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HPW Open Houses | Labor Day Weekend

Don’t let the rainy forecast put a damper on the three-day Labor Day weekend that lies ahead. Yes, it may be wet out, but there will still be time to rest up, catch up and house-hunt it up on Saturday and Sunday.

Start Your House Hunt

First-time home buyer? We’ve got you covered. Seasoned homeowner? We’re ready to serve you. No matter your level of home buying know-how, we have the local market real estate agents you want leading your house hunt and negotiating your offer to buy.

Our expert agents are so talented that we’ve again earned distinction as the top residential real estate company in the Triangle based on the number of closed transactions and more than $2.4 billion in sales we managed in the previous year. With numbers like those, you can be confident that we know how to Help People Win.

Visit Open Houses

Our agents will open the doors to homes throughout Raleigh and our Triangle area suburbs this weekend. Take them up on the offer to tour their listings and see what their homes have to offer.

Plan to visit one open house or stack the deck and hit up a few, either way, you’ll be a few steps closer to finding the house you’ll call home.

Featured Open Houses

Access a complete list of our Triangle area open houses online and map out your weekend house hunting journey.

4813 Sunset Stream Drive, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$569,305
Sq Ft: 3,457 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, September 2 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, September 3 from noon to 4 p.m.


1745 Grandmaster Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$264,900
Sq Ft: 2,200 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, September 2 from noon to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, September 3 from noon to 5 p.m.


8112 Knebworth Court, Raleigh, NC 27613
$345,000
Sq Ft: 2,296 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, September 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, September 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.


17 Richmond Court, Durham, NC 27713
$445,900
Sq Ft: 2,735 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, September 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, September 3 from 1 to 5 p.m.


1123 Ambrose Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571
$325,000
Sq Ft: 2,089 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, September 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, September 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.


8400 Hempton Cross Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$450,000
Sq Ft: 3,424 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, September 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.


203 Willowbend Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278
$380,000
Sq Ft: 2,900 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, September 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.


 

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HPW Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive—Help Us Help Texas

Our Texas neighbors need us. Will you help us help them out?

At Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, we operate on the core mission of Helping People Win. From supporting our real estate team and their clients to our neighbors in need, near and far, we seek out ways to show and share compassion. Now through next Friday, September 8th, our sights are set on showing up for Texas.

HPW Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive

Through our company’s HPW Foundation charitable arm, we are hosting the HPW Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive to raise money for the:

Our HPW Foundation has pledged to contribute matching funds dollar-for-dollar up to an overall total of $5,000 to double donations and reach a fundraising goal of $10,000.

“It’s time to activate our HPW Foundation to raise funds to support our neighbors to the South dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” said Matt Horton, HPW Foundation President and Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Director of Marketing. “We’ll match up to $5,000 of total donations collected through this fundraiser to ensure that our efforts make an even bigger impact in Houston and the surrounding areas.”

Donate Today at HPWRelief.com

Want to donate to our drive? Please do.

Help us support Houstonians and their neighbors navigating the massive devastation Harvey caused by donating to our HPW Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive at HPWRelief.com now through Friday, September 8th.

Remember, we’re pledging up to $5,000 to match total donations collected to ensure your generous contribution goes further and helps more people.

A couple of quick clicks on HPWRelief.com and a few data fields of information are all it takes to Help People Win in Texas.

“Our company is committed to Helping People Win; it’s as simple as that,” said Don Walston, company founder and chairman. “We’re stepping up to the plate for Texas and all of our nation’s neighbors affected by Hurricane Harvey. Let’s show them what we’re made of here in the Triangle region—our compassion, our sincere concern—by making contributions to support them during this devastating time.”

HPW Foundation will match total HPW Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive donations received by Friday, September 8th up to a maximum contribution of $5,000.

Your Home’s Equity Could Be the Answer

A home equity line of credit, HELOC, is a mortgage loan made to homeowners to be used on an as-needed basis. A lender, such as a bank, will approve a borrower for a specified amount based on the equity in their home and all the necessary paperwork is signed to authorize the loan.43355754-250.jpg

The line of credit amount is available to the borrower and no interest is due until some or all the money is used. When the money is paid back, the line of credit is again available in full to the borrower.

The specifics of the repayment will depend on the HELOC lender. It may require interest only or it may require amortized payments of principal and interest.

The proceeds from a HELOC can be used to make improvements on the home or anything else such as medical expenses, college tuition or unexpected expenses or other liquidity issues.

Unlike personal credit card interest, the interest on a HELOC may be tax deductible. Your tax advisor will be able to let you know about your situation.

Rates and fees can vary widely on HELOC loans. Borrowers should shop around, compare and get recommendations before deciding on a lender.

HPW Happenings | President/COO David Jones Wins TBJ C-Suite Award

Have we mentioned we have the top real estate leadership team in the area? We do.

In fact, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston President and COO David Jones was recently recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as an outstanding C-level executive.

“David has been a steady and strong leader within Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for many, many years,” said Don Walston, company founder and chairman. “An insightful real estate expert, he has his finger on the pulse of the market and can foresee trends well in advance. His talent has guided our company well throughout the years and will continue to aid us as we grow our regional presence.”

The only real estate professional to earn distinction, David won a C-Suite Award applauding his numerous contributions and longstanding commitment to our full-service real estate company.

According to Triangle Business Journal publisher Jason Christie, “The inaugural class of C-Suite winners is impressive. They represent the best of the best in corporate leadership in The Triangle. We’re proud of what they’ve accomplished, and they have set the bar for others to follow.”

Interested in learning more about David and his keen leadership abilities? Read more about the accomplishments that led him to earn the Triangle Business Journal’s nod of approval.

How is your role important to the success of your organization and how have you contributed to the organization’s growth?

In an industry founded on emotional, life-changing decisions, and working for a highly talented, entrepreneurial owner, I’ve remained a constant grounding force that has helped to steer a steady course for our company to support our agents and their clients.

Over my 30-year career with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, we’ve grown our Wake County reach exponentially to become a regional real estate company with 15 sales offices covering central North Carolina from Mebane to Goldsboro. We’ve expanded our offerings to include mortgage loans, title insurance, and rental management services to become a company ready to serve buyers and sellers throughout the entire real estate process from “for sale” to “sold.”

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievements in the past year?

I took a hard look at our agent recruitment process and the efficiency of our internal systems to ensure that our new team members are easily able to jump right into production upon joining the company. Our new streamlined onboarding process has already proven to be a driving force in our real estate agents’ marketing efforts and sales success.

Access David’s complete C-Suite Award spotlight in the Triangle Business Journal here.

Congratulations on a job always well done, David!

Storm on the Way? Make Sure Your Power Tools Are Ready to Roll

From chainsaws to generators, outdoor power equipment can be critical to restoring order and safety in the aftermath of a storm. That’s why it’s critical to prepare your equipment now. Here are some steps to take from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).

  • Make a list of what may need cleaning up. Survey your property. Consider the damage a storm might cause and make a list of what tools might be needed for repairs. You might need a chainsaw, pruner, generator, or utility-type vehicle.
  • Take stock of your outdoor power equipment. Make sure equipment is in good working order. If needed, take your equipment to an authorized service center for maintenance or repair.
  • Find your safety gear. Avoid the scramble for sturdy shoes, safety goggles, hard hats, reflective clothing and work gloves, which should be stored in an accessible area with your equipment.
  • Review the owner's manuals for your equipment. Read product manuals to ensure you know how to operate your equipment safely.
  • Have the right fuel on hand. Fuel stations may be closed after a storm, so it's important to have the proper fuel for your equipment. Store your fuel in an approved container. Use the type of fuel recommended by your equipment manufacturer. It's illegal to use any fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol in outdoor power equipment.
  • Remain calm and use common sense. Clear-headed thinking and smart decision-making can help you make smart choices. This is no time to rush. Take time to think through a strategy for clean-up efforts.
  • Use safety precautions. Be aware of fundamental dangers that can occur. For instance, chainsaw kickback. Always stand with your weight on both feet, and adjust your stance so you're angled away from the blade. Hold the chainsaw with both hands. Never over-reach or cut anything above your shoulder height. Always have a planned retreat path if something falls.
  • Keep firm footing when using pole saws and pole pruners. Keep a firm footing on the ground. Observe the safety zone, which means keeping bystanders and power lines (those above you and any that might have fallen down) at least 50 feet away from your work area.
  • Ensure portable electric generators have plenty of ventilation. Generators should never be used in an enclosed area or placed inside a home or garage, even if the windows or doors are open. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep the generator dry and do not use it in rainy or wet conditions. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.
  • Be aware of others. Keep bystanders, children and animals out of your work area. Do not allow other people near outdoor power equipment, such as chainsaws, pole saws or pole pruners when starting the equipment or using it.
  • Pay attention to your health. Storm cleanup can be taxing on the body and the spirit. Do not operate power equipment when you're tired or overly fatigued. Drink plenty of water and take regular breaks. 

If you’d like more homeowner information, please contact me.

Source: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

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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The Best Cities for Retirees to Call Home

Ask any retiree what mattered most in their search for a new home, and most will tell you location. A recent study by WalletHub ranked the top locations for soon-to-be retirees, weighing cost of living, health care, quality of life and recreation—and in a not-so-unexpected twist, the top three locations in the ranking were all within the Sunshine State:
 
1. Orlando, Fla.
2. Tampa, Fla.
3. Miami, Fla.
4. Scottsdale, Ariz.
5. Atlanta, Ga.
 
Several other cities outside of the top five were named ideal for retirees, as well. Laredo, Texas was ranked No. 1 based on cost of in-home care and cost of living, while Plano, Texas, and Grand Prairie, Texas, were ranked No.1 and No. 3, respectively, in most employed retirees. (Many people of retirement age are simply forced to keep working due to a lack of savings, according to WalletHub.) Some sprawling metropolitan areas are suited for retirees seeking an active lifestyle; Washington, D.C., for instance, is tied for first for the most museums and senior centers per capita.
 
When it comes solely to weather, however, California cannot be beat: Glendale, Riverside and Bakersfield ranked in the top three for "mild weather," followed by Scottsdale, Ariz., and Henderson, Nev.
 
Source: WalletHub

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 Brighten a Dark Room

Do you have a room in your house that always seems dark no matter what? Perhaps it's due to low ceilings or minimal windows. Maybe the walls are painted a darker color than you would like. Whatever the reason, don't worry. Below are a few simple ways you can brighten the space.

Remove or minimize window coverings. A dark room will only seem darker with heavy window hangings. Choose something light and gauzy, or remove window coverings all together to welcome the sunlight.

Paint it white. From the ceilings to the floors, painting surfaces a white or off-white color will brighten your space, and make it appear larger.

Add mirrors. We all know the old mirror trick can make a space seem larger, but did you know it can brighten it, too? Mirrors reflect light, so the more mirrors, the more light you will have reflected. Try a mirrored wall or a mirror-topped coffee table.

Remove (some) furniture. The less crowded a room, the more space for light to bounce around. Nix any unnecessary furniture, knick knacks or clutter.

Trim the trees. Okay so you've cleared the curtains, added a large mirror and painted your dark wood floors white. Does the room still seem dark? Head outside and look for any trees or shrubs that may be encroaching on your sunlight.

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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