25 Jul 2016

Is your home ready for the red carpet?

When it comes to selling your home, imagine you’re directing a Broadway play, where setting the stage plays a critical role in the story’s impact. The right scene can make a big difference to potential buyers. Just how much of a difference? According to Porch.com, home staging increases showings, helps homes sell faster and in some cases, can boost the sale price. Barbara Corcoran – the real estate mogul who regularly appears on ABC’s Shark Tank –recently told the Real Estate Staging Association that staging is no longer an option; it’s essential. “Nine out of ten buyers start their search online and without home staging, they wouldn’t even come to see the house,” said Corcoran. According to the 2015 Profile of Home Staging by...
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22 Jul 2016

Make life easier when moving to a new home #FlashbackFriday

There is so much to do when relocating to a new home. Here are a few tricks that friends shared that made my move a little easier. I am happy to pass them on! The most important thing is keep all important papers with you – passports, documentation for a mortgage, birth certificates, etc. While this seems like common sense, you are crazy busy during a move and it is easy to forget things. Begin to de-clutter and donate items as soon as you think you may be moving. Or better yet, do it every year (Yeah, that’s a nice thought). Don’t move what you don’t need. The cost of moving your items is based on weight. Donate or throw away items before...
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20 Jul 2016

Landmark Ahoy!

From iconic and famous, to natural and manmade, the Carolinas are home to some of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring landmarks. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Building on a heritage of hard work Industrious Carolinians have historically built on a foundation of dreams, aspirations and desire to contribute to the greater good. On the Outer Banks, the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was first authorized in 1794 when Congress recognized the danger posed to Atlantic shipping in the treacherous waters off the barrier island. It has stood as a state symbol since it was first illuminated in 1803. In the mountains of North Carolina, the Biltmore Estate was built by the Vanderbilt family between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately...
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