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October
20

Get to Know HPW: Our Brand's Story

More than 45 years ago, Howard Perry and Walston put down roots in the fertile area around Raleigh homes for sale. Thanks to you, we've grown to become a leading real estate network comprised of 15 sales offices with more than 900 agents.

Get to know HPW as our real estate agents share the story behind our brand and how we came to be a part of such a diverse and vibrant community.

The Birth of HPW

Our founder, Don Walston, is well acquainted with the beauty and charm of North Carolina, Don grew up in Wilson, less than an hour away from Raleigh, where his mother instilled in him the value of a strong work ethic and consideration for others.

In 1972, Don put these qualities to good use when he started Howard Perry and Walson in the Capital City. Today, our footprint ranges from Alamance County in the west to Wayne County in the east, giving HPW the leading area real estate market in size and reach.

HPW and Coldwell Banker: Prime-Time Partners

When it came time to build a winning team, Don knew just where to look. HPW partnered with Coldwell Banker, the top real estate company in the world and a highly respected industry leader for more than 100 years.

Coldwell Banker's international presence includes upwards of 3,000 offices throughout 40 countries and territories, with more than 96,000 affiliated real estate agents. HPW's partnership with Coldwell Banker enables us to offer our clients maximum exposure on listings as well as brand recognition and cutting-edge marketing.

Real Estate Services from A to Z

HPW has a mission to provide experienced guidance to our clients in every aspect of their real estate journey, from beginning to end. In order to provide full service, we have established an award-winning group of departments and divisions to supplement our residential brokerage offices.

  • Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas offers a number of loan products to fit any situation.

  • HPW Market Title protects your investment with title insurance.

  • HPW New Homes & Land features a full-service new construction sales and marketing team.

On the Move

Whether it's for personal or professional reasons, relocation to another state carries its own set of challenges. HPW's stellar Relocation Division helps to smooth the transition for the 60+ people moving to our area each day.

We're proud to be the #1 relocation division in the country, managing more than 65 percent of corporate relocation activity in our area. HPW has developed strong long-term relationships with many corporations and businesses in the region, and we work hand-in-hand to ensure that their associates have a positive relocation experience.

HPW: Ahead of the Curve

As with many other industries, technology has revolutionized real estate. HPW is committed to incorporating the most current, cutting-edge tools available to assist our clients.

Here are just a few of the value-added services we provide:

  • Paperless transaction management allows us to obtain signatures and store documents electronically, so you can access them on demand through any device.

  • Our marketing plans include digital pieces such as e-postcards, e-newsletters, and video emails.

  • You may know about curb appeal, but how about curbside marketing? With VoicePad informational signage, buyers can pull up information about your home via the yard sign. At the same time, the system notifies us that inquiries are being made.

  • HPW Coming Soon gives buyers and sellers a unique opportunity to get ahead of the market.

Contact us today to learn more about how the HPW difference can help you successfully reach your real estate goals.

October
5

Picking The Right Paint

Picking the Right PaintReady to pick out paint to make your new home your own? Perhaps you're toying with the idea of changing a wall color to refresh a room before you sell? Maybe the front door needs a facelift to boost your curb appeal? No matter what painting project you want to take on, you may soon find that selecting the perfect paint color isn't as easy as it seems.

There are thousands of colors to choose from in varying finishes making it hard to narrow down the best hue for you. Not to mention, that studies have proven that a home's paint colors may have the power to impact its sale both positively and negatively. 

Zillow's 2017 Paint Color Analysis discovered that "walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray have broad appeal, and may be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features." Even more interesting, especially to soon-to-be sellers, the study revealed that homes with blue bathrooms, specifically hues of powder blue or pale periwinkle, sold for $5,440 more than anticipated. Zillow's Chief Economist Svenja Gudell added:

"Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos. Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms."

What paint colors are best?

Designer recommended paint colors Fortunately, the pros have weighed in and made some excellent recommendations for the perfect paint colors to choose for your home. Plan to bookmark these paint chip picks. 

Picking a White Paint

It may surprise you, but white is among the hardest paint colors to pick. Just like other hues on the color wheel, white comes in varying shades that appear warm or cool depending on the mix and the colors with which the paint is paired (think trim work and walls).

Elle Décor recently shared its interior design team's favorite white paints including:

  • All White by Farrow & Ball
  • Great White by Farrow & Ball
  • Honeymilk by Valspar
  • Lily of the Valley by Benjamin Moore
  • Simply White by Benjamin Moore
  • White Diamond by Benjamin Moore
  • White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Picking a Neutral Paint 

On the hunt for something neutral? Get ready; there are a lot of paints that apply in a variety of colors.

A paint-picking article published by the Washington Post keys this task up honestly with input from an in-the-know designer; "Neutrals are difficult to select because thought needs to be given to whether a warm or cool tone best suits the project," says Josh Hildreth, a Reston designer. "Natural light and lighting conditions need to be considered."

If beige is what you are after, Curbed, a popular website about all-things home, offers up some paint suggestions from its designer contributors:

  • Cumulus Cloud by Benjamin Moore
  • Jute by Benjamin Moore
  • Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore
  • Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore (don't let the "gray" in the title dissuade, you may prefer a beige that is cool opposed to warm)
  • Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball

Picking a Gray Paint

Gray continues to be the color of choice among home décor designers. If it's also your preference, you should know that the new neutral comes in blue-, green- and taupe-based hues that may change color under different light sources.

Your best bet will be to consider some paints picked by the professionals and test them out in your own home before you commit to a final color. Here are some gray paints recommended by the design team at House Beautiful:

  • Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball
  • Graytint by Benjamin Moore
  • Magnetic Gray by Sherwin-Williams
  • Mindful Gray by Sherwin- Williams
  • November Rain by Benjamin Moore
  • Shaded White by Farrow & Ball
  • Stone Harbor by Benjamin Moore
  • Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore

Picking a Blue Paint 

The most popular color across the board, blue is a hue that you'll see in all styles of home décor. The cool color evokes a serene, soothing feeling making it a great option for a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.

Designers are also a fan of using the color to create a statement against complementary shades of white, gray and beige.

Some soft, watery blue paints to consider include:

  • Blue Veil by Benjamin Moore
  • Light Blue by Farrow & Ball
  • Early Frost by Benjamin Moore
  • Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams

Seeking a shade that will make more of a statement? These blues may be just what you desire:

  • Caribbean Azure by Benjamin Moore
  • Searching Blue by Sherwin-Williams
  • Pitch Blue by Farrow & Ball
  • Santa Monica Blue by Benjamin Moore
  • Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore 

Picking a Green Paint

Much like blue, green is a color that is often used in home décor designs to set the stage for calming and relaxing rooms.

Well displayed in nature, the hue styles well with many colors and is a good pick for a fresh, clean look. Designer-approved shades include:

  • Aganthus Green by Benjamin Moore
  • Stone White by Farrow & Ball
  • Vert De Terre by Benjamin Moore
  • Hancock Green by Benjamin Moore
  • Creekside Green by Benjamin Moore

Picking a Red Paint

Do you want to add a pop of red in your home? The bold hue is a homeowner favorite, but may not always be the best choice if you are prepping for a sale.

Think strategic paint placements—a statement wall, a friendly front door or a backdrop to your built-ins—over total saturation. Some red paint chips to pick up and test out include:

  • Chili Pepper by Benjamin Moore
  • Dressage Red by Ralph Lauren Paint
  • Million Dollar Red by Benjamin Moore
  • Moroccan Red by Benjamin Moore
  • Redstone by Benjamin Moore
  • Relay Red by Ralph Lauren Paint

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