Behind the Scenes | Preparing Your Home for Listing

“It’s not just the seller that is our client. It’s the property.”     Daniella: Hello everybody, Daniella and Ric here, and we are just finishing up day two of the imaging of a property that we are readying for the market.   While we wait for our photographer to arrive for this last portion, we were actually just talking about some interesting things relative to really readying and preparing a property for the market and the way that we do it. We thought it might be interesting to share some of that information with you, because there’s a really distinct… Read More

Meet the Team: Daniella Squicquero | Partner, Co-Founder

Meet Daniella, the other half of the duo behind The Hilton Head Life and The Beaufort Life brands.  [Ric here.] You may, at some time, have been asked to describe someone you know in a single word. Words like passionate, charming, focused and loving may come to mind. As Daniella’s partner — in business and life — it would be impossible for me to describe her in a single word. So, I’ll attempt it in two: completely captivating. For those who know her, Daniella is incredibly talented, driven, kind, brilliant, hilarious, gracious, caring and beautiful. To those closest to her, she’s… Read More

Timeless Southern Elegance | 119 Inverness Drive, Colleton River Club (SOLD)

119 Inverness Drive | Front Exterior

Dripping in Southern charm, elegance and comfort, 119 Inverness Drive is located on one of Colleton River Club’s most sought after residential streets. Truly unsurpassed in quality and workmanship, the Randolph Stewart design was inspired by history. Details have been masterfully selected and crafted, from whimsical medallions adorning transom windows, to molding designed to evoke light and shadow, to the mesmerizing flame grain of the front door. Historical accuracy gives way to modern comforts such as a fully equipped kitchen, elevator, butler’s pantry with multiple cooling drawers and ice maker, and dual master suite bath and dressing rooms. Matched in… Read More

French Country Meets Lowcountry on the Marshes of the Colleton

Among the very finest homes in exclusive Colleton River Club, 91 Oak Tree Road was thoughtfully designed and masterfully constructed, certain to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning. Every aspect of this home is of the highest quality, with careful thought devoted to even the smallest details. This very private setting, including nearly an acre of lush landscape, boasts stunning views of the Colleton, Chechessee and Broad Rivers, vast expanses over the marsh grasses brimming with nature. Mature hardwoods, tall palmetto trees and lush landscape provide wonderful privacy for this private residence, while the rivers and marsh along… Read More

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

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