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! :) 


Jan. 19, 2021

Set Ownership Goals

New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put



The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021.


Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay down some debt, or save for a down payment? 


Home sellers, we’ve laid out plans for you to get top dollar for your property, including timing your home sale, making your property stand out from the crowd, and investing in your extra living space. 


And even if you’re staying put for awhile, homeowners, you can resolve to improve your status quo by evaluating your home budget, finalizing your home maintenance schedule, or maybe investing in a second property.


So no matter your homeownership status, we’ve got some ideas and advice for you to make this year your best one yet. Read on to learn more.





Resolution #1: Qualify for a better mortgage with a higher credit score.


Your credit report highlights your current debt, bill-paying history, and other key financial information. Importantly for your home-buying journey, it is also used by lenders and companies to calculate your credit score, which partly determines if you are qualified to obtain a mortgage. Therefore, before you start house-hunting, make sure your finances are in the best possible shape by checking your credit report from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion (via You can also obtain your credit score for free from some banks and credit card companies.


Your credit score will be a number ranging from 300-850.1 Generally speaking, a credit score of 740 or higher is considered very good to excellent.2 If your FICO score drops below 740, you might need to work at boosting your score for a few months before you begin house-hunting. Ways to do this are to pay your bills on time every month, keep your credit card balances low, and avoid applying for new credit.



Resolution #2: Improve your credit health by paying down debt


Do you have student loans, credit card debt, or car payments tying up your income each month? That debt is hurting your “buying power,” or the amount of home you can afford. Not only is it money that you can't spend on your new home, but your debt-to-income ratio also affects your credit score, which we discussed above. The less debt you have, the higher your FICO score and the better mortgage you can obtain.


If you can, pay off some debt in its entiretylike a low balance on a credit card. Then apply that "extra" money you previously paid on that credit card to pay off bigger debt, like a car loan. Even if you can’t pay off all (or any) of your debt in full, reducing the balances of each account will help you qualify for the best possible mortgage terms.



Resolution #3: Create a financial safety net before applying for a mortgage


Don’t forget that buying a home requires some cash as well. A down payment is typically 7% of a home’s purchase price, and closing costs currently average $3,700.3,4 You’ll also need money for moving expenses and any initial maintenance tasks that might pop up. And as the pandemic taught us, you never know when an unforeseen event might cause a job loss, drop in income, or health scare, so having some liquid savings will ensure that you can still pay your mortgage if a crisis occurs.


Dedicate some effort to building up your reserves. Cut down on unnecessary expenses, and consider having a portion of each paycheck automatically deposited into your savings account to avoid the temptation to spend it.





Resolution #4: Decide on the right time to sell your home.


If you’re looking to maximize profit on the sale of your home, selling earlier in the year makes sense. Listing prices historically increase early in the year, peak in May, plateau through June, and decrease for the remainder of the year.5 And, according to the National Association of Realtors, “[w]ith both mortgage rates and the number of homes available for sale expected to remain relatively low, home prices are likely to continue to increase. [In] mid-January, home prices typically begin a quick ramp-up in a normal year.”5


But sales price isn’t the only thing to consider. You might not be ready to sell your home yet because you don't want to uproot your kids during the school year or because you need to tackle some minor upgrades before placing your home on the market. 


This means that there is no one month or season that is the perfect time to sell your home. Instead, the right timeline for you takes into account factors such as when you’ll earn the highest profit, personal convenience, and whether your home is even ready to put on the market. A trusted real estate professional can talk you through your specific needs to clarify when to sell your home. 



Resolution #5: Boost your home’s resale value by making your property shine.


Housing inventory is at historic lows across the country, and that means the market is fiercely competitive.6 Selling your home in 2021 has the potential to net you a huge return right now, and you can maximize that amount with some simple fixes to make sure your property outshines your neighbors' for sale down the street. 


In your home, you might need to tackle a minor remodeling project, such as upgrading the flooring or adding a fresh coat of paint. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, simply refinishing existing hardwood floors recoups 100% of the cost at resale, and completely replacing it with new wood flooring recovers 106% of costs.7

Outside, you might consider improving your curb appeal by removing a dead bush, trimming a tree that blocks the front window, or power-washing your moldy driveway and sidewalks. In fact, real estate agents say cleaning the exterior of your house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to a home’s sale price.8 And according to a Virginia Tech study, improving a home’s landscaping may increase its value by 10 to 12%.9


A good agent should provide custom-tailored suggestions to ensure your property pops inside and out. Ask us about our local insider secrets that will make your home stand out from others on the market.



Resolution #6: Invest in your “extra” living space to meet current buyers’ needs


Due to COVID-19, more people are staying at home to work, go to school, exercise, and stay entertained. And these lifestyle changes are showing up in home buyer preferences. For example, according to one study, buyers are looking more and more for homes with formal, outfitted home offices, private outdoor spaces, and updated kitchen appliances.10 

So if you’ve got an underutilized room, consider turning it into an office, home gym, schoolroom, or multi-purpose room to meet current home buyer needs and attract better offers on your home. Got some underwhelming space outside? You could turn it into an outdoor entertainment area by adding a firepit, upgrading the patio furniture, or installing a grilling area. Be sure to consult with a local real estate professional before investing in a renovation, however, as each market’s buyers have different tastes.





Resolution #7: Evaluate your household budget to reflect financial changes.


After this past year, in particular, your financial picture may have changed. Maybe you were furloughed, had your hours reduced, or got a new job further from home. Perhaps you’ve kept the same job, but you’re now working remotely. A work-from-home arrangement could mean less money spent on gas, tolls, a professional wardrobe, and dining out for lunch. 


But this could also mean new (or increased) expenses now that you’re working at home, such as new tech-related purchases, faster Wi-Fi, and higher energy bills. January marks the perfect opportunity to update your income and expenses and review last year’s spending habits, tweaking as needed for 2021.


For more specific ideas, contact us for our free report "20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget."



Resolution #8: Save money now (and earn more later) with a home maintenance plan.


Having a schedule of regular home maintenance projects to tackle will save you money now and in the long-term. You’ll avoid some surprise “emergency fixes,” and when you’re ready to eventually sell your home, you’ll get higher offers from buyers who aren’t put off by overdue repairs.


Even if nothing necessarily needs fixing right now, you can lower your energy costs by maintaining and upgrading your home.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, simple fixes add up: replace five most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR ones to save $75/year; repair leaky faucets to save $35/year; replace older toilets with low-flow models to save $100/year; and seal air leaks to save $83-$166/year.11


For a breakdown of home maintenance projects to tackle throughout the year, contact us for our free report “House Care Calendar: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home.”



Resolution #9: Invest in real estate for a better standard of living.


Even if you don’t plan on leaving your current residence, real estate is a great way to improve your quality of life in 2021. 


Have cabin fever from the long quarantine? A vacation home in a getaway location you love lets you safely spread your wings. And if you have been looking for a second stream of income, an investment property might be your answer. Just be sure to consult with a real estate professional to get a realistic sense of a property’s true income potential.


Want more information on how a second property fits into your 2021 plans? Request our free report, "Move Up vs Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?"





Without a plan and a support system, 55% of Americans will break their new year’s resolutions.12 Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or stay put in your home, it helps to connect with a trusted real estate agent to keep you motivated and on track.


As local market experts, we have the knowledge, experience, and networks to help you achieve your homeownership goals, whatever they may be. Reach out to us today for a free consultation and commit to a happy and prosperous new year.




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Jan. 13, 2021

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - Central - Jan 13, 2021

Today is Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 and we have the North Tour of homes for sale on Hilton Head. Just for your information, this is the last week that they're going to be on Wednesday. MLS is splitting up Hilton Head tours for North to be on Mondays and Central and South to be on Friday. I don't know how well that's going to work out, but they're trying that out for six months. So, we shall see. It might be a little tougher for me to get all this information to you since those are big buyer days. But I'll do the best that I can. 

In the meantime, let's go through the North Tour of Hilton Head Island for today.

Windmill Harbor

42 Harbour Passage has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and is listed for $1,395,000. This one, if you're looking for a true four-bedroom house, the fourth bedroom is on the other side of the garage. So, it's like a mother-in-law suite. It's neat as a pen - and cozy - but quite dated. It still has its original cabinetry. There's a nice corner view of the harbor. And again, it's very cozy. I do not care for it being on a blind curve. As come around and bear right on Harbour Passage, it's right there on your right. So, just keep that in mind. But it has potential and is in the price range of what things are going for in that area. 

1 Crosstree North Drive is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home listed for $579,000. Unfortunately, that one was no longer available, so it's already under contract. 

Hilton Head Plantation

For the first time, I was shocked to have only one home on Hilton Head Plantation. And this one was in the lovely Headlands neighborhood: 1 Twisted Oak Court. This two-bedroom, two-bath home is listed for $459,000. If you don't need a third bedroom right away, I found this house to be neat as a pen, had a new roof, lots of great privacy in the back, great area of Hilton Head Plantation, very cozy, great price. The attic, it even looked high enough that you could add a third bedroom at some section. So, I was intrigued by this one and felt like it's worthy of at least a showing. 

In Yacht Cove, we had 49 Cobblestone Court with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and was listed for $325,000. 

In the Allenwood neighborhood, near the schools, we had 277 Ceasar Place. This home has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. It is listed for $299,000. This one is an end unit. It has a one-car garage. It's a townhome, so you come up, you have steps right away when you enter the main door. You go up the steps, you've got the kitchen, living room, and a half bath in that area. You go up one more and you get the bedrooms on the next floor. 

In the Spanish Wells area, we had 19 Silver Oak Drive with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms listed for $575,000. That one, I think, has been on before. Again, it's in the money and the price point that people are looking for. 

And lastly, in the Jarvis Creek neighborhood, we had 19 Jarvis Creek Court. This home has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. It is listed for $525,000. Those are a little newer homes. It's amazing how those had $300,000 and $400,000 in front of them not too long ago. 

So, that wraps it up. I'm not going to have a favorite, because there really weren't many to really speak about. Like I said, it's going to be a little crazier going forward since the tours are going to have a lot less homes to talk about: a. because of the low inventory and b. now that they're going to be weekly for each area instead of every three weeks for each area of Hilton Head. 

These are interesting times. I hope and wish you a happy and healthy 2021 - that we may have lots of interactions together, that we're kind to one another and that we learn to accept our differences, accept our differences of opinion, and just live and love in kindness.

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Jan. 7, 2021

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - Central - Jan 6, 2021

Today is Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, and we have our first house tour for the central part of Hilton Head Island. There are three homes on tour, five villas and one piece of land.

Port Royal

22 North Ocean Point Place has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and is listed for $1,560,000. This one was updated and I especially love the floors even though it was built in 1985. It had a peek-a-boo view over a lagoon and beyond that, the ocean. They are building to the left of this listing so figure that very soon, there will be a lot of noise for a while. But it's a great neighborhood. Ocean Point has also a quarterly $665 a quarter fee for the common area. They have their own private pool, so you have to go down to the beach club for that. It might have been a tad high, but it's updated. I love the open kitchen plan and the floors, and of course, the view. That outdoor space was really, really cool. 


Long Cove

In Long Cove, we had 9 Oakman Branch Road with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The listing price for this home is $1,475,000. It has very nice curb appeal. The house was very full of the seller's things. It was nice, very spacious and nice curb appeal. The kitchen was a designer kitchen but the cabinetry looked European but old-school. It looks like they do a lot of entertaining. It was a little 'busy', and the cabinetry was old-school. They were built in 2003, but they were on the hinges. There is a lot of storage in that house. The master bathroom was a little dated. 

2 Trimblestone Lane is a four-bedroom, five-bathroom home listed for $929,000. I like that it had a three-car garage. It had a sort of a very open floor plan with a lot of posts. And the kitchen was very dated. So, it didn't have the same finishes of this other home, but it was $600,000 or $500,000 less. Please remember that in Long Cove, there's a $20,000 initiation fee and that their annual dues are shy of $13,000. So, please keep that in mind for that private community of Long Cove.

There were a few condos and one piece of land in Windmill Harbour for sale.


Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Dec. 16, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale South-Dec. 16,2020

Good afternoon. Today is Wednesday, December 16th, and we have the South Tour of homes on Hilton Head Island. This is the realtor tour. We have a lot more than we've had in the past few weeks, so I'm excited. Plus, I like the south end one a lot more.

Sea Pines

First, in Sea Pines, I went to Heritage Woods. We had two homes there. 11 Twin Pines Court has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half-baths and is listed for $1,350,000. I love that it was an elevated house. It has gorgeous, long golf views. If that's what you're looking for, you do not want to miss this one. It has a nice pool deck that has two levels. It needs a lot of updating. It has a good flow and is nice, light, and bright. It's really not in move-in condition although it is clean. Great opportunity as you're in Twin Pines and you're getting a lot of square footage and bedrooms and bathrooms.

5 Heritage Court is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom home listed for $1,485,000. This one, I didn't care for the view especially at this price. But the pool looked like it was in better condition than twin pines, and the home was in better condition. But it also needed some updating. I like that it had a three-car garage. You don't typically see that. And I also like the flow on that one. It's amazing, though, to see that Heritage Woods is now at that level for basic houses. 

Lawton Oaks is one of the latest developments that started in Sea Pines, so you have a lot of newer homes in there. You access it from Plantation Drive, but you have to go all through the neighborhood to come down Calibogue to come back out, because you're not allowed to make a left. So, if you're in and out a lot, it might not be a place that you want to land. But it's a lovely neighborhood. 52 Hearthwood Drive has five bedrooms and five and a half baths. This home is listed for $1,499,000. This one's been on the market for quite some time. I think its biggest disadvantage is, even though it does have an open floor plan and nice upgrades, it's very dark. They did bring the price down a little bit, and hopefully, these poor folks will get to sell. The other thing is it backs up to what's now a vacant lot. But at some point, someone's going to build there, and it's really going to impede your privacy in your backyard. So, again, that wouldn't be my first choice for anyone, but it's a great home in super condition house. But if you want a lot of backyard, you're certainly not going to find it there. 

33 Hearthwood Drive has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. Its listing price is $1,300,000. I have to say, the curb appeal of this home didn't appeal to me. But I got really excited when I got inside. The floors look great. It has an open floor plan and a fantastic marsh view. It even had a wine cellar down in the garage. There were his and hers closets in the master, and it had a nice flow. It was updated with high-end appliances in the kitchen. I was really excited about this one and liked this one. This one will probably make my short list. 

In the South Beach area, I went to 15 Braddock Cove. This home has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and is listed for $949,000. It's a complete gut job. It has a lot of Mexican tile, so it's going to be expensive to try and get all that up. It has an okay harbor view. I like that when you come up the steps, they've done it in that new Trex deck system. But what you can't change is the up and down that you have a sinking living room. The kitchen is placed towards the back. If somebody wants a project and wants to be at South Beach, then this would be a consideration. 

In Whistling Swan, I've had a lot of questions about this one. This is an ocean-oriented house in a very nice address. It's 6 Whistling Swan, and the listing states that it has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half-baths, and it's listed for $489,000. That's extremely deceiving, because the house is about a $3,800,000 house. There's this new company called Pacaso, and it's a national company. The guy, I think, started with Zillow, and they said he did Dotloop, and he's trying to create sort of a new market. It's not a timeshare. They didn't like when I called it a timeshare, because you have specific times to use those. These have certain rules and regulations. They've only been around since last October, so it's very new. It's been a year, and I don't know if that concept's going to fly. I can see with younger people where you own a vacation home, but you have a partial ownership and you have times that you can use it. I just don't know how it's going to be when someone tries to sell something like that. And that's why I wouldn't recommend this to someone unless you're willing to hold onto it basically forever. That's the big unknown.

In the Club Course area, this is my listing. 20 Wood Duck Road has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It's listed for $725,000. I based this on the price two months ago when things were flying off the shelf. And this one has a much newer feel than a lot of houses that were going in the $600,000 range that needed a lot more work, didn't have the curb appeal, didn't have the elevation, didn't have the two-car garage, the tray ceilings, the easement on the side. But now that our market's slowed down, I may be a little high. But it's a great, great house. Everything is on one floor. It has a great floor plan. Like I said, there's even an office nook between the kitchen and the laundry with a bunch of shelves so you don't have to keep your books in the living room. It's beautiful where it overlooks the lagoon. So, that one will also make my short list, but it probably won't be the winner because I don't want to choose my listing. Besides, I have a weak spot for killer marsh views. :) 

In Point Comfort, I tried to go 16 Song Sparrow Lane, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is listed for $699,000. But it was already under contract, so I could not get in. It has a spectacular marsh view. Song Sparrow is a nice part of Cedar Woods. It's not the part where the houses are really starting to fall apart. And it's not in a gated community. But it had a spectacular view and very cool architecture. 

Forest Beach

In Forest Beach, we had one home - 6 Seahawk Lane. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is listed for $1,425,000. That's pretty high for what is offered. But again, one has to try. 

And the rest were villas. So, let me go through these quickly. 502 North Shore Place Villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is listed for $615,000. I almost went to this one because they said ocean view. And it is on the penthouse. It is on the fifth floor, but your ocean view is across another building, and you can see the Atlantic in the distance. So, you're not ocean front. But I guess you are ocean view. That's, I guess, well said. 

1 Courtside Villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The listing price of this villa is $339,900. 

318 Forest Beach Villas has one bedroom and one bathroom and is listed for $359,000. Wow! I remember when those were $299,000 not that long ago.

And 104 Island House Villa with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is listed for $250,000.

That concludes our larger and normal December open house in the south end of Hilton Head. And I would say my absolute favorite was not even my listing. It was 33 Hearthwood Drive. You just can't beat a view, and even though I have a very cute, great location and lot on Wood Duck, the marsh views and the setting and the potential and already having been updated so that you can really move in, I think Hearthwood Drive #33 is the winner. 

Thank you for reading my post. It's hard to believe that this coming weekend is the last weekend before Christmas. I wish you and all your loved ones a Merry, Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for a happy, safe, and healthy 2021 for everybody. Thank you so much for reading my blog. Remember that we are here to serve you and anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Dec. 9, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale Realtor Tour- Central - Dec. 9, 2020

Today is Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, and we have the North Tour of homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. We also have some villas this time, but I will just briefly mention them. 

Hilton Head Plantation

Although, there are a few houses for sale in Hilton Head Plantation, they're going under contract pretty quickly. So, there was only one to see today. 23 Honey Locust Circle had three bedrooms and three bathrooms and is listed for $470,000. It has 2,000 square feet and I actually liked this house. I loved that it was near the cul-de-sac and a corner lot. Everything was on one floor. And then, you had a circular stairway going up to a little area. What bothered me was there were five different types of flooring. So, I loved the flow it. It's cute and cozy. It's sitting on a corner patio lot with a nice backyard that could really be upgraded a lot. The wooden floors that were very nice weren't done very well, so that was a very poor install. But it had a big walk-in closet in the master bedroom. I see the potential, and I think they've lowered the price. So, I think this one could be very, very interesting.

Indigo Run

3 Balmoral Place is a four-bedroom, five-bathroom home that is listed for $964,500. They have reduced this one a mere $20,000. It's a very elegant home. It has a beautiful part in the kitchen that's going to stay that is just a beautiful piece of furniture. And you have a nice view of the green. But it's really tough. You really don't get to use the outdoor spaces, which is what the island's all about. It would make a great house up north, but there's really no way to really use the outdoor spaces. So, that part just didn't make it for most of the buyers that I like to represent. But it's a beautiful home. 

623 Colonial Drive had five bedrooms and six bathrooms. This home is listed for $830,000. This one's also in the back part of Indigo Run. It has 4,500 square feet. I love that it has a heated pool. The space is very, very lovely. It's one of these with a very modest curb appeal, but when you come into the house, it's very elegant. It had a lot of nice, wood finishes. But having lots of children in there, it looks like it's been somewhat beat up. So, one would have to put $50,000 to $60,000 in it to fix things up. And the carpets are ruined, etc. But I think it's got tremendous potential and is an interesting home. But most people don't want to do work anymore. They want it turnkey, and they're willing to pay for that. So, that's not that one. 

Windmill Harbour

In Windmill Harbour, we did have a condo. 70 Spindle Lane Villas, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, was listed for $327,500. Those seem to be in the money. It is a popular area. The master bedroom was renovated. It's been freshly painted. And I guess they're playing on the demand-supply that it's really the only one that's on the market. But we have a lot of that anywhere.

The rest of the homes are not in gated communities. They're in smaller communities within Hilton Head, so I'm just going to go through these real quick. Two are in the Spanish Wells area. 

Spanish Wells

7 Creek Landing Trace has four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and is listed for $599,000. This one is in the Salt Creek Landing, newer neighborhood. And what makes homes like this attractive is this one was built in 2018. You're close to neighbors, but nevertheless, it does have an electronic gate. So, it does have a little bit of that.

In the Timbercrest neighborhood, in Spanish Wells, we have 31 Timbercrest Circle. This home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The listing price is $409,000. That's about 2,000 square feet. 

Down Wild Horse, there's an interesting one listed. 3 Corey Trace is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home listed for $349,000. It's a cute little home with less than 1,500 square feet and is in the Hanahan little neighborhood. 

And lastly, there is a condo right where you come into Hilton Head. They have spectacular views over the deep water. It's 302 Mariners Cove Villa with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and it's listed for $479,000. They're a little under 1,600 square feet. If you want views, this is all about it. This one's been updated. During the high tides, it's just gorgeous. Not sure why there are three on the markets.

So, we had a little better choice this time than in the past. I would have to say my favorite is probably 623 Colonial Drive. It does need some tweaking, but I think that one's got a lot of potential. 

If there's anything that we can help you with, please don't hesitate to call us. It is the advent season, and this week is also Hanukkah. So, I'm wishing all my friends and their loved ones a happy holiday season. Please reach out to us if we can be of any service to you. We're impassioned about helping buyers and sellers with real estate on Hilton Head Island. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Dec. 2, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - Central - Dec. 2, 2020

Today is Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020, and we have the Central Tour of homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. Today, we don't have any villas or lots, and again, a very shrunk one since A, it's the end of the year and B, usually, between Thanksgiving and New Year's there's not tremendous activity. There are still buyers out there but not in the masses.

What we're starting to see is from two months ago, when it was really crazy, we're starting to see those closings. So, today, for example, we had four new listings on Hilton Head. We had seven under contract, and we had 27 that closed. So, now, we're starting to see that wave go through. Now, we just have trouble with our inventory. But off we go.

6 Terra Bella Trace has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and it's listed for $3,695,000. This was a new house built in 2018 on the ocean front. The listing agent happened to be there, who was also the rental agent. And he was saying that it made $300,000 in 2019, the first year it was there. It's in very good shape for being a six-bedroom home. The washer and dryer were on the third floor with the master bedroom. They had two laundry rooms. I found that awesome. The rooftop beyond the master bedroom, which is on the third floor-- that's the only thing, but there is an elevator-- the rooftop going up from there was amazing. There were gorgeous views. It is tight in there, but if ocean front is all you care about, and you don't care that you have to drive to everything and the tightness of it, getting to it, I think, is the biggest challenge. You have to drive through time shares and take a left. So, you kind of have to wind your way around, go through a bridge, and they're basically four homes in a very small piece of land. But once you're inside, it's really nirvana.

In Port Royal, we had 136 Fort Walker Drive. This home had four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The listing price is $3,849,999. Let's just say $3,850,000. This home, I've been to before. It sits on an awesome lot and has very unique views. From having been here 50 years, there are not many unique views. This was one of them, having sound, a marsh. The house needs a little TLC. I found the kitchen very dated. So, all of a sudden, without being on the Atlantic Ocean, you're going to be up there. You're going to spend at least $500,000 to bring that up to snuff. But again, it's a very unique property. 

In Long Cove, we had 1 Turkey Hill Lane with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. This home was listed for $829,000. This one was a little beat up. You would definitely need to replace the carpet. I found the kitchen was a little small. The laundry room was half upstairs, and coming from the master bedroom, you'd have to go through the kitchen every time and up some stairs just to do your laundry. And I guess I just think practically. Now, if you get your kids or your mother-in-law that could live in the bonus room over the garage, that might be interesting. So, again, it needs a little bit of TLC, but the way things are moving in Long Cove, who knows? I think they're trying to take advantage of this up market and I don't blame them at all!

And lastly, in Wexford, we had 50 Wexford on the Green with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, and it's listed for $1,695,000. I think this was my favorite. I loved the curb appeal. It was a little tight. Even though you have a two-car garage, it's kind of a narrow driveway pulling in. But once you walk in, it really felt cozy and had a nice view. It is a townhome but a really nice view and great location within Wexford: on the cul-de-sac and close to the club house and all the amenities. Spacious and elegant. It had a lot of stuff, so I think it's more spacious than it makes the impression of. So, I would say that 50 Wexford on the Green was my favorite. 

There was not a lot of homes on the tour this time. We do have some that the agents are preparing to put on the market. So, if we can help you in any way and you have something specific you want to look for, we'll be happy to help narrow that search for you and be more aggressive and proactive for you. Otherwise, just keep looking on the website, and please feel free to call us or text us or email us with any questions you may have.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Dec. 1, 2020

10 Ways to Give Back to Our Lowcountry Community This Holiday Season

10 Ways to Give Back to Our Lowcountry Community This Holiday Season


This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbors, and community. It truly “takes a village” to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses. 


With the holidays right around the corner, December offers the perfect opportunity to give back to the place we call home. You might want to focus your efforts near home, expand to our larger community, or even help support the people closest to you. Whether you’re passionate about a particular cause or just want to get more involved in general, let these 10 ways, both big and small, inspire you to do good in your town. 





1. Attract local wildlife. By making your neighborhood more wildlife friendly, you’re helping to  create a balanced and healthy ecosystem. Plus, many of the animals you can attract help with pest control and pollination.1



      Add a birdbath to your backyard or create a rain garden to attract wildlife (and filter out local pollutants).

      Place bird feeders on your property to feed birds all year long. 

      Tie corncobs to tree branches to feed squirrels. 

      Hang birdhouses on your property to provide shelter. 

      Use native plants in your landscaping to provide food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies, and other critters.


Take action: While you might not be able to “break ground” until spring, start researching native plants now to design a landscaping plan that provides food, shelter, and water for local wildlife.



2. Clean up our community. Besides beautifying the area, picking up trash keeps it out of our local waterways, which means a cleaner water supply for all of us.



      Whether you make this a solo effort or join in an organized group event, pick up trash in your neighborhood, at a local park, or elsewhere in our community. 

      Depending on your community’s regulations, you can recycle many home items such as paper, glass, and aluminum. 

      And don’t forget to clean the exterior of your home, where water runoff (such as on your driveway and sidewalks) can carry debris into the local sewer system.2


Take action: Check with your local municipality to learn about environmental clean-up efforts in our community, as well as recycling and composting.  



3. Organize or join a neighborhood watch. According to a recent report, neighborhoods with Neighborhood Crime Watch programs experience roughly 16 percent less crime.3 Keeping an eye out for each other instills a sense of safety and security in your neighborhood by increasing surveillance, reducing opportunities, and enhancing information sharing among residents. Even if your neighborhood doesn’t have an official program, you can still share crime information via a neighborhood Facebook group or apps like NextDoor.



      Make a point of looking out for each other and being observant of what’s going on. 

      You can even make it official by joining a neighborhood watch program. 

      Don’t have one? Consider launching a neighborhood watch program with the help of other interested neighbors.


Take action: Some police forces use online mapping tools that provide crime alerts to people in neighborhoods where recent criminal activity occurred.3 Share this information with your neighbors.





4. Boost your civic engagement. Regardless of your politics, you can get more involved as a citizen to make a positive difference in our community.



      Sign a petition to make a needed change in our community. 

      Join a peaceful march, protest, or rally to support a cause dear to your heart. 

      Attend local school board meetings, town halls, or city council meetings to understand (and have a voice in) local issues.4

      Watch (and read) a variety of local news sources to get balanced reporting on what’s happening in our community. 

      If you don’t know your neighbors very well, introduce yourself. 

      Then make a commitment to check in on those who might need help, such as an elderly neighbor. 

      Get plugged into the resources and events in our town by visiting local museums, taking historical tours, borrowing materials from our local library, and attending community festivals.


Take action: Do you know who our local leaders are, such as our mayor or city councilwoman? Get to know their names, their policies, and their stand on issues that affect our community. Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on social media.



5. Support local businesses. Our community has been impacted by the pandemic, with many businesses being forced to limit capacity, instill social distancing efforts, and even shutter entirely in some cases. Help keep money in our local economy by shopping local instead of relying on online shopping from national chains.



      From handcrafted soaps and one-of-a-kind apparel to locally produced chocolate and small-batch wines, you’ll find plenty of unique gifts at the small businesses that dot our community. 

      Consider purchasing tickets to attend live-streamed holiday concerts and shows. 

      Buy cookies and other baked goods from our local bakery. 

      Get takeout from our local restaurants. 

      Support local farmers by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at community farmer’s markets.


Take action: If you’re concerned about shopping in person right now, many of these businesses, though small, offer online shopping, with options for in-store pick-up, curbside delivery, and/or mail options.



6. Donate to local charities. Nonprofits could always use your financial support, so consider making a monetary donation to help them carry out their mission in our community. But if money is tight (or you want to support in other ways), think beyond just donating dollars. 



      Consider donating to a charity in someone else’s name as an altruistic gift on behalf of a friend or relative. 

      Give blood to our local blood bank.

      Donate new or used books to our community library.

      Send school supplies to our neighborhood elementary school.

      Help struggling neighbors by donating blankets to the homeless.

      Pick out toys to give to a charity that caters to families. 5


Take action: Many collection efforts run by charitable organizations and businesses take place during the holidays. Look to see what’s already taking place in our community and choose one or more to give to this season.  





7. Organize a holiday food drive. This year, in particular, people are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table. The pandemic has caused many businesses to close or reduce their staff size, putting many people out of work.



      If you personally know someone who needs help buying groceries, reach out and offer to help that one family. 

      If not, partner with a local food bank, soup kitchen, nonprofit or community organization that feeds people in need. 

      Round up a few friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors to collect food for a few weeks. Then deliver the bounty in time for the holidays.


Take action: Take advantage of your grocery store coupons and buy-one-get-one offers to inexpensively stock up on nonperishable goods.



8. Adopt a family or an individual. The holidays can be a struggle, especially financially, for some families. They might not be able to buy a Christmas tree or presents for their children. Maybe their holiday meal consists of boxed macaroni and cheese because they can’t afford a turkey and fresh vegetables. You can make a difference by “adopting” a particular family (or even just a child) to help make their holiday special.



      If you know a needy family, help them directly. 

      If not, ask a community group for the name of a family or individual in need. 

      Some businesses even sponsor toy drives or “angel trees” where you can pick the name of a needy family off the tree and buy from their wish lists.


Take action: This works great as a family project. Get the kids in your life involved to help make holiday cards and pick out toys to give to the children in the adopted family.



9. Volunteer. Depending on your schedule and your preferences, you might be able to volunteer in-person or from home, whether it’s a one-time effort or ongoing project. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people in your community as you make a positive impact together for a shared cause.



      Give your time to a cause or organization that really matters to you, such as your local school, animal rescue organization, mental health awareness group, or environmental nonprofit.6

      Tap into a skill you already have, like creating videos, and offer your services.

      Or learn a new skill (like fundraising) to benefit your cause of choice.


Take action: Start with your local community to see where its needs are the greatest. Make a point to help this holiday season, perhaps extending your commitment throughout 2021.



10. Perform random acts of kindness. Don’t think you need to “go big or go home” in your give-back efforts. You can make a big difference one small act at a time.



      Give a generous tip to a waitress.

      Pay for the coffee of the car behind you in the drive-through. 

      Take care of a neighbor’s pet while they’re out of town. 

      Send holiday cards to deployed military personnel. 

      Deliver a plate of homemade holiday cookies to our local fire or police station. 

      Smile at a stranger. 

      Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor. 

      Thank your child’s teacher for all their hard work this year. 

      Send an uplifting text to a friend. 

      Compliment someone. 

      Help a coworker with an unpleasant task.   


Take action: Need more ideas? Visit for hundreds of inspiring ways to make someone’s day a little brighter.





As real estate experts in our local community, we’re tuned into the unique needs of the place we all call home. Reach out to us today to discuss more ways to make a positive impact in our community—this holiday season and beyond. And we want to make sure you’re taken care of, too. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home now or in the near future, let us help you!





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Nov. 18, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - North - Nov.18, 2020

Today is Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 and we have the North Realtor Tour of homes and villas being sold on Hilton Head Island. This is still a very small tour once again. Inventories are low, and every time I go to the daily sheet of activity on Hilton Head Island, there are always two to four times more under contract and sold than there are new ones coming on the market - at least for now. Of course, that imbalance will, sometime, come into balance.

Hilton Head Plantation

In the Big Woods neighborhood, we had 65 Big Woods Drive with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms listed for $720,000. My guess is this was originally a spec house with a nice view. I love the long view on the lagoon. It's clean as a whistle.They put new granite on top that's pretty and it has a nice flow to it. Again, the prices are just a lot higher. But with such little inventory, I don't blame them for going to $720,000. 

In Ribaut Island of Hilton Head Plantation, we had 41 Ribaut Drive. This home has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, and it's listed for $2,920,000. The kitchen was a bit dark and a little small. If you're a cook that likes to have people around the kitchen, it just was like a galley kitchen that was open to the living space. The master was upstairs even though it had an elevator. There did not seem to have a dock, one of the main reasons my past buyers have wanted Ribaut. I love the curb appeal of this home. But I was disappointed. It was a beautiful view, no doubt about it. 

And lastly in Hilton Head Plantation, we had in the Skull Creek neighborhood, 16 Margarita Court with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The listing price for this home is $559,000. Boy, this one was neat as a pin. It beat the first one on Big Woods by a long shot. The kitchen, it had one of those corner glass windows that is no longer part of the building code. It had a view of the trampoline next door, which was kind of disappointing. But that, at some point, will change, and you'll get used to it. The carpet in the second bedroom was really in bad shape, and the other two seemed to be okay. It had a nice and bright master bathroom. I really liked it even though the tub was dated. The master vanity was high and white in color.  I felt like the price was great as was the area. So, I was pleasantly surprised and will put this on my short list of favorites on this tour. 

Windmill Harbor

We only had one home in Windmill Harbor, and I recognized this one. It was 58 Sparwheel. This five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is listed for $1,675,000. This was right on the harbor with a fabulous European kitchen. I know these folks, and every attention to detail is phenomenal. Nothing was done haphazardly or cheaply. Even the grates of the HVAC return are custom and beautiful. And we're talking about the grates on a return, which we tend to overlook on normal homes. So, again, a quintessential turnkey, beautiful home with a European style kitchen that was well thought out. Also will make my short list. :)

Palmetto Hall

4 Ellis Court has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms and listed for $649,000. It's an older southern style home and clean as pin. I think the two and a half bathrooms for four bedrooms is probably the biggest objection. I loved the wrap around porch. It's priced well for Hilton Head right now. 

Off-gated communities

We had 170 Dillon Road with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms listed for $1,499,000. This is, of course, off Beach City and is a nice big lot. The views are phenomenal and the house is 'ok'. If views and privacy are important, this one is for you!

In Spanish Wells area, we had 44 Hammock Oaks Circle. This home had four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and is listed for $675,000. 

Near the schools, we had 194 Ceasar Place. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home is listed for $309,900. That's a newer, small, dated neighborhood. 

So, that wraps it up for what's on the tour for sale on Hilton Head Island on the north end for today. Next week is Thanksgiving, so we will not be having a tour. 

I would have to say my favorite-- I love that Sparwheel Lane townhouse. It's gorgeous, turnkey. I heard it was under contract, but financing fell through. That's becoming one of the issues right now as folks get furlowed and no longer qualify for loans. So, I would say 58 Sparwheel Lane was my favorite for the discretionary buyer. 

And, otherwise, 16 Margarita Court, if you don't need four bedrooms, I found the price great. I love that location. And it just needs a little bit of clean up. 

So, thank you for reading my blog. Don't forget that these are not the only homes for sale. We'll be happy to help you with anything else. We also have a new feature under our MLS for our agents called Delayed Listings up to 30 days before as people prepare their homes, be it for photography or for decluttering or repairing. So, it might be a good chance to contact one of us so that we can help you be on the forefront of what's coming out on the market. 

And if you have a timeline of a year to two, time is your friend. We are still here. We would love to make your acquaintance and help you take your time navigating through our market. We're here to help and educate. So, thank you so much for reading my blog. We'd love to serve you.

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388


Posted in Realtor Tour
Oct. 28, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - North - Oct. 28, 2020

Today is Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, and we have the North End Tour for homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. The trend is back. We are seeing more go under contract that come on the market. So, we still have a very, very tight market especially under $850,000. If you were ever thinking of selling your home, this is the perfect time. I don't know how long this will sustain itself. Obviously, we live in a great island, and with Corona, we are much more protected. So, the demand may stay for a while. However, after elections, things may turn different. So, just keep that in mind. So, let's get started.

Windmill Harbor

We had one home in Windmill Harbor. 41 Harbor Passage East has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and is listed for $1,249,000. I've shown this home, and it's been on the market for quite some time. This seller has been trying to sell it, I think, since the beginning of 2008. It came on in 2008 at $1,495,000. It came all the way down to $1,345,000. Came back on in 2014 at $1,275,000 and they withdrew it by $1,189,000. They lowered it down to $1,099,000 in 2015, put it back on in 2015 at $1,089,000, got it all the way down to $999,990. In 2016, they were at that price. And in 2017, they were at that price. Then, 2017, they came on at $1,049,000. And I showed it then. The thing is the floors are sloping ever so slightly, and right now it is quite cluttered. It does have a pool and a pretty yard. But they came back on in 2018 at $995,000. They had it all the way down to $945,000. Then, they started at $987,000. They had it all the way down to $959,000. It goes on and on and on. And then, in 2019, they had it at $995,000 until August of last year. And then, a year later, they put it on at $1,249,000. It's just silliness. But nevertheless, it seems a little pricey. There is a different tenant in there, this one having a lot of Tschoch and stuff. Yes, the market's better, but I certainly don't think it's 13% better. On a side note, there's not a lot of inventory out there, so they might as well try, correct?

Hilton Head General

In off-gated communities, we had 41 Bermuda Pointe Circle. This home has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. It's listed for $679,000. This one was beautifully appointed. It had two stone fireplaces - one of them in the large master bedroom. There's a water view and you see the bridge. But it's an empty lot and at sometime, someone's going to build there. But it was very cozy. The master bedroom was upstairs with a lovely fireplace in it. There were good, open living spaces on the main floor. You do have steps. It had a nice master closet. It's nice, light, and bright. I enjoyed this, and I found it to be in the money. You're also next to the community pool and it's a really nice neighborhood. 

For condos, just to mention off-gated, we had F21 Summer House with two bedrooms and two bathrooms listed for $200,000. 

And in the Allenwood community, which is right near the high school, we had 214 Caesar Place with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. This home is listed for $314,900. 

Hilton Head Plantation

Surprisingly, in Hilton Head Plantation, there was only one house on the tour. I cannot recall only having one home on the tour at Hilton Head Plantation. So, I'm stunned. And that tells you how lean our inventory is. And this was in the Big Woods neighborhood. 

61 Big Woods Drive has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. The listing price is $515,000. I loved the curb appeal. It had a nice, spacious lot. It's a low-country house with a veranda in the front. It needs some updating, but the master bedroom is off the first floor. It had a really nice, pretty lagoon view. So, I found this in the money, and I doubt this will last very long. 

Spanish Wells

In Spanish Wells, there were two homes, but they had a very short open house. It was only until 1:30, and I didn't make it today. One of them, I've already mentioned in a previous blog. 

48 Brams Point Road has five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. This house is listed for $3,495,000. It's got sort of a small kitchen. It's a little darker, but a cool home on the water.

And 76 Brams Point Road is a five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom home listed for $3,750,000. This one is a low-country southern home - two styles - with a veranda on the front. And you have water on both sides. I did not get to see this one. I do know the sellers, and she's a designer. So, I'm sure it looks beautiful. It is a dated home. But if you like the romantic low-country style, considering all the new homes that are going up, this is a good deal to have your home there.

So, that about wraps it up. I think the 41 Harbor Passage needs a lot of decluttering. So, I would say my favorite was really 61 Big Woods Drive just because that was a little more in the money with its potential. Bermuda Pointe Circle was a little high at $679,000, and I don't like that someone's going to build in front of your water view at some point. So, I think 61 Big Woods Drive is my favorite this one time. 

This is an excellent time to sell. So, if you're wanting to sell, this is the time. I cannot stress that enough. So, please call us. We will be glad to do a CMA and then, increase it some to get you the best price possible. That seems to be the market right now. I also give two hours of staging and decluttering. That always helps, too, to make your house shine in the best light possible. We look forward to hearing from you whether you're buying or selling real estate on Hilton Head Island - Thank you for reading my blog.

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner
(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour
Oct. 21, 2020

Hilton Head Homes for Sale - Central - Oct. 21, 2020

Today is Wednesday October 21st, 2020 and this Central Tour is short and sweet.

Palmetto Dunes

We had 31 St. George Road in Palmetto Dunes. This one has been on before. Four bedroom, two and half bath for $910,000. The bathroom situation, not having a garage are the negatives. The positives are its proximity to beach, corner lot with lots of privacy on one side. Tough sell but good house, location and price.


Folly Field

1 Sand Dollar Road - three bedroom, two bath home for $2,800,000. This is close to the beach but right across the parking lot. The outside spaces are good but busy place and small upstairs. Seems a bit high for me.

There was a condo in Hilton Head Beach and Tennis, namely 228 Admirals Row, a two-bedroom, two bath at $345,000. These are condo hotels that did poorly after the 08 recession but have bounced back nicely. 


That is it! We had a home in Port Royal but they took it off the tour last minute. Thought it sold but it was because of PIVOT meeting we had that day. Home is 10 Everglade Place, five bedroom and four bath for $1,700,000. I know the original long time owners since the late 90s and they sold it for a song not too long ago. Not sure a flip or if they changed their mind. From the photos not much was done by present owners so they may just be taking advantage of the market or had a change in life plans. 


That concludes this short and sweet Tour. We are here to help you but it is slim pickings out there! Do some digging or ask us to that for you. Still come great things out there that folks forget and don't go back and look. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner

(843) 816-6388

Posted in Realtor Tour