February Events

FEB1
Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Fri 7:30 PM · Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC
WilmyWoodie at Flying Machine
Fri 6 PM · Flying Machine Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC
UNCW Homecoming 2019
Feb 1 – Feb 3 · UNCW · Wilmington, NC
Tinted Turtle Trot 30 Day Freak Out
Fri 5:30 PM · Good Hops Brewing LLC · Carolina Beach, NC
Give Kids A Smile
Fri 8 AM · Coastal Pediatric Dentistry · Bolivia, NC
Parents Nights Out
Fri 5:30 PM · The Gathering – Surf City · Surf City, NC
Touch Tank Feeding
Fri 11 AM · Museum of Coastal Carolina · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB2
Massive Grass at Waterline Brewing Company
Sat 7 PM · Waterline Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC
Pre Super Bowl Party at Mac’s Speedshop
Sat 7 PM · Mac’s Speed Shop, Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Mekki Leeper at Dead Crow Comedy
Sat 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

FEB3 – SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
Super Bowl Potluck Party
Sun 6 PM · Island Beverage · Carolina Beach, NC
Shuckin’ Shack Football Party
Sun 4 PM · Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar – Surf City NC, Leland, Wilmington
Party and Mac N Cheese Cook-off
Sun 5 PM · The Coat Of Arms Lounge · Wilmington, NC
Super Bowl Party
Sun 5:30 PM · High Tide Lounge · Carolina Beach, NC
Big Game Party – Free Pig Pickin!
Sun 6 PM · Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill & Volleyball Facility · Wilmington, NC
SUPER BOWL PARTY
Feb 3 – Feb 4 · Chubby Buddha Sports & Tiki Bar · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB4
Finding Neverland
Mon 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Spanish for Tots
Mon 10:30 AM · Learning Express Toys Wilmington NC · Wilmington, NC

FEB5
Lucky Joe’s Open Mic Night Sponsored by Broomtail Craft Brewery
Tue 7:30 PM · Broomtail Craft Brewery · Wilmington, NC
Trivia & Taco Tuesday!
Tue 7 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC
2019 Chinese New Year Celebration
Tue 1 PM · Silver Coast Winery · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB6
ILm Local Makers & Growers Farmer Market at Waterline Brewing Co
Wed 5 PMWaterline Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC
Sonic Sea (documentary screening)
Wed 6 PMWatermans Brewing · Wilmington, NC

FEB7
After School Art Class!!! NEW!
Thu 4:30 PM · Pescado Y Amor · Oak Island, NC
Cane Hill at The Calico Room | Wilmington, NC
Thu 6 PM · The Calico Room · Wilmington, NC

FEB8
Valentine’s Dance Party
Fri 7 PM · Carolina Elite, Inc. · Hampstead, NC
Cirque Éloize: Saloon
Fri 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

FEB9
Liquidation Auction at The Cottage Market
Sat 10 AM · The Cottage Market · Wilmington, NC
Casino Night
Sat 6 PM · American Legion Post 167 · Hampstead, NC
We Love Our Customers Day
Sat 1 PM · Sandy Toes Boutique · Surf City, NC
Valentines Pupcake Pawty!
Sat 10 AM · Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop · Wilmington, NC
Wrigtsville Beach Valentine Run
Sat 8 AM · The Loop at Wrightsville Beach · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Daddy Daughter Dance
Sat 2 PM · New Hanover County Northeast Branch Library · Wilmington, NC

FEB10
Rocky Dale Davis & Neal Reddy Live!
Sun 7 PM · Bourgie Nights · Wilmington, NC
Josh Lewis LIVE @Salty Turtle Beer Co
Sun 4 PM · Salty Turtle Beer Company · Surf City, NC
Stern Munsters Launch Party – Wilmington
Sun 12 PM · Bill’s Front Porch · Wilmington, NC

FEB11
Couponing Class
Mon 10 AM · Martin Luther King Center · Wilmington, NC
Hoppy Valentine’s Day Happy Hour!
Mon 5:30 PMWilmington Boys Choir · Wilmington, NC

FEB12
Lucky Joe’s Open Mic Night Sponsored by Broomtail Craft Brewery
Tue 7:30 PM · Broomtail Craft Brewery · Wilmington, NC
UNCW CMS Planet Ocean Seminar
Tue 6:30 PM · UNCW Center for Marine Science · Wilmington, NC
NC Symphony-Mozart’s Symphony no. 40|
Tue 8 PM · Robert E. Lee Auditorium · Southern Pines, NC
FEB13
Album Release Party!!
Wed 6:30 PM · Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Wilmington NC · Wilmington, NC
Music Bingo!
Wed 7 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC
Juggling With Gravy
Wed 9 PM · The Juggling Gypsy Cafe · Wilmington, NC
Airlie Gardens Monthly Bird Walk
Wed 8 AM · Airlie Gardens · Wilmington, NC

FEB14
Valentine’s Show W/J.F. Harris
Thu 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC
Happy Colored Marbles
Thu 10 PM · The Whiskey · Wilmington, NC
Valentine’s Day Show – Samuel Hatch at The SoundHouse
Thu 7 PM · The SoundHouse · Shallotte, NC

FEB15
The Funky Knuckles in Wrightsville Beach, NC at Jimmy’s
Fri 9 PM · Jimmy’s at Red Dogs · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Machinegun Earl / Slomo Dingo / The Explainers
Fri 8 PM · Reggies 42nd Street Tavern · Wilmington, NC
Band on Fire!
Fri 8 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC

FEB16
An Evening with Sarah McLachlan
Sat 7 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Summer Camp Fair 2019
Sat 10 AM · Mayfaire Town Center · Wilmington, NC
Fourth Annual Oyster Roast
Sat 4 PM · Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens · Wilmington, NC
Valentines Goat Yoga
Sat 1 PM · Tidal Creek Co-op · Wilmington, NC
MarineMax Demo Day
Sat 10 AM · MarineMax Wrightsville Beach · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Casino Night
Sat 6 PM · Ocean’s Edge Restaurant & Event Center · North Topsail Beach, NC
Run Oak Island 2019
Sat 6:30 AM · Coastal Race Productions · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB17
Art for All 9
Sun 12 PMBrooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews · Wilmington, NC
ILm Local Makers Pop-Up Market Tidal Creek Owner Appreciation
Sun 11 AMTidal Creek Co-op · Wilmington, NC

FEB18
The Odd Couple
Mon 7:30 PM · Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC
Storytime
Mon 10:30 AMWilmington Railroad Museum · Wilmington, NC

FEB19
Rock of Ages – 10th Anniversary Tour
Tue 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Bill’s Front Porch Winter Pinball League – Every Tuesday 6-9pm
Tue 5:30 PMBill’s Front Porch · Wilmington, NC

FEB20
CareerFest 2019
Wed 1 PM · UNCW Career Center · Wilmington, NC
Music Bingo!
Wed 7 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC

FEB21
WWAY Health Fair
Thu 10 AM · Independence Mall · Wilmington, NC

FEB22
Caterina Jarboro Memorial Concert: Joshua Conyers, bartione
Fri 7:30 PM · Beckwith Recital Hall · Wilmington, NC
Fourth Friday Gallery Nights
Fri 6 PM · Downtown Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Mac & Juice Quartet
Fri 10 PM · The Palm Room · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Glow Party
Fri 6:30 PM · The Little Gym of Wilmington, NC · Wilmington, NC
FEB23
Perryn Miller BBQ Fundraiser
Sat 11 AM · Hampstead Annex Building · Hampstead, NC
Double Comedy Show
Sat 6 PM · New York Corner Pub at Castle Bay · Hampstead, NC
Anna Drezen
Sat 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC
Try Curling!
Sat 3:50 PM · The Wilmington Ice House · Wilmington, NC
PetSmart Adoption Day
Sat 12 PM · PetSmart · Wilmington, NC
Polar Plunge 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
Sat 11 AM · Kure Beach Boardwalk – Kure Beach, NC

FEB24
The 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge
Sun 10 AMMoores Creek National Battlefield · Currie, NC
The Odd Couple
Sun 3 PMThalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC
Bill Kerr Music
Sun 11:30 AMThe Felix Cafe Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

FEB25
Couponing Class
Mon 10 AMMartin Luther King Center · Wilmington, NC
Airlie Gardens Art Exhibit 2019
Mon 9 AMAirlie Gardens · Wilmington, NC

FEB27
Hamlet
Wed 7:30 PMWilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Karaoke
Wed 7 PMEdward Teach Brewing · Wilmington, NC

FEB28
ZACH DEPUTY
Thu 8 PMThe Calico Room · Wilmington, NC
Pop In & Paint
Thu 12 PMWine & Design · Leland, NC
Always, Patsy Cline
Thu 7:30 PMOpera House Theatre Company · Wilmington, NC
Wilmington Walk Kick Off Party
Thu 6 PMBluewater Waterfront Grill · Wrightsville Beach, NC


Important Crawl Space Factors that can Affect the Health of your Home

Guest Blog Contributor: Crawlspace Medic

How did hurricane Florence affect your crawl space? Here’s what to look out for in your crawl space…

Even though Hurricane Florence passed through our area several months ago, many homeowners are still feeling its lingering effects without knowing it. We are Crawlspace Medic, experts when it comes to the area underneath your home. We exist because 60% of the air you breathe in your home comes from your crawl space. Here are 7 important factors we inspect for daily that can affect the health of your home.

High Wood Moisture Content

Wood moisture content is one way for you to know if there is an issue with the structural components of your home. Wood moisture content is the percentage of water in the wood framing supporting your house. Proper wood moisture content should be 5%-15%. Anything outside of this range can potentially cause issues, sometimes major. Once your moisture reading reaches over 15% it is likely you have fungus, mold, or mildew. When the moisture readings get to 20% or higher, you can almost guarantee fungus or mold is forming in your crawl space. You can get a wood moisture reader from your local home improvement store for around $50 or call your local crawl space repair company.

Signs of Fungus and Mold

Fungus and mold are easy to spot even though they come in all different shapes and sizes. Fungus and mold grow on the wood under your home slowly eating away at the structure of the wood. They can often look like black spots, white spots, or discoloration of the wood. Two of the major things that cause a large amount of the structural repairs we perform are wood rot and wood decay, both created by fungus. The only consistent solution to fungus and mold is to fix the problem of high moisture with a crawl space dehumidifier.

“Streaming” Insulation

Streaming insulation is exactly what it sounds like, long strips of insulation falling from the space between your floor joists. Streaming insulation can happen in several different ways: animals, moisture accumulation, or simply age. If left untreated, insulation will often fall to the floor of your crawl space, rot from excess moisture, and leave you no choice but to replace it. If you have noticed your heating and cooling bills are a bit higher than usual, you may want to call a professional to check your insulation.

Musty Smell

Often we like to tell people to trust their nose. If your crawl space smells stale, rotten, musty, or damp, you likely have a problem. Several things can put off a strong smell; standing water, mold and fungus, dead animals, or even a broken pipe. It can often be hard to locate the source of the scent, so we always recommend calling your local crawl space professional.

Weak and Damaged Wood

Weak and damaged wood is something you have to get under your house and actually check for. You can visually inspect the structural timber for discoloration and cracks, but the absolute best process checking for wood rot is to poke a piece of wood with a screwdriver. If it sounds hollow or the screwdriver can punch a hole you likely have a problem. Structural problems can often be hard to diagnose. If you think you have a problem, we highly recommend talking with a crawl space professional.

Water in Ductwork

During the recent hurricane and also in times of heavy rain, you may get flooding in your crawl space. If your ductwork hangs low, then it is very likely you have water in your duct lines. You need to physically check all lines for water. Water in lines will make them heavy, and you may even be able to hear it sloshing. If left unattended, water in your ductwork will cause rot and mold. You could unknowingly be releasing fungus and mold into your house every time you use your heat or AC.

Standing Water

Standing water in a crawl space is often a sign that there is a bigger problem, usually: flooding, improper grading, plumbing leak, high water table, or water intrusion from a foundation wall. Many of these can be solved with some version of a drain system, but leaving standing water is never a good idea. Standing water will raise the humidity level in your crawl space, leading to higher wood moisture content and many other things that can harm your home’s health. When you see an area under or near your house with standing water, call a professional to explore the best way to remove the standing water.

We see all of these problems on an almost daily basis, and we understand it can be scary and confusing to find the right solution. That being said, if you see the start of a problem, please reach out to a professional who can offer a proper solution and ensure you have a healthy crawl space and home. In almost every case, prevention (in the form of early treatment) is more cost-effective than repairing a problem that has been ignored. Please feel free to call us any time with questions or to schedule a checkup.

Crawlspace Medic – (910) 726-9424 – Crawlspacemedic.com – Licensed Contractors

 

Disclaimer: The content, views, and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and are to be used for informational purposes only.  Intracoastal Realty makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information in this blog. 


Luxury Portfolio: Lake Norman, Lithia and Nassau

North Carolina Luxury Spotlight: Exquisite Lake Norman Waterfront

Exquisite waterfront residence in The Point situated on one of the best lots in The Village with over 350 feet of shoreline along the beautiful waters of Lake Norman. With panoramic 180-degree lake views, this home impresses with its richly appointed, light-filled spaces that create a sophisticated feel so sought-after for today’s luxury lifestyle.

This pristine property is approached by a circular paver motor court. State-of-the-art audio-video, lighting and climate controls. Resort living at its finest perfect for entertaining with expansive travertine patios, glistening pool, and spa, summer kitchen and a luxurious four-season pool pavilion complete with fireplace and air conditioning. Three guest bedrooms with en-suite baths up and one at lake level with a view that will make your guests want to stay.

Whole House Generator, nothing has been overlooked, every inch of this spectacular home brings luxury to life.  See it!

Exclusive Elegant Lithia Estate in Florida

Exclusive Hammock Oaks Reserve! Where timeless elegance meets country estate style living! Spectacular views off multiple balconies looking over your five-acre estate! Custom all brick southern antebellum mansion that boasts of six bedrooms, six half bathrooms, eight-car garage with den/office/loft/movie theater along with three upstairs balconies over-looking this grand estate! This gorgeous home has 9293 square feet of living area and has a total of 16,500 under roof! Your new home features: temperature controlled wine cellar, four fireplaces, custom baseboards and crown molding in every room, hardwood floors through-out most of home, rod-iron decorative hand railing on all staircases, long-lasting slate tile roof, custom outdoor kitchen with massive under roof area for entertaining, lagoon style salt water pool with led light technology, fire pit paver area in backyard, State of the art movie theater with kitchen/bar area, arched portico connects both main homes to guests/nanny quarters, home has complete total automation controls for lighting/surround sound/video surveillance, in-wall pest defense system, two bedrooms upstairs share large Jack/Jill bathroom, three bedrooms upstairs have private entrance to their own balconies and several secondary bedrooms in this home have private bathrooms!  This home is truly “one-of-a-kind” where elegance/extravagance/exclusivity meets estate/equestrian style living at its finest!  See it!

Kiva Casa

There are many luxury homes in the Bahamas but none that are as well built, impeccably maintained and carefully thought out as Kiva Casa located on Lot 31 in Ocean Club Estates. The house has a perfectly flowing floor plan and sweeping ocean and golf course views of the fairways and lakes. The home is set back far enough from the ocean to not be affected by the harsh beachfront environment while close enough to enjoy the views of the ever-changing turquoise Bahamian seas. Immediately upon entering the home, you will be struck by the detailed craftsmanship in the home with hand painted murals, custom millwork at almost every turn, elevator access to all floors including the basement and German hurricane impact rated windows and doors. The second floor consists entirely of the master suite with a sitting room, large balcony, bathroom with self-standing bathtub and frameless glass shower, both with ocean views, and his and her expansive walk-in closets with built-in shelving and organizers. The ground floor consists of three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, an open plan great room with pool deck access, formal living room, and dining room, study, laundry room and powder room with pool deck access. The 50-foot long heated lap pool has built-in seating, a water feature fountain and oversized infinity edge hot tub jacuzzi which creates a perfect sanctuary to relax and enjoy outdoor living. Additionally, there is a self-sufficient two-bedroom guest cottage with full kitchen, bathroom and laundry room situated over a two-car plus golf cart garage. The home is constructed of reinforced concrete with insulation in every wall, ceiling and the underside of the roof which is topped with hurricane rated thermal Entegra Spanish tiles, all of which keep the annual operational cost very low.  See it!

 


Greek Yogurt Waffles

Ingredients
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 0% fat)
1 tablespoon sugar or maple syrup
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat your waffle maker. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, greek yogurt, and sugar (or maple syrup).

Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until all ingredients are combined. (Most of the lumps should be gone but it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth).

Grease the waffle maker and cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with butter, syrup, fresh berries, whipped cream, or powdered sugar as desired.

Download the recipe for Greek yogurt waffles


Moving with Pets

Moving day has arrived! If you’ve played your cards right, you’re all set. The truck is here, all of your boxes are packed and ready to go, and you’ve done a once-over to make sure you didn’t forget to do anything else on your to-do list before you leave.

While we know this day can be full of stress as well as excitement for you and the human members of your family, your furry friend is probably feeling just as amped up by all of the activity disrupting his or her home. To make sure that everyone in the household is able to relocate from one house to the next with ease, we’ve put together a few of our best tips for moving with pets. With any luck, they’ll help you all make it to your new adventure without incident!

Consult the experts

Have a chat with your current vet prior to moving day for a few pointers from an expert. Most vets will be able to tell you all about possible complications pets can experience with the stress of moving, relaxation methods you can employ to keep your four-legged friend calm throughout the process, and even acclimation techniques for after you’ve arrived. When you have all the information, you can better prepare for a smoother transition for every member of your family.

Put together an overnight kit

As you pack up the house, single out the items you’re more likely to need for your pet and put them all together in an easily accessed kit. Ensure that everyone in the house knows about this care package of sorts, and store it somewhere you won’t forget or that would be hard to reach in case of an emergency. This pack might include any medications your pet is on, treats, favorite toys, a blanket, and anything else that you could need to be able to retrieve at a moment’s notice.

Prepare a safe zone

During the process of packing the car or truck, and then again when it’s time to unpack, keep your pet in a quiet, safe location out of the fray. Not only will this make it easier on you to get things done, knowing where your pet is and that he or she won’t be roaming about, but doing so means that your favorite companion is out of harm’s way. In the chaos of rearranging furniture and carrying heavy boxes into your new home, pets who are underfoot can get stepped on or otherwise injured accidentally. And if you have a pet that is strictly indoors, you can eliminate the risk of letting him or her outside during all of the trips in and out.

Moving day doesn’t have to be quite as stressful where your pets are concerned! And with a reliable real estate agency on your side, you have representatives who are willing to streamline the paperwork and other processes so you can focus on the finer details – like remembering where you packed your playful puppy’s second favorite ball.


Staying Ahead of the (Learning) Curve at Intracoastal Realty

“Happy New Year,” with its focus on personal resolutions, often translates to “Happy New You.” Among the top annual resolutions, according to multiple surveys, is “learn a new skill.”

At Intracoastal Realty, our training team makes this a continued focus, inspiring agents, both new and experienced, with opportunities to keep skills fresh, up-to-date and ready for what lies ahead.

Stephanie Fessel, Intracoastal Realty’s director of learning and development, leads all aspects of the company’s training for new agents supporting their efficiency, sustained productivity and use of technology platforms. A former real estate agent herself, Stephanie brings 16 years of real estate training to Intracoastal Realty’s team, blending live and online classrooms, webinars and one-on-one coaching, and facilitating opportunities for collaborative learning and teamwork.

So, what’s on Stephanie’s 2019 Syllabus? A look ahead includes these topics:

• How to build and manage your database
• How to communicate with your sphere of influence
• How to prospect For Sale By Owners and Expired Listings
• How to do Geographical Farming
• How to conduct an effective Open House
• Social Media Best Practices and Strategies
• Enhancing Your Realtor Profiles online
• Generating Testimonials
• Business Planning
• Newly-designed Listing Presentation
• 10 Step Buyer Process
• 10 Step Listing Process

Stephanie is also offering newly revamped New Agent and Veteran Agent sales skills training programs.

“I’m delighted to be part of Intracoastal which is well known for its investment in professional development and continued agent training,” says Stephanie. “The company provides the administrative staff, marketing, technology and everything an agent needs to be successful in the real estate business.”

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to broaden your real estate skills, then consider joining a team that supports that personal growth.  Contact us to learn more about working with Intracoastal Realty.


Key Steps to Buying a Home in North Carolina

As one of the most important decisions you can make, buying a home requires you to cover all your bases before you’ll be handed the keys.

It may seem daunting, but with the right professional by your side, the home buying process itself is a simple checklist. In no time at all, you’ll find yourself the proud owner of your very own house! North Carolina’s home buying procedure is fairly straightforward, but every set of circumstances is different. Here at Intracoastal Realty, our agents walk with you every step of the way to make sure you wind up with the ideal home for you and your family.

Contact your realtor

Your real estate agent is key to successfully navigating the home buying process. This is the professional who will help you complete the right paperwork, find and view homes, and eventually negotiate your terms. So when you know that you want to buy a home, whether it’s your first or your fifth, you’ll want to make sure you have reliable support.

Map out your priorities

Even if you haven’t planned out exactly what kind of house you want to live in, there are certain structural or design aspects you know you need or want. To better assist your real estate agent during the search, take the time to articulate what you’re looking for and what features you would most want to have in your home.

Get preapproval

Mortgage preapproval is a key component to the house buying process because no matter what you end up purchasing, you’re going to need to have the financial backing to do so. And once you do, you make yourself a strong candidate for the seller to consider in the event of a bidding war on a house.

House hunt

This is one of the more stressful, yet fun sides to buying a house! Looking through all of your options can feel overwhelming, but using your real estate agent’s knowledge at this point in the process can help you narrow down the available properties to the ones that you’ll be able to picture yourself living in one day.

Look at the facts

Some of the best assets we have as real estate experts are the MLS system and our own market research. And when it comes to your future home, we use those resources to make sure you know as much about the house you want to buy before we present you with any paperwork. As you’re house hunting, check in with your real estate agent and review these statistics so that you’re well acquainted with your potential purchase.

Make an offer

Here comes the fun part: making an offer on the house you want to buy! After making the initial offer to the seller, you and your agent can work together to negotiate any further terms or amendments to the price you’re willing to pay on the home. You can even speak with your agent beforehand and get a general idea of what sorts of compromises you might be presented with during this phase of the home buying process.

Negotiate

If negotiation isn’t your strength, a quality real estate agent will have you covered. Here at Intracoastal Realty, our agents take the guesswork out of navigating this step by acting as your liaison and using years of valuable experience to help you settle on terms that agree with everyone involved.

Check off your to-dos

There are plenty of tasks for you to accomplish before the sale of a home is completed, so be sure to keep a diligent record of inspections, payments, and any other necessary reviews of the property before closing day. That way, by the time you’re ready to sign paperwork, you’ll be able to enjoy the moment without anything else hanging over your head.

Get approved

If you were preapproved for a mortgage earlier in the process, then this part is simple! As soon as you have the finances to complete the purchase of your next home, it’s just a matter of setting a closing date with the seller and your agents.

Invest in insurance

Title insurance can help save you time and money on the off-chance that the previous owner overlooked some clerical error or mistake in the title for your new home. We always recommend home buyers invest in title insurance to help cover any potential legal expenses and keep the buying process moving along on schedule.

Inspection

Pre-closing inspection is the last chance to express an opinion about what stays or goes in your house when the current owners vacate it to make room for you and your family. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for damages or any defects that went unnoticed on your first viewing, or that might have been sustained during the move-out process. If you included any repairs or modifications in your terms, be sure to get a status report on those at this time, too.

Close the deal

And you’re done! All that’s left at this point in the home buying process is to sign on the dotted line and make the house you just bought a real home for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

Ready to find your dream home in coastal North Carolina? Our talented, dedicated real estate agents look forward to working with you! Contact us to get started.