Thursday, November 15, 2018 / by Anne Rose
Wilmingtonians don't need snow to get into the holiday spirit. Moderate temperatures - with just enough chill in the air to require scarves and boots - make Christmastime the perfect time to celebrate the season with an outdoor festival.
Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach offer two months' of holiday-themed fests to impress residents and visitors alike with Christmas decor, light shows, and even a visit from Santa Claus. Throw in a liberal dose of traditional Southern holiday spirit and November through December in Wilmington is a truly special time of year.
This year, Wilmington will be treated with an additional festival in November. Postponed because of Hurricane Florence, Riverfest is happening this weekend, on November 17 and 18. This annual favorite outdoor festival features a street fair, Arts & Crafts market, and festival food like turkey legs, waffle cones and popcorn. Fest goers will find an abundance of artists selling every ...
Friday, November 2, 2018 / by Anne Rose
Summers are hot and humid in North Carolina, and houses are designed to offer maximum comfort. Whether you are looking at new houses, or old houses, you will notice many features that are particular to Southern structures. Each of those features has evolved from the need to handle heat, humidity, coastal storms, and periodic flooding.
A well-designed Southern home is built with style and grace rooted in practicality.
Here are some of the most iconic features of Southern houses.
A well-designed Southern porch is key to the local sense of community. Porches are meant for gathering, for entertaining, for watching the neighbors, and for chatting with passers-by.
Many of these features take a leading role in descriptions of homes for sale. A "rocking chair front porch" is generally located on the front of the house, and is large enough to accommodate at least two, big comfortable, old-fashioned rocking chairs. The deep overhangs of a wide porch also serve to sh ...
Friday, October 26, 2018 / by Anne Rose
Broker Realtor Debbie Alford sees post-hurricane opportunities in Wilmington North Carolina for both real estate buyers and sellers.
With incentives from lenders, and available properties with little or no storm damage, Debbie feels this is a great time to purchase your next home in Wilmington NC.
From beautiful downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear River, and the outstanding opportunities to own one of the many historic homes, to a coastal North Carolina neighborhood that will fit any family, Debbie can help you find your "fit" in this stunning area.
"Let's erase September," says Debbie, "and hurricanes Florence and Michael, and continue rebuilding and repairing Wilmington and the beaches. We will always be #WilmingtonStrong."
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 / by Anne Rose
When you are looking at houses, don't forget to consider window design from both the exterior and the interior.
Windows can be changed during a remodel, but window renovations can be a costly project. Replacing old windows is often part of a bathroom or kitchen redesign and renovation. When you change out the windows in your home, you can change the design and improve energy efficiencies. Contemporary home design generally allows for larger windows and more natural interior light.
When you are looking at homes to buy, consider both functionality and design of the windows, using the following pointers.
Windows should reflect the home’s architectural style
Modern and contemporary window design calls for floor to ceiling panes of unobstructed glass. Traditional Tudor architecture works with classic diamond-shaped mullions. Prairie style homes have long, horizontal bands of windows. Victorian homes generally have tall, double hung windows that are installed in pairs ...
Thursday, October 18, 2018 / by Anne Rose
Buying or selling your home, the first step is to find a real estate agent who can guide you in making decisions.
The first thing you should understand is the difference between a real estate agent, a realtor, and a broker. It’s more than just semantics:
Real estate agent: a person who holds a state-issued license to practice real estate
Licensed real estate salesperson: the same as a “real estate agent,” more commonly used term in some geographic areas
Realtor: a member of the National Association of Realtors
Broker: a real estate agent who has extra education, a specific number of hours of experience, and who may have additional certifications, depending upon the state in which they practice
In North Carolina, individuals must complete a state-approved 75-hour broker pre-licensing course and then pass the North Carolina Licensing Exam. After receiving a broker’s license, brokers have three years to complete 90 additional hours of state-m ...