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:

KEYNOTE LUNCH FEATURING NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR PAT MCCRORY  11:30 – 1:30 pm
 
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

 

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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TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Timely Tips For Short-Notice Home Showings | Wilmington NC real estate

 It’s a seller’s worst nightmare…the sink is full of dishes, the baby is crying — and an agent calls: “We’ll be there in two minutes. I have the perfect buyer for your house.” Before that overwhelming feeling of panic sets in, don’t despair! Here’s a quick roundup of easy pick-up tips to get your house in show-time shape in minutes.

Have A Game Plan

  • Assign responsibility for each room to a family member.
    When the “last-minute dash” starts, each person knows which room to straighten.
  • Plan your get-away.
    Know where you’ll go when you vacate the house for show time. Take the kids to the library, park, playground or to visit friends. Do your grocery shopping, pick up the dry cleaning or run other errands.

Whole-House Strategies

  • Perk up your carpets.
    Eliminate stray crumbs and dirt with a quick pick-up by a hand-held vacuum.
  • Turn on the lights.
    Light up dark corners and hallways. Even on sunny days, rooms show better when brightly lighted.
  • Open curtains and blinds.
    Let in as much natural light and good views as possible.

Kitchen Quickies

  • Use paper plates.
    A lot of people house hunt on their way home from work — at dinner time. Eat on, then toss, paper plates to avoid unsightly dirty dishes and speed clean-up time.
  • Put dinner in cold storage.
    If you’re caught with dinner on the table, shove the plates into the refrigerator. Re-heat in the microwave when prospects have gone.
  • Simmer some spices.
    Prepare a pot of cloves, cinnamon sticks and water. With only minutes to spare, bring your spices to a rapid boil, turn back immediately to simmer and your home will have a warm, inviting smell.
  • Try microwaving instead of baking.
    Keep your oven free of spatters by switching to microwave dinners.
  • Drain dishes in the dishwasher.
    Air-dry hand-washed dishes in the upper rack of the dishwasher to keep the sink and counter clutter-free.
  • Add sparkle and shine with spray cleaners.
    Wipe out cooking spills with a quick squirt of a grease-cutting spray cleaner and rub with a paper towel.

Laundry Disguises

  • Use the washer as a hideout.
    Put your dirty clothes in the washer until you have time to launder. Same goes for clean clothes that you don’t have time to fold — let them sit in the dryer instead of in a messy pile.
  • Try a laundry-basket disguise.
    If you have more laundry than you know what to do with, drop it in a basket, fold two large bath towels and place on top, and presto — laundry goes from messy to neat.

“Junk” Catchers?

  • Use under-bed storage boxes.
    For last-minute pick-ups, under-bed boxes are great catch-alls for toys, books, dirty socks, etc.
  • Have a bail-out box.
    Eliminate a frantic search for keys, wallet, dog’s leash and shoes when you are leaving to let the agent show the house. Keep a small box with pertinent items stashed in a handy place such as the coat-closet floor.

Make A Final Check?

Run through the home room by room, from top to bottom, to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

These are just a few of the ways to make your home sparkle and shine in a matter of minutes. If you are considering selling and would like more ideas on how to make your home show in its best possible light, please give us a call! To search all Wilmington NC real estate, 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.

Wilmington NC Energy Tax Credits Expiring Soon | Wilmington NC Real Estate

Kay Baker Wilmington NC Real Estate | Wilmington New Homes Search | Covering Wilmington, Brunswick County and Pender County | Wilmington NC real estate | Energy Tax Credits Expiring Soon.

Heat Pump

HouseLogic offers homeowners timely advice on Wilmington NC real estate Energy Tax Credits for energy saving renovations to your home.  There are tax credits for replacing your old heating and cooling systems, replacing old insulation, non-solar water heaters, windows, doors and skylights.  To take advantage of these credits you have until December 31, 2010.  These repairs and replacements must be on your Wilmington NC principle residence, not new construction or investment properties.  Read here about the different renovations that you can make now. Read more here.

To find out more about these tax credits and how to apply for them, please visit:  Click here

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Cost of Living In Wilmington NC? | Wilmington NC real estate

The Greater Wilmington NC Chamber of Commerce has released it’s 1st quarter report on the cost of living in Wilmington NC.  How did we do? Average.  Which is a good thing.  The Cost of Living Index measure 308 Urban areas on cost of goods and living.  The Wilimington NC real estate and housing was 91.3 right in the middle of other North Carolina Cities.  See the spring Wilimington Index chart on the chamber site. Read more here. See page 11 for chart.

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