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Durham's a Bike Shop Hub

by Elizabeth Allardice

Durham is the hub for so many activities that enhance the lifestyles of our citizens. I have just read about downtown Durham being a new bike-shop hub. A number of shops, each offering a different specialty, are meeting the needs of competitive road racers, triathletes, commuters and casual riders.

One more thing to add to the ever growing long list of cool things about Durham!


Elizabeth Allardice - Opening Doors to Fine Homes | 919-624-3423 | elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com

More Durham Improvements

by Elizabeth Allardice

Who among us has driven down Gregson Street, just past the intersection of Chapel Hill Street in Durham, and not wondered why someone has not renovated or torn down the old dilapidated buildings of the Urban Merchant Center? What an eye sore! Well finally someone has stepped up to the plate with a redevelopment plan that will turn this run down corner of land into an area more in keeping with the new and revitalized Durham we have all grown to love. http://www.thedurhamnews.com/2012/10/20/213542/apartment-builder-buys-abandoned.html


Elizabeth Allardice - Opening Doors to Fine Homes | 919-624-3423 | elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com

 

 

Food Truck Rodeo - Oct. 28

by Elizabeth Allardice

Great news for all the foodies who missed out on the last big Food Truck Rodeo: Another event is coming up on October 28th in downtown Durham. The timing, great for the lunch crowd, is 12:30 – 4:30. The location is the intersection of Foster and Hunt streets, next to the farmer’s market pavilion. Check out the menu of trucks at durhamcentralpark.org/events/food-truck-rodeo. Rest assured I will be first in line at the Pie Pushers Truck http://piepushers.com/.   


Elizabeth Allardice - Opening Doors to Fine Homes | 919-624-3423 | elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com

Fall -- Planting Season!

by Elizabeth Allardice

The fabulous low humidity North Carolina weather is back! Beautiful cool mornings that develop into comfortable, bright, sunny afternoons have me in the mood to work in the garden. This last weekend I enjoyed listening to the birds, digging in the dirt, clipping, clearing, and planting.

The fabulous low humidity North Carolina weather is back!  Beautiful cool mornings that develop into comfortable, bright, sunny afternoons have me in the mood to work in the garden.  This last weekend I enjoyed listening to the birds, digging in the dirt, clipping, clearing, and planting.

Much to my surprise that old saying “no pain no gain” came to mind this morning as I awoke to both screaming sore muscles and a beautiful garden. While I am sure to spend the coming days nursing my aching muscles it is unlikely that I will hang up my garden tools until I have visited and planted something stunning from each of my favorite garden stores.


Elizabeth Allardice - Opening Doors to Fine Homes | 919-624-3423 | elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com

Exploring Durham

by Elizabeth Allardice

Want to learn more about the Bull City? Here's a great opportunity to get colorful perspectives from local authors who contributed to "27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry", one in a series of anthologies published by Eno Publishers. A moderated discussion with the authors will be held at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan Street in Durham at 2:00 Sunday, October 21. Admission is free.


Elizabeth Allardice - Opening Doors to Fine Homes | 919-624-3423 | elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com

CowParade!

by Elizabeth Allardice

Check out the largest, most successful public art event in the world, right here in the Triangle! It's a virtual outdoor museum of decorated COWS! - CowParadeNC 2012 - a display of life-size, intriguingly-decorated cow sculptures placed in high-trafficked public places throughout the Triangle. The cows have been painted and otherwise decorated by regional professional and amateur artists. The parade ends Dec. 7 when the cows will be sold at a live auction to benefit N.C. Children's Hospital.


Elizabeth Allardice - opening doors to fine homes | 919-624-3423 |elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com
 

Wineries near the Triangle

by Elizabeth Allardice

For all you foodies in the area who enjoy delectable treats - check out these wineries for your libation pairing.  Each is close enough to the Triangle to be suitable for a leisurely day trip: Chatham Hill, Cloer Family Vineyards, Horizon Cellars, Silk Hope Winery, Starrlight Mead, Vineyards at Southpoint, The Winery at Iron Gate Farm, Grove Winery & Vineyards, GlenMarie Vineyards & Winery, Benjamin Vineyards & Winery,  Chatham Hill Winery, Rock of Ages Winery. Cheers!


Elizabeth Allardice - opening doors to fine homes | 919-624-3423 |elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com

Another Cool Thing Happening in Durham this Weekend!

by Elizabeth Allardice

Enjoy the outdoors & learn a bit about Southern history at the new 708-acre Horton Grove Nature Preserve opening this weekend in Durham. Triangle Land Conservancy and the Horton Grove Nature Preserve celebrate the grand opening of a new nature preserve adjacent to historical Stagville Plantation and Treyburn in northern Durham this Friday and Saturday,  October 4-5. Festivities, including tours, hikes and star-gazing, begin Friday afternoon and run through Saturday. 


Elizabeth Allardice - opening doors to fine homes | 919-624-3423 |elizabeth@elizabethallardice.com

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Elizabeth Allardice

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates go up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Elizabeth Allardice
Cooke Property Inc
2 Hastings Square
Durham NC 27707
919-624-3423
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