Purchasing A Home in Myrtle Beach vs Florida | Pro’s & Con’s
The Real Estate Professionals at the Trembley Group field almost daily calls from folks wanting to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living in South Carolina, along the Grand Strand, and in Myrtle Beach. They are always happy to oblige.
The Trembley Group Real Estate Professionals are an interesting bunch and bring an interesting and unique perspective to living on the Grand Strand. While some are true Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand natives, born and raised here, many of the Real Estate Professionals at the Trembley Group come from the four corners of North America and Europe. They live on the Grand Strand by choice. They all work for The Trembley Group Real Estate by choice. They are all talented and could be successful Real Estate Professionals anywhere but have chosen to do it in Myrtle Beach and to do it for The Trembley Group Real Estate.
There’re Lots of Good Reasons to Live Here Rather Than Florida
Many of the folks who move from Florida to Myrtle Beach are “Half-backs.” South Carolina is known by many as the “Half-back State.”
It seems that Florida has lost some of its allure. For decades, the Sunshine State was attracting many who were tired of long winters and grey days. They were looking for warmer weather and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. But as the natives along the coast say, more than the red tide has turned.
More and more folks have stopped migrating into Florida and have started migrating out of Florida. In 2007, United Van Lines began to see the trend change. It reported for the first time since it began keeping such records that more people moved out of Florida than moved into the state. Many of those folks were moving to Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand.
That’s the attraction of Myrtle Beach and South Carolina. It’s far enough south that the winters are much milder than they are in the Northeast or Midwestern US. South Carolina is a shorter drive “back home” to visit, or for relatives to visit. South Carolina also has beautiful beaches which many want to live near to better enjoy the quality of life.
And in those outbound numbers are Florida transplants, uprooting themselves from red-tide and algae stained beaches of Florida to the clean white sand of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. They call themselves Halfbacks. This has nothing to do with football. Think instead of moving halfway back to the North. “We really don’t have a mechanism for measuring these folks,” says Hal Wood of the Census Bureau’s Atlanta division. “It’s a fairly new phenomenon.”
All the experts agree that a major factor affecting northern migration out of Florida is a desire to be closer to children and grandchildren in the northeast – but not too close. For younger retirees and Baby Boomers, another factor often cited is the weather. And Many Florida migrants talk of the brutal and stifling hot Florida summers that start in early spring and continue into the fall. Most prefer the warm but more temperate South Carolina climate.
Florida Isn’t Cool
And while Florida offers some exceptionally hot weather, it just isn’t cool. A full 20% of Floridians are 65 years old or older. Many of The Trembley Group clients love the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand energy. The Grand Strand is “cool”. It is easy to get around town and people of all ages are out and about on any given evening. For most folks, the music and art scene are fresh and new. Many clients have mentioned they feel younger and more alive in Myrtle Beach.
South Carolina’s Low Taxes
A consensus among The Trembley Group Real Estate professionals is that many Floridians are “halfbackers” because of Florida’s high cost of living. South Carolina’s biggest economic advantage is taxes.
While South Carolina has a personal income tax, some people are fooled into thinking they’ll be paying less taxes overall. That’s just not the case. States still have to collect taxes and fees to pay for government and provide the services its residents expect. It’s important to realize that South Carolina’s total tax burden is low enough to put it in the top 20% of states with the lowest overall tax burden.
Florida’s High Cost of Living & Housing
Many folks migrating out of the northern states and many “halfbacks” anticipate they will spend far less for their next home in South Carolina than in Florida. Today, more soon-to-be retirees than ever are looking for alternatives to retiring in Florida.
There are many reasons including Florida’s high cost of living, especially the high cost of renting or buying a home in Florida. There was a time when land and homes were cheap in Florida. You could sell a home just about anywhere else in the US, move to Florida and buy a similar home for less than what you sold for and bank the rest. That’s generally not possible anymore.
Prices vary from area to area, but building costs have gone up nationally due largely to the price of lumber. Sub-contractor costs are on the rise as subs continue to be in high demand. Subcontractor demand is due to the brisk pace of building activity in the Southeast in general along with the rebuilding of areas hit hard by Hurricane Irma in Florida.
Efficiently sized homes are popular and oversized homes are harder to sell. This is especially true for empty-nester buyers. Many transplants and halfbacks had a big house when they were raising a family. Along with the big house came the maintenance, higher utility bills, and a bigger time commitment to keep it up, among other responsibilities. Many of the homes in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand were designed and built with the rooms most homebuyers need in their lives. Myrtle Beach offers homes to fit every lifestyle. Whether it’s a condo, villa, townhome, single family home, or lot to build a custom home, Myrtle Beach has it all.
High-Quality Health Care in Myrtle Beach
The quality of healthcare is much better in South Carolina according to the annual report from the US Health and Human Service’s Agency on Research and Healthcare Quality. While it might not be a major issue today, those looking to retire along the Grand Strand should know that the quality of healthcare in South Carolina likely compares favorably to where they now live. Most transplants will likely see a healthcare improvement living in South Carolina.
Yes, South Carolina has it all. South Carolina is one of those states you can’t help but love. It’s the 23rd most populous state—with almost 5 million people calling it home. And yes, South Carolina’s Grand Strand has just about perfect weather and a cost of living that’s hard to beat. But there are lots of other good reasons to call it home, from rich culture and vibrant heritage to natural beauty and acres upon acres of green space.
The Real Estate Professionals at the Trembley Group list some of the best intangible reasons to call Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand home:
The Pace of Life
Residents have it all in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach area boasts a myriad of entertainment, arts, and delicious culinary wonders, but still offer residents the opportunity to take a step back, unplug from the rat race, and enjoy the sweet, slow pace of southern life. The pace of life is more relaxed in South Carolina than it is in most northern long-time industrial cities. It’s why so many northerners and halfbacks decide it’s an ideal place to live full time. There’s a lot to be learned in the great southern state of South Carolina from an afternoon sitting on the front porch sipping sweet tea. It’s one of the things that make Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand a great place to vacation but an even better place to call home.
Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Leitchfield Beach, Pawleys Island Beach… The list goes on and on. With miles of seashore, luxurious resorts, and plenty of offshore recreation, South Carolina is every beach bum’s dream come true. Take your pick of beaches: whether it’s a resort hub crawling with nightlife and amusement parks or a more remote and pristine getaway, white sand awaits, the Grand Strand has it all. The choice is yours.
Southern Hospitality at Its Finest
Southern Hospitality still exists in South Carolina and most people are nice – even to people they don’t know. Rumor has it sweet tea was born along the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach tea is mighty sweet, but the people are even sweeter. And it’s real. Myrtle Beach and South Carolina are known for their friendly laid-back and also -sophisticated atmosphere.
Many people consider South Carolina to be one of the most beautiful scenic states. With century-old oaks and silky white sand, South Carolina is home to an abundance of natural beauty. The state offers a long coastline with islands and beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. The water is clear and the sunsets rival anyplace in the country. There are historic lanes lined with ancient trees draped with ethereal Spanish moss everywhere you look. Most folks are left wondering how they ever lived anywhere else. And day-trippers moving away from the coast are just a short drive into the countryside where they see tidy farms mixed with gently rolling hills. South Carolina also has numerous historic towns.
Acres of Green Space and Parks
South Carolina is a great state to get in touch and connect with nature. The state’s 47 state parks cover more than 80,000 acres. Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park have some of the most pristine beaches in South Carolina. They are the perfect destination for walking or swimming or sunbathing – or even fishing.
Whether it’s the local Native American lore or the Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox) National Forest down the road or the famous city of Charleston with its antebellum architecture and charming cobblestone streets just a day-trip away, there’s South Carolina history everywhere. With cities founded before the American Revolution, the entire state is draped in history, from the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter, to the century-old Sheldon Church Ruins and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage.
Need help? Call your friendly Trembley Group Real Estate Professional, or a Client Care Specialist at 843.945.1880 ext. 1 and we’ll help you look for the perfect home for your needs and desires!
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