Wake Forest, NC Real Estate News

By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Dear Seller - Have You Checked Your Listing OnLine? Trust is very important when it comes to selecting your real estate agent!  You must know that they have your best interest in mind and that they will go above and beyond to get your property sold for the most amount of money in the least amount of with a minimal amount of stress to you.  With that said...... I have seen VERY bad examples lately in the local Multiple Listing Service.  Many of the offending examples are: Pictures - in the local Triangle Multiple Listing Service we are permitted to have 25 photos of a property.  (Please know that it is different in other parts of the country) Is YOUR agent doing their part in taking advantage of the multitude of pictures allowed?  The amount of pictures isn't even as big a concern as the...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
I have my camera with me at ALL times in the car while driving around Wake Forest NC!  You never know when an opportunity will present itself or if a photo might become the focal point of a blog post.  Well, today i was going through some of the pictures I have and thought I would put together a few slide shows about Wake Forest NC.  Enjoy! If you have any questions about Wake Forest NC or any homes for Sale in Wake Forest NC please feel free to give me a call or simply send me an email - I'd be happy to help!  Wake Forest NC Neighborhoods "Wake Forest NC Neighborhoods"Create a free slideshow with Picnik! Historic Residential and Commercial Wake Forest NC"Historic Wake Forest NC"Create a free slideshow with Picnik!  Historic Downtown Wake Forest NC"Historic Downtown Wake Forest NC"Creat...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Has an opportunity presented itself to you to possibly relocate to Wake Forest NC?  How exciting!  Any move can be somewhat frightening when there are so many unknowns involved but I'm here to help!  I've tried to answer as many of the questions that I normally receive from out-of-towers as I could but if you have more questions then by all means, let me know!  Consider me your Wake Forest NC Real Estate Agent - I am here to help in any way I can. Where is Wake Forest NC?  Wake Forest NC is located centrally in North Carolina in Wake County. We are equidistant from both the great Appalachian Mountains and the Carolina Coast making day trips a breeze regardless of your chosen outdoor activities!  We are just a few minutes to downtown Raleigh NC and an easy commute to Research Triangle P...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Things To Do In Wake Forest NC!  August 23 - 29, 2010 Well, this is it!  The 2010 - 2011 school year starts for traditional schools in Wake Forest NC!  There will be more school buses rolling on the roads so be super careful on the neighborhood streets and don't forget to get familiar with the school zone speed limits. Check out some of the playgroups this week in Wake Forest NC for the PreSchool age as well as Homeschool Groups!  It's a great way to meet other families and make some new friends! Preschool Playgroup in the Park Monday mornings thru Aug; 9:30 am – 11:30 am Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave. Come enjoy the beauty of the day and meet new friends while the children play on Mondays during the summer months. This informal group, sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Church, meets at H...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Closed Sales in Wake Forest NC were down by -27.2% for the month of July, 2010.  While that may seem like a substantial drop in sales the overall year to date Closed Sales are up by 15.4%. There was a 3.9% increase in the Inventory of Homes for Sale in Wake Forest NC. Both Average Sales Prices and Median Sales Prices saw an increase for the month of July 2010.  Average Sales Prices increased 3.3% compared with July 2009 and Median Sales Prices rose 9.9% when compared to the same time in 2009. The most popular Price Point for Homes for Sale in Wake Forest NC remains $200,000.00 - $300,000.00.  There is a great selection of homes available in this price point! If you have any questions regarding the statistics in this Wake Forest NC Real Estate Report please feel free to give me, your Wak...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Weekends In Wake Forest NC - August 20 - 22, 2010 With school starting back up next week it is a pretty low-key weekend in Wake Forest NC!  Whew, it has to slow down sometimes.  It's been an incredible summer with loads of events and activities - and, if you had fun this summer just wait till you see what Wake Forest NC has in store for you for the Fall!  Get ready - festivals are on the way....... Wake Forest Farmers Market Saturday, Aug 21; 8 am - noon Downtown parking lot, 110 S. White St. The Wake Forest Farmers Market offers fresh produce, pasture raised meats, free range eggs, baked goods-breads, pies, cakes and cookies. Granola, honey, goat cheese, fresh and dried herbs. Jams and preserves. Hand made soaps and lotions, hand spun fiber, fine art and crafts. Garden plants. Music by...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Wake Forest NC Neighborhood Expedition - Focus on St. Ives Estates Welcome to St. Ives Estates in Wake Forest NC!  St. Ives Estates is a beautiful community with rolling tree lined streets and simply magnificent custom homes on large, well-manicured lots.  St. Ives Estates is quietly tucked away off of Kearney Road yet convenient to both Capital Boulevard and Highway 98 making commutes to both Durham NC and downtown Raleigh NC a breeze. St. Ives Estates is a swim community with a large pool for residents, tennis courts for residents and a clubhouse that is perfect for neighborhood get-togethers or private parties.  This quiet community offers plenty of room to spread out yet amply opportunity be partake in "community".  Currently, there are 8 homes for sale in St. Ives Estates and they ...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Is This A Bad Neighborhood? There is almost NO other question I hate worse than this one from a Buyer.  I don't know what YOUR definition of "bad" is as it is all relative.  What is not desirable to you may be perfectly acceptable to another.  We all see things differently. When I represent a buyer it is my obligation to show them EVERY home that meets their needs.  If you are moving to Wake Forest NC and you give me criteria to work within when researching homes for you then you can rest assured that I will let you know of every house available in Wake Forest NC that meets those needs.  If your definition of "bad" is based on criminal activity I can certainly provide you with links to the Wake Forest Police Departments website where you can research what, if any, criminal activity has ...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Thinking of Selling Your Home?  Here's Your Homework Assignment It can be quite a bit of work getting your home market ready!  I am sure that by now you have heard the mantra of CLEAN and DECLUTTER.  And, if you haven't, here are some great posts that can help you catch up! Home Improvements that Won't Break the Bank...... First Impressions - You May Not Get a Second Chance So Make It Count! "The Devil is in the Details" When It Comes to Selling Your Home! This post, however, is NOT about cleaning up and getting your home market ready in appearance but what YOU, as a seller, can do to make it a smooth transaction for everyone. I have a checklist that I like to share with each of my sellers prior to listing their home of action items they can complete.  Here are just a few to share: Prop...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Many homes for sale in Wake Forest NC are located within subdivisions that have Restrictive Covenants and are subject to regulation by the Owner's Association.  For that very reason, it is CRITICAL that you review the Restrictive Covenants and Bylaws PRIOR to signing an Offer To Purchase Contract.  It is your Real Estate Agents responsibility (Buyer's Agent) to provide you with the covenants prior to signing the Offer To Purchase.  After reviewing you will not only need to sign the Offer To Purchase, provided you accept the Restrictive Covenants, but also the Owners Association Disclosure and Addendum if the purchase is a ReSale. The Owners Association Disclosure and Addendum will provide you with the Name, Address and Phone Number of the Homeowners Association as well as what is "paid ...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
What Is A North Carolina Residential Property Disclosure?  Part I of II Whether you are buying or selling Residential Property in North Carolina and it is a RESALE property you will need to be familiar with a North Carolina Residential Property Disclosure.  To avoid confusion I have broken this post up into two parts - Part I will deal with Sellers and NC Residential Property Disclosures. As a seller of single family residential property in North Carolina or a building with up to 4 units you are required to fill out and furnish to Buyers a N.C. Residential Property Disclosure.  The Disclosure is a form with 21 questions regarding the property that you have for sale and it's condition.  You need to review the questions and answer with one of the following answers: YES - If you answer yes...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Things To Do in Wake Forest NC!  August 16 - 22, 2010 The summer is quietly coming to a close in Wake Forest NC!  Schools are starting back and with that the focus is on getting back into routines.  There are a few events this week on the Wake Forest NC calendar and you won't want to miss them!  There is a great workshop offered this week "Drugs Uncovered: What Parents Need to Know!".  This is a must attend workshop for parents and I am thrill that this is being offered. The Wake Forest NC Farmers Market is still offering some of the areas BEST produce along with fresh jams and preserves, hand made soaps and lotions and baked goods.  The Wake Forest Farmers Market is ALWAYS a great stop on your Saturday mornings! Also, if you are still scrambling to get ready for school you might want t...
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By Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522)
  I recently finalized a home sale in Heritage Wake Forest in Wake Forest NC .  My delightful client is making the move here from NYC - Brooklyn to be exact -  and just fell in love with the Townhome built by Jack Lichtner in the Links.    And who wouldn't?  Take a look at what's in her backyard...  a golf course and a very relaxing lake view...  There's also a new Wake Forest Greenway System just across the way as well!                 Here's just one of the entrances to her new subdivision - isn't it pretty!  The stonework weaving all through Heritage is just delightful...               She's not my first client to fall in love with Heritage Wake Forest.  And It's no wonder with the fantastic master plan, variety of homes and prices, and activities available from golf, tennis, hiking...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Historic Downtown Wake Forest NC has an incredible destination shop - the Twisted Vine Wine Shoppe!  Have you been there yet? Twisted Vine is owned by some familiar faces in Wake Forest NC - yep, the same smiling and friendly faces that you see at the Wake Forest Coffee Company!  Albert Barneto and Bob Cubillas.        Twisted Vine has some amazing wines available from all over the world including Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Austrailia, and France to name just a few!  They also stock some tremendous Yadkin Valley wines that come from here in our own back yard - North Carolina! When selecting their wines for inventory they reached out to the Wake Forest NC community and solicited their feedback as to what they wanted to see - so, this really is a wine shoppe for the community!  They...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
It's a VERY busy weekend in Wake Forest NC - so much to do and a little of something for just about EVERYONE! Check out the latest calendar of things to do in Wake Forest NC and get out an ENJOY!If you are out and about and see any homes for sale in Wake Forest NC be sure to give me, your Wake Forest NC Real Estate Agent, a call - I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have on any home for sale. Also, thinking about exploring some Open Houses this weekend? You can certainly use my Open House search tool for Open Houses in Wake Forest NC or any are of the Triangle - it's easy to use!Knights of Columbus Blood Drive Friday, Aug. 13; 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm St. Catherine of Siena, 520 W. Holding Ave. All donors will be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 gift card. To make an appointme...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
On a very unassuming street in historic downtown Wake Forest you will find renovated bungalows that house some of the best treasures that Wake Forest has to offer.......Sunflower Studio and Gallery is just one of them!  Sunflower Studio and Gallery houses some of the finest original works in acrylics, water colors, oils and pastels.  They also showcase some of the most detail beaded jewelry and local landmark artwork.  The second Friday of every month they host "Art After Hours" in which they open up their doors and provide live music, light hors d'oeuvres and showcase local talented artists!   Sunflower Studio is located at 214 East Jones Street where you are within the local walking tour of historic downtown Wake Forest which offers a variety of shopping such as The Cotton Company, Th...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Need another reason to visit historic downtown Wake Forest?  Here it is.......  a la mode A fantastic hot spot in the historic downtown Wake Forest streetscape is this fantastic ice cream shop!  Homemade ice cream, homemade gelato, homemade frozen yogurt....are you getting the homemade part?  We visited last night for an after-dinner treat and it was amazing!  My son splurged on the mint chocolate chip in a waffle cone, my husband the coffee ice cream and me?  Homemade Tiramisu Gelato - out of this world!  You will NOT find gelato like this anywhere in the greater Raleigh area - I promise you!   The atmosphere is inviting with deep rich floors, muted colors, mix and match antique furniture, and saddles to sit on at the bar.  Yep, a whole row of saddles.....get it?  Saddle up to the bar...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Wake Forest NC Neighborhood Expedition - Focus on Holding Ridge Holding Ridge is conveniently located in central Wake Forest NC with easy access to Hwy 98 (Durham Road) or Hwy1A (Main Street) which makes getting around Wake Forest NC very easy!  Shops, restaurants, every day conveniences and historic downtown Wake Forest NC are just right around the corner and some even within walking distance.  Also, close by is Tyler Run Park which is part of the Wake Forest NC Parks & Recreation System.  This 9 acre park features a baseball field, basketball court, playground, picnic tables and a greenway trail!  Homes in Holding Ridge were built in between 1995 and 2003.  Currently there are 4 homes for sale in Holding Ridge ranging in price from $199,900 - $234,900.  That price range is extremely p...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
The Factory in Wake Forest NC - Your One Stop for FUN! The Factory is located on Main Street in Wake Forest and truly offers a little bit of everything for everybody. This old factory was meticulously cared for and revamped to provide a place for shopping, dining and sports activities.  Little by little the spaces have been filling up and The Factory is truly a destination spot. The sculpture in the fountain stands in front of The Factory and during the warmer months you will always see people making wishes and tossing in pennies and kids running around playing tag.  Two restaurants  that are part of the complex but located separate are Las Palmas which has great Mexican food and The Village Deli and wow, they sure do know how to make an awesome sandwich and their soups are great.  Also...
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By Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
(RED Properties)
Here it is!  Are you ready for it?  Time to gear up, "feed" those brains, buy the new sneakers and get those bedtime routines polished up - IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL! Don't panic!  Here are all the resources that you need to make this transition from summer to school-time much easier! Whether you live in Wake Forest, Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Knightdale, or Rolesville you child's school will fall under Wake County Public Schools System   3600 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 919-850-1600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              919-850-1600      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Their website will provide you with a wealth of information in getting ready for the big day!  Here are some additional links that will certainly give you a leg up on the research! District Calendar - both Traditional and Ye...
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