Beach – Golf – Entertainment – Vacations

John Rakoci    NC & SC Real Estate Broker.      843 655 7777

Hard to believe it is February!  Well, I finished 2 days of classes last week and now only need to submit the papers for a Broker In Charge (BIC) license. That’s it, no more licenses in either state. YEA!!!   The weather has been great! I’m still getting the boat on the water. The golfers are out every day it does not rain. It is a great time to vacation in the area as prices are low and lines are short (lines are mostly non-existant now). The ladies shopping say they are finding some great bargains too. Must start getting tax info ready for the CPA but not yet a priority!

 Recent articles in local papers have positive comments on the current real estate status and the near future outlook is positive. Area homebuilders have stated building has picked up. The MLS in both Horry/Georgetown County SC and Brunswick County NC show the number of transactions in 2011 to be higher than 2010 which was higher than 2009. Although prices were down they seem to be stabilizing, especially in the detached home market. Investors are in and paying cash while those looking to relocate or buy a 2nd home are finding interest rates extremely low. January 2012 numbers indicate the trend is still positive. Nationally, many areas are seeing the same trend!

Foreclosures! Foreclosures are still a hot topic! Not that long ago they were hardly mentioned. The best deal I have seen in a long time was not a short sale or foreclosure. It was a nice home on the inland side of the ICW in Sunset Beach. The owner just wanted it sold and took an unbelievable offer! There are 94 recent foreclosure listings in the local SC MLS. They range in price from $24,700 to $795,000. To view them click here:

Condo / townhouse listings in the same areas can be found by clicking here:  There are 97 listings from $20,000 to $359,000.

The local NC MLS allows detached homes, condos, and townhoumes to be searched at the same time. Although several counties are available here only Brunswick is included as most want to be near the beach and golf. I will be happy to search other counties upon request. Nearly 100 foreclosure lisings can be found here:

As always, do not hesitate to contact me for additional information or to view any of these listings.

Several have asked  about Concealed Carry in the Carolinas. Both states issue Concealed Handgun Permits after a detailed process. The process of both states are similar. CHPs are issued by the county sheriff to residents. A very stringent background check is completed by both states. Both states require a course to be taken in their state no matter if or when the course was taken in another state. The courses are 8 hours and include classroom instruction and proficiency on the range. Expect it to take about 90 days from beginning the process until receiving your permit.

ATTN SC Real Estate licencees!RECIPROCITY  —  Effective March 1, 2012, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission will terminate the reciprocal agreement with South Carolina Real Estate Commission.If you already have a reciprocal license, this will not affect your license. Renew as required.To reciprocate as a licensee to North Carolina, contact the North Carolina Real Estate Commission <> . Currently you will need the 90 hour broker course to be completed within 3 years and no test will be administered. After Feb 29 you will need 57 hours for a provisional license and be required to pass the course and state test before taking the 90 hour brokers courses. Contact me if you need assistance!!!

These are actual comments made by South Carolina Troopers that were taken off their car videos:

1. “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.”

2. “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”

3. “If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.”   (My Favorite)

4. “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.”

5. “Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.” (LOVE IT)

6. “You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?”

7. “Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I ‘ m the shift supervisor?”

8. “Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I ‘ m warning you not to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket.”

9. “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”

10. “Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.”

11. “Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.

12. “In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC.” (National Crime Information Center)

13. “Just how big were those ‘ two beers ‘ you say you had?”

14. “No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we can.”

15. “I ‘ m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.”


16. “You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don ‘ t. Sign here.”

Many items are important to different people when it comes to buying a home. Access to transportation is high on nearly everyone’s list. Not always public transportation is a concern but important highways too. Many want to know restaurants, shopping, and medical services is close. A recent survey found 18% of buyers find the desire for open spaces, parks, beaches, and etc to near the top of their wish list. Although the number seems high only 55% of those with children under 18 had a great concern of nearby schools and that dropped to 27% of total homebuyers. Safety was higher on the list of many. Although difficult to tell in many areas most wanted to buy in a neighborhood where they believed property values stood the best chance of rising and rising significantly. The point is, when you call me to LIST your home be certain to make me aware of these points that stand out. When you call to have me help you BUY a home be certain to have your list of priorities, a list much longer than the number of bedrooms and baths.

Fishing – well at this time of year it is not often ‘catching’. The indication is strong the fishing is slow when a newspaper weekly in the column is dedicated to a lure! A locally popular, but nothing else. The page did have pictures of 3 nice catches though. Two were of over slot red drum and the other a stringer spotted sea trout. The mild winter has provided unusual reports. Many flounder are still being found inshore and in the ICW. They are being caught by those targeting the huge redfish schools or speckled trout in the shallows. OK,, I confess my neighbor and I launched from Ocean Isle ramp around 9 AM. The tide was extremely high but dropped far and fast by 3PM. We fished the marsh and ICW near Sunset Beach Bridge and caught……… nothing but one very large blue crab. The weather was fine and we saw only 3 other boats all day. It was a great day! Who would have thought it possible to get a little sunburn in February?

A great townhome in a wonderful location. Three bedroom / 2 bath townhouse that will take your breath away. Check it out at Check all my listings at and remember to search directly from the MLS’ at my website homepage.

Just a reminder Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Make sure to take a minute to wish all those special people in your life a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ocean Isle Beach NC is a wonderful place to vacation or live!

Ocean Isle Beach is a barrier island attached to the mainland by a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, Ocean Isle has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. Home to just 525 year-round residents but gains thousands of vacationers during the summer.

Ocean Isle Beach is one of the southernmost of North Carolina’s unique barrier islands. Miles of powder white sand, sun-danced waves, and windswept marshlands make our community one of the greatest places you will find.
In contrast to other resort areas along the southeastern coast, Ocean Isle has chosen to avoid the everyday hustle and bustle. Instead, this resort island has sustained a family beach atmosphere and has proudly kept itself on a low-key, low-rise course. It’s the perfect place for vacationers and your vacation home.


Ocean Isle Beach lies between the historic port of Wilmington, N.C. and the tourist attractions of Myrtle Beach, S.C.. Although Ocean Isle Beach has grown and developed over the years, it has maintained its relaxed and leisurely charm.


Stretching for seven miles along the Atlantic Ocean, our beach provides the perfect place for a relaxing morning swim in the surf, building sandcastles with your family or turtle-watching in the evening.

Fishing the Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier or taking advantage of one of the local charter fishing services is a great way to experience the area. If you bring your own boat, you may launch from the town’s public boat ramp on the ICW.


Golfers will find more than 100 courses within a 45-minute drive of Ocean Isle.

Children can enjoy the planned activities at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, Monday through Thursday in the summers, or learn about our coastal history through the educational programming at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. My grandsons had a fantastic experience there!

Ocean Isle is special to me and my family. Special enough to have built a home on the mainland at Ocean Isle Beach and have no regrets. Come on down and allow me to show you around!

Time to hit the send button – Y’all take care and call if I can help in any way! John







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