In the thick of the house-selling season, especially if you live in a market where sellers dominate the market because of a limited number of homes for sale, you may think staging is something you can safely skip. Think again.
Fifty percent of agents said that staging increases the dollar value of offers on a home by one to 10 percent, according to the National Association of Realtor’s Profile of Home Staging. In addition, 39 percent of agents said that staging greatly decreases the amount of time a home is on the market.
"Selling your home is like selling any new product: You want to make a great first impression," said Samantha Rose Frith, a real estate agent with Warburg Realty in New York City. "Once you’ve listed your home for sale, the first two weeks are going to be the most important. That’s when your listing is fresh and it will invariably draw the largest number of buyers to open houses and showings."
Staging your home, especially if it's vacant, represents one of the best ways to make that good impression.
"Many of our clients ask us why a potential buyer needs to see someone else’s furniture in a house they’re considering buying.," said Joel Moss, a real estate agent with Warburg Realty in New York City. "It’s a good question and one that points to one of the great paradoxes of selling a home: An empty house seems smaller than a furnished one—the presence of furniture actually expands the sense of space in a home and makes it feel larger. Not only that, it’s difficult for even the most discerning buyer to envisage living in an apartment or house if it’s empty."
Staging on a Dime
Frith and Moss provide their sellers with inexpensive staging as well as brokerage services as a single package, rather than outsourcing the work to a stager. Some of their suggestions include:
Source: YourHome1Source.com, America’s Resource on Homeownership®.
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek now has a deliciously southwestern flair thanks to its newest partner, Moe’s Southwest Grill® of the Triangle. The fast-casual restaurant has signed a two-year agreement be the official Lawn Sponsor of the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek. Concertgoers can experience everything they love about Moe’s while listening to their favorite bands at Raleigh’s most popular outdoor venue, and they should be sure to bring their appetites as Moe’s fare is now available for purchase on-site.
“Music and entertainment are at the core of the Moe’s Southwest Grill brand, making this partnership a match made in queso heaven,” said Jennifer Wade, president of the Moe’s Triangle cooperative. “We cannot wait to rock out with concertgoers on the Moe’s Lawn!”
Members of the Moe’s team will be on-site throughout the summer at select events with prizes, games and special offers to those that stop by the Moe’s tent. Ticket giveaways will be offered to fans in-store at each of the 20 Triangle area locations and on the Moe’s Triangle Facebook page at Facebook.com/MoesTriangle and Twitter at @MoesTriangle for select shows throughout the season, including Keith Urban with Kelsea Ballerini (July 27), Janet Jackson (Aug. 1), Brad Paisley with Kane Brown and Dan Tyminski (Aug. 24) and Niall Horan (Sept. 17). Fans should also be sure to download the Moe’s app for more special offers and giveaways throughout the concert season.
whether you put a beautiful manicure in the hands of your favorite salon professional or take matters into your own hands at home, essie Global Lead Educator and celebrity manicurist, Rita Remark says these easy manicure steps will get you an essie-approved color manicure.
step 1: cleanse and sanitize hands
Begin your at-home manicure by first removing any previous nail polish. This can be tricky if you’re wearing a deep red or blue nail polish shade. Rubbing back and forth can transfer pigments to your cuticle, leaving a stain. The best and easiest way to remove stubborn nail colors is to press the nail polish remover wipe onto your nails, wait 5 seconds for it to loosen the nail polish, and wipe down the length of the nail. Repeat this step a few more times to remove any excess. When your nails are polish free, wash your hands with soap and water (or sanitize) to start with a clean canvas!
step 2: trim and file nails
If your nails have grown too long, rather than filing them down, begin by giving your nails a trim. With your nail clipper , trim the nails using small clips working from one side of the nail to the other. Never begin clipping your nail in the center because it can put stress on your nail plate. Once you have your desired nail length, file your nails in shape with a soft nail file and refine the edge by running a buffing blocknail buffer block along the tip to smooth any snags! See Rita’s pro nail filing tips here.
step 3: get your cuticles in shape!
To soften your cuticles, apply a drop of essie apricot cuticle oil to every nail. With an orange wood stick or a clean stainless steel cuticle pusher, gently guide any overgrown cuticle back into place. Always remember that our cuticles are a protective barrier, preventing bacteria from entering our bodies. Some people have thin, barely visible cuticles while others naturally grow thicker, but both are healthy when cared for properly, so don’t over push! Did you know? Previously, we believed that soaking our nails in water was the best way to begin a manicure and soften cuticles – this is a myth! Soaking our nails causes them to absorb water and expand, so the nail may not contract back to their true size for another 24 hrs. Polishing right after could mean less wear. Water also puffs out our cuticles, preventing a thorough clean up and it can also spread infection if you happen to have a cut on your finger. For many reasons, go waterless!
step 4: exfoliate the nail, trim, hydrate + cleanse
Like the surface of our skin, our nails are susceptible to oils, residue and build up. Exfoliate your nails with a light buff using a buffing blocknail buffer block. Remember to be gentle! While essential when done correctly, over buffing can weaken the nail and cause splitting. Gently trim away hang nails and dry skin with a cuticle nipper. This step is only necessary if you have a hang nail! Doing your nails at home doesn’t mean you can’t have the spa treatment.
step 5: moisturize
After you’ve trimmed your nails, hydrate the skin with a moisturizer focusing on dry areas. Once absorbed, wipe nails and use nail polish remover to clean the beds for the fun, color part.
step 6: apply your base coat
An essie base coat is super important for a chip-freeno chip enamel manicure. Base coat provides a barrier between nail polish and your nail, preventing stains. It also acts as an anchor to nail polish, holding it in place like glue and preventing chips. Note, essie gel couture and essie TREAT, LOVE & COLOR nail products have been specially formulated with no base coat needed.
step 7: apply 2 coats of color
essie offers hundreds of essie enamel and longwear nail polish colors for you to choose. Select your nail polish shade and apply two thin coats of nail color, waiting 2 minutes between each. The aim of the first coat is coverage and the next is to achieve full depth of color. Whether a special occasion or just a day to treat yourself, picking a nail color should be fun – but even for pros, applying nail polishing on your own hands can be challenging, especially when it comes to your non-dominant hand! Steady your hand by keeping both of your elbows on the table. For novice polishers, it’s helpful to begin with the hand you’re least comfortable with to ensure a less-than shaky start.
step 8: finish with a top coat
An essie top coat protects your manicure and adds a glossy shine (or velvety matte) finish. This step is our manicure’s cherry-on-top, so never forget it! Whether you’re walking out the door in less than 60 seconds, want a gel-like shine or matte finish, choose your essie top coat here. Following these nail tips will give you a professional quality essie manicure that you can proudly show off!
photo via essie
Golden Corral®, America’s #1 buffet-grill, is heating up the summer with more reasons to visit. Beginning on June 18, Golden Corral’s 99¢ Kids’ Nights, Every Night offers families the best deal of the season:
During this limited time promotion, kids and parents will enjoy favorites like Chicken Tenders, Macaroni & Cheese, Fried Chicken Legs, and Mini Steakburgers alongside everything else on the dinner buffet. Families will also love the taste of new Sizzlin’ Fajitas: hand-carved sirloin, marinated flame grilled chicken breast, or fajita-seasoned shrimp plus all the fixins’ like guacamole and pico de gallo. These items are just some of the choices on the 150+ item buffet.
Golden Corral ran a similar promotion on weeknights in April and expanded the 99¢ offer to every night of the week based on the overwhelming response from families. “We’re excited to celebrate our littlest brand fans with this promotion,” said Golden Corral Vice President of National Marketing and Media Paula Moran. “Offering 99¢ Kids’ Nights, Every Night gives families more time together and the enjoyment of having a buffet for everyone to find their perfect meal this summer.”
99¢ Kids’ Night Every Night is available at Golden Corral restaurants across the country through Sunday, July 22.
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Looking for the perfect—and affordable—swimsuit to help kick off the start of summer? Target’s got you covered with more than 1,000 styles to wear whether you’re splashing in the ocean, lounging by the pool or just soaking up the sun. To show you how you can look great and be comfortable while living your summer life to the fullest, we asked three of our favorite social media mavens to pick out their must-have style and make it their own. The results did not disappoint!
“My favorite swim styles are usually high waist, vintage-looking ones, but I also LOVE the palm tree one piece. The colors are amazing—it brightens up a photo instantly! Also, the suit makes my booty look good… IMPORTANT!”
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m a high waist queen. They cinch my waist and accentuate the booty while also giving a vintage feel!”
“The print on this bandeau top is adorable, and I also really enjoy that you can convert it into a halter. I LOVE the vintage feel of a high waist bottom, especially since they also have very current details like sheer paneling and lace-up sides. I love that this collection isn’t about covering up—it’s about showing off!”
Target swim ranges in price from $14.99 to $49.99, with most items under $24.99. Shop the collection in stores or online at Target.com.
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Chick-fil-A® is sweetening the menu during the "The Summer of Peach" with two seasonal menu items rolling out nationwide today. White Peach Tea Lemonade is a new, refreshing beverage that combines Chick-fil-A's classic Iced Tea and Lemonade (or Diet Lemonade) with the flavor of fresh white peaches. The beverage launches in all restaurants following a successful test in South Carolina last spring. The Peach Milkshake, a summertime customer favorite, also returns to menus nationwide to help guests beat the summer heat.
White Peach Tea Lemonade starts at $1.89 for a small and $2.09 for a large. A small (16-ounce) White Peach Tea Lemonade has 160 calories when made with regular Lemonade and 90 calories when made with Diet Lemonade. A large (20-ounce) White Peach Tea Lemonade has 200 calories when made with regular Lemonade and 120 calories when made with Diet Lemonade.
"Customers often order a tea/lemonade combination at our restaurants," said Amanda Norris, senior director of menu development for Chick-fil-A. "This is the first time we're officially adding the popular flavor combo to the menu, with the extra twist of an essential summer taste. The White Tea Peach Lemonade combines all the flavors of summer for a refreshing beverage we think our customers will love."
SOURCE Chick-fil-A, Inc.
SUMMER KICKOFF CELEBRATION
LIVE MUSIC BY THE DCG BAND!
FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT FULL OF PRIZES, FOOD TRUCKS,
RADIO STATION HANGOUTS, BACKSTAGE TOURS, AND MORE
FREE ADMISSION • $20 CONCERT TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT!
MAY 1 // 4-7PM
COASTAL CREDIT UNION MUSIC PARK
(HORSESHOE IN FRONT OF THE BOX OFFICE)
3801 ROCK QUARRY ROAD, RALEIGH NC 27610
Back by popular demand, the Second Annual Summer Kickoff Celebration is geared up to be an incredible day of live music, food, games, and family fun! Kickoff the summer concert season right with chances to win big time prizes such as season long grass passes, VIP Club Boxes to select upcoming shows, various concert tickets to multiple Raleigh area venues, and much more. The food trucks and drinks will once again be on point with Two Roosters Ice Cream, King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, Dusty's Donuts, Red Rooster Pizza, and Jones Frozen Ice coming together to make this a special day for everyone. Kids will love the face painting, balloon animals, and train rides!
The best part is…the box office will be open during the event and selling $20 concert tickets to many of this seasons upcoming shows at both Coastal Credit Union Music Park and Red Hat Amphitheater! *(select shows, available while supplies last)
Radio Station Hangouts
WQDR, WBBB, WPLW, WKIX, WPTF
Two Roosters Ice Cream, King’s Authentic Cheesesteaks, Red Rooster Pizza, Dusty’s Donuts, Jones Frozen Ice
Raleigh Area Sponsors & Partners
Coastal Federal Credit Union, The Ritz, Imurj, Red Hat Amphitheater
BeeBee Kidz Face Painting + Balloon Animals, Horsin’ Around Kids Train Ride, Local Artist Brazo Live Painting
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call our front desk (919) 831-6400
If you're planning to say "I DO" in the near future, you'll want to keep reading for our recommendations of local vendors and services that can make your day a little easier and extra memorable. From local florists and caterers to venues and makeup artists, we've got you covered!
Hair + Makeup
Perfection by Patricia
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Perfection by Patricia specializes in makeup and hair design in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas.
Their team is available for on-location services for: Weddings, Engagement Photos, Special Events, Photo Shoots, Publication/Media, Senior Portraits, + Boudoir.
Wedding Hair by Liz
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You will remember your wedding day for the rest of your life. Even as time goes on and the details fade, there will be endless pictures and footage for you to look back on. And so, selecting the right stylist is key--one that will capture your vision, the vision you have dreamed about and anticipated as long as you can remember. To feel like yourself, at your most beautiful.
Jewelry + Gifts
Paparazzi by Terra Brown
You might think Paparazzis is all about accessories, but they're really about change! Changing the way people look. Changing the way people feel. Changing people's futures and their lives. Though their fashion-forward jewelry and product parties are centered on fun, Paparazzi fulfills a serious mission. They believe that trendy accessories can be available, and affordable, to women everywhere. They know that wearing a new look and feeling confident in your appearance builds amazing self-worth.
Soy Clever Candle
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Soy Clever Candle's natural soy wax candles (paraffin and phthalate free) are hand poured. Seasonal scents come in 8oz or 4oz travel tins (elevated feet to protect surface) with a sleek untreated wood wick and various Rekindled Memories placed under each lid to make you smile! They also have sampler packs available which are great gift ideas for clients, friends, family, and loved ones.
Introducing Faux Floral Design by Blissful Celebrations!
Their floral designs are much more affordable than fresh flowers, allowing them to provide flowers for your wedding or special event at a fraction of the price but still incorporate a beautiful, un-detectable realistic feel.
Lilac Floral Decor
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Lilac Floral Decor has styled several events ranging from small, intimate gatherings to large-scale events. Check out their online gallery to see their range of styles.
Raleigh Cake Pops
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Whether it’s an entire dessert table you are seeking, a party favor, or a gift, Raleigh Cake Pops will always impress, and most importantly, will always be incredibly, melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Southern Sugar Bakery
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Southern Sugar Bakery is a custom-order commercial bakery that specializes in custom decorated sugar cookies and large chocolate chip cookie cakes.
Bass Lake Park
900 Bass Lake Road
Holly Springs, NC 27540
The Bass Lake Park is a great site for wedding receptions, parties, and small get-togethers.
The Conference Center includes a conference room and deck overlooking the water of Bass Lake. With a unique beach-house feel, this is a fantastic facility to rent for parties, conferences, weddings and more.
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2518 Benson Rd.
Garner, NC 27529
Beautiful outdoor weddings unite elegant details and farm-style values in a way that all Southern couples can appreciate. The Rand-Bryan House is Raleigh’s historic, 19th Century outdoor wedding venue that serves as home to many of these celebrations. For your special day, consider the farm wedding venue with premium amenities and flexible design elements—the Rand-Bryan House.
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Carolina Country Music Fest announced the addition of Brett Young, Tracy Lawrence, Muscadine Bloodline, James Barker Band, Josh Phillips, Tim Montana, Davisson Brothers, Jimmie Allen and Dee Jay Silver to the all-star lineup for the oceanfront fest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 7-10, 2018. They join headliners Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band and Cole Swindell, as well as 30 other country acts. For more information, visit www.carolinacountrymusicfest.com.
Cole Swindell and Tracy Lawrence will get the party started on June 7 at the McDonald’s® Thursday Night Kick Off Concert powered by MyrtleBeach.com. Tickets for Thursday night are included in VIP packages or can be purchased in addition to a three-day pass. Purchase tickets and VIP packages here.
Named one of the top five country music festivals by Billboard, Carolina Country Music Fest is one of the fastest growing outdoor music festivals in the country, with more than 30,000 country music fans in attendance last year. The festival site spans 18 acres of oceanfront in Myrtle Beach from the boardwalk to Ocean Boulevard.
This year’s event sponsors include Coors Light, E & J Gallo Winery, iHeart Radio, Coca-Cola, WPDE ABC 15, The CW 21, Visit Myrtle Beach, McDonald’s®, Burroughs & Chapin, Brittain Resort Management, Campers Inn RV, Oceana Resorts, MyrtleBeach.com, Bojangles’, Krispy Kreme, Food Lion, Broadway Grand Prix and Full House Productions. The McDonald’s® Thursday Night Kick-Off Concert is powered by MyrtleBeach.com and presented by Carolina Cool.
Mean Green Super Strength was launched in 1990 in Spartanburg, SC. Throughout the ‘90s Mean Green grew and expanded through the South Eastern part of the United States, growing through distribution in retailers and associated
Today, Mean Green is known as a national and international, superior all-purpose cleaner for the toughest jobs around your house, your garage or your work. The iconic "Super Strength" formula is made with a unique blend of detergents and solvents that form a powerful heavy duty cleaner and degreaser. Lab tests prove it beats nearly every other cleaner on nearly every stain. And because it’s biodegradable, non-toxic and contains no acid, ammonia, or bleach, you can feel safe using it just about anywhere, inside and out.
Mean Green's line-up of specialized cleaning products also include Mean Green Mildew Destroyer, Mean Green Orange Champ, and Mean Green Antibacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner, among others. Mean Green also has a line of products made especially for professional use.