The Bluffton Market - and the TEMPERATURE -
is HOT HOT HOT!
It is not unusual to have heat in the summer in the lowcountry - but between the temperatures and the humidity it certainly has come early!
Bluffton is surrounded by water, either Port Royal Sound, the May River, the Okatie River, the Colleton River, and all kind of little tidal creeks as well. We call them rivers but actually they are estuaries governed by the tides and home to all kinds of wildlife. The humidity comes from all that water constantly evaporating and at this time of year, it is fair to say that there is not a breath of air inland, and relief is only found on or nearOverheated tomato plant the water.
I feel a bit like that old comedy routine - 'how hot is it?' 'it's so hot that........to illustrate how hot it is, you can see that even my tomatoes have given up - and my poor rosemary has simply had it. It is just too depressing to take any pictures of my hydrangeas, or the patches of dryness in my lawn.
The daytime temperatures inland are in the mid-90's and if you factor in the heat index, it is not uncommon to reach 105-110 degrees in the heat of the day around 4PM. It's the time of year \
when people lose their tans and others with private swimming pools actually try to COOL the pools to gather My running shirt at the moment says, 'I don't sweat, I sparkle'. The distraction during church is complete with all the fans held by the parishoners just to attempt to move the air.
Our market is hot hot hot in a very good - but often frustrating - way for some buyers. The price range of $150,000 to $250,000 is particularly strong. The players in the market for this price range is divided into two basic camps; the investors/sellers who were fortunate to purchase during the downturn are now putting them on the market to recoup their investment, or the sellers that were underwater and now are seeing a slight bit of equity; and the second group are the first time homebuyers who are realizing that monthly rent has gone up much higher than the amount required for a monthly mortgage payment.
The type of home is basically a 3-4 bedroom, 2-3 bathroom with yard and hopefully a screened in porch in one of the many neighborhoods that are in close proximity to schools and shopping. The inventory is very tight with only 60 homes in that price point in the entire MLS and 6 of those are attached townhomes.
HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT
As mentioned, before, head for the water! Whether it's boating, doing yoga on a paddleboard, sitting at one of the restaurants close to the water, heading to the bluff at the Church of the Cross, or The Old Oyster Factory, if you didn't have a friend with a boat before, FIND one. You can also make the 'long haul' of 30 minutes to one of the beaches at either Hilton Head Island, or head towards the sea islands and Fripp Island near Beaufort.
Or, since most, of the communities have swimming pools - and in the case of Mill Creek, an actual lazy river - you can head to the pool and take a dip!