Raleigh NC Real Estate, Sumerlyn: Affordable New Home Community on Battle Bridge Road in Southeast Raleigh - 09/30/07 09:10 PM
Sumerlyn is a new subdivision being developed by national builder Centex Homes in Southeast Raleigh, NC. This location off Battle Bridge Road is in the middle of the surge in growth in the area, as the affordability of Southeast Raleigh land is attractive to builders.
See the Sumerlyn slideshow on Flickr.
Sumerlyn homes have sold from the $150,000's to $200,000, with living areas from 1930 up to 2970 square feet. Three or four bedrooms and 2.5 baths are common, as well as 2 car garages on suburban lots.
Click here to view available homes in Sumerlyn.
Property taxes are
Cary NC Real Estate, Ambience, Exclusive wooded homesites in perfect location. - 09/30/07 08:35 PM
Ambience in Cary, NC is a small subdivision near the intersection of Tryon Road and Kildaire Farm Road. It was built out in the 1980's and 1990's, with custom homes on gorgeous wooded lots of over 1/2 acre. This location places all that Cary has to offer within easy reach, and allows a quick commute to Raleigh, NC and North Carolina State University.
See the Ambience Slideshow on Flickr.
Ambience homes tend to be traditional in design, although there are a couple of contemporary-style homes in the neighborhood. 4 or 5 bedrooms with 2.5 to 3.5 baths are common, with homes ranging from
Wake County Real Estate, What is the minimum technology an agent can use and survive in Real Estate today? - 09/29/07 07:40 PM
Well, it's Saturday night, and time to relax a little. Twenty questions, +/-, on agent tech needs dissected here, in the spirit of community:
Do I need an abacus? Probably not. Highly unlikely. No.
A slide rule? Ditto.
A calculator? Might be handy, unless you are that feller from Good Will Hunting. Now, don't go buy a chalkboard...
Do I need a cellphone? Yes. And buy some minutes, more than 15 or 20 a month, dag nab it...
A cellphone with a camera? NO. We professionals take photos with a camera, not a telephone.
Do I need a Smartphone? I don't know. Mine makes me feel inferior.
Do I need an
Cary NC Real Estate, Colonial and Traditional Heaven in Thornewood - 09/29/07 06:44 AM
Thornewood is a neighborhood in a wonderful central Cary, NC location, with easy access to Cary, downtown Raleigh, and NC State University. It is well-known for the stunning traditional colonial homes that make up the neighborhood. Thornewood offers large wooded lots, and tree-lined streets like these.
Visit my Thornewood Slideshow on Flickr to see 28 images of Thornewood.
Thornewood is one of those neighborhoods where homes don't sell often. It seems that residents are too content there to want to move. When Thornewood homes hit the market, they don't last long. Most recent sales have been in the $300,000's, and it is reasonable to expect
Raleigh NC Real Estate, John's Pointe: Affordable New Home Community on Battle Bridge Road - 09/28/07 10:15 PM
John's Pointe subdivision off Battle Bridge Road in Southeast Raleigh offers affordable starter homes in a suburban location. Homes are built by Perry Builders and Phoenix Builders.
John's Pointe homes have 3 to 5 bedrooms, 2.5 to 3 baths, and range from 1700 square feet to 2300 square feet. 2 car garages are typical. Listing Prices and sales range from $150,000 to $215,000. HOA dues are approximately $300 per year to maintain common areas.
Click here to view available Active Listings in John's Pointe.
See the Flickr slideshow of homes and street scenes in John's Pointe.
Cary NC Real Estate, Troon Village: One level condominium living in a superb central Cary location! - 09/27/07 10:53 PM
Troon Village couldn't be in a better location in Cary, NC! From this condominium complex, you can walk across the street to Trader Joes, Staples, and several other retail services and restaurants. Just down Kildaire Farm Road, all sorts of retail and services exist, as well as Western Wake Medical Center. The community is bordered by Wimbledon, a beautiful Cary subdivision that ensures a quiet neighbor. There is no street access into Wimbledon, so the communities do not create undesired through traffic for each other.
See the Troon Village slideshow on Flickr.
Click here to view available Active Listings in Troon.
Wake County, NC Real Estate, HomeBuilders Association Parade of Homes, 2007 is upon us! - 09/27/07 07:54 AM
This weekend the Homebuilders Association of Wake County debuts the eagerly anticipated 2007 Parade of Homes.
This is the 42nd edition of the Parade, and as usual, will offer the finest that local, regional, and national Builders offer to consumers. A most enjoyable detail: There is no fee for admission or tickets. This is a free promotional event as the Builders show off their skills and the neighborhoods.
With over 200 builders presenting nearly 400 homes ranging in price from $120,000 to $4,495,000, it will be a feast for the Buyer, and also for the dedicated window shopper. Many homes will be decorated to the
Cary and Raleigh, NC Real Estate: "Five, Four, and a Door." Traditional colonial homes Rule! - 09/26/07 09:36 PM
I just loved the saying the first time I heard it. "It's just a regular old 'Five, Four, and a Door.'"
I hesitated, and then realized we were talking about the ubiquitous and time-tested traditional center-hall colonial home. Most of these photos are from Cary, North Carolina, with a couple from Raleigh, NC.
Five windows on the second level, with a center door flanked by two windows on either side. Pretty well sums it up. And we have a LOT of them in Wake County, NC.
I think this gives testimony to the 5/4 and a door, center hall colonial's livability and multi-generational appeal.
Cary NC Real Estate, Affordable location and great wooded lots in Wellington Place - 09/26/07 08:33 PM
Wellington Place and Wellington Park were built in the 1980's off Tryon Road in Cary, North Carolina.
Wellington Place residents enjoy two community ponds. See the Flickr slideshow featuring 60 photos of the neighborhood.
Pulte Homes was the builder. Homes in Wellington Place have 3 to 5 bedrooms, and 2.5 to 3.5 baths. Square footages range from 1600SF to 3400SF. Recent sales have been in the mid- to upper-$200,000's. Some homes back to the ponds for pleasant natural vistas.
Click to view available Active Listings in Wellington.
Wellington Place and Wellington Park have a homeowners' association for maintenance of
Wake County, NC Real Estate, Heading off to the Southern Ideal Home Show! - 09/18/07 11:28 AM
This weekend the Fall, 2007, version of the Southern Ideal Home Show will be held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh NC.
Visitors will see three buildings full of the latest trends in home construction and decor and will be able to speak with vendors and company representatives.
Among the participants will be contractors, designers, retailers and wholesalers of building products, kitchen and bath remodelers, painters, landscapers, and accessory providers.
I like going into the Dorton Arena just for the natural light flowing into this architectural icon, and how it brightens the displays of landscaping, and other outdoor living products.
I was into
Cary, NC, Real Estate, Wimbledon: Wooded lots and quality custom homes - 09/17/07 10:32 PM
Entrance from Kildaire Farm Road.
Cary, NC's Wimbledon subdivision enjoys a prime location central to all the conveniences of Cary. Wimbledon offers a variety of housing choices, Townhomes, starter homes, and, on Flickr, you can see them all, plus a wide variety of custom homes.
Click here to view available Active Listings in Wimbledon.
Custom Wimbledon beauty!
As you might expect in a community named after the most storied venue in tennis, and with streets named after tennis greats, Connors, Agassi, Lendl, Evert, Martina, McEnroe, etc, Wimbledon Recreation Center includes a tennis complex. There is also a clubhouse and pool.
The wooded areas are
So...You have commission issues? I don't care. I really don't want to hear about it! - 09/16/07 10:49 PM
You say you don't like the brokerage fees ABCXYZ Amalgamated Realty is charging? I don't want to hear about it!
You think other guys don't have their fees where they should be traditionally? I don't want to hear about it!
You need to explain how your fees are fair, standard, right, less, more, higher, lower, just right, flat, fixed, variable, traditional, discounted, not discounted, the going rate, less than the going rate, above the going rate? Whatever? I don't want to hear about it!
You feel the need to discuss how your fees fit into the market, while it seems that half the market has it
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Habitat for Humanity is growing in Raleigh, NC - 09/15/07 08:40 PM
Habitat for Humanity does a great job of helping folks grab the rung on the ladder of homeownership with their aggressive program of community outreach and low-cost construction.
Along with that effort, they are well known for recycling building materials through their ReUse Centers.
You can find all sorts of building materials at the ReUse Centers.
New stuff. Used stuff. Closeout Items donated by retailers. Surplus donated by builders and contractors. And when you find that little gem that fits perfectly in your old home, or new decorating scheme, the discount price is right at the Habitat for Humanity Reuse Center.
North Carolina Foreclosure Homes: Affordable Housing or Money Pit Nightmare? Or something in between? - 09/14/07 07:17 AM
The message is made clear in "Agent Only" Remarks in the listings. No disclosure is the most common thread.
"Caveat Emptor! We aren't going to tell you much, if anything about the property, but here it is if you want it."
It is NOT my intent to say that ethics are violated here by foreclosure Sellers or Listing Agents. I really only want to hammer home a point to Buyers who put their credit and finances on the line chasing profits that can be quite elusive. The risk in buying these homes is great, and risk-adverse Buyers, or folks with fragile financial standing don't belong in
North Carolina Real Estate, DROUGHT, 2007 style! - 09/13/07 06:52 AM
I went out to put a sign in front of a new listing yesterday and thought I would need a jackhammer to plant it. The ground is hard as rock. We are in the midst of a serious drought in all of North Carolina. There's something amiss when folks start to hope for a tropical storm, depression, or small hurricane to get some water.
My Sweetie and I took a drive into Chatham County on Sunday, and took some photos of Jordan Lake and the Haw River. They are pretty enough photos, but any local can tell you they show a very low
Celebrity Death Match Real Estate Agency: Larry the Cable Guy or Voldemort? And why? - 09/10/07 10:07 PM
So, you contact every agency in town for to engage a REALTOR and you find that everyone is off for the day. And you need an agent.
Well, there are two brokers working today: Larry the Cable Guy and Voldemort, aka, Tom Marvolo Riddle.
And, this won't wait. You need a real estate agent NOW. Who you gonna pick?
Let me seeeee.... We have a few qualifying questions. It's interview time.
On second thought, I don't think it's so wise to ask Voldemort very many questions. He seems to get a little moody when tested. And Larry the Cable Guy will surely have more fun answers anyway.
I mean, YOU can ask
Multiple simultaneous learning curves! Or," Create the Amateur Tech Wreck Perfect Storm, in a few easy steps!" - 09/09/07 09:33 AM
Wondering if my learning curve is going to turn into a barrage of major league curveballs. I'm standing tough at the plate, digging in, and laughing at myself... But I don't see any Bob Gibson-type knockdown pitches coming.
My website design guru tells me we are almost there, and I have wanted a new webhosting service. So, Friday, I changed domain name registrar, taking my webhosting business along for the ride.
And my primary email is through my webhosting service.
Forgot that it can take DAYS for the change to become effective.
Meanwhile, I am activating the WolfNet IDX solution, as provided by Keller Williams.
Furthermore, just for giggles, I