Monday, April 16, 2018

Sell your New Bern home fast by PRIME Realty NC

Crank up the curb appeal 
You only get one chance for first impression
Pull weeds, rake leaves and trim overgrown shrubs, especially if they block windows or the path to your front door. Make sure your front door looks great and your locks are working properly!  

Fresh paint
It's important to make your house generic. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home appear larger, brighter and more appealing to potential buyers. This is probably most cost-efficient improvement you can consider. This cost is reasonable and it will make your entire home look and smell fresh.

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Make repairs 
Fix things like leaky faucets and squeaky doors, ripped and old screens. They may seem insignificant to you , but minor repairs look much bigger in the mind of a potential buyer. They tend to overestimate how much repairs cost and makes them wonder if home has been properly maintained over the years.

Rearrange furniture
Make sure your furniture placement allows for easy traffic flow and shows the purpose of each room. If you have too much furniture, rent a portable storage device to hold things until you are ready to move into your new place. If you don't have enough furniture, borrow or rent. If you have some unusually spaces make sure to present them in the way that will allow buyers to picture the space and all the options it might offer.

Declutter, pack , remove, pick up! Show off all that space that you have
This includes personal photos and portraits. Less is always more. The less clutter and knickknacks you have lying around, the more potential buyers will be able to see your home and what it offers. You want to show potential buyers that there is plenty of storage and space for their family. They need to be able to picture themselves living in this house and not fell like they are visiting you.

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Clean Clean Clean and then clean some more
Clean every inch of your house, and don't forget to make your windows and floors sparkle. If your carpet appears old and stained, think about replacing it. Also, make sure there are no offensive odors. Purchase an air-neutralizing spray that will help remove odors without creating an overwhelming masking odor. Clean homes sell!  A clean and uncluttered kitchen is a staple of home staging make sure countertops and empty and sparkle!

Lighten up, everything will look better
Let the sun shine in, turn on the lights and open all blinds or curtains. Make sure the house is well lit and furniture doesn’t block any windows. In coastal North Carolina we are very luck to enjoy many sunny days but that makes homes appear dark when you first enter. Trees and screened porches also can make your home appear dark so make sure to provide plenty of lights.  

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Keep temperature comfortable in all seasons
Be sure potential buyers are comfortable when touring your home. If it's freezing outside, leave the heat on, and if it's summer, turn on the air conditioner. I can promise you that buyers will not buy a home that there don’t feel comfortable in

Always be ready to show
It may be a little inconvenient, but until you accept an offer, keep your home in tip-top shape at all times. What this means is that each room should have a clear purpose, nice flow and be clean and clutter-free. As agents we try to provide as mush notice as possible but that is not always possible. You only need one buyer and you don’t want to turn any showing down!

Hire the right agent
Make sure that you interview few listing agent and choose the one that you feel offers the most marketing services and that you feel comfortable with.  Communication will be very important so make sure that your agent will be responsive to you and that you will not be stuck with the assistant after you sign listing agreement.  Mega teams and agents will try to impress you with number of listing but don’t forget that that might limit service you will receive. There are only 24 hours in a day. Whenever possible read the online reviews.  

   If you would like to know what is your home worth in today's market use this link and lets get started


    Sonja Babic


607 Broad St New Bern NC 28560


  If you have any questions or would like to talk about selling your home please dont hesitate to contact me! 

Roaring Twenties Casino Night in New Bern

Roaring Twenties Casino Night

Fundraiser benefiting The Coastal Women’s Shelter

Friday April 20th 2018 at The Flame in New Bern from 7 to 11 p.m. 

Attire from the 1920s is encouraged. now how much fun is that :)
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Tickets are $75 and include a substantial funny money package, drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, silent auction, safe ride home and more. Alisa Mike will entertain 9-11 and you can enjoy poker, roulette, black jack and more 

You can buy tickets online at  or at The Coastal Shelter office, 1333 South Glenburnie Road, New Bern.

Safe Ride Home will be provided by Chevrolet, Lincoln, and Volvo of New Bern.

Sixty-two North Carolinians lost their lives during 2013 as a result of domestic violence. To date this year, 43 people have been killed in our state as a result of domestic violence.
The Coastal Women’s Shelter is the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. The organization provides a comprehensive range of services to members of the community who are affected by domestic and family violence. If you are not bale to attend this event I would strongly encourage you to donate or consider volunteering for this wonderful  organization that does so much to support the most vulnerable in our society. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Great home for rent minutes from Cherry Point

425 Paregrine Ridge New Bern NC 28560     $1,350 a month

          4 Bedroom 3 fullbathrooms home with bonus room and fenced in yard. Great nighberhood located convinient to HWY 70 just minutes from Cherry Point and New Bern. 

Or give me a call 252-617-0861

Sonja Babic
Broker / Owner

JUST Listed, family home in Hunters Ridge

 103 Bargate Drive New Bern NC  28562 $269,900
  Spacious and afordable home in Huters Ridg. This home has all the space your family needs, with 3000 sq ft in addition to screend porch and large fenced in yard. Home offer 4 bedrooms with 3 full bathrooms, formal dinning room and the office. Split bedroom floor plan gives you and yoru family members privacy. 

Or give me a call 252-617-0861

Sonja Babic
Broker / Owner

Historic Homes Open House Extravaganza

New Bern Realtors would like to welcome Outlanders group with and OPEN HOUSE

On the November 10th and 11th we will have 19 Historic Homes open for Public to preview. There will be something for everyone's budget in all shapes and sizes.  Here is the list of the homes and for your convenience flyers will be available at every home. 


   Or call me and let me search for you 

Sonja Babic

Broker / Owner


New Bern NC Real Estate 

Monday, November 6, 2017

What does it cost selling your home in New Bern NC

What does it really cost selling your home in New Bern NC 

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Selling your home in New Bern NC
  In North Carolina seller is responsible for paying commission per their listing agreement as well as preparation of the new deed and revenue stamps (revenue tax). Currently deed preparation in our area will cost you about $250 and the same has to be prepared by attorney that you choose. Revenue stamps aka NC Transfer Tax is tax charged by the state of North Carolina and its based on a sales price of your property. The tax rate is $2.00 per $1,000.00 of the sales price. So if you sell home or land for $100,000 you would be charged $200.00 in revenue tax. Real estate sells commission is set upfront in your listing agreement and it varies from company to company and sometimes even between agents.  Dont be focusing on the commission your agents charges alone but also look at services that you are receiving from the said agent and agency. If you are saving 1% on the commission and are not getting your home marketed can be very frustrating and hardly a saving.

 Other expenses that might be the factor

-  Home warranty -  In my opinion always a good idea to offer a home warranty with your home. It is great marketing tool and  it will provide everyone involved in the transaction with a piece of mind after the closing. 

- Closing cost assistance - In today market lots of buyers will need some closing cost assistance. It might make a difference for them between being able to secure the loan or not. 

- Real Estate Tax - You will be responsible for paying your real estate taxes for the property from beginning of the year until the closing day.

- Termite Inspection for a buyer with a VA loan - Under federal guidance buyers that are getting VA loans are not allowed to pay for termite inspection so if you are selling your home in our area with high number of military buyers you might be required to pay for this. Current charge for termite inspection is $100.00

- Possible repairs that might be discovered by home inspector or appraiser.    

 If you are thinking about selling your home in New Bern are but are not sure if that is the right thing to do right now. Give me a call and let me check for you. FREE of charge :)

  Hope you find this info helpful and if you have any question please don't hesitate to give me a call. You can always reach me on my cell phone and please leave a message  252-617-0861

 Sonja Babic Broker / Owner 

New Bern NC Real Estate and Relocation Info

Monday, September 18, 2017

Walt Bellamy Jr. Memorial Project in New Bern NC

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   Walt Bellamy Jr., one of the New Bern's African America native sons, achieved national recognition when he was inducted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Fame. Born in New Bern, North Carolina in 1939 he went on to win gold medal, have a successful 14 years long carrier in NBA . Bellamy ended his NBA career with 20,941 points and 14,241 rebounds, and is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, being inducted in 1993 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1960 United States men's Olympic basketball team. Despite being one of the league's top rebounders, Bellamy never made an All-NBA team.

   Walt Bellamy Jr. Project will be an important marker of African - American history for all citizens and visitors of New Bern to enjoy.  The park will hopefully serve as inspiration to neighborhood youth,the city and county residents. You can visit the park at intersection of Jones and Pollock Streets, featuring Kinetic Metal Earth Sculpture designed by Glen Spencer. If you would like to show your support and make a contribution you can contact James City Historical Society or mail 

                                                 Walt Bellamy Jr. Project 
                                                        P.O. Box 1252 
                                                    New Bern NC 28563
  To learn more about Walt Bellamy Jr. you can visit his Wikipedia page here  Walt Bellamy Jr.            

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Sonja Babic 


Experience matters, call PRIME Realty for all your Real Estate needs 

Monday, September 11, 2017

215 Hancock St. New Bern NC 28560 OPEN HOUSE

Looking for updated historic charm?

Stop by Saturday 9/16  between 10 an 12 and check this beautiful home out. I am looking forward to seeing you there 

Open House

Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
Interior: 2,560 sqft
Lot: 0.20 acre(s)
Year Built: 1895
MLS #: 100075331
2150 Hancock St
New Bern, NC 28560

Sonja Babic

Sonja Babic

(252) 617-0861
[email protected]


Listed by: PRIME Realty & Development LLC

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Friday, May 5, 2017

This is a great time to list your home for sale

    Just a friendly reminder that listing inventory in New Bern is at all time low and we are experiencing sellers market finally! If you have been thinking about selling your home give me a call and let us take a closer look at your neighborhood. I will work tirelessly to get you most money for your home. Thats a promise

Sonja Babic PRIME Relaty NC LLC