Wake Forest NC 4th of July Celebrations

Wake Forest NC 4th of July Celebrations

Wake Forest NC goes ALL out for 4th of July and this year is NO exception!  Not only do we have an incredible Fireworks display but it’s a party for days!  The 4th of July Celebration starts on Saturday July 3rd and rolls right through Monday July 5th.  Here is the latest of what’s on the schedule:

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fireworks Spectacular
Heritage High School (1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest NC)
Gates open at 5:30pm and admission is $5 per person (Children under the age of 6 are FREE)

The Band of Oz will be performing again this year and they are amazing!  The Band of Oz is a 1997 Beach Music Hall of Fame inductee and have performed at many of the Wake Forest NC July 4th Celebrations.  The Band of Oz ALWAYS gets the crowd dancing!

Also making an appearance for the Fireworks Spectacular is the Don Carrington Parachute Team.  It is so exciting to see them skydive into the event and besides I have a little personal knowledge of the team and what they do!  🙂

After the sun goes down you can EXPECT one of the most amazing fireworks displays for miles and miles around!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Children’s Parade
North Main Street and Juniper Avenue in Historic Downtown Wake Forest
Lineup begins at 10:00am and parade starts at 10:30am (FREE)

All area children are invited to get on their bicycles or jump in their wagon to be pulled along the parade route.  If you are joining the parade on your bicycle you are required to wear your helmet – don’t forget!  The Parade will end at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Avenue.

Art In The Park & Games In The Park
Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Avenue
11:00am (FREE)

Oh my goodness – WHAT FUN!  There will be several games set up such as tug of war, a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack races, Wake Forest Police Department K9 demonstration, firetrucks will be on hand for exploration and tons and tons of cool arts and crafts! 

Have fun this 4th of July in Wake Forest NC – there is so much to do so get out and explore!

It’s Summertime!! General Maintenance Tips for Your Pool!

It’s Summertime!  General Maintenance Tips for Your Pool!

Having a pool in your own backyard is a total dream for some homeowners.  However, in order to keepSwimming Pool your pool in TOP shape there are a few basic maintenance steps to take.  You can just fill it and forget it.

It’s best to have a day scheduled each week to “shock” your pool, if needed.  A “shock” treatment will help to keep your pH and chlorine in balance.  You should also “shock” your pool after any major storm, when you have more than the usual number of swimmers, and during extremely high heat.  Some other CLEAR indicators that your pool may need a “shock” treatment are murky water, slimy water or any algae growth.

Keeping Your Pool Clean

Daily Checklist:
1. Skim debris out of the pool.
2. Clean all skimmer baskets during swimming season.

Weekly Checklist:

1. Test the water.  “Shock” if needed.
2. Clean the walls and floor. Use cleaners, brushes and vacuums recommended by the pool manufacturer. Start at the shallow end and continue to the deep end.  Always keep the vacuum head under water while in use. To speed up the process, dedicate 10 minutes a day to brushing down the walls.
3. Hose down the pool area after cleaning and before using.  Direct the spray away from the pool to prevent dirt from washing into the water.


Cleaning After a Storm:

1. Hose down the deck, spray away from the pool.
2. Remove all debris from the water surface with the skimmer.
3. Turn on the pump.
4. Brush the walls and floor. Push the dirt toward the drain.
5. Vacuum the pool completely.
6. Wait 20 minutes and vacuum the pool again to get all remaining dirt.
7. Test pH and adjust if necessary. 

Enjoy your summer in Wake Forest NC!  Take care of your pool, wear your sunscreen and give me a call if you have a pool party! 

Wake Forest NC Neighborhood Expedition – Focus on Fairlake

Wake Forest NC Neighborhood Expedition – Focus on Fairlake

Wake Forest NC has so many different areas and each has its own flair!  Whether it be an older, single-family homes with large sprawling lawns, patio homes with community amenities, townhomes located within mega subdivisions, Wake Forest NC offers a lifestyle that will fit any profile!

I thought it would be a great idea to start highlighting a few of the areas in Wake Forest NC to give you a better idea of what is offered!  There is no rhyme or reason as to why I chose Fairlake to start the tour – possibly because I have had the pleasure of selling a few homes in Fairlake and find that it is an attractive community to many home-buyers whether they are first time buyers or seasoned!  If you are interested in Homes for Sale in Wake Forest NC then this series will be for you!  It will help you better understand all that Wake Forest NC has available.

Fairlake Wake Forest NC

Fairlake is a community that was established right around 1998.  The main focal point of Fairlake is a beautiful community located just north of Wake Forest NC off of Purnell Road.  Fairlake in Wake Forest NC consists of approximately 120 single-family homes that are all situated on lots of between .5 acres to just shy of 1 acre.  The focal point of Fairlake in Wake Forest NC is the peaceful and serene community lake that is shared my both Fairlake and Country Club Downs.  Public access to the lake is by foot only and there are a select few homes that border the lake for tremendous views! 

Fairlake Wake Forest NC

Currently, there are 4 homes that are for sale in Fairlake.  They range in price from $299,900.00 – $410,000.00 with a year built ranging from 1998 to 2004.  Two of the homes available are lake lots!

Fairlake Wake Forest NC

Capital Boulevard is nearby for easy access to Raleigh and there is shopping such as Lowe’s Foods, Kohl’s, Target and Food Lion as well as restaurants nearby.  If you are interested in the homes for sale in Fairlake in Wake Forest NC just give me a call at 919-649-6128 or simply send me an emailI’d be happy to help!


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Dear Seller – I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can’t Say That

Dear Seller – I Know Your Home is Family Friendly But I Just Can’t Say That

While your home may be prefect for a large family, in a quiet, family neighborhood and right Federal Fair Housing Actacross the street from the Catholic church I just can’t say that.  Your home may be right in the middle of the financial district, near public transportation and have a free membership to the gym making it ideal for a working professional but I just can’t say that. 

You see, there is the Federal Fair Housing Act that I must adhere to that strictly prohibits discriminatory preference against:

  • Race or Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Handicap/Disability

To advertise your home in a family friendly neighborhood would be discriminatory.  Why?  It would discourage those without children from looking at your home based on familial status.  While your home may be right across the street from the largest Catholic church in town it would be discriminatory based on Religion.

As a Realtor® it is my job to highlight your home and advertise it in the best possible light.  If you hire me to be your Realtor® then you must be comfortable with me and trust that I know how to advertise your home without violating the Federal Fair Housing Act.   If you DON’T hire me, or any Realtor® for that matter, to assist you in selling your home you must know that you are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act as well.  Yes, even as a private seller! 

The next time you see the ad that I run for your home please don’t be upset with me for not mentioning that your home is family friendly or right next door to the Synagogue.  Besides, your home has many more beneficial attributes for me to concentrate on!

So Many Things To Do in Wake Forest NC This Week! Check Out the Calendar!

Wow – super special week ahead in Wake Forest NC!  This weekend will be the unparalleled Wake Things to Do in Wake Forest NCForest NC July 4th Fireworks Celebration!  Keep in mind that this year’s celebration has been moved to the Heritage High School!  Once again this year the incredible Band of Oz will be performing, there will be food concessions open, and the entire event has something for EVERYONE!  There’s one more important event this week – it’s the Wake Forest NC House Chick’s BIRTHDAY WEEK!  WOO HOO!  Every year I celebrate my birthday all week long since it coincides so closely with July 4th!  Why not??? 

This week will be absolutely amazing with all of the celebrating in Wake Forest NC and don’t miss some of the other events as well like the 1st Annual 5K Freedom Walk and the Wake County Animal Center Ribbon Cutting!  It’s going to be scorching hot this week and upcoming weekend so if you get the chance take advantage of Holding Park pool and drink LOT’S OF WATER!

Have fun at the celebrations and I am sure I will see you around a few of them – I’ll be the one with the birthday hat!

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Morning Meeting
Monday, June 28; 9:30 am weigh in, 10:10 – 11:00 am meeting
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 830 Durham Rd.
We are a non-profit weight loss support group. All welcome, first meeting free. Annual membership $26. For more information, visit http://www.tops.org or call Karen Banks at (919) 569-7595

Public Workshop: Triangle Regional Transit
Monday, June 28; 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Raleigh Convention & Conference Center, Rm 304
500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh
Please join us at this public meeting so your voice can be heard. As the Triangle area continues to grow and mobility demands increase, local transportation systems must be improved. The Triangle Transit Program is an effort to explore regional transit rail opportunities and expanded busway networks. We will have maps, handouts, and planners who want to hear what you think about regional transportation and transit. http://www.ourtransitfuture.com

Wake Forest NC House ChickTake Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Evening Meeting
Tuesday, June 29; 6:30 pm weigh in, 6:45 pm meeting
Wake Forest Baptist Church, Room 213, 103 N. Main St.
We are a non-profit weight loss support group. All welcome, first meeting free. Annual membership $26. For more information, visit http://www.tops.org or call Anne Marie at (919) 649-4818

Democratic Candidates Meet and Greet
Tuesday June 29; 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Massey Apartments Community Center, 100 N. Allen Rd. Northern Wake County and Wake Forest residents are encouraged to come out and meet your Candidates for NC State Senate, NC House District 40, County Commissioner, and Wake County Sheriff. Sponsored by WCDP House District 40 Committee. Any questions contact Watt Jones, Precinct Chair 19-03 at  ratherbnnc@aol.com.

Wake County Animal Center Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, June 30; 10 a.m.
Wake County Animal Center
Wake County will have a ribbon cutting for the expanded Wake County Animal Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. On July 1, all lost or stray pets that are picked up by Animal Control officers in any part of Wake County will be brought to the Wake County Animal Center where we anticipate receiving over 17,000 animals per year. The County has also launched trianglelostpets.com, a new Web site to assist people who have lost or found pets. http://www.trianglelostpets.com/

1st Annual 5K Freedom Run/Walk
Saturday, July 3; 8:00 am
American Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding Ave.
Show your support for our veterans and active duty military by participating in this 5K competitive and recreational walk/run. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors Program, the Raleigh Veterans Center and the Army Fisher Houses. To enter the race, go to http://www.runnc.com and find entry details under Race Schedule. To become a sponsor or a volunteer, contact Anne at 5kfreedomrun@gmail.com or (919) 801-4301. The 5K Freedom Run/Walk is hosted by the Wake Forest American Legion Auxiliary.

Wake Forest Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
Saturday, July 3; Gates open at 5:30 pm
Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Rd.
The Band of Oz will once again headline the evening’s festivities, which will also include skydivers from Don Carrington’s Skydiving Team and an unforgettable fireworks display. Tickets $5 each, children 6 and under are admitted free. Organized by the Wake Forest Fourth of July Planning Committee and funded in part by the generous contributions of area businesses and the Town of Wake Forest. For more information, visit http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/july4.aspx or contact Rhonda Alderman at (919) 556-4436

Short Sales are NOT Guaranteed


Via Michelle Gibson Wellington Florida Real Estate (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc.):

Short Sales are NOT Guaranteed

A few weeks ago my buyer clients where under contract on a short sale that fell through after four months of waiting and not because the short sale didn’t get approved, but because the seller would not agree to the banks short sale approval terms.  The seller decided to let the bank foreclose on the property.

wellington florida short salesUnfortunately so many buyer’s are under the impression that short sales are guaranteed and the only downside is the long wait, but that is not true.

It is extremely important for buyer’s to understand that short sales are NOT guaranteed.  

My buyer clients were willing to wait however long it took for a response, but they were also aware of the possible outcomes, good or bad.

Sometimes short sales can lead to a dead end and it’s very important for buyer’s to understand the risk involved when pursuing a short sale.

Just remember short sales are NOT guaranteed!

Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc.
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2316 Woodbury Drive, Chapel Hill NC – Private Wooded Lot, 2100+ Square Feet

We just got another fabulous listing in Chapel Hill, NC!  This gorgeous home is set on a wooded lot with great views from2316 Woodbury Drive Chapel Hill every room of the nature outside!  This home has an open floorplan flows nicely throughout.

Fantastic kitchen has large center island which in addition to the great counterspace provides plenty of “work” area!  Sliding glass doors in the kitchen open out to an oversized deck that is perfect for cookouts and get togethers.  The family room has gleaming hardwood floors, a fireplace and superb views!  The formal dining room is spacious and also has unblemished hardwood floors.  The extra room downstairs provide many opportunities!  It could be used as a formal living room, home office or playspace – YOU decide! 

The Master Suite is simply wonderful with plenty of closet space and a luxurious master bathBonus room on 2nd floor could be used as additional bedroom, home office or gaming room – so many options!

Outdoors is a beautifully wooded lot, oversized deck and detached structure that could be either a workshop or playhouse.

2316 Woodbury Drive has one of the most flexible floor plans your find – this home could easily suit any living profile and is in impeccable condition!