Cary Number 8 on list of America’s best cities to live

Once again the Triangle gets high on a list. Cary comes in #8 in the latest list from 24/7 Wall Street. Here’s the Cary detail:

8. Cary, North Carolina

> Median household income: $86,151
> Unemployment rate, 2013: 4.80%
> Median home value: $298,200
> Violent crime per 100,000 residents: 81.6
> Average commuter travel time: 22.1 minutes

A typical home in Cary is worth nearly $300,000, roughly double the statewide median home value. While Cary’s real estate market is relatively expensive, taxes are quite low, equal to less than 1% of typical home values.

Nearby Raleigh, which is much larger, tends to be a more popular destination among state residents. Downtown Cary, however, is developing rapidly. In recent years, Cary has attracted high numbers of new businesses and young entrepreneurs. With the unemployment rate at less than 5% last year, the local economy seems to be doing well. According to IHS Global Insight, the Raleigh-Cary metro area is expected to be among the fastest-growing economies in the U.S.”

See the full report here:

Raleigh, NC – Best Place for Business and Careers 2014

Well the results are in and it’s another win for Raleigh, NC.  Forbes just published their “Best Places for Business and Careers 2014″ report.  Not surporisingly for those of us who live in Raleigh, we came out #1.  Forbes Reasons were:

“Fueling Raleigh’s consistent results are business costs that are 18% below the national average, and an adult population where 42% have a college degree, the 12th best rate in the U.S. (30% is the national average). Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and nearby schools include Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The area’s appeal has led to a strong inflow of new residents to the city, which boasts the sixth fastest net migration rate over the past five years.

Research Triangle Park continues to fuel significant development in the area. The park is located at the core of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area, and it is the largest research park in the country. It features roughly 170 companies that employ 39,000 full-time, mostly high-tech workers. There have been 1,800 start-up companies created at RTP since 1970.

Networking giant Cisco Systems announced plans last month to add 550 jobs in RTP by the end of 2017, in addition to the 4,600 already in the area. “By expanding our presence and hiring the best talent, we will continue developing technology solutions that will enable the Internet of Everything and fuel innovation here in RTP,” said Cisco President Gary Moore in a statement announcing the news. Other top employers in the park include IBM, GlaxoSmithKline , Fidelity Investments ,Biogen Idec, Credit Suisse and BASF .”

If you want more information on living in Raleigh or the surrounding towns in the Triangle Contact us.

Full details of the FOrbes report can be found here

New-Home Sales Up 18.65% in May

Photo of Home under constructionThe numbers for May have just been released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  It’s good news, the seasonally adjusted annualized rate rose to 504,000 in May.  That’s a 18.6% increase year on year and the highest rate since May 2008.  There are more signs that buyers are getting off the fence and recognizing that now is a great time to buy a home.  Home Affordability is expected to decrease as prices and interest rates rise faster than salaries.  The original numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau can be viewed here: Home Sales for May 2014.

See some of the New Homes for Sale in the Triangle here.

OPEN HOUSE – Sunday 5/4 from 1:00-4:00 Great Durham Home


4319 Armitage Drive, Durham, NC

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$ 165,000
3 BATHROOMS (2 full, 1 half)
2050 Square Feet
Open flowing light filled home. Both Master Bed and Guest are oversized. Two Further Bedrooms. Large Living Room wired for speakers. Separate Dining Room. Secluded Deck. 15 Minute to Duke. 15 Minutes to RTP. 15 Minutes to Brier Creek. Large lot. Laminate floors throughout Living, Dining, Breakfast, hallway. Tile in Kitchen. Washer, Dryer + 2 Refrigerators convey. Just move in!

House Prices on the Rise – Time to Buy

It seems that the Housing Market Downturn is certainly over.  See this article from CNN Money which talks about the Case Schiller index which is widely regarded as the gold standard for tracking nationwide home pricing.  If you have been thinking about buying, there may never be a better time to afford a home than now.

We are here to help, so give us a call and we will work with you to get financing and find a great home.  Call now.

5 Bed Home on Raleigh / Cary Border – Less than a year old

We’ve just taken this great listing.  It’s less than a year old and immaculate.  The Sellers loss can be your gain as it is priced to sell.  Four Bedrooms on the second floor and another on the first with a full bath.  Follow this link for more details 5 Bedroom / 3 Bath home in Cary / Raleigh.  The home is actually in the Town of Cary, but has a Raleigh postal address of 3017 Red Grape Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607

Call now for your private showing.

3017 Red Grape Drive, Cary, Raleigh, NC 27607

New Homes For Sale in Massey Preserve, Raleigh

Home For Sale in Massey Preserve, Raleigh

New Homes For Sale in Massey Preserve, Raleigh.  Today I visited Massey Preserve in East Raleigh.  It was the first time I had been to this Beazer Community and I was pleasantly surprised, even impressed.  These Energy Star homes are well built and great value.  The Model home is well worth a visit.

Home For Sale in Massey Preserve, Raleigh

Home For Sale in Massey Preserve, Raleigh








Massey Preserve can be found on Forestville Road between Buffalo Road to the South and Mitchell Mill Road to the North.  Getting to 540 is just a few minutes and  it would be an easy commute to Downtown Raleigh or Research Triangle Park.  Base pricing from these homes range from $159,990 for a 1,447 sq. ft.  3 Bed, 2 Bath Ranch to $229,990 for a 3,022 sq. ft. Two-Story with 4 Beds, 2.5 Bath with a study and loft (Could be set-up as a 6 Bed home).  This model starts at only $74 a sq. ft. for a delightful home.  They will even pay your closing costs if your pre-qualify with their lender.

At this time, there are five Quick Move-In homes.  If you would like more details of these homes, or you would like us to accompany you to view please call.  Should you wish to visit on your own, please ask for Lorraine and be sure to tell her we recommended you take a look.

To see full details of the Quick Move-In homes and a couple of available resales, just follow this link:

Homes for Sale in Massey Preserve, Raleigh

What’s a Famous Owner worth to a home?

Bubba Watson Home for Sale

Bubba Watson's Home for Sale

What is having a famous owner worth on the price of a Property?  Here is Bubba Watson’s NC home that is on the market.  While we don’t know what work has been done on the home , we do know that he paid $1,100,000 in September 2009 and it is now listed at $1,450,000.

Would you pay more for a home that had a famous owner?

New Build in Weycroft Reserve – Part 1


This afternoon, we took a trip out to view a luxury home that is being built for one of our clients in Weycroft Reserve in West Cary.  Framing has just been completed so we thought it would be a good time to view progress.  The home is being built by Jeff Logsdon of Heathstone Luxury Homes the local representative of the Arthur Rutenberg Homes.

Construction is proceeding well and is in fact ahead of schedule.  Here are a few more photos:

We will be making regular visits to review progress on this great home.  If this kind of property interests you, the builder currently has a similar model for sale at 701 Stoney Knoll Drive.  He’s also got a wonderful Show Home we’d like to show you.  

We’d be delighted to introduce you to the builder and work for you as your Buyers Agent to negotiate for this home or to build from scratch.

Under Contract – 1203 Coleridge Ct, Franklinton NC 27525

Another One Under Contract

We are seeking Backup Offers – Full Details

This Month in Real Estate (April 2012)

OPEN HOUSE – Luxury Carriage Home in Brier Creek 3/25/2012

11506 Helmond Way, Raleigh NC

11506 Helmond Way, Raleigh NC

Luxury Home in Brier Creek Raleigh. Open 25th March 2012 from 2:00-4:00. Come and take a look.

View Details of Luxury Home in Brier Creek