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Friday, July 20, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

Money Isn't Everything in the Current Real Estate Market

contributed by Nick Renner
A hot topic among many homebuyers and investors entails just this: "What should I offer for this property?”
Great Question!
Because a typical home buyer does not deal with real estate transactions on a daily basis, I would advise them to seek advice from their current Realtor. However sadly, in many cases, some Realtors are supposed to be the go-to individuals in their Multiple Listing Service, but have not yet performed their Due Diligence on the market. Here are some things to take into consideration when attempting to provide an enticing offer.

Money Isn’t Everything

1) The Market
Many a time have I seen a property slip out from a potential client’s feet because of the simple fact that they do not understand the market in the same manner as their prospective agent.
There is so much activity going on in the Wilmington NC housing market right now, with buyers drastically outweighing sellers, thus lowering inventory and incr ...

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Thursday, July 12, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

Algorithms Can Find You a House, but Your Local Real Estate Agent Can Find You A Home

contributed by Kirk Pugh
Realtors have many ways to communicate peer to peer. Office email groups, branded and private Facebook groups, unbranded mastermind groups and more. These alternate methods of communication help us to explore the many curious opportunities that arise each day.
There are also a variety of industry-related news resources that we use to stay abreast of industry trends.
Real Estate News
One such source is Inman News. They recently published an article that could foreshadow a paradigm shift in the way we conduct real estate transactions.
First a few stats. According to similarweb.com, in March 2018, Zillow.com named the #1 Real Estate Website in the Business and Industry Category of Real Estate. Zillow had 189,000,000 visitors in the month of March alone. The average visitor spent just under eight minutes on the site with nearly thirteen page views.
Did I mention Zillow also owns Trulia? They get a few visitors each day, too!
Zillow also owns a compa ...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

What If Your Wilmington Home Came with an Award-Winning Chef?

Home buyers always start the search with a list of must-haves for their new home: open concept main floor, master ensuite, granite countertops, privacy fence. The more of those must-haves a real estate agent can check-off, the closer a client moves to a home-buying decision.
Then there's that other list, those new home items that are more fantasy than reality. Every home-buyer has them. Infinity pool. Boat dock (with a boat). Gourmet kitchen (with an award-winning personal chef). 
Odds are, your new home won't come with an award-winning chef, but if you buy a home in Wilmington NC, you will have an impressive lineup of culinary talent just steps from your front door. 
The Cape Fear area has been diligently growing its foodie scene for the last decade. Local restaurants attract top caliber culinary talent and boast innovative menus. With a full calendar of food-related events, festivals, advanced level cooking classes, food truck rodeos, and local chef competitions, Wilmi ...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

What KBT Realtors Do is Open Doors

contributed by Kirk Pugh

People from all walks of life enter the real estate profession: college kids, housewives, stockbrokers, attorneys - all for different reasons and all with different goals.

Experience, knowledge, professionalism and communication are the things that both buyers and sellers most look for when selecting a realtor.

A KBT Realtor’s Life

There are some common misconceptions about the real estate industry circulated by both the consumer and by those who choose to join our ranks. Surprisingly, agents that don’t communicate effectively or in a timely manner is one of the most frequently cited consumer complaints.

In the “I want it now” society in which we live today, most consumers expect instant gratification. Whether it is 7 am or 11 pm, if a realtor doesn’t answer their phone on the second ring, many people will simply dial until someone answers. As realtors, we check our email at 6 am when we wake up and often make sure ...

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

Show Your Front Door a Little Love: Southern Charm to Help Sell Your House

Every list of tips for selling your home includes updating the front door. Showing your front door a little love can help boost your home value and increase buyer-appeal. A great door color and stand-out accents will help make your house the prettiest one on the block. Throw in a dose of Southern charm, and your front door can be a real show-stopper.

Infusing your front door update with charming Southern style may help sell your house. Because the front door is a small space with a huge impact, you can invest a modest amount of money to leverage a big bang. 

Essential updates
Check your front door and hardware with a critical eye. Is your door past its prime? Replace it with a stylish, quality solid core door. Look for interesting features in a new door that work with the architectural style and age of your home: decorative glass patterns, between-the-glass blinds, detailed trim, draft protection. Tired, wobbly door knobs and scuffe ...

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