Halloween Is A Scary Event, Take Every Chance, Lose Every Fear

Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have all evolved as symbols of Halloween. They are popular trick-or-treat costumes and decorations for greeting cards and windows.

Black is one of the traditional Halloween colors, probably because Halloween festivals and traditions took place at night. In the weeks before October 31, Americans decorate windows of houses and schools with silhouettes of witches and black cats. Pumpkins are also a symbol of Halloween.

The pumpkin is an orange-colored squash, and orange has become the other traditional Halloween color. Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a Halloween custom also dating back to Ireland. A legend grew up about a man named Jack who was so stingy that he was not allowed into heaven when he died, because he was a miser. He couldn't enter hell either because he had played jokes on the devil.

As a result, Jack had to walk the earth with his lantern until Judgment Day. The Irish people carved scary faces out of turnips, beets or potatoes representing "Jack of the Lantern," or jack-o'-lantern. When the Irish brought their customs to the United States, they carved faces on pumpkins because in the autumn they were more plentiful than turnips. Today jack-o'-lanterns in the windows of a house on Halloween night let costumed children know that there are goodies waiting if they knock and say "Trick or Treat!"

BUT THE HOUSING MARKET DOESN’T NEED TO BE SCARY  

Here are the steps of the home buying process for all you witches and ghouls out there!

Step 1: Are you ready?                                                                                                        

Think about what criteria you are looking for in a home.  Are you ready financially?

Step 2: Choosing a Realtor

Realtors are trained to have knowledge on the housing market and are there to have your best interest in mind. People who have realtors find that they have less stress which makes it easier for them to enjoy the process of purchasing a home.

Step 3: Get Loan Pre-Approval

Find a lender that you trust.  Lenders are able to give you financial advice and help you choose a loan that is the best fit for you.

Step 4: Looking at Homes

Realtors have access to the MLS which shows every house that is available on the market.  With your realtors help, you can see which homes are available on the market and also have access to viewing homes in person.  

Step 5: Choosing a Home

When finding the perfect home for you make sure that it meets all of your criteria, is in a price range you are comfortable with, and has that "home sweet home" feeling.  If you have all of these factors, chances are that you have found the right home for you!

Step 6: Making an Offer

Realtors can negotiate for you and also have your best interst in mind.  Realtors will try their best to get you the best deal for the house that you love!

Hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

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$112,000
Subdivision: GATES FOUR
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1976
Year Built
1
Days on Site
613660
MLS
Looking for a home in a gated community with amenities and yet affordable? Then come check out this townhome located in Gates Four! The beautiful townhome features 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a large...
$139,900
Subdivision: FIRESTONE HILLS
3
Beds
2
Baths
0.27
Acres
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
613585
MLS
Welcome home! This Ranch style 3 bedroom 2 bath home with an upstairs bonus room features a brand new roof installed in 2019, new microwave, new flooring and freshly painted throughout. Master...
$148,000
Subdivision: STONEY PT
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.3
Acres
1978
Year Built
2
Days on Site
613631
MLS
Spacious home with great floorplan perfect for the entire family in Stoney Point - Jack Britt Schools!! New roof installed in December 2018 and new hot water heater installed in 2017. Beautiful...
$195,000
Subdivision: PEARTREE
4
Beds
2
Baths
0.41
Acres
2005
Year Built
1
Days on Site
612823
MLS
Beautiful 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home close to Stoney Point Elementary & Jack Britt High School! Great family home in a quiet, well established neighborhood. Sit on your spacious shaded porch with a...
$99,000
Subdivision: UNKNOWN
3
Beds
1
Baths
1.81
Acres
1970
Year Built
3
Days on Site
613538
MLS
LARGE RANCH WITH IN GROUND POOL THAT NEEDS A NEW LINER. DETACHED GARAGE OR WORKSHOP AND OLD SHED OF NO VALUE. SALE INCLUDES AN EXTRA LOT (0425-35-5633) FOR A COMBINED 1.81 ACRES PER TAX RECORD AND...
$186,000
Subdivision: BROOKSHIRE
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.19
Acres
2010
Year Built
2
Days on Site
613570
MLS
Beautiful Home ready for new owners. Home is in a great location. Nice size fenced yard with rocking chair porch. Lawn is mature and has been well maintained. Nice inviting open floor plan....
$265,000
Subdivision: OTHER
5
Beds
3
Baths
1.35
Acres
1962
Year Built
4
Days on Site
613497
MLS
Three properties are being sold together. 4868 Cumberland rd (house) 2439 Applebury lane (house) 2427 Applebury lane (lot) All properties will only be sold as one.
$109,990
Subdivision: LEGION PARK
3
Beds
2
Baths
0.26
Acres
1990
Year Built
3
Days on Site
613532
MLS
Adorable 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom ranch home! Close to All American / Ft Bragg, Cape Fear Valley Hospital, and shopping / restaurants! Walk in to a large living room with laminate floors and fireplace....
$115,900
Subdivision: STONEY PT
2
Beds
2
Baths
1992
Year Built
3
Days on Site
613533
MLS
Move-in ready ranch is just two miles from Jack Britt HS & Stoney Point Elem. Nice updates, fresh paint, hardwoods & laminate flooring throughout. Great room opens to large bonus room that can be...
$162,000
Subdivision: TARLETON PLAN
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2002
Year Built
5
Days on Site
613434
MLS
This beautiful home is the home for you! It is located in the NEW CENTURY and JACK BRITT School Districts! The home has been freshly painted inside and the roof is in the process of being replaced...
$145,000
Subdivision: TARLETON PLAN
3
Beds
2
Baths
0.21
Acres
1997
Year Built
5
Days on Site
613418
MLS
This delightful ranch home in Tarleton Plantation is in the Jack Britt district & has been meticulously maintained. Large great room with vaulted ceiling & fireplace. Flooring includes tile, vinyl...
$269,900
Subdivision: ROCKFISH GLENN
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.53
Acres
2019
Year Built
6
Days on Site
613062
MLS
The beautiful Hickory plan is perfect for your family! 3 bedrooms down PLUS bonus room with closet and full bath upstairs! Located on over 1/2 acre - close to all shopping, post, hospitals and easy...

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