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Neal Johnson

Licensed Real Estate Broker , Network Real Estate
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Neal Johnson is one of the owning partners at Network Real Estate that was founded by his wife Traci’s parents, Bob and Marilyn McKoy, in 1982. Neal’s real estate designations include CMCA, CNE, CRB, and GRI. He attended UNCW and  

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Residential Real Estate
Oct 15, 2018

What's the Role of the HOA?

The HOA, or Home Owners Association, is responsible for a variety of activities in the specific neighborhoods and developments it oversees. These activities include: Providing shared servi ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 2, 2018

Hurricane Florence: Insurance Information for Wilmington, NC

First, we hope this article finds you safe and sound. Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding issues. We understand that most of you are intereste ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 15, 2018

Add Value to Your Home with a Fire Pit

It’s what’s inside that counts. Don’t judge a book by its cover. These oft-repeated quotes are important lessons and universal truths… unless we’re talking about r ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 1, 2018

How to Leave Your Home When Traveling on Vacation

Your hotel is booked, bags are packed, car is gassed up, and you’re all set to hit the road for your annual vacation. Not so fast! There are still a few steps that need to be checked off y ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 20, 2018

Three-Month Plan to Sell Your Home

So, you’ve decided to sell your home, and you want to have it ready for the first showing. You shouldn’t wait until the last minute to get your home ready to list, so you’ll need to ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 2, 2018

Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell?

There are many things to consider when thinking about whether to replace the roof on your house before you sell it. It could be the difference between someone buying your house or skipping to the next ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 15, 2018

Hot Neighborhoods in Carolina Beach

So, you've finally made the choice to move to Carolina Beach. First off, congratulations on such a wonderful decision! But now you've got one more tough decision to make – in which ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 1, 2018

Renovating Your Vacation Rental Condo or Home

As the owner of a vacation rental condo, ROI (return on investment) is the name of the game. I mean, it's the whole reason you bought the property in the first place, right? Okay, okay, we know ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2018

Interior Decorating Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to selling a home, interior design plays a huge role. There’s nothing worse than a potential buyer spotting a gorgeous home from the outside, taking a look inside and then immedia ...

Residential Real Estate
May 1, 2018

Packing Tips for Moving

Are you about to buy a house? Then you're also about to move… ugh. But it doesn't have to be that way. Actually, when you have all the right systems in place, moving is a breeze. ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 16, 2018

Top Five Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

If you are thinking of selling your home, there is no doubt you want to get the most out of your real estate. At Network Real Estate, we know a few things you can do to not only attract buyers but als ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 27, 2018

Famous Movie Homes in Wilmington

We all know that location is everything in real estate, but it is also very important in the movie industry. Homes can make or break a scene and, lucky for us, Wilmington has some of the best homes in ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 15, 2018

Five Signs It's Time to Sell Your Home

Have you outgrown your home? Or has your home outgrown you and your household? Fewer and fewer families expect to stay in their first or second home for the long haul. Here are some factors to d ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 27, 2018

Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in Wilmington

If you're currently looking around the Wilmington, North Carolina area for a place to live, you definitely don't want to miss the boat on these up-and-coming neighborhoods. Most of these co ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 1, 2018

How to Power Wash Your Deck Like a Pro

The weather is getting warmer and summer is around the corner. It’s time to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and get your patio into shape in time for the season of BBQs and celebrations. Firs ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 10, 2018

Free Things to Do in Wilmington

When it comes to planning activities for you and the family, costs can add up quickly. Luckily, our beautiful city is full of fun things to do that won't break the bank. You might as well try a ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 15, 2017

Five Front Door Ideas for a Great First Impression

You only get one first impression, so you want to make it a good one. This is true in life, and when it comes to your house. One of the first things guests - not to mention potential homebuyers - n ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 1, 2017

How to Create a Perfect Man Cave

Are you ready for some football? How about some uninterrupted football? Fall is here, which means all you men out there are calling dibs on the remote and flipping channels to your favorite footbal ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 15, 2017

Five Quick Fixes For Your Home

When you buy a home - or when you’re trying to sell one - you immediately notice all the little things that aren’t quite right. Whether it’s a scuffed or scraped floor, a sub-par ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 3, 2017

Pet Friendly Beaches In N.C.

It really doesn't get much better than this, I thought a few days ago as I threw the neon yellow tennis ball down the beach for Deuce, my golden retriever, to fetch. If you're reading this ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 16, 2017

Keep Your House Clean Every Day

You have unpacked all the boxes and put everything in its respective spot, and the rest is easy, right? Not so fast. You still want to keep that new house nice and tidy. With the holidays rollin ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 2, 2017

Should You Buy A Home When You Have Student Loan Debt?

Today, it’s incredibly rare to graduate from college without at least some student loan debt. A few lucky people get away with owing just a few grand, while others find themselves saddled wit ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 15, 2017

The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Distressed Property

Every home buyer wants a deal, but when the price of a piece of real estate gets too low, there’s a reason. That’s when it’s time to stop, take a breath and let that tingling Spidey ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 28, 2017

Five Important Reasons To Use A Realtor

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to hire a professional to assist you with each step of the process. Unfortunately, many different mistakes can be made with the t ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 27, 2017

Important Resolutions For New Home Buyers

If you are thinking about buying a home, now is a good time for you to analyze your financial habits. While financial planning is always beneficial, it can directly help you if you are planning to ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 15, 2017

New Construction Or Existing Home?

When looking for a home, most people have the choice between an existing, already-built home and new construction. There are a lot of reasons to buy a new home, but there also are some things you need ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 1, 2017

How To Live In Your Home While It's On The Market

It can be difficult to juggle your regular home life while keeping the house in tip-top condition for selling. Making sure your house is always ready for a walkthrough while it's on the market can ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2017

How To Save For A Down Payment While Renting

Are you tired of renting? Rental prices are rising and homeowners everywhere are enjoying a steady increase in property values. If you are thinking about buying your first home, the time is now. Build ...

Residential Real Estate
May 1, 2017

What Is An FHA 203k Loan?

Buying a property in need of renovation can be a great way to build equity and get a fantastic deal in real estate. If you don't have the funds to renovate the property, coming up with them on the ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 13, 2017

Five Tips To Stage Your Home

Staging a home can be one of the most exciting times for a homeowner. In this crucial time, you don’t want to leave anything undone with your home. In this list, we will discuss five tips to sta ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 15, 2017

Why Choose a Real Estate Agent When You Can Sell It Yourself?

With the rise of popularity in Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and other online real estate tools, it might seem like you would be just fine selling your own home without hiring professional assistance. A ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 3, 2017

Benefits Of Selling Your Home In The Winter

It’s common for people to believe that selling their home in the summer will yield better results. I think we can all agree that the winter is a busy season for life in general. Kids are still i ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 16, 2017

Real Estate Lingo 101: Understanding Your Agent

What did they just say? Are they even speaking English?   If you have ever been thrown into the home buying or selling process, then you have probably experienced the extreme confusion that occ ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 5, 2017

What’s Bringing Down Your Home’s Value?

The second you drive a brand-new car off the lot, it’s value immediately decreases. The same can be true for a home.   The more “lived in” a house is, the more you need to foc ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 15, 2016

What To Expect During The Closing Process

So, you finally found the perfect house - time to pack up and move in, right? Not so fast… The closing process comes first. There are critical steps to take prior to unpacking your furniture ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 1, 2016

Refinancing: A Step-by-step Guide

Thinking of refinancing your home? Refinancing allows you to take out a new loan to pay off your current mortgage, which in turn lowers your monthly house cost. But with mortgage rates constantly c ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 17, 2016

Real Estate Off-Season Offers Buying Advantages

It seems like a new “For Sale” sign pops up every 10 minutes during the hot summer months in Wilmington. The market was especially on fire this particular summer. Homes seemed to sell almo ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 4, 2016

The Importance Of Moving Insurance

Selling a house, purchasing a new one and packing up all your personal belongings are hard enough. Between signing contracts, transactions with your bank, stuffing boxes and hiring movers, there isn&r ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 15, 2016

Should You Become A Landlord?

More people are renting homes - and at higher rates - than ever before.   That’s according to an article published in the New York Times last year, and it continues to be true. While ther ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 1, 2016

Preparing For A Home Inspection

Congratulations! You’ve received an offer on your home and the papers have been signed. Before you can move out and collect your cash, however, there’s one final step you still need to tak ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 15, 2016

Is A Career In Real Estate Right For You?

With more than 30 years of experience as a real estate agency, Network Real Estate has helped many people kick start their own careers in real estate. As a result, we’re lucky to work with a tea ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 1, 2016

Renting Versus Buying: Which One Is Better?

When it comes to the debate over whether it’s best to buy a home or rent one, both sides can make a compelling case. The truth is that this isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” discussi ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 15, 2016

Three Reasons To Invest In A Second Home

Owning a second home is only for the rich and famous, right? Wrong! With a little planning, some financial savvy, and an experienced real estate agent, buying a second home is within the average perso ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 1, 2016

Seven Red Flags To Avoid When Buying A House

Any homeowner will tell you that purchasing a home is a very big deal. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first home or your fifth – the experience is both incredibly thrilling and terri ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2016

Five Myths About Homeownership Debunked

For most of us, buying a home is the biggest purchase we’ll ever make. If it’s our first time going through the home-buying process, we often feel nervous, tense and confused. There’ ...

Residential Real Estate
May 1, 2016

Seven Simple Steps That Will Make Closing Day A Breeze

You found a house, fell in love, made an offer, and it was accepted. Congratulations! Before you pop the champagne and pick out paint colors, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure the trans ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 15, 2016

Five Reasons To Start A New Life As A Real Estate Agent

The decision to become a real estate agent can be a monumental one. It doesn’t matter who you are or what field you’re coming from – the world of real estate draws all kinds of peopl ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 1, 2016

Five Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent When You’re Renting

When most people think of hiring a real estate agent, they imagine buying a home. What they don’t realize is that real estate agents can be a valuable addition to your home buying search, even i ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 15, 2016

Five Signs It Might Be Time To Lower Your Asking Price

Putting a house on the market can be exciting and stressful. In an ideal situation, we would all sell our homes quickly and for a tidy profit. The longer this process takes, however, the more we begin ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 1, 2016

Seven Simple Ways To Lower Your Moving Costs

First things first: Congratulations on your new home! Moving to a new house is a thrilling time. A fresh start, a new space to decorate, and a neighborhood to explore – what could be better? &nb ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 15, 2016

Four Steps To A Great Relationship With Your Realtor

Good relationships are important. This is true whether you’re talking about a relationship with your parents, siblings, children, friends, neighbors or real estate agent.   Yes, that&rsqu ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 1, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, Fall In Love With A New Home

Buying a home is a lot like falling in love. You begin causally, going to a few open houses, seeing your options, and figuring out what really matters to you. Once you establish your deal breakers (fo ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 15, 2016

Light Up Your Home During Winter’s Darkest Days

The feasts are over, the presents have been unwrapped, and champagne glasses are empty. This can only mean one thing: The holiday season is over, and we’re already looking forward to spring. Dur ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 1, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

2016 has arrived and, if you’re like most people, you spent the end of the year taking stock of your life, identifying areas you’d like to improve, and setting goals you want to accomplish ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 15, 2015

Five Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling

You’ve read every article about how to sell a house and followed all the rules. Your home is neat and clean, your curb appeal is on point, and your neighborhood is picturesque. There’s jus ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 1, 2015

Why You Should Buy A Swimming Pool In The Off-Season

Owning your own swimming pool is a luxury. Here in Southeastern North Carolina, it can also be seen as a necessity. Sure, we live a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, but even a short drive ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 15, 2015

Home Décor Secrets Of The Rich And Famous

Some people are born with style. For others, it’s a skill they learn along the way. No matter which camp you belong to, one thing is certain: Style can be bought, and that’s a good thing! ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 1, 2015

How To Sell Your Home In The Fall

There’s a lot of debate about which season is the best time to sell a home. Some people claim spring, while others say summer. Fall is often listed as a great choice, and most people will agree ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 15, 2015

How To Choose The Best Home For Your Growing Family

Congratulations! You’re having a baby! Adding a child to your family is an exciting, thrilling, and occasionally terrifying time. In addition to obsessively reading What to Expect When You&rsquo ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 1, 2015

How Millennials Can Benefit From Becoming Homeowners

Homeownership has always been an integral part of the traditional American dream. Today, however, many millennials (those born between the years 1981 and 1997) have put that dream on hold. According t ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 15, 2015

Why It Doesn’t Pay To Lie On Your Mortgage Application

Unless you win the lottery or inherit a huge amount of cash, the odds are good that you’re going to need a mortgage. When it comes time to fill out that application, you may be tempted to fudge ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 1, 2015

How NOT To Stage Your Home

There are plenty of articles out there that tell you how to stage your home so others will want to buy it. But that doesn’t clear up the confusion about which strategies are off limits. Staging ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 15, 2015

Love It Or List It

On the popular HGTV show, “Love It or List It,” a real estate agent tries to convince a couple to sell their home by tempting them with new options, while an interior designer tries to con ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 1, 2015

How To Choose The Right Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying a new home, most people begin their search by driving through dream neighborhoods, stalking online listings, and heading to Pinterest for inspiration. While these are important ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 15, 2015

How To Plan The Ultimate Staycation In Coastal North Carolina

When most people are planning their summer vacations, a trip to the beach usually tops the list. For those of us lucky to live near the beach year-round, the idea of leaving our little slice of paradi ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 1, 2015

Fast And Affordable Updates To Help Sell Your Home

When your house is on the market, every second counts. For some people, selling quickly is a priority because they need to move for a job or before school starts. For others, they’re already in ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 15, 2015

Top Tips For Summer Sellers

Did you know that 50 percent of homes are sold in the summer? When you think about it, it makes sense. The kids are on summer break, so moving won’t interrupt their studies. Most industries tend ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 1, 2015

Buying A Retirement Home: What You Need To Know

For many people, dreaming of retirement is an idle way to pass the time. As we age, however, those dreams begin to take on a more concrete shape, including things like a warmer climate, a home on the ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2015

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and doesn’t end until November 30. The people and places most susceptible to hurricanes in the United States are those who live along the East Coast, ...

Residential Real Estate
May 1, 2015

7 Simple Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

A wise person once said, “First impressions are everything.” While this is a good thing to remember when introducing yourself to new people, it also applies to your home, especially when y ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 15, 2015

How To Create And Market A Captivating Listing

As a real estate professional, there are some days when I  spend the bulk of my time scheduling showings and completing paperwork. It may not be exciting work, but it's part of the job. Equal ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 1, 2015

How To Choose The Right Real Estate Agent

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, choosing the right real estate agent is key. It’s important to select one who meets your individual needs, as a successful purchase or sale require ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 15, 2015

The Buyer’s Guide To Home Inspections

Home inspections are an integral part of the buying process, so it’s important to know what to expect. Network Real Estate has more than 30 years of experience in our industry, and we’re h ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 1, 2015

How To Add Value To Your Home Without Breaking The Bank

When it comes time to sell your home, there are many ways you can creatively add value without spending big money. Putting in a few thousand or even a few hundred bucks could increase your home’ ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 15, 2015

What Do The Terms ‘Buyer’s Market’ And ‘Seller’s Market’ Mean?

A buyer’s market occurs when the housing market favors homebuyers. A seller’s market occurs when the housing market favors sellers. But what factors determine this fluctuation and what acc ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 1, 2015

Thinking Of Becoming A Professional Realtor? Here’s What You Need To Know

If you’re interested in becoming a professional Realtor, congratulations! You’ve completed the first step in starting a new, rewarding career. Not to be confused with a hobby, the real est ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 15, 2015

Five Things You Need To Be Preapproved For A Mortgage

When filing a mortgage application, you will be required by your lender to provide certain documentation to prove your income and assets. Lenders have to verify all the assets that will be used for yo ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 1, 2015

First-Time Homebuyers: Are You Ready to Buy A Home?

Buying a home is a huge commitment, and the preparation necessary to navigate the purchase process efficiently and successfully is more detailed than many people realize. Home buying rates are steadil ...

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