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Can You Purchase A New Home In The Myrtle Beach Area Without An HOA?

by Jerry Pinkas

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It is no secret that we get many questions here at Jerry Pinkas Realty, and one that we see quite frequently is, “Can I buy a house or a single-family home in Myrtle Beach, SC that is not within a subdivision with HOA fees?” And the answer to this question is yes! In today’s blog post we are going to be talking about everything HOA – the good, the bad and the ugly, as well as what you can expect if you were to purchase a property within an HOA governed community. So if you have been toying with the idea of purchasing a property in an area that does not have an HOA, today’s blog post is one you sure do not want to miss!

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What is an HOA?

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of today’s blog post, we first wanted to start by properly explaining what an HOA is. First and foremost, “HOA” stands for Homeowners Association, and it is an organization within a condominium, subdivision or planned community in which enforces rules within its jurisdiction for the residents of the properties to follow. Once you purchase property within the set area, you automatically become members and are therefore required to pay the HOA fees that have been set for the residents. It is important to understand here that not all HOA’s are created equal, and therefore the fees and requirements can vary among neighborhoods. Some HOA’s are very restrictive on what residents can do with their properties, while others can tend to be more lenient and give residents more freedom.

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What are the benefits of having an HOA?

There are many perks that come with having an HOA, and we are going to be touching on just a few of them here. One of the main perks of having an HOA is that it keeps the neighborhood uniformed, and residents are held to a standard of how to keep their property. For example, if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA you can be pretty certain that your neighbor will not have a bright pink house, an unruly, unkept yard , and multiple cars parked every which way on the property. Most of the time the homes will be very aesthetically pleasing and kept up (well, at least on the outside!).

Another benefits to living in a community that has an HOA is that the common areas and amenities are usually very well maintained. Everything from over-seeded, perfectly manicured lawns and clean play areas, to well-lit streets, freshly painted walls and smooth asphalt. Some neighborhoods also features swimming pools, walking trails, sports courts, parks and barbecue pits. Additionally, properly protected property values and a sense of community are other perks that you can find when looking at neighborhoods and areas that feature an HOA. 

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What are the benefits of not having an HOA?

As you can see, there are many benefits that can come from being part of a community that has an HOA. However, there are also many benefits that come from being part of a community that does not have an HOA. And as you may have guessed, one of the main perks to not having an HOA is not having to pay an HOA fee. Now, we want to point out here that HOA fees vary based on neighborhood. Some HOA fees tend to be a little high, and there are others that are on the lower end (by “lower” we mean about $10-$15/month). For many people, the perks of having an HOA outweigh any money that is due to the association, while others think that fee is a complete waste of money and do not want to include that in their monthly expenses. It is all about personal preference, weighing the pros and cons, and eventually settling on a decision that works best for you and your family.

Another downside of buying in a community with an HOA is that you typically do not have the freedom of doing whatever you want to your home. From the example above, if you one day got an itch to paint your home bright pink, we are willing to bet that your HOA would not give you the stamp of approval. If one thing is out of line per the set rules, you will typically be notified right away and asked to fix whatever was wrong. And it is your responsibility to fix it in a timely manner. Also, you may be assuming that these neighborhoods with no HOA’s may be located in parts of town that are less desirable. And that is just simply not true. There are many beautiful new construction homes without HOA’s that are located just a couple blocks from the beach! So don’t think that you have to sacrifice location in order to be part of an non-HOA community.   

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Is the internet a good place to search for homes in Myrtle Beach, SC that do not have an HOA?

The answer to this question, simply put, is no. Now do not get us wrong, the internet is a great tool for a lot of things and can prove to be an okay place to start your search. But the internet just does not compare to having a experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent by your side sending you and showing you listings that meet your criteria. Why would you want to waste your time trying to search and comb through information on the internet? A good real estate agent may even have access to homes that have not yet been listed on the internet, allowing you to get your eyes and hands on it first. So while the World Wide Web can be handy, we do not recommend it as your main weapon for searching for these types of communities.   

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What should I do if I am interested in purchasing a new home in the Myrtle Beach, SC area that does not have an HOA?

If you or someone you know is looking to purchase a property in Myrtle Beach, SC in an area that does not have an HOA, give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinaks Realty a call today! As we touched on above, there is no substitute for having a knowledgeable and experienced realtor by your side to ensure you have a smooth and successful buying experience. Allow one of our agents to sit down with you and learn and exactly what it is you are looking for in a new home, and show you possible properties that meet your desired criteria. Rest assured we will show you the good, the bad and the ugly, and allow you the chance to compare different properties to ensure you are making the best decision for you and your family.

Now we know you have your choice of realtors in Myrtle Beach, SC, and you may be asking yourself what sets us apart from other teams in the area. For one, we have a separate set of realtors that are solely focused on our buyer clients, and a separate set of realtors who are solely focused on our seller clients. This is a huge advantage because you can be confident that your Jerry Pinaks Realty agent will not only be knowledgeable in the buying process and able to answer all the questions that arise, but also that they will work hard in your best interest. Why have average when you can have the best? We know you have questions, and we have the answers! Give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!

 

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Have you ever been in your car singing along to your favorite song, driven past an open plot of land in a neighborhood and thought to yourself how perfect it would be to build a house on it? Well if you have, you are not alone! A question we get asked all the time here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts is: “if I buy a piece of land, can I build a house on it later?” And the answer, simply put, is yes! And as you may have guessed, that is exactly where today’s blog is going to take us.

You are absolutely able to purchase a plot of land and build your dream house on it later, and there are actually many communities around the Myrtle Beach, SC area that we can show you, and parcels of land we can help you envision building on. So if you have ever thought of buying land, mapping out your dream home and building it when the time is right for you, then you do not want to miss today’s post. We will be talking about some of the perks of buying land and building on it, some of the factors that go into what type of home you can build and what you can do if you are looking for a trusted and experienced contractor in Myrtle Beach, SC to use that will be the best fit for you and your needs. Let’s jump right in!

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What are the perks of buying land and building on it later?

As you could imagine, there are many perks that come with purchasing a piece of land, planning out your dream house and building it on your terms and timeline. And one of the main perks is that last part: your timeline. If you are going to take the time, energy and money to build a home from start to finish, the last thing you want to do is feel rushed with the process. Having the flexibility of when you want to start building on the land will allow you to do research, make plans and ensure that everything is how you want it prior to starting the build out. Taking your time and starting when you are ready is a good way to help ensure that things will go smoothly and you will love the end result of the project.

 

Another (obvious) perk to building on a piece of land is that everything will be new and you will be the first person to live in the home. This may not be a big deal to some, but most people love the idea of no one living in the space prior to their arrival. There will be no stains on the carpet, no holes in the wall or chipped paint around the door frames. And while these are all small things that can easily be fixed in an older home, the freshness and newness of a just-built home is a huge draw for most families, and is a large factor in them choosing to go this route. And on that same note, another perk to buying a piece of land and building on it later is that you have time to research everything you want to incorporate into your house.

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Close your eyes and think what your dream home looks like. What color are the walls? What appliances are in the kitchen? What do your countertops look like? What finishes do you want to incorporate? Do you have wood floors or tile throughout? These are all aspects that you will most likely be able to pick and choose from when building your home on the piece of land you purchased. Having the house built to your exact wants, needs and taste can end up saving you time and money as opposed to buying an older home and having to update and/or fix things around the house. And that is always a win in our book!

What factors go into the type of house I can build in a specific area?

There are many factors that can contribute to the type of house you are able to build in a specific area and neighborhood. A few of these factors include geography, where the land is located, the type of homes that are being built, as well as what is allowed and what is not allowed. If the neighborhood has an HOA (Homeowners Association), then there may be specific guidelines that you have to adhere by for the look of the exterior of the home, like paint color and design for example. There are many questions that are sure to arise in this department, but our experienced team of realtors will help you answer each one that comes up and navigate the waters.

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Can you help make recommendations on contractors in the Myrtle Beach, SC area for after the land is purchased?

From a builders standpoint, here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts we get asked a lot if we can help to point people in the direction of a good contractor to help them build their dream home in Myrtle Beach, SC. And the answer to that, again simply put, is yes. Why is it so important to find the right contractor you ask? Well, it is important to understand that every community has a different dynamic to it. There are certain communities in which we would recommend a specific contractor, and other communities in which we maybe would not recommend that specific contractor.

This goes to further point out how important it is to work with a team that not only knows the local real estate comps, but also is in tune with the communities themselves, the build outs of these communities and the right contractors to connect you to. And we can help you avoid getting into bed with contractors that you should stay away from. This will help to save you time, money and aggravation down the road. And when you are taking on a large project, every saved penny and nerve is a good thing!

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What should I do if I am interested in buying a piece of land in Myrtle Beach and building on it later?

If you or someone you know is interested in buying a piece of land in Myrtle Beach, SC now and building on it later, be sure to give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today! We understand the potential hesitation of taking on such a big project and realize that questions are sure to arise before and during the buying process. And that is where we come in. Our team is here to help guide you every step of the way to ensure you have the best and most successful buying experience possible. 

As we discussed above, buying land and building on it has many perks and is a great option for those looking to customize and build their dream home, when the time is right for them. Allow our experienced team to sit down with you and understand your wants and needs, and show you potential areas and plots of land that may be suitable for what you are looking for. We have helped many individuals, couples and families find their perfect land to build on, and we know we can do the same for you. This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. Give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!

 

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Top Things To Avoid When You Are Purchasing A Condo

by Jerry Pinkas

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Have you or someone you know been thinking of buying a condo in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC? Are you excited about the possibilities of condo living, but have questions or concerns about the buying process? Do you stay awake at night wondering about all the things you should/need to avoid when looking to purchase a condo, and wish you had an experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent to help you navigate these potential pitfalls? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then this blog post is for you! Today we are going to be talking about all things condo and give you information on how to avoid the buying mistakes that are costly. So without further ado, lets jump in!

Is the internet a good place to find information on condos?  

Now more than ever, we know there is a lot of information available to you at your fingertips via the World Wide Web. And while this is a luxury in a lot of ways, it is also important to understand that not all the information that you find online is accurate. There is a lot of misinformation that people are taking in, especially when it comes to buying and selling real estate. So while it is okay to browse online, the best way to get information is to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent in your area. Not only will they be able to answer all your questions, but they should have a great handle on what is going on with properties in the area and give you advice accordingly.

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What are some of the main things to avoid when looking to purchase a condo?

It is no secret that condo living is a great way to go for a lot of people, especially millennia’s and seniors who may be retiring and looking to downsize their living space a bit. But there are a few things to keep an eye out for when you start your search. Understanding that things have changed a bit can give you a leg up. What do we mean by that? There are buildings that have had past and/or present litigations, slip and fall defects, construction defects and other similar things can be considered minor, but are still things to look out for. You want to be aware of the condition of the building you are buying into so there are minimal surprises down the road.

You will also want to keep an eye out for the HOA (Homeowners Association) budget. Does it have reserves? Do they have money in the bank or are they losing money? Do they have a cash call? These are all very important things to know and questions that should be asked. Also, you want to know about HOA meeting minutes and what is going on. When it comes to big projects, you want to see if they have been completed, if there is some other project that is going on that needs to be finished up and any potential future projects they have planned. For example, if there was a damaged roof from a storm, you want to know if there is any mold that has subsequentially arisen from the water damage. Another big area you want to look into is any balcony issues, as these can be costly. You want to know all these things before you get involved and invested in the property. Lastly, we want you to understand that the skill of the agent you are working with is a direct relation to how successful your experience will be. So finding a great real estate agent that is knowledgeable and will work hard in your best interest will give you the best chance of success in your buying experience.

 

Are you buying a condo or a condotel?

First off, you may be asking yourself what exactly a condotel is. A condotel, while it is not a condo, usually has a vacancy sign outside and is typically rented by the night, by the week and/or by the month. Does the property you are looking at have a rental desk, a central phone system, daily maid service, and valet parking? If so, these are all signs the property may be a condotel. It is important to understand the difference so you know exactly what type of property you are looking at and do not invest your time looking into in a building that ultimately will not fit your needs. Our team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts will be able to walk you through more of the differences and be sure to steer you clear of these properties if you are looking to purchase a typical condo unit. And on a side note, if you ever do find yourself looking to purchase a condotel, we have some unfortunate news for you. You will find that 99 percent of banks will actually not finance a condotel.

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Why is it important to work with a good lender when looking to purchase a condo?

There are a number of reasons why it is so important to work with a good lender when purchasing a condo. One of these reasons is because, if you are working with a good lender, they will be able to help you review any litigations on the property, as well as review the home owner’s documents on your behalf. Why would they do this you ask? Because as much as you do not want to put money into a bad property, they do not want to loan you money on a project that is going to get them in trouble either. So using the correct lender is definitely a bonus on your end. It also never hurts to have an extra set of eyes on things to help ensure you are making the best decision given your current situation, as well as your wants and needs in a property.

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What should I do if I am interested in buying a condo in Myrtle Beach, SC?

If you or someone you know is looking to purchase a condo in sunny Myrtle Beach, SC, be sure to give our experienced team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts a call today! As we have touched on throughout this blog post, while the condo buying process can be an exciting time, there are also a few pitfalls that you want to be sure to avoid as they can be very costly, frustrating and time-consuming. Making sure that you have a knowledgeable and dedicated real estate agent by your side can help ensure that you have a successful and stress-free buying experience. We understand that you have your choice of real estate agents to choose from in the Myrtle Beach, SC area, and you may be wondering what sets our team here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts apart from the rest?

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For one, we have a separate team of agents that are solely dedicated to our buyer clients, and a separate set of agents that are solely dedicated to our seller clients. So when starting your condo buying journey, you can be confident and sleep easy knowing that your real estate agent is extremely skilled and knowledgeable about the buying process and will always work hard in your best interests. We have helped numerous individuals, couples, families, and retirees find their dream condo in Myrtle Beach, SC and we know we can do the same for you. Why settle for average when you can have the best? Give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!

 

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Myrtle Beach Real Estate Agent Reviews

by Jerry Pinkas

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It's no secret that the Myrtle Beach, SC real estate market is booming! People are flocking and relocating here from across the country to live a lifestyle that many only dream of. And can you blame them? Not only does Myrtle Beach, SC offer some of the most stunning beaches you can find, but the temperate weather, affordable living, and endless entertainment make the area hard to resist. And while many people would love to live here year round, there are many people that make their way to Myrtle Beach, SC throughout the year to enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer. It really is a tourist’s paradise and a hard destination to resist when planning a vacation! 

 

Whether you are looking to sell your current home, buy your forever home, or looking for a second vacation home in Myrtle Beach, SC, one of the most important things you can do is to find a real estate agent that is knowledgeable, hardworking and has a proven track record of success. Who you trust to help you purchase a home or condo can make all the difference in your experience and ultimately your success in the process. Myrtle Beach real estate agents are everywhere, but how do you know that you have the right real estate professional that is going to answer all of your questions, negotiate the best deal, help you purchase or sell your home and be working in your best interest every step of the way? Well, as you may have guessed, that is exactly what we are going to be talking about in today’s blog post. If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in Myrtle Beach, SC, today’s topic is one you do not want to miss!

 

Why should I be picky about which real estate agent I choose to work with?

This is a great question and one that once you understand the answer, it can make all the difference in how you purchase and/or sell your homes now and in the future. Your real estate agent is someone that represents you and your best interests during the buying/selling process. And since many people do not fully understand all the ins and outs of the real estate world, they look to their agent to help answer questions that arise, guide them in decision making, trusting that they are negotiating in their best interest and properly completing all documents. And while it may sound like the agent has a big job in the overall process, it is because they do. And that is exactly why you want to make sure that you have the right person in your corner.

Some people think that it does not make a difference who your real estate agent is and may hire on the first person they meet. But just take a second and think about this: If you have an agent that does not know the area well, does not work hard for their clients and is inexperienced in negotiating, there is a pretty fair chance that you, as the client, will not get the best possible deal when buying or selling your home. And since buying a home is likely to be one of the largest purchases you make in your lifetime, why would you leave it to just anyone. You could end up overpaying for a home, or worse, make a terrible purchase and end up with a money pit. A good real estate agent will tell you the good, the bad and the ugly with any property no matter how much potential commission is on the line.

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What traits should I be looking for in a real estate agent?

There are a few important traits that you want to be sure to keep an eye out for when looking to hire a real estate agent. First, you want to make sure that your real estate agent has a successful track record. You may want to look at any online reviews the real estate has and ask for references from past clients. This will really help you get a better idea of how the agent works and what you can expect if you were to work with them. Next, you want someone who is honest and who will always work in your best interest. The worst feeling is having to second guess if your real estate agent is giving you advice based on what is best for you or if they are working in their own best interest. Lastly, you want a real estate agent who knows the area inside and out, and who has a solid network of people in their corner.

 

Why should I go with Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts when buying or selling in Myrtle Beach, SC?

Listen, we know you have your choice of realtors when it comes to buying and selling in Myrtle Beach, SC. And we understand that it can seem like a daunting and difficult task to choose which real estate agent to bring on to work with you. But luckily, here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, we can take a lot of that stress and guesswork off your back. Not only are we ranked highest in Myrtle Beach Real estate, but out agents are knowledgeable, decisive, honest, dedicated and always work hard in the best interests of our clients.

Now you may be asking yourself what separates our team from other agents in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. Well, here at Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts, we have a set of agents that are solely dedicated to working with our buyer clients and a separate team of agents who are solely dedicated to working with our seller clients. We know that many real estate agents in the area are both listing and buying agents, but we believe that this can be a conflict of interest for the client. See, if you are on both sides of the buying and selling fence, it can be difficult to represent your client thoroughly and truthfully. We believe this is the best and most effective way to serve our clients. So whether you are looking to buy or sell, you can be confident in knowing that our agents are knowledgeable and have perfected their craft because they do it all day, every day.

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Now you may be asking yourself what some of our clients have said about our team here at Jerry Pinkas Realty. Our clients have described our agents as go-getters, hard working and dedicated. We have so many happy clients and our success speaks for itself. Our hope is by now we have shed some light on why it is so important to do your research before hiring on a real estate agent and why you should work with our team when buying and/or selling in Myrtle Beach. Our team is knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate and always go above and beyond for our clients on a daily basis. So give us a call today and let us help you find and buy your dream home, or list and sell your current home. This is what we do, we do it every day and we are good at it. We look forward to working with you soon!

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