Thursday, September 27, 2012

Falling for Fall Festivities...

**Oktoberfest--Korners Folly October 6th--Beer, Brats, Strange House, Preservation Fundraiser

**Dixie Classic Fair--September 28-October 7--Rides, People Watching, Roasted Corn, Hushpuppie Samples, Pig Races

**Kersey Valley Spook Trail and Maze--Heart-Pounding Scares, Sweaty-Palmed Surprises and Coffin Rides

**Picnics Under Cloudless Blue Skies--Tanglewood, 4th of July Park, Harmon Park, Reynolda Gardens

**Outdoor Dining--Mozelles', 4th Street Filling Station, J Peppers, Smitty's OYSTERS!!

**Brunswick, Chicken and Oyster Stews, Caramel Apples, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Oysters-raw, steamed, grilled, roasted

**Football--NC State, Wake, WS State, Pee-Wee, High School, Homecomings

**Church Homecomings, Bazaars, Weenie Roasts, Bonfires

**Hiking Hanging Rock, Pilot Mountain, Blue Ridge Parkway, Camping at Doughton Park, Beach Weekends Under Carolina Moons

**Mums, Pansies, Pine Straw, Mulch, Leaves, Pumpkins, Goards, Hay Bales and Corn Stalks

**Sweater-Sets, Tights, Boots, Oxford Shirts with Sweaters (collars out), Jeans, Wool Socks, Pajama Pants and Sweatshirts from College PE Class

**Dark Beer, Whisky and Ginger Ale, Spiced Hot Tea

**Robert Earl Keen, Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Widespread Panic, Avett Brothers

What do you FALL for in the Carolinas?

Are You Being Fished or Are You Living in the Reef?

It used to be called fishing.  You baited your hook, dropped it in the nearest body of water and well, you know the waited...patiently, or not so patiently, in my case.  I always liked a great deal about fishing, but not actually waiting for them to bite.  I liked the boat or pond-bank, I liked the serenity and the notion of being in nature, but never really liked waiting for something that was abundant at the store or fish market.  I was told time and time again, that the waiting would make me appreciate the catch even more, but to me, the fish were the fish; they all tasted the same.

In real estate, the same term has been used to describe the act of throwing multiple marketing "hooks" out and waiting for bites. Again, I look at the act of "fishing" for business and have little patience, when there are clients out in need, waiting for guidance, in some of the most obvious places.  If you like to market, then ok.  If you like "being in real estate", then ok. But I like pulling from my ocean because it just seems to make good business sense.  This is how that ocean looks...

I've been a full-time Realtor for 13 years.  Over the course of that 13 years I have closed over 500 transaction sides.  That means helping over 500 individual buyers and sellers across the Triad.  Those buyers and sellers have experienced my service, attention to detail and professional knowledge.  They swim in "my real estate ocean".  The thing is, I don't want to keep fishing.  I like to think of these past clients as a reef of referrals.  I don't need to drop a line or a net and pluck them out one by one, only to serve my hunger.  Nope, these fish are the ones who swim and share with their fellow "reef mates".  When someone moves out of their current "shell", they know who to bring into the "reef" by means of sharing the real estate experience they had with Brooke Cashion.  All I need to do is to be a good steward of the "reef", making sure that it is nourished, cared for and appreciated.  No need to bait and wait, I just have to "dive in", explore and appreciate the beauty of the "reef". These "reef-mates" are more than willing to share info with friends and family that I provide them on current listings and market trends, and they are always looking for "reef-mates" to be in the "club".

So the next time someone is fishing for your real estate business, ask yourself, "Am I being fished? One time and done?" or "Am I a part of the "reef", being nurtured and cared for throughout my real estate lifetime?"


Thursday, September 06, 2012

Property Taxes...Interesting Take on Valuations...

Property Taxes

County officials across the state are grappling with the prospect of conducting property revaluations that would significantly reduce their property tax base, which could force them to hike the tax rate to keep revenue steady. Counties are required to revalue property at least once every eight years, a process designed to make sure the tax burden is being equitably distributed among all property owners. The tax value is set roughly at market value, but that market value can fluctuate significantly in the years between revaluations. For counties that experienced large amounts of speculative building and conducted revaluations at or near the peak of the market, the decline in real estate values posed a number of challenges. During the boom years, new high-end homes experienced the greatest appreciation in value. But since the bubble burst, many of those same homes are depreciating much faster than other sectors of the market. “How do you explain to the public we’re lowering your (property) value but raising your tax rates?” said Frank Clifton, Orange County’s town manager, summing up the tricky political problem revaluations now pose. The solution for 27 North Carolina counties has been to delay the revaluations by anywhere from one to four years, but such action has drawn criticism, particularly since many counties had reduced the time between revaluations to four years to capture appreciation in the marketplace. “It’s all about equity and truth,” said Gary Phillips, owner of Weaver Street Realty in Carrboro and a former Chatham County commissioner. “Once you make that commitment to do them every four years, they ought to be done every four years because the entire community needs to know what that snapshot looks like.” Under a state law passed in 2008, any county with more than 75,000 residents whose median sales values differ more than 15 percent from tax values must perform a revaluation within three years. Only Union County has so far met the criteria; its median sales price was 20 percent below tax value this year.

Marcus Kinrade, Wake County’s revenue director, said if all sectors of the market are falling by equal amounts compared to their tax value, there isn’t really a problem in delaying a revaluation. “But if the high-end homes are selling significantly less compared to the tax value than the low-end homes, than you’ve got an equalization problem,” he said. “The burden of the tax is unfair” to those high-end homeowners whose property is now worth much less than its current tax value. Although the state puts out annual estimates showing the ratio of each county’s median sales price to its tax values, getting a clear picture on how much the two are diverging is tricky. One problem is that there have been far fewer property sales since the bust. When doing a revaluation, counties are supposed to use only sales in which there is a willing buyer and seller, meaning foreclosures and short sales are not to be included. This has only added to the disconnect between market and tax values, as a homeowner in a neighborhood riddled with foreclosures is likely to wonder why his or her tax value does not reflect all those distressed sales. The lack of qualified sales also can play havoc with commercial property assessments. “The biggest problem that we still had, even delaying it two years, was the lack of qualified sales,” said Shane Mitchell, chairman of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.(David Bracken, THE NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/02/12).