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July 17, 2014

Smith Marketing Inc. with Allen Tate Realtors is pleased to announce the addition of Karen Kimrey to their team.

Karen Kimrey

 

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Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors (CBTR) has announced its most recent graduating class of new sales associates who have completed the FastStart and e-FastStart classes conducted by CBTR COO Jodi Tate.   Coldwell Banker has been recognized for the fifth straight year as one of the top 20 companies nationally in any industry for learning and leadership development.

The new graduates are Crystal Shores and Linda Alexander from the Greensboro branch, Kathy Keller from the Kernersville branch and Alex Straus with the Winston-Salem branch.

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The seasonally adjusted average home price in Guilford County in May 2014 went up nearly 4 percent, to $175,157, over May 2013’s average of $168,982, according to Jud & Associates.  Existing home prices bottomed in July 2012 and have since risen 11 percent.  In May 2014, the time on market (TOM) was 100.8 days, 5.1 percent more than it was in May 2013.   Over the past 12 months the TOM has risen, but the spread, which shows the ratio of selling to listing prices, has also risen, indicating somewhat less discounting in the market.  Sales of existing, single-family homes in Guilford County decreased slightly during last month compared to the previous month.  A total of 340 units sold in Guilford County in May 2014 and 351 sold in April 2014.  The inventory/sales ratio, which indicates the number of months to clear the current inventory of homes on the market, was 7.6 months, up from 7.2 months in April 2014.

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Sunday July 27, 2014

One of the best places to vacation may be your own backyard.  You can create and enjoy your very own permanent vacation spot right outside your backdoor.  With a little planning, and a wealth of ideas to be had on the Internet, or with help from a professional landscape designer, you can have a backyard you and your family may never want to leave.

 

If you have children, what could be more natural than a backyard where they can safely play and explore nature.  Internet sites like Pinterest are loaded with suggestions for backyard fun.  The number of ideas is simply amazing, and for the most part, easy to do.  Instructions are given for creating unique playthings that will keep children occupied for hours Teepees made of sticks, outdoor music walls of pot and pan “instruments” where children can bang to their hearts’ content, chalkboards mounted on fences for budding artists, a sandbox made from an old row boat, and a water wall are just a few of the items you’ll find on these websites that you can make yourself to entertain your children.

 

Children also need to be physically active, and they love things they can swing and climb on.  Though the simple two-swings and a glider metal sets adults remember are still available, today’s swing sets come in a wide variety of materials and configurations.  Now, play sets are often configured with things like spiral slides, swings, rope ladders, built-in forts, and rock-like climbing walls.  The possibilities are only limited by the size of your backyard and your budget.

 

Not only are these play sets great for kids, but realtors say they may also be an asset if you are planning to sell your home.  Buyers with children look for homes with backyard features such as wooden play sets* and designated space for children’s play.  Play areas should be just one aspect of the yard however, not the whole focus.  There should be plenty of space for features that all ages enjoy.

 

Just like staging the inside of your home, the outside should be attractive to potential buyers.  Your backyard should be as neat as the front yard, appealing to buyers who are looking for a backyard refuge where they can relax and enjoy being outdoors.

 

Backyard features that potential buyers look for are well-maintained decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, ponds, and gazebos.  Buyers want space for the activities they enjoy.  Is there room for a garden?  Space for lawn games?  Room for those kid-friendly play areas?  In a wooded backyard, is there a spot for a secluded hideaway?  Is there a pergola, gazebo, or a pond and waterfall?

 

Water features are very popular, and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  They can be as small as a ceramic pot for a patio or large enough to fill your backyard with multiple ponds linked by a creek.  There is something soothing about the sound of water that is conducive to relaxation.  Even If you don’t have room for a large pond, you might consider a Pondless® waterfall or fountain.  Both will add the sights and sounds of water to your landscape without the investment or space needed for a larger water feature, and both use a re-circulation system consisting of a re-circulating pump and plumbing.  Put that water feature next to a pergola or gazebo that’s tucked into the corner of the yard, and you have the perfect place to wile away a summer afternoon reading a good book or taking a nap.

 

The classic gazebo is an open-air wooden octagon, but today they come in a wide variety of styles and sizes that include oval and rectangular gazebos that may be made of aluminum, vinyl-covered wood, or a structurally enhanced fiberglass or a resin material that looks just like wood.   Styles range from light-weight, easily set-up gazebos with soft-tops that are movable, to the permanent wooden structures built on a solid foundation of wood or concrete.  Roofing material for permanent structures can be shingles made of cedar, shake, polycarbonate, or even copper.  Retailers like Sears, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, as well as Lowes, and Home Depot all sell gazebos kits you can construct yourself, and there are numerous companies listed on the Internet that also sell kits.

 

Pergolas and gazebos are great projects for do-it-yourselfers.  However, if you don’t know one end of a hammer from the other, professional construction and installation is available from companies like KC’s Improvement and Construction, Inc., Bunce Buildings, the Amish Trading Post in High Point, and Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad.

 

Another backyard feature that is very popular, and high on the list of desirable features, is an outdoor fireplace.  There is something about a fire that naturally attracts people.  It can be a circular fire pit that reminds you of those summer campfires where you made some-mores with your Scout troop, or a wood-burning brick fireplace complete with log storage, mantle, raised hearth and chimney.   There’s no doubt that sitting in front of a crackling fire adds a get-away feel to your at-home vacation.  Set that fireplace inside a gazebo or pergola, add an overhead electric heater, and suddenly you have an outdoor space that can be used all year.

 

So, take another look at your backyard and see how you can turn it into your own private vacationland.

 

Check out these websites for ideas for backyard fun for kids, playsets, and gazebos and pergolas:

3 SAGE BRUSH COURT, THICKET, GREENSBORO, 2-4 3BR 2BA (700102) Madalyn Kunow 210-3223 $154,900 Directions: Wendover East to L Meadowood, L Sagebrush Terrace, L Sagebrush Court, House is on Left

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4204 Oakcliffe Road, Forest Oaks, 2-4, Must see the inside of this house! Enjoy your golf course view from the huge deck and landscaped yard. Numerous improvements-remodeled bathrooms, new 14 Seer HVAC in 2009, new hardwood floors throughout, new sliding glass doors, outside painted 2011. Garage 30 ft deep.

$189,000. Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017

Directions: Take 421 South to L on Hagan Stone Park, to L on Liberty Rd. to R on Forest Oaks Dr.. Follow to clubhouse. Turn R on Belvior, then L onto Oakcliffe. Down 1/2 mile on left.

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1300 ROBIN HOOD, EMERYWOOD FOREST, HIGH POINT, 2-4 6BR 4.5+BA (702741) MM Councill 457-0701 $375,000 Directions: Eastchester to Westchester. R Lexington, L Kensington., R Robin Hood. House is on the corner of Kensington and Robin Hood.

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4705 HARVEY ROAD, MORGAN-SCHULTHEISS, JAMESTOWN, 2-4 3BR 2.5BA 2.5AC (695879) Ed Stafford 669-5106 $298,500 Directions: Main St. Jamestown towards GTCC right on Vickery Chapel Rd then right on Harvey Rd. 2nd house on the left.

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4211 BRENTONSHIRE LANE, WEXFORD, HIGH POINT, 2-4 4BR 2.5BA (693725) Diana Baxendale 870-9395 $206,700 Directions: Skeet Club to Waterview, R Cedar Crest, L Brentonshire.

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80 Park Village - $174,900

Cute as a Button!! Master on the Main with 2 Bedrooms and Loft Up. Vaulted 2 Story Family Room with Transoms, Plantation Shutters and Fireplace. Open Kitchen with Breakfast Area and Stainless Steel Appliances. Spacious Dining Room with Access to Patio. Master Bedroom offers 3 Closets, Master Bath Features Walk-in Tiled Shower and Vanity with Double Sinks. Very Private Backyard and  Neighborhood Pool.

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1804 Westridge - $245,000

This home is built for entertainment inside and out.  Open floor plan in the den and updated kitchen for informal gatherings at the back of the house leading to the screened porch, patio, deck and pool.  Gracious formal dining and living rooms at the front entry.   Fireplaces in the den and living room, wood floors in main rooms and bedrooms.  Large fenced back yard with play space and pool, long driveway with turnaround at the back.

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464 Mashie - $389,000

GOLF COURSE LOT!  Features Master on Main w/ Sitting Room, Double Tray Ceiling, Master Bath w/ His & Hers Vanities & Closets. Also on Main an Addt'l Bedroom w/ Private Bath.Kitchen has Custom Cherry Cabinets, Granite Counters & Large Island. Views of Golf Course from Sunroom & Family Room. Vaulted Ceilings, Transom Windows, Gas Logs, Crown Moldings Throughout, Custom Faux Finishes & Surround Sound. Unfin Basement Vented for HVAC. Huge deck w/ Accent Lighting Overlooking Green #2. Golf Cart Remains!

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4027 Windstream Ct, Lakeside/Nottingham, 2-4

Cul-de-sac location. Granite counter tops updated appliances, hardwood floors in main living area. This 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home

features open floor plan with fireplace and attached 2 car garage. Conveniently located near shopping, dining, Greensboro, & High

Point.  $184,000 Bobbie Maynard, 336-215-8017

Directions: West on Wendover, Left on Windstream Way, Right on Windstream Ct

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