House Features That Moms Love

by seacoast_ashley 13. May 2015 08:06



My family is planning our next move. We are listing our house, and have started dreaming about what our next house will be like. As a mom to small children, I find myself looking for certain features in a home.

My biggest “dream feature” would be close proximity to my own Mom. This is something that will not change anytime soon. We will most likely live hours apart for many more years. To make up for the fact that there is a long drive between us, I would love to have an in-law suite. I am hoping that this will not be too hard to find, as double master suites seems to be an option that many homebuilders are now offering. Having a comfortable place for my Mom would hopefully encourage her to come for longer periods of time! Mom is the best babysitter, counselor, and friend I have, so more time with her is always a plus.


School districts are a huge factor in the homes that I will consider. Not only the schools, but the kid-friendly activities that are near the house, and kid-focused amenities that a neighborhood has to offer. Before having children these types of things were completely off my radar. Now, as I look at homes and neighborhoods it is the one thing that I can not overlook. It is my Number One priority. All moms want the best for their children, and want a safe place to send their kids. It is a huge bonus if the house and neighborhood are not near any busy roads. When summer days are stretching longer and longer and my nerves are growing thinner and thinner I want the kids to be able to play outside! Nothing can change a bad attitude like a quick dose of sunshine.


Now that the kids are safe, let's move on to the next thing that a Mom-approved house might offer. It is storage. Moms want storage and lots of it. I don’t know very many moms that are able to totally conquer clutter. Toys breed while we sleep at night! If you walk into a house with kids and don’t see toys I will guarantee you that there is a closet somewhere that is stocked, stacked, and stuffed with them. That closet probably has a broken door from the hip bump needed for Mom to get it to shut. My next house will have storage galore! I want closets, cabinets, and attics. Throw in a dedicated laundry room for the piles currently residing on the bathroom floor and I am one happy Mama.


A Mom-approved home will function flawlessly. The ability to multi-task and schedule is one of our most powerful attributes. We want our homes to offer a functionality that enables us to multi-task with ease. I want to be able to cook while watching the puppet show happening on the couch. The functionality of an open floor plan is so very appealing. I do know that as the kids grow I may want more separate myself from angry teens, but we will cross that bridge when we get there.

At the end of the day, even a superhero needs rest. Moms need to take a little time to reflect and re-energize. The last and quite possibly the most important thing that a Mom-friendly house will have (the thing that I try to envision in every single potential new home I tour) is the Mom Retreat. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be separated from the rest of the house, though that would be awesome. It just has to be MY space. It is a space that I will decorate totally for ME. A space where I may or may not allow kids to play. It is a space that will nurture me and provide moments of peace and solitude.

Some of my mom friends are looking for huge tubs to soak away stress. Some of them are looking for gardening spaces. Some of them just want a bay window so that they can watch the world grow. It doesn’t matter what kind of space moms are looking for: we need it. Moms need to care for themselves to be able to care for everyone else!


What features did I leave off the list that you think are Mom necessities? Is there any feature in your own home that has made life with kids a little easier? Let me know!

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Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Honored with Multiple Awards

by seacoast_ashley 16. April 2013 06:49

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage was honored with multiple awards for its outstanding performance during the past year at the 2013 Cartus Broker Network International Conference held February 27-March 2 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. Cartus is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions.

For the second year in a row, Sea Coast Advantage was awarded the Platinum Award recognition and the Five Star Award in recognition of its service to Cartus and the customers, members and relocating employees whom the company assists in the Wilmington, N.C. and Jacksonville, North Carolina markets.

The Platinum Award is the highest level of the Excellence Awards presented to Cartus Broker Network members. Only the top 10 percent of the Network’s principal brokers nationwide received the distinction based on superior performance in a wide range of goals, including customer service, cost management, and effective analysis and marketing of homes. The Cartus Five Star Award recognizes brokers who have met or exceeded their individual objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during the calendar year.

“The Cartus Broker Network is comprised of the top achievers in each market,” said Gerald Pearce, Cartus executive vice president, Broker Services, Affinity Services, and Cartus Asset Recovery. “The significant achievement of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in winning honors in multiple categories exemplifies the level of commitment that makes our brokers such valued partners. We are proud to be affiliated with the most accomplished cadre of real estate professionals in the industry.”

At Sea Coast Advantage, excellence is a product of teamwork. Partnering with Cartus and its many programs such as USAA MoversAdvantage® and Navy Federal Credit Union RealtyPlus, the real estate firm has assisted hundreds of relocating families with the sale or purchase of real estate in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties. Sea Coast Advantage has also successfully referred more than 200 clients to other Cartus network brokers throughout the country for assistance with their real estate needs outside of the firm’s coverage area.

“Receiving these awards from the Cartus Broker Network highlights the benefits that we bring each other and the emphasis quality that both our organizations endorse,” said Tim Milam, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage President.

What’s New in New Hanover County, NC

by seacoast_ashley 7. October 2011 02:38

If you’re interested in finding Carolina Beach or Wilmington, NC real estate, you probably are also interested in finding out more about the community. Whether you are relocating for your job, military obligations, or for a place to spend your retirement, it’s important to know exactly what you can expect from life in New Hanover County, NC.

You may have already learned about New Hanover County’s school districts and city attractions, but have you read about the things that are happening in  Wilmington, NC or Wrightsville Beach, NC today?

By exploring what is happening in these cities, you can better decide if homes for sale in Wilmington, NC will be the right fit for you and your family.

Wilmington, NC

Fifty years ago, the battleship USS North Carolina became the largest man-made object to ever fit into the Cape Fear River. This day in history went down as a breathtaking and momentous event for the 125,000 citizens that watched the spectacle. Now,  the ship celebrates its anniversary on the Wilmington riverfront.

The ship is now used as a floating museum and war memorial, and stands to represent the sense of community within the towns of New Hanover County, NC. Instead of being sold for scraps, Wilmington, NC and the other surrounding communities fought to bring the ship to Wilmington for future generations to marvel at.

History is an important part of Wilmington, NC real estate. And if you decide to move to this or one of the surrounding New Hanover County, NC communities, you can expect to find a strong sense of community and a dedication for preserving the historical significance of the area.

Teach your children about the importance of history, get reunited with your past, or enjoy the supportive sense of community these North Carolina communities have to offer. Browse for Wilmington, NC homes for sale today through Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty.

Five Relocation Tips for Your Big Move

by seacoast_ashley 27. June 2011 02:50

Being relocated can be stressful. Your family is nervous about being uprooted and you are nervous about starting a new job. Relocating involves more than just a new address; it involves new neighbors, new schools, new coworkers and a new house.

So how can you maintain control when you are treading in unfamiliar territory? Use the following five relocation tips to help you make the most of your relocation to Jacksonville, NC.

  1. Give Your New City a Trial Run – If you’re relocating to Wilmington, NC, you may want to visit the area before you plan your entire move. Take the family for a weekend trip and survey the area. Find restaurants and grocery stores that you will be using. By getting familiar with your new town before you move, your family may feel more comfortable when it actually comes time to relocate.

  1. Accept Help – If family or friends want to help you pack your things or move into your new place, accept. You can’t expect to do everything, and having the support of your loved ones will actually make the move easier on your family.

  1. Use Packing as an Opportunity to Purge – When packing for your big move, give your family a fresh start. Use your packing as an opportunity to get rid of the clutter you have accumulated over the years. Start fresh in your new house without clutter and without the stress of having to find places for all of the stuff you packed, but don’t actually need.

  1. Be Aware of Cost of Living – When moving to a new city, you need to make yourself aware of any changes in your cost of living. If you are relocating to Jacksonville, NC your cost of living may actually decrease depending on where you are moving from. Assess your current financial situation and do research to find out what changes you will experience.

  1. Create a Network – If you have friends or family that have relocated to where you are moving, use it as an opportunity to look them up. Use social networking to find old friends or colleagues that may be living in your new city and get in touch with them. Surround yourself with people you know.

Don’t let the process of relocating to Wilmington, NC get the best of you. Stay strong and embrace the experience for what it is. Moving to a new city gives you the chance to write the next chapter of your life. Don’t dwell on what you’re leaving behind, but on all the opportunities that are waiting for you.

Need help finding a new home? The Realtors at Sea Coast Realty are experts in helping you’re your relocation. Contact us today.

How to Tell Your Family about Your Relocation

by seacoast_ashley 23. June 2011 02:48

If you work in the military or business world, you know that being relocated is always a possibility. Sometimes, you may not even have a voice in the decision. Moving can be a life-altering experience for your family. So how do you tell them when you find out you have to relocate to Wilmington, NC?

Tell Them Early

By telling your family as soon as possible, you can give them time to adjust the news before you have to actually relocate to Wilmington, NC. By letting your family know as soon as you know, they will feel like they are part of the decision, rather than a victim of it.

Help Them Understand

Odds are your family is not thrilled about the relocation to Wilmington, NC. Reassure them that their opinions matter and that you will include them every step of the transition. Let them know about the opportunities that will be available to them in Wilmington, NC and consider taking a weekend trip to allow your family to familiarize themselves with the new surroundings.

Offer Reassurance

It’s very possible your family will be upset about the news. Allow them to voice their frustrations and show that you understand. However, you need to make it clear that the decision to relocate to Wilmington, NC is final. Let your family know that you are all in the situation together and that as a team, the move to Wilmington, NC can be a positive one.

Do Your Research

Before you tell your family, do some research about Wilmington, NC new homes. Find out about the local schools, youth activities, parks, recreation, and leisure activities available. That way, when you tell the family about your Wilmington, NC relocation, you will be able to also tell them about all the new opportunities that are waiting for them. This may help generate some excitement about the move.

If you tell your family early and include them in any major decisions you can, the relocation to Wilmington, NC may start off better than you expected. Give them time to adjust and be there to support your family during this challenge.


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Relocating to Jacksonville, NC

by seacoast_ashley 14. June 2011 02:44

Relocating to Jacksonville, NC? Whether you are moving to Jacksonville, NC for work, the military or any other reason, you may be surprised by all this town has to offer. From free concerts in the park to yoga classes, you and your family will never be bored living in Jacksonville, NC.

While relocating to this city may not be your choice, by embracing all the amazing opportunities Jacksonville, NC has waiting for you and your family, you will grow to love and cherish this city.


If you have small children, Jacksonville, NC is a fantastic place to raise them. With a wide selection of quality schools for every grade level, you will never have to worry about your children’s education. When not in school, you can help your child enrich their social, physical and emotional well-being through a variety of city programs and activities.

Just some of the youth programs available to children in Jacksonville, NC include:

  • Summer day camps

  • Swimming lessons

  • Self-defense classes

  • After school programs

  • Dance classes

  • Baseball programs

  • Volleyball programs

  • Tennis camps

Relocating to Jacksonville, NC can give your child the opportunity to diversify their interests and grow as a person.


Looking for something you and your spouse can get involved in? Jacksonville, NC offers a variety of adult programs and activities for adults. Whether you choose to spend your free time fishing or browsing the local Montford Point Marines Museum, you will discover interests you never even knew you had.

Just some of the things you can take advantage of when relocating to Jacksonville, NC include:

  • Dance classes

  • Fitness classes

  • Hiking

  • Cycling

  • Fishing

  • Kayaking

  • Camping

  • Golfing

By taking advantage of all the beautiful city of Jacksonville, NC has to offer, you will be able to make the most of your relocation. You may be surprised by all your Jacksonville, NC relocation has to offer both you and your family.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty Receives Five Star Award at Cartus Broker Network International Conference

by seacoast_ashley 15. March 2011 10:27

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty was honored for its outstanding performance during the past year at the 2011 Cartus Broker Network International Conference held February 27-March 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty was awarded the Five Star Award, which recognizes brokers who have met or exceeded their individual objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during the calendar year. Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty is a Principal Broker in the Cartus Broker Network. Cartus Broker Network is the nation’s leading real estate referral network. Cartus provides global relocation solutions to more than 60% of the Fortune 100 and providing service to over 160 countries.

“The effort that Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty put forth toward not only achieving but also exceeding their objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings is emblematic of the commitment to success that makes our brokers such valued partners,” said Gerald Pearce, Cartus executive vice president, real estate group. “We are proud to be affiliated with this talented group of real estate professionals and look forward to our continued joint success in the future.”

“The importance of placing broker-to-broker referrals cannot be over-emphasized,” said Phyllis Stillman, Relocation Director, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty. “We are happy to join the list of Network members from around the country who have worked so hard to succeed in doing this.”

In addition to the awards ceremony, the three-day event included interactive workshops, roundtable and panel discussions, and executive presentations. Cartus Broker Network participants networked with other industry professionals and exchanged information and ideas regarding team-building, revenue generation, retention, new business strategies, and increasing customer service—all essential elements for continued success.


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