Susan Brown, Broker/Realtor®'s Blog

Posted on 09/20/2020
Tips for Budgeting for a Fixer Upper
Image by Annie Gray from Unsplash If you are handy with home repair, you could buy a more expensive house if you are willing to put some work into it. Many foreclosures are often sold “as is,” and require some work. The seller may also be more open to negotiating a lower price based on the number of...
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Posted on 09/16/2020
Another Property Sold - 8653 Spruce Grove Court NE #69, Leland, NC 28451
Come build your dream home in the Highland Forest neighborhood in Compass Pointe. Come see what resort style living is all about in our gated, golf course friendly...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
How to Protect Your Windows During Hurricane Watches
Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash While the hurricane season may still be a couple of seasons away, now is a great time to start thinking about how best to protect your home in the event of a hurricane, tornado, or similar high wind storm situation. During high wind situations, windows can easily become broken as a result...
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Posted on 09/08/2020
"Labor Day Gift-Compass Pointe & a New Beginning"
Labor Day Gift: Compass Pointe & a New Beginning Over the span of 9 months, 1 car visit, and 2 RV visits, my buyers, Deb Ellenberg-Gray & John Gray have found the lot that makes them happy—in Compass Pointe where they will build a custom home on a tract of land with a nature preserve and a forest of...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Key Questions to Consider Before You Attend a Home Showing
A home showing represents a valuable opportunity for a property buyer. However, there may be instances in which a buyer is unsure about whether to attend a house showing. Lucky for you, we're here to help you weigh the pros and cons of scheduling a home showing. Now, let's take a look at three questions to consider before you...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
New Construction or An Older Home: Which Is Best to Buy?
Image by MITCH WRIGHT from Pixabay If you thought we'd answer "It all depends" you're absolutely right. So, lets take a look at the upsides and challenges of old and new homes. Buying an Older Home or Condo If you fall in love with an older home or condo, your real estate professional will guide you through the...
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Posted on 08/24/2020
How to Prepare Your Credit Before Your Home Search
Photo by bongkarn thanyakij from Pexels Shopping for a new home should be an exciting experience, but if you are unsure of where you stand with your credit, it can be a little nerve-wracking. Having good credit will not only help you to secure more favorable interest rates for your mortgage, but it can also help you to...
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Posted on 08/20/2020
Am I Happy for my Seller? You Betcha!
Am I happy for my Seller? You Betcha! We had “unexpected multiple offers.” During Covid-19, you hear lots of rumors, trends, and activity. Did I hold Open Houses or do Virtual Showings? Did Buyers obtain mortgage rates under 3%? Did we have stiff competition or did property show added-value? Lots of competitive advantages--open storage for recreational vehicles, a detached...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Real Estate Zoning Basics
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay The regulations of real estate zoning have the potential to make or break a property, but not everyone is aware of these laws until they're confronted with the day-to-day realities of them. We'll look at the basics of zoning, and what investors and homeowners should keep in mind before making plans. There...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
How to Design an Indoor Pool
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels When you have an indoor pool, you don’t have to wait for the weather to cooperate in order to go swimming. Indoor pools offer a convenient way to swim for exercise or relaxation whenever you want. These pools can also add even more luxury to your home with the right features and design....
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Posted on 08/02/2020
Create a DIY Storage Bench
Photo by Thijs van der Weide from Pexels You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets....
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Posted on 07/27/2020
126 River Oaks Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412 is now new to the market!
Our custom brick, 3,268 sf Cape Cod-style home has 3 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms. It's what buyers want today-- more personal space, ability to work from home, and 4 large backyard entertainment centers. The 660 sf detached garage (22.8' by 30') has separate workshop rooms, a 2-post automobile lift, 2 entry doors, and measures 10' to the peak of the roof. A lengthy driveway accommodates 4+ vehicles and welcomes guests.The open floor plan includes a kitchen, laundry room with pet door, dining room, living room, a gas log fireplace, family room, and an enclosed sun room. All bedrooms are located on 2nd floor, a master bedroom with...
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