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We're pleased to report the real estate market on Hilton Head Island is firing on all cylinders a year into the pandemic. The 1st Quarter MLS sales data illustrates the strength of our local market. While demand remains near all time highs, there is a growing sense of frustration with buyers as they compete for new listings. Sellers, on the other hand, are trying to gauge the most opportune time to come to the market while dealing with the replacement question? With inventory so scarce, it's difficult to see how the market will change much through the summer.

Home sales around the Island jumped 60.0%, year-over-year, and the median sales price appreciated 26.8% to $760,500.

Island-wide, villas sales increased 57.6%, year-over-year, and the 

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Photo by David Love of Hilton Head Beach

We're thrilled to report the real estate market on Hilton Head Island experienced a spectacular year in 2020. The national trend of folks pursuing a higher quality of life with access to nature and outdoor activities, coupled with the ability to work from anywhere, has produced the 2nd busiest year on record for home and villa sales on the Island. And as the year progressed, and inventory levels dwindled to record lows, the Island's pricing malaise of the last several years was finally broken.

Home sales on Hilton Head Island rocketed up 46.8% from the previous year and the median sales price increased 11.8% to $625,000. The strength of the market came from buyers putting a premium on the need for extra living space, both indoors and out. A total of…

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David Love Photography

We're pleased to report the real estate market on Hilton Head Island is having the most successful year in home and villa sales since 2005. And by most accounts, the island hosted its busiest summer tourist season in memory. With pristine natural beauty, open spaces and an array of outdoor activities, Hilton Head Island is proving to be the rejuvenating respite folks are looking for. In fact, the readers of Conde Nast Traveler's have just named Hilton Head Island the best island in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row!

Home sales around the Island jumped 30.2% year-over-year and the median sales price increased 11% to $605,000. Inventory is down 48.1% from this time last year.

Island-wide, villa sales are slightly ahead of last year and up…

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How to Choose a REALTOR

 

Lynne Riggs Anderson/REALTOR/Accredited Buyers Agent

By: Lynne Riggs Anderson
REALTOR/Accredited Buyers Representative

Whether it’s love at first sight or you’ve been considering buying a Hilton Head home for years, making the decision to buy is a big one.Purchasing property is the largest investment most Americans will make over their lifetimes. Choosing the right real estate agent or REALTOR to work with toguide you through that process is paramount to a positive, pleasant, efficient and financially productive experience. There’s a lot of agentson the island (nearly 1,400, according to the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors) and matching your wants and needs with an agent who can provide you the personality, drive and energy you…

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. —

One Lowcountry lawmaker is pushing to turn the bridges leading to and from Hilton Head Island into a massive linear park.

Rep. Jeff Bradley, who represents Hilton Head and Daufuskie islands, says the current bridges leading to Hilton Head represents 1.2 miles of opportunity.

"I think that if we can stretch our thinking process, we can turn that into a 1.2 mile parkway that would be open to pedestrians. It would be open to bicyclers, it would be open for potential festivals, it would be open to the arts. I think if you let your mind stretch in any way shape or form, you can begin to see what could happen there," Bradley said.

The U.S. 278 gateway corridor project, once finished, would…

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Sea Pines Osprey Nest #7515

We're pleased to report the real estate market on Hilton Head Island recovered beyond our wildest expectations during the 2nd quarter of 2020. The market nearly ground to a halt for six weeks in March and April and the situation looked dire. During that brief period a new paradigm shift took hold in real estate and the Island appears to be the beneficiary. We've not seen this strong a demand from buyers since 2004-2005. In Sea Pines, homes have been going under contract at almost 2 -3 times the average monthly rate. After all these years of being endlessly patient, the mood of our market is determined to take action and exhibiting time is of the essence.

Year-over-year, Island-wide home sales declined 1.5% while the median sales price increased…

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Home sales soared in the Hilton Head area after taking a coronavirus plunge.

Why? 

BY SAM OGOZALEK JUNE 19, 2020 10:15 AM - Island Packet Newspaper

A wave of new homebuyers from the northeast and other parts of the country flooded the local real estate niarket over the past few weeks, motivated by low interest rates and high coronavirus caseloads in densely populated cities and suburbs, real estate agents say. 

The result: a banner month in May for pending home sales around the Hilton Head area. 

Despite requirements that prospective buyers wear PPE -- or their requests to take virtual tours via Zoom — pending home sales increased 11.3% in May year-over-year, with 629 pending sales in total, according to Hilton Head Island MLS data. Those…

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Nothing about this RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament was normal.

So maybe it was fitting that the eventual champion was a steady presence who knows this golf course as well as anyone.

In the end, Webb Simpson punched through a tightly packed leaderboard fueled by unprecedented low scoring to win Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links. He finished 22-under-par 262 to beat a group that included a charging Daniel Berger, Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka.

The winning total was a record, beating Brian Gay’s 20-under 264 finish in 2009.

More than Simpson’s course knowledge was experience in contention and knowing how he would react as birdies flew, he said.

“That was what I was thankfully leaning on those last few holes,”…

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Lynne Anderson- REALTOR/BUYERS ADVISOR

If you’re in the market for a Hilton Head Island home this summer, turns out first impressions are as important for houses as they are for people. That first look when you pull up to a property can set the tone for the remainder of the showing. A well landscaped home gives a property a sense of place and value. And if you're considering selling, good landscape design can add up to 20% of value to your home, a figure that rivals the return on a new bath or kitchen. Curb appeal is important to 71% of homebuyers when choosing their abode, according to a survey by NAR.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of the home’s value in landscaping.…

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Lights out for Turtles

Lights Out LogoThe Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is the state reptile of South Carolina and the most common sea turtle nester along our shores. They are easily recognizable by the large size of their head in relation to their body and their brownish or yellow skin. Adults have top shells that measure from 30-42 inches in length and usually weigh up to 400 pounds. Males are larger than females, and are not known to come ashore once they leave their beach of birth. Females usually begin to nest the first or second week in May; the nesting season usually ends by the end of August. Females usually emerge to nest at night and lay an average of 120 eggs per nest. They locate an appropriate nest site by judging the temperature and moisture…

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