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Welcome! We created this blog as a way to keep you informed of the latest news and updates happening in Wilmington NC real estate as well as real estate news throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Our agents have years of experience handling real estate transactions and we want to share our insights about the current state of the market, neighborhood updates and developments, local events, and featured listings.
Check back often for updates and please contact us with any questions or comments.
As Hurricane Florence approaches the NC coast, we're hustling to button down and stay safe. In doing so, we’ve come across a few things to be aware of, some of which, we weren’t! Here’s a quick checklist we’ve compiled from The National Weather Service, FEMA, and our own experience.
When planning to evacuate, you may want to continue to follow preparedness measures in the event that evacuation is stalled.
• Check batteries in all flashlight, lanterns, and radios.
• Have access to an emergency air horn and/or flares.
• Secure all items outside of your home.
• Have an evacuation plan ready.
• Locate local shelters.
• Store valuables and papers in waterproof containers.
• Let loved ones know where you plan to be during the storm.
• Ensure your weather radio is in working condition.
• Secure insurance.
• Move valuables and appliances out of the basement.
• If you plan to evacuate, have a copy of your home insurance policies with you.
Wilmington doesn't get the summer's over memo until around October. So the summer buzz of events, theatre, music, and culinary celebrations continue. Here are a few of our September favorites that just had to share. The first is ever so slightly time sensitive.
9.9.18 Opera House Presents VIOLET - LAST SHOW! Main Stage at Thalian Hall 3pm
9.15 - 9.16 Summer Harvest Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation - Saturday 9/15 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 9/16 10am-4pm; concessions, music, crafters, games, food, and a carnival
9.29 Wilmington Fall Wine & Beer Walk - 1-6pm at various establishments in Downtown Wilmington. Self-guided tour is $16.
9.29-10.1 43rd Annual North Carolina Shell Show - Friday & Saturday from 9am-5pm, and Sunday 9am-3pm at the Coastline Conference and Convention Center; Kids are FREE! Adults $4
Here are a few fundraising and community-building events that we highlyrecommend attending.
9.18 Racing for the Gold at Jungle Rapids - Hope Abounds Charity Event
From the organizers:
MarineMax Wrightsville Beach is proud to partner with Hope Abounds, Inc. Join us on September 22 to help raise funds to support women, children, teens and their families who are battling cancer.
Get more information here.
9.22 Shave for Sean
From the founders:
Our son, Sean, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma at 3 years old. Following a year of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries our oldest boy, Cole, came to us with an idea. He said, "I want to shave my head for Sean! I want to have a St. Baldrick's event to make people aware that childhood cancer is not rare!" So we did! 2018 will be our 6th year! Together the last 5 years has raised over $135,000! You can join us and raise money and awareness!
Find out when, where and how to contribute here.
9.30 Foster Pantry's One Year Celebration!!
From the Foster Pantry:
Come help us celebrate our First Year! We want to open our doors and show everyone what we have been working so hard to create. Come meet the foster parents that started the Foster Pantry and the board members. Along with folks from different foster agencies and local supporters. Come learn about where we are and where we are hoping to go.
Get more information here.
Jennifer Davidson is a native Texan, a diehard Cowboys fan, an amazing cook, and a Realtor® we all want in our corner. While she has always had a career in sales, real estate is her confirmed calling.
"Real estate chose me!" She said. "Since I was 18 years old, I was told that this was the path for me. And, it really fits all of my skill sets."
When Jennifer landed in Wilmington, she was sure she would stay. It was the "charm of downtown, the ocean breeze...and the hospitality of the coastal south" that drew her in. Her goals in real estate and in life are to contribute to the sustainable and responsible growth of the greater Wilmington community and to help others achieve their goals and dreams.
So, we'd say she's slightly aligned with the CSP mission.
"Trish (Tricia Delp Ireland, CSP founder) was my Realtor® when I bought my house," Jennifer said. "I just love how she does business and cares for her clients, as I had first-hand experience. But, ultimately I chose Coastal Select because of the principles that the company has been built on."
Jennifer's tenacity and success has been made crystal clear through the number of transactions and happy clients she has produced in the short time that she's been with us. She works with an uncommon blend of calm and enthusiasm. And, her focus and attention to detail is palpable.
So, we were curious, what motivates her everyday? When we asked, Jennifer answered, clearly, "It's really just a desire to be helpful and useful in a time of need. Buying a home can be one of the best moments of your life, but it can also be pretty stressful. I want to help make the transaction as smooth as possible."
Contact Jennifer: 910-617-1292 or email@example.com
Favorite foods: Mexican, but I'm a foodie, so I don't discriminate.
Favorite things to do in Wilmington: Probably just being downtown and enjoying a show, a good meal, and walking down by the river.
Favorite thing about herself: My ability to connect with people...and, my hair!
Favorite pasttimes: Travel and spending time with my friends and family; Football during football season, go cowboys!; Time with my German Shepherd Witten
Favorite restaurants: Brasserie Du Soleil, K-38, Pinpoint, Savorez, Ceviche, Spoon-fed, Nakedfin Poke Bowl
Favorite places: Southport by ferry; the North end of Carolina Beach; Figure Eight Island; dog parks with my Witten, and always downtown Wilmington
Favorite local shops: Crabby Chic, Uptown Market, Blue Moon Gifts, Island Passage, The Peppered Cupcake, The Cotton Exchange
Favorite places: Southport by ferry; the North end of Carolina Beach; Figure Eight Island; dog parks with my Witten; and always downtown Wilmington
Anyone who has ever gone through the process of finding and buying a new home knows that the perfect home rarely falls into your lap. But, no one knows this better than Lauris Burns and Gene Foltuz.
Shortly after Lauris and Gene arrived in downtown Wilmington, NC just to "check it out" a couple of years ago, they were only sure of one thing - they wanted to stay. Both having been retired for some time, they'd been living in Lima, Peru for six years and had decided it was time to return to the states. Originally New Englanders, this time they sought southern accents, wrap around porches with rocking chairs, and live oaks (but, still no sweet tea).
Long time foodies and art and music lovers, Lauris and Gene have often let their senses lead the way to big decisions. In fact, it was their love of the food in Lima that convinced the couple to turn what was intended to be a vacation into permanent residency.
As for downtown Wilmington, Lauris said it was a combination of things - a blend of traditional southern cuisine and exquisite fine dining, the architecture, the climate, and the rich arts culture - not in any particular order (besides the food, of course).
They both say, though, that it was the people they met here that put them over the edge. They were instantly hooked.
"I asked one of the owners of that wonderful bed & breakfast we were staying in about houses for sale downtown. So, he referred me to someone, and then she referred me to Tricia," Lauris said. "And, when I met her, it felt perfect. She was extremely patient. She responded to every single request, and she was incredibly diligent. She didn't leave a stone unturned."
It was this diligence, in fact, that led to dream houses #1, #2, #3 falling by the wayside. Because Lauris and Gene had a few very specific parameters, there were little more than a handful of downtown options. So, when hidden issues were revealed upon additional investigation three times in a row, Lauris and Gene had to go back to the drawing board.
"I was pretty disappointed. I really started to wonder if we'd ever find what we wanted," Lauris said.
And, then, just like that, after weeks of internet research from her home in Lima, Lauris stumbled across something unexpected - a traditional, shotgun-style home in downtown Wilmington that had been completely gutted and beautifully renovated. It was a brand new listing, so she immediately wrote to Tricia. Over the next few weeks, the house met all specifications and then some. Tricia assured Gene and Lauris that is was perfect.
"And, she was right," Lauris said. "And, then suddenly, it was ours. It's so funny, though, I didn't think I'd love it this much."
Lauris and Gene bought the home sight unseen, so there were a few surprises - like the spacious sunroom in the back.
"I didn't even know this room was here!" She said, pointing to the sunroom from the "rec room" she also hadn't seen.
Gene followed behind her and they chatted about their plans for the back yard.
Walking back through the kitchen later, Gene explained that he was an artist, and said that it was largely the arts culture that drew him in here.
"I love that there's a strong community of artists and artisans here," he said. "I'm really hoping to get involved in all of that."
One of Wilmington's newest studios, ArtWorks™, is one of Gene's favorite spaces.
Aside from a stellar restaurant and food truck selection, and the art, music, and theatre scenes in Wilmington, Gene is also ecstatic about the fact that "...it hardly ever snows!"
As for the house, it's perfect, he says, even if perfectly empty.
Having just flown in from Peru less than ten days ago, Gene and Lauris have a bed, a table, and everything they need for the kitchen. And, the rest is en route.
While the house looks tiny from the outside, it has three bedrooms (one with a fireplace), a rec room, sun room, laundry room, two bathrooms and a large family room, also with a fireplace. It feels endless once you're inside, at least in one direction.
The house is a perfect blend of old and new, of fresh and lived in. It seems as rooted in and comfortable as it does newly hatched and exuberant, much like its inhabitants.
"So," says Lauris. "I've decided I must have some nice rocking chairs. I want the real, solid, southern rocking chairs. In fact, I think that's what we're going to do today, Gene. This porch needs some rocking chairs," she said.
The proper southern start to happily ever after...
Designing your own home can be exciting, but it's a lot more work than buying an existing house. With so many moving pieces involved, knowing what works and what doesn't is key. Protect your home's long-term value by sidestepping these five avoidable pitfalls of building a new home.
1. Forgetting About Storage Space
From seasonal items to extra bedding, everything requires a temporary home when not in use. For that, you'll need plenty of storage space. Some simple solutions might include a few extra closets, a sizeable garage space or built-in cabinets and shelving.
2. Skimping on Materials
Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and new home construction is no exception. Even if you're watching your pennies, try not to scrimp on quality, especially when it comes to important things like flooring. The materials you choose can have a huge impact on your home's overall value.
3. Overlooking Energy Efficiency
For an energy-efficient home design, make sure to use earth- and wallet-friendly features like well-sealed windows and green materials during the build. These are your strongest assets in keeping heating and cooling costs down long-term.
4. Losing Sight of Current and Future Needs
Design for your current needs, but keep the future in mind, too. For instance, do you plan to have children? Are you going to pursue a specific hobby, such as woodworking, when you retire? Whatever the future holds, work with your builder to create a dream home that will support your evolving needs.
5. Letting Someone Else Decide
You don't need to keep up with the Joneses to have an ideal space. Only you and your family know what you need most in a new home, so choose and upgrade according to your preferences alone.
In the end, building your ideal home is about identifying both what you want and what you don't want. Choose wisely so your new abode will be comfortable, efficient and attractive to future buyers.
Homes often grow and change alongside the people living in them. If you've added expensive furnishings or made substantial upgrades, it's important to re-evaluate your homeowners insurance and make sure your policy reflects those changes. Here are four instances when it may be beneficial to review and adjust your coverage.
Remodeling or Renovation Work
Home improvement projects typically increase the value of your home, which usually calls for more coverage. But that doesn't necessarily mean your insurance rates will automatically increase. In fact, some projects, like adding a new roof, may help you save on your monthly home insurance premiums. Just be sure to notify your provider before any work begins.
Adding a Pool or an Outdoor Trampoline
Because these fun home features come with increased risk of injury, they're labeled an attractive nuisance. Upping your liability insurance can help keep you protected if there's ever an accident on your property and a subsequent lawsuit.
Acquiring New Valuables
Whether you inherit them or purchase them, expensive goods such as jewelry, art, rugs and antiques should be added to your policy. Increasing your coverage is the only way to safeguard them in the event of damage or theft.
Starting a Home Business
Many home-based business owners don't realize they have little, if any, coverage from a homeowners or renters insurance policy. Since a new home business likely means purchasing new technology and expensive equipment, you may need to get additional protection.
You worked hard for your home. Secure your belongings by updating your coverage to match your circumstances.
A do-it-yourself project can be an empowering way to save money, provided you know what you're doing. But making even one simple mistake could put a strain on your back or your bank account. Often, it's best to put safety first and call a professional. Here are four types of home improvement projects that are best left to the experts.
1. Plumbing or electrical projects -- There's a reason these are skilled trades. Both systems are complex, no matter how straightforward a repair may initially appear. Even small leaks can cause serious water damage, and faulty electrical wiring can lead to a house fire. Don't risk flooding or electric shock. Call a plumber or hire an electrician to make sure these jobs are done right the first time.
2. Renovations with possible code violations -- Structural changes require a licensed contractor. Not only can shoddy craftsmanship severely affect your home's value, but it can also put your family in danger. Accidentally removing a load-bearing wall, for example, could cause an entire room to collapse. Why take the risk?
3. Repairs involving heights -- More than 130,000 ladder-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Whether you're looking at a roof repair or trimming a tree, consider calling a professional before attempting to complete the job yourself.
4. Time-sensitive projects -- Weigh your work and family commitments before embarking on a home improvement project. Even if you're confident in your abilities, the added pressure of a tight deadline can lead to unnecessary and often dangerous mistakes.
Remember, just because a DIY project looks simple doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and call a professional.