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Sumter South Carolina

Tue, Nov 8th 2011 5:13 pm by John Hilton General

Sumter, South Carolina is known as the "Gamecock City" with the motto "Uncommon Patriotism".  During the 1740s, settlers arrived to establish roots along the banks of the Wateree River. The "Carolina Backcountry," as it was then known, became a predominantly agricultural area called Craven County, later Claremont County.

Today, the city retains its status as a major hub, both for industry and infrastructure. In modern times, the city has taken on additional dimension as a center for business culture and finance, as its rich historic homes and military support come together to form a destination for the east central portion of South Carolina. 

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Land Hedges Inflation and Systematic Risk

Mon, May 17th 2010 9:38 am by John Hilton General

Land hedges both inflation and systemic risk

May 10, 2010 3 Comments


Land hedges both inflation and systemic risk


On Thursday, May 6th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 1,000 points, a little more than nine percent, in 16 minutes, and no one knows why. At day’s end, the DJIA was down only 342 points, and everyone didn’t think that was too bad…considering the place it had visited.


Fingers of possible blame pointed in many directions—Greeks bearing debt, Jihadist glitches, automatic computer-trading programs, a trader’s “fat-finger” mistake, jitters about financial-reform legislation, too much sugar in Wall Street’s afternoon power drinks, a Madoff mole wreaking revenge.


A thousand point drop got me...

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Looking for New Homes in Sumter, SC?

Mon, Feb 22nd 2010 12:30 pm by New Home Construction

New Homes in Sumter SC - Hilton and CompanyIf you are looking at the many new homes in Sumter, SC, you may have noticed that new home construction is in demand as home buyers wake up to the benefits of owning a new home. People these days have enough to worry about. They don’t need to add home repairs to the list.


New construction offers a number of benefits. Unlike historic homes—which are beautiful and nostalgic—new homes don’t require significant upkeep and constant repair. They are built using the most up-to-date construction technology, meaning there’s less chance of costly repairs. Not to mention, new homes can be just as whimsical and authentic looking as a real historic home.


New homes are also more energy efficien...

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Securing your Future with South Carolina Investment Property

Thu, Feb 18th 2010 10:00 am by Investment Property

South Carolina Land Investment - Hilton and CompanyFinding a prime South Carolina investment property is the latest trend in investment options. As the market continues to be unpredictable, more and more people are looking into investing in something tangible, something that they can see and know won't lose value within months of owning it.


But what is considered an investment property? South Carolina investment properties are usually pieces of real estate that are not occupied by the owner, such as a home, an apartment building, or a store front, and brings profits or income through rent or resale.


Buying one of these properties is a great way to generate passive income. Many investment property owners make a quick buck by improv...

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Access To South Carolina Farms For Sale

Mon, Feb 15th 2010 9:45 am by South Carolina Farms

There are lots of South Carolina farms for sale right now. This is great news because everyone dreams of living on a beautiful South Carolina farm. Yet, many people give up on this dream because they think they can’t afford a farm in South Carolina or they don’t know how to find the right farm for them.

South Carolina Farms For Sale - Hilton and Company

 Finding a South Carolina farm to purchase and making it your own is easy when you have the right agent. The majority of agents specialize in residential real estate in urban or suburban areas. When you’re looking for a farm, you need an agent that specializes in rural land properties instead. Luckily, Hilton and Company does it all. We can help you find a beautiful southern home in a p...

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Top 3 Reasons to Invest in South Carolina Land

Thu, Feb 11th 2010 10:45 am by Investment Property

Invest in South Carolina Land - Hilton and CompanyThe real estate market is primed for those looking to invest in South Carolina land for sale. The list of reasons to invest in this available land just continues to grow and the savviest investors aren’t willing to let this opportunity pass them by. However, some still need a little nudge in the right direction.


Reason #1: Land Values are Affordable

Right now, rookie investors should definitely take advantage of land prices. A market like this one may not resurface for a long time. Not to mention, when you purchase land at a low price, your potential profit is automatically increased. If you invest in a slow market, all you have to do is wait for it to recover in order to turn a prof...

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Lancaster, SC Land for Sale

Mon, Feb 8th 2010 9:15 am by Lancaster SC Land

Lancaster SC Land For Sale - Hilton and CompanySuburban life isn’t for everyone. That’s why so many home buyers want Lancaster, SC land for sale—or whatever their choice location—so that they create a dream home away from the hustle and bustle of town.

How is that possible? Because land is more affordable right now. People want to live closer to their activities and conveniences as gas prices continue to rise. As a result, there’s less demand for real estate outside city limits.

But just because you live in a more rural setting, doesn’t mean that you have to live in the dark ages. You can build a beautiful custom home on your new lot and you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a high class suburban neighborhood. You just won’t have...

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Cherokee, SC Land Sales Are Hot

Thu, Feb 4th 2010 9:30 pm by Cherokee SC Land Sales

Cherokee SC Land Sales - Hilton and CompanyThe amount of Cherokee, SC land for sale is diminishing by the minute. Why? Because hundreds of business savvy buyers around the state are taking advantage of this exciting time in real estate to make a big land purchase. If you’ve always dreamed about owning land, now could be the time to make your move.

However, lots of people dream about owning land. But they don’t follow through on it because they wouldn't know how to manage all of the acreage if they had it. After a few weeks of ownership, most land owners don’t want to explore every inch of their wilderness for a second time. And when you’re putting hard earned money into something, it’s best if you can get a little bit of money ou...

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Developing Acreages in South Carolina

Mon, Feb 1st 2010 9:15 am by South Carolina Acreage

Developing an acreage in South Carolina is a pretty overwhelming task for many land owners. Developing land—whether for commercial, personal, or industrial use—can be costly and time consuming. However, the finished results can be very rewarding.

Anything that’s worth doing is worth doing well.  Developing an acreage doesn’t have to be an all-consuming endeavor. The way to make land development successful, efficient, and affordable is to work with professionals that are experienced and great at what they do.

Hilton and Company can help you find the acreage you need for a development project. But our involvement doesn’t have to stop there. We have found a very rewarding niche in consulti...

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How to find Clarendon, SC Land for Sale

Thu, Jan 28th 2010 7:45 pm by Clarendon Land

Looking For Clarenedon SC Land - Hilton and CompanyLooking for Clarendon, SC land for sale? Finding land is easy. But finding the piece of land that’s perfect for you is another story. If you’re looking to purchase land in Clarendon, you need to follow these simple steps to simplify your search and find the perfect piece of land fast.

First, find an agent that knows the area and is experienced in land sales. Many agents have their individual areas of expertise and you’ll want to work with one that knows the ropes when purchasing land specifically in Clarendon.

Second, you need to determine your budget and wish list for your land purchase. Discuss these items with your agent to learn if your budget is adequate to achieve all of the point...

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Benefits of Working with South Carolina Land Brokers

Mon, Jan 25th 2010 3:00 pm by South Carolina Land Brokers

South Carolina Land Brokers - Hilton and CompanyMany buyers believe that they’ll be better off if they skip the agent or broker and dive into their land search alone. In fact, there are numerous benefits of working with South Carolina land brokers when you decide you want to purchase acreage for yourself. It’s their job to make your life easier and your land search a success.

South Carolina land brokers know the business of buying and selling land better than anyone. They know how to find the type of land you’re looking for—even if you don’t know yet! They make the searching process more efficient and effective. After all, there are thousands of acres out there that you could potentially purchase. It would take a lifetime to hunt thro...

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Building New Homes in Sumter, SC

Thu, Jan 21st 2010 9:15 am by New Home Construction

New Construction in Sumter SC - Hilton and CompanyWith so many houses on the market, many buyers might think it’s silly to build a new home. But many families are still building new homes in Sumter, SC. Just because the economy is suffering and the housing market is in a slump, you shouldn’t have to settle for anything less than exactly what you want. If you can’t find your dream home among the houses on the market: build it.

Many potential home owners are concerned about the costs associated with building their home from scratch. However, the cost of building a home varies widely depending on the kind of home you want. Materials, size, style, and countless other elements can influence the cost of your new home. But as materials become ...

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How To Find South Carolina Timber for Sale

Mon, Jan 18th 2010 3:30 pm by South Carolina Timber

South Carolina Timber Land - Hilton and CompanyIf you’re looking for timber or timberland, you’ve come to the right place. Those looking for South Carolina timber for sale have a friend in Hilton and Company. We know everything you need to know about purchasing South Carolina timber or purchasing your own land to get in on the timber business.

Timber is an important industry in South Carolina. This beautiful state has some of the best pine forests in the country and for years, it has been a way for locals to support themselves and their community. However, the South Carolina timber industry becomes more commercialized every year and those who wish to preserve this rustic profession for the locals are getting in on the business.


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How To Get Cheap Land in South Carolina

Mon, Jan 11th 2010 8:32 am by Cheap Land

Cheap South Carolina Land - Hilton and CompanyMost buyers think that land is expensive and that you have to be rich to own lots of acreage. In fact, it’s easy to get cheap land in South Carolina. Buying and owning cheap land is all about location, location, location.

In certain parts of the country, land is more valuable than the houses people build on them. In California, for example, premium land can cost millions for just a few acres. And this land doesn’t have any magic powers. This isn’t the gold rush.

It’s all about supply and demand and that is exactly why living in the American south is ideal for land owners. Lots of available land means that costs stay low. South Carolina is a beautiful state with a diverse landscape and a...

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13 Documents You Should Have Before Buying Country Property

Thu, Jan 7th 2010 10:30 pm by John Hilton General

13 Documents You Should Have Before Buying Country Property

By Curtis Seltzer on April 17, 2008

1. Copy of the seller's deed with the boundary description.
This description may be found in an earlier deed, which is referenced in the seller's deed. The deed may include the price the seller paid for the property, or tax notations, such as deed stamps, that would allow you to calculate the price.

13 Documents You Should Have Before Buying Country Property2. Topographic map with boundary lines drawn on it, taken from seller's deed description.
Use this map to locate boundaries on the ground and find your way around unfamiliar terrain. If a recorded survey is available, make a copy for your files.

3. Recorded documents, in addition to seller's deed....

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Legal Access?

Thu, Dec 31st 2009 10:30 pm by John Hilton General

Should you buy property without legal access?

By Curtis Seltzer on October 27, 2009

I learned this week about 150 acres that was priced at about $300/A. It seems to have a lot of merchantable timber, more than enough to cover the cost of acquisition. But I haven't had a chance yet to confirm that prospect. It did have two problems.

First, it came burdened with a conservation easement that prohibited any residential construction. I could live with that in a timberland investment. Second, however, was disclosure that it had no legal access. Is being landlocked a deal-killer?

Well, like so many other things, it depends on the particulars. These no-access deals can be winners or absolute ...

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Fourteen Numbers You Need to Know Before Buying Country Property

Tue, Dec 29th 2009 10:30 pm by John Hilton General

Fourteen Numbers You Need to Know Before Buying Country Property

By Curtis Seltzer on March 18, 2008

1.  Acres.
How many acres will the seller convey to you, physically on the ground and legally in his deed?  These numbers should be the same, but are often different.

A surveyor can plot the seller's deed description on a topographical map that you can use in the field. The plotting will determine exactly how many acres the seller can convey to you by deed and whether the deed description closes.  If the drawn boundary does not close, there's an error in the description. It's not uncommon to find either more or less acreage on the ground than in the deed.

142.  Tax-assessed value.
What is ...

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Timberland investing: Different ways to make a future buck

Wed, Dec 23rd 2009 10:30 pm by John Hilton General

Timberland investing: Different ways to make a future buck

By Curtis Seltzer on November 17, 2009

It's been almost impossible not to make money in timberland for the last 100 years. Whatever type you bought, the only trick you had to know was to hold it for a long time. The trees grew, increasing the volume of valuable timber. The trees upgraded themselves from small-diameters tosawtimber diameters, and when this "in-growth" threshold was cross it multiplied a tree's value per unit of volume many times over. You could cut some trees at the top of the stumpage cycle if you needed cash. And, finally, the dirt itself - often called "bare land" - appreciated as our population grew.

The "st...

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Get in Price: Key to Investing

Wed, Dec 16th 2009 10:15 pm by John Hilton General

Get-in price is key to making money in land when the future is uncertain

By Curtis Seltzer on November 10, 2009

During football season, we are bombarded with "analysts" telling us that the key to victory for one team or another is the offensive line, or "making plays," or winning a match up, or controlling turnovers, or remembering that the "other team puts its pants on one leg at a time just like us."

Only one factor determines a winner in football-which team scores the most points. One analyst summed up his insight into a game between two low-scoring NFL teams: "Points are going to count in this one." Can't quarrel with that. This commentator appears to be paid real dollars for his w...

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Seller, Improve your Land Marketing

Tue, Dec 8th 2009 10:13 pm by John Hilton General

Three cheap ways for land sellers to improve their marketing

By Curtis Seltzer on October 18, 2008

Three cheap ways for land sellers to improve their marketingThe devaluation in real-estate values that began in metropolitan areas in 2007 with over-valued residential properties is starting to roll into the country. Sales seem to be slowing.

Sellers lower their asking prices to move their properties in a market that's turned against them.

A cut in price will have more impact on buyers if it's packaged with three trust-building gestures that position them to make a deal.

1. Provide complete property information.

I advise sellers to put together a packet that includes the following:

  • Seller's deed with boundary description. If the seller did a...

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