• Fall Festivals on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

    September through November is a great time to be on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, SC. The weather is near perfect with daytime temperatures near 80 and temps that only dip into the 50’s at night. The mild fall and winter seasons are a few of the many reasons so many people look for homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. Many folks look for a Bluffton Realtor to show them vacation homes so that they can spend the colder seasons down South, to enjoy life with no snow shoveling, heavy coats, and freezing temperatures. Others ask their Realtor in Bluffton to show them homes on Hilton Head Island, so they can enjoy the beach and amazing weather of the SC coast all year long.

    Fall is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather and fun-filled festivals in Hilton Head and Bluffton, like these popular Low Country events:

    Fall Festivals on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

    • Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival – October 13 thru Oct 21, 2018 – This popular festival is a week-long event offering a variety of activities, with locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton, SC. Get more information here.
    • Music & Taste on the Harbour at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – September 20, 2018 (and more) – This exciting seasonal event returns this fall on Thursdays beginning September 6th through October 18th at Neptune Statue, combining the best local bands with delicious food and drinks. Now in its 10th season, this outdoor concert series will kick-off with The Headliners and will feature a variety of bands on Thursday nights. Get more information here.
    • Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival – November 3, 2018 – Hilton Head Island’s own Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival offers the creme de la creme in automotive exhibition, racing, dining, and entertainment. Here the best, the brightest, and most passionate automotive and aeronautic dreams of yesterday, today, and tomorrow come true right before your eyes. Get more information and tickets here.
    • Crescendo – September 27 thru November 4, 2018 – Crescendo, a regional event, organized in honor of October’s National Arts and Humanities month, highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area. Join the celebration and honor the importance of arts and culture in America and our local community. Learn more here.  
    • Music to Your Mouth at Palmetto Bluff – November 15 thru November 18, 2018 – The 12th Annual Music to Your Mouth is a celebration of the best and the brightest of the South’s culinarians and the delectable cuisine of our region. Family recipes passed down from each generation, fresh produce from local farms and the creative masterminds behind it all converge for a multi-day event series that is a culmination of the finest in Southern food.Learn more and buy tickets here.

    Want to be a Part of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Community?

    We would love to have you join our community and enjoy Low Country living at its finest. If you would like to see homes for sale in Bluffton or homes for sale on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group can show you the available properties in your desired community and price range. Our Bluffton Realtors are here to help and would love to show you around town. Contact us here to schedule a tour!

     

     

  • Some of the Best Golf Courses in the U.S. are Found in Our Own Backyard in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC

    Millions of people visit the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC area each year. Some come to relax on our pristine beaches, others love the laid-back vibe and tons of family-friendly activities, and then there are the golfers! These folks know that some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world are hidden behind area plantation gates with breathtaking ocean views and unique Low Country Live Oak and blossoming magnolia tree-lined fairways.

    In fact, it is because of these world-class golf courses that many people are interested in homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. There are so many golf-oriented communities in the Low Country area, that living on or near your favorite course is as easy as asking a Bluffton Realtor to show you the available properties in your price range! From beautiful condos on the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island to a sprawling home on the Colleton River Plantation Golf Course in Bluffton, our Realtor in Bluffton can show you exactly what you are looking for in a golf-oriented home. Check out some of the most popular golf courses in the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area.

    Best Golf Courses on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

    If it is your dream to live on one of these beautiful golf courses in Hilton Head or Bluffton, SC, our team of experienced Realtors at the Dufrene Group in Bluffton is ready to help make your dream come true. Just give us the word and we can create a list of all the golf-oriented properties for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for you to visit. Simply let us know your favorite golf homes for sale in Hilton Head or Bluffton and we will take you on a tour of them! Contact us today to schedule your tour of golf course homes at 843/707-2267 or contact us here.

     

  • Labor Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

    Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the SC Low Country. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the wonderful things we all love about Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC. As an experienced Realtor in Bluffton, I see more and more visitors take the time to look at homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island during their holiday visits, so they can spend more time in this amazing piece of paradise. If you’d 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 fun filled Labor Day Weekend activities on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton:

    Labor Day Events in Hilton Head and Bluffton

    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.

    Summer Entertainment Center Stage at Coligny – Enjoy a variety of activities on Labor Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island. Fun for the whole family – magic with Gary Maurer, live local music, great food and beverages. More info here.

     “Funny not Filthy” Magic and Comedy Show – Laugh with the family at the “Funny not Filthy” magic and comedy at the Comedy Magic Cabaret in South Island Square featuring headliner Kerry Pollock. Teens are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Get tickets here.

    Reggae Festival on the Riva! in Bluffton- Fun filled Labor Day Weekend celebration on the May River in Bluffton. The Reggae Festival on the Riva! is Saturday, will be held on September 1, 2018 from 2pm -9pm. Celebrate Reggae in the Lowcountry with food vendors, live Reggae Bands, DJ, contests, kid activities. Plenty more! More info here.

    Reggae Sunset Cruise – Spend Labor Day weekend on the water on the coast of beautiful Hilton Head SC. Join the fun on Sunday, September 2, 2018 for live Reggae music, Caribbean buffet, and more. Boat boards at 6pm. More info here. www.ReggaePonDeRiver.com

    The Dufrene Group – Your Bluffton Realtor Team 

    The Dufrene Group can help with all your real estate needs. Whether you are a local to the area or are looking to invest in a home here, our team can help you find the home you are looking for! Visit www.thedufrenegroup.com for more info today!

  • It’s Time to Head Back to School in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC

    Since it’s almost time for the local students in Beaufort County, SC to head back to school, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to brag about the amazing schools we have in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC.  As an experienced Realtor in Bluffton, one of the first things families looking for homes for sale in Bluffton ask me about are the schools their children will attend.

    There are so many wonderful things about living in beautiful Bluffton, SC and coastal Hilton Head Island, and fortunately for us, the schools are on that list! During your home search, if you are considering homes for sale on Hilton head Island or homes for sale in Bluffton, you will be thrilled to know that we love our schools and the amazing teachers in our area and consider them among our greatest assets.

    Those looking for homes for sale in Bluffton with school age children have the following public-school options as well as a variety of wonderful private school opportunities.

    Bluffton Public Schools

    Elementary

    Pritchardville Elementary

    Bluffton Elementary

    Okatie Elementary

    Red Cedar Elementary

    M.C. Riley Elementary

    River Ridge Academy (K thru 8)

     

    Middle

    Bluffton Middle School

    H.E. McCracken Middle School

     

    High

    Bluffton High School

    May River High School

     

    Those looking for homes for sale on Hilton Head Island with school age children have the following public-school options as well as a variety of wonderful private school opportunities.

    Hilton Head Island Public Schools

    Hilton Head School for Creative Arts

    Hilton Head Island IB

    Middle

    Hilton Head Island Middle School

    High

    Hilton Head Island High School

     

    Bluffton and Hilton Head Island residents are also fortunate to have two available college campuses in our area.  The University of SC Beaufort and The Technical College of the Low Country both have a convenient Bluffton/Hardeeville campus for those who have interest in college level courses.

    The Dufrene Group – We Are Your Bluffton Realtor

    Our amazing schools are just one of the many reasons people choose to look at homes for sale in Bluffton. Our wonderful community, great coastal lifestyle, and mild weather make living on the SC coast such a privilege! The Bluffton Realtor team at The Dufrene Group would love to show you the available homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and invite you to become part of our family-oriented community.

  • A Look Around Town – The Heyward House, Bluffton, SC

    There are so many wonderful things about our quaint little town of Bluffton, SC. It’s no wonder people visit us and decide to look for homes for sale in Bluffton to call their own. From the beautiful May River sunsets, to the charming shops along Calhoun Street, there is magic in our tiny seaside community that draws folks from near and far and beckons for them to stay longer.

    As a Realtor in Bluffton, I hear the stories time and again about how our little town stole the hearts of my clients. There are so many interesting tales and wonderful sites to see in Bluffton, SC, and today we are taking a look at a beautiful historic home that has deep roots in our community.

    The Cole-Heyward House in Historic Bluffton

    Built as a summer home for a local plantation owner, the Cole-Heyward House was built in 1841 and is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining today in Bluffton. Located near the May River, in the heart of Bluffton’s historic district, this Carolina Farmhouse style dates from the Colonial period up to the Civil War.

    Designed by John J. Cole, the home first served as a retreat for him and his family to escape the SC heat, insects, and disease of the plantation, and was used for parties and socializing with other local planter families during the summer in the Low Country.

    The Heyward House site, which includes the original slave cabin and summer kitchen, is actually named for the Heyward family who owned the home from the early 1880s until 1998. George Cuthbert Heyward, grandson of Thomas Heyward Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the first Heyward to reside in the home.

    Today, the house is well preserved and has not changed much structurally over the over the past 170 years. It currently serves as the Official Welcome Center for the Town of Bluffton, and features a museum depicting its history. It is also an official project of the “Save America’s Treasures Program”, a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    The Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center is now operated by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and can be toured and visited daily. Stop by to get acquainted with our town via maps, brochures, menus, and information to help you enjoy your visit to Bluffton. The friendly staff is available to answer any questions you may have and give you directions to your next place of interest in our town. Hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.  More info on tours here.

    https://www.heywardhouse.org/

    Make Bluffton Your Home

    If our little town stole your heart, contact us at the Dufrene Group, and an experienced Bluffton Realtor can show you homes for sale in Bluffton to fit your style and price range. We would love to show you around our home town and we’d love even more to have you as a neighbor!

  • All About Closing Costs and What a Buyer Can Expect

    There are many real estate terms a first-time buyer may not be familiar with – and that’s ok. As a Bluffton Realtor, it is my job to make sure you understand the terminology, so you feel comfortable when you begin to look at homes for sale in Bluffton.

    An important thing to know about when considering Bluffton homes for sale is closing costs. First, a real estate closing is when the title of a property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. The costs and fees associated with buying your home that are paid at the closing of the real estate transaction are called closing costs.

    Closing costs are typically broken down into 2 categories: recurring and non-recurring. Recurring costs include things such as pre-paid property taxes, insurance, and interest.  Some of these expenses are paid each year via escrow. The non-recurring closing costs include things such as escrow and loan fees.

    How Much Are the Closing Costs?

    The total closing costs in SC are less than 3% of the amount of money borrowed for your home loan. For example, if you were looking at homes for sale in Bluffton for $300,000 the amount of the total closing costs would be around $9k or less.

    Tips to Reduce Your Closing Costs

    • Part of the closing costs are pre-paid interest on the loan. Closing near the end of the month will mean that less interest is due on your loan for that month, reducing your closing costs.
    • Lenders vary in the amount of closing costs they charge to clients. Compare lender fees and interest rates to save thousands of dollars in closing costs. Also, feel free to negotiate closing costs with your lender to reduce your fees.
    • Sometimes you can trade a higher interest rate in exchange for a reduction in closing costs and sometimes even eliminate them completely!
    • Another option is to ask the seller to pay for closing costs when purchasing homes for sale in Bluffton. Most lenders allow the seller to pay up to 3% of the purchase price towards the buyer’s closing costs.

    As an experienced Bluffton Realtor, The Dufrene Group can help you understand the home buying process and assist you with finding the home of your dreams. We’d love to show you your options! Contact us today to get started or search available homes for sale in Bluffton here!

  • It’s Time for Some Summer Time Fun on Hilton Head Island

    It’s no secret that the Hilton Head and Bluffton area are a top destination for those looking for a great
    summer getaway. In fact, many visitors decide that a few weeks each summer is simply not enough time
    in the amazing Low Country of SC and decide to look at the homes for sale in Bluffton, Hilton Head
    Island, and Beaufort during their summer vacation. We understand, and we certainly can’t blame you,
    after all, check out all of these amazing activities we have going on to help celebrate summer!

    Summer Jams and Fireworks at Dusk – The Island Recreation Association is proud to bring you a fun-
    filled, festive atmosphere with the highlight of the night fireworks which start around 9 pm every
    Tuesday during the summer. Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a
    minimal fee. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks!

    Movie Nights in the Park – After the sun sets over Broad Creek join us waterside at Shelter Cove
    Community Park for a summer full of blockbuster hits! Watch all your favorites under the stars on a 20′
    movie screen. No admission fee! Beach chairs, blankets and take-out food from Shelter Cove Towne
    Centre merchants recommended! Every Thursday night at 9 pm throughout the summer!

    HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – Enjoy this weekly celebration during the summer
    (every Monday – Friday) with live music featuring Shannon Tanner, entertainment from Cappy the
    Clown, art & crafts and activities for kids. Tuesday nights during HarbourFest are the traditional
    fireworks nights featuring a spectacular show that lights up the summer nighttime sky. HarbourFest,
    Shelter Cove Harbour’s signature summer event, occurs mid-June through mid-August.

    Sunset Celebration – Join us on the banks of Broad Creek for a picnic and a sunset serenade at the
    pavilion in Shelter Cove Community Park. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and pick up a picnic from one of
    our local merchants. Sunset Celebration, featuring live local music and laid-back family entertainment, is
    brought to you every Friday each summer by the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre. FREE!
    Not to mention relaxing days on our pristine beaches, fun with your friends on our world-class golf
    courses, exploring Sea Pines with the kids, a trail ride with the friendly folks at Lawton Stables, or a cool
    dip in one of our gorgeous resort pools. The summer fun simply does not end on beautiful Hilton Head
    Island!

    And…. the fun never ends if you live here! If you are vacationing in Hilton Head now and want to take a
    look at the amazing properties available for sale, we’d love to show you around. Give The Dufrene Group
    a call at 843/707-6627 or send us a message here. We’d love to help you find the home of your dreams.
    One of our experienced Realtors in Bluffton can show you the available homes for sale in Bluffton or
    Hilton Head and help you find a place to call your own so you can enjoy the amazing coastal life in the
    Hilton Head and Bluffton area!

  • The Best Time to List Your Home for Sale

    If you’re wondering if there is a better time of the year to sell your home, the answer is yes! As an
    experienced Bluffton Realtor, I can tell you that the time of year you decide to sell your home definitely
    matters and plays an important role in the Hilton Head and Bluffton housing market.
    Best Season to Buy or Sell Your Bluffton Home.

    There is definitely more home buying/selling activity in the spring and summer months than there is
    during the fall and winter seasons. There are several factors that come into play that make the spring
    and summer a better market for homes for sale in Bluffton. Circumstances like school being out gives
    families a much more open schedule and a chance to relocate without affecting their child’s school year.
    In the fall, school resumes, then we have the holidays, which both make families want to be settled in
    their homes instead of buying or selling them.

    Typically, a Realtor in Bluffton will see an increase in the number of home sales as the Low Country
    housing market approaches the spring “home-selling” season. In fact, home sales begin to increase in
    February and March, after the holidays, and continues to increase through August. Sales start to see a
    decrease in the new school year approaches, making the best market for homes for sale in Bluffton in
    May, June, July, and August.

    These peak selling months are important for both buyers and sellers. For home buyers, there is a
    greater inventory of homes for sale in Bluffton to choose from, so they will have a better chance of
    finding the right property. For sellers, it means the home will sell faster and with less marketing efforts.
    Now is the Time! Your Bluffton Realtor is Ready to Help

    If you are thinking of selling your Hilton Head, Bluffton, or Beaufort home, now is the perfect time to do
    so. Our experienced Realtors in Bluffton can help determine the best price for your home and have a
    plethora of marketing strategies to ensure your home gets sold quickly – and for the most money
    possible.

    If you are in the market for a new home, it is also the perfect time! The homes for sale in Bluffton and
    Hilton Head is plentiful, which gives you a variety of home choices and communities to fit any budget.
    The team at the Dufrene Group is here to help. Give us a call at (843) 707-2267 or drop us a line here.

  • Enjoy Some Fun in the Sun Memorial Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

    May is a great time to visit the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area. The weather is nearly perfect and there are so many planned events and festivities for the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend! Each May we welcome many visitors who come to the beautiful SC Low Country to enjoy our warm spring days that are perfect for lounging on the beach, lingering picnics in the park and rounds of golf on manicured courses. Some folks even take advantage of their vacation time here with a Bluffton Realtor to look for homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

    Whether you are a visitor or a local to our area, here are some tips from your Bluffton Realtor at the Dufrene Group for some fun-filled events to check out during Memorial Day weekend in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

    Memorial Day Weekend Events in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton 

    Gregg Russell Concert in Sea Pines – A Sea Pines summertime classic for over 30 years, adults and kids of all ages will enjoy local crooner Gregg Russell, who performs fun and family-friendly songs every weeknight under the famous Liberty Oak from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. The concerts are a popular Island event and are free of charge.

    Hilton Head Art Festival – This year’s Hilton Head Island Art Festival, presented by Nash Gallery, features the handcrafted works of the North American craftsman. Experience fine art, food, great music and shopping at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina this Memorial Day Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 26 – 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Heyward House Public Day – The Historic Heyward House in Bluffton invites you to join them for Public Day, to take a step back in time and learn how to play 19th-century games like rolling hoop, marbles, cup and ball, and buzz-saw to see how they compare to the games we play today! May 26th from 11:00-12:00 p.m. Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults.

    America Sings Concert – AMERICA SINGS! is one of Hilton Head’s most anticipated Memorial Day weekend events with an All-American tribute that includes a special salute to members of the United States Armed Forces and Veterans and pays respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Performed by the Hilton Head Choral Society, this special concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway.

    Daufuskie Day – If you haven’t taken the ferry over to Daufuskie Island, you are missing out! Here’s your chance to explore this tiny barrier island during their Daufuskie Day celebration. Join them Sunday, May 27th from 2 – 6:00 p.m. for fun in the Carolina sunshine, live music from Groove Town Assault, Scrap Iron Beers, boat rides and an afternoon of Daufuskie Island shenanigans.

    HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – In its 30th season, this popular annual event kicks off Memorial Day Weekend at Shelter Cove Marina with a concert from Island favorite Shannon Tanner and arts, crafts, and entertainment from Cappy the Clown. A must-see while visiting Hilton Head Island!

     

    Your Bluffton Realtor is Here to Help!

    The Dufrene Group, your Bluffton Realtor, is excited to help you find the home you’ve been dreaming of in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island or sell your Low Country home now while the market is hot! We are experts in the local real estate market and are here to help guide you every step of the way! If you’re looking for a Realtor in Bluffton, the Dufrene Group’s experience and local market knowledge make’s us a great choice! Give us a call at 843/707-2267 or contact us here for more info!

  • First Time Homebuyer in Bluffton, SC? The Dufrene Group Can Help

    Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. It can also be overwhelming since you have never been
    through the process before. The key to a stress-free home buying experience for first-time homebuyers
    is to choose an experienced Realtor in Bluffton who can guide you through the process and offer you
    the information and tools needed to find the home of your dreams… and have fun doing it!
    The team at The Dufrene Group has these tips to offer the first-time homebuyer and would love the
    opportunity to be your Bluffton Realtor! We can show you the homes for sale in Bluffton and help you
    be successful and fulfill your dreams of being a homeowner! Here’s what to expect during the
    home buying process:

    Step by Step Guide to the Homebuying Process
    Step 1 – Get pre-approval for your mortgage
    Step 2 – Talk to a Bluffton Realtor who will assist you in the process
    Step 3 – Search for homes for sale in Bluffton
    Step 4 – Make an offer on a home
    Step 5 – Offer accepted by the seller
    Step 6 – Home is under contract – Inspection is complete, and repairs are negotiated
    Step 7 – Closing – Congrats! The home is YOURS!

    It is crucial to choose a Realtor in Bluffton who can help you through these homebuying steps to assist
    you in finding a home, ensure you get the best deal and walk you through each part of the process.
    That’s what the Dufrene Group does best, and we would be honored to assist you in becoming a
    homeowner!

    The Dufrene Group is YOUR Bluffton Realtor

    Anthony Dufrene and the team at The Dufrene Group are excited to help first-time homebuyers find the
    home of their dreams in the beautiful SC Low Country. We will skillfully help you navigate the
    Bluffton/Hilton Head real estate market and guide you through the home buying process. If you’re
    looking for a Realtor in Bluffton, The Dufrene Group is waiting to help. Give us a call at 843-707-2267 or
    contact us here for more info!

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