Tuesday, June 26, 2018

4 Steps to Win a Bidding War

Housing inventory is tight across the country, and many homebuyers find themselves in a bidding war with other buyers. RE/MAX has some pointers to help you act fast during the bidding process to gain the seller’s attention.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal/3 Things to Do Before You Sell!

With spring finally underway, now is a great time to start thinking about boosting your home’s curb appeal, saving for a down payment, or getting ready to sell your home. That’s where I come in! Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

5 Affordable Tips to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
When you buy a new home, it’s easy to take the fresh, clean feel for granted. Over time, even the most conscientious homeowners can lose ground on their home’s curb appeal. Make your home shine with these five tips.

Rent a pressure washer - Dirt, mildew, and grime will inevitably accumulate on your house, porch, driveway, walkways, and fences over time. Rent a pressure washer from your local hardware store and spray down these surfaces. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

Wash the windows - It’s easy to overlook the fingerprints and smudges on your windows. However, pulling out the window cleaner can make a huge difference both inside and outside the house, especially if it’s been a while since you last cleaned the windows.

Edge the lawn - If you’re looking for a cheap, easy way to make a big impact, this is it. Edging helps separate your lawn from your other plants, landscaping, and walkways, giving your yard a crisp, clean feel.

Add mulch - Adding mulch to your plant beds and around your trees doesn’t just make them look great. It also helps block weeds and protects your plants from drought and frost.

Spruce up the doorway - Make your entryway more inviting by adding a bold, new door-knob, an elegant knocker, or a fresh coat of paint. Get a great door mat and a couple inviting statement pieces and your home is sure to wow visitors and make you feel at home!

How to Save for a Down Payment
No more trips to the laundromat, shared walls, or noisy upstairs neighbors are just some of the benefits most homeowners enjoy. If you’re dreaming about owning your own home, it’s time to start saving for your down payment. Make your start with these tips!

Determine how much you need.

Before determining what your down payment should be, you have to figure out how much you can afford to pay for a house Most professionals recommend a down payment equal to 20% of your home’s cost and a monthly mortgage payment of no more than 25% of your monthly income. Use a mortgage calculator to set a budget and down payment goal.

Find places to save.
The more money you can set aside for your down payment, the faster you’ll reach your goal. Instead of keeping your down payment money in a traditional savings account, look into accounts that offer higher interest rates, such as a high-yield savings account, certificate of deposit (CD), or a money market account. Accounts like these allow you to save faster without contributing more. Investments are another way to reach your goal. Just be aware that the higher the return, the higher the risk, and you may end up losing money in the process.

Speak with a financial advisor.
The internet has a lot of information; however, finding information that applies to your exact situation can be hard. Instead, talk to a financial advisor. Financial advisors can help you establish a budget, find opportunities to cut back on your expenses, and save money. They can also help you budget for new expenses, evaluate your mortgage options, and set a practical housing budget when the time comes to buy your home.

Set a date.
Once your plan is in place, you should be able to get an idea of how long it will take you to reach your down payment goal. Figure out how much money you will need to save each year, week, or paycheck to ensure you’re left with a comfortable amount to live on. Once you confirm, set a specific date for when your down payment will be ready. Then you can start looking for a home.

3 Things to Do Before You Sell Your Home
If you want to get the best price for your home, a lot of work will need to be done before you put it on the market. Start early to leave yourself plenty of time to do inspections, figure out when you need to close, and get the house ready.

Get a home inspection.
You won’t know what your home is worth until you know what condition it’s in. Have your major systems inspected - i.e., your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. Get your roof, basement, foundation, and windows checked out as well. A professional home inspector (like a buyer would use) can find problems you may not have noticed and ensure you know what condition your home is in before buyers come in asking for price changes.

Make a timeline.
Make a list of everything that must be done to get your house ready to sell, such as repairs, staging, painting, landscaping, and photographing. You should also think about when you (or your tenant) can move out for the new buyer. Once you find an interested buyer, it can take several weeks (sometimes even months) for the inspections, counter offers, and closing to take place.

Get the house ready.
Decluttering, repairs, and landscaping play an important part in making sure you get the best price for your home. Budget plenty of time to finish projects, to clear out as much stuff as possible, and for your new plants to grow in and start thriving.

Once you’re ready to sell, you have to find the right price, the one that will help sell your home in your desired time frame and get you the most money possible. Give me a call when you’re ready and we can go over your home’s features and upgrades, look at comparable houses on the market, and examine those that recently sold to come up with the right listing price for your home!

Looking for more tips on how to boost your home’s curb appeal, save for a down payment, or get ready to sell? I’m here to help!

Rory Molnar
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739 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Interesting Lunch!

Yesterday we had our Hendersonville Board of Realtors General Membership Meeting. We had a couple of interesting speakers, Sheriff Charles McDonald and NCDOT Wanda Austin.

Sheriff McDonald mentioned his re-election bid and then talked about school safety. With all the recent shootings around the country it is good to know that our locals are taking this topic seriously. He talked about he hopes to have armed deputies in every school amongst the other activities going on.

Wanda talked about the planned NCDOT activities planned for Henderson County. She talked about the Balfour Parkway, the US 64 roundabouts, the I-26 expansion, The 191 widening and so on.

All in all it was some good discussions on what is going on in Henderson County now and in the future!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New and improved Web site!

Check out my new and improved personal web site. You can search for properties as soon as they hit the market! so go to www.RoryMolnar.com! I also added a search feature on my Facebook page facebook.com/remaxfourseasonsrealty-rorymolnar

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Balfour Parkway via NCDOT Web site

Project Overview and Purpose

Planning is underway on a proposed project to build Balfour Parkway, which would be a 4.6-mile four-lane median-divided roadway from N.C. 191 (Haywood Road) to U.S. 64, north of Hendersonville.

Purpose of the Project

The primary purpose of the proposed project is to improve east-west vehicular mobility in Henderson County by providing a connection (with limited control of access) between N.C. 191 and U.S. 64.

Please Note: "Limited control of access" (noted above) is defined in the second bullet of the Screening Criteria (below).

Screening Criteria

The following performance measures explain how alternatives that meet the purpose will be evaluated. Alternatives considered for the project must:

  • Provide an interchange along I-26 with the new roadway that maintains a minimum 1-mile distance from any interchange along I-26
  • Only provide access at intersections and interchanges along the proposed roadway with existing streets (i.e. there would be no individual driveways)
  • Achieve a minimum level of service D (for intersections overall and the mainline during peak hour, design year conditions) for the proposed roadway

Additional Project Benefits

Additional benefits of a proposed connection between N.C. 191 and U.S. 64 include reduced travel time and a potential reduction in the volume of heavy trucks traveling through downtown Hendersonville.

Project Highlights

In July 2017, the N.C. Department of Transportation updated the project study area – the land where the proposed roadway might be built –by eliminating potential roadway options through downtown Hendersonville. The study area allows room to consider new-location route options that link N.C. 191 to U.S. 64 north of Hendersonville and is consistent with the project limits noted in the area's comprehensive transportation plan.

Environmental Planning Underway

Although Balfour Parkway is state-funded, the potential addition of an interchange with I-26 would involve approval by the Federal Highway Administration. The proposed project is following a process outlined by the National Environmental Policy Act, a law that requires NCDOT to study the environmental effects of the proposed project and document. Once all studies are complete, NCDOT will release an environmental document – called an Environmental Assessment – that details the findings. The project study area – is outlined in red on the vicinity map.

Preliminary Designs Map

NCDOT is conducting studies to identify the proposed route and design for Balfour Parkway.

The preliminary designs map – also known as the preliminary alternatives – shows the potential location of where the road could be built. The preliminary designs use a 1,000-foot wide corridor and potential designs are expected to require approximately 250 feet. The large corridors allow room to refine each design concept to further avoid or minimize potential impacts within the corridor.

The preliminary designs, which are subject to change, will be on display for the public to view at a public meeting on Feb. 27, 2018.

Project Funding

The State Transportation Improvement Program, which is the N.C. Department of Transportation's 10-year plan that identifies what projects the state will fund, identifies the project in three sections:

  • Section A: N.C. 191 to U.S. 25 Business (currently unfunded)
  • Section B: U.S. 25 Business to I-26 (funded)
  • Section C: I-26 to U.S. 64 (currently unfunded)

The State Transportation Improvement Program currently includes funding for Section B. Sections A and C are scheduled for funding after 2027; however, because the State Transportation Improvement Program is updated every two years, construction funding could be allocated before 2027.

Project History

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Balfour Parkway is included in the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization's 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which recommends construction of a "new four-lane expressway from N.C. 191, north of Stony Mountain Road, to U.S. 64, north of Nix Road, in Hendersonville." The plan's recommended time frame for construction is 2026-2030.

Balfour Parkway has been included in long range transportation plans since 2005, including the area's 2008 comprehensive transportation plan.

NCDOT Feasibility Study

In September 2014, NCDOT completed a feasibility study (FS-1214B) that examined construction of the proposed Balfour Parkway.

The feasibility study found that the four-lane divided roadway would be able to accommodate traffic volumes projected for 2035. It also identified resources that would need to be considered in the planning and design process.

Please note: A feasibility study is an assessment of the practicality of a proposed project and is intended to determine if a proposal is economically justified, if it is acceptable on an environmental or social perspective or if eventual construction and operation can be financed and managed.

The designs and alignments prepared during the feasibility study are conceptual in nature and are subject to change during the planning and design phase as additional information and public comments are factored in.

Extensive environmental studies are underway on this project that will lead to developing potential study alternatives and identifying possible new location routes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vacation Security Checklist

Vacation Security Checklist
* Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.
* Secure gates and sheds.
*Trim shrubbery.
* Don’t hide house keys outside.
* Give a neighbor a spare key. Ask them to get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in    front of your house on trash day, mow and rake the lawn, and/or park in the drive.
* Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.
* Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated  lights outside.
* Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors.
* Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the    door.
* Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.
* Put valuables in safe-deposit box.
* Inform your local police that you'll be away.
* Let me know if you or a friend is looking to buy or sell real estate this year.
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