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Moving is stressful and real estate transacting, whether buying or selling, is emotional. The team you use can ease emotions or add drama. We have found that buyers who choose their vendors based on digital review or paid review sites have unreliable results, at best. In our decades of experience in real estate, we have witnessed the rise of the digital professional over the word of mouth professional, and would like to offer our vendors who are proven beyond paid review or page rank. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Raleigh-Durham, contact a member of our team to begin your search.

Lenders

A reputable lender will offer fair terms and competitive rates derived from your present financial status, adjusted income, and credit history.

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Covid-19 Better Days Ahead

Covid-19 Real Estate Impact - Better Days Ahead

I never imagined I'd be writing a Blog like this one, but Andrew, Lauren and I all believe; Better Days Ahead and We're All in this Together.

There are some positive things to report.

Nationally

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is working with other trade associations and industry partners to expand access to remote online notary in any pandemic relief bills.

They have called for direct rental assistance for families who have income loss due to COVID-19 and relief for property owners from the financial obligations of forbearance and foreclosures.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) noticed a foreclosure and evictionsmoratorium for 60 days (through May 16) for FHA

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Our Favorite Places to Visit in the Triangle in Spring

Social Isolation Is an Opportunity to Explore the Outdoors

It's starting to feel like a whole new world as we settle into "social distancing" as a result of the COVID-19, or commonly referred to as Coronavirus. The Triangle area is fortunate to have the benefit of not only an earlier spring than most but also an abundance of outdoor activities.

According to an article from MentalFloss "Scientists think that breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants - increases our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases." So pack a lunch, hand sanitizer, and plenty of water and come along as we explore some of our favorite places to visit in the Triangle in the Spring.

Duke Gardens and Campus (Durham)

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Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo?

Highlights:

  • Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process.
  • To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most common language you’ll hear along the way.
  • The best way to ensure your home buying process is a positive one is to find a real estate professional who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with ‘the heart of a teacher.’

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165 Forest Glen Drive, Pittsboro North Carolina

Private Modernist Retreat 

Sleek - Serene - Style - Comfort - Private -Unique - Refined

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SOLD in 3 DAYS with MULTIPLE OFFERS!

Bill Waddell

The following information about the architect for this home was taken from NCModernist.org

JOHN WILLIAM (BILL) WADDELL (1959-)

After earning a BA in both Environmental Design and Architecture from NC State University, Bill worked with Jim Smith at Hager Smith Huffman in Raleigh and Arthur Cogswell in Chapel Hill. Waddell formed Sun Forest Architecture with Keith Brown. That firm lasted ten years then he launched his own firm,Distinctive Architecture.

1997 - The Brian D. and Linda Johnson House.165 Forest Glen Drive,

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You will absolutely love 2120 Great Ridge Parkway! A Parade of Homes Silver Medal award winning home. 

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SOLD in 3 DAYS with MULTIPLE OFFERS!

Start off with the fact that this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home is an EnergyStar® rated home. Unlike most builder energy efficient programs, the EnergyStar® program means an independent third party was paid to inspect and certify that the builder built a home guaranteed to save you money on your utility bills. Most builders don't build EnergyStar® homes because of the additional cost and third-party inspections throughout the building process. None of the builders working in Briar Chapel currently offer EnergyStar® homes at this price point.


Understanding the Home Energy

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5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal Quickly

While the groundhog predicted an early spring, we still have a few remaining days of frost on the calendar. The first week of March in the Piedmont will have a few evenings where the temperatures dip below freezing, but March has days forecasted for the 60-70 degree temperatures. These days are an opportune time to spruce up your landscaping efforts, especially if you are selling this spring.

What is curb appeal?

Curb appeal can be defined as the attractiveness of your home from the street. It applies to landscaping, outdoor fixtures, street or sidewalk, and driveway. While completely subjective, it’s important that you don't kid yourself, buyers care about and are taking in the vibrancy of the paint and condition of the siding and roof and

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Aging in Place

The Benefits of Aging in a Community

When considering housing, we frequently find ourselves counseling our clients that there's comfort in being around people who share common interests, goals, and challenges. While not necessarily for everyone, the comfort many find in a community doesn't wane with age; it actually deepens. Whether it's proudly talking about grandchildren or lamenting the fact that our eyes aren't as good as they used to be, it helps to be around people who not only understand what we are saying but actually feel the same joys and concerns as well. That's why many boomers are deciding to move into either an active adult community or planned multi-generational communities. In the latest 55places National Housing Survey, they were

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Upgrading Your Stater Home

Upgrading Your Starter Home

First-time home buyers make up 33% of all homebuyers in the US market, according to the National Association of Realtors in their 2019 end of year report. Most homes are previously owned. Overall 13% opt for a new construction. On average first homes were 1,850 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and were built around 1990. This is what we refer to as a "starter home." Most often it's where new couples or early career professionals who are looking to move out of their rentals for something with more predictability and control, and so that they can begin building equity. The great thing about many of our first-time homebuyers is the energy they put into their first home purchase. With much excitement and hope, our

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Is your home priced to sell immediately

The Best Way to Get Your Home Sold for Top $

Over the past few years when we go to meet with perspective sellers, we frequently hear, "It's a seller's market, let's list it for $$$." In today’s real estate market, more houses are coming to market every day. Eager buyers are searching for their dream homes, so setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 3.6% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts home values will be 5.4% higher. With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little over

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