Archive | October 2012

Free family fun in Raleigh :)

Raleigh/Durham, I don’t know if you’ve realized this, but October is almost over! It feels like it just started :/ We are that much closer to the end of the world (if you believe in that whole Mayan calendar thing), and I haven’t even taken my brood  to enjoy any fun fall activities (aside from the fair). Hay rides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, all of it just sitting there, waiting for me to visit. With the month almost gone I decided to do a little research to see exactly what kind of  family fun I could find in Raleigh. I found a few neat things, but then I decided I wanted to find all the free things and share them with you. I mean who doesn’t like free. My daughter has known that was one of my favorite words in the dictionary since she was 4. I don’t care who you are, where you are, or how much you have; Everyone likes the word “Free” :) So Raleigh here’s my Free family fun list. If you know of anything else please add it below in the comments.

FREE FAMILY FUN IN RALEIGH

Zoe halloween costume

Scary skeleton girl 2010

  • Howling Halloween Fun– Oct 30th. At East Regional Library in Knightdale. – Dress in your favortite costume for trick or treating, stories and crafts. starts at 6:30pm. Check out the library website
  • Youth Fall Fest– Oct 27th. Kids with inflammatory bowel disease can enjoy activities while their parents talk to medical staff and other parents. Hosted by Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Registration is required. From 9-11:30am at UNC hospital, NC Cancer Hospital conference rooms 1 and 4. See their website for more info.
  • Halloween at Western Wake Farmers Market- Oct 27th. Kids can wear a costume and enjoy a Halloween treasure hunt. 8am-noon. Morrisville Halloween
  • Creepy Crabtree- Oct 26th. Learn about bats, snakes, and spiders. Make crafts and listen to ghost stories. Tour the park after dark. 4-8pm. See more

*** Honorable Mention***Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, is hosting a Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, a chance to play and be creative, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. You’re invited to attend dressed in costume to join in on the night’s spooky activities, which include wrapping mom or dad like a mummy, a Monster Mash dance party, and mad scientist glow-in-the-dark lab experiments. Pre-purchase tickets for the event at the museum’s welcome desk or online for $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Tickets may also be bought on-site the day of the event for $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org. It’s not free but it is cheap, and fun for the family.

So I meant for the list to go in chronological order. But I started writing before I started thinking I guess lol. So consider it as a brain exercise. Start at the bottom for events that are coming up soon. The higher the event on the list, the more time you have to plan. I think I will try my hardest to get over to the Fall Fest at the NC Art Museum. I mean. Food Trucks. One location. What more can you ask for?!

Amazing Artistry

Ok, So apparently I must be getting old. It’s 10:18pm and I feel like its 2 in the morning. There was a time when I could stay up all night, do a speech in the morning, then come home and continue on with my day; still without sleeping. Those days are long gone… and thank God!! I mean my kids hate nap time and going to bed, but in all honesty, bed time is truly one of my favorite times of the day! Who doesn’t like getting into a nice, soft, comfortable king size bed, with no children in it the kids in it lol. I won’t lie, even though I like them in their own room, I enjoy the snuggles of my babies at night. So you might be wondering to yourself… Real Estate Wonder Woman… What does this have to do with selling my home?! The answer is…. Nothing. lol. Tonight I just wanted to share a picture with you. To make a long boring story into a short boringstory :) My beautiful mother decided to purchase a shirt for me. This isn’t just any shirt, but actually a work of art (no literally). The man behind this masterpiece actually paints your photo onto your shirt. He is not only a great artist but from our phone conversation, a really down to earth person as well. In honor of him I have dedicated tonight’s post to Amazing Artistry. I would like to find more artists that do unique work. If that is you let me know and I would love to feature you (and wear around your work :) So here is me…wearing ME :)

Real Estate Wonder Woman Shirt

The picture doesn’t do the shirt justice. I was standing awkwardly and smushed my face lol

Yes, the picture quality is sub par. And yes, my face is slightly smushed because of the way I was standing. So the shirt really isn’t being done it’s due justice, but it still looks great even with me destroying its beauty lol. So thank you Michael Cox and if anyone wants a shirt with their own face on it let me know. I’ll give you his number. You have to admit it is very original!

Good night all Ya’ll in Raleigh/Durham/Triangle

p.s (like my southern twang?? I can pretend right?)

 

The Raleigh State Fair 2012: Aftermath

Ok so as promised here are a few pictures from my adventure with the Raleigh State Fair 2012 last night. It was fun (as previously predicted) and although I truly did not want to remove myself from the comforts of my home, I got up and made it happen. Home buyers in Raleigh Durham, this is just a small taste of what you have to look forward to next year :)

Some Highlights of the night were:

-I won my daughter a goldfish… about 3 min later she drops the bag, it bursts, and there’s a fishy squirming on the ground! A crowd gathers to watch this poor fish struggle for air water, as I try my best to douse it with the contents left in the bottom of the bag. ( Um, yeah I wasn’t about to pick up a fish) But have no fear the nice lady from the carnival saved the day. She picked that little bugger up like a guardian fish angel and threw it in a different tank. We ended up getting a replacement.

-I ate funnel cake :) But I could not bring myself to spend $7.00 on a hotdog!! I mean come on Raleigh State Fair! I’m sorry but for $7.00 I can buy the whole pack plus some buns and a coke lol. Which actually took me to my next point… I ended up going to the store at 10:30pm because I was hungry and needed hotdogs, buns, and a coke (to be more specific it was Pepsi that I drank but who cares) lol

-My son and I played a wack a frog game and Mommy won him a prize. :) It was the smallest prize on the stand but I won it fair and square. Let me be proud :)

-Raleigh State Fair 2012 ended with some great fireworks. I loved being able to watch them with my kids… well one of my kids… the other left me to get on one last ride lol. O well all’s well that ends well.

Other than that it was a great time it was pretty much the average watch the kids go on rides, while I stand back and take pictures. Nothing too crazy, and I missed the pig action! Aw shucks, guess I always have next year!O and you’ve been warned… Some of these pictures are scary… You might want to cover your eyes

check out the Raleigh State Fair website to learn more about next year’s events.

Last day of the State Fair in Raleigh NC

The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh North Carolina has come once again. And in case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know the dates, it was from Oct 14- Oct 21. If you haven’t been to the fair yet, I suggest getting a move on. I personally have been avoiding it like the plague. Long lines, horse poop, pig races… It just hasn’t done it for me. I will admit though as a city girl, the idea of seeing pig races is one that is intriguing, but it hasn’t been enough to make me want to get up and drive the (1mi) distance to the fair. I’ve put it off long enough though. If I don’t make it today I will be in deep pig poop because my 8 year old will be on me like white on rice. The 2 year old could care less ( I like that kid :) but Zoe, O she’s another story. Not to mention I managed to finagle my way out of it last year. I am absolutely positive once I get there we will have a blast. It’s just getting that motivation to go is the hard part. I’ve got exactly 2 hours before we head out so wish me luck :) I plan on eating as much deep fried nasty as my body can handle :) If you’ve gone to the fair you should post some pics. I know I will as soon as I get back.

So if you see your Raleigh Real Estate Wonder Woman walking around… be sure to say “Hi” and point me in the direction of a great food stand.

5 ways to Kill the sale of a home

It’s early morning. I’ve got my coffee and chocolate donut ( yeah… I’m not a very healthy person lol) and I sit down at my computer to start my day. First things first. I head over to the MLS and check the hot sheet. I like to see what the newest listings are, who expired, and who just sold. But as I sit there reading, I find myself rolling my eyes at times….

“Seller says sell!”  (Really?? I would never have guessed. Why else would the seller list their home? Just to have random people walking through their home, peering into their closets and opening kitchen cabinets to see what kind of stuff they have?) My favorite is “MOTIVATED SELLER!” hooked on to a listing that is more than likely overpriced by about $20,000 – $40,000.  How motivated can you possibly be? And if you really did have a motivated seller (i.e one that just commited a crime and needs to get out of dodge tomorrow lol) then as their agent you would legally be obligated to keep that to yourself… Ok.. I’m sure it doesn’t extend to crimes but still you know what I mean. If you have information on your seller that would cause them to be at a disadvantage you wouldn’t tell.

Truth is, while many sellers are ready to sell, some here in the Triangle are simply not motivated to do anything but KILL the sale of their home.  Here are just five ways sellers commit murder when it comes to selling their Raleigh/Durham home.

#5. Hindering Showings.  This seems silly. Why hinder showings?  I have no idea. But there are plenty sellers out there who: refuse to have a lockbox on their home, or demand the listing agent be present at all showings (making it very difficult to coordinate schedules for both agents plus the buyers and any other clients the listing agent may have), or who want an extremely narrow time frame.  Truth is, when taking buyers to multiple homes over a large geographic area like Raleigh, or anywhere in Wake and Durham County, it is impossible to peg down exact times; be satisfied when agents give a 2 hour window.  Inflexible sellers will discover their listing has gone into the circular file in lieu of easier homes to show.

Puppies are cute, but when selling your home, keep them confined…and odor free!

#4. Being a Stinky Pete. Homes that smell are generally not homes that sell.  Sellers who smoke, have pets, who need a dehumidifier, and have a love affair with Febreeze are not helping their cause. First step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. So fix it before Buyers walk in, plug their nose, and say “NEXT!”

#3. Thinking All Buyers Are Pet Lovers.  Benji and Lassi need to be restrained when buyers come.  Buyers who are greeted at the door with barks or hisses may wish to skip and go to the next home. Also realize some buyers may have allergies. So do what you can to help ease their fears. ( Like offering a carpet cleaning allowance or even better… NEW CARPETS (gasp!)

#2. Hiding Behind Door Number 3.  If a door is locked, and buyers can’t see behind it, they are going to assume something horrible and catastrophic is behind the door.  When someone is contemplating spending a $100,000 or more, they want to see what they are buying.

#1. Auditioning for the Next Season Of Hoarders.  Seriously, buyers do not want to tiptoe around your junk – and that is how they see piles of personal belongings. They do not see treasures, memories, and keepsakes. They see overwhelming piles of junk and may make the conclusion that the home lacks enough storage space.  The problem is escalated in the case of damp basements and storage: if your junk smells bad…you are not only a hoarder, but a Stinky Pete, too…a double whammy.

Nobody expects your home to look like Martha Stewart just left the building.  But by the same token, nobody wants to buy a home if all they see are mountains to overcome: mountains of mess, mountains of odors, mountains of challenges.

In this challenging real estate market, do all you can to make sure your home is neat, tidy, and available to buyers. And if you ever want an honest opinion of if your home stinks 😉 give your Real Estate Wonder Woman Kalyn Ringwold a call!

My Picks for Affordable Family Fun in the Triangle

Fall is winding to a close for most kids on the traditional school calendar here in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas…and really everywhere else in the country truth be told. Just a couple of weeks left to play outdoors, ride that new bicycle you got for your Birthday (or last Christmas). Thank God we live down south, and we still have 70 degree days in our future, but those days are rapidly coming to an end. Soon all the leaves will be gone from the trees, the weather will be chilly, and you will be sipping (spiced?) hot chocolate from the comfort of your home. So, what is a family to do in the final days of fall freedom? I’ve got some picks for you!

Spend an afternoon hiking at Raven Rock State Park

Located about 45 minutes from downtown Raleigh and just over an hour from Durham, is one of the most beautiful state parks the Piedmont region of North Carolina has to offer – Raven Rock State Park in Lillington (Harnett County). With miles of trails of varying difficulty (including some for horses!), options for picnicking, canoeing, or fishing, there’s something for every nature lover in the family. For the price of a few gallons of gas and a priceless journey, this might be one option to take the family to.

Go for an adventure at Adventure Landing in Raleigh or at Wheels Fun Park in Durham

If mini-golf, go karting, laser tag, and perfecting your baseball swing at the batting cages are your thing, check out Adventure Landing, especially on Friday nights. Their Friday Night Family Fun Night is a GREAT deal. For $24.99, a family of four can enjoy unlimited mini-golf, unlimited laser tag, and a large pepperoni pizza to curb the hunger after playing all those games! Not bad….and inexpensive too.

Don’t feel like trekking into Raleigh for all you can play mini-golf? Well, if you live in or around the Durham area, check out Wheels Fun Park. There you get all the same attractions and then some! Try your hand at skateboarding in the skateboard park, strap on some skates for some old fashioned roller skating, or check out their indoor play gym. Prices are relatively inexpensive. The smiles on the faces of your children …priceless.

Take the family to a NC State or UNC football game!

Grab your grill’s and head to either of the two college football teams we have in the Triangle. Whether you live in Chapel Hill or Raleigh or somewhere in between there’s some fantastic football to be had. Each stadium has its own schedule for additional family fun promotions so be sure to check each link.

Take your family (including the pooch) to Lake Benson Park in Garner

Being that the park is located just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and 30 minutes from the Durham or Wake Forest areas, Lake Benson Park is easy to get to and full of all kinds of options for family fun.

With 3 miles of trails spanning the park and its sister location, White Deer Park, you can jog, walk, or bike to your hearts content. There are two playgrounds for the little ones and an expansive field covering several acres for you Frisbee® throwers, football tossers, or if you just want to throw a blanket down for a picnic.

There you have it – a few of my favorites for family fun as the summer winds down. Of course, there’s plenty more to do in the Triangle. Please, if I missed your favorite activity/attraction, share your thoughts in the comments below.

In the meantime, you can catch me tailgating at the football games, enjoying a nice picnic at the lake, and looking out at the scenic vistas.

 

As always feel free to contact your Real Estate Wonder Woman for any other suggestions on things to do :)

www.RealEstateWonderWoman.com or kringwold@yahoo.com

5 small home improvements that give BIG results

The very mention of ‘home renovation’ in the Raleigh/ Durham area can cause anxiety in homeowners, particularly those who have already gone through the process. Extensive remodeling projects can be expensive, disruptive, and time-consuming, but that does not necessarily apply to every project. There are a number of upgrades that can dramatically improve the look and feel of your home without breaking the bank or creating total chaos in your life. If you are trying to sell your home in Wake County, you will find that inexpensive improvements can yield big returns. Here are five enhancements that fall relatively low on the hassle scale:

1. Hardwood Flooring Installation

Installing hardwood flooring should, in most cases, be left to a contractor, as it requires special equipment and expertise. On the other hand, glue-down hardwood floors are less costly, especially if your home is on a concrete slab. The installation of nailed hardwood floors over concrete requires that a layer of plywood or other suitable wood medium be applied first so that the new product can be attached with nails. However, glue-down flooring eliminates this step because an adhesive is used for the attachment process. It is generally a faster installation as well. For instance, a 400 square foot room floored with 3-inch flooring can usually be completed in 1 to 2 days.

If you already have hardwood floors that are worn, you might want to consider refinishing. Again, this is a job for the well-skilled craftsman, but it will dramatically improve the look of the room and require much less time than a complete replacement. In fact, approximately 86% of homebuyers in 2011 chose a home with hardwood floors, so this renovation is a worthy investment if you plan to sell your home somewhere down the road.

2. Kitchen and Bath Hardware

One of the simplest upgrades that can be performed is the installation of new hardware such as towel racks, cabinet handles, toilet paper dispensers, and other wall-mounted hardware. Several aesthetically pleasing designs are available for a range of prices. If you are handy, this is a true do-it-yourself project.

3. Cabinet Upgrades

Replacing cabinets is an extensive process, particularly in a kitchen. Unfortunately, this process will make that area practically unusable during the renovation. If your cabinets are not dated or damaged, you may opt to refinish the doors and drawer panels instead. In addition, you may want to replace old hardware like pull handles and knobs. This is a much cheaper option and will reduce the disruption since the cabinets themselves do not require demolition.

4. Exterior Door Replacements

The front entry is one of the first things a visitor sees when approaching your home. If the front door is old, warped or damaged, replacement should be considered, not only for cosmetic reasons but for energy efficiency benefits as well. Standard size doors can be purchased at virtually any home improvement center. They may also have an installation option as well, and that can make this a truly painless upgrade.

5. Wall Painting

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room. Walls and ceilings get stained and dulled over the years, and a fresh application of paint not only brightens but protects these areas. Painting is a true do-it-yourself project; it does require patience and attention to detail but the outlay for materials and paint is minimal for the benefits gained.

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If you head to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore you can score some great deals for remodeling! There’s a location in Raleigh and Cary! If you would like to learn more feel free to send me an email! kringwold@yahoo.com

2420 Raleigh Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604

181 High House Rd. Cary, NC 27511