HPW Open Houses | Oct. 1 – 2

From featured houses on the annual Triangle Parade of Homes tour to the numerous listings our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have for you to see, this is the weekend for you, homebuyers.

Triangle Parade of HomesThe 51st annual Triangle Parade of Homes kicks off Saturday with more than 250 beautiful houses open to tour all over the greater Triangle area. Jointly presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, this is the largest open house event in the state.

You’ll also be able to tour open houses hosted by our own listing agents. Scroll down to see some of the fantastic homes that will be open for you to tour and then visit our open house website to find out about more HPW open houses scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

Raleigh

2617 Laurel Cherry Street, Raleigh, NC 27612
$325,000
Sq Ft: 2,360 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 1 from noon to 2 p.m.

2617 Laurel Cherry Street, Raleigh, NC 27612

 

 

 

 

 

 


Raleigh 

2905 Tutman Court, Raleigh, NC 27614
$509,900
Sq Ft: 4,114 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

2905 Tutman Court, Raleigh, NC 27614 

 

 

 


Wake Forest 

1328 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$799,900
Sq Ft: 5,226 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

1328 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587

 

 

 

 

 


Cary

1345 English Cottage Lane, Cary, NC 27518
$419,900
Sq Ft: 2,403 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1345 English Cottage Lane, Cary, NC 27518

 

 

 

 

 


Durham

705 Derby Court, Durham, NC 27707
$499,900
Sq Ft: 2,503 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.

705 Derby Court, Durham, NC 27707

 

 

 

 

 


Durham

2541 Bittersweet Drive, Durham, NC 27705
$863,600
Sq Ft: 4,909 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 1 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

2541 Bittersweet Drive, Durham, NC 27705

 

 

 

 

 


Durham  

186 Finsbury Street, Durham, NC 27703
$240,000
Sq Ft: 1,610 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.

186 Finsbury Street, Durham, NC 27703

 

 

 

 


Fuquay-Varina

312 Springtree Circle, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$489,000
Sq Ft: 3,028 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.

312 Springtree Circle, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

 

 

 

 


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5 Property Maintenance Tips for Fall

Fall is an often overlooked season when it comes to property maintenance, but it is one the most crucial times of year to care for your landscape—ahead of winter, when the elements make it challenging to take measures for a healthy yard come spring.

“While many homeowners consider spring and summer to be the time for tackling landscaping projects, fall is actually a prime season for lawn care and landscaping,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of Public Affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), in a recent release. “Being diligent in fall landscaping will allow your lawn and garden to withstand their long winter’s nap, and will certainly pay dividends next spring. In addition, thoughtful planning can allow your outdoor living spaces to be enjoyed throughout the cold weather months.”

The best place to start, according to Henriksen, is to consult with a lawn care professional. A professional can not only advise you as to what steps to take now, but also help you plan next year’s landscape.

Following that consult, the NALP’s tips include:

Mulch – Adding two to three inches of mulch around your trees and on garden beds will protect them from the elements come winter.

Rake – Removing dead leaves, either by composting or mulching with a mower, will give your lawn access to sunlight through winter, as well as stave off diseases.

Seed – Overseeding your lawn will fill in patchy areas at a time when grass grows sans weeds—ideal for healthy root growth. Fertilizing and aerating your lawn is also key.

Inspect – Assessing your trees for signs of damage, disease or stress before winter will help avoid breakage and safety issues in the months ahead. Having a professional on hand to trim or remove damaged trees is vital.

Plant – Planting fall varieties will bring life to your landscape now and next year—asters, black-eyed Susans, Chinese lanterns, goldenrod and snapdragons are all ideal.

Source: National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
 

Thanks for visiting my Blog site. If you would like to discuss this topic with me or get more information please contact me by calling 919-247-4667 or emailing me at Tim@TheTrianglesBroker.com. And you can always visit my personal real estate website for lots of additional information and to search for homes at www.TheTrianglesBroker.com or www.BuyAndSelllingTriangleHomes.com  McBrayer – The Triangles Broker.

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Rates Hold Steady for Now, Fed Action Points to Possible Hike in December

By Suzanne De Vita

The Federal Reserve kept the benchmark rate unchanged on Wednesday, in a divided vote that alludes to the possibility of a hike before the end of the year.
 
“The Committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened but decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives,” the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released in statement. “The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run.”
 
“Our decision does not reflect a lack of confidence in the economy,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a press conference, later adding, “We’re generally pleased with how the U.S. economy is doing.”
 
Today’s action was largely expected by analysts as policymakers stood fast this summer, despite initially forecasting four hikes this year. The federal funds rate informs the trajectory of mortgage rates, which remain at historic lows.
 
Chances of a hike improved after Yellen made note of the economy’s supportive environment during a speech in August, but softening indicators proved otherwise: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported modest employment data this month, and housing starts came in less than anticipated in August, among other factors. Still, household wealth grew over $1 trillion in the second quarter of this year (with owner equity at its highest in a decade), and household spending has picked up significantly.
 
TransUnion researchers recently found some nine million credit-active consumers would experience “payment shock” if the federal funds rate rose 0.25 percent—the majority of all credit-active consumers, however, would see monthly payments increase a paltry $6.45.
 
The Fed last raised the key rate in December.

Thanks for visiting my Blog site. If you would like to discuss this topic with me or get more information please contact me by calling 919-247-4667 or emailing me at Tim@TheTrianglesBroker.com. And you can always visit my personal real estate website for lots of additional information and to search for homes at www.TheTrianglesBroker.com or www.BuyAndSelllingTriangleHomes.com  McBrayer – The Triangles Broker.

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5 BBQ Tips for a Low-Cal Tailgate

Football season’s here, which means meals on Sundays (and Mondays and Thursdays!) are anything but low-cal. Too many cheat days coupled with limited movement (we understand—you can’t miss a minute!) can pack on the pounds, fast.

The good news is you can have a tasty tailgate, without all the calories. Swap loading up on beer, brisket and buffalo dip for these healthy barbecue tips, courtesy of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA):

Eat Your Veggies… – Most vegetables can be grilled, imparting that same smoky flavor of barbecued meats with half the calories. To coax the most out of veggies, sear them over high heat, then finish them off on the top rack of the grill.

Season Right – Harvest season, that is! Pick up fresh produce for the grill at a farmers’ market each week. Barbecue it as soon as possible to maintain the just-picked taste.

…and Your Chips… – Apple- or cherry-flavored barbecuing chips can inject serious flavor into foods without the additional calories of marinades or oils. Try them out at the next tailgate—simply add them to the flame to reap their benefits.

Control Portions – Even healthy eats should be consumed in moderation. Skewer small portions of fruit, poultry, seafood or veggies to make kabobs—this will help keep portions in check.

…and Your Dessert – Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness. Try grilled mangoes, peaches, or whatever else is in season—don’t be afraid to experiment!

Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
 

Thanks for visiting my Blog site. If you would like to discuss this topic with me or get more information please contact me by calling 919-247-4667 or emailing me at Tim@TheTrianglesBroker.com. And you can always visit my personal real estate website for lots of additional information and to search for homes at www.TheTrianglesBroker.com or www.BuyAndSelllingTriangleHomes.com  McBrayer – The Triangles Broker.

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Teaching the Value of a Dollar: Average Allowances for Household Chores

One of the more effective methods of teaching financial responsibility to children is offering an allowance in exchange for household chores. Providing a reasonable amount, however, is key to ensure the child has a realistic understanding of “the value of a dollar.”

The going rates for the most common chores, according to the COUNTRY Financial Security Index, are:

Making the Bed – $1.18
Setting the Table – $1.31
Taking Out the Trash – $1.90
Doing the Dishes – $2.03
Cleaning the Bedroom – $2.07
Cleaning Surfaces – $2.20
Cleaning Floors/Vacuuming – $2.55
Taking Care of a Pet – $2.66
Cleaning a Common Area – $2.72
Doing Laundry – $2.82
Cleaning the Garage – $5.20
Mowing the Lawn – $6.28

When is the best time to start offering these allowances? Survey respondents say as early as age 5, and ideally when the child reaches age 8.

Source: COUNTRY Financial
 

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Cutting ‘Ma Bell’s’ Cord: Does Your House Need a Landline?

By John Voket

Most homeowners are cutting the cord—to their landline, that is. With wireless present in most households and smartphones at hand on the go, the case for the landline has become near-obsolete.

Some homeowners, still, appreciate the added convenience and security of having a landline. According to Jason Steele of MoneyCrashers.com, many homeowners have made the switch to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which transmits calls over a digital connection, combining the best of both landline and wireless.

Steele says while first-generation VoIP providers, such as Vonage and Lingo, offer a free router and charge a monthly fee, second-generation VoIP providers, including Magic Jack and Ooma, are becoming just as popular. The main differences between the first and second generations, according to Steele, are hardware and pricing structure.

An alternative to VoIP is landline service through a wireless carrier, such as Verizon or Straight Talk, Erica Manfred of SeniorPlanet.org offers. These plans, which are inexpensive, tie a cellular signal to cordless home phones. A special reception device that hooks into the cordless phones or multi-phone base station is required for the service.

Manfred says Straight Talk sells its device for $69.99 new or $15 refurbished, with a monthly service fee of $15, while Verizon's device is free to new customers, with a fee of $20 per month. Both carriers let you keep your current number.

Should you cut the cord? According to Michael Crider of DigitalTrend.com, consider first what you need: something to replace a landline? Something to make phone calls from your laptop? Something that shares a single phone line between your home phone and cell phone?

It’s all possible. For frequent international callers, for instance, Lingo mixes a VoIP service with an unlimited plan, Crider explains. Skype, Vonage and Ooma offer home and business-class options, with more features for additional rates. Vonage is probably best for home users who want a landline alternative, Crider recommends, while Skype is preferable for businesses who want complete VoIP and teleconferencing service.

Have you cut the cord in your house?
 

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Moving to the Country: 6 Things You Should Do Before Buying Rural Property

By Mikkie Mills

Buying a piece of land can be a very satisfying feeling. After all, we are not so very far removed from the days of the Wild West land races when families would compete in a race to put down their stake to claim land. But today, the process of buying land has become far more complicated. If you are buying rural country property, the complications increase again. In this post, learn six things you should do before buying rural property.

1. Commission a land survey to verify property size and contents.
With cities becoming increasingly overcrowded, a land survey isn't often on the menu. But when you get into buying 2, 3 or 10 acre lots, you want to be sure the acreage you are paying for is the acreage you are getting! Along with this confirmation, a land survey can tell you a lot about other potential perks or pitfalls of the property in question. Water sources, utility lines, metes and bounds (boundary lines) and other features will all be detailed in the survey.
 
2. Meet your neighbors and learn from them about local life.
After living in the city, you know how easy it can be to live right next door to someone and not see them for months (or ever). But in the country, that neighbor living 2 acres over on the next lot may become your lifeline in an emergency.
 
In addition, with a smaller community and fewer local resources, living out in the country can feel like living in a small, spread out town. And in small towns, there are few if any secrets. So just be sure you meet your near neighbors before you buy to see if you find them welcoming and hospitable. You will be glad you did!
 
3. Consider working with a buyer's agent.
Especially if this is your first time buying a piece of country property, you may stand to benefit by working with a buyer's agent to purchase the land. This way, you can learn what questions you don't know to ask, get expert advice about whether the land is fairly priced, find out the ins and outs of country complexities such as easements and water rights, and have an advocate on your side should negotiations become complicated.
 
4. Get an insurance estimate in advance.
Just as you never want to put yourself in the situation of purchasing more car than you can afford to insure, you also want to be sure your new land comes with manageable insurance costs. Title insurance is definitely something to consider, especially in case you find that toxic or hazardous waste has previously been stored or dumped on the property. Consider as well extras like flood insurance if your land is located in a floodplain.
 
5. Be sure you can get the services you need.
Imagine living out in the country on your new land, and you go to pull up the internet and….nothing. You don't want to find out too late that your area doesn't get service. Be sure to find out your options for internet, cable television, etc., before you buy the land.
 
6. Calculate the total cost of moving your life into a rural situation.
This calculation should include any extra equipment, services, vehicles and other items required to manage and maintain your country property. It should also consider less tangible costs such as travel for medical services, airport transportation and work.

By carefully considering the total impact of making a big change from city to country living, you can be sure now is the right time to make the move and feel confident you have the resources to make it a success.
 
This post was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends.

Thanks for visiting my Blog site. If you would like to discuss this topic with me or get more information please contact me by calling 919-247-4667 or emailing me at Tim@TheTrianglesBroker.com. And you can always visit my personal real estate website for lots of additional information and to search for homes at www.TheTrianglesBroker.com or www.BuyAndSelllingTriangleHomes.com  McBrayer – The Triangles Broker.

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