September Existing Home Sales Show Another Strong Gain :: Wilmington NC real estate

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The National Association of realtors has posted that the existing home sales rose again in September.  This affirms that a sales recovery has begun. 

The NAR states that the “existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 10.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.53 million in September from a downwardly revised 4.12 million in August, but remain 19.1 percent below the 5.60 million-unit pace in September 2009 when first-time buyers were ramping up in advance of the initial deadline for the tax credit last November.”

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the housing market is in the early stages of recovery. “A housing recovery is taking place but will be choppy at times depending on the duration and impact of a foreclosure moratorium. But the overall direction should be a gradual rising trend in home sales with buyers responding to historically low mortgage interest rates and very favorable affordability conditions,” he said.

According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage fell to a record low 4.35 percent in September from 4.43 percent in August; the rate was 5.06 percent in September 2009.

The national median existing-home price2 for all housing types was $171,700 in September, which is 2.4 percent below a year ago. Distressed homes3 accounted for 35 percent of sales in September compared with 34 percent in August; they were 29 percent in September 2009.  Ten years ago, the mortgage rates were twice what they are today and the home prices were at least 20% more, making this a great time to purchase Wilmington NC real estate.  Please visit to search all Wilmington NC area homes, land and boatslips.

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Fixer-Uppers Mortgage made in Heaven | Wilmington NC real estate

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Have you ever thought about buying a fixer upper property in Wilmington NC but were overwhelmed with the costs of renovation and the cost of the purchase of the home?  There is a FHA loan program that not many people know about.  It is the FHA 203k loan program that allows the homebuyer to add the renovation costs into the loan amount and only pay a down payment of 3.5%. Investors are not allowed to use this program.

The program has been around since 1978, but not many people know it exists.  The homes don’t have to be falling apart, they could need updating.  The real estate would have to appraise under market value and then at market value with the repairs added in.  You also can get this financing on a principle residence if you are buying a short sale or foreclosure.  So….. call us to start looking for Wilmington NC real estate and fix up the home the way you want it.  Please view for all your real estate needs whether buying or selling.  We can help you get started with a lender as well.  Perfect time to buy a home.

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Imagine a Bar Code For Everything | Wilmington NC real estate

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What if every home for sale had a bar code capable of being scanned by any smartphone? How about bar codes on your business cards, listing flyers, postcards etc? Bar codes or QR Codes are starting to appear more frequently in the real estate business and are being hailed as the “next big thing.” Do you see this technology taking hold in real estate? If so, what other uses can you imagine?  Instead of handing out your business card you could just hold out your card with a QR code on it and someone with a smartphone could scan it with an application and all your contact information will be correctly added to their contacts.  WOW…

Kay Baker Google Map QR code

My Google coupon is a QR code and will take you directly to my Google Places and you will be able to access my profile on Google maps.

Maybe soon, we could put codes on For Sale signs and buyers can access information with one scan.  Technology is changing the way we do business.

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Cost of Living in Wilmington NC Drops Below Average |Wilmington NC real estate

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The latest costs of living results have come out for Wilmington NC.  The 2nd quarter cost of living index dipped slightly below average according to the national ACCRA cost of living survey.  The results put Wilmington at 98.6, based on the national average index of 100.  The first quarter average was right at 100.0. 

The Cost of Living Index measure differences in costs of services and consumer goods for middle class standard of living.  314 urban areas in the US participated in the study.  The study is conducted over a 3 day period, covering 90,000 prices of 60 different items.   The Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce posted the following chart detailing the scores compared to other Southern cities.

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