LIFE AWAITS ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND

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Sea Pines Resort

No two people share the same experience the same way. We each have our individual life chapters, events and expectations, yet every one of us has a story to tell about OUR Hilton Head—how we came to know it, love it, protect it. It’s the unexpected treasures that stay in our hearts and minds: the waves as they form and break into the surf, the osprey as he soars over the shoreline, nature as she transforms herself from season to season, silhouettes strolling at low tide into a fireball orange sunset, flats boats gliding effortlessly and silently along the creeks at sunrise, the quiet rustle of the palmetto fronds as the breeze comes through just before a summer rain. Life on Hilton Head Island means all things different to all people, but unless you spend time here—more than vacation, more than a summer’s stay—you may never know the real Hilton Head Island.Sea Pines Resort
Before you can tell your story, you have to live the life. Enjoy all that Hilton Head has to offer. Everything you ever wanted and all that you ever need is right here on this little island. No neon, no skyscrapers, just island magic: miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, green spaces, hiking trails, nature preserves; beautiful homes and villas, active lifestyles, outdoor activities, world-class amenities; friendly neighbors, fine and casual dining; walking and biking leisure paths; creeks, sounds, rivers and lagoons—all that is pure and simple. The home, villa or homesite of your dreams is on BillTrue.com. Your next chapter of life is waiting to be written.

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Hilton Head Real Estate: Right Place, Right Time

IMG_0264-400Hilton Head homes and villas are esteemed for their clean lines that never go out of vogue, their go-to-elements of refined style, and their contemporary twists paired with traditional materials. Whether it’s a large beach house, a cozy cottage, a villa by the shore or a year-round family home, Hilton Head real estate has the fresh looks, the ideal layouts and the quiet retreats with sweeping views that you are seeking. There are fantastic finds, hidden gems, turn-key properties on shaded streets with plenty of room to play, tear-down properties on amazing lots and wonderful getaways.

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REAL ESTATE RESOLUTIONS

IMG_0262-400For some, venturing into the new year is like a trip to the corner grocer. Everything is familiar; nothing is extraordinary—it’s basically the same each time they go. They take whatever comes their way in stride. They are satisfied with what they have; they don’t necessarily yearn for anything more and they are happy where they are. For others, the new year represents a novel beginning. It is an invitation to dream big, start fresh and make a change. Out with the old; the year is over, let’s start anew!
The decision to purchase real estate is a purposeful decision. It requires thoughtful consideration and resolute planning. Starting your real estate search for Hilton Head Island/Bluffton real estate in the early part of the new year is a smart idea. Winter in the Lowcountry brings bright sunshine for long walks on the beach, afternoon bicycle rides or a round or two of golf. Our influx of visitors are still months away and things are quiet, peaceful, easy. It’s all local. The sunsets are red and the marsh grass is gold. Sea Pines Resort
Whether you are seeking a summer home, an investment villa, a vacation getaway for the family or an exceptional primary address for year-round living, I welcome your inquiries and look forward to assisting you in your search for the perfect property on the Island or in Bluffton.

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WHY PROPER PRICING MATTERS

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When a property goes under contract, if there is a lender involved that lender will order an appraisal. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of an appraisal is not to make sure that the purchaser overpays, but rather to protect the lender’s interest. Bottom line: lenders do not what to own an overpriced property so they order an appraisal prior to granting final approval of the purchaser’s loan.
In today’s market, there can be a difference between what the property is worth (market value) and the cost to buy (market price). Reasons vary. Perhaps there were special considerations such as a relationship between and purchaser and the seller. A price was agreed upon—a price which benefitted either the purchaser or the seller by a certain degree. Or, the property may have been one of multiple properties being sold or traded between the parties. In these cases, the price paid for such property is not market value but rather, simply, the price for which it sold. Other times, a purchaser may pay a premium over the asking price if his subjective valuation of the property (what is it worth to him) was higher than the market value. Maybe the purchaser wants a specific property and is willing to pay whatever it takes. Then again, perhaps the seller wants to move quickly. Depending on his financial position and the mortgage amount, he may price the property to sell, regardless of the comparable properties. However, the most common reason for value differing from price is either the seller or the purchaser is uninformed as the market value of the property. Therefore, it is the obligation of a real property appraiser to estimate the true market value of a property and not its market price.
Strict guidelines and specific formulas are used to form an estimate of worth such as recent sales prices of comparable properties, the size and condition of the home, its proximity to desirable schools and other public facilities, neighborhood amenities, etc. Your Realtor is ever-aware of what is selling and what is not selling in and around your neighborhood. Over-pricing your home is never a good idea. For starters, it might not appraise at the inflated asking price and you risk losing the buyer altogether because the lender is going to grant a loan to the purchaser based on the appraised value. In our ever-changing real estate market, appraisals can come in below the contract price. Proper pricing is the key to a quick contract of purchase.

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WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME, THINK LIKE A BUYER

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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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