Willy Fanning

Willy Fanning

Broker Associate
  • Accredited Buyer's Representative®, e-PRO®, Real Estate Negotiation Expert, Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource®, Seniors Real Estate Specialist®
  •   English
    • Hilton Head Island Office (Office)
      890 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 33
      Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Get to know Willy!

Willy is originally from Southampton, New York, where his family roots date back to the 1600's. While vacationing on Hilton Head Island in 1989 he and his family fell in love with the natural beauty, climate, beaches and quality of life here. Upon returning home to East Hampton, New York, they decided to make the move to Hilton Head and make it their new home. The Fanning's arrived in January, 1990 and have never regretted their decision.

Willy was a Chef for over 25 years, having worked in Manhattan, Miami Beach, the Hampton's and then here on Hilton Head for 5 years prior to getting his real estate license in 1995. Willy's mother had owned her own real estate company in Hampton Bays, New York, so having grown up in the business, the choice to make a career change in 1995 to real estate was an easy one.

Willy has been a consistent top producing agent from the onset, successfully listing and selling real estate in the Hilton Head- Bluffton- Sun City area. He is also active at the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, having been a Trustee and a past Vice President of the Board of Directors. He also has a number of national designations, Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Short Sale Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and is a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE).

Taking some time away from the office, Willy enjoys the beach, biking, traveling and still enjoys wine dinners and cooking.


  • Full time, award winning SC Broker Associate

  • Hilton Head Island Realtor since 1995

  • Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors - Distinguished Sales Award

  • Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors - Realtor Service Award

  • ABR-Accredited Buyers Representative

  • e-Pro, Realtor Technology Professional

  • SRES- Senior Real Estate Specialist

  • CDPE-Certified Distressed Property Expert

  • SFR- Short Sale, foreclosure and REO Property Expert

  • CIAS- Certified Investment Agent Specialist

  • CNE- Certified Negotiation Expert


  • 2017 Affordable Housing Committee Chairperson

  • 2016 Vice President - Board of Directors HHAAOR

  • 2015-17 Trustee of the Board of Directors - HHAAOR

  • 2014, 2017 Co-Chair of the Government and Legislation Committee- HHAAOR

  • Former Chair, Affordable Housing Committee-HHAAOR

  • Former Chair, Marketing and PR Committee- HHAAOR

  • Former Elder- Hilton Head Presbyterian Church (PCA)

  • Former Coach- Island Rec. youth soccer program

  • Heritage Golf Tournament Volunteer

  • Week of Champions Volunteer

  • Active volunteer at Church of the Cross in Bluffton and Sun City



3 children;

James - Armstrong Atlantic State University Grad '08 (Basketball); Hillsong College- Sydney Australia '15, '16.

Meghan - Clemson Grad '09 & USC Masters '12

Margaret -High Point University Grad'12 (Women's Soccer)

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