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

The Hilton Head Eclipse Event!

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The solar eclipse on August 21 is creating quite a stir in the Hilton Head area.  Although not total on Hilton Head, the photo to the left shows the eclipse from the Island.  Pretty darn close!  If you are planning on visiting, many hotels and rental companies are offering specials including free “eclipse” glasses(while they last). The information and links below will help you plan your viewing party!

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Want Top Dollar for Your Home? Hire a Real Estate Pro

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A quick Google search is all it takes to discover hundreds of new recipes, do-it-yourself projects, and tips about how to stage your home. With so much information available online, especially about the home selling process, many homeowners start to wonder whether it’s faster and more cost-efficient to sell their own homes rather than hiring a real estate agent to do it for them. (Spoiler alert: It’s not.)

Sold sign in front of single-family houseMaybe you’re just now thinking about selling your home. All those HGTV shows and helpful articles make it look so easy — how hard could it be to sell your home yourself? Or maybe you’re already elbows deep into selling For Sale By Owner and are thinking, this isn’t so bad.

A helpful tip when considering whether to skip right over hiring an agent: Just because you can do something yourself doesn’t mean that you should, especially when it comes to selling a home.

So what makes a real estate agent so invaluable?

What Does a Real Estate Agent Do, Anyway?

Everything from preparing paperwork to negotiating the price and terms — you name it, a real estate agent does it. But what many home sellers forget is that a real estate agent’s job is a lot of behind-the-scenes work.

contract to purchase a homeWhen you hire a real estate professional, you’re not only benefitting from the agent’s intimate knowledge of what’s happening in the local housing market, you’re also working with a licensed professional who is legally bound to work in your best interests. A few essential elements of their job include:

  • Researching recent comparable sales to determine the best price for your home
  • Spending their own time and money to market your listing
  • Promoting your home through their network of contacts and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
  • Coordinating showing appointments and open houses on your behalf
  • Responding quickly to inquiries about your property
  • Writing counteroffers and filling out required disclosures
  • Doing everything they can to help you achieve your goals

Isn’t It Cheaper to Sell My Home Myself?

Commission — a percentage of the sale proceeds that goes to the real estate agents involved in the transaction — is a major factor in the decision to go FSBO (For Sale By Owner) or hire a real estate pro. Working without a real estate agent will certainly save you a few thousand dollars on commission, but there’s a catch.

If You Go Down the FSBO Road

If you decide to go FSBO, you won’t save as much money as you think. You might not even save money at all.

Sign that says For Sale By OwnerYou will have to spend your own time and money to invest in quality photography for your listing, purchase marketing materials (and not just a For Sale By Owner sign), carefully research which home improvements will bring you the most bang for your buck, and list your home on the MLS, just to name a few.

This all assumes that you price your property correctly, manage to entice more than a couple of buyers with your marketing efforts, investigate whether interested buyers are actually qualified to purchase your home, make all the right repairs so no red flags surface during the home inspection, and don’t make a costly mistake involving disclosure forms or the contract!

If You Work with a Real Estate Agent

Since real estate agents are licensed professionals, they are experts at handling all the details of your transaction. They will help you avoid costly mistakes, negotiate the best price and terms for your property, and ensure that it sells for top dollar.

At the end of the day, working with a real estate agent instead of going FSBO will save you time, money, and headaches.

Okay, I’m Convinced — What Do I Do Next?

If your goal is to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, we can help. We’re more than happy to share our wealth of home selling resources, including staging tips and a home evaluation. Give us a call and let’s talk about your plans.

Fall back to Hilton Head Island in 2017

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August is a transitional month for sales on Hilton Head Island.  The traffic from the summer visitors starts tapering as school sessions begin.  The visitor we see in the fall traditionally are “baby boomers” looking to enjoy some time on the Island.  Some of these baby boomers are heading down the east coast and up the west coast researching possible retirement or 2nd home locations. Read the rest of this entry

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