5 Simple Ideas for a Low-Maintenance Indoor Garden

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a small potted plant on a living room tableMany homeowners find gardening is an enjoyable outdoor activity with several additional benefits: enhancing curb appeal, creating bright pops of color, and even providing homegrown ingredients for meals.

But outdoor plants need just the right amount of sunshine, space, fertile soil, and maintenance to be able to flourish.

You don’t need to abandon your dream of having a garden if you don’t have the space — bring the garden indoors! Here are a few ideas to spice up your home with easy-to-maintain indoor plants.

Grow Herbs on Your Kitchen Windowsill

Cooking can be a breeze when you have fresh herbs within easy reach. Choose a spot in your home with a lot of natural light, plant your favorite herbs in a container with great drainage, and you’ll be all set.

Make Your Own Terrarium

Transform an elegant glass container into a beautiful closed terrarium filled with succulents. Not only are succulents durable indoor plants that don’t require much water or sunlight, they come in a variety of colors and textures to enhance your home décor.

You can view step-by-step instructions for creating a terrarium on this HGTV guide.

flower on a living room tableFreshen a Table with Indoor Flowers

Place a brightly colored flower on the coffee table or dining room table to instantly add a focal point to the room. African violets and geraniums come in a variety of colors to match your decorations.

Create a Small Garden on a Tiered Stand

If you want to fill an empty space with color, place a variety of indoor plants or flowers on a multi-tiered stand. This small garden is a perfect addition to an empty corner or blank wall, or at the end of a hallway.

Choose Easy-to-Maintain Plant Varieties

The best indoor plants are durable and do not need much sunlight, warm soil, or water, making them the best choice for your low-maintenance indoor garden. Top picks for easy-to-maintain plants include:

  • Pothos
  • English Ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Rubber Tree
  • Ficus

a leafy indoor plant in a potYou Can Use Plants During Your Home Staging

When you’re selling your home, you don’t have to get rid of your indoor plants to help your home sell. Placing a few simple plants or flowers in a room can make it feel fresh and look like home.

If you’re considering selling your home or are preparing to put your home on the market, we can help you decide which elements of your small indoor garden would be most effective during home staging. Just contact us; we would be happy to help.



Best Time to Buy a Rental Property on Hilton Head Island!

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Sand in your toes

Now is the best time of the year to buy and close on a vacation rental property on Hilton Head Island. The reason, many of the vacation rental properties on Hilton Head listed for sale have bookings in place for the summer months ahead.  This can give the new owner a big windfall.  Wouldn’t it be nice to close on a great property and put some bucks back into your pocket after closing?  Just click on a property below! Read the rest of this entry



Is Timing Really Everything?

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Interest Rates on Hilton HeadIt has been said that “timing is everything” when it comes to buying a property in the Hilton Head area.  But that’s not the really the main reason.  The pull of the ocean, sub tropical temperatures, beautiful beaches, and the natural beauty are the real reasons for most buyers in the Hilton Head area.

It’s about 80% emotion, 20% logic for Hilton Head buyers!

The logical reasons for buying real estate include low interest rates, fabulous rental income, and low pricing. While these logical reasons may change or go away, the emotional reasons will never change.  Therefore, no matter what your timing is, the best reasons to buy will always be available.  Happy Hilton Head!



Hilton Head Area Community Videos

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Interested in the Hilton Head Area, watch these videos of the communities, the amenities and the awesome Low-Country.

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Hilton Head Area Community Videos

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Hilton Head Island(on Island)

Sea Pines

Sea Pines was one of the first of the communities on Hilton Head Island. It has great amenities, bike paths, people and breath taking spots for one to enjoy. Sea Pines holds great beauty and wonder throughout the seasons. From mind calming sunsets in Harbourtown to invigorating sun rises on its beach, this is one very special place in the world.

Palmetto Dunes

Welcome to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort! Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Broad Creek on Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes is a world class destination with championship golf, tennis and a unique blend of resort and residential properties. The centerpiece of Palmetto Dunes is an 11 mile lagoon system that provides views, navigation and fun. With 3 miles of private beach access on the sunset side and a deep water marina with shops and restaurants on the sunset side, one will enjoy a complete day!

Shipyard

Shipyard is located in the geographic center of the the beaches on Hilton Head Island. The location boasts access to both Highway 278 and Pope Avenue and all the many restaurants and shops these areas open up to. Located behind these gates are beautiful lagoons, golf courses, live oaks, magnolias, palms and everything the Low-Country is best know for. You will love the rolling bike paths, the beach access, the tennis, and great golf in Shipyard.

North and South Forest Beach

Forest Beach on Hilton Head Island in one of the oldest and most established communities in the area. This Hilton Head neighborhood consists of North and South Forest Beach real estate areas, which offer convenient access to the beautiful pristine beaches. A lot of the Hilton Head neighborhoods are gated and private; however, Forest Beach makes it easy for you and guests to come and go as you please. Forest Beach homes for sale are in a prime location with beach access and breathtaking views.

Singleton Beach

The Singleton Beach area is one of the newest, most upscale oceanfront communities on Hilton Head Island. It is situated mid-island, facing the Atlantic Ocean, between Palmetto Dunes and and Folly Field, or the “Folly”. This is where the ocean crosses over a small stretch of our 12 mile pristine beach twice a day at high tide. The ocean tide re-nourishes the beautiful salt marsh and leaves it teeming with fish, crab and other forms of wildlife and tropical birds.

Palmetto Hall

Palmetto Hall is located on Hilton Head Island with subtropical temperatures, 12 miles of beautiful beach, wonderful shops, great restaurants, fantastic schools, a Hospital, Airport and Library. Hilton Head Island is 12 miles long by 8 miles wide with a year round population of approximately 37,000. Palmetto Hall is a great community for a permanent home, second home or future residence(lot ownership).

Folly Field

Welcome to Folly Field!  In 1953 The first vacation cottages were developed on Folly Field Road. Olin McIntosh of the Hilton Head Company built the island’s first beach cottages at Folly Field to generate more ferry traffic from the mainland in hopes that the South Carolina government would then build a bridge to accommodate all the new residents and visitors.

Port Royal

Welcome to Port Royal!  Port Royal has a great neighborhoods and offers two very distinct neighborhoods. One is completely private and limited to permanent residents and long term rentals. This community offers 900 single family residences in over 1,100 acres. The other neighborhood offers second homes, resort villas and the Westin Hotel.

Hilton Head Plantation

Welcome to Hilton Head Plantation!  Many luxury gated communities exist today, but Hilton Head Plantation is worlds apart from most others. Set on nearly 4,000 acres of breathtaking natural beauty, it is bounded by the Intracoastal Waterway and Port Royal Sound. Besides being minutes from Hilton Head’s beautiful beaches and rich cultural sites, the historic cities of Beaufort, SC (50 minutes away), Savannah, GA (one hour away), and Charleston, SC (two hours away) make living in Hilton Head Plantation the perfect residential headquarters to take advantage of all the extensive opportunities our coastline has to offer.

Wexford Plantation

Behind the gates of Wexford is a wonderful community defined by size and brought together by a great club. This beautiful community offers acres of waterfront with its unique lock system and its natural beauty is enhanced by fabulous architecture. On our visit we met with Susan Fishel, General Manager and Sarah Smith, Member Services. The short video above touches on the great community, the neighbors, the club and its membership. See below the top 10 Reasons to consider Wexford for your home or second home.

Long Cove Club

It has a great master plan. In 1981 when Long Cove Club was unveiled it lured to the island a bevy of selective golfers seeking world-class golf with a Pete Dye masterpiece as its crowning jewel. Featuring 660 acres that meander through majestic oaks, the golf course and neighborhoods have a lagoon system that is interconnected for drainage and provides beautiful water views from the course and homes.

Indigo Run

Welcome to Indigo Run!  The stunning community of Indigo Run has been developed since the mid-1980s and is expected to hold about 1,400 residences at build-out.  And for the golf enthusiast, Indigo Run offers 2 Jack Nicklaus Golf Courses – The Golf Club (Private) and The Golden Bear Course (Semi Private).  River Club and The Owners Club at Broad Creek offer upscale extensions of Indigo Run water and marsh views, some with dock access.

Spanish Wells

Welcome to Spanish Wells!  Spanish Wells is a magnificent private residential property that is home to centuries-old giant oaks and Spanish moss. The tree lined drives and trails make Spanish Wells Plantation a one-of-a-kind beautiful place to live. The landscaping includes lush flowers and Artesian wells that have been around since the 1790s and previously used by the Spanish Armadas to refill their kegs between trips. There are over 200 Spanish Wells Plantation homes on almost 400 acres, so you will have plenty of space, privacy, and quiet to enjoy.

Jonesville Road Area

It has great water access. Jonesville Road has two partial deep-watercreeks running down each side. On the right is Jarvis Creek with its view of Calibogue Sound and unspoiled Shoreline. On the other side is Old House Creek which is a tidal creek that offers access to the inter-coastal waterways. Both creeks offer boating, crabbing, fishing and exploring. Homeowners along the creek put in docks and boat lifts to enjoy these waters.

Windmill Harbour

Windmill Harbour is the first community over the bridge and offers a harbor oriented community with a lock system that is unique to the Southeast coast. Featuring nearly two hundred acres, including a fifteen acre inland harbor, Windmill Harbour overlooks the Intracoastal Waters of Calibogue Sound.  Home to the South Carolina Yacht Club, Windmill Harbour offers members a 250 slip marina and lock, miles of leisure trails and an Sports Center featuring seven tennis courts, twenty five meter swimming pool, Jacuzzi, numerous sauna, and a pro shop.

Bluffton (Off Island)

Sun City

Welcome to Sun City!  Sun City Hilton Head is the largest active adult community in the South Carolina Lowcountry. More than 14,000 residents enjoy many social events and amenities including three golf courses, three fitness centers, six pools, a nature trail, walking paths and more. The variety and abundance of activities, the beauty of the landscape and the high level of resident involvement make Sun City Hilton Head a premier active adult community.

The Crescent

Welcome to The Crescent!  The Crescent is a gated, residential golf community of over 400 homes located in Bluffton, SC on Fording Island Road (Route # 278) at the intersection of Route # 46. Located just three miles from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and a short drive to the Savannah – Hilton Head International Airport, The Crescent is bounded on the north by the Colleton River and its tidal marshes, and filled with breathtaking old growth oak trees and towering pines.  Please call us to meet our Crescent Specialist at (843)785-7111 or email us anytime at info@HiltonHeadProperties.biz

Rose Hill

Welcome to Rose Hill!  At Rose Hill Plantation, you will find a variety of lifestyles and homesites that includes large golf fairway homesites, country estates of 2.5 to 4 acres, and oversized marsh waterfront homesites with views extending to the Colleton River. Over 2,000 acres include 18 holes of golf , docks for fishing and boating on the Colleton River, tennis centers, pools, recreation parks, and a complete equestrian center with 50 acres of pasture and 17 miles of greenbelt riding and hiking trails.  Contact us for more information on Rose Hill at (843)785-7111 or email us at info@HiltonHeadProperties.Biz

Island West

Welcome to Island West!  Gated, country club living awaits when you purchase real estate in Island West in Bluffton, SC. This traditional-style neighborhood is located just ten miles west of Hilton Head Island, off U.S. 278. There are 261 wonderful wooded lots for homes in Island West, which are built by D.R. Horton and moderately priced. The homes for sale in Island West offer potential residents fantastic views of the woodlands, the lagoons or the 18-hole Fuzzy Zoeller golf course. Starting your Hilton Head area home search in Island West will most likely mean you won’t have to look for long. Island West welcomes you home.

Colleton River

Welcome to Colleton River!  Two grand clubhouses anchor Colleton River Plantation Club, the premiere private residential golf community in coastal South Carolina, located just minutes from Savannah and the world-class beaches of Hilton Head Island. The Pete Dye clubhouse is blessed with a magnificent sunrise, while the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse enjoys stunning sunsets. Together, they set the stage for two nationally acclaimed championship golf courses—one designed in 1991 by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, and the second designed seven years later by World Golf Hall of Fame architect, Pete Dye.

Berkeley Hall

Welcome to Berkeley Hall!  Berkeley Hall, edged on the banks of the pristine Okatie River, is set on nearly 1,000 unspoiled acres in the heart of this coastal Lowcountry. The community is ideally located – just minutes from Hilton Head Island, within a half hour’s drive of two of our country’s most charming cities – Savannah, GA and Beaufort, SC and within two short hours of world-renowned Charleston SC.

Belfair

Welcome to Belfair!  Belfair Plantation is a private golf club community in Bluffton, SC. Experience an artful blend of private residential living with world-class golf in a setting of natural coastal splendor.

Hampton Lake

Enjoy year-round outdoor living at Hampton Lake when you head to the community’s Lakeside Village. The kids will want to spend all day splashing around Shrimp’s Puddle and Adventure Lagoon while you take a trip around the lazy river. Then, they can head over to Shrimp’s Place, which offers more than your typical neighborhood playground. It’s full of fun and adventure for the kids, but also features rubber flooring to provide extra cushion, protection and peace of mind for the parents and grandparents.

Hampton Hall

Welcome to Hampton Hall!  Hampton Hall is located minutes from Hilton Head, Savannah and Beaufort, and offers a wealth of on-site amenities including Pete Dye Signature Golf, a state-of-the-art Health & Fitness Center, and a lakeside pool. If you’re interested in South Carolina golf, our Pete Dye Signature Golf Course provides a challenging game for every level of player. This dazzling golf course community also offers a fabulous selection of luxury home designs – homes for sale including low maintenance townhomes.



The Top 5 Home Features That Save Time and Money

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Everyone wants to save money on energy bills every month. But did you know that having today’s popular energy-efficient features in your home can also save you time and stress when you sell your home?

two home buyers surrounded by moving boxesMore and more first-time home buyers are searching for homes in the area, so there is more of a demand for move-in ready homes or homes with certain features.

As Millennial Magazine notes, what buyers are looking for in a home include open floor plans, homes with great cell service, and energy-efficient features.

Having the best energy-efficient home features now means you won’t need to upgrade your home later when you sell. Plus, these features may also add value to your home.

5. Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats let you control when you want the heat and air conditioning to be running in your home, saving you money on your monthly energy bills. Some thermostats, such as Nest Learning Thermostats, even let you control the temperature remotely on your phone, an appealing feature for today’s home buyers.

upgraded kitchen with bright spring flowers4. Energy-Efficient Appliances

There are plenty of cost-saving options for the appliances throughout your home. Energy Star offers many appliances and equipment from kitchen appliances to water heaters that are popular energy-efficient home features.

3. Green Home Construction

Materials involved in home construction can be also be energy-efficient. Different types of insulation and energy-efficient windows, such as low-emissivity (low E), can be installed to reduce your heating and cooling costs.

2. Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

A way to save money on your water bill is to replace your toilet, faucet, or shower head with a low-flow toilet and water-conserving features.

LED light bulb on a white surface1. LED Lightbulbs

A simple switch from incandescent lighbulbs to LED bulbs will not only brighten your home but save you money on your energy bill.

Using these bulbs can also help you as you’re selling your home, too; brighter rooms are more appealing to buyers who are scrolling through online listing photos and viewing homes.

Today’s Buyers are Searching for Your Home

Not all home buyers are searching for new construction homes in the area. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders found that less than 9% of Millennials and only 12% of older home buyers bought a new home.

Today’s home buyers may be searching for a home that is similar to yours, and if you have the energy-efficient home features they are looking for, they may value your home more.

But Before You Upgrade Your Home…

person using an iphoneAs the real estate experts in this area, we know what features home buyers are looking for. So before you completely upgrade your home with these features or other home improvements, talk to us about whether you need to spend the time and money installing them.

All your home may need is expert marketing to attract buyers.

We’d be happy to talk with you about the best energy-efficient home features and what today’s buyers are searching for. Just give us a call.



“Face Time” Your Next Real Estate Purchase

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Real Estate Buyers Love Face Time!

More and more agents are selling properties using “face time” with their buyers.  In the past, buyers had to travel to see the property before they would ever consider purchasing.  Using face time and turning the phone around allows a buyer to walk through a property with their agent, asking questions as they go.  Some buyers never stepped foot in the property until closing. Read the rest of this entry



Is Renting Truly Cheaper Than Buying a Home?

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Owning a home is a dream for many people. You have the opportunity to invest in a place of your own and build equity, not to mention carve out a space that reflects who you are and what you love.

However, worries about down payments, property taxes, maintenance, and insurance (and student loans) can make buying a home seem like wishful thinking, which is why you may prefer to rent a home or apartment.

But is renting cheaper than buying a home? There are more than just financial costs to consider. Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renting.

a person holding a wad of cashYou Receive No Return When You Rent a Property

As a renter, you’re paying hundreds of dollars a month to live in your community, and if you want to move, it’s much easier. But renting a home doesn’t offer you investment opportunities.

Unlike paying off your home loan and building equity, the money you pay when you rent goes straight to the property owner or manager.

You Don’t Build Credit When You Rent

As this recent Forbes article explains, your credit score often does not factor in your on-time monthly rent payments, so renting a property is not a great way to build credit.

Additionally, renting doesn’t provide you with any tax benefits. If you own a home, however, you can deduct mortgage insurance and property taxes, and exclude capital gains when you sell.

You Cannot Customize Your Living Space

upgraded kitchen with bright spring flowersNot all costs are financial. There are opportunity costs of renting a home instead of buying a home, and customization is one of them.

There may be rules and regulations in your rental community that prevent you from changing your space to fit your style, such as painting the walls or upgrading the kitchen. These rules may also prevent you from living with a pet.

Owning a home means you can create your own space (with your choice of countertops and kitchen cabinets), you can invest in home improvements, and you can live with your furry companion.

You Have a Harder Time Connecting with Your Community

Forming deep connections with your neighbors is likely not high on your priority list if you’re a renter, especially when you consider that you will only be living in the community for a short time. If you desire to get to know your neighbors, homeownership is a better option.

buyer holding house keys to new homeRenting vs. Buying: The Bottom Line

Renting gives you flexibility and little maintenance to worry about. Buying a home is a long-term investment that gives you a space you can customize, helps you build credit and equity, and connects you with your community.

We want to help you make the best decision, and we have important real estate market resources that you can use to help you decide if renting is cheaper for you than buying a home. Just give us a call and we can talk about your plans.



5 Best Strategies for Hilton Head House Hunting

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Hilton Head PropertiesSpring is here! The warmer weather, beautiful flowers, and longer days are perfect for viewing Hilton Head Properties in person.  It’s no wonder that the spring season is the most popular time for buyers to start looking at properties and communities in the Hilton Head area.  Before you jump in the car or book a flight, we have listed the 5 Best Strategies for Hilton Head House Hunting below.

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South Carolina Property Taxes are 5th lowest!

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Just another reason South Carolina is a great place to live.  South Carolina was tied for 5th lowest in 2016 property taxes by state.

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