March 25, 2016

Best House on the Market for Under $50,000!

Along Old Plank Road in Salisbury, North Carolina, this clean little 3-bedroom / 1-bath home is For Sale ~ for just $39,900!  Stop now and call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty (704) 213-6846 ~ or read more here:

1326 OLD PLANK ROAD in Salisbury North Carolina, a circa 1925 home, is freshly painted inside.

The master bedroom boasts large closets and new carpeting.

There is new laminate flooring in one bedroom, and tiles floors in both the kitchen and bathroom.

The quintessential rocking-chair front porch just replaced. 

And ~ the home is vinyl sided (low maintenance!)

There is a small utility room off kitchen.

A Bit of History

During the twelve-year period, 1849-1861, North Carolina responded to the imperative need for improved transportation facilities by chartering eighty-four plank road companies. Approximately 500 miles of plank roads were constructed and operated. These roads facilitated the marketing of produce and were popularly called "farmers' railroads."

'Plank Roads' used to connect towns in North Carolina and across the States in the 1850s. The novelty of the plank road was popular, for people were anxious to ride over these "mudless highways." Farm and forest products were taken to markets over them. Many travelers followed them, for they saved time and wear and tear on their vehicles (at this time the vehicle was likely horse-drawn wagon!) and harness, and their horses were saved much strain. Stage coaches adopted the plank road routes and were among the most reliable sources of income.

A cultural interpretation of the importance of establishing and operating plank roads appeared in the Southerner, December 18, 1852:

Improvements of this kind will add to the real or permanent wealth of our country. . . . They will encourage the cultivation of the ornamental and beautiful. . . . They will set the most steady agog now and then, and by awakening their curiosity lead them to see a little of the world. . . . They will bring the powers of science into action at the very door-sills of some of our stand-still friends, and teach them the advantages of intellectual advancements.

People along the roads not only improved their homes, but also their language. Colonel W. A. Blair of Winston-Salem learned from some of the older people who lived along the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road of a family who visited relatives whose home was beside the road. In this home the visitors found a new word "gravy," which to their astonishment was a "high falutin" name for "sop."

The value of land increased along the plank road routes. A 5,000 acre tract along one road sold in 1853 for $2.00 per acre, whereas a few years before it had sold for only 14 cents per acre.

The Fayetteville Observer stated in 1853 that "Our plank roads have been worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the country they have penetrated." Towns along the several routes increased in size, and new ones appeared. High Point owes its origin to the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road and the North Carolina Railroad, for where they crossed the village soon appeared.

The competition of the railroad was one of the causes of the decline of the plank road movement. The fact that the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road Company was afraid to compete with the North Carolina Railroad between Lexington and Salisbury implies an advantage for the railroad. The Fayetteville and Western Road which connected the western section of the State with an eastern market suffered most from the railroad movement. Many western farmers took advantage of the rapid transportation service rendered by the railroads. The cost of plank road upkeep was tremendous because of the quick decay of the plank and the damage caused by freshets. The income failed to repay the original cost of construction before a general rebuilding was necessary. The Civil War was responsible for a general upheaval and unsettled conditions which discouraged new investments and general progress. The expense of repair and reconstruction, the turmoil of Civil War, railroad competition, and the increase in the price of lumber and labor made the downfall of the plank road system of highways inevitable. (Adapted from The North Carolina Historical Review Volume XVI Numbers 1-4)

Buy 1326 Old Plank Road Now!

If you're looking for that starter home, or if you were thinking about starting an investment portfolio ~ this little home with its little chunk of history might be just the one for you!  If so, give Greg Rapp a call at 704.213.6846 ~ and scoop up 1326 Old Plank Road ~ for UNDER $50,000!

Salisbury, NC 28144 
List Price: $39,900

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

March 22, 2016

Happy Easter! Happy House Hunting!

If you are looking to move and are on the verge of purchasing a home, you may be wondering if there is such a thing as a good time of year to buy a house?

No doubt, the busiest time of the year for the property market is the Spring!

Traditionally, this is the time of year for 'Spring Cleaning', where many will clear out anything and everything they don’t need.  It is also the season when many people will decide to create a fresh start in their lives.  The cold winter days are almost gone, and post-Christmas debts are paid off, so it’s an ideal time to start thinking about making that move.

Lenders are still offering attractive mortgage rates for buyers, and there are government programs in North Carolina that can help first-time and 'move-up' buyers ~ so Spring can often see a huge boost in the property market:  good news for buyers – and great news for sellers who are looking for that fresh start.

So is Spring the best time for me to buy a house?

Spring is a great time for buyers. There are often more properties coming on the market, giving the potential buyer a wider range of choices and a much more varied property selection than at other times of the year. That same buyer, however, is also likely to face stiff competition from other buyers as the temperate weather brings people out and about in their home search.
With more competition around, then there is less chance of being able to snap up your ideal property for a bargain price, as buyers may hold out for a better offer, knowing that there are plenty of buyers around.

Yet, Easter Weekend may be one of the best times of year to buy a house!

Many people take this weekend off, have vacation days from work, or just choose to spend time with family and may not necessarily be searching for houses at this time. < br/> So if a buyer IS in the position to put an offer on a house over the Easter weekend, there is less chance of any competition swooping in with a better offer! (adapted from an article by Heather Collin,, March 26, 2013)

Easter Weekend in Salisbury North Carolina promises to be pleasant, in the 70's even if accompanied by a few Spring showers ~ so if you're that buyer looking for the perfect opportunity to buy your new home, give Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty a call: 704.636.2021, and we'll make it happen for you!

Selling your home?  Now is the PERFECT time to get it on the market!  Take advantage of Greg Rapp's one-of-a-kind marketing strategy that brings buyers to Salisbury over & over.  (704) 636-2021 is the number to call!

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

March 06, 2016

Why List Your Home with Greg Rapp? 300,000 ~ That's Why!!

People ask real estate agents all the time:

  • What's your marketing plan for my house?
  • What makes you different from other real estate agents?  
  • How will you sell my house? 

Greg Rapp: The #1 Difference!

And this number is growing.  

Ask Greg how this website works to bring people to Salisbury, North Carolina to buy your home...because it's happening every day! 

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

March 02, 2016

Another Home Sold by Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty!

YES! Another fine Salisbury, North Carolina home sold by Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty

This cute 1650 square foot home is the definition of the American Dream home ~ all brick (low maintenance!), 3 bedrooms & 2 baths, a fenced yard, two-car garage, and large walk-in closets!   

151 Birkdale Drive, built in 2000, has an inviting living room that adds a wonderful feeling of spaciousness with its vaulted ceilings and gas-log fireplace. 

The kitchen and adjoining breakfast room are neat-as-a-pin! 

An adorable private patio is the perfect place to dine and relax! 

151 Birkdale Drive is sold, thanks to real estate agent Greg Rapp, but if you are looking for a home like this...give Greg a call at (704)213-6846 ... there are lots more like this in pristine neighborhoods throughout the Salisbury-Rowan area of North Carolina. You can even build your own! There are lots available in several very fine subdivisions! 

Tell Greg what you're looking for ~ and he will find help you find your own American Dream!

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office