April 2019

Hilton Head Island Multi-Listing Service: Investing in Your Community

Author: Jay Rodriguez

You only get out of a community as much as you put into it. It’s a principle the Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head Island (HHIMLS) has put into action. HHIMLS appreciates and respects the role it has earned in its communities, and its mission is to show those communities that it is vested in the overall success of the region.

From housing and medicine to caring for animals and educating the area’s leaders, HHIMLS has taken a hands-on approach to ensure that vital organizations are assisted with the resources they need to serve their communities. For example, the funds HHIMLS donated to Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity will be contributed to the REALTOR® house. Habitat for Humanity helps build, renovate and preserve homes. They partner with local organizations to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. The REALTOR® house is built by members of the Hilton Head Association of REALTORS® and HHIMLS and serves as an example of business leaders and organizations coming together to build a stronger community for everyone.

The HHIMLS also recognizes the longtime dedication and commitment made by the Hilton Head Island chapter of Volunteers in Medicine. VIM has strong roots in the area. In the early 1990s, one out of three people who lived on Hilton Head Island had no access to health care. At the same time, retired medical personnel including physicians, nurses, dentists, expressed an interest in finding a way to continue practicing their profession on a voluntary, part-time basis to help those without access to medical care. The MLS recognizes this organization’s continued passion to serve the community and has made a monetary donation to the chapter. Volunteers in Medicine continues to provide health care to all, regardless of ability to pay. Through the clinic’s efforts, it has helped the local hospital save $5 million annually in emergency room visits and other costly services.

Many of the families the MLS serves include pets as beloved family members. MLS knows the importance pets play in the dynamic of these families, and so they donated money to the Palmetto Animal League—a local nonprofit and no-kill animal shelter that houses nearly 200 animals in need of permanent homes. It also houses a Community Clinic in its 7,700-square-foot facility that offers wellness exams, vaccines, spay/neuter and other vital services at affordable prices.

Among the largest efforts HHIMLS made in recent months has been investing as the sole VIP sponsor of the Brand Your Own Business conference on Hilton Head Island. The conference is designed to empower regional small business owners and real estate professionals to market to customers in different ways.

Nearly 200 business professionals, mostly in the real estate industry, attended the January event. The conference featured presentations about marketing strategies, digital branding, trends in home buying and much more. Authors, philosophers and marketers enriched the minds of attendees with the hopes of bringing value to their businesses.

The MLS believes this event was a tremendous success, thanks to the community leaders who took part in the conference. It was a great opportunity to show support to its current members as well as network with insurance companies, property managers, and mortgage lenders. All participants play a role in making sure the housing market and the entire business community in our region is thriving in the near future.

HHIMLS wants to remain at the forefront of educating and empowering leaders in their community, and that’s why they felt the need to be a VIP sponsor of this event. Not only were these programs enlightening and educational, but the conference provided a terrific opportunity for like-minded leaders to network in the Hilton Head area and beyond.

These are just a few examples of living up to the expectations of their community. MLS always tries to be cognizant of helping invest in both their long-standing businesses as well as the ones interested in improving their future financial landscape.

After all, how can they sell themselves as home to the best communities in the Southeast if they don’t put in the time and effort to make them so?

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