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?

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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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….

Cotton Candy Reflection

Autumn sunset reflection photo by Lori Bee

Fall sunsets are especially fabulous.  Somehow, the light is more golden and brings out so many different colors in the sky. Add the reflection in the water and you get even more beauty. Fall is truly the best time here, but shhhh…. Don’t tell too many others that secret. It’s just between us. 

Summerton Model overlooking pond/lagoon, just listed in Sun City!

2 bdrm/2bth Summerton Model just listed in Sun City with Lori Bee, eXp Realty. 843.505.3132

Check out this maintenance free, Sun City 2 bedroom/2 bath with formal living room and screenporch with great pond & lagoon views filled with wildlife. Priced to sell at $175,000. More information found on website here.  Call Lori Bee, eXp Realty, at 843.505.3132 for your showing today.

http://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview-tour/hhi/354615

Bee at the Beach….

Lori Bee asks if you want to “Bee at the Beach?” 843.505.3132 eXp Realty

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New Logo. What do you think?

Rebranding is hard.   Or maybe I overthink it.  You want to appeal to everyone, but you want to be different.  You want to bee remembered.  Oh, there I go again.

So yes, for many years I was known as Bee Realty, when I had my own firm in Waxhaw, NC (Charlotte area).   I still own the domain name. And everyone knew me by my last name and logo.  It stood out.  Short. Easy.  Well, easier to remember than it is to forget that marriage.  HA HA!

But hey, I got a great name out of it.  Not to mention 18 yrs  and 2 beautiful kids.   I always look at the bright side. I’ve now had this name longer than I haven’t.  Bee positive !  😀

So now that I am back in full time sales, and can “brand” myself again…  well, why break it if it wasn’t broke.   So here’s my new logo designed by the fabulous Justin Oldt of Auditory Aesthetic Designs.  What do you think?  Is it me?  Does it make you want to “Bee at the Beach?”

And yes, of course I bought the domain name too: http://BeeAtTheBeach.com  And I certainly hope you will remember that for you or anyone else you know, who wants to live here.   Let me help y’all BEE here too!  843.505.3132

 

And the survey says….

Lori Bee, Realtor with eXp Realty Hilton Head, shares her most recent satisfaction survey.

Satisfaction of my clients is of the utmost importance to me.   Proud to have received this 100% overall satisfaction rating.   It was my pleasure Brad!

 

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My most recent satisfaction survey…. Proud to say he was 100% satisfied! Yay!

Dreaming of Daufuskie?

Doesn’t this video help you dream of Daufuskie Island and Haig Point Club? Well I can help you make that dream a reality!

There’s something about a trip to Daufuskie that takes you on a trip back in time, and to a quieter way of life. The only way to get to Daufuskie is by boat or by ferrry. Haig Point has it’s own ferry service available for residents and guests, and the rest of the island is serviced by various ferry and charter services. Very few cars are permitted on the island (outside of Haig Point) and the primary mode of transportation is by golf cart. So yes, it is a little difficult getting here but oh so worth the effort.

The 8 square miles of Daufuskie Island hold a wealth of history, pristine golf courses, sparsely occupied beaches, artistic & culinary surprises, and friendly people. There is also an Equestrian Center, a an artisan village, farm & community garden, a marina if you happen to have your own boat, and a lighthouse you can actually rent for a weekend or special event.

I am happy to arrange a Discovery Experience for you on Daufuskie Island to find out if you’d like a piece of paradise here. In the meantime, here are the current listings for Daufuskie Island. Contact me at 843.505.3132 or email me to arrange your personal tour of homes.

Daufuskie Island Homes for Sale

 

Lori Bee, eXp Realty serving Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort and the surrounding SC area. Contact her at 843.505.3132 or e-mail her at Lori@LoriBee.com .

Palmetto Bluff Photo Tour

Enjoy a brief photo tour of Palmetto Bluff by Lori Bee, Realtor. 843.505.3132 for homes for sale.

It’s no secret that Palmetto Bluff is MY personal favorite community in the lowcountry.   I spent the afternoon with my dear friend, and fellow Realtor, Rochelle Ferguson with DR Horton Homes, talking about new construction in the area, while we did a walking photo tour around the bluff.  Here are a few pictures.  Each one will expand on as you click it.

And as always, if you’d like a list of available homes or your personal tour around Palmetto Bluff, feel free to call me at 843.505.3132 or email me at Lori@LoriBee.com .