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!

Why Selling a House without a Realtor is a Big Mistake

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When you’re preparing to sell your house, sticking a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the yard and going at it solo might be a tempting option. But seller beware: selling a house without a realtor can be a big mistake. Sure, you might save that precious 6% commission in the short term, but if your home doesn’t sell at all, you won’t see a penny. Even worse, when you sell your house without an experienced realtor in your corner, you put yourself at risk for being given the bad end of the deal or even sued. If we haven’t convinced you yet, here are the top reasons you should never sell your house without a realtor.

You’ll likely be facing off against a buyer’s agent. 

Even though you’ve decided to handle your own real estate, the buyers haven’t. Savvy home buyers will almost always employ a buyer’s agent who can help them pinpoint the best deals, analyze where a home sits on the market, and identify a potential home’s weaknesses. When it’s time for the final negotiations, you’ll be heading up against a buyer’s agent who has years of industry experience. When you consider that the agent has sold hundreds of houses, and you haven’t sold one, it’s easy to see who will win the negotiation. You may end up receiving hundreds or thousands less than what your home is truly worth—and that 6% you saved by forgoing a realtor won’t be much consolation.

Buyer’s agents don’t like to show For Sale by Owner houses.  

Facing off against a buyer’s agent during the final negotiations is daunting, but most buyer’s agents won’t show a For Sale by Owner house to their clients in the first place. Since they won’t be reaping any commission for their services, as they ordinarily would, they have no incentive to show your home to their clients when other houses on the block will pay them for doing so. Additionally, For Sale by Owner sellers have a bad reputation within the industry, and can be viewed as unreasonable, unrealistic, and difficult. From an agent’s perspective, it’s much easier to skip the possibility of drama and only cooperate with other realtors, who are more likely to be professional and unemotional during the selling process.

…And you will be emotional.

You’ve loved and made memories in your home for a long time. Are you ready to deal with it being rejected time and time again by potential buyers? Are you ready to hear the negative comments from buyers and even agents about your home’s quality? Moreover, will you be able to handle negotiations calmly with the threat of a deadline looming over you? Even if you are a naturally calm person, selling a house is such an emotionally charged process that keeping emotions out of the sale is almost impossible for a normal human. And when emotions are involved, you might make rookie mistakes, like refusing to counter a low offer or giving in too easily. A realtor is able to remain removed from the process, so that all decisions are logical and rational.

You have a job, and it’s not selling houses. 

Selling a house is a full-time commitment. It’s not feasible to rush home from work every time a buyer wants to see your home, rapidly clean the house to perfection, and greet them with a smile while your boss wonders how long this is going to continue. Then there’s the fact that at the end of a long work day, you probably barely have enough energy to make dinner, let alone take advantage of every opportunity to market your home. An agent is able to devote the full amount of time necessary to sell a house, so that you never have to rush out of a meeting to answer a phone call from a prospective buyer.

You can’t see what’s wrong with your home 

Every home, no matter how beloved, has flaws. Since you live in your home every day, you’re accustomed to them, and may be oblivious to what might stick out to buyers as giant red flags. A real estate agent is an expert on what makes a house sell, and will be able to walk through your home with you and point out necessary changes in a helpful, informed way. If your house isn’t selling, an agent will be able to offer an industry perspective as to why. A real estate agent’s professional eye can more accurately identify issues and guide you to make improvements.

If you’re not careful, you could get sued

If you fail to disclose a hazard, nuisance, or defect in your home, and a buyer discovers it after they move it, they will be able to sue you. Since real estate agents also are responsible for disclosing information about property values, they are very familiar with disclosure laws and are trained to safely navigate the murky waters of real estate law. So much paperwork is involved in selling a home that it’s unwise to tackle it alone. A real estate agent will be able to sell the property without placing anyone at legal risk.

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Home Inspection Checklist: Interiors

DIY home inspectionLast month, we posted 8 Steps to Buying a House, where we discussed the importance of a professional home inspection. If you’re a buyer, a home inspection can help you identify potential damage prior to purchase; if you’re a seller, a home inspection can also help you  sell your home faster.

However, it’s not always possible to hire a professional home inspector. For this reason, we’ve compiled this handy home inspection checklist to help you identify potential problems yourself.

If you’re ready to begin, grab some gloves, a flashlight, and a print-out of this checklist, and let’s get started with your home’s interior.

Attics

  • No stains beneath roofing, especially around roof penetrations
  • No evidence of decay, damage, or rot
  • Sufficient, properly-installed insulation
  • An adequate ventilation system
  • No plumbing, exhaust, or appliance vents terminating in the attic
  • No open electrical splices
  • Adequately ventilated crawl spaces
  • No moisture
  • No evidence of insect damage

Interior Windows and Doors

  • No stains on floors, walls, or ceilings
  • Floors, walls, and ceilings appear level
  • Flooring materials in good condition
  • No significant cracks in walls or ceiling
  • Windows and doors operate easily and latch properly
  • No broken glass, sashes painted shut, or rot/decay
  • Paint, wall coverings, and paneling in good condition
  • Wood trim installed properly and in good condition
  • Light switches operate properly
  • Adequate number of functioning 3-pronged outlets
  • Working heating/cooling source in each habitable room
  • Evidence of adequate insulation in walls
  • Fireplace: no cracks or damage, damper operates properly, flue cleaned and lined

Kitchen

  • No leaks in pipes beneath sink
  • No stains, mold or decay in cabinet beneath sink
  • Adequate water pressure in sink
  • No rust or deterioration in garbage disposal
  • Built-in appliances operate properly
  • Cabinets and drawers operate properly

Bathrooms

  • Working exhaust fan that doesn’t terminate in attic
  • Adequate flow and pressure in all fixtures
  • Sink, tub, and shower drain properly
  • Plumbing and cabinet beneath sink in good condition
  • No signs of rust in metal sinks, no leaks in overflow drain
  • Toilet operates properly, stable, no stains around base
  • Caulking in good condition around tub and shower
  • Tub and/or shower tiles secure
  • No stains or evidence of leaks around bath/shower

Systems

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where required
  • Plumbing: no evidence of leaks, stains, rust on water heater or pipes
  • Electrical: no exposed splices, all cables secured and protected
  • Heating/Cooling: good air flow, appears to operate well
  • Ductwork in good condition with no open seams
  • No asbestos on heating pipes, water pipes or air ducts
  • Clean air filters

To view the second half of our home inspection checklist series, click here.

Local Elementary School Ratings

local schoolsEven if you don’t have kids, it’s a smart idea to consider the quality of local school districts when hunting for a new home. While a well-ranked school can often drive up the price of homes in the surrounding district, its presence can help preserve a home’s value and ensure faster resale when you’re ready to move.

Buyers often find that a pricier home in a district with a strong public school is actually a better bargain in the long run. Of course, for buyers who do have children, it’s a win-win situation—a home whose price will remain stable even in a down market, and access to a high-quality education for the kids.

To see which school ratings in the Forsyth, Davidson, and Guilford counties make the grade, check out our comparison below.

Forsyth County Schools

Meadowlark Elementary, in Winston-Salem, has the largest elementary school in the Forsyth school district with over 890 students. In 2015 it ranked 41st of elementary schools in N.C. on Schooldigger.com, better than 91.7% of elementary schools. The student/teacher ratio is 15.9 with 56 full-time teachers on staff.

Whitaker Elementary is among the best schools in Forsyth County and North Carolina. Ranked the 13th best elementary school in N.C in 2015, it performed better than 99.1% of North Carolina elementary schools. Its average standard test score was 96.78, and its student/teacher ratio is 16 to 1 with 37 teachers on staff.

Davidson County Schools

With over 850 students, Wallburg Elementary is the largest elementary school in the Davidson school district. In 2015, it was ranked first among 18 ranked elementary schools in Davidson County. The average standard test score was 81.34.

Friedberg Elementary, in Winston-Salem, was ranked 3rd among 18 ranked elementary schools in Davidson County. It has 464 students, and a student/teacher ratio of 18 to 1. It employs over 25 full-time teachers.

Midway Elementary, in Lexington, was ranked 4th among elementary schools in Davidson County. It employs over 29 teachers, with a student/teacher ratio of 17.9.

Guilford County Schools

Jefferson Elementary is among the highest-ranked schools in Guilford County, with a 5-star rating on Greatschools.org and Schooldigger.com. This public school serves children in grades 1-5, with a student body of about 600 students. In 2015 it ranked better than 97.9% of schools on Schooldigger.com. The student to teacher ratio is 13 to 1.

Southwest Elementary, in High Point, has more than 680 students in grades PK-5. In 2015, it ranked better than 91.4% of elementary schools in N.C. on Schooldigger.com, or 6th out of 69 ranked elementary schools in Guilford County. The Average Standard Test Score in 2015 was 87.73. The school employs about 40 teachers.

Florence Elementary, also in High Point, ranked better than 81.2% of elementary schools in North Carolina. In the ranking of 69 elementary schools in Guilford County, it ranked 10th. The Average Standard Test Score in 2015 was 77.9, and it employs about 41 full-time teachers.

Look at the Long Run

Of course, when buying a home, you should always focus on size, condition, and price before other considerations. But when you’re looking at location, location, location, don’t forget the surrounding school ratings. In ten or fifteen years, you may be thankful that you did.

 

Do’s and Don’ts of Staging a House for Sale

staging a houseWhen it comes to selling your home, preparation is everything. Staging a house sets the scene for prospective buyers and makes potential new owners feel welcome from the very first moment they walk through the door. As you prepare your house for the market, here are a few important things to keep in mind.

Do: Focus on Curb Appeal

Potential buyers begin to judge your home before they even enter it, so making a positive first impression is essential. Be sure that your yard looks well-kept, plant flowers and trim hedges, put out a neutral welcome mat and make any obvious external repairs. You don’t want dead leaves and broken gutters to deter a prospective buyer.

Do: Keep It Clean

This may seem obvious, but you should begin with a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning – and keep your home in that condition. Dusting, vacuuming, cleaning windows and mopping floors is absolutely essential. Get your carpets shampooed or rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself. A home that is clean and odor free can keep prospective buyers interested.

Do: Get Rid of Clutter

It is important to throw away or pack up any unnecessary items that may detract from the overall impression of your home. Knick-knacks and collectibles may mean a lot to you, but they can easily put off a potential buyer. Keep up with mail, newspapers and magazines; file away any papers; and make sure that coats, shoes and other items are out of sight.

Do: Stay Neutral

Potential home buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your house. You should remove or store all personal items including family pictures, hand-made articles and/or religious symbols; get rid of any overly bright colors or accent pieces; and be sure that your house, especially the master bedroom, is as gender-neutral as possible.

staging a kitchenDo: Focus On the Kitchen

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home for a reason. Most prospective buyers will focus first on that room when deciding whether or not your home is where they want to live. Try adding some stainless steel elements for a modern look. Simple steps like updating the hardware on cabinets and drawers can make an impressive difference.

Don’t: Make Major Renovations

Major changes you make may not be to every buyer’s tastes. Limit the amount of time and money you invest to essentials like replacing old flooring or stained carpets, updating old appliances, painting walls and replacing outdated fixtures. These can be immediate buyer turnoffs which are worth correcting.

Don’t: Leave Minor Repairs Undone

While major renovations aren’t necessary, there are a number of minor repairs that can be made which will make a difference. Over time, walls collect nicks and dents that are simple to correct. Burned out bulbs, broken or stained fixtures, loose doorknobs and other small problems can mar the image that your home leaves in the mind of a potential buyer.

Don’t: Buy New Furniture

Before you go out and make any new purchases, consider simply rearranging or storing pieces that don’t seem to present the perfect image. It’s also easy to update furniture or hide imperfections with new throws or pillows. Simple changes like these can make a room appear larger and more welcoming.

Don’t: Hesitate To Ask For Help

It’s not an admission of failure to call in a professional stager, consult with your real estate agent or ask a friend or family member for assistance in making your home look its best. Selling your home is a major endeavor, and it makes sense to take advantage of all the help you can so that potential buyers are willing to pay top dollar.