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. https://raleighfairgroundshomeandgardenshow.com/

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!

Live, Work and Play in Downtown Raleigh Townhome

Striking 2-story, 2-bedroom, 2.5 bath ITB Georgetown Style Town Home in Exclusive Community of Governors Point Townhomes (Only 10 Townhomes in Community). Location, Location, Location! In the Heart of Downtown Raleigh.

Private 2-car parking pad.  Steps from Trendy Glenwood South Nightlife, Shopping and Dining.

Spacious Open Floor Plan with New Interior Paint Throughout, Gas Log Fireplace, Granite Counters, Stainless Appliances, South Facing Bay Window Breakfast Nook.  Wainscoting, Molding and Dazzling First Floor Hardwoods Installed in 2015.

Second Floor Boasts New Carpet, Laundry Room, Master En-Suite with Dual Vanity, Large Walk-In Closet; Second Bedroom En-Suite with Private Full Bath and Large Closet.

Third Floor Walk Up Attic for Storage.

Sellers Offering One-Year 2-10 Home Warranty for the Buyer.

Seasonal Home Maintenance

Just like your car, your home needs a regular tune-up to keep it running at its best. Use this checklist to organize your chores so you can minimize stress and enjoy each season.


As the winter weather fades away, spring is the perfect time to tackle outdoor maintenance. Be sure to check outdoor vents 
for debris, and clear gutters and downspouts. Also look for overgrown tree roots that could damage foundations, driveways, 
and walkways.

Other items in your spring to-do list should include:

  • Check the attic and basement for cracks that could have allowed water to seep in. (This is especially important after a wet winter.)
  • Remove furniture, and deep clean carpets and floors.
  • Clean ceiling fans, and give all rooms a thorough dusting.
  • Have the HVAC system serviced.


There may be no better time for outdoor maintenance than summer due to the consistently warmer weather and increased daylight. Take advantage of it to repair and re-stain decks; power wash the driveway, siding, decks, and windows; replace any loose or damaged shingles; trim tree branches and shrubs; and repair cracks in sidewalks, driveways, or steps.

You should also do these summer maintenance tasks:

  • Prepare the rain storage system to water the lawn in dry months.
  • Change the air filter in the HVAC system.
  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.


The fall season is an important time for maintenance tasks. You want to get ready for the winter before it gets too cold, including storing patio or lawn furniture, and organizing your garage or storage shed. Get your chimney inspected and cleaned in preparation for the cold weather. And don’t forget to check for cracks around external doors and windows, and repair where necessary.

It’s also recommended that you:

  • Check dryer hoses, and change out filters and lint traps.
  • Flush your hot water heater by draining water completely to remove sediment.
  • Check outdoor vents for debris.
  • Have the HVAC system serviced.


The cold, dark winter months are the time to focus on important indoor maintenance. Caulk the sink, toilet, and bathtub, and reseal tile grout. Organize closets and drawers, and donate used or unwanted items. Also wipe down baseboards and doors, and touch up peeling paint where necessary.

In addition, winter is the time to:

  • Clean windows, and wipe down windowsills.
  • Change the air filter in the HVAC system.
  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.
  • Activate the sump pump by dumping a bucket of water into the basin.

Be sure to bookmark this page, or download your own seasonal home maintenance schedule so you can refer back to the checklist at the start of each new season.