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Landscaping needs vary by season AUTUMN Autumn is often a forgotten season when it comes to maintaining a landscape. However, fall is a key time to keep landscapes in order. According to the landscaping resource LoveYourLandscape.com, fall is the ideal time to tend to a lawn that just endured summer heat. Seeding and fertilizing can ensure a stronger lawn come next spring. Perennials should be pruned and cut back. Raking leaves will help keep the property looking presentable.

Judging a home by its appearance is often par for the home-buying course. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors®, 49 percent of buying decisions are made from the street. An appealing home exterior suggests the homeowner takes pride in his or her home and wants to make every effort to maintain that home. Curb appeal involves various components a home’s exterior, but beautiful landscaping can make a home stand out. While maintaining a lawn is something many homeowners may think is exclusive to spring and summer, lawn maintenance is really a year-round endeavor. The following steps can help anyone maintain curb appeal no matter the season. SPRING Spring is a season of renewal when plants and trees will begin to look fresh and green once more. Spring maintenance includes applying fertilizer to lawns, replenishing mulch in planting beds, creating more pronounced edges around the lawn and garden beds, and testing soil. Some homeowners like to apply a weed-prevention product in the spring as well. Spring is a good time to plant annuals that will add a pop of color to the landscape. For those concerned about permanent planting, container gardening allows homeowners to move around planters in a configuration that works best for them.

SUMMER Summer landscaping is all about maintaining what was established in the spring. Regular mowing, weeding and trimming can keep a landscape manicured. Other than drought, weeds are perhaps the biggest lawn and garden nuisance to a landscape in the summertime. Black medic, carpetweed, knotweed, mallow and prostate spurge are some of the weeds that will crop up during the summer. Seeds begin to germinate as soil warms up. According to the University of Maryland Extension, control with a broadleaf postemergent herbicide applied when the weed is actively growing will help prevent weeds from suffocating lawns.

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WINTER One of the ways to maintain an attractive landscape throughout winter is to install plants that can survive the colder temperatures. Winterberry is a cousin of holly, but loses its leaves in the fall. The bright red berries can be a stark contrast to the white of winter snowfall. Camellia is an evergreen that blooms from fall to early spring and looks like pink roses. Heather is a popular plant in the United Kingdom, but is growing in popularity on this side of the Atlantic as well. The Home Depot says this plant blooms all year and offers beautiful flowers in summer and fall. In winter, the thick foliage makes for an appealing contrast to the more delicate blooms of other winter plants. Maintaining a landscape through the seasons makes a home attractive all year long. - Metro Content

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205 S. BAYWOOD LANE.Charming 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath, spacious home with a detached garage. Conveniently located in a well established neighborhood on a well- kept, partially wooded lot with a nice PVC fence just installed in 2019! The large living room (with fireplace) is well-lit with its many windows and French doors leading to an inviting, screened-in, and tiled back porch. The kitchen has beautiful new quartz countertops and new LVP wood flooring was installed throughout many rooms on the first floor. Many other improvements completed recently in this home include: architectural shingles in 2019, all windows replaced 2018, vinyl siding in 2016 and a new Heat/AC unit installed in 2013. Sellers’ unexpected job opportunity gives you the chance to make this home your own. Schedule your showing today! Please call Jennifer Bogenn. #100250920

Westhaven $205,000

Stokes $12,900 2214 OAKLEY ROAD. Beautiful, private, wooded lot perfect for custom single family home. Minimum 1150 sq. ft. home. Septic permit voided since it was not utilized. Please call Sarah Weir. #100217222

0 LYNNDALE DRIVE. Beautiful, established neighborhood, this large lot gives plenty of space between neighbors with trees for shade & privacy. This great location offers quick access to shopping, fast access to Highway 11 to Kinston & Greenville for work or more. Please call Steve Kelly. #100013635

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Rock Springs $650,000

600 JORDAN DRIVE. Welcome to 600 Jordan Drive’s Stately Low Country home with a three car garage. Perfectly positioned on almost three acres in Rock Springs, this one owner brick home was custom built with attention to detail. The home’s amazing curb appeal is crowned with a classic southern front porch graced by large elliptical windows.A screened back porch provides a great space for enjoying the peace, serenity, and relaxed ambience of Rock Springs. Upon entering the front door, one is warmly greeted with bright open living spaces, soaring ceilings, and view of the open grounds through the back porch. The Great Room with heavy trim work and wood burning fireplace is flanked by the Dining Room and Library which features floor to ceiling wood shelving. The kitchen boasts slate flooring, granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Accentuating the functionality of this exceptional floor plan are three ensuite rooms on the main floor plus expansive utility spaces. The grand bedroom is spacious and should accommodate most bedroom suites. The bath features travertine tile, an oversized shower with multiple heads, and an impressive closet. The additional two ensuite rooms are secluded on the opposite side of the home. Both include walk-in closets and baths with granite countertops. They may be utilized as an in-law suite, au pair room, home office, or home school space. The second floor features two large flex spaces, one with full bath and closet and the other with hardwood flooring and window seat. Close proximity to Vidant Medical Center, ECU Health Sciences Campus, and Uptown Greenville’s shopping and dining makes this a wonderful opportunity! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100250767

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Autumn Lakes $1,090,000

1108 AUTUMN LAKES DRIVE. Spectacular one owner custom built home in beautiful Autumn Lakes. Lots of space for a growing family to enjoy! Each bedroom has its own personal bathroom. Huge 1st floor master bedroom with a sauna and beautiful master bath. Your family will love the in-ground pool and hot tub overlooking the lake. 2 large bonus rooms upstairs plus a detached garage in addition to the 3- car attached garage. The list goes on and on! Please call Amanda Garris. #100207437

Country $1,250,000

1342 WINDHAM ROAD. Fantastic home near Greenville. Beautifully situated on over 21 acres. Wonderful custom designed home. Main home is over 7300 sq. ft. and pool house is 1362 sq. ft. of finished space. Pool house also includes an additional 3000 sq. ft. of unfinished space. Wonderful pool and outdoor kitchen. Gated entrance and very private location. 2-bay exterior steel building. Minutes from Vidant Medical Center. Convenient to fine dining and shopping. Please call Tim Odom. #100206164

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Mill Run $300,000

Montclair Estates $28,500

Pinecrest $130,000

0 MILL RUN ROAD. Secluded, 5 acre wooded lot on Cricket Lake. Beautiful & serene setting to build your dream home. Please call Jessica Snyder. #100213028

0 PINECREST ROAD. Stunning deep water access lots side by side in Bath. Both over half an acre, cleared with stone bulk heads in place. Perfect to build your waterfront property. No septic permit or soil study on file. Seller is willing to sell together or separate. Please call Sarah Weir. #100245984

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Hobgood $155,000

Brook Valley $289,900

218 KING GEORGE ROAD. This beautiful home is located in Brook Valley East. With renovations completed 2 year ago and well maintained by current owners, this home shines inside and out! The curb appeal speaks for itself! The spacious downstairs area boasts hardwoods, tile and carpet. A formal living area separated with beautiful french doors and a formal dining room provides great space for entertaining, home office, or home schooling! The kitchen and breakfast nook are spacious and so inviting! The great room is a wonderful place to gather with family or friends for laughter and fun, a fireplace and double doors open to the back deck and spacious fenced in back yard. The upstairs features 4 great size bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with a large wrap around foyer providing a buffer in keeping bedrooms nicely separated for quiet and privacy. An unfinished bonus room for walk-in storage is a true bonus! Please call Tracy Skinner. #100249334

Bedford West $78,000

3870 DUNHAGAN ROAD. Incredible lot in Bedford West! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100148130

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3146 HOBGOOD ROAD. Fabulous move in ready home in the country. Imagine being surrounded by a beautiful cotton field on a breezy afternoon. This Large 4 bed/ 2 bath home built in 2016 is situated on over an acre of land! This home is ideal for those seeking a peaceful country life where neighbors are near, but not too close. Owners have made many updates including: New Hunter ceiling fans in all the rooms, brand new high efficiency heat pump (03/2019), A large storage shed (05/2020) and a storage barn/workshop (05/2019). To sweeten the pot, owners are including a 42’’ Craftsman riding mower with bagger, a custom fitted pet door and a transferable termite bond that covers the house and the outbuildings. The decks have been treated by Perma Seal and come with a 25 year warranty against all rot and decay. If a low maintenance country home is on your agenda, come tour this one today! Please call Tracy Skinner. #100249357

Montclair Estates $28,500

0 LYNNDALE DRIVE. Beautiful, established neighborhood, this large lot gives plenty of space between neighbors with trees for shade & privacy. This great location offers quick access to shopping, fast access to Highway 11 to Kinston & Greenville for work or more. Please call Steve Kelly. #100013646

Pinecrest $130,000

0 PINECREST ROAD. Stunning deep water access lots side by side in Bath. Both over half an acre, cleared with stone bulk heads in place. Perfect to build your waterfront property. No septic permit or soil study on file. Seller is willing to sell together or separate. Please call Sarah Weir. #100245986

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Oakmont $252,500

1705 KNOLLWOOD DRIVE. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath, brick veneer home is located in a premier neighborhood and has many desirable features, including living and dining rooms, a remodeled kitchen with ample cabinet space, and a large utility room that opens to a single car garage. There is a family room with fireplace overlooking the backyard and an enclosed porch opens to the backyard. 2 of the bedrooms have private baths and there are wood floors throughout the house. In addition, the lot has a spacious side yard. Please call Katherine Q. Vinson. #100246193

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Bedford $375,000

805 BREMERTON DRIVE. Timeless, move in ready home on almost a half acre lot in centrally located Bedford. Beautiful landscaping greets guests. Entry opens to large formal living room with hardwood floors which leads to formal dining room boasting dentil molding and French doors accessing the patio. Fully renovated kitchen with built in pantry, granite counter tops, tile backsplash, built in banquet and built in pantry, beautiful etched glass cabinets, slow close drawers, custom vent hood and stainless appliances. Cozy den with wood burning fireplace, custom wet bar and surround sound opens to covered porch. Off of the den is the friends entry, mudroom, large bonus room and home office. Exceptional owners suite features hardwood floors, gorgeous mill work, built in dressers with travertine tops, built in closet, sconces and USB ports. Stunning ensuite bath features soaking tub, oversized walk in glass shower and double sinks. Three additional bedrooms upstairs loaded with charm. Updated hall bath with double sinks and tiled tub/shower combo. Covered deck overlooks private, partially fenced backyard and leads to brick patio. Double attached garage and two parking pads. Walk in attic with fully functioning dark room. Renovations by Setters Construction. Windows have been replaced. Central vacuum. New HVAC in 2018 and 2019. Zoysia grass and irrigation in front yard. Centipede grass in back yard. South Greenville Elementary, EB Aycock Middle School, JH Rose High School. One bedroom and bonus were not photographed due to work being done. Please call Sarah Weir. #100249839

Brittany Ridge $269,900

2152 KAY ROAD. Wonderful floorpan on over a half acre lot in Britney Ridge! Beautifully updated with new flooring, paint and fixtures. Large master bedroom downstairs, 2 bedrooms and a bath upstairs. Awesome downstairs bonus room with 2 large closets and a half bath. Screened in back porch overlooks a huge, fenced in back yard. Walk in and pull down storage plus 24 x 16 attached workshop! Workshop is heated and cooled and is not included in total house square footage. Awesome home and location... this is a must-see! Please call Kevin O’Sullivan. #100248605

River Hills $185,000

805 RIVER HILL DRIVE. Start the new year in this charming, one story, home featuring 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. This home sits on a .47 acre corner lot in a well established neighborhood. Master Suite with a walk in closet plus 2 additional closets. Master bath has been completely remodeled: new tub, tiled walls to the ceiling, a tiled nook, new vanity, and a heater fan. Vaulted ceilings in the living and dining room. Living room and sunroom have a dual gas log fireplace. Sunroom with large windows and decorative beams. Eat in kitchen with a solarium window. Laundry room/mudroom with extra large pantry or storage closet. Lots of new light fixtures, updated guest bathroom, and floored attic. The rear deck is the length of the back of the home with a ground fire pit for outdoor entertaining. You won’t want to miss this one! Call for your private showing! Please call Melissa Nichols. #100250232

Country $799,500

4666 KINGS CROSSROADS ROAD. Phenomenal farmhouse in a peaceful country setting. This home originally was an early 1900s farmhouse that has been completely renovated top to bottom, inside and out and added onto to make it a truly remarkable and boastful home. Elaborate architecture, trim work and moldings throughout with all the bells and whistles. Smart home technologies. Lots of built-ins, coffered ceilings and attention to detail. Gorgeous 2-story living room, gourmet kitchen and extravagant master suite. 4 bedrooms plus a magnificent bonus room! Screened-in back porch overlooking a beautiful countryside. This home sits on 1.76 acres, but additional acreage can be purchased.Absolutely stunning - a must see! Please call Kevin O’Sullivan. #100222035


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Carol Carson BROKER 512-653-5479

Brad Carter BROKER 814-6602

Renee Carter BROKER, ABR, GRI 347-2602

Pat Chappell BROKER 341-3074

Gregg Green BROKER 414-2412

Melodie Grimes BROKER 702-0363

BROKER,ABR, CRS, GRI

Deborah Jones 412-0785

Steve Kelly BROKER 714-6684

BROKER, ABR, GRI, CRS

Andrew Pair Realtor, BROKER 717-2447

Kari Paramore BROKER 917-4906

Patrick Robertson BROKER, SLS 902-7364

Katlyn Rowland BROKER 740-649-0119

Tracy Skinner BROKER 717-4209

Sarah Weir BROKER 412-5050

BROKER, Buyer’s Agent

Amy Whitehurst

Kristy Whitford BROKER, GRI 717-2864

Carlton Williams BROKER 531-9828

Chuck Williams BROKER, GRI, CRS 717-8685

BROKER, COMMERCIAL

Kevin O’Sullivan 714-8183

531-2234

Beau Young 321-0072

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Benefits to open concept floor plans

The way a home is designed can say a lot of things about it. In fact, many real estate professionals and contractors can determine when a home was built based on the design of its interior. For example, homes with sunken living rooms were likely built sometime in the 1960s and 1970s. Open concept living rooms are one trend that might one day make people nostalgic for the early 21st century. Many of today’s home buyers want homes with open concept floor plans, which can give homes a more spacious feel, perhaps even creating the illusion that a home is bigger than it really is. Home buyers who have never before enjoyed open concept floor plans can consider these benefits to these wildly popular layouts. ■ ENTERTAINMENT Many people who live in homes with open concept floor plans cite their convenience when entertaining as one of their biggest assets. In an open concept home, guests don’t have to be corralled into a single room in the home. Instead,

hosts and their guests can roam freely from room to room because there are no walls dividing common areas. This can make gatherings feel less cramped than in homes with more traditional floor plans. ■ SAFETY The safety of open concept floor plans may be most applicable to parents of young children. Open concept floor plans allow parents to keep an eye on their children while cooking dinner, working from home or tending to other chores around the house. Since there are no walls to divide rooms in open concept homes, parents don’t have to wonder what their curious kids are up to because they can see them at all times. ■ FLEXIBILITY Open concept floor plans give homeowners more flexibility. For example, homes with more traditional floor plans may have designated spaces for dining areas. These spaces don’t leave much room to work with and may not be valued by homeowners who don’t often

host dinners at home. As a result, such rooms may just be wasted square footage. With an open concept floor plan, homeowners have the flexibility to make dining areas as big or small as they see fit and can even adjust the rooms on the fly on those occasions when people are

coming over. Open concept floor plans continue to be popular among home buyers and might prove to be the most lasting home design trend of the early 21st century. - Metro Content

Tools that can keep people safe at home

Homes should be sanctuaries for their inhabitants. Keeping homes safe and sound requires both maintenance and some caution designed to make homes less vulnerable to potentially costly issues. Promptly addressing maintenance issues around the house can reduce the risk of accident or injury. In addition, various items can alert homeowners to problems they may not otherwise recognize before issues jeopardize residents’ health or take a turn for the costly.

Auto shut-off features Who hasn’t left the house only to worry an hour or so later about whether the coffee pot was turned off or the straightening iron was unplugged? When shopping for personal care items or appliances, seek out models that have automatic shut-off features. This safety feature will power down the unit after a certain amount of time, which can reduce the risk of overheated products and house fires. Flood and leak detector The financial information and wellness resource Canstar says leakages, burst pipes and other water-related issues in a home are one of the more common home emergencies. Water damage can cost between hundreds and thousands of dollars depending on how invasive the water problem is. Catching a leak or flood in a home early on is essential.

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Carbon monoxide and gas detection It is vital that homeowners install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and can cause poisoning that slowly suffocates a person. It also is combustible. Carbon monoxide devices cannot detect a gas leak, but gas detectors can. They are a wise addition for people who have a significant number of natural gas appliances, or those who have older, gas-powered appliances.. - Metro Content

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Custom home-buying tips for first timers

Even considering being able to design your own custom home is an exciting prospect. Whether you’re ready to take the plunge or just exploring your options, here are tips to keep in mind. Know what you’re signing up for. Building a custom home is a significant undertaking and a major life decision. It’s a big commitment in terms of time, money and energy. While this shouldn’t scare you away from your dream home, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the kids or busy caring for an ailing parent, it may be best to start this later. Hire the right professionals. You may be a DIY pro, but this isn’t a project you want to take on yourself, even partly. Key professionals you’ll need to work with include an architect, plumber, electrician and more. Consider also working with a designer who can help with the interiors to make sure the space is as functional as it is beautiful. Do your research to find quality pros - this isn’t the time to skimp on labor. Think about furniture layout early. While it may seem a bit premature to

start decorating your living room before the foundation is laid, knowing how you’ll want to use and lay out each room can help you during the building and design process. For example, you can save time and money down the line when you know from the get-go you’ll want a window seat and two large couches to face the fireplace. Know where to save and spend. Costs can quickly add up, so it’s important for you to decide early on what matters most to you, and what’s worth investing in. You can always upgrade your flooring or cabinetry, but you can never change the foundation. Build your home to last longer and perform better with innovative building materials like insulated custom forms (ICFs) from Nudura. This alternative to wood framing can withstand fire and high winds and provides superior insulation, leading to significant savings on your energy bills year after year. Prepare for the unexpected. Building a new home is a process, and you can minimize stress by embracing that it will be unpredictable and can change

throughout the journey. Plan for things like weather delays and higher costs. The unexpected can also lead to positive changes in your plans. For example, you might come across a new flooring mate-

rial that’s more eco-friendly, or a smart home automation system might hit the market and you’ll want to integrate it into the design. Be flexible. - Metro Content

FOR SALE 911 BREMERTON DRIVE Room for large family with nearly 5000 sf and large private rear yard. Large sunroom/hobby room with separate HVAC. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths with open kitchen, hardwood floors down and carpet upstairs, guest bedroom downstairs or office after guest bedroom down. MASTER BATH REMODELED , SEPARATE room for office upstairs if needed. Living spaces flow well, quick access to shopping and quiet area. Kitchen and Master bath have been remodeled, 9’ ceilings, room for an Office if needed, alot of value in this home. Call 252-717-1806 for Appointment, you will be Impressed!

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