Lot sales beginning to re-emerge as player in Myrtle Beach-area real estate

The five years after the great recession clawed hold of the Grand Strand real estate market in 2008 were a bleak time for Realtors, but the license plate on Craig Dierksheide’s pickup still identifies him as “Lnd Man.”

At one time, he said this week, his moniker was “The Grand Strand Land Man,” but the economic plunge took a few words from the title and all the investor/developers from the area’s real estate market.

Lots in the few developments where there was still activity were selling below the cost to develop them, he said, and those priced at $50,000 each in the Loris area dropped off the screen altogether.

There were no customers.

Like Realtors in other segments of the market who survived the trial, he switched his focus to bank-owned properties.

But he’s seen a turn in recent months.