Real Estate Blog

Home Selling in the Age of Coronavirus
April 19, 2020

      The following articles appeared on between April 13th and April 18th. The Home Closing Process Amid Coronavirus: The Seller’s Guide to How Long Will It Take COVID-19 has thrown a few wrenches into the home closing process, which now takes 60 days on average. Here’s why, and what to do. 2 days ago The Home Seller’s Guide To Striking the Right Deal Today—Despite the Pandemic Even with the uncertainty created by the coronavirus, sellers still have leverage to negotiate their home sale price and ... Continue Reading
Tags: Home Selling

Down Payments and Buying a Home
January 21, 2020

Do You know What Down Payment Requirements Are in Buying a Home?   62% of Buyers Are Wrong About Down Payment Needs According to the ‘2019 Home Buyer Report’ conducted by Nerdwallet, many first-time buyers still believe they need a 20% down payment to buy a home in today’s market: “More than 6 in 10 (62%) Americans believe you must put at least 20% down in order to purchase a home.” When potential homebuyers think they need a 20% down payment to enter the market, they also tend ... Continue Reading
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Mortgage Basics … Understanding Mortgage Loans

Whether looking to buy a home in Wilmington or Leland, in New Hanover or Brunswick Counties or any other area or County in North Carolina, a home buyer needs to understand mortgage loans, mortgage qualifying, mortgage payment affordability, and the mortgage application process. The reason for this is very basic: most buyers need a mortgage loan to purchase and close on the home to be purchased! Keeping the Explanation Very Simple! There are three basic mortgage loans available to home buyers: Conventional Mortgage: a ... Continue Reading
Tags: Home Buying, Mortgage Information, Mortgages

December 14, 2019

4 Investments Worth Making in Your First Home You’ve just bought your first home – congratulations! Now it’s time to make your home feel like, well, home by undertaking some long-term investments that will not only look beautiful, but will also last you for years to come. In today’s post, we’re offering some advice for first-time homeowners on areas where spending a little bit more is likely to pay off in the long-run. From valuable aesthetic updates in key areas such as ... Continue Reading
Tags: Home Search, Improving Your Home

Wondering What is Going on in the Real Estate Market?
October 15, 2019

Looking at the real estate market, are we in Home Sellers Marker or a Home Buyers Market? Have homes sales increased? Are real values increasing? Is the strength of the real estate market due to historically low mortgage interest rates? What about Economics 101: Demand and Supply? [embeddoc url="" viewer="google"] Continue Reading
Tags: Real Estate Values

New Hanover County, NC_Real Estate Sales Update
September 5, 2019

[caption id="attachment_5406" align="alignright" width="1024"] New Hanover County, NC Real Estate Market Statistics[/caption] Cape Fear Realtors® July 2019 New Hanover County, NC Real Estate Sales Update: Wondering what the real estate market is doing in in New Hanover County, North Carolina in 2019? Curious to see a comparison of real estate sales in 2019 as compared with 2018. Real estate is local, and yes, real estate market values and sale prices vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. They vary Town to Town and County to County. And yes, ... Continue Reading
Tags: Real Estate Statistics, Real Estate Values

Increasing Your Home’s Value With Improvements and Upgrades
August 31, 2019

Wondering What Improvements/Upgrades Will Increase the Value of Your Home? Do all home improvements  or upgrades increase the value of a home? Will improvements and upgrades increase the value of the home by at least the cost of the renovation? Cost does not equal value when improving, renovating or repairing a home! Just because a repair or renovations costs X amount, it does not necessarily increase the value of the home by the same amount. Home Upgrades With the Lowest ROI File these ... Continue Reading
Tags: Home Maintenance, Improving Your Home

Mortgage Pre-Approval versus Mortgage Pre-Qualification
July 10, 2019

Is there a difference between a Mortgage Pre-Qualification letter and a Mortgage Pre-Approval letter? (Originally written and posted in 2009 and updated now in August, 2019, with updates in Italics) Considering taking advantage of the favorable mortgage interest rates? mortgage interest rates below 4%? Considering taking advantage of the drop in real estate prices in 2009? Considering beginning the search process to purchase a home? Before taking the time to drive around looking for a home, before taking the time to visit Open ... Continue Reading
Tags: Home Buying, Mortgage Pre Approval

David Fialk Real Estate Professional 45 Years
October 6, 2016

October, 2016 David Fialk, New Jersey REALTOR® and Broker Owner of Choice Realty Co., 1144 Green St., Iselin, New Jersey, is now celebrating 45 years in real estate. If you would like to know what it was like working in the real estate industry for the past 45 years, just talk with David Fialk. David is an active member of the National Association of REALTORS®, New Jersey Association of REALTORS® and the Middlesex County Association of REALTORS®, serving as Board President in 1987 for MCAR. ... Continue Reading
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Kitchen Remodeling
July 30, 2016

7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling Follow these seven strategies to get the most financial gain on your kitchen remodel. Read Visit for more articles like this. Copyright 2016 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Continue Reading
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