WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME, THINK LIKE A BUYER

Five Miles of Pristine Atlantic Ocean Beach

Five Miles of Pristine Atlantic Ocean Beach – Sea Pines

When selling your Island home or villa, it pays to think like a buyer. Ask yourself this question and answer it honestly: Would I want to purchase this property as it is? Before listing with a Realtor, make the time to take a candid look at your home (interior and exterior). Truly, this is one of the wisest actions a seller can perform. It allows you to see what others will be seeing and to be the Best in Show when the property is on the market. Regardless of price point, curb appeal plays a big role in whether or not buyers want to stop and look inside or keep driving to the next property.
Here are some tried-and-true tips for sellers who want to outshine the competition:
1. Price it right. Your Realtor will provide you with comparable sales information. Be sure not to over-price. The goal is to have your home sold in a short period of time for the best price possible.
2. Be ready to show – When the Realtor calls to show the property, tidy up quickly and leave. Do not stay in the home during a showing.
3. Take the home out of the home – Tuck the personal things away. Purchasers need to see themselves living in the home.
4. Not everyone is a pet-lover – If you have a pet, make sure his or her area is spotless and odorless. If at all possible, take your pet with you when you leave for a showing.
5. Dress up the front door – Polish all hardware, ensure the glass is spotless, repaint if necessary.
6. Clean the beaten path – Whether stone, brick, cement, or rock, make sure it is washed and free of pine straw or tree debris.
7. Let the light shine in – Clean all windows inside and out. Open drapes and shutters.
8. Spruce it up – Plant flowers, either in containers or pretty pots. Renew planter beds and have hedges neatly trimmed. Fresh pine straw or mulch is a nice touch.
9. Replace light fixtures and door hardware – This can add style and interest to your home’s exterior.
10. Lighten up – Landscape lighting makes a huge impact on curb appeal. It also provides safety and security.
You don’t have a second chance to make a first impression! By adhering to the simple tips above, you will make your home’s first impression a great one.

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BEACH TREASURES – UNUSUAL AND UNLIKELY FINDS

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Sea Breezes in Sea Pines Resort

“It’s hard to explain…but I’ll know it when I see it. Let’s keep looking.”
I get that a lot. Having been in the real estate business on Hilton Head Island for nearly 30 years, that is an oft-used phrase by my clients. It is not unusual for a client to have firm requirements prior to embarking on a real estate search—we all have our personal likes and dislikes, preferences and visions of what we want in a home or villa—but resort property is unique. It’s as much about the destination as the property itself.

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THE LATEST HAPPENINGS IN SEA PINES RESORT

Sea Pines ResortFor many months now, the construction activity in Sea Pines has been abuzz. Residential construction has picked up substantially for both new homes and remodeling ventures. Completion of these properties serves to boost desirability and pricepoints for existing homes since construction brings not only a new and beautiful structure, but also fresh landscaping and handsome hardscapes. Owning real estate in Sea Pines is a smart choice considering the improvements that have already been made and anticipating the ones currently in progress.
In addition to the residential side of the building activity, major construction projects with recent completions include the Plantation Golf Club, a 23,000-square-foot clubhouse which serves both Heron Point (having recently undergone a series of subtle modifications including softening the green surrounds and enlarging several greens and a transition of the putting surfaces) and Ocean Course. Experience fine and casual sunset dining at Live Oak, inside or outdoors on the elevated porch.

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A FRESH START: LET’S LIVE AT THE BEACH!

Harbour Town Yacht Basin

Harbour Town Yacht Basin

The Island scene is a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle and goings-on elsewhere. Quite often, clients will ask how long I have lived on Hilton Head and what brought me here. It’s been 30 years—I was in my mid-20s—since I made the move, and it was the water, the way of life, that made me fall in love with the island. I knew I wanted to sell real estate because I wanted the opportunity to sell others on this life; I wanted others to experience the dream. Much has changed about Hilton Head since the 1980s—more people, more development, certainly, but the core of the Island is timeless. It’s a world within a world; the natural beauty will never change and pretty never goes out of style.
Back then, it was the parents of the Boomers that were buying homes for their retirement years. They purchased moderate homes and used them on holidays and maybe a few weeks during the summer. Vacation rentals had not captured the market and the homes were used as a family gathering spot. As Hilton Head grew into its own and as the upscale resort destination became the mantra, young Boomers began to purchase properties. The demand for condos grew as did the square footage and amenity requirements. New plantations sprang up all around and luxury villas dotted the beaches in Palmetto Dunes, Sea Pines and Forest Beach. The young Boomers found that renting their homes and condos on the short-term/vacation rental market was a lucrative venture. Today, many of those young Boomers are retiring or thinking about retiring. The real estate investment for their future paid off. Many are deciding to upgrade from condos to larger homes; others are selling their homes in favor of easier-to-maintain oceanfront villas. Either way, they are making the wise decision: let’s live at the beach.
Your destination is personal. Play the game your way and unwind at your own pace, but don’t let the world slip away. Don’t just dream about owning on Hilton Head Island—do something about it!

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Sea Pines Resort

THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF: SEA PINES HOMES WITH A PAST

Transform the dated home into a dream home– it’s not as difficult as you may think. All it takes is time, patience, a reputable architect and a quality builder (BillTrue.com can give you references and you can interview until you find just the right ones); everything else falls into place with the ones in the know at the helm. There are many ways to reduce costs and save money when remodeling or rebuilding—the architect and the builder are not where you want to cut corners. A good architect will be able to remedy deficiencies and flaws in the existing structure, some of which were mainstream and quite modern when the home was built (i.e., an 8-foot ceiling plate, narrow hallways, small kitchens, tiny bathrooms), but which are unacceptable to today’s buyers and family living habits. A good builder will work with the architect and be willing to discuss cost-effective building methods and alternatives to pricey upgrades.
Not all homes are move-in ready and not all buyers are looking for immediate occupancy. While new construction has picked up over the past few months, existing inventory is aging with the majority of Hilton Head homes having been built in the 1970s and 1980s. For a great many, the designs are outmoded and the floorplans are obsolete. So what is the big draw to an old house? The land that it is sitting on, of course! Many of the older Sea Pines homes for sale on great lots sell for little more than lot value and buyers are in bidding wars for these properties. Some wish to tear down and build an elevated structure, while others see the value in keeping the existing structure, modifying the footprint and renovating.
Whether it’s enormous or cozy, to be used as a primary home or a vacation property, on a sandy strand of beach, a golf course lot or deep water with a private dock, the perfect Island retreat is waiting for you.

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