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Showing family is more than just a name

There’s a quiet transition going on at Forsythe Jewelers at The Shops at Sea Pines Center. On July 1, Debbie Forsythe Berling will officially ride off into the sunset after building the business on the island for the past 34 years.

On the surface, this could be a monumental shift. The family business is going to be owned by someone not named Forsythe for the first time since Debbie’s grandparents opened their first store in Pittsford, New York, in 1927.

Kaufman-PhotographyA state-of-the-art piece of technology is giving Kaufman Photography a new perspective

A good photo portrays how a place looks. A great photo portrays how it feels. The right framing, the proper exposure, and the experienced eye of the photographer all come together to dissolve the boundaries between viewer and subject.

It is not just primary homes that have seen a turn in the real estate market. According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, vacation home sales were up 57.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.  Vacation home sales accounted for 21 percent of all transactions nationwide in 2014.

This month, I reached out to the Hilton Head Monthly editor and inquired about the overall theme of the May issue. He informed me that the focus was restaurants, and more specifically, local restaurants. So much for trying to correlate my column with the overall theme.

Monthly sat down with local finance minds to discuss the core causes, impacts and aftermath of the recent financial crisis. Here’s what we learned. 


Hilton Head Island is a paradise for golfers. Not only does the island boast more than 20 world-class public and private golf courses, it also has an array of premier pro shops dedicated to ensuring that golf enthusiasts have everything they need to make the most of their time on the links.


There are 1,268,011 active and resident lawyers in this country, with 9,587 practicing and living in South Carolina.

Beach-Properties-teamIn honor of its 20th anniversary, Beach Properties of Hilton Head has planned 20 Days of Giving in the month of April. The company reached out to 20 nonprofit and charity organizations and asked what their needs were. On top of all of the normal donations and volunteer hours the company and its employees offer, Beach Properties has agreed to:

The April issue of Hilton Head Monthly is dedicated to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. But I want to take this opportunity to talk about a related heritage — our national economy — and how the next six months may set the tone of that heritage for the next 10 years.

For the 27th year in a row, I attended the Mid-Winter Housing Finance Conference in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The conference is a gathering of housing industry leaders, bankers, government officials and a few congressmen who are interested in housing policy.


If you are a seller getting ready to put your house on the market, have you considered how to stage the property to attract online buyers?  
According to the National Association of Realtors’ new 2015 profile on home staging, 81 percent of respondents say a staged house is easier to visualize as a future home; 46 percent say they are more willing to walk through a home they viewed online; and 28 percent say they are more willing to overlook other faults with the property.