Our Favorite Places to Visit in the Triangle in Spring

Social Isolation Is an Opportunity to Explore the Outdoors

It's starting to feel like a whole new world as we settle into "social distancing" as a result of the COVID-19, or commonly referred to as Coronavirus. The Triangle area is fortunate to have the benefit of not only an earlier spring than most but also an abundance of outdoor activities.

According to an article from MentalFloss "Scientists think that breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants - increases our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases." So pack a lunch, hand sanitizer, and plenty of water and come along as we explore some of our favorite places to visit in the Triangle in the Spring.

Duke Gardens and Campus (Durham)

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5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal Quickly

While the groundhog predicted an early spring, we still have a few remaining days of frost on the calendar. The first week of March in the Piedmont will have a few evenings where the temperatures dip below freezing, but March has days forecasted for the 60-70 degree temperatures. These days are an opportune time to spruce up your landscaping efforts, especially if you are selling this spring.

What is curb appeal?

Curb appeal can be defined as the attractiveness of your home from the street. It applies to landscaping, outdoor fixtures, street or sidewalk, and driveway. While completely subjective, it’s important that you don't kid yourself, buyers care about and are taking in the vibrancy of the paint and condition of the siding and roof and…

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Aging in Place

The Benefits of Aging in a Community

When considering housing, we frequently find ourselves counseling our clients that there's comfort in being around people who share common interests, goals, and challenges. While not necessarily for everyone, the comfort many find in a community doesn't wane with age; it actually deepens. Whether it's proudly talking about grandchildren or lamenting the fact that our eyes aren't as good as they used to be, it helps to be around people who not only understand what we are saying but actually feel the same joys and concerns as well. That's why many boomers are deciding to move into either an active adult community or planned multi-generational communities. In the latest 55places National Housing Survey, they were…

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OK, we'll admit it; we are biased as this is where we live, work and play. North Carolina was ranked # 3 for inbound states. The Research Triangle Area has so much to offer, world class medical facilities, a rich, vibrant arts and restaurant culture, booming economy, easy access to a major airport (RDU) as well as the mountains and ocean. Best of all home prices while rising are still a bargain when compared to major metropolitan areas along the east coast.

The Top States Americans Moved to Last Year [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Americans are on the move, and the most recent Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Survey tracked the 2019 traffic flow from state-to-state.
  • Idaho held on to the top spot of &high inbound states for the second time since 2017, followed by Washington State.
  • New York…

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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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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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Summertime Fun

Summer in the Triangle

Summer in the Triangle is filled with many options for your evenings and weekends. Summer schedules tend to be a bit more relaxed. The longer days make it possible to take advantage of evening activities. There are many choices, so figuring out which activity to attend can be overwhelming. Luckily, we're local experts and promise that these recommendations are top rated. Get ready for some good times!

Find events for a fun summer in the Triangle

Depending on whether your activity is for you, with a partner, or the whole family, we'll help you hit the great spots in the Triangle this summer. Be sure to put these events on your calendar. Whether you’re a long time resident or a recent transplant, you'll be glad you did.…

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Downtown Raleihg by Money Magazine

According to a new study by Apartment List, 59.4% of Raleigh metro renters choose to move to the Raleigh metro for the job, making it #2 metro in the nation for job-first movers.

Growing job market with large technology companies, start-ups and job opportunities in science and academia make the Research Triangle surrounding Raleigh appealing to new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) grads. Combined with relatively low housing prices, the Triangle is the next go-to destination for tech workers around the nation. Despite rapidly increasing rent prices, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are still more affordable than most tech centers.

According to the study, only 25% of Raleigh metro renters are plan on settling down in the…

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

Moving. We have all experienced arriving at a new destination and trying to figure out what to unpack first, while at the same time pushing off hunger or thirst and possibly dealing with our kids and pets. Who can't empathize with the experience of being overwhelmed and exhausted when we see new neighbors arrive with the moving truck and carting boxes into the house. It is often good to let the dust settle the first night before heading over for a meet and greet, but we have identified some of the best housewarming gifts sure to endear you to your new neighbors.

Without knowing what your new neighbors like, their hobbies, or sense of style don’t run the risk of picking out decor they feel obliged to keep. Keep to items that they can use and…

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