10 Feb 2017

#FBF Great reads for Carolinians

With the weekend upon us, I'm counting down the hours until I can retreat to a quiet spot and curl up with a good book. Recently, I read that reading relaxes the mind, so much so that it is actually proven to reduce stress: a study conducted at the University of Sussex showed that participants experienced a slower heart rate and significantly less muscle tension after only six minutes of quiet reading. Interestingly enough, the study also proved that reading was the most effective way to reduce stress, and beat out other typical stress-reducing techniques like listening to music, having a cup of coffee or taking a walk. Reduce stress and lose yourself in a good book with our picks...
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7 Feb 2017

Why virtual reality will change the real estate industry

Some would say the future is here. And if you’ve used virtual reality headsets to play video games or, say, virtually explore a rainforest, you’ll know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, read on. Because soon, home buyers might be able to put on a virtual reality headset and feel like they are touring a home, walking from room to room, and getting a feel for the place without ever leaving their Realtor’s® office. This means that if you are a buyer, you could “look at” a place in another part of your city, in another state, or even country. If you are a seller, buyers can tour your house no matter where they are standing. Many Realtors involved in the...
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3 Feb 2017

Big game grub

Would it surprise you to find out that, on average, a whopping 52 percent of viewers tuning into the big game aren’t even football fans. Fifty-two percent? How can that be? One word, people: food. I can certainly appreciate any event that heavily emphasizes highly addictive, artery-clogging food, and it seems I’m not alone — our friends at the Chicken Council say Americans are expected to chow down on nearly 1.25 billion chicken wings this Sunday. And if you’re in to math (because, who isn’t?), based on the average number of people who will be glued to their TVs, that’s roughly 11 chicken wings per person.   Tired of serving up the same appetizers year after year? Take the guesswork out of...
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