Myrtle Beach Real Estate Blog

Why You Should Run a Home Energy Audit

Home Energy AuditsSorry to break the news, but winter and cooler weather will be here before you know it. Before the colder weather sets in, make sure your home is ready by making it as energy efficient as it can be. A home energy audit is a great tool for homeowners who know their home could be more efficient but aren't sure where to start.

In many cases, a home energy audit is often offered for free or at very little cost, and the information in the final report can help the homeowner make targeted improvements to improve your home’s efficiency and save some money!

Low-cost or Free Home Energy Audits 

A professional home energy assessment may cost a few hundred dollars should you search for one yourself. However, many states and cities often provide rebates or even no-cost energy assessments to encourage residents to be more energy efficient.

Search online for your state or local government's energy program to see if you qualify, or contact your electricity or gas utility company to see if they offer a similar program. Energy audits that are part of a local program often include some freebies such as low-wattage light bulbs, faucet aerators and smart power strips to get you off to a great start on lowering your utility bills. 

You may also be eligible for rebates and special subsidies to insulate your home or replace the windows, so be sure to ask your energy auditor about any special savings to help prioritize which projects to work on first.

What to Expect During a Home Energy Audit

After you have found and contacted an Energy...

New CRG Listing in Conway

Newest Listing On The Market

An exclusive Just Listed report of homes, condos, and lots from CRG Companies listing agents which have just entered the market. We continuously update featuring the newest properties available for sale.

JUST LISTED AT $74,900

976 Jamestown Road, Conway

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MLS: 1618853 • Beds: 3 • Baths: 2 • SqFt: 1701-1800 • Built: 2009

This double wide offers 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with an open floor plan. Large lot with sunlight provides ample space for privacy and entertaining. Located in Conway Plantation.

If you are interested in our Newly Listed homes or would like to receive real-time market updates, contact one of our Agents to get started.

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Home Buyer Wishlist: 7 Features Buyers Look For

Homebuying Top 7 WishlistBuying a home is not only one of the biggest purchases of a lifetime, it's the fulfillment of a dream. Many home buyers have specific things they consider must-haves for their dream home.

Outside of the home itself, one of the most common considerations is the neighborhood and its distance from work. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 78-percent of home buyers stated in a Community Preference Survey that when putting together a house hunting wish list neighborhood quality was more important than home size. The same house wish list survey showed that 57-percent prefer a shorter commute to a large yard.

But what about the actual home features? Once home buyers have zeroed in on a neighborhood, it's time to consider the other things that top a shopping list for a new home. Now, if you're uncertain about what to look for when buying a new home, the following list could help get you started on your own wishlist.

1. Outdoor Living Space

While the NAR survey shows that home buyers often opt for a shorter/easier commute versus a large yard, a usable outdoor living space still makes it as a home buyer top wish list item. A large backyard is most desirable when the space is usable and inviting. An attractive backyard, patio, deck, or covered porch offers additional living...

Recently Reduced CRG Listings

Reduced In The Last 30 Days

Take advantage of this opportunity to buy your dream home now by checking out our inventory of Recently Reduced homes, condos, and lots from the CRG Companies listing agents.

Reduced by $49,000

Lot 6 Atlantic Ave, Pawleys Island

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MLS: 1617247 • Beds: 5 • Baths: 5.5 • SqFt: 7501-7600 • Built: 2016 Price: $2,350,000

Located in a private, luxury community on the north end of Pawleys island. This home provides ocean and inlet views with a shared dock and gazebo.


REDUCED BY $5,000

1518 Palmina Loop 1503

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Inspection

Home Inspection GuideWhen you've been searching for your dream home for months, the idea of making an offer is both thrilling and nerve-wracking. Before you dive in, it's absolutely critical to have a thorough home inspection of the property you're considering.

A great home inspector will typically charge a few hundred dollars for the service, but their knowledge and expertise will uncover any potential problems with the house so you can go into the deal with your eyes open about exactly what you're getting. 

Follow these tips to get the most out of working with your home inspector:

Go Along on the Walkthrough

Though your real estate agent will usually escort the home inspector around the property, you definitely want to be there, too. A typical home inspection can take two to three hours, so be sure to set aside enough time so that you can be there for the whole thing. Your inspector will note everything and perhaps even take photos, but you should feel free to bring along a notebook and use your cell phone camera, too.

Ask Questions

Most home inspectors will provide running commentary about what they are looking for and what they are seeing, but you should definitely ask questions along the way if there's anything that's not clear — or to draw out the rare quiet inspector. Most are educators at heart who really love their work and are happy to explain what they're noticing — and why it's important — as they go. 

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Putting Your Home on the Market Soon? Get Ready Today!

Coming Soon House PreparationHave you ever wondered what the deal is with those "Coming Soon" signs you see up in front of movie theaters and car dealerships? After all, the movie isn't even here yet, so why bother to put up a sign?

The reason for coming soon signage is anticipation and excitement. Selling your home can be viewed the same way as a movie in some ways. A movie has to be created, edited and then, once it's ready to be put in theaters, marketed to the general public. Homes are the same way. Homes that are going on the market soon need to be prepared and edited before they appear to the public.

Here's the order of operations to make the most of that "Coming Soon" mentality to get ready for that "For Sale" sign:

Home Curb Appeal Maintenance

Before you think about putting your home up for sale, whether it's in Charleston Landing, or any other part of the Myrtle Beach area, make sure the house looks great from the street. Once you've placed the "For Sale" sign in your yard, you are inviting potential buyers to take a look - and you definitely want to be ready for all those appraising eyes. If your home's exterior badly needs a new coat of paint, make that investment — it's likely that you'll make that money back when you sell. If you can get away with just a power washing, do that instead. 

You may also want to spend some time on sprucing up the landscaping in the front and back yards. Make...

New CRG Listing

Newest Listing On The Market

An exclusive Just Listed report of homes, condos, and lots from CRG Companies listing agents which have just entered the market. We continuously update featuring the newest properties available for sale.

JUST LISTED AT $325,900

1411 St. Thomas Circle, Myrtle Beach

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MLS: 1617514 • Beds: 3 • Baths: 2 • SqFt: 2901-3000 • Built: 2003

Spacious and comfortable floor plan provides ample natural light with new hardwood flooring throughout, granite countertops, and newly painted interior. Featuring a large, private backyard, this home is situated in the desirable Brittany Park subdivison.

If you are interested in our Newly Listed homes or would like to receive real-time market updates, contact one of our Agents to get started.

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Six Professionals: Your Best Assets in the Home Buying Process

Real Estate ProfessionalsT he home buying process can be exhausting and daunting. It has many steps and drawn out procedures. It is, however, eventually worth it as you move into that new home!  

With this end-game in mind, it's essential to establish your home buying dream team. These are the six qualified professionals that will help you navigate the waters, stamp out the obstacles, and arrive at the home you will buy and want to live in. Here are the six people who are your best assets during the home buying process. 

Your Real Estate Agent

The first person to get in your corner to ensure a positive home purchasing experience is a professional real estate agent. Ask friends and family for referrals, and remember, you aren't required to work with the first one you meet. Interview him or her and make certain they possess an understanding of the real estate market where you want to search for a home and eventually buy. And be sure they are knowledgeable about the local area, schools, costs, etc. Also watch closely to see whether or not he or she is listening to your specific preferences, or if they are hurrying you through your expectations to give you a one-size-fits-all strategy. If you feel rushed or your questions are not being answered to your satisfaction, move on and interview the next agent. 

Once you have secured your professional real estate agent - the one who will be your champion and represent YOUR interests throughout your home purchasing experience (and not the home seller's...