Wrightsville Beach, NC Real Estate News

By Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes
(REMAX Essential)
The condition of your home will have a huge impact on how fast it sells, and its eventual selling price. Preparing your home for sale can pay you huge dividends. Many fix ups cost very little and consist mostly of time and some elbow grease. Here are some simple tips to help your home show its best. INDOORS: 1. Clean the entire home thoroughly. Shampoo carpets, wash walls, clean sills, window screens and blinds. Clean out light fixtures and dust shelving. Get detailed here. 2. Clean the clutter from all closets, cupboards and cabinets. 3. Make your rooms look as spacious as possible. Store unnecessary furnishing items that make your home look crowded. 4. Arrange furnishings so that it is easy to walk through your home. 5. Scale down the number of photos, pictures, portraits and posters ...
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By Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes
(REMAX Essential)
Distressed Property owners - You are not alone!  Before you walk away, educate yourself.  They are many options available to distressed property owners at present. The current U.S. housing market and national financial crisis has caused untold stress and heartache for many American families. Foreclosure is one of the most devastating financial challenges that a family can face and one that many times can be avoided. The options available to Wilmington-area residents for foreclosure are many. Following is a brief explanation of these solutions, including their benefits and drawbacks: Reinstatement A reinstatement is the simplest solution for a foreclosure, however it is often the most difficult. The homeowner simply requests the total amount owed to the mortgage company to date and pays ...
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By Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes
(REMAX Essential)
So, here it is....  I have to be honest and put it out there!  I wrote a post the other day titled "Tired of the snow... come home"   and who would of thought...  Here we are with 3 inches of snow...   Now , in my own defense - Hawaii was the only state that day with no snow whatsoever...  But, I had to come clean now that it is all said and done!  It was a beautiful site on the beach, I must say!!!  There was absolutley no wind so we decided to take a walk - and build a snow man! If you can't beat'em - join'em right!
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By Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes
(REMAX Essential)
My husband had a friend send this to him...  While I actually like Al Gore, I thought this lament would give all of you stuck in snow storms right now a good laugh: In this vision I saw a prophet approach the great nation of America and declared " Thus saith the Lord, if thou worship the god Goreis and bow thy knee to the beast of global warming I will curse thee as I have not cursed Egypt. I will curse thee with snow in feet, not inches that will confound thy senses. Thou will'st curse thy children because they are not in school and destroy thy nerves with relentless boredom and house cleaning. Thy dogs shall stain thy floors. I will curse thee with sleet and ice that will try thy patience and cause thy SUV, s and expensive vehicles to slip and slide continuously as thou stocketh up mi...
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By Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes
(REMAX Essential)
Let me start by saying I am new to the Active Rain Community, But I am already addicted.  I love reading all the Blogs here....They are informative, educational and sometimes I can get a real laugh.  So Thank You to everyone who has welcomed me:) Today I would love to hear stories from anyone out there who has ever tried to become a preferred agent for a large corporation.  GE, Google, Corning....   Sure you can go to these companies and give them paperwork to be on a "list" of agents who have all done the same thing....  But, I have a feeling that some of you out there might have some interesting and creative stories to tell on the lengths you may have gone through to get a high profile client!!!!! Can't wait to read them! http://www.edhomeseller.com
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By John Horton, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates Downtown
(Century 21 Sweyer)
Wilmington NC Real Estate If you are looking for an exclusive gated golf community along that is near Wrightsville Beach and all the shopping of Mayfaire Center, consider  a home at Landfall. Take a look: Wilmington NC Real Estate - Landfall  Wilmington NC Condos  Search All Wilmington NC Real Estate  View Downtown Wilmington NC Real Estate  Wilmington NC Commercial Real Estate  John Horton Prudential Laney Real Estate Commercial/Residential Specialist 14 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-515-4140 (Direct) 910-239-5226 (Direct E-Fax) 910-342-0155 (Office) 910-342-0150 (Fax) http://Wilmington1.com  Wilmington NC Condos  Wrightsville Beach Homes  Wilmington NC Real Estate 
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By Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
(Intracoastal Realty Corp)
   Lots happening here in Wilmington and its Beaches weekend...  Beach to Battleship Triathalon - all day Saturday - will cut off traffic starts at Wrightsville Beach and then heads downtown to Battleship. They expect city traffic to be backed up all day. Watch out for runners and bikers.  11th Annual Festival Latino will take place Saturday at Hugh McRae Park from 11-8. Food, fun and entertainment. Sports Resale at Legion Stadium - all day 9-8pm. $1.00 to attend. WineTasting at the Cape Fear Museum Benefit - $ 65.00. See www.capefearmuseum.org. Soup for the Troops will take place at Mayfaire Town Center from 11 - 3 pm. $2.00 to attend. Kite Festival at Wrightsville Beach all day Saturday and Sunday. Great event - huge kites of all kinds of things....
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By Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
(Intracoastal Realty Corp)
  What could be better than owning your own private walkway to your own piece of the beach at Wrightsville Beach? Nothing... but you need to consider certain things if you do want to buy an oceanfront home. Of course you have your own piece of one of the priciest beaches on the Atlantic coast. Unsurpassed views of sparkling turquoise water and white sandy beaches...They are pricey and ones in pristine condition are hard to find.It will take $ 3-4 million to buy a good one...Oceanfront properties require a lot of maintenance from the grates on the heat pump to the door handles which even if they are the finest nickel do weather - even in a year. The salt air is rough on an oceanfront property. Consider that you must paint a property much more frequently or within a shorter time span - 3...
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By Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
(Intracoastal Realty Corp)
The appeal of the beach beckons in the summer as a good part of the nation hits the road to visit their favorite beach for relaxation and rejuvenation.Their are many different types of properties to choose from and one is the Timeshare. The picture is of a timeshare currently on the market at Wrightsville Beach for $ 159,000, for 5 weeks per year use. This is generally a property that is shared between several members and the time for use is distributed among the owners during the year. This is attractive to many people but like everything has its pros and cons:Pros:Share owner is assured of his or her weeks throughout the year.Can probably switch with other members to get the weeks they want.Costs can be low for high end beach properties since they are shared among several members. Gen...
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By Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
(Intracoastal Realty Corp)
Surfer Chicks Unite- What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC    If you are coming to see OPEN HOUSES AT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH this weekend you can also see the Wrightsville Beach surfers - women surfer competition  - the East Coast Wahine Championships this weekend at Wrightsville Beach, NC Aug 8-9. Surf competitions for women in longboard, shortboard, bodyboard and novice divisions as well as an 18 and an under advanced shortboard division and an open shortboard division for all ages. Oceanic Pier at Wrightsville Beach - go to http://www.eastcoastwahines.com/ for more information. Don't forget to check out Wrightsville Beach women surfers - of all ages and ability competing in this cool competition.   The Battle of the Bands continues this week at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Com...
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By Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
(Intracoastal Realty Corp)
Harbor Island Garden tour is this Friday, May 15,2009. This is such a treat where people can tour 6 waterfront homes to benefit the Junior Gardening prograns and beatification projects at Wrightsville Beach. Tours begin a Wrightsville Beach Museum - just left after coming off the first bridge. Tour hours are  9am-5pm. Ribbon cutting ceremony at Wrightsville Beach Museum at 9amHOW MUCH: $25 with optional box lunch, $5, provided by King Neptune RestaurantINFO: 910.679.4129www.harborislandgardenclub Another event is a art show and poster show at Carolina Beach put on by CapeFearPress. They have created huge wooden presses and will be using them on hemp and cotton material to make wall hangings. Should be very interesting things to see. This will take place on Saturday on Cape Fear Blvd on ...
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By Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
(Intracoastal Realty Corp)
What's Happening This Weekend In Wilmington, NC   Sun, Sand and Surf Longboard Classic to take place on May 2 at the North end of Wrightsville Beach, Access No 4. $ 35 fee for the the 1st evet and an additional $ 20 for each additional event. Rain date is June13. Contestants win $100 for 1st prize and $ 50 for 2nd prize. Entry deadline is May 1. If spots are available folks can enter on the day of the event. Film series to begin on the Battleship NC. Called the Fabulous Fantail Film Festival movies will be shown at 8:30 on May 1, 8 and 22. Cost:$ 1.00. for more info http://www.battleshipnc.com/. Riverfront Farmers Market - 8 - 1 pm on Saturday - on Front St by the river, fresh veggies, meat, flowers, plants, handmade products for sale. Kentucky Derby Party to benefit the Lower Cape Fear...
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By Paul Hockaday
(Exit Homeplace Realty (Wilmington, NC))
  Summer Music Series Kicks Off at Bluewater Waterfront Grill   WILMINGTON, NC - The summer season kicks into high gear as Bluewater Waterfront Grill begins another year of its popular outdoor live music series.    Sunday, April 26 Bluewater will commence its Summer Music Series with a huge party on its newly renovated waterfront patio bar.  ‘Harborbash' will feature The Cosmic Groove Lizards from 12noon - 4pm and The Four Knights from 5pm - 9pm.  Guests will enjoy a special Low Country Seafood Boil, discover new menu items and old favorites.  The event is open to the public and will take place rain or shine.    The following Sunday, and every Sunday afternoon there after, Bluewater will continue to host local live music. Come by land or by sea for 20 weeks of free high-energy entertain...
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By Paul Hockaday
(Exit Homeplace Realty (Wilmington, NC))
Big changes are happening at Bluewater Waterfront Grill on Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Lou Moshakos, who purchased Bluewater Grill almost a year ago, is making a statement.  He's devoted to making Bluewater Waterfront Grill one of the hottest, must experience, destinations in Southeastern Coastal North Carolina.  Lou has made renovations to the Main Floor Dinning level by expanding the bar area to include six high-top tables which easily accommodate four patrons each.  The high-tops allow great views of boats passing by on the Intracoastal Waterway.  This sitting area is smoke-free but smokers don't be discouraged.  Bluewater allows smoking in the upstairs Captains Lounge and in all of the downstairs outside bar and dinning areas by the water.  Lou has also just completed renovations to th...
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By Paul Hockaday
(Exit Homeplace Realty (Wilmington, NC))
Home Buyers Seminar Come join us tomorrow evening from 5:30 pm til at Bluewater Grill just over the drawbridge on Wrightsville Beach where we will be holding a Home Buyer Seminar on the top floor.  Prime Lending and EXIT Coastal Connection Realty will be sponsoring this event to help inform Buyers what is going on in this market with loan programs, interest rates, tax credits, affordable housing, foreclosures, etc. If you are on the fence, not sure if you should hold out for lower interest rates, lower home prices or if it is the time to buy, come to this seminar.  We will provide food, non alcoholic beverages and advice on the current market. This is an excellent opportunity to speak to loan officers and real estate brokers with no obligations.  We hope to be able to answer any and all...
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By Bruce Brown
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty)
As many people know, Wrightsville Beach in the Wilmington, North Carolina area has the best ocean surfing on the east coast of the U.S. If you don't know that, it might interest you to know that we have lots of surfing tournaments here, that during the summer surf camps and school are a minor but very busy industry, and that surfers can be seen in the water pretty much year round. In this short video, which is admittedly a little silly (!), I demonstrate that just because I share the same name (Bruce Brown) of the guy who made the original surfing move "The Endless Summer" in 1966, that doesn't mean I have a lot of sense when it comes to going to the beach. Bottom line: Olive oil is a great moisturizer, but not good at all as a sunscreen!
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FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT As Modified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Major Modifications Italicized February 2009 FEATURE CREDIT AS CREATED JULY 2008 APPLIES TO ALL QUALIFIED PURCHASES ON OR AFTER APRIL 9, 2008 REVISED CREDIT - EFFECTIVE FOR PURCHASES ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2009 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 1, 2009 Amount of Credit Lesser of 10 percent of cost of home or $7500 Maximum credit amount increased to $8000 Eligible Property Any single family residence (including condos, co-ops, townhouses) that will be used as a principal residence. No change All principal residences eligible. Refundable Yes. Reduces (or can eliminate) income tax liability for the year of purchase. Any unused amount of tax credit refunded to purchaser. No change Purchasers will continue to receive...
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By Diane Parker
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty)
What a beautiful February day we had today!  Temperatures were in the mid-60's, and it was a great day to be outdoors.  Many enjoyed walking or jogging "The Loop"  This is a 2.45 mile sidewalk circling the heart of Wrightsville Beach.  There is usually activity on the Loop regardless of the weather.  Those that drive over the bridge to walk the Loop generally begin at Wrightsville Beach Park, where there is ample parking.  There are several stopping points along the way, pet waste disposals, and water fountains.  The walk takes you over two bridges, both crossing Banks Channel, which offers awesome views.  Be sure to check out the botanical garden maintained by the Harbor Island Garden Club.  There you will see metal artwork, flowers, and birdhouses.  It's quite relaxing to walk the Lo...
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By Paul Hockaday
(Exit Homeplace Realty (Wilmington, NC))
Yesterday afternoon, Robert Morris was invited to speak at the Blockade Runner on Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Every year, our Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors Board invites motivational speakers to speak before participating Realtors.  It is a great way to "ReCharge" after the typically slower winter months and get amped up for the coming "busy season". Robert Morris's message was "The Power of Being on Purpose In Business!"  To very briefly summarize, Robert stated that in these times, if you are going to be in real estate as a Realtor then you had better sharpen your ax and get to it.  You must have a purpose, a positive mental attitude, set your goals, create a business plan, stand behind your mission statement and budget. Photos Courtesy of Brian Pilon, Director of Marketing...
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By Paul Hockaday
(Exit Homeplace Realty (Wilmington, NC))
Vitex rotundifolia, more commonly known as Beach Vitex is a woody, shrub-like plant that is native to the Pacific Rim.  North Carolina State University introduced Beach Vitex to the Southeastern Coast of North Carolina in the 1980s as a preventative vegetation against dune erosion.  Since the introduction of Beach Vitex, North Carolina has come to the conclusion that Beach Vitex is doing more harm than good and has officially banned this plant from the state.  Beach Vitex grows at such a high rate it has been nicknamed "kudzu of the coast".  It was originally introduced to the coast because the plant grows deep roots which grow fast and prevent soil erosion due to wind.  Beach Vitex grows so well that it quickly overtakes native coastal vegetation such as sea oats.  Numerous studies hav...
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