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Jessica Sullivan
March 27th, 2015  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

 

 

 

 

 

CUNNINGHAM & COMPANY CELEBRATES 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

March 19, 2015, Greensboro, NC – Homeownership has always been a foundational component of the American Dream. Today Cunningham & Company Mortgage Bankers is excited to celebrate 25 years of helping the dream of homeownership come true.

On March 19, 1990, 39 year-old Hank Cunningham opened the doors of Cunningham & Company Mortgage Bankers in Greensboro with four employees. Today the company’s retail division employs over 100 people at 15 branch offices across North Carolina and Tennessee. According to Mr. Cunningham, “There have been dramatic changes in the mortgage industry over the past 25 years, but our dedication to helping our customers finance the home of their dreams has never wavered.”

In December of 2011, Cunningham & Company was acquired by Capital Markets Cooperative and became a trade name for CMC Funding, Inc. The sale was part of a strategic plan that included not only growth of the origination platform but the ability to build a servicing platform. Mr. Cunningham notes, “The addition of our servicing platform allows Cunningham & Company to retain the relationship with our customers and provide more flexibility in structuring financing to meet their needs.” Today, CMC Funding has a servicing portfolio of $5.3 Billion including more than 30,000 loans.

About Cunningham & Company

Cunningham & Company, the retail mortgage division of Capital Markets Cooperative, is a mortgage banker headquartered in Greensboro, NC with fifteen retail lending offices throughout North Carolina and Tennessee. For more information about Cunningham & Company, visit www.cunninghammortgage.com or call 336-272-3061.

 

Cunningham & Company

804 Green Valley Road, Suite 106

Greensboro, NC 27408

NMLS ID #41998 Cunningham & Company is a trade name for CMC Funding, Inc.

 

Media Contact:

Tammy Caudill, Marketing Manager

Phone:  (336) 272.3061

tammyc@cunninghammortgage.com

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 26th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Spring buying season is just around the corner, and if you’re planning on listing this year, then you’re probably planning on having an open house as an added effort to increase traffic in your home. Open houses are a great way to have informal showings on your property and a great way to boost marketing when you home is listed. However, preparation for an open house doesn’t fall solely on your Realtor®. As a seller, you have to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for potential buyers, and frontdoor.com offers 4 must-do’s for your Open House staging:

 

 

  1. Plan & Prioritize: This is really a 3-step process, the experts say. First, “de-personzlie” , next identify your target audience, and finally think like a buyer. If you’re able to create an appealing “blank-slate” for potential buyers to envision themselves you’re likely to have much more interest in your home, and the closer you can get the home to move-in ready, the better!
  2. Tackle the “Big Picture” Projects: Speaking of “move-in ready” these “big picture” projects include all the aesthetics that the buyer will take into consideration, cleaning, painting, decluttering, making repairs to major and minor issues that might pose a problem during inspections, updating lighting/floor/fixtures as needed.
  3. Hone In on the Details: Once you have all the big projects done, then its time to focus on the little nuances that will give your home that extra boost! Check out the list of all the little details that make your home look loved and cared for.
  4. Add Finishing Touches: Give your home some charm and character by adding finishing touches in a few rooms. It doesn’t have to be a completely steril environment, you want it to look warm and inviting, so think about adding fresh flowers in a vase on the counter and making sure the rooms are bright and lit up, that the blinds are open, and that your home feels welcoming for anyone who stops by!

 

Preparing to sell can be a big undertaking, but planning ahead and having task lists is a big part of a smooth and successful sales process. If you’re thinking of selling your home this year, contact one of our experienced agents to help you get the job done right! Happy selling!

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 26th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

The view more photos of this home or to read more about it, click on the image above.

MLS#: 3071196
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

“Gorgeous traditional 3 bed 2.5 bath home in Eastover. High ceilings, heavy moldings, stunning hardwoods, tons of natural light throughout. Beautifully updated baths, spacious master bedroom with generous closet. Large updated kitchen opens to spacious patio and outdoor pergola-perfect for entertaining! Fenced yard, private with mature landscaping. Architectural roof 2012.”

 

Eastover School Information:
Elementary School:
Eastover Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Eastover Real Estate Market Statistics:

The number of closed sales in Eastover has increased to 72.

The average sales price for homes in Eastover has increased to $823,447

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Eastover has decreased to 94

There is currently a 5.3 month supply of homes for sale in Eastover.

 

For more information on this listing contact Frank Adams:

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 25th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Versha Anand is an agent out of our Ballantyne Office. Click on her image to learn more about her!

Helen Adams Realty  thanks Versha Anand for her continued service to all of her clients. Her most recent clients spoke very highly of their experience throughout their home purchase and throughout the closing process:


“Versha Anand is an absolute pleasure to work with. She made the purchase of our first home a breeze! She spent good time to understand our needs and priorities and gave options to chose that will be a close match to our needs. She did thorough market analysis and was a great conduit between the seller and us. She was very flexible in working hours to adjust with our commitments when showing homes. Her promptness to respond to any queries and following up action items to closure is indeed commendable. She was quick to understand our needs, requirements and wants and did a great job in finding our dream home. She has been supporting us immensely by providing various contacts and pointers. Apart from being a realtor, Versha turned out to be a great friend as well and we found it very easy to communicate our thoughts freely with her. I would certainly recommend her services to any one hunting for a home they’d love to live in!”

 

Congratulations to Versha on this wonderful review, we’re so proud to have you represent Helen Adams Realty!

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 24th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

The time has come! This weekend is opening weekend for one of the area’s big attractions! Saturday marks the season opening of Carowinds for the 2015 season with some amazing new additions to thrill patrons new and old alike! Wondering what you can find this year at Carowinds? The park has added a few new dining options, an updated “arrival experience”, additions to the entertainment line-up, and of course added a few new attractions to the list. The first being the sling-shot, which will launch riders almost 300-feet in the air before sling shotting back to starting position to create a feeling of weightlessness. Sounds pretty intense, right? Well, if you think that’s too much to handle, you’ll probably want to steer clear of the other new attraction luring in visitors this summer, the world’s tallest and fastest gigacoaster Fury 325, wondering what that means? I think this video speaks for itself:

 

 

Crazy, right? We thought so! The park will open from 10am-8pm from March 28-April 2 for its first full week. To see hours for the rest of the season, check out the calendar here. Interested in purchasing season passes and other options for your summer fun at Carowinds? Check out their ticket information and more on their website.

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 23rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Everyone says buying your first home is pretty scary, but we think that selling it might be just as equally scary! Just like with your purchase, its hard, almost impossible, to know how the cards will fall and it probably leaves you with tons of questions like “What if we don’t make our money back?” or “What if we find a new house before we sell this one?” “What if we sell this house fast and haven’t found a new one in time?” There are tons of scenarios that can play out in your head and even more things on your to-do list. From making improvements to staging, pricing, preparing for showings and more, there are tons of things to get done and as a first time seller it might be a bit overwhelming. If you’re feeling the pressure, check out this handy list of 7 tips from Realtor.com for the first time seller and hopefully it will help you get a game plan and keep on track during the process.

 

  1. Prepare for your own purchase: While you might feel like this is something to put on the back burner, you need to have a plan in place and have an idea of where you will go next. Nothing would be worse than going under contract on your home, and then finding out you can’t be approved for a mortgage or afford to purchase a new home or move, so make sure you have all your ducks in a row and talk with your agent about all the options for the scenarios of how your sale could pan out.
  2. Make it Move-in Ready: Try to minimize the amount of work a seller would see when touring your home. Make cosmetic repairs, fix that leaky faucet, and do a deep clean of the home. If there are any large scale issues you know of that will come up in an inspection, if possible, its best to take care of these ahead of time.
  3. Find The Right Agent: Especially for your first sale, having an experienced agent to help you through the process will be a major asset to you during the process. Make sure to meet with a few different agents, and make sure to find someone familiar with your area AND who has a great history of success in your area.
  4. Price it Right: Know your neighborhood and the state of the market and use that information to help you find a sales price that will move your home quickly but still get you a great price for your home. Having the right agent will make this part of the process much easier!
  5. Market the Home: Find out your agents marketing plan and what extra steps they plan to take to get your home sold faster, whether it’s email marketing, post card marketing, open houses, broker luncheons, or professional photography, knowing how your home will be presented outside of what you can control is key to making sure your listing gets in front of the right buyers!
  6. Make Your Home Available: Showing restrictions can really hurt traffic on your home, so make sure you try to make scheduling showings as easy as possible for potential buyers and their agents. If they feel like they have to jump through hoops just to get inside, chances are they will forget it and move on to the next listing.
  7. Plan your Negotiation: Know your numbers, and not just the sales price! Know what you’re willing to cover in closing, what you’ll accept as a closing date, and how all those things effect your final net price, aka what you walk away with after the sale.

 

If you’re thinking about selling your first home, or you already have it listed, but haven’t done some of these things, you might want to get them on your to-do list. You can never be too prepared and making sure all your bases are covered will go a long way in making your first sale as smooth as it can be.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 23rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

For more information on this listing or to view more photos, click on the image above.

MLS#: 3070898
5 bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

 

Stunning 5 bed, 3.5 bath home built in 1999 and updated in 2009, located on cul-de-sac in Eastover. Gated motor court, open concept plan, 9 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, and custom features throughout! Huge gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite, 2 dw, 2 sinks, SS and cabinet faced appliances . Great room with FP, coffered ceiling, built-ins, views of the patio. Formal dining and 2 studies. Spacious owners suite with tray ceiling and 3 closets. Beautifully landscaped, private lot.

 

Eastover School Information:
Elementary School:
Eastover Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Eastover Real Estate Market Statistics:

The number of closed sales in Eastover has increased to 72.

The average sales price for homes in Eastover has increased to $823,447

The average number of days on the market for homes in Eastover has decreased to 94

There is currently a 5.3 month supply of homes for sale in Eastover.

 

For more information on this listing contact Diane Byrd.



 
Kristin Ellefson
March 20th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

The weekend is almost here and its time to get your to-do lists finalized. If you’re planning to paint any rooms in the near future, you know it can be tedoius activity. From prepping walls, taping, selecting paints, and more, there are so many things to consider. If you’re trying to save by doing it yourself and not splurging on a professional sometimes its hard to know where to start, and what advice around the web is best used or taken with a grain of salt. If  you’re looking for a few quick pointers, you might benefit from these RealSimple.com tips for painting like a pro.

  • Paint Types: If you’re wondering which kind of paint are best, and what benefits you might gain from using oil vs. water based, Real Simple says that with the advances manufacturing that the differences are negligible and most water based paints now have the same benefits previously only held by oil based. Want to read more about paint types? Check out our previous article about premium paints here.
  • How Much Paint: Its the question you’re always asking when you load up to go to the hardware store, “how many gallons do you think we need to paint this room?,” well Real Simple found a great tool at Sherwinwilliams.com where you can enter in room dimensions to calculate the amount of paint you need for your project.
  • Primers: You only need a primer if A) you’re painting a light color over a dark one B) The walls are stained or scuffed beyond repair C) The walls have major patches, although some paints now come with a primer mixed in, which is a big help.
  • The Process: Clean the baseboards and the corners > apply painters tape > put down drop cloths > cut the corners > paint from top to bottom (ceiling, then walls, then trim)
  • Ceiling Paint: Go with the pros, most pros will recommend a Benjamin Moore ceiling paint because they splatter less, and show less mistakes in painting.

 

Struggling selecting a paint color? Check out our blog here with a full list of the top colors for each room in your home, also from Real Simple!

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 19th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

With the weather warming up, it’s a great time to get out and work on getting your yard in shape before it gets too hot! If you’ve already started with the common spring projects like deadheading your budding plants, cutting back and pruning trees, fertilizing and maybe even the inaugural lawn mowing, you might be ready to start really sprucing things up by adding some greenery or flowers to your landscaping. Or, maybe you live in a home with minimal green space or just have a small patio outside your condo, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a little spring pick me up! A great way to add color and texture to an outdoor space is with flowers and shrubs. Whether it’s on your front porch, your deck, or on a private balcony, container gardens are a great way to spruce up your outdoor space. Southern Living shared a list of tons of different plant combinations to include in your container gardens here, and we took to pinterest to find some of the creative ways people are putting together container gardens for their homes, check out some ideas below.

Click on the image above to see it on Pinterest

This container garden makes great use of an old garden fountain. If yours has stopped working or you’re not running water through it and are tired of cleaning it, try this alternative! It looks gorgeous inside this bed of greenery with all the cascading succulents, and its definitely a more creative take on the planter than your traditional terracotta pots!

 

Click on the image above to see this on Pinterest.

If you have gotten into the pallet craze, here is another way to upcycle those versatile little home project materials! Grab a few terracotta pots and some rings from your local hardware store and get to work! This is a great way to create a display of a variety of flowers and would be the perfect way to get some greenery up on a balcony or porch of your condo! You could even spruce it up a bit by spray painting the pots bright colors.

Click on the image above to see this on Pinterest.

If you’re looking for something more vintage to brighten up your display, check out these old metal wash tubs that were converted into container gardens, sometimes you can snag these at the Monthly Metrolina Expo Showcase. These would be relatively easy to convert and would just require a simple addition of a drainage hole.

 

Click on the image above to see this on Pinterest.

Adding some plants to a more natural area, but want to spruce up the display a bit? Check out these container garden options made from old tree stumps and logs. Its a pretty great use of yard waste and blends in a bit more than some of the other options we found.

 

Don’t have an outdoor space that can hold any of these? Check out two awesome indoor container garden options that are perfect for growing your own herbs in your kitchen or some succulents to bring a bit of the nature indoors,

Click on the image above to see this on Pinterest.

This nifty hanging display is from IKEA and is actually really affordable You can do single pots or long containers and they come in a few different colors. This is a great option for your kitchen or a sunroom or similar space that is bright and open and in need of freshening up!

 

Click on the image above to see this on Pinterest.

Not into the hanging containers? Check out this framed wall garden painted up with chalkboard paint so you can label all the different herbs.

 

There are tons of great options when it comes to alternative planters and floral/greenery displays for your yard, porch, patio and more! Looking for some more inspiration on how you can spruce up your yard for spring? Check out our Lawn and Landscaping Pinterest board.

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 18th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Katy Bradfield is an agent out of our Ballantyne Office. Click on her picture to learn more about her or contact her today!

Helen Adams Realty  thanks Katy Bradfield for her continued service to all of her clients. Her most recent clients spoke very highly of their experience with Katy throughout their home sale:


We are delighted to share our experience. We listed our home in late June and had an expectable offer by early July. Katy helped us price the house right and the marketing plan was great.  Inspections and minor repairs took place on schedule just as we had hoped.

The week of the scheduled closing, Katy calls to let us know our buyers have had a problem with the final credit check with their lender. This is when Katy went into overdrive.  She was in communication with the lender’s agent and the lender daily for updates.  We went through numerous neglected timelines from our buyer’s lender. Katy proved to be the ultimate professional as the situation became stressed and frustrating for all involved. Katy provided us with the contact information of the Helen Adams legal counsel along with consulting them on our behalf.  Ultimately, we had to walk away from this deal.

Our home became an active listing again. Katy’s follow up and proactive approach with each prospect was outstanding. By this time, we had moved out of state so we relied on Katy to check on our home as the season changed to winter.  In December, we received another acceptable offer, contingent on the sale of their home. Once again, Katy stayed in communication with the buyer’s agent, the attorney and lender of our buyer’s buyer to keep us on schedule and protect us from potential problems.  This time we encountered unexpected problems with the credit of our buyer’s buyer. Katy had a thorough understanding of the daily status because she built a relationship with the lender involved because of her professionalism and communication. We finally closed on the sale of our home a couple of weeks later than originally planned (the second time).

Katy became more than an real estate agent but a trusted friend. She is kind, thoughtful, professional, thorough, detailed, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile.  We would recommend Katy to everyone!

 

Congratulations to Katy on this wonderful review, we’re so proud to have you represent Helen Adams Realty!

 
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