It’s Prime House Buying and Selling Season on Hilton Head Island

If you are thinking about buying or selling your SC Low Country home, now is the time! The busiest season in real estate is about to begin in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island! That’s right. Buyers are now starting to look earlier in the year for their new home, so now is the beginning of the busiest home shopping season, instead of April.

Listing your Hilton Head or Bluffton home for sale now is a great move. Not only are there typically fewer homes on the market for sale during March, but listing  your home now will also allow you to get ahead of the upcoming spring market, giving you less competition as well as giving homebuyers an interesting new listing to consider while the market is slow with inventory.

Even though experts are not exactly sure what is motivating potential homebuyers to get an earlier start, they do agree that if you are thinking about buying or selling a home this year, the earlier you get started, the better. It is a savvy move to sell your home when there is more demand and less inventory…and while the greatest number of buyers are in the market – which is exactly what is happening in Hilton Head and Bluffton real estate right now.

The Dufrene Group is Ready to Help You Buy or Sell a SC Low Country Home

If you’re considering buying or selling a home in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island, the experienced team at The Dufrene Group is your local real estate experts. Let’s discuss listing your home for sale now to give you the advantage in this competitive real estate market.

Get started now by seeing how much your Low Country home is worth with our FREE Comparative Market Analysis. Looking to buy a home? Our experienced real estate team is already to show you the existing homes for sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us today at (843) 707-2267 or online here to have a licensed Realtor reach out to you today!

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Required Documents for a Home Mortgage Loan in Hilton Head, SC

Finding a Low Country home you want to buy is easy! The mortgage paperwork is a different story! If you have a mortgage lender in mind, it is a good idea to start this process as soon as you know you want to buy a home on Hilton Head Island or Bluffton. If you don’t have a preferred lender, your Bluffton Realtor can recommend a local lender that they have worked with that they trust.

Your lender will check your credit report and determine an approximate loan approval amount for a basic pre-qualification letter within a day or so. A full loan approval, however, will require paperwork and documentation. Your home loan, as well as the amount of money you can borrow, are contingent on this important documentation, so it’s a good idea to start gathering this info now so you aren’t overwhelmed when your lender needs it.

These are some of the documents you will likely need for your home loan in SC:

Documents Needed to Verify Income

  • Pay stubs for the last 30 to 60 days
  • Tax Returns for the past 2 years

Documents Needed to Verify Assets

  • Most recent 2 months bank statements including all pages – even blank ones
  • Most recent retirement and investment statements

Credit Report

  • Your lender will run your credit report to determine your credit score for your mortgage approval

Home Sale Contingencies

  • A copy of your executed purchase contract

There may be additional forms and documentation required for your home loan approval in SC, which the Dufrene Group, your Realtor in Bluffton, can help you with.  Contact us today to get your Bluffton or Hilton Head Island home buying process started. We can connect you with a lender and email you a list of homes with your criteria so you can find your dream home on Hilton Head Island.

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Enjoy the Beach at Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island

November is one of the best months of the year to enjoy some quiet time on the beautiful SC coast on Hilton Head Island. The warm, sunny days and long empty beaches are definitely something to be thankful for and we know just how fortunate we are to live here.

If you find yourself lucky enough to be spending Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island, be sure to check out these holiday-oriented activities and events on the Island.

Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island

Sea Pines Wagon Rides Enjoy a festive wagon ride through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve with cookies and refreshments. Thanksgiving morning festivities include a scavenger hunt and other fun events.

Annual Turkey Trot Thursday – 5k and Fun Walk Gobble – After party is full of fun with free beer, muffins, and fruit! A safe, fun, and family-oriented Fun Walk or 5K to start your Thanksgiving holiday! Dockside on Skull Creek.

Harbour Town Lights – Harbour Town comes to life for the holidays on the day after Thanksgiving. Stroll along the harbor and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures, with the centerpiece of the display being a towering Christmas tree.

Special Greg Russell Performance – Hilton Head celebrity Greg Russell performs a special concert right after the official tree lighting at Harbour Town to get the season started.  

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Hudson’s – All are welcome to share turkey, dressing and all the trimmings at a free dinner held at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. It’s important to know there is a place for you to go to celebrate this holiday with others. The meal is prepared by Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks on Skull Creek, with volunteers from the community to help serve the food. There will be lots of good fellowship and entertainment for a festive atmosphere.

Thanksgiving with Tennis Legend Stan Smith – Join Stan Smith, Sea Pines Resort’s touring professional, past champion of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and former U.S. Olympic men’s coach and his staff for a fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend. The class will feature video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills. Reservations required; contact (843) 363-4495. $305/adults only.

Thanksgiving Blessings to Your and Yours from The Dufrene Group

The team at The Dufrene Group wishes each and every one of you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving Day filled with everything that makes your smile.  We are thankful for your business and look forward to working with you again.

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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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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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Day Trip from Hilton Head Island: Visit Daufuskie Island, SC

Exploring the SC Low Country truly never gets old. There is just so much to see and do on Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and the surrounding areas. Whether you live here full time, have a vacation home here, or just dream of the day when you can buy a home on Hilton Head Island, you must take the time to discover and explore the area when possible. One place that you must put on your Bucket List is Daufuskie Island.

Just a short ferry ride across the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island is an unspoiled jewel many people never have the privilege of seeing. From its dirt roads and uncrowded beaches, to its history, hauntings, and vineyards – Daufuskie Island is not your ordinary Island.    

Those who have been have their own reasons for liking Daufuskie Island. Some love spending time on the uncrowded, pristine beaches, others like to listen to the live entertainment at Freeport Marina, while many come for the delicious Low Country food and drinks at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company. Everyone though comes to get away from hectic city life and slow down a bit.

Explore Daufuskie Island via a guided tour which takes you to all of the historic landmarks and popular sights or explore on your own with the self-guided golf cart adventure! Spend the day visiting Daufuskie Island’s historic landmarks, isolated beaches, delicious restaurants, and fun galleries filled with crafts from local artisans. Discover a whole new world on Daufuskie Island!

From the relaxing boat ride over, to the friendly locals, and Low Country ambiance, this unspoiled, undeveloped Island takes you back to a simpler time. Make it a point to take the ferry to Daufuskie Island. You will be glad you did!  

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Own a Piece of Paradise

If you want to buy a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, a full-time home in Bluffton, or make your escape and own a home on Daufuskie Island, the Dufrene Group Realtors in Bluffton can help! Check out the area homes for sale here and contact us to schedule a tour of your favorites!

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Holiday Decorating Tips for a Coastal Christmas

Happy holidays y’all! The team at the Dufrene Group is excited about celebrating another coastal Christmas here in beautiful Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC. If you’re like us, one of your favorite parts of the holiday season, !!besides eating!!, is decorating and making your home to make it feel festive.

If you are lucky enough to call our seaside community home, you probably already know that Hilton Head Island homes and Bluffton homes are decorated a little different for Christmas than on the mainland. We love our coastal location and take pride in celebrating that throughout the holiday season.

Here are some holiday decorating tips to add a bit of coastal flair to your holiday celebration. For those of you who are still looking for homes for sale on Hilton Head Island, we hope this will inspire you to visit a Realtor in Hilton Head Island or a Bluffton Realtor, so you can soon add a coastal flair to every holiday celebration in your new Low Country home.

Holiday Decorating Tips for a Coastal Christmas

Beachy Garland – Gather your favorite seashells, sand dollars, and starfish to create the perfect beachy garland for your Hilton Head Island home. Simply connect the items utilizing the existing holes in the shells with decorative twine for a unique coastal holiday decoration.

Seaside Ornament – Create your own seaside ornaments with a coastal scene by filling a clear glass ornament with sand, shells, and other tropical tidbits. Great for decorating your Island home or gift giving to your favorite beach bum.

Coastal Lighting – Instead of choosing the typical assorted 5-colored holiday lights, select blue and white lights instead. This new color theme adds a coastal feel to any décor and is the perfect way to showcase your Bluffton home.

Seashell Trees – Add coastal flair to any Low Country home with seashell Christmas trees. It’s so easy and they are so beautiful! Just grab cone-shaped floral foam in the size you’d like and add your favorite seashells with a hot-glue gun! It’s really that simple, yet so elegant it will dazzle your holiday guests!

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Make Every Christmas a Coastal Christmas

Are you ready to make every Christmas a coastal Christmas? The Dufrene Group can help with that! We’d love to show you homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island so that you can spend every holiday with your toes in the sand! Contact us here today!

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