Blog :: 02-2013

Why Curb Appeal is Worth the Investment in the End

If you are considering listing your home, I am sure "spending more money on it" isn't the first thing that comes to mind. After all, the idea is to get the most out of the sale not spend more.

In a recent article for Inman News®, Dian Hymer, discusses the importance of Curb Appeal in today's market. Hymer states, "Even though the home sale market has improved impressively, buyers still pay more for homes they can move right into without having to do work. This is not to say that buyers won't buy homes that need updating, but they need to be able to see the potential. And the property needs to be priced right for the market, taking into account work that needs to be done.

painting_shutterstock_46908328This isn't to say that if you have the same kitchen you had thirty years ago, you should gut it and do a complete transformation. But a little paint and new fixtures/hardware can make an incredible difference. Small improvements and updates are the way to go here.

Take a step back and evaluate your home from a buyer's prospective... When you drive up to your home, what is the first thing you notice? If it is over grown or dead shrubbery, then it's time to breakout the gardening tools and get down and dirty. It doesn't take a horticulture degree to trim the bushes, pull the weeds, and throw in a few colorful flowers. Considering many buyers will keep on trucking if the For Sale sign is surrounded by overgrown, unkept landscaping; it is well worth the sore muscles.

There are many ways to make your home more appealing to the buyers. Hymer shares more tips and insight into the importance of Curb Appeal. To read the entire article, CLICK HERE

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Home Prices Increase in Most Metro Areas

As the housing recovery broadened in the fourth quarter of 2012, the National Association of REALTORS® reports that prices for single-family homes rose in nearly 88 percent of U.S. cities.

According to NAR, the national median price for an existing single-family home was $178,900 in the last three months of 2012 "” a 10 percent increase from the fourth quarter a year prior and the biggest gain since 2005.

"Home sales are on a sustained uptrend," Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said in the report. "Home sales are being fueled by a pent-up demand and job creation, along with still-favorable affordability conditions and rents rising at faster rates."

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Source: "88% of U.S. Cities See Housing Price Gains" REALTORMag (02/13/13)

Source: "Home Prices Increase in Most Metro Areas" Fort Worth Star-Telegram (02/12/13)

Think You Make the Best Chili - Here's Your Chance to Prove It!

Last Friday we got your mouths watering sharing Maggie Valley's upcoming Chili Challenge... Now we are appealing to the cook and competitor in you.....

Attached is the registration form to enter Maggie's Chili Challenge. It is a mere $10 fee to step up and prove you make the best chili in the area. Be it mild with a sweet flavor or flaming with ghost chilies.... It is sure to be a blast for all.

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My Jazzy Valentine Dinner Concert by Voices in the Laurel

Voices in the Laurel Children's Choirs will hold a Valentine's dinner concert Feb. 16, in Waynesville. Attendees will enjoy an exploration through the jazz genre, featuring many well-known jazz classics, sung by Voices in the Laurel Choirs.

The choirs' musical selections include "Paper Moon," "Side By Side," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "You've Got a Friend in Me," "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing," "Embraceable You", a tribute to Manhattan Transfer, "Unforgettable," "For the Longest Time" and more.

The event is on February 16th at 6pm at the First Baptist Church in Waynesville.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the image below.

Voice's in the Laurel

Voice's in the Laurel

Come out for great music, food and fun all while supporting this incredible group of performers!

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    Maggie Valley Chamber Chili Challenge - Meet and Greet

    Want to warm up your tummy and get to know Maggie Valley and it's residents...... No better way than a Chili Challenge in March. Click on the image below to get all the details of the upcoming Chili Challenge sponsored by the Maggie Valley Chamber and hosted by Maggie Valley Inn & Rendezvous Restaurant.

    Chili Challenge 2013 Poster (8 5x14)

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