FSBO INCENTIVES: 12 Contract Options That Entice Buyers | Wilmington NC real estate

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Wrightsville Beach NC www.cbbaker.com If you’re selling in today’s Wilmington NC real estate  market, you want to make your house outshine the competition. Buyers are most likely to choose your house if it offers something special. Here are 12 ways to make sure you land a “Sale, Sweet Sale.”  # www.wilmingtonnc-realestate.com

 A Spoonful Of Sugar

1. Offer a warranty.

Purchase a buyer’s home warranty to protect against future problems.

2. Help with closing costs.

Cash-poor buyers concerned more with out-of-pocket costs than monthly payments will especially appreciate this one.

3. Consider financing help.

Provide seller financing or buy down the buyer’s mortgage rate for the first year.

4. Help with utilities.

Pay some or all estimated utilities for 6 or 12 months.

5. Help with fees.

Pay a year’s condominium or homeowners association fees.

6. Pre-pay memberships.

Buy a one-year pool or community golf club membership, cable TV subscription, or other recreational activity.

7. Consider a moving allowance.

Pay the buyer’s documented moving expenses, or provide an allowance toward moving costs.

8. Treat them to window treatments.

Offer redecorating cash for new carpet or drapes.

9. Mow down any objections.

Buy a lawn-maintenance service for a year, or offer a riding mower if the lot is large.

10. Give them a dock on the bay.

If you live in a waterfront community, offer to rent a boat slip for a year.

11. Reimburse buyer the cost of points.

{short description of image} This is often a double benefit for buyers, who save both on the points themselves and on their federal taxes. The IRS now allows buyers to deduct the cost of seller-paid points as a Schedule A mortgage expense.

12. Price your home below comparable properties.

Prove your home’s good value by having an appraisal done and setting the price below the appraised amount.

Call on us for more ideas of ways to make your home the sweetest one on the market. We’ll create a customized marketing program to help get your home sold in any market!

Let us know if we can help.  www.cbbaker.com

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Veterans Day | Take a moment and thank a Vet

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veteranHappy Veterans Day.  A huge thank you for all of you that have served or are serving our great Country.  We would not have the rights and privileges that we enjoy today without your selfless service.  According to the Department of Veterans Website the history of Veterans Day started after  World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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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” .

If you are in town and want to search Wilmington NC real estate – visit www.cbbaker.com/

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“There’s a big difference between a ‘handyman’s special’ and a ‘money pit.’”

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Looking for a fixer upper?

Let us do the leg work.  Tell us your criteria and we will send you a list asap. bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

Well-located homes in need of tender loving care can be a terrific value. If you’re interested in building “sweat equity” fixing up a home, hire a professional inspector to ensure the home won’t cost you a fortune to refurbish.

A worthy handyman’s special will be structurally sound with all major systems in good working order–heating/cooling, plumbing, electrical, roof. Those are the most costly items to repair or replace. Your time and effort will be better spent painting, making minor repairs, adding or replacing fixtures, sprucing up the landscaping, and accomplishing other low-cost fix-ups.


Our online report, TIRE KICKING: Secret Tests To Check A Property’s Condition, offers valuable tips for selecting a sound home. Read it, with absolutely no obligation. And be sure to give us a call to find out what’s on the market that meets your requirements.

Baker Wayne And Associates
1001 Military Cutoff
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405

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What to Do Thanksgiving Weekend :: TGIF Scoop Wilmington NC

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 TGIF Scoop

   presented by Baker Wayne & Associates


       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


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.

Island of Lights Festival: Lighting at the Lake

November 29, 2013
7:00 PM

Visit from Santa

Carolina Beach Lake Park


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


Turkey Trot 4 Mile Trail Run

November 30   9:00 AM

Carolina Beach State Park


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.

 Dinner Theater: A Christmas Carol

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


 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
Cameron Art Museum


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

Dec. 1   3:00 PM
Cape Fear Playhouse


 Enchanted Airlie

November 29 – 30, 2013
LEGO display too

Airlie Gardens


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
Wilmington Convention Center

No Boundaries International Art Colony Exhibition

November 17 – December 1, 2013
Acme Art Studios


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

check out the online magazine.  Click photo


 Wrightsville Beach Loop – 2.45 miles

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail Autumn Hall trail finished!

Awesome – You need to Check it out



 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.


Visit Dowtown Wilmington




TGIF Wine Tasting

November 29  6:00  – 8:00 PM

Taste The Olive

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



 The Food Bank needs your donations during the holidays


The Miracle Network



Wilmington Gives Back

Donate your time




      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


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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Excellent read  … Get the book here…

Awesome Food and People

Keith and Angela Rhodes


Get out and dance!  Great fun lessons by Verna

Ballroom – Latin – Swing – Waltz – Cha Cha

Rumba – Salsa – Tango – Shag/Swing



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



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


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


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

Call David Thomas – Historic Specialist



Brave battle fought Kimberly.  We will miss you.

 Have a great weekend!

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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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Wilmington NC Makes Top Spot On Another List | Commercial Real Estate Top Deal Gainer in 2012

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Check out the latest release from Realtor.org and Real Capital Analytics.  The Wilmington NC real estate housing market is definately on the upswing, but add to that the Commercial Wilmington NC real estate sector.  Click on article to view.

Number 1 Top 10 Deal Gainers in 2012!

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2013 Wilmington NC real estate Market | Setting the sales price | Inventory is Low

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The Market has been hot and the inventory is low.

Right Sales Price For Seller Is Buyer’s Call

Proper pricing is critical to a timely sale in any market. Yet, some home sellers today still want to set their price in relation to what their neighbors have sold for or are asking now, sometimes ignoring current market conditions and the differences between homes. When pricing a home — especially in today’s housing market — we find it’s helpful for sellers to understand what governs a buyer’s decision to purchase.

Here’s a quick look at how buyers view price:

  • Monthly payments are usually more important to buyers than the sales price.

  • The “out of pocket” cash needed at settlement/closing is a big factor with buyers.

  • All buyers want to cash in on a good deal.

  • Buyers have often shopped the competition and know how your home compares.

  • Buyers recognize value and shy away from overpriced homes.

  • Buyers don’t want to pay for your mistakes (paying too much when you purchased, over-improving the home, poor-quality remodeling jobs, etc.).

  • Buyers have no interest in how much money you need to realize from the sale to make your next move.

  • Buyers who work with a buyer’s agent mean business. They are ready to negotiate and close a deal.

Look at your competition and compare… www.cbbaker.com for all your Wilmington NC real estate needs.

Your Future Is Now
No matter what your 2013 move may be in real estate, we have you covered. Our professional services can help you sell your home and find a new home to love — or help you with a smart investment purchase. We are your go-to people for all your real estate needs all year long. Feel free to contact us whether you’re just in the information-gathering stage or you’re ready to make your move. We look forward to working with you!
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JUST SOLD! Free Neighborhood Updates | Wilmington NC real estate

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More Seller Tips…..

Extensive Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Wilmington NC Concierge Service List for you to use when buying or selling a home.

Wilmington NC Concierge List

For all your Wilmington NC real estate needs, please visit www.cbbaker.com

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Why Is It Dangerous To Overprice My Home | Wilmington NC real estate

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Why is it dangerous to overprice my home?

Sometimes sellers are tempted to test a higher price at first to see if they’ll be lucky enough to find an uneducated buyer willing to pay. Unfortunately, experience shows this “Why not?” pricing strategy rarely pays off. Instead, asking the right price from the start avoids the many dangers of overpricing.

The right sales price is based on several factors: size of the house and its special features and amenities, recent home sales, demand for homes in your area and prices of similar homes currently on the market.

Although you may have decorated lovingly or renovated extensively, those improvements may have only a small effect on the market value of your home. In fact, personalized decorating can even slow a sale unless the style has wide appeal.

Overpricing Dangers

Here are 8 proven reasons why it’s dangerous to overprice your home:

  • You will miss out on pent-up demand.
    Most activity on a listing comes within the first 30 days. An initial high price can discourage buyers – causing you to miss out on pent-up demand – or tempt them to wait for the price to come down.
  • You will reduce buyer pool.
    Too high a price will eliminate a whole class of qualified buyers. Many buyers know just how high they can go and don’t even look at homes priced above their ceiling.
  • You might turn off buyers.
    You may experience few or no showings because some prospective buyers who can afford the price won’t waste time with an overpriced listing. They know they can get more house for their money elsewhere.
  • You could sell the competition.
    Overpricing helps sell other, more competitively priced homes first. Your home may be compared to underscore what a good deal another home is.
  • You could frustrate prospects.
    Prospective buyers who might stretch their best offer can become frustrated when they can’t buy the home they want at a fair market value – only because an unreasonable seller insists on accepting only a premium price.
  • You will frustrate your own timetable.
    You could become frustrated, too, when your house fails to sell in a reasonable amount of time, leaving your plans in limbo. Only a price reduction is likely to help sell your house faster and meet your “move out” timetable.
  • You will raise doubts about hidden problems.
    If your overpriced house stays on the market for a long time, it may eventually be seen as “stale inventory” which can suggest structural or mechanical shortcomings, even after you lower your price.
  • You will risk lender rejection.
    If you do get a sales contract, the contract may fall through because of a too-low appraisal. The buyer may not be able to borrow enough to proceed with closing.

If you are thinking of selling your house, give us a call or send an e-mail. We’ll be happy to maximize your return by helping you set the right price.

Search all Wilmington NC real estate on www.cbbaker.com  910-202-3607 bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com

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