High Rock Lake Recreational Activities

Named after the tallest mountain in the Uwharrie Mountains, High Rock Lake is the second largest lake in North Carolina, with 365 miles of shoreline and 15,180 acres of land. It’s an excellent place to have outdoor fun and enjoy a host of exciting activities. You’ll find something for everyone in the family here!

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High Rock Lake is a popular recreational lake offering many water activities and beaches to explore. The lake itself is relatively shallow and offers swimming, jet skiing, water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding, along with ample opportunities for sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and powerboating. It features 18 boat launches and three marinas, including the High Rock Lake Marina and Campground. Bring an RV or rent a cabin, go to the pool or snack bar, fish at the piers, rent a boat, or simply enjoy the easily-accessible water activities here.

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Fishing is truly a passion here for locals and visitors alike. Considered to be one of the best fishing lakes in all of North Carolina, High Rock Lake has hosted several prestigious Bassmaster Tournaments and is consistently the site of multiple angling competitions. It is well-known for the incredible quality and quantity of largemouth bass it produces, and is also popular for catching bounties of crappie, as well as striped bass – known to fisherman as stripers – bluegill, and both channel and flathead catfish.

The High Rock Lake Association is committed to improving and nurturing the area by representing both property owners and recreational users of the lake. Chartered in 1954 “to foster and promote the welfare of High Rock Lake and the Yadkin River,” the HRLA has made a name for itself nationally by protecting the health and well-being of the lake and its surrounding communities.

High Rock Lake also offers a variety of wonderful eateries,(LINK TO BLOG) as well as wineries and vineyards(LINK TO BLOG) to enjoy. If you’re considering a move to this incredible area, feel free to stop by our High Rock Lake Real Estate Office to learn more about this wonderful, welcoming community.

High Rock Lake’s Local Attractions

There is an incredible range of outdoor activities available in and around High Rock Lake, including mountain biking and hiking trails at one of North Carolina’s great parks. Named for Daniel Boone, the famed pioneer outdoorsman, Boone’s Cave Park spans 110 acres near Lexington, NC. It features six miles of hiking trails, as well as plentiful fishing and camping.

The High Rock Lake area is also home to several historical attractions including the Davidson County Historical Museum, Salisbury National Cemetery, the North Carolina Transportation Museum, and the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 

North Carolina Wineries

North Carolina Wineries at High Rock LakeWhen you’re visiting the High Rock Lake area, make sure to stop by one of the many notable North Carolina wineries and vineyards. Wine tasting is a great way to spend an hour – or an afternoon –enjoying the temperate North Carolina climate.

Cabo Winery

With delightful dessert wines and names like Mistletoe Merlot, you’re sure to have an enchanting time at Cabo Winery. Dry wine lovers, don’t despair! There are plenty of drier options as well, with selections that are full-bodied or light. Their wine tasting offers up to ten choices, while their inventory provides as many as 35 wines to choose from. Everyone just raves about the welcoming, intimate atmosphere and friendly staff!

Weathervane Winery

With a popular selection of seasonal wines including Pomegranate, Green Apple Dew, and Strawberry, Weathervane Winery is a popular local favorite. You can choose a tasting of seven dry or sweet selections to fit your personal palate, or select one of their wine and cheese pairings. They also offer a busy schedule of events in season, so be sure to check out their event calendar when you’re planning to be in the area!

Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse

Enjoy a delightful vineyard tour and a delicious wine tasting, or go all out and try their new craft beers, too. They usually offer a cheese plate, and on occasion lunch or dinner can also be purchased for a very reasonable fee. Their wine selections include, red, white, fruit and off-dry wines. You can choose 5, 10 or a full tasting of all their wines, served in Riedel stemware. Craft beer flights are also available for a very reasonable price. Enjoy!

Junius Lindsay Vineyard

Located in Lexington, Junius Lindsay Vineyard began as a family farm and has quickly become a successful winery. Their acclaimed French-style wines are made with only grape varietals that are native to the Rhône Valley region of Southern France. Selections include whites, reds, desert wines, and some other very unique selections. Their open-air tasting room makes for a lovely, full-sensory experience!

Cauble Creek Vineyard

For a slightly different wine tasting experience, Cauble Creek Vineyard is well worth your time. Known for their knowledgeable staff and unique Muscadine wine selections, this relatively new winery shows some real promise. They offer a number of different red and white wine options, and also have a number of gourmet food selections other gift items available for purchase.

Zimmerman Vineyards

Offering a relaxed and scenic setting, a visit to Zimmerman Vineyards is well worth the drive. With reds, whites, sweet wines, and premium selections, you’ll find their various vintages are a pleasure to taste, and the views may well encourage you to linger over a glass while sitting on the flagstone terrace. Their lineup of vineyard events includes live jazz, bluegrass, and classical music to listen to while you enjoy a tasting – or a full bottle!

While you’re in the area, we’d love to have you stop by our High Rock Lake Real Estate Office. It would be our pleasure to tell you more about the region and consult with you on your home-buying dreams.

High Rock Lake Restaurants: Ed Price Realty

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High Rock Lake offers not only beautiful scenery and bountiful outdoor activities, but delicious, traditional North Carolina cuisine. While you’re visiting the region, be sure to enjoy some of these incredible local High Rock Lake restaurants.

Cook’s Barbecue

A local favorite, Cook’s is known for its heaping portions and delicious food. Their salad bar and hushpuppies are particular favorites, as is their famous smoked turkey plate and pork barbecue – both prepared in traditional Lexington style with all hickory wood. They bring you full pitchers of your favorite beverage for easy refills, and their warm hospitality makes it easy to linger over your meal. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to find!

Hap’s Grill

Enjoy the classic, old-time vibe of this tiny little eatery in downtown Salisbury. Food selections are limited to burgers and hot dogs featuring a broad range of toppings, but it’s worth stopping by simply for the experience – and maybe a chilidog. The delicious Cheerwine and Sundrop sodas still come in glass bottles, and are well worth trying at least once!

Mambo Grill & Tapas

Serving up authentic, homestyle Cuban and Spanish dishes, Mambo Grill & Tapas is considered by many to offer the best food in Salisbury. With a host of dedicated regulars and an impressive array of tempting appetizers, small plates, and entrees, there’s something here for every taste. And any meal can be complemented by their large selection of craft beers and cocktails.

Smokey Joe’s BBQ

Step into this 1970’s style diner and discover down-home country cooking at its best – with prices that may make you think you actually have stepped back in time! Their sweet tea is to die for, and whether you choose from diner standards like their burger with all the trimmings and the chicken tender plate or go for the plentiful BBQ options, you’re certain to leave feeling full and satisfied!

Emma’s of Salisbury

Offering breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Emma’s features a delicious selection of fresh cuisine complete with vegetarian options. From fish tacos to crab cakes, with rotating brunch and dinner specials, there’s always something new and delicious to try here. The fried green tomatoes and shrimp & roasted corn bisque are local favorites, while their sandwiches and salads serve up standard classics every time.

Speedy Lohr’s Barbecue

For some of the best no-frills, inexpensive barbecue in the area, Speedy Lohr’s serves up their own special recipe, complete with their signature buckeye hushpuppies. They’re actually known for having the best hotdogs and chili in the area – making their chilidogs a special favorite. They’re also known to serve up a delicious breakfast. You can count on friendly service and good food here every time!

 

When you’re done enjoying one of the many restaurants in the area, be sure to stop by our High Rock Lake Real Estate Office. We’d love to show you around and share the many reasons why High Rock Lake, NC is such great place to live!

What “Cozy” Really Means: Decoding Online Real Estate Listings

 

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It’s a well-known fact of the online dating world: no one ever looks like they did in the photos. And, all too often, what people have to say for themselves isn’t true, either. For example, that self-employed “independent craftsman” might just be whittling figurines in his mother’s basement and selling them on eBay.

What’s true for people is just as true for houses. Sellers and agents alike will often try to catch the eyes of potential buyers—and deflect attention away from unpleasant property features—by using carefully crafty real estate listings full of sneaky marketing language.

Buying a house is such a complicated process that it’s best to beware—you don’t want to exhaust yourself with unnecessary trips, or disappoint yourself with showings which aren’t what they claimed to be. Unpack the lingo with this handy guide of common real estate euphemisms and their true meanings.

“Recent owner updates” “Recently renovated” “Updated”

It’s rare to see a real estate listing that doesn’t mention one of these phrases. After all, homes which have been prepared for market sell much more quickly, and for much higher prices, than those that are left as-is. However, be aware that “updates” can mean anything as small as a fresh coat of paint and a new shower head. Be sure to ask the seller’s agent exactly which “updates” are recent,  and exactly when they were made.

“Great investment property” “Take as-is” “Make it your own” “Needs TLC” “Has potential” “Fixer-upper” “Opportunity”  

All of these terms mean the same thing: the house is in need of serious repairs. And if the seller isn’t willing to make those repairs, it might mean that they’re more expensive than the house itself. A fixer-upper isn’t always bad news; it might mean that you can negotiate a lower price, and you may be able to increase the home’s market value over time. However, the property might also be a bottomless money pit—something that demands more time, money, and energy than you’re able to give it.

To avoid taking on a risky investment, hire a professional home inspector to help you determine the full extent of the damage.  An experienced home inspector will also be able to offer an educated opinion on whether or not the home can be affordably fixed.

“Classic” “Traditional” “Vintage” “Vintage Details” “Retro” “Mature landscaping”

In other words, old. If you see this wording, it is likely that some or all of the property will be original and not restored. If you’re a vintage-lover, this might be a plus for you—where else can you find turn-of-the-century tiles these days? All the same, consider how the home’s age has affected the plumbing, wiring, and other important, less-visible features. Bear in mind that “mature” trees, while majestic, will also require more pruning, and may be a poor choice if you don’t have the time to keep up with them.

“Cozy” “Adorable” “Cute” “Charming”

In other words, small. Look closely at the dimensions of the rooms to decide if this “cozy” real estate listing is worth your time. If no dimensions are mentioned, take it as a warning sign.

“Unique” “One-of-a-Kind” “Quirky”

People, clothing, and hats should be described as quirky; homes should not. A “unique” real estate listing usually spells trouble, as houses which deviate from the norm typically aren’t a good thing. The phrase might be referring to something downright strange, like an odd kitchen/bathroom combo—and you can be sure that whatever it is won’t be in the listing photos.

“Convenient Location” “Walk to School” “Close to Shopping” “Luxury”

These are pretty standard real estate descriptors, but sometimes they are indicators that the property will be expensive. Houses that are close to schools have a higher market value than those that aren’t, meaning that if a house is near a school, you will have to pay for it whether you have children or not. The same can be said for shopping centers, parks, and popular attractions.

“Up-and-coming neighborhood” “Emerging location” “Exclusive Location”

On the other hand, descriptors such as these might mean that the property is isolated and/or located in a neighborhood that is still being developed. However, this is not always necessarily a bad thing. You might enjoy the initial peace and silence, and the excitement of being the first in a new neighborhood as others move in to join you.

Water views”

This phrase doesn’t always mean that you’ll be looking at genuine lakefront property. It might be the case that you have to stand on a roof with binoculars in order to catch a glimpse of water.

“Contact for photos”

No matter what a property truly looks like, a lack of listing photos indicates that the seller isn’t working with a professional to sell the home. When you consider how complex and lengthy the home-buying process is, you’ll agree that a seller who can’t be bothered to list photos isn’t someone you want to be working with, anyway.

Buy a House in Greensboro or High Point NC

Real estate language, while often misused, isn’t always an indication of a hidden disaster. Responsible real estate agents and real estate companies typically don’t use it to deceive, because it’s a waste of a realtor’s time to show a house that buyers have been “tricked” into viewing and won’t actually purchase. It’s far easier for real estate agents to be honest and open in their real estate listings, so that buyers can be matched with homes much more quickly and efficiently.

However, less honest (and less experienced) sellers don’t always understand this, which is why you should always be sure to read between the lines when browsing real estate listings. Working closely with a realtor of your own—called a buyer’s agent—can also help you tread carefully, and avoid wasting time on deceptive showings. To contact a real estate company in Greensboro, High Point, or Winston Salem, contact Ed Price Realtors today, and or browse our 100% honest real estate listings in Greensboro and High Point.

8 Easy Steps to Selling a House in Greensboro

Sold HomeIt’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re selling a house.

Between pricing your home, performing housing inspections, and preparing the house for showings, there’s a lot to do!

Whether this is the first time you’ve sold a home, or the 10th, here are eight easy steps that will save you time, worry, and energy while you prepare your house for the market.

Step 1: Find a Great Seller’s Agent

One of the most important steps to selling a house is finding a great realtor near you. Speak to a variety of different realtors in your area, and treat each conversation as if it were an interview. A realtor with experience in your specific housing market will be highly preferable to one who only sells, say, lakefront property.

Ask all the realtors you interview how many homes they have sold in your area, how recently they have sold them, and how often they have had to lower an asking price. Look for a realtor who is experienced, knowledgeable, and up-to-date on current market trends.

Step 2: Settle on the Right Asking Price

Once you have started working with your real estate agent, it will be time to discuss your home’s asking price. In order to settle on a reasonable figure, your realtor will be able to give you a professional comparison between your home and other homes nearby. If your home has more to offer than other local homes do, you may be able to price it higher. On the other hand, it may also be necessary for you to perform certain repairs and additions to ensure a higher asking price.

Even though you would like to price your home as highly as possible, listen closely to the opinion of your realtor. An overpriced house rarely sells, and your realtor will be able to provide you with realistic expectations.

Step 3: Make Your Home Look Its Best

Once you have settled on an asking price, it will be time to prepare the house for the market. The first step is to give your entire home a thorough cleaning, both inside and out. Then, perform a detailed housing inspection to evaluate which repairs, if any, are necessary.  Be prepared to invest whatever is needed to encourage buyers to make an offer. You may want to add small upgrades around the house, such as new granite countertops, updated appliances, or hardwood floors.

Don’t forget to spend some time scrubbing or pressure washing the outside of the house. A good first impression is key!

Step 4: Have Professional Photos Taken

Studies consistently show that homes with professional listing photos sell more quickly than homes without them. The average home buyer spends just 20 seconds looking at the first listing photo, at which point s/he either moves on, or decides to learn more. Since those first few seconds are so crucial, it’s important to invest in professional photographs that will showcase your home at its best. Though professional photos can be costly, they are not something to skip out on, as well-taken photos can make a huge difference in how quickly your home sells.

Step 5: Market Your Home

Once the house is on the market, your realtor’s goal will be to get your home’s listing in front of many potential buyers as possible. This means exploring all avenues, from social media outlets to professional real estate listings. Your real estate agent will be able to handle most of this for you, and will also be able to use agent-to-agent referrals, open houses, and For Sale signs to spread the word. In some cases, direct mail advertising, media advertising, and brochures may also be appropriate to help the house sell.

Step 6: Receive and Negotiate Offers

Sometimes, the first offer a seller receives will be at or above the asking price, and all there will be left to do is accept it. Most of the time, however, the offer you receive will be either below the asking price, or involve additional requests for items you haven’t considered. For example, the potential buyers may want you to throw in the hot tub or shed that you had planned to take with you, or they may stipulate that you need to make additional repairs or renovations before they can finalize the deal.

This sort of give-and-take is a perfectly normal reality of selling a house, and your realtor will be well-prepared for it. You may either decide to make a counter-offer, or wait for a better one to come along. You may even be lucky enough to have two or more buyers bidding for your house at the same time. This is where having an experienced seller’s agent really comes in handy, because he or she can assist you in choosing the best offer, or even encourage a bidding war between the two buyers.

Step 7: Prepare for Closing

Once you decide to accept an offer, both you and the buyer will have obligations to fulfill before the sale can be finalized. Your agent should be in close contact with the seller and/or his agent during this time to make sure that everything is on track for the chosen closing date. Scheduling home inspections, radon testing, wood-destroying insect inspections, and other finalizing details may all be necessary before the house can officially be sold. Of course, you will also need to remove any remaining items from your home, garage, and property. Your realtor will be able to walk you through all of the necessary steps and ensure that no detail is forgotten.

Step 8: Close on the Sale

The final step in selling a house is “closing” the sale. This is an official meeting wherein the ownership of your home is transferred from you to the new owner. Usually, both the seller’s and buyer’s agents are present along with the buyer and seller, in addition to a loan officer and a closing agent who has prepared all the necessary legal documents. All parts of the sale will be reviewed and verified, and the final documents will be signed and distributed to both parties. Lastly, you will hand over your keys, and voila–the sale will officially be complete!

Selling a House? Find a Greensboro Realtor Near You

Voted the Triad’s Top Realtor for the last 10 years, Ed Price Realtors is ready to help make selling your home as seamless and efficient as possible. If you’re ready to sell your house in Greensboro or High Point, contact us today to for professional, experienced real estate guidance.

What Do Termites Look Like?

what do termites look likeWhen you’re trying to sell your home or purchase a new one, termites are the last thing you want to deal with.

That’s why we highly recommend hiring a professional home inspector before buying a new home or placing one on the market.

However, what with the myriad costs involved in buying and selling houses, you may have to perform a home inspection yourself.

If that’s the case, here are some ways in which you can identify termites before making, or accepting, an offer.

What do Termites Look Like? 

Most people have a vague idea of what termites look like, but tend to confuse them with their cousins, flying ants. There are a number of ways to differentiate termites from ants, however. Firstly, look at the wings. Both ants and termites can have wings, but on termites, both pairs of wings are the same size. In flying ants, the front wings are much longer than the back wings. Another difference is in the “waist” of the insect, or the midsection between the thorax and abdomen. The “waist” of the ant is noticeably smaller, and joins the separate segments of the insect’s body. Termites, on the other hand, will have no apparent waist. Finally, look at the insect’s antennae. Termite antennae are perfectly straight, while the antennae of ants are prominently bent.

How to Spot Termite Damage

There are two different types of termites that can seriously damage a home: drywood termites, and subterranean termites. Drywood termites usually cause less damage, as they work more slowly and have smaller colony sizes. They can be identified by the small, firm pellets of waste they leave behind, as well as their red bodies and black wings. Look for drywood termite damage near the roof and wherever there is exposed wood.

Subterranean termites are more problematic, as they live in large colonies. Damage from subterranean termites usually appears in a honeycomb-like pattern, with tunnels woven throughout the soft inside wood. It can be difficult to discover subterranean termite damage, because the external wood grain will usually be unbroken. Wood damaged by this type of termite will break easily,  revealing hollowed-out insides that are filled with mud or soil. Subterranean termites have a black body and white wings. They usually work from the ground level up, often entering a home through a crawlspace or sub-structure.

How To Get Rid of Termites

Checking for termites is an essential part of the home inspection process, both for the interior and exterior parts of your home. Taking care of these pests as soon as possible will prevent further damage and offer both buyer and seller peace of mind. If you have not purchased the potential home yet, you can either ask the seller to fix it before you move in, or deduct the cost of the repairs from the final price. A real estate agent will be able to help you decide on the best option for you.

The most effective treatment for termites is liquid pesticides used in combination with a termite bait system. Make sure that you identify the specific type of termite that is causing the damage, because different chemicals and follow-up inspections are required for each. Most professional termite exterminators will provide a guarantee that protects the home from any further termite damage, so if you are using a professional extermination company, be sure to request a detailed termite activity report and a copy of the company’s guarantee.

A Greensboro Real Estate Company You Can Trust 

Helping homeowners work through stressful issues, such as termite infestations, is just a small part of what we do at Ed Price Reality. If you are buying or selling a home in the Greensboro and Triad areas, give us a call today to find out how we can make the entire home buying process simple and easy. Be sure to check out our local listings to find Greensboro and High Point real estate near you.