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October
31

Happy Halloween!

Here's to a day full of treats, not tricks, and a pumpkin bucket filled with only your favorite candies!

Happy Halloween!

 

Happy Halloween from Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

October
27

HPW Open Houses | October 28 – 29

HPW Open Houses October 28 and 29It may be the weekend before Halloween, but that doesn't mean your house hunting experience has to be spooky or scary. 

You can work with one of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents to navigate the real estate "tricks" to get to the real "treat," your new home! 

Not sure where to begin? You can access a list of our local real estate agents online by office or start by visiting our area open houses this Saturday and Sunday. 

Our listing agents will be happy to show you around the homes they're selling and speak with you about your wants and needs.

Be prepared to see some fantastic homes and properties perfect for you and your costumed crew.

 

Featured Open Houses

 

1806 Landstrom Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

$274,900

Sq Ft: 2,560 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

 1806 Landstrom Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526


307 North McKay Avenue, Dunn, NC 28334

$123,900

Sq Ft: 1,562 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, October 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

 307 North McKay Avenue, Dunn, NC 28334


305 Paddy Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596

$310,000

Sq Ft: 2,265 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. and

Sunday, October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

305 Paddy Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596


 129 Starwood Lane, Holly Springs, NC 27540

$434,900

Sq Ft: 3,768 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. and

Sunday, October 29 at 1 to 4 p.m.

129 Starwood Lane, Holly Springs, NC 27540 


5616 Millrace Trail, Raleigh, NC 27606

$280,000

Sq Ft: 2,739 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.

 5616 Millrace Trail, Raleigh, NC 27606


2221 Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502

$800,000

Sq Ft: 4,461 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.

 2221 Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502


201 North Serenity Hill Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

$425,000

Sq Ft: 2,887 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.

201 North Serenity Hill Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


 

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October
26

Halloween Haunts and Jaunts

Halloween Haunts and Jaunts Halloween is only a few days away, and this is the weekend to take part in fall fun and frightful delights!

No matter your preference for jolly jack-o-lanterns or spooky soirees, there are all types of haunts and jaunts taking place throughout the Triangle for you to enjoy. 

Take the little ones out to pick some pumpkins, sip on cider, and find the way through a tall corn maze and then grab a sitter and round up some fright-loving friends to get your ghostly ghoul on some area fear farms and haunted houses. 

Not-So-Scary Family Fun

 
Naylor Family Farm & Giant Corn Maze

6016 U.S. 401 North in Fuquay-Varina

Now through Saturday, Nov. 5

Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.

$18 per person; children 2 and under are free

Want to wander through a giant cornfield? Naylor Family Farm is for you. Featuring a 10-acre corn maze, a farm animal petting zoo, gem mining, an inflatable jump pad and other kids attractions, your mini monsters, and silly ghosts will have great fun.

 

Halloween Hayrides

Clayton Community Park

1075 Amelia Church Road in Clayton

Friday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.

$5 for children 12 and under; parents ride free with each paid child; children 2 and under are free

Gather up your superheroes, princesses, skeletons, and witches and take them on a Halloween hayride at the Clayton Community Park. With story stops along the way, your children will have fun as they ride through Halloween Land. Fun games, candy, and attractions will also delight.

The Town of Clayton will also host a Halloween Movie Night on Friday evening at dark. Grab some blankets, drinks, and munchies and watch Hocus Pocus under the stars at Clayton Town Square at 110 West Main Street.

 

Boo Bash!

Millbrook Exchange Community Center

1905 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh

Friday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free event for families with children ages 10 and younger

RSVP on RecLink to attend—search for Boo Bash! Under "Advanced Search"

Your costumed children will enjoy taking part in this spooktacular event! They can fill their Halloween bag with treats and sweets trunk-or-treating in the Center's parking lot, walk through the Spooky Bus, hear some ghost stories, and participate in creepy crafts.

 

Goblin's Groove Family Dance

The Halle Cultural Arts Center

237 N. Salem Street in Apex

Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

$5 per couple and $2 each additional child

Dress up the whole family and get ready to boogie down and dance at the Halle Center. Fun music, costume contest, games and Halloween tricks and treats will make this event a big hit!

 

Halloween Pumpkin Fest at Fearrington Village

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro

Sunday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Free event

Fearrington will be aglow with more than 80 intricately carved pumpkins tucked into the Village Center gardens. McIntyre's Books will host spooky story times at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The pumpkin display will remain up through Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31.  

 

Hallow-Eno

West Point on the Eno

5101 N. Roxboro Road in Durham

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Free event for families with children ages 12 and under

 Spend Halloween at Eno Park with campfire stories and songs, hayrides through the woods, face painting and festive crafts. Hosted by the Durham Parks and Recreation Department 

 

Scream-filled Scenes 

 

Clayton Fear Farm Haunted Scream Park

1620 Loop Road, Clayton

Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Sunday, Oct. 29, Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m.

$27 all-inclusive ticket or $13 for single attraction ticket per person

Clayton Fear Farm's Haunted Scream Park gets its name honestly. A farm full of creepy attractions that will seriously scare, you are going to want to prepare yourself for a night of fright. 

 

Haunted Forest at Panic Point

2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville

Open tonight through Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31 starting at 6 p.m.

Ticket prices vary by day and package; purchase tickets online before they sell out

Named North Carolina's top haunted attraction, Panic Point is a must-visit for thrill seekers ready for a chilling experience. Six haunted attractions filled with gruesome characters and creatures ready to give you the scare of a lifetime. 

 

Harvested Farm Nightmares

3175 Benson Highway (HWY 50), Garner

Friday, Oct. 27, Saturday, Oct. 28, Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 starting at 7 p.m.

$17 per person

Promising to give you nightmares for days, this haunted attraction has the menacing mayhem you seek for a Halloween fright. Be prepared to see zombies, monsters and crazy creeps lurking in the darkness.  

 

Haunted Hillsborough Sanitarium

Alleyway behind 106 S. Churton Street in Hillsborough (next to Dual Supply)

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free event

A seriously scary scene awaits you down the alley behind our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Hillsborough office on South Churton Street. Make it through the spooky Sanitarium to earn your treats!

 

October
23

Let's Talk Turkey!

Turkeys for the TriangleWant to help us feed our Triangle neighbors in need this holiday season? Let's talk turkey—Turkeys for the Triangle to be exact.

For nearly 15 years, our Turkeys for the Triangle program has donated frozen turkeys to non-profit organizations, veterans and active military members at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We've donated more than 28,000 turkeys to feed more than 120,000 people across the state to date and are working on raising funds to distribute another 4,000 birds this year. 

Buy A Raffle Ticket & You Could Win Big!

Would you like to win a one-year lease on a brand new 2018 Lexus? Or perhaps you want $500 to spend at Bailey's Fine Jewelry? Maybe tickets to see a show at the DPAC are right up your alley? 

Buy a Turkeys for the Triangle raffle ticket and you just might win one of these awesome prizes:

GRAND PRIZE: One-year lease on a 2018 Lexus from Johnson Lexus of Raleigh

PRIZES:

- One-year membership to Massage Envy

- $500 Gift Card to Bailey's Fine Jewelry

- $500 Gift Card to Crabtree Valley Mall

- $500 Gift Card to Target

- $500 Gift Card to Your Favorite Restaurant

- Four (4) Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) Tickets

- Four (4) Carolina Hurricanes Tickets

- Four (4) N.C. State University Basketball Tickets

- Yeti Cooler Prize Pack

- 55" Flat Screen TV

- Weber Grill

- Mobile Car Detailing Gift Card

Our Turkeys for the Triangle raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20 and can be purchased online at www.TurkeysfortheTriangle.com now through Friday, Dec. 15.

Partnering with Butterball

Turkeys for the Triangle Butterball Partnership

Butterball, LLC has again partnered with our Turkeys for the Triangle program as part of its Thanksgiving outreach efforts to help us nourish even more neighbors in need. The Garner-based company will generously donate 1,500 of its premium turkeys to support our Turkeys for the Triangle program this year.

"We're extremely fortunate to partner with Butterball again this year to feed families throughout the Triangle region and at military bases throughout the state," said Don Walston, founder of Turkeys for the Triangle and founder and chairman of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. "Their support has enabled us to take this grassroots initiative to another level over the past four years advancing our cause and expanding our outreach."

Don't forget to buy your Turkeys for the Triangle ticket online today at www.TurkeysfortheTriangle.com!

The Turkeys for the Triangle raffle drawing will be held on Monday, Dec. 18 at Johnson Lexus of Raleigh on Capital Boulevard; winners need not be present to win.

October
20

HPW Open Houses | October 21 – 22

HPW Open Houses October 21 and 22

With 70-degree temps, low humidity and two days full of area open houses only a wake-up away, it's almost as if Mother Nature has deemed this the weekend for you to find your new home. We're ready to help you prove her right.

Our in-the-know real estate agents will be hosting open houses this Saturday and Sunday in nearly every corner of this prospering Triangle region and Goldsboro too. It's time to map out a plan to make the most of this fall weekend. 

Open House Tips for Buyers

It doesn't matter if your entering the second month of your house hunt or are just getting started, you're going to want to make the most of your open house visits. 

Do some digging

Power up your computer or charge up your Smart Phone and start "digging" for information on the homes you plan to visit. Access a home valuation estimate on our new HPW.com website to review a comprehensive report with property details, recent area sales, and more useful information for each of the homes you like. 

Take your time

Give yourself ample time to tour the homes you visit. Walk through each home with the onsite agent and then go back through on your own. Take time to step into the backyard or stroll down the street. Buying a home is a big deal, and you're going to want to gather every detail possible to make an educated decision. 

Curb your enthusiasm

Attending an open house is exciting, especially when you think the home may be perfect for you and your family. Do your best to remain cool, calm, and collected as you take your tour to ensure you see the home as it really is, without the rose-colored lenses.

Featured Open Houses

 

817 Willowedge Court, Knightdale, NC 27545

$190,000

Sq Ft: 1,354 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

817 Willowedge Court, Knightdale, NC 27545


 2907 Dunhaven Drive, Garner, NC 27529

$325,000

Sq Ft: 2,263 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

 2907 Dunhaven Drive, Garner, NC 27529


1301 Center Street, Apex, NC 27502

$343,000

Sq Ft: 2,753 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

 


 8405 Chelridge Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$500,000

Sq Ft: 3,176 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, October 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

8405 Chelridge Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587 


1300 King Cross Court, Raleigh, NC 27614

$770,000

Sq Ft: 5,250 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

 


145 Lolliberry Drive, Holly Springs, NC 27540

$825,000

Sq Ft: 5,169 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 22 at 2 to 4 p.m.

 145 Lolliberry Drive, Holly Springs, NC 27540


2420 Sterling Crest Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$550,000

Sq Ft: 3,637 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

 2420 Sterling Crest Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587


 

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October
18

Should You Consider A Co-Borrower Or Cosigner?

Content prepared by Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

Considering a Co-Borrower or a CosignerIf you're in the market to buy a home, chances are you will need to take out a mortgage. While a mortgage is a big responsibility, you don't have to do it alone.

If you're having trouble getting approved for a mortgage, you might want to consider adding a co-borrower or even a cosigner. 

Many types of mortgage loans, such as an FHA or Conventional Loan, allow for an occupying or non-occupying co-borrower or cosigner.

Though income, assets, liabilities, and credit history are considered for both the cosigner and co-borrower during loan qualification and underwriting, there is a big difference between the two roles.

What is a Cosigner?

A cosigner does not share the same benefits as a co-borrower. A cosigner is legally responsible for paying back the loan, but does not have ownership of the property and is not listed on the title. 

What is a Co-Borrower?

Co-borrowers share ownership of the property, as well as the legal responsibilities of the loan. 

Using a Cosigner or Co-Borrower

Using a cosigner or a co-borrower could significantly improve your chances of approval on your mortgage—especially if you do not have an established credit history.

Chances of approval can increase if a co-borrower or cosigner is able to improve your debt-to-income ratio.

Debt-to-income, or DTI, is the sum of your monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income. Lenders use the DTI number to measure your ability to repay your mortgage each month.    

If you are applying for an FHA mortgage, your co-borrower must:

  • Have the required minimum qualifying credit score
  • Live in the United States
  • Be a relative or close friend
  • Approve his/her name to be listed on the mortgage and property title

If you are applying for a conventional loan, your co-borrower must:

  • Have a minimum FICO score of 620 to 640
  • Live in the United States
  • Be a relative or close friend
  • Approve his/her name to be on the mortgage, but will not be required to be on the property title

If you have poor credit, a co-borrower or cosigner won't be able to help you qualify for a mortgage. Lenders must use the borrower with the lowest credit score to qualify for a loan.

Ways to Improve Your Credit

To improve your credit, you can:

Check your credit report and credit scores. 

You are entitled to three free copies of your credit report by law. Review your credit score to make sure all information is accurate. If you uncover an error, report it immediately to begin the process of correcting it.

Pay your bills on time. 

The most important step to rebuilding your credit is to make all bill payments on time. Your payment history is the basis for the majority of your credit score, so it is critical that all bills are paid on time.

Keep your credit card balances low. 

Your credit utilization is important, and keeping your balance low shows lenders you can manage your credit responsibly without spending beyond your means. Credit experts recommend using only 30 percent of your available credit.

Protect your existing credit. 

Don't close existing credit accounts in hopes that they will disappear from your credit report or higher your score.

 

Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas

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October
13

HPW Open Houses | October 14 – 15

HPW Open Houses October 14 and 15Where do you want to live? What type of home do you like? Stepping up or moving down?

Whether you're a renter ready to take the homeownership plunge, a seasoned homeowner searching for new digs, or simply want to expand your investment property portfolio, HPW.com has the homes you seek.

The most comprehensive real estate website in the state, HPW.com is the perfect place to start your house hunt.

Our local real estate agents know the market inside and out and are ready to show you the homes they've listed and answer the questions you may have. Visit them this weekend at their area open houses.

Also, don't forget the Triangle Parade of Homes is still underway granting you access to a fantastic collection of newly built area homes.

Featured Open Houses 

 3208 Arden Branch Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616

$224,900

Sq Ft: 1,933 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

 3208 Arden Branch Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616


1404 Yardley Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$595,000

Sq Ft: 3,624 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 14 from noon to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, October 15 from noon to 5 p.m.

1404 Yardley Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587


 9211 Calabria Drive, Unit 103, Raleigh, NC 27617

$274,900

Sq Ft: 1,968 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.

9211 Calabria Drive, Unit 103, Raleigh, NC 27617 


8632 Glade Hill Drive, Apex, NC 27539

$408,500

Sq Ft: 2,945 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.

8632 Glade Hill Drive, Apex, NC 27539 


11555 Auldbury Way, Raleigh, NC 27617

$439,900

Sq Ft: 2,700 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.

 11555 Auldbury Way, Raleigh, NC 27617


111 Booth Meadow Lane, Durham, NC 27713

$949,900

Sq Ft: 5,050 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

111 Booth Meadow Lane, Durham, NC 27713


 1756 Town Home Drive, Apex, NC 27502

$315,000

Sq Ft: 2,175 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 15 at 2 to 4 p.m.

1756 Town Home Drive, Apex, NC 27502


 

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October
6

HPW Open Houses | October 7 – 8

HPW Open Houses October 7 & 8Haven't found your dream home yet? This could be the weekend. 

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed fantastic homes in cities and suburbs all over the Triangle region. From Alamance County in the West all the way to Wayne County in the East, we have the homes you seek.

Take advantage of the weekend ahead to plan visits to our agents' area open houses and a few Triangle Parade of Homes showcase properties. You're going to want to see the homes you've been eyeing online up close to get a better idea of what they hold.

 Plan to set aside a chunk of time at each house so that you may tour it inside and out at your own pace (twice if you like) and then take a drive around the neighborhood and community. Knowledge is the name of the real estate game, and you're going to want to gather as much information as possible to decide if you will make an offer.

Featured Open Houses

 

335 Sweet Pine Circle, Pittsboro, NC 27312

$549,900

Sq Ft: 3,245 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 7 from noon to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, October 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

335 Sweet Pine Circle, Pittsboro, NC 27312


3033 Colmar Manor Drive, Cary NC 27519

$771,120

Sq Ft: 3,672 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 7 from noon to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, October 8 from noon to 5 p.m.


460 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545

$400,000

Sq Ft: 2,520 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 7 from noon to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, October 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

460 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545


2707 Van Dyke Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607

$450,000

Sq Ft: 2,302 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open Houses: Saturday, October 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, October 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

2707 Van Dyke Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607


1412 Litchborough Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$333,000

Sq Ft: 3,255 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, October 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

1412 Litchborough Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587


9120 Fawn Hill Court, Raleigh, NC 27617

$715,000

Sq Ft: 4,288 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Sunday, October 8 at 2 to 4 p.m.

9120 Fawn Hill Court, Raleigh, NC 27617


 321 Apple Drupe Way, Holly Springs, NC 27540

$275,000

Sq Ft: 2,249 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, October 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

321 Apple Drupe Way, Holly Springs, NC 27540


 

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October
5

Picking The Right Paint

Picking the Right PaintReady to pick out paint to make your new home your own? Perhaps you're toying with the idea of changing a wall color to refresh a room before you sell? Maybe the front door needs a facelift to boost your curb appeal? No matter what painting project you want to take on, you may soon find that selecting the perfect paint color isn't as easy as it seems.

There are thousands of colors to choose from in varying finishes making it hard to narrow down the best hue for you. Not to mention, that studies have proven that a home's paint colors may have the power to impact its sale both positively and negatively. 

Zillow's 2017 Paint Color Analysis discovered that "walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray have broad appeal, and may be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features." Even more interesting, especially to soon-to-be sellers, the study revealed that homes with blue bathrooms, specifically hues of powder blue or pale periwinkle, sold for $5,440 more than anticipated. Zillow's Chief Economist Svenja Gudell added:

"Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos. Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms."

What paint colors are best?

Designer recommended paint colors Fortunately, the pros have weighed in and made some excellent recommendations for the perfect paint colors to choose for your home. Plan to bookmark these paint chip picks. 

Picking a White Paint

It may surprise you, but white is among the hardest paint colors to pick. Just like other hues on the color wheel, white comes in varying shades that appear warm or cool depending on the mix and the colors with which the paint is paired (think trim work and walls).

Elle Décor recently shared its interior design team's favorite white paints including:

  • All White by Farrow & Ball
  • Great White by Farrow & Ball
  • Honeymilk by Valspar
  • Lily of the Valley by Benjamin Moore
  • Simply White by Benjamin Moore
  • White Diamond by Benjamin Moore
  • White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Picking a Neutral Paint 

On the hunt for something neutral? Get ready; there are a lot of paints that apply in a variety of colors.

A paint-picking article published by the Washington Post keys this task up honestly with input from an in-the-know designer; "Neutrals are difficult to select because thought needs to be given to whether a warm or cool tone best suits the project," says Josh Hildreth, a Reston designer. "Natural light and lighting conditions need to be considered."

If beige is what you are after, Curbed, a popular website about all-things home, offers up some paint suggestions from its designer contributors:

  • Cumulus Cloud by Benjamin Moore
  • Jute by Benjamin Moore
  • Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore
  • Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore (don't let the "gray" in the title dissuade, you may prefer a beige that is cool opposed to warm)
  • Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball

Picking a Gray Paint

Gray continues to be the color of choice among home décor designers. If it's also your preference, you should know that the new neutral comes in blue-, green- and taupe-based hues that may change color under different light sources.

Your best bet will be to consider some paints picked by the professionals and test them out in your own home before you commit to a final color. Here are some gray paints recommended by the design team at House Beautiful:

  • Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball
  • Graytint by Benjamin Moore
  • Magnetic Gray by Sherwin-Williams
  • Mindful Gray by Sherwin- Williams
  • November Rain by Benjamin Moore
  • Shaded White by Farrow & Ball
  • Stone Harbor by Benjamin Moore
  • Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore

Picking a Blue Paint 

The most popular color across the board, blue is a hue that you'll see in all styles of home décor. The cool color evokes a serene, soothing feeling making it a great option for a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.

Designers are also a fan of using the color to create a statement against complementary shades of white, gray and beige.

Some soft, watery blue paints to consider include:

  • Blue Veil by Benjamin Moore
  • Light Blue by Farrow & Ball
  • Early Frost by Benjamin Moore
  • Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams

Seeking a shade that will make more of a statement? These blues may be just what you desire:

  • Caribbean Azure by Benjamin Moore
  • Searching Blue by Sherwin-Williams
  • Pitch Blue by Farrow & Ball
  • Santa Monica Blue by Benjamin Moore
  • Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore 

Picking a Green Paint

Much like blue, green is a color that is often used in home décor designs to set the stage for calming and relaxing rooms.

Well displayed in nature, the hue styles well with many colors and is a good pick for a fresh, clean look. Designer-approved shades include:

  • Aganthus Green by Benjamin Moore
  • Stone White by Farrow & Ball
  • Vert De Terre by Benjamin Moore
  • Hancock Green by Benjamin Moore
  • Creekside Green by Benjamin Moore

Picking a Red Paint

Do you want to add a pop of red in your home? The bold hue is a homeowner favorite, but may not always be the best choice if you are prepping for a sale.

Think strategic paint placements—a statement wall, a friendly front door or a backdrop to your built-ins—over total saturation. Some red paint chips to pick up and test out include:

  • Chili Pepper by Benjamin Moore
  • Dressage Red by Ralph Lauren Paint
  • Million Dollar Red by Benjamin Moore
  • Moroccan Red by Benjamin Moore
  • Redstone by Benjamin Moore
  • Relay Red by Ralph Lauren Paint
October
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Raleigh is Among the Nation's Fastest-Growing Cities

With a hot real estate market and low levels of housing inventory, it's quite apparent that Raleigh and the greater Triangle area cities and towns are pretty popular places to call home. In fact, so many people are relocating to the City of Oaks that it just earned a place on a recently released list of the nation's fastest-growing cities.

Determined to spotlight the "cities [that] know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity," WalletHub reviewed 515 cities and towns to quantify economic and population growth and rank those with great gains. 

The financial news website evaluated 15 key factors including population and job growth, household income, number of businesses and startups, venture capital investment, building-permit activity and more.

Raleigh ranked among the top 15 percent on the national list as the 68th fastest growing city in the nation. In the large city category, it scored even higher coming in 10th position only slightly behind the much less affordable West Coast city of San Francisco.

Cary and Durham were included on the fastest-growing midsize cities list, ranking 52nd and 88th respectively.

"With companies like Credit Suisse and Infosys adding thousands of high-paying jobs this year and next, the Triangle area will continue to attract people from all over the country," said Nancy Harner, senior vice president of the Relocation and Corporate Real Estate Services Division at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. "There are very few places in the country that can offer all that the Triangle brings to the table—immense career opportunities, affordability, an appealing landscape, and burgeoning cultural and food scenes."

Work in the Triangle

Raleigh and the greater Triangle are home to major employers and well-known companies like IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Red Hat, GlaxoSmithKline, and Lenovo. 

The burgeoning area also has a vast number of startups and growing tech businesses many of which take up shop in Durham's American Underground with significant venture capital investments.

Live in the Triangle

With many of its cities and towns named among the best places to live in the nation, the Triangle is ideal for people in all stages of life.

Home buyers will find bustling city settings and quiet, suburban neighborhoods conveniently located near major thoroughfares, ample shopping and dining options, public parks, and award-winning cultural centers.

Houses and homes of all shapes and sizes are available in new and established communities with well-rated schools. 

Find a Real Estate Agent

Interested in calling the Triangle home? Let us help you.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is the leading residential real estate agency in the greater Triangle region, and we have the best real estate website in the state.

Our real estate agents are experts in their local markets. Not only are they well versed in their communities, but they are also trained to be the best negotiators and pricing strategists to ensure you achieve real estate success.

Relocating from afar? We have the nation's leading Relocation Department with top-notch relocation specialists ready to lend a hand. 

 

Learn more about Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston and the cities and towns our leading team of realtors and agents serve.

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