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 the number of folks realizing how great it is to be living in the eastern part of South Carolina, especially along the coast like Hilton Head Island, the new area code 854 is being added in the fall of 2015. 

Area Code Changes in the Hilton Head Area Won’t Be Confusing or Difficult
Unlike previous changes, the 854 area code will be added as an “overlay” to the 843 area code and both will serve the same area.  You might ask “what does all this mean?”  First of all, no one will have to change their phone number; second, beginning September 19, 2015, we will need to dial 10 digits to complete a local call.  That means you will have to include the area code for all calls.  Beginning October 19, 2015, the new 854 area code numbers will be assigned.

There are a few things those of us who have the 843 area code can do now to get ready for the changeover: update any pre-programed 7 digit numbers or text alerts, re-program any service or device (i.e. speed dial, cell forwarding, fax machines, internet dial-up or voicemail, alarms, etc.).  Also check any printed material or websites to assure they reflect the 10 digit numbers.

Should you have any questions about the area code overlay of 843/854 or anything to do with real estate on Hilton Head Island or in the Lowcountry, please give us a call toll free at 844-526-0002.

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