Bluffton Real Estate Blog - Foundation Realty

Your home is one of your largest investments, so protecting it from natural disasters is a top priority. Now that hurricane season has begun, what can you do to protect your home from possible storm damage?

Making a few simple changes now could minimize a storm’s impact on your home.

Outside

During a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or even puncture a window. Trim back any branches that are touching your home, especially if the limbs are touching your house. Keep trees well pruned to allow the wind to pass through with minimal damage. Broken limbs could land on your house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm.

Help prevent damage inside your house by having downspouts drain away from

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Starting a vegetable garden can be done regardless of how much space you have. You can start your new garden in a large yard or in smaller areas like a terrace, balcony or even on your window ledge.

Just imagine sitting down to dinner and reaping the benefits of your hard work as you crunch on peppers, carrots or brussels sprouts.

The first step will be to create a plan. Where will your new garden go? How much time do you want to spend tending to your garden (this will determine what plants you will grow) and how to structure your space.

I recommend that you start small and learn as you go. If you plant too many, you are setting yourself up for failure. You will need to learn what will work for your garden and maintain it, which could be

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One of my favorite spring-cleaning tasks is cleaning out my closets. My number one piece of advice; always take everything out of your closet and start fresh. After you have removed everything, you should dust, vacuum or sweep. Giving your closet a deep clean will help your clothing smell fresh.

Once you have a clean blank canvas, it will be easier to organize, sort and decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate. I recommend that you sort your cloths into several piles.

Out with the old, in with the new. A few smart steps can make all the difference when you're cleaning out and organizing your closet.

1) Keep- This pile is for the items you love the most and wear the most.

2) Donate- If you have not worn an item in a very

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On average closing costs run between 2%-5% of the purchase price. However, the buyer is not the only party that must pay fees at closing. Sellers must pay for both their real estate agent's, and the buyers agent's commission that is typically 6% of the sales price .

As a buyer, you’ll likely be responsible for a variety of fees and expenses that you and the seller will have to pay at the time of closing. Your lender must provide a good-faith estimate of all settlement costs. Your attorney conducting the closing will tell you the required amount for:

  • Down payment
  • Loan origination - This covers the lender’s administrative costs. It’s usually about 1 percent of the total loan but you can sometimes find mortgages with no origination fee.
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NAR (National Association of Realtors) shows that buyer demand is strong. Nationwide, the best time to sell a home to both maximize return and minimize time on the market is in spring. People tend to shop for homes as the weather gets warmer, making the spring market hot. 

Many homeowners were reluctant to list their home over the last couple of years for fear that they may not find a new home to move in to, but with the market change, sellers are ready to list. 

Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. Buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. This makes the entire selling process much faster and simpler.

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Come experience a legacy of genuine hospitality, of sensational elegance and of sweet tea and Southern charm! Leave the ordinary behind when you arrive at the Old Town Bluffton Inn.

Experience a world of stately elegance coupled with Southern charm as you step through the ornate doorway into a majestic British colonial foyer plucked straight from the gilded age. The inn’s inspired elegance evokes a bygone era, where travelers would arrive at stately Southern mansions in horse-drawn carriages and toast the evening by gaslight. Situated in the heart of a storybook small town hideaway with the smell of salt water in the air lies a world you can only find at the Old Town Bluffton Inn.

Once a thriving antebellum summer retreat for wealthy planters, this

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The Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Culinary Institute of the South could break ground on its facility this spring.

Chef Miles Huff, the new institute’s dean, spoke to Hardeeville City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting.

“We have gone through phase one with the state and we have to go through phase two for approval, but would like to break ground in the spring,” Huff told council.

The 26,000-square-foot facility will be located at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton and constructed at an estimated cost of $11.2 million. It will have the capacity for 300 students.

Huff said degrees will be offered in culinary arts, baking-pastry and hospitality.

“I have overlaid my degree program with USC Beaufort so a student can basically do two years with us

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If you are trying to sell your home this fall, we have a few ideas that can help welcome buyers. Make sure you do not “over decorate” and take the focus off your home’s best features. Adding a few tasteful accents is all you need. 

Before the buyers can see the indoor fall décor, you will need to make a great first impression. Play up that fall feeling with curb appeal. Clean up the yard, rake leaves, trim bushes, plant fall flowers like mums or paint “welcome” on a pumpkin by the front door. 

Emphasize comfort by adding warm and cozy blankets & throw pillows to the sofa or chair. Choosing fall colors such as orange or red will remind the buyers of cozy fireside nights.

 

Add fall scents such as cinnamon or apples to your home. This can

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SINGLE-USE PLASTIC CARRYOUT BAG LAW GOES INTO EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2018

STOP BY OUR OFFICE TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE REUSABLE BAG!  

Reduce Reuse Recycle Go Green With US Town of Hilton Head IslandBeginning November 1, all retailers are prohibited from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout bags. An Ordinance passed by the Hilton Head Island Town Council affects all grocery and convenience stores, restaurants and other retail establishments.

The goal behind the single-use plastic carryout bag law is to improve the Town's environment, our ocean and waterways, and to protect our marine life. Marine birds and sea turtles, for instance, mistake plastic bag pieces as food. Plastics can cause blockages in the animal's digestive tract and subsequently lead to death.

Under the new Ordinance,

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Lowcountry Brunch Festival.  Saturday September 8th from 11-3 p.m. Enjoy brunch inspired bites, beer, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Shelter Cove Community Park.

Italian Heritage Festival.  Saturday September 15th from 11-4 p.m. Come to the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn and enjoy live music, bocce ball, grape stomping and amazing food!

Blufftemberfest. Saturday September 15th from 2-8 p.m. What a fun event- stop by the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park and listen to live music and enjoy a food court full of delicious eats! Fun for the entire family featuring face painting, arts & crafts as well as water sports.

Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival! Saturday September 22nd from 2-6 p.m. Shrimp tasting, craft beer, live music and fun for the

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