Finding a Low Country home you want to buy is easy! The mortgage paperwork is a different story! If you have a mortgage lender in mind, it is a good idea to start this process as soon as you know you want to buy a home on Hilton Head Island or Bluffton. If you don’t have a preferred lender, your Bluffton Realtor can recommend a local lender that they have worked with that they trust.
Your lender will check your credit report and determine an approximate loan approval amount for a basic pre-qualification letter within a day or so. A full loan approval, however, will require paperwork and documentation. Your home loan, as well as the amount of money you can borrow, are contingent on this important documentation, so it’s a good idea to start gathering this info now so you aren’t overwhelmed when your lender needs it.
These are some of the documents you will likely need for your home loan in SC:
Documents Needed to Verify Income
- Pay stubs for the last 30 to 60 days
- Tax Returns for the past 2 years
Documents Needed to Verify Assets
- Most recent 2 months bank statements including all pages – even blank ones
- Most recent retirement and investment statements
- Your lender will run your credit report to determine your credit score for your mortgage approval
Home Sale Contingencies
- A copy of your executed purchase contract
There may be additional forms and documentation required for your home loan approval in SC, which the Dufrene Group, your Realtor in Bluffton, can help you with. Contact us today to get your Bluffton or Hilton Head Island home buying process started. We can connect you with a lender and email you a list of homes with your criteria so you can find your dream home on Hilton Head Island.
Happy New Year from The Dufrene Group, your real estate experts in Hilton Head, SC! The new year is a great time to sell your Hilton Head Island or Bluffton home! The experienced team of Realtors at The Dufrene Group is here to assist you every step of the way. When you decide the time is right to sell your SC Low Country home, we are here to help with everything needed to get the job done for you.
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The Experienced Realtors at The Dufrene Group in Bluffton, SC Can Help
Selling a home is no easy task! It can get complicated very quickly when you need to fill out stacks of legal documents, tons of necessary forms, and review long home inspection checklists. Leave the stress to The Dufrene Group as we work hard to sell your Hilton Head home. From the beginning steps of pricing, taking photos and marketing to negotiating offers, inspections, and the final closing – our team of Bluffton Realtors is here for you every step of the way.
Homes for Sale on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC is Our Expertise at The Dufrene Group
When you’re ready to sell your SC Low Country home, the team at The Dufrene Group is here for you. We will help you prepare your home to show prospective buyers and when the time comes, help you negotiate the best offer to get the most for your SC home. Let’s work together to sell your home in 2020! Give us a call at (843) 707-2267 or send us an email for more info on selling your home!
Christmas is a magical time to be in the SC Low Country. From the peaceful shores of Hilton Head Island to the beautiful banks of the May River in Bluffton, there is something wonderfully festive happening this season along the coast.
If you have plans to spend Christmas on Hilton Head Island, put these Island events and festivities on your list of things to do this holiday season.
Christmas Events on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC
- Harbour Town Lights – Stroll along the Harbour and enjoy the lights, with the centerpiece of the display being a towering Christmas tree. Harbour Town is the perfect place to be this holiday season with live entertainment and activities.
- Light Up the Low Country – Join the festivities for a Chanukah Celebration lighting the tallest Menorah in the county! Enjoy latkes, doughnuts, crafts and more! Sunday, December 22, 6 PM to 7PM.
- Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. Come to the 2019 Bluffton Christmas Parade Corner of Bridge and Pritchard Streets. Fun for the whole family!
- 19th Annual Ted Flach Candy Cane Golf & Tennis Classic – Saturday, December 7, 2019, Sea Pines Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Golf and/or tennis tournament available.
- Bluffton Tree-Lighting Ceremony – Friday at DuBois Park in Bluffton’s Historic District at 5:30 p.m. Michael C. Riley Elementary school chorus will sing, and Town leaders will light the Bluffton Christmas Tree. Cookies and refreshments will be served under the Pavilion where Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a pre-Christmas visit.
- Taste of the Season – December 6: Kick-off your holidays with the 30th annual Taste of the Season. Indulge in epicurean delicacies from the very best restaurants and eateries on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Local chefs will be serving their signature dishes or trying out new recipes. Where else can you sample 50+ restaurants all in one place? Taste of the Season is always a sellout, don’t miss out on one of the Chamber’s most anticipated events of the year! 6-9 p.m. Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa.
- Outdoor Movie “A Christmas Story” – Watch a showing of the movie “A Christmas Story” under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. Benches and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows will be provided. Admission is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for the Deep Well Project
Christmas Wishes from The Dufrene Group
The team at The Dufrene Group in Bluffton, SC is sending Christmas wishes your way and hoping you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and an amazing New Year in 2020 with plenty of time spent on Hilton Head Island!
November is one of the best months of the year to enjoy some quiet time on the beautiful SC coast on Hilton Head Island. The warm, sunny days and long empty beaches are definitely something to be thankful for and we know just how fortunate we are to live here.
If you find yourself lucky enough to be spending Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island, be sure to check out these holiday-oriented activities and events on the Island.
Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island
Sea Pines Wagon Rides – Enjoy a festive wagon ride through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with cookies and refreshments. Thanksgiving morning festivities include a scavenger hunt and other fun events.
Annual Turkey Trot Thursday – 5k and Fun Walk Gobble – After party is full of fun with free beer, muffins, and fruit! A safe, fun, and family-oriented Fun Walk or 5K to start your Thanksgiving holiday! Dockside on Skull Creek.
Harbour Town Lights – Harbour Town comes to life for the holidays on the day after Thanksgiving. Stroll along the harbor and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures, with the centerpiece of the display being a towering Christmas tree.
Special Greg Russell Performance – Hilton Head celebrity Greg Russell performs a special concert right after the official tree lighting at Harbour Town to get the season started.
Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Hudson’s – All are welcome to share turkey, dressing and all the trimmings at a free dinner held at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. It’s important to know there is a place for you to go to celebrate this holiday with others. The meal is prepared by Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks on Skull Creek, with volunteers from the community to help serve the food. There will be lots of good fellowship and entertainment for a festive atmosphere.
Thanksgiving with Tennis Legend Stan Smith – Join Stan Smith, Sea Pines Resort’s touring professional, past champion of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and former U.S. Olympic men’s coach and his staff for a fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend. The class will feature video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills. Reservations required; contact (843) 363-4495. $305/adults only.
Thanksgiving Blessings to Your and Yours from The Dufrene Group
The team at The Dufrene Group wishes each and every one of you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving Day filled with everything that makes your smile. We are thankful for your business and look forward to working with you again.
For a beach town, Hilton Head Island sure does know how to do it right for Halloween. There are plenty of spooky haunts and Halloween oriented festivities on the Island as well as across the bridge in Bluffton for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy. Here are some of the frightful festivities to enjoy this Halloween on Hilton Head Island.
Halloween Festivities on Hilton Head Island
Halloween at Coligny – October 25 – Halloween fun at Coligny with costume contests for all ages, trick-or-treating around the plaza and entertainment by DJ Crush and more from 4-7 p.m.
Salty Dog Café Haunted BBQ – October 27 – Dress up in your Halloween costume and come out to the Salty Dog at South Beach Marina. The fun-filled haunted BBQ and costume contest features an evening filled with ghoulish food, live music, sweet treats, face painting and more!
Bluffton Jack’s Haunted History Tour – Various Dates Throughout October – Enjoy a walking GHOST TOUR of historic Old Town Bluffton. Hear spooky Bluffton tales told by certified tour guide Bluffton Jack. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Prepare for a hauntingly good time.
Halloween Wagon Rides in Sea Pines – October 27 – Wear your Halloween costume and look for clues to lead you to the pumpkin patch during Halloween Wagon Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.
Halloween on the Harbour – October 28 – Visit Harbour Town for the complimentary Halloween on the Harbour with activities and trick-or-treating around Harbour Town.
The Dufrene Group Realtors Can Help You Buy or Sell Your Low Country Home
The team at The Dufrene Group is your go-to Bluffton and Hilton Head Island Realtor and makes it “not-so-scary” to buy or sell a home! We are dedicated to helping you find the Hilton Head home of your dreams or get the most money when you sell your current home. We are experienced, flexible, and know the Hilton Head and Bluffton real estate markets better than anyone. We’d love to be your Low Country Realtor! Contact us here!
Just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island is the cozy riverside town of Bluffton, SC. What used to be a quiet little fishing village has developed into one of the best kept secrets on South Carolina’s East coast.
While many visitors come to the area to spend some time on the gorgeous beaches of Hilton Head Island, no visit to the SC Low Country would be complete without spending some time in beautiful Bluffton.
There is so much to see and do in Bluffton including unique shopping experiences, delicious dining options, and fun-filled tours and adventures. In addition, Bluffton never misses an opportunity to have a festival downtown to celebrate the many things that make this thriving community so special. Here’s some of the upcoming festivals in Bluffton. Be sure to add them to your list of things to do in the Hilton Head area.
2019 Fall Festivals in Bluffton
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival – October 12th – 20th – Celebrates fresh-from-the-water seafood and the talent of the local arts community. Located on Calhoun Street in the historic district includes a juried art show, live music, and Bluffton seafood – shrimp, oysters, scallops, blue crabs – and barbecue for the “landlubbers”. Enjoy weekend festivities including great music from local bands, a seafood tasting extravaganza, and a fireworks grand finale.
The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Fest – October 26th – Features specialty brews at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Known as the “The Best Little Beer Fest in the USA,” it includes over 100 unique beers from more than 40 breweries in the US and around the world. Live music.
13th Annual Music to Your Mouth Festival – November 18 to 24 – The vibrant Palmetto Bluff community, located a few miles down May River Road from Old Town Bluffton, welcomes guests to enjoy the event features of the four-day music, food, and wine celebration, highlighting renowned chefs and favorite musicians.
The Dufrene Group – Your Bluffton Real Estate Specialists
We would love to welcome you to the thriving Bluffton, SC community as our neighbor! Check out the homes for sale in Bluffton here at no obligation, and then just let us know when you want to take a tour! We are excited to show you around our amazing little town and help you own a piece of paradise today!
If you’re lucky enough to be spending Labor Day Weekend with us on Hilton Head Island, you will find it is the absolute perfect time to relax in the SC Low Country. School has already been in session in our neck of the woods for several weeks and classes will begin the day after the holiday weekend for most other areas. This means that the hectic days of summer vacation are behind us and we can relax and enjoy having more of the beautiful Island to ourselves!
It’s also the perfect time to look at the homes for sale on Hilton Head Island and homes for sale in Bluffton, SC. Our experienced team of Realtors in Bluffton would love to show you around the Island during your visit. It’s our pleasure and privilege to let you look at the amazing homes available in our little piece of paradise. If you would like to call Hilton Head or Bluffton home, or are interested in a vacation or investment property here, we’d love to help you realize your dream!
Here are some of the exciting Labor Day Weekend activities and festivities on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton:
Labor Day Events in Hilton Head and Bluffton
Parrot Palooza Caribbean Concert – Enjoy a night of dancing with the Parrot Palooza Caribbean Concert featuring Shannon Tanner & the Oyster Reefers for the Labor Day Weekend Shows Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 at 7pm. Cappy the Clown will also be at the Harbour with fun kids’ activities from 6-9pm!
Friday Social Dancing – The Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club welcomes you to their Friday night Social Dance on
FridayAugust 30. The Social Dances are from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation and are open to the public. There is a $ 5 floorcharge. Anyone who loves to dance is invited to attend – ballroom, swing, country, line, singles and out of towners are welcome!
Gregg Russell Labor Day Concerts – Celebrating over 40 years in Harbour Town, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic! You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak in Harbour Town entertaining adults and children alike. August 29 thru September 1, 2019.
Free Golf Class & Exhibition Palmetto Dunes – Location: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course -Enjoy a free golf clinic & demonstration is offered at the Robert Trent Jones course in Palmetto Dunes. Ask questions to former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver & staff. The class is hands-on, interactive and all skill levels will benefit.
The Dufrene Group – Your Bluffton Realtor Team
The Dufrene Group is here to help with all your real estate needs. Whether you are a local to the area or are looking to invest in a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, our team can help you find the home you are looking for! Visit our website here for more info today!
There is no better place to celebrate the 4th of July holiday than on beautiful Hilton Head Island. There is so much to see and do for the whole family. Whether you are looking to relax and unwind or experience an exciting adventure, there is truly something for everyone on Hilton Head Island. Check out these fun and festive Independence Day activities on Hilton Head Island.
Celebrate 4th of July on Hilton Head Island
Firecracker 5K – Be a part of the 34th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk!
Funstarts at 8:00 a.m. at the Shelter Cove Community Park. With more than 1,700 runners and walkers each year, this is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County, as well as one of the top 10 races in South Carolina.
4th of July Parade – Check out the 4th of July parade at Harbour Town in Sea Pines. Decorate your bike, wagon, pets, and dress up the kiddos for the fun-filled Parade at Harbour Town. Entries will be judged on patriotism, so don’t be afraid to wave your flag proudly!
Salute from the Shore – The Salute from the Shore promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle! Each year on the 4th of July, hundreds of thousands of people gather on South Carolina’s beaches to show their appreciation to America’s armed forces during a military aircraft flyover. This year, F-16s from the McEntire Joint National Guard Base will fly overhead at approximately 1:00 p.m. The flyover starts at Cherry Grove in the Myrtle Beach area and wraps up at the sand bar on the May River in Bluffton. Grab a chair and head to the beach. Then look to the sky shortly after
1pmfor the flyover as they make their way down the coastline to Hilton Head Island beaches.
Pre-Fireworks Fun – Head to Shelter Cove Towne Center, where kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a small fee beginning at 5:00 p.m. Or, visit Shelter Cove Harbour for a special Fourth of July edition of HarbourFest, where you’ll be treated to performances by Shannon Tanner and Cappy the Clown at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Fireworks Displays – Bring your lawn chairs to Harbour Town in Sea Pines, the Skull Creek Boathouse, or enjoy Palmetto Dunes’ Harbourfest with family-friendly activities and fireworks at Shelter Cove. All fireworks display will begin at dusk.
The Dufrene Group – Your Realtors on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton
There’s no better place to spend the Fourth of July than Hilton Head Island and there is truly no better place to live! The Dufrene Group can help you find the vacation home of your dreams on Hilton Head Island or a year-round home in beautiful Bluffton. Contact us today for assistance or search homes for sale here.
Thinking of Selling Your Low Country Home? Here are the Best Home Improvements for a Higher Resale Price
If you are thinking of selling your Hilton Head Island or Bluffton home in the near future, now is a great time to start considering the best home improvements to make to help you get the best resale value. Savvy home sellers know that if you want to get the most money for your home, it is crucial that it be in tip top shape to attract buyers and command the asking price. Do not underestimate the value some minor home improvements can add to your bottom line when you sell your home.
As experienced Realtors in Bluffton, we know that our clients need to start taking an inventory now of the things they can do to increase the value of their home and have it looking its finest when the listing hits the market. Here are some tips about the best home improvements to make on your home for sale on Hilton Head Island or Bluffton home for sale.
Home Improvements to Make for Best Resale Profits
- Don’t Forget the Yard – Do not underestimate the
rolea colorful row of flowers or a well-manicured lawn plays when people are house hunting. Replace overgrown shrubs with pretty, flowering plants, and other eye-catching focal points like a stone walkway or paved path to add instant appeal and value to the home.
- Clever Kitchen Updates –Even minor kitchen updates can go a long way in increasing the appeal and the price of your home for sale. Consider updating any appliances you can, sanding and painting existing cabinets for a fresh new look and updating curtains and window trim to add a designer touch.
- Spruce Up the Bathroom – When a complete remodel is not an option, spruce up outdated bathrooms for a more modern feel to attract more buyers. Consider re-calking the tub, re-grouting any old looking tile, and replacing the toilet for a more modern look. Also, updating the bathroom mirror as well as the fixtures will enhance the home for buyers.
- Be Energy Efficient – Being energy efficient means being budget efficient in the eyes of a home buyer. While you may not actually be able to see these upgrades in your home for sale, an energy efficient home is a true favorite choice of home buyers today due to the potential long-term monetary savings it offers. Upgrading the HVAC system, insulation, water heaters, and windows are very popular upgrades with those looking to buy a home.
- Freshen Up the Walls – One of the most effective yet least expensive updates you can make is to give the walls of the home a fresh coat of paint. New paint not only lightens and brightens each room
,it also disguises any imperfections or defects to make the home look clean and fresh. Just be sure to choose a color that will be appealing to a wide variety of people such as a neutral yet urban gray tone.
- Don’t Forget the Yard – Do not underestimate the
We definitely have our fair share of amazing restaurants to choose from in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Beaufort, SC. Our coastal location gives the SC Low Country an abundance of fresh local seafood and there is truly nothing better than relaxing with a spectacular water view while dining. Here are some of the area restaurants that offer an amazing water view in the SC Low Country.
Restaurants with a Water View on Hilton Head Island
Restaurants with a Water View in Beaufort
Restaurants with a Water View in Bluffton
No matter which water view you choose, we are lucky to have these and many other delicious restaurants in the area to choose from for delicious SC Low Country cuisine.
Trust the Dufrene Real Estate Team
Whether you are a local resident looking to sell your home in Bluffton and buy a new one, or a fan of the area who wants a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group is here to help. Our experienced team of Bluffton Realtors can help you buy or sell a Bluffton or Hilton Head home. Contact us for a FREE consultation today to see how we can best serve your Hilton Head Island real estate needs.