Ode to Realtors - What My Realtor Needs to Know

by seacoast_ashley 28. April 2015 08:34

There are moments, some huge and some just tiny snapshots, that mold my view of the places that I have called home. Some places were short-lived but still hold a snippet in my memory; some places are still in my life and fill my memory with family, happiness, sadness, smells, and sounds.


My current home is the one that seems to be taking up the most space in my brain. This home has seen my first years of marriage, first “adult” jobs, babies being carefully carried over the threshold. There have been old pets living out last days, and new pets exploring a yard for the first time. Children have taken first baths, taken first steps, and learned to dribble and shoot basketballs here.

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My family has grown, and is often the case with many sellers, I am having a hard time imagining making memories in a new house. I have narrowed down the wish list to things that my family will need in the future. Our little ones will not want to share a bedroom forever, and so we added an extra bedroom as a must. Our family will not always want to be in the same room, on the same couch, sharing the same blanket. A house with not quite so much of an “open floor-plan” was added to the must haves.


Whatever a seller’s reasons are for selling, most of the time it is not a rash decision, but rather one that involves replaying the memories of what made a house a home a thousand times over. There is the acceptance that at the sale of the house means that the memories of that place will stop layering in the mind and heart.


Here comes the great part! After the sale of our house we will begin looking for a new memory maker. We will excitedly begin imagining ourselves planting a garden in unfamiliar soil, or soaking in an amazing tub that we currently do not have, we will picture shutting the door to the kitchen! Adventure awaits!


Real estate brokers play a bigger factor in our lives than we ever really take time to think about. How do we choose our Realtor? These are the people that are often choosing the homes that they think would fit us and our families. These are the people that can visualize the future for us when we are unable to. Choosing a Realtor is way more important than I previously thought.


I realized very early on that I really needed to trust and like my agent. I needed to know that this person would understand that leaving our current home would be a BIG deal for us. That the whole experience was not just rooted in money. I also need a realtor that understands that I am making a decision for five people. All five people will be calling the next place home for quite some time. And, I want all five people to be able to build incredible memories in a place that they love.


To be able to convey to my realtor what this move is about, I need to define the word “home” for myself and each of my family members. For myself, home is a place where I can cook for and take care of my family, and a place that I can find space that allows me to calm down when poop, or throw-up, or a vast array of other liquid items hit the fan. For my husband, home would be a place that he is able to explore his surroundings, encourage our children to get dirty, spread his messes without fear, and pursue his artistic endeavors. For my kids this home will need to be a place that they feel safe, a place that allows them to grow both closer and away from each other, and a place that they will be able to make lifelong friendships.


My Realtor holds a huge amount of responsibility. The trust that we have for our real estate agent is immeasurable. We know that this person will guide us into the next phase of our lives. We trust that they will be educated, and will know where we can save some money. They will know the legalities, the way to fill out forms, our best options for everything from home inspectors to loan officers. We trust that they will be personable and kind and truly love what they do because we will surely need them to be excited on the days that we are not.  We trust that they will know where to find what it is we are looking for, and if they can’t find it, or if  it doesn’t exist that they will guide us in a way that opens our eyes to different possibilities.


This piece started as an Ode to Home and ended up as an Ode to Realtors! Home and realtors...like peanut butter and jelly!


Moving is a huge deal filled with lots of emotions. Why are you buying or selling? What kinds of traits are you looking for in your realtor? Tell us on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/seacoastrealty


With well over 400 Agents, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is the largest Real Estate Firm in Eastern NC, If You need a Realtor I would highly urge you to look here

http://www.seacoastrealty.com


Realtor.com article on What to Consider When Choosing a Realtor

http://www.realtor.com/advice/designations-understand/


Nice Article on Choosing the Right Listing Agent

http://www.frontdoor.com/real-estate/how-to-choose-a-great-listing-agent


Questions to ask Potential Realtors

http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/handouts-for-customers/for-buyers/questions-ask-when-choosing-realtor

Meet Sean Skutnik and Brunswick

by seacoast_ashley 27. March 2015 05:53


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The word Brunswick conjures up two images for me...beautiful beaches and stew! I am comforted by both of these things. Sean Skutnik comforted a sweet abandoned pup some 8 years ago, and that pup was given the name Brunswick! Sean, a self described adrenaline junkie, is a Broker in our Leland office. Originally from Binghamton, NY, Sean has lived in Wilmington for the past 22 years. Living at the coast has given Sean the opportunity to explore his passions of motocross, biking, surfing, and just about anything else sports related. We are honored to have someone so willing to stop and help as a part of our Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage team. This is Sean’s best friend, Brunswick’s story...


I was driving around on hwy 210 in rural Brunswick Co, when I encountered a pack of five puppies that ran across the road. It was near dusk. There were no houses in site, so I pulled over and got out of my truck. As I walked towards them all except one, jumped into a deep ditch with cat tails, mud, water, etc. The one that didn’t, surprised me and came running to me when I whistled. He was scared and immediately fell onto his back. I could tell he was in bad shape. He was very malnourished, hair was falling out, bugs and ticks were all over him. He was so cute though. I picked him up and put him in the passenger seat. He thoroughly enjoyed the AC blowing from the vents. He sat there like he belonged. I knew I had an amazing dog right then and there! I continued to look for the other puppies, but unfortunately they got off into the woods and it was getting dark. I regret not saving them all, but was glad to have saved one of them. His name is Brunswick Skutnik.


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Jumping forward to now, Brunswick is 8 years old, in great shape, and there is not one person he comes across that he does not like! He has the sweetest soul.He does so many funny things. He loves to hunt lizards around the perimeter of the fence during the warmer days. He has one squirrel that waits for him every day on the back fence that he thinks he will catch one day (while running after him with a ball in his mouth growling as if he is mean). If he did catch him he would probably only sniff him!

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On Saturday’s he enjoys the dog park and a trail run at, “Brunswick Nature Park” in Leland. I let him lead the way on the trail, and I follow on the bicycle. He keeps a good pace for about 1 mile before he gets pretty tired. Like myself, “Brunswick” loves adrenaline but loves his downtime too. He has his own chair, 2 beds to relax on, a screened in patio, and doggie door for keeping the back yard clear of squirrels and lizards! Brunswick is also proud to be the reigning “King Of Paw Jam” from the last event held at Battleship Park. Yep, he has it made!


Have you ever stopped to help an animal? Did it change your life?

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At Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage we are committed to saving animals. We will be participating on March 28, 2015 in the Canines for Service Dog Dash. For more information on this great program or to donate visit

 http://www.caninesforservice.org/

Featured Home of The Week!

by seacoast_ashley 13. November 2013 08:11

2215 Villamar Dr, Leland, NC 28451

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Upscale, LUXURY award-winning Captiva is perfect for living the Brunswick Forest lifestyle! Telescopic doors open to the expansive screened lanai with 3 season windows & summer kitchen. Also, an inviting patio, private backyard & tropical landscaping! Hardwood flooring anchors the open living area with gas fireplace surrounded by built-ins. Chef's kitchen has upgraded cherry cabinetry, granite, stainless appliances & roomy pantry. Formal dining, guest bath & den complete this area. Master Suite features French door to lanai & lavish bath has a jetted tub, dual vanities, walk-in tiled shower & large walk-in closets. Two additional bedrooms each have their own bath. Oversized garage has work bench, finished floor & sink. Climate controlled storage can also be used for office/den. Plantation shutters, keyless entry, attic and surround sound complete this amazing home. HOA dues include full lawn maintenance! Wellness Center, pools, parks, kayak/boat launch, 18-hole GOLF course & more!

Homes For Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes For Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our SeaCoasters a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is Southeastern North Carolina’s real estate leader for a reason.

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Featured Home of The Week!

by seacoast_ashley 6. November 2013 07:54

7914 Cumberland Pl, Wilmington, NC 28411

Home for Sale, Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Located in the desirable Marsh Oaks community, in Wilmington, NC, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is ideal for the busy family. Custom details throughout include hardwood floors in main living areas, transom windows, volume ceilings, built-in shelving, extensive molding, a gas fireplace, 3 car garage, fenced yard, & electronic driveway gate. The kitchen has a large granite center island, tile back splash, work station, breakfast nook, & stainless steel appliances. The seasonal enclosed porch is perfect for entertaining. The spacious master features a garden tub, separate shower, walk in closet, & his/her vanities. 4 bedrooms (or 3 bedrooms & office) are located on the 1st floor. Upstairs features a bedroom w/ full bath & bonus room/den area. This great neighborhood boasts sidewalks throughout, a community pool, clubhouse, tennis courts & playground. Convenient to area shopping, dining & Wrightsville Beach, Marsh Oaks is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in our area. A home warranty is also included.

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our SeaCoasters a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is Southeastern North Carolina’s real estate leader for a reason.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+, we’ll keep you updated on Homes for Sale in Wilmington, North Carolina!

Featured Home of The Week!

by seacoast_ashley 1. November 2013 03:17

307 Shoreline Dr, Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Need we say more about this magnificent home with unparalleled views of Sunset Beach from 3 levels of living space? Built without compromise, this home reflects the very best. The home is designed with entertaining in mind. The expansive gourmet kitchen features top of the line appliances, wine cooler, ice maker, granite counters and 12' x 4' island with cooktop. Family memories will be captured when you entertain with a beautiful dinner in the intimate dining room. The top floor features an elegant master suite and master bath with the same fantastic views. Guests will love their choice of bedrooms, each offering the elegance to allow a welcomed visit. After an exhausting day of work or play, relax with a glass of sweet tea in the Carolina Room or on the huge deck and watch the boats navigate along the waterway. An added bonus is the pier with a boat lift and floating dock. There is also an elevator to all floors. You must see this home to appreciate all the custom features.

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our SeaCoasters a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is Southeastern North Carolina’s real estate leader for a reason.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+, we’ll keep you updated on Homes for Sale in Wilmington, North Carolina!

Featured Home of The Week!

by seacoast_ashley 16. October 2013 09:53

1324 Final Landing Ln, Wilmington, NC 28411

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Amazing sunrises and sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway can be yours from the front porch of this custom cottage on almost two acres between Rich’s Inlet and Mason’s Inlet in Wilmington, North Carolina. The two-bedroom, two bath home features an open floorplan with a large living area that overlooks the ICWW, built in cabinetry and shelving, hardwood floors and a fireplace. The expansive front porch is ideal for watching the activity on the waterway and the Figure Eight causeway, enjoying wildlife or just meditating in a natural environment. Enjoy this cozy cottage or renovate it into your dream mansion. Add a pier and boat lift for easy access to the ICWW. This property is ideal for the discriminating buyer who wants privacy and beauty.

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our SeaCoasters a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is Southeastern North Carolina’s real estate leader for a reason.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+, we’ll keep you updated on Homes for Sale in Wilmington, North Carolina!

Featured Home of The Week!

by seacoast_ashley 2. October 2013 07:38

239 Mare Pond, Hampstead, NC 28443

Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Unique property in the upscale neighborhood of Whitebridge where you will find estate homes and large estate sites with an equestrian flair as well as horse riding trails, a 20 acre bird sanctuary, pool and tennis. This 3.68 acre estate has a 3/4 acre aerated & stocked pond with pier plus private walking trails with bridges. Professionally landscaped using a golf course grade sprinkler system fed by its own well. The backyard offers a large deck with patio area and lots of space for outdoor entertaining, including an oyster pit, outdoor shower, outside lighting & a tack room with horse barn. This 3863 sq. ft. 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home was built by Jackson Builders with solid construction features including 3/4 plywood sheathing, solid block foundation & a whole house generator with automatic start switch & automatic change over. Beautiful hardwood floors, tall baseboards, 2 piece crown, wainscoting and chair railing accent this well maintained home. 5 miles to boatramp, 2-10 Warranty

Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our SeaCoasters a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is Southeastern North Carolina’s real estate leader for a reason.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+, we’ll keep you updated on Homes for Sale in Wilmington, North Carolina!

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Agents Clean Sweep for Adopt-A-Highway

by seacoast_ashley 17. September 2012 06:17

Pictured from Left to Right are: Jody Roney, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage president Tim Milam, Tracey Schretter, Phillip Roseberry, Toni Jennings, Wade Wilson, Chris Royal, Jim Morgan, and Mark Newell. Not pictured: Becket Morgan

Agents from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage participated in an Adopt-A-Highway roadside cleanup on Saturday, September, 15, 2012.

Becket Morgan, Chris Royal, Jody Roney, Mark Newell, Phillip Roseberry, Tracy Schretter, Tim Milam, Toni Jennings, and Wade Wilson cleaned up a two-mile stretch of North College Road at Blue Clay Road in Castle Hayne. The group cleans their adopted route four times a year.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage participated in the roadside cleanup as part of the Fall 2012 Litter Sweep proclaimed by Governor Perdue and sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The Litter Sweep is an opportunity for all state and local governments, civic groups, businesses, schools, churches, professional organizations, families, and others to keep North Carolina clean and beautiful.

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