Category Archives: Jenn Nowalk – Realtor/Broker News

Time flies when you are having fun!

Wow! I know we have all heard it before, but it certainly is true…time sure goes fast when you are having fun, doing what you love especially with a great group of people!

I wanted to just let you know some of things that I have been up to over the last year since I haven’t been as present here at LiveInRaleigh.com.  But I am back and excited for great things in Raleigh and the Triangle  in 2011! (Click here to see the lastest article where Raleigh took the top spot for 2011 healthiest housing markets! )

Over the last year I have been working hard and focusing my sales and social media efforts at Heritage Wake Forest.  I helped contribute to another strong sales year working with 25 of  the areas finest new home builders, as well as starting the Heritage Wake Forest facebook fan page, YouTube page, Twitter, Heritage photo blog and the Heritage blog.  

This was a great honor to help be able to bring this incredible community to life online to compliment the incredible HeritageWakeForest.com website that was already in place.  The team at Ammons Development Group  and the Heritage Sales Team are fantastic to work with and are committed to staying in touch with where people are looking to buy new homes.  And the lastest news on the way sales have started in Heritage this year, it looks like 2011 may be one of their best years yet! Click here to read the lastest press release.

Jenn Nowalk Returns to Heritage Wake Forest

Jenn Nowalk Returns to Heritage Wake Forest

Nowalk Accepts Builder Representative Position

(Raleigh, NC – January 28, 2009) — Heritage Wake Forest is pleased to announce that Jenn Nowalk is returning to Heritage Wake Forest as the team’s newest Builder Representative.  In addition to working on-site with new home buyers, Jenn will be lead representative for internet sales and social media.
Jenn Nowalk 2010
Nowalk’s addition will allow Heritage to better meet the needs of today’s savvy home shopper providing a quick response to inquiries coming from the web while offering the guidance needed to discover Heritage’s attributes. Furthermore, she will monitor social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, establishing Heritage’s presence and engaging with the viewer for enlightening highlights of all that Heritage has to offer.

“Having spent over two years as an on-site sales associate at Heritage, Jenn is fully equipped to respond quickly to prospective homeowners”, shares Andy Ammons, President, Ammons Development Group.  “Jenn knows Heritage, our builders and our homes very well and she is extremely internet savvy.  She will be a great resource to homebuyers, especially those beginning their search on-line.”

To contact Jenn Nowalk, e-mail NowalkJ@HPW.com and become a fan of Heritage at www.Facebook.com/HeritageWakeForest.

The award-winning Heritage Wake Forest community features 24 unique neighborhoods offering a variety of single-family, multi-family and estate homes. With a wide range of styles, and prices ranging from the $100s to the $600s, Heritage offers something for everyone.  Amenities include a championship golf course, two community swim complexes, soccer fields, tennis courts, miles of walking trails, children’s playgrounds and a fully stocked fishing pond. The community is the two-time recipient of the coveted Master Planned Community of the Year, and the golf course was given a stellar 4-1/2 star rating by Golf Digest Magazine.

For more information on the community, please call 919-453-2000, e-mail us at info@HeritageWakeForest.com; or visit us online at www.HeritageLiving.com.

Directions: From I-540, take US 1/Capital Blvd. North. Bear right onto US 1-A (Main St.) Turn right on Rogers Rd. and then left onto Heritage Lake Rd. The Sales & Information Center is on the left just past Heritage Lake Pool.
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About Heritage Wake Forest

Heritage is located near the historic downtown district of Wake Forest NC. This master- planned community is comprised of 24 individual neighborhoods and offers single-family, multi-family and estate homes priced from the low $100s to the $600s. Heritage offers a variety of recreational amenities including golf, swim and tennis club, miles of walking and biking trails, greenways, playgrounds, soccer fields, amphitheater and a fully stocked fishing pond.

This exceptional community was twice named Master Planned Community of the Home Builder’s Association and the golf course was given an outstanding 4-1/2 Star rating by Golf Digest Magazine.

For more information on the community, please call 919-453-2000, e-mail us at info@HeritageWakeForest.com; or visit us online at www.HeritageLiving.com.  Become a fan at Facebook.com/HeritageWakeForest.

Sales by Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston Builder Services. Marketing by Stone Builder and Developer Marketing Group.

About Jenn Nowalk

Since joining Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in 2004, Nowalk was named to the International President’s Premier Team and was awarded the Builder Services Team Volume Leader and Sales Team of the Year in 2006 and 2007.  She was also awarded the 2008 National Sales Team of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders and Silver Award for Regional Sales Team of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and the Elite Million Dollar Circle Award for over $23.8 Million in new home sales in 2007.  In 2007, she co-founded the Triangle Spokes Group, a non-profit organization that raises money to purchase new bicycles and helmets for less fortunate children during the holiday season.  In partnership with The Salvation Army, the Triangle Spokes Group gave away 300 bicycles in 2008 and 200 in 2009.  Nowalk has made a personal commitment to make a donation for each home that she sells.
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Extended Homebuyer Tax Credit Information

Extended Homebuyer Tax Credit Information.

So maybe you haven’t heard but Congress recently extended the homebuyers tax credit.  That is great news for first time homebuyers and move up buyers alike!  That is right the new tax credit also includes move up buyers who have lived in their current home for at least 5 of the last 8 years.  There is other criteria that needs to be met that I will review below.

Great homes like this one are eligible for homebuyers tax credit.

Great homes like this one are eligible for homebuyers tax credit.

Overall this is great news for homebuyers, sellers and the entire real estate market.  With low interest rates, great affordable home values and now the extension of the tax credit, it truly is a great time to buy!

The Extended Homebuyer Tax Credit

• Extends the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers until April 30, 2010.

• Expands the credit to grant up to $6,500 credit to current home owners purchasing a new or existing home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.

Who Qualifies for the Extended Credit?

• First-time home buyers who purchase homes between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010.

• Current home owners purchasing a home between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010, who have used the home being sold or vacated as a principal residence for five consecutive years within the last eight. To qualify as a “first-time home buyer” the purchaser or his/herspouse may not have owned a residence during the three yearsprior to the purchase.

Which Properties Are Eligible?

The Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit may be applied to primary residences, including: single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and co-ops.

How Much Is Available?

The maximum allowable credit for first-time home buyers is $8,000.  The maximum allowable credit for current homeowners is $6,500.

How is a Buyer’s Credit Amount Determined?

Each home buyer’s tax credit is determined by two additional factors:

1. The price of the home.

2. The buyer’s income.

Price

Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, credit may only be awarded on homes purchased for $800,000 or less.

Buyer Income

Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, which is effective on November 7, 2009,  single buyers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000—may receive the maximum tax credit.

These income limits have changed from the 2009 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit limits. If you or your client purchased a home between January 1, 2009 and November 6, 2009, please see 2009 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit.

If the Buyer(s)’ Income Exceeds These Limits, Can He/She Still Get a Credit?

Yes, some buyers may still be eligible for the credit.

The credit decreases for buyers who earn between $125,000 and $145,000 for single buyers and between $225,000 and $245,000 for home buyers filing jointly. The amount of the tax credit decreases as his/her income approaches the maximum limit. Home buyers earning more than the maximum qualifying income—over $145,000 for singles and over $245,000 for couples are not eligible for the credit.

Can a Buyer Still Qualify If He/She Closes After April 30, 2010?

Under the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, as long as a written binding contract to purchase is in effect on April 30, 2010, the purchaser will have until July 1, 2010 to close.

Will the Tax Credit Need to Be Repaid?

No. The buyer does not need to repay the tax credit, if he/she occupies the home for three years or more. However, if the property is sold during this three-year period, the full amount credit will be recouped on the sale.

Information courtesy of the National Association Of Realtors.

I hope that you find this information helpful.  If you have any questions, need more information about the tax credit or want to buy or sell your home please visit my website 24/7 or  contact me.  I am here to help

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

How did we look for homes before the Internet?

The Power of the Internet in Real Estate

The answer to that question is the good old fashion way meaning a lot of driving around and looking.  Not that it is a bad thing, but in today’s world it’s nice to have that search narrowed down to say 3 homes before you get to the driving around and looking part.  Today’s stats say that the Internet is the first stop computerfor homebuyers.  “According to a study from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 84 percent of all buyers identified the internet as a source in their home search including 87 percent of first-time buyers, 82 percent of repeat buyers, 79 percent of new home buyers and 85 percent of buyers of previously owned homes.” Wow those are some staggering stats! Read a lot more great information from an Economist’s Danielle Hale’s article from the NAR site. When you read stats like that you truly do wonder what we did in the real estate world before the Internet.

Raleigh and The Triangle’s Real Estate Internet Resource

When I decided to leave new homes sales for general brokerage it was information and stats like the above that made me realize I wanted to offer my clients all the tools they needed to utilize the power of the Internet in their home search!  I am confident that my Live In Raleigh website has done just that!  Let me walk you through some of the many resources on my Live In Raleigh website that will make your home search an easy one.

  • My online property search lets you search the entire Triangle MLS database 24 hours a day/7 days a week!  Search by city, neighborhood, price, square footage, bedrooms, zip code or even a specific street.  This online property search tool is your home base for all your internet search needs!
  • My monthly mortgage calculator lets you estimate what your monthly payments would be.  This a great tool to give you some guidance on where your home search price point needs to be.
  • I have narrowed down some popular featured neighborhoods that will give you some detailed information on some of the Triangle’s best neighborhoods.  From pictures, videos, directions and information to all the available listings for that specific neighborhood (see my Bedford Falls River example) my featured neighborhood section is the next best thing to actually be walking the streets!
  • The last internet search tool I will point out is my featured listings section.  This gives you easy and quick access to all the information and pictures on my featured listings.

I Look Forward To Helping You

If you browse my Live In Raleigh website you will see lots more great features and tools that are at your fingertips any time of day.  I know that your home search is very important and I hope that you will find my website and all of its tools very helpful and easy to use.  If there is something you would like to see added that will help your home search online please let me know and my technology team and I will be sure to look into it.

At the end of the day the internet is a very powerful and helpful tool to start your home search but nothing beats that personal service that I love providing.  I always recomend to my clients that they start their search online, narrow down their home choices and then we will get to the fun stuff of viewing houses in person and we will find that next perfect home for you and your family!

Contact me if you find a home that you would like to see or if you would like to meet with me about listing your home and becoming a featured listing for the world to see 24/7!

See you online and in person!

– Walking With You Every Step of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Are You Ready For Some College Football Here In The Triangle?

My husband is beside himself.  This week for him is like the week leading up to Christmas day for kids.  Saturday is his Christmas Day because it means the start of College Football.  Lucky for him I love college football season as well!  The Triangle is a great place to spend Falls because of the great weather and three ACC College Football teams competing right here in our backyards – well not literally in your backyard but if that does happen for any reason let me know and I can recommend a good landscaper to re sod your back yard :)!

There is nothing like going out to a football game on a clear, clean, crisp Fall Saturday to join family and friends tailgating before the game.  The smell of grills cooking yummy foods, football’s sailing through the air, flags flying high and your favorite drinks flowing make College Football tailgates the place to be on any Saturday in the Triangle.

We are very lucky in the Triangle to have 3 Division 1 teams playing some great football in the ACC.  Regardless of who you root for there is bound to be some great college football action in the Triangle this Fall!

Kenan Stadium is a beautiful place to watch college football.

Kenan Stadium is a beautiful place to watch college football.

The Tarheels are on the rise and projected to be in the hunt for the ACC crown this year.  If you have not been to Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill then plan a Saturday to go because it is one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of college football.

The Wolfpack are also a top contender this year with their quarterback Russell Wilson one of the top QB’s in all of the ACC.  NC State fans can tailgate with the best of them in college football.  They open this Thursday night against South Carolina on national TV so safe to say it will be a wild Thursday evening out at Carter Finley Stadium.

The Wolfpack and their fans will be fired up and ready to go Thursday night!

The Wolfpack and their fans will be fired up and ready to go Thursday night!

Last but not least here in the Triangle are the Duke Blue Devils.  It is a fact that Duke football has struggled for attention but head coach David Cutcliffe has definitely fired up the team and the fan base out in Durham.

Now I can’t leave out my alma mata Elon University, even though they are technically not in the Triangle, they are still only about 1 hour away and they will be one of the best teams in the tough Southern Conference this year.  Hopefully this will be the year they beat Southern Conference power and rival Appalachian State.  If you want to see a great high powered offense then be sure to watch an Elon game this fall!

Finally I have to mention my husband’s (he did help me write a lot of this blog!) favorite team the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  The Notre Dame fight song usually starts playing about 8:00am in our house and does not stop until well after the game is over!  He is confident that this will be a great year for the Irish and trust me we will be watching every play.  Regardless of what you think of Notre Dame I can say first hand after going to a game in South Bend that if you like tradition then you will love Notre Dame football!

I have said it over and over again but the TRIANGLE is a great place to live.  The list why continues to grow and College Football in the Triangle is another great item to put at the top of the list.  When I am not showing houses on Saturday then I know I will be watching college football live or on TV.  And if we need to work your home search around your favorite teams schedule on a Saturday then no problem because I know how it is!

I am here to help your home buying or selling process now or in the future so please let me know how I can help.  Good luck to all of the Triangle’s College
Football teams this Fall!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

The Live In Raleigh Photo Blog Is Now Live

Live In Raleigh Photo Blog

Okay so I am really excited that the Live In Raleigh Photo Blog is now live!  Thanks to my great technology partners at Dakno the photo blog is going to be a great way to share all the great images I come across on my Raleigh and the Triangle adventures.  Keep in mind that many of the shots will be from my camera phone so quality will not always be up to par with say the shots we have taken when listing a house.

Everyone loves photos as they truly bring to life what is being talked about.  So now when I am at Heritage Wake Forest talking about the awesome amenities including the pool I can follow it up with a photo from that very moment.  Or when I am doing an open house at one of my great listings in Avalon Springs I can give you a quick sneak peak of the exact house I am sitting in!  I love writing my blogs and sharing some news, happenings, fun, events, insight, etc on Raleigh and the Triangle but the photo blog allows me to give my words some life!

So I hope you enjoy my Live In Raleigh photo blog as be sure to check back often as I try to bring you all that Raleigh and the Triangle has to offer – through my eyes!

 Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

New Town Home Listing in Wakefield Plantation

Great New Townhome For Sale in Wakefield Plantation in North Raleigh

I am pleased to announce my new listing at 11721 Coppergate Drive Unit #101 priced to sell at $164,000.  This gorgeous end unit town home in desirable Kingston section of Wakefield Plantation in North Raleigh is all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!  The town home features lots of natural light and upgrades including hardwoods, crown molding, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors in baths and laundry room. Over sized owners suite and master bath with dual sinks and separate garden tub and shower. Refrigerator, washer and dryer convey. Great location close to shopping, schools, US 1, Falls Lake, HWY 98 and golf!   This home is move in ready!

View a Video Tour Of This Home

Please learn more about this listing on my LiveinRaleigh.com website and to learn more about this great Wakefield Plantation Town home please contact me.

 – Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Looking To Live In A Golf Community – Look No Further Then Heritage Wake Forest!

Many of my clHeritage Golf Courseients want to see homes in a Triangle golf course community and Heritage Wake Forest many times ends up at the top of the list!  I am very familiar with and love Heritage Wake Forest as I spent two years doing on site new home sales at the award winning master planned golf community located in Wake Forest, NC.  Along with the great amenities, location (only minutes from downtown Raleigh and Research Triangle Park) and home choices from many of the Triangle’s finest builders, the #1 draw many times is the Heritage Wake Forest golf club.

Heritage Pro Shop

The semi private Heritage Wake Forest golf club is very well nestled into the framework of the homes that line the fairways and the entire community.  The Heritage Golf Course is very challenging yet fair with the design by world class architect Bob Moore of JMP Golf Design Group.  The Heritage Golf Club website states “the rolling terrain embraces the natural  characteristics of the land, winding through the Carolina pines with elevation changes, natural creeks, lakes and carefully placed pot bunkers.”  Along with the amazing course there also is a golf pro shop for all your apparel and equipment needs and a bar/resteraunt that features great food and atmosphere.

The course awards include:

  • North Carolina Magazine’s  “North Carolina’s Best New Course” in 2002
  • Rated it 4-1/2 Stars in 2004
  • Recently ranked in the Top 25 North Carolina Golf Courses
  • Top 5 in North Carolina for Leisure, Business by The North Carolina Golf Panel
  • Favorite Course in the Triangle by Executive Golf Guide

The NCGolfCommunities.com website describes Heritage Wake Forest this way:  “Heritage Wake Forest is one of the Triangle’s premier golf and modern lifestyle communities. Located near vibrant downtown Wake Forest, with its historic homes on tree-lined streets, is Heritage Wake Forest. What was once the Marshall-Stroud Dairy Farm is now a golfer’s heaven. The Award winning par-72, 6,929-yard Heritage Golf Course spreads out over 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills and features more than 100 strategically placed pot bunkers, three holes that play along winding creeks, and six holes where natural lakes come into play.”

To learn more about the Heritage Wake Forest community please visit my detailed Heritage neighborhood page and you can also see all the current available listings in Heritage Wake Forest.

I would enjoy the opportunity to personally show you around Heritage Wake Forest as it is a place I have had many new homeowners fall in love with!  Contact me today for your Heritage Wake Forest neighborhood package or to set up a time to look around – and be sure to bring those golf clubs!

Walking (and maybe even golfing) With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR

Bedford At Falls River – A Great Place To Live!

If you are looking for a great award winning master planned community in Raleigh then look no further then Bedford at Falls River.  Okay I am a little biased because I personally call this neighborhood home but Bedford truly does have something for everyone.

To learn all the great details about Bedford please check out my Bedford neighborhood page   You can also see a fun video of Bedford in the snow from the small, quick but fun snowstorm that covered Bedford on March 2!  But now Spring is upon us which is the best time of the year to live here!

So why do I personally love living in Bedford:

  • I love walking my with my daughters and dogs and being greeted by all the neighbors sitting on their front porches!  Many times we don’t make it more then a couple blocks because of all the stopping and talking.
  • I love walking over to a neighbors house on a Friday night to relax, grill out and catch up.  The key word is walking – Bedford has over 26 miles of sidewalk so we walk everywhere!
  • I love turn 3 – are you confused?  What I mean is I love the pool..everyone loves the pool as it features a large lap pool and separate kids pool with water spouts galore!  Oh and turn 3 refers to the Mt. Gushmore water slide that features a very sharp turn 3 so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
  • I love the clubhouse as it is a big beautiful building that features a huge back porch that overlooks the pool.  Whether it be community organized events (there are many!) or a private event (I had my husband’s 30th birthday party there) the clubhouse will fit all your social needs.
  • I love the retail center that is about to open!  Take all the above – neighbors, friends, walking, pool, clubhouse and then throw in some some great retails shops, services and restaurants and I wonder why I would ever need to leave the neighborhood on any given weekend!
  • I love the houses!  Obviously if I chose real estate as a career then I love houses but I especially love all the Bedford houses.  From the Bungalows to the Craftsman to the Charleston’s to the Estate style houses, Bedford features a variety of price points, floor plans and features that will fit everyone’s needs!

The list could go on and on but I do love living in Bedford and am confident that you would too!  Please check out all the available listings in Bedford and let me know if I can help you buy or sell a home in Bedford.  

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh Realtor/Broker

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!