Myrtle Beach’s name on list likely won’t mean a surge in sales

sjones@thesunnews.comFebruary 8, 2013 

Myrtle Beach’s addition to a national list of improving markets for home building is nice, said one area builder, but it likely won’t result in a rush of new business.

“From my point of view, people have always wanted to come to Myrtle Beach,” said Willis Flynn, vice president of SunBeLt Homes of Myrtle Beach Inc.

The Myrtle Beach metro area joined 258 others nationwide this month on a list compiled by the National Association of Home Builders of markets that are seeing better home construction business.

To make the list, a market must show improvements in employment, house prices and single-family home permits for at least six consecutive months.

Myrtle Beach was one of 20 new additions to the list this month, as was the Wilmington, N.C., metro area.

The list already included all other metropolitan areas in South Carolina.

Flynn said that it’s possible that Myrtle Beach’s inclusion among the improving housing markets may make some people who see it to look at Myrtle Beach as a place to move if they weren’t already planning too.

Flynn said his company’s business has been picking up for the past year, a comment echoed by other area builders and Realtors. Flynn said one drag on the local market is slow sales of homes where people are moving from.

But the area already has a good name for itself as a place to live.

Trouble at Tuscan?

The North Myrtle Beach City Council has tabled action on D.R. Horton’s plans for new homes in the Tuscan Sands neighborhood of Barefoot Resort.

It’s the second time the effort has been set on the table. The first was to allow D.R. Horton time to refine plans for the homes it wanted to put on the lots it purchased there. This time it was so that homeowners can form an association and architectural review committee to scrutinize those plans, said attorney Bob Hedesh.

Hedesh said he’s been retained by a homeowner in the development where only two homes are complete. Those two were built before the economic collapse and the resulting bankruptcy of the first developers.

No homes were built for several years, and now D.R. Horton has approached the city for permission to build homes that are smaller and architecturally different from the two already built there.

D.R. Horton’s plans recently got the blessing of the North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission, but Hedesh said his client is objecting to the way things are being done in the development’s reawakening. He said there needs to be an election to form a homeowners association, the board of which would appoint the architectural review committee.

He said he sent a letter to the council asking that D.R. Horton’s request to alter architectural details be denied, or at least tabled.

The city backed away from action until the issue is sorted out, and Hedesh said it could go either way because the new HOA will include not only the two homeowners in Tuscan Sands, but also those who have purchased lots since the bankruptcy. He said buyers could include banks and other developers.

“It’s entirely possible that once they form the HOA, the majority may want to change the concept,” he said.

Home builders’ show

The Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association will stage Home Show 2013 Feb. 22-24 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The show, the association’s 33rd annual, will feature more than 200 exhibitors to showcase a plethora of goodies for the home and garden as well as new products and services.

In addition, a number of workshops are scheduled during the show’s three days on home decorating, gardening and cooking. An auction of designer dog houses, cat trees, pet beds, items for homes and gardens, certificates for dinners and other things will be held on the last day of the show to benefit Coastal Animal Rescue. A “Trashy but Flashy” fashion show is scheduled the same day to benefit Hope House of Myrtle Beach.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults for a single day or $10 for all three days. Children under the age of 16 will be admitted free.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24.

Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.

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