HPW Open Houses | March 25 – 26

It’s officially spring and time to get your house hunt started. Let the weekend sunshine and our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents guide the way.

You may have noticed that there are more and more homes hitting the market and you’re going to want to see them soon. Take a look at the homes we’ve highlighted below to see what’s available to tour this Saturday and Sunday and then visit our open house website for a complete list of HPW open houses.

You won’t find your new home until you starting looking. Let today be the day!

304 Valleyshire Road, Durham, NC 27707
$489,900
Sq Ft: 2,835 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.

304 Valleyshire Road, Durham, NC 27707


221 Banbury Drive, Roxboro, NC 27573
$334,000
Sq Ft: 3,257 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

221 Banbury Drive, Roxboro, NC 27573


2421 Millstone Harbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
$575,000
Sq Ft: 3,700 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m.

2421 Millstone Harbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603


3126 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502
$809,000
Sq Ft: 4,564 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, March 25 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, March 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

3126 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502


2817 Kingston Manor Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$438,665
Sq Ft: 2,953 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, March 25 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and
Sunday, March 26 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

2817 Kingston Manor Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587


1248 Woodland Church Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$249,900
Sq Ft: 2,850 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

1248 Woodland Church Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587


1 Fieldstone Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312
$704,900
Sq Ft: 3,842 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open House: Sunday, March 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1 Fieldstone Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312


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HPW Happenings | 2016 Awards of Excellence

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence

Oh, what a night! We had the great privilege of celebrating our talented team of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate brokers and agents this week at our 43rd Awards of Excellence ceremony at The Pavilions at Angus Barn.

From toasting the leading Coldwell Banker real estate team in all of North America for selling more than 1,000+ homes last year to recognizing our company’s top-performing teams’ and agents’ achievements in 2016, it was an evening that glittered with our real estate superstars.

“To say that I’m impressed with our agents’ successes in 2016 is an understatement,” said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston founder and chairman. “Our team blew it out of the water last year. They set their sights on serving the home buyers and sellers in their communities and, boy, did they achieve their goals. They truly lived out our mission to Help People Win.”

With the support of Coldwell Banker President and CEO Charlie Young, we inducted nearly 100 of its agents and teams into Coldwell Banker’s International Sterling Society, International Diamond Society, International President’s Circle, International President’s Elite, International President’s Premier, and International Society of Excellence designations.

We also presented our annual company awards including our Core Services Awards, Rookies of the Year, Managers of the Year, Associates & Teams of the Year, the Garland Spangler Award, and numerous others presented by the company’s Builder Services team and trusted partners.

“We’re heading into 2017 with tremendous momentum from the previous year,” said company CEO Kent Hanley. “Our real estate agents are better prepared than ever before to offer their clients superior service throughout the home-buying process.”

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Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston 43rd Awards of Excellence

Important Estate Documents

An estate plan is a collection of documents to ensure that your wishes are carried out because of death or incapacity to make decisions for yourself. Spouses, minor children, adult children, property and investments can all be factors that should motivate a person to undergo the process.12902925-250.jpg

Will – this document specifies the way a person wants to manage and distribute his/her assets after their death. When a person dies without a will, the laws of the state where the person resided will determine the distribution of the property.

Durable Power of Attorney – this document grants to a designated person the authority to act on behalf of the principal in in legal affairs should the principal become incapacitated. Among other things, this would allow the attorney-in-fact to buy and sell property on the behalf of the principal.

Healthcare Proxy – this document grants that a designated person can legally make healthcare decisions on behalf of the principal when they are incapable of making and executing specific decisions stated in the proxy.

Living Will – this document directs physicians with respect to life-prolonging medical treatments in case they become unable to communicate their decisions.

Hippa Release – this document allows heath care providers to release your health care information to a designated person. Otherwise, they are required by federal law to protect the privacy of your health information.

Letter of Instruction – This document contains information and instructions about a person’s wishes upon death. It is intended to offer details on whom to contact and where to find important documents about personal and financial matters.

Requirements of these documents can vary from state to state and legal advice should be obtained. If you need a current estimate of value on real estate that may be involved, usually a price opinion from a licensed real estate professional will suffice. It would be my privilege to assist you with this at no cost or obligation.

Aging in Place? Make Sure Your Home is Ready

As more and more baby boomers opt to stay close to children and grandchildren, aging in place – or choosing to stay in your home instead of moving to a retirement community – is an increasingly popular trend.

If you or your loved ones plan to remain in the family home, AARP recommends making sure modifications are made in the following areas to ensure a smooth transition into the golden years.

Lighting: Make sure there is plenty of lighting in all exterior locations: driveways, porches, decks, pathways, etc. Inside the home, ramp up lighting in stairwells, closets, hallways, bathrooms and bedrooms. Consider light-sensor night lights in such locations and install glow-in-the-dark light switches. In kitchens, install under-cabinet and stove lighting to better spotlight work areas. AARP recommends halogen bulbs, which reduce glare, and full-spectrum bulbs that better simulate daylight.

Mobility: Make it easy to move around your home by installing rolling casters on chairs. Make daily life more accessible by installing a walk-in or no-threshold shower with a bench and hand-held showerhead, and lower rods and shelves in closets and cabinets.

Safety: Lots of small details will make your home much safer as you age. Make sure there are handrails on both sides of the stairs, and install them in any area of your home where you may need more support, like the shower stall or front stoop. Check your doors and make sure locks are easy to use and that you have a peephole, viewing panel or security camera at the main entrance. Make sure your interior doorways are wide enough (at least 36 inches), carpets are secure, and electrical and phone cords are neatly arranged to prevent tripping hazards.

Taking the time to outfit your home now will allow you to safely enjoy many more years to come under the same roof.

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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Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

We all know we’re “supposed” to clean for springtime. While we should ideally be cleaning our spaces well year-round, a little seasonal push can sometimes offer the motivation we need to give our home a good scrub. Below are a handful of simple spring cleaning tips from BISSELL.

– Get an early start and dive in before the weather tempts you to spend Saturdays outdoors—this will ensure you won't skip any important tasks.

– When it comes to deep cleaning any floor surface, make sure to vacuum or sweep first, and move as much furniture as possible for a blank slate.

– Don't forget about the furniture. Items like couches, beds and cabinets are in constant use year-round and need a thorough clean.

– Clean from the top of the room down. Get the cobwebs in the corners, ceiling fans and the tops of appliances clean and work your way down to the floor. That way you don't have to clean anything twice.

– Use your vacuum crevice tool to clean dust off of baseboards, from between kitchen chair spokes and on the stairs.Source: www.bissell.com.

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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How to Have a More Functional Home

(Family Features)–Turning your home into the living space of your dreams takes effort and commitment, but while the weather is warm and motivation is on your side, it's time to put your visions to the test.
Whether you choose to start your renovation poject on the inside or outside, for fun or for function, the important part is committing to getting it done and doing it right. That includes finding the right materials and products to suit your specific needs and style, whether it's for closet organization, a beautiful kitchen upgrade, adding features like skylights or anything in between.

Your dreams and desires for your home are attainable and within your reach, so long as you're devoted and willing to put in the time.  

Natural Light and Fresh Air from Above
You can brighten your space in an eco-friendly way with Energy Star-qualified, solar-powered fresh air skylights which provide natural light and ventilation to reduce energy costs. Adding solar-powered blinds can further increase energy efficiency. These products, along with installation costs, qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit. To find certified installers, visit whyskylights.com.

Versatile Home Storage
It's time to get organized. Turn any closet or area in your home into a designer-inspired storage showcase. Find free design, inspiration and organization solutions at closetmaid.com/suitesymphony.

Functional Furniture
Ideal for enjoying a serene cup of coffee or welcoming guests for some outdoor fun, you can liven up your backyard space with a patio furniture set to help both aesthetically and functionally. The right set for your deck, patio or yard can lend a pleasing element to the eye and a comfortable spot to sit and eat, drink or rest after a friendly game of whiffle ball. Available in myriad colors and combinations, look for patio furniture that matches your style and personal preferences.

Backyard Getaway
Find a comfortable temperature and enter your most relaxed state at any time with your own backyard hot tub. The gateway to a restful opportunity, a hot tub gives you a chance to close your eyes and unwind whether it's the end of a long day or starting out your Saturday morning. With varying options like in-ground or above and a multitude of sizes, plus the ability to tune individual jets to your liking, a backyard hot tub can be the perfect personal oasis.

A Finishing Touch
Bring everything together in a kitchen or bathroom with the subtle feature that can sometimes be forgotten – the faucet. Extravagant or simple, modern or classic, the faucet can serve multiple aesthetic purposes like catching attention upon entering the room or simply complementing the design elements around it. Adding the final touch with the right faucet can be a beautiful way to wrap up a room.

Source: eLivingToday.com.

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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HPW Open Houses | March 18 – 19

With February’s home sales up 7.5 percent compared to the year prior, the Triangle real estate market is humming along into the spring selling season. And, with a below average inventory of homes on the market, it’s important for homebuyers to act quickly to secure the home they want.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be hosting open houses Saturday and Sunday in great neighborhoods throughout the Triangle region for you to see and tour. Some of these homes are spotlighted below with a complete list available on our HPW open house website.

Pre-qualified and prepared to put your best foot, err, offer, forward, you may be able to turn an open house visit into an opportunity to become a new homeowner this weekend.

 

152 Brentfield Loop, Morrisville, NC 27560
$245,000
Sq Ft: 1,660 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, March 18 from 2 to 3 p.m.

152 Brentfield Loop, Morrisville, NC 27560


7205 Duncans Ridge Way, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$415,000
Sq Ft: 2,695 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, March 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

7205 Duncans Ridge Way, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526


4540 Sugarbend Way, Raleigh, NC 27606
$177,000
Sq Ft: 1,284 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, March 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

4540 Sugarbend Way, Raleigh, NC 27606


1303 Pulitzer Lane, Durham, NC 27703
$411,236
Sq Ft: 1,904 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, March 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.

1303 Pulitzer Lane, Durham, NC 27703


5151 Corner Rock Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571
$375,000
Sq Ft: 2,170 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. and
Sunday, March 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

5151 Corner Rock Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571


1420 Mackinaw Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$475,000
Sq Ft: 3,150 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, March 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.

1420 Mackinaw Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587


8709 Langtree Lane, Raleigh, NC 27613
$449,900
Sq Ft: 2,937 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, March 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

8709 Langtree Lane, Raleigh, NC 27613


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Food Truck Fun

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The food truck craze is alive and well in the Triangle area giving new meaning to meals on wheels. Faithful foodies follow their favorite trucks near and far to enjoy dishes served up by creative chefs in mobile kitchens.

Are you a self-proclaimed food truck fanatic? Perhaps you’ve been wondering what all of your friends have been dishing about and are ready to conduct your own mobile meal taste tests? Our Triangle cities and towns are serving up some fantastic food truck rodeo events this spring and summer that you’ll want to attend.

Cary

Chatham Street Chowdown
Sunday, April 23; Sunday, June 25; Sunday, July 30; Sunday, Oct. 1
12:30 to 5 p.m.
East and West Chatham Street

Food trucks and brewery and wine vendors are ready to tempt your taste buds on Chatham Street this spring and summer. This yummy affair takes over downtown Cary with some of the Triangle’s favorite rolling restaurants and live performances by local musicians. Join in this relaxed gathering with your favorite foodies—it’s sure to be a good time!

Chapel Hill

Rodeo on Rosemary
Saturday, March 26
Noon to 5 p.m.
Rosemary Street—between Henderson and North Columbia Streets, Chapel HillRodeoonRosemary Chapel Hill

Take part in the first-ever Rodeo on Rosemary food truck event with some of the Triangle’s most favorite mobile eateries including Cousins Maine Lobster, Banditos, Chirba Chirba, and Morfa Empanadas. Guests of all ages will enjoy tasty food, giant yard games, and an onsite DJ. Tables and chairs will be provided atop the Wallace Parking Deck offering event goers a view of downtown Chapel Hill.

Durham

Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday, June 18; Sunday, Sept. 3; Sunday, Nov. 5
Noon to 4 p.m.
501 Foster Street in Durham

The original event that ignited the food truck craze in the Triangle, the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo kicked off its 2017 season last weekend. Welcoming guests of all ages and palate preferences, this foodie favorite typically features a line-up of more than 50 trucks with everything from beignets and dumplings to ribs and local brews. Live bands and kiddie attractions like bounce houses and inflatable slides add to the fun.

Garner

April Food’s Day Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday, April 2
Noon to 5 p.m.
Main Street—from Griffin to Purvis Streets, Garner

Don’t be fooled; it’s all about the food in Garner this April! The town is getting ready to host its first downtown food truck rodeo on Main Street. Featuring 14 food trucks and three local craft breweries, guests will enjoy good eats as they listen to live music by acoustic duo My Skinny Cousin and performances by local youth. Your little ones will also enjoy taking part in the Kids’ Zone organized by the Garner Police Athletic/Activities League.

Knightdale

Food Truck Thursdays
Every Thursday from April through June and in September
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6 to 8 p.m.
Knightdale Station Park, 810 North First Avenue, Knightdale

Plan to do lunch or dinner outdoors on Thursdays in Knightdale as the warm weather returns to the Triangle. Food truck participants will rotate based on the week and include well-followed vendors like Chirba Chirba, Oak City Fish & Chips, Baguettaboutit and Cousins Maine Lobster. On the third Thursday of the month, guests will delight in live concerts at the park amphitheater during the dinner hours.

Mebane

Mebane Merchants Saturday Food Trucks
Saturdays
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Clay Street, Mebane

Meet up on Clay Street in historic downtown Mebane every Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to try out a new food truck. Flirting With Fire will be in town this weekend serving up gourmet wood-fired pizzas followed by Bulkogi Korean BBQ and its Asian fusion dishes next Saturday. Make sure to check the Mebane Merchants’ Facebook page to get details about the upcoming food truck schedule each week.

Morrisville

Fidelity Food Truck Rodeo
Every Friday
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Frontier in RTP, 800 Park Offices Drive, Morrisville

This weekly food truck rodeo is the perfect treat for a Friday lunch out. With seven different food trucks at each event, you’ll always have something new to try. Take a folding chair or blanket for a place to sit and plan to enjoy the sunny, warm weather that will soon be back in town.

Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday, May 7; Sunday, June 11; Sunday, Aug. 6; Sunday, Oct. 8
Times TBA
Fayetteville Street, Raleigh

Hit the road to downtown Raleigh to enjoy a food truck and restaurant rodeo over a 1/2 mile long. More than 50 trucks from throughout the state will be spread out over 11 city blocks to serve up tasty eats and treats for guests young and old. Seating will be provided along city sidewalks, and many downtown restaurants will be serving up specials as well.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday, April 2
Noon to 4 p.m.
The Renaissance Center, 405 South Brooks Street in Wake Forest

Food truck fun is rolling back into town in a new location in historic downtown Wake Forest. Located at the Renaissance Center this year, the town’s Food Truck Rodeo will host an assortment of delicious delights, both savory and sweet. Brooks Street Bowl will provide a beer tent, and there will be local arts and crafts vendors as well. Children will also enjoy the Kid’s Zone area with face painting, a bounce house and more. Bring a lawn chair or large blanket to claim a spot and stay awhile.

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

U.S. taxpayers have enjoyed specific tax benefits for home ownership since personal income tax was introduced by the 16th amendment in 1913. While these benefits may not be the primary reason that motivates a person to buy a home, they are still tangible and not available to tenants.26005238-266.jpg

The exclusion of capital gains tax on the profit made from a home is unique from other investments and provides homeowners significant savings. Single taxpayers can exclude up to $250,000 gain and married taxpayers up to $500,000 gain. During the five-year period ending on the date of sale, a taxpayer must have: owned the home for at least two years; lived in the home as their main home for at least two years; and, ownership and use do not have to be continuous nor occur at the same time.

Gain on the sale of a principal residence in excess of the allowed exclusion are taxed at the lower long-term capital gain rate of the owner.

A homeowner may take the standard deduction or itemized deductions in any tax year based on which will create the largest deduction. Property taxes and qualified mortgage interest are allowable itemized deductions.

Qualified mortgage interest is acquisition debt plus home equity debt not to exceed the maximum amounts. Acquisition debt is the amount of debt incurred to buy, build or improve a first and second home up to $1,000,000. Home equity debt is limited to $100,000 over the current acquisition debt on the combination of a first and second home and may be used for any purpose.

For more information, see your tax advisor or see IRS Publications 523, Selling Your Home and 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction.