Saturday, December 27, 2008

Interest Rates

Folks, this is really getting interest-ing. Take it from a guy that had to sell homes when interest rates were 18%, todays mortgage rates should make buying a home a slam dunk. I have seen quotes as low as 4.5%, and these rates have not been seen since the 1940's.

Will home prices continue to slide backwards? Perhaps, nobody can say for sure. But I am confident that the affordability index of owning a home may never be better. Now is the time to make your move. For all you need to know about buying a home in New Bern go to

Friday, December 26, 2008

Retirees often have some free time and want to help their others that are not as fortunate. New Bern NC has an abundance of non profits, clubs, and organizations that do wonderful things for the needy. I have listed quite a few of these organizations on a web site for the convenience of those wanting to serve others or that have a hobby and want meet other's in the area that have similiar interest.
If you know of other organizations that would like to be included on this website let me know and I will be glad to do so.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Household Electronics Recycling

January 10, 10:00-2:00 unwanted electronics items including televisions and computers will be accepted at no charge. As you are aware electronics are a major source of pollution at our landfills so now is a great time to dispose of these items in an enviormentally friendly manner.
Drop of location will be the Craven County Agricultural Building parking lot located in the Industrial Park.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

2008 Coming to an End-better days ahead

2008 is coming to an end soon and I am looking forward to 2009. I am optimistic about the upcoming year for many reasons. I cannot help but believe that the below 5% interest will start to have a positive effect on the housing market over the next 12 months. Hopefully we will see a reduction in inventory to to the attractive rates. This will have a positive effect across the entire economy as the housing industry affects some many different businesses.
My biggest concern is that as Americans we all need to wake up and stop living over our heads. We have to much debt and need to start saving for the future.
My 2009 New Year Resolution. Excercise and reduce debt. And yes it has been a dificult year but we made it through it, well almost, just a few more days. At any rate Merry Christmas and I hope 2009 will be a good year for you.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Bern's Tryon Palace wins national recognition

Located in historic downtown New Bern the Tryon Palace was the colonial mansion for the governor of North Carolina. New Bern served as the capital until the late 1770's when the capital was moved to its present location in Raleigh. Go to for more New Bern History.Eventually the palace was destroyed in a fire. In the 1950's the palace was rebuilt on its origional foundation and today is one of the top tourist attractions in the south.
For many years the Palace has gone all out during the Christmas holidays with decorations and Christmas cheer. Recently the Tryon Palace was named as one of the top 7 places in America to find holiday cheer. From Dec.1 through the first week in January the palace is wrapped in garlands and old fashioned wreaths bearing apples and pine cones. Staff members dress in period costumes creating a realistic colonial period setting. Christmas productions add even more spirit resulting in a fun and cheerful filled December.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

8 good reasons to list your house for sale now.

  1. Folks looking during the holidays are often more serious about buying.
  2. There are usually less homes for sale during the holiday and therefore less competition.
  3. Home inventory typically increases during January meaning more competition.
  4. Homes show better when they are decorated.
  5. Buyers are often more emotional during the holiday and often will make quick decisions.
  6. Buyers have more time to shop for homes during the holidays.
  7. Some buyers must buy before the end of the year.
  8. Many jobs transfer during January and make their buying decision in Dec.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bring it home West Craven High School

Tomorrow night is the biggest game in the long and storied career of Coach Clay Jordan. The 3A state football championship will be held in Winston Salem and regardless of the outcome all of Craven County and Eastern NC is proud of the West Craven Eagles.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

AWESOME- That is all I can say.
The West Craven Eagles pulled of any incredible victory Friday night in the 3A state semi finals. Brett Mooring threw a touchdown pass with just 34 seconds remaining to win a thriller 22-19.
Next Saturday will be the state finals. Go Eagles.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Tonight is a big night for the West Craven Eagles. They are going to Rocky Mount for the NC semi finals 3A football playoffs. A win here puts them in the finals.
Undefeated this year the Eagles, led by quarterback Bret Mooring, have showned true grit in their battles against some tough teams. Good luck Friday night.