Wilmington NC Home Staging Tips under $100

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First impression is everything in today’s real estate world. With the inventory available for buyers to pick and choose, sellers need to be diligent about first impression. Buyers may pass your house for a more updated one. Read the rest of this entry

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Why Wait to Buy Wilmington NC Real Estate

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Waiting on the side lines for home prices to fall?


Consider this. Let’s assume that home prices do fall another 15% and interest rates go up.


Current Scenario                                                         Down the Road Scenario

Sales price       $250,000                                             Sales price       $212,500

5% down           $12,500                                             5% down           $10,625

Loan Amt        $237,500                                             Loan Amt        $201,875



30 yr fixed @ 6%                                                       30 yr fixed @ 8%

P & I = $1,423.93                                      P & I = $1,481.29

Total cost for 30 years                                              Total cost for 30 years

$512,617                                                                     $533,264


If we are going to assume prices fall another 15%, we also have to assume interest rates will be higher. Nobody can predict interest rates and nobody can predict the bottom of this real estate market. What we do know is that rates are favorable and real estate is ON SALE. Waiting could cost you money!

The time is now to buy Wilmington NC real estate. There are many homes for sale in Wilmington that are priced below $100 a ft! Unheard of prices! We can send you a detailed list of those homes. There are also some foreclosures and short sales. Fortunately, we do not have the amount of foreclosures that have been experienced nationwide. We were somewhat protected from the mortgage meltdown. North Carolina mortgage laws are some of the toughest in the Nation.

For a detailed list of  our Best Buy Home List in Wilmington, NC., please contact me at kaybaker@seacoastrealty.com or go to my website and search all homes in Wilmington, NC.

Many thanks to Alan Efting at Bradford Mortgage for these valuable stats. You may contact him at www.alanefting.com.





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September Home sales Rise

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Has the Housing Market Bottomed?

National existing home sales increased in September by the largest amount seen in several years. Are we actually seeing signs that the real estate market has bottomed out? Home sales increased but prices are down 9% from a year ago, nationwide. Some analysts are predicting home prices could fall another 10% as the inventory of foreclosures increases. 35 to 40% percent of recent sales are either foreclosures or short sales according to the National Associaton of Realtors. Read the rest of this entry

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Wilmington NC Riverfront Project Approved

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The Gateway plan proposed for the riverfront in downtown Wilmington NC was approved on Tuesday by the Wilmington City Council. The council voted to rezone 10 acres on the Cape Fear River to mixed use. The Gateway plan consists of an 11 story building with 260 condominium units ranging in size from 1500 sq ft at $389,000 to 2900 sq ft at $1,000,000. Read the rest of this entry

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Wilmington NC Real Estate September Report

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Listing Inventory

Our current listing inventory has a 78 unit decrease from last month and we are about 238 units down from October 2007. We have 5,741 single family homes for sale in our MLS. The average list price of $424,201 is up by $57.00 from last month. Our average list price last October was $427,354. If our charts prove correct we will continue to see a small decrease in listing through December 2008.

Monthly Average Sold Price

Our monthly average sold price is down 13.5% from last month and down 14.0% from September 2007.  September average sold price ($235,068) shows a decline of just 14.1% from year end 2007. When we look at a rolling 12 months our current average sales price remains behind year over year comparisons. Our current year over year (10/01/07 – 09/30/08) average sold price of $261,887 is 3.0% behind $269,905 of this time last year.

Monthly Sold Units

The number of sold homes in September is down 12.7% from last month. When we look at a rolling 12 months our number of sold unit’s year over year is 5,059 units compared to 6,942 last year this time, a decrease of 27.1%. Our monthly sold units continue to lag behind the last couple of years.

Average Sold Price Year to Date

Year over year our year to date numbers have dipped a little.

2003 year end average sale price $ 186,137

2004 year end average sale price $ 210,048

2005 year end average sale price $ 254,080

2006 year end average sale price $ 264,520

2007 year end average sale price $ 273,701

2008 year to date average sale price $ 256,871

Our 12 month (10/1/07 – 9/30/08) rolling average ($261,887) continues to show us that we are in line with last year.

It really is a great time to buy a home right now. Search for your new home.

My thanks to David Flory with Cunningham and Brokers for this valuable information.

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Figure Eight Island NC Real Estate Event

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On Saturday, three  Coldwell Banker Realtors held a marketing event at the gated community of Figure Eight Island, NC. Figure 8 Island, NC  is only accessed by a bridge and Open House events are not allowed. For instance, you cannot even cross the bridge without approval from the homeowners, and an event has to be first approved the Homeowners Association. There are no signs allowed, so strategic marketing efforts are necessary. Direct mail to Figure Eight Island homeowners, email marketing to Realtors, interoffice memos, and internet marketing proved to be very successful as the turnout was great! Read the rest of this entry

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North Carolina Azalea Festival Art Unveiling Party

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Azalea Festival Art Unveiling Party

The Art Unveiling Party for the North Carolina Azalea Festival was held Friday night at the Arab Shrine Club on College Road. The event was sponsored by Frame Works and Jim Quick and the Coastline Band was the entertainment for the evening.

62nd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival

The commemorative art for the 62nd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival was created by world renowned artist, George Pocheptsov. George is Ukranian, born in 1992 and actually starting painting at age 17 months, when he drew an antique car. George, a self taught artist,  starting painting  6 months before he could talk. George’s artwork is often compared to young Picasso and now sell for up to $100,000.

George presented the 2009 commemorative art and described his inspiration for the painting including an Azalea Festival back in 1948. This very special piece is a collection of many Festivals past.

The 62nd Annual Azalea Festival will be held in Wilmington, NC on April 2-6th. For more detailed information about the Wilmington Azalea Festival and other weekly events in Wilmington, check out my TGIF Scoop.

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Wilmington NC’s Thalian Hall Celebrates 150th Birthday

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Thalian Hall Wilmington NC

Thalian Hall in Wilmington NC celebrated its grand opening October 12, 1858! 85 performances were presented that first year.  At the time, it was the largest Theater South of Richmond, Va. Thalian Hall was known by many names in its early days such as “The Wilmington Theater”, “The Opera House” and “The Academy of Music”. Thalian Hall today looks largely the same as it did in 1858, with its rambling ornate architecture.  Read the rest of this entry

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North Carolina ranked as least expensive state

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North Carolina least expensive state for loan closing costs

Sometimes it pays to be on the bottom of the list. North Carolina ranked just that (number 56) by bankrate.com for loan closing costs. 2008 closing costs average $2650 for a $200,000 loan in the state of North Carolina. New York ranked first as the most expensive state for loan closing costs at $4015. Read the rest of this entry

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Wilmington NC Film Industry

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Wilmington NC Film Industry May Be Affected by Bailout Legislation

Wilmington NC known as “Hollywood East” may benefit from the recent bailout legislation. The Bill offers tax breaks for producers who film in the United States. With the bill, film producers may deduct all production costs up to $15 Million Dollars. Read the rest of this entry

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