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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Christmas Events in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC

Christmas is a magical time to be in the SC Low Country. From the peaceful shores of Hilton Head Island to the beautiful banks of the May River in Bluffton, there is something wonderfully festive happening this season along the coast.

If you have plans to spend Christmas on Hilton Head Island, put these Island events and festivities on your list of things to do this holiday season.

Christmas Events on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

  • Harbour Town Lights – Stroll along the Harbour and enjoy the lights, 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. 
  • Light Up the Low Country – Join the festivities for a Chanukah Celebration lighting the tallest Menorah in the county! Enjoy latkes, doughnuts, crafts and more! Sunday, December 22, 6 PM to 7PM.
  • Town of Bluffton Christmas ParadeSaturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. Come to the 2019 Bluffton Christmas Parade Corner of Bridge and Pritchard Streets. Fun for the whole family! 
  • 19th Annual Ted Flach Candy Cane Golf & Tennis ClassicSaturday, December 7, 2019, Sea Pines Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Golf and/or tennis tournament available.
  • Bluffton Tree-Lighting CeremonyFriday at DuBois Park in Bluffton’s Historic District at 5:30 p.m. Michael C. Riley Elementary school chorus will sing, and Town leaders will light the Bluffton Christmas Tree. Cookies and refreshments will be served under the Pavilion where Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a pre-Christmas visit.
  • Taste of the Season – December 6: Kick-off your holidays with the 30th annual Taste of the Season. Indulge in epicurean delicacies from the very best restaurants and eateries on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Local chefs will be serving their signature dishes or trying out new recipes. Where else can you sample 50+ restaurants all in one place? Taste of the Season is always a sellout, don’t miss out on one of the Chamber’s most anticipated events of the year! 6-9 p.m. Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa.
  • Outdoor Movie “A Christmas Story” – Watch a showing of the movie “A Christmas Story” under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town. Benches and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows will be provided. Admission is complimentary with the donation of a canned food item for the Deep Well Project

Christmas Wishes from The Dufrene Group

The team at The Dufrene Group in Bluffton, SC is sending Christmas wishes your way and hoping you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and an amazing New Year in 2020 with plenty of time spent on Hilton Head Island!

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Spooky Haunts and Halloween Festivities on Hilton Head Island

For a beach town, Hilton Head Island sure does know how to do it right for Halloween. There are plenty of spooky haunts and Halloween oriented festivities on the Island as well as across the bridge in Bluffton for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy. Here are some of the frightful festivities to enjoy this Halloween on Hilton Head Island.

Halloween Festivities on Hilton Head Island

Halloween at Coligny – October 25 – Halloween fun at Coligny with costume contests for all ages, trick-or-treating around the plaza and entertainment by DJ Crush and more from 4-7 p.m.  

Salty Dog Café Haunted BBQ – October 27 – Dress up in your Halloween costume and come out to the Salty Dog at South Beach Marina. The fun-filled haunted BBQ and costume contest features an evening filled with ghoulish food, live music, sweet treats, face painting and more!

Bluffton Jack’s Haunted History Tour – Various Dates Throughout October – Enjoy a walking GHOST TOUR of historic Old Town Bluffton. Hear spooky Bluffton tales told by certified tour guide Bluffton Jack. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Prepare for a hauntingly good time.

Halloween Wagon Rides in Sea Pines October 27 – Wear your Halloween costume and look for clues to lead you to the pumpkin patch during Halloween Wagon Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

Halloween on the Harbour – October 28 – Visit Harbour Town for the complimentary Halloween on the Harbour with activities and trick-or-treating around Harbour Town.

The Dufrene Group Realtors Can Help You Buy or Sell Your Low Country Home

The team at The Dufrene Group is your go-to Bluffton and Hilton Head Island Realtor and makes it “not-so-scary” to buy or sell a home! We are dedicated to helping you find the Hilton Head home of your dreams or get the most money when you sell your current home. We are experienced, flexible, and know the Hilton Head and Bluffton real estate markets better than anyone. We’d love to be your Low Country Realtor! Contact us here!

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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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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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Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

Just because we are a beach town doesn’t mean we don’t know how to celebrate the winter holidays! If you are lucky enough to be spending Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island or across the bridge in beautiful Bluffton, you are in for a magical holiday in the SC Low Country. In fact, you might enjoy yourself so much that you decide you just must look at Bluffton homes for sale and Hilton Head Island homes for sale, so you can call beautiful area home.

Here are some of the festivities planned for Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC!

Turkey Trot – November 22 – Start Thanksgiving off right with your family at the 30th annual Turkey Trot. This family-oriented event invites people of all ages to participate in their “Fun Walk,” 5K and 10K races.  The fun kicks off early and ends with a parking lot party, all of which is hosted by Island Recreation Association with help from Palmetto Running Company benefits the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Thanksgiving Day on Hilton Head Island need not be a lonely day for anyone! All are welcome to share turkey, dressing and all the trimmings at a free dinner held at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. This event is organized by St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church and Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Donations in the true spirit of Thanksgiving are greatly appreciated and will benefit The Deep Well Project and Bluffton Self Help.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting – November 24 – Santa, Mrs. Claus and their trusty reindeer Rudolph will help kick off the holiday season at the Town’s official Christmas Tree Lighting on the Arts Center festival grounds. Enjoy Christmas carols, holiday crafts, yummy treats and musical performances. This family friendly community festival is an Island tradition! Free and open to the public – on the Arts Center festival grounds!

The Dufrene Group Can Help You Call the SC Low Country Home

If you are ready to own a home in our little piece of paradise, the Dufrene Group can help. We are ready to show you homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island today! Check out the available homes for sale here then contact us to set a time to see your favorite homes.

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Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make When Buying Homes for Sale in Bluffton

The home buying process is not necessarily a simple one. A lot of things are dependent on each other for everything to go well. Stress levels are high and first time homebuyers are anxious.  It really can be an enjoyable experience though, if you work with the right Realtor in Bluffton. An experienced Bluffton Realtor can negotiate a great deal on your dream home and help you along the way with any tips, advice, and knowledge to make your Bluffton home purchase as smooth as possible.

Here are some of the common mistakes first time homebuyers make and advice on how to avoid them from Bluffton Realtor Anthony Dufrene of the Dufrene Group in Bluffton, SC.

Common Mistakes that First-time Homebuyers Make

  • Failing to Get the Home Inspected – Having a home inspection for a property you are considering can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the future. Paying the cost of a home inspection now, which is around $350-$500, is pennies compared to potential issues the home may have such as problems with the foundation, plumbing, HVAC or electrical system.
  • Untimely Correspondence with Lender – A common mistake by first time homebuyers in Bluffton, SC is that they fail to check their e-mail or messages regularly. Since the mortgage process is very time sensitive, it is crucial to approach the approval process with urgency and promptly respond to critical loan documentation that your mortgage company has requested. Also, be on the lookout for correspondence from your real estate agent, appraiser, and inspector.
  • Choosing Not to Work with a Buyer’s Agent – Some first time homebuyers think that they either don’t need or can’t afford a buyer’s agent when looking at homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. This is not true at all! There is no charge to work with a buyer’s agent, as the seller pays the commission on the sale of the home. In addition, purchasing contracts can be filled with legal jargon that is confusing. Choose a buyer’s agent that will work hard to show you the properties in your budget and desired areas to find your favorite homes for sale in Bluffton.
  • Ignoring Loan Assistance Programs – Be sure to take advantage of the various loan programs for first-time buyers from federal, state and local resources, as there are some programs designed to develop certain rural areas. The HUD website can give you information on loan and grants offered, and veterans should also be aware of the VA program. Assistance ranges from down payment help to closing costs, if you qualify. Be sure to ask Your Bluffton Realtor for program information.

The Dufrene Group Can Help First time Homebuyers with Homes for Sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

The Dufrene Group is here to help with any questions 1st time homebuyers may have about the Bluffton area, loan process, local housing market, or home loan programs that you may have. Feel free to contact the team here via email or at (843) 707-2267 today to get pre-approved for a home mortgage and start your search of Bluffton homes for sale.

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