Fayetteville, NC Real Estate News

By Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com
(Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville)
I have been asked twice today by first time home buyers here in Fayetteville NC “where to start?”...My first comment “your off to a great start because we are talking”, finding a great real estate agent to lead you through the process is key! There are so many things that need to be thought out before you get in the car and go to look at homes and you real estate agent will help you through those steps. What type of loan are you going to use? VA. FHA, conventional, USDA, etc? What lender are you going to use to get your loan? *If you are planning to use your VA eligibility you are NOT getting your loan from VA they only backing your loan you still have to get pre approved by a lender              What area of town do you want to live in? Does driving distance to work play a big role in ...
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By Tanya Ramos
(Keller Williams Realty)
What will you plant in your North Carolina vegetable garden?Spring is right around the corner and I am excited to start my vegetable garden!Here are some ideas and tips for your vegetable garden...Carrots, cabbage, collard greens, onions, leaf lettuce, spinach, beets, and broccoli should be planted by the 1st of April for Spring harvest.Melons, tomatoes, peppers, squash, sweet corn, cucumbers and beans should be planted by mid to late April be ready for harvest in summer.                                               There are some important things to do prior to planting...Ensure your garden is in a spot that will see about 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.Prepare your soil. Turn and work in organic matter to improve the soil quality. Ensure that your garden has proper drainage. Plan your...
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By Katrina Rockel
(The Rockel Group )
As child, I grew up playing sports and knew all great athletes hired a coach. Having a coach was very important, as well as going to specific camps or training events. This was meant to help keep you on track and fine tune certain areas to make you better. Well, after leaving the military I decided that I wanted to go into real estate and I was not sure exactly where to start, but I heard I should hire a coach...After shelling out a few thousand dollars on a coaching company, I soon realized the coaches had never been in real estate, I was frustrated! About two years ago I went to Las Vegas for a Keller Williams Realty Master Minds conference and decided that I needed a coach. It was the best business decision I have ever made. I hired a Mastery coach with MAPS Coaching.I spoke to my co...
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By Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com
(Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville)
Buying a Home in Fayetteville NC.... Oh The Places You Will Go! What a wonderful Dr Seuss book! No matter your age that book says a lot about life and the choices we have to make. “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes” the story goes... Where do you want your feet to take you? What dreams and goals do you have in mind? So many times we have limiting beliefs in ourselves and what we have the ability to accomplish.  But, not matter your age, your financial status, if you want it bad enough we all have the ability to accomplish it!Just a post of encouragement today..for you, for me.  Lets reach for those dreams!  If you have a dream of owning a home in Fayetteville NC or the surrounding area I would like to help make that dream come true! No matter the obstacles that you may...
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By Shawna Green, The key to your real estate needs!
(Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville)
I want a home where I can have a garden! As an agent in the Fayetteville/Ft Bragg area, this is something I am hearing more and more of my clients asking for when we start the initial home buying process. I myself like to garden but across the nation I think many people are wanting to get back to nature and with the price of food going up, who can blame them?Fayetteville has a community garden for anyone who wishes to garden! They have a 5 acre piece of land and you can rent space to grow your flowers, herbs, or your veggies. The garden is organic in nature so you will not be able to use any chemicals, herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizers. For $25.00 you get a raised bed approx 20x20. The Fayetteville/Cumberland Parks and Recreation supplies the garden boxes, compost and water. Gard...
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By Katrina Rockel
(The Rockel Group )
My daughter wanted a bounce house for her birthday party. I called around Fayetteville, NC to see if I could find the right bounce house for our daughter’s party. I wanted to know who had the best rate for a weekend rental and how inexpensive it was to have someone set it up. Thank goodness for Just Ask Rentals in Fayetteville, NC, I dropped the ball after I first called and waited 4 days before my daughters 4th birthday party to rent a bounce house with a slide. Since I waited, we didn’t get the Fairy Tale combo that I figured she would love, but got another awesome bounce house and slide combo...the Crayon combo. Realistically, my daughter didn’t care if it had princesses or crayons on it, all she wanted to do is slide and bounce with her friends.Most places want you to come in person...
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By Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com
(Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville)
Its that time I look “forward” to every year...Daylight savings time! Begins Sunday March 10th and ends Sunday November 3rdYep time to Spring forward this weekend!! With that comes SO much...Longer days, warmer weather! All the better to show Fayetteville homes for sale! This time of year I can get in more showings after people get off work so that frees my weekends up for my family and beach time!I am more than ready to lose the hour of sleep to get all that I get from setting my clocks forward! Here is to longer days...What are you going to do with the extra sunshine? Wanna do a little house hunting in Fayetteville NC? Call us at 910.644.0222
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By Katrina Rockel
(The Rockel Group )
Choosing the right listing agent to help you sell your home can be very stressful and frustrating at time. Having the internet at your fingertips can come in handy, but how do you know if they are good and not just a cute little face (or handsome) person? There has to be more to a picture, website, awards and words about them. Finding the right agent to help you sell your home is about the interview process. I have noticed more seller’s are interviewing at least 3-4 agents before choosing the right agent to help them sell their home. That’s great and can be overwhelming trying to figure out what you are really looking for in an agent. Before making that decision, you need to have a set of questions ready for all the interviews. That time is not just a time for you to interview the listi...
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By Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com
(Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville)
Are you looking to buy a home in or around the Fayetteville NC area?There are many things to take into consideration when shopping for your Fayetteville home... Proximity to where you are going to be working School district if you have children Do you prefer a country setting or want to be close to shopping and resturants What do you like to do for fun how far are you willing to drive to do those things Those are to name just a few. You want a real estate agent who is going to listen to your needs, take into consideration how those needs rate in order of importance.You want an agent that knows the market...Can tell you how to make a competitive offer depending on what the market has been doing in the area that you are interested in.There are SO many aspects about choosing the right agen...
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  Looking for a gym to join in the Fayetteville, NC area? Check out the Cape Fear Valley Health Plex!   I have been going to the Cape Fear Valley Health Plex gym for over 6 years now. It is located behind the old Trips Restaurant and Pep Boys on Skibo Road in Fayetteville.  I enjoy the variety that they offer at this  gym. They offer a full schedule of fitness classes 6 days a week. Everything from body pump, yoga, cycling, aerobics, Zumba, aquatic exercise, swim lessons and more. The gym has an indoor basketball court, 25 yard lap pool, indoor track, a day care, a healthy juice bar and they even offer massage therapy.    The upper floor is full of workout equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, stair climbers, free weights and much more. I never have to wait to use a piece ...
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By Doug Nunnally, Broker, REALTOR, ABR, CRS, e-Pro, GRI, MRP
(Keller Williams Realty)
Congratulations to Terry Farr of Terry Farr Real Estate School!!!Today was the meeting of the NC Real Estate Commission Educator’s Conference.  Most of the pre-licensing, post-licensing and continuing education instructors for North Carolina were in Raleigh for this annual meeting.  Lot of great information was passed out to us and we have a half day tomorrow.The surprise of the day was at the luncheon meeting held by the NC Real Estate Educators Association.  Annually, they present the outstanding Educator of the Year Award.  Also, the NC Real Estate Commission presents their Billie J. Mercer Excellence in Education Award.  This year the recipient of both (very unusual) was Terry Farr, owner and lead instructor at Terry Farr Real Estate School in Fayetteville, NC.What makes this so won...
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By Katrina Rockel
(The Rockel Group )
We have all been told “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. So, why do we all skip it? For me, I’m a mom of a lovely 4 year old little girl and a busy real estate agent, plus breakfast is not my favorite meal of the day. Like most people,  we often forget breakfast,  get caught up running to appointments, forgetting to grab a snack and before long it’s 3:00 in the afternoon. By this time I’m cranky and starving. Can anyone else relate? Sure, there are tons of fast food options, but not always a  good choice and not what I want when i’m trying to get back into shape. GNC Lean Shakes are amazing and have come to my rescue! It’s a perfect meal replacement option and helps me keep my energy levels up until I can fit lunch in.                                       I actually hav...
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By Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com
(Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville)
Have you heard of Oprah & Deepak's meditation challenge?I am always looking for effective ways to calm my soul... I try to spend time each day reading the bible and thinking about how blessed I am even when I am in the midst of a storm.A good friend of mine sent this challenge to me and I have decided to give it a try, what can it hurt, right?A lot of these programs cost to join but since Oprah is sponsoring this it is free for all that want to participate! The meditation challenge starts on March 11th... Will you join me?  I am looking forward to starting each day with quieting myself to prepare for what is ahead...Click the photo to go to the challenge web site.
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By Shawna Green, The key to your real estate needs!
(Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville)
Today was my semi annual trip to the dentist, and in case you can’t tell, I am a chicken to go to the dentist. I have been like this for as long as I remember. My facebook status today was something about how my stomach was in knots and I found out very quickly that I am not the only one who feels this way! Let me just say my dental hygenist, Lou is great and is wonderful in dealing with me and my issues. She knows how I feel and always does her best to put me at ease. I go every 6 months and its always the same thing. I am nervous before the visit...wound up very tight during the appointment, and always amazed when its over that it was actually not traumatic at all, and in fact very pleasant!If you are looking for a dentist in the Fayetteville, NC area, I would highly recommend going t...
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By Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com
(Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville)
Signs of Spring popping up around Fayetteville NCI was out showing some properties for sale here in Fayetteville and I spotted something that tells me Spring is just around the corner! This beautiful flower was growing in the yard of a home my client has decided to call home! Spring is a time for renewal...I time to begin again.  I love to get out in the yard and clean up after the long winter.  Its a time to take a deep breath and feel the sun shine on your face.Spring is the time of year that you feel there is no stopping you, the days get longer and the nights get warmer......I ready for Spring how about you??
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It’s that time of year again for the Spring Hug’s & Kisses Children’s Consignment Sale in Fayetteville, NC.It’s a perfect time to start thinking about getting your childs Spring and Summer wardrobe together. What better way than to pay a fraction of the cost you would at retail shops in this economy? Plus it’s a great way to pick up items like cribs, toys, books and maternity items. They have grown so much over the years and they get better and better every year! The Dellinger Family’s hometown is Fayetteville, NC. They have been doing this for over 6 years. It’s a family owned and operated children’s consignment sale in their hometown of Fayetteville, NC. With the high expense of retail clothing, and having 10 kids, they started this consignment sale to help clothe their own children a...
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By Kathy McKnight
(Keller Williams Realty)
Today is a beautiful sunny day and my daughter wanted to treat me to lunch.  We went to downtown Fayetteville NC, to the Blue Moon Cafe; the food and service are excellent.  My daughter picked the spot and she made an excellent choice. The atmosphere is comfortable with local Fayetteville NC artists works hanging on the walls.  I felt that I could spend a couple of hours trying the excellent beer menu, I had a hefeweizen that has me eager to go back and have another or two. I had the Ashville Panini which is a great vegetable and sun dried tomato pesto combination on ciabatta bread.  Downtown Fayetteville NC has changed incredibly over the past ten years that I have lived here, it's a joy to show off to clients when they are here looking for their new home. I would love to show downtow...
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By Katrina Rockel
(The Rockel Group )
Once a month my husband and I get together with 3 other couples to eat, have a few cocktails and play games with friends. All the kids play and we get a chance to relax, let our hair down and share laughs with friends. Of course someone is monitoring the kids. It’s nice to get a chance to hang out with friends after a busy week. We all look forward to this one night. Every month we alternate who’s house it’s going to be at. The week leading up to Saturday night, we figure out what we are going to make from Pinterest. There are so many recipes from that site, that are quick and easy. Heck, who doesn’t want to try new recipes and test them out on friends. At least they will be honest and let you know if it’s awesome or horrible.We play silly games like Catch Phrase and The Game Of Things....
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By Katrina Rockel
(The Rockel Group )
I often get these spur of the moment ideas and decide to act on them, without fully thinking them through. I wonder if anyone else can relate? So, I decided to move to a bigger office in a quieter part of our building, with less distractions. Of course, I could not move in there with the colors that were in there at the time...dark blue and gray. Very depressing colors to work in. I had about three weeks before I could move into it, so plenty of time. I had a few quotes done to paint my office and decided I was not going to pay someone a few hundred dollars and I still had to buy the paint. I knew I had time before I had to move in on March 1st. Well, I started painting a few days before my deadline and in between client showings and being a mom. After fifteen minutes into outlining the...
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By Kathy McKnight
(Keller Williams Realty)
Today I had a listing presentation with a couple that had made a smart home purchase in a subdivision near Ft Bragg NC in late 2010.  It was a new construction foreclosure listed well below market price.  Unfortunately, a new neighborhood is being built with more square footage and similar amenities right across the street. I sat across the table and told them they might break even if they price to sell. The neighborhood has 18 months of inventory because of only 2 sales in the last year and 6 active listings to compete against.  Usually this conversation is had with sellers in and around Fayetteville NC that purchased at market but they bought $35,000 under market.  It's hard to give the bad news on price but hopefully they don't shoot the messenger.  Did I get the listing? They are in...
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