All posts by Joann Samelko

Lennox @ Brier Creek Brownstone

Located at 9136 Falkwood Rd., Raleigh NC 27617

Great floor plan with spacious living room, chic dining room, casual family room and owner suite with garden tub, separate shower and walk-in closet.

Outdoor relaxing on one of the two balcony areas:  Juliet balcony adjacent to living room and additional balcony adjacent to kitchen.

You’ll love the beautiful hardwood floors that grace the main level of this residence. The inviting kitchen has granite counters, backsplash, stainless appliances and breakfast bar for quick meals.

Low maintenance living in a terrific community with two pools, clubhouse, fitness area and pocket parks. Minutes to shopping and dining.   Walk to Pools, Mail Kiosk, Shopping and Dining.

Commuters will enjoy easy access to downtown Raleigh, Durham, RTP and Airport.

Call me to view 919-616-2555

Spacious 5 Bedroom in Traditions Subdivision Wake Forest NC

1005 Poppy Fields Lane

Large and Loving It. Room for the whole brood in this striking 3016 square foot home with 5 bedrooms and 3 full-baths.

Gorgeous hardwood floors, chic formal dining room, spacious family room with fireplace, owner’s suite with dual closets -owner’s spa bath and impressive kitchen with an expansive island, granite counters, stainless appliances, cooktop, hood,  backsplash and more.  

First floor bedroom with glass entry doors currently being utilized as an office.  First floor full bath.  

Screened porch for outdoor living and fenced yard for romping and playing. Garage offers storage galore with built in shelves.

The home is situated on a lot that backs to a dedicated greenway and there is a pocket park across the street. The treed fence line in the backyard provides a private oasis.  

The Traditions Community offers wonderful amenities with a clubhouse, pool, playground and walking trails.

Celebrate July 4th

Where to See Fireworks

Fireworks in The Triangle

Below are events and festivals around The Triangle where you can go watch fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends. 

    WHEN: July 4, 9:15 p.m.

    WHERE: UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium

    PRICE: Free 

WHEN: July 4, 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Carter-Finley Stadium.

PRICE: Free admission.

WHEN: July 4, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Knightdale Station Park. 

PRICE: Free admission.

WHEN: July 4, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE: Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

PRICE: Free admission; four seat pub tables available for $160.

7 myths buyers actually believe

Here are seven myths about the buying process — busted! Share them with your friends, family and potential clients.

1. Agents are paid a salary by the brokerage and the commission is ‘extra’  

Guess what? The agent only gets paid at the end of the transaction through a commission. Meanwhile, the best agents will work their tails off to get buyers their dream houses.

That usually entails at least 20 trips back and forth to show buyers homes, finding out answers to the buyers’ questions, triangulating between the listing agent, homeowners association, county and city, researching public records, making phone calls to the mortgage lender with continually revised closing cost spreadsheets prepared with different down payment scenarios and interest rates.

We must then spend the time explaining how all this works to the buyers, write offer after offer and cancelling or rearranging personal plans so that we can show the buyer a house so they don’t miss out.

All of that is done without a paycheck the day the agent starts working with the buyer.

If the buyer decides to purchase and purchase through that agent, and only ifthat transaction goes to closing will the agent get paid.

How long the process takes from end to end is anyone’s guess, and could range from a couple of months to years, depending on the buyer.

2. Every home that’s for sale can be found on consumer websites

Not exactly. You see most multiple listing services (MLS) share their database of properties for sale (and rent) through a feed that syndicates to numerous websites.

Not all of these websites update regularly or show the true status of a property.

In fact, most times properties that are shown for sale that are in fact no longer available and are under contract or sold.

So, by relying on consumer websites, you could be missing out on a hot new listing that just hit the market before it shows up on sites other than the MLS.

Furthermore, working with an agent affords you access to properties that may not be formally on the market yet through their network of contacts.

This could include someone who is interested in selling but had not taken any steps to put their property on the market.

3. There is nothing wrong with calling listing agents to see if homes we are interested in if our agent is not available

Buyers tend to think, “We hate to bother them every time there is something we see of interest.”

This approach can and will backfire on a buyer.

listing agent’s job is to represent the seller. Buyers who ask them to show their listing put everyone in a precarious professional situation. Agents don’t like to step on other agents’ toes and do not want to be put in an awkward situation.

While buyers can still use whatever agent they want to assist in writing an offer, the entire scenario can create a lot of bad feelings with the listing agent being put out after doing a lot of work meeting the buyers at the property and providing information and details, and so forth.

If a buyer has an agent, they need to work through their agent for all showings. Agent communities are small worlds in that word will get out very quickly about the buyers calling every listing agent in certain areas to see homes on their own.

Listing agents will grow suspicious and will surely want to know which agent the buyer is working with, whether they have been pre-approved and what their status is, as far as being able to buy a home.

4. A house ‘passes’ or ‘fails’ an inspection 

False. The purpose of a home inspection is to provide an overview of the home’s condition at the day/time the home was inspected, along with an assessment of each component in the home as to whether it is functioning in the manner which it was intended to do. An inspector does not state whether a home “passes” or “fails.”

5. A buyer can and should ask for every item found on an inspection report to be fixed, whether it is an actual repair or even cosmetic in nature

Not so fast. Inspections are a negotiation point. Just because an inspector puts it on a report does not mean it is something that has to be requested to be addressed.

An inspector needs to be thorough in their observations for the purpose of raising an awareness and informing the buyer about the property they are going to purchase.

While a buyer should discuss with their agent what repairs — if any — should be addressed by the seller, this is another negotiation point in the transaction that could involve some back-and-forth, depending on what is being requested.

It will likely be a compromise. If an item is a suggested improvement — such as adding gutters, this is something the seller will likely not do.

The seller may prefer to reduce the price or offer a credit toward closing costs in lieu of them doing some or all of the repairs.

6. The lower I offer, the more the seller will come off of their asking price 

Au contraire, my friend. In real estate, usually the lower the offer means the less the seller will counter — or in some cases — not at all.

Unless it is truly justified, offering a significantly lower price for the sake of it can put the seller off. They may think the buyer is not serious and completely shut down.

The buyer will then have to come back at another price to see if they can get the seller to restart negotiations.

7. The bank will send someone out to tell me if I’m paying too much 

Not exactly. The lender doing your mortgage loan will send out an appraiser to conduct a valuation of the property for the bank  that will be providing the loan.

The appraiser will not tell the buyer what to pay. An appraisal is subjective and defined as an art and not a science. Some appraisers are more conservative in their adjustments, and some are more generous, all while staying within lending guidelines.

If an appraisal comes in at less than the price you are paying for the home, that does not obligate you to buy the house, but at the same time, that does not mean the seller must sell it to you at the appraised value.

This becomes a renegotiation point between the buyer and seller. Both parties could agree to split the difference, or the seller could come down in price but not want to offer other concessions that they had previously agreed to, such as paying for closing costs, a home warranty or doing repairs.

If the market is really hot and the property is in high demand, then the buyer may have to pay out of pocket for the difference.

Shared from Inman News __ BYCARA AMEER

Southern Ideal Home Show

Spring has officially sprung, and the Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show is back and abloom with ideas, inspiration and advice on home improvement, gardening, interior design, outdoor living
projects and so much more.

The three-day show, held at the NC State Fairgrounds in two packed
buildings (Exposition Center and the Jim Graham Building), features celebrity appearances by TLC’s John Gidding (Trading Spaces), as well as Make It, Take It workshops, the Habitat for Humanity Furniture Flip Auction, four featured Outdoor Oasis landscape displays, a Backyard Shed Village, and hundreds of vendors showcasing the hottest new products and services for your home.

Master En-Suite and Guest Suite on First Floor

My Newest Listing is A Home That Has It All!

718 Rockport Drive Clayton NC $447,000

4 Bedrooms and 3 Full Baths.  3049 Square Feet.  Built in 2016

Home Features a Wonderful Open Floor Plan. Dazzling Hardwood Flooring on the Entire First Floor (Except Bedrooms, Baths and Laundry). Detailed Moldings, Tray Ceilings and Fine Details.

Gourmet Kitchen any Cook Will Love. You’ll Enjoy the Expansive Granite Island and Granite Counters, Gorgeous Cabinetry, Stainless Appliances, Double Oven and Large Walk-In Pantry. Refrigerator Conveys with Sale.

Spacious Breakfast Room Adjacent to Kitchen and Screened Porch.

Family Room Features Built-in Bookshelves and Stone Fireplace Surround. The Flat Screen Mounted on the Fireplace Conveys with the Sale.

Formal Dining with Coffered Ceiling and Butler’s Pantry.

First Floor Master En-Suite has Tray Ceiling and Huge Walk-In Closet. Master Spa has Dual Sink Vanity, Walk In Shower and Garden Tub.

1st Floor Laundry with Sink. 2 Walk-in Attic Storage Rooms. Screened Porch. 3-Car Garage.

Plus Whole House Generator.


718 Rockport Drive FLOOR PLAN

North Raleigh Split Bedroom Ranch

4428 Touchstone Forest, Rd., Raleigh NC 27612

Enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home w/ 2-car side-entry garage on .44 private wooded lot.

You’ll love the large family room w/ fireplace, impressive dining room w/double trey ceiling, cheery kitchen, sunny breakfast room and spacious secondary bedrooms.

The master retreat features a great walk-in closet, dual sink vanity, jetted tub, walk-in shower and separate water closet.

Landscaped Private Lot.  Well-Maintained.  Roof 2013 and HVAC 2014

Walk to shopping and dining:  Caribou Coffee, Harris Teeter, Bella Monica and Rudinos.

Minutes to Rex, Crabtree Valley Mall, NC Museum of Art, PNC Center, William B. Umstead State Park, and more.

Easy Access to I-40, 440, RTP, Downtown Raleigh, RDU Airport.

Excellent Schools: Stough, Daniels and Broughton.

NO HOA Dues!