Whether for a mortgage related financial decision, estate planning, purchase decision, or just a general valuation inquiry, EF Hucks & Associates has a reporting product that will meet your needs. Our appraisal department strives to provide quality work in a timely manner at a fee that is profitable for both us and reasonable to the client.

Our on staff researchers provide our appraisers with a complete list of all commercial transactions on a weekly basis. Our appraisers meet to analyze each commercial sale in an attempt to have knowledge of every comparable transaction when developing an opinion of value. Our researchers also track residential transaction, permits and builder trends to provide our residential appraisal department in depth knowledge of the housing market trends.

Our team has a well-tested tool box of knowledge and experience to assist you or your institution in making an educated financial decision. Our extensive analysis tool box includes, but is not limited to:

  • Extensive transactional data review tools
  • In house tracking of local market real estate transactions
  • Member of local Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors (MLS)
  • Subscription to CoStar and other major data resource systems
  • Long time relationship with brokers and market participants
  • Detailed transaction and income analysis tools
  • Ala mode residential appraisal software
  • Extensive Excel experience and training
  • Argus
  • Experience consulting with investors during the decision making process
  • Comprehensive Narrative Appraisal Report

(full/intensive report – meeting USPAP requirements)

  • Standard Narrative Appraisal Report

(normal report – meeting USPAP requirements)

  • Condensed Narrative Appraisal Report

(minimum report – meeting USPAP requirements)

In addition to our Appraisal Services, we offer consulting services that may meet the client’s needs in lieu of an appraisal. Please see our consulting services page for additional information.


Appraisal Team


Buddy Hucks, MAI,SRA

Buddy Hucks, MAI, SRA is the President of EF Hucks and Associates and EF Hucks Consulting, LLC.  Buddy has almost 35 years of commercial and residential real estate appraisal experience, of which for over five years he was the vice president of Bay State Appraiser Corp (as subsidiary of Loyola Federal Savings and Loan, Baltimore, MD), where he served as review appraiser for the bank’s Grand Strand portfolio of residential loans.

In 1991, Buddy founded EF Hucks and Associates, an independent appraisal company in Myrtle Beach, SC, specializing in appraisals for lenders along the coast of South Carolina.  Through EF Hucks Consulting, LLC, and over the past 20 years, he has monitored the market by tracking all real estate activity to assist in conducting market studies for clients such as developers, land owners and lenders in the area.  He is the recognized authority for Real Estate trends along the Grand Stand.  Buddy maintains that he is “not just a pencil pushing appraiser,” but a knowledgeable market participant in the area.

During the past 25 years, Buddy has consulted and advised developers and been actively involved in the sale and development of over $400 million in real estate along the Grand Strand.  In the early 1990s, he partnered in an investment group that bought and sold approximately $20 million of RTC troubled assets.  His personal investment partnerships have developed, bought and sold almost $70 million in real estate along the Grand Strand.  Buddy has developed and sold 230 condominiums and residential lots over the past 25 years.  He has also owned and sold over 500 acres of development land in the area.  He acted as a Consultant and Broker on one of the largest Real Estate Transactions in Horry County History for over $60,000,000 known as North Beach Plantation.


James McNeil, MAI, SRA

Jim McNeill is a member of the Appraisal Institute and holds the MAI and SRA designations. He has has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University. He holds appraisal licenses in both North and South Carolina, and has been a property appraiser for over 35 years.


Edward Kelly

Edward Kelley is a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser who has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Citadel in Business Administration.  He has been active in real estate sales and appraisals since 1976.


Dave Curry, MAI,CCIM

David Curry is a commercial real estate appraiser/broker/consultant/investor with over 20 years of experience appraising in Horry and Georgetown Counties. David holds the Appraisal Institute’s MAI designation and is a Past President of the South Carolina Professional Appraisers Coalition. In addition to David's experience as a real estate appraiser and in appraiser leadership, David is a licensed real estate broker, holds the CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors. This follows his service as an MLS Committee Member from 2014-2017.

After graduating High School as a Junior, Dave began working as an appraisal researcher and was certified by the State of South Carolina in 2005. David was hired on at E.F. Hucks & Associates, Inc. in 2010 and strives to help keep the company on the cutting edge of technology, systems and education which led him to serving on Coastal Carolina University's Grant Center for Real Estate's Advisory Board. Dave has adjusted his focus to more than appraising and is now focusing on real estate consulting for attorneys, medical users, due diligence assistance for buyers, site selection for investors and end users. Brokerage focus is residential and commercial development tracts as well as medial office site selection.

Dave's goal is to provide the knowledge and insight for clients to make major financial decisions with confidence. 


Craig Sturgill

Craig Sturgill has been actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting since 1986.  He is a state certified general appraiser in South Carolina and North Carolina .  He graduated with honors having attended Lorain Community College and Kent State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in finance from Liberty University.

In addition, Mr. Sturgill has extensive collateral experience having personally owned, managed, and developed various investment properties including multi-family, mini-storage, office, storage condominiums, and commercial multi-tenant facilities.  He has also developed residential properties including seven major subdivisions totaling more than 600 acres.

Mr. Sturgill is married with five children and resides in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  He is active in the community and his church having served as trustee or board member in churches since 2001.  In his spare time he likes to travel, bike, kayak, scuba, and snow ski.


Amit Patel

Amit Patel is a Certified General Appraiser and has a BS degree in Real Estate and Finance from the University of South Carolina. He is a Candidate for Designation of the Appraisal Institute.


Russell Elmore

Russell Elmore is a Certified General Appraiser and has a BS degree in Real Estate and Management from the University of South Carolina. He has been an appraiser since 2006 and is a Candidate for Designation of the Appraisal Institute.  Russ is a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Professional Appraisers Coalition and was the 2015 Legislative Chair.


Scott Cloer

Scott Cloer is a Certified General Appraiser and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College.  He has been an appraiser since 2007.