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Posted on 11/29/2020
Interior Design: Professional or DIY?
Photo by Koson via Shutterstock When you move into a new home, it is common to have the urge to redecorate completely. To find just the right pieces and perfect the design style you desire you may want to hire a professional. Employing an interior decorator to help you with your new home décor might be a great...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
How to Customizae a Galley Kitchen
Photo by House Method on Unsplash The size of your kitchen does not necessarily determine its functionality. What matters more is how you utilize the space you have. With long aisles and parallel counter spaces, galley kitchens are a great and efficient option. This design provides plenty of room for storage and preparation. Galley kitchens feature a central...
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Posted on 11/21/2020
Another Property Sold - 1503 S Shore Drive, Surf City, NC 28445
There is room for a crowd with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The bedrooms all have access to decks to enjoy the outdoor living. The living area is located on the 3rd floor with an open living rm, dining rm and kitchen. The views from the decks on the 3rd floor, WOW! A pantry and 1/2 bath round out the top floor. An elevator makes multi-floor living easy. Ample parking and a spacious storage room for all the beach toys on the ground level. Close to Surf City shopping, restaurants and night life. Convenient to Jacksonville and Wilmington. Would also be a fantastic beach rental...
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Posted on 11/16/2020
Another Property Sold - 201 Chandler Simpson Court, Beulaville, NC 28518
This beautiful Ranch style home sits on a corner lot with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, tucked away from the bustling city in the quiet neighborhood of Simpsons Crossing. Located on the outskirts of Jacksonville it's just a short commute to the city center, Camp Lejeune and MASC New River. Great area to raise children with kids attending the Richlands...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
Landscaping: Regular Maintenance Tips
Post Image by Jo Ann Snover from Shutterstock There are many ways you can make your house attractive to prospective buyers. Curb appeal goes a long way when it comes to first impressions. Your yard is one indication of the amount of time you’ve spent caring for your property in general. Buyers are undoubtedly attracted to homes that have...
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Posted on 11/13/2020
Another Property Sold - 131 Atkinson Road, Surf City, NC 28445
This gorgeous new 3 story home will have fantastic views of sound and back corner is canal front! Deeded beach access and community day dock. The first floor includes 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and the laundry closet. The second floor is the primary living area with an open living room, dining room, kitchen with pantry and a half bath. The third floor is a luxurious master suite with two decks, sitting area, walk-in closet and soaking tub. With ample parking underneath as well as an elevator to make multi-level living easy and storage for all the beach toys. Located on beautiful Topsail Island and convenient to both Wilmington and...
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Posted on 11/10/2020
Another Property Sold - 000 Commerce Road, Jacksonville, NC 28546
This sale offering includes +/- 1 acre of commercial land next to established multi-family...
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Posted on 11/09/2020
Another Property Sold - 444 N Culverton Road, Winnabow, NC 28479
This adorable split level home with a near flourishing Leland, NC is a must see. Built in 2017 it is beautifully maintained and the perfect house for action or relaxation. With a 2 car garage, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths a bonus room (with its own full bath) you have plenty of room to create your next office, craft room, play room or special guest suite! The first floor master bedroom features a walk-in closet and a full bath with double sinks and a separate bathtub. Coming through the welcoming front walkway and covered porch you enter a completely open concept kitchen, dining, living area perfect for entertaining family and friends without...
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Posted on 11/09/2020
Another Property Sold - 400 Cheyenne Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540
Charming home on a large corner lot in the established Northwoods neighborhood of Jacksonville. Walking through the front door you are greeted with an open floor plan, floor to ceiling windows in living Space and french doors leading to the back deck. The kitchen has been completely renovated with granite counter tops, travertine back splash, custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, vinyl flooring and a wine fridge! With 3 bedrooms there is plenty of room for a guest bedroom, playroom, office or craft room! Other features include hardwood floors throughout, a large master suite with en suite bathroom, garage, fenced in backyard with...
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Posted on 11/09/2020
Another Property Sold - 805 Mill River Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540
Come home to this cozy charmer in the country! Completely renovated in neutral grays with all new appliances and original hardwood floors. The huge open concept living and dining space features a fireplace and large windows and has plenty of room for entertaining friends and family. The fenced in back yard has a storage shed and a deck the perfect size for a grill and some lounge chairs, while a mature tree line offers shade and privacy. Come see this 3 bed/ 2 bath home in Jacksonville's West River neighborhood...
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Posted on 11/09/2020
Another Property Sold - 339 Old Dam Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540
This beautiful two story, ranch style home is located within the city limits of Jacksonville, making it an easy commute to beaches, shops, restaurants and Camp Lejeune/MCAS New River bases. However, the areas bordering the neighborhood are heavily wooded and provide nice backdrops against the homes as well as keep out the city noise and give it a small community feel. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home greets you at the door with a cozy floor plan that includes a relatively nice sized family room and eloquently tiled kitchen with plenty of cabinet space and stainless steel appliances. The upper level houses the living area with a loft, the...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
Pros and Cons of Balloon Mortgages
Image by Jojje from Shutterstock Many people own homes through a mortgage agreement. Traditional mortgages are primarily fully amortized or gradually paid off with regular payments over the lifetime of the loan. Each payment contributes to both the principal and the interest. A balloon mortgage is a short-term home loan with fixed-rate monthly payments that only take care...
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