Quick Checklist For Finding The Perfect Home | Wilmington NC real estate

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Zeroing in on your first home can be fun and exciting. But it can also be tiring and confusing. So before you start looking at properties, write down what you want in your new home. Start with the size of the home, number of rooms, most convenient layout, and desirable features. Prioritize the list, noting beside each item whether it is “nice to have” or “a must.”

Plan for the foreseeable future 
As you make the list, consider how long you will likely be in the home and how your family and lifestyle may change over time.

Keep your goals in mind
Bring the completed list with you when we plan the first home-shopping tour.

Be a comparison shopper
As you preview each property, jot down how it compares with your list. Fill in the blanks as you see fit–yes/no, good/fair/poor, etc. Keep your notes on each property to compare homes until you find the right home. Also note the features you would like to change in each home.

REQUIREMENTS
HOME AND LOT 

Square footage __________________

Number of bedrooms __________________

Number of baths __________________

Closets/storage __________________

Basement __________________

Interior condition __________________

Yard space __________________

Fence _________________

Patio or deck __________________

Garage __________________

Energy efficiency __________________

Exterior condition _________________

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Parking __________________

Overall appearance __________________

Traffic and noise __________________

Snow/trash removal __________________

Fire and police __________________

Schools: Bus or walk __________________

Distance to school __________________

School district __________________

Quality measured by SAT scores or other criteria__________________

Amenities __________________

Distance to job __________________

Childcare __________________

Public transportation __________________

Major highways __________________

Stores/supermarkets __________________

Medical facilities __________________

Recreation _________________

Community services __________________

Restaurants __________________

Churches/synagogues __________________

Airports/trains __________________

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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

 

2013 What To Expect For Home Buyers, Sellers, Investors | Wilmington NC real estate

Wilmington NC real estateToday’s real estate market is not the question mark it has been for some time. National trends and statistics support a lot of what is showing up in our own local real estate market — steady improvements and signs of positive activity are taking hold. In 2013, if you’re a homeowner looking to make a move, a renter looking to settle down, an investor looking for opportunities or a homeowner looking to stay put and remodel, here’s how to take advantage of today’s Wilmington NC  real estate market — no matter what your situation.

Yes, foreclosures, short sales, underwater mortgages and other painful problems are real and prevalent in some areas. Despite these problems, homes in good condition and in good locations sell quickly when priced right. Great deals for buyers — both in distressed and traditional home sales — and low interest rates have converged to make the cost of buying much more affordable than just a few years ago! Investors benefit too by focusing on distress sales as well as bargain-priced traditional properties to hold as rentals or rehab and sell.

In 2013 some great opportunities exist, but only if you get into the real estate market now. If you don’t make a move soon, you’ll miss out. In this Special Report we’ve examined 2013 from great expectations to six great opportunities. Be sure to contact us as soon as you’re ready to buy or sell a home.

2013 OPPORTUNITIES

Underbuilding = More Buyer Demand For Sellers

Due to the slow-moving economy and slower-than-normal real estate market, builders have been slow to build new homes. Even though new home starts are recovering, in 2013 there will still be more new-home buyers looking than homes available for sale. The continued lack of competition from newly built homes will help you when you sell a home this year. If your home is in a good location and in move-in condition, it will sell quickly and for a price better than you might have gotten last year. Don’t expect a return to boom times, but prices are slowly, gradually moving up in most areas of the country.

Investing = Increased Profits
Investing in a rental home, condo or multi-family property can be profitable with the continued rising demand for rentals and increasing rents. Beware, though, that many would-be renters will be weighing carefully the cost of renting versus buying, and those able to purchase will leave the rental market. More renter turnover could be a bigger issue for landlords this year than last.

Interest = Historically Low Rates
With continuing low interest rates, if you have a good credit record and steady employment, it’s definitely a positive time to purchase a home. Low interest rates allow you to buy more home than you could otherwise. Low rates also work to your advantage keeping payments low.

Refinancing = Save Money Now And Later
With lower interest rates, refinancing is an option for homeowners who have good credit, a stable employment situation and whose home is not underwater — owing more than it is worth. The savings realized in refinancing can be significant for those who can take advantage of these low interest rates before they go higher.

Buying = Better Than Renting
In many major metropolitan areas, it makes more financial sense to buy a home rather than rent. With increasing demand for rentals and subsequent rising rents, buying — including down payment, closing costs, property taxes, utilities, maintenance costs and tax advantages — is often a better financial move, allowing home buyers to break even, possibly in as few as two to five years. If you’re looking to settle somewhere for at least that long, 2013 is the time to look into buying a home.

Green = Products That Save
Environmentally friendly products, finishes, appliances and systems are readily available for new homes, remodels and updating. As demand for these resource-saving products continues to increase, prices are likely to decrease, allowing you to choose and install eco-friendly products to save energy and money.

Seller Expectations

Some expectations never change. Sellers expect a great selling price and a quick sale. As in the past, though, sellers need to realize that serious, traditional home buyers are looking for properties in move-in condition. Many buyers are turned off by unfinished home projects and outdated fixtures. Sellers in 2013 need to make their home spic-and-span before listing in order to get a quick sale at the right price. We can advise you on how to stage your home for a fast sale when you price it right.

Buyer Expectations

Buyers in the market today are looking for the best value. They remember the not-too-distant volatility of home prices and want the most home for the lowest payment. They know the market like a GPS and are quick to assess every home — before they even step into it. Today’s buyers are smart and savvy, especially when buyers work with a real estate professional — like us.

Investor Expectations

Investors, being home buyers, are smart and savvy too. They’re decisive and often able to purchase a home with all-cash, making their transaction quick to close. Investors rely on their ability to spot “diamonds in the rough” and snap up great deals lightning-fast. If you can’t get your home into move-in condition for the next buyer, an investor will — and your final sales price to the investor will reflect the profit the investor is looking to realize upon resale or rental of your property. We can help you find suitable income properties to fit your investment strategy or help you prep your home for quick sale to interested investors. For more advice and to search all Wilmington NC real estate please visit www.cbbaker.com or on your phone mobile.cbbaker.com

 

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Oh To Live On The Water | Wilmington NC real estate

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.

  ~Isak Dinesen

Waterfront Homes from $100,000 – $200,000 – Find Here

Waterfront Townhomes and Condo’s from $100,000 – $200,000 – Find Here

Waterfront Homes from $200,000 – $400,000 – Find Here

Waterfront Townhomes and Condo’s from $200.000 –  $400,000 – Find Here

Waterfront Homes from $400,000 – Find Here

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 To live by the water is devine…

Waterfront Wilmington NC

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The Cape Fear Region’s many miles of coastline, rivers and sounds offer a wide variety of fishing, watersports and boating activities. And, to maximize the regions waterfront enjoyment, there are many neighborhoods offering waterfront homes in Wilmington, NC with canals, boatslips, and or boatramps. We offer the latest, detailed information on all Wilmington NC waterfront homes and communities offered for sale in Wilmington, NC. So just sit back, relax and click any of these Wilmington waterfront communities to search for your waterfront dream home now.

Waterfront Real Estate in Wilmington NC

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests about waterfront homes for sale or waterfront real estate in Wilmington, NC, or any location in the Cape Fear Region. We have lived here all our lives and can help match a neighborhood with a home and schools. We  know where the best shopping is and all the main attractions. If you are looking for a second home or investment property in Wilmington, NC, there are still real deals in the great coastal area, but you will need a real estate expert to help you. We are experienced real estate professional’s who has decades of home buying and selling experience in waterfront properties in Wilmington, NC area.

Marinas and Yacht Clubs

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Wilmington NC offers an assortment of Marinas and Yacht Clubs for your boating enjoyment. They are located from Carolina Beach north to Scotts Hill. You can get the details about specifics on each one right here.

For true local and knowledgable service in waterfront homes in Wilmington, NC please contact us today at 1-800-497-7325 Ex. 3607 or email at bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

Wilmington, NC Waterfront Neighborhoods


Arjean by the Sound
Avalon West
Avenel
Bald Head Island*
Bay Harbor
Bluepoint
Bradley Creek Point
Bridgewater Bluffs
Carolina Bay
Cedar Island
Cedar Landing
Chanel Haven
Channelwalk
Charleston Landing
Demarest Landing
Dolphin Bay
Dunbar Landing
Driftwood Villas
Edgewater Subd
Egret Landing
Elliott Place
Figure Eight Harbour
Figure Eight Island*
Greymarsh Crossing*
Harbor Villa
Headwater Cove
Hickory Knoll
Holiday Hills
Hollyholm
Inlet Park
Inlet Point Harbor Sub*
Inlet Watch Estates*
Intracoastal Watch
John’s Creek
Landfall*
Loder Landing
Marywood
Masonboro Bluffs
Masonboro Harbour*
Masons Bluff
Middle Oaks

Old Chimney
Osprey Point
Oyster Bay
Pelican Reef*
Porter’s Neck
Purviance
Sanddollar Shores
Sandfiddler Point
Saponas Point
Scotts Hill Bluff
Shal-a-Moor
Shandy Point
Shinn Creek Estates*
Shinn Point*
Sounds Edge at Bradley Creek
South East Harbor
Register Place
River Island
Tangle Oaks
The Tides*
Timber Creek
Towles*
Tidalwalk*
Turtle Hall*
Waterway Lodge
Westpo

The Wilmington NC real estate market is HOT | Why wait to search for your new home or investment property?

 
 
The Wilmington NC real estate market is hot.  The rates are still below 4% and we have some 100% USDA areas available for a short time.  To search real time, feel free to use our comprehensive website.  There is also buyer and seller information.  Please click photo to enter.  If you would like to search later, just visit www.cbbaker.com or on your phone mobile.cbbaker.com.  Any questions, just give us a call. 910-202-3607 or 1-800-497-7325 x 3607.
Baker Wayne and Associates – bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.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.

For a report on the Top 10 Selling Mistakes, please visit here….

Kenny Logins to Headline NC Azalea Festival Concert | Wilmington NC real estate

NC Azalea Festival Concert.

The 64th Annual Azalea Festival will be held April 11th  – 15th in Historic Downtown Wilmington.  Kenny Loggins will kick off the festivities with a concert at Trask Coliseum, UNCW on Thursday April 12. Scotty McCreery will give a concert on Friday night at Trask.

  

April 12, 2012

Trask Coliseum, UNCW
8:00 PM
 
Tickets:
Bleacher Seating – $47.50
Balcony Seating – $37.50
 
*Helpful advice for purchasing tickets in Trask Coliseum: on the North side of the coliseum, the highest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.  On the South side of the coliseum, the lowest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.
 

Friday,April13,2012

Trask Coliseum, UNCW
8:00 PM
 
Tickets:
Bleacher Seating – $62.50
Balcony Seating – $52.50
 
*Helpful advice for purchasing tickets in Trask Coliseum: on the North side of the coliseum, the highest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.  On the South side of the coliseum, the lowest-numbered seats are closest to the stage.
 
From the Azalea Festival Website – “The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event.

Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal!

The Festival’s concerts, fairs and special events are viewed by more than one million people each year, in person and through media coverage. More than 200,000 are estimated to attend the annual two-day street fair, while more than 100,000 gather to watch the Festival parade. Each event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina.

The Festival is a great source of local pride, with the entire community involved in displaying Wilmington to the world in its finest colors. More than 1,000 volunteers are required to stage over 50 events ranging from concerts to art shows, a street fair with interactive displays, home and garden tours, a parade, special exhibits, a circus and a variety of other entertainment and events.”

Read more here….

Mark your calendars and come for a visit.  If you like the area and want to learn more about Wilmington NC real estate, give us a call.  Enjoy….