Winston Salem Real Estate and 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
April 17, 2018

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Posted in Selling Your Home
April 10, 2018

Newsom Home Post April 2018 Edition

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


HAPPY Spring to my Clemmons community and everyone.  I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and taking some time to get out and have some fun. Take a break, relax and enjoy the April 2018 edition of the Newsom Home Post. This month, the front page story reminds us that it's time to "think spring" and get going on that spring cleaning. We offer you some helpful tips. Look to page 8 for a yummy recipe for pork medallions on apple compote with black pepper cider sauce. WOW! Also, read an article by David Kasper of Kasper and Payne Associates on springing into action and calling a lawyer if you're in the market to buy or sell a home. Are you without a laundry room? Read how to convert a closet into a laundry room.  As always, we thoroughly enjoy putting this newspaper together for our you! We appreciate your interest and ENJOY!

Posted in Real Estate News
Feb. 22, 2018

Our Featured Homes February 2018

Posted in Buying a Home
Feb. 20, 2018


If you ask anyone who is thinking about selling their home when they expect to have it on the market, they will inevitably say “in the spring”. Everyone waits until spring to sell their homes.

Spring brings to mind warmer weather, sunshine, flowers and fresh air. The windows can be opened and the cobwebs can be cleared out. In addition to spring cleaning, this seems to be the ideal time to bring in painters and landscapers to spruce up the outside of the house. Yes, spring is a great time to fix up the house and get it ready to sell.

It also makes a lot of sense to sell your house in the spring because of the school year. If you list the house in the spring and it takes three months to sell, plus an “in contract” period of about a month, theoretically you’ll be able to move your kids into their new school district just in time for the first day of school.

Unfortunately, most people wait too long to start this process. If they begin cleaning out the basement and throwing out 25 years of possessions in April, it could be June before they have it all done and have the “For Sale” sign in the front yard. They may have missed a big portion of the spring market.

Last year, we had many clients who intended to put their homes on the market in the spring, but couldn’t seem to get everything done quickly enough to get it in the Multiple Listing Service until May or June. It turned out that there were an unusually large number of buyers in March and April and a low inventory of properties to show them. By the time many of these clients were ready to sell, many of these buyers were gone and it became more difficult to sell their homes.

The message is this: The spring market is now. Begin your cleaning today and take next week end to clear closets and discard clutter. Call the painter and the handyman and get them scheduled before they get really busy. Call us and we will offer suggestions on preparing your home for sale. We will also put together a comparative market analysis to give you an idea of pricing. In a few weeks, you will
be ready to act quickly and take advantage of what we hope will be the best spring market yet!

Posted in Community News
Feb. 14, 2018

How are those resolutions working out for you?

by Delana Newsom

     The new year is an excellent time to create fresh expectations for yourself. But sometimes setting a resolution and sticking to it is easier said than done. According to the New York Times, the best way to create resolutions you'll keep is to create achievable, measurable, goals that you can follow step by step. That means instead of resolving to sell your house in 2018, you'll set multiple smaller goals and incorporate them into a timeline.

     Another struggle in creating new goals can be picking them out among the multiple possibilities. To get you started, here are five broad resolutions that you can personalize for yourself and your lifestyle in 2018.


     One of the biggest challenges that can keep us from achieving our goals is a fear of failure. But what if you discover that what scares you isn't so scary after all? To achieve this goal, you don't have to do anything major - just choose a small, nerve-wracking hurdle that you can overcome each day.


     It's easy to get into the same old routines of speaking to the same people at work, at the gym and around town. But what would happen if you struck up a conversation with someone you didn't know? Having a pleasant chat with a stranger can brighten their day - and yours.


     This is a common resolution, but people often fail at it because they make grandiose exercise goals to which they simply cannot commit. Instead, doctors suggest that even some added physical exertion - like taking the stairs, walking around the block or chopping wood - can get you on the road to better health.


     Another way to improve your health is by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Most people don't get enough of the vitamins and minerals from these healthful food options, so make this year the time to commit to incorporating more of these in your snacks and meals. Specifically, try to add more nights of cooking at home to your routine. For instance, cancel a typical night of takeout, and replace it with a dinner filled with healthy greens.


     With so many distractions, like television and smartphones, most of us don't give our brains much downtime. But it turns out that boredom can give us some of our best ideas; this kind of mindless downtime can help your brain connect ideas and create solutions. So, schedule some time in your busy schedule to do nothing - not even scrolling through your phone.

Posted in Community News
Jan. 31, 2018

Newsom Home Post February 2018 Edition

Click here to read the February edition of the Newsom Home Post

HAPPY February to my Clemmons community and everyone.  I hope you are faring the winter well and taking some time to get out and have some fun. Take a break, relax and enjoy the February 2018 edition of the Newsom Home Post. This month, the front page story reminds us that it's not too early to "think spring". Look to page 8 for an easy and yummy recipe for whole wheat bread with dark chocolate and cherries, a great treat while reading your Newsom Home Post. Also, read about the pros and cons of investing with friends or family when retired. Are you happy with your current bathroom? Read about how to make it more sellable and enjoyable at the same time.  As always, we thoroughly enjoy putting this newspaper together for our you! We appreciate your interest and ENJOY!

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 27, 2017

Our Featured Homes December 2017

Posted in Buying a Home