LOCATION: The Most Important Questions Every Buyer Should Ask

It’s a maxim in real estate that the three most crucial factors in selecting a home are “location, location, location.” It’s also true! No matter how wonderful the home is, the location is key to how well you’ll like living in it and how well it sells when you’re ready to move on. Before you buy, carefully check the following factors to be sure the home you like is really the one you want to live in.

Wilmington NC real estateConsider destinations

Where will family members go most often from this new location? How easy is it to reach those places from the home? How accessible are schools, churches, grocery stores, medical care, public transportation, shopping malls and emergency services?

Be sure rooms have a view

What is the view from the home and yard? Is the yard right for your anticipated activities? What uses are possible for nearby undeveloped land? Is a new road or commercial development planned?

Check around the clock

{short description of image}Is rush hour traffic a problem? What will be the impact of special events such as local high-school games or church picnics? Test the driveway. How easy is it to get into and out of the driveway?

Be service conscious

What utilities serve the property? Are the rates competitive? Do you want an all-electric home, or do you want gas or oil heat? Where will your mail get delivered? Are there any easements?

Dig below the surface

Is the soil stable? Is part of the property on a flood plain? If so, what is the history of floods on the property and what would flood insurance cost?

Visit the neighbors

How will you fit in with the neighbors? Do people seem to be friendly? Are homes well-maintained?

Read the fine print

If the community has special by-laws or architectural controls over changes to a homes in the area?Make a list of the positive and negative aspects of each property as you tour it. Assign priorities to important elements of the home’s location. If you have questions about a home’s location, we can help. Call or e-mail us now.

 

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

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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

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.

Think You Can’t Afford A Beach Home? Think Again.

sunglasses2Would you like to live at the beach and think you can’t afford it?  Carolina Beach still offers some great values on homes, condos and townhomes.  Live near the Aquarium and Fort Fisher.  If you feel like driving on the beach you can go the the north end of Carolina Beach to Freeman Park.   For a daily fee or yearly pass you can.  Camping is allowed. To search by price, map, location please visit dbyrd.seacoastrealty.com

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Carolina Beach NC Real Estate

Carolina Beach, NC is located on Pleasure Island, just across the Snow’s Cut Bridge on Hwy 421, south of Wilmington, NC. The quiet atmosphere of this small town beach will surely charm you, the minute you cross the bridge. A true family beach which offers long stretches of beachfront, marinas, boardwalk, fishing charters, party and dinner cruises and miles of shopping. You can practically walk or bike anywhere. Other popular attractions include ferry rides to historic Southport, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, NC Underwater Archaeology Center, Federal Point History Center, and Civil War Historic sites at Fort Fisher. Come enjoy our oceanfront town on the coast of North Carolina near Wilmington, NC. Check out all the properties for sale at Carolina Beach right here.

For all your Carolina Beach real estate information, please give us a call at 910-617-03097 or email me at debibyrd@ec.rr.comPlease feel free to contact us  with any questions or requests about  Carolina Beach, NC real estate or  homes for sale in Carolina Beach 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 Carolina Beach, there are still real deals in the great coastal area, but you will need a real estate expert to help you. Our team are experienced real estate professional’s who have decades of home buying and selling experience in the Carolina Beach area. For true local and knowledgeable service in the Carolina Beach real estate market, contact Debi Byrd today.

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Sparkling Waterfront Vistas | Wilmington NC real estate search engine

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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 mailto: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
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Why it Pays to Know Exactly What Goes With Your Home Sale

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What stays with the home you’re selling? To use the legal lingo, what will convey?

  • The Rule

LightGenerally, real property will convey. Real property is anything attached to the house that would leave visible damage if removed. Typically included: the house, land, trees, shrubbery, fences, TV antenna, and any fixture outside or inside (such as wall-to-wall carpeting or built-in cabinets.). Anything else is personal property. You can take with you any freestanding personal property you want – the washer and dryer, refrigerator, firewood, swimming pool chemicals, window air conditioner, and so on – if removing the items doesn’t change the condition of the house. Ask us about typical local practice.

  • The Strategy

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If there is real property in your home that you can’t bear to leave behind, either remove it before showing (and repair any damage caused by removal) or specify in the contract that it does not convey. Disclosure helps avoid deal-killing misunderstandings.

  • The Options

Some sellers leave behind awnings and window treatments bought to fit specific windows. Sellers may offer to leave items they no longer need, such as a riding mower; and buyers might ask for personal property like garden tools. Some items like chandeliers are normally considered real property. Your buyer may agree to let you take it, but if your sale hinges on the conveyance of the chandelier, let the chandelier go!

Reminder: If you are wanting to sell your home in the next 6 to12 months, now is the time to begin putting your plan into place, while time is still on your side. Please contact us for any real estate assistance you may need.

February Was A Great Month For Wilmington NC Real Estate

Wilmington NC Real Estate February Statistic Look Good!

The number’s are in and are looking good for Wilmington NC real estate.

To search all Wilmington NC real estate, we invite you to visit http://www.cbbaker.com.  Visit the Buyer and Seller sections to answer questions you may have.

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Get Your Party Hat Ready | 66th Annual Azalea Festival Wilmington NC

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You are invited to join us for the 66th Annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington NC on April 10 – 14, 2013.  The weekend is packed with entertainment for all.

The Mission: “The mission of the North Carolina Azalea Festival is to be nationally recognized as a showcase for our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The Festival encourages volunteerism and civic participation as it contributes to the region’s economy and promotes the unique qualities of Wilmington’s river-to-the-sea community.”

The 2013 official artwork is by Elizabeth Singletary.

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Here is a sampling of upcoming events leading up to the event.

  • Azalea 5K/10K/Fun Walk

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    The Azalea Festival 5K/10K & 1 mile-Fun Walk is an annual event hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. All proceeds from this event benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center …
  • Queen’s Coronation

    APR 10 2013
    The Queen’s Coronation is an annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. In attendance are all the Festival Celebrities Guests as well …

  • Circus

    11-14 APR  2013
    Covering more than an acre of ground, the Cole Bros. Circus Big Top is a favorite event of the Festival. Its combination of costumed characters, acrobatics, clowns, and more draws …

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

    APR 11  2013
    Presented By Lynyrd Skynyrd Once in a while a musical force will burst on the scene and forever change that scene. Lynyrd Skynyrd was one of the most commercially successful …

  • Avett Brothers

    APR 12 2013
    The Avett Brothers By the time Scott and Seth Avett formed the Avett Brothers with bassist Bob Crawford — their honorary “third brother,” — the alchemy had begun: A fresh …

  • Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

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    12-14 APR  2013
    The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour is sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc., the tour has been featured in SOUTHERN LIVING and is one of the …

  • Juried Art Show

    12-14APR  2013
    Over 100 North Carolina artists and national artists present fine paintings at the Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. To be a vendor at the Juried Art Show, you …

  • Street Fair

    12-14 APR 2013
    The North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair is a free, family event with over 200 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors, 4 stages, a children’s area and a whole …

  • Visiting Ships

    12-14 APR  2013
    Each year we have different visiting ships join us in celebrating the North Carolina Azalea Festival. As you enjoy the beauty of downtown Wilmington, take time to notice these visiting …

  • Boxing

    13-14  APR 2013
    The NC Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament showcases some of the finest boxers from the National & International level of competition & from the military branches compete in this event. NC …

  • Coin Show

    13-14 APR 2013
    A fun filled family event. Children are given free foreign coins to learn about currency and foreign countries. More than 30 dealers from several surrounding states will be on hand …

  • Colt Ford and The LACS

    13 APR  2013
    The hick hop and southern rock sound of the LACS will kick off Saturday night festivities. The LACS will open for the walking, talking celebration of country music and country …

  • Historic Home Tour

    13-14 APR 2013
    The NC Azalea Festival Home Tour is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.  All proceeds from the Home Tour will advance the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s efforts to …

  • Parade

    APR 13 2013
    Presented By The NC Azalea Festival Parade is an annual event that is viewed by over 100,000 people. Join us for next years’ Parade and enjoy the floats, marching units and …

  • Street Fair Children’s Area

    13-14 APR 2013
    Presented By The Children’s Area of the Street Fair has all the entertainment and fun for the little ones!  Bouncy inflatables, games, and a stage with children’s dance troupes and …

  • Street Fair Multicultural Stage

    13-14 APR 2013
    Join us at the 2013 NC Azalea Festival Multicultural Stage for a two-day celebration that will showcase some of the best ethnic performers dressed in authentic traditional costumes. They will …

  • Main Stage

    14 APR 2013
    Come close out the 2013 North Carolina Azalea Festival with a full day of live beach music! Sunday’s Main Stage Band Schedule: 1:00 PM – The Mark Roberts Band 2:30 …To view complete schedule and more please visit  http://www.ncazaleafestival.org

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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.

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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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