10 Tips for Searching for Homes in Bluffton!


The Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area is extremely unique in terms of searching for a home for a number of reasons.  There are a lot of different reasons why people purchase property here, and the price ranges and amenities associated with each neighborhood range widely.  That's why I created the Eagle Club to give you just the assistance you need, and developed the following tips!

Here are 10 tips that will save you time and frustration when you’re searching for property in this area:

  1. If you are looking for a family-friendly neighborhood, decide what types of amenities you desire, then make sure you search for homes in those types of neighborhoods.  Amenities can include fitness centers, leisure trails, playgrounds, social clubs, stables and tennis courts.  Some neighborhoods have activity directors, allow pets, and offer DSL high-speed internet service.
  2. If you have children in school, be sure that you evaluate the location of schools that serve the neighborhoods you look at.  Some neighborhoods are not as children-friendly as others, and schools are not in close proximity.
  3. If you want to live in an age restricted neighborhood, they usually cater to 55 and older residents.  If you’re not 55, or don’t wish to be in an age restricted neighborhood, make sure you look at neighborhoods that meet your needs in that regard.
  4. If you’re looking for a condominium, keep in mind that you’ll typically find condos referred to as Villas instead.
  5. If you’re looking for a neighborhood that includes golf privileges, make sure you’re looking at neighborhoods that meet your needs.  Typically, neighborhoods provide private golf/country clubs, private golf clubs, semi-private golf clubs, or public golf clubs.  Some neighborhood fees can range up to $10,000 per year or more.
  6. If you want a home on a Hilton Head Island beach, be prepared to look in the $5,000,000+ range.  If you’re looking in a different price range, make sure you search for homes in neighborhoods that offer the types of water activities you desire.
  7. If you’re looking for a vacation home that you want to rent on a weekly basis for part of the year, make sure you look at neighborhoods that allow that type of rental. 
  8. If you are looking for a property that you plan to rent annually for some period of time, make sure you look at neighborhoods that allow annual rentals.
  9. If you are looking for a vacation home that you do not plan to rent, decide whether you’d be more comfortable in an electronic-gated, manned-gate or open community, and search for homes in those types of neighborhoods.
  10. If you want to look at homes in gated communities, be aware that access is restricted, and you won’t be able to drive by homes on your own.

 

Since there are so many factors to consider when searching for property in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, we encourage people who are starting their search to contact us.  We can save you countless hours by listening to your needs and wants, then helping you identify the neighborhoods that will meet your objectives.

I look forward to assisting you in simplifying your Bluffton home search!

David Pautler

 


 

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