4 Bedroom 2 Bath Homes in Beaufort County, SC

4 bedroom+ 2 bath+ homes for sale in Beaufort County, SC including Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

Looking for those 4 bedroom, 2 bath homes in Beaufort County, including Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, to move into before the end of the summer?

Check out these great listings! 

Then give me a call to get your private showing of the home you most like.  843-505-3132

$1000 Giveaway ! 

Lori Bee is giving away $1000 for you to use on your new DR Horton Home!

I’m  giving away my bonus money!  For real.

I recently attended a DR Horton Homes event and was presented with this exclusive card good for a $1000 bonus on a sale that goes to contract before September 30th, 2017.   Yeah, I could keep it for myself but I thought,   “No Lori. Give it away!”

I asked the representatives, and they said, it’s my money, my choice.

So here’s my offer, first come, first serve.    Come use my  $1000 bonus towards your purchase discount or upgrades on any DR Horton Home in the Beaufort County, SC area.

 

 

You can see, they have a lot to offer whether it be move-in ready or custom built for you! The other bonus you get is my 17 years of experience, my Certified New Home Sales Specialist expertise and a wide variety of great homes to choose from.

I only have one offer so call me today at 843-505-3132 for more details and to start your new home shopping today!

 

Wastin’ away at the Hardeeville Margaritaville !

Get all of the latest news on the Margaritaville development in Hardeeville South Carolina from Lori Bee, Realtor with exp Realty.

Hear it this BREAKING NEWS from me first!!!!
This is awesome news for the area! I’m stoked!

NIXLE ALERT:  “New Margaritaville development set for Hardeeville.

The city of Hardeeville is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of South Carolina. The trend will hopefully continue with the announcement of a new development being built along highway 278. Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings announced their second Latitude Margaritaville location today. It will be built in the city of Hardeeville on Highway 278, two and a half miles east of I-95.

The active adult residential community will feature homes built for the 55-and better community with a “no worries” tropical vibe of Margaritaville. The 2,739-acre community will include a 72-acres site for 290,000-square foot Margaritaville-inspired festive retail center. Earlier this year, Minto and Margaritaville holdings broke ground in Daytona Beach, Florida for the first Latitude Margaritaville community. Hardeeville Mayor, Harry Williams says, “Hardeeville will now become the place for retirees from across the country who want to enjoy the beauty and amenities of the region>” The mayor went on to say the retail shops and restaurants will make Hardeeville a destination spot for the entire Lowcountry area. The city of Hardeeville is excited about this venture. We truly look forward to working with Minto and Margaritaville holdings on the Hilton Head Latitude Margaritaville Community.”

And I plan to be your Margaritaville real estate expert! Private message or call me at 843-505-3132 to sign up for ongoing news on this great project. And cheers to our good times in the future!

#Margaritaville

Beaufort and Hilton Head Area Homes with Deep Water and Docks

Check out all of the lowcountry area homes featuring deep water docks.

Deep Water Dock Homes from Beaufort MLS

Deep Water Dock Homes from Hilton Head MLS

Memorial Day Weekend and the summer boating season is upon us.   I love boating and understand the desire to have that perfect lowcountry home with deep water access.  Check out the links above to find your dream estate on the water.

I’m a member of both the Beaufort MLS and the Hilton Head MLS, so I can help you find your dream come true, in just about any area of the lowcountry.    Let me put my 17 years of experience to work for you.   843-505-3132

In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful homes….

Realtor.com Results Summit

Lori Bee offers Realtors a discount to go to Realtor.com 2nd Annual Results Summit to learn, network and have fun in Las Vegas!

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Hey Baby, Let’s go to Vegas!  Together!

So excited and honored to be a round table speaker at the Realtor.com’s 2nd Annual Results Summit Sept 18th -19th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

And there is GREAT news for my Realtor Friends too!
Go to my exclusive discount site to register at Lori Bee’s Exclusive Discount for Realtor REsults Summit with Realtor.com and join us in all the fun, learning and networking. The link will always be good for 50% off the regular site price, for those of you who would like to join us. Feel free to share it with your Realtor friends too!

The price now through Jun 15th is only $149, meaning your link price is only $75!!! On June 16th the price goes up to $199, meaning your link price will be $100.

Check out the highlights from 2016.

I hope to see you there in September!

And the market report says, “We Need Listings!”

Monthly Report from the Hilton Head Island Area Market

Thought some of you, like me, might like the real report on the area market, in that link above. So many times when you ask an agent, “how is the market doing?”  They simply respond, “Great!”  Well, it actually is going pretty well but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Prices are up a median of 5.4%.   That’s good news.  Pending sales are up 4%.  Also good news.  BUT…  (there’s always a but, isn’t there?)…. New listings are down 10.1% and overall inventory is down 7.2%.

However a lot of that inventory is out of the price point that buyers are looking in (under $300K).    We still have plenty of options at over $500K that are still drastically reduced from pre-recession days.   There are still GREAT deals.

But we are facing an affordable housing shortage for relocating hospitality workers, school teachers, healthcare providers, fire and police officers, and more that will keep our community vibrant and functioning.

If you have a home in good condition available in the under $300,000 price range, I’d love to assist you in that sale today.   I pride myself in my marketing and negotiation skills and would appreciate the opportunity to put my 17 years of experience to work for you.   Give me a call at 843-505-3132 for your professional consultation.

Historical things that make you go…. hmmmm…….

Lori Bee explores the gravesite of Thomas Heyward, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and discovers an unusual expression.

I love history.   And there is lots of it here in Beaufort and Jasper County.

Thankfully, my boyfriend Joe knows this and noted several comments made over the last few years about wanting to stop at the gravesite of Thomas Heyward, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence AND The Articles of Confederation.    ThomasHeywardPlaque

While the little historical marker out on Route 462 is quaint, I have never once noted a vehicle traversing the long sandy drive to wherever his final resting place might be.  While my inquisitiveness wanted me to explore, I know enough about the rural south to know that might not be a good idea alone.    A few days ago, my brave man (who conceal carries) asked me if I wanted to explore.  I jumped at the chance.

Not much remains of the Old Plantation.   ThomasHeywardOldHousePlantationSignThere is a sign indicating approximately where the house stood overlooking the Broad River.   And the actual walled cemetery where Thomas Heyward and many of his descendants, including many young children who died at birth or infancy.   It is a serene sight with the tall mossy live oaks lining the driveway and overlooking the river, that the tourist websites promote.  In spite of the nearby trailer and shanties nearby.

But there was something else that took me aback ….  It was this….

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Yeah…  he has a SMIRK on his face.  LOL!   None of the other photos I’ve seen online document this.   As an avid fan of the defunct show, “Lie to Me,”  I know a few things about facial expressions.   Supposedly, looking up and to the left like this indicates honesty.   So I presume Mr. Heyward wanted us to believe he was honest.

But that pursed lip…   What indeed was that indicative of?  Disapproval?  Control? Witholding opinion?  Lying? I don’t know but I can’t help but think about this eternal bust of a man that helped found this country.   What indeed is he thinking?  What do you think he is trying to tell us?

I’d love to hear your thoughts….

 

 

Moreland Village at Palmetto Bluff

Take a video stroll thru the brand new Moreland Village in Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC !

Today I attended the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, Professional Development session on “How to Buy and Sell in Palmetto Bluff.”   It featured an exclusive preview of the brand new Moreland Village neighborhood.

Take a look at this video, and let me know if you need more info or a personal tour of this amazing community.   It’s my favorite!

Farewell For Now, My Friend

Lori Bee shares a bit about her friend Cullen Mieczkowski, who was killed by a drunk driver.

Friday evening during rush hour, I heard the sirens from my home.   I live just off of May River Road, and unfortunately, it’s a sound I hear all too often.   There are so many wrecks around here.   I remember thinking, “I hope it’s not for anyone I know.”

I later went down to Peaceful Henry’s/Bluffton Cigar Bar for a smoke and beverage.   I do have a standing rule that if I have more than 2 drinks, I Uber home.   I only had 1 Truly.  And the nice thing about having a cigar is it makes you drink less and more slowly. But while I was there, I read a post on NextDoor that someone had been killed in the accident and that police had shut down Hwy 46 beyond Buckwalter (just beyond my home) to Gibbet Road, for the investigation.   The notice also said that the DUI suspect who fled the scene was apprehended.   I prayed for the victim and their family, still wondering who it was.  I went home early knowing I had a big day ahead.   The police and the flashing lights were at the corner of my neighborhood.   I was sad looking at them knowing somebody lost their life just up the road.

Yesterday (Saturday) morning I was on my way for the first time to the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament with a bunch of friends.  We were car pooling and I was riding with my friends Lindsey, KJ and Veronica.   Veronica’s husband Bill was in another vehicle and he called her.   He told her it was Cullen Mieckowski, who often came into Peaceful Henry’s.   I instantly cried out, “NO!  NO!”

I couldn’t stop sobbing off and on all day.  My friends offered to drive me back home but I said, “No.  Cullen wouldn’t like that.   He would like it if we all celebrated his life and his love of golf, all together. ”   And I knew I would be a wreck at home by myself.  I needed my friends and can’t thank them enough for their support yesterday.  It was a picture perfect day.   Just beautiful, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Cullen.  A lot of us were.

I first talked to Cullen when he signed up for real estate school in October of 2013 at the Keller Williams office where I was Team Leader at the time.   He explained to me that he had been in the lending business for a number of years and was looking into transitioning into being an agent.   He definitely was energetic, smart and enthusiastic about the future.  He always was.

He was from Cleveland and I teased him a bit about that, being I’m a diehard Pittsburgh fan.  He took it in good fun and we laughed together about it.  I can always respect a diehard fan, even of another team, and he had to be legit considering he obviously wasn’t fair-weather considering Cleveland’s football record.    I also told him the weather was much better here, and he said the golfing was too.   He loved golf.

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Long story short, Cullen completed his course and passed the real estate exam.   He was so excited but upon hearing I was no longer Team Leader, he decided to go to a different firm.  He always stayed in touch though and one day he called me and asked my opinion about new construction sales.  He remembered me talking about my experience with that in the Charlotte area, as new construction agent.  I said I thought he’d be great at it, as long as he didn’t mind weekends. Well in October of 2015, he started with K. Hovnanian Homes.  I was the first person to congratulate him on his Facebook post about it.    He excelled there working with another mutual friend, Nanie Ingram.

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I ran into him often at Peaceful Henry’s.   I had told him about the place that I’d come to call my “home away from home” since moving here when I was interviewing Cullen.   It became his hangout too, and I always enjoyed seeing his big, bright smile when he came in .  He was always thanking me for encouraging him to move here and with supporting his real estate career. Even during our last talk there.   He loved working at K Hov. and he loved living in the lowcountry.   We loved him here too.  Many of our mutual friends in the real estate industry and at Peaceful Henry’s, are deep in grief too.

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I will miss those talks.  He was so excited about the future.   I was SO PROUD of him.  He loved his life here.  We loved him too.  I just can’t believe we won’t see him again…

I am so grateful for our tradition at Peaceful Henry’s to hug everybody when we come in and usually when we leave.  I will treasure those hugs and those memories with Cullen. And I will miss him dearly.   I will never forget him.

Please, don’t drink and drive.  Uber.  Call a friend.  It’s just not worth it.

I hope I will see you on the other side someday, Cullen.   Love and prayers for your family and friends.

UPDATE 4/17/2017:  Please consider donating to Cullen’s Memorial Fund.  “We would like to assist his family in preparing for a service and memorial. Your donations in this difficult time are greatly appreciated.”

Thank you to Bill Kelly, Tanner Sutphin, and Daniel Moskowitz for setting the fund up.

Your Version of “As Is” May Leave You Unsold

Understanding “as is” in the Hilton Head area real estate market.

I think consumers watch way too much HGTV.   TV is NOT reality and a good agent will explain to you the laws in your state and practices in your market.  Real estate is truly local. For example, in the Hilton Head area market, we have a different purchase contract than the rest of the state.  In Section 8.  It clearly states:

“8. CONDITION OF PROPERTY. At Closing, all appliances and systems referenced in Section 4, including heating, air conditioning, electric and plumbing systems, fireplace/chimney, irrigation, pool and spa, shall be in good working order, and their physical condition shall be subject to reasonable wear and tear regardless of age. Further, the structure shall be reasonably sound and the roof free of leaks at Closing.”

This is very important to note to sellers who have a property that is a little older or perhaps has some maintenance issues to address.

Also of note is that this area of the contract also does address what buyers expectations should be:

“Other than the Property condition requirements set forth in this Section, the Property shall be conveyed in its present condition “As Is”. “As is” means the Property shall be conveyed in the condition existing on the Effective Date, subject to the terms of this Contract. The Property is a resale property. It is not new construction. Normal wear and tear is to be expected. For example, fogged windows, appliance rust, overgrown or dead landscaping, tile or countertop cracks, missing or torn screens, and uneven walkways or driveways are considered normal wear and tear and are not subject to repair unless otherwise required by this Contract. Seller shall not be obligated to make the Property comply with current building codes if the Property was constructed in compliance with the then applicable building codes. The Property shall be habitable, and Seller must repair deficiencies which render the Property uninhabitable as determined by licensed professionals.”

This is certainly a lot different than what you see on TV, right?     In a hot selling market sellers still need to make sure things are in working order.  And even in a hot buying market, buyers can’t expect a home to be perfect.   I like this clear definition in our contracts, but not enough agents take the time to clearly explain it to their clients.

Also of note, is that Sellers can not expect an “as is” clause to relieve them of the responsibility to disclose any material fact affecting the habitability of the home.  They still MUST be honest and truthful when filling out the mandatory Property Disclosure.  This even applies to every FSBO (for sale by owner) sale.   It also does not remove the buyers right to inspect the property.

Furthermore, we as agents need to explain how lending affects the sale of the property.   Especially in the case of FHA/VA loans, the government wants to ensure that property is habitable and in good working order.  They won’t grant the loan otherwise.  For example, if the roof is more than 20 years old (sometimes as little as 15 years!) they won’t grant a loan unless it is replaced.  This can be done in two ways, with the seller doing it during the inspection repair period, or WITH APPROVAL, an escrow for the roof (or repairs) to be done by after closing.   The funds are often requested from the sellers proceeds.

In fact these days, I’m often seeing this same request from conventional lenders as well.   A bank doesn’t want to grant a loan on a property that could potentially be damaged by negligent maintenance.   Understandable right?

Well a lot of sellers still think that they can mark their home in the MLS for sale that they will accept financing (FHA,VA, & Conventional) but then sell it “as is.”   Yeah, no.    Especially, if your definition of “as is” is to do nothing.

And agents, if you are marking your homes in the MLS that you are accepting financing and you know that your seller won’t fulfill such requirements, you are MISREPRESENTING!   Such listings should be marked Cash Only.  Sellers should be warned that this practice can severely limit their pool of buyers and can actually cost them more money as the home lingers on the market, than simply repairing items to make the home “habitable’ and in “good working order.” It also will definitely affect the amount buyers will be willing to offer, as well as appraisals.

Agents, you may also want to consult with an attorney about using an entirely different contract than the standard one in our Hilton Head area market if your seller insists on a bare bones “as is” sale, because the transaction won’t match the language in ours.

If any of you, even my fellow agents, have any  questions about this, I’m happy to help.  I’m not posting this as sour grapes, I am truly posting to help everyone get the deal done.  I love my job and I love helping people sell and buy homes, but we all have to understand the process to accomplish that.

Best Wishes !