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Welcome to the Low Country

Tue, Jul 28th 2015 2:52 pm by Amy Smith General

Along the Grand Strand, sparkling warm waters crash into exceptionally beautiful sandy beaches that are home to seagulls and loggerhead sea turtles among other marine life.  Stunning landscapes, golf courses, massive oak trees, sweet salty breezes and genuine southern hospitality abound.  With over 900 acres of incredibly gorgeous gardens, walking trails and natural animal habitats can be found just within the gates of Brookgreen Gardens, one of the locals’ favorite getaways. The many venues in the area offer numerous concerts, arts & crafts festivals and varying events of all kinds, certainly something to suit everyone. With such beautiful weather throughout most of the year, one could p...

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In the Running

Wed, Jan 28th 2015 5:00 pm by Amy Smith General

Welcome 2015! We are off to the races with 24 contracts closed or pending for a total volume of $7,014,500 already!

Here on the coast of South Carolina, our market has drastically improved; we are starting to see a shortage of inventory and that can push prices up again. Our market isn't running away but we see some positive responses and a great deal of action. As a whole, 2014 was a great year for myself and teammate Amy L. Smith, as The Shoemaker-Smith Team ended with a 'best year yet' totaling 83 closed contracts (52 listings, 31 buyers, 8 dual) for a total volume of $24,122,504!!  Hard work truly does pay off and with such a great team, we feel we will have another super year! If yo...

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Summertime Calling

Tue, May 27th 2014 5:00 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

If this past winter's wrath has you ready to seek sunshine and warmer temps, then pack your things and head to the Grand Strand! Spring has sprung! The flowers are in bloom, the skies are bright blue, the water is getting warmer and the salt air is downright irresistible.  Enjoy fresh catches of the day at local restaurants/markets, stroll through the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens sculptural & botanical park with Low Country Zoo, tour Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park, hit the water on a fishing excursion, jet ski, surf/paddleboard, learn to catch crabs & cast a net, meander down the beaches picking up seashells and sharks teeth, shop from one end of the Strand to the other, pl...

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Rising Up

Mon, Jan 27th 2014 5:00 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

Welcome 2014! With the winter weather striking the North so hard, we are seeing a very active market locally. The economy feels a bit more optimistic, thus helping real estate further improve. I feel that with money being made in the stock market, some people are pulling out and starting to invest in real estate again. Here on the coast of South Carolina, our market has more room to move, as we are off the bottom with the best deals being made last year.  We are starting to see a shortage of inventory and that can push prices up again. Our market isn't running away but we are finally starting to see some positive responses. Last year was my best year, even beating out the best times in th...

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Falling for the Grand Strand

Fri, Oct 25th 2013 11:00 am by Angie Shoemaker General

Now that we are merging into fall and the off-season, locally speaking, I am optimistic that the real estate market will continue to improve. Here, in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet areas, it appears that we are coming back considerably strong. It continues to be a buyer's market and those with cash are King! It seems that the sellers have adjusted to the new market according to their listing prices and they are firmly sticking to them. We have had some great sales; I am currently at 76 contracts, just over $24,000,000 in volume for the year. Year-to-Date I am #98 of 53,000 RE/MAX Agents, #1 between North & South Carolina RE/MAX agents and the #2 agent on the entire Grand Strand ou...

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Topping the Charts

Mon, Jul 22nd 2013 2:30 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

What a year 2013 has been so far! As we settle into summer, I have 56 contracts closed or awaiting closing (33 of my listings, 6 of which I also represented the buyer) with a total volume of over $18,000,000! Hard work, diligence, heavy advertising and a great staff each play a major role in my success! I am beyond blessed and thankful for the clients, referrals, connections and new business I have received. Thank You! If I can be of service to you, please let me know.

Have a fun, safe summer!

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Another Great Start!

Wed, Jan 23rd 2013 11:15 am by Amy Smith General

Hi

 I just want to thank all of my clients and friends for helping me become the #1 realtor for RE/MAX on the Grand Strand! I start the year with a wonderful new outlook...   "Family, friends, good health, good conversation, time, a little bit of wine and we will all be fine" is my new motto.

As other realtors know, our job is a very tough one and we have to wear many hats in this profession, but it is also very rewarding to see clients move into their new homes with big smiles on their faces as they start their new journey. And of course, the sellers that are moving into the next stages of their lives with a bit of nervousness but complete satisfaction with their decision; us as realto...

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Seeking Sand

Wed, Sep 12th 2012 12:23 pm by Amy Smith General

If you are seeking an excuse to relocate to the Southern Grand Strand, I've got a laundry list of reasons to pack-up and head for the laid-back Low Country... from the crisp, salty air so delicately fragranced with jasmine & honeysuckle, the soft golden sands & warm waves of the Atlantic Ocean, dozens of golf courses to suit all levels of play... Famous Brookgreen Gardens sculptural & botanical park boasts 9100 acres of gorgeous natural landscapes, over 2000 species of plants, more than 1400 sculptures, numerous fountains, excursions, a Low Country Zoo, gift shop, workshops & classes for artists, sculptors and so much more.   For the history buff, a visit to Huntington Beach State Park & ...

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Summertime is calling...

Fri, Jun 8th 2012 11:00 am by Amy Smith General

The sun is shining above in the bright blue sky, birds are chirping in the old mossy oaks, the sweet smell of saltwater fills the air that is warming up... Summertime is fast-approaching! As we progress toward the mid-year mark, I look back in amazement and go forward with hope in continuing what has been a great year so far!  The real estate market in our neck of the woods seems to be doing much better in recent months and I feel it is because prices are not going up but coming down to a level that buyers can afford.  We can hope that the increased activity continues for buyers and sellers alike! If you or  your family/friends are in need of a great realtor, please think of me as I would...

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A Great New Year!

Thu, Jan 5th 2012 11:00 am by Angie Shoemaker General

As we move into 2012, I look back in amazement and go forward with hope in starting a great New Year. The area's real estate market seems to have taken a slight turn for the better in recent months and we can hope 2012 has good things in-store for buyers and sellers alike! If you or your family/friends are in need of a great realtor, please think of me, as I would love to help with your/their real estate needs.  

I have to thank God for blessing me with another good year and though we are in tough economic times, I try to stay positive and keep a healthy attitude, as i am certain things will turn around for us all. The rougher periods in life have certainly made me a stronger woman and t...

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Happy Holidays!

Mon, Dec 5th 2011 1:00 pm by Amy Smith General

I hope you and yours are doing well this Holiday season! As 2011 comes to a close, I look back in amazement and go forward with hope in starting a great New Year. The area's real estate market seems to have taken a slight turn for the better in recent months and we can hope 2012 has good things in-store for buyers and sellers alike! If you or your family/friends are in need of a great realtor, please think of me, as I would love to help with your/their real estate needs.

I have to thank God for blessing me with another good year and though we are in tough economic times, I try to stay positive and keep a healthy attitude, as I am certain things will turn around for us all. The rougher pe...

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The New Fall Line

Mon, Oct 3rd 2011 4:00 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

Now that we are merging into fall, let's hope the real estate market doesn't take it literally and fall any further. Here, in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet areas, it appears that we are bouncing off the bottom. It continues to be a buyers' market and those with cash, are King! It seems that the sellers have adjusted to the new market by cutting their listing prices and are firmly sticking to them. We have had some great sales and free advertising through word-of-mouth, as the people who are moving here are finding out about and sharing all the wonderful things this area has in store for them. They say once you get the sand between your toes and the salty air in your nose, you'll f...

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The Grand Strand: Your Vacation Destination

Tue, May 10th 2011 4:15 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

The Grand Strand has been a very popular vacation destination for decades as it appeals to families, honeymooners, students and all walks of life.  With ample attractions, leisurely activities, water sports, shopping, countless restaurants and 100 of the 462 golf courses in South Carolina, there is certainly something for everyone.

The area’s affordability, family-friendliness and beautiful beaches have landed Myrtle Beach in the most recent travel rankings by U.S. News & World Report, based on recommendations from website users and travel writers.

#3 Best Cheap Summer Vacations in the world, behind Yellowstone and Lisbon

#10 Best Beaches in the U.S.

#7 Best Affordable U.S. Destinatio...

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Fly your flag!

Tue, May 3rd 2011 11:00 am by Angie Shoemaker General

Hello-

            Today, this blog is about our nation’s triumphant execution of Osama Bin Laden and how overjoyed I am with tears streaming down my face.  I am not one to promote or tolerate violence but in this case, justice was long, long overdue. 

I had the privilege of working for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center for five years before I retired at an early age. I set up their New York Short-Term Bonds Municipal Trading Desk and in doing so, hired young men & women to achieve the responsibility of doing a super New York Trading job.  Little did I know, I was indirectly sealing the fate of some of those lives. We had a wonderful trading desk so full of ...

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Mother Nature boosting the Market

Tue, Mar 1st 2011 2:00 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

Greetings

I just want to send a short note to tell you how happy I am with the current Real Estate market.  The local area market of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, Surfside and Garden City areas has truly been picking-up.  I already have 17 contracts with a lot more prospective buyers coming to town.  What the lowered interest rates and better stock market could not accomplish, Mother Nature did by delivering tons of snow to the North, two years in a row.  People are telling me they are hanging-up their snow shovels, packing-up their coats and heading to the South for sun, sand & sea!  Right now, we still have a strong inventory, but as more and more buyers are coming to the area, the b...

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Enjoying the Journey

Thu, Jan 20th 2011 10:30 am by Angie Shoemaker General

Hi!

      As we start the New Year, I have a new, fresh perspective on life: it’s another year to add to the journey, the story. Working in the real estate industry provides me the opportunity to continually meet new, wonderful people, all with great stories of their own. Whether a life of struggle or a path unburdened, everyone has a different story to share.

In this economy it has been tough to stay positive but it is the only way I know how to survive.  I was truly blessed with a positive attitude and outlook on life as a child and it has stayed with me throughout my life. I always remind myself of the laws of nature:  just as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, every ne...

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'Tis the Season...

Fri, Dec 17th 2010 2:30 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

  Hi! I hope you and yours are doing well this Holiday season.  As the first decade of the new millennium comes to a close, I look back in amazement and go forward with hope in starting a great New Year. The area’s real estate market seems to have taken a slight turn for the better in recent months, and we can hope 2011 has good things in store for buyers and sellers alike!

 I have to Thank God for blessing me with another good year and though we are in tough economic times, I try to stay positive and keep a healthy attitude, as I am certain things will turn around for us all.  The rougher periods in life have certainly made me a stronger woman and taught me to take time out to see the w...

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Fall: What a Wonderful Season

Thu, Oct 21st 2010 6:00 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

I get my most answers walking the beach at sunrise.  It is my alone time to sort out all that is going on in my life.

Running a very successful real estate business can be very trying at times.  The market is tough but there are still alot of people interested in the Grand Strand area of South Carolina.

I just ran through my whole data base and I get the same response from most people: 'If only I could sell my house up North, I would be there yesterday!'

I was very lucky to be able to move down here 13 years ago. What a quiet area it was back then... I remember going out for lunch on Sunday at a raw clam bar and asking for a glass of beer and I was told not on Sunday.  Well coming down...

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Rumor Has It...

Thu, Sep 23rd 2010 1:15 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

Rumor has it...

 Georgetown County has announced plans for the new parks in Pawleys Island and Litchfield, which will be a tremendous asset to our area.  The parks will be done in phases and are to be completed by 2014. This is all part of the county’s $77,000,000 Recreation Capital Improvement Plan.

 The design plan is for 2 recreational parks, listed below with their individual features.

 The Stables Park is intended to contain the following elements:

20 tennis courts, Tennis Stadium Court, 5 Soccer Fields, Social Pavilion, Picnic Shelters, Dog Park, Pedestrian Trails, Interpretive Center

 The Waccamaw Park project will lay claim to 5 Baseball Fields, Boardwalk, Pedestrian Walkways...

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Family Fun, Making Memories

Thu, Sep 2nd 2010 5:45 pm by Angie Shoemaker General

Just want to share a little about how wonderful grandchildren are...   My grandchildren, ages 1, 2, 3, and 4, just steal my heart every time I see them! They live in New York and in Chicago so when we all get together, it’s a real treat and priceless quality time.  Living near the beach is great for plenty of reasons, but for me one of the best perks are my family’s visits...the first thing the grandchildren want to do is build sand castles with Grandma Angie and play in the waves.  To see the world around us through children’s eyes at that age is so special.  Everything is just fun and games, running, laughing and big beautiful smiles.

 The areas of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and My...

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