Category Archives: NC Coastal Property Info

No matter if you’ve lived in your Coastal Carolina home for years or are a new homeowner having just purchased a property in Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport or the surrounding areas, security remains as important as ever. One small move like forgetting to close the garage door, changing the locks after you’ve moved in or not switching on the porch light when you leave, can leave you at risk no matter where you live.

But not to worry! Gena Gilbert Real Estate is happy to share three must-do’s for keeping your Crystal Coast NC home as safe as can be this fall and throughout the year!

Get to know your neighbors
Haven’t met your neighbors yet? Now is the time! Crystal Coast homeowners should consider getting involved in neighborhood watch programs, especially if you live in a community with a homeowners’ association, talk to those that live around you about local crime or reports of anything suspicious. Nothing to report? Great! But keep a list of your neighbors’ numbers handy in case you need to give them a call in a hurry! It also doesn’t hurt to have them watch over your home if you go out of town.

Get serious about prevention 
Never leave expensive packaging—from a TV, for instance—on the curb or by your trash cans, close your curtains at night and when you’re out of the house, don’t leave valuables visible through windows, lock all doors and garages and keep tabs of everyone who has a key to your Coastal Carolina home. There are many safety precautions you can take to give you peace of mind and keep your home’s security under control.

Install a security system
You don’t need to call on an expensive security system company to install cameras or automated locks for you. Although, if you feel that is your best option, that will do the trick! Homeowners in Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport and the surrounding areas can pick up a system at a local hardware store and install themselves to keep costs low. It is also wise to place a security system sign in your yard to keep burglars away.

Gena Gilbert Real Estate is here to answer any questions you have about the local real estate market, as well as improving your home to sell this year! Give us a call today!

End of Summer Events on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

beach-1230733_960_720With the end of August just around the corner, the summer is officially coming to an end! But that doesn’t mean the beautiful weather, fun outdoor events and laid-back Coastal Carolina vibes are disappearing along with it. North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is lucky to experience excellent temperatures and sunshine well past summer’s official close and must-visit events in Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport and the surrounding communities will continue throughout the year!

As your local real estate experts, Gena Gilbert Real Estate is happy to include just a few of these events taking place this month, so you can send summer off with a bang!

Alive at Five Outdoor Concert
August 19, 2016; 5 PM to 8 PM
Jaycee Park, Morehead City NC Waterfront

This outdoor summer concert series will continue into October at the Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront! The concerts are free to attend and take place from 5 to 8 PM— this week’s band is Liquid Pleasure, followed by North Tower on September 2.

Bird Hike
August 22, 2016; 10 AM
Fort Macon Visitor Center, Atlantic Beach NC

Embark on a morning hike from the Fort Macon Visitor Center to explore which birds are native to the area.

Summer Taste of Core Sound
August 26, 2016; 1 PM to 2 PM
1785 Island Road, Harkers Island NC

The Summer Taste of Core Sound will include a full, local seafood dinner complete with silent auction, raffle and live entertainment. This event is a great way to celebrate the local seafood of the area and how you can prepare it at home!

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival
August 27, 2016; 11 AM to 5:30 PM
Emerald Isle NC

The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival returns! It has been 17 years since the last time this festival was held in Emerald Isle, so you won’t want to miss the great lineup in store! Performers include Sammy O’Banion, Spare Change, Hip Pocket, Too Much Sylvia, The Tams and Jim Quick & the Coastline.

Questions about how you can call North Carolina’s Crystal Coast your home? Give Gena Gilbert Real Estate a call today!

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!

3 Factors That Will Affect Your Crystal Coast NC Home Value

coin-1416997The spring season will bring a wave of both home buyers and sellers to the real estate market on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. In fact, “For Sale” signs will start popping up in front of Coastal Carolina properties as early as March 1! But that doesn’t mean simply listing your home will get you top dollar for your property in Atlantic Beach, Newport, Beaufort, Morehead City and the surrounding areas.

The following three factors will have a major impact on the amount you’re able to sell your Crystal Coast NC home for this year:

Location, location, location
Does your Coastal Carolina home or condominium have a beautiful waterfront view? How about beach access? The location of your property is one of the deciding factors of home value. Waterfront homes will net higher sales prices than those that are say, situated near a busy highway or far from shopping and entertainment.

Outdated renovations
Even if you have updated your home since you’ve purchased it, outdated home features like wall-to-wall carpeting and wood paneling can bring down its value. However, that doesn’t mean you need to take on a major renovation to sell your home for what you believe it’s worth. Simple projects like painting and staging can do wonders, but it’s always wise to ask your agent!

Number of beds and baths
Location is important on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, but the number of bedrooms and bathrooms are also highly ranked! For instance, homes in Atlantic Beach, Newport, Beaufort, Morehead City and Havelock with one bedroom as opposed to two will typically sell for a lower amount. Even a desirable address does not always help homes with just one bathroom!

Our experienced agents on the Gena Gilbert Real Estate team are here to answer any questions you have about selling your home, as well as your home value and the local real estate market!

Give us a call today!

3 Projects That Will Start Saving You Money In Your Crystal Coast North Carolina Home

screwdrivers-1417214Early in the new year is one of the best times to begin making plans and goals for your Crystal Coast NC home or condominium. Do you want to change the paint colors? Does your kitchen need new appliances? You likely have dozens of items to add to the list, but regardless of its size, most all homeowners can agree that saving money in their North Carolina home is a priority!

As your local real estate experts in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort, Havelock, Newport and the surrounding communities, we are happy to share three home-related projects that can help you save money going forward and even better, they could end up as major selling points if you’re looking to move in 2016!

Install a programmable thermostat
Simply adjusting your home‘s temperature when you are asleep, at work or traveling can drastically cut down on your energy bill each month. If you do not already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat that will take care of this for you. There are numerous models to choose from at every price point and installation should only take a few minutes. If you want to take it a step further, consider installing a thermostat that can be controlled by your smartphone so you can have control at all times of day when your heat or air conditioning turns on.

Upgrade lightbulbs
Swapping out old incandescent lightbulbs for energy-efficient LED models is one of the easiest changes you can make in your Crystal Coast home— but also one that can bring you big cost savings! The cost for LED lightbulbs can be pricier than you are used to, but these bulbs do consume less energy and their lifespan is also longer.

Seal gaps and eliminate drafts
During the colder months here in Coastal Carolina, it is easier to notice any drafts that are present around your home. Not only are you losing heat through these gaps, but as a result, your energy bill is higher! Use caulk to seal gaps around windows and doors and replace weatherstripping when necessary. These quick and inexpensive repairs will keep heat (and cool air in the summer!) inside your home and save you on energy each month.

The cost savings these projects will bring over the years will make them well worth their investment. If you’re interested in other ways you can prepare your home to sell this year in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort, Havelock, Newport or the surrounding communities, do not hesitate to reach out to Gena Gilbert Real Estate!

What to Do This Summer on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

sunset-beach-north-carolina-1-702561-mIt’s no secret that North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is an idyllic locale for many year-round homeowners, visitors from neighboring communities, tourists and vacation home dwellers. Known not just for its beautiful scenery and weather, Coastal Carolina is also home to some excellent events in the summer months.

If you’re looking forward to getting out and exploring this season just like we are, below are just a few events that you can add to your calendar:

Morehead City Baseball Games
Big Rock Stadium
Morehead City, NC

What says summer more than baseball? The Morehead City Marlins are a collegiate baseball team that will be playing their home games all summer long at O’Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City. Head out to the park for a day of fun!

Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Crystal Coast Lady
The Boathouse at Front Street Village
Beaufort, NC

Crystal Coast Lady Cruises and the Boathouse at Front Street Village are teaming up this summer— every Wednesday night through August. The Crystal Coast Lady will depart from the dock at 7 PM, serving “Italian Night” aboard the ship, stopping at the Boathouse for a free wine tasting and return to the dock at 9:30 PM.

Concert Series at Fort Macon
Atlantic Beach, NC

One of the Crystal Coast‘s most beloved events in the summer, this concert series carries on from May through August and includes pop, bluegrass, Cajun, orchestra and Civil War era music. Each concert begins at 7 PM and ends at 8 PM.

55th Annual Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour
100 Turner Street
Beaufort, NC

From 10 AM to 5 PM on June 26 and 27th, 2015, the annual walking tour of private historic homes, gardens churches and historic places kicks off. Beaufort Historic Site buildings, the Old Burying Ground, narrated bus tours of the historic district, concerts and an antique car show are just a few highlights of this event now in its 55th year.

There is much to love about Coastal Carolina and with these events, you can experience a little piece of it! We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the communities of Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Havelock and Newport (to name a few!)— just give us a call!

What to Do Before Listing Your Crystal Coast, North Carolina Home

life-saver-on-fence-at-beach-605031-mWith homebuyer demand high this summer, listing inventory is lagging behind. The real estate market along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast could use more homes for sale! If you’ve been contemplating a move to a new condo or even a beautiful waterfront property in Coastal Carolina, now is the time for you to get the ball rolling. Gena Gilbert Real Estate is here to help you get your home ready to sell and find your a great new home to settle into before the summer season gets underway!

Use the following ideas to get your Crystal Coast, NC home ready to sell this summer and watch the homebuyers line up when you place that For Sale sign in front of the property. The weekend is a great time to cross these off of your list!

Clear out the clutter
It’s important that new homebuyers are able to visualize both themselves and their belongings in the property. Don’t complicate this with clutter in your Coastal Carolina home! Do an edit of all knick knacks, furniture and decor to make sure the space feels clean and open.

Let light in
Turn on all lights before buyers visit for a showing or open house. Also open all curtains and blinds to allow the light to shine in and allow the spaces to feel both larger and clearer.

Be neutral
Again, in order to help North Carolina homebuyers to visualize themselves living in the property, it’s best to stick to a neutral color scheme. Bold patterns on the wallpaper or bright colors of paint can throw them off and make it difficult to see their style in the home. Remember, with neutral paint on the walls, you can always accessorize with color.

Boost curb appeal
As we’ve said in past blog posts, it’s all about curb appeal. Especially in a place as beautiful as the Crystal Coast! Make sure buyers will be wowed by the exterior of the home as much as the interior. Oftentimes, that means tending to landscaping, chipping paint and replacing outdoor fixtures and furniture.

As I mentioned above, Gena Gilbert Real Estate is happy to answer any questions you have about selling your home in Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, Havelock, Newport this year. We know it can feel overwhelming to get started with listing and summer is no time for added stress— it’s our job to make the process easier on you. Just give us a call!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Green Updates to Save You Money in Your Crystal Coast, NC Home

green-grass-1444838-mA new home or condo on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is likely the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime— unless you’re buying as a second home or vacation property, of course. You’re probably aware that homeownership comes with additional expenses and as a result, North Carolina homeowners are always looking for ways to save money.

One simple way to do so? Eco-friendly updates! Simply swapping out fixtures can make a big difference in your long-term budget. Below are four easy ways to cut expenses by going green in your Coastal Carolina home.

Use less water
That doesn’t mean forgoing that glass of water, but rather, opting for low-flow facets and toilets. Using easy-to-install plumbing fixtures that conserve water  (up to 50%!) while doing the same tasks will be no extra hassle for you and yet better on your monthly budget.

When in doubt, insulate
If you’re unsure how you could go green in your Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport, Beaufort NC home, look at the insulation. Adding energy-efficient insulation is one of the quickest ways to see an energy pay-off. For instance, did you know most homes built before 1980 do not have enough insulation? Upgrading can help you to feel more comfortable all year long and save up to 50% on heating and cooling bills!

Switch light bulbs
While they are more expensive to initially purchase, fluorescent light bulbs can save as much as $40 over the lifetime of a single bulb. They also tend to last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Add a programmable thermostat
In a Crystal Coast, NC home‘s annual energy bills, nearly half can be attributed to heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can save as much as $150 or more by allowing homeowners to reset it when asleep or while away to conserve energy.

Cutting expenses in your current home is always welcome, but sometimes a new home is what you desire. Gena Gilbert Real Estate is happy to answer any questions you might have about selling or buying a home in Coastal Carolina.

We look forward to hearing from you!

What You Should Know About Living in a Coastal Carolina Homeowners Association

beach-732934-mWhether you choose a single family home in a new development along the Crystal Coast or have your heart set on a beautiful condo or townhouse, you could be moving into a homeowners association. These communities often come with their own set of rules like the number of pets you can have or what you can paint.

For homeowners on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, you may not like the rules, but if you’ve purchased a home in one of these communities, it is a must to pay attention to them. Below are four things you should know about living in a community with a HOA— it may be wise to even consider them as you house hunt in Coastal Carolina this year:

Research the rules
As you will be living with them once you purchase a home, do your research and know the rules prior to moving in. Know the community’s policies on pets, parking, landscaping, painting and even renovation guidelines.

Follow the procedures in place
Homeowners associations in Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, Havelock, Morehead City and beyond have specific procedures for installing certain amenities like satellite dishes and getting permission to paint or remodel. Always read up on what needs to be done to gain approval prior to starting any of these projects.

Get to know the neighbors
In a community with a HOA, there is a board in place to set and carry out policies and rules. When you purchase a home in one of these communities, you may have an issue with a neighbor’s pet or noise. Getting to know the neighbors will allow you to bypass going to the board and just speak with them directly to resolve the problem.

Research home repairs
Any home in North Carolina will eventually need repairs like a new roof or new windows. Oftentimes, a homeowners association will begin collecting money for the repairs they are aware of and the homeowners will have been paying for a portion. If not, you could be saddled with a large, surprise repair cost had you not researched ahead of time.

When buying a home, it always pays to do your research! From mortgage rates to neighborhoods along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, an educated homebuyer is a smart homebuyer. Should you ever have any questions, of course, Gena Gilbert Real Estate is here to answer them!

Do not hesitate to contact us about the home buying process in Coastal Carolina!

North Carolina’s Crystal Coast— Great Place to Buy a Condo, Waterfront Home!

footprints-in-the-sand-1389128-mAccording to the latest National Movers Study, which tracks state-to-state moving patterns over the course of a year, the Carolinas have held onto a top spot for homebuyer traffic for the second year in a row!

More and more homebuyers are moving into North Carolina, which posted “High Inbound” activity during the National Movers Study. Why are they moving to the Carolinas? Retirement was cited as a top motivation for moving, but we can think of quite a few more! Below are a few of the many amenities you can enjoy should you decide to buy a condo, waterfront property or home along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast:

  • 85 miles of beautiful coastline
  • Proximity to “America’s Coolest Small Town” of Beaufort, NC, known for its picturesque, tree-lined downtown area and vibrant history. Beaufort has also earned a reputation as “Best Yachting Town” and “Second Most Romantic Town.”
  • Proximity to Atlantic Beach, named the “Best Spring Break” destination by Outside Magazine
  • Proximity to Morehead City, named among the Top Ten “Best Fishing Towns in America”
  • A colorful and historical past which includes relics from the notorious Blackbeard and his ship Queen Anne’s Revenge
  • Breathtaking views from Cape Lookout National Seashore and Cape Lookout Lighthouse where you can watch wild horses— descended from Spanish mustangs who allegedly swam to shore when their ships wrecked in what is now called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
  • Scuba diving in the waters named for the “Best Wreck Diving” along the east coast, according to Scuba Diving Magazine
  • A chance to enjoy nature and wildlife at the Rachel Carson Reserve, Fort Macon State Park and the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
  • A fishing paradise that hosts popular events like Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
  • Dozens of fun events throughout the year, including the St. Patrick’s Festival in Emerald Isle, Core Sound Waterfowl Festival and the North Carolina Seafood Festival 

The team at Gena Gilbert Real Estate is here to help you make a move to one of the most beautiful and most relaxing places in the country! Coastal Carolina is an excellent place to call home and we’re happy to assist you in exploring the homes available right now. Give us a call!