RETIREMENT COMMUNITY APARTMENT GETS TOTAL RENOVATION FOR BOLD COUPLE

The odd-colored shag carpeting was the first sign of a bygone era. Long, lightless walls stretching from the small front door to the living room offered another clue to the apartment’s dated interior.

Interior designers Michael and Candace DeLoach knew the challenge was formidable for their clients at The Cypress retirement community on Hilton Head Island.

High demand for low- and mid-priced homes continues to drive the Lowountry real estate market, especially on the mainland.

Here are some tips for navigating today’s real estate market:

CENTURY 21 DIAMOND REALTY IN BLUFFTON HAS ADDED FIVE NEW AGENTS

Alice Risley moved to Hilton Head Island last year from West Islip, New York. In addition to assisting buyers and sellers with home purchases, she will help sellers stage their homes using her experience in interior design. She also organizes and helps sellers clear out after a sale. Risley has a bachelor’s degree in education.

WHETHER YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY IS S VACATION VILLA BY THE OCEAN OR A HOME FOR A FAMILY, PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT COMPANIES CAN PROVIDE PEACE OF MIND.

Gardening is art, science and philosophy all wrapped together in one mysterious and sometimes unattainable enterprise. But that has never stopped anyone from pursuing it. A satisfying garden requires a basic knowledge of the science of horticulture in order to meet the physical demands of growing plants; sufficient knowledge of the primary principles of art to combine them harmoniously; plus your personal philosophy of what represents the ideal garden.

EASY UPDATES YOU CAN DO YOURSELF – MOST FOR UNDER $100

So you've been dreaming of updating your home, but the cost of new flooring or a kitchen remodel isn't in your budget? Don't despair. There are plenty of ways to revitalize and update your home without breaking the bank. Check out these simple updates and fixes that'll give your home a fresh new look, inside and out. Once your project's complete, you'll be dying to show off your beautiful abode to family and friends.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GOES FULL STEAM AHEAD

The heavy equipment has descended upon The Glen, Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity’s neighborhood on Hilton Head Island, ready to begin construction on a second phase of homes.

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.