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How to Approach a Local Move
Posted on 04/05/2020
How to Approach a Local Move
Photo by bruce mars from Pexels Moving locally might not seem as stressful as a long-distance move, but it can still be hectic if you’re not well-prepared for it. Whether your local move is just down the street or to another part of town, make sure you start getting ready for it early. The following tips can help...
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Travel Apps - Enjoy the Journey
Posted on 03/29/2020
Travel Apps - Enjoy the Journey
Photo by: Sebastien Gabriel via Unsplash You have a great trip planned, but you want to bring all your friends and family along with you. Well, let technology help. You don’t have to be a celebrity or a tech genius to enjoy documenting your travels. You can preserve your travel memories as they happen and keep everyone up-to-date...
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Protect Your Family With These Home Security Tips
Posted on 03/22/2020
Protect Your Family With These Home Security Tips
There are a lot of effective ways to keep your home safe, secure, and free from intrusion, but those techniques are of little use if you don't consistently use them. Technological solutions are well worth considering because they can be activated and monitored from almost any location. Whether you're at a restaurant across town or comfortably lying in bed...
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How Conforming Loan Limit Increase Affects the Jumbo Market
Posted on 03/15/2020
How Conforming Loan Limit Increase Affects the Jumbo Market
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay If you bought a house that was over $484,350 prior to 2020, you had to get a jumbo loan, which is a non-conforming loan. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) increased the limit on conforming loans to $510,400 in most areas. The FHFA also increased the loan limit to $765,600 in some...
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Tax Breaks and Deductions Every New Homeowner Needs to Know About
Posted on 03/08/2020
Tax Breaks and Deductions Every New Homeowner Needs to Know About
Buying your first home is probably one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your life. But, it does come with its advantages. Among them are tax breaks and deductions that you can take advantage of to save money if you play your cards right. In today’s post, I’m going to cover some of the tax breaks and deductions...
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1609 Sound Watch Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409 has an Open House on  Sunday, March 15, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Posted on 03/04/2020
1609 Sound Watch Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409 has an Open House on Sunday, March 15, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
''Is this a WALK in the PARK? -- Ohh Nooo!'' ''This is a WALK to THE DOCK!''Imagine living in a city inside a fabulous 5 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, 3,422 sf brick home, in a private gated waterfront community. This neighborhood faces the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) with 10 deeded boat slips & lifts. This house & 6 others do not have a deeded boat slip.Intracoastal Watch is a tiny planned residential community of about 17-20 homes, a tennis court, clubhouse, 2 bdrm. guest house for rent, sidewalks, salt water pool, a marina, and a wide selection of home styles.Since no one is producing any more earth, houses may depreciate but land only...
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How to Prepare Your Pets for a Move
Posted on 03/01/2020
How to Prepare Your Pets for a Move
Image by Kazuky Akayashi from Unsplash Whether you’re moving down the street or to a different state, it’s important to make sure your pets are prepared for this change. There are several practical things to consider while getting your pets ready for your move. Since you already have a lot to keep track of between packing and planning...
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1609 Sound Watch Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409 now has a new price of $499,500!
Posted on 02/25/2020
1609 Sound Watch Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409 now has a new price of $499,500!
''Is this a WALK in the PARK? -- Ohh Nooo!'' ''This is a WALK to THE DOCK!''Imagine living in a city inside a fabulous 5 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, 3,422 sf brick home, in a private gated waterfront community. This neighborhood faces the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) with 10 boat slips & lifts.Intracoastal Watch is a tiny planned residential community of about 17-20 homes, a tennis court, clubhouse, 2 bdrm. guest house for rent, sidewalks, salt water pool, a marina, and a wide selection of home styles.Since no one is producing any more earth, houses may depreciate but land only appreciates. With land at a premium in Wilmington, this home's lot...
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1609 Sound Watch Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409 has an Open House on  Sunday, March 1, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Posted on 02/25/2020
1609 Sound Watch Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409 has an Open House on Sunday, March 1, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
''Is this a WALK in the PARK? -- Ohh Nooo!'' ''This is a WALK to THE DOCK!''Imagine living in a city inside a fabulous 5 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, 3,422 sf brick home, in a private gated waterfront community. This neighborhood faces the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) with 10 boat slips & lifts.Intracoastal Watch is a tiny planned residential community of about 17-20 homes, a tennis court, clubhouse, 2 bdrm. guest house for rent, sidewalks, salt water pool, a marina, and a wide selection of home styles.Since no one is producing any more earth, houses may depreciate but land only appreciates. With land at a premium in Wilmington, this home's lot...
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What are Prepayment Penalties?
Posted on 02/23/2020
What are Prepayment Penalties?
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Most are familiar with the key components of a mortgage: how much you're borrowing, what your interest rate is, how many years you'll be paying your mortgage back. There are many, however, who do not understand some of the finer details, including what prepayment penalties are and how they may affect you...
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When Is the Best Day to Hold an Open House?
Posted on 02/16/2020
When Is the Best Day to Hold an Open House?
Photo by Paul Brennan via PixabayThe Open House is just a part of the marketing strategy to effectively sell a home, but it can be an important one. The number of people it attracts can strongly correlate with both the number and quality of the offers you receive. So while you may not have the luxury of selling...
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Considerations for Moving to an HOA Community
Posted on 02/09/2020
Considerations for Moving to an HOA Community
Image by rawmn from Shutterstock People have different notions about living in an HOA community. As much as there is a bright side to living in such an environment, you also need to consider the potential disadvantages. Some HOAs have an organized and well-maintained neighborhood, while others may have lackluster management and community issues. Before you make your...
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