How Do North Carolina Counties Assess Property Taxes? How To Appeal If Yours Increase

To be a property owner is to be a taxpayer. Once you become a homeowner, of course, you’ll never need to question whether you’ll get a tax bill. You’ll just need to know how much you’ll owe! And that all depends on where you live.  How Property Taxes Are Determined in North Carolina In North Carolina, county tax offices send …

Housing Market Predictions for 2022 – Here’s What You Need to Know

As we kick off a new year, we’re coming out of one that witnessed the housing market on fire. Demand raced past supply and drove prices higher and higher in a seller’s market where buyers competed like crazy for a limited number of available new homes. Industry insiders say the housing market will cool a bit in 2022, but there’s …

Home Repairs to DIY & Those You Should Leave to the Pros

“Do it right for less.” It’s “how doers get more done.” Besides the catchy slogans, there’s a reason Lowe’s and Home Depot are doing so well. DIY home repair is alive and thriving. Whether you want to save money, or you simply enjoy the satisfaction of working on your own home, it’s hard to resist the siren call of hammers, …

How to Determine the Right Price Point When Listing Your Home

If you are considering placing your home for sale, what steps should you follow to determine what the right price point should be? There are several factors that are part of the equation and you need to research these factors thoroughly. A trusted and experienced real estate agent will do much of this work for you but as the homeowner, …

Preparing Your Home for a Sale – What’s On Your To-Do List?

When thoughts turn to selling your home, your mind races with questions. Probably the first thing you think about is where to start. There’s clutter that needs to be removed, gutters look shabby, should I clean my carpets, what about a fresh coat of paint, the yard is a mess… well, maybe I’ll just stay where I am…sound familiar? Preparation …

Having the Advantage When Selling Your Home in Winter

Traditionally, selling a house is left for the warmer months but there are some advantages to throwing the routine out the window. With a few specific tweaks here and there, you can woo prospective buyers into your home during the winter and get them to sign on the dotted line. It’s all about making the most of what you have …

Breaking Your Rental Agreement: What You Need To Know

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A person who is their own lawyer… has a fool for a client. ~Proverb We are all engaged in some type of contractually binding agreement. We enter into agreements for utilities, our mobile devices, cable, insurance, data… and the list goes on. We get charged late fees, early termination fees and processing fees (whatever those are). All written in the …

The Advantages Of Starting A Home Business

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The ultimate question is whether you want to start a business and/or work from home. If you answer YES, then starting a business or working from home has several advantages. It is no small wonder that almost 70% of business startups are begun in the home of the owner/founder. Employees are also starting to work from home. Sites like Upwork …

Beyond The Sale Price: Additional Costs To Expect When Buying Or Selling A Home

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For most people, purchasing (and selling) a house is the largest financial transaction they will make. The purchase/selling price is the lion’s share of the transaction. While the prospect of buying or selling a home for hundreds of thousands of dollars is daunting enough… there are additional costs that come with buying or selling a home. Below we discuss the …

First-Time Home Buyers: Financing Programs You Might Not Know About

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Spring and summer are the busiest seasons in the real estate market. On any given weekend, driving around the Triangle you will see numerous “Open House” signs scattered on the shoulders of tree-lined streets. People who are actively seeking to purchase properties might do an impromptu visit to an open house on the way home from Sunday brunch, you know, …