Willy hails from Southampton, New York, where his family's roots run deep, tracing back to the 1600s. However, in 1989, during a memorable vacation to Hilton Head Island, he and his family experienced a profound connection with the island's natural beauty, climate, pristine beaches, and overall quality of life. Captivated by this enchanting destination, the Fanning family decided to uproot their lives in East Hampton, New York, and embark on a new chapter in Hilton Head. Their journey began in January 1990, and it's a decision they've cherished ever since.
Before entering the world of real estate, Willy enjoyed a thriving career as a chef for more than 25 years. His culinary expertise was honed in various culinary hotspots, including Manhattan, Miami Beach, the Hamptons, and, ultimately, Hilton Head, where he shared his culinary talents for five years. In 1995, Willy's life took a new turn when he obtained his real estate license. This transition was a natural choice for him, given his upbringing in the real estate business, with his mother owning her own real estate company in Hampton Bays, New York.
From the very beginning, Willy proved to be a top-producing real estate agent. He has consistently excelled in listing and selling properties in the Hilton Head-Bluffton-Sun City region. Beyond his professional achievements, Willy actively participates in the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, where he has held roles as a Trustee and Vice President. With numerous national designations to his name, he's a recognized authority in the field.
Willy's commitment to his community extends beyond his real estate pursuits. He is dedicated to volunteering in the Sun City community and contributes his time and energy to The Church of The Cross in Bluffton. In his leisure time, you'll find Willy unwinding at the beach, exploring new travel destinations, and continuing to indulge his culinary passions by preparing and hosting wine dinners with his wife, Yvonne. His journey from the bustling kitchens of renowned restaurants to the dynamic world of real estate showcases his versatility and enduring dedication to excellence.
ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative
CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert
CIAS - Certified Investment Advisor Specialist
CNE - Certified Negotiation Expert
CNHS - Certified New Home Specialist
RCC - Residential Construction Certified
SFR - Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist
e-Pro- internet Professional Realtor Expert
2nd generation Realtor.
Former Chef in New York City, Miami, The Hamptons and Hilton Head Island.
Licensed SC Realtor since 1995.
SC Broker since 2003.
Mercy High- 1972
SUNY@Cobleskill- AAS Food Service Admin '75
SC Realtor School 1995
SC Broker Training 2003
Former HH Area Board of Realtors Trustee and Vice President.
Former HHAR Committee Chairperson for Affordable Housing Committee,
Former SC Realtors Affordable Housing Committee.