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9 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Community

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When you buy a home, counters, flooring, paint, and the like can be changed. What can’t be changed is location. So, you want to choose a good community for your needs. Below are 9 factors to consider when choosing a community to buy a home in. Affordability Each buyer has their own budget: the maximum purchase price, closing costs, upfront …

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Use Your Amazon Echo to Find Wilmington Homes for Sale

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Do you have an Amazon Echo? You can now use it to find homes for sale in the Wilmington area (Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, Hampstead, Surf City, and beyond). First, install our Alexa Skill. Once enabled, you can say: “Alexa, tell Agent NEO to find a house in Wilmington, North Carolina, with 4 bedrooms” “Alexa, tell Agent …

Do Real Estate Agents Receive Kickbacks from Mortgage Brokers?

Do Real Estate Agents Receive Kickbacks from Mortgage Brokers?

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You started off your home search by hiring yourself a real estate agent or broker. You haven’t been preapproved for a home loan yet, so they’ve given you a couple names of mortgage brokers. Chances are, you’re wondering if they get something in return from those mortgage brokers, like a referral fee, and that may not be leaving the best …


5 Negotiation Tactics Sure to Doom a Home Offer

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Are you house hunting? When it’s time to negotiate the home offer, some buyers think they’re playing hardball, but in reality, they’re just setting up their offer to be rejected. Below are 5 negotiation tactics that are doomed to fail. Keep them in mind when it comes time to make your offer. 1. Lowballing A buyer’s first instinct may be …

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Should You Buy a Home During the Christmas Season?

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As the end of the year approaches, buyers begin to wonder if they should put their home search on the back burner or continue viewing homes through the Christmas season. While the peak selling months for real estate are in the spring and summer, this is historically the off season for the real estate industry. Still, there’s something to the …

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What are the Home Features Buyers Most Want?

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One of the keys to maximizing your return when selling a home is having some of the home features that buyers most want. But how do you know which to choose and which investments will pay off? There are a lot of finishes and appliances to choose from, and the ones you see a lot of aren’t necessarily the most …

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What to Know When the Home You Want to Purchase is in a Flood Zone

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So, you’ve found “the one”. Congrats! Oh, but you’ve also found out that it’s in a flood zone? First off, let’s put this into perspective. Everyone is in a flood zone. Some are just at a higher risk than others. Southeastern North Carolina is a coastal region. There are a lot of homes in areas that will at some point …