Cucalorus 19 Film Festival| November 13-17 | Wilmington NC

Cucalorus Annual Film Festival Starts Tonight  November 13 – 17

There are some great films being offered, something for everyone.  For a full list visit http://www.cucalorus.org/filmlist.asp

cucalorus

welcome to cucalorus.
is it a film festival? well, not really
it’s a gathering, a congregation of creatives
an ensemble of artmakers
energy sources, swamp surfers
rolling down the cape fear river

Get your tickets and passes online http://www.cucalorus.org/tickets.asp or at the TicketBox. The TicketBox, your top top spot for festival info, is located in the Thalian Ballroom, at 310 Chestnut Street.

For schedule visit – http://www.cucalorus.org/calendar.asp

http://www.cucalorus.org/

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First Time? How To Buy The Most Home For YOUR Money | Wilmington NC

 

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{short description of image}You’re neither rich nor poor, and you’re ready to buy your first home. You look around. All those homes on the market! All seemingly priced out of reach!

Cheer up. You’re not alone. With some solid real estate counseling and some help from your lender and/or sellers and others, you can not only get your toe in the door, but you can own the house too. It just takes some creativity, a few inside tips and a bit of homework to buy a Wilmington NC home.

For starters:

Examine your goals

How ironclad are your dreams? Can your ideal of a formal dining room or a hot tub on a redwood deck be postponed? Must you have a two-car garage? Lowering your expectations and starting out modestly (in decent housing that meets your needs) can lead to owning those dreams — in time.

Start saving

Get your priorities straight. Without taking all the fun out of life, what’s more important to you, weekends on the road and dinners out or stashing away at least part of your down payment? (Most lenders want to see that some of the money you invest is your own.)

Keep your credit record clean

When you go mortgage shopping, lenders will be looking over your payment records. Don’t let a late-payment habit rise to haunt you. (Reformed late-payers can request creditors to erase the blots on their records — for a small fee.)

Look for financial assistance

Your parents and other relatives may be able and willing to give you gifts that will get you over the down payment hurdle. (Loans from relatives will be counted as debts and will lower the amount of mortgage payments your lender will allow you to carry.)

Get some co-signers

Parents, relatives (and unrelated investors) can either co-sign a loan or share the ownership of your home. With shared ownership, you’ll be the resident but your co-investor may share specified expenses (plus tax advantages and equity accrual), and will share in your profit on sale.

Shop for mortgage loans

Qualifying for a mortgage can be managed in several ways to fit your down payment and monthly-payment abilities. FHA and VA loans come with low down payment requirements, and lenders offer ARMs (adjustable-rate mortgages) at initially low interest rates. (Look for an ARM that can be converted to a fixed rate should rates drop.)

Consider creative financing

Also, new-home builders and other sellers may offer buy-downs that lower your interest rate in the first few years of a mortgage, thereby making a home more affordable. Balloon loans (if they have at least a 7-year term) can often bridge gaps and give you time to accumulate equity and/or cash to pay them off. Home sellers can sometimes help you financially — with a lease-purchase arrangement or a take-back loan. Lenders and sellers are constantly creating new ways to help buyers buy homes. We can help you check them out.

Look at starter homes

Once freed of the vision of “instant dream home,” you can look for housing that will start you on the equity-building path to realizing your dream. Condominiums and townhouses are often much less expensive than detached houses and buying one now can serve well as a stepping stone.

Search for bargains

If you’re handy with tools, a fixer-upper home gives you the opportunity to buy inexpensively, fix up and, in a few years, trade up. And if you’re adventurous, auctioned properties in suitable neighborhoods can also be good values. If you don’t mind a longer commute to work, outlying areas frequently offer homes at lower prices than those found close to town.

Whatever route you choose toward buying your first home, keep cool. It may take time to find the right combination of elements, but there is a home out there for you and a way to obtain it. We’ll be most happy to help you create your path to its door.

Call or e-mail us for more information on buying your first home.

Moving On Up | New Buyer Wish List

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MOVING UP


Today’s Move-Up Buyers Differ From Yesterday’s

If you already own a Wilmington NC real estate home and you’re looking to buy a larger home, you’re a “move-up buyer.” You’re probably a bit different from move-up buyers of yesterday though. Some move-up buyers today are a lot more cautious — and for good reason.

Move-up buyers today are looking for a home to fit their needs because remodeling an existing home to add more space is often more expensive than buying a different home that’s already large enough. That wasn’t the case before and during the housing boom.

Convenience is the name of the game today. Many move-up buyers want to exchange their move-in-ready home for a bigger one in the same, move-in-ready condition. Most move-up buyers today want the ease of simply moving, but not managing a large or potentially complex remodeling project.

Typically, move-up buyers are confident that their personal financial situation is stable and secure enough to allow them to afford a larger property than in the past, but they still demand good value and know home prices intimately. During boom times, move-up buyers counted on steadily increasing salaries (or bonuses) and ongoing, often unrealistic home appreciation to finance their property purchase and upgrades.

Today’s move-up buyers are realistic. Even if they must sell their home for less than they thought they would get (or are underwater with the mortgage and need to come to the closing table with funds), they realize that the move-up home they’re buying is also being sold to them at a lower price than it would have sold for several years ago. Sell for less, buy for less equals a good outcome overall.

Smart move-up buyers of today have learned the mistakes of yesterday’s move-up buyers to take advantage of good values in the real estate market. No matter what your home needs are today, we can guide your home search to find the best value to meet your financial goals and family needs.

Moving? Steps to save money….

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Wilmington NC

Moving services can be costly, but there are some things you can do to help keep down the cost of moving your household goods:

  • Do as much yourself as possible. Rent a van, pack, load and move with help from family and friends. At least do the packing to cut mover’s charges considerably.
  • Move off-season. If possible, schedule your move after September 30 and before May 1 for lower moving or truck rental rates.
  • Get the floor plan of your future home to ensure your furniture will fit-get rid of what won’t.
  • Toss old clothes. A full wardrobe carton weighs 75 pounds. Why ship items you won’t ever wear again? Instead, hold a tag sale and give someone else the chance to enjoy them.
  • Toss or sell low-value, heavy and large items you no longer need or want. Items such as weight-lifting equipment, bird baths, appliances, a pool table, etc. have a way of weighing you down.
  • Be generous. Donate items you don’t want to a charity and take a deduction at tax time. Many charities will be happy to pick up heavier items at your home.
  • Avoid storage expenses by coordinating move-out and move-in dates so you can transfer possessions directly from the old home to the new one.

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.

17th Annual Lumina Daze | Wrightsville Beach NC real estate

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Lumina Daze at Wrightsville Beach

17th Lumina Daze


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Wilmington Big Band, Dixieland All-Stars, 
The Imitations

From the Wrightsville Beach Museum website:

Click here for 2013 EVENT SCHEDULE

Live auction in addition to the popular Silent Auction.  Live Auction Items Include:

    • Historic Downtown Package – 4 trolley passes, 4 Historic House Museum 3-House passes, an item from the gift shop from each of the 3 houses.
    • Marine Max – boat cruise for an evening
    • Shrimperoo for up to 25:  Courtesy of Lackey Builders, Inc., DC North, Middle of the Island Catering, and Greenville Loop Seafood
    • Painting by Betty Brown
    • Jamis Earth Beach Cruiser Bike
    • Kingoff’s Jewelers – diamond bezel pendant, 14K white gold
    • Stand Up Paddleboard and Paddle
    • Recognition / Memorial Plank in Wrightsville Beach Museum Boardwalk

Silent auction items include:

    • Airlie Gardens – “Summer Fun for Four” includes cooler, blanket, 4 coozies and 4 tickets to one concert in the Airlie Concert Series or admissions to the Gardens
    • Harbor Island Garden Club Harbor Way Gardens Pathway Brick and a HIGC Cookbook
    • Motts Channel Seafood gift basket – gift certificate, t-shirt, cheese grits, cocktail sauce, seafood breading.
    • LM Restaurants gift certificates, t-shirts, canvas bags, coozies, key rings
    • Bill Creasy – photo of Harbor Island, circa 1929
    • Las Olas Mexi-Q Grill gift certificate
    • One Hour Tennis Lesson – with Charlie Owens
    • Necklace by Kay Morgan
    • Two tickets to Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tour Sunset Cruise
    • “Day at the Beach” photo art by Mike Bryand
    • Green Goddess Essentials Basket from Green Goddess Essentials
    • Taste of Wrightsville Beach  – two passes, from Wrightsville Beach Foundation
    • Gift Certificate from Great Outdoor Provision Company
    • Four Personal Training Sessions with Shay Duval – “A Body to Live For”
    • Four Guest passes to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington
    • Three full-day passes for Deep Sea Fishing on “Vonda Kay”
    • Gift Certificate and Dog Treats from Unleashed – the dog and cat store
    • Men’s Seiko Divers Watch
    • Lady’s Seiko Divers Watch
    • Handmade Sterling Silver and Inlaid Opal Surfboard Pendant with Chain
    • Handmade Sterling Silver and Inlaid Opal Dolphin Pendant with Neck Wire
    • Sterling/Gold Mahdi pendant with chain
    • Greenville Loop Seafood Gift Certificate
    • Personal Chef for an evening meal
    • Lovey’s Natural Foods and Cafe Gift Basket

TIMING: Seven Buying and Selling Secrets To Know Before You Relocate | Wilmington NC

 

www.WilmingtonNC-RealEstate.com

The secret to a successful relocation is timing — synchronized buying, moving and selling. Good timing just takes a little advance planning that puts you in control. Here are seven relocation secrets to make your move work smoothly for you.

Wilmington NC real estate

 

 

1. Sell First

Ideally, you should sell your current home first in order to have all your financial resources available to purchase your next home. You want to avoid waiting until the closing on your new home forces you to sell your old home under the gun. Note that in some markets today, houses are moving so quickly that sellers will not even consider taking a contingency clause that postpones their sale until the buyer’s home sells. Setting the right price for your home and having a customized marketing plan are your best bets for bringing about a quick sale.

2. Find Out What You Can Afford

{short description of image} While your house is on the market, look at what’s available to buy within your price range in your destination area. Your perfect house is out there, but take as much time as you can to find it. It’s not just the house you’ll have to live with — you’ll want to find out about the neighborhood, the schools, proximity to shopping, etc. before you commit to your next home.

3. Shop For A Loan Before You Shop For A House

Try to lock in the best rate you can find. Get pre-approved for financing so you have more bargaining power when you bid on a house. With a pre-approved loan, you’ll be able to go to closing on your new house faster.

4. Coordinate Settlements And Moving Dates

Try to move directly from the old home to the new one. Sometimes you can rent back the old property for a few days or weeks if closing on the new one is delayed. Another alternative is an interim move to an apartment for a short time while waiting to close on the new house.

5. Begin Fix-Ups And Pre-Sale Improvements Early

Have any needed work completed before your house goes on the market. Consider having a home inspection early in the fix-up process so you know what’s important to repair or replace before you set the sales price for your house.

6. Work Closely With Your Agent

Make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” crossed on time for both closings. You may save time and money for the buyer of your old home with lower “re-issue” fees by referring them to the previous providers of inspections, surveys, title insurance, etc. The information is in your settlement papers. And, if it’s a busy season, line up appointments in advance with the people you’ll need to close on your new house.

7. Avoid The Last-Minute Rush

Call us early. We’ll gather information and provide it to you quickly so you can make informed decisions and workable plans.  910-202-3607 or bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com