New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan has written a comprehensive article in the “paper of record” about Tiger Woods’ design business. There isn’t much new in the article; the golf star’s three international projects are stalled, to put it mildly, and one Dubai golf official goes so far as to say the Woods project there is “as good as dead and buried. (Desert sand is beginning to blow across and bury the six completed holes.) Closer to home, Cliffs Communities developer Jim
The Times article indicates that Anthony is scrambling for additional financing for the High Carolina golf course, which may be a mistaken impression on the part of the writer since High Carolina was figured into the $64 million loan.
Where the job growth is
According to Local Market Monitor, which publishes economic data pegged to, you guessed it, local markets, the southern U.S. markets with the strongest job growth include Raleigh, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Dallas and Houston. Of course, job growth logically helps prop up home values and, the Monitor’s latest summary says, “Not surprisingly, home prices have bottomed out in the markets with strong job growth, with the
Cities like San Jose, Honolulu, Bethesda and Pittsburgh should see home prices in the 2 to 4 percent range in the coming year, according to the Monitor. Retirees in Pittsburgh who have been waiting for their homes to increase in value before moving south should stand at the ready.
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Reynolds Rap: Upscale community's owners may have to dig deep to keep amenities out of bank's hands
Our friend Toby Tobin, the hardworking Florida blogger, reports that Reynolds Plantation residents have been offered the community’s amenities for $44 million. Paper ballots were sent to all 3,600 owners in the last week. Toby’s comprehensive article goes on to quote at length local bloggers who have been following the Reynolds story. One conclusion is
Couples who have been considering a purchase at Reynolds should keep an eye on the residents’ vote and further news about the community. Of course, all markets abhor uncertainty; the acquisition of the amenities by Bank of America through foreclosure could very well cause a drop in property prices at Reynolds. But if BofA sells the amenities to a respected operator, the long-term consequences could be minimal and panic by some Reynolds property owners could turn into a buying opportunity. Stay tuned.
You can read Toby’s coverage at www.gotoby.com.
Myrtle Beach shows signs of rebound
Golf play is picking up in the Myrtle Beach area, and that is good news for the recession-affected “supermarket” of golf. A representative of the Waccamaw Golf Trail, a string of a dozen golf courses at the southern end of the Grand Strand, reported recently to the Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission that, “bookings are through the roof.” The trail and commission have partnered to promote the Trail through a series of ads on the Golf Channel and its web site. The campaign, according to the local Coastal Observer newspaper, has generated 130,000 online requests for green fee quotes and has helped build the Trail’s database to more than 90,000 contacts.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is one of a dozen fine golf courses that are part of the Waccamaw Golf Trail at the south end of Myrtle Beach.
I can report personally that rounds are up significantly at Pawleys Plantation, one of the Waccamaw Trail golf courses; the famed Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue and Founders Club are also members of the Trail. Two weeks ago, I couldn’t book a normal tee time at Pawleys Plantation two days before I wanted to play; March in the Myrtle Beach area is popular with Canadian golfers, and the only tee time available was 4 p.m., eh? Last year, Myrtle Beach National purchased the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course from the original owner and is promoting it as the anchor of its own portfolio of 14 courses on the Grand Strand.
Home prices in the Myrtle Beach area have dropped so far that golfers
In another bit of good news for the South Strand, Southwest Airlines has begun flights to Charleston International Airport, about an hour from Pawleys Island. Hopefully, this will put pressure on U.S. Airways, Delta and other carriers who serve Myrtle Beach International Airport to massage their prices for trips to and from the northeast and midwest. Prices to fly into Myrtle Beach from northern cities are generally higher than to Charleston.
Myrtle Beach is utterly reliant on golf for its economic wellbeing. It is good to see things are starting to break in the Grand Strand’s direction. Potential homebuyers should take note.