universal design: INVESTORS Take Notice! - 10/24/11 02:34 AM
To all the real estate investors out there in the Triangle area, I have an important message for you. If you make your rentals accessible they will come!
Recently I was featured in a front page article in my local paper because of my unique niche in real estate.
Since the article appeared I have had lots of folks contact me.  In the last 2 days I have had 3 different people contact me around their accessible housing needs. Unfortunately 2 of them were looking for an accessible rental and that is harder to find than an accessible home … (3 comments)

universal design: Accessible Home & a Love Story - 10/21/11 11:39 AM
    Every fall, Wake county has the Parade of Homes where the builders put out there very best examples of their work for the public to come out and see. The homes are judged by the Home Builders Association and win prizes. The majority of these homes are for sale (95%). This fall there was a very unique & beautiful home that was featured on the Parade. This home was not for sale, in fact it was built specifically for a couple with unique needs. This home was not your average home in that it was valued at 2.5 million dollars. It also was not just … (15 comments)

universal design: Finding an Accessible Home: It's a Partnership - 11/15/10 04:04 AM
I am a disability housing specialist and the plain facts are it is HARD to find accessible homes or ones that are built with Universal Design elements in mind. They are out there but they are few and far between.    It's like finding a needle in a hay stack.
Accessibility is not the same to everyone.
 Another factor that makes it challenging is that one person's need and understanding of accessibility is not the same as someone else's.  The key is listening to your clients needs and they working with them so they know things that come up in the search may or may … (6 comments)

universal design: Senior Real Estate Specialist in Raleigh - 10/04/10 03:54 AM
I had the pleasure to work in the 50+ Pavilion at the Ideal Home show of Raleigh last weekend. I shared the SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) booth with 3 other Realtors and our goal was to share information with the public about the importance of working with a Realtor who specializes in working with seniors and the 50+ market.

It's All about relationships!
I have worked the Ideal home show in the past when I was invited by one of my favorite custom builders Lewis Sadler. His work is focused on aging in place and a home that … (4 comments)

universal design: New Custom Accessible Ranch just listed in Apex NC - 07/27/10 01:50 PM
Beautiful Universally Designed loaded with upgrades on ~ 1 acre!  Perfect "Aging in Place" showcase with level flooring, no steps, open flowing plan with extra wide doors and hallways for easy maneuverability. Large Kitchen perfect for entertaining with Thermador glass cook top & Thermador range hood, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, center island, tile floor & pantry. This home has a formal living room and a formal dining room plus a study and a bonus room.

 Master bedroom has a walk in closet. Master bath with tiled floor has a large accessible walk in shower. The other  bedrooms are on the … (2 comments)

universal design: Servicng the deaf community and specializing your niche - 09/01/09 12:34 AM
Hi All,
If you have worked with the deaf community or are fluent in ASL I'd love to network with you. My specialty is helping people with disabilities (all disabilities) find the right home or sell their existing one. Admittedly this is a unique niche in real estate. But my website is working and I have people contact me from outher parts of the country. It also is not as narrow as you might think because it also can include Boomers because they are often looking for a place where they can "age in place".
If you have had some experience … (5 comments)

universal design: universal design focus - 02/15/09 11:57 PM
I would like to build a network with other realtors that specialize in Universal design and accessible homes. I have many customers contact me via my website who are looking for a realtor like myself with a disability awareness and expertise. I know there are few of us out there with this specialty niche but it would be great to not have to search  to find  the right realtor and to have a list to pick from.

Karen Barbour, Cary, NC ePro (Access Homes NC)

Karen Barbour

Cary, NC ePro

Cary, NC

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Address: 303 Cary Pine Dr, Cary, NC, 27513

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