6 Ways to Make Your Move to North Carolina Smoother for Your Kids

So you’ve decided to move to North Carolina! You’ve probably given it a lot of thought, and for whatever reason, you’ve determined it is the best move for your family. But just because it is the best move, doesn’t mean it will be a completely smooth move, especially if you have children. The home you are leaving behind to move to North Carolina may be the only home your children have known. For your older children, the move may mean saying goodbye to lifelong friends. Below are seven suggestions for helping your children make the transition to their new home go more smoothly. Visit your new home and neighborhood If it is possible, bring your children to visit their new city, neighborhood and home prior to moving day. Be sure to point out all the things you think they will love about … [Read more...]

7 Wilmington, NC Real Estate Stats Homebuyers Should Know

As October 2017 came to a close, the median sales price for residential property in Wilmington, NC is up eight percent over this time last year. Whether you are considering purchasing a single-family home, condo or townhome in Wilmington, here are seven real estate statistics from the North Carolina Regional MLS that you may want consider: The number of closed sales of all residential properties is up 1.6 percent, from 3,647 closing through October 2016, to 3,707 through October 2017. The median price of a single-family home in Wilmington increased 5.4 percent to $252,000 for this year, from $239,000 for this time last year. The number of closed sales is up 4 percent from 2,963 single-family home sales closed by the end of October 2016, to 3,084 homes sold through October of … [Read more...]

New Hanover County Sets September Luxury Home Sales Record

  The property at 202 Nun Street, known locally as The Verandas, is one of the 16 new luxury home listings  in New Hanover County to come on the market during September. The home is listed for $2,199,000. Photo © Intracoastal Realty Corp. Used with permission. WILMINGTON, NC – Sales of luxury homes in New Hanover County set an all-time high for the month of September. Eleven homes with a total value of $21.29 million sold. That compares to the next busiest September in 2009 when nine luxury homes totaling $16.42 million sold. While not setting a monthly record, sales of million dollar homes in Brunswick County were also robust. Five properties with a combined value of $6.71 million closed, compared to two properties totaling $2.28 million in September 2016. The trend for … [Read more...]

3 Reasons You’ll Love Living in Wilmington

There are likely several reasons you're considering a move to Wilmington, NC. Perhaps you are seeking a laid back retirement. Maybe you’re moving for work. Maybe you're coming home. Maybe you're just looking for your next adventure. Whatever the reason, the reasons below are just three of the many things folks enjoy most about living in Wilmington.   1. Weather The Cape Fear Region enjoys four distinct seasons, with winter being the shortest and weakest. Though bouts of prolonged chill and wintry precipitation can occur, they're very rare. Bright, crisp afternoons with temperatures in the 50s and 60s are more the norm; you might reach for a sweatshirt for your tee time or bicycle excursion. Winter yields to a lengthy spring early in the calendar year. While the inland … [Read more...]

Overall Luxury Market Holds Steady; $3M+ Sales Boom

WILMINGTON, NC – During August, sales of homes priced at or more than $1 million kept pace with sales a year ago. However, homes priced over the $3 million dollar mark are the big story. From January 1 through August 31, seven properties have sold over the $3M mark in the tri-county area of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender. With four months to go, 2017 already tops the total annual sales of $3+ million homes for every year in the past decade. (See chart below for historical perspective of annual sales topping $3M.) The last time more homes over $3M sold in a single year was at the peak of the real estate market in 2007. That year, sixteen homes priced at or more than $3M closed. While 2017 is unlikely to surpass that total, there are currently four more similarly priced homes under … [Read more...]

Upper End of Local Luxury Market Suddenly Simmers

    WILMINGTON, NC – After picking up steam in June, activity of homes listed for more than $3 million made a record jump in July. While no homes priced for more than $3 million closed during July, four homes priced between $3.45 - $5 million went under contract.  Also, six new listings came on the market, bringing the total number of active listings with asking prices above $3 million to 29. To put these numbers in perspective, the tri-county area (New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender) has seen an average of 3-4 homes priced more than $3 million sell per year over the past ten years. If all four homes that went under contract during July actually close, they will exceed the yearly average of total homes sold at this price point. The home at 286 Beach Road … [Read more...]

New Hanover County Luxury Home Sales Best Ever for May

1409 Tidalwalk Drive sold for $2,975,000 on May 24th. This 5,000 square foot new construction home is the first home in TidalWalk to sell for more than $1 million. Photo © Tongue & Groove Custom Home Builder, used with permission from Fonville Morisey Barefoot. WILMINGTON, NC – Brisk sales of luxury homes led New Hanover County to its best May numbers ever. High-end homes also saw strong showings in both Brunswick and Pender counties. Fourteen New Hanover county homes sold for a total of $22.33 million during May. That’s double the sales of May 2016, when seven homes sold for $10.96 million. The previous record for luxury homes sold during the month of May in New Hanover County was twelve in 2005. In Brunswick County, six homes sold for $8.61 million. That compares to four homes … [Read more...]

Most Expensive Home Back on Market Amid Strong Luxury Sales

WILMINGTON, NC – The most expensive home ever listed on the MLS serving the tri-county area is back on the market for $11,900,000. Located at 710 Shoals Watch Way on Bald Head Island, the home sits on 2.56 acres of oceanfront property. Extensive and finely detailed woodwork throughout the 5,500 square foot house, including unique rafters designed to imitate whale ribs, contribute to this home’s impressive feel.  The “little extras” you’ll find in the area’s most expensive residence include multiple built-in window seats; many ship-lap covered walls; a custom lighting system with chandeliers that can be lower or raised; a commode with a heated seat; and an elevator. The current owner purchased the truly remarkable home in September 2012 for $9.7 million.  The asking price was $15 … [Read more...]

Local Luxury Home Sales Surge

WILMINGTON, NC – Sales of luxury homes in Brunswick and New Hanover counties more than tripled in March.  The total sales volume of properties priced in excess of $1 million jumped from $7.9 million in March 2016 to $23.9 million this March. These numbers represent the strongest March showing in the high-end market since the peak of the real estate market.  The last time this segment of homes produced better numbers was in 2008 in Brunswick County, when luxury sales hit $7.7 million; and 2007 in New Hanover County with $18 million in sales. “The last couple of months suggest growing confidence in the local luxury market,” says Kathleen Baylies, Broker In Charge at Just For Buyers Realty.  “It’s important to understand this is a very exclusive segment of the market where the sale of a … [Read more...]

2017 Luxury Home Sales Continue to Strengthen

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Kathleen Baylies 910-470-3190 March 7, 2017 For Immediate Release WILMINGTON, NC – Sales of luxury homes in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties continued to make a strong showing during the month of February. Nine homes with a total value of $14.79 million sold.  That compares to six valued at $10.92 million in February 2016. The number of available high-end homes grew, too.  Thirty-two new listings came on the market this February, compared to 15 during the same month in 2016. Of particular note among the new listings was the addition of an ultra-luxury property priced more than $5 million.  The home at 7527 Masonboro Sound Road and two adjacent lots came on the market for $5.75 million.  This is one of only five single family homes … [Read more...]