Monday, December 11, 2017

We are moving along....

We have posted on this blog in the past about the importance of a strong transportation network for not only our state, but our region and local community.  There are a lot of projects underway around our area of the state.  A lot of this is because the taxpayers of the state said it was ok to spend more money on our network a few years ago and some funding reforms were put in place which helped generate billions of dollars.  In the Triad area, we are big winners of these reforms which means a ton of key projects are well underway and that will result in a lot of new benefits and opportunities such as jobs and economic growth and improved mobility!

Pat Ivey, NCDOT Division 9 Engineer (Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Rowan and Stokes County) has been a long-time leader in seeing projects from start to finish in NC.  He has lead many key projects around the state and is currently working on some very big ones in our area.  We had the good fortune of interviewing Pat recently on some key projects.  He is a great man with a lot of experience and we appreciate his willingness to share some timely updates.  These are very short clips but are packed with a ton of key information on timelines, good ideas and other important information.

I-74 (Northern Beltway) - could this "drive" a potential of 30,000 jobs regionally when complete plus Kernersville is a "hotbed" of activity!

Business 40 through downtown this really going to be completely shut down?

Holy cow - traffic is terrible on Main Street in Kernersville - will this project ever be complete?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Will you participate with us - "12 Days of Small Business"?

Well it is that time of the year again - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to YOU!  At Brooke Cashion & Associates, we love Christmas and the Holiday season, as we know many of you do as well.  It is a special time of the year and one that reminds us about the importance of serving and helping others, family & friends, as well as the most important, celebrating the birth of Jesus.

As you are aware, we have made some changes to Brooke Cashion & Associates and are working on a plan to better serve you and those who are referred to us.  One way we like to do that is by connecting others.  So we are announcing a new social media campaign and are humbly asking you to participate.

The campaign is called the "12 Days of Small Business" and it is pretty simple.  There are thousands upon thousands of small businesses in our region and we are thankful to each and everyone of them.  But we wanted to highlight 12 that we use regularly and simply feature them one day out of the 12 day campaign on our Brooke Cashion and Associates Facebook page.  We have collected from them an item(s) that we are packaging in a gift basket.  At the end of the campaign on December 21, each person that has "LIKED AND SHARED" Brooke Cashion and Associates' Facebook page at least one time during the campaign, will be entered into a drawing for the gift basket that has a value of approximately $400.  We will be drawing the winner on December 21 and will notify them as well as a post on Facebook.  We are really excited about this campaign and hope you will participate with us.

One of the main ways that small businesses grow is simply by word-of-mouth, social media and referrals.  Our hope at this time of year is that you will consider helping each of these and other businesses, which is not only good for them but the overall economy but also you, as you will have many great new items and hopefully a new friend!

Will you participate with us?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Is Your Home in a Top-Selling Zip Code?

Location, Location, Location...that is the old real estate adage we have all heard at some point.

Recently, the Triad Business Journal released their annual list of top selling zip codes in the Triad.  We are fortunate to know these zip codes very well and the market conditions that drive them.  Though important, location is not the only aspect you should investigate.  Infrastructure, (roads, gas lines, water and sewer) local taxes and benefits, understanding access to information regarding schools and the overall home and property condition are a must as well.

Take a look at the list...if we can help you better understand your market condition, we'd be happy to.

Top Selling ZIP Codes in the Triad

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Choosing to Learn and Learning to Choose

What is ONE of the biggest concerns to a parent?

As parents, we all want the best for our children, especially during the K-12 education phases of life. Education impacts everything we do and in North Carolina it is a constitutional right as a citizen to receive a public eduction.  We believe that a strong, solid education creates a strong community.

However, not all school systems are alike.  The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System has an interesting and innovative education model called "school of choice" or school zones.  As a matter of fact, it is the only school system in North Carolina to have this type of model.  But what does it mean and how does it impact your daily decisions such as student transportation but also your longer-term decisions such as where you live.  There is also a part of this model that helps with the county's competitive position to improve educational outcomes, quality-of-life and attract economic growth.

Now, are there questions and does it cause some consternation until completely understood, yes.  As Realtors, we get questions all the time about this model in Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Clemmons and all over Forsyth County.   So we decided to interview a key leader in the school system.  In the following short, but important clips, we bring you some answers.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board is fortunate to have a strong Chairwoman in Dana Caudill Jones.  Chairwoman Jones has extensive leadership and an experienced background.  She is the owner of Caudill Electric in Kernersville, NC where they have a team of experts who handle electrical, security, audio/visual and automation.  It's a great company that has been around for years serving clients needs.  She served as a Town of Kernersville Alderman for years where she helped lead the city to strong growth and helped prepare if for the future.  She then saw her passion in the education areas and was voted by the citizens of Forsyth County to lead the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board, where she is currently serves.  Most importantly, she is a mother of a high school senior and a wife to David.

Chairman Dana Jones can be reached at: - she's open to any and all questions or comments.

While only a couple minutes these clips provide some good information.

Watch to see what has 100% graduation rates!

What is school of choice and why does it matter?

What is on the horizon that parents need to pay attention to?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Urban Agricultural-Is it for you?

When we think of the "city-life", we do not normally think about growing food or having an edible landscape or housing farm animals.  However, many people like to grow their own food.  It's healthy,  can be relaxing, helps save money, promotes a stronger eco-system, promotes sustainability and if you do so with kids, it helps to educate.  You are seeing more and more small chicken coops in and around the area as well and that leads to questions about government regulations.  

Every now and then we get questions about "urban farming" and live agriculture.  Therefore, we thought we'd put this together as information for how to get started and what sort of government requirements in Winston-Salem there may or may not be.  Here is a great tool from the City of Winston-Salem that discusses urban agriculture and what requirements there may be, particularly as it relates to live animals.

We hope that you do make an effort to try your hand at urban-farming if you live in the city or at least grow a tomato plant.  (there's nothing like German Johnson tomato sandwich on white bread with salt, pepper and mayo in the summer!) While we are heading into winter, there is soil to prep so there is always something to do.   Go out there and get started today - you'll be glad you did!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The State of the Triad Region...

Today, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, our regional economic development organization and the Triad Business Journal held the State of the Region address at Elon University and to celebrate a few of the Triad's "Power Players".  This event an overview of the local economy, where we currently are as a region and the cities that make up the region, such as Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, High Point and others.  It was a good report, but like anything else, there is always work to do. Ted Abernathy with Economic Leadership and a friend, gave a great economic report.

A few key takeaways for us include the following:

  • the region is poised for growth, particularly manufacturing such as aerospac
  • strong infrastructure such as highway connectivity, railroads, airport & an inland port
  • strong leadership - what are called "tribal leaders"
  • local economic development organizations that are working together
  • NC's housing prices and the Triad's as a whole are outpacing the national average
  • Jobs, wages and GDP are leaders in the nation

The key takeaway for the next number of years and will directly impact our ability to compete, grow and sustain will be our workforce and talent supply.  Places like High Point Andrews have put in place efforts like the Aviation Academy which directly helps trains students for work with great Triad companies, like HAECO - which operates globally.  The NC Chamber is also leading an effort statewide called NC Certified Work Ready Communities which basically tells manufacturers that your region is open for business with a well-trained workforce.

We commend the Piedmont Triad Partnership and the Triad Business Journal for their program today.  It was well worth the time and we would encourage you to go to others.  We've added some pics below for your review.  Happy to discuss in more detail!

From 16% to 36% in four years....!

We live in an ever-changing world.  Technology is changing everyday.  Heck, by the time we get used to one device or piece of technology it is already obsolete.  

Our homes are also becoming autonomous.  In this article, "The Future of Homes: from Smart to Autonomous", the author tells us that "the end of 2017, it’s estimated that only 16.3% of Americans will live in a smart home, though this percentage will increase to 35.6% by 2021."  I suspect the percentage will only increase as the years go by.

I'd be interested in your feedback.  Take a look at this infographic and give me your you want to live in a fully autonomous home?  Do you have smart devices in your current home?  Where do you see things heading?

Thanks for your support.  Hope to talk soon!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Think Brooke will get clearance?

Story People by Brian Andreas

I just love StoryPeople by Brian Andreas.  Every time I see his work, it brings a smile to my face so I thought I'd share a blog he did about anxiousness.  It is easy to become anxious during the real estate process...there is a lot going on and a lot that you probably feel burdened with I'm sure.  But take comfort that there are expert professionals out there to help you and will help mitigate the anxiousness and maximize the excitement!

I thought this piece by him helps put things into perspective just a little...No Reason to be Anxious...

Thanks - enjoy the day and the real estate process!