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The concept of using images and video footage in real estate showcase videos isn’t new, but it has been proven to be a very effective way to showcase a property to prospective buyers. So, what is a new, effective, and underutilized method of marketing a property today? One of the newest, and I would argue most effective, methods is the use of drone technology for video and still images.

In the last couple of years, drone technology has rapidly evolved. As an example, just about two years ago, if you wanted an aerial image, there were basically only a couple of options; 1) Hire a professional helicopter pilot who could take pictures or video while flying over your property; or 2) Hire a person who knew how to assemble electrical components, solder

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Our island is so beautiful!  Hurricane Matthew took a giant swat at us in October, but we are recovering rapidly.  Much of the debris stacked on the side of the road has been removed and we are getting back to normal. 

When I first came back from the evacuation, it was so sad to see so many trees down.  The town of Hilton Head Island estimates we lost about 160,000 trees on our island and yet we have an amazing number left. The island is as beautiful as ever.  One of my first memories on returning is walking north on the beach, looking left and seeing our dunes gone and evidence of boardwalks torn up and trees down.  Then I turned to the right and there was our gorgeous ocean and I knew we were going to be okay.

The Town of Hilton Head Island

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The spec home market is beginning to flourish again on Hilton Head Island

The spec home market is beginning to flourish again on Hilton Head Island with new construction going up everywhere. One of the big appeals of this market is buyers can purchase a brand new home without the hassle and expense of finding a lot, designing the house with an architect and getting the approval from the Town and the ARB. With fewer homesites available spec homes will be in strong demand especially with non resident buyers who want new but don't have the time to build from scratch. Prices for these homes range from $700,000 to over $2,000,000 near the beaches. Please call me for all the exciting details!!  843-384-6789

               
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Having food allergies can be a challenge in everyday life but vacationing with food allergies can be downright frustrating. I understand these challenges more than anyone. I tell people I'm allergic to food, which is an exaggeration. However, I am allergic to a lot of foods including eggs, olives (olive oils), apples, dairy and gluten.

The good news is if you suffer from food allergies like me, Hilton Head Island has many allergy friendly dining options to accommodate. Let me share a few of my favorites: 

1.  Delishee Yo - 32 Palmetto Bay Road

They offer green juices, organic salads and sandwiches (they use rice paper to make my favorite wrap gluten free)  My favorite is their homemade hummus. P.S. Take notice of the garden as you enter.

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Having food allergies can be a challenge in everyday life but vacationing with food allergies can be downright frustrating. I understand these challenges more than anyone. I tell people I'm allergic to food, which is an exaggeration. However, I am allergic to a lot of foods including eggs, olives (olive oils), apples, dairy and gluten.

The good news is if you suffer from food allergies like me, Hilton Head Island has many allergy friendly dining options to accommodate. Let me share a few of my favorites: 

1.  Delishee Yo - 32 Palmetto Bay Road

They offer green juices, organic salads and sandwiches (they use rice paper to make my favorite wrap gluten free)  My favorite is their homemade hummus. P.S. Take notice of the garden as you enter. The

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Reasons to Buy Now:

Selection of properties is probably larger now than later—example

Sea Pines Villas for sale January 1, 2016—107

Sea Pines Villas for sale January 1, 2017— 71

Sold prices are rising—example

Residence average sold price in Sea Pines, January 1, 2016, $789,067

Residence average sold price in Sea Pines, January 1, 2017, $860,477, +9.05%.

Interest rates are rising—just under 3% in 2016 and looks like 4.25—4.50 in 2017

Sea Pines master plan was for 5,890 units (homes, villas, homesites, timeshares, hotel rooms).  Currently there are 260 pieces of real   estate on the market for sale in Sea Pines.  There cannot be more than 5,890 units, despite the fact that Sea Pines has 1,300 acres of open space, parks and forest

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Making Sense of Home Renovations

One of the lingering questions in the minds of many home owners involve interior and exterior renovations.  “When is the best time to invest in renovations?”  “How can I maximize the return on my investment?”  “What projects will retain their value over time?” It’s understandable – investing money in your home can be pricey (and stressful) and some projects have a greater return than others.

Fortunately, Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report – which analyzes what you will pay for upgrades - is now available online.  Craig Webb, editor of Remodeling magazine, noted that the value of high-priced projects rose significantly over last year.  He correlates that with the fact the housing market is

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Chamber Restaurant Week:

The Hilton Head Island – Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week returns January 21 – 28, 2017 and brings creative menus to the area culinary scene at prix-fixe prices.  Renowned chefs, local fare and delicious libations will satisfy any palate and appetite!

 

“Restaurant week is a win-win for both residents and restaurants,” said Bill Miles, CEO and President of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.  “Residents get a great deal on an outstanding multi-course meal, while restaurants have a chance to meet new customers.”

 

Last year over 75 restaurants participated and 10,000 visitors accessed the Chamber’s website to view menus and make reservations (highly recommended!).  Needless to say,

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 Perfect weather predicted for the next month!! Most days will be 70 and 40 to 50 at night.

The temperatures in January will be slightly above normal which makes for great beach weather, tennis and golf weather or any other activities you might enjoy this time of year. 

Are you curious to know the average temperatures, average rainfall and average ocean temperatures by month on Hilton Head Island?  Please refer to the chart below!


Contributed by:  Mary Pracht

 

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It’s no secret that Hilton Head Island is a favorite vacation destination.  In fact, Travel + Leisure readers ranked Hilton Head Island as the #1 island in the continental US in 2016.  And Conde Nast readers ranked Hilton Head Island as the #3 best island in the US.

With a multitude of activities to enjoy on and off the island, here are the Top 20 activities on Hilton Head Island as rated by Trip Advisor reviewers.

  1. Hilton Head Bike Trails
  2. Boating Tours
  3. Coligny Beach
  4. Coastal Discovery Museum
  5. Sea Pines Forest Preserve
  6. Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina
  7. Fishing Charters
  8. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
  9. Spas
  10. Folly Field Beach Park
  11. Shelter Cove Towne
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