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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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Laguna Beach Pumps Nearly Half a Million Dollars Into Homeless Shelter RenovationVoice of OC

Laguna Beach will spend $479,837 in grant money to make improvements to the city’s homeless shelter with work expected to start in November.


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The Alternative Sleeping Location, a city-run emergency shelter, at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, has been operating year-round since 2009 to provide meals, showers, laundry, and help guests find housing and health care. The facility has worked with over 10,000 people since its opening to help prevent homelessness and serves an average of 160 people every night, according to the shelter’s website

The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously approved funding for the project from the state-run Homeless Emergency Aid program in September. The program “was established to provide direct assistance to California’s homeless Continuums of Care and large cities to address the homelessness crisis throughout the state,” according to the state website

The project will replace flooring, renovate bathrooms, and add a new accessible handicap ramp, among other upgrades during the estimated eight-week renovations. A temporary facility will be available in the adjacent storage area to continue shelter services during the construction, according to a city staff report

“The first step of the renovation is the allocation of resources,” Jeremy Frimond, Laguna Beach senior administrative analyst, said regarding the temporary relocation. “We want to minimize the relocation to try to make it as easy as possible for the people who rely on the shelter.” 

The

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Miami Beach Convention Center renovation and expansion completes

The expansion and renovation of the 1,435,000-sf Miami Beach Convention Center has recently completed. 

The project was designed with the goal of making Miami Beach Convention Center the most technologically-advanced center in the U.S. and to provide upgraded show needs and increase the potential for the city to market the center on an international basis. Achieving this goal involved complex renovations and replacements of virtually all the building’s electrical and mechanical operating systems. 

 

Miami Beach CC at duskCourtesy Fentress Architects.

 

The project includes a new 60,000-sf ballroom and 127,000 sf of new meeting spaces. The completed project will accommodate 500,000 sf of exhibit hall space with increased power and improved IT connectivity capacities, increased ballroom and meeting areas, and renovated back-of-house spaces. Additionally, over six acres of parking lot space has been transformed into space for a public park and landscaping and infrastructure improvements, including a tropical garden, game lawn, shaded areas, veterans plaza, pavilion, and a water feature.

 

Miami Beach CC ballroomCourtesy Fentress Architects.

 

The renovation concepts were inspired by modern designs incorporating natural elements of the ocean, beach, and underwater life. Waves, manta rays, and coral reefs were studied as part of the design process. The building envelope is designed with linear forms that create a curvilinear undulation inspired by ocean waves. The facade has hurricane resistant connections meant to withstand even the largest storms. The project was built with the future in mind by using steel construction with composite metal decks for raised floors in the case of rising sea levels. The interior design finishes emulates receding water, sea foam, and patterns relating to various typed of local coral reef.

The completed project earned LEED Silver certification.

 

Miami Beach CC facadePhoto: Robin HIll.

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Ashstone Inc., a General Contractor in Pompano Beach, Announces the Launch of their Innovative Company in South Florida

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The Team at Ashstone Inc. Has 30 Years of Experience and Focuses on Residential and Commercial Construction

POMPANO BEACH, FL / ACCESSWIRE / September 28, 2020 / Sean Emmanuel, a general contractor in Pompano Beach and CEO of Ashstone Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of his new company.

To learn more about Ashstone Inc. and the construction and contracting services that they offer, please visit https://ashstonefl.com.

As a company spokesperson noted, for home or business owners who are looking for an experienced general contractor, Pompano Beach based Ashstone Inc. is an ideal choice. Emmanuel and his team bring 30 years of experience to the new company, and they are devoted to striving for excellence, no matter how big or small the job may be.

From new residential construction and commercial construction to additions, renovations, design and insurance claims, Ashstone Inc. is a one stop construction project shop that enjoys transforming their clients’ dreams into reality.

“Ashstone is renowned for our reliability, and are well-recognized for delivering exceptional quality services on time with reasonable prices to our clients,” the spokesperson noted, adding that they are proud to be one of the premier construction companies based in South Florida.

“We are committed to customer satisfaction; our construction and building work delights our clients and makes us proud. We aim to bring our wealth of experience to the management of any construction or renovation program.”

Emmanuel and his team also take a great deal of pride in being a progressive company that is devoted to modern ways of thinking and innovative projects. They also feel strongly in the values of diversity, honesty and clear communication. The team from Ashstone strives to