All posts by Jen Bell, REALTOR®

Lifesaving Station by Diane Lea

Imagine being a teenager 30 years ago with a new driver’s license in your pocket and a surfboard in your truck in search of big waves and an exciting coastal experience. Chip Hemingway, now a principal in Wilmington-based BMH Architects, was one such young man. As an Eastern North Carolina native, Hemingway learned to surf […]




The Real Estate TV Explosion

When turning on the television these days, you are bound to run across at least one real estate TV show. Whether it’s HGTV, TLC, Destination America or Bravo, these shows are popping up everywhere. Ones like “Trading Spaces,” “Million Dollar Listing,” and “House Hunters” are influencing the public and creating expectations on how other people […]


Staging Your Home to Sell

People often put decorating and home staging into the same category when in fact they are quite the opposite. Of course, they do have some similarities. Both involve decorating with furniture, art and accessories. However, there are some big differences as well. What Is Home Staging? When it comes time to sell your home on […]




Second Home Sales Are On The Rise

According to Fannie Mae and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), second or vacation homes – those that are neither investment nor primary residences – represented 13 percent of all purchase transactions in 2013 – an increase of 29.7 percent over 2012. This is the highest market share for second homes since 2006, although still […]