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April 2017 Real Talk

April Newsletter

It’s an exciting time for visitors and residents here in the Lowcountry. One of our favorite events in less than ten days away, the RBC Heritage golf tournament. This world-class golf event kicks off a week of excitement beginning on April 10th. Not only is the RBC Heritage South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event, through the Heritage Classic Foundation, it has distributed over $35 million to a variety of charitable organizations since it began.  Read More

March 2017 Real Talk

Spring is in full swing in the Lowcountry, and it’s one of our favorite seasons of the year. Perhaps it’s been the 70 degree days in February or the burst of new flowers, no season is as picture perfect here in the Lowcountry as Spring. March is a great month to spend outdoors, and there's so much to experience here on the Island -- from the excitement and anticipation of Heritage Week to every food and wine enthusiast's favorite culinary event, the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival.  This is a time filled with warm ocean breezes, fun-filled events, and the anticipation of Summer. It’s also a time of new beginning. Discover all that Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry have to offer this Spring ... and spring into Island living in the home of your dreams. Read More

 

February 2017 Real Talk

We are giving February a heart-warming welcome! Whether it is ringing in Valentine's Day at one of the Island's romantic restaurants,  strolling through Old Town for their annual art walk or enjoying the month-long events celebrating the rich Gullah heritage of the Lowcountry - February here truly warms the spirit during the middle of winter.  So many people fall in love with Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry when visiting the area during these winter months ... and, as residents know, there's so much to love about our area all year. Read More

 

January 2017 Real Talk

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!  We hope that you had joyful Holiday festivities with family and friends. As we welcome 2017, we are presented with the opportunity to reflect on our previous 12 months and on our many accomplishments. It also gives us meaningful time to plan out an even more extraordinary year to come. We are excited to jump right into the new year! As always, if you have any questions about Real Estate in the Lowcountry, we would love to answer them for you. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you in the year to come. Read More

 

 

December 2016 Real Talk

This year seems to have flown by! With the holidays and family celebrations upon us, we are all in a frenzy to shop, buy, wrap, bake, attend parties, host parties, overeat, and be merry. It is also a good time of year to slow down, reflect on the past, plan for the future, and count our blessings. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to serve you.

We hope that your holidays are off to a great start and that the season is a safe and happy one for you and all your loved ones. From our family to yours, we send you the warmest wishes this holiday and a prosperous New Year!

As always, if you have any questions about Real Estate in the Coastal Lowcountry, we would love to answer them for you. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you in the year to come.

Here’s to a fabulous 2017! Read More

November 2016 Real Talk

It has been three weeks since Hurricane Matthew brushed the coast of the Lowcountry, and it seems that life is getting back to normal. Since Matthew, weather conditions have been nothing short of perfect while residents enjoyed The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, the Rotary Charity Polo Match, and events leading to the Concours d’Elegance. 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”. 
 
Many of our out of town clients have inquired about the damage to our area. Fortunately, Hurricane Matthew swept in quickly leaving predominately downed trees. Efforts are still underway to remove debris. But all in all, we dodged the bullet.

With regard to real estate, the Lowcountry barely missed a beat. During the week of Matthew, we experienced a brief lull. It was “business as usual” once everyone returned to their homes.  The numbers say it all. One week prior to evacuation, 64 properties went under contract. One week after Hurricane Matthew, 80 properties went under contract.
 
So, we encourage you to continue your real estate search, book a trip to our island or surrounding towns. Come and experience why we love coastal Lowcountry and why we “love where we live”. Read More

 

 

October 2016 Real Talk

With the busy Labor Day weekend behind us, we slowly say goodbye to summer and welcome fall. The cooler temperatures, football games, and the start of oyster season are a sure sign that autumn is in the air. Fall festivals, marvelous performances, art shows, polo for charity, and Halloween festivities fill the calendar this month. There is truly something special for everyone. 

There are many positive things happening in the local real estate market as well. As we step into fall, the need for more inventory continues. For the 12-month period spanning September 2015 through August 2016, pending sales in the Hilton Head region rose 7.6% overall. The months of supply for single-family homes stands around 6.4 months while demand is present, creating competitive situations that have kept prices level and in some cases, higher. Read More

 

September 2016 Real Talk

We hope your summer was filled with great vacations and lasting memories. Although the official last day of summer is not until September 21st, Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session, and fall is in the air.   It is also the beginning of a season marked by oyster roasts, social gatherings around the fire pit, pumpkin patches, and more. Traditionally, the fall real estate season in the Lowcountry swings into motion after Labor Day. Although not as robust as the spring market, we do see a pick up after the summer comes to an end.

Real estate in the Lowcountry has seen a small drop in inventory, prices continue to gradually rise in several submarkets, and the days on the market have decreased. August 2015 through July 2016, pending sales in the Hilton Head region rose 7.3% overall. With the decrease in inventory and the increase in pending sales, a situation is created where buyers need to move fast in order to secure homes. If you are thinking of buying or selling in the near future, acting sooner rather than later is a wise decision. Read More

 

August 2016 Real Talk

From strolling through the famous Bluffton Farmers' Market to enjoying long walks on the picture-perfect Hilton Head Island beaches, August in the Lowcountry is nothing short of spectacular.  With the summer season winding down, August is the perfect month to truly engulf yourself in all of the unparalleled activities and amenities that our region has to offer -- whether it's a day spent on one of our public, private or semi-private picturesque golf courses, an exhilarating afternoon of tennis in absolutely perfect tennis weather or an evening spent dining on the scenic waterfront. 

On Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry, every day feels like a vacation -- whether you are a long-time resident, a new homeowner, a first-time visitor or a frequent traveler thinking about making a move to Hilton Head or Bluffton.  The best part?  This vacation can last forever ... and with so many homes and villas available to meet every need, the summer never needs to end.  For a complete listing of our current properties on the market, and for ways to make Lowcountry Living a reality even after the summer months are over, give us a call at 844.526.0002. Read More

 

July 2016 Real Talk

The summer is in full swing, and buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream homes. According to the latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand remains very strong. Across the country, buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and they are searching right now.

From a financial point of view, there is not a better time to be looking for a home. The cost of money is at an all-time low, and in light of the recent Brexit vote, economists expect mortgage rates to head even lower. In a recent article, the Washington Post explained: “Brexit has spawned the recent bout of volatility in global financial markets. That has anxious investors scurrying for safety -- and few assets are safer than U.S. Treasuries. High demand for government debt pulls down interest rates. That all translates into ultra-low mortgage rates for American households. And with Britain voting for Brexit, they could go even lower.”

With that said, exceptional real estate choices, favorable pricing, and historically low mortgages rates make this the perfect time for you to own the property you and your family have always dreamed about in the Coastal Lowcountry. Read More

 

June 2016 Real Talk

 

According to new statistics released from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area was the 12th fastest-growing community in the nation from 2014 to 2015.  In fact, as the market continues to strengthen, we are starting to see certain sectors of the real estate market heat up.  Few people know this, but the first quarter of 2016 saw more sales of single family homes than the first quarter of 2005 (the height of the market)!  However, sales for homesites and villas have not reached the same pace as when the market was stronger.  With that said, there are still some great buying opportunities...give us a call if you would like additional information.

Call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com.  Read More.

 

May 2016 Real Talk

As we head into the official kick off of summer, the Island is buzzing with the excitement and beauty of this magical time of year here in the Lowcountry.  The weather is gorgeous all year round ... but there's something about the start of the summer season that makes Hilton Head Island in May the perfect location for visitors and residents alike.  In addition to enjoying sun filled days spent on our beautiful beaches, strolling through a park or dining at one of our waterfront cafes, there are a wide variety of outdoor events and festivals taking place in May that have drawn people to the area for years.  From the longtime favorite, the 38th Annual Bluffton Village Festival to the newer 2nd Annual Beer, Bacon & Music Festival, there's something for everyone here on Hilton Head Island in May.  Whether you've lived here for years, or are planning a summer kick-off getaway on the Island, discover what May has to offer in the Lowcountry.  You just "may" want summer living on Hilton Head Island to last forever!

Call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com.  Read More.

 

April 2016 Real Talk

 

It's always beautiful on Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry ... but, for so many local residents and visitors, April is truly the most wonderful time of the year!  It's the month where Hilton Head Island's world-class golf is showcased to the world, as the 47th Annual RBC Heritage, South Carolina's only PGA Tour event, kicks off a week of excitement for all beginning on April 11th.   In April, everything in the Lowcountry is in full bloom ... as we spring forward to days spent enjoying outdoor fun in picture-perfect Spring weather.  It's also the perfect time to check out some of the spectacular homes available throughout Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry -- and discover just how perfect Island Living can be during all seasons of the year. 


To learn more about Hilton Head Island/the Lowcountry -- and to see some homes on the market that you will truly fall in love with -- call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com.  Read More

 

March 2016 Real Talk

 

Of all the seasons, perhaps no season is as picture perfect here on Hilton Head Island as Spring.  As we get ready to welcome Spring this month, there's so much to experience here on the Island -- from the excitement and anticipation of Heritage Week to every food and wine enthusiast's favorite culinary event, the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival.  It's a time filled with warm breezes, outdoor living and the anticipation of the Summer ahead... and can also be a time of new beginnings.  Discover all that Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry have to offer this Spring ... and spring into Island Living in the home of your dreams.


To learn more about Hilton Head Island/the Lowcountry -- and to see some homes on the market that you will truly fall in love with -- call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com.  Read More

February 2016 Real Talk


February is a month to celebrate love ... and there are so many reasons to love Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry all month long.  Whether its ringing in Valentine's Day at one of the Island's romantic restaurants, or enjoying a wide variety of fun events including the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra's special Valentine's Day concert or the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's "Taste of Gullah" -- February here truly warms the spirit during the middle of winter.  So many people fall in love with Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry when visiting the area during these winter months ... and, as residents know, there's so much to love about our area all year.

To learn more about all there is to love on Hilton Head Island/the Lowcountry -- and to see some homes on the market that you will truly fall in love with -- call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com.  Read More

 

January 2016 Real Talk

January is a time for new beginnings.  On Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry, it's also a time for enjoying a quieter time on the Island as you stroll along the serene beaches, enjoy a day at Harbour Town or play golf and tennis in comfortable temperatures far from the cold winters of other cities.  With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, January is the perfect time to think about the year ahead and what your dreams are for the future.  Whether it's finally making the move to relocate here from another city .... or seizing the day by considering getting that home right on the beach ... or even thinking more seriously about downsizing  to start an exciting new chapter of your life with a new home ... there's alot to think about.  January is the perfect time to think ... and Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is the perfect place to consider all of the possibilities. Read more

We do not attempt to independently verify the currency, completeness, accuracy or authenticity of the data contained herein. It may be subject to transcription and transmission errors. Accordingly, the data is provided on an "as is," "as available" basis only and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. C 2017 Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island, Inc. All rights reserved. Certain information contained herein is derived from information which is the licensed property of, and copyrighted by, Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island, Inc.