ENERGY SAVERS – Keep your Kitchen from Eating Your Income.

Originally posted on Wilmington NC real estate:

 Kitchens are energy-intensive rooms thanks to modern appliances designed to make life, and eating, easier. The U.S. Department of Energy offers the following tips for cutting energy consumption in the kitchen without sacrificing convenience.

Skip the pilot light. If you’re thinking of replacing your current range or oven with a new gas model, opt for a unit with an electronic ignition. Pilot lights burn gas–and money–24 hours a day.

Check the flames. If gas is being burned efficiently by your range or oven, the flames should be blue. If they’re yellow, call in a professional to have the unit adjusted or repaired.

Clean range burners and pans. Clean burners and pans reflect heat better, thus using less energy.

Turn off early. Electric ovens retain heat for quite a while after they are turned off. By turning the heat off several minutes early, you can use the…

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LOCATION: The Most Important Questions Every Buyer Should Ask

It’s a maxim in real estate that the three most crucial factors in selecting a home are “location, location, location.” It’s also true! No matter how wonderful the home is, the location is key to how well you’ll like living in it and how well it sells when you’re ready to move on. Before you buy, carefully check the following factors to be sure the home you like is really the one you want to live in.

Wilmington NC real estateConsider destinations

Where will family members go most often from this new location? How easy is it to reach those places from the home? How accessible are schools, churches, grocery stores, medical care, public transportation, shopping malls and emergency services?

Be sure rooms have a view

What is the view from the home and yard? Is the yard right for your anticipated activities? What uses are possible for nearby undeveloped land? Is a new road or commercial development planned?

Check around the clock

{short description of image}Is rush hour traffic a problem? What will be the impact of special events such as local high-school games or church picnics? Test the driveway. How easy is it to get into and out of the driveway?

Be service conscious

What utilities serve the property? Are the rates competitive? Do you want an all-electric home, or do you want gas or oil heat? Where will your mail get delivered? Are there any easements?

Dig below the surface

Is the soil stable? Is part of the property on a flood plain? If so, what is the history of floods on the property and what would flood insurance cost?

Visit the neighbors

How will you fit in with the neighbors? Do people seem to be friendly? Are homes well-maintained?

Read the fine print

If the community has special by-laws or architectural controls over changes to a homes in the area?Make a list of the positive and negative aspects of each property as you tour it. Assign priorities to important elements of the home’s location. If you have questions about a home’s location, we can help. Call or e-mail us now.

 

I Have A Dream | Martin Luther King Parade Downtown Wilmington NC 2014

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This year’s Martin Luther King parade will be held in downtown Wilmington NC. and it is expected to be bigger than ever.  Over the years the parade and festivities have grown and a new venue should allow more visitors.
The MLK Parade Monday – January 20, 2014 Parade Begins 11:00 NOON Historic Downtown Wilmington Parade starting point: Front St. & Hanover St.  Here is parade route if you would like a pick a spot to watch.  Route

There are many local events leading up to the parade on Monday.  Some of them are:

Friday January, 17 2014 6:30 PM MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ANNUAL BANQUET  Wilmington Convention Center 10 Convention Ctr. Dr. Wilmington, NC  Guest Speaker: N.C.  Supreme Court Justice Cherie Beasley  Tickets: $50.00 click to close frame

Saturday January, 18 2014 9:00 AM N.A.A.C.P. / MLK BREAKFAST  UNCW Warwick Center UNCW  Main Campus Wilmington, NC  Guest Speaker: Rev. Curtis Gatewood NAACP HK on J Coordinator Saturday January, 18 2014 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM KIDS FUN DAY  WILLIAM E. MURPHY SPORTS COMPLEX 401 S. 8th Street Wilmington, NC  presented by the: Wilmington Parks & Recreation Dept. (Fun, games, face painting, refreshments for all ages)  Saturday January, 18 2014 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM CAR & BIKE SHOW AND SOUL FOOD COOK-OFF (for grown folk)  WILLIAM E. MURPHY SPORTS COMPLEX 401 S. 8th Street Wilmington, NC  (Best Mortorcycle and Best Antique Car awards)  click to close frame

For more information please visit the website  http://www.mlkjrcelebration-senc10.com/index.htm

Enjoy….

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2013 in review | Wilmington NC Real Estate Blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Woof 2 Wash

Originally posted on Cute Overload:

“Woof 2 Wash” washing machines have been developed in the UK, to assist disabled persons with this day-to-day task. Watch this puppeh open the machine door, then start it up with a WOOF!

As seen on DesignTaxi.

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For Sale By Owner? Help Here

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NO RISK Real Estate Services!

 (No Excuses, Either.)

If  you have recently decided to sell your home For Sale By Owner,  it’s exciting, and a bit frightening at the same time, isn’t it?  You clean the house from top to bottom.  Maybe you even repaint some rooms.  Then you place your sign in the yard, perhaps place an ad in the local paper, and plan an open house.

I wonder if your decision to sell For Sale By Owner was made due to a bad experience selling a previous home with a Real Estate Agent.  If so, you’ve probably heard some of these excuses:

“It’s a slow market – nothing is selling.”

“The bad weather has really kept people from looking.”

“My broker won’t let me advertise in (fill in the blanks).”

Or, the worst one of all (in my opinion)…

“I don’t know why it didn’t sell.”

 The truth is there are no excuses.  Making excuses doesn’t get the job done, does it?  Had you been counseled correctly from the beginning, and had you chosen an agent who aggressively MARKETED your property instead of trying to SELL it, you would have had a better experience, and might have made a different choice this time.

If that’s the case, I want you to know that there are reputable, professional agents out there.

If you experienced an agent who thinks the MLS and a sign was going to sell your home, you’ll appreciate my Agressive  Marketing Strategy to get your home SOLD.

It’s your choice whether to stay For Sale By Owner or to learn more about my services.  If you’re intrigued…  If you want to know more…contact us or go to our website, http://www.cbbaker.com

Let us help you to helping you get your property sold for top dollar.

Sincerely,

Baker Wayne and Associates

bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

P.S. My services are backed up by a No-Risk Guarantee.

Cucalorus 19 Film Festival| November 13-17 | Wilmington NC

Cucalorus Annual Film Festival Starts Tonight  November 13 – 17

There are some great films being offered, something for everyone.  For a full list visit http://www.cucalorus.org/filmlist.asp

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welcome to cucalorus.
is it a film festival? well, not really
it’s a gathering, a congregation of creatives
an ensemble of artmakers
energy sources, swamp surfers
rolling down the cape fear river

Get your tickets and passes online http://www.cucalorus.org/tickets.asp or at the TicketBox. The TicketBox, your top top spot for festival info, is located in the Thalian Ballroom, at 310 Chestnut Street.

For schedule visit – http://www.cucalorus.org/calendar.asp

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