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.

Check back often for updates and please contact us with any questions or comments.

Nov. 1, 2020

We are Cuckoo for Cucalorus!

 Coastal Select Properties is Cuckoo for Cucalorus!

CSP is honored to sponsor the upcoming 26th annual Cucalorus Film Festival scheduled for November 11th – 25th in Wilmington. According to Cucalorus’ website, the festival’s “spirited celebration has been recognized as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas and future collaborations. Cucalorus brings together emerging creatives with new ideas that challenge us to look at the world in new ways.”

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the arts industry this year and the Cucalorus festival team was challenged to be even more creative to execute this year’s festival while complying with social distancing measures. Historically a 3-day event, this year’s festival will span two weeks and will screen most films online via live events or streaming on-demand, with six films being showcased at the drive-in movie theater on University of North Carolina - Wilmington’s campus.

While this year’s selections have been scaled back compared to prior years, there are still plenty of offerings to choose from with a lineup of 95 films including documentary and narrative features as well as 77 short films which have been curated into blocks named after mushrooms, like King Oyster, Powdery Piggyback and Witches Butter to name a few. Opening night will feature two films:  Mo Scarpelli’s El Father Plays Himself and Sabrina Merten’s Time of Moulting.

In addition to film screenings, the festival also features opportunities for participants to gather virtually to enjoy live stage performances by various artists, dancers, comedians and musicians including Wilmington’s own Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock. The Cucalorus Connect conference will include a week of 90-minute facilitated conversations via Zoom for discussions about race and the relationship between storytelling and action. One session scheduled for discussion includes “Impolite Conversations about Race, Education, Justice and Health” hosted by Rebecca Trammel and Kevin Maurer.

Individual tickets as well as festival passes, ranging from $50 - $125, are on sale now.

CSP owner, Tricia Ireland, is a huge fan of the Cucalorus Film Festival and it is one of her favorite annual events in Wilmington. According to Ireland, “Cucalorus champions diversity, community and inclusivity and that makes it a great fit for our company’s nonprofit giving program. Supporting the arts locally is so important – now more than ever. Wilmington has so much to offer with the river, the historic district and the ocean nearby. A vibrant arts and culture scene makes the area even more appealing, not only to tourists, but to folks looking for a new place to call home.”

 

Cucalorus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on funds from individuals, businesses and grants to fund its annual celebration. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to cucalorus.org.

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Oct. 20, 2020

Getting to Know Cullen Seward!

Welcome to Getting to Know You, a segment where our team members share a little bit about themselves through a series of rapid fire questions. 

We are growing! Please welcome Cullen Seward, Realtor and Broker, to the CSP team! With an extensive background in sales, Cullen has an inborn ability to cultivate relationships and hone his energies to match that of his clients. His prior experience working in sales (first at national firms then a hyper-focused local firm) afforded him the ability to meet and assist many local business owners and to develop professional long-term relationships with them. Cullen is excited to be a part of a real estate team that puts an emphasis on exceptional customer service. In his “down time,” Cullen can be found jamming with his reggae band, Signal Fire; surfing at Carolina or Wrightsville Beach or establishing and running charitable and community events to support the individuals and businesses in the Cape Fear region.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? “Forward ever, Backward never.”

Name a book you read that positively shaped you. The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris.  The book focuses on how to efficiently train the body in order to harness the greatest mental and spiritual output.

If you had one superpower, what would it be? Why? I would have the superpower to read minds to ensure my clients get the very best deal in their real estate transaction!

What is your favorite summer activity? I love to surf, play music, exercise and attend outdoor concerts!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure? Giving up is the only sure way to fail.

What is a talent that you have that would surprise people? I play bass guitar in a reggae band.

What is something you wish you could be good at? Turning off my phone and disconnecting. I just can’t do it!

What’s your guilty pleasure? Buffalo Chicken Wings.

What do you do to relax/manage stress? Listen to or play music, surf or exercise.

Do you have any pets? Yes, my rescue Lab, Barrett, aka “BearDog.”

What song would you say best sums you up?  Let’s Groove by Earth, Wind, and Fire. 

If you would like assistance with selling a property or finding your dream home, please reach out to Cullen at CullenSewardrealestate@gmail.com.

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Sept. 30, 2020

Getting to Know Andrew Garrard

Welcome to Getting to Know You, a segment where our team members share a little bit about themselves through a series of rapid-fire questions. 

We are excited to welcome Andrew Garrard, Realtor, to the CSP team! A native of Maryland, Andrew spent his childhood summers at his family home on the Delaware coast where he developed an affinity for the ocean. Andrew graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management from East Carolina University. Upon graduating, he traveled for commercial construction projects and spent time living in Utah, Oregon and California.

After enjoying four years in the San Francisco Bay area, Andrew and his girlfriend recently purchased their first home in Wilmington’s historic district of Brookwood. Andrew has a passion for real estate and is actively engaged in market research. He is excited to help buyers with the search for their perfect home.  

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? In 50 years, you’ll look back and reflect on your life. Try to do what you enjoy now and you’ll reflect on all your enjoyable experiences and decisions as good memories, rather than regrets of what you didn’t do.

Name a book you read that positively shaped you. It’s a tie between The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. 

If you had one superpower, what would it be? Why? I’d like the ability to control time. You could make a good day last forever and could rerun great snowboarding runs over and over.

What is your favorite summer activity? Enjoying all-you-can-eat blue crabs with the family. We spend hours eating, talking and laughing. 

Do you have any hobbies? What are they? Yes - hiking, snowboarding and soccer. 

What are your best habits? Honesty, work ethic and punctuality. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure? I’ve learned it's not a failure if you learn from the experience and get better from it.

When are you most inspired? I’m most inspired around sunrise and sunset - there is something special about these times of day. 

What is something you wish you could be good at? Playing guitar - I recently purchased an acoustic guitar and have started practicing.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Thai food - I could enjoy take-out every day of the week and be happy. 

What do you do to relax? Surf and hike.

How do you manage stress? I first step back to figure out what is causing the stress. If it is something in my control, then I make a plan to fix that issue. If it is out of my control, I let it be and do something fun to take my mind off of it. 

Do you have any pets? Yes, a dog named Millie. She is a lab mix that we adopted shortly after moving to Wilmington. 

What makes you laugh the most? A good comedian, preferably in an intimate venue. A favorite venue in San Francisco is Cheaper than Therapy. Wilmington’s Dead Crow is also great!

What’s your favorite movie ever? The Usual Suspects. 

Texting or talking? Talking - you can get much more accomplished by having a quick phone call.

 

If you would like Andrew’s expertise and assistance with buying or selling a home, please contact him at Andrew@coastalselectproperties.com.

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Sept. 9, 2020

Getting to know Tara Washburn!

Welcome to Getting to Know You, a segment where our team members share a little bit about themselves through a series of rapid fire questions. 

Tara Washburn, Realtor and Broker, is a true native to the Cape Fear region and has the ideal foundation for selling and buying homes in our beautiful waterfront community. Tara’s entrepreneurial drive, background in marketing, outgoing personality, and love of all things related to homes, led her to the wonderful world of real estate. She is excited to share her passion for the Wilmington area and all that it has to offer while helping her clients find their dream homes.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? Never Give Up.

 

Name a book you read that positively shaped you. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

 

If you could have any three people (dead or alive) over for dinner, who would they be?

Fitness guru, Sydney Miller; celebrity real estate agent, Tracy Tutor and singer/songwriter/record producer/actress/business woman, Lady Gaga

 

If you had one superpower, what would it be? Why? Click my heels to arrive anywhere in 5 minutes. Who wouldn’t want this power?

 

What is your favorite summer activity? Boating!

 

Do you have any hobbies? What are they? Golf, Yoga, Dance, Fishing, Tennis, Beach, DIY projects, green thumb!

 

What are your best habits? I give everything my all!

 

If you could travel back in time, what period would you go to? The ‘80s!

 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure? To get back up and do better.

 

Have you ever turned a failure into a win? Yes -look at me now! 

 

What is a talent that you have that would surprise people? I can play golf.

 

If you had a warning label, what would yours say? “I’m a firecracker”

 

When are you most inspired? Always – by life.    

   

What is something you strive to be good at? Selling homes!

 

What’s your guilty pleasure? Reese’s Thin Dark Chocolate

 

What do you do to relax? Sit on the beach.

 

How do you manage stress?

Hot Yoga and cycling; however, since Covid-19 started, the beach is the best relief.

 

What song would you say best sums you up?

“Don't Stop Believin'” by Journey has always been my all-time favorite song. I know what it is like to be living in a lonely world, to share moments with complete strangers and to experience events that can go on and on. I truly know that some win and some lose, but I have never stopped believing. My movie never ends.

 

What makes you laugh the most?

Life - from the ups and downs to the ones that have caused the gray hairs! 

 

What’s your favorite movie ever?

The Proposal is the movie I will pull out when I just need to laugh, laugh, laugh.

 

Texting or talking?

Depends on the person. I like to communicate via however the person/client feels most comfortable. 

 

If you would like Tara to assist you with buying or selling a home, please contact her at TaraAnn@coastalselectproperties.com.

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Sept. 1, 2020

Getting to Know Kelly Feeney!

Welcome to Getting to Know You, a segment where our CSP team members share a little bit about themselves through a series of rapid fire questions. 

 

Kelly Feeney, Realtor and Broker, recently joined the CSP team. As a new realtor, Kelly looks forward to using her sales experience, determination, engaging personality, attention to detail, and knowledge of real estate and interior design to help you find your dream home.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? To have patience and be persistent! 

Name a book you read that positively shaped you. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I must have read that book in and out of school a thousand times! It’s still one of my favorites today.

If you could have any three people (dead or alive) over for dinner, who would they be? Patrick Swayze (nobody puts Baby in a corner),  Heath Ledger, and Elvis Presley.  I was raised listening to The King of Rock and Roll, my mother was - and still is - a huge Elvis fan.

If you had one superpower, what would it be? Why? Telepathy! I would love to be able to read what's on someone's mind. 

What is your favorite summer activity? Swimming. I can spend all day swimming with my kids.

Do you have any hobbies? What are they? Crafting! I love to use my Cricut machine and make all different types of vinyl stickers and acid etched wine glasses. 

What are your best habits? Manners and gratitude. And good old southern hospitality! 

If you could travel back in time, what period would you go to?  The Roaring 20’s. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?  I don’t believe in failure. The only failure is the one you didn’t try!

What is a talent that you have that would surprise people?  My patience in itself is a talent.  I have four small children and I have developed the patience of a saint!

If you had a warning label, what would yours say? It would say, “Don't mistake her kindness for Weakness.”

When are you most inspired? Right before bed! I always seem to think about and plan the day ahead right before bed or I remember something I forgot to do that day right before I lay down.

What is something you wish you could be good at? Tennis! I have never been good at tennis.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Chicken wings - I can never turn down chicken wings.

What do you do to relax?  I read. I read to my kids, I also make sure that they read. There is nothing in life you cannot learn from a book. While the internet and tablets are very useful, they will never be better than the original.

How do you manage stress? I just deal with it.  Life is full of stress I learned you can't run from it so it's better to just face it head on. But I do enjoy working out or walking when I need a break. 

What song would you say best sums you up? “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.

What makes you laugh the most? My fiance! That’s what attracted me to him the most and still does today. 

What’s your favorite movie ever? Too many to list!! I love what I consider classic movies. I don't believe they make movies today as good as they used to. But if I had to pick a favorite, it would either be “It's a Wonderful Life” or “The Godfather.” 

Texting or talking? Both! If I am at home with my kids, I prefer texting because you wouldn't hear me otherwise but talking is the most efficient way to communicate.

 

If you would like Kelly to assist you with buying or selling a home, please contact her at Kelly@CoastalSelectProperties.com.

 

 

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Aug. 22, 2020

Getting to know our new agents! Meet Kym!

Getting to Know You:  Kym Davidson, Broker and Realtor

 

Cue Deborah Kerr singing:  “Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you, Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me…”

 

Welcome to our first edition of the Getting to Know You segment where our CSP team members share a little bit about themselves through a series of rapid fire questions. 

 

Our first guest, Kym Davidson, Broker and Realtor, recently joined our CSP team. She brings with her a breadth of experience and genuine affinity for the Wilmington area and all that it has to offer. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? Everything will be ok - simple but true.

Name a book you read that positively shaped you. The Four Agreements.

If you had one superpower, what would it be? Why? Flying. I love my flight dreams. It takes you away while giving you speed and a great vantage point.

What is your favorite summer activity? Spending time outdoors as much as possible and going to the beach.

Do you have any hobbies? What are they? Yes - gardening, reading, writing, refinishing and painting furniture, refurbishing items, creating. 

What are your best habits? Dental hygiene - I floss my teeth everyday.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure? There are no mistakes. Out of darkness, comes light.

Have you ever turned a failure into a win? Yes, there are no mistakes...my divorce. It felt like I was walking into the eye of a hurricane, but coming out of it, I realized a calm and sunny day.

What is a talent that you have that would surprise people? Probably drawing and painting - I’m no great artist, but I can copy most anything.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say? “Will stand up for herself AND others”.

When are you most inspired?   When I witness art, kindness, a sunset, a deeply raw human emotion.

What is something you wish you could be good at? Playing a musical instrument.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice cream.

How do you manage stress? Spending time outdoors and by the water - walks, swims, bike rides, long talks.

What makes you laugh the most? The unexpected.

What’s your favorite movie ever? Amelie.

 

Texting or talking? Either, but talking is best.

 

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July 7, 2020

CSP supports Marty Lyons Foundation

CSP Partners with The Marty Lyons Foundation to Help Grant Wishes and Inspire Hope

The past few months have been strange and challenging times for many of us. We’ve had to adapt to new ways of performing our everyday tasks and activities to help ensure our own health and safety - as well as that of others. For children living with a terminal or chronic life-threatening illness, every day presents an ongoing challenge to stay healthy, to stay connected and to stay positive.

Coastal Select Properties is honored to partner with Marty Lyons Foundation - North Carolina Chapter to help brighten the lives of these children and to inspire hope. MLF was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1982 by former New York Jets’ defensive lineman, Marty Lyons, to make wishes become reality for children (ages 3 – 17) who have been diagnosed with terminal or chronic life-threatening illnesses. MLF is unique in that it will grant a second wish to a child that may have already had one wish fulfilled by another organization.

Since its inception, MLF has raised over $35 million and helped 8,000 families. It now has ten chapters covering 13 states. Local Cape Fear resident and business-owner, Lynne D’Eramo, operates the NC Chapter which is based right here in downtown Wilmington.

D’Eramo, the chapter president and a life-long New York Jets fan, was first introduced to MLF when she was living in Connecticut and a friend invited her to volunteer with her at an annual MLF fundraising event. In 2018, a decade later, D’Eramo found herself living in North Carolina, helping to run the local Port City Jets Fan Club in Wilmington and being approved to open and preside over a North Carolina chapter of MLF which serves all of North Carolina and South Carolina. D’Eramo is grateful for the amazing support from the community here in Wilmington as well as other parts of NC and SC. “We have granted over 14 wishes since becoming a chapter,” D’Eramo proudly states. “Unfortunately, we were unable to complete a few wishes due to the child’s passing before the wish was granted. We’ve also lost a few wish recipients shortly after their wish had been fulfilled.”

The foundation spends approximately $5500 per wish granted. Some of these wishes include trips to Disneyworld, meet-and-greets with celebrities, computers or gaming systems, swimming pools, shopping sprees and room makeovers. MLF headquarters works with a small staff of three paid employees; all other Executive Board and Chapter Presidents are unpaid volunteers. Of every $1 donation, $.90 goes directly to funding a child’s wish.  

This past January, the chapter held a fundraiser/wish reveal party for two young wish recipients: one from Charlotte, NC and a 14-year-old boy, Eli from Lexington, SC. Eli had been receiving chemotherapy to treat cancer for most of his life. After relapsing three times, he and his family decided to stop treatment and instead focus on filling his life with adventure. Eli wished to go snowmobiling, so MLF-NC reached out to Big Sky Resort in Montana for help in making his wish a reality. The resort’s concierge team eagerly set to work and created an amazing experience for Eli, his parents and older brother. In early February, the entire family enjoyed riding snowmobiles, snowboarding, skiing, a family photo session and much more. Eli was further surprised by gifts from some of his favorite football and baseball teams! The family was able to forget about medical treatments and instead delight in a dose of fun and adventure together. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them.  A few short months later, Eli passed away. D’Eramo admits that granting wishes is immensely rewarding work, but it is not without its share of heartache.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has put a hold on both granting travel wishes to wish recipients and on fundraising events which are critical to the success of the organization’s mission. Says D’Eramo, “most of our wish kids already have compromised immune systems so until travel is considered safe again, those wishes cannot be granted.” D’Eramo is planning upcoming fundraisers for the Fall and she is hopeful that MLF-NC will be able to host its 2nd Annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament. MLF-NC welcomes prospective wish coordinators, event volunteers and, of course, monetary donations which are essential to making wishes come true. A simple way you can make a donation without it costing you anything is by shopping via www.Smile.Amazon.com and selecting Marty Lyons Foundation. 0.5% of each eligible purchase made is donated to the charitable organization.

If you are interested in learning more about Marty Lyons Foundation or becoming part of the wish-making team, contact Lynne D’Eramo, Chapter President at lderamo@martylyonsfoundation.org or call 910-775-0555. 

 

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March 30, 2020

Carousel Center & CSP

 

   

    

 Coastal Select Properties Proudly Supports The Carousel Center

Coastal Select Properties continues its ongoing mission to give back, especially during these uncertain times. Although “normal life” has come to a halt for many of us, “normal life” for children living in challenging home environments or who are victims of traumatic events has not. That is why we continue to support the important work of The Carousel Center, a non-profit child advocacy center serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties, that  that  offers specialized therapy for children to reduce trauma-related symptoms, such as anxiety, nightmares, and behavior problems, using evidence-based models that incorporate the language of children - talk, art and play.  

Amy Feath, Executive Director of The Carousel Center, is a passionate advocate for the health and safety of the children in our community. She leads an equally dedicated team to provide exceptional service to our youngest citizens. Amy recently accompanied us on a tour of the brightly painted, child-friendly facility in Wilmington and explained the importance of TCC’s mission. In the past, if a child reported that she was being hurt at home, she would need to speak to multiple people – a teacher, nurses, doctors, a police officer, a social worker, a child protective service investigator and a lawyer. It could be an overwhelming, scary process for an already traumatized child. TCC has created a system and environment where the abused child can receive a medical exam; tell her story while a detective, CPS worker and State’s Attorney can listen as a team; and meet with a counselor to help her heal. Additionally, the child’s non-offending parent/guardian is offered advocacy and counseling services to help understand the system and contribute to the healing process.

The medical exams are completed on-site by medical staff specifically trained to gather the essential physical, medical evidence. Specially-trained child interviewers conduct non-threatening, developmentally-appropriate and forensically-sound interviews which are recorded using closed circuit video. Great care is taken to preserve the child’s statements and to meet the investigative needs of social services, law enforcement and prosecution.

To help children heal and get back to the business of childhood, TCC offers child therapy, family counseling services and various types of therapy including traditional talk therapy, art therapy and play therapy. We also met Rudy, the Center’s friendly therapy dog, during our visit.

Coastal Select Properties understands that it is a privilege to serve the community and is honored to be a sponsor of TCC’s recent “Heart of the Matter” luncheon and fundraiser as well as its “2020 Making Legends Local Gala” fundraiser which was originally scheduled for April 25th but has been cancelled in light of the recent pandemic mandates. Although the 17th annual fundraising event will not be held, we will honor our financial commitment by converting our sponsorship to a donation and we encourage our local community to continue to support the important, essential work of The Carousel Center. For more information about TCC and how you can help, please visit carouselcenter.org.

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Feb. 15, 2020

CSP sponsors local film festival!

Coastal Select Properties Sponsors Upcoming Cinema Sisters International Film Festival on March 6 & 7

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival (CSIFF) is presented by WilmFFilm, the Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective. CSIFF’s fourth annual festival on March 6 and 7 showcases the work of female filmmakers from around the world including current submissions from Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Iran, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan and the United States.  

Coastal Select Properties (CSP) recently spoke with Rebecca Busch, storyteller extraordinaire and co-director of both CSIFF and WilmFFilm to discuss the upcoming festival and the inspiration behind both the festival and the filmmaker’s collective.

WilmFFilm was born in 2014 from a desire to gather and provide support to local, like-minded women interested in film and the art of filmmaking. Busch’s passion for telling stories and for supporting the creative process of other women storytellers inspired her to co-create WilmFFilm. While less than 10% of all films are made by women, the collective seeks to support all aspects of filmmaking and offers educational workshops to help sharpen the skills necessary to realize cinematic visions and expand women’s contributions to filmmaking. Some of WilmFFilm’s past filmmaking workshops facilitated by industry professionals focused on fundraising for artistic projects; shooting and editing a movie with iPhones and DSLRs; and working with sound equipment.

In 2016, WilmFFilm gave birth to Cinema Sisters International Film Festival (CSIFF) to celebrate female screenwriters and directors and to provide additional opportunities for them to showcase their work. Sister filmmakers are asked to share their completed short films of any genre (narratives, documentaries, animation, etc.), that are no longer than thirty minutes and that are directed by women.

Busch is inspired and motivated by how CSIFF has evolved over a few short years. The first festival featured only female filmmakers from North Carolina, growing in its second year to include filmmakers from the Southeastern United States and expanding last year to include international submissions. CSP has been honored to sponsor the festival since its inception.

This year’s two-day festival on March 6 and 7 at Jengo’s Playhouse, 815 Princess Street, will feature 39 films selected from approximately 100 submissions. An all-access pass to CSIFF includes a Friday night feature and festive Shrimparoo Kickoff Party, Saturday grant-writing workshop and four blocks of short films. Individual tickets for film blocks, opening night feature and the party are available at the box office on the day of the event. For passes, schedule and more information, go to https://csiff.org.

 

As a woman-owned business, CSP appreciates and encourages the professional and creative contributions of women in our community and beyond. Supporting the arts in Wilmington is a natural fit with our mission and we are proud to sponsor the Cinema Sisters International Film Festival for our fourth year.

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Jan. 8, 2020

mortgage rates fall

30 year fixed rate mortgages are the lowest they have been since October at 3.69%!  Don't miss your chance at home ownership.  Don't have a lender?  We can help!  We have a team of lenders we work with to help you find the best product for your home purchase.  Read the entire article here:  https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2020/01/08/mortgage-rates-fall-further-and-buyers-are-swooping-in

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