Moving to North Carolina? A LOT of other People are, too!

This fascinating graphic of relocation statistics from Atlas Van Lines shows that as of 2012 50% more people are moving to North Carolina than are moving out of the state.
And that relocating to North Carolina has been quite common for years.
Of course, those of us who have been living in the Triangle for many years have noticed that. Neighborhoods spring up and fill up rapidly! I moved to Cary in 1997, and have seen Cary swell from abuot 80,000 residents to almost 140,000. And Raleigh has also grown tremendously in that time.
They had to come from somewhere!

The graphic, courtesy of Atlas Van Lines:

2012 Migration Patterns
2012 Migration Patterns by Atlas Van Lines

Light and Bright? It starts with great window placement and planning!

Most home buyers I meet prefer a light, bright home. To the point that “Light and Bright” has become a common marketing cliche in listings and ads.
It is difficult to have a “Light, Bright Home” without smart window placement. Too many windows means too much glare and summer heat gain and winter heat loss.
So windows need to be placed well to maximize light without accentuating negatives.

I love rooms with windows on two sides. They always seem airier and lighter.
120 Skipwyth
Notice how pleasant the room is. The door glazing floods that left hand wall with light and makes the room lighter without excessive glare. And that door is on the south side of the house.

The other two windows are split to either side of the bed location. Smart move. Double windows in the middle of the wall would have made bed placement more difficult, and again, being nearer the edges of the room, they add light with less glare.
Here is another example:

120 Skipwyth

Again, windows split and flooding the walls with light. Look at the walls and the reflected light that is cutting down the glare and contrast.
It is a good choice of paint color for the room. I like lighter paint around windows. Bright sunlight entering through windows on dark colored walls creates glare like a sledge hammer. Windows can be difficult to photograph without the photographer dealing with the glare. And your eye finds the stark sharp contrast uncomfortable also.
Additionally, that room faces nearly due north. The coveted North Light. Always light and never a painful glare or heat.
I looked recently at an office space, and wanted it if only for the wall of floor to ceiling windows on the north side.

Here is a breakfast room in a very pretty house.
6105 Larboard Drive Cary, NC
And it works well, particularly if you like to work with light and shadow. And if a dark room is to your taste. And all that depends on the angle of the sun at any given time, and the time of year, as that window faces due south. It can be very bright, and the wall very dark.

Trees and shrubs can help diminish glare with filtered light to heavy shade. We have a winged elm outside our triple window at our breakfast table. It is on the south side, and spreads far enough that it filters the light nicely. The light green we will have when the elm begins to leaf out is lovely in the morning. We didn’t plan it or plant the tree, or realize it when we bought. We got lucky. If we decide to ever move, it is an effect we will attempt to duplicate.

Buyers’ Market? Sellers Market? Maybe it’s a Ninja’s Market!

Home buyers are noticing that desirable properties, depleted inventory, and great demand are creating multiple offers daily in the Triangle.
Welcome to the Cary NC real estate market, 2013 Version.

We are seeing homes sold with 0, Zero, Days On Market. The Pocket Listing is back. Sell them before they hit the MLS.
We are seeing showings declined on Active listings, and no response from the listing agent. Et Voila! A contract!
We are seeing homes go under contract before photos are posted to MLS.

Buyers’ agents must sniff out opportunity and be ready to turn on a dime.
Like the ninja of old, it can take legendary skills to complete the task. I haven’t developed the skills of invisibility, time travel, or shape-shifting, but they may come in handy.

More seriously, the market was strengthening for sellers and getting more competitive for buyers through last year, 2012. Then the news broke that Wake County Public Schools would resume school assignment by address. And some areas went into hyper-drive. Davis Drive Elementary School and Davis Drive Middle School are two very desirable schools. Historically, homes with school assignments for those two schools have traded at a premium. Confusion over school assignments for a couple of years defused that demand. Now? Buyers flock to homes in neighborhoods that have assignments for both schools.

HUD Home 111 Sterlingdaire Cary NC

HUD Home. Back on the Market!! 111 Sterlingdaire Drive, Cary NC

Case Number 381-848768

At $144,000 near the Heart of Cary, this home has a ton of potential!

Cute!  Cute!  Cute!!  And Affordable, too!!

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 full baths
  • Private side patio
  • Open Floor Plan
  • Quiet Street
  • Close to everything Cary has to offer!

Open Floor Plan

Light and Bright!

This HUD-Owned home is just waiting for your offer. HUD requires you to use a HUD-Registered agent to write and present it.

I am a HUD-Registered agent and can show it, represent you, and write up your offer. Note: Some HUD properties are reserved for Owner-Occupant, Government Agency, or Non-Profit Bids only through a period of time.

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HUD Home: 307 Swordgate Drive, Cary NC 27513. Davis Drive, Davis Drive, Green Hope HS

307 Swordgate Drive in Cary is a HUD Home in a great location with Davis Drive and Green Hope School assignments.

HUD Case Number 381-915588

Only $265,000. HUD Home: 307 Swordgate Drive

307 Swordgate Drive in Cary is a cute 5 bedroom home with great potential, and priced at only 265,000, in MacArthur Park.

See 307 Swordgate Drive listing on my No Hassle Property Search.

Great House with a ton of Potential

This HUD-Owned Home offers:

  • 2776 Square Feet
  • 5 bedrooms with a vaulted master suite.
  • 2.5 baths
  • Only 16 years old, built in 1995.
  • Family room, Office/den, and living room.
  • Large sunny kitchen with smooth-top stove
  • Great deck in a lovely and private, fenced back yard.
  • Natural Gas heat
  • 2 car garage.
  • Easy care vinyl siding
  • Convenient location with Daveis Drive/Davis Drive/Green Hope School Assignments.
  • Great Town of Cary services.

Huge Bright Cook's Kitchen

Bright Sunny Kitchen

Dual Vanities and separate shower and soaker tub

Master Bath has separate tub and shower, and dual vanities

Private yard with nice landscaping and deck

Private back yard and large deck

HUD Requires you to use a HUD-Registered agent to write and present your offer. I am a HUD-Registered agent and can serve you as your Buyer’s Agent and write your offer.

Call me to arrange your personal showing of this great opportunity in Cary.

Mike Jaquish, REALTOR®

919.880.2769

http://caryrealestatesales.com/

Broker Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS® Realty Cary NC

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Sold. 1106 Maubrey Ct., Apex, NC 27502 Very nice HUD-Owned Home

1106 Maubrey Ct is a nice HUD-Owned home just waiting for a new owner

This one is Sold.1106 Maubrey Court:  A Great 4 Bedroom HUD-Owned Home in Apex NC 

Great Value on this HUD-Owned Home



Case Number 381-927398


At $247,000, this appealing home with a cheerful quality kitchen represents one of the best values in Apex, NC.


This HUD-Owned home is just waiting for your offer. You need a HUD-Registered agent to write and present it.

I am a HUD-Registered agent and can show it and write up your offer. Bidding is open daily for all bidders, including owner-occupants and investors.

Learn more from my No Hassle Home Search.


This nearly new home has 4 bedrooms on a quiet culdesac, stainless steel appliances, granite, wood flooring, a “Welcome Home” front porch, low maintenance vinyl exterior, a great two car garage, 3 1/2 baths, a sunny deck in a fenced back yard, and a great floor plan flooded with light from many windows.


Lovely Home!

Triangle MLS Buyer Full Report
Bidding is open for All Bidders, including Investor Bidding as well as Owner-Occupants.

Built in 1997 and looking for a new owner to love it like it should be loved!

Recent Sales in the Neighborhood as Recorded at Wake County.

 

Call or email me to see it and let’s write it up!
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919.880.2769

http://caryrealestatesales.com/

 Broker Associate
KELLER WILLIAMS® Realty Cary NC

 


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Mike Jaquish, REALTOR®

505 Spencer Crest Court, Cary NC 27513

This one is S-O-L-D!

505 Spencer Crest Court is a lovely home, nearly new, in Bexley at Weston, in north Cary.

505 Spencer Crest Court offers:

  • 3252 Square Feet
  • 5 bedrooms, including one on the main level
  • 3 full bathrooms, all with tile
  • Granite tops in the kitchen and master bath
  • Stainless steel appliances, including gas cooktop
  • Hardwoods on the main level and the entire staircase
  • Excellent bonus room for media
  • Large open 2nd level loft for reading nook, school desks, etc.
  • Exterior is brick on four sides, with stone and fiber-cement accents
  • Low maintenance lot, with reclaimed water irrigation and attractive landscaping
  • Wonderful and convenient N Cary location

Access to points of interest is excellent, including Raleigh, NC State University, RDU Airport, NC State Museum of Art, the NC State Fairgrounds, Umstead Park, North Cary Park and Town of Cary Greenways, and Wake County Lake Crabtree Park.

505 Spencer Crest Court is located outside the RDU Air Traffic mandatory notification zones. There may be occassional air traffic, but not at a level that mandates disclosure.

Call me for a showing or more information:

Mike Jaquish, REALTOR®
919.880.2769

Broker Associate, KELLER WILLIAMS® Realty
Cary NC

Sold. 1756 Laurel Park Place, HUD-Owned Home, Cary NC







This one is Sold….HUD-Owned Home

Great Value on this HUD-Owned Home



Case Number 387-029530




At $248,000, this home is certainly one of the best values in Cary NC, priced well below most recent newer 4 bedroomhome sales.


This HUD-Owned home is just waiting for your offer. You need a HUD-Registered agent to write and present it.


I am a HUD-Registered agent and can show it and write up your offer. Bidding is open daily for owner-occupants, non-profits, and government agencies.



More information from my No Hassle Home Search.


This nearly new home has 4 bedrooms on a quiet culdesac, stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, low maintenance vinyl exterior, a great two car garage, 2 1/2 baths, a sunny patio, and a great floor plan flooded with light from many windows.


Lovely Home!



Built in 2009, this home is only 2 years old, affordable, and ready for a new owner to love it.





Recent Sales in the Neighorhood as Recorded at Wake County.






Triangle MLS Buyer Full Report

Not yet opened up to invester bidding. Owner-occupant or non-profit/government only.


Call or email me to see it and write it up!


Mike Jaquish, REALTOR®



919.880.2769




http://caryrealestatesales.com/



Broker Associate
KELLER WILLIAMS® Realty Cary NC

 
 

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QR Codes in Real Estate. Popping up all over Cary NC. 60 Seconds in Real Estate Cary NC

QR Codes are a great marketing tool in Real Estate and are popping up all around Cary NC.



QR Codes in Cary NC Real Estate

QR Codes in Real Estate

QR Codes in real estate are a hot item right now.  Using QR Codes in real estate marketing is in its infancy, but beginning to gain serious traction.
QR Codes can be used to convey great amounts of information to smartphone users who scan them.

I like the use of QR Codes for offering GPS coordinates, and since most smartphones have GPS capability, that seems like an efficient use.
But one can also use QR Codes to offer purely real estate data and information.  A listing agent can connect buyers to photos, flyers, documents, and make it easy for buyers and buyers agents to gather data they need to write an offer on a listing.

So, I am seeing more QR Codes on real estate listings in Cary.

One criticism of QR Codes is their industrial/utilitarian appearance.  Some folks call them "ugly."  There is little doubt that, with some care, a real estate agent can present an appealing QR Code.  They may never be confused with seascapes by Monet, but QR Codes can look better. The video runs nearly two minutes, but “60 Seconds” just didn’t seem adequate: