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Wednesday, October 24, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

What to Look for in a Home's Window Design

When you are looking at houses, don't forget to consider window design from both the exterior and the interior.

Windows can be changed during a remodel, but window renovations can be a costly project. Replacing old windows is often part of a bathroom or kitchen redesign and renovation. When you change out the windows in your home, you can change the design and improve energy efficiencies. Contemporary home design generally allows for larger windows and more natural interior light.

When you are looking at homes to buy, consider both functionality and design of the windows, using the following pointers.

Windows should reflect the home’s architectural style
Modern and contemporary window design calls for floor to ceiling panes of unobstructed glass. Traditional Tudor architecture works with classic diamond-shaped mullions. Prairie style homes have long, horizontal bands of windows. Victorian homes generally have tall, double hung windows that are installed in pairs ...

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Thursday, October 18, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

How to Find A Real Estate Agent in Wilmington NC, and Everywhere Else, Too

Buying or selling your home, the first step is to find a real estate agent who can guide you in making decisions.

The first thing you should understand is the difference between a real estate agent, a realtor, and a broker. It’s more than just semantics:

Real estate agent: a person who holds a state-issued license to practice real estate

Licensed real estate salesperson: the same as a “real estate agent,” more commonly used term in some geographic areas

Realtor: a member of the National Association of Realtors

Broker: a real estate agent who has extra education, a specific number of hours of experience, and who may have additional certifications, depending upon the state in which they practice

In North Carolina, individuals must complete a state-approved 75-hour broker pre-licensing course and then pass the North Carolina Licensing Exam. After receiving a broker’s license, brokers have three years to complete 90 additional hours of state-m ...

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Friday, October 12, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

Meet the Broker: Tom Bartus

Broker Realtor Tom Bartus, with KBT Realty Group, has been a real estate agent since 2006, working to match home buyers with homes. Tom is a New Jersey transplant, having moved to the Wilmington area in 2005. He has been in real estate for a long time; Tom's was previously a senior executive in the food industry. He has extensive corporate leadership experience, and has traveled much of the world.

Why real estate as a second career? Tom says it's fun, and that he likes meeting people. The problem-solving aspect of being a broker appeals to him. People have needs and wants, he says, and he likes matching those against the houses that are available. Interacting with people, negotiating for both sellers and buyers, and making transactions happen are on the list of skills that Tom brings to the table for home buyers and sellers.

Tom specializes in real estate in the southeastern North Carolina area, from Onslow county to Southport, helping homeowners successfully buy and sell ...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

Meet the Broker: Amy Jones Yerdon

Broker Amy Jones Yerdon is currently focusing on the Carolina Beach area, including Kure Beach immediately south of Carolina Beach. Amy sees great opportunity there, with lots of new families moving to the area. There are single family homes, short-term rental properties for investment, and many other real estate options that fit a variety of buyers.

Carolina Beach Opportunities for Home Buyers
There is a lot of movement within the Carolina Beach community, Amy observes, with many local improvements, including building out the boardwalk, improving handicap accessibility, and increasing local events and festivities. "Carolina Beach is really pulling it together to get on the map," she says.

Buyers looking for a price point that is a bit more friendly than on the other beaches may find what they are looking for on Carolina Beach, although Carolina Beach, like all the other beaches, is still pretty competitive. House hunters really need to evaluate where their family wants to ...

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Friday, October 5, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

9 Tips to Optimize the Use of Your Storage Facility

Storage facilities are a convenient solution for temporarily housing your belongings.

If you are in the process of moving and have a timing issue between leaving a residence and moving into a new one, putting your furniture and personal items in a storage facility is the logical solution. This can be a short term storage need, for example, if you have sold a home, but have a few weeks or months before moving into another home. It can also be for a longer storage need: you have moved out of a residence, and are traveling or taking a hiatus from maintaining a pied a terre.

For those remediating storm damage, redecorating, or undertaking a major renovation, and needing to remove furnishings during the process, a storage facility is the most convenient option.

Tips for Choosing the Right Storage Facility
Consider the following tips when choosing a storage facility: 

1. Assess Their Customer Service 

The first thing to consider when choosing a storage facility ...

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