De-Clutter Your Lifestyle | Getting the Most Out of a Garage Sale

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A really productive garage sale takes a bit more than stapling up a sign and opening the garage doors. As long as you’re holding a sale at all, make it as big as you can. If you can persuade neighbors to join you in a sale effort, so much the better. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your efforts: Rocking Chair

  • Go through your whole house, sorting out items you can do without. Be ruthless. Plan for the sale to run at least two days; weekends are ideal.
  • Advertise ahead of time: Place an ad in your local paper. Distribute fliers. Stick notices on store bulletin boards and street posts (where permitted). Tell your friends and neighbors you’ll be selling your “dear old rocker,” etc. Ask friends to come and assist you on sale days.
  • Price your things sensibly (considering the market value of a new item plus the age and condition of your sale item). Polish, clean, repair or mend everything for sale. Mark the price for each item in bold print and expect some bargaining from buyers.
  • Clean up the garage or yard and provide good lighting. Place your sale items on tables spaced for easy passage throughout the garage. Put key items (furniture, appliances, antiques, attractive toys, etc.) up front and clearly visible from the street. Hang clothes on racks and make a screened dressing room available for try-ons.
  • For your grand opening, float balloons in your yard near the street, stretch streamers around your garage door and hang wind chimes here and there. Provide a low-key musical background. Set up a free refreshment stand. Clear the curbside and drive for parking.
  • Have cash on hand to make change. Accept checks drawn only on local banks and require two IDs.

Have a nice sale! We have information to help you in many ways as you contemplate relocation. Call or e-mail us and put our expertise to work for you.  Anything left over? Donate it.  There is a need out there for everything.  Visit www.cbbaker.com for more Wilmington NC real estate guidance.

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Waterfront in Wilmington NC from $100,000 | Wilmington NC real estate

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Waterfront Homes from $100,000 – $200,000 – Find Here

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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.

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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 atbakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.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
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The Best Time To Find Out Your Home’s Value Is When It’s…NOT FOR SALE

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If selling your home is around the next corner — or two — then now is a great time to find out what it’s worth. When you have no pressure to sell — such as when relocating on short notice or clearing a home-sale contingency clause to buy — it is the perfect time to learn what your home is really worth and what you can do to improve its selling price — for the near future.

Why find out what your home is currently worth when you’re not ready to sell yet? Perhaps you’re interested in learning its value in relation to your mortgage balance without the expense of a paid appraisal. Maybe it’s for insurance purposes, property taxes, estate planning or just curiosity. There are many valid reasons. Today’s market is ever-changing, and how much your home is worth has changed too.

Why find out what your home is currently worth when you’re not ready to sell yet? Perhaps you’re interested in learning its value in relation to your mortgage balance without the expense of a paid appraisal. Maybe it’s for insurance purposes, property taxes, estate planning or just curiosity. There are many valid reasons. Today’s market is ever-changing, and how much your home is worth has changed too.

Why find out what your home is currently worth when you’re not ready to sell yet? Perhaps you’re interested in learning its value in relation to your mortgage balance without the expense of a paid appraisal. Maybe it’s for insurance purposes, property taxes, estate planning or just curiosity. There are many valid reasons. Today’s market is ever-changing, and how much your home is worth has changed too.

When you learn what your home is worth in today’s market, you may change your mind and decide to sell. If you have a need — or you’re just curious about your home’s value — contact us at any time. We’ll answer all your real estate questions and provide you with a price opinion or CMA (comparative market analysis) to show you what it’s worth and how it compares with other recently sold homes nearby. Continue reading to learn why now is a great time to find out what your home is worth.

When your home isn’t for sale yet, it’s a great time to find out what it is worth. Without the pressure to sell, you can focus on your life and decide when you want to sell — on your own terms. Here are nine great reasons to learn what your home is worth in today’s market.

INSURANCE
If you’re reviewing your homeowners insurance coverage, it’s good to know whether your policy will cover the true cost of rebuilding your home in case of disaster. Knowing the value of your home is one piece of the information puzzle.

TAXES
Maybe you’ve recently reviewed your property taxes and are thinking of contesting them. The first step is finding out if your assessed value is in the ball park with market value. Knowing what your home is worth can help you determine if there are costly errors on your property taxes.

REFINANCING
If you’re thinking of refinancing, but are unsure whether you have enough equity in your home to avoid paying PMI (private mortgage insurance) you might consider getting a CMA first to see where you stand. Although the CMA is not an appraisal, it’s a free method to get information that can assist you.

IMPROVEMENTS
Wondering if it’s the right time to invest in remodels or upgrades? Before you move ahead with expensive projects, check your home’s value to ensure your improvements will fit the neighborhood and understand how your changes could affect your home’s value. Additionally, some homeowners discover that making the improvements would be more expensive (and stressful) than simply selling and buying a different home!

JOB
When your job is steady and secure, it’s a great time to focus on your home. And, although the CMA valuation is a snapshot in time — right now — you have that data to work with if career changes suddenly require you to relocate.

MORTGAGE
Has it been a while since you refinanced or purchased your home? A CMA is a good benchmark to compare what your home is worth in relation to your mortgage balance. If you’re underwater — owing more on your mortgage balance than your home is worth — it’s good to know this ahead of time if you need to sell quickly. Conversely, you might discover that your home is worth more than your mortgage — or close to break even — and now may be the market you’ve been waiting for to sell and move on.

CURIOSITY
Have your neighbors recently put their home up for sale? You may be wondering what they know that you don’t. Quench your thirst for information to find out what your home is worth and then determine if it makes sense for you to move too!

PREPARATION
If your financial situation is precarious or has changed recently, you may want to be prepared with the knowledge of how much you can sell your (likely) biggest asset for. Knowing what your home is worth allows you to determine whether selling your home is a good move or staying put is the best option.

BUYING
If you’re thinking of buying a home and you want an honest opinion on the property before making an offer, we can also represent you in the purchase and provide you with a market valuation on the home you’re thinking of buying. It’s a great starting point if you feel the home is overpriced.

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Foreclosures in 28405 | Wilmington NC real estate

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Foreclosures are a way to get quick equity in a home.  The process takes longer than a traditional sale but if you are willing to wait to purchase, it can be done.

We will provide you with free daily updates on Foreclosures and Short Sales in the Wilmington area.  Save money and enjoy quick equity when you purchase a foreclosed  or a short -sale home.  You provide the price and what you are looking for, and we will put you on our automatic  listing alert service directly from our MLS system, so that only the homes that match your criteria will be emailed to you.  At your convenience look through the listings  and if one catches your eye, call us and we will make arrangements with the bank to get more information about the home. It’s just that simple.  Email us at bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com for more information and to sign in.

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Slow Down… Enjoy Life and Live In Hampsead NC | Wilmington NC real estate

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Hampstead, NC, an unincorporated area of Pender County, is just north of Wilmington on Hwy 17. Hampstead offers lower cost of living and is becoming very popular for many retirees, especially from the Northeast. In fact, families from all over have come to call Hampstead home. Hampstead, NC real estate information is at your fingertips by contacting Baker Wayne and Associates today.


Hampstead is bordered on the east by the Intracoastal waterway and Topsail Island. This area is rich in all types of water recreational opportunities and golf. You can enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, camping or just a round of golf at one of the nearby courses.

Hampstead is also home to some of the best schools in North Carolina. There are three elementary schools: North Topsail Elementary and South Topsail Elementary and Topsail Elementary (which is going into the old middle school in August 2009). There is one middle school: Topssail Middle School and Topsail High School.

One of the most popular events in Hampstead is the annual Spot Festival, which was a huge success last weekend. It is the annual celebration of the favorite fish of the area.

Once you move to Hampstead, the locals say they wouldn’t want to live any other place.

So sit back and enjoy the slow pace and click on these listings to see homes in Hampstead, NC.

For all of your Hampstead, NC real estate needs please call me at 1-800-497-7325 Ex. 3607 or email us at bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests about Hampstead, NC homes for sale or Hampstead, NC real estate, 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 Hampstead, there are still real deals in the great coastal area, but you will need a real estate expert to help you. Baker Wayne and Associates are experienced real estate professional’s who have  decades of home buying and selling experience in Hampstead, NC . For true local and knowledgable service in the Hampstead, NC  real estate market, contact Baker Wayne and Associates today.

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34th Annual Riverfest 2012 | Downtown Wilmington NC | Wilmington NC real estate

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Join Us!

34th  Riverfest Downtown on the Riverfront on October 5, 6, & 7 2012.

These are just some of the activities planned. Antique Car Show,Arts & Crafts,Beer Garden, Riverfest Concert Series
Classic Car Show,Family Entertainment Stage,Fireworks
Invasion of the Pirates Boat Floatilla,Kidz Zone
Live Bands on Main Stage,Pirates Children’s Treasure Hunt
Riverfest  T-Shirt and Souvenirs Sales,Run the River 8K Race
Stand-up Paddleboard,The Great Waiters Wine Race,
UPWA Wrestlers Show and More.

Food and Drink Vendors Enjoy a beautiful weekend on the waterfront.  If you see any homes that interest you, go to http://mobile.cbbaker.com and get all the details.  Call us with any questions.  910-202-3607 or bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

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Avoid Rookie Mistakes in Buying Wilmington NC real estate

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  • Don’t rush into the transaction. Buyers searching for homes in tight markets may feel pressured to make an immediate offer.
    Solution: Become familiar with the local market before making a purchase offer.

  • Ask questions. First-time homebuyers, by definition, simply don’t have home buying experience. If you don’t know, ask. It may be uncomfortable, but let’s face it…a broker cannot answer an unasked question.

  • There’s no such thing as the “ideal” house. Many buyers run themselves, not to mention their brokers, ragged as they repeatedly dismiss homes that meet most…but not all…of their requirements. A buyer who turns down a house that meets most, but not all, of their criteria may miss out on the best available property as well as good financing, should market conditions change.
    Solution: First-timers should definitely view many different homes as possible before making an offer. However, they should definitely not make an offer on the first home they like…but also, and more importantly, they should not hesitate to make an offer when they find a home they love.

  • Don’t “Overbuy”. Many First-timers are routinely seduced into becoming “house poor”. That is, they spend so much for a home that they must forego annual vacations, restaurant meals and other forms of entertainment.
    Solution: Get Pre-approved with a lender. This can help determine a reasonable target price range and also identify the mortgage programs which can work best for you.

  • Don’t wait for that 20% down. It’s an admirable goal, but it’s often years in the future for many first-time buyers. Instead — especially in markets with rising values — buy now with as little down as possible. Consider VA, FHA and other loans with private mortgage insurance (PMI).

  • Be realistic. It’s tough to ignore a home’s curb appeal, but what about practical matters? Is there enough space? Is there off-street parking? Is the construction solid in good shape? What about maintenance costs? How far to work? It may seem like boring stuff…but it’s important none-the-less.

  • Find out about zoning. Is the property next door zoned for a 24-hour service station? Fire station? Super Wal-Mart? Ask the broker about zoning for the property and the surrounding area. Find out before you buy. Otherwise you might be stuck with the home of your dreams…right next door to the new landfill.

  • Don’t ignore representation. Chances are good that the seller has a broker. Who’s representing you?
    Solution: A buyer broker, an attorney, or both can give you needed representation at the bargaining table.

  • Don’t Skip an inspection. A professional home inspection is simply a “must” whether you are buying an existing home or a new one. Speak with inspectors before you enter the marketplace to see how they work, what they cost, and what they recommend.

  • Don’t under-estimate closing costs. Closing costs comprise much of the expense when purchasing a home. In many cases, the closing costs can be as much (if not higher) than the down payment amount being required.
    Solution: Examine your good faith estimate provided by your lender. Talk to people who have recently been through the buying process. Ask about fees you don’t understand. If some of the fees seem excessive, ask the lender if they can be waived (or at least reduced). Many lenders will work with you to secure your business. Just be realistic. If you feel that the lender is “taking advantage” of you, consult another lender.
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Search all of Beautiful Wrightsville Beach | Wilmington NC real estate

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Wrightsville Beach Homes, Wrightsville Beach NC Real Estate

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests about Wrightsville Beach NC homes for sale or Wrightsville Beach NC real estate, 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. I know where the best shopping is and all the main attractions. If you are looking for a second home or investment property in Wrightsville Beach, there are still real deals in the great coastal area, but you will need a real estate expert to help you. Baker Wayne and Associates are experienced real estate professional’s who has decades of home buying and selling experience in the Wrightsville Beach area. For true local and knowledgable service in the Wrightsville Beach real estate market, contact our Team today.

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!

 It is a great time to buy if you know where to look, as a real estate expert in the Wrightsville Beach market, I’m here to help you find a great property at a great price, please contact me today for an up to date market report.

For all your Wrightsville Beach real estate needs, please give Baker Wayne and Associates a call at 1-800-497-7325 x 3607 or email bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

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