Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time to Sell Your Crystal Coast, North Carolina Home!

The weather is heating up on the Crystal Coast and the summer months will soon be here! But that's not the only thing gaining speed this season, homebuyers are starting to come out in full swing ready to purchase new homes in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and Cape CarteretAs a North Carolina home seller, it's a smart decision to consider selling now. Here are four major reasons to list your home now to take advantage of all of the homebuyer activity:

Sellers in Demand
With more homebuyers entering the local real estate market, homes for sale on the Crystal Coast are in demand. Many home sellers are gaining confidence, but they are outnumbered by the amount of buyers ready for a busy spring and summer buying frenzy. These homebuyers are looking to find their perfect Crystal Coast homes and yours could be it! List your home now and attract Coastal Carolina buyers while they're serious about purchasing North Carolina real estate.

New Construction Coming Back
In past months, home sellers did not have to compete much with new construction homes in the area. But that has recently changed! Builders are now jumping back in, housing starts are up and new construction is once again available to provide homebuyers with a shiny, new option for easy living on the Crystal Coast. Home sellers, you may want to think about selling before new construction becomes the favorite in real estate.

Interest Rates Rising
Interest rates and housing prices have been rising for some time and now is no exception. Many experts predict, by this time next year, rates will have reached 5 percent. In fact, all four major housing insiders (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, National Association of Realtors, and Mortgage Bankers Association) have numbers projected as high as 5.4 percent. 
No matter if you're moving up in terms of Coastal Carolina homes or downsizing, it's obvious that buying a new home next year will wind up costing more than if you acted upon moving right now.

Time for a Change
It's a new season and many homeowners (and buyers!) are ready for a change in scenery. One of the greatest reasons you should consider a new home comes down to the money you'll save in the long run if you act now. The journey all begins will selling your current Crystal Coast home and I would love to discuss how I can help! 

Gena Gilbert

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Celebrate Spring and Enjoy Local Cuisine on the Crystal Coast, NC

It's April and spring is here on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina! As we head into the spring and summer months, it's a great time to get out and explore areas like Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and Cape Carteret. Here are a few local, food-centered events to kick off the new season on the Crystal Coast, including the popular Toast to the Coast Restaurant Week.

Toast to the Coast Restaurant Week
Through Saturday, April 5, 2014
Now through April 5, enjoy the best of award-winning Crystal Coast chefs at this Semi Annual Toast to the Coast Restaurant Week. No tickets necessary, simply head to your favorite participating restaurant and select the Toast to the Coast menu. Each menu will include a three course prix fixe meal for $25 per person. For participating restaurants, visit

North Carolina Oyster Tour
Through Friday, April 4, 2014
This event is held along with Restaurant Week and guests can enjoy appetizers at three area restaurants where the spotlight in on local oysters! You can see the different ways oysters are prepared and listen to stories about Beaufort's history and oyster traditions. When the tour is up, each couple or participant will go home with one dozen oysters, wrapped in a fish net from the original Net House in Beaufort. At $69 per person, this event includes a guide, samplings of food, select drinks, and your local North Carolina oysters to go.

First Annual "Shrimp Off" at Core Sound Water Fowl Museum
Saturday, April 5, 2014; 6 PM to 8 PM
Another opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine of the Crystal Coast— join the fun at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum in Harkers Island for the 1st Annual Shrimp Off! Guests will learn more about local commercial fisherman and celebrate the North Carolina love for shrimp. You can find the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum at 1785 Island Road in Harkers Island, NC. 

Beaufort Olive Oil Company Luncheon
Saturday, April 12, 2014; Noon
Circa 81 is hosting a Beaufort Olive Oil Company luncheon, featuring three courses that will include various oils, vinegars, salts, and other samplings offered at the Beaufort Olive Oil Company. The cost of this event is $25 per person and advance reservations are required.

Gena Gilbert