Patio Parties

Summer is in full force and even into the Fall months, hosting parties outback or even just relaxing with the family is a very popular activity. You can't have guests over though if your outdoor space isn't in tip top shape! Here are some ideas on how to spice up your patio space.

  1. Benches: Adding some benches makes seating cozy and comfortable
  2. Fire Pit: Whether you plan on roasting smores or just staying warm on those cool summer nights, the sound of the crackling fire makes for a relaxing vibe. 
  3. Matching Furniture: Get rid of your "hodgepodge-y" chairs and get a patio set that really ties everything together.
  4. Hanging Beds: Balcony swings provide fun and relaxing seating that the kids are sure to love
  5. Lighting: The right lighting is important; consider stringing lights around your patio or placing gas lanterns out.
  6. Outdoor Counter: Serving food and drinks couldn't be easier that if you had this outdoor counter space to set everything up.
  7. Adjustable Fan: Just in case those summer days start to feel humid and sticky, install a fan to circulate the air and keep everyone cool.
  8. Poolside Table: Instead of running inside for snacks as you drip water all over the kitchen, set out food, drinks, towels, and music on your poolside table.
  9. Shade Trees: Bring in some nature with large trees to block out the sun if you are looking for something a little more different than the typical canopy.
  10. Citronella Candles: You can never have too many of these as we all know bugs, mosquitos, in particular, are the absolute works when you are trying to enjoy some time outside. 


Downtown Chowdown

Ready for some food and fun? Visit Downtown Cary this weekend, June 24th and 25th, for some fun activities to do with your family and friends. More details below; we hope you see you there!  

Celebrate Downtown Saturday!

The Town is celebrating the completion of the Academy Street renovation and Downtown Park with live music, street performers, food, and fun! A dedication ceremony and a fountain coin flip will take place in Downtown Park. The event concludes a concert by Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and a light show at the fountain! 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Academy St. between Chatham St. & Dry Ave., 

and Downtown Park

Join us along Academy Street at Cary's new Downtown Park for our food truck rodeo!  Your favorite food trucks, along with local beer and wine vendors, will line the street along with seating areas and music from local performers throughout the day.



Energy Saving = Cost Saving

As the brunt of the summer heat is just around the corner, I'm sure you are already preparing for those bills. There are a few tings you can do to keep the heat and their associated costs to a minimum. 

Instead of cranking that AC down to a cool 68º, try raising the temperature 3 or 4 degrees and switching on the fan. The circulating air will make you feel cooler without the stress of an expensive HVAC bill. Another thing you may want to look into is your windows. West-facing windows tend to be hotter; cover those with curtains and always make sure that are sealed properly as to not let in an excess amount of heat. 

Your appliances are also a major factor in heating up your house. Avoid using your oven, stove, or microwave as that not only cooks your food but cooks the inside of your home. If you need to prepare a meal, try and use the microwave as your first option; it uses the least amount of energy and heats things up faster!

Maybe you are taking some time off work or your guests just left after their week-long stay? Close off those unused rooms like extra bedrooms, in-home offices, or bonus rooms. If you close the vents as well as the doors, you're theoretically reducing the size of the space you're asking your HVAC unit to cool, in turn, saving you tons of money. 

If you're just looking for some general energy saving tips for year around, we've got those too!

  • Use dimmers on your lights
  • Invest in motion sensing lights - especially for outside
  • Switch out your light bulbs for LED bulbs (they're not all fluorescent anymore!)
  • Only do full loads of laundry - don't waste water or electricity washing only one dirty towel
  • Skip the dryer! Switch to the old-fashioned clothes line if you know it's going to be a gorgeous day outside


Staging Your Home to Sell

Preparing your home to sell is a crucial ingredient to selling quickly!  This preparation is known as “home staging” – making your home cleaner, brighter and less cluttered. 

First impressions count!  Here are some tips for a faster sale of your home.

  • Roll out the red carpet for potential home buyers.  Spruce up your entryways.  Welcome mats, planters filled with seasonal flowers, and clutter-free foyers and hallways set the stage.

  • Sell the space, not your stuff.  Remember that the goal of a successful showing is to make the prospect feel at home – like it is theirs, not yours. Less is more: open up your space so prospects can actually see what they are buying.

  • Paint & elbow grease work wonders.  Fresh paint and a thorough cleaning will give you the greatest “bang for your buck.”

  • Go with the flow.  Arrange furniture for easy traffic flow.  Consider placing a major piece of furniture at an angle.  Angles add interest.

  • See the light.  Move lamps to dark corners and open window treatments.  Brighter is better!

  • Go green.  Live plants can add decorative flair without spending a bundle.  Plants and cut flowers have a way of warming up a room.

  • Don’t forget the outdoors.  If you have a porch, deck or patio, clean the furniture and replace worn cushions.  Breath new life into your deck with a fresh finish.

  • Make the kitchen sparkle.  De-clutter the countertops by removing toasters, food processors, knife blocks and other non-decorative items. 

At Town & Country Realty, our Staging & Design Consultant, Sue Montpetit, is prepared to help you highlight the wonderful features of your home.

Open House

Visit our Luxury Open House this Sunday!


Bring Your Buyers, to 1905 Old London Way in Bishops Gate Subdivision, Cary, NC will be open to the public!  Check out to get a preview of this luxurious Home in a Prime Location. Stop by on Sunday, April 30th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and see this gorgeous home for yourself. $675,000, 5,176 Square Feet, 5bd/5ba.  Call Mike Montpetit at 919-614-9100 for a personal tour. 

Tips for Getting your Home ready to Sell

Selling Your Home in Cary, North Carolina? Do This First!


If you’re getting ready to list your home, you have to prepare the house to sell first. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a home seller is to leave your house unprepared for sale. Preparing your home entails cleaning it from top to bottom, clearing clutter, organizing personal belongings, and fixing any broken or damaged parts. You’ll also want to make sure any lawn space is mowed and the curb appeal is in tip top shape. Ready to dive into our seller-prep tips? Let’s get started.

1. Declutter

Did you know that decluttering your home can have a direct impact on the sale price? Studies have shown that a decluttered house actually gets you 3-5% more. That’s a big difference, especially considering the prices of Cary homes right now. To declutter your house, you’ll need bins or boxes to sort donation items, items that can go into storage, and items that you want to keep. You’ll also need trash bags to get rid of trash and to recycle and shred old paperwork you no longer need.

First, clean up any and all items littering the floor or that have been misplaced far from their rightful homes. Do all laundry and take out all existing trash. Then, go room by room and throw out easy things you know need to get tossed (expired medication, old soaps, and toiletries, excess papers). Donate any clothes with holes to stores that will upcycle them.

2. Clean

You may think you need to upgrade or remodel different parts of your home, but a deep clean may be all that you need. First, gather the basics: rubber gloves, microfiber cloths, Softscrub, a multi-surface cleaner, vacuum, mop, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, floor cleaner, tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and duster.

First, dust, mop, and vacuum the whole house. Then, go room by room and give every surface a deep scrub. You’ll want the place to be as clean as a five-star hotel room would be right before you come to stay.

3. Organize

All of your items should be organized in a neat, thoughtful way. You may think that storing boxes under the bed or shoving excess clothes into closet crevices will work but think again. One of the best things you can advertise to buyers is great closet and storage space. Any clothing or items that can’t be stored in drawers and out of sight should be donated or put into an exterior storage unit.

4. Quick Fixes/DIY Projects

You’ll need to mend any visible broken parts in your home. Is your light fixture cracked? Replace it. Grout stained black in the bathroom? Clean it.  A missing knob on the kitchen cabinets? Make sure to find a matching replacement. Make sure there are no visible cracks in the paint and holes in the walls. Go through the entire home and catalog any damages and whether or not you can fix them yourself.

5. Stage

Add pops of color with pillows and fresh cut flowers throughout the house. Use natural scents, like lemon or orange, to make your house smell amazing. Take away all personal touches and leave tasteful elements like a bowl of oranges in the kitchen, a book of art on the coffee table, and a vase of flowers in the entry way.

6. Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is one of the most important parts of your home selling prep because the front of your house is the first thing buyers see when they pull up! Use a pressure washer and power wash the driveway and exterior. Make sure all exterior lighting is functional, hedges are trimmed below the windows, and the lawn is mowed and green. 


Open House

Visit our Luxury Open House this Sunday! 


Bring Your Buyers, to 1905 Old London Way in Bishops Gate Subdivision, Cary, NC will be open to the public!  Check out to get a preview of this luxurious Home in a Prime Location. Stop by on Sunday, April 2nd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and see this gorgeous home for yourself. $685,000, 5,176 Square Feet, 5bd/5ba.  Call Mike Montpetit at 919-614-9100 for a personal tour. 

How Much Is My Home Worth in Cary, North Carolina

How Much is your home worth in Cary, North Carolina?  If you are planning on selling your home, that is a question you need answered.  As your Local Cary Real Estate Expert, I can help you to learn the answer to that question.  I will personally do the research on your behalf and provide you with a detailed Free Market Analysis.  Please feel free to take a few moments to complete the basic information below and I will go straight to work for you.  Or, if you prefer, please feel free to give me a call directly at (919) 303-9800.

See: Homes for Sale in Cary, North Carolina


Have You Ever Considered Purchasing a Home in Cary, North Carolina

Have you ever considered moving to beautiful Cary, North Carolina?  Cary is a desirable community & great location.  Cary, North Carolina boasts a variety of local landmarks, excellent schools, parks and much much more.  Take a look at some of the most popular searches in Cary, North Carolina and the surrounding areas.

See: Homes for Sale in Cary, North Carolina

Not quite the location that you are looking for?  That is okay.  Through my website you can search for the exact home you are looking for in the exact city, county or community you are looking for.  Search for your perfect home, in the perfect location by taking advantage of my Advanced Search tool built directly into this website.

Find Your Dream Home in Cary, North Carolina

There are so many different kinds of homes out there for families to choose from.  Do I want to live in Cary?  Or maybe you want to find a home in Cary.  How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?  Do you need a large back yard?  A small backyard?  Do I even need, or want, a yard at all?  Don’t even get me started on the front yard and curb appeal.  Hardwood floors, tile, carpet.  There are so many things to consider when looking for your dream home.  How, then, do you find the right home for you?

The answer is to put me to work for you.  That is what I do for my clients.  Completing my basic Dream Home Finder I can immediately go to work for you.  Of course you can take advantage of my Quick Search and my Advanced Search tools to surf through all the homes for sale in Cary, North Carolina or the surrounding areas.  By completing the Dream Home Finder, I can use additional resources at my disposal to locate homes for sale that may not be available in the public view.  In addition you are a busy individual and my passion is to work for you to find that dream home and schedule tours for you.  By working together as a team with your dreams and my resources, finding that dream home is only one tour away.  It is my passion to find you that one right tour.

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