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    Considering a Home Purchase in the SC Low Country? It’s a Great Time to Buy in Bluffton, SC

    Whether you are thinking of purchasing a year-round home to live in, a vacation home to visit in your free time, or property for an investment for your retirement, now is the perfect time to consider buying in beautiful Bluffton, SC.If the sunsets on the May River, the quaint village of Old Town, and the close-knit community aren’t enough to entice you, it might interest you to know that buying a house in Bluffton is a great investment, with housing prices seeing a steady increase over the past couple of years.

    I know, as a father and experienced real estate agent, Bluffton SC makes perfect sense as a family friendly community to settle down in and make roots. Market analysts suggest that now is the perfect time to buy in Bluffton and indicate that looking sooner rather than later for your Bluffton home is strongly suggested due to the area’s soaring real estate market. Bluffton is a great place to be and the statistics are proving that people are starting to realize that!

    Why Buy Now?

    According to recent reports, Bluffton is now the fastest growing city (town) in South Carolina and I have seen, with my experience as a real estate agent, Bluffton, SC home prices are rising while the available inventory is quickly dwindling. We are seeing amazing numbers as the result of home sales in Bluffton, SC and expect the market to continue to climb. You will get the very best price on your Bluffton home if buy NOW, before the anticipated price increase.

    Ready to Call Bluffton, SC Home? I’m the Bluffton, SC Real Estate Agent You Need

    If you already live in the area, you are familiar with how wonderful of a community Bluffton is. If you are considering an upgrade to a larger or newer home, I’m just the Bluffton, SC real estate agent you need working for you.If you are thinking of moving to the area, I am also an experienced relocation realtor in Bluffton and would love to show you around so you can see what Bluffton has to offer.If you are ready to make Bluffton your home or are looking for a great investment opportunity, please don’t hesitate to contact me and let me show you homes in beautiful Bluffton, SC!

  • Jimmy Buffett’s New Latitudes Community Brings a Taste of Margaritaville to the Lowcountry

     

    Jimmy Buffett’s New Latitudes Community Brings a Taste of Margaritaville to the Lowcountry

    If you love the idea of living your life like a Jimmy Buffett song, the new Latitude Margaritaville community for folks 55 and over is set to open in Hardeeville in 2018 and is sure to be a hit with those seeking the tropical, laid back lifestyle Buffett’s endeavors are so popular for!

    The new 2,739-acre Latitude Margaritaville will be built on US 278 in the former Hilton Head Lakes community and will feature a variety of different types of homes with a resort oriented lifestyle. The amenities are world class and include a resort themed pool, high end fitness center, game and hobby rooms, tennis and pickleball courts and even a Margaritaville Restaurant and other retail and entertainment opportunities.

    Latitude Margaritaville Coastal Style Homes

    Not only will the New Latitude Margaritaville be a fun community to live in, the homes will be spectacular. The design of the new homes will be heavily influenced by the SC coast and will ooze Southern charm with unique coastal architecture.

    The community plans include 3,000+ homes with many different floor plans and designs to choose from with home prices starting in the low $200’s. Development of the community will begin immediately with model homes opening in early 2018.

    Want to Live in the New Latitude Margaritaville Community?  I Can Help with That!

    If you want to explore the real estate opportunities in the New Latitude community, all you need is pair of flip flops, a fun-loving attitude, and a realtor for Margaritaville in Hardeeville!

    Looking to find the best realtor in Bluffton to show you around this exciting new community and introduce you to all it has to offer? I can help with that! If you’re ready to escape to a Margaritaville state of mind, I’d love to be your realtor for Margaritaville in Hardeeville and help you find the home of your dreams.

    It is my goal to be the #1 realtor in Bluffton and to help you with your real estate needs in any way I can. I am experienced in the Bluffton, Hilton Head, and Hardeeville real estate markets and look forward to helping you escape to the perfect laid back Margaritaville lifestyle on the beautiful SC coast.

    For more info go to: https://www.latitudemargaritaville.com/

    Anthony Dufrene Realtor Hardeeville

  • Home Buying Stategies -Buying Home in Hilton Head SC

    No matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared will help you make a better purchase. Here are our best tips to buying a home.

    1. Know your Buying Power

    First, understand the hidden costs of buying a home. You will need to save not only for the down payment of your home – which is typically between 10%-20% of the offer price – but also for any additional transaction fees, such as transfer tax, PMI, title insurance, and legal fees.

    Second, you need to figure out what you can realistically afford each month to understand how much house you can buy. Your mortgage rate will depend on your creditworthiness – if you have a high credit score, your lender will likely approve you for a lower mortgage rate, which can save you thousands of dollars per year in interest.

    2. Fix Your Credit

    When you apply for your loan pre-approval, you don’t want to have anything to hide on your application. So don’t lower your credit score by doing anything that will originate more inquiries into your credit. For example, don’t open any new credit cards. Also, don’t omit any debts or loans when you apply. If the loan officer discovers them in the application process, they may deny you a pre-approval.

    Don’t raise any red flags with your creditworthiness in the weeks before closing. Any one of these moves could mean that you’re denied the loan and the deal falls through – even if you’ve already been pre-approved!

    3. Work with a Knowledgeable Buyer’s Agent

    Do you understand what kind of market you are buying into? Even within a city’s limit, there can be micro markets that are increasing or decreasing in value.

    That is why it’s important to hire a highly competent real estate agent who knows the specific market. You want to make sure that the professional who you’re working with really understands what the market is like and will help you find the home you desire.

    Request a Buyer’s Market Analysisfor the desired area you are looking at. A buyer’s market analysis report outlines which neighborhoods are still up and coming – with potential for increased property value – versus those that have peaked with inflated home prices. Having this analysis at your fingertips will help you know if a home’s list price is above comparable properties so you don’t overpay for a home.

    Looking for a home in the Hilton Head Island – Bluffton area? Let me help you find the home of your dreams. I am well versed in this real estate market, and can provide you with a buyer’s market analysis to help you find the right neighborhood for you. Contact Me today!

     

     

  • Homes under 200K in Bluffton SC For Sale

    Are you thinking about buying a Home in Bluffton SC?

    If so, you are making a great move. Bluffton SC has so much to offer. There are still many homes for sale in Bluffton SC for under $200,000. Within the Beaufort County, zip code 29910, there are homes available in communities with an HOA and several properties with NO HOA. Bluffton SC is an absolutely wonderful place to live with a small town feel, yet many of the amenities of a much larger city.

    Click here to view a full list of available homes in the Bluffton SC market under $200k.

    When looking for a home it is important to pace yourself so you will find the perfect place. Finding and buying the right home is a highly personalized process, and it all begins by identifying your needs. The property you buy will be much more than a house; it will be your home.

    Please contact me with any questions you have about real estate or Lifestyles in Bluffton SC. My goal is to take you through the home purchasing process, making it as efficient, stress-free and successful as possible.

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  • Getting A Hilton Head, SC Home Mortgage

    Get an understanding of how the loan process works. Below we’ve outlined the steps to securing financing for your Hilton Head SC home.

    1. Sort and organize all necessary documents

    Lenders will request a long list of documents when you apply for a mortgage, so getting them ready early will save you time. What they want to see is proof that you can repay your loan, which includes documents such as a record of your employment, bank statements, tax returns, credit checks, and pay stubs. They’ll also take into consideration costs such as child support and alimony payments. The more information you can provide about your income, the better. If you have debt, your credit check should show that you’re regularly working towards paying it off.

    2. Get pre-qualified or pre-approved

    Getting an idea of how much of a loan you qualify for can happen in two different ways. The first is to get pre-qualified, which means the lender takes a quick look at your files and gives you a price range.

    Pre-approval is lengthier, and while you do have to wait, we almost always recommend getting pre-approved for a mortgage. It shows that you’re able to buy, which can give you a leg up during the negotiation stages.

    Either way, knowing what you can afford will save you time when searching for homes, not to mention help keep expectations in sight.

    3. Set up the loan

    From the length of the loan to the rates and fees, there’s a long list of items to consider when you’re putting together a loan. This is there your loan officer will really lend a hand. This tedious process is often simplified when you, the officer, and your REALTOR work together to put together a loan that meets your needs.

    4. Finalize approval

    Now that you have the house of your dreams in sight, your loan officer will return to all of the documentation you supplied during the pre-approval or pre-qualification steps. They’ll look at employment, credit, and other assets. If they request any more documents, provide them as quickly as possible.

    It’s important to avoid making any large purchases until the loan closes, so you don’t set off any red flags. Now you can schedule your closing date and time!

    5. Close on the loan

    Closing on the loan means sealing the deal on your financing. All of the final documents will be signed, typically with a notary present. Double check the loan amount and all other terms, including the interest rate. Look at details as simple as your name and address; you don’t want any hiccups. Pay your closing costs and down payments, and you’ll be on your way!

    Mortgage Calculator

    This mortgage calculator can be used to figure out monthly payments of a home mortgage loan, based on the home’s sale price, the term of the loan desired, buyer’s down payment percentage, and the loan’s interest rate. This calculator factors in PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) for loans where less than 20% is put as a down payment. Also taken into consideration are the town property taxes, and their effect on the total monthly mortgage payment.

  • “Best Community in America”- Hampton Lake

     

    Located in Bluffton, South Carolina, Hampton Lake is a consecutive winner of the national Best in American Living Award (BALA) for “Best Community in America” and “Best Community Facility.” This Community offers one of the finest amenity packages in the Low Country. Behind the gates is a wide variety of home styles to choose from, whether you are retiring, looking for a second home or a welcoming community for your family.

    There is 165-acres of freshwater lake that includes 7 miles of navigable waterways and 15 miles of shoreline. The lake, together with approximately 340 surrounding acres of nature preserve, creates over 500 acres of open space in the just over 900-acre community. Most lakefront homes and lots will accommodate boat slips for easy backyard access to all the lake offers. Hampton Lake’s is only minutes from Hilton Head Island, Beaufort and Savannah.

     

     

    Hampton Lake offers many amenities to its residents, including:

     

    Acreage

    906 acres (362 hectares)

    Gatehouse

    24-hour manned gatehouse

    Clubhouse

    The Lakehouse Amenity Village includes indoor and outdoor gathering places, Backwater Bill’s Lowcountry-casual restaurant, the Tower Bar and more.

    Fitness

    Large state-of-the-art fitness center offers expert personal evaluation and training with a focus on preventive methodology, group programs, Pilates class, cardio room, hydro-jet pool and Gyrotonics.

    Spa

    The full-service spa offers the latest in massage therapy, treatments and pampering including hot stone and deep muscle massages, pedicures, manicures and facials.

    Golf Nearby

    A limited number of Equity golf memberships are available at the neighboring community of Hampton Hall, offering a classic links style Pete Dye Signature Golf course, and at nearby Berkeley Hall, with 36 holes of Tom Fazio “core” golf and one of the finest practice facilities and learning centers in the world.

    Boating

    Doc’s Boathouse is home to a variety of environmentally-friendly, quiet watercraft for member use: kayaks, canoes, Carolina Skiffs, Duffy Boats and a Sun Tracker. Or launch your personal boat (up to 22 feet in length with a boat motor size to about 25 hp) from Doc’s or your private dock.

    Fishing

    The lake has been designed with a variety of underwater habitats to enhance fish production of Tiger Bass (Largemouth Bass), hybrid Striped Bass, Copper-Nose Blue Gill, and Shellcracker. The Tackle Box adjacent to Doc’s is your one stop shop for all of your bait and fishing needs. And don’t miss Mother Nature’s eco-museum for a sneak peek of the fish and wildlife you’ll encounter on the lake.

    Nature Trails

    Approximately 9 miles of hiking and biking trails and boardwalks wind throughout the 340-acre Nature Preserve, along the shore of the 165-acre lake and around the perimeter of the community.

    Swimming

    Enjoy Adventure Lagoon, a family-oriented resort-style pool with a lazy river; The Cool Pool, an adults-only pool with private shaded cabanas; Shrimp’s Puddle, a children’s water play area with squirting pelicans and bubblers; or the lakefront sandy beach with fire pits.

    Campsite

    The Outpost includes covered sites for 4-8 person tents, picnic pavilion, fire rings, bathhouses, fishing rod stands, clothes drying racks, canoe and kayak storage and launch.

    Dog Park

    Dogpaddle Park includes an over-sized fire hydrant convenience station and picnic/rest shelters.

    Home/Homesite Packages

    Priced from the high $300,000s to $1 million+

    Lots For Sale

    Priced from the $90,000s

    Homes For Sale

    Priced from the low $300,000s to the $1 million+

    We would love to be your Hampton Lakes Realtor. Please contact the Dufrene Team at 843.707.2267 to schedule an extensive tour of the community as well has the available properties for sale.

  • Sun City Living at its Finest

    Sun City Home For Sale- Sycamore Model

    We would like to introduce you to Sun City Living at it’s Finest. Welcome home to the Exquisite Sycamore Model located at 55 Ravens Glass Lane.  This is a 3 BR, 3.5 BA overlooking a Gorgeous Private Lagoon. This lovely home has 18″ Tile throughout and Carpet in the Bedrooms. The upgraded Gourmet Kitchen has under cabinet lighting, Corian Countertops, a double oven, tile backsplash, a walk-in Pantry and a large Island. Enjoy your Great Room with Custom Built Double desks, surround sound, book cases, and extended room for breakfast nook. Private Master suite with bay windows and a luxurious bathroom featuring a Walk-in tiled double shower that you must see! Huge Walk in Custom Closets. Includes Home Warranty.
    Living in Sun City is a Lifestyle meant for anyone and everyone over the age of 55. Enjoy the best of Southern living in Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina! You’ll feel energy and optimism all around you at Sun City Hilton Head.
    Here are some Community Favorites:
    • Over 100 Community Clubs and Organizations
    • 3 18-Hole Championship Golf Courses
    • 3 Fitness Centers
    • 6 Pools (Indoor and Outdoor)
    • Woodworkers Shop
    • Dog Park
    • Arts and Crafts Building
    • 2 Restaurants
    • 540-Seat Performing Arts Theatre
    • Over 165,000 square feet of Amenities
    • Bocce Courts
    • Softball Field
    We would be pleased to assist you in finding your perfect home in Sun City.  Please feel free to search all offerings in Sun City right here on our website or call us for information any time.
  • Life on the May River

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    In Bluffton, there is no denying that the May River is the source of life’s rhythm in this booming coastal town. A saltwater estuary of the Atlantic Ocean which flows in from Calibogue Sound near Hilton Head Island for miles inland through the heart of Bluffton, the May River is a place for locals to come together and enjoy the saltwater during every season.

    When people move to the May River in Old Towne Bluffton, they typically never move away. The following listing is a great example of an available property in our portfolio located on the May River. 

    This splendid home located at 22 Kirks Bluff Road has it all to live your best Bluffton life; deep water dock and dazzling sunset views from a perfectly situated porch, neighborly dolphins, and a quick golf cart drive to the charming shops and restaurants in Old Town. Four spacious bedrooms, four luxurious Baths and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, with granite and marble, give this home ample space and a luxurious vibe. The master bedroom is a true retreat with an area perfectly suited for an office or private sitting area overlooking the May River.

    One interesting fact about the May River is that The Town of Bluffton has taken tremendous steps to protect the May River with extensive stormwater drainage controls in place that keep the May River as one of the most pristine saltwater tributaries in South Carolina.

    Making the choice to live directly on the May River with access to your own private Deepwater dock makes fishing or keeping a boat, Kayak, standup paddle board, or jet skis on hand quite convenient.

    We would be pleased to assist you in finding your perfect place along the shoreline so feel free to search all offerings along the May River right here on our website or call us for information any time.

  • Boosting your Hilton Head Island Area Home Curb Appeal

    Curb-Appeal-Seminar-at-The-Lowcountry-Home-Garden-ShowFirst impressions are everything in real estate, and curb appeal can be the lure you need to catch more buyers and beat out the other homes for sale near you. Buyers, those who are just getting started and serious home hunters alike, will start by scanning neighborhoods for homes or by looking online for appealing listings. If you can hook them from the get go, you’ll be one step closer to closing.

    By making your home welcoming to buyers, they’ll have an easier time picturing themselves living in the house. If they like what they see from the sidewalk, they’ll carry that impression as they tour from room to room. If they start off on the wrong foot, however, it can color their opinion of the whole property. Small changes to curb appeal can go a long way!

    Presenting your home in a professional way can also help set the bar for the type of buyers that tour and put in offers. Qualified buyers will take your home seriously, and you’ll have an easier time getting the price you want.

    Take a hard look at your home, and try to detach yourself. How does a buyer see the house? Are there attributes that suit your taste, but not necessarily everyone’s? Take a walk around and make a list of potential changes. Fixes can be simple and don’t have to cost a fortune.

     

    Here’s our quick list of curb appeal tips:

    • Start with a yard clean-up: mow the lawn, trim or prune plants and trees, and keep the front entrance clear.
    • Climb (safely) to your gutters and clear them out.
    • Wash and squeegee your windows, and make sure to clean the screens.
    • Arrange patio furniture or put away any pieces that look tired.
    • Edit your selection of outdoor pots and planters, keeping only those that are filled with healthy plants.
    • Spruce up your trees and planters with mulch or wood chips.
    • Hide garbage cans, tools, and supplies to keep the clutter to a minimum.
    • Take care of the siding and driveway with a power wash.
    • Touch up little details such as the trim around the doors or windows.
    • Replace what you can on your roof, particularly if it’s just a few broken shingles.
    • Clean up your mailbox or invest in a new one.

    Need tips on how to boost your curb appeal? We’ve got experts in the Hilton Head Island area with trained eyes, ready to lend a hand! Just let us know how we can help.

  • Buying a Condo in Hilton Head SC

    Before considering a Hilton Head Island condo, there are things to consider. We have provided resources and recommendations in this article that may help you through this process.

    It is important to form an opinion on the Hilton Head Island area as a whole before you start the property searching process. It is recommended you visit the area and take in some of the sights to get a feel for the area.  Hilton Head Island is known for beautiful beaches, southern hospitality, and great weather. Many of the Condominiums’ are inside of Plantation Communities. Within these communities there may be homes, villas, condos, and resorts. Find the place that feels right to you before committing to purchasing property.  It may be worth getting a feel for several places.

    Just like in every industry, some real estate agents in Hilton Head Island are better than others.  Some are more knowledgeable than others in specific areas like condos.  That is why it is helpful to Find a Hilton Head Island Condo Expert. Few agents understand condominiums and the individual buildings. You should find someone who has experience in this area and well versed in the condominium buying process.  It is advisable to find someone who is very capable in answering questions you have about specific buildings, and possibly suggest other buildings that meet the criteria you provide.  Doing this will help you to avoid many potential pitfalls during your search for a condo for sale in Hilton Head Island area.

    When purchasing a condo, you become a member in the condominium association.  Condominiums are run a lot like a corporation.  One item you should have a firm grasp on is the financial condition of the association you are joining.  An experienced agent will not only be able to help you gain access to the condo docs, budget, Frequently Asked Questions, and end of year financials.  They will be able to walk you through these documents.  It is possible you are looking at documents like this for the first time and could use the eyes of someone who has done this many times before.  It is not uncommon for some condominium owners to be surprised months after closing to find out things about the association they were not aware of during the contract process.   These surprises can easily be prevented with the help of a knowledgeable agent and reviewing the condominium association information.

    It may also be helpful to become familiar with the expenses related to condominium ownership. Some people find that looking at easy to read historical graphs is helpful.  If you are reading this and you are interested in Buying a Condo in Hilton Head SC for personal use or for investment purposes, we would love to assist you in finding the perfect Condo that meets all of your needs.

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