The white-hot real estate market here in the Lowcountry means there has never been a better time to find your dream home in paradise. However, our unique region comes with its own set of challenges that can make narrowing your search tricky. Do you look for something on-island or off-island? Within one of our gated communities or off-plantation?
There are many ways to fine-tune your search and a slew of options for when you’ve found your new home. Whether you’re at the start of your search or about ready to move in, these are the killer apps for your house hunt.
Before you begin
Just as Charter One Realty has built a solid reputation based on 30 years in the Lowcountry real estate market, so too have we built a reputation for leveraging new technologies to better serve our clients.
For proof, look to our mobile-friendly website, built from the ground up to be a personal digital real estate assistant that fits in your pocket. Here you’ll find the latest properties on the market, information on the hundreds of communities to choose from locally and a slew of high-tech features. Features like the ability to search by price, bedrooms, bathrooms, community, type of property, size and view to drill down options to your dream home. Save your favorites, locate them on a map, share with friends and compare properties. You can even request a showing or ask for more information with a single tap.
If you have kids, the first question you’ll want answered is, “How are the schools?” This app gives you a deep-dive into Hilton Head Island and Bluffton’s many options for giving your child the education they deserve. Find out where your dream home lies in attendance areas, then compare them against other schools throughout the state so you can ensure you’re making the best decision for your family.
If you have a budget, the second question you’ll want answered is “Can we afford it?” Find out with a few taps using Quicken Loans’ slick Mortgage Calculator app. Fine-tune your options by viewing your estimated loan amount, interest rate and payment options, then when you’re ready to pull the trigger you can launch Quicken’s other great real estate app, Rocket Mortgage and go from “I can afford this” to “I just got approved for this” in eight minutes.
When the Hunt is Over
Now that you’ve found your dream home, thanks to CharterOneRealty.com, you’ll want to learn more about the neighborhood you call home. NextDoor is a great app for meeting your new neighbors and learning the ropes of your new community. Here you can check out what’s new in the neighborhood, find out about upcoming events and get recommendations for everything from service professionals to babysitters. Find out if one is set up for your area, then send a request to join and get to know your new home.
Once you’ve arrived in the Lowcountry, you’re going to want to know where to go to get the best service. This app delivers them all, offering free customized quotes for everything from home repair to massage therapy, from wedding DJs to nutritionists, and everything in between. Just post what your need is, and watch as local professionals come to you.
You have your house, now it’s time to make it your home. Packed with inspiration for creating your new home’s signature style, this app not only gives you ideas for kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms and yards, it points you toward local professionals who can make that dream a reality. See something you like? It’s yours with one tap. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Where High Tech Meets High-Touch
No matter what stage of the house hunt you’re in, the expertise of an experienced local agent is invaluable. Technology has placed a world of search tools in our hand, allowing us to browse properties from the comfort of our own living room. But that technology has its limits, and nothing can truly replace years of local real estate experience you’ll find here in the Lowcountry.
Look at it this way – would you trust a machine to design your home’s décor? Or cook your dinner? Technology has come a long way, but in real estate you can’t beat a living, breathing human being.
Your real estate professional becomes a true partner as you navigate the intricacies of Lowcountry homes, condos and villas. Whether it’s a beachfront vacation getaway, a north-end home with deep-water access on Skull Creek, a magnificent Hilton Head Island golf-view property or that postcard-perfect cozy Bluffton river cottage, there are thousands of listings in our area that change every day. And no one has their finger on the pulse of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton’s ever-changing market like your local real estate professional.
It’s not just about knowing what’s on the market now – it’s about seeing the trends and knowing what areas are growing and what areas are primed to deliver your best value. On Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton, Charter One Realty’s professionals are immersed in our communities, finding out about new opportunities first and keeping on top of the market to provide sound real estate advice and accurate property valuations to get you into your dream home at the right price.
And beyond the market, it’s about knowing you and how the dizzying variety of properties and neighborhoods in the Lowcountry means there’s something out there perfect for your lifestyle. Our real estate professionals know the ins and outs of each community — what they offer and how they differ. And what’s more, they know how each place fits your life, your budget and your desires.
Our real estate professionals carry on a tradition born of Charter One Realty’s three decades as the Lowcountry’s trusted leader in Real Estate: integrity, professional service and community leadership. These guiding principles served as our foundation, and they guide our every move to this day. As our client, you benefit from these principles by gaining a trusted partner in navigating Lowcountry real estate: one who takes the time to learn about your unique needs and works tirelessly to fulfill them. The result is a stress-free experience that ends with you enjoying your perfect Lowcountry property.