You may have heard that spring and summer are the top home-selling seasons, and that fall is as dead as those leaves piling up on your lawn. But don’t be fooled.

“Fall is actually a great time to sell your home,” says real estate agent Carola Encarnacion of DJK Residential in New York City. “There’s less competition, and the market is still very active.”

So if your house is on the market right now, take heart! And heed what many experts say is the one best thing you can do to reel in buyers: Give your home an autumn upgrade with some staging.

To the uninitiated: Staging is the technique sellers use to showcase their home at its best through upgrading furniture and decor. And celebrating all things autumnal is the way to do it successfully…

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Okay this week’s crush is for those of you that asked me to feature new construction but guess what?!! I did one even better; new construction, large lot and on an island. This Pine Island home is perfect for those of you that want privacy yet you want to be close to Old Town Bluffton. I told you that I have your back!

But that’s not it, there is all this too:

  • wood burning fireplace

  • wooded and marsh views

  • trim work that will make your heart skip a beat

  • a gorgeous front door that welcomes you into almost 2,000 square feet of heaven

  • three cozy bedrooms

  • the floors….did you see them?

  • the front and back porches are killer

  • the pot filler - enough said!

What more could you…

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1,630 square feet

3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

This DARLING home is just beckoning a new owner. So MUCH potential!! First-floor living & good room separation. Open floorplan w/ high ceilings. Kitchen can be extended into breakfast Room or opened up to main living space. DY-NO-MITE screen porch. Across from RP community pool. Private cul-de-sac. Backyard reminds us of a secret garden swirling w/ dragonflies & butterflies - calling all gardeners. Sweet front porch perfect for morning coffee. Enjoy all of Moss Creek's top-quality amenities in the Lowcountry's most convenient neighborhood. WELCOME HOME.

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1,258 square feet

3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

EASY LIVING AWAITS! A favorite section of Sun City, centrally located & close to all + a great friendly cul-de-sac street. This sweet Heather Model has it ALL - Perfect eat-in kitchen, 3 bedrooms (or 2+ office/den), 2 bathrooms w/ a brand new tiled walk-in master shower & lovely screen porch overlooking lush green backspace. Open concept great room w/ bar overlooking kitchen. Light & bright. Freshly painted with year old carpet. Newer HVAC + new hot water heater. Lives much larger than square footage. Clean stucco report. Enjoy all of Sun City's top-notch activities & amenities. Live your best life now!

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Charter One Realty compiles these great Mid-Year Market Reports. We thought you would enjoy taking a look at what’s happening around town!

Click on the image above to review information including area snapshots, community-specific information, new listings, pending sales, and closed sales in Hilton Head, Daufuskie Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Beaufort and the surrounding Mainland.


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I frequently hear from my clients that they want to live in a “family” neighborhood. You’re in luck this week because rumor has it that Jarvis Creek Club is THE neighborhood to be in. The inside scoop - homeowners in this awesome little community off of Spanish Wells Road love living in there. They all watch out for one another and you can always hear the laughter of little kids playing. I am loving the nostalgia of this old back in the day type neighborhood.

If the neighborhood appeal isn’t enough for you…just look at this place!

  • wooded backyard (I can hear the birds and tree frogs now!)

  • 2 screened in porches for year round use and no bugs allowed

  • just look at the floors

  • the open concept is the bomb

  • his…

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I love that this home is all on one floor. It makes it easy for easy living. It is so bright and airy. It’s such a beauty and located perfectly to get to everything.

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2,430 square feet

3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms

ALL WE CAN SAY IS... "WOW!" This is the house you have been waiting for! All on 1-floor w/ generous bedrooms & terrific room separation. Light, bright & open. Gorgeous flooring, sumptuous kitchen w/ quartz counters, private office/den/flex-room plus spacious screen porch w/ serene lagoon views. Built-ins & closet space abound. 2 car garage + GC bay. This home exudes Lowcountry living through & through. Situated in gated Baynard Park, minutes from River Ridge Academy & all that…

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This Sun City home is so great for easy living. Low maintenance. It’s exactly what you want when you are downsizing, moving to the area, or needing a change. You can easily lock up and travel. It’s time!

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1,454 square feet

2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

PERFECTION & EASE! Such a darling home & so, so easy to care for! The favorite Wren Villa in the coveted Aviary area of Sun City offers spacious living areas & comfortable room sepa-ration. Eat-in kitchen + dining area off the living room. Lives much larger w/ additional office/den, large entryway & heaven-ly screen porch to take in the lush, private wooded views. Light, bright & airy! EZ living w/ quarterly regime fee INCL roof, ex-terior…

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Perfectly sited for long lagoon views. This home echos the past but feels like the present with high end updates throughout. Easy living inside and out. Plenty of space to get very comfortable. Great for entertaining with beautiful space inside and out!

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5,500 square feet

5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms

A Southern lady built for the ages rewards with stunning long lagoon views of Osprey Lake. This custom-built-home was designed for enjoyment w/ large open rooms, high ceilings and a bath of warm sunshine. A tall staircase & impressive entry welcomes you in beckoning one towards the "heart of the home." Office & dining rooms grace the 1st floor along w/ an ample master bedroom. Bonus room…

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By Renae Virata (modified for the Bluffton/HHI market)
I recently came across a home buyer who was interested in building a property on a sizeable lot nestled within a gated Dallas community of modern homes. It was the ideal spot for the mid-career professional and her fiancé. However, the area around them seemed, in her eyes, “sketchy”, so she decided to call the Realtor for advice on the property and neighborhood.

Soon after, the couple met a neighbor who, coincidentally, worked for the same firm as the Realtor selling the lot. They discussed their qualms about the location with her, and she offered her advice. Feeling confident that they could rely on her expertise, and being so close to them, they decided to work with her to…

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