Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wilmington NC - Unique Properties - Historical Downtown on the River


I recently sold a condo in this historical building down on the riverfront in Wilmington NC. It was a renovated old warehouse that would hold off loaded goods from ships that came to Wilmington in the 1900's. It was renovated and updated into townhouses in the 80's by a local developer. It has the most spectacular waterview of the Cape Fear River. You have great views of the Battleship North Carolina and of the river boats that go up and down the Cape Fear. Each unit has an outdoor porch overlooking the river. You would have front row seat for the 4th of July fireworks off the battleship. This unit was recently updated with granite and hardwoods and with very tasteful finishes. This lucky family will be using this as a 2nd home. There is currently a 3 bedroom unit for sale in the building. If you have any interest - let me know. These units rarely come on the market and when they do they generally sell pretty quickly. Happy sails...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Coastal Neighborhoods - Carolina Beach NC - Seagrove


Looking for a lifestyle change?
Look here - Cottages at Seagrove in Carolina Beach. It is only 5 short blocks to the beach but it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A very distinguished community you can find many style homes here. This is a coastal cottage just waiting for your personal touch - front porch for entertaining, community pool and clubhouse, street lighting and a casual beachy lifestyle. If you want something a little large there are custom homes here and lots where you can build your dream home. One home was an award winning home of the year.
With a legal golf cart you can be anywhere at Kure or Carolina Beach in minutes.
Let me know if you want more details on this or any other Coastal Carolina neighborhood.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wilmington NC Holiday Events

Wilmington has lots of Holiday Events
planned. Come to town to share in the fun...

Nov 26: Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake, Pleasure Island
Nov 26: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Flotilla Captain's Launch Party, Wrightsville Beach
Nov 26-12/22: 6th Annual Enchanted Airlie, Airlie Gardens
Nov 27: 27th Annual NC Holiday Flotilla, Wrightsville Beach
Dec 4-18: Christmas By The Sea Festival, Southport
Dec 4: Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour, Historic Sites Downtown Wilmington
Dec 4: Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla, Pleasure Island
Dec 5: 8th Annual City of Wilmington Holiday Parade, Downtown Wilmington
Dec 5: 23rd Annual Oak Island Tour of Homes, Oak Island
Dec 11: Island of Lights Tour of Homes, Pleasure Island
Dec 11: Southport Christmas Tour of Homes & Lighted Holiday Boat Flotilla
Dec 12: Boiling Spring Lakes Holiday Lighted Parade, Boiling Sping Lakes
Dec 16: Annual Holiday Pops Concert, Kenan Auditorium UNCW
Dec 18: 5K Jingle Bell Run for Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, Wrightsville Beach

Reasons You Should Use a Real Estate Professional
Now more than ever is a crucial time to have a true professional to guide you through the real estate market. A recent article on real estate guru Steve Harney's blog brings up reasons why to use a real estate professional. In addition to handling the sale professionally, your real estate agent will bring more money to your pocket and less challenges during the move.

1. Pricing Is Difficult- A professional real estate agent will discuss how inventory levels could dramatically impact the value of your property in the months to come. They will help you set the right price in today’s market.

2. Negotiating Ability Is Crucial- Most buyers are now being represented by an agent. Sellers need to also be represented by a professional expert trained to negotiate real estate contracts.

3. Mortgaging Is Key to the Deal- Rules are constantly changing. You need a real estate expert who has teamed up with a knowledgeable mortgage professional to make sure that the buyer in the deal is in fact capable of obtaining a mortgage.

4. Your Family’s Safety- The real estate industry trains its practitioners to take steps to protect themselves and their clients. Take advantage of putting a person between you and the person calling on an ad or yard sign.

5. You Probably Have More Important Things to Do- Selling a home could turn into a full-time job. Learning the necessary disclosures, coordinating the dates of your closings, dealing with a challenge regarding your appraisal, and re-negotiating the offer after an engineer’s report are just a few of the concerns you may face.

6. Exposure to Potential Purchasers- A real estate professional has a plethora of ways to bring exposure to a property that are not available to the ‘for sale by owner’. In this market, every available outlet must be considered.
If you do decide to sell your house and list with me I am willing to pay for one hour of a professional interior decorator to view your house and make suggestions as to what would improve the house's appearance to make it appealing for future buyers... Keep it in mind.

Wilmington NC and local Beaches - What's Happening this Weekend


Wrightsville Beach has their premier event this weekend - the Holiday Flotilla with a lighted parade of boats, Arts and Craft Fair and all kinds of things to do on Saturday November 27,2010. See the schedule below:


Festival in the Park Continue to celebrate the season at our annual Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park. With an Arts & Crafts Show, performing artists, children's rides, antique auto show entertainment, amusements, and over 80 vendors, there's sure to be something for everyone. Festival goes from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 910.256.2120. Wrightsville Beach Park321 Causeway DriveWrightsville Beach, NC 28480http://www.ncholidayflotilla.org/ Saturday, 11/27/2010 6:00 PM

NC Holiday Flotilla, 27th Annual A spectacular lighted boat parade. A tradition at Wrightsville Beach for locals, boat lovers, and tourists for over 25 years. 30-50 boats ranging from yachts to personal watercrafts decorated for the holiday display. A Big Fireworks display to follow. For more information visit our web site. Call 910.256.2120.Wrightsville BeachWrightsville Beach, NC 28480http://www.ncholidayflotilla.org/
Festival in the Park Continue to celebrate the season at our annual Holiday Flotilla Festival in the Park. With an Arts & Crafts Show, performing artists, children's rides, antique auto show entertainment, amusements, and over 80 vendors, there's sure to be something for everyone. Festival goes from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 910.256.2120. Wrightsville Beach Park321 Causeway DriveWrightsville Beach, NC 28480http://www.ncholidayflotilla.org/
Saturday, 11/27/2010 6:00 PM
NC Holiday Flotilla, 27th Annual A spectacular lighted boat parade. A tradition at Wrightsville Beach for locals, boat lovers, and tourists for over 25 years. 30-50 boats ranging from yachts to personal watercrafts decorated for the holiday display. A Big Fireworks display to follow. For more information visit our web site. Call 910.256.2120.Wrightsville BeachWrightsville Beach, NC 28480http://www.ncholidayflotilla.org/
Next weekend Carolina Beach will have their Holiday Parade on Friday night and Flotilla on Saturday night.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wilmington NC: What's Happening this Weekend


Lots of Fun This WEEKEND -in Wilmington NC:






Brewery Tour, Fun, Front Street Brewery, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, FREE

Cape Fear Indians at the Learning Center, Kids, Cape Fear Museum, Downtown Wilmington, 10 am to 4 pm, Ages 5 to 12

Cardio Chaos - Rainbow Run, Kids, Children's Museum, Downtown Wilmington, 11 am, Preregister

Trash to Treasure - Lava Bottle, Kids, Children's Museum, Downtown Wilmington, 1 pm, Preregister

Apache Relay (acoustic & eclectric), Music, Soapbox, Downtown Wilmington, Doors 8 pm/Show 9 pm, $10 Adv/$12 Day of

Aquarist Apprentice, Kids, NC Aquarium, Kure Beach, 2 pm Ages 10 & up, Preregister

Cape Fear Kite Festival, Sports, Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach, 10 am to 5 pm

Cape Fear Roller Girls vs Palmetto State, Sports, Carolina Beach Recreation Center, Carolina Beach, 7 pm, $12

Belly Dancing, Fun, Arabian Nights Lounge, Downtown Wilmington, $5 cover

Farmers Market, Fun, Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington, 8 am to 1 pm

For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, Film, Lumina Theater, University Area, 7 pm, FREE

Gift Market for local Charitable work, celebration, Grace United Methodist Church, Downtown Wilmington, 10 am to 3 pm, Priceless

Haunted Pub Crawl, Tour, Black Cat Shoppe, Downtown Wilmington, 7:30 pm, $15+grog

Holiday Flotilla 5K run, Sports, Wrightsville Beach Park, Wrightsville Beach, 9 am

Holiday Flotilla Run/Walk Loop, Sports, Wrightsville Beach Park, Wrightsville Beach, 9 am, Preregister

Jason Ross, Music, Bottega, Downtown Wilmington, 9 pm

Karaoke, Music, Brown Coat Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 10 pm, No Cover

Live Band, Music, Treehouse Bistro, Carolina Beach, 8 pm to 10 pm

Movie Studio Tour, Tour, EUE Screen Gems Studios, Midtown Wilmington, Noon & 2 pm, $12/$5

Opening Soiree for new art gallery, Art, Wicked Art Gallery, Downtown Wilmington, 7 pm until, FREE

Parents Night Out (they take the kids), Kids, Carolina Gymnastics, Midtown Wilmington, 6 pm to 10 pm, $6.25/hr/child Ages 3 to 12

Polish Festival, Fun, St Stanislaus Church, Ogden & Porters Neck, 11 am to 5 pm, Priceless

Proof (by David Auburn), Theater, Red Barn Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 8 pm, $27/$25

Puppet Art (special exhibit), Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm, $8/$5/members free

Stephen Gossin, Music, Goat & Compass, Downtown Wilmington, 9:30 pm

Surf Fishing, Kids, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, 8 am to 11 am, Pre-register

That Championship Season, Theater, Cape Fear Playhouse at New Castle, Downtown Wilmington, 8 pm, $18/$15

The Red Clay Ramblers, Music, Thalian Hall, Downtown Wilmington, 8 pm, $34/$28/$18

Blues Jam, Music, The Rusty Nail, Downtown Wilmington, 9 pm

UNCW vs Georgia Southwestern (exh), Sports, Trask Coliseum, University Area, TBA

Wine Tasting, Fun, Wine Sampler, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm, FREE

Richard McMahans MINI museum, Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 7, 2010

Brewery Tour, Fun, Front Street Brewery, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, FREE

Behind the Scenes, Tour, NC Aquarium, Kure Beach, 2 pm, Pre-register

For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, Music, Lumina Theater, University Area, 3 pm, FREE

Gift Market for local Charitable work, celebration, Grace United Methodist Church, Downtown Wilmington, 10 am to 3 pm, Priceless

Half Marathon & 5k, Sports, Battleship North Carolina, Downtown Wilmington, 7:00 am, Preregister

Karaoke, Music, Brown Coat Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 10 pm, No Cover

Proof (by David Auburn), Theater, Red Barn Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, $27/$25

Puppet Art (special exhibit), Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm, $8/$5/members free

Residents Free Day, Fun, Cape Fear Museum, Downtown Wilmington, 1 pm to 5 pm, FREE for NH County residents

Subversive Films, Film, Juggling Gypsy, Midtown Wilmington, 8 pm

That Championship Season, Theater, Cape Fear Playhouse at New Castle, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, $18/$15

Daylight Savings Time Ends, celebration, 2 am (Fall Back)

Richard McMahans MINI museum, Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm

Karaoke, Music, Brown Coat Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 10 pm, No Cover

Puppet Art (special exhibit), Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm, $8/$5/members free

Gift Market for local Charitable work, celebration, Grace United Methodist Church, Downtown Wilmington, 10 am to 3 pm, Priceless

Richard McMahans MINI museum, Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm

Brewery Tour, Fun, Front Street Brewery, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm

Monday, November 1, 2010



WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH Real Estate Market (28480)
7-day Market Stats for Single Family properties inWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC 28480 as of 29 Oct 2010
Median List Price:
$1,450,000
Average List Price:
$1,673,264
Total Inventory:
99
Price Per Square Foot:
$600/SqFt
Average Home Size:
2,550 SqFt
Median Lot Size:
5,292 SqFt
Average # Beds:
4.18
Average # Baths:
3.32
Homes Absorbed:
1
Newly Listed:
3
Days on Market:
72 days
Average Age:
29 years
Data provided by and ©2010 Altos Research LLC
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

WILMINGTON, NC - HALLOWEEN, THE BATTLESHIP - ITS ALL HERE


Upcoming events in WIlmington, Downtown, and THE BEACHES.

Area Events

Oct 26: Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash, USS NORTH CAROLINA 910.251.5797
Oct 27-28: Trick or Treat Under the Sea, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Oct 30-31: Festival by the Sea with Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, Music, Parade, & more. Holden Beach
Oct 30: Leland Trunk or Treat, Leland Municipal Complex Park, 910-332-4818 or e-mail
Nov 6: NC Holiday Flotilla Run/Walk Loop, Wrightsville Beach
Nov 6: Maritime Classic Road Race, Bald Head Island 910.457.7381
Nov 10-14: 16thAnnual Cucalorus Film Festival, Various locations in Wilmington
Nov 11- 21: The Nutcracker Ballet, Thalian Hall, Downtown Wilmington
Nov 13: PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach
Nov 13: Great Train Show & Sale, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Downtown Wilmington
Nov 26: Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake, Pleasure Island
Nov 26: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Flotilla Captain's Launch Party, Wrightsville Beach
Nov 26-12/22: Enchanted Airlie, Airlie Gardens
Nov 27: 27th Annual NC Holiday Flotilla, Wrightsville Beach
Dec 3-18: Christmas By The Sea Festival, Southport
Dec 3: Holiday Lighting of the Ship, USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship, Wilmington

Friday, October 22, 2010

WILMINGTON, NC : FUN THINGS TO DO ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 24,2010


Looking for some fun things to do in Wilmington, NC on SUNDAY?


Check these out:



Brewery Tour, Fun, Front Street Brewery, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, FREE

Land of the Long Leaf Pine (major exhibit), History, Cape Fear Museum, Downtown Wilmington, Admission

Imagine It - Secret Skeleton Painting, Kids, Children's Museum, Downtown Wilmington, All Day, Admission

Amanda Hinson (junior recital), Music, Beckwith Recital Hall - UNCW, University Area, 4 pm, FREE

Denny's Annual showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Film, Juggling Gypsy, Midtown Wilmington, 10 pm

Frankenstein is Dead, Theater, Brown Coat Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 8 pm, $10

Ghost Walk, Tour, Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington, 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm, $12/$10

Hollywood Location Walk, Tour, Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington, 2 pm, $12/$10

Bibis & the Spare Change Band, Music, Bluewater Grill, Wrightsville Beach, 4 pm

Jon Reep (the Dodge Hemi guy), Comedy, Thalian Hall, Downtown Wilmington, 4 pm & 8 pm, $30/$24/$18

Karaoke, Music, Brown Coat Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 10 pm

Behind the Scenes Tour, Kids, NC Aquarium, Kure Beach, 2 pm, Preregister

Little Shop of Horrors (childrens theater), Theater, Hannah Block Historic USO, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm

Perry Smith (brunch), Music, Aubriana's, Downtown Wilmington, Noon to 2 pm

Proof (by David Auburn), Theater, Red Barn Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, $27/$25

Puppet Art (special exhibit), Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm, $8/$5/Members Free

Restaurant Week, Fun, Encore Magazine, Specials at 25 restaurants

Richard McMahans MINI museum, Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm

Rocky Horror Show, Theater, City Stage Theatre, Downtown Wilmington, 8 pm, $15/$18/$20/$22

Shadowy Tales from Unusual Minds: Poe, Kafka & Percy (youth theater), Theater, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 3 to 4 pm, $8/$14

Subversive Films, Film, Juggling Gypsy, Midtown Wilmington, 8 pm

UNCW String Ensemble, Music, Beckwith Recital Hall - UNCW, University Area, 7:30 p

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wilmington, NC -What's Happening this Weekend - Zombies, Restaurants and Lifestyle tour




Wilmington Downtown Inc. is having their first annual “Downtown Lifestyle Tour” this Saturday. The event has been promoted through, print, web and radio. Tickets are $10 and have been selling well. The weather will be beautiful and they expect to sell more tickets Saturday morning for a great crowd. There are 15 properties on tour: including the 13,000 sq ft. loft space formerly owned by Dennis Hopper. Most of the tour sites are cool urban spaces that people say, “I never knew this was here!” when they see them. A few of the tour sites are for sale, like a Tanyard Parish listings, but most are occupied homes. Don't miss this uber cool tour on Saturday.

3rd Annual Zombe Walk will take place on Saturday, October 23. from 3-6 pm. Begins at the Brown Coat Pub and theatre at 111 Grace street. Adults and children are invited but each child shouldbe accompanied by one adult. Bring at least one non perishable food item to donate to a local food bank and an outfit you don't mind getting fake blood on. Find out more in the www.starnewsonline.com

3rd Annual RESTAURANT WEEK in WILMINGTON AND BEACHES

* Dozens of local eateries are offering specially discounted dinners during Wilmington's third annual restaurant week. This is a great chance to support Mom & Pop restaurants and enjoy a special dinner.
* Our Chef James Rivenbark has created a very special three course dinner and we invite you to join us this week. Please click here to see our restaurant week menu. SOUTH BEACH MENU FOR RESTAURANT WEEK. Lots of restaurants are participating including: Priddyboys Sandwich Grill 419 S. College Road. See specials at www.Priddyboys.com, FlatEddies - www.flateddiesrestaurant.com, Mixto downtown. See detailed menus at www.wilmingtonrestaurantweek.com


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WILMINGTON, NC- WHERE TO FIND A PUMPKIN


Don't have a pumpkin, yet? Well there are plenty of places in Wilmington to find a pumpkin. Some are :

Wesley Memorial Church on S. College Road - have a multitude of pumpkins for pumpkins lookers of all ages. Some are even decorated for you...

On Market St or HWY 17 in Porters Neck there is a vendor on the right side of the road selling pumpkins. The folks selling pumpkins even are staying in a trailer in the parking lot. So you probably can get a pumpkin anytime if you want one. Pumpkins are even available for $ 5.00. I got one for $5.00 and there was a great selection in that price range. Don't let price stop you from getting a pumpkin.

In Scotts Hill there is a farm stand selling pumpkins.

Also on lower Market Street the PORT CITY Farm stand has pumpkins. Also I think there are pumpkins on the farm stands on Oleander and the one in Oleander Oaks. So all over Wilmington - you can find a pumpkin...for a very affordable price.

PRICING HOUSES IN THE CURRENT MARKET


4 Tips for Setting the Right Sales Price



A recent article in the Washington Post brings up helpful points for selling in our current market. Selling property can be a challenge when sellers think their homes are worth more than their real estate professional, and buyers think these same homes are worth even less. By taking these basic factors into consideration and setting the price accordingly, the chances of selling increase.
How many homes are for sale in the neighborhood? The more homes on the market, the more important it is to list at the lower end of the scale.
Take short sales and foreclosures into consideration when pricing. If the competing properties are in lousy condition, they are less of an issue, but if they are well taken care of, yet priced 25 percent below market, they can be a serious factor.
Negotiate decisively. Minimize the back and forth.
Cut the price when you have to. If no one shows up for an open house; if no one calls; and if there are no offers, then the price is too high. That means it's time to make a meaningful price cut.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

WILMINGTON, NC - Homes for sale - Market Update


Market update for September, 2011
Decrease in homes inventory of 176
Total homes on the market - 5391 Strong buyers market
Listing inventory of over 14.2 month supply.
.2 Change from the previous month
Average list price - $ 365,898.
Decrease in seller s concessions to 23.5%
Average days on the market - 134
List to sold ration is 93% and is down .60% from last month; this number needs to get better.
The number of houses that sold in 15 days or less continues to remain very low, 13.8% of September sold homes.
The 30 year fixed rate mortgage averated 4.27 % with an average 0.8 points for the week ending October 7, 2010. We are now hitting historic lows in mortgage rates.
What a great time to buy a house.
Data submitted by David Flory of Cunningham Mortgage on Oleander Drive in Wilmington, NC. Call him for your best rate...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC-RIVERFEST WEEKEND


Lots to do in Wilmington, NC this weekend. Of course you can always take a trolley ride but you must attend the 32nd annual RIVERFEST!!
Lots of things to see including bands, 100+ vendors, food, Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla, kids zone, and fireworks.
It is one of the most visited events in Wilmington with over 100K people expected to attend over the event Saturday and Sunday. The weather is going to perfect so why not attend. See
Also this weekend is the Back Door Kitchen TOur sponsored by The Residents of Old Wilmington, Inc. This features tours of the kitchen areas in nine homes located in Wilmington's historic district. Gourmet treats prepared by local restaurants will be served in several homes. View contemporary kitchens that blend with the spirit of historic homes and others that remain close to the original design. Saturday 12 - 5. www.rowilmington.org
Also Family Fun Day is this weekend at the Bellamy Mansion Museum. Learn how children and adults were entertained in antebellum times with games of the period , singing, sachet making and puppets. www.bellamymansion.org.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Physical












An 80 year old man goes for a physical. All of his tests come back with normal results.


The doctor says, "George, everything looks great. How are you doing mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God?"


George replies, "God and I are tight. He knows I have poor eyesight, so He's fixed it so when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, poof!The light goes on. When I'm done, poof! The light goes off.


"Wow, that's incredible," the doctor says.


A little later in the day, the doctor calls George's wife. "Ethel," he says,


"George is doing fine! But I had to call you because I'm in awe of his relationship with God. Is it true that he gets up during the night, and poof! the light goes on in the bathroom, and when he's done, poof! the light goes off?"


"Oh sweet Jesus" exclaims Ethel. "He's peeing in the refrigerator again!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Flower Show




Two little old ladies were sitting on a park bench outside the local town hall where a flower show was in progress. The thin one leaned over and said, 'Life is so boring. We never have any fun any more. For $10.00 I'd take my clothes off and streak through that stupid, boring flower show!' 'You're on!' said the other old lady, holding up a $10.00 note. The first little old lady slowly fumbled her way out of her clothes and, completely naked, Streaked (as fast as an old lady can) through the front door of the flower show. Waiting outside, her friend soon heard a huge commotion inside the hall, followed by loud Applause and shrill whistling. Finally, the smiling and naked old lady came through the exit door surrounded by a cheering, clapping crowd. 'What happened?' asked her waiting friend. 'I won $1000 as 1st prize for 'Best Dried Arrangement....!!!'

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC


Lots to do this weekend in Wilmington, NC - Here is a list:
Fourth Friday Gallery Nite 6- 9 pm. Open houses at participating Art Galleries in town. see www.wilmingtonfourthfridays.com for more information.
Art at the Oak Tonight at Airlie gardens. Tickets are $ 35 in advance or $ 45 at the door. You can check out details at www.ncazaleafestival.org.
Shell show at the Cape Fear Museum on Market Street - Saturday and Sunday. See www.capefearmuseum.com for more information.
At the USS North Carolina living history interrepters will bring the Battleship North Carolina to life as th act out what were daily dities and drills for the men who once called her home. check out the schedule at www.battleshipnc.com for more information.
Big Sweep at area beaches to clean up the beaches. Wrightsville Beach at 9 am at access 4, MerciersPier and Access 36 . Cleanups are also scheduled for the Carolina Beach at the Boardwalk Gazebo , Kure Beach at the Pier and at the boathouse at Greenfield Lake. Call 798-4404 for more information.
Cape Fear Italian Festival is this weekend Saturday and Sunday at Cross creek Commons Shopping Center in Leland with food bendrs, games raffles, music and other entertainment.
Also the very popular Spot Festival is this weekend in Hampstead, NC. It is a festival with fish fun and food. There will be vendors and music and entertainment.
Another jam packed weekend with things to do in Wilmington NC and the local Beaches....

Friday, September 10, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC


This weekend in Wilmington, NC is the ArtBlast , an art festival that runs at various venues downtown. There will be theater, music, dance and more. This grew out of the Artwalk which ran up and down Front Street. It had incredible handmade things. The even is now expanded to include all kinds or art media. It will be starting on Saturday downtown.
Also this weekend is opening night of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus. That starts at 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $ 25.00, 23.00 and 6 for students. For informations see www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.
Cape Fear Mom's association will have a show for Baby and Mothers to be at the Coastline Convention Center on Saturday. Event costs $5.00.
The "Secret Garden" - a dream like musical at Thalian Hall will continue this weekend. Tickets are $ 25.00 and see www.thalianhall.org for details.
Leland, NC will have their Founders Day event on Village Way in Leland with booths, food and fun from 8 -1 on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

ONE TREE HILL STAR For Sale in WILMINGTON, NC


One Tree Hill home star for sale in Wilmington! Ever thought about living in a house that was on TV or used in a TV show?Well here is one for sale in downtown Wilmington. It has been used continuously in the WB hit show “One Tree Hill”. Many scenes were shot in the house and also on that gorgeous wide porch. Owner is doing a FSBO ( thy usually don’t sell in this type of market,however). He has sat in the house and watched the filming. He expects that the studio is going to still want to film in the house. So it may be a way to get a little income...

WILMINGTON, NC UPCOMING EVENTS


Upcoming events in the Wilmington, NC region:
Sept. 10: Southport Waterfront Movie, 7:30 at Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn Bay Street, Southport
Sept. 10: Jazz at the Mansion Cape Fear Jazz Society at the Bellamy Mansion, downtown Wilmington
Sept. 11: 9th Annual Founders’ Day Celebration, 9am -1pm Leland Muncipal Park
Sept. 11: 9th Annual Longboard Classic, Wrightsville Beach
Sept. 16: Historic Wilmington Foundation 5k Run and Mile Walk for Preservation, Downtown Wilmington
Sept. 17: Secret Garden Tour in Wilmington, Various Gardens in Historic District
Sept 17-18: 3rd Annual NC Flatfish Championship.Watch the weigh-in 1-4 Saturday, Carolina Beach
Sept. 18-19: 8th Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival, Battleship Park.
Sept. 25: 32nd Annual YMCA Triathlon, Wrightsville Beach
Sept. 25-26: Cape Fear Italian Festival, Cross Creek Commons Shopping Center, Leland
Opportunity.

Friday, September 3, 2010

LABOR DAY EVENTS IN THE WILMINGTON, NC AREA


LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENTS:


FIREWORKS Tonight at downtown Carolina Beach 9PM.


Farmers Market will be on tomorrow at Carolina Beach just around the Lake on Lake Park Blvd. See Glynns soaps for some homemade soaps and skin fresheners.

The Aquarium at Fort Fisher will have a BREAKFAST with THE FISHES tomorrow in the morning. You need to register in advance. Tickets are $ 15.00. Call 910 458-8257 for more information. See ncaquarium.org for more information.
BALD Head Island will be holding a music festival tomorrow at the island.
check www.baldheadisland.com for more information.
There will be a March of Dimes 5 K fun run tomorrow at Mayfaire. IT costs $ 30 to join.
On Sunday that being the 1st Sunday of the month - all New Hanover County residents can attend the Cape Fear Museum on Market street for free. Enjoy lots of great exhibits there.

Friday, August 27, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend In Wilmington, NC


Lots going on this weekend in Wilmington NC and the local beaches:



FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES HEATS UP KURE BEACH FEATURING
BLIND LEMON PLEDGE

This Friday, plan on bringing your blankets and lawn chairs so the whole family can boogie the night away to the sounds of Blind Lemon Pledge. Entering its ninth year, the Free Summer Concert Series brings you an evening of quality entertainment that is sure to please the entire family right down to the youngest ones. So be sure to pack a picnic and head down to the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach for an evening of free family fun. Concerts starts at 6:30 PM, but come early and enjoy the cool river breezes...food and beverages will be available for purchase, so relax...grab a cold one...and kick-off your shoes and your weekend on beautiful Pleasure Island.

This concert brings to a close the 2010 Free Summer Concert Series - another successful joint-venture with theTown Of Kure Beach and the Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce. Remember to join us next year as webegin our tenth year of our Summer Series.


The Harlem Globe trotters are in town to play some games tonight and tomorrow night at CFCC Downtown campus. Money raised will go toward Cape Fear Scholarships. MeadowLark Lemon - The most famous Globetrotter of all is from Wilmington and he will be here to play. Game starts at 7 pm..


Carolina Beach Farmers Market is tomorrow and is around the Lake. Lots of fresh veggies and fruits from 9 - 1 pm.


The Wilmington Farmers Market is at Riverfront Park from 9 -1 pm.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

School Starts Today In Wi mington NC and local BEACHEsS


Schools buses began their rounds today as schools in Wilmington, NC, New Hanover county started 2010-2011 season. With schools starting parents may be looking for after school activities for kids. Here are a few of them:




The Y Pool on S. College has 10 passes for $ 30.00. It is still warm enough to swim and if you don't want to hit the beach after school this is an alternative.




You could go to the Paint N Play Ceramic Studio for the artist in your family. On 1021 South Kerr Ave, you can paint your own pottery in the studio.




The Children's Museum of Wilmington has a Fetch Challenge today from 3:30 to 3:30. Check their website for more information and lots more activities for after school and toddler classes. http://www.playwilmington.org/.








Monday, August 23, 2010

WILMINGTON, NC - STATUS MARKET - JULY 2010


Strong buyers market continues...


Due to the First Time Home Buyer increase in sales, a lot of these sales were pushed up and people that might have been planning to buy in July moved up their purchase to coincide with the tax credit. In the month of July we saw a decrease of 125 homes in our listing inventory, we have 5,604 homes on the market as of August 1st. This continues to put us in a strong buyer’s market with a listing inventory of over a 16.0 month supply. With the low sales in July this affects our month supply with a change of 5 months from last month. Our average list price has stayed below the $400,000 range for eleven months; we are currently at $377,052. In July we saw a decrease in our seller concessions, it is now 21.7%. Our average days on the market are 121. This is the first monthly decline in the number of homes sold when compared to previous year. The number of sold homes is down 32.3% from last month and down 22.2% from July 2009. Last month we had 517 sold units and this month only 350 sold units, last year in July we had 450 sold units.


In July we saw our first decrease in listing inventory of 125 units. We are about 204 units over August 1, 2009. We have 5,604 single family homes for sale in our MLS. The average list price of $377,052 is down by $3,515 from last month. The average list price has decreased by 8.1% from August 1, 2009.


Market Absorption rate – The number of homes sold in July, 350 divided by the current listing inventory, 5,604 gives us an 16.0 month supply of single family homes. This increased by 5.0 months from last month. We need to get this inventory back under 12 months. With rates where they are and plenty of inventory; we can get this number down.


Mortgage rates are the historically lowest they have been. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.44% with an average 0.7 points for the week ending August 12, 2010. We are now hitting historic lows in mortgage rates. Call me so I can show you or your clients how they can get the benefit of these rates. Information supplied by David Flory of Cunningham Mortgage.

According to David:

Despite all the media comments about our markets we are still lending money for residential mortgages. If a client has income and credit and some sort of down payment; they can get a mortgage. It goes to the basic three C’s – Capacity, Collateral and Character.



David Flory NMLS #91592

Mortgage Consultant
Cunningham & Company Mortgage Bankers
910-352-8273 cell
910-313-0045 office

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Weird Happenings on Intracoastal Waterway and Masonboro Island, NC


Kinda crazy question if you don’t know what Masonboro Island is? It is a nature conservancy that is a series of islands in the middle of the Intracoastal waterway just south of Wrightsville Beach. People go to sun, go to surf on the ocean side of the island, relax with friends or swim in the Intracoastal.
I have a friend who sets out crab traps near Masonboro and if she is lucky dinner is waiting when she paddles out to see what is caught in her trap.

These guys on this boat travel all over the Intracoastal with their floating bar. You can get right on this boat and get a drink ( if you are of age – of course) and enjoy a little cruise while sipping your favorite drink. Yes they did have to show off and flash me (top only) when I snapped their picture one day while doing an open house at Wrightsville Beach. But this is one of the unique things you will find here- a floating drinking hole right in the middle of Intracoastal Waterway.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The REEF SWEETWATER SURF COMPETITION AT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH









The Reef Sweetwater Surf Competition was held at Wrightsville Beach several weeks ago. Crowds love the high caliber of surfing at the show.
Surfers from many states and coasts attended and some of the best in the country and our best local competitors took part.
The neatest part was that the production of the event was a “green event”. The event was run on Solar Power – how cool.. Lots of people lounged on the beach while the best local and national surfers worked their magic. Even young kids 7 on up participated. The day was overcast so the sun did not beat down on the competitors and spectators. It was a great sporting event to watch.

What's Happening This Weekend in Wilmington, Nc and Local Beaches







Carolina Beach Boat basin is pictured on the left. This Weekend in CB you can attend the Friday Night Band concert at the Boardwalk. Also there is the Farmers Market on the Lake from 9 -1 pm.
On Sunday at the Boardwalk is the movie - " Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs". It is almost like going to a drive in movie in the old days. Kids love these outdoor movies.
The Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk is pictured on the right.
You can go to the Downtown Sundown Series Band - tonite there is the Breakfast Club tribute band at 7pm.
Downtown also has its usual Farmers Market on the Riverwalk on Saturday from 9 to 1 .
All kinds of farmers attend and bring everything from flowers to meat and fish for taste and purchase.
Don't forget the Beaches - Wrightsville , Carolina and Kure Beach... Great ways to spend your weekends and escape the summer heat.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF WILMINGTON NC


WHY NOT TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF WILMINGTON?? It is a chance to see firsthand the spectacular architecture and building styles of the town and hear about what made them so special. It is very interesting to get some background on some of these things and find out why they are here…. Take a walk….
GHOST WALK OF OLD WILMINGTON: Held 6:30 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday, the Ghost Walk departs from Water and Market streets. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and those in the military and free for children 6 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.hauntedwilmington.com/ or at The Black Cat Shoppe at 11 Market St. in downtown Wilmington. For more information, call (910) 794-1866. Website; http://www.hauntedwilmington.com/
LOWER CAPE FEAR HISTORICAL SOCIETY WALKING TOURS: These tours start at the Latimer House Museum, a Victorian family home and the headquarters of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, at 126 S. Third St. They begin at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The cost is $10 per person. Admission to the museum is an additional $10. For more information, call (910) 762-0492. Website: http://www.latimerhouse.org/
TOUR OLD WILMINGTON: A costumed guide leads participants on an exploration of Wilmington during the Victorian Era (1837-1901). Walking tours start at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the foot of Market and Water streets. Tours are also offered on Sunday by appointment. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call (910) 409-4300 or e-mail Lori.TourOldWilmington@gmail.com. Website: http://www.touroldwilmington.blogspot.com/
WILMINGTON ADVENTURE WALKING TOUR CO.: Explore Wilmington’s historic district with longtime Wilmington resident Bob Jenkins, the first to conduct historical walking tours downtown. Tours are $10 and begin at 10 a.m. daily, April through October, at the flagpole on the Cape Fear riverfront at the foot of Market and Water streets. For more information, call (910) 763 –1865.
Info about the tours provided by CECE NUNN OF STARNEWS.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC


Carolina Beach will have their normal Thursday night firework exhibition and band with Bibis Ellison and the Spare Change Band which play current and classic R& B and pop/rock favorites let by powerful female force Ellison. On Saturday CB will host An Independence Day fireworks with Castle Hayne's Soul Power Posse performing.
Downtown Sundown Series Concerts will take place on Friday night in Riverfront Park. The band this week is Girlz, Girlz, Girlz ( 80's hair band tribute).
Battleship Blast will take place downtown on the Riverfront across from the Battleship. This firework extraordinaire will start around 9 pm and draws huge crowds. There are some food vendors and street vendors too.
The Carolina Beach Farmers market is on Saturday and will have extra vendors it is 8a m to 1pm.
The Riverfront Farmers market will be Saturday in Riverfront Park from 9 am to 1 pm.
Enjoy the 4th and have a SAFE HOLIDAY!!!
Firework pic courtesy of freefoto.com

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

YOU DON't NEED A CAR IN CAROLINA BEACH


Who needs a car when you can buggy along - that is in a beach buggy on the boardwalk? There is all kinds of fun things to do at Carolina Beach and renting this beach buggy tripod is one of them. There are rides, a waterslide, fireworks, swimming, surfing, sunning, pooling it, wave riding,walking on the beach to name a few things. If you're looking for a 2nd home or investment property - I can help you ....

Greater Wilmington Business Journal



2010 looks promising for local film industry
January 22, 2010By Ken Little

Good company: 2010 will bring more film projects to Wilmington.-->
The groundwork for a successful 2010 in the local motion-picture industry was actually laid in 2009, several people close to the industry said.
Now, it’s just a matter of waiting for the benefits of developments like the 25 percent state tax credit for filmmakers, which became law earlier this month.
Stage 10 on the lot of the EUE Screen Gems studio, with its technologically advanced water tank and other features attractive to big-budget filmmakers, will also pay dividends this year, officials said.
“We expect 2010 to be a good year. The missing piece of the puzzle for the region was the film incentive. We are being told by our clients that Wilmington is now a place that financially makes sense for them to do business,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.
By 2009, the 15 percent tax credit offered by North Carolina to filmmakers was overshadowed by more substantial credits in states like Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia. With its large base of filmmaking professionals and the 25 percent credit, North Carolina is competitive again and receiving close scrutiny from producers, despite the challenged national economy.
“They just have to find the right projects to send here,” Griffin said. “So far, the economy does not seem to be affecting film production. There are still lots of screens and lots of channels which need programming.”
Bill Vassar, EUE Screen Gems executive vice president, agreed that North Carolina and the Wilmington area in particular are again prominent on the radar screens of Hollywood producers.
“Things look good for the film industry in 2010 in North Carolina. The reason is we have the locations, we have the crews, we have the facilities and adding the incentive completes the package,” he said. “By adding in the tax incentive it makes us very attractive. Most of the producers in L.A. consider us in the top five (location choices).”
As of mid-January, Vassar said Wilmington was under serious consideration as a filming location for at least two “good-size” productions.
“We’re suited for many, many different kinds of locations. We have many different (production) facilities and most importantly, we have the third-largest amount of crew living here outside of New York and Los Angeles,” he said.
The film industry has already made adjustments to reflect the recession economy, Vassar said, and is prepared to go forward with projects.
“They’re making fewer films but they’re spending more on the ones they make,” he said. “They’re being more selective.”
Vassar said employment in the local film industry should remain stable in the coming year. Griffin has a similar view.

Friday, June 18, 2010

ken and edna



Ken and Edna Ken and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year, And every year Ken would say, 'Edna, I'd like to ride in that helicopter' Edna always replied, 'I know Ken, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, And fifty bucks is fifty bucks' One year Ken and Edna went to the fair,
and Ken said, 'Edna, I'm 75 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance' To this, Edna replied, "Ken that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks' The pilot overheard the couple and said, 'Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny! But if you say one word it's fifty dollars.' Ken and Edna agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, But still not a word... When they landed, the pilot turned to Ken and said, 'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!' Ken replied, 'Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Edna fell out, But you know, "Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!'

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington Area and Surrounding Beaches

Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk at Lumina Station
Friday, June 18Saturday, June 19Enjoy a day of good old-fashioned summer fun with plenty to do for the whole family! This spectacular art show and sale will feature work from local area artists, live music, art demonstrations, sidewalk shopping, sales and more! This exciting event will help support the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington. Artrageous Giveaway! Enter to win a Lumina Station Shopping Spree & Baldhead Island Weekend Retreat! WHERE: Lumina Station, 1900 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, NC. WHEN: Artrageous Preview Party at Fountainside Art Gallery - Friday, June 18, 6pm-8pm. Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk - Saturday, June 19, 10am-6pm. HOW MUCH: Tickets $25 before June 18. $30 at the Door. Tickets available for purchase at Fountainside Art Gallery, 910.256.9956. Artrageous Summer Festival & Artwalk - FREE! INFO: http://www.luminastation.com/


Blueberry Festival - enjoy blueberry shakes, ice cream, cakes, pies and plain old blueberry at the annual festival in Burgaw town center. There will be crafts, music, food and music. The town goes Blueberry crazy... The festival is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Military kids and families get to enjoy a day of fishing and fun. Saturday is the Step Up for Soldiers fifth annual children's fishing tournament. It's at the Kure Beach pier from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can get in free to the splash inflatable water park in Carolina Beach.

This weekend you can learn every thing you've always wanted to know about the Battleship North Carolina. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the ship holding one-on-one conversations with visitors. General admission gets you the tour.

How good are your wrestling skills? Saturday the North Carolina Beach Wrestling State Championships are coming back to the Carolina Beach boardwalk. The event is open to both men and women of all ages. It starts at 10 a.m. Go to http://www.ncwrestling.org/beachchampionships.html to register.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington and local Beaches


Water Garden Tour is taking place all over Wilmington showcasing private and public water gardens. Tickets can be obtained at the Arboretum on Oleander Drive in Wilmington and are $ 15.00.
It will be interesting to see the gardens which include rain water capture gardens and body soaking pools with all kinds of fountains. This is a benefit tour to benefit the Ability Garden...
Carolina Beach will host its annual Beach Party Blast with bands performing Saturday and Sunday right on the beach just beyond the boardwalk.
Bands will perform at 10 - 5 pm each day.
Sunday night on the Riverwalk there will be a band performing - free of charge - with local vendors on hand also. 4 pm on...

Friday, May 28, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC and Local Beaches


What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC and Local Beaches
Orange Street Arts Festival - 60 artists including jewelry , crafts and art - 15th year for this festival, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10 - 5, along Orange Street between Front and 2nd Streets.
NC Aquarium is having a program - Breakfast at the Aquarium where you can have breakfast with your favorite sea creature - Aquarium - Fort Fisher.
Cape Fear Comedy Festival will feature local, national performers of stand-up and improv. On Friday there will be an Improv Comedy Showcase at the Nutt Street Comedy Room at 7:30 pm. There will be workshops and Showcase at City Stage at Level 5 on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 pm and on.
Downtown Sundown Concert Series will take place on the riverfront on Friday from 6 - 10 pm. Various bands will perform. This event is free.
Carolina Beach - begins Fireworks by the Sea - Live music a 6:30 at the Boardwalk Gazebo in Carolina Beach, fireworks at 9 pm on Fridays, Special Shows on Friday May 28, Saturday July 3 and Friday Sept 3. There will be bands all those days. For further info see www.pleasureislandnc.org

Happy Friday Humor....

Boudreaux and Marie came for counseling after 20 years of marriage. When asked what the problem was, Marie went into a passionate, painful tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 20 years they had been married.She went on and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and, after asking Marie to stand, embraced and kissed her passionately as Boudreaux watched with a raised eyebrow. Marie shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze.The therapist turned to Boudreaux and said, 'This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do this?'Boudreaux thought for a moment and replied, 'Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish.'

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Carolina Beach, NC Amusements set to open for weekend











The beach will certainly be the star of this Holiday weekend but there are a few other things to see. The amusement park will open this weekend with 20 rides. The price is $ 20.00 for the day. It includes all rides. It is directly adjacent to the Carolina Beach boardwalk. On Hamlet street there will also be waterslides this year - a new attraction. It will be open on Friday May 28,2010.

WILMINGTON, NC and Beaches Farmers Market List


Wilmington, NC and its beaches - Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach are all in the swing of summertime and with that comes the fresh veggies and fruits grown by local farmers and purveyors. There are an abundant number of Farmers Markets in the area. Check out the days and locations below:
Carolina Beach Farmers Market - Saturday at the Lake on Lake Park Blvd in the center of Carolina Beach. About 25 to 30 vendors each week from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties will offer baked items, peanut butter, free-range eggs, free-range chicken, pork, beef, goat and rabbit. And, she added, there’s one headed from Virginia for the market.
Riverfront Farmers' Market
Saturday, 8:00a to 1:00p
at Riverfront Park, Wilmington, NC
The Riverfront Farmers' Market is a curbside market featuring local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products offered include: fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts, and more.
Leland
Leland to launch farmers’ market this summer
It will be held noon to 5 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at Leland Town Hall. The first one is June 20.
Poplar Grove Farmers Market - Porters Neck Farmers Market at Poplar Grove Plantation
Wednesday, May 26 8:00a to 1:00p
at Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington, NC
The market carries a fresh selection of in-season fruits and vegetables, plants, cut flowers, eggs, cheese, sausage, crab cakes, baked goods, nuts, pickles, herbs, honey, and a lovely assortment of beautiful crafts. Rain or shine.
Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market
The Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market, which began in June, 2009, provides an opportunity for residents and visitors of Wrightsville Beach to purchase fresh, locally grown produce. The community setting and social atmosphere promote quality of life while offering a venue for local growers to offer their produce. The market, located on Old Causeway Drive across from the Post Office, is held each Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning the first Monday in May through the last Monday in September

Friday, May 21, 2010

HUSBAND DOWN





A husband and wife are shopping in their local supermarket. The husband picks up a case of Budweiser and puts it in their cart.
"What do you think you're doing?" asks the wife.
"They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans," he replies.
"Put them back! We can't afford them," orders the wife.
They carry on shopping.
A few aisles farther on the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.
"What do you think you're doing?" asks the husband.
"Its my face cream. It makes me look beautiful," replies the wife.
Her husband retorts, "So does 24 cans of Budweiser, and it's half the price."
Cleanup on aisle 25: We have a husband down!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

DOES THE DISCOUNT, DISCOUNT YOUR CONFIDENCE??


Does The Discount Discount Your Confidence?
I was driving away from a re-inspection today and I saw a little trailer with ladders and equipment attached.
Now that you have seen the view from my vantage point, let's take a look at the sign or billboard.
I know that successful marketing is often fueled by discounts, especially at department stores and super markets where we might get name brands at discount prices. Heck, even some local dentists advertise discounts and, early in my career, I used a few modest discount coupons. But when I see a 50% discount for services that require hard labor, that does not instill confidence or a desire in me to buy.
It could be wrong thinking on my part, but I worry that a person advertising a service at 50% off is cutting corners. We consumers like discounts but I think that many of us get nervous about committing to what seems to be way too good of a deal.
In my view, this discount ad does not make me want to buy. It has the opposite effect and it discounts my confidence in the service provider.
Steven L. Smith, Home Inspector.
Is it worth it to use a DISCOUNT REAL Estate BROKER where they put your house on the MLS for $ 200. or $ 350. with a menu of discounted services?
A house in my neighborhood had a discount broker for more than 6 months. Did the house sell? No. There may be a lot more to this story but if the owner was in a rush to move or downsize or take advantage of the tax incentive - they were the loser. They paid all those additional mortgage payments on a house they did not want and lost out on the $ 6500 tax incentive. What a waste of time. Consider a full service professional broker and don't waste your time and money...

Wilmington NC MARKET DATA UPDATE - APRIL 2010




Listing Inventory
In April we saw an increase in listing inventory of 43 units. We are about 137 units over May 2009. We have 5,620 single family homes for sale in our MLS. The average list price of $385,600 is up by $4,625 from last month. The average list price has increased by 3.8% from February 2010. If you look back over the last three years you will see our low point in listing inventory to be about Dec/Jan time frame.

Monthly Average Sold Price
Our monthly average sold price is up by .8% from last month and up 3.5% from April 2009. Our average sold price is up by $1,728 from last month. April average sold price ($223,344) shows a decrease of 4.7% from year end 2009. Our average sold price is down 8.9% from April 2008.
Monthly Sold Units
The number of sold homes is up 20.7% from last month and up 37.6% from April 2009 and we are 5.6% over April 2008. April saw an increase of 124 sold homes over April 2009. This is our eighth monthly increase in year over year sold homes since September 2005. You can notice that all of our big dips seem to occur on or about December. I believe we will continue to see the next couple of months with unit sales over and above the previous year. No doubt in my mind the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit has contributed to this increase in sales units and I would anticipate it to continue until the June 30th deadline.
Average Sold Price Year to Date
Year over year our year to date numbers have dipped a little.
2003 year end average sale price $ 186,137
2004 year end average sale price $ 210,048
2005 year end average sale price $ 254,080
2006 year end average sale price $ 264,498
2007 year end average sale price $ 273,408
2008 year end average sale price $256,498
2009 year end average sale price $234,379
While our current year to date numbers are lower than Year End 2009 they do show promising signs that our sales are on the upswing. The first four months of 2010 has a 257 sold unit gain over first four months of 2009. The average sales price is 1.3% higher for the first four months of 2010 than the first four months of 2009. Our median sales price is just 10.0% behind 2008 and 1.6% behind 2009.
Rolling 12 months
Another bright spot is the rolling 12 month numbers. When we look at May 1st, 2009 to April 30st, 2010 we have 4,617 sold units and when we compare May 1st, 2008 to April 30st, 2009 we have a 337 unit gain (4,280 sold units). When we look at the same rolling 12 months for average sold price we see that we are only down by 5.9%. So the dates of 5/1/2009 to 4/30/2010 we have an average sold price of $234,406 while from 5/1/2008 to 4/30/2009 we had an average sold price $249,013.
Median Sold Price
Our Median sold price is up 7.3% from last month, about $184,000. While we have not dipped as low as the National Median we seem to have turned the corner while the national median is showing a slight increase. I would anticipate over the next couple of months to see this median increase.
Pending
Pending Sales - A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not yet closed. Sales are typically finalized within one to two months from signing. I look at the total pending units on a regular basis and this is how they chart out. We saw our pending index turn back to its upward climb about the first week in January. Over the month of April we saw an 11.9% increase and we are 15.8% ahead of 2009 this time. In 2009 our index only hit the 900 unit range a couple of times. As I write this we are at 984 units that are pending right now.
Market Absorption rate - The number of homes sold in April, 454 divided by the current listing inventory, 5,620 gives us a 12.3 month supply of single family homes. This improved by 3 months from last month and moving in the right direction. With rates where they are and plenty of inventory; we can get this number down.
List to Sold price ratio - the average list price of the sold properties is $235,959 and the average sold price is $223,343 for April which gives us a 94.7% list to sold price ratio - a increase of .7% from last month. We have now managed to stay under 95% for over a year, but this is the closest we have come to 95% list to sold ratio.
Seller Concessions - We had 30.0% of sold properties report a sales concession for April, an increase of 3.0%. We want this number to go lower.
Days on Market - The average days on market for the sold properties is now at 123 for April. That is almost 5 + months to keep a property on the market. Only 17.8% of the properties were placed under contract in less than 15 days for the month of April.


Supplied by David Flory of Cunningham Mortgage


Obtained from the Wilmington MLS and the Wilmington Board Of REALTORS.