Southeastern North Carolina Real Estate News and Insights

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.

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Aug. 17, 2017

Adding Secret Spaces

Adding Secret Spaces to Your Home

For decades, characters like Batman and James Bond have popularized hidden doors and clandestine passageways. Many homeowners have followed suit, adding secret areas to store valuables, provide a safe place in an emergency or create a fun playroom. Could a hidden feature make you feel safer, secure your possessions better or add to your home's appeal?

Conceal a Room With Books
Sometimes the best part of a bookcase isn't what's on the shelves but what's behind it. These large structures create the perfect veil for a secret door to an undisclosed room. An architect can help you work with the space you have and figure out the details, like which direction a door should swing.

Secure Valuables in an Inconspicuous Safe
A safe is an excellent option for storing and protecting assets like jewelry, passports and cash. But if leaving it in plain sight feels too vulnerable, try concealing it entirely. A wall cutout behind a picture frame, cabinet or mirror makes for an ideal hideaway.

Make a Stealthy Escape
Want an inconspicuous escape route? Consider installing an underground passage with a secret switch to activate it. For example, chess pieces moved into a specific position or a particular book pulled from a shelf can reveal the opening. You can also choose from biometric authentication such as a fingerprint or eye scanner.

You don't have to be a superhero or a secret service agent to enjoy hidden spaces in your home. No matter what you have to hide, a secret room or passage can keep it concealed.

 

Posted in Home Improvements
Aug. 8, 2017

Real Estate Trends and Perceptions

Real Estate Trends and Perceptions

Whether you're interested in buying or selling a home this year, there's reason to be optimistic. See how a healthy real estate market and positive consumer sentiments are contributing to a buoyant housing sector.

Real Estate Trends
The U.S. housing market continues its recovery as home prices gradually increase, interest rates remain low and millennials represent the largest group of homebuyers for the fourth year in a row. There's been a slight increase in historically low interest rates, but that's an indication of an improving economy. Single women homebuyers exceed single men buyers in the U.S. by more than double, accounting for 17 percent of homebuyers (compared to single men at 7 percent). U.S. home values are expected to keep inching up while the inventory of available homes continues to decline.

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), there is considerable divergence among regions. Tighter federal regulations have reduced affordability and access to financing for potential homebuyers, sales are down and prices are trending soft. National sales activity is forecast to decrease 1.5 percent in 2017 and 0.8 percent in 2018.

Consumer Sentiments
The 2017 Q1 Housing Opportunities and Market Experience report published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows favorable sentiments among American consumers. Seventy-two percent of those surveyed thought it was a good time to buy, and 69 percent felt it was a good time to sell. More than half said they believed home prices in their community had increased over the previous 12 months. And renters and suburban homeowners, in particular, felt that prices would continue to rise in the second half of the year.

In another NAR report, the Aspiring Home Buyer Profile, nine in 10 nonhomeowners in the U.S. expressed a desire to own a home. Fortunately, if the market trends and consumer perceptions are any indications, 2017 could very well be the year many renters realize their dream of homeownership.

 

Posted in home buying
July 12, 2017

Add Shade to Your Yard or Patio

July 12 2017


Summer is a fun season to enjoy time outside with friends and family -- provided you have sufficient coverage from the sun. Stay cool and comfortable by adding shade to your yard or patio with the ideas below.

Overhead Hangs for the Patio
One popular way to create shade is to string up outdoor fabric and make a retractable awning or canopy. Shade sails are another versatile and inexpensive way to diffuse the sun's rays. If your outdoor space lacks the columns or posts to attach fabric, a large area umbrella is a fail-safe way to keep covered.

A Natural Solution
Like the idea of natural sun blockers? Potted citrus trees add a nice touch and can be moved around as the sun shifts. Wood structures such as a trellis or pergola also make a beautiful statement while creating shady areas. Both are designed to support climbing plants like ivy, morning glory, clematis and bougainvillea.

Surrounded by Shade
For a more closed-in arrangement, try canvas curtains, bamboo blinds or solar shades. Each of these sun blockers is adjustable, making it a breeze to raise them up or down (or to the side) depending on the sun's position and your desired level of coverage.

Whether you're looking to dine alfresco, relax outside with a good book or visit with friends and family, a covered patio is an ideal spot. Just remember: Before you start putting up structures to block the sun, review your homeowners association or rental agreement rules as some options may require permission.

Posted in Home Improvements
June 29, 2017

Staging for Success

                       

Staging Tips to Help Your Home Sell

In real estate, staging a home and selling a home often go hand in hand. Though the process can be involved, the results are indisputable. Need some help executing an effective home staging? Browse this list of resources to help you dazzle prospective buyers and increase your chances of a quick home sale.

Clear Clutter 
Not only will decluttering your property make moving day easier, but clearing space also gives viewers room to visualize themselves living in your space. Some items you can sell or donate outright. What about the housewares or sentimental objects you want to hold on to but need to remove to optimize showings? Give them a temporary home in a storage unit or portable moving container.

Set Up Your Space 
Focus on staging the rooms that see the most action: the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. If reinventing multiple rooms in your home is too expensive, you do have the option of renting furniture and accessories. It's a quick way to supply art for the walls, lamps to improve lighting or even an entire suite of furniture. Just be sure to sign with a furniture rental company that offers delivery and pickup as part of their packages. When you're getting ready to move, the last thing you want is to ferry furniture between multiple locations.

Hire Help
Some homeowners aren't up to the task of a full home staging, and that's OK. Some selling agents offer the service as part of their contract, or you can hire an independent home stager to complete the job. The latter provide a valuable service, though it's important to carefully assess their qualifications before bringing them on. Review their certifications, testimonials and portfolio to ensure they can help you achieve the aesthetic your home needs for a faster sale.

 
Thank you for reading our newsletter. We're looking forward to connecting with you soon!
TRICIA DELP IRELAND
COASTAL SELECT PROPERTIES // Owner, Realtor
EMAIL tricia@coastalselectproperties.com
PHONE (910) 616-9824 
ADDRESS 115 Nun Street Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Posted in selling your house
June 12, 2017

Urban Homesteading

Urban Homesteading: 3 Ways to Produce Your Own Food


From backyard and rooftop gardens to community plots in parks and vacant lots, urban agriculture has become a nationwide movement, and more homeowners have taken an interest in producing their own food. For many urban homesteaders, it stems from a desire to know where their food comes from and live more sustainably.

Are you interested in participating? These three small-scale projects are great places to start.

Raising Backyard Chickens
Chickens provide a relatively inexpensive, low-maintenance way to feed your family, plus they act as complimentary fertilizer and chemical-free pest control. Before you buy baby chicks, make sure you research and follow local laws, city ordinances and homeowner association rules.

Taking Up Beekeeping
In the 1940s, America had five million beehives, and today, roughly half of those remain. A growing awareness of this drastic decline has led to an increase in urban beekeeping, to the tune of approximately 120,000 backyard beekeepers.

Becoming a beekeeper starts with a lot of research, followed by choosing the right equipment and bees. Don't want to care for an entire colony? Plant native flower and weed varieties that help encourage bee pollination and reproduction.

Gardening and Canning 
Whether it's a large plot or a small section, a personal garden gives you control. Plus, you can preserve fresh fruits and vegetables via the canning process. While many homesteaders use yields from their garden, others buy extra produce in its peak season. Canning veggies and fruits is a family-friendly activity that lets you enjoy seasonal produce all year long.

Though urban homesteading may seem intimidating at first, it's easier to start small. The projects above can help minimize your impact on the environment and allow you to take part in your own food production.

Posted in Current news
May 30, 2017

Planning a Bathroom Remodel?

        

Tips for Planning a Bathroom Update

Do you want to improve the aesthetics of your bathroom? Before you disrupt your household with the hassle of a remodel, make sure you're prepared. Familiarize yourself with this cost and ROI overview to help guide the planning process.

What Does This Type of Remodel Cost? 
The first step to organizing a bathroom remodeling project is setting a budget. Understanding the potential costs involved can help you decide whether you're working on a complete overhaul or focusing your resources on a few select changes.

Homeowners who make bathroom updates usually hope to recover at least a portion of their investment. An upscale bathroom remodel is among the projects that see the largest percentages of value increase year over year. But a high-end revamp can cost tens of thousands. If you're working with a more modest budget, going with simple changes like updates to light fixtures, sinks, toilets and the like can refresh your space for significantly less.

What Should You Change?
When planning bathroom renovations, it's always smart to fix what's broken first, especially since replacement projects see larger returns (74 percent) than remodeling ones (63.7 percent).

Once you've tackled any necessary replacements, make investment-savvy design selections that add value for you and your family. Trade out the garden tub for an expansive shower, add granite countertops or upgrade the vanity, ventilation or lighting. Finding what most benefits your family can lead to greater satisfaction years after the project's completion.

With budgeting sense and some design know-how, you'll have the confidence you need to initiate a successful bathroom remodel.

 
 
 
Posted in Current news
May 24, 2017

4 High-Return Updates for the Home

 

Do you have a list of changes you'd like to make to your home this year? Completing cosmetic updates is easiest when the weather's in your favor. In honor of May's National Home Improvement Month, here are four upgrades ranging from curb appeal projects to large-scale expansions that often yield high returns.

  1. Replacing doors and windows: Homeowners are often encouraged to consider projects that boost overall curb appeal. Swapping out a wooden front door for a steel model or replacing front-facing windows can pack more of an ROI punch than renovations made inside the home.
  2. Constructing a deck: Create a beautiful transition from your back door to the outdoors by building a deck. The update turns into a major selling point that can recoup your initial investment when it's time to move on.
  3. Adding insulation: Of all the projects listed in Remodeling magazine's 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, adding loose-fill insulation to your attic is the only one with returns that exceed 100 percent of the cost. It can also help reduce year-round heating and cooling costs.
  4. Building a second-story addition: Even with a slight increase in construction costs, completing a significant two-story addition resulted in a substantial year-over-year increase in value from 2016 to 2017. Adding the extra space will likely catch the attention of buyers.

Home renovations and repairs are on the rise and expected to peak this year. Now's the time to start planning your investment-savvy home improvements.

Posted in Current news
Aug. 31, 2015

3 Cost-Effective Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your House

Thinking about selling your house in Wilmington or surrounding areas? If so, you’ll want to be sure to read this.

Did you know that homes with high curb appeal not only command higher prices but sell quicker too? While many sellers are primarily concerned with the interior of their homes, the exterior of your home can be just as important.

How your house appears from the street can dramatically influence buyer’s perceptions. Even the smallest details such as a flower bed or a well-manicured lawn can impact the sale. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to have a green thumb to succeed or have to pay a fortune in lawn care services.

Instead, you can opt for one, or all of these cost-effective solutions for improving the curb appeal of your home. The good news? These changes are simple and can be done in no time.

Discover some simple tips for taking the outside of your home from good to great.

 

Wash & Rinse the Exterior

While routinely pressure washing your home is advisable, it is especially important before you try and sell your home. Dirt and grime are bound to build up over time, which can leave your house with a less than shining appearance. Pressure washing is an affordable way to improve the look of your home almost instantly. It’s also a crucial step before painting. There are a number of affordable pressure washing providers available in the area, so be sure to select one before you put your house on the market.

 

Update Your Shutters & Trim

They say that even the smallest details can leave a substantial impact. While re-painting the entire exterior of your home may be ideal, it is not always practical. One cost-effective way to freshen up your home is by painting the shutters and trim. This simple tip can make a considerable improvement in your home’s appearance. Whether you want to do it yourself or hire someone else to do it, updating your shutters and trim is a great way to give your home a fresh and clean appearance.

 

Include a Dash of Color

A little color can go a long way, at least when it comes to selling your home in Wilmington that is. However, we’re not talking about the kind of color that you put on your walls. Instead, we are referring to the ones on your lawn. That’s right! Planting a few flowers here and there can significantly improve the curb appeal of your home. Flowers are an inexpensive way to add depth to the exterior of your home. Color can go a long way when it comes to enticing buyers. After all, who doesn’t want to purchase a home with a beautiful flowerbed?

 

Whether you’re looking to sell your home today, tomorrow, or for not even a few years down the road, take advantage of these tips now to improve the curb appeal of your home for years to come.

 

 

Posted in selling your house
Aug. 24, 2015

5 Reasons to Love Living in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

 

Located in New Hanover County and just east of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach embodies true Carolina beauty. Consisting of 4 miles of gorgeousness, Wrightsville Beach is pure paradise.

This ultimate Carolinian escape has become more than just a popular tourist destination; it is also home to a little under 3,000 residents year round. Offering endless opportunities for fun in the sun and some simply exquisite dining options, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect place to call home.

After all, nothing else quite beats the ocean at your doorstep. Discover 5 reasons to love living in Wrightsville Beach.

 

1.) It’s the Perfect Escape

Only a short drive from Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect seaside escape. Ideal for fun in the sun, a day at Wrightsville Beach is a great day indeed. Whether you’re looking to spend the day surfing and catching some waves, taking it easy and soaking up some sun on the beach, or even reeling in dinner’s catch at Johnny Mercer’s Pier, Wrightsville Beach has everything you could want in a beach town and more.

 

2.) Best of Both Worlds

Another great benefit of living in Wrightsville Beach is the simple fact that you truly get the best of both worlds. Only a few minutes from Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach offers a location that is hard to beat. Spend your days sunbathing down by the pier and then head downtown for a night full of adventures. All of this is possible and more when Wrightsville Beach is your home.

 

3.) Delicious Dining Options

Who doesn’t love great food? Luckily, Wrightsville Beach delivers. Grab some fresh mex at the local hotspot, Tower 7. In the mood for a quick slice of pizza? Head on down to Vito’s Pizzeria for scrumptious Italian delight. Looking for something a bit “fishier””? If so, you won’t want to miss out on the Oceanic or South Beach Grill (and these are just the beginning). No need to go hungry while you are on the island with such amazing dining options as these.

 

4.) Offers Exceptional Value 

If you’re looking to move to Wrightsville Beach, rest assured, this is by far one of the most affordable beach towns that you could be living in. While prices vary by location, on average, living in Wrightsville Beach is one of the most affordable options out there. Whether you are looking to secure that summer beach house or find a year round residence, Wrightsville Beach offers a number of flexible options.

 

5.) Southern Hospitality Still Exists

Perhaps the true magic of Wrightsville Beach is in the fact that southern hospitality can still be found here. Smiling faces all around coupled with exceptional service, it’s hard to find anywhere else in the world like Wrightsville Beach. People of all ages call this place home, but despite this, Wrightsville Beach still maintains it’s small town southern charm. Rest assured, living in Wrightsville Beach is unlike living anywhere else, and in the best way possible.

 

Want to learn more about Wrightsville Beach? VisitWrightsvilleBeachNC

 

Note: Featured image via VisitWrightsvilleBeachNC

Aug. 17, 2015

5 Simple Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home Today

             

 

Whether you’re looking to sell your home in Wilmington tomorrow or not for a few years down the road, there are some incredibly simple things that you can do today to increase the value of your home.

The higher the home’s value, the higher the selling price and the quicker that it sells. Meaning, increasing the value of your home is an important thing to do. Best of all? You don’t even need to spend your life’s savings to do it! Or at least break the bank that is.

Here are 5 super simple ways to increase the value of your home.

 

1.) Assess the Current Situation

Not every home improvement is apparent. In fact, some of the most major home repairs go completely unnoticed, until inspection that is. Problems such as roofing repairs, termite infestation, and even electrical repairs can slip right under your radar. Small problems can become a huge expense if they are put off for too long. Opt to have an inspection done to prevent any unexpected surprises.

 

2.) Paint and Play

If you’ve ever painted a room before, then you know this first hand. Paint can make a huge difference in a room’s appearance. There are few better ways to brighten a room’s appearance. Not to mention there are few things more appealing to potential homebuyers than a fresh coat of paint. With a gallon of paint only costing between $20-30, there are few home improvements as cost-effective as painting.

 

3.) Reduce Energy Costs

Do you find yourself having to spend a fortune just to heat or cool your home properly? Energy costs can add up over time and can be a turnoff to potential buyers if too high. Not to mention it will cost you more in the meantime. Consider having an energy audit done to see how you can maximize your energy efficiency.

 

4.) Invest in a Little Landscape

While you may not have a green thumb, planting a few trees and spending even just a little bit of time on your lawn can really pay off. Flowers, shrubs, and pretty plants can add curb appeal to any home. Stick to selecting low maintenance and native plants to maximize your budget.

 

5.) Opt for a Spring Cleaning

So it may be a bit closer to fall than spring, but there’s never a bad time to clean. Even if you clean your home on a weekly basis, there are still some spots that are in need of a little sprucing up. Crunched for time or hate cleaning? Opt for a cleaning service. In a few short hours, your home will be spotless.

 

Note: Featured image via lauraparish.com

 

Posted in selling your house