Category Archives: Lending

PBS series Antique Roadshow coming to Raleigh

Pull out the family china. Dust off that heirloom rocking chair. Antiques Roadshow is coming to Raleigh.

The PBS series has announced it’s 2009 schedule, which includes a June 27th stop at Raleigh’s new convention center.

Admission to the show is free, but advance tickets are required. Ticket holders are allowed to bring two items for a free verbal evaluation by experts.

For more information on how to get your tickets, visit the Antiques Roadshow website, or call 1-888-762-3749.

Top Three Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

The average American’s credit score is 723. Having a high credit rating can give you better interest rates on credit cards, car loans and even your mortgage. It’s important to know the top factors that affect your score and check your credit report for accuracy.

1. Pay on Time
The most important factor to a potential lender is whether or not you will pay your bills in full and on time.

2. Use a Variety of Credit
A variety of credit, such as mortgage loans and credit cards, can show that you are responsible for paying back both large and small financial promises.

3. Keep Accounts Open
It is a bad idea to open a credit card just to take advantage of a discount or a freebie then close it right away. The longer your credit history, the higher your credit rating tends to be.

New Years Day Ocean Dip

Most people save swimming in the ocean for the summertime, but every New Year’s Day hundreds brave the chilly temperatures for a celebratory dip.

Last year, three thousand people raced down the beach for a ritual New Year’s swim. This year, not as many brave souls took the plunge into the Atlantic, but they reveled in the afterglow. Surf City’s Seventh Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza was a success, and a refreshing start to 2009.

Dolphin Dip founder, Brian Moxey said, “When you’ve accomplished something at noon on New Year’s Day that you didn’t think you could do, it makes your other real New Year’s resolutions more attainable.”

“I was thinking of a crazy thing to do for New Year’s – how to wash way all the bad stuff that happened before – and just make it clean,” said Dolphin Dipper, Vanya Almekindrs. Continue reading

Right whale makes encore appearance off Wrightsville Beach

And like the first time “Calvin” was spotted off Wrightsville Beach four years to the day, the North Atlantic right whale wasn’t alone.

Researchers taking an aerial survey Tuesday morning saw two whales moving south about 10 miles east of Masonboro Inlet.

A review of the natural and unique skin growths on the whale’s face identified the larger of the pair as Calvin, a whale so named for her inquisitive nature before her sex was known.

But the other whale, a small gray animal that was too young to have developed any callosity pattern, had never been seen before. Continue reading

Temperatures on Carolina coast set records

While parts of the nation were shivering and covered in snow and ice, the Carolina coast was enjoying record high temperatures this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., reports that North Myrtle Beach reached 70 degrees Sunday, beating the old record of 68 degrees set in 1954. It was also 14 degrees above the normal temperature for this time of year.

Wilmington was an even balmier 76 degrees, tying the record last reported in 1971. That was 19 degrees above Wilmington’s normal temperature.

The National Weather Service reports that the Carolina coast has been experiencing average temperatures in the 50s while some parts of the country have reported record snowfall for December.

Six Tax Breaks Every Homeowner Should Know

Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” More than 200 years later, this certainly holds true. And while being a homeowner won’t add years to your life, the modern tax code has a number of benefits certain to make your tax bill lower. The following are a few ways your CPA or Tax Preparer can help you save:
Take an interest in your mortgage interest – Statistics show that only about half of homeowners claim this valuable deduction. Make sure you’re one of them. On average, qualified American homeowners save about $2,000 per return by deducting mortgage interest. And when added up over the life of the loan, this can make a big difference in your retirement savings. This is a huge break that renters don’t get! So take advantage of it. Continue reading