North Carolina Seafood Festival Oct. 6th to Oct. 8th, Morehead City NC

(Published on - 8/30/2017 4:39:58 PM)

Great food, great fun & for a great cause!  Come join us on the Morehead City, N.C. waterfront.  Rides, food, entertainment!

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is in its 30th year.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret county citizens and business people, in conjunction with the town of Morehead City, N.C. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc., organized to develop and conduct a festival every year, the first weekend in October, to: promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry on the citizens of North Carolina; educate the public about seafood and its importance to the state economy; publicize the wide variety of seafood indigenous to North Carolina and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy it; boost tourism and recreation in eastern North Carolina in the non-summer months; establish a scholarship program for educational pursuits related to the seafood industry; provide the opportunity for North Carolina non-profit, civic, church and educational organizations to raise funds through participation in the festival.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament

(Published on - 6/7/2017 1:39:43 PM)

The 59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament gets underway on June 9th and runs through June 17th.  With hundres of thousands dollars of prize money this is the premier fishing tournament in the U.S.  Held at the Morehead City, N.C. waterfront come on by and watch as the anglers haul in the big ones!

Beaufort Food & Wine Festival

(Published on - 4/24/2017 7:29:12 PM)

Beaufort Wine and Food is gearing up for its 11th annual festival weekend, which will take place Wednesday, April 22nd through Sunday April 26th, 2015. Beaufort Wine and Food has become one of Eastern NC’s premier tourism destinations, winning many accolades along the way including being named a Top 20 Event for April 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society.  More information is available at

4 Bathroom Fads That Turn Buyers Off

(Published on - 4/24/2017 7:21:57 PM)

4 Bathroom Fads That Turn Buyers Off

For some buyers, the bathroom is a deal breaker. So if your listing includes these fading bathroom trends, you might have a harder time selling it.® notes some fads you may want to suggest your sellers change before putting their home on the market.

How about the most popular bathroom trends for 2017?

All-white bathrooms: They're tough to keep clean, so this trend is definitely reaching its end. "White tile and flooring can stain very easily, and any little mark glares at you from across the room, tainting the crisp, clean concept of an all-white look," says Tonya Bruin, CEO of Canada-based To Do-Done Handyman Services. "I have so many homeowners coming to me now to ask for these white baths to be torn out and replaced with a more varied color design." To offset an all-white look without a complete overhaul, paint one wall a different color or add colored towels and a bath mat, Bruin suggests.

Too many funky colors: However, you don't want to be too bold with your color scheme. Mustard, salmon, and avocado, for example, aren’t the most desirable colors in a bathroom. "Colors like these tend to look tacky and make your bathroom feel like it's stuck in the 1980s," says Scott Allis with Miracle Method, a bath and kitchen refinishing company. Go for a more muted palette for your listing, such as a mix of three colors in a 70/20/10 distribution. "Use the most neutral color for 70 percent of the walls, floor, and tile, a rich contrasting color for 20 percent of the look, and then an accent shade for the last 10 percent," says Bee Heinemann, an interior design expert at Vant Wall Panels.

A big bathtub: Design magazines may celebrate the luxurious standalone bathtub in the center of a bathroom, but it doesn't always work in reality. "This elaborate, oversized fixture is far from practical and actually has low resale value," Heinemann says. Bathtubs are used less often than showers, and if there's at least one bathtub in the home, there's no need to spotlight one in another bathroom. For bathroom remodels, designers recommend investing in a quality water-saving shower.

Subway tile and nickel finishes: Subway tile and cool finishes such as nickel and chrome are on their way out, designers say. Instead, "large format tile is a good way to go, as are mini mosaics and geometric tiles," says Nicole Rojas, a designer with Tellus Design in Southern California. Also, brushed gold and even black finishes are gaining popularity. "The silhouette is still clean and streamlined," adds Bea Pila, author of Sacred Spaces for Inspired Living. "But these newer tones add an element of modernity and sophistication."

Source: “7 Bathroom Design Trends Home Buyers Want to Flush Away,”® (April 19, 2017)

10 States With Highest Property Tax Rates

(Published on - 4/6/2017 6:40:26 PM)

10 States With Highest Property Tax Rates

The average annual property tax in the U.S. was $3,296 in 2016, with an effective tax rate of 1.15 percent, according to a new report released by ATTOM Data Solutions. The report encompasses a 2016 property tax analysis of more than 84 million single-family homes.

Read more: How You Can Address Your Clients' Property Tax Concerns

The effective tax rate, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, is the average annual property tax expressed as a percentage of the average estimated market value of homes in a geographic area. ATTOM Data Solutions identified the following 10 states as having the highest effective property tax rates in 2016:

  1. New Jersey: 2.31 percent
  2. Illinois: 2.13 percent
  3. Texas: 2.06 percent
  4. New Hampshire: 2.03 percent
  5. Vermont: 2.02 percent
  6. Connecticut: 2 percent
  7. Pennsylvania: 1.89 percent
  8. New York: 1.88 percent
  9. Ohio: 1.68 percent
  10. Rhode Island: 1.64 percent

"Ohio, in recent history, has among the highest average property taxes in the nation, even though housing is among the most affordable," says Matthew Watercutter, senior regional vice president and broker of record for HER, REALTORS®, in Dayton, Ohio. "Typically, the more populated urban and suburban counties have a higher effective tax rate than their more rural counterparts. This issue affects the affordability of housing, as property taxes do affect the ratios for potential buyers. By continually raising property taxes to support schools, as well as other infrastructure in lieu of other funding sources such as sales tax—which generates revenues from property owners as well as non-property owners—property taxes limit a buyer's ability to purchase as well as the property's ability to appreciate in value."

Among the 217 metro areas with populations of at least 200,000, ATTOM Data Solutions reported these areas as having the highest effective property tax rates:

  1. Binghamton, N.Y.: 3.10 percent
  2. Rochester, N.Y.: 2.99 percent
  3. Rockford, Ill.: 2.96 percent
  4. Atlantic City, N.J.: 2.77 percent
  5. Syracuse, N.Y.: 2.67 percent