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Who Goes First?: Negotiations

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When negotiating over the sales price of a home, a good Realtor will be the one who is comfortable with the conversation.

"Who starts the negotiation?" is a question clients have ask me over the years.
How does a negotiation conversation actually begins.
A homeowner (or future homeowner's)thought process is usually similar to the following:

1.Who will disclose information first?
2.Is it wise to be the one who begins the conversation?

The person who speaks first in any situation that involves negotiating tends to be...

Someone who understands how to build trust.
Someone who is comfortable with defining trust.
Someone who is trusted by other people currently and honors what it means to be trusted.
And finally...

Someone who is comfortable with being uncomfortable.


When you partner with a Realtor during your next move, make sure you ask them how they handle uncomfortable situations. Their answer to this question will become very important at some point in the transaction. Protect y…

When is the Best Day to Move?

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Have you been spring cleaning? Maybe now you're ready for a garage sale or a yard sale? Check out the video below from Robeson Design on throwing a Garage Sale:




Summer is a popular time to move for many, with May being the official start of moving season. According to a recent study, more than half of moves occur during May through September.


The Spruce says moving into a new home should be done during the summer! Why? They list:
The weatherGreat time for garage salesGood time to sell your homeKids and schoolMoving for workStudents moving to college When are people moving? Check out the statistics from last year and even 2015 from My Moving Reviews:



Moving to North Carolina? Or maybe you already live in North Carolina, but you are considering a new city? Moving.com listed these 10 cities to consider moving to:
ASHEVILLE
Estimated population: 83,393CARY
Estimated population: 135,234CHAPEL HILL
Estimated population: 57,233CHARLOTTE
Estimated population: 731,424DURHAM
Estimated population: 2…

5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Summer

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It's a new month! And spring is here, with summer soon approaching!

I've compiled a few of my favorite ways to get your home ready for summer!

1. Turn your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise. There are a lot of great resources that explain the benefits and the concept of changing the direction the fan blades move. Have any of you experimented with the directions and noticed any cost savings?

2. Adjust the temperature settings on your programmable thermostat, for when you're home or not.

3. Replace old weatherstripping on doors and windows.


4. Check water settings. By this I mean, check your hose connection for any leaks or damage. And indoors, consider using cold or warm water when using the clothes washer. Also, consider lowering the temperature setting on your hot water tank.

5. Revisit your windows. Change out your curtains and use SolarShield® curtain panels or thermal insulated blackout curtains, to keep your rooms cool. Another idea is to use window film to reject UV r…

Making the Best Home Decisions for You!

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Do you love visiting homes and seeing how it's decorated or staged? I've had the pleasure of viewing a few homes over the past few weeks, and I can agree with the articles below on some of the trends. Wood floorings have been in almost every home I've seen. I've also seen wood ceilings and ceilings bringing attention to beams, which I love! I love that people are paying attention to their ceilings! I've also seen a lot of the light blues, light greens, light gray, dark gray, maroon, and corals. And everywhere I look, I see wicker and adirondacks. What trends have you spotted?

Inspiration for your home decorating or projects:





Top 5 Home Design Trends for 2017
National Design Trends Get Southern Twist
Why Southerners Have Always Loved Wicker
Flooring Options for Southern States

Considering moving within the next year? Check out these other articles from us to help you make the right decision for you:

Making the Move That's Right For You: First-Time Homebuyer
Challenges…

50 Ways You Can Live on a Greener Planet

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Today's theme for this post: greenery. And no, I'm not talking about Pantone's Color of the Year, Greenery.

It's Spring! And many of you are making changes to your home, both inside and outside. I've seen people painting the walls in their home, and I've seen people outside planting trees and flowers and mulching.

With Earth Day coming up this Saturday, it's important to bring awareness to environmental concerns, and it's also encouraged to save energy in any way.

I recently saw a home in Raleigh with solar panels on their roof.  I later discovered it was installed by Sun Dollar Energy, LLC.  If you are thinking about making changes to your roof or perhaps installing a new roof, consider adding solar panels or solar shingles, if it's in your budget.  The home I saw installed 625 sq. ft. and the estimated project cost was $28,000.00.  You can also consider a ground mount system as another option.  Just make sure you do your research to find out the d…

Design Advice for Your Home!

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Thinking about updating your home? Or are you buying a home and wondering what exterior siding material you prefer?

I've shared some popular home exterior siding materials in North Carolina from Stanton Homes as well as tips and trends for updating your space!

POPULAR EXTERIOR SIDING:

Vinyl ExteriorsHardiBoard/Fiber Cement ExteriorsStone ExteriorsBrick ExteriorsStucco ExteriorsBoard and Batt ExteriorsShake Exteriors TRENDS:
Five trends new-home builders are seeing in the Triangle!
SMARTER - It's all about automation and finding smart devices to activate sprinklers or set security systems!GREENER - Water conservation is a high priority and buyers are more conscious about product choices when it comes to paint and flooring.SMALLER - The smaller home trend is strong this 2017! The open space concept and having rooms serve as more than one purpose is also important to home buyers.CLEANER - Clean and sleek lines are trending in kitchens and bathrooms.BRIGHTER - We're seeing large…

What's Happening in April?

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It's a new month, and we observe a lot in April! Here's a brief description of each:

NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING MONTH
In remembrance of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968; sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); efforts to end housing discrimination

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL MONTH
Celebrates all we can do to make our country a more beautiful and better place; three basic missions: reduce waste, prevent litter, beautify communities

LAWN AND GARDEN MONTH
The time we clean up our lawns and prepare it for summer

NATIONAL DECORATING MONTH
We focus on home decorating

NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH
Gardening improves our attitudes toward health and nutrition, kids perform better at school, community spirit grows


NATIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MONTH
Efficient and creative design is recognized from walkways, playgrounds, neighborhoods, and roadways; use #WLAM2017 on social media when you share a picture of your favorite landscape architecture…

Virtual Staging & Virtual Room Programs

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Are you a visual learner? If you're selling your home or considering it, check out the link below from Realtor.com of before and after images of virtually staging a home. Staging a home can help buyers visualize what it would look like for them to live in your home.

Realtor.com - What is Virtual Staging? A Way to Stage Your Home Out of Thin Air


If you're buying a home and aren't sure about how to arrange your furniture, consider using an app or online program to plan your layout ideas. My current go to program is floor planner, but the following two links have other programs I'd consider trying and using, like Autodesk Homestyle or Home Design 3D.

Apartment Therapy - 10 Apps for Planning a Room Layout


Freshome - 10 Best Free Online Virtual Room Programs and Tools

And if you're not selling or buying a home, perhaps you want to refresh your space? I'm loving these "Quick Style Boosts for Spring" from Apartment Therapy:


Clean Your WindowsBring the Outside InP…