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Hot Off The Press – My First Quarter Newsletter!

I am excited to announce that my first quarter newsletter is hot off the press and in the mail!  The goal of the newsletter is to offer my clients, family and friends a fun and informative way to stay up to date on subjects like the local real estate market, home decorating trends, home buying and selling tips, crafting ideas, local news and events, as well as my quarterly trivia question where one lucky winner each quarter will win a prize for providing the correct answer.  This quarter’s winner will receive a pizza dinner for the entire family!

If you are not currently receiving my newsletter but would like to then email me your contact information and I will be sure to add you to my mailing list.

I hope you enjoy my newsletter as much as I enjoy putting it together each quarter!

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh Realtor/Broker

Contact me to sign up for my quarterly newsletter!

Contact me to sign up for my quarterly newsletter!

To Snow or Not to Snow? That is the question!

When it comes to snow I find that people either love it or hate it.  Maybe you get all excited the night before a snow storm thinking about the fun of sledding, snow ball fights, snow angels, building a snow man and hot chocolate.  Or maybe you dread the oncoming snow storm thinking about shoveling your driveway, wet clothes, cold kids, school closings, icy streets and melting wet snow for weeks after.

I personally fall in the middle as I enjoy the occasional snowstorm but could not handle living in a city where snow is present all winter long.  During my State Farm Insurance days I once spent about 4 months in Buffalo working catastrophe claims and remember not seeing the grass for 4 whole months!  I was amazed that there were snow drifts piled 20 feet high in some spots.  I remember being very thankful that I called the warmer climate of North Carolina home!

Our dogs Jeter and Brady love the snow at Bedford Falls River!

Our dogs Jeter and Brady love the snow at Bedford Falls River!

So with that said Raleigh had its first significant snow (4 inches down here is what we call significant) fall last week and it was enjoyable.  Our Bedford at Falls River neighborhood never looked so pretty as here are some pictures to prove it!  It made for a great day of fun and excitement for both the kids and the dogs but I was also glad that we warmed up to 60 degrees later that week helping all the snow quickly disappear.

 

The NC flag stands tall in the Raleigh Snow!

The NC flag stands tall in the Raleigh Snow!

So what does this mean for you?  Well if you are thinking about relocating to Raleigh and the Triangle area then we think we have the best of all weather worlds – If you love snow then you still get to enjoy those fun snow days and all the fun that goes with it!  If you dislike the snow then don’t worry as we do not get a lot of it as this was the first real snow fall in 2 years!  The North Carolina climate is great as we get to enjoy a beautiful fall and spring, get a minor taste of winter and then hopefully you get to enjoy the beach a couple times each hot summer!  One of the many reasons people tell me they do move to North Carolina is because of the weather as they get to enjoy each season but no season is too harsh in anyway!  If you already live here then you probably count weather as one of the many positives of living here.  If you are thinking about relocating here then I am confident you will find the weather the perfect combination of all seasons!

Enjoy the weather….

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh Realtor

It is the most wonderful time of the year!

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year – I love Christmas and New Years as it reminds me of the best part of the holidays – family!  Okay so some of you may say “Family – come hang with my family and see if you say that?”  Okay well family dynamics are always interesting but I am sure you appreciate your family as well this time of year.

I like to use this time of year to reflect on the wonderful things we have in our lives – with friends and family being at the top of the list!  Whether you have a big family or small family, are starting your own family with kids (like my husband and I) or seeing your kids now all grown up, family is for me what makes the holidays special.

Families truly do make a house a home and a home is the foundation of every family!  At home is where most of the memories and traditions surrounding the holidays take place.  I think it is this reason why I love working in real estate and working with families to find that perfect home.  Everytime I show a home I try to envision where the Christmas tree will go and how the exterior will look decorated with lights.  And when selling a home I realize that a family is not getting ready to just sell a house but close a chapter on many years of holiday memories and traditions.

So with that in mind I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.  Treasure the time you have with families and friends and the home that those many great memories and traditons will take place in!

Happy Holidays!

Jenn Nowalk – Your Raleigh Realtor

Even LOWer Mortgage Rates Coming Soon?

Now truly is a great time to buy a house but that time may get even better in the near future.  There is talk of the federal government helping the challenged housing market by introducing a fixed 4.5% interest rate. Now that is an interest rate and program that would get a lot of buyers off the sidelines and fast!

Here is one small excerpt from an article about the proposed plan –  “Under one proposal, Treasury would seek to lower the rate on a 30-year mortgage to 4.5 percent by purchasing mortgage-backed securities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Scott Talbott, chief lobbyist at the Financial Services Roundtable, said Wednesday.”

This could be the major boost that the housing market needs to lower inventory and get the housing market back to being the needed strong foundation of the economy.  To read the full article on the proposal plan please click here.  If you have any further questions or need information please feel free to contact me as I am here to help with all your real estate needs!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh Realtor/Broker

Welcome to my LiveinRaleigh.com Blog

Welcome to my LiveinRaleigh.com blog as I hope you will find this blog helpful, informative and fun!  My name is Jenn Nowalk and I am a realtor/broker serving Raleigh and the surrounding Triangle area.  Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park is a great place to live and work as there is a good reason why this area wins many awards year after year for being one of the best places to live, work and play!  My goal with this blog is to give you better insight on the Triangle area, the real estate market, featured neighborhoods, home tips, crafting projects, partners to work with, fun things to do, places to see, restaurants to hit, getaways to visit,  as well as offer some background on me, my experience and services.  

Although the national real estate market is in a challenging time, these times present great buying opportunities.  Just yesterday there was an article – view article here – that named Raleigh as one of the best places in America that will weather this economic downturn!  

Thanks for visiting my blog as I look forward to being your trusted Raleigh and the Surrounding Triangle real estate resource now and in the future.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, needs, comments or blog ideas!

Cheers – 

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh Realtor/Broker