April 4, 2018

Market Common Myrtle Beach March - April Events

Market Common Myrtle Beach Happenings!

Princesses (and princes!) Gala

The Market Common will host the Princess Gala to benefit the regional chapter of the American Red Cross beginning at 8:30am on Saturday March 4 at Travinia Italian Kitchen for a royal breakfast.  Girls and boys ages 4-7 will receive the royal treatment, take part in a parade and enjoy a princess-themed movie at the Grand 14 Cinemas.  "Real Princesses" will accompany the royal visitors throughout their adventure.  Tickets and information at www.pricessgala.net

Myrtle Beach Marathon

March 4th is the 20th annual Myrtle Beach Marathon will start at Grissom Parkway and 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach and will near the half way point in Market Common.  www.mbmarathon.com

Irish Fest

will be held in Valor Park on March 11th to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Barks, Brews & BBQ

March 11 from 11 to 3:30 Orvis will host and adoption & fundraising event for Saint Frances Animal Center.

The Highland Games and Heritage Festival

will be held March 24 & 25 in Grand Park and is expected to draw up to 20,000 visitors.

Dragon Boat Festival


Teams will compete to benefit Ground Zero will be Saturday, April 26th beginning at 8am.  Teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer will race their dragon themed boats on the lake at Market Common.  Spectators and participants will also enjoy a family-fun zone, live entertainment and food vendors.  www.mygroundzero.com


Posted in Area Events
April 7, 2017

Thinking about buying a rental condo in Myrtle Beach


So you are thinking about buying a resort condo in Myrtle Beach?Before buying read this.

As a real resort condo owner and real estate agent who has helped many buyers and sellers of ocean front resort condos  in Myrtle Beach I have learned quite a bit:

Our ocean front condo properties are primarily Condotels. Condotels are any resort condo with an onsite check in desk, daily maid service and are operated like a hotel. Hence forth the name Condotel.


Get the minutes from the previous POA meetings and call the home owner's association rep to see if there are any special assessments (OUCH) on the books or any areas  the home owners are concerned about. 

Get a copy of the master deed. It spells out what you can and can not do with the property. Why is this important you ask.... Do you have a pet you can't bear to spend the night away from? Do you have a motorcycle? The ability to bring fluffy the dog and the ability to park your favorite iron chariot will be spelled out in the master deed. 

Go to a website like Hotels.com which offer critiques on the property you may be interested in. Be sure to take one bad review with a grain of salt as long as there are a number of positive reviews.
You may even want to stay in the property prior to making the offer....Nothing worse than stopping in for a fun filled weekend in your newly acquired condo to find it overrun with varmints or vagrants or vice versa or both.

Pick a good rental management company. They should keep your unit rented, help take care of the unit and make fast cost effective repairs when things break. The onsite rental companies I used did a good job of renting my units which helped out because I needed the rental income to help offset some of the costs of ownership. Typically onsite companies keep your beach get away rented better than offsite companies. Of course the onsite companies keep a higher percentage of the rental income than offsite companies.

Financing is typically from private money with adjustable rates and is not usually available from your local lender. Myrtle Beach has several lenders who have this portfolio money available for most ocean front condotel purchases.

Feel free to call me anytime. I'll be happy to fill you in on all aspects of resort condo ownership.

So, come on down, take off your shoes, get some sand between your toes and have fun. With foreclosures and short sales along our ocean front there are currently deals to be had.



Ashley Harper   843 251-3118

Re/Max Southern Shores



















Posted in Homes
March 2, 2017

Are You Using Smart Home Technology?


Have the Smartest Home on the Block?


From security systems to thermostats, light bulbs to sprinklers, your home can easily become smarter with internet-enabled devices.

With 80 million smart home devices sold in 2016, 2017 will be known as the year of the Smart Home.

I'm always looking for ways to help my clients improve the value of their homes. One of the things I'm seeing more often is people adding more smart technology to their homes - things like internet-connected cameras, appliances, lights, and even locks.

Is this something you're doing in your home? Reply and let me know! I'm always looking for great ideas to share and I'd love to hear from you.


Posted in Homes