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"It’s tempting to choose the real estate agent who recommends the highest list price for your home. It’s best to talk to an agent and honestly seek to understand their analysis of the market for your property. While it’s true that home prices rose in 2017, values vary from one property to another, based on their particular condition. Homeowners sometimes overestimate the value of their property in relation to neighboring homes, but agents have real-time data at their fingertips that can help you determine an appropriate listing price".- Jon Coile
REALIST HOMES does the research and training to ensure that your property, whether buying or selling, is listed appropriately, and will pull comps and show you what the current price is for the property. Although it is tempting to want to list a price higher, our Agents will explain the pros and cons to listing, and putting in offers , that will benefit you as a valued client. No one wants to see a house overly priced and on the market too long, unless it is a buyer looking to buy the property at a discounted price. Get an educated, and qualified Agent to list your property or it could end up costing you! Let us help you make informed decisions when BUYING or SELLING.
How much is my home worth?
Aug. 12, 2023

117 Emerson Lane , Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 FOR SALE Realist Homes

JUST LISTED : 117  Emerson Lane ,  Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

FOR SALE $399,000

brought to you by Realist Homes at Keller Williams Transition 

Welcome to your dream home just moments away from the breathtaking shores of Topsail Island. This nearly new, impeccable 3-bedroom, 2-full bathroom gem with a spacious 2-car garage is a true testament to quality and comfort. Nestled in the highly desired subdivision of The Landing at Mill Creek in the lovely town of Sneads Ferry, this home offers the perfect blend of tranquility and convenience, making it an absolute must-see for homebuyers. As you enter the front door, experience the spaciousness and versatility of three beautifully appointed bedrooms, each providing a peaceful retreat for you and your loved ones. Whether you're creating a cozy guest haven or a stylish home office, the possibilities are endless. Both full bathrooms will allow for you to indulge in the epitome of relaxation with modern fixtures and a soothing color palette. Don't forget to delight your inner chef in the modern kitchen which includes stainless steel appliances, sleek countertops, and ample storage. Cooking and entertaining are a breeze in this stylish culinary haven. As you step outback, embrace the coastal lifestyle by relaxing in your own outdoor haven. Don't miss your chance to own a slic

Posted in Listings For Sale
July 16, 2023

Hard water on windows and how we personally do it

 We may be the pros at selling homes- but we are always great at maintaining them!!Check out the steps that we use to remove that tough layer of hard water/salt spray that can accumulate on windows when living on the coast!! This is from a home that is on the sound side, not ocean front - but it would work perfectly for those as well( just do a bit more frequently).


Steps :

1: Get your roll of paper towels, windex, and a paint scrapper 

link to the scrapper I used:


2. Clean your window with paper towels and windex, this removes dirt/items that can get stuck on the blade. You will avoid scrapping your window!! DO NOT SKIP THIS

3 spray the window down again, make sure it’s covered in the windex.

Now start on a top corner and go down, even motions top to bottom. Clean off the blade in between with a paper towel, do strokes that ensure nothing is missed!!


before you do it the window may look like this … in the summer time 

It will look like this after!!!

Normal maintanence will help prevent the amount of residue that sticks to windows, but you will undoubtedly end up with residue that remains. This simple process keeps those windows crystal clear❤️


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July 10, 2023

July 2023 Onslow County housing market review


check out our video review of the market!!!!

June 8, 2023

202 Salty Dog Lane, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

Listed By: Brigit Clevenger 

Realist Homes and Keller Williams Transition [license #C32719]

Office Address: 2017 NC HWY 172 Suite A, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

Check out our website at or give our office a cll at (910)-333-2247 for more info! 


Description of property:

WELCOME HOME!!!! This 4 bedroom/2.5 bath/2 car garage home is ready for you to move right in! Step inside by passing through the rocking chairs on the front porch and enter into the 2 story foyer - that provides access to the formal dining room, stairs leading to the second floor, the open main living area, half bath, the door to the garage, and multiple storage options. Walk straight into the main living area that you will simply fall in love with, it has a spacious kitchen with granite countertops, an ample amount of cabinetry, stainless appliances, a bar top for additional seating, a great pantry, and an eat in dining space!!! This is open to flow right over into the lovely living room with tons of natural light and has a cozy fireplace. You can also head out to the covered back patio, that’s fully fenced and setup for relaxation or entertaining. Head upstairs to find 3 wonderfully sized guest bedrooms, a guest full bath, and the expansive primary suite!! The primary suite is complete with a 5 piece suite bathroom and a large walk in closet. After completing the house tour you can go right outside to see how close the community pool is- just a short walk away! You will not only love the home itself, but you will also love the location of it being about a 12 minute drive to the back gate at Camp Lejeune, 12 minutes to the stunning beaches of North Topsail, 5 minutes to local shops, and dining!


Posted in Listings For Sale
April 28, 2023


It is the time of year to get your home maintenance done!!! Before the summer hits and life can be busy busy- some of the biggest items to tackle right now are provided in an easy to use checklist with recommended companies below:


Spring Items for your home, provided by your trusted local real estate team at Realist Homes @Keller Williams Transition:

  • Have your home pressure washed  
  • Have your Hvac serviced, not only does it save you on your utility bills, this also prevents unnecessary repairs and issues that can pop up. 
  • Clean out gutters 
  • Fertilize your yard and cut back tree limbs /bushes from your home
  • Schedule your quarterly bug spray done ( best to stay ahead and do this each quarter)!! AND WHILE YOUR AT IT- Make sure your annual termite inspection is scheduled , don’t let the policy lapse.
  • Schedule an inspection of your roof and ensure nothing has caused any damage over the last year, prep for this coming hurricane season. 
  • Do a review of your insurance policies, did your cost increase last year? Get a quote from a local expert!!
  • And since this is what we specialize in, if you’re thinking about selling your home or renting it out. Give us a call and we can provide all information for both options🥰


The special hashtag means we work with these companies year after year- including on our own homes: 

Below are our trusted recommendations for the services listed and more, let them know we sent you there way


Matt Carter with Farm Bureau (910) 326-8701


Maven Roofing (910) 915-9172

NC Comfort Systems (910) 938-2348

Most commonly used pest companies: 

Jones Pest Control 

Mays Exterminating

Modern Exterminating 

Posted in Real Estate News
Jan. 26, 2023

123 Gemstone Dr, Sneads Ferry Nc 28460 Listed FOR SALE $449,000

JUST LISTED - Option may be available for VA assumption of 321k of the purchase price at 2.65%!!!This simply charming 4 bedroom /3 full bath/ 2 car garage home rests on a beautiful high lot on New River!!! Inside the home offers a wonderful layout with an open main area from the living room to the kitchen, with stunning natural light coming in. Then head down the hall to the 1st floor master retreat, 2 guest bedrooms,2 full baths, access to the garage, and stairs leading up to the large bonus room/suite with a full bath. The home offers plenty of updates inside and out, but you won't be able to help but be amazed by the water access that is complete with a dock and private beach area. Your coastal getaway awaits - PLUS no HOA dues and no city taxes....This one will not last long!!

Listing brought to you by Realist Homes at Keller Williams Transition 910-333-2247 

Posted in Listings For Sale
Jan. 26, 2023

Onslow County and Pender County Inventory Update

Todays Inventory Update 

We keep an eye on inventory daily, as we head or off the winter months inventory picks up. You can keep an eye on it our Facebook page every other week!!! LIKE OUR page on Facebook for more info, the links ⬇️⬇️⬇️


Today (1/26/23) snapshot :

Onslow County 

200k or less= 68 active 

200-300k= 150 active 

300-400k= 189 active 

400-500k= 70 active 

500k+= 115 active 

Pending homes: 411 


Pender County 

200k or less= 9 active 

200-300k= 15 active 

300-400k= 37 active 

400-500k= 82 active 

500k+= 128 active 

Pending homes = 111 


Here is the update from Jan 9th for Onslow county as an example - these more detailed versions of the market update are posted every other week on our Facebook page


Posted in Real Estate News
Jan. 4, 2023

What is going on in our market??

How is our market?? 

Always the top question we get, the answer is GREAT!!! Does this mean its the same as it was, nope-as markets always change and we change with it!! 

How can that be? The news says things are tough and neighbors say the market has slowed down. 

So what is really going on?!? 

Looking at the time of year we have been in through the holiday months, it is typical for homes listed and sold to decrease. It is also typical for articles and narratives to begin coming out saying the markets down. Across the country there are areas that have experienced a down market or a shift, in ours we have had a slight shift. This can mean more days on market (planning more in advance) and offering concessions (at times it is weighed out by hitting your goals vs holding)- it is all specific to each home and to each client. 

Let's dig in a bit.....

Our shift has been more so on a level that the market is balancing out, the days of multiple buyers coming to a home when it is listed to want to go over the list price and not have any concessions from a seller is in our past. The benefit to the market we were in, starting from hurricane Florence, through COVID, and into 2022 is that our homes market values have increased. Our inventory of homes has been considered low since we began working in the market in 2014. The demand has gone back and forth in various price points, this has been due to interest rates, location, timing, PCS, and investment buying (vacation rentals, second homes, and flippers). These variables are still present and must be navigated, it comes down to market knowledge, understanding the seller and buyer side of the process regardless of what side we may be on for a client. 


With the right agent and eduction being at the forefront a seller can sell, hitting their financial

goals———>At the same time buyers can purchase the home they love with hitting their financial goals. 


What do we recommend you look for??

When listing a home with a broker it is always detrimental to ensure that agent knows how to educate buyers agents who show your property. Yes it’s highly important to know the agent can give your home the maximum exposure it deserves, yes you should look up reviews on the agent, yes you should ask an agent for their stats…… but what else is a huge item that needs addressed and shown to you to verify its being done??? 

Your listing agent should have all information available to buyers agents and buyers- they should never assume other agents know how to find information on your home or that the buyers agent would know more about the home then a listing agent should provide!!! Who should know the most about your home???? THE AGENT YOU HIRE TO SELL IT. This also includes having a listing agent who understands how to educate buyers agent. A listing agent who knows loan programs, options for buyers, and focuses on facilitating a win-win for both parties!!! 


MLS stats for all of Onslow and Pender County - keep in mind each area in the county varies and each price point does as well, this is an overview:








****Keep an eye out for the blog we will do on how our team works diligently to stay up to date with what we can do to educate our clients throughout the process!!! 


Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 24, 2022

Merry Christmas!!!!

Posted in Holidays
Nov. 18, 2022

Letters to Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town! 🎁

The Realist Home team and The Bowen Real Estate Group are getting together with good old Saint Nick.

Santa wants to make sure all of the boys and girls get to send their letters in!🎅🏼


Stop by our office (2017 NC Hwy 172) and grab one of the preprinted letters and drop it in the mailbox! Don't forget the Flag! 🚩


We as Santa's little helpers will work together with him and the elves to make sure that all of your letters are answered! 🎄💝

Posted in Holidays