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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
We are having a little typical spring pollen in the air in Cary. I caught this hazy air the other day.
Today I ran up to North Raleigh, and at one point, it seemed like a yellow blizzard, with hazy yellow/green pollen blowing across the road.
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!
2 full baths
Private side patio
Open Floor Plan
Close to everything Cary has to offer!
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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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.
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.
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.
Built in 2009, this home is only 2 years old, affordable, and ready for a new owner to love it.
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: