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Top Real Estate Renovations

Top Home Renovations/Improvements

With so much time indoors in 2020, we know many of our clients are looking for ways to get more enjoyment out of their home. As you prioritize your remodel plans or wishes, it is always a good idea to consider the potential resale value. With nearly 75 years of combined residential real estate experience, we have seen renovations that help sell a home and increase it's market value, as well as renovations that limit a home's broad market appeal in equal measure. While many sellers are under the false impression that renovation projects such as major kitchen and bath remodels, master suite additions, and swimming pools, will substantially increase the value of their home and this isn't always the case. Major

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MY NC Homes 2020 Year in Review

Top 5 Things We were Grateful for in 2020

2020 has been a challenge, but My NC Homes has so much to be grateful for moving into 2021. We wanted to take stock of our accomplishments, and share the things we are really grateful for in 2020. As we consider 2020 and make resolutions for 2021, we have been and remain committed to making our clients real estate transactions as easy and pain free as possible. We continue to focus on what is most important to clients, whether it's privacy, communication, school districts, timing, or anything else that clients need to feel that they are making a well informed decision. The demands and preferences witnessed in 2020 are unlike most years, but we have found solutions for our clients time and time again. Here

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Pros and Cons of Contingencies

Pros and Cons of Contingencies

In a perfect home buying world, buyers would be pre approved from lenders or would submit cash offers. There would be no appraisal necessary, homes would be pre-inspected, repairs made in advance, property disclosures would be meaningful and we would close in 30-days without contingencies or any hiccups. But in the real world, and according to the NAR 2020 Realtor Confidence Index, roughly 76% of contracts have contingencies. In this blog we explore the most common contingencies and how they affect the sale of a home both from a buyers and a seller's perspective.

What are Contingencies?

Contingencies are conditions within a contract for real property that must be met for the contract to move forward and be

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Raleigh NC - Best Aging in Place

Aging in Place Options for Raleigh NC

My NC Homes presents another in our series of Best Aging in Place communities, focusing this time on Raleigh NC. This is a resource both for those looking to scale back from domestic responsibilities while scaling up in quality of life as well as for adult caregivers. Continuum living in the Triangle has a wide varity of retirement communities and traditional full care nursing facilities that many do not even know exist. From the latest in compassionate full-time care to independent luxury living, Raleigh aging in place options are many. Raleigh and the Research Triangle area in general are consistently ranked among the top 10 places to live by numerous national publications. If you would like to learn more

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Forbearance 101

Forbearance 101

The mass casualty of job loss in virtually every sector has seen many homeowners considering mortgage forbearance. If you own a home you've likely received notification from your lender regarding their "willingness" to work with you. Even if you don't own a home, you've likely heard on the radio or TV or online, that the Federal Government through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has made all of the lenders who do business with them (Almost all of them) to offer Forbearance and prohibiting them from foreclosing (or in the case of renters; from evicting) for 1 year. While this sounds great as usual there's much more to it than simply being forgiven your payments.

My NC Homes has always believed in supplying our clients the information

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How to Quickly Increase Curb Appeal

How to Increase Curb Appeal at Any Budget

With stay orders in place across North Carolina, we are spending more time at home and tackling projects buried in the to do list. We have compiled a list of curb appeal projects at a variety of price points, including links to purchase. This is also a progressive project list that can show you where you can upcycle, repurpose, and sell things you might otherwise discard. Seller's need to embrace this simple concept: People buy with their eyes. In other words; you get one chance to make a first good impression.

While many in our industry have made speculations as to the future of the real estate market, we are seeing sellers and buyers continue to move forward with sales and acquisitions since mortgage

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5 Step Guide to Selling your Home Virtually

5 Step Guide to Selling your Home Virtually

Selling your home can be stressful, with or without social distancing. Our simple guide offers steps and advice on choosing a listing agency, readying your home, and easy recommendations on how to sell your home virtually. We are advised to take certain measures to protect our clients and ourselves during the Covid 19 crisis, and luckily at My NC Homes, our seller strategies easily adapt to virtual sales.  When we emerge from the Covid 19 quarantine, more homes will be coming on the market and your home will need the best, virtually equipped representation. My NC Homes has over 50 years of combined experience in real estate marketing and we are here for you when you are ready to take the next steps in

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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 evictions moratorium for 60 days (through May 16) for FHA

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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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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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