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Jan. 2011 “No matter whether you’re moving across country, or across town, I can help. Ask me how!” A Thought For The Month… “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.” Reba McEntire

Recipe – Cheese Bread 1 cup yellow or white cornmeal 1 tsp. salt 1 tbsp butter or margarine 3 eggs, separated 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup milk 1 tsp. baking powder pinch of cayenne Mix in med. bowl, cornmeal and salt. In medium pan, bring 2 c. water and the butter to a boil. Add to cornmeal mixture, stirring with a whisk. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add milk and beat until smooth. Cool. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease 2 qt. casserole. In med. bowl, with mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Beat egg yolks in small bowl until thick and light. Fold whites, yolks, cayenne, and baking powder into cornmeal mixture until combined. Turn into prepared casserole. Bake 55-60 min. or until puffed and golden. Serve hot, spooned from casserole, with butter.

Winter Gardening – Hanging baskets Lenten Rose - (Helleborus odorus "Double Queen") is a winter-blooming perennial flower. It has a clumping growth habit and reaches a maximum height of 3’ tall and has a spread of 1 to 3’wide, ideal for a hanging basket. Giant Snowdrop - Giant snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii) is a perennial bulb. The common name, snowdrop, refers to the resemblance the flowers have to drops of snow. They grow up to 1’ tall and have a max. spread of ½ ft. wide in a clumping growth habit that looks attractive within a hanging basket. They grow best in full sun or part shade and moist, humus-rich soil. Pansy - (Viola x wittrockiana) is an annual flower that grows in winter for a vibrant burst of color. They have a low-growing, clumping growth habit that looks attractive tucked into hanging baskets and attracts butterflies. Pansies grow best in full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Hickory News….Be “in the know”! Business Paramount Motors – building a new facility on Hwy. 70, next to the KIA dealership. They will be selling and showcasing their high-end sports car brands, such as Porche, Volvo and others. Look to see them open in the spring.

Mike Johnson Toyota - expanding their sales lot and building. They will have an elevator that can take cars to the roof to be displayed! Look for the cars in the sky by this summer.

New Medical Complex – There will be a new medical complex in the Mountain View area – Unifour Family Practice. Look for it to open later this year.

Hickory Green Apartments – New apartment complex being built off Sweetwater Road, east of the Lowes Home Improvement Store on Hwy. 70.

Hickory by Choice 2030 Project The City of Hickory is in the middle of updating the Hickory by Choice: Future Land Use and Transportation Plan. The plan, which was originally adopted in 1999, will be updated and revised to address current and anticipated challenges in the future development of Hickory. – PUBLIC HEARING IS JANUARY 18

Art Smart You must see the current exhibits at the Hickory Museum of Art! Carl Moser, the acclaimed photographer, is on exhibit until Jan. 16. Also, don’t miss a performance by the Resurrection Dance Theatre of Haiti, on Jan. 15 at 2PM. Go to the HMA web-site for details, http://www.hickorymuseumofart.org/home.php.

Business of the Month I am working with this team right now and have been very pleased!

Home Staging, Move Management, Tag Sales, Age in Place

www.renestingresources.com

Cindy Lundy 234.2337 Anne Brock 381.7622


Thanks for Thinking of Me! Did you know I can help you or any of your friends, family or acquaintances save time and money when buying or selling a home? Thanks for keeping me in mind with your referrals…and spreading the word! 828-238-0947

Trivia Contest – Winner receives FREE XL Pizza from Dante’s – Q: What is the only animal that can fly backwards? Be the first to call, text or e-mail me! 828-238-0947, suzannewilliams@cbbh.com.

Real Estate Corner…. I invite you to email me your questions and I INTEREST RATES

will address them in the newsletter.

courtesy of Wells Fargo

Q: What is zoning all about? 30-Year Fixed 30-Year Fixed FHA 15-Year Fixed

4.875% 4.750% 4.250%

How much is your home worth? If you are thinking of selling your home, you'll need to know exactly what it is worth before putting it on the market. As a Hickory area real estate professional, I analyze home values and determine market prices every day. By comparing your home to recent sales and other, similar homes on the market I can quickly tell you what your home is worth. This analysis is known as "Comparative Market Analysis", or CMA. I'll be glad to perform a CMA for your home and provide you the results for FREE – no strings attached; no pressure!

A: In North Carolina, the General Assembly has given all municipalities and counties the power to zone lands within their borders, and in some cases municipalities can zone outside their borders. By the passage of a zoning ordinance, the legislative body of a municipality or county may allocate and regulate business in one area, restrict other lands to residential uses only, and limit industrial development to still other areas. There is no uniform pattern of zoning districts or codes or symbol for them. So, for example, I-2 may mean a certain type of industrial district in one city, and mean a different type in another. To see all of the zoning codes and their meanings, you can go to the City of Hickory web-site, www.hickorygov.com, and then type in zoning in the search bar. From there, click on the Zoning Use Table link – it’s a great resource!

Hickory Market Conditions – a review of 2010! 2010 YTD Statistics – what sold, for how much, in what length of time? BOM – back on mkt., PND – pending, EXP – expired, WTH – withdrawn, DOM – days on market

The Funnies An elephant was drinking out of a river one day, when he spotted a turtle asleep on a log. So, he ambled on over and kicked it clear across the river. "What did you do that for?" Asked a passing giraffe. "Because I recognized it as the same turtle that took a nip out of my trunk 53 years ago." "Wow, what a memory" commented the giraffe. "Yes," said the elephant, "turtle recall".

Upgrades that Pay Off! Creating memorable first impressions with home improvements pays off, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2010-11 cost vs. value report. Here are the top 5 improvements that bring the biggest pay-offs …..         

Entry door replacement Garage door replacement Siding replacement (replace with fiber-cement siding)

Home is Still a Good Investment According to the National Association of Realtor’s latest survey of home buyers and sellers, a typical seller who purchased their home 8 years ago experienced a median equity gain of $33K – a 24% increase – while sellers who were in their homes for 11 to 15 years saw a median gain of 40%. “85% of recent home buyers see their home as a good investment, and nearly half think that investment is better than stocks”, says Paul Bishop, NAR vice president of research.

Puddingstone House Concert –

Kitchen remodel Deck addition

Suzanne Williams Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell 828-238-0947, suzannewilliams@cbbh.com

Puddingstone is having its first HOUSE CONCERT ever! You are invited! The concert will be held at Jim and Patty Williams’ house in NW Hickory. The date is Feb. 5 at 7:00PM. Snack and beverages will be served prior to the concert so we can all have a chance to meet and mingle. You can also tour the house, as it is for sale! Attendance will be limited to 40 people – tickets are $25.00 each. Go to www.puddingtone.com and you can purchase tickets there. Or, call me at 238-0947. House concerts are a BLAST! Don’t miss it!



Newsletter Jan. 2011