Southeastern North Carolina Real Estate News and Insights

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Nov. 13, 2018

What's an ELP?

Dave Ramsey and Tricia Ireland at recent ELP-related events.


Buying a home is one of biggest decisions any of us ever make, so when choosing a real estate agent, the majority of us call the person we trust the most in order to find the best agent for the job. And an ELP, or an Endorsed Local Provider, is just that, except that the referral comes from a trusted public figure or corporation.

Dave Ramsey's ELP Program

The main reason we're unlocking yet another puzzling acronym is to tell you about our own in-house ELP who happens to be the only Dave Ramsey ELP in the region. Tricia Ireland, CSP's broker-in-charge and financial planning enthusiast, has been a Dave Ramsey fan since the day she discovered him.

On the off chance the name doesn't ring a bell, Dave Ramsey is a well-known author, financial guru, and teacher. He advocates for professionals who have the "heart of a teacher" and the ability to help clients make financially sound decisions.

"ELPs earn Dave's recommendation through their track record of success and commitment to fantastic customer service."

Four years ago, Tricia Ireland became one of those professionals when she was invited into Dave Ramsey's ELP Program. Tricia has not only lived the Dave Ramsey way for most of her life, but her knowledge, attention to detail, and financial planning expertise has all carried over into her work proving to be a major boon to clients across the board. 

 

Why Hire an ELP?

1. All Dave Ramsey ELPs consistently report to a member of the Dave Ramsey team in order to maintain quality service and continued training. 

2. A client-centered mentality is at the heart of the work of passionate, effective professionals in the ELP program. 

3. The vetting process of selecting ELPs is extensive, so clients who choose them can continually trust them.  

4. With years of experience fueling their success, ELPs are equipped to give expert advice on how clients can best reach their financial goals. 

And, as an added bonus, our ELP happens know everything about wine, can cook almost anything you can imagine better than most, and supports our local community with a passion that's contagious. 

Trustworthy Professionals

 

 

Client-Centered Mental

Posted in Current news
Oct. 27, 2018

The Magic of Multipliers

The answer we all hoped to hear came flooding through in the aftermath of Florence. Not only can one person make a difference, but one action can create ripples that change everything. 

 

Yes, one person donated a bag of clothes, one neighbor removed a tree from another neighbor's roof before they returned home, and one restaurant owner worked tirelessly to feed a neighborhood without electricity or running water. But, when each of these people were witnessed by others, posted photos to Facebook and Instagram, told friends, spoke about it with family members, or mentioned it in passing on the street, that single act of kindness turned into 100 acts, 100 bags of clothes, 100 neighbors helping 100 neighbors, and dozens of restaurants dedicating their service to those in need. They were multipliers, who created multipliers. And, that's how good works. Sometimes it's quiet, sometimes it's promoted, and sometimes no one ever even knows it happened. But, it ripples and ripples until it heals communities either way. The energy behind the action itself can't help but generate more of the same. 

The Foxes Boxes Northside Relief Station

Perhaps our favorite post-Florence example was The Foxes Boxes Northside Relief Station on North Fourth in the Brooklyn Arts District. The restaurant drew volunteers in droves. And, a group of a few grew to a group of over a hundred who volunteered their time there, pulling carts of hot food across town, and stocking the relief station. 

“You get this swell of emotion," said The Foxes Boxes owner Rachel Fox in a WWAY interview. "Because donations just started flying in from every which way so we knew we had to get organized and we started these wagon trains.”

And, those wagon trains created memories and a sense of community none of us will soon forget.

#OverFlo

A couple of Downtown Businesses came together to create #Overflo, which grew into over a dozen businesses, and helped to create an overflow of other business creating cooperatives to achieve a similar goal. Together businesses raised over $1 million for organizations offering support to the relief effort. 

As devastating as everything was to all of us at the time, it was an enlightening and heart-warming moment that changed the way many of us look at things. Multipliers are doing this everywhere, all the time, but we're often not aware of it. 

A prime example came shortly after the storm, when CSP former clients and now good friends Pam LeBouef Gonzalez and Nancy Smith Sandy, along with other neighbors, hosted their annual Painted Ladies Birthday and Key Lime Party & Birthday Fundraiser.

 

 

The Painted Ladies 

Each year, they choose a new organization to raise funds for. After attending an event that we sponsored in August of this year - The Ban the Bags Fill the Packs Foster Pantry Fundraiser - Pam was so inspired by founders, Emily Klinefelter and Stacy Pullen, that she decided to dedicate money raised at The Painted Ladies party to their organization. Not so ironically, this is how Fill the Packs came to be - pure inspiration. Pam was hopeful that they would come away with at least $1000 in donations. But, the event (turned street party) was not only fabulous, and crowded with amazing people and good food, it also resulted in a check for over $2,700 written to the Foster Pantry. Multipliers. They're everywhere...when you're paying attention. 

Be a multiplier. We can use all the good we can get. 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Current news
Oct. 19, 2018

#OverFlo Benefit Concert 10.20.18

Press Release: Wilmington Downtown, Inc. 
Wilmington, NC – A free benefit concert is set for Saturday, October 20th with proceeds being donated to help people affected by Hurricane Florence. Crafted as part of the OverFlo campaign, organizers have revealed the sponsors, the band line up and another beneficiary of the campaign.

The concert will be from noon to 8pm at the public parking lot at the corner of Market and 2nd Streets. The event will include family activities, a kid’s zone, a merchandise tent and regional and local bands. O2

Fitness has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor and has also pledged to donate $25 from any new member joining one of their five Wilmington locations from October 15 – 28, 2018. O2 Fitness Founder and CEO, Michael Olander Jr, will match all donations up to $7,500 raised at O2 Fitness during the two-week period. Front Street Brewery and Coastal Select Properties are Gold Sponsors for the event.

The activities are free but donations at the door are suggested. Beer and wine will be available with proper identification. Coolers, pets and outside food or beverages are prohibited.

“O2 Fitness is thrilled to be a part of the OverFlo benefit concert and campaign,” saidJustin Mascho, Wilmington Area Director. “We are honored to serve Wilmington’shealth and wellness needs and we hope this event will help pull the community together for fun and healing while also raising money for organizations that are helping stormvictims,” he said.

The concert line-up includes five bands playing a mix of genres and styles. Regional favorites Jim Quick and Coastline will bring beach music to the event. The closing band features a Wilmington-based tribute band playing Beatles music that spans their entire catalogue. Indy rock and high-energy 50’s-style rock and roll are also on the bill. The current schedule includes:

Phantom Playboys (rockabilly): noon to 1:00

The Ratchet Brothers: 1:30 to 2:30 Jim Quick and Coastline (beach music): 3:00 to 4:30

Onward, Solders (indy rock): 5:00 to 6:00

The Dung Beatles (rock): 6:30 to 8:00

“This line-up offers a great snapshot of the regional music scene,” said Jason Jackson, member of the OverFlo leadership team and a musician himself. “The bands are alldonating their time and talent to this show and we are excited to bring these groupstogether,” he explained.

 

In addition to the concert line-up, location and sponsors, the OverFlo leadership team also added The Harrelson Center as another charity beneficiary. The Harrelson Center is based in Downtown Wilmington and is home to over a dozen social service agencies.

Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring or supporting the concert or the campaign should visit www.overflowilimington.org. For additional information, phone WDI at 910.763.7349. Organizers have a range of sponsor benefits. The website also identifies all of the charities that will benefit from the effort, although more may be added.

About Wilmington Downtown Incorporated

Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is a public-private partnership agency that promotes the economic growth and development of Downtown Wilmington and is a tax exempt 501c3 organization.

Contacts:

Justin Mascho
O2 Fitness
Jmascho@o2fitnessclubs.com

Jason Jackson, owner
Jason Jackson Live
jasonjacksonlive@gmail.com910.471.9509

Ed Wolverton, WDI President & CEO 910.763.7349Ed@wilmingtondowntown.com

 

Posted in Current news
Oct. 2, 2018

Let's be honest...We're All #OverFlo

 

 

While much of Wilmington continues to make a fast and furious comeback, recovery from Hurricane Florence is still in its infancy. 

We've seen this community's true colors in the last couple of weeks, and what magnificent colors they are. 

The examples of giving, restoring, and rebuilding are endless - groups feeding hungry lineman who immediately poured in from across the country to restore power to sections of Wilmington within a few days, and to much of the city within a week; people delivering food from door to door; food trucks dedicating weeks to giving away food and water to those in need; neighbors helping neighbors; restaurants feeding neighborhoods; and on and on.

There are far too many stories of heroes, givers and do-gooders to tell in one short blog. So instead, we'd like to dedicate this month to communicating all of the post-Flo goodness going on in and around Wilmington. Because time is of the essence, we'd like to start with this robust downtown small business collaborative.

 

 

Flo meant business. But, local small businesses in downtown, Wilmington and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. aren't backing down. Instead, we're coming together. CSP is proud to partner with the Over Flo crew to help Wilmington and surrounding areas rebuild and recover. This month the giving portion of every CSP commission will be dedicated to #overflo efforts. And, many local businesses are creating specials, events, and selling products that will directly benefit Over Flo and the organizations it's built to serve.. 

Here are few participating businesses you'll want to frequent this month: 

     • Yosake

     • Manna

     • The Husk 

     • Anne Bonny's 

     • Tavern Law

     • Boombalatti's 

Our little collaborative is growing rapidly, so be sure to ask about #overflo specials wherever you see the #overflo logo. 

The goal of Over Flo is to raise 10k in the month of October, which, if met, will be matched by a private donor under the moniker of Friends from Iowa.  Funds will go directly to area charities including Nourish NC, Salvation Army, Food Bank of Eastern NC, Good Shepard Center, and Cape Fearless Challenge. 

So, if you're planning an evening or a day on the town, plan around a few of these events to help support the area you love.

Week of Oct. 1:Freestyle Over Flo

Week of Oct. 8: Food & Drinks Over Flo

Week of Oct. 15: Music Over Flo (the centerpiece is a free concert on Saturday, Oct. 20th)

Week of Oct. 22: Arts Over Flo (the centerpiece is Fourth Friday Gallery Walk) 

Click here to donate and for information and schedules.

 

Posted in Current news
Sept. 17, 2018

Relief & Restoration: Hurricane Florence

 

Hurricane Florence has taken a toll on our beloved city and surrounding counties.

And, the recovery and rebuilding process is now in full swing. Lineman and service men and women from across the country have poured in to support and restore power to our community. And, grateful citizens have shown their thanks in force - delivering lunches to crews, supplying lineman with water and food, and offering handshakes and hugs to show their gratitude. 

As always, the Wilmington community has banded together to support one another in this time of great need. It's acutely evident that Wilmington area residents are either seeking support, or are looking for ways to help those who desperately need it. So, we've compiled short lists for both camps in hopes of helping to connect those in need to those who can give and vice versa.

Who to Call Where to Go

 

1. Call Your insurance company: First and foremost, be sure to report all damage and hurricane-induced financial burden to your insurance provider. Whether you're a home owner or a renter, if you have insurance you will likely qualify for financial assistance. 

2. FEMA: Residents and business owners can now apply for assistance. Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Representatives will be available 7am - 10pm seven days a week. 

3. Head to a local shelter: If you and/or loved ones stayed home or with friends living in the Wilmington area during the storm and have a shortage of supplies or need a dry place to stay and access to food, click here to find the shelter nearest you. Ashley High School recently opened its doors to Hurricane victims with space for over 1,000 residents! 

4. New Hanover County Emergency Information:  Before leaving your home in search of help or supplies, please be aware of watches, warnings, curfews, and road closures!  Access and regulations will continue to change over the next couple of days as the water continues to rise, so please stay tuned here

5. NCDOT: For EVACUEES - Wilmington, NC is currently an inaccessible island, but this can could change soon. Stay abreast of road closures, bypasses, etc. at NCDOT's Interstate travel page

How You Can Help 

 

1. Start with your neighbors: Be sure to check on your immediate neighbors first. Easy access makes supporting them even easier.  

2. Feed a lineman: The word on the street is that lineman and other service men and women are going without food due to lack of access. If you have a stout supply in your own home, delivering lunch to a lineman would go a long way! 

3. Donate: Michael Jordan has made it easier for people who want to help fund relief efforts in his hometown and beyond. Visit his microsite  for best places to donate. Wilmington local, Michelle Lawson, created this GoFundMe page in hopes of supporting residents who sustained significant property damage during the storm. 

4. Don't let them Flo Alone: Do you know someone who may be home alone right now? Find a way to contact them and encourage them to find shelter with others or to stay with friends or family until our community has better access to resources. 

5. Share: Food, shelter, showers, water, and clothing are all needed by hundreds of area residents. Collect items or resources you're willing to share or give away. Then, create a social media post, email, or group text message letting friends and friends of friends know what's available to them and how you can get it to them.

Above all, please continue to stay safe, and ensure the safety of loved ones. Together, we'll rebuild one day at a time. Soon, the Wilmington community will be stronger than ever.

 

 


Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article218360625.html#storylink=cpy
Posted in Current news
Sept. 10, 2018

Be Prepared: Hurricane Prep Checklist

 

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. 

Hurricane Preparation Checklist

  • Have a disaster supply kit ready!
  • Compile basic emergency supplies
    • At least one gallon of water per person for three day
    • 3-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand craked radio
    • Flashlight
    • First aid kit
    • Moist towelettes (baby wipes)
    • Garbage bags
    • Plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Charged backup battery for your cell phone
    • Sunscreen
    • Bugspray
    • Portable camp stove or grill
    • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
    • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
    • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
    • Essential medications
    • Bar soap, toiletries
    • Cash and change
    • Duct tape, rope
    • Camera, books, games, cards, etc.

• 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. 

Above all, make the best decision regarding evacuation for you and your family. Stay safe out there, everyone! 

 

 

Posted in Current news
Sept. 7, 2018

Coastal's Calendar: September Favorites

 

 

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. 

 

September Favorites

 

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

For Goodness' Sake...Get it on the Calendar! 

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

 

 

Posted in Current news
Aug. 24, 2018

Agent of the Month: Meet Jennifer

Agent of the Month: Jennifer Davidson

 

 

Welcome Jennifer Davidson!

Jennifer's well-defined skill set, her ability to connect with people and a love of where she lives made her a Coastal Select shoe-in. 

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 jennifer@coastalselectproperties.com

 

A Few of Jennifer's favorite things

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  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug. 13, 2018

Happy Homeowners: Trust the Process


The path to finding the perfect house can be slightly less than perfect.

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. 

"...this time they sought southern accents, wrap around porches with rocking chairs, and live oaks (but, still no sweet tea)."

 

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.

"It's funny though, I didn't think I'd love it this much." 

 

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...

Welcome to the neighborhood, Lauris and Gene! We're so happy you're here. 

 

 

 

Sept. 27, 2017

5 Mistakes New Homebuilders Often Make

5 Mistakes New Homebuilders Often Make

September 27 2017


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.

 

Posted in New Construction