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There can be a lot of anxiety in finding the right person to help you buy or sell a home. After all, buyers will be spending a lot of time with their agents throughout the process, and those agents are helping them through arguably one of the biggest decisions of their lives. How could anyone possibly find the right real estate agent?

According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest profile of homebuyers and sellers, potential buyers should talk to friends and family to get their agent suggestions. In fact, 40 percent of buyers found their agents through a referral from friends, family members or neighbors, while another 12 percent used agents they had worked with before. On the seller side, 38 percent of sellers found their agents through referrals and 22 percent went with agents they had previously used.

The Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors is alerting its members and the public of changes to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and Truth in Lending Act (TILA). These changes will take effect Aug. 1, and will significantly affect the closing process. 

On Nov. 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its final rule to integrate RESPA and TILA disclosures and regulations. The ruling integrates existing disclosures with new requirements from the Dodd-Frank Act to improve consumer understanding of the mortgage process, make it easier to comparison shop and help prevent surprises at closing.

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The surging buyer confidence underpinning the rebound in U.S. property prices — driven by mortgage rates near record lows — is spilling into resort communities like Hilton Head.

website-MovotoThe national real estate website Movoto recently ranked the Top 10 cities in South Carolina cities to live in. Hilton Head Island came in at No. 2, behind Five Forks. To justify its ranking of the island, the site said, “Even without some of the state’s most beautiful beaches taken into account, this Beaufort County town still made it to the top of our list for its overall high score in quality of life.” Charleston tied Hilton Head at the No. 2 spot.

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propertymanagementHilton Head Island hosts more than 2.4 million visitors annually and over 40 percent of those guests stay in Home and villa rental properties

There are tremendous rewards for owning rental property on Hilton Head Island. It starts with being able to enjoy your own piece of paradise; a place to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with family and friends. As an island property owner you can take advantage of beach parks built just for you and enjoy discounts on golf, retail and restaurants. Your property can be a place to create long lasting memories for years to come, and may become your future retirement home.

Users of Beaufort County’s popular Real Property Lookup and Real and Personal Tax Payment Web site pages are in for big changes with new state-of-the-art tax and appraisal software.

Property Max and Collect Max replaced the county’s property research and tax payment services. Both are powered by Manatron, a national company used by many government property tax and assessment ofces.

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Property Management in ParadiseThere are those among us for whom the American dream isn’t just about owning their home. It’s also about owning a vacation property with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, a large deck, a hot tub and a pool. It’s about having a vacation retreat that’s meticulously maintained and always awaiting their arrival. Such homes can stretch nearly everyone’s budget, especially budgets for those unable to pry themselves away from their jobs for only a few days out of the year. After a quick cost/benefit analysis, some may believe that the dream of owning a vacation home might forever remain solely a dream.