August 2014 Area Events

August 2014 Area Events

8/1: Concerts on the Coast, Ocean Isle Beach

8/1: Friday Variety Show, Kure Beach

8/1: Yoga & Surf Workshop, Wrightsville Beach

8/1: 50+ Coastal Lifestyles Expo, Wilmington

8/2: Comedy Court, Wilmington

8/2: Sunset Cruise w/ Acoustic Music, Wilmington

8/2: Reel Rooftop Concert, Wilmington

8/3: Summer Music Series, Wrightsville Beach

8/3: Residents Free Day, Wilmington

8/3: Boogie in the Park, Kure Beach

8/3: Movie at the Lake, Carolina Beach

8/7: Fireworks by the Sea & Live Music, Carolina Beach

8/7: Sounds of Summer Concert, Wrightsville Beach

8/7: Sunset SUP Series, Wrightsville Beach

8/7: Rourk Gardens Movie Night, Shallotte

8/8: Concerts on the Coast, Ocean Isle Beach

8/8: Summer Concert Series, Kure Beach

8/9: Survivor SUP: Paddle Boot Camp, Wrightsville Beach

8/9: Brunswick Forest Summer Concert Series, Leland

8/14: Jazz at the Mansion, Wilmington

8/14: Sunset Kayaking Trip, Wilmington

8/15: Downtown Sundown Concert, Wilmington

8/15: Yoga & Surf Workshop, Wrightsville Beach

8/15: Concerts on the Coast, Ocean Isle Beach

8/15-17: Port City RibFest, Wilmington

8/16: Wahine Classic, Wrightsville Beach

8/22: Concerts on the Coast, Ocean Isle Beach

8/22: 4th Friday Gallery Night, Wilmington

8/22-23: Inshore Fishing Challenge, Surf City

8/22-23: Phlock to the Beach: Buffett Beach Bash, Oak Island

8/29: Concerts on the Coast, Ocean Isle Beach

8/29: Last Chance for White Pants Gala, Wilmington

8/30: Labor day Sand Sculpture Contest, Ocean Isle Beach

Home Staging Helps Sellers See Homes Through Buyers’ Eyes

Most people become so accustomed to their own homes that they have trouble seeing them objectively when it’s time to put them on the market. That’s why, whenever I list a home, I always hire a professional home stager to help the client prepare for the sale.

Home staging, to me, is taking a look at your home through the buyer’s eyes. I’m so convinced of its importance that I pay for the stager as one of the services I offer as the listing agent. The most important idea I want every seller to understand is that their house should appeal to as many buyers as possible.

Thoughtful staging helps the house to sell faster, and to earn more money. That’s why nearly all of my clients accept my offer, and are glad to work with the stagers.

They take time with the sellers and help them decide how best to get the home ready to show. That includes the obvious things like cleaning and de-cluttering. It includes steps to make the house feel lighter and brighter, and to enhance its curb appeal. And, as much as any homeowner loves the touches that make a house into a home, it’s important to de-personalize your living spaces.

Why should that matter?  When prospective buyers are looking at your house, you want them focusing on the house and its features, not distracted by your collectibles or a wall covered with family photos. It can be hard to see a home’s possibilities if it’s too full of personal items, and dominated by the current owners’ individual tastes.

This doesn’t mean you have to erase every trace of your personality from the house. You still want a home to feel like a home. But buyers need to be able to visualize their own possessions in each room. They shouldn’t have to think too hard about what a house would look like without all the seller’s decorative touches.

And first impressions go a long way. Sure the buyers look at the house, but they also look at the way the house shows. It also often gives buyers a sense of condition of the things they cannot see.  If the home is neat, tidy and organized, that also tells the buyer that the owner has cared for the house, and is likely to have kept up with general maintenance such as cleaning out the gutters, inspecting the crawlspace and changing HVAC filters regularly.

Most of the steps a stager recommends can actually help the owner get ready for the move. For instance: Removing family artifacts, hobby material or other excess items is just a matter of starting the packing process sooner rather than later. Everything that can be boxed up and stored in advance of the sale is something that won’t need to be packed afterward.

Staging can have costs, but they absolutely pay for themselves. Professional carpet cleaning, touching up scuffed trim and repainting a dark room in a brighter color are typical examples that can add up to 1 or 2 percent of the house’s value. But national statistics show these steps will add 8 to 10 percent to the sale price. A seller can expect to get back three dollars for every dollar spent. A well-staged house will sell quicker, too.

The staging process takes about two hours. The stager will go through the house with the seller, offering room-by-room advice about how to freshen and brighten the space, and improve how foot traffic flows. Typical recommendations include removing or rearranging furniture, and adding accents that can help a room look its best in a photograph.

My stager likes to see greenery in every room, just because a photo that includes flowers or a houseplant is more likely to catch a buyer’s eye in an internet listing. Remember that 90 percent of the potential purchasers are going to see it online before they step foot in the house.

The same principle applies to the exterior. A stager will always start by addressing landscaping, with simple suggestions like strategic placement of flowers, to add to the property’s appeal to the drive-by shopper.

For a house that’s not occupied, staging is vital. When walls and floors are mostly bare, it’s especially important that they look clean and fresh. We try to avoid leaving a house completely empty. The stager I hire has furnishings that she can place in a vacant property, for a small fee, to help it look warmer and more inviting.

Have a question about buying, selling or any other real estate matter?  Let me know and I’ll address it in a future article.

Michelle Clark
Intracoastal Realty
Direct: 910-367-9767
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June 2014 Top Producers


Intracoastal Realty Announces Top Agents and Producers Club

Intracoastal Realty recently announced their top producers for the month of June. Vance Young won Closed Volume Team of the Month with $8.7M in sales and Mark Bodford won Closed Volume Agent of the Month with $6.5M in sales.  Vance Young won Listing Team of the Month with $6.6M in new listings and Sandra McNeil won Listing Agent of the Month with $2.4M in new listings.  Vance Young won Under Contract Volume Team of the Month with $18M in contracts and Cindy Southerland won Under Contract Volume Agent of the Month with $3.2M in contracts. 

Wilmington – Lumina Station Office: Top selling, under contract, and listing team was Keith Beatty.. Top selling agent was Robbie Robinson. Top listing agent was Sandra McNeil.  Top under contract agent was Cindy Southerland.

Wrightsville Beach Office: Top selling, under contract, and listing team Vance Young.  Top listing agent was Gwen Hawley.  Top under contract agent was Eva Elmore. Top selling agent was Mark Bodford.

Carolina Beach Office: Top under contract agent was Alicia Devereaux. Top listing and selling agent was Joyce Barnwell.

Oak Island Office: Top selling and under contract agent was Renee Yost.  Top listing agent was Cathy Riddle.

Ocean Isle Beach Office: Top selling agent was Edwina St. Pierre. Top under contract agent was Bob Williams.  Top listing agent was Johnny Gaddy.

New Homes & General Brokerage: Top selling team was Jimmy Hopkins.  Top selling and listing agent was Nicole Valentine. Top under contract agent was Rodney Harris.

Joining the Multi-Million Dollar Club with at least $3M in closed volume through June 2014 is: Robbie Robinson, Alicia Devereaux, Jane Davis, Karen Reese, Gwen Hawley, Angie Pool, and Bob McCorkle.