I Have A Dream | Martin Luther King Parade Downtown Wilmington NC 2014

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This year’s Martin Luther King parade will be held in downtown Wilmington NC. and it is expected to be bigger than ever.  Over the years the parade and festivities have grown and a new venue should allow more visitors.
The MLK Parade Monday – January 20, 2014 Parade Begins 11:00 NOON Historic Downtown Wilmington Parade starting point: Front St. & Hanover St.  Here is parade route if you would like a pick a spot to watch.  Route

There are many local events leading up to the parade on Monday.  Some of them are:

Friday January, 17 2014 6:30 PM MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ANNUAL BANQUET  Wilmington Convention Center 10 Convention Ctr. Dr. Wilmington, NC  Guest Speaker: N.C.  Supreme Court Justice Cherie Beasley  Tickets: $50.00 click to close frame

Saturday January, 18 2014 9:00 AM N.A.A.C.P. / MLK BREAKFAST  UNCW Warwick Center UNCW  Main Campus Wilmington, NC  Guest Speaker: Rev. Curtis Gatewood NAACP HK on J Coordinator Saturday January, 18 2014 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM KIDS FUN DAY  WILLIAM E. MURPHY SPORTS COMPLEX 401 S. 8th Street Wilmington, NC  presented by the: Wilmington Parks & Recreation Dept. (Fun, games, face painting, refreshments for all ages)  Saturday January, 18 2014 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM CAR & BIKE SHOW AND SOUL FOOD COOK-OFF (for grown folk)  WILLIAM E. MURPHY SPORTS COMPLEX 401 S. 8th Street Wilmington, NC  (Best Mortorcycle and Best Antique Car awards)  click to close frame

For more information please visit the website  http://www.mlkjrcelebration-senc10.com/index.htm

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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

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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

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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.

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

 

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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

High Impact | Remodel On A Budget With New Flooring | Wilmington NC Real Estate

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Wilmington NC Homeowners have more choices than ever in floor coverings. Today’s choices can go a long way toward redecorating a home without spending a fortune. Upgrading flooring is a good option to choose now, while you’re living in your home. It’s also likely to pay off later, when the time comes to sell.

New innovations have enabled homeowners to use flooring as a way to decorate rather than just “cushion and cover.” Despite the ongoing popularity and utility of carpeting, the use of hard surfaces has been on the rise, with stone, tile and wood leading the way. Hard-surface flooring can not only add visual appeal, it can improve indoor air quality (especially for allergy sufferers) by minimizing accumulations of dust, mold, mildew and bacteria–often more common with carpeted interiors.

There are also more types of hardwoods on the market now–bamboo is the newest–that come in a variety of shades, widths and grains. You can use wood to give your home a look of richness, elegance or country-casual feel.

Natural stone–granite, marble, travertine, limestone and slate–is more sought after these days. And one of the fastest growing “hard” coverings of choice, laminate flooring offers good looks, durability and easy installation. It comes in planks and tiles, with a range of patterns modeled on hardwoods, ceramic tile, marble and stone.

If you’re looking for a dramatic change in your home, consider replacing or recovering your floors. You may be surprised how inexpensively you can add drama to a room. Give us a call to find out how much value it could add to your home!

If you would like discount coupons to Lowe’s Hardware let us know by email. bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

 

Live on the water….Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Wilmington NC Waterfront Properties
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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 atmailto:kaybaker@seacoastrealty.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
Westportt

TIMING: Seven Buying And Selling Secrets To Know Before You Relocate

Wilmington NC real estate

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.

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.

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


For the rest of the venue please visit website here…

If you see a house for sale that you like, look it up on your phone at mobile.cbbaker.com or online http://www.cbbaker.com

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6 Ways to Maximize Small Living Space | Wilmington NC Homes

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You can’t stretch a foot to measure more than 12 inches, but you can make it look a yard wide, with a few simple tricks:Ruler

  • Lighting.
  • Forget window draperies. Place fluorescent lights behind valances, under cabinets, over work places. Forego floor lamps and mount wall lamps instead.

  • Color.
  • Keep to one, two or (at the most) three light colors that blend and flow from one room to another.

  • Carpeting.
  • Use one carpet color throughout the house.

  • Mirrors.
  • Double the size of a room and bring the outdoor window view inside with mirror walls. Mirror the lighting under kitchen cabinets.

  • Built-ins.
  • Wherever you can tuck a cabinet, shelf, or small table, you make awkward spots usable.

  • Furnishings.
  • Choose small-scale with simple lines furniture and place it against the walls, leaving plenty of open space.

Let us help you put the house you’re selling in the best possible light. E-mail us for more tips on how to make your house more attractive to potential buyers.

Call us for staging ideas.  910-202-3607 or bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

USDA 100% Financing in Wilmington NC | Real Estate

Current list of homes in Wilmington NC here.

There is still USDA 100% financing money available on certain homes in the area. This is a possible Scenario –

$100000.00 Purchase Price

2% Guarantee Fee ($2000.00) added to the purchase price equals a financed amount of $102000.00

If the interest rate were 3.875% (APR 4.12%) the principal and interest would be $479.64

***then add the monthly amount of .03% which in this example would be $30.60***

The payment is $510.24 before taxes and insurance

Click Here for a partial list of USDA homes in New Hanover County –

USDA is still an amazing loan and this monthly fee should not discourage buyers from using this program because this is most often the most economical way to purchase a home.

Kristina McLeod

New American Mortgage

USDA Quick Guidelines

· 100% Financing on a low 30 year fixed rate
· No PMI
· 2% Guarantee Fee (Ex. Purchase price $100000.00 +2%=$102000.00)
· Monthly .03% USDA fee (Ex. $100000.00 at .03% =$30.60 per month)
· Borrower cannot own any other properties.
· 640 credit score minimum
· Up to 6% seller concession allowed
· Borrower must meet income restrictions per county. Use $73050.00 for New Hanover and Brunswick. If your income is close to that figure don’t assume they don’t qualify. There are a few exceptions to the rule.
· Try to avoid in ground swimming pools. These can be done on a case by case basis.
· Home must be located in a certain area. http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do
This is the place to look to see if the property is eligible. As a general rule, in New Hanover County you would look north of Gordon Rd. and South of Monkey Junction. Almost all of Brunswick county is USDA eligible.To search all homes in Wilmington NC please visit http://www.cbbaker.com

For a quick list of some of the USDA homes in the area – let us know your wants in a home and neighborhood and we can email you a list of available homes asap.