Apex NC- Best Place to Live 2015

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Apex, NC has earned the Top Spot on Money Magazine’s Best Place to Live for 2015. With it’s small town charm, affordable housing and proximity to Research Triangle Park, Raleigh Durham International Airport and Raleigh, Apex is a great place to call home. Apex began as a railroad station chartered in 1854, its name is […]

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel HIll in 3D

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Here’s a quick tour of the Triangle.   (It works better if you have Google Earth).  The Triangle  comprises Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, each with its own style  and beauty. It’s helpful to learn more about each area before you decide where to live. Once you do, there’s a lot to choose from; architectural […]

Cary, NC – Earns Top Rankings

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Cary, NC Earns top rankings – One of the most Internet-Connected American Cities Cary, NC consistently earns top rankings in numerous categories; #2 Best City for Early Retirement-Kiplinger, #8 Best Cities to Live – WSJ, #3 Best Mid-Sized City to Move to – Movato, plus many more. Most recently Cary has been identified as being one […]

Real Estate Market Update

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  Here’s the latest real estate market update for the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas). The average sales price is up slightly, continuing a trend that has been steady throughout the year.  Closed transactions are relatively flat compared to a year ago with only a 1% increase.  Keep in mind the Triangle market is […]

North Carolina #5 for Business

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North Carolina is good for business We’ve known that North Carolina offers a great  quality of life, low cost of living and an educated workforce, which isn’t surprising since it’s home to some of the top rated universities in the nation.  What you might not know is that North Carolina is also a great place […]

May Market Update

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    May market update for the Triangle area – Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas.  It includes the most recent real estate activity for Raleigh and nearby; inventory levels, pending and closed sales.  All indicators are positive.  You can see additional market statistics here. The Triangle is considered one of the best places to […]

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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

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Be prepared with a Hurricane Preparedness Checklist National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25th – 31st and it’s a good idea to learn what to do in the event of a storm as well as what to assemble in a preparedness kit, with supplies sufficient to last at least 72 hours, in case you lose […]

Best Chef in the Southeast

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Local chef and owner of Poole’s Downtown Diner, Ashley Christensen recently won the award for best chef in the Southeast from the James Beard foundation in New York. The awards are presented by the foundation for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education. Christensen has opened a number of other restaurants in Raleigh; Beasley’s […]

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Raleigh – Best City for Raising a Family

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Raleigh is often recognized for its quality of life, attracting people from all over with a low cost of living, a quality educational system, plentiful jobs and affordable housing. These attributes also make it a great place for families. Forbes recently evaluated the 100 largest metro areas and ranked Raleigh as the Best City for Raising a […]

1st Quarter Market Update

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The Triangle Multiple Listing Service just released the 1st Quarter Market Update for the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC). Inventory is down 3% from March of last year, but up 6% from February.  Typically we see an increase in Spring as there are fewer listings in January and February. Pending sales are below January, […]

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11 Home Care Myths – Fact or Fiction

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11 Home Care Myths & Misunderstandings I bet you always thought bleach was the best option for removing mold and keep it from coming back or that the best time to water a lawn was in the evening.  Some popular home care myths and misunderstandings were tested by Family Handyman Magazine and you’ll be surprised by some […]

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Free Concerts in Cary

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Cary will be hosting 12 free concerts over the next 16 weeks at Sertoma Amphitheater in Fed Bond Park.  The series features local talent including Cary Town Band, SAS Show Choir, Triangle Brass Band and Old North State Brass, Boo Hanks & Lightnin’ Wells, Mountain Birch Duo, Mipso and John McCutcheon. Bring your basket (no […]

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Pittsboro a NC Certified Retirement Destination

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Pittsboro is a charming historic town just 18 miles south of Chapel Hill in Chatham County.  Residents enjoy the quaintness and friendliness of their small town, but also its convenient access to all parts of the Triangle. Recently, Pittsboro was named a “North Carolina Certified Retirement Destination”, awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. […]

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Due Diligence Checklist

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Due Diligence Checklist Planes, Trains & Automobiles What do they have to do with real estate? Due Diligence  – when buying a home you want to make sure you know what you’re getting and that there aren’t any adverse conditions affecting the property.  Is it in the path of an airport or near railroad tracks […]

Tour Raleigh

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Tour Raleigh to see its downtown and nearby attractions. Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and has all the attributes that make a city livable and attractive to newcomers; affordable housing, strong job growth, world class healthcare and excellent educational opportunities. Take a quick tour of downtown Raleigh and places […]

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Cary & Apex Among America’s 10 Safest Suburbs

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Among America’s Safest Suburbs – Cary & Apex NC The Triangle is always making the “Top 10” for something; Best place to Live, Best Place to Retire, you name it.  Now Cary and Apex can proudly say they are on the list of  “Americas 10 Safest Suburbs”, the two ranked #6 and #7 out of […]

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UNC Best Value in the Nation

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Two North Carolina Universities made the Top 10! The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was recently ranked #1 on “The Best Value Public College” list by the Princeton Review, and NC State ranked #4. Another great reason to live here! 150 Colleges were ranked- 75 Public and 75 Private. To determine the rankings they […]

January Real Estate Update

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Real Estate Market Update for January 2014 Inventory was down, pending sales were flat and closed sale were up 13%.  Weather probably had some impact on the numbers because it was hard for people to get out. As you can see on the graphs above, our real estate market is seasonal with higher volumes of […]

Google Fiber

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Things may move a little faster in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) if Google brings Google Fiber to the area.  Google recently announced nine metropolitan areas where it hopes to install the fiber optic network.  The network can provide Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.  According to Google some of […]

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Raleigh 2nd Fastest Growing U.S. City

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Raleigh is now the 2nd fastest growing city, according to Forbes A year ago the Raleigh area was ranked as the 4th fastest growing city in the US, according to Forbes Magazine.  A year later Raleigh has moved up to take the No. 2 spot with a population growth of 2.15% just behind Austin, Texas’ […]

Raleigh Area Job Growth

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Job Growth in 2014 Recently released numbers for overall job growth in the U.S. were below expectations, but there is some good news on the horizon. Raleigh, NC, with its robust research and development sector, is poised to gain a large percentage of the state’s job growth in 2014.   According to Mike Walden, an economist […]

Dean Smith – Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Dean Smith, the former UNC men’s basketball coach was the recipient of The Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded today at the White House.  Accepting the award on his behalf were family and friends, including current UNC men’s basketball coach Roy Williams. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor awarded to those […]

Raleigh – Best Place to Retire

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Top Retirement Spot   Money magazine just released its list of the Top Spots for Retirement and Raleigh, North Carolina is #1.  For the same reasons that make Raleigh an attractive place for the rest of us; exceptional quality of life, low cost of living, mild climate and world-class healthcare, also make it appealing to […]

North Carolina State Fair

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Fun For All Ages The North Carolina State Fair is a fun filled time with rides, games, food and entertainment for all ages.  It starts this Thursday, October 17th and runs through October 27th.  Admission at the gate is $9 for adults $4 for kids (6-12) *Children under 6 are free.  Discounts for military and […]

Calling All Dog Lovers

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NC State Dog Olympics This weekend NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine hosts the annual Dog Olympics.  This fun event is in its 22nd year and will be held on Saturday September 14, from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m at the Centennial Biomedical Campus.  Events include: competitions, canine demonstrations, rescue groups, free microchip clinic and a […]

North Carolina College Rankings

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Triangle Area Colleges on Popular College Rankings List   North Carolina Colleges – US News & World Report’s College rankings just came out and a number of colleges and universities in and around the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) made it into the Top 10 in their respective categories. The rankings are based on a […]

Cary’s Lazy Daze

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Arts & Crafts Festival Summer’s almost over, but there’s still time to have an adventure. Why not visit Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend.  The streets of Downtown Cary will be lined with tents featuring 385 artisans from 14 states.  You can get a preview at the Lazy Daze Virtual Festival. In […]


Cary Digital Capital of NC

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Cary is the Digital Capital of NC       In an effort to recognize communities that use the internet to grow their business, Google has named Cary as the Digital Capital of North Carolina.  This is the first year Google has complied a list of eCities, choosing one city or community from each state […]

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North Carolina College Football

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UNC & NC State If you’re a fan of college football, this weekend is for you.  On Saturday the University of North Carolina is hosting “Meet the Heels” and on Sunday  North Carolina State University is hosting “Meet the Pack”.   Saturday August 3rd, UNC Kenan Stadium Gates open at 3:00 p.m.    Meet the […]

Downtown Cary, NC

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Quick tour of Downtown Cary Downtown Cary, NC Small town character and charm with a great location to boot!  Once a small crossroads, Cary has grown into one of the most desirable communities in the Triangle.  Its central location gives its residents easy access to the Research Triangle Park, Raleigh Durham International Airport and major […]