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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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There is little risk in verbalizing the obvious and stating that Colleton River is not only one of the more beautiful communities in the South Carolina Lowcountry but competes positively for that title from coast to coast.

satellite image of colleton river, bluffton, scA Peninsula

One of the more unique features of Colleton River is a gift of nature and the evolution of the landscape of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

The Colleton River community is located on a peninsula and therefore is surrounded on three sides by water.

With the Colleton and Chechessee Rivers to the north and west, and the historically-significant Port Royal Sound that flows to the Atlantic to the east, its natural topography gives the community a rare foundation of beauty and features on which it developed a truly

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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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Rising home prices, higher interest rates and increased building material costs have pressured housing affordability to a ten-year low, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Keen market observers have been watching this situation take shape for quite some time. Nationally, median household income has risen 2.6% in the last 12 months, while home prices are up 6.0%. That kind of gap will eventually create fewer sales due to affordability concerns, which is happening in several markets, especially in the middle to high-middle price ranges.August 2018

 

New Listings were up 28.9 percent to 674. Pending Sales increased 10.9 percent to 490, the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year gains. Inventory grew 1.3 percent to 2,250 units.

Prices

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When you first research living in South Carolina’s Lowcountry you are immediately confronted with the amazing number and diversity of activities available to residents and visitors. Trip Advisor lists twenty-five. Well some of them are not for everyone, like extreme watersports.

water jet pack, near Moss Creek, SCThe extreme activity depicted on the right is called Water Jetpack Riding and yes, it is available as a recreation activity in the Bluffton-Hilton Head Island area. Not within the confines of the Moss Creek community but within a twenty-minute drive.

The amazing thing about Moss Creek is that within the borders of this one-thousand-acre gated community are so many of the sports, interests and pastimes sought after by people of every age group and background.

I will

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Sensing History

One of the most powerful experiences of being a northerner transplanted to the Lowcountry is the sensation that history is somehow merged into and an integral part of our everyday activities.

This may be due to the fact that there are remnants of yesterdays throughout the Lowcountry, that we pass every day, and researching those remnants is so available that a question as to a church, building or a tree can be answered before one puts one’s head on their pillow for the night

Old Town Bluffton is one of those mixed environments that entice the observer to learn more.

Bluffton is a lot older than one thinks

I, of course, was driven to take my discovery efforts back to the very beginnings of Bluffton being populated and

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