Mayfaire is itself an amenity, a gem set in the coastal landscape of the Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington area. Here is a video of the community:
House hunting can be an exhausting task. Touring all of the available properties can be an overwhelming experience, especially for first time home buyers. Let us offer some suggestions on your home search.
1. Write a list of the must haves. These are features in the new home that you consider non-negotiable and you can’t live without.
2. Make a wish list of the things that would be nice. For example, a garage or hardwood floors. Realize that these are the items that you want, not need and these may be things that could be added after you move in.
3. Deal-breakers. These are the things you really don’t want. Examples include a neighborhood without sidewalks, a longer commute to work, or busy streets. These are often things that can’t be changed.
By giving your agent these ideas, you can work together to narrow down the search. Realize that your ideas may change as time goes by, but knowing what you can and can’t live without in a home will increase your chances of buying property that’s just right for YOU.
Which brings up another point- when touring homes for sale, outside opinions could muddy the waters. If your mom, uncle, or friend decides to join you on the search, make sure they don’t sway you in another direction. This is when your list will come in handy to remind you of what YOU want, not what your mom, uncle, or friend may want.
Last but not least, choose a good agent. Before looking at that first home, your agent should go over the complete process, how they operate, and what they charge. They should also get a good understanding of your “needs, wants, and wishes.” It’s also necessary that your agent is licensed by the state and have the transaction experience and confidence to negotiate effectively in a competitive market. A good agent also acts as a “guardian angel,” protecting you in the transaction and welcoming questions about the area or the process. A good agent shouldn’t push anything on you. Your agent is an important part of the searching process; Intracoastal agents make sure your experience is nothing less than exceptional.
Did you know that Homeowners Associations first emerged in the United States in the mid 1800’s? In North Carolina there are over 17,935 homeowner associations. Collectively, this represents over 2,025,000 households or 53% of the owner occupied households in the state. It also represents tens of thousands of volunteers that serve on association boards and committees.
It’s very important to know the laws of your land and your neighborhood. Both governments and homeowners associations can impose powerful—and sometimes incredibly strange—restrictions and requirements. Some of these fines can be pretty costly.
Luckily none of these seven crazy examples of laws and HOA rules are local:
1. Can’t park your car in your own driveway In Odessa, Fla., a resident was fined by his board for parking his pickup truck in his own driveway because it wouldn’t fit in his garage. Not our problem, the HOA basically told him before slapping him with a lawsuit. After a protracted legal battle, he has since won the right to park his car, but only after two years and $200,000 in legal fees.
2. Don’t plant too many roses While foreclosure is an increasingly real threat to homeowners, few expect to lose their house based on gardening infractions. But that’s exactly what happened to a Rancho Santa Fe, California, resident who planted too many roses on his property. After $70,000 in fees, he lost his legal battle against the HOA and ultimately lost his home to the flower debacle.
3. Indoor drying only As seen in a Colbert Report expose, a Bend, Oregon, resident was shocked by her HOA’s rejection of her outdoor clothesline. Her natural drying method was dubbed a hazard, and they began levying fines that totaled nearly $1,000. She eventually took down the offending line, even after the Right 2 Dry movement got behind her.
4. No mothers-in-laws allowed If you’re a married man in Iowa, the government grants you a special privilege: you’re allowed to bar your mother-in-law from your home. While certainly useful to men trying to ditch their spouse’s mom, this law does not extend to women.
5. Only use sanctioned paint What appears to be an inoffensive pale blue house has caused a stir recently in one Georgia neighborhood. Unaware of his HOA’s rules, a homeowner painted his house before having the color officially approved by his board. And with a $25 per day fee levied every day his house bares the offending hue, he’s already racked up $6,800 in fines on top of legal fees.
6. No service dog for the hearing impaired Despite the Americans with Disabilities Act, a Fort Collins, Colorado, HOA fined a hearing-impaired resident for keeping Pookee, her Pomeranian service dog. The HOA even threatened to put a lien on the property.
7. Don’t use ‘inconsistent’ shingles As if it wasn’t tragedy enough when a plane fell out of the sky destroying a Sanford, Florida, man’s home, his HOA then challenged his rebuilding efforts. It threatened litigation because the shingles and elevation in his new house’s plans didn’t match his neighbors’.
Our suggestion: Make sure you understand the HOA or condo association rules before you purchase the property. Your real estate agent will have access to searches and neighborhood covenants if you need help. Another source is HOA-NC. HOA-NC is dedicated to providing resources that promote a better understanding of townhome, condominium, and single family homeowner associations in North Carolina.
Oct. 31—Scary Creepy Critters. 1:30pm-3pm. Educational program, nature trail hike, and creepy crafts that revolve around bats, spiders, and other scary, creepy creatures. Ages 6-10 yrs. Pre-registration required. Admission charge. Halyburton Park, Wilmington. 910-341-0075;
Oct. 31—Trick-or-Treat at the Mall. 3-5pm. Kids arrive in costume and retailers provide candy. Independence Mall. 910-392-1776;
For more information about Fall featured events, experiences and seasonal specials. For a FREE Official Visitors Guide to Wilmington & NC’s Cape Fear Coast (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach), stop by the Visitor Information Center located at 24 N. 3rd St., Wilmington, or visit website .
Before traveling any distance, please call the event venue in advance to confirm date, time, prices.