Carolina Plantations Real Estate Blog

Post Holiday Greetings

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and is enjoying the holiday weekend. If you’re one of the people who look forward to this major post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend, have fun and be safe as you’re out and about with gift lists on your mind.

Landfall Wilmington real estateThere is some beautiful Landfall Wilmington real estate on the market right now that we’d like to tell you about. There are more listings on our website as well under the heading “Current Listings”. If you see any Landfall Wilmington real estate here that you’d like to take a closer look at in person, give us a call at 910 575-0075 and we’ll give you a tour.

The low country style home shown here is located in a gated community in the Landfall area. It’s an immaculate home inside and out. The exterior has just been repainted recently. You’ll like the hardwood floors in all of the living areas as well as the bedrooms. There’s an open Kitchen, built-ins in the family room, trey ceiling in the master bedroom along with a spacious bath and closet. This like-new home is located in a quaint community of Woodbridge just inside the Eastwood Gate convenient to beach, shopping and Landfall Sports Center. Amenities include a basketball court, playground, trails, cable and garage. This home is priced to sell at $399k.
 

5 Top Reasons to Be a Homeowner

With interest rates at record lows and an abundance of properties on the active market, there’s never been a better time to buy Bald Head Island real estate. Whether this is your first property or your 10th, here are the 5 top reasons to be a homeowner in today’s market.

  1. Bald Head Island real estateIt’s the best savings plan you can find because it pays the highest yield in interest.
  2. Stop throwing your money away on rent. When you own you’re investing in your own home.
  3. Enjoy the tax advantages being a homeowner gives you at tax time. All that interest you’re paying is tax deductible!
  4. Value gained as appreciation grows. As the economy improves the value of your property increases. Stay long enough and you can double if not triple its worth – all by just staying there and maintaining the property!
  5. The 3 S’s – security, stability and socialization. Being a homeowner provides you with a secure and stable lifestyle. You know what your mortgage will be for the next 30 years too, nobody is going to raise the rent. You’ll enjoy the socialization that being a homeowner can bring, too, as you meet your neighbors and invite friends over.

When you’re ready to take a look at the Bald Head Island real estate that is for sale at this time, get in touch with Carolina Plantations Real Estate. We’d love to meet with you.
 

Country Club of Landfall

If you’re new to the Country Club of Landfall you should really come visit and see what you’ve been missing. This upscale, gated community located in Wilmington, North Carolina, has plenty of Landfall Wilmington homes for sale ranging from the $300,000's to some tipping the scales in the low millions. Landfall is known for the precision architecture of its homes located on over 2,000 beautiful acres offering the perfect blend of large Live Oaks, gently rolling terrain and beautifully landscaped properties.

Country Club of Landfall

 

Living in any one of the Landfall Wilmington homes for sale you’d have easy access to Wrightsville Beach, just over the Intracoastal Waterway. There you’ll discover miles of beautiful soft sandy beaches. Enjoy any of the casual and fine dining establishments, the infamous 2 mile “Loop” for biking and walking, marinas with wet slips and dry stacks, places of worship and the warm tropical breezes off the Atlantic Ocean.

In the other direction is Mayfaire at Town Center, which is a new urban outdoor town center/mall. There is also a 16 screen movie theater as well as many restaurants close by.

Landfall provides an 18 hole golf course that Pete Dye crafted along the ICW, offering panoramic views of ponds, creeks and Pete Dye Lake. If you’re ready for fun and some of the most beautiful holes along the North Carolina coast, then take on the 27 holes that Jack Nicklaus created which combine beauty with terrific shot making opportunities.

Residents of Landfall enjoy amenitieis such as 14 tennis courts which include grass, clay and Har-Tru Courts; a swimming pool, hot tub and sauna; fitness center and the Cliff Drysdale Sports Center. Inside the Nicklaus Clubhouse, you can choose to dine in a jacket required fine dining restaurant, The Grille Room, The Member’s Tavern, a snack bar or the Women’s & Men’s 19th Holes.

Call us at Carolina Plantations Real Estate at 910-575-0075 and we'd be delighted to give you a tour of what is available at Landfall.
 

Lowest Rates in Over 50 Years

Just one week ago rates on fixed mortgages fell to record lows yet again, according to the mortgage company Freddie Mac. They said the 30-year loan rate dropped to 3.36 percent, down from 3.40 percent the week before, which was the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s. The average rate for the 15-year fixed mortgage, dropped to 2.69 percent, down from the prior week’s record low of 2.73 percent.

Bald Head Island homes for saleFalling rates are attributed to the Federal Reserve buying mortgage bonds earlier this year to help strengthen a housing recovery. The Federal Reserve plans to continue the program until there is substantial improvement in the job market.

Sales of both previously occupied and newly built homes are up from last year. Home prices are rising more consistently and builders, more confident in the market now, are starting to build more homes.

Lower interest rates are also driving more people to refinance. Mortgage applications surged 16.6 percent last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. Of those applications, 83 percent were to refinance existing loans.

If you are ready to take advantage of the lowest interest rates in more than 50 years, we have many fine Bald Head Island homes for sale that we’d love to show you. These Bald Head Island homes for sale range in price from $ $239k to $3,488,000 and you can count on us finding the home that will meet the needs of any family.
 

About Those Confusing Acronyms

Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the descriptions of real estate when they’re using many acronyms in the copy. Most listings don’t come with a cheat sheet to help you understand. While a good Realtor like Carolina Plantations Real Estate will make sure you fully understand all the details of any property we show you, we thought it would be helpful to share this list of commonly used acronyms with you.

Carolina Shores NC real estate2B/2B – two bedrooms and two bathrooms
assum. fin. -- assumable financing
BA – bathroom
BR – bedroom
ckit – chef’s kitchen
CMA – comparative market analysis or competitive market analysis.
dk – deck
dw – dishwasher
expansion pot'l – expansion potential mean that there's extra space on the lot or the possibility of adding a room or even an upper level.
fab pentrm -- fabulous pentroom, a room on top (but under the roof) that has great views
FDR – formal dining room
frplc, fplc, FP – fireplace
gar – garage
gard – garden
grmet kit – gourmet kitchen
HDW, HWF, Hdwd – hardwood floors
HVAC – Heating, ventilating and air conditioning system
hi ceils – high ceilings
in-law potential – potential for a separate apartment
lo dues – low homeowner's association dues
lsd pkg. -- leased parking area. May come with additional cost.
MLS – Multiple Listing Service
nr bst schls – near the best schools
pot'l – potential
pvt – private
pwdr rm – half bathroom or powder room
upr -- upper floor
vw, vu, vws, vus – view(s)
w/d – washer/dryer

We currently have many lovely homes in our Carolina Shores NC real estate listings and would be happy to show any of them to you. Using the search feature on our website, you’ll be able to sort the Carolina Shores NC real estate by price range or number of bedrooms, or number of bathrooms. Let us know if we can help you in any way.
 

How to Have Success When House Hunting

We have some nice Southport NC real estate available to show you at this time. Whether you’re just starting out looking or have been at it for a while now, the more of the following tips you keep in mind, the easier of a time you’ll have of it. If you’d like us to show you Southport NC real estate don’t hesitate to call or reach us through our website.

Southport NC real estate1. Wants vs. Needs. Sit down and make a list of things you need in your new home and things that you want. Your “need list” is your requirements. Keep it with you when you begin your search.

2. Talk to a lender. You must get preapproved for a mortgage before your search begins so you know how much money you’re able to borrow and what price range you’ll be looking in.

3. Your new address. Where do you want to live? How much of a commute are you willing to make for work or shopping? Be sure to check out  the local schools or other services you’ll be using, too.

4. Get a Realtor. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches if you find a good real estate agent before beginning your search. Interview a few agents until you find one that works well with you and that you feel good about.

5. Be prepared. Take a camera, notebook and pen when you go looking at houses. Take pictures and make notes of things you like and don't like. It can get pretty confusing when you start looking at multiple properties.

6. Dress accordingly. Wear comfortable shoes when you go out for the day to look at properties. It can be a tiring experience so plan on taking a few breaks throughout the day and staying calm. Most of all — have fun with the process!
 

Moving South to Leland NC

North Carolina has become a winter destination as well as a retirement location for many people looking for warmer weather during the winter months. Located on the Brunswick River just 5 miles from historic Wilmington, N.C., are Leland NC homes for sale that promise them just that, too.

Affordable prices, low tax rates, and even lower interest rates on mortgages come together to make these Leland NC homes for sale affordable for just about anyone.

Leland NC homes for saleThis is a good place to live for those who work in the city of Wilmington but don’t want to live there. Living in Leland you’ll have access to new restaurants, a shopping center, Medical Office Park and Wellness Center, an assortment of golf courses, and new banks. Everything most families need is right there.

If you’re afraid you’ll miss the north by moving to Leland we have ways to gently ease you into moving here. Check out this home on Ruby Stone Lane located on an oversized cul-de-sac lot with a triple garage. Its reminiscent of the Colonial Revival homes like you’d find in the north with its 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Amenities include granite countertops in the kitchen, hardwood floors, screened-in porch, garden space, double pane windows, gas fireplace, and outdoor shed. The living area provides you with a spacious 2,200 square feet of space for you and your family to enjoy. You won’t be giving anything up moving here except the cold weather!

 

Buying Pays Off Bigger Than Renting

So you’ve been renting a place for a while now and you’re wondering if you should be buying a property while the rates are still low? We can answer that in one word – YES! There has never been a better time to make the jump to home ownership than now. The Brunswick Forest properties that are available would make a perfect first home for anyone. Many of these are homes that you can grow into as your family size increases.

Brunswick ForestRegardless of whether you’re married or single, you can still become a homeowner. When you rent you are throwing your money away and paying for a temporary roof over your head. When you purchase a home of your own your monthly mortgage payments go towards full ownership of the house. The bank or mortgage company gave you the money to buy the home and you’re basically paying them back each month plus interest. You can deduct the interest on your federal tax form each year and in the beginning it makes up the majority of the payment.

Renting might be fine for temporary housing but if you’re planning on staying three years or more you should purchase a home. The place you buy doesn’t have to be your dream home. It doesn’t even have to be the house big enough to hold all those kids you hope you’ll have someday. It just needs to be a suitable house for right now. A villa, condo, or townhome is fine.

There are many Brunswick Forest homes that would be  perfect homes for the first-time homebuyer and the seasoned buyer alike. You really should get in on the real estate investment opportunity presented by today’s economy. In a few years, when the economy has improved, if you’re not happy where you are, you can put that house on the market and sell it for a profit. That profit will enable you to buy bigger and better and be one step closer to your dream home.
 

Choosing the Best Neighborhood for Your Family

When you’re in the market to buy a home you give a lot of thought to your price range, the size of the house, the area that you want to live in, but have you given consideration to the neighborhood?

Leland real estateWhen you’re considering the purchase of Leland real estate or anywhere else for that matter, keep in mind that neighborhoods vary as greatly as the people living there. Some are more kid-friendly and family-oriented while others are geared towards those enjoying retirement. There are neighborhoods with HOA’s that have and enforce a strict code of rules and regulations regarding appearance and conduct while other neighborhoods are more lax and carefree.

Get as much information about the neighborhood from your realtor as you possibly can. Drive through the prospective neighborhoods to get a “feel” for them and stop and talk to people on the street. Many people are proud to share their knowledge of the community they live within. Take a good, hard look at the state of repair of the homes and how well properties are maintained.

There are many beautiful upscale neighborhoods with Leland real estate for sale. Find a neighborhood that fits the needs of you and your family. Are schools important? Check to see what district you’d be in if that’s important to you. If you’re an active family, how close are the amenities that you’ll be using like parks, fitness centers, tennis courts, swimming pools, etc.

Living in the right neighborhood can make all the difference in how happy you are in your new home.


 

6 Tips to Remember When Browsing Real Estate

With so many affordable houses on the market these days and the interest rate at it’s lowest ever, it’s hard not to consider at least looking at what’s available out there. Buying real estate is one of the best investments you could ever make and buying at a time like this will ensure you’ll make a profit whenever you decide to sell.

Brunswick County MLSCome take a look at our Brunswick County MLS listings and remember these helpful tips when heading out to browse.

1. Know how much you can afford and focus on properties in your price range. A bank or other mortgage lender can determine what you can afford.

2. Narrow down the area that you want to look in. Do you want to live close to the ocean? Are you looking for a retirement community? Is it more important to have a dock and be on the waterway?

3. Plan ahead to know which houses you want to look at. With so many houses on the market it’s wise to have a strategy. Don’t cram too many into one trip or you’ll wind up confusing them.

4. Bring a notebook and camera to document your thoughts and what you see. They’re useful later when you’re sitting at home thinking about the day’s events.

5. It’s helpful to bring one good friend or relative but a crowd is too much. Everyone has an opinion and their opinion is not necessarily yours.

6. Dress for comfort as you’ll be doing some walking. Wear sneakers or sandals, not heels.

When you’re ready to take a look at properties listed on the Brunswick County MLS give us a call and we’d be happy to work with you to find you that perfect house.
 

Request a Free Discovery Package

When you’re in need of a Brunswick County Realtor to help you with a property search to find that perfect home or to assist you with selling your existing residence, don’t hesitate to call Carolina Plantations Real Estate in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, at 910-575-0075.

Brunswick County RealtorAs your Brunswick County Realtor we are prepared to help you find your ideal plantation. We would be happy to send you a free Discovery Package that includes a color map of the area, brochures from our Chamber of Commerce, weather and tax information, a list of area restaurants and hotels with their ratings, information on golf packages, and any listing information that you’ve requested from us.

You’ll soon find that you won’t receive such a comprehensive information package from anyone else in the industry. At Carolina Plantations we understand that purchasing a property is an important decision and our role is to provide you with any information you require to ensure you’re able to make an informed decision. It’s our pleasure to do that for you.

If you’re planning a visit to our area we’d love to meet with you. Our website has a link to the Free Discovery Package where there’s an Information and Visit Request form. We’d appreciate it if you could supply us with information about yourself and what you’re looking for, your time frame, etc., so we’re better prepared to show you properties of interest to you when you arrive to visit. We look forward to talking with you soon.

 

What Makes Brunswick Forest So Exceptional

When you’re considering relocating to the Carolinas be sure to come and visit Brunswick Forest NC and see how living in a community like this can really impact your life. Brunswick Forest NC takes pride in the amenities infrastructure they have built into their community.

Brunswick Forest NCEnjoy the 18,000 sq ft Fitness & Wellness Center at Brunswick Forest. The facility provides indoor and outdoor pools with wade-in entry, expansive sun deck and snack bar; six hard surface tennis courts and pro shop; basketball court; aerobics studio, cardiovascular equipment room; spacious men's and women's locker rooms with showers and steam room; meeting rooms; and a lounge and juice bar. Wellness programs are offered through New Hanover Regional Medical Center which has a Health and Diagnostics facility located in The Villages of Brunswick Forest retail and professional center.

Here you’ll also find an 18-hole championship golf course in a setting of unmatched beauty at Cape Fear National. A 7,000 sq ft clubhouse provides locker rooms, a pro shop, indoor and outdoor dining and more, making the overall golf experience as gracious off the course as it is on.

Brunswick Forest NCThe River Club provides residents the opportunity to fish, paddle and picnic along the picturesque Town Creek. Known for its wildlife, aquatic vegetation and virgin forests, this tributary meets up with the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway. Phase 1 is open with a deck, dock and canoe and kayak launch facilities.

And there are The Villages at Brunswick Forest, a 160-acre town center made up of more than 500,000 square feet of retail and professional establishments. It’s a beautiful area with parks, natural areas and more than 100 miles of walking and biking trails and paths.
 

Enjoy a Lifestyle of Wellness

In Leland, North Carolina, the Brunswick Forest NC real estate that is for sale features a variety of award winning homes nestled amid 40 miles of walking trails and Hammock Lake. This popular community highlights many social and recreational amenities within its spacious clubhouse and picturesque grounds.

Brunswick Forest NC real estateAt the heart of this community is the Cape Fear National Clubhouse with a restaurant and pro shop. Those who want to stay in shape can find all the support they need in the state-of-the-art Fitness & Wellness Center that offers daily classes including Pilates, yoga, water aerobics, Zumba, spin and more. Here you will find a lifestyle that many people dream of and few people realize. Residents can get to know their neighbors and make new friends through many different social clubs and organizations.

Brunswick Forest NC real estate is located just 7 minutes south of Wilmington, NC. There you’ll find horse drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, and a waterfront boardwalk on the Cape Fear River. Wilmington offers great restaurants and shopping, art galleries, museums, theatre, an international airport and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Homes here range from 1,600 sq ft villas to 3,000 sq ft custom built homes on the Cape Fear National Golf Course. Neighborhoods within the Brunswick Forest each have their own design themes and include Shellmore, Evangeline, Cape Fear National, Walden and more!

7 Tips That Will Make Your Move Easier

When a move is on the horizon for your family it’s time to take the necessary steps that will make it go as smoothly as possible. Early preparation will take the stress off last minute rushing around. Here are some tips to make the moving experience easier.

  1. Leland NC real estaOnce you know you’ll be relocating – whether locally or long distance – begin to purge items you no longer use or want to keep. Give away or sell what someone else could use.
  2. Collect or buy boxes – lots of them – and packing tape to close them with. These are available for purchase at UPS or UHaul Stores. Moving supplies are often available on Craig’s List or Freecycle or check with your local grocery store.
  3. Packing tape and permanent markers will come in real handy. Don’t close any box before writing what room it goes to on the outside.
  4. Buy a small notebook. From the first box you pack to the last, put a number on it starting with #1. In the notebook write the box number and the contents of the box. This will come in handy when you need to find something that you’ve already packed.
  5. You’ll need bubble wrap for your dishes and other precious items. Use crumbled up newspaper to secure items in boxes.
  6. Obtain a hand truck or flatbed cart. When moving more than one box, use the hand truck to save yourself some steps. Your back will thank you.
  7. If you’re packing early, stack your boxes (sturdiest ones on the bottom) in an out of the way spot like the garage.

When you’re in the market for a new home you owe it to yourself to take a look at the Leland NC real estate we have available. With a vast array of properties available there are many sizes and price ranges to choose from. We are your Leland NC real estate agent and would be happy to help you find your dream home.
 

For Golf Lovers Everywhere

Ocean Ridge Plantation homes for saleGolf lovers need to pay attention to this. If your dream is to live by a golf course we can make that come true plus improve upon it. How about living with 4 golf courses surrounding you. How about if those were Lions Paw, Panthers Run, Tigers Eye and Leopards Chase in Ocean Ridge, North Carolina. The many Ocean Ridge Plantation homes for sale will put you close to the fairways so you’ve only to step outside your door to play.

Close to Sunset Beach, these Ocean Ridge Plantation homes for sale will have you just a few minutes from the beachfront of this family friendly beach. As a homeowner of Ocean Ridge Plantation you’ll be able to enjoy the private beach club on Sunset Beach that provides outdoor showers, a equipped kitchen, restrooms, two large living rooms to relax in and a covered porch.

Come take a look at the various Ocean Ridge Plantation homes for sale. You’ll be swept away with how beautiful this community is and the stately architecture of each of the homes. Each of the neighborhoods in this plantation has it’s own character but they all send the quiet message of elegance.

When you’re not spending your time on one of the golf courses there are many other amenities to enjoy. These include an indoor pool and hot tub, a grandchildren’s pool, spacious adult pool, fitness center, tennis courts, walking trails, a fishing pier, community gardens and restaurants.
 

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