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The Best Sunset Viewing Locations in the Lowcountry

The Best Sunset Viewing Locations in the Lowcountry

I love a Carolina sunset That’s one thing a man will never forget It brings heaven a little bit closer to Earth… “Carolina Sunset” by The Marshall Tucker Band We love them, too! Slow Lowcountry evenings and sensational sunsets just seem to go hand-in-hand. With that...

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Get Ready for the 51st Annual RBC Heritage Golf Classic!

Get Ready for the 51st Annual RBC Heritage Golf Classic!

What do green courses, white bunnies, and red (plaid) jackets have in common? Easter day at the 51st annual RBC Heritage Golf Classic, of course! Beginning with the traditional opening ceremonies and parade on April 15 and culminating in the trophy presentation on...

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The Best Places to Eat in Bluffton and Hilton Head

The Best Places to Eat in Bluffton and Hilton Head

View by Hudson's Seafood House on the Dock There is no shortage of delicious—if not downright mouthwatering—options to choose from when dining out in the Lowcountry. From casual eateries to fine dining establishments, and from fresh seafood to down home southern...

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The Best Coffee Shops in Bluffton and Hilton Head

The Best Coffee Shops in Bluffton and Hilton Head

Corner Perk Voted best coffee shop in in the Lowcountry for six years, Corner Perk has earned a reputation for being the go-to place for coffee in the Bluffton area. Known as much for their location as their coffee, Corner Perk has a sweet spot on the corner of May...

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How to Spend Valentine’s Day 2019 in the Lowcountry

How to Spend Valentine’s Day 2019 in the Lowcountry

featured photo: Writefully Said "I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be...

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Save the Date for These Upcoming Palmetto Bluff Events

Save the Date for These Upcoming Palmetto Bluff Events

Marathon photo by Hopkins Studios, courtesy of Palmetto Running Company | Click here for more information There’s no doubt about it—the 20,000 acres of land comprising Palmetto Bluff is some of the most spectacular real estate in the Lowcountry. While the aesthetic...

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Tips for Hosting an Oyster Roast

Tips for Hosting an Oyster Roast

If you want a bona fide taste of Lowcountry living—and we mean that literally—we suggest you look no further than an oyster roast, a staple of many backyard gatherings here in our area. And since oyster season roughly runs from September through April, there’s no...

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How to Achieve the Lowcountry Look in Your Home

How to Achieve the Lowcountry Look in Your Home

One of our favorite things about working in real estate is the fact that we get to partner with some of the most creative and innovative men and women in the Lowcountry. Interior designer Sharon Cleland of J. Banks Design Group, located on Hilton Head Island, is one...

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Salt Life: What Autumn Means for the May River

Salt Life: What Autumn Means for the May River

One of the great things about the Lowcountry is that when autumn arrives it’s here to stay for quite some time! Temperatures and humidity typically start to drop off shortly after Labor Day with peak fall colors on display right around Thanksgiving week. This time of...

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87 Oak Tree Road

87 Oak Tree Road

Colleton River exemplifies luxury Lowcountry living at its finest. In addition to magnificent homes, two championship golf courses and an array of exceptional amenities…

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Cast Net Fishing at Oldfield

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...

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Championship Golf in the Heart of the Lowcountry

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...

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The Train is Leaving the Station

After nearly 4 years of weak demand and excess supply, 2012 was the year of the buyer. 2013 looks to be even more promising!!! JP Morgan expects US home prices to rise between 3.4% and 9.7% in 2013.

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44% Increase in the Sale of Luxury Homes

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) in their last Existing Home Sales Report revealed that sales of homes over $1 million dollars in the country increased 44.1% over the same period last year. One of the reasons for this increase is that financing in the jumbo mortgage market is becoming more readily available.

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Hurricanes & The Lowcountry

The topic of hurricanes is a familiar one for us in Lowcountry real estate. For one reason or another, we’re frequently asked about risk associated with hurricanes in the area. Most prospective home owners are surprised to learn that we haven’t had a close scuffle with a hurricane in well over 30 years.

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Did You Know…

Hilton Head Island real estate is unquestionably experiencing a rebound. After 5 years of sliding values, we’re seeing inventories drop and the market shore up in many communities. It’s interesting, however, to note the changes from the height of the market to today…

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The Sporting Life

The South Carolina Lowcountry has long been known for its gorgeous beaches and spectacular golf. But the Lowcountry also has a rich tradition of the Sporting Life that often goes unnoticed.

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Seasonality & the Market

Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate activity ebbs and flows with the seasons. Unlike metropolitan markets that that are more closely tied to industry, Lowcountry real estate is primarily driven by resort/vacation activity and retirees relocating from the Midwest and Northeast.

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Market Update

Each month we will be providing a national & regional real estate market update. While values of homes and villas are down approximately 40% from the peak according to MLS, buyers are back and the total unit sales YTD is at the highest number in 7 years!

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Lock & Leave Luxury

The Coach Homes at Hampton Lake are a tremendous option for anyone looking for maintenance free living in a private amenity community.

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(Updated) Bluffton’s Best Buy: $749K Deep Water Home

At the height of the market, deep water homesites (lots) in the Lowcountry started north of $1.2M. Buyers would then contract with an area builder to craft their dream home… typically placing their total investment well north of $2M in most cases. As of 3 days ago, there is a bank owned riverfront home in a non-gated Bluffton neighborhood for $749K.

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Cost of Ownership is DOWN by More than 42%

With prices dropping by over 30% in some markets (** 38% in the Lowcountry) and with interest rates at historic lows, this may be the perfect time to do what many families have always dreamt of doing – buying that second home. Just take a look at the numbers…

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$1 Homesites

On Friday, July 20th the Wall Street Journal catapulted a local trend into the public spotlight: the $1 Homesite Phenomenon. The article’s title: “Fore Sale: Luxury golf communities have hit a rough patch. After years of aggressive golf-course expansion, interest in golf declined just as the market for luxury homes plunged. Now, once-pricey real estate is available at below-par prices. Selling a lot for $1.”

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What Are You Waiting For?

Waiting on the stock market and your portfolio to rebound? Waiting for real estate values to level off? Waiting for the media to tell you it’s ok to move forward with your life?

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Which is the Best Community?

We’re asked about “the best” community, golf course, or property on a fairly frequent basis when it comes to Hilton Head and Bluffton real estate. Our answer: “what’s your favorite flavor ice cream?” Outside of selecting a husband or wife, selecting a property, home, and/or community is one of the most subjective endeavors you’ll encounter.

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Wall Street Journal Features HHI

“The blue-chip market consists of a handful of spots where prices have stabilized and could soon rebound as sales pick up. Some, such as Hilton Head, have benefitted from tough restrictions on building, which kept inventories manageable during the bust. Prices there have risen by 4% during the past year.”

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Deep Water Deals

Buyers can now pick up a deep water homesite with a dock (and/or a dock permit) at huge reductions from market peaks for anywhere from $275,000 to north of $1M between Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head.

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Pending Sales Up 25%

While the market is showing positive signs of momentum there are a few communities in particular that are really heating up.

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The Bottom of the Market?

While there are certainly macroeconomic forces at play, it’s is undeniable that all real estate is local; and in certain segments of our home market we can clearly identify the bottom in our rear view mirror.

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50% OFF a Riverfront Cottage

A unique opportunity became available yesterday in one of Oldfield’s riverfront cottages. Not only is it’s riverfront location spectacular and rare on its own terms… but the cottage is one of only 3 riverfront cottages in all of Oldfield. With respect to real estate, this is nearly the definition of scarcity.

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Today’s Best Buys

Today’s picks for some of the best values in the Lowcountry: deep water homesite in Beaufort, a 5,000 sq ft home in Berkeley Hall, a Palmetto Bluff foreclosure, and a Spanish Wells deep water home reduced from $7.9M to $3.9M.

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Will Prices Rise or Fall?

Price trends in real estate are largely a reflection of supply and demand dynamics at work. As a result, you CAN predict the future of values in a given community.

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Bucking the Trend

Home sales fell behind last year’s pace across much of South Carolina in July, but the Hilton Head Island and Beaufort areas bucked the trend. The two local markets were among only three in the state where more homes sold in July than during the same month a year ago, according to the latest figures from the S.C. Realtors association. The other was the southern Midlands area.

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The Ussery Group is a real estate team serving  Bluffton, Palmetto Bluff, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Through our blog we share the best of the Lowcountry lifestyle to inspire locals and visitors alike!

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