December 10, 2017

Arts & Crafts Brick Fulton Heights Home - SOLD with Greg Rapp

Greg Rapp, with Wallace Realty, just closed the deal on this beautiful Arts & Crafts brick home in the popular Fulton Heights neighborhood of Salisbury, North Carolina. This neighborhood is home to a treasure trove of beautiful houses dating from the 1900-1940 era. Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty has earned the nickname "The Fulton Heights Expert", after a record of listing and selling homes in this national historic district.  Although this solid brick home is now off the market, you can still call Greg at (704) 213-6846 to find more homes for sale like the Arts & Crafts home at 216 Mitchell Avenue, the primary avenue through the neighborhood.  

Fulton Heights Historic District was one of Salisbury's Street Car subdivisions. Laid out in a grid, the neighborhood is interlaced with sidewalks creating a friendly atmosphere for walking and neighborhood activities.

About 1902, the Southern Development Company began building a new subdivision in Salisbury NC, Fulton Heights, located a mile south of the city. At the same time, Southern Railway was establishing a major maintenance facility in a new town, Spencer, three miles northeast of Salisbury. The Fulton Heights developers pushed for a streetcar system that connected their neighborhood to downtown Salisbury and Spencer. What strengthened the system was the steady expansion of the Southern Railway facility (and Spencer) and Fulton Heights (which added an amusement park). In fact, many managers of the railroad lived in Fulton Heights and commuted to work on the streetcar.

Mitchell Avenue was the site of the original trolley line, and the tracks are rumored to still be beneath the attractive planted medians that divide the avenue down its center. The streets are lined with homes that reflect nationally-popular architectural trends from the period spanning 1903 through the 1940s, most rendered as modest cottages and bungalows but also including a relatively small number of houses of the late Victorian era. An active neighborhood association plans ever-popular events such as annual Easter-egg hunts and a Halloween parade that attracts children from all points of Salisbury.  The neighborhood worked with the City of Salisbury to install a small neighborhood park ~ prized by the residents.

This beautiful 1860+ square foot home holds many original details from its 1921 beginnings, such as the original mantel piece, cabinets, and the original 4-over-1 Arts & Crafts style windows. Vintage, yes...but with modern updates including a new HVAC system and new electric panel.  More updated historic homes like this are available in Salisbury, in a wide range of pricing.

Make Fulton Heights Your Home

Isn't it time you took at look at the very popular Fulton Heights neighborhood ... and make one of these beautiful vintage homes your own?  If so, the time is right for you to call Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846 to claim an Arts & Crafts beauty like the home at 216 Mitchell Avenue, Salisbury NC, SOLD by Greg Rapp!

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

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December 09, 2017

Winter is a Great Time to Purchase a Home!

Winter really can be a great time to purchase a home. Sellers are often more motivated and the holiday spirit just makes people want to be in a home. The combination of fewer buyers and slower business can mean lenders and real estate agents might compete a little harder for your business. Shopping for homes in the winter months also gives you a unique vantage point of a property.

So despite that December is usually when people are looking to deck their own halls—not buy new ones, buying a home in winter can be a smart move. Realtor® Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty, knows why winter may be the best season for buying or selling your home! Give Greg a call at (704) 213-6846 and you'll know why, too!

Many real estate agents will tell you that the holiday season represents a “lull” in the market. But savvy home buyers should look at the advantages of shopping during this season. Mortgage rates are still low - and there are other benefits to home-buying during the “lull” of December through January. 

Why Shop for a Home Now

There is much less competition. People know they are going to be busy or traveling during the holidays, so most deals have been wrapped up or people have put off looking until after the New Year. There are still homes on the market, but not as many people seeking them. This is an advantage to both buyers and sellers.

You might think inventory would be lower in a slow season, but that’s not necessarily true. And those sellers are often highly motivated. The homes available on the market during this season might be the homes that for some reason did not sell during the peak season. The sellers will want to get the deal closed before year end, especially for tax purposes. This is an advantage for buyers, especially if there are points to negotiate.

Some Realtors® love this time of year, because they know that people who are out looking in December are serious. As a buyer, your agent will have more time to focus on you, as opposed to other times of the year when they might be juggling multiple clients. You may not be able to close before the end of the year, but it’s an excellent time to get something under contract.

Buying in winter is also the ultimate litmus test for a home, since all the big systems such as heating, plumbing, roofing and gutters are being put to the test in the cold. Some of the curb appeal may be diminished, but fixing landscaping is a lot less expensive than finding out months later that your furnace doesn’t work.

Moral of the Story 

See what homes are on the market in Salisbury, North Carolina and surrounding areas this winter by calling the area expert Greg Rapp. Greg’s record in selling homes, and finding buyers what they need, is well-known in the area. You'll be HOME for the HOLIDAYS!! (704) 213-6846 ~ Call -OR- Text!

Adapted from an article by Pauline Millard / LearnVest , December 26, 2013,

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

November 25, 2017

Home for the Holidays! Let Greg Rapp Make it Happen!

These beautiful homes in central North Carolina are currently for sale.

Any one of these could be YOURS in time for hanging the stockings by the chimney with care ~ in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there!

Think winter and holiday season is the wrong time to go house hunting? Think again!

Call 704.213.6846 and ask for Greg to see any one of these or more!

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

November 22, 2017

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday ~ From Greg Rapp!

“Thank you.”

Those simple words are all we need to live a happier life. 

The act of gratitude reminds us of our blessings, and reinforces the beauty of our gifts of life on this planet.

Wishing you a warm and happy Thanksgiving holiday, filled with gratitude and love.

~ Greg Rapp

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

November 21, 2017

Adorable ca. 1940 Craftsman Bungalow ~ SOLD After Only 4 Days on Market

Circa 1940 Arts & Crafts bungalow at 719 Lincolnton Road in Salisbury North Carolina, now a duplex, is cute as a button...and spent only (4) days on the market.

Listed with Greg Rapp | Wallace Realty, each apartment has a private porch, hardwood floors, and pretty built-in china closets in the dining rooms. Unique features are the fold-down Murphy beds, built-in fold-down ironing boards and telephone nooks in each apartment. Each apartment has a fireplace!

Greg Rapp listed this investment home on September 7, 2017. . . and had it under contract by September 11, 2017. Four days on the market! By October 12th, this duplex was under new ownership.

Is it time to list your property for sale? Call or text Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846 . . . why wait?

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

November 19, 2017

Sold in Six ~ With Realtor® Greg Rapp

Realtor® Greg Rapp barely finished uploading the photographs and posting a yard sign when the offers for this super-nice condominium at 315 Eastwood Drive in Salisbury NC started rolling in!

315 Eastwood Drive is one of the nicer units in Eastwood Village and ~ in six days Greg Rapp had this home under contract.

This pretty 2-story 3-bedroom/2.5-bath condo, with over 1,800 square feet of living space, sits on a wonderfully wooded lot overlooking the Corbin Hills Golf Course, a well-maintained, casual and friendly course with an abundant of grassy fairways and trees.

The home features a newly updated kitchen with new upscale kitchen cabinets and granite countertops. A great living space offers a warming gas fireplace. The owners installed new bamboo laminate throughout the home and gave everything a wonderful coat of fresh paint. 

As if the golf course locale was not enough, this handsome home is located right across from the pool! A fantastic screened porch leads to a generously sized deck with a hot tub and golf course views.

Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty had this beautiful home, located just minutes from historic downtown Salisbury, sold in just 6 days.  

Ready for quick turn-around on your property? Give Greg Rapp a call at (704) 213-6846. 

Moral of the story: List your home with Greg Rapp. Call (704) 213-6846 for a free consultation today!


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

November 17, 2017

Energy Efficiency in an All-Brick Ranch - This Can Be Yours!

Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty has your perfect opportunity to move into a turnkey, all-electric, energy efficient all-brick home!  Welcome to 1105 Elizabeth Avenue in Spencer, North Carolina.

Enter this pretty ranch-style home into the spacious living room with wonderful masonry wood-burning fireplace and pretty bamboo floors.

Ranch homes are synonymous with laid-back living. They emphasize the family-friendly backyard, usually connected to the kitchen or dining area via a sliding glass door and a deck or patio. It’s hard to picture a ranch house without a barbecue grill out back, isn’t it? And this home is no different!

The updated kitchen, featuring a bright ceramic subway tile backsplash and new dishwasher, overlooks the dining/breakfast area flooded with sunlight via French doors that lead out to a new 11' x 12' deck - perfect for summer barbecuing and entertaining. A large walk-in pantry, previously used for a small office, offers loads of storage space. You'll love the bookshelf “secret door” entry.

This single-story energy-efficient home offers 3 bedrooms with plush wall-to-wall carpet home,  good-sized closets and lots of storage.

Outside, the open carport is backed with an enclosed storage building. In the back yard, another nice storage building is wired for both 110V and 220V power. The additional attached lean-to shed multiplies your storage area for garden tools or bicycles and provides extra outdoor workspace while shielding you from the elements.

This all-brick 1,328 square foot home is Duke Power certified "Energy Efficient", meaning low heating and cooling costs, with its Trane XL1000 heat pump, and low maintenance costs.

1105 Elizabeth Avenue sits deeply on nearly .5 acre on quiet street backed with wooded acreage. Enjoy boating, fishing, camping and water sports on nearby High Rock Lake and the Yadkin River. Treat family and guests to visits to the NC Transportation Museum just up the road, or take in live theatre, symphony, and restaurants in nearby Salisbury. The Lexington BBQ Festival, one of the Country’s most popular food festivals, happens annually in October just about 15 minutes away! Enjoy North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains just a 2-hour drive to the west, or take in North Carolina ocean breezes just a 4-hour drive to the east.

Are you ready to live an energy efficient life at 1105 Elizabeth Avenue?  Give Greg Rapp a call at 704.213.6846 to make this home your own!  The holiday stockings will be hanging by your fireplace this December!

1105 Elizabeth Avenue
Spencer, North Carolina 28159

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

November 12, 2017

Tyro Tavern - Solid Brick 5 Bedroom Home with a 177 Year-Old History

Along the Great Wagon Trail through North Carolina sits the Tyro Tavern, a massive 3-story all brick home with 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, and over 3400 square feet of living space.

Built in 1840, Tyro was a former plantation and inn . . . and the stories this pre-Civil War home could tell!

Step through the 50' wide porch to the wide center hall flanked by two formal parlors, the vintage plantation office, a kitchen separated by original 6-panel folding doors, and formal dining room.  One of the original parlors is now a 1st-floor owner's suite.

Upstairs, a massive sitting room/library adjoins the master bedroom, and down a hall what used to be guest rooms for tavern overnight guests is now two bedrooms, a large closet, and a bath with clawfoot tub. Walk out the upstairs hall to another 50' porch spanning the width of the house.

Another porch off the kitchen overlooks the expanse of back yard, with storage shed and vintage tobacco barn. There is SO much more to tell.

"Tyro" means "a new beginning". . . and this painstakingly restored treasure could be your new beginning.  

Call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty [704.213.6846] and click >HERE< to read more about Tyro Tavern in Lexington, North Carolina.

Tyro Tavern
4654 S. Hwy 150
Lexington, NC 27295

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