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November
17

Brunswick County real estate market surpasses $2 billion in year-to-date sales

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®

Brunswick County's residential real estate market exceeded $2 billion in year-to-date total sales in October with luxury sales leading the way, and more than half of all homes sold during October were sold at or above list price.

"While $2 billion in total sales seemed like an unreachable milestone just a couple of years ago, it doesn't come as a shock this year given our market's consistently strong performance month over month," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "Overall demand remains strong, prices continue to increase, and we continue to see a strong luxury market. Overall, our market is positioned for continued strength as we move into winter."

Brunswick County saw $211,520,000 in total sales volume in October, a 0.5% increase from last year's $210,450,000. The average sales price increased 9.3%, from $432,131 to $472,150. New listings were down 24.4%, from 622 to 470. The number of units sold in October dropped 8% compared to last year, from 487 to 448, and homes spent an average of 33 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, remains at two months. Brunswick County's luxury market was strong in October with 24 sales in excess of $1 million, including three sales over $2 million and a 3.4 million sale in Ocean Isle Beach.

Year-to-date sales volume through October is $2,168,330,000, down 3.9% from $2,255,559,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 11.9% higher than 2021, increasing from $393,703 to $440,574. The number of units sold through October is down 16.9%, from 5,723 to 4,756, and the number of new listings is down 11.3%, from 6,316 to 5,602.

Brunswick County

  • New Listings
    • October 2022: 470
    • October 2021: 622
    • Increase/Decrease: -24.4%
  • Units Sold
    • October 2022: 448
    • October 2021: 487
    • Increase/Decrease: -8%
  • Average Sales Price
    • October 2022: $472,150
    • October 2021: $432,131
    • Increase/Decrease: +9.3%
  • Median Sales Price
    • October 2022: $425,000
    • October 2021: $343,168
    • Increase/Decrease: +23.8%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • October 2022: $211,520,000
    • October 2021: $210,450,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +0.5%

Bladen County

  • New Listings
    • October 2022: 20
    • October 2021: 9
    • Increase/Decrease: +122.2%
  • Units Sold
    • October 2022: 12
    • October 2021: 18
    • Increase/Decrease: -33.3%
  • Average Sales Price
    • October 2022: $192,408
    • October 2021: $188,289
    • Increase/Decrease: +2.2%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • October 2022: $2,310,000
    • October 2021: $3,390,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -31.9%

Columbus County

  • New Listings
    • October 2022: 31
    • October 2021: 37
    • Increase/Decrease: -16.2%
  • Units Sold
    • October 2022: 29
    • October 2021: 29
    • Increase/Decrease: 0%
  • Average Sales Price
    • October 2022: $215,475
    • October 2021: $192,366
    • Increase/Decrease: +12%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • October 2022: $6,250,000
    • October 2021: $5,580,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +12%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers, and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

November
14

Make These Kitchen Upgrades Before You Sell Your Home

The kitchen is the perfect place to wow prospective buyers. Here are the upgrades you should make when selling your home.

The kitchen has often been called the most important room in the home, and that statement holds true when it comes time to put your home up for sale. Our real estate agents have learned that one of the first things prospective buyers look at is the kitchen.

That's why we always recommend that homeowners make sure their kitchens are up to par before listing their Southport homes for sale. If you're planning on selling your home, consider these affordable kitchen upgrades before you do so.

  • Start with a Clean Slate
    While it isn't exactly an upgrade in the strictest sense of the word, one of the first and most important steps you should take is to get your kitchen immaculately clean. Eliminating clutter will make the space appear more spacious to a potential buyer and can also give you more of an opportunity to see your kitchen as it really is. Once you have that perspective, it will be easier to determine what further upgrades should be made.

  • Refresh Your Cabinets
    If replacing all your cabinets is within your budget, then it might be worth considering. If not, there are still ways you can freshen up the look of your cabinetry without tearing them all out and starting from scratch. You might be surprised how repainting your cabinets or replacing all the drawer handles, and cabinet pulls can refresh the whole room. Another trendy update is to remove cabinet doors to display the well-organized kitchenware within.

  • Update Kitchen Lighting
    Lighting fixtures have a way of going out of style so slowly that we don't even notice. But if your kitchen lighting hasn't been updated in a decade or more, it's a good idea to punch it up before selling your home. New fixtures over a kitchen island or sink can especially boost the room's appeal. Under-counter lighting can also be an eye-catching upgrade, and recessed lighting with a dimmer is often attractive to buyers.

  • Replace the Backsplash
    It's easy to ignore your kitchen backsplash or think of it as merely something that's there to catch splatters and spills. But it has a lot of potential to impact the overall look of the room, and if yours looks a bit dated, than it might be time for an upgrade. Your kitchen backsplash can either blend neutrally into the background or make a bold statement, depending on your preference.

  • Choose a New Color Scheme
    Repainting your kitchen requires an investment of time, but it's also a low-cost way to totally transform the room. If you're getting ready to sell your home, it's generally advised to avoid old, bright colors in favor of a more neutral palette. Consider painting the majority of the kitchen in a light, neutral shade, with one accent wall in an eye-catching complimentary color that matches the cabinetry, backsplash, or appliances.

  • Upgrade the Countertops
    A full countertop replacement is a big project that can be a bit more of an investment than most of the other upgrades on this list. But it can have a huge impact on the impression your kitchen makes, especially if your current countertops are old, outdated, or visibly worn. Quartz has become the trendiest countertop material in recent years, but other materials, including granite, marble, quartzite, soapstone, and butcher's block, can also be great options.

Contact us today to learn more about buying or selling a home in the Southport, NC area. Whether you're looking for your dream home or getting ready to put your house on the market, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.

October
24

Make Your Home Appraisal Ready With These Tips

Making your home appraisal-ready is simple with a little effort. Here's what you need to do.

Selling your home is a process and has many steps. One of the first things you will need to take care of is the appraisal. Before you schedule an appraisal, you will want to make sure your property is ready for the intense scrutiny it will soon have to endure. The following steps are just a few that our real estate agents recommend to help our clients get their homes ready for an appraisal.

  • Maintain your safety equipment – Check all of your safety equipment. Make sure that your smoke alarms have charged batteries and that your fire extinguishers are up-to-date. If you have a home security system, check it often to make sure all of the components are in good working order. Appraisers will look closely at security items.

  • Take a close look at your home – Walk around your home with an unbiased eye. Look for any imperfections or flaws that may take away from the beauty of your home. Take notes to remind you where minor repairs may be needed. Go over your home, both inside and out, to make sure nothing is missed.

  • Spruce things up a little – Paint an accent wall. Revarnish your hardwood floors. If the handles on your cabinets look worn, replace them with new ones. It's the little touches that will make the most significant difference in how your home looks and how well it appears that it was cared for.

  • Deep clean everywhere – Deep clean as much of your home as possible. Dig into the corners of your closets and look at the tops of your ceiling fans and door jams. Move your furniture and clean under, around, and in each piece. Wash your windows and wipe down all the walls and surfaces.

  • Take extra care with your lawn – One of the first things people look at when touring Southport homes for sale is the lawn. Keep it neatly trimmed, and put all of your lawn implements away when you are finished them. After a storm blows through or if you have high winds, walk your lawn to pick up any lawn debris like twigs and broken branches.

  • Update worn-out materials – If your countertops or doors look like they are heavily worn, replace them. The same is true for cabinet doors or bathroom fixtures. A little care and improvement will go a long way.

  • Make minor repairs – Replace broken windows or cracked outlet covers. If you have outlets that don't work or leaking faucets, have them repaired. Make sure everything in your home is in top condition and good working order. The first thing an appraiser will look at are things that are used the most. Toilets, sinks, and electrical items are at the top of the list.

Getting ready for an appraisal is time-consuming. There are many things that need to be properly maintained and taken care of. Contact our team of real estate agents if you have questions or need recommendations about what else you can do to turn your home into an eye-catching property.

October
13

Tropical Slowdown: Hurricane Ian affects Brunswick County Real Estate Market

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market felt the impacts of Hurricane Ian during September with fewer new listings and fewer homes sold compared to last year. Prices ticked upward, continuing a recent and familiar pattern.

"September hurricanes often affect our real estate market, and Hurricane Ian was no exception," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "Ian blew through at the end of the month, which is when a large number of closings typically occur. The timing explains why we saw a lower number of homes sold and lower total sales volume last month. While Ian brough a temporary tropical slowdown, and while our market isn't moving at the frantic pace it once was, we continue to see strong demand, and our market remains on track for another strong year."

Brunswick County saw $215,280,000 in total sales volume in September 2022, a 12.9% decrease from last September's $247,120,000. The average sales price increased 7.5%, from $433,541 to $465,983. New listings were down 16.3%, from 559 to 468. The number of units sold in September dropped 18.9% compared to last year, from 570 to 462, and homes spent an average of 30 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, remains at two months. Brunswick County's luxury market was strong in September with 28 sales in excess of $1 million, including a sale over $4 million in Ocean Isle Beach.

Year-to-date sales volume through September is $1,956,810,000, down 4.3% from $2,045,109,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 13.1% higher than 2021, increasing from $389,433 to $440,574. The number of units sold through September is down 17.7%, from 5,236 to 4,308, and the number of new listings is down 9.9%, from 5,694 to 5,132.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 468
  • September 2021: 559
  • Increase/Decrease: -16.3%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 462
  • September 2021: 570
  • Increase/Decrease: -18.9%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $465,983
  • September 2021: $433,541
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.5%

Median Sales Price

  • September 2022: $364,438
  • September 2021: $331,532
  • Increase/Decrease: +9.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $215,280,000
  • September 2021: $247,120,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -12.9%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 16
  • September 2021: 17
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.9%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 8
  • September 2021: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: -11.1%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $192,488
  • September 2021: $193,967
  • Increase/Decrease: -0.8%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $1,540,000
  • September 2021: $1,750,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -12%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 30
  • September 2021: 36
  • Increase/Decrease: -16.7%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 32
  • September 2021: 25
  • Increase/Decrease: +28%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $202,054
  • September 2021: $187,324
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $6,470,000
  • September 2021: $4,680,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +38.2%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

September
13

Brunswick County's real estate market demonstrates stability in August

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

In August, Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw higher prices, fewer new listings, and fewer homes sold compared to last August.  

"While there is talk nationally of a real estate slowdown, Brunswick County's market continues to demonstrate remarkable stability," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "When looking at these numbers, it's important to remember just how abnormal the past few years have been. While the number of homes sold is down slightly compared to last year, sales have been pretty much steady month over month for the past two years, generally hovering between 500 and 600 sales per month, with our usual seasonal dip in December, January, and February. Overall, our market remains on track to once again do something that was unheard of prior to 2020: surpass $2 billion in total sales before the end of the year."

Brunswick County saw $232,570,000 in total sales volume in August 2022, a 5.7% decrease from last August's $246,620,000. The average sales price increased 9.4%, from $415,883 to $455,130. New listings were down 10.4%, from 682 to 611. The number of units sold in August dropped 13.8% compared to last year, from 593 to 511, and homes spent an average of 26 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, remains at two months. Brunswick County's luxury market remained strong in August with 19 sales in excess of $1 million and two sales of $2 million or more.

Year-to-date sales volume through August is $1,741,530,000, down 3.1% from $1,797,989,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 14.8% higher than in 2021, increasing from $383,919 to $440,574. The number of units sold through August is down 17.6%, from 4,666 to 3,846, and the number of new listings is down 9.2%, from 5,135 to 4,664.

Brunswick County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 611
    • August 2021: 682
    • Increase/Decrease: -10.4%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 511
    • August 2021: 593
    • Increase/Decrease: -13.8%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $455,130
    • August 2021: $415,883
    • Increase/Decrease: +9.4%
  • Median Sales Price
    • August 2022: $370,000
    • August 2021: $325,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +13.8%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $232,570,000
    • August 2021: $246,620,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -5.7%

Bladen County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 14
    • August 2021: 20
    • Increase/Decrease: -30%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 12
    • August 2021: 13
    • Increase/Decrease: -7.7%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $305,300
    • August 2021: $232,469
    • Increase/Decrease: +31.3%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $3,660,000
    • August 2021: $3,020,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +21.2%

Columbus County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 45
    • August 2021: 37
    • Increase/Decrease: +21.6%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 32
    • August 2021: 33
    • Increase/Decrease: -3%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $242,337
    • August 2021: $246,548
    • Increase/Decrease: -1.7%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $7,750,000
    • August 2021: $8,140,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -4.8%

Robeson County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 10
    • August 2021: 13
    • Increase/Decrease: -23.1%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 6
    • August 2021: 7
    • Increase/Decrease: -14.3%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $153,083
    • August 2021: $186,214
    • Increase/Decrease: -17.8%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $918,500
    • August 2021: $1,300,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -29.3%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers, and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

August
16

Brunswick County sees fewer homes sold, higher prices and quick sales in July

Shallotte, NC - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market remained competitive in July, with fewer homes sold, fewer new listings, higher prices, an uptick in the absorption rate, and homes continuing to sell quickly and at 99% of list price on average.

"Our market remains highly competitive thanks to strong demand paired with fewer new listings and a historically low inventory of available homes," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "While we saw fewer homes sold in July compared to last year, we have a healthy number of pending listings, and the absorption rate increased for the first time in months. Buyers would highly benefit from working with one of our professional REALTORS® to navigate this competitive market."

Brunswick County saw $216,760,000 in total sales volume in July 2022, a 14.3% decrease from last July's $252,900,000. The average sales price increased 3.9%, from $430,096 to $446,937. New listings were down 14.1%, from 681 to 585. The number of units sold in July dropped 17.5% compared to last year, from 588 to 485, and homes spent an average of 26 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is up to 2 months for the first time since January 2021. Sellers received 99% of their list price in July on average. Brunswick County's luxury market remained strong in July with 25 sales of $1 million or more, with the highest transaction at $2,550,000.

Year-to-date sales volume through July is $1,508,960,000, down 2.7% from $1,551,369,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 16.1% higher than 2021, increasing from $379,353 to $440,574. The number of units sold through July is down 18.1%, from 4,073 to 3,335, and the number of new listings is down 9%, from 4,453 to 4,053.

Brunswick County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 585
    • July 2021: 681
    • Increase/Decrease: -14.1%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 485
    • July 2021: 588
    • Increase/Decrease: -17.5%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $446,937
    • July 2021: $430,096
    • Increase/Decrease: +3.9%
  • Median Sales Price
    • July 2022: $364,990
    • July 2021: $342,602
    • Increase/Decrease: +6.5%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $216,760,000
    • July 2021: $252,900,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -14.3%

Bladen County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 10
    • July 2021: 10
    • Increase/Decrease: 0%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 6
    • July 2021: 12
    • Increase/Decrease: -50%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $261,333
    • July 2021: $212,383
    • Increase/Decrease: +23%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $1,570,000
    • July 2021: $2,550,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -38.4%

Columbus County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 44
    • July 2021: 28
    • Increase/Decrease: +57.1%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 32
    • July 2021: 21
    • Increase/Decrease: +52.4%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $192,787
    • July 2021: $212,732
    • Increase/Decrease: -9.4%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $6,170,000
    • July 2021: $4,480,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +37.7%

Robeson County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 4
    • July 2021: 5
    • Increase/Decrease: -20%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 5
    • July 2021: 5
    • Increase/Decrease: 0%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $107,700
    • July 2021: $183,360
    • Increase/Decrease: -41.3%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $538,500
    • July 2021: $916,800
    • Increase/Decrease: -41.3%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers, and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

May
20

Rapid-fire Real Estate in April

Majority of homes in Brunswick County sell in 5 days or less

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Thanks to tight inventory and strong demand, homes sold in rapid-fire fashion in Brunswick County during April. A majority of homes sold spent less than five days on the market last month, and homes spent an average of 25 days on the market.

"Thanks to strong demand and a limited inventory of available homes, Brunswick County once again saw a strong seller's market in April," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Homes sold in rapid-fire fashion last month, with a majority spending five days or less on the market. Additionally, a number of homes sold for more than list price, likely a result of sellers receiving multiple offers. The combination of strong demand and limited inventory once again drove prices upward. Our market remains intensely competitive, and serious buyers would benefit from working with a professional REALTOR®."

Brunswick County saw $217,860,000 in total sales volume in April 2022, a 4.6% decrease from last April's $228,350,00. New listings dropped 7.1%, from 631 to 586, the lowest differential since the beginning of 2022. As of May 10, there were only 481 active listings. The number of units sold in April dropped 22.5% compared to last year, from 622 to 482, and 54% of the homes sold spent five days or less on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is one month. The average sales price increased 23.1%, from $367,127 to $451,993. Brunswick County's luxury market remained strong in April, with 19 sales in excess of $1 million, including a $3.2 million sale on Bald Head Island and a $2.8 million sale in Holden Beach.

Year-to-date totals are following a similar pattern. Year-to-date sales volume through April is $774,220,000, down 2.4% from $793,649,429 last year. Average sales prices are 22.4% higher than last year, increasing from $359,971 to $440,574. The number of units sold through April is down 20.1%, from 2199 to 1757, and the number of new listings is down 16.9%, from 2438 to 2026. Year-to-date there were 73 sales in excess of $1 million, up from 44 at the same time last year.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • April 2022: 586
  • April 2021: 631
  • Increase/Decrease: -7.1%

Units Sold

  • April 2022: 482
  • April 2021: 622
  • Increase/Decrease: -22.5%

Average Sales Price

  • April 2022: $451,993
  • April 2021: $367,127
  • Increase/Decrease: +23.1%

Median Sales Price

  • April 2022: $379,450
  • April 2021: $295,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +28.6%

Total Sales Volume

  • April 2022: $217,860,000
  • April 2021: $228,350,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.6%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • April 2022: 8
  • April 2021: 11
  • Increase/Decrease: -27.3%

Units Sold

  • April 2022: 11
  • April 2021: 10
  • Increase/Decrease: +10%

Average Sales Price

  • April 2022: $284.945
  • April 2021: $149.165
  • Increase/Decrease: +91%

Total Sales Volume

  • April 2022: $3,130,000
  • April 2021: $1,490,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +110.1%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • April 2022: 43
  • April 2021: 38
  • Increase/Decrease: +13.2%

Units Sold

  • April 2022: 26
  • April 2021: 27
  • Increase/Decrease: -3.7%

Average Sales Price

  • April 2022: $193,492
  • April 2021: $118,600
  • Increase/Decrease: +63.1%

Total Sales Volume

  • April 2022: $5,030,000
  • April 2021: $3,200,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +57.2%

Robeson County

New Listings

  • April 2022: 7
  • April 2021: 8
  • Increase/Decrease: +75%

Units Sold

  • April 2022: 6
  • April 2021: 3
  • Increase/Decrease: +100%

Average Sales Price

  • April 2022: $150,167
  • April 2021: $148,167
  • Increase/Decrease: +1.3%

Total Sales Volume

  • April 2022: $901,000
  • April 2021: $444,500
  • Increase/Decrease: +102.7%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members.  For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

April
18

How To Sell Your Home For The Price You Want

Selling a home for the best price is tricky to pull off. Here's how you can ensure you sell at the price you want.

Sooner or later, most homeowners will face selling their home and moving elsewhere. Many life situations can necessitate the sale of a home — change of jobs, marriage, divorce, retirement, or simply the quest for a "dream home." Regardless of the reason, you may be contemplating listing your home among Southport homes for sale.

Our real estate agents have some helpful tips about selling your home for the price you want. 

  1. Get your home ready to show.
    Prepare your home, inside and out. Starting with the outside, clean up weeds, limbs, and debris in flower beds, and add mulch to make the beds look neat. Add a few container plants to the front entrance or a seasonal wreath. Clean up around the curb and driveway.

    Inside, paint the walls a neutral color. Remove photographs or other personal touches and put them away. Take out some furniture for an uncrowded look. You can add a few decorative items, such as a vase of cut flowers or a few plants, but anything that bespeaks more intimately the occupants of the home should go away. Make sure the house is spic and span — clean from top to bottom and reduce clutter.

  2. Do your homework.
    You want to go into the process of selling your home armed with good information. Talk to neighbors, asking how much recent sales have been for. Find out how your home compares to the ones that sold. Do your research on the internet so that when you talk to real estate agents and potential buyers, you have a good idea of what's happening in your neighborhood. Study the market, keeping abreast of current trends.

  3. Make quick repairs.
    Don't undertake big home repair projects unless there is a problem so profound that it's going to severely impact the sale of the home. (Foundation? Roof? HVAC broken? Think carefully about making these huge repairs or whether you should discount the home accordingly.) In most instances, you'll just do minor projects: touch up paint, fix plumbing leaks, make sure door knobs and handles, drawer pulls, and cabinet handles are in place, and clean carpet stains.

  4. Hire the right real estate agent.
    Find a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood. Ask friends, neighbors, relatives, and work colleagues to recommend someone. You can also search for experienced agents online. An experienced agent with a good track record can really move the sale, making sure everything proceeds seamlessly. They can help with staging, the photographs that will make your home look appealing to buyers, and with the closing details.

  5. Price your home to sell.
    Be realistic about how much your home is worth and ask for a fair price. Asking too much can stall the sale. If you're in a hurry, you may want to go a little lower. You'll be creating a more competitive selling situation.

  6. Offer some concessions.
    If your sale is stalling, you can move it along by throwing in some "sweeteners," such as paying some or all closing costs. A transferable home warranty might also have some appeal in that discounting repairs and replacements for household systems and appliances can help a buyer feel more protected.

  7. Check your emotions.
    It's easy to get caught up in the emotional aspect of selling your home. It's far better to think of yourself as a businessperson, and the sale, as your business transaction. There'll be time after the sale is concluded to grieve about the home you are moving out of.

Want to know more about selling your home? Contact us today.

March
18

Brunswick County's real estate market again sees tight inventory, higher prices in February

Same Story, Different Month

SHALLOTTE, N.C. — Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market continued a familiar pattern in February, with higher prices, fewer new listings and low inventory. Thanks to the increase in average sale prices, total sales volume jumped 6.5% despite a 17.3% drop in homes sold.

"When it comes to our real estate market's performance in February, it's 'same story, different month,'" said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "We continue to see fewer listings, and inventory is at a 12-month low. Additionally, the number of active listings dropped nearly 45% from January to February. The tight inventory, coupled with strong demand and a strong luxury market, is driving average sale prices and total sales volume upward. We continue to see a strong seller's market with plenty of interested buyers, but not enough homes to accommodate them."

Brunswick County saw $175,080,000 in total sales volume in February 2022, a 6.5% increase from last February's $164,449,429. New listings dropped 22.2%, from 563 to 438, and the number of units sold dropped 17.3% compared to last year, from 463 to 383. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is less than one month, and homes are spending an average of 30 days on the market. The average sales price increased 28.7%, from $355,182 to $457,130. Brunswick County once again saw a strong luxury home market in February, with 19 sales in excess of $1 million, two sales in excess of $3 million and two in excess of $2 million.

Total sales volume is ahead of last year's record pace, while the number of homes sold is down. The total year-to-date sales volume in 2022 is $336,520,000, up from $328,339,429 last year, a 2.5% increase. Average sales prices are 10% higher than last year, jumping from $398,772 to $438,770. The number of units sold through February is down 17.3%, dropping from 928 to 767. Brunswick County has seen 825 new listings this year, down from 1,115 at the same point last year, a 26% drop.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • February 2022: 438
  • February 2021: 563
  • Increase/Decrease: -22.2%

Units Sold

  • February 2022: 383
  • February 2021: 463
  • Increase/Decrease: -17.3%

Average Sales Price

  • February 2022: $457,130
  • February 2021: $355,182
  • Increase/Decrease: +28.7%

Median Sales Price

  • February 2022: $356,991
  • February 2021: $292,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +22.3%

Total Sales Volume

  • February 2022: $175,080,000
  • February 2021: $164,449,429
  • Increase/Decrease: +6.5%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • February 2022: 10
  • February 2021: 10
  • Increase/Decrease: +0.0%

Units Sold

  • February 2022: 13
  • February2021: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: +44.4%

Average Sales Price

  • February2022: $151,215
  • February 2021: $135,800
  • Increase/Decrease: +11.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • February 2022: $1,970,000
  • February 2021: $1,222,200
  • Increase/Decrease: +61.2%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • February 2022: 33
  • February 2021: 23
  • Increase/Decrease: +43.5%

Units Sold

  • February 2022: 19
  • February 2021: 20
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.0%

Average Sales Price

  • February 2022: $174,666
  • February 2021: $148,525
  • Increase/Decrease: +17.6%

Total Sales Volume

  • February 2022: $3,320,000
  • February 2021: $2,990,500
  • Increase/Decrease: +11.0%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members.  For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

February
26

Brunswick County's real estate market sees higher prices, fewer homes sold in January due to all-time low inventory

February 15, 2022 -  Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw fewer homes sold in January due to inventory being at an all-time low. Total sales volume was only down 1.5% thanks to higher average sale prices, which were fueled by the low inventory, strong demand, and strong luxury sales.

"As usual, January came with broken resolutions, bad weather and fewer homes sold," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Inventory is extremely low, which makes it harder for buyers to find the right home. Working with a professional REALTOR® who can help them navigate this competitive market is a must for homebuyers. The market is positioned to remain in a seller's market for the foreseeable future."

Brunswick County saw $161,440,000 in total sales volume in January 2022, a 1.5% decrease from last January's $163,890,000. New listings dropped 29.9%, from 552 to 387, and the number of units sold was down 17.4%, from 465 to 384. Active listings decreased 40.8% compared to January of 2021, from 1122 to a 12-month low of 664. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is at an all-time low of 40 days. The average sales price increased 19.3%, from $352,452 to $420,409. In January of 2022 there were 11 sales in excess of $1 million, with two sales in excess of $2 million. Additionally, 26% of all homes sold in January went for more than $500,000.

"With little to no inventory, few new listings, and selling prices continuing to rise, the luxury sales are leading the way for a strong market in 2022. We expect a continuation of the conditions we saw last year," said Walsh.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • January 2022: 387
  • January 2021: 552
  • Increase/Decrease: -29.9%

Units Sold

  • January 2022: 384
  • January 2021: 465
  • Increase/Decrease: -17.4%

Average Sales Price

  • January 2022: $420,409
  • January 2021: $352,452
  • Increase/Decrease: +19.3%

Median Sales Price

  • January 2022: $335,470
  • January 2021: $289,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +16.1%

Total Sales Volume

  • January 2022: $161,440,000
  • January 2021: $163,890,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -1.5%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • January 2022: 11
  • January 2021: 5
  • Increase/Decrease: +120.0%

Units Sold

  • January 2022: 8
  • January 2021: 6
  • Increase/Decrease: +33.3%

Average Sales Price

  • January 2022: $224,038
  • January 2021: $202,167
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.8%

Total Sales Volume

  • January 2022: $1,790,000
  • January 2021: $1,210,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +47.9%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • January 2022: 23
  • January 2021: 24
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.2%

Units Sold

  • January 2022: 17
  • January 2021: 14
  • Increase/Decrease: +21.4%

Average Sales Price

  • January 2022: $189,618
  • January 2021: $190,321
  • Increase/Decrease: -0.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • January 2022: $3,220,000
  • January 2021: $2,660,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +21.1%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

January
26

Brunswick County's real estate market saw almost $3 billion in total sales in 2021

January 14, 2022 - Brunswick County Association of Realtors 

Brunswick County's residential real estate market demonstrated remarkable consistency throughout 2021, ending the year with almost $3 billion in total sales. New listings and units sold were up slightly compared to 2020. Total sales volume was up 26.1% compared to 2020's record-breaking numbers, with the increase driven in large part by higher average sale prices.

"2020's record sales totals foreshadowed the numbers we saw in 2021," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Thanks to continued strong demand and limited inventory, homes are selling quickly and at higher prices. Additionally, we saw an unprecedented number of luxury home sales in 2021. We see no indications of a drop in demand in the near future, so sales volume in January will likely be driven by available inventory. Our market remains in strong shape to kick off the New Year."

Total sales volume increased from $2,144,523,000 in 2020 to $2,703,339,429 in 2021. The number of new listings were up 2.4%, from 6992 to 7157, and the number of units sold increased 7.8%, from 6285 to 6777. Average sales prices were up 19.3% compared to 2020, jumping from $334,251 to $398,774. The increase in average sale prices was fueled in part by a strong luxury market: the number of luxury sales jumped from 127 in 2020 to 229 in 2021, and luxury sales comprised nearly 3.5% of the market. Brunswick County's largest transaction in 2021 was a $6.1 million residence on Bald Head Island.

When it comes to December's numbers, new listings and units sold were down slightly, total sales volume increased, and homes are spending less time on the market. Total sales volume increased 12.9% compared to December 2020, from $214,510,000 to $242,240,000, and average sales prices were up 18.3%, from $371,768 to $439,631. The increase in average sales prices was largely driven by luxury sales, as was the case throughout 2021. December saw 27 sales of $1 million or higher, with the largest being a $3.75 million transaction.

"December saw the highest number of homes sold in the fourth quarter, which is odd given that December is historically the slowest sales month of the year," said Walsh. "Prices are up, and the number of pending sales dropped to 400 in December. While the drop in pending sales could foreshadow a decrease in January, we expect the numbers to remain strong given that homes have been selling quickly."

The number of new listings dropped 4.4% in December, from 385 to 368, and the number of units sold was down 4.5%, from 577 to 551. Homes are spending 30 days or less on the market, depending on location, which is a drop of roughly half since December 2020.

 

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • December 2021: 368
  • December 2020: 385
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.4%

Units Sold

  • December 2021: 551
  • December 2020: 577
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.5%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2021: $439,631
  • December 2020: $371,768
  • Increase/Decrease: +18.3%

Median Sales Price

  • December 2021: $359,000
  • December 2020: $295,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +21.7%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2021: $242,240,000
  • December 2020: $214,510,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +12.9%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • December 2021: 12
  • December 2020: 7
  • Increase/Decrease: +71.4%

Units Sold

  • December 2021: 8
  • December 2020: 7
  • Increase/Decrease: +14.3%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2021: $256,863
  • December 2020: $292,851
  • Increase/Decrease: -12.3%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2021: $2,050,000
  • December 2020: $2,050,000
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • December 2021: 16
  • December 2020: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: +77.8%

Units Sold

  • December 2021: 27
  • December 2020: 24
  • Increase/Decrease: +12.5%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2021: $192,142
  • December 2020: $173,979
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2021: $5,190,000
  • December 2020: $4,180,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +24.2%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. Chartered in 1959 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), BCAR represents the interests of its members in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

December
22

Brunswick County's real estate market sees higher prices, increased sales volume and tight inventory in November

December 22, 2021 - Brunswick County Association of Realtors 

Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw higher prices, higher sales volume and a tight inventory of available homes in November. The market remains ahead of 2020's record pace in terms of total sales volume for the year. While the number of units sold in November was down slightly, total sales volume increased 10.2% compared to 2020, and new listings were down 13.5%.

"Our market has been amazingly resilient throughout 2021," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "We continue to see strong demand and a tight inventory, which results in homes selling quickly and at higher prices. In addition, a strong luxury home market continues to fuel our higher average sale price. The bottom line is that our market is in good shape as 2021 comes to a close."

Brunswick County saw $205,540,000 in total sales volume in November 2021, a 10.2% increase from last November's $186,450,000. New listings dropped 13.5%, from 547 to 473, and the number of units sold decreased 5.6%, from 533 to 503. The market saw a net increase of 30 new listings, which reflects the difference between units sold and new listings. The average sales price increased 16.8%, from $349,811 to $408,628, and was fueled in part by luxury home sales. November saw 19 sales in excess of $1 million, with the highest being a $2.4 million transaction. The average number of days on the market is down slightly at 27 days, with a median of nine days.

Overall, Brunswick County's year-to-date numbers are still ahead of 2020's pace. Total sales volume is up 27.5% compared to the same point in 2020, increasing from $1,930,013,000 to $2,461,099,429. Average sales prices for the year are up 19.4%, from $330,840 in 2020 to $395,059 in 2021. The number of units sold through November is up 9.1%, from 5,708 to 6,226. The number of new listings for the year saw a slight 2.8% increase, from 6,607 to 6,789.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • November 2021: 473
  • November 2020: 547
  • Increase/Decrease: -13.5%

Units Sold

  • November 2021: 503
  • November 2020: 533
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.6%

Average Sales Price

  • November 2021: $408,628
  • November 2020: $349,811
  • Increase/Decrease: +16.8%

Median Sales Price

  • November 2021: $330,000
  • November 2020: $280,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +17.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • November 2021: $205,540,000
  • November 2020: $186,450,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.2%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • November 2021: 11
  • November 2020: 5
  • Increase/Decrease: +120.0%

Units Sold

  • November 2021: 14
  • November 2020: 14
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Average Sales Price

  • November 2021: $281,854
  • November 2020: $192,211
  • Increase/Decrease: +46.6%

Total Sales Volume

  • November 2021: $3,950,000
  • November 2020: $2,690,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +46.8%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • November 2021: 22
  • November 2020: 22
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Units Sold

  • November 2021: 24
  • November 2020: 22
  • Increase/Decrease: +9.1%

Average Sales Price

  • November 2021: $198,496
  • November 2020: $131,506
  • Increase/Decrease: +50.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • November 2021: $4,760,000
  • November 2020: $2,890,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +64.7%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. Chartered in 1959 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), BCAR represents the interests of its members in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. For more information, please visit http://www.bcarnc.com.

November
24

Brunswick County's real estate market sees first significant drop in sales this year

Last month, Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw its first significant drop in monthly sales volume and increase in inventory so far this year. Total sales volume in October was down 19.5% compared to 2020. The only other month with a drop in total sales volume so far this year is August, which saw a slight 0.7% decrease. The market also saw 135 new listings in October.

"While our market remains ahead of last year's record pace, sales volume was down slightly in October compared to 2020," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Even though some national experts think the market may be in the early stages of a cool-down, Brunswick County's market remains consistent. Prices are up, and homes are selling quickly. We expect our market to remain strong moving into Winter."

Brunswick County saw $210,450,000 in total sales volume in October 2021, a 19.5% decrease from last October's $261,340,000, with luxury sales contributing almost $36,000,000. There were 23 sales in excess of $1 million last month, with the highest being $2.75 million. New listings dropped 6.0% compared to last October, from 662 to 622. The number of units sold decreased 27.3%, from 670 to 487, but pending sales are up 24% over last month. Homes are averaging 30 days on the market, and homes listed below $299,000 are spending 15 days or less on the market. The average sales price increased from $390,062 to $432,131, a 10.8% increase fueled by strong luxury home sales.

The market's year-to-date numbers remain ahead of last year's pace. Total sales volume is up 29.4% compared to 2020, increasing from $1,743,563,000 to $2,255,559,429. Average sales prices are 19.7% higher than 2020, jumping from $328,943 to $393,703. The number of units sold through October is up 10.6%, from 5,175 to 5,723. New listings increased 4.2%, from 6,060 to 6,316.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • October 2021: 622
  • October 2020: 662
  • Increase/Decrease: -6.0%

Units Sold

  • October 2021: 487
  • October 2020: 670
  • Increase/Decrease: -27.3%

Average Sales Price

  • October 2021: $432,131
  • October 2020: $390,062
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.8%

Median Sales Price

  • October 2021: $343,168
  • October 2020: $311,500
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.2%

Total Sales Volume

  • October 2021: $210,450,000
  • October 2020: $261,340,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -19.5%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • October 2021: 9
  • October 2020: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Units Sold

  • October 2021: 18
  • October 2020: 12
  • Increase/Decrease: +50.0%

Average Sales Price

  • October 2021: $188,289
  • October 2020: $134,058
  • Increase/Decrease: +40.5%

Total Sales Volume

  • October 2021: $3,390,000
  • October 2020: $1,610,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +110.6%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • October 2021: 37
  • October 2020: 30
  • Increase/Decrease: +23.3%

Units Sold

  • October 2021: 29
  • October 2020: 23
  • Increase/Decrease: +26.1%

Average Sales Price

  • October 2021: $192,366
  • October 2020: $152,230
  • Increase/Decrease: +26.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • October 2021: $5,580,000
  • October 2020: $3,500,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +59.4%

Source: The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR)  http://www.bcarnc.com

September
17

Brunswick County again sees higher real estate prices, tight inventory in August, Year-to-date sales up 44.5% compared to 2020

Brunswick County's residential real estate market once again saw increased prices and low inventory in August. While total sales volume was slightly down in August, total year-to-date sales volume is up 44.5% compared the same month last year.

"On the surface it might seem like last month saw a slight downturn, but when you look closely, the big picture shows that the market is maintaining strength." said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Overall, the market is stable and with year-to-date sales up 44.5%, it is more than a possibility we will reach $2 billion in sales before the 4th quarter."

In August 2021 Brunswick County saw $246,620,000 in total sales, a 0.7% decrease from last August's $248,323,000. Despite this decrease, total year-to-date sales are up 44.5% compared to 2020, increasing from $1,244,333,000 to $1,797,989,429.

While number of units sold fell slightly with a 11.1% decrease from 667 to 593, the six-month average remains consistent at approximately 600 – 650 sales a month. The average sales price increased 11.7%, from $372,449 to $415,883, fueled by a higher number of luxury home sales. One hundred and twelve homes sold between $500,000 – $999,999 and 23 homes sold for over $1 million, with the largest two sales being over $3 million.

Average sale prices for the year are up 20.4% compared to last year, increasing from $318,948 to $338,919, and the number of units sold through August is up from $3,820 to $4,666, a 22.1% increase. Demand is high with listings on the market for about 20 days. New listings in August 2021 saw a 7.2% increase, growing from 636 to 682.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • August 2021: 682
  • August 2020: 636
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.2%

Units Sold

  • August 2021: 593
  • August 2020: 667
  • Increase/Decrease: -11.1%

Average Sales Price

  • August 2021: $415,883
  • August 2020: $372,449
  • Increase/Decrease: +11.7%

Total Sales Volume

  • August 2021: $246,620,000
  • August 2020: $248,323,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -0.7%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • August 2021: 20
  • August 2020: 7
  • Increase/Decrease: +185.7%

Units Sold

  • August 2021: 13
  • August 2020: 3
  • Increase/Decrease: +333.3%

Average Sales Price

  • August 2021: $232,469
  • August 2020: $700,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -66.8%

Total Sales Volume

  • August 2021: $3,020,000
  • August 2020: $2,100,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +43.8%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • August 2021: 37
  • August 2020: 33
  • Increase/Decrease: +12.1%

Units Sold

  • August 2021: 33
  • August 2020: 26
  • Increase/Decrease: +26.9%

Average Sales Price

  • August 2021: $246,548
  • August 2020: $162,583
  • Increase/Decrease: +51.6%

Total Sales Volume

  • August 2021: $8,140,000
  • August 2020: $4,230,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +92.4%

Source: The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR)  http://www.bcarnc.com.

April
29

March yields Brunswick County's highest real estate sales total in 2021, sales volume nearly doubles compared to March 2020

April 13, 2021 - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw its strongest sales this year in March, with sales volume nearly doubling and units sold up by half compared to March of 2020. Additionally, March's sales volume outpaced every other month in the past five years except for June and July of 2020.

"I feel like I'm running out of descriptive words and adjectives to describe the continuously red-hot real estate market we are experiencing." said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Prices are up, sales figures are off the chart, and available inventory and the absorption rate are amazingly low. Our total sales in the first quarter were higher than ALL of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and just slightly lower than 2012. These numbers are astounding, and we see no indications of a slowdown as we move into summer."

Brunswick County saw $236,960,000 in total sales in March 2021, an 85.4% spike over last March's $127,800,000. The number of units sold jumped 50.6%, from 431 to 649. The average sales price increased 23.1%, from $296,515 to $365,121. Twenty homes sold for more than $1 million last month, more than 100 homes sold for between $500,000 and $999,999, and there are two pending sales over $3 million and two over $2 million. Current active listings are at an all-time low of 629, and the absorption rate is 1.5 months.

Brunswick County

New Listings
March 2021: 692
March 2020: 622
Increase/Decrease: +11.3%

Units Sold
March 2021: 649
March 2020: 431
Increase/Decrease: +50.6%

Average Sale Price
March2021: $365,121
March2020: $296,515Increase/Decrease: +23.1%

Total Sales Volume
March 2021: $236,960,000
March 2020: $127,800,000
Increase/Decrease: +85.4%

Bladen County

New Listings
March 2021: 18
March 2020: 15
Increase/Decrease: +20%

Units Sold
March 2021: 9
March 2020: 12
Increase/Decrease: -25%

Average Sale Price
March 2021: $206,589
March 2020: $173,919
Increase/Decrease: +18.8 %

Total Sales Volume
March 2021: $1,860,000
March 2020: $2,090,000
Increase/Decrease: -11%

Columbus County

New Listings
March 2021: 34
March 2020: 40
Increase/Decrease: -15%

Units Sold
March 2021: 24
March 2020: 17
Increase/Decrease: +41.2%

Average Sale Price
March 2021: $139,729
March 2020: $132,379
Increase/Decrease: +5.6 %

Total Sales Volume
March 2021: $3,350,000
March 2020: $2,250,000
Increase/Decrease: +48.9%

Source: BCAR website www.bcarnc.com  (page view https://bit.ly/3t0jciB)

March
26

Market Data in Detail!

Source: Brunswick County Association of Realtors, Cynthia Walsh, CAE, RCE, ePro, C2EX

February
23

Q. When is the Right Time to Sell Your Home? A. When Somebody Else Wants to Buy It!

Few of us could have imagined the changes 2020 had in store for us this time last year.  Changes to our work lives, schooling, finances and retirement plans, travel plans and commute times, family organization, even cooking, outdoor activities and other hobbies have been transformed. For some of us, there's been a growing mismatch between the home we've loved for years and the way we live now.

Even if you're happy in your current home and it fits you to a tee, you owe it to yourself to consider the market.  Let us help you identify the opportunities that make up the silver lining of a very difficult year. It may be that the perfect buyer for your home is out there right now.  You might maximize the utility of your home by selling it now and moving ahead to your next real estate investment that will better accommodate your needs in the future. 

Q.     What about the upgrades I was planning to make to my outdated kitchen? I want to get top dollar for my home!

A.     Many buyers would prefer to choose their own appliances and finishes.  A good Buyer's Agent will help them connect with qualified professionals to do the work on a convenient schedule after they take possession of the home. Instead of making cosmetic improvements, focus your energy on any functional repairs that may be needed.  The point is to reinforce the idea that your home has been well-maintained.  You can look forward to putting your creative energies into a new home!

Q.     Where will I move ?

A.     Wherever you want!  See something you like? Let us approach the current owner and make inquiries on your behalf.  Your interest might persuade someone else who just happens to be "sitting on the fence" at the moment.  We can also find you a "lot and home package."  Builders often buy vacant land for future spec projects at very low prices. Many of them are more than happy to sell under the condition that you use them to construct the new home.  This can represent a great value for the buyer since they'll already have plans selected that suit the location and meet local building codes.  You'll often have the added advantage of choosing your appliance package, paint colors, hardware and other features without having to pay the higher price of a truly custom home. 

 Q.     Life is so hectic these days.  I don't have time to drive around looking at things or spend hours online.

A.     You don't have to, that's our job!  We can be sure that you're notified as soon as something new comes on the market that meets your specific criteria.  If you need three bedrooms, you will only see homes with three bedrooms, not two, and not four.  You'll be surprised at the way we're able to customize our searches by the school district, distance from the beach, community amenities, and of course the features of the home itself.  We also see a wider range of options coming on the market now.  Some people are letting go of their primary residence to move to their second home full-time.  Some are getting out of their rental investments and some are letting go of investments in land. We will help you explore all the options.

 Q.     How will I manage to afford it?  Times are tough!

A.     You might be surprised.  Talk to your banker or credit union representative.  Rates are still at near all-time lows and getting pre-approved makes any offer you do make all the more attractive.  For some, working from home means being able to save money on their commute to work.  It may also mean you can relocate to a neighborhood with no POA fees, lower taxes, lower insurance rates, or simply a lower price per square foot.  More people are also combining households these days. What was once the 'down-sized' retirement home for someone who has decided to move in with adult children might be the perfect next home for you!

 Q.     We want to wait and sell at the top of the market.  Are we there yet?

A.     You never really know where the top of the market is, until it's already in the past. This is why "market timing" doesn't actually work when it comes to selling real estate. By the time you notice a slight drop in closed prices, everyone else sees it too.  And those closed prices are based on contracts signed 30-60 days or more in the past! There will be a slight increase in inventory at this point because nobody wants to miss the opportunity to realize their home's top value.  That's understandable but increased supply means decreased relative demand.  Prospective buyers will also think they might gain some advantage by waiting a bit longer. They feel no urgency anymore. Additionally, homes don't typically sell the moment they're listed. The idea of market timing is based on automated sell orders you can set for stock market investments. The mechanics of this situation are just not the same. Another, often overlooked, reason for selling before you see the absolute peak is what we like to call "instant equity." When you anticipate the market, your new home's value will be lifted as we crest the peak of top pricing. That value becomes yours as equity, while you continue to pay the low mortgage rates locked in shortly before your closing date.

 Q.     What's the next step? How do I begin the process of listing my home?

A.     You've heard you should never expect something for nothing, but that's not entirely true.  The first thing a good listing agent will do is gather information for a comparative market analysis.  We do that for free, before you sign any sort of contract, so you will know where you stand in a competitive market.  It's also the only way for us to develop an appropriate marketing plan.  We have the tools to present your home to the pool of most likely buyers as soon as it's listed.  Whether that means including it in the Luxury Portfolio program, or digging into our contact lists for the new buyer who has been waiting to leave a long-term rental for a new home that is just the right fit. We're hearing from lots of folks who want to downsize as well as those who want more space, or just more flexible space. And we're always active with relocation clients. Don't forget, we've been turning visitors into locals since 1981!

Drop us an email or give us a call.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

January
25

How to Get Your Home Cleaner Than Ever This Winter

Cleaning Tips

Winter is a fantastic time to deep clean your home. Our real estate agents also recommend that you thoroughly clean your home before an open house or showing. Follow these tips to get your space cleaner than ever. 

  1. Dust, Wash and Touch Up Your Walls
    Throughout the year, grimy hands and dirty paws leave your walls with spots and stains. Start by grabbing your vacuum cleaner and using the brush attachment to remove dust, mud, and grime from your walls and baseboards. You can clean your walls with warm water and a small amount of all-purpose cleaner. If any spots remain, try a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Before you get started, test any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area. Don't forget your baseboards! Depending on how dirty they are, just vacuuming them may be sufficient. Or, you might want to wipe them down using a cleaning solution. Once your walls are clean, grab your painting supplies and touch up any spots that have chipped or don't look their best.
  1. Clean Out and Organize Your Pantry
    Before you start stocking up on your favorite winter comfort foods, get your pantry cleaned up. Start by taking everything out. This will give you a chance to see what you actually have. Throw out any items that have expired or that you no longer eat. Or, if the items haven't expired and haven't been opened, you can donate them. Once your pantry is empty, vacuum the shelves and floor to get rid of dust, hair, and crumbs. Then, grab a wet rag and your cleaner and wipe down the shelves. Dry them with another cloth. Sweep and mop the floor. If necessary, add bins and shelves to better organize your panty. Consider putting like items together or organizing the contents by color. Labels are handy to help your family remember when things are supposed to go. An aesthetically-pleasing pantry will help your home stand out from other Southport homes for sale
  1. Clean Your Oven
    If you have a self-cleaning oven, winter is the ideal time to use this feature, as the extra heat will help warm your home. The self-clean cycle will turn all the burnt-on food into ash, and then you can wipe them out with a cloth. However, some argue that the self-clean cycle puts too much stress on your oven's heating element. Another alternative is a commercial oven cleaner. Spray the cleaner and follow the instructions. Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, as these cleaners often have heavy fumes. If you have a self-cleaning oven, use a cleaner that's meant for use in self-cleaning ovens. You can also make a paste with vinegar and baking soda. Let the paste sit on the burnt-on food overnight. In the morning, use a damp sponge to scrub your oven. 
  1. Wash Your Blankets and Pillows
    A cozy blanket and plush pillows are essential for a relaxing evening. Make sure that they're free of dust and mold spores by laundering them. You can wash most throws and pillows in your washing machine. It's fine to let your items air dry. Or, if you want to use your dryer, dry them on low and fluff them throughout the cycle. 

Ready to check out homes with more space or different layouts? Contact us today!

October
26

What Pet Owners Need to do Before a Showing

Pet Owners Selling HomeHaving a pet in your family makes your house feel even more like home. Unfortunately, not all buyers are thrilled about having a four-legged friend as a prior resident — especially if they have pets themselves. Our real estate agents understand that you have a lot on your plate as you sell your home. We want to take a moment to remind you that there are a few additional tasks to add to your to-do list if you're selling a home that housed a pet. Pet owners should complete these duties before a showing.

  • Inspect Your Whole Home
    To determine what exactly you'll need to accomplish before listing your home, you'll need to inspect your home inside and out. Pets can leave behind a lot of traces, both visible and invisible. Make a list of spaces where your pet commonly sleeps or relaxes and try to remember any areas where accidents have happened in the past. Note all of the scratch or rub marks inside the house and evaluate the exterior for things like holes in the lawn, loose fence boards, or other areas your pet has disturbed.

  • Repair All Damages
    Now that you have your list start to make the necessary repairs. Remember that because some damages aren't visible, some solutions may require more than a quick cover-up. Consider repainting rooms to remove the smell from the walls and cover up rubbing marks. It may be better to replace rather than repair areas such as doors or flooring. Outside, be sure to do more than simply fill holes. Pressure wash entertaining spaces and consider hiring a landscaper to return your yard to its former glory.

  • Deodorize & Deep Clean
    Lingering odors are one of the invisible damages that you must treat adequately. Although humans may not notice all smells, animals will. These odors left behind can create problems for the new homeowners, especially if they also have pets. Their animals may try and cover up these smells by marking their territory. Before listing your home, hire a cleaning company specializing in eliminating pet odors so the house will be fresh for animals and humans alike.

  • Prepare for Showings
    As you prepare for showings, you'll want to remove all visible evidence of your animals as well. Unfortunately, buyers may not have positive feelings associated with animals and may be turned off by the thought of animals previously living in their dream home. Remove all items like bowls, beds, and toys, and consider taking your pet to a groomer or daycare for the afternoon.

  • Ask for Advice
    Your real estate agent knows how to list and sell homes that once housed pets. No matter which animal you have, ask them for advice on how to best present your home. Chances are they'll know a few tips and tricks you haven't thought of. For instance, they might suggest that you ask your neighbors to keep their own animals indoors during showings and appraisals so that prospective buyers aren't bothered by excessive barking from over the fence.

Are you searching for a new home where you and your pet can live happily ever after? We can help! Contact us today to schedule tours of our Southport homes for sale with large backyards and pet-friendly neighborhoods.

August
10

5 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Home This Summer

Declutter Your Home

Clutter has a way of catching you off guard. Even if you're a naturally tidy person, it can seem like as soon as you turn your back, clutter sneaks up and becomes a problem overnight. 

Lately, we've all been spending a lot more time at home than we're used to, which is why our REALTORS® are particularly eager to share some de-cluttering tricks. Here's how you can enjoy a cleaner, less cluttered home this summer. 

Benefits of Decluttering

It can be tough to take action when clutter becomes a problem. But there are numerous benefits to clearing out the clutter:

  1. You'll have less to clean. You'll be shocked how much easier it is to keep your house clean when there's less in it!
  2. Organizing is way easier. The more you own, the harder it gets to find a place for all of it. That's one of the reasons clutter gets out of hand for so many homeowners, but reducing clutter will have an amazing effect on your ability to stay organized. 
  3. You can reduce your stress. Clutter is a major source of stress and anxiety, and cleaning it up can be great for your mental health. 
  4. You'll have more space. Reducing the amount of clutter in your home is a great way to maximize your space. It can make your entire home feel more open and inviting. 
  5. It will be easier to sell your home. If you're interested in listing your Southport home for sale, then de-cluttering is a crucial part of getting it market-ready. 

Decluttering Tips

When it comes time to thin out your possessions and cut down on clutter, it's important to carefully plan your strategy. Here's how you can trim the excess and make your home feel more spacious, without losing anything essential:

  1. Look at your home through fresh eyes. The trouble with clutter is that we don't always see it in our own homes because it's grown slowly, and we've gotten used to it. Try to put yourself in the shoes of someone who is visiting your home for the first time, and see the potential clutter through their eyes. 
  2. Start small. Too much clutter can be overwhelming. Start by making a deal with yourself to spend 5 minutes a day clearing out clutter. After a week, bump it up to 10 minutes, and so on. Turning decluttering into an ongoing process will make it feel more manageable, and can also make it more fun. 
  3. Categorize the clutter. If you find yourself with a lot of clutter, it helps to separate it into categories. For example, you could break it down into things to throw away, things to recycle, things to donate, things to fix/mend, and things to keep and put away. 
  4. Tackle one room at a time. Your whole home might seem overwhelming. It's much easier to crush clutter if you approach each room separately. Start with the room that feels easiest to declutter. Once you've finished that, you'll have a confidence boost to go after some of the more challenging areas in your home. 
  5. Get creative with storage. For the things you can't throw out, recycle or donate, it helps to develop some new, fun storage solutions to keep everything organized. Bins, baskets, hooks, cubbies—the options are endless!

Contact us today to learn more about decluttering, and find more tips and tricks for getting your home ready to sell.

June
8

5 Features Buyers Are Looking For Right Now

Features Buyers are Looking forThe real estate market sees numerous changes each year with new trending features to entice homebuyers. The coronavirus, homeschooling, and working remotely have many families looking to expand their living space to accommodate all the changes. Whether you are selling or viewing Southport homes for sale, it's important to know the current trends.

When looking for a new home, every buyer has a specific list of essential features. Your home is more than just a house; it's your sanctuary. Right now, buyers want specific features for a comfortable and efficient living space. Check out the following five growing trends for homebuyers in 2020.

  1. Extra Space
    Before the recent health crisis, working remotely at home was a growing trend. Now to stay healthy, more individuals are working from home. For cost efficiency, many employers will continue to have their employees work at home in the future. Meeting the demands of working from home requires a private area to conduct business and close off the rest of the household. Homebuyers are looking for houses with extra bedrooms or other areas to transform into a home office.
  2. Two Bathrooms or More
    With everyone at home, the bathroom is a busy location. Increased use means a lot of traffic. If your current home only has one bathroom, the extra use may be overwhelming for your system to handle. Numerous homebuyers want at least two full baths or an extra half-bathroom to meet the needs of the family.
  3. Large Kitchen Space
    With the preparation of more meals at home, kitchen space is essential to meet the demands of daily cooking. The ideal kitchen would have extra space off to the side for a large pantry to stock up on necessities. A spacious kitchen is a growing trend taking over the preference of sizeable formal dining areas. A kitchen is an ideal location for family meals with quick and easy cleanup. The extra space is also an excellent area for doing schoolwork or entertaining.
  4. Backyard Space
    Spacious backyards are a welcome feature for numerous homebuyers. After all, when staying close to home, your outdoor living space is essential. Homebuyers want space for family entertainment and maybe a patio for enjoying summer evenings and meals. 
  5. Energy Efficient
    Home's with energy-efficient upgrades were already gaining popularity with homebuyers. Now with more people working at home and using electricity all day long, these features are even more desirable. A highly efficient HVAC system helps reduce your energy consumption and saves money. Plus, windows should be Energy Star qualified to help reduce heat or cooling loss. 

When selling your home, it's important to know what homebuyers are looking for in their search. 

Starting a search of your own? If you need help finding the right home for you and your family, our real estate agents are ready to help. Contact us today. We will find the ideal home match for you.  

November
18

The Open House Checklist First-Time Sellers Need

Open House Checklist

It all leads up to this — the open house. All of your hard work in and around your home is now ready to be showcased for prospective buyers. Getting to the open house stage is no easy feat, and you should feel excitement mixed with pride as you prepare to entertain the buyer's offers. Before you open the doors to your home, you want to make sure you're all squared away. To give you a helping hand, our real estate agents created the ultimate open house checklist to prepare you and your home.

  • Hire a cleaning service. These professionals will make your home look and smell fresh. Consider scheduling them the day before the viewing and once a week until you're under contract.

  • Hire a lawn care service. Another group of dedicated professionals, these talented landscapers will optimize your curb appeal. Consider having them make weekly or biweekly visits.

  • Clean your driveway, sidewalk, and curb. Unfortunately, trash or debris on the sidewalk and street are out of your control, but you should try to keep an eye out for these items the morning before the viewing. Be sure to sweep your driveway, walkway, and porch as well.

  • Remove personal belongings. Any objects in your home that are individualized should be removed. This includes photographs, souvenirs, memorabilia, or other furnishings viewed as intimate or personal.

  • Lockup or remove valuables. Anything that "has legs" should be kept out of view. This includes jewelry, important personal documents, money, or other valuable trinkets that are not decoration.

  • Consider renting a temporary storage space. You may want to remove the majority of your possessions before the showing to make room for staging materials. If you're selling before purchasing your next home, renting a storage unit will help you keep everything organized.

  • Choose an appropriate time for your open house. You want your open house to be a success, but the wrong day or time could prevent that from happening. Sunday afternoons are typically the best time. Avoid major holidays if possible.

  • Advertise effectively. To get the best turnout, you need to rely on more than street traffic. Open house signs in the yard or around the neighborhood are effective, but you also need to use other resources. Social media and email marketing are exceptional, especially since you can track their analytics. You may also consider putting ads in a local newspaper. 

  • Create a brochure. Give your visitors something to take home in the form of an informative brochure. Highlight the best features of the home and include high-resolution photographs.

  • Stage the space professionally. Staging companies will transform your home into a space that feels inviting and livable to a wide audience of buyers.  

  • Offer snacks and beverages. Create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with refreshments. This will make the event seem more sociable for guests.

  • Don't hover or follow guests around. If possible, avoid participating in the open house. Your real estate agent will provide your guests with all of the information they need.

  • Encourage them to sign in and follow up on their visit. Feedback from your guests will help you either engage interested buyers or discover why they aren't interested in the features of your home.

Would you like to learn more helpful tips on listing and showing Southport homes for sale? Contact us today!

March
11

Spring Maintenance to Sell Your Southport Home

Spring Home Maintenance-Margaret Rudd & Associates

There's something timeless and boundless about watching the ocean and feeling that salty wind in your face. Maybe that's why we're so enamored with living near it, taking in all the sea has to offer.   

But for a North Carolina house, being by the sea can be damaging, with exposure to salt, sand, and wind. Salt is corrosive and ever-present in the air and water. Wind, carrying tiny grains of sand, batters and scours your home's exterior. You should be mindful of the extra attention it may need and make sure your maintenance schedule includes specific tasks.  

If your home is one of the Southport homes for sale, our REALTORS® recommend regularly doing the following. 

  • Wash off outside surfaces. Use fresh water to remove as much salt as possible. Additionally, spray silicone spray on metal surfaces both inside and outside to protect against corrosion. 

  • Clean windows regularly, preferably every week. Wind and salt can pit the glass, leaving less than picture perfect views.  

  • Inspect your home for mold. With damp air, mold can gain a foothold and multiply. Using dehumidifiers may help combat this ugly villain. 

  • Check the exterior. If your home is made of natural siding, it will need to be re-stained every two years. If your exterior is painted, whether the whole home or just doors and windows, take a good look at the paint, especially after a hot summer. Paint can blister in our North Carolina sun, exposing the wood underneath to the elements. 

  • Prevent unwelcome pests. Get your beachfront home regularly inspected for termites.  

  • Check electrical wires. Beachside weather can quickly corrode wires exposed to outside air. You can wrap them in moisture-proof tape to help avoid this.
      
  • Inspect landscaping. Take a look at your landscaping and take note of which plants are holding up well. Using natural plants native to the North Carolina coast will help your yard maintain its landscaped look and reduce the amount of watering you have to do.   

Finally, while you are doing battle with salt and sand, don't forget the routine maintenance chores that all homes need, no matter their location. 

  • Do a visual inspection of your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Look for shingles out of place and gutters that look to be pulling away from the home. Making small repairs early can sometimes hold off more expensive repairs down the road. 

  • Check windows and screens, repairing any broken latches or torn screens. Nothing ruins a nap by the sea faster than a mosquito that got in through a hole in the screen.
      
  • Have a professional inspect your HVAC system regularly, looking for unseen problems that tend to pop up on the hottest days or coldest nights. Don't forget to change the filter at least twice a year.  

If you need help on making sure your home is ready to show off to prospective buyers, contact us, and we will be happy to guide you. 

February
11

5 Pro Tips for Curbing Home Seller's Anxiety

Home Seller's Anxiety-Margaret Rudd & Associates

No matter how prepared you are, selling your home can create an emotional whirlwind. There's the excitement of getting your home in amazing shape, the relief of finally getting the right offer, and the anticipation of what comes next. On the other hand, there's also concern about whether you'll find a buyer, uncertainty about which offers to accept, and the major stress of waiting for the deal to finally go through.

While there's always going to be some anxiety involved in the home selling process, our REALTORS® want you to relax and enjoy the ride. The following five tips will help you sell your home without the stress. 

  1. Get Your Home in Tip-Top Shape
    There are a ton of great Southport homes for sale, so you'll want to make sure yours stands out from the crowd. This means putting in some elbow grease to improve your curb appeal, make necessary repairs, and freshen up your space.

    Once your listing goes live, you'll have peace of mind in knowing you've done everything you can to make sure potential buyers fall in love with your home. 
  1. Find a Great Partner
    Working with a professional who knows the market is one of the best ways to reduce home selling stress. A great realtor can help you set a realistic price and create a well-rounded marketing plan. He or she will also act as a sounding board and help you with the big decisions you'll need to make right up until it's time to sign your closing documents.
  1. Stay Grounded in Reality
    If you aren't willing to accept that your home might not be worth as much as you think, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. While you certainly want to get a great price for your property, you also need to stay grounded in reality.

    Look at the prices of other comparable homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood. Consider how long they were on the market and how long you're willing to wait. If your home isn't moving as fast as you had hoped, make sure you're willing to come down in price periodically until you get the bite you've been waiting for.

    Before you list your home, determine the absolute lowest price you're willing to entertain. This will help you stick to your guns if things get emotional down the line.
  1. Choose Your Buyer Carefully
    When you finally receive an offer, it's understandable to want to immediately accept. After all, this is what you've been waiting for, right? Before you pull the trigger, take a step back and check whether the potential buyer is going to be able to close the deal. If you accept an offer that later falls through, not only will it create a ton of unnecessary stress, you'll also have missed out on other potential buyers.

    Check your potential buyer's pre-approval letter and consider whether your home is likely to meet the standards required for the type of loan the buyer is seeking. Also make sure the buyer is willing to put down a decent deposit, which will protect you if they decide to walk away from the deal after the waiting period is over.   
  1. Don't Let Your Home Sale Take Over Your Life
    No matter what happens with your home sale, don't let it dominate your life. Instead, take planned breaks where you'll give yourself some much needed "me time." Take a yoga class, try meditation, or just close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes each time you feel the anxiety start to creep up on you.

    Help yourself sleep better by setting a cut-off time each night when you'll stop talking about your home sale. If important thoughts or "to dos" pop up after that time, simply write them down and revisit them again in the morning.

Let Us Help You Make Your Move

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? Don't let it stress you out! With Our REALTORS® by your side, the entire process will feel like a breeze. We go out of our way to take care of the details, so you don't have to. Contact us today to get started.

January
14

Moving to Holden Beach: 7 Things People Forget to Do

Moving to Holden Beach - Margaret Rudd & Associates

Whether you are shopping for Holden Beach homes or have already purchased one, you'll soon be moving. Pulling up stakes and moving to a new home and community is exciting, especially if you will be a first-time homeowner. However, moving is also a complicated and stressful process, and it can be quite easy to forget important details along the way. Knowing about the most common mistakes made by others can help you avoid making them yourself, so here are seven things people often forget to do during a move:

  1. Collect Important Documents – This is a task that should be on your to-do list several weeks before moving. It can take some time to get many documents, such as family medical records, prescription lists, immunization records, school records, and other official documents. Other essential papers to collect and keep track of carefully during a move include insurance policies, tax records, financial records, identification documents, wills, and other essential legal documents.

  2. Collect Scattered Belongings – Don't forget to collect items that aren't at home when you start packing up. This may include items sent to the dry-cleaners, belongings sent to repair shops, things left in your locker at the local gym or items borrowed by friends and family.

  3. Update Your Mailing Address – While most of us don't use traditional mail as much as we used to, there are still plenty of important things that arrive via "Snail Mail." Make sure you put in your change of address form with the post office before you make your move.

  4. Update Important Accounts – Remember to give your current utility companies a cutoff date for your old house and arrange to have all essential utilities in place before you move into your new one. Also, make sure you update your address and contact information for other important accounts, such as credit card companies and banks, for instance.

  5. Separate Items That Should Be Left Behind – Don't forget to leave the house keys and garage door openers for your old home's next occupants. Also, moving is the best time to thin out clutter, disposing of things you aren't likely to use in your new home.

  6. Pack "Immediate Needs" Items Separately – There are certain things you'll need to keep close during the chaos of moving. These may include prescription and over-the-counter medications you regularly use, chargers for phones and other frequently-used electronics, shower supplies, and clean clothes. It may also be wise to keep a few basic tools handy, especially if you will need to assemble or re-assemble furniture as you move in. Packing these things in your car, rather than the moving truck, can save you a lot of hassle during your first day at your new home.

  7. Label Everything – Things get busy at moving time, and packing is tedious work. However tempting it may be to cut a few corners to move things along more quickly, packing carefully can save a lot of time and frustration later. Label every box you pack according to the room it came from, and be sure to write "fragile" on boxes that contain items that require careful handling.

For more tips on how to make moving to Holden Beach a smoother, less stressful experience, please feel free to contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. Our REALTORS® are always happy to help new residents make themselves at home in our area.

December
11

Brunswick County Living: 6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for an Open House

Brunswick County Open House
Holding an open house is a great way to make sure a variety of potential buyers see your home. However, as our REALTORS® will point out, for this to be a useful marketing tool, your home must be in great shape for showing. So what do you need to know to make sure your home is well-prepared to wow potential buyers? Here are six things to do before an open house to sell your Brunswick County Home.

  1. Clean, then clean some more
    Cleanliness is essential to a successful open house. Nothing turns off potential buyers faster than seeing soap scum in the bathroom, dirty kitchens or cobwebs in every out-of-the-way space. Your home will need floor-to-ceiling cleaning to make a great impression – and don't forget small details like polishing appliances, washing windows, dusting windowsills and cleaning blinds. Have your carpets and curtains cleaned, put clean, fresh bedding on all beds, use slipcovers and throws to camouflage stained or damaged furniture. You want everything spotless and sanitary, from gleaming floors to shiny, dust-free ceiling fans and lighting fixtures.

  2. Thin out and open up
    Too much clutter can make your home feel crowded and cramped. Overflowing cabinets and closets can give the impression of a house with too little storage space--and potential buyers WILL look. Both of these impressions will work against your efforts to market and sell your home. Pack up things you aren't using every day, such as clothes that are out of season, kitchen items that see only occasional use, and extra towels and linens, for example, to create a less cluttered and more spacious feel. Remove at least one piece of furniture from each room to open up space and allow potential buyers a better view of home features.

  3. Freshen up
    A new coat of paint on interior walls and trim can go a long way toward making your home look fresh and bright. Small updates, like new lighting fixtures or updated hardware on kitchen cabinets, can also do wonders for freshening up the look of your home. It is also essential to eliminate cooking odors, pet odors, or any other unpleasant smells are eliminated before you open it up to potential buyers.

  4. Neutralize and de-personalize
    Potential buyers want to see a house that is ready to be made their own, rather than one that is your home. Appealing to a variety of home shoppers with different tastes means keeping the spaces in your home as neutral as possible. Pack away personal items and decorations. Take family photos off the walls. Give very bright or very dark walls a new coat of paint in a neutral color, like beige, pale blue or muted green, for example.

  5. Make your home's exterior shine
    Your home's exterior and grounds will be the first areas that potential buyers see when they attend your open house. Power-wash dingy siding, touch up peeling paint, clean porches, sweep stairs and walkways, and tend to your lawns and landscaping. A clean, well-maintained exterior is essential to a good impression.

  6. Light things up
    Your home should look bright and welcoming inside and out. Use walkway lights, porch lights, and lanterns to light up the outdoors. Turn on all the lights inside and open curtains for a bright, cheery environment, and add lighting to dark, shadowy areas.

For more tips on getting your Brunswick County home ready for an open house, contact us. We're always happy to put our experience and expertise to work for the benefit of area home sellers.

August
16

Finding the Right REALTOR® to Sell Your Home

Sell a House - Realtor
Selling your home is serious business, and you don't want to hand that task over to just anyone. Our REALTORS® understand that listing your home is a huge decision and a significant step towards your future. Understanding what makes a real estate agent outstanding and taking the time to research before you choose one is well worth the effort. Following are some of the most important factors to consider when deciding just who you will trust with the task of making your home selling process a success.

Knowledge of the Market
An agent who is prepared to work with you and for you will understand your goals when listing your home and have the inside scoop on the real estate market. That means your agent should know whether it's a buyer or seller market and be able to give you plenty of guidance as to what trends are popular with potential buyers.

Experience and Training
Don't hesitate to ask an agent about their real estate experience, and in particular, their knowledge about your current location. A top-notch agent will be happy to share their accomplishments, testimonials from former clients, and any awards they've received in the industry.

A Marketing Plan is a Must
It's perfectly acceptable to ask a potential agent how they plan to sell your home efficiently. Your agent should strive to personalize your experience as a seller, and with that, outline a detailed plan to market your home. Bring a list of any questions you have about the selling process during this agent interview to gauge how they respond.

Communication and Negotiation Skills
Key to a successful sale, good communication skills are one characteristic you'll want to look for when selecting your agent. The interaction between you and your REALTOR® should be both honest and comfortable. Additionally, you might want to discuss how your agent will handle negotiations with prospective buyers, should they arise.

Industry Connections and Credibility
Ideally, your new real estate agent will be part of a trusted and reputable agency that has a positive reputation in your community and beyond. Familiarize yourself with their colleagues as well and to ask about connections with other realtors and agencies. Often a broad and trustworthy network between agents facilitates the home sale.

Margaret Rudd & Associates is proud of our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). We have access to the world's market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 70 countries, with 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates through our association.

The importance of working with a seasoned real estate agent to sell your home can't be emphasized enough. At Margaret Rudd & Associates, you'll find a team of dedicated REALTORS® who are driven to make your home sale a great experience. If you're ready to list your home for sale or want more information, contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today.

June
12

Selling a Home and Buying Another at the Same Time

Selling and Buying a Home at the Same Time
It's time to move on. Your family has outgrown your home, you're downsizing, or maybe you're being relocated for work. Whatever the reason, our REALTORS® can help you sell your home and buy another. Buying and selling at the same time isn't always easy. But the good news is you probably learned a lot the first time you bought a house, so you can do this with the help of our real estate pros.

First Steps

Expecting everything to fit perfectly just isn't realistic, so careful preparation and planning is a must. You'll want to make sure you have as much equity in your home as possible. You'll also need funds available to get your home ready to sell and cover temporary rent or other unforeseen circumstances. Decide whether you want to sell first or buy first. Know the market where you live and where you're planning to move to help you strategize.

Reasons to Sell First, Then Buy

  • You'll know exactly how much you can spend on your new home.
  • In a buyer's market, it may take longer than you thought to sell your home. If you've already purchased your new home that means you're paying the mortgage, utilities, insurance, and upkeep on two homes.
  • You can extend the closing date to allow a reasonable amount of time for you to find a new home.

Disadvantages to Selling First

  • You have to live somewhere in the meantime. There is usually some time--days, weeks, or even a couple of months--between when you close on the sale of your home and close on the purchase of your new one. You'll have to live somewhere and plus store your belongings. This can also be an issue if repairs have to be made prior to you moving in to your new home.
  • If you have to rent in the interim, you're moving twice.
  • It may be difficult to re-enter the market. If you end up being between houses long term, you'll need to keep your eye on the markets. If you are looking to buy in an area where there's a seller's market or home prices are rising quickly, the longer it takes you to buy a home, the less you will get for your money. If housing prices are rising faster than you can keep up, you risk getting priced out of the market.

Reasons to Buy First Then Sell

  • You won't have the hassle of renting and having to move twice.
  • You won't miss out on your dream home or an amazing deal. This may be the way to go if your goal is to relocate to a community where there is a seller's market or prices are rising quickly.
  • If it makes sense for you, you have the option of renting out your old home or your new one. You'll want to talk with an accountant or financial advisor and lawyer to make sure you understand the details and that it's feasible for you.

Disadvantages to Buying First

  • There's pressure to sell. Financially and emotionally once you've purchased a new home. This means you may end up selling your home for less than you want to.
  • As a seller you're vulnerable if there is a sudden drastic market change. This is especially problematic if the home you're trying to sell is in a slow market to begin with.

Ultimately, you'll have to do what makes the most sense for you. Buying and selling at the same time can be tricky but with planning and preparation it can be done. Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home, contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today.

May
29

What to Expect from a Home Inspection

Home Inspections
Whether you're buying or selling a home, it's important to understand both the benefits and the process of a home inspection. Both parties will gain clearer insight into the home's structural condition before closing the sale and therefore, be more confident with the final selling price. Our REALTORS® are eager to introduce you to so many beautiful Southport homes for sale, and once we find your dream home, here's what you'll need to know about proceeding with a home inspection. 

Well Worth The Investment
Many prospective home buyers don't realize that it's traditionally the buyer's responsibility to obtain the home inspection, especially if it's their first home purchase. The inspection may cost you a few hundred dollars, but it will help you determine whether what you plan to offer is in line with the home's true value. The inspection may confirm that the home is in great shape, but it can also bring to light potential problems and needed repairs. It's much better to invest in the inspection now than to be faced with unpleasant surprises after you close on the home.

Always Go With A Pro
The home inspection process and subsequent report are an important part of your decision to purchase a home and just how much money you're willing to offer for it. You may be able to get solid recommendations for an inspector from friends, family or colleagues, but be certain that he or she is qualified and even certified in states that require certification. Your inspector will schedule a time to inspect the home, and the process usually lasts a few hours. Their job will be to review the home thoroughly for structural integrity and to identify any deficiencies and potential problems. The inspection should be thorough, and some major areas being examined will include the home's:

  • Foundation
  • Basement and attic (if applicable)
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing
  • Roof
  • Windows and doors
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Floors, ceilings, and walls
  • Exterior structure

Tag Along For The Inspection
It's a good idea to attend the inspection in order to see any potential problems first hand. You may see something you hadn't initially noticed when viewing the home, and the inspector may be able to clarify questions that surface during the inspection. Once the inspector is finished, an inspection report will be issued. It's likely that he or she will have found several issues, but it's often the case that the majority of them are minor and either inexpensive to resolve or something that can be postponed without harming the home's value. If major issues are found, you may be able to negotiate the price with the seller with consideration for the cost of needed repairs. With the report in hand, you'll be better able to confidently make an offer to purchase and be on your way to home ownership.

The housing market can be a maze of excitement and confusion, but our REALTORS® are here to make your experience simple and stress-free. If you're ready to buy or sell, contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., and let us show you a new standard of excellence!

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