November 2016

Found 10 blog entries for November 2016.

Whether you own a vacation home and rent it out, looking to purchase or sell a property, or perhaps upgrade to a larger home, here are a few tax rules to consider.  

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In order to deduct interest, a mortgage loan must be secured by a qualified residence, which could include a vacation home if used up to 14 days per year or 10% of the time it was rented — whichever is greater. For tax purposes, the maximum amount that can be treated as acquisition indebtedness is $1,000,000 or $500,000 if married and filing separately. If the vacation residence is used as security for a mortgage loan but the proceeds of the loan are used for investment purposes, then the interest may be

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According to the Hilton Head Area Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the local real estate market has felt little to no effects of Hurricane Matthew.  We've obviously had clients reschedule their trips during the month of October but we haven't lost a single contract due to clients backing out from damage.  

Having recently being recognized as Travel + Leisure's Top Continental U.S. Island, Hilton Head Island is still 27% cheaper than the peak set in 2005.  Sellers property values have increased at an average of 7% year to date, while inventory continues to decrease.

Making money in the real estate is all about timing and affordability.  With interest rates still at record lows, this is a great time to buy.  Investment property sellers that have their

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Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather for a day of feasting and family.  Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863 when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving is about gratitude and it turns out feeling thankful has some pretty potent effects on your health. From being more optimistic to getting better sleep, gratitude plays a role in your health. The tradition of sitting around the table hearing each person saying what they are grateful for is a sure way to lift everyone’s spirits. It can be as simple as being grateful for your

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Foundation Realty is proud to announce our new office location in Bluffton, SC.  The real estate office will be in the middle of the brand new shopping center with anchor partners The Fresh Market, Hobby Lobby & PGA Superstore on the corner of Hwy 278 and Burnt Church Road.  

According to recent studies regarding Bluffton's growth market, the combined retail space of this shopping center will transform the Bluffton shopping experience.  The Fresh Market attracts a higher end, more frequent shopper than the competition.  Hobby Lobby has a great national following and nothing is bigger than the PGA in our area for golfers with a higher income and net worth.  Other tenants include a Dental office, restaurant, nail salon and more.

Our agents are selling

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An Honoring of all Town Officials and all First Responders Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

A Welcome Home Celebration is officially planned to celebrate our coming home safely after Hurricane Matthew and honoring of the folks that made it happen. The event will take place on Saturday, December 10th at Shelter Cove Park from 12 Noon to 5pm.

Our Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Town Officials will be honored as well as our, Fire & Rescue Departments, Police and Sheriff’s Departments, State Highway Patrol, Utility Companies, the Hospital and All First Responders that made it possible for our return in such an incredible, short of miraculous, safe way.

Planned for this event will be 4 local bands (The Nice Guys, Whitley Deputy, The Chilly

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"The most tastefully tacky light display in the Southeast!"

It’s that time of year again and there’s nothing quite like 70,000 twinkling Christmas lights to get you in the holiday mood! This popular light display has been a Hilton Head Island tradition for the past 20 years and returns to Shelter Cove Towne Centre for the 2016 holiday season! With the blessing of founders (and Dove Street residents!) Paul & Kristi Beckler and Rob Lolik, visitors from across the region can experience the magic of the cascading and tastefully tacky Hilton Head Island Christmas lights display. Park your car, stroll through the lights and falling snow (bubbles!), all while enjoying nightly entertainment, shopping, dining and much more!

NEW THIS YEAR: An outdoor

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Friday, December 2, 2016 - Saturday, December 3, 2016 • 5:00PM

Town of Bluffton Weekend of Lights  

The Town of Bluffton is hosting its annual Weekend of Lights on Friday, December 2nd and 3rd.

Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 3rd
The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Streets will begin closing at 8:00 a.m.

All parade entries should arrive in their staging areas by 8:00 a.m.

The parade ends at Red Cedar Elementary school.

No tractor trailers are permitted in the parade.

Float trailers can be no longer than 13 feet.

Be cautious of decoration heights due to low-lying tree limbs along the parade route.

Vehicles may be dropped off at Red Cedar Elementary the morning of the parade.


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Trees are nature's work of art, growing in an endless combination of textures, colors, and sizes. 

After hurricane Matthew, countless beautiful trees snapped like toothpicks or were yanked right out of the ground.  My family decided we should find a way to use some of the tree's that have fallen. We are creating a new patio in our backyard.  Read on for more ideas!

You're sure to be inspired by the rustic beauty of these items.

Create stools for a special event or for your dining room. 

Create a garment rack 

Build a clock

Make a shelf 

Build a coffee table


Make a rolling side table

Build a bird bath

Make a pencil holder 

Foundation Realty

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It used to be that when people would get a mortgage, they would go to a lender and borrow money. The lender that they got their loan at would hold onto their loan and collect payments from them each month according to the loan terms.

In the 1930s, a market was developed for these lenders to originate mortgage loans with their customers and then “sell” them to other investors who then would collect the mortgage payments each month according to the loan terms. Today, it is very common for lenders to sell their loans on the secondary market.

In the United States, there are two large buyers on the secondary market for mortgages — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These two entities produce a set of guidelines where if mortgages fit the guidelines, then

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With the amount of pollution witnessed through release of harmful pollutants from automobiles, factories, etc., some people are wanting to spend most of their free time indoors. Unfortunately, this is not helping them much as the indoor air quality, these days, is also compromised with volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). However, houseplants are widely used not just to improve home decor but also the air quality inside, giving a good boost to your overall health and morale.

Houseplants as more than functional decorations

The presence of something “green” elicits happy emotions and makes the atmosphere relaxing and peaceful, whether you are in your home or strolling in a garden. What’s more significant of the unmatched advantages of keeping

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