Home buyers beware of your competition

What’s that you ask?  There’s such a thing as home buying competition?

There sure is and the competition is heating up here in the Triangle.  With our home inventory at the lowest it has been in the past decade, there is an undercurrent of urgency developing for home buyers.

Here’s a real life scenario:  A couple were out with their Realtor® over the week-end.  Let’s call them Jane & Bill. They found a home that they both just fell in love with.  It’s perfect.  It has the rooms they both need, and that extra bonus.  Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 7.55.30 AM

But they wanted to sleep on it, and perhaps see what else is out there…  

OOPS – that was a huge mistake… here’s the rest of the story:  There was another couple also falling in love with their perfect house.  And that other couple didn’t wait.  They were savvy buyers and they got their offer in immediately.  So guess what happened once Bill & Jane realized there wasn’t anything better than that house?  When they finally decided to put in an offer here’s what they heard;  Sorry that home is already under contract.

Ouch! We are out of the luxury of ‘sleeping on it’.  As the real estate markets across the country start to make their way out of a sleepy slump, buyers really do have to make and stick to a buying plan.

Here’s what you need to do.

  • Use the internet – let your fingers do the walking and preview homes online.  You will get the feel of what is available in your price range and location.  So when you are out previewing homes, you’ll know when you’ve found your perfect home
  • Be realistic ~ and not idealistic when looking at homes
  • Meet with your lender and get your pre-approval up front
  • Start doing your due diligence and gather information about the area you’re looking in
  • Be pro-active. Let your agent advise the sellers/seller’s agent that you are interested in their home.  This is no time to play coy.

If it’s really a home you love; write that offer immediately – don’t wait! 

It won’t take you long to learn that your competition in buying a home is other buyers.  We really hate to see people loose out on getting their dream home just because they weren’t prepared. Don’t let that happen to you!

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3 home buying pitfalls you can avoid

Buying a home today isn’t rocket science.  However home buying pitfalls that lurk in the process are mind boggling.  Even for an expert. Here are 3 pitfalls you can avoid…

3 home buying pitfalls to avoid

Home buying pitfalls to avoid

I can’t imagine someone meandering through the landmines of ambiguities of buying a home without an advocate.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been a REALTOR® for over a decade and I have seen these things happen.  They happen very innocently, but the ripples are so uncomfortable for you the buyer, when it’s your situation! Below are 3 home buying tips to help. We’d all love the world to turn smoothly and that includes when buying a home.  But when it doesn’t, it can become very disruptive and very unsettling.  There are real hidden issues that do come up and cause not only a loss of sleep, time, and money, but a potential legal suit as well. So what can you do?  Take a deep breathe;  and do your homework with your agent during your due diligence period.  There is a ton of information for potential home buyers to gather, and even more that their agent can get.  Research the bejeebers out of the home and don’t quiet that little voice in your head if something doesn’t feel right! Then sit down and discuss what’s real, what’s important, and what needs more clarification with your agent. Here’s some home buying tips I’d like to share…

Home Buying Pitfall #1 County tax records…

Are they perfect? No, but if there is a discrepancy between what’s on that MLS sheet and what’s on the county records, someone better question it.  Is there a big difference in the square footage?  That might indicate that the seller has done some adding on without pulling the proper permits.  Oh no problem you say, well think again.  It’s a very big problem.  If permits weren’t pulled, it didn’t pass city/county inspections.  If if didn’t pass city/county inspections and god forbid something happens, your insurance may not cover you.  If a fire were to start due to a faulty breaker or electrical error and the work was done by Uncle Al – there’s a very BIG problem…  

Home Buying Pitfall #2 What about homes that are renovated?

Be sure to know the effective date of the home, and not be fooled by looking at the brand new package with gleaming hardwood floors and granite counters.  The year could be wrong on your MLS sheet. Homes bought, renovated, and flipped are candidates for well you’ve heard the saying before; putting lipstick on a pig.  

Home Buying Pitfall #3 Well and Septic Permits… 

Then there’s the number of bedrooms in the home. Well and septic tanks here in Wake County real estate are fairly common. So watch for another common mistake in the number of bedrooms being stated on the MLS sheet. Verify that the number of bedrooms listed on the MLS sheet match the number of bedrooms that the septic permit was pulled for.  Oh, that’s not a problem either because there aren’t any septic police I hear you say.  That might be true for the system itself, but when it comes time for YOU to sell you won’t be able to advertise it without repercussions as a 4 bedroom if the permit is pulled for only 3 . So make sure that you have chosen an agent that will do the homework necessary for you once you’ve narrowed down your search to just that perfect one.  Because it’s after you’ve had the fun of ‘looking’ and picking the one home you love that you will be so happy that you have an experienced agent working for you; making sure you’ll get to closing AND enjoy that lovely home for years to come…

#FiberedUp – Google Fiber and the Triangle

#FiberedUp!  Just what does that mean you ask?  It’s a grass roots movement supporting the possibility of a Google Fiber network coming to communities here in the Triangle.  There are 7 areas here that Google is including… Raleigh, Morrisville, Cary, Holly Springs, Garner, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Durham.

Arik Abel and #FiredUp the MovieSo what’s the big deal? It’s simple; internet SPEED, and for a lot of us that is a really big deal…  Do you work from home?  Are you tired of waiting for your internet provider to speed things up? Do you need (or just want)  lightening  fast internet service (that of which we do NOT have now unfortunately)?   I am. That’s why I’m joining #FiberedUp and Arik Abel and you can too.

Arik was guest speaker at our Triangle HIRL (Hang out in real life) event last week ~ he’s the energy behind #FiberedUp the movie.  He was filming all the while he was talking with us for the movie too, as you can see in his picture.  He’s on a mission to create a video of all the reasons the Triangle really does need Google Fiber to bring us better internet speed.  He’s filming the excitement and possibilities that Google Fiber would bring to the Triangle; he’s filmed kids playing, companies planning, and plain folks like me.  All of us would love to have download and upload speeds 100x faster than what’s available today.  Think of the possibilities!

Google is making the first move to connect communities/or subdivisions as we know them here.  Interesting to me is that they would choose to connect homes first rather than big companies or someplace like RTP or downtown Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill.  But then again as others have said, the move is on to bring everything online into our homes.  Google ALWAYS has a plan and a reason…

Google Fiber's Bunny!

You can help and get involved in supporting bringing Google Fiber to the Triangle.  To learn more visit www.FiberedUp.com.

February 2014 Fuquay-Varina Real Estate Recap

Fuquay-Varina Real Estate Recap

The February 2014 Fuquay-Varina real estate recap exemplifies another solid month for this small town that’s rapidly growing in popularity.  The days on market until sold averaged only 98 days (a few days over 3 months) and single family detached homes sold at an average of 97% sale price to list price, selling for an average of $232,519.

Fuquay-Varina Real Estate Market Review in February 2014Continuing the upward trend as 28% of the activity in January comprised of homes that either sold or went under contract.  This 28% outperforms previous years with:

  • 12% closed and pending sales in February 2013
  • 18% in February 2012
  • 12% representing closed and pending sales in February 2011.

Our Fuquay-Varina real estate market reports are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of how detached homes for sale perform month over month.

The tables below break down the information into detail to show highs, lows and averages for the beds, baths, square feet, list price, price per square foot, and also the days on market for Fuquay Varina.  

Newly Active Fuquay-Varina Real Estate for Sale:

Fuquay-Varina New Active Real Estate in February 2014

Take a sneak peak at all the new homes for sale in Fuquay-Varina NC last month (in alphabetical order by subdivisions).  If you’d like a more customized search, you can save a search outlining your unique home needs and get free e-mails with only homes for sale in the Triangle that match your criteria.

Active Fuquay-Varina NC Real Estate in February

Fuquay-Varina Active Real Estate in February 2014

*When you’re ready to see homes for sale in Fuquay-Varina, NC or really any homes for sale in the Triangle area contact us, we are here to help every step of the way.

Fuquay-Varina Real Estate that went Under Contract last Month

Fuquay-Varina Pending Real Estate in February 2014

Sold Fuquay-Varina Real Estate in February 2014

Fuquay-Varina Closed Real Estate in February 2014

For a quick recap of sold February Fuquay-Varina real estate, in February 2014 there were 52 closed homes compared with 46 in February 2013, 33 in February 2012 and 28 in February 2011.

If you’ve been considering a move to Fuquay-Varina, NC, would like more information on selling in Fuquay, or would simply like to discuss your Wake County real estate needs call or e-mail me.  I’d love to chat!

*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.

February 2014 Holly Springs Real Estate Market Recap

Holly Springs Real Estate Market Review in February 2014The February 2014 Holly Springs Real Estate Market showcased another strong month.  The average closed sales price in Holly Springs was $286,833 for single family detached homes and spent an average of only 63 days on the market before closing at an average of 99% list to sale price in February.  Last month 35% of the single family detached housing activity accounted for homes that either sold or went under contract.  As real estate is cyclical, for a year over year comparison there were:

  • 35% closed and pending homes in February 2014
  • 37% in February 2013
  • 27% in February 2012
  • 17% in February 2011

Our Holly Springs real estate market reports are offered to provide a solid overview of how detached homes for sale in Holly Springs, NC are performing month over month.

Newly Active Homes in Holly Springs (Hit the Market in February)

Holly Springs New Active Real Estate in February 2014

39 new listings came on the market in Holly Springs last month.  Take a sneak peak at all the new homes for sale in Holly Springs NC (in alphabetical order by subdivisions).  If you’d like a more customized search, you can save a search outlining your unique home needs and get FREE e-mails with only homes for sale in the Triangle that match YOUR criteria.

Active homes for sale in Holly Springs NC last month

Holly Springs Active Real Estate in February 2014

*When you’re ready to see homes for sale in Holly Springs, NC or really any homes for sale in the Triangle area contact us, we are here to help every step of the way.

Holly Springs, NC Real Estate That Went Under Contract in February

Holly Springs Pending Real Estate in February 2014
SOLD Holly Springs Real Estate in February

Holly Springs Closed Real Estate in February 2014

Holly Springs home values remain strong with an average sales price to list price of 99% and an average of only 63 days on the market before selling.  Something to keep in mind regarding expectations if you’re a home selling is that Holly Springs, like the rest of the Triangle, has an under supply of lower priced homes, causing lower priced homes to sell much more quickly than higher.

For quick comparison previous months include the following number of single family detached closed homes each month:

  • 42 homes closed in February 2014 (45 in Feb. 2013, 50 in Feb. 2012)
  • 54 homes closed in January 2014 (39 in Jan. 2013)
  • 64 homes closed in November (40 in Nov. 2012, 29 in 2011, 26 in 2010)
  • 59 homes closed in October (49 in Oct. 2012, 41 in 2011, 30 in 2010)
  • 65 homes in September (63 in Sept. 2012)
  • 72 homes in August (77 in Aug. 2012)
  • 92 homes in July (54 in July 2012)
  • 84 homes in June (78 in June 2012)
  • 87 homes in May (74 in May 2012)
  • 82 homes in April (56 in April 2012)
  • 75 homes in March (54 in March 2012)

If you’ve been considering a move to Holly Springs, NC or would like more information on selling a home in Holly Springs call or e-mail me.  We’re here to help.

*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.

February 2014 Apex Real Estate Market Overview

Apex Real Estate Market Review in February 2014The Apex real estate market had another strong month in February!  Our February 2014 Apex real estate market overview shows the average days on market for single family detached homes that closed in Apex in February was only 68 days (about 2 months).  Additionally, single family detached homes in Apex sold for an average of $119.90 per square foot and at 98% sale to list price.

Last month Apex single family detached homes had 36% of the real estate activity accounting for homes that either went under contract or sold.  Like last month, this beats the previous three years with 35% closed and pending homes in February 2013, 19%  in February 2012 and 14% in February 2011.

The information included in this report is only for single family detached homes located within Apex NC.  If you’d like additional information or are considering buying or selling your Apex home let us know ~ we’re happy to provide information specific to your needs.

Apex New listings on the market: February 2014

Apex New Active Real Estate in February 2014

Take a peak at the new Apex NC Homes for Sale on the market in February (in alphabetical order by neighborhood)

Apex Detached Homes For Sale Last Month

Apex Active Real Estate in February 2014

With just over 150 single family detached homes for sale ranging between $119,900 – $1,040,000 there are good opportunities for home searchers with a wide variety of wants and needs to find a home here in Apex.

Whether you have outgrown your home and need something larger; are relocating to the area, are empty-nesters ready to down-size, or are just looking to capitalize on the Triangle investment opportunities, locating a great match (with the right Realtor®) will not be an problem here in Apex.

Apex Homes That Went Under Contract Last Month

Apex Pending Real Estate in February 2014

Sold Apex Real Estate in February 2014

Apex Closed Real Estate in February 2014

The above information and charts reflect only detached home activity in Apex.

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*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.

Our goal for sharing these statistics in the form of real estate market reports is to provide a comprehensive overview of how real estate in Apex is performing.  If you’re considering making a move to, from or around the area, our goal is that you will have everything you need right at your fingertips.

Whatever your Triangle real estate needs, we are here for you.  Give us a call and we’ll help you through your home buying and selling transitions.  With decades of experience – real estate is what we love and what we do.  Not sure if we’re right for you?  Read a bit about what some of our past clients have had to say about us in their testimonials and reviews.

February 2014 Cary Real Estate Market Recap

Cary Real Estate Market Review in February 2014Presenting the February 2014 Cary real estate market recap!  Real estate in Cary, NC performed strong, selling for an average of $372,980 in February.  35% of the real estate transactions resulted from either closed or under contract homes (compared with 29% in February 2013 and 20% in February 2012 and 15% in February 2011).

Cary, NC single family detached homes that closed last month averaged only 71 days on market before closing.  Something to keep in mind, and consistent with the trend throughout the Triangle, lower priced homes are selling much more quickly than those homes priced in higher brackets.

Cary continues to enjoy a steady and balanced market,  family-friendly neighborhoods, desirable amenities, close proximity to Raleigh and RTP (Research Triangle Park).

Our goal for our Cary real estate market reports is to provide a good overview of how detached homes for sale in Cary, NC perform month over month.

The following information shows a break down of the detached homes for sale in Cary NC that are new active, active, pending or closed in February 2014:  

Newly Active Cary Real Estate for Sale:

Cary New Active Real Estate in February 2014

Take a sneak peak at all the new homes for sale in Cary NC last month (in alphabetical order by subdivisions).  If you’d like a more customized search, you can save a search outlining your unique home needs and get FREE e-mails with only homes for sale in the Triangle that match YOUR criteria.

Cary NC Active Homes for sale – February 2014

Cary Active Real Estate in February 2014

*When you’re ready to see homes for sale in Cary, NC or really any homes for sale in the Triangle area contact us, we are here to help every step of the way.

Cary, NC Real Estate that went Under Contract in February

Cary Pending Real Estate in February 2014

At the end of last month there were 64 homes under contract in Cary.

Cary Real Estate Market – SOLD in February

Cary Closed Real Estate in February 2014

Last month there were 100 homes closed in Cary, compared 87 in February 2013, 80 in February 2012 and 54 in February 2011.

If you’ve been considering a move to Cary, NC, would like more information on selling a home in Cary, or would simply like to discuss your Wake County real estate needs call or e-mail me.  I’d love to chat!

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*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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Want to know more about Cary, NC?  Check out our all about Cary, NC webpage.

February 2014 Raleigh Real Estate Market Review

Raleigh Real Estate Market Review in February 2014Raleigh area home buyers and sellers here’s your Raleigh real estate market review for February 2014!  

Closing for an average sales price of $269,334, single family detached homes in Raleigh closed for an average of 97% sale to list price in February and sat on the market for an average of only 88 days.

For a snapshot of how single family detached real estate performed in February 2014, the pie chart shows the percentage of newly active listings, total active listings (on the market longer than 1 month), closed listings, and homes that went under contract last month.

Last month a solid 24% of the Raleigh real estate activity accounted for either closed or pending transactions (compared with 28% in February 2013 and 19% in February 2012 and 12% in February 2011).  19% of the activity accounting for newly active listings.

Newly Active Raleigh Real Estate in February

Raleigh New Active Real Estate in February 2014

Take a peak at the new Raleigh NC Homes for Sale on the market in February

Active Raleigh Detached Real Estate for sale last month

Raleigh Active Real Estate in February 2014

Raleigh offers ample opportunities for individuals and families with diverse wants and needs to find a home here.  With just over 1300 homes for sale ranging between $43,000 and $4,850,000, with the right Realtor®, home buyers are sure to find a home that meets their needs.

Whether you’ve outgrown your home and need something larger; are relocating to the area, are empty-nesters ready to down-size, or are just looking to capitalize on the Triangle investment opportunities, locating a great match (with the right Realtor®) will not be an problem here in Raleigh.

Raleigh Real Estate that went Under Contract in February

Raleigh Pending Real Estate in February 2014

Raleigh Homes that sold in February 2014

Raleigh Closed Real Estate in February 2014

For a year over year comparison of single family detached home performance in Raleigh there were 275 sold homes in February 2014, 315 in February 2013, 274 in February 2012 and 202 in February 2011.

*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.

Whatever your Triangle real estate needs, we are here for you.  Give us a call and we’ll help you through your home buying and selling transitions.  With decades of experience – real estate is what we love and what we do.  If you like, read a bit about what some of our past clients have had to say about us in their testimonials and reviews.

Fun Things To Do Around Raleigh in March 2014!

Fun Things to do around Raleigh in MarchAttention Raleigh fun-havers, music lovers, fans of theater & art, sports fanatics, and everyone who likes leaving the house: Presenting fun things to do around Raleigh in March!

Organized by holiday happenings, sporting events, running events, music festivals and concerts, cultural happenings, annual parades, festivals, park activities and more.

Raleigh Area Events: March 2014

Things to do in Raleigh, in order by activity type and date…

Music Lovers – Blues, Salsa, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rap, Country, Reggae and Between September Music Events

Booth Amphitheatre:  Visit Website

Sertoma Amphitheatre at Bond Park:  Visit Website

Red Hat Amphitheater:  Visit Website

Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek:  Visit Website

Duke Energy Center Raleigh:  Visit Website

  • March 1:  Swan Lake
  • March 1 – 2:  Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Carolina Ballet
  • March 1-2:  Dinosaur Train – Broadway Series South
  • March 4:  The Chieftains – NC Symphony Special
  • March 6:  Sing-off Live Tour
  • March 7:  Solas “Shamrock City”
  • March 8:  Music, Noise & Silence
  • March 8:  Swamiji
  • March 9:  Rachel Barton Pine
  • March 9:  Wayne Brady
  • March 9:  Inside Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour
  • March 12:  Pieces of Golf
  • March 13 – 30:  Romeo & Juliet – Carolina Ballet
  • March 14 – 15:  Rhiannon Giddens Laffan
  • March 16:  RAIN – Broadway Series South
  • March 17:  George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  • March 20:  Menopause the Musical

Lincoln Theatre:  Visit Website

  • March 1:  Last Band Standing
  • March 2:  Memphis May Fire
  • March 6:  Old Habits
  • March 7:  Delta Rae
  • March 8:  Tab’s Mardi Gras 2014 Tour
  • March 9:  Excision
  • March 12:  Boombox
  • March 13: The Infamous Stringdusters
  • March 14:  Heart Brigade & Shoot to Thrill (Heart and AC/DC Tributes)
  • March 15: Lexx Luthor
  • March 16: Live at the Fillmore
  • March 17: Breathe Caroline
  • March 18: Before You Exit
  • March 19: Greensky Bluegrass
  • March 20: Carnage
  • March 22: Yarn
  • March 24: The Devil Wears Prada
  • March 25: Three 6 Mafia
  • March 27:  Top Flight
  • March 28: Doug Stanhope
  • March 29: David Allan Coe
  • March 30: Protest The Hero

NC Museum of Art:  Visit Website

  • March 2: Pan Harmonia Baroque Vibes
  • March 7: Friday Night Sound Bites: Dance and Movement
  • March 7: Silent Films: Two Tars & Three Ages
  • March 8: Family Fun Saturday: Masquerade
  • March 14: Film – Bluffmaster
  • March 21: Art History Survey Course – Art of the Islamic World
  • March 21: Film – Sunset Boulevard
  • March 22:  Family Fun Saturday:  Bold Lines and Shapes
  • March 28: Art History Survey Course, Asian Sampler: China, Japan, India

North Carolina Symphony:  Visit Website

Festivals, Holiday and Annual Events – March 2014

  • March 15:  32nd Annual Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival – City Plaza  Visit Website
  • March 29:  LoneRider Showdown – Downtown Raleigh  Visit Website
  • March 29: Cedars in the Pines Festival – NC Museum of History Visit Website
  • March 29:  Beer & Bacon Fest – KokaBooth Amphitheatre  Visit Website

Things to do for Kids around Raleigh

  • March 1:  Y-Guide/Y-Princess Camp-In Pirate and Princess Party – Marbles Kids Museum Visit Website
  • March 2:  LEGO KidsFest – Raleigh Convention Center  Visit Website
  • March 4:  Time for Tots: Go Fly a Kite! – NC Museum of History Visit Website
  • March 8:  5th Annual Dig In!  Marbles Kids Museum  Visit Website
  • March 8:  St. Patrick’s Day Art Party – Kids Celebrate  Visit Website
  • March 31: Spring Break Blast – Marbles Kids Museum  Visit Website

Other Fun Things to Do Around the Triangle

  • March 1: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event – Glenwood South  Visit Website
  • March 2:  Raleigh Hunted Footsteps Ghost Tour  Visit Website
  • March 2 – 3:  Slavery and the Origins of Secession  Visit Website
  • March 3:  Historic Raleigh Tour  Visit Website
  • March 6:  Elegant Weddings Gala – The State Club  Visit Website
  • March 7 – 9:  Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza – Exposition Center Visit Website
  • March 8:  ChillyFest III – Downtown Raleigh  Visit Website
  • March 8:  A Southern Shopping Spree – Convention Center  Visit Website
  • March 9:  3rd Annual Fashion Forward Event – Crabtree Mall Visit Website
  • March 11: Greater Raleigh National College Fair – Raleigh Convention Center  Visit Website
  • March 14:  Emerge Fashion Show 2014 – Stockroom at 230 Visit Website
  • March 15:  Women’s Empower 2014 – PNC Arena  Visit Website
  • March 16:  Cary Arbor Day Celebration – Town Hall Campus  Visit Website
  • March 21 – 22: 7th Annual Lipstick Luncheon – Raleigh Convention Center  Visit Website
  • March 22:  Cary Kite Festival – Bond Park  Visit Website
  • March 22: YogaFest NC 2014 – NCSU McKimmon Center  Visit Website
  • Now – May 30th (every Friday):  Art in the Evening – NC Museum of History Visit Website
  • Year Round (1st & 2nd Sat./mo.):  Center Open Mic – LGBT Center Raleigh  Visit Website
  • Year Round (every Saturday):  A Downtown Cary Walking Food Tour Visit Website
  • Year Round (every Sat. & Sun):  Raleigh Flea Market – NC State Fairgrounds  Visit Website
  • Year Round (every Saturday):  Taste Raleigh  Visit Website
  • Year Round (every Saturday):  Gourmet Food Tour – Raleigh City Museum  Visit Website
  • Year Round (every Saturday):  Carolina Brewing Company Tour  Visit Website
  • Year Round (every Sun. & Mon.):  Karaoke – Flex  Visit Website
  • Year Round (every Fri. & Sat.):  Raleigh Haunted Ghost Tours  Visit Website

Outdoor Movies

Koka Booth Amphitheatre  Visit Website

Wake County March Park Activities

  • Calendar for ALL Wake County Park locations (dozens of activities for kids and adults).  Scroll down the page for the calendar of events:  Visit Website

March 2014 Triangle Sporting Events 

Carolina Railhawks NASL Soccer Games – WakeMed Soccer Park:  Visit Website
  • *Season starts April 2014
Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball – DBAP  Visit Website
  • * Season starts April 2014
Carolina Mudcats Minor League Baseball – Five County Stadium  Visit Website
  • * Season starts April 2014
NC State Wolfpack Football – Carter-Finley Stadium  Visit Website
  • * Season starts August/September 2014

NC State Wolfpack Basketball – PNC Arena & Reynolds Coliseum  Visit Website

  • March 1:  12 PM – Wolfpack vs Miami
  • March 9:  6 PM – Wolfpack vs Boston College
Hurricanes NHL Hockey Games – PNC Arena  Visit Website
  • March 7:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Rangers
  • March 11:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Rangers
  • March 13:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Sabres
  • March 16:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Oilers
  • March 25:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Islanders
  • March 29:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Blue Jackets

Fun Runs, 5K's, Marathons and Walks around Raleigh NC

Races, Fun Runs, Marathons and Triathlons around Raleigh

March Holidays

The March 2014 major (and some not so major) holidays include (please forgive us if we missed some):

  • March 2nd:  Oscar Night 2014
  • March 4th:  Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday
  • March 5th:  Ash Wednesday
  • March 8th: International Women’s Day
  • March 9th:  Daylight Savings Begins at 2 AM
  • March 15th:  Ides of March
  • March 15th:  Purim begins
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 20th: Spring Equinox
  • March 20th: International Earth Day
  • March 25th:  Feast of the Annunciation

Where to go in Wake County for Additional Fun

Included is a great list of locations with ongoing events for additional ideas for things to do in Wake County

Be sure to check out the web link for your events before showing up… sometimes pre-registration or tickets are required.

Reading this and it’s not quite March yet?  Check out our list of things to do in Wake County in February.

We know we didn’t catch everything.  Can you think of a Wake County event that will be taking place in March, 2014 that we missed?  Please leave us a comment below and let us know!

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

January 2014 Wake County Real Estate Recap

The year is off to a solid start in real estate!  We’ll cover a lot of January 2014 Wake County real estate information here, beginning with a quick snapshot of the entire Triangle region comparing January 2013 to January 2014 (from the Triangle MLS)…

Triangle Real Estate Information

  • Homes sold in January 2014 vs Jan. 2013 = 1,723 vs 1,550 representing an increase of 11.2%
  • The inventory of homes for sale at the end of Jan. 2014 was 11,689 vs. 12,583 in Jan. 2013.
  • The Days on Market until sale decreased by 10% for the same period with an average of 103 days in Jan. 2014 vs 114 days in Jan. 2013.

Wake County Real Estate Market Trends

Wake County Real Estate Market Recap January 2014Now we’ll break down the information further by area.  This information includes only the detached single family homes of Wake County real estate.

The pie chart shows the percentages of:

  • new active homes listed in January
  • total homes for sale (active)
  • homes that sold last month
  • homes that went under contract

Wake County Active Real Estate

Wake County Active Homes in January

Wake County New Active Homes in January 2014

Wake County New Active Homes in January

 Pending Wake County Homes

Wake County Pending Homes in January

Sold Homes in Wake County in January 2014

Wake County Closed Homes in January

For great information more specific to each area of the Triangle, see the links below where we’ve posted individual area market reports summing up January:

Real Estate Market Trends for Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina

The table below details detached single family homes in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina by how many:

  • New Active homes entered the housing market in January 2014
  • Total Active homes were listed prior to Jan. 1st, 2014
  • Homes Closed last year
  • Homes that went under contract (Pending) in January 2014 and haven’t yet closed
  • Average Days on the Market homes were listed before closing

January real estate stats for the Wake County area

Average Days on the Market Before Closing

January real estate stats for the Wake County area - Average Days on MarketThis graph indicates the Average Days on the Market for single family detached home that closed in January 2014.

If you are selling your Triangle home this should help give a quick overview of how long you can expect it will take to sell your home, IF it is priced right. Again the table above lists the average days on the market for those homes that were closed during January 2014.

Curious how your home stacks up against the competition, we offer a free Comparative Market Analysis. If you would like to know how we can market your home to get the best deal possible in the shortest amount of time, browse our Triangle home selling section or request a free pamphlet on how to get your home sold fast. When you’re ready, contact us and we’ll work together to get your home sold.

Wake County Homes for Sale – Active homes listed Before Jan. 1st 2014

Please keep in mind the charts below reflect the actual number of homes and not percentages.  Comparing one area to another is most meaningful when dealing in percentages due to the varying number of homes in each area.  We have this information in each of our individual January 2014 real estate market recaps for your review.

January real estate stats for the Wake County area - Active

Homes that Went Under Contract in January 2014

January real estate stats for the Wake County area - Under Contract

Number of Sold Homes in January 2014

January real estate stats for the Wake County area - Sold

That’s it, the January 2014 real estate recap!  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 any 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. Realtor® is a registered trademark of the National Association of Realtors®.