Coastal North Carolina Real Estate News

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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?
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
Oct. 27, 2022

King Tides

As you can see in the above picture, King Tides occur during a full moon or what is known as a super full moon. Why are King Tides affected by the moon you ask? It is actually not just the moon. Infact, it is actually the total alignment of the earth, moon and sun. The result of this alignment in conjunction with the gravitational pull of the moon results in the King Tide. This is because during this alignment, the moon is much closer to the earth than the sun. The shorter distance leads to the moon's stronger gravitational pull. The heightened gravitational pull directly impacts the earth's sea levels.


Should you concern yourself with a King Tide? Yes! There are some things you want to take into consideration and here's why: Because the water level is much stronger and rises to a higher level, King Tides have been known to cause localized flooding. King Tides are also more dangerous to swim in so caution to all swimmers is advised. Regardless of the King Tide or not, be sure to take higher tides into consideration prior to swimming, boating or partaking in any offshore activities.

Posted in Coastal NC
Oct. 7, 2022

The importance of deciding on what the right level of professionalism and service are for you!!!


When buying or selling a home one of the most important decisions you can make - is who you decide to represent you!!! This is the difference that means the most, as you need a professional real estate broker/realtor that is not just willing to work for you but who is qualified for the job. ***It is always recommended to research them and the company they work for, read reviews/check out websites/search there names on the internet/dig into who you will work with.*** Not to mention - thinking about selling for sale by owner??? We won't spend a lot of time on it, as the statistics overwhelmingly show a FSBO sale will not bring the highest value to you: "In 2021, 90% of homeowners in the real estate market nationwide sold their home using a real estate agent or broker, according to the National Association of Realtors. That was on par with 2019-2020 and slightly lower than 2018 (91%). Only 7% of home sellers sold their homes For Sale by Owner (FSBO). For sale by owner homes sold for much less in 2021 than homes represented by real estate agents, 14% less."

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There is a huge difference in who is “willing” to work for you and who is “qualified ”. As there are hundreds of real estate brokers/realtors who are willing to help you for any real estate related transaction. But not all are professionals who value you as a client and who are qualified in going the extra mile to ensure you are represented at the highest level.

Think about the last time you went to get a service done where you decided to go to a certain company for a service …… maybe you went for an oil change, hair cut/color, checked out a food establishment, or any other service company need. Did you go to the company for the quality of the product? Did you go to the company due to there being limited options? Did you got on the company after hearing about them from a friend or coworker?

There are so many reasons why you went to that certain company and why you decided to pay for the service. These companies were willing to provide the service for you and just how did they do? If you switch to the level of service aspect and think back, which companies would you go back to? Which experience sticks sticks out to you that gave the type of service that left an impression on you.

--------->>>>>>>This impression dictates who you will use next time and who you will not!!! Fortunately in these examples the services most are a short term service like the oil change or hair stylist appt . Meaning you will need the service again in a few months, as there isn’t a long term commitment to that service. What if this process was for a long term service, like buying a car, getting dentistry work done, preparing legal documents for a will or estate or working on a new business venture…. Now in relation to a home: having a roof put on, finding issues in the electrical wires of your home, servicing/ repairs/replacement on hvac systems, updating a kitchen or bathroom, or getting insurance coverage for homes/cars/life…. These are longer term services and who you use makes not only a financial impact, but also can have an impact on various levels in your life. These higher impact services is where we believe your real estate needs should be categorized, as buying or selling a home is the largest purchase or sale you will make in your lifetime ( even if it’s done a few times). 

Who you trust will make a difference and when it comes to the outcome of the real estate services you are provided. 

This is why we value who our team partners with and why we do everything possible to not only provide the highest results to accomplish your goals- we also do it with the highest level of service to you!!! 

This holds true for the vendors we recommend and the level of service they provide, as we have used them not only for clients but for ourselves as well. To be on our vendor list the companies have shown through there work, reliability, product quality, and client care that they deserve to earn your business. You should always do your own research and not solely rely on any one source to make a decision on which company to use. Any real estate broker you use should be backed with a “toolbox” of vendors to provide, which you can expect with our team!!! 

Just ask us how you can get a copy and for our experiences- it is a starting point and for many all that they have needed when looking for a vendor!!!

Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 4, 2022



Posted in Real Estate News
Sept. 28, 2022

257 Cuddy Court, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460


Listed by Realist Homes @Keller Williams Realty 


office : 2017 Hwy 172 Suite A, Sneads Ferry Nc 28460 


This spacious move in ready home has 4 bedrooms/2.5/2 car garage/detached shed and rests on a large fenced in lot in convenient community of Nautical Reach!!



Inside and out you will find upgrades in all of the right places with custom touches you will just love!! As you walk inside, through the rocking chair front porch, you will be drawn into the grand entry and your first glimpse of the homes amazing design accented with quality craftsmanship. The foyer provides access into the formal living room, access to the stairs to the 2nd floor, laundry room/mudroom with garage access, multiple storage options, a ½ bath, and lastly the entry into the formal living room/sitting room. Around the corner you will find the lovely kitchen featuring stainless appliances, tons of cabinet space, an island, subway tile backsplash, and topped off with an eat in dining area!!! Completing the 1st floor is the primary living room, cozy fireplace, and the sliding doors leading out to the covered back patio.

Head up to the 2ndfloor to find 3 wonderfully sized bedrooms, a full bath, and the luxurious master retreat- w/ an ensuite 5-piece bathroom and walk in closet. The entire homes layout is not only functional, but it also provides ample entertaining areas and places to just relax. Not to mention the location is ideal, just minutes to the white sandy beaches of Topsail Island, Camp Lejeune, dining, groceries, and so much more!! 




Posted in Listings For Sale
Sept. 27, 2022

311 Long pond DR, Sneads Ferry NC 28460


Simply stunning and located in The landing at Mill Creek- one of the most sought after communities in Sneads Ferry!! From the curb appeal to the culdesac lot, the exterior of the home is beautifully designed.



As you come inside the home you will are drawn in by the amazing plank flooring, coastal color palette, and the ideal floor plan!! The living room offers a cozy fireplace and the perfect amount of sunlight, then brings you to the spacious kitchen boasting granite, stainless appliances, tons of cabinets, and an island for additional seating.




To top it off there is a dining room area that has views into the wonderful fence in yard, a guest 1/2 bath, and a mud room/laundry room into the garage. The first floor is completed with a master retreat that’s set aside for privacy, offering a walk in closet and an en-suite full bath.



Head upstairs to find two great sized guest bedrooms and another full bath!! This home will not last long, make it yours as quickly as you can…. As some locations and homes just can’t be replicated!!


There is so much more to see and this home is COMING SOON_ but will be ACTIVE on October 5th, 2022

Listed by Realist Homes at Keller Williams Transition 

2017 Hwy 172 Suite A, Sneads Ferry NC 28460


Posted in Listings For Sale
Sept. 25, 2022

From the homeowners standpoint = Not wasting money




I cannot find reliable handymen or contractors to use. I think there are some items I need to have done in the home…. Really I am not even sure what is needed, except for the things I haven't done since moving into the home or that I planned to do. 


I completely understand and fortunately our team has a select list of vendors we recommend. The vendors have been vetted and accountable to our clients, as well as to our team personally. No one goes on the list unless we have used them, and we would of course help provide insight into who may be a great fit for any job. 


----->Let’s take one step back for a moment on this, as every amount of time and every dollar you spend is important to us. We want to ensure you are not spending money in areas not needed or that you are not planning for things that could be needed. 


One of the most important things to remember on this is that while some items very well be needed- other items may be things that aren't necessary to sell. When getting your home ready for the market, making the home as de-personalized and as neutral as possible is necessary. When meeting with a licensed broker you should expect to give feedback at the appointment and with that being said - you should NEVER expect to get a definitive response on your home's value until the broker has come to your home. This is the only true way to ensure nothing is missing on the value and that everything is accounted for!! 


When I do a walk through with a seller you should expect for me to look at the home through the eyes of a buyer. 


At this moment in time in the process it is utilized to gain perspective and to give feedback, to truly ensure that the viewpoint given to you is based on what experience over the years in the business has given me. When this is done you can see the home through a different lens, Afterall you live in the home and it may/may not be exactly what you want, but when selling the home is not being made to appeal to you. Giving my insight will provide clarity on how to best use resources to ensure the home will appeal to the mass vs an individual such as yourself. 

You will expect me to ask for permission to take photos while walking through, these are for my notes and used for discussing items with you. While my memory is impeccable (I would say), there is not a way for me to remember all the details of the home after the appointment. Having a walk-through set of photos from our appointment will help us focus on essentials and give us the opportunity to go back to review them when needed.

 (SIDE NOTE- This is the only time any version of a cell phone picture is used, as we will only use professional photography and you should ALWAYS expect this from any broker you use)!!!


OH and about that vendor list- it is in every folder provided at every appointment our team has. It will come along with me to provide, as well as give us the chance to discuss your specific plans and goals. 


Posted in Selling Your Home
Sept. 18, 2022

What do I need to do to sell my home in any market


One of the most common items discussed when preparing to sell a home by a homeowner is: 

What should we do to get the home ready to sell?



It is a multi layered question, the home itself could need some “updating” and depersonalizing. The word updating can mean many things to each of us, however when you work with a professional realtor the guidance they provide can vary from paint to remodels. If there are items in the home that need attention I.e. fresh paint along main areas, trim being added or filled ( separating gaps over time from swelling and contracting of wood), backsplash added on the kitchen, light fixtures updated, and the list is endless. It is endless as every home is different from the finishes to the lighting, every item you do should add appeal= this means value!!! There is not always a monetary amount in value added, as the goal is to sell the home for the highest price in the timeline you desire. 

The value every detail makes shows through in marketing and time of market, which both impact your net proceeds.


Example: This home sold for 72k more than the owners expected, they put in 4k on the kitchen!! Throughout the home it was paint and flooring- total of the whole home being done was 11k. Most projects aren't even this much on the cost of the refresh, this one had tenants for years and just needed a good scrub with adding fresh paint/flooring throughout the rest of the home!!

The owner lived in another state and could not be in town for the project, it was managed by our preferred vendors with my team overseeing it. Then our marketing team took over to give the home the exposure it needed- with giving the buyer the home they love and the seller the net profit he didn't believe possible before.


Kitchen update

BEFORE ( dark and original appliances)


AFTER ( new flooring, new appliances, and new paint)



When a home is “move in ready” it will bring a higher price, the items you do ahead of listing brings the equity in the home up. You have more equity in a home that is showing in its best form and when someone decides to leave “as is” when things are needed= more time on market and more options for buyers to negotiate the homes price. 

The example above sold for $305k and with it selling for $72k higher then other homes that were comparable without any updates, that is a 24% more in net proceeds to the seller!!!! 

I have sold my personal homes following my own advise, helped stage homes( even owned a staging company), planned out full home remodels, coordinating flip homes remodels, and I use all of this to help clients daily. 

My mindset on the topic: 

If there are things you have lived with and don’t see as an issue, that does not mean it will not be the same for a buyer. If you have the home personalized to your taste, imagine when you look at homes that are not to your taste!! Making the home a blank slate with timeless finishes will allow others to imagine themselves in the home. When you make your home as presentable then you show its true potential to cater to the highest buyer pool. This would be done through updating and refreshing the shell (walls/ceilings/floors/landscaping/exterior) then you are choosing how the home will be understood by buyers. The effort a seller puts forth does not go unnoticed, as it ALWAYS draws more exposure when matched with the right marketing.


The example above is only one of the many we have had over the years.....

I will share more on the topic in our next blog!!!

Stay tuned and give us a call if you are thinking of selling- we will work for you 910-222-3347


Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 23, 2022

123 Gemstone Drive, Sneads ferry NC 28460 FOR SALE

LISTED by Brigit Clevenger @

Realist Homes and Keller Williams Transition ( license #C32719)

office address : 2017 hwy 172 Suite A, Sneads Ferry NC 28460

For more information call our office at: (910)333-2247 or visit our website at

Coming soon - This Beautiful 4 bedrooms/3 full bath coastal cottage rests along the ICWW!!!!! Boasting a dock and private beach area, you will NOT WANT TO PASS THIS UP!

Posted in Listings For Sale
Aug. 11, 2022

105 Warlick Street Jacksonville NC 28540 FOR SALE

LISTED by Brigit Clevenger @

Realist Homes and Keller Williams Transition ( license #C32719)

office address : 2017 hwy 172 Suite A, Sneads Ferry NC 28460

For more information call our office at: (910)333-2247 or visit our website at


Description of this home: 

Beautifully maintained and full of undeniable charm that simply can’t be replicated, this amazing split level home offers: 2300+ heated sqft, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a finished lower level that can be its own suite/apt, a spacious open main area, and a stunning back deck overlooking the fenced in yard. As you step inside you will simply fall in love with the layout, attention to detail, and charm !! The entry to the home provides access to the open main floor with site lines from the living room (all accented with gorgeous ceilings, flooring, & a cozy fireplace) to the remodeled stunning kitchen, lovely dining room, and to another sitting area that leads to the outside deck. From the main area head up the stairs to find two of the homes spacious bedrooms plus a full bath OR head down for two additional bedrooms with a full bath. From the bottom two guest rooms you can head down the stairs to find the lower level with a full suite, exceptionally maintained with beautiful updates, a kitchen area, bathroom, and a 2nd fireplace.  To complete the home you can walk out to the back deck, perfect for entertaining or relaxing, while overlooking the backyard. The home has everything you have been looking for, plus the location is ideal for easy access to base, boating, shopping, local dining, & more!!


Posted in Listings For Sale