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Wednesday, February 13, 2019   /   by Jen Reed

If You Can Imagine It, Your Broker Can Find Someone to Build It

If you have a specific vision for your new home, whether that entails custom fixtures or a feature as specialized as a stealth wall, your real estate broker can be a source of speciality contractors to make it happen. 


Imagine It and Have It Built
In addition to the usual list of service providers that your realtor will include in your real estate transaction, a well-connected realtor will be able to provide home buyers and home builders with a wide variety of professionals in the construction and home improvement industry.




Realtors maintain a list of vetted and recommended resources, from insurance agents and home inspectors, to landscapers, screen enclosure specialists, and flooring installers. Many also have connections with specialized tradesmen, like Covert Concepts that builds hidden doors, safe rooms, and concealed storage, in both new construction and existing homes.

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Friday, January 18, 2019   /   by Jen Reed

Call It What You Want, We Love Our Carolina Rooms

It is a screened porch, sun room, sun porch, or three-season room, but when you call it a Carolina Room, this extra square footage takes on a specific meaning for Carolinians.

Called a "sun room" in northern states, a lanai or Florida room in the sunshine state, and an Arizona room out west, this wonderfully functional and flexible space is affectionately called a Carolina room across the Carolinas. Carolina rooms are often at the top of a house hunting wish-list, offering flexible space, and expanding living and entertaining options in a home. The primary objective of a Carolina room is to allow abundant daylight into a home, and to provide multi-sided views of landscaping and outdoor features, all while providing shelter from both the weather.  



3179 Inland Cove Drive, Southport North Carolina




1896 Oak Harbour Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach North Carolina




3803 Harmony Circle, Southport North Carolina



A Carolina room is generally included in a ...

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018   /   by Jen Reed

7 Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

Call it what you want: bonus room, FROG (Finished Room Over Garage), extra room, or den.

Savvy home buyers don't let this room become the space where unused furniture goes to die and boxed holiday decor languishes. 

A bonus room that is finished, livable space is usually included in the square footage of your home. This means that the cost per square foot of this space is equal to that of your living room and master suite. A bonus room is space that is too valuable not to have a purpose that adds fits your lifestyle and adds quality to your daily enjoyment of your home.


Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

1. Additional Bedroom

If it has a closet, a bonus room or FROG instantly turns a three-bedroom house into a four-bedroom house. Include homes with bonus rooms in your house search and your options increase exponentially. Because a bonus room is often set away from the other bedrooms, it can be the perfect space for a teenager. If the bonus room is easily accessible f ...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018   /   by Jen Reed

How to Visualize an Empty House When You Are House Hunting

When you are house hunting, you will look at homes that both furnished and empty. No surprise: houses that are furnished are much easier to visualize as a home, filled with your own furniture and decor. You can tell how big the bedrooms are, and where the sofa works best.

Home sellers, and their agents, know how a home looks when it is furnished and decorated, the windows hung with drapes and blinds, and the bathrooms appointed with necessities and lush linens. When the house is empty, it takes a special skill for a broker to help a buyer appreciate the size of the rooms and how traffic flows through the home.

Visualizing a space is a skill that very few people have - easily more that 50% of home buyers cannot see how furniture would fit into a room. No matter how many times you are reminded that empty rooms really do look smaller than they really are, it's hard to get past that first impression. And a house without furniture can be difficult to connect with emotionally, too. ...

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Friday, November 02, 2018   /   by Jen Reed

Quirky, Charming Features of a North Carolina Home

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.





Porches
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 ...

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