Hilton Head Real Estate News: March 2017

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Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners and brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Darren Yost to the agency's sales team. Originally from Cincinnati, Yost is an accomplished sales executive with over 16 years of local, regional and national sales, marketing and management experience. 

Darren YostHis career began working with his father’s construction company and with relatives in the real estate profession. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University of Ohio and a master’s of business administration from Xavier University. He is an active member of Low Country Community Church and the American Red Cross, as well as an RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing volunteer. Yost is based in the Beaufort office.

The lowcountry law firm Olivetti, McCray & Withrow, LLC has added a new associate to support its growing service portfolio. Craig T. Smith joined the firm in January. He’ll focus on client services including residential and commercial closings, commercial lease negotiation, loan modification, debt restructuring and real estate litigation. Smith previously worked in the Tampa Bay area, where he spent the last decade honing his expertise in real estate law with an emphasis on foreclosures, title curative litigation, commercial and residential leases, and HOA/condominium issues. He received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.

Phil PorterPhil Porter has joined Charter One Realty as a broker associate and will partner with long-time local Realtor Brad Wilson to form the Wilson-Porter Team. Porter will be working with Wilson out of the north office of Charter One Realty, which is located near the front gate of Hilton Head Plantation on Main Street. With over 55 years of combined real estate experience the Wilson-Porter Team has the knowledge, experience, and professionalism to help navigate their existing and new friends and clients through all aspects of the real estate market in the Hilton Head Island area. Porter has been an active member of the Hilton Head Island community since 1979. Becoming a licensed Realtor in 1999, he quickly earned his broker’s license, accredited buyer’s representative designation, and completed extensive studies to become a member of the Graduate Realtor Institute.

Terri and Bill Rupp received The Presidents Club Award for 2016 from Weichert Realtors. Less than 1 percent of all real estate agents in Weichert Realtors achieve this honor and level in sales volume. 

Nic QuinonesWeichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners and brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Nic Quinones to the agency's sales team. Quinones was born and raised in the small town of Amherst, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green University. In 2014, Quinones moved to Hilton Head Island to enjoy his love for sports, fitness and the beach. He has worked in management and customer service and became a Realtor in early 2017. He is a member of the Hilton Head Island Association of Realtors and is based in the Bluffton office.

Tina CarrollWeichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners and brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Tina Carroll to the agency's sales team. Originally from Indiana, Carroll first vacationed in Hilton Head Island the summer of 2010. In 2011, she bought her first vacation condo, and her dream came true in 2015 when she moved to the island permanently. Carroll enjoys managing her two vacation rentals and sharing them with other families. She became a real estate agent to help others realize their dreams of the island lifestyle and making happy vacation memories. She is based in the Hilton Head office.

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners and brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Jennie Page to the agency's sales team. Page has been a Lowcountry lover for over 20 years. Beaufort charmed Page and her husband so much that they decided to move here from the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. She has a bachelor’s degree in human development with a concentration in child development and has worked in special education for much of her life. She is involved in the chamber of commerce and Marine Corps Community Services. Page is based in the Beaufort office.

Real Estate Scorecard, an independent reviewer, has named Dataw Island the South Carolina Best Community of the Year. The award is called the “Bliss Award” because the island’s members are some of the happiest around.

Nancy HansenWeichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners and brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Nancy Hansen to the agency's sales team. Following a successful career in the telecommunications industry, Hansen joined Weichert Realtors in New Jersey in 2004 as a sales associate and earned the accredited buyer’s representative designation in 2005. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the South Carolina and Beaufort County Association of Realtors. She is a member of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council. Hansen has a degree in business administration from Caldwell College and a master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University and has completed numerous Weichert University courses. Hansen is based in the Beaufort office.

Alliance Group Realty held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new office in Old Town Bluffton. Owner/broker Bob Clarkson is shown with 60 realtors, members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Bluffton mayor Lisa Sulka. Alliance Group Realty also has an office at the Fresh Market Shoppes on Hilton Head Island.

Alliance Group Realty

Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island (HHIMLS) integrated its transaction and listing platforms, making transactions easier and homebuying quicker. HHIMLS is the first multiple listing service in the country to combine its TransactionDesk platform by the company Instanet, with Listing Data Checker from CoreLogic. Listing Data Checker does just that: it validates the accuracy of a real estate listing and notifies the agent of any needed changes. Transaction Desk includes all the forms needed for a closing. Integrating the platforms means agents will only have to enter data once and it will automatically be transferred into other forms for MLS, tax data and transaction documents. For listing agents, these integrations also improve the workflow for attaching documents to listings.

Christine ReidEngel & Völkers welcomes Christine Reid, who joins the Mark Mayer Team. Reid brings extensive experience as a Realtor, sales and marketing leader as well as loan officer and originator. Her knowledge of the real estate industry, combined with her passion for serving her clients, align with the high standards of the Mark Mayer Team as well as with the values of Engel & Völkers: passion, exclusivity and competence. 

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties is proud to announce that Realtor Kelly Weber has been named an ambassador to the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. Weber is one of only 12 people to be selected for this highly coveted volunteer position. Considered the goodwill arm of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, ambassadors work year-round to actively promote the benefits of membership and facilitate networking among members. They are also tasked with encouraging meaningful participation and involvement in chamber programs and conveying member needs, questions and concerns to chamber staff. Weber, a resident of Bluffton, has worked at Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties since 2016. She has lived in the area since 1982.

Chip CollinsChip Collins with Collins Group Realty has earned the Million Dollar Guild Recognition owned by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The recognition is awarded to residential real estate professionals performing in the million-dollar and above market. In order to earn the recognition, real estate professionals must first earn the prestigious and exclusive Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation and subsequently must provide documentation proving their specialization in the million-dollar and above market.

Daniella SquicqueroDaniella Squicquero, residential real estate adviser with Engel & Völkers, has earned the nationally recognized Pricing Strategy Advisor certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the PSA certification to Realtors as determining property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives.  

Bonnie BachmanHaving been with RE/MAX Island Realty for most of her career, both RE/MAX and Bonnie Bachman are thrilled to be back together. Bachman is originally from New York City, where she attended NYU. She has a proven track record of successfully assisting her clients over the 30 years in California, New York, Florida and South Carolina.  Along with her years of experience, Bachman brings a caring, compassionate approach to her vast understanding of the Hilton Head Island and Sun City area real estate markets.

Marian SchafferCharter One Realty has announced that Marian Schaffer, a longtime real estate professional throughout the Midwest and Southeast, has joined the company as an associate broker and agent. Schaffer founded SoutheastDiscovery.com in 2004, a company that focuses on the Southeast region’s real estate marketplace to help guide retirees and second homebuyers with their real estate search. Schaffer helps clients streamline their search so they can find the right area, community, and property that meet their objectives. Through her extensive travels over the past decade to the Southeast region, she acquired a vast knowledge of key markets throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and southeastern Virginia, and has built an excellent network of real estate professionals and a solid knowledge base of master-planned communities geared towards this demographic. Schaffer has also honed in on specific areas, desirable to retirees and second homebuyers in the region — all in an effort to serve her clients and readership well. Through her real estate business, Schaffer has worked with clients from around the U.S. who have found her company’s site online, seeking her guidance and knowledge, saving them time and effort in going about it on their own. As a listing broker, Schaffer will be able to offer additional market exposure to her Charter One Realty listing clients by featuring their home on SoutheastDiscovery.com, which garners around 20,000 views each month from actively looking buyers who are looking to relocate to the Southeast region.

Little Free LibrariesThe area’s first Little Free Libraries are now open at 800 Main St. and 7 New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island, and soon to open at 6 Promenade St. in Bluffton, joining the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers. As a global company with over 800 real estate shops in 32 countries, Engel & Völkers Hilton Head-Bluffton wanted to bring this “global reading and sharing movement” to the Hilton Head area.

South Carolina Realtors released its January housing market data indicating a strong start to the new year. Closed sales are at 4,660 — the highest since January 2006. There are almost 8 percent more new listings than this time last year, at 9,477, while pending sales increased 3 percent to 5,778. Inventory shrank by 7 percent to 31,647 units. Prices moved higher as median sales price was up 5 percent to $179,000. Days on market have decreased 6 percent to 104 days. Month's supply of inventory was down 11 percent to almost five months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply.

Becky HermanMonica DavisBecky Herman and Monica Davis had the winning tickets, and they’re proud to donate their prize, the now-famous “Welcome Home Sign,” to the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This handmade sign sat at the bottom of the bridge onto Hilton Head Island, greeting residents as they returned home after evacuating ahead of Hurricane Matthew. It was made by lifelong island fisherman and surfer Byron Sewell to welcome islanders back in October. The sign was raffled off to raise money for a local resident.