Easter Egg Hunts in the Triangle Area!

 

Egg Hunts in the Triangle

Spring is here and Easter egg hunts are right around the corner.  Below is a list of fun Triangle events for children and their families. Many community hunts’ have age restrictions, so please check event details. 

Raleigh: Saturday, April 16th 11 a.m. Check your local community centers plus Brier Creek, Lake Johnson, Laurel Hills and Tarboro Road. For kids10 and younger. Call 831-6640 or click here for locations.

Raleigh: Saturday, April 23rd 10 a.m-1:30 p.m. At Moore Square Park, downtown Raleigh.   Raleigh’s biggest festival and egg hunt for kids of all ages.  For more information click here.

Cary: Saturday, April 16th 10:00 a.m. Kids ages 10 and under are invited to Cary’s Bond Park, 801 High House Road, for the 20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with morning and afternoon hunts. For more details, including a schedule of egg hunts, click here or call (919) 460-4965.

Apex: Saturday, April 16th 10 a.m. For ages 9 and under at the Apex Town Hall Campus. For more information, click here or call 919-249-3402. 

Fuquay-Varina: Saturday, April 16th 10 a.m. For ages 10 and under at South Park at 820 South Main Street. Over 12,000 candy filled eggs and several special eggs that can be exchanged for special prizes. For more information, click here or call 919-552-1430. 

Morrisville: Friday, April 22nd 10 a.m.at Cedar Fork District Park, off Aviation Parkway. The children will be divided by age, and there will different sections of the Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 3 – 10. For more information, click here.

Durham: Saturday, April 16th 10:00 a.m.- 2 p.m. Bethesda Park. For kids 12 and younger. Call 560-4355 or click here for details.

Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County: Saturday, April 16th 9:30 a.m. to noon.  At Homestead Park, Chapel Hill for kids ages 2 to 10. The spring festival includes an egg hunt at 10:30 a.m., entertainment, games and prizes. For more information, click here or call 968-2784.

Garner: Saturday, April 16th 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Join us for the annual Egg Hunt & Kite Fly at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road.  The egg hunt is scheduled at 11 a.m. for kids 8 and younger. Click here or call 772-4688 for details.

Wake Forest: Saturday, April 9th Egg hunts start at 10:30 a.m. depending on age.  At E. Carroll Joyner park at 701 Harris Road. The hunts start at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 and under; 11:30 a.m. for ages 4-6; 1:30 p.m. for ages 7-9; and 2:30 p.m. for ages 10-12. Click here or call 554-6180 for details.

Halloween Events & More!

Here are some not-to-miss Halloween events, contests and more!

Marbles Kids Museum Presents Not-So-Spooky Stories With Tarheel Tale Tellers, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Great Pumpkin Contest at the State Farmers Market, Oct. 7 (no time listed)

Darkside Haunted Estates Low Scare Night: Oct. 8-31 (select nights): 7 to 9 p.m. (Link takes a while to load.)

Marbles Kids Museum Family Fun Night Spooktacular: Oct. 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Town of Cary’s Spookywoods Haunted Adventure (for ages 12-17): Oct. 16, 4:30 to 11 p.m.

Haunted Twilight Tour of Downtown Cary (ages 13 and up): Oct. 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Durham Jaycees 38th Annual Haunted House Children’s Night: Oct. 24, 1 to 6 p.m.

Museum of Life and Science’s Spooky Saturday: Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children’s Pumpkin Carving at The Umstead Spa & Hotel: Oct. 24, 3 to 5 p.m.

New Hope Valley Railway Halloween Express Trains: Oct. 23 and 30, 4 to 8 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo: Oct. 23-24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reel-y Scary Movie at Koka Booth Amphitheater: Oct. 26-30, 7:30 p.m.

Scar-olina Skies at Morehead Planetarium: Oct. 29-30 at various times

Happy Halloween at Marbles Kids Museum: Oct. 29-31, all day

Town of Cary’s Tricks and Treats Halloween Bash: Oct. 30, 5 to 9 p.m.

Trick or Treat at Crabtree Valley Mall: Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

Safe ‘N Sane Halloween Celebration at Cary Towne Center Mall: Oct. 31, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Carowind’s Presents Howl-O-Fest’s Boo Blast Oct. 2-31 and Scarowind’s Halloween Haunt X now through Oct. 31

Independence Day Celebrations Across the Triangle!

Here are Independence Day Events for the Greater Raleigh Area!

Enjoy parades, music festivals, great food and fireworks all weekend long.

Apex: FREE Downtown Party & Parade 

Sat., July 3rd, Salem St., 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cary: FREE Fireworks, Concert & Celebration

Sun., July 4th, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Fireworks after dark

Sat., July 3rd, Olde Time Celebration, Bond Metro Park Waterfront, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Carrboro: FREE Games, Food & Entertainment

Sun., July 4th, Weaver St. Market, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Chapel Hill: FREE Fireworks, Music & Food

Sun., July 4th, UNC Kenan Stadium Concert, Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Clayton: FREE Fireworks, Music & Games

Sat., July 3rd, Municipal Park on Stallings St., Activities start at 4:00 p.m.

Durham: Fireworks & Music (Tickets required)

Sat., July3rd, Durham Bulls Ball Park, Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks after game

Fuquay-Varina: FREE Fireworks, Music & Carnival

Sat., July 3rd, South Park, Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks after dark

Garner: FREE Fireworks & Music

Sat., July 3rd, Lake Benson, Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Holly Springs: FREE Fireworks, Music & Activities for Kids

Mon., July 5th, Womble Park, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Morrisville: Pancake Breakfast (tickets required)

Sat., July 3rd, Morrisville Community Park, Pancake Breakfast 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Raleigh: FREE Fireworks, Music & Food

Sun., July 4th, NC Fairgrounds, Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Wake Forest: Fireworks, Music & Food ($5.00 fee)

Sat., July 3rd, Heritage High School, Gates open at 5:30p.m. Fireworks after dark

Mon., July 5th, Free Children’s Parade at 10:30 a.m. on North Main Street

Down Payment Help for First Time Home Buyers

Here is a list of lending resources for First Time Home Buyers who are seeking help with down payment and closing costs assistance. Be sure to read the details and consult with an experienced lender for eligibility requirements.  We listed our preferred lenders who service these types of programs below.  

North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA):  

  • Down payment and closing cost assistance up to $8,000.
  • $14,900 down payment and closing cost assistance for foreclosed homes.
  • Mortgage Credit Certificate – This federal tax credit can lower your income-tax liability, dollar-for-dollar, leaving you more money to use toward your mortgage.
  • A competitive interest rate mortgage

Good Neighbor Next Door Program from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development:  

  • Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and firefighters/emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. HUD offers a substantial incentive in the form of a discount of 50% from the list price of the home. In return you must commit to live in the property for 36 months as your sole residence.

USDA Loans – Rural Development: 

  • These are loans directly funded by the government for low and very low-income households.  Buyers may obtain 100% of the financing needed for purchasing a home in a rural area.  To find out if a home qualifies for USDA funding, check the address through the USDA eligibility system.

100% Financing: 

  • Check with local retail banks and credit unions too see if they offer any in-house or specialty products for First Time Home Buyers. 

Preferred Lenders who can help with the above programs:

Debbie Sheets (NCHFA and USDA qualified)
SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
Cell: 919-538-3101
Fax: 866-458-4942
Debbie.Sheets@suntrust.com
Apply online at: www.suntrustmortgage.com/dsheets

 

Marcus Bowman (Low Credit Financing Specialist)
Home Mortgage Consultant
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Office: 919.816.4815
Cell: 919.201.0460
Fax: 866.714.0845
Marcus.bowman@wellsfargo.com
Apply online at: www.marcusbowman.com
 

 

Carol Varsano (NCHFA and USDA qualified)
Home Mortgage Consultant
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Office: (919) 816-4824
Cell: (919) 454-4653
Fax: (866) 553-3372
Carol.Varsano@wellsfargo.com
Apply online at:
www.wfhm.com/wfhm/carol-varsano

 
Jennifer Dodson (100% financing CHIP program)
Mortgage Loan Officer
BB&T Mortgage
Fax: (919)319-4859
Office: (919)319-4862

 

Mark Wooten (NCHFA and USDA qualified)
SunTrust Certified Mortgage Planner
Office: 919-380-6766
Fax: 919-380-6465
Cell: 919-219-4321
Apply online:
www.suntrustmortgage.com/mwooten

2009 Triangle Holiday Happenings

Hello Friends,

The holiday season is now among us and the Triangle area has tons of fun events!  Below is a helpful list of city links to find out what’s happening in your area:

Christmas Parades:

Apex (Saturday, December 5 at 5:00 PM)

Cary (Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 PM)

Chapel Hill (Saturday, December 12 at 10:00 AM)

Durham (Saturday, December 5 at 4:00 PM)

Fuquay-Varina (Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 PM)

Garner (Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 AM)

Holly Springs (Saturday, December 12 at 11:00 AM)

Knightdale (Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 PM)

Rolesville (Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 PM)

Wake Forest (Saturday, December 12 at 1:00 PM)

Zebulon (Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 PM)

Holiday Events & Happenings:

Apex Christmas Nativity Christmas Celebration

AT&T Raleigh Winterfest

Cary: Heart of the Holidays Celebration

City of Raleigh – Numerous Holiday Events!!!

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

Holiday Festivities on Salem Street in Apex

Knightdale Christmas Tree Lighting

Light Up Main in Garner

Rolesville: The Lighting of the Town Christmas Tree

Zebulon: Children’s Gift Shop at Sycamore Crossing Gifts

Area Shopping Holiday Events:

Cary Towne Center

Christmas at North Hills

Crabtree Valley Mall

Streets at SouthPoint

Triangle Town Center

Volunteer Opportunities:

It’s never too late to start a new tradition. Here is a list of organizations looking for help this Holiday season.

Western Wake Crisis Ministry
Christmas Toy Program

Thank you cards for our Troops in Iraq
If you go to LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq.

Toys for Tots 2009
Supported by the U.S. Marines, this program collects new un-wrapped toys to distribute to needy children while bringing a message of hope.

Angel Tree Toy Program
A program developed to bring Christmas gifts to children whose parents are in prison.

NC Food Bank
No food donation is too small. Click on link above for more information.

And from all of us at Linda Trevor and Company, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

2009 Triangle Christmas & Holiday Events

The holiday season kicks off this Saturday, November 21 with the Raleigh Christmas Parade!!  And it doesn’t end there – in the next following weeks, there will be all kinds of fun holiday events happening around the Triangle.

Be sure to check out these helpful links:

City of Raleigh

North Hills Holiday Events

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Apex Christmas Parade & Holiday Events

Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade

City of Durham Holiday Parade

President Obama Signs Extended Tax Credit into Law

If you thought your time was running out to use the homebuyer tax credit, your luck just changed!  Today, President Obama signed the bill into law extending the $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit.  In addition, this new law now includes a $6500 tax credit for buyers who are current home owners and have lived in their home for five of the past eight years.

The National Association of REALTORS® has created a simple and helpful CHART that showcases the modifications – for more information, click here