Beach Music Extravaganza – Bald Head Island | Bring on the Fun! | Wilmington NC real estate

Beach Music Extravaganza – Labor Day Weekend on Bald Head Island.

Bald Head Island is truely a hidden gem of  the Wilmington NC area.  Reachable by boat or ferry it is worth the trip.  The weather should be beautiful for this weekends Beach Music Extravaganza.  Three fun filled days of music, shagging, Calabash food and beautiful scenery.  The Embers ( listen here)  will headline the Friday night show with a Calabash Bash.  Saturday there is a Labor Day picnic with Carl Newton and the 5th Avenue Band (listen here).  Sunday will be a Texas BBQ Dinner with the Band of Oz. (listen here).

Information about the weekend and prices can be found here….

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Don’t Get Blindsided when Buying a Distressed Property | Wilmington NC real estate

Everyone wants to get a good deal on a home that they are considering purchasing.  Please do your homework first.  Get with a buyers representative to help you navigate the process.  These are some of the steps that will help you in your quest to buy a distressed property.




Don’t Get Blindsided When Buying A Distressed Property



If you’re getting ready to buy a home to live in or a vacation home to visit or an investment property to rent out, you’re probably interested in exploring the distressed properties available in today’s market. Why not scoop up a bargain, right?


There’s just one problem: Some distressed properties aren’t bargains at all — not even close. They may not be in an ideal location. They may need major repairs or improvements. Others will have too few of today’s sought-after amenities, or be in a poor school system, or be surrounded by dozens of other distressed properties. And those are only some of the possible pitfalls.


Still, there are some real gems out there. Your challenge is to find that distressed diamond in the rough — either pre-foreclosure or post-foreclosure — that’s worth your long-term investment of cash and monthly payments. Here are some market-smart secrets to set you on the right path to a worthwhile distressed-property purchase.


Contract with a buyer’s agent. This is a real-estate pro who will look after your interests, not the seller’s. An agent experienced in working with the institutions selling distressed properties — banks, government agencies, etc. — can help you identify homes suitable to your needs and goals. Even more, your agent will guide you through the negotiation process so you emerge with a great price on a valuable property.


Get pre-approved for a mortgage. We’ll work with you to get loan pre-approval so you can move fast when you find a distressed property worth buying. Being pre-approved for a mortgage puts you in the same league as “cash buyer” competitors that are also bidding on the best bargains.


Visit candidate properties in person. It’s amazing how much different a property can look in person compared with photos posted online. The only way to get a true feel for a property and its location is to see it with your own eyes.


Hire a certified professional home inspector to thoroughly check out a property before you even begin negotiations with the seller. This will cost you several hundred dollars up-front, but the payoff could be huge:


  • Saving you from buying a home that has problems you neither have the money nor inclination to fix.
  • Identifying needed repairs you are willing to undertake so you can factor those costs into your offer to the seller. Ask several contractors for estimates of materials and labor needed to remedy any problems your inspector finds.


Focus on the numbers. The seller may not lower the price of the property enough to cover the expenses you’ll incur to make needed repairs and desired upgrades. Will you have the time, money, skills and/or contractor connections to accomplish those tasks after you purchase the home? If the answer is “no,” be prepared to keep looking.


Check for fit. Remember, a distressed home can only be a great deal when it meets your needs, wants and goals. Just because a property is inexpensive and in good shape, doesn’t mean you’ll be satisfied with it long term.




The Bellamy Mansion Summer Jazz Concert | Wilmington, NC real estate

The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design Arts – Wilmington, NC.

Fri Aug 12 6:30pm – 8pm 

Birdseye view (photograph above) by Gene Ayscue, 2003

Enjoy the sounds of jazz from the steps of the beautiful Bellamy Mansion.  The summer concert series has been a success.  Great music, atmosphere and good fun.  Bring a picnic and blanket and settle in for a great show.  4th in the summer series presents Jack Krupicka and Julie Rehyder.  $12 non-members/$8 members of CF Jazz Society or Bellamy Mansion. Wine & Beer will be sold.


From the website :

1859 – 1861
James F. Post, Architect
Rufus Bunnell, Draftsman

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.
 Bellamy Mansion
503 Market Street
Wilmington, NC
Fax 910-763-8154


15th Annual East Coast Wahines August 20 & 21 | Wrightsville Beach NC | Wilmington NC

East Coast Wahines.

from Wahines website

The waves have been great, the water blue and the beach white…. what better time to have the 15th annual East Coast Wahines Championship.  Wrightsville Beach will host the 2 day event on August 20 and 21.  Women surfers from around the world will compete in these divisions shortboard, longboard, bodyboard, and novice- all ages, from groms to goddesses.

According to the Wahines website they have partnered with Sweetwater Surf shop in Wrightsville Beach and the venue will be moved to Columbia street near local business district.  For more information and applications to surf, please visit

Good luck and enjoy as a participant or watching the incredible talent that frequents this championship.

If you see any Wrightsville Beach or Wilmington NC real estate that interests you, let us know. or text 14059 to 44133 to search by street or area.


How To Avoid The 13 Most Common Mistakes Home Sellers Make | Wilmington NC real estate

Selling a home is always a challenge. But in today’s market deal-killing pitfalls are more common than ever…at a time when buyers continue to have the upper hand.

  • Economic and job issues loom large.
  • Buyers’ financing is more difficult to obtain.
  • Price competition from distressed homes lurks around the corner.
  • Throw in the stress and uncertainty some home sellers feel, and no wonder mistakes are made.

The worst all-too-common blunders can cost you — the home seller — time and money. That’s why we make it our business to help our sellers avoid costly problems with advance planning and local knowledge.

Buyers are out there right now, looking for homes to buy. We see it every day. They might love a home, but the sellers must make sure not to jeopardize a deal with the right buyer at the right time. The devil is in the details. Put in a little energy and preparation, and you can make smarter moves to land a buyer — who locates your home to visit and falls in love with it and knows its price is right on target.

From experience, we’ve watched other home sellers make mistakes you can avoid. Our professional help can ensure your home sells quickly and brings the best possible price. Take a moment to learn today’s worst pitfalls and how not to make these same deal-wrecking mistakes. Then you’ll have something the competition doesn’t have: a sale!

1. Pricing For Yesterday
You need to keep your home price competitive with similar homes that are in comparable condition and located in neighborhoods like yours. Tour comparable homes in your area online and in person to see how your home stacks up. Be realistic about the price, and your home will sell.

2. Being Greedy
Now is not the time to add up every last dime you’ve put into your home and expect to recoup it all. The home buyers in today’s market will determine what your home is worth.

3. Waiting
Trying to time the real estate market, waiting for it to bottom out — or to peak — is a risky strategy. Only hindsight is 20-20. Make a move now when you are ready, not when you believe the real estate market is at a “perfect point.”

4. Not Offering Incentives
Although buyers will purchase your home first and foremost because it meets their needs, you may also find that incentives (help with closing costs, throwing in some household items, etc.) can sweeten the deal and encourage buyers to jump off the fence and buy now.

5. Making Your Home Inaccessible
Don’t put huge restrictions on touring opportunities. Make your home readily open and available for all buyers.

6. Going It Alone
Trying to sell your home on your own can be very tricky in today’s local market. Professional real estate agents — like us — do more than put your home on the multiple listing service. We provide solid marketing both off line and online to help get your home seen by the greatest number of interested buyers.

7. Showing Your Home Before It’s Ready
If you’re still packing, decluttering, painting, fixing up and improving your home, wait until all your work is complete before putting it on the market. Buyers will have a hard time looking past the unkempt work zones when touring your home and will mark it off their list.

8. Not Keeping Your Home A Showcase
If you were having a party, you’d make sure your home was spic and span. When your home is on the market, pretend you’re having a big gathering…every day! Keep your home clutter-free and clean to make sure it’s ready for a buyer to stop by anytime.

9. Ignoring Your First Offer
Your home’s first offer could be your best offer, perhaps your only offer. Take each offer seriously no matter what the offered price is. We can help you negotiate for the best price and terms to fit your financial situation.

10. Not Hiring A Home Inspector Before Listing
If you want your home sale to go smoothly, hire an inspector before listing your home for sale. Use his or her checklist of items to attend to as your to-do list. Tackle all the items before you list your home and buyers will notice how well maintained your home is.

11. Hanging Around For Showings
Home buyers are turned off when the homeowner is present during a home tour. Plan to vacate your home when potential buyers are coming. They are more likely to truly inspect your home thoroughly — and potentially make an offer — if you are away.

12. Keeping Pets Around
When buyers are touring your home, pets can get underfoot. For your pets’ safety and potential buyers’ comfort, take your furry friends with you during showings or have them temporarily stay at a friend’s home while your home is on the market.

13. Making Tiny Price Reductions
If you find you must drop your home’s price, avoid doing it in small increments; it’s a painfully slow method to watch your home not sell. Only consider significant price reductions that bring your home’s price in line with comparable homes and put it in a price range for a whole new set of buyers. For example, those buyers looking at homes up to $250K might find yours if you set the price under that price point, say, $249K, rather than keeping it just slightly above at $255K.

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The Daze of Lumina Pavillion | Save the Date Lumina Daze 2011 | August 28 2011

Lumina Daze.

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The Daze of Lumina Pavillion are fond memories of many local residents.  It was “The” place to go for music, dancing, beach time and watching movies on a huge screen on Wrightsville Beach.  The Wrightsville Beach Museum is hosting the Daze of Lumina to benefit the Museum.  Tickets are $15.00 .  Food and Drink will be available through the Blockade Runner Resort.  You can purchase tickets here. 


“The island’s first structure was the Carolina Yacht Club, built in 1853. A train track was built in 1888 from the mainland to Harbor Island to the exterior island along the beach, which brought vacationers from nearby Wilmington and spurred development. In 1902, the train was converted to electric streetcars—i.e., the beach trolley. The most significant structure on the island was the large dance floor and entertainment center, the Lumina Pavilion, which opened in 1905. In its heyday, it attracted numerous entertainers, including most of the famous Big Bands. Cars were finally allowed on the beach in 1935, hastening the demise of the beach trolley, which last ran in 1940. Lumina closed in 1973.”

“The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in a relocated cottage built in 1907 on Salisbury Street near the entrance to the island, features the town’s history. Many tourists come to see Wrightsville’s history and beaches.”

Please join us for the 13th Annual Lumina Daze Celebration at the Blockade Runner 274 Waynick Blvd.  Wrightsville Beach for a night of  music with 5 bands, dancing and silent auction.  Food and Drink will be available for purchase by Blockade Runner Resort.   Purchase Tickets Here…  or 

 Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

303 W. Salisbury St.
P.O. Box 584
Wrightsville Beach, NC

(910) 256-2569


Tidalwalk gets new start | Wilmington NC Real Estate

Wilmington NC Real Estate, Wilmington NC Homes, Wrightsville Beach Homes.

Good news for Wilmington NC real estate, Mountain Real Estate Capital has acquired the stalled TidalWalk development in Wilmington NC.  They are teaming up with LStar Land  to co-develop the rest of the community.  This is a breathe of fresh air for the real estate community.  A beautiful subdivision on the water will get a second chance.  Thank you Mountain Real estate Capital and LStar Land.  Can’t wait to see the completed project.

Tidalwalk Wilmington NC Waterfront Listings click

The private, luxurious seaside community of TidalWalk has resort-style, waterfront amenities and residences that offer a casually elegant style of coastal living. One hundred acres of coastal forest hemmed with white sand beach along the Intracoastal Waterway were assembled to create TidalWalk. The visionaries who conceived its American-summer-retreat concept wanted to create a community that reflected their love of the coast a place that gives you a feeling you’ll remember from the golden summers of your youth.

Our Amenities Include:

  • Private Beaches – Secluded Beach Hammock

  • Boardwalks

  • Waterview Clubhouse

  • The Waterview Pool

  • Boatslips Available

  • Kayaking on Marsh Rivers

  • Waterfront gazebo and day dock

Call me today for a personal tour of Tidal Walk in Wilmington, NC.

Contact Kay Baker & Associates at 1-800-497-7325 Ex. 3607 or for the most recent homes for sale in Tidalwalk, Wilmington, NC.

Heads Up! New Hanover County Removes Illegal APFO Fees | Wilmington NC real estate

Heads Up! New Hanover County Removes Illegal APFO Fees.


The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.  ~Author unknown

Business Alliance for a Sound Economy in Wilmington NC has Perserverance.

For several years BASE has been addressing the issue of illegal APFO  (Adequate Public Facility Ordinance) funds with New Hanover County.  Five subdivision areas were noted.  Landfall, Northchase, River Lights, Rose Hill Landing and Blue Clay Farms.  Fee or land donations were required by PD (planned development) districts.  Since the PD was planned in 1984 all five subdivisions were subject to illegal requirements for adequate school and fire facilities as conditions of development approval.  At the New Hanover Board of Commissioners meeting last night, the County unanimously voted to amend the ordinance and remove these illegal school and fire fees.  Read more here…