raleigh: Raleigh, NC: Free Food on Your Birthday! - 03/14/09 12:53 AM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
Do you love celebrating your birthday as much as I do? If so, you've come to the right place. I'm going to show you how to celebrate in style - while not spending a ton of money. (And if you're in the market to buy a home - you can take the money you save - and put it towards your purchase. After all, every little bit helps!) Below are some birthday food freebies available in the Raleigh area (and nationally, too)to get you started... (No worries... you won't have to consume … (5 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC: First Time Buyers - Here's the Money! - 10/14/08 01:30 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com


No doubt, you've been watching the news or reading it in the papers or on the Net. And it seems as if it's all doom and gloom, doesn't it?  Even in the Raleigh area, home of one of the strongest real estate markets in the country, Buyers and Sellers are concerned about the housing market - and where Buyers are going to obtain the money to purchase the increased inventory of homes on the market.
Although FHA Seller down payment assistance programs no longer exist, there are several programs that allow … (8 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC Real Estate: In Public, Are We Always on Your Best Behavior? - 09/07/08 11:33 AM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
I had something really cool happen to me on Friday morning. I was sitting in Camille's Sidewalk Cafe  in Brier Creek having breakfast, and my phone rung. (I try to make it a point to not have extended phone conversations in public, as I find it quite annoying when others do it. However, I was sitting at the back of the restaurant on the couches - away from most patrons so I picked up.)
The person who phoned was the Listing Agent responding to my phone call regarding my questions about the … (10 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC: A Great Place to Live, Play, Earn and Learn! - 06/28/08 03:14 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
When people think of Raleigh, North Carolina, their minds may drift to The Andy Griffith Show – and Mayberry. It is through this show that many around the country first became acquainted with the city. But let me tell you – Raleigh has come a long way since the days when the show first aired (1960 – 1968)!
Often I hear from visitors to the Raleigh-Durham area that they are pleasantly surprised to see what it has to offer. Earlier this week while dining with friends in Downtown Raleigh, someone commented that … (21 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC: Richland Run - Light & Bright Condo in Great Location - 06/19/08 06:28 PM
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raleigh: 2521 Friedland Place, #101, Raleigh, NC - 06/12/08 10:08 PM
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raleigh: First Time Home Buyers - Using VA Loan - 06/12/08 09:57 PM

Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
When I saw that for this week's Makeover2Takeover Challenge Penny Robinson and I would be submitting a First Time Home Buyer's Packet-with a VA Loan twist-my heart literally filled with joy. Really, it did! Here's why...
It seems like yesterday that my former spouse and I purchased our first home using his VA benefit, and I must say that having it available was a blessing to us.
Many Veterans have been helped by this program over the years, and had it not been for the VA laon, I'm not sure we … (8 comments)

raleigh: Do You Commit Random Acts of Kindness? (Raleigh, NC) - 05/07/08 10:59 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
I have absolutely fallen in love with North Carolina's State Farmers Market in Raleigh. A few Saturdays ago was the first time I'd been in awhile, and the place was so lively!
As a real estate broker, it seems that I am always on the go - and had gotten into the habit of eating out more than I should. So...as part of my re-commitment to my health (and waistline!), I've started eating better - more fruits and veggies.
 
 
As I was walking around at the Farmer's Market, several times, I saw a woman with a carton of … (22 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC: More Veteran Interviews Being Held May 10, 2008 - 05/02/08 10:28 AM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
Calling all United States War Veterans! Come be part of The National Veterans Freedom Park and the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project
You have a story to tell - and we'd like to hear from you!
On May 10, 2008, Veteran interviews are being held again at the Elks Lodge, located at 5538 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh, NC. The first round of interviews were so successful, they're happening again.
To learn more about the purpose of the interviews and how they'll benefit future generations, see the post: Raleigh, NC Event: War Veteran Interviews, April 12, 2008 … (2 comments)

raleigh: Stream Running Underneath a House. Unbelievable! - 05/01/08 10:54 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
Do You Know...
What Was on Your Property Before You Owned It?
I would venture to say that many of us do not know what existed on our property before lived there. Do you?
A friend and I were chatting yesterday about real estate and things that sometimes go wrong (and they unfortunately, they do!) - and she reminded me of the following TRUE STORY.
A couple built a home in a new subdivision - but had no idea that a stream had originally run through the neighborhood, which for years was wooded before development began in the area. … (3 comments)

raleigh: Real Estate Is A Lot Like Riding A Bike - 05/01/08 10:33 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
 
Today, I did something that I'd never done before:
I participated in a 45-minute cycling class at the local YMCA. Believe me, I was suffering. Lance Armstrong makes it look so easy!!
While struggling through the class, I started thinking about real estate. (In reality, I was trying to think about anything except what I was doing. LOL.)
I concluded that Real Estate is a lot like riding a bike. How so, you ask?
 Well...
For Starters, We MUST Keep Going
Real Estate is a lot like riding a bike because even if you feel like giving up, … (7 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC: Have Unwanted Stuff in Your House? Use It to Make A Difference. - 04/29/08 11:30 PM
Written by:
Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, Broker
Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 919.454.8864
Email: darleen@darleenmc.com

We all have unwanted items in our house that we say that: "I'll take this down to (my charitable organization favorite) someday."
Well...let TODAY be the day that you get rid of those items.
Keller Williams Realty North Raleigh is having its first
"Keller Williams Gives Back" Charity Yard Sale and Red Cross Blood Drive"
at 9121 Anson Way, Raleigh, NC.
The Sale is on June 7, 2008 from 7am to 2pm.


The Rain date is June 14, 2008 from 7am to 2pm
We … (10 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC: Parade - "Salute to Our Troops" on April 26, 2008 - 04/13/08 01:08 PM
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raleigh: Raleigh, NC Event: War Veteran Interviews, April 12, 2008 - Become a Part of History! - 04/10/08 06:44 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
Have you ever wondered about our Veterans' Wartime experiences? Soon, we'll have the opportunity to hear their personal stories - rather than relying on what we've seen in the media - or read in history books.
 
Announcing... The National Veterans Freedom Park and the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project
This Saturday, April 12, 2008, betweeen the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. War Veterans will have the opportunity to participate in The National Veterans Freedom Park interviews. Interviews will be held at the Raleigh Elks Lodge, which is located at the intersection of Millbrook … (2 comments)

raleigh: Please Give Loved Ones Their Flowers While The Can Still Smell Them! - 04/08/08 07:41 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.comWebsite: http://www.DarleenMc.com
 
The other night, while watching Oprah's Big Give, something occured to me. The Big Givers conducted acts of kindness for those who the doctors say will soon depart this Life soon - and I thought:
Why is it that we often wait until our loved ones are sick to do nice things for them - and to tell them how much we care?!

As a child, I heard my maternal Grandmother say: "Give me my flowers while I can still smell them."
I wondered what she meant by that - but … (14 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC Real Estate: The Village at Umstead Park (Umstead Village) - 04/06/08 04:20 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
The Village at Umstead Park (also known as Umstead Village) is located in Northwest Raleigh, less than 1/4 mile from Highway 70.
This town home community is in an ideal location, as it is easily accessible to major highways including I-540, I-440, I-40, and I-85 - as well as within minutes from Raleigh Durham (RDU) Airport
It is also approximately 3 miles from shopping at Brier Creek Commons and less than 5 miles from Crabtree Valley Mall.
Within a mile (across Highway 70 behind the CarMax), there is a Lowe's Food store, Ben's Place, Tony's Pizza, … (12 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC Real Estate: Leesville Crest Subdivision - 04/02/08 02:44 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
There are so many great communities in North Raleigh / Northwest Raleigh - that it was difficult to choose one to profile today. Let's take a look at Leesville Crest, located in zip code 27612.
 
 
 
 
Welcome to the Neighborhood!Leesville Crest, a custom home community, is conveniently located off Leesville Road in Raleigh, near the intersection of Leesville and Millbrook Road - minutes from shopping - including Pleasant Valley Promenade and Crabtree Valley Mall.
 
Leesville Crest is a newer community consisting of homes ranging from $00,000 to $1.2 million.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Custom builders in the neighborhood include: John Ryan Custom Homes; Keith Flinchum Builders; McDuffee Builders.
Square … (6 comments)

raleigh: What 5 Things Are You Grateful for Today? Let's Begin the Day with Gratitude. - 04/02/08 08:42 AM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
 
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie
Instead of complaining about how terrible the real estate market is - or how something didn't go quite the way that we wanted it to today or yesterday, or whenever - let's … (42 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC Buyers: Buying New Construction? Call a REALTOR® FIRST! - 03/21/08 11:11 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com

Did You Know... As a Buyer, often, without paying one dime out of pocket, you can have access to the knowledge, skills, and expertise of a REALTOR®? So...why leave the largest purchase of your life to "chance"?
Just One Catch...
Consider contacting a REALTOR® BEFORE you step foot into a property. Otherwise, what happened to someone I know could easily happen to any Buyer, no matter how savvy.
Allow me to share...
Recently, I received an interesting phone call from someone I've known for years who entered into a contract to purchase … (7 comments)

raleigh: Raleigh, NC: Who says there’s nothing to do in the Triangle? - 03/15/08 09:13 PM
Written by:Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, BrokerKeller Williams RealtyPhone: 919.454.8864Email: darleen@darleenmc.com
  
I love living in the Triangle because there's something for everyone! Like what, you ask? Well...
If you like theatre, no need to travel to Broadway - you can catch really good shows right here at home.  Looking for something fun for the youngsters to do? We've got plenty of that, too! Check it out...
Let’s begin with a few of the FREEBIES…
Artspace: 201 E. Davie Street, Raleigh. Phone: 919-821-2787.
Big Boss Brewing Company. 249-A Wicker Drive, Raleigh. Tours available at 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. Phone: 919-834-0045.
Crowder District Park. 33-acre park features … (0 comments)

 

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