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When showing real estate to clients, I am often asked if I live on the Island and, if so, where; followed by, “Where did you move from?” and “How long have you been selling real estate?”  My answers usually surprise them.  I moved here on a lark in my 20s from Oklahoma (via the University of Texas at Austin) after visiting only once.  Like so many friends and clients, I fell in love with the Island the moment my toes hit the sand. I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years and have been selling real estate for that long. Along the way, my wife and I have built many homes and have owned properties in various communities—North Forest Beach, Folly Field, Palmetto Dunes/Leamington and Sea Pines Resort to name a few.  Gated or ungated, primary

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It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts Thus, after years of restraint and discipline, property owners (and those seeking to purchase property) are eager to move forward with updating, upgrading and renovating.

We’ve all heard it; it’s an old and familiar adage.  There is another maxim that takes the first one up a twist and to another level. It reads something like this:  What’s On The Inside Always Makes Its Way Out.  Put another way, you can try to cover it up but it will make itself known in the end. 

Homes are much the same way.  A well-designed, quality-built home will stand the test of time regardless of changing styles, decorating fads or the newest building trends.  Construction on Hilton Head, like everything else, moves in cycles. 

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Life on an island conjures many visions from beachy natural and retro rustic, to multi-storied mansions to single floor bungalows; from high-gloss imported wood floors to unfinished local pine planks; from the traditional nautical color palette to sand-inspired muted tones. Tastes and budgets that go along with the lifestyle vary as widely as the amenities within the communities on the Island, yet it all seems to work.  It’s a coastal thing.

Hilton Head Island is unique in many ways but since this is a real estate blog, we’ll keep the focus on real estate.  I often receive calls from prospective clients who call in after visiting my website.  They are somewhat confused over pricing—they are inquiring as to why one house or villa is so much more

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You want to sell your home, but it needs some work before you put it on the market. There are no major structural issues, the roof is good, the siding has held up well; it just needs some tweaking to get it up to standard with —and preferably beyond—comparables currently on the market. What are the best upgrades and replacements for the money?  Well, it depends on the house, and, of course, the location.  But more than that, it depends on the market to whom you are selling.

Let’s say you have a home near the beach.  Maybe it’s oceanfront, second-row, third-row (or even further back) and it was built after 1977 (so it conforms to FEMA flood elevation standards).  It’s been a good house, it’s a great size, it was built well, has a garage and

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Building is back in style!   Of course, it never went out of style; it just took a back seat to more pressing issues of the day.  Many lot owners who purchased at the height of the market (2005-2006) and who fully intended to start construction immediately after closing, had second thoughts about doing so.  Reasons for delaying construction varied; topping the list, however, was the postponement of moving plans due to the economy and the fact that slow home sales and falling prices elsewhere were prohibiting that move.  Many lots sat empty for many years.  Then, as it always does, things turned around.  Building permits are being issued again and the island is experiencing an architectural and construction boom…and that is a good thing!  New

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As one of the most desirable resorts in the world, Hilton Head Island is acclaimed for its beautiful beaches, spectacular golf, luxury real estate, coastal and casual lifestyle, noted cultural organizations and myriad outdoor activities.  Two bridges removed from the mainland, the island hosts a variety of lifestyle choices including oceanfront, ocean-oriented, deepwater, marsh and inland single-family homes, condos, and villas. Cost points vary by location with water features fetching top tier pricing.

From small, intimate country club communities to oceanfront world-class resorts with large nature preserves, there are beautifully designed and meticulously landscaped properties on the island, including lovely home and villas in Sea Pines

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Hilton Head Island was around long before there was golf—we have a long, proud history—but it was the golf that put Hilton Head on the map.  To be sure, in 1969 when the first tournament was played, the sunsets over Calibogue Sound captivated the crowds just as they do today and the ocean’s tides rolled in just as they had since the dawn of time; yet a transformation had been put in place that would bring national fame to Sea Pines and launch the Island on an upward trajectory that is still advancing five decades after the initial round.

Each Spring, the Island eagerly anticipates the arrival of the RBC Heritage.  The hustle and bustle of set-up as well as grounds maintenance and beautification within the Resort are all welcome signs.  Residents and

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Hilton Head Island is recognized, revered and loved for many things, including 12 miles of beautiful beaches, luxury homes and villas within private, gated communities, great weather, spectacular fishing, friendly residents, and vacations of a lifetime. Golf, however, is one of our most venerated attributes. With winter on its heels and spring in full swing, Sea Pines Resort is gearing up for its annual Heritage golf tournament.
With PGA-player designed oceanfront courses, courses that meander along the sounds, creeks, tidal marshes and pristine lagoons, as well as manicured fairways that wind through stands of centuries-old live oaks, Hilton Head stands apart from and above the rest. Right now, preparations are underway for the 47th Heritage Golf

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Real estate in Sea Pines is all about understated elegance, with its tone-on-tone natural neutral paint palette, exterior material preferences, signature architectural features and striking landscape designs. Interior elements more often than not coordinate with the exterior of a home, that is to say, beautiful wood and stone floors, expansive granite, custom cabinetry, extensive millwork and soaring ceiling heights to name but a few features are hallmarks of quality home construction and design in Sea Pines Resort. Large outdoor decks with water views, sculptured pools, and covered outdoor living spaces flanked by canopies of live oaks add to the charm and livability of Hilton Head Island’s premier community. 
Sea Pines Resort offers miles of protected

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When considering Hilton Head Island real estate, different things come to mind for different people. As an avid fisherman and lover of the outdoors, I came to know the island over 30 years ago on my boat and, more recently, in my kayak. An absolute understanding of the island can be garnered quietly, peacefully, still. One with nature, you might say.

Selling real estate on the Island has been my passion for nearly three decades. Many things have changed during that time, yet much has remained the same. People love Hilton Head for the same reasons that brought me here. The weather and the water. Yes, of course, golf, tennis, outdoor activities, equestrian pursuits, fine restaurants, beautiful homes, great schools, entertainment and the arts are all part

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