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Small Business Saturday ’12


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In support of our small businesses everywhere, Small Business Saturday, was created to show appreciation for all that small business owners do for our communities. Supporting such businesses also boosts our local economies.

Personally, I will be shopping downtown Wake Forest today – home to so many great small businesses with a unique collection of goods. It offers coffee shops, art studios, cafes, and many other appealing boutiques.

The downtown area of Wake Forest is beautiful and contains that friendly feel of being among family. It is my hope that you would go out within your communities as well to support Small Business Saturday. Let’s create long lines and pour into our communities with patronism. Small businesses are the backbones of our communities and we need to give back to them. Happy shopping!

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Real Estate’s Black Friday


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We all know the biggest shopping day of  the year is the day after Thanksgiving.  I’m no stranger to Black Friday deals and lines.  I do believe that when great opportunities come along, I must pursue them.  The same is true for most of us.  We like to invest wisely.

Well, the same can be said about the housing market this time of year.  Now is a great time to buy or sell.  Generally around the holidays and winter months, real estate sales are down; however, I’m finding that in my neck of the woods, our real estate market in and around Raleigh, NC is remaining steady.

FOR SELLERS

If you’re considering to put your house on the market, now is a great time.  Buyers are still out there ready to invest.  Also, inventory is down (less competition) so that elevates your chances of selling and getting more attention.  Interest rates are low so buyers are looking to take advantage of great rates.  Just like Black Friday deals, the holiday season is a prime time to market  incentives on your listing, such as a home warranty, allowances, or closing cost assistance.

FOR BUYERS

Just like there are incentives for sellers to sell, there are terrific opportunities for buyers still.  Interest rates – I cannot stress how low they are!!  Interest rates for me are incentive enough!  But there’s more that I would like to mention.  When considering buying versus renting, buying is the better way to go in most instances because the price of rentals are rising.  Also, I’m seeing great incentives for buyers from  sellers – allowances, closing cost assistance, home warranty, upgrades, just to name a few.  Moreover, new home construction sites are offering cash and prizes as incentives to agents and their buyers for investments before the end of the year.

BOTTOM LINE

As with retail sales, real estate has incentives as well during this time of year!  Fortunately enough, the housing market offers excellent opportunities not limited to just a day, but trends that have been consistent and will hold steady for the days and months ahead.


Home Prices on the Rise


Home Prices on the Rise

National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that home prices are slowly on the rise as of October 2012.

 


Fireworks Safety for Independence Day!


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“Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.” ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Happy Fourth of July!

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a highly celebrated occasion (federal holiday) in the United States. It’s America’s birthday, which is when America received her independence from Great Britain. Our forefathers adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Oh, do we love to celebrate this great day! Not only do we grill out, go on vacation, and hit the beaches during this time, but we also light up the sky with colorful fireworks. Fireworks are a great way to celebrate, and can also be dangerous during the scorching heat of summer.

Fireworks Safety Measures

If you plan to buy and use them, please use precaution and take several safety measures! It’s best to go to a local event that’s displaying fireworks. They should have the local fire department on-site. However, in the event you decide to use fireworks, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure they’re legal first.
  2. Before they are used, they should be stored in a very cool and dry place.
  3. Please keep them away from children’s reach. Please!
  4. An adult needs to be present at ALL times.
  5. Select an open area. Do not light fireworks near grass, straw, twigs or anything flammable. This can cause a fire of a different nature. 😦
  6. Have a fire extinguisher and/or water hose nearby. Make sure that either one is working correctly beforehand.
  7. Douse used fireworks with water to make sure that they are completely burned out and then dispose.

Be safe and have fun! Happy Birthday, America!


Happy Father’s Day


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This weekend we honor fathers!  My children, my sisters, and I are excited to be honoring my husband, Danny Bland, and my father, Gene Thurman.  Both are such good men with big hearts and great impacts on a lot of lives.

My husband and father are and have been involved heavily in education in North Carolina on all levels.  I can say firsthand that they have truly affected the lives of so many students in this great state.  Happy Father’s Day to you both!

Anyway….how did it all start?  (Father’s Day, that is).  Well, I posted a blog last month about the origin of Mother’s Day so it’s only fitting to do the same for all the terrific fathers out there.

Father’s Day is every third Sunday in June and is a complement to Mother’s Day.  This day is set aside to glorify and honor fathers and paternal bonds.  The very first observance of Father’s Day took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908.

It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It is possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father.  Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. Instead, credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis’ Mother’s Day.   However, Fairmont is now promoted as the “Home of the First Father’s Day Service”.

Please take time today to give reverence to all the fathers and father-figures in your life. Parenting is quite a challenging task and is by far the least recognized position you’ll ever have (if you become a parent).  Sometimes, we take those we love for granted and don’t speak often enough of our love, support, and gratitude.  Today, treat dads like the kings they are!  I know I will.  Thanks for reading.  🙂

Happy Father’s Day!


National Open House Weekend


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Hello everyone!   This weekend, June 4 and June 5, is considered National Open House weekend, declared by NAR.  Today and tomorrow are good days to drive your favorite neighborhoods and see if the homes you would like to view/buy are open.  Please feel free to visit my website to search tons of homes!

Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend Opens Doors to Home Ownership

Washington, June 02, 2011

Nearly half of all home buyers visit open houses during their home search. This weekend, those numbers may swell as buyers across the country take advantage of the Realtor® Nationwide Open House, June 4-5.

“Realtors® bring value to home buyers and sellers, and this weekend, Realtors® are bringing them together through the Realtor® Nationwide Open House,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “The event will give consumers the chance to find out more about home ownership, allow buyers to pursue their dream of owning a home, and give Realtors® an opportunity to connect with consumers about the housing issues that matter most in their area.”

During the weekend of June 4-5, Realtors® will hold open houses in local neighborhoods throughout the country, as well as across the globe. Over 300 Realtor® associations are participating in the event, along with NAR global partners in Canada, Denmark, France, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. During the weekend Realtors® will be on hand to provide guidance and insights into the social and financial benefits of home ownership.

According to a recent nationwide Pew Research Center survey, eight in 10 adults agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make. In addition, a strong majority of renters – 81 percent – said they would prefer to one day buy a home, demonstrating the value Americans continue to place on home ownership.

“There’s a reason owning a home is called the American Dream,” said Phipps. “Home ownership benefits individuals and families, strengthens our communities, and is integral to our nation’s economy. We hope that everyone who aspires to become a home owner will come out this weekend, not only to learn about the homes for sale in their local market, but also to find out more about how current and future public policies may affect their ability to achieve and sustain home ownership, now and in the future.”

To find open houses in your area, visit www.Realtor.com and search for open houses in the Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend box on the home page. The special search function will be available beginning June 3.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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Happy Memorial Day 2011


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Happy Memorial Day America!

Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day in the United States is a day that America honors soldiers who died while in military service.

To all of the families of fallen soldiers, we support you and honor you.  Prayers are sent your way today and always.  Your family member is a hero and will live on as such in Heaven.

“With the tears a Land hath shed
Their graves should ever be green.”
~Thomas Bailey Aldrich

GOD BLESS AMERICA!


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