Although our Network Realtors will tell you that spending time with their families is one of the greatest parts of the season, helping families find the perfect home for their lifestyle to create these new memories—especially amidst the holiday season—has been a humbling and rewarding experience. Within the past few months we’ve worked with a number of sellers to help with staging their home during the holiday season, encouraging them to strike a balance between emphasizing their homes best features and stay neutral. We’ve matched a number of young couples and families to homes in the Wilmington, NC area, and they’re all thrilled with the promise of what our beautiful waterfront destination has to offer.

The Network Real Estate team is full of holiday cheer. And since many of you invited us into your home for the Deck Your Homes Holiday Sweepstakes, we wanted to invite you in to ours. From baking cookies to decorating the Christmas trees, lighting candles and cozying up by the fire to make homemade ornaments with the kids—take a look at some of our team’s own decorations and traditions.

Renae Perrett ABR, SRS, SFR

Renae's adorable home is pictured above, and below is her version of a Jack Johnson Christmas Tree as seen in Coastal Living Magazine. She made the tree with scrap lumber that was just laying around her garage, and loves making homemade ornaments for her indoor and outdoor trees with her sweet 6-year-old grandson Tristan.

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Elaine V Shappell MBA, CDPE

Those are some gorgeous wreaths and red bows on her front windows—a perfect touch to any home!

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Amy Feller, Real Estate Agent

Every year the Feller family spends an evening driving through the local neighborhoods looking at all the amazing light shows. Friendly tip: they use Wilmingtonchristmaslights.com to help plan their route. They also get yearly portraits done at the studio in Mayfaire. Look at those faces!

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Lee Hill, CCIM

This was the largest living Christmas Tree lit every year until a few years ago. Lee remembers traveling to Historic Downtown Wilmington as a child  just to see this tree.  The picture was taken in 2007. If you look closely, you may be able to see the large crowd. What a wonderful piece of history!

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Again, thank you for all of your submissions to our Deck Your Homes Sweepstakes. You've certainly inspired us to think ahead for next year.

A healthy and happy holiday to you, and may you have the happiest of New Year's.