Tips for a Stress-Free Move with Your Pet

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boxes and household items in moving boxesYou’ve just bought a new home, and Fluffy and Fido are starting to worry about all the moving boxes going into the truck outside. Pets can easily become stressed during a move, which might cause them to lose their fur, become aggressive, or even run away.

Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your pet’s anxiety before, during, and after your move.

Plan Ahead and In Detail

Many people consider their pets as part of the family, so it’s only natural to be concerned for their comfort and safety during a move. Meticulous planning well in advance of moving day is the best way to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible with moving to a new home.

First, Make a Checklist of Moving Tasks

We recommend making a checklist of things to do — call the vet, have your pet microchipped, research veterinarians, buy calming medicine, etc. If you’re planning to transport your pet in a crate or carrier, take time to introduce them to it, especially if your dog or cat hasn’t been in their carrier in a while. Put their food or a few treats in it in the weeks before the move; that way, they’ll be more accustomed to the space and will feel less stressed.

Next, Gather Up These Important Documents

Your new state, county, or community might have different rules for owning a pet, so research what records you will need and what fees you must pay in order to register them. It might be best to put the following in one organized file just in case:

  • Vaccination records and health certificate
  • Rabies tags (if they’re not already on your pet’s collar)
  • Emergency contact info for your current veterinarian
  • Contact info for a recommended veterinarian

kitten chewing on a stuffed toyKeep Medication, Food, and Toys Handy

You won’t want to pack your pet’s medications, treats, toys, or food until moving day, so you may want to set aside a box just for your pet. Be sure to pack this box either in the car with you or within easy reach, just in case of an emergency.

Update Your Pet’s ID

Engrave a new ID tag with your new home address and phone number in case your pet gets lost. Hopefully, this will never happen, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that your dog or cat is microchipped or at least is wearing a collar, especially in the weeks leading up to moving day.

Keep Them Comfy on Moving Day

In the chaos of loading boxes into the moving van, the last thing you want to happen is your beloved furry friend escaping. Keep your dog or cat in a separate room with their toys, food, and carrier until the time comes to load them into the car. Alternatively, you could let a friend or family member pet sit until it’s time to go.

Book a Pet-Friendly Hotel in Advance

If you’re driving a long way or need to stay at a hotel overnight, reserve a pet-friendly hotel room well in advance so you’ll have one less thing to worry about on moving day.

senior couple with dog at the beachTake Plenty of Stops on Long Car Rides

While on extended car trips, take frequent stops along the way to give your pet fresh water and food, let your pet go to the bathroom, and take your dog for a refreshing walk around the rest area.

Give Them Time to Adjust to New Surroundings

Pets can become agitated when exposed to new surroundings, so it’s important to keep their collars on and keep an eye on them for the first few days after moving. Surround them with their favorite toys and comfort items, like a blanket or pet bed from the old house, to give them a familiar scent to latch on to.

Be sure to stick to a routine, too! Take your dog on a walk at the same time and stick to your regular feeding schedule.

We’ll Help You Move Quickly and Easily

owner playing with her catWe hope these moving tips will come in handy as you’re moving with your pets! If you haven’t yet settled on the perfect home or if you’re thinking of selling your current home, we can help you with all the details, not just the transaction.

Call us and we can talk about your plans.



Vacation Rental Properties on Hilton Head Island

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Have you ever considered owning and renting a vacation property on Hilton Head Island?   While these properties don’t always pay for themselves, there are many benefits of ownership that make these properties a great way to get your foot in the door on Hilton Head Island.  We have listed below a few shopping list requirements in choosing a vacation rental property to buy and several articles highlighting possible benefits of ownership. Read the rest of this entry



The 5 Emotional Stages of Buying Your First Home

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Ask anyone you meet and they’ll likely recall vivid details about their first roller coaster ride, their first day of school, or their first kiss. A first home purchase is no different! While buying your first home comes with its fair share of ups and downs, it will ultimately be an enjoyable experience you’ll remember for years to come.

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Stage 1: Elation

You’ve checked your budget and the numbers all line up. You can now buy your first home! While you’re busy pinning home décor ideas to your Pinterest board, taking a peek at homes for sale in your favorite neighborhoods, and uncorking the champagne, you’re grinning from ear to ear. In no time, you’ll be stepping over the threshold of a home you can call yours.

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Stage 2: Apprehension

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of research involved with buying a home — something you’ve realized very quickly. You feel like you’re drowning in the vast sea of available homes, being crushed under the weight of your mounting to-do list, and losing your way down the rabbit hole of home buying tips and topics. Buying your first home is a bit more overwhelming than you thought!

But don’t worry. Once you’ve chosen a lender, gotten pre-approved for a loan, and found an experienced real estate agent, both of your trusted guides are there to help you with all the details.

children looking at a computer

Stage 3: Giddiness

With help from your awesome real estate agent, you’ve checked off all the items on your to-do list and have arrived at the fun stage: the house hunt! You feel like a little kid unwrapping a present when you see all those homes (in your price range!) with cool features like swimming pools, grassy yards, community amenities, and dreamy kitchens. Any one of these properties could potentially be your next home!

Armed with a pen, notepad, and your phone’s camera, you’re ready to explore your favorite homes and take note of what you liked. In one of the most emotional stages of the first-time home buying process, it’s hard not to fall in love with every home you visit!

person at the light at the end of the tunnel

Stage 4: Panic

Maybe the home you liked was sold before you could make an offer. Maybe you’ve taken a tour of ten listings and haven’t found “the one.” Maybe you realized you can’t afford your ideal home in the location you prefer. A million doubts start running through your mind: What if I miss out on my dream home? What if I can’t find the home I need? Will I have to settle for something beyond my budget? What if I won’t be able to buy my first home?!

But luckily, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Your real estate agent is here to provide you with an objective view of the situation, ease your fears, and work tirelessly to find you the right home.

a couple of homeowners in their first home

Stage 5: Bliss

Your real estate agent found a brand new listing for you and it’s a home you adore. And just like that, you’ve taken a tour, made an offer, and breezed through due diligence. You’ve just bought your first home!

Sure, it might not have all the fancy tech and high-end features like in HGTV’s dream home, but it has everything you need. And now it’s yours. Congratulations, new homeowner!

We’ll Minimize the Headaches

Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, the home buying process can come with its share of ups and downs. But we’re here to take the stress out of the whole process! Let’s chat about your plans, and we’ll help you discover the home you’ve been looking for quickly and easily.



3 Home Selling Prep Essentials

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You’ve got to start somewhere when preparing your home to sell, but it’s not where you would think. Before jumping right into cleaning, decluttering, staging, and marketing, take some time to review. Having a solid understanding of the real estate market and the home selling process is essential for a smooth and stress-free sale. So let’s get to it.

1. Know What’s Happening in the Real Estate Market

aerial view of residential community

Are homes in your community flying off the market in just a couple of days? Are properties selling over asking price again and again? What have homes like yours recently sold for? Knowing about current market conditions will give you an idea of how quickly your home is likely to sell, as well as how high a price you’re likely to receive. Ask us for a Neighborhood Sales Report for an inside look at market activity!

2. Find Out How Much Your Home is Worth

You’ve probably asked yourself “what’s my home worth?” a dozen times over the past few years. Now’s your chance to learn the answer!

When we’re determining how much homes are worth, we don’t just pull a number out of thin air. Home buyers are the ones who determine what properties are worth, so we take a look at current market activity (which you’ve already done!) to see how much buyers are willing to pay for homes like yours. At the end of all of our research, we have a detailed report of what your home is worth, which in the real estate industry is called a “comparative market analysis.” Call us and we’ll provide one for your home!

3. Wait Before Making Drastic Home Improvements

highly upgraded kitchenBefore you decide to shell out thousands of dollars to completely gut your kitchen and bathrooms, talk with a real estate agent who’s familiar with your community and what buyers are looking for in a home like yours. You may be surprised to learn that your potential buyers don’t want top-of-the-line appliances, quartz countertops, under-cabinet lighting, or any of those “must-haves” that you see on HGTV.

Save yourself the time, money, and headaches and talk with us. We can tell you which home improvements are worth the money and which ones aren’t.

Bonus Tip: Find the Right Real Estate Agent

The best way to save time, money, and unnecessary headaches? Work with a professional. The best real estate agent takes the time to understand your goals, provides you with the resources you need, and tells what to expect when selling your home. Plus, your real estate agent will be there to answer any questions you have at any time in the process.

We’d be happy to talk with you about your plans to sell your home. Call us!



What’s on your Hilton Head Bucket List?

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Living the Dream – A Hilton Head Bucket List

Listed below are 100 ideas for your next Hilton Head visit.  We have included some fun and local things for you to do whether you live here or are just visiting.  Have Fun!

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What’s Hot in Home Design This Summer

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Bright sunshine, warmer days, and a ton of new trends come with the change in season, and this summer certainly won’t disappoint. In the real estate world, these new trends revolve around the latest and greatest in wall colors and decorations, space savers, and creative living arrangements. We have our eye on a few interesting home décor ideas and hot home features that we think you’re going to love!

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Marble: A Sophisticated Look for Summer

Whether natural or imitation, marble is one of the top home décor trends for summer 2017. Designers are incorporating this luxe look into bathrooms and kitchens as expected, but they’re also taking it to everything from flower vases to side tables.

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Vintage Looks are Back in Style

1960s floral patterns have resurfaced in today’s home design magazines. Old World-inspired indigo dyes are popping up in everything from fabrics to bedspreads. Colorful melamine dinnerware is becoming popular in indoor and outdoor table settings. These nostalgic summer looks are sure to create the perfect feeling of “home.”

Today’s Buyers Crave These Trendy Home Features

Seasonal trends are not all about home décor. Outdoor entertaining spaces and smart-yet-sophisticated interior features are what buyers are searching for this summer. Are these popular home features on your must-have list?

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Private Swimming Pools

With warm, sunshine-filled days ahead for summer, pools are at the top of most buyers’ home search lists. Backyard pools continue to be sought-after as both a focal point and a fun outdoor entertaining space.

neutral room with light wood floors

Lighter Hardwood Floors

Darker shades are out; bamboo, oak, and pecan flooring are on buyers’ must-have lists this summer. With these lighter shades in your living spaces, your home will seem even more light-filled and spacious.

kitchen with open floor plan

Spacious Open Floor Plans

This home design trend continues to be popular among home buyers. It’s not hard to understand why! Open floor plans create an effortless flow into any home and maximize every square inch of space.

We’ll Help You Find Your Dream Home

Have these décor ideas and trendy features on your mind as you search for a new place? We can help you find the perfect home and move you quickly through the process. Call us and let’s chat!



“WOW” your next Hilton Head Vacation

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Over Memorial Day, another guest of Hilton Head Properties R & R told their vacation planner that the accommodations and guest services were 5 Star!  It is our goal that this is always the standard when you rent from Hilton Head Properties R and R.  Here is why it works!

 

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What’s the Real Estate Market Like on Hilton Head Island

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Hilton Head Real Estate MarketHilton Head Island’s real estate market is changing.  No longer a buyers market and not into a sellers market, we now are in the middle.  This means for buyers and sellers the next one for sale may be a little higher in price, a little less negotiable and will most likely sell faster than the last one.   Click here for market advice for our buyers and sellers.

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These 6 Simple Tricks Make Moving Surprisingly Effortless

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two people packing cardboard boxesLet’s face it, moving to a new home is no picnic. Moving day will be here before you know it, and you feel like there’s no way on Earth you can sort through all of your belongings and pack your entire life into a moving truck in time.

We know how stressful a move from one home to another can be, so we wanted to share a few helpful moving tips to make it a much easier experience.

Create a To-Do List and Pin It to Your Wall

You probably won’t remember everything you have to do in the chaos of researching moving companies, calling your insurance provider, and closing on your new home. So before you start the bulk of cleaning and decluttering, take a few minutes to compile a detailed list of the tasks you will need to complete, no matter how small. These tasks can include:

  • transferring your homeowners insurance to your new address
  • compiling a list of your emergency contacts
  • labeling your moving boxes
  • fixing a squeaky door hinge
  • meeting with friends for coffee before you leave

If it helps you stay organized, categorize your tasks by room, deadline, or importance. As you’re completing all your to-dos, make sure you check them off your list as you go. It will help you see how far you’re come in accomplishing such a gargantuan goal.

Declutter Your Home Room by Room

a person moving a stack of boxesThe less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to pack. But as we all know, one of the biggest hurdles to moving is sorting through all of your belongings and deciding which ones you won’t be taking to your new home.

If decluttering your entire home seems overwhelming, don’t panic. Start small: Instead of trying to tackle the entire project in one weekend, spend an hour or two on just one room. Create three piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash. Go through your closets, bedrooms, and other hot spots first, then move on to the rest of your home.

Remember, you can always buy books, kitchen gadgets, and other things after you move. If you have a few sentimental items you’re having a hard time getting rid of, ask a friend or neighbor for objective feedback.

Host a Yard Sale or Moving Sale

Once you’ve sorted through most of your home, host a yard sale and set out items that you planned on giving away. Sell anything that you can that day, and anything that’s left over you can donate to charity or a local thrift store.

Get Creative with Your Packing

homeowner opening cardboard boxesYou’ll be surprised at just how many small items can fit into the nooks and crannies left over in your moving boxes. After you’ve packed your bulky appliances and decorative pieces, you can fill in the spaces with smaller items to act as extra cushioning and save a bit of space in the process.

Another way you can get creative with your packing is by stacking items vertically instead of horizontally. Instead of laying down dishes, bowls, plates, and other fragile items in a box, stack them upright and cushion them with socks and towels. This will prevent your glass items from shifting around during the move.

Use Cling Wrap Where You Least Expect It

Worried about bottles of shampoo, soap, lotion, or other liquids spilling out on the journey? Cling wrap is a surprisingly effective seal. Remove the tops of bottles and cover the openings with a bit of cling wrap, then twist the caps back on.

Cling wrap is also easier to remove than tape. If you have clothes and jewelry packed away in drawers, surround the drawers with a thick layer of cling wrap. It’s easy to remove, and you won’t have a sticky mess to clean up later!

Create an “Open Me First” Box

After your move, unpacking can be just as stressful as packing. To avoid digging through countless boxes just to find coffee or toilet paper, create a box of the essentials and place it on the moving truck last. Here are a few items you should consider packing in this box:

  • instant coffee or tea bags
  • a first aid kit
  • tools like box cutters and screwdrivers
  • toilet paper
  • soap, shampoo, and lotion

Ask Us for More Helpful Moving Tips!

first-time home buyers moving inWe hope these moving tips come in handy, whether you’re planning to buy a home or whether you’re selling your current home. We’re more than happy to provide you with additional tips to help you prepare for your upcoming move.

If you need more advice about buying or selling a home or want to know more about the area, we offer a wealth of resources to help you out. Call us and let’s talk about your plans!



Mother’s Day Specials at Hilton Head Properties

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  Looking for the best property for Mom?  

Listed below are some of the best properties we have ever had the opportunity to offer.  Ranging from great vacation properties to beautiful homes, let us know if you see a property that catches your eye!  For the month of March we are offering a 1 year AHS warranty on any of these properties in celebration of Mother’s Day!

Cheers!

All of us at Hilton Head Properties

 

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501 Somerset Villa
$2,895,000
169 S Shore Drive
4 Beds / 4.5 Baths
3746 Sq. Ft.
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424 Captains Walk Villa
$1,499,000
21 Ocean Lane
5 Beds / 4 Baths
2402 Sq. Ft.
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167 Mooring Buoy
$1,295,000
167 Mooring Buoy
5 Beds / 4 Baths
2606 Sq. Ft.
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5 Beach Villa
$1,200,000
10 Mooring Buoy
3 Beds / 3 Baths
1878 Sq. Ft.
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28 Sandpiper Street
$1,159,000
28 Sandpiper St
5 Beds / 5.5 Baths
2458 Sq. Ft.
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28 Percheron Lane
$1,095,000
28 Percheron Lane
4 Beds / 4.5 Baths
4621 Sq. Ft.
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5 Cockle Court
$900,000
5 Cockle Court
3 Beds / 4 Baths
2842 Sq. Ft.
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75 Ocean Lane
$899,000
75 Ocean Lane
3 Beds / 3 Baths
1792 Sq. Ft.
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8 Beachside Drive
$895,000
8 Beachside Drive
3 Beds / 2 Baths
1349 Sq. Ft.
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4 Sea Front Lane
$888,000
4 Sea Front Lane
3 Beds / 1 Baths
916 Sq. Ft.
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8 Cottage Ct
$799,900
8 Cottage Ct
5 Beds / 4 Baths
2542 Sq. Ft.
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110 Abbinton Villa ~ 50 Ocean Lane
$789,000
50 Ocean LANE
3 Beds / 3 Baths
1193 Sq. Ft.
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106 Abbinton Villa ~ 50 Ocean Lane
$769,000
50 Ocean Lane
3 Beds / 3 Baths
1534 Sq. Ft.
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19 Timber Marsh Lane
$619,000
19 Timber Marsh Lane
4 Beds / 4 Baths
3016 Sq. Ft.
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Little Harbour HHI
$599,000
4 Little Harbour Manor
3 Beds / 3 Baths
2500 Sq. Ft.
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106 Martinangel Lane
$499,000
106 Martinangel Lane
 
 
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6 Strath Court
$499,000
6 Strath Court
 
 
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12 Daufuskie Bluff Lane
$499,000
12 Daufuskie Bluff Lane
 
 
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9 Wildbird Lane
$479,000
9 Wildbird Lane
3 Beds / 3 Baths
2371 Sq. Ft.
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47 Ocean Lane
$459,000
47 Ocean Lane
1 Beds / 2 Baths
985 Sq. Ft.
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1 Fuskie Lane
$450,000
1 Fuskie Lane
3 Beds / 3 Baths
1890 Sq. Ft.
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21 Stoney Creek Road
$429,000
21 Stoney Creek Road
 
 
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1 Fuskie Lane
$389,000
1 Fuskie Lane
3 Beds / 3 Baths
1890 Sq. Ft.
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52 Night Heron Lane
$370,000
52 Night Heron Lane
2 Beds / 2 Baths
1190 Sq. Ft.
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104 Victoria Square Drive
$335,900
104 Victoria Square Drive
4 Beds / 4 Baths
1893 Sq. Ft.
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2 Wax Myrtle Court
$324,900
2 Wax Myrtle Court
3 Beds / 2 Baths
1904 Sq. Ft.
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529 Carolina Beach Club Villa
$300,000
39 S Forest Beach Drive #529
2 Beds / 2 Baths
750 Sq. Ft.
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24 Firethorn Lane
$300,000
24 Firethorn Lane
 
 
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7162 Harbourside II Villa
$299,000
13 Harbourside Lane
2 Beds / 3 Baths
1647 Sq. Ft.
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45 Queens Folly Road
$275,000
45 Queens Folly Road
2 Beds / 2 Baths
1447 Sq. Ft.
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109 Palmetto Bay Club Villa
$256,500
100 Helmsman Way #109
2 Beds / 2 Baths
980 Sq. Ft.
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3072 Seascape Villas
$255,000
42 S. Forest Beach Dr., 3072 Seascape Villas
3 Beds / 2 Baths
1427 Sq. Ft.
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16 Cartgate Drive
$249,900
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7 Beauregard Blvd
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5 Little Harbour
$199,000
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52 Wilers Creek Way
$189,000
52 Wilers Creek Way
 
 
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6 Little Harbour Manor
$189,000
6 Little Harbour Manor
 
 
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8 Summers Lane
$170,000
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31 Lancaster Place
$169,000
31 Lancaster Place
 
 
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256 Fort Howell Drive
$129,000
256 Fort Howell Dr
 
 
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2 Clyde Lane
$115,000
2 Clyde Lane
 
 
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3 Little Harbour Manor
$99,000
3 Little Harbour Manor
 
 
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218C Brigantine Quarters
$79,000
55 Barcelona Road
3 Beds / 3.5 Baths
1863 Sq. Ft.
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28 Graham Lane
$74,900
28 Graham Lane
 
 
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