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“The Sheffield� is 2,600 SF, 4BR/2.5BA plus loft for just $190,000! Spring Meadows boasts quality, affordable homes on oversized lots with no city taxes! Prices range from $140,000-$200,000 with homes sizes from 1,400 SF to over 2,600 SF. All homes have 9ft smooth ceilings and two car garages. Special financing (TARP program funds) for qualified buyers will make home ownership more affordable than ever. Spring Meadows is conveniently located off Roseland Road just outside of Aberdeen city limits. Pre-sales and custom homes ready in just 4 months, choose your colors now. Call Tammy Lyne at Keller Williams Realty 910-603-5300. www.TammyLyne.com


Tammy Lyne appointed Operating Partner of Keller Williams Real Estate Keller Williams Realty, the area’s largest real estate company, announced December 1st that Tammy Lyne has become the Operating Principal of the Market Center. She succeeds Mike Hardinger, who helped found the company in 2007. Tammy Lyne, who is also a state certified appraiser, is well-known as a top producer in the local market for over 22 years. Lyne said, " I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the company. We have a solid business model, centered on the agents and their business, and we have demonstrated our ability to grow during difficult times. Our agents are focused on growing their business. Our job is to help them do that through training and coaching. We have had a great deal of success thus far,

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but we believe we have, in many respects, just begun. The fact that our office has, so far this year, shared over $67,000 in profits with our agents is a testament to the strength of our business plan, our leadership and our agents.� Hardinger said " We have had a tremendous start up. We have come from nowhere to number one in both units and volume in our local market area. It has been a very rewarding experience for me, especially in that it was accomplished in challenging market conditions. I have always enjoyed launching new ventures, and the success of this one has been very gratifying. Now I want to turn my attention to other interests, but I will remain actively involved in real estate as a agent with Keller

Tammy Lyne

Mike Hardinger

Williams, focusing primarily on the Horse Farm segment." The Pinehurst Market Center, located at 206 Commerce Avenue, Southern Pines, NC, was established in 2009 and has 54 associates. Year to date

through November 30, 2009, the Market Center has shared more than $67,547 in profits with its agents. To learn more about Keller Williams Realty, call Terry Rainer at 910-692-5553 or visit www.CareersOfALifetime.com.

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Professionally Speaking

Dear Community,

For a Prosperous New Year in Moore County Hello, I’m Elizabeth Childers, the 2010 President of the PinehurstSouthern Pines Area Association of Realtors®. I would like to wish you and your family a prosperous 2010. I have been a Realtor® in Moore County since 1987 and have served on many community organizations. I previously served as the 1995 president of the Realtor® Association as well as local and state committees. Several weeks ago the Pinecrest High School Air Force ROTC displayed the colors of our great country during our holiday luncheon. I would personally like to thank the Pinecrest HS ROTC for participating in our program. These young women and men are a great asset to our community. I think it’s important during this holiday season to say thank you to the many Moore County Realtors® and affili-

ates who reach out to help those in need. An important responsibility of being a Realtor® is to give back to the community. Many brokerages and offices choose to participate in raising funds to support specific worthy causes. Many of our members, like Affiliate Marty Hefner and Realtor® Carol Haney work very closely supporting the Sandhills Coalition for the Needy. Brokerages like Keller Williams, Prudential GOS and Weichart-LaRose have special fund raising activities for food items, toys for tots or a special need. Also, through the Realtor® Association programs like Bike Santa, Habitat for Humanity and Toys for the Needy are supported. One of the goals of the Realtor® Association is to work to support the local community needs.

Elizabeth Childers

Pinehurst - Southern Pines Area Association of REALTORS®, INC. The Voice for Real Estate in the Sandhills www.pinehurstncrealtors.com Published every Friday by The Pilot in partnership with the PinehurstSouthern Pines Area Association of REALTORS, with a circulation of 19,000. Deadline for the Sandhills Real Estate Guide is 5:00 pm on Tuesday. FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010

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First-Time Buyers Fuel Optimistic Outlook Aided by the government’s home buyer tax credits, the outlook for housing and the economy appears headed for a sustainable recovery, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The association’s recently released 2009 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows that first-time buyers accounted for a record 47 percent share of home sales over the past year, up from 36 percent in 2006. Paul Bishop, NAR’s vice presi-

dent of research, said “It’s interesting to note that the last cyclical peak of first-time homebuyers was during the last noteworthy economic downturn, with first-time buyers starting the chain reaction that led the nation out of recession.” Even though unemployment remains a concern in some areas, existing-home sales are expected to rise 13.6 percent in 2010. New-home sales are projected to increase 38 percent from 2009 levels.

“I will provide an outstanding mortgage experience from application to closing” NAR’s study also reveals positive trends for sellers. In 2009, 42 percent of sellers offered incentives to attract buyers, such as home warranties or assistance with closing costs. This approach clearly paid off, since the typical home sold for 95 percent of the listing price and netted the owner an equity

increase of 27 percent. For a free consultation to discuss which type of mortgage loan will work best for you, call Victoria Spannaus at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage at (800) 741-7813 or 910-692-6225. Reprinted with permission of The Printer, Inc.

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Look for the Abbreviations! NAHB’s Certified Graduate In today’s changing housing Remodelers (CGR) Board of market, potential homeowners have more questions than ever. Governors and president of How do I know if my builder or Sevvonco, Inc. in Palatine, Ill. remodeler is the best one for “These people have passion for the job? How do I choose a the industry. They price properhome sales professional that I ly and honestly and they are am confident has my best inter- continually being trained and ests in mind? How can I modify keeping up with industry my home so I can continue livtrends.” ing here after I retire? Earning a professional desigLike any other profession, a nation from NAHB is a challengchanging housing market can ing and enriching process. translate into fiercer competition Though the curriculum is for your business. How can you demanding, year after year, differentiate the truly great from builders and remodelers eagerthe good? Advanced education! ly enroll in designations proThe National Association of grams, and each year hundreds Home Builders’ (NAHB) from around the country earn University of Housing offers professional credentials. comprehensive training proNAHB’s targeted curriculum grams to builders, remodelers and accomplished teachers and other industry specialists help builders and remodelers learn the latest technology, that lead to professional crebuilding methods and business dentials. The credential behind practices. Designations also your potential professional’s name means that he or she has give consumers a guide to passed rigorous coursework selecting professionals who and committed to be among have specialized in their areas the best in the business. This of interest, whether it is agingmeans you can rest assured in-place or marketing. that you are working with a Consumers can rest assured qualified building specialist that a credentialed University of ready to meet your needs. Housing graduate has excellent The professional designations training, practical experience from NAHB can be earned in and in-depth knowledge. any of 13 specific areas ranging “Obtaining a designation adds from building and remodeling some credibility to builders. It to sales to property manageprovides a third party endorsement to affordable housing, ment that says I’m not doing allowing you to find the perfect this just as a job, I’m doing it as professional for your needs a profession,” says Jim Carr, a “People with designations are Graduate Master Builder (GMB) special in the industry,” says and professor at the University Scott Sevon, vice chair of of Arkansas. PAGE 10

“When as consumers, we go to doctors, surgeons, accountants, or attorneys, we always request information about what degrees and credentials they hold,” echoes Sevon. “Why shouldn't our clients do the same when choosing a builder or remodeler?” For example, imagine that you have an elderly parent who is moving in with you, and you want to ensure they will be safe and comfortable in their new environs. Preparations to make the home more accessible for your loved one may entail working with a remodeler to widen doors, install shower bars for improved safety and make other modifications to your home to accommodate disabilities or accessibility challenges. Choosing a professional who has earned the Certified Agingin-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation ensures that your remodeler has completed a demanding curriculum that covers how to overcome common age-related barriers. Finding a professional in your area who has earned an NAHB designation is as easy as visiting www.NAHB.org/education and clicking on “Designations” in the left navigation area. Or, contact the Moore County Home Builders Association at (910) 944-2992. You can also visit our website: www.mchba.com. Designations in the following areas currently are awarded by NAHB’s

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University of Housing: • Certified Graduate Associate (CGA) • Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) • Graduate Master Builder (GMB) • Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) • Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) • Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) • Master Certified New Home Sales Professional (MCSP) • Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP) • Member, Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) • Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) • Certified Leasing Professional (CLP) • Registered in Apartment Management (RAM) • Advanced RAM • Certified Green Professional (CGP) Don’t miss our annual Spring Home & Garden Exposition and Parade of Homes. It’s at the Carolina Hotel on March 5, 6, and 7, 2010. We still have a limited number of display booths available if you’d like to be in the show. For more information visit www.mchba.com, or call the MCHBA office at (910) 9442992. FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010


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The Pinehurst-Southern Pines Area Association of Realtors holds anuual Luncheon The Pinehurst- S o u t h e r n Pines Area Association of Realtors held their annual Holiday Luncheon and Installation of 2010 Officers and Board of Directors members on December 15th at the Pinehurst Fair Barn. In attendance was guest s p e a k e r, Realtor Sandra O ’ C o n n o r, 2009 President, North Carolina Association of Realtors®. Following a long tradition, Realtor Elizabeth Childers was installed as the Association’s 38th President for 2010. In her remarks, President Childers pointed out the importance of Realtor involvement in the community and legislative issues facing homeowners in Moore County and North Carolina. She had previously served as the Association President in 1996. Realtor® Childers holds the CRS and GRI designations. She has been a member of the Association since 1987. She is a member of the First Health Foundation. She resides in Southern Pines with her husband, Wa y n e . Also installed was: Realtor Fred Hall as the Presidentelect and Realtor Ly n n Williams, 2010 Tr e a s u r e r / S e c r e t a r y. Realtors David Craft and Greg Regan are new Board of Director members. Realtor Kay Beran was installed as the MLS President for 2010. Realtor® Kay Beran has been a member of the Pinehurst Association since 1992. Kay holds the CRB, CRS, PCIM, and GRI designations. PAGE 12

Realtor® Beran was named one of the four 1998 Best Manager of the Year by the Real Estate Brokerage Manager Council. Kay has served on many committees and leadership position in the Association. She is the CEO of Prudential Gouger O’Neil & Saunders Real Estate. She is also Pa s t President of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Southern Pines with her husband, Jeff. Also installed were: Realtor Pa r k e r Dunahay as the VicePresident and Realtor Roy Harvel as the Treasurer/Secretary of the Corporation. New Board of Director members are: Realtor Ed Rhodes, Realtor Peyton Gentry, Realtor Kim Stout and Realtor Denise Roberts. The Realtor Association also awarded its most prestigious award, Realtor of the Ye a r, to Realtor Kay Beran. The Realtor of the Ye a r award recognizes THE OUTS TANDING REALTOR WHO EXHIBITS LEADERSHIP WITHIN the Real Estate P R O F E SSION AND WHO'S IDEALS CONTINUA L LY D E M O N S T R ATE THE REALTOR SPIRIT TO FELLO W R E A LTORS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Also, 2009 Association President Ti m Venjohn and 2009 MLS President Pam Hill were recognized for their leadership in the past year. For additional information please contact Tom Ko w a l , Executive Vice President, 910-692-8988

Pinehurst Southern Pines Area Association of REALTORS®, Inc., held the 2009 Holiday Luncheon and Leadership Installation on December 15, 2009 at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst. Pictured bottom left to right are Fred Hall, President Elect; Elizabeth Childers, President; Tim Venjohn, Past President; Lynn Williams, Secretary/Treasurer; Kay Beran, Representative PSPA MLS and 2009 Realtor of the Year. Back Left to Right are Directors: Arvilla Sheron, Charlotte Hagan, Lari Dirkmatt, Greg Regan, Peggy Floyd, Brenda Williams, Carol Haney, and Dave Craft.

Fred Hall, Elizabeth Childers, Tim Venjohn, Sandra O'Connor, (2009 NCAR President), and Tom Kowal (Executive Vice President of PSP Area Association of Realtors®).

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Out & About

Carolyn Ragone’s Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange

in Real Estate Keep us involved Send us your event photos to share with the community. Submit digital photos accompanied by caption information to mwood@thepilot.com.

Carolyn Ragone holding Jackson Galloway (son of Kathryn Galloway), Sarah Bahner, Julie Verchick, Marty Hefner. In the back ground Shirley Vaughan and Mary Lou Vaughan.

Ellen Stewart, Maureen Deceuster, Nancy Oakley, Melissa Johnstone

Susan Holmes and Jackson Galloway. FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010

Emerson Vaughan

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Out & About in Real Estate Keep us involved Send us your event photos to share with the community. Submit digital photos accompanied by caption information to mwood@thepilot.com. The Fore Properties Real Estate team gather at 195 for their annual Christmas lunch. In lieu of gift exchanging, a donation was made to the Food Bank.

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Denise Strother, President and COO of ERA Strother Real Estate and an avid PHOTO BY TRAE EDWARDS ballroom dancer, performs to Janet Gibson Uffinger, vice president of “Copacabana” with her Leadership Team marketing for Strother Ventures II, and and with Roland Bersch III of Roland’s her husband, Don. Dance Studio. The occasion was a Black & White Masked Christmas Ball, the annual themed holiday party for ERA Strother Real Estate and LWSHomes. The event was held at Gates Four Golf & Country Club.

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ERA Strother Real Estate teamed up with the Fayetteville SwampDogs and Sammio’s Italian Restaurant to deliver one ton of food to the recent Heart of Carolina Food Drive, spearheaded by WTVD-ABC 11. Got Cribs Dude, the “new face of real estate” for ERA Strother Real Estate, is at the middle top. Fun-Go, the SwampDogs mascot, goofs around in the middle bottom of the photo.

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Larry W. Strother, Chairman and CEO of Strother Ventures II, gets into the spirit of his Black & White Masked Christmas Ball.

The Leadership Team of ERA Strother Real Estate and Roland’s dancers give a show of “jazz hands” to Denise Strother after a spirited performance of “Copacabana” at the company’s annual Christmas party attended by 160 Realtors, builders and VIPs.

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The Moore County Register of Deeds Office in Carthage has recorded the following property transfers valued at $50,000 or more. December 21-23, 2009 TB MOR LLC to Troy Lumber Company, Timber Deed 21 acres, Exception, Map, $60,000. Nancy M. Hoon Et al. to Chase Home Finance LLC and Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, Trustees Deed B2634/408 Lot 41 Vanderbuilt Acres 08 SP 185, $99,000. Glenn S. Matheny to Terrance B. and Lorraine R. Allie, Lot 318 U1 P1 Pinehurst, Mineral Springs Township, $277,000. William E. and Virginia L. Campling to Elizabeth A. Harry, Lot 53B S6 Whispering Pines, McNeill Township, $245,000. Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Foote to Robert Shay Et al., Lot 54 U15 P2 Pinehurst, Mineral Springs Township, $249,000. Harold and Janet Clark to Womack Construction Co. Inc., Lot 14 Willow Creek Sandhills Township, $185,000. Womack Construction Co. Inc. to Harold W. and Janet E. Clark, Lot 597 P1 Newbury Ridge, McNeill Township, $277,000. Robert M. Fields Et al. to James Martin, 99.100 acres, Deep River Township, $277,500. JA PAR LLC to Paul A. and Jillaine M. Comardo, Lot 2 PI Spring Meadows Sandhills Township, $170,000.

Francis J. McGovern to Stephen Imbrock Et al., Lot 37 PII Foxfire, Mineral Springs Township, $218,000. Robert K. McCreary Et al. to Barry Jackson and Carolyn Brady, Lot 21 BL K&12 Southern Pines, $50,000. Malcolm W. and Deborah A. Kilmer to Michael B. and Linda C. Swensen, Lot 6097 S3 Seven Lakes West, Mineral Springs Township, $382,000. William M. Robeson Et al. to Thomas S. and Tommie C. Blue, Tract, Sandhills Township, $103,000. Roger Worley Construction Inc. to Patrick R. and Christy L. Pusser, Lot 2338 S8 P1 Pinewild, Mineral Springs Township, $60,000. RMA Investments LLC to William M. and Michelle B. Gray, Lot 55 P4 Morganwood Seven Lakes West, Mineral Springs Township, $112,000. Martha M. Terrell and Teresa T. Faw to Jesse and Christy Devore, 1.33 acres & 0.64 acres, Greenwood Township, $150,000. Carol A. Shultis Et al. to David C. and Anne Marie Thorton, PT Lot 4 & Lot 5 Rooty Branch Little River Township, $485,500. Pinnacle Development Corporation Inc. to A n d rew C. Blackmon, Unit 31 P1 Elk Ridge Sandhills Township, $190,500. Kurt A. Sayers Et al. t o Daniel T. and Diane D. Snow, Lots 12 BL G&1 Southern Pines, McNeill Township, $247,500.

Keller Williams Realty Ranked as Top Real Estate Franchise by Industry Leader and Entrepreneur Magazine AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 21, 2009) — Keller Williams Realty joined the ranks of the top franchises in the world last week, when the company was ranked as the No. 1 real estate franchise on the 31st Annual Franchise 500 list by Entrepreneur magazine. During the same week, the company was also voted the Most Recognizable Brand of Real Estate Franchises for 2009 in an industry-wide survey for the Swanepoel TRENDS Report. “The Swanepoel TRENDS Report is a respected source for the real estate industry and beyond, as is Entrepreneur magazine, and we are excited to see our agents honored in this way for all of their hard work,” said Mark Willis, CEO, Keller Williams Realty. “We certainly wouldn’t have been included on either list without the dedication and resolve of our agents.” According to the ranking in Entrepreneur magazine, the most important criteria to determine the top franchises included financial strength and stability, as well as growth rate and size of the franchise system. The magazine also looked at the number of years the company has been in business and the length of time it’s been FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010

franchising, in addition to start-up costs and financial data. Additionally, Keller Williams Realty made an impressive showing on the overall list, placing higher than any other real estate franchise. The Swanepoel TRENDS Report is published by Stefan Swanepoel, a real estate industry speaker and insider. The survey was crafted to determine the Most Recognizable Brand for Real Estate Franchises for his report out in February 2010. The survey included votes cast by 11,000 plus real estate agents, who cast 390,000 votes to select the top 10. Earlier in the year, Keller Williams Realty also received the highest overall satisfaction ratings from home buyers among the largest full-service real estate firms from J.D. Power and Associates for the second year in a row. “We are extremely proud that our associates and company are being recognized for our strength and stability during this time in our industry,” said Mary Tennant, president and COO, Keller Williams Realty. “We attribute our success to being in business with phenomenal people and to our core business models, which have allowed our franchises to thrive during any market.” Special Ad Section - The Pilot

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