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4 Ways LEED-Certified Homes Benefit Your Health

Here are a few ways going green in your home is good for you!

Removal of Air Pollutants

State-of-the-art ventilation and air filtering systems monitor air flow while removing pollutants, dust, and mold spores.

More Natural Light

LEED-Certified homes connect inhabitants to the outdoors, reinforce circadian rhythms, and reduce the need for lighting through increased natural light.

Less Toxic Chemicals

Characteristics like radon-resistant construction and fewer volatile organic compounds mean your living environment has your well-being in mind.

Proximity to Walking and Biking Paths

LEED homes are incentivized to be located near walking and biking paths in order to promote clean transportation, which also keeps you on the move.

How to Keep Rust From Devaluing Your Home

As a homeowner, there are many things you need to be concerned with. One of the biggest is ensuring that you dont do anything that’ll decrease the overall value of your home. Rust can be a big enemy of homeowners, as it’ll cause areas of your property to break down easier and can cause your house to lose value due to its unsightliness and potential for costly damage.

Here are some helpful tips for preventing and getting rid of rust on your property:

Paint Your Pipes With Corrosion-Resistant Paints
Unless youve just built a newer home that uses plastic piping, its likely that you have metal piping running through your home. This type of piping is susceptible to corrosion, especially because it comes into constant contact with water. You can help prevent corrosion by simply applying a corrosion-resistant paint to the metal piping throughout your home.

Use a Rust-Resistant Cleaner for Irrigation Systems
Its very common to install water treatment systems for taking care of the normal watering of your lawn and garden. These systems will keep your water filtered and cleaned, but irrigation systems must be maintained properly to keep rust from getting into the irrigation pipes. The best way to prevent this from happening is to use a rust-resistant cleaner in your irrigation tank. You can find this at most hardware stores.

Use Corrosion-Resistant Gutter Materials
Gutters are another popular component of your home that are typically made of metal. Over time, this metal is exposed to water and other elements, which can lead to gutters rusting and actually draining rust-colored water. This can create a big mess that youll be responsible for cleaning up. To prevent this issue, utilize gutters that are corrosion resistant. Thisll ensure you dont have to worry about rust developing on your gutters and spreading to other areas of your home.

Scrub Off Existing Rust
When you first start to notice that rust is developing somewhere on your home, getting it scrubbed off should be a priority. The most common places you’ll find rust is in sinks and bathtubs. You should be able to easily remove the rust with a mixture of white vinegar or lemon juice and water. Youll need a scrub brush and some elbow grease to get it all off. A pumice stone can assist with particularly difficult areas. Once you get the rust off the area, check it for damage. If theres no rotting damage, then let it dry and cover the area with a corrosive-resistant paint to prevent future rust from forming.

Protecting the overall value of your home should be a top priority. While there are many things that can alter the value of your home, rust is a major one. By utilizing the tips laid out above, youll be able to prevent much of the potential rust buildup on your property.

Source: Brooke Chaplan/RISMedias Housecall

Pros and Cons of Choosing a House in a Rural Area

Many people enjoy the convenience of living in a city or in the suburbs, with easy access to stores and entertainment and with neighbors nearby. For others, the idea of being surrounded by nature and away from all the hustle and bustle is appealing. If you are thinking about buying a house in a rural area, carefully consider the advantages and downsides.

Amenities and Resources
Homes in rural areas are often much less expensive than those in cities and suburbs, but lower prices often mean fewer amenities and less convenience. A rural house may not have what would be considered standard features in an urban area, such as running water, electricity, central heat and internet access. Police, fire and medical help could be miles away, and first responders could take a relatively long time to reach the house in an emergency. You might also need to drive far to reach stores, restaurants, entertainment and medical providers, but you would encounter less traffic than you would in a city.

If you love the outdoors, you may be intrigued by the idea of living in a wooded area where you could see birds, deer and even larger animals, such as bears, on a regular basis. That said, some animals have the potential to cause damage to your home or harm your family or pets. Large wildlife could also draw hunters to your property, which could be both a nuisance and a safety hazard.

Rural areas often feel the effects of severe weather more than urban and suburban locations. Heavy snow, rain and wind can be more problematic in rural areas where roads may not be paved, infrastructure may be less sophisticated or not as well maintained, and workers may need to cover much larger geographic areas since homes are more spread out. A snowstorm that would be an inconvenience in an urban area could leave you stranded in a rural home without electricity and heat for days or weeks.

Work Options
Employment opportunities are much more limited in rural areas than in more populated locations. If you have a job that allows you to work from home, that may not be a problem. If you would need to drive a long way to and from work, that could cost a lot in terms of gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, and time spent commuting instead of relaxing with your family.

Community Support
Rural areas are often more close-knit than urban and suburban neighborhoods. Residents look out for each other, and crime tends to be relatively low. On the other hand, it may take time for new homeowners to feel like they fit in, and some people dislike the relative lack of privacy.

Is Country Living Right for You?
A rural home offers several advantages, such as proximity to nature and a close-knit community, but it has downsides, including fewer employment options and less convenience. Weigh all these factors carefully when deciding whether to purchase a house in a rural area.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluffton Realty is pleased to offer these professional and dynamic 60-second market updates for our clients.  The videos touch on 5 key components of market activity:  Active Inventory, Median Listing Price, Days on the Market, Median Sales Price, Units Sold.   

Video Market Updates

  1. Sea Pines
  2. Palmetto Dunes & Shelter Cove 
  3. Forest Beach
  4. Shipyard 
  5. Folly Field, Hilton Head          
  6. Hilton Head Plantation
  7. Windmill Harbour
  8. Long Cove 
  9. Hilton Head Condos ($250K+)
  10. Hilton Head Luxury Homes          
  11. Bluffton   
  12. Oldfield 
  13. Sun City
  14. Latitude Margaritaville           
  15. Bluffton Luxury Homes   

Our goal with these fact-based videos is to share with our clients and prospects about how

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4 Tips for Creating a Luxurious Dressing Area

Add a touch of luxury to your dressing room with these tips.

Motorized Closet System

A motorized closet system allows you to sift through your wardrobe with the touch of a button.

Secure Your Valuables

Installing a biometric safe that requires your fingerprint to unlock will keep your valuables safe and deliver ultimate peace of mind.

Add a Steamer

If you want to skip having to constantly iron or go to the dry cleaners, then a steam cleaner might be your new best friend.

Smart Mirror

A smart mirror can help you get caught up on the news, check your emails and make sure youre dressed appropriately for the weather.

Berkeley Place welcomes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluftfon RealtyWe are excited to have our Bluffton office part of Berkeley Place of Buckwalter Parkway! Now located at 104 Buckwalter Parkway, Suite 2B near the Cinemark movie theatres and above One Hot Mama's.  While we loved our space in Bluffton's Promenade, Berkeley Place offers more accessibility and convenience for our clients.  With a quick 7 minutes or less drive to pretty much anywhere in Bluffton, we knew this would be where we could assist our clients best.  



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Michelle LiconaWe are excited to welcome Michelle Licona to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluffton Realty!  Michelle began her love affair with real estate as a teenager while vacationing in Sea Pines on Summer break with her family. Originally from NJ, Michelle relocated to the Low Country in 2002 where she quickly establish roots in the Real Estate community. A 16 year veteran in the industry, Michelle credits her outgoing personality and ability to navigate even the most difficult circumstances to always deliver optimal results for her clients. Knowledge is power and Michelle believes there’s always something to learn. She likes keeping up with technology and applying a mix of current real estate trends and old school practices in order to achieve the

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In a year like no other, 2020 is certainly one that will be remembered for years to come.  We are happy to celebrate the accomplishment these 4 ladies made while navigating through the unpredictable year.  

Realtor Service Award 2020

This award honors those members who throughout the past year have achieved high levels of continuing education, professional development, Association involvement and leadership, as well as serving our community by volunteering their time, talent and financial support. Only a small percentage of the REALTOR® members are eligible for this distinction which honors well rounded professionals who demonstrate passion for their industry and community, while adhering to the strict Realtor® Code of Ethics.   

Congratulations to Sarah O'Leary Takacs,

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One of the many attributes of the marvelous South Carolina Lowcountry that visitors and new residents of the area find fascinating is the area’s history.

You can stroll down the lanes of large and small communities, drop into a fifty-year-old restaurant or spend a few hours inside a 177-year-old home. Once in this residence you will experience the culture and history of Bluffton, from inside one of the few structures left standing after the end of the Civil War.

For those who enjoy ‘feeling’ history, visiting some of the historic sites in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, the experience is sometimes a bit surreal, like being transported back in time 100, 200 or even 300 years.

Now let your imagination run a little wild and envision living in a

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