• Discover the Communities of New Riverside in Bluffton

    If you are looking at homes for sale in Bluffton, now is the perfect time! The real estate market in the Bluffton area is booming and there are many amazing opportunities for a wonderful home in a great community. With a team of experienced Bluffton Realtors at the Dufrene Group, we are the perfect partner to help you find the house of your dreams!

    While looking for homes for sale in Bluffton, consider the area of New Riverside. This popular, growing area located near beautiful Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton offers a variety of different community options, and is zoned for the highly sought-after May River High School, and will soon include a brand-new complex that includes an elementary and middle school as well. Here are some of the neighborhoods in the New Riverside area:

    Bluffton’s New Riverside Communities

    Alston Park – This family friendly and nature oriented community near Palmetto Bluff features homes from the $200’s. Community amenities include a fitness Center, swimming pool, great schools, and walking & biking trails, with a short drive to Hilton Head, Savannah & Beaufort.

    Southern Oaks – This affordable community offers a nature-oriented setting with wooded & lagoon home sites, a swimming pool, hiking & biking trails and is located adjacent to the planned New Riverside school complex (K-12). It is a short commute to Savannah & Hilton Head.

    Heritage at New Riverside – This community is located just minutes from Old Town Bluffton or downtown Savannah, GA. The 365-acre community offers a zero-entry swimming pool with lap area, 5,000 sq. ft. clubhouse/amenities center, 5.5 mile nature trail through the heart of the community, and amazing schools.

    The HavenEnjoy all the pleasures of active adult living in a more intimate setting at The Haven at New Riverside by Del Webb. Nestled within the planned community of New Riverside on the edge of historic Bluffton, The Haven offers amenities including private clubhouse, pool, fitness center, tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts, even a dog park.

    The Dufrene Group is Your New Riverside Bluffton Realtor

    We would love the opportunity to be your Realtor in Bluffton and help you find the home you are looking for. Our team knows the New Riverside real estate market and can show you homes for sale in Bluffton in any of these neighborhoods. Contact us today to schedule a time to take a tour.

  • Tips to Help Sell a Hilton Head Island Home Faster

    When it comes time to sell a home on Hilton Head Island, you need a knowledgeable Hilton Head Realtor who knows the market, neighborhoods, and has experience pricing and selling homes for sale on Hilton Head

    As an experienced Hilton Head Realtor, I can help you choose the perfect selling price for your home that will be bold enough to get you top dollar while making it a competitive and good choice for a quick sale. Here are a few tips to help you sell a home on Hilton Head Island quickly:

    Sell Your Hilton Head Home Fast

    Price It to Sell It! –  A great strategy is to list your home at 15 % off the market value. Buyers will be attracted to the lower price, react quickly and more often than not, you will even receive multiple offers. This will cause the price to be bid up to the market value and even more!

    The Lighter the Better – Always make it a point to maximize the light in your home. It is a top priority for buyers and it is something they look for when choosing a new home. Open the curtains, clean the windows, increase the wattage of your light bulbs to make it brighter! A bright and cheery home sells faster!

    Hire a Tech Savvy Hilton Head Realtor – Hiring the right real estate agent is crucial for a quick sale. Make sure you use a Hilton Head Realtor who is informed and in touch with the market and the Homes for sale on Hilton Head. A Realtor who monitors the multiple listing service (MLS) and is aware of the pricing of the market and comps is going to get your house sold quickly. If your Hilton Head Realtor is tech savvy and embraces emerging technology, they will utilize a variety of tools to sell your house.

    Pets Can Be Peeves – Not all people are pet people. Potential homebuyers don’t want to see (or smell) the litter box or have dog hair swirling at their feet! It gives the impression that your house is dirty or unkempt. It is best to leave pets at a neighbor’s home or doggie daycare for showings or open houses.

    Always Be Ready for a Potential Buyer – You must always be ready to show your home. Quite simply, you never know when you will get a last minute showing or have a buyer that wants to come back soon for another look. You must be available to let people see the home whenever they want to, and it must be clean and ready to show! Avoid leave dishes in the sink, make sure the bathrooms are sparkling clean, and the smelly garbage is taken out!


    If you are ready to sell a home on Hilton Head Island, Dufrene Real Estate will provide you with a knowledgeable agent who understands the local market and will work with you to set the right asking price. Dufrene Real Estate wants to help you get the Top Dollar for your property. Contact the Dufrene Team and we’ll get your FREE AND NO OBLIGATION Comparative Market Analysis started, at no cost to you. Or call us at 843.707.2267

  • Bluffton’s Hottest Selling Neighborhoods

    There are so many amazing Bluffton neighborhoods in area. From small, quaint communities with lots of coastal ambiance to gated communities with tons of amenities to enjoy. Whether you are looking to sell a Bluffton home or are looking at homes for sale in Bluffton, the Dufrene Group has the experience and local real estate knowledge to ensure you get the best deal possible. We are your go-to Bluffton Realtor. Here are some of the fastest selling neighborhoods in Bluffton and some of the perks of living in these desirable communities.

    Best Selling Neighborhoods in Bluffton, SC

    Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge – Located must minutes from Old Town Bluffton and nearby Savannah, GA, Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge has homes for sale in Bluffton starting in the mid $200k’s with floor plans ranging from 1,600 square feet to 3,700 square feet. Mill Creek offers new energy efficient homes as well as amazing resale properties that are great for any stage of life; from a family home to a home suited for retirement. There are a variety of state-of-the-art amenities including a world class amenity village with 3-story fitness tower, community social events, and outstanding schools.

    Heritage at New River Side – Heritage at New Riverside is a community of new homes for sale in Bluffton, conveniently located between Hilton Head, Savannah, and Beaufort. Homes start at just $200k and offer a variety of floorplans to choose from. Amenities include a 365-acre community, zero-entry swimming pool with lap area, a 5,000-sq. ft. clubhouse/amenities center, amazing schools, and a 5.5-mile nature trail through the heart of the community.

    Pinecrest – Pinecrest is composed of three distinctive neighborhoods: The Crossings, with executive homes offering lagoon and golf course views of the fairways of the Pinecrest Country Club; The Woodlands, a moderately priced selection of midsized homes with forest or fairway views; and The Gables, a section of smaller patio homes for owners that are permanent residents or part-time occupants. The master-planned community, at the crossroads of Buckwalter and Bluffton Parkways, on either side of Bluffton Parkway, offers a community center, a covered pavilion, swimming and wading pools, tennis courts, playground, and golf course.


    Islands West – The community of Island West has something to please all members of your family within this compact, multi-generational, gated neighborhood situated along Island West Golf Club. Residents can enjoy country club living without the expense of golf course maintenance. Amenities here include a junior Olympic sized swimming pool, two tennis courts, a basketball/net game court, children’s playground, and a 4,000-square foot community clubhouse with meeting room, kitchen, lending library and fully equipped fitness center.

    Seagrass StationLive the good life at Seagrass Station, in the heart of fast-growing Bluffton. Choose from a range of affordable new home designs that offer flexible, open floor plans and plenty of space. Proximity to the desirable new K-8 River Ridge Academy plus shopping, dining, and an on-site swimming pool make Seagrass Station the ideal place to call home for all ages.

    We Can Help You Buy or Sell a Home in Bluffton

    Let us show you homes for sale in Bluffton in these and other amazing Bluffton neighborhoods. The Dufrene Group has an experienced Bluffton realtor who can help you with the home buying (or selling) process from start to finish. Contact us today if you want to sell a Bluffton home or look at homes for sale in Bluffton. We look forward to working with you!

  • Christmas on the SC Coast – Holiday Happenings in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC

    Anytime is the perfect time to explore the beautiful SC Low Country of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and Christmas is no exception. Our little piece of paradise attracts many visitors each year, including many who plan to buy a home in Bluffton or Hilton Head now or in the future. Whether you’re a local in the community or are looking for a realtor in Bluffton to soon become a local, here are a few of the many wonderful family oriented festivities planned to get you in the holiday mood.

    Christmas Events in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

    ‘Tis the Season! A Holiday Light & Entertainment Spectacular – November 20 – December 30, 2017 – 5:30-9pm, nightly – Enjoy the holiday lighting and entertainment spectacular! Activities and entertainment includes visits from Santa, Horse & Carriage Rides, Rock Wall, Skating Rink, Bounce Houses, Movies in the Park, Zip Line, Local Group Performances and more! Park your car, stroll through the lights, enjoy nightly events all while shopping and dining! Part of proceeds to benefit People for Parks. More info here.

    Harbour Town Lights – Friday, November 24, 2017 – Enjoy the lights! Stroll along the Harbour and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures, 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. Make a difference while you’re enjoying the holiday season, and help Deep Well make a difference in someone else’s life. Bring a canned good or two, or a new unwrapped child’s toy, and drop them in the “well” by the Liberty Oak stage. Since 1973, the non-profit, volunteer-based Deep Well has been serving the basic needs of the less fortunate on Hilton Head Island. More info here.

    New Year’s Eve Celebration – Harbour Town – Sunday, December 31, 2017 – 6:00PM – 12:00AM – Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve Golf Ball Drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse! Enjoy food, entertainment and live music throughout Harbour Town, then count down to the ball drop as we welcome the new year! There will be two ball drops: 7pm and midnight. More info here. 


    Need a Realtor in Bluffton to Help You Buy or Sell a Home?

    I’d love to help you buy or sell a home in Bluffton just in time for Christmas! As a dedicated and experienced Realtor in Bluffton, I can show you around the area and take you to see the homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. If you want to sell an existing property, I can assist with listing your home at the right price and advertising it to potential buyers to get it sold quickly. Contact me to schedule an appointment to see local houses now and you could be ringing in the New Year in your new Bluffton home!

  • Thanksgiving in the SC Low Country of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

    If you’ve never spent the winter holidays in the SC Low Country, you are missing it for sure. If you are lucky enough to live in the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area, you already know that there is simply nothing like a coastal holiday to remind you and your family how blessed you are to live in this wonderful community. It’s no wonder so many of our visitors end up looking for homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head so they can celebrate all their special occasions in the beautiful Low Country!

    Whether you are a resident or have hopes to be one soon (your friendly Bluffton Realtor can help with that), here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving activities and traditions we have to look forward to this holiday season in our area.

    Hilton Head and Bluffton Thanksgiving Holiday Happenings

    Hilton Head Turkey Trot (November 23rd)

    The Annual Turkey Trot – Join in on the fun at the Annual Hilton Head Turkey Trot with a 5K, 10K, and fun walk race. Experience a great holiday activity for the whole family and help a great cause in the process! This year’s Hilton Head Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day. The races begin and end in front of the Chart House Restaurant with the course winding through Hilton Head Plantation then back to the restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Island Rec Center Children’s Scholarship Fund and Deep Well Project. Learn more here.

    Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – For nearly 20 years, the Hilton Head community has come together to create a fantastic dinner event for Thanksgiving. Visitors will enjoy a free meal and a festive atmosphere at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Together, the whole community can share what they are thankful for while giving an optional donation to the Deep Well Project and Bluffton Self Help.

    Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt in Sea Pines – Kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a holiday Scavenger Hunt in The Sea Pines Resort from 9-11:30 a.m. $25 per family. You must all work together to find the ultimate holiday prize! Reservations are required for this fun, family-friendly activity and can be made by calling (843) 842-1979 or by visiting their website here.

    The Bluffton Christmas Parade – Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd for the Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade in Old Town.  Folks from all over come to see this popular parade. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and you won’t want to miss it! More info here.


    Th Dufrene Group Wants to be Your Bluffton Realtor

    Don’t you want to be part of this wonderful community? I’d love to show you around the area and let you see some of the amazing homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. As an experienced Bluffton Realtor, I’m ready to help you find the Low Country home of your dreams! If you’d like to look around, just give me a call at (843) 707-2267 or drop me an email at info@thedufrenegroup.com so we can set up a time to explore the area.

    From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving from the Dufrene Group!

  • Seagrass Station in Bluffton

    If you’re looking for new homes for sale in Bluffton with affordable prices and loads of amenities, Seagrass Station may be just where you want to be! This new Centex community in the heart of Bluffton offers a range of affordable homes with unique designs that offer flexible floor plans and plenty of open space. As a Seagrass Station Realtor, I can show you around the community and let you see all that it has to offer.

    Location, Location, Location

    The location simply can’t be beat! Seagrass Station is located within minutes of the highly sought-after River Ridge Academy (K-8th) and is just a few minutes’ drive to grocery stores and pharmacies… with golf, a public dock, and outlet mall shopping just a couple of miles away! Residents of Seagrass Station will also love being just down the road from charming Old Town Bluffton, with its quaint shops, delicious restaurants, and family friendly community events, festivals, and parades.

    In addition, Seagrass Station is conveniently located right in the middle of all of the amazing towns in our area including Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Beaufort, and Old Town Bluffton! What an ideal place to call home.

    About Seagrass Station


    Seagrass Station will include approximately 120 new homes for sale in Bluffton – consisting of mostly single-family homes with attached 2-car garages. The community features a swimming pool and cabana, a playground, spacious homesites with large backyards, and your choice of wooded and lagoon views.


    Homes prices start at $221,990, which I, as your Bluffton Realtor, can help you negotiate. Here are some of the features and amenities residents of Seagrass Station will enjoy when they purchase one of these amazing new homes for sale in Bluffton.

    Seagrass Station Community Features

    • Single Family Homes with Attached 2-Car Garages
    • Swimming Pool and Cabana
    • Close proximity to highly sought-after K-8th River Ridge Academy
    • Close proximity to grocery stores, pharmacies, golf, a public dock, and outlet mall shopping
    • Conveniently located to the two main roads that connect Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Beaufort- Hwy 170 and Hwy 278
    • Playground
    • Spacious homesites with large backyards
    • Wooded and lagoon views available


    Do You Need a Seagrass Station Realtor in Bluffton?

    I’d love to show you around the new Seagrass Station community. As an experienced Bluffton Realtor, I’m ready to introduce you to the neighborhood and help you purchase a home in this exciting new Bluffton community.  If you’d like to take a look around, just give me a call at (843) 707-2267 or drop me an email at info@thedufrenegroup.com so we can set up a time to explore Seagrass Station and the wonderful homes for sale in Bluffton!


  • Top Things to See in Bluffton SC

    Out and About in Beautiful Bluffton, SC

    Not only is Bluffton, SC is a great place to live, it’s also a popular destination of visitors from all over. In fact, we even have a few celebrities who can’t resist our Southern charm and spend their time off exploring all of the little unique places and landmarks that make up our wonderful little town.

    Once people visit, they fall in love with Bluffton. It’s no wonder that so many visitors eventually seek the advice of a Realtor in Bluffton about relocating to the beautiful SC Low Country. If you’re thinking about making your home here, I can show you some homes for sale in Bluffton to make your dream come true!

    In addition to the beautiful scenery and slower pace of life, another reason the search for homes for sale in Bluffton, SC is so popular is because there is truly so much to see and experience in our quaint little town.

    Out and About in Bluffton  

    Whether you’re looking for adventure, local culture, or a relaxed day in the SC sunshine, there is plenty to do for everyone!

    Experience Bluffton, SC

    • Farmers Market – Located in historic downtown Bluffton along Calhoun and Lawrence Streets, this weekly community event is where locals and tourists gather to showcase local growers, food vendors, entertainment, community causes, and information about the Bluffton area.


    • Visit the Rose Hill Mansion – The Rose Hill Mansion, known as the most beautiful plantation house in the Low Country, has long held a treasured place in Southern history. Originally built in the late 1850s, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is shared with the public each day, via guided tours.


    • Enjoy the Local Waters – Explore our area waters with a variety of boating experiences on the May River. Choose from dolphin watching, fishing, shrimping, or crabbing excursions or even just a sunset cruise to relax.


    • Explore Old Town – Enjoy shopping and dining in a charming historic setting in Old Town Bluffton. See this beautiful town along the May River for some of the most unique shopping and dining in our area.


    • Church of the Cross – Explore the waterfront grounds of the beautiful and historic Church of the Cross, built in 1857. Relax like locals and have a picnic lunch on the beautiful grounds or toss out a line off the neighboring fishing pier.


    Our Bluffton Realtor Can Help You Find the Bluffton Home of Your Dreams 

    There is no time like the present. Now is the time to buy one of the many homes for sale in Bluffton. From quaint downtown cottages, to sprawling river front mansions, and inviting family homes in established neighborhoods, there is truly something for everyone in this great little town. I’d love the opportunity to be your Bluffton Realtor. Contact us today to see how we can help!

  • Spotlight on Top Bluffton Neighborhoods

    Bluffton, SC is a great place to live and now is the time to buy the home of your dreams! As a realtor in Bluffton, I have seen the real estate market in the area continue to grow and now is the time to take a look at the homes for sale in Bluffton before the prices go up!

    Bluffton offers a variety of different neighborhoods to choose from – all with their own unique features, location, amenities, and price range. Here are a few of the popular communities with homes for sale in Bluffton and some info about what you can expect to find in each neighborhood. I’ve also included a link for each community with a list of the available homes for sale.

    Popular Bluffton Communities and Their Available Homes for Sale

    Hampton Hall – Hampton Hall is a gated community located minutes from Hilton Head Island and is an ideal place to live and play. Hampton Hall offers a wide selection of on-site amenities for your entire family to enjoy including a Pete Dye Signature Golf Course, 22,000-square-foot lakefront clubhouse, 17- acre activity center, basketball courts, playground, outdoor swimming pool and wet deck for the kids, 25-meter indoor lap pool, tennis complex with on-site tennis pros and more! House prices start around $275k.

    Moss Creek –  Private residential community with 1042 acres bordered by 1200-acre state nature preserve along Colleton River to the west and Lowcountry marshlands on the east. You will see why it is affectionately known as “Mother Nature’s Hole-in-One.” Located on the mainland across from the bridge from Hilton Head Island, it boasts two Private Fazio-designed championship golf courses, Bostwick Pavilion that features a marina, playground, and picnic area. Also, nearby is the fitness center and community pool, tennis club with seven Har-Tru lighted courts, equestrian center, Fording Island nature preserve and blue heron bird sanctuary, and miles of leisure trails available to all owners. Homes in Moss Creek start around $200k.

    Berkley Hall – This private gated residential golf community is recognized by Links and Travel & Leisure Golf magazines as “One of America’s 100 Premier properties.” It is breathtaking. The property is comprised of approximately 1,000 acres of beautiful lush land along the pristine Okatie River, in Bluffton, South Carolina. This community offers 440 developed home sites, most of which are full-size or estate-size, with a few cottages clustered near the club house and fitness center. Amenities include two Fazio Golf Courses, 30-acre golf learning center, leisure trail, gardens/community clubhouse, security gate, boat storage, and more. Homes start at around $275k.

    Hampton Lake – Hampton Lake is the Hilton Head/Bluffton area’s premier private lake community. The jewel of the community is the 165-acre freshwater lake that includes 7 miles of navigable waterways and 15 miles of shoreline. The community features a 24-hour manned gatehouse, Backwater Bill’s Lowcountry-casual restaurant, fitness center, full-service spa, miles of hiking and biking trails and boardwalks, an outpost campsite, family-oriented resort-style pool with a lazy river, adults-only pool with private shaded cabanas, children’s water play area, and a lakefront sandy beach with fire pits. House prices range from the high $300,000’s to $1 million+.

    Palmetto Bluff – is a gated residential community of 22,000 acres between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. With 32 miles of waterfront land on the May, Cooper, and New Rivers and 6,500 acres of completely undisturbed managed forests. Wilson Village represents the “town” aesthetic, with its village green, Lowcountry church, boat landing, community dock, canoe club, lawn and racquet club, and croquet court. The neighborhood sidewalks are all brick, and the street lights are not electric but gas, similar to those in Charleston’s downtown area. The “country” lifestyle is exemplified by the 18-hole championship Jack Nicklaus–designed May River Golf Club, and the residential neighborhoods of May River Forest East and West boast golf, lake, marsh, and river vistas.  Homes in Palmetto Bluff start at $300k.

    Check out more Bluffton homes for sale in other popular neighborhoods here.


    Our Bluffton Realtor Can Help You Find the Bluffton Home of Your Dreams  

    Our team at the Dufrene Group can help you find a home in beautiful Bluffton that fits your style, size requirements, and budget. We are familiar with the homes for sale in Bluffton and the communities in the area and can help you with your search and purchase of your home. We’d love to show you around the neighborhoods that interest you! Contact us today to see how we can help!

  • Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Bluffton Real Estate Agent

    If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Bluffton or Hilton Head, it is inevitable that you will work with a realtor at some point in the process. Whether you are selling a home and need a listing agent to help with that process or are searching the homes for sale in Bluffton for the perfect one to buy, there are a few things you should know to help you get the most out of your Bluffton real estate agent.

    Tips for Working with Your Bluffton Realtor

    1. Select a Bluffton realtor that will work hard to do a good job for you. Interview a realtor in Bluffton that is motivated to sell your property or who is anxious to show you houses to buy. Be sure to check out their reviews from past clients to make sure they have a good reputation in the community and are willing to go the extra mile for you.


    1. If you are looking at homes for sale in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island, be sure to communicate clearly with your realtor in Bluffton and let them know exactly what you are looking for and exactly what your budget is. Know your “non-negotiables” and voice that to your real estate agent. There is no sense in looking at homes out of your price range or with one less bathroom than you require.


    1. If you are using a realtor in Bluffton to sell your home, make sure that you agree with the listing price and are readily available to show the property when needed. Also, be sure to ask your Bluffton real estate agent for tips to spruce up your home to get it ready for prospective buyers.


    1. Remember that your realtor in Bluffton is likely to have several clients at once who are buying and selling homes in the area. Make it a point to be respectful of their time and make sure you always stick to scheduled appointments to see homes for sale in Bluffton with your agent.


    1. Communication is crucial for success. Make sure that your Bluffton realtor knows the best way to contact you and that you know exactly how to contact them. Determine any hours that either of you cannot be reached so there is no room for misunderstandings. This will make things easier for everyone and guarantee a successful relationship.
    2. Let your realtor in Bluffton do their job. If you are selling your home, let the realtor handle all negotiations and contact with potential buyers. If you are buying a home, they are the liaison between you and the owner or the owner’s realtor. There is no need to get involved. Trust your Bluffton realtor to negotiate the deal for you.

    Need an Experienced Bluffton Realtor? Contact the Dufrene Group Today

    Our team at the Dufrene Group is dedicated to working hard to help with your real estate needs in the Bluffton and Hilton Head area. Whether you are buying or selling a home in the area, our professional team is experienced with the Bluffton and Hilton Head real estate markets and can help you get the best deal on your real estate transaction. Contact us today to see how we can help!

  • Understanding the 4% or 6% Property Tax Structure on Homes for Sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

    Now is the time to buy a home in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island. The housing market is the best it has been in years and it makes perfect sense to take advantage of this opportunity now before prices skyrocket.  Whether you are considering looking at homes in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island as a permanent residence or are considering a 2nd home, or even a vacation rental, it’s important to understand the Special Assessment Ratio Beaufort County has in place for homeowners. As a realtor in Bluffton, I’m readily available to answer any questions you may have about property taxes in Beaufort County.

    Property Taxes on Homes in Bluffton and Hilton Head

    The rate of property taxes on homes in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island is based not only on the value of the home, but on residency status and what you plan to do with the home as well.  Here’s how it works:

    The Beaufort County tax assessor appraises the value of homes in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island based on comparable area sales, the home’s amenities, location, condition, etc. This value is then multiplied by 4% for residents of Beaufort County and 6% for non-residents, to determine the “assessed value” of the home.

    The determined value of the home is then multiplied by the corresponding millage rate for the district of the home. If you are considered a resident of Beaufort County, you will qualify for the 4% tax ratio and are not required to pay school taxes. Non-residents, those whose primary home is located outside of Beaufort County, are assessed the 6% tax ratio, which includes different tax rates. Our Bluffton realtor can answer any questions you may have about this tax.

    How Residents Can Ensure They Are Taxed at the Correct Tax Ratio

    Homeowners must file an application with the Beaufort County Assessor to ensure they are taxed at 4% for residents. Once the application is filed, it will be renewed automatically each year, unless there is a change in the mailing address or in the property’s use. In accordance with the law, you must notify the Assessor within six months if you change your residency.

    To File for the 4% Special Assessment Ratio You Need the Following:

    Please be aware of the following items that are required for eligibility of the Special Assessment Ratio (4%), both items are needed from you and your spouse.

    -Copy of your South Carolina vehicle(s) registration

    -Copy of your South Carolina driver’s license or identification card

    -Copy of owner-occupants most recently filed South Carolina Income tax return

    -Copy of your trust agreement if property is held in a trust


    If MILITARY Provide:

    -Copy of PCS Orders and Military/ Spouse ID

    -Copy of current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)

    -Military members AND their spouses must provide driver’s license(s), vehicle registration(s) and voter   registration(s) regardless of where licensed or registered

    -Yes, State Law provides for a 4% property assessment ratio on primary residences


    The Dufrene Group – Your Bluffton Real Estate Experts

    As an experienced Bluffton realtor, I can help explain the Beaufort County property tax process and make you aware of the different tax districts and millage rates for homes in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. You can reach me at (843) 707-2267 or via email here.

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