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REALTOR® Action Day 2016

Wilmington, NC- “This is wonderful,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, after learning that 580 of his Realtor colleagues had been mobilized to community service through the second annual Realtor Action Day on April 5th. 

Mayor Saffo went on to exclaim, “This is the essence of community.” In an effort to corporately give back to the community, members served ice cream to seniors at The Davis Community in Porters Neck, planted flowers around the Kure Beach Community Center, installed new fencing at the Community Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington, and planted sea oats on Wrightsville Beach, investing thousands of man hours and tens of thousands of dollars to prepare for spring and the impending Azalea Festival. Specifically, 1,750 marsh grass seedlings were planted on the coast in the Carolina Beach State Park and 15,000 sea oats were planted on Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Topsail Beach.
 
“We wanted to help spit-shine the area as we welcome visitors for the Azalea Festival,” said President Don Harris. “I’m excited not only by the generosity of our members of investing in our community, but that we grew the program from 400 volunteers last year to 580 this year! That’s amazing.”

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NCDOI Answers Questions Frequently Asked After Strong Storms

April 28, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin reminds North Carolinians that the Department of Insurance is here to assist people as they deal with insurance-related concerns after last week’s storms and tornadoes.

“If you have questions or complaints about your insurance, call us at the Department of Insurance,” Goodwin said. “One of our top priorities is to help people navigate the insurance claims process in the aftermath of any severe weather.”

People with insurance-related questions or complaints can call NCDOI’s Consumer Services hotline at 800-546-5664 (toll free in N.C.) or 919-807-6750 during standard business hours. Visit us online at www.ncdoi.com.

The following are some FAQs related to storm damage:

If I have storm damage, what should I do?

  • Contact your insurance agent/company as soon as possible to arrange a visit from an adjuster. Be patient; insurance companies will likely be handling a very large volume of requests.
  • Before doing any repairs to your home, photograph and make a list of the damage.
  • Protect your home from further damage by making temporary repairs only. Save any receipts for materials purchased for temporary repairs.
  • Do not have permanent repairs made until your insurance company has inspected your property and you have reached an agreement on the cost of repairs.

What should I do if my home is uninhabitable?

  • If necessary, rent temporary shelter. If your home is uninhabitable, most homeowners policies pay additional living expenses while your property is being repaired. Before renting temporary shelter, check with your insurance company or agent to determine what expenses will be reimbursed. Save receipts.

If my neighbor’s tree falls and damages my house, whose insurance should cover the damage?

  • Generally, if a tree falls on your home, your own insurance policy would cover the damage.

If my vehicle is damaged by falling trees or debris, will my insurance cover it?

  • Your insurance company may cover this kind of damage if you have comprehensive coverage. Check with your agent to determine whether your vehicle is covered.

Will my insurance pay for tree removal?

  • Most companies will pay for a tree to be removed from a damaged structure, such as a home, garage or fence, but will not pay to remove a tree from your yard. Check with your agent/company to see what they will cover for tree removal.

How can I avoid being a victim of a scam?

  • Always deal with licensed insurance companies, agents and adjusters. Ask to see identification or call the Department of Insurance to check the status of a license.
  • Do not sign any blank application or claims forms.
  • Don’t pay in cash for repairs; keep all your records and proof of payments.

Find more disaster and recovery information at http://www.ncdoi.com/Consumer/Consumer_Disaster.aspx.

REALTORS® Needed for Wilmington Leadership Opportunities

The City of Wilmington is currently seeking applicants to volunteer to serve on three city boards. Interested citizens are invited to submit an application to the City Clerk to volunteer to serve on one of the following Board(s):

  • Commission on African-American History (Click here to learn more about the Commission.)
  • Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (WAVE Transit – representative from a  human services agency jointly appointed by the Wilmington City Council and the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners)
  • New Hanover County Port, Waterway & Beach Commission (One of five represents on the 15-member board appointed by the Wilmington City Council. Click here to learn more.)

Interested citizens are asked to submit an application to the Wilmington City Clerk by Friday, March 7. Interested citizens can fill out an application here:

 

Help Prevent Copper Theft at Vacant Properties

WRAR has been diligently working with local law enforcement agencies to assist members in reducing the likelihood that their seller's vacant properties will be vandalized by copper thieves. You can help prevent this by contacting the people listed here and providing them with the address of the property that is vacant. Please contact them again to remove the property address once the property is sold and occupied.

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CFPUA Launches Fraud Hotline

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) takes pride in our employees and the high quality of service provided to our customers. In an effort to maintain our service standards, CFPUA has established a fraud hotline to identify situations where fraud may have occurred, or may be occurring, so that it can be eliminated. The hotline will give employees and customers an opportunity to report fraud anonymously. To the extent permitted by law, the Internal Auditor will treat all information as confidential including the identity of persons coming forward to file reports.

A person suspecting fraud should promptly report the occurrence to the CFPUA Internal Auditor via the following methods:

  • By phone - 910-332-6911
  • By mail - address the envelope to: CFPUA, Attention: Internal Auditor, 235 Government Center Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403
  • By email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. employees - by interoffice mail, addressed to Internal Auditor.

A copy of all complaints will be presented to CFPUA’s Executive Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated under the direction of the Executive Committee. Upon completion of the investigation, the Executive Committee will review the results and determine the corrective action, if any, to be taken.

Retaliation against an individual, who, in good faith, has made a complaint or participated in an investigation, is prohibited, regardless of the outcome of the investigation. CFPUA will not discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, or in any manner discriminate against an employee in terms and condition of employment based on any lawful actions of such employee with respect to good faith reporting of complaints.

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