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Shelly Salomon

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5 Great Fishing Spots in Western North Carolina

Posted by Shelly Salomon on May 21, 2024

North Carolina has become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking for activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and trout fishing. Western North Carolina (WNC) is home to over 3,000 miles of rivers, lakes, and streams that are open to the public for trout fishing. Every year, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission closes 1,000 miles of the streams and restocks them with trout, making WNC a popular trout fishing hub.

If you've been planning your next trip to cast a line, we've got you covered! Grab your tackle box, rods, and cooler, and head to one of these fishing spots in Western North Carolina.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Kayaking in NC: 5 Lakes to Explore in Western NC

Posted by Shelly Salomon on April 25, 2024

One thing we love about Western North Carolina is that there are so many opportunities for adventure, no matter what your outdoor interests are. If your family loves to hike, you already know that Western North Carolina will give you just the intensity you are looking for, but if you need a break from hiking, it might be time to give kayaking a try! 

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Spring Lawn Care: Preparing Your Yard for the New Season

Posted by Shelly Salomon on March 28, 2024

Spring is already here! This isn’t only evident in the latest Groundhog Day results but also in the vibrant blossom that colors the highways and streets. With the weather warming up and a moderate sun’s intensity, it’s an ideal time to start planning romantic date nights in Western NC, discovering some good cafes, or exploring some day trips in the area.

That said, let’s not forget about preparing the house for the new season. This means laying the proper foundation to help make your yard look stunning throughout spring and into summer.

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Tags: Home Maintenance Tips

Before House Hunting, Do Your Neighborhood Research

Posted by Shelly Salomon on February 22, 2024

How to choose the right neighborhood is the first question to ask yourself when buying a new house. This goes beyond the job of simply house hunting. Not only is it going to determine your living experience, but it’s also the number one factor affecting the value of a house. Therefore, performing thorough neighborhood research is an unavoidable, foundational step in the house-buying process.

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Tags: Advice on Buying

5 Tips On Construction Loans & New Build Financing

Posted by Shelly Salomon on January 25, 2024

When buying a house, most people are very familiar with the process of applying for a mortgage, purchasing, and moving into a home that is already built. However, the situation is slightly different when building a new home from the ground up.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Advice on Buying

Is Now a Good Time to Buy A House?

Posted by Shelly Salomon on December 20, 2023

For most of us, buying a house is the largest purchase of our lives, and the process is far from simple. If you are a first-time home buyer, you should know that the question of when to buy a new house is among the essential things to consider when embarking on this journey. 

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Tags: Advice on Buying

Be Your Own Home Renovator - 5 DIY Home Renovation Ideas

Posted by Shelly Salomon on November 29, 2023

Keeping your home in top shape through regular upgrades is key not only for maintaining its looks but, more importantly, for increasing the home’s value over time. The good news is that home upgrades don’t necessarily require extensive and expensive renovation projects.

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Tags: Building Info, Design Trends & Tips

How to Winterize a House? - 6 Affordable Ways

Posted by Shelly Salomon on November 02, 2023

The cold months are upon us, and while that means gorgeous views and several holidays, it also means that homeowners have to deal with a unique set of challenges.

Cold weather can cause a lot of problems for homes that are ill-equipped for the change in seasons. However, by following a home winterization checklist with tips on how to winterize a house, you will be able to protect your house from the problems that come with cold weather. You will also be able to create a shelter of warmth against the cold winter ahead.

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Tags: Home Maintenance Tips

What Drives the Value of My Home? 8 Key Factors

Posted by Shelly Salomon on September 19, 2023

Are you a homeowner looking to sell your property? Or are you in the market for a new home? While sellers and buyers may approach the market differently, they share an interest in the elements influencing a property's value. A mix of factors determines how much a home is worth. Some objective factors, like the location and market conditions, play a big role and are pretty reasonable. Nevertheless, subjective value judgments also matter. 

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Tags: Advice on Buying, Advice on Selling

Open Floor Plan or Formal Dining Room? Pick Your Dining Style

Posted by Shelly Salomon on August 29, 2023

Open or closed off? That's the question many homeowners face when deciding between an open concept kitchen or a formal dining room. The choice may seem like a mere arrangement of walls and furniture, but it embodies a profound shift in how we envision and experience our living/dining/cooking spaces. 

A glance at your friends' home designs or a quick online search will reveal that neither design philosophy holds absolute superiority over the other. In fact, the ONLY determining factors are your personal style and unique needs. 

In this regard, this post lays out the differences between open concept floor plans and formal dining rooms, including the pros and cons of each design alternative.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Floor Plans