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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 September 17, 2018 at 7:35 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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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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Top-Rated Elementary Schools in Winston Salem

Winston Salem offers a variety of education options for different types of learners and selecting property in the proper district can make a huge difference in the educational experience and opportunities for your children. From varied after school activities to social styles, look below for four top rated elementary schools in the Winston-Salem area…

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm
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What to Do AFTER You Buy a Home

We’ve located the perfect home or property for your new home. The sale has closed and you are thrilled to be moving in and making it your own. How exciting! It’s easy at this point to get so caught up in boxes and decorating that you forget to take a few key steps that will help make sure that everything will go smoothly as you get settled. What are some of the essential things that are worth your time as you begin to move in? Use this list as a foundation as you get started…

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 1:20 am
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5 Types of Mortgage to Finance Your Purchase

If there’s one thing that I’ve seen hold up an otherwise smooth property sale more than just about any other factor, it’s the challenge of aligning financing. A great real estate partner will help you decide between your many options and to secure a pre-approved mortgage to keep your dreams of purchase moving forward smoothly…

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 8:20 am
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Four Tips to Navigate the Process of Downsizing Your Home

There is a lot to think about when considering downsizing your current home to better fit your space and maintenance needs. It’s a step worth the time and energy to take, but it will be much easier if you have a strong partner to help guide you along the way…

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 10:50 am
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4 Key Tips When Making An Offer on a House

You’ve done your searching, you’ve compared your options, and you believe you’ve found the property you’ve been searching for. Now comes the decision of how much to offer and what terms you wish to negotiate for the sale. A great real estate agent with years of experience will be able to guide you through this process, so I strongly recommend partnering with someone like me who has years of experience reading the psychology and tendencies of sellers. I am excited to share my top four tips to consider when making an offer on a house…

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 10:07 am
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Tips for Buying a House: Be Prepared to Succeed

Despite what appears to be a slow housing recovery, real estate professionals nationwide are alerting buyers to keep on their toes through careful preparation. Agents share that we are entering a competitive seller’s market, meaning that buyers will be out in force as yards green up and weather invites exploration and imagination. Without proper preparation, buyers could easily miss out on their favorite properties. To help you get prepared, take a peek at the following tips for buying a house that will help you get started preparing for the excitement of real estate searches…

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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4 Tips for Homebuyers

Many of the articles that I share relate to the seller’s perspective during the sale, but today I’d like to focus instead on some of my favorite insights for those of you in the market for a new home or piece of property. Taking time to prepare and enter the market with your needs and desires in mind will help to hone down the choices and narrow your choices and position in price negotiations…

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:50 am
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Why January is the Best Month to Buy Real Estate in Winston Salem, NC

Chilly winds, chances of snow, leaves on the ground, and dormant bushes and shrubs: all reasons to stay indoors and warm during the heart of Winter. Yet one reason you should brave the cold and step out is a regular dip in real estate traffic this time of year that can be a boon for buyers. That dip in buyer volume means that there is less competition for available properties and buyers are in a stronger negotiating position during January, the best month to buy real estate. Take a look at some of what I’ve learned about winter buying over the past 25 years…

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm
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4 Tips to Find the Best Multi-Family House Plans

Recent census data demonstrates that nearly 51 million Americans live in a household with at least two generations. It’s important to think through the top 4 areas you’ll need to consider when choosing between multi-family home plans in Winston-Salem…

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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Where Should I Live?

When folks think of Winston-Salem, many don’t realize the diverse subcultures that our wonderful city offers. No matter your style or desires, Winston-Salem has just the kind of home that fits your way of life. Take a look around and you’ll quickly see that Winston-Salem has a diversity of neighborhoods and developments to fit just about any kind of buyer and as your real estate partner, I’ll guide you through finding just the right fit and location within our amazing city. Check out just a few examples of the types of communities that exist in and around Winston-Salem…

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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