Fixtures Can Add Beauty, Value And Convenience To Your Home

Little things do count — sometimes a lot! Adding or replacing some of your home’s fixtures — which will stay with it when you eventually sell — can give your home an attractive up-to-date look, more functionality and a higher market value. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Distinctive exterior light fixtures, perhaps with motion sensors or timers. Think about floodlights and path lights, too!
  • A new mailbox and address plate.
  • A new water hose holder or winder.
  • A beautiful sounding doorbell.
  • A polished brass door plate, door knocker or handle-and-lock set for your front door.
  • New knobs or levered handles for interior doors.
  • Up-to-date interior light fixtures — chandeliers, sconces, ceiling globes, under-cabinet lights in the kitchen, etc.
  • Fresh faceplates for wall outlets and light switches (especially replacing the painted-over ones!)
  • Decorative curtain and drapery fixtures and rods.
  • Attractive kitchen and bathroom drawer pulls and cupboard handles.
  • Shiny new water taps and faucets for sinks, tubs and showers.
  • New towel racks (why not towels too?).
  • Quieter bathroom exhaust fans.
  • A sturdy, unstained laundry tub.
  • A pegboard and clips for hanging tools in the garage or work room.

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.

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Inspecting Your Home | Great Advice | Wilmington NC real estate


The purchase of a home is the single most costly investment most people make, and you want to know what you are getting for your hard earned money. Inspections are a great way for home buyers to assure themselves that the home they are buying is in good condition.

A real estate agent will not determine the condition of the property. It is your responsibility, as a buyer, to ascertain the condition of the property. A licensed, professional inspector is best qualified to make an unbiased and objective evaluation of the functionality of each item or if it is in need of repair. The seller is not required to repair any items, but in the event he/she chooses not to, then the buyer may terminate.

What will the inspection cover?

An inspection will usually cover, at a minimum, those items specifically mentioned on the offer to purchase and contract. However, the inspector will not limit himself to those items.

An inspection typically will include all structural items, mechanical and electrical systems and appliances, as well as checking for water penetration.

Termites, gas line, swimming pool/spa, sprinkler systems, septic systems and environmental inspections are usually additional investigations, and these additional services may or may not be offered by a particular inspector.

Cosmetic items are usually not noted because they are not included in your contract. The seller may have agreed in the contract to repair only those items listed up to a certain dollar amount.

What should you look for in selecting an inspector?

At a minimum, expect an inspector to be licensed or certified. Sometimes membership in a home inspectors� association will ensure the inspector has committed himself to a certain code of ethics and policies.

Are all mechanical/structural inspections the same?

No. Some inspectors will check items like shower pans, window air conditioning units, gas lines, windows, decks, patios, oven temperatures, water heater temperature and pressure relief valves, solar heating systems, attic insulation, etc., while other inspectors may not look at those items. Ascertain, up front, what items will be inspected and include everything you think is important.

How long will an inspection take?

A complete structural and mechanical inspection of an average 2,000 sq. ft home on a slab foundation will usually take about four to six hours. Additional inspections of pier and beam foundations, swimming pools and sprinkler systems will take longer.

You, the buyer, should be present at the inspection to address any questions that arise regarding problems discovered during the process and to receive maintenance tips the inspector passes on. The inspection report should be provided promptly so repair requests are submitted within the contract time.

How much will an inspection cost?

Inspection costs depend on home size, add-ons and the inspector. Cost is too often a deciding factor in selecting an inspector.

When purchasing a $100,000 home, a $10 to $15 difference in price may prevent a buyer from choosing the more experienced inspector. Many inspectors invest considerable time and money in education for their clients, providing handouts, taking pictures of any damage, and detailing information in a helpful way, as you evaluate your potential purchase.

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TIMING: Seven Buying and Selling Secrets To Know Before You Relocate | Wimington NC real estatee

The secret to a successful relocation is timing — synchronized buying, moving and selling. Good timing just takes a little advance planning that puts you in control. Here are seven relocation secrets to make your move work smoothly for you.

1. Sell First

Ideally, you should sell your current home first in order to have all your financial resources available to purchase your next home. You want to avoid waiting until the closing on your new home forces you to sell your old home under the gun. Note that in some markets today, houses are moving so quickly that sellers will not even consider taking a contingency clause that postpones their sale until the buyer’s home sells. Setting the right price for your home and having a customized marketing plan are your best bets for bringing about a quick sale.

2. Find Out What You Can Afford

{short description of image}While your house is on the market, look at what’s available to buy within your price range in your destination area. Your perfect house is out there, but take as much time as you can to find it. It’s not just the house you’ll have to live with — you’ll want to find out about the neighborhood, the schools, proximity to shopping, etc. before you commit to your next home.

3. Shop For A Loan Before You Shop For A House

Try to lock in the best rate you can find. Get pre-approved for financing so you have more bargaining power when you bid on a house. With a pre-approved loan, you’ll be able to go to closing on your new house faster.

4. Coordinate Settlements And Moving Dates

Try to move directly from the old home to the new one. Sometimes you can rent back the old property for a few days or weeks if closing on the new one is delayed. Another alternative is an interim move to an apartment for a short time while waiting to close on the new house.

5. Begin Fix-Ups And Pre-Sale Improvements Early

Have any needed work completed before your house goes on the market. Consider having a home inspection early in the fix-up process so you know what’s important to repair or replace before you set the sales price for your house.

6. Work Closely With Your Agent

Make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” crossed on time for both closings. You may save time and money for the buyer of your old home with lower “re-issue” fees by referring them to the previous providers of inspections, surveys, title insurance, etc. The information is in your settlement papers. And, if it’s a busy season, line up appointments in advance with the people you’ll need to close on your new house.

7. Avoid The Last-Minute Rush

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Wilmington NC 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend | Wrightsville Beach NC

A fantastic weekend is planned.  Wrightsville Beach hosts 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend April 20-22.   A 5 K and 1 mile fun run on Saturday.  On Friday music, games and more fun on the beach in front of Blockade Runner.  Surfers Healing on Saturday.  Water and Skating activities on Sunday.  Here is the schedule from the

Everyone is invited… Come join in on the fun!


Wrightsville Beach, N.C. … Is your loved one on the spectrum? In North Carolina alone, as many as 60,000 families are impacted by autism. April 20-22, Wrightsville Beach invites these families and the public to participate in the 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, April 20 – Arrive and connect with old friends and make new ones. Stroll the beach, play games on the oceanfront lawn, enjoy gluten free and special menu options available at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, host hotel, and register for Saturday’s 5k and fun run/walk events.

Saturday, April 21 – Participate in two major events:

8:30 a.m. the 2nd Annual Coastal N.C. Run/Walk at Mayfaire Town Center includes three events: a 5k race, 1 mile fun-run and kid’s dash. Proceeds support autism services. Sponsored by the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA Autism Supports.

11a.m. to 4 p.m. Surfers Healing presents Family Day in Wrightsville Beach Park. Experience a day of hands-on kids’ activities, networking and resource sharing. Booths will feature children’s activities like board waxing, face painting, fishing, corn toss and more. A miniature skate park is featured along with sensory and calming toys. Indo Jax Surf Charity and Lighthouse Beer and Wine will sponsor bounce houses, and Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards will be on hand with water safety equipment and instruction tips. Booths will be hosted by the Autism Society of North Carolina;; Family Support Network; NC Aquarium; N.C. Chapter of Surfers Healing; Ocean Cure; S.H.A.R.E.; TEACCH; Wilmington Children’s Developmental Services Agency; Oasis, Exceptional Friends Network and the American Red Cross. Bilingual information will be available.

Sunday, April 22 – Water and skating activities:

Families may select from games on the oceanfront lawn, offered all day, or water activities at the Blockade Runner beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until everyone is happy! Kayaks and equipment will be provided by Hook, Line and Paddle for those who wish to paddle scenic Banks Channel. Captain Joe Abbate, the Cape Fear Naturalist, will offer scenic and comfortable water cruises aboard The Shamrock. See Banks Channel, Motts Channel, Money Island and hear stories told by Captain Joe. Sunday morning buffet and a mid-day seaside cookout will be available.
For skating fans, A.skate is sponsoring a clinic at the Double Wide Skate Barn in Hampstead 9 to 11 a.m. The camp is fully booked, but Autism Weekend participants are encouraged to come and cheer these talented skaters!

The goal of World Autism Awareness Weekend at Wrightsville Beach is outreach, inclusion and awareness, and to provide activities and festivities for children on the autism spectrum and supply networking and resource opportunities for their parents and other family members. World Autism Awareness Month (April) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.

John Pike, North Carolina Surfers Healing Camp Director
(910) 471-7453

Heather Hargrave, Autism Society of North Carolina
Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism Coordinator
(800) 442-2762 (ext. 1106)

Host Hotel:
Blockade Runner Beach Resort (Special room rate available. Limited availability. Specify World Autism Awareness Weekend. Special menus available.)

65th NC Azalea Festival Wilmington NC 2012 | Wilmington NC real estate

 Join us for the 65th NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington NC.  Kenny Logins kicks off the festivities on Thursday night with a concert.   Here is a sampling of the schedule for this weeks festival from the festival website.

Azalea Festival Schedule

Show events for: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Queen’s Coronation
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4/11/2012 – 4/15/2012
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4/12/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Juried Art Show
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Street Fair
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Visiting Ships
4/13/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Coin Show
4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Historic Home Tour
4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Street Fair Main Stage
4/14/2012 – 4/15/2012
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Street Fair Multicultural Stage

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What a weekend | Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival AND Riverfest | Wilmington NC

No excuses about having nothing to do this weekend.  Besides the beautiful weather and the awesome scenery in the area, we have 2 long time festivals to enjoy this weekend.  The Wilmington NC area plays host to the Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival is in it’s eighteenth year and promises to be better than ever.  Headliner – 18th Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival proudly announces this year’s headliner band is:

JIMMIE VAUGHAN and The Tilt-a-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton  – October 8, 2011

 According to the Pleasure Island website ” Join Us in Kure Beach for Music, Food, Crafts, and More…A weekend of non-stop musical talent, the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival features live jazz and blues performances on two stages. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.”

“This two-day festival takes place along the scenic Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure beach. Enjoy browsing at the Fine Arts Plaza, shopping for crafts, listening to music, and fine wine tasting. Children will stay entertained for hours as they enjoy magicians, juggling acts, clowns and much more in the Kidz Zone.”

The schedule is ”

Saturday, October 8

12:30- 1:50 The Willie Painter Band
2:10 – 3:30 Sean Carney Band
3:50 – 5:10 Damon Fowler
5:30 – 7:00 Jake HaldenVang Trio
8:00 – 9:30

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band
Featuring Lou Ann Barton


1:30 – 2:45 The FROG Project
3:00 – 4:15 Nita B & The Swingin’ Soiree
4:30 – 5:45 The Little Zippers
6:00 – 7:15 El Jaye Johnson & The Port City All Stars

Sunday, October 9

12:30 – 1:50 Lawyers, Guns and Money
2:10 – 3:30 The Barstanders
3:50 – 5:10 Medusa Stone does the Blues Featuring Justin Fox
5:50 – 7:00 Anson Funderburgh, Scott Cable and Friends


1:30 – 2:45 Bernie Kenerson Group
3:00 – 4:15 Freeport
4:30 – 5:45 Charlie and Rose Lucas

Ticket information:

Gates Open 11:00

Tickets On Sale Now

Two-Day Ticket in Advance – $30
Saturday Only – $30
Sunday Only $15
Children 12 and under Free


At the following Carolina Beach Businesses

Courtyard Marriott / 100 Charlotte Ave. 910-458-2030
Island & Tackle Hardware / 801 N. Lake Park Blvd. 910-458-3049
Olde Salty / CB Boardwalk 910-458-8090
Silver Dollar / CB Boardwalk 910-458-0977
Touche’ / 201 N. Lake Park Blvd. 910-458-3049


The Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival is scheduled each year in the second weekend in October. Contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce online or call 910-458-8434 for more information or visit the website –

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Our other festival this weekend is celebrating it’s 33rd year – the wonderful Riverfest.  This weekend on the Historic Downtown Cape Fear River.  Read all about the Riverfest here…