September 24, 2015

Adorable and Affordable!

Move right into this darling 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with single car garage in the heart of Wilmington. This is a prime location and has every convenience at your doorstep. Low maintenance brick exterior with large fenced backyard complete with wired workshop. Beautiful hardwood floors in the living, dining room and kitchen lead up to your large covered back porch for enjoying your morning coffee or just admiring your established landscaping. This home has been lovingly cared for and would make a great starter home or investment property with the proximity to the University. Close to beach, shopping and UNCW. MLS # 528494 $175,000.

Contact me for your private showing today! At this price...this home will not last long!

March 24, 2015

Open House this Sunday!

7757 Cypress Island Drive, Wilmington NC 28412 will be open this Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm!

Beautiful all brick home on cul-de-sac lot in Cypress Island Community with close proximity to Carolina and Kure Beaches. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with sun room and fireplace is ready for new owners. New stainless steel appliances, neutral paint colors and nice community amenities such as; golf course, tennis, pool and clubhouse.

Come by this come between 1-4pm this Sunday, March 29th to register to win $500. Winner will be announced on Thursday April 2nd!

March 15, 2015

Feburary 2015 Zip Code Report

Great numbers are in again for February 2015 home sales in the Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding areas. Of the 11 primary zip codes being all of Wilmington, Leland, Hampstead, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach only 3 had less sales than Feburary 2014. The zip codes that had increases in sales in February 2015 over 2014 were: 28401 (16), 28403 (23), 28405 (34), 28409 (47), 28411 (51), 28412 (59), 28451 (39) and 28428 (22). Wrightsville Beach (28480) had 5 home sales in Feb 2015 which was down slightly from 9 sales in Feb 2014. Hampstead only has one less sale in Feb 2015 (34) compared to 2014 (35). Kure Beach also had 4 sales in Feb 2015 compared to 6 in Feb 2014. Overall, February 2015 was a great month for sales in our region.

The lowest home sale last month was $29,900 in downtown (1013 S 6th Street Wilmington, NC 28401). It was a 1255 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on .13 acre that was built in 1922. It was a foreclosure sale and sold for $23.82 per square foot. It was on the market for 42 days.

The highest home sale last month sold for $1,250,000 at the beach (530 Waynick Boulevard Wrightsville Beach 28480). It was a 3786 square foot 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home on .22 acre that was built in 1926. It has multiple boat slips and deeded water rights on Banks Channel. This house sold for $330.16 per square foot. It was on the market for 310 days.

It is interesting that these homes (the highest price home sold and the lowest home sold)  were built 4 years apart however; what a testament to location! Sure, the homes were different square footage but the ages of the structures were very close to one another.

Keep location in mind when you are considering a new home purchase. What will your new home offer that others don't? Amount of land? Water rights? Luxury features? Uniqueness?  Walkability to shopping? This is the most important item to pay attention to above everything else. Location, Location, Location!

February 25, 2015

Best Places to eat in Wilmington, NC

Many of my clients and friends ask the question, “Where should we go eat in Wilmington?” I decided to put together a little top 10 list. This is not a list of the fanciest restaurants in town or the best places for dinner although some of them would be great for that. I really simply picked each for one reason or another; be it quality of food, dining experience or local historical relevance. If they made the list, I felt they were worthy for one reason or another.

Top 10 food spots in and around Wilmington, North Carolina:

1. Freddie's in Kure Beach, NC
2. Provision Company in Southport, NC
3. Portland Grille in Wilmington, NC
4. The Chop House in Wilmington, NC
5. Jackson's Big Oak Barbecue in Wilmington, NC
6. Terrazzo's in Wilmington, NC
7. Catch in Wilmington, NC
8. Temptations Everyday Gourmet in Wilmington, NC
9. The Original Salt Works in Wilmington, NC
10. The Trolly Stop in Wrightsville Beach, NC 

For questions or comments on this post, feel free to email me at Thanks for reading!

February 18, 2015

January 2015 Sold Report by Zip Code

For January, all of the following zip codes had increases in number of homes sold January 1st-31st 2015 over number of homes sold January 1st-31st 2014: 28403, 28405, 28409, 28411, 28412, 28443, 28428 and 28449. Wrightsville Beach (28480) remained the same with only 1 sale comparing the two identical January time periods. Only, the 28451 and the 28401 zip codes had slight decreases in number of homes sold. Overall, January showed great improvement in number of homes sold as well as average sales prices increasing in 6 of the 11 zip codes reported.

{Comparison January 2014 # of homes sold versus January 2015 # of homes sold & percent of change}

28401: 16 - 11 (-31.250%)
28403: 19 -23 (21.053%)
28405: 27 - 33 (22.222%)
28409: 28 - 44 (57.143%)
28411: 47 - 61 (29.787%)
28412: 43 - 44 (2.326%)
28480: 1 - 1 (0.00%)
28443: 10 - 19 (90.00%)
28428: 12 - 18 (50.00%)
28449: 4 - 5 (25.00%)
28451: 31 - 25 (-19.355%) 

Now is a great time to sell! For more information or for confidential home evaluation of your property email me at

February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day! Thank you for the continued support and loyalty!

February 11, 2015

Offer + Great Realtor = Success

In this business, many times clients say to me…”just bring me an offer.” Getting an offer on your home or making an offer on a property is only half the battle. Of course, a large part of your Realtor's job is to advertise and promote your property to potential buyers to “get you a buyer.”

The next hurdle for your Realtor is to help facilitate your offer turning into a valid contract & overseeing your contract making it through repair negotiations, financing dates & the appraisal process (what is known as your due diligence period). This part of the deal requires your agent to be able to help in so many ways. Many times negotiations can “feel” personal and your agent may have to help you overcome your emotions involved in a sale.

 Your Realtor/agent has to be able to understand financing and have knowledge of various loan types, terms and time limitations involved.  Your Realtor should have a clear understanding of the recent comparable properties which can/could affect your appraisal. Last… but certainly not least, your agent needs to be able to negotiate repairs. This is something your agent should have detailed knowledge and experience in.

Repairs are one of the most volatile areas of the negotiation process and should be handled delicately. Being able to get a property from contract to closing requires your agent to be able to guide and support their party through the negotiation process as calmly as possible to help everyone involved to get to the closing table. A bad, un-experienced or unreasonable Realtor on either side of a transaction can make the buying/selling process much more uncomfortable and more difficult.  It is our job as Brokers/Realtors to be “facilitators” to the sale and to represent our clients’ rights as well as help our clients keep in mind the end goal…GET TO CLOSING!

It is important to make sure when you hire your Realtor that you ask them about their experience in getting properties from time of contract to the date of closing. Does your agent have a great track record? How many deals has your agent successfully handled in their career? In the past year? How many of their deals fell through? Why did they not close? Is your agent active in the marketplace? Constantly networking with other agents? Are they someone with whom you feel comfortable representing you? Thanks for reading! For questions email me at

February 10, 2015

Buyer Agency is free!


Buying a house is one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to ever make, so it is important to do it right and get the best price possible.

In North Carolina, Buyer Agency (hiring an agent to help you buy a home) is free! Why would you not have an agent educate you on the market, search for the right property for you, negotiate the best price, terms and conditions of the purchase of your new home for you? If you don’t have an agent or are considering purchasing your first home my advice is to reach out to a trusted Realtor who can help you with the process.

I have heard many regretful stories from people who wished they had known better when they purchased a newly constructed home for example directly from a builder sales representative (also sometimes called an on-site agent). These sales people normally work a set schedule at a model home for a community that is new. They are normally hired directly from the builder so this is an important thing to note. In that role, that on-site agent’s job is to represent the builder and to work for his/her best interest. For example, an on-site agent is not going to educate you on the prices of the recently closed homes in the community nor are they going to volunteer that you may have negotiation room with the prices and/or home options.

A buyer’s agent is not only needed in new construction home purchases but also in the purchase of resale’s or existing homes for sale. Those homes normally are on “lockbox” and you as a buyer need someone to open the lock box to view the home. If you simply call the agent off the sign you may or may not give yourself the best negotiating power by possibly disclosing your motivation, price range, family situation, etc. because that agent has an obligation to the seller first.

Buyers agents’ work very hard to learn your wish list in your new home and help research the homes that will work for you. An experienced Realtor® will help you navigate learning the area(s) of town that are good for what you are wanting in your criteria. Also, isn’t it reassuring that you would have a professional guiding you to make the best investment possible for your budget?

The Wilmington, North Carolina housing market overall reported an increase in average sales prices when comparing 2013 to 2014 numbers. Eight out of the eleven zip codes reported in Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors (28443, 28449, 28428, 28480, 28451, 28412, 28411, 28409, 28405, 28403 and 28401) had a list price to sales price ratio above 95%. Which is great for sellers but another way to look at is; that is about 5% off the list price across the board that the buyers where able to save on their purchase. Of the 5,000 sellers in 2014, 34% paid some sort of concession toward the purchase of the house. So, basically that is another indicator and supporting factor for why you want to have a great buyers agent negotiating on your behalf. Concessions could range from closing cost assistance provided by the seller to money in lieu of repairs.

If you or someone you know is considering purchasing their first home, encourage them to seek representation. I would prefer it be from me (but even if it’s not from me), in the best interest of every transaction, every buyer deserves a great buyer’s agent. Thanks for reading! For questions feel free to email me at

February 9, 2015

1144 Edgewater Club Road Wilmington, NC 28411

This quality constructed home is now for sale and it sits on atop over an acre of manicured land. This home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and playroom. The living room features vaulted ceilings, wood burning fireplace and lots of windows allowing the natural light in. Downstairs master suite has beautiful granite countertop, spa-like shower with upgraded tilework and jetted tub. The open concept kitchen and dining room make this space perfect for entertaining. Lots of cabinetry space in this kitchen with large breakfast bar. Two of the upper bedrooms share Jack and Jill bath as well as unique shared playroom or office space. This home has a huge fully fenced back yard with koi pond & in-ground swimming pool. Large dedicated space at the back of the property would be a gardeners delight complete with separate well for 7 zone irrigation system. Windows were recently replaced, fresh paint (interior & exterior) and new carpeting. This home is move-in-ready with 2-10 home warranty for added piece of mind.  No homeowners association dues, no city taxes and no water bill!
Call Shannon at 910-512-5399 or email to schedule your private showing of this home. $329,000 MLS #: 517406

February 2, 2015

Downtown Wilmington

I love the architecture and the history that our beautiful city of Wilmington, NC has... especially downtown. These are just a few of my favorites of the more famous landmarks or just random buildings I think are noteworthy. Enjoy!

{photo credit: Shannon Lee}

January 31, 2015

Super Bowl Dip

I found an awesome recipe on Pinterest this evening as I was thinking about wanting to try a new appetizer for the Super Bowl tomorrow. It sounds great and thought I would share. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Popper Dip

2  (8oz) blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup Kraft mayonnaise
1 cup Kraft shredded Mexican cheese
1 cup Kraft Parmesan cheese
1 (4oz) can chopped green chilies
1 (4oz) can chopped jalapenos
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter melted
Dried parsley (optional)

Preheat 375°
Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, Mexican cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, green chilies, jalapenos, pinch of salt, dash of pepper. Do not drain the peppers or chilies. Put in casserole dish. Mix panko bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and melted butter. Sprinkle the mixture over the dip. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite crackers.


January 29, 2015

7757 Cypress Island Drive Wilmington NC 28412

This beautiful brick home is now for sale in the Cypress Island Community. It has been immaculately maintained and is tucked in to quite cul-de-sac lot in the back of the community. This home has wonderful open floor plan that lends itself to entertaining. Large kitchen breakfast bar is open to the dining and living areas and is complete with updated stainless steel appliances. Neutral paint colors and upgraded flooring make this home move in ready. Large sunroom/library off the living room and master create great flow throughout this home. Enjoy your morning coffee on the sunny back porch overlooking your fenced backyard. Come enjoy the carefree lifestyle this home provides with close proximity to Carolina and Kure Beaches'. In addition to close proximity to the beach, this community features golf, tennis, pool and clubhouse for a low $110 monthly HOA fee. Offered at $242,000 you will want to take a tour of this lovely home. Call Shannon at 910-512-5399 or email to schedule a showing of this incredible property.

January 25, 2015

Who pays for what?

Buyer & Seller Costs in a Real Estate Transaction

What are my closing costs going to be? How much is a survey? What do I have to pay for?

Every transaction is unique however this is a list of typical cost(s) and responsible party in a transaction. Of course, your Realtor and lender can help you with more accurate estimations as the transaction progresses. Hopefully someone will find this list helpful with estimated cost(s) projections.

Estimated Cost(s)

Seller pays for:                                                           Approximate amount:

Commission                                                               5-10% of the purchase price

Deed Preparation                                                      $95-150

Revenue Stamps                                                        $2 per $1000 of the purchase price

Release of Sellers Mortgage                                    $35-45

Federal Express                                                         $35-40

Home Warranty                                                         $400-500

Buyer pays for:                                                           Approximate amount:

Earnest Money                                                          typically 1% of offer price

Appraisal                                                                    $400-500

Credit Report                                                             $30

Home Inspection                                                       $350-450 (based on square footage)

Origination Fee                                                          1% of the loan amount (can vary)

Discount Points                                                          a % of the amount/type of loan

Attorney Fee                                                               $500-600

Termite Inspection                                                    $75-100

HVAC Inspection                                                       $85-100

Survey                                                                           $300-700 (depending on size)

Flood Certification                                                     $12-30

Recording Fee                                                             $90-125

Title Insurance                                                            $2 per $1000 of the purchase price

HOA Dues                                                                    Prorated from date of closing

Federal Express                                                          $35-40

Commitment Fee                                                       $450

Document Preparation                                             $75-100

January 22, 2015

DefyGravityWilmington is now open

I couldn't resist to post about the newest family friendly attraction in the Wilmington Area, DefyGravity. Since opening a few weeks ago, I have been with my sons several times. It is awesome! Here are a few tips I have learned that I thought I should share:

  1. Be sure to reserve your flight time ahead of schedule (do not just show up and hope to jump especially on a Saturday) because they do sell out.       
  2. Dress as you would if you were going to the gym. I was much overdressed for my first visit and I didn’t jump (just helping my kids out of the foam pit and overseeing them learning the rules was enough to break a sweat). So, even if it’s cold outside you might want to dress in comfortable layers you can peel off if needed.
  3. No shoes on the floor, they prefer that you jump barefoot (it's just safer than sliding on the trampolines).
  4. You are required to sign a waiver (either online in advance when you book your flight time or when you arrive) prior to jumping. They actually do have 3 kiosk machines that you can sign your waiver(s) as you arrive prior to jumping if you forget to do it online in advance.
  5. Parking is a little problematic but keep in mind the flight times run on the hour and half hour; so if you are patient and keep that in mind with your arrival time a space should open up from someone leaving soon.
I also think the best deal that they offer is the KidJump, Monday-Friday 9am-12pm where kids 6 and under (which mine are) jump for $8/hour and 1 accompanying adult jumps for free! Overall... I rate this new family friendly attraction to Wilmington 5 stars. It’s clean (hopefully they keep that up, since it is brand new), the staff is very friendly/helpful and its good clean fun! So far during 3 trips the music is appropriate for all ages as well. Which as a mom, I really appreciate! So, go try it out and hopefully these tips are helpful to someone!  Enjoy!

The address is:
Defy Gravity Wilmington
6431 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405

The phone number is:

The website is: 

January 21, 2015

Treefest 2015

Treefest is this Friday and Saturday! Friday, January 23rd & Saturday, January 24th from 10:00am until 5:00pm the annual event will be held at Independence Mall (inside at the JC Penny court) and will be distributing trees to New Hanover County residences. A suggestion of $3 per household is mentioned in the advertisement I received "to ensure Treefest will continue next year."

Available Tree Species:

Atlantic White Cedar
Bald Cypress
Black Gum
Black Walnut
Chestnut Oak
Crape Myrtle
Eastern Red Cedar
Green Ash
Live Oak
Longleaf Pine
Mockernut Hickory
River Birch
Swamp Chestnut Oak
Wax Myrtle
White Oak

This is a first come first serve event so keep that in mind. Species of trees are subject to change without notice according to the advertisement. Go out a support this awesome event! Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC 28403. A tree for $3.00 (or more if you can) can't beat that! Treat your home to a little curb appeal upgrade! Thank you New Hanover County!

January 20, 2015

2014 End of Year Real Estate Recap

The annual market report was recently reported from the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors new president Sherri Pickard and I found it to be extremely positive news that I needed to share.

Overall, our average sales price has increased 4.6% when comparing 2014 to 2013. Only one zip code showed a decrease in average sales price. The average number of days on the market also slightly decreased in comparison.

Here is the breakdown of average sales prices per zip code:

28401: $132,649
28403: $212,842
28405: $300,789
28409: $308,567
28411: $289,741
28412: $196,712
28451: $224,523
28480: $743,370
28428: $261,366
28449: $374,272
28443: $259,299

The Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas are showing improvement almost 100% across the board which is very positive news. This is a nice indication that our housing market is healthy and getting stronger.

Feel free to email me at for any questions about this post. Thanks for reading!