Company News: A Realtor’s Transition to the South

Company News: Making Our Way from North to South

by Becky Lothe, Broker/REALTOR®

Beautiful beaches; affordable homes; low taxes; year round golf on dozens of nearby courses; affordable postsecondary education options…so many reasons Wilmington, NC became a choice relocation destination for us. And, of course, General Electric was a big part of that too! Making the decision to uproot the family and move half way across the country wasn’t an easy one, yet the benefits have resoundingly outweighed the downsides. As our families shovel their way out of the snow, or hunker down away from the subzero cold, we take walks on the beach, discuss our next golf outing, play tennis with friends after work, and ready our garden beds for what to plant next. Yes, it has been cool and even a bit rainy as of late, but that just gives us a reason to turn on the fireplace, and curl up with a fuzzy blanket, not something that is necessary much of the year here.

I have to admit that at first, it was lonely and I wasn’t sure what to do other than those beach walks to cheer myself up. But once I found the area newcomer association, and got up the courage to join a small group, that quickly changed. Our first outing introduced us to excellent Thai food and some very fun couples. From there I found a group of ladies that golf on Friday mornings. That is now a key highlight in my week that I have enjoyed for almost 3 years. Then I met a group that played tennis a couple days per week. Now I’m on two teams. We’ve also enjoyed attending community events, such as the Downtown Sundown concert series, and free concerts at Mayfaire Town Center and at area beaches, or exploring local artists through the monthly Friday night art walks. Our girls quickly found friends and success in school here, and they even found manners! I have to say that even though I have sometimes experienced cultural adjustment pangs, I so appreciate the southern values of respect that our kids absorbed, and have thoroughly enjoyed having their friends in our home over these last few years.

After years of being in education and counseling, I now find myself in Real Estate. Though this wasn’t part of my plan in this transition, it has catapulted my familiarity and sense of belonging to this beautiful place, and provides me with the invaluable opportunity of meeting others who are considering, or have already decided, to relocate here as well. I have met, who I believe will be, lifelong friends through this new “calling.” There is nothing more enjoyable or rewarding than acquainting others with this place we now call home, and helping them find their niche and make connections that will hopefully give them that same sense of home that we’ve been blessed to find here in this southern coastal region of North Carolina.

Thursday Under Contract Updates 1-29-15

Thursday Update: Under Contracts 1-29-15

Under Contracts through Wednesday

Selling Agent Listing Agent Property Address Town List Price
Co-Broke Keith Beatty 5630 Oak Bluff Lane Wilmington $359,900
Joe Fox Vance Young 403 Summer Rest Road Wilmington $2,395,000
Eva Elmore Joyce Vietto 321 Brenda Drive Wilmington $165,900
Bea Desmond Sharon Brock 709 Benchmark Court Wilmington $249,900
Karen Reese Karen Reese 3044 Annsdale Drive Leland $315,000
Jeff Terry Co-Broke 1076 Grissom Road Wilmington $145,000
Nicole Valentine Co-Broke 8917 Bluff Court Wilmington $395,000
Co-Broke Carla Lewis 352 Bear Branch Road Currie $1,199,900
Angie Pool Co-Broke 7009 Quail Woods Road Wilmington $150,000
Susan Keck Lois Dixon Lot 44 Coppers Trail Wilmington $44,500
Buzzy Northen Co-Broke 23 Pipers Neck Wilmington $1,585,000
Co-Broke Lisa Wayne 555 Grande Manor Court #201 Wilmington $310,000
Tee Woodbury Co-Broke 3912 Gillette Drive Wilmington $229,000
Dan Willard Kevin Donovan 5008 Hunters Trail #15 Wilmington $108,900
Co-Broke Vance Young 6132 Clairidge Road Wilmington $385,000
Bob McCorkle Co-Broke 1211 Grace Street Wilmington $44,000
Chris Hoskins Co-Broke 750 George Trask Drive Wilmington $185,000
Rodney Harris Rodney Harris 6832 Main Street #314 Wilmington $388,000
Jimmy Hopkins Co-Broke 6611 Wheatfields Court Wilmington $132,000
Co-Broke Robbie Robinson/Trey Wallace 215 S 10th Street Wilmington $125,550
Eva Elmore Vance Young 812 Schloss Street Wrightsville Beach $949,000
Dan Willard Co-Broke 5012 Hunters Trail #13 Wilmington $114,900
Dan Willard Co-Broke 237 Fayemarsh Road Wilmington $518,500
Keith Beatty Co-Broke 5309 Tangier Road Wilmington $543,222
Ashley Garner Co-Broke 406 N 21st Street Wilmington $109,900
April McDavid Co-Broke 215 Valencia Court #204 Wilmington $152,500
Gwen Hawley Co-Broke 270 Dallas Drive Wilmington $189,900
Co-Broke Rainelle Mishoe 106 South Carolina Ave. #1 Carolina Beach $379,000
Bobby Brandon Co-Broke 201 Windemere Road Wilmington $299,000
Co-Broke Keith Beatty 4606 Andros Lane Wilmington $139,780
Co-Broke Angie Pool 125 Island Bridge Way Wilmington $895,000
Nicole Valentine Nicole Valentine 6517 Chalfont Circle Wilmington $175,000
Co-Broke Renee Yost 1588 Brushwood Court SE Bolivia $429,000
Ruby Verricchia Co-Broke 4335 Terrington Drive Wilmington $309,000
Co-Broke Renee Yost 304 E Leonard Street Southport $199,900
Laura Fitzhugh Co-Broke 4223 Chery Laurel Lane Southport $175,042
Renee Yost Co-Broke 121 E Island Drive Oak Island $530,000
Laura Fitzhugh Co-Broke 276 Lord Thomas Avenue Southport $334,015
Co-Broke Bob Williams 24 Private Drive Ocean Isle Beach $459,000
Co-Broke Janeise Collins 110 N Shore Drive Sneads Ferry $199,000


These Winter Maintenance Steps Will Protect Your Investment

Now that cold weather has arrived, it’s time to think about saving on energy costs and ensuring your home is in good shape for the winter. With any house, little problems can become big ones while we’re not paying attention. So it’s always a good idea to attend to each of these annual maintenance tasks.

The first and biggest item on the list is to have your heating system serviced. This will make sure it’s clean, in good repair and running efficiently. You don’t want to wait until your heat pump fails on the coldest day of the year. It’s during extreme weather that repair services are busiest, which might make for an uncomfortable day or two while you’re waiting.

A related chore that you can easily handle yourself is to clean or replace your furnace filters regularly. The new, high-tech pleated filters typically need replacement more often, but even the old reliable fiberglass kind will block air flow, making your system work harder, as they accumulate dust.

Another easy trick to reduce heating costs and make your home more comfortable is to reverse your ceiling fans. The “winter” setting creates a gentle updraft, which moves heated air away from the ceiling and down the walls. You won’t notice the air moving, like you do on the “summer” setting, and your furnace won’t have to cycle on as often. This is especially helpful in rooms with tall ceilings.

Don’t waste money heating the outdoors. Be sure your windows and doors have good weather stripping and that any cracks around the frames are caulked. An easy way to find air leaks is to hold a lit candle near a closed door or window. Any draft will make it flicker.

For more energy-saving tips, see this article from September 2014:

If you have a fireplace, or other fuel-burning heating system, hiring a chimney sweep to inspect your chimneys and vents is an investment in your family’s safety. This will protect against fire hazards and possible carbon monoxide dangers.

Even though we’re fortunate to live in a mild climate, those inevitable cold snaps can cause damage if we’re not prepared. Now’s the time to be sure all exterior faucets are turned off and irrigation systems are drained so freezing water doesn’t burst pipes. If you have a pool, the pumps and other plumbing should also be drained or winterized.

Once fall is finished, and all the leaves, pine needles and other debris have fallen, take an hour or two and clear it away from your roofs, gutters and decks.

Clogged gutters that don’t drain will back up and damage your roof, siding and trim. Debris accumulated against chimneys and vent stacks can also trap water, causing rot, staining or roof leaks. When checking to be sure your roof is clean, also fix any damaged or missing shingles, and the flashing where roof meets walls or piping.

Cleaning leaves, dirt and pine needles from between the boards of wooden decks will thwart mold and mildew growth.

Finally, just in case: Before the inevitable snowfall or ice storm creates a slipping hazard on your front steps, walks or driveway, get a bag of rock salt so you’re ready. Cat litter, to create a non-skid surface on icy pavements, is another inexpensive but useful thing to get now and keep tucked away.

Most of us are doing seasonal decorating this time of year, anyway. So including this checklist as part of your holiday preparations is an easy way to guarantee you peace of mind.

By Michelle Clark, Broker

Thursday Under Contract Updates 1-22-15

Thursday Update: Under Contracts 1-22-15

This Week’s Under Contracts through Wednesday

Selling Agent Listing Agent Property Address Town List Price
Jimmy Hopkins Keith Beatty 6549 Chalfont Circle Wilmington $522,000
Co-Broke Patty Lyerly 1102 Lake Shore Drive Lake Waccamaw $399,950
Erica Mearns Lisa Wayne 6234 Ingleside Drive Wilmington $625,000
Keith Beatty Co-Broke 7256 Woodhall Drive Wilmington $162,000
Keith Beatty Co-Broke 1059 Echo Drive NE Leland $19,900
Margery Jordan Co-Broke 235 Bloomington Lane Wilmington $249,717
Vance Young Marcello Caliva 2121 Harborway Drive Wilmington $639,000
Co-Broke Sarah Burris 1109 Loman Lane Wilmington $137,500
Michelle Clark Co-Broke 406 White Columns Way Wilmington $499,900
Juan Santos Robbie Robinson/Trey Wallace 211 S 10th Street Wilmington $125,550
Co-Broke Eva Elmore 217 Quail Ridge Road Wilmington $305,000
Co-Broke Lisa Wayne 7326 Cassimir Place Wilmington $199,500
Keith Beatty Co-Broke 718 Bladen Street Wilmington $124,500
Co-Broke Keith Beatty 7010 Rice Gate Lane Wilmington $179,999
April McMunn Alicia Devereaux 1503 Mackerel Lane Carolina Beach $115,000
Co-Broke Jane Marr/Elizabeth King  530 Waynick Boulevard Wrightsville Beach $1,340,000
Lee Crouch Lee Crouch 1914 LeGare Court Wilmington $374,999
April McDavid Co-Broke 823 Sago Bay Drive Wilmington $97,500
Kathy Knight Susan Lacy 320 Robert E Lee Drive Wilmington $340,000
Alicia Devereaux Jimmy Hopkins 1232 Croaker Lane Wilmington $899,410
April McDavid Co-Broke 10252 Hawkeswater Blvd SE Leland $243,930
Co-Broke Keith Beatty 4608 Andros Lane Wilmington $149,970
Michael Pirkey Co-Broke 5610 Carolina Beach Road #8 Wilmington $85,000
Co-Broke Robi Bennett 106 Partridge Road Wilmington $200,000
Ham Hicks Vance Young 2101 Stillwater Place Wilmington $609,000
Alex Alexander Co-Broke 2112 Gibson Avenue Wilmington $200,000
Bobby Brandon Co-Broke 4415 Southfield Drive Wilmington $160,000
Carla Lewis Co-Broke 968 Birch Creek Wilmington $265,000
Linda Register Linda Register 1771 Harborage Drive #1 Ocean Isle Beach $229,900
Linda Register Co-Broke 964 Gate One Shallotte $199,900


Vacation and Student Housing: What You Should Know Beforehand

Policies, Procedures & General Tips for Renting Out Your Properties

By Michelle Clark, Broker

With attractive beach towns and a major university, the greater Wilmington region offers great investment opportunities for owners of rental housing. But the vacation and student housing rental markets have their special challenges, which any would-be landlord needs to understand.

Considering Location (And Proximity)

“Location, location, location” is the essential factor for any real estate transaction. It’s especially important for these two categories. In our area, the beach is the key draw for vacationers. That means a viable vacation rental property must be near the ocean. Most houses in our area beach towns are within easy walking distance, but be aware that as you move away from the oceanfront, rental rates go down.

For college students, proximity to the UNC-Wilmington campus is the crucial factor. One special wrinkle here is the university’s policy about on-campus parking permits. Students who live less than a mile away can’t park on campus; they are expected to walk, bicycle or use public transportation. What this means for landlords is that rental properties just outside that one-mile radius may rent quicker and at higher rates.

Size and Accommodations

Other factors that improve a property’s rentability include the number of bedrooms, to more easily accommodate extended families on vacation; more amenities such as big-screen TVs and nicer furnishings. How well-equipped a house is can translate into more repeat bookings, and lower vacancy rates in the long run.

Zoning Restrictions

Municipal zoning rules are important. Some beach neighborhoods don’t allow short-term rentals.. In Wilmington, the zoning code restricts how many unrelated people can share a house, which is a factor for student rentals. To avoid unpleasant surprises, I recommend working with a real estate pro who understands these issues.

Managing Your Rental Property

Speaking of professionals: While it’s certainly possible for owners to manage vacation rental properties themselves, it’s a trade-off of time, work and potential headaches against the money spent. Is it worth your time to be doing your own advertising, managing bookings, collecting deposits, inspecting the property before and after each rental, and arranging to get keys to renters at odd hours? When deciding whether to take on the expense of professional management fees, think about how much you are willing to do yourself—and how that will affect your own schedule.

Determining Rates

Owning a vacation rental requires being flexible about rental rates, which typically are highest in summertime, lowest in the winter off season, and in between during the spring and fall “shoulder seasons.” Because newly relocating couples or families sometimes need a place to live for just a couple of months while looking for a permanent home, it may pay off to accept a lower monthly rate for that sort of tenant rather than insist on the standard week-to-week rent.

Keep in mind that weekly rentals on beach houses reflect the fact that you’ll be lucky to have a paying tenant even half of the year. While winter-time rentals aren’t unheard of, they are few and far between. A realistic idea of vacancy rates is one of the important insights you’ll get from an experienced real estate agent.

Two other factors vacation property owners need to understand are that weekly cleaning is an essential expense, and that both taxes and insurance will be higher in the beach towns than elsewhere.

Balancing a Dual-Purpose Rental Property

In the college student market, landlords don’t have to deal with weekly turnover, but they do have other unique concerns. It’s been known to happen that people whose names aren’t on the lease end up sharing a student-housing unit. And sometimes college students can be hard on the property, or annoy the neighbors with loud parties.

Some simple precautions can help minimize these risks. Make friends with the neighbors, so they know who owns the house, and are more likely to contact you first if they see a problem. Drive by the property regularly, to see which cars are parked in the driveway and to satisfy yourself that it’s being properly cared for. And be sure, especially with tenants under 21, that it’s their parents who sign the lease.

Unlike the vacation market, when you rent to students you can usually keep your property occupied, and generating revenue, year-round. Nowadays many students stay in Wilmington through the summer instead of going home. One exception to this is beach properties that are rented to students only during the school year, then rented by the week to vacationers during the summer.

Getting started in the student housing market doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. A house costing $100,000 to $150,000 that’s convenient to campus would rent very well. Beyond location, of course, you should consider the question of curb appeal. Ask yourself, “Would I rent here?” or “Would I allow my children to live here?”

Another option that is becoming more popular is for parents of college students to purchase a home for their children to live in while they’re in college. Roommates will pay a little rent to help cover the expenses. This can end up being a better deal for the family than paying rent for four years or more.

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

December 2014 Top Agents and Producers Club

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Intracoastal Realty Announces Top Agents and Producers Club

Intracoastal Realty recently announced their top performers for the month of December. Keith Beatty won Closed Volume Team of the Month with $13.7M in sales and Marcello Caliva won Closed Volume Agent of the Month with $2.2M in sales. Keith Beatty won Listing Team of the Month with $3.6M in new listings and Laurie Rogers won Listing Agent of the Month with $2.4M in new listings. Keith Beatty won Under Contract Volume Team of the Month with $11.2M in contracts and Nicole Valentine won Under Contract Volume Agent of the Month with $2.1M in contracts.

Wilmington – Lumina Station Office: Top selling, under contract, and listing team was Keith Beatty. Top selling agent was Marcello Caliva. Top listing agent was Karen Reese. Top under contract agent was Susan Lacy.

Wrightsville Beach Office: Top selling team was Vance Young. Top listing team was Michelle Clark. Top under contract team was Lee Crouch. Top selling and under contract agent was Hugh MacRae.

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

Ocean Isle Beach Office: Top selling and under contract agent was Bob Williams.

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

Thursday Under Contract Update 1-15-15

Thursday Update: Under Contract 1-15-15

This Week’s Under Contracts through Wednesday

Selling Agent Listing Agent Property Address Town List Price
Co-Broke Ashley Garner 201 Frederica Court Wilmington $99,900
Co-Broke Vance Young 2305 Ocean Ridge Place Wilmington $799,000
Bobby Brandon Co-Broke 5000 Brenwood Court Wilmington $239,900
Co-Broke April McDavid 900 Cobia Lane Wilmington $449,900
Co-Broke Alicia Devereaux 5009 Crosswinds Drive Wilmington $324,900
Terri Shindel Co-Broke 507 Atlanta Avenue Carolina Beach $159,000
Mandy Burton Co-Broke 168 Olde Mariners Way Carolina Beach $299,900
Teresa Hill Vance Young 1311 Heron Run Wilmington $519,000
Michael Pirkey Co-Broke 200 S Lake Park Blvd #C4 Carolina Beach $109,900
Susan Keck Co-Broke 3105 Glastonbury Court Wilmington $229,900
Co-Broke Nicole Valentine 7432 Nautica Yacht  Club Wilmington $289,000
Co-Broke Carla Lewis 7114 Jennings Road Leland $18,900
Co-Broke Vance Young 437 Moss Tree Drive Wilmington $699,000
Co-Broke Robbie Robinson/Trey Wallace 215 S 10th Street Wilmington $125,550
Co-Broke Betsy Leonard 5005-2 Hewletts Way Wilmington $149,900
Rainelle Mishoe Co-Broke 6301 Sea Mist Court Wilmington $665,600
Sandra McNeil Sandra McNeil Tract 1A Scotts Hill Loop Road Wilmington $120,000
Rainelle Mishoe Co-Broke 9999 Porters Road Currie $20,000
Buzzy Northen Vance Young/Pam Kersting 207 Beach Road North Wilmington $2,195,000
April McDavid Co-Broke 7606 & 7602 Spraymist Court Wilmington $70,800
April McDavid Co-Broke 1106 Kings Grant Road Wilmington $158,800
Co-Broke April McDavid 851 Isle of Palms Way Wilmington $155,900
Co-Broke Zander Koonce 800 Wild Dunes Circle Wilmington $487,500
Sandra McNeil Co-Broke 227 Wood Dale Drive Wilmington $155,000
Co-Broke Wendy Fincher-Hughes 4525 Sagedale Drive #303 Wilmington $93,000
Co-Broke Keith Beatty 4625 Andros Lane Wilmington $148,740
Co-Broke Sue Coupland 1204 Great Oaks Drive Wilmington $449,000
Keith Beatty Co-Broke 665 Hillside Drive Wilmington $185,000
Angie Pool Susan Lacy 2213 Waverly Drive Wilmington $379,000
Bobby Brandon Co-Broke 8305 Vintage Clulb Circle Wilmington $379,000
Co-Broke Nicole Valentine 6513 Chalfont Circle Wilmington $659,000
April McDavid April McDavid 1308 Carolina Beach Avenue N #2B Carolina Beach $269,900
Carla Lewis Co-Broke 1111 Avenshire Circle Wilmington $254,900
Co-Broke Lisa Wayne 224 Birdie Lane Wilmington $239,000
Co-Broke Rachel Kastner 1100 S Fort Fisher Blvd. #502 Kure Beach $299,900
April McDavid Co-Broke 725 Liberty Landing Way Wilmington $226,650
Co-Broke Sonia Morris 900 Wild Dunes Circle Wilmington $474,900
Nan Weiss Co-Broke 1607 Crows Landing Circle Wilmington $392,000
Co-Broke Keith Beatty 4635 Andros Lane Wilmington $151,160
Co-Broke Keith Beatty 4631 Andros Lane Wilmington $138,740
Don Lewis Co-Broke 32 Channel Drive Ocean Isle Beach $340,000
Co-Broke Linda Register 1767 Harborage Drive SW #1 Ocean Isle Beach $257,900
Tori Humphrey Co-Broke 7265 Seashell Lane #606 Ocean Isle Beach $374,900

What to Know about Rental Housing as an Investment

What to Know About Rental Housing as an Investment

By Michelle Clark, Broker

One of the most interesting real estate trends in recent years has been growth in the number of families renting, rather than buying, their homes. That in turn has led to more attention to buying and managing rental properties as an investment. In addition to the sorts of long-term rental arrangements you’ll find in any city, our area also offers opportunities to tap the vacation rental and college student markets.

As with any major investment, of course, it’s important to understand the pros and the cons, do your homework, and rely on the expertise of professionals where necessary.

Anyone considering getting into the landlord business must carefully consider all the costs of owning rental properties. Those include the obvious ones: mortgage payments, insurance and taxes. (Note that you may pay more to insure a rental house than one occupied by its owner, but you won’t be responsible for insuring its contents.)

As with any business, expect to pay fees to accountants and attorneys, who are needed to help you navigate the complexities of taxes, leases and tenant-rights laws.

A rental property owner should be prepared to make capital investments on such big-ticket items as heating and air conditioning systems and appliances, which sooner or later will need replacement or major repairs. Then there are the more routine maintenance costs, which should be covered by a contingency fund: It might be fixing a clogged drain or a bad light fixture; it will certainly include repainting and shampooing carpets between tenants.

A landlord might also have to pay for utilities—power, water, sewer, trash collection, cable TV—especially if the property will be rented by the week to vacationers. Likewise, the choice of whether to hire a management firm to help market the property, handle maintenance and deal with tenants, will have an important impact on your costs, and the amount of work you have to do.

My advice to real estate investors is to know what you can afford, know what costs are deductible as business expenses, and to have a plan. That means to understand what you expect to get from your investment, how quickly you’ll see a return on that investment, and how you’ll get out. Having an exit strategy is important, because selling investment real estate isn’t as simple as liquidating a stock or a mutual fund.

Some other issues to consider:

  • Think about your property’s vacancy rate. If it isn’t rented all the time, you’ll need to set aside money to pay your fixed costs even when you’re not earning any income. To avoid a long vacancy, set your rates just below your competition. A real estate pro can offer good advice about this.
  • Financing is different for investment properties than for owner-occupied homes. You’ll need a higher down payment and your interest rate may be different.
  • On the other hand, you’ll have some tax advantages, which you should definitely discuss with a qualified accountant or tax expert.
  • To avoid expensive mistakes about such technicalities as setting rents, finding good locations or predicting vacancy rates, you’ll benefit from the help of a real estate professional with experience in rentals.
  • In setting a policy governing pets, I recommend requiring a larger but fully refundable deposit. That gives renters a strong incentive to be responsible pet owners and take good care of your property.
  • If you’re not working with a management firm that handles such things, develop relationships with reliable maintenance people. The time to be looking for a good plumber is when you first buy a rental house, not at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night.
    Above all, understand that this isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a long-term investment. Most landlords make their money on appreciation of their property’s value over time, not so much from rental income.

One investor I know has the goal of buying a new investment property each year, and calculates that his rental income will just cover his expenses. Eventually, though, he expects to sell a more valuable property. Profits from those sales will fund his retirement.

In my next article, I’ll discuss some of the unique considerations involved with renting to vacationers at the beach and to college students.

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

Thursday Under Contracts Update: 1-8-15

Thursday Update: Under Contracts 1-8-15

Selling Agent Listing Agent Property Address Town
Tee Woodbury Keith Beatty 1935 Allens Lane Wilmington
Co-Broke Robbie Robinson/Trey Wallace 213 S 10th Street Wilmington
Co-Broke Jane Dodd 308 Smallwood Court Wilmington
Robi Bennett Co-Broke 1109 Spring Glen Court Leland
Ashley Garner Co-Broke 618 Swann Street Wilmington
Co-Broke Ashley Garner 416 Masters Lane Hampstead
Keith Beatty Co-Broke 20 A Shipyard Lane Hampstead
Keith Beatty Co-Broke 709 Orange Street Wilmington
Michelle Clark Co-Broke 415 White Columns Way Wilmington
Keith Beatty Robbie Robinson 305 S Lake Park Blvd #106 Carolina Beach
Teresa Hill Angie Pool 8728 Plantation Landing Drive Wilmington
Co-Broke Lisa Wayne 226 Bradley Drive Wilmington
Teresa Hill Co-Broke 124 Walnut Street #206 Wilmington
Teresa Hill Co-Broke 232 Bloomington Lane Wilmington
Tom Poston Co-Broke 645 Village Park Drive #303 Wilmington
Don Harris Co-Broke 5015 Trumpet Vine Way Wilmington
Co-Broke Ashley Garner 215 Brookwood Avenue Wilmington
Co-Broke Melissa Primm 7624 Lost Tree  Road Wilmington
Bryan Sartin Co-Broke 6426 Bradbury Court Wilmington
Co-Broke Lisa Wayne 6020 Chester Street Wilmington
Bea Desmond Lois Potratz 2029 Eastwood Road #136 Wilmington
Co-Broke Wendy Fincher-Hughes 980 Birch Creek Drive Wilmington
Co-Broke Laurie Rogers 1006 Anchors Bend Way Wilmington
Edwina St Pierre Co-Broke 1388 Dunes Blvd Ocean Isle Beach
Bob Williams Co-Broke L 1 B 24 East Third Street Ocean Isle Beach
Bob Williams Co-Broke 254 West First Street Ocean Isle Beach
Jim Williams Co-Broke 307 Scotch  Bonnet Way Hampstead


5 Bright Ideas to Spark Your Homeowner New Years Resolutions


New Years is synonymous with resolutions and pacts to start off the year right. Lose weight, get healthy, spend more time with family, the list goes on and on. Why not make some resolutions to make your home an even better place to live?

Starting with the home is a great way to make everything in your life great for 2015. Not only is it productive, it will pay out in the enjoyment you get each and every day and in the long run when (eventually) it’s time to sell. A happy, well maintained house is a valuable thing!

1. Finally start that remodel you’ve been wanting

We all have a list of things to do whether it’s a wish list that never got started or a laundry list of chores. Add in a bay window, remodel the upstairs bathroom, take out that hideous shag carpet leftover in the family room, the list goes on and on. It’s different for every homeowner but everyone has something, or a few somethings, on their list.

The New Year is the perfect time to start that remodel, even if that simply means starting to save for it. The sooner you start on your home improvements you’ve been dreaming of the sooner you can savor it. So many homeowners wait until they’re ready to sell before going through with remodels and then they don’t even get to enjoy it.

2. Do your spring-cleaning early

Why wait till spring to start with a clean slate? Start by clearing away the holiday decorations and don’t stop! A fresh start for the year comes with a freshly cleaned house.

Once you’re done with the deep cleaning rituals move on the purging your home of the accumulated junk you don’t need. It’s good to take stock of life and remember what’s really important. And what’s not, you can send to Goodwill. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

3. Rediscover your outdoor space

There are so many reasons to give your backyard more love, the most important of which is the fact that we live in Southern California! The weather warrants an outdoor BBQ nearly every day of the year so start enjoying your whole house.

Whether you have a huge space to tackle or a teeny tiny patio, start using it! For ideas, check out our Pinterest board Ideas for great gardens to get the love started.

4. Update your style

No need for a complete redo of your house, but consider bringing in new design pieces to brighten up your home. Switching a painting, adding a new lamp and other small changes can make a big difference. This is another form of early spring cleaning, getting rid of the design pieces you don’t need or want any more.

Remember, great style isn’t born over night but cultivated one piece at a time. The more pieces you love that make their way into your house, the more it becomes a home.

5. Start watching the real estate market

Your house is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, so keep an eye on it. Knowing what your home is worth, the status of the market and where it’s headed can help keep your investment safe and keep you ahead of the curve.

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