Monthly Archives: November 2010

Exciting new property hitting the market!



202 Toni Drive is located just off of Piney Green Road, enjoy being close to everything with no city taxes.  Three bedrooms, two full baths and built in 2004 this home is ready for amazing bbbqs and huge gatherings of family and friends.  Approximately three and a half acres await you as you pull in the wooded private drive.  The three sided wrap around Southern-style porch on the house, perched on the highest point of the property gives you plenty of space to sit down and take in the views.  Lots of lovely modern features like stainless apppliances, plantation blinds, laminate floors and more inside!  Schedule a personal preview today, a home this special hits the market rarely.  Are you ready to find the right match in a home, is this maybe it?  Call me to check it out or see what else is out there!  Love to hear from you!  Offered at 215,000.

Auctions! Going, going, gone!


Something sort of new in our Jacksonville/Onslow County area market is real estate auctions.  One took place this morning on Pollard Drive.  About twenty folks attended the event on the home’s front lawn with the proerty going for 77,000.  Homes in this development, depending on condition and heated square footage normally sell in the ball park of 130,000-140,000.  The home wasn’t in fantastic shape; as a rule of thumb, if folks can’t pay their mortgage, they aren’t doing general maintenance or repairs as needed (I suspect, market value of supplies and labor on repairs in the 20-30k range).  So, the home had to be paid for, cash.  The repairs, cash unless you are your own repair person or working with one as a team and you must hang on to the property for 120 days as per new “flipping” regulations.  So, this isn’t a fantastic match for everyone but, if you’re interested, I can obtain a list of bank owned homes for you, free of charge, no catch, however, I’d like to make sure it’s a viable option for you.

I get lots of questions as a Real Estate Broker regarding bank owned/reo properties.  There’s lots of talk about buying these distressed properties which somtimes can be a great value, however, in many instances, the type of money (cash, mortgage, etc.) you can purchase the property varies.  Many moons ago lenders and investors were trying to sell the property for what was owed on the note, which, in a round about way you can still find these properties but generally only when there is a tax lien on the property. . .in which case it’s a cash only transaction.  Short sales, auctions, and conventional sales, I’m sure you have a million questions.  I’d love an email and would be happy to answer and hopefully, make the process make a little more sense.

There’s one more area auction for a home on Warlick in downtown Jacksonville on December 8th.  If you’re interested in this home, check   for more info on time and location.  If you’d like more info on other homes, please check out  or email me for a custom search of homes that are tailor made for you.

One Million Acts of Kindness.


After a trail workout in the rain, my pal April and I (and her jog stroller with the nice and dry baby Leah inside) stumbled out of the woods in time to see the Kindness bus trying to get out of the Parkwood Elem parking lot and get cut off, twice.  I’m interested to see what karma those folks enjoyed the rest of the day.  Had a chance to meet Bob, his dog Bogart who was dashing and check out the bus and all its amazing quotes.  Please pass along this link if you have stumbled across this entry.     Please check it out, book them for your school and/or donate!