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Find out what your home is worth

Ready to Sell your Coastal Home or Property?

Go with the team that promises shining customer service and 10 years of expertise in Topsail Island real estate. 

If you’re selling your Topsail Island home or rental property, you want the best Realtors® the island can offer. Starfish Realty brokers, all members of the National Association of REALTORS®, are full-service, highly experienced real estate professionals who can help you: 


    •    Appropriately price your home based on Coastal NC market trends.

    •    Prepare your home to sell. 

    •    Market to your ideal buyers. 

    •    Expertly negotiate offers. 

    •    Close the deal with confidence. 


Now that you’ve found Starfish Realty, you’ve discovered the fastest way to sell a home in Surf City and Topsail Island. Let’s get started! 

Selling Process & Services

STEP 1: Ready to Sell?

  • Schedule a meeting with a Starfish Realty agent.
  • Discuss and define your wants and needs – growing family, empty nesters, investment property, etc.
  • Establish a game plan and timeframe.
  • Review the necessary paperwork.

STEP 2: Establish Your Pricing Strategy

  • Your Starfish Realty agent will prepare a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to establish “likely sale price range."
  • Evaluate current market conditions.
    • Seller vs. Buyer
    • Average days on market
    • Current “like kind” inventory
  • Discuss possible upgrades/updates for best Return on Investment (ROI).

STEP 3: Preparing your Home for Market

You only have one chance to make a first impression.

  • Make minor repairs and fix known flaws – leaky faucet, broken lights, ripped screen, etc.
  • Paint.
  • Declutter helps a room look more spacious and less busy – remove knick knacks, family photos, excess items on shelves or counters, etc.
  • Clean, clean, clean.
  • Stage for optimal showings.

STEP 4: Marketing Your Home

Your Starfish Realty agent will get the word out about your property in multiple ways:

  • Photograph the property.
  • Input property description and upload photos to Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
  • Produce flyer or brochures for visitors.
  • Direct mail campaigns.
  • Digital outreach through email and/or social media.
  • Open houses.
  • Outreach to local Realtors® and other community members.

STEP 5: Review Offer

Discuss all aspects of the offer with your Starfish Realty agent including:

  • Buyers' pre-approval
  • Legal description of the property
  • Offer price
  • Down payment
  • Financing arrangements
  • List of fees and who will pay them
  • Deposit amount
  • Inspection rights and possible repair allowances
  • Method of conveying the title and who will handle the closing
  • Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home
  • Settlement date
  • Contingencies

STEP 6: Make a Deal

  • Remember, while price is definitely very important, so are many other aspects of the offer. Discuss with your agent the following:
    • Due diligence fee
    • Due diligence period
    • Earnest money
    • Critical dates
    • Seller paid items
    • Personal property to convey
    • Loan contingency
    • Settlement date

STEP 7: Not Done Yet. Time to “Renegotiate”

  • Your Buyers have rights within the contract; especially regarding their Due Diligence Process.
  • You may need to renegotiate based on their findings. Possibly including:
    • Repairs
    • Price adjustments
    • Money in lieu of repairs
    • Date changes
  • All parties will need to sign a document agreeing to any changes in the contract or agreed to repairs.

STEP 8: Closing the Deal

  • You will need to sign the Deed Transfer documents that are prepared by the Settlement Attorney.
  • Attend the Closing and Signing of Settlement Statement.
  • Discontinue utility service(s).
  • Leave appliance manuals, warranties, and any other agreed to or helpful info/document in the house for the new owners.
  • Provide keys, alarm codes, garage door openers, etc. to your Starfish Realty agent so that they can provide to new owners.


“Lisa is an exceptionally hard worker who presents herself professionally and articulates well in all situations. She is goal oriented and driven to succeed.”


What’s My Home Worth?

Contact the agents at Starfish Realty and they can evaluate your current home and provide you with a likely sales price range. 

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