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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. 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!

Best Local Events for Kids

Feb-15-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

For those families planning on spending Spring Break at coastal South Carolina, we’ll tell you about the special events for kids taking place in the area. Some are free while others are fee-based. But all of them are going to be a whole lot of fun and can’t be enjoyed any other time than right now!


KidzTime Festival at Broadway at the Beach
KidzTime Festival at Broadway at the Beach
This annual event is free on February 20 and will include entertainment, farm animal exhibits, fire engine rides, mascots, Iron Man, and more! Event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Children’s Discovery Room at Brookgreen Gardens
The Children’s Discovery Room at Brookgreen Gardens will share seven interactive stations for children ages 4 through 12 that help kids to learn about the rich history, nature, and art at Brookgreen Gardens. The Discovery Room is free to be enjoyed with garden admission. Open Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon to 4:30 on Feb. 20-21 and 27-28, 2016.


Ripleys Family Fun Run
Ripley’s Family Fun Run
The Ripley’s Family Fun Run will take place on March 4 starting at 4:30 p.m. this year.  Have your family join in the fabulous fun for a mile long run around Ripley’s Aquarium for the non-recorded race. The 1 mile run and will start and finish outside Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach. On-line registration closes at Midnight, EST, February 28, 2016.


Freedom League
Myrtle Beach Freedom Indoor Football Games
Enjoy some American Indoor Football with the Myrtle Beach Freedom team in March on Sunday, March 6 from 7:05 to 10 p.m. and Monday, March 28 from 7:05 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

If you haven’t secured your accommodations yet, give us a call at Litchfield Real Estate (800-437-4241) and we’ll find you somewhere comfortable to stay away from the crowded mainstream of things.

Yes, We Have Dog-Friendly Vacation Rentals

Jan-16-2016 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

When you’re planning on taking your four-legged family members along with you on vacation it’s sometimes hard to find a place accepting of them. Many resorts just don’t value your pet as much as you and your family do. Bring them along with you when you come to stay with us at Litchfield Real Estate because we can provide you with pet-friendly vacation rentals where your family and your pets will both feel welcome!

Yes, We Have Dog-Friendly Vacation Rentals

Our dog-friendly vacation rentals offer you and your best four-legged buddy some of the most comfortable places to stay in the area. Fully furnished and beautifully decorated vacation homes are perfect for enjoying time away with your pets by your side.

When you want to take your dog out for socialization try one of the area’s dog parks. Dogs just love these local parks and they’re all fenced in for the safety of your dogs! Following is a list of some of the parks in the area.


Dog Parks in the Area

Freeway Park in Murrells Inlet is a 3+ acre dog park that is fenced in. It includes a clean fishing pond, tables w/chairs, complimentary poo bags, doggie shower, and more $5 per pet.

Surfside Beach Dog Park located between 1st Avenue and Pine Drive by the Town of Surfside Beach Library.

Myrtle Beach Barc Parc North, 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Dr. Myrtle Beach. The Barc Park North is located off of 62nd Ave in Myrtle Beach. Off-leash dog park with 3.3 acres. Two separate fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Tree cover to offer shade and water fountains to quench the pup’s thirst.

Myrtle Beach Barc Parc South, 670 Mallard Lake Dr., Myrtle Beach. This 14-acre fenced dog park features a large lake that dogs love. The park has a walking path and benches, doggie fountains and free baggies.

Waggin’ Tails Dog Park. The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex offers a fenced in playground for your dog! The dog park includes separate fenced in areas for small (<25lbs) and large dogs from 6:30 a.m. to sundown.

There are also many beaches in the area where dogs are welcome to enjoy a run at any time of the year but some have restrictions. Certain beaches and conservation properties will restrict dogs during the nesting seasons for different species of birds. Please pay attention to the signage when you enter a beach access to understand what the restrictions, if any, may be.

When you’re ready to book your vacation, you can reach us at 800-437-4241 or through the contact form on our website. We’re available to answer any questions you may have.

How to Get In The Mood with Holiday Events

Dec-12-2015 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

There are many people that as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone they’re in full celebration mode for the next holiday. Others, even long after the lights are on the tree, are still struggling to really “feel the season.” A good way to help you get in the mood for the holiday season is to go out into the community and take advantage of the different holiday events going on. Do that and before you know it you’ll find yourself humming Christmas carols to yourself!

How to Get In The Mood for the Holiday

Celebrating the Season in Dance: The holiday performances by the Litchfield Dance Arts Academy students. Dec. 12, 3 and 7 p.m., Litchfield Dance Arts Academy, 97 Otis Dr. $15/adults


The Sounds of Christmas: An evening of worship, praise and fellowship by the music ministry. Dec. 13, 5 p.m., Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Visitors welcome.


Band concert: Christmas performance by the Pawleys Island Concert Band under the baton of Carson Turner. Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Pawleys Island Community Church. Free.

How to Get In The Mood for the Holiday


Holiday memories: Model trains, period Christmas trees and other items that evoke the spirit of Christmas past. Through the end of the year, Brookgreen Gardens. Free with regular admission.


Nights of a Thousand Candles: Illuminated sculpture gardens and seasonal entertainment. Dec. 10-12 and 17-20, 3-10 p.m., Brookgreen Gardens. $18/adults, $10/ages 4-12


New interior with Christmas tree, presents and fireplace. Postcard.


A Fashionable Christmas: Candlelight tours of historic home decorated for the holidays by local designers. Dec. 10 and 17, 5-7 p.m., Kaminski House Museum. $5/adults, $3/youth, free/10 and under. Daily tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., $12/adults, $10/seniors, free/children 5 and under


Santa Paws: Photos of pets with Santa in a benefit for animal rescue. Saturdays through Dec. 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., All 4 Paws. Call 843-237-7297 for appointment.


All of us at Litchfield Real Estate hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe New Year!



Special Area Holiday Events in November

Nov-12-2015 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

At this time of the year there are events taking place that you just won’t find at any other time of the year – and we don’t just mean Thanksgiving and Christmas! There are many area holiday events held in November that are a real treat for those spending the season in one of our comfortable winter rentals. We’ve selected a few of them to share with you here but there are many more taking place all around the area. All of us at Litchfield Real Estate hope you will enjoy as many of these events as you can while having a very happy holiday!

Special Area Holiday Events in November

The 10th annual Turkey Trot Run and Walk at Brookgreen Gardens on US 17 will be held Saturday, November 21. There will be a 5k, 1-mile family walk, and a Turkey Trot (26.2 yards) starting at 8:15 a.m. Sponsored by Tidelands Health HealthPoint. For registration and more information call Health Point at (843) 237-2205.



Special Area Holiday Events in November

The popular Nights of a Thousand Candles, will be held from 3-10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Dec. 3-19 at Brookgreen Gardens, on US 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach. Cost is $18 for 13 and older ($14 members) and save $2 with purchase by Nov. 30, $10 ages 4-12 ($8 members); and free for age 3 and younger.


Special Area Holiday Events in November

The annual Atalaya Holiday Celebration will take place form 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Atalaya in the park on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. Entrance fee for this event will be $3 ages 6 and older, plus park admission: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. Sponsored by Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.


Special Area Holiday Events in November

The annual Murrells Inlet Christmas Weekend with Christmas Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 with Annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 6.


Special Area Holiday Events in November

The annual Surfside Rotary Turkey Trot, benefiting Surfside Beach Rotary Club, will be held Nov. 26 beginning at the Surfside Beach Pier parking lot, at Ocean Boulevard and Surfside Drive. There will be a 10k and 5k at 8:30 a.m., 1 mile at 8:35 a.m., and “Tot Trot” 10:15 a.m. Entry fees vary.


Special Area Holiday Events in November

This year marks the 46th year for the SC State Bluegrass Festival being held from noon-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26 and noon-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28, at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Daily $40 general admission and $45 reserved seating for ages 16 and older, or $90 and $95, respectively, for a three-day pass; $20/$25 daily for ages 7-15, or $45/$50 for three-day pass; anyone 6 or younger free with paying parents; and $5 parking daily, free for vehicles with handicap designation.  

Spending Halloween in Litchfield SC

Oct-14-2015 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

Now that Autumn is here and October is half over it won’t be long before Halloween arrives. People are usually split on this holiday with some loving it while others are indifferent to it. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, Halloween in Litchfield SC offers many events for the holiday that you may want to check out. Whether you already live here, are a snowbird just arriving for the winter, or you’re here checking out coastal real estate with us at Litchfield Real Estate, be sure to make the most of the area’s special events.

Halloween on the Marshwalk

The popular Halloween on the Marshwalk will take place on Saturday, October 31, starting at 5 p.m. along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. there will be trick-or-treating and the Children’s Costume Contest.  Judging will be at the Pirate Statue behind Drunken Jack’s Restaurant at 6:00 p.m. Fun for the adults begins at 8 p.m. with an Adult Costume Contest. Enter to win cash and prizes with more than $2,000 to be given out for the best costumes!

Georgetown SC Safe and Not So Spooky Halloween

Georgetown County Family YMCA and the City of Georgetown will be sponsoring a Safe and Not So Spooky Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31. Starting at 4:30 p.m. there will be pumpkin painting and concessions. At 6:30 p.m. the Disney movie, “Hotel Transylvania,” will be shown at Rainey Park and Kaminski House lawn. For more information call 843-546-9622.

Walking Shadows Ghost Tours of Georgetown

Walking Shadows Ghost Tours of Georgetown will be two Halloween Ghost Tours on Saturday, October 31, 2015. A tour for those 14 years old and under will start at 7 p.m. A tour for those who are 15 years old and older starts at 9 p.m. Tours begin at 800 Front St. in Georgetown, SC (Joy filled Gifts and Yarn Shop). Call 843-543-5321 for more info.

All of us at Litchfield Real Estate would like to wish you and your family a safe and fun-filled Halloween this year!






It’s Time to Reserve Your Winter Rental

Sep-14-2015 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

With summer winding down and autumn in the crosshairs it won’t be long before the colder winter temperatures settle in across most of the country. Here in coastal South Carolina we’re pretty much spared the frigid temperatures and deep snow and ice that the northern states get. That just might be why so many people come to Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island every year to spend their winter months in a beautiful furnished winter rental that only we can supply.

It's Time to Reserve Your Winter Rental

Many of our off-season visitors already know that the fall and winter months are the best time to explore the tranquility and beauty of the Lowcountry. It’s truly the best time to fully experience the relaxed Coastal Living lifestyle because the summer crowds have long since returned home. The off-season in the Litchfield Beach/Pawleys Island area is between the months of October 1 and March 31.

We have a large number of winter rentals with monthly rates that generally run right around 2 times the low-season weekly rate plus electric. Rates vary depending on location and length of stay. Stays of 90 days or longer are able to avoid state and local hospitality taxes.

It's Time to Reserve Your Winter Rental

You will find our winter rental properties to be beautifully furnished and fully equipped, making it easy to get onto “island time” the same day you arrive. These beautiful homes are positioned oceanfront, lake front, marsh front, canal front, second row, third row, and fourth row.

The snow-birds that return to us year after year tell us they feel like their “beach nest” is their home away from home. Many of our vacation rentals are dog friendly, making it possible to bring your four legged family members too!

It's Time to Reserve Your Dog-Friendly Winter Rental

Now is the time to make your reservation for a winter rental if you haven’t already done so. Our properties are popular and our winter guests are always thrilled with the accommodations.

Why put up with another winter of ice and snow and cold temperatures when you don’t have to? Come to coastal South Carolina and stay with us for the winter. Here you can play tennis, shuffleboard, pickleball and golf all year long!

To book a monthly vacation rental, make your reservations online , or call our Litchfield Real Estate vacation reservationists toll free at 800-437-4241, Mon – Sat, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will be glad to help plan your beach getaway!


Trying Out Retirement For Size

Aug-11-2015 By Litchfield Real Estate Staff

Are you one of the many people that dream about the time when you can retire and be done with the 9-5, day in and day out, drudgery of working for someone else? If so, we want to have some input into those dreams and tempt you just a little bit. Why not try out retirement for size years before its arrival. Come spend a week, a month, or a winter in one of our Pawleys Island vacation rentals and see for yourself what it would be like to live here full time. We think you’ll like the fit.

Trying Out Retirement For Size

Nestled along the coastline of South Carolina is where you’ll find our picturesque town of Pawleys Island. As awesome a place as it is to visit for a vacation, it’s an even better place to live. When you’re looking for a place to retire to keep in mind that South Carolina’s tax-friendly laws for retirees include no tax on Social Security benefits, deductions on retirement income and no inheritance or estate taxes.

Trying Out Retirement For Size

When you’re trying out retirement for size and considering the coastal region of South Carolina keep in mind that at Litchfield Real Estate we have a large assortment of real estate that we’d be happy to show you. The available properties encompass an assortment of beach homes, villas, condos and townhomes in a broad range of sizes and prices. You could spend your retirement living here in small villas suitable for two or large estates big enough to accommodate plenty of visiting friends. Whether you want to live oceanfront or on the fairway of one of the golf courses set upon the historic rice plantations in the area, there are plenty of properties that will suit you just perfectly.

The area provides miles of pristine, white sandy beaches on Pawleys Island and north through Myrtle Beach. Retiring here you could enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and beautiful areas to explore year round on a daily basis. We look forward to your arrival.