Commercial Opportunity in Wake Forest NC – circa 1814

While there are numerous historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC some of the commercial opportunities may be overlooked!

Currently, there is an incredible historic property for sale that is zoned for commercial use – the possibilites are simply ENDLESS!

A few features of the property are:

  • circa 1814
  •  2373 sq ft
  • 2.77 acres
  • registered landmark with Preservation Foundation of N.C.
  • endless possibilities for the space – receptions, meeting center, restaurant, use your imagination!

This gorgeous home is priced to sell at $699,000 and is located on Capital Blvd.  If you would like more information please feel free to give me a call at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email!

If you would like more information regarding homes for sale in Wake Forest NC please visit my website.  LeesaFinley.com

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So Many Things To Do in Wake Forest NC! Feb 1 – 7, 2010

Wake Forest NC House ChickWow, talk about an area coming to a standstill!  I know that in Wake Forest NC we have waited all season to see a few snow flakes and we got our wish over this past weekend!  Over 6 inches of snow fell in Wake Forest NC!  That may not be much to others in different parts of the country but it was a huge event here!  I have to laugh when I think of a Status Update a friend of mine put on Facebook:  “For those of you that don’t live in the Raleigh NC area:  We are having a “Winter Storm EVENT”– very fancy way of saying, “It’s SNOWING”

Roads are still a little edgy this morning but little by little we will get it all cleared and be back to normal – just takes us a little longer than the rest of the country when we get snow.

Things To Do In Wake Forest NCRegardless, events in Wake Forest NC are pushing on this week and there is SO MUCH to choose from!  Check it out……

Come rain, sleet or snow, Life in Wake Forest NC moves along….

CTE Month at Heritage Middle School
Feb. 1-28
Heritage Middle School
Volunteers are needed throughout the month of February to speak to classes in the following fields: Business Technology, Computer Technology, Keyboarding, Family and Consumer Science, Techonology Education, and Exploring Career Decisions. Volunteers can pick the date and time they choose to visit the school. Contact Rosalynn Tennie at rtennie@wcpss.net to schedule your time.


Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) Club Meeting
Monday, Feb. 1; 9:30 am weigh in and 10:10 am meeting
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 830 Durham Rd., Wake Forest

TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all! Your first session is free and annual membership is only $26. Contact Laura Wickwar for more information at (919) 621-3613.  www.tops.org 


Margaritas and Mambo – Salsa Dance Lessons
Monday, Feb. 1; 7 pm – 11 pm
Tuxedo Junction, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest

Join us for margarita specials and $10 salsa dance lessons! (919) 556-2038  www.tuxedojunctioninc.com


Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) Club Meeting – Evening
Tuesday, Feb. 2; 6:45 pm 
Wake Forest Baptist Church Room 213, 103 N. Main St., Wake Forest

TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all! Your first session is free and annual membership is only $26. Contact Laura Wickwar for more information at (919) 621-3613.  www.tops.org 


Open Computer Lab
Thursday, Feb. 4; 6 pm – 8 pm
Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club

The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club offers a computer lab on most Thursday evenings. Visit www.wakebgc.org for more information.


Wake Forest Woman’s Club Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 4; 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Wake Forest Community Building, Owens St.

Guest speaker will be Ron Early, Deputy Chief of Administration for the Wake Forest Fire Dept. He will do a presentation on fire and emergency medical services that they offer. Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Contact Membership Chairman Quinn, for additional information at (919) 761-1646.


Nearly New Clothing Exchange
Saturday, Feb. 6; Noon thru Sunday, Feb. 14; 5 pm
Falls Village Shopping Center, 6675 Falls of Neuse Rd.

Buy and sell like ne spring/summer clothing (newborn – junior), toys, and baby accessories at reasonable prices. Visit the website at www.nearlynewclothingexchange.com for receiving dates and other information. nearlynewce@yahoo.com

Koinonia Foundation Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, Feb. 6; 6 pm
The Forks Cafeteria, Downtown Wake Forest

The Koinonia Foundation is a non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ by serving those in need. The Foundation provides financial support for other organizations that address human needs that are not otherwise adequately funded. Tickets for this year’s annual fundraiser are on sale now for $30 each and include heavy hors d’oeuvres. Raffle tickets for a Chevrolet automobile are also available for $500 each. In addition, the foundation is seeking donations for both the silent and live auctions. Call (919) 556-5418 to purchase banquet or raffle tickets or make a donation.  www.sharingcommunity.org 

What Will You Recoup on a Remodel Job in Your Wake Forest NC Home?

Wake Forest NC Home RemodelAre you thinking of doing some updates on your home in Wake Forest NC?  Ever wonder what you’ll recoup on a kitchen remodel?  A basement remodel?

The latest Cost vs. Value Report 2009-2010 is now available and there are some surprising numbers on the list. Among the top items that will get you the most return are:

  • Attic Bedroom – 90% cost recouped
  • Back-up Generator – 59.9% recouped
  • Basement Remodel – 84.4% recouped
  • Roof Replacement – 71.8% recouped

Most other improvements made to homes were down in Cost vs. Value compared with last year.  A few to note are:

  • Sunroom Addition 
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Deck Addition
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Home Office Remodel

If you are thinking about performing a few jobs around your house to increase your resale value in Wake Forest NC you might want to take a look at the 2009-2010 Cost vs. Value Report.

Wake Forest NC Kitchen RemodelIf you are interested in placing your home for sale in Wake Forest NC I would be happy to review the report with you and how the improvements you may have made you your home have been impacted.  Remember, a professional Realtor® will prepare a detailed Market Analysis for you which will include updates and upgrades that you have done before listing your home!

Feel free to check out my website at www.wakeforesthousechick.com for some great tools in helping you to prepare your home for sale in Wake Forest NC!

6012 Bramblewood Drive, Raleigh NC – Spotless Traditional in Established Neighborhood!

Superb new listing in established North Raleigh NC neighborhood – Kingsmill Village.

6012 Bramblewood Drive is a traditional home that is located on a culdesac/corner lotMature landscaping abounds in entire yard which will provide glorious blooms year after year.  The rear yard is fenced and has a perfect spot for your herb or flower garden!

Fully equipped kitchen is bright and sunny, offers tremendous counterspace, plenty of cabinets and an ample pantry.  Breakfast area overlooks the rear yard and is conveniently located between the kitchen and family room.

This home offers ALL formal rooms, a family room with fireplace, oversized master suite with gorgeous master bath, screened in porch, side entry 2 car garage and fantastic bonus room!

6012 Bramblewood Drive was built in 1993 and boasts some extraordinary updates and upgrades:

  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Solid Surface Countertops
  • Hardwoods in the formal living room and dining room
  • Dual Zone Surround Sound for both the Family Room and Screened in Porch
  • New HVAC downstairs unit May ’09

Some basic details to note:

  • 2032 square feet
  • .27 acre with fenced rear yard
  • 3 bedrooms / 2.5 baths plus a Bonus Room
  • Screened in Porch
  • Side Entry 2 car garage with cabinets and counterspace for work area
  • Tremendous storage space: TWO walk-in closets in master bedroom, walk-in closet in one of the secondary bedrooms, floored attic space,and overhead platform storage in garage
  • $330,500.00

Of all the homes for sale in Raleigh NC this is one opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Why You Need a Realtor® When Selling Your Home in Wake Forest NC

So many times potential sellers want to try and sell their home themselves (FSBO – For Sale By Owner)  Why is that?  Well, I have found, more often than not, that it is because sellers sometimes aren’t quite sure what a professional Realtor® can do for them.

A professional, equipped and skilled Realtor® will assist you with a wide range of skills and aid you in making invaluable decisions during the real estate transaction.  While the following list is by no means inclusive of all of the significant services a Realtor® will provide it is an outline of how you can most certainly benefit from employing a professional:   

  • Pays for all marketing and advertising costs.  Be sure to ask your Realtor® for their marketing plan.
  • Adds experience and expertise in all aspects of the sales process including, but not limited to marketing, negotiations and more.
  • Brings a network of known, trusted real estate professionals. If your Realtor® doesn’t have the answer, he or she likely knows someone who does.
  • Always has your interests in mind so you always have someone on your side.  Ask your Realtor® what the difference is between Seller’s Agents vs. Buyer’s Agents!
  • Handles and advises on all price and contract negotiations.  A competent Realtor® will have prepared a rock solid CMA that will assist you with arriving at a List Price.  For more information regarding CMAs/Market Analysis you can check out this post.
  • Gives an unbiased, realistic view of your home and your options. Unlike buyers and sellers, an agent has no emotional attachment to property.  It is important to listen to your Realtor® when discussing the highlights and potential short-comings of your home.
  • Being an objective liaison, potential buyers are more likely to tell your Realtor® the truth about your home, even if it is unflattering. This un-biased viewpoint will help you make the necessary changes to get your home sold.
  • Your time is valuable. A Realtor® allows you to spend your time how you want.

Selling your home in Wake Forest NC can be a tricky and sensitive process.  Most times it is best to remove yourself from the front line and allow an experienced and qualified Realtor® handle the process.

If you are currently contemplating selling your home in the Wake Forest NC Real Estate Market I can help!  I would be happy to meet with you and review your options, current market conditions and my marketing plan with you.  I am just a phone call away at 919.649.6128 or you can simply send me an email.

Remember, I live, work and play in Wake Forest NC – I know this market better than anyone!

Great Things To Do In Wake Forest NC This Week! January 25 – 31, 2009

Things To Do In Wake Forest NCWake Forest NC had some great things to do last week and I hope you got the chance to get out and enjoy a few of them!  This week will be just as busy here in Wake Forest NC with some really exciting things to do!

There is some rain in the forecast this week but there are plenty of Things To Do In Wake Forest NC that will keep you spirits sunny…….check out Life in Wake Forest NC!

From the Town of Wake Forest NC website:

Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) Club Meeting – Special Meeting: Putting Your Dreams and Visions into Action
Monday, Jan. 25; 9:30 am weigh in and 10:10 am meeting
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 830 Durham Rd., Wake Forest

TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all! In this special meeting, we will create memory boards and show you how to put your visions and dreams into action. Your first session is free and annual membership is only $26. Contact Laura Wickwar for more information at (919) 621-3613.  www.tops.org 


Margaritas and Mambo – Salsa Dance Lessons
Monday, Jan. 25; 7 pm – 11 pm
Tuxedo Junction, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest

Join us for margarita specials and $10 salsa dance lessons! (919) 556-2038  www.tuxedojunctioninc.com


Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) Club Meeting – Evening
Tuesday, Jan. 26; 6:45 pm 
Wake Forest Baptist Church Room 213, 103 N. Main St., Wake Forest

TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all! Your first session is free and annual membership is only $26. Contact Laura Wickwar for more information at (919) 621-3613.  www.tops.org 


Ear Infection Workshop: Ear Infections and Antibiotics – The Truth Every Parent Should Know
Tuesday, Jan. 26; 7 pm
Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce

Join this free interactive community special workshop on ear infections, facts, and other choices sponsored by the National Wellness Foundation. Call (919) 453-0367 to reserve your seat.

Book Reading: Connections…100 Years of Wake Forest History

Tuesday, Jan. 26; 7 pm
Northern Regional Center,
350 E. Holding Ave

The Friends of the Wake Forest Library present Carol W. Pelosi, local author and journalist, to discuss her recently published history of Wake Forest. Carol’s book, Connections…100 Years of Wake Forest History, tells the story of the Town of Wake Forest as it grew from 1,443 people in 1910 to over 26,000 in 2008. This program is part of the 2009-2010 Friends of the Library Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. Email friendswflibrary@yahoo.com or contact Terri during business hours at Alphabet Soup Educational Supplies (919-554-3035) for information.


Town of Wake Forest Blood Drive
Thursday, Jan. 28; 9 am – Noon
Parking lot across from Town Hall (401 Elm St.)

Rex Blood Services and the Town of Wake Forest have joined forces once again to collect much needed blood the blood bank. Now, you can register online at www.mysignup.com/wakeforest. Contact Laura Shook-Marino at (919) 784-4776 or email laura.shook-marino@rexhealth.com for more information or to register via phone.


Open Computer Lab
Thursday, Jan. 28; 6 pm – 8 pm
Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club

The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club offers a computer lab on most Thursday evenings. Visit www.wakebgc.org for more information.

Green Medal Awards Nominations Deadline
Friday, Jan. 29; 5 pm
Wake Forest Town Hall, 401 Elm Ave.

The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is seeking nominations for the 2010 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The Green Medal Awards recognize individuals, groups, and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service, while demonstrating as unwavering commitment to the enhancement of Wake Forest’s urban forest. To view award categories or download a nomination form, click here. Contact Ann Ayers at (919) 554-6607 or aayers@wakeforestnc.gov for more information.

Wake Forest Cemetery Clean Up
Friday, Jan. 29
Wake Forest Cemetery, N. White Street

The Town of Wake Forest will conduct a cleanup at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 29. The cleanup will include the removal of all unsightly and/or deteriorated flower arrangements. Residents should remove any arrangements they wish to keep no later than Thursday, Jan. 28 and may reset them beginning Saturday, Jan. 30. All removed arrangements will be placed in storage for one week and will then be discarded. For more information, call (919) 554-6123.

Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club Fine Arts Exhibit
Friday, Jan. 29; 6 – 8 pm
Cameron Village, 430 Woodburn Rd., Raleigh

Visit the Boys & Girls Club organizational Fine Arts Exhibit!  www.wakebgc.org

Winter Blues Coffee House
Friday, Jan. 29; 7 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Church

This event will feature acclaimed jazz pianist, Bradley Sowash, and a jazz instrumental combo. Jazz instrumentalist are invited to join Bradley in an open jam session during the Coffee House. This free event is open to the public and will be held in the fellowship hall with free coffee provided by the Wake Forest Coffee Company. Contact David Fitzgerald at the Wake Forest Baptist Church at (919) 556-5141 for more information.

Leon Jordan and the Continentals On-Stage
Saturday, Jan. 30; 7 pm – 11 pm
Tuxedo Junction, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest

(919) 556-2038  www.tuxedojunctioninc.com

Read the Bible in 90 Days
Sunday, Jan 31 thru Sunday, May 2
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605 Capital Blvd.

The Bible in 90 Days is a Bible Reading curriculum that helps people read attentively the entire Bible in 90 days (only 12 pages per day). This is not a speed-read through the Bible class, rather more akin to reading the Bible like a novel. Each participant reads on their own, then gathers once a week with other participants. The weekly meetings include a small group discussion, activities, and a video lesson. Many class sessions are available. Registration is free. Visit www.wakeforestpres.org for more information or to register. (919) 556-7777

Bradley Sowash Inspirational Concert
Sunday, Jan. 31; 3 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Church

The Virginia Tull Music and Arts Series of Wake Forest Baptist Church will feature Bradley Sowash in an Inspirational Concert on Sunday, Jan. 31. The concert will feature sacred jazz music by this acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, author, and educator who has delighted listeners for two decades. Tickets for this event are $10 per adult and $5 for children 10 years old and under. Tickets are available at the church office.  (919) 556-5141

Historic Homes for Sale in Wake Forest NC

Wake Forest NC has beautiful historic districts with some outstanding homes!   The homes transport you to a different time and place.  Wake Forest NC once was the home of the Wake Forest College which has since moved to Winston-Salem NC and is now the Wake Forest University.  However, Wake Forest NC remained a contender in the education arena with the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary!

There are some truly outstanding historic homes available for sale that some once housed the professors of the Wake Forest College and others were housing for workers of the Glenn Royal Mill.  Here is a list of historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC:

  • Elizabeth Avenue – $95,000 – 1344 sq ft, Investment Opportunity, 3 bedrooms / 1 bath
  • Brick Street – $119,900 – 1072 sq ft, Renovated!, 2 bedrooms / 1 bath
  • S. Main Street – $345,000 – 2455 sq ft MAIN house, Updated, 4 bedrooms / 2 baths AND 1350 sq ft 2nd house, 3 bedrooms / 1.5 baths – AMAZING price for TWO homes!
  • N. Main Street – $375,000 – 3963 sq ft, wrap-around porch, 5 bedrooms / 3 baths
  • Woodland Drive – $379,900 – 3168 sq ft, 2 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms / 3.5 baths
  • N. Main Street – $750,000 – 5325 sq ft, the Poteat-Berry house, 4 bedrooms / 3.5 baths

If you would like more information or picture for any of these historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC just give me a call at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email!

If you own a historic home in Wake Forest NC and are thinking of selling I would be happy to speak with you regarding the current Wake Forest NC Real Estate marketHistoric Homes are special and distinct; they deserve a whole other method of marketing – I can help!