Friday, July 1, 2011

Great Article On French Drains

French Drains: When You Need Them

If you have a soggy yard or a wet basement, the solution may be an exterior or interior French drain, a channel that collects water and diverts it safely away.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

8 Factors That Devalue A Good Home

An interesting article appeared this morning on Yahoo Finance. You may want to keep some of these factors in mind if you are thinking about selling your home.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Fun Activities in the High Country!

It sounds like it's going to be a beautiful weekend here in the High Country! Below are some links to some fun activities!

June 3rd - June 12th
Day Out With Thomas at Tweetsie Railroad

For All The Jan Karon Fans!
June 2nd - 5th
Mitford Days in Blowing Rock

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ways To Save On Your Energy Bills

Recently, Carolina Country featured an article about Whole-house fans - a fan which is mounted in a ceiling that pulls hot air from living spaces into an attic. The air is then pushed outside through soffit vents.

The fan is used as a supplement to your air conditioning unit (it is not meant to function as an A/C unit). Advantages include:

  • Reduction in your energy bills
  • Fan cools walls, floors and ceilings (delays the start of your air-conditioning unit until later in the day)
Disadvantages include:
  • Serious problems can occur if not installed or sized properly
  • Whole-house fans are not recommended for people who have severe allergies or breathing problems. Windows must remain open in order for the fan to work property.
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Sources: Carolina Country, May 2011 Issue; AirScape

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Frequent Questions on Home Purchases

In today's real estate market, several questions arise that may be holding you back from pursuing your dream of home ownership.

In the next several days, we will be listing questions and answers that hopefully will help you make the right decision.


Answer: "While price is the major concern for anyone selling a home, cost should be your primary concern as a buyer. That means you have to take into account what your monthly payment will be, considering not only the price of the home, but also the interest rate of your mortgage. Waiting for prices to bottom out while rates are increasing can wind up costing more over the life of the mortgage.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the National Association of REALTORS®, PMI, and the Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting interest rates will increase over the next several quarters. It's best that you meet with your mortgage professional to help you determine what an interest rate increase will cost you based on the expected size of your loan. That will help you make a decision."

Source: REALTOR® Magazine, 3 Questions You Need To Help Your Buyers Answer, April/May 2011 Issue.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Advanced Realty named "Best Real Estate Office in Watauga County"

Advanced Realty was nominated BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE IN WATAUGA COUNTY in the 2011 Best of the Best People's Choice Awards!

Two of our Brokers (Vivian Woodard and Nena Alsaker) were also named finalists for Best Agents in Watauga County.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Your support and confidence in our company is greatly appreciated!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Transfer Tax Option Repealed

The following link is an article from explaining the repeal of the transfer tax option.

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