Winston-Salem, NC Real Estate News

By Larry Story ALC, Beneath it all is the Land, Covering all of NC
(Total Care Realty)
Celebrate the Holidays at Old Salem for a Trip to the Past.Take a step back to a time and visit Old Salem Museums & Gardens during the Holiday Season.  A wonderful time when the holidays were simpler, less stressful and more focused on faith and family. Come and see traditional wreaths hangingf from the doors, lampposts and fence posts are wrapped in their winter greenery, the smell of fresh baked treats emanating from the bakery warm even the coldest nose. Come and wonder the streets of Old Salem and listen to the music drifting through the air to envelope you in the holiday spirit.So come see Old Salem Museums & Gardens as we celebrate not just Christmas but all of the winter holidays and traditions including Thanksgiving, New Year’s and much more. If you hurry you can still see:The C...
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By Larry Story ALC, Beneath it all is the Land, Covering all of NC
(Total Care Realty)
Bibs Downtown BBQ in Winston-Salem, NC It's the "Bestern!"As they say at Bibs in Winston-Salem, North Carolina it is not Eastern BBQ and it is not Western style BBQ IT'S "BESTERN!"  So the best of both worlds.  Located right downtown at their new location 675 W. Fifth Street.  I was introduced to Bibs at a friends house about a month ago when they had them cater their little get together.  We were treated to smoked pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, their delectable Bib's Beans,  of course two kinds of slaw (what BBQ would be right with out it) and their own very special hushpuppies.  Let me tell you they are very, very special.  At Bib's they do not buy precooked or frozen meats.  All their meats are smoked daily so if they are busy don't be surprised if they may actually run out for a ...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
NORTH CAROLINA RANKED THIRD PLACE IN THE USA FOR DOING BUSINESS! Forbes is Business and North Carolina is Approved!  Okay!  Let's get excited!!  Those of us in the Tar Heel state have always said we have a great place to live and work, and now we have further confirmation!  It's nice to be able to brag a little, especially right now in this economy, don't you think?  May I add this too, we've kept our property prices reasonable, in an effort to not overstate values.  We've moved up from last year's ratings, which was number five!      <----I drew this, can you tell?  ":>) We've created more jobs in NC than 46 of the other states!   N.C. Governor Purdue has recently stated , "There's nothing I love more than convincing a corporate executive of what a great place this is to live and work....
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By Jeff Craig, Greensboro Area Real Estate Photography
(Hang Me Up Photos)
The Dixie Classic Fair is back! Our areas next big fair is back again on Friday.  It is the 128th anniversary of what is the 50th largest fair in North America and the second largest in North Carolina.  It is held in Winston-Salem at the fairgrounds and runs from October 1 - 10, 2010.  Tickets cost are: Adults (ages 12 & up) - $8, Children (ages 6 - 11) - $4 and Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) are Free. Of course, there are the usual rides, games and shows, as well as every kind of fair food imaginable.  There are shows, including my favorite, the pig races.  There are competitions for animals, produce, artists and even the best fried apple pies ( a real southern thing). Here is the schedule. Friday October 1st - Sunday, October 10thSunday Through Friday: 11:...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
HOMES FOR SALE WINSTON SALEM NC As the fall market is in full swing in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point Triad area, this is the time to find the great deals....and it's not necessarily the "Foreclosed and Short Sale Home"!   People are still relocating.   Interest rates are the lowest they've ever been, and jumbo rates are down.  Beware however, that there are influences in the making that may change the current interest rate scenario.  Mortgage lenders are reporting that the"United States interest rates are tied closely to the relationship between the Chinese currency and our bond market".  That will inevitably change at some point, and "Home Loan Interest Rates" will begin increasing!   The ability to get a 30 year mortgage at 4.5% is incredible!  It's an opportunity that should ...
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The Wall Street Journal recently announced the 10 Best and Worst Markets to Invest in Real Estate. Winston Salem was recognized as the 7th Best Market. The data was compiled by Local Market Monitor Inc., a Cary, N.C., firm that analyzes real-estate trends for lenders, builders and investors. The Investor Suitability Report was formulated with economic data through July 31, 2010 for 315 U.S. markets. 10 Best and Worst Markets to Invest in Real Estate We offer a FREE Foreclosure List for Buyers and Investors who buy with Exit Realty. Click the link below to request it. Click Here for Your FREE Foreclosure HOT List! Want to Search for More Homes on the Local MLS?
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By Tony Green
(Green Haven Realty)
My dogs, like most, love going on walks. If they hear the leash or collars rattle, then it's on! They are barking and jumping around like they are on a pogo stick. Dogs are allowed at all Winston Salem parks if they are on a leash. Washington Park, however, has a great dog park and you are allowed to "unleash" your pooch.   Washington Park Dog ParkWashington Park Dog Park Review on YELP   Address: 1490 Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC Operating Hours: N/A Managed By: City of Winston-Salem Days Closed: N/A Fees: N/A Restrooms: N/A Park Size: 1 acre Type of Park: Fenced View Washington Park Dog Park on Google Maps
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If you're trying to sell your home in Winston Salem, during this current housing market, you want to make the best impression possible when prospective buyers come to see it. Real estate legend Barbara Corcoran walks us through the do's and don'ts of preparing your home for sale. If you are thinking of selling your home, request our FREE Highest and Best Price Analysis. You won't believe our Digital Marketing Strategy to get your home sold fast!
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
FORECLOSURE HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN WINSTON SALEM NC If you know of someone who is behind on mortgage payments, Click on This Video to learn about the new rules put into place in April, 2010, to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure for whatever reason. The program is called "Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives",  HAFA for short.  HAFA PROGRAM ELIGIBLITY Short Sales processes have better rules now, under the guidelines of HAFA.    The Lender/Servicer of the homeowners loan must abide by the following:  T here must be a Uniform Process, using model forms, and there will be deadlines.  The Lender must establish in the beginning of the process what the closing costs and net proceeds will be as well as and what a "fair offer" will be for the home.   Lender/Servicers must participat...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
It's definitely starting to be the time when buying Real Estate Leads in the Winston-Salem area is the correct thing to do. We have seen a large increase in people moving to the area, which will only increase through the spring and into summer months. We are witnessing a huge increase in the amount of prospective home buyers that have contacted us just in the last few months. These people are contacting us requesting information on relocating to the area, or want more information in a possible home purchase. We do need a Realtor to assist these prospective home buyers. Most of these families and individuals are out-of-state buyers, and do need help! Kindly call us at (800) 900-2807 to learn how we can bring you 10 - 25 potential home buyers every month for the Winston-Salem, North Caro...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
HOMES FOR SALE WINSTON SALEM NC -EXTERIOR REMODELING Winston Salem homes are selling!  Spring has sprung, the neighborhoods are being spruced up, to enjoy a well deserved respite from the news "That Groundhog" gave us a several weeks ago.  It was a long winter to say the least!                                                     Finally!  We're enjoying greener grass, the trees are budding, and the daffidils are blooming, especially in the established neighborhoods like where I live.  That's where you'll find the beauty of nature, because families have had time to see their efforts "take root", so to speak.  It's also the time to begin those projects like exterior painting, enclosing a patio with privacy fencing or installing those energy efficient windows.  Mine this year was the priva...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
TAX CREDITS FOR HOMES FOR SALE WINSTON SALEM TRIAD NC Since we're all headed towards April 15th, Tax Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post information on the topic from House Logic , a service provided by the National Association of Realtors.   Recentlly, one of my neighbors asked me if I knew if there were tax advantages for adding insulation in the ceiling of their garage and beefing up the existing insulation in the attic.  Just so happens that there are alot of tax credits along those lines.  Here are a few:   Tax Credits for Solar Water Heaters A federal tax credit makes energy-efficient solar water heaters a more affordable and sustainable option for many homeowners. Read Tax Credits for Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems Upgrading to an energy-efficient heating and co...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
HOMES FOR SALE WINSTON SALEM TRIAD NC Remodeling in preparation to sell your home can be a fun experience if you have the right contractor.  It can also be a disastrous ordeal for with the wrong leadership too.  Let me introduce you to Fred Oskin, owner of Kitchen Saver of North Carolina located on Stratford Rd, in Winston Salem.   That name, Kitchen Saver,  is a little misleading, because they also do bathroom remodeling, laminate and tile flooring, as well as many other  home remodeling tasks that you can come up with!  My personal experience with Fred Oskin, has been the remodeling of two kitchens.  One was in my personal home, and another in an investment property.   Fred is highly experienced, pleasant in nature, and easy to work with, from pricing the job to the finishing touches....
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Each morning Americans wake up to the morning rituals of preparing to go to work.  I'm guessing that most have their TV on and are "catching up" on the overnight news.  But what they see is worse than water boarding that Congress is so worried about.  First off, we can start with the loud commercials for a new car.  What industry makes it a point to pee on their customers each day.  Not all commercials are that loud, Please Stop!   We can go to the moon, but we can't stop loud commercials.  ( I will never buy a new car, your efforts are wasted on me) If you are interested in the world at all, use any technology at all, then you get these fun things also.  On 5 different networks, the same stories, literally verbatim.  Not only is the same news, it is repeated for days on end, with "brea...
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I was just visiting a friend to get some paperwork taken care of, something that could be done while watching TV.  We were talking about the ball game or maybe work when his phone rang.   I couldn't help but listen to the conversation since he was right beside me.  It went like this. My Friend-  Yes, it looks like it will be next week.  My Friend-  I'm taking enough clothes to wear for at least two weeks.  Probably take my warm jacket, shorts and bathing suit too. My Friend-  It will be the first time for me, I'm looking forward to it.  Talk with you tomorrow. He got off the phone and I made a joke about him taking another business trip to a resort.  Playing golf, hitting the restaurants, etc... He informed me that he was going with 9 other men to Haiti.   They were part of a missionary...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
PREPARING TO PURCHASE HOMES IN WINSTON SALEM AND TRIAD NC LOCATIONS Buying a home is one of the most detailed and expensive transactions that most people do in their lifetime. Preparing yourself to be positioned correctly to achieve the goal is a key factor for a successful and rewarding experience.  There are definite "steps" that pave the way for home ownership,  whether it's your first home or your last home you plan to buy.   Here's the process: FIRST on the list is to decide what you can afford to pay for your home.  In general, you can afford a home equal in value between two and three times your gross income.   Planning for short fall periods that will require some back up savings is wise.  Minimizing all your short term debt, like credit card debt is smart to consider, because ...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
Snow Day in Winston Salem, North Carolina   FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS FOR HOMES FOR SALE IN WINSTON SALEM TRIAD NC There are several reasons why owning a home is better renting an apartment or a house.  The housing industry is set for an  upswing right now in the Winston Salem and greater Triad region of North Carolina.  The main reason is because of the tax incentive for First Time Home Buyers (as well as other homeowners now included)  Here's the basics for First Time Home Buyers: TIME OF OF THE ESSENCE Tax Credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010 The purchaser or his/her spouse may not have owned a residence during the three years prior to the purchase Credit may only be awarded on homes purchased for $800,000 or less. Single buyers with incomes up to $125,...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS ! FIND A REALTOR AGENT FOR HOMES FOR SALE IN WINSTON SALEM, TRIAD NC Finding a real estate agent you can relate to will make the process of buying your new home a fun and rewarding experience.  The complexity of purchasing a home can be stressful and down right scary because it is something that most people do only a few times in their lives. It's an emotional time and making such a  huge financial commitment only adds to the stress.  Therefore finding a REALTOR® that is both highly skilled and a good match with your personality can be the key to your peace of mind. How do you know if the REALTOR® you may be considering, has the skills to guide you through the buying process?  One important key would be the designation that agent may have as an "Accredited Buyer's Repres...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
IS NOW THE TIME TO BUY A HOME FOR SALE IN WINSTON SALEM AND GREATER TRIAD NC ? Well, let's analyze that and see it if is or not!  Only you can determine if the stars are in alignment for you personally to make a smart decision to buy a home for sale in Winston Salem or to wait.  With that said, let's look at other factors that could influence you to buy now as opposed to later.  As we approach the new year, we all start looking at our record keeping. If you have an accountant doing your taxes each year, you have probably received a reminder of sorts about starting to organize your files and receipts to get a jump on "their tasks" of providing accurate tax returns.  If you've had a decent year, you may expect to pay some taxes when April 15th rolls around.  How would a $6,500 or $8,000 ...
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By Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge
(Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge)
HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE FOR HOMES FOR SALE IN WINSTON SALEM TRIAD NC When purchasing insurance for our homes, most of us don't really think about what will happen if I ever have to make a claim for damage.  We're usually just base everything on the determination of building and contents cost, the type of coverage desired such as actual cash value and/or replacement costs.     And we're off and running!    The policy is then written up, using language determined usually by state insurance departments. Recently, I was speaking with my insurance provider and asked her for advice about what I could pass along to my home buyer clients.  Her first pointers were... To "be careful about providing accurate information"....about these items:  The Property Construction, It's Condition and It's Conte...
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