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4666 Kings Crossroads Road Greenville, NC 27834 Listed by Kevin O’Sullivan 252-714-8183


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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

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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Surviving a home renovation

Homeowners invest large sums into improving their homes to make them more comfortable living spaces or to increase their odds of selling quickly. The Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University predicted U.S. spending on home renovations and repairs to peak at $327 billion in 2017. Whether one is doing a large renovation or a small remodel, life may be turned upside down during the project. Furniture may be moved out of the room, walls may be demolished, water or electricity may be turned off, and appliances may be missing or not hooked up. Home improvements often drum up dust and disarray. Such projects can try the patience of any homeowner, and things may get worse before they get better. Even though remodeling can be taxing, the end result is often worth it. Here’s how to look forward to the silver lining and come out unscathed. • DISCUSS THE PROJECT BEFORE IT STARTS All family members should be in agreement before the first hammer is swung. Decide on as many details as you can ahead of time and have a firm plan in place. Establish back-up choices for tiles or color schemes in case the items you want are out of stock. Trying to make decisions under duress may result in

bad choices. • DO ONE PROJECT AT A TIME It’s tempting to want to improve as much as possible at once to maximize motivation and renovation materials. However, having no place in which to escape the mess can elevate stress levels. Do not think about renovating kitchens and bathrooms all at once, or you will not have any working fixtures

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for tasks like washing up. • HAVE EVERYTHING IN PLACE Before demolition even begins, have building materials bought and stored, contractors and subcontractors lined up, and see what you can do to minimize the time workers need to spend in your home. • EXPECT DELAYS In a world where things move at lightning speeds, renovations have not gotten the memo. Home projects take lots of time and will likely take longer if you are doing the work yourself in your free time. Build lots of extra time into the project so you are not disappointed when delays happen - even when you’ve done your best to avoid them. • PLAN AN ESCAPE ZONE Construction environments can be messy, loud, smelly, and a host of other unsavory adjectives. The chaos that ensues when life is turned upside down can be overwhelming, particularly for the person who spends the most time in the home while work is being done. Build escape moments into the plan and make sure everyone else at home is on board. During the real grind of the project, a night or two at a hotel may be a welcome respite. - Metro Content

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252.355.5006 1.800.326.5006 Greenville - $350,000

Bedford - $450,000 5BR/3BA MOVE IN READY all brick home. This home features a main level master suite plus welcoming foyer & greatroom w/ FP & built-ins. 3 additional bedrooms on 2nd floor. Relax in the sunroom that overlooks an immaculate fenced in backyard. Call Tahaia(Kunny) 531-1872. MLS#100224199.

4BR/2.5BA historical 2-story five bay Colonial Revival w/ screened porch & open porch. Features SS appliances, tile flooring & stunning hardwoods. Situated on over 2 acres, property includes detached living qtrs. w/ full bath that’s approx.600 sqft. Own a piece of history! Call Tahaia(Kunny) 531-1872. MLS#100242353.

Tyson Farms - $230,900 3BR/2.5BA charming 2-story home with finished Bonus room. Formal LR & dining. Open concept kitchen, breakfast nook & greatroom. Lg. master suite with whirlpool tub & walk-in closet. This is a must see! Call Frankie 717-7799. MLS#100244495.

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Agents on Duty Saturday

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Jessica Clodfelter 327-9186

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Open Sunday 2-4

Denali $265,000

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Autumn Lakes $1,090,000

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Bedford $375,000

488 DENALI ROAD. What a beautiful craftsman style home, located in a quiet area, but convenient to so much! 2 bedrooms up, 2 bedrooms down, 3 full bathrooms, beautiful hardwoods and tile in main living area! A welcoming covered front and back porch with a 2-car garage! Check out these pictures in the morning light. This one will not last long! Home also includes gas logs, a LP gas hook up for your LP gas grill, laundry room and quaint backyard. Your hostess will be Carol Carson. #100241600

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

928 BREMERTON DRIVE. Stately brick 2-story in sought after Bedford subdivision. Downstairs features hardwood floors in the foyer, formal living, dining, great room and hall. Find comfort knowing there is a downstairs bedroom and full bath. Enjoy preparing your favorite meals in the updated kitchen offering stainless wall oven, warming tray, microwave, gas cooktop, dishwasher, trash compactor, granite countertops, tile backsplash, custom cabinets and tile flooring. Not enough, how about glass front cabinets, work and prep space? Laundry room with utility sink and hanging rod. Great room, well you have an inviting fireplace with gas logs and dry bar. Upstairs offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and bonus room. 2 staircases give easy access to upstairs and bonus area. Like outside entertaining? No problem! Screened rear porch that exits to paver patio with firepit with natural gas hook up. Oh, do you like holiday lights at the flip of a switch? Got it! Not enough space to name all the features, must see to get full effect. Please call Connie M. Corey. #100226244

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Greenville $200,000

2452 MILLS ROAD. Charming 4 bedroom, 3 bath all brick home on 1.8 acres of land and located in the desirable Chicod and D H Conley school district. Home boast 2 separate living areas, large eat-in kitchen with lots of storage space, master bathroom with walk-in shower and a beautiful shaded backyard. There is also a handicap accessible suite. This home will not last long, schedule your private showing today! Please call Melanie Warrington. #100238983

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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

Tucker Estates $221,900

1307 RONDO DRIVE. Wonderful traditional home located in the heart of Greenville. Nestled in the ever popular Tucker Estates subdivision. Tucker Estates offers great areas to walk and run. Home is well cared for and ready for a new owner. Beautiful oak floors in much of the home. Lots of living space with large living area and separate family room. Family room features a beautiful masonry wood- burning fireplace with built-ins on each side. Formal dining room and eat-in kitchen. Some kitchen appliances updated. Features 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 1 half bath. Charming front covered porch. Separate brick garage. Rear deck overlooking spacious rear yard. Convenient to East Carolina University, Vidant Medical Center and find dining and shopping. Call today for more information! Please call Tim Odom. #100239319

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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. #100013646

Country $1,250,000

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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! Screenedin 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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Stokes $13,900

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Lynndale Townes $309,900

3042 DARTMOUTH DRIVE. Located in one of Greenville’s most desirable neighborhoods, this onelevel 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhome is indeed a place to call home! The foyer leads to a combination great room/formal dining area with a fireplace that overlooks a private, walled patio and provides pleasing views to the outside. The spacious kitchen is adorned with nice countertops and cabinets and the home is replete with ample window space. The master bedroom features a large bath. To the right of the foyer are 2 other bedrooms and another full bath. A 2-car garage has a recessed area for appliances. The landscaping in front is especially attractive, and homeowner dues pay for front yard maintenance. Call to see this wonderful home! Please call Katherine Q. Vinson. #100229299

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Ironwood $99,000

Carlton Williams 531-9828 Feature

Parmer Place $487,000

436 FORRESTPARK. Wonderful opportunity to be in Parmer Place. Exquisite home with hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, and extensive trim work throughout. Spacious kitchen boasts keeping room with cozy fireplace and beautiful paneling, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast nook. First floor master suite includes nice built-ins in the bedroom and walk-in closet, linen closet, and double vanity sinks. Formal dining room, grand great room, office, and laundry room also on the first floor. Second floor includes three bedrooms, with one being en-suite. One of those bedrooms could also be used as a bonus room. Large, private back patio with multiple entrances via keeping room, great room, and master bedroom. 2 full baths on the first floor. 2 full baths on the second floor. Upgraded fixtures. Please call Jessica Snyder. #100230233

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Autumn Lakes $49,500

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

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

4403 OAKSONG DRIVE. Build your dream house on this beautiful, hilly lot overlooking the 18th hole & a lake located on a cul-de-sac. Please call Amanda Garris. #118889

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. #100234794

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Ashcroft Village $15,000

Mill Run $300,000 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

2399 WATER VIEW ROAD. If you want to build your dream home and be just feet from the Tar River, now is your chance. 1.61 acres in desirable Valley Landing is currently available. Please call Patrick Robertson. #100217014

3809 ASHCROFT DRIVE. .25 acre lot in popular Ashcroft Village. Please call Patrick Robertson. #100196857

Valley Landing $159,900

Grifton $25,000

1232 JOLLY OLE FIELD ROAD. Over 4 acres in Grifton! No septic permit on file. Survey is available. Please call Sarah Weir. #100235496


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THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE FOR 252-756-3500

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Debbie Allen

BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SPS

717-3390

Jacob Allen BROKER 916-0802

341-9969

Katie Davenport BROKER 341-6551

Carol Leong BROKER 916-0587

Lauren Moye BROKER, Buyer’s Agent 955-6212

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531-2234

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BROKER, COMMERCIAL

321-0072

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How empty-nesters can transform their homes

After bringing home a bubbly baby boy or girl, it can be hard for parents to imagine that a day will come when their kids are off to college and then onto their own apartment or house. After spending decades nurturing and caring for children, parents are then left with a suddenly quiet house and probably much more time to spare. If saying goodbye to the kids also means extra house, there’s the option to downsize or make that extra space more useful. Homeowners who choose to stay put can renovate vacant rooms into spaces that meet their newfound needs. ■ Hobby haven: If you’ve always meant to set up a crafting room, home-brewing station or an artist’s studio, now is an ideal time to do just that. Figure out which supplies you will need and begin reworking that former bedroom into a new sanctuary for leisure interests. ■ Guest suite: If you’ve never had a spare bedroom to entertain guests, a child’s former bedroom can fit the bill. It may not be that difficult to transform such

spaces into relaxing and inviting rooms for overnight guests. Be sure there is at least a queensized bed and a dresser or chest of drawers to stash belongings. Select paint colors and linens in neutral tones so the room will be inviting to guests. ■ Living room redo: When there’s an entire soccer team coming over to hang out, that large sectional sofa or modular seating may be ideal. Now that the kids are out of the house and their friends are no longer coming over for movie night, living rooms can be made more intimate with small-scale seating. A small sofa and two comfortable chairs may be a more fitting option. ■ At-home gym: Save on gym membership fees by building a

mini studio right at home. Choose one of the larger bedrooms and then fill it with some fitness equipment, such as an elliptical trainer, a bench press bench and some free weights. Store rolled-up mats in the closet for yoga or Pilates sessions. ■ Expanded bathroom: If space has always been at a premium in the bathroom, borrow area from an empty bedroom and turn it into a spa. Install a soaking tub separate from the shower, and fill the room with other amenities, such as a warming lamp or even a small sauna. ■ Home office: Working from home a few days a week may be more plausible when nearing retirement, as it will be a smoother transition from heading to the office each day to spending more time at home. Turn a bedroom or den into an office space with a new desk and bookshelves. An empty nest can be a bittersweet experience, but parents can make such situations work for them by transforming their homes to better reflect their current needs. - Metro Content

OPEN HOUSE SUN., NOV. 22ND 2-4PM 1069 ROBERT LITTLE ROAD, GRIMESLAND Location! Location! Location! This beautiful home is nestled in almost 5 acres of clear land, private and secluded. All hard wood floors in main areas, beautiful fireplace centers the living room with formal dining opened. The master bedroom is downstairs with on-suite. Two large bedrooms upstairs, one with a bonus nook that can be used for an office. Sunroom has its own mini split ac/heating system. Detached workshop is wired and window unit for cooling. Also, there’s another small wired shed. Complete privacy on this property with wandering drive. Please come join me Sunday, November 22nd from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. for an Open House. $440,000. *Each office is independently owned and operated

PREFERRED REALTY 3208 Charles Blvd.

52.355.5006

Cedrick Lee REALTOR®

252.626.8711

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904 Fox Chase Lane, Winterville

Stunning Four Bedroom home in the Heart of Charleston Village! Home offers Master and 2 more Secondary Bedrooms on the Main Level. New Paint throughout Entire Main Level including all Kitchen Cabinets! Kitchen provide Stunning flooring, Freshly Painted Cabinetry, Farm Sink! Family Room boasts Elevated Cathedral Ceiling with Custom Mantle with Gas Log Fireplace, Gorgeous Carpentry with Chair Railing, Huge window allowing tons of Sunshine to Pour in! Master has a Beautiful Trey ceiling with Custom Trim, Walk-in Closet with Built in Shelving! On the Second Level You have an Open Bonus Room/Office Space! The 4th Bedroom is on the Second Floor with its own Full Bath that offers stunning modern Tile Work. A true Blackout Media Room that the whole Family can enjoy, rarely seen in this price point of housing! Some of the square footage on 2nd level is unpermitted. Detached Shed in the backyard is perfect for storage! Huge Deck that’ll allow for great entertaining! Bring Your Buyers!! MLS#100243298. $255,000.

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MARKET FRESH 2114 Brookview Place, Greenville $162,000

MLS#100245404

2205 Carey Road, Kinston

MLS#100245283

$79,900

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