All Blog Entries by Carl Schroeder

Carl Schroeder moved to Hilton Head Island in 1976 and became involved in the real estate business immediately through his first job as Sales Manager for a Real Estate Company and purchasing a home on Hilton Head Island. Those were the best moves in both business and life style, especially after moving from California via 5 years in the Army and finishing his MBA at the University of Utah. I have continued my education through my involvement with the local Association of Realtors and Home Builders Association and am a certified South Carolina Instructor for 10 Realtor continuing education courses. My number one goal is your satisfaction in your search for the best property for you and your family and hope you will refer me to your friends. I handle homes, condominiums, homesites and commercial properties - both marketing and helping clients find the best fit for them.

I have earned the Graduate of the Realtor’s Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Broker (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Shortsale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) designations from the National Association of Realtors and was named the 1983, 1986 and 2014 Hilton Head Island Realtor of the Year.

I have also earned the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation from the National Association of Home Builders and am a member of the EPA’s WaterSense and EnergyStar programs and was named the 2001 Hilton Head Island HBA Builder Member of the Year.

I have the background and experience to help you with any of your real estate needs and make it a pleasant experience. I look forward to working with you to find the best property at the best price for you in the Low Country of South Carolina.


Found 24 blog entries published by Carl Schroeder.

Top reasons sellers should list now, plus tips for making the most of that December sale
by Amy Puchaty Dec 8 , 2017

Selling a home during the holidays sounds stressful, and for homeowners who love to entertain and go all-out with decorations, it could end up being a total buzzkill. But those willing to make their home sellable year-round stand to gain a competitive edge with fewer properties on the market and the most serious buyers out and about forgoing festivities to search for their dream home.

Here are the top 10 reasons to list now, plus a few tips on how to make your listing shine as bright as Rudolph when you do.

Overcome the stigma

The first step is overcoming any stigma your seller may have about listing over the holidays. Most

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5 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Home buyers would be wise to interview a home inspector before they hire one. But what should they ask? Here are a few questions to consider.

1. What do you check?

A home inspector will look at everything from the roof to the foundation and in between, Frank Lesh, executive director of the American Society of Home Inspectors, told®. But they are restricted to visual, general inspections. A specialist may be needed for further investigation on some items. Buyers will want to get a clear understanding of what the inspector will and will not be checking. For example, will they scrutinize the inside of the fireplace or the well and septic

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The Best Paint Color to Sell a Home

Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lure potential buyers with a simple and clean palette. Shades of white and off-white are the top colors for a quick home sale, Jody Finglas of Finglas Painting in Ossining, N.Y., told USA Today.

“White is the foundation that anchors the home,” adds Friley Saucier, a broker-associate with Sotheby's International Realty in Naples, Fla. “This is absolutely what is most requested when I’m working with home buyers.”

Finglas says less is more. “We’re seeing a lot of requests for lighter, brighter colors,” he notes.

When working with a white backdrop, the trick is to add in color through the furnishings and accessories, Finglas says. He says selecting the

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Mortgage Sense July 5, 2017

Understanding appreciation What makes a home's value rise and fall

By Danielle Flynn

In today’s real estate market, where inventory is sparse, homebuyers and sellers alike do well to understand the concept of home value appreciation. Unlike the purchase of a car, that loses value (or depreciates) when you drive it off the lot, the value of your home may increase (or appreciate) over time. Appreciation is based on several factors – some within the homebuyer’s control, other factors…not so much.

Where is as important as what

You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again: Location, Location, Location. Where you purchase your home may be the most important (controllable) factor to appreciation. If value appreciation

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MARKET UPDATE July 7, 2017
June job gains come in hot
By Greg Richardson - EVP of Capital Markets

Employment in the U.S. thundered in June as the labor market added 222,000 new jobs to the economy, surpassing analyst expectations by several thousand, according to job numbers released Friday.

Wages grew by 2.5 percent over the last year while unemployment was little changed, bumping up to 4.4 percent. The average workweek went up to 34.5 hours while the labor force participation rate, which measures the number of people actively employed or looking for work, remained unchanged at 62.8 percent. In May, that number was 62.7 percent, and it was the same in June 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The robust report follows May’s disappointing

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Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

Having built a life you can be proud of, isn’t it time to plan a retirement you can enjoy? You may already have more options than you realize to help you achieve your retirement goals.

A Reverse Mortgage for Purchase allows a homeowner to use the equity from the sale of one’s home or from personal funds on deposit, along with proceeds from a Reverse Mortgage loan to buy a new home. This plan helps borrowers to relocate to be closer to family, downsize into a lower‐maintenance home, or simply buy a home that more suits their retirement needs. And as long as the new home is maintained as the primary residence, there are no payments to make.*

. Eligibility requirements include properties that are one‐unit single family

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What Is an FHA 203k loan?

By Michele Lerner | Dec 9, 2013

Whether you’re buying a home in dire need of complete renovation or just want to modernize the kitchen or flooring of a property before you move in, an FHA 203k loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration could be the solution to your financing issues.

How Do You Qualify for an FHA 203k Loan?

In general, an FHA 203k loan allows you to wrap your renovation costs into your mortgage with one loan and one closing. The amount you borrow is a combination of the price of the home and the estimated price of the repairs, including labor and materials.

Your down payment of 3.5 percent (the minimum required by the FHA loan program) will be based on the full loan amount and, of course,

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Classy, compelling & comprehensive real estate flyers help sell homes By Carl Schroeder

In today’s real estate market place, the use of house flyers is still an effective real estate tool for marketing homes. They are routinely used as property information flyers for buyers to take during showings or as open house flyers.House flyers are also used in email campaigns, online marketing, and social media promotions, to create that   first favorable (& WOW!) impression that gets buyers wanting to see that home in person ASAP!

Whether it’s a $150,000 house or a $1 MILLION PLUS property, the flyer has to be PICTURE PERFECT and CUSTOMIZED for the type of property that is being promoted. Many successful agents use professional real estate photographers and

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January 27, 2017 9:37 AM

Hilton Head Island named 7th ‘Happiest Seaside Town’ in America

Harbour Town, pictured here from last summer,is a popular spot on the island. Mandy Matney

Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach at sunset. Mandy Matney

A sunset view from Skull Creek Boathouse. Mandy Matney

Hilton Head Island was named the No. 7 “Happiest Seaside Town” in America for 2017 by Coastal Living magazine Friday. The publication, owned by Time, announced the top 10 winners of its annual online voting contest with a live countdown on its Facebook page. The announcement took place in Stuart, Fla., the 2016 winner. Beaufort took top honors in 2013 and Kiawah Island was

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This post was written by Jenny Ladutko, Interior Designer at J Banks Design

Each New Year brings a chance to start fresh and set goals for improvement.  While diet and exercise tend to take center stage, it is also the best time to set a resolution for your home. Your home and the way it makes you feel is such an integral element of your day-to-day life.  It can have a profound impact on your overall mood, productivity, and well being!  The good news is that in just a few simple steps you can get results and see effects instantly. Ready to transform your 2017?  Here are my top 5 strategies to freshen up your home and bring a whole new outlook for the year ahead.



Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint!  It can literally

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