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    Newsletter – December 2012

    Welcome

    Here’s hoping you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with loved ones, great food and good times!

    It’s nearly impossible to believe the holiday season is now, officially, in full swing and that the new year is rapidly approaching. Where did 2012 go?!

    Here at Collins Group Realty we have much to be thankful for, and thought we’d share the following video with you:

    Enjoy this holiday-themed edition of our monthly e-news!

    Real Estate News

    Market Pulse
    For the latest local market statistics and Chip’s insight, click here.

    Latest Buyer and Seller Profile

    The National Association of Realtors recently released their always fascinating Home Buyer and Seller Profile for 2012. Some of the highlights include:

    • 39% of recent homebuyers were first time buyers, up slightly from 2011
    • 65% of recent buyers were married couples, the highest percentage since 2001
    • 52% of buyers started their search for a new/first home online
    • The average homebuyer in the South earned $80,400 in 2012 while the average seller earned $100,600

    Where is it?

    This fun photo of dancing reindeer is from last year’s Bluffton Christmas parade. If you’ve never seen it, it is QUITE the spectacle and definitely worth a trip to Old Town to see. This year’s parade (the 41st annual!) will be held this coming Saturday, December 1st at 11am. The parade starts at Bluffton Town Hall on Bridge Street, winds down Calhoun Street and May River Road and ends at Oscar Frazier Park.

    Team News

    Operation Southern Hospitality Food Drive to Benefit Deep Well a Success
    Many thanks to the residents of Windmill Harbour, Victoria Square, Yacht Cove, Point Comfort, and Cedar Woods for making our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for Deep Well a terrific success! As always, Deep Well was very appreciative for the assistance during one of their busiest times of the year.

    Thank you!

    CGR and Hampton Hall Holding Toy Drive for Bluffton Self Help
    For the second year in a row, Collins Group Realty is partnering with the Hampton Hall Community Foundation to collect toys for Bluffton Self Help during the holiday season! We’ll be holding the drive on Saturday, December 8th and residents are being asked to leave their donations in a plastic bag by their mailbox. Last year was a resounding success and we are very appreciative of all the residents of Hampton Hall for their incredible generosity! If you don’t live in Hampton Hall and would like to contribute, feel free to bring a new, unwrapped toy to either of our offices by December 7th and we will be sure to deliver it to Bluffton Self Help on the 8th!

    CGR Wins Award
    Collins Group Realty has been named the Best Real Estate Company in the Hilton Head Monthly Reader’s Choice awards! As always, many thanks to all of YOU for voting…we could not have done it without you!

    Local News

    Where’s Santa?
    As always, Santa’s got a busy schedule during December getting ready for the big day, taking photos with children throughout the world and making his list and checking it twice. Here are just some of the places where he’ll be appearing locally…

    The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
    Date: December 1st from 8-11am
    Event Details: Breakfast with Santa. Pancake breakfast , cookie decorating and more. Donations of a new, unwrapped toy/game/book to benefit Toys for Tots/Bluffton Self Help are requested. $10 for adults and children 4 and up.
    843-681-4000

    Liberty Oak (Harbour Town) in Sea Pines
    Date: December 7th from 6-8pm
    Event Details: Kids and dogs alike are invited to have their photo taken with Santa. Local schools will be performing holiday music at the event, which will also feature a craft table. A donation to Deep Well is requested as payment for Santa photos.
    843-842-8484

    Winder Wonder Festival in Shelter Cove Park
    Date: December 14th and 15th from 4-8pm
    Event Details: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be putting in an appearance at this event, which benefits the Island Rec Center’s Children’s Scholarship Fund. Activities include a candy cane hunt, marshmallow roasting, blowup rides, crafts, live music and more. $10 for kids 2-18. Parents and grandparents are free of charge.
    843-681-7273

    Salty Dog in South Beach
    Date: Every Friday and Saturday until Christmas
    Event Details: Pictures with Santa and delicious treats will be served among thousands of twinkling lights. No charge.
    843-671-2233

    Tanger Outlet 2
    Date: Every Saturday and Sunday through December 23rd. Noon-4pm
    Event Details: Kids can visit with Santa, have their photo taken with the Jolly One and receive a surprise gift.
    843-837-5410

    Lowcountry Living

    One of the most unique and rewarding aspects of living in the Lowcountry is our astonishing abundance and variety of wildlife. Turtles, dolphins and alligators make the Lowcountry their year-round home alongside deer, snakes, a plethora of beautiful birds and more. Did you also know that at certain times of the year our hospitable coastline is the temporary home to such majestic creatures as whales and even a great white shark?

    At present, a 16 foot, nearly two ton great white named Mary Lee is hanging out around the Charleston area. A group called Ocearch tagged Mary Lee in September off the coast of Cape Cod and have been tracking her movements ever since. So far she’s visited Isle of Palms, Daniel Island and perhaps even Charleston Harbour. A little closer to home, she circled about 5 miles off of Hunting Island on Thanksgiving Day. Researchers believe she is feeding on streams of bait fish moving with the Gulf Stream.