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July 26, 2018

Wilmington NC Top Rated Real Estate Company: Regina Drury Real Estate Group

Nominated in Star News: Wilmington NC Best Real Estate Agency and Best Real Estate Agent

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Before starting Regina Drury Real Estate Group, Regina was a top selling agent with a big box Real Estate company for 11 years.  Her boutique company was born out of the desire to provide more personal services for her clients.

For the 2nd time this year, Regina Drury and Regina Drury Real Estate Group has been listed in the top rankings for Wilmington NC Realtors and top rankings for Wilmington NC Realty Companies.  This is an unexpected surprise for this boutique company.  "Our goal was to provide the best customer service.  We never imagined we would appear in customer rankings above many of the big box Real Estate companies.  It's exciting to see what we are doing is pleasing the customers.  Their nomination and votes mean the world to me." - Regina Drury

Regina Drury and Regina Drury Real Estate Group are in the final 5 run for the Best of the Best Shorepicks and we need your vote!  You can vote every day, once a day, until August 14, 2018 in as many categories as you'd like.  Here's the link to Vote NOW!  If you pick your favorites in at least 25 categories you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card.  Good luck to you and thank you again for your vote!  Remember you can repeat your vote everyday until August 14, 2018!  

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July 10, 2018

Buying a Home versus Renting | Pros and Cons of Buying vs Renting

Buying a Home Versus Renting

Are you wondering whether you should take the plunge and buy a home? Maybe you’ve been thinking about the pros and cons of renting versus buying. Well, we want to make your life just a little bit easier, so we’ve come up with the pros and cons ourselves. 

Pros of Renting a Home

So let’s talk about renting homes first. Chances are you already know what it’s like.

You know that if you rent a home, monthly costs tend to be pretty fixed, meaning you pretty much know what you are going to be paying for, without the worry of an extra cost creeping up out of the blue. You also are not subject to the amount of responsibility that owning a home comes with. Some of the advantages of renting a home are:

  • You’re not paying a lot up front

Usually, with apartments or homes for rent, you're only paying for a security deposit and administrative fees.  Even with many security deposits, you have the opportunity to receive the money back in full at the end of your commitment to the property if the property is kept in good condition. However, with putting a downpayment on a home, which could be thousands of dollars, depending on the kind of loan you get. 

  • You’re not responsible for it in the grand scheme of things. You’re just temporarily responsible for it for as long as you have a lease. 

This is pretty self-explanatory, but with renting, you have no imminent ties to the property and you are not responsible for upkeep. Your landlord/owner pays for property taxes, maintenance issues, and repairs. For example, if you find your roof is leaking...oh well! Call the landlord to take care of it. ;) 

  • No worries about paying a mortgage if your income is not steady

Owning a home may seem like a ton of financial responsibility; a mortgage is quite the feat to take on. Renting a home feels a little less stressful.

  • Ability to move to another location if necessary or desired

If you know that you don't have any ties to where you are living and you think that sometime in the next year or two that you might want to move, then owning a home is probably not in your best interest. Some loans require homeowners to have that home as their permanent residence, meaning there is no option to rent out and move somewhere else if you choose.

Pros of Buying a Home

While renting a home instead of buying one may sound more appealing, there are huge advantages to buying. Here are some of the pros of buying a home. You may want to buy a home if: 

  • You want something of yours

Makes sense, right? With buying a home, you are the final decision maker. You are now the owner meaning you can
remodel or update your home at any time of your choosing. If you want to paint your bedroom pink, you can do and
there's no one you have to ask permission. Well, you might want to ask your spouse before painting that room pink.

  • You're wanting to build equity

Owning a home offers you the chance to make a great investment and to build equity, whereas with renting a property,
you walk away with no profit. When you are renting, you are paying your landlord's mortgage! Why pay your landlord's
mortgage when you can have your own and build equity for your future! If home prices rise, you may eventually be
priced out of being able to buy a home in the neighborhood you are interested in. This is happening
more and more
the current real estate market as the prices
for homes are increasing as well as the interest rates.

  • The tax benefits

The benefits of tax deductions for owning a home is an appealing factor. There are various deductions at the end of the year for people who own homes.

  • You can find a tenant if you need to move

Most loans don't have restrictions on renting your house out later.  Buying a property and later making it a rental is a great way to build equity and wealth!  Imagine renting your house and each month the balance on the mortgage drops a little more.  30 years from now when you are ready to retire you could have a house with no mortgage and passive income coming in the mail to you every month from your tenant.

  • You can resell at a later date

While it seems like owning a home may be permanent, it's not completely permanent. You always have the option to sell at a later date. Let's say 5 years down the road, you get an amazing job opportunity in another city. All you have to do is reach out to a top Realtor and put your home on the market to be sold! 

If you are thinking of buying a home in Wilmington, NC we are here to help! We can answer any questions on the home buying experience that you might have. Curious about how much you can qualify for? Don’t forget to speak with a lender to get pre-approved and make the process go that much quicker! We look forward to hearing from you. 

 

 

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June 6, 2018

1722 Middle Sound Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28411 | House Tour [pics only] | 100118696

Home for Sale Wilmington, NC 

Check out this beautiful home in Middle Sound Loop, a highly desired area near Ogden.

For more details about this property for sale in Wilmington, including photos and information, click here. 

What are the features of 1722 Middle Sound Loop?

  • 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom

  • 2 car garage

  • Saltwater In-ground Pool

  • Major recent replacements: HVAC (2015/2018), Roof (2016), and Saltwater Pool liner (2017)

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Home for Sale

This home also offers a 2 car garage and has so much charm! Even though it's located in Middle Sound Loop, it is actually located in an area with NO HOA, which means no fees and rules and regulations. 

Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances

Take a look at this beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a handy dandy island in the center, and plenty of cabinet space.

In-Ground Saltwater Pool!? We love it!

Imagine relaxing by the pool after you get home from a long workday or on the weekend during the summertime. Your own little personal paradise! 

Natural light in Living Room 

Look at that light in the living room with vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors.

3 bedrooms

2.5 bathrooms

2 car garage

Vaulted ceiling in living room 

Granite countertops in Kitchen

Garden shed with electric

Rocking Chair Front Porch

In-Ground Saltwater Pool

Saltwater Pool Liner Replaced 2017

Roof Replaced 2016

HVAC Replaced 2015/2018

NO HOA RULES/FEES

Schedule a private showing tour of 1722 Middle Sound Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28411. Contact Regina Drury 910-239-1396. 

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May 24, 2018

1023 Summerlin Falls Court, Wilmington, NC 28412 | House Tour [video] | 100112869

Home for Sale Wilmington NC

This charming townhome in Summerlin Falls just came on the market, is move in ready, and is going to go fast! 

For more details on this property including more photos and information, click here! 

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Take a peek at 1023 Summerlin Falls Court by viewing our Facebook Live House Tour. 

What are the features of 1023 Summerlin Falls Court?

  • 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhome with 1 car garage

  • Hardwood floors in common areas

  • Large built-in bookshelf in the living room

  • Plenty of counter space in kitchen with a built-in desk

  • Master bedroom comes with a master bath and separate shower and a large walk-in closet

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhome in Wilmington, NC

This home for sale in Wilmington, NC has quite a few features to it and is located near the 17th St/Independence area--very close to the new movie theater, dining, and entertainment. Scroll for more!

Spacious Kitchen with Special Features

Check out that useful island in the center of the kitchen! Perfect for extra counter space. This kitchen also comes with that built-in desk and pantry. 

Beautiful Living Room Area 

Check out this beautiful living room with hardwood floors and this beautiful built-in bookshelf. Additionally, these screen doors line the walls of the living room and kitchen, allowing for beautiful natural light to fill the whole room. 

Quaint Courtyard Area

Grab your coffee and head out to sit on your patio furniture while enjoying a beautiful day outside. 

3 bedroom

2 bathroom

1 car garage

Built-in bookshelves

Hardwood floors in common areas

Beautiful island countertop in kitchen 

Built-in desk in kitchen

Master bedroom with separate tub and shower

Walk-in closet in master bedroom

Sliding glass doors in kitchen and living room - plenty of natural light

Courtyard area 

Close to the new movie theater, dining, and entertainment 

Schedule a private showing tour of 1023 Summerlin Falls today! Contact Regina Drury: 910-232-4919

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May 18, 2018

COMING SOON: 1023 Summerlin Falls Court, Wilmington, NC 28412

COMING SOON:

1023 Summerlin Falls Court, Wilmington, NC 28412 | Homes for Sale Wilmington, NC 

This home will be coming on the market May 25, so schedule an appointment to view this home as soon as it becomes available for showings!

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located in a nice neighborhood--Summerlin Falls! Close to the new movie theater, dining, entertainment, etc. Hardwood floors in the common areas and carpets in the bedrooms. Master bedroom has master bathroom which is rather large with a separate tub and shower and a walk-in closet. There's a quaint courtyard in the back also that's nice to lounge around and relax.

Listed as Coming Soon with Regina Drury Real Estate Group

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May 17, 2018

605 Bradley Creek Point Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403 | House Tour [pics] | 100116116

Home for Sale Wilmington, NC

This home makes quite the statement! You really don't want to miss the chance to own this beautiful home with luxurious features! This is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Charleston-inspired home with a circular driveway, dual curved staircases, gas lanterns, and floor to ceiling windows. 

To view more information on this property, including more photos and information, click here. 

What are the features of 605 Bradley Creek Point Road? 

  • 4 bedrooms

  • 3.5 bathrooms

  • Airlie Gardens Butterflies in Backyard

  • Scenic Airlie Road

  • Elevator 

  • Indoor Heated Pool

  • Spa-like Master Bathroom

  • Huge closets

  • Majestic Oak Trees 

  • Floor to Ceiling Windows

  • 12' Ceiling in Living Room

  • Gas Lanterns

  • Circular Driveway 

  • Low HOA dues: $100/year

  • Waterfront neighborhood

  • Minutes from Wrightsville Beach

  • Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

Check out some photos of some of the features of this amazing property for sale in the highly sought after Bradley Creek Point subdivision. 

Rainy Day but Still Want to Swim? No Worries Here!

There's an indoor pool in this home, so if it's rainy, there are no issues--just swim inside!

We are in LOVE with this Kitchen

This kitchen is made for a cook who loves to throw down in the kitchen! With a 6 burner gas stove and double oven, beautiful cabinetry, and plenty of cabinet space, what more can you ask for? And the design has us swooning!

Home Gym anyone? 

This home gym is downstairs beside the indoor pool and boasts views of the butterflies from Airlie Gardens. 

Game Room the Perfect Size

Dining room turned Game Room maybe? This room is the perfect size for a pool table! As always--you can make it what you want it, or for whatever use you need it for, but look at the design on this room. 

This Home Has it All

You remember how we mentioned butterflies in the backyard? Why not sit amongst them? :) 

4 bedrooms

3.5 bathrooms

Airlie Gardens Butterflies in Backyard

Scenic Airlie Road

Elevator 

Indoor Heated Pool

Spa-like Master Bathroom

Huge closets

Majestic Oak Trees 

Floor to Ceiling Windows

12' Ceiling in Living Room

Gas Lanterns

Circular Driveway 

Low HOA dues: $100/year

Waterfront neighborhood

Minutes from Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

Schedule a private showing of 605 Bradley Creek Point Road! Call Regina Drury today: 910-239-1396

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May 17, 2018

122 Fayetteville St, Holden Beach, NC 28462 | House Tour [video] | 100116598

Home for Sale Holden Beach, NC

Homes like this do not come by often and for this price! Located in the quaint beach town of Holden Beach, this home is quite the beauty! Whether you want to make this your primary residence or your vacation home, this home is perfect for the homeowner who loves the water!

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What are the features of 122 Fayetteville St, Holden Beach, NC 28462?

  • 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom

  • Waterfront with boat slip

  • Intracoastal access

  • Boat Dock

  • Beach just a block away 

  • Fully furnished

  • Great vacation rental

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Holden Beach

This home is so beautiful and probably its most enticing factor is its views of the water in the back of the home. Look out on your front porch to see the view of the water with your own boat slip and deck where you can dock your boat. 

Enjoy a relaxing day at your home by the water--this home is waterfront, but it's also so close to the ocean! Only minutes away.

Gorgeous Kitchen with Updated Stove

With plenty of storage space in the kitchen, that's one feature! But the current owner just put in a beautiful brand new stove and exhaust hood! Get to cooking right away and get some use out of it!

Fully Furnished--what?!

Another super appealing quality to this home is that it is fully furnished. Everything you see in this picture right here and in other parts of the home is going with the sale of the house. If that's not a stress reliever, I don't know what is! 

3 bedroom 

2 bathroom

Waterfront

With boat slip

Intracoastal Access

Beach just minutes away

1 car garage

A couple of storage buildings--one could be a workshop, the other could be for extra storage space

No HOA

Dining room area with views of the water

Brand new stove 

Fully furnished

Beautiful hardwood floors in bedrooms

Carpet in living room

Great vacation rental or second home

Laundry room 

Schedule a private showing tour of 122 Fayetteville St! Call Regina Drury today! 910-239-1396.

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May 16, 2018

Urgent! 100% Financing May Be Going Away for North Wilmington

100% Financing May Be Going Away for North Wilmington

If you have been thinking about getting 100% financing in the Wilmington area, right now the USDA is working on a new map to determine what areas are still going to be available for USDA financing.

On June 4, 2018 USDA will make a decision on approving the new map of eligibility.  Ogden, Northchase, Murrayville, and other North Wilmington areas are on the new map as NO longer eligible for USDA 100% loan financing.

Like I said, if you are thinking of buying a home in any of the aforementioned areas, NOW is the time, before they make the final decision. Call me today to buy your future home in North Wilmington, whether it be Ogden, Northchase, Murrayville.

Do not sleep on this very real information!

For an area to qualify for USDA financing means that it has to be a rural area, not an urban area. Much of North Wilmington has in fact been growing exponentially with both the population and local businesses, which is great, but definitely affects the notion of what is considered to be rural. That is why this is so important, because many of our buyers like the idea of living in these North Wilmington neighborhoods; they want the ability to have the USDA financing option, and so they go for it! But soon, it may not exist in these areas anymore. 

So, take advantage while you still can--call me today. 

What is USDA financing? 

USDA financing offers low-to-moderate-income households the chance to own a home for as little as $500-1000 down if an interested buyer who qualifies, meaning you meet income requirements and minimum credit score, are a US citizen, and other requirements. USDA is an option for some parts of Wilmington, Brunswick County, Pender County, Onslow County, and all the other counties in the Southeast North Carolina area. 

Want to know more about how to purchase a home with 100% financing? Click here. 

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May 14, 2018

You Still Have Time to Spring Clean: Tips to Spring Clean Your Home

There's Still Time to Spring Clean

The calendar may say that we are well into spring and even closer to summer at this point, but that doesn't mean it's too late to take care of what we may have been putting off during that long, cold winter. Regardless of the weather or the calendar, there is definitely still time to spring clean your home and make it look it good as new! When it comes to spring cleaning, it can get overwhelming, but we've compiled a handy dandy list of things to think about when you are wanting to freshen your home up and make it look good as new. 

1. Clean Your Refrigerator

Yes, clean your fridge! It's a very common item in your house that gets dirty, but we don't typically make the time to clean it due to busy schedules, but it's super important to take care of! Soy sauce spills from Chinese takeout, vegetables get left in there without being thrown away sometimes, and other things get overlooked as well. When was the last time you checked the expiration date on some of the sauces in the refrigerator door? Go through your fridge and check expiration dates, get rid of things you know you won't eat, toss out those items that you no longer need--then take everything out and do a deep clean of your refrigerator! 

2. Organize Your Kitchen Pantry 

Sometimes when we are looking through our pantry trying to pack lunch for the day or prepare for making dinner that evening, we tend to pull things out and then put them back in without thinking twice about it. Eventually, everything gets out of place and some items in your pantry are no longer as good as they once were. 

3. Tend to Things You Don't Get To Often

There are just some things we don't think about! 

  • Washing windows
  • Dusting surfaces
  • Deep cleaning your mattress (yes, this is an item that needs cleaning too)
  • Dust the ceiling fans 
  • Wash out trash cans 
  • Set your oven to self-clean to clean out the grease stains
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Clean your dishwasher (yes, your dishwasher) 

There are many different hacks out there to clean your home with an eco-oriented state of mind also! This is just a starter list for cleaning out different spots in your house--you can really get down and dirty with making sure you get to all the nooks and crannies of your home. 

4. Go Through Your Closet

Check the clothes that you no longer wear or the items that you simply no longer have any more use for. Consider donating to your local homeless shelter or to an organization that could use gently used clothes. 

5. Think about Hiring a Professional Carpet Cleaner or Even a House Cleaner

Consider hiring a professional to really add some extra freshness to your carpet! There's nothing like the look or feel of clean carpet to make you feel like your home is brand new again. Or maybe you want someone else to take on the hassle of cleaning your home for spring! It's always a consideration--and never a bad one--to invest in a professional to take care of the cleaning for you, whether it's for your carpets or for a full deep clean of your home. 


Are you considering selling your house soon? Did you know that there are tricks to get your home to sell your home faster and having a nicely organized home is one of them? Click here to learn more. 

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May 14, 2018

1397 Church Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 | House Tour [pics only] | 100111061

Home For Sale Leland, NC

This three bedroom, two bathroom home will go fast! Located in Leland, NC, this home is not too far from dining, shopping, and downtown Wilmington, NC.

This home is priced to sell, is USDA eligible, and is located in a no HOA neighborhood. 

What are you waiting for?!

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Large Living Room 

With vaulted ceilings and brand new carpets just put in, this living room is large and ready for you to move in!

Take a Look at This Kitchen

Nice amount of cabinet space with black appliances with space for a dining room directly adjacent to the kitchen area. Opening above the sink provides view to living room.

Relax on the Porch after a Long Day 

Imagine yourself sitting on your porch after a long day relaxing and enjoying the weather. 

Priced to SELL!

3 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

2 car garage

Brand new carpets

Large living room space! 

Walk-in closet in master bedroom 

Porch for relaxing

Eligible for USDA financing

No HOA dues

Close to Downtown Wilmington

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