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What’s Happening for the Holidays

Dec-9-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

Our Christmas present to you this year is your choice among holiday vacation rentals at 20% off through the end of the holidays! We also have some rentals where we throw in an extra night for free. If you’re still looking for gift ideas why not take advantage of these specials and surprise your family in a way they’re sure to love this year. This is definitely a one-size-fits-all gift!

What's Happening for the Holidays
Don’t miss the following special events taking place on behalf of the Christmas holiday season —

Come on out and watch the Surfside Beach Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10 beginning at 2 p.m. The parade will run down Ocean Boulevard in Surfside Beach.

The popular Christmas performance by the Pawleys Island Concert Band under the direction of Carson Turner will take place on Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at Pawleys Island Community Church. This event is free and open to the public.

Yuletide Tour of Homes, a benefit for Friends of the Georgetown Library, includes eight homes, from colonial to contemporary, decorated for the season along with refreshments at the historic Parker-Stewart House. Dec. 10, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Downtown Georgetown. $25 ($20 for members of county Friends groups) at any library or call 843-545-3303.

Nights of a Thousand Candles is definitely worth seeing if you have never been to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet or if you have visitors coming over the holiday that you want to impress. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. An 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. See the gardens come to life amid the soft glow of 5,500 handlit candles and sparkling lights from 3-10 p.m., Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-18.

The Holiday Bazaar at Market Common takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through December 17 at Market Common! There will be seasonal craft vendors, live greens, and fresh food.

What's Happening for the Holidays
Bring the kids and have Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. on December 10 and 17 at Market Common.

The annual Lighting of the Menorah will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 – the first night of Hanukkah – in Valor Memorial Garden at The Market Common, with Rabbi David Weissman.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a very Happy New Year from all of us at Litchfield Real Estate & Vacation Rentals!

With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching do you know where you will be spending the holiday this year? Have you made your holiday plans and invited friends and family to share the holiday meal? Or maybe you’re planning on dining out in a local restaurant this year. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for all that you have – whether it’s a lot or a little. It’s also a day to consider those less fortunate than yourself and how you could share your blessings with them going forward, making a positive difference in their lives.

Come Stay in Our Oceanfront Holiday Rentals This Thanksgiving

Many people designate the day after Thanksgiving as the start of the holiday shopping season after all, it is the biggest shopping day of the year. If you’ve come to the coastal Carolinas to spend your Thanksgiving in one of the beautiful oceanfront holiday rental homes Litchfield Real Estate has to offer then you’ll be in close proximity to unlimited shopping venues. From specialty shops to malls galore, you’ll be able to find exceptional gifts for your family and friends without traveling too far.

Thanksgiving at the Beach

Staying in one of our gorgeous oceanfront vacation rentals for the holidays in Garden City, Surfside Beach, Litchfield by the Sea, Murrells Inlet, North Litchfield, Pawleys Island or South Litchfield is a memorable way to spend your Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving at the beach.

The sandy beach at water’s edge is a very spiritual and meaningful place for many people. It’s a wonderful spot to spread a blanket and watch the sun come up while giving heartfelt thanks for all that you are and all that you have.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you!

Why Investing in a Vacation Home is a Great Idea

Oct-17-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

If you’re a beach lover and find yourself returning to our beautiful shores year after year, this may be the perfect time to invest in your own vacation property. Residential prices are reasonable right now and interest rates are still low. At this time of the year there’s less competition for the homes on the market. It’s a great time to invest in your very own vacation home.

investing in a vacation home
By working with us at Litchfield Real Estate we can address any concerns you may have about purchasing a vacation property. We can help you find that ideal place. By pairing up with us you will have a real estate professional in your corner to guide you to the best vacation homes for investing in, homes that will serve as your family’s vacation destination for many years or that would also work well as a vacation rental home.

Tips to get you started:

1. If your family has a favorite location, that may be the perfect spot for your to purchase a vacation home. Decide if it’s really a place where you’d want to spend every vacation. Does it fit really well with your lifestyle and offer the recreational interests your family has?

2. Choose an appropriate size vacation home. It needs to fit your family and their comfort level as well as have accommodations for guests you may bring along.

3. Check your finances and your credit to see what you can comfortably afford to spend. Get pre-qualified for a loan if you need one. Know how much home you can purchase before you contact a Realtor.

4. When you meet with us we’ll discuss the criteria you want in a vacation home and set up some tours of properties that are on the market at this time.

Beach vacation home investment
At Litchfield Real Estate we are fully experienced in the real estate market in South Carolina. We will help you navigate through the available homes currently on the market. When you find one you like, we can do a market analysis on it to determine if the price being asked is appropriate. Sellers of vacation homes sometimes have inflated expectations, and buyers sometimes don’t realize the higher value a home may have if it’s located by the water. Educate yourself and when you find that perfect property make your offer based on your research as well as the advice of your agent.

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Once you’ve secured financing, your offer is accepted, and a home inspection done you will soon be the new owner of your own vacation home. Make plans during this time about how long you will spend in the vacation home. Will it be your full time residence or just a vacation destination? Do you plan on renting it out when you’re not staying there? If so, get names of rental management firms that can take care of maintenance, upkeep and rentals when you are not there.

Now is the perfect time to make an investment in real estate that will that will increase in value in the years to come. Begin now and you’ll have less competition for the available properties while getting a jump on the spring buyers who come out in droves as soon as the weather turns warm again. The less competition the better your chance of getting the best price on your new vacation home.

When you’re ready to have us on your side, give Litchfield Real Estate a call at 800-437-4241. We look forward to hearing from you!

When You’re Ready to Move South, Choose Surfside Beach

Sep-20-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

With winter fast approaching many people begin to dream of escaping to where the weather is warmer year round, there’s sunshine instead of snow, and you can golf every day of the week. Here in Surfside Beach South Carolina we have all that and more! This is an ideal place to live for those that want to live an active life. This coastal area is one of the healthiest places you could choose to live.

 

When You're Ready to Move South, Choose Surfside Beach

If you’ve made up your mind that this is the year you’ll make your day dream a reality, take a look at the Surfside Beach homes for sale that we currently have available. This is an ideal time of the year to get a great deal on real estate or off-season prices on Surfside Beach winter rentals since we have so much for you to choose from.

 

We have homes located oceanfront, ocean view, directly on the waterway with your own dock, 2nd row or 3rd row, fairway homes and more. The list seems endless! We’re sure to have the perfect place for you whether you’re buying or just temporarily escaping.

 
When You're Ready to Move South, Choose Surfside Beach

Our inventory includes spacious estates big enough for entertaining the largest number of guests that will be visiting to intimate beach cottages built for two. We have a nice selection of homes to choose from no matter what your requirements are.

 

At Litchfield Real Estate we’ve been in the business of matching families with homes since 1959 and we know the business well. No matter where you’d like to live in coastal South Carolina, let us assist you in finding your next beach home.

 

We can be reached by phone at 800-437-4241. We’ll set up a time to get together and discuss what your requirements are for your next home and then take you out and show you the properties that meet that criteria. Give us a call today!

 

20% – 25% Off Labor Day Specials on Select Rentals

Aug-17-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

With summer waning and Labor Day fast approaching we have some Labor Day Specials taking place on our Pawleys Island vacation rentals but you better hurry because they won’t last long! We have rentals offering up 20% to 25% off the price of a weekly stay so don’t miss out on these great deals!

20% - 25% Off Labor Day Specials On Select Rentals

Inlet Point 15D & Inlet Point 18B are offering 20% off remaining summer weeks up to and including the week of Sept 3-10, 2016. These are both 2 bedroom, 2 bath second row condos with balcony and pool views. You’ll be just a two minute walk to the beach. Enjoy the two pools (one Olympic size) and the crabbing dock on a creek.

 

20% - 25% Off Labor Day Specials On Select Rentals

Lakeside 72-A is giving 20% off all remaining weeks in August and September, 2016. Already low shoulder and off-season rates are discounted even further! This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is a lakefront villa in Litchfield by the Sea Resort. Community pool, outdoor tennis, walking & biking paths, and a fresh water lake for fishing.

 

20% - 25% Off Labor Day Specials On Select Rentals

Inlet Point 11-D will save you 25% off two weeks stays now through Labor Day in this 4 bedroom, 4 bath condo at Inlet Point in South Litchfield Beach. This beautiful split level marsh front condo offers stunning views of the creek and salt marsh. You’ll be just a three minute walk to the beach. Ground level home.

 

Check our site for other special deals on vacation rentals through the end of the month!

 

 

Hot Deals on Remaining Summer Weeks

Jul-18-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

At Litchfield Real Estate we have some super hot deals on Pawleys Island vacation rentals and Litchfield Beach vacation rentals for the remaining available summer weeks. There is no better time than right now to get the lowest in-season price available on these beautiful properties.

What you can expect
A vacation here means white sandy beaches, stately live oaks draped in Spanish moss, plenty of creeks and canals perfect for kayaking, crabbing, or fishing. You’ll enjoy the large assortment of restaurants ranging from five-star cuisine to quaint local seafood shacks. Come let our friendly people show you first-hand why this area gets in your heart and mind and stays there forever.

The Hot Deals
36-Inlet-Point-DriveInlet Point on South Litchfield Beach — Save up to 25% off now through Labor Day.
36 Inlet Point Drive, Pawleys Island
4 BR, 4 BA Condo at Inlet Point, Sleeps 10

 

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South Litchfield Beach — 20% off all remaining July weeks!
471 Sundial Drive, Pawleys Island
4 BR, 2 BA Beach House, Sleeps 10

 

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Inlet Point on South Litchfield — 20% off all remaining August weeks
647 Norris Drive, Pawleys Island
2 BR/2BA Oceanfront Condos

 

130-Heron-Marsh-Drive
Lakefront Villa at Litchfield by the Sea — 20% off the weeks of Aug 13–20 & Aug 20–27, 2016
130 Heron Marsh Drive, Pawleys Island
3 BR/3 BA Lakefront Villas

 

Marsh-Hawk
Marsh Hawk at Litchfield by the Sea — 20% off remaining August weeks
45 McKissick Drive, Pawleys Island
3 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 8
 

There are even more properties offering hot deals through the rest of the summer. Check out the Vacation Specials page on our website for some super great deals.

 

 

Best Places to Watch the July 4th Fireworks

Jun-15-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

Best Places to Watch the July 4th Fireworks
For those of you planning on spending the Fourth of July holiday in one of our Litchfield vacation rentals, you’ll be in a great location to take advantage of everything holiday related in the area. We compiled a list of where vacationers say are the best places to celebrate the holiday by watching the magnificent fireworks displays. Check them out as well as the local parades and other events taking place around the nearby area this year.

Annual July 4th Murrells Inlet Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, July 2. The boat parade begins at Garden City Point at 5 p.m. and winds through the inlet, past the MarshWalk and south to Morse Park Landing.

Murrells Inlet Fireworks Display can be best watched anywhere along the Marshwalk or Veterans Pier. Starting at 10 p.m., the sky will fill with colors of red, white, blue and beyond for an incredible, awe-inspiring 20 minute fireworks show. The parking area behind Belin Methodist Church (the old church on the ocean side) is also a popular and very good spot to watch the fireworks.

Best Places to Watch the July 4th Fireworks
The Fourth of July Parade on Pawleys Island, is a fun community event. Visitors and locals alike parade down the Island in anything that becomes a makeshift float – be it a boat, car, or flatbed truck! The Pawleys Island Parade is a fun, family tradition on the 4th that’s held from 11 a.m. until noon. To enter a float in the parade, please stop by the Town Hall, 321 Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island to fill out an application. The cost to enter is $15 in advance, the day of the parade it is $20. Applications will be available Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. until the day of the parade.

4th of July Celebration at Surfside Beach. The Town of Surfside Beach’s 4th of July Celebration is on July 4th from 6-10 p.m. at the Pier. Entertainment by “Garth & Friends.” Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Concessions and Fourth of July t-shirts will be available for purchase. Bring a chair and celebrate this year’s 4th of July at Surfside Beach!

Getting Ready to Buy a Home? Take These Steps First

May-11-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

Getting Ready to Buy a Home? Take These Steps First
The real estate market is in full swing now that spring has arrived. Many people that have vacationed here in the past are returning to find that forever home. Whether you’re buying your first home or your 10th, there are some things you can do ahead of time to be fully prepared before you even start looking at homes. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to quickly move through the purchasing process on your next home.

Get Your Credit Score
Your mortgage lender is going to need your credit score. The higher your score the lower interest rate you’ll be charged on a mortgage and the more easily you’ll get approved. If you want to increase your score, then lower your debt. Pay off whatever you can before ever applying for a mortgage.

What Are You Worth?
Add up all the numbers ahead of time to find out how much house you can afford before you start looking. Realtor.com offers a Home Affordability Calculator that will help. Fill in your current income, the location where you want to live and other factors and see what you can afford.

Down Payments
When you buy a home you will be expected to put down anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent down if you are financing the purchase. There are a number of different ways to acquire those funds – savings account withdrawals, early withdrawals from retirement accounts, vacation funds, selling stock, family gifts and outright loans.

Getting Ready to Buy a Home? Take These Steps First
How to Buy a House
Some real estate agencies and lenders hold seminars for new homebuyers that will teach the basic elements of the home buying process. There’s a lot to learn at these seminars and you can count on it to be the most up-to-date information available.

Finding an Agent
Some say to interview a few real estate agents before choosing who you want to work with. But once you come to Litchfield Real Estate you’ll see why you won’t need to go any further. We listen closely to your wants and needs, we know the area inside and out, and we will puts all of our effort into finding you a home.

Closing Costs Can Add Up
Closing costs can range from 3-6 percent of the purchase price. All total these costs include taxes, transfer fees and other expenses spelled out in the contract. During negotiations on the purchase price you can ask the seller to pick up the tab on closing costs. Many sellers would rather pay the closing costs for you than lower the price of their home.

Litchfield Real Estate is ready to help you find that next home when you’re ready to start looking at properties. Give us a call at (800) 437-4241.

Where to Take Mom to Dine for Mother’s Day

Apr-19-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

In the rush and busyness of everyday living it’s all too easy to take your family, especially your parents, for granted. It’s only natural to think they’ll always be there because they always have been. As we get older the fog begins to clear and we watch as those around us begin to lose their parents, one by one. At some point that light bulb moment happens and we, too, finally realize we won’t have our own parents with us forever. As convenience would have it, there are holidays built into our years that give us ongoing opportunities to stop and celebrate those who brought us into this life. Those holidays are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Where to Take Mom for a Mother's Day
This year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 8, 2016. It’s a day to take some time out of your busy schedule and celebrate your mother, mother’s around you and mother’s soon-to-be. Whether it’s your own mother, grandmother, or a daughter celebrating her very first Mother’s Day as a brand new mother, there are plenty of places to go and things to do to let them know you appreciate them. For just this one special day, won’t you let it entirely be about them?

Many restaurants will be holding special brunches and have select Mother’s Day entrees on their menus. Check the websites or call the restaurants for more information about what’s going on for the holiday.

Frank’s Restaurant & Outback
10434 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC
Phone: (843) 237-3030

Inside bistro, outdoor covered dining, wine list, reservations. Featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetite, Southern Living and National Restaurant magazines.

Where to Take Mom for a Mother's Day
Dead Dog Saloon
4079 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC
Phone: (843) 651-0664

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Wahoo’s Fish House
3993 US 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC
Phone: (843) 651-5800

Located right off the celebrated Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, a two-story seafood and sushi restaurant. This stylish creek side restaurant offers an extensive menu of creative and innovative cuisine.

Captain Dave’s Dockside Restaurant
On the Waterfront, 4307, Murrells Inlet, SC
Phone: (843) 651-5850

Daily features, early bird meals. Enjoy freshly prepared meals served in a vibrant and social waterfront setting, harkening back to mid-century coastal casual dining.

Where to Take Mom for a Mother's Day

Gulfstream Café
1536 South Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 651-8808

Sunday Brunch, early evening menus, gluten-free menu, lunch-to-go, dinner menu.

Bonefish Grill
8703 Highway 17 Bypass S, Surfside Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 215-4374
Open 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted.

Landolfi’s Italian Bakery & Restaurant
9305 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC
Phone:(843) 237-7900

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Easygoing, family-run establishment making wood-fired pizza, pannini, pasta and Italian-style pastries. Bar on site.

Spending Easter on Pawleys Island SC

Mar-17-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

After a long winter it’s always a delight to treat yourself to mini-vacation somewhere that’s warmer than it is at home. We have that place right here on Pawleys Island in South Carolina. And if you want to treat yourself exceptionally well just stay in one of the luxurious oceanfront vacation rentals that we can provide you with at Litchfield Real Estate. You won’t be disappointed!

Spending Easter on Pawleys Island SC

If you’re wondering what there is to do while you’re in the area just read further. Besides the golf courses that are open and ready for you at this time of year, and all the shopping venues that await, the following special events are also being held to celebrate the Easter holiday.

The Easter Bunny will be at Inlet Square Mall between now and Easter at. He will be available Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (break 3 p.m.-4 p.m.), Sunday Noon-5 p.m. (break 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) from now through March 26. Bring your camera and take advantage of the some photos!

The Easter Bunny will be at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday, March 26, to hand out treats to all the children. The 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, as well as other games.

Barefoot Landing is having a Bunny Hop Easter Celebration from 12 noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Open to the public, this event offers lots of entertainment, food and games.

Plan on coming to the Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach and enjoy Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, Mar. 26 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The price for breakfast is $9.95 per person. Kids 2 and under are free with a paying adult. Reservations are required by calling (843) 946-0007.

The Children’s Museum of South Carolina will host an Easter Bunny Brunch on March 26. Bring the whole family to enjoy a hot breakfast, a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny and plenty of Easter-themed games and activities. Bring a basket or bag for the egg hunt. There are over 1,200 eggs hidden in the museum. Two seating times: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You must register and purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are $6 for members and $12 for non-members.

The Surfside Beach Easter Egg Hunt/Children’s Festival will take place on Saturday March 26 starting at 1 p.m. The hunt will begin promptly at 1 p.m. at Passive Park followed by a Children’s festival at Fuller Park from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be train rides, inflatables, face painting, balloons and more for the kids.

All of us at Litchfield Real Estate would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter holiday!