6 Tips To Help With Your Allergies This Pollen Season

6 Tips To Help With Your Allergies This Pollen Season

6 Tips To Help With Your Allergies This Pollen Season

These 6 tips will not only help with preventing unwanted pollen contamination but may also keep you from contracting other allergy related illnesses.

1. Avoid Windy Days Peak Allergy Season. 

It may be first time you’ve seen the sun since last fall but try to avoid leaving windows and doors open when the pollen count is high. The wind picks up the allergens and brings it right to your door.


Of Adults in the U.S. have allergies.

2. Pollen Is Sticky and Will Adhere Itself To EVERYTHING.

You’ve seen the cars outside after a good “pollen shower” and it isn’t pretty. Your clothes, shoes and even skin are the same way. After spending time outside, you may want to leave your shoes at the door, take a quick shower to rinse the pesky particles off and change clothes so that you don’t bring pollen into your living area.

3. An Apple A Day…

There is truth to the old adage that if you eat healthy you are less likely to get sick. In addition, there have been studies as that show that if you eat fruit and vegetables on a regular basis, you are less likely to get allergy symptoms.

4. Let it Flow! 

Try using a Neti Pot to clear the nasal passageway of pollen particles that get stuck up there and irritate your nostrils. It may seem gross, but these aids can really help allergy sufferers.

5. Drink More Fluids

Just like when you have the flu or a cold you need to stay hydrated. The fluids you drink will help your mucus thin out and in turn help clear your body of the pollen invader.

6. Get Steamy

Steam is an allergy sufferer’s dream. Not only is it good for your skin but it is also great for clearing clogged nasal passages and irritated throats. You can steam yourself in the bathroom by just turning on your shower to a reasonably hot temperature and letting the steam go to work.

We hope these 6 tips help you with fighting seasonal allergies and with all things pollen related. Check the internet for more natural tips for warding off allergy symptoms and with a little more research you can conquer these pesky pollen particles.


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5 Tips for First Time Sellers

5 Tips for First Time Sellers

5 Tips For First Time Sellers

Let’s face it. There is a lot of information out there for sellers about getting your home ready to sell. You clear the clutter. You de-personalize. You paint and prep. But there are a few tips that need to be addressed before listing your home for sale.

Your first showing happens online

 Buyers start their search online and determine what homes they want to see in person. If your home looks less than stellar in photographs, a buyer may pass up seeing it in person. Help your real estate broker help you. Get your house in show shape BEFORE listing photos. The photos should entice buyers to take the next step and schedule a showing.


Of Buyers Start Their Home Search Online

It’s not about you

Like you, buyers often work 9-5 and possibly on weekends. They are coordinating their schedule with their broker’s and time is often limited. Make it easy on buyers by accommodating showing requests whenever requested. After all, if they are coming to your home In person, you are ahead of the game based on tip #1. Buyers may also be out of towners and on a limited schedule. Your house could be the one. Let them see it.

Don’t take feedback personally

 Remember that buyers could be comparing your home to many others depending on the price point and what is available. Usually brokers are very thoughtful in their feedback to the listing agent. Heed feedback that is price and condition related. Those are the two things you can control. If you hear the same feedback topics over and over again, it’s time to take action.

If you get an offer, try to work with it

Sometimes it takes one showing to get an offer. Sometimes it takes 50. You never know. Respond in a timely manner to any offer you receive and don’t be offended if you feel an offer is on the low side. Like you, a buyer is trying to see what the other side will do. The fact that someone took the time to write an offer means they are interested and often, they will come up in price if your home is priced competitively and in its best condition.

Understand your competition and heed your broker’s advice about pricing

Everyone thinks their house is special and deserves top dollar. However, you need to understand what your competition is and how it’s priced. Your broker should provide comps (comparable properties) to determine price. If there are numerous similarly priced homes on the market in your comp set, don’t expect yours to sell higher. Be realistic. Don’t start $20,000 above market when there is a lot of competition. You could be shooting yourself in the foot. Buyers have the data and know when something is over-priced.

We hope this tips will help you when it comes to selling your home. We would be delighted to provide a free market analysis of your home. Connect with one of our real estate professionals to get started.


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5 Simple Ways To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

5 Simple Ways To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

5 Simple Ways To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

In real estate, people do judge books by their covers. When you’re selling your house, your home’s exterior is that cover. If people see any flaws or neglect, you could lose potential buyers before they walk in the door. However, if you “wow” them with your curb appeal, they’ll enter your home in a positive frame of mind with the idea that your home is well-maintained. You don’t have to spend a fortune or break the bank to boost your home’s curb appeal. Check out these easy and affordable tips to create an exterior that invites buyers into your home.

Apply a fresh coat of paint.
Let’s face it, in North Carolina, our houses take a beating from wind, rain, snow, intense sun and extreme temperatures. Sometimes, fresh paint is all it takes to make your house look inviting again.

Often, you don’t have to repaint the whole exterior. Add a splash of color to the front door and shutters or refresh your current color for a nice “pop.” Don’t forget about refreshing other exterior entrances such as side doors or back doors!

According to virtual exterior designers, Brick and Batten, “earthy tones” are in for 2019. Look at nature’s colors for your cue. They blend well with stone, brick and landscaping. https://www.brickandbatten.com/earthy-the-buzz-word-for-2019-paint-colors/




Swap out or revitalize the front door and fixtures.
Small details can make a big difference when a buyer walks up to your front door area. If you have a dated door, change it out. A new front door can elevate your home’s appearance and is one of the best investments you can make. Typical return is 90-100% on that investment. If your door is fine but looks “tired,” paint it. Add a new door knocker or gleaming, freshly polished hardware to make it stand out.

Have you had the same tired, exterior lights for years? It’s time to upgrade. Lighting is one of the most cost effective ways to make an impact. Remember that your exterior light fixtures should be about a quarter of the size of your front door. Don’t skimp and be part of the itty bitty sconce committee!




Hide unsightly features.
While you are marketing your home, hide those trash and recycle cans or put them at the back door. Never leave them out front! The same goes for the kid’s toys and bikes. Keep things neat. New doormats at all entrances are also a nice touch.

Paint those electrical boxes, water meters, and other fixtures attached to the house the same color as the exterior. This acts as a camouflage. They won’t be completely out of sight, but they won’t draw unnecessary attention, either. And you won’t obstruct access for the meter readers.



Pressure wash windows, decks, patios and walkways.
If you don’t own a pressure washer, rent one from your local home improvement store or hire professional pressure washers. In just a short time, you can spray away years of muck and grime. You may be surprised by just how much of a difference you’ll see. Clean is good! Leave the screens off the windows and store them away. Your windows will look better and cleaner. Besides, how often do you open the windows?



Landscaping is important.
This one is obvious, but it’s one of the most effective ways to add curb appeal. Cut down or remove overgrown shrubbery. These do have a lifespan! If shrubs are covering your windows, it’s time for action! Consider selecting shrubs that can remain in a natural shape. They are lower maintenance. Ask the folks at the garden center for ideas.

Flowers can add color and can create focal points in the yard. Direct buyers eyes to the front of the house with pretty flower beds or a couple of beautifully planted pots or urns. If you can’t maintain it, don’t do it! Nothing is worse than walking up to a front door with pots of dead flowers.

Tidy up the natural areas and beds around your home with fresh pine straw or mulch. (No rocks please! We do not live in the desert!) Even if you are listing in the winter, make plans to splurge on this line item. It makes a huge impact.



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6 Helpful Tips to Consider with Home Location

6 Helpful Tips to Consider with Home Location

While the number of bedrooms, baths and amenities are important when searching for a home, location shouldn’t be overlooked. Here are a few things to consider to discover the perfect location for your new home.


Property Taxes

Property taxes play a large role in your monthly budget. The annual tax bill is divided into 12 months and added to your monthly mortgage payment. While you have little control over the mandated costs, it’s best to take a look at the tax costs of the area before you start touring homes. For example, living in the city near shopping, dining and other conveniences comes at a higher cost than living in some county or rural areas.

Already know a town or neighborhood you’d like to pinpoint for your search? Pull up the online tax records. They are public. In Forsyth County, NC, find them here: https://bit.ly/2DKpexE



Whether it’s a roaring nightlife or public transportation that appeals to you, scope out what a neighborhood offers. Drive through the area at different points of the day to see activity levels or traffic increases. Do you like neighborhoods where you may have a chance to meet a lot of people? Do you value your privacy and prefer more land? Do some soul searching about this topic before you home shop. A fabulous kitchen will not matter if you don’t like a neighborhood where you can see into neighbor’s backyards or tight restrictions.


Crime Rates

The safety of your neighborhood impacts everything from your happiness and feelings of security to your home’s resale value. If you’re from out of town, there are numerous online tools that shed light on the crime rates. Look into the Crime Rates here: https://bit.ly/2RYAGOP


School District  

Upon first glance, a school district might not seem like an important factor. However, regardless of your age, a highly rated school district can drastically impact the value of your home, for better or for worse. Do your homework about schools. Contact the local school board for info about districts. And remember, the best laid plans can change. School districts can possibly change in the future. Learn More about student assignment: https://bit.ly/2TlXvbI



The most obvious component—the literal location—of your home can have a huge impact on how you live. Think of factors like weather, landscape and environmental changes that might impact you down the line. Sounds a little scary…right? Just think things through. If you aren’t someone who enjoys gardening and lawn care, you may be better suited for a condo, townhome or home on a smaller lot. Be realistic about your time and lifestyle preferences.



If you purchase a home and have a long commute to work, you’re more likely to get pretty tired of the location fairly quickly. Plus, the cost of transportation (gas, wear and tear on car) needs to be considered in your budget. If you will rely on public transportation, walking or biking, evaluate your location for the ease of those methods.




We hope these tips have you thinking. As always, our brokers at Signature Real Estate, LLC, would love to assist you with your search and answer any questions you have about the home buying process. Allow us to be a resource for you!

5 Myths About Credit Scores

5 Myths About Credit Scores

Anyone who has purchased a home or is currently wanting to buy, or rent can tell you that credit score is one of the most important factors considered by banks or rental owners. A bad score can affect a lot of areas of your life but is particularly detrimental in the real estate world.

Everyone has an opinion about credit scores, but we are here to breakdown these frequently-believed 5 myths and explain what they really mean.


All debt is bad and will lower your credit score. MYTH.

Debt is a scary word. Most of us believe that having ANY debt looks bad and will negatively affect credit. However, there is a big difference between debt that can benefit your score and debt that can hurt it.

If you rack up thousands in credit card debt or do not pay bills on time, this will surely hurt your rating. If you take out a mortgage on a home, this shouldn’t hurt, if you make your payments on time.


Checking my score will damage my rating. MYTH.

This myth is simply NOT true. When you use a service to check your own score, it has no impact on your rating. Furthermore, you are allowed one free check per repository (Transunion, Experian and Equifax) each year.

It’s when you APPLY for credit and a creditor is required to check your score that may bring down your rating. Especially if you do it frequently. (Think of all those department store cards you are offered for 10% off your purchase. Too much of a good thing can be bad for your credit score.)


If you don’t use a credit card, you should close it. MYTH.

Find that you aren’t using a card as often as you used to? It’s not always wise to close the account. A portion of your credit score is determined by the LENGTH of time that credit is open. If you can, try and use the credit card every now and then to avoid the creditor closing your account entirely due to inactivity.


You can improve your score “immediately” by paying off debt. MYTH.

You should always try and make your monthly payments and pay debt off to avoid interest that accrues. But if you miss a payment, making that payment (even the very next day), won’t remove the problem from your score. Missed or late payments can drop your score significantly, so it’s critical to pay debts on time.


If I payoff a collection, it will be removed from my credit report. MYTH.

Make every attempt to settle a debt BEFORE it goes to collection. If not, pay it off as soon as possible. Once it is paid off, the collection remains on your report for 7 years.

Need info on how to repair your score? Visit www.myfico.com for more information.

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Selling Your Home In Winter

Selling Your Home In Winter

Selling your home in winter may give you a competitive edge. Typically, there aren’t as many other homes on the market. You will see more “real” buyers instead of window shoppers. But the one difference in marketing your home in the winter is that many aspects of your home are more visible without the summer foliage and landscaping. You must be sure that your home still shows well in the cold winter months. 


Here are some tips: 


  • Make sure any wood trim or shutters, as well as your front door, are in great shape and have a new coat of paint. 
  • Trim and cleanup any dead plantings or shrubbery left over from the growing season. 
  • Even if you can’t have live plants at this time of year, you can put out seasonal decorations in your planters and a wreath on the front door for a welcoming touch. 
  • Make sure you keep the driveway and entryway clear of any snow and ice for would-be buyers. Don’t forget the deck or patio. 
  • Stage your outdoor areas with a fire pit and comfy outdoor pillows and throws, to promote welcoming spaces that might not be as obvious in the cold months. 
  • Make sure your exterior and entry way lights are on. This is not only welcoming but it will make for a safer environment. 
  • Lay out a special welcome mat or shoe protectors to keep the snow off your floors. 
  • Light up the rooms and turn up the heat. If you have a gas fireplace, you may want to turn it on and warm up the ambiance for showings. 
  • Show off what your home looks like in the warmer months with photographs. If you have special features, like a garden, patio, or deck that look great in summer, make sure to point them out. 

In many ways, it’s easier to make a home feel cozy and inviting in the winter. When a would-be buyer walks out of the cold into a warm house with an inviting fire in the fireplace and lamps on in late afternoon, they will feel the inviting atmosphere. 

Today’s home buyers start their home search online. Make sure your home is in “show shape” for your real estate marketing photos. Declutter. Depersonalize. Show off your home’s selling points. Help the buyer visualize their “stuff” in your home. 

Be sure to work with a Signature real estate agent to get your home ready for online house hunters. Listen to our agent’s advice about price, condition and what items need to be tidied up to get your home market ready. We have your best interests in mind and want to help you achieve a quick sale! 


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