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More Short Sales in the Triangle Means Less Foreclosures

by TeamForYOUrDreams

The more Short Sales in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest and the rest of the Triangle area of North Carolina the fewer foreclosures. Every Short Sales is one less foreclosure.   I hope we can do the same in every neighborhood in the United States.  My method to spread the message is to send a video to my friends, neighbors and clients asking for them to help save their neighborhood from foreclosures.  I hope they tell anyone they know who is in trouble about short sales.  I used this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBRaB6U_PTE on YouTube.  There are a lot of people in trouble do not know how much Short Sales can help them out of trouble.  Without this knowledge, they let their home head toward foreclosure.  For certain people, the video gets a better reaction as it presents the information more personally than my Short Sale website www.ShortSalesR.us .  The Short Sale website works for the people that prefer to study Short Sales in detail.  On the other hand, the video provides a face to face presentation.  The new short sale procedures are easier and faster, so they work better.  If you tell anyone you know who is in trouble, the real estate market will improve more quickly and America will recover faster.  Thank you for helping.

Posted by Lisabeth Tunell

Get Ready for a 3-Day Weekend!

SAS Championship presented by Forbes presents the "Round of Championship Play" starting today and runs through Sunday at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC.

Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Tom Kite, Nick Price and Bernhard Langer are among the big time golfers playing in this tournament. Today is WakeMed Cary Hospital Health Day and begins at 8am. Saturdays 2nd round is the News & Observer Family Day and play begins off the 1st and 10th Tees at 9:00 am. The Final Round of the Championship Play which is ePrescribe Day, play begins off the 1st and 10th Tees again at 9:00 am.

You can buy daily tickets or a 3-Day pass and attend the whole event. If for some reason you cannot attend the event and see the spectacular golf course you can catch it on the Golf Channel Live on Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm- 3:30 pm. Free admission for you and one guest on Sunday if you show your BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Blue Card at the main entrance, courtesy of BCBS. Children under 17 Admitted Free!

For ticket information go to saschampionship.com or call 919-531-4653.

This is a GREAT way to see some of the BEST golfers! Another reason to live in the Triangle!

Hope to see you there....

Go See the Grand Canyon!

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Posted by Judy Burrell.  We recently completed a cross country driving trip, taking our time over 20 days, to "See the USA".   We drove from Southern California to Raleigh, North Carolina.  By far the best and most wonderful part of the trip was seeing the Grand Canyon.  No pictures you see or tales of people telling you about it can ever do it justice.  IIt is absolutely AMAZING.  You just have to see it in person to truly appreciate it.  I took over 200 pictures of the just the Grand Canyon! 

After you enter the National Park in Arizona, you drive along the southern rim and you can stop at numerous lookouts, get out of the car and go look over the edge at the beauty of the Canyon, then go on to the next turnout and take a look there.  Each place is different and magnificent.

We were there for 2 1/2 days arriving at sunset the first day, racing a snow storm the next day and then the last day the sky was blue with puffy white clouds and 4-5 inches of frresh snow in the foreground.  Wow!  My pictures are beautiful.  You couldn't have asked for a better setting for photographs. 

So, if you can, get yourself to Arizona and see the Grand Canyon.  It is truly one of the things EVERY American should see in their life.  It is absolutely MAGNIFICENT!  After all, it is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. 

In Raleigh, Hire Maids for your Valentine

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Posted by Judy Burrell -   Hey Guys.  Are you wondering what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day that’s unique, not fattening, totally appreciated and every woman will love?  I actually requested this as a gift this year for Valentine’s Day from my hubby  --  it’s having a Maid Service come clean the house for your Sweetheart!  How wonderful to walk back in after a long day at work and be greeted by a sparkling clean home.  Every woman loves a clean home, but it’s quite an effort to get there on your own.  How much of a reaction will you get from another box of chocolate?

 

We live in Raleigh, North Carolina and use a service called The Maids.  They’re part of a national franchise and they’re insured and bonded so I never have worries about them in our home. They come with three or four people, spend 1-2 hours cleaning and then they’re gone and the house is beautiful

 

So guys, if you’re stumped on what to get your sweetie this year for Valentine’s Day, consider the gift of a wonderfully clean home!  Call Becky or Angela at The Maids at 919-828-8400 and tell her Judy Burrell sent you.  We have used them for more than 10 years, and their service is excellent.

Your sweetheart will have more time and energy to pamper you!

Posted by Bob Rodwell. 

I have lived in Northwest Raleigh for 28 years, love it, and know it well.  And we won't be moving.  But if we were to consider somewhere else around Raleigh, my first choice might be Clayton.  Too far?  Not anymore.  Using the 64E Bypass and Smithfield Road, I can get from my NW Raleigh home to major subdivisions in Clayton in 40 minutes or less.  From those subdivisions to major downtown and Garner/Knightdale area amenities takes significantly less time.  But that's not why I like it. 

I have three primary reasons.  #1 - I think Clayton offers the best choices in homes priced $200,000-$300,000 - pretty much the sweet spot currently for families looking for reasonably-priced homes.  We can find homes on large lots (acre plus) to much smaller lots, volume builders (Centex, Lennar) offering a lot of square footage in a new home for the money to local custom builders offering more variety in floor plans, lots of new and recently built resales - in other words - homes you cannot find in NW Raleigh at anywhere near that price.  Now Clayton offers good values below and above that price range too, but I'm particularly fond of what is available there in that sweet spot.

#2 - Clayton is simply a nice town, with a relaxed atmosphere, but very pro-growth, and Johnston County planners have done a great job of keeping the infrastructure buildout at a pace to keep up with that growth.  Many subdivisions outside the city limits have county water instead of wells, allowing for smaller lots than if they had to handle both well and septic systems - a great approach.  Downtown is friendly and vibrant, with more shopping and restaurants coming to the area.  While some may view the coming 70-bypass just as a way to get around Clayton faster, I see it as a way to open up the area south of 70-business, much like 64-bypass is helping the north side.  And local planners seem to be quick to recognize issues, such as the strain growth generates on water supply systems, rather than burying their heads in the sand. 

#3 - the schools are good, new, and as close to being neighborhood schools as you will find near Raleigh.  You could live in the Riverwood PUD and walk to your elementary and middle schools, both on site.  Cleveland, Polenta, River Dell, Riverwood and others are modern facilities with well-deserved good reputations, and nearby subdivisions.  With more schools under construction, I think local planners are doing a great job of keeping up with the growth rate.  As my wife says, it's not just 2 miles from Crabtree Valley Mall like we are now, but it is closer to the beach!  I know I keep meeting people who live in Clayton and love it.  I think it's a winner.  

Posted by Judy Burrell

If you’re traveling to the Triangle area of North Carolina and you’re upset that your spouse forgot to pack your toothbrush or favorite shirt, listen to my story and you’ll feel better.

 

Tim and I decided to go to Williamsburg, Virginia for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We had never been to nearby Jamestown and 2007 was the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, so we thought it would be a good time to visit.  Four Hundred Years!  That’s certainly a long time.

 

We decided to leave Raleigh on Tuesday before Thanksgiving to try to avoid the madhouse of travel on the roads on “Black Wednesday” 

 

Williamsburg is a little over 3 hours from Raleigh,   We were lucky and had no trouble with traffic on I-85 and arrived without any hitches around check in time of 3 pm.  The Triangle has an abundance of major roads that make it easy to travel up the east coast, and the Fall Colors looked great, as you drive through a forest most of the way.Our hotel was great, greeting us with a humongous platter of big warm cookies on the way to the elevator.  We tipped the check-in lady and she upgraded us to a nice suite.  The room also had a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, free Internet and warm cookies every afternoon.  “Wow, we could live here indefinitely,” I said to myself!  I started to unpack the suitcases while Tim tried to figure out how to get his email on the hotel’s Internet system.  He asked me if I had packed the Ethernet cable that we usually take on trips with hotel Internet hookups.  I said, “I sure did, it’s in the big suitcase.”  Then Tim says, “WHAT big suitcase?” 

 

Oh no.  Tim had forgotten to put the biggest suitcase in the car.  It was still back home and had almost all of our stuff we needed for our weekend, including medications.  I will always remember the sinking feeling of sitting in the living room of our suite and not having most our “stuff”.  Should we try to have someone ship it to us?  The FedEx bill of a big suitcase would be tremendous and it was almost Thanksgiving.  Should we go try to buy all new clothes?  But, I am hard to fit and only 4’11” tall and EVERYTHING needs to be shortened.  And we also had the prescription medication problem. 

 

So, after only about 20 minutes at the hotel in our great upgraded room, we got back into the car and drove back to Raleigh to get the missing suit

Parking at Raleigh Durham International Airport

by Team for YOUr Dreams

Submitted by Judy Burrell:  When flying out of Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU), you may have to deal with parking.  The Airport Authority had built an extensive amount of parking right at the airport, that is great for short trips as it is right at the terminal.  The Airport Authority also has lots of parking at remote lots.  However, a good option for airport parking is at Preflight Parking.

Preflight Parking is located at 9600 Lumley Road in Raleigh.  As you enter the secure parking lot, the attendant tells you in which row to park your car.  In a couple of minutes the small Preflight bus comes by and picks you and your bags up right at your car.  Yes, they even load your suitcases into the bus for you.  Then they deliver you to the curb at your airline’s terminal, and unload your bags for you.  When you return from your trip, the bus picks you up and takes you back to their secure parking lot and drops you off right at your car.  Again, they will carry your suitcases for you.  This is especially convenient if you are a woman traveling alone, as I have been on several occasions. 

 

Another convenience is you can arrange for Preflight to do certain maintenance items on your car while you are one your trip.  They will do safety inspections, tune ups, car washes and other things.  If you have a safety inspection due for your car registration, this is particularly convenient.  Also, they will put your car at the front of the parking area, and drop you off first, if you have work done.   

 

The cost of the remote Park and Ride lots at RDU is currently $6 per day and if you park in the big parking structure between the two terminals, the cost will be $10 per day.  However, if you print out the Preflight coupon at www.prelight.com, the cost of parking at their secure lot where they pick up and deliver you directly to your car is only $6.25 per day or $41 per week.  What a deal!!

 

Here’s a tip.  You can make a reservation for your car so that you can be assured the lot will not be full when you arrive.  This is especially important during busy holiday times, as they will turn you away if the lot is full and you do not have a reservation.  You can also join a Frequent Parker's program that will let you park there even if the lot is full.

 

Preflight’s phone number is 919-782-6230, and for more information click here

from Tim Burrell:  When you move, all the networks you had at your old home are gone.  When you come to the Triangle, you need to get someone help you get re-established and give you the connections and tips that make life easier.  A short story will illustrate the point.

I renewed my drivers license yesterday.  When I drove up to the Division of Motor Vehicles office, I could see the line extend out the door, where 8 people were standing in the sun in 94 degree heat.  Inside the line snaked back and forth twice along the length of the the waiting area just to get to the first contact with a government representative.  One those waiting got past there, there were rows of chairs, all full, that they had to wait through.  Once they worked their way to the front of the chairs, when their number was called, they could actually start the process of getting a new license.  It would take hours for the those who do not know the system to wait through the line.  The new laws about Homeland Security make the process much more difficult and time consuming.

I had an appointment.  I went past those sweating in the sun, skipped the snaked line, when to the desk, got the next number, bypassed all the chairs, and went to the next available examiner.  From the time I parked my car to the time I walked out of the office with the new license was 28 minutes, most of which was taking the test and waiting for my picture.  The trick is to know how the system works to make it as easy as possible on you.  In this case, the trick is the appointment.  It is unfortunate that the Division of Motor Vehicles does not tell people that it is much easier with an appointment.

When you deal with families that move into town that need to re-establish their life all the time, you learn the ways to make their lives easier.  Drivers licenses is one example. Dealing with Utilities is a second example.  School information and procedures is another.  Special needs and medical requirements is a fourth.  Connecting to religious organizations is a fifth.  I could go on and on. 

When I started in real estate, Realtors had value because they knew the homes for sale. Now,  I put all of those on the Internet for everyone to see.  The value of service, and a broad range of service,  is much more important today.     

By the way, you can find what you need for a drivers license in Wake County by clicking here .  It has the basic information, not the tips that come with experience.  If you want more general information about other parts of driving, go to http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/

Sixty Minutes Version of Real Estate

by Team for YOUr Dreams
By Tim Burrell - Sixty Minutes did a report on Real Estate last Sunday, which caused me to lose my respect for Sixty Mintues.  Other Realtors are mad about it, while I found it hilarious, like a bad Saturday Night Live parody.  Sixty Minutes was complaining that the National Association of Realtors was stifling the market, forcing everyone to pay 6% commissions, and not allowing other forms of Real Estate Brokerage to use the Internet to their advantage.  I found every one of those claims ridiculous, as they went into a virtual advertisement for Redfin, a firm that uses the Internet only to sell houses, and does it by using the homes listed by hard working, full service Realtors.   In other words, their own show contradicted their claims.
Sixty Minutes had a young lady, who claimed she had once been a successful full service Realtor, state that she took a $12,000 commission for one sale where she worked for only 4 hours.  I particularly liked the fact that she talked like the Valley Girl on the recording by Moon Unit Zapa.  I have been a Realtor for 27 years and have never had a sale that took only 4 hours of  time.  For example, the time spent the day before closing and at the closing is normally more than four hours, and that is the quick finish of weeks of work.  So if the full service she delivered took only four hours, I can see why she had to get a low paying salary job working for Redfin, as no one would pay for her level of service.
Redfin does not show homes to buyers.  They let the buyers look on the Internet, something any buyer can do on their own.  Then, when they find one they like, Redfin gets the full service Realtor who has listed it to show it to their client.  So they use the full service Realtor's time to do their job.  Then, Redfin rebates 2/3 of the commission to their buyer.   Can you imagine buying a house where your Realtor has not even seen it?  What kind of advice could they give you?  For that level of service, they should give back more than 2/3 of the commission.
The presentation by 60 mintues was so full of misinformation it made everything they said unbelieveable.  They claimed that the National Association of Realtors is the governing body for real estate brokers.  It is just a trade association, each state has governing bodies for its real estate agents.   This misinformation came after they spent days with the National Association of Realtors, yet failed to mention any information they got from that source.  If you would like to see the full response by the National Association of Realtors go to http://www.realtor.org/about_nar/NARRespondsToSixtyMinutes.html .
If you saw this program, and you have a sense of humor, you will love this video from UTube, by some young people who knew what a parody Sixty Minutes was doing.  Take a look at http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=ZZzbrftTF0g and let me know what you think.
Real Estate sales is more competitive than any other business I know, with more different business models and pricing options than any other service industry.  For example, there are about 11,000 active listings in the Triangle Multiple Listing Service, and there are about 11,000 Realtors in that same area.  There are full service companies, part time companies, discount companies, "put you on the MLS only companies", "you chose the services you want from a menu" companies, and a huge range of payment plans.  You can imagine the competition. I am happy that so many clients value my service that I can be one of the top full service agents in such a competitive market.
It is too bad that there may be some people out there so poorly educated in Real Estate that they might believe Sixty Minutes story.  The story did one great thing for me, I spend my time on Sunday evenings reading instead of watching Sixty Minutes, and I thank them for that.

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