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May 14, 2018

Renovating Your Vacation Rental Condo

As the owner of a vacation rental condo, ROI (return on investment) is the name of the game. I mean, it's the whole reason you bought the property in the first place, right? Okay okay, we know having a place to stay when you're on vacation is a pretty great deal too.

But today we're directly concerned with showing you how to make your rental even more appealing to guests, which will, in turn, increase your bookings & ROI.

So, let's get this party started.

 

 

First off, never undervalue the importance of good pictures. Most of the time, the first impression a potential renter will get of your property will come from the pictures they see of it when they're browsing on a site such as ours.

As you know, first impressions are supremely important, so you really can't afford to mess this part up. When taking the photos, keep in mind that you're not necessarily optimizing for "fanciness". Instead, your goal should be to make the property look as inviting & livable as possible.

Another thing to keep in mind is that every time your property is rented, you can expect it to suffer at least a small amount of damage. This is important to know because no one want's to rent a run-down property.

Unfortunately, most people booking a vacation rental simply don't take care of it the way they would if it was their own home. So, the more often your property is being rented, the more often it will need to be repaired/renovated.

When you're planning out the updates to your property, be sure to take the actual vacation season into account. We always recommend that you get as much of your work done during the off-season when the property is likely to be vacant anyway.

That's because you never want to cut into your heavy-season profits when you'll get the best ROI all year. If you have a lot of repairs to make, it's probably better to segment & then prioritize them based on what you can actually accomplish in a single off-season.

 

 

A quick way to turn potential renters away from your property is by having an outdated TV set. Flat-screen TV's are no longer any more expensive than other types, and the picture quality is far better.

That means there's really nothing that should prevent you from making the switch, besides yourself of course. Renters expect a flat-screen TV these days, so you might as well bite the bullet and get one if you haven't already.

When it comes to choosing which renovations are the most important for you to make, there's no better way to figure it out than to go directly to the source - i.e. renters. They're the ones you're trying to impress in the first place, so getting their opinion can be supremely helpful.

You may not be able to talk to them in person, but you can always ask your rental management company what people are saying, or even read the comments people are making about your property on your rental listing service.

When you're improving your rental, there's something you should focus on before replacing things - and that's repairing them. This might seem like a no-brainer, but we've seen far too many property owners wasting tons of money "keeping up with the Joneses".

Remember that your renters aren't necessarily looking for "fancy" - instead, they're looking for clean & up-to-date. So, make sure you're getting the best ROI possible by focusing on repairing before you replace.

If there's one thing renters complain about the most, it's the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of the vacation rental property. That's because, for whatever reason, many rental property owners are fairly lazy about their cleaning strategy.

That's good for you because it means that you can really stand out from the crowd simply by having the rental thoroughly cleaned after each booking. That will do wonders for your property's reviews, which will lead to recommendations & more bookings.

 

 

To leave you with some actionable tips, here are some specific renovations to consider:

  • Replace the carpet (every 7 years, on average).
  • Remodel the kitchen & bathrooms (new renovations can have an 80% ROI upon selling).
  • Paint the rental (at least every 5 years).
  • Change the lighting fixtures.
  • Updating appliances.
  • Updating furniture.
  • Keep the landscaping looking nice, if your rental has a yard.

 


Interested in listing your vacation rental on our site? Reach out to one of our friendly agents today!

Posted in Vacation Rentals
May 8, 2018

Top 5 Best Neighborhoods In Carolina Beach

So, you've finally made the choice to move to Carolina Beach, NC. First off - congratulations on such a wonderful decision!

But, now you've got one more tough decision to make - which Carolina Beach neighborhood will you live in? Well, with their plethora of charming coastal communities, it's honestly pretty hard to go wrong. To help you out, though, we've put together this post highlighting some of our favorite neighborhoods in Carolina Beach, NC.

Check out the map below for directions to all of the following neighborhoods


 

1) Carolina Sands

  • Location: Carolina Sands Dr, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $254,348
  • Average Square Feet: 1,721 sq. ft.
  • Built Between: 1982 to 2011
  • Special Features: playground, clubhouse w/ full kitchen, community pool, private beach, tennis court.

 

2) Harbour Point

  • Location: Green Turtle Ln, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $290,584
  • Average Square Feet: 2,146 sq. ft.
  • Built Between: 1985 to 2010
  • Special Features: townhouse community, boat slips available, pool, clubhouse, dock, marina, community pier, southern porches, upscale interiors.

 

3) Seagrove

  • Location: Spot Ln, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $363,041
  • Average Square Feet: 2,400 sq. ft.
  • Built Between: 2003 to 2010
  • Special Features: coastal cottage-style homes, pool, clubhouse, award-winning community design, palm tree lined streets, conservation area within the neighborhood.

 

4) SeaWatch

  • Location: 1401 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $650,000
  • Average Square Feet: 2,464 sq. ft.
  • Special Features: beautiful homes, community pool, tennis court, playground, clubhouse, minutes from Ft. Fisher, palm tree lined streets, private beach access, walking trails.

 

5) Wilmington Beach

  • Location: Wilmington Beach, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $300,000
  • Average Square Feet: 2,100 sq. ft.
  • Annexed by Carolina Beach In: 2000
  • Special Features: partially isolated, nestled between Carolina & Kure Beach, central to everything on Pleasure Island.

 


 

Looking for Houses for sale in Carolina Beach NC? Contact one of our friendly agents below today!

 

Posted in Buying a Home
May 7, 2018

Tips For Moving To Carolina Beach, NC

A cool breeze, the sound of ocean waves crashing, & the smell of salty air - it's the beach lifestyle, & it's calling your name loud and clear. Carolina Beach, NC is over one half of the "Pleasure Island" area, which is also made up by the smaller Kure Beach.

If you've never lived at the beach, I can assure you that you're in for some dramatic changes - hopefully for the better. That's why we wrote this article just for you. So you'll have everything you need to know to make an easy, breezy transition to living in Carolina Beach, NC.

Things To Know:

 

Carolina Beach State Park: If you're a nature lover, you're in for a treat - and no, I'm not just talking about the beach itself. That's because CB State Park offers all sorts of other amenities, including camping, kayaking, and hiking - just to name a few.

The Median Income: $60,057

The Average Home Value: $282,800

Over 50% Of The Properties Are Rentals: For property owners, that means the area will clear out during the winter. The only thing better than living at the beach is having it all to yourself!

Abundance Of Bike Paths: Though you can, of course, drive all over the island, our preferred form of transportation has to be by bicycle. That's because there's nothing like experiencing the ocean breeze directly while also getting anywhere you need to go. Pro tip: It's often faster to get around the island by bike than it is by car, because of the slow-paced traffic.

In The Midst Of A Major Renovation: The area is currently undergoing multiple new growth projects, which will bring even more amenities for your convenience.

25 Minute Drive To The Airport: If you're moving to CB and away from the large part of your family, you'll be thrilled to know you're only a short drive from the airport.

Options For Everyone: Whether you're a single retiree or part of a young family of 5, Carolina Beach has the perfect housing option for you. From the lower-priced but amenity-filled condos to the luxurious oceanfront homes - the island truly has something for every budget.

What You'll Need:

 

A Healthy Taste For Seafood: With over 50% of the restaurant's in Carolina Beach serving world-class seafood, you could very easily eat it for every meal - and honestly, why wouldn't you?

A Love For Beach Music: With all our frequent local music festivals & events, beach music will quickly become the soundtrack to your life while living in Carolina Beach.

Layered Clothing: Because of the ocean breeze, the beach is often ~10 degrees cooler than surrounding areas, so you'll want to make sure to keep a jacket on hand at all times.

Bikes Or A Golf Cart For Easy Transportation: Like we mentioned previously, it's often faster to get around CB by bike or golf cart. That's because of the extensive bike paths running all over our island.

A Stainless Steel Grill: The salty beach air, while relaxing, can cause real rust damage to anything metal. That's why it really pays to get stainless steel outdoor appliances. If not, you'll have to replace them at least every 5 years.

What You Can Leave Behind:

 

Your Aversion To Sand: When you live at the beach, sand will quickly become a familiar enemy - so you might as well go ahead & make friends with it.

Your Fast-paced Attitude: Everything moves slower in a beach town, and we mean everything. So, let that relaxation permeate your whole being - it could be just the change you've been needing.


Looking for Houses for sale in Carolina Beach NC? Contact one of our friendly agents below today!

Posted in Buying a Home
April 24, 2018

Packing Tips For Moving

Are you about to buy a house? Then you're also about to move - ughhh. But it doesn't have to be that way. Actually, when you have all the right systems in place, moving is a breeze.

It's also the perfect shot for you to find that favorite t-shirt of yours, which you just know is hidden underneath something. That's why we put together this comprehensive list of packing tips for moving, which will save you hours (probably days) of time & headaches.


Packing Checklist For Moving

Moving Necessities:

  • Scissors
  • Tissue Paper
  • Packing Paper
  • Moving Boxes In Various Sizes
  • Packing Tape
  • Markers
  • A Utility Knife

Helpful Additions:

  • A Dolly
  • U-Haul Trailer or Truck
  • Some strong friends
  • Towels for padding, as well as wiping things down
  • Cleaning supplies

Simple Packing Hacks

  • Wrap things that could break in tissue paper before packing.
  • Detach loose pieces, so they don't fall off during moving.
  • Take your ink cartridges out of your printer so they don't leak.
  • Make sure your computer files are backed up just in case it gets damaged.
  • Don't ever pack anything highly flammable, such as nail polish remover, matches, or paint.
  • Label EVERY box. Don't expect yourself to simply remember where you put everything.

What To Pack First When Moving

To put it simply: Pack the things you need the least first.

For example, if you're already storing things in a Storage Container for reasons unrelated to moving, pack up those items first (if you're moving to another city). Only you will be able to pick the items that fit the "non-essential" bill, but here are a few suggestions to get your wheels spinning:

  • Art/Decorations
  • DVDs, Books & other entertainment media that you won't need for the duration of the move.
  • Extras of anything (ex. towels, linens, office supplies)
  • Out of season clothing.

On a per box basis: Pack the biggest, heaviest items first, then the smaller items, and fill in the spaces with loosely crumpled packing paper.


Packing Clothes For Moving

  • Sort all the clothing to get rid of all irrelevant, outdated, outgrown, or worn out items.
  • Pre-Pack the clothes you know you won't need months in advance (i.e. Pack out of season clothes).
  • Group clothing by season, as well as by their purpose.
  • You probably have some suitcases lying around that you'll have to move anyway, so be sure to pack them up with clothes so you're not wasting any space.
  • Alternatively, leave all your clothes in your dressers and secure the drawers with stretch wraps.
  • Pack shoes, hats, and accessories separately from the clothes. That's so they don't get damaged or mixed up when moving.

Using Hangars When Moving

When it comes to moving hanging clothes, a Wardrobe Box is your new best friend. These boxes are tall & have a hanging rack on the top. That means you can literally grab everything hanging in your closet and transfer it directly to the packing box without any a headache. Plus when you're unpacking, the process is equally as easy.


Packing Books For Moving

  1. Use paper to line the bottom of the box.
  2. Put the books on their edges (opposite the spine) into the box.
  3. Use crumpled up paper to fill the spaces so the books don't move around.
  4. Close the box with packing tape.
  5. Label the box so you don't forget what's in it.

Packing Tips For Moving Long Distance

  • Padding is key: While you always want to make sure every item in every box is well cushioned, it's absolutely vital for long distance trips.
  • Get movers insurance.
  • Keep personal documents that you'll need with you (drivers license, social security card, passport, etc).
  • Pack your mattress in a box, so it doesn't get damaged.
  • Avoid packing food or liquid.
  • Label every box with your name, not just what's in it.
  • If you're moving into a condo/apartment, make sure you check that they don't have regulations against moving trucks (many do).
Posted in Selling Your Home
March 16, 2018

Wilmington, NC St. Patricks Day 2018

It's that time of year again when everything is turning green - and no, I don't mean Spring! I'm talking about everyone's favorite excuse to celebrate with a few good drinks & great friends, St. Patricks Day.

If you're living in Wilmington, NC or the surrounding areas, you're in luck. That's because our city offers a huge variety of events for you & your friends to attend, which will certainly get you in the festive spirit.

* As always, drink responsibly!

Wilmington St. Patricks Day Parade 2018

Date: March 17, 2018 - 11 am to Noon
Location: Starts at Red Cross & N. Front Streets
Cost: FREE

Starting at the corner of Red Cross & N. Front Streets, the parade takes a turn at Princess Street, then goes down to Water Street, where it ends just after passing the Federal Building. (*see map below)

  • The Parade Grandstand will be in Riverfront Park (in front of Federal Building).
  • The Grand Marshall this year is Dr. John Young, the Irish Honorary Consul for North Carolina.

St. Patricks Day Festival

Date: March 17, 2018 - Noon till 6 pm
Location: Riverfront Park between Market & Princess Streets
Cost: FREE Admission

Live Music:

  • Striking Copper: A "Harmony Driven Roots Rock" band based in Wilmington.
  • The Malone Brothers: Irish music band.

Dancing:

Food & Beverages for the whole family

Wilmington St. Patricks Day Crawl

Date: March 17, 2018 - 2 pm
Location: Starts at The Husk
Cost: Tickets: w/ shirts $30 day of, no shirts $15 day of

This is a moderated crawl, so you'll be asked to stay with your group for the entirety of the event. Must be 21+ and have valid ID with you.

As of right now, the participating venues are:

  • Bourbon St.
  • Goodfellas
  • Husk
  • Liquid Room
  • Rooftop Bar
  • Tavern Law

14th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Day Lo Tide Run

Date: March 17, 2018 - Registration (7 am), 10K/5K (8 am), Awards Ceremony (9:30 am)
Location: Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach, NC
Cost: $40 registration ($5 discount for students/military)

This is a Team Run, with a minimum of 5 runners per team. You'll be scored by the top 5 runners on each team, and a Team Name is required for registration.

 


Posted in Local Events
March 13, 2018

Wilmington, NC Named Best American Riverfront by USA Today

There's an undeniable uniqueness and charm to Wilmington, NC that makes it easy to call home. Residents and visitors relish in the downtown’s array of shops, restaurants and festivals and proximity to a special strand of beaches, marveling the sultry summers and mild winters.

Wilmington, North Carolina embraces many personalities, blending its connection to nature with the vibrancy of a metropolis rich with history. Wilmington’s Historic Downtown is one of the most sought-after places to live, eat, shop and explore. There is truly something for everyone.

Which is why it was no surprise that USA Today awarded Wilmington as one of the 10 Best American Riverfronts.

Our lovely city was among 21 other worthy competitors vying for the title. But the month-long online voting ended on Monday, October 20 and Wilmington received 33 percent of the total votes.

Spokane, Washington received 28 percent. In the poll’s final weekend, Wilmington and Spokane received a combined 22,00 votes. The results were fittingly announced on the Wilmington Riverwalk overlooking the majestic Cape Fear River with the Battleship in the distance.

Wilmington is indeed a special place. The relaxed and friendly nature of the community is perfectly balanced with the social offerings and activities downtown. With the gorgeous parks, lively riverfront and downtown shopping area, there really is something for everyone.

Wilmington’s Riverfront was followed by:

  • Spokane
  • Washington
  • Davenport
  • Iowa
  • Dubuque
  • Iowa
  • Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania
  • Louisville
  • Kentucky
  • Chattanooga
  • Tennessee
  • Savannah
  • Georgia
  • Detriot
  • Michigan
  • Richmond
  • Virginia

We’re happy to call you home, Wilmington. Cheers to you!

Posted in Local Events
Feb. 27, 2018

Carolina Beach Parks And Rec

So, you're interested in moving to or visiting Carolina Beach and you'd like to know what kind of things they offer for residents. Well - we wrote this article just for you! We'll explore all the wonderful resources provided by the Carolina Beach Parks & Rec, as well as a few other things in our area your family will love.

There's plenty going on in our area to keep you busy for decades - so we suggest just diving in & having fun with whatever catches your eye first. Without further ado, here we go (*see map below):


The Parks:

 

1) Mike Chappell Park

501 Dow Rd. S
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

2) Carolina Beach Lake Park

400 S Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

3) Bill McDonald Park

308 Lumberton Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

 

The Programs:

 

1) Basketball Leagues

Youth League Nov-Mar
Adult League Mar-May

2) Summer Day Camp

Ages 6-13

3) Exercise Classes

Dance & Martial Arts

 

The Amenities:

 

1) Weight Room

Ages 16 and Up

2) Cardio Room

Ages 16 and Up

3) Racquetball Room

Ages 16 and Up

4) Basketball Courts

All Ages

 

The Events:

 

1) Youth Dances

Ages 6-13

2) Easter Egg Hunt

Ages 6-13
Located at Mike Chapell Park

3) Youth Fishing Tournament

Ages 5-15
Located at Kure Beach Pier

4) Fall Festival

5) Cookies With Santa

Located at Carolina Beach Boardwalk

6) Carolina Beach Farmers Market

400 S Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

 


As you've seen, Carolina Beach Parks & Rec is overflowing with resources for the whole family. That made it a lot for us to cover, but we think we've done a pretty good job! If you still have any questions though, our friendly Agents are standing by to help you - contact them today!

Posted in Local Events
Feb. 27, 2018

Famous Movie Houses In Wilmington NC

Ready to feel like a movie trivia expert?

If you're anything like me, you love trivia. But do you know what's even better? Schooling your friends on trivia night! This article will help you do just that.

As I'm sure you know, Wilmington NC (often called "Hollywood East") has been the home (literally) to multiple blockbuster movies & films since 1985, when Screen Gems Studios came to the city.

So, here are all of our favorite famous movie houses in Wilmington (*see map below):


1) A Walk To Remember (Jamie Sullivan's House)

1716 Chestnut St.
Wilmington, NC 28405

 

2) Blue Velvet (Deep River Apartments)

420 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28401-4579

 

3) Dawson's Creek (Joey's Wall)

100 S Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

4) Eastbound & Down (Dustin & Cassie's House)

501 Hitch Ct.
Wilmington, NC 28411

 

5) Empire Records (Corey Mason's House)

207 Forest Hills Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

6) One Tree Hill (Karen & Lucas's House)

1829 Wrightsville Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

As you've seen, Wilmington is overflowing with interesting pop culture history. That made it a lot for us to cover, but we think we've done a pretty good job! If you still have any questions though, our friendly Agents are standing by to help you - contact them today!

 

Posted in Local Events
Jan. 30, 2018

The Top 5 Up And Coming Neighborhoods In Wilmington, NC

If you're currently looking around the Wilmington, NC area for a place to live, you definitely don't want to miss the boat on these up and coming neighborhoods.

Most of these communities aren't entirely new, but they're growing quickly in popularity because they're either adding awesome new amenities or are improving/renovating existing ones.

So check them out below, and don't hesitate to contact one of our friendly agents if any of the neighborhoods spark your interest.

 

1) Brooklyn Arts District

Brooklyn Arts

If you're an artistic or creative type, The Brooklyn Arts district community is unparalleled. The area is a thriving creative center for local businesses, largely because of Acme Art Studios.

The business was created 27 years ago with the dream of being a central supportive hub for local artists. Based on the current culture of the area - that goal was clearly achieved!

 

2) Sunset Park

Sunset Park

How would you like to wake up to gorgeous views of The Cape Fear River or Greenfield Lake? Well, when you move to Sunset Park, you can! Not to mention, this incredibly affordable neighborhood has been beautifully renovated over the last 5-10 years.

 

3) RiverLights

RiverLights

Imagine never having to leave your neighborhood if you didn't want to. Well, if you move to RiverLights - that dream can become your reality!

That's because of Marina Village, which is RiverLights' community square. It offers enough shops, restaurants, & entertainment options to keep you & your family busy for years.

 

4) Monkey Junction

Monkey Junction

If there's any location around Wilmington that's really "grown up" in the past few years - it's Monkey Junction.

The area, which only used to have a few gas stations & a Piggly Wiggly, now offers tons of entertainment options. Additionally, this suburban hub has extremely affordable housing options.

 

5) The Cargo District

Cargo District

And finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Wilmington's very own Cargo District. Imagine if you never had to drive to the office again. Well, if you buy in the Cargo District, that's completely possible. But despite what you may be thinking, I'm not talking about simply working from home.

Instead, I'm talking about two completely separate buildings that're stacked on top of (or placed beside) one another. How is this possible? Well, it's because all the spaces in the Cargo District are made from shipping containers. Not only is this a cool trend - it's incredibly good for the environment!


Looking for more information on any of these up and coming neighborhoods? One of our friendly agents would love to help you with that today!

Posted in Buying a Home
Jan. 29, 2018

Our Top 5 Favorite Long Term Rentals In Kure Beach, NC

1) Beachside Condo #D1

This charming 2 Bed, 2 Bath Condo is the most budget-friendly choice on our list. If you're looking to get the best bang for your buck, we highly recommend this Beachside Condo. It was created by converting 4 hotel rooms into the spacious condo it is today.

beachside condo

Other Amenities:

  • 2 car parking.
  • The condo is located at the historic Beachside Inn.
  • Walking distance to downtown Carolina Beach and the Boardwalk.
  • Convenient to Public Beach Access which is across the street.

 

2) Beach Break Upper 1

This delightful 2 Bed, 1 Bath Duplex was fully remodeled in 2013 with modern furnishings. That means you'll have all the conveniences of home - right at the beach!

If you're looking for an up-to-date place to stay that's also stood the test of time (no easy feat at the beach), then this is the location for you.

beach break

Other Amenities:

  • 3 car parking.
  • Spacious porch for sitting, relaxing and taking in the ocean views.
  • 3 blocks from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and Freeman Park 4 Wheel Drive Area.

 

3) Enchanted Cottage

This irresistible 2 Bed, 1 Bath House is located right at the heart of downtown Kure Beach. That means that you'll have convenient access to all the best amenities this quaint beach town has to offer.

enchanted cottage

Other Amenities:

  • Conveniently located and close to the ocean.
  • Near Kure Beach Pier and Oceanfront Park & Pavilion.
  • Walking distance from Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant & Jack Mackerel's.

 

4) Gina's Gem

This inviting 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath House is not only Pet-Friendly - it also has a Crow's Nest! This means that not only will you be able to bring your favorite 4-legged friend on vacation with you, you'll also be able to see the Ocean from your rental.

The owners know how much more enjoyable your trip can be when you can take your dog along - which is why this House is the perfect choice for you.

Gina's gem

Other Amenities:

  • Easy walking distance from the beach.
  • 3 Blocks away from Kure Beach Square where local cuisine awaits whether it's Freddie's Famous Porch Chops or Big Daddy's Seafood Platter.
  • Spacious Deck.
  • Fenced-in backyard.

 

5) Sea-Esta

This lovely 2 Bed, 1 Bath House has a yard that's spacious enough for you to bring your Boat & Trailer along with you. This means you won't have to pay the parking/docking fees like you would otherwise.

We know how annoying it can be to have to worry where to park your boat while on vacation, and this House makes for the perfect solution to that problem.

sea-esta

Other Amenities:

  • Vintage beach cottage completely remodeled in 2016.
  • One block from the ocean, situated between two public beach accesses.
  • Large screened in front porch with two ceiling fans, wicker swing, and 5 piece dining table.

Don't see something that catches your eye? Not to worry, check out the full list of Kure Beach Long Term Rentals, or get in contact with one of our helpful agents today.

Posted in Vacation Rentals