Awesome Parks located in Triad NC..

Parks in the Triad NC

These will put a smile on your face and create such a great thing for our holiday week and weekend!!

For nature lovers, hikers, walkers and even dogs..

We have some great parks in the area and I think that My Winston Salem has done a great job of compiling these.  Take a look and visit!!

 

Parks in Winston Salem area and NC

Posted on February 23, 2019 at 4:43 pm
Ellen Dudley | Category: Blog

Dates for closings for Business 40 Winston Salem starting on 11/18

On Nov. 11, the following bridges will be closed: Fourth Street (which should open in Jan. 2019), Broad Street (which should open early spring 2019), Liberty Street, Main Street, Church Street and the Strollway pedestrian bridge. The following bridges will be OPEN: Cherry Street, Marshall Street, Brookstown Ave and the Green Street pedestrian bridge. When the first batch of bridges are complete, they will open and then the second batch will close.  Will download a map when I can scan it!!

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm
Ellen Dudley | Category: Blog

Smiling through your Closing

Did you know that humor has proven therapeutic effects? That’s right, finding reasons to smile and laugh, even in stressful situations, has been proven to be healthy. And one of the most stressful processes that many folks enter involves buying or selling real estate.

It seems there is a month to celebrate just about any type of awareness you could imagine. I’m not sure the exact procedure that it takes to create an “official” awareness campaign, but my recent discovery that April is Humor Awareness Month tickled my funny bone and led me to this blog focused on the more humorous side of real estate.

So, take a few moments to chuckle a little bit and take a deep breath, your real estate challenges could truly be more adventurous. And partnering with a real estate agent with deep experience can make all the difference in keeping humor on your side. I’ve been buying and selling real estate for over 25 years, learning the industry and having a few laughs along the way. Here are three steps that will help you keep things in perspective and make you chuckle as they highlight how great agents make this a fantastic industry.

Step One: It’s All in the Marketing

A great agent knows how to position your property in the most positive light to attract traffic and interested buyers. The following story may be clever, but partnering with an agent with experience will help you find a new perspective on your circumstances. Experience in marketing and buyer desires makes all the difference!

A banker, an accountant and a real estate agent all get made homeless and decide to live under bridge. The banker finds a cardboard box and moves into it. The accountant finds a cardboard box and puts it next to the accountant and crawls into it. The real estate agent finds a cardboard box and puts it on top of the other banker and accountants cardboard boxes. Then slaps a poster reading on it, “Penthouse available in new development for professionals.”

Step Two: Optimism Makes a Difference

It can be easy to feel discouraged during the staging, selling, and searching process. There are a lot of times when the number of requests can seem overwhelming. A great agent will help to inject optimism back into your world when things get busy with showings or staging, inspections or speed bumps.

Two real estate agents decided to start a new career to sell shoes. The two real estate agents go to Africa to open up new markets. Three days after arriving, one real estate agent said, “I’m returning on the next flight. Can’t sell shoes here. Everybody goes barefoot.” At the same time the other real estate agent sent an email to the factory, telling “The prospects are unlimited. Nobody wears shoes here!”

(source: activerain.com: 10 awesome real estate jokes)

Step Three: Appearances Matter

There is an old saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. There’s another that proclaims that true beauty is on the inside. These surely apply to our human encounters, but when it comes to your property, appearances matter quite a bit to buyers. Staging, maintenance, and curb appeal all factor strongly into not only a buyer’s consideration, but also how much they value the property when it comes time to make an offer. Good agents help you to decipher which items need attention, and which can wait until later. An experienced professional also has the insights to know where to spend dollars and time. This knowledge comes with years of real estate experience. For now, take a minute to smile at this joke.

An older gentleman is sitting in a bar when a beautiful young woman walks up to him and whispers in his ear, “I’ll do anything you want for 50 bucks.” He immediately puts his drink down and begins frantically going through his pockets. He pulls out a crumbled up ten, two five’s, a twenty and ten ones. He thrusts the wadded up money into the woman’s hand and says, “Here… paint my house.”

Enjoy the Journey

Craving a bit more humor to round out your month? Check out The Lighter Side of Real Estate for fun real estate related stories and jokes. And remember, an experienced agent can keep you laughing when the unexpected happens during sale and purchase. A great agent provides peace of mind that lets you relax, knowing the details are taken care of and that everything is going to work out with your best interests in mind.

Call me for help with finding a maintenance free home and going through the process with a smile. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 8:11 pm
Ellen Dudley | Category: Blog

How to Find the Right REALTOR for You

Real estate is a business that can be a little odd at times.  Whereas we traditionally source our barber, gardener, and other providers from our local network, when we are looking to move to another region or geography our local REALTOR may not be the best choice.  REALTORS specialize in learning their market, which is an amazing advantage when you are on the hunt for your next home.  A fantastic REALTOR can transform your experience, sifting through neighborhoods, school districts, features, and other details to bring you a handful of options that rapidly align with your specific needs.  But in order to supercharge this, the REALTOR has to know the area well and understand the unique culture.   That’s why I always recommend that you find the very best local or area REALTOR for the area to which you are going to make a purchase.

Why I’m a Trusted Real Estate Resource

In my region, I’m one of the top REALTORS and view myself as a partner to my clients, navigating the murky decisions that surround property purchase and closing so that my clients can relax and enjoy the process.  For over 27 years, I’ve treated clients as family and have come to be known as the trusted voice and expert in finding the perfect real estate fit for just about any need.  With roots that run deep in the area, my knowledge extends past databases and quick property searches.  I know the region, the people, the movers and shakers, the business deals, and the trends which impact neighborhoods and homes.  As you can see on my Testimonials page, I’ve been a favorite choice for clients for years, building relationships and watching transactions run smoothly.

With that in mind, I’m always looking to expand my network of great clients and to make more folks thrilled at their next real estate transaction.  And that means I can not only rely on my stellar reputation and network of client referrals but that I love to partner with other REALTORS across the country in dynamic ways that benefit us both.

I love seeing clients succeed. How do I do this?

  • I offer referral fees to qualified agents who send pre-screened buyers my way that are looking to relocate to the area.
  • I send out referrals to trusted REALTORS around the country. I trust that they will care for my local clients in their new regions just as deeply as I have cared for them during their stay here in the Triad.

Is Someone You Know Moving to Piedmont Triad, NC?

Check out my website, to take a peek at my expertise.  You’ll find a colleague with a depth of knowledge, one who you can trust with your clients who are moving to TRIAD NC.  We all know that our profession is built on our reputations, and sending pre-screened clients my way, ones who are ready to buy in the region and need the right real estate partner, will only enhance your reputation as a true partner and trusted resource.

In today’s marketplace, competition is fierce, but referrals to trusted Brokers like myself can serve as a winning combination all around.  I’ll happily pay a referral fee for the flow of incoming clients, the clients will have a stellar experience, and I get to meet new folks who are destined to make my region, and it’s culture even better as the years go on.  Give me a call today to learn more:  336-575-7249.

How Can You Find A Like-Minded Broker in Another Region?

Maybe you’ve been diving into this article, and you feel a bit perplexed.  You live in the region and know my excellent reputation, but life’s pathway is pulling you to a different locale, somewhere outside of our area.  Perhaps you are curious how you navigate the waters of finding a great REALTOR/Broker in the area where you have your sights set and aren’t quite sure where to start.  You could sift through REALTORS and try to look at reputations and reviews, but a local trusted partner and REALTOR such as myself would sure make that process a lot easier!

Because I realize how valuable a great REALTOR can be, I’m happy to work with anyone who wants assistance in finding just the right REALTOR for their needs.  Let me do the legwork, as a fellow colleague and professional  Broker.  I know the questions to ask and the facts to consider when choosing the best agent in any region of the US or Canada.  Share your needs, desires, and situation, and let me find you a REALTOR partner that’s the perfect fit.

The best part?  My referral to a qualified agent won’t cost you, as a client, a dollar!  As a professional courtesy, I work with many of the most professional and qualified REALTORS.  They pay a referral fee to receive the privilege of working with my clients in their region.  That means I only partner with professionals who I know will be a great fit, ones who I can trust with MY reputation and my clients.

There is a saying that the biggest compliment that you can give to a business is a referral from clients.  Referrals rely on trust and reputation.  Referrals are truly the heart of the real estate business, and they are built on a solid reputation.

For over 27 years, I’ve been building a rock-solid reputation with clients and colleagues.  Folks trust me to guide them through their real estate transactions and have come to expect the superior service I provide.

Let me know how I can help you find your perfect REALTOR/Broker in another region or how I can assist those coming to the Piedmont Triad with their real estate needs.

For more information on how this works, please call me, Ellen Dudley, REALTOR, RE/MAX Preferred Properties, 336-575-7249

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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3 Easy Tips to Keep Your House Warm This Winter in NC

We all strive to keep warm during the winter months.  We bundle up when we go outdoors, slide on gloves and insulated footwear, flip on seat warmers in our cars, and wrap ourselves in scarves and other layers.  But our homes tend to be another story.  The easiest answer to a warmer home is to turn up the thermostat, but that can be an expensive option!  This study explains that turning down your thermostat by just 2 degrees Fahrenheit can help cut your heating bills by up to 10%!  This means that any steps you can take to stay warm and save money are well worth the time.

One good rule to start with is to focus on keeping the people in your house warm, more so than your entire home.  Your house doesn’t really care if it’s a little cooler, but you and your family mind if you feel cold.  So in addition to taking a few steps to create a warmer home, get in the habit of wearing a sweater or robe or sipping hot beverages.  For your bedding, switch to thicker winter blankets and layers.  And consider investing in a nice pair of indoor slippers.  Cold feet can make your entire body feel cool, so keeping a barrier between your feet and the cold floor surfaces of your home is a good idea.

If you FEEL warm, you are less likely to turn up the thermostat.  So find a balance between warming up the entire house and being comfortable that works for you.  As for your home, here are two tips to create a warmer environment for everyone:

Position Furniture to Maximize Air Flow

Furniture that is placed over floor vents or in front of baseboard heat sources can literally block the distribution of air flow and make your systems have to work harder to create a cozy feeling.  Start by checking your furniture placement and making sure that heated air can flow easily and freely into the full room.  If you like where your furniture is placed, consider tunnels and vent direction guides that are available at any hardware store and which slide over the vent to help move the air in the direction that you desire.  Most are magnetic in nature and easy to install in places where moving the furniture itself to a new location is undesirable.

Besides clearing up air circulation issues, take a look at where your furniture is placed in relation to outside walls.  If possible, place furniture that you will sit at near internal walls or more toward the center of the room.  Furniture placed against outside walls not only gathers the cooler temperatures that seep through exterior wall surfaces, but they can create the illusion that you are cooler than the air temperature actually is in the room.

Create Layers Over Hard Floors (wood, tile, and marble)

In super cold climates, heated flooring is standard fare.  In Alaska, it is unusual to find a bathroom without heated flooring options.  But in climates such as ours, those kinds of investments just don’t make sense.  Yet, we love our hard floor surfaces for their aesthetics and ease of cleaning.  Think of your hard floor surfaces like you do suiting up to go outdoors in the cold:  layers matter, at least for the winter months.

Uncovered and uninsulated hard floors in your home can account for up to 10% of the home’s heat loss, so taking a closer look at these surfaces and taking steps to add a few layers to help prevent this loss can have big impacts on your bills.  Layering these surfaces is as easy as finding a few stylish and thick area rugs (look for those with tight weaves in their backing for maximum insulation effect).

Bake Your Way to Warmth

One of the best ways to simultaneously heat your home and get added benefits is to cook meals that are oven-centered such as casseroles, roasted meats, and baked goods.  Your oven produces plenty of heat when preparing these kinds of dishes and can help cut heating bills if used in conjunction with another purpose like a yummy meal.  In the summer months, we often get in the habit of doing things with stovetop or slow cooker recipes to reduce the heat in our spaces and decrease our cooling costs.  The winter sees the opportunity to reverse this goal and strive to utilize the heat of the oven in a unique manner.

Take just one of these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to feeling warmer and saving a few dollars this winter.  Remember, a few small steps can have a big impact, and the tips I’ve provided here can easily be implemented in just a weekend set of projects, so they don’t take much time to achieve and see effects.  Stay warm this winter and remember that buying and selling real estate happens year-round!

When the time comes to explore a new home or to understand the market and opportunities for your family, lean on my extensive expertise to help you find and settle into a home that you’ll love.  Just dial 336-575-7249 to speak to Ellen Dudley of RE/MAX Preferred Properties, right here in Winston-Salem, NC.

Posted on February 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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Ice Skating in the Piedmont Triad Winston Salem

For a region not known for regular heavy snowfall, the Piedmont Triad offers plenty of opportunities for cold-themed fun through ice skating opportunities nearby! Take a look at the schedules and surrounding activities for the options above and make plans to spend a unique afternoon or evening gliding along and laughing with friends and family!

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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Closing dates for Business 40 in Winston Salem

On Nov. 11, the following bridges will be closed: Fourth Street (which should open in Jan. 2019), Broad Street (which should open early spring 2019), Liberty Street, Main Street, Church Street and the Strollway pedestrian bridge. The following bridges will be OPEN: Cherry Street, Marshall Street, Brookstown Ave and the Green Street pedestrian bridge. When the first batch of bridges are complete, they will open and then the second batch will close.  More to come when I can scan the map.

 

http://Closing dates for Business 40

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Posted on December 6, 2018 at 8:41 pm
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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

The holidays are a time for celebration and community.  Gatherings filled with laughter and love, memories and special recipes.  But bringing together our families and preparing large meals can expose our homes to dangers of fire and safety like no other time of the year.  With an average of 455 daily fires, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  We also have general home safety matters that can impact a great time with family and friends.  As we enter the holiday season, a few easy steps and precautions can get you and your home ready for a safe Thanksgiving.

Did You Know?

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.  It is second to Christmas and Christmas Eve with four times as many cooking fires as any typical day of the year.  In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to approximately 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving day (source: www.nfpa.org).  It’s easy to get distracted or try to save time by setting timers to bake while we are away, but these kinds of small changes in our habits can lead to fires.

Tips to Stay Safe While Cooking

There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that you and your family are safe during the cooking festivities this Thanksgiving season.  Use these tips to get started and stay safe:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended. Unattended cooking fires are by far the leading cause of danger.
  • Check your cooking equipment and don’t overload electrical circuits. Cooking equipment was involved in nearly half of all reported home fires in recent years.
  • Create safe spaces for children that keep them at least 3 feet away from stoves. Remember, cooking turkey and pies and other holiday treats keeps your stove on longer and at higher temperatures than most other days of the year. Special precautions to keep children safe and occupied away from the cooking is a simple safety step.
  • Give careful attention to electrical cords from mixers, coffee makers, electric knives, plate warmers, and other equipment to make sure they are stowed safely and not dangling where movement could knock them off counters.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters locked in a high cabinet and only light candles with adults present at all times. Candle wax and flames can easily catch tablecloths, napkins, and other flammable surfaces on fire with little warning.
  • Finally, make sure to test your smoke alarms before you start cooking, simply push the test button and make sure the alarm chirps as needed, just in case a fire does occur.

Other Ways to Keep Your Home Safe

Cooking poses one real set of dangers, but holidays also open our homes up to other dangers, sometimes without us even realizing our actions are increasing our risks.  Here are a few additional tips to help keep your home and guests safe this holiday season:

  • Keep exterior doors locked at all times. It can be tempting to leave a key or door unlocked for the arrival of out of town guests, but thieves know the tricks and can easily gain entry in this manner.  Instead, consider installing code-driven locks so that you can share a code with guests or arrange to have a neighbor hold onto a key for easy transfer when guests arrive.
  • Plan for packages and keep them inside. With the advent of Amazon and other delivery services, it is more common to see boxes and items left on front porches or near doorways.  If you are receiving a package, plan on having a neighbor keep an eye out so that your package can be taken indoors efficiently or consider having packages delivered to your place of work instead of your home.  Packages on porches are tempting for those with ill intent and monitoring cameras and other devices to help ensure your porches are safe can add to your stress.
  • Install motion-detection lighting and regularly keep exterior lights on. With the time change and darker hours earlier, it is easy for those with bad intentions to feel safer under the cloak of darkness.  Disturb their sense of safety, and they will look for another home to target.  Lighting is the easiest way to bring quick attention to anyone who comes on your porches or in your yard.  Make your porch and yard a place that feels like they would be seen and thieves will move on.

Of course, keeping your home safe is about so much more than just fire prevention and locked doors.  Your home is a place of memories and safety, family, and friends.  And no one understands how to turn a house into a home better than a realtor like me.  For nearly 30 years I’ve been helping folks just like you to find, negotiate, stage, and settle into their new houses… that quickly become their homes.  Stay safe this Thanksgiving and give me a call at 336-575-7249 when you are ready to buy your next home.

Give me a call when I can help you!!  Ellen Dudley, RE/MAX Preferred Properties, 336-575-7249

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 1:55 am
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Hire a stager or not? Benefits Winston Salem, NC Ellen Dudley

Living Room with Gas Fireplace

 

 

You won’t believe what it does to assist you with your home sale!!  Check out the possibilities!!  Just make sure you are beware of the good and bad ones!!

A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve.

 

Understanding and questioning about Home Staging in Triad NC

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibit at Reynolda House: Georgia O’Keefe

Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation and the current exhibit featured at Reynolda House Museum of American Art truly lives up to the name.  In honor of their 50th Anniversary and expanding presence as a premier exhibit site, the facility has a special Georgia O’Keefe collection on display through November 19, 2017.   This collection is only being displayed in three venues, and Reynolda House is the only site south of New York City.  A true treat for the mind and eyes, it’s well worth the time to visit and explore (and I’ll share a local secret below on admission!).

Georgia O’Keefe Exhibit

The exhibit goes well beyond the famous artwork and explores aspects of O’Keefe’s life that helped to shape her unique perspective and generate the immense creativity in her expressions.  One of O’Keefe’s additional expressions of her art came in her choices of clothing.  The exhibit tells the tale of her evolution through various stages of dressing, each focused on communicating a theme and feeling to those who encountered her.  This is NOT simply a display of framed artwork, and that adds to the depth of understanding and experience.

Reynolda House Museum

Nestled in the middle of Reynolda Gardens and a part of the Reynolda House itself, the Museum experience is much more than one might expect.  The house itself has a rich history in the tobacco-steeped history of Winston-Salem.  Enhance your visit by exploring the nearby trails, manicured gardens, purchasing a plant at the on-site greenhouse, or exploring the quaint shops that snake throughout Reynolda Village.  There are even several restaurants and coffee shops on site if you want to take a break and discuss all the wonders that surround you.

Location

Located at 2250 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, the entrance to Reynolda House could be described as out of a fairytale.  Reynolda Road is canopied with aged trees and the entrance to the estate is situated directly across from the luxurious Graylyn Estate.  Check the website below for hours and other details to prepare for your visit, including suggestions on lodging and nearby local events and restaurants.

Admission

Admission is affordable at $18 per person, but there are several ways to gain free admission.  Employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center can use their valid ID cards to gain admission for themselves and one guest for free at any time.  Free admission is also granted to Museum members, children 18 and under, students with valid ID, and military personnel with ID.  If you don’t fit into one of those categories, the Museum has also recently released admission cards that can be checked out from the Forsyth County Public Library for up to seven days, allowing accessibility for even more of the public!

Use this link to gain immediate access to detailed information about the exhibit, including an online peek at many of the featured pieces and special details on making your visit special.

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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Sawtooth School for Visual Art: Gallery, Store and Classes

Nestled in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem is a building with a unique design. If you look at the roofline, you’ll see it almost appears as if someone has laid the hand saw of a giant on its back, with the teeth pointed towards the sky. Inside this building today, creative minds meld and learn in amazing ways. But when it was first built, the building housed creativity and ingenuity in a totally different manner…

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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Step into the Green: Greenways in Winston Salem

As Spring arrives in full force and flowers and trees begin to bloom, mild temperatures and sunny days seem to call to our souls to step outside and take in a bit of nature. The Winston-Salem community offers plenty of opportunities to get out and near nature, whether you are a cyclist, rollerblading fanatic, or just want to stroll along. This month, I’ll share a bit about just a few of the existing greenway trails in the area. But, don’t let this list stop you from exploring further…

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm
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4 Benefits of Professionally Staging a House to Sell

As we live in our own spaces, we become somewhat blind to the ways in which our possessions impact the feel and nature of our house. To get a fresh perspective and renew the layout and details of our home, a professional staging expert can be highly valuable in setting a feel and experience that moves your house from “For Sale” to “Sold” faster and closer to your asking price. Take a look below at just a few of the amazing benefits of having your home professionally staged…

Posted on March 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm
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Texas Pete is Moving to Downtown Winston-Salem

A Winston-Salem staple, T.W. Garner, the parent company of Texas Pete, is still family-owned and going strong. They announced in 2015 their plans to break ground on a new corporate headquarters in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem’s revitalized restaurant and arts districts…

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm
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Black History Month: Visiting Civil Rights History in NC

The month of February has been designated Black History Month in order to recognize the Civil Rights struggles and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans across our nation. But you don’t have to go far to find landmarks and monuments steeped in history worth exploring. The diversity of our community is vital to the growth and sustainability of our regional culture. Take a day or two to tour, explore, and consider the role each of these had in moving our society to where it is today. It is an honor to live in an area with such a rich history. Here is an overview of a few of the sights I’d suggest exploring as you celebrate Black History Month in and around Winston-Salem, NC…

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm
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3 Ways to Succeed in Buying Rental Property

Venturing into the world of rental properties can be a daunting task. There is plenty to consider when buying rental property and even more to consider when it comes to managing it. Despite these challenges, investing in real estate continues to be one of the best ways to create stability for your money in the long-term. If you are thinking about entering the rental market, it’s important to work with an experienced agent who knows not only what property is available, but also the nuances of neighborhoods. With over two decades of experience in real estate, I’ve matched investors with rental properties that align with their goals time and again and can lend you the expertise that you need in order to find success in real estate investment. To get you started, here are a 3 ways to ensure success when buying rental property…

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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Salem Baking Company: A Local Sweet Treat

Winston-Salem has a rich history in Moravian traditions, with some of the best coming in the form of specialty baked goods and treats. Established in 1930, Salem Baking Company is a local supplier of true Moravian cookies, cheese straws, jellies/jams, and shortbread cookies just to name a few. Even if you don’t yet live in the area, chances are you’ve heard of Salem Baking as their goods are sold at wholesale to over 10,000 gourmet and natural food outlets nationwide. What a treat it is to know that their home base is right here in Winston-Salem, bringing jobs, culture, and tradition to our region. Let’s get to know a few of their featured treats better…

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm
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Tips to Attract Young Home Buyers

When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to consider the varied ways different markets of buyers will view your home. What appeals to you, may not be ideal for those shopping for a new home. Take, for example, the impending power of Millennials (aka Generation Y, born between 1982 and 2002), who are the largest group of home buyers in America for the third year running. Fail to consider how these young home buyers are looking at properties, and you could miss out on 35% of all buyers. Check out these tips to make sure you are considering young home buyers in your marketing plans…

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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3 Pitfalls Every Home Owner Should Avoid

It happens to all of us, we get tired of the space that surrounds us and long for fresh use. Maybe we moved into our current home during a different period in our lives or perhaps we discovered a new hobby we need space to explore. Regardless of why our space needs to be shifted, it can be tempting to jump feet first into home improvement projects that twist and turn our spaces in new manners. Some of these changes can certainly improve a home’s resale potential: updated kitchens and bathroom fixtures, neutral color paints, crown molding and added accent touches, for example. Other improvements can work wonders for us in the short-term or temporarily fulfill a need, but quickly fall short or cause friction when we decide to sell. Let’s explore 3 of the top caution zones…

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 8:22 am
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Holiday Festivities in the Winston-Salem Region

As temperatures fall and sweater weather envelops our region, as the leaves shift in colors and fall from the trees, it is the time of year for bonfires and marshmallows, traditions and adventures. The Winston-Salem area has lots to offer throughout the 2016 holiday season. The NC Triad offers many opportunities to take in culture and community, two of the best aspects of living in such a diverse and growing region.

Here are a few of my favorite seasonal traditions to get your started (listed in order of activity’s start date, from soonest to latest).

“The Wizard of Oz” by Carolina Theatre (Greensboro)

  • November 11-13 & 18-20
  • Fridays & Saturdays 7pm; Saturdays & Sundays 2pm
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This year marks the 22nd annual production of this classic children’s tale of adventure. Immerse in the talent of over 100 local artists as they bring to life the adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto in the Land of Oz. Always an adventure for all ages, the story never gets old and the lessons about what truly matters ring true always. The theater is in downtown Greensboro, NC.

Tanglewood Festival of Lights (Clemmons)

As one of the largest drive-thru light shows in the Southeast, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in Clemmons, NC, is fun for the entire family. Now in its 25th season, enter the wonderland through arched lights that leap above your car and gaze at fields where scenes from the region come to life in fun and exciting manners. While there, take a moment to stop at the gift shop and explore crafts and enjoy some cider.

Old Salem Candlelight Tours (Winston-Salem)

  • November 18-19 & 25-26; December 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 22 & 23
  • 6:30-8:30pm
  • Old Salem Visitor’s Center; 900 Old Salem Rd.; Winston-Salem
  • $40 per person
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Whether you’ve been to Old Salem for the farmers’ market and festivities before or you are arriving for the first time, the candlelight tours offer an opportunity to watch the town come alive in a way like never before. Stroll along the Historic District and watch the customs and traditions of Salem re-enacted by period actors. Expect to eat, drink, and laugh your way through the experience, with special music, games, and plenty of chances to get to know the town and your fellow adventure seekers.

NC Harp Ensemble Holiday Concert (Winston-Salem)

  • November 20, 2016; 3-4pm
  • Old Salem Museum and Gardens/James Gray, Jr. Auditorium
  • 900 Old Salem Road; Winston-Salem
  • Free to public
  • website

Take in the sounds of the season in this rare free concert in the heart of Old Salem! Hear your favorite Christmas and Holiday tunes like never before as the harp ensemble brings fresh life into each arrangement. You’ll hear classics like “Sleigh Ride” and other arrangements too. Bring the whole family for an afternoon that fills your ears and heart with song.

Pilot Mountain Christmas (Pilot Mountain)

Explore over 4 acres and 750,000 lights in this walk-through display like no other. In its 50th and final edition, the amazing display is sponsored by Larry and Rachel Charpiat and is free to the public, including appearances by Santa Claus, opportunities to indulge in hot chocolate, and more. A wonderful tradition you don’t want to miss.

“A Christmas Carol” at Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)

  • November 25-27 & 29-30; December 1-4 & 6-11
  • 209 North Spruce Street; Winston-Salem, NC
  • $10 and up per person
  • Triad Stage Website

Autumn and winter wouldn’t be complete without a viewing of Dicken’s insights into the true spirit of togetherness and the season of giving. Watch as the ghosts from past, present, and future visit Scrooge, teaching him to focus on others and to share his wealth generously with those who have helped him.

Take a look, and then give me a call at 336-575-7249 to chat more about your real estate needs as 2016 comes to a close.

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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