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Wednesday, March 13, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

The Real Deal on Home Warranty HVAC Inspections

Breaking Through the Confusion Regarding Home Warranty HVAC Inspections
Armed with clear information on Home Warranty HVAC inspections, many buyers and sellers opt to contract for this service. The upfront payment for an HVAC inspection is usually in the range of $85, and considering the potentially hefty cost of HVAC repairs, clients may find this warranty pays for itself.


Repairing Your Home's HVAC Can Be a Big-Ticket Item
What is an HVAC?

HVAC stands for "Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning." Your home's HVAC is the entire system that regulates the cooling and heating of the interior, making the indoor environment comfortable through the changing seasons.

There are four different types of HVAC systems. The four HVAC systems are designed to suit the size and interior specs of a home or commercial building.

Heating and Air Conditioning Split System

A "split system" has an outdoor unit that houses both the condenser and the compressor, and an indoor unit w ...

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  house hunting, sell your home, tips for buyers

Saturday, January 19, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Why You Need A Buyer's Agent: A Tale of Two Buyers

Sarah: She lay awake thinking about the Bungalow on Magnolia Street which had apparently accepted an offer shortly before she called the listing agent to schedule a showing earlier that day. She was so disappointed to miss out on that home. So many of the homes she called about were already sold or had a contract on them. This was in spite of her intricate (albeit time-consuming) process of checking all the real estate websites on an almost minute by minute basis.

Jacob: He had a big smile as he hung up the phone to tell his wife they had the winning offer for the Bungalow on Magnolia. It had been a crazy afternoon starting when their real estate agent texted to tell him about the new listing that had come on the market within the hour. Their agent scheduled a showing immediately and they were able to get an offer in before the end of the day.

Why was Jacob’s experience so different from Sarah’s?

Jacob had an agent who has a competitive advantage over unre ...

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  real estate agent, house hunting, tips for buyers

Wednesday, January 09, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

A Collection of Lifestyle Magazines: Discover Wilmington and the Beaches

One of the best ways to get the feel of a new community or neighborhood is to pickup a local lifestyle magazine. If you have just moved to the Wilmington area, there are many magazines to get you up-to-speed on local personalities, business news, entertainment, arts events, and dining trends.

Thinking about relocating to Wilmington or one of the area's beautiful beach towns? Visit a handful of lifestyle magazines online, or snag a long distance subscription. Event calendars, stories about local attractions and cultural events, and profiles of business influencers will give you a great sense of what these communities offer.

Wilmington and the beaches offer a rich selection lifestyle magazines. Many of these are free. They can be found in the magazine racks at busy intersections, in shopping areas, and at the entry to most grocery stores.

All of Wilmington's lifestyle magazines maintain online editions. Many of the magazines offer out-of-state subscriptions, so people who are ...

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  wilmington nc, tips for buyers, homeowners, entertainment

Wednesday, December 26, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

7 Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

Call it what you want: bonus room, FROG (Finished Room Over Garage), extra room, or den.

Savvy home buyers don't let this room become the space where unused furniture goes to die and boxed holiday decor languishes. 

A bonus room that is finished, livable space is usually included in the square footage of your home. This means that the cost per square foot of this space is equal to that of your living room and master suite. A bonus room is space that is too valuable not to have a purpose that adds fits your lifestyle and adds quality to your daily enjoyment of your home.


Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

1. Additional Bedroom

If it has a closet, a bonus room or FROG instantly turns a three-bedroom house into a four-bedroom house. Include homes with bonus rooms in your house search and your options increase exponentially. Because a bonus room is often set away from the other bedrooms, it can be the perfect space for a teenager. If the bonus room is easily accessible f ...

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  house hunting, tips for buyers, home design

Wednesday, December 12, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

Any Home Buyer Truly Can Be a Cash Buyer

What if your real estate agent told you that any home buyer could become a cash buyer?

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Real estate brokers run across situations every day where a buyer doesn't have as much power with a deal that is being financed because of offer contingencies, or they are in competition with multiple offers - a situation that comes up quite often - on the property of their dreams.


If the buyer is a cash buyer, that helps get the job done

KBT Realty is promoting a new tool that makes it possible for pre-approved buyers to become cash buyers. This tool works in a wide variety of real estate buying and selling scenarios.

A buyer might own a house in Kentucky, for example, and they have found a house in the Wilmington NC market that they want to purchase. Or they could have a house in Wilmington that they need to sell in order to be able to buy a different house in the area. That's one situation: a buyer has found a house they want to buy, but they c ...

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  sell your home, tips for buyers, finance

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