Horry County growth could mean more sales for realtors

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Trey Paul - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) –If you're a realtor, you know how hurtful the past two years have been for business.

Frank Causey with Select Homes and Services knows all about it.

"It's been really bad. You'd be lucky to make one sale a month," he said.

Now, he says that number is up to two or three.

"I actually had a foreclosure listing on the market and only had it on the market for a week and a half and it sold," Causey said.

And it might have something to do with some other numbers that are going up.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Horry County is not only one of the fastest growing counties in the Carolina's, it's one of the fastest growing counties in the country.

From 2000-2009, Horry County's population grew by more than 67,000.  That's 34.2 percent.

"Baby steps. You don't want to see that balloon and then prices get driven up and prices start driving traffic out," said Chris Bryan with Shoreline Real Estate.

Bryant is a little more cautious about the numbers, but still optimistic.

And, he's been noticing a new trend.

"Now we're starting to see people from Georgia and Florida move here from the South which typically hasn't been the case," he said.

Causey says the number of retirees moving here seems to be slowing, but he's counting on baby boomers.

"I'm really looking forward to making some money and selling some real estate," he said.

And he's also looking forward to working in a county that seems to be growing faster every day.

Copyright 2010 WMBF News. All rights reserved.