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How to Measure Square Footage

How to measure and calculate the square footage of a house

When determining how to measure square footage, it may come as a surprise that there is not a national standard for measuring residential property. For that reason, everyone tends to measure square footage a bit differently. Because established measurement standards are not in place, it is all too easy to measure square footage incorrectly, which has happened countless times. Although a standard for measuring square footage isn’t in place, it is important to be as precise as possible when calculating a home’s square feet, as that number can impact home values.

Square footage guidelines also tend to vary from state to state. Depending on where you live, you may be required to disclose square footage information,

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How to Find Property Lines Online or Property Markers with GPS

How to Find Property Lines 

Wondering how to find your property lines? Finding your property lines online is a great place to start. Property markers are another great way to determine your property lines if you have them set up. You can sometimes see property lines on Google Maps and at the very least Google Maps or any map platform can give you some general information to help you narrow down finding your property lines. Finding property lines can be tricky and you want to make sure you get it right, here's how to find your property lines:

One of the fastest ways to be at odds with your neighbor is by putting a fence, tree, pool, or some other structure beyond your property’s line. It is not always entirely clear on exactly where one person’s

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25 Home Design Trends That Are IN and OUT

25 Home Design Trends That Are In and Out - Top Home Design Trends

There are certain home design trends that have stood the test of time, and probably will never go out of style. Other home design trends seem to change year by year or even season by season. 2020 brought on several new décor trends while doing away with many others. So what’s in store for home design trends in 2021 and beyond? 

If you are planning on redesigning your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor space, or various other areas inside and outside of your home, here are the trends that are in and out:

Decorating Trends That Are In:

Curved Furniture

There is tremendous pressure when shopping for home furniture. For one thing, furniture is expensive and will most likely be in your home for many years,

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A Day in the Life of a Realtor or Real Estate Agent - Raleigh Realty

A Day in the Life of a Realtor

A day in the life of a Realtor is typically fast-paced, involves wearing several hats at once, and working nearly every day for both buyers and sellers. The best Realtors are the ones that make your life easy without you having to worry about a thing. A Realtors job is to make buying and selling real estate easy for their clients. Making a complicated process, easy is just part of what Realtors do for buyers and sellers.

Mornings may involve following up with former leads and prospective clients, afternoons may involve helping a current client stage their home to sell or touring buyers through homes that are on the market, and evenings may involve updating marketing and social media or completing paperwork. Often

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How to Write a Great Real Estate Listing Description that sells homes!

How to Write a Great Real Estate Listing Description

Writing a great real estate listing description can be the difference between a home sitting and a home selling. When researching homes for sale online, buyers are almost always drawn to the property photos and title first. A property with professional pictures and a descriptive title will be far more likely to entice a buyer to click on the listing over a listing with dark, poorly taken cellphone pictures and a vague, nondescriptive title. 

In addition to professional photos and a descriptive headline, the listing description is a critical component of the listing process. When written well, a listing description should provide prospective buyers with the information necessary to prompt them

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7 Things Realtors Do for Buyers and Sellers

7 Things Realtors Do for Buyers and Sellers

What do Realtors do For Buyers and Sellers?

Many folks wonder exactly what do Realtors do all day long when working for their buyers and sellers. While there are countless roles a Realtor must take on when representing buyers and sellers, many of those tasks happen behind closed doors. Whether you're a first-year Realtor or a veteran, your job is to make the transaction as smooth as possible for your clients.

The time, effort, and energy that goes into closing a deal often remain unknown to clients. In many ways, this is intentional on the Realtor's behalf, as they do not want to stress their client unnecessarily by informing them of every little detail that happens throughout the transaction. In

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Living in Wake Forest, NC

Moving to Wake Forest, NC - Living in Wake Forest, North Carolina

 

Wake Forest, NC - General Information

Living in Wake Forest, NC is wonderful. The town of Wake Forest, North Carolina is a northern Raleigh suburb with a location that allows easy access around the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area). Many folks are moving to Wake Forest, NC because of the town's location, affordability and quality of life. Those who live in Wake Forest, NC know how great of a place it is. Downtown Wake Forest is your quintessential downtown in a great North Carolina community. Here is a quick inside look on the Wake Forest community:

The Affordability of Wake Forest, NC

One of the biggest reasons folks make the move to Wake Forest is thanks in large part to the affordability of

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Hiking Trails Raleigh, NC

  • William B. Umstead State Park
  • Blue Jay Point County Park
  • Durant Nature Preserve
  • Lake Crabtree County Park
  • Shelley Lake
  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area
  • Lake Johnson State Park
  • Art to Heart Trail (NC Museum of Art)
  • Dorothea Dix Park
  • Neuse River Greenway Trail

William B. Umstead State Park

William B Umstead State Park Entrance

William B. Umstead State Park is one of the best hiking trails in Raleigh, NC thanks to its serene 5,599 acres quietly nestled between the areas focal points of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham. Umstead park offers hiking, bridle (for you horse riders), bike trails, boat rentals, camping, picnic areas, and educational programs. Part of the East Coast Greenway which is a 3,000-mile-long system of trails

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7 Costs to Consider Before Becoming A RealtorWhat Are The Costs To Become a Realtor?

Choosing to become a real estate agent and get your real estate license is the first step in pursuing a rewarding, exciting, and profitable real estate career. As a Realtor, you must think about your real estate career as a business, meaning you will be responsible for budgeting, expenses, startup costs, and marketing and administrative expenses that come with starting a business. A lot of first-year Realtors don't realize just how expensive it is to be a Realtor and that's why it's a good idea to prepare before you decide to move forward.

In addition to knowing how much it costs to become a Realtor, it is equally as important to have an approximate idea of how much money many Realtors make, the day-to-day

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How to Get a Real Estate License

How to Get a Real Estate License - 7 Steps to Get a Real Estate License

The first step towards becoming a Real Estate agent is determining how to get a real estate license. Becoming a real estate agent is one of the most rewarding and exciting career paths one can choose. For many people, buying a home is one of the most important transactions that will occur in their lifetime, making it even more rewarding knowing you are helping a family or individual find the home of their dreams.

There are several steps prospective agents should take to ensure they are prepared for a career in real estate. One of the first questions these prospective agents have is how long does it take to get a real estate license? For starters, there are various state licensing and education requirements that

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