Archive | September, 2011

A Whole New Facebook

30 Sep

A wise man once said …

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

That wise man was Steve Jobs and it seems that a certain Mark Zuckerberg took those words to heart because last week, Facebook went through a round of changes that rocked users to their core.

As consumers, we change our behavior patterns constantly. Our likes, our dislikes, the way we interact with others and communicate changes all the time. So, wouldn’t it then make sense that a social network that thrives on those attributes change as well? We pride ourselves on progression and innovation, yet Facebook’s progression and innovation is consistently met with anger, outrage and an “I want the old way back” mentality.

Change is inevitable, especially when it comes to the realm of social networking. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or whatever else decides to come along, change is inevitable. As consumers, we can either embrace and take advantage of that change or turn our back to it. My opinion is to embrace it because if you don’t, you will get left behind, which brings me to the most recent changes to the social networking giant. Continue reading

A Tour for True “House Junkies”

29 Sep

If you’re reading this blog, you’re a bit of a “house junkie.” You are interested in residential real estate (maybe even a bit obsessed) and learning as much as you can about purchasing it, selling it, owning it, renovating it, building it, insuring it, and maintaining it. Here’s another thought. How about just feasting your eyes on some of the most beautiful housing options and solutions the Triangle Region has to offer?

The Triangle has a stunning assortment of housing and architectural styles. Now, a showcase for a few of those fine homes designed by local architects is happening on Saturday, October 1st, when the Triangle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosts its 2nd Annual Tour of Residential Architecture. Continue reading

Discovering My Credit Score

28 Sep

As I started this Homebuying Adventure, I’ll have to admit I was a little nervous about the mortgage process (check out my video here!).  Hidden in my credit closet were several credit cards with more debt than I would like to admit. So when Mollie Bergstrom from Allen Tate Mortgage said something about pulling my credit score, I prepared myself for the worst.

I’ve been working on paying down my credit cards (yes, I was one who fell into the credit trap right after college) and I’ve heard mixed comments about closing those cards after they are paid off. In talking about this dilemma with Mollie, she told me that closing paid-off cards erases the “good credit” that you’ve built up.  What? This is good to know! I have good credit on the cards with no balance! I tucked away this information and tried to ease my nerves on my pending credit score. Continue reading

First-Time Homebuyers Learn About Mortgages

27 Sep

I’ll be honest with you – going into this Homebuying Adventure, I knew next to nothing about mortgages and what they entailed. Pre-qualification, pre-approval, fixed rate, APR … it was all Greek to me. What I did know was that I had friends who were paying mortgages that were less than my monthly rent and I wanted to be a member of that club. But to be granted access, I needed to bite the bullet, push aside my fears and meet with Mollie Bergstrom, my Allen Tate Mortgage consultant.

After sitting down with Maggie (my Realtor), Amy and I each had a better idea of everything we needed to put on our “to-do” lists. The most important of these was a meeting with Mollie from Allen Tate Mortgage. And being an enthusiastic person by nature, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some listings and see what could very well become my first home. Continue reading

Time to Paint? There’s An App For That!

26 Sep

I love helping friends pick out paint colors. I have a few tried-and-true colors I always recommend. While I still love going to the store to pick out paint samples and consult a professional, there are times when I am out and about and see a color I love. I have to know what it is at that moment because it’s Murphy’s Law that I would find the exact color I want when I don’t have a color palette handy. Thankfully, technology has solved that issue for me with color apps for smart phones.

These apps use your phone to match real-world colors. Like the shade of a green leaf? Let an app match it to a paint chip and suggest coordinating colors. You can even create and save your own custom palettes. Continue reading

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