Chris Shaw

371 Flips | 1 Magazine | 7 Likes | 1 Following | 4 Followers | @ChrisShaw1e0m | A Raleigh NC native with over 30 years of experience in sales, listings and appraisals. I am your real estate advocate. shawc@hpw.com

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The Secret to Selling Your Home Faster and For More Money

A well-staged listing is a many-splendored thing. Not only does it give potential buyers a chance to visualize your home's design potential, it turns …

Real Estate

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6 easy ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>If you’re planning to sell a home in spring, prepare now for the crucial (and fun) job of …

ESPN on Twitter: "When you upset your arch-rival.… "

New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>TWalkerRivals</b> @<b>espn</b><p>UNC was -1.5. Sometimes I wonder if you need a junior high diploma to run the espn …

Here's Why Now Might Be the Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

Rising property values and complicated tax changes are coming together to affect the housing market. Whether you come out a winner will depend on …

Buying A Home: Find An Agent

Should you look for a realtor or a real estate agent? Most people don’t realize that these two terms don’t mean the same thing. Here’s a little …

These Four Types of Appliances Are All Wrong for Home Resale

Unless you're planning on staying in your house forever, chances are good that, when planning home improvements, you have at least one eye on resale …

Home Improvement

U.S. home sales tumbled 3.6% in December; shortages cited as a cause

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales slid 3.6% in December, as rising prices and a declining number of available properties stifle purchases.<p>The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million units. Despite …

Real Estate

Mortgage Down Payment Gifts Require Documentation to Back Them Up

What Are the Rules for Documenting Mortgage Down Payment Gifts?<p>Lenders Require a Down Payment Gift Letter for Financial Gifts<p>Updated January 23, …

Personal Finance

5 Bathroom Problems We See Over and Over and Over Again

Bathrooms are tricky little devils. They're highly used spaces, must function very well, and require extensive cleaning. Unfortunately, there's lots …

Home Improvement

Major home renovations without a permit can lead to serious consequences

<b>Q: A dear friend of mine has made significant changes to her home: She knocked down a wall, vaulted the ceiling of the resulting larger room, wired lights into the new ceiling and installed a hardwood floor. All this was done without pulling local building permits. When, if ever, might she</b> …

Real Estate

10 U.S. cities with the best growth, employment, and business opportunities

The global economic outlook is strong, according to recent information from Goldman Sachs GS, +1.26% . The firm predicts that global growth will …

How to delete all your voice data from Amazon Echo, Google Assistant and Apple HomePod

Amazon Echo's Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple's HomePod and Cortana are always listening to obey your commands. Utter the wake word – Alexa, Cortana …

Smart Homes

WATCH: Zillow Ranked This North Carolina City the Second-Hottest U.S. Housing Market in 2018

It’s a good time to own real estate in Raleigh! Zillow’s Hottest Housing Markets for 2018 report ranks the North Carolina capital in the number two …

Foam Mattresses, Explained by a Casper Engineer

by David Holm<p>Apr 11, 2018<p>David Holm is a product quality engineer at Casper. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota.<p>If you …

How to Sell a House in 2018: 5 Tips to Get the Edge This Year

If you want to know how to sell a house in 2018, face the facts: It's a new year, and that brings a new breed of home buyers to your front door. …

Get Smart on Down Payments

Picking the right house is just one of the big decisions you’ll face when buying property. Deciding on the down payment is another.<p>Low inventory in some national markets continues to pressure potential buyers into making bigger down payments to gain a competitive edge. But the possibility of rate …

Real Estate

5 Doable DIY Projects To Send Your Home Equity Soaring

You’re going to save money with DIY home improvement projects. Sure, everybody knows that.<p>But did you know how much? Cut professionals out of the …

How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

If the promise of snow and record cold temperatures weren’t enough to throw us through a loop, the damage this latest deep freeze can do to a home’s …

Two north Raleigh apartment complexes bring in nearly $60M - Triangle Business Journal

By Ben Graham <br>– Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal<p>Dec 21, 2017, 2:50pm EST<b><br>Updated</b> Dec 22, 2017, 8:52am EST<p>Two apartment complexes in north …

Real Estate - 5 Fab Signals For Housing

Five housing relative economic data points signaled fabulously for the sector this month.<p>Builder confidence, housing starts, residential construction …

FHA 203K Rehab Loan

An FHA 203K Rehabilitation Loan is mortgage that is insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is designed to provide …

Vogue Magazine ranks Raleigh one of the top 3 best places to buy a home in 2018

If you’re looking to buy a home, it’s all about midsize cities in the South and Midwest, according to Vogue Magazine.<p>Vogue and real estate website …

Raleigh Named Second Best Big City to Live in - New Homes & Ideas

Raleigh has been named the second Best City to Live in by <i>Money Magazine</i>. Living in the Triangle, it’s not hard to come up with reasons why Raleigh is …

Bitcoin Investment Trust Set For A Big Correction

Expect volatility in Bitcoin as it skyrockets ahead of the CBOE announcement to trade its futures.<p>GBTC is a dangerous play for Bitcoin as a …

Cryptocurrency

Should you believe Zillow’s estimate of your home?

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>The Zestimate, Zillow’s home-value estimate algorithm, is controversial. People love it when …

4 Renovation Projects That Hurt the Value of a Home

We all want our home to feel like a space we can make our own. This sometimes ends in paying an outrageous amount of money for renovation projects …

Real Estate