Rusty HaynesBluffton, South Carolina, August 2017 – Charter One Realty ( has announced that real estate professional Rusty Haynes has joined the company as an Agent.  Rusty will be working out of the Promenade Office of Charter One Realty, which is located at 1 Promenade Street in Bluffton, SC.

Rusty comes to Charter One Realty with an extensive background in sales for Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Wells Fargo, and Verizon. His primary focus has been building long-lasting relationships with his clients while striving to offer them the highest level of customer service. Real Estate has always been a passion, and when the opportunity arose, he made the decision to pursue his dream. Rusty’s years of training in sales and…

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Lorri HunterCharter One Realty ( has announced that real estate professional Lorri Hunter has joined the company as an Agent. Teaming with long time real estate professional, Marian Schaffer, Lorri will be working out of the Promenade Office of Charter One Realty.

After spending a lifetime in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as the Member Relations Manager at Palmetto Bluff, Lorri decided it was time to begin to share her knowledge and experience of Lowcountry living with others like herself that are seeking an idyllic lifestyle. She’s passionate about servitude and takes great delight in having a role in assisting others in finding their slice of paradise.

“We are excited to welcome Lorri to the Charter One Realty family…

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Mistakes When Buying

Buying a home isn’t easy. There are a million factors that go into it, from your initial search to working with your agent and securing a loan.

Fortunately, you’ve made the smartest decision already: you’re looking to buy somewhere in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area. Congratulations! You’re about to join one of the most dynamic communities in the world, amid a wonderland of natural beauty, world-class amenities and Southern charm.

It’s the rest of the decisions, however, where things can get tricky. As always, we’re here to help. We asked Charter One agent Vince Harrison about some of the common mistakes he sees, and present them here to help guide you through this process with ease.

DO Take a Focused Approach

Because of the many…

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Pet Friendly Hilton Head

The island is the perfect place for you and your four-legged friend to call home.

When you think of Hilton Head Island, what do you think of? White sand beaches? World-class golf and tennis? Fine dining?

Hilton Head Island has been defined by so many things, but one of the more surprising aspects of this island paradise is its exceptional pet-friendliness. We’re an island of dog and cat lovers, and everything from our public spaces to our businesses reflect that. Want to know more about the fun you can have with your furry friend on the island? Read on.

Famously Dog-Friendly Beaches and Parks

Nothing makes your dog happier than a wide open space where they can run around – and if there happens to be some waves they can splash around in,…

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September Events 2017 Hilton Head Island

Fall in love with the Lowcountry with these events scheduled in September. From football college football fundraisers to Bluffton’s Sunset Party, the possibilities for fun are endless in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Take a look at some of the exciting events planned for our area.


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


Live Music with Bobby Lee Magyarosi

Bobby Lee Magyarosi will perform every Friday night starting at 7 pm on the patio of Reilley’s Grill and Bar.

September 1 – September 29, 2017

Reilley’s Grill and Bar

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Melba Windham Joins Charter One RealtyHilton Head Island, South Carolina, August 2017 – Charter One Realty ( has announced that longtime real estate professional Melba Windham has joined the company as an Agent.  Melba will be working out of the Forest Beach Office of Charter One Realty, which is located at the Beach Market Shops on Hilton Head Island.

Having been in the real estate industry for more than 20 years, Melba brings years of valuable real estate experience to Charter One Realty, and a strong knowledge of the Lowcountry real estate market.   Prior to her real estate career, Melba served in the banking and Insurance industry, where she gained valuable skills. These skills are now being utilized by her clients to successfully navigate today’s more complex…

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Lynn ShealyHILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, August 2017 –Charter One Realty is pleased to announce that Lynn Shealy has joined the company at their South office located at 5 Park Lane on Hilton Head Island, SC.  Lynn joins Herman & Davis Properties as a Licensed Executive Assistant, honing in on the Bluffton and Hilton Head markets.

A native of Washington, Georgia, Lynn’s career began in the commercial loan department of Athens First Bank before moving to Bluffton, SC in 2005. Lynn and her family were frequent visitors to Hilton Head over the 15 years prior to relocating but their desire to join the family business, a remodeling and construction company, was the ultimate motivator. Shortly after moving to the area Lynn earned her Real Estate License and joined a…

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Three Marketing and Client Care Specialists Join Charter One Realty

Charter One Realty is pleased to welcome Corryne Lavender, Lindsay Bird, and Sandy Michael to their support team.

Corryne Lavender has joined the company at their North office located on Main Street on Hilton Head Island, SC.  Corryne will support Realtors with the listing, marketing and closing of properties. Corryne is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Business Management. She has an exceptional foundation consisting of area knowledge, marketing, client relations, and professionalism.

Lindsay Bird has joined the company at their South office located at 5 Park Lane on Hilton Head Island, SC.  Lindsay will support Realtors with the marketing and…

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Curb Appeal in the Lowcountry

We’ve seen it in movies, magazines, and read about them in timeless novels. There is an unmistakable charm about Southern Lowcountry-style homes that keeps visitors and locals intrigued. The peaceful and serene atmosphere makes any visitor feel like it’s a home away from home. One might say it is something about air or the water, but an expert will tell you it is an entire plethora of curb appeal details that make a Lowcountry home warm and inviting. Now’s your chance to get some insight from the experts and transform your house into home just by a few curb appeal tips.

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1. Keep Clean a Routine

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Staging Your Lowcountry Home

1. Clean and Remove Clutter

You’re probably thinking this is the most basic tip, but cleaning and de-cluttering your home has a huge impact on the overall look of your home. Getting rid of excess "stuff" and furniture can make your home appear bigger and more open. This includes wiping down and clearing desk, kitchen, dresser, and bathroom counters. If you have carpet throughout the house, a good steam clean will leave your carpet looking fresh and new. Make sure windows, floors, and counters are sparkling clean and don’t forget to dust those pesky dark corners of your home.

2. Furniture Placement

Re-arrange and play around with the furniture in rooms to figure out the best way to maximize the space. Remember, the trick to making your…

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