TRENDING | What’s New and In Demand

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29 cu. ft. Whirlpool® French Door Refrigerator with Flexible Capacity ...If you’re buying a home, you probably already know what looks dated and what’s desired in today’s homes. If you’re selling your home, you may need a little help determining if your home is move-in ready and if buyers will sigh—relief or despair—when they get inside. Check with us before you start remodeling—as local trends move fast in our ever-changing real estate marketplace.

In: Top load, high-efficiency washing machines
Out: Front load, high-efficiency washing machines

In: White washers and dryers
Out: Colorful washers and dryers

In: Induction electric cooktop (stays cool to touch)
Out: Utilitarian cooktops without style

In: French door refrigerators with freezers on the bottom
Out: Side-by-side fridges with narrow shelves

In: “Smart” appliances that connect to phone apps
Out: Appliances that aren’t able to connect to the Internet

In: Quartz countertops that look like granite
Out: Laminate that looks like granite

In: Integrated sinks
Out: Stainless sinks

In: Backsplash tiles that extend all the way to the countertop
Out: 3–4″ back piece of counter that goes up the wall

In: Open shelves or glass-front cabinet doors in the kitchen
Out: All solid cabinet door

In: Larger showers with seats and body sprays
Out: Closed off, tiny showers

In: Grab bars that look like towel rods
Out: Grab bars that look like they came from the hospital

In: Framed mirrors
Out: Expansive, frameless wall mirrors

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Make Your Summer Pest-Free | Wilmington NC real estate

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Wherever you head for fun this summer, you don’t want mosquitoes to ruin your vacation. Here are a few tips for decreasing the chance of infestation:

Get rid of any standing water in the vicinity that could be used as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Check for water in watering pots, buckets, children’s swimming pools, pet dishes or plastic covers on furniture or grills.

If you have a children’s pool, birdbath or fountain, be sure to change the water each week.

Other places to check for standing water include around air-conditioning condenser units, in roof gutters or on flat roofs.

Swimming pools or hot tubs should be kept clean and covered. Chlorine-treated water makes an inhospitable place for mosquito larvae.

If all else fails, at least keep the mosquitoes outside the house by making sure all porch, door and window screens are tight and free of tears.

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NEGOTIATE: How To Buy The Home You Love At The Price You Want | Wilmington NC real estate

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Found the home of your dreams? Now the negotiations begin.The agent you’re working with can guide you through the process of making a purchase offer. You’ll want to start by learning as much as you can about how much the property is worth.

Check the comparables

spartanburgYour agent has up-to-the-minute price data at hand to help you analyze any comparable properties; just ask. Although every home is unique, here’s some of what makes a home “comparable” to the one you’re considering purchasing:

same neighborhood;
same age and condition;
same size lot;
same home style–equivalent living space, number of rooms and baths;
similar terms of sale.

Follow sales price trends

Ask about recent pricing trends in the neighborhood. Specifically, what has been the average difference between listing price and sales price for recent sales of comparable homes? What is the ratio of assessed tax value to market value?

Offer what you think the house is worth

Some asking prices have built-in padding, but others are already priced to sell. You could lose a well-priced home with a low-ball bid. Remember, a lower mortgage interest rate will allow you to borrow more and pay a higher price for a home without increasing your monthly payment.

Spell out the details

Consider getting a pre-purchase appraisal and home inspection. The appraisal will give an independent valuation of the property, and the inspection will help identify any potential problems you may have overlooked. Consider including a contingency making the contract subject to a satisfactory appraisal and inspection.

Evaluate contingencies

The contract can also be contingent upon an attorney’s review, previous home sale, and acceptable mortgage loan terms, etc. Contingencies are typically used to smooth acceptance of an offer without delaying the final decision. Too many contingencies, however, weaken your bargaining position.

Know what’s important to you

Prioritize the elements of the sale on paper (“must” and “want”) and decide where you have negotiating room–what you’ll give up or accept in exchange for a concession. Items frequently negotiated include adjustments for needed or requested repairs, what personal property stays and what goes with the seller, points and closing costs, and move-in date. Knowing exactly what you want and where you are willing to bargain is your most important negotiating tool.

Put everything in the first purchase offer

If the first offer is accepted it may be too late to add anything. Include a financial statement. Do all negotiating in writing with a deadline for a response, often 48 hours. You are free to cancel an offer until it is accepted by the seller. Require that your binder or deposit be held in an escrow account with the interest credited to you.

Be Patient

Negotiating could take several days. Be patient; you won’t want to rush into one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make.

We can help

If you’d like help finding your dream home, please call or e-mail us. We’ll help with your home search and will give you all the important information we can provide to help you make the right offer for the right home. bakerwyaneassocaites@ec.rr.com

 

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Soothing Medicine for your CONCIENCE | Volunteer Wilmington NC Concience Fair 2014 | Wilmington NC real estate

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StarnewsMedia is hosting the 2014 Concience Fair again this year at the Cape Fear Community College North Campus.  If you have not selected a New Years resolution, you may  find one here at the fair.  Over 100 Non- Profits will be there with a whole list of needs.  A great time to scratch that “Volunteer” itch you have been having.  Wilmington NC is an awesome city and it is mainly because of it’s great people and giving attitude.  Join in, you will not be sorry.

The 2014 StarNews Media Conscience Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the McKeithan Center at Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road.

Nonprofit organizations present information about volunteer opportunities. To reserve a space – it’s free – visit http://www.conscienceonline.com/and fill out the signup form or here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KZ6GWPJ

The following nonprofits were at the fair last year.

Cameron Art Museum; Beth Ann Scisco; 910-395-5999; bascisco@cameronartmuseum.com
Wilmington Health Access for Teens; Mary Martin; (910) 202-4605; marymartin@whatswhat.org
NC Cooperative Extension; Leslie Wilson, 4-H Agent; 910-798-7660; leslie_wilson@ncsu.edu
wilmington lions club; Dick Gerrish, Club Secretary; 910-791-3015; rbgerrish@msn.com
Airlie Gardens; Flo Berry; 910-798-7566; fberry@nhcgov.com
WINGS MINISTRY BACK PACK’s Full Of Blessings; Missy Settlemyre; 910-512-7643; asettlemyre@atmc.net
Wilmington SCORE; Sara Raleigh; 910-409-9865; sraleigh@ec.rr.com
Wilmington CROP Hunger Walk; Marjorie Jennings; 910-392-0521; marj392@earthlink.net
Leading Into New Communities, Inc. (LINC); Lindsay Bouchard; 910-762-4635; LBouchard@lincnc.org
New Hanover County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); Kristen Skinner; 910-798-6905; kskinner@nhcgov.com
GFWC-NC District 7 (General Federation of Women’s Clubs); Debbie Sheehan; 910 395-2176; dwsheehan@hotmail.com
Kids Making It; Bonnie Gaynor; 910-763-6001 x102; bonnie@kidsmakingit.org
Community Boys and Girls Club; Nadya Saleh; 910-762-1252; nsaleh.cbgcw@gmail.com
Sharing Our Bounty; Kerry Fitzgerald; 910-612-0390; sharingourbounty@gmail.com
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA); Melissa Sinclair; 910-763-3114; msinclair@mdausa.org
Animal Warriors, Inc.; Liz Karlsmark; 910-292-9294; Liz@AnimalWarriors.org
Brunswick Family Assistance Agency; Lora E. Moree; 910-754-4766 x 103; lorabfa@gmail.com
The Pilot Club of Wilmington; Ramona Andrews; (910) 612-0834; randrews@bizec.rr.com
Cape Fear Sierra Club; Zak Keieth; 321-356-6603; zachary.keith@sierraclub.org
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter; Chris Scott; 910-796-7927; Chris.Scott@lcfh.org
Wilmington Faith and Values; Amanda Greene, editor; 910-520-3958; Amanda.Greene@ReligionNews.com
Assistance League of Greater Wilmington; Dolores Miller; 910-686-2833; doraymi123@ec.rr.com
WHQR Friends of Public Radio; Michelle Crouch; 910-646-1640; memberintern@whqr.org
Interfaith Refugee Ministry; Christie Binzen; 910-264-7244; cbinzen@helpingrefugees.org
Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center; Karen Laughlin; 9105206918; klaughlin@ecacmail.org
Brunswick County Volunteer Center; Jayne Mathews; 910-253-2574; jmathews@brunsco.net
YWCA Lower Cape Fear; Katie Tate; 910.799.6820; volunteers@ywca-lowercapefear.org
CoastalCare; Kate Murphy; 910-550-2552; kate.murphy@coastalcarenc.org
Monty’s Home; Barb Raab; 910-259-7911; info@montyshome.org
Good Shepherd Center; Kristin Pollock; 910.763.4424 ext. 101; volunteercoordinator@goodshepherdwilmington.org
First Book – New Hanover County; Carol Barre; 910-200-1441; cbarre1250@ec.rr.com
Cape Fear Literacy Council; Yasmin Tomkinson; 251-0911; info@cfliteracy.org
American Red Cross- Cape Fear Chapter; Wendy Flynn, Regional Director of Volunteers; 910-762-2683 ext 326; wendy.flynn@redcross.org
Cape Fear Volunteer Center / Big Buddy; Annie M. Anthony; 910-392-8180; cfvcdirector@gmail.com
Adult Scholars/OLLI UNCW; Geneva Reid; 910-251-5031; greid@ec.rr.com
LIFEGUIDE (requesting a booth next to Guardian ad Litem); Denny Smith; 793-3472; densmi@bellsouth.net
Canines for Service; Laura Kranchalk; 910-362-8181; lkranchalk@caninesforservice.org
Lump to Laughter; Connie Hill; 910-617-4455; info@lumptolaughter.org
The First Tee of The Cape Fear Region; E.B. BARTLETT CHUCK KUEBLER; EB-910-367-1450 CHUCK-910-398-4231; ebbartlett0317@gmail.com charleskuebler@gmail.com
Wilmington Public Access Television, a project of Southeastern Alliance for Community Change; Steve Lee; 910-791-4877; seacc1@gmail.com
WARM, Inc.; JC Skane; 910.399.7563; info@warmnc.org
Guardian ad Litem Program – 5th District; Brandie Temple; 910-251-2733; brandie.s.temple@nccourts.org
Project Linus; Sharon Black; 910-681-0452; slhblack@bellsouth.net
Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity; Melanie Kriksciun, Volunteer Coordinator; 910-762-4744,x105; melanie@capefearhabitat.org
“Bread for Life…..” Ministry; R. Claudette Fiskin, M.S.W.; 910-343-5276; bread4life.ministry@gmail.com
Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts; Jennifer Scott; 910.251.3700 x 103; jscott@bellamymansion.org
Poplar Grove Plantation; BJ Ryan; 686-9518 x 29 – work 470-2712 – cell; bjr@poplargrove.com
Wilmington Multiple Sclerosis Support Group; Burt Masters, Co-Leader, Wilmington MS Spt Group, Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society; (910) 38301368; happyheim@peoplepc.com
NC Coastal Federation-Stop Titan Action Network; Ted Wilgis; 910-509-2838; tedw@nccoast.org

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Make yourself a little fun Wilmington NC

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 TGIF Scoop

    presented by Baker Wayne & Associates

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       Hello, Welcome to the Scoop.

 

The Wilma Expo
December 7
11:00 – 5:00 PM
Special Event for Women

Vendors, Prizes, Food
Wilmington Convention Center



Island of Lights Festival: Christmas Parade

December 6   7:30 PM
Carolina Beach

http://www.islandoflights.org


Light & Train Spectacular
Fri – Sat,
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wilmington Railroad Museum


Fundraiser – 8th Annual Fur Ball

December 7, 2013
6:30 PM

Country Club of Landfall
www.countrycluboflandfall.com/home.htm

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE.


 Holiday Open House
December 6 – 7
10:00 – 4:00 PM
Music, refreshments, Ability Garden Gifts.
Good Shepherd Center will collect food

New Hanover County Arboretum
FREE


Beer Army

Craft Brewery

Fermental

http://www.fermental.net/

Live music by Mike Blair & the Stonewalls, and the Catch Restaurant Food Truck. Saturday Dec. 7   3-6pm.


Fundraiser – Jingle Ball

December 7, 2013
6:00 PM
The Imitations

Food, Drink, Music

$100.00
Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum


 Dinner Theater: A Christmas Carol
Friday and Saturday

7:00 PM Doors open at 6:00 PM

TheatreNOW
http://theatrewilmington.com/home.html


The Nutcracker Ballet

Friday 7:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am

http://www.thalianhall.org/


Festival of Trees: Party in the Pines

November 22  – Dec 8
http://capefearfestivaloftrees.org/schedule.html
Cameron Art Museum

 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE.


Popular Grove Plantation

Christmas Open House

Arts, Crafts, Demonstrations

FREE 11:00 – 4:00 PM


11th Annual Holiday Parade
December 8    5:40 PM
Downtown Wilmington (North Front and Walnut)


 

Friday and Sat 7:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday 3:00 PM

Historic Hannah Block USO Building

Tickets – (910) 341-7860.


  

Riverfront Farmers’ Market
Saturdays   8:00 – 1:00 PM


check out the online magazine.  Click photo


GET MOVING!

 Wrightsville Beach Loop – 2.45 miles


Gary Shell Cross-City Trail Autumn Hall trail finished!

Awesome – You need to Check it out

www.crosscitytrail.com

~!

 Halyburton Park

1.3 mile handicap accessible walking/bike  trail

~

Run around the Smith Creek Park Lake

1.5 miles

or go kayaking and fishing

Gordon Rd. to Harris Rd. . Park on left.


 

www.sharingourbounty.com
Visit Dowtown Wilmington

http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/visit


TGIF Wine Tasting

Dec 6  6:00  – 8:00 PM

Taste The Olive
www.TastetheOlive.com
Free


Feel the need to help?

If there is a non-profit you like, we would be happy to put it in the scoop.

Step Up For Soldiers

www.stepupforsoldiers.org/

 

 The Food Bank needs your donations during the holidays

www.foodbankcenc.org

The Miracle Network

http://www.miracleleaguewilm.org/donation

Wilmington Gives Back

Donate your time

www.wilmingtongivesback.org/

 


  

      Wilmington NC  Night Spots

 Friday December 6

Jacob Stockton – Sweet and Savory Cafe

Beach Billy Bros. – SeaWitch CB

Overtyme- Holiday Inn Resort WB

Saturday December 7

L Shaped Lot – Reel Cafe

Kyle Lindley – Duck and Dive

the Cut – SeaWitch


Sunday December 8

Jazz Jam with Benny Hill – Rusty Nail


La Crab Deviled Eggs

 4 ounces lump crabmeat
1/2 stick celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled, halved, and yolks removed

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl combine the crabmeat, celery, mascarpone cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and chives. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Spoon the crab mixture into the egg halves.

Transfer the filled eggs to a platter and serve.



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802 Trace Drive -

Under Construction

http://www.cbbaker.com/idx/residential/206088/

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 The Townes at Carleton

 FROM 179,000 –

Call Robin Jones – On Site Agent

910-619-0491

 details at www.thetownesatcarleton.com


 Thinking of Selling?

To find out what your home is really worth…..

visit www.housevalueswilmington.com

Find your dream home at a price

you can afford.

www.dreamhomesofwilmington.com

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Free list of homes with pictures delivered to your email.

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then fix it….


For all your Party Needs….

 4013 Oleander Dr. 910-791-0024

www.partysuppliers.net


Shelton Metal

Colby S. Byrd, Metal Designer

www.sheltonmetal.weebly.com


 eMail:    lhennessey@lenatravels.com
Website:  www.lenatravels.com


SERVING
WILMINGTON, CAROLINA BEACH, JACKSONVILLE
PHONE: 910.270.2575
1012 NC HWY 210 WEST
HAMPSTEAD, NC 28443

Schools, Fundraiser’s , Sports, Parties, Daycares, Workplace

Give us a call!


Call for Mortgage Quotes


Excellent read  … Get the book here…


Awesome Food and People

Keith and Angela Rhodes

http://catchwilmington.com/ 


Get out and dance!  Great fun lessons by Verna

Ballroom – Latin – Swing – Waltz – Cha Cha

Rumba – Salsa – Tango – Shag/Swing

www.BallroomDanceSpotNC.com

910-799-2001


Need Automobile Work?

Trust Labriola’s Automotive

UTI Trained, Foreign, Domestic, A/C Testing & Repair

Diagnostics, Electronic Troubleshooting, Engine De-Carbon Service, Major or Minor Repair.

Owner: Brent Labriola  910-297-2590  brent@capefearauto.com

6506 Market St. Wilmington NC 28405


Great Family Skate Center

http://www.skatejellybeans.net/


  

910-508-6100 or podsenc@gmail.com

Call Blaine Daniel for quotes and possible discounts


Ever wish you had a PERSONAL ASSISTANT
— someone you could call on to accomplish
the day-to-day tasks and time consuming errands
that leave time for little else?

Well, now you have help..

Call Mary Cook Task Manager

801-455- 1721


  SEA SALT BAKERY

Longtime Wilmington Chef David Herring has opened a new bakery in Hampstead called “Sea Salt”  Wonderful muffins and baked goods and  ‘SOUPS’ !

(910) 270-1407
17011 US Highway 17 N
Hampstead, NC 28443


Stress Free Dog Grooming

http://www.dogslifesalon.com/


Do you own a Historic House? In need of renovation?

Call David Thomas – Historic Specialist

910-520-0581

http://www.dptconstruction.com/


Brave battle fought Kimberly.  We will miss you.


 Have a great weekend!

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DESIGN: User-Friendly Designs For Now And Tomorrow

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You don’t have to be elderly or handicapped to appreciate the designs manufacturers are coming up with to make life easier. Think, for instance, how many times you’ve taken advantage of the ramps in sidewalk curbs designed for wheelchairs. They’ve made it easier to ride a bike and push a stroller—and even simply walk across the street. Likewise, we all can enjoy:
    • refrigerators with adjustable-height slide-out shelves to eliminate bending and reaching

  • lettering on controls and instructions large enough to read without squinting or hunting down a pair of glasses
  • non-skid cutting boards
  • contoured knife handles requiring less pressure to cut food
  • playing-card shufflers
  • tabletop book and newspaper holders
  • lamps that turns on and off by touching their base or clapping
  • lever adapters on faucets and doors to make opening and closing easier
  • bent-handled hairbrushes and long-handled bath brushes
  • easy-grip, spring-band scissors that open by themselves after you snip
  • Velcro fasteners on shoes
  • needle threaders
  • large-numbered, lighted key-pads for telephones
  • swivel seats to ease getting in and out of a chair
  • motorized chairs that lift you to your feet.

Some of these things can be found in pharmacies and department stores. For other ideas, browse through specialty catalogs.

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Advantages of Buying Real Estate Now in Wilmington, NC

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    • 1. More Choices. In New Hanover County, we currently have over 1884 homes on the market. Buyers have more choices today than they have in several years. You have your choice between condos, townhomes, single family homes, golf course properties, water oriented properties, gated communities. You can also choose between large lots and small lots and whether you would like lawn maintenance included or not. The choice is yours today more than ever to find a home that fits your needs and fulfills your dreams. But do remember, that well priced homes in desirable locations can still sell fast, even in a buyer’s market.

 

    • 2. Interest Rates are Low. With interest rates under 5%, what better time to buy real estate! You can even afford more home now than you might have a year or so ago. It usually is a good idea to purchase as much home as you can afford in this type market. Always consult with a reputable lender to become knowledgeable about the variety of financing options available and what might be best for you. In addition, ask for a pre-qualification letter. A good buyer’s agent will use this in the negotiating process. It will also ensure that you are not looking at homes that you cannot afford.

 

    • 3. Negotiate. We all remember the days of 2005 when you had to decide how much over asking price to offer the seller. Today that is a different story. A good buyer’s agent can negotiate the best price and terms to suit your budget.

 

    • 4. Incentives. The market is slowing changing to a sellers market, but sellers and builders are offering a host of incentives for buyers. For instance, closing costs or buydown of the interest rate, even flat screen TV’s and cruises are among popular incentives today.

 

    • 5. Competition. In today’s market the prices of homes is increasing slightly, but holding steady.
    • 6. You are not rushed into a quick decision. One of the highlights of a buyer’s market is that you can take your time finding your perfect home and do not have to feel pressured to settle for anything less than the home of your dreams.

 

    • 7. Inspections. You can take the time to have a good home inspection and appraisal and negotiate with the seller any necessary repairs.

 

    • 8. Lower Prices. Buyers are in a great position today with prices so low and interest rates favorable. Buyers can enjoy stronger buying power than they have in years before. Today’s market is truly positioned for the home-buyer.

 

    • 9. Appreciation. Local house values are expected to rise as our local economists have a favorable forecast for the area. Always remember, that real estate is a strong, sound investment for your future.

 

  • 10. Great time to sell and move up. If you are a seller wanting to move up to larger home for your growing family, now could be the perfect time for you. You’ll be way ahead of the game, because the price reduction on the purchase is greater than the loss on the sale of your present home. Search all real estate on www.WilmingtonNC-realestate.com
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Moving? Smoothing the Way for Uprooted Children | Wilmington NC real estate

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Wilmington NC real estate tips

If you’re moving with children, you may anticipate some (or a lot of) resistance. Take heart. You can make the uprooting and resettling more palatable by following a few of these suggestions: Child Packing Toys

  • Don’t jump to the conclusion that your children will, in fact, resist moving. They might surprise you and jump at the chance to make a new start. At any rate, don’t bring up the subject defensively. Deliver the news with a positive attitude.
  • If, however, the announcement causes real trauma, sympathize sincerely. Listen to the anticipated difficulties and search for solutions together.
  • Don’t disallow expression of those understandable feelings of hurt, anger and frustration. Instead, tactfully try to put a time lid on the emotional period. Let your kids know that you, too, feel sad and frustrated at times. Talk about how to deal with sadness and fear.
  • If possible, consider making your move during the school year. This will give your children a chance to make new friends immediately. Moving during the summer has advantages, too, but can proglong grieving many long, lonely months in a strange town – and increase the grieving about separation from old friends and former haunts.
  • Be as lenient as possible regarding long-distance calls to “back home.”
  • Enlist your children’s participation in the details of the move. Try to keep them from feeling they have no control over events.
  • Encourage your children to join groups, clubs and other organizations in the new location that are in line with their special interests.
  • Look for as many avenues of “adventure” as you can find to convince your children that doors are opening rather than closing. On house-hunting trips, bring back lots of photos, literature and brochures – especially about things they are concerned about. Better yet, take the children along on house-hunting trips, if possible.

Relocation can be difficult for the whole family. Let our professionals take care of the complicated details of buying or selling, while you take care of your family. E-mail us for the help you need to make family relocation a smooth move.

More TipsFor more tips on finding the right schools for your children, read our special online report, HOME SEARCH 101: Tips For Locating The Right Schools. Just click the link to read it right away. And feel free to give us a call for any other information or assistance you may need.

Baker Wayne And Associates 910-202-3607 1001 Military Cutoff Wilmington, North Carolina 28405 bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com www.cbbaker.com

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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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Justice 4 ALL | Free Legal Advice from North Carolina Bar Association Foundation | Wilmington NC real estate

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 The 6th Annual Justice 4 ALL day will be this Friday March 1, 2012 from 7 am – to 7pm. 

North Carolina residents may call in with any legal question they may have and they may be offered referral resources.  The NC Bar lawyers will have the phones manned with volunteers.  There are  7 call centers in NC.  These are the numbers to call for your area of the State.

N.C. residents who reside in the viewing area of the stations are encouraged to call the toll-free numbers and view coverage of the event throughout the day. Personal visits are not permitted, and calls to the call center’s normal phone numbers cannot be transferred. Asheville: (800) 289-0013; Charlotte: (866) 616-4255; Greensboro: (877) 391-6179; Greenville: (888) 616-0614; Raleigh: (800) 424-9725; Wilmington: (888) 442-3428; Spanish-Language Call Center: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., (855) 455-4255.

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