February 2020 Real Talk
According to the Annual Report from the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, buyer activity has been strong. However, most markets are being constrained by inventory levels that are still below historic norms. As the housing market continues to remain healthy nationwide, it is predicted that limited inventory will remain a common thread across markets.
January 2020 Real Talk
What an incredible year it was for Charter One Realty. We had the honor of helping over two thousand buyers and sellers find or sell their property across the Lowcountry. It was a record-breaking year for us, thanks in great part to our agents and staff who put the Charter One Realty resources to work for their clients.
Our mission is to serve, and we're ready to assist you in pricing, marketing & selling your property, or searching for a new place to call home. How can we be of service to you?
December 2019 Real Talk
As we round out 2019, we look back and reflect on our countless blessings and celebrate all that is important to us. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come. From our family to yours, we send you the warmest wishes this holiday and a prosperous New Year!
November 2019 Real Talk
We welcome November with a grateful heart, and we reflect on the many blessings that we have in our lives. At Charter One Realty, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support that we continue to receive in the Lowcountry.
Since 1986, Charter One Realty has had the pleasure of serving thousands of families in the Lowcountry while working alongside a great team of real estate professionals. Due to your trust and confidence in us, our team continues to lead the way in Lowcountry real estate. And because of you, we continue to make investments in our community by supporting local organizations and non-profits in their tireless efforts to make our community a better place to live.
We wouldn’t have this success without you! Please accept our sincere thanks and gratitude for your continued support and for allowing us to serve you.
October 2019 Real Talk
The Lowcountry is at it again! For the third consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Hilton Head Island the No. 1 Island in the U.S.! There's more...out of the 2019 Top 20 Resorts in the South, five of those resorts are located right here in the Lowcountry. Congratulations to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Montage Palmetto Bluff, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, and The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa for making the list. And to top it all off, the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport was named one of the "happiest" airports in the country and the #2 airport in the U.S.
September 2019 Real Talk
Back to Business. "Lowcountry Proud" and "Lowcountry Strong" are so much more than hashtags or slogans. They are a representation of our Lowcountry community and our incredible resilience. Though we were spared any significant damage from Hurricane Dorian, our community quickly came together in support of one another. As early as Thursday and into the weekend, neighbors were seen helping neighbors, businesses reopened, hotels and resorts began accepting guests, and the local airports began accepting flights. Read the newsletter here.
August 2019 Real Talk
Welcome to the August 2019 Issue of Real Talk With Charter One Realty, a monthly publication about real estate updates and trends and local happenings throughout the Lowcountry. Read the newsletter here.
July 2019 Real Talk
Forbes.com recently named Hilton Head Island as one of the top spots in the country to spend the July 4th weekend, and we couldn't agree more. It's one of the busiest weekends of the year in the Lowcountry, and we look forward to our skies filled with the sound of freedom this week.
The appeal of the Lowcountry is more than golf and beaches; it's the food, charm, and hospitality that adds to the experience and encourages visitors to consider making their vacation destination home.
Whether you're here on vacation or a full-time resident of the Lowcountry, we hope you are enjoying all that the Lowcountry has to offer in July. From summer concerts to movies in the park, these Hilton Head/Bluffton events and Beaufort events will have you enjoying the Lowcountry in a fun and local way. Read the full newsletter here.
June 2019 Real Talk
Memorial Day weekend serves as the kickoff to our summer season, and we are already off to a busy start. Residents and visitors alike are already taking advantage of these beautiful days whether it's on the beach or the water.
If you're contemplating a summer escape to the Lowcountry, it's not too late to book a summer rental. The weather is always gorgeous in the Lowcountry, so come on down and enjoy. Read the full newsletter here.
May 2019 Real Talk
According to the Housing Supply Overview from the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, pending sales in the region were up 8.5 percent overall for the period spanning April 2018 through March 2019. Market-wide, inventory levels were up 7.4 percent amounting to 5.5 months supply for single-family homes and 5.4 months supply for condos. Read the full newsletter here.
December 2018 Real Talk
It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already here and only a few weeks remain in 2018. As the year comes to an end, we look back and reflect on our countless blessings and celebrate all that is important to us. Even with the hustle and bustle of the season, we encourage you to slow down and focus on your blessings and enjoy the season to the fullest. Read More
November 2018 Real Talk
We welcome November with a grateful heart, and we reflect on the many blessings that we have in our lives.
We are grateful for the privilege of serving our clients, for the ability to provide you with an unparalleled real estate experience and for the opportunity to continue to support the local communities we know and love.
Since 1986, Charter One Realty has had the pleasure of serving thousands of families in the Lowcountry. We have been truly blessed, and we recognize how important it is to give back to our community and to the organizations who support those in need. We will continue to support these organizations that give so much to our community. Read More
October 2018 Real Talk
Get ready to channel your inner autumn - fall is here. Cool evenings, firelit dinners, oyster roasts with friends, and colors that make you feel warm and welcomed by the season help smooth the way to some of our most cherished holidays. And aside from the return of your favorite TV shows, you have outdoor festivals, marvelous performances and shows, and unforgettable events to look forward to over the next few months in the Lowcountry. Read More
September 2018 Real Talk
Happy September from Charter One Realty! We hope your summer was filled with great vacations and lasting memories. As we head into Fall, there is a feeling of excitement in the air and we're reminded of a few of the reasons why we love this time of year: 1) It's football season, 2) Routine has returned after summer, 3) It's time to trade in your iced coffee for pumpkin spiced latte, 4) Fabulous Fall events are just around the corner including the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival and Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival, and 5) The holidays will be here shortly. Read More
August 2018 Real Talk
Curious about how your neighborhood performed in the Spring and Summer markets? From Hilton Head and Daufuskie Island to Beaufort and beyond, we reflect and report on the state of the real estate market in our latest Mid-Year Market Report. Read More
July 2018 Real Talk
We are starting July off with a bang! Year-to-date Charter One Realty has helped more than 1,000 clients realize their real estate dreams in the Lowcountry. That is more than 5 properties sold a day by Charter One Realty. We expect that the second half of 2018 will be just as strong. Read More
June 2018 Real Talk
As we say goodbye to May and head into June, the weather is picture perfect, and the Island is buzzing with excitement. There is something about this time of year and the start of the summer season that makes the Lowcountry the perfect location for visitors and residents. We invite you to take it all in and enjoy the summer season. Whether you’re a full-time resident or planning a trip to the beach, we hope your summer is filled with happy memories. Cheers to Summer! Read More
May 2018 Real Talk
Southern hospitality is alive and well in the Lowcountry, and it is one of the reasons why Hilton Head is named among America's Favorite Islands. Our intimate island and the surrounding Lowcountry have become a year-round destination for those seeking resort amenities and a wealth of activities. And despite low inventory levels, existing homes sales continue to grow as buyers discover the beauty of our area. Read More
April 2018 Real Talk
It’s an exciting time for visitors and residents here in the Lowcountry. One of our favorite events is less than a week away, the 50th RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. This world-class golf event kicks off a week of excitement beginning on April 9th. Not only is the RBC Heritage South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event, but the tournament has generated roughly $38 million for area charities over the last 49 years. Read More
March 2018 Real Talk
Of all the seasons, no season is as picture perfect in the Lowcountry as spring. Perhaps it is the warm sunshine or the spring events; we certainly are enjoying this glorious weather and all that the Lowcountry has to offer.
In this edition:
- Exciting Events in the Lowcountry
- Lowcountry News
- RBC Heritage Celebrates a Golden Anniversary
- RBC Heritage Golf Tournament Information
- Charter One Realty News
- Realtor Service Award
- The Team Behind the Team
- Charter One Realty Welcomes New Agents
February 2018 Real Talk
We are giving February a heart-warming welcome! Whether it is spending Valentine's Day at one of the Lowcountry's romantic restaurants, strolling through Old Town Bluffton for their annual art walk, or enjoying the month-long events celebrating the rich Gullah heritage of our area - February in the Lowcountry truly warms the spirit during the middle of winter. So many people fall in love with the Lowcountry when visiting during these winter months ... and, as residents know, there's so much to love about our area all year. Read More.
January 2018 Real Talk
Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season.
As we welcome the new year, we are presented with the opportunity to reflect on the past year. We are thrilled to have helped more than 1,775 clients and friends realize their real estate goals, totaling over $800 Million in sales volume in 2017. But it is more than numbers and sales. It has been our privilege to provide much-needed financial support to those in need by donating more than $100,000 to our local charities and organizations.
It is our loyal clients and friends that make this possible. We are grateful for your continued support, and we look forward to serving you with your real estate needs in 2018! Read More
December 2017 Real Talk
We hope that you are enjoying the Holiday Season! This is such a special time of year, full of giving, spending time with loved ones, and celebrations. Even with the hustle and bustle of the season, it is a good time of year to slow down and reflect on the past, plan for the future, and count your blessings.
This year, Charter One Realty celebrates 31 years of business. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come. From our family to yours, we send you the warmest wishes this holiday and a prosperous New Year! Read More
November 2017 Real Talk
October was an exciting month in the Lowcountry. A thriving real estate market, the crisp coastal air, and fall events including the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival, and the Rotary Club’s Polo for Charity event added to the excitement. Additionally, in October, it was announced that our Island was voted the “Top Island in the United States” by Conde’ Nast Travelers. Among other accolades, Hilton Head Island was also voted #1 Island in the Continental U.S., and #2 Island in the World in 2017 by readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine. Our beautiful beaches, pristine waterways, parks and trails, outdoor amenities, and outstanding master-planned communities all combine to help make the Lowcountry one of the best places to live, work, play, or retire. Read More
October 2017 Real Talk
Ahhh! Hello, Fall. Mild breezes from the ocean and Lowcountry waterways, bright sunshine and lovely evenings make fall one of our favorite times of the year. Football games to festivals, outdoor concerts to oyster roasts... fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors in the South. It is a little wonder that some of the Lowcountry's very best events are held during the fall each year. Marvelous performances, art shows, polo for charity, and Halloween festivities fill the calendar this month. There is truly something special for everyone this fall. Read more
September 2017 Real Talk
We hope your summer was filled with great vacations and lasting memories. Although the official last day of summer is not until September 21st, Labor Day usually marks the end of the season in the Lowcountry. Butterfly migration also marks the beginning of a new season in Lowcountry. As these fragile creatures travel to their destinations in the South, many of them including Sulphers, Monarchs, Viceroys and Swallowtails can be found along our beaches. There is a feeling of excitement and change in our soft, sea air. Read More
August 2017 Real Talk
As we head into August, the summer season begins to show signs of slowing. The beaches are less crowded, restaurant wait times have diminished, and families have begun their search for back to school supplies. On the other hand, Lowcountry home sales boom and show no sign of slowing. For the 12-month period spanning July 2016 through June 2017, pending sales in the Hilton Head region were up 4.9 percent overall while inventory levels were down 9.7 percent market-wide. Read More
July 2017 Real Talk
We are starting July off with a bang! In June, we helped more than 170 clients realize their real estate dreams in the Lowcountry. That is more than 5 properties sold a day by Charter One Realty. We expect that July will be just as busy. According to the latest Foot Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand remains very strong. Foot traffic has a strong correlation with future contracts and home sales. In essence, it’s a look into the sales trends one to two months into the future. Read More
June 2017 Real Talk
Just over a week after Memorial Day, there is a noticeable change in the Lowcountry. School is out for summer, beaches are starting to fill, boats are traveling the Intracoastal waterways, and restaurants and shops are bustling with activity. There is something about this time of year and the start of the summer season that makes Hilton Head Island the perfect location for visitors and residents. Whether you’re a full-time resident or planning a trip to the beach, the summer is full of exciting events and activities. And for the kids, you’ll find an array of summer-long camps to keep the little ones busy. Read More
May 2017 Real Talk
As spring moves into summer, we look back on the first quarter and report that most real estate markets posted an increase in sales volume, while inventory continued to shrink. Demand has remained strong, and we can comfortably say we are off to a good start for residential real estate in 2017. Read More
April 2017 Real Talk
It’s an exciting time for visitors and residents here in the Lowcountry. One of our favorite events in less than ten days away, the RBC Heritage golf tournament. This world-class golf event kicks off a week of excitement beginning on April 10th. Not only is the RBC Heritage South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event, through the Heritage Classic Foundation, it has distributed over $35 million to a variety of charitable organizations since it began. Read More
March 2017 Real Talk
Spring is in full swing in the Lowcountry, and it’s one of our favorite seasons of the year. Perhaps it’s been the 70 degree days in February or the burst of new flowers, no season is as picture perfect here in the Lowcountry as Spring. March is a great month to spend outdoors, and there's so much to experience here on the Island -- from the excitement and anticipation of Heritage Week to every food and wine enthusiast's favorite culinary event, the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival. This is a time filled with warm ocean breezes, fun-filled events, and the anticipation of Summer. It’s also a time of new beginning. Discover all that Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry have to offer this Spring ... and spring into Island living in the home of your dreams. Read More
February 2017 Real Talk
We are giving February a heart-warming welcome! Whether it is ringing in Valentine's Day at one of the Island's romantic restaurants, strolling through Old Town for their annual art walk or enjoying the month-long events celebrating the rich Gullah heritage of the Lowcountry - February here truly warms the spirit during the middle of winter. So many people fall in love with Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry when visiting the area during these winter months ... and, as residents know, there's so much to love about our area all year. Read More
January 2017 Real Talk
Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! We hope that you had joyful Holiday festivities with family and friends. As we welcome 2017, we are presented with the opportunity to reflect on our previous 12 months and on our many accomplishments. It also gives us meaningful time to plan out an even more extraordinary year to come. We are excited to jump right into the new year! As always, if you have any questions about Real Estate in the Lowcountry, we would love to answer them for you. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you in the year to come. Read More
December 2016 Real Talk
This year seems to have flown by! With the holidays and family celebrations upon us, we are all in a frenzy to shop, buy, wrap, bake, attend parties, host parties, overeat, and be merry. It is also a good time of year to slow down, reflect on the past, plan for the future, and count our blessings. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to serve you.
We hope that your holidays are off to a great start and that the season is a safe and happy one for you and all your loved ones. From our family to yours, we send you the warmest wishes this holiday and a prosperous New Year!
As always, if you have any questions about Real Estate in the Coastal Lowcountry, we would love to answer them for you. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you in the year to come.
Here’s to a fabulous 2017! Read More
November 2016 Real Talk
It has been three weeks since Hurricane Matthew brushed the coast of the Lowcountry, and it seems that life is getting back to normal. Since Matthew, weather conditions have been nothing short of perfect while residents enjoyed The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, the Rotary Charity Polo Match, and events leading to the Concours d’Elegance. As we go about our day to day business, one cannot miss the surrounding beauty of our area and realize, this is why we “love where we live”.
Many of our out of town clients have inquired about the damage to our area. Fortunately, Hurricane Matthew swept in quickly leaving predominately downed trees. Efforts are still underway to remove debris. But all in all, we dodged the bullet.
With regard to real estate, the Lowcountry barely missed a beat. During the week of Matthew, we experienced a brief lull. It was “business as usual” once everyone returned to their homes. The numbers say it all. One week prior to evacuation, 64 properties went under contract. One week after Hurricane Matthew, 80 properties went under contract.
So, we encourage you to continue your real estate search, book a trip to our island or surrounding towns. Come and experience why we love coastal Lowcountry and why we “love where we live”. Read More
October 2016 Real Talk
With the busy Labor Day weekend behind us, we slowly say goodbye to summer and welcome fall. The cooler temperatures, football games, and the start of oyster season are a sure sign that autumn is in the air. Fall festivals, marvelous performances, art shows, polo for charity, and Halloween festivities fill the calendar this month. There is truly something special for everyone.
There are many positive things happening in the local real estate market as well. As we step into fall, the need for more inventory continues. For the 12-month period spanning September 2015 through August 2016, pending sales in the Hilton Head region rose 7.6% overall. The months of supply for single-family homes stands around 6.4 months while demand is present, creating competitive situations that have kept prices level and in some cases, higher. Read More
September 2016 Real Talk
We hope your summer was filled with great vacations and lasting memories. Although the official last day of summer is not until September 21st, Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session, and fall is in the air. It is also the beginning of a season marked by oyster roasts, social gatherings around the fire pit, pumpkin patches, and more. Traditionally, the fall real estate season in the Lowcountry swings into motion after Labor Day. Although not as robust as the spring market, we do see a pick up after the summer comes to an end.
Real estate in the Lowcountry has seen a small drop in inventory, prices continue to gradually rise in several submarkets, and the days on the market have decreased. August 2015 through July 2016, pending sales in the Hilton Head region rose 7.3% overall. With the decrease in inventory and the increase in pending sales, a situation is created where buyers need to move fast in order to secure homes. If you are thinking of buying or selling in the near future, acting sooner rather than later is a wise decision. Read More
August 2016 Real Talk
From strolling through the famous Bluffton Farmers' Market to enjoying long walks on the picture-perfect Hilton Head Island beaches, August in the Lowcountry is nothing short of spectacular. With the summer season winding down, August is the perfect month to truly engulf yourself in all of the unparalleled activities and amenities that our region has to offer -- whether it's a day spent on one of our public, private or semi-private picturesque golf courses, an exhilarating afternoon of tennis in absolutely perfect tennis weather or an evening spent dining on the scenic waterfront.
On Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry, every day feels like a vacation -- whether you are a long-time resident, a new homeowner, a first-time visitor or a frequent traveler thinking about making a move to Hilton Head or Bluffton. The best part? This vacation can last forever ... and with so many homes and villas available to meet every need, the summer never needs to end. For a complete listing of our current properties on the market, and for ways to make Lowcountry Living a reality even after the summer months are over, give us a call at 844.526.0002. Read More
July 2016 Real Talk
The summer is in full swing, and buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream homes. According to the latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer demand remains very strong. Across the country, buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and they are searching right now.
From a financial point of view, there is not a better time to be looking for a home. The cost of money is at an all-time low, and in light of the recent Brexit vote, economists expect mortgage rates to head even lower. In a recent article, the Washington Post explained: “Brexit has spawned the recent bout of volatility in global financial markets. That has anxious investors scurrying for safety -- and few assets are safer than U.S. Treasuries. High demand for government debt pulls down interest rates. That all translates into ultra-low mortgage rates for American households. And with Britain voting for Brexit, they could go even lower.”
With that said, exceptional real estate choices, favorable pricing, and historically low mortgages rates make this the perfect time for you to own the property you and your family have always dreamed about in the Coastal Lowcountry. Read More
June 2016 Real Talk
According to new statistics released from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area was the 12th fastest-growing community in the nation from 2014 to 2015. In fact, as the market continues to strengthen, we are starting to see certain sectors of the real estate market heat up. Few people know this, but the first quarter of 2016 saw more sales of single family homes than the first quarter of 2005 (the height of the market)! However, sales for homesites and villas have not reached the same pace as when the market was stronger. With that said, there are still some great buying opportunities...give us a call if you would like additional information.
May 2016 Real Talk
As we head into the official kick off of summer, the Island is buzzing with the excitement and beauty of this magical time of year here in the Lowcountry. The weather is gorgeous all year round ... but there's something about the start of the summer season that makes Hilton Head Island in May the perfect location for visitors and residents alike. In addition to enjoying sun filled days spent on our beautiful beaches, strolling through a park or dining at one of our waterfront cafes, there are a wide variety of outdoor events and festivals taking place in May that have drawn people to the area for years. From the longtime favorite, the 38th Annual Bluffton Village Festival to the newer 2nd Annual Beer, Bacon & Music Festival, there's something for everyone here on Hilton Head Island in May. Whether you've lived here for years, or are planning a summer kick-off getaway on the Island, discover what May has to offer in the Lowcountry. You just "may" want summer living on Hilton Head Island to last forever!
April 2016 Real Talk
It's always beautiful on Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry ... but, for so many local residents and visitors, April is truly the most wonderful time of the year! It's the month where Hilton Head Island's world-class golf is showcased to the world, as the 47th Annual RBC Heritage, South Carolina's only PGA Tour event, kicks off a week of excitement for all beginning on April 11th. In April, everything in the Lowcountry is in full bloom ... as we spring forward to days spent enjoying outdoor fun in picture-perfect Spring weather. It's also the perfect time to check out some of the spectacular homes available throughout Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry -- and discover just how perfect Island Living can be during all seasons of the year.
To learn more about Hilton Head Island/the Lowcountry -- and to see some homes on the market that you will truly fall in love with -- call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com. Read More
March 2016 Real Talk
Of all the seasons, perhaps no season is as picture perfect here on Hilton Head Island as Spring. As we get ready to welcome Spring this month, there's so much to experience here on the Island -- from the excitement and anticipation of Heritage Week to every food and wine enthusiast's favorite culinary event, the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival. It's a time filled with warm breezes, outdoor living and the anticipation of the Summer ahead... and can also be a time of new beginnings. Discover all that Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry have to offer this Spring ... and spring into Island Living in the home of your dreams.
To learn more about Hilton Head Island/the Lowcountry -- and to see some homes on the market that you will truly fall in love with -- call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com. Read More
February 2016 Real Talk
February is a month to celebrate love ... and there are so many reasons to love Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry all month long. Whether its ringing in Valentine's Day at one of the Island's romantic restaurants, or enjoying a wide variety of fun events including the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra's special Valentine's Day concert or the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's "Taste of Gullah" -- February here truly warms the spirit during the middle of winter. So many people fall in love with Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry when visiting the area during these winter months ... and, as residents know, there's so much to love about our area all year.
To learn more about all there is to love on Hilton Head Island/the Lowcountry -- and to see some homes on the market that you will truly fall in love with -- call us anytime to learn more about our property listings, or visit our website at CharterOneRealty.com. Read More
January 2016 Real Talk
January is a time for new beginnings. On Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry, it's also a time for enjoying a quieter time on the Island as you stroll along the serene beaches, enjoy a day at Harbour Town or play golf and tennis in comfortable temperatures far from the cold winters of other cities. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, January is the perfect time to think about the year ahead and what your dreams are for the future. Whether it's finally making the move to relocate here from another city .... or seizing the day by considering getting that home right on the beach ... or even thinking more seriously about downsizing to start an exciting new chapter of your life with a new home ... there's alot to think about. January is the perfect time to think ... and Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is the perfect place to consider all of the possibilities. Read more