4 Signs That It’s Time to Renovate Your Kitchen

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Renovating your kitchen can be one of the biggest and most disruptive projects to tackle in your home. Not only can it be a large financial investment but the construction can leave you with unusable appliances for weeks and uncontrollable chaos. But given that your kitchen is the heart of your home, the renovation can be a game changer for …

A Brief History of the Watts-Hillandale Neighborhood

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Image Credit to OpenDurham.org The origin of the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood is one that can be traced as far back as the early 1900’s.  In the post-Civil War era, the city of Durham was expanding thanks to a large endowment from industrialist, George W. Watts. His donation of 27 acres of wooded land was used to build the Watts Hospital at …

The History Behind the Development and Community of Modern Day Wakefield

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Wakefield’s rich history is filled with colonization, war, and tales of generations of families making the small southern town their home. But it might be best known for its vast real estate and the people who owned it.  Most iconic and well known, the Wakefield Farm House was owned by David Gill III. His grandfather David Gill, purchased the property …

3 Things to Know to Downsize Your Home the Right Way

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It’s a common misconception that downsizing your home means you’re taking a step back. But upon closer look, you’ll realize a few upsides: saving money and having less clutter in your life.  So, if you’re considering downsizing your home or are already in the process, we’ve got three things you need to know. 1. Assess your actual needs. Thinking long-term …

A Brief History of Wakefield, North Carolina

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Photo courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina Like most land in North Carolina, its first settlers were Native Americans. With much of the terrain in the foothills of the Tarheel State being prime farming land with minimal hills and ample natural resources, tribes quickly claimed their territory- the Tuscarora Indians claimed Wakefield as theirs. They inhabited the land …

Home Buying Checklist: 5 Things You May Have Forgotten to Add to Your List

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There’s so much to look forward to when buying a home. The excitement of touring new houses, planning on how you will decorate your new space, and the feeling of knowing new memories will be made there, is all part of the fun journey. But once that initial rush wears off, you may find yourself wondering what you need to …

Home Selling Terminology: The Basics You Need to Know

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Selling your home isn’t just about staging your kitchen well, placing a For Sale sign in the front yard and waiting for the offers to pour in. It’s a tedious and often times consuming process that can leave even the veteran home sellers a little confused or unsure. So, whether you’ve been through the selling process before, or are taking …

Understanding Home Buying Terminology

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Let’s face it, buying a home can be daunting. From negotiations to budgeting to logistics, the last thing you want is the burden of trying to understand the terminology of it all. So, if you’re a little confused about how you get pre-approved, what earnest money really is, or how to navigate due diligence, we’re breaking it down into the …