Stokes County, NC Real Estate News

By Andy Leung, The Power to Move You!
(Team Leung-Keller Williams)
Summer is almost here, and soon thoughts will turn to finding a way to cool off!  No pool, no problem, find a local swimming hole! Whether it be part of a lake, river, pond, stream, or creek, doesn’t matter, any body of water that’s got a spot deep enough for swimming qualifies as a swimming hole. Into The Wild - The difference between a swimming hole and a swimming pool is like the difference between pedaling a bicycle along a neighborhood street or riding a mountain bike down a wooded trial. Most swimming holes are surrounded by natural beauty – from pristine and serene to spectacular – and are a lot more fun than their chlorinated counterparts. And just getting there can itself be an adventure! You can find many swimming holes in North Carolina (76) to choose from at swimmingholes.o...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
The daffodils are trying so hard not be upset by this sneaky snowstorm on March 25th! This has been a record winter season for snow... getting 10 -16 inches is just unheard of!  Ready to move on toward Spring.....
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Ginger likes to find a spot in the sun - and lounging on the straw bales is the best place. Frigid temps for two days this week caused us to fill up the pig house with straw and a heat lamp and bundle the chickens up in their houses. Dogs and cats always come in at night so everyone was snug. Thank goodness that vortex is over and the weekend is supposed to be in the 60's!!
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
  End of March - Small Farm Tour in Stokes County... Randy Fulk, County Ext Office took us on a tour of folks getting it done on a small scale... I just love a pretty chicken tractor....   It's all in the details!   Just as you thought... it's a cistern. Located behind the High School Ag Office and connected to one drain - it holds around 600 gallons.  So, what did I happen to find at a farm auction that very weekend??  MY VERY OWN CISTERN~  not as preeety, I'll agree - but we can fix that... I called my husband and told him to bring the trailer.   At the High School, they also have rain gardens that take the runoff from the parking lots... very, very cool. Right Again!  Truffle beds!  Yes, right here in Stokes County. These are new beds with trees that have been inoculated. Featured o...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Yes, the Jeep is ready.... our only snowfall this year fell Sunday afternoon while I was showing farms. I spun a little on the way home but my bigger concern was getting out on Monday to meet my clients at the office at 9am... OK - so it was only 3 or 4 inches, but we don't have the snow stuff down to a science here in NC.  It usually takes me 35 minutes to the office - I achieved it in an hour... safe and sound. Our driveway looked like a winter wonderland - *notice Boo Boo the cat in the lower center of the pic* -- she loves to go with me when I walk the dogs to get the paper. The next day the temperature rose to 51 - so the snow was mostly gone by Monday evening.    Our chics don't trust the snow - this one is giving a lot of thought to leaving the coop.    Donkey is concerned about...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
I meant, Are you a FB FAN of the Stokes County Animal Shelter???  Friend them and spread the word!!   thanks,
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I told the seller of this 17 acre tract that i needed to wait to take pics - when a property is completely wooded - a picture of all green is not attractive!  But today was perfect - some leaves have fallen after that rain last week, so you can actually "see" the woods. The colors aren't as bright as in years past - but still pretty awesome...Fall and Winter are actually the BEST times to look at land - you can see the terrain and views!    On my way out, i saw some of my former clients out at their barn so i pulled in to see the new baby "Raleigh"! Adorable! He's a miniature donkey. We both bemoaned some of our hay that got wet before it could be baled,  and the fact that their road is getting paved FINALLY after 6 years on the list and whined about the lack of cell coverage in our ar...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
October 1 was BIG SWEEP day in Stokes County and i think across the State.... Carolina Farms & Homes volunteered to help clean up several miles of the Dan River.... a day on the river in a canoe - what's not to like? Well, first of all it was CHILLY!  I'm not a river rat so i had no neoprene... just waders. We got started at 9:45 am, loaded canoes and rode to the put in at Moratock Park in Danbury. There was a good group in canoes and kayaks helping. We found lots of beer bottles, plastic lawn furniture, fertilizer bags, a plastic port a potty (yes that led to a lot of jokes) and many, many tires.... one tractor tire we put on the canoe i was in - but then i couldn't see over it - so my canoe mate, Dale Swanson had to stand up and call out directions - we did ground on a rock bed twice...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
I listed a 30 acre property last week and there was no established trail down to the creek... the folks are older and it had grown up. So i took off with my GPS unit and got some great pics of the creek, then headed back through the woods to the house. I saw a deer run off just on the next ridge, but i thought it was just me startling her from a nap. I slid down a ridge and looked left and the first thought (not a rational one mind you) was why someone would bring a baby deer statue and put it up in the woods.... Well it wasn't a statue, but it was perfectly still - i got behind a tree and fumbled with my phone to get a pic.  Then i noticed the baby brother or sister lying just on the other side. The babies didn't move the whole time... I didn't get a perfect shot - i thought the mothe...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Three NC state parks saw increases in the number of visitors in 2010.  They averaged an 81 percent increase! This is our Park - located in Stokes County, NC... it's beautiful!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fcOOJNyiF0  
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Happy Holidays to all!  We had our Annual Open House on Thursday the 16th... of course it snowed, sleeted, etc.  So we rescheduled for the 20th Monday - it was a nice day - clear and cold. The forecast is calling for record snowfall this weekend...? My clients moving here from up North are NOT going to be happy with this - they came here for NICE weather!
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Thursday night we had a great time being a sponsor of this yearly event.  It starts at 6pm and any farmer and family can come out to have a great meal, win a door prize and listen to some great entertainment. This year they served about 800 folks! The folks at Farm Bureau Insurance gave away some cool tote bags (they always have the best stuff), we gave away some rain guages (always appreciated) and our new issue of the Farm & Home Journal. It was good seeing all our friends! Some Stokes County, NC Farm Facts: Number of Farms 963 / Total land in Farm Acres 91,014 / Avg Farm size 95 acres Crops by Acres = Hay / Tobacco / Corn Livestock = Poultry / Cattle / Goats    
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Everyone has an opinion on this - but what do the experts say? The main cause is neglecting to pump out the tank every one to three years. This prevents the normal filtering of wastewater that enters the drain field and the whole system backs up. Two other causes are excessive water use over short time periods (many laundry loads or showers in one day) and adding harmful chemicals. What about Bacteria - Do I need to Encourage it? No, you don't need additives, if you limit disposal of harmful products and harsh chemicals that kill the millions of naturally occuring bacteria. Clog-Causing Materials: Tissues Feminine hygiene products cigarette butts Food particles Grease and Oils Lint (from clothes washer) Bacteria Killers: Paints and solvents Pesticides and Fertilizers Bleach, disinfectan...
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By Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC
(Pine Knoll Shores Realty)
I live, work and play on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.  I truly love the area that I live in and as a REALTOR, I try to focus on the areas that I KNOW. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Western North Carolina.  We took our four year old, Tanner, on his very first REAL camping trip.  So real, that I forgot to put the air matresses and pillows in the car and we had to rough it by sleeping on nothing but sleeping bags (we did remember the tent, but my back still aches). After a lot of research, we decided on Hanging Rock State Park, just outside of Danbury, NC.  If you prefer the mountains vs. the beach, I highly recommend the Danbuy area.  What a gorgeous place and the locals were as friendly as could be. We have decided, that when we retire we will buy a place near Dan...
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By Lou Jewell ALC, ALC
(United Country Real Estate - Sutton Properties)
    Land Offers Investment Stability - and Strong Returns Chicago, IL, March 26, 2009:  Do you want an investment that holds its value in these turbulent times?   Set your sights on land.           During 2008, as the Dow fell by 31.4 percent and home prices dropped 12.4 percent, according to NAR research, the prices of farm and pasture land generally maintained its value. "Land prices usually stabilize during a down turn and hold their value during financial storms," says Lou Jewell, ALC, Dan River Real Estate Inc., Pilot Mountain, N.C.           Combine that stability with the low management and maintenance requirements and rising scarcity, and you have an investment ideal for these challenging times.           "Land is the ultimate source of wealth. As the population expands, there ...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Now is the time to buy = our sales are down from last year, but surprisingly, average closed prices are even and in the last three months have even risen. We are being aggressive in marketing to the larger world.
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Lately, I've had a lot of calls from folks wanting to make a move to our beautiful state of North Carolina... from Maine, from New Jersey and from New York.  Most are looking for acreage first, 30 + acres and then a home if possible - at least while they build.  Our listings of premier properties has also taken off - so I am enthused about the state of real estate today! When shopping for land, try to work with someone who sells land, ask about easements, underground storage tanks, cemeterys, etc and walk every inch of it... get a current survey - yes it costs money - but it is the best money you'll ever spend - it's like buying a house and getting a home inspection. The surveyor can plot buildings, creeks, power lines, etc - discuss what the survey will show in detail.
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
Through my travels across the counties, I often come upon pets in need. Once my buyer was following me to a property and we passed a very large dog that was looking at every car that passed - his tongue was hanging out - it was a very hot day. Knowing that she was an animal lover like me, we turned around and went back. I always carry dog bones, cat and dog food and water in my Jeep - he was HUNGRY - he ate the whole box of dog biscuits. He was a lab mix - HUGE - he was so tired we couldn't get him up in my jeep so we put him in her little car - he filled up half... all he had on was a rabies tag so we took him to the nearest vet office - they wouldn't look through their records so she took him to a kennel near her home and we decided to split the bill. The lady at the kennel was incens...
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By Ellen Peric
(Carolina Farms & Homes)
A lady called today from Florida, we've got to get out of here she said- we want to move to NC, we've visited friends there and we love it. My kids are in college she said, so it is a perfect time. After finding out that they want to buy land to build on later, I asked how many acres she was thinking about - her answer: 10 to 30. Our county has very little zoning so I told her to try to get as much acreage as she could afford - we surround ourselves with land so we don't end up next to something we don't like. The lower the price in our area, the more steep the land, it might have been timbered, it might be near something undesirable. We are so lucky here - there are long range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains on one side and close up views of Hanging Rock on the other. Our land is agr...
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Advantage Inspection is only home inspection company chosen to be a Preferred Vendor Partner of Lowe's Home Improvement, Inc. which means all of our customers ordering a home inspection recieve a 10% coupon for Lowes Home Improvement Inc. This is important because people buying or selling a home spend anywhere from $3000-$5000 renovating a home for sale, or updating it to move in. This amounts to a potential savings of up to $500 for the home inspection customer, EQUALLING OR WORTH MORE THAN THE INITIAL COST OF THE HOME INSPECTION.  CAN ANYONE SAY ' FREE HOME INSPECTION' ?And better than that, if a buyer has the inspection, both the buyer and the seller get the coupon. If the seller gets the inspection, both the buyer and seller get the coupon. I am so excited to be a part of this compa...
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