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Home closings increase in 2020 along coastal SC counties despite COVID pandemic | Myrtle Beach Business

Myrtle Beach Realtor Travis Muir put a condo up for sale in September at Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard and within an hour, it was sold.

Not an every day occurrence, the realtor for The Hoffman Group admits. But, after all, it’s 2020 and anything can happen.

“The biggest thing is pricing it within realistic market price,” Muir said, adding 2020 has been his best year for sales, pushing nearly triple what he normally does.

“With this one being an investment property, the price point for the rate of return… I think one of the biggest things, too, is the interest rates are lower than they have been in a very long time. That gives people more incentive to go ahead and make that jump. They were thinking of buying in a two- or three-year window, but now with the interest rates so low, people are moving faster.”

Closed sales of single family homes and condos have increased along the southeastern coast of South Carolina, and real estate agents are pointing to low interest rates and the COVID-19 pandemic expediting retirement plans as the reason for the increase.

It has also caused a tight market for available single-family homes and condos, leading one real estate expert to call it the tightest market she’s seen in a decade.

The Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors released a report that showed a gradual increase of closings from June to August.

Closed sales for single-family homes and condos rose from May to June by 6.7 percent, then by 22 percent from June to July and finally by 11.9 percent from July to August. 

The median sales price for single family homes dipped slightly in June to $242,995, and gradually grew to $260,000 in August. Condos increased from $145,000 in June to $161,500 in

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Glass fire 95% contained after burning nearly 800 homes in California’s Napa, Sonoma counties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Glass fire, a destructive wildfire that burned close to 800 homes in California’s North Bay area and forced tens of thousands to evacuate after sparking in extreme wind late last month, is almost fully contained.



a person that is lit up at night: Thomas Lo, a member of a San Jose Fire Strike Team keeps watch from the roof of an outbuilding as a slow burning section of the Glass Fire burns near a home in St. Helena, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.


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Thomas Lo, a member of a San Jose Fire Strike Team keeps watch from the roof of an outbuilding as a slow burning section of the Glass Fire burns near a home in St. Helena, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.

With temperatures cooler, humidity higher and winds calmer, crews have made great progress in recent days, boosting containment to 95% on the nearly 67,500-acre fire, Cal Fire said in a Monday morning update.



a couple of people that are on fire: A firefighter removes items from a garage as they battle a fire at a home along Tucker Road in Calistoga, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The Glass Fire, already the fifth largest of the 23 major fires burning in the state, has engulfed 58,880 acres in the North Bay and damaged or destroyed nearly 400 buildings.


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A firefighter removes items from a garage as they battle a fire at a home along Tucker Road in Calistoga, CA, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The Glass Fire, already the fifth largest of the 23 major fires burning in the state, has engulfed 58,880 acres in the North Bay and damaged or destroyed nearly 400 buildings.

Cal Fire reports activity on the Glass fire is “limited” and says firefighting resources are being “demobilized,” according to a Sunday evening incident report. Fewer than 900 personnel were assigned to the incident as of then, down from well over 2,000 much of last week.

Limited evacuation orders and warnings remain in place for isolated areas within Napa and Sonoma counties, but the vast majority have been lifted, allowing residents to repopulate most of the region. Napa County is holding a virtual community recovery meeting at 4 p.m. Monday to provide residents with resources and information on how to safely return home after the fire.

The Glass fire started early in the morning on Sept. 27 as separate

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Highway 29, Silverado Trail Reopened; Firefighters Gain 82 Percent Containment; 642 Homes Destroyed In Napa, Sonoma Counties

ST. HELENA (CBS SF) — Across Wine Country a sense of normality was beginning to take grip early Saturday as major roadways closed by the threat of the Glass Fire were reopened, neighborhoods in St. Helena, Calistoga and Angwin repopulated, less smoke was visible on the horizon and utility crews were busy restoring electrical power to once evacuated homes.

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As of Saturday morning, the Glass Fire burn zone had grown to 67,484 acres with 82 percent containment, but a once promising weather front and the showers it would produce, never arrived.

“Crews experienced minimal fire behavior throughout the night on the Glass Fire,” Cal Fire said in a Saturday morning update. “These conditions consisted of creeping and smoldering fire behavior within the current perimeter.”

There were a few mandatory evacuations still in place, but the majority had been either completely lifted or reduced to warnings that allowed residents to return to their homes.

But for more than 640 families, their return home was not celebratory. Cal Fire damaged assessment teams reported as of Saturday morning, at least 642 homes had been destroyed in Sonoma and Napa counties. Another 157 homes had received some kind of damage.

Among those who lost their home was Mike Christianson and his wife, Mluz Torres. They had watched in horror as the flames engulfed their Napa County home while they were evacuating during the fire’s early hours.

“It was within five minutes, the entire side of the hill was on fire. All trees, all burning, all roaring like a jet,” he said. “And at that moment, we realized that it was time to go. So we grabbed a few things, jumped in the car.”

Others were relieved to find their homes still standing.

“You know, I thought it was going to be a

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Glass fire grows nearly fourfold in a day, burning 80 homes in Napa, Sonoma counties

At least 80 homes have been destroyed in Napa and Sonoma counties as the Glass fire continues to rampage through Northern California’s wine country.



a man with smoke coming out of a car: ST. HELENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: The Glass Fire in Napa County burns on a mountainside with the Beckstoffer Vinyards in the foreground on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in St. Helena, CA. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)


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ST. HELENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: The Glass Fire in Napa County burns on a mountainside with the Beckstoffer Vinyards in the foreground on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in St. Helena, CA. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

The blaze had burned 42,560 acres as of Tuesday — nearly quadrupling in size since Monday morning — and there is still no containment, according to Erick Hernandez, a public information officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

So far, Hernandez said, crews had confirmed that the fire has destroyed 52 residences in Napa County and 28 in Sonoma County.

Figures on how many commercial structures had been affected were not available Tuesday morning, he said.

The fire burned rapidly Sunday through Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail, raising concerns about the fate of the area’s famed wineries.

Napa and Sonoma counties are home to more than 800 wineries, according to their tourism associations, and many are family owned.

One building that was lost was the distinctive stone structure at the Chateau Boswell Winery in St. Helena, which marked its 40th anniversary last year.

Officials said Monday evening that at least eight wineries were damaged.

The winding road to Chateau Boswell was flanked by smoldering brush and trees Tuesday morning as firefighters worked to quell the flames scorching the region.

Just off Silverado Trail, downed power lines and burned cars blocked one of the mountain paths to the winery, known for its Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The vineyard’s entrance was roped off by yellow sheriff’s tape. Singed cypress trees towered over the driveway that now

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Glass Fire At 42K Acres, 80 Homes Destroyed Between Napa, Sonoma Counties

The Glass Fire complex of wildfires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties has burned an estimated 42,560 acres and destroyed 80 homes between the two counties as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze, which still is at 0 percent containment, started at 3:50 a.m. Sunday in Napa Valley and spread late Sunday and early Monday into Sonoma County, destroying homes on the east edge of Santa Rosa.

Along with the 80 homes destroyed — 52 in Napa County and 28 in Sonoma County — 32 other structures have been destroyed in the fire and 10,712 others remain threatened, Cal Fire officials said.


A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service for increased fire danger in the area due to hot and windy weather expired late Monday as winds died down, but above-average temperatures are expected to remain for the rest of the week.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for several communities in the two counties, including the entire city of Calistoga. Napa County evacuation information can be found at https://local.nixle.com/napa-county-oes/ and Sonoma County at https://local.nixle.com/sonoma-county-sheriffs-office/.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of the fires. There is no estimate yet for when the fire is expected to be fully contained.

More information about the fire will be released at a briefing at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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