Real Estate

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ADDS ELLER AND DIOTALEVI

Real estate agents Terri Eller and Roddy Diotalevi have joined the Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Bay Street Realty Group as a team. With 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Eller is skilled in customer service, sales, project management and marketing.

Diotalevi, Eller’s husband, will arrange transactions, bring buyers and sellers together and act as their representative in negotiations. He has more than 30 years of marketing, sales, and customer service experience as an electric and gas utility executive. 

LOWCOUNTRY REAL ESTATE SALES CONTINUE WITH PRECAUTIONS

Lowcountry real estate sales have dipped since the novel coronavirus outbreak began, but low mortgage interest rates coupled with social-distancing sales strategies are enticing some buyers, local agents say. 

“For anybody who is secure in their job, now is a great time,” said Charles Sampson of Charter One Realty. 

Lowcountry real estate sales have suffered since the novel coronavirus outbreak began, but low mortgage interest rates coupled with social-distancing sales strategies are enticing some buyers back to the market, local agents say.

“For anybody who is secure in their job, now is a great time,” said Charles Sampson of Charter One Realty.

Real estate was deemed an “essential service” and exempt from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s order closing non-essential business. But the traditional ways of doing business — in-person showings, open houses, and agents driving potential buyers around to look at properties — have had to change. One solution? Many brokerages are pivoting to virtual open houses and tours.

A MESSAGE FROM REALTORS
Many Lowcountry real estate companies are reaching out to their clients to reassure them that listings, showings and closings of property continue. The companies are making use of virtual technologies that minimize or eliminate the need for proximity. These techniques aren’t new, Realtors say: they’ve been used with out-of-state and international buyers for years. 

ARRIERO REALTY NOW OPEN 

Jacob and Debbie Arriero recently opened Arriero Realty in Bluffton. The Arrieros have more than 45 combined years of real estate experience and Debbie Arriero is a certified military relocation professional. The office is at 198 Okatie Village Drive, Suite 103-344. 

SUN CITY TO PHASE OUT FLOOR PLANS FOR NEW 2020 DESIGNS

Sun City Hilton Head has begun construction on a new model home park that will open in early 2020. The developer’s plan is to phase out the current floor plans and introduce 10 all-new designs.

WEICHERT REALTORS OPENS NEW LOCATION, ADDS FOUR

Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties recently cut the ribbon to its new office in Old Town Bluffton, at 1250 May River Road. Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bill Miles, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, agents, clients and staff gathered to celebrate the grand opening. 

Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties also welcomes Kathryn Hickey, Darlene Johnson, Kim McElman and Evie Schoepf as real estate professionals. 

SEA PINES WINS AWARDS, WILL ELECT BOARD MEMBERS

Sea Pines Country Club has again received Distinguished Club recognition from BoardRoom magazine. The Distinguished Clubs program uses a rating system that recognizes facilities, management and staff based on member experience. In July, the Sea Pines club celebrated its newly unveiled state-of-the-art fitness facility.

VACATION RENTALS GET HELP WITH TAX COLLECTION

Lowcountry homeowners in the short-term vacation rental business have many options when it comes to managing their properties, like private management companies or web-based marketplaces like VRBO and Airbnb. 

Now, those homeowners are getting some help when it comes to taxes. 

SPANISH WELLS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Spanish Wells on Hilton Head Island is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Broad Creek, the private community is home to 200 families. The original Spanish Wells Club golf course, opened in 1969 as a 9-hole par 36 course, was designed by George Cobb. It was re-designed by Clyde Johnston in 2005. Spanish Wells offers a pier and deep-water dock, tennis, swimming, kayak storage and a clubhouse with pro shop.