Cozy oceanfront homes with fireplaces on Hilton Head Island

Feeling frigid today?   Would a Hilton Head Island ocean front home with fireplace warm you up? There are 35 to choose from today.  Call me if you’d like this kind of cozy living. Lori Bee, eXp Realty, 843-505-3132

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Winter Dip in the Atlantic Ocean

“Winter Dip” photo by Lori Bee

So I’ve been a little slack of posting my photos on my actual blog.   I have posted them here and there on my Facebook Business Page, but wanted to make sure I also documented them here.

This one was apparently so good that a local photographer tried to claim it as her own.  LOL.  I take it as a compliment, but I did indeed take this.  She later relented, stating her software mistakenly flagged it as hers.  Maybe I should start truly copyrighting them?  Maybe even selling them?  What do you think.

This was taken in late February at the Sea Pines Beach Club.  I so enjoyed watching these carefree young ladies enjoying their “Winter Dip” in the Atlantic Ocean.   Life on Hilton Head Island is so grand for our youth.

Winter Dip in the Atlantic by Lori Bee

January Views

Which January View is You?

Which view would you enjoy most on a 70 degree plus January day? The beach view from Hilton Head Island, or the May River view from the coastal village of Bluffton?

New Year – New Me

Hi Everyone!

Yes, it’s me. It’s really me.   I honestly abhor getting my photo taken but certainly still love being on the other side of the lens.  Expect more photos FROM me soon.  But in the meantime, here are my new professional headshots for 2017, just in case you need to know what I look like, to ask me real estate questions if you see me out and about.   Which photo is your favorite?

Have a happy, prosperous 2017 and let me know if I can assist you or someone you know with any of your real estate needs.  That includes referrals to great agents all across the country.  It would be my pleasure and I so appreciate your trust in taking care of you, your family, and friends.   Let’s make 2017 the best for all of us!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Lori Bee, exp Realty.

I am grateful for your business, your referrals, and most of all, for your friendship.  I hope you and yours, have a very Blessed Thanksgiving.

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Veterans Day Deals for the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort Area

Veteran’s Day Discounts and Deals for the Hilton Head Island, Beaufort & Bluffton, SC area for 2016.

Anyone that knows me, knows I’m proud to be from a military family. My Step-Father was a Major in the Army, my Grandfather too (WWII), one of my Uncles a Lieutenant in Korea, and another who survived Vietnam to become a full bird Colonel.   I’m a die hard Army fan, even though my Navy boyfriend reminds me of the 14 years of losses in our annual football rivalry.   I’m not a fair-weather dude.  LOL.

But I do my best to support my military family.  So here’s my way of saying thanks to you, in finding not just the national discounts, but some local ones too.  If you know of anymore, please let me know via comment below so others can see!

I especially love supporting our LOCAL Mom & Pops and our Military Veterans and active service members together for a win-win.    Please verify availability at each location, as these were shared with me via public Facebook groups.

Thank you to all who have served!  God Bless America, You, and Your Families !

Let me know if I can serve you or someone you know with your real estate needs.  Offering a Military Discount of 1/2 percent commission reduction upon verification of service.

  Lori Bee, eXp Realty, 843.505.3132 http://BeeAtTheBeach.com 


LOCAL DEALS & DISCOUNTS:  (Please comment below if you know of others or have corrections!)

And please be proud to ask each business you know if they offer any military discounts, all year long!  Let me know those too!

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Wayback Burgers    Beaufort: 2005 Boundary Street Beaufort, SC 29902 and Hilton Head: 32 Shelter Cove Lane Suite 150, Hilton Head, SC 29928

Free classic cheeseburgers available at participating restaurants to all active and former military personnel. A purchase of a side or drink is required. Guests also must dine-in in uniform or show proof of military service.


Under Armour at Tanger Outlets is giving 15% rather than usual 10% according to FB post.


Squat & Gobble, Bluffton, SC – always offers 10% discount with verification.

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Tommy Hilfiger at Tanger Outlets is 10% discount always with verification according to FB post.


Skillets Cafe is offering 20% off to all veterans  with verification according to FB post.


Southern Barrel Brewing Co is offering a free beer and free koozie for vets on Friday with verification according to FB post.

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Interstate All Battery offers a Military discount all year long with verification according to FB post.


Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym is open today to all families of veteran’s and active duty military at a discount. They are also offering a 10% discount on the purchase of a membership or party pack. Must provide ID at time of purchase.


Publix – Publix thanks and honors veterans by offering a 10% discount on Veteran’s Day, November 11. All military personnel and families receive this discount. (Verified at Publix.com)


Carolina Optical in Bluffton (locally owned & operated), is offering $100 off a complete pair of prescription eyeglasses and 15% off non prescription sunglasses. It is for Friday 11/11 & Sat 11/12 only – for Veterans & Active Duty Military.


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National Chains in the Area Offering Deals & Discounts


Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2016: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. All current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon to be redeemed on additional food and beverage offerings or for a later time. Military ID or proof of service required. Locations.


Bed, Bath and Beyond-25% off on Veteran’s Day with verification.


 

Bob Evans, Nov. 11, 2016. Free select breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. For active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service.


Bonefish Grill, Nov. 11, 2016. Free Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish Grill for veterans and active duty military. Valid military ID required.


Boston Market, Nov. 11, 2016. Free Brownie or Cookie with any purchase for all veterans, service members, and their families. No ID required.


 

Buffalo Wild Wings, Nov. 11, 2016. Free order of wings and a side of fries to veterans and current military members. Dine-in only. Bring proof of military service. Locations.


Carraba’s, Nov. 7 – Nov. 13, 2016. Free appetizer of your choice for active duty servicemembers and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required.


 

Chili’s – Free meal, Nov. 11 2016. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of any lunch combo, or your choice of a dinner meal from a select menu. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.


Chipotle, Nov. 11, 2016. Buy One Get One Free from 3pm-close on Nov. 11th, 2016, at all Chipotle locations in the U.S.


City Barbeque, Nov. 11, 2016. Free sandwich platter at participating locations. Proof of service required.


 

Cracker Barrel, Nov. 11, 2016. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake.


Denny’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only. Please call ahead.


Fatz Café, Nov. 11, 2016. Free World Famous Calabash Chicken® meal for current and former military members, 11am until close. Proof of service required.


 

Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free Big-Two-Do® breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy bacon or two sausage links and two made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and a beverage ) during lunch or dinner. Dine-in only. Limited to one per person. Offer available for active military and veterans with ID or discharge papers. Participating locations only.


Golden Corral, Nov. 14, 2016 (5pm – 9pm): The 15th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation dinner. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.

Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 4.7 million free meals and contributed over $11.5 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Amazing!


Hooters, Nov. 11, 2016. Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal from a select menu. Requires drink purchase. Only valid at participating locations.


IHOP, Nov. 11, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.


Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee, Nov. 11, 2016. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees, & veterans. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.


Little Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 11, 2016. Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.


Logan’s Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Free entrée from select menu for veterans and active duty military personnel. Call your local Logan’s Roadhouse for details and to verify participation.


LongHorn Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions). Additional 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Visit their site to find a location near you.


O’Charley’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free meal for veterans and active duty service members on November 11th.


Olive Garden, Nov. 11, 2016. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required.


On The Border, Nov. 11, 2016. Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of service required.


Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2016.


Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery, Nov. 11, 2016.Participating restaurants are offering current servicemembers and veterans a free Magnificent Seven meal which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes, and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links. Beverage not included. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required.


Ponderosa Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Free Veterans Day buffet at participating locations only.


 

Red Lobster, November 10 – 11, 2016. Free Appetizer or Dessert during the week of Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts.


Ruby Tuesday’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating locations, proof of service required. More info.


Sheetz, Nov. 11, 2016. Free lunch at participating locations. Free car wash also available at participating locations, Proof of service required.


Shoney’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers. Dine-in only, Proof of Service required. Shoney’s also offers a 15% everyday hometown heroes discount (military, fire, Police, EMT).


 

T.G.I. Friday’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details. More info.


 

Texas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Free meal from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. More info.


Travel Centers of America, Nov. 11, 2016. Free meal and beverage from select menu for military members and veterans who are CDL holders. Participating locations only; proof of service required.


 

World of Beer. Nov. 11, 2016. Free select draught beer or $5.00 off your entire bill. Participating locations only. Bring proof of military service.


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Rising from Hurricane Matthew….

Tomorrow is another day in the Lowcountry, as Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort County recovers from Hurricane Matthew.

It’s been a little while since my last blog.  It’s been a rough month here in the Lowcountry.  You may or may not have heard, but Hurricane Matthew hit with a vengeance here in the wee morning hours of Saturday, October 8th.

In fact the Island Packet is reporting that officials are still not done with assessing the damage on Hilton Head Island yet, as the task of going one by one to each structure has been daunting.

“More than 3,700 homes and businesses on Hilton Head Island, or about 19 percent of the total number of structures, likely sustained damage from Hurricane Matthew, town officials are saying preliminary estimates show.

Of the estimated 3,724 damaged buildings, about 392 — 2 percent of the island’s total 19,600 structures and 10.5 percent of the damaged buildings — likely had substantial damage, Shawn Colin, town deputy director of community development, said Monday.

Substantial damage is considered repair costs that equal 50 percent or more of the assessed valuation of a home, Colin said. For example, a home with an assessed valuation of $200,000 would have 50 percent damage if estimated repair costs were $100,000.”

And they are only 2/3rds of the way thru evaluating the properties on Hilton Head Island.

Other barrier islands in Beaufort County, such as Fripp, Harbor, and Daufuskie Islands are also still being analyzed for the heavy toll the storm took on their shores and residents. It may be weeks or months yet, before we even begin to total the damages.

The thing that the newspapers and television reporters have had a very difficult time in conveying, is that we are so strong here.  Strong in our resolve, strong in our will to rebuild, strong in our desire to help one another, strong in our hearts to love our lowcountry.

I felt it myself as I “hunkered down” in Charlotte to ride out the storm with my family and pets.  My desire to return to my beloved Bluffton was so strong, I could hardly wait for the order from the governor to get back.   Judging from the reports and the pictures of the traffic jams on Highway 278, I wasn’t the only one.

The following 20 days since the storm have been a whirlwind.  Checking on neighbors, friends, and on the homes and units of out of state owners. Cleaning up debris and cutting up downed trees.   Helping wherever any of us could.  Donating meals, cleaning and hygiene items, to worthy causes like Samaritan’s Purse (I can’t say enough good about this organization and highly encourage you to click that link!),  and to the awesome first responders who stayed behind risking their lives to take care of those who stayed behind and all of our homes.  We have been a community united, even if the outside world hasn’t seemed to take note.

It’s ok.  I don’t need the world to know how wonderful it is here.  It’ll just be our little secret.  I love living here, and have such a sense of pride.  And an even deeper love for my lowcountry home.   And it’s people.  No matter what life deals us here, we love.  We take care of one another.   We are “lowcountry strong”  and this is a wonderful place to live, and always will be.

Tomorrow is another (awesome) day! 

P.S.  For those who are wondering, my own home sustained some minor damage (comparatively speaking to many others who had extensive tree and rain damage),  as it appears the roof vent pulled up allowing water to pour in thru the ceiling, HVAC vents, and exhaust fan in the Master Bath and Bedroom, flooding the carpet and subfloor.  The insurance adjuster has been here but still waiting to hear what they will address….