Brunswick County Sales Increase 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.

 

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.

It’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.

Thinking 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 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: www.carolinaplantations.com

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.

All 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.