The Charter One Blog

VIM Check Presentation


Charter One Realty, the leading real estate brokerage in the Lowcountry, is giving back to the community with a commitment to donate $36,000 to Volunteers in Medicine. Volunteers in Medicine HHI, a non-profit 501(c)(3), provides free comprehensive medical and dental health care to patients who cannot afford these services, and who qualify for care at VIM. By providing free medical and dental to those in need, VIM is making a tremendous impact on the lives throughout the coastal Lowcountry.

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the partners of Charter One Realty presented VIM with a check for $18,000. Charter One Realty announced they would contribute an additional $18,000 in the following year totaling $36,000 to Volunteers in Medicine in 2017 and 2018

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Alison Melton Charter OneCharter One Realty ( has announced that real estate professional Alison Melton has joined the company as an Agent.  Alison will be working out of the Berkeley Hall Office of Charter One Realty, which is located at 1024 Berkeley Hall Boulevard in Bluffton, SC.

Alison is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) and has also received the prestigious CNE designation (Certified Negotiation Expert), which places her among the top agents in the country in negotiation skills. Alison received the Elite Agent status from duPont Registry, the leading publication for luxury homes around the world and is a 5 Star Premier Agent with Zillow based on numerous excellent reviews.   

After a 15-year career on Wall Street focused on

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 Fall Events in the Lowcountry

The drop in mercury has brought a welcome briskness to the famously warm island breezes, and in both Hilton Head and Bluffton this can mean only one thing: it’s time for some seriously fun fall festivals.

As you get ready to rediscover the Lowcountry following another bustling tourist season, we're here to help you get your social calendar set. Here are 4 activities you won’t want to miss on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton this fall.

Burger, Bacon & BBQ, October 7, 2017

Vegans, you might want to skip this one.

The Island Rec Center is putting on a carnivorous carnival at Shelter Cove Community Park, featuring meatier fare from some of the island’s top kitchens, including One Hot Mama’s, Up The Creek Pub, Melly Mel’s, Captain Woody’s

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Benton Denmark Charter One Realty

Charter One Realty is dedicated to hiring only the best real estate professionals to serve your buying and selling needs in the Lowcountry. That is why we are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our elite team: Benton Denmark.

After an extremely successful career in local audio/visual & security, Benton - or “Benny” as he is known by most - decided to transfer his sense of commitment & hard work to the local real estate market, assisting buyers and sellers in the Lowcountry. Benny is crafting his real estate business with an exceptional foundation consisting of area knowledge, loyalty, professionalism, and the primary focus of protecting his clients’ interest. Teamed with The Cobb Group at Charter One Realty, Benny and his team bring

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Lorie Sauer charter one realtyCharter One Realty is dedicated to hiring only the best real estate professionals to serve your buying and selling needs in the Lowcountry. That is why we are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our elite team: Lorie Sauer. A native of Upstate New York, Lorie had a very successful career as a small business owner and as the Director of Catering for Historical Properties in Buffalo before to moving to the South. Lorie offers a unique combination of business and marketing expertise, with strong connections in the community. Teamed with The Cobb Group at Charter One Realty, Lorie and her team bring over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and real estate in the Coastal Lowcountry. “We are very excited to welcome Lorie to Charter One

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October Events 2017

All Month Long

The Coastal Discovery Museum provides tours, walks, programs, and exhibits about the Lowcountry. Events are scheduled daily. To learn more about the Coastal Discovery monthly events, contact 843-689-6767 or visit


Farmers Market of Bluffton

Fresh, local produce, plants, nuts, herbs, flowers, honey, cheese, milk, eggs, meats, and seafood. You’ll also find specialty items like kettle corn, spices, coffee, tea, sweet treats, pastries, fresh pasta and sauces.


Every Thursday

Calhoun Street in Bluffton

For more information, call 855-287-7287.



Shops at Sea Pines Center Farmers’ Market

The Shops at Sea Pines Center offers a farmers’ market featuring Lowcountry Produce, crafts,

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So you’ve decided the time has finally come to make your move to the Lowcountry.

First of all, smart move. We’re a little biased, but our little region of the south is one of the most charming and welcoming places on earth and we can’t wait to welcome you.

But first, you have to get your hone on the market. And if you want it to move, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and get some work done. Start by thinking about what made you fall in love with this house in the first place – what design feature first captivated you, which view first took your breath away, and then build from there.

In short, accentuate the positive, and eliminate the negative (or at least put the negative into storage until you’re under contract). That how you stage

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Dear Friends,

The coast is clear in the Lowcountry. Residents have returned to the Island and businesses have opened their doors. Public roads were clear on Tuesday as residents were allowed to return to their homes on Hilton Head. Many residents experienced downed limbs and slight debris. Some areas in the Lowcountry experienced flooding, but for the most part, the damage to our area was minimal after Tropical Storm Irma.


Hilton Head Beach

Since Irma, weather conditions have been nothing short of perfect. The sun is shining and warming our hearts and homes. As we go about our day to day business, one cannot miss the surrounding beauty of our area and realize, this is why we “love where we live.”

Hilton Head Beach Child

Concerning real estate in our area, the market

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We continue to monitor and track Hurricane Irma as it makes its way through the Atlantic. Still, the path is uncertain but what we do know is that preparation is key, and Gov. Henry McMaster urged citizens to prepare. We have compiled a list of helpful resources you can use to stay informed as the storm moves toward land. They can be found here Resources You Can Use Before, During, and After a Hurricane.

To help in the preparation process, we wanted to share a few suggestions and emergency preparedness check lists.

1. Fill up all vehicles with gas, check tires and oil
2. Have cash on-hand
3. Organize and pack important documents including insurance policies
4. Photograph your property including the interior, exterior, additional structures, and

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We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma as it makes its way through the Atlantic. We still don't know what if any impact the hurricane will have on the Lowcountry. In preparation, Beaufort County, weather and emergency management officials at the local, state, and federal levels are all closely monitoring the storm. Gov. Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday afternoon and stressed the need for citizens to prepare.

As we follow the path of Hurricane Irma, the next few days will help determine the impact it may have on the coast. You may want to prepare your homes and businesses for the possibility of evacuation. Below are resources you can use to stay informed.


Weather Updates 
National Hurricane Center
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