563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284

September 1st, 2015

563 Rockbridge Dr

563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284

Front of the House

563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 is a wonderful house for sale by The Carolina Crew of Keller Williams Realty Elite in Winston Salem. The house is located in a private corner of the popular Rockbridge neighborhood in Kernersville. The house is situated on a cul-de-sac that is bordered by woods and pond. This three bedroom, two and a half bath, two story is ready for it’s new owner. The home is priced to sell at $150,000!


563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 is located in the Winston Salem city limits but has a Kernersville address. This means that a trip in either direction is quick and easy with access to I-40 or I-40 BUS. Highpoint is relatively close as well with about a thirty minute travel time.

Pond and woods

Pond and woods

Since 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 is located between Winston Salem and Kernersville there many shopping options whether you are looking for a mall, downtown, or local small town shops 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 7284 has it all! The home is also right down the road from East Forsyth High. A trip to East Forsyth Middle School is only a seven minute drive on average.

The Rockbridge Neighborhood

The neighborhood of Rockbridge in Kernersville was built from 1998 to 2006 and originally features homes priced from $110,000 to $180,000. The homes in Rockbridge are typically three to four bedrooms with two to three baths. The homes in the Rockbridge neighborhood range from 1300 to about 2000 square feet. Many houses in Rockbridge, like 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284, feature a deck at the back of the house. Some houses have a patio. A garage is also a popular feature for homes built in the Rockbridge neighborhood.

One of the great features of the Rockbridge neighborhood is the community playground, a great space for kids to enjoy the outdoors and parents to connect! There is nearly seventeen acres of natural woods and three ponds in the Rockbridge neighborhood. Rockbridge also backs up to over 1,100 acres owned by the city of Winston Salem surrounding Salem Lake.

Formal Living Room

Formal Living Room

The cul-de-sac lot at 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 is oversized in the backyard. The added benefit of being on a neighborhood pond give 563 Rockbridge lots of space from the neighbors. The pond backs up to woods owned by the HOA and provide wonderful views from the back deck. There is also extra space between 563 Rockbridge Dr and 580 Rockbridge Dr, the house on the left, since there is a twenty-five foot span of common area from the street to the pond.

The House, 563 Rockbridge Dr

As you pull up to the drive you will notice the stately demeanor of 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 with the brick elevation on the vinyl siding. A bradford pear tree decorates the front yard alongside the meticulously maintained landscaping. The floorplan for 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 is “The Randleman.” The Randleman floor plan features a formal livingroom and dining room great for entertaining guests and holidays. The formal living room is a wonderful space with a gas log fireplace.



The Kitchen has the optional peninsula upgrade for added counter space. The laundry is under the stairs and is convenient for storage in case one pantry isn’t enough. The Kitchen is open to the nook or breakfast area and sunroom as well. Open living area is always wonderful so that whoever is preparing food or cleaning up in the kitchen can still interact with the rest of the group, whether family or guests. The door from the garage connects to the sunroom. The half-bath is across the hall from the laundry for convenient first floor access.

Going up the stairs to the second floor of 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 there are three bedrooms and two baths. The Master Suite is large and holds the current owners oversized furnerature. The second and third bedrooms are across the hall from each other with close to ten by twelve feet each. The second floor has also been expanded with the optional bonus room upgrade over the garage for an additional hundred and sixty-five square feet!

The Right House, 563 Rockbridge Dr

Our listing at 563 Rockbridge Dr Kernersville NC 27284 is a great house set and ready for you. The layout is a good balance between formal space and open area with the kitchen, breakfast, and sunroom/den. The upgrades in the home are very appealing with the brick elevation, bonus room, and kitchen peninsula. The Rockbridge subdivision is ever popular with it’s wonderful location to schools, shopping, and highways. Call the Carolina Crew today to schedule your private viewing! 336-283-8683

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Transitional Homes Winston Salem

July 24th, 2015

Transitional Homes Winston Salem

Transitional Homes Winston Salem

Transitional Home

As The Carolina Crew works with buyers and sellers in our region we come across the question: What is a Transitional Home? Transitional Homes Winston Salem are a mix of two housing styles, contemporary and traditional.  The transitional home Winston Salem is more similar to a traditional on the outside with it’s brick . The inside of a transitional home is more similar to a contemporary. The layout of a transitional home typically varies between one and a half to two stories with bedrooms or a bonus room on the second floor. If you are looking for a home built for the needs and wants of the 21st century you will want to look into buying a transitional home.


The outside of a transitional home Winston Salem is most often brick in red or tan. Instead of brick stone or siding may be used. Stucco or EFIS is available, but not very popular in the triad region. Siding ranges from vinyl to cement or shake style. Many transitional homes Winston Salem have a mixture of these siding materials.

The roof on a transitional home is typically gabled although some areas may mix in a hip roof line. The roofing material is most often a shade of grey asphalt shingle in an architectural design. Some homes can be found with terra cotta or slate materials for roofing.

Transitional Homes Winston Salem

Screened Porch

The yard of transitional homes Winston Salem ranges from a third of an acre or more. Landscaping for a transitional home is typically a grassy yard with trees appropriately placed to accentuate the home and provide privacy and shade. The back yard may be fenced with a wooden privacy fence.

Porches and patios can often be found at the back of the house for indoor/outdoor living space. Many houses have two separate areas above and below each other, The lower level is roofed by the second level and is shaded, while if sun if preferred the upper area can be used. Accessories like grills, patio furniture, outdoor dining, and firepits encourage use three fourths of the year.

Transitional homes Winston Salem are built onsite with wooden two by fours for the walls and are stick built or truss roofing systems. Transitional homes may be built on a crawl, basement, or slab foundation. HVAC’s are typically housed in the basement, crawl, or attic. Water heaters are found in the basement, garage, or closet.

Two space garage’s are most common in the Winston Salem area for transitional homes. Many neighborhoods require that a garage be side loading. A side load garage is a garage whose door faces the side of the lot as opposed to the street. This is thought to increase the curb appeal for a home. It is currently code that a garage be finished with drywall before completed.


Transitional Homes Winston Salem

Transitional Kitchen

The interior floors in a transitional home are typically hardwood or wood looking floors. Tile or laminate is used in the kitchen and bathrooms. Carpet is used in bedrooms in many houses although some people do prefer it in living areas as well. You may even find carpet in some of the early transitional homes from the 1990’s.

The walls throughout a transitional homes Winston Salem at drywall. The formal dining may be accentuated with wainscoting and chair rail. Bathrooms can often have beadboard walls as opposed to drywall. Colors for walls vary but are often neutral colors like beige, eggshell, and grey.

The ceilings in transitional homes Winston Salem are smooth or possibly knockdown (never popcorn). The living, kitchen, and master bedrooms often have cathedral ceilings. Trey ceilings are also popular in formal dining and master suites. Ceiling heights throughout the rest of the house is typically nine feet although this can vary from eight to twelve.

The entry of a transitional home typically opens into a foyer or open hallway. A formal dining room and office or living area are positioned towards the front of the house. If the transitional home is a two story home the stairway may greet you as you enter. On the back half of a transitional home Winston Salem there will be an open area with sections for the living room, kitchen, and breakfast nook.

The kitchen usually has granite or corian counters and stainless steel appliances. Tiled backsplashes are also common and range from simple subway tile to marble or tin. The cabinets are often wood and range from white to dark stains. One cabinet may be glass faced to display china. Kitchen islands are popular in transitional homes as they increase mobility around the kitchen and openness to the living or breakfast area. Kitchen’s often overlook a raised counter area that serves to hide any mess on the kitchen counter. The counter allows anyone eating or sitting in the living room to be able to talk with the person in the kitchen.

The fixtures throughout transitional homes Winston Salem are typically a stainless or silver color although some houses feature dark bronze. The globes for lighting are usually hazed to hide the visibility of bulbs and soften the light emitted. The door knobs are either a round knob design or lever in a simple design that is curved or angular. bathroom fixtures are similarly simple in design.

Gas fireplaces are very common in transitional homes as they add a sense of homeyness while retaining sophistication. Wood fireplaces can also be found in transitional homes Winston Salem. The fireplaces can be made of brick or rock and may have a wooden mantle.


There are many neighborhoods with hundreds of transitional homes in the Winston Salem area. So if you prefer to live in Advance, Pfafftown, Lexington, Kernersville, or in the heart of Winston we can find a transitional home for you. Transitional homes range from the 130’s and up to the hundreds of thousands depending on the home and location. Many builders are currently building transitional homes Winston Salem and we can connect you with a great builder if you want to custom build your own transitional homes Winston Salem.

Transitional homes Winston Salem are a great blend of functionality and style for today’s homeowner. There are many homes available in the Winston Salem area in a transitional style. One of the great things about a transitional home is that it is highly customizable to your preferences and lifestyle. If you are looking for a transitional home in the Winston Salem area give the Carolina Crew a call, we are your one stop real estate shop!


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125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC

July 18th, 2015

125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC is for sale by The Carolina Crew and Keller Williams Realty. 125 Windrush is a wonderful move-in ready home with a recent price reduction! The home is located in Greenbrier Farms, a very sought after neighborhood. Greenbrier Farms is located off Shattalon and Yadkinville Rd near Wake Forest University. 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC is a great value with a recent price reduction of over $20,000!

Home – 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC

125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC

125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC

As you pull into the driveway of 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC the walkway to the front stoop sweeps to the left from the driveway. The front yard is well appointed with small trees and elegant shrubs to embrace the home. The in the back of the house the yard lays flat and is partially partitioned from the neighboring yards by trees and hedges. Off the back of the house from the living room and breakfast nook extends the screened porch, a great place for indoor/outdoor living space. Under the screened in porch is additional covered space with a door to the basement garage. This area could be used for parking an additional car, tool storage, or additional indoor/outdoor living space.

If you were to enter by the front door of 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC you will be greeted by the entryway and staircase to the second floor and bedrooms. On the left of the entry is a room with glass doors that could be used for a formal sitting-room or office. On the right-hand side of the entryway is the formal dining room with access to the kitchen.

Kitchen and Beakfast 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC

Kitchen and Breakfast

The living room of 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC completes the circle between the office/formal living room and the breakfast nook. The central focal point of the living room is the fireplace which is well appointed with attractive red brick and a classic white mantle. There’s plenty of space in the living room for big comfy couches and arm chairs for watching TV or enjoying the fireplace. There is a half bath off the middle hall for guests and convenience to the first floor.

On the second floor there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom is very spacious and feels even larger with the trey ceiling. There is plenty of room for large bedroom suites and the master bedroom is connected to a large walk-in closet and master bath at 125 Windrush Winston Salem NC. The master bath has a double vanity and jacuzzi garden tub!

As if that wasn’t enough there is a bonus room in the basement. This twenty-seven by twelve foot finished space has plenty of room for a pool, foosball, or poker table. This is  a great space for hobbies and play, from blues jam to a lego metropolis. Conveniently, there is a full bath in the basement as well if the bonus room needed to be a guest room. The spacious two car garage is accessible from the finished basement and has extra storage space and peg-board for tools.

Back Yard 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC

Back Yard

Neighborhood – Greenbriar Farms

125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC is located in Greenbrier Farm one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the Winston Salem area. Greenbrier Farms covers a total of 430 acres giving the subdivision a “country feel” while being minutes from the downtown area and shopping. Amenities for the neighborhood include a full-sized soccer field, olympic size pool, parks, tennis courts, basketball court, and playground! The outdoor pool is next to the community clubhouse which features a full kitchen, outdoor patio and grills for celebrating and get-togethers. Greenbrier Farms also includes four lakes where residents can fish, canoe, or just enjoy being next to the water.

125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC is surrounded by 430 acres with 130 acres being part of Greenbrier Farms and intentionally left undeveloped. The average tax value of homes in Greenbrier is approximately $540,000. In the last year fifteen homes have sold in Greenbrier Farms from $338,500 to $760,000. Although in the last decade a home on Coral Garden lane sold for $3,000,000. 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC is a great value to say the least not only for the neighborhood but also for the home itself. You can set-up a buyer’s consultation with The Carolina Crew for a relevant property comparison.

Area – NW Winston Salem

Pilot Mountain State Park

Pilot Mountain

Greenbrier Farms and 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC is surrounded by three main roads in the NW section of Winston Salem: Shattalon Dr, Reynolda Rd, and Yadkinville Rd. These roads can easily take you to Winston Salem’s downtown, Reynolda Village, Lewisville, Wake Forest University. Greenbrier is uniquely situated to access rural areas like Pfafftown, Tobaccoville to access small towns and local farms that grow organic veggies and clean meat. Pilot Mountain State Park, and Hanging Rock State Park are also a short drive for day trips with scenic views.

The schools currently zoned for 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC (at the time of this blog posting) are Jefferson Elementary, Jefferson Middle (or zone midwest), and Mt Tabor High. While school zones are subject to change you can always verify with the Forsyth County Public School System. Since school zones are important to anyone purchasing a property as they may affect resale value for an area we recommend that buyers investigate school ratings and rankings for themselves.

125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC

We think that 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC could be a great fit with so many amenities and such a great location. It’s a home with four bedrooms and plenty of space for relaxing, entertaining, and playing. It’s a home residing in a popular neighborhood, Greenbrier Farms. It’s a home in a great location for access to Winston Salem and the surrounding area.
For more info about 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC visit the info page on our website. You can also check out our video walkthrough on our Youtube.com channel. If 125 Windrush Rd Winston Salem NC sounds like it might be a good home, you ought to check it out. Contact The Carolina Crew today to schedule your private viewing!

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SOLD! 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC

July 14th, 2015

3916 Phillips Rd. Walkertown NC is a cute little home with a fantastic yard! The Carolina Crew is happy to offer this rejuvenated three bedroom two bath home for sale. The outside of the home is in wonderful shape and should be for years to come as there is a new roof, HVAC, and fence. The house has been expanded and renovated from a 2BR, 1BA to a 3BR, 2BA with the Master bath being separated from the two bedrooms and hall bath. Walkertown is a unique area between Winston Salem and Kernersville offering nearby parks and ballfields. 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC is a great home and is ready for you!

3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC – The Home

Exterior Front of 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC

Exterior Front of 3916 Phillips Rd

The house sits on the left hand side of Phillips Rd as you enter from Sullivantown Rd. The wide gravel drive and parking area has been recently re-graveled. A wood fence surrounds the large back yard as 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC is on about an acre of land. The roof on the home is relatively new and coupled with the aluminum siding should keep home maintenance at a minimum. Under the home is a cellar and partial crawl space. A brand new HVAC has been installed to insure the home stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The private grassy back yard with some shade trees is ready to be personalized. Whether you prefer a garden, play area, dog run, or outdoor patio and firepit the near 7/10th of an acre is plenty of space to create the backyard of your dreams.   As you walk in the front door from the stoop, you enter into the living room. Immediately, three features can be seen. The first is the fireplace surrounded in brick with a mantle. The second is the original hardwood floors that have been refinished giving this home a unique “pizazz” and personality on the inside that most homes don’t have. The third noticeable thing about 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC is the clean homey feeling that the fresh paint on the walls and ceilings present.

Livingroom 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC

Livingroom 3916 Phillips Rd

Through the living room is the hallway to the bedrooms and full hall bath. On the other side of the living room is the formal dining room with a window out onto the front yard. The dining room is open to the kitchen that is close to a hundred and sixty square feet. The new counters and cabinets complement the new appliances and floors.   The master bedroom is off the kitchen, which is great for midnight snacking. The master bedroom is the most unique room in the house with textured walls and wood beam ceiling. It’s also a whopping 14’05”x16’01” for this price point in Winston Salem and the Triad.There is a door off the remodeled master bath to the back yard. This could easily be converted to access to a private deck if the next homeowner wanted to put in a private deck. at the back of the house.

Master Bedroom 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC

Master Bedroom 3916 Phillips Rd

The master bathroom is fully remodeled and features a shower and bath combo. To the side of the shower is space for linens. 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC also has a double vanity in the master bath. The master bath on 3916 Phillips Rd is filled with natural light and feels like a warm spring day.   The laundry room in 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC is connected to the kitchen and is right off the hallway to the second, third bedroom, and bath. There is also a walkup attic space that can be used as additional space or storage with easy access! The attic at 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC is finished so if you don’t prefer to see the studs and insulation, there are no worries about that at this house.

Walkertown NC – The Community

3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC is located in Walkertown NC. Walkertown is a smaller community on the outskirts of Winston Salem in NC. The population is around four thousand people and over sixteen hundred households (wikipedia). Walkertown has several parks and ballfields. Walkertown also has two elementary schools, a middle, and a high school; all but one named after the town. The town celebrates several events each year two being the 4th of July and coming soon the Fall Festival. The town of Walkertown NC keeps the town’s website updated with info for residents. If you are looking for a home that is truly ready to move into with a great yard in the Walkertown area, 3916 Phillips Rd is worth checking out! You can see more of  on our YouTube channel in a video walkthrough. You can also find lots of details for the property on the listing page of our website. To see 3916 Phillips Rd Walkertown NC in person you can email or call The Carolina Crew or visit our website www.thecarolinacrew.com


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Brick Rancher Winston Salem

July 9th, 2015
Brick Rancher Winston Salem

Brick Rancher Winston Salem

Are you looking for a mid-century brick rancher Winston Salem? At The Carolina Crew we have worked with many clients, both buying and selling, brick rancher Winston Salem style homes. A brick rancher is a subgenre of a domestic style home in America called a “rancher.” Popular between the 1950’s and 1970’s for their blend of modernist style and casual living, ranchers trace their roots to the american west. A majority of rancher’s from the time period were sided with brick, a relatively cheap building material at the time considering it’s durability and low maintenance.

Belnette – Lewisville     Sweetwood – Mocksville

In the last decade brick ranchers Winston Salem have gained popularity with many people for several reasons. Since the brick ranchers Winston Salem were often built by young families looking to grow as they raised “baby-boomers” the typical floorplan is perfect for smaller and medium sized families. The build quality of a Brick Rancher Winston Salem is nothing to under-estimate, these houses were often owned and occupied by survivors of the depression and WWII, where a solid house built to last was a must. The fifties and sixties were also a great time for American culture and house parties were common so the floorplan of a brick rancher Winston Salem is often a great meld of open layout and partitioning for entertaining guests. If you are looking over types of homes to buy in Winston Salem you may want to find out more about brick ranchers Winston Salem in the Forsyth County area.

Open Kitchen and Den

Open Kitchen and Den

Chevelle – Winston Salem     Good Hope – Winston Salem

Mid-century brick ranchers Winston Salem are typically a single story with three bedrooms and two baths. These numbers can often change depending on the original floorplan, any additions to the house, and if a basement was finished. The bedrooms are grouped around a hallway on one end of the house with closets, master and main bathrooms. The other side of the brick rancher Winston Salem is usually the living room, kitchen, dining and possibly a den. The great thing about this layout is the openness that is often found between the kitchen and dining or the kitchen and den.

Ebert – Winston Salem     Somerset – Winston Salem

The shape of the house is typically asymmetrical in a simple square, “L”, or “U” shape.  Some brick ranchers Winston Salem incorporate porches, patios, garages, carports, and decks into the layout of the house. Many current builders are designing homes to incorporate “indoor/outdoor” space as home buyers and owners enjoy the additional space outdoors with some of the comforts of the inside like couches, dining furniture, TVs, and fireplaces. Brick Ranchers Winston Salem easily incorporate these types of indoor/outdoor space tucked in the corner of the “L” or in the “U”.

Kyle – Winston Salem     Doub – Lewisville     Burke Mill – Winston Salem 

140 Sweetwood Formal Living and Dining Room

Open Living and Dining Room

The exterior of a brick rancher Winston Salem is brick with either a hip or gabled roof. The window’s were typically aluminium, although many have been changed for double panes or insulated windows to conserve energy by current owners. The outside of the windows were often decorated with shutters or sometimes by awnings.

One of the attractive things of a brick rancher Winston Salem is the build quality. I often find actual 2”x4” studs in brick ranchers in the Winston Salem area. One home I was in recently had oak rafters as opposed to the pine 2×4’s used in most houses. The people that built brick ranchers were veterans of WWII and had seen the homes built in Europe where homes are handed down through generations and built to last. Many of the original owners of brick ranchers Winston Salem had grown up during the great depression and took advantage of the good economic times to build homes that were durable and required low maintenance in the event of another economic crisis.

Cherry – Winston Salem     Pleasant View – Winston Salem

While the original owners of brick ranchers Winston Salem prepared for hardship they lived in and enjoyed some of the greatest times in american history. Winston Salem’s RJR tobacco and Hanes Brand’s were thriving with local factories in Winston Salem and Forsyth County. “The greatest generation” liked to cut loose after work for cocktail parties with the neighbors in the living room, den or on the porch. The brick rancher Winston Salem provided great space to socialize with friends and enjoy all the good times.

Robinhood – Winston Salem     Southoak – Winston Salem

While brick rancher’s accounted for about nine in ten homes built in Winston Salem during the fifties, the architectural tastes of Forsyth County changed with the general American population. As the US economy grew, the architecture tended to reflect plantation styled homes as the owners tried to reflect their increase in wealth and move away from modernism.

Screened Porch

Screened Porch

There has been a resurgence in popularity for the brick rancher Winston Salem as the second largest generation, the millennials, begin to buy houses. The price is often great for a first-time home buyer as they look for a home to start their families in. With many millennials growing-up and graduating during the “great recession” they have an appreciation for build quality and low maintenance that brick ranchers Winston Salem provide. These similarities  are some of the features and benefits that the latest home buying generation shares with their grandparents generation as they buy mid century brick ranchers Winston Salem.

Wessex – Winston Salem

Location is always an important factor in purchasing a home, brick rancher Winston Salem were built during a time when the city’s were smaller and growing into the surrounding country. Today in Winston Salem, we can see these pockets of expansion in Sherwood Forest, Peacehaven Estates, and Mount Tabor where homes were built near Buena Vista and a close commute for shopping and work in Winston Salem.

If you are looking for a home that lives up to the good times, built to last, and flexible for your needs you may want to look at some brick ranchers Winston Salem with The Carolina Crew, your housing experts. We have a supply of homes in various sizes and room numbers. If you don’t see what you are looking for we can find a house like what you are looking for, just give us a call.

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SOLD! 140 Sweetwood Mocksville -The Carolina Crew

June 30th, 2015


140 Sweetwood

140 Sweetwood

This house has now been SOLD by The Carolina Crew, Inc. of Keller Williams Winston-Salem (under lease purchase).

140 Sweetwood Lane Mocksville, NC is the latest listing by The Carolina Crew. It is the perfect home for anyone looking for space! The house is set back off the road behind trees. It overlooks pastures and a couple storage buildings for storage space. The inside of the home has expansive rooms and an enlarged owner suite. If you are not familiar with the Mocksville/Advance area around 140 Sweetwood Ln you will want to take a second look!

The lot that 140 Sweetwood Lane sits on is generally flat and is set so the house sits off the road while still having easy access to US HWY 158. In two minutes from starting your car, you can be on I-40 and another twenty minutes will take you to the center of Winston-Salem, NC. In the other direction, you can be in downtown Mocksville or to the local Walmart within ten minutes.


140 Sweetwood Formal Living and Dining Room

140 Sweetwood Formal Living and Dining Room

As you come in the front door of 140 Sweetwood Lane the formal living/dining room is on the left. The trey ceiling creates an open feel and will help support large and formal furniture in these rooms. Straight through the entry is the Kitchen with lots of cabinets and counter space. The Kitchen is open to the Den with electric fireplace. Through the den and to the left is the bonus room. The hallway begins in the foyer and connects the bedrooms and bathroom to the rest of the house.


The rooms in 140 Sweetwood Lane are expansive. Typically, a hallway in NC is three feet wide. By comparison, the main hallway in 140 Sweetwood is four feet wide. The rest of the rooms follow suite. The master bedroom is 13’9” x 25’4”. This does not include the his and her walk-in style closets that are 8’x8’ and 7’x11’2”. If you are looking for a home with lots of space on one level this home’s  3,100+/- square feet might be the perfect fit for you.
If 140 Sweetwood Lane sounds like it may be a good fit for you then setup a private viewing with The Carolina Crew by calling 336-283-8683.

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Buying a Home in Winston-Salem

June 30th, 2015

Buying a Home in Winston-Salem


Buying a home in Winston-Salem or any kind of real estate is a big decision. For most people, their home is the largest investment they will make in their lifetime. It does not matter if you are buying a small vacant lot, big estate, or a new rental investment, you will want representation to help you make sure all goes smoothly.

Carolina Crew Realty and Keller Williams Winston Salem has the experience and knowledge to make your real estate purchase as smooth as possible while minimizing your risks. Making a sale is nor our goal. We build clients for life and base our business model on referrals and repeat service. We want to make sure that when you buy a home that you will be able to call us back in 5, 10, or even 15 years and we can get that home sold for you.

The home buying process is so complex and detailed that we have created and dedicated an entire website just to learning more about buying homes in the Winston-Salem area.

Our home buying services include but are not limited to:

  1. First-time buyers

  2. Second homes

  3. Move up buyers

  4. Retirement homes

  5. Condos and Townhouses

  6. Foreclosures (for investment or primary residence)

  7. Horse Farms

  8. Lake front homes

  9. New Construction

  10. Investments

  11. Flipping

  12. Building a rental portfolio

  13. Vacant Land

  14. Downtown Winston-Salem homes

Buying a home in Winston Salem can be an overwhelming and complex. This is the Carolina Crew Realty’s online home buying guide. It is designed to help you understand the process and answer any questions you may have about buying a Winston-Salem area home. There are so many moving parts that it can be difficult, confusing, and very frustrating. You really need representation that stands out from the crowd, not just another real estate agent. When buying with Carolina Crew Realty of Keller Williams Winston-Salem you can be at ease knowing we have done this many times!

Each and every transaction is different and comes with its own challenges. Nonetheless, we are well equipped to overcome any speed bumps and make your purchase as seamless as possible. Let our experience and knowledge work for you. In the world of real estate, there are agents, and then there are Carolina Crew Realty agents.

Learn More:

Searching for a home in today’s online environment can be very confusing and overwhelming. There is a ton of Winston-Salem home search websites available, but not all are created equal. Most scrub public record, tax cards, and other user created sites to get as much data as possible. The accuracy of the data is not the concern of most home search websites. If you are looking for the most accurate Winston-Salem home search that is reflective of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), then you should search Carolina Crew Realty’s website. 

The Carolina Crew Realty’s website is loaded with accurate up to date information from the Winston-Salem Multiple Listing Service (Triad MLS). Here you can search by map, sort by foreclosures, price, acres, age, schools, neighborhoods and more. The information found on this website is your most reliable and accurate source for property for sale in the Winston-Salem and surrounding areas.

Get local stats as well on any area or zip code in the Triad. Information like schools, sales trends, community information and more are at your fingertips. Check out the Carolina Crew Realty’s Market Insider reports.

About Home Financing in Winston-Salem

Finding a home is all the fun! However, financing a home in this market is a bit less enjoyable. Fortunately, the team members of Carolina Crew Realty are trained to know a little bit about all kinds of loans. Therefore, when you look at a home for sale in Winston Salem or the surrounding areas we can tell you what kind of expectations you should have for that home. For example we know the USDA 100% financing loan and what areas qualify. Likewise, we know that if you are getting an FHA loan the kinds of repairs that need to be fixed before it is appraised. Our agents attend the homes inspections for all our properties so we know what red flags to keep an eye out for as we view the home. Likewise, we know what a radon mitigation system looks like and what it does. Different loans are designed to help buyers of all kinds with different types of purchases. Therefore, we strive to stay familiar with the lending marketplace and the different products that are available to our clients.

Types of loans:

  1. FHA

  2. VA

  3. USDA

  4. Conventional

FHA loans are one of the most popular in the lending business right now simply because the rates are low and the downpayment in minimal. Most buyers can put down 3.5% and aside from a 100% loan (rare) this is the least amount out of pocket for a home buyer. Typically you can expect to pay more out of pocket with inspections, closing costs, etc. However, in a buyer’s market sellers are often asked to contribute “seller paid closing costs” that can help offset the other costs.

VA loans are one of the few loans that allow for 100% financing. However, in order to qualify you have to be a veteran or currently serving in the US military. Likewise, you only get one loan through the VA so you can only have one loan like this at a time.

USDA loans are also 100% financing, but only certain homes are eligible. The home must be located is a USDA eligibility area. The USDA website has an address finder that will tell you if the property is in an eligible area. Typically these areas are rural. Forsyth county has a few areas that qualify. All of Kernersville and the areas near the county line are usually a good bet.

Conventional loans are the easiest in terms of “speed bumps.” A conventional loan usually has no required inspections and the applicant is less scrutinized. However, the down payment with a conventional loan is higher. Most of the time a buyer can expect to put down a minimum of 5% if they want to get a conventional loan. Likewise, you may expect a slightly higher rate but it will be very competitive.

Cash is king. If you are paying cash for a home then you have a lot more leverage with negotiations that anyone getting a loan. Cash can be several different things as well. If you are getting an equity loan from an existing property that can be treated as cash. Likewise, if you are pulling funds from a retirement account that also is a cash purchase. Often people think that paying cash means you have a large bank account that you can just write a check. While that can be the case it is more often a retirement account, equity line, or even a personal loan that is given to you for discretionary purposes.

Rehab or rehabilitation loans are highly sought after and rare. Nonetheless they are available. These types of loans fall into one of two categories. One, you are a flipper and want a loan to purchase, remodel, and then sell the house for profit. These loans are usually treated as a commercial loan and can be found at local banks for even some credit unions. Larger banks do not have a lot to offer in this area. Two, you are wanting to buy the home to live in as your primary residence and it needs repairs before you can move into the home. There are only a few options in this category as well. Most notable are the 203K and the Fannie Mae Home Style loan. There are others but these are the most popular.

Constructions loans or sometimes called construction to perm (construction to be switched to permanent financing once the house is complete) vary widely from lender to lender. Some builders have their own preferred lenders that can offer a streamlined process and often some incentives. These vary depending on the type of construction, the builder, and the lender. Some require a Hefty downpayment to get build started and draws are made through the process until the home is complete. Others, (typically production builders) will allow a typical FHA type of loan and they will build it with your commitment (and some money down) that you will buy it once the home is finished.

Land heavy loans also are a varied and difficult product to obtain. If you are buying raw land you can expect to put around 20% down, you may find it as low as 15%. If you are buying a home that has more value in the land (i.e. lots of acreage) then you can find programs that will do 5-10% down. This usually requires a unique lender that is accustomed to land properties and is familiar with rural purchases.


Making an Offer on a House

When you find that perfect house the next logical step is to make an offer to purchase. The process of making an offer can greatly vary from house to house. However, some of the basics are always the same.

Some offers can be presented verbally (but not all agents like to do that). Therefore, most require a lot of paperwork. If you are buying a foreclosure or short sale they come with a bunch more disclosures and disclaimers.

The good news is that with modern technology the paperwork is pretty quick. Things to be discussed when making an offer include closing costs, home warranty, due diligence period, settlement date, due diligence fee, earnest money, personal property, and of course offer price.

Offer Price: The obvious topic is the offering price. However, the price can be the product of other items. For example, if you need seller paid closing costs (to keep out of pocket expenses low) then your price may need to be a bit higher. If you need no closing costs, home warranty, or other seller concessions then your price can be lower.

Home Warranty: If you are a first time buyer and you are buying a home with a little age, then you may want to request a home warranty. It is a value of $350-500 but can help you offset an expected expense down the road for perhaps an air conditioner repair.

 Due Diligence: The due diligence period is the time you are “buying” for your inspections. There is usually a due diligence fee that is non-refundable. In a buyers market this fee is usually nominal rarely more than a couple of hundred dollars. Then during the due diligence period you get the right to do any and all inspections to determine if the house is in a condition that you want to move forward to with the purchase. Likewise, during this period you can walk away for any or no reason at all and get your earnest money back.

Earnest Money Deposit: The earnest money deposit is money you put down that is credited back to you at the closing table. If you cancel the contract during the due diligence period your earnest money is returned to you. The amount of earnest money is completely negotiable but on many homes will not exceed $1000 and is often around $500.

Closing Costs: If you are in need of or request seller paid closing costs it is a good idea to consult with your lender prior to making an offer. They can take the specifics of the property and offer amount and tell you approximately what you need to request in seller paid closing costs. This way you get the most amount possible without leaving money on the table that could be negotiated off the purchase price. A good rule of thumb is about 3-3.5% of the purchase price.

Personal Property: There may be specific items in the house that are not attached or otherwise fixed to the real estate. Therefore, you may want to include them in your offer to be left with the house. If you are getting a loan you do not want to put a lot of personal property on the contract. Typically multiple personal items are done with a bill of sale outside of the contract. Customary personal items that you may want written in the contract include the refrigerator, free standing oven, and maybe a microwave. Much more than those items and you will want to create a bill of sale that is contingent upon the successful close of the real estate purchase.

Settlement Date: The settlement date is also called the closing date. If you are getting a loan you will typically need a minimum of thirty days to close. If you are getting a unique loan like a rehab or USDA, or even VA you will want to allow longer. Usually 45 days from the offer being accepted to closing date. If you are paying cash you can often close in about two weeks or less, assuming the seller can be ready that fast.

Understanding Inspections

When it comes to buying a home we at Carolina Crew Realty are a huge proponent of inspections. Every home is different and built to different qualities. No matter if you buying a new construction home in a Winston-Salem suburb or a century old property in downtown we highly recommend inspections. Inspections come in all forms and types. The most common types of inspections include:

  1. Termite Inspection

  2. Radon Inspection

  3. Survey

  4. Septic Inspection

  5. Water Inspection

  6. Well Inspection

  7. Structural Inspection

  8. -Home Inspection

Home Inspection: This inspection is the core of the inspection array. In this case a licensed home inspector looks at all of the major components of the house including but not limited to: plumbing, electrical, roof, and safety items. This is inspection is broad and very general in nature but if an issues is suspected or discovered a specialist can be brought in for further analysis. The cost of this inspection can vary from $300-750 depending on the size of the home and whom you hire to conduct the inspection.

Termite Inspection: This one is always encouraged as it is inexpensive and can identify potential costly issues down the road. A termite inspection is usually well under $100 and while it is a basic inspection it can save a lot of time and money down the road. If you are a buyer and find termites in the house before you buy it then typically the sellers are forced to treat it since it becomes a material fact they must disclose to any future buyers. This one is well worth the money and highly recommended.

Radon Inspection: Radon is a tasteless, colorless, radioactive gas emitted from the decomposition of granite in the soil. It has serious health implications and has been linked to cases of lung cancer. It is a naturally occurring gas, but in some cases it can build up to unusually high levels in home. Especially in new homes where energy efficiency is a concern. In many cases tighter envelopes of new energy efficient homes can create higher levels of radon. Any home can have a higher level of radon than the EPA recommended level of 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L. The remedy to high levels of radon is called a mitigation system. This system is essentially a system of fans and vents to expel any gases that are being emitted in the crawl space or under the slab of a home.  Each home is different, and one home may have a high level of radon and the houses next to it may not. This test is usually around $100 and can be done by your home inspector or in some cases your pest control company.

 Survey: A survey is always recommended since it is the only true way of knowing where your property lines are located. This way you can determine if the neighbors fence or building is encroaching onto your property. Then the seller can address any issues of boundary disputes before you close. This one is often expensive though depending on the side of the lot for the property you are buying. Again a survey is the only way to know exactly where your boundary lines are located as well as the exact size of the lot.

 Septic Inspection: This is often required by the lender if you are getting an FHA loan and the home is on a septic system (not on public sewer). The process of a septic inspection is finding and digging up the septic tank to inspect for any physical damage. Likewise, they run water through it to make sure it is all running as it should. Most buyers will opt to have the tank pumped while this is being done just because they tank is already open.

 Water Inspection: Getting a water inspection is a good idea if you are purchasing a property with a well. Since well water comes straight from the ground and never passes through a testing station. Often a well that has been sitting and not in operation for a while will need to be treated. This is an inexpensive test that will set you back about $45-65 depending on how many tests you have run.

 Well Inspection: Most people get the well and water test confused. The well inspection is often done by a home inspector. However, a well company is your best bet when getting a well inspection done. They can inspect for various items including well pressure. Depending on the inspector they may also do a water test and they can treat a well if it is required.

 Structural Inspection: This is often needed if the home inspector noted something that would require a licensed structural engineer to evaluate. Homes tend to settle over time and foundations and walls can shift. If this has occurred and it is observed by the buyer, agent, or home inspector they will suggest further evaluation. The structural inspector can usually prescribe a solution to stabilize the situation.


The Closing Process

Closing is a the day that everything culminates. The closing attorney, buyer, and seller all come together to finalize the sale. On this day the deed of the property actually changes hands. Here is what you can expect:

The closer: In North Carolina we are an attorney state and they typically preform the physical act of the real estate closing. A title company preforms a real estate closing in many other states. While, a title company can also do them in NC, in our experience it is always best to use an attorney.

The HUD-1: On the day of closing buyer and seller sign the HUD-1 closing statement, often referred to as “the HUD.” The HUD is a line item break down of all expenses from both the seller and the buyer. It shows invoices for inspections that need to be paid, the seller’s payoff information, prorated taxes, insurance costs, commissions, attorney fees, and more.

The Parties: The buyer is almost always at the closing table with the exception of a cash purchase. If the buyers are paying cash and do not wish to attend closing they can sign a copy of the HUD-1 and it can be faxed or emailed to the closing attorney. Otherwise, the buyer must always be at the closing in order to sign all of the loan documents. In some cases the loan officer may also show up at closing, otherwise, the closing attorney goes over all of the buyer’s loan documents. The buyer’s real estate agent is usually present. The sellers of the home may or may not come. They can do their part through the mail or at an earlier time. If the buyer has a spouse they will often need to be at closing also even if they are not on the loan.

What to bring: Buyers need to bring a copy of their driver’s license and if they are bringing money to the closing it needs to be wired to the attorney’s account. In some cases they will accept a certified bank check but most are requiring a wire transfer. Likewise, if the buyer is married the spouse will need to come to the closing even if they are not on the loan. The earnest money should also be brought to the closing but this is the charge of the listing agent.

Once all parties have signed the HUD-1 closing statement and the new deed is recorded at the Register of Deeds in the county that the property is located, the sale is complete. Keys can be given to the buyer and monies distributed to their respective parties. Keep in mind that in NC “closing constitutes acceptance.” Translated that means that once you have closed on the home you have it as-is and you cannot go back to the sellers for anything. The only acceptation would be if the seller was willingly deceitful about something in which case you can seek legal council, but keep in mind closing constitutes acceptance of the home and property. This is another reason why a final walk through prior to closing is a good practice.


The Carolina Crew of Keller Williams Winston-Salem

June 29th, 2015

Carolina Crew Realty (The Carolina Crew, Inc.) and Keller Williams Realty Winston-Salem have joined forces to make the most comprehensive and knowledgeable real estate entity in the entire NC Triad area of North Carolina. The Carolina Crew of Keller Williams Winston-Salem is lead by founder Kristen Bodford who has an extensive knowledge base that could only be developed with over more than a decade of experience and problem solving. Having helped countless residents buy, sell, and invest in real property there are few situations that we cannot defuse, handle, and otherwise resolve. Business partner and brother, Stephen Long brings an equally impressive career having served as President of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS (WSRAR), founder of the North Carolina Association of REALTORS’s (NCAR) and the WSRAR’s Young Professional Networks. Coupled with a vast resume filled with leadership and service he also brings cutting edge technology and marketing to the Carolina Crew Realty group.

 Owners Kristen and Stephen have built a strong foundation for Carolina Crew Realty and combined with the strength and leverage of the largest real estate franchise in the country, Keller Williams Realty. The tools, systems, and technology that exists at this company is years ahead of the competition. Therefore, our clients get the best communication, knowledge, and local expertise that can be found nowhere else in the Winston-Salem area.
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High Rock Lake Things to Do

June 28th, 2015

High Rock Lake is the second largest lake in North Carolina. This fun filled reservoir has a lot to offer anyone. This guide is for all lake visitors from those with their own lake house on High Rock or just a weekend visitor. This post will discuss the public access areas on High Rock Lake, the towns around the lake, and highlights the High Rock Lake things to do for everyone. The lake was created in the 1920’s when Alcoa built a dam on the Yadkin River to create a power producing source for the aluminum smelting operation located in Badin, NC. They still manage the approximately 15,180-acre lake today as well as the public access areas around the lake.

The Davidson County side of High Rock Lake offers four public access areas. The access areas are private property owned and maintained by Aloca Power Generating, Inc. If you want to be on the lake then you have several options:

  • Southmont Abbotts Creek Boat and Fishing Access
  • Buddle Creek Boat and Fishing Access
  • Flat Swamp Public Access-Pebble Beach
  • Flat Swamp Boating Access

The Southmont Abbotts Creek Boat and Fishing Access area is one of the largest boating access points on the lake. It has several boat ramps, loads of parking, picnic tables, bank fishing areas, and even handicapped access area. This is the weigh-in site when the lake hosts any kind of large fishing tournament like the Bass Masters tour. If you want to gain access to the largest part of the lake you can put your boat in at the Southmont Access and cruise all day. The Abbotts Creek section of the lake may be hard to access from this launch since the Hwy 8 bridge is low and if water levels are high you will not fit under.High Rock Lake Real Estate

The Buddle Creak Boat and Fishing area provides a similar experience as the Southmont Abbotts Creek Boat and Fishing Access area. Located on the other side of the Hwy 8 bridge, this is the best place to access all of the Abbotts Creek section of High Rock Lake. This access point provides boat ramps, parking, some great bank fishing, a dedicated swimming area, picnic tables, and dock. The parking here can become crowded on a busy weekend. The swimming area is large, roped off, and has a nice beach. Likewise, there is a large stretch of shoreline here for bank fishing. Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty.

Flat Swamp Public Access (Pebble Beach) and the Flat Swamp Boating Access area are located at the same spot on the lake. Here you will find boat ramps, boat docks, parking, bank fishing, picnic tables, and swimming area. This area is also popular during the busy season. The swimming area here is also very nice. There is a large beach area with roped off swimming are to protect swimmers from passing boats. The bank fishing area here can become crowded on a weekend or holiday.

If you are planning to use the public swimming areas on High Rock Lake then you need to be aware of a few regulations:

  • There are no lifeguards on duty so swim at your own risk
  • You should only swim in the designated swim area (you can swim anywhere in the lake, but you should have a boat, buoy, or something to alert boaters of your location)
  • Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • No watercraft of any kind in the swimming areas (kayaks and canoes included)
  • No fishing in the swimming areas
  • No pets allowed in the swimming areas

Likewise, if you are using any of the Alcoa public access areas there are some standing rules:

  • There are no alcoholic beverages allowed in the public access areas (the lake is also patrolled by local sheriffs and wildlife officers so do not get caught drinking and driving a boat!)
  • No camping is allowed at these sites (there are some privately owned campgrounds around the lake that you can stay at)
  • No firearms or weapons
  • No open fires
  • No disorderly conduct

Again the local law enforcement and NC Wildlife enforcement offers patrol the lake and all the public access areas throughout the year. Other things to consider when visiting High Rock Lake include: an NC fishing license (out of state visitors can buy a temporary permit), life jackets (every boat must have enough for each person on the boat), supplies (get plenty of food, drink, and sunscreen as the nearest large retail stores are about twenty minutes from the lake).

Navigating around the lake can be cumbersome as well. The “main road” at High Rock Lake is NC Hwy 8 that runs through the middle part of the lake. All of the public access points are on or just a short drive from this main road. While Lexington is the official address of most of the property on the Davidson County side of the lake you will see Southmont more often in the lake area. Southmont is a small township that is located at the core of the lake area. The only other city on the lake in Davidson county is Denton. The small town of Denton does offer a few restaurants and some shopping. The Classic Restaurant in Denton is a must visit for a wonderful home cooked buffet meal (take cash or check, they do not take cards).

If you are planning a visit to High Rock lake you can rest assured you will have a great experience. High Rock Lake has things to do for everyone! Likewise, you cannot see it all in one visit. With 365 miles of shoreline and over 15,000 acres to explore you will need to come back again and again.

If you love the lake so much that you might want to consider a High Rock Lake real estate purchase either for a second home or maybe a full-time dwelling then The Carolina Crew, Inc. of Keller Williams Realty can help. We can show you any home listed with any company anywhere on the lake. Likewise, our intricate knowledge of the lake can be used to guide you in your purchase process. In the meantime browse all High Rock Lake homes for sale and learn more about the lake.

Here is a map of High Rock Lake with some fishing hot spots and access areas:

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SOLD! 197 Longwood Dr Open House

June 24th, 2015

Another home listed and SOLD by The Carolina Crew, Inc. of Keller Williams Realty Winston-Salem!

197 Longwood Dr Open House

197 Longwood Dr Open House

197 Longwood Dr will be having and Open House and The Carolina Crew and Keller Williams is proud to host a street-wide Open House for all full-service listings on Longwood Dr; this will include 197 Longwood Dr and 153 Longwood Dr (listed by Libba Kennedy with Coldwell Banker Triad Realtors). Feel free to stop by on Saturday, June 27th from 1:00-3:00p for snacks and drinks poolside as you visit these wonderful aggressively priced listings in Advance North Carolina.

197 Longwood Dr Pool

197 Longwood Dr Pool

197 Longwood Drive is partially fronted with brick to accentuate the rocking chair front porch that looks over the flat grassy yard. As you come in the front door you will be greeted by living room complete with gas burning fireplace. As you wind around you will see the open dining room and updated kitchen. A formal dining room is also to the left of the front door. 197 Longwood features three bedrooms on the upper level. The large master bath is complete with double sinks and a garden tub. The basement is half finished for the best of both worlds and walks out under the deck to the firepit. The deck on 197 Longwood Drive is off the dining area and overlooks the saltwater pool. What a great place to cool off this summer! Saltwater pools are typically cheaper and easier to maintain. Saltwater pools also use less chemicals and is gentler on your hair and skin than traditional chlorinated pools. To experience all the wonderful features of this home you’ll have to see it for yourself this Saturday! The Carolina Crew looks forward to seeing you this Saturday (06/27/15) from 1:00-3:00p at 197 Longwood Dr and 153 Longwood Dr for snacks and drinks while you check out these wonderful homes.


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