Come Visit Buoy #8 This Fall

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Fall on Hilton Head Island offers a relaxed pace, wonderful temperatures, beautiful sunsets and Buoy #8.  Thanks to Irma, we have a 13,000 pound buoy that washed up on Coligny Beach.  It has become a popular photo-op for visitors and locals.  Some Islanders want to keep it to symbolize our Island’s resilience to challenges like Irma and Matthew.  While she blew in only a week ago, the Island Resorts are open for business and agents are busy showing real estate once again!  
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How Buyers and Sellers Have Lost Thousands of Dollars to Email Scams

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laptop and smart phoneEmail scams are as old as, well, email, but as the years go by, these scams have become more and more sophisticated. Recently, several home buyers have fallen victim to specially targeted email scams that attempt to rob them of their closing costs — sometimes up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

These types of scams are devastating both financially and emotionally, especially when your home is involved. But to help protect you from email scams targeting the real estate industry, we have outlined a few tips about what these scams are and how to avoid them.

What Email Scams Are Common?

Though the method through which hackers collect personal or financial information is always changing, there are a few basic types of scams that buyers and sellers should be aware of.

Phishing

fishingThis type of scam attempts to “fish” for sensitive personal or financial information (such as passwords or credit card numbers). Many emails used in recent phishing schemes look legitimate; they may use the name of a trusted company or individual as the sender name, but the email address is slightly different than the company’s or individual’s verified address.

These types of email messages may also ask you to verify information or click on a link, which could install harmful software on your computer.

Wire Transfer Fraud

A specific type of phishing email that has been targeting home buyers recently is one that asks buyers to wire their closing costs to another account. The email typically crafts some urgent scenario, such as a last-minute change in wiring instructions, and urges the recipient to act quickly by wiring the money to the new account. This phishing email has led to home buyers losing thousands of dollars — in some cases, the entire purchase price of the house — to scammers. Unfortunately, the money can’t be returned once it’s gone.

Wire transfer fraud scams are especially dangerous because the emails appear to be sent directly from the real estate agent, the electronic signature company, or the title company. There may not be any misspellings or grammatical errors in the email message (which were surefire signs of a scam in the past), the message itself may be friendly and conversational, and any information related to the real estate transaction may be detailed and accurate.

How You Can Avoid Falling Victim to Email Scams

Now that you know what types of scams have plagued the real estate industry, here are a few tips you can follow to prevent yourself from falling victim to a devastating email scam.

person dialing a phone numberVerify that you received an email from the right person. Ensure that any emails you receive are legitimate by contacting the sender directly. Make sure you look up their phone number instead of clicking on the number provided in the email signature, which may be the scammer’s phone number.

Verify that the email address is legitimate. When you receive emails that appear to be from your real estate agent, title company, or attorney, check to make sure the sender’s email address does not contain misspellings, extra characters, or anything unusual.

Never share sensitive information via email. Your real estate agent will never ask you to send sensitive personal or financial information in an email.

Don’t touch an email that looks suspicious. Never click on any links or download any attachments from an unverified email, even if it looks legitimate. These links or attachments could be malware that will harm your computer.

Always use strong passwords. Use passwords that contain letters, numbers, and special characters, and change them periodically.

Update your antivirus software. Protect your computer from malware by ensuring your antivirus is up to date.

Report suspicious emails. If you receive an email that seems suspicious or is in fact a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission immediately.

Contact Us to Learn More

We’re aware of scams like these, so it’s our goal to keep you informed whether you’re buying or selling a home. Give us a call and we’ll provide you with any additional resources you need!



Hilton Head Is Open For Business!

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Hilton Head Island is cleaning up this time with leaf blowers(not chainsaws) and in a matter of days(not months) our Island will be open for business as usual.  For the vacation guest and returning owners, it will be really hard for them to tell that a Hurricane rolled through. There have been conflicting reports about the closures on the Island and we wanted to let you know that the Island is now open for business.  So please pass it on!  Click here for a partial list of Business Openings.

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New Listing #4 Little Harbour – $209,000
Big Views across the marsh to Port Royal Sound in this new gated community off Dillon Road.  Little Harbour will offer five residents some of the best views on the Island.  New model home will be available to see before the end of the year.  Home-site offered at $209,000
 
 
New Listing:  217 Barrington Court – $399,000
Oceanfront and wonderful!  Located in Palmetto Dunes this beautiful villa offers 2nd floor views to the Ocean, a big patio, open kitchen, granite tops, newer cabinetry and underneath parking!  Price to sell!
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Hilton Head Island is Open for Business

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Hilton Head Island is cleaning up this time with leaf blowers(not chainsaws) and in a matter of days(not months) our Island will be open for business as usual.  For the vacation guest and returning owners, it will be really hard for them to tell that a Hurricane rolled through.  There have been conflicting reports about the closures on the Island and we wanted to let you know that the Island is now open for business.  So please pass it on!  Listed below are just a few of the businesses open.

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In the wake of Irma, update for Hilton Head Island

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Tidal surges and coastal flooding in the Hilton Head area occurred at high tide yesterday at noon September 11.  Hurricane Irma brought water into our neighborhoods and some of our homes and we have cleanup ahead of us.  In Irma’s wake many properties are high and dry, but some properties did not fair as well.  If you would like an update on a neighborhood, vacation rental or property, please feel free to email us or call me at (843)341-4801.   We have also listed several links that provide helpful updates.  #HiltonHeadStrong

 

Helpful Links for the Hilton Head Area Post Irma



Hilton Head Properties Hires Internet Marketing Expert Group

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Hilton Head Island Realty and Rentals recently hired Tennessee marketing agency, Internet Marketing Expert Group (IMEG) to improve upon marketing efforts.

Darcey Sundling, Property Manager with Hilton Head Properties R and R stated, “Beginning on September 1, 2017, we will be working with the team at IMEG to continue growing our company while increasing bookings and revenues for each of our owners with proprietary software to improve our guest experiences.

IMEG is focused on growing businesses in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry with a proven track record of increasing revenues through their digital marketing strategies and tools. They have also been named to the Inc. 5000 List of fastest growing private companies in America each year since 2013.

“We are excited to add Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals to our list of clients. We love partnering with forward-thinking vacation rental companies, like Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals who are already successful and looking to partner with people to take their business to the next level. As business owners, we understand the amount of time, effort and money it takes to establish and maintain an organization. Because of this, we are determined to help Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals achieve the highest results possible for the company and their stakeholders, the property owners,” said Justin Jones, CEO and Founder of IMEG.

Property owners can expect an increase in visibility from social media to organic search as well as an improved guest experience and online reviews to help with conversion and repeat guests.

Some of the services IMEG will be providing include: search engine optimization, social media, email marketing and content marketing. Each of these services will assist in building our online presence and increasing revenues for our owners.

For more information about IMEG, please visit www.imegonline.com.  If you would like to contact Hilton Head Properties R and R for more information about rental management, rental proformas or vacation opportunities, please contact Darcey Sundling at (843)785-2242.



6 Questions to Ask When Considering a Neighborhood with an HOA

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community pool with inflatable innertubeLet’s say you have your heart set on buying a home in a community with a swimming pool, a clubhouse, and maybe even golf or a marina. Having access to these amenities often means living in a community with a homeowners association, or HOA/POA.

Generally, an HOA is responsible for keeping the neighborhood looking beautiful — and as a result, keeping property values high. But since no two neighborhoods are the same, no two HOA’s will be the same, either. Read the rest of this entry



The Floorplans of Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove and Leamington

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Why wait on your dream? Start browsing Palmetto Dunes Villas today and learn about the features they offer.  These villas offer 1-4 bedrooms overlooking lagoons, the Atlantic Ocean, Shelter Cove Marina, fairways or the lush Low Country.  The links below include almost every villa in Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove and Leamington!
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When it rains it pours in the Hilton Head Real Estate Market

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Why is that when we get one buyer interested in a property, others show up at the same time? While this is not a rule, it happens in the Hilton Head Real Estate Market.  Sometimes it is triggered by a price change that brings the price closer to the true market value and sometimes there seems to be no logical explanation whatsoever.  Below are some reasons why “when it rains it pours” in the Hilton Head real estate market. Read the rest of this entry



Easy like Sunday Morning on Hilton Head Island

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Looking for a great spot to brunch this Sunday on Hilton Head Island? Hard to believe there are so many to choose from.  If you are a long time Islander, you probably remember the old Hilton Head Inn and Perkins on Sunday morning.  Listed below are some of our favorites.  Let us know if we left any off the list! Read the rest of this entry




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