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With cooler temperatures on the way, it is time to get inspired and incorporate fall interior design elements! Usher in the new season with easy and affordable upgrades featuring things everyone will love.

From gorgeous textures to earthy color palettes, a few simple updates to your home during the fall season can make you and your guests feel extra comfortable and ensure your design style is on-trend. 

Whether you decide to bring some fall vibes to the kitchen, the bedrooms, or the living room, we hope you gather some autumn-inspired ideas for your home below.


Fall Interior Design: Incorporate Natural Elements

Elements of nature - like wood accents - can be easy to incorporate into most design styles. Try introducing wooden coasters in

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Scott CollinsScott Collins has been involved in real estate his whole life. His Father was a premier residential builder in Pittsburgh known for high quality and tremendous customer satisfaction. Scott’s father also owned a land development company in San Diego as well as a highly sought after interior design firm. Scott grew up in real estate and brings a wealth of knowledge to each and every client. He understands the subtleties of today’s market and knows what it takes to get homes sold for the highest price. Scott is dedicated to the highest level of client satisfaction just like his father was.

Charter One Realty sat down with Scott to learn more about his initial start in the business, what's kept him in the business, and advice for buyers looking in the

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Rick MurrayRick Murray has thirty-three years of real estate experience. He started in 1981 as a sales associate for Lighthouse Realty and then became a partner in 1986 with Charter One Realty. He is a Life Member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Hilton Head Multiple Listing Service (MLS). He has tremendous knowledge and experience in the market both on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina.

Catch up with Rick, as he talks about how he got his start in real estate, how the industry has changed over the years, and his favorite aspects of life in the Lowcountry.

Charter One Realty: When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in real estate?

Rick Murray: I moved to Hilton Head

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It’s officially September, but the weather is still warm and that means a variety of Lowcountry summer activities are continuing for a while yet! 

Days spent splashing and relaxing poolside always bring joy, and evening walks (after the noseeums go to sleep) are especially lovely ways to spend your time, especially during a social-distant summer. 

As we look to make the most of the remaining weeks of the season, you might be looking to try some new summer activities before the weather begins to cool. We’ve curated a list of things you can consider! Check out these ideas for some extra summer fun with friends and family this month.


Lowcountry Summer Activities: A Trip to the Beach

Is the backyard or community pool feeling a little too

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Hilton Head Area Real Estate Market Report

Housing Supply Outlook - July 2020

Strong buyer demand in the face of a constrained supply of homes for sale continues to be the story again this month. New construction activity, in the form of housing starts as reported by the Department of Commerce, has picked up in recent weeks but remains well below levels required to substantially increase the number of homes for sale. Continued low interest rates are expected to maintain healthy buyer activity, while reluctant sellers and the changing season are likely to drag the inventory of homes for sale lower into the late summer and early fall market. For the 12-month period spanning August 2019 through July 2020, Pending Sales in the Hilton Head region were up

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The ideal home space looks different to everyone but it’s easy to love the charm of classic Lowcountry design, especially when you are lucky enough to live in the region. 

Cornerstone elements of Lowcountry design include:

  • Coastal color palettes

  • Gorgeous trim work and woodworking details

  • Traditional natural materials like warm woods, Savannah brick, and Tabby 

  • Art inspired by the one-of-a-kind natural landscape

Perhaps you aren’t interested in going full out with oyster shell centerpieces and nautical coordinate throw pillows, but you are ready to bring the peaceful, coastal Lowcountry vibe inside. We’ve gathered a number of more subtle ways to introduce the Lowcountry to your interior design.


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Myron Martin Charter One RealtyMyron Martin is a native of Abbeville, South Carolina, and has owned properties in the Lowcountry since 1994 including an oceanfront condo, an ocean-oriented home in Palmetto Dunes, and homes in Wexford Plantation, Indigo Run, and Oldfield. As a Realtor with Charter One Realty, Myron is part of the Randy Fix team of sales associates. Myron and Randy share a passion for working smartly and relentlessly to assist customers buying and selling properties in the South Carolina Lowcountry – a family oriented, safe, environment blessed with a natural habitat for recreation at the ocean, inland rivers, and lakes. The Bluffton/Hilton Head area is one of the most environmentally conscious and sustainably planned communities in the Southeast.

Catch up with Myron

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Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 school year will kick off entirely virtual for students attending public school in Beaufort County. This means thousands of families are embarking on a new kind of schooling beginning September 8th. With many parents working from home, the need for workspace has increased exponentially. For essential workers, creating a “schooling” space for after-dinner-assignments is just another overwhelming part of the transition to virtual learning.

For those with older children, simply setting up a virtual learning space in their room may be sufficient. Younger children will need hands-on guidance through Zoom sessions and play breaks. If you are able to be home with your child, you may be wondering how to create a space that

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Julie and Debbie Charter One RealtyOne of Charter One Realty's most dynamic duos, Debbie Wood and Julie Lynch, talk business, the Lowcountry, and the secrets to a successful partnership.


Charter One Realty: Tell us about your start in the business. How did the first year go?

Debbie Wood: Listed and Sold my first listing and got a $10,000 commission...thought this was going to be so easy! After being named "Rookie of the Year" by Sea Pines Real Estate Company, I envisioned nothing but "Success" in my Real Estate Future!!!


Charter One Realty: What’s kept you in the business after your initial success?

Debbie Wood: Once reality set in, I realized that the Real Estate business was not so easy...yet I found it very rewarding. I always tried to follow the Golden Rule and

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So many of us are working from home some or all of the time, setting up a home office is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Perhaps the most underrated room in the house prior to COVID-19, a home office is now the holy grail of spaces! 

If you share your house with another adult who is working from home, admit it, you’ve played rock paper scissors over who gets to use the “real” office, and who is stuck at the kitchen table.

And what if your house doesn’t have an office (or a spare room to convert into an office)? Are you both working from the table, possibly even sharing it with your kids who are gearing up for the virtual school year?

In this article, we’ll cover three home office ideas that can work for your family. First, we’ll start with

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