Archive | December, 2011

The Rose Bowl Game…in Durham!

30 Dec

I have some history with Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. That’s where I last saw the Rolling Stones perform on a rainy night in October 2005…a rockin’ experience for this Rock and Roll REALTOR®.  Built in 1929, the horseshoe-shaped facility is named for the legendary Duke Football coach and can seat nearly 34,000. And while the Stones can pack ‘em in, it was another rainy spectacle, this one in 1942, that eclipsed that rock and roll event in attendance and significance.

The college football season of 1941 had just ended when the gruesome attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7th.  Fear gripped the country, and travel restrictions were placed on our nation’s entire West Coast.  Continue reading

Feel’n Good in Bad Times!

28 Dec

In these times, it’s rare to find positive news about housing, but I found something good in an earlier edition of  Builder Magazine.

In an article on the health of the country’s top housing markets, the Raleigh-Cary market was ranked No. 1 with a score of 86.9; Durham-Chapel Hill was No. 3 at 81.5 and in 9th position with a score of 76.6 was the Charlotte metro area. Now, after reading this, I must admit I was feeling pretty good that we are selling homes in three of the top 10 markets in the entire country…wow! Continue reading

The Trend is Upward!

27 Dec

Earlier this month, there was more news that, for the fourth straight month, existing home sales were up nationally from the previous year’s levels. What is the reason? A lot of this uptick is due to the tax credit of the Spring of 2010 where sales were borrowed from the second half of 2010. This made this Falls’ results more realistic.

The latest report from the National Association of Realtors shows sales of existing homes up 13.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million houses in October. I am also hearing from around the country that the upper end is starting to move, especially in the second- home markets. As I stated many times, real estate is a local game. This is good news if it is systemic growth.

Last October was the bottom. With four straight months of 2011 growth, this doesn’t mean that we are on another boom course, but rather a gentle recovery over time. Continue reading

Santa Claus Has Arrived at the North Carolina Transportation Museum

23 Dec

Did you know Santa Claus has arrived at the North Carolina Transportation Museum?

When my children were both much younger, I looked for ways for them to enjoy Santa Claus in a different environment than that of the mall. I found that the North Carolina Transportation Museum does something a little different. Santa and his elves ride the train with kids and their parents. He passes out candy and listens to each child’s wish list while everyone takes a short trip on the train.

My son was in love with trains from the time he was two years old till he was about eight so he absolutely loved this annual event! Continue reading

What is Holiday Spirit?

21 Dec

Giving is a common theme this time of year as we complete our holiday shopping and express well wishes to family and friends.

The Carolinas have some wonderful gift ideas including different wines from our regions; a piece of furniture from one of our manufacturers; or even a gift basket from Texas Pete’s (which is manufactured right here in Winston-Salem). This is truly a time when the thought matters the most, and most gift recipients will be delighted when you’ve thought of them with gifts from your own home town.

But the holidays are more than just gifts and ribbons and perfectly packaged presents. They are about family, friends and good spirits.

Good feelings begin with looking forward to something fun, and getting caught up in preparation of it all. Expecting good things will put us in a happy, excited mood. And feeling this way actually leads to creating the kinds of good experiences we want.  It’s easy for positive emotions to build and grow into holiday spirit – that inspires others.  When one person is happy, he or she can lift the spirits of many more. Continue reading

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