January 31, 2015

Super Bowl Dip

I found an awesome recipe on Pinterest this evening as I was thinking about wanting to try a new appetizer for the Super Bowl tomorrow. It sounds great and thought I would share. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Popper Dip

2  (8oz) blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup Kraft mayonnaise
1 cup Kraft shredded Mexican cheese
1 cup Kraft Parmesan cheese
1 (4oz) can chopped green chilies
1 (4oz) can chopped jalapenos
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter melted
Dried parsley (optional)

Preheat 375°
Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, Mexican cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, green chilies, jalapenos, pinch of salt, dash of pepper. Do not drain the peppers or chilies. Put in casserole dish. Mix panko bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and melted butter. Sprinkle the mixture over the dip. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite crackers.


January 29, 2015

7757 Cypress Island Drive Wilmington NC 28412

This beautiful brick home is now for sale in the Cypress Island Community. It has been immaculately maintained and is tucked in to quite cul-de-sac lot in the back of the community. This home has wonderful open floor plan that lends itself to entertaining. Large kitchen breakfast bar is open to the dining and living areas and is complete with updated stainless steel appliances. Neutral paint colors and upgraded flooring make this home move in ready. Large sunroom/library off the living room and master create great flow throughout this home. Enjoy your morning coffee on the sunny back porch overlooking your fenced backyard. Come enjoy the carefree lifestyle this home provides with close proximity to Carolina and Kure Beaches'. In addition to close proximity to the beach, this community features golf, tennis, pool and clubhouse for a low $110 monthly HOA fee. Offered at $242,000 you will want to take a tour of this lovely home. Call Shannon at 910-512-5399 or email shannonlee@seacoastrealty.com to schedule a showing of this incredible property.

January 25, 2015

Who pays for what?

Buyer & Seller Costs in a Real Estate Transaction

What are my closing costs going to be? How much is a survey? What do I have to pay for?

Every transaction is unique however this is a list of typical cost(s) and responsible party in a transaction. Of course, your Realtor and lender can help you with more accurate estimations as the transaction progresses. Hopefully someone will find this list helpful with estimated cost(s) projections.

Estimated Cost(s)

Seller pays for:                                                           Approximate amount:

Commission                                                               5-10% of the purchase price

Deed Preparation                                                      $95-150

Revenue Stamps                                                        $2 per $1000 of the purchase price

Release of Sellers Mortgage                                    $35-45

Federal Express                                                         $35-40

Home Warranty                                                         $400-500

Buyer pays for:                                                           Approximate amount:

Earnest Money                                                          typically 1% of offer price

Appraisal                                                                    $400-500

Credit Report                                                             $30

Home Inspection                                                       $350-450 (based on square footage)

Origination Fee                                                          1% of the loan amount (can vary)

Discount Points                                                          a % of the amount/type of loan

Attorney Fee                                                               $500-600

Termite Inspection                                                    $75-100

HVAC Inspection                                                       $85-100

Survey                                                                           $300-700 (depending on size)

Flood Certification                                                     $12-30

Recording Fee                                                             $90-125

Title Insurance                                                            $2 per $1000 of the purchase price

HOA Dues                                                                    Prorated from date of closing

Federal Express                                                          $35-40

Commitment Fee                                                       $450

Document Preparation                                             $75-100

January 22, 2015

DefyGravityWilmington is now open

I couldn't resist to post about the newest family friendly attraction in the Wilmington Area, DefyGravity. Since opening a few weeks ago, I have been with my sons several times. It is awesome! Here are a few tips I have learned that I thought I should share:

  1. Be sure to reserve your flight time ahead of schedule (do not just show up and hope to jump especially on a Saturday) because they do sell out. www.defygravity.us/Wilmington       
  2. Dress as you would if you were going to the gym. I was much overdressed for my first visit and I didn’t jump (just helping my kids out of the foam pit and overseeing them learning the rules was enough to break a sweat). So, even if it’s cold outside you might want to dress in comfortable layers you can peel off if needed.
  3. No shoes on the floor, they prefer that you jump barefoot (it's just safer than sliding on the trampolines).
  4. You are required to sign a waiver (either online in advance when you book your flight time or when you arrive) prior to jumping. They actually do have 3 kiosk machines that you can sign your waiver(s) as you arrive prior to jumping if you forget to do it online in advance.
  5. Parking is a little problematic but keep in mind the flight times run on the hour and half hour; so if you are patient and keep that in mind with your arrival time a space should open up from someone leaving soon.
I also think the best deal that they offer is the KidJump, Monday-Friday 9am-12pm where kids 6 and under (which mine are) jump for $8/hour and 1 accompanying adult jumps for free! Overall... I rate this new family friendly attraction to Wilmington 5 stars. It’s clean (hopefully they keep that up, since it is brand new), the staff is very friendly/helpful and its good clean fun! So far during 3 trips the music is appropriate for all ages as well. Which as a mom, I really appreciate! So, go try it out and hopefully these tips are helpful to someone!  Enjoy!

The address is:
Defy Gravity Wilmington
6431 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405

The phone number is:

The website is:

January 21, 2015

Treefest 2015

Treefest is this Friday and Saturday! Friday, January 23rd & Saturday, January 24th from 10:00am until 5:00pm the annual event will be held at Independence Mall (inside at the JC Penny court) and will be distributing trees to New Hanover County residences. A suggestion of $3 per household is mentioned in the advertisement I received "to ensure Treefest will continue next year."

Available Tree Species:

Atlantic White Cedar
Bald Cypress
Black Gum
Black Walnut
Chestnut Oak
Crape Myrtle
Eastern Red Cedar
Green Ash
Live Oak
Longleaf Pine
Mockernut Hickory
River Birch
Swamp Chestnut Oak
Wax Myrtle
White Oak

This is a first come first serve event so keep that in mind. Species of trees are subject to change without notice according to the advertisement. Go out a support this awesome event! Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC 28403. A tree for $3.00 (or more if you can)...you can't beat that! Treat your home to a little curb appeal upgrade! Thank you New Hanover County!

January 20, 2015

2014 End of Year Real Estate Recap

The annual market report was recently reported from the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors new president Sherri Pickard and I found it to be extremely positive news that I needed to share.

Overall, our average sales price has increased 4.6% when comparing 2014 to 2013. Only one zip code showed a decrease in average sales price. The average number of days on the market also slightly decreased in comparison.

Here is the breakdown of average sales prices per zip code:

28401: $132,649
28403: $212,842
28405: $300,789
28409: $308,567
28411: $289,741
28412: $196,712
28451: $224,523
28480: $743,370
28428: $261,366
28449: $374,272
28443: $259,299

The Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas are showing improvement almost 100% across the board which is very positive news. This is a nice indication that our housing market is healthy and getting stronger.

Feel free to email me at shannonlee@seacoastrealty.com for any questions about this post. Thanks for reading!