Think Spring on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast!

kite-1261396_960_720Spring is almost here on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast and if you live in Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport or the surrounding communities, there are many ways to enjoy both the weather and the dozens of events planned in the area! From home and garden shows for inspiration to marathons and St. Patrick’s Day festivals that celebrate the best of Coastal Carolina, you’ll be thinking spring in no time!

29th Annual Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show
March 4-5, 2017; Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-3
Crystal Coast Civic Center
Morehead City NC

What better place to gather inspiration for your Coastal Carolina home than at a home and garden show? This annual event will kick off its 29th year this March with over 12,000 square feet of exhibits including builders, designers, landscapers, pools, spas, home improvement and more. Here you will also be able to catch up on the latest kitchen and bath trends, tips on tackling those DIY projects or find a local service provider to assist you!

Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10K and 5K
March 4, 2017; 9 AM
202 South 8th Street
Morehead City NC

Get out and enjoy miles of coastline, perfect running weather and iconic bridges during this race. The race begins and ends in Morehead City, the largest town in Carteret County, runs through Atlantic Beach, and afterward, celebrates finishers with a family-friendly event for all!

26th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival
March 11, 2017; 9 AM to 6 PM
Emerald Plantation Shopping Center

Emerald Isle NC

Don’t miss this St. Patrick’s festival with FREE admission and parking! This year, over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, rides, face painters and other family-friendly activities will be present! You’ll want to sample all of the tasty food including corned beef and cabbage, of course, burgers, hot dogs, shrimp burgers, BBQ, fried peanuts and traditional festival fare like funnel cakes and cotton candy!

Give Gena Gilbert Real Estate a call today for more information on both buying and selling a home on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. We’re here to help guide you through the busy real estate season ahead!

Happy spring!

May Events on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast!

last-summer-1564021Spring has arrived, but summer is just around the corner! North Carolina’s Crystal Coast offers dozens of fun-filled activities and events this time of year, from music festivals to golf tournaments to boat shows and beyond. Now is the time to get out and explore everything that our local communities have to offer here in Coastal Carolina and we have included a few of them for you below!

You will want to mark your calendars for the following events on the beautiful Crystal Coast:

1st Annual Beach Keepers Event – May 13, 2016, 7:30 AM; 612 Front Street, Beaufort NC. Help keep the Crystal Coast litter-free with this beach clean-up event on Shackleford Banks!

Friday Free Flicks May 13, 2016, 9 PM; 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle NC. These family-oriented movies are free and open to the public. Chairs and blankets are encouraged.

6th Annual Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism – May 14, 2016; 500 Front Street, Beaufort NC. Proceeds from this event will fund the local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina. Participants can join in the 5K competitive race, awareness walk or kids dash.

Bogue Banks Kiteboarding Festival – May 17-22, 2016; Atlantic Beach NC. Along Bogue Banks on the Crystal Coast, this festival is open to both experts and beginners alike!

28th Annual Beaufort Music Festival – May 20-21, 2016; Beaufort NC. The festival will be held downtown Beaufort, is free to attend, and will feature a variety of North Carolina bands.

9th Annual Crystal Coast Boat Show – May 21-22, 2016; Morehead City Waterfront. This event attracts thousands to Morehead City NC every year with in-water and on-shore boats, vendors, vintage car show, as well as the ARTrageous Art Event.

Alive at Five Outdoor Concert Series – May 27, 2016; Morehead City NC. This is the first of a free, summer-long concert series at the Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront from 5 to 8 PM.

If you are new to the Crystal Coast NC or are simply looking for more ways to enjoy the area, Gena Gilbert Real Estate can be your guide! Give us a call today!

Why You Should Sell Your Coastal North Carolina Home Now

beach-house-2-12338922016 is already being called the best year for housing in a decade and this spring is no exception. Buyer traffic has drastically increased in Coastal North Carolina and with the market’s lower inventory, listing your home now might be the best decision you can possibly make! Spring and summer are typically busy seasons for local real estate, but below are three reasons why now is an exceptionally great time to sell.

The timing is right
Not only does the beautiful spring scenery make for excellent (and intriguing!) listing photos in Beaufort, Newport, Havelock, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle and the surrounding communities, but the season tends to spark an influx of buyers in the local market. Buyers are ready to get the closing process started so they can be moved in to enjoy the summer on the Crystal Coast and take their time settling in over the next few months.

The market has improved
As we mentioned above, this year has earned a reputation as real estate‘s best since 2006. Low mortgage rates and lower inventory means many buyers have to compete for what’s available and for Coastal Carolina home sellers, the market is now in your favor.

Buyer demand is soaring
Whether you are planning to sell a single-family home, condominium or waterfront property in Beaufort, Newport, Havelock, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, or Emerald Isle, you have an expanding buyer pool to work with. Buyer demand has been steadily rising over the last few months and is only expected to continue over the summer.

Gena Gilbert Real Estate can walk you through the process of selling your home, from listing to pricing and beyond. Give us a call today for more information on how you can make your home the one buyers are looking for along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.

We look forward to hearing from you!

3 Crystal Coast NC Projects to Get Your Home Ready for Spring and Summer

deck-1569606The weather is clearly improving here on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast and if you’re a homeowner, that means it’s prime time to inspect and clean up the effects of the past few months. The winter months can wreak havoc on a home in Beaufort, Newport, Havelock, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle and the surrounding communities in terms of allowing dirt and grime to build up on exteriors and walkways, as well as cause you to put important projects on hold.

Below are three projects you should tend to now in order to get your home ready for a beautiful spring and summer in Coastal Carolina:

Clean out the gutters
Like I mentioned above, this is one home projects that you might have put on hold over the past few months and now it’s time to tackle it! With rain, falling leaves and debris, gutters can quickly clog and cause stains or leaking. Head up to the roof to scrub down the gutters as this will keep them clean for the warmer seasons ahead.

Clean exterior lights
The spring and summer months on the Crystal Coast are excellent for relaxing outdoors and entertaining, but what will light the way? Take a look at your exterior lights as they’ve likely acquired a few bugs and water marks. After you’ve given them a cleaning, you may even notice how much brighter your outdoor spaces seem!

Seal your deck
Your deck is another feature of your home or condominium in Coastal Carolina that may have been forgotten about. Decks do indeed get dirty, just like the rest of your home’s exterior, and need to be cleaned to keep them in tip-top shape. Use a power washer or hard-bristled brush and soap to clean any stains or markings and then seal the deck to protect it from rain.

This spring and summer will be a wonderful time for both weather and real estate in Coastal Carolina! Feel free to reach out to Gena Gilbert Real Estate with any questions you have about buying or selling a home in Beaufort, Newport, Havelock, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle and the surrounding communities!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Celebrate Spring on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

spring-1375344The weather is beginning to heat up for the spring season here on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast— and so is the event calendar! Beginning this weekend, there are dozens of ways to celebrate spring in Beaufort, Newport, Havelock, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle and the surrounding areas. If you will be visiting Coastal Carolina or are ready to get out and explore, consider the following events happening this season.

Carolina Home and Garden Spring Fling
April 2, 2016
Newport, NC

The Spring Fling will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM in Newport, with live music from 12 PM to 4 PM and activities for the kids like a bounce house and magician all afternoon long.

Bites & Blues
April 2, 2016
Morehead City, NC

A Carteret County favorite, this event provides locals and visitors alike with the opportunity to “Bite Through the Night” along the Morehead City waterfront. From 5 PM to 8:30 PM, visitors can stop at each locally-owned participating restaurant or business along the waterfront to try a “bite.” There will also be blues music along the way to entertain waterfront strollers! At the end of the event, guests will be invited to choose their favorite bite and the winning restaurant will receive a prize!

Emerald Isle Marathon
April 9, 2016
Emerald Isle, NC

This is now the 3rd year for this marathon, half marathon and 5K in Emerald Isle! Held at the Western Ocean Regional Access, the marathon begins at 6:15 AM, the half marathon at 8:15 and the 5K at 8:30. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Emerald Isle bike path.

Fort Macon State Park Centennial Celebration
April 22-24, 2016
Atlantic Beach, NC

The North Carolina State Park system turns 100 years old this year! To celebrate, the first series of many events will be held Friday April 22 through Sunday April 24. Friday will include a dedication and canon firing, fireworks and Marine Corps Band; Saturday a Fort Macon battle observance and night artillery demonstration; and Sunday another Fort Macon observance.

Gena Gilbert Real Estate is happy to share the many ways to enjoy North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, as well as provide information for both home buyers and home sellers! Give us a call today with any questions you have about the local real estate market, selling your property or buying a home or condominium in Beaufort, Newport, Havelock, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and beyond.

Happy spring!

Things to Do on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast This March

clover-leaf-1403936March is here! Spring is in the air, flowers will soon begin to bloom and with warmer weather on the way, there will be many events to enjoy on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast— beginning as early as this weekend! If you’re looking for ways to get in the spring spirit or simply enjoy a beautiful afternoon exploring Atlantic Beach, Newport, Beaufort, Morehead City and the surrounding areas, you’re in luck! Coastal Carolina has so much to offer this time of year!

You will want to add the following events on the Crystal Coast to your calendar this month:

28th Annual Coastal Home and Garden Show
When: March 5, 10 AM to 5 PM and March 6, 11 AM to 3 PM
Where: Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City NC

A great place to find inspiration this spring! The Home and Garden Show will have over 12,000 square feet of exhibits from local builders, landscapers, interior designers and more! You can gather ideas for your own Crystal Coast NC home by learning about the latest trends and tips for your home projects!

25th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival
When: March 12, 9 AM to 6 PM
Where: Emerald Plantation Shopping Center, Emerald Isle NC

Living near a community called Emerald Isle, you know there are St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to be enjoyed! This year’s festival will have over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food, amusement rides and dozens of other family-friendly activities. There will be a Little Ms. and Mr. Leprechaun Contest for kids ages 2-3 and 4-5 judged on the most original and creative costume, as well as festive food like corned beef and cabbage, shrimp burgers and more! Admission and parking for the annual festival are free!

Emerald Isle’s Easter Egg Hunt
When: March 20, 12 PM Noon
Where: Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation, Emerald Isle NC

In addition to an egg hunt, there will be sidewalk chalking, face painting, music and more! The egg hunt will begin at 1 PM when the starting whistle will be blown! Participants are encouraged to bring their own basket to enjoy this free activity.

BHA’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
When: March 26, 11 AM
Where: Beaufort Historic Site, Beaufort NC

The Beaufort Historical Association will present their annual egg hunt for children ages seven and younger this month! All participants need is to bring their own Easter basket to enjoy the free hunt for candy-filled eggs!

Do you have questions about moving to Atlantic Beach, Newport, Beaufort, Morehead City or the surrounding areas? Do not hesitate to give us a call! The Gena Gilbert Real Estate team can provide information about our current real estate market, available properties and the communities you’ll find on the Crystal Coast!

We look forward to hearing from you!