Information For Buyers
Since you are looking for property in the Carolina Forest area, for investment purposes, retirement, or as a permanent home this is the page to start your research. When looking for Oceanfront property, understand the insurance issues; with residential single family homes ask about the HOA. Condos present some unique opportunities, both as investments and as a second or permanent homes. Know where you think you might want to live other than North Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach itself, Surfside Beach, or Little River each has its own unique flavor. Pawley's Island and Litchfield offer a little of the old world atmosphere. While Conway and Georgetown give you small town Americana while being close to the sandy beaches and warm water of South Carolina. This whole area is called the Grand Strand, with Brookgreen Gardens, Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach; great vacations can be enjoyed here, along with golf, with over 115 active courses to challenge without frustrating you
Before working with a Licensed Real Estate agent you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the documents that you may be asked to help complete and then sign. The state of South Carolina has for several years followed a rule of law that "protects the public"; this means that the Real Estate Agent is required to inform you of the laws and then ask you to sign documents attesting to this fact. There should be no fear on your part in doing this, in fact you should wonder about an agent who "does not" inform you. This process not only establishes how the agent and you will work together, but protects both of you down the road as the purchase process moves forward.
These links provide the documents and in some cases explanations from the State of South Carolina how they should be used. Taking the time NOW will allow you and your agent of choice to work together for your mutual goals.
Agency Relationships - explains the legal side of working with a Real Estate agent
Dual Agency - this form is used if the property you are looking at is also listed by your Buyers Agent
Property Disclosure - you should see a copy of this form if you are purchasing a Residential property
Exemptions - there may be cases where a copy is not required and this form describes those cases
Land Sales act - the SC Law on land sales
SC Landlord Tenant act - information you should know if you plan to rent or lease your property
Time Share act - Laws of South Carolina on Time Share and Interval ownership purchases
SC Real Estate Commission FAQ - most asked questions about real estate
The next link provides a series of Articles from Realty Times a respected publication that works toward a better understand of the real estate market. Here you will find information that will help you make the best choices when working in partnership with your real estate agent.