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Royal Oaks to Develop New Grays Creek Subdivision

Categories: In The News, Royal Oaks Communities | Posted: April 9, 2013

Royal Oaks is building and building – and now, we’ve got some incredible news to share!  First of all, we’re humbled and thrilled to have been talked up in the News & Observer last week.  Our very own Rich Van Tassel was interviewed by David Bracken about some exciting new developments (both literally and figuratively).  Thanks to David and to News & Observer for the opportunity to share what we love to do!

We’re over the moon to announce that we have grand plans to build a brand new community in Fuquay-Varina that will be called Grays Creek.  This 90-acre plot of land will be instrumental in bringing up to 250 new homes and families to the area.

As the housing market continues to stabilize, a big part of determining which home builders have successfully weathered the storm has been the ability to adapt to the demands and requirements of the buyers in the area.  It’s not been easy, but we’re confident in our business as well as the quality of our homes.  The purchase deal was that of a previously thriving property that had fallen by the wayside in these harder economic times.  Rich Van Tassel had the vision to see what this property could become (namely a new home subdivision called Grays Creek), and the positive contribution it would have to the economic health of The Triangle.

Initially this property had been passed off between lenders and sold between banks and other investment groups, some even going foreclosing themselves before the land had been last sold for only $1.76 million in April of 2011.  However, Rich Van Tassel and Royal Oaks Building Group secured the purchase of this 250 lot future new home community for $2.22 million just this past March.  Fuquay-Varina has already approved our plans and we’re getting ready to start building as soon as we can!

We at Royal Oaks Building Group are particularly excited about the larger lots in the acquisition, 70-foot-wide homesites, and look forward to utilizing these spacious areas for future homes.  The costs of lots and home sites are starting to rise again, and developers are snatching up each property they can, since all of this is indicative of a recovering and prospering local economy.

Since Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will Grays Creek.  We’re going to be bringing in city services such as water and sewage before all is said and done, but we’re just as committed to developing this property as we are with building a brand new dream home for an individual family.  We go all or nothing, and “nothing” is never an option for us.

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For further information, please call (888) 677-1502.

Don’t Tread On Me! A Word From Your Hardwood Floors

Categories: Angier, Home Owner Tips | Posted: April 4, 2013

Hardwood floors seem to be one of the first things new home buyers ask about when considering an available home or when given customizable options to build their own.  And it’s no wonder why – hardwood floors are sleek, elegant, timeless, add to the overall value of your home, and frankly offer many significant cleaning advantages to that of either tile or carpeting.  But even these over time will show signs of age.  So what are we to do?

Sweep and Polish
As part of your weekly cleaning routine, take just a few minutes to sweep your floors with a soft bristled broom.  Why soft?  These are generally higher quality brooms and these will prevent scratching the floor itself and it will attract more dust, dirt, and other things on your floor rather than just simply pushing it around by unyielding straw.  Take some time to polish your floor approximately once per month.  An easy do-it-yourself solution that’s also environmentally friendly is to take a sponge and dip it into a water and white vinegar mixture.  This will effectively clean your hardwood floor without causing costly and occasionally irreparable damage to it.  You’ll apply your polish (whether it’s a store-bought brand or even olive oil) post cleaning to ensure that nothing unwanted is trapped there.

Slippers are Comfy
Many cultures even nowadays consider it bad manners to walk around someone’s home wearing their outdoor shoes.  Treat yourself to a pair of slippers (or house shoes) and train yourself to wander around your home wearing these rather than your hard-soled boots or heels, or even your muddy sneakers.  Not only will you feel more comfortable in your home overall, you can keep from tracking or denting your floors because you’re wholly avoiding that exposure.  And if you remove your shoes upon entering your home, chances are your guests will follow suit.  If you’d like to further welcome company into your home, there are inexpensive and colorful slippers available at most retail stores.

Invest in Rugs
A good area rug or floor runner will most often be what saves your beautiful hardwood floor from serious scrapes – and we mean that literally.  Large furniture pieces are heavy and more often than not, people tend to push or drag them across floors.  Even if they’re not heavy, it’s all too often that a chair will be abruptly shoved back from a table and the damage has already been done.  By placing a fashionable rug beneath the furniture pieces, your hardwood floor will be protected just a bit more from such abuse.

You can preemptively take action against damage and aging of your floors by starting these practices in your home.  These will protect your hardwood floors for years to come.

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For further information, please call (888) 677-1502.

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