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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Tools and Gadgets For Holiday Home Gifts

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When it comes to home repairs, maintenance and fix-ups, having the right tool for the task at hand can spell the difference between a quick job well done and a frustrating ordeal. If you have a “handyperson” (willing or not) on your holiday gift list, here are some great gifts you could contribute to his or her arsenal of equipment–if he or she hasn’t already discovered them.

 

  • Cordless Power Drill

(9.6 volt or more) with two rechargeable batteries. Likely to become the most oft-used tool in the box!

Drill bit set (100 piece or more)

to handle any challenge-ceramic, concrete, specialty head shapes, etc. With quick-snap adaptor, even better.

Portable tool organizer

of heavy-duty canvas or rip-stop fabric. Belt, vest or bucket offers ready access to tools, often with dozens of varying pocket sizes.

Universal socket wrench

can adjust to any size, both metric and standard, due to flexible pin design. Some come with power adaptors for electric drills/screwdrivers.

Spring hose

(50′ or longer) takes the weight and the winding out of watering tasks, yet stands up to wear and tear.

Pressure washer

for concrete, siding, outdoor furniture, decks, vehicles and much more. Even inexpensive, lower pressure models (about $80) are effective enough for most tasks.

Electronic stud finder

finds the wood, not just the nail holding it in place. Some come with laser leveling devices.

Carpenter’s level

comes in handy for everything from tree houses and fencing to hanging picture on the walls.

Sanding sponges,

in various texture grades, offer a tough, rinseable, reusable sanding surface, particularly useful with drywall and spackling compound.

 

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Make yourself a little fun Wilmington NC

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 TGIF Scoop

    presented by Baker Wayne & Associates

www.WilmingtonNC-realestate.com

       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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www.marshlandingplace.com


 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

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you can afford.

www.dreamhomesofwilmington.com

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Shelton Metal

Colby S. Byrd, Metal Designer

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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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What to Do Thanksgiving Weekend :: TGIF Scoop Wilmington NC

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 TGIF Scoop

   presented by Baker Wayne & Associates

www.WilmingtonNC-realestate.com

       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

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/

 ~

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


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

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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Real estate on the go…

 

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802 Trace Drive –

Under Construction

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

www.marshlandingplace.com


 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

FAST, EASY, AUTOMATIC and FREE!

Free list of homes with pictures delivered to your email.

www.cbbaker.com
We would like to personally thank you for your time and we hoped you’ve enjoyed hearing the Scoop.

 Please feel free to pass this information along!

 


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  Tired of your Computer Not Working Right?

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@cruiseplanners.com
Website:  www.CruiseCreation.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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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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34th Annual Riverfest 2012 | Downtown Wilmington NC | Wilmington NC real estate

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Join Us!

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

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

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

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Search all of Beautiful Wrightsville Beach | Wilmington NC real estate

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Wrightsville Beach Homes, Wrightsville Beach NC Real Estate

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

The breathtaking island of Wrightsville Beach stretches four miles from Masonboro inlet on the south to Mason inlet on the north. The clear waters off Wrightsville Beach often resemble those of the Caribbean. The city limits of the town of Wrightsville Beach today encompass not only the barrier island but also Harbor Island and a small portion of mainland. Most of the early visitors were fishermen and hunters traveling to the Island by boat. Already the history of Wrightsville Beach, NC was being built on an appreciation of nature and Wrightsville’s bounty. You will truly be amazed at the sunrises on the Atlantic and calming sunsets on the Intracoastal Waterway. Wrightsville Beach, NC offers boating, surfing, fishing or simply true relaxation by the water’s edge. And best of all, Wrightsville Beach is accessible by I40 or our international airport in Wilmington, just minutes away. Wrightsville Beach has it all!

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

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

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Showcasing: Set The Stage For A Quick Sale | Wilmington NC real estate

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Remember the last time you visited a new home development? How did you feel touring the model? Usually, pleasant memories come to mind about how well the home looked. That’s because it was “showcased” properly.

You can do the same thing when you prepare your own home for sale.

Home showcasing is not about remodeling, fixing up or making your home look sterile. Instead, it focuses on amazingly simple steps to make your home show like a model without spending a lot of money. The secret is setting the stage, which helps potential buyers imagine themselves and their families at home in your “home for sale.”

Strip Down And Build Up

The first step is to clear the set. Take out extraneous furniture, decorations, pictures, etc. Take each room down to its most basic form, opening up the living space as much as possible. Then build it back up to the way you want it to look, as simply as possible, and without clutter.

Make the strip-down process simpler by stowing packed boxes in a staging area like the garage, or by renting a storage space to hold extra furnishings while your home is on the market. In essence, pack up early.

Props

{short description of image}When building the set, try to make each room tell a story. Help potential buyers see themselves in each room. A clever arrangement of props will make it easy for buyers to imagine writing a letter at the desk in the kitchen, clicking on the television and enjoying a bowl of popcorn, turning on the stove and preparing a holiday repast.

Themes for a room can help you narrow down how to display it. You can, of course, stage the room as you use it now, or choose a particular motif, i.e. Southwestern, country style, international. Or you could pick an activity to illustrate on your stage, i.e., relaxed office or library, gourmet cooking, resort or vacation living. What would you like to do in that room? Place the props needed for those activities throughout the room.

Lighting

Lots of lights open up a room and gives it a larger appearance. If you’ve been using 50 watt bulbs, move up to 100 watts. If a large living room has only one lamp, move in another. Open curtains. Add mirrors. When it’s being shown, the home should be bright. Brightness gives a showy feel. And your home is now center stage!

Do Your Homework

Ask what buyers are looking for in your community. What are they saying about the homes they don’t buy? And what is it about the homes that are selling that makes them so popular? By determining your ideal target buyer, you will better understand how to merchandise your home. Our experience in your specific neighborhood can help you answer all these questions and more.

Aroma Therapy

Almost as important as how a home looks is how it smells. Ask a close friend to walk through your home — objectively — and take a whiff here and there. Are there any offensive odors? Is it too perfumy? Too drab? Stale? Musty? Are there pet odors (which should be fixed — not covered up!)? What can you do to impress potential buyers with aroma therapy?

When it comes time to sell your home, you’ll want to work with a real estate professional who knows all aspects of the selling process — including showcasing. Call us today to talk about how we can help you display your home to sell for the best possible price!  Look for ideas on www.cbbaker.com.

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Why ReFi? | Five Great Reasons To Refinance Today | Wilmington NC real estate

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There are plenty of reasons for a homeowner to refinance a current mortgage. Lowering a monthly payment is probably the most popular reason, but there are others. Do you want to pay off your loan more quickly? Has your credit rating improved since you bought your home, allowing you to now get a better rate? Do you want to put some of your equity to work in other ways? Each reason leads to a different way of thinking about refinancing.Many homeowners start thinking about refinancing when the current interest rate is lower than their mortgage-loan rate. Traditionally, homeowners have been advised to follow the “2-2-2 rule” when considering refinancing. This rule of thumb says your new interest rate should be at least 2 percentage points below your current rate. You should have lived in the home at least 2 years. And, you should be planning to stay at least 2 more years.

Although the “2-2-2 rule” is good advice in many cases, you should decide for yourself (with some professional advice!) what’s best in your situation. If the market doesn’t allow you to refinance into a lower-rate mortgage, you may still have a reason to change loans.

Some homeowners want to extend a 15-year loan into a 30-year plan to lower their monthly costs. Other homeowners who don’t plan to move for 5 years or more may benefit from a new mortgage even if it is only 1 percentage point lower than the old one.

Imagine you had a $200,000 mortgage at 8% over 30 years with a payment of $1,467 per month. If the loan amount is down to $175,500 (after making payments for about 10 years), you could use one of these strategies to lower your payment:

1. Lower Rate.

One method is to seek out a lower interest rate for the balance of $175,500. By lowering the interest rate to 7%, but maintaining the current payment schedule (20 more years of payments in the above example) your payment would drop to about $1,361 and the loan would still be retired at the original 30-year mark.

2. Longer Term.

Another way to lower your payment would be to prolong the length of the amortization. For instance, by getting a new 30-year mortgage for $175,500 at the 10-year mark, your payment would drop to $1,167 (at 7%).

3. Cash Out.

Some homeowners pull equity out of their properties for home improvement, vacation, college costs, big-ticket purchases or to consolidate debt. Especially when interest rates are rising or stable, cashing-out is often the primary reason for refinancing.

4. Change Loan Type.

Other folks refinance in order to change the type of loan they are paying off. Some homeowners grow uncomfortable with the variability of adjustable-rate mortgages and would rather have a fixed-rate loan. Others need to reduce monthly expenses and choose an adjustable-rate loan to lower their payment.

5. Shorter Term. The rates are still around 4%

Sharpen Your Pencils!
Determining how much you can afford to finance in today’s market requires careful consideration and a bit of math. If you are thinking about refinancing an existing mortgage or buying a home, use these charts to help you plan. Then call us, so we can answer your questions and help you take the next step!
Monthly Payment: How much can you afford?
Lenders will usually allow you to spend 28% of your total–or gross–monthly income to make mortgage payments of principal, interest, taxes and insurance. The table below shows how much 28% is at various income levels.
Annual Income Gross Monthly Income Affordable Monthly Payment**
$20,000 $1,667 $467
$25,000 $2,083 $583
$30,000 $2,500 $700
$35,000 $2,917 $817
$40,000 $3,333 $933
$45,000 $3,750 $1,050
$50,000 $4,167 $1,167
$60,000 $5,000 $1,400
$70,000 $5,833 $1,633
$80,000 $6,667 $1,867
$100,000* $8,333 $2,333
*For incomes over $100,000, add together the two appropriate columns.
Loan Amount: How much can you plan to borrow?
Once you know how much you can afford monthly, use this table to estimate how much you can borrow. Add your down payment to get an approximate house-hunting price range.
Monthly Payment** 5% 7% 9% 11%
$467 86,995 70,194 58,040 49,038
$583 108,603 87,630 72,457 61,219
$700 130,399 105,216 86,998 73,505
$817 152,194 122,802 101,539 85,791
$933 173,803 140,237 115,956 97,971
$1,050 195,598 157,823 130,497 110,257
$1,167 217,393 175,409 145,038 122,543
$1,400 260,797 210,431 173,995 147,009
$1,633 304,201 245,453 202,953 171,476
$1,867 347,791 280,625 232,035 196,047
$2,333 434,599 350,668 289,951 244,980
**Principal and interest only; taxes, insurance and any homeowner fees not included. These will raise your monthly payment and reduce the amount of principal and interest and total loan amount you can afford. Loan amounts are based on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. For incomes over $100,000, add together the two loan amounts and add your down payment.

Yet another reason for refinancing is to shorten the term of your current mortgage. If your income has grown substantially and you’re happy living in the same home, you could reduce the length of your loan by simply refinancing to a shorter-term mortgage with a smaller balance but higher payment. Using the above example again, a $175,500 loan paid off in 15 years at 8% would cost you $1,677 each month (about $200 more than for the original loan), but the loan would be paid off relatively quickly–saving you thousands of dollars in interest payments.
Whatever you decide, be sure to weigh the costs of refinancing carefully. A lower monthly payment may help your cash flow, but is it going to cost you too much up-front to make sense? Be sure you’ll live in the home long enough to recoup the expenses associated with refinancing–points, closing costs and fees.

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