Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After Christmas Sales and Foreclosures?
So……. I’ve been doing some thinking lately about After-Christmas Sales, and how they compare to real estate foreclosures.
The obvious positive correlation is all about price. Duh. Of course if a buyer chooses to buy a foreclosure, he is going to get a great price on a piece of real estate. And if he’s looking to clean it up and flip it down the road, well that’s even better.
Similarly, if I choose to spend my hard-earned money on an article of clothing that is on sale after Christmas, I will save money, and will get instant gratification that I got a deal I can brag about to my friends! But will I actually get what I want?

Will I actually wear that purple sweater with the pair of pants it almost matches, that I had a tug-o-war over with that other lady (and I use that term loosely) at an After-Christmas Sale last year, that still has the tag on them, and don’t even fit any more?

Or would I be better off waiting until the new Spring lines come out in a month or so and invest in a matching outfit that actually looks good?
Similarly, should the real estate buyer who is in the market for a home, buy something that almost works for his family, simply because it’s a great deal? Or should he stay the course, and after negotiating the best price (which he can do because it is still a spectacular buyer’s market), purchase the home of his dreams that works perfectly for his family.

Bottom line…..Mr. and Mrs. Buyer, don’t just look for foreclosures and distressed properties. Don't buy that ugly purple sweater, or that ugly foreclosure. Look for a great value that gives you exactly what you want and negotiate the best possible price.

For example, the real estate featured on this page is representative of homes currently on the DeBordieu market at great prices, but you will not find them on a foreclosure list. They are simply great values. Click on the pictures for detailed information about each.
There has never been a better time to consider a purchase at DeBordieu.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Easy as Pie...."Derby-Dieu" Pie!
Savvy Realtors up and down the coast have realized that it is wise to bring their Luxury Buyer Clients to DeBordieu, the private, oceanfront, golf community just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. And I have so much fun encouraging them to do just that, particularly around the holidays!
Last week I loaded up my car with delicious “Derby-Dieu” pies, home-made by my very own elf, Sharon Shirer, who works in the DeBordieu Rental Department. I delivered these pies to local real estate agencies in the Pawleys Island area to remind the realtors that bringing their clients to DeBordieu was as easy as PIE!
The note said “In 2011, lets shoot for the sky, but in the mean time enjoy this “Derby-Dieu” Pie. They all know I’m a big corn-ball, so they got a kick out of the thought, as well as the melt-in-your mouth pie!

Then on Friday I attended the big Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors Holiday Luncheon at Pawleys Plantation.

My friend/colleague, Leigh Reid Hope, of First Trust Mortgage was doing a promotional drawing for a weekend at her beautiful Fairway Oaks Villa at DeBordieu. Congratulations to Mr. Dave Alexander, for winning the weekend!

This is actually one of the 3BR villas we use in our guest program, where we make the villa available for a couple of nights, at a nominal fee, to prospective buyers interested in purchasing real estate at DeBordieu.

It is also for sale! CLICK HERE on or the picture for details and a virtual tour.
There has never been a better time to consider a purchase at DeBordieu!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cold Air – Hot Market! Why the Christmas Season is a GREAT time to buy real estate!
It’s not much fun looking at real estate when it’s cold outside, but the upcoming holidays provide a perfect time to consider a real estate purchase at DeBordieu, just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, for a number of reasons.

If it’s a deal you’re looking for, please know that when sellers keep their homes on the market during the Christmas season, it's an indication that they may be very motivated. If the seller can contract by the end of the year, they just might be significantly more negotiable on the price. Once the winter months pass, and the promise of Spring, and our biggest selling season, is upon us, sellers tend to dig in a bit more.
If you are the kind of buyer that enjoys “quality time” with your agent, lenders, inspectors and others who assist in the home-buying process, know that they will typically have more time to spend with you during the holidays.

Also, during the Winter, you will have less competition from other buyers in the market. If you are looking for a second or vacation rental home or villa, occupancy rates are typically lower this season, making showings easier to schedule.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons to purchase a home or villa at DeBordieu this season is that you will have plenty of time before Spring comes to unpack and make it your own.

The homes featured on this page are currently for sale at DeBordieu. Please CLICK ON THE PICTURE to be linked to detailed information or browse the website at www.DeBordieu.com.
Whether you choose a house, or a villa, on the island or on DeBordieu’s mainland,
there has never been a better SEASON to consider a purchase at DeBordieu!
Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Santa Visits DeBordieu!
He arrived by fire truck, listened to everyone’s Christmas wishes, and witnessed the lighting of the beautiful tree at DeBordieu’s Pavilion Rec Center, just south of Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
The delicious buffet featured everything from Roast Beast to Shrimp ‘n Grits.
The blazing fire provided warmth and perfectly roasted marshmallows for yummy S ‘mores, enjoyed by children of all ages.
To see more pictures of tree-lighting participants, visit my DeBordieu FACEBOOK page...the link is over there on the right.
There’s never been a better time to celebrate Christmas at DeBordieu!

Friday, December 3, 2010

DeBordieu Oceanfront Lot 11

My First Video!
"Ya gotta start somewhere!" I shot this video this morning of Lot 11, the oceanfront, back flag lot on DeBordieu's north end that is on the market for $1,899,000. It's a really bad video, but it's a really great lot! I shot it with my phone....planning to redo it next week, but in the mean time, I've posted it. Let me know what you think, but please, be kind.