Triangle Area Real Estate News & Information

fall activities in the triangle area this october

One of the great treats of living in the Triangle is the wonderful fall weather. There are many great activities to choose from during these fall months. It can be hard to take in all that Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and the surrounding counties have to offer. If you are relocating to the area or have moved here in recent months or years having a resource to help you navigate the Triangle's fall festivities might be helpful. We've listed out some of our fall favorites. If you have any that you think should be added to this list or have a question on where to find a particular activity, include it in the comments. We're always interested in learning more about what our clients enjoy.

Fall Festivals

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Festivals are a great way to sample the

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Fall home curb appeal tips

Fall is a favorite season for many who live in the Triangle area. As the heat of summer fades giving way to a comfortable cool, it is a great season to buy or sell a home. While spring is known as a popular time for real estate transactions, industry trends point to the fall as the best time to sell a home.

The Benefits of Selling Your Home in the Fall

For sellers, the autumn real estate market is ripe with serious buyers looking for a good home to match their needs. The fall market tends to showcase fewer homes than spring and summer. As a result, your home will become will likely be the focus for many shoppers. To gain a competitive edge in the market, take advantage of the fall season to create curb appeal to impress potential buyers.

How

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Best parks in the Triangle region

The Triangle features many state parks and gardens as well as an extensive Greenway trail system. The Triangle makes an excellent home for nature lovers, as it offers many opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, and many more outdoor activities. Below I discuss some of my favorite parks in the Triangle.

Eno River State Park

Located in Durham and Orange counties, Eno River State Park includes 30 miles of hiking trails along a river that is commonly used for fishing, kayaking, and swimming. The park is also scattered with several historic mills and home sites.

The most unique feature of Eno River State Park is the Eno Rock Quarry, accessible via the Cabe Lands Trail. The 4 acre wide and 60 foot deep quarry went out of use in 1964 and was

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Volunteering in the Triangle

A great way to meet new people while engaging and learning about your community is to volunteer. There are many volunteer opportunities available in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area. Triangle residents are immensely proud of the wide variety of interests and passions that make up the different communities. Keeping Durham Beautiful, a nonprofit that works with Durham County to conserve and the appearance of Durham, notes that properties average a nine percent to 10% increase in value when there is an added presence of landscaping, trees, and green space. Volunteering is one way to contribute to the value of your neighborhood and participate in acts of service.

It can be difficult to figure out where to start or select from the list of

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storage tricks for your north carolina home

Over the years, the garage has become more than a place to park your car. It’s the place to store items with nowhere else to go—bikes, tools, toys, even furniture. It’s easy to understand how a garage can become disorganized in a hurry.

To avoid a cluttered garage, here are some storage hacks to help you keep it organized on a budget:

DIY Cleaning Tools Holder

Every household has a number of tools used to help keep it clean—mops, brooms, dustpans, and other supplies. Ironically, these cleaning tools are one of the main culprits contributing to a messy garage. One way to keep these necessities organized is to create a DIY cleaning tool organizer. A quick trip to your local home center will get you all the materials you need, at a fraction of

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What to do with your dog during showings

For dog owners, selling a home can be a challenge, especially when it comes to finding a place for your furry companion to stay during showings.

Buyers don’t want to view homes with dog(s) around, so owners will typically turn to friends and neighbors to watch their pets during showings and open houses. But sometimes that’s simply not an option.

Luckily, there are some options in the Triangle for pet owners to get their pets out of the house for an hour or an afternoon.

Dog-Friendly Parks in the Triangle

When the weather is nice, a great option is to take your dog to the park. There are plenty of dog-friendly parks in the area. Here are some parks that are welcome to dogs:

  • Homestead Park, Chapel Hill - This park features a
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Croasdaile Farms expansion project in durham, nc

Demand for homes in active adult 55+ communities is on the rise. Behind this are the baby boomers, who account for about a quarter of the U.S. population. Born between 1946 and 1964, baby boomers started hitting retirement age a few years ago, and in the next decade, they'll drive up the number of retiree households by about 10 million.

If you're retiring soon in North Carolina, you may be wondering how to navigate the crazy, retirement home real estate market. According to seniorguidance.org, the U.S. average cost for assisted living is just over $3,600 per month, and Durham Area, NC's assisted living is lower than the national average, at approximately $2,800 monthly.

The History of Croasdaile Farms

Living in Durham offers a little of

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adding smart home technology to your home

This is the Year of the Smart Home

You come home from a long day’s work to your empty home, but it’s ready for you. The thermostat is set to your favorite temperature, all of the lights are dimmed, and the dishwasher is quietly running. The sprinklers are watering your lawn and the dog is sleeping in his bed after being fed by the automatic dog feeder.

This may sound like a scene from a movie, yet this could be your reality if you join the smart home trend.

According to CNBC, 2017 will be the year of the smart home, with over 80 million smart home devices being delivered worldwide. These products include devices for the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home security, and even the yard.

Popular Smart Home Products To Watch For

With

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best neighborhoods for students near duke university

Duke UniversityCongratulations on your acceptance to one of the best schools in the nation! Now it's time to figure out where to live for the next year, if not your entire stint at Duke University, and beyond! Here's  our overview of which Duke University neighborhoods to consider as your new home while you attend school. Everything from affordable abodes, to   the convenience of location, and of course which neighborhoods are closest to all the action in the city of Durham, can be found here. We've even looked into the rental market for your investment purposes!

Old West Durham

To make the most out of your time at Duke University, we recommend living as close to the city of Durham as possible. Old West Durham is also one of the closest Duke Universtiy

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tips to declutter your home office

Today, more people than ever are working from home, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. According to Forbes, “68 percent of U.S. workers say that they expect to work remotely in the future."

But in order to be productive in the comfort of your home, you must have an organized office space. Here are some quick and simple tips to help make your home office a model of organization:

Dedicate a Space

declutter your home officeOne of the drawbacks of working from home is all of the distractions. Other members of your family want your attention. Household chores are never ending. And sometimes the TV, refrigerator, and sofa are just calling your name.

There is no way to eliminate these distractions, but you can minimize them by dedicating a room only for your

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