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LOCAL AGENTS OPEN REAL ESTATE GROUP

After combining for more than 28 years at Carolina Realty Group, longtime local Realtors Rick Saba and Tristan O’Grady have formed COAST Real Estate Professionals. COAST Real Estate Professionals will be brokered by EXP, allowing Saba and O’Grady the freedom to create a “high-production” boutique real estate group. COAST will have a new state-of-the-art workspace arriving this summer at the south end of Pope Avenue facing Lowcountry Celebration Park. To contact Saba, email Rick@TheRickSabaTeam.com. For O’Grady, email Tristan@ TristanOGrady.com.

BY BECCA EDWARDS 

Jean Beck has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hilton Head Area Realtors since January 2008, where she is responsible for the management of a 1,700-plus-member professional organization. Beck, who with her husband moved to Hilton Head Island in 2003, answers questions from Monthly about the state of the 2022 real estate market. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

HERE’S HOW TO PLANT YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN

BY DEAN ROWLAND

Temperatures in the Lowcountry can be slightly temperamental, a few degrees here and there. Barring a dramatic swing in temps that rattles the thermometer, homeowners can safely mark their calendars with cool to warmer climes in the spring and warm to cooler climes in the fall. (March 15 is the traditional date for the last frost of the spring.) Planting vegetables too late in the spring or too early in the fall poses risks that are naturally inherent: plant yields, maturity, weather damage, negligence, etc.

LOWCOUNTRY HOME CONTEMPORARY LIVING

STORY BY DEAN ROWLAND | PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN 

You can find Refuge Street deep in nature’s heart of Palmetto Bluff amid pine, oak and saw palmetto trees and manicured lawns with the May River as a stunning backdrop.

It’s a piece of earthly paradise and home to northerners Andrea Gluck and Jimmy South; more specifically, their three-story, 4,000-square-foot contemporary Lowcountry home with all the finishing touches. It has four bedrooms, a bunk room and six bathrooms.

HILTON HEAD REAL ESTATE AGENT NAMED STATE PRESIDENT
Cindy Creamer, a real estate agent at Dunes Real Estate in Hilton Head, was named the 2022 South Carolina Realtors President. Her presidential term began in January. Creamer has been a Realtor since 2006 with Dunes Real Estate. She currently serves on the 2022 NAR State and Local Issues Mobilization Committee. Creamer is also a National Association of Realtors director.

BEING SAFE EARLY PREVENTS BEING SORRY LATER

BY TIM WOOD

It’s a milestone moment in our adult lives, and especially in today’s housing climate, a culmination of searching, making offers and riding an emotional roller coaster to what feels like a triumphant finale.

Walter Henegar says that’s the moment a home inspector is most needed.

HERE’S HOW TO KEEP YOUR GRASS HEALTHY

BY DEAN ROWLAND

An oasis of greenery greets homeowners and guests from Bluffton to the island.

The lushness of Bermuda grass in the sun, St. Augustine turf in the shade and Empire everywhere are plentiful in the Lowcountry.

ADD SOME COLOR TO YOUR CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS

BY DEAN ROWLAND

Kitchen designs have gone in and out of style for years. Neutral colors, nondescript space, bland subway tiles, overhanging cabinets on counters, generic features and depersonalization once occupied the must-have niches in kitchen design a decade or two ago in the Lowcountry.

The times have changed in today’s remodeling plans. It’s not a change of heart; it’s a change in lifestyle and a nod to the home’s resale value.

OUTDOOR OVENS HAVE SOARED IN POPULARITY

BY TIM WOOD

Outdoor pizza ovens are the pandemic cooking trend that shows no signs of cooling off.

This is a hobby that didn’t even exist 20 years ago, as manufacturers were solely focused on the commercial restaurant builds. The demand for the must-have addition to your outdoor kitchen was already steadily growing, but once lockdowns began, sales went through the roof.

WEICHERT REALTORS HIRES 3 AGENTS, RECRUITING/MARKETING COORDINATOR

Debra Quinn, Lakesha Brown and Donna Martin have joined Weichert Realtors as real estate agents.

Quinn, who will work out of the Bluffton office, has worked in the spa industry since 2003. She has experience working in luxury spas including Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond, Leading Spas of the World, and Relais & Châteaux establishments. When she moved to the Lowcountry, she met a local Realtor who inspired her to pursue a career in real estate.