Should You Buy a Home in an HOA Neighborhood?

In your search for your new home, chances are that you’ve run across property listings in communities that have a Homeowners’ Association (HOA). If you’ve never lived in a neighborhood with an HOA, you may be wondering if it is worth paying the extra fee each month or year to live in a place that has one.

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HOA Basics

An HOA is the governing body of a community that manages the aesthetics and maintenance of a neighborhood. HOAs can vary in their authority and membership requirements, but most will have the authority to enforce the bylaws and protective covenants of the community and will require all homeowners to be a member of the association.

An HOA’s main purpose is to improve the value of the property it manages, and in the process, improve the standard of living for current residents. In exchange for giving up some of their independence, homeowners are entitled to community services that may include lawn care, amenity maintenance, and neighborhood security.

Pros of an HOA

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With an HOA, the association provides services you would normally have to do yourself. For example, the HOA will mediate conflicts between neighbors, keep roads clear, and pay for security personnel and/or a gate system.

The HOA also manages all common areas like pools, tennis courts, sidewalks, bike lanes, and the clubhouse. Members get access to these amenities through their monthly/yearly HOA dues.

Finally, the HOA helps maintain the cohesive nature of the community to help improve the value of the property. For example, an HOA may restrict the number of cars that can be parked on the street in front of a house or it may limit what colors residents can use to repaint their homes.

Cons of an HOA

One of the more obvious cons of an HOA is the fee to be a member. With that said, potential homeowners should weigh the benefits that they will receive against the price that they pay. Because larger communities can achieve economies of scale, you may end up paying less to an HOA than it would cost for you to implement their services on your own.

Having an HOA does mean that your individual rights as a homeowner are limited for the good of the community. An HOA stipulation like banning the use of neon house paint is probably something you would comply with anyway, but read into the community’s bylaws and be certain that you’re comfortable with what you’re agreeing to.

Finally, with rules often comes red tape. Depending on how efficient your HOA is, it may take some time for home improvement requests to be approved or denied. Try to talk to current residents to get a feel for how their HOA operates.

Is an HOA Neighborhood Right for You?

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HOAs are highly individualized entities. One community’s HOA may have a poor response time and ultra-restrictive codes, while another’s could be running efficiently and offer flexibility to its members.

Unless you’re staunchly against the entire idea of having an HOA, it’s difficult to say whether or not you should buy into a neighborhood that has one. Investigating the individual HOAs — the amenities they offer and their correspondence with residents — is the best way to determine if that community would work for your family.

Seabrook Island Rules and Regulations

Seabrook does have an HOA, which we call the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA). SIPOA’s regulations apply to all property owners, visitors to our neighborhood, and contractors. All of our governing documents can be accessed here.

For more information on Seabrook’s regulations or to learn more about available properties, feel free to reach out to one of our real estate agents.

Childcare Options Near Seabrook Island

Whether you could use some assistance in taking care of the little ones during the daytime hours or you’re in desperate need for a night out, Seabrook Island has several nearby childcare options that offer high-quality service. We have a child-friendly environment, so if you don’t have a go-to babysitter or nanny that you work with, one of the following childcare options could be right for your family.

Perfectly Poppins

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Unlike the other options on this list, Perfectly Poppins provides childcare in your own home for children six months to 12 years old. The Poppins group emphasizes individualized play-based learning, which includes activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) fields.

Before enrolling in the Perfectly Poppins program, parents or guardians will meet with the company’s owner, Michelle Barbera, to determine the child’s individual learning needs. This information session is complementary and is intended to see if the fit is right for all parties involved.

Learn more about Perfectly Poppins Concierge Childcare.

La Petite Academy

La Petite Academy also emphasizes STEM education within their childcare approach. La Petite Academy has locations across the country, but the ones closest to Seabrook Island are located in Charleston.

This option accepts infants through junior kindergarten children; they also have more limited early education programs. They offer a variety of care options, such as before and after school programs, drop-in daycare, and special programs for school breaks.

Learn more about La Petite Academy.

Live Oak Little School

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Live Oak Little School provides childcare for children six weeks to six years old at two locations on Johns Island. Their inclusive curriculum includes field trips to the equestrian center, access to an outdoor classroom, art and artist’s months, and more activities.

Learn more about Live Oak Little School.

Aside from these three options, service providers like Care.com and Nannypod also list on-call nannies and babysitters for children of all ages. Whether you’re looking for short-term care for your vacation on Seabrook Island or for more of a permanent solution, you’ll find several top-notch providers on and around our town of Seabrook Island.

Top Tips for Buying Beach Real Estate

Beach homes are one of the more popular kinds of vacation homes — who doesn’t love the idea of walking outside and taking in an ocean view? With that said, there are a few things to consider when purchasing beach real estate, especially if it is your second home.

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Decide What’s Most Important

What do you want more from your property, a beautiful ocean view or a profit? There’s nothing to say that you can’t have both, but if you had to choose, which would you prefer? Properties that are right along the beach and have those enviable views often have a higher initial investment, so it might take you a little longer to start seeing a return on your investment. Homes that are a little farther from the beach (but still just as nice!) tend to come with a lower price tag, which might allow you to recoup your investment sooner.

Find a Realtor Who Specializes in Beach and/or Vacation Rentals

Realtors often have a niche or a type of property that they enjoy dealing with the most. When you find a realtor who specializes in the sort of home you’re looking to buy, they can provide you with more in-depth information and alert you to things of which other realtors may be unaware. For example, houses by the beach are subjected to salty air on a regular basis. A realtor who specializes in beach properties might know to ask whether the house’s HVAC system is designed for coastal living or if the buyer will need to replace the AC unit in a year or two.

Make a Budget and Stick with It

It’s easy to get caught up in the home buying process and forget about a budget when you see your dream second home. However, if you overextend yourself, you may have to sell your new jewel when unexpected expenses crop up. Beach homes, in particular, are subject to the elements in a way that other homes are not.

Try Not to Rely on Steady Rental Income

Yes, beach properties are in-demand vacation rentals. However, they’re usually most in demand at the same time that you and your family would be interested in using them. The winter months will see a significant decline in rental interest, so factor that into your budgeting as well.

Evaluate the Community

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Just like with buying any kind of house, it’s important to take a look at the community and determine whether or not this seems like a place that aligns with your visions for your new home. With beach property, this becomes even more critical. When you visit the neighborhood, try to see what sort of people live and vacation there. Is it a hotspot for college spring breakers? Retirees? Young professionals?

A neighborhood’s community can change over time, but the further away its current state is from where you would like it to be, the longer you’ll have to wait. Plus, renters will be looking for a community that has similar interests as they do; a neighborhood attracts based on the image it puts out.

Are you thinking about purchasing beach real estate for your first or second home? Feel free to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable Seabrook Island real estate agents or browse the properties we have available.

Seabrook Island Neighborhoods: Find Your Perfect Nook

Did you know that our island is actually broken down into 38 mini neighborhoods? These Seabrook Island neighborhoods are divided based on the type of home; we have villas, cottages, and townhomes. From there they are further separated by their proximity to well-known Seabrook Island features, like the Ocean Winds and Crooked Oaks golf courses or the salt marsh.

Villas:

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We currently have 64 villas and condos available with an average closing price of $424,464. Our villas have 12 mini neighborhoods, which include homes around Bohicket Marina, the Ocean Winds golf course, and Seabrook Island’s racquet club. If you or your family enjoy golf or tennis, homes that are situated in any one of these mini neighborhoods are prime locations.

Cottages:

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The cottages are the most spread out of our three housing types. With 15 mini neighborhoods to choose from, you’re sure to find a location you love. These houses can come with oceanfront or golf course views, or they can be located in more secluded areas. Hidden Oaks and St. Christopher Oaks properties are interspersed among the giant trees of Seabrook Island.

Townhomes:

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Last but not least are our townhomes. We have 11 mini neighborhoods for this type of housing and they tend to be farther inland. We do have some homes along the beach, but most of them are along the outskirts of Seabrook near the tennis courts.

Because the three kinds of homes are scattered over the Island, you can have beachfront or golf course views whether you’re living in a villa, townhome, or cottage.

To explore more on real estate, check out our interactive map. Not only does it show housing, but it also includes shopping areas (inside and outside the gates), dining facilities, recreation activities, athletic amenities on Seabrook, and attractions in the surrounding areas. If you have further questions about real estate on Seabrook, reach out to one of our Seabrook Island Real Estate agents.

Should You Buy a Second Home and Rent it Out?

Owning a home by the beach or close to the mountains in addition to a primary residence is the aspiration of many homeowners. While the visions of what fun you and your family will have at this second home may come readily, the many financial implications of that property may be a little more difficult (and certainly less fun) to conjure. Before you purchase a second home and think about renting it out, there are a few things that you should consider.

Why do you want a second home?

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The first question to ask yourself is what your purpose in buying a second home is. Do you want it for the memories or are you thinking of it as more of an investment property? The answer to that will bring up a list of follow-up questions.

Many people purchase second homes in places that they enjoy visiting frequently. Doing this has the potential to save on rental costs, and that second home can become a place to retire later in life. For example, if you are already making frequent trips to Seabrook Island during the summer, that’s a prime place for a second home.

With that said, do consider if the purchase will compromise your ability to travel to other places and if you’re ready for the responsibility of having a second place. If you only want to take a beach vacation a couple times each year, there may be easier and less stressful ways of doing that than buying another home.

If you want to purchase a second home for investment reasons instead, take a hard look at the housing market and all of the expenses that will go into maintaining the home or getting it ready to flip.

Are you prepared for the maintenance involved?

When you have a second home, you have double the maintenance cost, and sometimes even more. Once you make your purchase, you will now have two roofs to think about, a second set of appliances, HOA fees, utilities, insurance, lawn maintenance, and more.

Just like in your primary residence, you have to budget for the unexpected. Appliances can and will break down, so it’s a good idea to have a separate emergency fund for each property that you own.

Where are you in your financial goals?

While every buying situation is unique, it’s generally better to be financially stable with your primary home and your other financial goals before you think about taking on another mortgage payment. Will the purchase squeeze your ability to save for retirement or your family’s education? Have you paid off your credit cards or other high-interest debt? Taking on another home may be too much to handle if your other financial goals are not on track.

Tax considerations

Vacation property is treated differently than a primary residence. Read up on the most recent legislation on what items you can and cannot deduct on your taxes for rental properties.

Can you handle renters?

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Having a property for your personal use is one thing; having renters is a whole different story. If you know that you want to rent out your potential second home, you should check to see if there are renting restrictions at the city and community level before you make the investment. Some places will impose minimum rental periods, while others will not allow you to use services like Airbnb or Vrbo.

In addition, having anyone except your family in your second home will mean relinquishing some control over what goes on inside of it, especially if you are not living nearby your second property. Even if you call references and do a background check on potential renters, you won’t always know what to expect. Hence the importance of a second emergency fund.

Should you buy that second home you’ve been eyeing?

If you have gone through all of the above and you feel that you are in a good position to buy a second home, by all means, proceed. As you conduct more research, you will likely have more questions. Check in with yourself and others who may be involved in the decision throughout the research and purchase process to make sure you are still feeling good about the idea, and if you’re thinking about purchasing Seabrook Island real estate for your second home, reach out to one of our real estate agents.

Seabrook Island Real Estate for Water Wellness Mission

Seabrook Island is committed to sustainability. We did a post on it last week on the Club blog, but more than just writing about it, our community members live it every day. Our members know that sustainability encompasses more than environmental awareness; economic and social considerations are also part of establishing sustainable practices. Seabrook Island Real Estate is happy to be partnering with Water Wellness Mission to help further their goals of providing access to clean water.

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Recently, Sea Island Water Wellness Mission was featured on WCBD News 2 for their work in providing clean water to residents on Wadmalaw Island who have gone without access to it. Water Wellness Mission was founded and is co-coordinated by Bill Britton, who also leads the Seabrook Island real estate Britton Group and serves on the Board of the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation.

For the past few years, Water Wellness Mission has been installing water wells on Wadmalaw Island, free of cost to residents. Unlike in the neighboring John’s Island, Wadmalaw has no municipal water system; the residents are too spread out for a municipal system to function efficiently. As a result, many families in Wadmalaw Island have been living without access to clean drinking water in their homes.

Many residents on Wadmalaw have learned to accept the water situation, choosing to buy their water for cooking and drinking rather than using what comes out of their taps. This has gone on for years, but Water Wellness Mission is trying to change that.

Since its founding in 2016, Water Wellness Mission has installed more than 100 wells and filtration systems on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands, each of which cost $6,500. These water wells are funded by donations and grants, 98% of which go towards the actual wells and related processes. The remaining 2% go towards accounting and marketing needs. It is a 100% volunteer-driven operation.

If you are a Seabrook Island Beach local or from the surrounding area, Water Wellness Mission can always use more volunteers. Consider joining them or donating to help further their mission of providing clean water to everyone living in Johns and Wadmalaw Island.

What It’s Like Living Near the Beach Year Round

If you count yourself among the ranks of snowbirds that find themselves vacationing along the South Carolina coast every winter, you may have found yourself wondering what it’s like living near the beach year round. Is it really as peaceful as it seems in the winter months? Could you ever get used to seeing the ocean views every day? What is a local’s daily routine at a Seabrook Island beach? To our friends in the North who are still bundled up from last week’s Thanksgiving snowstorms, this one’s for you.

The Beach isn’t a Seasonal thing

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When you live here all year, you begin to relax the notion that a trip to the beach is confined to summer days only. Locals get to experience the beach in every season – when tourists flock to the shores in the warmer months and when locals dot the sandy oceanfront in the wintertime (bundled up in parkas more fit for alpine skiing than 40-degree temperatures, of course).

Sand will become a permanent part of your life

You can try to fight it, but eventually you’ll give in and go with the flow. From the carpet in your home to the cupholders in your car, no place is safe from its gritty clutches.

You may become more of an environmentalist

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Tourists come for a season and do not have to deal with the consequences of their actions. People who live by the beach find joy in the power of the waves, the clean shores, and the fascinating wildlife all year round. When you live by such a natural gift, you want to protect it and make sure others can love it as much as you do for generations to come.

This sentiment is what spurred Seabrook Island to become the first community in South Carolina to get validated by Audubon International as a Certified Sustainable Community.

You’ll take pride in where you live

This isn’t to say you didn’t love the place you lived before, but when you live by the beach, you exist with the knowledge that the place you call home is where other people vacation. And you get access to the gorgeous sunsets, beautiful weather, and superb dining options all the time.

Whether you’ve been visiting Seabrook Island for decades or you’ve never stepped foot on one of our private beaches, we encourage you to reach out to our real estate agents to learn more about our available units. We hope to see you soon!

Details to Help You Decide Where You Should Move

For many snowbirds, the decision to move full time to their routine winter vacation spot is one that was made many years ago. But for others who know they want to do a long distance move but do not necessarily have a go-to vacation spot, the choice isn’t quite as clear. If you or someone you know falls into the latter category, we’re here to assist with our compilation of details to help you decide where you should move.

Narrow down your options by deciding what is most important

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If you’re someone who dreams of private beaches and temperate weather year round, a landlocked state near the northern border is probably not the best option for you. Communities along the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida coast might be a better place to begin.

If climate is not a significant factor for you, maybe something else is, like being close to family members or being in a location known for a particular industry. Whatever your ‘make or break’ factor is, use that to narrow down the regions and states you are considering.

Determine if you want to live in the city, suburbs, or country

Once you’ve considerably narrowed down your selections, you can further reduce your areas of consideration by deciding if you want to go the city, suburb, or country route. However, just because you choose a home in the suburbs does not mean that you’ll have limited access to nature or a bustling downtown area; there are many real estate opportunities that are nearby diverse communities. The town of Seabrook Island boasts convenient access to Charleston, South Carolina, as well as natural wonders like the Angel Oak and numerous parks and nature centers.

Evaluate the social opportunities

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Now that the basics are out of the way, you can get even more selective. Are you a lifelong equestrian who wants access to a community of like-minded people and horseback riding near Charleston’s downtown center? Take a look at equestrian centers around your areas of interest. Do you know you want to be in a neighborhood with golf courses and a racquet club? This knowledge can help further reduce your real estate options and get you closer to finding the right neighborhood for you.

When it comes down to it, there is rarely just one perfect neighborhood for you and your family. There are usually several that will meet all of your qualifications, so it becomes a matter of which one feels best for this period in your life.

If you would like to learn more about real estate opportunities on Seabrook Island, contact one of our experienced Seabrook Island Real Estate agents today.

Relocation Home Buying Tips

Buying a new home is complex enough. Buying a new home in an area that is completely unfamiliar to you? That’s a challenge that requires an airtight strategy to overcome. Relocation comes with plenty of significant obstacles, but having a plan for how you will buy a home in your new location can take some of the stress out of the equation.

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1. Determine your budget

First thing’s first: figure out how much you can afford to spend on your new property. Depending on where you’re relocating from, your dollar could stretch further than it would in your current city of residence.

2. Start as early as you can

You won’t always have the luxury of time, but if you’ve got it, maximize it. The earlier you start the process, the easier it will be. As soon as you get the deadline for starting a new job or when you have to move out of your current place, start researching the neighborhoods of the new city.

Use crime statistics or some other meaningful criteria to narrow down the search area, then dig into the details of the neighborhoods on your list.

3. Find a knowledgeable real estate agent

There are a couple of ways to approach this. You could begin scouting for a real estate agent on your own, then select a few of your favorites for an interview before hiring them. An alternative is to ask for a referral from a real estate agent you know in your area. That local agent will do the research for you and present you with a name or two of reputable agents in your target location.

In either case, be sure that the agent you select is knowledgeable about the particular neighborhoods that you’re interested in. Someone who specializes will be able to give you more details about recent sales, days on the market, and general amenities in the area.

4. Ask for more information

Once you have identified the neighborhood, your real estate agent, and you’ve narrowed down your options to a few houses, ask for more information. If you can’t be there in person to tour the house, you can request a virtual tour from your agent. They can either record the tour or call you as they walk through, so that you have the opportunity to ask questions while they’re in the home.

5. Get the facts

Before making any offers, get all of the relevant information on inspections, delinquent taxes, and repairs. Be aware of who is liable for all of these things and make an offer accordingly.

Are you or someone you know thinking about moving to Seabrook Island? If so, take a look at our real estate page and contact one of our skilled real estate agents to learn more.

Home Maintenance Checklist

The time change last weekend settled it: fall is here and winter is on its way. Is your home prepared to weather the cooler temperatures? Fall is the perfect time for some routine home maintenance; while the weather is still moderate, it’s time to put in some work to equip your home for the winter months. Read on for a simple checklist to help you maintain your Seabrook Island real estate property.

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Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance

Rake the leaves: Keeping a tidy yard can help deter pests from making your home theirs when the temperature drops.

Repair or replace siding: Siding helps prevent water from entering your home. Although the fall and winter months are drier than the spring and fall, the Lowcountry is subject to storms year-round.

Touch up your home’s exterior: A little paint can do wonders for the overall look of your home’s exterior.

Seal cracks in points of entry: Repairing weather stripping and caulking gaps near doors and windows will make your energy use more efficient.

Inspect your roof: Regularly check your roof for damaged or missing shingles, which can lead to leaks indoors.

Indoor Maintenance

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Once you’ve taken care of the outdoor home maintenance, you have time to focus on the things that are happening indoors. Many of these are not season specific, but the change in the weather can be a good reminder to check up on the following items:

Inspect and unclog drains: If you’ve been noticing your drains in the bathtub and sinks draining slower than usual, now is the time to investigate the issue and clear your pipes of debris.

Examine electrical cords: Over the years, the cords of our most-used electronics suffer from wear and tear. Take a look at all of your cords to ensure that there are no weak spots or frays.

Test emergency equipment: Test your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and any other emergency equipment that you have on your property.

Clean the fireplace: If you have a fireplace, clean out the flue and check for debris or other hazards.

Have a professional examine major home appliances: Before the in-laws come to visit and the children return from college or jobs around the country, make sure your major home appliances are functioning properly. Give them a tune-up if you know how or contact a professional to assist.

Once you’ve finished up with your home maintenance checklist, be sure to take a look at the town of Seabrook Island’s calendar of fall and winter social and athletic activities!

6 Important Features of a Great Neighborhood

You’ve done the research. You know the crime rates are low, there are excellent schools nearby, and your potential new neighborhood is an acceptable distance from your work. But what makes for a great neighborhood? We have compiled some of our personal ideas.

Important Features of a Great Neighborhood

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Easy access to green spaces for both people and pets is a worthwhile benefit to note. When you see that parks are being used regularly, this is a good indication that the community is welcoming and sees value in the green spaces provided. Between beaches, biking and nature trails, Seabrook has an abundance of natural space to take advantage of.

Grocery Stores

Having a nearby grocery store is a must, but having nearby grocery stores that you like is one thing that makes your potential new neighborhood a great fit for you. Bonus points if the grocery stores are new, as this is likely a sign that the community is growing and more people are interested in the area. Seabrook’s own Freshfields Village features the popular Village Market by Harris Teeter – a full-service grocery store offering convenient and quality products for both visitors and residents alike.

Restaurants

This feature is similar to the grocery stores one. It’s always good to have affordable restaurants that you like nearby, so you can drop by or get something delivered on those nights that you just don’t feel like cooking something at home. Between popular club dining options like Pelican’s Nest and Bohicket’s Lounge, or even off-island restaurants like Fuji sushi or McCann’s Irish Pub, Seabrook offers a wide range of restaurants to choose from.

Walkability

Being able to walk to the beach or ride your bike to the swimming pool is a convenience that not all neighborhoods have.

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Access to Medical Care

When you have scheduled appointments or an emergency, you don’t want to have to travel for hours to get the attention you need. MUSC, the current closest hospital to Seabrook Island, announced last month that they would be constructing a freestanding emergency department between Seabrook and Kiawah that has exam rooms, a trauma center, and a helipad.

Developed Landscaping

There is something calming about a neighborhood with moss-laden trees and well-developed landscaping. It might just be the final feature that moves your opinion on the neighborhood from good to great.

You probably have your own list of neighborhood features (beyond the basics) that are most meaningful to you. Will you find your perfect match on Seabrook Island? Check out our real estate listings and get in contact with one of our agents to find out!

Amenities and Features for Home Buyers to Consider

When you’re thinking about purchasing a second home, investing in a rental property, or finding a new primary home, there are a wealth of factors to consider. Your real estate agent will come equipped with the knowledge of the amenities and features that people are frequently concerned with, but it’s worth doing some research of your own to determine the components that you care about most. Below are just a few of the features and amenities that you may want to ask your agent about:

Location

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We wrote a post a few weeks ago about the factors of a good location, and there’s a reason why we’re mentioning it again. Of all the features of a home, where it is located is probably the most important. Even if a house has all of the amenities and features on your wishlist, you may want to reconsider purchasing if the location does not accommodate your needs.

Your real estate agent can sort listings based on the kind of views you desire, such as waterfront or golf course views. They can also filter for gated communities and houses located in cul-de-sacs.

Home Materials

Have you always wanted a brick home? On the other hand, maybe you know that you do not want a house made of bricks. Your agent can help you choose which materials to include or exclude based on your likes.

Yard Size and Features

Even within the same community, the size and shape of yards can vary drastically. Desiring features like patios, courtyards, and gardens can further narrow down your selections.

Flooring and Carpeting

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Did you know that MLS searches can get as specific as whether or not the home has carpeting? If you know you’re going to be doing some remodeling, something like this may not be important. However, if you want something move-in ready, you can request that your agent find homes matching this preference.

Type of Home

In your home selection process, you may want to factor in the age of the home, the construction style, the number of levels, or the type of heating. Home type can also incorporate things like the number of rooms, what each of those rooms are designed for, and what the overall layout is.

Energy Efficiency Features

You can always install more energy efficiency features (and put into practice some tips that don’t require much effort), but some homes definitely come more equipped than others. If you know that you want a home with solar panels and skylights, tell your agent.

Neighborhood Features

While you can change just about everything on your own property, it’s much more difficult to implement changes in the new neighborhood. Amenities like tennis courts, swimming pools, and golf courses within the neighborhood are major items to consider.

Having a list of features and amenities in mind can help to focus your house search, but remember that choosing a home is a holistic process. Know which items you do not want to compromise on, but also be aware of the ones that are more flexible. If you’re considering purchasing a home on Seabrook Island, check out our real estate listings or contact an agent today!