The Most Important Questions Every Buyer Should Ask | Wilmington NC real estate

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The Most Important Questions Every Wilmington NC Real Estate 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.

Consider 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
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.


“Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” ~Bobby Jones

With our mild climate, you will truly enjoy year round golfing at the many golf courses throughout the Cape Fear Region . Whatever your handicap, there are more than twenty courses in and around Wilmington that are a pleasure to walk. Some of the courses were designed by some of golf’s greatest names including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Fred Couples and P.B. Dye,  among others. Some of the Wilmington courses are listed on our website. .

If you are on the golf course and you see a home that is for sale that interests you, go to and look it up by street, subdivison or map. Enjoy….

Get Your Party Hat Ready | 66th Annual Azalea Festival Wilmington NC


You are invited to join us for the 66th Annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington NC on April 10 – 14, 2013.  The weekend is packed with entertainment for all.

The Mission: “The mission of the North Carolina Azalea Festival is to be nationally recognized as a showcase for our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The Festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation as it contributes to the region’s economy and promotes the unique qualities of Wilmington’s river-to-the-sea community.”

The 2013 official artwork is by Elizabeth Singletary.


Here is a sampling of upcoming events leading up to the event.

  • Azalea 5K/10K/Fun Walk

    APR 62013
    The Azalea Festival 5K/10K & 1 mile-Fun Walk is an annual event hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. All proceeds from this event benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center …
  • Queen’s Coronation

    APR 10 2013
    The Queen’s Coronation is an annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. In attendance are all the Festival Celebrities Guests as well …

  • Circus

    11-14 APR  2013
    Covering more than an acre of ground, the Cole Bros. Circus Big Top is a favorite event of the Festival. Its combination of costumed characters, acrobatics, clowns, and more draws …

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

    APR 11  2013
    Presented By Lynyrd Skynyrd Once in a while a musical force will burst on the scene and forever change that scene. Lynyrd Skynyrd was one of the most commercially successful …

  • Avett Brothers

    APR 12 2013
    The Avett Brothers By the time Scott and Seth Avett formed the Avett Brothers with bassist Bob Crawford — their honorary “third brother,” — the alchemy had begun: A fresh …

  • Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour


    12-14 APR  2013
    The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour is sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc., the tour has been featured in SOUTHERN LIVING and is one of the …

  • Juried Art Show

    12-14APR  2013
    Over 100 North Carolina artists and national artists present fine paintings at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. To be a vendor at the Juried Art Show, you …

  • Street Fair

    12-14 APR 2013
    The North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair is a free, family event with over 200 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors, 4 stages, a children’s area and a whole …

  • Visiting Ships

    12-14 APR  2013
    Each year we have different visiting ships join us in celebrating the North Carolina Azalea Festival. As you enjoy the beauty of downtown Wilmington, take time to notice these visiting …

  • Boxing

    13-14  APR 2013
    The NC Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament showcases some of the finest boxers from the National & International level of competition & from the military branches compete in this event. NC …

  • Coin Show

    13-14 APR 2013
    A fun filled family event. Children are given free foreign coins to learn about currency and foreign countries. More than 30 dealers from several surrounding states will be on hand …

  • Colt Ford and The LACS

    13 APR  2013
    The hick hop and southern rock sound of the LACS will kick off Saturday night festivities. The LACS will open for the walking, talking celebration of country music and country …

  • Historic Home Tour

    13-14 APR 2013
    The NC Azalea Festival Home Tour is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.  All proceeds from the Home Tour will advance the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s efforts to …

  • Parade

    APR 13 2013
    Presented By The NC Azalea Festival Parade is an annual event that is viewed by over 100,000 people. Join us for next years’ Parade and enjoy the floats, marching units and …

  • Street Fair Children’s Area

    13-14 APR 2013
    Presented By The Children’s Area of the Street Fair has all the entertainment and fun for the little ones!  Bouncy inflatables, games, and a stage with children’s dance troupes and …

  • Street Fair Multicultural Stage

    13-14 APR 2013
    Join us at the 2013 NC Azalea Festival Multicultural Stage for a two-day celebration that will showcase some of the best ethnic performers dressed in authentic traditional costumes. They will …

  • Main Stage

    14 APR 2013
    Come close out the 2013 North Carolina Azalea Festival with a full day of live beach music! Sunday’s Main Stage Band Schedule: 1:00 PM – The Mark Roberts Band 2:30 …To view complete schedule and more please visit

    If you do come to visit and you see a home in the Historic District or anywhere in Wilmington that interests you, please visit our mobile site and put in the name of street, etc and you can pull up the listing on your phone.  Click QR code to store in your phone if you like.  Our website is


    We love Wilmington NC and it’s people, we hope you do too.

2013 BIZTECH | March 21 | Conference |Wilmington NC real estate

Mark the date to attend the 2013  Biz Tech conference featuring the regions most successful business and technology ventures on March 21, 2013 in the Wilmington Convention Center.  Key note speakers will be:

Geothermal HVAC For Homes and Businesses – Room 104
Presenter: James Cornette Owner/CEO, Applied Resource Management, PC
10 Provocations on Business & the Environment – Room 105
Presenter: Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Office Depot Environmental Strategy 
9 Ways to Jumpstart Your Business – Room 106
Presenter: Reggie Shropshire, Owner, ActionCOACH
Should Your Business be in the Cloud? – Room 107
Presenters: Shaun Olsen & Tobin Geatz, CloudWyze
Marketing a Business By Design – Room 108
Presenter:  Jeff Morvil, Morvil Advertising +  Design Group
Delivering on the Promise of Greener Purchasing – Room 105
Presenter: Shela Fletcher, Senior Manager, Office Depot Environmental Strategy 
Team Building:  Hiring the Right People to Do the Right Things in Your Business – Room 106
Presenter: Reggie Shropshire, Owner, ActionCOACH
You Are A Publisher — So Start Acting Like One! – Room 108
Presenters: Melissa Pressley, Content Marketing Manager & Rob Kaiser, Publisher, Greater Wilmington Business Journal
and many more seminars throughout the day.  To see the full list and register, please visit

“The BIZTECH EXPO featuring products and services from more than 100 companies. The trade show floor includes vendors in Business, Technology, Hospitality and Health & Wellness.”  For the entire schedule and vendors please visit the BiZtech Expo website here.  There will also be give away’s by the sponsor companies.  See here.

While you are visiting please search Wilmington NC real estate on and enjoy information about our great town.  If you would like to search from your phone, just go to


The Market has been hot and the inventory is low.

The Market has been hot and the inventory is low.

Right Sales Price For Seller Is Buyer’s Call

Proper pricing is critical to a timely sale in any market. Yet, some home sellers today still want to set their price in relation to what their neighbors have sold for or are asking now, sometimes ignoring current market conditions and the differences between homes. When pricing a home — especially in today’s housing market — we find it’s helpful for sellers to understand what governs a buyer’s decision to purchase.

Here’s a quick look at how buyers view price:

  • Monthly payments are usually more important to buyers than the sales price.
  • The “out of pocket” cash needed at settlement/closing is a big factor with buyers.
  • All buyers want to cash in on a good deal.
  • Buyers have often shopped the competition and know how your home compares.
  • Buyers recognize value and shy away from overpriced homes.
  • Buyers don’t want to pay for your mistakes (paying too much when you purchased, over-improving the home, poor-quality remodeling jobs, etc.).
  • Buyers have no interest in how much money you need to realize from the sale to make your next move.
  • Buyers who work with a buyer’s agent mean business. They are ready to negotiate and close a deal.

Look at your competition and compare… for all your Wilmington NC real estate needs.

Your Future Is Now
No matter what your 2013 move may be in real estate, we have you covered. Our professional services can help you sell your home and find a new home to love — or help you with a smart investment purchase. We are your go-to people for all your real estate needs all year long. Feel free to contact us whether you’re just in the information-gathering stage or you’re ready to make your move. We look forward to working with you!

Affordable Homes in Wilmington NC

Affordable Home Wilmington NC Real Estate Neighborhoods
Here we are proud to offer you the latest homes listings in Wilmington NC affordable neighborhoods. Baker Wayne Associates have assisted hundreds of first time buyers every step of the way in their quest for the American Dream. And we are proud to assist you as well. From the prequalification process and finding the right loan for you to the intense but exciting home search and through the closing process and long after the movers have gone, we are with you. You will be in the hands of true professionals who are experienced in the entire home buying process from financing to negotiating and who truly care about you, the consumer . You will be informed of all homes that fit your search criteria in any of these starter neighborhoods. Click on any of these fine neighborhoods to search for affordable homes in Wilmington, NC.

Alamosa Place
Bayshore Crossing
Belvedere Ext
Bent Tree
Bradley View Townhomes
Brewster Place
Brickstone Estates
Brooklyn Square
Campus Edge Condos
Caneel Cove
Cape Cottages
Capeside Village
Carleton Place
The Townes at Carleton Place
Carriage Hills
Cassimir Commons
Chandlers Watch Condos*
Chestnut Heights
Churchill Estates
Colonial Village
Courtney Pines
Eagles Nest
Echo East
English Moor at Westbay Estates
Farrington Farms
Forest Cove Townhomes
Fox Run Farm
Gordon Woods*
Green Meadows
Green View Ranches
Greenway Plantation
Greenway Village
Hawthorne Park
Heritage Park
Heritage Woods
Hermitage Woods
Hermitage Estates
Hinton Oaks
Holiday Hills
Hunting Ridge
Huntington Forest
Ivy Wood
Jacob’s Ridge
Kings Grant
Kirkwood at Arrondale
Lake Brewster
Laurel Ridge
Lord’s Creek
Mandeline Place
Marquis Hills*
Marshes at River’s Edge
McClelland Townhomes*
Monterey Heights
Montgomery Place
Mulberry Place
Myrtle Gardens
Newbury Woods*
Ogden Place
Oleander Court condo
Pine Valley Est
Piney Acres
Pontiac Place Condominiums
Poplar Grove Point
Porter’s Crossing
Prince George Estates
Putnam Run
Quail Woods
Queens Point
Sherwood Forest
Silva Terra
Silver Creek Village
Silver Lake
Smithcreek Estates
Spring View
Summer Glen
Sun Coast Villas
Sunset Park
The Courtyard
Sago Bay
Sea Pines
Shearin Hills
The Thickett
Treasure Cove
Victoria Place
Village of Kimberly
Village Square Townhomes
Walnut Hills
Westbay Estates
Whitney Pines*
Williamsburg Place
Willoughby Park
Wilshire Townhomes
Winds Ridge
Wrightsboro Acres

Homebuyer Wish List Let Us Help You Stay Focused | Wilmington NC real estate

What type of home are you looking for? There are so many choices that it is important to have an idea of what you want and need before you begin looking. Consider making a checklist of amenities that are essential and those you would like to have in your new home.
The list below may help you clarify your thinking on what is important to you when you are ready to purchase.
* What neighborhood(s) would you like to live in?
* What price range do you have in mind?
* What type of home interests you? (one-story, two-story, split-entry, townhouse, condo, duplex)
* What style appeals to you? (contemporary, traditional, no preference)
* Are schools a factor?
* Do you need to be close to public transportation?
* How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?  How many do you want?
* What other interior features are important to you? (separate family room, formal dining room, home office, etc.)
* What about exterior features? Have you considered a garage, yard size, patio/deck, hot tub, view, or waterfront?
* Are there any special features you are looking for in a home?
When you are ready to start your search, we will be happy to help you find a home that suits your lifestyle. Our goal is to make this a fun and enjoyable experience.
Please feel free to call or email us when you are ready to start looking. We welcome the opportunity to help you.  Here is a homebuyer guide to keep you focused in your search.
Baker Wayne And Associates
1001 Military Cutoff
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405