Friday, December 27, 2019 / by Anne Rose
contributed by Jen Reed
From Our Family to Yours, KBT Realty Group Wishes You A Very Happy and Healthy New Year!
What's Up | fun and festivities
January 2, 6 p.m. Live Music: Soul-R Fusion | Mad Mole Brewing, Wilmington | Soul-R Fusion is a Port City duo performing original music. The performance is free of charge.
January 4, 10 a.m. Little Explorers | Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington | Little Explorers at Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC, is for ages 3-6 and their adult helpers, and features hands-on activities, interactive circle time, experiments and games related to a weekly theme.
January 4, 12 p.m. Hidden Battleship Tour | Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington | A four-hour behind-the-scenes tour of un-restored areas of the vessel. Guests explore the bow (officers' country, boatswain locker), third deck (Radio II, brig, after gyro, storage rooms, ammunition handling, Engineer's office), Engine Room #1, superstructure (Captain's cabin, armored conning tower), aft diesel, the Marine Compartment, and climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship.
January 9 – 12 Art & The Bloom | Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach | The New Hanover Garden Club presents Art & The Bloom at Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The event features acclaimed North Carolina floral designers showcasing their creations inspired by fine art.
January 11, 5 p.m. Cornhole Classic | Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington | The Cornhole Classic at Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington features cash and prizes for winning teams.
January 12, 8 a.m. Beethoven 15K & 5K | Brunswick Forest Fitness and Wellness, Leland | The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents the 7th annual Beethoven 15K and 5K at Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC. The event offers 5K and 15K races, and Beethoven's Doggy Dash 1-mile fun walk or run (8:35am start).
January 17 – 19, 50th Annual Wilmington Antique Show | Wilson Center, Wilmington | North Carolina Junior Sorosis and North Carolina Sorosis present the 50th Annual Wilmington Antique Show and Sale at the Wilson Center. The event features more than 35 antique dealers from around the country including fine Early American and English furniture, primitives, jewelry, linens, silver, glassware, prints and other decorative arts.
January 22, KBT Realty Group Fifth Anniversary Celebration | KBT Realty Group, Wilmington | Time flies when you're finding homes for friends and family. Come join us to celebrate five years of making it happen! We will have light refreshments and beverages at our office from 3 - 5 p.m. and look forward to seeing our clients of the past, present, and future. Cheers!
January 23 – 25, North Carolina Jazz Festival | Hotel Ballast, Wilmington | The 40th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival at Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington features internationally known jazz musicians from across the U.S., Australia, and Italy.
January 25, 1 p.m. 15th Annual Johnnie Mercer Pier Dogfish Tournament | Johnnie Mercer Fishing Pier, Wrightsville Beach | The 40th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival at Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington features internationally known jazz musicians from across the U.S., Australia, and Italy.
January 25, 2 p.m. Port City Ping Pong Throwdown | Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington | The Wilmington Table Tennis Club presents the Port City Ping Pong Throwdown at the Brooklyn Arts Center. The tournament features two competition categories -- one for pros and one for slackers -- and both with prize money awarded to the top winners.
First Annual Toys For Tots Campaign A Success for KBT Realty Group, Keller Williams
KBT Realty Group and Keller Williams of Wilmington, Oak Island, and Ocean Isle worked together with the Pointe Cinema of Wilmington to support the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots campaign during the holiday season. Nearly 1,000 toys were collected and were distributed to youngsters in need in the greater Cape Fear region.
“Thank you to all the good folks for your generous donations this year! The 2019 toy drive was a success due entirely to your kindness,” said Kirk Pugh, president of KBT Realty Group. “ We look forward to continuing our support of this program and serving our community. Please join us for the "Toys For Tots" Campaign in 2020!”
The 2019 Toy Drive kicked off November 19th and concluded December 19th at the exclusive screening of Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker, hosted by KBT Realty Group as a “thank you” to the support of our many clients – past and present. This marked the first year KBT Realty Group sponsored the campaign.
KBT Realty Group Celebrates the Ho-Ho-Holidays Serving Up Breakfast with Santa
Area families joined KBT Realty Group on Saturday, December 7 to enjoy Breakfast with Santa. Youngsters adorned in their holiday best had a chance to sit on Santa’s lap, share a secret or two, and nosh on pastry, fruit, and sip hot cocoa. The event represented an opportunity for KBT Realty Group to invite members of the community to its office and show appreciation for the support shared throughout the year.
Children received photographs, had a chance to write letters to Santa, and color holiday-themed pictures.
These events are an opportunity for our team to give thanks and show gratitude for each of you who have given the KBT Realty Group a reason for being. We are grateful also to our sponsors that have made these events possible.
New Faces At KBT Realty Group
Joining the KBT Realty Team of Market Professionals
"I chose to join KBT Realty Group for the tools and resources; they provide their agents with and the support of a well-developed team. I bring a knowledge of converting internet leads and past experience working with a high producing team."
What You Need to Know Before You Decide to Sell Your Home
You’ve been considering it for a while and you’ve decided now is the time to sell your home. You want to downsize, move to different neighborhood, or even a new state. Regardless of the reason, you are certain to have questions – and that’s not uncommon. Below are some challenges that sellers can face.
Selling Your Home Alone
Although it may seem like an easy way to save some money on the sale of your home, a real estate agent is actually your key to success. A real estate agent provides you with a wealth of knowledge – the market, attracting the right buyers, offering contacts, and guidance in the process of selling your home.
Did you know that those looking to sell a home for its full market value benefit from the professional expertise of an agent? According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers released in November, homes sold by the owner sold for an average median price $200,000, as compared to a median sale price of $280,000 for properties that sold with the assistance of an agent.
Setting Unrealistic Pricing
How do you know what your home is really worth? Where do you find the information? Are you deciding on a price because you are emotionally attached to the home and believe it’s worth more than the market will bear? If you've overpriced your home, chances are you'll eventually need to lower the number, but the peak period of activity that a new listing experiences is already gone. Of homes that sell in their first week on market, 57 percent sell for the full asking price, according to a 2017 report by Zillow. By the fourth week, that share drops to 32 percent, and only 18 percent of homes that sell after eight weeks receive the full asking price.
Ignoring Key Changes Needed to Sell Your Home
We all want to buy and flip homes and turn them into beautiful new dwellings, right? Let’s face it, with HGTV and DIY Networks exposing us to everything from house hunting to fixer upper-type programs, buyers are well versed in “open floor plans” and expect everything to be in “move-in condition.” Whether it’s new construction or a mature home, buyers aren’t interested in making changes before they are able to move in. So, selling your house “as-is” likely won’t yield the highest possible sale price.
At the very least, look at kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, and the colors throughout the house. Sometimes simple cosmetic changes can make a big difference.
Skipping Major Repairs
But while replacing your floors and painting the walls are fairly easy tasks to tackle, major issues need to be addressed as well. Cracks in the foundation or a new roof are expensive fixes that you may be wary of taking on, especially when you won’t likely recoup the entire cost in the sale. However, fixing these things will enable you to sell your home without a credit for work that needs to be done. It will also give you more to promote about your home and reinforce it’s a top-quality place to live.
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And that is true of your home. Many potential buyers will do their research online and presenting photos that are less than flattering could mean the difference between looking at your home and your neighbor’s home – because they invested in professional photography. Yes, smartphones are equipped with excellent cameras and can take great shots. But unless you know a bit about lighting, staging, and coloring, chances are the photos will not be as appealing as they can be. According to the NAR study, some 87 percent of buyers who researched properties online said they found photos of the property to be very useful and had an impact on their opinion of the home before they actually set foot inside. Always ask your agent if funds for photography are included in the realty marketing budget.
These are just some things to consider when you are planning to sell your home. Whether or not you actually do go it alone, you at least owe it to yourself – and your home – to have a conversation with a real estate professional.
In November, closed units by KBT Realty Group grew by 21% more than the Wilmington market as a whole.
KBT listings sold outpaced the market by 49%, demonstrating that our team is not just here to list your house, but SELL your house.
Listings taken by the team at KBT Realty grew by 35% more than the Wilmington market.
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