News and accolades for Raleigh, Cary, Wake County and the Triangle area North Carolina

Raleigh is #1 Healthiest City for Women

Raleigh Accolade: Named Healthiest City for WomenWomen’s Health Magazine named our very own Raleigh, North Carolina as the #1 Healthiest City for Women in 2012!

Now isn’t this just a delightful and interesting new accolade.. Being proclaimed as the “place with the fittest, happiest females” (wow, now that’s a winning statement wouldn’t you say!) We just can’t help but (humbly of course) brag about this.

What helped Raleigh, NC claim the coveted spot?  … in one word, prevention.  Women in Raleigh are great about getting the regular necessary screenings, and the results of those screenings have been overwhelmingly positive for local Raleigh women.

Healthy Women: Raleigh Accolade

Way to go ladies in Raleigh!

For more info about the top cities for women in 2012, here’s a convenient link to the Womens Health Magazine Article.

Feeling the Love for the Wake County Area

 Feeling the Love for Wake County, NC…

We can’t help but be thankful for living in such a wonderful community and we’re proud of how the Raleigh area and Wake County are faring during these economic times.  

Just last month the headlines read:

Raleigh, NC Named #1 BEST City in America

– Bloomberg BusinessWeek

That is just one of many accolades the Triangle has received that have us smiling with pride for Wake County.  We’d like to share a bit of information about what contributes to the stability of the Triangle housing market and why so many people are choosing to move here:

Average Wake County Real Estate Statistics

Every month, outside of our regular market reports on each town, we compile comprehensive data that outlines how towns within the Triangle area compare to each other.  To the left you’ll find the average home stats per town for last month….

If you’d like a complete picture for last month, check out the September 2011 Wake County Real Estate Marke.

Below you’ll find the average days on the market for each area in a bar chart for easy comparison:

Wake County Real Estate Average Days on the Market

If you would like to discover what is on the market now that matches your unique criteria sign up for your own gateway and receive new listings as they enter the Triangle real estate market.  

Should you have questions regarding the information above or if you would like more detailed information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We’re always happy to answer questions, listen to concerns and work together. Whether you are buying or selling a home, we are here to create a smooth transition and fulfill your real estate needs.

Disclaimer:  Any reference to TMLS data is based on information from Triangle MLS, which neither guarantees nor is in any way responsible for its accuracy. All data is provided ‘AS IS’ and with all faults. Data maintained by Triangle MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

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We hope to see you soon, out and about in Wake County, NC!

Raleigh, NC Named #1 BEST City in America!

Raleigh, NC Named #1 BEST CITY


Raleigh, NC Accolades


Raleigh, NC was named yesterday as the #1 Best City in America by Bloomberg BusinessWeek!

On their list of the top 50 best cities, Raleigh claims #1 for the thriving social scene, great parks, good schools, and terrific universities including North Carolina State University and nearby Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. 

Also mentioned (which we LOVE to write about) is that there are tons of things to do in Raleigh, NC!   


Criteria for the ranking included:

  • # of restaurants, bars and museums per capita
  • # of colleges, libraries and professional sports team
  • Income, poverty, unemployment, crime and foreclosure rates of the cities
  • % of population with bachelor’s degrees
  • public school performance
  • park acres per 1,000 residents (I learned that Raleigh has a staggering 30.8 park acres per 1,000 residents – love this!)
  • air quality


Raleigh NC Accolades

Not shy to accolades, Raleigh and NC have recently claimed coveted spots from Forbes and CNBC as well!  Raleigh was named #1 Best Place for Business in 2011 by Forbes, named #2 BOOM Town by and North Carolina was named #3 Best State for Business by CNBC!

If you’d like to read more about Raleigh, NC or see other top cities, check out the full BusinessWeek article.

Another noteworthy acheivement: Durham, NC was named as 37th Best City!

We hope to see you out and about in Wake County, NC!

Raleigh is #1 Best Place for Business in 2011!

Raleigh Grabs #1 spot on Forbes’ Best Places for Business in 2011!


Provoking a mix of emotions, we’re excited, proud, and grateful to call Raleigh, NC home!  In the midst of the all the economic turmoil, Raleigh, North Carolina ranks #1 Best Place for Business. Now this kind of news will certainly aid in the Real Estate recovery in Raleigh NC!!

Raleigh, NC Accolades


Jumping up in the ranks (last year Raleigh was ranked 3rd), Forbes credits Raleigh’s #1 standing heavily to:

  • Low cost of doing business (sited as 18% below the national average)
  • Smart labor force (42% with a college degree)
  • Had the 2nd highest migration rate in the nation over the last 5 years (Raleigh-Cary is expected to continue to grow as well!)


The industries with a strong local presence leading the pack creating a solid foundation for all Raleigh businesses are; the tech, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.  We’re very fortunate to attract not just one or two lucrative industries but FOUR!  Moving to Raleigh, NC?  You have a plethora of industries to choose from!

If you’d like to read more about Raleigh, NC or see other top cities, check out the full article here.

Raleigh, NC #2 BOOM Town!!! –

Great News Just Keeps Pouring In!!  Raleigh Named the Nation’s #2 Boom Town! slated Raleigh, NC as the 2nd best city positioned to grow and prosper over the next decade! 

Raleigh, NC AccoladesJob growth over the previous two years (during the recession) was used as a baseline to measure the long-term effects of the recession, weighing in at about 1/3 of the score.  Demographic information was calculated for the remaining 2/3, including growth in educated migration, Raleigh, NC population growth, family formation (not sure I understand exactly how this was measured), and how attractive Raleigh is as a place to grow roots and start a business for immigrants (again not sure what how exactly this was comprised – but love it!)

Raleigh, NC Accolades

In the article, Raleigh, NC was called an Economic Superstar!  Raleigh has job-creation records among the best in the nation, ranks #1 city for families with young children, and offers the attractiveness of affordable housing and short commute times. Raleigh, NC is the perfect place to call Home.

One of my favorite parts of the article stated “People create economies and they tend to vote with their feet when they choose to locate their families as well as their businesses.”

Do you know where YOUR feet would be LOVED?… You guessed it – Raleigh, NC.

 Raleigh, you make us proud.

For more information, check out the Next Big Boom Towns Article.

#3 State BEST IN BUSINESS – North Carolina

CNBC named North Carolina #3 Best State for Business!

The anticipation was maddening as we waited for CNBC’s count down last week… we felt confident North Carolina would be high in the ranks – we were just anxious to hear how high!  


Raleigh, NC

Stepping up, North Carolina earned the number 3 spot for the Top State for Business in 2011!

North Carolina has “managed to stay competitve even during the worst fiscal crisis in generations”. – CNBC

43 metrics were used to determine the winner.  North Carolina’s best categories in the rankings were “workforce & infrastructure”, followed by “cost of doing business”.

One of the items listed under the economic profile of each state which I found interesting was the foreclosure rates for May 2011.  NC is listed as 1 per 1,584 households.  The foreclosure rates in every state are too high… “healthy foreclosure levels” (if there is such a thing) went out the window a few years ago with the economic downturn.  BUT, when comparing NC to most other top states for business, our foreclosure rate is EXTREMELY low (which is good). 

For comparison the foreclosure rate (going up the line) for:

  • State #2 (Texas):  1 per 1,074 households
  • State #1 (Virginia):  1 per 766 households  


Down the line…

  • State #4 (Georgia):  1 per 387 households
  • State #5 (Colorado):  1 per 518 households
  • State #6 (Massachusetts):  1 per 1,124 households
  • State #7 (Minnesota):  1 per 829 households
  • State #8 (Utah):  1 per 365 households
  • State #9 (Iowa):  1 per 878 households
  • State #10 (Nebraska):  1 per 2,788 households (lower foreclosure rate) 

This stability translates to a more stable housing market and should give confidence to homeowners in this great state of North Carolina.


Congratulations residents (and soon-to-be residents) of North Carolina and other top states for business!


For more information go to topstates.cnbc website.

Raleigh-Cary is the Top Metro Area to see another JUMP in population this decade!


Raleigh-Cary, NC Population is Expected to Jump!


Raleigh NC


Raleigh-Cary, N.C. over the last decade experienced a population surge of about 41.8%!  The U.S. population is expected to rise 8.9% in the next decade.  So what states are expected to be most affected by big growth between 2010 and 2020??  


It comes as no surprise to me that Raleigh-Cary is at the top of the list with an anticipated 35.7% jump according to an article by Inman News!!  


Raleigh NC



I hear folks moving here all the time say they were looking for the best place to raise a family, or the best place to live, or the best place to buy a house.  They found us!


We are so proud of our area and excited to see the continued growth over the next decade, as we have in the last.  Although, I have to disagree with the broker interviewed who quotes in the article that they haven’t “not seen a huge surge in relocation and out-of-town buyers yet”…  YIKES!  


There are a lot of folks moving/relocating to the RaleighCary, Triangle area of North Carolina!!  Call us, it’s what we love to do ~ making connections for you!


And take a look at what Wake County stats say;

Wake County grew by 29,146 people (80 per day) in the last year according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released in March  2010.


Are there many other counties with that kind of growth?


According to an article by, researchers estimate that by 2030 about $25 trillion worth of new homes and offices will be built to handle the demand… (that’s more than twice the size of the U.S. economy today)!  


New homes in Cary NC







Where do experts think the majority of this money will be focused??  They’ve narrowed it to 10 regions which were chosen after evaluating growth forecasts and interviewing regional planners, developers and investors.  






One of the regions… ours; Raleigh-Durham (and along the I-85 corridor to Atlanta).  With an expected population increase of about 7 million people, along with an estimated 3.4 million jobs (38% increase), 3.1 million new homes (40% increase – WOW!), and 7.7 million square feet of new office space (a substantial increase of 120%), Raleigh-Durham is slated for tremendous growth!!!… there’s gold in those numbers wouldn’t you say?



Is this the right place (GREAT PLACE) to be?!  We’d say so!!!!


Raleigh Named One of the BEST Places To Buy a Home Right Now!


Raleigh, NC named by as Top 10 BEST Places to buy a home right now.


Congratulations Raleigh, NC for this Prestigious Accolade! 


Raleigh NC Home For Sale, 5 bedrooms agrees!!  …There are GREAT opportunities for home ownership here in the Triangle Area of NC.


One terrific example of great opportunities to buy a home in Raleigh is on the left!  This gorgeous 5 bedroom, 4 bath Wakefield home is available for $459,000 … it’s a perfect example of one of the great opportunities for home buyers in the Triangle Area.


Right now is a great time to buy a home in the Raleigh area!!

Interested?  Click the photo for information on this beautiful Raleigh, NC home in desirable Wakefield.


To read the article or check out the other top locations you can view the article here.


Curious about what what else is available in the Wake County Real Estate market?  Sorted in alphabetical order by  Triangle area subdivisions and categorized by Wake County Real Estate Areas, below are links to the new listings that came on the market last month:  

If you’re not yet sure where you would like to relocate within the Triangle area, (there are certainly a number of great areas to choose from) take a peek at the new active homes for sale in Wake County, NC.

As always it is so important to have the right resources available at the tip of your fingers when considering Wake County Real Estate.  Just let us know what we can do to help guarantee that your move will be a pleasant experience ~ Welcome to the Triangle!


Very Exciting – Congratulations again to Raleigh, NC for being named One of the BEST Places to Buy a Home Right Now!!

Where’s the most Sustainable Mid-Size Community in the USA? … Why Raleigh, NC of course!



Raleigh-Cary is Nation's Healthiest Housing Market


Raleigh, NC is America’s Most Sustainable Mid-Size Community!


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Raleigh, NC this pestigious award, beating out 49 other cities that applied in the same category consisting of 50,000 to 500,000 residents. 



There was a ceremony in Philadelphia during a national Chamber conference to honor Raleigh and the other finalists (n. Little Rock, Ark., and Pittsburgh) for the great honor of being named



#1 Sustainable Mid-Size Community



Described by Mayor Charles Meeker, the city is “a careful steward of the environment and has a long-term vision for a prosperous future”.


Recently Raleigh was also named:Raleigh & Cary, NC Accolades


to touch on just a few of the highlights.
We loving living in the Triangle area of NC and are grateful to call Raleigh home Click here for full the article.  Congratulations to all living in or relocating to the sustainable cities on this list!

Raleigh – Cary, NC Named Healthiest Housing Market



Raleigh-Cary is Nation's Healthiest Housing Market


Raleigh-Cary, NC is America’s Healthiest Housing Market!


The Housing Intelligence gave a sneak peak at the 2011 Market Health Report and we are thrilled to report Raleigh-Cary, NC has the great honor of being named



#1 Healthiest Housing Market



The report takes into account home price appreciation, unemployment rates, job and income growth and other factors.  More great news for our area, Durham, NC came in ranking as #4 Healthiest Housing Market – we LOVE living in the Triangle!


Recently Raleigh and Cary, NC was also named:Raleigh & Cary, NC Accolades


to touch on just a few of the highlights.
We loving living in the Triangle area of NC and are grateful to call Raleigh home Click here for full the article.  Congratulations to all living in or relocating to the cities on this list!