Nothing could be finer than SPRING in the Carolinas

looking outside from my office





Here it is the final day of March – and as I look outside my office window it appears as if March will head out as a lamb this year.







But not before she bestowed a lovely beginning to spring.  Barney and I headed out this morning for a quick walk around our Hunters Meadow subdivision and what a feast for the eyes.  Just take a look at some of these lovely flowers and trees we found.



spring in the carolinas




Then as I was out  and about I stopped into Yates Mill to stop and smell the roses


Well, not a lot of flowers yet but I enjoyed some of the locals as they squeaked and squawked at my presence. 




If the weather folks are right – we’re heading for a fabulous week-end…  temperatures could reach in the high 80’s and perhaps even 90 degrees!   

Now you can see why I say nothing can be finer than to be in Carolina in the Spring!!

Where’s one of the best places for young professionals? Raleigh NC!!

Raleigh NC was just named #3 in the nation for young adults wanting to find their place in this recessionary economy announced.  We trail behind Austin TX, and Washington DC. 

I don’t know about you, but if I were just looking to establish myself and found a place with tremendous professional growth possibilities, very reasonable home prices, and an area that’s poised beautifully for substantial growth over the next few decades – I’d jump on it in a heartbeat…

Welcome to the Triangle!  An area that has been garnering accolades en mass over the years.  It’s no wonder as Raleigh is the fastest-growing major metro in the nation. The population of the Raleigh area is increasing by 3.9 percent per year. That’s more than triple the pace for the typical market of 1.2 percent.

This news comes on the heels that NC employers posted more than 1,700 IT job openings in February.  That’s most since back in November 2008 according to NC Technology Association.  The report went on to say the demand is coming from the high tech, financial and IT services sectors.  You can download the full NC IT workforce market analysis to read more.

Looking for a new place to call home?  Call, email or text us – we’d love to introduce you to the Triangle!!


What you need to know about Wake county Schools when moving to the Triangle


Moving to the Triangle?   Got kids?

If you’ve chosen to relocate to Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Morrisville or even Wake Forest you probably will need more info on just what the schools system is like.  First of all you’ll be moving to Wake County.  So let’s start with some facts about the Wake County Public School System (WPSS).

There are 9,419 teachers working in 156 schools within the Wake County Public School System.  Here’s the break down:

99 elementary schools
30 middle schools
23 high schools
4 special/optional schools.

But how do you choose one that’s right for your child?  With more and more families moving to the Triangle we frequently get asked a lot of questions regarding the public school system here in the Triangle which includes Raleigh, Cary, Apex area.  Questions about where are the best schools, what’s a year round school, and how are students selected for a magnet school?

The WCPSS gives this explanation on their growth standards:

Growth is calculated by averaging the academic growth of all the students in a school and comparing it to the growth students were
expected to make. If the average gain is equal to or greater than the expectation, then the school is said to have “met its growth target.” If 60 percent of the students in the school meet their individual growth targets, then the school is deemed to have met “high growth.”

Last year the WCPSS saw a substantial increase in schools that EARNED distinctions.  8% of its schools achieved School of Excellence recognition, and 33% of its school achieved School of Distinction awards.

Below are the 12 Honor Schools of Excellence in 2008-09 (which is almost twice the number of the previous year):

  • Adams Elementary
  • Apex Middle
  • Davis Drive Elementary *
  • Davis Drive Middle
  • Highcroft Elementary
  • Lufkin Road Middle
  • Mills Park Elementary
  • Morrisville Elementary
  • Salem Middle *
  • Turner Creek Elementary

Schools of Excellence in 2008-09 include:

  • Apex High
  • Green Hope High *

* WCPSS Schools with the highest composite scores

Here’s how those distinctions are determined:

A school earns recognition as an Honor School of Excellence when 90 percent of students are successful on state testing, the school’s state testing results show that it met or exceeded expected growth and the school met the federal No Child Left Behind standard of Adequate Yearly Progress. According the the ABC’s of Public Education.

Schools are recognized as Schools of Excellence when 90 percent of students are successful on state testing, the school’s state testing results show that it met or exceeded expected growth, but the school does not achieve Adequate Yearly Progress.

Schools of Distinction have more than 80 percent of students scoring proficient on state assessments and meeting growth standards.

To learn more about the schools in the WCPSS, and what each one has to offer visit the School Directory

If schools are important to you when making the move to Triangle, let us know.  We’ll be sure to get you the information about homes around schools that you like. 

Partial Roof collapse at Conagra Plant in Garner NC

More late breaking news on the Garner ConAgra accident – WRAL coverage


Latest information is there have been 32 people taken to 5 area hospitals. 2 people are being treated with life threatening injuries one at UNC Hospital and one at Duke.

There are still 2 people unaccounted for. There were 300 people at work there today.

ConAgra Plant in Garner NC

Are we really the 5th fastest growing area in the nation? Raleigh NC

This mornings News and Observer article (the Raleigh area paper) has had my phone ringing today…  did I hear the news?  Not having read the article I went online to find the article causing such a clatter.  Here’s what they reported:

“According to census numbers released today, the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area, which includes Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties, grew by 4.3 percent from July 2007 to July 2008, and is now home to close to 1.1 million people. It well outpaced its closest rival, the Austin, Texas, area, which grew by 3.8 percent. The national average was just under 1 percent.”

Interesting article. It goes on to report some not so stellar facts but that’s not my point of concern here.  I’m not sure where the staff writer Ms. Kristen got her info but I quess that’s why she’s a reporter and I’m not. 

However the article and stats reported above caused me to raise an eybrow…  For you see when someone refers to the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area (which is really in Wake county by the way) how can they include Johnston and Franklin counties in the stats?  Now I know that Wake county has grown exponentially over the past so I wanted to gather some facts for those interested in just what Wake County has done.

So off to the U.S. Census bureau I went to gather some info for myself.  Here’s what I found:

People QuickFacts

Wake County

North Carolina


Population, 2007 estimate




Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007




Population, 2000




Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2007




Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2007




Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2007




Female persons, percent, 2007




I then went straight to the horses mouth so to speak – I scurried over to the Wake County web site to get their statistics for our county’s growth and here’s what I found they report;

Wake County Population Statistics:
2008 Forecasted population: 868,121
2009 Forecasted population: 902,152
2010 Forecasted population: 933,727
2011 Forecasted population: 961,739
2006 Population density: 950 people/sq. mile****
2006 Median age: 34.6 years*

Wake County Newcomers Projection:
2008: 97 (Per Day)
2009: 93 (Per Day)
2010: 87 (Per Day)

* 2007 U.S. Census Bureau
** Wake County Planning Department
**** NC State Demographers

So there’s my finding to those who are interested in exactly what the Raleigh & Cary in the Wake County area are doing.

Facts on the North Carolina Forecast – including the Raleigh (Triangle) area

With news about the economy hitting us from all sides I wanted to share with you some facts about the Triangle aside from just a Raleigh Real Estate Market Report.

First and foremost North Carolina has consistently been in the forefront for affordable housing.  According to NAR homes were more affordable in December 2008 than in any other era since 1970.

In 2008 our state welcomed the most newcomers moving in versus those moving out.  According to a whopping 55% more folks are moving into NC than are moving out.

NC Tax Credit and home sales vs. ForeclosuresLast month Governor Perdue signed a bill that could save NC homebuyers more than $30 million dollars.  NC is projected to receive $6.1 billion dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (final amount is not known yet).  And of course we don’t know what form of competitive grants we’ll be awarded.

On Wednesday of last week NC received $208 million from the weatherization and energy efficiency grant.  I didn’t know there was such a thing but North Carolinians are slated to receive $131,954,536 for weatherization and $75,989,000 for the state energy program. This grant is to assist home owners (a family of four making under $44K year) weatherize their home by doing things like adding insulation where needed or upgrading their HVAC systems.

Nationally in January foreclosures filings were 18% higher compared to January 2008.  However here in North Carolina January saw a 29.3% decrease for the same period ranking it 33rd nationally.

The White House estimates that the stimulus plan will create or save 105,000 jobs in North Carolina with over 9,000 being right here in the Triangle area.

So more jobs, fewer foreclosures affecting home prices, grants to assist home owners with maintenance, and an increase in relocation to this area all point to a very rosy forecast for the Triangle!


#1 Best place to call Home! Raleigh NC! nothing could be finer…

accolades for Raleigh NCLiving in the Raleigh area keeps getting better and better – but don’t just take our word for it!  Here’s the newest accolades we’ve received this year…

  • #1 Best Place to Live in the U.S.  MSNBC June 2008
  • #1 Best Place for Business and Careers – March 2008
  • #1 Best Place for Young Adults – Bizjournals, May 2008
  • #1 healthiest City for Men – Men’s health, January 2008
  • #2 Best City to Live, Work, & Play– Kiplinger’s July 2008
  • #2 Best city for Bargain House-Hunters –, February 2008
  • #3 Most Wired City – January 2008
  • #3 Most Educated Work force –  Business Facilities, July 2008

There’s a lot going on in the Triangle – to find out more just call or email us for your free relocation package. 

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Magnet Schools – Learn more at the Magnet School Fair November 1st

Raleigh Magnet Schools info


Raleigh NC has so many accolades and reasons to move here like being the best place to raise a family, find a job, meet a mate, etc. But there’s one very important issue that anyone moving here (especially with school aged children) wants to know and it’s – how’s the school system?


What surprises many new residents is that there are different schools to consider…  There’s schools that offer year round and traditional schedules,  there’s private, public, and MAGNET!


What exactly is a Magnet school and what attracts families to Magnets?  Magnet Schools have been in existence since 1982…  They’re exciting schools with an enhanced academic program within wake county.  The students are taught the same curriculum as in our other schools in the county – but they can offer an enhancement, an added element


To learn more mark your calendars for Saturday November 1st from 10 AM -1 PM your invited to the Magnet Schools Fair at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.  To learn more visit or call (919) 501-7900

Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.  To learn more visit or call (919) 501-7900


Magnet School video



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Raleigh’s Garbage Disposal Ban DOWN THE DRAIN…

Ahha – 1 month after Raleigh Council members voted on keeping the Garbage disposal ban they have trashed it!  The ordinance took effect March 17th and carried some pretty hefty fines – $25,000 a day PLUS the loss of their water service.

Apparently 100’s of Raleigh residents said just “stop it” (make sure you say it with a southern draw…  staah peit).

The information given council that that FOG (food and grease) found blocking the sewer systems wasn’t there because of disposals…  it was there because of  people rinsing their dishes and the junk going down the drain!  I still can’t imagine that they had to have some study done to come to that conclusion.

In any event if there were any folks out there concerned about moving here to the Raleigh area because they’d have to be without their garage disposal can start packing. 

So now what about our drought situation?

Raleigh Realtor – Pamela St. Peter

Raleigh bans garbage disposals – oh my!

Hard to believe I spoke with a lady who’s family is considering making a move to Raleigh from Vegas a couple days ago and they actually had heard about our garbage disposal ban.  She actually questioned me on the whole garbage disposal issue.  At first I just sort of chuckled and made some trite comment.  But then after we hung up I got to thinking who else out there may have heard about this very important – life changing issue here in Raleigh???

So today’s blog is for anyone out there who has their move to Raleigh on hold because they may not be able to have a garbage disposal if they move here…

City Hall has council members embarking on a heated debate on whether or not disposals in new homes will be outlawed. The ban also means you cannot replace a broken disposal with a new one in an existing home.

All this discussion came about because of our drought…  (which by the way it’s rained here for the last couple of days – continuously)   So maybe in due time the garbage disposal debate will get washed out as well.

We’ll just have to wait and see…

 Raleigh Realtor – Pamela St. Peter