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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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  house hunting, home design

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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  house hunting

Wednesday, January 9, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

A Collection of Lifestyle Magazines: Discover Wilmington and the Beaches

One of the best ways to get the feel of a new community or neighborhood is to pickup a local lifestyle magazine. If you have just moved to the Wilmington area, there are many magazines to get you up-to-speed on local personalities, business news, entertainment, arts events, and dining trends.

Thinking about relocating to Wilmington or one of the area's beautiful beach towns? Visit a handful of lifestyle magazines online, or snag a long distance subscription. Event calendars, stories about local attractions and cultural events, and profiles of business influencers will give you a great sense of what these communities offer.

Wilmington and the beaches offer a rich selection lifestyle magazines. Many of these are free. They can be found in the magazine racks at busy intersections, in shopping areas, and at the entry to most grocery stores.

All of Wilmington's lifestyle magazines maintain online editions. Many of the magazines offer out-of-state subscriptions, so people who are ...

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  wilmington nc, tips for buyers, homeowners, entertainment

Wednesday, January 2, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

What Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent When Selling

If you are considering selling your home, one of the first actions you need to take is engaging a real estate agent. 

But, there is a lot more than signing a contract with your kids' soccer coach's wife or the friend of a friend. These agents may be the best to get your home sold, but are you sure? You should enter into a seller's contract with both enthusiasm and confidence!

Your home may be your most valuable physical financial asset; don't trust the process of selling your home to without thoroughly discussing the process and reviewing your options. Hiring a real estate agent is a huge decision. You should search for real estate professionals, choose 3-5 of those, and then interview each to find the best fit for your real estate transaction expectations.

This is your opportunity to be the "boss," so create an agent interview strategy and execute it thoughtfully. Your objective is to hire the right person for the job, and that job is selling your home at the best possi ...

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  real estate broker, real estate agent, sell your home, homeowners

Friday, December 28, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

Real Estate Market Update for Dec 2018 | Kirk Pugh, Broker Realtor

Real Estate Market Update for Dec 2018 | Kirk Pugh, Broker Realtor
Let's go over some numbers as we approach the end of the year. The question I get everywhere is, "How's the market, how's the market, how's the market?"

We'll just give you a few statistics here because I'm a numbers guy. I read housing reports every month, and these numbers are through November, so it's relatively up-to-date. We will get reports back for December right after the New Year:

The rate of home price appreciation (HPA) has decelerated for 6 months in a row
The year over year price appreciation in our particular market is around 5.5%
It is projected to slow to a pace of right around 3% in the 2019 year
Existing home sales are down 2.1% year over year - homes that used and lived in
Pending home sales are down 4.6% as relative to year to date last year
New home sales are up 2.9% year over year, with a 14% decline month over month in October
Housing starts continue to climb 5.7% year over ye ...

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  wilmington nc, real estate broker, real estate agent, finance

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