a couple searching on a computerScrolling through online listing photos, scouting for the best neighborhoods, and pondering décor in your new Hilton Head home is fun. But the property search itself is not the only enjoyable experience; the entire buying process can be pleasant when you have access to the best tools.

Here are the top six resources you should use to make buying a Hilton Head Property easier and enjoyable.

1. A Wants vs. Needs Checklist

First determine what price, location, size, and any special features your new Hilton Head Property must have. Then you can hone in on your favorite properties by searching for additional features that you would prefer.

2. A Mortgage Payment Calculator

What do you want your monthly mortgage payments to be? We have an easy mortgage payment calculator you can use to find out how much you can afford for a home. This tool takes into account the length of the loan, the interest rate, and annual tax and insurance to calculate how much you will pay every month.

3. A Reliable Hilton Head Search Tool

a person holding a magnifying glass over a houseIf you are using national real estate sites to search for homes near you, keep in mind that you are not seeing all the homes that are for sale. HousingWire reported that websites such as Zillow show fewer listings than are available in many major cities, which means you could be missing out on the best home.

The best source for your home search is a real estate agent and a database of available properties called the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Click Here to sign up for a free portal with the Hilton Head Multiple Listing Service for complete listing information.  Please include your agents name, area and price range.

4. A Local Guide to Hilton Head Neighborhoods

Choosing the best home involves more than the property itself. It’s important to research Hilton Head areas and neighborhoods. Here are a few questions you may want to consider when researching communities:

  • Does the community offer amenities, such as a swimming pool, golf, tennis or bike paths?
  • What are the fees and membership costs(if applicable) for the Hilton Head area communities?
  • How far is the nearest hospital, library, airport, schools, library and beach?

We have helpful information about Hilton Head Communities and areas on our website that you can use when searching for a home.

5. A List of Recently Sold Properties in the Hilton Head Area

a line graph with a magnifying glassResearching the real estate market will also make your property search much easier.

If you are thinking of buying a home in a particular community, ask us for an update to the market trends. Our Market Trends April 2016 can help you in determining the right time to sell or the best way to negotiate when buying.

You can always ask us about the real estate conditions in this area, too.

6. A Local Hilton Head Area Real Estate Expert

But your best resource for buying a home in this area is the local Hilton Head Area real estate expert. He or she will have all of the tools you will need, including sold data and an easy-to-use home search, to help you easily find the best home.

Are you ready to start researching Hilton Head Properties? Let us help! Contact us today by filling out the contact form below and we can work with you to find your ideal Hilton Head Property.