Susan Brown, Broker/Realtor®'s Blog

Posted on 08/02/2020
Create a DIY Storage Bench
Photo by Thijs van der Weide from Pexels You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets....
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Posted on 07/27/2020
126 River Oaks Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412 is now new to the market!
Our custom brick, 3,268 sf Cape Cod-style home has 3 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms. It's what buyers want today-- more personal space, ability to work from home, and 4 large backyard entertainment centers. The 660 sf detached garage (22.8' by 30') has separate workshop rooms, a 2-post automobile lift, 2 entry doors, and measures 10' to the peak of the roof. A lengthy driveway accommodates 4+ vehicles and welcomes guests.The open floor plan includes a kitchen, laundry room with pet door, dining room, living room, a gas log fireplace, family room, and an enclosed sun room. All bedrooms are located on 2nd floor, a master bedroom with...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
Are You Prepared to Sell a House?
When it comes to selling a house, it is important to prepare as much as you can. That way, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and overcome these issues before they escalate. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for the house selling journey. 1. Analyze All Areas of Your Home You might...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
Avoid These Common Mortgage Mistakes
Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay One of the biggest hurdles people face when looking for a home is applying for a mortgage. While applying for a mortgage is relatively straightforward, finding favorable terms might be more challenging. Many buyers are surprised by how broad the terms of a mortgage might be. With this in mind, it is...
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Posted on 07/14/2020
“Put a LID on it”
I just re-took a fabulous online workshop called LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT (LID) for 4 hours. How can we make better land use decisions? Improve our front & back yards? When homeowners manage storm water drainage, they enjoy more boating, fishing, swimming, & overall clean water. Smart Yards magazine will be at my next Open House. Check out https://deq.nc.gov and...
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Posted on 07/12/2020
Customize Your Luxury Home
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay When you find the perfect home, you will probably make some changes in the décor since not everyone has the same tastes in colors and textures. Painting the interior, changing carpets and flooring and updating fixtures such as the showers, sinks, tubs and toilets are all updates many people make when moving...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Establish Priorities When Searching for Your Next Home
Since there are so many things to keep in mind when searching for the right home, it can be very helpful to create a priority list. If you're at the beginning of the house-hunting process, one of the best ways to clarify your thoughts is by organizing them in a notebook or on a computer screen. As is the...
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Posted on 07/01/2020
How many calories will you burn if you walk around the Landfall Lake?
While building your custom WATERFRONT FOREVER Home on a .76 acre lot at 2216 Moreland Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405, the number of calories burned depends upon your weight & the distance you walk. A rule of thumb is that about 100 calories/mile are burned for a 180-pound person and 65 calories/mile are burned for a 120-pound person. Is...
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Posted on 07/01/2020
“Staying Sane & Swinging in Abbey Nature Preserve”
I joined my sister & brother-in-law on a very hot 900 summer day in Wilmington NC in order to stay sane in between Corona Virus-Phase 2 and my real estate activities. We walked down some old farm roads, kept cool under thick dense trees, and found a swing amidst all of the plants and wildlife! It was a...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Tips for Generating a Steady Income from Real Estate
Image by Alexsander-777 from Pixabay With the rapid rebound in the real estate market over the past few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the financial potential of this industry. Therefore, many people are looking for ways to generate a steady income in real estate. In order to take advantage of the numerous available opportunities, there...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality
Image by Projekt_Kaffeebart from Pixabay Your indoor air quality can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. Allergens, air pollutants, and other particles can accumulate in your home and lead to certain health issues, such as respiratory symptoms. Maintaining good indoor air quality is an important part of making sure that your luxury home provides you...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
Prepping Your Home to Appeal to All Generations
Image by kirkandmimi from Pixabay When you list your home for sale, you are setting it up to sell to a wide range of buyers. Chances are the person who buys your home is not going to be the same as you, and often they will belong to a completely different generation. For example, if you’re prepping to...
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