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Wednesday, March 20, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Real Estate Market Update for Jan - Feb 2019 | Kirk Pugh, Broker Realtor

Real Estate Market Update for Jan - Feb 2019 | Kirk Pugh, Broker Realtor

This is a cumulative January and February housing update for the Wilmington North Carolina and beaches, most notably New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties. National level information comes from the National Housing Report through Morgan Stanley. Local county information is pulled from the MLS.

Home Price Appreciation

The housing market has been great. Prices have been going up and there has been an affordability challenge discussed in the media. The home price appreciation has actually slowed somewhat. It looks like we are on track for about 5.6% for 2019. Granted, we are just into it, so that's from the first two months of the year. 

On a positive note, the median price of a house has actually fallen, just under 3%. At the same time mortgage rates have dropped about 3.5%, so we have actually had a little bit of easing in the affordability crunch. Homes have gotten easier to buy for ...

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Monday, March 18, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

House Hunting with KBT: What We Love About 8127 Wade Hampton Court

Becky Brown, Broker/Realtor, shares what she loves about the four bedroom, stone home at 8127 Wade Hampton Court in the gated community of Forest Creek at Porters Neck Plantation, in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Which room do you love most?

I absolutely love the chef's kitchen, because this home is great for hosting dinner parties. The appliances are absolutely a dream for the home cook, and the layout is carefully planned for efficient meal preparation, whether you are doing a 5-course dinner, or a simple breakfast. And two or more cooks in the kitchen is truly comfortable here! There is lots of storage in the beautiful cupboards, and great countertops.

What is unique about this property?

This property has timeless finishes throughout the house. There is nothing too modern, or too cottage, or too traditional. That gives new owners a lot of flexibility, and it makes each room easy to furnish and accessorize with the favorite pieces you already own. It also ...

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Friday, March 15, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

House Hunting with KBT: What's to Love at 348 Tralee Road in Wilmington

Debbie Alford, Broker/Realtor, shares what she loves about the four bedroom, Craftsman-style home at 348 Tralee Road, in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Which room do you love most?

I love the openness of the kitchen, living area, and eating area. Many of my clients are looking for "open concept" homes, and this one is exactly that; you have clear sight lines from the living room to the informal dining room, to the wide and bright kitchen. The large island adds seating on one side, and a nice division between the cooking and food prep area, and the rest of the living space.

What is unique about this property?

This home is absolutely like-new. It was built by Stevens Fine Homes in October 2017. When it was being built, the sellers very wisely had Stevens Fine Homes finish off the second floor, to add a fourth bedroom and bath. The second floor space is great for a teen, for guests, for an office, or even for a family recreation space. ...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

The Real Deal on Home Warranty HVAC Inspections

Breaking Through the Confusion Regarding Home Warranty HVAC Inspections
Armed with clear information on Home Warranty HVAC inspections, many buyers and sellers opt to contract for this service. The upfront payment for an HVAC inspection is usually in the range of $85, and considering the potentially hefty cost of HVAC repairs, clients may find this warranty pays for itself.

Repairing Your Home's HVAC Can Be a Big-Ticket Item
What is an HVAC?

HVAC stands for "Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning." Your home's HVAC is the entire system that regulates the cooling and heating of the interior, making the indoor environment comfortable through the changing seasons.

There are four different types of HVAC systems. The four HVAC systems are designed to suit the size and interior specs of a home or commercial building.

Heating and Air Conditioning Split System

A "split system" has an outdoor unit that houses both the condenser and the compressor, and an indoor unit w ...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Celebrate National Chili Day with an Award-winning Chili from KBT Realty

What better way to celebrate National Chili Day than with a pot of a certified, award-winning chili?

Becky Brown, Broker/Realtor, is generously sharing her recipe for Venison Chili. Becky's chili, which she adapted from a classic Better Homes & Gardens recipe, won first place in January 2011's Keller Williams Chili Cook-off.

"I wish I could say that there was a large cash prize," Becky laughs, "but I had bragging rights for a year."

The recipe below yields plenty to serve a group of 12 to 15, depending upon appetites.

Venison Chili Recipe
1 pound ground venison (you may substitute beef, chicken, or turkey)
1 pound venison sausage (you may substitute with beef, chicken, or turkey)
2-1/2 cups chopped onion
1-1/2 cups chopped bell pepper
2 fresh jalapenos, chopped (may omit)
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 15 oz. can of dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15oz. can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 15oz can of black beans, rinsed and drain ...

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