Welcome Tim Chappell!

Tim Chappell has joined Just for Buyers Realty as the company’s newest Exclusive Buyers Agent. Chappell is responsible for protecting buyers as they navigate the largest purchases of their lives. His assistance includes helping buyers evaluate the most cost-effective financing available; researching both the negatives and positives of those properties matching their needs; recommending experienced and ethical inspectors; connecting buyers with outstanding, but price-conscious attorneys, surveyors, and contractors; and anticipating and avoiding “transaction bumps” to save buyers time and money and reduce stress.   Tim, a graduate of the Coastal Real Estate School, was most recently affiliated with Century 21 Sweyer and Associates. There, Tim represented both buyers and sellers, … [Read more...]

A TOURIST IN MY OWN HOMETOWN, VOLUME 7: THE BELLY DANCER

The whispers started down the table. My friend Chuck leaned over to Larry and said something like "Is that the same woman from the last time we were here?" Larry glanced over in the appropriate direction but didn't want to stare. "I think so, but hold on I have a picture in my phone." A few seconds later all of us at the table were looking at a photo taken a year ago, It shows a smiling, middle-aged man, with a belly dancer standing over his shoulder. Now, on Larry's 60th birthday, we are back at the same place, Indochine, because this is Larry's favorite restaurant. To be sure he comes here for the food. The entertainment... well, that's just a way for his friends to embarrass him. Wilmington is blessed with a number of great locally owned restaurants. Pick any type of cuisine … [Read more...]

A TOURIST IN MY OWN HOMETOWN, VOLUME 6 COMIC-CON

There’s an old story, who knows if it’s actually true, about a guy who tells his co-worker that he's going to the big game this weekend. "Wow!" says the friend, "I didn't know you were a baseball fan." "I'm not," says our guy, " But my son loves the game, and I am a huge fan of my son!" When you find out you're about to become a parent you dream that the child will be a little mini-me. The hope is that the kid will be an exact copy with all your interests and hobbies. But, it rarely works out that way. In my case, I knew that one day that little peanut sized dude on the ultrasound would become my golfing buddy. 14 years later, the boy refuses to pick up a club. I am sharing all this with you, because like the dad in our story, I am a big fan of my son. And so, this weekend … [Read more...]

12 BEST DEALS ON THE MARKET OCTOBER 19, 2018

Since we don't represent sellers or homes, we are in a unique and unbiased position to report on the current state of the tri-county area's housing market. This is a list of the 12 Best Deals currently on the market. The list is somewhat objective, taking into account variables like price per square foot. But, it is also subjective, factoring in our team of experts' judgment calls on which properties they believe represent the best bang for the buck. While not everyone may agree with our choices, to be sure, you can be certain our opinions are independent since we do not represent these properties or have a vested interest in their sale. None of the homes we featured last week have gone under contract. The market is still trying to get back to normal following the storm and its … [Read more...]

12 BEST DEALS ON THE MARKET OCTOBER 12, 2018

Since we don't represent sellers or homes, we are in a unique and unbiased position to report on the current state of the tri-county area's housing market. This is a list of the 12 Best Deals currently on the market. The list is somewhat objective, taking into account variables like price per square foot. But, it is also subjective, factoring in our team of experts' judgment calls on which properties they believe represent the best bang for the buck. While not everyone may agree with our choices, to be sure, you can be certain our opinions are independent since we do not represent these properties or have a vested interest in their sale. None of the homes we featured last week have gone under contract. The market is still trying to get back to normal following the storm and its … [Read more...]

This is a Story about Debbie and Her Protector

“We see each other maybe every 4 or 6 weeks, but we don’t vacation together and we haven’t shared living space in years.” Debbie Freeman and her older brother Victor are having a heated argument. Well, may not all that heated. It's kind of an argument in politeness. “Just take the money,” Debbie orders her brother as she tries to shove several large bills into his hands. “I’m not taking it,” Victor yells back. “I told you five times!” You see, the issue is the Victor is on his way to the grocery store. And  Debbie wants to chip in. She figures it’s the least she can do. After all, Victor and his wife Cindy have been hosting Debbie and her husband John for several days now. They’ve slept in his bed, ate his food, watched his TV. Debbie feels this big cloud of debt hanging over … [Read more...]

This is the story of John and his drive home

"I told my wife if we left on Friday morning, we could probably get back before all the roads were flooded." It wasn't the best idea that John Gomez has ever had. After spending three days with some relatives in Winston-Salem, he thought there was an opportunity, a window really, to return home. His plan was to get on the road, just as the eye of Hurricane Florence was making landfall. He'll tell you that it was all strategy. If he waited, if he didn't leave at the precious moment, he'd likely get stranded for several days. But on some level, it was also a concern, or maybe even fear, that prompted John to get back. His home is off of River Road, with 8 large oak trees in the front yard. Plus he has an oceanfront investment property in Kure Beach. He knew he could nothing to stop … [Read more...]

This is a Story About Tim and His Little Worrier

"My oldest, the 15-year-old, he worries a lot. If something gets on his mind, he can't let go of it." The Chappell family car is packed full for this impromptu trip to Tennessee. Tim's in the driver's seat. His wife Cathy is riding shotgun. Behind them, in the captain chairs of their Honda Odyssey are their 4-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. And all the way in the back, taking up an entire bench on his own, is Jackson. The teenager is occupying himself with his phone, but he's not playing video games or on social media, or streaming movies. Instead, he's doing research. He's on Google, learning everything he can about hurricanes that have hit Wilmington. As the miles pass by, Jackson is becoming an expert about storms named Fran, and Floyd and Bertha. Every so often he'll … [Read more...]

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT LORI AND THE PEOPLE IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

“Come on. It's okay. You can do it. I promise you won’t get in trouble.” It was an argument that Lori Smith was losing. There she was, kneeling down on her garage floor, in the middle of a hurricane. The power was out. The rain was coming down. The wind was blowing in every direction. And Lori was pointing her flashlight on a “pee-pee pad” trying to coax her 3 month old Golden Retriever, named Harley, into using it. “She wasn’t going to do it. It was almost like we trained her too well. “ And so, with no other choice, Lori grabbed a leash, and then a robe. She step into the nearest shoes she could find (her teenage son’s size 12 boots) and for safety, just as they were walking into the storm, she promptly put on motorcycle helmet. By all accounts she looked … [Read more...]

Hurricane Florence Hits Area’s Luxury Housing Market Hard In September

Wilmington, NC - The tri-county area’s luxury housing market is the latest victim of Hurricane Florence. High end homes, valued at $1 million or more, had their worst month in six years. Only two luxury homes, with a combined value of $3,325,000, closed during the month of September.  That is the weakest showing of high-end home sales since the bottom of the market in March 2012 when only one home sold for $1.4 million. “Like everyone else, buyers and sellers had other things on their mind,” said Kathleen Baylies, Broker-in-Charge of Just for Buyers Realty. “The storm affected every aspect of every category of the local real estate business.  Real estate companies, attorney offices, lenders and insurance companies all closed. To complicate things further, many of their offices … [Read more...]