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HPW Open Houses | June 24 – 25

There may be cloudy skies and rain showers headed our way this weekend, but that certainly shouldn’t put your house hunt on hold. Grab your raincoat, put on your duck boots and go find your next home!

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be happy to help you escape from the weather by welcoming you into their open house events. They’ve listed homes all throughout the Triangle, some of which just hit the market this week, and are ready to show them off and sell them.

Get an idea of the homes that will be open to tour below and then be sure to visit our Triangle open house website to see all of our HPW open houses that will take place in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Fuquay-Varina and all of our other popular cities and towns in this area.

Featured Open Houses

4316 Basal Creek Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Sq Ft: 4,395 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 (full)
Open House: Saturday, June 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.

102 Grey Fox Court, Cary, NC 27511
Sq Ft: 1,627 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

8112 Knebworth Court, Raleigh, NC 27613
Sq Ft: 2,296 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. and
Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

161 Plantation Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596
Sq Ft: 2,900 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, June 25 from 2 to 5 p.m.

2409 Hagney Street, Raleigh, NC 27614
Sq Ft: 3,975 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 5 p.m.

99 Cub Creek Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Sq Ft: 2,410 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, June 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

205 McNaughton Court, Garner, NC 27529
Sq Ft: 2,989 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, June 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Summer in the Triangle

Summer has arrived! Time to eat peaches, relax by the pool, head to the beach and fire up the grill.

The much-anticipated warm-weather months are also the perfect time to get to know the Triangle area better. Have you been to Jordan Lake? Taken a ride on the Pullen Park carousel? Seen the N.C. Symphony’s open-air performance at Koka Booth Amphitheatre? Caught an outdoor movie at the Apex Historic Depot? You should do all of those things and more.

No matter where you live in this region there are awesome area parks and attractions nearby, not to mention the ample amount of events planned on any given day or night.

Just look at all the fun this week holds:

10th Annual Midtown Beach Music Series
Thursdays in the North Hills Commons from 6 to 9 p.m.
4300 North Hills Street, Raleigh

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shag under the stars at North Hills’ Midtown Beach Music Series. Featuring performances by many of your favorite beach bands like the Band of Oz, Liquid Pleasure, and the Embers, you’re going to want to get up and groove to the music.

Durham Bulls Baseball Games
Thursday, June 22 at 7:05 p.m.
2017 Season Schedule
409 Blackwell Street, Durham

Make way to the ballpark to cheer on the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team in the heart of the burgeoning American Tobacco Campus. Family-friendly and affordable, you’ll enjoy much more than a box of cracker jacks as you cheer on the home team.

Y’all at Dix Park
Saturday, June 24 from 4 to 10 p.m.
600 Umstead Drive, Raleigh

Dix Park will host its first outdoor concert event with performances by Enenra, ZenSoFly, Wayleaves and The Vedlt on Saturday. Those who attend will be invited to take part in the featured Field Day Three-Legged Race on the lawn and enjoy fare from local food trucks and craft breweries.

Can’t make it this weekend? Considering taking part in the fun on July 22nd or August 26th.

Family Movie Night at Joyner Park
Saturday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m.
East Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road in Wake Forest

Bring your blankets, low-slung chairs, and kiddos to watch a feature film outside at Joyner Park after sunset. Food vendors will be on site with scrumptious screening treats and refreshments.

Busy Saturday night? Mark your calendar now to attend future events on July 29th and August 12th.

Downtown Chowdown Food Truck Rally
Sunday, June 25 from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Academy Street between Chatham Street and Dry Avenue in downtown Cary

Food truck fun awaits you on Academy Street in Cary this Sunday! Drop by to get your fill of meals from restaurants on wheels including Cousins Maine Lobster, Buddhalicious, Pie Pushers, Morfa Empanadas and many more. Local breweries will also be on hand serving up their finest crafts as well.

Want the scoop on even more summer events? VisitRaleigh selected 40 fun things to do in the Capital City and surrounding cities and towns.

Emergency Kit for the Car

Mickey Mantle said “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”

Similarly, if people planning their summer travel knew they were going to have an emergency, they would have the right things available. Only 5% of drivers carry all recommended emergency supplies in their cars.9111296-250.jpg

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all Americans have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Some of these things would be more important if you lived or traveled in remote areas.

  • Reflective hazard triangle or road flares
  • Spare tire
  • Jumper cables
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Crucial medications
  • Emergency radio with batteries
  • Bottled water for each person and pet in your car
  • Non-perishable, high-calorie food
  • Distress signal flag
  • Matches or lighter

During cold weather, additional items are recommended:

  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Blankets and extra warm clothing
  • Road salt or cat litter to help with tire traction
  • Tarp for working outside in weather

It is recommended that emergency supplies should be checked at least twice a year to see that all of the items are in working order and in good condition. It is important that items are replaced if any of them are used during the year.

The American Red Cross is among many sources where emergency preparedness kits and supplies can be purchased.

HPW Open Houses | June 17 – 18

Forget about ties and tools—dad really wants a new house for Father’s Day!

Fortunately, our agents are more than happy to oblige his real estate request and will be hosting open houses in some of the most appealing neighborhoods in the area for him to see.

From rocking-chair porches and three-story townhomes to houses on larger lots with two- and three-car garages, our real estate agents represent some spectacular homes. Take a peek at the homes we’ve featured below and then scroll through our HPW real estate listings to see all other open houses available for you to tour.

You can also contact one of our talented buyer’s agents for personal assistance in seeking out the home you want.

Featured Open Houses

2424 Sterling Crest Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Sq Ft: 4,000 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, June 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

3717 Windmeade Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Sq Ft: 3,251 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Saturday, June 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

3130 Mantle Ridge Drive, Apex, NC 27502
Sq Ft: 4,331 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 17 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

30 Kilkee Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596
Sq Ft: 2,358 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. and
Sunday, June 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.

5408 Beardall Street, Raleigh, NC 27616
Sq Ft: 2,276 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

8609 Wapello Lane, Raleigh, NC 27613
Sq Ft: 4,412 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, June 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.

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HPW Happenings: 2017 Pinnacle of Excellence Awards

With much appreciation, we recently hosted our 2017 Pinnacle of Excellence Awards at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary recognizing agents and staff with 10 or more years of service with our company. We excitedly celebrated 155 agents with a combined total of more than 2,800 years of service including industry veteran Linda Powers, who has proudly served our company’s Goldsboro office for a record 45 years.

“I always look forward to the opportunity to recognize our longstanding real estate agents and thank them for their loyal service to our company and their clients,” said Founder and Chairman Don Walston. “Our real estate company leads and succeeds because of their continued commitment to doing right by others and Helping People Win. We are fortunate that Linda and all of these talented real estate professionals call Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston home.”

We proudly inducted 14 sales associates from four of our 15 real estate office locations including our award-winning Relocation and Builder Services divisions.

Our 2017 CBHPW Pinnacle Club inductees included:

CBHPW Cary Real Estate Office
– Chitra Abbi
– Leslie Douglas
– Debbie Rodriguez
– Moreen Sandwick
– Robin Watkins

CBHPW Hillsborough Real Estate Office
– Carol Scott
– Steven Walker 

CBHPW Raleigh Real Estate Offices
Falls of Neuse Office
– Laurie Evans
– Tim McBrayer
– Teresa Wray

Strickland Road Office
– Alfredo Bracy
– Tom Conroy
– Timothy Edwards
– Betsy Roberts

We also recognized Pinnacle Club members celebrating milestone years with the company. These expert real estate sales associates included:

15 years
– Warren Adamson, Chapel Hill Office
– Ginny Berg, Chapel Hill Office
– Korina Bouldin, Chapel Hill Office
– Shelia Carpenter, Durham Office
– Jane Cipau, Falls of Neuse Office, Raleigh
– Jaki Dysart, Durham Office
– Marion Gatling, Strickland Road Office, Raleigh
– Kathleen Gibbons, Cary Office
– James McGuire, Falls of Neuse Office, Raleigh
– Wency Mendoza, Cary Office
– Elizabeth Shafir, Chapel Hill Office
– Emilie Snyder, Cary Office

 20 years
– Christy Bowman, Chapel Hill Office
– Kimberly Conroy, Strickland Road Office, Raleigh
– Nancy Farhad, Falls of Neuse Office, Raleigh
– Wes Snead, CBHPW Business Development

25 years
– Steve Acerno, CBHPW Builder Services
– Carolyn Lynch, Strickland Road Office, Raleigh
– Jo Partin, Cary Office

 30 years
– Edna Cole, Cary Office
– Barbara, West-Carson, CBHPW Builder Services

A record 45 years, Linda Powers, Goldsboro Office

“Our real estate team is a powerhouse of talent and expertise,” said company CEO Kent Hanley. “Home buyers and sellers can be confident that they are working with superior pricing strategists and savvy negotiators who have navigated their local real estate markets successfully for many, many years.”

What Can You Expect?

Businesses must treat customers fairly if they expect to do business with them again or get recommendations to their friends. Customers of stores like Nordstrom’s understand that a salesperson is an employee and represents the company.13959026-250.jpg

The line becomes less clear in some industries, especially ones that involve real estate. Agency is a legal relationship authorizing a person to act for or in the place of another. It involves responsibilities that exceed treating a person fairly.

The duties a buyer or seller can expect to receive from a real estate salesperson or broker include but are not limited to honesty, accountability, full disclosure, representation and reasonable skill and care. Buyers and sellers might additionally expect obedience, loyalty and confidentiality. State laws can differ on specific duties.

Mortgage and title officers are limited in their duties to the buyer to honesty and accountability and specific requirements under the federal Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act.

A special relationship with a real estate agent makes it advantageous to have them coordinate efforts with the other professionals in the home buying process. Since most buyers’ and sellers’ transactions are infrequent, the agent can bring valuable experience to the transaction.

Every buyer and seller should discuss the level of service they expect from the real estate professional they work with. Another good question is what happens if the purchase and sale are within the same company.

What’s My Home Worth?

Wondering how much your home is worth? You need to rely on a real estate expert, not a computer, to get the answer you seek.

Yes, a quick Google search will direct you to Zillow’s Zestimate tool or other competing home valuation sites, and yes, you can access automated price estimates from each, but chances are the home prices reported are inaccurate.

“There are numerous websites that offer up home price estimates, but the only accurate way to determine the market range for your home to set a sales price is to work with a local market real estate expert,” said David Jones, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston President and COO. “An area real estate agent knows the current market trends, has key insight into the demand for your neighborhood and community and can provide a true assessment of the various features within your home.”

Real Estate Agent v. Zestimate

Missing Information
Have you made any updates to your home since you bought it? Added a new roof? Updated the kitchen? Unless you’ve input all of the details (and waited a few or more weeks for it to populate), Zillow doesn’t know and may be offering up an estimate that doesn’t take your renovations into consideration.

A local market real estate agent will be able to tour your home to see what it holds, how it is laid out and what features may attract buyers. This in-person visit is critical as it permits the agent to seek out recent comps to establish a true market range estimate and eventual price for your home.

Incorrect Data Collection
Misinformation on tax records and reported home sales prices will occasionally accumulate in Zestimate’s algorithms causing pricing discrepancies that can offset your home’s valuation greatly.

Research is the name of the game for real estate agents. A good realtor will look high and low to gather the information needed to value your home. She will conduct a full comparative market analysis (CMA) and make adjustments as needed based on her expert knowledge of the market, recently listed and sold properties, and your home.

“We train our real estate team to be superior house pricing specialists,” said Maryjane McEwen, director of training and education at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. “Each of our real estate brokers and agents is well equipped to properly review and evaluate your home. They will be able to provide you with the information necessary to strategically price your home and position it competitively in the current market.”

Margin of Pricing Error
Consumerist recently published an article entitled “Zillow’s ‘Zestimates’ Probably Aren’t The Best Way To Figure Out How Much Your House Is Worth” revealing:

Zillow itself concedes its automated math isn’t perfect. Zestimates are within 5% of the actual sale price about 54% of the time, within 10% of the sale price about 76% of the time, and within 20% about 90% of the time, Zillow told the Washington Post.

But even 5% is still a large amount of money when you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars. And that’s just for the most accurate range. By Zillow’s own figures, 1-in-10 Zestimates are off by more than 20%. That’s like valuing a $200,000 house at less than $160,000 or more than $240,000 — an enormous difference, for buyers and sellers.

Whether you’re still toying with the idea of selling or are ready to see a sold sign in your yard, you should trust a knowledgeable agent to help you navigate your next steps. In this highly competitive real estate market, especially heading into the summer selling season, pricing your home correctly will be key—not too high to stall showings, but not too low to leave money on the table.

Well, What is My Home Worth? 

That’s a great question and one we’d be delighted to answer. We’ve developed an easy-to-use home value estimate tool that can get you started down the path of discovery.

Simply insert your address, click “get report” and you’ll be presented with an estimated value range based on reliable online data collection that you can ask to be personalized by one of our leading Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate professionals.

“This home valuation tool starts the process of getting to the real market range for your home,” added Jones. “We know homeowners are interested in seeing how much their home is worth before committing to selling and are excited to give them access to more accurate information through our area real estate agents. That is something Zillow and other home valuation resources simply can’t do.”

Local Real Estate Agents

Want to live in Raleigh? What about the Apex area? Interested in Wake Forest or Youngsville? How about Mebane or Hillsborough?

Our leading residential real estate company has a vast presence in the communities in which you want to live. With 15 sales offices across the Triangle region from Alamance County in the west to Wayne County in the east and the nation’s leading Relocation Division, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is ready to serve you from “for sale” to “sold.”

Access a complete list of our real estate office locations to see a list of the realtors available to support you as you prep for a home sale and look forward to a new house hunt.

HPW Open Houses | June 10 – 11

Today is the last day of school for our Triangle area students; let it also be the first day of your summer real estate adventure.

We’ve got the houses you seek in the neighborhoods where you want to live. Let our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents lead you home.

From Mebane all the way to Goldsboro, our expert real estate team has listed homes in all shapes and sizes. Want a townhouse? We’ve got some for you to see. Interested in a newly built ranch? Our HPW Builder Services team can show them to you. Thinking Durham may be for you? Our Southpoint real estate agents have got you covered.

All of the homes spotlighted below will be open for you to tour this weekend. Scroll through them and then access a complete list of our HPW open houses to make a house hunting plan.

Featured Open Houses

6221 Heatherstone Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
Sq Ft: 3,312 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1505 Anthology Drive, Lot #2, Durham, NC 27703
Sq Ft: 2,542 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.

1836 Old Evergreen Drive, Apex, NC 27502
Sq Ft: 3,935 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 10 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.

108 Tuftin Drive, Durham, NC 27703
Sq Ft: 1,584 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. and
Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.

264 Beckingham Loop, Cary, NC 27519
Sq Ft: 2,788 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

177 Plantation Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596
Sq Ft: 2,650 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, June 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.

216 Gillyweed Court, Holly Springs, NC 27540
Sq Ft: 2,858 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, June 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Hands-Only CPR

Hands-only CPR can save lives. The American Heart Association states that “Almost 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.” Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander.

  1. Check for responsiveness – shake the person and shout “Are you OK?”11700251-250.jpg
  2. Call 9-1-1 – either tell someone to call or make the call yourself
  3. Compress – Push hard and fast in the center of the chest at a rate of 100 per minute.

The victim should be flat on their back preferably on the floor. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the victim’s chest and place the heel on top of the other hand lacing your fingers together. Lock your elbows and compress the chest forcefully; make sure you lift enough to let the chest recoil.

Chest compressions should be continued until the person shows obvious life-like breathing, the scene becomes unsafe, an AED (automatic external defibrillator) becomes available, or a trained responder takes over the emergency treatment.

Alternating mouth-to-mouth breaths is not necessary using this method. Compressions are adequate except in drowning or drug overdose situations where 30 chest compressions are followed by two mouth-to-mouth breaths.

Watch this two-minute video and consider taking instructions from the Red Cross or other qualified provider. Every household should have at least one person trained in life-saving skills.