Wilmington, NC Real Estate News

By Gary Traflet
(Prudential )
Today in Wilmington Real Estate I would like to spotlight a new lising that I have.  This home is located in the Masonboro Woods community in the Masonboro area of Wilmington, NC.  Masonboro Woods is in the 28409 zip code and is centrally located with ease of access to all of the beaches of Wrightsville, Carolina and Kure within a 10 minute drive to all. This wonderful home is listed at $279,900 and offers 3BRs/2BAs and a 2 car garage.  As you can see from the landscaping, this home has been very well kept and offers so much for the money.  Masonboro Woods neighborhood also includes a pool and clubhouse with very low monthly HOA dues.  This home is best seen in person.  Contact me today at 910-620-8838 for a private showing.  To learn more about me, feel free to visit the links on the r...
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By Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
(Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC)
 Summer's here and the time is hot for "Dancing in the Streets" Wilmington, NC offers Two Free Concerts tonight Friday June 22Downtown Sundown Summer Concert SeriesCome On Downtown by the Cape Fear River in front of the Federal Courthouse for the FREE Friday Night concert series, featuring local area bands. Tonight's bands are The Voltage Brothers with Scotti Stringz. Food, wine and beer will be available for sale.  Call 910.763.7349 for more information. 6:00:00 PM - 10:00:00 PMDowntown Wilmington ConcertsWater StreetWilmington, NC 28401www.wilmingtondowntownsundown.com The Mayfaire On the North Side of town Music on the Town Summer Concert Series at the Mayfaire Town Center. Tonight's band is Michele & the Midnight Blues, Rockin' blues. Bring the Kids, the Pets, the Coolers for a nigh...
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By Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
(Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC)
 Airlie Gardens is a 640 acre Oasis of plants, wild life, water features, ecosystems and sculptures in the heart of Wilmington. This Gem is located on Airlie Rd. off Oleander Drive and just a couple of miles from Wrightsville Beach. The have a variety of fun activities throught the season, Here a a couple of good choices for the first weekend in June Airlie Concert Series6/1/20076:00 PM - 8:00 PMFirst Friday Jazz Concert Series features  "The Imposters."  Tickets are $8 adults, $2 children, and free for Airlie members.  Bring your lawn chairs and/ or blankets, picnic baskets and libations. No Pets allowed Kayak Eco Tour6/3/20079:00 AM - 11:00 AMTour Bradley Creek with Salt Marsh Kayak Company Sunday 6/3.  Sign up call Environmental Education Program at 910-798-7564 "A Creek Comes Alive"...
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By John Horton, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates Downtown
(Century 21 Sweyer)
If you are considering real estate investment in North Carolina, take alook at homes in the Wilmington area. I am an Agent there, and we haveamazing projections for the next few years. Forbes just rankedWilmington NC #3 for Hot Real Estate Markets, and CNN/Money Magazineranked Wilmington #7 in the entire country for the next 5 years. Take alook around my website to get a better feel for the area, and you cansearch for homes there too with my MLS Home Search.  John Hortonhttp://wilmington-northcarolinarealestate.com/
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By John Horton, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates Downtown
(Century 21 Sweyer)
Wilmington North Carolina Real Estate Boom  If you are considering real estate investment in North Carolina, take a look at homes in the Wilmington area. Wilmington has been making national news with promising projections for the next few years in Real Estate. Forbes Magazine just ranked Wilmington NC #3 for Hot Real Estate Markets, and CNN/Money Magazine ranked Wilmington #7 in the entire country for the next 5 years. Take a look around my website to get a better feel for the area, and you can search for homes there too with my MLS Home Search.  John HortonBroker/Realtor  Laney Real EstateWilmington, NC  http://wilmington-northcarolinarealestate.com
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By Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
(Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC)
 Wilmington and the Cape Fear area is always chock full of fun events for the whole family. The say the best things in life are free and we are blessed here with an abundance of "Best Things", like the free outdoor concerts that are hosted every year by Wilmington's Mayfaire Town Center. This year the Concert Series will kick off on Memorial Day weekend with the band MIRAGE a popular Carolina Shag band. Some of the Cape Fear Most Popular Bands are on  will grace the stage from May thru October.  Concerts start at 6pm on the lawn behind Linen's and Things! Come out and enjoy the fun! Bring lawn chairs, or blanket, the kids, the dog, and consumables of your choice. Dancing encouraged!Special Memorial Day Celebration Concert ar MayfaireThe Mayfaire Town Center has added a Free concert on S...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
 Last weeks Parade of Homes was a huge success by any standards!!  Thousands of folks enjoyed the nice weather and viewed over 100 homes on the parade.  The Star News reporter Mike Voorheis wrote an article about his visit to our premier gated community of Landfall and his impressions of the 4.5 million dollar home. His article appears here.....I must say in all honesty, it was written in typical Mike Voorheis fashion, satirical in nature, and one of Landfalls residents took some offense to its content.  I include it in my posting because I know it was not intended to discredit Landfall or its residents, it was just humorous. The Star News had Award Winners in all the categories, and also pictures of all the homes on parade.  The Star News was also one of the sponsors, and was instrumen...
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I am so excited to represent Hagood Homes’ latest neighborhood, SaltGrass at Marsh Oaks.  Having been a Neighborhood Specialist for Hagood Homes for the past 5 years, it amazes me how this builder continues to get better and better.  Check out the details in this video.  Feel free to visit our website at www.SaltGrassAtMarshOaks for pricing, plans and availability!   
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                                                               Marsh Oaks has been one of the most desirable addresses in northern Wilmington.  Hagood Homes (www.HagoodHomes.com) is proud to have been selected as the exclusive builder for SaltGrass, the last neighborhood in Marsh Oaks.   SaltGrass comprises European inspired villas nestled among hardwood trees and rolling terrain.  This intimate and charming neighborhood features such engaging details as oversized brick, textured architectural shingles, copper bay roof accents and carriage garage entries.   Design Haus offers a fresh collection of five diverse villa plans designed exclusively for SaltGrass.  Flowing living areas welcome conversation and entertaining; creative kitchens boast the latest in today’s appliances; a variety o...
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By Andrea West
(Hagood Homes)
Wow!” and “These homes are deceiving” were the sentiments I heard most often these past two weekends during our local Parade of Homes.  Sponsored by the Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builder’s Association, the Parade of Homes is always an exciting time for a neighborhood  specialist like myself, as well as the builders that participate, putting their best foot forward to offer the public an inside view of their craftsmanship.  My model home in SaltGrass at Marsh Oaks (www.SaltGrassAtMarshOaks.com), the Sea Lavender plan was entered in Parade this year, along with four other Hagood Homes.  Over the two weekends I saw over 400 people through the doors and the feedback was conclusive.  Folks were impressed.    Hagood Homes (www.HagoodHomes.com) are all designed by the incredibly talented Troy...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
                                      Parade of Homes 2007 Features 107 Homes! The 21 st annual parade of homes in Wilmington, North Carolina area is one of the largest in the southeast, and this years event promises to be better than ever. The event is so large, and has so many homes to view it will be running for two consecutive weekends...April 28, and the 29th, and the following weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th.  This year's Parade of Homes spans a larger geographical region than ever before throughout the four-county area of New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow.   There is something for everyone and in every price range ranging from $130,000 to over 4 million (I can't wait to see that one)  The Parade showcases all sorts of designs from condos, suburban lifestyl...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
                                Wilmington again named to a best place to live list!Relocate-America has just released their 10th annual best places to live in the United States.  What is unique about this particular list, it is compiled, and determined by statistics and feedback by the actual people who live, work, and play in these communities.  The surveys created and sent along to http://top100.relocate-america.com/ must include their own reasons why they feel their city should make the list. The nominations, along with key data regarding education, employment, economy, crime, parks, recreation and housing are reviewed, rated & judged,  All in all 5 North Carolina towns and cities were named to the list, with Ashville coming in at an astonishing #1!  Other top vote getters were Beau...
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By Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
(Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC)
The Wilmington NC Cape Fear Area is known for it's eclectic collection of Festivals, Fairs, Art Exhibits, Tours and just all around fun activities for the whole family.Here's a sampling of events taking place in the next 2 weeks.Staring with the Year's biggest: the Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival!April 11 - 15, 2007 - Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival - A springtime tradition celebrating Wilmington's exceptional artwork, gardens, history and culture. Activities include headline concert entertainment; a three day riverfront street fair with arts, craft and food vendors, continuous live entertainment; a spectacular parade including floats, marching bands, clowns, animals, and celebrities; garden and home tours; the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, and much more. For more informat...
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By Gary Traflet
(Prudential )
Within the last week, we are beginning to hear a lot of reports about foreclosures. While foreclosures can be a great way to purchase a home at below market value, they are not without their pitfalls.Some things to consider go back to before the owner's weren't able to stay current with the mortgage. Long before the payments began to get behind, other things typically slip first. These generally focus around care and maintenance. When money is tight, upkeep is the first thing to fall by the wayside. Ultimately, lack of repairs lead to bigger problems and more damage. Ex. when you don't keep the home under a bond with a pest control company, you shouldn't be surprised to find that you have an infestation issue. These aren't easily seen but always prove costly.Another point to consider is...
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By Gary Traflet
(Prudential )
 Parsley Elementary School located in the Masonboro community has just received an award from the state called THE REAL DEAL. REAL DEAL stands for REAL Dedicated Educators, Administration, and Learners. This award was only given to one school in all of eastern North Carolina and 1 of only 10 issued for the entire state.To me, Real Deal means that you have a good balance in place. A balance between the administration, the teachers and assistants, and a strong parental involvement. Combine this with a successful teaching program at our local university at UNCW, and we have a lot of REAL DEAL programs in motion throughout the county.Parsley Elementary School is located in the Masonboro community of Wilmington, NC.  Parsley has been one of the largest elementary schools in the county.  Anot...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
   Fun Things to Do When You Live in Wilmington1. Go for a dinner cruise - our riverboats will take you on moonlight or sunset cruises up and down the Cape Fear River. These cruises are narrated or you can dance the night away 2. Visit the Cape Fear Museum, the Railroad Museum, the Bellamy Mansion Museum, St. Johns Museum of Art or the Wilmington's Children's Museum where you can let your imagination run wild or just discover the wealth of history in your new community 3. Walk through the grounds of a lovely plantation with its magnificent trees and its thousands of azaleas at Orton Plantation or take a trip back to the 1800s at Poplar Grove Plantation where you can attend such events as the Medieval Times Festival.. 4. Take a tour of Screen Gems Studios and see why they call us 'Wilmyw...
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By Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
(Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC)
 This weeks happenings around Wilmington and the Cape Fear CoastFriday, March 23, 2007The Hapsburgs' Awesome Eighteenth-Century Evening8:30:00 PMJoin the WSO at Thalian Hall as we travel back in time for an evening of the 18th century music of Bach, Haydn and Mozart. This evening's performance will feature Wilmington Symphony Select, the new professional core orchestra dressed in 18th century attire. The annual Benefit Concert is graciously sponsored by Brightmore of Wilmington. Call 800.523.2820 or 910.343.3664 for tickets.Thalian Hall310 Chestnut StreetWilmington, NC 28401www.wilmingtonsymphony.orgSaturday, March 24, 2007  Shemekia Copeland 8:00:00 PMGroundbreaking, Harlem-bred vocalist Shemekia Copeland has been rescheduled to perform her fiery brand of blues at 8 p.m. on Saturday, M...
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By John Horton, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates Downtown
(Century 21 Sweyer)
The investment from PPD in excess of 100 million dollars has created unprecedented investment in the Wilmington, NC downtown area. Along with 36 new business openings, we have more than 500 housing units being planned within our downtown area. These housing units represent more than 20 million dollars in private investments.Along with the investment of a Marriott hotel and the expansion of the Coastline Inn, will create over 1,200 jobs; 600,000 dollars in tax revenue for the city; 900,000 dollars of tax revenue for the county, and thousands of tourists a year who will be lodging, shopping, dining and enjoying our community. Tourism has been a great economic engine in our community for decades. This initiative will only strengthen and enhance our community as a destination for meetings, ...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
 and also the taxes! New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties have recently completed new tax valuations for property owners in the cities and towns of Wilmington, Leland, Hampstead, and the smaller communities they serve. Recent appraisals will no doubt bring about some negative comments from some property owners. Some of the beach towns...Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach have seen triple digit increases, surely that will not be good news for some. The assessed value of property in New Hanover County has risen by roughly 81 percent.A surge in coastal land prices in recent years coupled with low valuations the last time the county reassessed in 1999 means homeowners and others better brace themselves.The county's property values reflects the continuing lure of coasta...
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By Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
(Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC)
 Following on the heels of the Good News from CNN/MONEY,MSNBC names Wilmington to the Top 2O Hottest Real Estate MarketsRead all about it Here:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8475859the source of the data was the government's Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, http://www.ofheo.gov/  "Wilmington" is actually the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties. the Wilmington MSA ranked 16th in In the 2nd quarter 2006  in annualized appreciation, at 22.05%.  Its five-year appreciation rate (2001 to 2006) was  62.58%. The five-year appreciation rate (1996 to 2001) was listed at 27.8 percent. So, The ten-year appreciation rate owould equal 90.3 percent, or an average of 9 percent per year.    
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