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Consider These 5 Things When Buying a Vacation Home

Vacation HouseBuying a vacation home can be one of the most exciting times in your life, it’s a chance to experience a world away from the norm, no matter how far away it is. The things to consider before buying this second home can be significantly different from buying your permanent home, especially if it’s going to be at the beach.

Here in Hilton Head Island, the beach homes for sale come in a variety of styles. From the lavish and luxurious to the comfy and laid back, the vacation homes are all unique in their own way, including the views!

Here are a few things to consider when making the decision to own a second home.

1. Always consider the long term
The length of time you plan to own this vacation home will play a part during the home search process. Are you planning to retire in Hilton Head Island someday or will this second home serve just weekend getaways? Depending on your long term goal, the type of home you choose will most likely be different.

Why Hilton Head Island Beach is Named #1

2. Consider the additional costs
When talking with a client about a vacation home, I make sure to discuss the costs that go above and beyond just having a second mortgage. In addition to taxes, you must also consider homeowners insurance. Depending on where your vacation home is located, you may have to consider flood or fire insurance, as well as the maintenance of not just the house, but the entire property.

3. Do you plan to rent out your second home?
What do you plan to do with your home while you’re not there? If you plan to rent it out, there are tax considerations to think of. Be sure to research the laws about being a landlord.

4. Enlist the help of a local real estate agent
A local real estate agent will best know the area and will know what the market is like. Because buying a vacation home has many more aspects to the overall process, you’ll want someone who is experienced and has good references.

The 11 Plantations of Hilton Head Island

5. Don’t buy a vacation home on impulse
You need to take the proper time to research and know what you really want in a vacation home. Even if you fall in love with the area your visiting, resist the urge to sign on the dotted line. You want your vacation home to be a dream come true, not a regret because you didn’t do your research.

These are just five of the points to think about when making the decision to buy a second home, and deciding which home is best for you. If you have questions about this process, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Bike Rentals in Hilton Head Island

There are many ways to explore all of the natural beauty and habitats that Hilton Head Island has to offer, but one of the best ways is by bike! Biking is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the views and wildlife, not to mention the pictures you’re able to capture that you wouldn’t if driving.

Our area boasts 50 miles of private bike paths and now 53 miles of public access paths, and of course the 12 miles of beaches with hard-packed sand perfect for biking! The ability to bike through the different areas in Hilton Head is also a great way to house hunt, before you’re ready to formally schedule a showing.

3 of Hilton Head Island’s Guided Tours

So now you really want to go biking in Hilton Head, but don’t have a bike. Maybe you’re here on vacation or you’ve just moved and didn’t get one yet, no matter the reason, we have a variety of locations offering bike rentals.

1. Bicycle Billy Bike Rentals
81 Pope Ave. Suite 6
Hilton Head Island
They rent men’s, women’s and children’s bikes and can even attach a kiddie kart to an adult bike that can hold up to 75 pounds. They offer delivery and will automatically pick up your bike rentals on the day you check out.

2. Hilton Head Bicycle Company
112 Arrow Road
Hilton Head Island
Their Bike Rental Fleet has adult and kid cruisers, mountain bikes, tandems, tag-alongs and trailers along with baby seats to fit all members of your family. They feature free rental delivery and pick-up on Hilton Head Island, along with free locks and free baskets.

Harbour Town Lighthouse ~ a Hilton Head Island Must See Attraction

3. Outside Hilton Head
32 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite H
Hilton Head Island
They rent bikes, carts, tag-a-longs, bikes with a child seat, tandem bikes, trike or comfort, and helmets. Bike rentals are available from their Shelter Cove Marina location, or can be delivered. Outside Hilton Head is not just for bike rentals! From kayaking to dolphin tours, they have many activities to get you outside and having fun!

4. Pedals Bicycles
71 Pope Avenue, Suite A
Hilton Head Island
They rent beach cruisers for adults and children in many different sizes, child seats and kiddie karts, jogging strollers, mountain and hybrid bikes, and adult tricycles. In addition to offering bike rentals, Pedals is a full-service bicycle shop, providing services including flat tire repairs and complete overhauls. They also sell Jamis and Electra brand bikes, as well as a full line of accessories and parts, and provide delivery and pick-up services.

What outdoor activities are you looking forward to in Hilton Head Island?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Why Hilton Head Island Beach is Named #1

Islanders Beach Park - Hilton Head Island

Islanders Beach Park – Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known for a variety of things like being family friendly, the perfect retirement spot, and of course our twelve miles of white sandy beaches. Recently an article was published in Parents Magazine listing Hilton Head Island FIRST on the list of best beaches!

The introduction to the article states:

A trip to the beach never feels like a family-vacation compromise – the kids want to go as much as you do. But what are the shore bets? We combed thousands of beaches looking for clean water and low rates of closings. Once we narrowed the list to 100 or so, we factored in other deal-breakers, like lifeguards and restrooms, then turned our attention to the fun, low-cost attractions, nature activities, and family vibe of the rest of the town. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to visit for the day or stay for the week, these pics provide the perfect combo of land and sea. Bon voyage!

Listed #1 is Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! Here’s what Parents had to say about our area:

Oceanfront Fun – You can’t really go wrong with any of Hilton Head Island’s 12-plus miles of white-sand beaches. “Driessen Beach and Islanders Beach parks are particularly good choices for families because they also have playgrounds and picnic shelters,” says Steve Riley, town manager.

Your Guide to the 12 Miles of Hilton Head Island Beaches

While you’ll probably spot tiny ocean critters, sea-turtle nests, or even dolphins at any of the beaches, Driessen Beach’s wooden boardwalk actually takes you over a tidal marsh and sand dunes, so it’s home to the most creatures. On the other side of the island, don’t miss the candy-striped lighthouse (it’s a manageable 114 steps to the top) in the Harbour Town area.

Inland Hot Spots – With few streetlights (so you can easily see the stars!) and rules prohibiting neon sighs and buildings over five stories tall, Hilton Head has retained its Southern charm. Check out The Sandbox, a children’s museum with a pretend plane, bank, and supermarket cafe; it appeals most to kids 6 and under ($6 admission for kids and adults, free for babies under 1). School-age kids will have a blast at the Coastal Discovery Museum, which offers scavenger hunts, costumes, and a butterfly exhibit (free admission; hour-long guides tours, $10 for adults, $5 for children).

3 of Hilton Head Island’s Guided Tours

For dinner, try the Harbour Town Grill (its kids’ menu features everything from pizza to grilled salmon) and stay in theat end of the island afterward for Gregg Russell’s evening sing-alongs. “He plays guitar, teaches the crowd silly songs, and then the kids can volunteer to belt out their favorite tune,” says Allison Burns, of Atlanta, who has vacationed in Hilton Head with her husband and 6-year-old daughter for the last four years. “It’s a sweet way to end the night.”

Castles in the Sand – Many resorts have recently been renovated. You’ll get the most space for the money at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, located in Palmetto Dunes, a quite coastal area that doesn’t have a public-beach access point, so there’s plenty of space for hotel guests. At more then 530 square feet, Omni’s deluxe rooms are about one third larger than others on the island, and include a kitchen area with a mini fridge, a microwave, cabinets to store snacks, and a dining table. A new family pool starts at just a few inches deep, and The Ocean Tides spa features unique treatments, such as bamboo massage. (Rooms with two queen beds start at $169 per night; omnihotels.com.)

If you’re torn between staying at a resort or renting a house, consider a villa at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, also in Palmetto Dunes. Each villa has a full kitchen, separate sleeping area for the kids, and many activities ranging from Goofy bingo to wildlife tours that are led by a naturalist. (Villas start at $261 per night; disneybeachresorts.com.) To be close to Islanders Beach Park, stay at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Its jam-packed schedule of family events includes nature walks, potato-sack races, and poolside movies. (Rooms with two queen beds in the Sunsational Savings package start at $275 per night. The fourth night is free; westinhiltonheadisland.com.)

If you’ve been to Hilton Head Island on vacation, where did you stay? What do you have to say about our area?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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