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18 Apr 2019

Understanding the home inspection process

Making an offer on a home isn’t the final stage before you sign your name on the dotted line— next comes scheduling the home inspection. And while walking through the home can give you a good idea about how the house can function for your needs and preferences, you’ll need to do a bit more digging to make sure the home’s structural, foundational and electrical framework is solid. What is a home inspection? According to the American Society of Home inspectors, a home inspection is “An objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation” Who is responsible for finding a home inspector? As the party responsible for purchasing a home, it's in your best...
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28 Mar 2019

6 foolproof home staging tips

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A common question Realtors® often get asked is, “Do I need to stage my house before it goes on the market?” The short answer is yes. The long answer is absolutely yes. Home staging is the process of decluttering and decorating your home so that it’s most impressive assets are highlighted. Custom pendant lighting above the kitchen island? Fabulous! Reclaimed wood mantel? Show it off! Staging helps buyers visualize themselves at home - in your home, which is important now more than ever. According to the NAR Profile of Home Staging, eighty-three percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as a future home, and one-quarter of buyers’ agents said that staging a...
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21 Feb 2019

18 tips for first time home buyers

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An impulse buy is fun when it's a pack of gum in the checkout lane or a trinket from the clearance bin. But purchasing your first home, even in a hot market, is not the time to make an impulse buy. You want the confidence that comes with step-by-step preparation for this exciting journey. Follow these start-to-finish tips and you'll be a confident and prepared soon-to-be homeowner. Tips for saving for a down payment A realistic budget is indispensable when it comes to buying your first home. You'll need to budget for a down payment, monthly mortgage payments (including property taxes and homeowners insurance), and closing costs. You'll also want extra funds for moving costs and unforeseen repair expenses once you move in...
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4 Feb 2019

First time home buyer programs in North Carolina

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You only get to buy your first home once. Why not make it as stress-free as possible? With that goal in mind, we've put together a list of what you need to know about the national and statewide programs available to first-time home buyers in North Carolina. One of these six options could help you achieve the milestone of first-time home ownership. Which one looks like it's right for you? First time home buyer programs in North Carolina NC Home Advantage Mortgage First-time home buyers in North Carolina can benefit from the stable, fixed-rate mortgages offered by the NC Home Advantage Mortgage. Managed by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, the program also offers down payment assistance up to 5% of the total loan. And...
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15 Jan 2019

How to become a real estate agent in NC

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If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, people admire your unstoppable work ethic, and you love building relationships with people, you could be the perfect candidate for a career in real estate. But where do you even start? If licensing, course work and selecting a firm seem overwhelming, you can relax. We've laid out each step in the process of becoming a real estate agent in North Carolina. And if you find yourself with questions, we're here to help. Contact us any time with your questions and we'll gladly help you through the process - because we know firsthand how fulfilling a real estate career can be. Step 1: Know the Requirements The requirements for obtaining a license to practice real estate vary from state to...
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7 Nov 2018

10 reasons you should consider moving to Greenville, SC

Reasons to move to Greenville, SC
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find the quaint city of Greenville, South Carolina, known for our raging art scene, affordable living and gorgeous scenery. With less than 100,000 people living here, Greenville is perfect for those looking for a balance between the big city and small town feel. No matter where you visit in Greenville, you’ll find that this place is steeped in Southern tradition and American history. It’s perfect for new families, college students and retirees alike! We are so confident that you’ll love it here that we rounded up 10 incredible reasons why you should consider moving to Greenville.   1. There’s an abundance of outdoor activities year round Photo courtesy of VisitGreenvilleSC Greenville is settled in an...
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1 Nov 2018

Risks that affect your homeowners insurance rates

Insurance, by its very nature, is about risk – the likelihood that an insured event will occur, requiring the insurance company to pay a claim. The insurance premium you pay reflects how great the risk, based on historical data about claims. Most of us understand that your car insurance will go up if you buy a sports car, have an at-fault accident or are charged with a moving violation that results in points on your driving record. But your homeowners insurance premium can increase based on your children’s play equipment, how you maintain your land and even your choice of four-legged, furry family members. Dangerous dogs You’ve decided it’s time to add a dog to the family and researched various breeds. But have...
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27 Sep 2018

Explore this eclectic artist retreat in Winston-Salem designed by Catherine French Design

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When traditional meets unconventional and eclectic — that’s where the excitement begins. This traditional two-story Colonial in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Winston-Salem was completely transformed into an eclectic artist retreat by the talented team at Catherine French Design. This full-service interior design firm is based in Chapel Hill, but maintains active projects all along the East Coast, ranging from luxury new construction homes to relaxing condos by the sea. The team of five at Catherine French Design offers a diverse range of experiences, talents and areas of expertise. Catherine “Cat” French launched the company after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. Cat’s enthusiasm for her work and years of experience...
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13 Sep 2018

Cheers for chairs

When Laura Shoun’s students returned last month to Southside High School in Greenville, S.C., the biggest change to her classroom was something they barely noticed. And Shoun is completely fine with that. Like many teachers, Shoun is used to equipping her students with pencils, paper and other tools of learning, often out of her own pocket. Most of the students in her physics classes live at the poverty level, in single-parent homes. Some have parents in jail or who abuse substances. Some are foster children, live in hotels or are, at times, homeless. “The last thing they need when they come to school is another challenge,” Shoun said. Physics is a hands-on kind of subject. Students often work together in teams to build...
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28 Aug 2018

How well do you know your homeowners insurance?

When was the last time you gave your homeowners insurance policy a good read? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably haven’t paid much attention to it since you purchased your home – unless you’ve had to file a claim. You might not even know what your policy covers, or the deductible you would pay if something happened to your home. “Your homeowners policy might not be a compelling page-turner, but it’s important information,” said Robin Price, president, Allen Tate Insurance. “No one ever thinks they’ll need to use their insurance, and when they do, it’s too late if they don’t have the right coverage.” That said, keep in mind that coverage, limits and deductibles will be different from policy to policy and...
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