Home Buyer's Guide and Tools

  • Search Homes Right Now: Use the search tool to browse the wide variety of single-family homes, duplexes and condominiums on the local real estate market.

  • Register for the Home Finder and let your dream home come to you. Members can also create saved searches, collect their favorites and sign up for instant email alerts when new homes that fit their criteria come on the market.

  • Thinking of Buying?  It’s tempting, isn’t it? Imagine yourself in that beachfront home on Hilton Head. Maybe you’re dreaming of a Hilton Head condo, a vacation retreat, a resort paradise. Or maybe you see yourself on a beautiful golf course just a short walk from home? It’s time to make that dream a reality.

  • Are you Ready to Own?  If you’ve never purchased a home before, never bought real estate, the process can seem daunting. It is complex. There are endless forms. You’ll be spending a lot of time covering legal and financial issues at a depth that many find confusing or mind numbing.

  • Finding a Realtor  Guess what? You’ve already found one! We’d be honored to assist you in finding your next home (or first one!) here on Hilton Head Island or in the surrounding areas.

  • What can you Afford?  Figuring out how much you can afford to spend on a house on Hilton Head can be confusing. But you can boil it down to two simple questions...

  • Area Real Estate Taxes  Property taxes vary throughout Beaufort County. Southern Beaufort County has many districts that encompass the area that includes Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island.

  • Shopping for a Mortgage  Yes, you can (and should) shop for your mortgage. You want to make the best possible deal on your new Hilton Head home. You can also make the best possible deal on your mortgage, which will make your total deal even better.

  • Determine an Offer Price  You’ve found your dream home. You can see yourself on the beachfront in your new Hilton Head villa, at the poolside of your beautiful condo, maybe hitting the golf course just outside your back door. But will you know how much you should offer?

  • Writing the Offer  Don't worry about this part. This is where working with an experienced Realtor from Dunes Real Estate really pays off. We're going to deal with all of the paperwork. We'll ask you a number of simple questions that will help you put your offer in front of the seller.

  • The Closing  Closing on your first home may be both the most exciting and scariest days of your life. If you’re prepared, it can just be exciting. Closing is a well-defined and practiced legal and financial transaction.

  • Buying a Short Sale  In the current national economy many parts of the country are in the midst of a serious housing mess. Short Sale transactions are common. Hilton Head Island and the surrounding areas are not severely impacted by this situation.

  • Buying a Foreclosure  Purchasing a foreclosed property is a relatively straightforward process. A financial institution now owns the property. You deal directly with them. The property is sold “as-is.”

  • Hilton Head Vacation Rentals  If you’re interested in buying a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, you may be interested in renting your home or condo for much of the year. This can be a great way to finance your dream vacation home. For some, they can have their dream vacation home on Hilton Head Island and let the rentals help pay expenses at the same time.

  • Use the Mortgage Calculator to figure out what your mortgage payments will be on the home you want.

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