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Friday, June 17, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

Moving Day Tips For First-Time Homeowners

Contributed by Amy Craft
Even though experts say that the housing bubble is about to pop, the surge of first-time homeowners is not slowing down. As per Reuters’ update on the real estate market, almost 30% of all home sales in early 2022 were made by first-time homebuyers.
For many, this new milestone represents a fresh start rife with potential. However, before you can move into your hard-earned-dream home, there’s the important matter of moving in first. Since moving into a home isn't just about lugging in boxes, here’s how to do it right:

Hire movers with special services
Moving into your own home can be a lot more demanding than moving into a rental property because this usually means that you’re bringing more possessions.
As such, rather than taking on this responsibility solo, it’s a huge help to have professional movers onboard. Aside from helping you transport your items from point A to point B, an AskMoney guide to c ...

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  house hunting, tips for buyers

Friday, May 20, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

Where We Sell: Waterford in Leland, North Carolina

Learn about Waterford, a master planned community in Leland, North Carolina, with Nancy Schappell, Broker/Realtor® at KBT Realty Group.
Good morning everyone. Just want to let you know that I'm coming from Waterford, which is a master planned community in Northern Brunswick County.
So the Waterford community is one of the first master planned communities. It's in Brunswick County, just off of Route 17 in the Northern section of Brunswick County, close to downtown Wilmington, but easily driveable to either the Southern Brunswick County beaches, Myrtle Beach or Wrightsville Beach to our north.
It's 575 acres and just shy of 1500 homes established in 2002. It has 17 miles of freshwater canals that you can either kayak or paddle board through and 12 miles of trails, beautiful clubhouse, which is just behind us with a beautiful pool. It's a clubhouse-style lifestyle, beautiful homes ranging anywhere from $400,000 to just shy of a million dollars. Brick built. So we have patio ...

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  house hunting, community spotlight

Tuesday, May 17, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

7 Reasons Buyers Need a Real Estate Agent When Buying New Construction

Being a homeowner is about much more than the walls that are around you. An experienced real estate agent understands all aspects of purchasing a home, from finding the neighborhood that best fits your lifestyle, to the financial intricacies of negotiation and closing.
If you are a buyer considering new construction for your next home, working with a real estate agent will ensure that you have a professional who is looking out for your interests. Although it is easy to walk into a model home and work directly with a builder, buyers often find that it is both confusing and frustrating to navigate the process on their own.
Here are some of the advantages of working with a real estate agent when you are buying new construction:

1. No Additional Cost
Working with a buyer's agent does not cost a prospective homeowner any additional fees, and does not increase the price of a new construction home. Buyer's agents are paid at closing by the builder/developer. Most real estate agents hav ...

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  house hunting, real estate broker, real estate agent, tips for buyers

Tuesday, April 26, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

May 2022 Around the Azalea Coast | community news and industry updates from southeastern coastal North Carolina

Updates and Happenings from beautiful Southeastern Coastal North Carolina.
“The road to success is always under construction.”
- Gary Keller, Founder of Keller Williams

What's Up | the seafood markets we love
Seaview Crab Company, 6458 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington
Seasonal variety of fresh caught seafood always available from the extensive relationships Seaview maintains with local fishermen. Customer favorites include local-caught clean-on-spot North Carolina fish, crab claws, and catfish. With a midtown market headquarters at 1515 Marstellar Street, and multiple market locations, Seaview is the go-to for seafood lovers throughout the Cape Fear area.

Biggers Market Open Air Market and Produce, 6250 Market Street
Castle Hayne Open Air Market, 2009 Castle Hayne Road
Belville Open Air Market, 580 River Road SE
Tramway Open Air Market, 2424 Old Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford
Spout Spring Open Air Market, 1643 NC-24, Cameron
For market hours, check the Sea ...

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  house hunting, around the azalea coast, news and events

Thursday, April 14, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

Buying a Home with a Frog: Finished Room Over Garage

A FROG, or "finished room over garage," is a common feature in coastal North Carolina homes. Because homes on the coast don't typically have basements, additional living space can be realized by going upward, and the first place to do that is often over either an attached, or detached, garage.
Some homebuyers determine that the additional room would mostly go unused. They decide not to spend the money during construction to finish the raw space above the garage. They would rather invest their money in a Carolina room, larger first floor primary bedroom, or an extra room for a home office. Opting not to buildout a FROG also eliminates the stairway that would need to be added to the first floor, which can free space for a larger laundry room, pantry, or storage closet.

For a large majority of home buyers, however, a FROG is an excellent construction investment. A finished room over the garage is more than just a good place to stow a couple bunkbeds for the grandkids that vi ...

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  house hunting, tips for buyers, sell your home, home design

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