COLLINS GROUP NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP SALES TEAMS

Collins Group Realty was recently named one of America’s most productive sales teams by REAL Trends. Collins Group is ranked No. 4 for the state of South Carolina, rising from fifth place in 2016. For the list, REAL Trends ranked more than 13,800 residential real estate professionals based on their excellence in real estate sales during 2017.

LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE DEBUTS MODEL HOMES

There was a big turnout in June for the debut of Minto Community’s first model homes in Latitude Maragaritaville. The celebration included a live band, a steel drum band, games, food and giveaways. Visitors were shuttled to the newly opened Lake Latitude Club, featuring a resort-style pool, sandy beach area, fitness center and party room, and were able to tour the nine model homes and submitted offers on the first phase of the community. This is the second Latitude Margaritaville to open; the first is in Daytona Beach and was just named the nation’s most popular active adult community for 2018 by 55places.com.

When searching for a real estate professional, many people start their search by talking with family or friends. People you know and trust who have used a real estate professional in the past often can provide recommendations. It’s a good idea to interview more than one real estate professional. You want to be confident you’ll have a good rapport with your Realtor. 

RENOVATIONS INCREASE THE COMFORT, BEAUTY AND ENJOYMENT OF A HOME. SPRUCING UP INSIDE AND OUTSIDE ALSO ADDS VALUE. THESE “BEFORE” AND “AFTER” PHOTOS OF REAL PROJECTS BY LOWCOUNTRY BUSINESSES ILLUSTRATE THE POWER OF CHANGE.

NETWORK PICKS SMART HOME WINNER, CHOOSES BEAUFORT HOME FOR ULTIMATE HOUSE HUNT

And the winner is … Josephine Montgomery from Long Island. HGTV cameras were rolling in mid-July when the winner of the Bluffton Smart Home got her look at her prize, according to the television network.

The HGTV Smart Home Giveaway grand prize package was valued at more than $1.6 million. In addition to her new three-bedroom home in Palmetto Bluff, Montgomery also pocketed $100,000 in cash and the keys to a 2018 Mercedes-Benz hybrid. She was randomly selected as the winner from more than 95 million entries.

LONG COVE CLUB EARNS ISLAND BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

The Island Beautification Association chose Long Cove Club’s front entrance as the winner of the organization’s annual Island Beautification Entry Competition. This is the 14thyear for the award, which was started to recognize gated communities for beautifying the island. The Island Beautification Association originally was formed to landscape the medians of William Hilton Parkway after it became a four-lane road, and the group has since completed many landscaping projects along the roads of Hilton Head.

Here in the Lowcountry, we’re surrounded by lots of water: the ocean, marshlands, lagoons, ponds, creeks and lakes. The many swimming pools that dot the Lowcountry landscape bring that water even closer — right into our backyards.

But not just any pool will do for Lowcountry residents; gone are the days of the basic white rectangular swimming pool. Today, each soothing hardscape is unique in its design, functionality, maintenance needs and amenities — and each offers year-round outdoor pleasure for homeowners.

LONG COVE CLUB EARNS TOP HONORS FOR SERVICE

Hilton Head Island’s Long Cove Club has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Club award from BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs.

The merit-based award honors clubs that operate at the highest standards, rating them using a club-specific evaluation of the clubs, their managements and their staff. The rating system helps the magazine recognize the top private clubs based on member experience, the most important service they provide.

NEW KITCHEN AND BATH TRENDS TO ENHANCE YOUR HOME

Many homeowners find themselves eyeing their homes, wondering how to make their houses reflect their Lowcountry lifestyles.

One of the easiest ways is to redo a kitchen or bathroom, changing the color scheme, textures, materials, finishes, fixtures and hardware and adding furnishings, architectural details and smart technology. And while some trends come and go, many Lowcountry interior designers have crafted a coastal aesthetic with staying power — one that still embraces some of the design trends popping up around the country.

In the 1980s, Hilton Head Island boasted its own particular brand of architectural and interior design style: Heavy drapes dripping with Florida-inspired palm tree-and-bamboo motifs and a color palette dominated by lime green, lemon yellow, avocado green and harvest gold.

As the island grew and matured in the ’90s, so did its homes’ aesthetics. New homes and home renovations brought their own identities and personalities. Lighter hues and a mix of materials, fabrics and textures were increasingly being found under one metal roof.