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Featured Community: Clearwater Preserve, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

Clearwater Preserve Entrance Sign

Just off Gordon Road in Wilmington, North Carolina, Clearwater Preserve is one of the newest communities from Logan Homes and H&H Homes. Both reputable builders, Logan and H&H specialize in residential construction that boasts energy efficiency and quality standards that uphold the value of their homes for years to come. They provide base floor plans and custom designs in the Coastal and Southern styles that have grown popular in our area, and work with each buyer to make their new house meet their lifestyle needs.

Clearwater Preserve Example Home

Clearwater Preserve is a 64 single-family home site community located outside Wilmington city limits, just minutes from I-40 and 15 minutes from Wrightsville Beach. Homes begin in the mid-$200s and range from 1,593 sq. ft. to 3,522 sq. ft. with 2-5 bedrooms and 2.5-4 bathrooms. Both 1 and 2-story floor plans are available.

Clearwater Preserve Example Family Room

Some of the interior features include wainscoting, built-ins, stainless steel appliances, granite or quartz kitchen countertops, marble bathroom countertops, chair rail and crown molding, and hardwood and tile flooring. The floor plans are open concept with the standard family room, dining room, and kitchen, with optional bedrooms, studies, flex spaces, and bonus rooms. There are even butler pantries and dog showers for buyers with unique tastes.

Clearwater Preserve Example Kitchen and Dining

Multiple elevations are available for each floor plan. They include standard low-maintenance vinyl siding and optional features, like metal roofs, ornate railings, accent brick, etc. Exterior features also include porches, patios, and professional landscaping. Many homes have 2 car garages.


View homes for sale in Clearwater Preserve.

At the time of this post, Clearwater Preserve is zoned for the Murrayville Elementary School, Trask Middle School, and Laney High School District. However, planned school improvements and redistricting does happen every few years. You can double-check the school locator and see the most recent school report cards here.

Clearwater Preserve New Construction

Available home options will differ depending on the builder and floor plan. We have builder packets available upon request. Also, Clearwater Preserve will have a homeowners association (HOA). The management company and details are yet to be finalized, but will be announced soon. So, if you’re interested in Clearwater Preserve, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Tuesday Tally from Pecan Grove Plantation, Hampstead

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate


Melanie Cameron presents this week's Tuesday Tally from Pecan Grove Plantation in Hampstead, NC. Learn more about this beautiful waterfront community and see how the Wilmington real estate market is performing for the week of 2/21/17.

Featured Community: Compass Pointe, Leland

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

Have you ever dreamed of living in a resort with a gorgeous swimming pool, full service restaurant, and a fabulous fitness center? How about a championship golf course, tennis courts, and canals for kayaking? If you said yes for any of those, we’ve got the perfect community for you! Driving into Compass Pointe in Leland, NC, is like driving into your own little oasis. It has all the great amenities mentioned above, as well as a fun dog park, luxury clubhouse, beautiful walking trails, basketball courts, and access to local creeks, marshes, and nature preserves.

Compass Pointe Entrance

Located off U.S. Hwy 74/76 in Brunswick County, Compass Pointe is a gated community close to Leland’s booming commercial areas. It’s also 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington, a cultural center bursting at the seams with award winning restaurants, breweries, theaters, galleries, and concert venues, not to mention a beautiful historic district with homes dating back to the 1700s. For those wanting to dig their toes into the sand or catch some waves, popular Wrightsville Beach is about 30 minutes away or those who enjoy the outdoors can head further into Brunswick County to enjoy some horseback riding. There’s something for everyone!

Compass Pointe Homes

Compass Pointe is one of the most beautiful communities in our area. It’s surrounded and dotted with conservation areas, Audubon preserves, ponds, and canals. Many homesites have views and private back yards, with lot sizes varying from a 1/4 of an acre up to almost a full acre, depending on the type of home. No matter the size, each property is professionally landscaped with lush foliage that blends in well with the surrounding landscape.

There are over 15 sub-communities spanning a wide range of needs and budgets. The community has been in existence since 2009, so over 225 properties have already been built, but there’s still plenty more available. This gives buyers the stability of an existing home community and the power to customize their dream home.

There are 13 builders in Compass Pointe, many of which have built in other communities around the Wilmington area: Horizon Homes, Logan Homes, Firetti Builders, Wilsey Custom Homes, Trusst Builder Group, Plantation Building Corp, The Cottages, Liberty Homes, Southern Homebuilders, Laurel Homes, Legacy Homes by Bill Clark, Hagood Homes, and Jordan Built Signature Homes. They deliver custom and semi-custom homes in the southern styles that serve our area so well – cottages, low country, plantation, etc. They include many of the features popular among buyers today – front porches, coffered ceilings, trey ceilings, open floors plans, wainscoting, built-in shelving, granite, tile backsplashes, screened porches, master suites with separate showers, and bonus rooms. Plus, they try to include materials and features that improve energy efficiency, many providing a third-party guarantee. Between all of the floor plans provided by these builders, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Many plans have optional rooms, features, and elevations, so no two homes are the same.

If you’re looking for something low maintenance, Compass Pointe also has townhomes. Just as much time and attention has been paid to designing these units as the single-family detached houses. They have open floor plans to really maximize the feeling of spaciousness inside and include many of the popular features found in the community’s houses, including covered front porches, foyers, family rooms, dining rooms, master suites, flex rooms, coffered ceilings, trey ceilings, transom windows, built-ins, hardwood flooring, and screened porches. The exterior maintenance and insurance is handled by an association and all of the building owners share the financial responsibility. Further details concerning the rules and regulations of townhomes at Compass Pointe are available upon request.


See homes for sale in Compass Pointe.

The Active Lifestyle

Compass Pointe is truly an active community. There are several scheduled events that happen throughout the month, including pickleball, bocce ball, exercise classes (Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, aerobics, spin, etc.), art classes, tennis, Bible study, canasta, poker, and holiday themed events. These events are a great way to meet new people, and the community is filled with warm, friendly faces, so it’s very hard not to feel welcome.

One of the community’s newest amenities is the Compass Pointe Golf Club. The community has scheduled classes (from beginner to seasoned) and clubs that meet weekly. This 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Rick Robbins, whose designs can be seen throughout the United States and in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. This course has been designed to be both challenging and fun. It includes optional family tees for junior players, older players, and a social experience. It also has an optional 19th hole for settling wagers, a short course, a chipping green, driving range, and practice bunker. Residents of Compass Pointe are welcome to purchase a membership or play as they go. At the time of this post, current Double-Eagle membership packages provide unlimited play for both Compass Pointe and nearby Magnolia Greens Golf Course.

Compass Pointe does have a homeowner’s association that requires an annual fee. It covers maintenance of the clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, common areas, roads, sidewalks, and tennis courts, as well as security fees, management fees, and common area taxes. More info on the HOA and Compass Pointe’s rules and regulations are available upon request.

Area Schools

At the time of this post, Compass Pointe is zoned for the Lincoln Elementary School, Leland Middle School, and N. Brunswick High School district. However, planned school improvements and redistricting does happen every few years, so schools should always be verified. To learn more about the performance of these schools, you can see the most recent school report cards here.

Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more about Compass Pointe, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page. We can answer questions about this community, as well as many others in the greater Wilmington area. We’ve represented numerous buyers of new construction and can guide you through the buying process. Just let us know how we can help!

*Please note: The builders at Compass Pointe reserve the right to change floor plans, features, and prices at any time. Please feel free to call or email us for an update on the community.

Tuesday Tally from The Pointe at Barclay, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

Melanie Cameron presents this week's Tuesday Tally from The Pointe at Barclay, the new entertainment and dining destination in Mid-town Wilmington, NC. This new commercial development, anchored by the Stone Theatres Gallery 14 multiplex movie theater, is located across the street from The Forks at Barclay and 5 minutes from the brand new RiverLights on River Road. View the video to see what we can expect from this development and stick around to the end to hear how the Wilmington real estate market is doing for the week of 2/14/17.

Sellers, Don't Miss These Overlooked Places When Cleaning Your Home

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

When you’re preparing to list your home for sale, “Spring Cleaning” takes on a whole new meaning. We know how nerve-racking it can be to get your home looking its best. So, we’ve compiled some of our favorite cleaning resources, as well as a checklist of most overlooked places that we’ve seen while showing homes.

Most Overlooked Places

Ceiling Fan

A good rule of thumb when cleaning your soon-to-be-listed home is to step out of your shoes and view it with unfiltered eyes. This can be hard when you’ve lived in your home for so long. It may be a good idea to physically step out of your front door and re-enter with the mind frame that you’re seeing your home for the first time. You may even want to ask a good friend to tour your home like a buyer and give you feedback (just don’t get angry if it isn’t so great).

As you tour, ask yourself, what would you be looking at if you were buying? What would you test for functionality? Is there an area that you have grown blind to (messy kitty litter box, cluttered laundry room, dusty ceiling fans, etc.)? Try to be very honest with yourself.

On the exterior, the color of your siding can be pretty obvious. Dirty window panes, scuffed doors, and grungy trim too. What’s often overlooked are the areas that are either mostly out of view or up high. Eaves and gutters are two examples. If you’re standing at the right angle, you can see old spider webs, leaves, and gunk. These may not be obvious, but when you’re a buyer, it’s something you notice and can give the impression that the home hasn’t been maintained very well. Another example are light fixtures, especially security lights on the back of the home. You don’t really notice them until they’re on, but once they’re cleaned, can make your home look nice.

On the interior, dirty floors, dusty shelving, scuffed molding, and scummy showers are easily targeted when cleaning. However, it’s the less obvious dirt that will leave buyers with a bad feeling. When buyers enter your home, they’ll be looking at everything from the finish of the ceiling to the storage space in the closets. That means you should be more aware of what’s in between and out of sight, like in between the bathroom door and the frame where extra dust collects due to the higher amount of moisture in the room, or in window frames where bugs like to go and die. If you have cathedral or vaulted ceilings, definitely look up. It may be easier for you to ignore those cobwebs up there due to the height, but it’s probably much more worthwhile to find someone with a long vacuum extension to remove them.

Sometimes, it isn’t the home’s features that leave a bad feeling, but the owner’s belongings. For example, shower liners. They change color over time and can really look grungy. If you can’t get them sparkling clean, replace them prior to listing. Potted plants can also be a culprit. All those leaves love to attract cobwebs and loose hair. Make sure you clean them or they could make your home look neglected.

Often Overlooked Areas

We’ve created a checklist of the most overlooked areas in the home when it comes to cleaning. You can download the PDF here.

Know of another overlooked area? Leave it in the comments!

Best Cleaning Resources

Cleaning - Mop Bucket

There are so many cleaning resources out there. Just search “cleaning” on Pinterest (Wowzers!). Here are some of our favorites, organized by subject, for you to browse:

1. Cleaners

Store-bought cleaners are often filled with harsh chemicals. That’s why we like to go natural and simple when possible. Clean Mama is a cleaning and organizing site that has been around for a long time (since 2009). It has evolved into an extensive resource for anyone looking to simplify their home routine, including a whole section of their website devoted to DIY homemade cleaners. Also, make sure you check out the post about creating a cleaning caddy. A caddy can make it easier to stay on top of cleaning between home showings.

2. Step-by-Step Challenges

Keeping a home can be overwhelming, so we love it when someone breaks it down into manageable steps. Organize My House has done a great job doing that, especially with their challenges. They have a 30 Day Clutter Blitz to help simplify your life and home. They also have an email service you can sign up for that will send you daily tasks so you can tackle things a little bit at a time.

3. Cleaning Hacks

Buzzfeed has collected 31 hacks for tackling hard to clean places around the home, from your oven door to your stained porcelain sink. Good Housekeeping also has a gallery of 50 cleaning tips, like toothpaste gets marker stains out of wood and the trick to clearing a slow drain is baking soda and vinegar. Of course, you can always go straight to the experts – Merry Maids has a blog filled with tips, like how to clean hard-to-reach places and remove hard water spots.

4. Organizing

If you’re cleaning, chances are you want to do some organizing to stay on top of the mess. Many of the sites we’ve already listed have sections on organizing, but we have one more you should check out. Organizing Made Fun has been providing tips since 2010, and they’ve organized their tips by room. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration for a particular problem spot, this is the site to start.

If you’re a glutton for cleaning tips (like we are!), follow our cleaning board on Pinterest! Have a favorite go-to site for cleaning? Share it in the comments!

Conclusion

These resources will help get you on track for making your home visually presentable. If you want to delve deeper into preparing your home, we have a report called 44 Moneymaking Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale. This doesn’t just focus on cleaning, but creating a home that buyers can imagine themselves in while getting you the most money possible for your home.

If you have a Wilmington area home that you’re considering selling, we also offer a complimentary home staging consultation with a professional home stager. Just give us a call or send us a message through our contact page. We’re happy to go over our marketing plan and all the good stuff that will get your home sold.

Don't Miss These Overlooked Places When Cleaning Your Home

Tuesday Tally from RiverLights, Wilmington (Update)

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

Melanie Cameron presents this week's Tuesday Tally from RiverLights in Wilmington, NC. The Cameron Team recently had the pleasure of touring the brand new model homes at RiverLights and will be sharing the pictures from that visit this week on our Facebook page.


If you'd like floor plans or have questions about the RiverLights community, give us a call at (910)202-2546 or send us an email through our contact page.

Stick around to the end of the video to get an update on how the Wilmington real estate market is doing for the week of 2/7/17.

Tuesday Tally from The Overlook at Middle Sound, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

Melanie Cameron presents this week's Tuesday Tally from The Overlook at Middle Sound in Wilmington, NC. This new home community from D. R. Horton has floor plans with inviting front porches, open concept designs, and flex spaces. Plus, it's just minutes from the ICWW and a new shopping center featuring Publix. Watch the video to learn more and stick around to the end to see how the Wilmington real estate market is doing for the week of 1/31/17.

If you'd like floor plans and more information on the new construction happening in The Overlook at Middle Sound, give us a call at 910-202-2546 or send us a message through our contact page.

What Is the FICO Credit Score?

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

The most commonly used scoring tool used by mortgage lenders is the FICO Credit Score. If you’re thinking of purchasing a home, it’s important that you understand what the scoring system is and how it can affect your ability to obtain a loan. We recommend you take a few minutes to read through this blog post and familiarize yourself with the elements of the FICO Credit Score and the suggested tips for improving yours.

What Is the FICO Credit Score?

The FICO Credit Score is calculated by the Fair Isaac Corporation, which is a company that specializes in predictive analytics. You’ll often see the name alongside the major credit reporting companies - Equifax, Experian or TransUnion – but it’s important to know that it alone does not handle credit recordkeeping. It takes the information it analyzes from the top three credit reporting companies.

What is the FICO Credit Score comprised of?

The FICO Credit Score is comprised of multiple pieces of information from your credit history. It analyzes both good and bad factors, so while one piece may lower the score, another can help raise it up. All of these factors are listed in the graph below. The percentage represents how much weight a collection of information has when calculating the total score.

FICO Credit Score Breakdown 

This graph is a representation for the general population. Each score is calculated a little differently for each person depending on their overall credit history. For example, a person with a long credit history will be calculated differently than someone with a short credit history.

What isn’t in the FICO Credit Score?

Thanks to the Consumer Credit Protection Act, the FICO Credit Score does not consider your race, color, religion, national origin, sex and marital status. It doesn’t consider your age, location, child/family support, salary, occupation, or employment information. Though that doesn’t mean the lender won’t. Interest rates, credit counseling, certain soft-pull credit inquiries, and any information not included in your credit history are also not considered.  

How Do I Improve My FICO Credit Score?

First, check your credit report for inaccuracies. You can do this for free through websites like Credit Karma without affecting your credit score. Credit Karma will explain the best route for removing inaccurate information from your credit report. Some companies allow you to submit changes through Credit Karma, others require you to contact them directly.

Here are some category-specific tips, as well:

1. Payment History – If you aren’t current, get current. Make your credit payments on time and consistently. This is the biggest factor in the FICO Credit Score. Setting up payment reminders or auto-pay will help greatly.

2. Amounts Owed – Pay down your debt, don’t just move it around by using one credit card to pay off another. When you pay off an account, don’t close it down as this may negatively affect the score. Closing an account does not make it go away and it may still be considered in the calculations.

3. Length of Credit History – The longer the appropriately managed credit history the better. If you’re brand new to managing credit, don’t open a bunch of new credit cards, because that will shorten the average account age and make you look risky.

4. Types of Credit - Have a good mix of credit history. Try to include installment loans and credit cards, but only open accounts as needed. Be choosy.

5. New Credit – Shop around for the best rate and do it within a short period of time (3 days to 1 week). This will limit the effect it has on your credit score as the credit inquiries in that small timeframe will be identified as shopping for one loan and not many.  

The sooner you get to work on improving your credit history the better. Trying to make changes after you’ve already been approved for financing can be detrimental to your ability to secure final loan approval and history plays a large part in calculating your FICO Credit Score. For more information, visit myFico.

If you’re thinking of buying a home in the Wilmington area and would like to be put in touch with a reputable lender, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our contact page. We’re happy to pass along some names of people we have worked with in the past and had good experiences with, including lenders who are happy to provide some direction on how to improve your credit score.

The Kitchen Cabinet Colors Taking Over Pinterest

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

White cabinets have been the big trend for kitchens on Pinterest (and other popular home décor ideas sites), but we’re now seeing a significant shift in a new direction. Home owners are looking to add more color to their kitchens, while still practicing some restraint in the palettes chosen. What’s becoming so popular? Nature-inspired colors. Here are some examples:

1. Teal

Think of the deep depths of the ocean. Teal has become a popular choice for homeowners looking for something calming or beach-themed. Teal also has a predominant place among historical color palettes. Both of these reasons is why it’s not uncommon for it to appear in homes in the Wilmington area where we have a significant historic district and multiple beach communities.

Teal Kitchen from Sawyer Berson

Source: Sawyer Berson

Try These Colors

Teal Color Palette for Kitchen

Colors courtesy of Sherwin-Williams.

For teal kitchen inspiration, check out Home Stories A to Z – Blue Kitchen Cabinet Ideas.  

2. Navy

It’s the color that appears when the night sky revealing itself, and it’s starting to take over as the favorite dark color for kitchen cabinets. It looks great paired with gold fixtures and for anyone hesitant to go that dark, painting the lower cabinets navy and upper cabinets white looks very sharp. It also has a nautical feel.

Navy Blue Kitchen from Studio Surface Design 

Source: Studio Surface Design

Try These Colors

Navy Blue for Kitchen

Colors courtesy of Sherwin-Williams.

For navy kitchen inspiration, check out Making Your Home Beautiful - Have you considered using blue for your kitchen cabinetry?

3. Mushroom

Yep, fungi is a predicted home trend for 2017. At least, the color mushroom is, and that includes in the kitchen. There are multiple hues of mushroom, including one that leans toward a cool gray and one that blends better with warmer palettes. Note: this color may also be referred to as “greige” (a cross between gray and beige).

Mushroom Kitchen from Devol Kitchens

Source: Devol Kitchens

Try These Colors

 Mushroom Palette for Kitchen

Colors courtesy of Sherwin-Williams.

For mushroom kitchen inspiration, check out Better Homes and Gardens - A Builder-Grade Home Makeover with Big Personality.

What do you think? Will you be trying these paint colors in your home? Or have you already? We want to hear! Leave a comment and let us know.

The Kitchen Cabinet Colors Taking Over Pinterest

Open House - 144 Seawatch Way

by Meghan Riley, Wilmington NC Real Estate

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!

144 Seawatch Way

Saturday & Sunday, January 28th & 29th
144 Seawatch Way

Kure Beach, NC 28449
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Realtors Anne Adams and Michael Urti will be hosting open houses this weekend at our listing located in Seawatch!

Property Details:

Stunning 5 bedroom, 4 bath home just steps from the Atlantic Ocean in Seawatch! This 3,394 square-foot beauty has a top-floor master suite boasting a private balcony, ocean views, dual head walk-in tile shower, dual vanity, and walk-in closet. On the 1st floor is a custom gym, bath, laundry room, and 2 bedrooms. The main level features a covered porch that opens to the living room, dining room, and kitchen, which has been renovated with new cabinets, new stainless steel appliances (including wine cooler), quartz countertops, a glass subway tile backsplash, and custom wood finished top on the center island. On this same floor is a 3rd bedroom, full bath, tiled sunroom (not heated/cooled), and access to the rear grilling deck. On the 3rd floor, in addition to the master, is a 5th bedroom or office with a full bath. This home also features functioning plantation shutters, a 1-year home warranty, and tons of storage space (walk-in storage space located at the back of the house). Seawatch is a charming community with tennis courts, a swimming pool, playground, and private beach access.

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

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