Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group is excited to announce the hiring of veteran Realtor, Lisa Evans. In this role, she will continue her passion for helping others buy and sell real estate in the Beaufort area. Evans has been a licensed real estate agent in South Carolina since 2004. The Habersham community has always been her place of focus, but the entire Lowcountry is special to her. Prior to working in real estate, she worked as an independent sales representative for various companies in both North and South Carolina. Originally from Columbia, she graduated from Columbia College. She now lives in downtown Beaufort on the intracoastal waterway. In her free time, she loves walking downtown, enjoying great restaurants, shopping, gardening and spending time with family, friends and her pets. Bay Street Realty Group is excited for Lisa Evans to join their sales team in South Carolina, and to continue sharing her love for this region.
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Spring: it's one of the best times of the year in the Lowcountry! Everything comes to life. The landscape is painted in colorful hues. The thoughts of outdoor activities and beach days arise. Beaufort becomes a destination for visitors. So. what is that makes this season extra special? Here's a list of Cora Bett Thomas Realty's reasons to love spring:
It's that perfect in between! The temps aren't too hot, and aren't too cold. The sand flies (also known as "no-see-ums") haven't quite made their move yet. And the outdoor seating is calling. Beaufort has a great selection of restaurants, many with waterfront views. There are so many, but here are a few of our favorites: Saltus River Grill, Lady's Island Dockside, and Plums.
Festivals & Outdoor Activities
There are so many reasons to celebrate life in Beaufort. Each spring, locals have a chance to show off all the history and culture offered in their quaint town. Festival season kicks off in late February with Bands, Brews, & BBQ in Port Royal, then continues through the year. The Soft Shell Crab Festival is in April, A Taste of Beaufort takes place in May, and a few others lead up to the big Annual Beaufort Water Festival in July. These are all opportunities to eat like a local and say cheers with friends in the historic downtown area.
Sea Turtle Season
It's a sight to see! Coastal wildlife at work, in their natural habitat. Late spring, the momma sea turtles visit the beaches of Beaufort and build their nests. We are fortunate to have these gorgeous Loggerhead turtles come up the beach at night to lay more than 100 eggs per nest. Of course, the last thing we want to do is tamper with the nests, but there are plenty of experts and researchers helping these momma's get the job done.
The Water is Calling
Once spring has sprung, so too has the beach, sandbar, and fishing season. As the temperature of the water begins to rise, the number of boats out and about does as well. The sun is not yet summer hot and there's a light breeze perfect for a day on the boat, a seashell hunt, or relaxing with a good book on Hunting Island.
Spring, we are ready for you!! Whether here permanently, or visiting for a short stay, Beaufort is the place to be during the bright and beautiful spring season!
South Carolina Low Country in November
Fall in the Low Country means festival season and celebrating the drop in humidity and temperature. From Beaufort to Hilton Head, Cora Bett Thomas Realty has compiled a list of events that you should add to your calendar for the month of November:
Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 3rd: Pat Conroy Literary Festival
An opportunity to honor Pat Conroy's legacy as a student, teacher and mentor, the Fourth Annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival is a captivating weekend of panel discussions, readings, book signings, performances, film screenings, tours, and social gatherings. There is an array of presenters on topics galore from storytelling to poem writing. Be sure to check out their website for a full list of events and locations for each.
Friday, November 8th - Saturday, November 9th: Hilton Head Oyster Festival
Steamed, fried, or stewed… The Hilton Head Oyster Festival is the perfect excuse to eat all the oysters your heart desires! In addition to oysters, there will be live entertainment, a kid-friendly zone, and a lounge to cheer on your favorite football team. If oysters aren't your thing, there's plenty of other options to eat, but don't miss out on all the fun at Shelter Cove Community Park.
Saturday, November 9th: Hilton Head Lantern Parade
Take some time, get creative, and illuminate life on the island! This year, artist Chantelle Rytter encourages all of Hilton Head Island and its visitors to make their own light-up lanterns. The goal: to see the whole community as "playful volumes of light marching down the beach together"! Be a part of the parade or watch from afar. Lineup begins at 6 pm at the Alder Lane Beach Access, and the parade kicks off at 7 pm traveling north along South Forest Beach to Coligny Beach Park.
Every Thursday: Bluffton Farmers Market
The Bluffton Farmers Market, under the moss-draped oaks of Calhoun Street, is the place to be each Thursday afternoon in November from 1-6 pm. Fresh and locally grown fruits, veggies, flowers, and plants are sold. Don't forget about the fresh catch of the day, feast Lowcountry style after buying fresh-caught seafood from the market. Families listen to live entertainment and soak in the crisp fall air while perusing delicious tables of local goods.
Keep the summertime fun going strong after the July 4th holiday by checking out the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival. This festival spans 10 days is held in scenic Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort's beautiful Waterfront Park is the hub of the festival. Most of the events that make up the festival will be either in the Waterfront Park, or on the river itself.
The Beaufort Water Festival begins on Friday, July 12th. The opening ceremonies will feature live music by The Parris Island Marine Band and fireworks. The Festival Arts & Crafts Market will also open on this Friday. The Arts and Crafts Market will be open for the duration of the festival.
Throughout the week, the festival will host a variety of events. Sporting events include a bocce ball tournament and a badminton tournament. In addition to nightly concerts and The Commodore's Ball, the festival will also host a Teen Dance and a Lowcountry Supper. Other entertainment includes a Ski Show and Shrimp Boat Tours. The festival culminates with the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats on Sunday, July 21st.
The Beaufort Water Festival celebrates the spirit of community that makes Beaufort one of the best places to live in the Southeast. Whether you're looking just to visit, or considering a stay that lasts a bit longer, the Beaufort Water Festival is a great way to immerse yourself in the heart and soul of this quintessential Lowcountry town.
It's a life event, and it's an important decision. If you're looking to buy, you'll want to find the right neighborhood, right mortgage, and perfect home. If you're looking to sell you'll want to find the right price and the right time to put your home on the market. But this important step is often overlooked … Searching for the perfect agent for yourself.
This person should be someone compatible with you (and your family), but also someone who has the experience to make the process enjoyable. Cora Bett Thomas suggests that you interview your agent, asking them these 5 key questions for finding the perfect agent:
Find out what sets them apart. What type of Brokerage to do they work for? How are they going to go above and beyond for you and the service you need?
Have them tell you about the most interesting listing or sale they've ever made. How long have they been in the business in your area? If they are new to the market they may still be learning the area. Have they helped sell your type of property before? Have they helped a buyer in your situation? All real estate transactions are different, so you want to make sure your agent knows how to guide you through the process, or has the resources behind them to support your needs.
Communication is a big deal. Some people prefer phone calls, others a text or an email. The frequency of communication is also a deal breaker. You should have your choice of how you like to be communicated with, but no matter the case they should be communicating with you very often and very clearly.
Are they actively soliciting listings and going out and finding customers? That is the key. This is not a 9-5 job, this is a smart job. Your agent needs to know more than just the transaction at hand. Are they caught up on the national market as well as your local market? Be sure to ask about community involvement. An agent who has relationships around your town will help get you connected.
There's more to it than just putting the For Sale sign in the yard. Your agent should be explaining what your property offers to a wide audience. They should be using videos, digital marketing, Instagram, Facebook, and all social media platforms to help sell your home.
You want the home buying and selling process to be just as important to your agent as it is to you. Come see us at Cora Bett Thomas Realty, because we have the right agent for you!
July 4th fun abounds in the Lowcountry, and not just in Savannah. From Beaufort to Hilton Head Island, there are plenty of Lowcountry fireworks and fun for the whole family to enjoy.
If you're on Hilton Head Island, Check out Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for the biggest 4th of July fireworks show. Besides a variety of shopping and dining options in the Harbour Town area, you can enjoy the Harbourfest July 4th Festivities. Start the day off with a parade. Decorate your bicycle, wagon, dog or kids in red, white and blue and join the parade. Meet in the parking lot by the lighthouse at 8:30 a.m. to register and pick up decorating supplies — limited to the first 100 participants. The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. You won't want to miss Shannon Tanner's special patriotic family show at 6:30 & 8pm. There's also plenty for the kids to do, including bouncy houses and train rides.
For a truly patriotic experience, head over towards Beaufort and enjoy Independence Day at Parris Island. Free and open to the public, this family-friendly event will feature a kid's fun zone and The Parris Island Band. And, of course, an incredible fireworks celebration. Food and beverages will be available. Patriotic glow sticks, bracelets and headbands also will be available for purchase. Gates open at 5 p.m. The Parris Island Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at dark, or around 9:20 p.m.
The 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks at The Sands of Port Royal begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. The Port Royal Independence Day celebration will include food booths, refreshments, vendors, entertainment, face painting, a water slide, bounce houses and more. This event is sponsored by The Port Royal Historic Foundation.
Another way to truly embrace the pride in our country is to participate in the Salute from the Shore. Every year on July 4th, hundreds of thousands of people gather on the beaches of South Carolina in patriotic attire to wave the red, white and blue and to demonstrate their gratitude to America's finest for their bravery and commitment. The flyover of military aircraft will start at 1 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Salute from the Shore encourages participants to share their stories about why they love America and those that protect it by posting their own video and images of the event on social networks to be seen by American Armed Forces deployed throughout the world. For a full schedule of flyover times in the Beaufort area, visit salutefromtheshore.org.
And after the 4th, keep the fun going by visiting the May River Shrimp Festival Sunset Party. This event, held in beautiful Bluffton, South Carolina, features an arts and crafts village, as well as a craft beer garden and wine. The Bluffton Sunset Party is a great way to make the most of summertime fun. Come grab a delicious beverage and enjoy the sunset with friends and neighbors at this beloved community event.[caption id="attachment_2305" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image Credit: Bluffton Farmers Market[/caption]
As long as you're in the Bluffton area, stop in and check out the Bluffton Farmers Market. The BFM is open every Thursday from 1pm to 6pm. The Bluffton Farmers Market is an ideal stop for grabbing fresh produce and wares from local vendors who are passionate about their goods and love sharing their stories. The BFM also features local entertainment. Stop in, grab some goodies and enjoy the company of friends, family and community at the Bluffton Farmers Market.
The July fun continues in Beaufort as well with the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival. This 10-day event is one of the longest running events in the Lowcountry, and features arts and crafts, live music, air shows, and the Grand Parade. If you want to make the most of your summertime fun in South Carolina, then the Beaufort Water Festival should be on your to-do list.
Harbourfest at Shelter Cove isn't limited to July 4th fun, either. This event runs throughout the summer until Labor Day. The events of Harbourfest will continue to feature live music, fireworks, and plenty of activities for the kiddos all summer long. Check out the schedule and find out more information at the Harbourfest website.
When you think of Cora Bett Thomas Realty you think of the 100 mile coast and the Low Country, but did you know the agency has a world-wide connection? Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates is the Savannah representative for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ("Leading RE"). As a member of Leading RE, Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates provides global accessibility with a local focus.
Leading RE has a global membership that spans six continents and 70 countries. Each year, Leading RE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.2 million real estate transactions. Membership to Leading RE is by invitation only, so the network of real estate professionals all uphold the highest standards and strive for exceptional experiences for all clients.
As a member of Leading RE, Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide. Listing your home with Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates connects your for sale sign to firms all around the world, thanks to Leading RE.
Cora Bett Thomas Realty is a charter member of its Luxury Property division, Luxury Portfolio International. Your home will be featured on the very best websites and get exposure from more than 150 websites, because of this connection. Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates has set the standard for marketing, professionalism and growth among luxury brokers in the region.
Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty Today for more information on what our Membership in Leading RE means for you as a buyer or seller.
In the Lowcountry, we are less than a month away from the beginning of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and now is the time to make sure you are prepared. We have recently had two seasons with close calls and you can read what we learned about preparing here
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is an upcoming event in the annual formation of tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere. The season will officially begin on June 1, 2019, and end on November 30, 2019. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and are adopted by convention.
While predictions right now favor average activity for hurricanes in the Atlantic, it is still important to be ready. Don't wait until the last minute to make preparations. One of the most important things you should do, and do immediately, is to check your homeowner's insurance. Most standard homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Check your flood zone at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources DFIRM Flood Map. Then, make sure to have adequate flood insurance for your home. Flood insurance coverage usually takes 30 days to go into effect.
Make sure that you are aware of your community's evacuation plan and evacuation route. A great way to be prepared for a hurricane and to stay informed during a hurricane is to sign up to receive local alerts and warnings.
Pay attention to local weather forecasts. Storm paths change quickly and without much warning, so listen out for local weather alerts. Also listen to local officials for warnings and instructions, such as evacuation orders. Follow the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, or CEMA, on Twitter and Facebook and check in often for updates.
The FEMA mobile app is also a great resource for hurricane preparation, and includes checklists for hurricane preparation. The FEMA mobile app also provides weather alerts from the National Weather Service and maps of open hurricane shelters and recovery centers.
Create and review your family's emergency communication plan and make sure that your family is all aware of the contents and location of your emergency supplies. Another important way to be prepared is financially. Strengthen your financial preparedness in the event of a hurricane by collecting and securing important financial, insurance, medical, and other personal records.
If you have an investment and/or rental property, do not neglect it, even if it is vacant. Instead, make sure to conduct a full hurricane preparedness check on the property every year. This ensures that your property is ready to withstand the high winds and heavy rainfall that is common during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The staff at Cora Bett Thomas Property Management are available to conduct a Full Weather check on your property, which includes:
Once the check has been completed, you can approve any work or repairs that need to be done to ensure that your property is ready to withstand the forces of Mother Nature. The peace of mind that comes from having your property ready will be worth the effort and expense.
These are just a few tools and resources that can help you and your family get prepared, and offer some peace of mind as we approach the 2019 Hurricane Season.
The days are growing longer and the jasmine is blooming. Nature is announcing the arrival of summer in the Lowcountry. In Bluffton, South Carolina, we welcome summer with the Bluffton Village Festival. The Bluffton Village Festival has been going strong for 41 years and is formerly known as Mayfest. But whatever you choose to call it, this local celebration is fun for the whole family, including four-legged family members.
The Bluffton Village Festival features over 200 food vendors and artists. This year, the festival will be on May 11, 2019 from 10am to 5pm in Old Town Bluffton. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Bluffton. In addition to free admission to the festival for all, free parking and free shuttle service are also available.[caption id="attachment_2218" align="alignnone" width="640"] Courtesy Bluffton Village Festival[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2220" align="alignnone" width="640"] Courtesy Bluffton Village Festival[/caption]
The Bluffton Village Festival includes longtime favorite events such as the Pie-Eating Contest and the Ugliest Dog Competition. A recent, but no less popular addition to the festival is the Kids' Donut Eating Contest. Local bakery The Sugaree provides the tasty treats for both the Pie-Eating and Donut-Eating contests.
If you're a fan of that Lowcountry staple, shrimp salad, then you'll want to try one of the festival's shrimp salad sandwiches. These sandwiches are so famous that some people attend the festival from hundreds of miles away just to get their hands on one. The shrimp salad sandwiches are made and sold by the ladies of The Church of the Cross. Even though these ladies make more and more sandwiches to keep up with the growing demand, be warned. These sandwiches usually sell out quickly and early.
Local musicians are playing all day at venues all over The Bluffton Village Festival, including The Chiggers, Lyn Avenue, and Snowbird Mike. Students from The Bluffton School of Dance are also performing.
The Bluffton Village Festival has no shortage of shopping opportunities from a variety of vendors and artists. This year's featured artist is Amos Hummell, who has been connected to Bluffton for over 40 years and is an active supporter of arts in education.
The Bluffton Village Festival brings the town of Bluffton together to celebrate. This celebration has a laid-back attitude that embodies the community and quirkiness of Bluffton itself. The Bluffton Village Festival is a a great way to kick off summer in the Lowcountry.