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.

May 17, 2019

The Living is Easy


Summer is sweet no matter where you are, but in Southeastern NC it's downright decadent. Good times, awesome surf, and a variety of events are rampant around here in May, June and July. Summer can get busy fast, so you may want to get ahead of a few things in order to plan your summer around them. See what's happening over the next few months below. If you know of any that we didn't cover, but should know about, please let us know in comments! 


Sweet Summertime Events 


May 25 – May 26 

24th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

Downtown Wilmington - Orange Street between Water & S 2nd St.



May 27  

Memorial Day Celebration 

USS North Carolina Battleship


June 1 – 2 

7th Street SurfShop Shredfest Surf Contest

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier


June 6

Zion Rootz 

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar


June 14 – 15  

Blueberry Festival

Burgaw, NC


June 15 – 16  

Living History Weekend 

Fort Fisher State Historic Site


June 21 – 23

Cape Fear Blues Festival 

Various Venues


July 1 – 4

North Carolina 4th of July Festival 

Southport, NC



July 4th

Celebration & Fireworks in Downtown Wilmington


July 6

Port City Reggae & Music Arts Festival



July 12 – 28

Lumina Festival of the Arts






Posted in Current news
May 11, 2019

To Stage or Not to Stage...




Deciding to sell your home, in of itself, can be overwhelming. Preparing to show it is a whole The entire process can be emotional, the considerations and details often feel endless, and who has the time to set the perfect stage for potential buyers?


But, if your goal is to sell quickly, you simply must.  


Questions like: "Do I really need to stage an empty home?" and "How do I stage my home if we're still living in it?", are definitely among the top few frequently asked questions that we encounter. This is where home stagers come in. Stagers exist to take the pressure off, to design quickly and beautifully, and to help you sell your home for more, faster. We highly recommend using a home staging consultant  no matter the situation.


So, we decided to ask stager Jenna McKnight with Aqua Home Staging, to jump in to answer these questions. 


Here's what Jenna had to say in a nutshell:

Why stage your empty home?


1. No one likes an empty house 


90% of home buyers look online before inquiring about a home (National Association of Realtors). If the house is beautifully staged with updated furnishings, studies show that they are much more likely to click on the listing.  And, when staging, remember that you have about two seconds to capture a prospective buyers attention online.



2. Nothing's perfect. Distraction is key.


When there is no furniture, buyers have nothing to focus on besides the walls, floors, and the fixtures (and, whatever flaws there are with all of these things).


Nearly 1/3, or 28%, of buyers are more willing to overlook proper faults when the home is staged (according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of home staging report) . 


3. Staging = More Money


Many people are blinded by the expense of staging, and decide they can do without. But, often they're settling for less by doing so. Statistics show that buyers are more likely to offer more money for a staged listing rather than empty homes. In a 2018 Home Staging Resource survey of 4200 homes, 85% of the staged homes sold for 6-25% more than that un-staged homes. So do what it calls for when selling your home - don't be afraid to spend a little to get considerably more, all the way around.



How to Stage Your Furnished Home 


1 - Declutter.


This is extremely important. While clutter is a fact of life, it can also be a source of stress and unease. So, be on the safe side, knock out the clutter to avoid the risk of stressing out potential buyers with someone else's clutter.  


2. De-personalize.


Try to take as much of yourself out of the home as you can, so that others can visualize themselves living there. This includes taking down family portraits, personal photos, etc. (There are a few exceptions to this rule, like black and white photos that can add an artistic flare). 



3. Rearrange. 


When you're living in a home, you usually have the furniture arranged in a way that makes the most sense for living.  However, this may not always look the best.  Something that a home stager will focus on is re-arranging the furniture in a way that will show off each room the best way possible.


"Getting your home ready to sell is stressful. Period," said McKnight. Hiring a home stager, whether your home will be shown furnished or unfurnished, is undoubtedly the easier road. Stagers come with a detailed punch list in mind to ensure that photos will instantly engage potential buyers, and subsequently increase your chances of selling both higher and faster. 


But, for all you adamant DIY-ers out there, stay tuned! Our stage-it-yourself blog is coming soon... 




Questions about home staging? Call Jenna at Aqua Home Staging: 757-784-2797 




Posted in Home Improvements
May 2, 2019

May Days


Ahh, May.... A mix of energy drives this beautiful time of year. In Wilmington, we're cruising quickly toward beach days, summer concert season, and endless outdoor activities. But, somehow, simultaneously, there's an air of calm, a sit-outside-and-enjoy-the-moment vibe that comes over most of us in this beautiful coastal town, where nature is prevalent and pretty showy in late spring.


Whatever your May "groove" might be - easing in, busting out, or somewhere in between - be sure to check out a few of these events in case the shoe fits! 




Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

4.28 - 5.8

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival entered the Port City’s cultural scene in October 2013 with a cheerful film celebrating Jewish songwriters’ contributions to Broadway musicals. The Jewish Film Festival runs from April 28th- May 8th. Numbered is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of Auschwitz survivors.


3rdAnnual Bluegrass Bash

5.3 @ 7:30pm

Thalian Hall- 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington NC 28401

Pre-show party starts at 6:30pm before moving to the Main Stage at 7:30pm. Event will showcase local bluegrass artists, local beer, and local food from Wilmington’s amazing food trucks.


Carolina Strawberry Festival

5.3 @ 5:00pm-11:00pm

5.4 @ 10:00am-11:00pm

Historic Downtown Wallace- 100 NW Railroad St

In 2011, the Town of Wallace, led by a core group of leaders, brought the "Strawberry Festival" back to Wallace after 50 years.  Each year, the Carolina Strawberry Festival has grown bigger and better.  The Festival has a broad selection of Music & Events in Wallace that will entertain the entire family!



30thAnnual River to Sea Bike Ride

5.4- Check in/registration to begin @ 6:00 am with departure @ 7:00 am.

Starting location is 12 N Front Street.

20-mile round-trip, casual-paced bicycle ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach on Wilmington’s River to Sea Bikeway. Participants are highly encouraged to pre-register. There is no charge, but t-shirts are available for purchase. Helmets are required and cyclists should give their bicycle a thorough safety inspection before the event. Participants must be able to ride 20 miles or arrange for their own transportation after the break at Wrightsville Beach Park



Sunset Cruise with Live Acoustic Music

5.4 @ 6:30pm

Wilmington Water Tours- 212 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401

A one-of-a-kind music venue in Wilmington and this cruise is one of our most popular excursions. Grab a tasty cocktail or drink from our full bar and sit back and relax as you listen to live music from local musicians.



Brits at the Battleship, BMCCF 21stAnnual British Car Show

5.4 @ 9:00am-2:00pm

USS North Carolina Battleship Park, Wilmington- 1 Battleship Rd NE, Wilmington, NC 28401

Classic British motor cars will be on display with live music, tours of the battleship available, and a water taxi to downtown Wilmington.



20thAnnual Festival Latino

5.4-5.5 @ 11:00am- til dusk 

Ogden Park- 615 Ogden Park Rd, Wilmington NC 28411

Largest Latino Event in the Cape Fear Area, Food, Music, and fun for the whole family



Boogie in the Park Concert

5.5 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm

Kure Beach- 105 Atlantic Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Wilmington Big Band performing at Boogie in the Park. Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy free, live music by the sea.



10thAnnual Cape Fear Comedy Festival 


Dead Crow Comedy Room + other Historic Downtown Venues

Entering its 10th year, the Cape Fear Comedy Festival is a non-profit locally operated organization in Wilmington, N.C. committed to enriching the performing arts community in the Cape Fear region.



4thAnnual Lip Sync for a Cure

5.10 @ 6:00pm

Ironclad Brewery- 115 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401

The 4th Annual Lip Sync for A Cure at Ironclad Brewery in downtown Wilmington, NC, features celebrity judges. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.


4thAnnual Marina Day

5.11 @ 10:00am- 4:00pm

Carolina Beach State Park- 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

There will be classic boats on display, safety demonstrations, vessel safety checks, boating information and the Underwater Archaeology will be on site with displays and information. There will also be kayaks and paddle boards and much, much, more. Food truck vendors will be on site for lots of food and refreshments. 



5.11 @ 11:00am-5:00pm

Waterline Brewing Company- 721 Surry St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Every year for over 30 years, encore's annual readers choice awards, the official and longest-running Best of Wilmington, has been an ongoing celebration of local culture, including recognition of businesses, eateries, bars, goods, services, people, media, arts, and entertainment. In 2019 we will be turning our annual celebration of winners into an all-day arts and craft, food truck and beer festival at Waterline Brewing, underneath the Cape Fear Bridge, along Surry Street.


USA Beach Wrestling Nationals 

5.18 @11:00am

Carolina Beach

The USA Beach Wrestling National Championships will return to Carolina Beach again in 2019 along with the 10th Annual NCUSA Beach Wrestling State Championships. And .... the 3rd Annual USA Belt Wrestling National Championships! "Belt" Wrestling is sanctioned by the UWW as an associated style of wrestling, and is very popular in many other countries



27thAnnual Greek Festival

5.17 @ 11:00am- 10:00pm

5.18 @ 11:00am- 10:00pm

5.19 @ 11:00am- 6:00pm

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church- 608 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

The Greek community of Wilmington, NC shares its culture, faith, and heritage including food, music, dancing, a marketplace and cooking demonstrations by hosting the 26th Annual Greek Festival. This festival held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is an annual event that draws thousands from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and surrounding counties.



Wilmington Wine and Food Festival


Bellamy Mansion Museum- 503 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401

The Wilmington Wine & Food Festival brings together top area chefs with the best of the wine, beer, and spirits industry to celebrate and advance public appreciation for great food and drink. The festival provides a diverse range of epicurean experiences showcasing the area's unique and rich culture and history.



Airlie Summer Concert Series

5.17 @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

Airlie Gardens- 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

Airlie’s 2019 Summer Concert Series begins May 17th and runs every 1st and 3rd Friday through September 20th.   Concerts are from 6pm-8pm each scheduled evening and are open to the general public.  ADVANCED TICKETS ONLY!



Rims on the River Car Show

5.18 @ 11:00am

Front Street

Festivities begin Friday May 17th, with a taste of local entertainment and fun at our various partner venues, bars and restaurants. Welcome to Rims weekend! Saturday the 18th is Car Show Day, participants are invited to come down beginning at 9:00AM to get admitted and parked, with the show starting at 11:00AM to the public.



Kidstock 2019

5.18 @ 12:00pm-3:00pm

Wrightsville Beach Brewery- 6201 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

Did you miss our kids concert event Lollipopalooza in September? Well, we're doing another one in the Spring...KIDSTOCK!Join us for 3 hours of peace, love and kids music by Broccoli Brothers Circusfor an afternoon of fun!!Vendors, games and other activities to be announced. Check back for more details.



Planetarium: From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

5.25 @ 2:00pm

Cape Fear Museum- 814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Free When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things! Full dome film from Museum of Science, Boston. 



Port City Salsa Splash 2019


Various Locations-

We are excited to present the 8th Annual Port City Salsa Splash in beautiful Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  We invite you to our piece of the North Carolina coast to put your toes in the sand by day and then put your dancing shoes on by night! The highlight of the weekend is the opportunity to dance aboard the USS North Carolina Battleship -- a truly unique experience! ​ Find the balance of relaxation and excitement as you enjoy a weekend combining your passion for dance and a getaway at the beach. We look forward to seeing you!


Posted in Current news
April 10, 2019

An Empowering First Quarter





Our first quarter was a female empowerment festival of giving. Without all of the women in our community who have come together to create powerful nonprofits that allow women and girls better access to successful paths, we would not have been in the position to give in this way. So, we want to say thank you. Thank you to Beth Looney at GLOW (Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington) and to Rebecca Busch, president of Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective, for facilitating these partnerships. We’re truly honored to have connected with each of these organizations- during tours and meeting, through sponsorship, and by way of private giving. We delivered a check for close to $3,000 to Beth Looney at GLOW and donated a silent auction item for their annual Celebrity Chef Event at The Country Club at Landfall. We can’t wait to dive in again next year. Thank you to all of our buyers and sellers who enable us to give back to our community. A portion of every sale is reserved for the cause or nonprofit of the quarter. So, our clients are truly the heroes. Thank you to all of you who continue to make our contributions possible.


To close out the quarter, we wanted to pass on the value of these organizations and why we continue to support them. We hope you’ll spread the word.

Part I: Exclusive Interview: All About GLOW with Beth Looney


CSP: How did GLOW come about?

Beth: Judy Girard is the former President of the Food Network. While in New York City, she

volunteered with her friend and former co-worker at NBC, Ann Rubenstein Tisch who had

founded schools in New York City to address the needs of at-risk girls under the umbrella of the

Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN). The goal was and is to provide students growing

up in low-income communities with a high-quality college preparatory education modeled upon

the finest private schools. Judy moved to Wilmington and wanted to bring this concept to our town. She gathered a few friends the mayor, district attorney and school board members and headed to Harlem to see the YWLN school and decided that young girls in Wilmington could benefit from this type of school. GLOW Academy was born in 2016 with the idea that a person’s zip code should not determine

their destiny.

CSP: Who does GLOW serve?


Beth: We serve middle school girls who range in age between 11 and 13. Our student body is

predominantly comprised of low-income minorities. Racially our students are 59% African

American, 20% Hispanic and 20% Caucasian. Our students’ family income can be best

represented by free and reduced lunch data. Of our student body, we currently have 75% free

lunch; 2% reduced lunch and 23% full pay lunch.


Most of our students live in high-poverty neighborhoods and consequently are at higher risk for

exposure to violence, housing instability, and unhealthy behaviors.


CSP: What is GLOW’s mission?


Beth: GLOW Academy is one of 18 schools nationwide that comprise the Young Women’s Leadership Network. This highly successful education model focuses on single-sex education rooted in rigorous STEAM curriculum and emphasis on social-emotional development, healthy habits and college preparation.


CSP: How can the community help?


Beth: Here are a few areas we could really use some help in:


- Promoting school admissions by telling friends, colleagues, neighbors about GLOW

- Supporting Single Gender Education

- Attending our special events (Celebrity Chef event every January)

- Volunteering programmatically with Parent’s University, Cool Women Hot Jobs career day, music and sports after school clubs

- Volunteering with children as a tutor


GLOW Academy mission statement:  GLOW Academy, a public charter school, educates young women from diverse backgrounds through middle and high school in a nurturing community with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum to develop leaders who succeed in college and beyond.

Vision Statement: At GLOW Academy she will graduate, go to college and succeed in life.

Part II: Wilmington Filmmakers Collective



Three years ago, when Rebecca Busch and a few friends decided to start a Women in Film group, they thought they might (naturally) have a handful of women trickle into the first meeting. So, when nearly 50 women attended that night brimming with energy and inspiration, they were dumbfounded. And, they were suddenly acutely aware that they were not alone.


Film is a notoriously male-dominated field, and these women, along with WilmFFilm founders felt the effects.


"We wanted to create a supportive group where women could be motivated encouraged to pursue their dreams in filmmaking," Busch said.


And now, three years later, with over 360 members, WilmFFilm has successfully and collectively supported hundreds of films, held dozens of workshops led by famous filmmakers and film professors, the like of Ingrid Veninger from York University, Rosi King from Nova Scotia, and New Yorker Erica Dutton.


And, through all of that, they managed to throw together a film festival to boot. This year the group celebrated their third annual Cinema Sisters Film Festival at Jengo's Playhouse. CSP was a proud sponsor of the opening film, Half the Picture, by Gravitas Films. Half the Picture is a documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood, and has won national awards. See our live interview with Rebecca Busch in the 3rd episode of CSP Encounters of the Video Kind here.

Posted in Current news
April 1, 2019

April is Awesome


Good things happen year round in Wilmington, it's true. But, April is sort of a local favorite. The Azalea Festival calls people from around the world to join in on a southern weeklong celebration like no other. And, locals wrap up in dreamy weather; the creative, productive energy that only spring can bring; and weekends and nights spent with friends and family about town, on the beach, on mini-road trips and in the garden.


Here are a few things we suggest getting on your radar this month! 


Riverfront Farmers Market

March 23- November 23

Downtown Wilmington


37thAnnual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

March 30th- April 7

Community Arts Center


The North Carolina Azalea Festival & Garden Tour

April 3-7


North Carolina Symphony Concert

April 11th7:30

Wilson Cener


Star Party 

April 12 at 7:00pm

Carolina Beach State Park


25thAnnual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival 

April 13-14

Kure Beach


Book Signing Event! Meet Author and Poet Al Russell

April 19th


Coastal Select Properties!

213 N. 2nd St.


Apollo II

April 22-24

Thalian Hall



April 26-27
Wilson Center


Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk

April 27that 1:00-6:00


Earth Day Celebration 

April 27th12-6

Huch McRae Park


An Evening with Rick Springfield

April 25that 7:30

Wilson Center



Posted in Current news
March 21, 2019

Meet Steve Swart, Broker, Realtor



Steve Swart New Agent


Steve Swart with his wife, Kelly Godbey


Steve Swart, lifelong Wilmingtonian, recently joined the Coastal Select team, and he was gracious enough to fill us in recently on what makes him tick and a few of his favorite things. Take a minute to get to know Steve. We’re pretty thrilled that we did. 



Why did you choose real estate? 

Steve: I chose real estate for two primary reasons.  First, I really enjoy people and like spending time getting to know them. And secondly, I was looking for a job that wasn’t necessarily based in an office.

What’s your favorite thing to do?

Steve: Eating, drinking, or otherwise communing with family and friends. But, if the weather is warm and the waves are clean its hard to beat surfing.

Why did you choose to stay in Wilmington?

Steve: I think the more appropriate question is why not Wilmington?  I’ve lived in and around Wilmington all my life.  When I was in high school everyone I knew was ready to get away but by the time I finished college that flow seemed to reverse and most people were looking to stay and those that left wanted to come back. I stayed because it's home. My family is here - parents, siblings, and a great big extended family.  I have always loved the beach, but as downtown rebounded in the early 90’s it has become my top choice for places to live here. I have always thought Wilmington is kind of the city that feels like your own town. I’ve traveled extensively and love many places throughout the world but only Wilmington feels like home.

What made you choose Coastal Select Properties?

Steve: I met with many agencies in the area and all of them were wonderful. It was a difficult choice, but I was looking for a place with a tight cadre of dedicated people focused on the customer. Coastal Select had just the right vibe. 

What’s your favorite food?

Steve: It is impossible to beat roasted oysters with hot pepper vinegar on a cold winter afternoon. I also became a huge fan of smoke during a visit to Austin Texas and so have taught myself how to make incredible ribs.

What’s your favorite thing about yourself?

Steve: I think the fact that I don’t take myself to seriously and I can find humor in almost everything.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Wilmington?

Steve: Spend time outside, especially with friends. I love being downtown anytime and love summers at the beach.

What motivates you to do what you do everyday? 

Steve: Fundamentally, I want to help people. 

What do you hope your work with Coastal Select will accomplish? Both on a grand scale and a micro-level?

Steve: I really don’t think much about a grand scale too much in regards to my work at this point. I want to focus on each person and each transaction. Do the little things well and the big stuff will handle itself.

What do you hope to contribute to the world/community?

Steve: I pick up trash and recyclables when I walk in my community not just because it’s the right thing to do but I hope people might notice. I try to say hello and offer a smile to everyone because it costs me nothing and you never know when someone needs to be seen. I also just try to be nice to everyone. It is simple, free, and the world always needs a little more joy. Also I’m involved with several charities and am on the board of The Full Belly Project which provides sustainable engineering solutions to people around the world.



Posted in Current news
March 1, 2019

March-ing On


Wilmington marches to its own beat, always. And, March in Wilmington is a primary example.


Around here, March is full of fun surprises. You could be in your bathing suit on the beach one day, and the next be surrounded by snow flurries (very rare - but, it happens). It's that awesome month when the excitement of spring bubbles just below the surface of everything while occasional reminders that we, too, have four seasons make us fall in love with where we live all over again.


March is a happening month in Wilmington, culturally and otherwise. So, plan to get out on the town to get in on all of the good pre-spring energy around here.


Events to Add to the Calendar: 


Always… Patsy Cline

March 1- 10


Thalian Hall


Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

March 5th


Kenan Auditorium- UNCW


Made in NC

March 9-10

Saturday- 10am-5pm

Sunday- 12pm-5pm


9thAnnual Cape Fear Beer & Wine Festival

March 9th


Wilmington Convention Center- 515 Nutt Street


St. Patricks’s Day Parade & Festival

March 16th

Parade starts at 11:00am

12:00pm- 6:00pm

Water Street at Princess- Riverfront Park


4thFriday Gallery Night

March 22nd


Various Venues Downtown


16thAnnual North Carolina Black Film Festival

March 21-24

Various Venues Around Town


NC Azalea Festival: Dogs on Parade

March 23rd


Greenfield Lake Amphitheater


TEDxAirlie: The Bridge 

March 29th


Thalian Hall


Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine 

March 30th


Airlie Gardens




Posted in Current news
Feb. 22, 2019

Coastal Caddy Encounters of the Video Kind Episode #2


We love film. And, we especially love film in Wilmington, NC. The Port City has long been a hub for independent filmmakers given the big business that film has been in this Hollywood-worthy coastal town. 

Tricia Ireland, our broker in charge, is a huge supporter of a local female filmmaking collaborative, Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective, so much so that she chose to sponsor the 3rd Annual Cinema Sisters International Film Festival's feature film this year, Half the Picture.

So, to get to the point (a little faster)...when considering our top pick for our first big Coastal Caddy interview and name reveal, we didn't have to think too hard. 

We were thrilled to have Rebecca Busch and Barbara Dolny-Bombar who run the festival in on this. And, we're even more thrilled to head to the festival this weekend! Stay tuned for a Film Festival recap and more on Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective next week. Take a minute to watch this video and the Half the Picture trailer...we feel confident you'll be glad you did. (Then, meet us at the festival!!) 



Click here for a full festival schedule. 




Friday, March 1st - Opening Night:

Film Screening Only:  $10

Films and After Party: $18

Saturday, March 2nd - Workshop and Films

 Workshop with Erica Dunton: FREE


 Films - Per Block:  $9 general / $5 students w/ID


Full Festival Pass:  $30








Posted in Current news
Feb. 2, 2019

The Coastal Select Caddy is Officially Cruising

Video blog: Episode #1


What do you get when you put a bunch of Realtors® in a sweet 1973 orange caddy? Lots of friends. 

Stay tuned for our video blog to keep up with the local real estate market, meet cool locals doing awesome things, and to hear what strangers have to say about this town we love. 

Feel free to stop by or comment here to let us know what you think or what you'd like to see in upcoming episodes!  


Posted in Current news
Jan. 18, 2019

6 Hot Tips for Sellers


Six Things That Could Make or Break the Sale


Listing your house can be overwhelming. You suddenly see every blemish along with all the little things you meant to fix or change over the years. 


It’s important to remember though, that, as with anything, it’s the little things that go a long way with potential buyers. 


One thing our agents have noticed through the years is that homeowners have a tendency to get so wrapped up in perfecting the home itself, that they fail to consider the ever-important first impression, which usually occurs from the moment a buyer sees the listing to the time they get to the first room of the house. And, it’s the little things (and a couple of really big ones) – listing price, flowers lining the walkway, a dog poop-free yard, an eye-catching paint job, and clean baseboards – that tend to be either conscious or  subconscious decision influencers.


So, here’s a quick list of things that may not be top-of-mind or deemed deal-breakers to sellers, but if left unattended to, could become deal breakers for buyers.


1 - Choose the Right Realtor®

This an obvious one, but one many people take for granted. Finding the right realtor takes time and research, so not many actually do it. But, it's often vital to a smooth selling process. So, take some time, first, to consider whether or not working with a larger firm or a boutique agency is right for you and your situation. Then, when choosing an agent, consider the agent's breadth of experience, their knowledge of the area, and whether or not attention to detail is their strong suit.



Coastal Select's broker-in-charge, Tricia Ireland, says that getting the listing price right trumps  all other details. Be sure to work thoroughly with your agent to determine the price that matches the market and gets you closer to your goals. 


3 – Scoop the poop

This may seem ridiculous and obvious enough, but it’s also something that tends to fall to the end of long to do lists. 


Coastal Select agent, Teresa Krebs, had this experience:


“I was showing a house recently and my client stepped in poop when he walked through the yard. He couldn't even walk back through the house. It was definitely a pretty serious turn off,” Teresa said. 

We rest our case. 


4 – Ditch the Dust 


Layers of dust can appear like layers of dirt when left hanging on baseboards and ceiling fans, which can be a real deterrent for otherwise interested buyers. Don’t forget that a good scrubbing can go a long way when showing your home and attention to detail is a next step that won't go unappreciated.


5 – The Color Cure


Coastal Select Properties agent, Jordyn Rice, says that color is key. She said that a fresh coat of paint works wonders, but a fresh coat of a color more apt to evoke positive emotion, she says, can often make the statement you need to seal the deal. Don’t be afraid to take a shallow dive into color psychology for some helpful hints (yes, shades of red, orange, and yellow evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy!). Or better yet, find a realtor with enough experience and research under their belt to help determine this and other factors for you.  


6 -  Tap into Texture 


Adding a few textural touches to the exterior can be both eye-pleasing and inviting. Rice says that natural elements- wooden, flowers, plants, and rocks can add a sense of comfort and calm. She suggests adding scalloped siding, cedar shakes to dormers, and/or shutters to spice things up a bit. 


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