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Hello September, hello new/old name change.

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Almost complete with the name change but finally have a few official documents back so I can expedite things like changing them with NAR (National Association of Realtors), NCAR (North Carolina Association of Realtors) etc. . .the parts of name change house keeping that aren’t all that fun.

New business cards will be in the works, and even MORE incentive to get back in shape ASAP- new head shots and thank HEAVENS for Pinterest and SECRET boards!  Inspiration and outfit ideas but looking forward to no more edema and perhaps finding something new-mommy yet professional.  We shall see!

But the not-so-new-news is that it’s officially McKenzie Johnson again- and working on LOTS of domain name overhauls and the KW phone app etc. which had t wait until the name change became official.

 

Hope you’re well!

Check out the public portion of my Pinterest boards @ http://www.pinterest.com/mckenzie27/boards/  I passed 1,000 followers this week- so my late night and early am pregnancy insomnia seems to be helping “win friends and influence people”- or, at the least, find folks with equally annoying sleeping patterns OR who also spend time waiting in driveways for clients to show homes and pin a bit.  😉

Nesting, purging and house prepping!

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Yet another bag of grass seed on the lawn, sprinkler running after dark for a cool soak and I’ve been diligently purging my book shelves.  Making room and making way!  Getting things ship shape for a ship off!

I had folks ask what to do to prep their home for sale- and, frankly, with thirty days notice, it’s zero fun.  If you’re thinking of selling a few months down the line (or, next year), it’s nice to get ahead of the power curve and start to trim the fat around the homestead as well as chipping away at the monumental to-do list.

A great place to start is closets, book cases, attic storage and your garage.  The more you can part with and send off to the Goodwill or Salvation Army (or family and friends) the more room you have to work and you certainly don’t want prospective buyers or renters seeing that you’re maxed out in your own home.  Even if it’s an illusion, the more spacious and organized you can make your home, the more pleasant it will look to future occupants.

Next is make a master list of repair projects and things that may have had neglected maintenance.  Is your fence, siding, roof in need of repair?  Could your flower beds use some attention?  I happen to have two roofing contractors showing up within the next few days.  Somehow, renovating/prepping a home is like the children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  If you paint your fence, you’ll realize the grass looks to be in rough shape, you weed and fertilize the grass and reseed and notice it accentuates your new siding but then makes the roof look terrible. . .it snowballs.

The more time you have to prepare, the less rushed you will be and the better you can keep you eyes peeled for great deals or sales for your projects.  I needed, for instance, six new globes for the white ceiling fans on my porch.  I had my master to-do/shopping list in my purse when I stumbled upon a pile of clearance goodies at Wal Mart (granted, NOT my favorite store).  I picked up some completely fine (read:not my fave but certainly got the job done) glass globes for maybe a fifth of what the local hardware store was charging.  Will they light you on fire, nah, but no one will look at them and wonder what I was thinking when I picked them up either.

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!  Same goes for your home.  So, short and sweet- the sooner you can start the better, shop smart and try to view your home the way a customer would.  Clean, organized and in great repair will never steer you wrong! 🙂

Horizontal stripes are no one’s friend, man!

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20130518-105651.jpg   I swear I had a cute (granted, not as cute to rival Princess Kate or Halle) bump going this am and I’m feeling this angle has me looking more large than I really am- but the two of us are manning the model home in Sneads Ferry (NC) today and tomorrow.  Stop by and say hi, get some groovy decorating ideas (designed by a former Trading Spaces star-I’ll even tell you which one!) and a hug or a belly rub for luck!

If you are going to live here more than 2 years, read this!

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See below!  Big news!  There will now be a tax cut for first time home buyers of up to $7500.  This is huge for our area!
Look at it this way: 
Loan Amount:  $125,000
Rate:  6.5%
Term:  30 years
Interest paid in the first year:  Approximately $8100.00
Essentially, with the tax cut, the buyer could have an interest free loan for the first year.  In addition, they are able to deduct mortgage interest, not with RENT!    Sounds like a no-brainer to meJ  As always, you should refer the buyer to their tax advisor for details. 
Once again, our community is reaping the benefits of the crunch felt around the country.  We are so fortunate to have the military to not only sustain our economy, but to allow it to flourish.  Thank them by making them aware of this invaluable information.  With a VA Home Loan, the veteran can actually come to closing with zero out of pocket, pay a lower rate than much of the population,  and now get an additional tax break!!!
Get out there and sellJ J J
As always, thank you so much for your support.  I will provide more details on the new legislation as I receive it. 
Bush Signs Rescue Plan for Homeowners, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac 2008-07-30 11:20:33.810 (New York)
By Roger Runningen
     July 30 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush signed into law legislation that helps 400,000 homeowners facing foreclosure and extends a lifeline to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
     Bush signed the measure at the White House about 7 a.m.
today, spokesman Tony Fratto said.
     “We look forward to putting in place new authorities to improve confidence and stability in markets, and to provide better oversight for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Fratto said.
     The law is aimed at stemming foreclosures and halting a free-fall in housing prices by providing federal insurance for refinanced 30-year mortgages for homeowners struggling to make their monthly payments.
     The measure also is designed to restore confidence in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by tightening regulations and authorizing the Treasury secretary to inject capital into the two biggest U.S.
providers of mortgage money.
     The measure passed the Senate July 26 and the House three days earlier.
     The recession in the housing market, the worst since the Depression, along with higher fuel prices and a shrinking job market, is weighing on consumers and the economy.
     The White House Office of Management and Budget this week cut its February forecast for economic growth this year to 1.6 percent from 2.7 percent. The OMB said it expected the economy to expand 2.2 percent next year, compared with its earlier forecast of 3 percent growth.
                          Lead Lobbyist
     The foreclosure-prevention measure, unveiled in March, was bolstered after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson sought and received temporary authority, through Dec. 31, 2009, to lend money or buy the stock of Washington-based Fannie Mae and McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac. The goal is to avert a collapse of the companies that buy or finance almost half of the $12 trillion of U.S. mortgages.
     The treasury chief, who was the lead lobbyist for the White House, persuaded Bush to back off a threatened veto over a section of the legislation that provides $3.9 billion in grants to states to buy and repair foreclosed properties. Bush said he regarded it as a bailout of lenders.
     The law also creates a tough regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored enterprises.
     Under the law, the Federal Housing Administration can now insure higher loan limits, up to $625,500 from $417,000 in high- cost areas. The law also raises the nation’s debt limit to $10.6 trillion from $9.816 trillion to accommodate the Paulson plan.
     A new FHA program, a unit of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, would insure up to $300 billion in refinanced 30-year fixed loans for about 400,000 borrowers struggling with their monthly payments after loan holders agree to cut their mortgage balance.
     The measure would offer $15 billion in tax breaks, including provisions offering the equivalent of interest-free loans worth up to $7,500 for first-time homebuyers. States would be able to offer an additional $11 billion in mortgage revenue bonds to refinance subprime loans.
Jennifer Furtney Ellenor
Mortgage Advisor
(910) 442.7682

Bear Trail at Southwest Plantation

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So, the word is officially out.  Art and my team secured the new homes in Southwest Plantation . . .Bear Trail. 

Located outside city limits of Jacksonville, off of Dawson Cabin Road.

Homesites priced from the low 50’s, beautiful homes priced from the mid 200’s.

I’ll have more information on my website soon, but, until then, take a moment to visit: www.beartrailgolf.com to learn more about the course, tee times, and more.

For the best directions, use the address: 444 Harris Creek Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540

More info and more photos to follow. . .very exciting project to be involved with, I am looking forward to it!

Bear Trail GBear Trail Golf
at Southwest Plantation
444 Harris Creek Rd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910-346-8160
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at Southwest Plantation
444 Harris Creek Rd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910-346-8160