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For Rent: 3BR/2+1BA Townhouse in Durham, NC, $1,250/month.

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Best Foot Forward
So, the economy is soft. We all know that. We also know that in terms of spending money, the biggest spend that most of us ever make is our home. It is so important when selling a home, especially in this market with so FEW buyers that we put our best foot forward, the we being, home sellers and their agents.

Now more than ever condition, price and merchandising need to be spot on. In an economy of falling values the biggest challenge for me in the last three years has been determining value, the question being, where is value falling to?

Raleigh/Durham’s value didn’t tank until late in the recession/depression. Our values have fallen in the last year with the disappearance of first time home buyer tax credits. That credit was indeed propping up our market. I do think we’re at bottom. I pray we’re at bottom.

So, what’s a seller to do?
-Get those roof stains off the roof. They are unsightly and set a bad image in the buyer’s mind.
-Spruce up around the front door.
-De-clutter everything and everything. You’re moving so if you’re not using it, get rid of it.
-Paint, neutrals and for Heaven’s sake do not use semi-gloss or gloss on walls and ceilings; save those glosses for trim and passage doors to make the place pop.
-Smell, de-dog the home, de-litter box the home, de-diaper the home.
-Listen, really listen, if sound is an issue, mask that highway with some soft classical music and buffer your lot with evergreens.
-Keep your eye on price, both you and your agent should routinely evaluate what is selling in your neighborhood and what your competition is doing in terms of pricing and incentive.

Need more tips….email, text or phone me, I’ll be glad to help you.

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For Rent: 1BR/1BA Townhouse in Durham, NC, $925/month.

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1226 Orchard Oriole Lane Durham NC 27713
Imagine your morning cup of coffee, sitting on your deck and overlooking your lake. Imagine being able to WALK to the grocery store, the pharmacy and soon a Super Wal-Mart. All close but not too close. Imagine living on a bus line so that you could ride to work on a bus rather than drive your car.

Bam, here it is! 1226 Orchard Oriole Lane offers space, light and custom features. There is a spacious, light filled living room with laminate flooring, a vaulted foyer, a spacious kitchen and a light filled dining room. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and two baths. The master has a vaulted ceiling with adjoining spa bath with soaking tub and walk in closet.

Orchard Lake is a delightful neighborhood with a tot lot, minutes to Duke, RTP and UNC, all easily accessed without using Interstate 40 or 85.

Interested in seeing inside, call or text me today.

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1309 Shawnee Street Durham NC 27701

Live, love and play downtown. This Victorian cottage with strong craftsman characteristics is true to its age yet has been updated and offers modern amenities.

Inside there are heart of pine floors, high ceilings, a spacious dining room, updated baths and kitchen and a great use of space. The décor is tasteful and timeless. The backyard is fully fenced and offers a delightful detached screen room.

You’ll love the spacious porches and the strong and engaged neighborhood association.

To learn more about Durham’s historic and significant neighborhoods phone or email me. For nearly 18 years I’ve made it my business to specialize in these fine areas.

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