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Prepare your deck for winter

Homeowners often take steps to winterize the interior of their homes in the weeks before winter’s arrival, but such efforts should extend to the outside of a home as well. Decks make for great gathering places when the weather permits. Decks are where many people spend their free time and eat their meals come spring and summer, when the temperatures climb and the sun sets well into the evening. But as summer turns to fall, homeowners must take measures to protect their decks from potentially harsh winter weather. ■ Inspect the deck for problems. Decks tend to be used more often in summer than any other time of year. That makes fall and early winter an ideal time to inspect for wear and tear and any additional issues that may have cropped up throughout the summer. Damaged boards and loose handrails should be fixed before winter arrives, especially for homeowners who plan to use their decks in winter. Fixing such issues in winter and even into spring may be difficult thanks to harsh conditions, so make good use of the relatively calm autumn weather to fix any issues on the deck. ■ Clear the deck of potted plants. Even homeowners who intend to use their decks in winter should remove potted plants from the deck in the fall. The home improvement experts at HGTV note that moisture can get trapped between deck boards and plastic, wood or ce-

4100 STERLING TRACE DRIVE, WINTERVILLE, NC 28590 Motivated Sellers!! Enjoy living in executive style grandeur that is convenient to everything. This well-appointed home has 4 bedrooms (2 up/2 down) each with a private full bath and walk-in closet. It is situated on a large corner lot of almost an acre. Inside there is a formal dining room, spacious eat-in kitchen, downstairs office area, and formal and informal living rooms. A separate stairway leads to bonus space that could be another bedroom, inlaw quarters, rec room, or more! Enjoy morning coffee or evening drinks on the raised back patio. Custom tile and granite finish this home in grand style. Separate HVAC units replaced in 2019 and 2020 for years of worry-free service. Multiple water heaters to provide plenty of hot water to the 5.5 bathrooms and kitchen. Homes like this don’t come along often, and this one needs to be seen to be believed! $449,000.

ramic containers in cold weather, and that can contribute to mildew, discoloration or decay. ■ Store unnecessary furniture. Homeowners who like to sit on their decks in winter will no doubt want to leave some furniture out over the winter. But those with lots of furniture for entertaining guests can likely move the majority of that furniture into a garage or shed for the winter. HGTV notes that doing so will prevent the potential formation of blemishes on the deck that can result from inconsistent weathering. ■ Remove snow, but do so carefully. Prolonged contact with snow and ice can damage a deck. As a result, homeowners should clear snow from their decks when accumulation is significant. HGTV recommends using a snow blower on the deck to avoid scarring. If a shovel must be used, push snow with the planks to reduce the risk of damaging the deck.

CAROLINA HEIGHTS - 504 PITTMAN DR. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath has been remodeled. Rear den with fireplace, new deck and expansive 1/2 ac. lot, partial fenced rear yard with wooded privacy. Kitchen with new SS appliances, laminate flooring, tile accent in the baths and good closet space. Open kit-nook off den and 1260 sqft. Very quiet area off Arlington Blvd. near hospital. Seller can pay some CC and it’s unfurnished for early occupancy.

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Stokes - $118,500 3BR/2BA manufactured home situated on 2 parcels totaling approx. 1.13 acres. Open floor plan and vaulted ceilings in the Greatroom. Many upgrades throughout including SS appliances, new carpet and LVP flooring plus workshop. Call Camilla 717-7229. MLS#100251475.

Tucker Estates - $390,000 4BR/2.5BA brick home with main level master suite featuring his & her vanities, jetted tub & exquisite tile work. Open concept LR leads to kitchen with work island, SS appliances & granite counters. Relax on the screened porch overlooking spacious & shady backyard. Call Tahaia(Kunny) 5311872. MLS#100245682.

Greenville - $210,000 4BR/2BA 1800sf home for horse enthusiast with fenced in pasture & horse stables. Includes 29 stalls, 8 of which are currently rented out for $300 a month & features a tack room, feed room & medication room. Must see to fully appreciate. USDA eligible. Call Peggy 3203832. MLS#100250729.

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Simple ways to save on heating costs this winter Comfort takes center stage each winter. As people look to stay warm, many may be quick to turn up the thermostat so their entire home is toasty warm. But much like cranking air conditioners during the dog days of summer, turning up the thermostat each time the winter winds begin blowing can prove costly for homeowners. According to estimates from the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, homeowners spent an average of $911 on home heating costs in the winter of 201920. The winter of 2020-21 could prove even more expensive, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force much of the world to practice social distancing. That means many professionals are still working from home full-time, while even those who aren’t are no doubt spending more of their free time at home. All those hours spent at home figure to increase reliance on heaters this winter, which means heating bills are likely to go up as the temperatures go down. Finding ways to save on heating costs will no doubt prove a priority for many homeowners this winter, and the following are some ways to do just that. ■ Add insulation. Extra insulation through-

out the house can dramatically reduce home heating (and cooling) costs. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, adding insulation in attics, crawl spaces and basement rim joists can help homeowners save as much as 15 percent on heating costs. ■ Lower the temperature on your water heater. Another way to trim your energy bill this winter is to lower the temperature on your water heater. The U.S. Department of Energy notes that, for every 10 F reduction in temperature on their water heaters, homeowners can save between 3 and 5 percent on their water heating costs. ■ Close the flue on your fireplace. Fireplaces can keep a home’s inhabitants warm in winter, but only when they’re in use. When they’re not being used, fireplaces can allow heat to escape a home. When the fireplace is not being used, close the flue to prevent heat from escaping the house. Keeping all windows and doors closed throughout the day is another way to prevent unnecessary heat loss. ■ Have your HVAC system serviced before winter begins. Inefficient HVAC systems cost homeowners considerable amounts

Elite Properties of money each year. Annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional can ensure filters are clean and operating at peak efficiency, saving homeowners the costly trouble of having to turn up the thermostat to overcome dirty systems.

Home heating costs figure to increase this winter as people spend more time at home. Various simple strategies can help homeowners stay warm without overpaying to heat their homes this winter. - Metro Content

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Farmville $248,000

4290 BELCHER STREET. This turn of the century Craftsman style bungalow located on historic Belcher Street in Farmville is a step back in time. This property offers the essence of history and the convenience of the present. Listed in the Historic Architecture of Pitt County, North Carolina, this property comes along with the infamous Belcher Bench. Former Mayor Belcher would give a stone bench to his friends. The new owner of this property will own this piece of history as well. Off the expansive front porch you will find the porte-cochere. Model T cars were parked under the shelter and you could step directly onto the front porch. Interior offers hardwood floors, high ceilings, ornate mantels and built- ins. From the foyer to the back laundry room, you will be amazed at the preservation of the era of the early 1900’s. Formal living, formal dining, kitchen, breakfast nook, den, office, full bath, laundry, walk in pantry and half bath adorn the downstairs. Upstairs you will find three bedrooms, full bath, wide hallway and the glass panel closet door will let you remain in a time of past. So many rooms, so many options.You have plenty of parking in the rear with the turn around space, patio and stoop. Convenience to downtown Farmville, where you will find medical, post office, pharmacy, dining, grocery, floral shop, furniture stores, clothing, consignment, antique and vintage shopping. Farmville offers breweries, dance studio, accounting services, legal services, ice cream shop, a French bakery, walking trails, disc golf, Farmville Country Club and a state of the art library being built...why live anywhere else? Please call Connie M. Corey. #100251123

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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. #100013635

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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

Blackwood Ridge $569,000

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Craftwinds $150,000

Wellington Ridge $315,000

2025 SEDBROOK LANE. EXQUISITE new construction in popular BLACKWOOD RIDGE SUBDIVISION. This Frank Betz Tanglewood Plan has been modified and features 4 bedrooms and 3 12 bathrooms. Living room has vaulted ceilings and a gas log fireplace with custom built-ins. Kitchen boasts soft close cabinets, large island, stainless steel appliances, custom vent hood and eat in breakfast area. Room adjacent to kitchen can be used as a keeping room or formal dining room. It has a vaulted ceiling with decorative beams and overlooks the back yard. Master Suite with trey ceiling, tile shower, soaking tub, double vanity and enormous walk in closet. Another bedroom and bath down and 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and bonus room up. Mudroom with bench and hooks. Extra large covered rear patio for entertaining. Act fast and you can help pick out interior selections! Please call Melissa Nichols. #100251110

616 BAYBERRY LANE. Adorable, move- in ready home located in Craft Winds. This one story home features a desirable split floor plan and updates throughout. Located on a quiet street, the front exterior features a well groomed front yard and rocking chair front porch. Guest are invited into a cozy living room with vaulted ceilings, fireplace and beautiful laminate floors. Sunny and spacious kitchen with granite countertops, tile backsplash, stainless appliances, pantry, plenty of counter and cabinet space, large peninsula and eat in breakfast nook. First floor owners suite boasts walk in closet and en-suite bathroom with double vanity, walk-in shower and tile floors. Two bedrooms and a full bath off of the living room are perfect for guest room or office. Laundry room offers additional storage. Paved patio overlooks spacious backyard with fire pit and storage shed. WH Robinson Elementary School, AG Cox Middle School, South Central High School. Please call Sarah Weir. #100251333

1079 LEXINGTON DOWNS DRIVE. Meticulously maintained and move in ready, this charming home boasts an open floor plan with two bedrooms and two full baths on the first floor. Two additional bedrooms, a full bath and bonus room with closet are found on the second floor. Upon entering the home a spacious foyer welcomes you with vaulted ceilings and warm site laid hardwood flooring, opening into the dining room and great room. The kitchen features granite countertops, breakfast nook, tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. The large grand suite downstairs includes trey ceilings, double vanity sink, tiled shower, stand alone garden tub, and spacious closet. The deck overlooks an expansive backyard, perfect for grilling and entertaining. Two car attached garage. This immaculate home is light and open and perfect for your family. A must see! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100251421

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Montclair Estates $28,500

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Bedford West $78,000

Autumn Lakes $49,500

Oakmont $247,000

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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Autumn Lakes $1,090,000

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. #100245984

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Country $1,250,000

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

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

3707 MOBLEYS BRIDGE ROAD. Autumn Lakes is a beautiful community which enjoys views of the lake, sidewalks around lake, gazebo and features custom built homes on large lots. 3707 Mobleys Bridge Road is located on the left past the entrance of Autumn Lakes. Build your own dream home in this very popular neighborhood. Please call Debbie Allen. #1000234794

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

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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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

Hobgood $155,000

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

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

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

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


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412-3001

Jacob Allen BROKER 916-0802

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Lauren Moye BROKER, Buyer’s Agent 955-6212

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Mary Margaret Alligood BROKER 944-6279

Cindy Arnold BROKER 902-4872

Katie Davenport BROKER 341-6551

Al Eason BROKER 864-0719

Amanda Garris BROKER 717-9291

Melissa Nichols BROKER 341-2181

L.M. Odom BROKER 413-8005

Tim Odom BROKER, GRI 917-2377

Worley Warren

Melanie Warrington BROKER 717-3636

Jim Weese BROKER, ABR, CRS, GREEN E-PRO, SRES, SFR, GRI, SPS 717-0224

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Carol Carson BROKER 512-653-5479

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Renee Carter BROKER, ABR, GRI 347-2602

Pat Chappell BROKER 341-3074

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Steve Kelly BROKER 714-6684

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Andrew Pair Realtor, BROKER 717-2447

Doris Ribera BROKER 814-8902

Patrick Robertson BROKER, SLS 902-7364

Katlyn Rowland BROKER 740-649-0119

Tracy Skinner BROKER 717-4209

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How to save up for your first home Home ownership is a dream for people across the globe. Many people save for years before buying their first homes, squirreling away every dollar they can with the hopes they can one day become homeowners. But thanks to factors beyond their control, even the most devoted savers can sometimes feel like their dream of home ownership may never come true. According to the Pew Research Center, American workers’ paychecks are larger than they were 40 years ago, but their purchasing power is essentially the same. Things aren’t much different in Canada, where analysis from Statistics Canada and the Bank of Canada has shown that, since 2015, wage growth in Canada has been weaker than in the United States. Various challenges can make it difficult to buy a home. However, some simple strategies can help prospective home buyers build their savings as they move closer to the day when they can call themselves “homeowners.”

• Determine where your money is going. If you’re finding it hard to grow your savings, audit your monthly expenses to determine where your money is going. Using exclusively debit or credit cards can simplify this process, as all you need to do is log into your accounts and see how your money was spent over a given period. If you routinely use cash to pay for items, even just to buy coffee on the way to work, keep a notepad handy so you can jot down each expense. Do this for a month and then examine how you spent your money. Chances are you will see various ways to save, and you can then redirect that money into your savings account. • Become a more savvy grocery shopper. Another great way to save more money is to alter something you already do each month: grocery shopping. If you haven’t already, sign up for discount clubs at your local grocer. This is a largely effortless way for shoppers, especially those buying food for families, to save considerable amounts of money. Shop-

ping sales at competing grocery stores also can save money. • Dine in more often. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that Americans spend, on average, 6 percent of their household budgets on food. However, the USDA also notes that Americans spend 5 percent of their disposable income on dining out. If these figures mirror your spending habits, you can

nearly cut your food spending in half by dining out less frequently. That might be a sacrifice for foodies, but it can get you that much closer to buying your own home. Saving enough money to purchase your first home is a worthy effort that can be made easier by employing a few budget-friendly strategies. - Metro Content

5 factors to consider when buying a home Home ownership is a dream for many people. In fact, buying a home is considered by many people to be a major life accomplishment. Various factors determine what makes a home an attractive place to live. While some considerations may overlap, others may be unique to individual buyers. Those new to the real estate arena may want to consider the following factors as they search for a new place to call home. 1: PROPERTY TAXES Property taxes can greatly affect the overall cost of living in a particular home. The real estate company RedFin says property taxes are generally levied by each county and often include taxes paid to schools, utility companies and municipal governments. Property taxes will usually

be factored into a monthly mortgage payment, and how high (or low) taxes are can turn an affordable mortgage payment into something that can break a budget. When calculating payments, be sure to include property taxes in your estimates. 2: JOB SECURITY/AVAILABILITY The financial resource Fortune Builder says to consider your job security before taking the home ownership plunge. Before committing to an investment as substantial as a home, ensure that you are secure in your job. Similarly, if you are relocating for job prospects, verify that the new location has a thriving job market. 3: LOCAL SCHOOLS For potential homeowners with children or those planning on becoming parents, area

schools should merit significant consideration. Research school rankings and reviews, but know that rankings can change. American Family Insurance Company says to also look at the school budget history of towns you’re considering to see if residents prioritize funding for education. This can be a measure of how important education is in a given community. 4: COMMUTE TIMES Home ownership involves both lifestyle and financial decisions. Calculate the time it will take to travel to and from work when considering a certain town or neighborhood. Find out if there is mass transit and what options are available for off-hour travel needs. 5: LIFESTYLE OPTIONS Quality nightlife, arts and history, community events,

proximity to cultural centers or cities, and other factors are at play in choosing a home. Make sure your new community allows you to still enjoy the things you’re passionate

about. Buying a home involves considering various factors that can affect your budget and quality of life. - Metro Content


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