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    Sunday, July 02, 2017   /   by Patricia Gillespie

    5 Simple Things You Can Do to Stage Your Home on a Budget

    Staging your home can help it to sell faster and increase the selling price. Staging will highlight all your home's best features and make it look great.

    Though staging your home can increase your profits, it can also cost thousands of dollars, and you may not have the budget for that before you sell your house. You can still stage your home on a smaller level without spending a fortune. Here are five simple things you can do to stage your home on a budget:

    Clean Everything

    Think about how your house looks when you haven't cleaned it in a few weeks. Cluttered, dirty, and in disrepair. Now think about how it looks after you clean it. You feel like you're in a whole new space.

    When you clean your whole home, it can make it look newer, in better condition, and more inviting. You may not need new windows; you may just need to clean them. You may not need to refinish your floors; you may just need to remove the buildup of grime. Your tiles may look brand new once y ...

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    Sunday, July 02, 2017   /   by Patricia Gillespie

    The Hottest Neighborhoods to Look for a Home in Durham

    Durham is an exciting place to be right now. Downtown has seen a renaissance in recent years as old tobacco warehouses have gotten designer makeovers, a thriving local food scene has blossomed, and entrepreneurs have set up headquarters in trendy communal spaces. More people are buying houses in Durham to be a part of the young, hip scene, to start families, or to pursue job opportunities at one of the many major companies in the area.

    Real estate in Durham is as diverse as the people who live in it. Some neighborhoods are in hot demand right now, representing the best opportunities for real estate investing. Here are the hottest neighborhoods to look for a home in Durham right now:


    Woodcroft is nestled between Fayetteville Road and N.C. 751 where they meet Highway 54. The neighborhood is a two-minute drive from Southpoint Mall and dozens of other shops, restaurants and professional services. Yet the neighborhood is tucked aw ...

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    Saturday, July 01, 2017   /   by Patricia Gillespie

    Top 10 Places to Eat Local Cuisine in Durham

    Durham has been receiving a lot of accolades in recent years because of its local food scene. Even national publications like The New York Times have recognized Durham for becoming a foodie haven.  Now that tobacco is no longer a primary crop in North Carolina, some of those tobacco fields have been converted to grow other crops. It creates a steady supply for local restaurants. If you own a home in Durham, you're lucky to have dozens of options for delicious, locally sourced food within a short driving distance.
    Here are the top 10 places to eat local cuisine in Durham:

    Bull City Burger and Brewery
    107 East Parrish Street
    Durham, NC 27701
    (919) 680-2333

    Enjoy a burger the way it was meant to taste. All the beef here is from local farms that raise their cattle on open pasture and do not treat them with growth hormones.  You can get a burger any way you like it so long as the ingredients are in season. In ...

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    Sunday, October 02, 2016   /   by Patricia Gillespie

    5 of the Best Coffee Shops in Durham

    Durham's local food scene has been exploding in recent years, including everything from delicious burgers to gourmet donuts. Everyone likes their Cup of Joe in the morning, and Durham has risen to the challenge by opening up some of the best coffee shops in the Triangle.

    Since Durham has so much to offer in the way of coffee shops, it can be hard to choose. We've rounded up the very best coffee shops in the Bull City to let you know where to start. Here are the top 5 coffee shops that you have to try in Durham:


    Cocoa Cinnamon

    420 West Geer Street

    Durham, NC 27701







    This popular Durham coffee shop started as a mobile business known as bikeCoffee, which would appear at the Durham Farmer's Market each week. Since the business opened up a storefront under the new name, local residents haven't be ...

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