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A Message in a Bottle Found on the Beach After 24 Years at Sea

by The Jerry Pinkas Team

It took a recent storm at sea to blow back the message that Heidi Kay Werstler put in a bottle on July 1, 1985.  She set the bottle afloat from an Ocean City, N.J. when she was just 6 years old.


With the maiden name Heidi Kay Werstler, the young girl cast the green plastic soda bottle into the Atlantic Ocean as part of a city-sponsored contest, according to the Atlantic City New Jersey newspaper.


Each contestant wrote there their name, addresses and phone number on a note before putting the bottle to sea.  The participant whose bottle traveled farthest would win a prize.


Workers at The Sanderling Resort & Spa in Duck, North Carolina, found the bottle while cleaning up the beach after the recent storm.  After reading the note they called officials in Ocean City, N.J.


The coastal storm that hit the eastern coastlines of the U S dumped Mozzo's bottle onto a North Carolina beach. It was afloat at sea for nearly a quarter-century.

After many news reports about finding a bottle that was at sea for more than 24 years, a stranger asked Mozzo if she was the same Heidi Kay.


Now 30, Mozzo is married, living in Delaware with her husband and young daughter, and very excited to claim her prize. The big prize.... a box of saltwater taffy!


She told the press, "I do love saltwater taffy."


Next time you are walking the beach and you see a bottle or think you see some trash floating to the beach, you may want to take a closer look at it.  It could be a message in a bottle from a time long ago.



Looking to find your treasure on the beach? Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Team of Myrtle Beach is skilled at finding you your pot of gold. It’s a great time to buy Beach Front Real Estate. Jerry says “The Deal of the Decade happens about once a week”. Isn’t it your time to get the deal?



Jerry Pinkas Real Estate

Myrtle Beach SC




Myrtle Beach South Carolina Real Estate Sales Increases

by The Jerry Pinkas Team

       Good news for South Carolina buyers and sellers. October was a good month for the housing market in South Carolina. There was an 18.1 percent increase in total sales from October of last year; this is the largest monthly increase in activity they have reported this year. South Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) reported on Friday that 4,104 homes were sold this October 2009, comported with 3,475 in October 2008. Resales of single-family residences, townhomes, condos, and co-op properties surge 10.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.10 million units in October, compared to a 5.54 million unit sales pace in September. Sale activity is the highest it’s been since February 2007. Another great news is the historically low interest rates are boosting the market. The national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.95 percent in October from 5.06 percent in September; the rate was 6.20 percent in October 2008. Last week the 30-year rate dropped again to percent for the month of November.


What about the Grand Strand home sales? Our Myrtle Beach real estate market is also showing stability as condominiums and single-family homes sales rose significantly in September. Myrtle Beach Condo sales were up 10 percent and single-family homes sales increased by 8 percent in September compared to last year. Myrtle Beach Bank Owned Foreclosures and Myrtle Beach short sales have created some great prices and as a result of that people are taking the advantage of the market now. The prices are creating opportunities for buyers to purchase homes far led than the true value of the property. For home sellers that are facing foreclosure short sale is a great opportunity for them without having to face foreclosure or a bankruptcy. Also, the seller’s credit rating will almost immediately improve because their credit report shows that the seller’s mortgage was paid in full. Especially the Myrtle Beach area is prepared to recover quicker than most other places. Myrtle Beach is still a high demand area where people actually want to live here. Want to hear even better news? The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. It also authorized a tax credit of up to $6,500 for qualified repeat home buyers.

With all of this you can see that now it’s the time to buy for home in the Carolinas especially the Grand Strand. Let The Jerry Pinkas Real Estate guide you through this opportunity. The jerry Pinkas Team offers unparalleled service to all clients in the Myrtle Beach SC real estate market. Whether you are looking for a Myrtle Beach Realtor to buy or to sell a home, property or condo, let us put our professional knowledge and personal experience to work for you. Your complete satisfaction with our services is our number one priority. Whether you are considering buying a home or condo, or selling a home or condo we know the area inside and out. For more personal contact do not hesitate to Call Us at 843-839-9870

Jerry Pinkas real Estate Team in Myrtle Beach – It’s all about giving back to the community.


The goal with the Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Team is to be the most productive and influential real estate team in Myrtle Beach, by focusing on teamwork, leadership, and personal growth to achieve our goals. We will provide world class service; in return will create raving clients. We will create an image that is known throughout our community for service, results, and innovation. Our dedication to our mission will produce significant financial returns, allowing us to give back to our
team and our community.


Our Culture – Our Core Values:

·        Teamwork

·        Leadership

·        Hard work and continuing self improvement

·        Passion for client service

·        People before profits

·        Positive attitude

·        Fun and creativity

·        Integrity and reputation

·        Family



We want to create a fun, exciting and challenging environment of teamwork to help people achieve their goals.


It’s all about giving back to the community.  Our team performs many hours of volunteer work and project building. We help with the local soup kitchen, Make-A-Wish foundation of South Carolina, Fostering Hope for children in foster care in our Community, as well as many volunteer, civic and community service projects.


Our latest project is working with Helping Hand of the Grand Strand.


Helping Hand was designed in 1971 as an outreach program for teenage visitors of the Grand Strand.  It started out as a small trailer open during late spring / early fall—the time that teenage visitors were expected. Helping Hand has moved buildings several times because of clientele expansion. Over the years, Helping Hand has grown to provide for more than just teenagers. When families and locals came seeking for help, they were not turned down. The Helping Hand Organization now offers help to whoever asks for it.


 The program’s purpose was to help those in need by providing food, gasoline, local and long distance bus tickets, prescription medications, diapers and baby needs, rent and utility assistance and hygienic items. In 2008 Helping Hand provided almost $174,000 in direct aid to help with rent and utilities, gasoline, and other assistance. The total number of clients served by Helping Hand in 2008 was 19,844. Helping Hand also provided food for nearly 9,200 individuals and their families. In addition to these totals, almost $70,000 was donated in food.


The Helping Hand Organization is based around volunteer assistance and generous contributions. The Helping Hand will receive plenty of food and money during November and December, but they do not receive enough of the personal necessities such as deodorant, soap, toothpaste— simple things we tend to overlook. During this holiday, the Jerry Pinkas Team would like to give back to the community. Hygienic items that are needed, but are not limited to, are:

·         Hairbrushes

·         Hair ties

·         Combs

·         Deodorant

·         Soaps (both Hand and Body)

·         Razors for women and men

·         Shaving Cream for women and men

·         Shampoo and Conditioner

·         Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

·         Dental Floss

·         Lotions

·         Face Wash

·         Nail Clippers

·         Toilet Paper


Please consider donating something to the Helping Hand this year. All donations will be greatly appreciated.  The Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Team  will collect items until December 16th 2009. Thank You. 

Do You Have Mortgage Payment Difficulties?

 Stop Foreclosure.....Now is the time to Short Sale in Myrtle Beach.


            With the economy that we currnently live in, you might find it difficult to payyou’re your mortgage or you may even fall behind on your payments.  This could happen for any reason for example: the economy, the death of a family member, becoming disabled, getting sick or many other reasons it could make it difficult to make the payments. If you or someone you know has fallen back on mortgage payments so much that they are facing foreclosure, do not worry there is hope! Your solution is a short sale. What is a short sale? A Short Sale is a win-win solution for the home owner, the lender, and the buyer. The lender gets the highest price for a quick sale at the current market price. The borrowers generally get relief from possible future legal actions and deficiency judgments. Short Sales occur when borrowers sell their property for a sales price less than the amount owed to their lender(s) after all sales expenses, including brokerage fees, are taken into account. In order for this to take place the lender(s) must accept a discounted payoff; meaning the bank(s) gets paid less than the full loan amount owed. In a short sale, the homeowners get complete relief from all of their mortgage debt. The end result is the condo or home is sold, the mortgage is satisfied (paid off) and the seller avoids a foreclosure or a bankruptcy in the event of hardship. Perhaps even better, a seller’s credit rating will almost immediately improve because your credit report shows that your mortgage was paid in full. A short sale is typically faster and less expensive than a foreclosure. Any type of property can be sold through a short sale.


The Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Team can help you out before it’s too late. We specialize in Short Sales in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach Condos, Surfside Beach, Garden City, Conway, Loris, and Carolina Forest area.  To be good at what you do, we focus only on the Grand Strand Area of South Carolina.  Our Short Sale Service is free to you; the lender covers all the costs involved. We are committed to treating every client as if they are our #1 priority. We are known for developing quality working relationships with our clients; relationships based on respect, integrity, and trust. Please contact us before it’s too late! We will help you as best as we can. Call The Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Team at (843) 839-9870 today.

Myrtle Beach Real Estate - Things to be Thankful For

by The Jerry Pinkas Team

  Things to be Thankful For.  Not all of us are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads.  The market place has changed and some people are losing their property to foreclosure. We work hard and life flies by fast but just take a moment to step back.

This Thanksgiving, let’s all take a moment to appreciate how fortunate we are:

·         If we have a roof over our heads, and shelter

·         If we aren't starving we have the food to eat

·         If we are healthy and not suffering from a life threatening disease

·         If we have the family, relatives, and friends and we are not alone

·         We haven't had any terrorist actives recently in our country

·         If we live in a country that has rights and freedom

·         If we accomplish a goal for ourselves

·         Every day we have the opportunity to learn something new

·         The fact that we woke up this morning


The economy is tough it is right now.  But we all have something to be thankful for.


·         The rain and the sunshine that makes things grow

·         The unconditional love of a pet

·         So many wonderful cultures and backgrounds

·         Nature all around us

·         Our faith

·         Weekends

·         Fun with family or friends

·         Our favorite season of the year will always come

·         Technology we have today


I can say I am fortunate that our real estate team has the skill level and knowledge to help people that are upside down on their mortgage sell their property and get out of the mortgage. We help many people by using our Myrtle Beach Short Sale system. In which case, the market value of the property is less than the current mortgage owed by the owner. With Our Proven System, we negotiate a deal with the lender which allows our sellers to sell the property without coming to closing with money.  The market has changed and banks are more willing today to compromise with owners to decrease their losses. As Realtors, our job is to help people work out their problems.


On the other hand, we are fortunate that our real estate team has been able to help many buyers out together many good deals. Through hard work, knowledge and skill level, we have been able to help many people find the deal of the decade. Many buyers have bought Myrtle Beach bank owned properties and purchase their place at the beach with Myrtle Beach Foreclosures.

We all have a lot to be thankfull for this holiday. Lets all take the time to
take a look at the brighter side of life.


We would like to thank all our family and friends for the support and growth this year.


Happy Thanksgiving.


Thanks again,

Jerry Pinkas

Top Realtors Myrtle Beach - Top Ranked Real Estate Agents Myrtle Beach

by The Jerry Pinkas Team
Top Realtors Real Estate Agents In Myrtle Beach
Well we hit the record books again.
We were just congratulated by Exit International as the top Realtor in entire state of South Carolina.
The Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Team Ranked #1 Agent in the State of South Carolina in Closed Transaction sides January 1, - October 31, 2009 - Exit International.
We couldn't have done it with out you.
I just reviewed my business for the year and found an amazing surprise: More than 52% of my business was past customers, referrals and repeat business.
Sure, it's been a challenging time in real estate, but our team has expanded again this year. Where would I be without the support of important people like you and your friends?  Many thanks for telling your friends about me, and me about your friends.
Be sure to let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or a friend.
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Myrtle Beach is a fantastic location to invest in. Right now it is a great time for buying Myrtle Beach Foreclosures. You can rent out your investment to tourists or visitors and profit. Tourists that are looking for a great place to relax and many times vacationers find themselves coming to Myrtle Beach. The reason they come back year after year is because of because of all the  fun things to do.

 The City of Myrtle Beach is the heart of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile crescent of beach on South Carolina's northern coast. Our tourists come to play golf on one of over 100 championship golf courses. They come for shopping in the multiple boutiques and outlets, dining in five star restaurants and live theaters and shows. With over 14 million people visiting the Myrtle Beach area each year the popularity of this area continues to grow. Myrtle Beach is the premier resort destination on the East Coast, hosting visitors from all around the country and the world.

The investor of today wants to make sure they are buying the right property. It is important that you look at Myrtle Beach condo foreclosures along with the cash flow of any property you may purchase. You will want to know exactly what you can do to affect the cash flow and how will all that will benefit you.  That is why you want to work with an expert in the area. Foreclosures in Myrtle Beach aren’t coming to market as fast as some other areas, but the demand is strong. There is a great resale market for foreclosure homes, condos, and properties in Myrtle Beach, SC. Some of the oceanfront condos that are in foreclosure are at half the price they were when they were sold several years ago. Smart investors are making the decision to buy these low price foreclosure properties and holding on to them until prices rice again. These Property Investors are making extra cash by renting them out with Myrtle Beach condo rentals.

        The pricing in Myrtle Beach is starting to make a lot of sense.  Why not find your investment property right now, at a great price, and with potential future appreciation. Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late! 

You want to take part of this great opportunity? Make sure you have a Realtor that is highly recommended and up to date with all the foreclosure properties around. Make sure you have a Realtor that is willing to go to work and find a great deal that will benefit you.


Looking for Myrtle Beach Foreclosures? Why settle for average when you can have The Best of the Best Team on your side? Make us your first and only choice, The Jerry Pinkas Real Estate in Myrtle Beach. Call us today (843) 839-9870

Reasons it is a great time to move to Myrtle Beach

by The Jerry Pinkas Team

A great time to move to Myrtle Beach SC ?

Location, location, location… does this sounds familiar? It's the number one rule in real estate, and it's often the most overlooked rule. You can buy the right house in the wrong location. You can change the structure, remodel it or alter the home’s layout but, ordinarily, you cannot move it. It's attached to the land. Then, why not buy a home where it’s like a vacation every day. The area known as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a popular tourist destination. Thousands of tourists come to this region every year to enjoy the gorgeous weather, beachside activities, and numerous attractions. Besides all the fun in the sun, this city is a great place to live if you are thinking about moving. According to the 2000 Census, the city is at the heart of the 13th fastest growing area in the U.S. Also, real estate along the South Carolina coastline is being purchased at a fast rate. The reason for this is simple: people love this beautiful coastal city and its warm hospitality.

Living along the South Carolina coastline definitely has its advantages like excellent year-round weather, luxury style myrtle beach oceanfront condos, breathtaking property and houses, appetizing restaurants, lush, great shopping, and tranquility at its finest and green golf courses. Besides the excellent year-round weather, friendly people, and beautiful real estate, Myrtle Beach is a city buzzing with numerous family activities. Some local activities include: amusement and water parks, Alligator Adventure, Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach, many theater shows, and places where you can take your family out and experience nature. Also, a great place to take the boat or yacht out on the water!

Another reason that makes Myrtle Beach a great location is its low crime rate. This is because people are at ease when they are living here. They don't have the hassles of dealing with an overcrowded large city, which creates pollution, stress, and a high crime rate. Also, if you have kids it’s going to be a relieve to know that Myrtle Beach have great schools.

If you want to start living in the Myrtle Beach area, contact a South Carolina real estate agent who knows all about the city. Many real estate agents in this area are a part of a larger network of individuals who are provided with Myrtle Beach MLS listings. The benefits of having MLS listings go beyond what a normal agent can do for you come moving time. Agents who are a part of this gigantic network have the latest updates on property for sale and pricing, along with accommodations for you and your family. Living in this coastal city requires you to act as soon as possible when purchasing houses or condominiums on the market. The home of your dreams can be on the market one day and gone the next due to the high volume of sales in the area.


You will have a VIP back stage pass with access to lots of tools for both Buyers and Sellers. The local Experts in Myrtle Beach Real Estate and Myrtle Beach Condos Jerry  Pinkas Real Estate (843) 839-9870

Can You Take Advantage of the New Extended Tax Credit ?

by The Jerry Pinkas Team

Even more people are now eligible, and can take advantage of the new tax credit law.

This new Credit includes a $6,500 tax credit for buyers who are current home owners, and have lived in their home for five of the past eight years.   

This is not just a first time home buyer tax incentive any longer.

The income limits for eligible home buyers were also expanded to $125,000 for single buyers, and $225,000 for couples.  Those limits were previously only up to $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples. Qualifying home prices are capped at $800,000.

This will bring another level of buyers to the table that are able to take advantage of

Expected to contribute approximately $22 billion to the economy, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure this week extending the $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit to April 30, 2010.

You will have a VIP back stage pass with access to lots of tools for both Buyers and Sellers. The local Experts in Myrtle Beach Real Estate and Myrtle Beach Condos Jerry  Pinkas Real Estate Experts  Avoid common pitfalls that are costly buy working with the pros.  Put our team to work for you today.  843-839-9870

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