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If you're the owner of a North Carolina home that's more than 5 years old and you do not presently have a "termite bond" in place, you may be risking infestation by subterranean termites and other wood-boring insects. Wood boring insects destroy more structures in the United States than any other disasters combined. There are several categories of wood destroying organisms. They are, subterranean termites, non-subterranean termites, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees. Carpenter bees resemble large bumblebees. In the east, the carpenter bee is black in color and marked with areas of yellow hair, but the dorsal (2 comments)
raleigh real estate: Spring Forward in Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary and Raleigh, North Carolina - 03/12/10 09:07 AM
On Saturday,March 13th prior to turning in for the night, don't forget to turn your clocks forward 1 hour as we join most of the country in daylight savings time. As we prepare for longer spring and summer days there're a few easily forgotten tips that can help to ensure your safety and comfort. If you haven't done so recently check the smoke detectors in your home to insure that they're functioning properly and replace all the batteries as you test each device. Thousands die each year who may have been saved but lost their lives due to defective smoke detectors (0 comments)
raleigh real estate: Custom Built Raleigh Home For Sale - 03/07/10 08:17 PM
$795,000 11922 Wake Bluff DriveRaleigh, NC 27614 FEATURES: New Construction: Yes Inside City Limits: No Basement: Yes MLS Area: 007EFireplace: Two Parking: 3-car garageAssociation Fees: $875 Annually Acreage: 0.74Lot Dimensions: 74x140x245x274Exterior Siding: All Brick VeneerFlooring: Hardwood, Carpet, TileInterior Features: 10 foot ceilings, Ceiling fan, Cathedral ceilings, Bookshelves, Bath/tub, Cable TV available, Ceramic bath wall, Granite counter tops, Security system wired, Smoke alarm, Tub/separate showerExterior Features: Deck, Gutters, Landscaped, Porch, Sprinkler System, Swimming Pool/Private Com.Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Double oven, Gas range, Icemaker connection, RefrigeratorHeating System: 3-Zone, Furnace, Forced AirCooling System: 3-Zone, Central air, CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES (2 comments)
raleigh real estate: Spring Time Home Shopping in Chapel Hill, Durham and the Raleigh NC area. - 03/07/10 04:00 PM
As spring approaches, the weather begins to warm, signs of rebirth begin to occur all around us, and our thoughts turn to getting back outdoors, beginning or finishing overdue projects, or getting our home ready for prospective buyers to view as we begin to look towards the next step in our lives. In the Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh area spring has long marked the beginning of what is typically the best selling season for residential real estate. More buyers are typically out shopping for homes than in any other season of the year. Combine the increased traffic with the Federal (0 comments)
raleigh real estate: Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh area Gated Communities. - 03/06/10 03:04 PM
Buyers who are in search of additinal privacy and security may be interested in the gated communities located in the Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill area collectively known as "TheTriangle". Below are the area communities that offer gated access along with security staff to allow access. Governors Club. Chapel Hill, NC. Homes from the high 350s. A premier private, gated golf community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The community encompasses 1,600 acres atop Edwards Mountain, providing for panoramic views of the lushly forested countryside. Winding through the property's stately oaks and tall pines are 27 holes of outstanding Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf. (0 comments)
raleigh real estate: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill North Carolina Real Estate Market Ranked Among The Best in The Nation-Again. - 03/04/10 09:55 PM
Here in the Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill area also known as "The Triangle", we're accustomed to getting recognition from both local and national media for everything from being among the "best places to live", "The best place to relocate to for under 30 somethings", "The best place to work", and "The best place to play", just to name a few. Today our area was again recognized as one of the areas that will most likely emerge quickly from the real estate down turn. Follow the link below to read the entire article as reported by The News And Observer. Raleigh Housing Market Ranks First. (0 comments)
raleigh real estate: Relocating To Central North Carolina? See This List Of Area Hotels. - 02/23/10 08:21 PM
Thinking of relocating to the Raleigh-Durham Area? Planning is key! The logistics of relocating can be crazy, in order to help keep things straight it is good to have a "Plan". Having a plan in place can assist in preventing unexpected problems from arising and to reduce the overall stress of moving. There are many items to consider in the move from departure to destination. For example, you may need to find a job for your partner, arrange local housing, schooling, medical and banking facilities, transportation, a short term stay in an area hotel and much more. Here is a (0 comments)
raleigh real estate: Should I Get A Survey Before Buying? - 02/23/10 09:21 AM
I'm often asked by my buyer clients whether it's necessary to get a survey as part of the due diligence process prior to closing on their new home. Mortgage companies and federal guidelines do not require a survey as part of the process however, consider the information below before considering foregoing a survey. Most people seek out the expertise of a professional surveyor to settle common property description issues before they become problems. And in addition to a professional survey, many people seek other specific certifications such as an environmental certification, a zoning opinion letter, or a flood plain classification from (2 comments)
raleigh real estate: Why Rent: Advantages Of Home Ownership - 02/21/10 05:49 PM
It's staggering when you think about the cost of living, especially if you're a renter and not a home owner. If you are currently paying $1,000 a month for rented housing, over the next three years your property management company will effectively have reaped $36,000 of your hard earned cash. In most cases, you know your rent will go up every year, even if you live in an area that has rent control regulations. You're paying the mortgage for the property owner, when you could be building equity in your own real estate investment.The tax deductions available to homeowners vary, but (0 comments)
raleigh real estate: Home Buyers could lose Thousands - 02/21/10 04:30 PM
Home buyers who've been waiting for home prices to decrease further may be surprised to know that most industry experts believe that the bottom has arrived. Home owners who need to sell their homes have for the most part adjusted their pricing to sell and combined with Federal Tax incentives and low interest rates, there has never been a better time to buy your first home, or trade your existing home for one that may better suit your family's lifestyle. That's the good news. The not so good news is that interest rates are trending upward, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben (1 comments)
raleigh real estate: Tax Credits For Improving Your Home - 02/21/10 02:45 PM
Tax Credits for Solar Water Heaters A federal tax credit makes energy-efficient solar water heaters a more affordable and sustainable option for many homeowners. Read Tax Credits for Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems Upgrading to an energy-efficient heating and cooling system can save hundreds on your utility bills and earn you a tax credit worth as much as $1,500. Read Tax Credits for Replacing Your Roof Replacing your roof with a qualifying energy-efficient metal or asphalt roof can cut your cooling bill and earn you a $1,500 tax credit. Read Tax Credits for Adding or Replacing Insulation A federal tax credit (1 comments)
raleigh real estate: Home Buyers Tax Credit Deadline - 02/21/10 01:34 PM
There have been recent advertisements in various media that have indicated the Federal Government's stimulus program has been extended. Although true, I've found that some home buyers may be confused as to how long they have to purchase a home and still qualify for up to $8,000 in federal tax credits if you're a first time home buyer, or up to $6,500 in credits if you're an existing homeowner of a principal residence. A home buyer whether a first time or move-up buyer must purchase a principal residence after November 6, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010 or purchased (1 comments)
I'm often asked for information regarding Active Adult communities in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area. Builders have finally recognized the demand for this type of housing in the Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill area. I've put together a list for 2010. There are many other communities in the area that offer and promote active lifestyles however they may not restrict the age of the home owner to 55 years or older. Chapelwood. Chapel Hill, NC. 55+ community. Located on Barbee Chapel Road just off Highway 54 across from Meadowmont, Chapelwood is surrounded by the wooded property of the UNC Alumni-Faculty-Staff Recreation Association. This exceptional (3 comments)
Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham, and the surrounding areas, also known as "The Southern Part of Heaven", combine a rich quality of life with small town friendliness. Nestled in the rolling, wooded Piedmont of North Carolina, our towns are ideally located three hours from the Atlantic coast and three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains, allowing residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreational activities. As one of the three "points" of The Research Triangle Park, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, along with Raleigh and Durham, continually receive accolades for being a top location to live and do business. Most recently, the (1 comments)
What an incredible opportunity for first-time homebuyers!In addition to a huge selection of affordably priced homes to choose from and record low interest rates, first-time homebuyers now have the added incentive of a $8,000 federal income tax credit to help you buy your first home!* Now is the time to stop paying rent. Become a homeowner instead!I'm here to educate and help you every step of the way. You may be pleasantly surprised (0 comments)
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