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If you live in the Lowcountry year-round, chances are your friends who live elsewhere are jealous. This area’s beautiful beaches, world-class resorts and wide selection of restaurants, shopping and activities make Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island and Bluffton top vacation destinations, and a great place to call home. 

COLLINS GROUP REALTY DONATES $9,000 TO LOVABLEPAWS

When a local charitable organization receives an unsolicited $9,000 donation from a local company, it’s a big deal.

That big deal happened Aug. 18 when Chip Collins, owner and broker-in-charge of Collins Group Realty, presented the check to Lovable Paws Rescue in Hardeeville, a 501(c)(3) status organization since 2015.

Leading realtors who produce the highest results year over year, share the same characteristics that sets them apart: passion, dedication, personal integrity, professional skills, years of experience and a strong team behind them. 

The vision was always about color. Bright colors. Inviting colors. Blue, purple, yellow. A little fuchsia.

When Jeremiah Dunn, owner of Greenscape Services in Bluffton, was tasked with updating the landscaping at a Hilton Head homeowner’s property in the Moss Creek community, he knew he wanted to make it stand out. “We wanted to make this special,” Dunn said.

DUNES REAL ESTATE ADDS THREE AGENTS

Dunes Real Estate has added three agents. Lori and Tal Crandell have a combined 30 years of experience in real estate. They recently made Hilton Head their home after raising a family in Pittsburgh, Pa. Lisa Medford had spent 21 years working at Island Real Estate Magazine. She has been a full-time Realtor since 2012.

KELLER WILLIAMS ADDS AGENTS 

Keller Williams Realty Lowcountry welcome agents Amanda Gossett, Hunter Wear, and Tanya Sjodin. All are based in the company’s Hilton Head Island office. 

ATTORNEYS OFFER TIPS FOR A SMOOTH CLOSING

You’re about to make the biggest financial investment of your life: Buying a home. It sounds stressful, but you can keep your anxiety in check if you know what you’re getting into from start to finish. And by finish, we mean knowing what to expect when you hire a real estate attorney. Here, local experts offer tips on how to ensure your real estate purchase goes smoothly. 

POOL TRENDS THIS YEAR ARE ABOUT STYLE AND EASE

Considering adding a pool this summer? Here are a few trends to keep in mind:

IS YOUR SPACE CALLING OUTFOR A TOUCH OF THE PAST?

Incorporating tangible pieces of history into homes, offices and stores provides beauty, nostalgia, artistry, eco-consciousness and an enduring show-and-tell.

Sustainable and reclaimed building materials are here to stay, experts say—they’re not just a design fad. 

“Some want the look, and others want a piece of the past,” says William Court, partner at architectural firm Court Atkins Group. “The appeal, both residential and commercial, has grown over time.” 

DOWNSIZING ADVICE TO MAKE LETTING GO EASIER

Tired of all the clutter and thinking about downsizing? If you’re anticipating moving to a smaller home, it’s time to do a thorough cleaning and get rid of those items you will never use again. 

Let’s be honest. Will your children really want that 1960s lime green velvet armchair or grandpa’s collection of baseball caps?