Pender County, NC remodeler Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article from Broderick Perkins of Perkins examined the rising amount of homebuyers that plan to purchase a home as an investment in recent months. Below is an excerpt and to read the complete article, click here!

“More than 12 percent of homebuyers today plan to purchase a home as an investment, compared to less than half, only 5.6 percent, just seven months ago, according to a recent Homeownership Survey.

Foreclosure buyers account for 25.3 percent of consumers interested in purchasing a home and 42 percent of potential foreclosure buyers regard their purchases as investments, while 57.6 percent plan to live in the foreclosed home themselves.

‘This latest Homeownership Survey validates what many had hoped to see in the housing markets — affordable prices and ample inventories are restoring the appeal of real estate to investors while providing opportunities for first time home buyers to enter the market,’ said Move, Inc.’s chief revenue officer, Errol Samuelson.”

Pender County, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to share that the Cape Fear Fencing Association will be hosting a North Carolina Fencing League event on January 23, 2010 in Wilmington, NC. Below is the press release from the CFFA and for more information, visit their website!

“The Cape Fear Fencing Association (CFFA) will host the North Carolina Fencing League’s (NCFL) January 23 tournament at CFFA’s Wilmington location: the lower level of St. Mary’s Tileston Gym at the corner of 5th and Ann Streets.

Established to promote the sport of fencing in high schools in North Carolina, the NCFL offers youth fencers the opportunity to compete at events around the state.  The CFFA’s primary youth team has been competing regularly at NCFL events this season, often finishing in the top-five for their events.  CFFA will be putting together additional youth teams to compete at this event as well.

On January 23 the CFFA will host youth fencers from around the state as they as they arrive to compete in the NCFL tournament.  Turnout is expected to be significant.  More than 50 individual fencers have competed at past events and this will likely be one of the largest local tournaments held.

Tournaments hosted by the Cape Fear Fencing Association are always free to the public, and spectators are encouraged to stop by for a chance to learn more about the sport It is a great opportunities to get an up-close look at a traditional Olympic sport.”

Last month, Pender County, NC Green home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes blogged on the ways to “Create a Green Kitchen: From Resource Planning to Maintenance”. This month we’d like to share a similar article from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide titled “Choosing Kitchen Countertops: Our Top Picks”. The article examines the countertop materials listed below and to read the complete article, click here!

  • Concrete
  • Glass
  • Tiles
  • Paper Composite
  • Recycled Plastic
  • Terrazzo
  • Wood

Pender County, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article by USAToday’s Green House journalist Wendy Koch that was published today. Koch reported that researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia are tweaking tobacco plant genes to increase their oil production and hopefully use them as biofuel. Below is an excerpt and to read the complete article, click here!

“’Tobacco is very attractive as a biofuel because the idea is to use plants that aren’t used in food production, said study co-author Vyacheslav Andrianov, assistant professor of cancer biology at Jefferson Medical College. He added:

‘We have found ways to genetically engineer the plants so that their leaves express more oil. In some instances, the modified plants produced 20-fold more oil in the leaves…

Based on these data, tobacco represents an attractive and promising ‘energy plant’ platform, and could also serve as a model for the utilization of other high-biomass plants for biofuel production.’

The preliminary research has been published online in Plant Biotechnology Journal.

Tobacco, in the form of cigarette butts, is also being studied as a way to better insulate homes.

The London Evening Standard recently reported that the London borough of Harrow is studying innovative technology to recycle the butts into rolls of home insulation. Currently, the butts, about 4,000 of which are dropped in the town center every day, end up in landfills.”

Pender County, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to announce that last month, Rolling Thunder, Inc.’s local North Carolina chapter unveilled a Veteran’s Memorial in Wilmington, NC. Rolling Thunder’s major function is to publicize the POW-MIA issue: to educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars, to help correct the past, and to protect future veterans from being left behind should they become POW-MIA’s. The black granite monument, which was eight years in the making, honors all men and women that have served, both during war or peace.

More than 77,000 veterans live in Southeastern North Carolina and the monument is a testament to their service. Below the monument are engraved brick pavers purchased by family members in recognition of their loved ones. The memorial is located in downtown Wilmington, NC on Water Street, next to the Hilton Riverside.

For more information on Rolling Thunder’s NC-3 Chapter, visit their website!

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Pender County, NC home remodeler Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share the latest Real Estate Outlook by’s Kenneth R. Harney. According to the National Association of Realtors, there was a 7.4 percent increase in home resales last month and the current sales price is 44% higher than it was last year. Below is an excerpt and to read the complete article, click here!

“Equally important: Sales are up in every region of the country. They rose by 6.6 percent last month in the Northeast, 8.4 percent in the Midwest, 5 percent in the South, and nearly 11 percent in the West.

And for the second month in a row, sales totals were higher in all price classes. For most of the year, by contrast, only lower and moderate priced houses saw sales gains, while higher cost properties languished on the market. Now they’re moving too.

Unsold inventories of houses also are down this year — 16 percent below where they were the year before.”

Pender County, NC custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages our readers to discover what Pender County, NC has to offer! The Pender County Government’s website is full of information like what to do, where to eat, where to stay, events and videos to help you further explore Pender County!

Visit to see all of this including an interactive map. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook and request visitor information.

Pender County, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes has enjoyed blogging the past year on our LEED Platinum Green home in Wilmington, NC, the Green features we incorporated in the home, and other Green options available to homeowners. With that in mind, we’d like to share an article from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide that covers nearly every aspect of creating a Green kitchen. The following information is covered and to read the complete article, click here!


  • Refrigerators

  • Dishwashers

  • Lighting


  • Exhaust Hood

  • Stoves

  • Plumbing


  • Flooring

  • Cabinets

  • Countertops



  • Refrigerator

  • Dishwasher

  • Floors & Counters

  • Exhaust Hood

  • Plumbing

  • Cleaning Products 

The Mother Nature Network reported earlier this month on what may become North Carolina’s first LEED Platinum Certified public facility. The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a 900-acre garden in Chapel Hill, NC that has been using the same facility since it was founded in 1971. With a $12.5 million eco-friendly makeover and the help of Raleigh, NC-based architect Frank Harmon, the facility will hopefully attain the LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Pender County, NC green home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes fully understands the USGBC’s format for LEED Platinum Certification, as we built what is only the second LEED Platinum home in North Carolina. Below is an excerpt on the article from Mother Nature Network, and to read more about North Carolina’s latest Green undertaking, click here!

“The garden, which is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has had numerous successes in its quest to be a leader in the sustainability movement. It was one of the founding institutions for the Center for Plant Conservation, took an active role in writing state laws that led to the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program and holds the honor of being the first garden in North America to establish an exotic pest plant policy. The garden has also set a goal to reduce the collection of native plants from the wild, propagating them from seed instead.

Planning for the project began in 2006. The ambitious design plans called for all aspects of the building from the materials to the energy sources to be as eco-friendly as possible. Raleigh-based architect Frank Harmon designed the building to meet the garden’s goal of achieving LEED Platinum status.

‘If we achieve LEED Platinum status, we’ll be the first public building in North Carolina to reach that rating,’ [Executive Director Peter] White says.

The list of green architectural features certainly appears impressive enough to allow the garden to reach its goal. The 31,000 square-foot facility comprises three buildings for offices, classrooms and exhibit space.”

Wilmington, NC December 11, 2009 – Southeastern North Carolina custom home builder and remodeler Mark Johnson Custom Homes was awarded the 2009 First Citizens Bank Customer Service Award. Judged by a panel of business professionals from the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the award was established by First Citizens Bank to recognize companies that go above and beyond customer expectations in delivering service. Winners were recognized at the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Business Achievement Awards yesterday in downtown Wilmington, NC.

“We’ve been fortunate to be recognized with awards for our website, jobsite safety, sustainable building and design in the past, but clearly customer service is the backbone to any home builder’s success. This award is the most significant to us because it validates our extreme efforts to exceed our client’s expectations,” said President Mark Johnson.

Managing Partner of the Cornerstone Advisory Partners, Dallas Romanowski, had this to say about Mark Johnson Custom Homes’ customer service practices: “During the building process Mark Johnson Custom Homes develops a very strong relationship with the client. This relationship continues even after the house is finished; customers clearly understand that Mark Johnson Custom Homes values their business and is focused on fulfilling their personal needs. Mark Johnson Custom Homes promptly follows up with customers after they move into the new home to make sure their expectations continue to be exceeded. Mark Johnson Custom Homes is truly a visionary in the home building industry. It is rewarding to see a company so focused on constant innovation and customer satisfaction.”

Visit our website to learn more about Mark Johnson Custom Homes and what differentiates our home building process from any other. Click here to learn more about the First Citizens Bank Customer Service Award.

About Mark Johnson Custom Homes

Mark Johnson Custom Homes is a family owned small business, licensed unlimited builder that focuses on new residential custom home construction. We have excelled in custom home building, multi-family construction, concrete construction, U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum Rating in LEED for Homes Program, energy efficient/sustainable remodels and renovations. We have been recognized nationally and locally for our craftsmanship, safety and “Green” initiatives.

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and 100% of our past clients eagerly refer us to friends and family because we ensure that every client has: 

  • A Professional and Courteous Staff
  • Web-Based Tools That Keep Them “In the Know”
  • Detailed Plans That Eliminate Timely and Costly Mistakes
  • A Knowledgeable Team of Trusted Trade Partners and Associates
  • The Use of the Latest Technologies Available