Selling land may seem straightforward, but it can also be a frustrating and complicated real estate transaction if not handled properly. Whether you require a small lot or acreage for an office or industrial park, retail center, or residential development, E.F. Hucks can help get your plans off the ground. Our relationships with developers and landowners enable our team to track land available for development or redevelopment, while the ability to provide retail gap and gravity analyses, evaluation of existing locations to new locations, and historical perspective give our clients the advantage of solid site selection. 

Capabilities

We at EF Hucks Consulting have been selecting sites and consulting in master plans for mixed-use projects along the Grand Strand for over 25 years.  Our team has a well-tested tool box of knowledge and experience to assist your investors/business in selecting the right site.  Our tools include, but are not limited to:

  • In-House Demographic Studies
    • Utilizing a complete collection of sales data from 1995
    • Income, Permit and Construction Data directly from all area municipalities
    • GIS Heat map creation for “pocket studies”
    • Retail Gap Analysis
  • Knowledge of Available Properties
    • Good relationships with area sellers and brokers
    • Access to area listing data services
    • Weekly team review of all area commercial transactions
  • Site Specific Feasibility Studies
    • Team of Appraisers with more than 50 years combined experience
    • Knowledge of Municipality Zoning and Development Expectations
    • 2D and 3D site layout and building design capabilities
    • Feasibility Test Templates
    • Argus Leasing and Valuation Modeling
  • Acquisition
    • Team of In-House Real Estate Brokers and Agents
  • Project Management
    • Relationships with Engineers, Contractors, Architects
    • Relationships with Local Bankers
    • Presentation and Reporting for Investors and Financiers
    • Understanding of Municipality Permitting Process
    • Time Line Development

Our Team is ready to help you with any portion of your project from selecting a site to putting your project together.

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Site Selection Team

Buddy Hucks

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.

Dave Curry

Dave Curry, MAI,CCIM

David Curry 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. 

Featured Team Projects

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EF Hucks led in the selection of a site for an urgent care user within the Ocean Bay Market at Towne Center. The project’s location was chosen prior to the announcement of the 43-acre McLeod Hospital campus. Our team assisted with site identification, negotiation with the seller, demographic studies. presentations to the investment partners, securing financing, and the construction bidding and design process. EF Hucks also created 3D models to identify current and future exposure to International Drive.

EF Hucks assisted with a 60-acre, historic-oceanfront site with an existing campground to provide estate planning and a diversified income stream. The sellers agreed to allow EF Hucks to solicit offers to purchase the property. A 20-year relationship with local market participants yielded 3 offers in 30 days. The final selected buyer was an existing EF Hucks client of over 20 years. Our team assisted in land planning for single family, multifamily, and a $200 million high-rise development. North Beach Plantation is one of the premier oceanfront developments along the Grand Strand.

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EF Hucks assisted in the redevelopment of a previously nationally-anchored center constructed in the 1980s. Our team provided demographical studies, outparcel acquisitions, site design and leasing. Most recently the team has reviewed LOI’s from several national tenants for the center.

EF Hucks provided an in-depth demographic study of existing and future development in a target market area for Public corporate approval. Similar studies were provided to the land owner of a proposed retail site where Walmart Marketplace elected to sign a long term ground lease.

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Most recently EF Hucks is working with a national health care provider with site selection for a $25 million medical facility. Site selection included identification of 8-10 sites that met the client’s site selection criteria. Our team’s research resulted in the client choosing to move forward with EF Hucks’ #1 graded site.