Monday, February 22, 2021 / by Anne Rose
Salina Wilkins began her photographic journey in 1993 in the Marine Corps as a Combat Photographer shooting black & white film and creating products in the darkroom. She ended her military career over twenty years later as a Visual Information Officer, having taught photography to hundreds of Department of Defense students and managed visual projects in the photographic, cinematographic, and graphic arts fields.
Salina's portfolio includes studio portraiture, military training and exercises, criminal investigative and forensic photography, event documentation, weddings, and natural light family photography. Since 2019, she has been doing real estate photography.
She often jokes that if she was able to capture amazing and sharp images of active Marines training and also toddlers on-the-go, stunning photos of stationary homes are a breeze!
Salina has found a new passion in showcasing properties through her lens. She believes her inherent attention-to-detail and we ...
Monday, January 11, 2021 / by Anne Rose
Kirk Pugh, Broker/Realtor with KBT Realty Group - Keller Williams, in Wilmington North Carolina, reflects on 2020, a year which is in now in hindsight.
Eight days into 2021, and Kirk sees that the new year has started with a bang.
2020 was a challenging year for everybody on many different levels, although in real estate not one, Kirk reflects. Instead of talking about numbers, success, and patting the KBT Realty Group team on the back, suffice it to say, Kirk notes, that Wilmington North Carolina has a fast-paced, rapidly growing, dynamic real estate market that is extremely beneficial for sellers right now.
Certainly we can sell a house for top-dollar, in this market, in Wilmington, today, Kirk says. The challenge is, where does that seller go? Are they trading laterally, are they downsizing either from a location standpoint or a pricing standpoint?
For sellers today making a decision about selling, is the value of the sale great enough to buy you out of the pa ...
Monday, October 5, 2020 / by Anne Rose
Here’s the ideal situation: you and your agent coordinate the sale of the house you are currently living in with the purchase of your new home.
Today, the biggest objection to putting a house on the market is being able to find and close on your new home. You may be concerned that you won't find the perfect next home, or that you won't be able to make an offer and win, or that your financing won't move smoothly.
In a fast-paced market, you are most likely confident that you will sell your current home. You are likely to have multiple offers - at or above list price - within a matter of days. And, it won’t be a problem to find a new home, one that you will love even more than the one you are selling.
Having your offer on a new home accepted and timing the close with the sale of your current home is the real challenge.
What if my house sells so quickly I end up homeless?
The most common question agents have been hearing this year is, “I’m afraid ...
Friday, August 14, 2020 / by Anne Rose
contributed by Susan Doktor
Protecting what we love comes naturally to us. But in the case of protecting our homes, there’s a little more to it than intuition. Homeowners insurance is a bit of a puzzle, especially for first-time homebuyers. Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to know when considering coverage and budgeting for your policy.
Do You Need Homeowner’s Insurance?
The short answer is absolutely. For one thing, if you’ve taken out a mortgage to purchase your property, your lending institution will insist on it. That’s because, until you pay off your home loan, they are protecting their own investment. Most of the time, your homeowners insurance premium will be included in your monthly mortgage statement. You’ll pay it right along with your principal, interest, and taxes. That’s how mortgage lenders ensure your policy isn’t allowed to lapse.
But even if you don’t owe a cent on your house, you owe ...
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 / by Anne Rose
There is a new bridge in the future of the Cape Fear region, and properties in Northern Brunswick County may be impacted by construction of the NCDOT project, which is currently in the planning and environmental study stage. Home buyers purchasing in Northern Brunswick County, including Leland, Bellville, etc., need to understand the proposed Cape Fear Crossing road and bridge project.
Cape Fear Crossing, a proposal for a 9.5-mile road and a high-level bridge over the Cape Fear River, was developed as a solution to improve both traffic flow and freight transportation from Brunswick County's portions of U.S. 17 and Interstate 140 to U.S. 421. The area of impact on the New Hanover County side of the project is near the North Carolina Port of Wilmington. NCDOT officials say that the project will ease congestion on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, and will improve evacuation routes in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.
The Cape Fear Crossing project is, as of now ...