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How To Choose the Right Mortgage Lender.

So you are buying a house… Well, let me start by saying, Congratulations! Contrary to my previous life in software sales, one of the things I appreciate about the mortgage business is working with people at one of the happiest times in their lives. Whether my clients...

Switching States.

Moving to a new state can be extremely overwhelming. There is so much to consider when moving, and it’s especially hard if you are not familiar with the area. While there is a lot we can research on the Internet, it’s still just as important to use other resources as...

Private Road Maintenance.

One of the most overlooked costs of buying a home off the beaten path is private road maintenance. These roads are not to be confused with driveways. Instead, they are constructed and maintained by the homeowners along the stretch when there are no city or state roads...

DURM.

I wanted to take a moment to boast on the city where I live, Durham, NC. This wonderful old city has transformed itself from its roots as a tobacco town to an entrepreneurial high tech city, all while maintaining a wonderfully diverse and thriving community.

Downsizing: A Step by Step Guide.

Whether your children have flown the nest or you are ready to lower your bills and headaches, you have decided that downsizing is the best move for you. I find that unless you have clear steps to achieve your goals, you may find the process stressful and hectic. If...

Land Rovers and Luxury Listings.

If you were to tell me that my Vintage Land Rover would land me a Luxury home listing, I would have thought you were absolutely mad. However, that is exactly what happened to me. For my husband and I’s 13th anniversary, we purchased a 1972-ish Series III 109 Land...

55+ Communitites.

What happens when you start to feel like you’re aging out of your community? You no longer want to be surrounded by families pushing strollers and kids riding bikes. Instead, you want to be surrounded by people your age, with similar interests and community visions....

Home Buying In Johnston County.

Buying your first home in Johnston County just got easier!  To add to the draw of Johnston County, if you are looking to buy your first home there, you may be eligible for $15,000 in down payment assistance.  The $15,000 can be used for a down payment and to cover...

Where to Stay While Visiting the Triangle.

There was a time when traveling overnight meant you had a choice of staying at a hotel or motel.  These were often very clean and presentable, but also predictable places to sleep.  No adventure there, but you could count on them. Gradually, bed and breakfasts started...

Why Would I Want to Buy a Historic Home?

As a lover of historic properties, it absolutely breaks my heart when I see a historic home (or building) being advertised as a “tear-down.”  You would be amazed at the state some of these treasures were in before being brought back to life.  Just because a property...

Horsing Around.

Many things have changed during my life, but the one thing that has remained is my love for horses.   For as long as I can remember, I have had equine friends. While I don’t remember how old I was when I started riding, I have a picture of my father holding me on...

Don’t Stress the Mess.

Have you been putting off calling your real estate agent because your house it too cluttered to list? Don’t stress the mess! It doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you want to sell your home or just declutter for your peace of mind, it can be accomplished easily if...

Building Your Brand.

Since the rise of digital technology, you have been continuously building your personal brand whether you realized it or not. Your digital footprint is out there for the world to see! Just try Googling yourself to see what your current status is. The first step in...