How To Avoid Common Myrtle Beach Real Estate Pitfalls

Home Buying TipsAre you thinking about buying Myrtle Beach real estate?  If so, these helpful tips and tricks will help you make a wise buying decision.  Just by using a few of these very useful resources you can save both time and money in the buying process.  In this post you will discover a few tricks that most Myrtle Beach real estate agents don’t want you to know.

If you are planning to buy a Myrtle Beach home in the near future, you will want to make sure you know as much as possible about the process.  If you are wise, you will have Myrtle Beach Realtor representing you in the buying process (referred to as a buyer’s agent.) But even with this representation, you should learn enough about the Myrtle Beach home buying process to know if your Myrtle Beach realtor is doing an effective job.  Make sure that you get references before you contract with a Myrtle Beach realtor and take the time to contact those references.

Understand The Process In Buying A Myrtle Beach Home

It is surprising how few people do their homework before entering into one of the most important agreements of their lifetime – buying a Myrtle Beach home.  You want to learn about the Realtor that is involved in the sale of the property, the location of the property and as much as you can about the house itself before you enter into any kind of an agreement.  This includes the initial offer on the house through closing agreements.  You can avoid expensive mistakes by taking the time to learn as much as you about the entire process.

It is surprising how many buyers go into closing without a full understanding of all of the cost involved.  Often times a Myrtle Beach home buyer focuses on the moving costs, mortgage payments and other expenses directly related to acquiring their Myrtle Beach home and overlook the costs they will incur at closings.  This can cause a problem if you are unable to cover the costs. If you are new to the Myrtle Beach area you may not be aware of home owner association (HOA) dues that will need to be paid at closing.   There may also be HOA assessments.  Ask lots of questions and review all documents prior to the actual closing.

Hiring a Myrtle Beach Realtor as your buyer’s agent will give you a huge advantage when you are in the process of purchasing a Myrtle Beach home.  Always remember that the listing agent works for the seller – not for you.  Do not rely on on the sellers agent to provide you with the right information about the Myrtle Beach home.  A buyer’s agent will work for you to ensure that you have a smooth and easy transaction.  It is their job to look for properties that meet your specifications and to help you negotiate with the seller of the Myrtle Beach home.

Having a good grasp on the terms involved in the purchase of a home will help you avoid mistakes. Read our article on real estate terms and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification from your Myrtle Beach Realtor if you don’t fully understand the process.

Make sure that the location of the Myrtle Beach home fits into your lifestyle.  Do you plan to have children in the future (or already have children)?  You will want to look for areas with good schools and low crime rates.  Is retirement in your near future?  You may want to consider a golf community or an area with fewer young people.  Write down your 5 – 10 year goals and make sure that your new Myrtle Beach home fits into those goals.

Are you looking to invest in a home?  Is your goal to turn the property around and sell it or are you looking to rent the property to seasonal vacationers?  You will want to network with other Myrtle Beach real estate investors.  You can gain a lot of information from their experience and avoid mistakes they have made.  You can find local groups on websites like  Also, your Myrtle Beach Realtor can help you make connections that will keep you on alert for new opportunities to invest.

Before you start the process of contacting a Myrtle Beach realtor and looking for a home, it is a good idea to know your credit score. Being pre-approved for a certain amount is the ideal situation.  Sellers are more likely to take an offer seriously if they know that you have the resources to make the deal happen.  However, buying a Myrtle Beach home can take time and things changes.  Keep an eye on your credit score and make sure there aren’t any errors that crop up on the report.  Even a change of as little as 2 points can cost you the Myrtle Beach home of your dreams.

Buying Myrtle Beach real estate is a huge decision and should never be taken lightly.  One of the first decisions you should make is the area in which you want to live and how that fits with your life goals.  Ask your Myrtle Beach realtor about the area and get their opinion on the homes offered in that neighborhood.

Use these tips to ensure that you get the very best deal possible on a Myrtle Beach home, in the right location and know that you have all of your bases covered.

The JP Real Estate Team are experts on the Myrtle Beach area and would love you help you find our dream Myrtle Beach home.

Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts
604 N. 27th Ave
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9870

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