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 HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, December 04, 2015 – Charter One Realty recognized Realtor® and team member, Christina Forbis, at the company’s annual meeting for being among Hilton Head Island’s top producing agents in 2015. Forbis’ year saw her sales volume (over $15MM) increased by 229% thanks to 40 transactions.

Christina’s 20-year background in sales and marketing has greatly benefited her decade-long residential real estate career. She attributes much of her success to a strong focus on providing the very best customer service to her clients.  But even more importantly, she attributes her success to her clients, stating “Through my years of real estate experience, I have learned from every transaction and I truly appreciate my clients’ trust and

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Charter One Realty has announced that Bluffton-based Gateway Realty is merging into its operations, bringing the total number of Charter One Realty office locations to 11 between Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Okatie. This will provide real estate buyers and sellers even greater resources when it comes to Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Lowcountry real estate.

"The strong synergy between Gateway and Charter One, combined with our shared core values, were key factors in our decision to become a part of Charter One," says Johnny Ussery, Managing Partner at Gateway Realty, which was founded in 2001. "My partner, Tom Jackson, and I will continue to be active partners in the new partnership where we look forward to continuing the success we have

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That’s how I answered when one of my clients asked me if I wanted to appear in a few episodes of HGTV network’s new series, Island Life. How could I pass up such a unique opportunity to put a spotlight on on our beautiful Hilton Head Island and all of its great real estate opportunities? After all, that’s our job as Realtors® isn’t it?

The show is kind of a real estate “reality show.” Each episode chronicles a different family’s search for the perfect home as they take the leap that so many of us took when making the lifestyle decision to relocate to a sun-splashed island by the sea.

The stories are all true and the clients are all real, not actors. The real estate agents are all real as well, which is kind of unfortunate because I was hoping they

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By Frances Sampson, Agent
Charter One Realty

For many years, Hilton Head Island has been known for its great golf and fantastic beaches. Today many people are enjoying Hilton Head as one of the top biking communities in the Southeast. Recently the Town of Hilton Head Island was awarded the Gold Level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Hilton Head Island is the only Gold Level Community in South Carolina as well as all of the Southeast. Within the Town of Hilton Head Island, there are more than 60 miles of public pathways and nature trails that cyclists can enjoy. In addition, there are more than 50 miles of pathways in the Island’s gated communities.

The 12 miles of sandy beach is a great place to ride at low tide. The

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By Charles Sampson, Partner
Charter One Realty 

Buyers are listening when we say “Come for a Visit and Stay for a Lifetime!”  A few good examples of this are the fact that real estate home sales on Hilton Head Island in 2015 are 8% higher than the first 6 months of 2014.  The second example is the fact that the need for a new telephone area code for the eastern 1/3 of South Carolina, the coastal area from North Carolina to Hilton Head Island.

As of January 1, 1947 all of South Carolina had the 803 area code.  In December of 1995, the 864 area code was established for the North West area of South Carolina.  As of March 22, 1998, the coast of South Carolina was split from the 803 area code with the addition of a new area code of 843

Today with

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By Charles H. Sampson, Partner/Agent
Charter One Realty 

Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is the place to be if you are looking for great beaches, great weather, great outdoor activities for singles or families and a great lifestyle for every age. Hilton Head and the Lowcountry also have a very caring community. Recently, I attended a community meeting for Hilton Head Plantation residents and the guest speaker was a doctor with the Hilton Head Island’s Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). This organization was founded in 1993 by Hilton Head Plantation resident, Dr. Jack McConnell. The clinic encompasses over 8,000 square feet and in 2014 the clinic had over 30,000 patient visits. VIM Hilton Head Island is reported to be the largest free clinic in South

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The Players Amateur Golf Tournament, held from July 7 – 12 at the beautiful Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Bluffton, is known as one of the top amateur golf tournaments in the United States.  The tournament brings together many of the world’s best amateur golfers right here on Hilton Head Island – with many former Players Am contestants going on to have successful careers on the PGA TOUR.

The Players Am tournament, which attracts amateur golfers from around the world, was co-founded by Charter One Realty Agent -- and golfer -- Duke Delcher, along with fellow golfer Tom McKnight.  Since founding the Players Am, Duke and Tom have grown the tournament into one of the country’s most prestigious amateur tournaments – making the annual Bluffton event a great

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For an unsurpassed year-round dining, shopping and recreation experience, there is nothing like Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town.  Situated on the waters of the Calibogue Sound and known as the “heart of Sea Pines Plantation”, Harbour Town offers a wide range of exciting dining options, first-class shopping and a variety of recreational opportunities – and is a popular destination for both Hilton Head Island tourists and visitors alike.

Harbour Town surrounds the Sea Pines Resort yacht basin – offering people the opportunity to participate in a number of water sports, kayak tours, fishing charters, a “pirate ship’” and sight-seeing cruise. The basin is lined with a variety of boutiques, gift shops, jewelry stores and several native art

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Hilton Head Island is known for offering vacationers an array of some of the most picture-perfect recreational activities – and residents of Hilton Head Island are lucky enough to enjoy a spectacular year-round outside lifestyle.  The Island is known for being “home” to some of the top recreational facilities in the world … and for those lucky enough to call Hilton Head Island home, taking advantage of world-class recreational activities on a daily basis is as easy as walking out of the front door!

Here’s just some of what both vacationers and residents can find here on Hilton Head Island … and why Hilton Head Island has become home for so many people looking to live the Island lifestyle year-round! 

With nearly 60 miles of bicycle trails,

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