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April 23, 2018

3113 Braemar Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409 | House Tour [video] | 100112305

Home for Sale in Wilmington, NC 

Located in Holly Tree, Roland Grise, and Hoggard School District in the subdivision of Kingsland Woods, this 4+ bedroom home has many great features.  

To view all of the details on this property including more photos and information, click here. 

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What are the features of 3113 Braemar Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409? 

  • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathroom

  • Bonus room and bathroom above Detached garage

  • Saltwater Inground Pool

  • 2 Car Attached Garage

  • 2  Car Detached Garage

  • Carport

  • Perfect garage space for Contractor or Handyman looking for a place for all their tools

  • Hardwood Floors throughout the house

  • Wood Burning Fireplace

  • Granite Counters

  • Sprinkler System uses Well Water

  • Lots of Available Parking

  • Fenced Back Yard

  • Rocking Chair Front Porch 

 

4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathroom home in Wilmington, NC

This charming house has many amazing features. Upon entering the property, you are greeted by a 2 car attached garage with a nice front porch--just perfect for a day to relaxing. Don't stop just at the front of the house though, because there are so many other things that make this property stand out from the rest.

Large Living Room with Lots of Space

Enjoy this large living room with vaulted ceilings just beside the kitchen area. This living room has a wood burning fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors throughout. 

Kitchen with Cabinets Galore

With the dining room right beside it, this kitchen is perfect for someone who likes to cook! Stainless steel appliances, glass door cabinets, tile back splash, generous counter space--what more can you ask for? 

 

Inground Swimming Pool Out Back

Summer is coming and if you know anything about Wilmington, you know a nice pool day is very refreshing in our neck of the woods. Why not have a pool day from the comfort of your own home? 

Detached Garage with An Extra Room

As if 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms weren't enough, there's also a BONUS room AND bathroom with heating and air above the detached 2 car garage. 

4 bedroom

2.5 bathrooms 

Bonus bedroom with bathroom above the detached garage

2 car attached garage

Carport

Saltwater Inground Pool

Huge fenced in backyard

Hardwood floors

Natural light

Formal dining room

Spacious kitchen cabinets

Master bathroom has dual sinks and separate tub and shower

Sprinkler connected to well

 

To view all of the details on this property including more photos and information, click here. 

 

Schedule a Private Showing tour of 3113 Braemar Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409 - Contact Regina Drury 910-232-4919

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April 12, 2018

133 Lehigh Road, Wilmington, NC 28412 | House Tour [video] | 100110532

Home for Sale in Wilmington NC

The newest home on the market is this adorable 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home located in Lehigh Estates just a few minutes drive to Carolina Beach. This home is in a NO HOA zone, meaning you can park your boat or RV right in your backyard with no worries!

More details on this property including more photos and information can be found by clicking here.

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3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home in Wilmington NC

Properties like this, for this cost, and this close to Carolina Beach are getting harder to find, so don't miss out on your chance to own this home and live close to the beach...and for under 200k! 

Updated Kitchen Features!

This house features an updated kitchen with new cabinets and new beautiful granite countertops! 

A nice addition is the wine refrigerator

Sip on your wine that comes straight out of the wine refrigerator. ;) This is a fun little addition to the home! 

Check Out This Living Room!

Not only does this living room have beautiful natural light coming in through this large window, but it also just received a new update as well: new tile floors that look quite similar to hardwood floors!

 

3 bedrooms

1.5 bathrooms

New tile floors in living room

Natural light

Wine fridge

New granite countertops in kitchen

New cabinets in kitchen

Large laundry room

Bonus room! 

Large backyard with chain link fence

Covered patio in the back

Short drive to Carolina Beach

NO HOA rules or dues - Park your RV right in the backyard! ;)

USDA eligible

More details on this property including more photos and information can be found by clicking here.

Schedule a Private Showing tour of 133 Lehigh Road, Wilmington, NC 28412 - Contact Regina Drury 910-232-4919

 

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April 11, 2018

6703 Dorrington Ave, Wilmington, NC 28412 | House Tour [video] | 100110313

Home for Sale in Wilmington, NC

This cute 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Lords Creek is move-in ready and waiting for you!

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

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What are the features of 6703 Dorrington Ave, Wilmington, NC 28412?

  • USDA eligible!

  • Hardwood Floors

  • Screened in Porch

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Wilmington, NC 

This cute house is located in the Lords Creek subdivision, very close to the schools for this area: Anderson, Murray, and Ashley. This house is also less than 6 miles from Carolina Beach! Not a bad drive to go spend a day at the beach. ;) 

 

Spacious Living Room and Dining Room

Take a look at this living room with these big windows, allowing for a lot of light to come through! Additionally, this living room, along with the other common areas in the house and the master bedroom boast beautiful hardwood floors. Perfect for sliding across them like Tom Cruise in Risky Business.

Spacious Seating Areas - Perfect for the Entertainer

Plenty of space not only in the living room and dining room, but also beside the kitchen for extra seating if you prefer to have more space. 

Screened In Patio

Enjoy a relaxing day out on the screened in patio! Additionally, this house has a well with a sprinkler system attached to it! 

3 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

2 car garage

Hardwood floors in living room and kitchen

Hardwood floors in master bedroom

Screened in Patio

Sprinkler System is Hooked Up to a Well

Split bedroom floor plan

Laundry room

Spacious dining room

Kitchen with Pantry

Close to Schools

Less than 6 miles from Carolina Beach

USDA eligible

 

Schedule a Private Showing tour of 6703 Dorrington Dr, Wilmington, NC 28412 - Contact Regina Drury 910-232-4919

 

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April 10, 2018

Mistakes When Buying a Home | First Time Home Buyer Wilmington NC

First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

Buying a home is not as simple as it may seem; there are many mistakes that can be made.  When you are getting ready to buy a house, here are some common mistakes to avoid.

 

Not Checking your Credit or Speaking to a Lender

You may be thinking it’s time to buy your first home, but have you checked your credit score yet? Have you spoken with a lender to see if you can get a preapproval for a mortgage? Knowing where you stand in terms of buying capabilities is super important to the process of buying a house. For instance, the bank or the mortgage company says you may be able to afford a home, but you may have a different understanding of what you are comfortable paying in terms of monthly mortgage payments and what kind of price range you are looking for. 

The best way to get ahead of that issue is to budget out your monthly expenses. We’re talking student loan payments, vehicle payments and insurance, credit card bills, groceries, health insurance, monthly activities that you may not want to give up—you have to know what you’re paying currently, and what you can afford to add on from the beginning. Set a budget and stick to it—that way, when you get ready to buy your first home, you know what to expect and what you are getting into financially.

Not Optimizing Your Credit Score

Want to know how to have a better interest rate and ultimately pay less in interest? Optimize your credit score! If your credit score is just average, then make waves to improve it before applying for a mortgage. We actually wrote a blog about this. Click here to learn more about how your credit affects buying a home.

Not Picking the Right Real Estate Agent

Many agents are not out there with your best interests in mind. When it comes to buying a home, you want an agent who truly represents your best interests, desires, and knows your yes’s from your no’s. You also want an agent who is well acquainted with the area and is very knowledgeable when it comes to buying and selling real estate. Some agents are just that—agents. They take on buyers and sellers as clients, but they don’t have the slightest clue about the current real estate market. You want an agent who is well informed on all aspects and very active in the business.

Want to know how to pick a top real estate agent in Wilmington NC? Click here for more information!

Not Researching the Neighborhood

You may look at a property and think to yourself “This is my dream home!” Yet, you look at the school districts and they are less than average, or your neighbors are a riot, or the neighborhood, in general, is in a less than ideal area. It’s important to do your research on not just the home, but also the neighborhood. You can always find another home that meets all your needs, but you can’t change a home that’s in the wrong neighborhood. 

Before buying, consider the neighborhood’s overall value, the crime rate in the neighborhood, the school zone that it’s in, surrounding churches, and how close it is to shopping, grocery stores, etc. Factor in what’s important to you when it comes to living in specific neighborhoods.

Not Considering Your Home’s Resale Value

Usually, when you are in the process of buying a home, you are only thinking about a couple of things. Maybe you’ve been tired of apartment life and so you wanted to buy a home that you could call your own. You’ve entertained the thoughts of settling down, so you are not in the frame of mind to think about what might happen in the future. But—unexpected things happen sometimes, so you just never know! 

With that being said, when you are looking to buy a home, you should consider a few things concerning your home’s resale value. If you had put your home on the market, would it be easy to sell or would it be difficult? While you’re on your search for your future home, it’s important to at least consider whether or not the home would be of interest to a future prospective buyer. 

Failing to Consider Other Expenses

With a home that you are renting, your main expense is usually rent and utilities, with the occasional property management company that requires renter’s insurance to protect against accidents. With purchasing your own home, you have additional expenses on top of the monthly mortgage payment. Now, you also have property taxes and home insurance. On top of that, gone are the days when you can just call the maintenance guy to fix the problem with your AC or toilet, or the property management company to tell them of your ceiling leaking all of a sudden. As a homeowner, you are now responsible for making the calls and taking care of home repairs.  Additionally, many townhomes and condos also have an HOA management company with its own charges for grounds upkeep and amenities, depending on the company. 

Not Opting for a Home Inspection 

So you’ve walked into what you are hoping to be your future home and you’ve checked everything out. Everything looks great, right? Not always. While everything may look great on the outside (and the inside), you might not see the things that inspectors see in terms of the more nitty-gritty details of a property. So, it’s always wise to schedule a home inspection and be sure that there is nothing that is overly awry with the property—this way you can go into closing on the home with the knowledge that you are not walking into a money pit or something that’s going to take a lot of work. Granted, you may love the property so much that it doesn’t quite matter, but it’s still wise to know what you’re getting yourself into.

Not Being Willing to Compromise or Compromising Too Much

In order to get the home you can afford, sometimes there are things you have to compromise on. You might not like little details to a home, but are they able to be updated at a future date? If the home is in a nice area, is the size you want, and is at a manageable price, then compromising on things that ultimately can be replaced might not be a bad idea. Don’t like the wallpaper? Easily fixable.

At the same time, however, don’t compromise on the big things—if you have your heart set on a 3 bedroom home because you know you are eventually going to want to have kids, then that should be non-negotiable. Know your yes’s and no’s and relay that to your top real estate agent so they can help you with picking the perfect home—for you.

 

We Can Help!

Are you looking for the best real estate agency in Wilmington, NC? When choosing a real estate agent, be sure to go with someone who has expert knowledge of listings and selling a property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full-Time real estate company in Wilmington, NC; our crew can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Wilmington, NC Real Estate needs. 

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April 5, 2018

113 Tylers Cove Way, Winnabow, NC 28479 | House Tour [pics only] | 100109333

Home for Sale in Winnabow, NC

Located in popular Mallory Creek this adorable 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom home is located about 15 minutes from Downtown Wilmington.

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

What are the features of 113 Tylers Cove Way, Winnabow, NC 28479?

  • USDA eligible!

  • Fenced in backyard

  • Wood laminate floors

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for sale in Winnabow, NC

3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and just right for the first time homebuyer! Located in Winnabow, NC, this home is priced right and is in highly desireable Mallory Creek Plantation, just about 15 minutes from downtown Wilmington, NC. 

Lovely Kitchen with a Pantry

Plenty of cabinets and counter space, joined by a pantry.  

Lots of Space in the Living Room

Check out this living room with vaulted ceilings and wood laminate floors. 

Nicely Sized Fenced in Backyard

Looking for enclosed space for your fur baby to run? This fenced in backyard is perfect for that! Or just for that extra sense of privacy to your home.

3 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

1 car garage

Wood laminate floors in common areas

Carpet in bedrooms

Fenced in backyard

Vaulted ceilings

Community Pool 

Community Clubhouse

Easy access to Brunswick Forest

*USDA eligible

 

Schedule a private showing of 113 Tylers Cove Way, Winnabow, NC 28479. Contact Regina Drury 910-232-4919.

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We Can Help!

Are you looking for the best real estate agency in Wilmington, NC? When choosing a real estate agent, be sure to go with someone who has expert knowledge of listings and selling a property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full-Time real estate company in Wilmington, NC; our crew can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Wilmington, NC Real Estate needs. 

 

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April 5, 2018

402 Azalea Drive, Hampstead, NC 28443 | House Tour [video] | 100109152

Adorable Home for Sale in Hampstead, NC

If you are looking for the most lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house in Hampstead, NC, look no further than this one we have just put on the market in the Forest at Belvedere plantation. This home will sell fast, so don't wait!

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What are the features of 402 Azalea Drive, Hampstead, NC 28443?

  • 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom

  • High-end wood laminate floors

  • Wrap-around front porch

  • Screened in back porch with golf course views

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in Hampstead, NC

This home charmed us as soon as we stepped foot in front of it. With a wrap around porch filled with all the dainty little rocking chairs and outside decorations, it really adds an extra homey and relaxing feel.  You could do this to the home as well once it's yours!

Plenty of Cabinet Space in the Kitchen

Take a look at this beautiful kitchen with all that cabinet space and counter space. This house has all the things! Can't you imagine yourself hosting a nice dinner with your friends and family here? 

All the Light Through the Windows

Not only does this living room boast of vaulted ceilings, lots of light pours through this living room during the day. 

Bathroom Set Up For Relaxation

Take note! This bathroom is set up by the current owners to be super relaxing but you could draw some inspiration for your own bathroom too. Cute succulents in the windows, accents hung on the walls, and check out the live video to see the really neat shower!

Screened in To Keep You from the Summer Mosquitos ;) 

This home hits to all of the relaxation points! This screened in back porch has golf course views but still allows for a bit of privacy. 

4 bedroom

3 bathroom

Natural light in living room

Wrap-around front porch

2 car garage

Golf course views

High-end wood laminate floors

Vaulted ceilings in living room

Plenty of cabinet space

Custom details throughout the home

Close to Topsail Beach

*May be eligible for USDA financing!

 Schedule a private showing of 402 Azalea Drive, Hampstead, NC 28443. Contact Regina Drury 910-232-4919.

To search more Homes for Sale in Hampstead, NC, click here.

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We Can Help!

Are you looking for the best real estate agency in Wilmington, NC? When choosing a real estate agent, be sure to go with someone who has expert knowledge of listings and selling a property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full-Time real estate company in Wilmington, NC; our crew can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Wilmington, NC Real Estate needs. 

 

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April 5, 2018

Things to Do: Azalea Festival | Regina Drury Real Estate Group

Wilmington Prepares for Azalea Festival

In a little over a week, Wilmington will celebrate its 70th annual community celebration called the Azalea Festival. This is a festival that celebrates the warm, southern hospitality of the Wilmington area and is a huge festival in the state of North Carolina. This year, the featured headliners are Billy Currington and Ludacris. Every year, this event unites visitors and Wilmington locals alike to have fun, enjoy the company of others, and to celebrate with parties, events, galas, and tours. 

In case you wanted a refresher on all the events happening during Azalea Festival week next week, here's a list that we created for you. ;) 

Queen’s Coronation: April 11th, 3:00 PM

Join Festival Celebrity Guests, Board Members, City Officials, and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles for this annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. This free event is held at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington, NC.

Billy Currington Concert: April 12th, 7:00 PM

With Drake White and the Big Fire and Kenton Bryant, this show will be held at CFCC parking lot.  Tickets and more information are available by visiting ETix.com and ncazaleafestival.org 

Airlie Luncheon Garden Party: April 13th

A premier event in Wilmington, the Garden Party kicks off spring with big hats, seersucker and bow ties on the beautiful grounds of Airlie Gardens. More information about the Garden Party is available at ncazaleafestival.org.

Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour: April 13-April 15

Sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, this tour has been featured in Southern Living and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South.  Tickets are $25 and the gardens are open from 10a-6p.

After Garden Get Down: April 13th

The After Garden Get Down at Bluewater s a fun dockside party open to the public following the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party. Enjoy the waterfront bar & patio with live music, food and drink specials, and wonderful Intracoastal view. 

Parade:  April 14th, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

The Azalea Festival Parade is one of Southeastern North Carolina’s largest annual events, with over 100,000 viewers each year.  Floats, marching units and bands, clowns and horses, all highlighted by visiting celebrities, Queen Azalea and her court, and the Azalea Festival Princess await you at this downtown event. For the parade route and more information, visit ncazaleafestival.org

Ludacris with Childish Major: April 14 at 7:00p

Held in the CFCC parking lot, this will be an evening to remember. Known for his catchy tunes and presence in the Fast and Furious series, Ludacris is a main stage act that can’t be missed. Tickets are $46 per person and can be purchased at ETix.com. 

 

For more Azalea Festival Information go to http://ncazaleafestival.org

 

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March 26, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Buying New Construction | New Construction Homes Wilmington, NC

Questions You Should Ask Before Buying New Construction

We want to keep you covered in all aspects, so we have come up with a list of questions to ask before buying a new construction home in Wilmington, NC. These are only a few of the many questions you could potentially ask, but here is at least a start for your process!

1. Do I need to use a real estate agent?

2. What's the builder's reputation?

3. What’s the average build time?

4. Choose square footage and location over upgrades.

5. Have you had a lawyer review the contract?

6. Have you gotten everything in writing?

7. Is there a builder's warranty on the home?

 

1. Use a real estate agent!

It’s always nice to have a real estate agent when making these kinds of decisions. A seller typically pays commission costs, so it costs nothing to the buyer to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of the real estate agent. Top real estate agents generally know the builders and the communities that they are building in, so it would be beneficial to have their insight.

2. Check the builder.

What’s their reputation? When looking at new construction homes in areas or subdivisions that you are interested in, you always want to check the builder’s credentials. Their credentials, experience, and abilities will affect the quality of the new construction home. Check the builder’s reviews, ask around and talk to several different buyers, and cover all of your bases before you choose a builder. After all, you are pouring a lot of money into this new property—you want to be sure that you are checking to make sure your needs are being met.

3. What’s the average build time?

Planning is always nice, right? Although your salesman may inform you that the builder you chose has completed a home in 4-5 months, you may have a contract that states that a builder has longer than that before they have to complete the home. However, if you are renting currently or planning to sell your current home, you might want to gather a more accurate build time so that you can prepare to move into this new construction home that you have worked so hard for.

4. Choose square footage and location over upgrades.

In the long run, upgrades are much easier to incorporate as opposed to location and square footage. Location is impossible to change (which is a given) but you can upgrade your kitchen countertops later. If you are choosing between a house with an extra bedroom over a house with hardwood floors, choose the house with the extra bedroom, which would be way more expensive to add to later as opposed to putting in hardwood floors.

5. Have a lawyer review the contract.

Contracts for new construction can be complex and loaded with real estate jargon. It’s always beneficial to hire an expert who can be sure that you are not missing any crucial factor to the agreements that you are signing.

6. Get everything in writing.

Our previous points reminded us of something crucial—get everything in writing! Don’t sign anything until all aspects of the project have been negotiated, agreed upon, and written into a contract. Everything should be written down into that contract from what will happen if the construction is not completed on time, deadlines, what’s included, etc. Verbal conversations have no binding weight once deals are made, so make sure everything is in writing and signed by all the appropriate parties.

7. Check the warranties.

Check to see if the builder is offering a warranty on a new home that covers material and workmanship and even coverage of structural elements to the house. Types of warranty questions you should ask are: - What isn’t covered? - What happens if I have a claim or dispute? - What’s the extent of your liability?

 

Are you still not sure if buying a new construction home is right for you? Click here to learn more about advantages and disadvantages of buying a new construction home.

 

We Can Help!

Are you looking for the best real estate agency in Wilmington, NC? When choosing a real estate agent, be sure to go with someone who has expert knowledge of listings and selling a property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full-Time real estate company in Wilmington, NC; our crew can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Wilmington, NC Real Estate needs. 

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March 26, 2018

5 Advantages of Buying a New Construction Home | Pros and Cons of New Construction Homes

5 Advantages of Buying a New Construction Home

So you’re looking into buying a new home and wondering what the differences are between buying a new house vs buying existing home. Buying a new home, in general, is never easy--you are trying to find the perfect location, the right size house, and you are trying to figure out what is an absolute must have and what you can do without, all while negotiating prices. 

To ease your thoughts and help make your property search a little easier, we have made a list of some pros and cons of buying a new construction house. This is important to take a look at if you are interested in buying a new construction home in Wilmington, NC or the surrounding areas. 

1. New, new, new!

I mean…do we really have to say it? We do? Okay. Well, the first advantage to buying a new construction home is that it is brand spankin’ new. You get to love it first, spend time in it first, make the first memories in it—it’s brand new and it’s all yours! Buying a new construction home means no repairs from other lazy homeowners and no remodeling to correct someone else’s design choices. It's yours and you get to make it your own, from the beginning.

2. Customization

Speaking of making it your own--buying a new construction home means gaining some wiggle room for customization depending on how early you buy the property under construction. Have a specific paint color that you want to use for your kitchen? New construction houses offer the potential to some of your own personal touches from the start. The earlier you buy a new construction home, the more possibility you have for control of the finishes of the kitchen, baths, carpet versus hardwood, etc. Keep in mind, however—the more customization equals more potential for an increase in sale price.

3. Less maintenance

Whereas buying a resale property comes with its own advantages, many of the times, there may be some maintenance that you would need to tend to yourself. New homes come with brand new appliances, plumbing, heating, and air, which means you should be good to go for at least a few years! This is not just a benefit for time purposes but is also a financial benefit.

4. Save energy

Whereas older homes may not lend to a more energy efficient household, newer homes are usually more energy-efficient. I scream, you scream, we all scream for the chance to have a lower utility bill!

5. There's a builder's warranty

Many new construction homes are covered with a builder’s warranty; if the builder does not personally offer a warranty, they may hire an independent company to take care of those kinds of tasks. With that, however, you should definitely be asking what is and what isn’t covered.

However, with the advantages come the disadvantages.

1. For instance, you may not have much time to wait for a new construction home to finish. The average time to build a house in the U.S. is six months, which is quite a wait for the homebuyer that’s ready to take the dive into owning a home immediately. So if you don't have much time to spare, it might not be the most sound idea. 

2. New landscaping that will take a few years to develop. You don’t get that mature landscaping that comes with an established neighborhood.

3. If you’re a person who cares about the “character” of a home, new construction is not for you! And that’s okay. Older built homes, while they have their own disadvantages, tend to have those interesting features that make it stand out from the crowd of other homes! They’re the homes that are more creative—with a design that you only will be able to have. 

Now that you are aware of the advantages and the disadvantages, maybe you have some questions about new construction or you are wondering what kind of questions you should be asking. To read our blog on questions you should ask before buying a new construction home, click here. 

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Are you looking for the best real estate agency in Wilmington, NC? When choosing a real estate agent, be sure to go with someone who has expert knowledge of listings and selling a property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full-Time real estate company in Wilmington, NC; our crew can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Wilmington, NC Real Estate needs. 

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March 20, 2018

Do You Need Open Houses to Sell Your Home? | Wilmington NC Open Houses

You Can Sell Your House Without an Open House

Open Houses are an old fashion form of marketing. Years ago there was no internet to see photos or videos of houses.  In fact, years ago the only way to know what was for sale was to contact a Real Estate Agent and look through a big fat book of all the homes for sale. If you drove by a House For Sale, there were no cell phones to call the Agent and ask to see it right away.  You had to call their office and make an appointment to see it.  Now, you see a house online or drive by a house for sale and can use your cellphone to schedule a tour to see the home within an hour. 

In fact, more than 90% of buyers start their search for homes online.  Buyers like to see the photos, virtual tours, and research more about the school districts, price history of the property, and ask their friends and family on social media about the neighborhood. When buyers want to go in to see the house, they want to see it on their schedule, not on an inconvenient Open House schedule.

There are very few benefits to Open Houses and in fact a lot more disadvantages to them.  Very few Real Estate Agents will tell you this, but it's the truth. Why won't they tell you this? Because it's a source of future business for them and a way to brand themselves to your neighbors. In fact, they will say they sold a few this way.  But truthfully, it's a waste of your time and puts your personal items in unnecessary jeopardy.  

You won't go out on the street and invite a stranger in your home to look around so why would you do it just because it's for sale? How do you know they are qualified to buy a house? How do you know they have a job, a bank account, and good credit? How do you know they aren't a thief?

Who goes to Open Houses?

Can anyone go to Open Houses?  Yes!  In fact, I know of a time when a neighbor was walking down the sidewalk coming back from the community pool and popped in to walk around the Open House in their dirty, wet, barefoot feet.  Worse part is the Agent let them walk around because they didn't want to hurt their feelings and stop them at the door. The neighbor left and the Agent was left with dirty foot prints throughout the home.  So who goes to Open Houses?

Neighbors - Neighbors are the #1 source of Open House visitors.  They pop in to see how you decorate, what your floor plan looks like, and simply because they have a few minutes to pop in and they're curious to see inside.

Curious People - There are people that look online or in the newspaper every week that spend their Sundays popping in to Open Houses.  They have no interest in moving or buying a house but like to see homes.

People Passing by - Have you ever been driving down the road and see an Open House sign and stop to take a peak inside?  We've almost all done it at some time or another.  Simply because we had a few minutes and wanted to see if it's as cute inside as outside or just because.  Again, no interest in buying but just want to see inside.  A few years ago I was on vacation in Hawaii and we had rented a car for a drive.  We passed by an Open House and stopped to take a look inside.  We knew we had no interest in buying but we were curious about the house and how much it was. 

Future Buyers - These are buyers that plan to buy in a few years but want to get an idea of what they like.  They are also many times looking at houses outside of their future price range.

Bad Credit Buyers - These are people that pop in to look at houses but mention they prefer to rent to own because their credit score is in the low 500's and they know that it will take years to improve their credit score.    

Robbers and Thieves - Yes, robbers and thieves love Open Houses. It gives them an excuse to check out your house.  They don't need an appointment and they don't need to show ID to anyone when they show up at the door.  If a few people go in to the Open House at the same time, it's hard for the Real Estate Agent to keep an eye on everyone and everything.  For instance, there have been local news stories regarding prescription pills missing from homes after open houses.  Things can be stolen during an Open House and/or after the Open House when they return once no one is home.  It's a bad idea to do an Open House and open your door to complete strangers that no one knows anything about.

Who Benefits from Doing Open Houses?

Not the seller!  Real Estate Agents use Open Houses to Prospect for Potential Buyers and to Network with Future Sellers in the Neighborhood.  They put their sign in front of the house to Brand themselves and invite the neighbors in.  Open Houses are most popular with newer agents, lower producing agents, and teams that put buyers agent team members there.

Serious buyers will set an appointment with their Real Estate Agent to see the house.

Why do Agents Promote Open Houses?

1) Prospecting for Future Clients

They put their sign outside and invite the neighbors in so they can meet them in hopes that they will pick them to sell their home in the future.  They also hope a future buyer will pop in so they can start building rapport with them so that when they do buy in a few years, they will choose them as their Agent.

2) Branding to the Neighbors

Their sign has their Company Name on it and many times their Team or their name.  They want the neighbors to see that they are there and working on selling the house.  Again, they are marketing the brand and hoping when the neighbors want to sell they will pick them.  On a side note, it's the same reason why they mail "Just Listed" and "Just Sold" postcards to announce what they just sold.

3) Double Siding the Sale

They hope that a buyer walks into the house that saw the house online and hasn't called another Real Estate Agent about the house yet.  They want to write the offer and represent both the seller and buyer so they can get paid for both sides of the sale.  If you didn't do the Open House, the buyer probably would have called another Real Estate Agent to show them the home and then the listing Agent would have only gotten paid for one side of the transaction.  There's a lot of debate on whether it's in your best interest to have a Dual Agent representing both you and the seller.  We won't discuss that here but it's a topic I'll discuss in another blog.

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You Can Sell Without Open Houses!

Hire a Full Time Real Estate Agent Pro - When selling your house it's usually the most expensive asset you own.  When hiring someone to get you maximum money for it, you need the best in the business.  This is not the time to hire your family, friend, or the lady you met at church.  It's not the time to pick your Real Estate Agent based on how nice they are.  You want to hire a go-getter with creative ideas--someone who is full of energy and comes with a team of experts to help them on all the details your house sale deserves. To learn more about how to pick Wilmington's Top Agent as your Agent, click here. 

Creative Marketing Plan Tailored to Your House - 90% of the buyers use the internet to search for their future home.  They are looking for great photos, virtual tours, area information, school info, and they want to know immediately if they can qualify for the mortgage.  Buyers are asking their friends and family and social media groups for their opinions about the neighborhood.  An exceptional, super star Real Estate Agent leverages the modern ways to market in order to reach the largest audience.  Why market to a few neighbors and passing cars when you can market to thousands in minutes?

Phone Prospecting - Out of thousands of Real Estate Agents in the area, only a few pick up the phone and call around neighborhoods asking who knows someone looking to move.  Phone prospecting is the fastest way to find a buyer for your home.  Would you prefer someone to put a sign out in front of your house and wait for someone to show up or would you prefer an Agent working for you calling 50+ people a day to ask them who they know that wants to buy a house?

To learn more about other mistakes to avoid when selling your home, click here! 

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Are you looking for the best real estate agency in Wilmington, NC? When choosing a real estate agent, be sure to go with someone who has expert knowledge of listings and selling a property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full-Time real estate company in Wilmington, NC; our crew can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Wilmington, NC Real Estate needs. 

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