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Wednesday, January 26, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

Home Buyer's Choice: New Construction versus Existing Home

Home buyers who cannot find exactly what they are looking for in their next home have the option of purchasing new construction.
In 2020, right around 13% of buyers opted to build their next home, compared with 87% of home buyers who found an existing home that met their criteria, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2020 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report. If you are debating between new construction or purchasing an existing home, you should discuss the pros and cons with your Realtor.



Top Five Reasons to Purchase New Construction

New construction homes generally feature contemporary floor plans. This means that they are designed with a great room and large kitchen for open concept living. They also have larger closets, more bathrooms, and an expanded - often over-sized - primary bedroom with ensuite bathroom and walk-in dual closets with dressing areas.

When you are shopping new build homes, you will most likely have your choice of up ...

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Monday, January 24, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

Where We Sell: Brunswick Forest in Leland North Carolina

Hi, I'm Nancy Schappell with KBT Realty. We're here today in Brunswick Forest, which is where I live.

This is a master plan community in Brunswick County. It is a community of right now, 4000 homes, going to be somewhere between seven and 8000 homes, but it feels small. We have all kinds of small neighborhoods that have their own HOA, that have their small streets with walking sidewalks, ponds.

Here's what's great about Brunswick Forest.

There are homes that are townhomes, cottages, single family, all the way up to million dollar homes... from $300,000 to million dollar plus homes. So there's something for everyone. Whether you're downsizing or wanting to build your dream home, you can do it here in Brunswick Forest.

It's not a retirement community. It's not a 55 plus. It is a community that is diverse with people that still work, people that are retired, people that have come from the north looking for a warmer climate with blue skies and bright sunshine and thi ...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021   /   by Anne Rose

Kure Beach, North Carolina | What We Love About Living in Kure Beach

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Courtesy of Google maps, retrieved Dec 8 2021


Kure Beach is a town on Pleasure Island, the piece of land that lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River, about 15 miles south of Wilmington North Carolina in New Hanover County. Kure Beach is a small oceanfront community, with a 2010 population of only 2,012 people. Kure Beach is between Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher. 

Find Your Next Home in Kure Beach, North Carolina

In December 2021, there are 36 active property listings in Kure Beach NC. Real estate for sale in Kure Beach ranges from luxury beach front listings at more than $2.5 million, to single family homes from $400-700,000, and homes sites for sale. Because Kure Beach is small in total area, there are a limited number of listings at any one time and the properties do not stay on the market long. The population is relatively stable too: when people move to Kure Beach, locals say, they don't leave!



People ask me all ...

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Friday, November 5, 2021   /   by Anne Rose

St. James Plantation, North Carolina | What We Love About Living in St. James Plantation

St. James Plantation, Southport, North Carolina

Courtesy of Google maps, retrieved Nov 5 2021


St. James Plantation is a gated community in Brunswick County, North Carolina, located a few miles inland of the seaside town Southport, and 30 miles south of Wilmington North Carolina. St. James is a residential town with about 3330 residents, an all-volunteer fire/EMS department, five golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, a full service marina, and a private beach club in Oak Island on the Atlantic coast. 


Find Your Next Home in St. James Plantation, North Carolina

In November 2021, there are 86 active property listings in St. James Plantation. The real estate for sale in St. James ranges from listings in the $300s to $1million+ homes, and buildable lots. There are a number of condominium communities within St. James, with units priced starting in the high $100s and going up beyond the $400s. Boat owners will find a variety of wet- and dry-slips for sale in the pr ...

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Friday, October 22, 2021   /   by Anne Rose

Southport, North Carolina | What We Love About Living in Southport

Southport, North Carolina

Courtesy of Google maps, retrieved Oct 22 2021


Southport, North Carolina, is a city on the western bank of the Cape Fear River, near the mouth where the Intracoastal meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city is about 2 miles inland from the Ocean. Southport is connected to Pleasure Island, with the cities of Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach, and the city of Wilmington, via the Southport-Fort Fisher car ferry that goes back-and-forth across the river. Southport is in Brunswick County, with a 2018 census population of 3,828. 


Find Your Next Home in Southport, North Carolina




A search for homes in Southport North Carolina results in almost 500 active listings, covering a wide range of real estate for sale: multi-million dollar acreage on Ferry Road, $1.5 Million homes on the Intracoastal Waterway in St. James Plantation (one of North Carolina's premier master planned communities), new construction single family residences at a v ...

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