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Pitt County Special Olympians Win

by Pistol Tingen

An inspiration to all, the Special Olympics athletes from Pitt County in Greenville, NC competed earlier this month in Raleigh, NC for the North Carolina Special Olympics Summer Games.

With a winning spirit and brave efforts, the 15 Pitt County competitors brought home to Greenville, NC over 30 ribbons and medals.  The Pitt County athletes are part of the Special Olympics Movement that includes more than 2.25 million athletes who train and compete in 30 sports through more than 200 programs in over 160 countries around the world.

The Pitt County athletes who competed and demonstrated an inspiring level of courage and success are named below along with their awards:

  • Anthony Paul Bartlett:  2nd place 25-yd. butterfly, 5th place 50 yd. freestyle, 3rd place 25-yd. freestyle.
  • Scotsha Brown:  2nd place 50-yd. freestyle, 2nd place 25-yd. freestyle, 2nd place 25-yd. freestyle, 1st place 25-yd. backstroke.
  • Billy Davis:  5th place 50-yd. freestyle, 5th place 25-yd. freestyle.
  • George Davis:  3rd place 25-yd. freestyle.
  • Leslie Feldbush:  3rd place 25-yd. freestyle, 2nd place 25-yd. backstroke.
  • Aaron Flower:  1st place 50-yd. freestyle, 1st place 50-yd. breastroke, 4th place 50-yd. butterfly.
  • Robert Michael Lang:  1st place 50-yd. freestyle, 2nd place 25-yd. freestyle.
  • Gary W. McGowan:  2nd place 50-yd. freestyle, 4th place 25-yd. freestyle.
  • Alice Quiggins:  1st place 50 yd. backstroke, 3rd place 25-yd. backstroke.
  • Nathan Richardson:  4th place 50-yd. freestyle, 4th place 25-yd. freestyle.
  • John Duncan Shaw:  1st place 50-yd. freestyle, 3rd place 25-yd. freestyle, 2nd place 25-yd. backstroke.
  • Casey Taylor:  2nd place 50-yd. freestyle, 1st place 25-yd. freestyle.
  • Jenna Tucci:  2nd place 25-yd. freestyle, 4th place 25-yd. backstroke.
  • Dana Wall:  6th place 50-yd. freestyle, 2nd place 25-yd. freestyle, 4th place 25-yd. backstroke.
  • Karen Janette Weikel:  4th place 50-yd. freestyle, 6th place 25-yd. freestyle.

Greenville & Winterville 2008 State Champions

by Pistol Tingen


An exciting season finish for not just one, but two Pitt County high school ball teams. On Saturday, May 31, J.H. Rose snagged the top honor of 2008 N.C. High School Athletic Association's 4-A Baseball State Championship at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC for Greenville, NC. The same day, the South Central Softball Team triumped at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, NC and brought home to Winterville, NC the coveted N.C. High School Athletic Association's 3-A State Championship. A prideful day, indeed, for the community of Greenville, NC--once dubbed "Sportstown USA" city by Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Greenville NC Foreclosures as Investments

by Pistol Tingen

By definition, a foreclosure is “the legal process by which a property that is mortgaged as security for a loan may be sold and the proceeds of the sale applied to the mortgage debt".  

According to FannieMae, "A foreclosure occurs when the loan becomes delinquent because payments have not been made or when the borrower is in default for a reason other than the failure to make timely mortgage payments”. Properties listed as foreclosures have passed the point of auction or public sale. Because an investor did not buy the properties, the lender is now the owner and is engaged in the process of marketing and selling them to potential buyers through the assistance of a Realtor®. Even though the U.S. Congress recently passed a national economic package that will enact legislation and help thousands of families, the housing market, and the U.S. economy—for many it comes too late.   

Fortunately, Greenville, NC real estate and Pitt County have experienced immunity, so to speak—in comparison to the majority of the nation’s cities where foreclosures have become far too commonplace.  Although somewhat   sheltered from a severe reaction to the nation’s housing slump and risky lending, Greenville has experienced a variety of  foreclosed properties—presenting both home investors, as well as home buyers, with golden opportunities. Enticing interest rates, some of the lowest in several years, are encouraging many individuals to consider adding real estate to their retirement portfolios.   

For the past 16 years, The Pistol Tingen Team has been the exclusive Realtor® for all Fannie Mae Foreclosures for Pitt and Greene County counties. FannieMae (Federal National Mortgage Association) is a New York stock exchange company and is a public company that operates under a federal charter as the nation’s largest source of financing for home mortgages. FannieMae (FNMA) does not lend money directly to consumers, but instead works to ensure that mortgage funds are available and affordable, by purchasing mortgage loans from institutions that lend directly to consumers. 

Today some of the best deals on the real estate market are foreclosures. If you, your friends, or relatives are interested in receiving advance notification regarding foreclosure properties, please contact Jody Tingen at 252-902-9990 or by email Jody@PistolTingen.com. By letting Jody know the type and price range of properties that interest you, he can subscribe you to our New Listing Alert service. Our personalized, automatic system permits you to be alerted about the "good deals” even before they reach the standard real estate publications

While considering the purchase of a foreclosure property, remember that the Seller’s primary objective is to recover the amount of the loan balance that was not paid by the previous homeowner, as well as the costs of the foreclosure action and other expenses. Put simply, the longer lenders own the property, the more eager they become to sell, whether they collect all of the above or not. 

Pitt County is named among 100 best communities for youth.

by Pistol Tingen

One of the main considerations for relocating families throughout the nation, is the well being of their kids. Families looking to relocate to the Greenville or Winterville, NC area will be interested in reading a recent article making the front page of our local newspaper, The Daily Reflector.

Printed below in its entirety, the article further illustrates that the Greenville, Winterville area is a great place to raise a family. A diverse economic base and a somewhat stable real estate climate further enhance the attractiveness of the Greenville, Pitt County, NC area for families considering relocating. Questions concerning our area can be directed by phone at 252-321-6161 or email at Pistol@PistolTingen.com.

The Daily Reflector

Thursday, January 24, 2008

A national collaborative founded by Colin Powell to nurture America's youth today named Pitt County one of the nation's 100 best communities for young people.

America's Promise Alliance and Capital One Thursday announced the county has been named a winner in a national competition honoring the 100 best communities for young people to grow up.

Citing the county's ability to unite different sectors to work on behalf of its young people, officials picked Pitt from more than 750 participants in 300 communities that applied.

"The prosperity of every community and this country depends on how well we care for our children and youth," Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance, said. "Although no place is perfect, when we have communities that make young people a priority and are working to make sure they stay in school and have all the resources necessary to lead healthy, productive lives, we must recognize them and by extension inspire other cities and towns to follow their lead."

Winners and participants in the third annual competition are eligible to apply for $300,000 in grants from the group beginning next month.

The group's partners include corporations, nonprofit service organizations, foundations, policymakers, advocacy organizations and faith groups – work collaboratively to ensure that it's "Five Promises" are kept for America's young people.

The promises include caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others.

Communities completed an application based upon research from the National Academies of Science, Search Institute, Academy for Educational Development and Child Trends.

Officials submitted information on how their existing programs and initiatives help deliver the five promises.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges including civic, business and nonprofit leaders.

January - National Blood Donor Month

by Pistol Tingen

Did you realize that January is "National Blood Donor Month"?  Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations.  The American Red Cross, in conjunction with other blood collection centers, is celebrating National Blood Donor Month 2008 to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood.

 

If you're anything like our families, you know someone--or are related to someone, who has required a blood transfusion. Amazingly, every day in our country approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims.

 

The Pistol Tingen Team would like to encourage you to mark your calendar right now as a reminder that January is your opportunity to help ensure that blood is available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed--because it's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives. Please help by joining The Pistol Tingen Team in celebrating National Blood Donor Month.  You may contact our community's local American Red Cross Chapter at  www.redcross.org  to learn how and where you can donate.

 

In the meantime, our interest remains in serving you with any and all of your Greenville NC real estate needs. The Pistol Tingen Team can't save lives like the American Red Cross, but we can certainly save money, time, and stress when it comes to real estate in the Greenville or Pitt County area!  We would appreciate your referrals of family, friends and associates whenever they require our team's expert real estate service.

April 11, 2007


Dear Mr. Tingen,

     Let me take a moment to tell you of our “Pistol Tingen Team” experience.

     Jody Tingen was our agent; we looked at a house of interest on March 19th, put a contract on the property March 20th, and Jody guided and reassured us through a few of the “usual” negotiations over the next week.  Post the home inspections, which were put together by the very capable Rebecca Taylor, all repairs were done by the 6th of April!  We closed as scheduled without a single glitch on April 11th.  Did you count the days?  Just 24 days from first sight to closing!  It was all painless and easy!!

     Jody and Rebecca did an exemplary job, from start to finish. Any time we contacted either of them, they made us feel we were their only customers (I know we weren’t).  Their demeanor was always pleasant, reassuring, and professional.  Their responses were prompt, via phone or e-mail.

     This was not the only house we had looked at with Jody—along the way he continued to encourage us that we would find the house that would suit us.  Jody worked with us regarding schedules and phone calls outside of usual business hours (we currently live in Pamlico County).  We really appreciate the dedication Jody and Rebecca displayed.

     You can certainly be proud of your “Team”.  Thank you for a job well done and a pleasant experience overall.  We will recommend your services in the future.

Sincerely,

Susan Koepp and Dick Jacksland

 

FYI...Following Jody’s recommendations, we also had the pleasure of working with Wanda Hager of Dover Mortgage, Danny Harrington, Pestech, Jim’s Liquid Waste, and Jeffery Mathis.

P.S.  Thank you for taking care of setting up our new account with Eastern Pines Water Corporation, enclosed is a check for the $55.00.

2006 Real Estate Market in Review.

by Pistol Tingen

While several areas around the nation are experiencing a down market, there's no evidence of a "real estate bubble" in the Greenville - Pitt County area. Average sales prices, number of properties sold and total sales volume are up while the number of days on the market are down. New construction sales totaled 1,088 for 2006 representing a 38.3% market share. Further proof that good things are happening in Greenville.

For the 12 month period ending in December 2006 vs. the previous 12 months, the average sales price for residential properties in the Pitt County—Greenville, NC area rose by 6.2%. In 2005, the average sales price for a residence in Pitt County was $143,210 as compared with an average price of $152,149 in 2006.

Home sellers in Pitt County were happy to see more sales volume in 2006. Residential home sales totaled $431,493,979 for the  year ending 2006 vs. $377,073,090 in total number of residential home sales volume for 2005—reflecting a 14.4% increase. Those numbers equate to 2,838 homes sold in 2006 compared to 2,588 homes sold in 2005, representing a 9.1% increase. 

A welcome figure to local home sellers was a decline in the number of days on the market their homes spent during 2006 as compared with 2005. Homes sellers waited for an average of 91 days for their homes to sell, while in 2006 sellers sold their homes in a shorter time average of 84 days.

Statistical information extracted from the Multiple Listing Service of the Greenville-Pitt Assoc. of Realtors .

Number Of Residential Home Sales 2006 vs 2005

 

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Area Real Estate Statistics...is our market up or down?

by Pistol Tingen
That really depends on your perspective…let me explain what I mean. According to the Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors MLS statistics, there were 1794 single family homes sold from January 01-November 30, 2006 compared with 1753 single family homes sold during the same timeframe in 2005. Simple math reveals an increase of 41 homes sold in 2006 over 2005. Pretty good you think, huh?
 
Well, that depends on whether you’re buying or selling. During the same timeframes, 2586 single family homes came on the market in 2006, compared to 1910 in 2005. That’s an increase of 676 homes on the market in 2006. If you like percentages, that’s a whopping 35% increase over 2005. Compare that with the .02% increase in sales over 2005. Not looking too good if you need to sell, is it? Look at it another way…if no new listings came on the market, and we know that won’t happen, there’s enough inventory currently on the market to last at the current sales rate, until sometime in March of 2008. The analytical term for that is absorption rate…it’s low and not good news for sellers.
 
So, is the real estate market in the Greenville, NC area up, or is it down? Well, I think if you’re a Seller, your perspective would be it’s not too good. There’s too much competition and possibly a longer time on the market. But, if you’ve been thinking of buying it’s certainly looking up. There’s lots of inventory to select from with more coming on the market every day. Prices are somewhat stable with slight declines in some areas. Now, I call that a home buyer’s dream and certainly a time to give serious thought to buying that dream home!
 
Happy Holidays to all,
Pistol

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