Triangle Area Real Estate News & Information

EmptyNester

Congratulations!

In the next couple of months, millions of students will be graduating and moving out of their parents home. Hopefully you're celebrating; your child has graduated and is moving on into the next stage of their lives and you are about to do the same. Trust me it's good stuff, you and your partner get to spend more quality time together and making plans becomes so much easier. I know this was the case for my wife and I, it's how we ended up in North Carolina. I encourage you to be proud;think about how far you've come since they were first born.

 

Is it time to make a move?

Now may be a good time to take a look at your home and really think about is it ideally what you'd like to spend the next 10-20 years in? What

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Home Buyer Demand

There has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so far as to say that millennials are a "Renter-Generation."

And while this might be true for some millennials, more and more research has surfaced that shows for the vast majority, owning a home is a major part of their American Dream!

New research shows that 66% of millennials who currently rent are determined to buy a home! Seventy-three percent of those surveyed {Pulsenomics} plan to buy a home in the next five years, with 40% planning to do so within the next two years!

"Millennials want to own a home as much as prior generations," Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research at "We saw

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Tired of Renting - 2019 The Cost of Renting Vs Buying

2019 The Cost of Renting Vs Buying

If you're tired of renting, you are not alone, the vast majority of Americans rightly believe that owning a home makes sense as this video below shows. 

While home ownership may not be ideal for everyone, here in the Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh area of North Carolina the numbers are awfully compelling if you know you'll be living here for a minimum of three years. The longer you live in the area, the more compelling the numbers are. If you're as into data as the My NC Homes team is, you'll want to check out the link below for Buying Vs Renting. We originally sat down and laid out the numbers in 2012, then Larry updated them in 2017 and honestly in the past two years the thing that's changed the most is

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1st Time Home Buyers Ultimate Guide

If you're a first time home buyer then there's a good chance you are getting lots of conflicting information, from the Internet, your friends, family and co-workers. We hear things from when we're speaking to our buyer clients that never cease to surprise us as it's so often incorrect. There's a lot to consider and some prep work required. Here it is, a definitive guide to preparing to buy your first home.

Getting Ready: Mortgages and Financing

1. - Start saving for your down payment.

It may seem obvious, but if you're going to buy a home you're going to need money and the sooner you start saving, the sooner you can start looking for a home in earnest. Saving for a down payment is frequently the biggest hurdle for first time buyers, so it

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Tiny House

 

There are things to know before you buy a Tiny House. Tiny houses are sweeping the nation with their charming looks and function-packed features. At no more than 500 square feet, they focus on simple living without sacrificing on quality or comfort. And speaking of quality and comfort--tiny houses can be stocked with everything from Smeg fridges to clawfoot tubs. This level of comfort makes tiny houses livable for more than just a vacation. Now before you head off to purchase your tiny home, it’s a good idea to do your research. Here's a look at what you should know before buying a tiny house.

Tiny houses can be divided into two main categories; tiny houses on wheels and tiny houses on foundations.

Tiny houses on foundations are built

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Five Great Reasons To List Your Home This Holiday Season

So often we have Sellers tell us they want us to list their home after the holidays, and we certainly understand that there's often enough going on without the added headaches of showings, But based on our experience working with relocation buyers here in the Research Triangle, we believe it's often better to list your home now rather than waiting until after the holidays.  We explain why in the short video below

If you're thinking of selling and want first class service, masterful marketing and expert advice, let us know and we'll contact you promptly for a free consultation. 

 

 

 

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Halloween Festivities in the Triangle

There is something for everyone this Halloween.

While Trick-or-Treat tends to be for the little ones going door-to-door the yearly tradition can be enjoyed by everyone. This year Halloween falls on a Wednesday, but the festivities will begin the weekend prior. If you find yourself in Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, or Pittsboro we have the top activities for you.

Cary

Cary has a host of activities happening the weekend before Halloween. You can find costume dance parties, a harvest festival, outdoor mall crawls, and monster mashes. Our picks are off the beaten path or bring together families with a small-town community feel.

 

Bond Park

 

Pumpkin Flotilla Forty carved pumpkins will float on the lake in Bond Park. To

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Preparing for Natural Disasters

Preparing for Natural Disasters

People and businesses in the Carolinas are emerging from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence this week. Our home sellers were holding their breath as Hurricane Florence made her approach. Everyone in the Triangle was scrambling for basic needs. Clients selling their homes in this active market were also preparing extensively for measures to protect their homes. The majority of residents in the Triangle were fortunate to avoid extensive damage and disaster that other parts of of North Carolina are experiencing as a result of Florence.

Preparing your family

Hurricane Florence is not the first nor will she be the last hurricane to move through the Triangle. As storms like this increase in frequency, homeowners

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What makes a home a great place to live?

Buyers want a great place to live, which involves more than just the house. Beyond the walls that people call home lies the neighborhood and community that make a particular location a great place to live. We asked our buyers to define what makes a particular place great and we asked our sellers what they'll miss most when leaving the area behind.

Defining what makes it great

Finding a Great Place to Live

Location

For some buyers location might be at the top of the priority list when trying to decide what spot is right for them. Work commute can be a factor, and location to shopping, dining, or access to the highway might determine what is most important. We work with a wide variety of clients from different generations; both

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Labor Day Activities in Chapel Hill, NC

Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September and every year this bittersweet holiday marks the unofficial end of the summer. As kids and parents prepare for the start of the school year, they have one last long weekend to take advantage of before it's back to the daily grind of routines. If you're looking for something to do this Labor Day, here are some of the fun, family-friendly events in the Triangle:

Cary

  • If you're planning to BBQ this weekend, why not stock up on some fresh ingredients from one of the 3 markets that run on Saturdays in Cary! Southern Cary has the Waverly Farmers Market in the Promenade area at Waverly Place. Downtown Cary hosts the Downtown Cary Farmers Market on W. Chatham Street. Western Cary has the Western

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