Southport NC Real Estate and Community News

Aug. 17, 2017

Water and Golf Views

Wonderful views from this well built home.

Aug. 17, 2017

Luxury built to last

Just Listed, this home was built with reinforced concrete blocks and will last a lifetime.

June 24, 2017

Recently Reduced

Golf and Water Views recently reduced.


Views of Water and Golf


4162 Shearwater Way St. James Plantation

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June 6, 2017

Children's Miracle Hospital

For the last 4 years, I have contributed a portion of every sale to the Children's Miracle Hospital.

To learn more on how you can help, go to Duke Children's Hospital

Posted in Community News
May 23, 2017

National Housing Report

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May 9, 2017

Surf Fishing Class








May 13

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will host the introductory session, "Surf Fishing for Fun," at 11:00 AM on Saturday (5/13). Instructor Ron Binetti will discuss the rods, reels, gear and tackle needed, as well as how to rig rods and select the proper bait. This program will begin with a classroom session, followed by hands-on instruction on the beach. Please bring your: fishing license; rod; reel; #2 hooks; 1.5 and 2 ounce weights; single bottom rig; bucket for gear; sand spike for your rod; and a chair, if needed. Bring a cooler and measuring device to keep what you catch, as well as bring beachwear and sunscreen! The museum is located at 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach. All-day non-member admission is $9.50 ($8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12) and free for 2 and under). For more information, visit the website. Submitted by Linzy Cook, Marketing Coordinator, (910) 579-1016.

Posted in Community Events
May 9, 2017

SJ Fishing Derby








Registration begins May 15

The St. James Fishing Club will host the 4th Annual Youth Fishing Derby from 9:30 - 11:00 AM on Saturday (7/1) at the Woodlands Park pond. Registration is FREE and will open on Monday (5/15). The derby is open to the family members and friends (ages 2-12) of SJP residents. The Town of St. James will provide pizza for lunch, and an awards ceremony will be held immediately after the close of fishing. Registration forms and more information will be available on the club's website and at the marina office. For more information, contact John Schneider. Submitted by Taylor Ryan, (910) 253-8818.  

Posted in Community Events
May 9, 2017

Artists Reception









May 11

The Artisan Gallery at the Marina will host a reception for May's featured artists, Jane Corrie and Kathy Pace, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Thursday (5/11). Jane works in both watercolor and oil to paint everything from landscapes and flowers to faces. She feels the simpler you can paint something, the more pleasing and true it will be. Kathy Pace developed her beading after taking several classes in Wilmington. She loves "bling" and you can see that in her dramatic and unique designs. Belonging to the Artisan organization gives her the additional opportunity to associate with many others who have her passion for the arts. You can view their works at the reception while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese. Their work will remain on display throughout the month. Submitted by Barbara White, (203) 912-5177

Posted in Community Events
May 4, 2017

3 Tips for Selling a Small Home


You just landed a smaller-than-average listing. Now you have to figure out how to capitalize on the square footage to help the house stand out in your marketing. Desare Kohn-Laski, broker-owner of Skye Louis Realty in Coconut Creek, Fla., offers these three ideas that both agents and brokers can use to make a small home a hot sell.

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  1. Identify the target market. There is a segment of buyers who are attracted to smaller homes. With millennials entering the market for the first time and baby boomers downsizing in retirement, smaller homes are becoming more appealing. These buyers are looking for homes that fit not only their budget but also their lifestyle, says Kohn-Laski. Consumers you may want to target with these properties include single professionals, retirees who can't manage big houses, or even couples without kids, she says. But of course, you must always adhere to fair housing guidelines.
  2. Take advantage of home staging tricks. "No matter how small the square footage of your house is, it can look bigger through proper home staging," Kohn-Laski says. Rearrange furniture or use size-appropriate furnishing to create more open space. Let natural light in through the windows, opt for lighter paint colors with cooler tones, and don't forget to have sellers thoroughly clean and declutter.
  3. Highlight particular selling points. Sure, bigger houses offer more space, but sometimes it's the amenities nearby or character of a listing that makes it a coveted commodity. Is it close to a shopping district or urban center? Is there nearby access to public transportation? Because of its smaller size, utility bills such as heating and air conditioning will most likely come in lower, says Kohn-Laski. It also means less square footage to maintain and possibly a smaller yard to care for.
Posted in Selling Your Home?
May 4, 2017

Staging Tips for Small Rooms

When selling a house, small rooms can lead to big problems. Staging can be the key to making a small room look functional and help entice buyers to put an offer on your property.

Living Rooms – Proving your living room can fit a full size sofa is of upmost importance. A love seat is an immediate red flag for most buyers as one cannot lie down on a love seat. To make a full size sofa fit in your small space opt out of using end tables. Instead consider floor lamps, which can be pressed right up against the side or back of the sofa. By removing the end tables, you can reduce the overall space needed for the sofa set-up by up to 48 inches.


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Bedrooms – Scale is the key here. Use the largest bed possible that still allows all the doors in the room to swing freely. Avoid pressing the side of the bed up against the wall. Instead, opt for a nightstand on each side of the bed. Use a “Hollywood” metal frame under the mattress with a wall-mounted headboard. By eliminating the footboard and side rails, the overall size of the bed is greatly reduced while still providing a good reference point on the scale of the room. A bedroom that could fit a full size bed with a bulky frame headboard and footboard can easily fit a queen with a metal frame and wall-mounted headboard.


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Never, ever use a platform bed in a small room. By lowering the bed and adding the platform, you actually can end up making the room feel smaller. This is most certainly not what we are looking for here.

Dining Rooms – We all know the kitchen is the heart of the house. If that is true, then dining rooms are the lungs. The kitchen is useless if there is no place to sit down and eat the wonderful food made there. The staging of the dining room is highly dependent on the size of the house. If a house has three bedrooms, you must include an eating area for a minimum of six people. Look at it this way: With three bedrooms, the potential buying family will have two adults and two children. They will also want to be able to entertain at least two other people at a time. Two kids plus two parents plus two guests equals six seats.


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The key here is using a dining set that is small enough so that people can walk around the set once it is in place. Using armless dining chairs makes this issue easier to deal with. Armless chairs can be placed three on one side and three on the other verses two on each long side and one captain at each short side. A larger piece of art can be placed on the wall over the table to anchor the dining set. This set-up would be similar to a booth layout in a restaurant.

Bathrooms – Most bathrooms are small. It is the very nature of bathrooms. They tend to be the smallest rooms in the house. The least expensive way to deal with a small bathroom is to paint the entire bathroom white with white fixtures, linens, and accessories. By removing contrasts from the room, it simply appears clean and functional. A single piece of colorful art placed preferably above the toilet can add a single focal point for the room and thus pull the eye away from the size of the bathroom and toward the art. Adding lots of color and contrast to any bathroom will serve to make it feel smaller and dirtier. Do not, ever, paint any bathroom green, yellow, brown or red. (Trigger warning… this is gross.) These are the colors of mold, urine, feces and blood, not the things we want to think about when we are shopping for our new bathroom in our new home.

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