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I’ve lived on Hilton Head Island just under 30 years.  Fresh out of graduate school (Texas) and armed with an MBA, I was living the corporate dream.  Several months into it, I received a call from my uncle who kindly extended an invitation to visit the island—and maybe do a little fishing.  It was love at first sight. The beaches were so beautiful, the swaying of the live oaks and the whispers of the palms lulled me into submission.  And the fishing was great! The people were friendly, and the island and environs were more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.  Hilton Head was calling and I had to answer.

Upon returning to corporate life, I tendered my resignation and was back on the island as quickly as humanly possible.  Hilton Head was

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If you are looking for a beautiful home or villa within an ideal setting surrounded by nature’s beauty and bounty, you need look no further than Hilton Head Island.  Hilton Head Island homes and villas for sale are situated in a variety of settings with myriad views—ocean, marsh, deepwater creek, golf and wooded.  Most are within gated communities which offer upscale amenities and 24/7 security.

These gated communities dot the island from the southeastern tip of Sea Pines Resort to the northernmost community of Windmill Harbour.  There are two large oceanfront Resorts, Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes, with each offering luxury oceanfront homes and villas as well as luxury inland properties; Port Royal Plantation is located mid-island and offers

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Bluffton, South Carolina, loved for its history, charm, and tradition – as well as new and classic homes for sale in luxury gated communities – is a Southern coastal retreat just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island. Renowned for its dramatic waterfront views, gracious living and undisturbed nature, Bluffton enjoys an unspoiled ecosystem, clear-running creeks and salt marshes brimming with bounty of the sea. Bluffton’s year round warm temperatures create an inviting atmosphere and with real estate offers are as diverse as the land itself, it has set itself apart from its more famous island neighbor.

The streets of Old Town Bluffton are lined with live oaks and support a host of locally owned art galleries, boutiques, cafes and businesses.  It is

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It is said that all the best journeys lead back to home.  I find that especially true with Hilton Head real estate.  Over the years, I have worked with clients who, after vacationing here year after year, decided to purchase a condo, villa or home on Hilton Head.  Some wanted to start small and upgrade later, while others knew exactly what they wanted, blazed a trail to find it, bought it, and never looked back. I am referring to clients who were still in their working prime, many of whom had small children in school in states across the country and were not yet ready to move.  So, while they were not ready to retire or make the permanent move to the Island, they wanted to secure their spot. They realized early-on that they wanted to end up on

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Your first time on Hilton Head Island: it wasn’t what you expected; it was so much better!  It’s known as the Hilton Head Effect—and it is electrifying!  For so many, those weekend visits to the Island turn into weeklong vacations, then a month, then summers, then, finally, a lifetime. Your desire for a home or villa on Hilton Head becomes reality. But it doesn’t just happen.  It happens because you dream about it, you plan for it, you do your homework, you work with the right Realtor, and you are selective in your purchase decision. It happens because you make it happen, and when it all falls into place it is magical.

But what was it that really turned you on to Hilton Head?  Was it the sun-soaked beaches, the beautiful homes with their sunny

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It’s time to turn inspiration into action!  You’ve thought about purchasing a property on the Island, but are waiting for the right time.  Now is the right time! Hilton Head homes, villas and lots currently for sale are hard to resist. Price points are still quite affordable and mortgage rates are low.  What are you waiting for?

With the fantastic finds and hidden gems on the market, why not enjoy relaxed living at your own beach retreat.  Each community offers its own collection of neighborhoods, each with its own design elements and character whether alongside the unspoiled beaches in Palmetto Dunes and Leamington, overlooking the grassy tidal marshes in Hilton Head Plantation, tucked among the towering live oaks in Wexford, offering long views of

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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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