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EcoUpdate: An ENERGY STAR qualified light [bulb or fixture] prevents more than 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime, the equivalent of keeping nearly 200 pounds of coal from being burned. (Energy Star 2008)

Potty Training 101! Number 1 or Number 2? DIY HydroRight Dual Flush Converter for less than $30

heading out in a few to show an awesome property in The Sanctuary… here’s a peek:

YOU COULD RECEIVE $23,000 to buy this home!*

400 North Ridge Avenue, Kannaplois, North Carolina is a longtime family home new to the market.  It’s priced well below tax value for quick sale!

This home is approximately 1500 square feet and has updates including newer roof, newer kitchen, central heating and air conditioning. Imagine working in the Full Basement with Wired Workshop with ample Storage, and sharing meals and making memories in the Large Eat-In Kitchen with Breakfast Island, Wrap-around Deck entered from both the Utility/Mudroom and Master Bedroom, En Suite 3rd Bedroom w/Shower Bath, Formal Living Room with fireplace and Dining Room.  With Hardwoods throughout under the carpet, buyers can further update with your preferences. Sold As-Is.

Walk to BioTech Campus, Close to Highway 85, and moments away from shopping, dining, and entertainment.

This home qualifies for the Renovation Loan— receive up to $11,000 @closing to update with great 30 year fixed rates!  With Buyer Incentives from the seller and the government, as well as a special offering if you use me as your buyer’s agent, YOU COULD RECEIVE $23,000 to buy this home!*  

Buyers who are under contract by February 28, 2010, with me as Exclusive Buyer’s Agent may qualify for Peters & Associates, Inc., Cash Back @Closing Buyers Rebate Program* which can provide significant cash savings to you.  This Cash Back is reflected on the HUD Statement and can save you a considerable amount of closing costs toward items such as Legal fees, Disbursements, Property Tax, Title Insurance, Moving costs and others where applicable.

 While you wait for the Government’s Tax Credit, please accept the limited time offer of 33% Cash Back @Closing in appreciation of your business.  I hope it encourages you to work with me soon.

To calculate the potential cash back, multiply the Sales Price by 3% (where the Seller’s Agent pays the Buyer’s Agent 3% commission of the Selling price) and that subtotal by 33% for my Cash Back Buyer Rebate contribution on your behalf. 

EX: $110,000 sales price x .03 (Firm’s Buyer’s Agent Split of 3%) = $3300 x .33 = $1089 CASH Back Rebate amount.  This would be guaranteed up front in writing for you as part of my Buyer Agency Agreement with you.

I take pride in providing you the best possible real estate experience bringing my expertise and customer service to the transaction, & now you can saving money, too.

Contact me now and let’s discuss your next move! 

At your service,

Chrystal Safari

*$23,000 includes these items up to amounts given: Seller Paid Closing Costs of
$3,300, Cash Back @Closing Buyer’s Incentive of $1,089 (above), Rehab Loan Amount $11,000, & Tax Credit of $8,000 (expires April 30, 2010).  Restrictions apply.  Call for complete details.

Offering subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. 


Jacksonville invention keeps eye on vacant property

Jacksonville Business Journal’s staff writer, Christian Conte, reports that a local business owner has an invention for our times: a monitor for foreclosed homes and other vacant properties that will do the job for a fraction of the cost of personal monitoring.

Rich Rollins’ worldwide patent-protected REO Sentinel is a battery-powered device about the size of a smoke detector that can detect water leaks, gas leaks, power outages and takes motion-triggered photographs when a property is entered. The idea is to stop property damage by accident, neglect or by vandals, homeless squatters, gang activity and illicit drug labs. It will be marketed and sold nationwide by a subsidiary of Rollins’ Infusion Technologies, he said.

The REO Sentinel has the potential to save property holders thousands of dollars in damages as well as time and money from having someone monitor the property in person, Rollins said. The device can be monitored on the Internet.

“It’s big for us and it’s big for Jacksonville,” Rollins said.

Designed specifically for residential properties, Rollins said he got the idea for the device when he was approached two years ago by a property inspection and preservation company to develop the device.

Watson Realty Corp. Vice President and Broker Manager Paula Silberberg said that while she would still monitor real-estate-owned, or lender-owned, properties in person, a device such as the REO Sentinel has the potential to help slow a growing problem in the industry.

“I think it’s a very interesting product,” Silberberg said.

Rollins, a resident of Jacksonville since 1996, has invented several products and services for the real estate and mortgage industries, including a bill presentation and payment solution that eventually sold to Fidelity National Financial Inc. (NYSE: FNF). Rollins also owns National Quick Sale, a Web-based company that offers resources to reduce short-sale processing time from 60 days to within a week to 10 days.

When the pilot program for the REO Sentinel is complete, Rollins said he’ll start selling the service, and already has a list of consumers waiting to buy it. He expects to earn $100 million or more in the next 12 months and to add 20 employees to his 90-person staff in Jacksonville and other cities around the nation.

Consumers will be able to lease the REO Sentinel for a $125 installation fee and a monitoring fee of $25 to $39 per month. Rollins expects to sell the service for use in about one-quarter of the estimated 1 million real-estate-owned properties on the market in the United States. The device is removable and can be relocated to different homes.

Another version of the product, OnGuard Sentinel, will be sold to homeowners for use at vacation or second homes. A third version will be sold to construction companies for use at construction sites. Those two products will likely be released later this year or early next year.

In the meantime, Rollins said he is also negotiating with Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM) for a second pilot program for the REO Sentinel and is still refining the device itself so that services like mold detection can be added to what is monitored.

Real estate analyst Ray Rodriguez said there is a growing interest in monitoring real-estate-owned properties, but noted that for many companies, investing in new technologies is not a top priority right now.

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Chrystal Safari’s job? she gives great advice! She is a full-time real estate broker with Peters & Associates, a boutique firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializing in luxury homes from $700,000 and up, and is a MASTERS Designee specializing in New Construction, Finance, Marketing, Objection Handling, Relocation, and Technology. Visit for more information on luxury real estate, and Mark it your new Favorite!

N.C. foreclosures fall 42% in 1Q

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 9:48am EDT

According to data from RealtyTrac Inc., the state had 5,988 foreclosures in the latest quarter, with one in every 689 homeowners receiving a default notice, auction-sale notice or bank-repossession filing.  North Carolina ranked 36th in the nation for foreclosure filings in the latest quarter.  Nevada, Arizona and California posted the top foreclosure rates.  Foreclosure filings in North Carolina fell 40 percent in March from the same period last year. Filings were down 3 percent last month from February. 

Across the country, foreclosure filings rose 24 percent in the first quarter from a year ago. There were 803,489 foreclosure filings, which affected one in every 159 U.S. households. Filings rose 46 percent in March from a year ago and 17 percent from February. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac tracks default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions.

Its figures exceed those compiled by the N.C. Commissioner of Banks. The company counts every foreclosure filing, including multiple filings for a single household, while the commissioner counts each household only once, regardless of the number of filings it receives.

Rates are low, listings high, prices slashed.  Now is the time to make your move to buy low and sell high, when the market recovers.  Call me to discuss your big picture and for a full listing of foreclosed homes that meet your criteria.  704.562.1030/800.243.6670 x 110

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Living, playing, and working in south Charlotte for over 27 years, and with over 14 years experience in the real estate field as an investor and Luxury Home Specialist, I have the knowledge, experience and discretion you need to maximize your return on investment whether for your personal home, investment portfolio, or small business property.  Contact me at