The Belhaven Plan

January 13th, 2012

Wilmington new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes has recently completed construction on a custom home in Wilmington. Click “The Belhaven” below to take a virtual tour of the beautiful 3,248sf home.

The Belhaven

2011 Cape Fear Heart Walk

October 13th, 2011

Wilmington, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is a team sponsor of the 2011 Cape Fear Heart Walk which will take place October 15th on the campus of UNCW. The event raises money for research and education efforts of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our team hopes to see you there!

Cape Fear Heart Walk

Saturday, October 15, 2011 | Event Goal -$175,000

Campus of UNCW – Wilmington, NC | Registration at 9 am | Walk Begins at 10 am

Click Here to Make a Donation

Wilmington new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to announce that we have completed construction of The Angelique, a custom home in the Landfall community. We invite you to take a tour via the two minute video below to experience the home’s New England colonial style and old world charm. Simply click “The Angelique” below to view the video.

The Angelique

Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers an article courtesy of regarding cost-effective projects for your home.

Buyers are hit hard by first impressions, and sellers take advantage of this fact, aiming to amp up their curb appeal.

This is, after all, where they get the most bang for their buck. According to the latest Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports that “nine of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally in terms of value recouped are exterior replacement projects.” These exterior projects are outperforming their remodeling counterparts.

Interior projects should not be forgotten, however. These spaces earn returns on costs, as well. Many times interior updates can make you stand out from the competition in your area. It is simply that in today’s economy, “remodeling projects, particularly higher cost upscale projects, have been losing resale value in recent years because of weak economic conditions.” (NAR)

With curb appeal projects, however, a little money can go a long way. Topping the list? Steel entry doors are returning 102.1 percent of their cost upon resale.

What other projects are sellers tackling? While most projects don’t bring the profit returns of steel entry doors, sellers have some other great options for attracting buyers.

  • Siding and window replacements – 70 or more percent of costs recouped
  • Midrange garage door replacement – 83.9 percent of costs recouped
  • Upscale fiber-cement siding replacement – 80 percent of cost recouped
  • Wood deck additions – 72.8 percent of costs recouped

“It’s important to remember that the resale value of a particular improvement project depends on several factors,” says National Association of Realtors® President Ron Phipps. “Things such as the home’s overall condition, availability and condition of surrounding properties, location and the regional economic climate contribute to an estimated resale value.”

Yet, says Phipps, “Curb appeal remains king – it’s the first thing potential buyers notice when looking for a home, and it also demonstrates pride of ownership.”

Article Written By: Carla Hill,

South Atlantic — Midrange

2009-10 National Averages

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Basement Remodel







Bathroom Addition







Bathroom Remodel







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Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass)







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Family Room Addition







Garage Addition







Home Office Remodel







Major Kitchen Remodel







Master Suite Addition







Minor Kitchen Remodel







Roofing Replacement







Siding Replacement (vinyl)







Sunroom Addition







Two-Story Addition







Window Replacement (vinyl)







Window Replacement (wood)




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Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article courtesy of Yahoo! News that gives 9 things to consider when deciding whether to build a new home or purchase a resale.

As the mortgage crisis continues to inundate the market with distressed properties, today’s house hunter has no shortage of cheap, foreclosed homes to pick through. But despite all those deals in the previously-owned home market, consumers shouldn’t overlook the potential benefits of building a new home.

1. Customization: Many home builders allow buyers to participate in the process of designing their property, which helps create a living space specifically tailored to the consumer’s tastes.

2. Building Envelope: Newly constructed homes use energy more efficiently. They tend to have a tighter-sealed building envelope that helps prevent conditioned air–cool air in the summer, warm air in the winter–from escaping.

3. Green Appliances: More energy-efficient mechanics of the house help reduce utility bills.

4. Fewer Repairs: The features of newly constructed homes will hold up better than those of existing homes, which may have experienced years of wear and tear.

5. Less Maintenance: Today’s new homes are engineered specifically to minimize maintenance requirements and many products on the market promote less maintenance requirements.

6. Warranty: Builders agree to take care of the repair work that becomes necessary in newly constructed homes for at least the first year.

7. Fire Safety: Newly constructed homes often include fire safety features that may not be present in properties built years ago.

8. Concessions: Especially in today’s sluggish housing market, buyers may be able to squeeze more concessions out of a home building company than an individual seller.

9. Financing: New home buyers may be able to take advantage of mortgage financing perks.

How Mortgage Rates Compare

September 1st, 2010

Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers an interesting article written by Carla Hill with about today’s mortgage rates.

You’ve heard it all across the media. Interest rates are at historic lows. If you are new to the mortgage process, these figures and statements give you little frame of reference. Let’s take a moment to look at where interest rates have been over the last few decades, and what today’s rates really mean for homebuyers. Interest rates are affected by a gamut of factors. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, “Lower interest rates make it easier for people to borrow in order to buy cars and homes. Purchases of homes, in turn, increase the demand for other items, such as furniture and appliances, thus providing an additional boost to the economy. Lower interest rates mean that consumers spend less on interest costs, leaving them with more of their income to spend on goods and services.” And this is, after all, what you want people to do in a down economy. You want them to reinvigorate the economy with spending. The Fed continues, “If the rates that consumers and businesses have to pay to borrow rise too rapidly, however, spending may decline, leading to an economic slowdown.” So, it is a intricate dance the powers that be must perform in order to steer the economy the best they can. They, namely the Federal Reserve and Banks, are seeking stable prices, high employment rates, and sustainable growth in the economy. 30 years ago, in 1980, when many first-time home buyers parents were making home purchases, Freddie Mac reports that the 30-year fixed rate mortgage hit a staggering 16.32 percent. Let’s compare that in relation to today’s interest rate, averaging around 4.5 percent.

  • In the most basic terms, a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for $100,000 at 16.32 percent, will cost you around $1,450 a month.
  • For the same mortgage at a 4.5 percent rate, you’ll be paying $580 a month.

The difference is astounding, and this is the main reason the media is shouting news about interest rates. If you are in the position to buy, now could very well be the time.

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Wilmington, NC home builder and remodeler Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share with our readers some simple steps to making the move to a new home as easy as possible for your pet.

Experts agree that pets thrive on routine. But how can that routine be maintained during a move? There are some simple steps that you can take to make the transition from old home to new home easy on you and your pet.

The first step is to visit your current veterinarian. If you are moving out of the area, be sure to request your pet’s medical files, this way your new vet will know of any conditions your pet has been treated for and when they’ll be due for their next vaccinations. Be sure that if your pet is on any medications, that you’ll have enough of the needed prescriptions to last until you visit your new vet.

While you’re at the vet, consider microchipping your pet. A microchip is a small transponder, as small as a grain of rice, that is implanted just under the pet’s skin. The Humane Society says, “Microchips provide an extra level of protection in case your pet loses his collar and tags.” The cost is relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider that one chip can last up to 25 years. Along these same lines, update your pets ID tags with your new address or phone number if necessary.

When you are beginning the actual process of moving boxes and transferring your belongings to your new residence, consider first prepping, a pet friendly area in your current home, and then in your new home. You can designate one room that will be out of the way of movers. Fill the room with the pet’s favorite toys and bedding, as well as their food, water, and if applicable, litter box. Your home is your pet’s sanctuary, and for the time being, this room will be their connection to this.

Once you’re living in your new home with your pet, the best thing you can do is maintain your routine. If you usually walk your pet in the mornings, make the time to continue this tradition. If you come home at lunches to let your dog out, be sure that either you or a reliable pet walker are there for your dog. This is also not a time to change your animal’s eating habits. Keep with the same brand and type of food as before the move.

And finally, you’ll need to search out your new hot spots. This means pet supply stores, veterinary offices, dog parks, and pet sitter and walker servicers.

If you are new to your area, feel free to ask your real estate agent for recommendations for a new vet, as well as where the aforementioned local hot spots might be, such as local establishments that are pet friendly.

Article Written By: Carla L. Davis,

Custom Home in Wilmington, NC

Landfall custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages our readers to view recently uploaded photos of our projects, both past and present, on our Flickr and Facebook Fan pages. View our Photo Sets on Flickr and Facebook, including our luxury homes in Wilmington and Hampstead, NC. For more detailed information on these homes and available lots in Wilmington, NC visit our Inventory Page!

Figure Eight Harbor Remodel

January 28th, 2010

Figure Eight Harbor RemodelWilmington, NC new home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is excited to share that we are currently preparing for demolition work on our latest contract to remodel a condominium in Figure Eight Harbor in Wilmington, NC. The contract includes a full kitchen upgrade along with two additional bath renovations, removing all popcorn ceilings and replacing the lower floor with hardwoods. The scope of work is schedule for a 60 day completion.
If you are considering a large or small scale remodel, contact
Mark Johnson Custom Homes at 910-409-2421  or e-mail Mark directly!

Wilmington, NC builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages those in the Cape Fear Area to attend UNC-Wilmington’s Intercultural Week (iWeek) events beginning February 15, 2010. The Office of International Programs at UNC-W will be hosting iWeek, which will culminate with the Intercultural Festival on Saturday, February 19th, 2010. This year’s theme is “Connecting Communities through Social Justice,” and below is the week’s agenda and for detailed information on each, visit their website! All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted on UNC-W’s iWeek website.

Monday, February 15

  • Around the World: All Day, residence hall lobbies
  • Love in Any Language:12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, FSC, Masonboro Island Room             
  • Children in the Fields: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, FSC, Clock Tower Lounge
  • The Fight for Water: 7:00 PM, Lumina Theater
  • Jonathan Kozol, Joy & Justice: An Invitation to the Young to Serve the Children of the Poor: 7:00 PM, Kenan Auditorium

Tuesday, February 16

  • Creating Social Justice through Latino-Serving Community Resource Centers: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Java City, Randall Library
  • Discussion of Afro-Brazilian Studies: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • Bilingual Dramatized Readings: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Randall Library Auditorium
  • UNCW Goes on a Gender Bender: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, DeLoach Hall, 114
  • Close to Home: 7:00 PM, Lumina Theater

Wednesday, February 17 

  • Cultural Diversity in Harmony – Shanghai and the World Expo 2010: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities for Faculty: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, CTE/CFL Conference Room
  • Who is a Battered Immigrant & What Immigration Remedies Exist in Our Community?: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, FSC, Bald Head Island Room
  • Israel – Land of Many Cultures: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, FSC, Sunset Beach Room
  • Delwende: Get Up and Walk!: 7:00 PM, Lumina Theater

Thursday, February 18

  • African American Read-In: Activist Authors: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Java City, Randall Library            
  • Friendship Bridge in Guatemala: Micro-Lending and Education to Improve the Lives of Women and Families: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, FSC, Sunset Beach Room
  • Afro-Latinos – The Untaught Story: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Computer & Information Systems Hall, 1008
  • Music from Around the World: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Lumina Theater               
  • Prisoner of the Mountains: 7:00 PM, Randall Library Auditorium
  • Friday, February 19
  • US Immigration – Know Your Rights: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, FSC, Sunset Beach Room
  • Social Justice and the Study Abroad Experience – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • Ralph Bunche Awareness Presentation: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room
  • “We Know That if we Build a 15′ Fence, Then That’s Just a 15′ Ladder” – A Comprehensive Look at DHS Policy, Activism and Immigration on the Arizona/Mexico Border: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, FSC, Wrightsville Beach Room

Saturday, February 20

  • 18th Annual Intercultural Festival: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Burney Center 
  • A Grain of Sand and Becoming: 8:00 PM, Lumina Theater     

Ongoing Event: Monday, February 8 – Thursday, February 25

  • Activist Authors Exhibit

Ongoing Events: Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19

  • International Cuisine at Wagoner Dining Hall      
  • A Window to the World, Westside Hall Display Case