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Fuquay Varina Is The Place To Be This Halloween Weekend!

Fuquay Varina Is One Of The Great Communities Of The Triangle

Downtown Fuquay VarinaOne of the great perks of managing the Avalon Springs neighborhood is getting to know Fuquay Varina.  I will admit that all I knew about Fuquay before Avalon Springs was the interesting sounding name of the town itself.  But one of the m favorite parts about my work at Avalon Springs has been discovering all the great things about Fuquay Varina.  From the downtown shops to the many fun community events, Fuquay Varina is truly a gem of the Triangle.

Fuquay Varina has no shortage of fun events this Halloween weekend.  Thanks to the downtown Fuquay Varina website for all the below information.

Trick or Treat Event Friday October 30, 2009

Halloween Trick or Treating in downtown Fuquay Varina The Fuquay-Varina Revitalization Association is pleased to announce that the merchants on Main and Broad Streets in the    historic shopping district will sponsor a Trick or Treat event on Friday, October 30 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm .  Last year, this event  was a tremendous success because it provided a friendly, safe environment for the little ones to enjoy the holiday. It’s easy to    participate!

Dress-up your lil’ ghosts and goblins, grab a bag and visit the merchants on Main and Broad Streets that display the sign,“Trick  or Treat Here!” The merchants on Main and Broad Streets promise to scare-up lots of treats and fun for your family, so make sure  to visit them on Friday, October 30 between 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Fuquay Varina Downtown Festival and Chili Cook-Off

Please join us for the 7th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off in Historic Downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, October 31st.  The event is part of the Day in Downtown Festival which draws more than 7000 people to downtown for a day of family fun. The Cook-off is becoming quite a Fuquay-Varina tradition!  In 2008, ten chili cook-off teams competed for the $500 grand prize and hundreds of people tasted great chili all day long!  All this good natured, fun, competition helped raise much needed funds for downtown revitalization in the heart of downtown Fuquay-Varina.

In addition to a first place prize of $500, there is a second place prize of $300 and the third place winner will receive $150. All awards are voted on by the public.

If you’re not a cook, but you love to eat chili, come on down to the Downtown Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 31st from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and taste, taste, taste!! You can taste all the chili entries for $5.00. We’ll be located in the large parking lot on Main Street near Cooley’s Restaurant.

Stop By Avalon Springs

When you are done trick or treating or before hanging out at the downtown Festival be sure to stop by Avalon Springs which is only minutes from downtown.

Avalon Springs Parade Home

Avalon Springs Parade Home

We would love to show you the great new home opportunities available by premier Triangle home builder Homes By Dickerson!

For additional information or directions please feel free to contact me.  We will see you in Fuquay!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Explore Falls River in Raleigh, NC!

Falls Lake Offers Lots of Fun Activities

If you live in Bedford Falls River, Wakefield Plantation or Heritage Wake Forest then you are lucky to have Falls Lake in your backyard.  Consider it your own personal playground because there is so much to do and see!  Falls Lake stretches 22 miles through Raleigh and Durham.  Falls Lake offers many fun things to do including:

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Water Sports
  • Public Beaches
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting

Regardless of the season or where you live in the Triangle Falls Lake has lots to offer outdoor enthusiasts of all ages!  For more information on Falls Lake check out these 2 helpful websites.  

North Carolina Parks

Army Corp

If you are interested in houses or neighborhoods close to Falls River please contact me because I would love to show you all the great opportunities!

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

Love Those Carolina Blue Skies at Avalon Springs!

There are so many things I love about North Carolina.  No disrespect to my birth state of Maryland or my husbands birth state of New Jersey but no state for us beats North Carolina.  Many of the things we love are the obvious things like the people, climate, beaches, mountains, cost of living, Colleges and Universities, etc but then other things are the little things!  Well yesterday I was reminded of one of the little things I love about living in North Carolina – The beautiful Carolina Blue Skies!

Yesterday I was working in my new home community of Avalon Springs in Fuquay Varina and the sky looked even more amazing, more vivid and more Carolina Blue then normal.  And the few clouds that did float by looked to be the biggest, puffiest, most comfortable clouds I had ever seen.  Okay so call me cheesy but I literally stopped in my tracks, got my camera out and took a bunch of photos – lucky for you I quickly put them into a iMovie (love my Mac) so that I could share with you.  The movie probably won’t do the sky and clouds justice but you will get the “picture”.

The whole scene and day just reminded me of how much I love North Carolina and those perfect Carolina Blue Sky days!  I really enjoy sharing these type of moments and North Carolina tidbits.  If you have something you love about North Carolina – big or small – then please share it with me as I would love to hear it and I bet so would the folks who live in other parts of the country and are thinking about relocating to North Carolina!

Walking (and sharing) With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Raleigh Featured As The #2 Real Estate Market Most Likely To Rebound!

Well Raleigh is buzzing again from the great news from yesterday’s Today Show.  Raleigh was featured as the #2 real estate market most likely to rebound. In the below video from the Today Show you will hear the many things we already know about living in Raleigh and the Triangle – good companies, great weather, strong family life and affordable housing.  Whether you are looking for a change of scenery, want to get out of cold weather, just settling down after graduating college or want to live in a place where the news is positive, Raleigh and the Surrounding Triangle should be at the top of your list!  Enjoy the video and let me know if I can help you find the perfect home in Raleigh!

Walking With You Every Step Of the Way!

– Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Twitter Is My Raleigh Real Estate Friend and Here Is Why!

Twitter Is Everywhere It Seams

Unless you live under a rock you are already using it, have spoken to someone using it, seen it on your local news telecast or heard it on a sports radio show – I am talking about Twitter.  I too am on Twitter or are Tweeting as who knows what the right terminology is but I think it is great and have totally embraced it.  Yes it consists of a whole lot of talking and not a lot of listening but if you go Tweeting with a plan then it should be and can be a productive tool for you and your business!

Follow Live In Raleigh On Twitter

Check out my Twitter page at twitter.com/LiveinRaleigh as feel free to follow me as I look forward to following you as well.

Why Did I Get Into Twitter

  • Great learning tool – it is amazing how much you can learn, how many good links & resources can be recommended and how much local information you can absorb in 140 characters or less.  If you follow the right people then Twitter can be a great source of quick but useful information.
  • Great networking tool – Whether it be with local Raleigh and the Triangle REALTORS or with REALTORS in other parts of the country, Twitter is a great way to network.  REALTORS rely on each other in almost every deal so having as many trusted sources in your network is never a bad thing!
  • Local Knowledge is Power – Real Estate is local and when you follow fellow Raleigh and Triangle Tweeters you will be in the know on so many local happenings – from events to sports, to business to even police reports (yes even the Raleigh police are on Twitter!) as the updates are fast, furious and many times local.
  • Technology Queen – In a place like Research Triangle Park technology is everywhere so I want to be in the know on the latest in technology, web services and social online networking and Twitter is the tool to do it.  Twitter not only helps me look savvy but helps me be savvy!
  • Promote – Twitter is another great way to promote my listingsmy neighborhoods and my services to Raleigh and the Triangle buyers, sellers and fellow REALTORS.  If 87% of real estate searches are done on the web these days then the web is where I want to be promoting!
  • Tweet Ups – Twitter has now brought the online networking offline in local networking events called Tweet Ups.  I have been to 1 local Triangle Tweet Up so far and it was great to meet how other people in a variety of industries are using Twitter.  I am looking forward to many more Tweet Ups and “in person” introductions!
  • Still learning – Okay Twitter is still pretty new and I don’t claim to be the expert.  I have learned a lot but I know I have a lot more to learn.  But that is the fun part as I am excited to be learning something new everyday – whether it be about Twitter or something I learned thanks to Twitter.  Remember I said knowledge is power and Twitter offers plenty of information!

Twitter may not be for everyone but if you have a plan and use it to your advantage it can be a great tool for your business – whatever business you may be in.  I for one love Twittering, Tweeting or whatever you call it!

Walking and Tweeting With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Details on First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit and New Stimulus Plan

It truly is a great time to be a first time home buyer as the combination of tax credits, low interest rates and great pricing makes this truly the time to buy your first home.  Here is some information to help you better understand the first time home buyers tax credit and details of the new stimulus package that was passed last week.  If you are a first time home buyer then let me know how I can help you take advantage of this great buying opportunity.

Tax Credit for Home Buyers

  • First-time home buyers who purchase homes from the start of the year until the end of November 2009 may be eligible for the lower of an $8,000 or 10% of the value of the home tax credit. Remember a tax credit is very different than a tax deduction – a tax credit is equivalent to money in your hand, as opposed to a tax deduction which only reduces your taxable income.
  • The tax credit starts phasing out for couples with incomes above $150,000 and single filers with incomes above $75,000. Buyers will have to repay the credit if they sell their homes within three years.

Tax Credit Versus Tax Deduction

  • It’s important to remember that the $8,000 tax credit is just that… a tax credit. The benefit of a tax credit is that it’s a dollar-for-dollar tax reduction, rather than a reduction in a tax liability that would only save you $1,000 to $1,500 when all was said and done. So, if a home buyer were to owe $8,000 in income taxes and would qualify for the $8,000 tax credit, they would owe nothing.
  • Better still, the tax credit is refundable, which means the home buyer can receive a check for the credit if he or she has little income tax liability. For example, if a homebuyer is liable for $4,000 in income tax, he can offset that $4,000 with half of the tax credit… and still receive a check for the remaining $4,000!

Phaseout Examples

  • According to the plan, the tax credit starts phasing out for couples with incomes above $150,000 and single filers with incomes above $75,000.

To break down what this phaseout means to home buyers who are over those amounts, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) offers the following examples:

  • Example 1: Assume that a married couple has a modified adjusted gross income of $160,000. The applicable phaseout to qualify for the tax credit is $150,000, and the couple is $10,000 over this amount. Dividing $10,000 by $20,000 yields 0.5. When you subtract 0.5 from 1.0, the result is 0.5. To determine the amount of the partial first-time homebuyer tax credit that is available to this couple, multiply $8,000 by 0.5. The result is $4,000.

  • Example 2: Assume that an individual homebuyer has a modified adjusted gross income of $88,000. The buyer’s income exceeds $75,000 by $13,000. Dividing $13,000 by $20,000 yields 0.65. When you subtract 0.65 from 1.0, the result is 0.35. Multiplying $8,000 by 0.35 shows that the buyer is eligible for a partial tax credit of $2,800.
  • Remember, these are general examples. You should always consult your tax advisor for information relating to your specific circumstances.

Homes that Qualify

  • The tax credit is applicable to any home that will be used as a principle residence. Based on that guideline, qualifying homes include single-family detached homes, as well as attached homes such as townhouses and condominiums. In addition, manufactured or homes and houseboats used for principle residence also qualify.

Higher Loan Amounts

  • More good news – there is an extension on the additional tier of conforming loan amounts which had been first established in 2008.  This tier of home loans are those greater than $417,000, and with a maximum that depends on the area, but is not greater than $729,750.  These loans will again be eligible for rates that are slightly higher than conforming loan rates, but less expensive than the standard “jumbo” loan rates.

Additional Housing-Related Provisions

  • Tax Incentives to Spur Energy Savings and Green Jobs — This provision is designed to help promote energy-efficient investments in homes by extending and expanding tax credits through 2010 for purchases such as new furnaces, energy-efficient windows and doors, or insulation.
  • Landmark Energy Savings — This provision provides $5 Billion for energy efficient improvements for more than one million modest-income homes through weatherization. According to some estimates, this can help modest-income families save an average of $350 a year on heating and air conditioning bills.

Repairing Public Housing and Making Key Energy Efficiency Retrofits To HUD-Assisted Housing

  • This provision provides a total of $6.3 Billion for increasing energy efficiency in federally supported housing programs.Specifically, it establishes a new program to upgrade HUD-sponsored low-income housing (for elderly, disabled, and Section 8) to increase energy efficiency, including new insulation, windows, and frames.

Expanding Housing Assistance

  • This provision increases support for several critical housing programs. It includes $2 Billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to help communities purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed, vacant properties.

Thanks to Beth Prochaska of Alera Financial for passing thisinformation along!

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!

Heritage Wake Forest Sales Team – 2008 National Sales Team of the Year

I always believed that every experience and road traveled during your professional life will help lead you to your ultimate destination.  I know that my professional road still has many miles to travel but I am very thankful of my most recent experience and how that experience made it possible to go out on my own in real estate.  My 2 years at Heritage Wake Forest was spent working with many of the Triangle’s best builders, amazing home buyers in search of their dream homes, supportive co-workers and managers, great opportunities and I would not of traded for any other neighborhood even though it meant a lot of hard work and many weekends away from family and the associated activities and events.

The 2008 National Sales Team of the Year!

The 2008 National Sales Team of the Year!

Working at the Triangle’s #1 new home neighborhood also allowed our sales team to win many local and national awards and recently we won the most coveted award of all – The 2008 Gold Award for Best Sales Team in the entire United States! It was truly a team effort and I am very proud and honored to have been a part of that award winning team.  Even though I am now on the other side of the table I am looking forward to helping buyers and sellers in a place I know well and love – Heritage Wake Forest!

Read the recent press release about the national award and if you are a buyer or seller needing help in Heritage Wake Forest then I am here to help!

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh Realtor/Broker

Press Release:

Heritage Wake Forest won the 2008 Gold Award for Best Sales Team in the United States from the National Home Builders Association. The Heritage team, which consists of Ann Gowarty, Ashley Wilson, Brenda Simpson and Jenn Nowalk, received the prestigious award during the National Home Builders Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada in mid-January.

“We are pleased and honored that Heritage Wake Forest has been recognized for its achievements on a national level by the National Home Builder’s Association,” said Andy Ammons, President of Heritage Wake Forest developer Ammons Development Group. “Earning the Gold award confirms that by combining a strong sales team with a highly desirable community that offers enduring value is a winning formula for success.”

Heritage Wake Forest was the 2008 Regional and Silver Award winner in the ‘Sales Team of the Year’ category, qualifying the team as a finalist for the Gold Sales Team Award.

Heritage Wake Forest offers a wide variety of recreational amenities including an award-winning golf course, expansive tennis and swim club, walking and biking trails, greenways, playgrounds and a fully stocked fishing pond. The community was named as one of the Top 100 Amenity Communities by Ideal Living Magazine, and the golf course was awarded an enviable 4.5 rating by Golf Digest Magazine.

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