Take Exit 8: Hilton Head Island

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Hilton Head Island & Bluffton Real Estate News
March 2020
HHI is just a Drive Away!
We recieved an email today from a guest that had booked an international vacation to a resort Island, but decided to drive to Hilton Head for summer vacation instead! The beauty of Hilton Head for most is that it is just a days drive(or less) away from where they live. So how does Hilton Head Island measure from where you live?

Atlanta ~ 285
Boston ~ 1025
Charlotte ~ 254
Chicago ~ 954
Cincinnati ~ 663
Indianapolis ~ 771
Jacksonville ~ 175
Knoxville ~ 416
Louisville ~ 657
Nashville ~ 533
New York ~ 867
Philadelphia ~ 720
Raleigh ~ 325
Savannh ~ 40
Washington ~ 592

Car access to the island is from I-95 at Hardeeville exit #8. Take U.S. Highway 278 directly to the Island. Hope to see you soon! 
Click here to check out our incredible accomodations!

Local Happenings in March:
Hilton Head Island St. Patricks Day ParadeStill on this Weekend!
Spring Has Sprung on Hilton Head Island
Open Houses this weekend! 
9 Wildbird
27 Sullivans
Market Trends and Research – Inventories Dropped Last Month!
OH MY…Mortgage Rates At 3.24%
All You Can Eat Oyster Roast – This SaturdayReal Estate For Sale

“I love being on vacation and never knowing what day it is.”

All Our Best,
Robbie Bunting and Jane HyersHilton Head Properties(843)785-7111
All Our AwesomeProperties for SalePlease Click Here



Hilton Head Properties February 2020 Newsletter

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“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring!”~Lilly Pulitzer

Hilton Head Island & BlufftonReal Estate News
February 2020

How’s your Zestimate? Today, many property owners use Zillow to determine the value of their Hilton Head Property(or any other property). Did you know that as an owner you can claim your property on Zillow and correct any inaccuracies? As well, once a property is listed for sale, the listing agent can log in and make any corrections to the property. If you need any assistance in correcting your properties descriptions, just let me know.

Local Happenings and Real Estate Ideas:
Saturday Seafood Festival
January 2020 Residential Sales on the Island
January 2020 Villa Sales on the Island
Advanced Pricing for the Heritage Golf Tournament
Road Tripping to Savannah – 55 things to do!
Coligny Beach – One of Best in US!
Pop in and let’s talk Realty and RentalsReal Estate For Sale

All Our Best,

Robbie Bunting and Jane Hyers
Hilton Head Properties
(843)785-7111

All Our AwesomeProperties for SalePlease Click Here



Leaning into Twenty-Twenty!

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Hilton Head Island & BlufftonReal Estate News
February 2020
Twenty Twenty is going to be Awesome!!! Looking back on the market in 2019 we learned a few things that can help when buying or selling in the Hilton Head Market. Here they are in no particula order:

* The overall median price was up 3.4% in 2019.
* Sellers received on average 96.8% of their selling price in 2019
* The number of homes available for sale dropped 12.1% in 2019.
* Sales were up 5.6% by the end of 2019 in the Hilton Head Market
* Distressed sales were a small player(1.6%)in the Hilton Head Market.
* Sea Pines averaged 1 sale per day in 2019 (365 sales)
* Non Gated Communities offered the lowest priced properties in 2019.
* The average days on the market for all properties in 2019 was 170 days
* Off plantation condos sold the fastest with 106 days on the market
* Hilton Head Plantation was a close 2nd with only 113 days.

If you would like to chat about the market via textemailin person or on the phone let us know! We offer one stop shopping with our vacation rental company and realty company located at 12 New Orleans Road.

Local Happenings and Real Estate Ideas:
Attention Foodies – It’s Restaurant Week on Hilton Head Island
History and High Tea – Authors Chat
Open Houses – We can walk you through virtually! Email us for a tour!
Median Age of Buyers is climbing!
Register for the free Hilton Head House giveaway on HGTVA
Short Video on the Top 10 Reasons to buy a second home
Real Estate For Sale

“Clients don’t care how much we know until they
know how much we care!”

All Our Best,

Hilton Head Properties
(843)785-7111
All Our AwesomeProperties for SalePlease Click Here



Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Second Home vs. Renting one.

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Buying vs. Renting a Second Home on Hilton Head Island. 

Listed below are the Top 10 reasons to buy a second home on Hilton Head Island vs. renting one!

1. Your vacation dollars pay your mortgage not someone elses.
2. You can get a head start on on retirement with a foot in the door.
3. You may enjoy long term appreciation based on the history of ownership.
4. Your potential tax deductions could include mortgage interest and taxes.
5. You can have others pay your mortgage by renting your property.
6. You can take out the guess work of where you you will be staying.
7. You can travel light and leave all your stuff in the owners closet.
8. Your family and friend reunions will be easier.
9. You may be able to write off your trips to maintain your rental property.
10. Your health, Happiness and Quality of Life will improve with use!

If you would like to recieve a periodical update of the best second homes for sale on Hilton Hilton Head Island… let us know! We offer one stop shopping with our vacation rental company and realty company located at 12 New Orleans Road.

Local Happenings and Real Estate Ideas:
Buying Power Increases with Low Mortgage Rates
Open Houses This Weekend On Hilton Head Island
Great Video Marketing for all our properties!
Restaurant Week Starts Next Week!
24th Gullah Celebration Started January 29
Plan your Valentines Getaway Now
House design Trends 2020
Real Estate For Sale

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!”

All Our Best,

Robbie Bunting and Jane Hyers
Hilton Head Properties
(843)785-7111

All Our AwesomeProperties for SalePlease Click Here



Finding Free Money in Your Vacation Property Getaway!

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Hilton Head Island & BlufftonReal Estate News
January 2020
Finding free money when you rent your Hilton Head vacation property. The benefits to buying a second home (besides all the fun times and memories)is that the rental guests can help offset some of the expenses.

This example(click here) shows the income and how it relates to the expenses of ownership. There may also be some tax benefits that you would determine by consulting your tax adisor. This article is great in hi-liting some of the benefits of owneship.

If you would like to sit down and bounce some second home vacation rental ideas around or recieve a list of the best rentals for sale today… 
let us know! We offer one stop shopping with our vacation rental company and realty company located at 12 New Orleans Road.

Local Happenings and Real Estate Ideas:
Lower taxes on a second home bought in 2019?
Get Up to $350 Rebate on your Water Heater Replacement
A weekend of Wellness
24th Gullah Celebration
Bluffton Rotary Oyster Roast
Eat Sleep Love Travel
Beach Destinations this Winter
Build your adventure when you stay with us!
Real Estate For Sale

“Time spent at the beach is never wasted!”

Best Regards!

Robbie Bunting and Jane Hyers
Hilton Head Properties
(843)785-7111
All Our AwesomeProperties for SalePlease Click Here



HNY from Hilton Head Properties!

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A New Decade in Real Estate on Hilton Head Island – The way in which buyers and sellers do real estate has changed over the past decade.  Looking forward into the next decade we expect to see:

1. The buying and selling process to become even faster with new online technologies that will speed everything up.
2. Real Estate data will be eaiser to acces via the interenet making the market even more transparent to both buyers and sellers.
3. iBuyer platforms will make it seamless when selling one property to buy another.
4. The buying and selling experience will have less friction for all involved.
5. An agents role will move to that of a trusted advisor that assists buyers and sellers through the process of buying, selling and managing their property.
6. An agent’s local market knowledge will help buyers and sellers “localize” the vast information found on the internet.

At Hilton Head Properties Realty and Rentals we recognize that our clients are the heartbeat of every transaction. While we will embrace new technologies, we will never let go of the trust and relationships our clients have come to expect throughout the ownership experience!

Local Happenings and Real Estate Ideas:
Live Music in Hilton Head
Restaurant Week 2020
Hilton Head Food and Winefest 202010
Interior Design Trends Ditched in 2020
Register 2 x’s per day to win this Dream Home
Spa Deals for the MonthReal Estate For Sale

“Let’s bounce some 2020 real estate ideas around!”

Best Regards!

Robbie Bunting and Jane Hyers
Hilton Head Properties
(843)785-7111



Stay and Play Vacation Sale!

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Hilton Head Island, SC – Hilton Head Properties R and R announces it’s annual Black Friday Vacation Sale* which expires December 31, 2019. This sale filled with vacation savings including vacation rentals, free activities and beach gear! Below is the scoop on this special offer!

Hilton Head Properties Black Friday Vacation Sale* includes:

  • 2019 Pricing for 2020 or future vacations – Whether you book now or purchase a vacation gift certificate because you are not sure of the dates yet, this will give you 2019 pricing on our properties for a one week stay.
  • Free Activities – Every day of your stay we will include one round of golf, one zipline experience, one dolphin tour and one round of miniature golf. Each one is included! (These expire everyday.) Click Here for Details!
  • Free Beach Gear – Before your arrival, you will recieve a gift certificate for free beach gear! The gear includes choice of bike rentals, beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, surf boards and even corn hole boards! Click Here for Details!

To order today or if you have questions, please email us today or call one of our vacation planners at (843)785-2242. Thank you.

*Some restrictions apply. Call or email for details. Offer does does not apply to existing reservations. Beach Gear available for reservations after March 1, 2020. Minimum one week reservations. Gift coupons good for future reservations at 2019 pricing.



The Top 5 Exterior Areas to Fix up Before Listing Your Home this Fall

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You’ve probably heard that spring and summer are the best times to sell your home, and we’ll be honest: they do have their perks. But with mortgage rates remaining low and motivated buyers steadily flowing into the market, this fall is shaping up to be a pretty profitable selling season. 

If you’re gearing up to list your home soon, then you’ll need to pay extra attention to your outdoor areas. Here are the top five spaces to give a little TLC to before you sell!

The Lawn

An old rake leaning against the wall of a home.

Once you’ve raked up the leaves, you might think your lawn is all taken care of. But there’s much more to fall lawn care than bagging up leaves! If temperatures haven’t majorly dropped by the time you list, you’ll need to keep mowing your lawn—it’ll continue growing until the first hard frost. 

If you’ve got a few bare spots in your yard, fall is also the perfect time for overseeding! Since the ground is relatively warm but the sun isn’t quite as powerful as in the summer, growing conditions are better than ever. Just be sure you’re providing your lawn with plenty of water, and those sparse spots should start to fill in. 

The Garden

Pumpkins and gourds sitting on a table.

Since you’re planning a move, you probably don’t want to start planting new veggies, but there are other ways to give your garden a fresh look. First, you’ll want to make sure all of your leftover plants from spring and summer are cleared out, and your plot is weed-free. Once that’s taken care of, it’s time for the fun part! 

Picked up a few pumpkins or gourds from the farmers’ market? Set them out near your doorstep. Need a home for a scarecrow or two? Give them a perch on either side of the garden. You can fill in any blank space with potted plants like mums or sunflowers or a decorative holiday banner! 

The Roof 

Leaves in a gutter.

With trees shedding leaves and dead branches, you’ve probably got a decent amount of brush and foliage dotting your roof. Now’s the time to pull out the ladder and do a clean sweep. Plus, it’s the perfect chance to get a look at the condition of your shingles and see if any need replacing! 

While you’re up there, be sure to sweep out your gutters, as well. There’s a good chance the extra debris has them more clogged up than usual, which could lead to flooding or exterior damage. Clearing them out will prevent any issues, and show buyers that you go the extra mile in maintaining your home. 

The Porch

Fall decor including a wreath, potted plants, and gourds, all placed around a small bench.

The crowning glory of your home’s exterior, the porch should act as the first taste of what the inside of the home has to offer. You want to strike the perfect balance between warm and welcoming and clean and clutter-free!

First, take care of spiffing the space up by sweeping the floors, ringing out the welcome mat, and dusting off any outdoor furniture. If you have one too many chairs or a crowded collection of potted plants, you should remove some of the clutter. 

Then, add a little character! Put a few pumpkins by door, set out a scented candle or two, swap out your porch light for a warmer wattage, and update your throw pillows—just be careful not to overdo it. Since your porch space is likely relatively small, a little goes a long way. 

The Front Door

A welcome sign and a small wreath on a white front door.

It’s only a small portion of your exterior, but if you play your cards right, your front door can be one of the most eye-catching parts of your home. Nothing draws attention like a fresh coat of paint, so you should consider picking a shade that pops and matches your siding—like a warm red or a bold blue. At the very least, you should use furniture wax or dish soap to scrub out the dinginess. 

Once you’ve revamped your door, it’s time to accessorize! Since it’s fall, you should be able to easily find a seasonal wreath to hang. If you really want to go the extra mile, think about replacing your house number or knocker with some shiny new hardware. 

Need a Few More Tips?

If you want to make sure your home is staged to impress—in all areas—then we can help. In addition to our home-staging resources, we’d also be more than happy to do a walkthrough of your home and recommend a few personalized decor suggestions or DIY improvements.

From helping you stage to navigating closing, we’ll be there to help you through the selling process, every step of the way. Whenever you’re ready to get started, we’re just a phone call away! 



Here are 4 Tricks to Choosing a Neighborhood You’ll Love!

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Aerial shot of neighborhood

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard, “location, location, location!” on repeat. Finding the perfect city or town is one thing, but you’ll need to take it a step further. The right neighborhood matters more than you think, so before you start your search, we have some tips to help you find the perfect spot!

Do Your Research

Man exploring neighborhoods on tablet

Before you start driving through prospective neighborhoods, you’ll want to do some research at home first. Finding the right place to live can be time-consuming, but some quick online searches can help narrow down your options. Many agents also spotlight certain neighborhoods on their website and tend to offer more in-depth guides—as well as more listings and home-buying tips.

After doing your initial research, you’ve probably narrowed your list down to a few neighborhoods. Now it’s time to delve deeper and look at these places by the numbers. It’s worth looking at stats like crime rate, HOA fees, and average property taxes. You might want to start your search with sites like Neighborhood Scout and City-Data—these sites give you localized data on demographics, schools, and more.

Scope Out What’s Around

Man researching on laptop

While the actual neighborhood might seem perfect, what’s around matters a lot, too. Remember, you’re buying more than just a home—you’re finding a new place to thrive. If you’re looking for convenience, a community far-removed from amenities you love might not work. Be sure to take your commute into account, as well as the driving distance to places you go all the time.

School districts also play a big factor in which area you choose, especially for your kids. Even if you don’t have children, home prices in good districts are consistently higher than others, so it’s still something you should take into account. Want the inside scoop? Compare options by looking up which schools serve a community and exploring their ratings on sites like Niche.com.    

Take a Stroll

Couple walking around a downtown area

Now it’s time for some field research! Once you’ve picked some neighborhoods that seem like a good fit, go do some exploring—you’ll want to do more than just drive around, though. Get out of the car and take a stroll during different times of the day! This is a fantastic way to meet potential neighbors and see the condition of homes. 

You’ll want to ask yourself some crucial questions during each visit. How well do residents maintain their homes? Do you see a lot of people outside, or does everyone seem to keep to themselves? Is there any common space or amenities you’ll want to use? This is the best way to picture yourself living in an area before actually committing to a home.

Narrow Down Your Options

Person listing out pros and cons in  a notebook.

If you don’t have a clear winner in your head after you visit each community, it’s time to down and weigh the pros and cons. You should also evaluate the market—there might not be a home for sale that suits your needs in the neighborhood you love, so consider all of your options. 

If you have any other questions, be sure to reach out to a real estate professional. They’ll use their expertise to help you make an informed decision, and can also show you spots you might have missed!

Ready to Find the Neighborhood of Your Dreams?

Two women discussing real estate.

No matter where you are in your home search, we’d love to help make the process easier. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re still searching for the right community or are ready to look at homes. Give us a call today so we can chat—we can’t wait to be your local experts!



The Best Season on Hilton Head Island, SC.

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Hilton Head Island & BlufftonReal Estate News

Double TOP Secret!! The best season of the year on Hilton Head Island is the fall! Fall offers fewer crowds and lower lodging rates while maintaining 
temperatures that are still beach friendly.

With all kinds of fall festivals taking place each month, fall is the Islanders favorite season! Just don’t let anyone know who told you this!

Happy Hilton Head!
Robbie Bunting and Jane HyersHilton Head Properties(843)341-4801




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