Realtor Service Awards 2018

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluffton Realty would like to congratulate the 5 agents from our company who were awarded the 2018 REALTOR Service Award:  Judy Flanagan, David Gerwels, MaryLou Haraburd, Susie Castellini and Christina Galbreath-Gonzalez.

Each year, the Hilton Head Area REALTORS® recognizes 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® Association is eligible for this distinction, which honors well rounded professionals who demonstrate passion for their industry and community,…

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Marty CassidyMarty Cassidy has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluffton Realty as a real estate sales professional.  Originally from New Jersey, Marty and his wife Rosellyn, spent a few years in Atlanta knowing that eventually they wanted to call the Low Country home.  

Prior to getting his real estate license, Marty had a successful 30-year career in the tech sector working with Fortune 500 companies and several start-up ventures.  He has been an admired leader and innovator in his field.  Marty has a rich and successful background of demonstrated leadership and multi-segment customer experiences.  This experience includes more than a dozen years at Microsoft in various leadership positions. He is a veteran of the US Navy and attended…

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John Friday BHHS Hilton Head Bluffton RealtyWe are proud to welcome John Friday to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluffton Realty!  John started his career in Savannah and ended up in the Lowcountry, with many far reaching destinations in between, like the West Virginia mountains and top level resort destinations including Turks and Caicos and Deep Water Cay in the Bahamas.  

John and his wife, Denise, decided on Hilton Head Island to call home and where they are raising their delightful twins. They are a very active family, travelling here and there for various sporting events, spending time on the water paddle boarding or at the beach. John enjoys golfing and fishing in his downtime. He is a highly responsive team player with superior knowledge in real estate. He’s straight to the…

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 Events 2019

We love "Winter" in the Low Country!  There are so many things to do and see this time of year.  We've complied together some of the local events that are not to be missed.

Click the Events Below for Times & Locations

  • 19th Annual Low Country Home & Garden DETAILS
  • Historic Bluffton Town Party DETAILS
  • The Gullah Market at Honey Horn DETAILS
  • Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival DETAILS
  • Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade DETAILS
  • Skull Creek Dockside / Boathouse Full Moon Party DETAILS
  • Harbour Town Spring Fest Sea Pines DETAILS
  • Southern Womens Show DETAILS
  • Annual Taste of Bluffton DETAILS
  • RBC Heritage PGA Tour DETAILS
  • Tybee Island Wine Festival DETAILS

Explore, Enjoy & have Fun!

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Andrew PietzWe are so excited to welcome Andrew Pietz to the Bluffton office at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluffton Realty.  Andrew is well known and respected in the community and will make a great addition to the team.  Andrew has been in the service industry for over 20 years and has owned multiple hair salons, including his current salon Blow the Hair Bar in Bluffton, SC.   Originally from Ohio, Andrew, his wife and children moved to the Lowcountry in 2012.  

Learn more about Andrew Pietz or contact him at Andrew@HiltonHeadHomes.com

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Home prices were consistently up again in most markets in 2018 but at reduced levels compared to recent years. High demand for few homes for sale fueled price increases, but evidence is mounting that inventory will finally improve in 2019. This may apply some downward pressure on prices for beleaguered home buyers. A fourth interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve in 2018 spooked the stock market to close out the year. The Fed has indicated that the number of rate increases in 2019 will be halved, which may be of little comfort to an already compressed consumer.

December 2018 Market Reports

 

New Listings were up 2.8 percent to 336. Pending Sales increased 1.0 percent to 289. Inventory grew 5.9 percent to 2,231 units, the eleventh consecutive month of year-over-year…

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Susie CastelliniWe are excited to welcome Susie Castellini to the Hilton Head office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Bluffton Realty!  Originally from the Cincinnati Ohio area, Susie's love for the Lowcountry started back in the late 70's when she vacationed here with her parents as a child.  Now she is lucky to call Hilton Head home and raise her children here.  

Being a "people-person" has helped Susie with her real estate career.  Her dedication to her clients, effective communication, and local knowledge have been beneficial to her clients buying and selling property in the area.  

Learn more about Susie HERE

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The booming U.S. economy continues to prop up home sales and new listings in much of the nation, although housing affordability remains a concern. Historically, housing is still relatively affordable. Although Freddie Mac recently reported that the 30-year fixed rate is at its highest average in seven years, reaching 4.94 percent, average rates were 5.97 percent ten years ago, 6.78 percent 20 years ago and 10.39 percent 30 years ago. Nevertheless, affordability concerns are causing a slowdown in home price growth in some markets, while price reductions are becoming more common.

November 2018 Market ReportNew Listings were up 11.0 percent to 533. Pending Sales increased 1.0 percent to 396. Inventory grew 4.6 percent to 2,309 units.

Prices were still soft as Median Sales Price…

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If the last few months are an indication of the temperature of housing markets across the country, a period of relative calm can be expected during the last three months of the year. A trend of market balance is emerging as we approach the end of 2018. Prices are still rising in most areas, and the number of homes for sale is still low, but there is a general shrinking of year-over-year percentage change gaps in sales, inventory and prices.

October 2018 Market Reports


New Listings were up 17.2 percent to 674. Pending Sales increased 2.8 percent to 446. Inventory grew 2.6 percent to 2,327 units. Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 5.5 percent to $334,060. Days on Market decreased 9.5 percent to 134 days. Months Supply of Inventory was down 10.2 percent to 5.3…

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Chosing a Home when DownsizingWhether you have lived in your current home for decades or only a year, as you get older, you may find that you have too much space.  Additionally, thanks to stairs, slippery floors, and poor central air or heating, your old home may no longer suit your needs.  As a result, many seniors are increasingly choosing to downsize.  The process of selling and buying a home is always difficult, but it can be made much easier with proper planning.  Here are some strategies that can help.

 Choose a house that accommodates your medical needs

The most critical step is choosing a house that will accommodate your unique medical needs while also suiting your design preferences.  For instance, if you have trouble with your legs, hips, or ankles, you may not want to…

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