaming its beacon out to sea, enveloped in a light mist, making it seem even more surreal; the majestic Casino on the boardwalk, the streets filled with lots and lots of people strolling the Fr...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
All Brick, 4BR/3BA Masterpiece is located in the fine Myrtle Beach Waterway Community of Carolina Waterway Plantation.    This brand new, 4,000 sq. ft. home has access to the Intercoastal Waterway and it is remarkable in every way: 16 ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, double fireplace, custom tile work, 50 year shingled roof, huge walk in closets, 2 car plus golf cart garage, spacious gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops.    Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach with easy access to every major freeway, this home is bank owned and will not last long.  Hurry!   Priced at $489,900                   Bring all offers!   Myrtle Beach Real Estate by Mirela Monte                                      Myrtle Beach Real Estate and Vacations!
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
  Flowers, dinners and candy...  The day of romance...  A celebration like no other; a cause of joy for jewelry and lingerie stores everywhere...  14 Billion dollars worth of sales for retailers... maybe not so much this year, because of the economy...   Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day and what is the history behind it?  Here is a short and educational video for you:     Happy Valentine's Day!    Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Connection                    Proud Optimist!
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
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By Jason Ellis
(Coastal REO Solutions - Myrtle Beach Short Sales & REO's)
After much hoopla and delay the Postal Way connection opened last week...  The opening was scheduled for the end of August 2008 -- Unforeseen water pipes and inclement weather pushed the project months behind.  However, now that it is complete, the roadway is alleviating some of the traffic off the Carolina Forest interchange near the Kroger's and Piggly Wiggly shopping centers. The community's off of Gardner Lacy Road will benefit from Postal Way - they will be able to access all the offerings of Carolina Forest shopping areas without ever touching HWY 501. All the community's off of Carolina Forest Blvd that have kids that go to CF High School  will be able to get their children there with out ever setting a wheel on HWY 501.
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
  Dear Lord,   Please give me yet another day to:   Savor the beauty of a perfect moment   Smell the heavenly scent of a baby   Hold my children in my arms   Feel the joy of hearty laughter   Feel the warmth of sunshine on my skin   Bask in the aroma of fresh coffee   Savor my favorite pie   Run like the wind   Play in the ocean     Now it's your turn!  Please complete this with a few of your reasons!   Dear Lord (this is non-denominational; please use YOUR own God):   Please give me yet another day to:   -   Myrtle Beach Homes by Mirela Monte                  Join The Optimist Group!   *inspirational picture by Lisa Friedman
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
  With 71 homes currently available for sale at Plantation Lakes, a Buyer can have a field day being picky.  Prices vary between $339,900 for a four year old, 3BR/2.5BA 2,300 sq.ft. home on a half acre lot, to $985K for a stately 5,200 sq.ft, 5BR/3.5BA home on 2.26 acres on the Waterfront.   In the past three months, eight homes were sold at Plantation Lakes, varying in price from $325,000 to $850,000.   That represents a total of 3.76% of available inventory, slightly less than the 4.08% activity the Myrtle Beach market had in October on the single family home category.  The lowest price of $325K was garnered for a 3BR/2.5BA, 2,800 sq.ft. home on a quarter acre lot.   The most expensive home sold at Plantation Lakes during the past three months went for $850K and it was a 4BR/4.5BA, 5,...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
    Plantation Lakes Homes - Sold in the past 3 Months    RESIDENTIAL Summary Statistics    High Low Average Median List Price: $940,000 $350,000 $633,975 $644,000 Sold Price: $850,000 $325,000 $593,237 $588,000     Area  Price  DOM  BR  Appx Age  Total SQFT  DOM  List Price  $/Total SQFT  Sold Price  $/Total SQFT  Carolina Forest  $325,000  288  3  2 years  2750  288  $350,000  $127.27  $325,000  $118.18  Carolina Forest  $485,000  189  4  New  3712  189  $485,000  $130.66  $485,000  $130.66  Carolina Forest  $485,000  96  4  N/NOC  3655  96  $529,000  $144.73  $485,000  $132.69  Carolina Forest  $556,000  58  4  NEW  4350  58  $589,000  $135.40  $556,000  $127.82  Carolina Forest  $620,000  288  5  0-2  5401  288  $699,000  $129.42  $620,000  $114.79  Carolina Forest  $699,900  44  4 ...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
For the first time in 6 years, property prices in Dubai are finally following the pattern of prices everywhere else in the world: in October they fell by as much as 19%!   The government is the number one Real Estate Developer here and this plummet will certainly affect Dubai's economy.   Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.   Myrtle Beach Real Estate by Mirela Monte                       Join The Optimist Group!
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By Joe Corsale, Have a 5 Star Experience with PGH Joe!!
(Jeffrey Costa Select Realty)
The Farm at Carolina Forest-Myrtle Beach, SC The Farm at Carolina Forest is a unique community for there are various types of properties to meet most everyone's real estate needs. Built by America's #1 Builder, D.R Horton, The Farm offers single family homes, condos, townhomes, and villas with garages to prospective buyers. As a homeowner in The Farm, you will have access to 2 large pools, children's playground, community clubhouse and fitness center, basketball court, bike paths, and a public garden. Situated at the back portion of Carolina Forest, The Farm's location is ideally positioned to the Ocean Bay schools, new Forest Crossing plaza, golf courses, and minutes from the beach! Please contact Joseph Corsale with Keller Williams Realty at 843-267-6016, or joecorsale@kw.com to find ...
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By Joe Corsale, Have a 5 Star Experience with PGH Joe!!
(Jeffrey Costa Select Realty)
Sawgrass East Townhomes in Carolina Forest-Myrtle Beach, SC Sawgrass East is a very desirable, and serene townhome community built by Portrait Homes. The location of Sawgrass East is ideally positioned within the Carolina Forest community. Situated just minutes from several grocery stores, restaurants, golf courses, and retail shoppes, you won’t have to drive very far to find what you need! There are various floorplans of 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes within this community, so there is something to offer every buyer. Not into yard work? No problem! Enjoy maintenance-free living at Sawgrass East where your yard work is taken care of for you! Finally, you can’t forget to mention the pool and community center, which is a hotspot for the residents of Sawgrass East during those hot Carolina afte...
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By Joe Corsale, Have a 5 Star Experience with PGH Joe!!
(Jeffrey Costa Select Realty)
As a homeowner in Sawgrass East, and a Realtor in the Carolina Forest community, I found it important to begin writing about the news in our development in the Carolina Forest Chronicle.  The Carolina Forest Chronicle is a very positive and upbeat paper, unlike most newspapers that come off of the press. I started the bi-weekly article for our community back in September of 2008, and have mainly discussed community happenings, and HOA information.  We held our first Sawgrass East Sizzlin BBQ on Labor Day of this year, and it was a great success!  The turnout was very strong, and we look forward to continuing this event in the future. The second article discussed the upcoming newsletter that was to be sent out to all homeowners of Sawgrass East.  My wife and I took on the responsibility ...
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