At the end of 2016, most real estate markets across the nation saw little change year over year.

But our local market activity doesn’t always follow national trends, and there can be big differences between sales on Hilton Head Island and the mainland.

Pennsylvania native at home in Oldfield Plantation

H2 Builders in Bluffton has built more than 300 distinctive custom homes in the Lowcountry since 1996. Along the storied way, it has amassed countless local, regional and national industry awards. The company’s home office showcases many of them, but display space has long been exhausted.

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties is happy to announce that Realtor Toni LaRose-Gerken has returned to its Sun City/Okatie office. LaRose-Gerken has been a long-standing top producer in Bluffton and Sun City since 2003 and has garnered many prestigious awards in her real estate career.

When Rich and Ann Rinaldi moved in across the street from longtime Hilton Head residents David and Sally Warren, neither couple could have guessed that they'd soon combine their talents to launch a line of custom artisan tables designed to capture the unique spirit of the Lowcountry.

Archie and Nina Sellew didn’t evacuate from the island when Hurricane Matthew blew through the Lowcountry with 105 miles per hour winds on Oct. 7/8. They didn’t want to and believed they didn’t have to. They felt safe.

After all, it was their island, they owned it, and they had built what they believed to be was a hurricane-proof home in 2000. Matthew was the first real test of its structural strength in the face of nature’s fury.

If you are thinking about buying or selling real estate in 2017, here are some things to consider when hiring a Realtor. There can be a lot of anxiety in finding the right person to help you — after all, you’ll be spending a lot of time with this person throughout the process, and he or she will be helping you through arguably one of the biggest decisions of your life. How can you find the right Realtor?

Selling a house, finding a new place to live or donating to charity always requires keen awareness, but even more so after a hurricane strikes. As Beaufort County residents try to return to normalcy after Hurricane Matthew, they should take extra steps to prevent the unexpected financial heartaches that can follow a hurricane.

Hurricane Matthew added insult to injury for some southern Beaufort County residents who learned their home insurance policies came with extra-high deductibles.

Depending on the company and the type of policy, deductibles typically range between 2 percent and 5 percent of the home’s value for damage caused by wind and hail, named storms or hurricanes. That means the owner of a $500,000 home with a 5 percent deductible could pay as much as $25,000 out of pocket for repairs.

Interior designer, architect and builder all got on the same page to create this spectacular Sea Pines home

The homeowners from Greenville got what they wanted when they hired interior designer Dr. Debi Lynes, architect Rick Clanton and builder Rick Leach: Teamwork with a bold-faced capital T and a showpiece shingle-style home in Sea Pines.

For post-hurricane rebuilding, only hire contractors you can trust

Sounds of buzzing saws and pounding hammers fill the air as rebuilding continues after Hurricane Matthew. But some of those workers might not be licensed, insured or qualified, and that could lead to costly trouble for homeowners who fall for their pitches.