Escape this fall to Hilton Head Island!

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Fall_getaway_Hilton_Head_IslandIf you are looking for the perfect getaway, escape to Hilton Head Island this fall!  Near perfect temperatures, clear skies, fun fall festivals, unbelievable sunsets, a more relaxed pace and very little rain make fall visits truly wonderful.  It really is a beautiful time of the year. We invite you to experience fall on Hilton Head Island and stay in one of our big beautiful homes or amazing villas!

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2015 Hilton Head Fall Festivals

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Fall on Hilton Head IslandFall is one of the best times to visit the Hilton Head area.  The weather in the Hilton Head area is cooler, the pace is slower and there are many great places and fall festivals to enjoy.  If you have not yet, planned your fall accomodations, please click here and contact Darcey Sundling to help plan your Fall Getaway!  Listed below are some great Fall Festivals to Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

6 Simple Home Decorating Ideas for Fall

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orange leaves in the fallSeptember is quickly approaching! That means it’s time to bring out the jackets, long-sleeve shirts, and denim jeans.

But what are you doing to bring your home into fall?

Here are a few easy decorating ideas you can do to welcome the cooler temperatures and beautiful colors into your home.

DIY Home Decorating Tips for Fall

You don’t have to paint your walls or buy new furniture to get your home ready for fall.

Instead, you can use some simple seasonal tricks to welcome autumn leaves and pumpkin spices into your home, and impress your visitors in the process.

1. Bring Out the Cinnamon- and Pumpkin-Scented Candles

The smell of those warm spices gently wafting throughout your home is enough to energize you for the season.

Light a few candles in your kitchen or living room, as well as other rooms that receive the most traffic in your home. Your home will be looking — and smelling — festive in no time.

2. Stick a Seasonal Flag Outside

Personalize your front yard by placing a welcoming fall flag by the mailbox, in your front garden, or hanging from your front porch. Let people know that you’re ready for autumn!

3. Swap Out Your Dining Table Centerpiece

Put the colorful summer tones away for next year and bring out your festive fall accents.

roses and flowers in table centerpieceMake a seasonal statement with the centerpiece on your dining room or kitchen table. Some simple autumn centerpiece ideas include:

  • red, orange, and yellow pillar candles
  • roses or colorful leaves in a vase
  • small pumpkins
  • old-fashioned lanterns
  • a bowl of apples

4. Hang a Festive Wreath on Your Front Door

Add some fall foliage, colorful ribbon, or burlap accents to an autumn wreath and catch the eye of your friends and neighbors.

People tend to notice your home’s decorations when they first spy your house, which is why front door accents are often included in tips for increasing curb appeal. Display your fall home readiness with a red, gold, and brown wreath on your door!

5. Decorate Your Shelves with Pine Cones and Oak Leaves

If you have a mantle above your fireplace or an empty space on a bookshelf, fill it with simple arrangements of fall foliage — pine cones, oak leaves, acorns, and pumpkins.

To truly make a statement with your decor, pair vibrantly colored leaves with a white or neutral color base, and enjoy the display capture the attention of passersby.

white fence outside house in autumn6. Put a Pumpkin on Your Front Porch

Nothing says fall as much as a round pumpkin sitting on your porch steps.

When pumpkins come in season, you can purchase one for Halloween fun or simply as a seasonal accent.

Staging Your Home for Sale This Fall?

These DIY home decorating tips work well to increase your curb appeal if you’re selling your property this season.

If you have any questions about home staging tips or about selling your home, contact us at any time. We would be happy to provide you with the answers you need.

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Watch for us on HGTV’s Beach Front Bargain Hunt

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If you love HGTV’s Beach Front Bargain Hunt and the Hilton Head Area, watch us on Labor Day weekend, September 6, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. The show includes a couple searching for the perfect home with me, Robbie Bunting as their Realtor helping in their search.  The weather was fabulous and you will love following this couple as they explore Daufuskie Island.  This show will certainly introduce Daufuskie Island nationally to people that may have never heard of it before.  We cannot wait to see it!  Tune in and watch as we hunt for a house big enough for their large family.  Viewing party location to be announced.


Hilton Head Buyers Beware of Values on the Internet

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DroneBuyers need to beware when  using Automated Valuation Models (AVM’s) to determine property values.  AVM’s are values based on averages and found on websites including  Zillow, Trulia and Homesnap .  The problem with using AVM’s is that they do not account for unique property features.  There is, however, a way to improve these AVM’s.

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3 Best Practices for Real Estate Investment

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Investing In Real Estate: AchieveYour Real Estate Goals

RS926_iStock_000010136948SmallWith mortgage rates so low, many investors choose to invest in real estate, as opposed to the stock market. In addition, real estate is a prime investment for novice investors, as it is more tangible and understandable than stocks and the index. According to Bankrate’s annual investment research, 27% of Americans with money to invest would choose to invest in real estate over any other investment. Because real estate is becoming a popular commodity, especially among investors, here are three tips for investing in real estate:

3 Essential Elements to Real Estate Investment

1. Quantity over Quality = A Fair Cash-on-Cash Return

When investing, you are probably going to be using money from CD accounts, stocks, or bonds, which means that you are no longer going to be getting the 4 – 6 percent return. The goal in real estate investment is getting a higher return than what you would have received, had you left the money as liquid financial assets.

Many investors, especially those newer to the game, come into the market looking for prize homes. This can be an extremely risky investment, as finding a renter may be difficult and you need to be prepared for an unforeseen market turn. With that in mind, investing in the average homes that are cash-flow positive, which may not be as fancy as those prized properties, are ideal. View Zillows’ “A Tale of Two Townhomes” for more information.

2. Do Your Due Diligence

It’s common knowledge that investment comes with an involved risk. Yet, real estate developments, parcel/land, Tenant in Common, and fixer uppers have a much higher risk than the previously mentioned cash-flow positive property. With TV shows like “Flipping Boston” or “Flip This House” on A&E, many people want to purchase a foreclosure fixer upper, with a low cost, flip it, and sell it later for a large profit. While this can be a lucrative investment, it takes practice and due diligence (and possibly luck). Even for those looking to purchase the cash-flow investment properties, as mentioned above, doing your homework (viewing reports, analyzing, crunching numbers, etc) is required to make the best real estate investment decisions.

3. Time is Money

When purchasing investment property, you also need to consider the amount of time you have to put into managing the property. Rental properties in vacation destinations and college rentals constantly have tenants coming and going. If you do not have the time to put into the property, you need to make sure that you are investing in the right type of real estate. Find a calm neighborhood or area, further away from colleges, to attract families or individuals that will rent and stay for as long as possible. While there will be issues, having a long term relationship with your tenants will help in the long run, as they usually require less time and management.

Let Us Help You Achieve Your Real Estate Goals

Real estate can be a risky investment, especially for individuals new to the real estate market and industry. As real estate professionals, we are area experts that are privy to real estate trends, as well as market and industry news. Contact us today to learn more about the services we can provide.

How much per pound on Hilton Head?

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Hilton Head ValuesOne of the best stories about price per square foot came up when a client and his agent were standing in the driveway of a home on Hilton Head Island.  The buyer could not understand why the home was priced so much higher per square foot than any of the other homes he had seen that day.  He asked his agent for the reason and her reply as she looked at his car was, “How much per pound did you pay for your Mercedes?”  Sometimes these catch all formulas just don’t work! Read the rest of this entry

Moving Checklist for Hilton Head Buyers and Sellers

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Hilton Head IslandMoving in the Hilton Head Area is different than moving in other places.  Reasons include narrow roadways, gated communities, weather considerations, same day closing-moving days, POA’s, owners closets and mailbox keys. Just to name a few!
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What Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know About Home Loans

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Home Buying 11First-time home buyers who work with us often have the same question: Should we or shouldn’t we get a first-time home buyer loan?

In fact, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages attached to this type of loan.

So today, we thought we would take a few moments to share with you what you can expect from getting this type of loan as a first-time home buyer. That way, when it comes time for your to decide how you’re going to finance your first home, you’ll have all of the information you need right at your fingertips.

First-Time Home Buyer Loans 101

A first time home buyer loan offers financial assistance to qualified buyers by utilizing a variety of methods:

  • Very low down payments or none at all
  • Subsidezed interest costs
  • Grants
  • Forgive loans
  • Defer payments

Generally speaking, the best candidates for this type of loan are home buyers who have never owned a home, although those who have not owned a home in more than three years may also qualify.

With these types of loans, certain restrictions may apply in order to qualify. Thus, it’s important to research beforehand whether you meet those restrictions.

First-time home buyers should also be aware of the specific restrictions attached to using the loan. These may or may not include:

  • Being prohibited from buying homes in higher price ranges
  • Being required to make the newly purchased home your primary residence
  • Being prohibited from renting the home to others

These types of loans are certainly great for those buyers who otherwise might not be able to purchase the home. But there are some disadvantages to this type of loan.

Some of those drawbacks include:

  • Buyers are limited to the type of home they want by price range
  • Buyers may not be eligible for certain program benefits if they sell their home before a predetermined time limit.
  • Buyers may have a limited number of loan types to choose from.
  • Buyers may have to pay for recapture taxes in exchange for benefits they receive through the program

For these reasons and more, some first-time home buyers may find it just as beneficial to get a traditional loan, although this should be considered on a case by case basis.

We’ll Help You Through Your First Home Buying Experience

Contact us today to learn even more valuable information that is sure to help you as a first-time home buyer. We are glad to offer you our expert assistance, which includes straight-forward advice and user-friendly resources.

Until next time!

Half Time on Hilton Head Island

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Goal PostThe first half of real estate sales in the Hilton Head Area is over and the results are in.  The Hilton Head Area includes Bluffton, Daufuskie and Hilton Head Island and all types of property.  Below is the executive summary from our HHIMLS June 2015:

First Half Sales Summary for the Hilton Head Area

  • Pending Sales increased 46%
  • Inventory dropped 12.4%
  • New Listings were up 3.3%
  • Prices moved higher to $289,950(median)
  • Days on market increased 1.9% to 109 days
  • Months of supply was down to 7.1 months or 17.4%

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