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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
Hickory NC - every time I open my eyes, I see 203k projectsNo kidding. We are buying a home in Hickory, NC currently, and on the way to it and back, I see so many potential projects. What did I see today?1. A small commercial building for sale. A stand-alone small store for sale... yep, it is a potential 203k loan. Typically, a lender would require a 30-35% downpayment, but if you add residential use to the 2nd floor or maybe the 2nd and 3rd floor, you get a residential rental unit, a living unit for yourself, and a commercial property for only 3.5% down.2. A multitude of single-family homes, in need of repairs and some TLC, caught my eye. We're not talking about a handful, but a significant number, possibly 50-60, in need of attention. Some of these properties weren't even on the marke...
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
One significant tax benefit of owning residential rental property or non-residential commercial or investment property is depreciation—a deduction you get without spending any additional money.But regular depreciation for real property is slow. Residential rental property is depreciated over 27.5 years and non-residential property over 39 years, providing a relatively small deduction each year.Fortunately, there is a way you can speed up your depreciation deductions—especially during the first year or years you own the property: cost segregation.“Cost segregation” is the technical term for separately depreciating the elements of property that are not real property. These are elements other than land, buildings, and building components. They include: improvements made to the land, such a...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Are you a homeowner in Charlotte, NC, facing financial problems and considering selling? Understanding the concept of a short sale is relevant in such circumstances. A short sale sells your property for less than the remaining mortgage balance. This is often pursued by homeowners in financial troubles to avoid foreclosure.  This guide provides information about short sales in Charlotte, NC. Topics include the eligibility criteria for a short sale and the process involved.  What is a Short Sale in Charlotte NC?  A short sale in Charlotte, NC, occurs when a homeowner sells their home for less than the mortgage balance. This situation happens when the homeowner is having financial difficulties and can’t afford to pay the mortgage anymore. Homeowners consider short sales financial hardship ...
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By Carla Freund, NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
Golf makes a comeback in the Triangle AreaThe early to mid 2000s seemed to indicate fewer people were interested in golf due to video games, phones, and media. Golf homes weren't in as high of a demand. Gold memberships were down and golf courses were shutting down, being sold or facing bankruptcy. Then, Covid hit and the shutdown sent people spiraling. Almost anything outdoors with social distancing was desirable again. Even homes that backed to walking trails were in high demand. The golf courses were in high demand and Golf was once again booming.We have navigated the historical Pandemic of 2020 and it has undoubtedly left some lasting changes on our society.One thing that has continued is the interest in the great outdoors. In the Raleigh, Cary and surrounding areas, you'll see park...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
The Research Triangle of North Carolina, a dynamic hub formed by Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, offers opportunity, culture, and Southern charm in spades. But with so many cities and suburbs, choosing your perfect spot can be a head-scratcher. Worry not, adventurer! This guide unveils the top 10 towns to claim your happy place in the Triangle:For the Urban Enthusiast: Raleigh: North Carolina's capital throbs with urban energy. Bustling nightlife, world-class museums, and a thriving craft beer scene make Raleigh a haven for young professionals. Durham: Nicknamed the "Bull City," Durham boasts a vibrant arts scene, from indie music venues to cutting-edge galleries. Foodies will find a haven here, with innovative restaurants lining the streets. The College Town Twinset: Chapel Hill: Hom...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!
(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
Value Proposition - Prioritizing Transparency, Integrity and Client-Centric Service I've been eager to share this post the entire month of May, but the graphic held me up, as usual! I wanted to issue a challenge to keep us sharp and demonstrate our value, especially given the current NAR situation. A huge thank you to Kathy Streib for co-hosting May's challenge with me. I loved reading each and every one of the entries. We have an amazing group of members here, with diverse and wonderful personalities. Our common thread is our dedication to our clients and our commitment to enhancing the trust consumers have in our profession.Value PropositionWith two decades of experience in the real estate industry, I bring unparalleled knowledge, exceptional negotiation skills, and a commitment to de...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in the United States, and it is no different in North Carolina. Pride festivals of all shapes, sizes, and forms begin to take place during the late Spring and early Summer. Thanks to an extensive list in both NC and SC at Out Carolinas, and even one we found on our own, we bring you the known list of places you can get your pride on this June 2024. *Other cities and towns are having theirs in August and September*May 31-June 2 - Wilson PrideJune 1 - Chapel Hill Pride PromenadeJune 1-2 - PBO Pride PittsboroJune 8 - Apex Pride FestivalJune 8 - Orgullo Latinx Pride CarrboroJune 8 - Hendersonville Pride PicnicJune 8 - New Bern Pride PromJune 8 - Sandhills Pride- PRIDE in the PINES PridefestJune 15 - Fuquay-Varina Pride CelebrationJune 22 - Out! Raleigh PrideJune...
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By Carla Freund, NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
What home maintenance do I need to do in the spring?Spring 2024 One of the best things you can do for the resale of your home is maintain it. Maintaining your home also makes it more enjoyable to live in. Home sellers are never happy when they have to make costly improvements to sell their home or when they have to sell for less because they didn't maintain their home.There are several things you can do to maintain your home. Here are a few we do on the exterior of our home and did just this week. Gutters cleaned - we do this at least 2xs per year since we have tall pine trees. House Power Washed - This is something we do every spring. It keeps our siding and porches cleaned. Our Power Washing company also cleans our gutters. HVAC serviced - You should do this at least once each spring....
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
North Carolina's coastline stretches for over 300 miles, boasting beautiful beaches, charming towns, and unforgettable experiences. But with so many options, choosing the perfect beach destination can be tough. Worry not, fellow sun-seekers! This blog unveils the top 10 beach towns in North Carolina, catering to a variety of interests: Wrightsville Beach: For those who crave a vibrant atmosphere, Wrightsville Beach hits the spot. Excellent surfing, delicious local eats, and a happening scene make it a local favorite. Oak Island: Calling all dog lovers! Oak Island welcomes your furry companions with open arms (and leashes). This laid-back town offers pristine beaches, peaceful biking trails, and fresh seafood to satisfy every beach bum. Corolla: Head north to the Outer Banks and discover...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!
(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
Honoring Our Heroes: The True Meaning of Memorial Day Memorial Day is more than just a time for relaxation, barbecues, or beach trips. It’s a solemn day of remembrance, honoring the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. This day is a collective tribute to the courageous souls who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.As we welcome Monday, let's come together to pay unwavering respect to those who never returned. This devotion should be a part of our daily lives, reminding us of the immense cost of our freedom borne by these heroes. This Memorial Day, take a moment to pause and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Honor the legacy of those who served and sacrificed everything. Remember, freedom isn’t free. “Those who have long enjoyed su...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
When you are looking for that proverbial Southern charm, you can look no further than North Carolina. 6 of the top cities and towns in the South, according to Southern Living magazine, are in the Tar Heel State. Take a look below at the list of places you might like to visit or move to for some friendliness.Cities:15. Cary, NC7. Asheville, NC6. Wilmington, NCSmall Towns:14. Hendersonville, NC11. Carolina Beach, NC6. Southport, NC Learn more about these friendly locations on the above links. If you want to find a great realtor in these areas, just ask John! 
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
 On Memorial Day:  Honor, Remember, Give Thanks For Those Who Gave All "No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."... St Ambrose Let's each of us pause for a moment today to honor the memories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for our country and our cherished freedoms. Let's also reflect on the sacrifices made by the families of the fallen.  On this Memorial Day, I hope each of us will take the opportunity to acknowledge their selfless sacrifice, pay our respects and express our heartfelt gratitude. "This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn't come home. This is not Veteran's Day, it's not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom."... Tamra Bolton In the words of President John F. Kennedy:"A nation re...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Smart homes are shaping the future of housing! Gone are the days when smart homes were seen as mere conveniences. They are now offering a host of benefits that extend far beyond that.   They boost home safety, aid energy conservation, and support environmental sustainability.  In this article, we’ll learn how smart homes affect Charlotte's housing market. We’ll see how they influence property values and what that means for buyers and sellers. What is a Smart Home? “Smart homes” have changed a lot over time. They prioritize energy efficiency, especially beneficial for elderly or disabled individuals (El-Azab, 2021). But now, smart homes are way more than that.  These modern smart homes feature advanced security systems and intuitive climate control. Everything in a smart home is connecte...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Congratulations on taking the leap to buy your first home in Charlotte NC! It’s a significant milestone in your life, and excitement and uncertainty are expected. But rest assured you’re in capable hands!  I’m Nancy Braun, a top real estate agent in Charlotte, and I’m here as your trusted guide. We’ll look into your budget, preferences, and vision for your dream home.  How to Buy a House for the First Time in Charlotte NC? 1. Save for a Down Payment Usually, the down payment is around 20 percent of the home’s price. In January 2024, the median listing home price in Charlotte NC was $415K. At this median price point, a 20 percent down payment would amount to $83,000 for a home. That seems like a hefty sum! There are alternative options to help you:  Explore down payment assistance progra...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Charlotte has different neighborhoods. Some are well-known, while others are not talked about as much.  As real estate agents, we understand the appeal of Charlotte’s well-known districts. Yet, we also see the untapped potential in the quieter corners of the city. Despite their lack of fame, these neighborhoods are great places to live.  Why should you consider these hidden neighborhoods? It’s because they are unique! Beyond being affordable, these neighborhoods have undeniable charm.   Who knows? Maybe you’ll find the perfect home in one of these hidden gems.  What are the Hidden Gem Neighborhoods in Charlotte NC? 1. Myers Park Myers Park was once a sprawling farm owned by John Spring Myers. The neighborhood’s change started with George Stephens, John's son-in-law, who envisioned a str...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
Public pools in Guilford County and the Greensboro NC area are gearing up for the summer season. Aquatic centers in Guilford County parks open Saturday May 25, 2024. For locations of the parks, as well as other swim possibilities in Greensboro, check out our Google Map. Greensboro NC Homes For Sale with Pools 
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!
(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
Charlotte Ranks FIFTH in the Best Places to Live in the US (2024-2025) Exciting news for Charlotte! According to US News & World Report, our beloved city has been ranked #5 in the Best Places to Live in the U.S. for 2024-2025. The city's tourism slogan proudly declares that “Charlotte’s Got a Lot!” The numbers definitely confirm this, showcasing Charlotte's impressive scores in various key categories: job market (#22), desirability (# 26), quality of life (# 34), and value (# 43). Just ten years ago, finding a true Charlotte native was uncommon. Now, thanks to consistent positive net migration, a new generation of born-and-bred Charlotteans is rising, poised to continue the city's royal legacy. Here are the top 6 cities: Naples, FL Boise, Idaho Colorado Springs, CO Greenville, SC Charlo...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
US News and World Report has released its top 150 Best Places to Live in the US for 2024-2025. Topping the list is Naples, Florida. Probably surprising to some, is the top 25 appearance of Greensboro, NC. While the two largest cities in North Carolina comes in a respective 5th and 6th places- Charlotte and Raleigh- the state's 3rd largest city Greensboro also ranks in the top 25 at number 23, just behind San Francisco. Asheville also makes the top list at number 17. The report states "to make the top of the list, a place had to have a good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market, and a high quality of life".My family and I moved to Greensboro in the summer of 2023. I could have chosen any of the other cities in NC, but I chose Greensboro for its size, location, and...
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Century 21 Total Real Estate Solutions)
The Piedmont Triad - Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point - offers a dynamic and growing real estate market in North Carolina. While single-family homes dominate the landscape, condos present a compelling option for investors and first-time buyers seeking affordability and a manageable lifestyle. Let's delve into condo investment and affordability across these three Triad cities.Why Consider Condos?Condos offer several advantages: Affordability: Compared to single-family homes, condos often have lower entry points, making them attractive to first-time buyers or investors on a budget. Lower Maintenance: Condo living typically involves a homeowner's association (HOA) that handles exterior maintenance, groundskeeping, and sometimes amenities like pools or gyms. This frees up time and ...
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By Phil Jones, Broker, CDPE
(Your Choice Realty of NC)
The Townes of Stonecrest community continues to expand. During a recent visit to the community, I noticed additional buildings being framed. These townhomes have a great layout with many modern features and the latest in building technology.As of 5/20/24, there are 19 active listings on Canopy MLS at the Townes of Stonecrest by D.R. Horton ranging in price from $339,142 to $380,773. All the units are 3 bedrooms ranging in size from 1656sf to 1774sf. The least expensive MLS listing is 221 Creekview Road Hendersonville, NC 28792, MLS # 4104609 (as of 5.20.24). The home is the Lansing Floor Plan,  a 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, 1699 square feet, and a 1 car garage. Email me if you'd like to see the full MLS page or schedule a showing. Finally, don't forget, that Your Choice Realty of NC shares our...
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