Real Talk with Charter One Realty: January 2016
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Real Talk with Charter One Realty

Hilton Head Island & the Lowcountry

January is a time for new beginnings.  On Hilton Head Island and throughout the Lowcountry, it's also a time for enjoying a quieter time on the Island as you stroll along the serene beaches, enjoy a day at Harbour Town or play golf and tennis in comfortable temperatures far from the cold winters of other cities.  With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, January is the perfect time to think about the year ahead and what your dreams are for the future.  Whether it's finally making the move to relocate here from another city .... or seizing the day by considering getting that home right on the beach ... or even thinking more seriously about downsizing  to start an exciting new chapter of your life with a new home ... there's alot to think about.  January is the perfect time to think ... and Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry is the perfect place to consider all of the possibilities.

This year, make a resolution to truly embrace all that Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry have to offer ... and let Charter One Realty help you make this "new beginning" the best one yet.  Call us today to learn more about our current property listings and real estate opportunities ... and let the excitement, and beauty, of the New Year on Hilton Head Island/the Lowcountry continue all year long.

In this Issue

  • 2015 Year- End Real Estate Update for Hilton Head Island and the Surrounding Areas
  • Charter One Realty Top Picks & Upcoming Events
  • Featured Plantation: Oldfield
  • Bird's Eye View: Berkeley Hall
  • As seen in Bluffton Today: Local real estate companies merge
  • Bluffton featured in Garden & Gun’s “10 Great Escapes”
  • Charles Sampson Named Realtor of the Year
  • Paige Rose Joins Charter One
  • Charter One Realty Sponsors Osprey Village with $15,000 Donation 
  • Beaufort County Property Tax Time Is Here!

2015 Year-End Real Estate Update for Hilton Head Island and the
Surrounding Areas

Market improvement on both the Island and the mainland continues to be both price dependent and use dependent where the improvements are beginning at the lower price points and working their way into higher and higher price points. When one breaks down the market by price and property type, absorption rates can be used to determine the market health for the various segments.
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Charles Sampson Named
2015 “Realtor of the Year”

Charles Sampson, a Partner/Agent at Charter One Realty and a Founding Partner of Charter One North Realty, has been named “REALTOR of the Year” by the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors (HHAAOR).  The award was announced and presented to Charles at the HHAAOR’s annual awards luncheon on December 8th on Hilton Head Island, which was attended by more than 150 people.
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See & Do: Charter One Realty Top Picks

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra - Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
John Morris Russell, Conductor; Elliot Wuu, Piano; First Prize Winner of the 2015 Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists.
January 17th at 4pm and January 18th at 8pm
First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Chamber Restaurant Week
Modeled after successful restaurant weeks in New York and other cities, the 8th annual Chamber Restaurant Week, which features 50+ of the area’s top award-winning restaurants, all serving up value-priced, prix-fixe menus
January 23-30, 2016
Osprey Village 2016 “Pro-Bowl Open”
Support the innovative residential community services and programs that Osprey Village will provide for Developmentally Disabled Adults in our community. Bowl and Watch the 2016 PRO BOWL GAME with CINCINNATI BENGALS 4 TIME PRO BOWL QUARTERBACK and LEAGUE MVP KEN ANDERSON
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 6pm-10pm
STATION 300 at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton
Click HERE for a full schedule events & happenings this January on Hilton Head Island and in the Lowcountry.
Did you know that Bluffton was featured in Garden & Gun’s June/July issue “10 Great Escapes” naming it a Southern Dream Town?  Click here to read the full article.

As Seen in Bluffton Today:
Local Real Estate Companies Merge

The new year is bringing a big change in the local real estate market as two well-known companies come together in what the managing partners believe is the largest merger in the area’s history.

Charter One Realty and Gateway Realty, both longtime companies in the Bluffton-Hilton Head Island area, officially merges Jan. 1.

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Bird's Eye View: Berkeley Hall

Berkeley Hall is a 900 acre, private golf club community surrounded by the Okatie and Colleton Rivers and Chechessee Creek and is approximately seven miles from Hilton Head Island. Nestled in between fairways and a gorgeous nature preserve, homebuyers can expect serene surroundings and top-notch creature comforts. With over 400 residential homes in Berkeley Hall in a wide range of styles and prices, there's a home that perfectly suits your lifestyle.
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Charter One Realty Sponsors Osprey Village with $15,000 Donation

Charter One Realty presented Osprey Village with a check for $15,000 to help the organization turn into a reality its vision for a “Neighborhood with a Purpose”. The money will help Osprey Village develop an inclusive residential community for adults with developmental disabilities. The organization recently announced the community would be developed near Buckwalter Place in Bluffton where the initial construction phase is scheduled to begin in late 2016 or early 2017.
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Charter One Realty Continues To Grow & Expand With Addition of Chief Marketing Officer, Paige Rose

Charter One Realty has announced that Paige Rose has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer.   She will be working out of the company’s Hilton Head Island office at 11 Park Lane, where she will be overseeing all marketing, public relations, advertising and branding for the real estate agency’s 11 offices throughout Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry.

As Chief Marketing Officer at Charter One Realty, Paige will be providing additional strategic guidance and tools to Residential and Commercial Brokers and Agents to assist in building and growing their businesses through the use of a number of marketing tactics, including print advertising, direct mail, online marketing, digital platforms, blogging and social media outreach.  She will also be working to further enhance the real estate client experience by providing agents and staff with the tools and resources they need to ensure successful and smooth real estate transactions.

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Beaufort County Property Tax Time Is Here! - Important Tax Information For Property Owners In The Lowcountry

It’s that time of year again!  Beaufort County Property Tax Time.

As Ben Franklin once said “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  If you ask me, living here in Beaufort County with Franklin’s two options, I will gladly pay my property taxes.  The property taxes on an owner occupied residence are very reasonable at about a rate of ½ of a percent or the home’s value.  Property taxes on other types of property are closer to the national norm of about 1.25% of the value.

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Featured Plantation:
Oldfield Real Estate

Oldfield is a sprawling 800+ acre golf community found near the Okatie River, with a rich and diverse history that dates all the way back to the 1700s.
Interestingly, the land remained largely untouched for over a century until the 2000s when it was turned into the appealing community of homes and cottages that it has become today.
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You’re Never far from ONE of our 12 Charter One Realty Offices ...
Throughout Hilton Head Island & the Lowcountry, We’re the ONE You Can Turn to for All of Your Real Estate Needs

South Office, Hilton Head Island: 843-785-4460
Beach Market Office, Hilton Head Island: 843-785-1115
Belfair Towne Village, Bluffton: 843-815-6633
Promenade Office, Bluffton: 843-815-0055
Sun City Office, Bluffton: 843-705-2830
North Office, Hilton Head Island: 843-681-3307
Colleton River, Bluffton: 843-689-3131
Belfair, Bluffton: 843-757-7710
Berkeley Hall, Bluffton: 843-815-8400
Oldfield, Okatie: 843-645-2530
Commercial & Management: 843-837-4460
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