ALL Homes For Sale in Wake Forest NC Have Home Warranties in August 2010! – Ask Me!

ALL Homes For Sale in Wake Forest NC Have Home Warranties in August 2010! – Ask Me!

I have been fortunate to call Wake Forest my home for many years!  I blog about it non-stop, I get American Home Shieldout and meet the business owners and residents.  It is wonderful to walk downtown and wave to all the people that I know.  It can be like that for you, too!

This wonderful community has a wide variety of homes to choose from in all price ranges and of all styles.  Each neighborhood has it’s own unique vibe and there is definitely a place for EVERYONE in Wake Forest NC

In the meantime, I wanted to share my “special” for the month of August, 2010.  For all of my buyers I will provide a FREE American Home Shield Warranty for the month of August.  What does that mean?  It means that EVERY buyer that enters into a contract during the month of August will receive a FREE Home Warranty.  Doesn’t matter if it is a home that I have listed or not! 

To make the deal even sweeter I will also provide a free American Home Shield Warranty to my SELLERS that sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement with me during the month of August 2010!  Just think – while your home is on the market it will be covered!  If you are thinking of listing your home then August is the month to do it!  This is a fantastic way to market your home to buyers and it relieves a little stress from you while you are on the market.

What does an American Home Shield warranty cover?

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Ductwork
  • Plumbing
  • Whirlpool Motor & Pump
  • Plumbing Stoppages
  • Water Heaters
  • Electrical
  • Exhaust/Vent/Attic Fans
  • Built-In Microwaves
  • Dishwashers
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Ranges/Ovens/Cooktops
  • Trash Compactors
  • 13 SEER, Sediment, Rust and Corrosion and Insufficienty Maintainted Equipment

And that’s just THE BASICS!  Plans can be customized further!

Why am I doing this?  To make it all the more easier to buy and sell in Wake Forest, NC.  Come Discover Wake Forest NC– I think you are going to love it here!

Check out some of the wonderful homes on the market at my website, Wake Forest NC House Chick – I am sure the one you have have been waiting for is there!



I Am A Local Real Estate Expert – Zillow Is Not

I Am A Local Real Estate Expert – Zillow is Not

Wake Forest NC Real Estate AgentWhether you are thinking of buying a home or possibly selling your home you more than likely have stumbled upon Zillow and thought you hit the mother-load of real estate information!  It’s a fancy site with Zestimates, has homes marked on a map that are either currently listed or have recently sold, and you can spy on your best friends home on the other side of town to see what it’s worth and that’s cool, right?  Wrong!  Well, if spying on your neighbor is cool to you then that’s your business BUT if you are thinking of buying or selling a home then you want to steer clear of Zillow.

You see, I cringe when I speak with a buyer or seller and they come at me with all their research from Zillow.  They already have a predetermined listprice based on what they learned from Zillow or they think they already know if a home is over or under priced with information they received from Zillow.  Well, let me set the record straight – more often then not, Zillow is inaccurate.

Zillow is a computer generated program that acquires information from various sources and then runs it through a program to give you information based on a mathematical equation.  Trust me, there is no human sitting at a desk inputting data about all of the homes throughout the country.  What Zillow can not replicate and therefore will never be able to accurately price real estate is the human touch and the ability to physically see into other properties.

Zillow does not take into account upgrades and/or updates to a home or lack thereof.  It doesn’t know:

  • While your home may have Formica countertops your neighbors have all upgraded to solid surface counter tops.
  • You have replaced your carpet, vinyl in the kitchen and bathrooms and updated the appliances while your neighbors have carpets that are worn thin, 15 year old outdated vinyl and brass fixtures from the 80s

All Zillow knows is what is found on other public sites – statistics.  There is no room for the human touch.

So, please, if you are thinking of buying or selling a home don’t consider Zillow as your source for pricing.  It’s a fun site – lot’s of bells and whistles – cool tools and great graphics but that’s about it.  If you are serious about buying or selling real estate then you want to rely on a real estate professional that can add the human element and knows your neighborhood and the local real estate market. 

Camping in Wake Forest NC – A Quick Yet Peaceful Getaway Close to Home!

Camping in Wake Forest NC – A Quick Yet Peaceful Getaway Close to Home!

There are some spectacular spots for camping in the Carolinas from the mountains to the beaches and the many lakes that dot this breathtaking state! With Falls Lake being right here in Wake Forest NC there are quite a few GORGEOUS camping locations! 

Both sites in this post are located on the perimeter of Falls Lake.  


Shinleaf is a back to basics type of destination.  Of all of the site located around Falls Lake, Shinleaf has the least amenities.  There is a two-mile portion of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail that pretty much follows the shore line at Shinleaf.  There are 89 campsites thoughtfully sited in the woods well away from the parking lot (typically a quarter-mile) and each is equipped with a tent pad, picnic table and a grill. Mulch toilets and drinking water are located within easy reach.  Check out this link for details on where specific sites are located. 

 Holly Point:

This is the newest of the campgrounds!  There are approximately 156 campsites with water and electric hookups or no hookups at all – you decide!  Holly Point also has hot showers, RV camping, community building, picnic areas and picnic shelters.  Check out this link for details on where specific sites are located.

Campsites for any of the campgrounds are on a first come first served basis. If you are planning on staying for more than a week you can reserve a campsite and, believe me, there are some sites that have breathtaking views in the morning of the sunrise!

Pets are welcome in all of the campgrounds provided they are on a 6′ leash or shorter at all times.

The North Carolina State Parks website is extremely useful and can help you decide which park may be right for you! 

Things to Do in Wake Forest NC! August 2 – 8, 2010

Things To Do In Wake Forest NC!  August 2 – 8, 2010

There is a great assortment of events in Wake Forest NC this week!  Everything from free seminars onThings to Do in Wake Forest NC how to save money on your water bill to free canning demonstrations at the Wake Forest NC Farmers Market.

This week also has highlighted National Night Out which is a nationwide event that is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for participation in local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Also this week is the Purple Heart Recipient Dinner to honor military veterans that received the Purple Heart.

Be sure to get out and enjoy all that Wake Forest NC has to offer this week!

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) August Club Meetings

Monday, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 9:30 am weigh in and 10:10 am meeting
Wakefield Baptist Church, 13029 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support program that welcomes all! Your first session is free and annual membership is only $26.Contact Karen Banks for more information at (919) 569-7595

National Night Out
Tuesday, Aug 3; 5 pm – 9 pm
Super Target, 12000 Retail Dr.
Annual event featuring the Wake Forest Police Department, Fire Department and EMS. Food and special prizes, inflatable playground, martial arts demonstration, emergency vehicle displays, K-9 demonstration and DARE presentation. Army National Guard helicopter will fly in and make what is sure to be a memorable landing. For more information, contact Officer S. Graham at

Water Conservation and Efficiency Workshop
Wednesday, Aug 4; 6 pm
Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Ground Floor Meeting Room
Want to save money on your water bill? Have questions about the new tiered water rate system? The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department is offering a workshop to show you ways to reduce water use and save money. Water rates will increase in July and tiered rates will be introduced in the fall. Both of which can mean an even higher bill. Learn how to adjust personal water use, how to use water saving devices, how to detect leaks on your property, and how the tiered system works. For information, contact Diane Upshaw, Public Utilities Department at or (919) 857-4549

Wake Forest Farmers Market: Canning Demonstration
Saturday, August 7; 8 am – noon
Downtown parking lot, 110 S. White St.
Canning demonstration by Robin Roper. Music provided by Dry Bread. The market offers fresh and locally grown produce, pasture raised beef, lamb, poultry and pork, free range eggs (both chicken and duck). Honey, baked goods, jams and preserves, fresh and dried herbs, handmade soaps, fresh cut flowers, art and crafts.

Purple Heart Dinner

Saturday, Aug 7; 6 pm – 8 pm
Tuxedo Junction, 405 S. Brooks St.
Tickets are on sale and sponsorships available for the second annual Purple Heart Dinner on  Saturday, August 7 (Purple Heart Day). The dinner is open to the public as it honors military vets who received the Purple Heart. The decoration goes to those wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. military. World War II vets and widows of Purple Heart recipients are also invited to attend free of charge. This year’s featured speaker is retired Marine Col. Wes Fox, who earned the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for valor during the Vietnam War. Tickets are on sale for $15 at The Wake Weekly, 229 E. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. For more details, contact Mike Johnson at 528-9888, Mike Copeland at 556-1065 or Lisa Newhouse at

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Sunday, Aug 8; 8 am – 1 pm
American Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding Ave.
American Legion Post 187 will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast on the second Sunday of each month at the Legion Hall, across from the Wake Forest Post Office. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and choice of hot beverage for only $5 per person/$20 max per family. Proceeds support community and veterans projects. For information call (919) 494-2707

Weekends in Wake Forest – July 30 – August 1, 2010

Weekends in Wake Forest NC – July 30 – August 1, 2010

There’s a fantastic weekend of events in Wake Forest NC and you won’t want to miss ANY of them!  weekends in wake forest ncCheck out the fun coming up this weekend and schedule them in YOUR calendar!  Don’t miss the crazy firemen in their full-length gowns as it should be an absolute riot!  The Wake Forest Farmer’s Market is having a “Meet Your Farmer” day on Saturday and then the weekend winds down with an awesome FREE Concert in the Park at E. Carroll Joyner Park.  Get out and enjoy it all!

1st Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant
Friday, July 30; 6 pm
Crossroads Entertainment, 413 S. Brooks St.
The firemen of Wake Forest and Youngsville have gallantly agreed to wear full-length gowns in a fundraising beauty pageant for local teachers. All proceeds will go to “The Teacher Supply Closet,” a project sponsored by the civic clubs of Wake Forest. Come join the fun—raffle drawngs, silent auction, food and lots of surprises! Contact Michele Zelvis or (919) 554-8883

Wake Forest Farmers Market: Meet Your Farmer Day
Saturday, July 31; 8 am – noon
Downtown Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
Come meet and talk with your farmers, find out how and where your food is grown. The market offers fresh produce, pasture raised meats, free range eggs, fresh and dried herbs, goat cheese, honey, jams and preserves. Blueberries, blackberries, blackberry plants and peaches. Artisan breads, cookies, regular and gluten free.  Pies, cakes and granola. Hand-made soaps & lotions. Beautiful art and crafts. For more information call 556-2284 or visit

Concert in the Park
Sunday, Aug 1; 5 pm – 7 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd.
“Chuck & The Waggin’ Ears” will perform a blend of bluegrass, Irish, fok, and good humor. This popular event is offered by PineCone. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free two-hour concert. Co-sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County. (919) 435-9560

Purple Heart Recipient Dinner in Wake Forest NC

Wake Forest NC is honoring it’s Purple Heart Recipients veterans with a Recognition Dinner at Wake Forest NC Purple Heart Dinner6:00p.m. on August 7, 2010.  The public is invited to dinner to honor military vets who received the Purple Heart.  This years dinner will be held at Tuxedo Junction.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at The Wake Weekly (229 E. Owen Ave, Wake Forest)

For more information please contact Mike Johnson at 919-528-9888, Mike Copeland at 919-556-1065 or Lisa Newhouse.

The Purple Heart is awarded for:

“Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces.”

Date:  Saturday, August 7, 2010

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Where:  Tuxedo Junction


Lynnewood Hall – From Regal to Ruins

Lynnewood Hall

Then and Now

The following excerpt is from a FOX news article.  To read the story in its entirity please follow the link at the end.  There is also a Facebook Fan Page – Save Lynnewood Hall for those of you interested in following the story.

“Lynnewood Hall, a century-old stunner of a building just outside Philadelphia, silently, almost invisibly, languishes 200 feet beyond a two-lane blacktop road like a crumbling little Versailles.

The graceful fountain that welcomed hundreds of well-heeled visitors, President Franklin Roosevelt among them, was dismantled and sold years ago. Its once meticulously sculpted French gardens are overgrown with weeds and vines. The classical Indiana limestone facade may have lost its luster but its poise still remains — at least from the other side of rusted wrought iron gates that keep the curious at bay.

Like other Gilded Age palaces of the nation’s pre-Depression industrial titans, Lynnewood Hall is a relic of a bygone era facing an uncertain future. Will it befall the same fate as neighboring Whitemarsh Hall, the demolished mansion of banking magnate Edward Stotesbury? Or will it be returned to former glory, like industrialist Alfred I. duPont’s former Nemours Mansion in Delaware?

“It’s a tragedy that people drive past Lynnewood Hall and don’t know what it is, or don’t even notice it’s there,” said Stephen J. Barron, who runs a website and Facebook group aiming to drum up interest in the mansion’s plight. “It breaks my heart and it bothers me. The house is a work of art.”

Long before its current humble predicament, Lynnewood Hall was home to the uber-wealthy Widener family and called “the last of the American Versailles.”

Please following this link to FOX news for the complete article.