Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What is the No. 1 Tip for Home Buyers?

What is the No. 1 Tip for Home Buyers?

Jessica Edwards with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage shares her advice for first time home buyers.

Tips for buyers abound on the Internet. Everyone from magazines to your Uncle Salvatore has a tip for you. Ok, maybe you don’t have an Uncle Salvatore, but you get the point.

We decided to pose the question to one of our top agents who deals with hundreds of buyers every year, Jessica Edwards with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. In the video below, Jessica provides some simple and quick tips to help first time buyers (or even second time buyers) get started on the right foot with their home search.

Take a look at the video below and we’ll have some more tips from Jessica in the coming weeks.

Post by David Marine of Coldwell Banker Blue Matter

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Expert Advice on How to Choose a Fence for Your Home

Expert Advice on How to Choose a Fence for Your Home

A fence can serve as protection while still adding beauty to your yard.

Want to make your suburban home feel safe and secure while still maintaining it’s beauty? You might want to consider adding a fence.
Fences have been part of the home landscape since colonial days when they kept livestock like chickens and cows on the property. Now they accent homes, outline property boundaries and keep family lives private.
Why does your home need a fence? What kind of fence best suits your needs? Once you answers these questions, you can contact a fencing professional and start installing your dream fence.
3 Benefits of Fences
There are many benefits to installing a fence, but here are some of the most important ones to consider as you move forward with the installation:
1. Privacy. A fence is one of the best deterrents against prying and intrusion. They are also great for home security, so people can’t easily break in.
2. Keeping wild animals out and children and pets in. Foxes, raccoons and other animals will not be able to get in. At the same time, your children will be able to safely play in the yard without wandering out, and dogs won’t easily escape onto the road where they could be injured.
3. Accentuating the landscape and your home. If you install a short fence in the front yard or a tall fence in the back, they add to the value of the property.
Types to Install
As you decide what kind of fence you want, one of the most important factors to keep in mind is your budget. As such, the cost to install a fence often varies by the kind of material you choose. Here are some of the most popular for you to consider, along with their benefits and drawbacks:
1. Chain Link
Pros: Chain link fences will not warp, split or crack. They require little to no maintenance and can be coated in vinyl paint to match their surroundings.
Cons: While there are privacy slats available, chain link is not the most optimal for privacy. They are good for home protection, as they make an audible noise when people try to climb over them.
2. Wood
Pros: Wood fences are durable and naturally resistant to rotting and decay when they’re stained and painted. They can be any color and will last 15 to 20 years. They’re nice for privacy, unless they’re installed as picket instead of boards. Wood is biodegradable, so you can recycle boards as compost in your garden when they wear out.
Cons: Wood tends to show its age because of climate conditions. It will need paint and stain touch-ups over the life of the fence. Pieces might also need to be replaced if any are broken or eaten away by termites.
3. Vinyl
Pros: Vinyl fences are durable, weather-resistant and not susceptible to mold. It’s very unlikely that vinyl will ever warp, split or crack due to climate conditions. It’s very low maintenance, requiring infrequent cleaning with water from a hose and some soap. It can be good for privacy if vinyl boards are installed, not pickets (like wood).
Cons: It is only available in neutral colors, and it is not biodegradable.
4. Aluminum
Pros: Aluminum is a type of metal that will not rust, making it very durable. It can be many different colors and designs, and you have a choice in the quality of aluminum that you want.
Cons: It is not good for privacy, only protection like chain link fences. It is also difficult to install and very prone to damage depending on the quality of material installed.
5. Brick
Pros: Brick fences require almost no maintenance, as they won’t burn, are energy-efficient and great for resale. You can blend the fence with your home or contrast it. It only needs to be washed occasionally.
Cons: It is expensive to repair and difficult to change its appearance–no painting or staining. The foundation on which you build the wall has to be very strong and invulnerable to any kind of shifting, or the whole wall could fall.
Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+
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Posted by Lindsay Listanski of Blue Matter; written by Andrea Davis. Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Triad-Wide Inventory of New Construction Homes

There are many who say new construction these days is hard to find. That may be true in some cases, but as seen above, based on demand we have several months worth of inventory available in the Triad in most price points.

The above diagram demonstrates in light/blue between the price points of $258,000 - $412,000 there is an indication of a change in market conditions that may be or likely to be favorable to buyers. As the months of inventory ticks up just a bit, so does the potential buyers favorability.

If you are in the market for a new construction home, feel free to browse our new homes inventory and lot selection or contact one of our Trusted Agents With the Right Tools for Smarter Decisions today!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Your Home’s August Honey Do List

On your list of to dos for August: enjoy the last few weeks of summer and get ready for back to school!

We hate to say it, but we’ve just entered the last official month of summer for most of us.  That said, your home’s August Honey-Do List is full of tasks that will help you make the most of the season, and get ready for the fall (and of course, the first day of school).

7.  Throw one last pool party – Before it’s time to close up the pool, invite your friends over for one last summer bash.  These fun ideas for a sizzling summer partywill make you the ultimate pool party host.

6.  Weed out summer clutter – As the season comes to an end, toss or donate summer clothing, toys and decor that doesn’t fit, is broken or goes unused.  Sorting through these items now will make sure you don’t clutter your storage spaces with unnecessary summer items.

5.  Maximize your garden – August is the month to harvest and prepare.  Harvesting herbs for drying can actually extend their growth period.  Start canning and jarring your plethora of summer vegetables to enjoy a taste of summer even during the cooler months.  Separating and planting perennials now will ensure they take root before winter.  Check out this full list of August garden to-dos.

4.  Clean windows – Ideally you should be having your windows cleaned twice a year.  For homes with second or third stories, it is best to hire a professional.  If you’re game to clean your first floor windows yourself, here is a step-by-step guide to do the job like a pro.

3.  Have your heating/furnace system serviced – Just like you should be having your A/C serviced in the spring, you should schedule your annual furnace & water heater check-up before the chilly nights of autumn set in.

2.  Clean your grill – We love throwing anything and everything on the barbie during the summer months, but before we know it, it will be time for cozy fall soups and stews.  Before covering up the grill this fall, make sure to give it a thorough cleaning with this tip–all you need is aluminum foil!

1.  Get ready for the first day of school! – Getting back into a routine can be hard for everyone in the house.  To avoid the first-day morning scramble, use these expert organizational tips for wardrobes, lunches and extra-curriculars.  If your children wear uniforms to school, be sure to order them now and try them on before the first day.

Friday, August 1, 2014

10 Ways to Change Up Your Home Decor With Washi Tape

10 Ways to Change Up Your Home Decor With Washi Tape

Haven’t Heard of Washi Tape? Prepare to fall in design love!

If you have spent anytime at all on Pinterest you have probably noticed some seriously impressive washi tape projects. From incredible wall art to unique ideas for kids rooms, the ways you can have fun with this tape are endless.
Never heard of it?  Washi Tape is decorative Japanese tape that is colorful and great to use for scrapbooking, decorating and more. “Just like masking tape it does come off…unlike duct tape it does not leave a sticky mess.” ( This type of tape has recently gained popularity, much in part to Pinterest, with apartment renters who want to spruce up their home without damaging walls.
Want to buy some? I like to buy mine from and Etsy.
Here are some of the cool patterns you can buy from Wishy Washy: