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Understanding the Difference between Green and Energy Efficient Building

EnergyStar, ECOSelect, LiveGreen, EnergyPlus, GreenBuilding, Leeds, HERS score, these are just some of the many designations and terms homebuyers may see or hear when looking for a new home. It's easy to understand why many homeowners and homebuyers either lump them all together assuming they are one and the same or ignore them entirely. The truth is while there can be some overlap between "Green" home features and "Energy Efficient or Saving" features they are not one and the same.

Green Home Building 

In order to build green, contractors focus on four main areas, starting with materials. True "green" construction starts with materials that are natural, renewable,…

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We all expected the unexpected when it came to the real estate market in 2020, it was anyone's guess how the housing market would fare. The effect of a global pandemic on markets in the digital age had consequences that are completely unforeseeable, and the boom in the housing market is one of them. Many of our contemporaries and housing economists predicted changes across the board, but few predicted the strength of the market, especially the demand for homes. We have not seen the demand of this magnitude since 2006.

As we are witnessing markets gain more stability with mass vaccines and the reopening of economies, the housing predictions are becoming more cohesive. The second half of 2020 witnessed a veritable boom in real estate, according to…

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114 N Buchanan in Trinity Park Durham NC

114 N. Buchanan - UNder Contract in 1 Day

Blending History with Modern Conveniences and Location!

Location, Across the street from Duke University's East Campus and short stroll to Wholefoods and 9th Streets numerous Restaurants, Bars and Stores. Or head the other way to Brightleaf, Downtown, DPAC etc. The location is simply as good as it gets.

History: This English Cottage style home was originally built for Judge William Brahman who founded the Durham Bulls and served as President of minor league Baseball between 1933 & 1947.

Enjoy superb original construction and updated along the way, the home offers 10 high ceilings throughout the main level and 9 foot high ceilings on the second. The siding is true stucco, not EIFS and provides…

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What You Should Know About New ConstructionWhat You Should Know When Buying New Construction Homes

There's a lot of new construction here in the Research Triangle Area, from fully customized high-end single family homes, to mass produced production homes with few options for the buyer other than cosmetic, and everything in between. Each and every builder has their own jargon and terminology to describe their product and there's a very significant difference in the quality of what and how they build and what a homebuyer can expect throughout the process. It's very easy to become overwhelmed.

Here's what you should know about buying new construction.

New homes have a lot of advantages, but there are trade-offs. As with any major purchasing decision, consider your personal priorities…

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Testimonials

Moving is stressful and real estate transacting, whether buying or selling, is emotional. The team you use can ease emotions or add drama. We have found that buyers who choose their vendors based on digital review or paid review sites have unreliable results, at best. In our decades of experience in real estate, we have witnessed the rise of the digital professional over the word of mouth professional, and would like to offer our vendors who are proven beyond paid review or page rank. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Raleigh-Durham, contact a member of our team to begin your search.

Lenders

A reputable lender will offer fair terms and competitive rates derived from your present financial status, adjusted income, and credit history.…

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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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Is your home priced to sell immediately

The Best Way to Get Your Home Sold for Top $

Over the past few years when we go to meet with perspective sellers, we frequently hear, "It's a seller's market, let's list it for $$$." In today’s real estate market, more houses are coming to market every day. Eager buyers are searching for their dream homes, so setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 3.6% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts home values will be 5.4% higher. With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little over…

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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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Communication With My NC Homes

Buying and Selling with My NC Homes

Real estate agents have many communication styles. There are those who are high-touch and constantly call, email, or text to keep you updated on the market; some are more laid back waiting for you to reach out to them when you've found something of interest. With the My NC Homes team, you have as much or as little communication as you want when searching for, buying, or selling your home.

We understand that time is critical when buying and selling, especially in this market. Some of our favorite home buyers became clients when they found what looked like their forever home and wanted to see the house as soon as possible. Getting to know our buyers or sellers helps us understand what they want most. One of our…

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Trinity Park Rich in History

Rich In History

In the late 1800s, Durham had a robust economy based on tobacco and textiles. This thriving town had fashionable homes, a new hospital, and a respected university: Trinity College, which preceded Duke University.

Anchored by Queen Anne-style homes originally built for college professors, the area features homes in a variety of architectural styles including Victorian, Neo-Colonial and Craftsman. After a brief period of decline in the mid-20th century, Durham residents banded together to form the Trinity Park Neighborhood Association. This association was instrumental in halting hasty development and demolition of historic homes, and a priority was placed on restoring owner-occupancy.

Trinity Park is comprised of approximately…

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