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Hurricane Safety

Posted by John Cook on June 30, 2016 in  Home Safety
Hurricane season is upon residents in coastal areas around the country, but there are months to go before season’s end. There’s still time to prepare! Your short list should include the following tasks: 1. Assemble an emergency kit. Set aside provisions of non-perishable food and water, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit, a flashlight (with extra batteries), hand tools and a whistle. 2. Gas up. Fill up your tank, provided it is still safe to travel ahead of the storm. 3. Set a plan f... read more

4th of July

Posted by John Cook on June 29, 2016 in  uncategorized
North Carolina is celebrating Independence Day all weekend and into Tuesday. There are plenty of patriotic celebrations for you to choose from below. There is everything from fireworks to live music to offer with these celebrations. So come out and celebrate Independence Day in your hometown!  The town of Cary has their 4th of July celebration from 3-10 p.m. at the Koka Booth Amphitheater. It is a free event to the public but you can also reserve table seats for 4 people at $160. There will be kids activiti... read more
DIY Fails: Hire a Pro for These 5 Home Improvement Projects By Nicki Escudero Consumer spending on home remodeling is outpacing the growth of the economy, according to data from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.The proliferation of home improvement programs on TV and online has contributed to the DIY movement, but don't think you can do it all yourself.® reports that only about 10 percent of the steps it takes to complete a project actually make it to air, and recomm... read more

5 Stress Relieving Tips for First-time Homebuyers

Posted by John Cook on June 27, 2016 in  uncategorized
5 Stress Relieving Tips for First-time Homebuyers By Meghan Belnap Moving into a new place is both exciting and challenging, and that is especially true if it's your first time as a homeowner. Instead of allowing the process to overwhelm you, keep some tips in mind to help navigate through this exciting journey in your life.Don't Proceed AloneYou don't need to take on the process of searching for and buying a home without assistance. Maintain contact with a real estate agent throughout the process. A well-qualifi... read more

5 Ways to Increase the Property Value of Your Home

Posted by John Cook on June 27, 2016 in  uncategorized
5 Ways to Increase the Property Value of Your Home By Mike Putnam No matter what the real estate industry is doing as a whole, you want to get the most value out of your home when you sell. While you can’t control the housing market, you do have control over maximizing your property’s worth. Here are five ways you can get more money out of your home. Get a Home InspectionDon’t wait for the buyer to request a home inspection after you’re under contract. Hire an inspector before yo... read more
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