Real Estate Blog

Should You Buy a Home in an HOA Neighborhood?

January 24, 2020

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. 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... Read More

Childcare Options Near Seabrook Island

January 17, 2020

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 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,... Read More

Top Tips for Buying Beach Real Estate

January 10, 2020

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. 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... Read More

Seabrook Island Neighborhoods: Find Your Perfect Nook

December 27, 2019

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: 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... Read More

Should You Buy a Second Home and Rent it Out?

December 20, 2019

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? The first question to ask yourself is what your purpose in... Read More

Seabrook Island Real Estate for Water Wellness Mission

December 13, 2019

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. Recently, Sea Island Water Wellness Mission was featured on WCBD News 2 for their work in providing clean water to residents on Wadmalaw... Read More

What It’s Like Living Near the Beach Year Round

December 6, 2019

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 When you live here... Read More

Details to Help You Decide Where You Should Move

November 29, 2019

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 If you’re someone who dreams of private beaches and temperate weather... Read More

Relocation Home Buying Tips

November 21, 2019

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. 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... Read More

Home Maintenance Checklist

November 14, 2019

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. 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:... Read More

6 Important Features of a Great Neighborhood

November 7, 2019

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 Nearby Parks and Green Space 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... Read More

Amenities and Features for Home Buyers to Consider

October 31, 2019

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 We wrote a post a few weeks ago about the factors of a good... Read More

Energy Efficiency Tips for Homeowners

October 24, 2019

Seasonal transitions are a great time to make small changes in your home and lifestyle habits. When it comes to being energy efficient in your Seabrook Island home, even small changes can make big differences. We’ve compiled a list of energy efficiency tips for homeowners to help you save money as we shift into fall and subsequently winter. Take care of your heating and cooling system Just like your car, your HVAC system needs to be maintained for it to function at its most efficient. Be sure that you are changing the filters regularly, as dirty filters can make the... Read More

Advice for Buying a Beach House as a Second Home

October 15, 2019

If you live in the North or even some parts of the Midwest, you may already be feeling the fall chill. Before you know it, you’ll be back to shoveling snow and waiting anxiously for spring’s soft breezes to warm up your shivering bones. In moments like these, you may start thinking about buying a second home, but not just any home – a house on the beach where the weather is mild year-round. Before you dive headfirst into home listings, ask yourself the following questions: Why do you want to buy a second home? If you love where you... Read More

8 Ways to Know You Found the Right House

October 10, 2019

Depending on how specific your needs are, house hunting can become a long and stressful process. After months of searching and seeing as many houses as your real estate agent can come up with, how do you know that you’ve found the right house at last? It’s tentative love at first sight. After all you’ve been through, you may not fall head-over-heels in love at the first sight of those plantation shutters that you adore or the winding driveway you’ve been thinking about for years. With that said, one of the first signs that you may have found the right... Read More

The 5 Factors of a Good Location

September 30, 2019

People always say that location is the most important factor in buying good real estate, but what that term really means is not always clear. ‘Location’ doesn’t just mean the distance to downtown Charleston; a good location incorporates several other important community aspects. How close is the property to where you need to go? Centrality is often what people think about when they hear the term ‘location.’ There is a reason why the downtown areas of cities are often the most expensive; they are close to the city’s heartbeat, and depending on development regulations, there may not be new ones... Read More

3 Things Sellers Should Look For When Choosing An Agent

June 24, 2019

Situated 24 miles south of Charleston, S.C., Seabrook Island offers a secluded, island lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still close proximity to great dining, shopping and world-class healthcare facilities. When it comes to finding the right buyer for your island property, here are five things sellers should consider before listing with a real estate agent. A Seasoned Veteran - When evaluating potential agents for your home, ask how long they’ve been selling on the island and research their selling history over the past six months. While it is good for the agent to demonstrate... Read More

Spring has Sprung!

March 20, 2018

The grass is greener, the blooms are brighter and the temperatures are rising - Spring has officially sprung! I've rounded up my five favorite things about this sunny (and gorgeous!) season on Seabrook Island below. Happy #FirstDayofSpring, y'all!   The greens are greener. Although our golf maintenance team and Seabrook Island Club maintenance squad do a fantastic job of keeping our Island beautiful and serene year-round, the warmer temperatures in March and the rain in April brighten and liven our greens! Here on Seabrook we have two award-winning golf courses, Crooked Oaks and Ocean Winds, each offering unique challenges and... Read More

Featured Property Friday: The Perfect Beach House!

March 16, 2018

It’s not an exaggeration when I say that 2249 Catesby’s Bluff is the perfect Seabrook Island beach house. Bright soaring spaces, ocean breezes, a stunning renovation and plenty of living space make this an ideal beach home or full-time residence! Read on for the details that make this Seabrook Island South Carolina real estate property a hidden gem! This home’s inverted floor plan allows light to flood the great room and kitchen on the second floor. But it’s the dramatic curved stairway, situated in 2-story foyer, that is the first stunning feature you first notice when you walk in the... Read More

Seabrook Island… Your Reward for a Lifetime of Hard Work!

March 13, 2018

When are in the frenetic days of raising a family, pursuing careers and maintaining other parts of our lives, we fantasize on what retirement will be like. If you live on Seabrook Island, your retirement will be full, fun and balanced between events, activities and/or specialty interests. You will make new friends and enjoy the pace that retirement has to offer. Still working? We have lots of folks with and without children combining Seabrook Island and working. Although your activities are weekend and night events, they are still satisfying and fun. Golf, tennis, pickleball and horseback riding in Charleston, SC... Read More

Featured Property Friday: A Secluded Beach Getaway

March 9, 2018

In many ways, the Live Oak Villas are a near-perfect getaway on Seabrook. Close to the beach and the hustle and bustle of the Beach Club (in reality, it’s just a short bike ride!), but nestled amongst the Live Oaks and palms of the Lowcountry. Near the secluded and gorgeous Camp St. Christopher, this community is tucked away from Seabrook Island Road on the Crooked Oaks golf course, offering both privacy and activity. Fun fact: there is even a walking path to nearby Privateer Creek Road! And 2777 Live Oak Villa is about as perfect as they come. Beautifully updated... Read More

Celebrating March Holidays!

March 7, 2018

Happy March everyone! March has always seemed like a beginning to me. A fresh start to the new year, finally out of the winter doldrums and the promise of spring close by. There are lots of great holidays in March to celebrate: St. Patrick's Day on the 17th, the first day of Spring on the 20th, Palm Sunday on the 25th, the start of Passover on the 31st and National Puppy Day on the 23rd. Yes, that is an actual day. Who doesn't like puppies! We had 31 new listings in February. This breaks the office record of 16 new... Read More

Featured Property Friday: Life on a Lagoon

March 2, 2018

When I was making a list of properties to feature on #FeaturedPropertyFriday, 2455 The Haul Over was at the very top! Situated on a cul-de-sac and overlooking a large lagoon with views of the 4th hole of Ocean Winds, + 3,900+ sq ft of living space, it’s a great family home. Although the interior spaces are stunning, this home’s view is what truly makes it unique. Originally built in 2007 by Tom Berl of Surfside Construction, this stucco home was carefully designed with family in mind with great attention to detail. Unique features include 10 ft ceilings, custom-made cabinet hardware,... Read More

Featured Property Friday: The Charm of Eclectic Decor

February 23, 2018

After a brief hiatus in January, due to the holidays and the New Year, I am back with our first #FeaturedPropertyFriday post of 2018! We’ve had some great properties listed this year thus far (we are at 26 new listings in February alone!) making the decision to pick a home for our first Seabrook Island Real Estate Featured Property was DIFFICULT. I settled on 2941 Baywood Drive for three primary reasons: 1. Homeowner Bonnie’s sense of style is out of this world cool. Just wait until you see photos! 2. Its floor plan features an open concept that is so... Read More

Featured Property Friday: A Touch of Tuscany

December 1, 2017

Now that we have hit December, the countdown is officially on to Christmas (yay!) and the first day of winter (yikes!) Because of our slightly cooler temperatures as of late in the Lowcountry, I have found myself already dreaming of faraway lands of tropical or Mediterranean conditions. Insert this week’s #FeaturedPropertyFriday blog post: “A Touch of Tuscany.”  3655 Cobia Court offers a touch of Italian flair, right here on Seabrook! If dark woods, rich stones and balconies with ocean views are your jam, you’ll feel perfectly content in this home’s beautifully decorated spaces. Originally designed by renowned Kiawah Island and... Read More

Holidays on Seabrook Island!

November 29, 2017

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go..." Festive decor, holiday happenings and warmer temperatures (comparatively to my friends and family in the Midwest) Charleston (and Seabrook Island!) is a great spot to celebrate the holidays. We have decked the halls already here on Seabrook and my December calendar is already chalk full of holiday events. Some may call me a Christmas fanatic, I am even listening to the Josh Groban Pandora station as I write this blog post, but I can't help it! I love this time of year. So, without further adieu, I present to... Read More

Featured Property Friday: Tour of Homes Edition

November 24, 2017

Join the Seabrook Island Real Estate agents from 1-3pm TOMORROW, November 25th for a Tour of Homes event! The 15 different properties listed below will all be open - check it out, click the links for more info.  (Properties listed in descending order by price, highest priced - lowest priced.) 1. 2957 Deer Point Drive ~ $949,000 Welcoming home featuring a bright, open floor plan with an enviable marsh front location. 5 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Apx. 3,301 sq ft. 2. 2612 Seabrook Island Road ~ $899,000 Beautiful, custom Lowcountry home built with high quality materials with spectacular golf and lagoon views. 3... Read More

Lowcountry Living on Seabrook Island: Spotlight on the Village at Seabrook

November 21, 2017

"The Village at Seabrook is a 42-acre Planned Unit Development, of 101 homesites, that combines the neighborly feel of Island communities from the past, with the amenities of a modern neighborhood." The Village at Seabrook worked its way into my heart, and is now one of my favorite"neighborhoods" in the town of Seabrook Island! With styles straight out of Charleston, with charming front porches and painted in pretty hues of light green and sea blue to name a few, this collection of homes give off a Lowcountry feel, right here on the coast.           Built in... Read More

Featured Property Friday: Serenity on Bohicket Creek

November 10, 2017

Every once in a while, our agents venture off island to list a property. So when agent Emery told me a few weeks back that she was listing a deepwater ESTATE (cue the happy dance) just a short drive down Bohicket Road on Johns Island, I was over-the-moon excited. Spoiler alert: 3212 Bohicket Road lived up to the hype. It was a JOY to sit and chat with the homeowner that day and learn the story of her home. She and her husband built back in 2000, and hand picked each and every exquisite detail. From the 10’ double front... Read More

Seabrook Island Real Estate on the Road – Bluejack National

November 7, 2017

Kristina Skalak, the Seabrook Island Club Marketing Director, and I took a trip to Houston last month to take part in the third annual meeting of the Franklin Club! This is an organization put together by PGA Magazine and includes a myriad of Developers, Broker and Marketing types from golf communities all over the country. We met at a new community called "Bluejack National" where Tiger Woods has just finished his first golf course designed in the United States. The Franklin Club is an interesting group of real world entrepreneurs, and I am always struck by their overriding optimism and desire to... Read More

Featured Property Friday: An Architecturally Impressive Golf Home

November 3, 2017

Although it has one of the best golf views on Seabrook, it’s the architectural details - the marble foyer, tray ceilings, white columns and beautiful hardwood floors - and easy flow floor plan that set 2412 High Hammock Road apart from other golf homes on the Island. Its rear porch alone, running nearly the length of the house!, is a feature to swoon over. This home is one floor living at its best! A ranch home perfect for those looking to avoid cumbersome stairs. Through the large mahogany front doors is the first of two open living spaces, of which... Read More

Featured Property Friday: Coastal Charm on the Marsh

October 27, 2017

Photographing a home decorated to coastal perfection was on the agenda last week. And the minute we stepped into 3035 Marsh Haven, we were in awe. Because let me tell you, this view lives up to the hype. Situated on one of my favorite streets on Seabrook, professionally decorated 3035 Marsh Haven fits into the Island life seamlessly. Outfitted in coastal tones of blues and greens, and accented with whites and crisp neutrals, it is the ideal spot for a vacation getaway or a homeowner looking to live that #lowcountrylife. So let’s tour this thing, shall we? Stroll up the... Read More

Featured Property Friday: A Nautical Themed Renovation

October 13, 2017

The Pelican Watch Villas = Vacation. They showcase spectacular ocean views and are just steps from the ocean and the Seabrook Island Beach Club. Generally speaking, they feature 1 bedroom and 2 baths, making them perfect units for renters! And 13106 specifically? Well, its renovation is a can’t miss. Trek up on to the upper level, pop open the door, and you are immediately transported to Nantucket. But with its coastal style, the unit fits right in on Seabrook Island too. This gem’s living room features a wood ceiling, stunning gray wainscoting paneling and has access to the deck –... Read More

Featured Property Friday: Charleston Charm on Seabrook Island

October 6, 2017

We all know the house – the buttery yellow house nestled on Seabrook Island Road with the oh so charming front window boxes and black shutters shutters. (Making 2975 Seabrook Island Road an easy fit both here on the Island and in downtown Charleston.) So when I was given the task of photographing this gem a few weeks back, I was thrilled to see that its interior spaces fit its exterior. 2975 Seabrook Island Road's charm continues on up its ivy-covered front steps. Its glass-paneled front door opens to a great room – large enough for both a dining table... Read More

Introducing the New Home Collection

October 3, 2017

SEABROOK ISLAND REAL ESTATE LAUNCHES NEW HOME BUILDING PROGRAM! Seabrook Island Real Estate has begun marketing the "New Home Collection at Seabrook Island." This program is offering New Home construction plans, which have been "pre-approved" by the Architectural Review Board (ARB) of the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA.) All you have to do is choose your homesite on Seabrook Island, pick your plan, add any custom interior features and obtain final approval.                       This is a program designed for people who want to build a home with fewer delays,... Read More

Featured Property Friday: A Coffee Lover’s Oasis

September 29, 2017

Customization is the name of the game at 2633 Jenkins Point Road. In fact, it “houses” the first aluminum roof on Seabrook! With a wink of Lowcountry charm, this spacious, breathtaking home over in Jenkins Point Plantation is the one to beat. When we originally snapped photos of this marshfront oasis on Jenkins Point Road, it was the DETAILS that I fell in love with. The view may be the first thing you spot when you enter the grand foyer, but it’s the charming Lowcountry murals flanking the living room walls that add one-of-a-kind character. This is something that can't... Read More

Transition vs. Transaction – Part II

September 28, 2017

When we left you in late spring, the real estate market was all "Seashells and Balloons." I'm happy to say that, as far as "dog days" of summer are concerned, we were having none of it. The positive rhythms of the market have continued through the summer. Seabrook Island and your real estate company enter the autumn season having the best year since the 2008 recession, with Island wide sales some 40% ahead of last year. Average sales prices and profit are both up substantially. Thank you to all those who have trusted in Seabrook Island Real Estate and our... Read More

Featured Property Friday: A Can’t Miss Renovation

September 22, 2017

I have a confession to make: HGTV is my favorite channel on TV, and it's not just because I work at a real estate office. Jillian Harris is my idol (always, always, “love it,”) watching House Hunters International always gives me the itch to travel, and I screeched with delight when Chip and Joanna recently announced they were launching a line at Target. So when SIRE Sales Executive Stuart Spisak gave me the renovation background of his new listing 3575 Seabrook Island Road, I instantly thought: “This should have been on a TV show.” While the home underwent a total... Read More

Featured Property Friday: A Renovated Residence with a Contemporary Flair

September 15, 2017

Three words that come to mind once stepping foot inside 3143 Seabrook Island Road: serene, peaceful and contemporary. Wait, what? Homes with a contemporary flair aren’t easy to come by on Seabrook Island; one is more apt to find a cozy beach cottage or a single-level family home with a coastal flair. But this, dare I say, idyllic home tucked on Seabrook Island Road could certainly fit in just as easily on Seabrook as it would on a lake in the Midwest. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Beach Club and the constant activity of the Lake House,... Read More

Summer Days… Or is it Daze?

July 19, 2017

From Memorial Day through July 4th, the summer seems new and fresh and long lasting. But from July 4th, it is a blink until back-to-school ads, Labor Day and all of the harbingers of Fall are on the horizon. We feel this especially in our summer visitors. They are riding their bikes, while looking all around at Seabrook Island: the homes, the vegetation and just enjoying being away from their normal (and likely ver different!) day-to-day life. We, who live on the island, are quick to recognize that these dewy eyed visitors give us real benefits... they pay lots for... Read More

Seize the Day, Buy Today!

June 13, 2017

“Today is the oldest you have ever been; yet, it is the youngest you’ll ever be… so enjoy this day. “ -Anonymous This also describes the piece of paradise we call Seabrook Island. We live here, have grabbed the lifestyle and are enjoying it daily. We see lots of folks looking, thinking and still saying, “We will buy in a few years.” In our minds, this is not a good long term plan. Baby boomers, of all the generational name tags, think they have forever left in their lives. There is a stark parallel in real estate. Today is always... Read More

The Seabrook Island Real Estate Marketing A-Team!

June 6, 2017

We are halfway through the 2017 sales year - a great time to introduce the blogging world to two key members of Seabrook Island Real Estate! Kelly Butorac, our Marketing Coordinator, and Alesia Link, our Listings Services Coordinator, are rockstars when it comes to going above and beyond to provide our clients with first class, state-of-the-art real estate services. There are two words that ring true when it comes to clients' real estate expectations. The first is "trust" and the second is "communication" - especially when it comes to listings their property. Kelly and Alesia's commitment to keep Seabrook Island... Read More

“Transaction” vs. “Transition” in Real Estate

May 1, 2017

83%! There were 41 closed sales on Seabrook Island in the first quarter this year and Seabrook Island Real Estate closed/sold 83% of them. People often ask why, year after year, is Seabrook Island Real Estate the overwhelming choice made by buyers and sellers? It could be great leadership? But that would be too simple an answer. More likely, it is because we believe we are helping our selling clients with a "transition," not just performing a "transaction." A "transaction" involves merely finding a buyer and writing a contract. A "transition" involves helping with every phase of a client's real... Read More

Spring = Hot Real Estate Market

April 19, 2017

If you have been putting off listing your property on Seabrook Island, now could be the right time to call your favorite Seabrook Island Real Estate agent! Many of our recent clients, depending on their stage in life, have been considering either upsizing from a villa to a home, or downsizing from the home they have lived in for years to a townhome, cottage home or villa. Rising interest rates, a rising stock market, the euphoria that only spring weather can bring, and no election in the immediate future have made activity and interest in Seabrook real estate extremely high... Read More

Out With the OLD, in With the NEW

March 2, 2017

There has been a lot of progress in the past year on providing options for "newer" or "new" construction Real Estate products on Seabrook. With the market becoming stronger almost daily, those options are growing as well. Of course, the Salt Marsh at Seabrook townhomes have been a big hit, particularly with the introduction of the new 2,500 square foot duplex model. It's worth taking a drive through their gate to see the mini-"building boom" that is going on. A new player in the new construction game has arrived. Seabrook Island Real Estate has just begun to market four new... Read More

Annual Tour of Homes!

February 14, 2017

You are cordially invited to the Seabrook Island Real Estate Annual Tour of Homes event! This time around, we have 16 homes and 12 lots on the list. Please stop by the Seabrook Island Real Estate office, located just before the Seabrook gate, to pick up a map, brochures and to arrange gate access.We hope to see you on Saturday, February 18th!

Congratulations Atrium Villas!

February 8, 2017

Spoiler alert: I have always loved the Atrium Villas. Just mere steps to the Island House + outstanding views of both the ocean and the golf course make this 44-unit community a can't miss for renters and prospective buyers. Last year, the Atrium homeowners spearheaded a total overhaul of the Atriums' exterior. (Think: new stucco walls, railings, windows, elevator and doors.) Our office was lucky enough to take a grand tour, plus peek in a few spectacular units (thank you Carl, Tom and Bill!), two weeks ago at our weekly Sales Meeting. And we were BLOWN away by the improvements!... Read More

Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!

January 5, 2017

Congratulations to the winner and runners-up of the Club's Fall 2016 #MakeitUniquelyYours Photo Contest: Linda Warner, Allison McCleary and Glen Cox. The Winer 2017 contest is now LIVE! Click here to enter. While there, you can see past photo contest winners and entries, receive further information on the current contest and vote! Happy snapping!

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2016

Happy New Year from Seabrook Island, SC! Wishing you all the best in 2017!

Happy Holidays!

December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Seabrook Island Real Estate team! Wishing you a very happy holiday season. Cheers to 2017!

The Perfect Family Holiday Gift!

December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays! Seabrook Featured Property: 3651 Cobia Court, $450,000, Acreage = 0.42 Wonderful, large homesite on Cobia Court with direct beach boardwalk access... perfect for a full-time residence or beach house! Your new home could catch some ocean views depending upon the design, and will enjoy the sea breezes in the beach area. Just steps to North Beach and so close to the Club.                                     Listed by: Stuart Spisak Seabrook Island Real Estate 843.768.7633 • sspisak@seabrookislandrealestate.com

4 Unique Seabrook Island Properties!

December 5, 2016

Beauty is all around on Seabrook Island, SC! We are lucky to have unique homes with unique views, including ocean, marsh, golf and lagoon. Seabrook Island Real Estate's featured properties include: 1. 152 High Hammock Darling, two bedroom, first floor condo with nice covered patio and golf views. Floor plan offers a living/dining room with tile flooring, an updated kitchen and two updated bathrooms. Great island location within walking distance of the beach and club amenities. Exterior renovations include: roof, Hardi Plank siding, windows and sliders. Villa is sold furnished. This is the perfect turn-key vacation home, rental or full-time... Read More

Thanksgiving Weekend Open House Event!

November 21, 2016

After giving thanks and eating dinner with family friends on Thursday, and shopping until you drop on Black Friday, join Seabrook Island Real Estate for a Thanksgiving Weekend Tour of Homes Event! Tour a total of 11 properties, ranging from $529,000 to $1,295,000, on Saturday, November 26th from 1-3pm. Visit the Seabrook Island Real Estate Front Desk just before entering the Seabrook gate for brochures, a map and to arrange gate access. While on Island, look for balloons to distinguish open houses. Properties include: 1. 3620 Loggerhead Court 2. 2551 High Hammock Road 3. 2849 Old Drake Drive 4. 3143 Seabrook... Read More

Honoring Our Veterans

November 11, 2016

Today you will notice American flags up throughout the Island, tagged with a yellow ribbon, honoring our nation's Veterans. Thank you to the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club for their efforts! From all of us here at Seabrook Island Real Estate - to our Veterans, we cannot thank you enough for you service, sacrifice and dedication to our country. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. Today, we honor you and we salute you.

Two Homes, Two Million Dollar Views

November 9, 2016

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. Renovations include:... Read More

Salt Marsh Model Home Open House on Saturday!

November 3, 2016

Please join agents Bill Britton and Sharon Peck at the Salt Marsh Townhomes, Seabrook's newest townhome community located off of Landfall Way just before the gate. Tour the new model home, ask questions about the new floor plan (with the master bedroom on the main level,) and discover all that Salt Marsh has to offer! www.saltmarshatseabrook.com

Seabrook Island Home Abounding with Southern Charm

November 1, 2016

Discover 2405 The Bent Twig: A Charming Seabrook Island Home with Lagoon Views 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. The kitchen has French doors leading to an expansive screened porch and outdoor patio. Resplendent master bedroom suite... Read More

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

September 6, 2016

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... Read More

Construction Update – Atrium Villas

April 5, 2016

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. When 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... Read More

“The Franklin Club”

November 30, 2015

Last week I was privileged to attend a conference as a member of a newly formed organization called “The Franklin Club” (named after Ben Franklin). The group was formed by PGA Magazine, who annually holds a similar “Leadership Summit” meeting of golf professionals from the top private golf courses in the country. This meeting was PGA Magazine’s effort to extend the concept to “influential golf real estate leaders.” The meeting was held at Reynolds Plantation, near Atlanta, and most of the 40 or so members attended from as far away as California, Colorado and Wyoming to the nearby Kiawah, The... Read More

Preparing for Sale

September 16, 2014

I’m sure you have noticed the large number of new homes being built on Seabrook over the past two years. That trend is continuing and it shows a high level of confidence in Seabrook’s future and in the general economic picture. For the first time in years we are even seeing a sprinkling of “spec” homes being built on Seabrook Island. We have also tested the market by placing builder’s plans on certain unsold homesites and offering a package to prospective buyers. We have seen some success with this strategy. While this is all good news, it also clearly places... Read More

Announcing our #MakeItUniquelyYours Photo Contest!

September 3, 2014

Proud to announce our #MakeItUniquelyYours photo contest! This is your chance to show us how you make Seabrook Island Uniquely YOURS! Enter on our Facebook pages, or visit our website www.discoverseabrook.com/news-and-media.php and add your pictures! You can also enter on Instagram or Twitter by simply hashtagging #MakeItUniquelyYours Deadline to enter is October 15th. Winners will receive a Seabrook Island Gift Bag filled with goodies! Make sure to hashtag #MakeItUniquelyYours and VOTE for your favorite pictures!

End of Summer Update

August 26, 2014

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... Read More

Buying vs. Renting

April 30, 2014

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... Read More

Meet the Agents

March 25, 2014

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... Read More

You Are Our Best Ambassadors.

February 24, 2014

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,... Read More

Market in Recovery.

February 3, 2014

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... Read More

Market Trends that will lead us into the New Year

November 19, 2013

Even after the government shutdown, and a less than ideal economy standing, the housing market has made great improvements in the last months of the year. The housing market will see this increase continue through the end of the year and into early 2014. So despite the economic pitfalls, our housing market continues to chug along. Freddie Mac's vice president, Frank Nothaft, says that the housing recovery should continue to absorb the economic shocks in stride and improve next year. As of right now, the house price index has increased 12.8% since last year, which is the biggest increase since... Read More

Why Seabrook Island Real Estate?

October 23, 2013

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... Read More

The continuing effects of the government shutdown.

October 9, 2013

After my last blog about the government shutdown and real estate world, the effect has continued to interest me. This week, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have loosened up on the rules for the banks to approve mortgages. Before, Fannie and Freddie required that borrowers must verify their incomes with the IRS before being able to close on a mortgage. However, due to the government shutdown, the IRS has been having trouble getting through all of these verifications. Now, Freddie and Fannie have decided to allow the lenders to do loan the money without waiting for the IRS to verify.... Read More

Federal Housing Administration will continue to lend.

October 1, 2013

I'm sure that everyone has heard of the news this morning. With the government under a shutdown process, I decided to take a look into how that affects the current housing market. As of Monday night, the House and Senate remained at a standstill over the funding for Obama's new health care law, sending the government into a shutdown. Because of this shutdown, we're seeing many federal run places take a hit. As of today, the Statue of Liberty, National Zoo, Grand Canyon and parks across the country will be closing its doors. The entire DC area is seeing massive... Read More

Everyone be sure to tune in!

September 20, 2013

Everyone be sure to tune in tonight to NatGeo and NatGeo Wild at 8pm to see a little about Seabrook's wildlife!

This month in real estate…

September 16, 2013

Last month, Marketing Director, Kristina Skalak and Broker In Charge, Joe Salvo, traveled to Washington DC to promote Seabrook Island at the Ideal Living Resort and Retirement Real Estate Expo. Some 900 registrants from the metro area signed up to attend and about 50 other communities from the South East were represented. It was a great opportunity to talk “one on one” with folks who are getting ready to retire to our part of the country. One thing quickly became clear, but not a surprise, to us as attendees visited our beautiful Seabrook Island booth. The big draw is our... Read More