TOP IT OFF RIGHT Kitchen Countertops Set A Whole New Style | Wilmington NC real estate

Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular projects undertaken by homeowners — and the most profitable in terms of recouping the investment when the home is sold. One of the major decisions faced by anyone remodeling a kitchen is choosing a countertop.

Ideally, countertops will resist damage from heat, cold, acid burns, cuts, salt, water and various types of stains — and be easy to clean and maintain. It’s a tall order to fill, but a variety of choices are available these days that meet many, if not all, of those requirements.

Plastic Laminate And Ceramic Tile
These materials have long been popular choices because of their relatively low cost and easy installation. Laminates now come in many designs, including granite look-alikes. This variety makes it easy to coordinate a laminate top with wood cabinetry, metal details and other custom features. It is, however, susceptible to burns and scratches. And because laminate is not a solid surface, replacement may be necessary if damage occurs.

Ceramic tile has a classic look about it, provides a durable surface, and offers great variety in color and design. On the down side, its uneven surface makes it harder to keep clean, especially in the grout joints. Acrylic sealers have been developed to help resist grout staining.

Solid-Surface Materials
Countertops of solid-surface materials (e.g., Corian®) have become a popular, if more expensive, choice. Because color and pattern run all the way through this material, repairs are possible when damage occurs.

Other Options
Natural stone (granite is now popular, though expensive), butcher-block wood, stainless steel, poured concrete, and “labtop” (fiber-reinforced cement) are also being used in today’s kitchens. They’ll cost you more but look good and last for decades.

Costs
The cost of countertop materials varies greatly from as little as $1 per
linear foot for inexpensive ceramic tile to $150 per linear foot for high-grade stainless steel. Don’t forget to consider the cost of installation, as well, which generally increases with the cost of materials.

Look on http://www.cbbaker.com and visit some listings to get a view of some of the awesome kitchens.   Happy Homeowning!

FSBO CONTRACT: Who’s Offering What, When And How For Your Home?

The exciting moment when an offer to purchase your home comes in can also feel a little overwhelming. One common first impulse is to ask “How much are they offering?” While price is an important factor, it’s also important to sit back and look at the big picture when negotiating a sale. Consider the following:

Buyer’s Financial Situation

Is the buyer qualified?
What is the buyer’s annual income and employment history?
How much down payment and closing-cost cash is available and what is its source?
What type of financial debt is there? Car loans? Credit cards?

Financing Method

Are the loan type and interest rate specifications realistic for current economic conditions?
Is the length of time requested to obtain a loan realistic? Forty-five days is often considered a typical time frame. It allows enough time to process papers, but also allows you to put the home back on the market promptly if things fall through.

Your Costs

How much does the buyer want you to contribute toward closing costs?
What will your net proceeds be? Add up any points, taxes or fix-up expenses requested and deduct them from the contract price to determine if your final profit is what you need to make your move.

Your Calendar

Does the buyer’s proposed settlement date give you enough time to select your next home and obtain financing?
If you can’t move to your next home promptly at settlement, can you rent back from the buyer to stay in your home a while longer?

Contingencies

Must the buyer sell a home before buying yours? You may not have the time to wait while they sell.
What add-ons does the buyer want? Curtains, lawn equipment, swing sets? All of this can affect your final net proceeds, or be used as bargaining chips, or both.We’re here to help. We’ve been through the contract negotiation process countless times. We can help you cut to the chase and come up with a mutually acceptable contract.

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Off We Grow! | Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in Top 500 Largest Brokers in The USA

2012 REAL Trends magazine recently released their 500 report and Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage made it on the list as one of the top 500 largest Brokers in the USA.  The report ranks the country’s top residential real estate companies by closed transactions and by sales volume.  The merger this year of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast (Wilmington) and Coldwell Banker Advantage (Raleigh) proved to be a smart move.  Two families working together as one.  Great synergy and personalities make the merger work.  We were #55 by transaction sides, #83 in volume.  Strong numbers for a strong company.  Baker, Wayne and Associates is proud to be affiliated with CBSCA. Read rest of press release here…

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Rip Current Awareness Week June 3-9 | Wilmington NC real estate

To all of our visitors to the Wilmington NC area, WELCOME!  Please enjoy yourselves in our wonderful town.  Our beaches are awesome and clean.  The water is crystal clear.  When you are swimming, be aware of rip currents.  If you see sand being churned up and heading in a line away from the beach, then you are looking at a rip current.

If you see any real estate that your are interested in knowing what the price is, please feel free to use our mobile site.  Mobile.cbbaker.com will let you put in the address and you will be able to pull up the information from our local mls.  Enjoy…. Baker, Wayne & Associates

Per the NOAA site:

Why Rip Currents Form
As waves travel from deep to shallow water, they will break near the shoreline. When waves break strongly in some locations and weakly in others, this can cause circulation cells which are seen as rip currents: narrow, fast-moving belts of water traveling offshore.   (more info)
 
Why Rip Currents are Dangerous
Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. They are particularly dangerous for weak or non-swimmers. Rip current speeds are typically 1-2 feet per second. However, speeds as high as 8 feet per second have been measured–this is faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint! Thus, rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.
 
Over 100 drownings due to rip currents occur every year in the United States. More than 80% of water rescues on surf beaches are due to rip currents.

Rip currents can occur at any surf beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes.  Read rest of story here….

To Live on The Water Is Devine | Waterfront/View Short Sales | Wilmington NC real estate

To live on the water is devine…. Recent Short Sales in Wilmington NC.   Search from your phone on mobile.cbbaker.com …enjoy…

$70,000
0.89 Ac

Beautiful marsh front lot on the creek on almost an acre in Olde Point subdivision of Hampstead. 4 bedroom septic permit was in hand, but recently expired. Property is a short sale.

$99,000
0.13 Ac

Ocean Ridge oceanfront lot. Build your dream home in one of Topsail Island’s most exclusive oceanfront communities. Lot is within walking distance to the Ocean Ridge Community pool and clubhouse.

$100,900
3 Beds
2 Full Baths
0 Half Baths

Waterfront!!! Gardner’s dream! Hidden away in woodsy private dead end street setting.Elevated lot situated on creek with marsh and ICWW views from the creekside deck. Garden areas abound with…

$119,000
1 Bed
1 Full Bath
0 Half Baths

Oceanfront spacious 1bd 1ba condo at Great location! Situated middle Island Carolina Beach, this condo is a ground floor unit & has been beautifully decorated. Freshly painted. Located in…

$125,000
1 Bed
1 Full Bath
0 Half Baths

Enjoy condo beach living with the luxuries of a garage. This ocean and marshview unit has two decks, open kitchen/living area and just a block from Carolina Beach Pier and the infamous North…

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