Spring! A Great Time To Move | Best Move Options

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BEST MOVES
More Options Abound For Today’s Homebuyers And Sellers

In this Wilmington NC spring market, making a move may be easier than ever before. Thanks to improvements in the real estate market, employment options, housing choices and personal finances, more people today are moving to where they want to live, not where they have to live.

In fact, moving today is easier than you think. Wilmington NC real estate sellers are finding their priced-right homes selling, allowing them the freedom to relocate down the street, to the other side of town, across the country or around the world. Plenty of buyers are out there right now, taking advantage of our springtime temperatures and increased inventory. Many want to start their new life in a new home by the beginning of summer.

What’s moving today’s buyers? Job situations for many have changed for the better. (As always, employment is a major factor driving home sales.) One reason is that more and more people are working from home, and breadwinners are less tied to living near work. Now they have the flexibility to move to where their family wants to be located, where their favorite activities are based (think sports, outdoor opportunities), and where they have relatives and friends.

Don’t miss out. If it’s time for you to make a move, now is a great time. Keep reading to learn how to make the best move to a location that is the best for you!

What Comes First?

If you’re going to move, get your home ready for sale first. We can assist you with that task, helping you create a to-do list to attend to little things that buyers notice. Plus, nail down must-do bigger items that need attention before your home goes up for sale. Although some sellers don’t care to attend to these items, to get the best price for your home, it’s important to make your home an attractive, move-in-ready property.

BEST MOVE:

Take time to thoroughly go through your home and highlight any issues that a buyer’s inspection may later find. It is wise to remedy any problems before the home goes on the market. Additionally, we can advise you whether a home warranty would help make your home desirable to the greatest number of homebuyers.


BEST MOVE:

Bring in a home stager to make your home as close as possible to looking like a model home. Home stagers do a great job of using what you own to make your home’s spaces look friendly, usable and roomy for potential buyers.


BEST MOVE:

It’s often best to sell your home first, while you look but before you buy in your new location. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it allows you to know exactly how much money you have available to buy your next home. Shop while your home is for sale, and if you find that perfect home, consult with your mortgage lender to see if you can make the move financially before selling your current home. A bridge loan may help get you there.

Where Are You Going?

If you’re still deciding where you’re going to move to once you sell your home, you need to do some research…pronto. To judge places to live, it’s wise to visit multiple times to dig into the area, understand transportation and education options, the employment situation, housing types and costs, and true cost of living.

BEST MOVE:

Even if you’ve lived in a specific location before and want to move back, realize that time changes things. It’s still ideal to visit the area and confirm your move choice.Take time to research and make sure the move is a good fit for you—and your entire family. Yes, you can always move again, but as you know, it does require time and money to pick up again if you find you aren’t happy with your new location.We know our area well. We can advise you about the types of homes available here and their price ranges. We can guide you to local information that provides reliable details on schools, shopping, transportation, entertainment, outdoor space, you name it.

If you are moving out of our area, we can connect you with a top-quality real estate professional in your new location to assist you in not only getting the home you want there, but the information you need to make an informed housing decision.Some online help is always valuable. Check out websites that provide school information, walkability, traffic and crime reports, etc. Many sites provide the information for free, but some require subscriptions to view details. Remember, we can help you with finding specific details on our local area—just ask.

How To Whittle Down?

If you’re making a move to improve your situation, you want to move with only what matters most to you and your family. Before you put your home up for sale, it’s important to start going through your belongings and categorizing what is most important to keep.

Create areas to collect giveaway items (for charities, friends, family, etc.) while you evaluate your belongings.

If you have items of value you want to sell, start early and don’t underestimate the amount of time needed to sell items online, through garage sale(s), auction or classified sites or even through nearby newspaper classifieds. Have a plan in place for items that don’t sell.

Decluttering can uncover a lot of stuff you didn’t know you had, but still want. Box up items that you currently don’t have room for and store them off-site, either at a friend’s or family member’s home or in a rental storage unit.

BEST MOVE:

When boxing up items for off-site storage, be sure to pack them well the first time. When you’re ready to move with them, you won’t have to open and repack everything to safely survive a longer move.


BEST MOVE:

If you are likely to replace large/heavy items, such as appliances, a dining room set, couch or bedroom set, shortly upon arrival at your new residence, you may want to sell or give these items away before you move to cut down on the hassle and expense of moving them. Look for a local charity that helps homeless and disadvantaged families.

 

 

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HOME SEARCH 101: Tips For Locating The Right Schools

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When it comes time to buy your next home, your decision will be based on dozens of criteria. If you’re like many home buyers, good schools will be at the very top of your list. Even buyers without children are often concerned about the quality of schools. They know property values often reflect the reputation of local schools-both public and private-and that a home near good schools may be easier to sell later on.

Plan Ahead

It pays to look at schools early in the house-hunting process so you can narrow your focus to particular neighborhoods. Consider the following approaches and available resources for determining whether a school or school district is right for you and your children.

Define Your Idea Of “Good”

{short description of image}The first step is taking an honest look at your child’s educational needs. Is he or she average, exceptional, or is there a learning disability to consider? What are the student’s interests and natural abilities? Cerebral? Artistic? Athletic? It won’t matter that a school is tops in math and science if your child’s educational focus is in language and fine arts. Identifying your child’s individual needs will help determine the types of programs and educational approaches you’re looking for in a school.

Get An Overview

You can tap the resources of several organizations to find out what schools are available in a particular area and how they rank compared with others in the system, the state and the nation. (See the side bar for details.)Take a look at the programs that would most interest or benefit your children. Is the local public school strong in those areas? If not, there may be good private-school alternatives in the vicinity.

Keep in mind that what you see on paper may not provide a complete picture of the school, its resources and the capabilities of its educational staff.

Identify The District

It’s easy to find out what public school district a house is in-the information is nearly always included in the MLS listing, available through your Realtor. Note, however, that school boards frequently re-draw districts. To help ensure a home is likely to remain in a particular district, you may want to find out how close it is to district lines-being central to a district increases your chances of staying there. Contact the local board of education to obtain a district map.

Go To The Source

Also ask the local board for any information available about the school system, special programs, etc. Many boards will provide you with standardized test scores, often broken down for each school and subject area. Private schools often provide test-score information and college-placement statistics as well.

See For Yourself

Make plans to visit the schools you are interested in. Schedule appointments with the principal and some of the teachers in your child’s grade. Inquire about school policies and procedures. Discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses, asking how the school would handle them.

Interview The Neighbors

Perhaps the best way to investigate a school is to talk with parents whose children attend. Visit neighbors in the area and ask them to be candid about what they like and dislike about local schools.

Let Us Get You Started

We’ll be happy to provide the phone numbers and website addresses of the schools and districts in our area. Be aware, however, that complying with fair housing practices, we may not be able to provide you with all the information you seek. Discussing school quality can be construed as “steering” buyers to or away from particular neighborhoods, which could be viewed as discrimination-even if unintentional.That being said, we’ll do everything we can to support your efforts to locate the right home and the right schools to meet your family’s needs.

THE SCHOOL HUNTERS

American School Directory: (800) 444-4488. P.O. Box 7003, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-7003.WebE-mail. With over 108,000 individual websites, provides every K-12 school in America (public and private) a free Internet presence and identity. Includes pictures, maps, art, information, calendars, etc.National Association of State Boards of Education: (703) 684-4000. 277 S. Washington St., Suite 100 Alexandria, VA. 22314. WebE-mail. Offers quick reference state profiles for basic education information and data taken from U.S. Department of Education statistics. Includes statistics to allow comparisons between a state and the national mean.

School Match: (800) 992-5323. 5027 Pine Creek Drive, Westerville, OH 43081. WebE-mail. For a fee, you can receive a report card on any public school or one of thousands of private schools in the U.S. At an additional cost, they will list up to 15 schools that match your criteria identified by their questionnaire. They also assist families with special-needs children and those moving overseas. All reports are confidential. If you are making a company move, your company may pay for School Match’s assistance.

Yahoo!: Web. You’ll find a state-by-state directory of schools and their websites, along with other useful information.

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Want To See An Awesome City :: Wilmington NC

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Welcome to our awesome town…


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In case you need a couple more reasons to love Wilmington NC…

1. Beautiful Beaches and Waterways

Wilmington NC is situated on the southeast coast of NC and is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and the west by the Cape Fear River. The beauty and charm of Wilmington and the surrounding beaches equal or surpass any on the east coast. The many pristine beaches that we have to enjoy such as Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Topsail Beach, Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beach are sure to captivate your heart.

 

2. Boating

The area’s many miles of coastline, rivers and sounds offer a variety of  watersports, boating activities, and quite a few harbors, marinas, and yacht clubs.

3. Fishing

Being located within minutes of one of the most protected inlets on the east coast, Wilmington offers bountiful fishing opportunities within minutes. Masonboro Inlet is located between the Southern tip of Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island. Also, the many creeks and bays located off banks channel and the waterways are a fisherman’s dream. You will see them fishing for drum, trout, and  flounder in the fall of the year.

3. Masonboro Island

 

Masonboro Island is an 8 mile long uninhabited island on the southern North Carolina coast between Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach and is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve. Masonboro Island, only accessible by boat, is enjoyed by campers, surfers, anglers, and bird-watchers alike. The reserve consists of about 5000 acres, which about 4400 acres are tidal marsh and mud flats. The most northern end at Masonboro Inlet is the most popular area with its sandy beaches and protected waters. Any summer weekend you will see many boaters and campers prepared for a few days on the beach with tents, grills and water toys in tow.

4. Historic Downtown Wilmington NC

Wilmington is blessed with a beautiful and extensive historic district with magnificent and stately oaks, azaleas and oleanders. 230 blocks of downtown are on the The National Register of Historic Districts. The city embraces a lot of history and is fortunate that so much has been preserved.

5. Wilmington NC Real Estate

I cannot speak highly enough about the real estate offered in and around Wilmington NC, from the River to the Sea! Wilmington offers many affordable neighborhoods such as Whitney Pines to move up neighborhoods like Covil Estates with amenities, to luxury gated communities such as Landfall, or golf course neighborhoods like Porters Neck, and waterfront neighborhoods with marinas and boatslips such as Turtle Hall or Shinn Point . The choices are all right here in our great port city of Wilmington NC.

6. Golf

You can truly enjoy golf year round at the many golf courses throughout the Cape Fear Region. Whatever your handicap, there are more than twenty courses in and around Wilmington that are a pleasure to walk. Some of the courses were designed by some of golf’s greatest names including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Fred Couples and P.B. Dye, among others.

7. NC Azalea Festival

For more than 50 years, Wilmingtonians have enjoyed the biggest celebration of the year, The NC Azalea Festival. From the parade, artwork, garden tours, street fair, and rich history, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. This year the Azalea Festival will be held April 1-5th. Come have fun with us!

8. USS Battleship NC

For all the history or military buffs, the USS Battleship NC is located just across the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington. You can tour the ship, take a history lesson, visit the museum or the ship’s store.

9. Wilmington NC Attractions

You will certainly never be bored with all the attractions to our area including the Zoo, numerous Museums, Cape Fear Riverboats, Airlie Gardens, Poplar Grove Plantation, Art galleries, live music and performing arts.

10. Churches

Wilmington is known for its many churches and their unique architecture. You will find one on almost every corner from any denomination you prefer.

11. Bald Head Island

Escape to the tropics! That is exactly how a visit to Bald Head Island will make you feel. Bald Head is located right off the Cape Fear River across from Southport, NC and only accessible by ferry or boat. The island is only traveled by golf cart and offers some of the most beautiful beaches and creeks around.

12. Figure Eight Island

Figure Eight Island, NC is located just north of Wrightsville Beach, NC . It is a private island, only accessible by a swing-bridge with a gatehouse and is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The island consists of 1300 acres and approximately 441 homes.  Figure Eight Island today is a beautiful coastal community offering the ultimate in privacy and security and just minutes from the conveniences of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, NC.

13. Thalian Hall Theater

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.

14. Fort Fisher Aquarium

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher not only displays an assortment of waterlife, but also focuses on conservation of aquatic environments. The Aquarium is open to the public and is available for private events.

15. Warm Climate

The mild climate of the Cape fear region is a big bonus for residents and visitors alike. Golfing, watersports and a multitude of outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round. However, there are four seasons and their transitions are usually spectacular.

16. Southern Hospitality

You will always be in amazement of the southern culture and hospitality of the Southeast region of North Carolina. It is commonplace for southerners to stop on the street and ask you “how you are doing”. And, the courtesy of drivers will pleasantly surprise you.

17. Vibrant and Diverse Economy

New Hanover county is a good location for comfortable living and a thriving business environment. In fact, the Wilmington area was just ranked in the 6th position for cities with job and economic growth by Milken Institute.

18. Shopping

Shopping is delightful with the many strip centers, Independence Mall, Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington and the new Mayfaire Town Center with all the name brand stores like William & Sonoma, J Crew, Pottery Barn, and more.

19. Schools

The schools in New Hanover county are some of the best in the country. The recent ABC scores and AYP results are indicative of our excellent schools.

20. UNCW Wilmington NC

UNCW has been named numerous times “Best in the Southeast” by the Princeton review and one of the top three ‘Best Values” by Kiplinger’s rankings. Wilmington College opened its doors in 1947 and was granted 4 year status in 1963 after moving to its present location on College Rd.  UNCW presently enrolls nearly 12000 students.

21. Museums

Wilmington, NC is blessed with many museums such as the Cape Fear Museum, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington’s Children’s Museum, Wilmington Railroad Museum and many more.

22. Nightlife

When the sun goes down in Wilmington, the downtown area lights up with neighborhood bars, pubs and restaurants. Not to mention the many restaurants and the like that have opened at Mayfaire Town center near Wrightsville Beach.

23. Events

The Cape Fear region is rich in happenings around the area. You can choose from annual fishing tournaments, crafts shows, festivals like the Azalea Festival, Jazz Festival or Riverfest and at Christmas, the Holiday flotilla.

24. Film Industry

Wilmington or “Hollywood East” has hosted the production of more than 400 movies, miniseries and TV movies. In fact, more revenue has been generated from Wilmington NC productions than any other US city except Los Angeles and New York. Just to name a few One Tree Hill is filmed here, Sleeping With the Enemy, Divine Secrets of Ya Ya Sisterhood and Forest Gump.

25. Airlie Gardens

Gardens by the sea best describes the lush formal gardens, lakes and magnificent oaks draped with Spanish moss. Airlie Gardens is home to the Azalea Festival garden party with its collection of over 100,000 azaleas. Airlie is also a popular setting for weddings, Airlie concerts, Oyster roasts, and enchanted Airlie during Christmas starting in November.

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How to Win the Mortgage Game When Relocating | Wilmington NC real estate

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Money Scale The single smartest move you can make is to put off Wilmington NC house hunting until you have a firm idea of your buying power. If you are pre-approved for a loan, you can save considerable time house hunting and mortgage shopping.

A pre-approved mortgage loan is an excellent guideline to help relocating home buyers know how much home they can afford. For the seller, pre-approval is proof that the buyer’s lender feels confident a loan commitment would not be a problem if all the financial documentation were in order.Pre-Approval Benefits:

  • Streamlines house hunting.
      A pre-approval identifies how much money the transferee can obtain, so precious time isn’t wasted looking at too-costly homes.
  • Offers peace of mind.
      You know for sure how much home you can afford, and there is little chance a lender will not make the requested commitment.
  • Prevents “house poor” homeowners.
      Pre-approval reduces the possibility of you becoming overextended and unable to meet payments later on.
  • Boosts bargaining power.
      Pre-approved buyers tend to be in an advantageous position when bidding against other buyers, as sellers like knowing your loan is guaranteed.
  • Pinpoints best mortgage option.
    The pre-approval process helps you identify ahead of time which type of mortgage best meets your personal needs.

Before you jump into planning your move, there are some terrific services we offer to relocating families moving into or out of our area. Let us help you take advantage of them. Send us an e-mail or give us a call. Please visit www.cbbaker.com for more information.

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HAMPSTEAD 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:  read rest of story here….

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Wilmington NC Waterfront / View Real Estate from $83,900

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A Rental Machine $$ $14,473 in 2012! Top Floor Building 8 well maintained unit. Includes two Frigidaire AC Units, one in the master bedroom and in the living area purchased in 2012. New sofa…

$139,900
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A fabulous find! Just 45 minutes from Wilmington, tucked away at Clear Run on the Black River. This sportsman retreat offers 4 bedrooms / 3 baths, fireplace, 2 kitchens and a wonderful…

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Beautiful waterfront lot with mature trees and landscaping. This property has been cared for and enjoyed for many years. It features a boat dock where you can fish or crab or park your Jon…

$164,900
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Adorable 3 Bedroom Brick home situated on almost an acre of land on sturgeon creek. This home has recently been painted, refinished hardwood floors, new screened in porch among many more…

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Fisherman’s paradise. This waterfront canal 3 bedroom 2 bath home has 2 boat lifts (one covered)and boat dock just minutes from the ICW. In just a few more minutes you can be in the Atlantic…

$224,900
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Great 2nd row – tidal creek townhome. Views of the ocean and sound. Beach access across street. Fully furnished. New kitchen cabinets, granite, dishwasher, stove. Wood floors in living, dining…

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Welcome to Hewelett’s Creek and marsh front living in Sawgrass. Sawgrass is in the Parsley Elementary School district and has community pool, tennis, clubhouse and exercise room. This 1,560…

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Relax in the Florida room while enjoying the views & summer breezes of the Intracoastal Waterway. Open living area. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths on main level. 1 bedroom & full bath in basement.…

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Home located on marsh in Surf City. Property has a dock with small flat bottom boat or kayak access, that leads to deep water. Home has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, with fireplace, tile, Bamboo…

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Great Community on Bay Tree Lake, wonderful home on canal for relaxing mornings and afternoons. This home has three spacious bedrooms, large eat in kitchen, great Carolina room that overlooks…

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Wilmington NC Waterfront Living Is The Best…

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Wilmington NC Waterfront Living

Waterfront living in Wilmington NC equals or surpasses any area in the Southeast and If you enjoy boating as much as many of us do in Southeastern NC, you definitely know we have one of the best boating locations in the nation. Wilmington, with the Cape Fear River to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the East, has it all, from the River to the Sea. Read the rest of this entry

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Happy 4th of July Wilmington NC 2013 | Firework Schedule

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Start the party.  Fourth of July 2013 Wilimington NC area.

July 3

- Carolina Beach Boardwalk -  Blast: Funk U Orchestra (funk), 6:30 p.m. July 4 at Boardwalk Gazebo, Cape Fear Boulevard, Carolina Beach. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 458-8434 or PleasureIslandNC.org.

N.C. 4th of July Festival – Southport: Children’s Games – 8:15 a.m. for registration, 9 a.m. games begin at Garrison Lawn. Waterfront Stage Entertainment. Various artists take the stage, 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Brunswick Concert Band Concert, 3-3:45 p.m. at Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn. Voter Registration, 3:30-5 p.m. at Southport Community Building. USCIS Naturalization Ceremony, 4 p.m. at Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn. Flag Retirement Ceremony, 6 p.m. at BB&T Flagpole.

Surf City: A concert and fireworks display at Soundside Park, 517 Roland Ave., in Surf City. Mark Roberts & Breeze play at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit www.surfcity.govoffice.com for more information.

Thursday July 4

Carolina Beach: Funk U University performs at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit www.pleasureislandnc.org for more information.

Independence Day Music in the Park: Machine Gun performs at 7 p.m. July 4 at Ocean Front Park, Kure Beach. Bring a beach chair or blanket. 458-8216 or www.townofkurebeach.org.

Fourth of July Southport

Activities all day and Fireworks at 9:00 on the waterfront

Step Up For Soldiers: Fourth of July party, 5-9 p.m. at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St. All active duty, veterans, SUFS volunteers and sponsors are invited. Entertainment by a DJ, Miss Coastal Carolina singing the national anthem, a presentation on the history of the American flag and several speakers. Food and drinks provided.

Coastal Magazine state’s that this is one of the best places to watch fireworks.

Wilmington Fireworks: Battleship Blast, 17th annual. Fireworks at 9:05 p.m. Watch from downtown Wilmington. Entertainment will be 5-9 p.m. Visit www.WilmingtonNC.gov for more information.

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Where is Figure Eight Island, NC?

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Figure Eight Island, NC is located just north of Wrightsville Beach, NC . It is a private island, only accessible by a swing-bridge with a gatehouse and is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The island consists of 1300 acres and approximately 441 homes. Before the turn of the century,  Figure Eight  was only home to horses roaming on the dunes. Figure Eight Island today is a beautiful coastal community offering the ultimate in privacy and security and just minutes from the conveniences of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, NC. Figure Eight remains untouched by commercial developments like hotels and shopping centers, although there are many conveniently located nearby. Read the rest of this entry

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‘Little’ Household Problems Can Eventually Cost A Lot | Wilmington NC real estate

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An Ounce Of Prevention

Sometimes a $1,000 disaster can be prevented with a $4 hose. That’s the finding of many Wilmington NC homeowners who end up paying a lot for repairs that could have been prevented with just an ounce of inexpensive prevention.

One of the best places to check first is any place in your home that can be damaged by water. A survey by the American Society of Home Inspectors found that 40% of home maintenance problems are related to water. Water seeping into the basement or crawlspace, leaks from neglected washer and dishwasher hoses, and leaking pipes can leave you wet and poor.

Pay attention to the following items in your home regularly:

Water Threats
• Check for leaks from appliance hoses (washer and dishwasher), connections to the hot water heater and humidifier, outside spigots, exposed plumbing. Tighten all connections.

• After a heavy rain, check for water in attics, basements and crawlspaces. Make repairs as soon as the area is dry.

• Backed-up gutters can cause water to seep back up into the attic. The solution is simple, though: regularly remove leaves and debris from the gutter system.

Electrical System
• Check the circuit breakers about every six months.

• Check switches when lights seem to blink when the switch is touched.

• Keep wall-socket plates secure and replace broken ones.

A/C and Heating System
• Check these systems at least once a year; have them cleaned and serviced. You could save thousands in repair/replacement bills later, and improve operating efficiency thereby lowering monthly costs.

• If you have a fireplace, make sure it is professionally inspected and cleaned annually. Wood-burning fireplaces can cause creosote to build up in their chimneys–a dangerous fire hazard.

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