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January 2022 Around the Azalea Coast | news and updates from your Realtors in southeastern coastal North Carolina

Friday, December 24, 2021   /   by Anne Rose

January 2022 Around the Azalea Coast | news and updates from your Realtors in southeastern coastal North Carolina

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Updates and Happenings from beautiful Southeastern Coastal North Carolina.

"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the only ones who do."
- Gary Keller, Founder of Keller Williams 

What's Up | Celebrating the New Year in the Cape Fear

In addition to a number of local bars, breweries, clubs and restaurants offering New Year's Eve celebrations - many of which may sold out - we recommend:

Burgaw Blueberry Drop with Journey tribute band, Trial By Fire. Starts at 6pm

Pleasure Island "Island of Lights" Celebration, Kure Beach. Starts at 9pm. Get information.

New Year's Eve Pickle Drop at the University of Mount Olive in front of the Kornegay Area. Starts at 7pm with fireworks following and free pickles courtesy of Mt. Olive Pickle company.

New Year's Noon! at the Children's Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange Street, 9am to noon. Art projects and juice toast.

State of the Real Estate Market | KBT's Year End Message

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"We are optimistic about the market in the coming year, and we are looking forward to the holidays," says Kirk Pugh in his end-of-year wrap up.

"What's really encouraging is that homeowners today have the highest equity that they have had in their homes in 26 years. Average loan-to-value of a home today across the board is only 32%, which means there's a lot of money sitting in equity in a lot of houses across the country.The dreaded "I word" - inventory - continues to be the problem. Existing home inventory available for sale is fewer than a million homes, the lowest in about 30 years. Positively, though, single family starts are averaging about 1100 per week across the country."

Listen to Kirk's year-end message.

Community Spotlight | Where You're Looking Right Now

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Top of community searches for November and December? Lots of home buyers are looking at property in Kure Beach.

Kure Beach is the second city on Pleasure Island, which is the coastal barrier island in southeastern North Carolina, just south of the City of Wilmington. Kure Beach is nestled between Carolina Beach on the north end of Pleasure Island, and Fort Fisher on the island's southern tip. Kure Beach has a population of just over 2100 residents, and comprises 566 acres. 

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Team Updates | kudos and welcomes

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KBT had a stellar 2021, despite trying times and a challenging market, and ends the year celebrating our entire team.

We are proud to acknowledge the special contributions of Rick Binford, Teri Moylan, Adam Hashem, and Nancy Baldridge.

They all set the bar very high!

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Joanna Prinz joins KBT Realty Group as Broker/Realtor®, specializing in the Jacksonville North Carolina area, and surrounding towns. 

She has lived in North Carolina for more than 20 years, and loves helping buyers and sellers find their perfect dream home or maximizing the return on their existing investment. Joanna, her husband, two children, and two dogs make Jacksonville their home.


Nick Chapman Broker/Realtor®, comes to KBT with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for real estate. Before joining KBT, Nick spent time working in commercial real estate. He is a former Marine and State Trooper, and from that comes his specialty in working with relocating military families. His own experience has given him the ability to relate to the stress that accompanies transfers, deployments, and military orders.

Nick lives in Wilmington with his wife and 2-year-old Labrador Retriever.

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Listings | featured properties

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803 Breezewood Drive SE, Bolivia North Carolina
4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | 2,558 sqft

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171 Hall Point Road, Sneads Ferry NC
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,841 sq ft

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If you are certain you won't be able to find the perfect home, it's time to take a look at buildable lots. There are communities all along the southeastern North Carolina coast with land for sale, in established communities and new developments. Take a moment to browse land listings.

Reviews | feedback from our clients

  • My husband and I highly recommend Becky Brown. With her guidance we found a home we love and are so happy to be here. Becky was always quick to respond, and available to answer the smallest question. This was especially important as we were out of town, and on the occasions we met in person, my husband and I were (and remain) impressed with Becky’s local knowledge. This helped us greatly when making a final choice. Thank you! - Anne M.

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