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Dec. 9, 2017

Ring in the New Year in Wilmington NC

New Years Eve - Wilmington, NC

Can you believe that another year has come and gone? We definitely can't. It seems like just yesterday, we were welcoming 2017 with open arms and now 2018 is just around the corner. With the arrival of 2018 also comes the time of getting schedules together, planning sparkly outfits, and trying to decide the one big question: Where are we going to go!?

Luckily, we have you covered. We know that Christmas hasn't even gotten here yet, but it's never too early to start making plans for events like these! And fortunately, Wilmington does not fall short of options for celebrating New Year's and we have compiled a list of hotspots for you to make it just a little easier to decide where you will spend your evening this year. These options are all in different price ranges, making it extremely easy to decide which one is for you and which one is not. Wherever you decide to celebrate this year, know that we mean it when we say Happy New Year! May the coming year go down in the books as the best year yet! 

-Regina Drury Real Estate Group

 

Wrightsville Beach

Blue Water's New Year's Eve Big Band Bash

Ring in the New Year with Blue Water's biggest event of the year. Blue Water's New Year's Eve Big Band Bash will feature a four-course dinner, with live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight.

Price: $89 a person (gratuity included)
Time: Seating at 8 pm and 9 pm

Location: 
Bluewater Waterfront Grill
4 Marina Street
Wilmington, NC 28480

Buy your tickets here.

 

Downtown

New Years Eve Gala at Thalian Hall 

Join the party at Thalian Hall's legendary New Year's Eve Gala featuring a delicious dinner, dessert, drinks and a live performance of the Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert presented by the Opera House Theatre Company. After the performance, ring in 2018 with a live DJ, dancing, and champagne toast. This event will also double as a fundraiser, benefitting Thalian Hall. 

Price: $150 per ticket
Time: 7 pm with curtain at 8:30 pm 

Location:
Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Buy your tickets here

Live Standup with Andy Hendrickson

If you prefer to laugh as you welcome in 2018, be sure to make buy your ticket's to Dead Crow Comedy Room's live stand-up performance by Andy Hendrickson. Sunday's 9 pm showtime and ticket price include a champagne toast at midnight!

Price: $25 a person
Time: 9 pm showtime

Location:
Dead Crow Comedy Room
265 N. Front St. 
Wilmington, NC 28401

Buy your tickets here

New Years Eve: Bacchanalia

Celebrate NYE with Wilmington's first and only dinner theater, TheaterNOW. For one night only, enjoy a unique evening of performances ranging from aerial acts, live music, comedy, and more. Dinner will accompany this entertainment, featuring a four-course meal with party favors and a champagne toast. 

Price: $90/individual; $170/couple; $40 for show only (limited amount of tickets available)
Time: 6 pm and 9:30 pm seatings (seating starts 30 minutes prior to show start)

Location:
TheaterNOW
19 South 10th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Buy your tickets here

Midnight in Paris

Bring in the New Year a little earlier at Le Catalan's event, Midnight in Paris. This event will feature a three-course menu along with a glass of bubbly and "cotillions," aka NYE "hats" (not to be mistaken for the social dance from back in the 18th century). ;) 

Price: $75 a person
Time: Begins at 5:30 pm

Location: 
Le Catalan French Cafe and Wine Bar
224 South Water St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

Make your reservations by calling 910-815-0200.

Embassy Suites New Year's Eve Soiree on the River

Enjoy a top-notch evening presented by Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront. This evening will consist of overnight accommodations in a king suite, open bar, a four-course dinner, live music by Port City Shakedown, a midnight champagne toast, and even a New Year's Day breakfast. Nothing starts a New Year like breakfast! ;)

Note: Must be 21 to attend the party.

Price: $349/couple
Time: 7 pm

Location:
Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
9 Estell Lee Place
Wilmington, NC 28401

New Year's Noon

Have kids and can't be out too late? still wanting to do some celebrating? The Children's Museum of Wilmington has created a family-friendly event where you can still do some celebrating for NYE. This event will feature a juice toast, along with the chance for your kid to make a party crown, streamer sticks, glittery slime, and more. The event ends with a huge confetti toss in the courtyard. 

Price: $8.75 to $9.75
Time: 9 am to noon

Location:
Children's Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Carolina Beach

Island of Lights New Years Eve Celebration

This celebration, held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, will feature a raffle, party favors, a DJ, and dancing. A huge beach ball will drop at midnight followed by fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. 

Price: Free!
Time: 9pm-12:30am

Location:
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Cape Fear Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

New Year's Eve Boat Party

This New Year's Eve party will be held aboard the Royal Winner Princess II in Carolina Beach, NC. It cruises along the Intracoastal Water Way and the Cape Fear River and includes a dance party with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Price: $30 a person
Time: Boarding time is at 10:30 pm with a departure time of 10:45 pm. The boat will return at 12:15 am. 

Location:
Winner Princess Party Boat
100 Carl Winner Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Make your reservations by calling 910-458-5356.

Celebrating at Home this New Year's Eve

Are you celebrating at home this New Year's Eve? Maybe you are having all your friends over and you are realizing that your kitchen and even your living room is a little smaller than what you really need to host all your friends and family comfortably. If you're looking to upgrade houses, don't forget you can always check out our website and see all of our recent listings! We would love to help you with buying or selling your home. 

 

We're Here to Help

If we can answer any questions about New Years Eve events around Wilmington or other events happening in the Wilmington area, we're here to help.  When you are thinking about Buying or Selling Real Estate why not choose an agent who has expert knowledge of the area in addition to great skills in listing and selling property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more. We are a full-time crew and can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Real Estate needs.

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Dec. 7, 2017

Unique Gifts for Women | Unique Gifts for Men

Unique Christmas Gifts

Are you stumped with what to get your spouse or even your friends? So many times we go to the mall or gift shops around and we find ourselves getting our partner another shirt or pair of jeans, or even a candle, year after year? Are you tired of getting the same gifts year after year? And what do you get someone that has everything?  Recently there was a great article about Cape Fear Games in Wilmington NC and board games reviews like The Godfather and Star Wars Rebellion.  If you didn't see that article, here's a link, click here.

Unique Christmas Gifts for Her and/or Him [video]

Regina from Regina Drury Real Estate Group shares in this video some more great unique gift ideas for her and unique gift ideas for him that you wouldn't normally think about.  Your family and spouse will love these gift ideas.

 

Think Outside of The Box

The best gifts don't have to come from a big box store or Amazon.

Has your loved one been looking for new things to do? Maybe they are very intellectually curious or maybe they just want to learn a new life skill. Contribute to their New Year's resolutions by offering a gift that nobody else will think about, like classes! And no, we're not talking about regular college classes. Why not give your partner the gift of skills classes!  Or maybe a special event in town or maybe even a subscription box. 

List of Unique Gift Ideas for Her and Unique Gift Ideas for Him

  1. Photography Class
  2. Cooking Class
  3. Dance Class
  4. Pottery Class
  5. A Night with James Gregory at Thalian Hall
  6. Season Pass to Jungle Rapids
  7. The Battlehouse Gift Card or Tickets
  8. A Subsription Box
  9. A Gift of a Down Payment to Buy a House 

 

1. Photography Classes

Maybe the person you are buying for has always wanted to take photography classes and you've seen how passionate they are about taking the right photo. 

  • Why not buy them a mentoring session with The Shoot Space? Offering several different package options for whatever your preference is and crash course sessions, The Shoot Space is the perfect option for buying a gift for your future photographer friend. 
  • Another option is buying them a photography class at Cameron Art Museum! Cameron Art Museum offers a variety of photography style classes (and even other types of classes). Click here for more information on photography classes in Wilmington, NC at Cameron Art Museum. Class prices range from $100-$300 depending on what you are interested in buying. 

2. Cooking Classes

Do you have a friend who loves cooking? Does she take her time in the kitchen, making sure she only puts the best plates on the table? There's always something new to learn, which is why we are suggesting buying a membership for your friend to the Cape Fear Food & Wine Club. In order to reserve any classes with them that are held at The Seasoned Gourmet, you have to be a member, so why not buy an annual membership for your friend to go ahead and get the first step out of the way? This is also on the cheaper side of a gift option if you're not looking to spend too much money. Specialty classes are offered regularly.

The Seasoned Gourmet even has kid camps and cooking classes for kids for the Junior Chef in the family! Check out their website for more information by clicking here

 

3. Dance Classes 

Give the gift of dance! Dance is a great stress reliever, mood enhancer, and is also great exercise. Social dancing has even be said to increase confidence and be good for your memory. So why not give the gift of Latin dancing! 

Wilmington has a stellar and extremely welcoming Latin dancing community in town with plenty of opportunities to dance, not only in a studio setting but also in a social setting. 

If you have a friend or a loved one who loves to dance but has never decided to spend the money on classes, why not buy the gift of a class package? 

Wilmington Latin Dance is one of the more well-known Latin dance companies in town and is offering killer packages to get your friend moving their feet in no time. Maybe you could even join them. Wilmington Latin Dance also offers packages for couples! 

Check out their website for more information by clicking here. 

 

4. Pottery Classes

Does your friend enjoy creating and being artistic? Do they always talk about wanting to learn how to do pottery? Help them get started by buying them an 8-week class session where they learn how to throw pottery.

Orange Street Pottery is a studio in town that has skilled instructors in town who have provided a variety of class times for all kinds of various schedules. Buy a unique Christmas gift for him or a unique Christmas gift for her and your friend or loved one could be learning how to craft up amazing pottery in no time.  Check out their website by clicking here.

5. A night with James Gregory at Thalian Hall 

Maybe you both need a night out. Nothing says "night out" like spending an evening at Wilmington's premier theater, Thalian Hall, buying tickets to see the comedian, James Gregory. He is in town for one night only on January 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm, so think fast. This would make the perfect stocking stuffer! Buy your tickets when you click here

6. Season Pass to Jungle Rapids

Does your friend love water parks? Consider buying them a season pass to Jungle Rapids. For $120, your loved one could be hitting up the water park every day in the summer time and soaking up the sun. For more information and to purchase your season pass to Jungle Rapids, click here

If you buy your ticket now, it will also give them free mini-golf every week and free go-cart rides every week until the summer season begins. 

7. The Battlehouse 

Why not buy a ticket for you both to spend a night out at Battlehouse? Battlehouse is a facility that's perfect for a game of strategy and for, of course, fun. Take laser tag to the next level and play at their 10,000 square foot facility designed to provide you with a unique experience. Tickets are $36 a person for standard tickets with military and first responder rates also. To check out their website, click here.

8. A Subscription Box

Subscription boxes are the new thing these days, so we couldn't forget to mention them. For truly unique Christmas gift ideas, consider buying a subscription box as a gift for your friend. Most subscription boxes have options for monthly packages, 3-month packages, and 6-month packages. It's truly up to you what kind of monthly subscription box you would like to buy for your friend. 

Here are just a few options for subscription boxes:

  • For a unique gift for her (aka the single friend in your life), check out SinglesSwag which is designed with the single woman in mind:

  • For the friend who loves to write:

  • For the friend who's New Year's resolution is to meal prep:

  • For a unique gift idea for him (or even her) and the gift of convenience, DollarShaveClub takes out the hassle of continuously having to go to the store to buy disposable razors. They ship a gift set and a monthly box of fresh razors for up to 12 months. 

  • For unique travel gifts and the friends who love to travel: 

9. The gift of a Down Payment to Buy a House

Imagine Christmas morning when you tell your son or daughter that you are going to help them buy a house!  Did you know that you could pay as little as $500 for a down payment on a mortgage? Well, that's certainly an option. Why not help your loved one invest in something even more permanent! Click here to learn more about buying a home with as little to no money down! 

We Can Help! 

Click "Contact Us" if you have any questions about how we can help you or your friend with buying a new home in Wilmington NC and surrounding areas. Our Real Estate Agents in Wilmington NC are full-time and can help you with any kinds of questions you might have for anywhere in the Southeast NC. 

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Regina Drury

Dec. 3, 2017

Cape Fear Games [video] | Game Store Wilmington NC | Game Reviews

Fun Game Store in Wilmington NC for All Ages

Are you looking for something fun to do in Wilmington NC?  Cape Fear Games is not like anyplace you've ever been.  If you haven't visited this game store, then you are missing out on one of Wilmington's hottest fun spots.  Cape Fear Games is centrally located at 4107 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC next to Pizetta's and Tanglez Salon. People of all ages stop in 7 days a week with and without a buddy. Stocked with an exciting variety of games, disc golf, cards, and collectibles not found anywhere else in Wilmington.  This store isn't just for kids and is sure to put a smile on your face!    

Cape Fear Games Logo

Cape Fear Games [ Live Video]

Maybe you have driven by this store on Oleander Drive a hundred times and meant to check it out.  Regina Drury from Regina Drury Real Estate Group did a Facebook Live walk thru video for you so you can take a peak inside.  She shows you how Cape Fear Games is set up, the 50+ games that you can play for free, and then she takes you to the back room that you can rent for a very low price to play privately with a group. 

 

Miniature Civil War Game [Live Vide]

While at Cape Fear Games, Regina showed everyone on a Live video a cool Civil War Miniature Table Game that was set up and ready for battle in the private back room.  The details of this battlefield were awesome!   

Game Reviews

Cape Fear Games has a lot of games that you can set up and play there for free.  Are you looking for a gift to buy a friend or family member.  We picked out a few of our favorite games that you can purchase from Cape Fear Games.  Here's some of our favorite games:

  1. The Godfather Corleone's Empire
  2. Star Wars Rebellion
  3. Ticket to Ride
  4. Splendor
  5. Stone Age

The Godfather Corleone's Empire

Watch out or you may find your family members swimming in the East River.  LOL, this game is a lot of fun and a challenge.  This is a quick game played with cards, pawn figures, and a board game.  No knowledge about The Godfather movie is necessary.  Age is 14+ and can be played with 2-5 players.  

 The Godfather Game

Star Wars Rebellion

Which side will you play on, will you be the Rebellion or the Empire.  As the Empire it's your mission to find the Rebel base.  No need to watch the Star Wars movies to play this game but seriously who hasn't seen the Star Wars movies?  Age is 14+ and 2-4 player game.  

star wars board game

Ticket to Ride

Choo choo!  Who doesn't love a great train game.  This board game is available at Cape Fear Games to play for Free and if you love it then you'll be excited to see that they have a few versions available to purchase.  The store is layed back no pressure so stop in and play it a few times if you like before deciding you love it so much that you want to buy it to bring it home to play.  Game Ages 10+ and 2-5 player game.

Ticket to Ride Game

Splendor

I love this game!  Splendor is a game about gathering jems and turning them in to purchase cards with points and jems.  A game for gathering Emeralds, Rubies, diamonds, etc of course I love this game!  Splendor can be purchased at Cape Fear Games and is for Ages 10+ and 2-4 players.  While at the store the other day I noticed it was available on the game pile for free game play so stop in, bring a friend or family, and play at the game store.

Splendor Game

 

Stone Age

Stone Age is about gathering resources like food, wood, stone, etc.  You gather resources to turn them in for points but watch out and make sure you gather food to feed them.  This game is for Ages 13+ for 2-4 players.

stone age game

 

Fun Game Nights

Games galore!  There's so many great games for people of all ages.  Are you into War Games, Strategy Games (The Godfather,) Role Play Games (Star Wars Rebellion), Miniature Games, Puzzle Games (Splendor), Resource Games (Stone Age), Card Games or Deck Builders.  

Are you into game tournaments?  How about a Pokemon league or a magic tournament?  You can check out Cape Fear Games website for Magic Events and other Game Event Registration.

Gaming Convention

How about a weekend (Friday-Sunday) of non-stop game fun?  Once a year (usually in April) Cape Fear Games sponsors a game weekend event offsite for people of all ages to get get together to play games all weekend.  Snacks, a fun crowd, and 100+ games to choose from...a perfect combination for a fun event.  Some people will stay all night!  

New to the Area

Did you recently move to Wilmington NC area or someplace here in the Southeast NC area?  Many people have come to the store to play a game and have bonded new friendships.  Why not stop in and check it out?

Regina Drury

We're Here to Help

If we can answer any questions about Cape Fear Games or any other business in the Wilmington area, we're here to help.  When you are thinking about Buying or Selling Real Estate why not choose an agent who has expert knowledge of the area in addition to great skills in listing and selling property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full Time crew.  We will provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Real Estate needs.

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Dec. 2, 2017

Top 10 Advantages to Selling your Home During the Holidays

Winter Holiday Season is the Perfect Time to Sell a House

Santa with Key

Is the Winter Holiday Season a good time to sell a house?  Many sellers feel that the Spring is the best time to place their home on the market for sale.  However, the fall and winter have their advantages.  Here are ten reasons to sell now.

  1. Only Serious Buyers are Out

  2. Time Off

  3. Out of State Buyers

  4. There is Far Less Competition

  5. Holiday Decorations Make a Home Look their Best

  6. Tax Advantages or Tax Breaks

  7. The Process will be Quicker

  8. You can Delay Closing for After the Holidays

  9. There Never will be a Better Time to Move Up

  10. It's Time to Move on with Your Life

Only Serious Buyers are Out

At this time of year, only those purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace.  You and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere "lookers".  The "lookers" are at the mall or online doing their holiday shopping.

Time Off

Some Buyers find the end of year a convenient time to look for a homes for sale because of the extra time off they get for Holidays and unused vacation time.  Most home search is done online and the extra time off gives them more time to do their online home search.  Then seeing the homes decorated give them a feeling of home.

Out of State Buyers

Wilmington NC Real Estate, Leland NC Real Estate, Hampstead NC Real Estate, Topsail Beach Real Estate, Wrightsville Beach NC Real Estate, Carolina Beach NC Real Estate, and the entire Southeast NC Real Estate is on the hot sheet with out of state buyers.  The secret is out that Homes For Sale in Wilmington NC are in high demand by Out of State Buyers looking to move to our beautiful Coastal area.  The next time you go to the mall, or drive on College Road or Market Street, take a look at all the license plates from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and yes, even Florida!  Wilmington NC Real Estate is popular with Out of State Buyers.  So when do you think these buyers are looking for a house.  They are looking all year!   "Snow Birds" (those who come here in the winter to look for a home) come here during the Holiday Season to find a home so they can avoid going back to the cold winters up North.  Many of them visit their friends and family during the Holidays and find it's the perfect time to search for their home. 

There is Far Less Competition

Housing supply always shrinks dramatically at this time of the year.  We had a very strong selling season this past Fall so our available homes is significantly more reduced than normal.  That means the choices for buyers will be very limited this Holiday season and in January.  Don't wait until the Spring when all the other potential sellers in your market will put their homes up for sale.

Holiday Decorations Make a Home Look the Best

Emotions play a big part when people choose their next home.  People pay thousands of dollars to stage their home to make it feel and look just right.  Selling a home during the Holidays gives an easy way to play up the warm appealing sense of home.  Don't overdo it but go ahead, put up your Christmas tree, holiday decorations, turn on the fireplace, and let that cookie smell throughout the home appeal to the buyers senses. 

Tax Advantages or Tax Breaks

Some buyers will be racing to find a new home before the end of the year because of the tax advantages that they will receive.  Some may be purchasing investment property and be looking to take advantage of depreciation write offs or maybe needs to complete a 1031 exchange.  

The Process will be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges for some people is the length of time from when it goes under contract to closing.  Banks have been inundated with both purchases and refinancing loan requests.  Both of these will slow in the Winter, cutting timelines and the frustrations these delays cause both buyers and sellers.

You Can Delay Closing for After the Holidays

Stressed Santa

Just because the closing can happen faster doesn't mean you have to.  Having your house under contract with a buyer and the loan complete in advance will give you peace of mind while you wait on the closing date that you prefer.  You could enjoy the Holidays and not even think about packing until the New Year.  Putting your house on the market now gives you the advantage of selling when there is less competition and yet the convenience of choosing your moving date.

There Never will be a Better Time to Move Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now.  Prices are projected to appreciate significantly more.  If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.  Plus there's been a lot of talk that interest rates are expected to go up.

It's Time to Move On with your Life

Look at the reason you decided in the first place and decide whether it is worth waiting.  The time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.  That is what is truly important.

 

We're Here to Help!

When choosing an agent be sure to go with an agent who has the expert knowledge of listing and selling property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full Time crew.  We will provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Real Estate needs.

Contact Us

Regina Drury

Dec. 1, 2017

9492 Night Harbor Dr, Leland, NC 28451 House Tour | Homes For Sale in Leland NC | 100083404

Affordable House for Sale Leland NC

9492 Night Harbor Dr, Leland, NC 28451 is centrally located in the Town of Leland very close to popular Waterford of the Carolinas and Magnolia Greens Real Estate. 

Facebook Live House Tour video

Take a Peak inside 9492 Night Harbor with our Facebook Live House Tour.

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What are the Features of 9492 Night Harbor Dr, Leland, NC 28451?

  • 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms and 2 Car Garage

  • Wood Floors and Gas Fireplace

  • Lots of Counter Space in the Kitchen

  • Easy Access to the Backyard

  • Community Pool and Clubhouse

  • 100% Financing Available

3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms and 2 Car Garage

9492 Night Harbor is a charming home in the Westgate neighborhood off Highway 17 and Ploof Road. 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms with a desired split bedroom plan separating the master bedroom from the other 2 bedrooms.

Front of house Night Harbor

Wood Floors and Gas Fireplace

The Living Room is delightful with wood floors and a gas fireplace.  

Living Room Night Harbor

Lots of Counter Space in the Kitchen

The Kitchen is spacious with lots of cabinets and a counter top overlooking the living room.

Kitchen Night Harbor

Easy Access to the Backyard

Sliding Glass Door takes you out to the big partially fenced backyard.

Back yard Night Harbor

Community Pool and Clubhouse

Located in the Westgate at the Arbors Neighborhood with sidewalks, a Community Pool, and Clubhouse.  If you are interested in more Homes For Sale in Westgate, here's a link.

Westgate at the Arbors Pool

100% Financing Available

Are you thinking about buying a house but don't have much money for a down payment.  If you have good credit we may have great news for you that you might need as little as $500 to buy a house!  Here's a great link to more information about our USDA Loan in the area and the 100% finance options.

How do I find out if I qualify for a loan?

It's possible that you might be declined by a lender and then find out from another lender that there was an option for you.  It's important to talk to an experienced lender when discussing your options.  If you don't have one, we can help.  

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We're Here to Help!

When choosing an agent be sure to go with an agent who has the expert knowledge of listing and selling property.  The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full Time crew.  We will provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Real Estate needs.

Regina Drury

Posted in House Tours
Nov. 24, 2017

You Can Still Buy a Home Before Christmas

Black Friday Deals

It's Black Friday and you're looking for all of the sales that you can get while you are doing your annual Christmas shopping. Perhaps you were one of the ones who went shopping last night or maybe you are just waiting until now to get a start when the crowds have died down. Whatever scenario you find yourself in, maybe your true desire is to own your own home. Rather than investing in something temporary, like that Black Friday deal, or buying something from that yard sale up the street, why not invest in a new home?

You Still Have Time 

If you get in contact with us in the next week, we can have you well on your way to closing on your new home before Christmas time. We know it sounds crazy, but it's not far from your reach. Typically closing on a house takes about 30 days (or longer) to complete, but with the right mindset and the right real estate agent helping you, it is completely possible. It's just super important to get the ball rolling immediately to get it done within the time that you are hoping for.

But what about the mortgage?

If you buy your home in December, your first mortgage statement won't even come in until February of 2018. This way, you still have enough time to prepare for making your first payment on your new home. 

Don't buy expendables, buy a new house

Buying a house is no easy decision and we know it, but we can help you take that next step--all before Christmas rolls around. If you are interested in any house on the market, please reach out to us and schedule a showing for it. The sooner you get in contact with us, the sooner we can get all the details in motion to get you well on your way to buying your new home. 

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Nov. 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving Day--it's a day of football, the Macy's Parade, family fun, and of course, food.  Speaking of food, here's a funny turkey video we thought you'd love.

5 Reasons to Give Thanks This Holiday Season

1. It's easy and doesn't require a lot of thought, nor does it take up a lot of time.

2. When you show your appreciation towards your loved ones, it uplifts them and makes them feel good.

3. Showing appreciation and giving words of affirmation lifts you up as well because you are acknowledging positivity in your life.

4. It's respectful and shows that you are paying attention to those around you.

5. Practicing thankfulness increases the value of your life. 

As you are practicing thankfulness, you are probably also thinking about all the family that is about to storm into your house, though. ;) We know--we've been there.

Happy Thanksgiving

Lots to Do on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day, after all, turns out to be a day full of early mornings in the kitchen for all the family cooks. These mornings are spent getting all of the recipes together and making sure you are timing everything out just perfectly before the family comes. Not only are you cooking, you are also preparing the rest of the house for everyone to arrive, making sure all the rooms are spotless and the table is set nicely, with the Thanksgiving centerpiece set on the table to make it all complete. 

Maybe you have your extended family coming for a full-on feast or maybe it's just a nice intimate meal spent with your close family. Either way, you've got a lot to do. That turkey is not going to cook itself, after all.  

Are you Thinking Your Kitchen Isn't Big Enough

The kitchen is starting to crowd around you a little bit. As the years go by, more and more family members keep coming, making it harder for your kitchen to meet all of the holiday demands--at least in a timely manner.

If realizing that your kitchen isn't necessarily big enough to host that many people, you also realize that your dining room is just not cutting it either. It's kind of hard to fit all of your family in the dining room also, forcing extra tables to be set up throughout the house to make sure everybody has a seat. You might even have to have some family members sitting on the couch.

If this is you, then maybe it's time to consider upgrading! We have plenty of options on the market that just might be more suitable for your family's needs, whether you are looking for a more versatile and spacious kitchen or a more expansive living room or dining room area. Feel free to reach out to one of our top real estate agents. Give us all the details--we want to know how we can help you!

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Regina Drury

Posted in Yep - We Did That
Nov. 21, 2017

A Jolly Good Time in Wilmington | Wilmington, NC Holiday Events

Celebrating the Holidays

Can you believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are already here? We can't either, but we are happy to, once again, celebrate the end of another wonderful year. From cooking your family-favorite dishes to snuggling up on the couch with some hot chocolate and watching one of your favorite holiday movies, this time of year is a time for family, friends, and all things holiday related.

Fortunately, Wilmington is a very festive city and always offers plenty of options for things to do to add a little sugar and spice to your celebrations. 

Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Wilmington NC and surrounding areas

Tree lighting ceremonies are true fun for the whole family. Everybody as a community gathers together for one evening while watching one of the most iconic aspects of Christmas light up--the Christmas tree. Many of these ceremonies have a special visit from Santa, Christmas music playing, caroling, and more to make the whole experience a Christmas treat. If you love tree lighting events, here is a list of all the areas that offer a night to gather around the tree and watch it light up with the colors of Christmas:

Carolina Beach:
Atlanta Avenue and S.Lake Park Blvd.
November 24, 2017 at 7pm

Downtown Wilmington:
Downtown Wilmington Riverfront Park (Water Street and Princess Street intersection)
November 24, 2017 at 5:30pm

Wrightsville Beach:
Wrightsville Beach Town Hall
November 24, 2017 at 5:30pm

Other Fun Holiday Events in Wilmington

Wilmington has some truly unique, local events that you could go to as well to enjoy an evening out with friends and family.

Enchanted Airlie

You'll need to buy tickets in advance for this early because it sells out every year.  This fabulous light show runs on sellect nights from Novemeber 24 - December 22.  For tickets click here

 

Wrightsville Beach Flotilla

If you haven't seen it at least once in your life then this is a must see!  Wrightsville Beach's popular Flotilla parade, is fun for all ages.  I love this Holiday Flotilla Boat Parade video produced by Ned Leary and Will Page for 2014 Flotilla.

 

TheatreNOW's The Greatest Gift:

Are you interested in dinner and a show?  TheaterNOW presents a dinner theater with Zach Hanner's The Greatest Gift. On the weekends through December 23, 2017, you can be entertained while enjoying a three-course meal! Production times are at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays with a 5 pm matinee on Sundays. Warning: parental guidance suggested! Buy your tickets here at TheaterNOW's website.

Location:
19 South 10th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Christmas Train and Light Spectacular:

Looking for a more kid-friendly event?
The Wilmington Railroad Museum will be full of twinkling lights, model trains in a winter wonderland, an appearance by Santa, and cider with cookies. This event is running on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, starting November 23 and running all the way up until Christmas. Bonus shows will be on December 26, 29, and 30. Entry is $5 a person and children under 2 get in for free. 

Location:
The Wilmington Railroad Museum
505 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

 

A Christmas Story:

Love a classic Christmas production?  You'll shoot your eye out for this special performance! (See what we did there?!) For two weekends, starting December 8 and ending December 17, Thalian Hall will be putting on a Christmas classic, A Christmas Story. Dress up and enjoy a night out at one of the most significant theaters in the United States that first opened in 1858. Showtimes for this production on Fridays and Saturdays start at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, there is a matinee at 3 pm. You can purchase tickets at Thalian's website by clicking this link.

Location:
Thalian Hall 
310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

 

The Nutcracker and The North Carolina Symphony:

Whether you like watching the ballet or tuning into the joyful sounds of Christmas, the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is offering a few different opportunities for holiday entertainment. 

For instance, two of Wilmington's ballet companies in town will be featured at the Wilson Center on different evenings:

*City Ballet will be performing their version of The Nutcracker with a live orchestra and chorus on Saturday, December 2 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 3 pm.
*Wilmington Ballet Company will also be performing The Nutcracker on December 16 at 6 pm and December 17 at 3 pm. 

The North Carolina Symphony will be performing a "Classical Holiday Pops" night on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm. 

Tickets for any of these performances can be purchased by clicking this link

Enjoy the holidays!

No matter your preference, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Now, don that couch sitting and go enjoy all that Wilmington has to offer! 

Happy Holidays!

Regina Drury &

The Regina Drury Real Estate Group

 

Nov. 20, 2017

How to Buy Affordable Housing Wilmington NC | Real Estate Wilmington NC

Top Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

House ValueBuying your first home in Wilmington NC may seem like an impossible dream yet millions of first time buyers buy their first home every year.  Have you started to look around then got discouraged and decided to continue renting instead? Here's a great list of tips to help you buy your 1st home.

Pros and Cons of Rent vs Own 

First before we go over the tips lets talk about the most common decision you'll need to make first, which is should you continue Renting or Buy now? 

Renting has it's advantages like you can move whenever you want, you don't have to have good credit, the landlord makes the repairs, and you don't have to make any commitments.  Renting disadvantages are of course you never will have it paid off and rents keep increasing.

Buying a house has it's advantages like picking a place that is all yours, painting it any color you want and adding your personal touches, building equity, and working towards having the house paid off.  Another big advantage is that your mortgage will probably be less than what the rent would have been for that house.  Of course the disadvantage of owning a house is if something breaks you'll have to fix it.   

Flag on HouseThe American Dream

We've grown up hearing that owning a home is the American Dream.  Travel to other countries and you'll hear stories of homeownership being impossible in many other continents around the world and an average household has an extended families (children, parents, grandparents, great grandparents) living in very tiny apartments.  

Yes, prices are high for Real Estate in Wilmington NC yet let's agree that it's not impossible to own a home here.

People buy houses in the Wilmington area every day with very little money as the down payment.  Saving for years to buy your first home really isn't necessary when there are great 100% loan options in the Wilmington area.  

How Much Do I Need to Buy an Affordable Home

Typically in Wilmington you'll need about $1,000 as the down payment when you write an offer.  Many first time buyers have had as little as $500 as a down payment, especially when getting a 100% loan.

100% Financing

House moneySo we've all heard money doesn't grow on trees so someone must be helping out first time homebuyers.  YES, we have 100% financing in Wilmington NC area. One of the most popular is the USDA loan which is a government loan program for houses in rural areas.  Although USDA is for rural areas, we are fortunate they have not redone the USDA maps yet.  For now Wilmington is still an available area.  Here's a link to the USDA loan program which will tell you more about how to qualify and also has links to areas that houses are for sale that may qualify for USDA.  

Another great 100% loan in The City of Wilmington is the HOP loan.  This is for lower income families (starts at $38,000 and goes up based on dependents) and credit score minimum 620.  This program is for 1st time home buyers.  60% of the loan is a low interest rate and 40% of the loan is 0% interest!  Minimum down payment is $500 and there is no PMI payments.  You must with your current employer for at least 6 months and 1 year in your current profession.  

Tips for First Time Homebuyer

money growing1) Good Credit is Important

If your score is close but needs a little help, there are helpful lenders in Wilmington that will give you free advise on how to improve your credit.  Don't assume you know what needs to be done.  Get advice from the experts.  It could save you time and money.

2) Skip the Expensive Cars and Car Payments

One of the biggest mistakes I see is people pay hundreds of dollars a month for their cars.  Next time you are at a car dealership and thinking about buying a house, ask yourself "Can I Live in that Car". The moment you drive that car off the dealership lot the value has significantly dropped.  Yes it's easy to get a car loan but that monthly payment will count against you for the next 4-6 years!  Buy your house first before signing the contract for a car payment.

Cuba House3) Keep your Expectations Low for the 1st Home

LOL, ok this Cuba house is an extreme example of low expectations.  I promise you that we'll find a house for sale nicer than this for you. 

We all want the big oceanfront house at Wrightsville Beach with 2 car garage and access to the beach from our backyard but this is your 1st home so let's refocus.  You might have pets and require a fenced yard.  By the way, I recently did a great blog post about Dog Parks in the Wilmington area and Dog Friendly Real Estate.

When looking for your first home write down your must have list but keep an open mind.  This first home won't be your forever home.  It's a place to start building equity so you can move to your next bigger and better house.  Make smart decisions and keep trading up and eventually you might find yourself in that Wrightsville Beach Oceanfront House you've always dreamed of.

4) Timing is Everything

Spring is not the best time to look for a house!  In the Spring there are more houses for sale in Wilmington but there are also a whole lot more buyers searching for a house at that time too.  More buyers mean more competition for you for that great affordable house.  With more competitors that means you'll risk being in multiple offers on a house and will find it very difficult to get all your closing costs paid by the seller.  

calculator5) Get Pre Approved First

When you find that great affordable house you'll need to submit a pre-approval letter with your offer.  There are a lot of buyers looking for the same thing as you so don't wait to get the approval letter.  Waiting until after you find a house can be a big mistake because while you're working on getting it, someone else can put in an offer for your house.

6) Don't Wait

I've seen a lot of buyers in Wilmington wait the last few years for prices to get better.  Instead prices have gone up and up.  Find a house that you can call home for a few years and start there.  Again, it's not your forever home.  You can continue to pay your landlords mortgage or you can start building equity for yourself.

Other Areas7) Consider Real Estate in Other Areas Around Wilmington

Foregoing your dream of owning a home just because you can't afford to buy what's For Sale in Wilmington doesn't make sense. 

Brunswick County Homes for Sale in Leland is still more affordable but maybe not for much longer.  As prices continue to go up in Wilmington many people are buying in Leland when they never thought they would.  The lower prices, lower taxes, and abundance of new home options make affordable home plan a lot easier. The #1 reason I hear people don't want to live in Leland is because of the bridge traffic or because they think it's too far from Wilmington.  Since the highway was widened traffic is not as much of an issue.  You'll get to Monkey Junction and Carolina Beach just as fast from Leland as you would from the North Wilmington or the Ogden area.  In fact, I think you'll get there faster!  For more Brunswick County Homes For Sale here's a link to some of Homes For Sale by City in Brunswick County.

Another great option is Homes for Sale in Pender County like Hampstead.  In Hampstead you might be surprised to find you can get a larger home with a lot more square feet for a lot less than Wilmington.  So why buy the tiny home in Wilmington if architectural styles and larger homes are better in other close towns.  How about checking out Homes For Sale in Burgaw.  This quaint little town is an easy 30 minute commute to Wilmington and will typically give you more elbow room between you and your neighbor's house.  For more Pender County Homes For Sale here's a link to some of Homes For Sale by City in Pender County.

Homes for Sale in Castle Hayne is also a great option and still very close to Wilmington without needing to cross a bridge or get on a highway.  Castle Hayne is often overlooked and yet it has some great Real Estate options plus it's in the USDA 100% loan area.

Regina Drury8) Hire a Professional Buyer's Agent

This step is equally as important as getting pre-approved before you start looking.  Affordable homes for sale are getting hard to find and when one comes on the market there's usually several buyers looking at it at the same time.  A full time Buyer's Agent will be looking for you and will be able to get you in as soon as it comes on the market. 

In the Wilmington market there's over 3,000 Real Estate agents and most of them are part time.  Your house will be the biggest purchase you'll make in your lifetime.  It's not the time to hire a friend who "does it part time" just to help them out.  You might get lucky or you might be like might get discouraged when they aren't very helpful.  You need a professional working for you.

The Regina Drury Real Estate Group is full time and actively prospects to find a home for our buyers.  When our buyers prefer a neighborhood or an area that there are no houses for sale, we call the neighborhood, door knock the neighborhood when allowed, and we mail them letters requesting help to find you a house.  We go the extra mile. 

When choosing the Real Estate Agent you'll work with it's a smart step to check out their reviews. There's an abundance of 5 star reviews for Regina Drury and Regina Drury Real Estate Group on Facebook, Google, and Realtor.com.

Homes for Sale Wilmington NC

House porch

Finding Affordable Homes for sale in Wilmington NC can feel like a challenge but with the right preparation steps you'll be in your new home sooner than you think.

Taking the first step and getting pre-qualified is an important step and I always recommend that you do it right away when you start thinking you might want to buy a house.  One of the reasons to get this done right away is so that if something shows up on your credit that you didn't expect, you have time to fix it.  Also getting pre-approved early is a good idea because you never know when that perfect cute affordable home will come on the market.

Owning your first home is an exciting feeling.  Soon you'll be picking out paint colors and hanging pictures in your 1st place.  Your first barbecue at your home you'll delight at showing your friends and family your new home.  Pride of Home Ownership is all possible and we're excited to help you!

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Nov. 17, 2017

Dog Parks Wilmington NC | Dog Friendly Real Estate

Grab Fido's Leash and Head Outside

Dogs on BeachIs Wilmington NC a dog friendly city?  That's a question some will debate, but personally my old Hudson Valley NY hometown didn't have dog parks or beaches or anyplace for the pets to play so I feel Wilmington is a dog friendly city.  Sure, maybe we need more parks or restaurants they are allowed but for a small city I think we have some nice options.

So why aren't the dogs allowed on the beach during the summer?  To protect the sea turtle nests, dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 1.  Now that the summer season is over and our beaches are open again to our four legged fur babies you might consider bringing them for a stroll on the beach this weekend. 

The great thing about Wilmington is that the beach isn't their only option.  With the cooler temperatures here, it's also a perfect time to take your dog for a long walk, or better yet take them for a play date at a dog friendly park.  If you haven't had a chance yet to explore our dog parks then you and your pup are missing out.

Dog Tired?

Dog at WorkYou've been at work all day.  Your desk is piled high with things to do.  Oh and remember your spouse called and said don't forget to stop at the store and pick up a bag of dog food on your way home.  After a long day at work, you might not be thinking of heading to a dog park.

Getting outside and going for a walk is good for you and your dog.  After a tough day at work there's nothing better than walking that stress off.  Plus you'll burn some calories which is always a plus.

Benefits of Time Off

Have you ever noticed that when you are struggling with figuring something out or if you had a bad day that stepping away from it all and doing something else for a little while helps clear your mind and refocus?  Dogs are great for that fun distraction.  You get home from a long day and they come to you all excited like you are the best part of their day.  Well, you are the best part of their day.

A Nap is Really What You Prefer

When you get home from work, don't stop for a break on the couch or lie down for a second because you know what will happen .....

 Dave Sleeping

Where are the Dog Parks in Wilmington?

There are 4 great dog parks in Wilmington that have fenced play areas for the dogs to play off leash.

Bull DogOgden Dog Park

Ogden Dog Park is at 615 Ogden Park Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411. It has 2 fenced areas that separate Big Dogs from Small Dogs.  My 15 pound dog thinks he's a big dog and prefers to play with big dogs but when we go to the dog parks we play it safe by avoiding the big dog area.  Ogden Park has some shade and fresh water so you can consider this park as an option to bring them in the summer.  The biggest disadvantage to this park, in my opinion, is that it is all sand.  I have long hair dogs so they come home with sand tucked in all over their little bodies.  Also some have said their dogs have gotten sandspurs in their paws.  My dogs love this park and haven't had any issues.  There are benches here so you can sit while your dogs run around off leash.

Hugh McRae Park Dog Park

This is my favorite dog park.  Hugh McRae Dog Park is easily accessible from College Road near Oleander Dr.  This park has lots of shade and natural pine straw throughout the play areas.  Just like the Ogden Dog Park, there are 2 separate fenced areas for Large Dogs and Small Dogs plus there's fresh water.  There are picnic tables inside the fenced area for you to sit on while your dog walks unleashed but the park prefers you don't bring food inside the fenced dog park.  Obviously food plus dogs could break out into a fight so it's best to follow the rules and don't bring anything.

Dog ExcitedWilmington Dog Park at Empie

Located on over 2 ares on the corner of Independence and Park Ave, Empie Dog Park is at  3405 Park Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403 in central Wilmington.  This dog park is across the street from the Independence Mall behind the Firestation.  It has 2 separate fenced off leash areas for Large Dogs and Small Dogs.  There's great shade areas and a fresh water station.  There is a dark sand in this play area that some have said discolored their shoes and their dog.  Most however love this park and especially rave about it's convenient location.

Halyburton Park

Halyburton Park is at 4099 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28412 and although there's no fenced area for off leash, it's certainly worth mentioning for the 1.3 mile shaded nature trail that dog owners and their pets will enjoy.  This park also has a fresh water fountain for dogs.

All of these dog parks require that you scoop up their wastes.

Dog Parks for Large Dogs and Small DogsDogs of different sizes

It's nice to have a variety of options for our pets.  If you have never brought your dog to a dog park be prepared that they might react a little nervous at first and some will try to stick by your side.  Try not to pick them up.  If your dog is aggressive do NOT bring them to a dog park.  It's not fair to the other dog owners and can cause a big problem.  It's important that when you take them for the first time that you watch their behavior and stay close.  

Your Dog will Thank you

Dogs are social animals and getting them around other dogs can be a very happy experience for them.  You might think they will play the entire time but many times my dogs go just to sniff the ground, the trees, and other dogs.  Either way they love to go to the dog parks.

 

Dog Friendly Real Estate AgencyDogs in Office

Regina Drury Real Estate Group is a Dog Friendly company.  In fact over the years, we've sponsored a few Dog Parties at Hugh McRae Park for our Past Clients and Friends.  Here's a link on Facebook to some of the photos from the Dog Party events.  Throwing a dog party was a lot of fun for the dog owners and for their pets.  We hired a dog trainer to come to the event and give us training tips.  We also had fun contests including dress up the dogs and racing back to the team.  Our events were catered and we had hot dogs and cookies for the dogs.  Funny part was most of the hot dogs and dog cookies were eaten by the people!  Even after telling them that those cookies were for their pets, they still tried it any way.  A face painter we hired for the events painted some faces of the kids to look like their fur friends.  It was a great time and we hope to see you at our next Dog Event at the Park.

We've had clients moving to the area that needed a place to board their dogs while they were in town looking at properties.  We can help you with great recommendations of our favorite boarding facilities and of course with recommendations for vets in Wilmington, and great restaurants in Wilmington that you can take your pets with you.  Yes, we even have some bars they can go too.

Dog Friendly Real Estate

Regina Drury petsWe have dogs and previously we had 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 ferrets so we understand the importance to pet owners of a pet friendly home.  We know that when you buy a house you prefer a fenced in yard.  If you can't find a fenced in yard we can help you negotiate for a fence to be added or we can give you recommendations for fence installers.

We understand the importance of accessibility to safe neighborhoods, sidewalk communities well lit for evening walks, and the importance of dog friendly home owner associations, do friendly condos and dog friendly townhouses.  

When you are looking for a House to sell or a House to Buy, we hope you will consider the Regina Drury Real Estate Group.

If you are curious how much your house is worth, here's a link to a Free Instant House Value Report: http://nchousevalue.com

Or if you'd like to see how much homes have sold for in your neighborhood, here's a link to all the Under Contract and Sold Homes.

 I'm Regina of the Regina Drury Real Estate Group and it was my pleasure to write this blog for you about the great Dog Parks in Wilmington NC.  I hope you have enjoyed this blog and share it with your pet owner friends. 

-Regina Drury

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