With the legislative session coming to a close, there are a couple of NC REALTORS® Legislative Priorities which need to be accomplished. One of the most important priorities pending is legislation dealing with private roads maintenance.

House Bill 457 “Performance Guarantee/Subdivision Streets” seeks to protect homeowners by addressing this issue going forward by establishing a new standard for construction using performance guarantees for developers. As well, the bill requires that NCDOT develop a comprehensive database of the state’s public and private roads system. House Bill 457 is the result of significant work over the past two years between NC REALTORS® and numerous stakeholders to address the issues faced by property owners.

Want your place to look like those home design website images you drool over? Of course you do! Problem is, your budget may not match your design aspirations. Fear not! Making your home look high-end isn't always about spending tons of cash.

It's a matter of taking the time and care to arrange things in an eye-pleasing way—and making small, inexpensive updates that have a big impact. In other words, it's about being sneaky.

Here are a few tricks to pull if you want to add the illusion of luxury.

People took part in the unveiling of the 2017 Bearfootin’ Bears on Main Street Hendersonville at First Citizens Bank Plaza Monday. The Bears are a tradition in Downtown Hendersonville. Bring the family and come see them!

2017 Bear photo gallery

Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do it on your own. But you really, really shouldn't. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need a Realtor® if you want to do it right. Here's why.

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First comes love, then comes ... a mortgage?! That’s right: Many couples are buying a home together before tying the knot. In fact, 1 in 4 homeowners said they purchased a home with their significant other before marriage, according to a 2016 survey by TD Bank. And that's presuming they end up tying the knot after all; many continue cohabiting without ever heading down the aisle.

But getting a home loan as an unmarried couple presents some unique financial challenges. For starters, you need to consider the possibility—slim though it might seem—that you might break up one day. Yes, these things happen.

"You need to look at the worst-case scenario,” says Ray Rodriguez, a New York sales manager at TD Bank. “It’s not a pleasant conversation, but you need to have it.”

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