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
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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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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



Tiny Houses: How These Small Homes Have Made a Big Splash

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Tiny houses parked with a bench and a tree.

You’ve seen the shows on HGTV, the brand new series on Netflix, the craze on sites like Pinterest and Instagram—tiny houses are all the rage. These smaller spaces come with gigantic opportunities—if you’re looking for an incredibly versatile and stylish home, you may want to look into one of the hottest housing trends of the past year. We’ve got all the details you need to understand the ins and outs of tiny homes—and maybe even buy your own.

What is a Tiny Home?

Tiny house on the lake

Less than 1,000 square feet and often towable, tiny homes allow their owners to be economical, environmentally-friendly, and enjoy life on the move.

These small abodes are built with an emphasis on organization and maximizing space. You’ll often see stairs repurposed into cabinets, smaller appliances, and loft areas for beds. However, many tiny homes are quite luxurious, with some featuring full sized appliances, bath tubs, and multiple floors. This is proof that “tiny” doesn’t necessarily mean bare bones!

An Inside Look at the Lifestyle

Tiny houses interior with windows, dog, and desk.

Where did tiny homes come from? Well, it turns out they aren’t just a recent trend—they’ve been around since the 1970s. The tiny house “movement” is becoming increasingly popular, especially due to shows on tiny house living and construction. 

Many tiny home dwellers are fully committed to this unique lifestyle, but it takes some getting used to. The most difficult part is paring down what you own, as these tight spaces don’t come with the same amount of storage as a normal home. 

However, you don’t have to give up everything you love. Many residents say that living in a tiny home allows them to tour the country and live without clutter. Additionally, a well-built tiny house will allow you to have plenty of space for privacy, hobbies, and even pets.  

Discover Diverse Design Options

Tiny houses kitchen with woman drinking beverage

While tiny-home living might seem pretty straightforward, there are actually quite a few variations between homes.

One major option for tiny homes is towing ability. Having a towable tiny home means you can live wherever you’d like and move at any time, but a stationary tiny house is often larger and features more amenities like multiple floors and screened-in porches. 

In addition, there are many different size variations and exterior designs to choose from. Some builders even make custom designs for each homeowner. Nowadays, tiny homes are even being built in shipping containers!

Are They Here to Stay?

Man, woman, and dog enjoying tiny houses

Tiny homes may seem like a trend, but the number of homes being built are on the rise. In 2017, the tiny home industry saw a 67% jump in sales, with numbers steadily increasing. Tiny homes also remain easy on the wallet despite rising home costs. On average, a tiny home can cost from $15,000 – $150,000, which is significantly lower than the average home cost of $218,000.

As millennials begin purchasing their first homes, tiny houses are becoming increasingly popular. This is because many millennial buyers are choosing smaller houses and prioritizing travel, making tiny homes the perfect mobile option. They’re also a terrific choice for downsizing after retirement. 

Tiny homes don’t seem to be going anywhere, and as more and more people are embracing this unique way of living, tiny home designs are becoming even more elaborate. Even Amazon has started selling tiny homes, so you can order one with just a few clicks!

Ready to Make a Move?

Hand with key

No matter what kind of home you’re looking for, you’ll always need a real estate agent to help guide you through the process. Whether you’re buying or selling, we’ve got the resources you need to lighten your load.

Ready to make your move? Give us a call and let’s chat—we’d love to help you make your real estate dreams a reality!



Is a Home Inspection Really Necessary? Why You Shouldn’t Skip This Important Step

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Picture this: you’ve finally found the home of your dreams. It’s got all the features you’ve been searching for, and it’s in the perfect neighborhood. There can’t possibly be anything wrong with it…right? 

Though technically optional, a home inspection is highly recommended by most realtors, as it can save you thousands of dollars—or even prevent you from making a costly mistake all together. Here are some reasons why you need a home inspection before you move in—even if you don’t see anything wrong on the surface.

You Could Avoid Expensive Repairs

Person making repairs with an electric drill.

This is probably the biggest advantage of a home inspection. Certain problems can cost thousands to fix and may not be immediately visible. Wondering what kind of issues a home inspector can find and how much they’ll cost? Here are some of the biggest issues uncovered during home inspections (and typical costs to fix):

HVAC replacement: $4,000 – $12,000

Leaky roof: $300 – $2,000 for basic repair, $4,000 – $20,000+ for advanced repair

Foundation issues: $4,000 – $10,000

A great home inspector will fully sweep the home and point out any problems or potential issues. If there are any big-ticket expenses, you may want to reevaluate your purchase.

You’ll Protect Your Wallet

Person calculating expenses and creating a graph.

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you can make, and a good investment will generate more capital than what you initially paid. While a well-maintained home in a prime location can be a fantastic investment, expensive repairs can turn it into a financial disaster.

Once you have an inspection report detailing all of the issues with the home, you can evaluate the cost of repairs to determine if it’s a good deal. If you aren’t satisfied, you can walk away without losing much money.

You Gain a Negotiation Tool

People with laptop exchanging a folder.

While not all properties will require major repairs, even new construction homes may have issues you’ll want to take care of before moving in. You can use your inspection report as a negotiation tool to potentially lower the price of the home. 

There are a few directions you can go from here. One option is to ask for money off of the price of the home so you can complete the repairs yourself. On the flip side, you can also ask the sellers to make the fixes as a condition of the sale. Either way, you’ll be saving yourself money in the long run. 

You Get the Full Picture 

Roof of red house with window.

While you may be in love with a home, it’s hard to know what potential issues to look for if you’re not a licensed professional. Think of a home inspection like a check-up, and the home inspector like a doctor—it’s the perfect opportunity to learn about the health of a home, from the roof down to the foundation. 

The inspector can diagnose all kinds of problems and tell you what needs to be fixed (and for how much). After the inspection, you’ll be handed a comprehensive report that gives you a full picture of the home’s condition, allowing you a more realistic look at the details that you might not have noticed before. 

Ready to Buy Your Next Home?

Buying a home can be a difficult decision, so make sure you have the tools you need to make a well-informed decision. For tips on smooth sailing during the buying process, give us a call so we can chat. We’ve got the resources you need to make the right choice.

Haven’t started the buying process yet? Check out our specialized search tool to find the home of your dreams, and let us know when you’re ready to get started.




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