You Are Invited!

You Are Invited……..

Linda Craft and Team Friends and Family Festival-

Come and Join us at our annual celebration.

When: Sunday, June 10th from 5pm- 8pm

Where: Millbrook Exchange Park

1905 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh

Come enjoy the following:

  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Rock wall
  • Moon walk
  • Pony rides
  • Refreshments
  • Live band

Its our way of saying, “Thank you,” for helping us achieve another great year of real estate!
RSVP is appreciated, but not required, katherin@lindacraft.com or 919-232-9234

Hope to see you there!

Linda Craft and Team Increase their Internet Presence for Selling Real Estate in Raleigh

Linda Craft and Team have recently taken major steps in creating greater visiblity of her internet presence. Thanks to the efforts of Dakno Marketing Linda Craft’s websites have made major boosts in creating more visibility of her homes for her customers. Brad Carroll, owner of Dakno Marketing and one of the nations leading experts in the Real Estate Marketing field has helped Linda move into areas of the web world that have been relatively untapped by most Real Estate Agents. One of the major first steps has been to join technorati
Technorati Profile which helps Linda’s BLOG and website have more visibility. This is only the beginning. Watch www.lindacraft.com grow in the upcoming weeks and months.

Feng Shui? What is That?

The Real Estate Market is Constantly Changing

Hi Everyone,

Location, location location used to be the only thing you had to consider if you wanted to make a good real estate investment. But today buyers come in all shapes and sizes and what motivates them to buy or not buy is a whole lot more than location.

More and more buyers are saying, “show me properties that have good feng shui.”

Many books have been written about the ancient secrets to selecting properties with good Feng Shui. Even the real estate magnet Donald Trump uses the feng shui guidelines for purchasing real estate. As a real estate professional for 20 years who has read Feng Shui books and attended seminars I am still not sure about the ancient philosophy of wind, water, fire, earth, metal and wood and the balancing aspects of yin and yang but call it anything you want—I am sure of this…homes sell by emotion and how a home looks and feels to a buyer is the difference between a sale and NO sale.

What is Feng Shui? It is not about spending a lot of money and having fancy designer labels. It is about simplicity, a lack of clutter and getting rid of the extra “stuff” that blocks the flow of positive energy in our minds and in our homes. It’s about furniture, windows and door placement to allow light and a correct inviting flow that makes you so comfortable in a home that you want to stay awhile. Or better yet, buy it for top dollar.

Honey Stop The Car!

Ever had that feeling where a home captured your attention so strongly that you stopped your car to immediately call the realtor right then! This is the dream of every seller and realtor because when this kind of excitement happens the house is SOLD. Here are Feng Shui tips to make your home simply irresistible too.

EXTERIOR

  • Curb appeal is fundamental. Grass cut, edged, bushes trimmed, NO weeds; flowers, flowers, and more flowers
  • Driveways clean, mailbox straight, trash bins out of sight
  • Porch clean, round or oval pots of blooming flowers, weather permitting
  • Front path clean with flowers along the way
  • A new doormat, preferably black – semicircle or oval is ideal
  • Front door should be immaculate, fresh coat of paint or varnish, kick plate bright and shining
  • Remove all “NO Solicitors and Do Not Disturb signs.
  • Address numbers visible from across the street
  • Doorbell that sounds gentle, not jarring. Solid threshold, shiny, firm doorknob
  • Front door lock and key that work easily

INTERIOR

  • Fresh flowers or good looking silk flowers in entry and on dining room table
  • Dying plants anywhere or empty pots are not good Feng Shui
  • Remove all excess furniture –roomy and spacious feeling is most important
  • Clutter is your worst enemy – rent a storage unit for excess, if necessary
  • Fresh paint where needed is the sellers best investment
  • 3 to 5 accessory items on kitchen and bathroom counters; all else removed
  • Pay attention to art work…neutral is best (no negative, sexual or violent images. No dead trophy animals)
  • Position furniture to invite guests inward-nothing blocking forward movement or doorways
  • Toilet lids down! Pet dishes out of sight and cat boxes outside

CLUES TO GUIDE YOU TO HOMES WITH GOOD FENG SHUI

Look For:

  • Parcels having regular shapes (square or rectangle)
  • Healthy lush foliage
  • Lots with flat or gentle topography
  • Floor plans flow easily and have regular shapes
  • Homes with plenty of natural light and good ventilation
  • Master bedroom that allows the owners to command the door without looking straight out the door

Avoid Properties:

  • Near high powered electrical lines and transformers
  • That slope down at the rear or are located at the edge of a cliff.
  • With swiftly moving water, such as a river, or a busy street at the rear.
  • Near excessive noise or obnoxious odors
  • Located at a heavily trafficked “T” or “Y” junction
  • Floor plans where stairs are located immediately in the front of the main door

Feng shui may seem a “bit outside the box” but the truth is it works. If you are planning to buy or sell a home and would like more information on Feng shui staging contact Linda Craft at 919- 781-9298

Update On Bark Around The Park Photos

We received the Bark Around the Park photo disc at our office late yesterday. This morning it was delivered to a local company who will color correct, size and upload our photos to our website company. We hope to have the photos posted online for everyone by the beginning of next week. Thank you for your patience- we are trying to get everything posted as soon as we can.

Linda Craft & Team

Where Are My Bark Around The Park Photos?

Since the end of the “Bark Around the Park” event we have received numerous calls and emails regarding the photos that were taken at the event. Two weeks prior to the event we were notified that the photographer that we hired had a scheduling conflict and booked a wedding at the same time. We scrambled to find a photographer and found one with a professional studio near Millbrook Exchange Park. This photographer was arrested within 48 hours after the event. The photographs have been taken by the Raleigh Police Department and at this point we are being told that we will be unable to retrieve them. Like all of you we were shocked and astonished. There were no signs or indications that the potential for such actions would or could possibly exist. We sincerely apologize for the disappointment that these series of events have caused you. We understand that to you this was a waste of time. We apologize for that inconvenience. It was our sincere desire to provide for you a small token for you to remember the event by. Please accept my personal apology. Humbly and Sincerely, Linda Craft

Bark Around the Park Photos

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the photographs taken on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at the Bark Around the Park event will not be available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our new website

Hey everyone,

We were very excited to launch our new lindacraft.com this week. Thank you for being patient with us as we are still working out some odds and ends. What are some of the things that you think would be helpful on our site? Please let us know as we are constantly striving to make lindacraft.com a real estate and area resource for you and your family.

I hope that you have a great weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day!

Katherin

Congratulations To Our Bark Around the Park Cruise and Door Prize Winners

We are very excited to announce that Phyllis Strusky of Wake Forest, NC was the winner of the 5 day Dream Cruise for Two. Phyllis was still at the event when her name was called and was very excited to win.

The other door prize winners were as follows:

Shannon Ripple

Debbie Malta

Walt Close

Wayne Jarrett

Sara Foss

Anne Lynch

Susan Skidmore

Kristen and Alan Johnston

Julie Stoner

Phil and Sandy Byrd

Debbie Sanders

Emily Woodward

Andrea Zeenia

Richard Reidy

Tracy Newton

Bark Around the Park is tomorrow

Bark Around the Park is tomorrow at Millbrook Exchange Park and our team is busy getting everything ready today. Linda called in early this morning and told us that she has the flu, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that she will be feeling better tomorrow.

Our team is one of the main sponsors this year and we have alot going on through out the day. At our booth we will have a place for people to register and donate $5.00 for the dog park and a chance to win a 5 night cruise for two. The cruise will be given away that day. We will also have a professional photographer who will be taking free photos of everyone with their pets. The photos will be available to download through our site in about two weeks.

Linda will be bringing her dogs, Katie and Bandit, Debbie will be bring Cole, Jessica will be bring her dog, Pickels. And last, but not least,Debra will be bringing our newest addition to her family and our pet family, Winston, who many of you know by stopping by our office. The rest of us will be there in our Linda Craft & Team shirts throughout the day.

David and I will be packing everything up today in one of our Linda Craft Moving Vans and heading over to the park first thing tomorrow morning. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The first dog bone hunt will be tomorrow at 12- I ended up buying 7 boxes of dog bones from BJ’s yesterday afternoon. So we should have quite a few happy dogs!

I hope that you all can make it. Feel free to stop by and say hello. For more information on the event click here: http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_318_209_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/feature/public/FeatDtl-PubAff-Get_Ready_For_A_Dog_Gone-20070425-114838.html

Have a great day!

Katherin