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Dec. 21, 2015

Tips for Home Selling in Winter

Winter may not be the most opportune time to list your home for sale, but here are a few tips that can help your home stand out:

1) Make sure the temperature inside the home is warm and comfortable. If your thermostat has a timer, set it to turn on in advance of a showing and then turn back down once the showing is over. 

2) Keep rooms adequately lit. We want buyers to be impressed and welcome when entering each room. If you live in your home full time, leave lights on prior to the showing appointment, so that when the buyer arrives, the come into a brightly lit home.

3) Landscaping may not look its very best during the winter months, but you can keep the yard clear of debris and make sure that walkways are swept.

4) Offer a cozy setting. Keeping the interior of the home clutter free and well organized allows a buyer to imagine themselves and their belongings inside.

Although winter is outside of our selling season, many buyers begin their search online. Made significant changes to the interior or exterior? Let us know! We'll arrange a new photo-shoot and let the buying public know.


Posted in Selling Advice
Dec. 1, 2015

Ocean Isle Beach Market Trend

The area real estate market is steadily turning around! In Ocean Isle Beach there are currently 10 homes under contract to sell,  7 of which are listed by Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage! Coldwell Banker continues to dominate the Brunswick Coastal Real Estate Market with Tiffany and Eddie McNeely leading the way. Interested in buying or selling? Give us a call today for a NO OBLIGATION market analysis!

Posted in Great Tips
March 25, 2014

Beautiful Condo Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in Ocean Isle Beach

                                                                     MLS#  681436


Seaside Landing is located in between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, North Carolina on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. Seaside Landing is a cozy community with 52 condominiums. Each unit has a spacious veranda over looking the Intracoastal Waterway. The community features and outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness room, day dock, and BBQ area.



7265 Seashell Lane SW, Unit 108 in Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 is currently for sale listed at $275,000. It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 full bath. The kitchen comes with granite counter tops and stainless steel and black appliance such as the dishwasher, range, and microwave. The spacious living room has a fantastic view of the Intracoastal Waterway. It is a ground unit so you can walk to the pool or the day dock from your veranda!


March 7, 2014

Rourk Woods a Bill Clark Community

Welcome to Rourk Woods a Bill Clark Community located in Shallotte, North Carolina. Minutes from the beautiful beaches of Ocean Isle Beach and local stores and restaurants.

I was introduced to Rourk Woods last summer and was very impressed by the amenities, floor plans, lots, and quality of the homes they offer. Larger wooded lots offer privacy most desire. The homes start at 1,474 square feet and go up to 3,311 square feet. Truly offering a floor plan for everyone. The homes start in the mid $170,000's.



Bill Clark is a semi-custom builder which is another feature I enjoy about them. I love the little extra their homes offer. Back splashes, framed windows, arched door ways, and upgraded trim packages are some off the little bonuses you will find here.


For more information or to receive a packet in the mail on Rourk Woods contact the McNeely Real Estate Group today while lots are still available!

March 5, 2014

Spring Mill Plantation, Calabash, North Carolina


Spring Mill Plantation is a Beazer community offering new construction homes ranging from just over 1300 square feet to 3100 square feet with prices starting in the $140,000's. It is a beautiful community that will have somewhere around 419 homes when complete. They are currently somewhere around their half way built point.

They are nestled between 2 golf courses Farmstead and The Meadowland's. Close to shopping stores such as CVS and Food Lion, several restaurants, and specialty shops. They offer a beautiful club house with a flat screen tv, couches, and tables for their many activities. They currently have a very active social calendar offering games such as Mahjong, Canasta, Texas Train, and Bunco. They recently started a woman's bowling league, have a golf group, and shag dance lessons.


I also like the face that they have a side walk that runs down the main street lined with pretty burms. You will find many residents out walking their dogs in the morning, riding bikes, and enjoying the sub tropical temperatures you will find in Calabash, North Carolina. For more information contact the McNeely Real Estate Group.

Dec. 6, 2012

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

Posted in Buying Advice
Dec. 5, 2012

When Moving to the NC and SC Carolina Coast

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet. City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

Posted in Great Tips
Dec. 2, 2012

Preparing to Sell

Selling your home doesn’t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

Posted in Selling Advice
Dec. 1, 2012

Dealing with Financing

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home.

<Get pre-approved. Sub-primes may be history, but you’ll probably still be shown homes you can’t actually afford. By getting pre-approved as a buyer, you can save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can't afford. You can also put yourself in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Unlike pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history. By doing a thorough analysis of your actual spending power, you’ll be less likely to get in over your head.

Choose your mortgage carefully. Used to be the emphasis when it came to mortgages was on paying them off as soon as possible. Today, the debt the average person will accumulate due to credit cards, student loans, etc. means it’s better to opt for the 30-year mortgage instead of the 15-year. This way, you have a lower monthly payment, with the option of paying an additional principal when money is good. Additionally, when picking a mortgage, you usually have the option of paying additional points (a portion of the interest that you pay at closing) in exchange for a lower interest rate. If you plan to stay in the house for a long time—and given the current real estate market, you should—taking the points will save you money.

Do your homework before bidding. Before you make an offer on a home, do some research on the sales trends of similar homes in the neighborhood with sites like Zillow. Consider especially sales of similar homes in the last three months. For instance, if homes have recently sold for 5 percent less than the asking price, your opening bid should probably be about 8 to 10 percent lower than what the seller is asking.

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