Brantley King is a very good listener — and businesswoman.

As co-owner with Michael King of the iconic Billy Wood Appliance, a retail institution on Hilton Head Island since 1972, she had been hearing the suggestions from developers, contractors, designers and homeowners to expand into Bluffton.

THIRDHOME COMES TO HHI

THIRDHOME is a luxury property and travel club that enables its members to explore the world through a variety of travel experiences. Originally a luxury home exchange, it has evolved into a travel brand that brings together home owners, renters and adventurers. Trade time in your second home for stays at more than 10,000 curated luxury properties. Destinations include Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Italy. THIRDHOME Exchange invites second homeowners in the Hilton Head Island area to join their community of members.

TIPS FOR A SUPER CLEAN HOME AT THE HOLIDAYS 

If you’re having family in for the holidays, you’re probably thinking of all that needs to be done before they arrive. Use this guide to conquer the tasks. Work on one room at a time and reward yourself for each room until you've completed the job. You’’ll be ready before you know it.

DECK THE HALLS IN COASTAL STYLE

It might be 70 degrees in the Lowcountry this Christmas, and traditional holiday décor of smiling snowmen and faux snow are at odds with houseguests wearing shorts and flip-flops. But with a little creativity, you can tailor your seasonal décor with a coastal spin on the tree, stockings and presents.

When you look around your home, you may find yourself feeling like your furniture and decorations look a little dated or dull. Luckily, there are ways to create a fresh look without breaking the bank. Here are a few times to help give your home a whole new look for less.

CORA BETT THOMAS LAUNCHES PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM, ADDS MARKETING DIRECTOR

CEO and Founder Cora Bett Thomas has announced a new philanthropy program called Team Cora Bett Thomas Cares. All Cora Bett agents will donate to the philanthropy program fund at each closing. The brokerage will match each agent’s donation. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for Team Cora Bett Thomas Cares should contact CBTCaresFund@corabettthomas.com.

Smart technology is really, really smart in luxury homes these days.

Nearly everything in your home — including air-conditioners, thermostats, lights and garage doors — can be connected to the internet and be remotely controlled with a mobile device or smart speaker. 

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.