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 www.wilmingtonbizexpo.com

“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 www.cbbaker.com and enjoy information about our great town.  If you would like to search from your phone, just go to mobile.cbbaker.com


Enlarge Your Home At No Cost | Wilmington NC real estate

“If passing through a room means

walking around furniture, it’s in the

wrong place.”

Your home shouldn’t be an obstacle course. Make sure your furniture is arranged so you can easily enter and exit rooms without making sharp detours around tables, couches, chairs and ottomans. Easy-access rooms seem larger and help draw people into the space.

There’s no other way to arrange your furniture? Perhaps you’ve crowded too much into the space–take some out! Is your furniture too big for the room? Replace oversized items with smaller pieces. Drop-leaf tables, for example, are a great idea for small dining rooms and dinettes.

For other home tips, please visit http://www.cbbaker.com anytime.

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

 For more information please visit http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/default.asp

To look at real estate when you are in town, please feel free to visit www.cbbaker.com   Enjoy…. Kay Baker & Associates

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Should I Pay My Landlords Mortgage | Rent vs. Buy | Wilmington NC real estate


Whether To Buy Or To Rent?

At one time or another, two questions cross the minds of most renters.


Should I be buying a home instead of renting?

  • Could I buy a home even if I wanted to?If you — or someone you know — are on the fence about buying or continuing to rent, consider these four steps to a realistic decision.1. Analyze. The first step is to analyze the key reasons for considering a change. Are you settling down from a life on the move, when renting seemed less restrictive than owning a home? Is your family growing, requiring more space that is hard to come by in a reasonably priced rental? Are you a habitual renter who, until your monthly payments started going up, has believed that life is simpler if you rent a home rather than own one? Have you always dreamed of owning your own home, but thought the process of buying too complex and your resources too meager?

    2. Know the difference. Take a close look at what homeowning means and how it differs from renting. Homeowning involves, of course, many things besides keeping a roof over your head. You acquire, along with a structure, the responsibility for maintenance and repair. Most homeowners find the benefits of owning far outweigh the upkeep efforts — and many homeowners enjoy the responsibilities.

    When you own your home, you can express yourself in ways impossible in rental properties. From remodeling to landscaping to pet-keeping, the home you own gives you a sense of uniqueness and proprietorship you don’t have when you rent. In your own home, you can:

  • Relax in the security of owning the roof over your head.
  • Realize savings in the tax advantages of homeownership.
  • Put down roots and become more involved in the community you’re living in.3. Study the financial picture. If these homeowning advantages appeal to your heart and head, you’re ready to examine your financial capabilities. Bear in mind:
  • Homeowners receive great tax breaks, including the ability to deduct mortgage interest expenses and sell with tax-free capital gains within limits.
  • Monthly payments go into your own investment, not your landlord’s pocket.
  • While monthly rent payments go up over the years, you can take out a fixed-rate home loan to have the same mortgage payment as long as you keep the home.4. Get the facts. Now is a great time to buy a home thanks to an excellent selection of homes on the market, flexible sellers and a wide variety of loan programs to choose from. Contact us, and we’d be happy to help you achieve the dream of homeownership.
  • 5. Call us.  Our expertise is working with first time home buyers.  Use our knowledge and experience to help educate yourself in the real estate market of Wilmington NC.  There are tax advantages to owning your home.  Please visit www.cbbaker.com for all your Wilmington NC real estate questions and to search real time for your home.

Awesome Wrightsville Beach Waterfront reduced $249,000 to $1,750,000| Wilmington NC real estate

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Wrightsville Beach | Wilmington NC real estate.

Spectacular dream home on Banks Channel with over 4100 sq. ft. of gorgeous living area. 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths in a well thought out open, floorplan with ELEVATOR. Incredible views await you from most every room including large decks from the owners suite and main living area. Vintage inspired kitchen w/bead board cabinets, Champagne and cream granite counters, kitchen island with built-in gas, downdraft cook top, and 2 raised breakfast bars. And a breakfast room with uninterrupted views of the channel and your private pier with floating dock and 2 boat lifts. One is a 13000 lb. lift for your fishing machine and the other a 3000 lb. lift for smaller pleasure craft. A recently new bulkhead was installed along the beautiful backyard with sod, knockout roses and other indigenous shrubs and bushes. The large owners suite has beautiful Brazilian Cherry floors and a fireplace that is shared with the spa like master bath offering unsurpassed views from the 2 man whirlpool and separate walk shower. A perfect example of Wilmington NC real estate on Wrightsville Beach.

Over 4100 sq. ft. 5 BR, 4.5 bath dream home on Banks Channel with private pier, floating dock/gazebo and 2 boat lifts. Incredible Views. Prepare to stay awhile, because you have just found your new home.

To send a virtual tour to your cell phone –

text 14050 to 44133

To search Wilmington NC real estate please visit www.cbbaker.com

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Fast :: Easy :: Free | Search Properties and Land | Wilmington NC real estate



Curious about what is on the market and what has sold in Wilmington NC this past 6 months?  Do it the easy way.  Sign in to access trends reports and up to the minute new listings.  You can request a “Portal” so that all the new listings in your price range and zip code choices are instantly sent to your inbox.  The market has picked up and will continue throughout the summer.  Real estate is price right and the rates have just dropped last week.  Call or email and let us help.

Test Drive Your Potential New Home First | Wilmington NC real estate


You found a home that you think you would like to live in.  The neighborhood looks like the neighborhood that you would like to live in.  The next thing you need to do is literally before you buy your first home, drive from and to the new address from your work during morning and evening drive times. Are there alternate routes? How long does it take to get to work? Schools? Supermarket? Convenience stores? Is parking adequate on street, off street or in a garage? Will the morning or evening sun be a headache? Note your location 15 minutes and 30 minutes from your first home. Now use that distance on a map as a radius to get a sense of your circle of community. Many of us spend a lot of time in our cars. Knowing how much time can help you decide if a new home is right for you. You want to make the right decision for all the right reasons.  Finding out after the sale that you do not like the commute will take away part of the new found happiness of buying your new home.  In the Wilmington NC real estate market it is suggested that you go through this exercise before you put in a contract on a home.  To learn more buying tips see my Wilmington NC newsletter for buyers and sellers here.

To search Wilmington NC real estate and get advice please visit www.cbbaker.com

Search Wilmington NC real estate on your phone


Search all Wilmington NC real estate from your phone.  If you are driving by a house and want to know the price, just TEXT 14059 TO 44133 and put in the name of the street and you will get instant information!  To view this listing in Windward Oaks you would TEXT 14056 TO 44133  and you will get information and virtual tour.  Wilmington NC real estate simple and easy for you.  To search Wilmington North Carolina homes online, please visit http://www.cbbaker.com.  To visit our blog please read more here Continue reading

Save the Date | Step it Up | Work on Wilmington | Wilmington NC real estate

Work on Wilmington – Welcome.

Do you want to help make your hometown a better place?  Here is your chance.  Save the date of April 16 from 8- 12 and join WorkonWilmington.org to volunteer for the 5th annual “day to see how much can be accomplished in 4 hours” when community members work together.  26 different opportunites to volunteer working on the schools, parks and non profits in the area.  There will be a celebration with music and food after for the volunteers.  Let’s work together to help improve our quality of life.  More information can be found here.  www.workonwilmington.org.  Lets spruce up the real estate in the Wilmington NC area and meet different people in the community.

Affordable Wrightsville Beach Homes and Cottages | Wilmington NC Real Estate

Wilmington NC Real Estate, Wilmington NC Homes, Wrightsville Beach Homes.

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One of our hidden treasures is Wrightsville Beach in the Wilmington NC area. The breathtaking island of Wrightsville Beach stretches four miles from Masonboro inlet on the south to Mason inlet on the north. The clear waters off Wrightsville Beach often resemble those of the Caribbean. The city limits of the town of Wrightsville Beach today encompass not only the barrier island but also Harbor Island and a small portion of mainland. Most of the early visitors were fishermen and hunters traveling to the Island by boat. Already the history of Wrightsville Beach, NC was being built on an appreciation of nature and Wrightsville’s bounty. You will truly be amazed at the sunrises on the Atlantic and calming sunsets on the Intracoastal Waterway.  The prices have come down on Wilmington NC real estate, and that includes Wrightsville Beach, NC.  The zip code for Wrightsville Beach is 28480, you can search all Wilmington NC real estate on www.cbbaker.com by zip code, neighborhood and price.  Read More here for homes on the beach below $700,000.