2013 in review | Wilmington NC Real Estate Blog

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The Most Important Questions Every Buyer Should Ask | Wilmington NC real estate

Wilmington NC real estateLOCATION:
The Most Important Questions Every Wilmington NC Real Estate 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.

Consider 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
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.

 

71 Years Ago | Pearl Harbor Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Memorial located in Pearl Harbor Honolulu Hawaii is the final resting place of 1, 102 of the 1,177 sailors that were killed on the USS Arizona in the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 7, 1941 by the Japanese imperial forces. This attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.

The memorial was dedicated in 1962 and is accessible only by boat.  It hovers on  top of the hull of the USS Arizona. More than a million people annually visit and pay respects to the memorial.  The visitor center is run by the National Parks service and was declared a National Landmark on May 5, 1989

The Remembrance service in Wilmington NC will be at the Battleship today at 12:55 PM

Thank you to all who have served and who are serving our great Country.

Glorious Wrightsville Beach | Island Delight | Wrightsville Beach Real Estate

 

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The breathtaking island of Wrightsville Beach stretches four miles from Masonboro inlet on the south to Mason inlet on the north. The clear waters off Wrightsville Beach often resemble those of the Caribbean. The city limits of the town of Wrightsville Beach today encompass not only the barrier island but also Harbor Island and a small portion of mainland. Most of the early visitors were fishermen and hunters traveling to the Island by boat. Already the history of Wrightsville Beach, NC was being built on an appreciation of nature and Wrightsville’s bounty. You will truly be amazed at the sunrises on the Atlantic and calming sunsets on the Intracoastal Waterway. Wrightsville Beach, NC offers boating, surfing, fishing or simply true relaxation by the water’s edge. And best of all, Wrightsville Beach is accessible by I40 or our international airport in Wilmington, just minutes away. Wrightsville Beach has it all!

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PICK A WINNER! Select The Best Home Today For The Life You Dream About Tomorrow | Wilmington NC real estate

It wasn’t so long ago that most people visualized the “American Dream” as ownership of a single-family home. Today, home buyers have — and appreciate — more options for meeting their lifestyle preferences and budgets, including townhomes, condos and co-ops.

Lifestyle preferences and income tend to change as people journey through the different life stages. To research Wilmington NC real estate and to look at different lifestyles please visit www.cbbaker.com. or take us with you mobile.cbbaker.com

 

  • The housing needs of singles quickly change with marriage and children. Small families often outgrow their starter homes, and can afford to “move up” as more babies arrive and kids grow older.
  • Couples who’ve sent their last grown child into the world may start thinking about whether their suburban home with yard is still the ideal setting for how they want to spend their time.
  • As people approach or reach their later years, they may focus more on how easy it is to live and move about in a home.

 

If you’re in one of those transition periods of life, take some time to consider how your time, needs and budget might be better served by a change in housing type. Selling your current home and buying a more suitable one (or your first one!) could improve your quality of life on a daily basis. Your timing could be perfect today, as mortgage rates are oh-so-low and there’s plenty of housing inventory to choose from.

 

Here are some things to consider about the various housing options available to today’s homeowners. And they’re all available new or as resales.

 

Single-Family Homes. Available in many styles, sizes and price ranges, single-family detached homes are the traditional preference of most home buyers.

 

  • Homeowners are responsible for all costs associated with the home and the property it sits on, including maintenance, repairs, property taxes, utilities, upgrades, etc.
  • Many newer single-family developments come with features formerly associated with townhome, condo and co-op communities. “Common interest subdivisions” and “planned unit developments” have homeowner’s associations — to which homeowners pay dues — that maintain common grounds and recreational facilities and often place certain restrictions on homeowners’ properties.
  • Detached homes offer a greater sense of independence and privacy than other multi-unit options.
  • In recent years, the size of yards associated with detached homes has shrunk — so small that some are known as patio homes. Smaller yard, less work!

 

Townhomes. Townhome communities typically consist of multi-story row houses (though they can be single story), attached by at least one common wall.

 

  • They allow individual ownership of the unit and the land it sits on.
  • Owners are responsible for paying utilities and maintaining the interior and exterior of their unit along with the owned area around it.
  • The homeowner’s association, to which homeowners pay dues, maintains common grounds and may provide other services such as trash removal.

 

Condominiums. “Condos” can come in a variety of forms — high-rise units, attached units, duplexes, even detached homes. The key difference is how they are owned.

 

  • Condo owners buy the right to live in their unit — they buy the “airspace” so to speak — along with an undivided interest in the surrounding structure/s, common areas and facilities, which are owned together by everyone with an ownership stake in the complex.
  • Typically, the condo owner is responsible for maintaining the interior of his or her unit, while the condo owner’s association is responsible for maintaining the exterior, as well as any grounds and common areas.
  • Owners pay a monthly assessment, sometimes higher than for a comparable townhome, to the owner’s association.
  • Owners may pay some or all utilities, while many services, such as trash removal, lawn maintenance, etc., are often provided by the association.

 

Co-operatives. “Co-ops” are actually corporations that own housing units, typically in multi-story buildings, but sometimes in other forms.

 

  • Buyers of co-ops purchase shares in the corporation, which allows the buyer the right to occupy (by lease) a particular unit.
  • The number of shares the buyer purchases determines the monthly amount that is paid in “rent” — the more shares, the lower the monthly rent per share.
  • Because the co-op buyer does not “own” the property, the unit usually cannot be used as collateral to secure a mortgage loan, and buyers work with lenders that specialize in co-op financing.
  • Co-op buyers may need a substantial down payment (say, 20% to 30%) to purchase the shares that give them the right to live in the co-op property.

 

Take your pick. Generally, single-family detached homes tend to be more expensive than townhomes, condos and co-ops, in that order. However, “luxury” non-traditional homes can certainly cost more per square foot.

 

Message us to find out how we can help finance your next home — whatever you decide is perfect for you. kaybaker@ec.rr.com

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Wrightsville Beach NC Homes, Wrightsville Beach NC Real Estate

Wrightsville Beach NC Homes, Wrightsville Beach NC Real Estate.

 

Do you think you cannot afford Wrightsville beach real estate?  Think again.  The prices have dropped and the inventory is varied.  Condos, Townhomes, Shares and Single Family homes are the most affordable in decades. 

 View Listings here from $90,000

The breathtaking island of Wrightsville Beach stretches four miles from Masonboro inlet on the south to Mason inlet on the north. The clear waters off Wrightsville Beach often resemble those of the Caribbean. The city limits of the town of Wrightsville Beach today encompass not only the barrier island but also Harbor Island and a small portion of mainland. Most of the early visitors were fishermen and hunters traveling to the Island by boat. Already the history of Wrightsville Beach, NC was being built on an appreciation of nature and Wrightsville’s bounty. You will truly be amazed at the sunrises on the Atlantic and calming sunsets on the Intracoastal Waterway. Wrightsville Beach, NC offers boating, surfing, fishing or simply true relaxation by the water’s edge. And best of all, Wrightsville Beach is accessible by I40 or our international airport in Wilmington, just minutes away. Wrightsville Beach has it all!

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Awesome New Listing | 1602 Goose Landing | Wilmington NC Real Estate

1602 Goose Landing | Wilmington NC Real Estate.

 

Ride your bike to Wrightsville Beach and Mayfaire.

Wonderful Community of Village at Summerset. 

Best location around! Maintenance free living with brick exterior and yard maintenance is included. This beautiful Oleander Cottage was designed & built by Hagood Homes. Home has 10 ft. ceilings , tall windows to allow for lots of bright sunshine. Screened porch off the breakfast nook welcomes those ocean breezes. Hardwood floors are in the living areas, with all three baths and laundry featuring ceramic flooring. Two pantries and built in desk in kitchen. Granite countertops, tiled backsplash and large island make this kitchen a must see. Bonus room with private bath is the 4th bedroom. Relax in the private study and enjoy the quietness of the neighborhood. Built-in book shelves on either side of the gas fireplace. A great place or live or have as a second home.

TEXT 14041 to 44133 for mobile virtual tour.
Please call Debi Byrd for more details at 910-617-0309

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