$100,000 Grant Opportunity Plus the Fuquay-Varina Real Estate Recap

Fuquay-Varina RecyclingFuquay-Varina residents – do you recycle?  Fuquay-Varina is #9 out of 50 in the Green Choices Challenge and your help is needed for the town to win a $100,000 grant to put toward a sustainability project!  All you have to do is recycle every month and report it to help your community (and it’s free).

The standings are based on the percentage of Fuquay-Varina residents reporting  recycling each month and the challenge runs until December 31st.  For more information and to register call 888-727-2978 or check out the Fuquay-Varina Parks and Recreation Department website at www.fuquay-varina.org.

Now, onto the…

Fuquay-Varina Real Estate Market Report

Fuquay-Varina September Real Estate Recap 2012If you’re considering moving to Fuquay-Varina, NC or even if you’re planning on selling your Fuquay-Varina home, it’s important to have the right information.

Our Fuquay-Varina real estate market reports will give you a good overview of how detached homes for sale performed month over month.

The pie chart shows the break down of the detached homes for sale in Fuquay-Varina NC that are newly active, active, pending or closed in September.  Good news – the Fuquay-Varina real estate is strong!  In September 2012 25% of the real estate activity included homes that either sold or went under contract, compared with only 15% in September 2011.  This is a positive increase and good sign for home owners, buyers and home sellers in Fuquay-Varina. 

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

Newly Active Fuquay-Varina Homes for Sale:

Fuquay-Varina New Active Real Estate September

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 homes for sale in Fuquay-Varina NC last month

Fuquay-Varina Active Real Estate September

*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.

Homes in Fuquay-Varina, NC that went under contract last month

Fuquay-Varina Pending Real Estate September

Fuquay-Varina homes SOLD in September

Fuquay-Varina Closed Homes September

For quick comparison:  This month there were 61 closed homes in September compared with only 39 in September 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.

Apex NC – Good for Residents, Good for Preventing Identity Theft

Apex, NC is The Peak of Good Living.  Good living for residents, good for the environment and good for preventing identity theft.  Wait… what?  Ahhh yes… Apex, NC is hosting another Shred Event on Saturday October 13th.

Free of charge – take your personal and confidential documents to the Apex Town Hall parking lot to be destroyed.  A few reminders about all shred event requirements:

  • remove all metal from hanging file folders and spiral bound notebooks (staples are OK, paper clips would be better off removed but it’s OK if you miss some)
  • limit the amount of items to be destroyed to 2 file boxes (no bags accepted)
  • No books, magazines, newspapers, flyers, etc.  Please recycle (or donate if they’re books) these unwanted items in your regular recycling bins
Questions? Check out the ApexNC.org site for details.  And now…. onto the Apex, NC September Real Estate Market Recap!

Relocating to Apex?

Apex Real Estate September 2012 RecapAre you considering relocating to Apex?  It’s a great time as the real estate market in Apex, NC had 25% of the homes on the market go under contract or close last month, compared with only 14% in September 2011.   Apex Real Estate activity is looking strong!

The pie chart shows the percentage of new active listings (homes that went on the market), total active listings, closed listings, and homes that have gone under contract, during September, 2012.

The information included in this report is only for single family detached homes located within Apex NC.  If you’re interested in a report for townhomes and condos, let us know ~ we’re happy to provide information specific to your needs.

New listings on the market in Apex during September

Apex Real Estate New Active September

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

Active Detached Homes for sale in Apex last month

Apex Real Estate Active September

There is plenty of opportunities for home searchers with a wide variety of wants and needs to find a home here in Apex.  With just under 350 homes for sale, buyers are sure to find the home of their dreams.

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 Apex.

Homes in Apex that went pending last month

Apex Real Estate Under Contract September

Homes that sold in Apex last month

Apex Real Estate Closed September

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

More about 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.

Watering Responsibly

Cary, NC continues to be a role model to other towns on how they manage the supply of water.

No watering in Cary NC on Mondays!

Believe it or not, water does not have a never-ending supply.

Cary, NC town leadership has understood this for decades and are leaps and bounds ahead of most other towns in the United States on water management and conservation.

Remember the Wake County water crisis in 2008?  Do you know who already had a plan implemented… Cary, NC.  in 2001 Cary was the first town in North Carolina to supply reclaimed water to homes.  In 1996, Cary set a goal to reduce water demand per capita 20% by 2015.

No watering in Cary NC on Mondays!

As you would expect… even though drought and water shortage in Wake County isn’t making headline news, Cary, NC is not slacking off and continues to lead the pack in regulation and education regarding good practices on how, when, and in what quantities the town water is consumed.

Need to water your lawn in Cary, NC?  If you’re hand watering or have a drip irrigation system (a very environmentally sustainable choice!) you’re good to go.  Sprinklers or other automated devices are restricted to 3 days a week and the days you can water depend on your address. Just remember though…NEVER on Monday!

cary nc watering schedules


Keep up the great work Cary, NC!

For more information and your Cary, NC watering schedule visit the TownofCary.org

Wake Forest NC Real Estate March 2012 Recap & the Great Grass Giveaway!


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The Town of Wake Forest, NC is holding the 3rd annual Great Grass Giveaway on April 28th!  Curious what this is?  If you live inside Wake Forest’s corporate limits and currently have Fescue grass, you are eligable to participate.  This is all about converting the lawns of Wake Forest from Fescue to Bermuda grass (the more sustainable choice for the local climate).  For details see the Wake Forest, NC website.

Wake Forest NC Real Estate Market Report

 

If you don’t yet live in the area but are considering moving to Wake County or Wake Forest, NC or even if you’re planning on selling a home in Wake Forest, NC, it’s important to have the right information.

 

The pie chart on the left breaks down the number of detached homes in Wake Forest that were active, newly active, went under contract or closed last month.

 

The table below shows the break down of the detached homes for sale in Wake Forest NC that went newly active in the Wake Forest Real Estate Market in March:

Wake Forest NC Real Estate Market Report

Take a sneak peek at all the new homes for sale in Wake Forest, 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 critieria.

 

Active Detached homes for sale in Wake Forest, NC last month
Wake Forest NC Real Estate Market Report

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

 

Detached homes in Wake Forest, NC that went under contract (or pending) last month
Wake Forest NC Real Estate Market Report


Wake Forest Detached homes that SOLD during the month of March

Wake Forest NC Real Estate Market Report

If you’ve been considering a move to Wake Forest, NC, would like more information on selling a home in Wake Forest, 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.

Happy Earth Day 2012! Celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day 2012!
Celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day!!!

Happy happy Earth Day everyone!  Celebrations are going on around America in the form of festivals, tree plantings, litter pick-ups, electronic and paper recycling events, and more, so we wanted to take a moment to join in!  People everywhere are doing more and more to lessen the impact we have on the planet, finding a better balance for how we consume resources.  We want our great great great grandkids to have clean drinking water, good soil to grow foods, and breathe fresh air too! 


Whether it’s by composting, recycling, reusing, reducing, rainwater harvesting, using renewable energy, sustainable purchasing, using more energy efficient cars or appliances, or others (as there are MANY others), using, disposing and replenishing smartly are a big part of what it means to be sustainable.


If you haven’t already incorporated sustainable habits into your every day life, TODAY, Earth Day, is the perfect day to start!


A while ago we wrote about Being Green in Everyday Life which has some great easy, inexpensive ways to work good habits into daily routines (if you’re looking for a place to start).  

My favorite definition of environmental sustainability is: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  How do you define it?

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Earth Day 2012?

Apex, NC Real Estate – March 2012 Market Recap and Apex Shred Day

Residents of Apex, NC pull out those old file boxes for the Apex Shred Day on April 21st (the day before Earth Day!).  From 9 am – noon you can drop off all those unwanted confidential papers completely free of charge.  Enjoy the peice of mind that comes with knowing your sensitive documents will be shredded and your confidential papers destroyed. 

A couple of rules to note… remove paper clicks, staples, and any metal from hanging file folders and spiral bound notebooks before bringing (they will damage the shredding truck and can not be accepted) and the contents must be limited to 2 file boxes of documents with personal data (no books, magaines, newspapers or other papers that can be simply recycled).  Where is this fabulously convenient event?  The Apex, NC Town Hall at 73 Hunter Street.  For more info check out apexnc.org.

Apex NC Real Estate Market Report


If you’re considering moving to Apex, NC or even if you’re planning on selling a home in Apex, it’s important to have the right information ~ we hope you’ll find this months Apex Real Estate Market report helpful.

Our goal is to provide you with a good overview of how homes for sale in Apex are performing.

The pie chart on the left breaks down the number of detached homes in Apex that were active, newly active, went under contract or closed last month.

The table below shows the break down of the detached homes for sale in Apex NC that went newly active in the Apex Real Estate Market in March:

Apex NC Real Estate Market Report

Take a sneak peak at all the new homes for sale in Apex 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 Detached homes for sale in Apex NC during March

Apex NC Real Estate Market Report

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

 

Detached homes in Apex, NC that went under contract (or pending) last month
Apex NC Real Estate Market Report

  Apex Detached homes that SOLD last month
Apex NC Real Estate Market Report

If you’ve been considering a move to Apex, NC, would like more information on selling a home in Apex, 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.

The Triangle Is Getting MUCH Cooler! Saving Energy in Raleigh Homes: Part 3

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Conserve Energy and Save Money on your Cary and Raleigh Home Utilities!

 

If you are considering buying a home in the Raleigh area, keep some of these tips in mind and be sure to look for improvements that have been made and problem areas found on the report provided by the home inspector.  Having a professional Realtor® who can walk you through what to look for will work to your advantage down the road.

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, on average 43% of your utility bill goes to heating and cooling your home.  Of that 43%, statistics show that anywhere from 20% to 50% of that energy is lost through air leaks.  The chart below is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and shows the source of air leaks in the average residential home.

Saving Energy in Raleigh Homes

Considering how much the average utility bill runs these are disturbing statistics! 

 

Fortunately there are a number of ways you can decrease these percentages in your own Raleigh area home to conserve more energy and make sure your dollars are being used for you and your family appropriately.

 

  • If you are buying new windows, install ENERGY STAR windows with low-e coatings to reduce heat loss in cooler climates.  In warmer climates, special selective coatings on your windows will reduce heat gain.  If you already have single-pane windows, adding storm windows can reduce heat loss by 25-50%.
  • Use foam sealant to fill in any large gaps your home has around windows and baseboards.
  • Replace existing door thresholds and sweeps to ensure a tight seal.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where penetrations of ducting, electrical wiring or plumbing go through ceilings, floors and cabinets.
  • Insulate – as we mentioned in Save Energy in Raleigh Homes: Part 2, ensuring your attic (don’t forget the scuttle) and crawl space are properly insulated will often provide big bang for your buck in terms of savings.
  • Check your air ducts for leaks; potential problem areas are typically where sections have been joined and the seal is worn or has separated.

Unsettling to know that so much of our conditioned air is escaping but take comfort in knowing that by sealing cracks, windows and doing simple things that you can cut down your energy use.  Dramatically decrease your energy output and increase your savings – now that’s a win-win!!