Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

How to be done with monthly payments for good!


Need temporary housing….

Imageor short-term housing between selling a home and buying or building another? We’ve got connections to get you into apts. without a lease…just pay month to month until your new home is ready. Check it out below and look for the “Special Offer” on our home page:  http://www.RealEstateLinkCarolinas.com

Do you know your architectural styles of houses?


Bungalow - These narrow, rectangular one and one-half story houses originated in California during the 1880s as a response to the elaborate decoration of Victorian homes. Typical bungalow style homes have low-pitched gabled or hipped roofs and small covered porches at the entry. Once inside the home, the open floor plan maximizes efficiency and flow from room to room with minimal space wasted on hallways – generally the entry way opens directly into the living room. Fun Fact-The style was once so popular that you could order a bungalow kit from Sears and Roebuck catalog!

Cape Cod - Some of the first houses built in the United States were Cape Cods. The original colonial Cape Cod homes were shingle-sided, one-story cottages with no dormers. During the mid-20th century, the small, uncomplicated Cape Cod shape became popular in suburban developments. A 20th-century Cape Cod is square or rectangular with one-and-a-half stories and steeply pitched, gabled roofs. A centered entrance with a paneled door, occasionally accented with pilasters or columns is common.

Colonial- Though America’s colonial period encompassed a number of housing types and styles, the most commonly recognized version is the rectangular, symmetrical home with bedrooms on the second floor. The double-hung windows usually have many small, equally sized square panes and are surrounded by shutters. Unlike the original Colonials, Colonial Revival homes are often sided in white clapboard and trimmed with black or green shutters.

Contemporary- These homes are easily distinguishable by their odd-sized and often tall windows, lack of ornamentation, and their unusual mixtures of wall materials- stone, brick, and wood, for instance. Architects designed Contemporary-style homes between 1950 and 1970, and created two types: the flat-roof and gabled types. Both styles were designed to incorporate the surrounding landscape into their overall look with extensive use of natural light.

Craftsman- Popularized at the turn of the 20th century by architect and furniture designer Gustav Stickley in his magazine, The Craftsman, the Craftsman-style bungalow reflected, said Stickley, “a house reduced to it’s simplest form … it’s low, broad proportions and absolute lack of ornamentation give it character so natural and unaffected that is seems to … blend with any landscape”. The style features overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof, and wide front porches framed by pedestal-like tapered columns. Many homes have wide front porches across part of the front, supported by columns.

Dutch Colonial- This American style originated in homes built by German settlers in Pennsylvania as early as the 1600s. Distinguished mostly by its broad gambrel roof with flaring eaves that extend over the porches, Dutch Colonials have a barn-like effect. Double-hung sash windows, dormers with shed-like overhangs, and a central dutch double doorway are also common. Fun Fact- The double door, which is divided horizontally, was once used to keep livestock out of the home while allowing light and air to filter through the open top


The compact library for the compact home!

The compact library for the compact home!

Holds 300 books…all within reach!

GREAT NEWS…4 Million homeowners climb out of negative equity!


So many upgrades to this Gem in the woods. Check out this list:

ImageList of Improvements made to 3148 Winding Trail, Matthews NC

 IN LAST YEAR                                                                  IN LAST 5 YEARS

New roof                                                                             Hardwood floors throughout

New gutters with Leaf Guard                                              Tiled floor kitchen and washer/dryer room

New heating and air conditioning                                        Replaced kitchen appliances

New double pane windows                                                 New washer and dryer

New paint inside and outside                                              Upgraded bathroom #2 fixtures and floor

Granite kitchen counters and new sink                               New front porch

Painted kitchen cabinets                                                     New 12×16 storage building

Replaced master bathroom and vanity                               Replaced interior light fixtures

Sealed rear deck                                                                 Replaced crown molding throughout

Landscaped front yard with turf and retention wall            

The best of both worlds

Imagefor housing materials….you can choose products that look real, cost less AND last longer!


Do you agree with this list of priorities in choosing a Realtor?


 More Important                                      

Experience…5 years preferable, Full-time rather than part-time agent

Personality…people who you like and can work well together

Interests and hobbies similar to your own

Integrity…do you trust them?

Less Important


What Real estate company they are with

The brand of smartphone they use

What their social media presence is like

How many transactions they’ve closed in the last year

Online reviews


Check out the rest of the article here… http://www.inman.com/2014/01/23/it-will-always-be-possible-to-choose-the-wrong-real-estate-agent/

7 Signs of an Up-and-Coming community where you might want to buy…


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