Monthly Archives: May 2013

Homebuyers Mystified by Mortgages

Homebuyers. Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power.” But a recent survey just released about home buyer’s knowledge about mortgages and mortgage lending reveals that a lot of us have something to learn and it’s costing us money. “Time is money” said Benjamin Franklin. If you are having any thoughts of buying or refinancing a home now is the time to learn about financing….

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Coastal News and Issues

Coastal News and Issues. Several very important coastal issues are being discussed on a state and federal level. Several bills are in the North Carolina legislature that could affect boating and fishing along our coast. Other possible restrictions may be coming from the federal government that could prohibit or alter how we recreate along the beaches and in the surf of the Crystal Coast….

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Mortgage Rates, Affordability and Foreclosures

Mortgage Rates, Affordability and Foreclosures are on the move. Some are rising and others falling. But all are on the leading edge of a recovering real estate and housing market. It’s hard to believe that the highest mortgage interest rate this year for a 30 year fixed loan has been only 3.85 percent. That happened last March 13. The national average for this past week was at 3.71 percent. Some economists are watching…

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Crystal Coast Fishing Report – May 2013

Crystal Coast Fishing Report. From Blue Marlin to Bluefish and everything in-between, the fishing along the Crystal Coast and Cape Lookout has rocketed into a fast pace. The beaches, sounds, inshore and offshore catches have all been great. But here’s the good news. It’s just getting started! Beach water temperatures this past week have been averaging around 64-66 degrees. Just a few degrees warmer and Spanish mackerel will move into the piers and beaches….

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Tax Reform Could Affect Home and Land Owners

The state of North Carolina collected over 10 billion dollars in personal income taxes during the year 2012. That’s ten times the corporate tax income and twice as large as the monies collected off of sales and uses taxes. But now the state of North Carolina is trying to figure out how to eliminate personal income taxes, it’s largest revenue producer….

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National and Crystal Coast Home Prices Climb

Crystal Coast Home Prices. It’s been a while since home sellers have had some consistently good news. The recent market reports not only show the trend continuing but March prices show a large spike upwards.
CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, just released its March report. It shows that, “Home prices nationwide….

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Difference Between Real Estate Broker and Realtor

Real estate broker and Realtor. Do you know the difference between the two? Don’t worry if not, most people don’t. This why the North Carolina Real Estate Commission has just released a video that explains it all. It’s called the, “Difference Between NC Real Estate Commission and NC Association of Realtors” and highlighs the difference, responsibilities…

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Two 800 Pound Gorillas in the Game Fish Room

Game fish status for three species of fish is back in the news and in the North Carolina Legislature. But while certain groups are debating the status of speckled trout, red drum and striped bass everyone is missing the two 800 pound gorillas that are sitting in the room. If North Carolina isn’t careful House Bill 983 is going to unleash them both….

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