• OAK ISLAND IS CAPE FEAR REGION’S MOST AFFORDABLE AND ACTIVE BEACH COMMUNITY

    Posted in Local Business Profile, Market Reports, News You Can Use, Southport NC Real Estate, Team Gale on Jul 25, 2018

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    CONTACT: Debbie Elliott Advantage Marketing, a division of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage 910-471-3181 debbieelliott@seacoastrealty.com

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    OAK ISLAND IS CAPE FEAR REGION’S MOST AFFORDABLE AND ACTIVE BEACH COMMUNITY; JUNE MEDIAN HOME SALES PRICE JUST BELOW NATIONAL FIGURE

    Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Analysis Finds Tight Inventory Slows Carolina Beach June Sales By 35%, But Kure Beach Sales Jump More Than 216%

    WILMINGTON, NC – Oak Island was the most affordable and active of eight popular Cape Fear beach communities with 70 homes sold in June at ...

  • Team Gale Ranks in Top 50 Teams in NC

    Posted in Local Business Profile, News You Can Use, Team Gale, Wilmington NC Real Estate on Jul 13, 2018

    RealTrends annual ranking of individual brokers and real estate teams across America has been announced!

    Once again Team Gale was ranked among the top 50 teams for productivity in the state of North Carolina. In 2017 we completed 202 sales, landing us at #41 on the RealTrends list.

    You can learn more about Team Gale by visiting our website or following us on Facebook!

  • Tom Gale Earns Luxury Specialist Certification

    Posted in News You Can Use, Team Gale on May 09, 2018

    Tom Gale and Ken Keegan are First Two Agents at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage to Earn Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Specialist Certification

    Additional 45 Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Agents Attend Global Luxury Specialist Training in Washington DC on April 25 as First Step Towards Certification

    Wilmington, NC – Tom Gale and Ken Keegan, agents at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, have each earned the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury℠ Property Specialist designation in recognition of experience, knowledge and expertise in marketing and selling high-end residential properties. To d...

  • "FSBOs Hit Record Low for 3rd Straight Year..." (Inman News)

    Posted in News You Can Use, Team Gale on Nov 01, 2017

    Team Gale captain, Tom Gale, had this to say after reviewing Inman's article:

    Nearly all (94%) buyers work with REALTORS, so sellers realize that leveraging the 2000+ local REALTORS to help get their home sold by having their home in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is key. But beyond putting it in the MLS, experienced REALTORS have the knowledge to make sure the home is priced is right. They make suggestions on what repairs to make as well as providing names of quality, affordable contractors to do the work before it goes on the market. Once the offer comes in, a listing agent helps to get...

  • Cash-for-Equity the New Frontier for Mortgage Lending?

    Posted in Market Reports, News You Can Use, Team Gale on Jul 19, 2017

    At the beginning of the year, the LA Times published some 1600 words on Unison, a company based in San Francisco offering what is essentially down payment assistance to home buyers - in exchange for an ownership stake in the property.

    Perhaps an odd-seeming arrangement, but an appealing alternative to cash-strapped or credit-challenged home seekers. Unison provides an unorthodox way to supplement your conventional mortgage loan so you can buy your "dream house."

    Founded twelve years ago, and formerly known as FirstREX, the company bills themselves as "one of a handful of firms developing novel...

  • Team Gale Named Among 2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents in NC

    Posted in Local Business Profile, News You Can Use, Team Gale on Jul 07, 2017

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    Team Gale of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage was named one of America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow GroupTeam Gale is now a member of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” and ranked number 46 for the state of North Carolina.

    REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2016. All pro...

  • Manufactured Homes

    Posted in News You Can Use, Team Gale on Mar 01, 2017

    “Alternative housing” is all the rage right now. First came converted missile silos, then shipping containers, now minimalist “tiny homes.”

    An affordable alternative that has been around for decades, is manufactured housing. Assembly lines are used to make your cars and electronic devices, why not your house too?

    As the supply of homes under $200K is limited, manufactured homes are an important affordable option for borrowers – particularly in rural areas. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) over one-third of residences in southern and western US are manufactured housi...

  • NC REALTORS Pitch In Following Hurricane Matthew

    Posted in Local Business Profile, News You Can Use, Team Gale on Nov 23, 2016

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    The NC REALTORS Executive Committee called for volunteers from local associations, governments, and relief agencies to help our waterlogged neighbors in Pender, Columbus, and Robeson counties.

    Non-perishable goods and supplies, support and resources, as well as distribute flood relief applications and assist in the assessment and documentation of property damage.

    Lumberton City Hall served as "basecamp" for volunteers. Four weeks later, some real estate agents are still taking a day here or there to check in with residents, as flood waters from Hurricane Matthew have finally begun to recede.

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  • Tiny Homes Growing Industry

    Posted in Events In Our Area, News You Can Use on Oct 26, 2016

    Tiny homes are the "it" alternative housing of late.

    With mainstream presentation on HGTV and tiny home festivals popping up across the country,  builders are facing high demand for the minimalist dwellings.

    News this week out of Kansas City highlights just how useful and necessary this style of home is, with the construction of a "Veterans Village."

    Mark Solomon, co-founder of the Veterans Community Project, said "it's amazing what you can put into 240 square feet." 

    On a five acre lot, eventually 52 tiny homes, consisting of a kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, will stand. There are plans for a...

  • "Good Neighbor Next Door" Program from US Dept. of HUD

    Posted in Foreclosures in SE NC, Market Reports, News You Can Use, Team Gale on Oct 05, 2016

    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to "create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all."

    One of the ways HUD is working to strengthen the market and empower consumers is through the GOOD NEIGHBOR NEXT DOOR SALES PROGRAM which offers certain HUD-owned properties at a 50% discount for a period of 7 days in targeted "revitalization areas."

    "Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND)" candidates are required to live at the property for three years as their sole residence, and agree to certify their eligibility every year. Candidates and/or their spou...