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Raleigh and Triangle area NC real estate news and events. Experienced Raleigh Realtor writes about North Raleigh neighborhoods, real estate market updates, general information for people relocating to Raleigh NC area.
I'm from Florida.  I get it about pools.  They are born in excitement and anticipation.  The first season or two, even the first five, they get a lot of use.  Friends and family plan gatherings around good pool weather.  Sure, a pool takes maintenance, but the kids are eager to help.  At first.Ti...
“Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match!  Find me a find, catch me a catch.”   That’s me. I’m a matchmaker.  Buyers come to me, looking for love.  They want a home that speaks to them, hugs them, makes them feel safe and happy and proud — in their location and price range!  They share their visi...
    Greetings! I hope this holiday season finds you and your family rich in health and happiness. Among the world’s many peoples, we Americans are truly blessed.   This year I have been thinking about one blessing we take for granted.  From the start of our day until we close our eyes for sleep, ...
So I spent 12 days this summer at Penland School of Crafts, working on my glassblowing skills.  It was a lot of fun and the mountain location was the perfect escape from July in the lowlands of North Carolina.There were 14 of us students.  On the first day we all introduced ourselves and told whe...
Now its not enough to find a house, beat out multiple offers to win the house, and get through repairs.  After all that, we are all — buyers and sellers and agents — hoping and praying the house will appraise for the purchase price.  It may or it may not.  It’s a crap shoot.Back in the Good Old D...
 Glass art and nature might not seem like a logical fit, but Dale Chihuly often exhibits at botanical gardens.   The forms and curves of his pieces complement their setting.Glassblowing is a fascinating process, from design to execution.   The current exhibit at the New York Botanical Gaden inclu...
It's common wisdom that we should get three estimates and take the lowest bid.  That's just being an intelligent consumer, right?  But I would argue that the lowest bid is rarely the best choice.Now if the item is the product of mass manufacture -- a car, for example -- that's different.   I'm ta...
I am posting this as a public service.Once upon a time, Girl Scouts in green uniforms fanned out across the country, knocking on doors and offering Girl Scout cookies for sale.  I did it myself, but I won't tell you the price of a box of cookies when I sold them.  Let's just say .. less than a do...
Usually when a buyer misses out on a house, it's gone forever. Last year, though, my client got an unexpected second chance.My investor client went under contract to buy a cute little house at full list price, $95K. However, it was a short sale, which means anything can happen.  After several wee...
Here is a snapshot of the current real estate market for residential real estate in Wake County.   Distressed        inventory   Down 56% from October 2015.   Resale inventory   Down 14% from September.  Average sales price for resales Up 4% from October 2015, to $271,300. Average Days on Market ...

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