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Tuesday Tally - Melanie's Front Porch

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

      

In anticipation of the start of school next week, Melanie Cameron brings us this weeks Tuesday Tally once more from her front porch. Learn about market trends this time of year and whether or not now is a good time to list your home! Also, stick around to the very end to get your Wilmington real estate update for the week of 8/23/16.

OPEN HOUSE: 6130 Timber Creek Lane

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Stop by for a tour of these homes and have all your questions answered. Every Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage open house you visit gets you entered in Coast In & Win for the chance to win $500!

6130 Timber Creek LaneSaturday, August 20
6130 Timber Creek Lane

Wilmington, NC 28411
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Realtors Cindy and Matt Perkins will be hosting an open house this weekend at our brand new listing located in Timber Creek!

Property Details:
Location! Location! Location! 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom home located on the tree lined streets in the sought after neighborhood of Timber Creek. This marsh front home sits atop 1+acres and has over 2,700 square-feet of living space. Features include custom hardwood floors in the main living areas, downstairs office and spacious kitchen with granite counters. Spiral staircase leads to the second floor, where you will find the master suite and newly tiled master bath with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Also on the second floor are 3 other bedrooms and a loft. Wrap-around porch leads to views overlooking the marshes of Howe's Creek. Enjoy tidal access; add a customized private dock. Outdoor entertaining possibilities are endless in this home! Great school district, great location, great price. 1-year home warranty is included for added peace of mind. So much potential! Come make this home your own... What are you waiting for?

Click here for a map, more details, and pictures!

Interior Decorating Breathes New Life and Second Chances!

by Rosita Carobelli, All in Place

Interior Decorating Breathes New Life and Second Chances!

Hi everyone! I would like to thank Meghan for this great opportunity to guest blog here this week – much appreciated!

I love all things home, home décor, interior decorating and interior design.  So when I saw Meghan’s posting looking for guest bloggers, I jumped at the chance. Life is busy these days, balancing life, work and family but interior decorating has become one of my underlying passions that I didn’t realize burned inside me.

Today, I’m going to share a little bit of a recent interior decorating project I did for special clients of mine. My clients were moving from Toronto to Burlington, Ontario (45min outside Ontario’s capital city). They wanted a bigger backyard and slower life pace for their twin girls and themselves. So they bought a bungalow that was still decorated circa 1970s. It needed a complete makeover!

We worked together in choosing paint colours to brighten up their new space, modern furniture and accessories that suited their tastes to make this house their very own, new home.

Below is a collection of Before and After photos from the different parts of their home.

Enjoy the tour!

First is their Entrance...

Entrance - Before
With little twin girls and two working parents, we wanted to create an entrance that would work for our clients in the mornings as they rush out the door to work and daycare, and when they come home from a tired day.


Entrance - After
A warm, yet functional, entryway awaits them now.

Next is their Living Room:

Living Room - Before

Living Room - After
This is what it looks like now!  A modern living room look and feel!

Living Room - After
My clients wanted an inviting living room where they could relax, indulge and entertain with their twin little girls. All the while looking through their big bay window to welcome in the natural light.


Our next stop … their newly-renovated Kitchen and Dining Room – fresh, stylish and sleek!

Kitchen - Before
Kitchen layout as it was before.

Dining Room - Before
A wall had separated the Dining Room from the Kitchen Area.

 Kitchen - After

Now, we move into their Master Bedroom….

Closet - Before
As they were moving from Toronto to a small home, they still needed to find a place for all their clothes. We turned to Closets By Design to maximize all the space they could get from their Master Bedroom Closet.

Closet - After
Master Bedroom – Closet Install by Closets By Design.

Organized Closet
Ahhh … gotta love organization!

Organized Closet
Client Master Bedroom … doesn’t their bed look so cozy!

Our clients embraced the idea of having an accent wall in their bedroom so we went with Benjamin Moore’s Watermelon Red to invoke a bold yet passionate statement as you step into their bedroom. Their surrounding walls are Benjamin Moore’s White Cloud; a nice peaceful balance for them to unwind in at the end of a long day’s work.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the home tour …if you would like to see more from this client renovation project, head on over to All in Place to read up on my previous blog posts from this project series.


All in One Place Communications and Creative Design 

Hi, my name is Rosita and I’ve been blogging on my All in Place blog since 2013. My blog topics include teambuilding, event planning, marketing and communications, but also my passion for home décor and staging. It’s a platform for me to creatively express my opinions, viewpoints and have some fun writing on what I love to do and see.

I run All in Place Communications and Creative Design in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. We are a small business focused on helping our clients with their marketing, branding and communication needs. As well as interior design services for residential and/or commercial spaces. Please LIKE us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our latest news, projects and updates.  Follow us on Twitter via @AllinPlace_Comm.


Tuesday Tally - The Cameron Home

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Melanie Cameron keeps it real by presenting this weeks Tuesday Tally from the front porch of her home. End of summer, between camp and the start of school, is a balancing act for working parents. Try to make the best of it! This too shall pass. Take a moment to get your Wilmington real estate market update for the week of 08/16/16.

Easy Home Upgrades On A Budget

by Heather Shue, Simply Save

Home renovation projects aren’t cheap and they can add up quickly…especially with Pinterest adding to the wish list! But there are some fun upgrades that you can do without spending a lot of money or needing a lot of skill! Sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impact.

Heat Register Covers

When I bought my first house it took a while before it started to sink in that I could do nearly anything I wanted. I wasn’t even aware that you could just go to Home Depot and buy certain things! So imagine my excitement when I discovered that you can buy pretty heat register covers! The ones that came with my house were gross and stained so I was thrilled to replace them with a fun color and style.

Heat Register Covers 

These will run you anywhere from $10 to $20 each. Be sure to measure or bring a cover with you to make sure you get the right size. This is something so small but is one of my favorite updates in my home. It’s amazing what an impact these can make!

Light Switch & Outlet Plates

Most houses come with traditional white or off-white covers on the outlets and light switches, but you can buy more detailed ones! This upgrade is so simple to do and can cost $3 to $7 per plate, depending on how fancy you go. I recommend doing one room at a time as your budget allows.

I upgraded to new white plates, but my switches and outlets were off-white so I needed to swap those out too. Those were really affordable. You can buy a box out switches or outlets for as little as $10.

Decorate with Wooden Letters

I totally borrowed this idea from Pinterest: you can buy large wooden letters at a craft store for a few dollars and then paint them to add some fun to any room! I used spray paint on mine and put “EAT” in the kitchen and “WASH” by my washer and dryer. The possibilities are endless…Play, Sleep, Dream, Drink, Read, and so on!

Wooden Letters 

I used 3M command strips to hang mine. It helps to use a level to make sure everything is lined up properly.

A Splash of Paint

To be honest, I hate painting, but it’s incredible what a splash of color can do for a house! A pop of color on the front door can add to the curb appeal, a fun color on the kitchen soffits can warm up the room, and an accent wall can add some visual appeal.

Under Cabinet Lighting

For some reason having lights underneath my kitchen cabinets makes my kitchen feel so much more fancy! You don’t have to be a master electrician to tackle this project. You can buy some that plug in and hide the cord underneath the cabinets!

Backsplash with Smart Tile

This option is probably the most spendy depending on the size of your space, but you can add a backsplash to your kitchen or bathroom with Smart Tile. Smart Tile is adhesive backsplash. It comes in squares, just like glass, but it sticks on! No cutting glass, as you can use scissors, and no grout necessary!

Smart Tile Kitchen Backsplash 

Smart Tile is about $7 to $12 per square and can also be purchased in bigger multipacks. It’s really easy to do! It’s just like putting a puzzle together: you just measure, trim where necessary, and stick up on the wall! If you mess up, it can come right off! I’ve had mine for a few years now and it’s holding up well! My one piece of advice is to buy double what you think you’ll need and return what you don’t use. You lose inches when you trim to fit around outlets and you don’t want to be like me and have to run back to Home Depot twice!

Smart Tile Backsplash 

Budget Friendly Upgrades

These are just a few ways that you can make simple and affordable upgrades to your home. It doesn’t take a lot of money or fancy things to add some elegance and style to your house! Sometimes the smallest updates have the largest impact!

Heather Shue

Heather is a personal finance blogger who strives to find the balance between planning for the future and enjoying the present. She shares her personal finance journey on Simply Save and also writes about saving money, simplifying life, minimalism, and living with intention.

Easy Home Upgrades On A Budget

 


Tuesday Tally - Wrightsville Beach

by Beth Anne Linden, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Melanie Cameron takes some time out of her vacation to present to us this weeks Tuesday Tally from Wrightsville Beach. Learn the perks of living so close to a sought out vacation destination and get your Wilmington real estate market update for the week of 8/9/16!

How to Determine if a Home Will Have Good Resale Value

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

How to Determine if a Home Will Have Good Resale ValueAccording to the National Association of Realtors, the average home seller lived in their home for 9 years before selling. Anyone can see from looking back at the recession that started in 2007 that a lot can change over 9 years. Still, there are ways to increase the chances of a home maintaining a good resale value. To do so, consider these important factors.

Location

You can change a home’s condition and price, but you can’t change its location. Yes, there are exceptions, but how often are entire homes moved? To maintain resale value, choose the home with the best location possible. You may ask, “What makes a good location?” Here the top most rated factors:

1. Community amenities (clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course, etc.)

2. Quality of schools (check North Carolina school report cards)

3. Access to public transportation (check its Walk Score)

4. Nearness of jobs (think large job providers like GE, Corning, Duke, etc.)

5. Distance from major highways and/or low sound pollution in general

6. Waterfrontage/Water access

7. Views

8. A sense of community (neighbors working together to maintain the area)

A good location doesn’t need to have all of these factors, but the more, the better. It’s also important to keep in mind that future public and community improvement projects, like proposed bypasses and drainage improvements, can affect property values, as well as new construction communities nearby.

Age and Condition

Unless a home is located in a historic district or has been consistently updated over the years, a newer home will always appeal better to a buyer, because it’s been built to current building codes and has trendier features. Of course, the home needs to have been kept in good condition. Just because a home is only 10 years-old doesn’t mean it hasn’t seen some wear. It all depends on the owner. So, try to choose a newer home that has been well-maintained and updated, and expect to uphold the home’s value by making your own updates.  

Speaking of updates, one pitfall of homeowners is over-updating a home. That is, choosing features and materials that are too nice or uncommon for the community the home is located in. While you should make your home your own while you live there, be aware that you may not receive a full return on investment if you choose upgrades that are outside the sphere of buyer expectations.

Size

At some point, everyone imagines themselves living in a large home with a fancy living space and bedrooms to spare, but the majority of the American population cannot afford homes over a certain square-footage or price range. Some of those who can have also learned that bigger isn’t always better. With larger homes comes higher taxes and more to clean. This is why, historically, certain price ranges sell better than others. Furthermore, if you’re going to invest in a larger home, you should know that buyers of higher priced homes have higher expectations. If they’re going to be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, they want the most up-to-date features and the best condition possible. To provide otherwise could mean a slower sale.

Design

In addition to a home’s size, the design is an important factor for maintaining resale value. That includes the home’s floorplan and layout. If you want to keep a high resale value, try to appeal to the most buyers as possible. That means buying to the trends. What’s popular now may not be as trendy down the road, but choosing the most sought after features now will appeal to more buyers in the future. What’s popular? This can depend on the area you’re buying in, so it’s best to talk to a Realtor about that; however, open floorplans, eat-in kitchens, 3+ bedrooms, 2+ baths, and 2 car attached garages are some of the most sought-after features.

Sales Trends

It’s a good idea to buy in a neighborhood that has good sales. That may seem obvious, but you don’t want to look at just the past year. You want to observe sales over a course of multiple years, as long as the age of the neighborhood allows you to. Neighborhoods that have maintained an extended period of popularity are more likely to uphold a healthy position in the real estate market, which positively affects home values.

Likewise, demographic trends can have an effect on home demands and, consequently, home values. Young families attract other young families and older couples often look for retirement friendly areas with other people their age. Both of these groups represent a large source of buyers and homes that appeal to them are likely to see more buyers. It’s a numbers game.

Conclusion

In the hunt for a home with good resale value, your Realtor can be your best friend. They are immersed in the local real estate market. They see homes every day. They know what’s selling and what most buyers are looking for. They are an invaluable first-person resource for statistics and knowledge. Don’t rely on third-party websites for market stats, because they only have half the information.

If you’re looking to buy in the greater Wilmington area (New Hanover, Pender, or Brunswick County), we’d be happy to pull together all of your options. Just give us a call or send us a message through our contact page, and we’ll provide you the facts you need to make the best investment for YOU.

OPEN HOUSE: 501 Scarlet Court

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Stop by for a tour of this home and have all your questions answered. Every Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage open house you visit gets you entered in Coast In & Win for the chance to win $500!

501 Scarlet CourtSunday, July 31
501 Scarlet court

Hampsetad, NC 28443
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Realtor Kathy Bush will be hosting an open house this weekend at our listing located in Pecan Grove Plantation!

Property Details:
Gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath custom home located on a cul-de-sac lot in popular Pecan Grove Plantation! Featuring a lovely rocking chair front porch and a convenient open floor plan, this home has a lot to offer. The great room boasts a fireplace flanked by built-ins and a spacious kitchen with granite countertops, a hop-up bar, and breakfast area. The large 1st floor master suite includes a Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, and his/her closets and vanities. On the 2nd floor are 3 bedrooms, a bonus room, and family room. Other features include a mud room, screened porch, central vacuum, tons of storage, and an encapsulated crawl space with a dehumidifier. Pecan Grove has some incredible amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, pool, boat ramp, boat storage area, tennis courts, playgrounds, and multiple day docks. 1-year home warranty included!

Click here for a map, more details, and pictures!

Easy Gardening with Kids

by Hannah from Happy Vikings

Easy Gardening with KidsTeaching kids to grow things is like eating chocolate cake for dinner. It’s sweet and you want to do it every day of the week. Besides, there is something soul nourishing about growing plants. Maybe it’s just the magic of nature, but something touches my heart whenever I put a seed or a plant in the ground and watch it flourish. That something multiplies when I watch my child learn to nurture and grow plants.

When gardening with kids, it’s important to let your agenda go and let them get dirty. Remember: it doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be theirs. My ultimate goal is to teach my boys to love to learn and continually seek new experiences. Personally, I like to pack as much learning as I can into projects like this one. Nels is three and isn’t in any kind of structured school but he definitely benefits from conversation and picks up information super fast. I like to use big words when explaining things to him (like “photosynthesis” and “chlorophyll”) and though he might not be able to pronounce them yet, he understands the idea. Don’t be afraid to use big words, you’ll be amazed how quickly your kid’s vocabulary will increase, just by listening to you use your own vocabulary.

For our gardening project, we kept it very simple. Nels is three, and this is his first ever plant of his very own. When we were shopping for the plants, he inevitably first picked out azaleas, a beautiful but high maintenance house plant that hates hot weather. It gets up to 100 degrees here in the summer, so to avoid the impending disappointment when the plant will surely die, I talked him into daisies instead. Sweet and simple. Like chocolate cake.

Step 1: Gather your supplies. We got some potting soil out of the raised beds in the back yard, a jar and some pretty rocks, a flower pot and of course, the flowers. I don’t own any gardening gloves and we didn’t use a trowel, since I like to encourage Nels to get his hands dirty occasionally.

Supplies - Easy Gardening with Kids

We are constantly learning to find ways to be generous, so the jar will be for us to keep as decoration for the front stoop, and the blue pot will be given to a friend.

Step 2: Dump the white rocks in the bottom of the glass jar. Nels experimented with dropping the rocks in one-by-one, but quickly got bored and we decided it would be best to just dump them in all at once. Plus it made a delightful sound.

Add Rocks - Easy Gardening with Kids

Step 3: Fill part way with dirt. Most kids love to play in the dirt. If your little one is really enjoying themselves, make this step a good, long playtime. My kid prefers to keep his hands clean. I encouraged him to put his hands in the soil and asked him to describe what it felt like, then when he was done we washed his hands and I did the rest of the dirty work.

Add Dirt - Easy Gardening with Kids

Step 4: Set the flowers in the jar and top up with dirt. Here we took a few minutes to learn about the different parts of the flower and what they are for. The roots for soaking up water and nutrients, the leaves for soaking up sunlight and converting it to chlorophyll through photosynthesis (there are those big words!), the stems to hold the buds which eventually turn into flowers that give pollen and nectar to feed the bees and butterflies. Nels was very intrigued during the entire conversation and he asked a lot of questions. It was a totally new idea to him, and I could practically see the information being soaked into his brain.

Add Daisies - Easy Gardening with Kids

Step 5: Water and enjoy! We gave the flowers some water and placed our new arrangement prominently on the front stoop, for all our visitors to enjoy. Nels was a very proud boy after all that hard work!

Happy Nels - Easy Gardening with Kids

Now go, plant something with your kid and nourish your soul! And then eat chocolate cake for dinner, because life is so, so short and we all need some sweetness every day.

Hannah - Easy Gardening with KidsHannah is owner and author at happyvikings.net, where she blogs about simple living with a side of nerd. She is the wife of her very own happy viking and mother to two big boys. 

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Tuesday Tally - Pecan Grove Plantation

by "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Melanie Cameron presents this week's Tuesday Tally from Pecan Grove Plantation in Hampstead, NC. Learn more about this beautiful waterfront community and get your Wilmington real estate market update for the week of 7/26/16.

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