Photo by David Love: Sea Pines Forest Preserve Wildflower Meadow

There's a wonderful thrill in being emotionally ready to purchase real estate on Hilton Head Island and disappointment in seeing your dream property sell to another before you could harness your intentions. With our inventory as tight as it's been lately, this is becoming the challenge for buyers in our market. As this trend continues to unfold, there are 3 tips you can take to avoid this situation from happening to you:

Tip 1: Establish a good working relationship with a local Realtor

Buying real estate on Hilton Head Island is a process of discovering your options, within your price point, and matching your desires to the area of the island that has the most meaningful activities and amenities for you and your family to enjoy. Our gated and non-gated communities, from Sea Pines Plantation to Hilton Head Plantation, all have something to offer. Some communities focus on different amenities than others and some of those amenities may be better suited to how you'll use your property. A good Realtor can help you sort through the different communities on the island and match their amenity packages to the lifestyle you and your family are seeking. This process takes time and dialogue to sort through. It's helpful to have your Realtor take you on a tour of the communities that most match your lifestyle needs. By going through this step, you'll come to fully understand where on the island you want to be and why.

Tip 2: Do your due diligence

Now that you know where on the island you want to be and why, it's time to preposition yourself by doing your due diligence. A number of our prime properties are selling within days of hitting the market to folks who have taken the time to run the numbers, have addressed all their questions about buying our local real estate so they feel confident about what they are doing and why. This is a deliberative process that takes time to sort through and a good Realtor is invaluable to helping you to gather all the information you'll need to excerise a wise and well informed decision.

Tip 3: Be the first to know

Having established a good working relationship with your Realtor, who understands what you're looking for and why, and you're feeling confident about your thought process from having done all your due diligence, you're ready to successfully engage in our real estate market. So much of real estate is about timing. At this stage, it's good to have your Realtor activate the Matrix program on our local MLS. As new properties come to the market, you'll receive timely and targeted information about specific properties you're interested in pursuing. With tight inventory on hand, this is how a number of our good properties are selling so fast.

With the help of a local Realtor, you can set yourself up for a successful property acquisition in 2018!

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