We go over many of our buyer concerns on our blog and usually, one of the most common ones is, "Is right now a good time to buy", accompanied by, "Is right now a good time to borrow?" Depending on what your finances look like and how much you have saved for a down payment, it is almost always a good time to invest in real estate. Even with limited inventory, inflation, and increasing interest rates. Let's talk about why this is the case and why you should not necessarily delay home ownership plans in the face of inflation.

First, housing is an asset that over time grows in value so if you have cash and would like someplace to put it so it does not lose value, housing is a great option. Ali Wolf, economist at Zonda posits "If you have cash and are…

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When we hear the words multigenerational housing, depending on what era we relate to, we might be thinking in-laws suites, suites for aging parents, adult children moving back home, or even a combination! In the past two years with a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and the new normal of hybrid work environments, households are looking a lot different, and multigenerational households and the demand for multigeneration housing options, have never been higher. Let's look at the numbers and take a quick dive into what multigenerational housing is and if it is right for you.

Multigenerational Housing on the Rise 

What are the reasons buyers tell us they are looking for multigenerational housing? For starters, since the pandemic, many loved…

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The Research Triangle offers the best of both worlds in so many ways. It has the rich diversity and culture of a higher education and technology hub, has thriving markets, small businesses, and a happening arts and dining scene. Topping it off is the proximity to nature as well. 90 minutes or less to the ocean, a few hours to the mountains and locally we have amazing hiking and biking trails in The Triangle. We wanted to share some of our favorite hike and bike trails. If you are looking for real estate close to trails, we also are your boutique real estate brokerage. Happy Hiking, Biking, and Spring in the Triangle!

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

Looking for an easy short and biodiverse hike in The Triangle? The Johnston Mill Nature Preserve…

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Buyers and sellers all want to know with selling prices going up, inventory down, and demand through the roof, are we headed for a crash or a correction? This week we would like to go over some key differences between the market in 2008, during the crash, and the market today. From financing and lending to supply, to foreclosures, there are many reasons to continue to be optimistic and to grow your wealth sustainably in real estate.

Lending in 2008 vs 2022

In the years leading up to the crash, anyone could get a loan. Low down payments with high-interest rate loans were awarded to those with credit scores under 620 regularly. In the years following 2008, there were many homes whose lenders did not properly vet whether borrowers could pay back…

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When you are looking for anything, you most likely grab your phone and look it up online first. We would like to make the case for not conducting a home search online, even though you are reading this online! I doubt anyone who has spent any amount of time on the Internet will be surprised to learn that it's filled with misinformation, some of it intentional some unintentional. The internet is really the last place you should be looking for a Realtor or a house. Listing information can be outdated. Zillow's "Zestimates" and every other automated valuations (including ours) provide rough valuations at best. While "Best Realtor" websites are deceptive, and more. This week we are going to discuss when the internet is and is not your friend in real…

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Rents are skyrocketing, and while the labor market is strong, salaries are not keeping pace with inflationary pressures combined with ever increasing rents. Whether you're looking to buy for the first time and saving for a downpayment or those looking to sell and then rent, the challenge of renting is unstable housing  costs. Ideally you could budget a specific amount of money per month for housing however volatile rental costs are making this extremely challenging. Below we review the state of the market and offer some common sense ways to stabilize housing costs through homeownership.

State of the Market

According to the ATTOM Data 2022 Rental Affordability Report, owning a home is more affordable than renting in the majority of the…

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Are you part of the 19% of home buyers that are waiving inspections? We would like to speak directly to this audience in The Triangle. As a buyer of an existing home or a new construction property, a home inspection is critical to protecting your interests. We know buyers are burnt out and sellers are not going to likely consider any inspection related requests for consideration and that buyers are currently forced to accept this or lose many tens of thousands of dollars should they decide to terminate their offer due to what they've learned from a quality home inspection, we still believe there's never a good reason time to forgo home inspections, even if it's just for your informational purposes.

What is the risk of forgoing inspections on…

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We have been experiencing constricted inventory for nearly three years here in the Research Triangle area and buyers are becoming increasingly anxious as mortgage rate increases are on their minds. Doing everything they can to win multiple offer situations from making sight unseen offers, waiving appraisal contingencies, making their offer "As-Is", and granting seller possessions after closing for free. Simply being truly "Pre-Approved" or offering cash is standard practice and expected. However none of these accomplish much if you are outbid. The best strategic advice for buyers in looking in the Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh NC area, is to shop below budget. Here are the reasons why.

Bidding Up

It can be very deflating news to read that you…

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You can't watch TV or read the news without wondering with rising global temperatures what the impact of weather, storms and droughts can be expected and what the implications are for our homes.

Should I move?

According to a report by Realtor.com, 78% of buyers took incidences of natural disaster into account when choosing where to buy their home. Further, it reported that 34% of existing homeowners have considered selling their houses and moving to a new location because of the changing climate. While we do not need to go into the devastation of the fires in 2021, we know that many of our new transplants from Silicon Valley came here for a combination or reasons including the threat of fires and drought. You cannot completely remove your risk…

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There is no doubt that the lifestyle on The Triangle is hard to beat. We are regularly ranked in top places to raise a family and achieve work life balance. We have great restaurants, and much more, however certain areas are not for everyone. My NC Homes have been Realtors in Chapel Hill for many years and the three of us have more than 60 years of collective experience, we have a knack for knowing what area suits what buyers. To help, we have compiled this list in particular for Chapel Hill. If you are looking for Chapel Hill Real Estate, please click here! If you are looking for Cary, Pittsboro, or Durham, we are also experts in this area, so click on the links.


Bon Apetit Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of the foodiest small towns in…

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