Get to know our Team Leader

Lori Smith,

As a lifetime resident of Jacksonville and the greater Onslow County, few local realtors offer the same insight that I do. I have witnessed first-hand the phenomenal changes in our infrastructure throughout the years and I am in tune with the city and county's future. 

I was raised in Jacksonville and graduated from Jacksonville High School. Upon graduation and after a brief departure, I relocated to Sneads Ferry to raise a family of my own. While there, I established lasting ties with the community as a mother of three sons. Through my daily interaction with the community, I established my reputation as an energetic, friendly, trustworthy, and hardworking individual. I am much more than your agent I am your neighbor.

Today, I work in Jacksonville with my husband, a retired Marine Corps officer. Between my husband's bonds with the local military and my local connections, we have a vast network that enables us to understand home buyer/home seller concerns from a variety of vantage points.

From the moment we decide to work together, whether buying or selling you will have our undivided attention. We will satisfy your goals and celebrate your accomplishments. We want to assure you that we are committed, and will provide honesty, integrity, and excellence in our services to you.

Aug. 3, 2021

Transform Your Outdoor Space

Posted in Marketing
July 30, 2021

Placing Wall Décor

Decorating the walls in your home should be fun, but when it comes to hanging larger pieces of art or décor, it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated. Of course, hanging a small clock can be as simple as sticking a nail in the wall. But what should you do about that wall mirror you just purchased? Or the hanging plant that’s starting to become…well, a sitting plant? I want to help you make all your wall decorating dreams come true. This lists the tools you’ll need to place heavier items while walking you through simple steps for actually hanging the pieces — and how to plug up the nail holes when you move them.

Happy decorating!

 

Posted in Marketing
July 30, 2021

The Importance Of Pre-Approval

Posted in Market Updates
July 27, 2021

Tips for Selling your Home

July 15, 2021

New Construction Home Builders: What to Look For

 

When you're looking for a home builder, you might be tempted to base your decision largely on bids. While price is important, there are a few more factors to take into consideration.

Number of Homes Built

A new home builder should have plenty of projects in their credit, though they don't necessarily have to be official contracts. From Habitat for Humanity to home renovations, the idea is to look for someone who has shown a passion for solving new construction problems. Ideally, you'll be able to hire a crew that has been in the industry for decades, but this isn't always an option depending on your budget and location. Luckily, there are ways to ensure quality without having to put your dreams on delay.

Areas of Expertise

General contractors are able to handle most builds without incident. If you've chosen a standard floorplan without a lot of flourishes, you might only need to verify that the contractor is comfortable with the blueprints and doesn't foresee any major problems. However, certain builds, such as craftsman or customized homes, may require specific experience. Finally, find out the builder's policies on special requests. For instance, if you find the perfect sink in an old auction, is the crew willing to install it even though it goes against the original plans?

Energy Savings

Energy savings translate to utility bill savings. The construction industry has been somewhat notorious in the past for sticking with traditional building methods, but it's slowly come around to incorporate more environmentally friendly technology. If your builder is all about reducing energy costs, it's only going to benefit you in the end. This may mean using local materials to save on transportation energy, installing efficient appliances or getting you a great deal on some solar panels.

Inspection Policies

All homebuilders have to subject their work to official inspections at the end of the build. When you're looking for the right company, you should be taking into account their overall transparency. For example, are you able to visit the site whenever you would like? Would the builders mind if you happened to take a friend who knew a lot about construction?

Builders who don't allow this aren't necessarily trying to hide anything - they may just have liability concerns for your safety on an active construction site. This is more about how they plan to keep you in the loop. Whether it's drones, photos, or on-site inspections, you should ideally be able to follow the process from beginning to end.

Final Price

An estimate is nothing more than an educated guess. You want to find out how the final prices are determined and if certain items are subject to change. For instance, if the price of lumber takes a steep hike in a month, how will this affect you? Some builders will absolve you of those costs, but others will factor in the increases.

Good Reviews

Checking on a builder's reputation should go beyond looking at their internet presence. If you can talk to any of their past clients this can give you a better idea of the quality of their work and their customer service. If possible, ask the builder for references.

Were there any issues that came up at final inspection? Can you get your questions answered in a timely manner? How does the builder communicate roadblocks to the project? If there's bad weather, what's the protocol for protecting the workers and the build from harm? You're not likely to get this level of detail from a blurb on an independent review site.

It's always good to trust your gut instincts when it comes to home builders. First and foremost, you want to make sure you do the work now so you can avoid headaches later. New home builds can run very smoothly when you're in the right hands.

July 8, 2021

Average Costs for Remodeling a Home with Minor Upgrades

When you want to upgrade your home, you don’t have to do a bunch of big, costly changes. Minor upgrades allow you to give your home an updated appearance and improve its functionality while spending less money and time overall. Even though minor upgrades cost less than major ones, it’s still important to determine a budget. This can help you decide which upgrades to make based on how much you can afford. The following are the average costs to make minor upgrades in different parts of your home. Keep in mind that these costs can vary depending on certain factors, such as the materials you use.

Minor Kitchen Upgrades

Minor kitchen upgrades have an average cost overall of $23,452, but you can expect to recover around 77 percent of this cost when selling your home. Smaller changes that are considered minor upgrades for this part of your home include changing your lighting, refinishing or painting your cabinets and cupboards, replacing your faucet and adding a backsplash. These changes fall within the range of $5,000 to $30,000 overall. Other smaller changes, such as getting new appliances or replacing your kitchen floor, can cost between $30,000 and $65,000.

Minor Bathroom Upgrades

Minor bathroom upgrades have an average cost of $21,377 overall, but you might recoup up to 64 percent of this cost. Some minor changes you might make to your bathroom include refinishing the tub, replacing the faucet, refinishing or painting the cabinets, changing lighting fixtures, replacing hardware and replacing the flooring in smaller bathrooms. How much can you expect to spend on these upgrades? Making upgrades to your tub can cost as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as a few thousand, depending on the changes you’re making. Floors can cost between $800 and $3,600 overall, while new light fixtures can cost between $120 and $1,700.

Minor Bedroom Upgrades

Minor bedroom upgrades are typically cost-effective, since you’re not dealing with plumbing or other elements. You might need minor electrical work done if you’re going to update your outlets and light fixtures or do similar upgrades. Other minor remodeling projects for bedrooms include replacing the floor, painting walls and ceilings and adding built-in storage to closets or other areas. Minor bedroom remodeling can cost around $1,500, but this depends on the changes you’re making. Adding high-end floors, for example, might cost between $1,500 and $4,500, while painting might only cost a few hundred dollars.

Minor Living Room Upgrades

Living rooms rarely require costly upgrades as kitchens and bathrooms do. You might only need to give the walls and ceiling a fresh coat of paint or put in a new floor to upgrade your living room. You might also want to add or replace light fixtures, add a ceiling fan or replace light switches and outlets. Some of these tasks might cost a few thousand, such as installing a new floor, depending on the material and size of the room. However, most of these projects only cost a few hundred dollars, such as painting the room or updating the outlets and light switches.

July 1, 2021

WELLMANS CONSTRUCTION

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June 2, 2021

Meet Our Builder

Best known for our coastal home styles, and our 360 views off the decks on EVERY floor! We are a full-service home builder offering new homes in our neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Surf City, and the Topsail Beach area, as well as custom homes built on your lot! Our experience and simple process make it easy for you! CALL US TODAY.

Posted in Marketing
June 2, 2021

Helpful Suggestions for your Clients when Showing their Home

Any time you’re working with a client to sell their home, you know that showing their home is perhaps the most important part in ensuring that offers come in and the home sells! As such, there are countless tips on what you should and should not have your clients do prior to showing their home. Some suggestions are more popular than others, and ultimately you as the agent should be knowledgeable enough to know what will work for the home that you’re trying to sell. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few tips that will help your client's home look even better during a showing!

May 10, 2021

4 FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE Saleability of your Home.

#1 Price Point

Pricing your home for the current market is important for maximum exposure and ultimately, a satisfactory sale.

- Factors that determine a property's value: location, design, amenities, competing properties, economic conditions

- Factors that have little or no influence:

price the seller originally paid; the amount spent on improvements

 

#2 Property Condition

The condition of your property will have a lot to do with the selling price and how quickly it will sell. If there are repairs needed, or if professional staging is required, I will be there to assist and offer my guidance and network.

 

#3 Market Conditions

The real estate market is always fluctuating, and as your agent, I will be able to discuss the pros and cons of listing during varied market conditions.

 

#4 Market Exposure

I will focus will be on what we're able to control - market exposure and negotiating offers. I want to get the most qualified buyers into your home, in the least amount of time, and with minimal inconvenience. With a comprehensive marketing plan, your home will get noticed in any market.