Real Estate News and Happenings From Century 21 McAlpine

The Agents and Staff at Century 21 McAlpine love our area and one another! We hope to share some of our daily activities with you and see how we might better serve our community!


Feb. 17, 2016

2016 Elections


2016 Elections coming soon, right?

We are 10 months away from the election of our country’s supreme leader. The television ads and news stories are already dominating the media. How many debates do we really need? Most of the folks I have spoken with are already tired of the “politicians” and the huge money being spent on this election.

I believe with all my heart that this election is VERY IMPORTANT! We are at a turning point in our country that was left to us by the “Greatest Generation” and unfortunately we have let those great Americans down. Indifference is rampant. College and university students know little about what is happening in this world and put very little importance on our constitution. Others are more concerned about how this politician or that politician can benefit themselves. Its time for some true statesmen. It is time for some public servants who are not interested in how much money or power they can consume.

If I could change the process I would start the campaigning 2-3 months before the election. I would teach each candidates platform in the schools and in the churches. I would have good folks discussing the pros and cons as they socialize and talk to their neighbors. I would have the constitution first and foremost as our guide. Our founding Fathers were inspired by God our creator and I believe after weeks of debate and discussion came up with the most successful guide this world has ever known. Were they perfect, of course not.

I recently saw a video with Andy and Ope of Mayberry television fame. Sheriff Andy’s son wanted to increase his allowance and did not want to work for it. Andy simply said “working for what you earn makes you feel good about yourself.” What a simple lesson! Those were the type of lessons we learned in the 50’s from our media. We need more of those lessons today.

I urge you to review your American history and the constitution a little, listen to the politicians views and check for their voting history. Try not to be caught by media sound bites and who is the most charismatic . We need a strong leader who has the same ideals and beliefs of our founding fathers. 

Posted in America
Feb. 9, 2016

Rain, Rain, Go Away...


Getting tired of so much rain!

The average rainfall in Horry County is 51” per year. I believe most of that has come in the previous 4 months!! The average rainfall for the United States is 37” so we already have a great deal of moisture to make our countryside very green. We are quick to tell the visitors coming to Myrtle Beach or the Grand Strand that we have an average of 214 days of beautiful sunshine!! All real estate looks better in the sunshine, our attitudes are better in the sunshine, and we get more exercise when there is sunshine. Hopefully by the first of March we will see a lot more sunshine. Until then, here are a few pointers from the National Weather Service on how to drive safely in the rain.

  • First and foremost: slow down!

  • Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes.

  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.

  • Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.

  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.

My relatives live in Southern California and it is absolutely beautiful there. But the one thing I missed was the wonderful “green” everywhere back home in South Carolina. As far as you can see there is brown, brown, brown. Occasional green patches of irrigated lawns and heavily landscaped areas around commercial buildings look like patchwork in the dessert. I am tired of so much rain but it will soon be gone and the sunshine and visitors from all across our great nation will be coming to enjoy the sandy beaches and lush green surroundings. 

Oct. 12, 2015

Flooding and Clean Up in South Carolina!

disaster areas

As a native of coastal South Carolina, I have seen several natural disasters affect our state. Hurricane Hazel when I was a small child and Hugo which totally devastated our Garden City family beach house and neighborhood. During hurricane Floyd we saw unprecedented flood waters in my home town of Conway, SC.

Last week we experienced similar devastation with massive amounts of rain. Governor Halley said this was a “1000 year event” with over 20” of rainfall over October 3-4 weekend alone.

Roads were impassable, folks stranded waiting for rescue teams to take them to shelters, and millions of dollars of damage to homes. It was and still is a sad time for many South Carolinians.

Now the county Emergency Operations Center is transitioning to recovery mode. There will be two FEMA Disaster Resource Centers open this week. One located in the north end of the county and the other the south end. Each center will have a FEMA representative and other federal agency representatives to help with assistance. There is help for those with no flood insurance as well as those who need help with temporary relocation. You may use the 1-800-621-FEMA number or the website to register.

Aid for individual flood victims:

• 18 months of housing

• grants for replacement of personal property , medical or dental

• low interest loans

• Crisis counseling, unemployment assistance, and legal aid

Aid for county and states effected:

• rebuilding infrastructure up to 75% of the costs

The deadline for most assistance programs is 60 days following the Presidents major disaster declaration which was given on October 5, 2015.

Most of the downtown areas are clear now and the majority of roads are open. However, those living on the river and swamps will be dealing with the mud, ruined homes and impassable streets for weeks to come. I am touched by the outpouring of community support and caring.

My home church Trinity United Methodist church was not able to hold services this past Sunday and their parking lot and grounds are flooded. However, there is is no water in the building and we count our blessings.

Aug. 5, 2014

Horry County Police Dept.

Come out and enjoy a wonderful evening of community fellowship, fun, and awareness!!! The Horry County Police Dept. is hosting a Crime Prevention & Awareness event tonight, August 5, 2014 from 6:30pm-10pm. This fun-filled event will be held at the ML Brown Public Safety Building here in Conway. There will be food, music, video games, and tons of other fun things to do all while raising awareness on crime and the prevention of crime. Come out and enjoy this community event!

Posted in Added Value
July 3, 2014

Fourth of July celebrations

It's that time of year again, and the Grand Strand has plenty of ways to celebrate our Independence.

It's that time of year again, and the Grand Strand has plenty of ways to celebrate our Independence.

Plan your day right and you could easily enjoy several of the exciting Independence Day activities along the Grand Strand this year. In addition to all kinds of fireworks at night, there’s a military flyover, a boat parade, a cupcake eating contest, and some live music to enjoy.

Salute from the Shore

This vintage aircraft fly-by is a unique way to show your support of past and present troops. Beginning at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove, a group of fighter jets will pass by all of the beaches on the Grand Strand on their way down to Hilton Head Island. To participate, put on your red, white, and blue, and bring the biggest American flag you can find to wave in salute of your favorite hero or heroes. To make this event even more special, attendees are encouraged to snap pictures or videos of their group and post them to the Salute from the Shore Facebook page. Remember, get to your nearest beach before 1 to make sure you catch plenty of the fly-by!

Croissants 3rd Annual Cupcake Eating Contest

This 4th of July celebration of country and cupcakes gains in popularity each year as big eaters from all over compete to see who is king of the little icing-topped desserts. Last year, over 1,000 cupcakes were devoured and at the end of the five minutes two men were tied at 34. The large-stomached duo battled on in overtime for two more minutes and in the end the winner boasted a record 51 cupcakes. The contest is limited to those 18-and-up, and pre-registration is required. The party starts at 2 p.m. in Croissants Bistro and Bakery’s parking lot, and the eating action begins at 4 p.m. sharp.

Cool Summer Evenings

Brookgreen Gardens’ summer concert series continues on the 4th with the “parent-friendly kids’ rock band” Big Bang Boom. The Greensboro, N.C. group will play on the lawn above the Pavilion restaurant beginning at 7 p.m., which gives you plenty of time to hear the show and then make your way to see some fireworks. The show is included with regular admission, so arrive early and check out Brookgreen’s serene Southern charm.

Family 4th at The Common

Market Common will be hosting a free block party this year for its first ever Independence Day celebration. There won’t be fireworks (which you can see at plenty of other spots around the Grand Strand), but the other offerings are plenty – live music, carnival games, golf cart parade, and a beer garden, in addition to all of the eateries and shops around The Common. In place of the fireworks, a free showing of ‘Field of Dreams’ in Valor Park will take place near the end of the night, so attendees are encouraged to bring something comfortable to sit on. Dogs and kids are also welcome.

Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade & Fireworks Display

Beginning at noon, the 31st annual boat parade will start out at Garden City Point, make its way through the Marshwalk area, and then around to the Murrells Inlet Jetty View Walk. After cheering on the patriotically-themed boats, go home and take a nap. Then head back down to the Inlet and grab dinner at any one of the numerous restaurants before the big fireworks show starts at 10 p.m.

Posted in Added Value
June 23, 2014

Conway Riverfest!

It is almost time again for one of Conway’s most awaited annual events, Riverfest! On June 28, 2014 from 11am to 11pm the town’s longest running festival will be awaiting your arrival. Presented this year by Agape’ Senior and cosponsored by The City of Conway and HTC, this all day event will be held in downtown Conway and will consist of wonderful food, drinks, parading, kid zones, vendor booths, fishing tournaments and live entertainment lasting all day. Admission to Riverfront Park which will open at 3pm is $5 per person and kids 12 and under are free! So mark your calendars and be prepared for some fun in the sun at Conway’s annual Riverfest!!

Posted in Added Value
June 23, 2014

Safety Tip

A safety tip that has been proven to help prevent break-ins, theft, or unwanted trespassing is keeping your car keys beside your bed at night.
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, and your friends. 
If you hear a noise outside your home or feel that someone is trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car.
 The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from mostly everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.
If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

Posted in Added Value
March 5, 2014

Community Updates

It looks as if Horry County has introduced it's newest addition to the Sheriff's office, K9 deputy Kane. Deputy Kane is a 27-month old sable German Shepherd from Germany. Deputy Kane's primary duties will be narcotic detection at the detention center, home detection searches, and vehicle check points. Kane's handler, Deputy Kenneth Martinelli, after undergoing 3 weeks of training together, raves that Deputy Kane is the smartest K9 he's ever owned and is also a bit of a workaholic.  


Posted in Added Value
Feb. 11, 2014

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Jan. 6, 2014

Outlook for 2014

The outlook for 2014 looks good! Less distress sales and prices beginning to climb!

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