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Cumberland County Property Tax Rates | New Homes Cumberland County NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 @ 09:12 AM

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Cumberland County NC 2011 Property Tax Guide

How much are property taxes for Cumberland County NC new homes? 


Whether you're considering relocating from the other side of the country or the other side of the Triangle, you've probably wondered what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

2011 Cumberland County Property Taxes | Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates

Where is Cumberland County located? Cumberland County sits below Harnett County, about an hour south of Raleigh.

Towns within Cumberland County are particularly popular with families looking to stay near Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, or to have affordable country living just a short hop from big city life in the Triangle

Cumberland County encompasses Falcon, Fayetteville, Eastover, Godwin, Manchester, Spring Lake, and Wade.

How Much are 2011 Property Taxes in Cumberland County, NC?

Here are the 2011 rates, by town within Cumberland County.  To get the total property tax rate for a town, simply add the county tax to the town tax.  For example, Hope Mills has a town rate of 0.42, and the Cumberland County rate is 0.74.  Add the two together - the total tax rate for Hope Mills, NC is 1.160.

 2011 Cumberland County Property Taxes | Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates

The Cumberland County property tax chart is not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are always based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price, so you'll want to look up the assessed value, or ask your agent for it. 

  1. 1. Take the assessed value of the property.

  2. 2. Divide by 100.

  3. 3. Multiply by the combined 2011 tax rate.

  4. 4. This will give you the yearly tax amount, per 2011 fiscal year rates.




And just to give you an idea, here's a table of sample yearly tax payments for different sample assessed home values.

 2011 Cumberland County Property Taxes | Cumberland County NC Property Tax Rates 
















This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities in Cumberland County, such as Falcon, Fayetteville, Eastover, Godwin, Manchester, Spring Lake, and Wade.

There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Cumberland County Property Tax Page for most recent information.

Where Should I Live to Get the Lowest Property Tax Rate?

Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town.  If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus most likely a fire district tax and/or the special district tax. 

Check the Address of Your New Cumberland County Home

If there's a particular home that you're considering, you can go directly to the Cumberland County Tax Records Site, type in the address, and see the assessed value of the property.   If there is a discrepancy, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent to pull comps for you!


Want to Compare Property Tax Rates?

Compare property tax rates in Cumberland County to other counties in the area here:

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2011NC Property Tax Rates | How Much are Property Taxes in North Carolina?

Chatham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Durham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Franklin County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Granville County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Johnston County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Harnett County NC Property Tax Rates 2011


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Easy Guide to Window Styles: Half Round, Eyebrow, and More

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 19, 2011 @ 16:05 PM

What are the Most Popular Window Types for New Custom Built Homes?

One reason homeowners choose to build custom is for the ability to determine every detail about the home, down to individual window size and style selections.

Your window style adds to the character and asthetic appeal of your home, so you will want to consider all your options and choose carefully.

What are the most popular window selections for new custom homes in the Raleigh area? Below are some of the most popular window styles, one (or more) of which might be ideal for your next home.


 Custom Home Half Round Window Selections

1. Half Round

Half round windows are rounded from side to side, and look like a half-circle.

Half round windows are often included above doors or other windows, allowing more light into the home.

Pictured here are half round windows, with a hint of sunburst design.  

2. Colonial Arch

Arch windows can have a traditional or contemporary feel, depending on the style of the home.

Arch windows are similar to half round windows, with an arched top between two straight sides. Arch windows are also often placed above doors or other windows, allowing more light into the home.


3. Eyebrow

Eyebrow windows are just that - shaped like an eyebrow! Eyebrow windows were originally used to bring light and ventilation into attic spaces, but can now be incorporated into any area of the home.

Eyebrow window designs have long been used to enhance many different architectural styles, in conjunction with various window styles.


2011 Design Trends

4. Transom

Transom windows are stationary windows, often found above or to the sides of entry doors or other windows.

Transom windows allow more light into the home, while adding complexity to the exterior.

The transom windows pictured here add an elegant accent to this custom home by Stanton Homes.



5. Windows with Flankers 

Easy Guide to Window Styles | Window with FlankersWindows with flankers consist of three pieces: a center window and a smaller window to each side.

Windows with flankers come in a variety of sizes. 

The "flanking" windows can be of different heights.


6. Sunburst

Sunburst windows consist of several window panes, divided into sun ray shapes. Sunburst windows can be complex, with many "rays" or more simple with just a few.

Sunburst treatments are often used on half-round and colonial arch windows.


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How Tall Should Ceilings Be? | Custom Home Builder Questions

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Oct 08, 2010 @ 09:10 AM

How Tall Should Ceilings Be in Your New Home?

Custom Home Builder Questions, Raleigh NC

As a custom home builder in the Raleigh NC area, we are often asked for advice on what to include in a new home. Get answers to your custom home builder questions, here. One question we hear often is "How tall should ceilings be in my new home?"

Ceiling Height in New Homes - 8 Ft or 9 Ft?

What Ceiling Height is Considered Standard?

Many custom home builders charge extra to increase ceiling height from 8 ft to 9 ft on the first floor.  Is it worth the investment?


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An 8 ft ceiling on the first floor has become outdated in today's market. It makes rooms look smaller, more cramped and less accommodating.

Although 8 foot ceilings can still be found in entry-level homes, most new custom home builders incorporate a more spacious 9 ft ceiling, and many popular plans also include at least one vaulted room. The higher ceiling sells well, in both new custom homes as well as resale, because most buyers want that comfort level.

Raleigh Custom Home Builder | How Tall Should Ceilings Be?

A 9 ft ceiling also allows for personalized ceiling treatments, like coffered or trey ceilings, which can even be added later if not included in the budget at the initial time of construction by a custom home builder.

Don't Assume Ceiling Height - Ask For It - In Writing

Most custom home builders will assume they’re putting 9 ft ceilings on the first floor and 8 ft ceilings on the second floor, unless you request something else - but don't take that for granted.

If you don't see a height specified in your bid or other documents, be sure to ask that it be included in the written information. You may be surprised to find out that some top custom home builders, such as Stanton Homes, don’t even charge extra. But other custom home builders may automatically use 8 foot ceilings because it’s cheaper – and if you don’t request it, they may not know you want it. 

Raleigh Custom Home Builder | Ceiling Height

A full, written package of everything that’s included will help you better compare custom home builders - and understand what exactly will be included in your new Raleigh custom home. Comparing line-by-line, you may find some gaps in what’s provided that you didn’t expect, as not all custom home builders offer the same amenities. 

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It’s also a very good idea to walk through homes containing the same set of standards included in your quoted package BEFORE committing to a particular custom home builder.  Model homes usually have a tremendous amount of options that make the home look really spectacular – but very few of the special features are included in "standard" packages. If you’re thinking about the way a model looks, it’s important to know just what you’re getting for that quote.

Contact Stanton Homes with your custom home builder questions, here. We'll give you a cost breakdown on your favorite floor plan, when you're ready to build.

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