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Around the Azalea Coast | Events & Community News for February 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020   /   by Anne Rose

Around the Azalea Coast | Events & Community News for February 2020


contributed by Jen Reed

What's Up | fun and festivities

February 1, 7:30 p.m. We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Wilson Center, Wilmington | Recording artist Damien Sneed presents We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington, NC. The event marks the 35th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which was signed into law and made a federal holiday in 1983.

February 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wilmington Coffee Fest | Community Arts Center, Wilmington | The Wilmington Coffee Fest at the Community Arts Center features demonstrations and seminars, more than 70 vendors, an art competition, a chance to vote for your favorite local coffee shop, live music, ice cream and bakery foods, and beer and wine. Please note: The festival's second location is Waterline Brewing (721 Surry Street) from noon to 5pm.

February 1, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Chef’s Showcase | Hotel Ballast, Wilmington | The North Carolina Azalea Festival presents a Chefs' Showcase at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington. The event features a five-course meal by special chefs from around the region including Don Drake of Magnolias and Blossom in Charleston, SC; Andres Kaifer of Vidrio in Raleigh, NC; Matthew Register of Southern Smoke in Garland, NC; Nathan C. Sims of the Hotel Ballast in Wilmington; and Jamie Turner of The Asbury in Charlotte, NC.

February 1, 3 p.m.  Wellness Provisions Health Fair and Launch Party | Port City Krav Maga, Wilmington | The Wellness Provisions Health Fair & Launch Party at Port City Krav Maga in Wilmington features local holistic practitioners and alternative medicine, plus raffles, snacks, vegan offerings, and local elderberry syrup. Please bring canned food items for Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.

February 8, 8 a.m. Wrightsville Beach Valentine’s Day Run | Wrightsville Beach Park | The Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run features a 5K (8am start) and a 10K (9am start), or spread the love and run both. The event also includes a Valentine's Costume Contest. Registration begins at 7am. Proceeds benefit the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department.

February 8, 2 – 4 p.m. Daddy Daughter Dance | Northeast Regional Library, Wilmington | The Daddy-Daughter Dance at Northeast Library in Wilmington, NC, features a wide variety of fun dance music, and a photo booth to capture the moment. Registration is open to fathers and daughters of all ages.

February 8, 5 p.m.  Big and Small Family Ball | Children’s Museum of Wilmington | The Children's Museum in downtown Wilmington presents the Big and Small Family Ball, a chance to celebrate Valentine's Day with food provided by Waffle House, dancing, crafts, treats, photo booth, and face painting. Also, an opportunity to win a gift basket from Trader Joe's.

February 8-9, 7:30 p.m., Wilmington Music Festival | Beckwith Recital Hall, Wilmington | The Wilmington Music Festival takes place at Beckwith Recital Hall and features an Emerging Artists Recital (Saturday) with American soprano Elizabeth Baldwin along with cellist, Samuel DeCaprio and harpist, Sonia Bize; and Piano Fireworks (Sunday) with five piano maestros: Professors Dokovska, Valjarevic, Shuai Zhao and Salwen along with Mr. Sydykov and Mr. Levin.

February 15, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fundraiser: Polar Plunge | The Annual Polar Plunge at the Kure Beach Boardwalk features brrrrave swimmers taking a dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean (3:05pm) -- in February! The event also includes live music, DJ, silent auction, costume contest, food and a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Free for spectators.

February 15 - 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 155th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson, Winnabow | The 155th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson in Winnabow, NC, features Civil War living history actors demonstrating the heart of both sides of the engagement. Participants can also enjoy Civil War historians and browsing the normally inaccessible northern and southern batteries of the fort.

February 15 – 16, 1 p.m., My Little Valentine Children’s Tea Party | Latimer House Museum | My Little Valentine Children's Tea Party at Latimer House in downtown Wilmington, NC, features an afternoon tea complete with dress up photo opportunity and Victorian craft. Admission fee includes tea, scones, adult and children's tea sandwiches, desserts, and souvenir craft. Teddy bears and dolls are welcome.

February 13 – 16, Horsedrawn Tours | Market Street Between Front and Water, Wilmington | Horsedrawn Tours presents Valentine Carriage Rides in downtown Wilmington, NC, featuring a red rose, a box of chocolates, and a private French evening coach. By reservation only. www.horsedrawntours.com

February 22 – 23, 70th Annual Camellia Show | New Hanover County Arboretum, Wilmington | The Tidewater Camellia Club presents the 70th Annual Camellia Show & Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington. The event features exhibitors and judges from all over the southeast; camellia experts displaying hundreds of blooms for evaluation by American Camellia Society Judges; expert growers offering workshops and answering questions; floral arrangements; and a special Children's Area with activities and art displays. HOURS: Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 1-4pm.

February 22, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., Character Breakfast | Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington | The Children's Museum of Wilmington presents a Character Breakfast, a chance to enjoy a buffet breakfast, and get autographs and photographs taken with favorite superheroes, princesses, storybook characters and more.

February 23, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wilmington Symphonic Winds Concert | Kenan Auditorium, UNCW, Wilmington | The Wilmington Symphonic Winds Concert at Kenan Auditorium features a program entitled Cartoon Classics.



KBT Realty Group Celebrates Five Years in Business with Anniversary 

KBT_1.jpgA milestone is was reached by KBT Realty Group last month as it celebrated its Fifth anniversary. A celebration was held at the Gardner Drive office and included past and present clients, partners, and friends.

“As we celebrate our first five years, it is truly gratifying to be surrounded by so many of those who have played such a significant role in the company’s success,” said Kirk Pugh, president and co-founder of KBT Realty Group. “We are honored to have such outstanding clients who have entrusted us with their home buying and selling needs. We couldn’t have reached this point without that support or the talented team that has served the company throughout our history, and great business partners, who work every day to serve our clients and help advance our efforts, not only as real estate professionals, but as trusted members of the southeastern North Carolina region.”


KBT Realty Group To Donate Bicycles to Local Children in Need

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The practice of a real estate agent providing a client with a housewarming gift is not uncommon. But KBT Realty Group of Wilmington is shifting gears in 2020. For every closing that occurs during the calendar year, the organization will donate a brand-new bicycle to be given to a child in need in the greater Cape Fear area.

The program, which was launched on January 1, 2020 will enable KBT Realty Group to expand its charitable activity, which has included work with the American Heart Association, the Miracle League, Toys For Tots, and Habitat for Humanity through KW Cares and the Keller Williams Wilmington team. KBT Realty Group is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and according to Kirkland Pugh, president, that milestone represented the perfect opportunity to give back to the community.

“KBT Realty Group has been so fortunate to have made dreams happen for so many families in this area, we wanted to be able to extend our reach,” said Pugh. “Through this effort and the continued support of our clients, we are hoping to make the dream of having a brand-new bicycle reality for those children who never thought they would have that opportunity.”

The bicycles will be donated at the end of the year, in time for the holidays. The goal is to exceed 250 bicycles and Pugh said he is confident the KBT Realty Group team of agents will exceed expectations.

“This program is really designed to help us personify our mission to add value to the communities in which we live and serve,” he said. “This team has truly embraced this challenge knowing that in the end the result of their hard work and efforts will not only benefit those buying and selling homes, but the children whose holidays will shine a little bit brighter.”

We are grateful also to our sponsors that have made these events possible.



New Faces At KBT Realty Group

Joining the KBT Realty Team of Market Professionals

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Ashley Simpson


"I chose to join KBT Realty Group for the tools and resources; they provide their agents with and the support of a well-developed team. I bring a knowledge of converting internet leads and past experience working with a high producing team."

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Tori Holt

"My journey with KBT Realty Group started in January 2020. I bring solid experience in customer service gained through nearly a decade in the hospitality industry, through which I have acquired a solid and lasting work ethic. I am passionate about serving others and look forward to the opportunity to help you find the perfect place to call home.  Making dreams come true is truly one of my greatest passions." 


What You Need to Know Before You Decide to Buy A Home

The process of buying a home in today's hot real estate market looks very different than it did a few years ago. The difference between having the winning offer or total disappointment boils down to a few very important details. While every buyer, offer, seller, and property are unique, here are some things to consider.

Are you in a hot market?

If the answer is yes then the good news is that home prices are most likely on the rise and you probably want to get in now while you can. The bad news is that a hot market is not for the faint of heart. You'll need to be prepared to act fast and be aggressive.

There's a good chance if you find a house you love you're not alone. There are other buyers who are going through the same process as you. The winning buyer will be the one that acts fast and writes an offer. In the same spirit as the being aggressive, you also need to put all your cards on the table.

This is not the market for going low expecting to have the seller come back to you with a price that you secretly would have been happy to pay. Chances are strong someone else is going to offer the seller what they want or more and you'll never get the chance to have that negotiation with the seller because they went with the other buyer.

Be honest with your agent.

If you tell your agent that you want the house for $5,000 less than asking when you secretly would be happy to pay full price, you've put yourself and your agent at a big disadvantage. It's okay to tell them that you would pay full price but you want to start $5000 below asking. Your agent has loyalty to you and they can only tell the seller what you're willing to pay with your permission.

Don't get caught up on the little things.

If the seller needs to stay in the house an extra day or two after closing then let them, this could mean more to them than the other buyer who has offered a higher price but is unwilling to work with them on the dates. Also, offer to pay the small transfer fees and other related costs. The emotional benefit of doing this is worth the cost.

Communicate clearly with your agent.

If this is the house of your dreams and you want it badly this is the time to tell your agent this. It's okay to say, "I'm willing to do just about whatever it takes to get this house". Doing this will allow your agent to give you the full range of options including some they may not normally cover for clients who seem less serious about being the winning buyer.

Of course, the KBT Realty team is happy to go into more detail about all of these strategies with you.

KBT Realty Group helped a total of 241 families in the greater Cape Fear region last yer

In 2019, KBT Realty Group was ranked 3rd in units sold in the Cape Fear 
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KBT Realty Group is the #1 team from Keller Williams in our local market

In the entire Carolina’s region (that’s North & South Carolina both), KBT Realty was ranked as the #13 team in 2019!


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