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What You Should Know About Hardwood Floors

Many people love the look and feel of hardwood floors but all hardwood floors are not created equal. Engineered flooring as become quite popular over the last 10 years. It is less expensive than natural hardwood flooring which contributes to its popularity.

There are many differences between real hardwood floors and engineered hardwood flooring.

Read on to find out what you should know about hardwood floors before you make the investment.

Beautiful Wood Flooring by Carolina Plantations

Engineered flooring is usually 5-7 layers thick, with 1/8“ oak, hickory or some other hardwood on the top surface typically. The biggest advantages are that the floors can be glued right to concrete and they generally will not “cup” from moisture. Additionally, engineered flooring comes in an array of finishes, including smooth, hand sculpted and distressed.

According to professional wood floor finishers, they are very tricky (if not impossible) to refinish due to the lack of depth in the top layer. Professional sanding machines will sand down to the second or third layer, exposing soft woods not meant to be finished.

Close-up view of various Wood Flooring panels

Jules Sacchetti, of Sacchetti Construction, sings the praises of engineered floors for a number of reasons:

  • Clients love the large selection of finishes to choose from
  • When you use natural hardwood floors, sometimes the crew finishing them may not apply the stain and or the sealer evenly
  • You can generally remove a piece of engineered flooring and replace it easily

Natural hardwood floors are generally ¾“ and are solid wood. There is a significant difference to the look, feel and sound of walking on natural hardwood flooring vs. engineered hardwood. Real hardwood floors require a subflooring made of wood because they get nailed into place on the side where the tongue and grove are located. This can add to the cost of installation unless you are installing them over a crawl space.

Tongue In Groove wood flooring

In the majority of properties being built today, hardwood floors are replacing carpet in great rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, breakfast rooms, master bedrooms and sometimes in offices and or guest suites, too. If you are in the market for a home, it’s recommended to further research the pros and cons of engineered floors and natural hardwood floors.

The History of Hushpuppies

Back in 1999, Doug Terhune had the pleasure of visiting Poplar Grove Plantation. Some friends were visiting and together they took a tour of this wonderful historical plantation. During the tour they were told the story behind hushpuppies, which are to be eaten here in the south, not worn!!

Hushpuppies

Back in the 1800s, homes did not have kitchens in them because there wasn’t a Fire Department anywhere within a million miles! So, to avoid fire in the main house, the homeowners would build separate detached brick homes behind the main home and this is where the cooking was done. (And talk about hot, oh my goodness!!)

Poplar Grave Plantation and Cook's HouseWhen the cooks finished preparing the food, they had to get the vittles to the main house, however, there was a very annoying obstacle on almost every plantation -- dogs.

The dogs would disrupt the transportation of meals to and from the cook’s house and so the women/cooks would toss some cornmeal in the deep fryers just before the heavy trays of food were to be carried to the main house.

The women would toss some of the sizzling hot corn meal out on the yard and say “Hush puppies, Hush!” while those carrying the food would escape into the home unscathed.

And as broadcaster and master storyteller Paul Harvey used to say “And now you know the REST of the story!”

 

Don't Miss the Southeast Crab Feast in Wilmington

One of the most popular, not-to-be-missed, events in the southeast is the annual Southeast Crab Feast. Starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, the festival will be held in Wilmington, NC at Hugh MacRae Park, 314 Pine Grove Drive. The family-friendly festival includes freshly steamed southeast blue crabs, heavily seasoned low country boil, fresh fish & chips baskets, steamed Carolina oysters, and lots of live music and fun.

Here are the nitty-gritty facts of the event directly from the Southeast Crab Feast website:

* Bring your own chairs, tables and/or blankets.

* No coolers, drinks and/or alcohol is allowed at most events.  

* At our All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crab events, we do not provide condiments such as personal seafood seasoning, mallet, shucking knife, butter, hot sauce, crackers, etc. Please bring your own condiments and show to our staff upon check-in.

 * Advance on-line tickets will be held at Will Call for pickup at the event. You can claim your ticket purchase by presenting a valid ID (Driver’s License or other government issued form of I.D.) upon arrival. 

* All ticket purchasers understand that their voice, name and image may be recorded by various mechanical and/or electrical means for marketing purposes.

* All ticket purchasers agree to not having any allergies to crabs, shrimp, oysters, potatoes, beef sausage, corn, Old Bay Seasoning when purchasing tickets to Southeast Crab Feast events. Your consumption of seafood is of your own free will.

* All ticket sales are final.

The Southeast Crab Feast LCC started in 2010 as a group of family, friends and associates who live in the city but enjoy the coastal heritage of local blue crabs, low country boil, fish and chips, and oysters. While it started as a small gathering it has evolved into a multi-city popular event due to the demand of fresh ocean seafood and delicious outdoor cooking.

Events are currently hosted in Charlotte, Atlanta, Raleigh, Columbia, Greenville, Fayetteville, Savannah, Wilmington, Yemassee and more cities will be added in the future. A portion of all proceeds from events are donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Things to Know if You are Considering 55+ Communities

As the country’s Babyboomers reach retirement age an increasing number of them are exploring the idea of living in an age-restricted 55+ community where there are no children. It doesn’t mean they don’t like children – most of them have children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of their own. But by a certain age we’ve all had enough of reckless bicycling and children playing Hop Scotch in the middle of the street. It’s time to enjoy some peace and quiet – the golden years.

55+ Community in NC

 

What is a 55+ community?

• By definition, they are age restricted to someone being 55 years old or older. Children can visit, but not live in the community.

• The community is typically gated and private – which means the residents are responsible for all roads, amenities, clubhouses, golf courses, usually through a homeowners association.

• Visiting children must adhere to strict rules within the community that may include:
    - Restricted hours in the pool, clubhouse and restaurants.
    - Certain hours permitted to be outside on the yard and on the streets.
    - The number of nights allowed to stay with or visit a resident.

If you do some research on this concept, you will find that it does come with some sticky issues. First is that when a spouse passes away, the remaining family member may not be eligible to remain as a resident if they are under 55 years of age.

senior communities

Another common objection is that grandparents are not permitted to allow a grandchild to live with them full time. In short, if you are to consider a residing in a 55 or older community, it’s imperative that you research everything you can about the policies, procedures and restrictions plus, you must be prepared to live in a community with lots of rules. There are probably as many people that understand and like rules as there are that don’t.

Communities in Brunswick County are technically not all 55+ restricted. However, on many levels they mimic these communities in many aspects, such as:

• They too are amenity based communities often with pools, tennis courts, golf courses, private beach clubs, walking trails, fitness club, residents clubs, planned activities, etc.

• They might be gated but not all are, which can be a cost savings as when you have a gate, you pay not only county/city taxes but in addition you contribute to a community road slush fund.

• Younger families tend not to be as attracted to retirement communities for several reasons:

    - Younger parents usually like similarly aged children in their neighborhood.
    - The economics are often not in favor of younger families, but there certainly are exceptions to the rule of younger couples purchasing homes in a retirement community in this area.

kids welcome in some 55+ communities

• And while some retirement communities might post some guidelines in public areas concerning young children, children and/or grandchildren are welcome to visit or reside there anytime.

While researching which retirement community best suits your personal lifestyle needs, it’s very important to devote time to the issue of age restricted communities. Let us know how we, at Carolina Plantations, can assist you best with finding your next home.

 

Featured Property: 902 Village Point Rd.

Featured Property

If your family or friends are looking for the ultimate and most prestigious home in Brunswick County, take a look at this month’s featured property at 902 Village Point Road, Shallotte, NC. This spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home sits on 6.37 acres where you can spread out to your heart’s content.

Providing you with over 6,100 sq ft of living space there’s nothing about this house that you won’t fall in love with. The gourmet kitchen with granite and marble countertops, real hardwood floors, high end stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry is sure to please the chef in your family.

Featured Property

This home features an arts & crafts studio, hobby room, bar & cards room, pool hall, full home theatre, an executive office and a formal dining room. The two story formal foyer welcomes you to another world when you enter through the front door.

Onsite lifestyle amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, your own private fishing pond, two garages that can hold five cars, and a large outdoor patio with fire pit.

This home is newly listed with Carolina Plantations and is one of our most exceptionally beautiful and all encompassing homes. We’d be happy to give you a tour of all the home has to show you. Call the office at (910) 755-7557 or call Doug Terhune directly at 910 620-6203.

Beware! There Are No Free Custom Home Designs

When the time comes to build your dream home you will need a reputable builder and design plans for your new home. At Carolina Plantation, we know who the reputable builders are in the area and we’re happy to make recommendations. Recently it was brought to our attention that some less than reputable builders were offering free custom home designs. We’re here to warn you that there really is no such thing. The cost of creating custom home designs is always figured into the final price of your home, even if you never see it line listed.

We recently read about a local builder that had been doing business in Brunswick County for over 10 years and had built homes in some of the most prestigious golf plantations.

About three years ago, for a variety of reasons, the builder found themselves in over their heads and were asked to leave the community they were working in. They did, but came back a few years later working under a new name.

This builder, as it turns out, charged a couple who were ready to build their dream home, $8,000 for plans that were designed internally, which most likely were recycled plans from someone else’s home.

When you build a true custom home, you can either secure your plans from an independent CPBD (Certified Professional Building Designer) or an Architect or, you can use the plans that your builder provides. When you use plans from a builder, however, you are not able to send your home out for bid, and this can cost you tens of thousands of dollars over what it needs to.

If you decide to build that dream home, do a thorough search of the options available to you, including builders. Ask a lot of questions and assume nothing. When you’re looking for recommendations, give us a call.

   

Custom Built Homes Even Retirees Can Afford

Have you ever dreamed of having a custom home built for yourself? Maybe you think it would be out of your price range or maybe you don’t think there’s any available homesites that you could afford. Time and time again people that visit us at Carolina Plantations are thrilled to discover we not only have the available space for Custom Built Homes but can do it at an affordable price, too!

 

Custom Built Homes Even Retirees Can Afford

 

When you decide to build a home you can choose whether it’s in a gated community or not, if it’s on a golf course, or backs up to a pond, or maybe has a nature preserve behind it. You even get to choose how your home is oriented to where the sun rises and sets. If it’s important to you to have early sunshine and late day coolness then that will help you decide just where to build your home in a community. We understand that these are details that matter.

Deciding to have a home built from the ground up gives you the opportunity to select from more than 30 popular floor plans. You’ll be able to choose your own hardwood flooring, cabinets, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, granite countertops, appliances, ceilings (tray ceilings, flat, vaulted, coffered, cathedral, 9’, 10’, etc.), exterior building materials, color of exterior, location of the gas grill or outdoor summer kitchen, backsplash tile, carpeting color/style and much more. Having a say in these details will make a difference in how much you like your home when it’s completed.

The majority of people building custom homes here in Coastal North Carolina are folks from the mid-Atlantic states up through New England and parts of the mid-west. Of all the homebuyers that use our real estate services at Carolina Plantations approximately 85% of them choose to have a custom home built.

In Brunswick County, new home construction fuels a large part of our economy. If you drove through the following communities, this is approximately the number of homes you would see being built:

• Brunswick Forest - 80-90
• Brunswick Plantation - 20-25
• Compass Pointe - 40-50
• Ocean Ridge Plantation - 25-35
• St James Plantation - 100+

Our team at Carolina Plantations is well versed in the entire home design and building process. Our brokers work with you from the time you contact us until after you’ve received the keys to your very own Dream Home. It’s just what we do!

6 Things Not to Say When Selling a Home

This is something every home seller should hear. Home sellers need to watch what they say to buyers and to their real estate agents. Real estate professionals recently told Realtor.com® some things they believe sellers should never say:

Things Not To Say When Selling a Home

1. “Our house is in perfect condition.”
“The home inspection may reveal otherwise, and, as a seller, you don’t want to wind up putting your foot in your mouth,” says Cara Ameer, a real estate professional that spoke with Realtor.com®. “There simply is no such thing as ‘perfect condition.’ Every house, whether it is brand new or a resale, has something that needs to be fixed, adjusted, replaced, or improved upon.”

2. “We’ve never had a problem with …”
Sellers need to be careful to not tell any fibs or embellish anything, even when those appear seemingly small. “You’re setting yourself up for potential liability,” Ameer says. “You may not even be aware of the problem at first, but it could translate into an embarrassing moment upon inspection.” Let the home inspector’s report speak for your home.

family looking for a home

3. “It’s been on the market for X number of weeks/months/years.”
Sellers should never mention to potential buyers how long their home has been on the market, says Pam Santoro, another real estate professional. The information is available on the home’s information sheet for buyers to see for themselves. Sellers who wish to highlight this may find that buyers think they can get the home for less because it’s been on the market longer. Other buyers will wonder what’s wrong with the home that it has been sitting for so long.

4. “We spent a ton of money on X, Y, and Z.”
Sellers shouldn’t think that just because they spent a lot of money on recent upgrades to the home that they will get that back and more when they sell. “The buyer doesn’t care whether you spent $10,000 or $100,000 on your kitchen,” says Ameer. “They are only going to offer what they feel the home is worth in relation to comparable sales in the area.”

Don't talk about renovations

5. “We always hoped to fix/renovate that…"
Mentioning things you thought about updating or renovating just makes the buyer think they’re not perfect as they are. They may perceive this to mean the house will be costing them even more money down the road.

6. “I’m not taking less than X amount for my home.”
“If you send a message that you are inflexible or not open to negotiating, it may not invite buyers to even try to work out acceptable price and terms as they will feel defeated from the start,” says Ameer. “Word may spread that you have this sentiment as a seller, and people may start to avoid the house.”

Source: “6 Things You Should Never Say When You’re Selling Your Home,” realtor.com®

Christmas Concert with the Annie Moses Band

We have something exciting to tell you about! The Annie Moses Band will be performing a Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 17 so mark your calendars now! The concert will be held at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. We saw them perform last year at OWA and the show they put on was just fabulous! So this is the show to see if you want to get into the Christmas Spirit – it’s never too early!

Annie Moses Band

The inspirational Annie Moses Band has been entertaining audiences for more than a decade, bringing a distinctive style of music across the country and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, they are a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians, that combine their individual technical skills with exhilarating showmanship you just have to see.

The band's innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world. They have had record breaking numbers of airings on PBS and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

The members of the band are all family. Veteran composer, Bill Wolaver, weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while the virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled performances.

The Annie Moses Band encompasses the best of all the beloved genres. They have a style that unifies all audiences -- young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Make a difference in your Christmas this year and treat yourself to this concert.

Call Odell Williamson today at 910-755-7416 to reserve your tickets. Ticket prices are: Adult $29, Senior/Student $27, and children 12 and under $10.

 

Property Sales Up Significantly During Third Quarter of 2015

The Brunswick County Association of Realtors® just released their statistics for the third quarter of the current year. Residential real estate sales in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties for September and the third quarter of 2015 increased solidly over the same period in 2014. This is fabulous news for anyone that has been hesitant to put their home on the market or start the homebuying process. The market is sound and properties are moving at a steady rate.

Real Estate Sales in Brunswick County Increase Significantly in Third Quarter of 2015


“Sales continue to increase in the three counties over the previous year,” said BCAR CEO Cynthia Cumbie. “The last four months showed the highest number of sales during the year. The local real estate market has been moving in a positive direction this year, and these latest statistics underscore the uptick we have observed in Brunswick and surrounding counties since January.”

Here are the recent statistics posted for Brunswick County:

Single Family Sales -- Listings
September 2014: 334
September 2015: 322
Change: -3.6%

Single Family Sales -- Units Sold
September 2014: 211
September 2015: 241
Change: 14.2%

Single Family Sales -- Average Sale Price
September 2014: $229,529
September 2015: $245,384
Change: 6.3%

Single Family Sales -- Total Sales Volume
September 2014: $48,430,616
September 2015: $59,137,573
Change: 22.1%

Lot Sales -- Units Sold
September 2014: 94
September 2015: 77
Change: -18.1%

Lot Sales -- Average Sale Price
September 2014: $86,163
September 2015: $83,514
Change: -20.6%

*Note: YTD Closed Sales for Carolina Plantations is $31,000,000+ vs. $18,000,000 a year ago YTD/2014.

At Carolina Plantations we’re available to help you narrow down your choices. Give us a call at 910-755-7557, chat with us online, or stop by and see us at 4660 East Coast Lane on Highway 17 in Shallotte, NC. We look forward to helping you find that perfect home where you can happily spend your retirement!

 

The Return of the NC Festival by the Sea!

NC Festival by the Sea

Every Autumn there are lots of festivals and local events taking place all around coastal North Carolina. If you’re in the area looking at NC coastal real estate with us at Carolina Plantations we encourage you to get out and about and take in as much local flavor as you can. You’ll quickly see what makes living here the number #1 choice for countless families and retirees alike.

The last full weekend in October the Holden Beach Merchants Association hosts the popular NC Festival by the Sea. This is a 2 day event taking place on October 24 and 25, 2015 this year and gets kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach Causeway. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge and several hundred people take that high altitude stroll each year to stake out their spot to view the parade.

The Arts and Crafts vendors are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. You’ll want to plan to be at the festival to enjoy at least a couple of meals and a snack or two, just to sample a portion of the delicious local food that will be available.

For those enjoying competitions, there is a horsehoe tournament and a sandcastle-building contest. Children enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead and children’s rides and amusements. There is also live musical entertainment for all to enjoy both days at Holden Beach’s new Pavilion.

The Festival by the Sea is a free event and there's plenty of parking so bring the family and plan on staying for the day!
 

NC Oyster Festival Returns on Oct. 17-18

One of our area’s most popular local events each year is the oyster festival. This year marks the 35th Annual Oyster Festival that will take place on October 17 and 18 at 8 East Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

The festival is treasured by Brunswick County natives and visitors alike. It’s here where you’ll find arts and crafts, an oyster stew cook-off, plenty of great music and lots of dancing. Events during the weekend include the following:

NC Oyster Festival Road Race

NC Oyster Festival Road Race
The road race will take place on October 18 beginning at 8 a.m. on 1st Street at Ocean Isle Beach. There will be a 5K, 10K, and 1-mile fun run. Enjoy a great run on beautiful Ocean Isle Beach. Walkers are welcome to register for the 5K. Only runners will be allowed to register for the 10K.

 

The Muddy Oyster Challenge

The Muddy Oyster Challenge
This challenging obstacle mud course includes climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, and crawling under barbed wire. Individuals and teams can sign up for The Muddy Oyster Challenge being held on Saturday, October 10, at 44 Indigo Flats Rd. East, Tabor City, NC. 

 

The Shaggin’ Oyster Challenge

The Shaggin’ Oyster Challenge
Get your Shag on Sunday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Main Stage and compete in one of three divisions for your share of the minimum $1,500 prize money pool! Contest divisions will be Amateur, Novice, and Junior. The Shaggin' Oyster Challenge is sponsored by the Coastal Shag Club of Shallotte 

 

Oyster Shucking Contest

Oyster Shucking Contest
Join us on Saturday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. to put your shucking skills to the test. The winner of the North Carolina Oyster Shucking Championship will receive a plaque, $275 cash, and $200 traveling cash to be sued for travel to and from the National Oyster Shucking Contest in Leonardtown, Maryland. The second place winner will receive $200. Third place will receive $175.

 

Oyster Eating Contest

Oyster Eating Contest
You can never have too much of a good thing. The Oyster Eating contest is proof of that! Join us at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 and compete with other oyster lovers and speed eaters for title of "Oyster Eating Champion! If you love oysters or have been accused of swallowing your food whole, this contest is for you!" Rules are simple: contestants must use forks and all oysters must be cleared from a tray before starting a new one. There is no charge for entering the contest.

 

Oyster Stew Cook-Off

Oyster Stew Cook-Off
Register for the North Carolina Oyster Stew Cook-Off and compete for title of best oyster stew in the state. The Oyster Stew Cook-Off is open to all restaurants. The winning stew will be named the "People's Choice" and the restaurant will be awarded $500. There is also a $250 prize for second place. 

 

Live Entertainment

Live Entertainment
The NC Oyster Festival is one of the best venues for amazing local and regional musical talent. This year's lineup includes everything from beach music to country. Artists include Whitney Layne, Darrell Harwood, and many others. Make sure you join us for another year of great live music! \

Meet Ozzy the Oyster
Be sure to take time during the weekend to meet Ozzy and have your photo taken with him at our photo booth! Ozzy is our official oyster aficionado. He has been waiting all year to welcome you back to the North Carolina Oyster Festival!

 

Current Home Sales Are Up

We are thrilled to tell you that home sales are up this summer over last year sales. This is the hottest time for the market and it continues through the warmer months. The following numbers reflect sales within the Brunswick County MLS for June this year compared with last year. Some sales in Brunswick County are included in a neighboring MLS and may not be reflected in this analysis.

Brunswick County

Single Family Sales -- Listings
• June 2014: 369
• June 2015: 443
• Change: 20.1%

Single Family Sales -- Units Sold
• June 2014: 228
• June 2015: 290
• Change: 27.2%

Single Family Sales -- Average Sale Price
• June 2014: $237,869
• June 2015: $278,440
• Change: 17.1%

Single Family Sales -- Total Sales Volume
• June 2014: $54,234,216
• June 2015: $80,747,730
• Change: 48.9%

Lot Sales -- Units Sold
• June 2014: 82
• June 2015: 78
• Change: -4.9%

Lot Sales -- Average Sale Price
• June 2014: $65,638
• June 2015: $99,711
• Change: 51.9%

Housing Starts surged in June, increasing 9.8 percent to 1.174 million units. May's figures were also revised higher. Building Permits, a sign of future construction, surged to a near 8-year high as well. It's important to note that the increase in Housing Starts mostly came from the multi-family construction sector, which can be volatile. Ground breaking for single-family homes had declined in every geographic region of the country with the exception of the South.

 

diagram of Retail Sales


Overall, construction trends have recovered following the harsh winter earlier this year. The recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index reading of 60 confirms this, as builder confidence has reached its highest level since November 2005. Readings over 50 show that more builders view conditions as good rather than poor.

NAHB Chairman Tom Woods noted, "As we head into the second half of 2015, we should expect a continued recovery of the housing market."

At Carolina Plantations we look forward to that and are ready and waiting to assist you with listing your home for sale or helping you find your next perfect property.

 

Researching Before Retirement Pays Off

We recently shared a story in our July newsletter about Ilda and Bob, a couple who took the time to do some research before their retirement years arrived. As residents of Mansfield, MA, where every winter without fail the snow flies and the cold is extreme they desired to relocate south. It comes as no surprise that they were interested in spending their retirement years some place more temperate.

In December 2010, Bob came across our website and wrote to us inquiring about life in beautiful coastal North Carolina. Naturally, we pointed out all the best features of living here as well as the abundance of beautiful and affordable properties available. We invited him to come for a visit and a few months later, during a miserable Boston winter, he did just that. Apparently he liked what he saw!

Brunswick Plantation

After checking out the many retirement communities in the area Ilda and Bob were most attracted to Brunswick Plantation. While there were many gorgeous homes for sale in Brunswick Plantation, just any home wouldn’t do for them. They wanted something uniquely theirs. They purchased a home site and began making plans to have their dream home built.

In early 2014, now with retirement upon them, Ilda and Bob arrived in North Carolina to meet with builders after deciding that a custom home was what they were most interested in. Because they purchased a custom home site they did not have to use the on-site builder. Instead, they chose Barker & Canady Custom Homes from Wilmington as their builder of choice.

Brunswick Plantation

The couple found a B & C home plan that they really liked and had seen in Brunswick Plantations several times but they wanted to customize it enough to make it their own. The builder incorporated their changes into the plans and built them the home they’d always dreamed of owning.

Two months ago, in May 2015, Ilda and Bob made the final move from Mansfield, MA, to Brunswick Plantation in North Carolina and into their brand new home. They couldn't be happier and us for them!

This is just one example of many where doing a bit of research in the years prior to retiring will make for some smooth sailing when the day finally arrives. Choose a part of the country – the weather is awesome here in coastal North Carolina. Look closer at counties, communities, neighborhoods. Decide what is most important to you in a home, how you like to spend your time, and then use that to narrow in on where your next home should be.

At Carolina Plantations we’re available to help you narrow down your choices. Give us a call at 910-754-SOLD, chat with us online, or stop by and see us at 4660 East Coast Lane on Highway 17 in Shallotte, NC. We look forward to helping you find that perfect home where you can spend your retirement happily!

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%
 

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