LINGO 101: Money-Saving Glossary To Key Moving Terms | Wilmington NC real estate

Be the first to comment on this post

Moving companies have a host of terms for the details of handling household goods.

A Short Glossary

    • Accessorial service. Packing, unpacking and services other than transportation.
    • Advanced charges. Fees paid for services performed by others. They’re added to the moving bill.
    • Bill of lading. The document for shipping goods.
    • Claim. The written statement requesting reimbursement for a lost or damaged item.
    • Contract number. Identifying number of a shipment. It’s found on the order for service and the bill of lading.
    • Consignee. The person at the destination receiving goods shipped by someone else.
    • Delivery spread. The period when a mover will deliver household goods.

{short description of image}

  • Destination agent. The agent who will provide services at the destination.
  • Flight charge. An accessorial charge — for moving goods up flights of stairs.
  • Freight bill. The amount indicating the actual cost of the move.
  • Gross weight. Total weight of the van and the shipment.
  • Linehaul. The transportation portion of the move.
  • Order for service.The document the customer signs authorizing the movement of goods.
  • Origin agent. The agent responsible for the packing and loading of goods.
  • Pickup spread. The period during which the mover will pick up goods.
  • Storage-in-transit (SIT). Temporary storage of household goods for not more than 90 days.
  • Tare weight. Weight of the van before loading.
  • Tariff. Price schedule on file with the Interstate Commerce Commission.
  • Valuation. The value the customer places on the goods when releasing them to the carrier.
Categories: Uncategorized

Why ReFi? | Five Great Reasons To Refinance Today | Wilmington NC real estate

Be the first to comment on this post

There are plenty of reasons for a homeowner to refinance a current mortgage. Lowering a monthly payment is probably the most popular reason, but there are others. Do you want to pay off your loan more quickly? Has your credit rating improved since you bought your home, allowing you to now get a better rate? Do you want to put some of your equity to work in other ways? Each reason leads to a different way of thinking about refinancing.Many homeowners start thinking about refinancing when the current interest rate is lower than their mortgage-loan rate. Traditionally, homeowners have been advised to follow the “2-2-2 rule” when considering refinancing. This rule of thumb says your new interest rate should be at least 2 percentage points below your current rate. You should have lived in the home at least 2 years. And, you should be planning to stay at least 2 more years.

Although the “2-2-2 rule” is good advice in many cases, you should decide for yourself (with some professional advice!) what’s best in your situation. If the market doesn’t allow you to refinance into a lower-rate mortgage, you may still have a reason to change loans.

Some homeowners want to extend a 15-year loan into a 30-year plan to lower their monthly costs. Other homeowners who don’t plan to move for 5 years or more may benefit from a new mortgage even if it is only 1 percentage point lower than the old one.

Imagine you had a $200,000 mortgage at 8% over 30 years with a payment of $1,467 per month. If the loan amount is down to $175,500 (after making payments for about 10 years), you could use one of these strategies to lower your payment:

1. Lower Rate.

One method is to seek out a lower interest rate for the balance of $175,500. By lowering the interest rate to 7%, but maintaining the current payment schedule (20 more years of payments in the above example) your payment would drop to about $1,361 and the loan would still be retired at the original 30-year mark.

2. Longer Term.

Another way to lower your payment would be to prolong the length of the amortization. For instance, by getting a new 30-year mortgage for $175,500 at the 10-year mark, your payment would drop to $1,167 (at 7%).

3. Cash Out.

Some homeowners pull equity out of their properties for home improvement, vacation, college costs, big-ticket purchases or to consolidate debt. Especially when interest rates are rising or stable, cashing-out is often the primary reason for refinancing.

4. Change Loan Type.

Other folks refinance in order to change the type of loan they are paying off. Some homeowners grow uncomfortable with the variability of adjustable-rate mortgages and would rather have a fixed-rate loan. Others need to reduce monthly expenses and choose an adjustable-rate loan to lower their payment.

5. Shorter Term. The rates are still around 4%

Sharpen Your Pencils!
Determining how much you can afford to finance in today’s market requires careful consideration and a bit of math. If you are thinking about refinancing an existing mortgage or buying a home, use these charts to help you plan. Then call us, so we can answer your questions and help you take the next step!
Monthly Payment: How much can you afford?
Lenders will usually allow you to spend 28% of your total–or gross–monthly income to make mortgage payments of principal, interest, taxes and insurance. The table below shows how much 28% is at various income levels.
Annual Income Gross Monthly Income Affordable Monthly Payment**
$20,000 $1,667 $467
$25,000 $2,083 $583
$30,000 $2,500 $700
$35,000 $2,917 $817
$40,000 $3,333 $933
$45,000 $3,750 $1,050
$50,000 $4,167 $1,167
$60,000 $5,000 $1,400
$70,000 $5,833 $1,633
$80,000 $6,667 $1,867
$100,000* $8,333 $2,333
*For incomes over $100,000, add together the two appropriate columns.
Loan Amount: How much can you plan to borrow?
Once you know how much you can afford monthly, use this table to estimate how much you can borrow. Add your down payment to get an approximate house-hunting price range.
Monthly Payment** 5% 7% 9% 11%
$467 86,995 70,194 58,040 49,038
$583 108,603 87,630 72,457 61,219
$700 130,399 105,216 86,998 73,505
$817 152,194 122,802 101,539 85,791
$933 173,803 140,237 115,956 97,971
$1,050 195,598 157,823 130,497 110,257
$1,167 217,393 175,409 145,038 122,543
$1,400 260,797 210,431 173,995 147,009
$1,633 304,201 245,453 202,953 171,476
$1,867 347,791 280,625 232,035 196,047
$2,333 434,599 350,668 289,951 244,980
**Principal and interest only; taxes, insurance and any homeowner fees not included. These will raise your monthly payment and reduce the amount of principal and interest and total loan amount you can afford. Loan amounts are based on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. For incomes over $100,000, add together the two loan amounts and add your down payment.

Yet another reason for refinancing is to shorten the term of your current mortgage. If your income has grown substantially and you’re happy living in the same home, you could reduce the length of your loan by simply refinancing to a shorter-term mortgage with a smaller balance but higher payment. Using the above example again, a $175,500 loan paid off in 15 years at 8% would cost you $1,677 each month (about $200 more than for the original loan), but the loan would be paid off relatively quickly–saving you thousands of dollars in interest payments.
Whatever you decide, be sure to weigh the costs of refinancing carefully. A lower monthly payment may help your cash flow, but is it going to cost you too much up-front to make sense? Be sure you’ll live in the home long enough to recoup the expenses associated with refinancing–points, closing costs and fees.

Categories: Buying Wilmington NC real estate, Refinance, Uncategorized, wilmington nc real estate, Wilmington nc schools, worlds largest christmas tree

Thinking that Winter is the Wrong Time to Sell your Home? | Not so in Wilmington NC!

Be the first to comment on this post

 Are you thinking about selling your home and are worried that it is not the right time of year to sell?  Well, the buyers are out there and the inventory of homes is down.  During the first week of January, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage wrote 88 contracts with over 16 million in sales.  Just this weekend our Kay Baker and Associates Team wrote 7 contracts!  Call us and let us help you get started with the process of selling your home.  These are a couple of hints that will help you get started.

Please visit the Seller section of our website –
You can also search your neighborhood online to get a peek at your competition.  Let’s get going…


How To Package Your Home To Sell

After a full day of house hunting, even the hardiest shopper has difficulty remembering each home visited. A selling display featuring your property’s benefits is a great way to be sure your home stands out in the shopper’s memory. We’ve used the following marketing strategies to successfully sell many homes. They could work for you too!

Creativity Counts

{short description of image}Your home’s memory points can be mounted attractively on a poster or in a looseleaf binder or photo album and displayed on your dining table or near the front door.Home shoppers appreciate a memory-jogging take-home flyer, summarizing the display information for later study. The flyer should always include the property address, price, brief description and agent’s name and phone number.

Focus On Features

Each home will have its own outstanding features. When we talk about a marketing strategy for your home, we will consider what to include in your display and on the flyer. Here are some worthwhile ideas:

Capital improvements.

Include project description, year completed and your investment in the improvements.

Upgrades or replacements.

List new appliances, paint, wallpaper, attic fan — anything you’ve accomplished that buyers won’t have to do after move-in. Mention special features and benefits. For example: “Easy-care kitchen range with self-cleaning oven, sealed burners, electronic ignition, digital controls; 1992.”

Energy-saving features.

Cite money-saving extra insulation, high-efficiency heating/cooling system, thermal double-pane windows, etc.

Average annual utility bills.

Also mention affordable property taxes. Buyers want to know!

Floor plan.

Show room arrangement and dimensions. New-home builders and renovators can often provide floor plans, or one can be drawn for your home.

House illustrated.

Picture your home in your display and on the flyer. Architect’s renderings may be available from the original builder.

Gardening highlights.

Sketch the landscaping plan to show the work you’ve done. Identify trees and plants, especially if you have unusual ones. Provide photos of bushes and flowers in full bloom, if you’re selling off-season.

Pre-listing home inspection report.

Impress buyers with proof of your home’s excellent condition. Show receipts for correcting any problems the inspector noted.

Neighborhood map.

Highlight nearby schools, convenient transportation, shopping, parks, libraries, hospitals, and any other amenities or points of interest. Your kids can help color the map!

School data.

Feature excellent schools. Mention honors and awards, good student-teacher ratios, sports and athletics, drama presentations, and special programs (i.e. for learning disabilities or English as a second language).

Neighborhood information.

List neighborhood association dues (if any), annual community events, Neighborhood Watch programs, and the like. If yours is a friendly, quiet neighborhood, be sure buyers know it!

Community services.

Include helpful information such as days for recyclable-material and bulk trash pick-ups, availability of swimming pools, children’s summer day-camps, adult education, and so on.

Categories: Uncategorized

Wilmington NC Does It Again | First in Country to use White Space Network | Wilmington NC real estate

Be the first to comment on this post

New Hanover County loves technology… The New Hanover County government is on the cutting edge of new technological advances by utilizing the TV White Space that was abandoned in 2008 with the national launch of digital TV.  Wilmington was the first test city for the use of the non analog device.  The FCC laid ground rules concerning the use of the White Space Spectrum and New Hanover County is the first to utilize the technology.  The first commercial installation of the White Space network was set up at Hugh McCrae park. Phase 2 will include other parks and gardens such as Vetarans Park and Airlie Gardens.  Wi Fi on caffeine will be available.

“Community leaders have been eager to keep the area in the race to develop new technologies and uses since the FCC chose the local television market as the first in the country to transition to digital TV.  New Hanover County and Wilmington are also noted in the FCC’s National Broadband plan as a model of the usability of the spectrum.

New Hanover County has provided network IP cameras, Wi-Fi routers, antennas and other hardware as well as technical installation of the new FCC approved radios.  New Hanover County, city of Wilmington and TVBS have been using white spaces for a number of business applications already, including water quality monitoring and security purposes.

Chaney says the county and city governments collaborated on a pilot project that provided Wi-Fi and video surveillance in the Creekwood housing development.  The county is also using white space to automate the collection of water quality data in environmentally sensitive areas that would have required trenching of wires.

In testing white space, Chaney says “We see ranges of up to 1.5 miles on a point-to-point application of the spectrum including signal propagation through vegetation and buildings.  Installing these newly approved radios and appropriate antennas could allow wireless service far beyond traditional boundaries.”
Categories: Realtor tips, Uncategorized, white space network, white space technology, Wilmington NC Neighborhoods, wilmington nc real estate, worlds largest christmas tree, Wrightsville Beach NC

Kay Baker Associates | 1001 Military Cutoff | Ste 101 Wilmington, NC 28405 | | 910-202-3607 | Fax 910-338-2428

Copyright © 2017 Wilmington NC Real Estate Guide. All rights reserved. Disclaimer: All content on this blog is my own opinion and should not be treated as fact or relied upon when purchasing or selling real estate.