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Like New 3 Bedroom, 2 Full Baths, Double Garage, Large Fenced-in Back Yard with new free standing large Storage Building and Pre-wired for Surround Sound in Great Room! NEWLY PAINTED INTERIOR, NEW FLOOR COVERINGS, POWER WASHED EXTERIOR!
This lovely home is in a great neighborhood, only minutes to the Crystal Coast Beaches, Morehead City and Cherry Point MCAS in Havelock, NC. Home is in excellent condition and ready for the right family to move in at closing!
Beautiful wood floor entry, new plush carpet in Great Room, hall and all bedrooms and new vinyl floors in bathrooms. Located in Newport School District with bus service to all schools. Great Sports Fishing or Inland Fishing areas all around. Great Boating area also!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is Oceanna Pier in the background. It has been around as long as I can remember. The people in the picture fishing are my daughter and my granddaughter. What a thrill to see a picture of my kids fishing in the surf next to the same pier I fished off of when I was a small child. What fun we have all had and what great memories we can all share in just one location in Atlantic Beach, NC.
There are only two piers left on Bogue Island. Enjoy them while you can! Nobody knows how much longer they will stand so cherish them and use them as much as possible for now.
Surf fishing is popular most of the year but it really gets busy in the Spring and Fall Seasons. You catch whitings, blue fish and sometimes mackeral. Of course, an old boot or two may catch your line from time to time also. :>)
If you can, come on and get your feet wet this weekend in the ocean or the sound in one of the beautiful beaches of Carteret County, NC. We are friendly folks. We don't mind sharing! :>)
Gena & Harold Gilbert
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Monday, April 13, 2009
Brett and Adrian Jacobs from Countrywide Home Loans share insider tips on how to effectively buy short sale properties and how to get your offer through quicker, as well as how to best get the banks to say yes.
Read the entire article New Video Released About Buying and Selling Short Sales in Cape Coral and Fort Myers Florida Brett's website can be found at Topagent.com
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This is a great question from many Home Seller's. Here is how I responded to that same question:
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Brad and/or Sonya,
I want to add a $5000 carpet and paint allowance to the listing. The number one thing that seems to be consistently noted in our showing feedback is how “outdated” and/or poor condition ....(I have the full email at our Korn Team blog at www.kornteam.com
...consider one more option. …Consider doing a 90 days, same as cash type deal…or even get him to put some cheap carpet (but decent looking) in.
Unfortunately, with all my years of selling, even the allowance will not get them past picking your home. It is truly a “Beauty Contest” AND a “Price War” and you have to win both. Obviously the price is not keeping them away…we are getting some decent traffic. Even a cheap new carpet is still new and looks great.
....I know you are both busy, so you might want to decide if you would rather discount the price and not do the work…make is such a good deal that anyone will overlook the carpets, etc…….OR…..do a little work to make it neutral (cream, off white, wheat colors, etc…) and have a better shot getting the price you are at. The honest truth is...if your home blew their socks off from the minute they walked into the home, carpet and paint would never keep someone from making an offer.
...they are seeing either better values out there, or maybe even homes that don't need the work, and are priced very competitively (sometimes even more than you...but no work needed, and completely updated).
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
There are many things to consider when remodeling or purchasing an older home. Homes built prior to 1980 have a potential to harbor asbestos materials. A professional home inspection for potentially corrosive insulation materials is extremely important for a variety of scenarios.
Used in millions of homes throughout the twentieth century, asbestos insulation can be a big problem for homeowners because of its corrosive and health deteriorating qualities. Deadly cancer’s such as asbestosis and peritoneal mesothelioma are obtained through asbestos exposure and take the lives of thousands each year. With a latency period that lasts 20 to 50 years, it
it isn’t until the later stages of progression when physicians usually are able to accurately diagnose this disease.
The high amount of asbestos incidents over the last century has lead to mesothelioma attorney firms throughout the country advocating and protecting victim’s rights. The asbestos cover up was jointly executed by corporations and government, limiting citizens and workers of the dangers associated with asbestos.
The Environmental Protection Agency suggests:
- Asbestos insulation should be left undisturbed in your attic.
- Limit the amount of accessories and items stored.
- Do not allow children’s access.
- If you plan to remodel or conduct renovations, hire professionals to handle asbestos to safely remove the material. Removing asbestos by yourself can potentially spread fibers throughout your home and your family will be at risk of inhaling asbestos dust.
It is not always an easy process to determine whether or not a particular insulation contains asbestos. Anyone who is unsure about the insulation in their home should have the materials in question tested. To protect your investment, professional consultants can provide an evaluation of the home. Consultants will identify material defects structures and components of the home, in adherence to or exceeding national, state, and industry regulations and standards.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I am in Orlando this week at the KW Family Reunion (annual conference) and today I was fortunate to hear Jeff with the Disney Institute talk about how Disney creates the magical experience. The thought that most rang true today and something that applies to us an our business is in evaluating our customer compass. What is important to our clients?
He talked about Taks vs Purpose. Everyone in Disney has a job title and with that job title comes a task that must be completed. If you ask everyone in the park what their task is, you will get a lot of different responses. However, if you aks every one of them what their purpose is....they ALL have the same answer. You see, at Disney, the Finance persons' main purpose is not to be "accurate" it is to be sure that everyone they come in contact with has a WOW experience.
If I asked your team what their task is...would I get different answers? Most likely. They all have different job descriptions. What if I asked them all what the purpose is....are you confident they would ALL give the same exact answer? If you asked me that questions, I would say "I think so"...but am I sure? This is a great time to check in with our team and see if we all have the same purpose. If not...what is the purpose? Remember, our clients only move once every 5 years. What makes the experience bad is the unknown. What purpose could you have as a team to make this move feel equivilant to a Disney experience.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I just got into the book and there is a whole new perspective on why some are more successful than others. The piece that really blew me away was regarding the study of time practicing. We have all heard the saying "Practice makes Perfect" and in the book they found that some of the most successful people in their field just practice more than those that are just good. In fact, Mozart was playing music for 20 years before his masterpiece was created.
The study of violin players really helped me look at success in a new light. They did a study of Violin players. They put them in 3 groups. The most successful in one group, the semi-successful in another and the violinist that were not good at all and should be moving on to something else. What they found is the most successful violinist practiced quite a bit more than the middle group and the middle group practiced quite a bit more than the lower group. To summarize...the best players in the study had practiced over 10,000 hours compared to the next closest group that only practiced 8,000 hours and the lowest group had around 4,000 hours of practice.
Bobby Fischer became a Chessmaster only with over 10,000 hours of playing (practicing) chess. Very interesting. If you think about successful agents vs agents that don't make it, and look at their lead generation methods. The most successful agents lead generate almost 3 hours every day. If you apply the 10,000 hour rule to that, and you lead generate 3 hours every day, 5 days a week it will take you 12 years to get 10,000 hours of lead generation in. Can you imagine what your business would look like if you did 3 hours of lead generation for 12 years? Which also lends itself to people who are struggling just to put in 1 hour of lead generation every day. If you take that path it will take you 38 years. Now just understand that I am talking about doing real estate at the Bobby Fischer or Mozart level of success.
Sure puts a different perspective on how important it is to focus on the right things.....EVERY day! practice, practice, practice.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Real Estate is everything they taught us in High School Economics....it is "supply" and "demand". The reason people think they should wait is because they heard a lot of homes sell in the summer. Well, that is true. In fact, 50% of home sales in the US sell in the summer months. However, during the summer months there is more competition for those buyers.
What I suggest is to get your home on the market right away. Jan-Mar will be the months you will have the leasst amount of competition for the rest of the year. Many sellers sign 6 month contracts when they list their home. If they list in June and expire around Thanksgiving...the majority of sellers go ahead and take their home off the market. Those are the months that you have the least amount of sellers trying to take YOUR buyer.
Another way to look at it is this, in the summer there are a lot more buyers....but also a lot more homes for sale. In the beginning of the year there are fewer buyers....but they are typically more serious buyers (especially if there is snow and bad weather). Those buyers HAVE to move. So, even though you may get fewer lookers, the lookers out in the weather ar serious buyers. In fact, those serious buyers have fewer homes to chose from, so I would argue that sellers typically get a little more equity during the first months of the year.
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