Real Estate Blog

Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith Company announces the addition of Susanne Pendleton to our real estate team.

Susanne knows that attention to detail and exceptional communication skills are the things buyers or sellers need when making one of the biggest investments of their lives. Through her 30-year career in the financial planning business to building and marketing her own highly successful tour business from the ground up, Susanne brings a wealth of experience to her clients. Sailing the protected waters here and seeking a more serene lifestyle were just two of the things that Susanne and her husband found when they came to New Bern. Helping people is a passion that Susanne cares deeply about. Whether it’s helping prepare your home for the market,

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Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith Company has been named an International Diamond Society Office for year-end 2016, one of the highest honors given to the top 21% of all Coldwell Banker offices internationally.

Connie Sithens has been named to the company’s 2016 International President’s Elite. Only the top two percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for this distinguished group.

Tammy Ferebee, Martha Cook and Linda Holland were named to the International President’s Circle recognizing the top six percent of all sales associates internationally.

Drake Bratton, Wendy Jones, Steve Little and Darrell Wiard were named to the International Diamond Society for the top 11% of all sales associates.

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Here are some of the fees and costs you’ll need to take into account when budgeting for a sale, particularly if you’re planning to buy a new home with the proceeds.

SHARON LEE   APR 4, 2017

Selling a home includes a host of fees, some of which are unavoidable. Here are some of the fees and costs you’ll need to take into account when budgeting for a sale, particularly if you’re planning to buy a new home with the proceeds.

Escrow Fees

Escrow is a service provided by an organization independent of both the buyer, the seller, and their agents. The escrow officer has three main roles:

  1. Holding onto all the relevant sales documents
  2. Handling the money (both deposit and full payment) as it moves from buyer to seller and making sure the money
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 Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith Company would like to welcome Kimberly Wynn to our New Bern office. 

Kimberly Wynn, a native North Carolinian, has been living in the New Bern area for over 20 plus years and has been buying, selling and investing in real estate for over 25 years. As your real estate agent, she has a passion for helping families find the right home by focusing on your needs and desires, and always looking out for your best interest.

Kimberly and her husband, after many years in the residential building and development business, moved to New Bern to invest in its growing historic district by opening the Howard House Victorian Bed and Breakfast. She continued with her private Real Estate business and operated the B&B for 15 years

“I am a

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From the real deal on real estate agent vs. realtor to the truth about house hunting, our Coldwell Banker real estate professionals break down 6 of the most commonly heard real estate misconceptions.

VICTORIA KEICHINGER 

We’ve all heard the saying “you can’t believe everything you hear.” That adage applies to many things, one of which is real estate. There are many real estate myths that are more faux than fact. From the real deal on the difference between a real estate agent and a realtor to the truth about house hunting, our Coldwell Banker real estate professionals break down the most commonly heard real estate misconceptions.

1600 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL listed at $850,000 by Andrea Geller

1600 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL listed at $850,000 by Andrea Geller

House Hunting
MYTH: “Buying and

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RISING FROM THE ASHES

 

ffh_logoLike the Phoenix of legend, Fairfield Harbour is rising once more. Formerly mired in litigation with the owners of the amenities (two golf courses and two small marinas) the Property Owner’s Association succeeded in buying these amenities at the end of 2016. This put an end to several years of uncertainty over both the future of the amenities and the future of the community.

This community of some 1,500 multi-generational families rallied around the cause when banks would not make a loan and succeeded in raising enough investment from the owners to cover the purchase and gifts to cover the legal fees.

If you are interested in numbers, the

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 Over the years, Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith agents have written about new construction needs, housing trends, smart houses and statistics. This post's contribution is a bit more personal and was written by Drake Bratton, Realtor/Broker-in-Charge of Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith.


     I would like to share a story about growing up in Trent Woods in the only home I would know until adulthood. Spoiler alert: there is a happy ending to this story.


     I was always proud to call the house my parents built as home. Running around the river in small outboard boats, my sister's pony in the yard, and go-carts and mini-bikes zooming around Trent Woods dirt roads all hold fond memories for me. Basement parties followed, cementing my home as one of the prime

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Read This Before Making an Offer on a House

Buying a home can raise some emotional concerns. Before you make an offer on the house, here are 5 things you must remind yourself.

by Sharon Lee, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

We have calculus and chemistry classes, but there is no formal education system to prepare for one of the biggest events of a lifetime: buying a home. There are countless resources about the process and legalities of buying a house—and you’ve read and studied them all. But buying a home also raises some emotional concerns. Before you make an offer on the house, here are 5 things you must remind yourself.

Don’t Worry. Being Nervous is Normal.

Buying a home, particularly for the first time, can feel incredibly

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Ready, Set, Go!

The Spring Market has arrived!

The spring market is just arriving and you shouldn't wait until it is in full-swing before listing your home. If you list early, your home is getting exposure before the prime buying and selling season, which means….less competition. And less competition is always good! Put your home out there before the market is flooded.

Consider these tips for preparing your home this spring.

Clean & Declutter
We are all guilty of having clutter around us….we surround ourselves with things that have meaning in our lives, whether it be photographs, collections, or keepsakes. When your home is on the market your home needs to be as clean and neat as possible. Take care of that pet smell…Febreeze is your best

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Selfie 101: Six Ways to Prep Your Home for Sale in the Digital Age

Post, share, like, comment, repeat. Are you ready? Your property is about to go viral.

by Cara Ameer

Post, share, like, comment, repeat. Virtual showings via Facebook live, an engaging tweet promoting the new listing and THE money shot on Instagram. Aerial photos and videos captured via drone. Property videos on You Tube and taking a tour in virtual reality. Are you ready? Your property is about to go viral.

It’s 2017, and the way properties are being marketed has changed. As the world becomes increasingly connected through the use of technology, buyers can learn everything about a home and never physically see it–if they choose–before making a purchasing decision. With the

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