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Hurry, Because It is Going Fast!

by TeamForYOUrDreams

There have been so many false predictions of the recovery of the real estate market that every bit of good news is greeted with scepticism.  Oh, yeah, hurry because it is going fast!  As a result, many buyers are sitting there being sceptical while the market takes off and leaves them behind.  Or, they could look at the numbers and react to the reality while there is still time.

Across the nation, we used to have many to many homes for sale compared to the number of properties that were actually purchased.  If the sales continued at the same pace, it would take years to work through the inventory.  Now, ProTech Valuation Services May Home Forecast shows that there is a 6.3 month supply of homes for sale.  That means that if sales continue at the same pace, the current inventory will be sold in 6.3 months.  This is the lowest level since 2006.

All real estate is local.  In Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the rest of the Triangle, the inventory is down and the number of sales are up.  As a result, the prices are starting to rise.

I enjoy the buyers agents I deal with who try to justify their outrageously low offers for homes in Raleigh, Cary and the Triangle by trying to reference the poor real estate market.  That is about as believeable as trying to convince Mrs. Lincoln that she and Abe had a wonderful time at the play at Ford's theater. 

The market still has some areas that are slower to recover.  However, the numbers show it is starting to change.  So, you should change to keep up with what is happening now. 

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.

NC Renaissance Faire in Wake Forest

by Lisabeth Tunell

If you are not sure what this event is all about I can tell you that I attended a similar venue in Myrtle Beach and it was one of the most exciting shows I have ever seen. It was fast moving and took a lot of skill for both rider and horse to attempt these ancient reenactments.

What was once held at the NC State Fairgrounds for 13 years, the North Carolina Renaissnace is coming to Wake Forest Golf Club off Capital Boulevard for two weekends. Renaissance Faire will be held both March 28-29 and April 4-5 weekends. The Wake Forest Golf Club which originally opened in 1967 has since been closed and is a perfect location for this event. While not only is space needed for the venue itself, the course (at least 7-10 acres of it) will host the seven entertainment stages, sword play and jousting atop horses. In the past the Renaissance Faire has attracted about 5,000 a day and hopefully plans on doing the same at its new location. According to Donna Varner-Sheaves, the Renaissance Faire's general manager, the bucolic golf course is a better venue for the event than the more modern fairgrounds. The Faire eventually hopes to find a permanent home where it can fulfill its long-term goal: constructing a stone castle.........and would like it to be in Wake Forest.  

Upcoming Activities for Nov. 8-9

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Posted by Lisabeth Tunell

There are a lot of fun things to do this weekend and below are a few you might want to check out:

 

1. Veterans' Service: More than 300 veterans have been honored with a brick paver at the Stony Hill Community Veterans Memorial in Wake Forest. This is the eight year the community has honored its veterans with a service that will feature the color guard from Wake Forest-Rolsville High School ROTC, hymns and the Rev. Frankie Carroll, who served in Vietnam with give a speech. Trumpet notes will open and close the ceremony. Engraved bricks are $35.00 and there will be free drinks and biscuits available. It is being held at 7521 Stony Hill Road in Wake Forest from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Sunday. To order your brick and to honor these Veterans' please call 919-556-5707

2. Falls River Town Center will host an evening music festival Friday to help fill the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The free event and food drive will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Mo Jones: Pleasure to Burn is the featured music. Retailers will be offering food, beverages and other activities, including the center's display of its annual scarecrow contest. Exact location is Falls River Town Center at Falls of  Neuse and Durant roads. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs AND 2 or more nonperishable food items. For more information: www.fallsrivertowncenter.com or www.foodbandcenc.org.

 

 

Save Gas….Ride the Loop, Bus Loop that is!

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Submitted By: Lisabeth Tunell

 

Wake Forest bus loop started last month and has been a huge success. It is a weekday circulator bus that will make a clockwise one hour loop through inner Wake Forest and part of Wakefield Plantation. Stops include schools, government offices, a hospital, shopping centers and supermarkets!!!! What a great way for all of us to save on gas.  The first morning bus leaves Lowes Foods in Wake Forest Crossing off Capital Boulevard at 5:35 a.m. and the last bus leaves at 7:00 p.m. Other stops include White Street at Elm Avenue (with a connection to the express bus to Raleigh, read “Downtown Express for a bargain at $2.50”) and the Kroger supermarket at Wakefield Commons on Forest Pines Drive.

This is an awesome convenience for not only seniors but for young adults in the Wakefield community who do not drive yet and have always relied on their parents to drive them around. Now all can get to the library, post office and the movie theater.

 

For more information, call 485-7433 or check gotriangle.org.

 

Forgot to mention that the Wake Forest-Wakefield circulator will run free of charge for the first SIX MONTHS, then only $1.00 fare to be charged starting in January.

 

Get Looping!!!!

Downtown Express for a bargain at $2.50!

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Posted  By: Lisabeth Tunell

 

In addition to the Wake Forest Loop starting up, the city has also implemented “Wake Forest Express”. This express will not only take workers downtown but also many, many others to the Triangle Town Center for only $2.00.

 

The bus will leave from a new park-and-ride lot in downtown Wake Forest at White Street and Elm Avenue, once each hour on weekday mornings starting at 5:55 a.m..  The first bus stops at Triangle Town Center at 6:20 a.m. (with connections there to Capital Area Transit buses) and arrives at Moore Square in Raleigh at 6:50 a.m. There are three early morning and three late afternoon runs to Moore Square. Between 8:55 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., the bus from Wake Forest goes only to Triangle Town Center for those who work in retail and for all those shoppers, young, and old and in between.

 

 

So let’s all do our part in saving our money, gas, the environment and help the city out by using one of the smartest transportation systems implemented!

 

Posted by: Lisabeth Tunell

My local YMCA has a Triathlon group that I joined back in September. Our group gets together quite often to either do a lake swim, bike or run and as a group it is a great motivator. I met Rebecca Warriner through this group. She is training for a Iron-man Triathlon so she is a little (okay, a lot ) out of my league. How can you refuse to help when she sends a request for volunteers.  She is so uplifting and infectious that its hard not to want to be around her. Her smile, positive attitude and plain old "big heart" was so evident that it should not surprise me she pulled this off sucessfully....in fact the whole Heritage neighborhood got involved by not only encouraging the participants but spraying them with hoses as they passed by.

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Wake Forest Holds First Triathlon
 
Sunday, Jun 29, 2008 - 06:46 PM 
By Kerry Hall
Wake Forest - Rolesville Reporter
NBC17.com
WAKE FOREST, N.C.-- Hundreds of people swam, biked, and ran through the Heritage neighborhood in Wake Forest Sunday for the BASF Smile Train Triathlon.
 
It was the first triathlon ever held in the town, and the first triathlon in the world to benefit The Smile Train, a New York-based organization that helps repair cleft lips and cleft palettes in children in underdeveloped countries.
 
"It hits home because I'm a parent, and I can't imagine if I looked at my kids everyday and thought, 'I can't help you.'," said Rebecca Warriner, Wake Forest resident and organizer of the event.
 
"Some races might raise $500. We're raising almost $20,000. And that's huge."
 
Jonathan Park, a representative from The Smile Train, said the surgeries the money will fund change families' lives.
 
"She's going to provide surgeries for about 60 kids, which is quite a staggering number considering this is one person that decided she wanted to help," Park said of Warriner's efforts.
 
Because of support from corporate sponsor and other donations, 100 percent of the registration fees for the event go directly to the charity, Warriner said.
 
Warriner, who is training to compete in the August's Iron-man Triathlon in Louisville, said she was also excited about the prospect of sharing the sport she loves with her community.
 
She chose to make the BASF Smile Train Triathlon a sprint-length event so that athletes of all levels could participate.  It included a 250 yard pool swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and 5K run.
 
"I think probably about half of the race are first time triathletes," she said. "So to have them come out and have this be their first experience, I was so stressed about making sure it was a positive first experience."
 
All in all there were 300 participants, 75 volunteers and dozens of sponsors.
 

New Home Warranties

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Wake county is an area thriving with new construction. A great selling point for new residential construction lies with its warranty, as any new home purchase is protected by a comprehensive program lasting one year, much like the three year warranty offered with a new car. Everything is covered but for cosmetic issues, though some may take slight offense to the residential performance guidelines which most builders rely upon. Also, keep in mind that many products used in the construction of a home will include a longer warranty period direct from the manufacturer.

Some builders go a step further and offer an extended warranty, such as a 2-10 which declines in coverage as the home ages. For example, during the first year everything is covered (as standard); during the second year perhaps electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and roofing are covered; and during the remaining years only serious structural failure is covered.

A builder wants to deliver a perfect product. But building a home is a complex process with many variables, and our good friend Murphy dictates if something can go wrong then it will. The builder offers a year warranty knowing that a product usually will fail during this period if defective or improperly installed. But what happens if a product fails after the warranty period? Most times that means a quick look at the Yellow Pages for a vendor who can make the repair.

But sometimes a defect can take a long period to manifest itself so the problem is visible. When this happens, a buyer should contact his builder and explain the problem, asking for help. Just keep in mind that the builder generally is not obligated to correct the problem, and that honey attracts more flies than vinegar. In other words, ask nicely as you just might get what you want. Act rudely and I'm willing to wager that your request will be denied.

This all came home for me lately. I bought a new townhome about three years ago from David Camacho, a local builder in Wake Forest. It's been a great home having but a few minor issues. However, I recently noticed drywall rot and discoloration under the microwave. My first thought was steam was somehow being trapped while cooking on the range, but the wall continued to deteriorate no matter what I did. Finally, I removed the microwave only to find that several screws had inadvertently penetrated the main drain line (from upstairs) when the appliance was installed.

I took pictures of the damage and sent them to my builder, explaining the situation and asking if he would help with the repair. The builder contacted the electrical subcontractor who installed the microwave, but they declined to fix the problem under warranty. The builder acknowledged the pictures suggested the damage was due to faulty installation, however, and he would personally take care of the problem. Within a week the drain line and subsequent damage was repaired at no cost to me, and I cannot be more pleased. My hat is tipped to David Camacho and his warranty department for excellent customer service, as this is as good as it gets!

Anthony Williams

Wake Forest National Night Out

by Team for YOUr Dreams
Submitted by Melanie Jerman - On Tuesday, August 7 neighborhoods throughout Wake Forest are invited to join the Wake Forest Police Department, Target, and thousands of communities across the United States for the 24th Annual National Night Out.

National Night Out (NNO) teams law enforcement agencies with citizens, community leaders, civic groups, and local businesses to promote safe, healthy neighborhoods. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The Wake Forest Police Department and Target, the national sponsor for NNO, are marking the occasion by hosting a “National Night Out Parking Lot Party” from 5 p.m. to
10 p.m. at the Wake Forest Target Superstore, 12000 Retail Drive.

The event promises something for everyone including a child ID area where parents can have their children photographed and fingerprinted. Safe Kids child safety seat technicians will also be on hand to demonstrate the proper installation of child safety seats and community crime prevention officers will distribute information on topics such as vehicle security, home security, and personal safety.

The police department will also offer a K-9 demonstration and D.A.R.E. presentation, share information on upcoming Community Watch initiatives and provide rosters designed to help new neighborhoods develop their own Community Watch programs.

Also from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., police will increase foot and area patrols in a majority of subdivisions within the Wake Forest community. Citizens in these areas are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening with police officers and neighbors discussing local concerns.

If your neighborhood or homeowner’s association is interested in scheduling a NNO event in your neighborhood or subdivision or if you want more information on the NNO Parking Lot Party, contact Sgt. J. Graham at (919) 554-6170.

For more information about the Town of Wake Forest, contact Bill Crabtree, Public Information Officer, at (919) 554-6196.

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