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
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 has served as its’ Vice President.

He also has a number of national designations, Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR),
Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Short Sale Foreclosure Resource
(SFR), a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and a Certified New Home
(CNHS) and Residential Construction Specialist (RCS).

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