Two Homes, Two Million Dollar Views

Expansive tidal marsh views make for spectacular living. Whether you are looking for a villa or home, we got you covered. Take a peek into 2113 Landfall Way and 2465 Cat Tail Pond – two Seabrook Island homes with stunning marsh views and one-of-a-kind features!

2113 Landfall Way (Bay Pointe Villa)

Expansive Views of Horseshoe, Bohicket Creek, Top-to-Bottom Renovation

Listed at $415,000, this recently renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa is found off of Landfall Way, just outside of the Seabrook Island gate. The view is expansive – Horseshoe Creek, Bohicket Creek and the iconic shrimp boats at Rockville.

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– Wood tile flooring + granite countertops, glass subway tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances (including an induction range) in kitchen

– Bathrooms: gorgeous marble and glass tile showers, glass tile floors, marble countertops, high-end plumbing fixtures, new toilets and towel warmers

– Additional features: new washer and dryer, electric linear fireplace in living room, new crown molding, new HVAC, new water heater and 3pm film protective film on all windows. This villa is one-of-a-kind! View additional photos of 2113 Landfall Way.

2465 Cat Tail Pond

2465-cat-tail_eblast-3With an open floor plan and spectacular marsh views, 2465 Cat Tail Pond is an entertainer’s dream! At $599,000, Cat Tail showcases million dollar views at half the price. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths – this open floor plan home features hardwood floors, an eat-in kitchen directly off the living room and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy the marsh views for a large screened porch and oversized deck. This house would make the perfect beach house or permanent home! 2465 Cat Tail Details.

Seabrook Island Home Abounding with Southern Charm

Discover 2405 The Bent Twig: A Charming Seabrook Island Home with Lagoon Views

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A circular drive leads to the stately residence of 2405 The Bent Twig. A exquisite two-story foyer, with a sweeping staircase and soaring ceilings, greets you upon entering. Both the great room and kitchen have walls of windows for panoramic views of the lagoon and golf course. No expense was spared – with extensive moldings, finely-crafted finishes and gleaming hardwood floors, this home on The Bent Twig is a can’t-miss.

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The kitchen has French doors leading to an expansive screened porch and outdoor patio. Resplendent master bedroom suite is a spacious haven with his/her walk-in closets and bath with a Jacuzzi tub and bidet. Another bedroom, with its own full bath and a powder room, complete the first floor. The second floor offers 3 additional bedrooms, each with their own baths. A walk-in attic and oversized garage allows for plenty of storage area. The home is close to the ocean, the Club House and restaurants. Year-round beauty awaits!

For more information, visit the 2405 The Bent Twig property page!

New Marketing Projects: “How I spent my Summer Vacation” Part I

Since it’s “back to school” time, I decided to treat this issue as my initial essay project of the new school year – “how I spent my summer vacation.”

First, much of the time was spent implementing new marketing ideas for spreading the word about real estate opportunities on Seabrook. You’ll notice new kiosk stands housing real estate guides at both the Beach Club and the Island House. The good news is that these have been flying off the shelves into the hands of potential prospects.

I also spent Wednesday mornings over the summer hosting breakfast “meet and greet” sessions in the Island House for Seabrook guests looking to buy property. The attendees ran the gamut of our normal prospect pipeline – from first-time visitors to a couple from the Southwest who have been visiting Seabrook for 6 years. All the meetings were extremely positive and usually the longtime visitors were gushing to the new guys about what a great place Seabrook is!

Stay tuned later this month for “how I spent my summer vacation” – part II! Welcome back to those who have been traveling, and here’s to a great end of the year real estate market!

Joe Salvo
Broker-In-Charge
843.768.7796 • jsalvo@seabrookislandclub.com

Construction Update – Atrium Villas

Wow! Congratulations to the Atrium Villas for taking on the total redesign of their strategically located villa community. From everything I hear they are doing it right! Those in charge say they are creating an exterior look that is timeless in appearance and a structure that is all but maintenance-free and designed to last for decades to come.

DCIM100MEDIAWhen completed, the water-tight building envelope will be covered with an all new stucco exterior and brand new decks and walkways. In an effort to tie in the design with the nearby Island House, the new and improved Atrium will have railings similar to those used on the Club facility.

The renovation is bringing new life to the Atrium community and, given the highly prized Ocean and Golf view location, along with the quickly improving real estate market; it should add tremendous value going forward. I’m sure we all can’t wait to see the final product.

Congratulations Seabrook Island Racquet Club!

World Class Women’s Professional Tennis will once again be held right here in Charleston. This weekend marks the qualifying rounds and the first two days of the Volvo Car Open (formerly the Family Circle Cup) on Daniel Island. The women’s premiere WTA professional event runs from April 2 – April 10 and has competitive tennis matches featuring female athletes from all around the world. We are lucky to have high-caliber play just down the round from Seabrook!

Last month the Volvo Car Open and United States Tennis Association (USTA) South Carolina named the Seabrook Island Racquet Club the 2016 Best Tennis Club in South Carolina! Nearly 2,000 members, fans and players voted. The award aims to recognize the best tennis club in the entire state. Congratulations to Mike Kiser and our entire team on the recognition!

For a full schedule of play and Volvo Car Open details, visit www.volvocaropen.com. And of course don’t forget to visit http://www.discoverseabrook.com/tennis.php (or click the Amenity tab above) for information on the Seabrook Island Racquet Club.

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End of Summer Update

Except for a weird two week period in early July, the Seabrook Island Real Estate market continued to be quite active over the summer. Right now there are 101 properties either closed or waiting to close in 2014, with almost four full selling months remaining in the year.

The most improved portion of the market is single family homes. In 2013, a total of 46 single family homes were sold, while in 2014 that number is already 44 and is on a track to be about 60 by year end. Villas are on track with 2013’s numbers, when 61 were sold. So far there are 46 villas either closed or waiting to close, again with four sales months remaining. Continuing on this track would mean an increase in residential sales of about 10% by year end. At the writing of this article, there were 91 single family homes on the market and 96 villas. This translates to about a year and a half supply, well down from the highs.

Sales of homesites are lower than last year with 13 sites closed or waiting to close. There were 30 closed homesite sales in 2013 and now 105 homesites on the market.

In the meantime, our marketing efforts and those of our Sales Executives continue to bear fruit, and your real estate company has generated the highest market share of sold properties in the history of the company. Real Estate produced a healthy profit for the first half of the year and helped to generate a significant increase in Club membership. We expect that to continue in the 2nd half based on the number of sales already waiting to close at this time.

A detailed comparison of the first half of the year shows that the Seabrook Island Real Estate market was in line with or better than our main competitor communities in the Charleston area and significantly better than competitors South of us in the Hilton Head/Bluffton markets. Inventory backlogs are also in line or better than in those markets.

As an added service to our current and future clients, Seabrook Island Real Estate is looking into programs to help owners of older properties, those built in the 1980s and 90s, to find ways to efficiently upgrade features of their homes in order to generate a higher return when they are ready to sell and to get their homes sold quicker. You will hear more about this in the near future!

Hope y’all had a great summer and as always, please feel free to call me to talk about the Seabrook Real Estate market.

Buying vs. Renting

Happy April everyone! We hope everyone had a good Easter holiday and start to spring! The island is buzzing with the new season starting. And the weather is finally starting to make it feel like summer. Welcome to everyone that is here visiting! And for everyone who isn’t here, you should come see us!

With tons of renters coming for the summer, long-term renting has become an interesting topic. Should you rent long-term or should you buy? Everyone comes to this question at some point in life. It’s no different on Seabrook. We have tons of amazing rentals here on the island, but we also have beautiful homes too. Throughout the US, the rising cost in rent has started to change the way people are investing their money. Low mortgage rates are starting to be a game changer, because why would you renew a lease when you could break even on a house in less time? Take into consideration the assets you gain with a home purchase, the appreciation of equity is a huge factor. Also, buying and then renting out your second home is a great way to make residual income. The biggest benefit for renting long-term is that you wouldn’t have to stay anywhere for an extended period of time.

But on an island like Seabrook, why wouldn’t you want to come and stay?

Thanks for reading! Be sure to comment!

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Meet the Agents

Happy March to everyone! If you haven’t been following us on Twitter or Facebook, you might have missed that we recently launched a “Meet the Agents” campaign for our SIRE Sales Team.

What, you might ask, is the point of this campaign? After much collaboration, we here at SIRE have realized that a name and a biography does not do our team justice. You deserve to know who the people are that are representing your Island and Club on a day-to-day basis. Therefore this campaign is to help you put a name with a friendly face. This campaign will also help our agents better their personal branding initiatives, with updated pictures and personal logos that will help distinguish them from other agents. By doing this, we hope to expand our agents’ and company recognition. We hope that this campaign will show that we are the best Real Estate company to work with when buying and selling on Seabrook Island.

Thank you for reading, we hope to see you soon!

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You Are Our Best Ambassadors.

Recently a very nice, happy couple came into our lobby in the middle of the mid-February ice storm. Of course, I immediately apologized for the weather. They let me know that it was all relative and that, back home in Cleveland, it was 5 degrees and they were perfectly happy with 35 and raining, knowing that by Saturday it would be 65 and sunny.

This was their first time on Seabrook and they were staying for a week. They told me they were blown away by the beauty and friendliness of the island. During their bike ride the day before, at least five friendly Seabrookers along the route stopped to talk with them. On that ride, they also happened to meet a couple who were looking at property with a Seabrook Island Real Estate agent. That couple invited them to join in as they looked at villas.

So here they were, 9 o’clock the next day, in a driving rain and sleet storm going out with that same Seabrook agent to find their Seabrook dream property. As a friend of mine often says, “you never know who is watching” or in this case, with whom you will be talking. The biggest concern people have when making a major move to a new community is how will I fit in and will I make friends. We are learning this more and more as we talk with prospects at the Ideal Living Expos. So, we offer to set up conversations with Seabrookers who have recently purchased, knowing they will have the same experience as this couple from Cleveland.

I want to thank all of you for your help! Whether it’s talking with guests at the Lake House, Island House, Pelican’s Nest, or just on the beach, you are our best ambassadors.

We have had a very active January and perhaps that can be attributed to the even worse weather up North. Feel free to call anytime if you would like to talk about real estate on Seabrook!

Joe Salvo, Broker-In-Charge
(*excerpt from the Veranda – March)

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Market in Recovery.

With a market in recovery, the number of listings is increasing and home buyers are given more inventory to choose from. Real Estate experts suggest that 2014 will be a great year for real estate because of increasing demand.

It seems as though the real estate market is booming here in Charleston. In 2013, Charleston home sales reached an all time, five-year high, and house flipping in South Carolina increased by almost 16%. With the economy reaching stable ground, people are more confident in keeping their jobs, and because of this real estate is seeing a steady increase in big consumer purchases. Consumers are finding themselves with a strong urgency to buy because of the low loan rates and a high feeling of empowerment with employment opportunities increasing.

The housing market and economic health are tightly tied together, therefore we see people beginning to make bigger purchases as our economy begins to level out. Seabrook is no different, we expect 2014 to be a big year!

Thanks for reading!
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Why Seabrook Island Real Estate?

It’s an interesting question. Why would you choose Seabrook Island Real Estate over national real estate brands such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21 or other local real estate agencies like Pam Harrington, or Akers Ellis?

National brands have preference in many situations because they are usually more trusted. It is simple marketing 101. Brand recognition generates a feeling of trust, especially if you’ve never bought in such a market before. Big branded companies put a lot of money into making sure that their agents are trained and educated on the current market and trends. These brand companies also put a lot of money into marketing and exposure. It’s natural that the question about how efficient Seabrook Island Real Estate can be for you.

Seabrook Island Real Estate prides itself on being more than just a brand. Seabook Island Real Estate is part of this community. Seabrook Island Real Estate has a leg up, so to speak, on national and other local real estate agencies because almost all of our agents live and work on the island. This real estate company is more than just your real estate agency, they’re your neighbors, they’re your bridge team, your golf partners, and your weekly dining group. This real estate company offers more than just basic information, when you choose our company, you’re choosing to hear it from the horse’s mouth. Who are you going to trust more, someone that visits Seabrook Island occasionally or someone who’s life is already here? When you choose us, you’re learning about the island from real islanders.

As for marketing and exposure, Seabrook Island Real Estate puts big money into trainings, and marketing. Our marketing staff puts tremendous effort in making sure that your listings and are getting maximum exposure and your options for buying are specifically geared towards your preferences.

So when you’re deciding on which agency to choose, and why, keep these things in mind. And most importantly, keep in mind that almost 90% of homes sold on Seabrook Island are listed and sold with us!

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