Tulips, Daffodils & More ....

Spring has arrived early at Duke Gardens so schedule a visit before the weekend forecast of snow.  The tulips and daffodils are in full bloom. Check out the events calendar too. I love the new sculpture on the South Lawn by Patrick Dougherty

Chilhuly in Alamance until October 15, 2016!

Alamance Arts, Graham, NC

I have been following Dale Chihuly's work for over 25 years and recently enjoyed the Chihuly Gardens in Seattle. I love that Alamance Arts in Graham, NC has the largest privately owned collection on display now until October 15, 2016. This is a beautiful collection and I encourage you to view it while it is in NC. 

The Chandelier came in 1500 pieces and took 2 men 3 days to install. It cost $10,000 to get it to NC, $10,000 to get it hung and will cost $10,000 for it to be shipped back to its owner. They also had to add rreinforcement to the ceiling before installing. The endowment paid $150,000 to meet all of the requirements for shipping and installation and it's FREE to the public. Take a look at a few pictures below. 

Durham Happenings! Live, Work, Eat and Play!

I love sharing GOOD news about Durham! Here we grow again! 

Take a look at the following New Restaurants, Distilleries, Hotels, Businesses, Places to Live and Accolades! 

Let's Dish since Durham was named Tastiest Town in the South

New Restaurants...

Recent Restaurant Accolades...

  • 21c Museum Hotel125-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum
  • Aloft Durham- Opening July 2015 (beside DPAC)
  • The Durham Hotel - 54-room boutique hotel targeted to open by May 2015 in the former Mutual Community Savings Bank building at 315 E. Chapel Hill St.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott-The former McPherson Hospital (Trinity Park) will be redeveloped into a 125 room Residence Inn. Opening June 2015
  • Jack Tar Hotel- Will Open 2016. Previously known as the “Oprah Building”, was built in 1962. It sits on the edge of CCB Plaza. 
Where to Live in Durham? Call Stacie 1st at 919-475-9460!

For More Durham Accolades

Full Frame Film Festival April 9-12th!

Take a look at the following details and links for FREE Screenings and tips to enjoy Full Frame Film Festival! 

49 NEW DOCS and 21 Invited Program films including 11 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and two U.S. Premieres.

The Full Frame Tribute, presented to Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry, and featuring many of his films.

"The True Meaning of Pictures," our Thematic Program, featuring six carefully selected films curated by esteemed filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.

Three thought-provoking Center Frames3 1/2 MINUTES, the World Premiere of HARRY & SNOWMAN, and BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, featuring extended Q&As with film directors and subjects.

Free screenings including our Closing Night Film, SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, and free indoor and outdoor screenings of DINOSAUR 13 and LOVE IS ALL on Friday and Saturday nights. Outdoor screenings take place at Durham Central Park, and feature Food Truck Round-ups before the films start.

The A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy Conversations, stimulating panel discussions about topics relevant to today's documentary community, featuring leaders of the documentary field.

And much much more! Full Frame is where the documentary community comes to see and share in each other's work while experiencing amazing Southern hospitality, all in the heart of downtown Durham, Don't miss out on this chance to see incredible films, meet fascinating people from all over the world, and partake in our area's coolest cultural event!  

Brought to you by: Full Frame Festival

What if your House Stinks?

What If Your Listing Stinks?

Sellers may be in denial about home odors. Here’s how you can help them address smells that are driving buyers away. 
Week after week, buyers turned up their noses during showings of the tidy single-story home in the hot San Jose, Calif., market. Their resistance was easy to pinpoint, but harder to address: the aroma from years of heavy cooking with curry was turning off buyers, and the sellers didn’t care.
Chocolate chip cookies, potpourri, gourmet foods, and other baked goods actually may be the worst scents for real estate open houses. Researchers studied 402 people in a home d├ęcor store in Switzerland to find the most pleasing scents for customers, and researchers say their findings, published in the Journal of Retailing in 2013, also can be applied to real estate.
The most pleasing smells that study found were lemon, green tea, cedar, pine, basil, and vanilla.
Researchers say complex scents, like baked goods, can be a distraction to buyers. They’ll subconsciously be trying to figure out what the scent is rather than staying focused on the house. In contrast, researchers found that simple scents are easier to identify and so less distracting, which promotes buying.
Kathleen Daniels, broker-owner with KD Realty, tried delicately to explain to the sellers that buyers found the scent—which permeated the walls, floors, and furnishings—overwhelming. Still, the sellers refused to undertake a deep cleaning or change their cooking habits.
Their resistance cost the sellers time and money at the bargaining table. In an area where time on market was typically just 10 days and bidding wars were the norm, the $629,000 home sat on the market for 35 days. The sellers dropped their listing price several times until it eventually sold for $575,000 in a short sale.
It’s not just food odors that turn buyers off. A 2013 study of Canadian home owners sponsored by Pfizer Canada found that smoking in a home could reduce the resale value by up to 29 percent. Daniels views it as a fiduciary duty to talk with sellers about the effect odors can have on a home sale. In many cases, sellers simply don’t realize the impact, and most will be open to your suggestions about how to address the stench. Stager Tori Toth, owner of Stylish Stagers Inc. in New York, offers ideas about how to discuss this sensitive subject with clients as part of the overall strategy for prepping a home for sale. “Scent can be the strongest of our senses,” Toth says. “It can make you form an instant impression.”
Here are ideas for countering offensive smells in your listings.

Don’t Mask. Treat

Tell Sellers to Live Meticulously
Let clients know of steps they can take to keep smells at bay. Toth recommends:
  • Take out the trash after every meal.
  • Clean refrigerators often.
  • Change air filters regularly.
  • Do laundry regularly to avoid dirty clothing pileups.
  • Use the fan over the stove when cooking.
  • Avoid cooking strong-smelling foods like fish, broccoli, and garlic before showings.
  • Bathe pets regularly and clean bedding, toys, and litter boxes often.
Odor is caused by bacteria that attaches to ceilings, walls, carpets, and draperies. Common household offenders include pets, food, dirty laundry, mold, smoking residue, and air vents. Identify the source of the smell and eliminate it. The remedy is likely a professional deep cleaning or do-it-yourself nontoxic fogger like DynoFresh that neutralizes odors. “If you temporarily treat the air with sprays or plug-ins, the odor will resurface by your next showing,” Toth says.

Add New Smells Sparingly

While air fresheners in large doses may send a red flag that the seller is trying to mask something, they may be useful in moderation. After eliminating the source of smells, Toth will sometimes advise clients to introduce subtle, simple scents. This may include laying fabric softener sheets between clothes stacked on closet shelves, placing lemon peels in the kitchen garbage disposal, or adding plug-ins near bathroom doors.