Are you inspired by our current cold snap to do some spring cleaning around your house so that you’ll have plenty of time for outside activities when our temperatures return to normal? Don’t forget the medicine cabinet! And instead of just throwing unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in your trash, where they can end up in our drinking water, bring them on Saturday, April 23rd to one of the four Raleigh pharmacies participating in the City of Raleigh’s Medication Drop-Off Event.
- Blue Ridge Pharmacy – 2601 Blue Ridge Road
- Falls River Pharmacy – 10930 Raven Ridge Road
- Hayes-Barton Pharmacy – 2000 Fairview Road
- Josef’s Pharmacy – 2100 New Bern Avenue
This beautiful Neoclassical Revival house was originally built by Julius and Martha Levin in 1914 and restored by Sam Tarlton in 2001. On Saturday, February 20, 2016, the Levin-Tarlton House was moved from its original site at 208 N. Harrington Street to 414 New Bern Avenue in Downtown Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood.
I really enjoyed seeing how the house-moving process works these days. Instead of a big tractor pulling the house through the streets, there’s a generator on the porch of the house and a person controlling the movement with something like a joystick. Almost like playing with a remote-control car! Check out this video from the Raleigh News & Observer.
Here are photographs showing some of the Levin-Tarlton House’s journey to its new location, passing by some of the major landmarks in Downtown Raleigh. The Capitol, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Legislature were along the route.
It takes a lot of manpower and a lot of equipment to move a house through the streets of a city.
And here is the house finally landing on its new lot, where I’m sure it will settle in and be a happy home as the newest addition to the Historic Oakwood neighborhood.
Raleigh National Cemetery, located at 501 Rock Quarry Road, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You followed your Realtor’s suggestions to declutter and de-personalize your home so that any potential buyers can picture their family living in your house instead of your family. But now the holiday season has arrived and you’re stressing out about all of your decorations and traditions and wondering how to handle it. What should you do? The most important thing is don’t let your house being on the market interfere with your family’s traditions and enjoyment of the holidays. Here are the top three things to remember that can lower your stress and increase your holiday cheer.
1. Chill. This is still your home, the home where you and your family are living and making priceless holiday memories.
2. Holiday decorations are pretty and holiday baking smells great. This combination can even make your house more attractive to any potential buyers
3. The market slows down considerably over the holidays. For the most part, only serious buyers are out looking at houses this time of year. And a serious buyer has different priorities. Holiday decorations won’t deter a buyer with limited time to choose their new home.
Are you thinking of putting your home on the market and you’re worried because the base school for your address has an enrollment cap?
It is true that a desirable school district is usually high on the priority list of what home buyers are looking for. And because of the tremendous population growth we’ve experienced in Wake County, there are 20 Wake County schools with enrollment caps for the 2014-2015 school year. (A school with an enrollment cap has reached its maximum capacity and new students are assigned to an “overflow school” and provided transportation.)
School districts can be a very important factor in calculating your home’s value and resale potential. If your home is located in a sought-after school’s attendance area, this increases your home’s market value. Yes, even with an enrollment cap on the local school. Why is this still true? Because not all buyers have children or children of the age that would attend the school, or maybe their children attend a private school, or charter schools or magnet schools are what interest them. And an enrollment cap is a temporary, stop-gap solution to allow the school system to catch up with our area’s growth. But while we know that it is temporary, there is not really a way to predict the length of time an enrollment cap will be in place at any particular school. Fortunately, our schools regularly win national awards and there are fabulous choices all over the county.
So don’t let an enrollment cap on your base school stop you from putting your home on the market if you’re ready to move. The old adage of “location, location, location” still rings true and being located in a popular area with a good local school adds value to your home, even with the temporary cap.