Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate
Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate
Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate
Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate

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What to do when buying a new construction home

Woman wondering

Woman wondering

There is a big difference in the process of buying a new construction home compared to that of buying the typical pre-built house. Make sure you’re doing everything right by following these simple tips:

Research the builder

With so many builders out there, you have to be cautious when choosing the one for your home. Ask about their building process, the length of time their usual build takes, and their warranties. Different builders offer different warranty durations on materials and workmanship, so it’s best to know this beforehand.

Go with building companies with a good reputation in the community, one that has been in business for years. Find out what past clients think about their work by going online to check reviews on them or to read testimonials on their website.

Check out the company’s qualifications and if their licensing is up to date. You should also see if they’ve been subjected to any lawsuits or any disciplinary action by local agencies or the state.

Look into the neighborhood

New construction homes are usually found in developing neighborhoods. Before you buy into the area, make sure you’re aware of its advantages and disadvantages. Talk to the residents and ask about what they think about the community. Also, try to visit the neighborhood at different times of day to find out the community vibe.

Get a home inspection

Pre-built homes aren’t the only ones in need of home inspections. Newly-constructed homes can also have as many problems as older ones. Thus, find out as much as you can about your new home especially if there are any major problems. It’s best to get a home inspection as soon as possible before any of the builder’s warranties expire.

Hire a real estate agent

Having a real estate agent makes the whole process of buying a new construction home infinitely easier. Get an agent with a lot of experience working with builders and who knows the area well. They can recommend you reputable builders and other real estate professionals like landscapers and interior designers.

If you’re interested in getting a new construction home in the Triangle Area in North Carolina, just give me call at
912-210-8388 or send an email to MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Questions to ask before making an offer on a home

Real Estate Concept

Real Estate Concept

Before making an offer on that house, you have to be sure you know what you’re getting into. Take a look at these important questions to ask a seller before bidding on a home:

What is the condition of the home?

Know beforehand if the house has any structural issues. You don’t want to make an offer on a home with many defects. Be wary of seemingly simple repairs because these could be a sign of bigger and more structural problems.

Has the house been on the market too long?

If a house has stayed on the market for 90 days or more, it could have serious defects or is overpriced. This can also clue you in on how willing the seller is to negotiate on the price as well as certain terms and conditions.

Also factor in the state of the local real estate market and the kind of home being sold. Luxury homes in more affluent neighborhoods, for example, are normally in the market for longer than three months.

What is the neighborhood like?

Location is the most important factor in buying a home.You can change every aspect of the house except for this one; thus, it’s crucial that the neighborhood it’s situated in is perfect for you. Ask your real estate agent about the community and their insights about the area. It’s also a good idea to talk to your potential neighbors for their feedback.

If you have kids, research about the school district or set up a meeting with the school principal. Make sure your home is close to places important to you like shopping centers, restaurants, dog parks, and the like.

Also, take into consideration any new developments that might affect the location’s appeal. The community and surrounding properties play a very important role when it comes to your home’s value and resale ability.

Buying a home in the Triangle, NC Region? Get in touch with me, Matt Peedin, today at 912-210-8388 or send an email to MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

A guide to museums in Raleigh, NC

Bicentennial Plaza

Bicentennial Plaza

With so many great museums in Raleigh, NC, it’s no wonder that the nickname, “Smithsonian of the South” was bestowed on it. Learn more about the museums in town here:

North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road

The North Carolina Museum of Art is home to an array of galleries and exhibits showcasing artworks and artifacts from all around the world. Their collection spans from classic renaissance paintings to modern photography. Hundreds of works here come from Europe, Africa, Egypt, Jewish America, and ancient America.

The museum gives out daily tours for free for groups and individuals. They also have free 30-minute mobile tours available on their website. The thematic self-guided tours are called “Lunch Break”, “Curator’s Choice”, and “Date Night”.

Admission to the museums is free except for select exhibitions and programs. Some tours for larger groups also have to pay a fee. The museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays at 10 AM to 5 PM and is closed on Mondays.

North Carolina Museum of History

5 E. Edenton Street

The North Carolina Museum of History is the best place to spend an educational day out. This museum showcases more than 150,000 artifacts from North Carolina’s history dating back from the time of its native inhabitants to the 20th century.

The museum’s permanent exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, has artifacts such as Civil War flags and weapons, as well as recovered items from the rumored pirate ship Queen Anne’s Revenge, and more. The exhibit also has dioramas, interactive features, multimedia presentations, and two full-size historic houses and recreated environments.

Museum hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Mondays to Saturdays and noon to 5 PM on Sundays.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 W. Jones Street

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the biggest natural history museum in the Southeast. It is home to the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur, also known as the “Terror of the South.”

The museum has a Nature Exploration Center with an array of artifacts from the prehistoric North Carolina coast. Their exhibits include the Living Conservatory, Arthropod Zoo, Nature Research Center, and Discovery Room. The museum’s centerpiece is a 70-foot-diameter globe with a three-story theater called the SECU Daily Planet.

General admission is free and the museum is open Mondays to Saturdays at 9 AM to 5 PM and Sundays at noon to 5 PM.

There are plenty more of museums worth visiting within North Carolina. Check them out here.

Want to learn more about Raleigh, NC and your real estate options in the area? Get in touch with me today at 912-210-8388 or send an email to MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Luxury home remodeling ideas

Drawing renovation of a luxury bathroom

Drawing renovation of a luxury bathroom

Adding luxury features to your home is a brilliant concept that not only improves your quality of life but adds to your home’s value. Give your home that upgrade with these genius remodeling ideas:

Make your kitchen sleek and modern

The best place to start your luxury remodelling is at the heart of the home – the kitchen. Give it a fresh new look by replacing old flooring with big slabs of granite or travertine to limit seams. Get some top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and complement them with dark wood cabinets.

Open up your kitchen by taking down walls and putting in a spacious kitchen island instead. This kitchen island can double as a casual hangout area. Maximize this space by building a wine chiller, trash compactor or cooling drawers inside.

Go the extra mile and have your contractor rewire the whole kitchen with brand-new lighting fixtures, quad outlets, and a multimedia network.

Get a spa bathroom

Transform your bathroom into your personal sanctuary of relaxation. A spa bathroom isn’t just a largespace with a bathtub. A truly luxurious bathroom is equipped with features like a large steam shower, soaking tub, sauna, radiant heated floors, heated towel rails, and more.

Your bathroom should be a place that truly caters to your personal tastes. From the color of the tiles to the little accessories around the space, your spa bathroom should be a place of serenity where you can wash all your troubles away.

Create an outdoor living area

Don’t limit your luxury remodel to the inside of the home. Outdoor living areas are among the most sought-after luxury amenities today. By creating a seamless flow between your inner and outer living spaces, you’re making your home feel more spacious with more room to grow.

Turn your patio into the perfect gathering place for friends and family with comfortable sitting and an outdoor kitchen complete with prep stations and sinks. Or you can give your backyard a makeover by putting in a resort-style pool or an outdoor spa.

Want to know more about upgrading your home into a luxury abode? Get in touch with me, Matt Peedin, today. Just give me a call at 912-210-8388 or send an email to MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Suggested Reading:
5 Remodeling ideas to boost your home’s value
DIY home staging tips
10 DIY porjects that will boost your home’s appeal

Benefits of buying a short sale property

short sale sign

short sale sign

A short sale property is a house being sold by the owner for less than the amount they owe on their mortgage. In recent years, this property type has become a popular option for home sellers and holds plenty of advantages for buyers.

Buying a short sale property is definitely a good move. Here’s why:

You can get a better deal

Most sellers and banks want to avoid letting short sale properties stay too long in the market. So for a quick sale, these properties are listed within a much more affordable price range. Budget-conscious buyers who couldn’t afford houses in a traditional home sale are then given the opportunity to acquire short sale properties at prices that are easy on their pockets.

The homeowner’s eagerness to sell means buyers will have an easier time working with them. Sellers of a short sale property might also be more willing to negotiate the price.Lower offers are more likely to be entertained with short sale properties.

You will have less competition

Many buyers don’t have the patience to go through the process of a short sale transaction. Most first-time home buyers also don’t want to delve into the process because of its complexities. With less interest comes less competition when the time tobid comes. You also don’t have to worry about anyone coming out of the blue giving an offer that you can’t beat.

Short sale properties are in better condition compared to foreclosed homes

Unlike foreclosed properties, short sale homes are still occupied by the current homeowners. Because the owners still live in the property, it will be well taken care of during the sale with less risk of vandalism. You also don’t have to worry about squatters.

It will take a whole lot of reading to know what to expect when buying short sale properties but I can help you. Give me a call today at 912-210-8388 or send an email to MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com and be properly informed.

Create the Home You’ve Always Wanted When Your House Is Less Than Perfect

Create the Home You’ve Always Wanted When Your House Is Less Than Perfect

Sometimes you find your dream house, and sometimes that house is not quite perfect. Stepping into your new home for the first time is one of the most exciting moments in your life, but it might not have everything that you want. It’s a common story for new homeowners. Many homeowners realize that they can add on other features later, so they settle for a place that’s just good enough because it fits into their budget. Here are five reasons and ways to transform your new home into exactly what you want.

 

  1. Spacing

 

Open floor plans are popular in newer homes, but older homes weren’t built for openness. Older homes have more walls, hallways, and partitions to create separation, therefore making the house feel smaller. Back in the day, the kitchen was separated from the rest of the house because it was a place to work rather than socialize. Many modern homeowners are knocking down walls in the kitchen to create an open living space that bridges the divide between the eating and entertaining areas.

 

  1. Flow

 

With proper spacing comes flow. One way to improve the flow of the rooms is to remove tight corners and widen doorways so that the home feels larger and more open. Better flow means better energy and more of a community feeling, rather than the isolation created by enclosed spaces.

 

  1. Storage

 

Most homeowners could use more storage space. Isn’t that one of the reasons you bought a home in the first place? Sometimes there simply isn’t enough space inside your home and you need an external structure like a garage to store cars, tools, and extra items. Garages are ideal places to store equipment used for the outdoors, such as leaf blowers and lawn mowers, so that dirt doesn’t get inside the house. The external storage space will also reduce the clutter inside your house by providing a place for things you don’t need every day, such as seasonal items. It’s cheaper to build a garage using steel instead of lumber or concrete. Steel is more durable and easier to build with, and it comes with fewer foundational problems.

 

  1. Function

 

Another big reason to renovate a home is to improve its functionality. Families who like to entertain guests might consider adding a kitchen island for food preparation, or installing a second oven for hosting and cooking large meals. Others might choose to add a dedicated play area for the kids, a half bathroom downstairs, an en-suite master bathroom, larger closets, or another room to serve as an office or guest bedroom.

 

  1. Cosmetics

 

Cosmetic renovations might not seem necessary, but they can make an outdated home feel new and modern. Remodels typically happen in kitchens and bathrooms and can include new countertops, stainless-steel sinks, upgraded cabinets and fixtures, and art deco tiles for a backsplash. Painting, lighting, and flooring can make a big difference to a home’s feel as well. Some homeowners are opting to rip out old carpets and replace them with wood flooring. They’re also ditching old lighting fixtures for contemporary chandeliers, pendant lights, lamps, and recessed or track lighting for the ceiling.

 

Buying a home that needs work isn’t a bad thing. While it does mean that your home may not meet your standards right away, it also means that you get to save money on the purchase and turn it into the home that you want. Think of it like customizing your house without having to build one from scratch. Structural changes can actually be a saving grace that turns a mediocre building into the home of your dreams.

Cool and unique things to doin Durham, NC

Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga

Do you want to see Durham, NC in a new and exciting way? Avoid the usual tourist traps and visit these fun and unusual places in the area:

Duke Lemur Center
3705 Erwin Road

Find the largest and most diverse collections of lemurs outside of Madagascar at the Duke Lemur Center, as facility that has been around for over 50 years. Its focus is on the research and biological conservation of the most endangered animal on the planet.

The center receives around 32,000 visitors every year. It provides guided tours where you can observe and learn more about 10 different species of lemurs. After the tour, go to the gift shop and buy lemur-themed shirts, caps, and stuffed toys.

V&E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection
1825 Chapel Hill Road

Discover the rich history of the tuba and other related instruments in the tuba family at V&E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection. Vincent and Ethel Simonetti started their tuba collection in 1965 and over time, they have accumulated over 300 instruments.

Aside from tubas, their collection also has saxhorns, euphoniums, sousaphones, and ophicleides. The museum records the tuba’s evolution since its invention in the 1830s.

The museum is open for public viewing by appointment only. Museum hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays 3 PM until 6 PM. There are no admission fees but donations are accepted. Visits during non-museum hours require an appointment and a minimum donation of $25.

Yin Yoga with goats at Hux Family Farm
1923 Shaw Road

Experience yoga with a twist at Hux Family Farm. Their Yin Yoga gives you all the energizing and relaxing benefits of a usual yoga class but is made even better with goats.

Throughout the entire lesson, you’ll have the opportunity to play with and cuddle the farm’s therapy goats. You can also feed the goats before and after the class. Each class costs $23 per person and lasts for an hour. Everyone from yoga newbies to seasoned yogis aged seven and above is welcome to join.

Whether you want to relax, explore, learn, or even drink, Durham got it all for you!

Find out more about the lifestyle and your real estate options in Durham, NC! Feel free to give me a call at 912-210-8388 or send an email to MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

5 Common Home Buyer Mistakes you can Avoid

OOPS

OOPS

You can now make the home buying experience as painless as possible by avoiding these 5 common pitfalls:

  1. Not getting a mortgage preapproval

    Getting a mortgage pre-approval lets you know exactly how much you can spend for a home. This gives you an edge over home buyers without one because it’s proof of your capacity to spend on a home. It also narrows down the scope of your search to homes within your budget. This, in effect, allows you to save time and money.

  2. Not hiring a real estate agent

    Buying a home is a big decision, so a professional’s services are much-needed. Real estate agents are pros at making the experience of negotiating and transacting as stress-free as possible. They can also provide you with information only known among the locals of a community that doesn’t usually appear in Google searches or online listings. This kind of help from a real expert can help you arrive at well-informed decisions. Read more about tips on getting the top real estate agent in your area.

  3. Skipping home inspection

    A house could make a great first impression, but closer inspection could reveal many hidden defects. Finding out about these while still in negotiations can be potential deal breakers. This is why a thorough and professional inspection of the home should be done before closing the deal on its purchase. Read more on how to get the Most Out of a Home Inspection.

  4. Going beyond your budget

    A substantial sum of money goes into buying a home. On top of that are other things to spend on like insurance, maintenance, and utility bills. Keep these additional expenses in mind to make sure that you are buying property you can realistically afford.

  5. Letting your emotions guide your decisions

    Stay as objective as you can when house-hunting. It’s alright to fall in love with a house, but don’t rush. Look at other options and weigh the pros and cons of each carefully. You don’t want to make a decision you might regret.

Looking to buy a home in The Triangle? Get an experienced professional like me to help you. My name is Matt and you can call me at 919-210-8388 or email me at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

5 Good Reasons to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Foreclosure for sale sign

Foreclosure for sale sign

Buying a foreclosed home can be a smart move if you play your cards right. A foreclosure occurs when a borrower has not made their mortgage payments on a piece of property for a long time. When this occurs, a lender can choose to sell the mortgaged house to pay off the loan.

Here are 5 reasons to buy a foreclosed home:

  1. It’s a good deal

    When a homeowner chooses to sell their mortgaged house to pay off the loan, they normally price the property much lower than its market value. The goal is to get as many offers as possible in the shortest span of time. This gets the properties out of their hands faster with some profits to spare.

    The money you would have spent on investing in a home can go to repairs or upgrades instead. This puts you in a great spot to buy low and sell high.

  2. You accumulate equity

    By buying low, you can set yourself to make high returns on your investment. Making necessary repairs or upgrading the property can boost its market value. This is even better if it’s in a developing neighborhood.

  3. You can have the home inspected early

    It could take a couple of months before a foreclosed home is approved for closing. Take advantage of the waiting time by having the house inspected early. The sooner you find out about any problems it may have, the better.

  4. You may get flexible payment terms

    Banks will sometimes give flexible payment terms when they want to sell a property as fast as possible. This is an amazing chance for buyers. They could end up with lower mortgage payments, interest rates, and closing costs.

  5. Foreclosed properties are diverse

    People sometimes avoid buying foreclosures because they think that these are worn out homes in bad locations. While it is true that some of these properties exist, there are many great ones around as well.

  6. Moreover, looking for a foreclosure does not limit you to only one kind of property. You can easily look at a modest single-family house inland as you would a luxury mansion.

Are you planning to buy a foreclosed home? With my professional real estate experience, I can help you find the perfect one. My name is Matt and you can give me a call at 919-210-8388 or email me at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Discovery at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC

Cairns Birdwing
Cairns Birdwing

The museum’s Magic Wings Butterfly House is enclosed in a 35-foot tall glass conservatory.

The Museum of Life and Science in Dunham is one of North Carolina’s top destinations. This 84-acre museum showcases a host of science exhibits and safe havens for rescued animals. It is a place where people of all ages can have fun learning about science and the world.

You can visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during summer. During the regular season, it’s open from Tuesday to Sunday. Click here to learn more.

Indoor exhibits

science chemical play

  • The Lab

    Bring out the inner scientist in you and engage in hands-on experiments. Lab themes change regularly, so it helps to be familiar with their schedule.

  • Aerospace

    View real space artifacts from the Apollo era – try your hand at docking a satellite, see if you can spot your house from a satellite mapping table, and more.

  • Soundspace

    Dance to the beat with the museum’s interactive dance floor that turns motion into sound. A projector can also make abstract art based on your movements.

  • Other exhibits
    • Carolina Wildlife
    • Contraptions
    • Flip It, Fold It
    • Insectarium
    • Investigate Health!
    • Launch Lab
    • Magic Wings Butterfly House
    • Math Moves
    • Play to Learn
    • Weather

Outdoor exhibits

American Black Bear

  • Explore the Wild

    This six-acre woodland habitat is home to black bears, red wolves, lemurs, and more. Visitors can get close-up views of these beautiful animals using zoom cameras from observation decks.

  • Sound Garden

    Explore music in the Sound Garden. Play with instruments from all around the world and pair them with everyday objects to produce unique sounds.

  • Catch the Wind

    Learn about wind power by sailing a boat, launching air canons rings, and more.

  • Other exhibits
    • Dinosaur Trail
    • Ellerbe Creek Railway
    • The Farmyard
    • Gateway Park
    • Hideaway Woods
    • Into the Mist

The museum even offers camps, classes, and venue rentals. Visit their website here for more information.

Do you want to know more about Durham? Let me tell you all about the place and even help you find the home you’re looking for. I’m Matt, and you can give me a call at 919-210-8388 or email me at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.