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Friday, February 1, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

House Hunting with KBT: What's to Love at 221 Spruce Drive in Wilmington NC

Debbie Alford, Broker/Realtor, shares what she loves about the home at 221 Spruce Drive in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Which room do you love most?

My favorite room is the large family room, located at the front of the home. It is larger than most and very bright with sunlight.







What is unique about this property?

The property is unique in the fact that it has a beautifully manicured yard, on the corner of a cul-de-sac, in a desirable centrally located area of Wilmington.








What's not to miss?

Do not miss the large garage. Could easily become a man cave or she shed. Great workshop.








What is the neighborhood's personality? Is there anything special about living in this area?

The neighborhood is in an ideal area of Wilmington. It's very easy and close to Wrightsville Beach, Mayfaire, UNCW, and other wonderful attractions. It is an area that is very well kept and full of life.






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Saturday, January 19, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Why You Need A Buyer's Agent: A Tale of Two Buyers

Sarah: She lay awake thinking about the Bungalow on Magnolia Street which had apparently accepted an offer shortly before she called the listing agent to schedule a showing earlier that day. She was so disappointed to miss out on that home. So many of the homes she called about were already sold or had a contract on them. This was in spite of her intricate (albeit time-consuming) process of checking all the real estate websites on an almost minute by minute basis.

Jacob: He had a big smile as he hung up the phone to tell his wife they had the winning offer for the Bungalow on Magnolia. It had been a crazy afternoon starting when their real estate agent texted to tell him about the new listing that had come on the market within the hour. Their agent scheduled a showing immediately and they were able to get an offer in before the end of the day.

Why was Jacob’s experience so different from Sarah’s?

Jacob had an agent who has a competitive advantage over unre ...

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Friday, January 18, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

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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Friday, January 11, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

House Hunting with KBT: What's to Love at 3179 Inland Cove in Southport NC

Rick Binford, Broker/Realtor, shares what he loves about the listing at 3179 Inland Cove in Southport , North Carolina. 


Which room do you love the most?

One of the really unique rooms in this cottage is the Master Retreat with its bright and sunny garden view lounge area. With full-size windows offering a view of the rear yard landscaping, and easy access to the extended screened porch, this provides the perfect private spot to bring the outdoors in and curl up with a good book and a glass of wine.






What is unique about this property?

In my mind, it is all about VALUE! As a “nearly new” home in the convenient and quaint Seaside neighborhood of St. James, this home provides an extensive list of luxury upgrades and additions that have been made by the current owner – and best of all, an entirely COMPLIMENTARY membership in the exclusive and private Clubs of St. James Plantation is being provided by the Seller to the next owner &n ...

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

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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