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Tuesday, November 12, 2019   /   by Ashley Lay

10 Apps for New Homeowners

Top 10 Apps for New Homeowners



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Congrats! Your a new homeowner! Whether it's your first house or your 3rd new-to-you house, these helpful and dare we say… fun apps will help you get the most of your big purchase! All of these apps were respectfully rated in the App Store and have some glowing reviews. We are confident that you’ll be downloading a few of these. 


For the Techy

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Sonos Controller - Who doesn’t love a good jam session to celebrate your new place?! With the Sonos Controller you can control different songs in different rooms! The app controls each Sonos speaker in your house giving each room a different vibe. 


Alexa… Hey Siri… Hey Google - This is for the person who’s best friend is a voice activated machine. Whether you’re hollering Alexa, Siri, or Hey Google, any of these brands make great Smart Home devices. Apple is more con ...

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019   /   by Ashley Lay

This Land

Songs have been written about it, memories are made every day on it. North Carolina red dirt. There something inherently special about the land down here. Space to call your own. Area to explore, settle, and grow on. We understand the dreams of first-time home buyers to luxury buyers and somewhere in between those two areas is: YOU. Someone who has a larger dream of not just buying a house someone else lived in, but building your own home. At Ashley Lay Real Estate, we have you covered there as well. We currently have multiple land plots for sale to which you can begin acting on your dreams! We also have some trusted friends that want to help you realize your dreams, maybe before you thought it would be possible!





We pride ourselves on being your Realtors for life. That is seen through us making sure you have trusted resources and REAL people to work with every step of the way! Meet First National Bank’s Debbie Overby. She and her team at First National have some ...

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Monday, October 14, 2019   /   by Ashley Lay

You Should Meet David Nishan

Meet David Nishan: loan officer, banker, and one of Ashley Lay Real Estate's preferred lenders!  You’ve probably seen him on our “Partners” page or even worked with him in the past. One of our favorite lenders is a part of Residential Mortgage Services.
David spends almost equal time in Winston and Greensboro but works from his home base office in Greensboro with his five-member team. Their motto “ensuring confidence every step of the way,” continues to ring true: this local lender ensures your home loan is painless and the best deal around, while personally walking you through the process with expert knowledge.



Although they utilize several loans types, Nishan’s team specializes in structured loans.  While big banks spit out pre-qualification letters from across state lines filled with empty promises, David and his team take time to individually work with each applicant, personally helping rebuild credit and cho ...

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Monday, September 30, 2019   /   by Ashley Lay

Why Your Kids Don't Love Bugs and What You Can Do About It

Remember the days when you’d play outside in the dirt, barefoot in the grass, climbing the neighbor’s crab apple tree from sunup to sundown?  Coming home with dirt under your fingernails, a fresh tan line and a skinned knee always promised a fulfilled day. It seems fewer kids know that feeling today. That's why Take a Child Outside exists.

Why Head Outdoors?
While it seems that kids “nowadays” are parked on the couch in front of a screen the majority of the time, that’s not necessarily the case.  Often, instead of being linked to technology, the amount of time children spend outdoors is directly linked to their caretakers. The more time parents spend outside, the more time kids spend exploring and cultivating a deeper appreciation for nature.
This learning process begins at a very young age.  Kids as young as 11 or 12 already have their view of “nature” pretty set in stone–good or bad.  It’s importan ...

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019   /   by Ashley Lay

Five Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value Before You Sell

Five Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value Before You Sell



Looking to sell your home? Not so fast! While Ashley Lay Real Estate CAN’T WAIT to list your property, we also want to make sure you receive the biggest return possible on your investment.  So, before you put your home on the market, here are some tips to consider to help increase the value.
1. Make your home feel pretty—oh, so pretty!
Curb appeal is essential when it comes to selling a home in a highly competitive market.  Your property needs to look inviting from the outside in order to draw buyers in. We recommend investing in professional landscaping services if you don’t have a green thumb, yourself.  If you can’t, simply planting a few flowers and keeping the yard well-mowed should suffice. Have the home and driveway pressure washed for maximum vibrancy.
After you’ve tackled your home’s exterior, the best places to upgrade and update are the kitchen and ...

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