Wilmington Housing Summit | September 9/6/143

From wilmingtonncgov.com

 

The city, in partnership with the Affordable Housing Coalition of Southeastern North Carolina, is hosting the summit, which will be held at the Terraces on Sir Tyler, located at 1826 Sir Tyler Dr.

The registration fee is $25 per person, including lunch, and is limited to the first 250 people who sign up. Interested citizens can register here online.

Who should attend: Local community leaders, realtors, developers/builders, architects/planners, non-profits, human resource professionals, real estate attorneys, lenders and interested citizens who are impacted by the complexities of the emerging housing market.

The summit will spotlight the demographic shifts, changing market demands, rising energy costs, and new economic realities for families, government, and the development community. It will also include an interactive forum about the impact of these changes on future development and redevelopment of housing in Wilmington.

 

The summit will include nationally recognized speakers as well as panels of state and local experts in the areas of residential and commercial development, government, finance and business. Attendees will participate in round-table discussions about the future for housing and development in Wilmington.
For more information, call 341-3239.

Last Chance for White Pants Gala | benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter

Great fun and for a good cause.

From the Hospice website.

August 30, 2013
7 p.m. – midnight
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Poolside Patio and Grand Ballroom

Tickets are $100 and include, live music by motown, funk,
soul and hip-hop band, Mo’ Sol, heavy hors d’oeuvres,
beer and wine, and silent and live auctions.

To purchase tickets click here or call the
event hotline at 910.796.8099 ext. 6.

Guest packages and sponsorships start at only $500
and include a guest room for two at the Hilton!

Start Bidding Now!
The Last Chance for White Pants online auction has officially launched! Start placing your real-time bids on bucket list items and packages, including concert tickets, a stand-up paddleboard, Fifty Shades of Grey-themed adventures and an African safari! You do not have to be present to win and all proceeds support Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter! To browse auction items and place your bids, please visit https://www.501auctions.com/lcfh/.

We are excited about this year’s band…take a listen!

 

Thank you to our 2013 sponsors!

 

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17th Annual Lumina Daze | Wrightsville Beach NC real estate

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Lumina Daze at Wrightsville Beach

17th Lumina Daze


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Wilmington Big Band, Dixieland All-Stars, 
The Imitations

From the Wrightsville Beach Museum website:

Click here for 2013 EVENT SCHEDULE

Live auction in addition to the popular Silent Auction.  Live Auction Items Include:

    • Historic Downtown Package – 4 trolley passes, 4 Historic House Museum 3-House passes, an item from the gift shop from each of the 3 houses.
    • Marine Max – boat cruise for an evening
    • Shrimperoo for up to 25:  Courtesy of Lackey Builders, Inc., DC North, Middle of the Island Catering, and Greenville Loop Seafood
    • Painting by Betty Brown
    • Jamis Earth Beach Cruiser Bike
    • Kingoff’s Jewelers – diamond bezel pendant, 14K white gold
    • Stand Up Paddleboard and Paddle
    • Recognition / Memorial Plank in Wrightsville Beach Museum Boardwalk

Silent auction items include:

    • Airlie Gardens – “Summer Fun for Four” includes cooler, blanket, 4 coozies and 4 tickets to one concert in the Airlie Concert Series or admissions to the Gardens
    • Harbor Island Garden Club Harbor Way Gardens Pathway Brick and a HIGC Cookbook
    • Motts Channel Seafood gift basket – gift certificate, t-shirt, cheese grits, cocktail sauce, seafood breading.
    • LM Restaurants gift certificates, t-shirts, canvas bags, coozies, key rings
    • Bill Creasy – photo of Harbor Island, circa 1929
    • Las Olas Mexi-Q Grill gift certificate
    • One Hour Tennis Lesson – with Charlie Owens
    • Necklace by Kay Morgan
    • Two tickets to Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tour Sunset Cruise
    • “Day at the Beach” photo art by Mike Bryand
    • Green Goddess Essentials Basket from Green Goddess Essentials
    • Taste of Wrightsville Beach  – two passes, from Wrightsville Beach Foundation
    • Gift Certificate from Great Outdoor Provision Company
    • Four Personal Training Sessions with Shay Duval – “A Body to Live For”
    • Four Guest passes to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington
    • Three full-day passes for Deep Sea Fishing on “Vonda Kay”
    • Gift Certificate and Dog Treats from Unleashed – the dog and cat store
    • Men’s Seiko Divers Watch
    • Lady’s Seiko Divers Watch
    • Handmade Sterling Silver and Inlaid Opal Surfboard Pendant with Chain
    • Handmade Sterling Silver and Inlaid Opal Dolphin Pendant with Neck Wire
    • Sterling/Gold Mahdi pendant with chain
    • Greenville Loop Seafood Gift Certificate
    • Personal Chef for an evening meal
    • Lovey’s Natural Foods and Cafe Gift Basket

Have a Non Profit in the South and in need of a grant? Apply Here

To All Southern Communities – Need a grant to help your Non-Profit?  FSC might be able to help.  Deadline for grant submission is Sept. 6, 2013.  Applications below.  Full website here.  http://www.fundforsouth.org/fsc/

What We Do

The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC or The Fund) provides the financial resource to help move groups from thought to action. FSC supports small community groups working for environmental justice, anti-racism, women’s rights, youthdevelopment, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights, civil rights and disability rights and other varied issues that address social change through community organizing. Grantees not only benefit from financial support, but they are also given technical assistance.
FSC is unusual in that it awards grants to community organizations that are working to address the systems and structures that cause community problems. Often traditional charities and private foundations overlook these organizations because their projects are considered too new, the organization too small, or their objectives are too controversial. The Fund is willing to make grants to these groups and organizations because we believe that communities working on their own behalf are powerful forces for change.
2013 Grant Cycle deadline: The September 6th, 2013. Click here to be added to our email distribution list.

To get the Grant Application and Guidelines, Click here.

To get a copy of our Progress Report form, Click here.

 

 

How To Look For The Most Affordable Mortgage | #Wilmington NC real estate

http://www.WilmingtonNC-RealEstate.com

 

With lenders quoting a wide variety of interest rates and points, smart mortgage shoppers take a close look when comparing borrowing costs. Sometimes it turns out that the lowest interest rate isn’t necessarily the best buy. Here are some tips: Loupe

  • Compare borrowing costs.
      The simplest way to compare borrowing costs is to ask the lender for the actual annual percentage rate (APR) – the true interest on the loan. The APR consists of the simple interest rate, plus all other charges imposed by the lender. It’s not at all unusual for the APR to be substantially higher than the rate quoted by the lender. What’s more, a simple rate quoted by one lender, although higher than another lender’s advertised simple interest rate, may turn out to have the lower APR.
  • Count the points.
      For the shopper who wants to take into account the cost of points (each point is equal to 1% of the loan amount), an simplified rule of thumb comes in handy: Each point is roughly equal to an interest rate increase of 1/8 of 1% over a payback period of 30 years. Thus, a lender offering a 10% rate with no extra points is offering a better deal than the lender offering, say, a loan at 9 7/8% plus two points. Which is best for you depends on how long you plan to live in the house.

Please call or e-mail us today. We can help you get through all the steps of home buying and selling with the least amount of confusion possible.  Search All Wilmington NC real estate on http://www.cbbaker.com

ENERGY SAVERS – Keep your Kitchen from Eating Your Income.

 Kitchens are energy-intensive rooms thanks to modern appliances designed to make life, and eating, easier. The U.S. Department of Energy offers the following tips for cutting energy consumption in the kitchen without sacrificing convenience.

Skip the pilot light. If you’re thinking of replacing your current range or oven with a new gas model, opt for a unit with an electronic ignition. Pilot lights burn gas–and money–24 hours a day.

Check the flames. If gas is being burned efficiently by your range or oven, the flames should be blue. If they’re yellow, call in a professional to have the unit adjusted or repaired.

Clean range burners and pans. Clean burners and pans reflect heat better, thus using less energy.

Turn off early. Electric ovens retain heat for quite a while after they are turned off. By turning the heat off several minutes early, you can use the residual no-cost heat to finish cooking your food.

Use small appliances. Using a toaster oven–for foods that fit–cuts energy consumption more than 50% compared with a full-sized oven. You can also save money by using fast-cooking appliances-microwaves and pressure cookers.

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BIG Remodeling Pays Off Better…. to a point| Wilmington NC real estate

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that some Wilmington NC remodeling projects increase a home’s value. What’s news is that homeowners who spend the most on remodeling get a higher rate of return on their investment, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.Rates Of Return
Results of the Center’s recent study indicate that projects costing 20% or more of the home’s initial value yielded an average home price appreciation of 23%. Homeowners who spent 10% to 20% of their home’s value on remodeling saw a more modest price increase of 12%. Spending 5% to 10% of home value achieved a 7.5% price increase, an outlay of 2% to 5% earned a 6% increase, and spending 2% or less on remodeling improved home prices by 2.5%.

Tapping Equity
The remodeling industry has been booming for several years, fueled by steady home price appreciation in many areas of the country. As home values have increased, homeowners have been tapping their equity to finance remodeling projects, which in turn have further increased their homes’ values. In addition, home improvements have promised a better return in recent years than many other investment options.

Major Improvements
Larger projects–such as room additions and kitchen makeovers undertaken by upper-income homeowners–have helped push the remodeling industry to a record of more than $135 billion spent in 2002. Established baby boomers are choosing to remodel rather than move away from friends, relatives and work venues. Immigrants and 20-somethings have been taking advantage of low mortgage rates to buy starter homes, then improve them according to their tastes and needs.

Caution Advised
If you are tempted to spend a lot improving your home in order to get the best return, be careful not to “over-improve.” Real estate experts advise that the return on your remodeling investment is likely to be lower if your remodeled home exceeds the value of comparable properties in the area by more than 20%. (Give us a call to find out what your home would be worth after remodeling.)

Done well and wisely, your remodeling project could result in a more comfortable home to live in and a nice financial return when you sell. If, however, your remodeling project will take the value of your home well beyond that of neighborhood homes, you might be better off selling your current home and buying a new one with the amenities you want.