Worlds Largest Christmas Tree | Wilmington NC real estate

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Wilmington NC Worlds Largest Christmas Tree | Star News Photo

Our world famous tree will not be lit again this year, but here is  a little history to bring back memories.  In 1928 “Hi Buddy” Wade, the town commissioner held a contest to find the best Christmas tree to light in Wilmington. Two local school children choose the tree at the Hilton Park. A Large Oak.  Each was rewarded with a $5 gold piece.  450 lights were used to decorate the tree.  The Worlds Largest Christmas tree lighting ceremony which has  been held every year since 1928 (except the one year during World War II) until 2010.  The age and health of the tree has been a concern in prior years.  The City of  Wilmington is doing renovations at the Sweeney plant next to the tree, and these are safety concerns as well.  To upgrade and accommodate changes to make the area around the tree safe is not in the City budget.

So, we will have to view the tree from afar, and visit the new tree and Santa’s house on the downtown Wilmington NC riverfront.  Until then, we can still say Wilmington NC had the “Worlds Largest Christmas tree” .

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What to Do Thanksgiving Weekend :: TGIF Scoop Wilmington NC

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       Hello, Welcome to the Scoop.

 We sincerely hope that you enjoyed family and friends during Thanksgiving and  hope that you reach out to other’s that do not have what you do. Treasure each other and each day.

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled ….this light.

Albert Schweitzer

 


Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Albert Schweitzer

The 30th Anniversary of our Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach is Saturday November 30th.  $20,000 purse for top prize.  Check out schedule here….


Let The Christmas Trees Be LIT!

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Wrightsville Beach Town Park
November 29, 2013
5:00 PM

Mr and Mrs Claus 5:45 pm

Collecting gifts Port Human Services
Hats, scarves, gloves, jackets diapers, baby formula and toys

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Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting

November 29, 2013
5:30 PM Music Tree Lit 6:25 PM

Downtown Wilmington — Riverfront Park
The photo above is our Worlds Largest Christmas tree, but it will not have tree lighting ceremony. See Story here.
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Island of Lights Festival: Lighting at the Lake

November 29, 2013
7:00 PM

Visit from Santa

Carolina Beach Lake Park

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Holiday Tree Lighting

November 29, 2013
6:30 PM

Music and visit from Santa

Mayfaire Town Center


Benefit Habitat Turkey Trot
November 28, 7:30 AM Registration  8:30 AM run/walk
5 K and 1 mile
Wrightsville Beach Town Park

$15 -$35

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Turkey Trot 4 Mile Trail Run

November 30   9:00 AM

Carolina Beach State Park

REGISTER ONLINE.

Light & Train Spectacular

Fri 29- Sat, November 30th
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wilmington Railroad Museum


 

Black Friday Public Auction – Auction Orange

November 29
Inspection – 3:00 PM Auction 6:00 PM
Includes items from estate of Frank Capra Jr.
www.AuctionOrange.com


 Dinner Theater: A Christmas Carol

November 29 – November 30
7:00 PM Doors open at 6:00 PM

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


 Christmas by the Sea
November 29 – November 30
6:30  – 8:30 PM
Storytelling, movies, Santa, ornament making

Carolina Beach Boardwalk


Festival of Trees: Party in the Pines

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

 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE.


 A Waltz With Flowers
November 29 – 30
8:00 PM

Dec. 1   3:00 PM
Cape Fear Playhouse

http://www.bigdawgproductions.org/


 Enchanted Airlie

November 29 – 30, 2013
LEGO display too

Airlie Gardens
http://www.airliegardens.org/

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Resident’s Free day on Sunday

Airlie and Cape Fear Museum


 

NC Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park

November 30
10:00 – 4:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Town Park

See schedule here.


 Wilmington Christmas Art & Craft Show
Sat, November 30th 2013 – Sun, December 1st 2013
7:00am – 5:00pm
http://www.holidayartshows.com/
Wilmington Convention Center


No Boundaries International Art Colony Exhibition

November 17 – December 1, 2013
Acme Art Studios
FREE


  

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


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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

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 Halyburton Park

1.3 mile handicap accessible walking/bike  trail

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Run around the Smith Creek Park Lake

1.5 miles

or go kayaking and fishing

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


 

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Visit Dowtown Wilmington

http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/visit

 


 

TGIF Wine Tasting

November 29  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 November 29

Jacob Stockton – Sweet and Savory Cafe

Liz Ulman- Goat and Compass

The Other Guys – Holiday Inn Resort

Saturday November 30

Phil Bevilacqua – Costello’s Piano Bar

  Stoney Creek, – Duck and Dive

Mark Lych – The Harp


Sunday November 31

Jazz Jam with Benny Hill – Rusty Nail


Got Turkey?

Turkey Jambalaya

Cajun Turkey Jambalaya

  • 4 ounces bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups leftover turkey, cut into cubes
  • 3 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups raw rice
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Cook the bacon over medium heat in a large heavy ovenproof pot or Dutch oven until the bacon fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp. Remove and crumble the bacon and set it aside.

Add the onion, celey, bell pepper, garlic and turkey and sauté in the bacon drippings for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Add the stock, 1/2 cup of the parsley, salt, pepper, majoram, cayenne, and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Add the rice and stir to combine with the vegetables; cover and bake for 45 minutes.

Dish up and sprinkle with green onions, the additional 1/2 cup parsley, and the reserved bacon.



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Get out and dance!  Great fun lessons by Verna

Ballroom – Latin – Swing – Waltz – Cha Cha

Rumba – Salsa – Tango – Shag/Swing

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Call Blaine Daniel for quotes and possible discounts


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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

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  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

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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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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.

If you need Real Estate advice, please call us 800-497-7325-3607 or email bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com – please visit  www.cbbaker.com

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SELL OR REMODEL – How To Get The Most For Your Money | Wilmington NC real estate

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Do the walls seem to be closing in on you? Are your cupboards and closets overflowing with stuff? Can you see more toys than flooring at your feet? If so, you need more space. And your choices are remodel your home, move to a larger one, or move to a home that you want to remodel.

How can you decide which approach is best for you? Start by considering your priorities. If you are basically happy with your current location, the relative cost of your options is likely to make the decision for you.

Wish List

Take an inventory of your current house to determine whether remodeling will work for you. Look at each room. Do all of them need help? If so, remodeling may be too expensive and a move might be your only practical choice. If just one area of the house needs work that can be accomplished by bumping out a wall or adding on, then remodeling may be the correct move for you. Consider what you would have to do to the basic structure of your house to arrive at your dream home.

Cost

How much money can you afford to spend? Would you need a construction loan to remodel, or would you take money out of your home’s equity? If you must borrow money to remodel, will the cost of the loan, combined with your existing mortgage payment, be more than the monthly payments for a new home with the space and amenities you want? Moving may be easier and less expensive.

Calculate how much it would cost you to replace your current home with one that meets your needs. What improvements could you make to your current home for the same investment? Will a new addition of, say, a master bedroom suite, be enough to satisfy your desire for a new look and more space? Or do you need more living space all over the house?

Is your desire for newer amenities the driving force for a new home? If you’re looking to modernize wiring and plumbing or increase hi-tech capabilities, it might be better to move into a house that already has these features.

Payback

Most homeowners start remodeling with the kitchen or a bathroom, both of which can cost a fair amount of money to upgrade but also show better-than average payback at sale time. Will it be a worthwhile investment? The answer depends on the type of payoff you’re looking for.

If you decide to remodel, don’t expect to recoup the funds spent on home improvements when you eventually sell the property. Some remodeling projects are likely to be far more financially rewarding than others, yet few yield a 100% return. If you can keep costs down, however, perhaps by doing some of the work yourself, your project might pay you back in full at sale time, maybe even show a profit. Remember, though, the primary reason for remodeling is to meet your living needs, not to make your house worth more.

The point of some projects is simply to bring a house up-to-date. Remodeling a 1960s-era kitchen would make your home more competitive (at sale time) with 21st Century homes. A new kitchen would almost certainly increase your home’s value compared with neighborhood homes that haven’t been upgraded.

Recognizing Limits

Don’t make the expensive mistake of remodeling your house just to sell it faster or at a higher price. You’ll waste your money, frustrating your ability to move into a home that better meets your own needs. Put your current home on the market in clean, well-cared-for condition, but save your money to redesign or decorate your next, more-spacious house.

Also, be careful when remodeling or expanding your home that you don’t over-improve. Remember, your home’s value reflects (and is limited by) the value of homes in your immediate neighborhood.

House Or Community?

For some homeowners, the community or lifestyle they enjoy in their current home is a great reason to stay put. You can’t buy a sense of community — it’s something you develop over the years. If you are unwilling to trade familiarity, friends and neighborhood for a larger home in another area, then remodeling could be the best solution.

As you consider remodeling, however, be sure your current neighborhood can carry the evolved house. If yours is the only house in the community that has been bumped out or up, it may be difficult to sell eventually, and you’re not likely to recoup much of your remodeling investment.

Don’t forget to check local zoning laws and homeowner association limitations if you intend to add on to the dwelling. If your house already takes up a large portion of the lot, local zoning may limit how much more house you can build.

As you consider improvements to your home, keep in mind that landscaping and exterior appearance will attract buyers to your home. Once they get inside, they’ll be looking for functionality, durability and convenience.

Before taking on remodeling projects or major additions to your home, give us a call to see if we can help you find an existing home that meet your needs.

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You Are Invited To The 29th Annual Wrightsville Beach Flotilla 2012 | Real estate

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The weekend gets better and better every year. Make plans to enjoy part of it or all of the festivities.  The Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Santa will be at Town Hall on Friday November 23 at 5:45 pm.  The Anchors Away Party sponsored by  Atlantic Marina will be at  7:00 pm on Friday at the Blockade Runner Hotel.  $25 per ticket and open to the public. Pay at the door or purchase tickets online.

This year Santa has asked for help collecting gifts for Port Human Services, a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, and other necessities in addition to counseling and employment assistance for men and women participating in their substance abuse recovery program.

Saturday there is a festival in the park from 10 – 4 pm.  Something for everyone.  The Flotilla starts at 6:00 pm followed by an awesome fireworks display. 

 This year the People Choice Award will have texting voting.  Each boat will have a number.  Just text  to 24587 and enter boat and number.  eg. boat25

Enjoy and have fun… If you see any Wrightsville Beach Real estate you like, go to mobile.cbbaker.com and search by street for the listing.  Or online at www.cbbaker.com   For a full list of activities, please visit http://www.ncholidayflotilla.org/

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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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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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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

View Wrightsville Beach Listings

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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TOP IT OFF RIGHT | Kitchen Countertops Set A Whole New Style | Wilmington NC real estate

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Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular projects undertaken by homeowners — and the most profitable in terms of recouping the investment when the home is sold. One of the major decisions faced by anyone remodeling a kitchen is choosing a countertop.

Ideally, countertops will resist damage from heat, cold, acid burns, cuts, salt, water and various types of stains — and be easy to clean and maintain. It’s a tall order to fill, but a variety of choices are available these days that meet many, if not all, of those requirements.

Plastic Laminate And Ceramic Tile
These materials have long been popular choices because of their relatively low cost and easy installation. Laminates now come in many designs, including granite look-alikes. This variety makes it easy to coordinate a laminate top with wood cabinetry, metal details and other custom features. It is, however, susceptible to burns and scratches. And because laminate is not a solid surface, replacement may be necessary if damage occurs.

Ceramic tile has a classic look about it, provides a durable surface, and offers great variety in color and design. On the down side, its uneven surface makes it harder to keep clean, especially in the grout joints. Acrylic sealers have been developed to help resist grout staining.

Solid-Surface Materials
Countertops of solid-surface materials (e.g., Corian®) have become a popular, if more expensive, choice. Because color and pattern run all the way through this material, repairs are possible when damage occurs.

Other Options
Natural stone (granite is now popular, though expensive), butcher-block wood, stainless steel, poured concrete, and “labtop” (fiber-reinforced cement) are also being used in today’s kitchens. They’ll cost you more but look good and last for decades.

Costs
The cost of countertop materials varies greatly from as little as $1 per
linear foot for inexpensive ceramic tile to $150 per linear foot for high-grade stainless steel. Don’t forget to consider the cost of installation, as well, which generally increases with the cost of materials.

For more staging tips and to search all Wilmington NC real estate please visit www.cbbaker.com

 

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