The Whalen Team Real Estate Blog

Nov. 7, 2018

Real Estate’s Potential for the Greatest Good

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”

-Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881); Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


What does it mean to reveal a person’s riches to themselves? What is the mechanism by which you can even accomplish such a thing? And what does it have to do with your real estate agent?

Quite a bit, I would argue. I think a real estate agent has the power to reveal their clients’ self-possessed riches.

  1. A good agent will help clients see how a home is an investment in their future. They help them see they are investing in  themselves, and the decision to do so is a mark of their own wisdom.
  2. A good real estate agent helps guide clients through an emotionally fraught transaction, which often shows they have deeper reserves of self-confidence and strength that they may have overlooked in the past.
  3. A real estate agent helps foster a sense of trust and inter-dependency -- that we can, in this world, rely on others to represent our best interests, and that we are not in a perpetual state of “king of the mountain” and abject self-reliance. A client with a good agent has both a friend and a professional ally.

Whether you’re buying your first house or selling your home, there’s both a tangible, bottom-line difference when working with an agent, as well as valuable intangible benefits. For me, it’s a great privilege to be a professional part of that process!

The Whalen Team would love the opportunity to do “the greatest good” on your behalf.  Now is a great time to make your next move:  Contact us to get started - Email us Here

              Guest Blogger - Sandy Beals, Director of Client Development November 7, 2018

Nov. 2, 2018

SOLD in Just Four Days! Golf Home in Porters Neck Plantation, Wilmington NC!

by The Whalen Team.

**SOLD!** Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath home on the golf course in Porters Neck Plantation! LISTED & SOLD IN JUST 4 DAYS! Need help selling your Wilmington area property? Call The Whalen Team today!

Porters Neck Plantation, Wilmington NC

Oct. 18, 2018

It's Time to SELL and It's Time to Buy

Why Sellers Should Sell NOW and Buyers Should Purchase Before Prices Rise


Often times, we think that selling a home in the Fall and around the holidays is not a good idea.

Let's look at the reasons why it is a good idea: 


1.  We are seeing that buyers are out in droves looking for their forever home. They are finding themselves competing with other buyers to snag their dream home in a market where the inventory is very low. 


2.  There are not enough homes rights now in many areas, so seller competition is very low making it the right time to sell when serious buyers are out looking. 


3.  It's time to move on to reach your next real estate goal.  Those sellers who are thinking about selling  need to consider------ is it really worth waiting?  There will be fewer buyers in the market as prices increase because down payments and and mortgage payments will increase putting many buyers on hold. 

             Is it worth waiting til after the Fall season and the holidays? 


And for the buyers in the market place.....

Now is the time to move up to your next home. It is anticipated by the real estate gurus that home prices will increase approximately 5.1% in the next year. Interest rates are already increasing.

What does this mean for you? 

It means that it will cost more for you, the buyer,  to make your home purchase. You will  be looking at a higher down payment and a higher monthly payment.   Also, as interest rates rise on a mortgage loan, you wont be able to purchase a $200,000 home, for example and will have to settle for a purchase price of  $180,000 or $190,000.

            SO Why Wait? 


Let the Whalen Team of Keller Williams Realty  assist you today in selling your home or buying your dream home!

           Guest Blogger   Sandy Beals - Contact me here to get started 

Oct. 5, 2018

SOLD! Westbrook Gardens Neighborhood Home in Wilmington NC!

by The Whalen Team.

**SOLD!** 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the Westbrook Gardens neighborhood of Wilmington, NC! Need to sell your Wilmington area property? Call The Whalen Team today!

Carolina Avenue Wilmington NC

Aug. 31, 2018


by The Whalen Team.

**OPEN HOUSE!** This weekend Friday 8/31/18 3-5 PM and Sunday 9/2/18 1-3 PM! Stunning 4 bedroom, 3 bath OCEANFRONT condo in the popular Ocean Dunes community in Kure Beach! GORGEOUS ocean views, attached garage, great amenities, and close to local attractions! Stop by this weekend and check it out - This Is The One! 1100 S Fort Fisher Boulevard Unit #1902, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Ocean Dunes condos, Kure Beach NC

Aug. 23, 2018

Does Your Small Bathroom Make you Feel Claustrophobic?

Some simple design choices could help you open it up.

Check out these tips for small bathrooms.

Not everyone can afford a master bath with twin sinks, a palatial tub, and luxury dual-headed shower. Some of us (well, most of us!) have to contend with reality. Reality means compromises, and sometimes that compromise means a small bathroom.

But just because a bathroom is small doesn't mean it has to feel small. In fact, many small bathrooms can be transformed into much larger-feeling spaces simply by making some adjustments to design choices.  Here are some design tips for your small bathroom that don't involve major renovations. If you've been living with a small bathroom, perhaps these tips will help you make the most of what you have until you decide it's time to make the upgrade:


  • Install a sink with open shelving underneath, or a narrow pedestal. A big, blocky cabinet under a sink may provide storage, but visually it consumes a hunk of open space.
  • Situate towel racks on the back of your door. Stylish towel bars stacked three high on the back of your door can eliminate the need for racks elsewhere in the bathroom, opening up more wall space. If your bathroom's really small, these towels on the back of the door might not even be out of reach from inside the shower!
  • Elevate shelving above the toilet tank. If you have shelves elsewhere, but the space above your toilet tank is empty, consider relocating high shelving to above the "dead space" behind the toilet. Consolidating this used space into a single area can broaden out the rest of the bathroom.
  • Go high with wall cubes. Cubes situated overhead can be an effective way to move the clutter of storage above eye level. There are companies who make these wall-mounted, moisture-resistant cube shelves in a variety of styles.
  • Recess some lighting. You may not multiple light sources in your small bathroom, but if you can "hide" some of your lighting in recessed areas, particularly above the shower, you can reduce the "noise" of big fixtures.


Look on the bright side: At least a small bathroom means less to clean! If these design tips aren't enough to open up your small bathroom, perhaps it's time to upgrade to that bathroom of your dreams... let The Whalen Team help you find your next home today.   Contact us today by Clicking Here! 

Guest Blogger:    Sandy Beals - Client Development Director  8/23/2018

Aug. 13, 2018

Homes for Sale in Rocky Point NC

by The Whalen Team.

The Whalen Team Real Estate - Wilmington, NCHi everyone,
Hope you're all having a great week! We've got a lot of site updates to tell you about, which we'll be adding here in the coming weeks. Our ever-expanding list of area neighborhoods and subdivisions had seen some recent additions that we'd like to share with you, starting with several neighborhoods in Rocky Point, NC which is just north of Wilmington in Pender County.

The links listed below will bring you to pages on our site that include specific information about each neighborhood to help in your Rocky Point home search - including current property listings, location information, and any available neighborhood amenities. Check 'em out!

Avendale - southeast Rocky Point homes near Hampstead

Brick Chimney Landing - northeast Rocky Point homes along the northeast Cape Fear River!

Reserve at Island Creek - southeast Rocky Point homes off Island Creek Road

River Landing - south Rocky Point water access neighborhood with community boat ramp and day dock!

The Knolls at Turkey Creek - south Rocky Point homes near Cape fear Middle School!

Like what you see in those neighborhoods? Have any questions about any of the homes listed for sale? Call us today - we're here to help!
-The Whalen Team

July 17, 2018

Clean Out Your House with this De-cluttering Advice

Preparing your home to sell means presenting a home which is attractive to buyers. If you're going to be living in the home while it's on the market, and you're choosing not to stage it, you absolutely must go through a de-cluttering process. It can feel overwhelming at first, but I assure you the process can be broken down into manageable steps which will help your home sell potentially faster and for a better price. 


1. Take photos of what you're up against. You might think things look pretty good until you see your home with the unflinching eye of the camera. Photograph every room from multiple angles and you'll begin to see what buyers will see. Don't forget to snap the closets, laundry rooms, and garage.


2. Plan a room-by-room attack. This doesn't have to be done in a day, a weekend, or even a week. Depending on your timeline, tackle as much or as little as you can reasonably manage before burning out. If you try to do too much at one time, you're likely to start making unfortunate compromises about what stays and what goes.


3. Use a checklist. When you assess a room, list what needs to be done and then the order in which it makes the most sense to do it. Visualizing the process will prevent you from wasting time. For example: You may find that certain pieces of furniture can go, and if you haven't planned for help moving them out, you can get stalled.


4. Be ruthless. You have clothes you haven't worn in years, piles in the garage you've moved around, and shelves of unread or dispensable books. Start thinking of those "perfectly good" somethings you've been hanging onto as anchors dragging down your home's appeal.


5. Stay motivated. Tell yourself: Less is more. Remind yourself: Every box that goes to Goodwill is a box you won't have to lift, relocate, and unpack on moving day. This is an opportunity to refresh your life!


6. Pile it up. Sort things into "give away," "throw away," and "sell." Some things can go to friends, others can go to charity. Keep in mind the real market value of items if you plan on selling them online (they're probably worth less than you think). Some you can unload curbside, other items may be destined for,, or a local junk pick-up service.


If you need someone who can see your home with a buyer's eyes, don't hesitate to invite our team over. We'd be happy to provide you with a fresh perspective on your de-cluttering mission. Get in touch with Sandy Beals today!!

  Guest Blogger..........Sandy Beals, Client Development for the Whalen Team

April 2, 2018

Road Trip from Southport to Calabash, NC.....Part 2

Are You Ready to Continue Your Trip? 

Let's Head to Oak Island


Now that we have explored Southport, it's time to take a short ride to Oak Island.Oak Island Beach

Oak Island is a favorite destination for vacationers and residents. In the Spring the streets are in bloom with our beautiful Bradford Pear trees.  On the Island,  you find more than 50 public access beaches, stores, a marina and plenty of canoe and kayak launches. Homes on the island include condos, single family homes, waterfront, water view or homes just a few blocks back from the beach. 

Bradford Pear Trees NCThe live oaks will take your breath away while the inlets offer many recreational opportunities.  One of the most popular tourist spots is the Oak Island Lighthouse   which was built in 1858.  You can make a reservation to tour the grounds and climb the lighthouse, or just stop on your tour for a photo opportunity with family and friends before you continue on your journey.   If you plan to stay on the island during your visit you will find some condos and hotels, but mostly you will find rental cottages.  

If you started this venture in the morning, catch breakfast at the  Old Bridge Diner.   A casual lunch can be enjoyed at The Flying Fish Cafe or Pepperoni Grill At the Beach.  You probably won't stay all day to relax and have dinner at the Turtle Island Restaurant for sea food lovers but if you do....relax and enjoy some of the best seafood in the area. 

Explore Oak Island  and you will find more....this is just to get you started.

If you would like to purchase a home in this wonderful foot friendly town, please  start here to find your dream home and as  always you can Contact Me HERE.

                                                         Guest Blogger - Sandy Beals 4/2/2018

March 12, 2018

SOLD! Park Place Condo in Wilmington NC!

by The Whalen Team.

SOLD! 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condominium in the Park Place community of Wilmington, NC! Listed and SOLD IN JUST 8 DAYS by our very own Aleisha Nassef! Need to sell your Wilmington area condo or townhome? Call The Whalen Team today - we get results!

Park Place, Wilmington NC