Are You Relocating to the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area?
You aren’t alone. Buying a home in this area, for many, is a culmination on many years of vacationing and dreaming. For others, it’s a job relocation or it may also be a carefully thought out life change to relocate to an area full of natural beauty and friendly people. We see many buyers who have hit the “reset” button on life and come to our area, find a new job and settle in. And of course, we have the first time vacationer who falls in love and buys a property of their own so that they can visit more often.
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Questions for Prospective Buyers
How do you plan to use the property? This may sound like a strange question, but Hilton Head and Bluffton aren’t your typical destination. Maybe you will be using the home full time or maybe you will just be here part time. If you are here part time, do you want a property that you can earn some short term rental income on? Do you want a home or a villa? These are all questions that our experienced agents can answer and guide you through. Who knows? We may present something you’ve never even thought of that make buying a property something you can do sooner than you even imagined.
You need a good agent who will work hard for you. Our real estate team is dedicated to helping you find the right home, at the best price. We want you to find the home that will make you happy.
Keep your objectives in mind when visiting a home. Sometimes the idea of owning a home can overwhelm your practical sense, so keep your feelings in check. Keep a list handy of the features that you need and want in a home, and judge each home by the list instead of by details that could distract you from your goal. When you're alone with your agent, you can go over the pros and cons of each home. We can help you stay on track while still keeping our eyes out for a great property.
Engage the services of a good real estate lawyer. South Carolina is an "attorney state" and not a "title state" so you will need the services a real estate attorney during closing. We can recommend several lawyers in the area who might be a good fit for you.
Make the offer. This can be a maze of "buyer", "seller", "deposit", and "closing". We'll be happy to prepare the paperwork and go through it with you before submitting it.
Get all necessary inspections done. A home inspector will check for signs of harmful materials like lead paint and mold. They'll also check for evidence of pests, faulty wiring and leaks. This is a crucial part of the home purchase. . There are several inspectors in the area that we'd be happy to recommend.
Do a final walkthrough before closing the deal. We'd be happy to do this with you to make sure that everything agreed upon is completed prior to the final signing.
From the first interview that determines your requirements to the moment that you receive the keys, we can help you with the complicated process of buying a home. Don't hesitate to contact us to find out more about how we can make the home buying process easier!
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