Tammy Anderson
January 2020
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Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper?
Home prices continue to rise, which is keeping many a renter out of the market. But, fixer-uppers present a potential opportunity. For starters, the lower prices create the affordability that is lacking in other segments of the market. So should you be looking for one? We’re breaking down the pros and cons.
      The ability to buy a house: Median home prices are at a record high, while affordability is at one of its lowest points. The reality for many people is that there seems like there is no end in sight to renting. A fixer-upper may present an opportunity simply because of the lower price point that gets you in the door.
      Pride of
Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of January 2020:

30 yr. fixed: 3.74%
15 yr. fixed: 3.19%
5/1 yr. adj: 3.45%

of ownership: Pride of ownership is a real thing for homebuyers. And that pride grows even stronger when you’ve had a hand in making
Wondering What Your Home Is Worth?

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Real Estate Market Predictions for 2020
     If it’s the end of the year, it must be time for the soothsayers to come out. When it comes to predictions for the real estate market, well, there are a lot of them. We’ve taken the temperature of the experts to get a feel for what we can expect in 2020. 
      Grain of salt warning: There was widespread agreement in 2018 about rising mortgage rates in 2019, that, initially proved true. But, ultimately rates went down—and stayed there. Experts can make educated guesses based on a wide range of economic factors, but with an impeachment hearing in the Senate pending and what is likely going to be a bonkers presidential election, anything could happen. That being said, there are some predictions we feel pretty good about—and some you’ll

8 Tips for New Homeowners Moving to a New State
     No matter why you’re moving, whether you got a brand new job in a different city or simply want a change of life, it can be tough to relocate. And all of that doesn’t even take into account the process of moving all of your belongings from one state to another. In this guide, we will be going over some tips to help you pack up your life and move to a whole new state.
      1. Do plenty of research. Before you actually start the moving process, you should start by researching the city to which you plan to relocate. From local shops to schools and food chains, you should know exactly what your new city has to offer. We highly suggest doing a thorough internet search or, if possible, even driving through the city to get a better understanding of the area.
      2. Search for your new home. Before you take the plunge and move to a new city, you should spend at least a couple months beforehand finding a new home.

Restaurant Reviews from Tammy

I want to tell you about two places I have visited lately. The first is "It's a Southern Thing" which is a restaurant on Main Street in Durham. It is just down from Brightleaf Square in the upstairs of an older building. The space is open and a bit rustic with a large bar and lots of seating as well as a private dining space. This is a true southern smokehouse. We tried everything from their fried pickles to their pulled pork nachos and a few desserts. All was delicious and mostly fried so how can you go wrong, right? I want to go back and try their brisket which is my favorite Southern smoked thing. If you like Bourbon their selection is vast like I have never seen before. Great place for a large crowd or to sit up at the bar area for dinner. 

My second new place is the Layered Croissanterie. It is on the once forgotten side of West Street that is now becoming this cool updated commercial area just off Peace and Capital Boulevard. I walked in with a big smile on my face knowing what was ahead of me. It is an open and bright space with glass walls showing you the entire kitchen so you can watch them make the croissants. It was fascinating. I had to take my treasure to go but next time I intend to sit and savor my new found pastries with one of their delicious coffee concoctions. The ham and gruyere croissant did not disappoint in taste. It was flaky, buttery and savory. My only wish is that it was larger. I may have to get a savory and a sweet treat on my next visit.

Go explore these new places. You will be glad you did. As always, support local. Cheers! Tammy


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