The Difference Between a House vs. Home

Have you ever questioned what the difference is between a house and a home? As experts in the field of real estate we are frequently asked this question. A house is what you purchase and a home is what it becomes once you move in and settle down. You’ll often see that we advertise beach homes for sale far more often than houses for sale. That’s because our homes for sale have a way of holding onto the essence of what makes a house a home long after the sellers have moved out. It’s that comfort factor that makes a house get snatched right up.

Whether you call it a house or a home matters little in the home buying process. What does matter is the Realtor you use to find your next home. Give us a call at Sloane Realty 800-237-4609 and we’ll gladly show you around the area.

In the meantime, check out these upcoming events taking place nearby.


The always popular Silver Coast Bridal Show is taking place from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, January 25 at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach. Meet local wedding vendors and discover more of their services, including catering, photography, officiating, cakes, DJs and entertainment, event rentals, limos, venues, event planners, florists, and more! Let the expertise of local wedding professionals make your wedding day extra special. There will even be a DYI booth to help you create your favorite Pinterest centerpiece. Free admission. 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.



The 2nd Annual Beethoven 15k/5k takes place on Sunday, January 25 at 8:15 and 9 a.m. at the Brunswick Forest Fitness Center, 2701 Brunswick Forest Pkwy., Leland, NC. Featuring unique picturesque courses through beautiful Brunswick Forest, snazzy tee-shirts, customized 15K finisher medals, inside bathrooms and locker rooms, and a post-race party at the Fitness Center in the Leland Room with adult beverages, good food, vendors and exhibitors.

There is a costume awards category for athletes wearing Beethoven wigs, carrying musical instruments, or just wearing the costume of your choice. The goal is to strike a balance between athletes looking for a serious 15K or 5K race and those looking to have a fun day and enjoy the race and post race festivities with friends and fellow runners in the 15K or 5K.

The event is a fundraiser for the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and its youth education programs.  Perfect tune-up race for late winter and early spring marathons and half marathons!  Individual and 4-person team entry categories are available. The event offers 5K and 15K races, and 1K, 5K and 15K walks. Price range $35-$50.

Make Home Ownership a Reality

In spite of the scars left by the recent housing recession, home ownership is still a goal for many people in this country. If you resolved to purchase a home in 2012 it’s time to take action. The timing for such a move is ideal right now. Professional observers of the housing market say the price of homes has bottomed out in many markets and interest rates are at their lowest point ever.

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Although there are some positive signs in the recent months, it will take years before the housing market is back on track like it was. This gives prospective buyers time to get their plans in order before taking the plunge.

First make sure the timing is right for you to buy. Are you ready for the responsibility of home ownership? Will you be able to handle the maintenance required of homeowners? Are you ready for the lifestyle change that comes with owning property?

Secondly, make sure set your sights on the right top of home for you. There are benefits and pitfalls to different types of properties. Condos and townhomes, for example, can free up owners of the responsibility for outside upkeep. No snow shoveling, mowing or major repairs.

Single family homes offer social opportunities and more freedom. You’ll have a yard for the kids to play in, where you can plant flower gardens, and grow your own food. You won’t have to abide by condo association rules, although some HOA’s have their own guidelines you must follow.

When you’re ready to talk about seriously about Brunswick County real estate give us a call at Sloane Realty. We can answer any questions about our Brunswick County real estate that you might have.