My Weekly "Favorite" BLOG based on Realtor Tours, Central, North & South

Thank you for visiting my blog! This weekly blog is not intended to promote my listings or those of my Firm, Sea Pines Real Estate Beach Club. We market those very well. Instead, the purpose of this blog is to give you insight to my one pick of what I think is the “favorite” from the choice of homes on the weekly home tour. I will try and guide you through my process and thoughts to my pick.

The home tour is designed to introduce the real estate agents of the new homes on the market. The tours are broken down to North, Mid-Island and South Island. My “favorite" is not based on any particular criteria. It is simply and usually, my professional choice of the “favorite” in this week’s offerings. However, as I am human, sometimes emotions take over and I just like a house.  I take the community, location, price, size, view, condition and other variables into each evaluation. 

Feel free to contact me, Your Hilton Head Agent, or your own agent for information on any homes or villas on the weekly tour or on the island. I look forward to hearing from you!

See you at the beach, bike path, ocean or golf course! :) 

Susan

Oct. 14, 2020

Hilton Head Homes Tour South - Oct.14,2020

Today is Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, and we have the South Tour of homes for sale on Hilton Head Island and, of course, condos. This continues to be an unprecedented time. Inventories are extremely low. Demand is high. So, if you're reading this and are considering putting your house on the market, fix everything, make it as turnkey as possible, and put it on the market now, and you will be pleasantly surprised at what you might attain from it if you live on Hilton Head Island.

Sea Pines

The first home was located at 42 Stoney Creek Road, and it has four bedrooms and three and a half baths. It's listed for $999,999. This was towards the end of the road of Stoney Creek. Not quite at the end. It did not have a marsh view. It needs a lot of work. You could open up the kitchen. It needs a lot of work, so I think at $1 million, you're going to put $1.5 million into it, and then you're in Stoney Creek on the wooded side. If it was marsh, then maybe. What I didn't like about it was the stairs that go to the upstairs is sort of in your living space. It just, architecturally, isn't that great. The other thing is the carport is detached. So, there are a lot of things to overcome on this home. I love older homes, but I don't think this will be one of my favorites though.

I did go into a condo. Because there's so little inventory, I had the time to do it. And that was in Harbor Town. 939 Cutter Court Villas has two bedrooms and two baths and is listed for $629,000. That's what I'm saying. Six months ago, the price would have been listed at $599,000. Now, we're at $629,000. It's different times for two-bedroom condos. It's turnkey cute, and the reason it's priced that high is because you have a spectacular front seat to the Harbor Town lighthouse. And it doesn't need any work. Just little details, but that's it.

Then, we got to go to the Baynard Park area, which is wonderful. 61 Baynard Park Road has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two half baths. This home is listed for $3,950,000. It has a gorgeous marsh view. It's a newer home with every attention to detail. It's gorgeous. We're talking $4 million, but it is a newer home. I happened to look it up. I'm surprised. It says 2005, but it's got a lot of square footage. It's a big, big home on the water. 

Two doors down, we had 65 Baynard Park Road with four bedrooms and four bathrooms listed for $2,575,000. Again, it's quite a difference in price. The other home is a lot more stately. This one needs a lot of updating. But again, it's a killer view. I actually think it's a better view than two doors down. You have a lot more water than you do on the other one. So, I think it's a better lot. But it does need a complete gut. So, expect to spend about half a million dollars to update it. It seems a little on the high side, but right now, the way the market is, why not? So, let's see what that one brings. 

At Oceanfront, we had 23 Turtle Lane Club. This home has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. It's listed for $3,250,000. This is a town home, up and down. It's got a garage. It's got everything. It's a little tight in there, but boy, you're oceanfront. It's a different home than the one on Baynard Park. It's not as luxurious, but if you go to spend between $3 and $4 million, why not be on the beach? Because that is just a primo oceanfront location.

I did also go to one that was a private showing on 3 Sweet Gum in Greenwood Forest, which is a very wooded area. Greenwood Forest and Lawton Road are where the starter homes were before Club Course was built. This was a new home for $1,100,000, and I understand it's already under contract.

Forest Beach

In Forest Beach, we had one home listed. 16 Sandpiper Street had four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The listing price for this home is $799,000. This is on the other side of Forest Beach, so you're not that close but, still, close enough to walk to the beach. The house is a nice size and all on one floor. They added on a master bedroom that was larger than the original master bedroom. There's a big backyard that you could add a pool to. So, again, someone who wants to be beach oriented or put it on the rental market, this might be a grand opportunity. 

Then, in Hilton Head off gated communities, we have in Palmetto Bay, unit 413C with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms listed for $259,000. I did not go see that; however, I'm sure it's fine. 

I also want to mention there was a house on Tupelo that I never got to speak about, because it came on the market last week. It was an estate sale. It was listed at $675,000. And I heard from the listing agent that they had 10 offers on that house. 

So, these are unprecedented times for sure. If you want to buy something, you had better act quickly and have your prequalification letter ready. And if you're selling, this is a great time to sell if you know where you want to go. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I'd love to help you navigate through what's available because there are some good buys out there that you can start the lifestyle of living on Hilton Head Island. Why wait until tomorrow? Do it today, and let us help you.

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Oct. 8, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - North - Oct. 7,2020

Today is Wednesday October 7th, 2020, and we have the North End Tour of homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. The trend continues that we have more houses going under contract than coming Active on the market. I'll give you an example. We have one home site, one villa, and only six homes for the entire north end of the island. Alternatively, I looked on Monday, and in the morning, we had 17 houses and villas under contract for Hilton Head Island and an hour later, we were at 23. 

So once again, we're seeing that homes are going under contract quite quickly, if they're priced well and in great condition. We are starting to see some prices really going through the roof and sky high pricing at times.  That seems to be a trend right now. So, it really depends on the condition and pricing strategy. 

Hilton Head Plantation

In Hilton Head Plantation, I started in the Skull Creek neighborhood. We had 25 Old Fort Drive with four bedrooms and three and a half baths listed for $1,100,000. This house is all about the view. It's in a great location, does have an older kitchen and a three-car garage, but it is dated. The door at the entryway was a single dated door. The view, though, is spectacular. It does need some updating, but it's got a very good flow and, again, that million-dollar view.

In the Dolphin Head area, 33 Hickory Forest drive is for sale. This is another four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home listed for $989,000. This one wasn't as close to the water and the marsh as Old Fort Drive but, also, had a nice, long view. It's on that side of Hickory Forest near Dolphin Head. I've been in this house before. And because I had been in it before, I decided I'd look it up. And this house only closed in January of this year. So, I don't know why the present owner is selling. When you come in, though, it does feel like you're blocked from sort of the view by the living area furnishings. The master bathroom has been redone and is quite nice. The decor is very feminine. For someone that's looking for a view in Hickory Forest, this might be a good candidate.

In the Oyster Reef neighborhood, we had 21 Oyster Reef Drive. This home has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, listed at $689,000. Now, this home is $300,000 less than the house on Hickory Forest and $400,000 more than a deep-water view. However, it is a very humble home. But it's got spectacular views. The architect really took advantage of the view, and I think if you like to entertain-- it's a practical home too. You come in the back to get to the kitchen and garage, but your guests come in the entryway. And you have the high cathedral ceilings with double windows and spectacular long golf view. This is a very interesting one that I would even show someone looking in the $900,000 range even though they might poo-poo it. I get excited about these homes personally, because I see their potential and know their locations and view are prime. It's a very unique private property with only a neighbor on one side. It has a lot of things that I think are important, but they're not on the water. Based on present market, to be on the water in Hilton Head Plantation, it's going to take you an additional $300,000. And this is for homes that need updating, which this one does by the way. I love the privacy and the setting on it.

And lastly, in the Headlands neighborhood, we had 5 Fallen Arrow Court with three bedrooms and three and a half baths. It's listed for $625,000. I like the convenience of this one right off the Headlands south entryway, right near the main gate. It sits on the end of a cul-de-sac. It has a huge, large, circular driveway and nice double entryway doors with glass on either side. So, this was the first house that had a presentable large front entry door. It has a golf view and high ceilings. I'm not a fan of these types of windows, but the curb appeal is great. The golf view was phenomenal. It has a smaller kitchen. But because of the musty smell, I couldn't even stay in there. I don't know if it's been closed up too long or if it's the textiles in that home. But it really needs to be aired out. Great price.

So, I would say of all four of those, the one that got me the most excited was 21 Oyster Reef Drive. If it was all about the view, then I would say 25 Old Fort Drive, but it does need updating. That's it for Hilton Head Plantation. 

And off the gated communities, we have two in Carolina Isles. 8 Sullivans Lane has four bedrooms and two and a half baths and is listed for $409,000. 

And 117 Carolina Isles Drive has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. This home is listed for $345,000. 

And lastly, a condo at Woodlake Villa, unit 130, a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath condo listed for $175,000. 

And down Marshland Road, which one of the last areas of larger development on Hilton Head, we had a homesite at 74 Crosswinds Drive, a Charleston inspired gated community. And that price is $219,900.  

So, all in all, again, it's a very small tour. There are still some great homes out there, but it's slim pickings. You've got to act fast, have your pre-qualification letter ready, have your agent ready that you trust, where you can just make an offer and then, come down as you need if your offer gets accepted. 

We are here to help you. It doesn't matter if you're ready to buy next week or in two years or even longer. We want to guide you through this process and help you find the perfect place. So, don't hesitate to contact us at YourHiltonHeadAgent.com by emailing us or calling us at (843) 816-6388. We're here to help. 


Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Ochsner

(843) 816-6388
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
Oct. 4, 2020

New Flood Insurance Rate Maps Questions Frequently Asked

The town has done a great job answering questions on New Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Sea Pines and all of Hilton Head Island! See below:

Flood Insurance Rate Maps FAQs

FEMA recently announced that the Flood Insurance Rate Maps will become effective on March 23, 2021.

What is my new flood zone?
If you do not own property in the Town of Hilton Head Island, please contact your local jurisdiction as we do not have this information available for areas outside of Town limits.

If you own property in the Town of Hilton Head Island, you can look up your new flood zone by entering your address at www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/flood/floodzonesearch.cfm
What do the flood zone designations mean??
Zone X (formerly Zone C) – low-risk zone
Zone Shaded X (formerly Zone B) – moderate-risk zone (0.2% annual chance flood)
Zone AO – areas of shallow flooding
Zone AE – high-risk zone (1% annual chance Flood)
Zone VE – coastal high-hazard zone
When will my flood insurance rate change?
How much will I be paying for flood insurance after March 23, 2021?
Contact your flood insurance provider to obtain your new flood insurance rate.
What will the elevation requirements be for new homes when the new flood maps are effective?
The Town is required to adopt a new ordinance to officially accept the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps. At this time, we are working on the ordinance revision and have limited information as to how this will affect new construction on the Island.
Can I submit a building permit application now, in anticipation of constructing my home using the new base flood elevation?
No. A home must be constructed to the Building Codes and Town Ordinances in effect at the time the building permit application is received by the Town.
Sept. 30, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale Central - Sept. 30, 2020

Today is Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. It's hard to believe it's the last day of September. And boy, what gorgeous weather we are having. It is just spectacular. A little cooler weather, but nice and warm in the afternoon. 

So, we have a very, very short tour today. We only had two homes and two condos in the entire central area. And I don't think it's COVID. I think people just aren't selling and they're holding onto their homes. Our inventory keeps dwindling. Even under delayed listings, I'm starting to see-- we used to have 70s. Now, it's down to 57. So, I'm not surprised. So, let's get started on this gorgeous day.

Shipyard

In Shipyard, we had 18 Misty Cove with two bedrooms and two baths listed for $469,900. It's a little high for a two-bedroom home, but it's beautifully done. The courtyard in the front is adorable. The kitchen's remodeled and open, and there's a large sitting area off of the kitchen. It has a nice fireplace, a golf view, and two sitting areas. If somebody can live with a two-bedroom home, this is a really nice, cute home. 

Port Royal

In Port Royal, we had 29 Doubloon Drive. This home has three bedrooms and three baths. It's listed for $649,000. Although this was an old-school house, I love the setting of it in addition to being on a beautiful street. You're very close to the ocean and the Port Royal Beach Club is probably a mile away. There's a beautiful golf view, and it's a ranch home. The kitchen was okay. They had enclosed the garage. They had all kinds of knickknacks and memorabilia in the garage. You're really getting the home for lot value. It was in great condition and sort of an old-school floor plan.

For condos, we had in Shelter Cove 7112 Harbourside One Villa with one bedroom and one bath listed for $307,000. These prices are inching up a little bit. 

And in the Folly Field area, we have 21L Fiddler's Cove Villas. This condo has two bedrooms and two baths and is listed for $225,000. It's also nicely done and is beach oriented. These rent really well in the summer. The rest of the time, not so much.

So, that wraps it up on this very short tour. I do want to remind everyone that Hilton Head is a fabulous place to be. The lifestyle's fantastic, and nowadays when you can work almost anywhere, why not be on the beach? Why not be on a place where it's a wonderful community with lots to do?

Thank you for your consideration. If we can be of any service to you, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd love to help you.

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Ochsner
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843)816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Sept. 29, 2020

Flood map new and effective March 23,2021

 

For More Information:

Carolyn Grant

Communications Director

843-341-4618

carolyng@hiltonheadislandsc.gov

 

FEMA Releases Updated Flood Maps for Hilton Head Island

 

Hilton Head Island, S.C. (September 29, 2020)  The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has released updated, digital flood hazard maps that show the extent to which areas throughout Hilton Head Island are at risk for flooding. 

 

The Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are based on updated coastal modeling and shows flood hazards more accurately than older maps.  These maps will become effective for flood insurance rating on March 23, 2021.

 

FIRMs indicate whether properties are in areas of high, moderate or low flood risk. Over time, flood risks change due to weather events, environmental changes, erosion, land use and other factors,” said Shari Mendrick, the Floodplain Administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island.

 

Maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes. However, the Town Hilton Head Island FIRMs have not been updated since 1986,” Mendrick said. “In reviewing the new FIRM, many property owners may find that their risk is higher or lower than they thought.  If the risk level for a property changes, so may the requirement to carry flood insurance. 

 

The updated flood map allows property owners to make better financial decisions about protecting themselves and their property. The map also helps community officials, engineers, builders and others make important determinations about where and how new structures and developments should be built, making the Town of Hilton Head Island a safer place to live.

 

If you own property in the Town of Hilton Head Island, click the link below to look up your new flood zone:

https://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/flood/floodzonesearch.cfm

 

For more information about flooding in the Town of Hilton Head Island and flood insurance, visit https://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/departments/commdev/floodhazreq.cfm?blue_menuheader=1

Frequently Asked Questions About the Flood Insurance Rate Maps

 

What is my new flood zone?

If you do not own property in the Town of Hilton Head Island, please contact your local jurisdiction as the Town does not have this information available for areas outside of Town limits.

 

If you own property in the Town of Hilton Head Island, you can look up your new flood zone by clicking the link below and entering your address.

https://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/flood/floodzonesearch.cfm

 

You can also call the Town’s Community Development Information Center at (843) 341-4757.  Please understand that due to the large volume of calls at this time, it may take 48 to 72 hours for a response.

 

What do the flood zone designations mean?

Zone X (formerly Zone C) – low-risk zone

Zone Shaded X (formerly Zone B) – moderate-risk zone (0.2% annual chance flood)

Zone AO – areas of shallow flooding

Zone AE – high-risk zone (1% annual chance Flood)

Zone VE – coastal high-hazard zone

 

When will my flood insurance rate change?

Your flood insurance rate will not change until the maps become effective on March 23, 2021.  Please contact your flood insurance provider for information on how your flood insurance rate will change. 

 

How much will I be paying for flood insurance after March 23, 2021?

Contact your flood insurance provider to obtain your new flood insurance rate.

 

What will the elevation requirements be for new homes when the new flood maps are effective? 

The Town is required to adopt a new ordinance to officially accept the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  At this time, our staff is working on the ordinance revision and have limited information as to how this will affect new construction on the Island.

 

Can I submit a building permit application now, in anticipation of constructing my home using the new base flood elevation?

No.  A home must be constructed to the Building Codes and Town Ordinances in effect at the time the building permit application is received by the Town.  

 

Sept. 25, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - South - Sept. 23,2020

Today is Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. And we have the most fabulous weather on Hilton Head. I hope wherever you're at that your temperatures are also wonderful. Fall is in the air, and the humidity is gone. It looks like we will have a little warmer weather soon, which is warmly welcomed. 

We had a very small South Tour of nine homes. Let's get started in Sea Pines.

Sea Pines

First, I went to an ocean front home at 23 Black Skimmer Road. This is a regal home with six-bedroom, six-bath, and two half-bath home listed for $7,900,000. A Superior Build home, but I found it had quite a small backyard and was a little bit on the dark side. I love the wood staircase going up when you first enter. Most of the living space was downstairs. It seemed that it was designed for two people, not families. When you're in the pool and you need to go use the restroom, you have to go through the entire house and kitchen and living space, or you have to go through the master because they're the only ones that have a door to the outside.  

47 Deer Run Lane has five bedrooms, five baths, and two half-baths, and it's listed for $2,195,000. This is a lovely newer home. I've shown it several times. It has a partial lagoon view and is angled so you can really enjoy the outdoor space the way homes are being built nowadays. It's a new home, impeccably maintained and very nicely appointed, and like I said, a very decent outdoor area for homeowners. In fact, I'm surprised it's still on the market. 

35 Red Oak Road has five bedrooms, five baths, and TWO half-baths. This home is listed for $1,740,000. I always laugh how there are things that are always repetitive in certain tours. And this time, it seems to be homes that have two half-baths. Usually, they only have one half bath, not two. Nevertheless, this is a nicely built home. You enter to a round space that you can tell obviously showcases the pool. There are close bushes to the back area, because there's not a lot of space back there. And you can see a peek-a-boo view of the house on the other side. So, I would say the lack of privacy is probably the biggest objection to it. There is some open space, and it's really nicely appointed. I also didn't understand the free-standing Frigidaire that was between the dining spaces and the kitchen. I felt that that was not a place. It needed to be in the garage or in a service area, but certainly not in this open-flow space. It looked really out of place. And if someone's interested in the Red Oak area, I know that one of my clients that lives very close to that house and has a better view would like to sell their home. So, let me know.

21 Genoa Court has three bedrooms and three and a half baths and is listed for $1,300,000. This is a townhome. When you walk up, it's full of brick, cozy old school. You feel that Charleston vibe.  It has a pool in the front. It needs to be gutted inside, but the view is absolutely spectacular. So, someone with a lot of vision could really bring this to the next level. It's a beautiful, beautiful address. There's no garage though. So, keep that in mind. 

22 Genoa Court next door is also for sale. It was not on tour. But I do know that that one does have a garage - for three cars, as a matter of fact. But it doesn't have a pool. 

12 Twin Pines Road has four bedrooms, four and half baths and is listed for $1,395,000. It's a nice home. It's on a nice address, has a good golf view and a pool. It was an okay house. It was a well-built and a lovely home. I really didn't find anything that stood out in the way of total impression or total objection. So, it's an average home. 

12 Oyster Landing Lane had three bedrooms and three and a half baths. This house is listed for $839,000. The pictures don't do it justice. This is obviously an artsy person that owns it. Oyster Landing can be kind of tight in the entryway. This one, when you came in, you had a beautiful garden that flowed and had an open feel. You walked in. It was split level. It had a cozy little kitchen. But it had a long golf view that was fabulous. And I think with a little tweaking, this house could be quite good.

17 Oyster Catcher Road is a four-bedroom and four-bath home listed for $2,849,500. Now, we're back to ocean oriented. I kind of made a circle loop on this tour. There was a distinct smell in this house - almost like there was a dead animal or something. But it's in good condition, second row, nicely updated, light and bright. And considering it's a second-row home, this one got a thumbs up from me. Just that smell, we need to figure out what that smell was that wasn't that appealing. But it's a lovely home and a fantastic location, no doubt. 

20 Ruddy Turnstone Road is a three-bedroom, two-bath house listed for $1,085,000. I'm going to make a comment here. It's a well-priced home. It's an old ranch, a very old-school beach house, fifth row. Very private with a wooded area towards the back. The pool is in the front. A lot of these ocean-oriented homes are getting so large that they're made for multi-families and people to rent them out for Thanksgiving, for 20 people, 30 people, whatever. It's a breath of fresh air when places like Ruddy Turnstone, where you have a really cool ranch beach house, that you could make your own for a young family or a small family or for just a couple or one person to use. Not everybody wants a monster. So, this one could be nicely updated and become a really lovely home. 

There was one villa in Sea Pines. 1762 Bluff Villa has three bedrooms and two baths. It's listed for $521,500. There are not a lot of three-bedroom homes, and it's okay appointed. 

Forest Beach

In Forest Beach, we had 311 Forest Beach Villa. It's an efficiency with one bathroom for $220,000. It's in a great building and a great location. The prices are creeping up. You've got to remember that not too long ago, I was writing about one of these that was in the $189,000/$190,000 area. So, there certainly is a creeping up of prices. 

And then, in 802 Tanglewood Villas, there is a two-bedroom, two-bath villa listed for $289,000. Also, these are well liked. They've all been redone on the outside, and they're in the money. We're starting to see more villas come on in Forest Beach now that the rental season is over. 

Hilton Head Non-Gated

10 Roma Court has four bedrooms and five baths. This home is listed for $1,195,000. This had a killer marsh view. It's in the best part of Ashton Cove, which is Roma Court and Diexler Lane. Those are the two that have marsh views.  This home is on the cul-de-sac, so you have a narrow driveway going up, which might be shared. They're going to build on the left of that home at some point. It had an asphalt driveway. I found the garage to be very tight on the 90-degree angle with two doors, which confused me a little bit. When you come into the home, it's an older home in Ashton Cove. It's a little choppy inside. What makes this house is the million-dollar marsh view. These folks also did a fantastic job of making the outdoor lifestyle. They have a little cabana out there and the pool area with the deck around it. It seemed a little high especially for the neighborhood. You're going to be the top price in there.

Then, we had one condo that was non-gated and that was 1402 Brighton Bay Villa. It had one bedroom and one bath and was listed for $169,000. It's in the money. Again, it's a great entry level for Hilton Head and being near Palmetto Bay Villa.

All in all, it's a very small tour as we can expect. I think I've already expressed that we have half of the inventories that we've had before COVID, and that's, of course, starting to press some of the prices upwards. There are still some great buys out there. It's really making concessions into the must-have list. I'm a big believer in location and view, because everything else can be changed. Those, you cannot change. So, do focus on those also.

If I had to pick a winner, I would have to say my favorite was 12 Oyster Landing Lane. I didn't think I'd really like that and was pleasantly surprised by the price and the views and just the curb appeal. 

I hope to see you next week when we have another tour of Hilton Head Island. Please remember that we are here to help you in any way. Regardless of what area of Hilton Head, let us help you navigate what's the best options for you. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

(843) 816-6388
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
Sept. 16, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - North - Sept. 16, 2020

Today is Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. And we have a rainy day here on Hilton Head Island. I think that's because of Hurricane Sally. September can sometimes be rainy, but hopefully, it will stop at some point soon. 

Today is the tour for the North part of the island. And we will start at Windmill Harbor. 

Windmill Harbor

75 Harbor Passage has five bedrooms, five baths, and two half baths. This home is listed for $2,495,000. This home is absolutely gorgeous. It has a Bulthaup kitchen, which is a German, very high-end kitchen and many great gadgets including a Miele coffee maker. It's just a top-of-the-line kitchen. It has an elevator that stops on every floor. It's absolutely green living and is contemporary with a gorgeous water view. It's perfection, it's modern, it's green, and has views. 

Hilton Head Plantation

The first one I went to was 15 Dolphin Point Lane. It had four bedrooms and three bathrooms and is listed for $695,000. I really liked this home. It was very nice and remodeled. You had peek-a-boo water views on this property. The master was upstairs. There was privacy to the back. It had a spacious master bath. I loved the circular driveway. It did not have a garage, but it was elevated with a crawl space. You did have a little bit of a hollow sound. But for its location and condition, I found it very well priced. 

In the Bear Creek neighborhood, we had 11 Tall Pines Road with three bedrooms and two and a half baths listed for $598,000. I like the location of this one. The curb appeal - I didn't like that the exterior paint was peeling. It looks like it needs a little bit of an exterior paint job. Again, this one's also elevated with a crawl space. It also had some hollow dips. But it has a new roof and smooth ceilings. I love the lawn living space that opened up to the beautiful lagoon. There are original cabinets, but they had a Dacor stove. I found that it has great value in a great location. So, both of these, I've liked so far.

Now, let's move to the Skull Creek neighborhood. 

261 Seabrook Drive is a four-bedroom, four-bath home listed for $715,000. I liked this house. It had high ceilings and new floors. It was really light and bright. It had a nice flow to it. I loved the green backyard. It was very spacious to play and run. It was on the road, on Seabrook Road, which is not that busy of a road. But you really couldn't hear anything from inside. I love the benches in the corner of the living space. So, considering what's been selling, this is a nice home. And I believe they have lowered the price.

The other one in the Skull Creek neighborhood is 22 Cristo Drive. It has four bedrooms, three baths, and two half baths, and it's listed for $795,000. This is a low-country home. It's elevated and darker than I like, but it's got fabulous views. It's a great family home. It was dark today, but again, with all the rain and no sunshine, maybe that's when you really notice it. But on a normal day, that shouldn't be an issue. I love the view. It's all about the view and the nice big backyard. 

In Spring Lake, we had 9 Broomsedge Court with three bedrooms and two baths listed for $281,500. These are duplexes. This one's done really nice inside. It flows well, and it's a decent price. I really don't care for the exterior of these. They're all just very poorly maintained. It needs a whole freshening up, and nobody seems to do that in there. But it's in a great location, and it has a great price. They're tweaking the interior, and it's working well. 

In Oyster Reef, we have 6 Oyster Bay Place. This home has three bedrooms and two baths and is listed for $499,000. There's a nice golf view, and it has smooth ceilings. This house is clean as a whistle. It's a basic home with a driveway and a garage that's attached, but you have to go outside and then back into the house. A good home.

In the Headlands neighborhood, we had 10 Winding Trail Lane with four bedrooms and three baths. This home is listed for $487,000. This is a nice, cozy home. I found the bathroom and master in that office area had a lot of doors. There was a lot going on there, and it was kind of confusing layout. But there was a lovely golf view. You can go right from the garage straight into the kitchen. They've opened up the breakfast area to the living space with a window.  It did have circular stairs that went up to upstairs bedrooms, which gives you good bedroom separation, so you can live on one floor. So, you've got a lot of house for the money, and I would say even though I like Oyster Bay, between these two, Winding Trail, I think, was cozier. But obviously, you buyers would have to look at both of them, and what you like is what matters. So, that's just my humble opinion and observation. 

Indigo Run

We had one home in Indigo Run. 3 Balmoral Place had four bedrooms and four and a half baths and is listed for $989,000. This was on the deeper part of Indigo Run where you've got that extra gated security. This was a custom-built home. It has a three-car garage. I love some of the antiques that were in it. The curb appeal was great. And like I said, in the kitchen, they had this farm-style antique that fit beautifully in the kitchen and really looked like a beautiful furniture piece. And apparently that will stay with the home. I loved that there was an office off the master area. It was very big and spacious. There was a circular driveway, and it had great curb appeal. It's just shy of $1,000,000, which for Indigo Run, you're starting to see the higher prices in these custom homes - even in Indigo Run. There's not a lot of inventory out there. I believe there are only 16 homes for sale. 

Spanish Wells

In Spanish Wells, we had 48 Brams Point Road. This home had five bedrooms and five and a half baths. It's listed for $3,695,000. I remember this home was on the market last year. I thought they had sold it, but they didn't. They just have a new broker. It has some really good features. It is an older home. They did lighten it up a little bit, but you have to go upstairs to get to the master even though it's on the main floor. So, it's a little bit dated and has a lot of those yellows that people aren't-- so, it's got a great water view, and it's a great address. I think the house just down the street two doors sold for $4,400,000. Granted, that one was all completely updated. But again, I'm sure there's a little bit of wiggle room. This is a great address and a fabulous and popular neighborhood. 

So, in Hilton Head General, we have three homes. 32 Gold Oak Drive has three bedrooms and two and a half baths and is listed for $347,000. Oakview is a great little neighborhood right off Spanish Wells. 

In Carolina Isles, we had 113 Ocracoke Lane listed for $385,000. This home has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. This one is a newer home, and it is in a small neighborhood called Carolina Isles. 

Another smaller neighborhood with an electrical gate is 46 Fuller Pointe Drive.  This home has four bedrooms and four and a half baths and is listed for $599,000. This one's also conveniently located and easy to get in and off the island. 

We had one condo off Beach City Road near the hospital. A5 Palmetto Commons has two bedrooms and two baths. This is listed for $169,900. 

That wraps up our North Tour of Hilton Head Island realtor tour. I saw a lot of great things. 75 Harbor Passage would be nice for that discerning buyer. For lifestyle, I would consider 48 Brams Point. For a custom home that is under $1,000,000 and well maintained and very masterful, I would suggest 3 Balmoral Place.

In Hilton Head Plantation, I have to say I like 261 Seabrook Drive and 10 Winding Trail Lane. Those are two different homes. But Dolphin Point Lane was also just a great location. So, there's a lot to like in Hilton Head Plantation. 

So, whether you're looking to buy or sell, we here, on YourHiltonHeadAgent.com, would love to represent you. We give you 100% of our attention. We are here for you completely and don't treat you as number but as a client that we want to please and help you attain your real estate goals. 

Thank you for reading my blog. Please let us show you any of these homes or any other homes that you might be interested in. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Ochsner
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Sept. 9, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - Central - Sept. 9, 2020

Today is Wednesday, September 9th, 2020. And we have the Central Tour of Hilton Head Island. 

Palmetto Dunes

The first home I went to in Palmetto Dunes was on the Inverness side. 14 Hunt Club Court has four bedrooms and four and a half baths and is listed for $1,399,900. You might as well say $1,400,000, correct? I was surprisingly excited about this house. They had a great pool with a firepit, pavers that went to the dock, high, smooth ceilings, and has been very well maintained. You can tell it hasn't been on the rental market. It's in really great condition and located on a cul-de-sac of a nice, quiet street and close enough to the beach to bike. The only negative was that you looked over to Queens Folly, because there was a large open space on the other side of the lagoon which showed bikers and walkers on Queens Folly. That's easily corrected with grass and other foliage. I love the location and setting, and for a first one, I was pleasantly surprised.

Next in Palmetto Dunes, I actually broke my own rule and went to a condo. I hadn't been in a Villamare in a long time. 1509 Villamare Villas has two bedrooms and two baths and is listed for $638,000. This was on the top floor. Obviously, it has an ocean view. Villamare Condos have gotten a little old in the metal exterior stairs and such. I took the steps all the way up and saw a lot of rust, etc. And when you walk into this unit, to the right, you saw the tub that's in one of the bedrooms. It's just in the middle of the room. I think it's such an old layout, and the people haven't done anything to this. The kitchen was updated maybe 15 years ago or something. It's got the dark wood. But also, when you look, the way it's angled is towards the Marriott. So, I didn't really care for the view at ocean front. I liked being in the penthouse, way up high. 

On the Mariner's side of Palmetto Dunes, I went to 43 Offshore, which has five bedrooms and four and a half baths and is listed for $950,000. When you walk into this house, you had to be careful because you had steps going down, and to the left when you went down the hallway, it has steps going down. It's very choppy. There are old cabinets in the kitchen. I couldn't see a lot of the house because they're painting the exterior and all the plastic was around. Why would you have a tour and have that kind of impression? Why not cancel it and put it on three weeks from now? So, that didn't impress me very much. And Offshore is very far from the beach. I would rather wait until I could spend a little more and then go for Hunt Club Court number 14.

Port Royal 

First, at Port Royal, I went to 20 Tabby Road. This home has four bedrooms and two and a half baths and is listed for $825,000. I love the setting. The lot in itself is spectacular. You're on the end of a cul-de-sac, and as you drive and meander down the driveway, you have these specimen live oaks that drape over the driveway. It was just very low-country and magical. And when you go up the steps, the golf course is to your right - the green - which was very cool. And when you come in the house, it's a low-country home, very cozy, and you had the beautiful marsh towards the back, which was very cool. Again, what I liked the most about that was the setting. The home, per se, wasn't my favorite. But I don't really like the low-country style as much—or it's more the southern one. 

Next, in Port Royal, was 34 Scarborough Head Road with five bedrooms and four baths listed for $1,198,000. This was all one level. If you look at the main photo, the curb appeal is just old-school 70s. But surprisingly, the inside was very, very cool. It has a poured concrete or glossy type of floor. You could easily float a luxury vinyl on top of it if that wasn't your thing. The pool was in great shape. It had an excellent kitchen that was newly done with a gas stove. There was a large laundry room. It has a nice setting close to the beach, a good pool, a nice background area, and a spacious master bedroom and all on one floor. I would say the biggest negative was that even though there was a very good bedroom separation, three of the bedrooms shared two bathrooms. They were both not en suite, and that kind of was unfortunate. But I loved the master wing. It's a great home if you could overlook the non-en suite guest bath bedrooms and the curb appeal. It has a two-car garage and is very spacious. It was a cool house. 

Long Cove

In Long Cove, we had one home and that was 1 Oak Point Landing Road. This home has five bedrooms, four and a half baths and is listed for $2,999,500. Oak Point Landing is my favorite street in Long Cove with most of the homes on the water. This home is right next to the recreation center, so if you're sitting outside, if someone's having a party in the community, that would affect you. But it has amazing water views. The kitchen was open and had a lot of browns and yellows. The master bedroom was upstairs. There was one guest bedroom downstairs. But it wouldn't really be considered a master bedroom. And then, the upstairs master had his and hers closets with a window overlooking the water on his side, but I was too short to be able to enjoy that water view. It had good closets and a big master suite. It was just a very unique design. Obviously, someone would have to make it their own and tweak some of the decorating. It is a great address. It seems a little on the high side for the work that it needs. But it's a lovely home for that discerning buyer. 

And then, off gated communities, we had 2 Collier Beach Road. Five bedrooms and five and a half baths. It's listed for $2,295,000. 

In the entry level near the high school and elementary school, we had 214 Caesar Place with three bedrooms and two and a half baths listed for $314,500. That's in a little gate community of Allenwood. It has a really good price point for entry level. 

So, all in all, there are some great homes out there. There was a home that was cancelled at the last minute. I'm taking it, since it's an agent's house, that it was put under contract. And that was 9 Harrogate Drive. That home has four bedrooms and four and a half baths. It's listed for $1,265,000.

I would have to say even though I saw two cool houses in Port Royal, they're kind of tough sales because of their uniqueness. So, I would probably pick 14 Hunt Club Court as my tour favorite because of its great condition. You can rent it out or live in it, have it as a second home as these sellers did. And just put some green out so you don't see the Queens Folly Road on your backyard. I love the dock and the backyard. 

So, that wraps it up for the tour of Central Hilton Head today. We've been putting great things under contract, and we love to be advocates for people looking and learning about Hilton Head Island. So, if you have any questions on real estate or are considering purchasing here either as a second home, vacation, or primary residence to retire or work, please consider YourHiltonHeadAgent.com.

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388
YourHiltonHeadAgent.com

Posted in Realtor Tour
Sept. 1, 2020

Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?

The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.

 

According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms overall (29%).1

 

And now that virtual school has become a reality for many families, that need for additional space has only intensified. A growing number of buyers are choosing homes further from town as they seek out more room and less congestion. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly 40% of urban dwellers had considered leaving the city because of the COVID-19 outbreak.2

 

But not everyone is permanently sold on suburban or rural life. Instead, some are choosing to purchase a second home as a co-primary residence or frequent getaway. Without the requirements of a five-day commute, many homeowners feel less tethered to their primary residence and are eager for a change of scenery after spending so much time at home.

 

If you’re feeling cramped in your current space, you’ve probably considered a move. But what type of home would suit you best: a move-up home or a second home? Let’s explore each option to help you determine which one is right for you.

 

 

WHY CHOOSE A MOVE-UP HOME?

 

A move-up home is typically a larger or nicer home. It’s a great choice for families or individuals who simply need more space, a better location, or want features their current home doesn’t offer—like an inground pool, a different floor plan, or a dedicated home office. 

 

Most move-up buyers choose to sell their current home and use the proceeds as a downpayment on their next one. If you’re struggling with a lack of functional or outdoor space in your current home, a move-up home can greatly improve your everyday life. And with mortgage rates at their lowest level in history, you may be surprised how much home you can afford to buy without increasing your monthly payment.3,4

 

To learn more about mortgage rates, contact us for a free copy of our recent report! 
“Lowest Mortgage Rates in History: What It Means for Homeowners and Buyers”

 

One major benefit of choosing a move-up home is that you can typically afford a nicer place if you spend your entire budget on one property. However, if you’re longing for that vacation vibe, a second home may be a better choice for you.

 

 

WHY CHOOSE A SECOND HOME?

 

Once reserved for the ultra-wealthy, second homes have become more mainstream. Home sales are surging in many resort and bedroom communities as city dwellers search for a place to escape the crowds and quarantine in comfort.5And with air travel on hold for many families, some are channeling their vacation budgets into vacation homes that can be utilized throughout the year. 

 

A second home can also be a good option if you’re preparing for retirement. By purchasing your retirement home now, you can lock in a low interest rate, start paying down the mortgage, and begin enjoying the perks of retirement living while you’re still fit and active. Plus, it’s easier to qualify for a mortgage while you’re employed, although you may be charged a slightly higher interest rate than on a primary home loan.6

 

One advantage of choosing a second home is that you can offset a portion of the costs—and in some cases turn a profit—by renting it out on a platform like Airbnb or Vrbo. However, be sure to consult with a real estate professional or rental management company to get a realistic sense of the property’s true income potential.

 

 

WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

 

You may read this and think: I’d really like both a move-up home AND a second home! But if you’re dealing with a limited budget (aren’t we all?), you’ll probably need to make a choice.  These three tactics can help you decide which option is right for you.

 

  1. Determine Your Time and Financial Budget

 

You may meet the bank’s qualifications to purchase a home, but do you have the time, energy, and financial resources to maintain it? This is an important question to ask yourself, no matter what type of home you choose.

 

Most buyers realize that a second home will mean double mortgages, utilities, taxes, and insurance. But consider all the extra time and expense that goes into maintaining two properties. Two lawns to mow. Two houses to clean. Two sets of systems and appliances that can malfunction. Second homes aren’t always a vacation. Make sure you’re prepared for the labor and carrying costs that go into maintaining another residence.

 

Of course, some move-up homes require morework than a second home. For example, if your move-up option is a major fixer-upper, you’ll probably invest more energy and capital than you would on a small vacation condo by the beach. Have an honest discussion about how much time and money you want to spend on your new property. Would a move-up home or a second home be a better fit given your parameters?

 

  1. Rank Your Priorities

 

If you’re still undecided, make a wish list of the characteristics you’d like in your new home. Then rank each item from most to least important. This exercise can help you determine your “must-have” features—and which ones you may need to sacrifice or delay. Here’s a sample to help you get started:

 

#

FEATURE

 

Dedicated home office

 

Extra bedroom

 

Pool

 

Walk to the beach

 

Big backyard

 

Close to friends and family

 

Short commute to the office

 

Investment potential

 

 

  1. Explore Your Options

 

Once you’ve determined your parameters and priorities, it’s time to begin your home search. 

If you’re still not sure whether a move-up home or a second home is right for you, we can help.

 

Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss your options and help you assess the pros and cons of each, given your unique circumstances. 

 

We can also send you property listings for both move-up homes and second homes within your budget so you can better envision each scenario. Sometimes, viewing listings of homes that meet your criteria can make the decision clear.

 

 

LET’S GET MOVING

 

Whether you’re ready to make a move or need help weighing your options, we’d love to help. We can determine your current home’s value and show you local properties that fit within your budget. Or, if your heart is set on a second home in another market, we can refer you to an agent in your dream locale. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation!

 

 

Sources:

1.     Zillow -
https://www.zillow.com/research/coronavirus-remote-work-suburbs-27046/

2.     The Harris Poll -
https://theharrispoll.com/should-you-flee-your-city-almost-40-have-considered-it-during-the-pandemic/

3.     MarketWatch -
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-keeping-falling-so-will-they-finally-drop-to-0-2020-08-13

4.     Toronto Star -
https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/08/07/you-can-get-a-fixed-rate-as-low-as-184-per-cent-which-is-unbelievable-low-mortgage-rates-driving-up-home-prices.html

5.     Kiplinger -
https://www.kiplinger.com/real-estate/buying-a-home/601091/timely-reasons-to-buy-a-vacation-home

6.     The Press-Enterprise -
https://www.pe.com/2018/11/17/5-tips-on-when-should-you-buy-a-retirement-house-hint-before-you-quit-work/

Aug. 26, 2020

Head Homes Tour North - August 25, 2020

Good day! 

I will make this one very short for August 25, 2020.

Windmill Harbour

8 Millwright Drive is a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home listed at $1,328,000 with a gorgeous marsh view and on a large homesite. I loved the meandering driveway and of course, the view. The 3 car garage was also a plus and I like the contemporary feel with most living on main floor. The deck and sitting area outside is what Lowcountry living is all about! Liked this home very much!

Hilton Head Plantation

In Skull Creek neighborhood of HHP we had 14 Old Fort Lane. I was excited about this one thinking it would have an amazing marsh view. Was on the cul-de-sac but too far for a real marsh view. More golf than anything else. The floor plan was more of a zig-zag and to get to the small master was like walking down a maze. Curb appeal was the best feature. 

2 Prestwick Court, a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath for $650,000. I loved the cathedral ceilings and master bedrooms. Smooth ceilings throughout. Just not a fan of the windows in bedroom so low to the ground. Either make sliders (more expensive) or normal windows. I suppose they wanted and needed more light, which again, I would want sliders. Love the location.

16 Golden Hind Drive is another 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath for $780,000. At first I found the price high for this street but then it made sense. Newer home in excellent condition. High ceilings and transoms in the Master. Large bonus room and I especially liked the buffer/separation to the next home. This one makes my short list.

11 Tall Pines was on the list but then cancelled as it went under contract. It was a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath for $598,000.

In the Crooked Pond neighborhood, we had 12 Fishermans Bend Court, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath for $429,000. This was the third house that was on tour and in the end of a cul-de-sac. Funny how that always happens. Anyway, the drive to this home was disappointing but the house did have some improvements to it. It was a tad dark for me but decent value and condition. 

Indigo Run

One home in Indigo Run - 750 W. Colonial Drive, a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home for $875,000. Liked the curb appeal and that it was different from the homes in Indigo Run. Needs a lot of work and the mother-in-law suite in the back blocked any view. Special home but needs work.

Palmetto Hall

2 Stevens Court is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath for $637,000. Darker cabinets but liked it.

Hilton Head General

In Broad Creek Landing we had 60 Quartermast Lane, a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath for $375,000. Loved price, location and condition. Especially good was that it was an end unit and fee-simple.. I don't usually go to these but glad I did. The only drawback is that you face Forest Cove, the only condos in Broad Creek Landing without balconies. 

To wrap up non-gated, we had 18 Graham Lane, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath for $445,000. This small neighborhood is off Jonesville Road.

Condos we had two: D4 Palmetto Commons Condo near the hospital, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath for $154,900 and D15 Marsh Side Villas near the schools, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath for $189,500.

We are here to help you find your place on this fabulous island and navigate the best place for you. Just reach out and we will get to work for YOU!

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

wwwYourHiltonHeadAgent.com

(843) 816-6388

 

Posted in Realtor Tour