Winston Salem Real Estate and Community News

Aug. 28, 2018

Do I Need an Agent to Help Me Sell in a Sellers’ Market?

Let’s see…baby boomers have decided to stay put in their large family homes, landlords are making a killing as rents skyrocket, homeowners who bought when rates were low aren’t about to trade their low interest rate for a higher one and home builders are either idle or building more expensive abodes. Is it any wonder that finding a home to buy is a bit like trying to find Waldo?

Selling a home right now, on the other hand, is a brilliant financial strategy. Our MLS charts the equity gained by local homeowners, depending on when they bought their homes. Now, these figures “reflect price and principle payments since purchase,” and they’re quite intriguing.

For instance, homeowners who bought 10 years ago are sitting on an average of nearly $64,000 in equity. To get your hands on that equity, however, requires that you get the maximum amount of money for the home that the market will allow.

Can you do that without a real estate agent? Perhaps, but, unless you have access to the information and knowledge that agents possess, the odds are against you. Let’s look at just some of the ways the right real estate agent goes about ensuring you sell your home for top dollar.


How do you plan on coming up with a price for the home?

After marketing prowess, a listing agent’s most valuable skill is in knowing the current market value of a home. Not only do most homeowners lack the skill, they also don’t have access to the tools and data used to calculate a home’s value.

Homes that aren’t priced right condemn the homeowner to one of two fates:

   You will lose money if you price it too low.

   The home may not sell if it’s priced too high. By the time you drop the price, the home is stigmatized and may very well end up selling for less than you’d hoped.

So, again, how will you determine your list price without the aid of an experienced real estate agent? With a Zestimate? Don’t be fooled. Zestimates are highly inaccurate, nationwide. In fact, Zillow publishes their accuracy rate and we’ve seen them as high as almost 15 percent off the home’s actual value. On a $200,000 home, that’s a significant sum of money.

The moment the home hits the market is the most crucial period in the home sale process. This is when it will receive the most attention, but only if it’s priced right.


Do you know how to position the home to get the most attention possible?

One of the most significant price influencers is the home’s presentation—curb and interior appeal.

We work with homebuyers daily and we understand what they like and don’t like in homes. Without an agent’s assistance when you sell, you’re flying blind, which could waste both time and money.

To get it right, you’ll need to know who the most likely buyer will be and then target your home’s presentation to lure them in.


Marketing involves a lot more than sticking a sign in the yard

Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, Inc. said that he “used to believe that a good product sold itself.” But not anymore. Because “now we understand that the most important thing we do is market the product.”

Although homes are flying off the market, they aren’t selling themselves. It requires strategic, target marketing to sell a home, at least if you hope to get the most money the market will allow.

Your competition on the market is most likely in the hands of a real estate agent who will, with professional marketing, lure buyers to his or her listing and away from yours.

Marketing is an art and it requires both experience and a robust marketing budget. We happen to have both, and we get results.


Can you negotiate on your preferred price and terms?

Another large stumbling block that unrepresented sellers face is the mountain of legal paperwork involved in the sale of a home. From laying their hands on it to understanding it, for-sale-by-owners claim that the paperwork was a major headache.

The purchase agreement is one of the most important contracts you’ll use and understanding the terms that the buyer is seeking can be a challenge.

Finally, if you want to get more money from the sale of your home, yes, you need a real estate team to help you sell it. According to a National Association of REALTORS survey, the average FSBO home sold for $190,000 while the average sellers with a professional team behind them brought in $249,000.

Go it alone and you’re leaving nearly $60,000 on the table. Not a wise move.  n

Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 21, 2018

Newsom Home Post August 2018 Edition

Click here to read the August edition of the Newsom Home Post.


GREETINGS happy summer to you all. In case you missed it,come in, get out of the heat, relax and enjoy the August 2018 edition of the Newsom Home Post. This month, the front page story answers the question, "Do I need an agent to help me sell in a seller's market?". Page 2 gives you dates for vacation bible schools in the area, as well as highlighting some other great events. Look to page 8 for a scrumptious rice tart with fresh berries. Thanks again Wolfgang! Are you tired of being tired? Page 10 informs you about what to do if your kids (ok, maybe young adults) are off to college with allergies in tow.  As always, we thoroughly enjoy putting this newspaper together for our you! We appreciate your interest and would love your feedback. ENJOY!

Posted in Real Estate News
Aug. 7, 2018

Our August 2018 Featured Homes

709 US HWY 801 S, Advance NC • $320,000

Perfect - Perfect - Perfect! Come see what real talent and attention to detail has brought to life. This home has absolutely every single box checked: Master on the main level; Brilliant kitchen; Tile shower; Laundry main level; Secondary bedrooms are huge; 3 FULL baths with a powder room; Basement was not overlooked. This playroom has a fireplace and split system for temperature control; venting allows for what could be another bedroom space (septic permit for 3) and a full bathroom!    


 121 Tulip Magnolia Dr., Advance NC • $465,000

Spectacular 5 Bedroom (Septic 4 beds), 4.5 bath home with Master on Main! In-Law quarters with double sided fireplace. This home boasts amazing workmanship and character. Corner lot provides additional yard space and privacy. Arched doorways, arched porch cover, kitchen island range, granite counter tops, and stone finishes inside and out! Floor plan flows seamlessly. This is a true custom quality-built home.


Posted in Buying a Home
July 24, 2018

Vacation Bible Schools and Other Great Events

Vacation Bible Schools

Week of July 29th:

Antioch Baptist Church – 6:30 – 8:30 pm; Age preschool – 6th grade

Clemmons First Baptist Church
6 – 8:30pm, 3yrs-6th grade

Reynolda Church: Clemmons Campus – 6:00 – 8:00 pm (dinner served at 5:00); Age birth – rising 6th grade

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Age 4 – rising 5th grade

Hanes Baptist Church- 6:30-8:00
Age 4yrs old- 6th grade


Other Great Events Coming Up:


Make A Wish Charity
Quarter Auction Event

Bring your quarters to bid for unique items for an amazing cause. Just $2 per paddle to bid!

Come join us for a day of family, friends, and good ‘ol fashioned community fun!

We have crafts, kid fun, quarter auction, food trucks, vendor shopping, and so much more!

New Location and Free Admission for everyone!

See you there!


Sat, October 27, 2018

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT


Immanuel Baptist Church

Lewisville-Clemmons Road

Clemmons, NC 27012


National Night Out

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

On the first Tuesday in August. Neighborhoods host various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

Posted in Community News
June 12, 2018

Our June 2018 Featured Homes

112 Keswick Drive Advance, NC 27006 • $395,000

This custom brick home has been enjoyed by its creator and one owner. This treasure features a gorgeous floor plan with amazing light. You are home the moment you walk inside. Boasting: office/guest’s space/formal dining/basement. Superior master suite w/ updated bath & large WIC, grand ceilings. The open kitchen has lovely cabinets, pantry, granite. Walk-out basement with wet bar & French doors leading to the best yard in Oak Valley. Unbelievable screen porch! Oversized garage has terrific storage!


127 Fairway Road Advance, NC 27006 • $225,000

New construction in Advance! Walk into this amazing one level ranch style home. The open floor plan features hardwood floors, kitchen island with granite counter tops throughout and stainless-steel appliances! No detail overlooked! Sits on a little over 1/2 an acre and is within a few minutes of restaurants and the new state of the art Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. Mature landscaping allows for plenty of privacy. Why buy used when you can buy brand new? Built by Craig Carter Homes.

Posted in Buying a Home
June 5, 2018

Newsom Home Post May 2018 Edition

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HAPPY Spring to Clemmons and beyond. Take a break, relax and enjoy the April 2018 edition of the Newsom Home Post. This month, the front page story has summer festivals that you don't want to miss. Page 2 has summer camp options to get those kids out of the house. Look to page 8 for a yummy recipe for seared tuna steak au poivre. Thanks Wolfgang! Are you tired of being tired? Page 10 tells you what you need to know.  As always, we thoroughly enjoy putting this newspaper together for our you! We appreciate your interest and would love your feedback. ENJOY!


Posted in Real Estate News
May 29, 2018

4 Summer Camps for Kids Near Clemmons

Keeping your kids busy all summer can be a challenge. Until you realize how many great summer camps operate out of Clemmons and the surrounding area, that is! We’ve compiled a list of 4 wonderful local camps for girls and boys of diverse interests. So, whether your child loves splashing around in a lake or would prefer to make gourmet brownies in the cool oasis of AC, we have the perfect summer retreat for them.


YMCA Camp Hanes

June 11 to August 10, 2018

Looking for a traditional outdoor camp? Located on a 400-acre wooded property with cabins, dining halls, and a lake, YMCA Camp Hanes is a long-standing favorite amongst North Carolina kids and offers both day and overnight camps for children ages 6 to 15. After Grade 10, teenagers can continue on to become Leaders-In-Training at the 3-week leadership camp. At these beloved camps, children enjoy a wide array of activities like kayaking, archery, horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, and many others. Learn more at

YMCA Camp Hanes, 1225 Camp Hanes Rd, King NC


GAMET1ME Summer Camp

June 12 to August 24, 2018

Got a bunch of little gamers at home? Do they shun the outside world with a superhuman level of disdain? Sign them up for GAMET1ME’s Gaming Summer Camp. Beyond playing video games, this ambitious camp teaches kids how to code. That’s right, they’ll learn how to code Minecraft-style multiplayer games and other tech-savvy skills. And yes, GAMET1ME also makes their campers partake in outdoor activities — but shhh... don’t tell your kids! Learn more at

GAMET1ME, Kinnamon Village Shopping Center, 3406 Kinnamon Village Loop, Clemmons NC


Kids Cooking Camp

July 9 to July 26, 2018

Does your child delight in helping you in the kitchen? Southern Home & Kitchen presents Kids in the Kitchen: Summer Edition, a half-day camp where boys and girls make delicious meals and develop new culinary skills while learning about kitchen safety. The morning session is open to 7-10-year-olds, and children 11 and older are invited to attend the afternoon session. Learn more at:

Southern Home & Kitchen, Thruway Shopping Center, 200 South Stratford Road, Winston-Salem NC


Clemmons Gymnastics Camp

Starts on June 12, 2018

So, your daughter or son has endless amounts of energy? Let them give Clemmons Gymnastics Camp a whirl. Open to children in kindergarten and above, the camp’s fully certified instructors teach kids of all ages gymnastics skills, while also providing arts and crafts, fun games, and field trips. There are even snacks! Parents can register their kids for whole weeks or choose to sign up per day. Learn more at

Clemmons Gymnastics Center, 4786 Kinnamon Rd, Winston-Salem, NC    

Posted in Community News
May 22, 2018

Springtime Brings Wonderful Festivals to Clemmons

In North Carolina we don’t wait until summer to get our festival season started! If you live in Clemmons or spend time in nearby cities like Winston-Salem and Greensboro, springtime is filled with wonderful festivals devoted to the arts, sampling local wines and craft beer, and eating delicious food. To learn about some of these must-see events this May and June, check out our festival guide below:


Arts on Sunday Series

Every Sunday in  May from 1pm to 5pm

Organized by Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS), the Arts on Sunday Festival Series is a thrilling showcase of 60 artists in Winston-Salem, where participants of all ages are invited to join in the fun with crafts and live music. The theme changes every week and ranges from spicy Latin rhythms to mellow jazz. Entry is free to the public. Find out more on AFAS’s website:

Liberty Street Between 6th Street and 7th Street, Winston-Salem, NC


18th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival
Saturday, May 26 from Noon to 6pm

Welcome to the biggest and longest-running wine festival in North Carolina! Held in Clemmons’ own Tanglewood Park, this all-day event serves up over 100 wines, beers, and liquors for guests to sample, along with scrumptious food from local vendors and shopping at artisan stalls. Ticket prices range from $25 to $65 each. Reserve your ticket and discover the details of this exciting festival at

Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC


Salem Smiles Twin City RibFest

Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10

Four days and nights of juicy ribs, cold beer, and live music? Sign us up! Ever since 2005, legions of rib fans have gathered on the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds to enjoy delicious BBQ and dance to the all-day shows on the main stage. All ages are welcome! Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military members, and kids under 12 are free.

View the schedule at

Winston Salem Fairgrounds, 421 27th Street Northwest, Winston-Salem, NC    

Posted in Community News
May 1, 2018

The 4 Basics of Spring Cleaning

by Delana Newsom


The Washington Post calls spring cleaning “the annual guilt trip.” The tradition traces its history  to the days when homes were lit and heated with kerosene, wood, coal and oil. When the weather warmed and the sun shone, women would transfer the home’s entire contents to the outdoors and then attack the grime indoors.Old habits die hard and the spring cleaning ritual is still very much alive. As with any process with multiple “moving parts,” this one is easiest when you break it down into its most basic components.



All those cozy, warm fires you enjoyed over the winter can leave fine dust and ash on most surfaces in the home, including the walls. Get out the duster and get to work, starting with the ceiling, and working your way down.Don’t neglect the ceiling light and fan. Hardware stores typically carry either long-handled or extendable dusters which will keep you off the ladder and out from under the falling “gunk.” You can find these here in Winston-Salem at Lowe’s (935 Hanes Mall Blvd.) and online at



The wintry mix really takes its toll on our windows but a quick clean will allow all that glorious springtime sunshine to stream through.Remove fabric window coverings and wash or dry-clean them. If you have blinds, give them a good dusting, then raise them to get at those windows and then remove the screens.Use a solution of mild dishwashing soap and a strip applicator to wash the windows. Then, swipe a squeegee across them to remove the dirty water. The pros at This Old House offer a handy walkthrough of their easy and effective window-washing process online at Once the windows are sparkling, all that’s left to do is to wipe down the sills, clean the tracks (give each a squirt of lubricant after cleaning) and attack those dirty screens. Use the same type of soap-and-water solution you did for the windows and a soft scrub brush on the latter.



Even though they aren’t within our direct line of sight when we enter a room, clean baseboards can make the entire room feel fresh.If there is still dust leftover from your dusting session, get rid of that first. A whiskbroom or even a paintbrush works well for this.Home maintenance expert Bob Vila recommends using a solution of dishwashing soap and water on painted baseboards, but vinegar and water works as well. If your baseboards don’t require scrubbing, use a magic eraser product instead.




The flooring experts at Empire Today recommend a thorough and professional cleaning of the carpets in the home to set the stage for a healthy, happy spring. Although we can’t personally recommend them, Winston-Salem’s Elite Carpet Cleaning ( and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning ( have excellent reviews at, do it yourself, by renting the equipment and carpet cleaning solutions from Home Depot (1000 Hanes Mall Blvd. in Winston-Salem) or Lowes in Winston-Salem (935 Hanes Mall Blvd.).


Hardwood Floors

Avoid scratching your hardwood floor by getting rid of every last speck of dirt, dust and debris before cleaning it.Then, use a cleaning solution recommended for the type of finish on your floor. If your hardwood flooring is relatively new, it’s most likely surface-sealed with ply-acrylic, polyurethane or urethane. Older floors are either not sealed, or finished with oil, lacquer, shellac or varnish.Surface-sealed hardwood floors are the easiest to clean; just sweep or vacuum and then run a damp mop over them. Floors with other finishes take a bit more work to bring them up to epic spring-cleaning standards. Depending on the beating the floor took over the winter, this may include stripping the old wax and applying fresh wax and then buffing it. Rent floor buffers at Sunbelt Rentals in Winston-Salem (3620 N Patterson Ave.) or Home Depot (1000 Hanes Mall Blvd. in Winston-Salem).


Laminate Floors

Popular for their easy-care requirements, laminate floors typically respond well to a damp cleaning with a commercial laminate-floor cleaning product. The experts at Mohawk FloorCare recommend using a microfiber, terrycloth or cotton mop and to avoid wet-mopping your laminate floor.Use an acetone-based fingernail polish remover to carefully remove any stubborn stains. Wax or chewing gum will come up by rubbing them with an ice cube and then using (gently) a plastic-edged scraper. Sure, there are a seemingly-endless number of things that will require a deep cleaning this spring, but focus on the basics first and the rest won’t seem so daunting.  

Posted in Community News
April 24, 2018

Time to Spring into Action-Better Call My Lawyer!

by David T. Kasper, Partner

Kasper and Payne Associates


The weather’s not the only thing getting warmer—the busy springtime real estate market is also heating up. If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s important to remember a few key steps you should take when it’s time to make that purchase. 


Homebuyers, especially first-time homebuyers, may be overwhelmed by the prospect of making such a major purchase. For the great majority of buyers, their home is their largest financial investment. Home buying is a complex process, with huge potential financial risks if not professionally handled. From hiring a real estate agent to help you find the right home and negotiate the terms of a contract, to working with an experienced attorney to represent you when you complete the purchase, it’s important to work with competent professionals retained to look after your best interests. Realtors and real estate attorneys assist you from start to finish, not only easing your mind, but, importantly, avoiding costly mistakes down the road.


As an attorney who regularly represents clients in both commercial and residential real estate transactions, I am often asked what exactly it is that I do for my clients in a residential real estate transaction. 


The short answer is I work to make sure a buyer is purchasing what they think they’re purchasing under the terms they agreed upon with the seller. 


Clients often think of the hour or so spent sitting in the lawyer’s office as the bulk of the attorney’s work related to the closing. However, reviewing the documents is really just a small portion of the closing from an attorney’s standpoint. Other duties include performing a title search and helping acquire title insurance, to accurately disbursing the closing funds to the appropriate parties. 


An experienced real estate attorney will also be able to advise a buyer on the legal consequences of certain decisions that the buyer may make during the process, including the need to have a survey done, how the buyer should take title to the property, what effect certain provisions of the contract or other documents have on the buyer, and many other questions that arise throughout the course of a transaction.


The importance of a professional title search can’t be overstated. When I perform a title search, I’m making sure the seller actually has the ability to sell the property by making sure there are not any defects in the chain of title that would diminish the value of the buyer’s new property, or their ability to sell it in the future.


It’s typically not that the seller is trying to hoodwink the buyer—many sellers are totally unaware that there are defects in the chain of title, so even if you know the seller, it’s important to have an experienced real estate attorney check the title thoroughly. An experienced real estate attorney can help to find defects and frequently will be able to assist in curing the defect. Sometimes it may not be feasible to cure a title defect and an experienced real estate attorney may be able to work with a title insurance company to insure the property in spite of the defect. 


As an approved attorney with several North Carolina-approved title insurance companies, I can work to secure insurance for both the lender and the purchaser. An owner’s policy is not usually required by your lender so it is important that you, as a buyer, ask your closing attorney to obtain an owner’s title insurance policy for you to make sure your interests are being protected.


The North Carolina General Assembly has determined that performing many of the required tasks as part of a residential real estate closing are only properly performed by a person licensed to practice law in this state. Be sure you seek out an experienced real estate attorney who can work with  you and your real estate agent to help you close on the purchase of your next property.


Making the biggest investment of your life shouldn’t be left to amateurs or internet research. When you purchase your next property, be sure to rely on the expertise of professional real estate agents and real estate attorneys to make your buying experience a great one!  

Posted in Community News