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May 17, 2017 - August 30, 2017 

Wednesdays 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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5th and Evans Street, Greenville, NC

At our weekly uptown farmer and craft market, you’ll find fresh produce, meats, seafood, handmade arts, jewelry, antiques, vintage items, homemade bath products, baked goods, local craft brew and more! To get an idea of what we have to offer, check out our EVENT WEBSITE.

Courtesy of Greenville NC Real Estate Expert Liz Freeman.   

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#1 Answer to the Housing Shortage: New Construction | Keeping Current Matters

The biggest challenge to today’s housing market is the shortage of housing inventory for sale. A normal market would see a six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, that number is below four months. This is the major reason home prices have continued to appreciate at higher levels than historic averages.

The good news is that builders are now starting to build more homes in lower price ranges.

Builder Confidence is Up

The Housing Market Index from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)reveals that builder confidence increased last month. HousingWire quoted NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz about the reason for the increase in confidence amongst builders.

“The HMI measure of future sales conditions reached its highest

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Ayden's "Kings of Q Barbecue Fest" is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned competition. Enjoy this great event with a Shriner's Parade at 10:45 am, People’s Choice Event at 11:30 am at Ayden Methodist Church, a car-cruise on East Avenue from 1 pm-6 pm, vendors and evening entertainment by Kasey Tyndall. The BBQ village is within a 2 block radius of Downtown Ayden, between 2nd and 3rd Street, Pitt Street and East Avenue.  

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Courtesy of Greenville NC Real Estate Expert Liz Freeman.   

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The Person who has done more for you than anyone in the world!

A halo that reflects a life of wisdom, kindness, and caring. Eyes that sparkle with pride and show how much she believes in you. Shoulders that have been slept on and wept on and carried a world or two. Arms that never run out of hugs. Hands that know just when to hold on and when to let go. A mind filled with amazing things, from fairy tales to family tails and long-ago stories of you. A smile that can jump right into your heart and warm you faster than hot chocolate. A heart of gold that holds more love than you can possibly imagine.

Courtesy of Greenville NC Real Estate Expert Liz Freeman.   


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3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble | Keeping Current Matters

With housing prices appreciating at levels that far exceed historical norms, some are fearful that the market is heading for another bubble. To alleviate that fear, we just need to look back at the reasons that caused the bubble ten years ago.

Last decade, demand for housing was artificially propped up because mortgage lending standards were way too lenient. People that were not qualified to purchase were able to attain a mortgage anyway. Prices began to skyrocket. This increase in demand caused homebuilders in many markets to overbuild.

Eventually, the excess in new construction and the flooding of the market with distressed properties (foreclosures & short sales), caused by the lack of appropriate lending standards, led to the housing crash.

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Providing countless hours of kayaking and paddle board fun on Eastern North Carolina’s beautiful waterways! Knee Deep Adventures offers quality kayaks and paddleboards for enjoying the Tar River. Currently all of our rentals are self-guided out and back trips from the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s public boating access, located on Port Terminal Road.  Rent one of our single or tandem kayaks, the Tri-Kayak XS-1, and/or standup paddleboards. Ready to go on and adventure? Just select which boat or board you prefer and make a reservation!  A Knee Deep Adventures representative will contact you to confirm all your reservation details.  Any questions? Call 252-714-5836.

Make reservations here: Knee Deep Adventures

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Financial Planning: 4 Reasons to Buy a House Today | Keeping Current Matters

Homeownership will always be a part of the American Dream. There are advantages to owning your own home (educational, health, social) that far transcend any economic impact. However, we want to look at several of the financial advantages of homeownership in today’s post.

1. Buying is Cheaper Than Renting

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The report reveals that:

“Interest rates have remained low, and even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation…Nationally, rates would have to reach 9.1% for renting to

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WOMEN FOR WOMEN Presents ANNE GEDDES

2017 POWER OF THE PURSE LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Greenville Convention Center

ANNE GEDDES – ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESPECTED AND WELL-KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHERS

  • Known for creating iconic, award winning and beloved images.
  • Singularly capturing the beauty, purity and vulnerability of children.
  • Embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be “protected, nurtured and loved.”
  • First coffee table book, Down in the Garden, released in 1992 and quickly became a NY Times Best Seller.
  • Latest photographic series, Under the Sea, was released in 2014.
  • Anne has recently released a new series based on the signs of the Western Zodiac.
  • Author of several
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Your Tax Return: Bring it Home | Keeping Current Matters

This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question - “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?”

The results of the survey were interesting. Here is what they plan to do with their money:

  • 41% - Put it into savings
  • 38% - Pay off debt
  • 11% - Go on a vacation
  • 5% - Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.)
  • 5% - Splurge on a purchase

Upon seeing the research, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) wondered if this could help with a constant challenge cited by many people who wish to purchase a home – saving for the down payment.

In a recent

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April 28, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
April 29, 2017 - 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
April 30, 2017 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy amusement rides, musical performances, food, vendors, car shows, games, Protown BMX Stunt Team, Saturday at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm, plus more.

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Courtesy of Greenville NC Real Estate Expert Liz Freeman.   

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