Monday, August 23, 2010

Doing Biz at "The Dieu"
Lately, I've had a few realtors from the Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach areas ask me to explain to them exactly how we do business here at DeBordieu Colony Real Estate, so I thought I would blog about it! One thing is for certain, we want to “roll out the red carpet” and welcome realtors who have buyer clients who wish to consider a purchase in this gorgeous place just south of Pawleys Island. The photos shown here are of DeBordieu properties sold or scheduled to close soon that involved a Pawleys Island or Litchfield realtor, and for which, I am very grateful!

HOW IT WORKS: If a realtor who is a member of the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors physically brings their client to DeBordieu the first time, walks them in the door of the sales office, just once, their company will get a full co-broke commission on the buyers side of the transaction. If they are too swamped to accompany the buyer, just by picking up the phone, it’s a 25% referral fee. Either way, we will take it from there, whether it takes 5 days or 5 years….when they buy, that realtor will be covered.
WHO TO CALL: To make plans to come, and to set showing appointments, only one DCRE agent needs to be called. The agent can call me, Troi Kaz, at 843-455-4523, or call one of my fellow sales executives at the office, 843-546-4176. The important thing is that the agent get quick answers and excellent service.

WHEN TO CALL: As soon as the agent has a buyer client interested in DeBordieu, it’s best to call and register them. All we need is the name and hometown. That way, if they visit the website and begin gathering information, the agent is protected.

THE DOG AND PONY SHOW: I wish I had some scientific research to back this up….all I can offer is personal experience, but I can tell you that the more time a prospect spends hearing about DeBordieu’s development philosophy and history in the sales office while looking at all of our pictures and maps, the more likely they will be to buy here…..and the more significant their investment will be. When I was working in Pawleys and Litchfield, I tried to buzz people through DeBordieu a few times on my own, and I can tell you….it doesn’t work. We encourage agents to USE US! It’s what we’re here for, and it’s all we do. If a buyer doesn’t have time for at least a 5- minute dog and pony show, it’s been my experience that they won’t buy in here anyway.

Again, we want to make sure that everyone knows that we love transacting business at DeBordieu with area realtors. We want to make it easy and lucrative! Please let me know if you have any questions.
There has never been a better time to consider purchasing property at DeBordieu!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

“I Dig Sea Turtles”
That’s what it says on their T-shirts…..because that’s what they do. Who are they? The dedicated volunteers of S.C.U.T.E. The story below is taken from the website, currently under construction:

Loggerhead sea turtles nest on South Carolina beaches May through October. S.C.U.T.E. which stands for South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts is one of 19 volunteer sea turtle protection projects along our coastline under the direction of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The 60 mile S.C.U.T.E. area extends from North Inlet in Georgetown County to North Myrtle Beach. DeBordieu and Hobcaw beaches typically account for 40-50% of the nests in this area.
Volunteers walk at sunrise during nesting season looking for the large turtle tracks leading from the ocean to the dunes and back. When tracks are found, volunteers use clues to determine the nest area. Pool cues are used to probe the sand and locate the egg chamber. An average nest of 120 ping pong size eggs may need to be moved if it is laid in an unsafe place such as below the spring tide line or in a high foot traffic area. Volunteers cover the nests with a plastic mesh to protect it from predators and erect a sign with the nesting date.
At about 50 days of incubation, volunteers begin to look for a depression in the nest indicating hatching activity beneath. When a nest hatches usually at about 55-60 days, hatchlings make a mad dash to the ocean following the fluorescence of the waves as long as they are not lead astray by onshore lighting. Three days later, volunteers conduct a nest inventory near sunset. A notice is posted at the kiosk at DeBordieu’s main pool at the Beach Club giving the time and location. At the inventory, a volunteer tells visitors about the procedure and printed information is handed out. The nest contents are dug out and data is recorded. Sometimes live hatchlings are found in the nest that weren’t able to emerge on their own. Volunteers put the hatchlings on the beach and let them crawl to the ocean and ‘imprint’. At maturity, 25-30 years, female loggerheads will return to the beach of their birth to nest.
You can help loggerheads!
• Lights Out! Turn off oceanfront lights by 10 p.m. during nesting season. Lights can disorient adult turtles and hatchlings.
• Keep Our Beach Clean! Take your beach items home with you, fill in holes and leave the beach clean and clear at night for sea turtles.
• Avoid Disturbing Sea Turtles! If you see a sea turtle on the beach, crouch down and be still until she has started dropping her eggs. At that point you can move in closer, staying behind her and enjoy watching an age old wonder of nature!

For more information on S.C.U.T.E., or to find out when the next DeBordieu turtle inventory is taking place, give me a call or email.
DeBordieu.....Smack-Dab in the middle of everything!
DeBordieu is tucked away in a very private, secluded setting, but at the same time, convenient to some of the most appealing cities and attractions in South Carolina.
The charming communities of Pawleys Island and historic Georgetown are only a few minutes away and provide all the necessities of life, including one of the best hospitals in the state.
Romantic Charleston, with its exceptional assortment of restaurants, shopping, historic sites and cultural events, is just an hour south. Exciting and vibrant, Myrtle Beach is about 45 minutes north, also offering an amazing array of dining establishments, shopping, amusement parks, nightlife, live entertainment theatres and more than 100 championship golf courses. Between these two very different coastal cities lie quiet fishing villages, pristine beaches, a national forest and seashore, dozens of antebellum plantations, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in America and most importantly, DeBordieu!
Getting here is easy. DeBordieu is located on Highway 17, just three miles north of the historic port of Georgetown and six miles south of Pawleys Island, and within easy driving distance are the commercial airports of Charleston and Myrtle Beach. The Georgetown County airport accommodates private aircraft.
There has never been a better time to purchase property at DeBordieu!