Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Why Should I Change My Locks?!?

Congratulations! You Just Bought A New House – What’s The First Thing You Do?

Before you spend the night in your new home, before you move your belongings, or before you have any work done, CHANGE THE LOCKS!!!!

As Realtors, we usually mention this at some point during the transaction, but in the long list of things people have to take care of, this one little item often gets put off until ‘later’.  Please don’t wait. Change the locks the minute you get your new keys and definitely before you, your family or your stuff moves in to the home.

House keys have a way of multiplying and there is no way to track them all down before the home changes hands.  Keys go to pet-sitters, house-sitters, house-cleaners, babysitters, neighbors, family members, contractors…the list could go on for days. 

Trusted, well-meaning people who probably put the address on the key chain, so they can remember what that key is for, keep these keys for years. Long after you've needed their service or help. Then the keys get lost or thrown away – still with that handy tag attached and next thing you know - - it’s in the wrong hands.

This even applies to foreclosed homes that appear to have new locks on the doors.  Foreclosures have many people coming in and out during the foreclosure process - inspectors, appraisers, workman, etc. Just because the lock appears new, doesn't mean copies, maybe several copies, of those keys have been made and distributed.

Just last week, one of our clients had a 'visitor' in his new home. Thankfully, he hadn't moved in yet and the home only suffered some muddy footprints on the newly cleaned carpet, but it could have been so much worse.

Please change every exterior lock in the home at the earliest possible moment.  If your home is a little older, maybe even update the door handles to spruce up  and update your entry ways and make it just a little more yours. If you need help finding a locksmith or handy person to make these changes, just let us know. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I'm asked about Zillow and their 'Zestimates' at least once a week.  I always give the same basic answer. The Zestimates are based on a mathematical equation that is incapable of including every variable that makes up the true value of a home.  

When I begin my explanations, I always feel like people are thinking, I just don't want to use Zillow's methods or I'm defensive about my own valuations, but I have truly found that Zestimates are rarely accurate and in most cases, they are so far off that they can't even be part of the conversation.

Math can compare number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the home and the year it was built, but it can't compare construction quality, upgrades/restorations, popularity, convenience, school district, road noise, traffic or the health of an HOA.  

This morning I stumbled on an article, that used the term "Unzillowable" that was coined by the late Joseph Ferrara.  This wonderful article describes exactly what I've been trying to explain for years. If you are wondering why your REALTOR is suggesting a price that is different from what the 'Zestimate", please read this article and then speak with us about what the true value of that home could be. 

Article "Unzillowable: Why technology still can’t do the job of a real estate pro."

Monday, December 3, 2012

Go Durham!

As a lot of you know, Go Realty has been growing like Kuzdu in the rainy season!  We are just about to open our newest office in South Durham.  My dad and I are ecstatic!  Up until now, the Durham/Chapel Hill based agents have been working from temporary digs that have come to be known affectionately as 'Go Tiny'.  Those little rooms have been the source of laughter, sharing and growing. But, we have grown to the point of bursting!

In just a few short weeks, we will be luxuriating in our new space with more than enough elbow room!  The new office is in the New Hope Valley Commons shopping center and has been designed to reflect Durham's rich history and it's vibrant, diverse people.   This new home will be host to many happy hours and parties, so keep you're eyes peeled for your invite.  

Go Durham's signs about to be placed on our new building!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Great Ranch in Wake Forest!

Here's a look at one of our newest listings!  If you're looking for one-level living in a great community, this is it!  3 bedrooms, 2 bath ranch in a cul-de-sac lot in the popular Deacon's Ridge subdivision for just $194,900.  Take a look!

Visit www.617shiretown.com for more information or call Toni to schedule a showing, 919.624.1751

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Over 3000SF in Jordan HS District for just $299,000!

You can't beat this deal!  Listed at $299,000 this South Durham gem has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and over 3000 square feet.  This home has been meticulously maintained and is in great, move-in condition!  On a prime, cul-de-sac lot with an oversized deck and charming landscaping, this is a perfect urban oasis. Convenient to Southpoint, I40, RDU, RTP and Chapel Hill, this home is ready for you!

More About This Home

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Listing in Auburn Square!

If you are looking for a low-maintenance, one-level, easy living home - This is it!

Located in popular SW Durham and close to everything you need! This home has been lovingly maintained and upgraded.  Community includes a fabulous pool, clubhouse and greenways.  Offered at just $127,000 for 2 bedrooms/2 baths.  Link to Virtual Tour!

Check out www.512AuburnSquare.com for more info!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Closing Day!

Kemble Team Buyers, Corinne & Jeremy, closed on their new home in SoDu yesterday and several things occurred to me as the day progressed.  Closing Day is one of my very favorite days during a buying transaction.

The search for the needle in the haystack has culminated in finding a wonderful home and buyers are so excited and stressed as we negotiate our way to a contract. They worry that it might not happen, that somehow it might not be real - or even worse, that it is real and they will now have a different life than before.

Then begins the racing, roller coaster ride of inspections, research and loan chaos as we slog our way through the due diligence period. After that rush and tumble of everyday activity, texting and phone calls comes the weird, anticlimactic peace that comes after we've made it though the due diligence period and are just waiting for the lender to do whatever magical workings go on behind that curtain.  Inevitably, there are little hiccups with checking on repairs and lender's questions and needs, but overall, the transaction train chugs down the track to close.

But, then it's Closing Day.  Closing day is very close to a wedding day, without the big white dress and open bar.  There's excitement and anxiety.  Buyers have told me about dreams they've had the night before involving bears, nudity and/or cotton candy disasters.  All stress dreams as they turn another corner in their life journey.  When buyers come to the attorney's office and sit down to start signing more paperwork than could be imagined, there's a sense of joy.  First-time buyers and seasoned, repeat buyers - all have smiles and they can't wait to get their hands on those keys.

Then there are the hugs from some, the handshakes from others and I wave to them as I pull away.  My favorite part of real estate is that picture that stays in my mind, as they turn from me,  to their new life.  I take with me their hope and joy, and I can't wait to do it all over again!

Monday, May 14, 2012


The 2012 Race for the Cure is next month! On June 9th, The Kemble Team and the rest of the Go Realty family will be participating in force!  We'd like to invite all of our friends to join us in our support of the wonderful organization.  Please come out and walk or run with us and if you can't join us in person, please show your support by donating.  Cancer is a horrible disease and we hope that our efforts will move us one step toward find a cure!

Get involved by clicking on this link!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Hey Everybody! We need an admin for our Durham location! This is not your ordinary admin job.  We call our admins angels and they are part superhero and part everything else all rolled into one amazing person.  Here's the advert:

-- Need an admin job that's a whole lot better?  Go Realty is looking for the needle in the hay stack: great talent, loves admin and agent service, and knows how to rock an Apple computer. Also, need to have mad skills at picking Pandora channels.  You'll be busy, work hard, and deal with a significant change every week.  We need someone to support innovative and productive real estate agents in South Durham.

Do you like to organize, solve problems, and keep the copier working?  This may be the spot for you if you are a very special person. The job starts with 20 hours/week, $12-14/hour, and will advance to full time by the end of 2012 when we open an incredible new facility at Hope Valley Commons.  Interested?  Create an introductory blog (really important), email the link and your resume to hello@GoRealty.biz.

Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested!  Supermonkey is optional!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Great New Listing in SoDu!

Take a peak at our newest listing!  4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 3000+SF for $308K in Popular South Durham!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Open Houses Today! (3/11)

6 Hartford Court, 2 Bed/1.5 Bath @ $94,000 - Easy Access to SW Durham & Duke! Open from 2 - 5.
Click here for more info!

619 Auburn Square Drive, 2 Bed, 2.5 Bath @ 139,500 - Great SW Durham Location! Open from 2 - 4.
Click here for more info!

Hungry for a New Home?!

The Kemble Team goes Viral!

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Listing! Close to Southpoint

Come out and see 619 Auburn Square!
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, 1464 Squ.Ft.
Offered at just $139,500!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

6 Hartford Court, Durham

6 Hartford Court, Durham, NC 27713
2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath, 1101 SF
Offered at $94,000

Meet The Kemble Team!

Toni Kemble and, her dad, Tom Kemble make up a full-service real estate team dedicated to making the real estate process as streamlined and rewarding as possible.  We are happy to work with seasoned buyers and sellers, but also love to work with first-time home buyers.

Both of us have bought & sold homes and moved several times over their lifetimes and they understand how overwhelming and frustrating the process can be.  We draw from those experiences to help our clients navigate the ins & outs of the real estate transaction and believe wholeheartedly in our mantra "Real Estate Made Simple"!

We believe in making our clients life-long fans and work hard to earn that trust. We are proven negotiators with tangible results.  We approach our work with enthusiasm, integrity and a commitment to uncompromising client service.

Our Services:
Residential Sales
Seller Services
Staging-Starter Service
Investment Consultation

Tom Kemble, GRI, ABR

Toni Kemble, GRI, e-Pro, ABR