Want to be a Tourist for a day FOR FREE | Wilmington NC real estate

If you are a New Hanover County Resident, Sunday March 4 is your day to try out being a tourist in our great town.  During the 17th annual “Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown” Residents’ Appreciation Day. Wilmington and the Beaches and New Hanover County will host FREE admission to over 30 area attractions.  Now is your time to try out attractions that you might not have visited.  There will be a special “Riverfront Activities” from 12:30 – 3:00 pm.  Area Mascots will be there to sign autographs.

The starnewsonline.com has listed the events and times.  Some reservations might have to be made, so read each listing carefully.

” New Hanover County ID is required for the attractions so marked in the listings below. Some attractions and tours require advance reservation. Read descriptions carefully for hours and restrictions. For more information, contact the individual attractions. In case of rain, call attractions to confirm outdoor activities.

NHC-ID Airlie Gardens, 9am-5pm, 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, 798-7566. Stroll through the winding paths of this century-old garden by the sea. Enjoy 67-acres of gardens, including the 467-year-old Airlie Oak. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Arboretum at New Hanover County Co-op Ext., 9am-6pm, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, 798-7660. Explore 6+ acres of demonstration and trial gardens to discover the newest and best plants for area landscapes & gardens.

Bellamy Mansion Museum, 1-4pm, 503 Market St, Wilmington, 251-3700. Visit the formal areas and kitchen in the basement of the mansion, hear the history of the original slave quarters and its restoration, and peruse the gift shop.

Black Cat Shoppe, 1-5pm. 8 Market St., Wilmington. 251-6663. Aye, mateys, ‘yer looking for a bit of adventure in the Port City? Drop by to see some magic, hear some true Wilmington pirate stories or to have ye fortune told. Space is limited and we will entertain first come, first served.

Blue Moon Gift Shops, 12-5pm. 203 Racine Dr., Wilmington, 799-5793. A Wilmington shopping destination that offers shoppers an eclectic mix of charming and diverse boutiques all under one roof! Tastings from various shops all day.

Burgwin-Wright Museum House, 12-5pm, 224 Market St., Wilmington, 762-0570. The house will not be open; however, visitors may tour the historic gardens and visit the Colonial kitchen and the former jail. A self-guided garden tour is available, with layout, historic facts, plant identification, etc.

Educators from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher‘s outreach classroom (1-3 p.m.) will share information about marine life found along the North Carolina coast. Free Hometown Tourist stickers will be provided to children who stop by the Riverfront Visitor Information Booth from noon to 3 p.m., courtesy of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

NHC-ID Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water sts., Wilmington, 233-7630. Guided tours start at 5:30pm only. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED. Tickets MUST be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday March 3rd from 11am-6pm. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. NO TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT THE DAY OF THE TOUR. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Greenfield Grind Skate Park, 1-8pm, Burnett Blvd, behind Parks & Rec offices, Wilmington, 362-8222. Participants get free admission between 1-8pm. NOTE: All participants REQUIRED to wear helmet & pads.

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 1pm-5pm. 2nd & Orange St., Wilmington. 793-6393. Listed on U.S. Register of Historic Places. Spend a WWII History afternoon at one of the few remaining USO buildings. Tour the restored building, theater, and mini-museum of the home front in Wilmington, “America’s World War II City.” Visit the HBHUSO/CAC Community Art gallery exhibiting works from local established and emerging artists.

NHC-ID Halyburton Park, Guided hike at 1pm; park open all day. 4099 17th St., Wilmington. 341-0075. Join a park naturalist and explore nature up close on a two-mile nature hike ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED for hike. Learn about the park’s history, Long Leaf Pine forest, Carolina Bays and enjoy the outdoors as you hike from the park to the Cameron Art Museum along the Cross City Trail. Guided hike (1pm) lasts about two hours. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Haunted Pub Crawl at Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, 12pm-6pm, 131 N. Front St, Wilmington, 343-8881. Get a “taste” of the Haunted Pub Crawl and hear eerie tales that will both shiver ye timbers and make ye laugh so hard ye’ll swab the decks. Starts at 12 noon and then on the hour every hour, with the last one at 6pm. ALL AGES welcome! No reservations necessary.

NHC-ID Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water Sts., Wilmington, 233-7630. Guided tour starts at 12:00 noon only. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED. Tickets MUST be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday the 3rd from 11am-6pm. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. NO TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT THE DAY OF THE TOUR. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.


Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, Noon-9pm, 4240 Market St. (behind “17” North Shopping Center), Wilmington, 762-0173. Free volleyball. Grill will be open with food & drink specials.

Carolina Beach State Park, 8am-7pm, State Park Rd, Carolina Beach, 458-8206. Bring picnic, fishing supplies. Explore nature trails, visitor center, marina and more. (Boat ramp/campsite rentals not included.)

Federal Point History Center, 1-4pm, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, 458-0502. Enjoy exhibits & audio-visual presentations portraying periods in the Federal Point community, including pre-historic, colonial, Civil War and development of Carolina-Kure Beaches and Seabreeze as tourist attractions. Refreshments.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site-Civil War Fort, 1-5pm, Hwy. 421 Kure Beach, NC, 458-5538. Visitors to the site will enjoy our scenic quarter-mile tour trail, wayside exhibits, a reconstructed palisade fence, and a partially restored gun emplacement. The visitor center offers audio-visual programs and artifacts from blockaders and blockade runners, as well as a fiber optic map that shows the final battle for the fort.

NHC-ID Wilmington Railroad Museum, 1-4pm, 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, 763-2634. Railroad history and features for everyone, all in an authentic 1883 railroad building. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.

Wilmington Trolley, 1-4pm. Downtown Wilmington. 763-4483. The trolley will offer free shuttle service between the participating attractions in the downtown area. This is shuttle service only, not tours.

Wilmington Water Tours, Boards at 3:15pm; departs 3:30pm. 212 S. Water St., Wilmington. 338-3134. Eagles Island Tour. Learn the history of Eagles Island, view the beautiful downtown waterfront and get introduced to fascinating ecology of the Cape Fear River. Limited availability. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 1-5pm, 303 W. Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, 256-2569. Visit this 1909 beach cottage and feel what life at the beach was like 100 years ago. Step back in time as you walk through a 1930’s kitchen, see our model of Wrightsville Beach in 1910, and rock on the shady porch.

NHC-ID Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Taxi, 12Noon &1pm. Banks Channel across from Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, 200-4002. The Cape Fear Naturalist, Joseph Abbate, explores the tidal creeks of Masonboro Island. The 1-hour tour focuses on water bird and shorebird identification. Topics include shorebird identification, salt marsh function and water quality issues. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Space is limited.”

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Awesome New Listing | 1602 Goose Landing | Wilmington NC Real Estate

1602 Goose Landing | Wilmington NC Real Estate.


Ride your bike to Wrightsville Beach and Mayfaire.

Wonderful Community of Village at Summerset. 

Best location around! Maintenance free living with brick exterior and yard maintenance is included. This beautiful Oleander Cottage was designed & built by Hagood Homes. Home has 10 ft. ceilings , tall windows to allow for lots of bright sunshine. Screened porch off the breakfast nook welcomes those ocean breezes. Hardwood floors are in the living areas, with all three baths and laundry featuring ceramic flooring. Two pantries and built in desk in kitchen. Granite countertops, tiled backsplash and large island make this kitchen a must see. Bonus room with private bath is the 4th bedroom. Relax in the private study and enjoy the quietness of the neighborhood. Built-in book shelves on either side of the gas fireplace. A great place or live or have as a second home.

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Wilmington NC real estate market | Sunny with a chance of a great year.

A recent article in the Wilmington Business Journal sums up the market in Wilmington NC.  Sunny with a chance of a great year. There has been a huge increase in contracts written in January 2012.  According to the article, ”

Last year, realtors sold more than 2,600 homes in New Hanover County, according to recent Wilmington Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data.

About 258 units sold in January in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, according to the MLS. This is slightly down from January 2011 when 281 units sold.

However, the pending sales index, which charts units that will close in 30 to 60 days has been at an all time high for this time of year. As of February 11, 789 units were on the area’s pending index, while this time last year there were about 600 units pending, according to David Flory, Cunningham & Company Mortgage Bankers mortgage consultant.

The region’s housing inventory is also shrinking — another good sign for contractors and homebuilders.

The MLS data shows about 2,000 homes on the market to sell in January 2012 — that is down 24 percent from this time last year.

Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, said the 10 offices within his southeastern North Carolina division have placed 120 homes under contract in the last week signaling what he hopes will be a much better year in residential real estate for greater Wilmington.

“The numbers are up,” Milam said. “And that’s definitely a good sign that things are starting to get better.”

Milam said last year, his firm’s southeastern division, which includes the Wilmington, Jacksonville and Shallotte areas secured 277 contracts totaling $57.2 million. However, since the start of 2012, the division has recorded 454 contracts worth $80.6 million.

“We see the market improving because consumer confidence in the economy is increasing,” Milam said. “Our website traffic is also increasing . . . we’re in a good position right now.”

The same can be said of the area’s largest Wilmington-based real estate company.

Jim Wallace, president and CEO of Intracoastal Realty Corporation, said his company’s sales are surging after a year in the doldrums.

Last year, Wallace said Intracoastal Realty Corporation posted $40 million worth of homes under contract in the greater Wilmington area. Year-to-date, the firm has posted $73 million under contract — a $33 million increase since January 1.

“Year-to-date we have seen a dramatic turnaround,” Wallace said. “Many see this as the year things will start turning around.”

Wallace said the improving job market, low interest rates and pre-2003 housing prices are driving people to buy in a market still recovering from the Great Recession.

“People who have a job but were hesitant to buy a home are beginning to buy into the market because they have a more secure outlook on employment,” Wallace said. “That is helping fuel sales in the area.”

Linda Mehner, a realtor with Wilmington-based Just for Buyers Realty said she’s noticed more buyers looking for homes. She said many of her clients are relocating to the area because of job transfers, which has created a busier market over the past several months.

“By the activity we have been having, I anticipate this year will be about 30 percent better than last year,” Mehner said.”

Fantastic news for Wilmington NC real estate.  The buyers are definitely coming out in full force.  The prices are great and the rates even better.  We are taking listings of homes, if you have thought about moving, please give us a call and we can walk you through the process.  Please visit http://www.cbbaker.com for more information.

Be Proactive | IDENTITY THEFT: Protect your identity and your credit | Wilmington NC real estate

As the information super-highway expands, thieves have more and more opportunities to steal your financial identity. The Federal Trade Commission reports that as many as half a million Americans have their identities stolen annually–costing them money and affecting their credit ratings.

Identity thieves make their money by co-opting your name, Social Security number, credit card number, or other piece of your personal information for their own use. Below are just a few of the ways the identity thieves operate, according to the FTC:

  • They open a new credit card account, using your name, date of birth, and Social Security number. When they use the credit card and don’t pay the bills, the delinquent account is reported on your credit report.
  • They call your credit card issuer and, pretending to be you, change the mailing address on your credit card account. Then, your imposter runs up charges on your account. Because your bills are being sent to the new address, you may not immediately realize there’s a problem.
  • They establish cellular phone service in your name.
  • They open a bank account in your name and write bad checks on that account.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself from identity theft, as follows:

  • Know who you’re talking to. Before you reveal any personally identifying information, find out how it will be used and whether it will be shared with others.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if your bills don’t arrive on time. A missing credit-card bill could mean an identity thief has taken over your credit-card account and changed your billing address to cover his tracks.
  • Guard your mail from theft. Deposit outgoing mail in post-office collection boxes or at your local post office, not in your own mailbox for your carrier to pick up.
  • Put passwords on your credit card, bank and phone accounts. Avoid using easily available information such as your mother’s maiden name, your birth date or your phone number.
  • Minimize the identification information and the number of cards you carry to what you’ll actually need. Don’t carry your social security card-memorize the number and store the card in a secure place.
  • Do not give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact and know who you’re dealing with.
  • Keep items with personal information in a safe place. To thwart an identity thief who may pick through your trash to capture your personal information, tear or shred your charge receipts, copies of credit applications, and other financial statements.

For more tips and information, visit the FTC’s website at www.ftc.gov/idtheft

North Carolina Jazz Festival – Wilmington NC

North Carolina Jazz Festival – Wilmington NC.

2012 Festival Feb 2, 3, 4

Thirty two years of awesome Jazz starts tonight.  Welcome to a star filled weekend of incredible Jazz muscians.  The kick off tonight will have Harry Allen, Herman Burney, John Cocuzzi, Adrian Cunningham, Kevin Dorn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Polcer, Bria Skonberg and Dion Tucker

Tickets and More information about the weekend are here….