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 role a 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  • Spruce Up the Bathroom – When a complete remodel is not an option, spruce up outdated bathrooms for a more modern feel to attract more buyers.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.

Whether you are looking for homes for sale in Bluffton or want to sell a home on Hilton Head Island, The Dufrene Group is here to help. Contact us at (843) 707-2267 or online here.

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Dinner with a View in the SC Low Country

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

Fishcamp at Broad Creek

Crazy Crab

Poseidon Coastal Cuisine

The Quarterdeck – 

Skull Creek Dockside

Restaurants with a Water View in Beaufort

Luther’s Rare and Well Done

Saltus River Grill

Restaurants with a Water View in Bluffton

Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff

Canoe Club at Palmetto Bluff

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.

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It’s Time to Get Your Plaid on at the RBC Heritage PGA Tour Golf Tournament on Hilton Head Island


The RBC Heritage will be held April 15 – 21, 2019 on beautiful Hilton Head Island, and it is expected to be one of the best years ever! Held each April on the Island, thousands of people make their way to Hilton Head, SC to be a part of South Carolina’s only PGA event.

Held annually on The Sea Pines Resort’s famed Harbour Town Golf Links, the RBC Heritage is one of golf’s most notable tournaments. This popular family-friendly event features some of the biggest names in golf and is very popular with thousands of spectators from around the world in attendance each year. The Heritage is also a favorite among TOUR players, many of whom enjoy staying with their families at The Sea Pines Resort and enjoying the amenities of Island.

The RBC Heritage is one of the few golf events that enables fans to get up-close and personal with the players and The Dufrene Group would like to give you a chance to experience that!  Visit our Facebook page now to enter! You could be the lucky winner of the drawing on April 7!

This year’s tournament promises to be another year of exciting golf and fun filled Island events. Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort will be where the party is this April, so be sure to get your tickets soon to be a part of the festivities.  Learn more here.

The Dufrene Group Keller Williams is here for all of your Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate needs! We have expert agents ready to help you sell your home or find the perfect Low Country dream home to buy. Call or message us to get started today!

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History Lesson: The Harbour Town Light House on Hilton Head Island

The most recognizable Hilton Head landmark, the world famous Harbour Town Lighthouse, was built in 1969 in an effort to help ships traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway and Calibogue Sound see better at night. It was the first privately financed lighthouse to be built since way back in the 1800’s so it was the talk of the town.

Today, the popular 93-foot red and white striped lighthouse welcomes you to the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and is open to the public. There are 111 stairs to the top of the lighthouse that leads to a gift shop, museum, and a top-level viewing deck that provides panoramic views of the Calibogue Sound, Daufuskie Island, and Hilton Head Island. These 360-degree panoramic views of the water, marsh, Harbour Town Golf Links, and the marina, are some of the best on the Island. Check out the webcam here!

Guests are welcome to take a self- guided “Legends Tour” in the Historic Museum to learn more about the Island’s history and the creation of the lighthouse. In addition, the Top of the Lighthouse Shoppe is a unique and popular boutique with lighthouse figurines, Harbour Lights collectibles, t-shirts, local art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more!

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Find the Your Hilton Head Island Vacation Villa

We’d love to have you as a neighbor! Are you thinking of buying a home or vacation villa on Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton, SC? The Dufrene Group can help! Check out available Hilton Head Island homes for sale here or feel free to contact us for more info at (843) 707-2267 or email us here! We are ready to help you find your Low Country home!  



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Thanks for Your Support and Friendship in 2018

The Dufrene Group Realtors in Bluffton would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support and friendship throughout 2018. What an amazing year it was here in beautiful Bluffton, SC and Hilton Head Island for our team and our families, and we are thankful to say that YOU played a part!

At the Dufrene Group, we really do strive to be the best Bluffton Realtors and do everything we possibly can to assist you with your Hilton Head Island real estate needs. Whether you are looking to buy a home in Bluffton, SC or sell a villa on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group is here to help you get the best deal possible.

The Dufrene Group Wants to be Your Bluffton Realtor in the New Year

If you are ready to finally own that vacation home on Hilton Head Island or relocate to a friendly neighborhood in Bluffton with great schools and amenities, The Dufrene Group can help. The beautiful SC Low Country of Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Bluffton offer a variety of amazing opportunities for residential housing including oceanfront condos, homes on the May River, and amenity-filled communities with everything you could want!

 Check out these Bluffton homes for sale and Hilton Head Island homes for sales at your leisure. When you are ready to get pre-approved for a home loan or would like to see some of the homes for sale, just contact us and we will schedule a tour!

The team at the Dufrene Group considers ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to meet or work with all of you and wish you all the very best in 2019. Happy New Year!

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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