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Keeping Your Home Competitive

In an ideal world, your home would sell the same week that it is listed on the local real estate market, but this is not an ideal world. The question arises, "how do I ensure that my home is competitive?" There are a few basic things that one needs to do to make sure their home gets noticed first, gets viewed first, and logically, sells first. These things are a combination of enhancing the homes's curb appeal and interior detail, plus a few thoughtful touches that make the viewing experience more enjoyable for prospective buyers.  First of all, take a look a your homes's exterior. Now compare that to photos of other listed homes from the same area. Which home would you want to look at first strictly on a visual basis? If it is not your home, you have some work to do. It's hard to look at your home with a detached eye, but it is necessary. Set aside the years of good memories and try to "be the buyer," note any small details that need fixing or a cosmetic touch up and get those done.  Then turn your attention to the inside. Most homes are a bit to cluttered to show off the details of a home's interior. This is not to say that a home is messy, it's just "lived in." Try to minimalize the amount of furniture and "stuff" in your home. If necessary, remove some things and put them in storage. You are going to be moving soon anyway, why not get a head start on it? The more "open" your home feels, the better for showing. Remember to clean off all counters and clean the closets. Buyers are nosey and will open all the closets, cabinets and cupboards to ensure there is enough room for their things. Wouldn't you? Lastly, make sure that your home is welcoming when people come to view it. Keep the temperature warm if it is cold outside, and cool if it is hot. It will probably be necessary to clean the home daily to maintain its pristine condition. Also, little things like pleasant aromas can help people to feel more at home, cinnamon or chocolate chip cookies are very comforting smells. But if you utilize these, make sure there are some snacks available as viewers might get nibbly!
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

415 Belhaven Ct, Holly Ridge, NC

💥🏡Wynn Homes presents the Anthony Heritage Farmhouse floor plan! 🏡💥 ⚪⚪415 Belhaven Court, Holly Ridge, NC  ☎️☎️TEXT 100107948 to 910-248-3608 for an AUTOMATIC text message response to be sent to your phone for more property details and images. 🛏️🛏️ 3 Bedrooms + bonus room
🛀🛀🛀3 Bathrooms : 2 Full : 1 Half 2000+ sq ft  This popular floor plan boasts a wonderful covered front entryway and a beautiful bay window in the dining room. 
✅With over 2000 heated square feet and two car garage you will have plenty of room to spread out! 
✅The master bedroom features trey ceilings and crown molding. The master bathroom has a garden tub to soak in after a long day.
✅Conveniently close to Sneads Ferry’s back gate to Camp Lejeune and local beaches!

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417 Belhaven Court, Holly Ridge, NC

🏡🏡Beautiful NEW Home in The Villages at Folkstone in Holly Ridge!   👉417 Belhaven Court, Holly Ridge, NC   ☎️☎️TEXT 100107945 to 910-238-3608 for and AUTOMATIC text message response sent to your phone with more property details and images.   🛏️🛏️🛏️ 3 Bedroom + bonus 🛀🛀🛀3 Bathroom : 2 full : 1 half   🏡2000+ sq ft   💰209,900   ☑️This Roxbury floor plan is a hit with its covered front porch invites you in and welcomes you home.  ☑️Downstairs boasts both an breakfast area as well as a formal dining room.  ☑️This open floor plan features an upstairs laundry room and a bonus room, as well.  ☑️The GRANITE countertops in the beautiful kitchen that opens to a family room with a cozy fireplace.  ☑️This home its conveniently located near Sneads Ferry's back gate to Camp Lejeune and local beaches! 

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Our Beloved Furry Friends

Our furry friends are parts of our family.  Were you aware of all of the potential dangerous plants in a garden for you dog?  Roughly 5 percent of calls made to the organization’s Animal Poison Control Center involved landscaping plants, houseplants and bouquets.   Here is an introductory list of some common toxic plants to avoid, followed by safe alternatives. Don't forget that you'll want to check out the ASPCA website for more extensive details on what is poisonous to our furry four legged friends. 
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Decorating Your 5th Wall

Now a days the ceiling is the 5th wall that everyone is looking to add some interest to.  When we look up  why shouldn’t we give the 5th wall the same amount of attention as the other wall?. Wallpaper today offer unlimited possibilities, with digital printing for an array decorations. We are seeing amazing faux grass cloth and materials such as; woods, bricks and metals. Patterns range in any color you can dream of and some of my favorites, grass cloth and shells.
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Wyndwater New Construction Hampstead NC

📞📞TEXT 100103493 to 910-238-3608   FOR AN AUTOMATIC TEXT MESSAGE SENT TO YOUR PHONE WITH ALL PROPERTY DETAILS! 📢Welcome to WyndWater, a master-planned community with play areas, walking trails, and sidewalks dotted with swings. 📢Wynn Homes presents the Cooke 🛏️🛏️🛏️🛏️4bedroom
🛁🛁🛁3 bth home
✅👣open floor plan ✅👌👌 This home has a formal dining room that features an accent ceiling, 1-piece crown and chair-rail with backer. Features of the kitchen include cabinets with crown molding, granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplash and a USB outlet. The downstairs living area has engineered hardwood floors. The master bedroom, located upstairs, features a trey ceiling with crown molding and a large walk-in closet. The master bath has a garden tub and a separate shower with a glass door. Other features include sodded front and side yards with front irrigation, gutters on the front of the home, digital thermostats and wood shelves in all closets. All this and more.   ⏳💲💲Builder is offering $5000 in Buyer Incentives on the 1st 5 received contracts(presale or spec) at Wyndwater. These Incentives can only be used towards Upgrades and/or Closing Costs.          

Katherine Farber

Katherine Farber

 

Economic Commentary This Week

Economic Commentary This Week   Jobs Data This Week     Now that April Fools Day has passed, we can get down to some serious business. And the first order of business each month is the release of the employment report. Each report seems to have a special meaning with regard to the economy, and this month the job numbers will be no exception. In February we had very strong employment growth, and we will be watching for any revisions of February’s numbers, as well as focusing on the data for the month of March.   Two very strong months could signal the Federal Reserve Board to move up their timeline for rate increases this year. As of their meeting in March, they are sticking with an estimate of three increases this year and the markets have already built in at least some of these increases. If the numbers ease back and there is any significant downward revision for February, then the focus will shift the growth of wages.   Right now, the Fed is not only looking at a strengthening economy, but also how this growth will affect the inflation rate. Any evidence of increased pricing would also serve as justification for future rate increases. While increasing wages are great news for the American worker, any acceleration of the growth of wages could be felt by consumers in the form of higher rates. The best scenario for Friday? Solid growth in jobs and wages, but just not too hot.   The Weekly Market Update   Rates on 30-year fixed home loans were stable again in the past week. For the week ending March 29, Freddie Mac announced that 30-year fixed rates fell one tick to 4.44% from 4.45% the week before. The average for 15-year loans also decreased slightly to 3.90% and the average for five-year adjustables fell to 3.66%. A year ago, 30-year fixed rates averaged 4.14%, higher than today’s level.   Attributed to Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist, Freddie Mac — “Treasury yields fell from a week ago helping to drive rates on home loans slightly lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury dipped below 2.8 percent for the first time since early February of this year. The decline in Treasury yields comes as investors move into safer assets amid increased trade tensions. Following Treasurys, rates on home loans fell slightly. The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed rate fell 1 basis point to 4.44 percent in this week’s survey.”

Katherine Farber

Katherine Farber

 

Organize Your Closet

Many of us stash brooms, batteries, and tools separately. Here is a way to converted a coat closet that was a catchall for useless stuff into a central location for home maintenance items. Go vertical by adding a rolling drawer unit, a pegboard, and storage baskets. Keep sweepers and mops off the floor using adhesive wall hooks. To make it a cinch to find stuff, every item in the closet has its place: Heavily used items hang on the pegboard. Cleaning products live together in a basket. Hardware, adhesives, and batteries are stowed and labeled in the rolling drawer unit. Bulky, less-frequently needed items are kept in labeled baskets on the shelf. Tip: When deciding what to store in your closets, ask yourself what has more value, a particular item or the space you will gain.
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Is it Time to Buy Your Own House?

At some point as you're writing out your rent check, you get to the point where you look at the amount and think to yourself - at this rate, I could BUY a house. If you're fed up with paying rent every month that's high enough to finance a mortgage, it may be time to take a serious look at what it would take for you to get a mortgage loan and buy a home of your own. How do you know if it's time to stop renting and time to start investing your monthly payment in a house of your own? 1. Are you planning to stay put in the area? The first question to ask yourself is how long you are planning to stay in your new home. If the answer is 'less than two years', then it may be to your advantage to continue renting for a while longer - and use the time to build up your credit more strongly. If, on the other hand, you're planning to stay in one residence for more than a few years, buying makes more sense. Owning a home puts down roots, and makes you a more stable member of the community. It also makes more financial sense to buy if you're going to hold onto the property for more than two years. Unless you 'flip' properties - buy cheap, make repairs and sell high - it's nearly impossible to recover your investment if you own a house for less than two years. 2. How's your credit? If you've never checked your credit score or read your credit report, this is the time to do it. The higher your credit score, the easier it will be for you to qualify for a mortgage, and the better the terms of the mortgage for which you'll qualify. If you find problems in your credit score, you can take steps to fix them before you apply for a mortgage. This includes erroneous information on your credit report or extenuating circumstances that may have led to a missed payment or two. In many cases, minor credit problems can be repaired with no more than a few months of on-time payments. 3. How much house can you afford? Figuring out how much of a mortgage you can take on can seem almost like some sort of voodoo. You know how much you can afford to pay per month for a mortgage payment - but how does that translate into how much you can afford to pay for a house? The easiest way to work it out is to use an online mortgage calculator. Many web sites that offer credit and loan information have mortgage calculators available that will work in either direction - plug in the asking price of a house and your expected interest rate and the amount of your down payment, and the calculator will tell you an estimated monthly payment. Or plug in your income and expenses, the amount of the monthly payment you can make and the length of time you want to repay it - and the calculator will tell you the most expensive house you can comfortably buy.
 
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

10 Things to Contemplate When Buying a Home

A home is the financial investment many people make in their lifetime. In fact the typical American homeowner has approximately 40 % of their wealth tied up in their home. With such a important decision here is some additional advice as you contemplate while you make such a big purchase.  1. Buy your home for the long run.  Look for features in your home that you'll need 5 year from now with the plan that you'll still be there then.  2. Buy a home to improve your life, not with the hopes to make some money off of the purchase.  3. Make sure you focus on the important features to you and your family.  Don't get distracted by the features you don't need.  4. Make your budget and stick to it! 5. A 20 percent down payment is ideal. If you can’t afford that, consider a smaller down payment, or lower your budget. 6. Keep a 6 month strategic reserve in case you get sick, face an unexpected expense or lose your job 7. Get pre-approved, and if you want to avoid uncertainty down the road, stick with a boring 30- or 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. 8. Shop around for the best mortgage. 9. Don't spend more than your "take home income" on housing. (unless you live in a pricey market) 10. When you're ready to buy, don't be afraid to walk away - don't get too invested to each home you think will work for you until it's really yours.   
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

How to Paint Your House

Painting your house is one of the most satisfying projects.  You look at it everyday when you come home from a long day and man does it look good.  But when the price tag to re-paint your home averages $2,500 it can be a little too expensive of a project to afford. But with time and some elbow grease you can cut the price tag of this house project by a ton.  What if you could DIY paint your house? Well this is how you can.  1-day project: Wash your house Technically you should be pressure washing your siding once a year.  But you'll want to pressure wash to clean the mold and mildew and prep your surface for work and painting. Don't forget you'll need protective eyewear, a couple of five-gallon buckets, a pressure-washing cleaning solution and a stiff brush for an effective clean.  Soak the surface first to loosen up debris, and then start cleaning with a wide, sweeping motion, from the bottom to the top of each wall. To prevent damage, start spraying at a distance of 10 feet and work your way in. Wash windows, garage doors and cracked seals at the lowest setting or by hand. If the idea of pressure washing is a little daunting  you can get the same results with a scrub brush, bleach solution and garden hose. Weekend project: Make repairs Once the outside of the home is all clean, you're ready for prep.  On Saturday, sand, fill and weatherproof the surfaces. On Sunday, cover any stains with primer. With sanding block and razor blade (or a power sander), remove any protruding burrs or paint drips. Patch and fill holes with the filler that’s appropriate for your siding. Sand it down when it's dry Replace old caulk by applying the caulk slowly for a smooth bead, using a damp rag to wipe up the excess. Replace any rotted trim or siding immediately.  Spend Sunday applying primer.  Even if you buy the 2 in 1 primer paint, you'll get much better and longer lasting results if you don't skip the primer step.  Month-long project: Paint! Once everything is ready for the paint....it's officially time! Week 1: Paint the siding  Tackle the job in sections. Shake and stir the paint before you begin for even coverage. Cover any light fixtures, doorbells, and windows where you intend to paint, and use an angled brush to paint along edges without making a mess. Use a roller to fill in the broad areas, working from top to bottom. Paint the trim last, wiping up any stray spatters with a damp rag. Week 2: Apply a second coat Sand out any paint drips or debris. Paint the siding and trim another coat. Week 3: Tackle the details by paint your front door the color of your dreams. If you've come this far you might as well add shutters, if you like. IF you want you can spend the last week and upgrade and add extras: new crown molding for the porch, a doorbell, a new house number, door handles, and light fixtures.  
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Is an Old Home for You?

If you prefer a home that is unique and has character, you probably are giving some thought to buying an older home. Before buying, it's a good idea to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of owning the home. In this article, we cover the positive benefits I have realized by owning a home built in 1825. The Pros of An Old Home In 1972, my husband and I bought a house built in 1825. While maintenance has certainly been an issue, there are more than a few positives to the home. Everything is real. There's no fake anything. Bricks are brick. Wood is wood. Slate is slate. Fireplace mantles, chair rail, crown molding, and baseboards are not dinky little things; they're beautifully proportioned. The floors are rich, wide, heart of pine planks. There's a rich feeling of history and being connected to our country's past that permeates through our neighborhood. George Washington grew up just across the river and trudged up the lane across the street from us daily to attend school. James Monroe and Mathew Fontain Maury (the 'pathfinder of the seas') lived within a block of us. Our house was used as a boys' military academy (Philips' Military Academy) prior to the War Between the States. Put together, one gets a feeling of wonder when walking around the community. Old houses can also be a very good investment. First, there is a limited supply of them. With the popularity of historic societies and the preservation movement, people have become more appreciative of them. Precisely because of the center city locations of many of them (which provided drawbacks for us when we first moved here), they are often in what have become highly desirable locations. Our house is within two blocks of commuter rail that runs into downtown Washington, D.C. and many old cities have old house neighborhoods in terrific locations. Boston, Richmond, Savannah, and Charleston come to mind. We paid $35,000 for our house in 1972. Within the last year, two houses within a block of us have sold for more than a million dollars. I have a feeling that our home may be the best investment we've ever made. That about sums it up. Beauty. A sense of it being ìreal.î Feeling connected to the past. And a darned good investment to boot. Yup. Weíve spent some blood, sweat, and tears. Real money, too. But I'd do it over again in a heart beat.

The Cons of An Old Home In 1972, my husband and I bought a house built in about 1825. We moved in on August 15th. My husband had an out of town business meeting and left about 5 AM the next day. (What makes him so smart?) About an hour later, I started downstairs and flipped the switch to turn on the chandelier in the downstairs hall. Boy did I get light. There was a flash, and then what looked like lightening ran up the cord. I turned the switch off, but the fireworks continued. I ran and yelled for our sons (10 and 11 years old at the time). We got out a door off another hall and ran to our next door neighborís house to call the fire department. (This is a very exciting way to meet oneís new neighbors.) The fire department was really fast and got to our home before we got back ourselves. By the time my husband returned late that evening, we had been visited by not just the fire department, but also an electrician (old wiring needed to be reworked and a fuse box replaced with circuit breakers), a painter (to get a price on fixing water and fire damage), and a floor refinisher (same reason as the painter), and both our sons had been offered marijuana. (Did I mention that beautiful old houses are often located in intercity areas and sometimes the whole neighborhood has not yet been completely restored to its original state of gentility?) We were asking ourselves, ìWhat have we done?î Well, we had the wiring fixed, put off having the floors worked on and did the painting ourselves. We also paid tuition and fees to keep the boys in their old school district. You have to be flexible to happily live in an old house. Nothing is a standard size. Right angles are purely coincidental. (The water damage mentioned above had showed us that the floor on the outside edge of the front hall is about six inches higher than floor on the far side of the living room.) Go to Lowes or Home Depot to buy a standard replacement this or that? Forget it. You're probably going to have to fabricate it yourself or have it done. You need to either have a large home maintenance budget, be prepared to invest a lot of 'sweat equity' or both. Weíve lived in this same old house for over thirty years now. Items we've had adventures with include: 1. Plumbing, 2. Bringing in more electricity, 3. Replacing the heating system, 4. Repointing the chimneys, 5. Having dampers made for the chimneys so heat doesnít escape from them when theyíre not in use (did I mention we have four working fireplaces?), 6. Increasing the insulation, and 7. Painting many, many times. Our house is real wood, not vinyl, and the roof the original roof. That, of course, means there is a lot of surface to paint, and, since the house is two stories and has high ceilings, some of the surfaces are pretty high. (Did I mention that my husband has fallen off the roof twice?) We're in the process of having our home painted (not a do it yourself project this time) yet again. The bids we got ranged from $15,000 to $20,000. (Did I mention you need a larger maintenance budget with an old house?) Whew! I think the cons are clear, donít you? Owning an old home is wonderful. Just make sure you understand what you are getting into.
 
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Buying New Construction or Preowned?

Some people hate hand-me-downs; others like things with a history. When we are talking about a home, there's something about a house that has never been touched that attracts many people.  For every advantage of buying newly built and existing homes, there’s a flip side. For example, much like a new car off the dealer's lot, a newly constructed home tends to cost more than similar pre-owned homes.  This comparison is sometimes as much as 20 percent more.  Howevere, initially they prove to be less expensive in terms of maintenance and utilities. So which one do you want to buy? Shiny new construction or a charming pre-owned home, here are some other factors to consider. Benefits of new construction Floor plan: You can opt for a more customized floor plan that fits your family's lifestyle.   If you’re buying pre-built new construction, chances are good the layout will lean to modern, with wide-open floor plans. Kitchens flow into family rooms so you can cook and oversee homework or watch the game. New construction usually boasts more natural light and have brighter, lighter and more spacious rooms.  Personalization: Custom homes are obviously amazing but if you're looking into a prebuilt new construction you may be able to personalize your home with upgraded finishes.  Efficiency: New appliances and home systems are more energy efficient. This also cuts costs with lower utility bills. Smart and healthy: “Smart” technology options allow you to automate internet, cable, speakers and even an alarm system. And new homes often use low- and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and building materials, improving indoor air quality. Maintenance: A newly built home requires less maintenance since everything from appliances to the HVAC system and roof are brand new. This means you can better predict monthly homeownership costs, since you’ll likely spend less to maintain your home.  Warranties will help protect your home for the first couple years making it pretty easy to manage.  Amenities:  Master or planned communities with new construction often include amenities like parks and community spaces that are close to schools and transit.  Timing: The median time to complete new construction lets you feel less rushed than scrambling with other buyers for an existing home. The flip side Location: New construction typically pops up in suburbia which is typically slightly further from conveniences.  Landscaping: Existing construction is often surrounded by mature trees that shade the home in summer, protect against wind in winter, and block out traffic noises at bedtime. Mature trees may be salvaged at new building sites but often the landscaping takes years to grow into itself. Floor plan: Builders tend to stick with exterior design styles and finishes that appeal to the general consensus. You’ll have to count on post-purchase painting and decorating to stand out from your neighbors. Waiting: Custom home can take five to six months to be ready.  There are positives and negatives about pre-owned and new construction.  Hopefully this article is helpful for you to make that decision. 
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

How Long Does it Take to Buy a House?

Thinking about starting the process of buying a home but not sure what to expect? Here's a question a lot of people are curious about: How long does it really take to buy a home? A general answer is: on average it takes about 4 1/2 months to buy a house.  So lets review... 6 (or more) months.....  Request your credit reports.   Start the process of paying off any credit card bills and continue saving for your down payment.  This is a good time to figure out how much you'll be able to realistically afford.  4-5 months.....Do a generalized browse at homes for sale online and visit some open houses to get a feel for your market. Start interviewing real estate agents and lenders to begin assembling your team.  2-3 months.....Get pre-approved by the lender you choose so you can be taken seriously when you find a home you want to put an offer on.  (Most pre-approval letters are good for 60- 90 days.) Start touring homes with your chosen real estate agent. 1-2 months.....When you find a home you like, make an offer ( be prepared: on average less than half of buyers have their first offer accepted.)  After an offer is accepted, schedule a professional inspection. At this time if you're renting you'll want to give your landlord notice of your impending move.  Now it is time to starting planning the actual move!
  The last leg.....Pick a company where you'll have your home owners insurance and tell the lender who it is. You won't be able to finalize a loan without it.  As the loan is finalizing you'll want to make sure your down payment funs are easily accessible.  
At this time you can start packing up your non-essentials to make your move easier.  You'll want to fill out change of address forms and establish utilities in your name at your new address. Closing day....Make sure to set aside a chunk of time to sign paperwork. Once that’s over (or within a few days, depending on your sales contract), you’ll get your keys! Congrats on the new home!
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Moving to Your New Home

This is the season for new homes! However with a new home does come packing your stuff and moving in.  And after all these decisions, there's one last one: Hire movers or do it yourself?  As you weigh your options, you’ll want to consider both budget and logistics such as distance and time. Doing your homework on moving costs and details will really help avoid headaches later.  Estimate your costs Professional moving prices vary greatly, so getting at least 2 - 3 estimates from different companies either recommended by friends or trustworthy consumer sites. You’ll want to make sure the company is licensed and insured. If you’re thinking of DIY, factor in these costs:
• Rental truck (with fees typically based on hours used and miles traveled)
• Boxes and tape
• Packing paper and bubble wrap
• Moving blankets
• Dolly, hand truck, moving straps Don't forget the implied cost of having "free help" from friends which includes repaying with dinner, beer or another favor.  If you choose to tackle this on your own....... Packing pointers Pack one room at a time, making it easier to unpack in your new home. Some tips:
• Don't skimp and wrap each thing carefully and make sure everything is cushioned. 
• Mark all boxes according to the room they’ll be moving to.
• Don't pack the boxes more than 50 pounds. 
• Keep some boxes labelled as "essentials".  These boxes should be full of the stuff you'll want to unpack first at your new house.  For example, toiletries or kids items that you might need right away.   Packing supplies Tip: Through online neighborhood groups, try to stock pile moving supplies such as packing paper and boxes from other neighbors moving in to save costs.  • Boxes (variety of sizes and styles)
• Packing paper
• Bubble wrap and/or cushioning foam
• Packing tape
• Moving blankets
• Plastic wrap
• Paper towels
• Scissors
• Screwdriver set
• Markers for marking boxes Share your info Once the move is certain you'll need to let the people in your life (friends, employers, creditors) know of your address change.   A good place to start is the United States Post Office.,  Either in person or on the official website you can have your mail forwarded to your new address through the USPS.   Even with mail forwarding, you should still update your address with individual organizations and companies. To prevent service lapses and past-due bills, you need to inform your utilities and service providers about your relocation plans. Contact telephone, cable, internet, electricity, gas, water and other municipal services. Arrange for the utilities at your old home to be disconnected on moving day and have them reconnected at your new residence by the time you move in. Other must-updates include your bank, credit card companies, stockbrokers and other relevant financial institutions.  Good luck with your impending move!
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Take Care of Your Home This Spring

As Spring is in full swing here are a few things you'll want to "Spring Clean" this season! Inside
• Wash windows inside and out on a cloudy day to avoid streaking
• Power wash deck and vinyl exterior siding
• Steam clean carpets and floors
• Dry clean or machine wash drapes
• Dust baseboards and cabinet toe kicks
• Do a deep clean on bathroom surfaces and renew tile grout
• Give your oven and stove top a good scrub
• Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors The yard
• Prune trees and shrubs to shape and let in sun
• Gather fallen branches and other yard debris, and compost if possible
• Prune shrubs and plants to 2 feet away from air conditioning compressors
• Plant summer-flowering bulbs like dahlias after last date of frost
• After the lawn wakes up, fertilize and over-seed if necessary
• Scrub and fix patio furniture
• Power wash sidewalks, patios and paths Home exterior
• Clean and repair gutters and downspouts
• Repair or replace window screens to keep out bugs
• Scrape and touch up peeled paint
• Remove, replace and paint rotting wood trim
• Remove and replace crumbling bricks and stone
• Inspect foundation and seal cracks
• Check and replace cracked roof shingles and vent collars
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Getting a Low Down Payment Mortgage

Back before the housing market crash in the early 2000's it was easy to buy a house with no money down as “zero down mortgages” and “100 percent financing home loans” were the primary driver of the mortgage market. However because of the lack of proper documentation and analyzation of a borrower's true ability to borrow a loan, these types of loans were the main cause of the global financial crisis.  Now that the market is more stable, there are strict law that require lenders to prove that their borrower can actually repay the loan and many low down payment mortgage options are back in the game.  According to federal law, lenders must prove to regulators that they followed eight loan approval factors to ensure they properly verified the borrowers ability to repay the loan. Here are some of the low down payment mortgage loans 1) Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac : 3 percent down  This loan that allows first time buyers (or buyers who haven’t owned a home in the past three years)  to put just 3 percent down on loans up to $417,000, which means a home that costs up to $430,000. 2) FHA 3.5 percent down With this loan you can get a loan with 3.5 percent down but it will require more expensive mortgage insurance. 3) VA 100 percent financing With Veterans Affairs loans  you can get financing for up to 100 percent of a home’s value with no mortgage insurance. The national loan limit is $417,000, but can go up to $1,000,000 in high-cost areas. You'll want to check what your limit is depending on the area your hoping to purchase in.   VA loans also let you finance most of your closing costs, including appraisal, credit report, title insurance, lender origination fee, recording fees, and survey fees.  However, the VA loan isn't for just anyone, you or someone in your immediate family has to have served or is currently serving in the U.S. Military.  4) New one-percent down programs To qualify for this program, you must have a credit score of at least 680 and earn less than the median income for your area.    All low-down programs have a lot of fine print, so the only way to determine if you qualify is to complete a full profile with a lender.  Talk to your real estate agent about the steps to getting a good local lender that you work well with and get pre-approved.
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Violet is the New "It" Color

The color of 2018 is Violet!  Purple is the color that occurs the least in nature but it has forever been a symbol of royalty.  Bringing some of this hue into your home can be as simple as  a painted piece of furniture, a natural looking or raw element, or a high shine of a metal chair/doorknob.  What do you think about adding this new "IT" color to your home?
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

Tips for Organizing Under Your Sink

Under the sink often turns into a dumping ground for toiletries, hair products, and bathroom cleaning supplies.  This cluttered space can make mornings a bit chaotic when you can’t find any of the right supplies.  Here are some tips for organizing your things under the bathroom sink. the supplies you'll need for this little DIY project include:  - Tension rod - Paper towels - Bathroom cleaner - Baskets - Washi tape - Permanent marker - Pullout baskets Step 1: Remove everything from the space, and purge as you go. Throw away expired and rarely used items.  Keep only the essentials. When you're done, group like items and organize them together. Step 2:  Store things vertically in the cabinet by using the pullout baskets and stack them using stacking shelves. This increases space by a ton! Step 3:  Label your baskets according to the groups you originally organized them in.  Step 4:  Create a "daily basket" that stores all the things you use on a daily basis.  This makes your daily routine much more convenient and organized. Step 5:  Use a tension rod to hold cleaning supplies and clear more space on the bottom of the cabinet for baskets.    Good luck! A little time and effort today will make tomorrow’s daily routine that much easier.
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Brandon Farber

Brandon Farber

 

1625 Pointing Griffon Place, Wilmington, NC

😲😲🏡🏡McKee Homes Presents the Sullivan in Wilmington's Cameron Trace!! 🏡 🔺1625 Pointing Griffon Place, Wilmington, NC 28411 📞📞TEXT 100090769 to 910-238-3608 for and AUTOMATIC text message response sent to your phone with more property details and images. 🛏️🛏️🛏️🛏️4 Bedroom
🛀🛀🛀3 Bathroom : 2 full : 1 half
🏡2075 sq ft
💰279,554 ✅This home features an open floor plan including kitchen with island, kitchen eating area, and large great room. 
✅The kitchen boasts tiered kitchen cabinets with crown molding, granite countertops and ceramic tile backsplash. 
✅The gas fireplace in the family room has a custom mantle and black slate surround. 
✅The master bedroom has a trey ceiling and walk in closet while the master bath has a garden tub with separate shower. 
✅ Interior features include upgraded 5 ¼” baseboards and 2'' white faux wood blinds in finished spaces.
✅Some of the exterior features are a professional landscaping package and gutters on the front of home. 
✅PLUS the Fridge is included!

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1621 Flushing Drive, Wilmington, NC

🏡🏡Come SEE McKee Homes in Wilmington! 🔵1621 Flushing Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411
☎️☎️TEXT 100087178 to 910-238-3608 for and AUTOMATIC text message response sent to your phone with more property details and images.
🛏️🛏️🛏️ 3 Bedroom + LOFT
🛀🛀🛀3 Bathroom : 2 full : 1 half 🏡2225 sq ft
💰328,023  ✅McKee Homes presents the Winston floor plan which features an open floor plan including a kitchen with an island, tiered cabinets with crown molding, granite countertops and ceramic tile backsplash.
✅Connected to the kitchen there is also an eating area and a large living room
✅Downstairs you will also find a flex room that could be an office
✅The main floor master bedroom has a trey ceiling and walk in closet with a master bath with a garden tub and separate shower.
✅ Interior features include upgraded 5 ¼” baseboards and 2'' white faux wood blinds in finished spaces. 
✅Some of the exterior features are a professional landscaping package and gutters on the front of home. 
✅PLUS the Fridge is included!

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436 Canvasback Lane, Sneads Ferry, NC

😍😍🏡Welcome to Gorgeous Mimosa Bay Community!🏡 🔴436 Canvasback Lane, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 📞📞TEXT 100086928 to 910-238-3608 for an AUTOMATIC text message response sent to your phone with more property details and images! 💰294,900 🛏️🛏️🛏️3 bedrooms
🛀🛀2 bathrooms ☑️This popular RENO II floor plan by Wynn Homes features an open foyer area that joins a spacious dining room complete with accented ceiling. 
☑️In the chef's kitchen with granite countertops, a granite island, subway tile backsplash, pantry and large kitchen nook. ☑️With the open floor plan the kitchen opens to the family room that includes a cozy fireplace for ambiance. 
☑️Enter the master suite's bathroom through double doors to a double vanity, garden tub, tiled spacious shower and his & her closets. 
☑️Through the laundry room you will find a tucked away staircase that leads to the finished recreation room. 
☑️Enjoy features such as hardwood flooring, granite and ceramic tile!

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404 Sawgrass Cove, Sneads Ferry, NC

🏡✴️✴️Welcome to North Shore Golf and Country Club in Sneads Ferry!
👇👇👇 🔴404 Sawgrass Cove, Sneads Ferry, NC 📞📞TEXT 100106375 to 910-238-3608 for an AUTOMATIC text message response sent to your phone with more property details and images! 🛏️🛏️🛏️3 bedroom + finished bonus room above the garage
🛀🛀2 bathroom 💰319,000 ☑️The Azalea floor plan is an open concept home almost too beautiful for words. 
☑️Features of the kitchen include upgraded countertops and backsplash. 
☑️Other features of the home include a walk in tiled shower and a separate garden tub in the master bath, 
☑️The downstairs living area boasts LPV flooring. 
☑️Don't miss the wainscoting details in the dining area or the coffered ceilings in the family room!

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1629 Flushing Dr., Wilmington, NC

✴️🏡🏡Your Perfect Wilmington Home is Waiting for YOU!🏡🏡✴️ 🔴1629 Flushing Dr, Wilmington, NC 28411
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🛏️🛏️🛏️ 3 Bedroom + Loft
🛀🛀🛀3 Bathroom : 2 full : 1 half 🏡2225 sq ft
💰305,116  ✅McKee Homes presents the Winston floor plan which features an open floor plan including a kitchen with an island, tiered cabinets with crown molding, granite   countertops and ceramic tile backsplash.
✅Connected to the kitchen there is also an eating area and a large living room
✅Downstairs you will also find a flex room that could be an office
✅The main floor master bedroom has a trey ceiling and walk in closet with a master bath with a garden tub and separate shower.
✅ Interior features include upgraded 5 ¼” baseboards and 2'' white faux wood blinds in finished spaces. 
✅Some of the exterior features are a professional landscaping package and gutters on the front of home. 
✅PLUS the Fridge is included!

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1645 Flushing Dr., Wilmington, NC

✳️✳️🏡🏡Beautiful New Construction in Wilmington's Cameron Trace Neighborhood!! 🔵1645 Flushing Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411 📞📞TEXT 100086197 to 910--238-3608 for an AUTOMATIC text message response to your phone with more property details and images!  🛏🛏🛏🛏4 bedroom  🛀🛀🛀3 bathroom : 2 full : 1 half $301,958  ✔This home features an open floor plan including a kitchen with island, tiered cabinets with crown molding, granite countertops and ceramic tile backsplash.  ✔Downstairs there is also an eating area, large great room, formal dining room and a flex room that could be an office.  ✔The master bedroom has a trey ceiling and walk in closet while the master bath has a garden tub and separate shower.  ✔This home even has an unfinished third floor! ✔Interior features include upgraded 5 ¼” baseboards, and 2'' white faux wood blinds in finished spaces. ✔Some of the exterior features are a professional landscaping package (includes sod in front and sides) and gutters on the front of the home. ✔Refrigerator included! 

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