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.

Weichert Realtors - Coastal Properties, which serves the greater Hilton Head Island area, is pleased to announce Amy McCormick has been named assistant manager of its Bluffton office. In this role, McCormick will help oversee the daily operations of the Bluffton office, coordinate agent trainings provided by Weichert and assist with the mentoring and coaching of both new and current real estate agents at Weichert to help the company grow its market presence. McCormick came to Weichert Realtors - Coastal Properties with many years of project management experience after working in the commercial printing industry.

As Realtors returned to the area following Hurricane Matthew, they did what they do best: help the community and their homeowners.

Area Realtors sprang into action, assessing their listings to guide their sellers and buyers in what for many was their first experience dealing with a natural disaster. State and local real estate associations offered guidance and tips on handling various hurricane-related issues, but no one could predict for sure how the storm would impact the local real estate market.

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D.C. couple transforms property into perfect Lowcountry river house

Just one look, that’s all it took. When Richard and Michelle Warner first set foot on the naturally blessed half-acre vacant lot, saw its 185 feet of Colleton River waterfront and Spring Island outstretched to the north-northwest, they knew their property search was over.

Real estate service stayed ahead of technology, even before the days of high-speed computers

Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island is celebrating 40 years serving the real estate industry on Hilton Head Island and surrounding areas. Always at the forefront of changing technologies designed to help its members be more effective, the island MLS was chartered in May 1976 and now facilitates $3 billion in real estate transactions annually.

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners/brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Missy Yost to the agency's sales team. Yost worked as a real estate paralegal for 15 years before moving from Cincinnati to Bluffton.She is a member of the Hilton Head Association of Realtors.

ENGEL & VÖLKERS is a premium lifestyle real estate company with 800 shops in international markets including Beverly Hills, New York, Atlanta, Dubai, London, New Orleans and Toronto. Just one year ago, this global company chose Hilton Head Island for their first shop in the South Eastern United States and are already flourishing. Part of that success is attributed to the strength of the Engel & Völkers global referral network.