Mortgage Rates Plummeting

custom built homes in Pawleys IslandJust what is it going to take to initiate home sales and refinancing of custom built homes in Pawleys Island if the current low interest rates aren’t going to do it? The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.98 percent recently. Weeks ago, it dropped to a record low of 3.94 percent according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Even the average rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage edged down to 3.3 percent from 3.31 percent.

Low mortgage rates haven’t translated into higher home sales of custom built homes in Pawleys Island or anywhere else for that matter. Across the country mortgage applications dropped 1.2 percent yet again, as reported by the the Mortgage Bankers Association. The low rates have caused a modest boom in refinancing, but that benefit will soon be wearing off. Most people who can afford to refinance have already locked in rates below 5 percent.

High unemployment and scant wage increases have made it more difficult for many people to qualify for loans but lots of people aren’t even applying. Many Americans don’t want to sink money into a home that could lose value over the next three to four years. And most homeowners who can afford to refinance already have. Custom built homes in Pawleys Island and elsewhere remain on the market offering buyers sweet prices on primary homes or vacation investment properties.

Popular Universal Design Concept

Grand Strand custom homesThe phrase “Universal Design” refers to a wide range of architectural and construction ideas and products aimed at producing residential homes that are optimally accessible to both the able-bodied and the physically disabled. At SunBeLt Homes we can incorporate any of them into the Grand Strand custom homes that we build for you.

Universal design elements include such things as:

  • No-step entry doorways
  • Homes without stairs
  • Wide doorways (32-36 inches) and hallways (36-42 inches)
  • Pull handles instead of knobs on cabinetry
  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Closets with adjustable rods and pullout shelving
  • Lever door handles instead of knobs
  • Walk-in showers and bath tubs

The “universal design” concept evolved from earlier “barrier-free” concepts, the broader accessibility movement, and adaptive and assistive technology. Universal design seeks to blend aesthetics as well as functionality into products used in Grand Strand custom homes

As life expectancy increases and modern medicine increases the survival rate of persons with significant injuries and illnesses, there is a growing interest in universal design by many forward-thinking architects, home builders and remodelers.

More homes are now being built with “universal design” features that will help baby-boomers stay in their homes as they age. Perhaps the most interesting facet of the “universal design” concept is how quickly younger families are beginning to ask for such features in the homes they are considering building or buying.

If you’re interested in looking at Grand Strand custom homes in South Carolina give us a call at SunBeLt Homes and we’ll show you available properties or what we can build for you.

Escape Those Northern Winters

Pawleys Island new home builderPawleys Island, South Carolina, is an ideal place to live for anyone looking to escape those cold northern winters and retreat to a warmer and sunnier locale on a permanent basis. You will find property and taxes to be far less in South Carolina plus there’s an abundance of recreational activities and sandy beaches to fill you time with. Come talk to us at SunBeLt Homes of Myrtle Beach, a Pawleys Island new home builder.

If what you want is a quiet place to kick back in South Carolina then Pawleys Island is exactly what you’re looking for. The wide, flat, and expansive beaches right outside your door are perfect for setting up a beach chair and soaking up some sun or walking for miles along the beach. The beach is perfect for beachcombing and shelling or simply soaking in the breathtaking views. You won’t find another Pawleys Island new home builder that knows the area like we do. We have a variety of floor plans to show you that we know you’ll be pleased with.

South Carolina is the perfect place to live to get-away-from-the-cold of the north. When searching for the right location to build your next house, talk to us about what we have available. You can live as close to or as far from the beach as you’d like. No matter what your reason for moving to South Carolina, you can truly get away from it all and love life when you have a home built by this Pawleys Island new home builder.

Making Friends Out of Neighbors

custom built homes in Murrells InletIf you’ve just moved into one of our custom built homes in Murrells Inlet congratulations! Having the move behind you and getting settled in is a big relief, we know. Now it’s time to begin to explore the area, make friends and get to know your neighbors. Here are some simple ways to initiate contact with neighbors and start building new friendships:

If you have a housewarming party and invite family and friends to check out your new home consider inviting a few of your neighbors over as well. This is a great way to engage in conversation and build relationships with your neighbors. You just might discover that some of them are living in our custom built homes in Murrells Inlet too!

Many communities will post events on a central bulletin board, near the mailboxes, at the clubhouse or even through a social media platform such as Facebook. Whether a pool party, BBQ, community clean-up, community association meeting, or holiday party, it is important to attend these events as they serve as an incubator for socialization and developing friendships.

If you notice a neighbor outside with children, take a few minutes to go over and introduce yourself and your children to them. Suggest getting together for a play date. Not only does this provide an opportunity for your children to make new friends, it allows for adult interaction while they play.

You’ll find the majority of people living in custom built homes in Murrells Inlet are happy, friendly folks who would love to meet you.

Choosing Colors for Your New Home

Grand Strand home buildersAs Grand Strand home builders we get a whole variety of requests when it comes to choosing color to paint the walls of a new house. Most people want to choose a color that will reflect their personality and what they dream of. We’ve learned a few things about paint colors along the way so here are some things to consider before you paint your new home.

First, take into account the size of each room you will be painting. A bold wall color with a warmer tone can make a room feel much more intimate and cozy, especially if the room is larger. A cooler shade of color can push out the walls of a small room, making it appear larger than it is. As Grand Strand home builders we are happy to paint your new home any color you wish. Keep in mind that a vibrant shade can bring dimension to the smallest space.

Secondly, think about the mood you want to create when you use a bold wall color. Certain shades typically evoke specific reactions from people. Most people find green shades calming and yellow energizing. When choosing color for a bedroom, you probably want to create an atmosphere of rest and retreat. In a kitchen, you may prefer a vibe that says lively and energetic. If you’re really stuck, we have design consultants who are experienced working with Grand Strand home builders and can make recommendations on color.

Handicapped Accessible New Homes

Murrells Inlet new home builderHomes that are built according to handicapped accessible home plans will offer you complete freedom of movement inside your home. Wheelchair accessible home plans are not meant just for handicapped people, but could be valuable to anyone with nearly any kind of physical or sensory disability. These plans can include use of specialized technology as well.

As a Murrells Inlet new home builder we can help the homeowner in a wheelchair experience the comfortable life. Always keep in mind that wheelchair accessible home plans include the area around the house as well, places like garden, garage, driveway and courtyards. Flooring texture must be taken into consideration also, with texture being wheelchair friendly. There are several wheelchair accessible residential plans that as a Murrells Inlet new home builder we can offer you. Lately, the demands for handicapped accessible home plans has increased. But the numbers of available plans we have has increased as well and you can easily select the one that suits you.

Wheelchair accessible homes must have a number of modifications such as larger doorways, modified kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms and must be free of any obstacles. One of the major modifications that has to be made for wheelchair users is entrance and exit ramps to gain accessibility to the home.

Being a Murrells Inlet new home builder we understand that accessible home plans are meant to provide comfort, space as well as the most relevant way to do whatever you want.

Benefits of Building a Beach House

custom built homes in Myrtle BeachWith today’s current housing market flooded, where homes for sale are priced low but never quite what you really want, many home buyers are opting to realize their dream of owning their own beach house by purchasing one of our custom built homes in Myrtle Beach. Beachfront property like our custom built homes in Myrtle Beach may be the best decision home buyers will ever make.

While the beach house itself is already a prized possession, owners of custom built homes in Myrtle Beach have a scenic view down the long stretch of the beach, and a variety of activities that come with it, to enjoy the whole year. From paragliding, surfing, kayaking or biking and walking the beach front, Myrtle Beach beguiles not just seasoned locals but everyday visitors as well.

Looking at custom built homes in Myrtle Beach, you can easily imagine your own vacation, whether it be for a few weeks or months on end. You will never have to think about rental expenses and what to bring for that needed vacation. The beach house will be at your disposal, anytime! When you’re not living in it you always have the option of renting it out as a vacation rental property.

Beach houses are wonderful retirement homes. Health benefits of living here include the relaxation that comes from living by the ocean, the known healing effects of salt water, and enough sun to boost your immune system and brighten your mood. With the long walks either on the beach or on trails, retirees can have their forever-after home right here at Myrtle Beach.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the Area

Murrells Inlet custom homesWhile you’re looking at Murrells Inlet custom homes and dreaming of your own don’t hesitate to give us a call at SunBeLt Homes, We’d be happy to sit down with you and discuss what we can do for you. This time of year you’ll begin to see other people’s beautiful Murrells Inlet custom homes being decorated for the holidays and you might find yourself wishing it were you living there. Don’t let your dream home wait one minute more. Give us a call today.

Following are some holiday tree lighting ceremonies you won’t want to miss.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Surfside Beach
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Christmas Tree Lighting in Surfside Beach on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Surfside Beach Town Hall.

Annual North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree will be officially lit at McLean Park. The park will be transformed into a brilliant holiday scene with luminaries, decorations and the spirit of Christmas. The ceremony will include holiday songs and entertainment by local dance groups. Once the tree has been lit, the children are invited to visit with Santa and receive a free bag of candy while the entertainment continues! The North Strand Optimist Club will serve complimentary hot chocolate and refreshments.

2011 Christmas Towne
Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
The Myrtle Beach tree lighting celebration will take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center with appearances by Santa, live entertainment, and other fun and festive holiday activities.

Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees
Now through December 31, 2011
Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is hosting its Annual Festival of Trees from November 1st until December 31. More than 50 trees will be on display throughout the aquarium and adorned in unique ornaments, representing the great diversity of the United States.

Production vs. Custom Homes

Murrells Inlet custom home builderProduction home builders build many homes at one time; they have a large number of masons and laborers in their workforce, churning out houses on plots they generally own themselves. They are ‘high volume builders’ who like to use stock plans. They are usually are able to deliver the ready homes within shorter deadlines. They also cater to all types of budgets as they sell a wide variety of houses. Production builders usually build more economical houses.

A Murrells Inlet custom home builder will build unique and exclusive homes and do modifications as per the client’s request. They often handle ‘high end projects’ and fewer projects a year than the production builders. If you have been dreaming of a one-of-a-kind home, then a Murrells Inlet custom home builder would appeal to you. Custom contractors usually take into consideration all the client specifications before making plans and blueprints. When you want a unique feature, a Murrells Inlet custom home builder would be a better option for you.

If you want to build a new home for your family SunBeLt Homes can construct it for you on land you own or land we have for development. You can choose the location and watch your new customized house every step of the way. Before selecting your builder, sit down and talk with them about your custom home, make sure they are easy to work with and listen to you. Have a look at the construction work they have already done and go through the testimonials of previous clients. Custom building your home is a great way of adding character and long standing value to your property.

Seafood and Wine Lovers Rejoice!

If you want to live in a relaxed and welcoming community take a look at Pawleys Island custom homes. Homes on Pawleys Island boast a breathtaking shoreline and is attractive in both its landscape and its atmosphere. At SunBeLt Homes we’d be happy to sit down and show you how easily we could build you one of our Pawleys Island custom homes. It’s an ideal location for those who enjoy fishing, swimming, playing in the sand and water sports of all kinds. Here’s some upcoming events in the area you won’t want to miss if you’re a seafood lover.

Pawleys Island custom homesSaturday, Nov. 19, 2011 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
African American Community Coalition Annual Fish Fry
Come and enjoy a good old Southern Fish Fry. Grab a heaping to-go box of fish and grits or fries with slaw. They will be set up at the Belin UMC extra parking lot on Business 17. Fish fry costs $8.00 per box. Proceeds benefit the AACC. Call 843-421-6013 for more information.

Pawleys Island custom homesSaturday, November 19, 2011
La Belle Amie Vineyard WineStock!

Combine the memorable music of Woodstock with the wines of La Belle Amie and, voila — WineStock! Great live music, a vineyard tour at 2:30 p.m., exotic frozen wine drinks, wine sampling, unique gift shop, prizes and more… its the coolest hot venue in town.

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