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.

 

INSPECTING YOUR HOME | How will a home inspection benefit me?

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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.  Read rest of story here….

Wilmington Housing Summit | September 9/6/143

From wilmingtonncgov.com

 

The city, in partnership with the Affordable Housing Coalition of Southeastern North Carolina, is hosting the summit, which will be held at the Terraces on Sir Tyler, located at 1826 Sir Tyler Dr.

The registration fee is $25 per person, including lunch, and is limited to the first 250 people who sign up. Interested citizens can register here online.

Who should attend: Local community leaders, realtors, developers/builders, architects/planners, non-profits, human resource professionals, real estate attorneys, lenders and interested citizens who are impacted by the complexities of the emerging housing market.

The summit will spotlight the demographic shifts, changing market demands, rising energy costs, and new economic realities for families, government, and the development community. It will also include an interactive forum about the impact of these changes on future development and redevelopment of housing in Wilmington.

 

The summit will include nationally recognized speakers as well as panels of state and local experts in the areas of residential and commercial development, government, finance and business. Attendees will participate in round-table discussions about the future for housing and development in Wilmington.
For more information, call 341-3239.

Fixtures Can Add Beauty, Value And Convenience To Your Home

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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.

Homes are being shown and are selling in Wilmington NC

The Wilmington NC real estate market is busy.  Sales and prices are up.  The days on the market are down.  Here is the most recent top showings from 3/1/13 – 4/10/13 in the 28405 zip code. 

These are just the first page of 386 total neighborhoods.  If you have thought about selling, please contact us so that we may share the most recent comparable sales with you.  It might be that it is time for you to sell too.

Neighborhood # of Showings # of Active Listings in My MLS
Landfall 770 219
Kings Grant 166 15
Northchase 151 11
Windemere 77 6
Cape Cottages 56 5
Mayfaire Townview 46 15
Covil Estates Snug H 41 2
The Village at Mayfa 41 12
Inland Greens 38 2
Brookfield 38 2
Princess Place 37 7
Churchill Estates 36 6
Northchase Bridgep 35 2
Wildflower 35 7
McClelland Townhomes 33 4
Weatherwood 30 3
Spring View 29 4
Chestnut Heights 28 4
Hunters Crossing 26 3
Green Meadows 26 2
Summerfield 26 4
Landfall Pembroke Jo 25 4
Hunting Ridge 24 4
English Moor at West 24 0
Brassfield 23 1

To search Wilmington NC real estate and get seller advice, please visit www.cbbaker.com or call us.

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.

For a free relocation package, email bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

Marsh Landing Place | Clubhouse, Pool & Nature Trails | Wilmington NC real estate

 

Hidden between the oaks and your imagination…..

Marsh Landing Place welcomes Bill Clark Homes. With over thirty years experience in build- ing, their hard earnedreputation as one of the most trusted new home builders in North Carolina has been built on providing you the most home for your hard-earned money, standing behind what they build, and responding competently and quickly to your needs.

Marsh Landing Place also welcomes SDS Builders.  (www.StructureDevelopmentServices.com).  Currently building 2 homes in the community. 

“We believe expectations and results are foremost in any home project.  Building a relationship with our customers is all about trust and that starts with our FREE ESTIMATE.  Right from the start, you will receive the professional customer service we offer. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS OUR #1 PRIORITY.”

View Marsh Landing Listings Here…

Enjoy and to search all Wilmington NC real estate please visit www.cbbaker.com

 

TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Timely Tips For Short Notice Home Showings

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!

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