Hilton Head, SC ~ Second Home Owners~Take a Stand!

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Updtate:  Beaufort County will raise the millage, click here for more information

Beaufort County is considering raising the millage for 2nd homes, investments and commercial properties. Their resident neighbors pay far less in tax and the increase could take the second home millage rate up another 2 mills. Currently, the only source Beaufort County has to increase revenues for school operations is to raise the tax millage on commercial and non-resident property owners.

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Foreclosure is NOT the answer!

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Right now, distressed sellers should choose a Short Sale over foreclosure.  Given that South Carolina is a recourse state, distressed sellers or property owners that are under water with their mortgage should consider taking action now.  In Florida, Wall Street Journal reports that some banks are going after sellers that may have had their homes, condos or second homes foreclosed upon.  In fact, there are now investors buying up these deficiency judgements.  The key for distressed sellers is that in a successful short sale negotiation it is possible to convince the lender to give up their pursuit of the deficiency judgement against the property owners.  Here are some other reasons to consider a  Short Sale vs. Foreclosure.  If you  would like for us to answer your questions or better explain the process, please email us at robbie@robbiebunting.com or call me direct at (843)842-0805

Hilton Head Buyers get a tax break!

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If you have purchased a second home, lot or rental property in the Hilton Head Area (or are thinking about it), you are in for a break.  Governor Nikki Haley signed in a bill this week that will encourage investors back into the Hilton Head Island Real Estate Market. This bill will give home site owners and second home owners the opportunity to pay 25 percent less in property taxes or the fair market value in taxes on the property, instead of paying taxes on the sale price of the property. Read the rest of this entry

Upside down in your Hilton Head Property and Struggling?

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Some of our short sale sellers on Hilton Head Island have included villa owners, second homes owners on the beach, permanent residences, horse farms and even large estates. These sellers went to a sales price below what they owed in order to get their property sold.  My team than successfully negotiated these short sales with the sellers banks. Through these experiences, we have put together the experts, established the contacts, and gathered the tools to successfully handle short sales on Hilton Head today.   Read the rest of this entry

Hilton Head Real Estate Search (MLS/Foreclosures)

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Sign up for a private link to our Multiple Listing Service

We now offer a free private link to our MLS for our buyers, future prospects and Sellers.  This link will email in new listings automatically.  It is completely private and offers you real time updates.  If you would like to try this service out, please email my assistant Jane Hyers at islandrealtor@hargray.com for more information. Read the rest of this entry

Buyers rules and more…

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Dear Friends, Clients and Fellow Associates~
We missed the bullet.  One of the reasons we missed the flippers and investors it that we are on an Island that is 97% developed with a limited and finite resource of land.  Hilton Head Island is not like Florida with its a huge coastlines and large areas of new development.  Of course we have a surplus of inventory on Hilton Head Island today, but this market will turn very quickly from a buyers market to a sellers market.  As a buyer in todays market it is important to know the rules associated with it.  READ MORE BY CLICKING HERE+++
Here are some other interesting links:

+++CLICK HERE to find out why you should have an appraisal done!

+++CLICK HERE for a good fix it guy for your villa or home!
+++CLICK HERE to learn about buying lots on Hilton Head!
+++CLICK HERE for our OPEN HOMES this Sunday!


We are building our business on each success, this is a recommendation written by one of my clients recently:  
“Robbie sold my interest in the HH hotel on HH Island and did a great job. I would recommend him as an expert on real estate on HH Island.”

Call us or your Realtor and lets get things moving!  Thank you. 



All the Best~

Robbie Bunting
& Jane Hyers 
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Rules for buyers on Hilton Head Island!

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Dear Friends, Clients and Fellow Associates~

We missed the bullet!   Hilton Head Island is 97% developed with a limited and finite resource of land and we did not have the investors and flippers buy our real estate.  Of course, the beauty of our market right now is we have a surplus of inventory on Hilton Head Island, but this will change faster than these other areas.  Hilton Head did not have much land or huge coastlines to develop.  As a potential buyer getting ready to purchase Hilton Head Property it is very important to know the rules associated with our market.  Therefore we have put together a list of rules for buyers below for your review.

Rules for Buyers on Hilton Head Island

Rule #1  – Know the Market

Buyers need to know the market trends of the area they are buying.  Some of the things they should look at are days on the market, number of listing in their price range, selling price per square footage by neighborhood, percentage of listing  to selling price and of course absorption levels.  Each segment of our market is different and cannot be negotiated the same way.  The Island market simply does not behave like other markets because of its geographical size and the quirkiness of being a blend of residential and resort real estate.  In fact, it has been said that the Hilton Head Market is more insulated than other places and is one of the last one into a recession and one of the first ones out.

Buyers Rules for Buying Property on Hilton Head Island(or anywhere else)

Rule #2 – Choose only ONE Agent

Choose to work with only one agent that you know and trust.  Of course, you can hire the agent as your “exclusive buyers agent”, but if you are not ready to buy, you do not need to hire an agent just yet.  Here are some other helpful hints in working with agents:  1.  Communicate frequently with your agent  2.  Let other agents know who you are working with when you attend open houses  3.  Do not call the listing agent if you have a buyers agent, let your buyers agent do their job  4.  Keep in mind agents are commission only and get paid only when they find the right property that suits your needs.  Tell your agent your time frame and turn them lose!

Rule #3 – Get ready to BUY.

There are three very important parts of purchase that you should be ready for before you find the perfect property.  These include 1. Pre Strategy Session.  The benefits of being pre-qualified is that you can save thousands in negotiation, but more importantly lower priced no financing contingency contracts may be considered and chosen because of the financial situations now.  If you are pre-qualified you can have the confidence to write a no financing contingency contract.  2.  Have your checkbook ready.  Typically earnest money in our area ranges from 5-10% of the purchase price.  3.  Credit scores matter right now and you should know yours.  If you get pre-qualified, the lender will take care of this for you and advise you. 

Rule #4 – Take the Eight Hour Test

If you make the decision to purchase and cannot sleep a good eight hours the night before you meet with your agent, it may not be the right time to buy.  My financial strategist always told me this before I went ahead on some of my bigger purchases.  This simple rule will keep you from making the wrong decision.  If you sleep great and are relaxed in the morning, it is OK to go ahead and jump in!

Rule #5 – Prepare the offer Properly

Buyers have the potential of losing their dream property in negotiations. Just the other day a buyer was negotiating their dream home on the Island and even had a higher offer but they lost their chance to buy the home.  Any time there are contingencies, all parties must sign off on them for the contract to be valid.  During this stage the seller is still free to entertain other offers.  This is where the problems arise as other buyers can move in without giving you the chance to raise your offering price.  If you do your home-work, write in fewer contingencies and keep the negotiations moving the chances of winning are better. 

Rule #6 – Recognize Real Estate on an Island is Seasonal

If you are buying property on Hilton Head, it is important to know which season you are in during negotiation.  Of course, during the busier months if you find a property you will want to negotiate faster and get a signed contract before someone else comes in and makes an offer.  In the off season, you may move a bit slower unless it is an especially hot property.  Moving the negotiation process along is very important once the first offer is submitted.  Don’t sit back and relax until the contract is signed by all parties and delivered.  When it is done, it is time for a victory dance!

Rule #7  –  Don’t LOWBALL realistic prices

You will not get a property that is priced correctly at a low ball price.  Realistic sellers are getting close to their asking price in this market.  In fact, the average list to sell price for our properties has been 93% of asking price for homes and villas.  If you are looking to get a property for pennies on the dollar perhaps you should look in other places(click on this link). Remember, it is not how much you pay it is how much you get.

Rule #8  – Don’t ever give up!

Buyers are giving up to quickly.  If you make an offer and it is countered, do not give up.  I just went through a negotiation with my buyer and at least 2 times they were ready to give up and go back out shopping for a different home.  It came down to a $5,000 decision in the very end, and fortunately they stayed in the game and got the best home, in the best neighborhood at the best price.  Do not draw a line in the sand without being prepared to step over it and redraw it again especially in this market.

Rule #9 – Enjoy the Journey!

This is important.  Buying real estate should be fun.  The pressure that you feel to purchase is all internal and never should it be external.  If you want it, go ahead and get it.  However, do not let an agent, a seller or a buyer put pressure on you to buy(only your spouse is allowed to do this).  Buyers’ need to know that the right property is available in today’s market and they should enjoy the journey and find it.  Not all markets are like this.  Have fun and go out and find your personal paradise with an agent that you know and trust!

In Summary:

As a buyer you have the power of all three including great location, great condition and incredible value.  One or two of these will disappear as the market stabilizes.  If you do decide to play the game, we hope the rules above are helpful.  Of course, feel free to contact us anytime to get you started in researching some market areas of choice.  We look forward to seeing you achieve your dream.

Enjoying fall on an Island,

We are,

Robbie Bunting & Jane Hyers

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