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Cast Net Fishing at Oldfield

Recipient of the 2016 Bliss Award for “South Carolina’s Best Community” and known for its luxury lifestyle within a stunning natural landscape, Oldfield is definitely a must-see! Located in the heart of the Lowcountry, I recently visited this fabulous community to learn the proper cast net fishing technique with Outfitters Center Director, Mr. Jason Dubose.

Jason has over 12 years of professional charter captain and guide experience, with specialized expertise in leading eco-tours. One of the most rewarding aspects of his role as Center Director is observing members and their children “immersing themselves in the outdoor Lowcountry lifestyle.”

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The Oldfield Outfitters Center is certainly an amazing place to celebrate the Lowcountry’s natural beauty, especially with its ideal location on the Okatie River! Popular outings with members include in-shore and off-shore fishing excursions, as well as charter day trips to Daufuskie Island, Savannah, Beaufort, and Hilton Head Island.

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There are also plenty of activities for the entire family – from fishing, recreational boating and kayaking – to paddle boarding and sporting clays at Turkey Hill Plantation. This is a community that perfectly combines luxury living with authentic Southern charm.

Contact Johnny today at Johnny@UsseryGroup.com for more information about Oldfield. And don’t forget to visit the Outfitters Center and learn how to throw a cast net for yourself!

 

Property Feature: 87 Oak Tree Road

For this week’s blog, we’re featuring an exclusive and stunning property in the prestigious Colleton River community: 87 Oak Tree Road.

87oaktree_night-houseColleton River exemplifies luxury Lowcountry living at its finest. In addition to magnificent homes, two championship golf courses and an array of exceptional amenities, Colleton River’s natural beauty is second to none. Splendid live oaks draped in Spanish moss, lush coastal grasses and views of tranquil rivers add to the community’s laid-back, yet sophisticated lifestyle.

Originally designed by Kermit Huggins, 87 Oak Tree Road is an exquisite jewel in Colleton River. This custom-designed 6,628 square foot masterpiece is located on a peninsula and is the only home site in Colleton River with both a deep water dock in the backyard and marsh all the way down one side.

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Boasting a 280-degree view of the river and verdant marsh area, you’ll enjoy spectacular vistas from nearly every room. The current owners point out that the home’s exposure also allows for gentle cooling breezes year-round. And don’t forget about those gorgeous sunsets over the Colleton River!

The estate is nothing short of impressive. Its pristine natural beauty is enchanting and can never be replicated. The home was custom-designed around four majestic live oak trees, one dating back 450 years.

The interior is just as beautiful as its natural surroundings. With four bedrooms, four full and two half-baths, there’s plenty of space and privacy for everyone. The spectacular free-flowing circular staircase built from American cherry wood becomes a focal point for all who enter.

87oaktree_great-roomOther exquisite details include Dakota Mahogany granite, a spacious open kitchen, and custom cherry wood cabinets. This special home is definitely a must-see!

If you’re looking for a unique, luxury property within Colleton River, contact Johnny about taking a tour of 87 Oak Tree Road. At the Ussery Group, we are all about making your Lowcountry dreams come true!

Championship Golf in the Heart of the Lowcountry

In addition to its southern charm and low-key lifestyle, the Lowcountry is truly a golfer’s paradise! Within just seven miles along Fording Island Road, you’ll find six incredible championship courses at three distinguished private communities. We visited Colleton River, Belfair, and Berkeley Hall to learn more about what makes these world-class courses so special.

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Colleton River golf 4With two 18-hole championship courses by world-renowned designers, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, the golf experience at Colleton River is first-rate. Both courses have been ranked by GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S.” and offer challenging rounds through stunning Carolina coastal scenery. You’ll be surrounded by lush grasslands, local wildlife and magnificent, centuries-old live oak trees while enjoying the serenity of Colleton River’s majestic natural beauty

Even Academy Award-winner Robert Redford recognized the community’s stunning landscape and filmed many of the memorable golf scenes in his movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance at Colleton River.

The Jack Nicklaus course measures over 7,100 yards from the championship tees and rewards players of all abilities, each hole with opportunities for shot-making. An entirely different design than the Nicklaus Course, the Dye Course is a breathtaking links-style course that boasts views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from many of its holes.

Colleton River hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2015 and regularly hosts other notable tournaments like the South Carolina Amateur, the US Amateur Qualifier and the US Open Qualifier.

Belfair

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Designed by Tom Fazio, you’ll certainly be impressed by the two championship courses at Belfair that represent the best in Lowcountry golf. The 18-hole par-71 East Course is known for its distinctively Scottish links design and boasts beautiful marsh and water vistas.

Complementing the East Course is the parklands-designed West Course. The 18-hole par-72 West Course offers another fabulous golfing experience with its majestic oaks, abundant native grasses, and shimmering lagoons. Imposing bunkers flank nearly every hole’s rolling fairways and make for a challenging, yet playable round for players of all handicaps. LINKS Magazine called it, “what could be the finest set of golf holes in the Lowcountry, if not on the East Coast.”

Berkeley Hall

Ask any Berkeley Hall member and they will tell you about the “Core Golf” experience that is unique to this community’s Tom Fazio designed North and South Courses. “Core golf” is described by some as golf in its purest form and that a round feels like, “a walk in a park rather than a ride through a subdivision.” With no interior roads or homes, the two championship courses at Berkeley Hall wind through a traditional Lowcountry landscape consisting of coastal wetlands, mature forests, and dramatic elevation changes.

Berkeley Hall has also developed a fabulous reputation for its outstanding learning center. You’ll have the chance to improve your swing through private instruction, group swing clinics, and state-of-the-art teaching equipment. PGA Tour Professional, Billy Andrade, spoke highly of his own experience at the center. “If you’re working on your game, this is the Mecca. It’s a phenomenal facility. The size, the attention to detail – it’s the best I’ve ever seen.”

Berkeley Hall is also home to the annual Players Amateur Tournament presented by The Heritage Classic Foundation, one of the top amateur events in the country.

Live Where You Golf

Interested in living where you have access to championship golf courses? Let Johnny at Ussery Group help you discover your perfect Lowcountry property at one of these fine golf communities!

Come be part of the #1 Island Community in the Continental USA!

Well, our gorgeous Lowcountry island, Hilton Head, has been rated the #1 island in the Continental USA!   With amazing beaches, world class cuisine and accommodations, activities, and nature preserves, what’s not to love?  But, don’t take my word for it, read up on why Travel & Leisure Magazine just crowned us with that title!

http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands-in-us#hilton-head

 

 

Home Buyer Pet Peeves to AVOID!

The home may be priced right and in a great location, so why isn’t it selling? Maybe the listing has one of these common buyer turn offs lurking. Coldwell Banker Blue Matter’s blog highlights a few:

 

1. Covering up potential issues. Masking potential issues – from odors to a bad foundation – can be a costly mistake in the end, for the seller too. Serious defects that a seller knows about but fails to disclose can result in a buyer who backs out at the last minute, asks the seller to fix the issue, or even involve the seller into a lengthy legal battle after the transaction has closed.

2. Overpricing the home. A home that is not appropriately priced for the market can prompt many buyers to just overlook it. Sellers need to know that the price they paid for the home has no bearing or guarantee on its sales price when they go to list. The market condition of the home and comparing how recent nearby homes have performed will influence what their home is worth. A house sitting on the market because it’s overpriced will just deter interested buyers.

3. Failing to prepare the home before listing. Clean, decluttered, and neutral spaces are important in helping buyers to envision themselves living there. Sellers who keep an abundance of knick-knacks; dated, worn furniture; or overly bright, dark, or distracting colors can turn-off buyers.

4. Not being accommodating for showings. Sellers may be annoyed at constantly preparing for home showings or open houses but not having their home readily available for such buyer tours will likely prompt the home to linger on the market. Requested showing times or demanding to be present during showings can hamper the sales process.

Source: “The List of Pet Peeves That Turn Homebuyers Off – And How to Avoid Them,” Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog (Nov. 5, 2015)

Is There Really a National Real Estate Market?

Do you ever wonder how the National Real Estate Market affects you?  Watch this short video so see how Johnny addresses this question.

It’s here! The 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur at Colleton River!!!!

Hi Everyone!

Are you ready to see who our next champion will be?  Come on out to the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur at Colleton River, July 20-25th!  Open to the Public and a great peak at beautiful Colleton River.

See you there!

 

 

Oyster Roast 2014

Millennials and Boomers Trading Places

Millennials and Boomers Trading Places.

Millennials and Boomers Trading Places

Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, September 02, 2014

As the economy improves, Millennials and Baby Boomers are on the move, but they’re heading in opposite directions, according to a new analysis by real estate data firm RealtyTrac.

Each year, 17 million Americans (or about 6 percent of the population) move into a different county, according to Census Bureau data. RealtyTrac’s analysis found Millennials (considered born between 1977 to 1992, in this survey) to be the most mobile generation, moving away from counties with populations of 178,000 or fewer and moving into counties with larger populations (500,000-plus).

“The Millennial generation is generally moving from lower-priced to higher-priced markets for both buying and renting, with the tradeoff being more jobs (lower unemployment) and higher median incomes in the markets they are moving to,” the report revealed.

On the other hand, Baby Boomers (defined as being born between 1945 to 1964) are moving away from higher-priced markets with large populations to lower-priced markets in smaller counties. Baby Boomers are gearing up for retirement and are less concerned about the job market and more concerned with living in an affordable place, the report says.

According to RealtyTrac’s analysis, here’s where Millennials are heading:

  1. Fayette, Ga. (Atlanta)
  2. Citrus, Fla. (Homosassa Springs)
  3. El Dorado, Calif. (Sacramento)
  4. Yavapai, Ariz. (Prescott)
  5. St. Clair, Mich. (Detroit)
  6. Livingston, Mich. (Detroit)
  7. DeKalb, Ill. (Chicago)

RealtyTrac’s analysis shows Baby Boomers are moving away from at the fastest rates:

  1. Fulton, Ga. (Atlanta)
  2. Arlington, Va. (Washington, D.C.)
  3. DeKalb, Ga. (Atlanta)
  4. Wayne, Mich. (Detroit)
  5. Clayton, Ga. (Atlanta)
  6. Alexandria, Va. (Washington, D.C.)
  7. Milwaukee, Wis. (Milwaukee)

Where are the Boomers heading then? The highest percentage of Baby Boomers are moving to Florida, near Punta Gorda, Orlando, and Cape Coral, according to the report. Also, a high percentage of Boomers are heading to counties near Prescott and Phoenix, Ariz., and Hilton Head, S.C., according to the report.

 

Source: “10 Places Boomers and Millennials Are Escaping From the Fastest,” The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 17, 2014)

What Are You Waiting For?

If you’ve been waiting for the market to bottom… you’re 11 months late.

CoreLogic’s home price index shows that home prices nationwide in January rose 9.7 percent year-over-year, posting their largest percentage increase since April 2006. It was the 11th consecutive month of month-over-month increases in existing-home sales, according to CoreLogic’s index.

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It’s worth noting, however, that all markets are local.  Just as there is not national weather forecast, there is no national market.  Only averages.

Although there are still tremendous values for savvy buyers, the momentum is back in the Lowcountry.  Our local MLS reported that January saw the highest number of sales on record since our local MLS starting keeping records in 1977.

If you’re looking to enjoy ownership in the Lowcountry – now is the time.