Archive for August, 2008

3 Truths About The Real Estate Shift, Sellers Need To Know

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Seller,

The Real Estate Market has shifted and you need to be aware of this shift. Do not listen to the propaganda that the media is distributing, but do listen to your local Real Estate expert. Real Estate is a local market not a global one!

1. In New Bern NC, It is not 2005 and homes are not flying off of the shelf but they are still selling.

2. If you do not have to sell or are not motivated to sell, don’t.

3. The homes that are selling are the most beautiful ones and the ones that are priced right.  

Downtown Church in New Bern NC

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

First Baptist Church on Middle St. in downtown New Bern NC

Private School In New Bern NC Gives Back Today

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Ranked by this parent that is tired of the public school system, The Epiphany is one of the best private schools in New Bern NC.

Today was a perfect example of what this school is all about, Giving back to your community. Students at this school belong to advisory groups to help them with any issue that may come along.

These groups that include upper school or high school students and teachers were sent on a task to go help in their community.

This morning they all left the school together and went to places like the YMCA to spend time with younger kids, Mercy Clinic to fix food for the needy and planting bushes and flowers at an elderly home.

This is the type of school that we need in New Bern and throughout the world.

Before Buying a Home in New Bern, Educate Yourself on Mortgages

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

I had a call today from a first time home buyer looking to purchase his first home. He unfortunately made the mistake of going with the first company he came to. Avoid this pitfall and you will save yourself a great deal of hassle and money.

1. If you are paired with a Real Estate Agent referred to you by a bank, make sure they are acting in your best interest? If they are associated with a referral company, then they must maintain their allegiance with that company.

2. Get a good faith estimate from your mortgage company and do not rely on verbal quotes. If it is not in writing then it can not be guaranteed.

3. If you do not look further than the first mortgage company you come to, do not expect to get the best deal. Go to 3 recommended companies and get good faith estimates to compare them side by side.

The Top 5 Kids Activities When Relocating To New Bern

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Before I decided to move to New Bern 14 years ago, I wanted to know what there was to do for kids. When I went online, I could not find a whole lot of information on New Bern but boy have we grown. Here are the tops seven things kids can do in New Bern.

1. The YMCA just off of Park Ave., offers several opportunities for kids to be involved in sports. They have basketball, soccer, swim and gymnastic teams. During the summer they offer 2 camps, a sports camp and a regular activities camp.

The YMCA also hosts some great camps like the British Soccer Camp,

Here is a great link to information on their 2 pools:

2. The Strike Zone is a great place to bowl and play laser tag, the only place I know to do so!

3. The Swing Zone is the place to be if you want to play putt putt, video games, paint ball or challenge yourself in the batting cages.

4. Recreational Sports Teams can be found at many locations throughout New Bern: Soccer, football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics and lacrosse. Here are some links to these activities:



All other Sports:

5. Dance and Theater Companies: There are several located throughout New Bern;

Wanda Kay at

New Bern Ballet at

New Bern Civic Theater at

New Bern is Too Hot For Outside Pets

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

With the temperatures being in the upper 90’s, outside is no place for any-one’s pets.

Bring your pets inside when it heats up outside or heat exhaustion could kill them!

Consult your local Veterinarian for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Tax Reform Can Help You Buy A Home In New Bern!

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Now that a new tax bill has been passed, maybe you can buy that new home you have always wanted to buy!

On July 30th 2008, The President of The United States signed a bill that will help our housing economy get back on it’s feet, or will it?

This new bill HR 3221 called Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, will provide tax breaks for the first time home buyer.

The first time home buyer will receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the purchase price of their home up to $7,500 but this is temporary and will need to be repaid.

This credit is also tied to ones adjustable Gross Income and there is a time limit in which to buy your home.

To Read More About this New Tax Law go to this web site.

New Bern By The Water!

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Come play with us at this great little park called Jack’s Island located in Lawson Creek Park

Travel over Hwy 70 and you will find this great little picnic place called Jack’s Island.

You can picnic, play Frisbee or put your boat in the water.

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