Annexation Fight Seems to be Working | Wilmington NC real estate

When talking about Wilmington NC real estate one thinks location, location, location.  An added thought is where it is located.  In the City or in the County.  The latest try by the City to annex an area near Monkey Junction seems to have come to a stall.  According to the Star News “Property owners in the Monkey Junction area have likely stopped the city from annexing them. As of today, the New Hanover County’s board of elections had received petitions from 62 percent of residents opposing the annexation, exceeding the required 60 percent needed to stop it. A state law passed earlier this year gives residents in pending annexation areas the opportunity to deny the annexations if 60 percent of the property owners inside the areas sign a petition to do so.”

It won’t be official until after the petition deadline  on Nov. 29. And after that, Marvin McFadyen, New Hanover Board of Elections director, will make a recommendation to the county’s board of elections to accept the petitions.”

The residents of the proposed annexation area might get a reprieve for awhile.  There are some perks that go with being in the City, but it does come with a pricetag.  A quick glance at annexation from the City’s website. Click here….

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Wilmington NC Attraction Rocks | Wins Top Honor Battleship NC

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 Wilmington NC Attraction Gets Top Honors | Battleship North Carolina
Wilmington NC wins another honor, the Battleship North Carolina just received a top award for the 2011 Attraction of The Year by the Travel Industry Association.  According to our local station WWAY “The purpose of the annual award is to recognize a North Carolina visitor attraction that exemplifies excellence, innovation and sets the standard for an exceptional visitor experience. Past recipients of NCTIA’s Attraction of the Year award are: Grandfather Mountain (2010), Chimney Rock Park (2009), Blue Ridge Parkway (2008), and the North Carolina Museum of Art (2007). ”

Perfect timing for the Battleship NC as it is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary on October 2, 2011.  The grand ship has served as the official North Carolinas World War II memorial.  If you have not had a chance to enjoy the Battleship NC, it is worth the time to make it a point to visit.  These are some of the activities that are coming up on the ship.  

October 01 – 50th Anniversary: Battleship Alive

October 02 – 50th Anniversary: Reflection

October 14 – 50th Anniversary: Ghost Ship

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Located in Downtown Historic Wilmington NC, close to eclitic shops, wonderful restaurants and pubs, old renovated theaters and of course the mighty Cape Fear River.  If you see any homes you would like to see, please visit or text 14059 to 44133 and search by address.  Call us and let us show off our hometown.

Wilmington NC does it again | Wilmington ranked on Best Towns list

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WE LOVE OUR TOWN!    Wilmington NC makes another list. 

Outside Magazine ranked Wilmington among a list of Best Towns – “the finest places you’d ever want to call home.”

They call the River City the “Next Big Thing”.  Here are some of the other things they said about our community in their article in the October issue of Outside Magazine….  

“Similar to Charleston: southern charm, a 300-year-old harbor, ample seafood. But what sets Wilmington (pop. 106,500) apart from its genteel South Carolina neighbor is an economy in overdrive—not long ago, it was the second-fastest-growing economy in the U.S. Thanks to EUE Screen Gems, it’s also home to the largest motion-picture and television studio outside California. (The local film industry employs some 800 people.) Situated where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic, the former military port’s recreation options are mostly water-based—sea-kayaking, sailing, deap-sea fishing—and the biggest party of the year is, naturally, Riverfest, a frenzy of vendors, fireworks, music, athletic competitions, and invading pirates.”

Just last week Wilmington NC made another list – “America’s Most Fun and Affordable Cities by Bloomberg Businessweek.  Let us share Wilmington NC with you.  Please visit for news about Wilmington and to search all Wilmington NC real estate.

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9/11 We Remember Commemorative Service | Wilmington NC

September 11, 2001 will stay in our minds and hearts forever. We have not forgotten. Take time this weekend to reflect on the 10 year anniversary, either quietly by yourself or with others in your community. Reach out to those that were directly affected by the events. Keep in your thoughts the first responders who help keep us safe, and the service men and women who are continuing to fight to keep our freedom. If you would like to know where events are in our area these are some of the memorial services in Wilmington NC on Saturday September 11, 2011 to recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01.

9/11 “We Remember” Commemorative Service

Sun, September 11th 2011 – Candlelight Vigil 7 pm – 8pm
Wilmington Convention Center

9/11 Memorial Service

– Cape Fear Community College – \ Safety Training Center at the North Campus in Castle Hayne beginning at 8:30 a.m

9/11 Rememberance Ceremony

UNCW Kenan Auditorium – 6: 00 pm – Mayor Bill Saffo and other speakers. Music by UNCW Dept. of Music

Theater Performance: Remembrance Monologues, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Sunday

9 a.m. near the POW Memorial at 30 Government Center Dr., Bolivia

9/11 Memorial Cruise

Wilmington Water Tours – Downtown Wilmington (910)338-3134

1:30pm – Live music featuring Lindsay Bennet and a complimentary toast to remember those we have lost.

4:00pm – Live music featuring Jamie Michelle and a memorial Wreath laying to Honor those we have lost.

Pray for peace.

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So you think you want to sell your home | Be prepared | Wilmington NC real estate

If you are thinking about selling your home, make sure you do your homework first.  There are things that you can do months before hand that will make the home selling process smoother.


Be Prepared When Selling Your Home

Thinking about selling? In that time period leading up to actually putting your home on the market, you can do a number of things to get your home in shape so buyers will love what they see and want to move in fast! Prioritizing what needs to get done first can be overwhelming.
Here’s a guide to help you get your home ready to sell any time of the year.


Three to six months from listing:

  • Get a home inspection from a licensed home inspector. (Call us for recommended local inspectors.)
  • Use the checklist from the inspection as your to-do list and fix all problems.
  • Arrange for estimates or plan to do the work yourself to paint rooms with neutral colors.
  • If you’re considering bathroom or kitchen remodeling of any size, now is the time to undertake it, but beware of over-improving or updating with polarizing styles.



One to three months from listing:

  • Clear out closets, cabinets and drawers and be ruthless in your quest to de-clutter.
  • Remove from display all personal items such as photographs, certificates, trophies, diplomas, etc.
  • If necessary, rent a storage unit to store excess furniture and belongings that clutter your home.
  • Clear out the basement, garage, shed and attic — spaces that are often forgotten but full of stuff.
  • Power wash the outside of your home (siding, patios, driveways, etc.) or hire a service to do the work for you.
  • Take a tour of local homes that are currently for sale to see how they compare with your home.
  • Concentrate on curb-appeal landscaping from tree/bush trimming to greening the landscape to sprucing up the entrance.


One month or less from listing:

  • Revisit your entire home with a buyer’s eye in mind and touch up any small fix-ups and upgrades.
  • After your complete de-cluttering, contact a professional home stager to make each room in your home inviting to buyers.
  • Get carpets professionally cleaned.
  • Wash windows — inside and out — or hire it out.
  • Secure a safe location for pet(s) to be left during showings or find a friend who will take your pet(s) while your home is on the market.
  • Adhere to a regular cleaning schedule, or hire a service to do basic cleaning.


First day on the market, broker open house and open houses:

  • Put out a bowl of fruit, fresh flowers and/or bake cookies that day to give your home a homey feel.
  • Open all shades and curtains and turn on lights in every room to ensure your home is bright.
  • Make sure you and your family leave the home for all showings, so plan some outings, visits or errands when needed.

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