Second Ever Surfalorus Film Festival July 18 – 20, 2013 | Wilmington NC real estate

Surf, Surf, Surf…..

From the makers of the GREAT Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington NC, join them in the Second ever Surfalorus Film Festival starting July 19 – July 20 in various venues around town.  The surf films viewed are local as well as classics.  From their website:

 Second Ever Surfalorus Film Festival
After eleven years of showcasing the tastiest surf flicks at the November festival, Cucalorians are now throwing up a summer festival just for surfers. The Surfalorus Film Festival will feature local films created by filmmakers of all levels as well as classic surf films,  Waverider by Karl Lear at Carolina Beach on the 18th
The schedule of top-notch films will includeJeremy Johnston x Electric  by Ben Capron
The 2nd annual Surfalorus Film Festival hits screens this summer with the hottest new surf films and docs about coastal issues. Surfers, nature lovers, water weirdos, and fans of good film will enjoy three days of outdoor screenings in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and  Downtown Wilmington – bringing people from Southeastern North Carolina together to celebrate and discover great surf films. The three-day event will be held July 18-20 and will include an outdoor board expo and shaper show – a live display from area board artists. A free, outdoor screening will be held each night of the festival with live music and cold beer.
“My favorite part about Surfalorus will be seeing the tribe gather around to watch a surf film,” said Hanner, “This is an opportunity to catch up with people that you may only see in the water.”
Weekend pass is $40.00  
Surfalorus Film Festival – Schedule of events:

Thursday – Carolina Beach

Kick Off Screening @ Ocean Grill + Tiki Bar – Free Event!

6:30p- Traveler’s Trio

9:00p- Fireworks on the Beach!

9:30p- No Directions by Julian Martin (2mins) + Waverider by Karl Lear (62mins)

Friday- Wrightsville Beach

Screenings @Red Dogs – $10 admission per Screening

10:00am-  H2IndO by Brent Deal (76mins)

12:00pm-  Dust. Resin. Water.  By Troy Cryder (51mins)

1:30pm-  Shored Up by Ben Kalina (83mins)

3:30pm- Isolated by Justin LePera (92mins)

6:00pm- Bikini Bottom Shorts Film Block (75 mins)

    • Sine Qua Non by Richard Yelland (24mins)
    • The Lazy Surfer by Connor Buss (2mins)
    • Lunch Break by Clare Plueckhahn (5mins)
    • Runman’s Grom by Ray Kleiman (7mins)
    • By the Way by Hayley Gordon (15mins)
    • North by Mikey Detemple (8mins)
    • Beyond the Drop by Mark Anders (7mins)
    • Jeremy Johnston x Electric  by Ben Capron (2mins)
    • Excitation by Rene Laudi (10 mins) 

Showcase Film @ Jengo’s – Free Event!

8:00pm – Doors open – come on in and socialize

9:00pm – Live music from…

10:00pm – by Keith Ketchum (4mins) + The HEART and The SEA by Nathan Oldfield (85 mins)

Saturday

Board & Beach Expo  10am- 4pm @ Tidal Creek Co-op – Free Event

    • Surfer’s Yoga by Wilmington Yoga Center (10am)
    • Green Room Live Shaper Show – See area board shapers and artists in action
    • Water Slide for kids of all ages – All Day
    • Food and Drink by Tidal Creek
    • NC Microbrews Samples and Sales + local Kombucha
    • James Bain Cooking Workshop
    • Live Music- The Clams and The Meteor Men

Evening Sessions @ Jengo’s Playhouse 

5:00pm- Manufacturing Stoke by Pierce Michael (80mins) – $10 Admission

7:00pm- Jeff Divine Workshop – $15 Admission

9:00pm- Baggie Shorts Film Block (71mins) – $10 Admission

    • Remind Me To Forget by Jeremy Asher Lynch (35mins)
    • Another Session by Scooter Hayes (6mins)
    • River Run by Dirk Brandt (8mins)
    • Party Mix by Hayley Gordon (13mins)
    • Boxing Day in Byron Bay by Stephan Kleinlein (6mins)
    • Mason Test by Logan Beam (3mins)
    • Welcome to ILM by Do Good Real Estate (3mins)
    • Meanwhile by James Throssel (5mins)

11:00pm-  Surfalorus Night Cap – $5 Admission

    • Celluloid Surf Classics: Runmans 69


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How Much Will it Cost to Sell Your Home? \ Wilmington NC real estat

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Pile of cash

“How much will it cost to sell my Wilmington NC  home?” The answer to that common question generally falls into 3 major categories: fixing to sell, closing the sale, and moving.

You may have additional expenses connected with buying and settling into a new home: trips to your new area while house hunting, meals, lodging, buying furnishings, etc. Some of these expenses are tax deductible, but only if you are being transferred by an employer (who does not reimburse you) or are moving to a new job.

Here are the major expense categories:

  • Fixing to sell: This is not the time to add on or remodel the kitchen or make other major improvements – even though many such improvements often pay, at least partially, for themselves when you sell. Now is the time to make your home fresh, clean, and neat, with an eye to getting your top price. This may call for buying paint, soap, wax, putty, tiling, carpeting or plumbing parts. It may also call for paying professional carpenters, plumbers, yard and cleaning people to do the work for you.
  • Closing costs: As a seller, you can typically look forward to more income than outlay, especially if you’ve built up a substantial amount for your home equity. Possible refunds may include money you’ve already paid on your mortgage, insurance premiums, future property taxes, service contracts, heating fuel you’ll turn over to the buyer, utility deposits and the balance of any escrow funds held by your mortgage lender.
  • Moving costs. If you choose not to move yourself, or if you aren’t being reimbursed by your employer, your largest moving expense is apt to be your professional mover. Moving companies provide a variety of services and a range of fees. To save as much as possible, shop for the best combination of rates, services and insurance, plus reputation for reliability. A non-binding estimate is apt to be lower than a binding one, but there’s no guarantee that your belongings won’t exceed the estimated volume or weight. The best tack is to go for a “binding-or-less” estimate, which should include not only volume or weight but, also, unforeseen expenses at your destination (extra carrying distance, bad weather, etc.)

Some other cost-saving tips: take only what you’ll use at your new home; do your own packing; insure your belongings sufficiently; take your valuables with you, personally, or send them by registered or insured mail.

Although we advise sellers to realistically anticipate their selling expenses, the bottom line is how much cash a seller walks away with after sale. If you’re interested in selling soon, we’ll be happy to provide a Net Proceeds Analysis for your house. Your call is welcome any time.

Seven Smart Ways To Reduce Your Mortgage Rate | Wilmington NC real estate

After you get a comfort zone about shopping for a mortgage, start looking for Wilmington NC real estate online ~ http://www.WilmingtonNC-realestate.com
1. Compare Mortgage Companies
2. Float Down
Financial products introduced recently will lower your rate if market rates fall, but won’t raise it if rates creep up again.
3. Quick Close
If you can settle on your loan quickly (say, 30 days or less), some lenders will agree to shave percentage points off your rate.
4. Lock In
If you fear rates are going to rise, lock in early before they do. Some lenders allow a float-down option, but with an up-front fee.
5. Pay Points
If you’re willing to pay some interest up front (known as points), you can get a fixed-rate mortgage with a lower interest rate.
6. Stay Awhile
If you agree to keep the same loan for five years or longer, some lenders will cut their interest rate. If you do move or refinance before the agreed-upon deadline, you may have to pay a penalty of about 1% of your loan.
7. Use Good Credit To Negotiate
Do you have A-1 credit? If so, you’re a hot commodity for lenders. They may even be willing to reduce closing costs to get your business. If interest rates are firm, ask for a reduction in fees for document preparation, processing, courier services, copying, underwriting, appraisal or application. Other reductions might include: fewer or no points, lender’s attorney’s fee, commission rate (for mortgage brokers) and the credit check fee. On an adjustable rate mortgage, ask for a lower starting rate.

With so many options available, you may need a professional to help you choose the best program for your situation. Call us today to see what’s available in your area.  910-202-3607 or bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com.

Home Inspection Coming Up? Smart Strategies to Make It Work For You.

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Smart Strategies To Make A Wilmingtno NC Home Inspection Work For You

Whether you’re buying or selling a home (or both), pay special attention to how a home inspection can serve your interests. A professional home inspection protects both buyers and sellers from legal action sparked by problems found after a home is sold.Buyers have long been advised to include a home inspection contingency in their purchase offers. The cost–$300 or so–is well worth the information it buys, protecting the purchaser from costly surprises later on. In fact, many homes harbor problems their owners aren’t even aware of until a professional inspector points them out. (That’s why some savvy sellers have been getting their homes inspected before putting them on the market.)

Inspection Contingencies

A sales contract may include one of two types of inspection contingencies:

  1. A “general contingency” inspection clause stipulates that the contract is contingent on the buyer conducting a “satisfactory” professional home inspection. The contingency specifies a certain number of days for the buyer to conduct the inspection and report back to the seller, and allows the seller time to respond to the inspector’s findings.With a general contingency clause, if the buyer dislikes anything in the inspection results and chooses not to go forward with the transaction, the contract is null and void. Obviously, this type of contingency favors the buyer.
  2. A “specific contingency” spells out particular criteria that must be met before the buyer can back out, e.g., the owner’s failure to fix a problem identified by the inspection. The buyer can’t just walk away for any reason. Although not ideal for buyers, this type of contingency offers more protection than no home inspection clause at all.

Checking It Out

The most reputable home inspectors are members of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and are bonded, licensed and insured.

What do these professionals look at? ASHI Standards of Practice require that an inspection evaluate the following:

  • Structural Components
  • Exterior
  • Roofing o Central Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Interiors

It’s equally important to understand what a professional inspector is not supposed to do.

An inspector can’t tell you everything you want to know about a house. Remember, inspectors are generalists who have a fair amount of information about all home systems but usually are not experts on any of them.

Professional inspectors are not supposed to fix problems they find. How much would you trust someone if you knew they were looking for a repair job while searching for defects in the home? If a major problem is found, ask a reputable contractor how much it would cost to repair or replace it.

Don’t expect the inspection report to include the condition of every single nail, electrical wire or piece of plumbing. Inspectors check out the overall systems, not all the joints and nail pops (unless they are visible).

Inspectors can’t give you the reason for the defects they find. Their job is to find defects, not to explain them.

Don’t expect a listing of cosmetic concerns–that’s the buyer’s job.

The inspector has no way of telling how long a system will last and shouldn’t volunteer an opinion about it. The inspection is not intended to be a guarantee of future performance.

Non-Contingent Inspections

As many real estate markets in the nation have heated up, buyers have increasingly been making purchase offers without including a home-inspection contingency. In an active market, this strategy can help make your offer more attractive to a seller, even though it puts you at risk for purchasing a home with problems that could be expensive to correct.

If you’re considering foregoing the home-inspection contingency, think seriously about having the home inspected anyway. Finding out ahead of time what you’ll need to fix will help you budget more realistically for your home purchase. For example, you may want to make a smaller down payment so you’ll have the cash you need for repairs.

Another reason to order a non-contingent inspection is if you’re thinking about purchasing a home warranty. These warranties can afford you some protection in case a system in your home malfunctions, but they will not cover “pre-existing defects.” If something does go wrong later, your home inspection report can help you prove to the warranty provider that the problem did not exist when you purchased the home.

Seller Benefits

Especially in slow markets, sellers do well to order home inspections (and make needed repairs) before putting their homes on the market. Being able to show that your home has a clean bill of health can encourage purchase offers from skittish buyers and speed your contract settlement.

Even if you’re selling in a seller’s market, you may want to accept a contract with an inspection contingency or have your home pre-inspected. Letting buyers know about defects you don’t intend to correct will help provide protection against legal action later. More and more buyers have been filing after-purchase lawsuits against home sellers for major defects found in homes that were not inspected before settlement. Whether such lawsuits are successful or not, they represent a real hassle for sellers.

Give us a call if you have any questions about ordering professional home inspections. We would be happy to provide you with a list of reputable inspectors in the area.

Find a Wilmington NC Fix Up Home That Pays | Real Estate

“There’s a big difference between a

‘handyman’s special’ and a ‘money

pit.’”


Well-located Wilmington NC homes in need of tender loving care can be a terrific value. If you’re interested in building “sweat equity” fixing up a home, hire a professional inspector to ensure the home won’t cost you a fortune to refurbish.

A worthy handyman’s special will be structurally sound with all major systems in good working order–heating/cooling, plumbing, electrical, roof. Those are the most costly items to repair or replace. Your time and effort will be better spent painting, making minor repairs, adding or replacing fixtures, sprucing up the landscaping, and accomplishing other low-cost fix-ups.

TIRE KICKING

Our online report, TIRE KICKING: Secret Tests To Check A Property’s Condition, offers valuable tips for selecting a sound home. Read it, with absolutely no obligation. And be sure to give us a call to find out what’s on the market that meets your requirements.

Green Energy Audit of your Home | Wilmington NC real estate

Discover Your Home’s Green Factor… And Improve It

Before you jump on the green bandwagon, take time to have an energy audit performed on your Wilmington NC home. An energy audit outlines the energy use and leakage (or waste) in a home by measuring various systems and components. Local utility companies often offer free or discounted energy audits to customers, or you can hire a home energy professional — call us for a referral. If you are thinking of selling your home, audits provide valuable energy-efficiency information to attract prospective buyers. Here is what to expect with an energy audit.

Prepare

  • Before the energy audit takes place, make note of all energy issues and concerns you have with your home, listing drafty window/door locations or fireplace flues, condensation problems, multi-pane window seal breaches, etc. (This also is a great to-do list before you put your home on the market.)
  • Collect utility bills from the entire previous year or two for review. (This info is also valuable to potential buyers of your home; make it available if you list your home for sale. Be sure to include usage units, as well as dollar costs.)
  • Think about your lifestyle — how high or low the thermostat is kept in various seasons; how many people, if any, are home during the day; how different parts of the home are used — or not used; etc.

Perform

  • Physical features of the home, including wall area and number and size of windows, will be analyzed by the auditor.
  • Equipment such as blower doors and infrared cameras may be used to determine energy leakage.
  • If possible, accompany the auditor during this analysis.
  • Usually, only major problem areas are discovered during this analysis, but starting at this point will allow you to prioritize what tasks should be addressed.

Process

The final energy audit report provides you with valuable information about your home. It assists you in understanding:

  • Your home’s energy-related shortcomings.
  • What effective energy-saving improvements can remediate the problems.
  • The costs involved.

Remember, there are always numerous possible improvements that can be made to your home to increase its energy efficiency and, most importantly, lower your utility bills. Some of these improvements will be more costly than others; some will offer a faster return on investment. Energy audits help you prioritize making improvements to your home, as well as creating a list of areas to address in order to market your home as a “green” home when it comes time to sell.

Selling For Top Dollar Is Proof-Positive

When you’re thinking of selling your home — now or in the future — an audit is a useful tool to boost the value of your home in buyers’ eyes. This is especially true if the final report shows that the home is already energy-efficient or that you have made significant upgrades to increase its energy efficiency.

 

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