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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?!

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!

Get that home sold!

Here’s the setting. You’re living in a home. You want out. You don’t just want out but you NEED out. It’s time to go because the cops are after you… o.k I hope that’s not the case, but I know there are situations when you’re trying to get out of there as if the cops were after you! 😉 So what do you do? You don’t know the first thing about getting your home sold. All you know is that it’s a buyer’s market and you’re scared. Let me try to ease your fear a little bit… Here are a few helpful tips. Best tip being to USE YOUR REAL ESTATE WONDER WOMAN! I’m here and it’s what I do :)

Negotiating the sale of your home is not just a one hit kind of thing, but a step-by-step strategy that begins long before the first potential buyer walks through the front door.Following strategic steps not only increases the salability of your home, but it may increase the net sale as well.

· The first and most important step you must take is getting the house ready to sell. That’s right I said it. You actually need to dust those cobwebs from the corners… pick up the laundry from the floor, spruce up the paint job, and maybe put a flower pot outside.– Looks are everything in selling your home and you want the buyer to fall in love. The more they love your home, the more negotiating power you retain. Which = more $$ in your pocket at the end.

· You will need to eliminate any attachment to your home. Do not      allow any emotional ties to linger as you fix, clean, scrub, paint, update, and stage your home. Let the importance of selling your home override any memorable moments of your life associated with it. This way, you won’t be offended if the myriad of agents, appraisers, and potential buyers put anything in a negative light. Some use negative input as a negotiating tactic, so try to be impervious to blunt comments or criticisms. Remember that buyers, no matter their behavior, are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

· Keep Quiet! During the sale process, you will be communicating with many people. If they are not your agent do not let any person troubles slip. It CAN and WILL be used against you during the negotiations. Your agent is the only one on your side, do not be fooled by friendly potential buyers or buyers agents. Their job is to get the best deal for their client.

·  Find a great Realtor, that has your best interests at heart. Make sure they are available to you, and communicate with you on a weekly basis. Realtors that provide effective ways to market your home or show you staging techniques to make your home stand out are generally willing to work to get the best price. Find yourself an innovative real estate agent who will come up with great ways to bring buyers to your property. Make sure your Realtor has them prequalified first so that you don’t waste time on people who can’t purchase your property. When selling your home time is of the essense.

· When the final stages of negotiation are on the table, respect the buyer’s efforts to purchase your home. Especially with it being a buyers market you will more than likely have to make some concessions. Be prepared. Expect to contribute to closing costs at the very least. At the same time they should be willing to work with you as well. Respond quickly to offers, keep your emotions out of the game, and keep the lines of communication open.

When an agreement to purchase is made, the negotiating does not stop. Houses generally take about 30-60 days to close with the inspection, the appraisal, the purchase contract, and financing process to consider. Your active involvement is helpful to all of those working to finally close the deal. At the end of the day, if both the seller and the buyer walk away satisfied, the real estate transaction will be considered a success.

Lastly CELEBRATE you have gotten your home sold. Your run from the cops can proceed. 😉