Springtime in HHI and Bluffton, Everything is your business?

Real Estate Agent with The Alliance Group Realty SCREA #71766

It was a long and cold winter in the even snowed!  Time to put all that behind us because Spring is HERE!  We have had a stretch of absolutely gorgeous weather that can't be beat.  It just reminded me why I live here.

In the world of real estate, things are "blossoming" as well.  The buyers are coming to town.  Inventory levels are down a bit...less new listings are coming on the market.  Seller confidence is slowly coming back.  The number of pending properties is more favorable than it was last year at this time.  The villa market is showing a much stronger percentage of closed properties than last year.  Are we out of the woods as far as a tough market goes?  Well, no.  But we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

With the "Selling Season" upon us, my clients are busy gearing up their marketing efforts to attract those buyers.  About 90% of buyers start their search on the internet.  Everyone knows that these days...are YOUR listings where they need to be?

I had a fantastic meeting today with a local lender, AnnMarie Jenkins at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.  She is venturing into some outstanding online marketing products that she will make available to SC and GA agents at little or no cost.  Why is she doing this? Well, sure she is interested in building her business....which by the way, if you haven't worked with her, you are missing some of the most competitive loan rates in the area, but she is also interested in helping agents build their businesses.  It's a WIN-WIN situation.

Think about single property websites with call capture, virtual tours with unlimited media, feedback system, online flyers, one click to Craigslist, syndication to all the major RE sites, 24 hour access marketing information, mobile phone mortgage calculator website, online flip book listing presentation....

Sound good?  Now figure in the cost vs. value:  She is offering this at 50 cents per property per month.  No brainer on this one.

Another of my best picks for great marketing is with DownSouth Publishers.  Locally known for their first class magazine, Island Real Estate Magazine, they are also the folks behind the top ranking website   They are now offering agent websites that link directly to their 360 network of sites and syndicate your listings nationally and internationally.  they are not custom websites, but they look great.  For an example go to

Pricing starts at $995 plus $39/month.  There are additional applications that can be added for additional cost, like a newsletter program, contact manager, Twitter feed....

If you need a site and want one that will impact your business without spending a'a a MUST to check this out.

As always, if you need some assistance on these or any other marketing...please email me  at or call me at 843-290-0016.

Happy Spring!  

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Wendy Harkin
The Alliance Group Realty
Hilton Head Island, SC  29928
(843) 290-0016