A Hilton Head Welcome

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We dodged a bullet on Hilton Hilton Head Island with Hurricane Mathew! Working together it is is amazing how much we have accomplished in such a short time.  While we are picking up and mending our homes, many of our vacation properties and resorts will welcome you back once again.  If you need an update on your property, a repair made or want to find out more about what’s happening in the Hilton Head area, please let us know.

Hilton Head Property Owners

If you need work done on your Hilton Head property, we have a long list of vetted contractors and service providers that we would be happy to share.  We are hearing outrageous quotes for tree removal and deposits being made and workers not showing up.  Our contractors are local and you can call on them now or in the future.  We can also have them check the condition of your property.  Keep in mind, even vacant lots should be checked for leaning trees.

Hilton Head Community Updates

Many of the communities on Hilton Head Island have been posting updates on their community websites.  These communities include: Sea PinesPalmetto Dunes ShipyardHilton Head PlantationLong Cove, and Port Royal.  As well, openings around the Hilton Head area include:  Golf Course Openings, Fall Specials, Parks Reopened, and Vacationers Return.  Please check our facebook page for these daily updates.

Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals Update

Surprising enough, we have been busy this week showing property and writing contracts on Hilton Head Properties.  The good news is that the Hurricane did not slow down our buyers. We can’t wait to show you our awesome properties this fall!  Our rental company and crew did a fabulous job securing our vacation properties before and after the storm.  They are busy again helping guests book great vacation rentals.  The fall weather is wonderful and we hope you can make time to enjoy a long weekend or upcoming holiday with us.


5 Home Staging Mistakes That Frighten Buyers Away

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house with dark staircaseHalloween is just around the corner. For many homeowners, that means carving pumpkins, hanging up Halloween decorations, and stocking up on fun-sized candy. But if you’re a homeowner who is thinking about selling this fall season, you might be preparing your home for buyers instead of trick-or-treaters.

Home staging is a crucial part of home selling preparation. According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Profile of Home Staging, 32% of buyers’ agents and 37% of sellers’ agents believe that a staged home increases the amount buyers are willing to pay up to 5%. On a $200,000 property, that’s $10,000!

But is your home effectively staged to sell? If you are preparing your home yourself, beware of these staging mistakes that scare away home buyers — and potentially thousands of dollars.

1. A Dark and Spooky Entryway

Your front entry is one of the first things buyers notice about your home. Peeling paint, deep shadows, and uninviting colors don’t create the best first impression. Turn your front entryway into a focal point by painting your door a bright color that complements your home.

cobwebs on dusty night stand2. Cobwebs in the Corners

At a showing, buyers are going to inspect virtually everything: light fixtures, closets, ceilings, you name it. Thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom (or hire a professional) to make it look like new. You can always ask a friend or neighbor to take an objective look at your home.

3. Startling Colors on Your Walls

The goal of home staging, besides selling your home for top dollar, is to help buyers visualize themselves living in your home. If you have bold, bright colors on your walls, switch to more neutral colors to appeal to all potential buyers.

4. Menacing Halloween Decorations

Staging your home for Halloween is fine in moderation. But remember, not all buyers will think the fake spiderwebs or rubber arms are festive. Unless the headless horseman himself is buying your home, it’s best to keep him out of your front yard.

standing in a long dark hallway5. Hovering Like a Ghost During Showings

How you present your home when it’s on the market goes hand-in-hand with home staging. Make your home available and make yourself scarce during showings. Potential buyers might find it creepy if the current homeowner is lurking somewhere in the shadows.

Thinking of Selling Your Home This Fall?

Selling your home doesn’t have to be scary. We have a wealth of home staging tips and home selling resources that will help you sell quickly and for top dollar. Contact us to learn more.

Welcome Back to Hilton Head Island

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Hilton Head, Community, Post MathewThe Hilton Head community is stronger than any Hurricane! We were welcomed back to the Island with residents waving and a welcome home sign.  In a matter of days, our first responders made it easy for us to start picking up our lives, yards, homes and businesses.  It’s amazing the progress that has been made in the last 7 days, but what is more incredible is the community we get to call home!   Read the rest of this entry

Tree Removal on Hilton Head Island

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Hilton Head Tree StoryIf you have a tree or trees to remove on you Hilton Head Property, we have listed below tree companies that can help you with your cleanup.  If you are unsure who’s responsibility for the removal, click here.  We have access to other contractors, please just let us know what you may need. Read the rest of this entry

Storm Preparation for the Hilton Head Area. Better safe than sorry!

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Gulf StreamLooking into the weekend, Hilton Head Island is battening down the hatches. Although Hurricane Mathew has turned slightly east, we would rather be safe than sorry!  Our rental crew is busy today moving pool and patio furniture in for our second home owners and rental units.  Listed below are several reliable sources to keep track of storms in the Hilton Head Area: Read the rest of this entry

6 Ways to Save Money for Your First Home

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savings jar filled with coinsFor many first-time home buyers, the idea of a 20% down payment is terrifying. It’s one of the biggest obstacles to homeownership. Maybe you want to own a home someday, but the thought of saving up thousands of dollars for a home purchase has deterred you from seriously considering it.

Believe it or not, it is possible to save enough money for a down payment and make your dreams of homeownership a reality. Here are just a few of the ways that you can start saving.

1. Track How Much You Spend Now

When saving for your first home, you’ll need to stick to a budget. Awareness of how much you spend can help you figure out where you can cut your costs. Consumer.gov outlines a few tips for creating a budget here.

2. Determine What You Can Afford

home buyer tracking financesEven if you don’t plan to buy a home for a few years, figuring out how much you can afford for your home will make your savings goal more concrete. Don’t forget to include taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance in your monthly payment calculations.

3. Start Small

Start saving for your down payment and other homeownership costs as soon as you can. The earlier you start, the less you will have to cut your spending and the more time you’ll have to reach your goal.

4. Shop Around for Other Loans

If you find that a 20% down payment is unrealistic, you can opt for a mortgage that offers lower down payment options. FHA loans, for instance, offer 3.5% down, and VA loans offer no money down.

Make sure to do your research. If you put less than 20% down on a home, you will have to purchase private mortgage insurance. We can talk more in depth about home financing options available to you.

home buyer looking at bank account5. Make Your Savings Automatic

Many people find it’s easier to save money if it’s automatically transferred into a savings account every month. Check to see if your bank offers automatic funds transfer services, or ask if your employer can direct a portion of your paycheck into your savings account.

6. Create a Separate Savings Account

Establishing a savings account specifically for your down payment and homeownership costs is another great way to set aside money for a home. If you decide to automatically transfer money to savings, creating a separate account may make it even easier.

We Can Make Your First Home Buying Experience Easier

first-time home buyers moving inWhen you’ve saved up enough money and are ready to buy a home, we have all the resources you need to make your homeownership dreams a reality. Have a question about owning a home? Call us.

Hilton Head Real Estate News – August 28, 2016

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It’s hard not to be happy when you are on Hilton Head Island.  With its 12 miles of sugar sand beaches, captivating places to visit like Harbour Town, water front restaurants like Hudson’s, the spanish moss covered oaks and over 200 days of Sunshine, it sure is a happy place!  Please vote if you agree!

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Hilton Head Real Estate News – September 22, 2016

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   Beaufort County Delinquent Tax Sale

The delinquent tax sale for Beaufort County is always the first Monday of October.  The sale will include properties on Hilton Head, Daufuskie, Bluffton and other locations in Beaufort County.  Information can be found on the counties website.  You may also see these yellow postings around which indicates the taxes are delinquent.

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   Opportunity is still knocking!

Can you hear opportunity knocking?  Dirt, land, lots, home sites and a piece of the rock are being offered at compelling values in Hilton Head, Bluffton and Daufuskie.  The chart to the left shows the median pricing for the last several years.  Click here to read more!

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5 Things Only Home Sellers Understand

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Whether this will be your first time selling a home or your tenth, the home selling process can be a challenge. You want to sell quickly and for the most money, so you will be doing absolutely everything you can to spruce up your home and make it as inviting as possible. But not every experience during the home sale is a struggle. Here are the moments home sellers know too well.

a gathering with friends at home1. The Nostalgia You Feel While Packing

While you’re going through closets and pulling your personal photos off the walls, you may experience some nostalgia. You can vividly remember the day you bought the house. You remember all the guests that have visited. You even remember the stains that you’ve spent time scrubbing out of the carpet.

You have made memories in this home. But don’t forget about all of the new memories you will make in your new home. Whether you’re relocating, upsizing, or downsizing, you will have the opportunity to start fresh.

2. Having to Rush Out the Door for Showings

One of the hardest parts about selling your home is being prepared to leave at any time for showings: during dinner, early in the morning, on weekends… Sometimes, you have just 5 minutes to drop what you’re doing and dart out the door. But when you hear that the buyer has made an offer, you know that all of your scrambling was worth it.

a child with her head in her hands3. The Home Buyer Who Nitpicks Everything

It takes time to clean and declutter the home that you’ve lived in for a while. You remember the dust and dirt you found when you first moved furniture and packed up your closets. You even remember the hours it took to paint your rooms a neutral color. Your home looks brand new and ready for showings, so you can’t help but roll your eyes over the buyer who complains about that one thumbtack hole or the Windex streaks on the window.

4. The Awkwardness of Living in a Partially Empty Home

Everything echoes. It’s impeccably clean. Even the dust bunnies have moved on. With the pictures off the walls, the furniture put in storage, and the walls painted a neutral color, your home looks less like your own and more like a model.

people in front of a house5. Feeling Bittersweet About Leaving Your Home

After all the home sale preparation, last-minute showings, and negotiations, it’s time to say goodbye to your old home and hello to the new one. Yes, there may be things that you will miss about your old home. But there will be also things you can’t wait to have in your new home.

Your Home Sale Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

We can help make your home sale a pleasant (and profitable) experience. As real estate experts, we offer a variety of helpful home selling resources, from a free home evaluation to low-cost home improvement ideas. When you’re ready to sell your home, call us.

Hilton Head Real Estate News – September 8, 2016

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If you want a new home in the Hilton Head area, there are really only three ways to go about this.  They include buying a new home from a builder, buying an older home(to tear down) or buying a vacant lot.  If you are more than a few years away from making the move, think about buying a lot now.  Listed below are benefits and ideas for home-site owners.

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