Hilton Head Real Estate News: October 2016

Real Estate


One of Okatie’s most popular events returns this fall for a 10th consecutive year. And local charities will once again benefit from the generosity of the event’s supporters.

Golfers will take to a pristine course designed by golf legend Greg Norman, while others spend the day returning serves on the tennis courts. While doing so, each group will be supporting the 2016 Weichert Charity Golf & Tennis Tournament, taking place Nov. 19 at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie. The annual event, which has raised over $100,000 since its inception, benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island and The First Tee of the Lowcountry.

“I am so excited to be coming back to spend a day on a course designed by one of the best golfers and golf architects of our time, Greg Norman, to help support two incredible organizations,” said Karen Ryan, broker/owner of Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties. “The players and sponsors that make this event successful each year are also excited for its return. Who wouldn’t enjoy spending time at an amazing golf club like Oldfield while raising money for local charities?”

Golf registration opens at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Tennis players can begin registering at 10 a.m. before taking to the courts at 11:30 a.m. Afterward, participants can boast about the fun they had at this year’s Weichert Charity Golf & Tennis Tournament during the country grill luncheon awards ceremony and silent auction.

Space to play golf and tennis at this year’s event is still available, along with sponsorship opportunities. For more information or to register, contact Maureen Richards at 843-341-3700 or email Info@WeichertCP.com.

Kim St JohnWeichert Realtors-Coastal Properties owners and brokers-in-charge Joe and Karen Ryan welcome Kim St. John to the agency's sales team. St. John was born and raised in south Florida. In 1996, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and continued her career in quality management. In 2014, she moved to Beaufort. After 30 years, she retired from the client service industry and decided to pursue a second career in real estate. St. John is a member of the Beaufort County Association of Realtors and the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce. She is also certified in the U.S. Military on the Move program.

KincaidRoni Kincaid joins Lancaster Real Estate Sales. Kincaid has been a Realtor for 40 years; seven years in the Mammoth Lakes Ski area, where she started the MLS system for the town, and 33 years on Hilton Head Island. Kincaid graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a double major in English and history. For the past 20 years, she has written a monthly local real estate blog.

LClarkeKClarkeRuffnerEngel & Völkers Hilton Head-Bluffton is pleased to announce three new real estate advisers who joined the team in September: Kris Ruffner and Larry and Karen Clarke. Ruffner escaped the Chicago winters, where she was active in the purchase and sale of many types of properties and businesses. She is already enjoying the Lowcountry weather and lifestyle in Oldfield, and brings her passion and skills to luxury home sellers and buyers. The Clarkes have formed the Clarke Team to combine their skills and many years of real estate experience.  

Cathie Rasch of RE/MAX Island Realty has received the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company. Less than 23 percent of all active RE/MAX agents have earned this prestigious award since its inception. Rasch has been serving her community as a RE/MAX agent for nine years in Richmond, Virginia, and 10 years on Hilton Head Island. She has extensive experience in internet marketing of homes utilizing Matterport 3-D scans and serving retirement and second home buyers. Among Rasch’s list of achievements, she has earned the RE/MAX 100 Percent Club award. In addition, Rasch actively supports The Boys & Girls Club and Children's Miracle Network.

Robert Gladys, a Realtor with 14 years of experience in Ohio, and his wife, Catherine, have joined the Hilton Head Properties Real Estate and Rentals team. The couple recently moved to Bluffton to help others achieve their dreams. Robert will be active in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. The Gladyses bring longtime experience in real estate marketing and negotiation. Robert previously worked for two real estate firms. Catherine, who retired from a worldwide law from after more than 35 years, has taken on a new role as Robert’s real estate assistant. Together they bring competent and professional real estate services to both buyers and sellers.

The Richardson Group is pleased to announce that Mark Cooke has joined the company as an agent and a member of the Windmill Harbour Marketing and Real Estate Team.

Cooke is a longtime property and homeowner in Windmill Harbour and brings over 25 years of sales and marketing experience as a former director of sales training, marketing and government affairs in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

He looks forward to helping you with all of your Hilton Head Island real estate needs.


South Carolina Realtors recently released August housing market data indicating that demand is present and creating competitive situations regarding pricing, while inventory continues to drop. New listings were up 10 percent to 10,064. Pending sales decreased almost 2 percent to 6,678. Inventory shrank by almost 6 percent compared to last year and is down to 36,099 units. 

Prices moved higher and the median sales price was up almost 6 percent to $184,789. Homes are selling quickly, with most on the market for only 91 days. Month's supply of inventory was down almost 10 percent to six months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply.