Carolina Plantations Real Estate Blog

Brunswick County Sales Increase 25% Over Last Year

As recently reported, the number of single family homes that sold in Brunswick County, North Carolina, jumped more than 25% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year. The majority of these buyers are retirees who want to live near the coast and second home buyers who want to have a vacation home close to the coast. According to a release from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR), in the first three months of this year alone, the total for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties showed a 20.1% increase from 2014 in the number of single family units sold.

“These numbers reinforce the fact that the real estate market in Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties is trending in the right direction,” said Steve Candler, CEO of the BCAR. “Brunswick County has consistently ranked among the fastest growing counties in the state, and we expect this trend to continue.”

At the same time, the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors reported a 12.6% increase in units sold during the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to Wilmington MLS data. WRAR also reported a 6.87 percent increase in the average sales price over last year. The WRAR statistics cover New Hanover, northern Brunswick and Pender Counties.

As sales and average prices rise in Brunswick County, so do new roofs: so many that the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission is working with the county’s building inspections department to map where new residential construction is occurring. “This, along with the traffic counts that will be undertaken this summer and the up-to-date demographic information we compile, will help us recruit more retail to Brunswick County,” they said.

Single Family Statistics for 1st Quarter in Brunswick County


Brunswick, Columbus & Bladen Counties
Single Family Sales -- Units Sold
1st Quarter 2014: 151
1st Quarter 2015: 181
Change: 20.1%

Single Family Sales -- Average Sales Price
1st Quarter 2014: $202,203
1st Quarter 2015: $234,517
Change: 16.0%

Single Family Sales -- Total Sales Volume
1st Quarter 2014: $92,959,484
1st Quarter 2015: $128,209,186
Change: 37.9%

Brunswick County MLS Only
Single Family Sales -- Listings
1st Quarter 2014: 362
1st Quarter 2015: 394
Change: 8.9%

Single Family Sales -- Units Sold
1st Quarter 2014: 134
1st Quarter 2015: 168
Change: 25.4%

Single Family Sales -- Average Sale Price
1st Quarter 2014: $212,232
1st Quarter 2015: $248,681
Change: 17.2%

Single Family Sales -- Total Sales Volume
1st Quarter 2014: $85,763,277
1st Quarter 2015: $124,937,022
Change: 45.7%

When You're Ready to Retire Come to Brunswick County NC

When retirement is in the near future many people make the easy decision to sell their home and relocate to a new community. For many it’s a senior (55+) community for others it’s a golf community and for many it’s a coastal area. We have Brunswick County NC real estate available that can provide you with any of those elements.

Brunswick County NC real estateIt’s a pretty balanced market at this time with plenty of properties on the market and at a fair price. You’re still able to find foreclosure properties and short sales if you’re hoping to purchase Brunswick County NC real estate at the lowest price possible. When you have more time than money that is definitely the route to go.

At Carolina Plantationswe’d be happy to assist you with finding that next property. Give us a call at 910-755-7557 and let’s discuss what you’re looking for.

Here are some upcoming events taking place in the area that you may want to check out.

The 12th Annual Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show will be held on February 15 and 16, 2014 from a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sea Trail Resort Conference Center in Sunset Beach. The event features an array of vendors, a kid's learning area, live demonstrations and more! Vendors will include plants, flowers, painters, home repair, builders, home accessories, outdoor products and much more! Admission: $5 for adults, free for children under 8. Location: Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center, 211 Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach.

Brunswick County NC real estateThinking about a destination wedding? Attend the Southern ?Cape Fear Bridal Showcase on Feb 16, from 1-4 p.m. for all of your wedding planning needs in this coastal area. Representatives from caterers, reception and wedding venues, entertainment consultants, florists, photographers, videographers, DJs, accommodations, wedding officiants, event planners, jewelers, transportation services and more will be on hand to assist in preparation for your perfect wedding in the Southern Cape Fear Coast. More than $1000 in door prizes will be awarded during the showcase. All brides in attendance will receive an official Southern Cape Fear Coast wedding planner. $5 admission; Brides admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, Southport.

Sea Trail, The Total Resort Community

When exploring Master Planned Communities and Plantations in Brunswick County, you will discover that Sea Trail Resort has about everything you can imagine in a community that is more directed in the “Resort Style” of living. 

Sea Trail is a master-planned community, established over 20 years ago. All amenities and resort offerings are completed and are fully operational.  Nestled across from the Intracoastal Waterway and just minutes to Sunset Beach, Sea Trail spares no expense when talking about active lifestyles for its residents. In fact, you can take a 15 minute bike ride from home to ocean if you prefer and, as an owner, you will enjoy these benefits:

  • Membership in all three golf courses
  • Lighted driving range, two putting greens
  • Two full-service clubhouses with a restaurant, snack bars and lounge
  • Two private owners' swim & fitness centers with pools, whirlpools & sauna
  • Tennis courts
  • Fully amenitized Convention Center
  • Miles of biking, hiking and jogging
  • Safe, secure community environment

Sea Trail

Sea Trail offers wooded homesites, single family homes, townhomes and condo’s for you real estate needs.  And recently the ownership changed to an investment group from China, who has already invested in upgrades throughout the community and plans to do many more.

To view the real estate listings at Sea Trail, visit our site at:

Residential Construction Codes in High Wind Zones, Brunswick County Homes

So many folks come to the area to discover the Master Planned Communities and Plantations in Brunswick County.  One the of the most important things that we can help with is giving you a general understanding of how North Carolina Residential Construction Codes go above and beyond to ensure that you home on the coast is “more than tolerant” to the visiting winds that sometimes blesses our coast.
The agents at Carolina Plantations, especially if it is new home construction, like to point out what the area builders do to meet and exceed the North Carolina Residential Construction Codes.  We do point out the obvious as well as additional features by some of the select builders in the Master Planned Communities and Plantations.  We are not licensed contractors, but do appreciate building and design excellence in new homes. 
Here are the major topics in North Carolina Residential Construction Codes to be aware of while looking at homes in our area.  We try our best to point out a few, but the builders we work with in the area are the experts, so we let them get into the details, including:
1. Design Pressure for Doors and Windows and Garage Doors.
2. Foundation Wall Footings, Pier Footings for elevated homes.
3. Wall and Foundation Anchorage.
4. Wall Construction and Exterior Load Barring Walls
5. Structural Bracing
6. Masonry Wall Construction.
7. Roof Tie Down.
8. Framing
9. Roof Lines and Roof Sheathing.
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The agents at Carolina Plantations are here to guide you to the best Master Planned Communities and Plantations in Brunswick County.  We have access to the area’s best builders and want you to meet them as we work on designing your future retirement home.  Please call us at 910-755-7557 so we can tour the area’s best built homes. 

Know Who and What Your Agent Represents

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission mandates that ALL licensed brokers disclose their “agency.”  What does this mean?  Each firm, including Carolina Plantations and all of its associates or “brokers” must disclose to you who they represent.  This is simply an interpretation of “keeping the best interests in mind” of the customer who has committed themselves to your firm and its goals that are specific for that client per the obligations.

Types of Agencies

  • Buyers Agent: Representation and the commitment to the “buyers” best interests are to be top priority.  “Duties to the Buyer” include loyalty, commitment, provide all material facts and use reasonable care and diligence for the decision process. 
  • Sellers Agent:  if you are selling you home, you will want to ensure that your agent has the same commitment to your goals, to sell your home, to provide the exceptional service and provide the most accurate information about your property. They must promote your best interests.
  • Dual Agent:  Meaning that the agent will do it best to represent both parties, acknowledge and disclose all information to both parties, so loyalty is to both the buyer and the seller.  This could be a situation where the firm holds the listing, and another agent in the firm represents you.  This still can work for both the seller and the buyer alike.

Real Estate AgentAll licensed brokers MUST disclose their agency relations prior to collecting information about your goals that may affect the condition of the purchase or the listing of the property.  It is imperative that you understand the commitment of your agent prior to exploring Brunswick County and all of its great real estate opportunities.

We at Carolina Plantations host both “buyers agents” and “sellers agents” in the transactions.  Many of you all looking to explore the many Master Planned Communities and Plantations will be teamed up with our expert buyers agents.  Please contact us at 910-755-7557 to learn more about buying and selling real estate in Brunswick County.

We invite you to preview the North Carolina Real Estate Commissions, ‘Working with Agents” Document.

Home Owners Association Benefits

Retiring in the Carolina’s has so many advantages that will add to your retirement lifestyle.  There is a common advantage for you in that most all of the Master Planned Communities and Plantations have Home Owners Associations.   These associations that will provide many benefits and services that give you more freedom with your time.

Home Owners Associations are a governing entity that sets up many of the structures for the Master Planned Community and Plantations including:

  • Building and Restoration Guidelines
  • Governing Regulations for community
  • Activities and Amenity Management
  • Maintenance and community upkeep

Now, do not think that your Master Planned Community and Plantation H.O.A is an organization that will be monitoring every move you make in the neighborhood, this is not true!  It is instilled to provide consistency with the design of homes, community upkeep and consistency to operations and activities that actually help increase the value of the neighborhood, value of your home and ultimately adds value to your lifestyle.

Again, we would like to focus on the lifestyle aspect of this topic.  The Home Owners Association will set up most, if not all the activities in your community.   Typically, there  is an annual cost for this benefit and what it delivers.  The fees are broken up into monthly or quarterly payments.  Many retirees do insist on the active retirement lifestyles that Home Owners Association sponsor and endorse.  Such activities will include the Amenity Center, pool, exercise facilities and all associated activities, i.e. yoga, Zumba, cooking clubs, outdoor clubs, and overall the structure for you to focus on discovering new activities and to establish new and lasting friendships. 

When relocating to a new area or a new community from your “hometown,” many worry that they will have difficulty in discovering and meeting new friends.  This is not the case with resources like the Home Owners Association.  These associations are structured to allow you to meet, greet and learn at YOUR PACE, there is never any pressures from this resource to participate.  Typically, your Amenity Center will have a staff managing the activities. They will provide a list of activities and descriptions of all the activities you wish to join.  As we visit each community, Carolina Plantations makes a habit of visiting these resources so you can see firsthand all the benefits at each community.

When you are exploring Real Estate opportunities in Brunswick County with us, we will visit all of the resources in the Home Owners Associations.  This is going to be part of that “Martini Theory” we talk about in your decision in which Master Planned Community and Plantation you will choose to live in.

Contact us at 910-755-7557 to learn more about the benefits of our communities that have Home Owners Associations providing endless resources for your new Carolina lifestyle.

National Home Prices on the Rise, positive effects on Brunswick County

Finally the average national home prices are on the rise after nearly six years.  In 2006-2007 housing prices began to stall and eventually plummeted.  Families in the northeastern region of the United States froze their plans to migrate south to Brunswick County due to this case and affect in real estate nationally.  This situation created a minor stall here in Brunswick County as well.  Sales momentum of homes in the areas’ finest planned communities also decreased as in the northern part of the US. 

In 2006-07, Brunswick County was one of the fastest growing counties in the Carolina’s.  This increase of population and popularity in Brunswick County brought many new resources.  In the southern region of Brunswick County, The Brunswick Novant Medical Center was put into place, just off of Highway 17.  In the northern region of the county, New Hanover Medical Center added out-patient services at the medical facilities at Brunswick Forest, including dental and veterinary medical services as well. 

With this type of services and infrastructure just minutes from several great planned communities including, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Waterford of the Carolina’s, St. James Plantation and Brunswick Forest, it makes life a lot easier for those who want preferred health care services for themselves and their pets too!

As this market continues to increase, it will allow for those looking to retire the finally put the snow shovels down and come to the Carolina’s to make that decision on purchasing their retirement home in Brunswick County.

Historically low interest rates’ is the other major factor that is helping fuel the purchasing process for real estate in Brunswick County.

These factors are creating that essence of the “NOW IS THE TIME”, factor.  Increase in home pricing which is beginning to drive the northern market will give that confidence and assurance that you should come down to the Carolina’s sooner than later to get involved in one of these beautiful, Master Planned communities in Brunswick County.

Enjoying an Active Lifestyle throughout Brunswick County

Thinking about relocation to southeastern North Carolina?  One of the most popular locations in the state for relocation is Brunswick County.    The county is a huge destination for baby-boomers looking to retire to the North Carolina coast. 

Brunswick County flourishes with award-winning master-planned communities that have amenities and lifestyle benefits.  But looking at the great real estate opportunities throughout the county, master-planned communities are not the only resources hosting top notched amenities.

Brunswick County has over 10 Parks that host all the ideal coastal activities and to enhance your active lifestyle.  The Parks and Recreation provides the following activities for you as a part-time or full-time resident of the county:

  • Trail for walking and biking
  •  Lighted Tennis courts
  •  Batting Cages
  •  Shuffle Board and Bocce Courts
  • Picnic area’s with grills
  • Playgrounds
  • Pet parks
  • Basketball courts
  •  Canoe and Kayak launches
  • Boat Ramps to access the Intracoastal Waterway
  • Amphitheaters for concerts and plays sponsored by the county

If you are looking for real estate in Brunswick County and do not want to be in a Master Planned Community, there are great resources throughout the county for  you to enjoy the parks, rivers, maritime forests and beaches without having to pay association fees.

These resources are all minutes away from your new home in the Carolina’s.  Please contact us at Carolina Plantation’s to discover the real estate opportunities throughout Brunswick County that will allow you to finally have that total active coastal lifestyle.  Please visit or call (910)755-7557 to learn more.

F.R.O.G.s are Not Slimy, They are Cozy and Useful

When you and your loved ones plan to explore the planned communities in southeastern North Carolina, you will find a few common elements to the floor plans.  One thing that you will hear Realtors and on-site agents speak of are FROGs! 

Many of the clients from the northeast sometimes wonder, “what in the world….” This is a description of Finished Room Over Garage.  Living on or near the coast, the water table is close to the surface, so basements are almost non-existent in many of the new homes built in the Master Planned Communities throughout the south.

Many homeowners use FROGS as bonus rooms, studies, a game area or theater, and in some cases, there is enough space to add a full size bathroom, so it makes for a perfect in-law suite or space for the kids or grandchildren when they come to visit.

There are many functions for the FROG.  We suggest you contact your designer or builder for an idea on how to utilize the FROG.

It sometimes is difficult to get an idea for how to lay out this space.  One of the popular resources used by owners who want to get a better idea of the use and layout is to contact Plan View Design.  This is a great resource to see it before you build it.  This will allow you and your loved one to make the most outta the FROG.

Many homes which are designed by Plan View Design can be found in great communities including, Brunswick Forest, Magnolia Greens, St.James Plantation, and Ocean Ridge Golf and Plantation.

Come For a Day, Stay Forever

Brunswick county real estateBrunswick County, North Carolina, is full of adventure, romance, history, and lots more! It’s the perfect place for retiring or vacationing, and there’s plenty of Brunswick county real estate ready and waiting for you right now.

People love Coastal Carolina in part because the area is stunning and there are activities galore. Fishing, boating, golf, beaches, and museums — the area is rich in all these things and more. When you discover Brunswick county real estate, you discover a way of life and a place to live unlike any other. You'll find a wealth of outdoor and indoor delights for the entire family, upscale dining, marinas just waiting for that boat you've always wanted, hiking and biking trails, and just about any kind of recreational activity you could possibly want.

Brunswick County has been rated one of the top 10 beach vacation spots for families. The Intracoastal Waterway here is surrounded by family activities, Holden Beach is a great family beach waiting for discovery, and the area is chock full of parks, museums, shopping, and outdoor activities for every member of the family. Visit just once and you'll want to stay forever. There are still great opportunities to buy Brunswick county real estate in the area, so the entire family can retreat, regroup, and relax any time you choose.

Go ahead and picture yourself retiring to this area. The golf, the sun, the beaches, and the area's cities and beach towns beckon to you. You'll never run out of activities to do here, and it's quickly becoming a favorite spot for baby boomers looking for that perfect retirement location.

Why invest in real estate in this area? Because it's an investment that will last a lifetime. Whether you choose to retire to the Carolina Coast or use your home as a second vacation destination, your investment will grow over time. Real estate prices have increased all over the country, but they are still reasonable here. Brunswick County has the highest home price appreciation in the Carolina's, so your investment today will reap even more rewards in the years to come.

Brunswick County Real Estate

Brunswick County is located in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  It's one of the most beautiful and growing counties in the nation.  It offers first class living and education for families. Some of the housing communities are Brunswick Plantation, Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation, and Crow Creek.  Many amazing beaches such as Sunset, Ocean Isle, and Holden Beach are located here.  If your looking for a place to retire, vacation, or live then please check out Brunswick County real estate.