Hilton Head Island, South Carolina showed its steadfast staying power to remain as a favored U.S. island destination in 2017 by Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. Earlier this year, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Hilton Head Island as ...

 

Conde Nast Traveler Ranks Hilton Head Island SC In Top 3 Islands and more...




Conde Nast Traveler Ranks Hilton Head Island SC In Top 3 Islands

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina showed its steadfast staying power to remain as a favored U.S. island destination in 2017 by Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

Earlier this year, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Hilton Head Island as the best island in the continental United States.

Ranked only behind Maui and Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands, Hilton Head Island started as one of the preferred coastal havens of the rich and famous attracting world-class athletes, actors, artists and politicians to build a home.  But, through the years, Hilton Head Island has remained in the hearts of generations of loyal families, golfers, tennis players and water enthusiasts who come to play and create memories along its 12 miles of coastline along the Atlantic.

Readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine cited Hilton Head Island's "pristine" beaches, along with its 100+ miles of bike trails, many championship golf courses, shopping and restaurants "that could compete with major cities."  Visitors often make note of the friendly, helpful people who work and live on the island, as well.

Hilton Head Island was developed by The Sea Pines Company, a real estate development group founded by General Joseph Bacon Fraser, Charles E. Fraser, and Joseph B. Fraser, Jr.  In 1956, after a bridge was built connecting Hilton Head Island to Bluffton on the Beaufort County, South Carolina mainland, the Sea Pines Company developed Sea Pines Plantation.  Sea Pines became the model for their other resort residential planned unit developments and home to the long running Heritage Classic PGA golf tournament and today's award-winning Sea Pines Resort.

The concept of a resort community that would blend with the natural beauty and ecology of its surroundings took hold in many other of their award-winning resort residential communities such as Amelia Island Plantation, Kiawah Island, Palmas Del Mar, Wintergreen Resort and more.

Although Hilton Head Island has seen a lot of growth over the years, development is always under the watch of town officials who enforce strict architectural guidelines.  Buildings are painted in earth tones and cannot be more than 5 stories, heavy and meticulous landscaping is required, little street lights and very subdued signage keep the island skies dark. It is these guidelines that have kept Hilton Head Island the casually upscale destination that continues to attract and charm visitors and home buyers alike.

Five local hotels were also listed among the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice list of "Top 20 Southern Resorts" - The Inn & Club at Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Montage Palmetto Bluff (located in Bluffton), Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.  The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has also been cited as the No. 5 best airport in the country.

While this area of coastal South Carolina has been a chosen destination for travel for decades, it has also become a desirable area to retire to.  Further, Bluffton, which is located on the mainland, has developed from one square mile to 60 square miles over the past 15 years.  This area of coastal South Carolina has become a top destination for full-time retirees, migrating from all areas of the United States.

For more information on quality Bluffton and Hilton Head Island residential communities - email info@southeastdiscovery.com or call 877.886.8388.

 

The Cliffs Golf Courses And The Audubon Connection

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The Cliffs is a unique master-planned community concept comprising seven great residential communities from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville;  to the Piedmont of South Carolina;  to the shores of Lake Keowee.  A membership in any one of these seven communities - Cliffs Walnut Cove in Asheville, NC - Cliffs at Glassy Mountain,  Cliffs Valley and Cliffs at Mountain Park - all north of downtown Greenville, SC - and Cliffs Springs, Cliffs Falls and Cliffs Vineyards located on Lake Keowee gives every Cliffs property owner access to the amenities at all seven properties.

Each of the seven Cliffs communities provide outstanding amenities like clubhouses, dining, fitness centers and spas.  There are hiking trails, marinas, tennis facilities, events, social clubs and much more.  And of course, there is golf.  There are seven championship golf courses across the Cliffs communities.  Two are Jack Nicklaus designs, two are Tom Fazio, and one each from Gary Player, Ben Wright and Tom Jackson.

And golf is a great place to talk about the Cliffs and Audubon.  The Cliffs Mountain Park's Gary Player designed championship course was recently recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  According to Audubon, the Cooperative Sanctuary Program is, "…an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.  By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves an important environmental role worldwide."

Focus areas include:

  • Environmental Planning
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management
  • Chemical Use Reduction and Safety
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Quality Management
  • Outreach and Education

At Mountain Park, native grasses and other native/natural landscape materials are used throughout the course.  Recycled water is used to clean all the maintenance equipment and there are 10-acres of pesticide-free landscape that is off limits to golfers (and others) to help protect the natural habitat and preserve the native environment.  There are only about 25 Audubon certified courses in South Carolina.

Cliffs Valley Golf Course SC Other Cliffs' practices and attributes also caught Audubon's attention.  Cliffs communities focus lots of attention on their green spaces and hiking and biking trails.  Many members are very passionate about environmentally friendly sustainable design and incorporate drought-resistant native landscaping, reclaimed wood and water collection barrels and solar panels on their properties.

Cliffs Organic Farm Western SC The Cliffs also boasts a five-acre organic farm, Broken Oaks Organics that provides produce, not only for restaurants within the community, but also for eateries across the Upstate.

Audubon, realizing that more than 314 species of birds face habitat loss resulting from climate change, launched a program recognizing "Bird-Friendly/Climate Resilient" communities.  Glassy Mountain, a Cliffs community in Landrum is one of four South Carolina communities to receive this recognition.  According to Audubon South Carolina, 'The Cliffs at Glassy in Landrum maintains a minimum of 25% native plants; offers nesting habitat by leaving branches, rocks, and leaves on the ground; and makes sure birds have a smorgasbord of food sources in common areas all year round.  The Cliffs at Glassy also has its own environmental committee that educates residents and actively restores the landscape - for example, by removing invasive plants."

If healthy living, variety, top-rate amenities, outdoors adventure championship golf and sustainable living rank high on your list of "must-haves" - you will want to put a visit to the Cliffs communities on your list of areas and developments to visit.

Contact info@southeastdiscovery.com or call 877.886.8388 - and we'll be happy to put you in touch with our knowledgeable real estate colleague out at Lake Keowee who has been a tremendous resource for our clients, and/or - our long time colleague who is proficient on the real estate markets north of downtown Greenville, which include the Cliffs communities.

 

Big Canoe – Different in Every Season, Yet Always The Same

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The wind in the leaves and the gurgling of streams replace the sounds of traffic; mountain vistas, rather than high-rises greet the eyes; and the wind is infused with wildflowers, hay fields and homesteads - rather than diesel fumes and exhaust, only an hour north of Atlanta.  This is where you will find Big Canoe, an 8,000-acre master-planned community - resting at the feet of the Southern Appalachians in North Georgia.

AMENITIES

Big Canoe provides all the amenities one would expect from a master-planned community - two indoor tennis courts, eight outdoor courts (4 hard and 4 clay), 27 holes of championship golf, pro shop, on-site dining and shopping, spa and fitness center plus more than 50 social clubs and/or volunteer organization.

But Big Canoe offers more; those 8,000 acres of North Georgia foothills provide three man-made lakes, fishing, paddling, a marina, outdoor swimming and beaches, more than 2,000 acres of green space, and more than 20 miles of trails.

MORE AMENITIES OUTSIDE THE GATES...

The Appalachian Trail, Chattahoochee National Forest, Amicalola Falls State Park and Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area are all nearby if you decide you need to stretch your legs outside the community.  Other nearby attractions include Gibbs Gardens, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Georgia winery tours, the alpine village of Helen and much more.

If you were outside at Big Canoe in early October you could look up to the tops of the Appalachian Mountains and see the reds and yellows starting to spill down the mountainsides and think, "…just a month ago that was all a sea of green," and in that reflection lies the magic of Big Canoe - 'tis the seasons.

FALL...

September and October provide a spectacular climate for leaf watching.  Some September days may reach the low 80's - but the highs generally hang in the 70's, especially in October.  Nights begin to dip into the 40's.  Hiking or biking any of the trails on Big Canoe or on nearby public wild lands is a great way to enjoy a crisp autumn morn.  Of course, a round of mountain golf - or a boating expedition on one of the private lakes is also a treat in the fall.

Big Canoe Mountain Homes For Sale Fall festivals, fairs and events in the community and throughout the region are another reason to look forward to autumn.  But the colors of autumn, like the green of summer, in turn, disappear and those nighttime temps keep falling.  One morning you look out and see white crystalline frost shining in the morning sun.

WINTER...

Winter is coming to Big Canoe, those daytime highs will drop to the 50's in January and it's not uncommon to get enough snow for sledding.  And winter hikes when the woods are bare, opens a window for the soul.  Winter adds a special dimension to Christmas and the holidays, when the warmth of family and the fireplace - and friends and the Big Canoe community, join to create the perfect "Home for the Holidays."

SPRING...

The loud, slurred whistles of the Louisiana water thrush shatter the quiet of your morning stroll through the woods.  This small, but loud, Neotropical warbler is a harbinger of spring.  It is one of the first nesting warblers to make it back to Big Canoe.  It alerts you to be on the look out for blood root and other spring ephemerals that will soon burst through the brown leaf litter.  Spring seems to mirror our human psyche - that place that loves winter, but is ready to be done with it.  One morning will be cold and frosty - the next afternoon will be sunny and 70 degrees.  Spring seems to be the adolescent season, bent on trying on everything.  April is generally the wettest month of the year at Big Canoe - and while golf rounds and fishing trips may be postponed or aborted at a moments notice, it is true that April showers bring May flowers.  So enjoy those thunderstorms as they roll through because the payoff will be spectacular.

SUMMER...

Big Canoe Tennis and Pickle Ball Courts The green spaces of Big Canoe will drink in the spring rain, as will the forests and the surrounding mountains.  Bright green foliage mixed with the reds, whites, blues and yellows of wildflowers will march up the mountains reversing autumn's color parade.  Temperatures will begin to climb, June will see mostly 70's - some 80's - with nights in the 40's and 50's.  The dog days of Big Canoe are really puppy days compared to Atlanta and other urban areas in the region.  That little bump in elevation, up to 3,200 feet or so mitigates the summer heat.  But Big Canoe will see some summer afternoons reach the 90's - but that's okay, it jump starts the cicadas and reminds everyone - you're still in the land of the mint julep.  Summer is a great time to splash in one of Big Canoe's lakes or take a dip in the pool.  And, as you dry in the warm summer sun, be sure to keep an eye on the mountaintops - watching for that first red maple leaf to begin to glow.

Each season is different at Big Canoe - different in a way that reconnects you to the planet, its cycles and rhythms.  The sense of place; the community; the spirit of Big Canoe are the same as each season comes and goes - reconnecting you to a larger whole, a place where you can glimpse what Thomas Berry meant when he said, "The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects…"

Words quite often fail at trying to relate intangible feelings - that is why Big Canoe has produced a short video showing the seasons of Big Canoe:  VIDEO

For more information on this Georgia four-season community that's been going strong for over three decades - and the real estate opportunities available, contact info@southeastdiscovery.com or call 877.886.8388.

 

Selling Your Home? The Benefits of Home Staging

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If you're putting your home on the market so you can embark on your relocation or retirement dream, you may have considered home staging to increase the chances of a quicker sale.  And if you're lucky, maybe even encourage multiple bidders and a higher sales price.

But does home staging really work?
Making your house more attractive to prospective buyers is an essential part of marketing a home, and home staging can help with that.  You'll want to do the math and weigh the potential payoff, including a shorter time on the market and a higher sales price, against the investment.

What Home Staging Is
Home staging goes beyond cleaning, de-cluttering, painting, and making minor repairs.  Home stagers have expertise in planning and choosing furniture and accessories, and arranging them in a way that shows off your home to its best advantage so that it appeals to a broad range of buyers.  Staging a home is about creating a mood - and setting the stage for a buyer to visualize themselves living in the home.

Home Staging Costs
Costs vary depending on local demand, the state you live in, and whether the home is vacant or furnished.  Our research shows that fees range from $500 to $5,000, depending on square footage and the number of rooms staged.  You may pay for an initial consultation, then a monthly fee for each month your home remains on the market.  For example, for a home with existing furniture, costs range from $700 per month in Iowa, to $4800 per month in California for a two-month staging effort.

If the home is vacant and you want the entire home staged, expect to pay more.  However, it's not necessary to stage every room; according to some staging experts, the most important rooms to stage are the living and dining room and the master bedroom and bathroom.

To find out more about home staging, you can visit the Real Estate Staging Association's (RESA) website.

Advantages of Home Staging
According to the National Association of Realtors® 2017 Profile of Home Staging, staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.  Here are some detailed findings from the report:

  • 39 percent of sellers' agents said that home staging greatly decreases the time on market; 23 percent said it slightly decreases the time on market.
  • 77 percent of buyers' agents said that staging a home makes it easier for buyers to "visualize the property as their future home," with 40 percent of potential buyers more willing to visit a staged home they first saw online.
  • 49 percent of buyers' agents said that staging has an effect on most buyers; another 48 percent said that staging has an effect on some buyers' opinion of a home, but not always, and 4 percent said that it has no impact on buyers.
  • Realtors® representing both buyers and sellers agreed that the living room is the most important room in a home to stage, followed by the master bedroom, the kitchen, then the yard or outdoor space.
  • 31 percent of buyers' agents reported that staging a home increases its dollar value by 1 to 5 percent; while 13 percent said that staging increases the dollar value 6 to 10 percent, and 25 percent said it has no impact on dollar value.
  • 29 percent of sellers' agents reported an increase of one to five percent in dollar value; 21 percent reported an increase of 8 to 10 percent, and 5 percent reported an increase of 11 to 15 percent.

Hampton Lake Phase III Model Home Jeffrey Rexcoat Builders A 2013 study conducted by Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) looked at 170 staged properties valued at $300,000 to $499,000, and found that staged homes sold in 22 days, compared to an average on-market time of 125 days for un-staged homes.

Other statistics are less clear on a correlation between home staging and increased sales price.  According to a study conducted by real estate professors and researchers published in 2015 by the Journal of Housing Research, it's not clear that staging contributes to higher selling prices.

The study's authors concluded that monetary benefits from staging are indirect, and that staging alone is not enough to result in a higher selling price.  However, Michael Seiler, a professor of real estate and finance at the College of William & Mary, and one of the study's authors, said that staging can improve a home's sense of livability and contribute to selling a home faster.  Seiler said, "I'm not about to say that staging is a waste, since time is money, [and] the shorter the home is on the market, the more money stays in the seller's pocket."

Other Benefits of Home Staging
Less time on the market and the potential for a higher selling price are powerful incentives for staging your home, but there are other considerations as well.

Other benefits include:

  • Supplying a move-in ready home:  Many buyers want a home they can move into and enjoy instantly; research shows that a significant percentage of buyers are willing to pay more for move-in ready homes.
  • Standing out among competitors:  Even if the market isn't excessively competitive in your area, you'll still want to stand out against neighboring homes on the market, including new construction.
  • Staged homes are easier to market:  Many home buyers start their search online; the interior of a staged home will photograph and show better online and in printed marketing materials, attracting more buyers to the marketing information, and to the home.
  • Staged homes make it easier for buyers to visualize themselves living there:  This is especially true after a move-out, or before a property has been occupied.

All that said, staging isn't always necessary.  In a hyper-competitive market, where listings don't stay on the multiple listing service for very long, staging may not be required to sell the home quickly.

If You're On a Budget
Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) CEO Shell Brodnax says you can still do a lot of staging work for under $1,000, especially if you do some of the work yourself.  These improvements include fixing clogged shower heads, slow drains, and leaky toilets; putting down mulch and planting fresh flowers on the exterior; and keeping all rooms clean, as well as removing clutter more generally.

Brodnax says if you can't stage every room, focus on the main living areas, such as the living and dining rooms, and the master bedroom and bathroom.

In addition, you can ask your agent to contribute some money for staging; in some cases agents will pay for staging, kick in a portion of the cost, or pay for a consultation with a stager.

Should You Stage It Yourself?
Kitchen-StagingIf you already own great furniture and home accessories and have a knack for decorating, you may want to consider staging your home yourself.  You can find plenty of articles and websites about staging your home the DIY way with a quick Internet search, if you decide to go that route.  Some home stagers will reduce their fee if they use your furniture instead of theirs, so this is another option to consider if you're on a budget.

Final Thoughts
Whether or not you decide to invest in home staging, there are still things you can do to improve your home's showability.  Common home improvement projects agents recommend include de-cluttering the home, a thorough cleaning of the entire home, and carpet cleaning.  Other pre-sale projects to put on your to-do list are de-personalizing the home, removing pets during showings, and making minor repairs.

Thinking of selling and relocating Southward?  Here is our online Questionnaire.  Feel free to fill it out and submit it online.  We'll review your feedback and send you specific information on areas and communities that are in line with what you describe you're looking for.  Our firm has specialized in Retirement and Second Home search since 2004.

photo credits --

Schultz Carolina Custom Homes in Greenville, SC - dining room picture

Hampton Lake and Jeffrey Rexcoat Builders in Bluffton, SC - great room picture

 

Learn From 2017′s Hurricane Season When It Comes To Buying Real Estate

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Coastal living is always going to lure real estate buyers, despite the risks of living in areas that can find themselves in the path of a hurricane.  Beaches, palm trees, sunny days, the sounds and smells of the ocean, along with the relaxed pace lifestyle, will continue to appeal to a number of folks when choosing a retirement or second home.

As this article is written, we have watched Hurricane Maria as she barreled her way through Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands this week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who have been impacted by these recent storms.

HURRICANES ALSO IMPACT INLAND AREAS

As the two recent U.S. devastating hurricanes, Hurricane Harvey impacting Texas and Louisiana along with Hurricane Irma impacting Florida and Georgia, both coastal areas and miles inland were battered, soaked and powerless.  Harvey not only dumped 50-plus inches of rain in parts of Texas, but caused significant flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, including the Nashville metro area.  And Irma, not only created storm surges along the southwest and southeast coasts of Florida, but flooded rivers and streams many miles inland - and left 5-10 inches of rain on the mountains of western North Carolina and power outages in western South Carolina.

FEMA'S NATIONAL  FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM

That's why it's important to check both the history and potential for severe flooding no matter where you choose to live - coast or inland.  Start by checking FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program); its mapping software will show you whether there's any risk of flooding (and whether such insurance is necessary).

But that won't give you as complete a picture as you should have before buying.  You should look at the history of flooding in the region, what steps may have been taken to reduce the risk, and what factors exist that could heighten the risk.

For that, visit FEMA's "Risk MAP Flood Risk" page (https://www.fema.gov/risk-map-flood-risk-products), which can help identify areas at-risk of flooding, along with the factors that contribute to those risks.

FLOOD INUNDATION MAPPING

One under-publicized tool that could fill in any gaps left in the above-mentioned mapping software is called "Flood Inundation Mapping," offered by the U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS (https://water.usgs.gov/osw/flood_inundation/).  More and more states are adapting their own versions, and adding detailed features making it possible to narrow down your focus to a specific street, home or home site you're considering to purchase.

But, why go through all of the trouble of searching online flood maps?  The USGS offers this as a starting point: "More than 75 percent of declared Federal disasters are related to floods, and annual flood losses average almost $8 billion with over 90 fatalities per year."  The non-profit advocacy group, American Rivers says it's still assessing the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but adds, "we do know the damage will be severe and lives will be forever changed.  More than 75 dams failed in the Carolinas as a result of the 2015 and 2016 storms, and record flood levels were exceeded at many creeks and rivers."

Here are interactive inundation map links which will serve as good measure to show level of flood risk a particular area or specific property has:

North Carolina Flood Risk Information

Brunswick County, NC Interactive Flood Map

Bluffton, South Carolina Inundation Map

Florida Flood Zone Maps and Reports

Georgia Mapping

Tennessee Mapping

Unfortunately, we could not locate an interactive map for the state of South Carolina.

Here is the FEMA link:  FEMA Flood Map

HURRICANES IMPACT ON INLAND AREAS

Keep in mind that most flooding in the U.S. isn't blamed on coastal storm surges, but on the damage deluges can inflict on floodplains, wetlands, rivers and even streams - all part of nature's design to protect nearby residents.  As Meghan Evans, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, explains: "There is more friction once a hurricane or tropical storm pushes inland, causing the circulation of the tropical system to begin to collapse.  This results in more rising air, towering clouds and thus heavy to excessive rainfall.  Flash flooding results from the heavy rain, which can fall in a matter of hours."  She adds: "If a system is very slow-moving once it pushes inland, then there can be even more flooding problems."

The National Weather Service takes that a step further: "Rainfall amounts are not directly related to the strength of tropical cyclones, but rather to the speed and size of the storm, as well as the geography of the area.  Slower moving (Hurricane Harvey) and larger storms (Hurricane Irma) produce more rainfall.  In addition, mountainous terrain enhances rainfall from a tropical cyclone."

Of course, one question on the minds of many home buyers is:  Which states are most vulnerable to a hurricane's wrath?

88% OF ALL MAJOR U.S.HURRICANES IMPACT FLORIDA AND TEXAS

If you guessed Florida, you were right.  NOAA says that, since 1851, 40 percent of all U.S. hurricanes have hit Florida - or a total of 114 hurricanes, and 37 of them were considered "major" by NOAA, which added that 88 percent of major hurricane strikes have hit either Florida or Texas.

Back in 2015, Karen Clark & Co. (KCC) - a Boston-based firm that specializes in assessing likely property damage and losses from windstorms, earthquakes and other catastrophes for the insurance industry - released a "Top 10" list few cities would be proud of.   These are the most vulnerable metropolitan areas in the nation to flooding and damage, if a major hurricane ever scores a direct hit.  Tampa Bay was No. 1, followed by New Orleans, New York, Miami, Fort Myers and Sarasota.

And, according to The Washington Post, the World Bank recently called Tampa Bay one of the 10 most at-risk areas on the globe.

But such statistics almost hide the fact that hurricanes are anything but kind to other regions.  In 2016, for example, Hurricane Matthew was blamed for 26 deaths in North Carolina - and most of the victims lived in such inland communities as Lumberton, North Carolina, which is located 80 miles from the coast, where 14 inches of rain pushed the Lumber River 24 feet above flood stage.

Meanwhile, this year's Irma was testimony to the fact that weather forecasting is an imperfect science.  Despite an array of satellites, historical data going back almost 200 years, and super-computers that can crunch numbers faster than we can blink, meteorologists can tell us a tropical cyclone's location and strength, but cannot be certain of its track.

No computer model or satellite told them that Hurricane Harvey would end up dumping some 50 inches of rain on parts of Texas.  And, as Hurricane Irma approached the U.S. and Florida's Keys, forecasters felt it would hug the state's west coast and make landfall in the Tampa Bay area.  Instead, the hurricane entered over Naples - far to Tampa's south.

So, despite its "Top 10" ranking for vulnerability, Tampa was spared again.  In fact, Tampa Bay's been hit by only two hurricanes in the last 150-plus years.  One hit in 1848, and a Category 3 hurricane in 1921, that left the area in ruins.

Crystal Coast, North Carolina coastAnd so, when coastal regions anticipate and plan for growth, they often put "odds of being hit by a hurricane" far down the list of concerns.  We saw that play out in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana and parts of Florida, causing an estimated $128 billion in damage.  That was the costliest mainland U.S. tropical cyclone since 1900, according to NOAA.  We saw it with "Superstorm" Sandy in 2012, which was post-tropical when it made landfall in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, leaving behind some $72 billion in damage... We saw it with Andrew's devastation in Homestead, Florida, and the Carolinas (1992; $43 billion), and Charley's impact on Florida and the Carolinas, as well (2004; $18 billion)...

Perhaps it's best to focus on the flip-side of hurricanes - their relative rarity and the rebuilding activity after a storm.  The National Hurricane Center says that, on average, only seven hurricanes every four years reach the United States, and that only three "major" hurricanes cross the U.S. coast every five years.   As for the rebuilding, you don't have to look any further than Homestead, Florida.  The rebuilding activity and transformation this city has undergone since Hurricane Andrew's impact, is impressive.

Florida Keys Before Hurricane Irma We'll be covering the opportunities and possibilities for re-development that lie ahead for the Florida Keys, which was badly damaged in Hurricane Irma.  Unfortunately, property damage and loss along with the disruption each storm causes, is significant for people.  On the flip side, the construction activity and economic boom that will undoubtedly take place in desirable areas to rebuild will result in sturdier housing against Mother Nature - that will be built with the latest in engineering and construction methods to better withstand hurricane and tropical storm activity.

Looking to relocate to the Southeast region?  Whether it be to the coast, on a lake or at the mountains, we can help.  For over a decade, Southeast Discovery has been guiding folks through this process, so they can find the right area, community and home that's right for them.

Go ahead and fill out our online Questionnaire. We'll take a look at your input, and send you an email with specific feedback, tailored to your search - saving you time, effort and unnecessary travel to places that once you get there, you realize are not what you have in mind, or - look as they appeared online.  We'll educate you and provide you with our insight.  Email us at info@southeastdiscovery.com or call 877.886.8388.

Mike Czeczot contributed to this article

 
 
   

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