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 Strong!

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“Hilton Head Strong” describes the great community we call home! This short video is about Hurricane Matthew and the outstanding people that work and live here.  If you love the Island, you will love this video!

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Hilton Head Bounces Back after Matthew!

If  you are planning a vacation to Hilton Head Island this year, you will find that the Island is a little brighter these days, with a bigger and better beach.  Tourism has bounced back big time since Mathew.  As well, real estate sales have been brisk in the Hilton Head Area since the first of the year.  It’s going to be a great year!  See you soon!

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.


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

These Small Home Improvements Can Pay Off Big When Selling

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First impressions matter when selling a home. But the first thing buyers see isn’t always your staged living room or upgraded kitchen. The price is the first impression buyers have of your home. The price also determines whether buyers skip over your home or go inside for a better look.

using a laptop at homeHome buyers are attuned to the market. When they are searching online for properties and browsing through listing photos, they can easily spot a home that is not worth the price tag attached to it. Read the rest of this entry

Fall back in love with Hilton Head Island!

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Dec 15 09 002 - Copy 2Who would ever think that Hilton Head Island could get any better.  The natural beauty complimented by its architecture has made Hilton Head Island a World Class Destination.  In the past few years however, private investors and the town began reinventing Hilton Head Island.  Wait to you see it now!  New beach parks, fabulous new shopping/dining venues replacing tired infrastructure, major hotel renovations and new beach clubs make Hilton Head Island even better.   Read the rest of this entry

Happy Owners, Happy Renters on Hilton Head

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absenteeLocally owned and operated, Absentee by the Sea has years of hands on experience in property care.  They work for individual property owners and inspect vacation properties for Hilton Head Properties R and R.  The benefits to property inspections by Absentee by the Sea include the items listed below:

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Meet Darcey Sundling, Vacation Property Manager

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Meet Darcey Sundling with Darcey is the property manager for vacation homes and villas on Hilton Head Island.  The best way to explain the benefits her company offers is with the short video above covering these key questions.

  • How can you increase my rental income?
  • How will you take better care of my property?

If these questions make you wonder, call Darcey!

This is the best time of year on Hilton Head Island to consider making a change. In fact, there is no commitment whatsoever to find out what we can do with your property. Please contact Darcey Sundling at (843)785-2242 or via email at We are building relationships long after vacation is over!

Taking good care of your second home or villa on Hilton Head Island

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Meet Terry Sundling with Absentee by the Sea.  Terry helps second home owners keep an eye on their property from afar.  His company makes routine visits to home and villas, oversees projects, cleaning services, is a first responder to alarm systems, hurricane preparation, coordinates service personnel and completes photo documentation of  the properties under his care. 

Not only does this help the owner keep up with their property, but these records can build value in the resale.  Absentee by the Sea also completes a walk through after every rental handled by Hilton Head Properties R and R assuring that everything is in place for the next rental.  This proactive approach helps owners address any issues before they become problems. 

Please contact Terry Sundling at (843)422-5064 or via email at .  You can also visit 

HHI – Why do a CL-100?

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Imperial Pest“Why do I need a CL100 when I buy or sell a home or villa on Hilton Head?” I’m not sure where the name comes from, but a smarter title, which appears on the report itself, “OFFICIAL SOUTH CAROLINA WOOD INFESTATION REPORT”, makes alot more sense.  During a sale of structural property in South Carolina involving a lending institution, the CL-100 will usually be a mandatory report at closing.  In most conventional cases, the seller is responsible for the CL-100.  A thorough, professional inspection is part of every CL100. The report will point out any water-damage issues, however small they may be.  It’s important to know that the CL-100 will only report water and fungal damage that is “below the first main floor”.

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