Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Easter!

On this most important and holy time, we simply wanted to pass along a Happy Easter to you and your family.  Enjoy the weekend and this important celebration!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Great Honor Happened Today....

REALTORS Give Back...and What A True Honor!

We had an incredible time this morning at the Centers for Exceptional Children in Winston-Salem. We put out easter eggs for the annual easter egg hunt the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS does in conjunction with school. 

The Centers for Exceptional Children is "dedicated to serving children with special needs and their families".  They operate under the belief that "every child deserves the chance to realize their fullest potential in life. While others may focus on the challenges of the children we serve, we see possibilities. Possibilities for confidence, happiness, achievement and self-reliance.  For more than 65 years, The Centers for Exceptional Children has been providing a critical combination of support services, programs and facilities dedicated to one thing: helping children with special needs and their families thrive."

What an incredible group of children and a huge thanks to the teachers, staff, volunteers and others who really do a wonderful job with these exceptional kids. We thank them for brightening our day...Happy Easter to all! 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Meet THE Hollie Breazeale!

We are excited about Hollie joining Brooke Cashion and Associates - Allen Tate.   Hollie is going to be and already has been a great addition to the team.  Take a moment to watch this short clip about Hollie...#WhyWait

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Winston-Salem's Ardmore...

Finding the right home can be tough in a tight inventory market like we are currently experiencing.  However, we are seeing some softening of the inventory challenge as supply increased in February and we are in the process of listing a lot of property and those will be hitting the market place soon.  

Currently, we are showing a lot in the Ardmore area of Winston-Salem.  For your benefit and ease, we have compiled a list of homes currently for sale in Ardmore.  Please click the link below to see the full list, a map and information about the homes.  

We are happy to assist you should you have more questions!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Do pools impact my home value?

This is a question we often receive moving closer into the summer.  However, today, March 12, it is snowing and as we work and watch the cold snow fall, ironically, we found ourselves thinking about the warm sun and the cool water of a pool.

The answer is that it all depends...but you should think of it, not necessarily as an investment but more of an enjoyment.  We have lived in two different homes with pools--both have been in-ground pools.  Our first pool was already there when we bought it.  It was a nice pool, well maintained but was daily maintenance when opened and had a lot of wood decking. That wasn't bad, but it wasn't optimal either.  As well, the pump was very close to where the lounge chairs were so when the pump was running which was most of the time in the summer, there was always noise.  We added additional landscaping to improve the aesthetics of our pool area and that made it much more enjoyable.  We did not have a problem selling the house with the pool and we did not see any sort of premium or negative.

When we moved into our current home, it did not have a pool.  Given the fact we are on acreage decided to build a concrete, salt-water pool.  We love it, as were able to design it as we wanted to.  It is relatively low maintenance even though we leave it open all year long.  However, several years later there are some things we would have done differently.  For example, we probably would have added more concrete pool decking would have added bench seating in the pool. Other considerations would have been to make it deeper and a darker colored bottom.  Several times per year we wish we would have made it a little bigger in general as our friends spill out of it.  Because we do not live in a neighborhood with a neighborhood club or amenities and because our home sits in the middle of acreage we think the pool will be seen as a positive when it is time to sell and we personally believe it adds to the marketability of the property.

The other thing we learned is that you can do anything you want with a pool, especially a concrete pool.  Get creative and have fun with it.  After all, that's what summers is for!  

If you are considering putting a pool in or buying a house with a pool, maybe ask yourself, do I see this as an investment or enjoyment?  Take a look a the pools below and daydream on this snowy day!

If you have specific questions about pools feel free to reach out.