Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Community Yard Sale for Newborns In Need

Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors is hosting a Community Yard Sale in Greensboro to support Newborns In Need (NIN). Come shopping and help a worthy cause.

Sat. Sept. 17, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors 
1505 Westover Terrace (parking lot)
Greensboro, NC 27408

NIN is a nonprofit charity, providing customized clothing and items for premature babies. They provide essential baby items for the economically disadvantaged.

If you aren't able to attend the yard sale, there are other ways you can help NIN in achieving their goals:

1. Volunteer to knit, crochet, sew, quilt or package store bought items.
2. Donate baby items.
3. Have a diaper drive or baby shower.
4. Make a financial donation.

For any questions, please contact NIN Chapter Director, Tamara Chapman at 919-225-5619 or Michelle Amador, Broker-In-Charge at Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors in Greensboro at 336-545-4653.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Realtor & Small Business Tech Fair ~ Open to the Public!

REALTOR® & Small Business Technology Fair

Keep Up with the Latest Products & Services Available
To Help Your Business Grow!
Oct. 13, 2011, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Broyhill Office Suites & Conference Center
3540 Clemmons Rd. in Clemmons, NC
Heavy Hors d'oeuvres will be served
Presented by Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS® chapter of Young Professionals Network, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors.
RSVP to or 336-768-5560

Monday, August 29, 2011

Corporal Poske Recommended for Achievement Medal

Corporal Poske

Poske is the son of Kernersville Branch Manager, Sunni Lauten

Corporal William Poske was enthusiastically recommended for the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for Professional Achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as squad leader. His efforts directly contributed to the overall success of his company while deployed to Afghanistan.

While his squad came under fire, Corporal Poske acted quickly to determine the point of origin of machine gun fire and direct his Marines’ machine gun fire onto the target. He exposed himself to enemy fire multiple times to redistribute ammunition to his teams and check for injuries. Cpl Poske’s cool head and courageous conduct enabled his squad to effectively suppress the enemy.

Corporal Poske led his squad to establish a vital observation post to provide much-needed observation and fire support. En route he picked up communications of a planned ambush, redirected his squad to avoid the enemy’s ambush, and established the observation post. Poske’s leadership enabled his company to push patrols out further than before, effectively preventing the enemy from placing an IED belt around the patrol base and generally disrupted enemy freedom of movement.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What do you call it?

Courtesy of Tonja Schiltz & VP Builders
at Kensington Village in Kernersville
"I think I already know the answer to this, but if a room has a window can it be considered a bedroom?"

This was asked by one of our agents and thought for sure he wasn't the only one who needed an answer to that. It can be easy for listing agents to categorize a room as a bedroom in the multiple listing service and not really know how to truly define what that room is.  Have you ever showed up to a house chosen specifically because you 'must have 4 bedrooms,' and you get to the house and there are only 3 bedrooms with an office? 

This question has and will come up over and over, because the answer is clear as mud. So, let's attempt to answer the broader question - "what makes a bedroom, a bedroom?'  

 In this area, it is commonly understood that a room can be counted as a bedroom if:
  1. It has a closet
  2. It has a window
  3. It is not passed through to get to another room
  4. It is ‘finished’

Let’s see what the North Carolina Real Estate Commission said…
According to a bulletin from the NCREC:

“Although there is no clear answer, here are some factors to consider when classifying a room as a bedroom:”

1.        Is there a closet in or conveniently available to the room?  Don’t  disqualify if the room in an older home does not have a closet and the room was clearly intended to be a bedroom. You can tell this by answering the following question…

2.       Is there sufficient space in the room to accommodate standard  bedroom furniture? The suggested standard size for a single bed is 8’ x 10’  and for double beds it is 10’ x 11 ½'
            3.    Does the home comply with governmental regulations when 
                   pertaining to bedrooms, such as septic tank requirements, fire and 
                   safety codes, etc.)? 
                   Who will answer this question?

Generally speaking, if a particular bedroom comes up in question answer the above questions since 'bedroom' doesn't have a national standard. If you need further clarification, explain to your buyer or seller it will have to be confirmed by a local appraiser or inquire with the city where the property is located to understand how they define that particular home and to further understand their building code requirements.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

See what our clients are saying about our Realtors

When we hear good things about our Realtors, we do like to give them a pat on the back for a job well done. So, well done!

Jeff Kintner
CBTR Winston-Salem Office

Cindy & Brandon Johnson of
Cindy Johnson & Assts.
CBTR Winston-Salem Office

After numerous problems with the process for the sale of Wayne’s house on Brownstone, it made me happy to think that its sale in June might have had a part in your June Performance Award. Congratulations and thanks for your diligence.”

With appreciation,

Anne Wright

“Dear Ms. Hudson,

Earlier this year, due to health problems and our long term plan to down size upon retirement, we decided to list for sale our home in Clemmons, NC having done so unsuccessfully a year earlier. At an open house that she was conducting, we met Cindy Johnson with Coldwell Banker and were impressed with her experience, personality and professionalism and decided to list with her. Cindy made some suggestions as to making our house more attractive to potential buyers. Within a couple of weeks we had multiple showings and an acceptable offer.  Needless to say, we were impressed and quite pleased.  Closing scheduled for 6/2/11 wound up happening the middle of July due to buyer loan issues that became quite disturbing and challenging. Cindy guided us through this difficult period with sound judgment and advice. Not only did Cindy help us with the sale of our house, she handled the purchase of our next home in such a way that we did not lose it during the delay.

Please take this letter as a commendation for Cindy Johnson and her son, Brandon, and a recommendation to anyone that might need the services of a real estate broker. Not only did we meet and work with a professional, we feel like we have a new friend as well.”


Dottie and Clarence 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Play Golf? Help Burlington-Alamance County Realtors Association Help Others

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Burlington-Alamance County Realtors Association is hosting the 7th Annual Community Outreach Charity Golf Classic & Social, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 9th at the Quarry Hills Country Club in Graham, NC.  Lisa Flynt of the CBTR office in Burlington is chairing the event. Charity recipients are Disabled Veterans, Christmas Cheer, Burn Out Fund, and Allied Churches of Alamance County.

"We are in need of teams, sponsors, and fun attendees which is where you can come in, so please mark your calendars," said Flynt.

So she wants to know...

You can sign up to play 18 holes for a $50 donation that goes to some amazing organizations. There is a free social event afterward.

Have them register and put a team together! There's a free social event afterward! 

Invite them to do so! It is $75!  

Plan to attend the social event after the tournament!  It is $15 & will be a great time to mix & mingle with your fellow Realtors & vendors, make some new friends or business associates, eat some good food in the air condition space with great live music from Lisa and Bruce Church!

This is a wonderful opportunity to support the industry and our community! We need you to help us make it a success, so put this on your calendar and plan to attend!

*Please see the flyer and registration form for more info*

Friday, August 5, 2011

Only 5 homes remain in Kensington Village in Kernersville!

Read what all the excitement is about in the Winston-Salem Journal HomePlace this Sunday, August 7th. There will be an open house Saturday & Sunday, the 6th & 7th as well as Sat. & Sun. the 13th & 14th - all from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Contact Tonja Schiltz at 336-847-0016

Monday, August 1, 2011

Save in a ‘counter’ productive way

Are you are considering giving your kitchen or bathrooms a quick face lift and desire granite or quartz counter tops but don’t want to spend the money?

Whether you are selling your home or want a fresh look, consider hiring a company to refinish the counter tops. It will save you about half the money out of your pocket and they look and feel great.  This is recommended to homeowners who have a moderately priced home. I would definitely consult with a Realtor for his or her opinion if you believe your home value is moderate to moderately high in your local market.

Here is a short video of what these kitchen counter tops looked like before they were refinished.

"Before"- Formica counter tops

In this particular example, Miracle Method Surface Restoration performed the miracle, closing off the kitchen with a big white covering and worked their magic. When the curtain dropped, these counter tops were revealed.

"After"- the appearance of textured granite
"After"- the appearance of textured granite

"After;" the counters previously were cultured marble

There are many companies out there who do this, so do your own research. Avant Stone, Miracle Method Surface Restoration, and Surface Specialists Systems, Inc. were the first three groups who came up when I Googled this service in the Triad. Lowes Home Improvement has a Do-It-Yourself Kit.

Would you say refinishing counter tops rather than replacing them is worth the savings versus having granite or quartz?