3 Signs the Housing Market Is on the Rebound

The residential real estate market has essentially been plodding along for most of the year. However, three recent reports show the market may be on the verge of a rebound: 1. Existing Home Sales (closed sales) are up, marking two consecutive months of growth. 2. Pending Home Sales (contracts signed) are up with each of the four major regions reporting both month-over-month growth and year-over-year gains in contract activity. Here is the month-over-month growth: The Northeast rose 0.7% The Midwest increased 0.6% The South increased 1.4% The West grew 3.1% 3. Buyer Traffic (the number of people shopping for a… Read More

Meet the Team: Ric Hollifield | Partner, Co-Founder

Photo of Ric Hollifield, Partner and Co-Founder of The Hilton Head Life and The Beaufort Life.

Meet Ric Hollifield. One half of the dynamic duo behind the Hilton Head Life and Beaufort Life brands, his thoughtfulness and passion are evident to all who meet him.   Ric’s history as both builder and mortgage lender give him a multifaceted industry background that translates into massive value for his clients. He brings years of skill and knowledge to the table, and is truly an expert problem-solver. Ric began his career on “this side” of the real estate industry in 2013, almost immediately putting down roots at what was then Gateway Realty, the leader in private club living. Gateway… Read More

Featured Property (Update: Under Contract) | Rivière House, An Exceptional Lowcountry Oasis

      87 Oak Tree Road in Bluffton, SC Click Here For the Tour 87 Oak Tree Road Bluffton SC 29910 United States Price: $3,000,000 MLS #: 392623 Bedrooms: 4.0 Baths: 4.0 87 Oak Tree Road in Bluffton, SC Rivière House, so named for its incredible deep water riverfront location along the Colleton River, is the crowning jewel atop what is among the most spectacular properties in all of the Lowcountry. The orientation and design of the residence — a recently updated Kermit Huggins masterpiece — offers all who enter 270º views for vast expanses along the river and… Read More

Behind the Gates | Windmill Harbour

Homes and boats along the Windmill Harbour Marina | The Hilton Head Life

Windmill Harbour… The name itself evokes sounds of ships’ bells and a coastal town dripping in golden sunlight reflecting off of sparkling waters, while seagulls call overhead in the ocean breeze. All who enter this conveniently-located — yet relatively little-known — gem are taken by its Charlestonian charms, natural Lowcountry surroundings and the magnificently subtle elegance perfected by only a relative handful of communities. A Sanctuary Unto Itself While it boasts a Hilton Head address, Windmill Harbour is technically located on Jenkins Island, a stop between the mainland (after crossing Pinckney Island, the whole of which is a beautiful Wildlife… Read More

Behind the Gates | Haig Point

There exist relatively few places where one can fully experience the beauty of their surroundings, unhindered, untethered, and uninterrupted.  In the Lowcountry, we are graced with a location that perhaps embodies this more than any other: Daufuskie Island.   Getting There Accessible only by boat — and maybe Michael Phelps — the southernmost sea island of South Carolina is something out of a fairy tale.  At only 5,000 acres offering more than three miles of pristine beaches, it is truly the epitome of island living… a natural playground.   The roughly 20-minute private ferry ride (or 6-minute water taxi, for… Read More

Home Purchase & Education Go Hand in Hand

For many families, schools are an essential consideration when searching for a new home. However, most property searches only offer property related criteria such as price, beds, baths, and square feet. As such, locating properties that meet the criteria for your family and your child’s education can be challenging, especially when you are less familiar with an area. For this very reason, this website provides you with the ability to incorporate school ratings directly into your property search as a primary criteria.  Additionally, you’ll have access to detailed information and statistics on local schools and neighborhoods on every listing detail… Read More

How to Track Your Home’s Value

Buying a home is generally the single largest purchase that we make in our lifetimes and most of us are interested in not only the value of our properties, but also the general value of like properties in our neighborhoods. Whether you have just moved into a new home or have lived there for years, tracking the market value of your property is essential for any informed homeowner. This website’s property search provides an excellent platform to track property values and market trends in your area.  In this post, you will learn strategies for tracking the value of your home… Read More

Become an Expert on New Homes Hitting the Market

Knowledge is power and early knowledge can offer you a powerful advantage, especially in tight real estate markets. Those who find properties first gain an edge by being the first have a chance to see new properties and thus the first to make offers. More often than not, this first to market knowledge pays off. This post will review how you can leverage the property search on this website to quickly access the newest properties on the market and how to setup email alerts when new properties match your criteria. It’s important to first point out that this website offers… Read More