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Cary, NC, Brookgreen Forest: Affordable Homes. Desirable location. - 03/31/10 11:08 AM
Brookgreen Forest in Cary, NC, is a neighborhood of nice affordable homes in a very desirable location along Laura Duncan Road off the Cary Parkway. View Larger Map Brookgreen Forest was developed in the 1990's by Fortis Homes, a division of tract-builder KHovnanian Homes. It is in a prime suburban location, close to downtown Cary, with easy access to Apex, shopping, services and convenience. Within a quarter mile from the entrance to Brookgreen Forest at the corner of Old Apex Road and the SouthWest Cary Parkway is Parkway Plaza, with groceries, restaurants, a convenience store/gas station, banking, Ace Hardware, (2 comments)
LIVE HOT LINKS! Posting to the AR Hyper Local Challenge? Make it EASY for AR to access your posts, and you may get your 7000 Pointeroos quicker. - 03/31/10 10:05 AM
I'm having fun fooling around with my Localism stuff for the Hyper-Local Challenge. It got me back into the groove a little of putting up some Localism content, as I was pretty slack for a while. The spring blooms, and Carolina Blue Sky draw me out with the ol' Kodak, too. The "registration" of Hyper Local Posts in Bob Stewart's Hyper Local Challenge Blog as comments reminds me of my favorite saying regarding listing property to sell, "Make it easy for someone to buy your home." In that I refer to scanning documents and loading them to the MLS, offering duplicates of disclosures, etc, in (11 comments)
Westover Park, Cary, NC: Upscale affordable townhomes near conveniences - 03/29/10 09:35 PM
Westover Park in Cary, North Carolina, is a nearly new upscale yet affordable townhome community that was built along Davis Drive by Centex Homes. View Larger Map Homes range between 1700 and 2400 square feet and include garages, vaulted ceilings, exterior grounds and building maintenance, all in a quiet community setting. Many units have master suites on the main level. Homeowner Association dues currently vary from $125--$140 per month. See available homes listed For Sale in Westover Park. Nearby conveniences include shopping and dining at several venues at the intersection of Davis Drive and Morrisville-Carpenter Road, just a quarter mile north along Davis (2 comments)
Fair Housing and Listing Remarks: If I include Everybody, how long will the list be? - 03/29/10 07:06 AM
I just pulled this line out of an email flyer that came this morning: "This home is great for a single buyer, young couple, growing family, or empty nesters." Hmmmm. I wonder.... Is the list complete? Is anyone excluded? Are we tiptoeing around a protected class anywhere? What about a family that is not growing? Are they allowed to buy? Suppose they have three kids. and the oldest one is going off to college. Does that qualify under the guidelines? What about a couple of folks, one older, one younger, with another relative, perhaps an in-law who will live there part-time? (7 comments)
Taylor's Pond: Central Location for Affordable Homes in Cary NC - 03/28/10 07:37 PM
You just have to love the location of Taylor's Pond in Cary, NC. It is near the center of Cary, and offers easy commuting to Raleigh, North Carolina State University, or the Research Triangle Park. The Cary Amtrak station is only a few blocks away with Raleigh Durham International Airport within 7 miles, too.
View Larger Map Get Directions View Bird's Eye Taylor's Pond is a townhome community with a beautiful pond and fountain. The community is heavily wooded with pines and hardwood tree mix and the residents have done a good job of keeping ornamentals, perennials, and annuals in place to (3 comments)
What should I expect from a Home Inspector? - 03/28/10 06:06 PM
I have my little list of expectations. Skill. Knowledge. Diligence. Thoroughness within the guidelines. Articulation. Minimal emotion. Work ethic. Good documentation. Respect for the fact that the endeavor revolves around the client, not the inspector or the agent. Do I really have to say "Integrity?"
I took the photo above. It did not come with the inspection report. The panel was cited for a double-tapped breaker. Could I have reasonably expected any other citation in the report? I think so. For the record, this is from the past, and the inspection was not performed by anyone I currently recommend. For sure. (17 comments)
Bradford Pears: Beauty in Bloom, But Weak in Structure. - 03/28/10 04:50 PM
Bradford Pears are currently in bloom in Cary, and are very common ornamental trees. Unfortunately, they are short-lived species. Their limb structure makes them weak, and also susceptible to pests. My neighbors lost two limbs from theirs this afternoon, and it is debatable that they may need to remove the rest of the tree. That would be unfortunate, considering how much afternoon shade it provides to their home.
In the photos, you can see the damage done to the tree by the collapse of two large limbs. You can also get an idea of how the structure of the limbs allows (8 comments)
The Highlands, Cary, NC: Affordable Neighborhood with Large Lots and Trees! - 03/26/10 10:24 PM
The Highlands, nicely-located along the Southwest Cary Parkway is representative of affordable homes in Cary NC. Developed in the late 1970's by the Westminster Company, The Highlands consists of .25 acre and larger heavily wooded lots in a convenient central Cary, NC, location. Many of the streets are cul-de-sacs and therefore the traffic is quieter in those areas. Bing Map of The Highlands: View Larger Map Get Directions View Bird's Eye Varous home styles comprise The Highlands, with single level homes predominating. There are also 1.5 story homes and 2 story homes. But the trees dominate the view. A mixture of pines and (5 comments)
The Woodlands in The Park at West Lake in Cary, NC, stands out as a lovely neighborhood of custom homes by well-respected local builders. Located at the extreme southeast end of Cary, the neighborhood is blessed with the proximity of elementary, middle, high school campuses and the great Town of Cary Middle Creek School Park. The neighborhood is serviced by the Apex, NC, Post Office, so the mailing addresses are Apex, NC, 27539, but the Town of Cary has jurisdiction and the residents are residents of Cary, NC.
View Larger Map Developed by Winslow Properties since 2004, The (9 comments)
RE-BLOG OF RICHARD STRAHM: A Proxy Error Sing-a-long! - 03/24/10 09:05 PM
That's what I'm talking about! Make me laugh! Richard makes light of the situation in a creative way. Suitable for framing at Internal Server Errors, Proxy Errors, and Bad Gateways for Fun and Profit!
With Proxy Error posts becoming so popular, it seemed like ActiveRain community could be served by a single location to serve as a compendium of posts. The Rules: 1. You have to show at least a little good humor to post or be reblogged here. 2. No whining, particularly if you enjoy free grandfathered Rainmaker status. 2. No whining, particularly if you enjoy free grandfathered Rainmaker status. Other than that, bring me "your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Poetry celebrating servers? Go for it. Vignettes of midnight blogging, lost to Bad Gateways? Sure! Who can make us laugh with tales of the (14 comments)
Weston Manor in Cary, NC is a beautiful suburban luxury custom home neighborhood positioned between the Northwest Cary Parkway and Weston Parkway. View Larger MapGet DirectionsView Bird's Eye Weston Manor residents are blessed with an easy commute to Raleigh, NC State University, or the Research Triangle Park.Weston Manor also offers excellent access to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Cary's Amtrak station for the convenience of the frequent traveler.
An absolute wealth of amenities, entertainment, recreation, and convenience opportunities are located near to Weston Manor. They include:William B. Umstead Park, a mile away, is a large suburban park administered by (23 comments)
Agents: How dependent are you on 1st Time Buyer Tax Credits? - 03/20/10 09:45 PM
Are you completely focused 1st Time Buyers? Are you using $8000 in Tax Credits as the foundation of your business? Do you breathlessly tell everyone you meet to get on the bus before April 30, 2010? That the good times roll until May Day? Do you pump $8000 as the end-all, be-all in real estate in 2010? If 1st timers are the major core of your business, what business will you work in May? Who will you talk to? Are you prepared to shift to a different niche? Are you working that niche now, or just cruising along on the Tax Credit Gravy Train? (10 comments)
REBLOG OF MAUREEN MCCABE: Everything you always wanted to know about Creative Commons licenses* - 03/15/10 07:29 AM
Reblogged, as this post is now ****FEATURED**** in AR Group "Plagiarism and Content Theft for Fun and Profit." Great discussion of the topic. . . "Plagiarism and Content Theft for Fun and Profit," is THE place on AR for discussion of, well, Plagiarism and Content Theft. The fastest growing Group in the AR community, "Plagiarism and Content Theft for Fun and Profit," has shown a 100% increase in membership since Saturday. Folks with good humor, and integrity regarding intellectual property rights, creative rights, trademark, copyright, etc, and who like, or at least tolerate, small children and dogs are invited to visit. Comments (2 comments)
REBLOG OF LENN HARLEY: A COPYRIGHT MYSTERY. . . . THE CASE OF THE MISSING SCISSORS. . . A COPYRIGHT WARNING! - 03/14/10 06:01 AM
New policy from Mike: Reblog good posts regarding copyright issues and content theft. As usual, Lenn lays it out clearly, without beating around the bush. Hoping that someone who sees my blog and doesn't see hers (What a concept?!) and learns something due to reblog. Thanks, Lenn for another pointed post, particularly regarding misunderstanding of the function of "Members Only" on AR. ________________________________________________________________________________
Via Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate: A COPYRIGHT MYSTERY. . . . THE CASE OF THE MISSING SCISSORS ANOTHER IN A CONTINUING SERIES OF COPYRIGHT WARNINGS! IS IT SELECTIVE READING? ActiveRain members who believe (14 comments)
Plagiarism and Content Theft for Fun and Profit! Announcing a new"Must Join" ActiveRain Group! - 03/13/10 08:46 AM
Potzrebie! All of a sudden it seemed SO timely. Overdue, even! New ActiveRain group: Plagiarism and Content Theft for Fun and Profit With the popularity of the topic of content theft and plagiarism on ActiveRain, i.e., the enjoyment of a good cut/paste/wink/wink for some members, and the pique of other members about it all, it just seemed to be time for an AR Group. This group is an all-purpose clearing house for ill-gotten content, and thoughts and opinions of ill-getting it. Right here! Join! Drop in and share your stolen goods, and in one place on AR, you can absorb the derision of (34 comments)
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