Hilton Head Real Estate Sales Surge in May 2020

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The Hilton Head Real Estate Market has been playing catchup from a sleepy spring as sales surge in the Months of May and June. Prospective purchasers are not taking a chance on time! They have been rewarded with selection and low interest rates!

Hilton Head Real Estate 2020

If you would like to find out what’s available, just give us a call at (843)785-7111 or shoot us an email. With this activity, inventory will certainly change. After all, we are an Island that is 100% developed near the beach. We are certainly seeing negotiations firm up on the Island with multiple offers on properties that are priced right! Stay Happy and Healthy!

Virtual Open Houses on Hilton Head Island

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Just click on the photos below for an awesome video tour or the property!

311 Main Sail – Now Pending!
3 BR – 3 BA Shelter Cove
9 Eagle Claw – Now Pending!
3 BR – 3 BA Hilton Head Plantation
60 Full Sweep – Now Pending
4 BR – 3BA Palmetto Dunes
2214 Windsor Place – Now Pending
1 BR – 2 BA Palmetto Dunes
9 Wildbird Lane – Now Pending
3BR – 3 BA Palmetto Hall
38 Hickory Cove -Now Pending
3 BR – 4BA – Palmetto Dunes
785 Queens Grant – Now Pending
3 BR – 3 BA Palmetto Dunes
5 Ribaut Drive – $2,999,000
6 BR – 6.5 BA Hilton Head Plantation
3 Club Manor – $1,199,000
5 BR – 4.5 BA Palmetto Hall
6 Little Harbour Manor – Now Pending
4 BR – 3 BA – Little Harbour Manor
513 Sea Cloisters – Now Pending
3 BR – 3 BA – Folly Field
17 Myrtle Lane – Now Pending
4 BR – 3 BA South Forest Beach
7 Gadwall – New Pending
5 BR Oceanfront Sea Pines
5308 Hampton Place – Now Pending
3 BR – 3 BA Palmetto Dunes
21 Mulberry Road – Now Pending
4 BR – 4 BA Colleton River
14 Water Oak Drive – Now Pending
3BR – 3 BA Sea Pines
213 Sea Cloisters Villa – $699,000
3 BR – 3 BA Folly Field Area
5 Ellis Court – Now Pending
4 BR – 4 BA Palmetto Hall

Sea Turtles Nesting on Hilton Head Island 2020

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These incredibles Sea Turtles are returning to the Island after leaving the Island as hatchlings almost 25 years ago. If you would like to adopt a nest, the cost is $25.00 and you will be able to follow your nest with updates from from Andrea Siebold(see below). Hilton Head Properties this year will adopt a nest for every new buyer that works with us this year! Click here to adopt your own nest. To start shopping for your very own nest on the Island click Hilton Head Properties!

“Take care of our world.”

~ Miss Andrea Siebold

September 2020

This is the note you recieve when your adopted nest hatches!

Your sea turtle nest has hatched!!!   

Here is how we know the details:  exactly three days after the Sea Turtle Patrol notes that a nest has hatched (remember the prints of baby sea turtles leaving the nest?),

they dig up the nest using their gloved hands, and removed every remaining egg and piece of eggshells, put them in piles and count them up.

The numbers are entered into the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources database for analysis and education.  This data collection has been going on for many years, so the research is revealing more every day about how the sea turtle population is doing.  Great hope for the future!

Once in a while, the patrol finds a hatchling or two that did not leave the nest with the others, and needs a little help getting to the ocean.   They will pick him up (only the registered patrol members are allowed to touch a sea turtle) and place him near the oceans edge.  He needs to enter the water on his own so that his internal GPS can kick in and guide him out to sea.  Our Man on the Beach took the picture below of a hatchling found in the bottom of a nest this month – he is safely on his way now….

Amazingly, your nest had no live babies left behind, that means all 100 of your babies crawled out of the nest and are now swimming out to the Gulf Stream and joining the other sea turtles of all ages which are there.

Research has shown that the females will come back to nest in the same magnetic area of their birth.  This means that after travelling all around the world, they will come back to Hilton Head Island – just like the rest of us do.  What a joy!

So glad that you adopted this nest!


Terri Johnson

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




“Take care of our world.”

~ Miss Andrea Siebold

August 12, 2020

Dear Nest Adopters,

In August, the Hilton Head Island beach is a busy place:  During the day, tourists and locals fill the sand and water with fun, noise and laughter.  But in the night, although most of the mother sea turtles have finished coming ashore to nest, a lot of hatchlings are leaving the nest racing to the ocean!  Everyone on the island is working hard to educate our beach goers with simple instructions:  leave the beach at the end of the day as you found it!  Fill in the holes, flatten the sand castles and pick up the trash.  This is sea turtle territory!!🐢🐢🐢

Our “Man On The Beach” (MOTB) has been up early in the morning checking on the nests near our house!  It’s Hatching Season!!

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Hatching is the always a big question.  No one really knows when a nest will hatch (like waiting for a pot to boil or lightening to strike!!) – it can be any time between 45 and 65 days after it was laid.  But we do know that hatchlings prefer to come out in the night – it is cooler, quieter and safer for them.

Here is how it happens:  more than 100 eggs have been developing under the sand for almost two months.  Gradually, the hatchlings start to break out of their shells – still under the sand.  You can tell that this is happening when you see a depression in the sand that looks like a bowling ball was dropped on it – like this:

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The hatchlings don’t just come out one at a time…..they wait until a whole bunch of them are ready to make a run for it – and lots exit the nest at the same time.  This is called a “boil”.  In the Coastal Discovery Museum, there is a model of what a nest looks like under the ground during the hatching.   Stop in and see it:

Then they make a run for the nearest light – which is supposed to be the ocean.  (If people have on lights in their beach front houses, the hatchlings will go that way and never make it to the ocean….very sad!)  

If everything goes right, our Man On The Beach will see tracks coming out of the nest like these,  all going the same direction straight for the ocean!

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After a couple days allowing the nest to “boil out” the Sea Turtle Patrol will “inventory the nest”, counting hatched egg shells and checking to see if any babies where left behind.  One recent morning last week MOTB got to see the Turtle Patrol scoop some of the babies that didn’t quite make it out of an inventoried nest and release them closer to the lapping waves.  You can see a good bit of the video he took at the attached link!  Remember, only certified members of the Sea Turtle Patrol can handle these babies! 

If you happen to see a nest hatching, you are very lucky – but PLEASE keep a distance away, do not take any pictures, and use only a red turtle safe flashlight – pointed AWAY from the hatchling.  We want to protect every one of those babies!

More later, we are getting closer to those results!!!


Terri Johnson

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




July 24, 2020

Dear Sea Turtle Adopters,

It’s July on the Island and despite Covid 19, we’ve tourists galore!  We are also experiencing lots of hatchings of our beloved sea turtles!  We are halfway through nesting season already!!

I’d like to introduce you to our “Man On The Beach”, my husband, Steve.  He is out on the beach at sunrise most every morning and has some wonderful interaction with both the Sea Turtle Patrol (those folks permitted by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to both monitor and protect our precious mommas and nests) and the opportunity to photograph his adventures for us to enjoy!

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We currently are experiencing “boils”.  That is the term used when a sea turtle nest hatches.  When the babies scramble out of the hole the momma dug some 45 to 65 days ago, it looks like a pot “boiling”. At that time, you see little baby turtle tracks leading EVERYWHERE out of the nest.  Some take the most circuitous route to the open ocean. This little baby was found making his way 2/10th of a mile away from where his nest hatched, working his way to the ocean!

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The Sea Turtle Patrol monitors these “boils” and reports to the DNR where eventually that information will make it to YOU, the Nest Adopters, via an email from me!  Sometime in the next month or so.  I can’t wait and I bet you can’t either!

More in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, in the wonderful words of our Miss Andrea:

~ Take care of our world.

Continue to be safe.



Terri Johnson

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




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July 4, 2020

Dear Sea Turtle Friends,

We have passed the 200 mark for sea turtle nests on Hilton Head Island.  It is tuning out to be a very good season!  To give you an idea of the average:  by the Fourth of July last year, we had 364 nests (our record high year), and in 2018, we had 118 nests by this date.  So we are about average this year – pretty good.

Many of you are asking about tracks on the beach that look like this:

These are false crawls.  It means that the mother sea turtle dragged herself ashore and decided to skip the nesting.  Sometimes she runs into “stuff” on the beach (although the Hilton Head Island Turtle Trackers do a great job of making sure the beach is clear for turtles).  Sometimes, she hits an eroded sand cliff that is too high for her to climb,

and sometimes she just changes her mind….a girl is allowed to do that, isn’t she??!!

We have had 97 false crawls so far this season – that is 33% of the total tracks spotted.  That is actually lower than usual:  last year 40% of the tracks were false crawls.

On a personal note, after 12 seasons of running the Coastal Discovery Museum Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Program as a volunteer, I am stepping away from the leadership responsibility. It is my pleasure to introduce you all to Terri Johnson.  She is a high energy lady who loves sea turtles and the museum, and will be taking over for me with the next email update. She is so excited about this new opportunity to get to know you all and to share with you the news and joys of the sea turtles of Hilton Head Island.  I will not be far away – I live just down the street from Terri, available for giving advice and support, but happily retired!  You all have my email address, so please keep in touch!

All the best,


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




June 24, 2020

Dear Sea Turtle Friends,

A fisherman fishing from the shore on the north end of Hilton Head Island caught more than he planned this week – he hooked a Kemps Ridley sea turtle!  Luckily, the hook was removed and the beautiful creature was released.  Here is the link to the Island Packet article about the exciting catch: 

Kemps Ridley are not only the smallest of the sea turtle family, but they are the most endangered of all.  They do not generally nest on our island, however last season, we had one nest and hatch here.  Very unusual!

There are seven different species of sea turtles:

The Coastal Discovery Museum classroom has these life-size models of the six endangered sea turtles – be sure to visit when you are on the island!

The largest is the Leatherback which often swims in our waters in April and May, but very rarely nest here (they like the hotter weather further south). 

The ones that generally frequent the Hilton Head beaches are the loggerheads. These turtles weigh about 300+ pounds (wow!), have a very large head and heavy strong, jaws – which is perfect for them because they mainly eat crustaceans like horseshoe crabs    and whelks  . 

Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerheads are our girls, and we think they are beautiful – don’t you?

Sea turtles are ancient animals – they have been around for millions of years…some estimate 110 million years!!!  (Yikes – that means that they were here with the dinosaurs!)  Now it is our job to educate the public so that sea turtles can survive for another 110 million years….thank you for helping!


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




June 16, 2020

Dear Nest Adopters and Sea Turtle Friends,

What better creature to celebrate than the sea turtle – our favorite!!!  World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated every year on June 16th, the birthday of Dr. Archie Carr, the “father of sea turtle biology”.  Dr. Carr spent his entire career on sea turtle research and conservation, long before the field of conservation biology was recognized. 

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Again this year, we are turning to the folks at the World Wildlife Fund for their list of

        Ten Things you might not have known about Sea Turtles

        (thanks to WWF for sharing this list as directly quoted below)

1.  Turtles don’t have teeth. Instead, their upper and lower jaws have sheaths made of keratin (the same stuff your fingernails are made of) that fit onto the skull like a pair of false teeth.

2.  Turtle shells are made of over 50 bones fused together – so they’re literally wearing their bones on the outside. 

3.The first few years of a marine turtle’s life are often referred to as the ‘lost years’. That’s because the time between when the hatchlings emerge until they return to coastal shallow waters to forage is incredibly difficult to study. The lost years they spend at sea – which can be up to 20 years – largely remain a mystery to humans….(hoping that future marine biologists out there will figure this out!)

4. Sea turtle species vary greatly in size. The smallest is the Kemp’s Ridley, while the Leatherbacks can weigh more than 1000 pounds!  (We have had both nest – one time each – on Hilton Head Island.)

5. It’s estimated that as few as 1 in 1,000 sea turtle eggs will survive to adulthood. Litter on the beach makes those odds even worse!!

6. Female leatherbacks make some interesting noises when they are nesting – some of which sound similar to a human belch!

7. Turtles seem to prefer red, orange and yellow colored food. They appear to investigate these colors more than others when looking for a meal. (who knew?!)

8. Sea turtles can migrate long distances – the known record is a female that swam nearly 13,000 miles over 647 days from Indonesia to the west coast of the United States! 

9. Female sea turtles often return to nest on the same beach from which they hatched. Sea turtles’ amazing ability to navigate comes from their sensitivity to the Earth’s magnetic fields.

10. Even with all these amazing features and adaptations, sea turtles are threatened with extinction.  One major threat to sea turtles is plastic pollution. It is estimated that at leastone sea turtle out of two has ingested plastic often mistaking it for food such as jellyfish.  Luckily, Hilton Head Island has greatly limited, by ordinance, the use of single-use plastic bags, and many Hilton Head restaurants have stopped offering plastic straws. 

We can all do something – spread the word – let’s make EVERY day World Sea Turtle Day!


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




June 6, 2020

Dear Sea Turtle Friends,

Our mother sea turtles are going crazy this week – we have had 21 new nests just during the first 6 days of June!

The total number of nests on Hilton Head Island is 78, as of today.  Seems like a big number, until it is compared to past years:   

            2020:  78 nests by June 6th

            2019:  162 nests by June 6th (our record high year!)

            2018:  41 nests by June 6th (our record low year)

            2017:  100 nests by June 6th

            2016:  115 nests by June 6th

It is not going to be a record year this year but bigger than we expected after the huge number last year.  Since mother sea turtles nest only every 2-3 years, all of last year’s mothers are resting up this summer!

Generally, mother sea turtles know where it is safe to nest.  As they crawl ashore, they use their chins to find dry sand to lay their eggs.  But sometimes they need a little help (don’t we all!!) …..like the mother who laid this nest right at the high tide line:

The sea turtle patrol (the only people permitted by law to touch the nests) will very carefully dig up the nest, one egg at a time, and move it to safer ground – see the nest back there behind the original body pit?

It has been determined that a relocated nest has a better chance of success than one that is not moved – amazing, isn’t it?!   So far this season, over 60% of the Hilton Head Island nests have been relocated to safer ground.

So, there are thousands of hatchlings developing under the ground right now.  Those growing babies aren’t wearing face masks like we are, but they are protected by the warm, dry sand, and by all of us beach goers who keep the beach safe for them! 

More later –


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




May 23, 2020

From: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2020 7:24:35 AM
To: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Subject: Happy World Turtle Day!!!

Dear Turtle Fans,

May 23rd is celebrated around the world as World Turtle Day.  (Generally I only celebrate World SEA Turtle Day, which is June 16….but I just had the opportunity to be with the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands.  So not to leave them out, we will recognize this day as well!!)

World Turtle Day was founded in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue – with the purpose of educating people about the things they can do to help protect the habitats of turtles and tortoises.  It is also a chance to celebrate the joy that these huge ancient creatures bring to so many!

On Hilton Head Island, we all can help the endangered turtles that nest on our beach:

  • Lights out on the beach after 10:00 pm.  Mother sea turtles and hatchlings are distracted by lights on the beach during nesting or hatching.
  • Fill in holes and knock down sandcastles after your time on the beach.  They are obstacles for nesting turtles or emerging hatchlings.
  • Use reusable water bottles and shopping bags.  Floating plastic looks like food to sea turtles.
  • Hold onto balloons.  Released balloons can end up in the ocean where sea turtles will think they are food and eat them.
  • Leave nesting turtles, nests and hatchlings undisturbed.
  • Remove your trash and beach equipment before dark so the beach is clear for the turtles and hatchlings.

We can all make a difference!!!  To all the turtles and tortoises of the world – we salute you!


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




May 3, 2020

From: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 3, 2020 2:10:40 PM
Subject: First Sea Turtle Nest on Hilton Head Island!!!

Dear Sea Turtle Nest Adopters,

May 3rd:  Today is the day that the first sea turtle nest of the season was found on Hilton Head Island!!  In the middle of the night, a mother sea turtle dragged herself out of the ocean, on to the sand and crawled to a beautiful, scenic spot waaaay above the high tide line.  We did not see the mother turtle (long gone by daylight) but we did see her unmistakable tracks in the sand leading into the dunes:

Once she got there, she busily dug a deep hole with her back flippers (not too easy to do!) and laid her eggs (usually about 120 of them) into the hole.  After that, she covered up all of the eggs, filled in the hole, so that her eggs would be safe from harm for the next 60 or so days until they are ready to hatch.  Then, exhausted, she dragged her tired body back into the ocean – never to visit her nest or see her babies again!  Wow!  What a lot of work for that poor mother!  If you look carefully, you can see her tracks to and from her nest:

Also notice the nice empty beach, perfect for peaceful sea turtle nesting! 

The Sea Turtle Patrol has now marked the nest with three poles and an orange label to remind us all that  this is the nest of an endangered species – they are not to be touched or disturbed.      

So we are off to a great and early start…. Hoping this is the beginning of a successful season of sea turtle nests!

Be safe, and thank you so much for your interest – we’ll keep you posted!


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




March 25, 2020

At this time of confinement, it may be somewhat comforting to know that nature continues its routine – including the sea turtles of Hilton Head Island.  Although we are not able to welcome any human visitors to our island right now, we can still put out the welcome mat for the nesting sea turtles!  They are swimming out in the ocean right now, waiting for the perfect moment to come to nest.  It is still a little chilly for them in South Carolina; although the first loggerhead has already nested in Florida on March 20, it will be another week or two for us.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, I have attached Loggerheadlines (click here)– a publication of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Turtle Conservation Program.  These are the people that guide and oversee all that we do to preserve and protect the sea turtles. 

Be safe-

All the best,


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




From: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Date: April 6, 2020 at 9:49:43 AM CDT
Subject: Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Nest Adoption

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Nest Update for the 2020. It is very exciting to watch the progress of these amazing endangered species on Hilton Head Island – from nesting to hatching.  We hope that you enjoy the experience of being an adoptive “parent” to babies like this:

Baby Sea Turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle mothers come ashore on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, from May to August every year to dig their nests and lay their eggs.  We are now awaiting their return to start the process all over again in a few months.    

Sea Turtle Mom

If you adopt a nest or are a new adoptive “parent” we will keep you updated by email on the progress of your adopted nest and the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtles in general throughout the season.

Nest adoptions help provide the Coastal Discovery Museum with funds to educate area students, residents and visitors, as well as interested people from around the world, on the precious sea turtles of Hilton Head Island.  Welcome to the 2020 sea turtle season – more details to follow shortly!



Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum




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

All Our AwesomeProperties for SalePlease Click Here

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

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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?

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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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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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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