6 Things That Will Decrease Your Property Value

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Reasons Why You Might Have a Tough Time Selling Your Home

When you feel it is time to sell your home, of course one of your main goals is to get as close to the asking price as possible, hopefully even more. Just like you can do things to improve the value of your house such as renovations, there are also things that can decrease the value of your property. You may not be able to control some of these factors, but for the ones that you can, try to stay clear of them. And to help you avoid a decreased price on your home, here are 6 Things That Will Decrease Your Property Value.

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1. Renters

You’ll always take better care of something when it belongs to you, as opposed to something that you borrow from your friend. The same goes for property, you will take much better care of your home when you an owner as opposed to a renter. If you own a property that is being rented by someone, they will not show the place the same care you would, and it may be a turn off to buyers. Your tenants might also fail to tell you about something around the house that needs to be fixed so they can save a couple dollars in there pockets.

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2. Bad Neighbors

No one wants to live next to mean or messy people. If you have either of those type of people as a neighbor, you may have a tough time selling your home. Your neighbors can ultimately decide how much you’re going to be able to get for your home, so if you have a chance to have a good relationship with them, don’t hesitate, you don’t want your neighbors to be the deciding factor on how much you get for your home.

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3. Pool

Everyone would love to have a swimming pool in their backyard, there is nothing like taking a nice plunge in to a pool when the hot sun is beaming down on you. A pool can also cause buyers to look the other way simply because it may cost them too much to maintain the pool, and a pool is also a liability for families that have small children. The upkeep of your swimming pool could be a huge turn-off to potential buyers and it is something that will decrease your property value.

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4. Major Upgrades

If you haven’t taken care of major upgrades to your home that need to be done, good luck trying to sell your home. If you think you will be able to sell your house for a great price without taking care of something significant such as a plumbing issue or a mold problem, or even an issue with the roof, think again. Not many people want to buy a house in which they have to move in to and spend a lot of cash to fix things they need to make the house a home. Try to get these major upgrades done before you put your house on the market, they can be used as selling points to potential buyers.

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5. Too Many Custom Renovations

Of course you want your home to be an extension of your personality and one way of doing that is with custom renovations to different parts of your home. Now that your personality is shining through your home, it may be difficult for you to now sell your house to someone who doesn’t share the same personality as you. Just because purple is your favorite color, doesn’t mean the next person who wants to move in to the house wants to be known to the neighbors as ” the purple house family”. Try to stay with neutral colors if you are thinking about painting your house, a color that will allow you to blend in with the rest of the neighborhood.

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6. School District

Most families looking to purchase a new home usually have children, and their children will definitely play a big factor in the home buying process. Parents want their kids to go to a good school, and if there isn’t a good school their child is able to attend because of where they live, chances are that it will decrease your property value, and your house will be out of their selection process. This is not something that you can really control as a home owner, but it is definitely something you should keep in mind. Check out our post on the 5 Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina.

North Carolina Food & Wine Events in Early 2015

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With an assortment of fabulous food and wine events slated for 2015, North Carolina is quickly becoming a food lover’s paradise. With Durham being named “the south’s tastiest town” by Southern Living, and Asheville quickly stepping onto the map with a world class food scene, there is a lot to explore in North Carolina. Here are a few of the best food and wine events coming to North Carolina in early 2015.

Annual Triangle Wine Experience 2015
Location: Raleigh
Date: February 5th-7th


The Triangle Wine Experience features some of the most delicious food and notable wines that you’d come to expect out of such a first class charity event, you are guaranteed not to leave with an empty stomach. Share the day with like-minded food and wine lovers, and bid on luxury items at the charity auction for some extra fun. Tickets are on sale now, but the event is sure to fill up. See the featured participants at the Triangle Wine Experience website and reserve a spot today.


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Queen City Brewers Festival
Location: Charlotte
Date: January 31st


Since the inaugural festival in 2012, the Charlotte beer scene has taken off in a big way. The Queen City Brewers Festival showcases the city’s award winning breweries, sponsors and other exhibitors, and provides attendees with a great atmosphere to take in the best of the Charlotte beer scene. The festival not only provides event goers with the opportunity to see some of the best craft beer in Charlotte – it also raises awareness and accepts donations for ACEing Autism, an organization that uses sport to connect with children on the autism spectrum.


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Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Fest
Location: Asheville
Date: January 24th, 2015

The Winter Warmer is one of the best places to sample local food, music, and of course beer. The local and regional line-up of brewery’s attending the Asheville Beer Fest is extensive, with over 30 breweries scheduled to participate. The Winter Warmer Beer Fest is slated for January 24th this year, at the US Cellular Center Asheville (Asheville Civic Center). Come down and try some of the local, regional and guest breweries fantastic beer samples. Tickets are $48 and are selling out quick.


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4 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in the Triangle Region

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Finding a suitable place for your family to celebrate New Year’s Eve can be daunting. Good thing the Triangle Region is host to several great family-friendly New Year’s Eve events. Below, we’ve put together a list of the 4 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in the Triangle Region.

First Night, Raleigh – Every year the Raleigh Acorn is dropped to ring in the new year. However, this all-day festival is much more than just an acorn drop at midnight. Since 1991, the festival has been a local must-attend event. Featuringover 100 performances at over 36 locations downtown, it’s the ultimate NYE experience and value. Tickets start at $10 for children and $14 for adults (this gets you access to all shows). And this year, the 90-foot ferris wheel is back! We’ll see you there.

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Buffaloe Lanes – Alcohol Free & Family Friendly Bowling, Cary NC – Looking for an alcohol free celebration for the family? Look no further than Buffaloe Lanes in Cary. For $60 you can reserve a lane, get a pizza, pitcher of soda and shoe rental!

Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham NC – All ages are welcome at the 4th annual Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party. The event starts at 6pm, so there is plenty of time to get home after a toast at 8:30pm. Tickets are $35 per-adult and $12 for children under 12. Should be a great time for anyone looking to celebrate a family friendly NYE in Durham.

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Night Lights, A Family NYE, Chapel Hill NC – Morehead Planetarium is the perfect place to take the family on the 31st this year. Between 3pm and 6pm (for $5) the family can partake in a bunch of fun activities before the new year. Some of the activities are:

  • Glow Hoop Play w/ The FlowJo Studio
  • Make-and-take LED light-up jewelry & constellation viewers
  • Black (corn)Hole Planet Toss
  • Illuminated interactive dance performance
  • Star shows throughout the afternoon in the fulldome theater
  • Science demos
  • Sweet treats and hot drinks, while supplies last

Do you have any suggestions for family friendly activities on NYE in the Triangle Region? If so let us know in the comments section below.

3 Reasons Young Professionals Are Moving to the Triangle Region


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Raleigh was recently named the 2nd best city for young adults in the United States, and that stands for good reason. Young adults from around the country are moving to the Triangle Region, which has one of the highest concentrations of IT/Pharma companies outside of Silicon Valley. While jobs are a big reason that so many are choosing to call the Triangle home, there are other important elements that have young people flocking to North Carolina. Here is what we came up with as 3 Reasons Young Professionals Are Moving to the Triangle Region.

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1. Jobs

Raleigh was named by Forbes as the number one city in the United States for business and careers. The list was compiled by considering 12 metrics, including job growth, costs, income growth, educational attainment, and projected economic growth. Raleigh has become a hub for technology companies seeking a more relaxed, inexpensive setting, which has spurred a whole new wave of incoming workers.

While there are many other things that keep young professionals moving to the Triangle Region, it is the companies and institutions in or near the Research Triangle Park that make the move so enticing. The park is home to over 190 companies employing over 50,000 workers, with all of the big names present (Microsoft, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon, etc.). Take a look at the full list of companies and see for yourself – the job opportunities in the Research Triangle Park are endless.

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2. Food & Entertainment

The residents of Durham have long known their good food fortune, but two years ago that secret was made public. In January 2013, Durham was named “The South’s Tastiest Town” by Southern Living Magazine, which brought foodies and weekend visitors alike into the city to see for themselves. Southern Living Magazine describes the scene as “to-die-for takes on simple culinary delights”, including fantastic renditions of coffee, beer, pizza, pie, and more. Visitors to Durham are sure to fall in love with both a brewery and a coffee shop, and the food culture has certainly contributed to an influx of young professionals with a healthy appetite.

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3. Environmentally Friendly

An annual study conducted by Texas A&M University found that the Triangle’s commuters wasted the least amount of time in traffic, as the area being easily accessible by both car and bicycle. Raleigh’s unique greenway system covers over 100 miles in the city, offering a secondary, pedestrian transportation system like no other. These types of initiatives offer young professionals the opportunity to travel around Raleigh with virtually no exposure to motorized traffic – a huge incentive to move to the Triangle Region. In addition to having a first class transportation system, Raleigh was named the third cleanest (environmentally) city in the US by Forbes Magazine, ranking first on water quality. With these types of distinctions being handed out to the Triangle Region every month, it’s no wonder why young adults are choosing to move to the area.

Did we miss anything? Is there another reason that you think young professionals are moving to the Triangle Region? Let us know!

7 Things to Do in Chapel Hill

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Looking for things to do in Chapel Hill?

You’re in luck. Chapel Hill is a great community, with many great shops and attractions. Not to mention, it’s home to the beautiful University of North Carolina campus.

1. See a Play at Playmakers Theatre

Constructed in 1851, lined with Corinthian columns, the Greek style of theatre is sure to leave you speechless. Today the theatre is primarily for campus performances, however, it was once used as a stable during the Civil War.

2. Take a UNC Campus Tour

This is a must for people new to Chapel Hill and long-time community members. The 729-acre campus first opened it’s doors in 1795 and hosts many historic buildings. You can take both guided and unguided tours (with audio provided) of the campus from Monday to Friday.

3. Learn About Space at Morehead Planetarium

The Morehead Planetarium is a great family destination in Chapel Hill. The nearly 70-ft domed theater makes stargazing an unforgettable experience (even on a projector). Be prepared to learn about space as the presentation takes you through our solar system and beyond.

4. Visit The North Carolina Botanical Garden

Located on the UNC campus, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is a public garden. You can stroll through the garden and take in the diversity among the plants at your own leisure. It’s beautiful in the spring when a majority of the plants are blossoming.

5. Visit Chapel Hill Museum

The Chapel Hill Museum, though small, is a great place to broaden your horizons and take in some history. The museum features a 1914 Model T fire truck from 1914, a section on James Taylor and “Carolina On My Mind,” alongside many other neat displays. If you’re a history buff, this is the place for you.

6. See A UNC Basketball Game at Dean E. Smith Center

Commonly referred to as the Smith Center, this is where the UNC Tarheels play their home basketball games. If you are able to get tickets, the games are great to attend. The arena is full of UNC spirit as everyone gets ready to watch some of the best college basketball America has to offer.

7. Spend a day on Franklin Street

Looking to shop? Looking for great food? Well, Franklin street is where you want to be. Widely considered as the social hotspot for Chapel Hill, the street features many bars, coffee shops, restaurants and clothing stores. The area is also home to many festivals throughout the year.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Chapel Hill? Let us know!

5 Things to Do in Durham This Fall


Fall Fun in Durham

The fall months are upon us, and the city of Durham has so many fun activities to take part in. For those who have just moved in to the city of Durham or those who just can’t figure out what to do during the fall months, we have some great places for you to check out, here is our list of 5 Things To Do In Durham This Fall, and as always, let us know some of your favorite destinations!

1. Duke Blue Devils

The beginning of the fall season also marks the beginning of the college basketball season, and if you’re in Durham you will have no problem figuring out which team to cheer for. The Duke Blue Devils are one of the most successful basketball programs in the history of men’s college basketball, and their home games never seem to disappoint with their rowdy fans. If you can manage to snag a ticket to a home game, do it, you won’t regret it.

2. Museum of Life and Science

For those who find learning fun, the Museum of Life and Science is a great place to spend the day. You will be able to learn about many things that make up our everyday lives, as they have exhibits on sound, weather, health and many more. They even have adult programs (21+) for those who would like to learn about science while having their favorite beverage in their hand.

3. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Known as one of the more popular public gardens in America, Sarah P. Duke Gardens hosts high quality horticulture and a beautiful landscape that separates it from other gardens. The garden has over 300,000 visitors every year and it is open all year around. The best part about Sarah P. Duke Garden is that it is FREE, and it makes for a great date for those looking for some alone time or a great family adventure.

4.Wheels Fun Park

Looking to have some fun this fall? Of course you are, be sure to take a visit to Wheels Fun Park for a day filled with fun. For those familiar with the area, they know this is definitely one of the things to do in Durham this fall. Wheels Fun Park has many activities for you to participate in, from a roller skating rink to an amazing maze. You might be here all day, so make sure your fun meter is on high when you arrive.

5. Defy Gravity

Ever wonder what it feels like to fly? Well, at Defy Gravity, you don’t get to fly, but you get to jump really high at this trampoline park. Defy gravity is instant fun for everyone, no matter the age. You can take part in trampoline dodgeball, jump in to a foam pit, and for those looking for a challenge, you can try the ninja course. Defy gravity also has fitness classes if you are looking for something new in your workouts.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Durham this fall? Let us know some of your suggestions!

7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Charlotte

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Getting To Know Charlotte

Charlotte is no doubt one of the most desirable places to live in North Carolina, and for good reason. There are many reasons that the city is growing at a record pace, so if you’re considering a move to Charlotte: know that you’re not alone. We know how challenging it can be to move to a brand new city, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of  7 Things to Know Before You Move to Charlotte.

1. Charlotte is the “second largest financial center in the nation.”

This according to Bob Morgan, the President and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Bank of America calls Charlotte home, while other industry leaders including Citi, Ally Financial, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan all host operations in the city as well.

2. Charlotte is growing, fast.

 From 2000-2010, Charlotte was ranked the fastest growing city in America, experiencing 64.6% population growth. People of all ages are moving to Charlotte for everything from job opportunities to settling down. Note: Raleigh was number two on the list of fastest growing cities in the USA, with a population growth of 63% – there’s just something about North Carolina!

 3. People are moving BACK to Charlotte.

One of the interesting things about Charlotte is that people are actually moving back. This speaks volumes to the city’s charm. The phenomena has been so well documented it has actually been given a name – the “half-back” phenomena. North Carolina receives a large number of people who initially retire to Florida, but later decide to head back north for Charlotte.

4. Charlotte is nicknamed “The Queen City,” and “The Hornet’s Nest.”

The city of Charlotte received its name in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of Great Britain the year before the city’s founding. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied Charlotte, before watching the city be taken back by the local residents. This event prompted General Cornwallis to dub the city “the hornets nest.”

5. Charlotte has four distinct seasons.

Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate with four very distinct seasons. Winters are short and cold, while the summers tend to be hot and humid. Temperatures vary from an average of 40 degrees fahrenheit in January to 78 degrees in July, so expect to see a different city from season to season.

6. Charlotte knows motorsports.

Charlotte is one of the most important cities in the U.S. motorsports industry, housing multiple offices of NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord (the second largest city in the Charlotte metropolitan area). Top professional racers are continuing to move to Charlotte, as the city is proving to be a hub for the racing technology industry. Approximately 75% of NASCAR teams live in or around the Charlotte area.

 7. Charlotte is affordable.

Charlotte is proud to boast one of the most affordable places to move to in the USA at the moment. The city’s housing market is 23% below the national average, with the cost of living being 9% below the national average. It’s this affordability that make Charlotte popular with a wide array of demographics, and not just one group of individuals.

Is there anything else that future residents of Charlotte should know? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment!