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    Newsletter – Holidays 2012


    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    We’re in full holiday spirit here at Collins Group Realty and celebrating an unbelievable year of success, charity, reflection, camaraderie and acclamations including the latest feather in our cap: the 2012 President’s Cup! We couldn’t have asked for a more exciting and rewarding year to commemorate our 10th anniversary and we can’t thank YOU enough for your continued friendship and support.

    Whatever your reason for celebration this season – be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice – may you enjoy it in the best of health surrounded by those you hold most dear. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and a very, very Happy 2013!

    Real Estate News

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

    Where is it?

    Believe it or not, it’s a skating rink in Harbour Town! Utilizing the technology of synthetic ice, which is slightly less slippery and not cold, the rink will be open from 11am to 9pm starting on December 22nd and running through New Year’s Eve. The cost to enjoy this Lowcountry rarity is $12 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under (skates are provided).

    Team News

    Collins Group Wins the 2012 President’s Cup
    We are beyond excited to share that we have won yet ANOTHER award this year…the 2012 President’s Cup! This honor is bestowed by the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors in recognition of community service, involvement in the association, and dedication to the industry. 2012 is the second time CGR has been awarded the President’s Cup – we were also privileged to receive it in 2008.

    Happy Birthday Howard!
    Our warmest wishes to Hilton Head Island Buyer Specialist Howard Cohen, who celebrates his birthday on December 30th. Happy Birthday Howard!

    Toy Drive a HUGE Success!
    Our heartfelt thank you to everyone in Hampton Hall and the Anonymous Donors who generously donated toys, bikes and more for the benefit of Bluffton Self Help! Thanks to the Hampton Hall Community Foundation for partnering with us again. The toy drive was a huge success!!

    Holiday Office Hours
    So that we may enjoy the holidays with our families and friends, Collins Group Realty will be closed on Monday, December 24th through Wednesday, December 26th and on Tuesday, January 1st. We will resume normal business hours (M-F, 8am to 6pm) on Wednesday, January 3rd.

    Local News

    New Year’s Events
    12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge
    Monday, December 31, 2012
    All Day
    End the year by taking a dip in the Harbour Town Pool and warm up afterward with delicious complimentary hot chocolate and refreshments. Call 843-842-1979 for more info.

    New Year’s Eve Celebration in Sea Pines
    Monday, December 31, 2012
    7:00PM – 12:00AM
    Watch the ball drop from the top of the Harbour Town lighthouse. To accommodate early birds, the ball will drop at both 7pm and midnight. Call 843-843-1979 for more info.

    Polar Bear 5k
    Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    After your polar plunge, warm up by running the 6th Annual Bluffton New Year’s Day Polar Bear 5K. The event starts and finishes at Publix in Buckwalter Place and will include a Block Party, award ceremony and post race celebration. For more information visit:

    Lowcountry Living

    Having grown up in Milwaukee I will admit that I always feel a bit wistful this time of year for the snow and cold of Christmas’ past. There’s nothing like watching softly falling snow sparkle amongst the twinkling lights on Christmas Eve and singing along to “Let it Snow” while expecting the latest batch of flurries to arrive. Those melancholy feelings, however, have a tendency to disappear when I hear that my old hometown is expecting blizzard-like conditions as they are today. Warm fuzzy feelings of building snowmen and drinking cocoa gives way to memories of cold wet feet, hip-high snowdrifts and the not-so-delightful sound of snowplows scraping concrete at 5am. On my run this morning I was once again reminded of why I made the move to the Lowcountry nearly 8 years ago and how lucky I am to live in a place where 40 degrees is considered cold! Happy Holidays wherever you find yourself this year!
    -Kimberly King, Mainland Market Manager