October 2016

Lake Norman Update

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On a Personal Note

When it rains it pours.  A year ago I wrote in my October newsletter about the recent rains bringing the lake back up to normal levels.  This October I was hoping for some rain because I have just replanted my entire yard (by myself) and the rain would save me from having to water it every day.  Well, I got more rain than I needed, which washed away a lot of the seed, and a blown over tree from Hurricane Matthew.  Of course this is nothing to what the rain has done along the east coast and what the people in that area are having to deal with.  It is sad to see all of damaged property and displaced people throughout that region, not to mention the loss of life from the storm.  Hopefully you aren't one of the ones affected by the storm and flooding.  If so, I hope you, the people, and the area will recover soon without too much hardship.

New Listing

131 Beacon Ridge Dr. | $629,000

Builder's Personal Home on the
Main Channel of Lake Lookout
3 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths  3,848 Sq. Ft.
Basement w/Finished Space & Lg. Workshop

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Thank You Friends!

Welcome new clients and Thank You to friends who’ve trusted me to work with you, your friends, family and coworkers. Special thanks this month to...
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Corny Halloween Humor

A musician is passing Vienna's Zentralfriedhof graveyard on October 31st.  Suddenly he hears music.  No one is around, so he starts searching for the source. He finally locates the origin coming from under the ground in a grave. The headstone on the grave reads: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827.

The musician listens for a while. He knows its symphony music, but he’s puzzled. Then he cries out, “I’ve got it! It’s Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, but it’s being played backwards!”

He runs to the caretaker’s house, wakes him, and frantically describes the strange backward music coming from Beethoven’s grave.

The caretaker says, “Oh, that’s nothing to worry about. He’s just decomposing.”

What to Ask Your Home Inspector Before You Buy

When you make an offer on a home, the home inspection happens quickly. It’s easy to forget to ask about something important and then suddenly it’s
over and too late! This report will help you get the most out of that critical inspection so you’re not caught off-guard wishing you had learned more.
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"Probably the scariest thing about cemeteries is that music they play in your head when you drive by one." ~Demetri Martin

You Could Actually Print Your Next Home

We're all familiar with the typical "wood studs and plywood" construction of homes. But homes of the future will take advantage of innovations in materials and construction approaches to provide greener, faster, cheaper, and more flexible options.

Concrete, long considered a gray, inflexible substance is being used in exciting ways. For instance, according to the company Sollars Home, their homes are cast from concrete on site, using a patented concrete forming system. The benefits of concrete include being termite-proof, fire-proof, tornado and hurricane resistant, and energy-efficient.

But some companies are going even further. Architects around the globe have begun to print homes using 3D printers. Construction processes are still being experimented with, but many examples can now be found of homes printed mostly or in small part by 3D construction processes.  

For example, in Amsterdam, a team of architects constructed a home they call the 3D Print Canal House, using bio-based, renewable materials. The site is both a construction site and a museum.

At USC in California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis is pushing the fabrication process of what he calls "contour crafting." He hopes to develop a gigantic 3D printer, able to print a whole house in a single run, from its structure to its electrical and plumbing conduits.

While some experts are skeptical of some processes, the 3D construction movement seems to be here to stay.

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Home Worth Today?

Home prices have been rising steadily. If you haven’t checked lately, you might be surprised at what your home is worth today. Email or text your address, and I’ll send you a speedy estimate.
Bill Adams

Story: Maestro in the Metro

A man stood in a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, around 1,100 people went through the station.

After the first three minutes went by, a middle aged man noticed the playing. He stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the box without stopping. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen, but then looked at his watch and walked away.

A 3 year old boy wanted to listen, but his mother dragged him away while the child kept looking back. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents forced the children to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. He collected $32. When he finished playing, no one noticed.

No one knew that the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before he had sold out at a theater in Boston.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities. The outlines were: In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion: If we can’t hear one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written when it’s in the wrong context, what other amazing things are we missing because we refuse to acknowledge their greatness out of context?

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October Quiz Question

What number does October refer to in Latin?
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Sherwin-Williams 2017 Paint Color of the Year

Announcing a new color of the year...are you ready for it? "Poised Taupe." Taupe, that 1970's in-between color is "poised" for a comeback as Sherwin-Williams paint color of the year for 2017.

Sherwin-Williams describes the color as "Earthen brown combines with conservative grey and the result is a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that celebrates the imperfections and authenticity of a well-lived life."
Elle Décor says it's "like gray and brown had a baby."

Sherwin-Williams used a Danish word, "hygge," which they say "loosely translates as creating a sense of coziness and warmth. The soft glow of candle-light, a toasty drink, and the company of family and friends is hygge, but this feeling comes from creating the right atmosphere."

The color is a neutral, but in a richer hue that plays well with everything from light blue to deep red to white, black, yellow, and navy.

Pause Your Garlic

Here’s a healthy tip. The next time you’re using garlic in a recipe, after you’ve chopped or crushed it, let it sit for 15 minutes before cooking with it.
The cancer-fighting properties, allyl sulfide compounds, are produced when the garlic cloves are chopped or crushed.

However, heating the garlic just after it is chopped or crushed stops the chemical reaction that needs to take place to produce the sulfides.

So pause and give your garlic time to produce those anti-cancer properties!

The Strange History of Bagels

According to the Einstein Bros. Bagel chain, the first bagel was created in 1863 by a Jewish baker in Vienna, Austria. As a way to thank the king of Poland for protecting Austria from Turkish invaders, the baker created a hard roll in the shape of a riding stirrup to honor the king's prowess as a horseman. "Stirrup" is "bugel" in German.

Bagels became popular in Poland, where they were often given as gifts to new mothers for use as baby teething rings. Bagels made their way to Russia, where they were called "bub-liki," and in the 1880s, when waves of Eastern European immigrants came to America, bagels did too. Here are a few more bagel facts:

For the uninitiated, "just a schmear" is what you tell your bagel guy when he's about to slap a half pound of cream cheese on your bagel. "Just a schmear" means no, I'd like less than a quarter inch slab of cream cheese.

Bagels originally, and many still today, are made with lye. Yes the lye that burns and was once used to make soap. Why it is sometimes added to bagels? Lye is sodium hydroxide, which is very alkali, corrosive and toxic on its own.

When a bagel or pretzel dipped in lye solution goes into the oven, the lye reacts with the carbon dioxide given off by steam from the dough and forms a benign carbonate, which makes the bagel safe to eat. The lye browns the dough, giving a distinctive color and flavor, especially noticeable in pretzels. Many bagel makers substitute baking soda for lye, but purists say it’s not the same.
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My Advice


Would This Help Get My Offer Accepted?

In a market where there are bidding wars that often leave first time home buyers out in the cold, will it do any good to write a personal letter to the sellers and include it with your offer?

My answer is that it can't hurt. It might help. Some sellers are motivated to have someone live in their house who will love it as much as they did. Most home sellers will ultimately default to the best offer, but if there are multiple best offers, the one that includes a letter could win the day.

In the letter, you’d want to describe how you see yourself living in the home. Your kids will swing on the tire swing. You will cook magical cakes in the cozy kitchen. You’ll love the neighbors, and so on.

So a letter can’t hurt, and there are other things that you can also do to improve your offer’s odds. Don’t worry…when we find your perfect home, I'll help you do all the little things that give your offer a better chance of being accepted.

See you next month.

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