Water conservation is a real issue with residents of Hendersonville.  But, don’t be alarmed when you see the street sweepers spraying down the streets in your neighborhoods.  They are using non-potable water.  This grey water is actually reclaimed water from the area’s toilets, sinks and drains and is undrinkable.  Grey water is also used to water the city plants along Main Street.  Even though the recent rainfall has fended off the mandatory restrictions the city was looking to impose, Hendersonville residents are still encouraged to conserve water as much as possible to avoid putting these restrictions into effect in the future.

FHA Offers More

July 25, 2008

FHA is offering help to more at-risk homeowners. Homeowners who are experiencing difficulty in making their mortgage payments due to adjustments in their interest rates may be able to refinance their home through FHA’s refinance program: FHASecure.
Although, the program was established a year ago, it seems that many homeowners are not aware that they may be able to refinance their home and avoid foreclosure.
FHA has temporarily increased its loan limits, which will allow the FHASecure program to help more families keep their homes. Due to the increase in the loan limits, you may still be able to qualify even if  your property has depreciated in value. The increased loan limit is  currently scheduled to end on December 31, 2008.
Homeowners at risk of defaulting on their mortgage payments (or currently in default), but have otherwise maintained a good credit history, may qualify for the FHASecure refinance program.
Contact an FHA approved lender as soon as possible to make an appointment to discuss your particular circumstances.

FHASecure Facts

FHASecure Questions and Answers

Related article: Homeowners Get Help for Mortgages at Risk

Do you have a subprime mortgage?  Are you at risk of losing your home?  Legislators in North Carolina have made a bold step in helping these homeowners out by approving an emergency mortgage plan.  This program is designed to reduce foreclosure proceedings by requiring lenders to give homeowners a 45 day notice before foreclosure proceedings start.  During this time, the banking commissioner will examine the terms of the loan and will try to work a deal between the lender and homeowner to save the home.  This bill was unanimously approved by the House and was a slight change to one that had already been passed by the Senate.  For more information on this bill or any other questions about real estate in North Carolina, please contact me.

12th Annual Chalk It Up Contest – Hendersonville, NC

Who knew that when Barbara Hughes sent her children outside to play, armed with a bucket of chalk and her instructions to make pictures on the sidewalk, that a chalk drawing contest would be born.
Barbara Hughes just wanted to give her children something to do, which she successfully did and, in addition, gave birth to the annual “Chalk It Up!”, This Sunday (July 12) Narnia Studios (Barbara Hughes, owner) will once again be sponsoring the nation’s largest and oldest sidewalk chalk coloring contest which was featured in Southern Living magazine.

The streets of downtown Hendersonville will be filled with thousands of visitors who will come to view the artwork. 150 competitors of all ages will turn the sidewalks of Main Street into a canvas for their works of art. Each contestant will be given 20 colored sidewalk chalk sticks. Five winners for each age (under 5, 6-8, 9–12, 13–20, over 21) category will be selected. Prizes will be donated by various local merchants with the grand prize of $100 being donated by Miller’s Cleaners.

The event is free and begins at 9 a.m. The artwork will remain on display until the rain washes it away. Commemorative T-shirts will be sold for only $12.

To help support this event: Chalk-It-Up-Contribute.

For information contact Barbara Hughes at 828-697-6393, Narnia Studios – Chalk It Up.

Registration: Narnia Studios, 315 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC.

Hendersonville celebrates the 4th of July with family and friendsResidents of Hendersonville know how to celebrate the 4th of July, with music, parades and, of course, fireworks.  Jackson Park is hosting festivities that include arts and crafts, horse shoe tournament, an antique car show, inflatables for the kids, food, live music and even a wrestling show starting at 4pm and concluding, of course, with fireworks at dusk.  There will be a parade down main street at 11am and the annual Music on Main Street features Special Edition, playing oldies music, for free from 7-9pm.  Bring a chair, blanket or just your buns on the sidewalk and enjoy the city’s celebration of America’s independence.