In and around the Triangle area, there are several beautiful luxury listings available for sale. What exactly differentiates these properties from the standard market? Is it the square footage, the features, or the technology? Some would say it is all of the above. Ultimately, luxury buyers are not looking at the price tag in their search for their next dream home but the amazing amenities that come with the property. Here are the top 6 must-have features in luxury homes!
1. Indoor / Outdoor living
Indoor/outdoor living seamlessly extends your home's great room or dining quarters. This trend tends to keep cohesion in design from the interior to the exterior of your home. Typically indoor/ outdoor living has always been a primal commodity when searching for a new home. With the new normal consisting of being at your humble abode more these days, the amenity has become a necessity. What makes an outdoor living space luxurious is the ability to provide comfort through all seasons while also allotting multiple entertainment options. High-end features include retracting screened porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, and sometimes a type of water feature. This CBHPW luxury listing checks off each box on the list! With its large covered porch and a wood fireplace, the immaculate outdoor kitchen has a top-of-the-line grill station, jacuzzi, and extensive acreage for sporting events or games. One thing for sure is that you may yearn to host any occasion with this property as your next home. To view more of this listing, click here.
2. Theatre Room
Entertainment becomes the next level when a luxury property contains an in-home theater. The ability to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to your fingertips is a sought amenity many buyers search for when hunting for their next home. What makes an in-home theater top-notch is its ability to incorporate features similar to an actual movie theater. This includes a top-of-the-line av-system, projector, large screens, recessed lighting, and comfortable loungers. The goal of the theater room is to immerse yourself in what's on the screen, whether that be the newest megahit movie or the exciting rival sports game. The cinema room pictured above is from none other than one of our CBHPW luxury listings. This glorious in-home theater offers stadium seating, a high-tech projector, and even mimics the groovy movie theater carpet. To view more of this property, click here.
3. Large Garages
The standard two-car garage does not cut it for luxury properties. Buyers are looking for substantial space when envisioning the housing of their precious automobiles. Typically, luxury properties have at least a 3-car garage! To any car buff, the garage is not just a space for storing your vehicle. This part of the property could be turned into a luxurious showroom, man cave, or workshop. This beautiful CBHPW luxury property comes with a three-car garage with gorgeous rustic wood garage doors. To view more of this property, click here.
4. Intricate Ceiling Designs
Raised ceilings and other intricate ceiling styles are quite the fanbase for luxury homes. A room turns from basic to compelling when there is a ceiling feature that adds depth, sophistication, and style. In most luxury dwellings, at least one space must contain a styled ceiling. One of these rooms can be the living room, sitting room, primary bedrooms, and or dining rooms. What exactly are some styles of these ceilings? They are cathedral, tray, beamed, suspended, and coffered. One would love to have any of these exquisite designs in their home! For example, in this CBHPW luxury listing above. The sitting room contains a beautiful coffered ceiling. The coffered ceiling consists of sunken panels accented by molding, creating a waffle-like appearance. What works well in this room is the brilliant addition of recessed lighting. For more on this property click here.
5. Massive Walk-In Closets
Typically an owner of a luxury home tends to live a complete life of luxury. Meaning everything about them is high-end, like their fashion sense. Closets in a luxury home are an extension of the main room and need to boast space and means of organization. Closets these days are not just for hanging clothes. They can be an area to lounge in after using the spa bathroom or a place to put on that fashion show after shopping in the streets of London. For sure, luxury home buyers are looking for closets that encompass organization and can show off their beautiful wardrobe. In this CBHPW luxury home, the primary closet is genuinely massive. This closet incorporates different levels of custom built-in shelving and an island dresser to accommodate all buyers' attire needs. To view more of this property, click here.
6. Relaxing Spa baths
When buyers search for their next home, kitchens and bathrooms are the most focused rooms, which is why main bathrooms in luxury homes are genuinely upping the ante in their need to give that spa-like aura. Features include a jacuzzi bathtub fit for a king, a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, neutral colors, beautiful stone or tile, and lots of space for minimal clutter. In this CBHPW luxury listing, this bathroom truly exuberates comfort and relaxation. The large window allows natural light to encase the room, making the white pop against the darker grays. The unity in neutral colors creates a calming sensation. One can relax in the free-standing tub or use the shower with multi-shower heads in this bathroom. To view more, click here.
When buying or selling in the luxury market, we are sure you have seen one or more of these features within the properties. To view, all of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walstons' luxury homes for sale, visit our website at https://www.hpwluxury.com
If you're shopping for a home in the best cities for growing your tech career or launching your own startup, then there are only a few American cities that make the cut... and most of them have a cost of living that will stretch even a robust personal budget to the max. Only one city can claim to be a true tech hub, while still offering a cost of living close to the national average. Raleigh, NC has one of the best tech scenes in the eastern half of the country, and an affordable cost of living to match. Our real estate agents know Raleigh, so let's take a closer look at why the city is the perfect place to launch or grow your tech career.
Raleigh, NC: A Hub for Tech Centered Careers
One of the Nation's Largest Tech Hubs
When you shop for Raleigh homes for sale, you're buying into one of the top tech hubs in the entire country. Raleigh is consistently ranked in the top 3 of nationwide tech cities and regularly ranks as the top tech city in the eastern United States. Raleigh's population makes it the second-largest city by population size in North Carolina, and the 41st largest city nationwide. The population size means that you get all of the benefits of a major metro area, without the extreme population density of many other tech hubs.
An Affordable Cost of Living
In tech hubs like Austin and San Francisco, the availability of high-paying tech careers is often offset by a cost of living that is well above the national average. This impacts both the cost of homes in those cities and all of the day-to-day expenses of living in the city. The cost of living in Raleigh consistently checks in at or below the national average, with the cost of transportation, healthcare, and utilities far more affordable than the average city.
A Vibrant Community of Research Universities
So, how has the second-largest city in North Carolina become a tech powerhouse that can compete with the biggest hubs in the country? It starts with an excellent collection of high-quality research universities, which groom their students to become the next generation of tech innovators. While there are three major schools that make up the Research Triangle, North Carolina State University is the closest to Raleigh. Tech companies have been attracted to the area in part because there is a qualified workforce ready to take the next steps in their careers.
World-Class Attractions, Dining, and Entertainment
After a busy weekend of work, the last thing you want is to spend your weekend in a city that lacks entertainment options. Fortunately, that will never be a problem when you live in Raleigh. The city is loaded with museums, historic entertainment venues, great shopping, outdoor attractions, and a dining scene that's a foodie's dream.
When you're ready to find your place in the vibrant, ever-growing tech scene of Raleigh, you can count on our team. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.
Are you ready to celebrate the many things that make living in North Carolina so special? It's almost time once again for the North Carolina State Fair to visit the Raleigh area, with this year's edition of the fair looking bigger and better than ever. The NC State Fair is a family-friendly event, filled with food, rides, attractions, live performances, and a healthy dose of North Carolina hospitality. Attendance at the fair seems to rise every year, and the last few editions of the NC State Fair have each drawn more than a million visitors to the area. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the fun, with our guide to the North Carolina State Fair.
Dates: October 11-21, 2018 – Gates Open at 8:00 am
Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
Admission: Tickets Available 24/7 Online or In Person on Fair Days
The NC State Fair features a great mix of fun and educational attractions, perfect for keeping every member of the family entertained. There will be rides for all ages at the fair, with a special focus on creating memories for the youngest members of the audience. Take a ride on the Crazy Coaster, get a birds-eye view on the Ferris Wheel, explore the Magic Maze Glass House, or try one of the dozens of fun rides around the fairgrounds. There are carnival games as well, with loads of fun prizes to be won.
The NC State Fair is about celebrating everything that makes our state special, and the "homegrown" live performance lineup features artists from throughout North Carolina, including:
Admission to all of the live music performances is included with your fair admission, so you can sit back and enjoy the show.
You're sure to work up an appetite exploring the rides, attractions, and live performances at the North Carolina State Fair, so why not satisfy your hunger with some of the best food in the state? The lineup of food vendors at the NC State Fair is a mile long and features something for every taste. Try some classic Carolina barbecue, sample the freshest seafood, try international dishes from around the world, and top it off with a trip to one of the many unique dessert vendors stationed throughout the fair.
Shopping for Raleigh homes for sale allows you to enjoy the best of North Carolina throughout the year, and the NC State Fair features competitions to name North Carolina's best. The schedule includes a graphic design competition, arts, and crafts, baking, clothing, flowers, produce and even writing. There are also a ton of cooking competitions going on throughout the festivities, perfect for trying a taste of something new. Capping it all off will be a series of livestock competitions and horse shows, where participants will show off all of the hard work they've been putting in all year long.
Would you like to find the perfect home in Raleigh, so that you can enjoy all of the exciting events in the city throughout the year? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, NC.
Known as the "Town of Friendly People," Zebulon, NC truly delivers the quintessential American hometown experience. This is the sort of town where it's a pleasure getting to know your neighbors, and where big, local events bring the whole community together. Zebulon is located just a short drive east from the city of Raleigh, with tons of great attractions and an easy commute to other exciting communities within the Research Triangle region. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Zebulon, NC is the perfect example of an appealing North Carolina hometown.
Like many North Carolina towns, Zebulon, NC was originally built up around a railroad stop, and over time grew from a tiny town to a dynamic, welcoming community. The town is now home to about 4,750 residents and has been growing quickly in recent years. All of those new residents find plenty of reasons to love calling Zebulon, NC home.
The history of Zebulon begins in 1907 when the community was first planned, and you can still find great examples of that history today. Zebulon's town hall, which opened in 1909, is located in a historic schoolhouse, with tours available. In the present day, residents of Zebulon love visiting Five County Stadium for Carolina Mudcats games. The Mudcats are the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Five County Stadium is the perfect place to take the family on a warm summer night.
You'll also find plenty of great places to shop within the community, including a farmer's market that brings the best of North Carolina to your dinner table. The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is open every Saturday from April through October, with fresh, local food always on the menu.
Within Zebulon, there are a ton of great places to both spend time outdoors and connect with the community. Zebulon is home to six parks, each with something unique to offer. Zebulon Community Park is the largest in town, with athletic fields, disc golf, playgrounds, and a walking trail. Smaller parks like Whitley Park and Little River Park are great places to relax, with ample natural beauty to enjoy. The community offers exercise classes, athletic leagues, summer camps, and picnic rentals so that you can enjoy whatever moves you outdoors.
When you're shopping for Zebulon homes for sale, you'll have no shortage of unique options to choose from in the community. One of the first things you'll notice is that Zebulon homes tend to be affordable, and you get a lot of home for your money. The community features everything from historic homes to brand new construction, with ample yard space and beautiful, tree-lined properties. Families love the mix of affordable homes, nearby attractions, and convenient location that Zebulon offers.
When you buy a house in Zebulon, you're not just gaining access to one great North Carolina community. You'll also have an easy commute to other exciting communities throughout the Research Triangle. Raleigh is just a short drive from your home in Zebulon, making it easy to work and play in the city while enjoying still the enjoying the quintessential North Carolina hometown experience when you head back home for the day.
Are you ready to start shopping for your quintessential home, in North Carolina's quintessential hometown? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Zebulon, NC area.
Raleigh has long been lauded as a great place to live, work and play. It's most recent feature on Inc.com, highlights the fact that the City of Oaks is poised to be the next startup hub due to the talent and relatively low cost of living. Those of us already living in the Capital City have known for a long time what a wonderful area this is to call home.
One of the best features about Raleigh is the surrounding cities and towns that make up the greater Triangle area. In fact, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents will be hosting hundreds of open houses across Central NC this weekend. No matter the city or town you are looking to call home, or maybe you already call home, our expert, local agents are here to help. From end-unit townhouses to large executive estates, they have the homes you seek.
Go ahead and map out which homes you want to see this weekend. And while you're out driving from home to home, take a look around – this is one of the best places to live in the country.
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Located just a few minutes south of Raleigh, the town of Garner, NC has long been a popular place to call home in the area. Garner has seen a surge in growth over recent years, both in terms of population and amenities available within the community. There are plenty of great Garner neighborhoods to choose from, and each has something unique to offer. Our real estate agents have all the details on nine of the top Garner neighborhoods to call home.
Are you ready to start your search for Garner homes for sale with the help of a real estate team that truly knows the community? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Garner, NC area.
Clayton, North Carolina has seen rapid growth in recent years, and now ranks as one of the fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle. All of those new residents have plenty of reasons to love calling the community home, thanks to an appealing mix of safe streets, ample outdoor attractions, and a diverse, dynamic downtown area. Clayton, NC is also located just 15 minutes from Raleigh and provides easy access to other nearby communities in the Research Triangle. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Clayton, NC will feel like home from the moment you move to the community.
Residents of Clayton enjoy the fact that the community provides both easy access to the big city and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors close to home. The Clayton River Walk on the Neuse is one popular outdoor destination, with a four-mile long trail that winds its way past loads of waterfront scenery. The community also offers an extensive collection of parks, greenways, and trails perfect for family fun. As you tour the outdoor spaces of Clayton, NC, you'll also find public, outdoor art exhibits scattered throughout the community.
In the mood to enjoy some arts, culture, shopping, and great food in Clayton? Just head downtown! Downtown Clayton has grown into a hub of the community, where you'll find popular restaurants, shops, performance venues, and attractions. There's also a free summer concert series downtown, with acts that every member of the family can enjoy. Clayton's fast growth has attracted new businesses to the downtown area, so you can expect new attractions to keep popping up downtown, and throughout the community.
Clayton's outdoor attractions are not limited to all of the great parks, trails, and natural spaces that you'll find throughout the community. You'll also have some of the best golf in North Carolina close to home, starting with the popular Neuse Golf Club. Test yourself on a challenging, scenic 18-hole course, which regularly ranks among the best in North Carolina.
When you're ready to find a home of your own in Clayton, you'll certainly have plenty of great options in the community. Clayton homes for sale feature a little bit of everything, with a focus on affordable homes and attractive outdoor scenery. This is a great place to shop if you're looking for a home with room to grow, in a community that provides easy access to all that the Research Triangle region has to offer.
You can't travel far in Clayton without being reminded that this is a community that truly loves the arts. Enjoy live performances in a fun, historic venue at the Clayton Center, or head downtown to check out the unique Clayton Sculpture Trail, where new public art is added every year. In fact, you'll find public art in town squares throughout the community. The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is a great place to catch up on reading, participate in fun classes with the community, and dig deep into Clayton's exciting local history.
Are you ready to start searching for a home in one of North Carolina's fast-growing communities, with help from a real estate team that truly knows the region? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Clayton, NC area.
Just a few miles east from the heart of downtown Raleigh, you'll find the fun, fast-growing town of Knightdale, NC. As a suburb of Raleigh and one of the fastest-growing towns in the Research Triangle, Knightdale is an exciting, dynamic place to call home. You'll find tons of local businesses within the community, ample outdoor attractions, family-friendly activities, great food, and so much more. Our real estate agents have all of the details on why Knightdale, NC is the perfect place to build something special.
Knightdale has been growing quickly in recent years with an estimated population of just under 15,000 residents. The real estate market here is diverse with Knightdale homes for sale to appeal to every buyer, and budget. Within the community, you'll find a ton of attractions that make Knightdale, NC a special place to call home.
Knightdale may be located close to the big city, but there's still plenty of quiet, natural beauty to be experienced within the community. The Knightdale Environmental Education Park is a small, scenic park, with picnic areas, a walking trail, and even some outdoor art. It's a great place to take the kids for a picnic or to enjoy a quiet stroll through your favorite community.
Follow the trails along the winding path of Mingo Creek, starting near the Neuse River and progressing to Mingo Creek Park. In addition to being a great place to visit itself, the trails at Mingo Creek park connect to a number of other popular outdoor destinations in the area. Of course, there are plenty of beautiful sights to see along the way, as you explore the extensive trail system of Knightdale, NC.
Looking for some fresh, local food for your own culinary creations, or the perfect place to pick up unique items from local vendors? The Knightdale Farmers Market, which runs every Saturday morning at Knightdale Station, is a great place to buy fresh ingredients, shop from local vendors, enjoy live entertainment, and so much more.
The 76-acre Knightdale Station Park is one of the community's largest, and an ideal place to take the kids for family fun. The park features a large, popular playground, dog park, athletic fields, picnic areas, and extensive paved trails.
Knightdale's East Regional Library is a hub of the community, with a great selection of books, a busy schedule of fun classes for all ages, and special events that bring the community together. The schedule of special events at the library features something for residents of all ages, with everything from teen poetry readings to classes on genealogy.
Spend a day under the sun harvesting strawberries at Pope's Strawberry Farm, one of Knightdale's most popular attractions. Residents of Knightdale anxiously await the opening of Pope's Strawberry Farm every year, and for good reason. The strawberries are as fresh as it gets, and the friendly, small-town service at Pope's is a perfect example of what makes life in Knightdale so special.
Are you ready to start something special of your own, close to all of the attractions in Knightdale and Raleigh? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Knightdale, NC area.
From special events to daily delights, there are a ton of reasons to love calling the community of Apex, NC home. You'll find something fun to do in Apex during every season, with activities that every member of the family will enjoy. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on ten things you definitely won't want to miss in Apex, NC.
Ready to start shopping for homes near all of the great attractions in Apex with the help of an experienced, local real estate team? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Apex, NC area.
Every year, visitors and residents of Raleigh, NC head downtown for a truly unique type of rodeo, where food and fun come together for a truly unique dining experience. The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is an awesome opportunity to enjoy some of the best food that the Research Triangle has to offer, support local businesses, and learn why so many residents of the Triangle love visiting food trucks in their favorite communities. Our real estate agents have all of the details on this exciting event in Raleigh, along with a closer look at why food trucks have become such a popular part of culinary life in the community.
When you shop Raleigh homes for sale, you can rest assured that you'll never be far from a great meal. The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is a fantastic opportunity to sample the city's culinary culture, and there are four opportunities to enjoy the Food Truck Rodeo throughout the summer.
Where: Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC
Dates and Times: May 6 (12-6 PM), June 10 (12-6 PM), August 5 (3-9 PM), October 14 (12-6 PM)
Admission: The Food Truck Rodeo Is a Free Event, with Ample Outdoor Seating
If you've never been to the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo before, our first advice is to make sure you shop up hungry. There is simply so much to try, with food trucks coming from across the state of North Carolina to showcase their unique culinary creations.
The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is a big event, with food trucks covering more than a half-mile stretch on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. In total, the Food Truck Rodeo spans 11 city blocks, with food drawing on cultures from across the world.
The Food Truck Rodeo is also a great chance to get out and spend some time with the community in your favorite city. There are more than 1,000 seats set up around the food truck area, so you can sit down, enjoy a meal with friends old and new, and trade tips on the best food trucks at the event.
Wondering what sort of dining options will be on the menu for this year's Food Truck Rodeo? Don't worry, there's a map for that. On that map, you'll find a list of food trucks that offer everything from baguettes to Philly cheesesteaks, with plenty of sweet, savory dessert options on the menu as well.
While food trucks have been around in North Carolina for a long time, the number of food trucks and food truck-themed events has certainly seen a sharp rise in recent years. College campuses like the NC State University play a big role in that popularity, as food trucks offer college students an affordable way to get a unique, creative meal on campus. These days, you'll find food trucks in any place where people congregate, whether in high-traffic work areas, at special events, or at festivals like the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. Raleigh is a foodie's dream, and food trucks are a big reason why that's the case.
Are you ready to find a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the fabulous flavors and exciting attractions that Raleigh has to offer? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.
Talk to any Cary, North Carolina local, and you'll quickly learn there are many reasons to love the community. From an excellent economy to fun, family-friendly attractions, Cary offers everything you need to live, work, and play. Our real estate agents have narrowed the list down to ten reasons why Cary, NC should be your new hometown.
Cary's Sensational Schools
Safe streets are an excellent start, and fantastic schools is yet another reason why families love calling Cary home. Cary is home to top-ranked schools, and consistently earns rankings as one of North Carolina's top cities for learning and student performance.
Are you ready to start shopping with an experienced, local real estate team that truly knows North Carolina communities? Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout Cary, NC.
Don't let the cold weather fool you, Raleigh and the greater Research Triangle area are hot and getting hotter. We're talking about our local real estate markets, of course.
National real estate website Zillow just ranked the City of Oaks as the second hottest housing market in the nation. With routine reports of high demand and low inventory, a tremendous number of job opportunities, excellent quality of life, and increasing home values across the numerous counties that make up the prospering area, the top 10 designation shouldn't come as a surprise.
Raleigh quickly rose to the top of Zillow's 50-metro research list thanks to its strong population growth and a healthy 9 percent increase in average household income over the previous year. The City's close proximity to the fast-growing Research Triangle Park tech hub was another important factor thanks to the giant corporations and well-known businesses anchored there. According to one of Zillow's research analysts:
"This list shows that just because a market is smaller or more affordable doesn't mean it isn't dynamic," said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas. "Growing cities in the Sun Belt, places like Raleigh, Charlotte and Nashville, offer plenty of opportunities healthcare and finance, while providing a less-expensive, but still-convenient, alternative to the larger and pricier markets in the Northeast."
Think that living in or around Raleigh may be for you? We can help you find out.
Start by taking a tour of the area on our real estate website. Read about the different parts of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all of the lauded towns in between and just beyond. Learn about area events, restaurants, and cultural offerings. Take a look at the homes available in zip codes near and far.
Would you like to know what your home is worth before you consider selling it? A home value estimate is only a few clicks away at HPW.com.
Not only can we give you an idea of what your home may be worth, but we are also able to provide details about recent area home sales, local market home values and more.
Our local Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Realtors are ready and willing to support you throughout your real estate journey.
No matter where you want to buy in the Triangle region, you can trust an HPW real estate expert to work hard on your behalf from "for sale" to "sold."
All of our agents are well trained and able to provide superior sales and marketing services, offer advanced knowledge and insight into the local communities and neighborhoods that interest you, and navigate a successful real estate experience.
For the second time this year, Vogue Magazine has spotlighted one of our Triangle cities on its highly-trafficked website and inside its well-read pages.
So, whether you prefer to say "en vogue" or "in vogue," you'll be right when you're talking about living in Raleigh.
Together with real estate website Trulia, Vogue named the City of Oaks among the top three places in the nation to buy a home in the coming year. According to Vogue:
If everyone you know seems to be moving to Raleigh, there's a reason: North Carolina's capital is often listed as one of the best places in the U.S. to live and, thanks to a booming tech industry, boasts one of the best employment markets in the country. The influx of jobs and money means the city has become pretty vibrant over the last few years—and some say the culinary scene is one of the most underrated in the country. That's thanks in part, no doubt, to 2014 James Beard Award–winner Ashley Christensen, who owns six highly acclaimed local restaurants (including Death & Taxes, Beasley's Chicken and Honey, and Poole's). Foodies will also love the 30,000-square-foot State Farmers' Market, which sells produce, meats, cheese, and specialty items from local growers and makers. To soak up the city's balmy southeast weather, take a stroll through Duke Gardens. With 55 acres of specialty gardens—including a moss garden, peony garden, and carnivorous plant garden—it's no wonder locals consider it one of the city's gems.
The study Trulia commissioned reviewed the 2017 housing market to provide forecasts for the upcoming 2018 market including buyer and seller behavior, homeownership rate predictions, and real estate market review.
Not surprisingly, Trulia's in-the-know research team revealed Raleigh to be among the top "Markets on the Move" based on job growth, low vacancy rates, affordability, inbound website searches for the city and surrounding area on Trulia.com, and population. Raleigh was the only North Carolina city to make the list which was whittled down from the 100 largest U.S. real estate markets.
Raleigh has long been lauded as a great place to live, work and play.
From recent features on Inc.com and HuffPost to Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and too-many-to-count business and lifestyle publications and websites, you can trust that our Capital City is simply that, a capital choice to call home.
Made up of a thriving downtown with an ever-growing cityscape, historic neighborhoods, established communities, and newly built homes with an abundance of retail, restaurant and cultural hotspots in between, buyers will likely find all that they seek in Raleigh.
The Triangle city's convenient location just beyond the Research Triangle Park business hub is another popular perk with big businesses like IBM, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Fidelity and Credit Suisse.
Raleigh isn't the only Triangle city to gain affection from Vogue this year—Durham felt the love as well.
This spring, the Bull City strolled away with the fantastic claim of being the "Hippest City in North Carolina" thanks to its cultural offerings, award-winning chefs and local restaurants, and must-visit hotels.
According to Vogue writer and Durham day-tripper Jennifer Rice: Durham is perhaps known first and foremost as the home to Duke University (and its famed basketball team), but it's becoming a destination for much more than just Blue Devils games. In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary scene has emerged. The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, and Durham Bulls games—where you can watch a home run while noshing on empanadas and peach cobbler with ice cream—are also noteworthy attractions.
It's a family thing! Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston recently received a prestigious Family Business Award from the Triangle Business Journal, and we couldn't be prouder.
"We accept this Family Business Award with great pride for the longstanding legacy the Walston family, our talented leaders and real estate team have championed throughout the years," said Founder Don Walston, who remains actively involved as chairman. "It's really something to see a dream turn into reality, and that's what we've done here and continue to do every day."
Founded by Walston in 1973, our full-service real estate firm has established a stronghold in our local communities spanning from Alamance County in the West to Wayne County in the East.
Built on an enduring commitment to Help People Win—our growing real estate team, their clients, and all neighbors living and working in the communities we serve—Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has become the largest residential real estate company in the region, the top Coldwell Banker company in the Triangle, and one of the leading realty firms in the nation. Our company has 15 local sales offices including the top relocation division in the country and more than 900 agents and professional staff.
"Our family has always taken pride in serving others to the best of our ability, and we've made certain that core mission has remained steadfast throughout the years," said Walston. "We truly consider all of our employees and agents family and strive to empower them to be the best professionals and people they can be."
Three generations of Walstons have worked at the company, all with the aligned vision to do better for others. Their shared focus has not only underscored our company's successes but also led to the creation of our HPW Foundation charitable arm. Through the HPW Foundation, the company and our generous agents and staff have raised more than $1.1 million benefiting not-for-profits including:
We also host an annual Turkeys for the Triangle program to feed military and food-insecure families during the holiday season. A collective effort of our company agents and staff and in partnership with Butterball, Turkeys for the Triangle has donated more than 32,000 turkeys and fed more than 130,000 people.
Our first Turkeys for the Triangle distribution event was a tremendous success!
Box trucks, cargo vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs lined up at our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston corporate office to collect and deliver more than 2,500 frozen turkeys to nonprofit and military organizations across the Triangle region.
It was a great day to Help People Win, a commitment our company founder and chairman and Turkeys for the Triangle founder holds near and dear.
"I'll tell you what, it's one of those things," said Don Walston. "It's hard to describe the benefit when you see someone who really appreciates what you're doing for them– it's a– I don't know how to describe it but it's a warm feeling."
A four-year partner of our Turkeys for the Triangle program, Butterball generously donated 1,500 of the 2,500 turkeys we handed out this week.
"Butterball is proud to help supply the turkeys for the Thanksgiving Turkey Toss for the fourth straight year," said Kerry Doughty, company president and CEO. "Addressing the needs of the communities where our employees live and work is part of our core values of giving, and through our participation in Turkeys for the Triangle, we are able to serve families in need in the area we call home."
In front of a crowd of company volunteers and US Veterans Corps members, Walston and HPW Foundation President Matt Horton announced that Turkeys for the Triangle will add another 500 turkeys to its second holiday distribution event bringing its total Christmas donation to 1,500 birds.
With the additional birds, Turkeys for the Triangle will donate a record 4,500 turkeys to nourish neighbors this year.
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has proudly welcomed Robert Weisenberger as chief financial officer. Weisenberger joins our company's leadership team with more than 23 years of financial service experience.
"Bob has an extensive background in accounting and finance for privately held firms with significant knowledge of balance sheet management, financial reporting, and compliance," said CEO Kent Hanley. "He makes a great addition to our leadership team as he brings insight from a variety of industries that align well with our company's vast portfolio of real estate service offerings."
Weisenberger will manage our company's Accounting and Finance Department and oversee accounting and reporting functions for all existing services including residential and commercial real estate, rental and property management and title insurance. He will also provide strategic financial guidance for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston's growth and expansion plans.
Robert Weisenberger previously served as CFO at TSI Healthcare, Inc., an electronic health record and practice management firm in Chapel Hill, and Credit Risk Management Analytics, LLC, a banking and financial consulting firm in Raleigh. Prior, he held comptroller and senior finance positions at the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCDOT), with Triangle-area home builder Winstar Homes, Inc., and The Brickman Group landscaping maintenance and design firm.
Weisenberger holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville and is a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and Virginia. He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Raleigh Chapter of the Financial Executives Networking Group. An avid soccer player throughout his youth and a former college athlete at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, Weisenberger remains active playing for the Triangle Adult Soccer League. He is also currently serving as Deputy Grand Knight and will assume the Grand Knight role next summer for the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish. He and his wife Jackie and their two sons have lived in Raleigh for more than 13 years.
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is proud to announce the appointment of Jim Simon as vice president of business development. Simon will work closely with our company's 15 regional sales offices to attract and recruit experienced and top producing real estate agents.
"Jim is a formidable talent in the real estate industry, and we are fortunate to have him join our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston team," said Kent Hanley, company CEO. "Throughout his numerous years with some of the nation's best-known businesses and leading real estate brands, Jim has proven his ability to take companies to the next level through successfully executed growth strategies. We're confident he will help us do the same."
Working with our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston leadership team, Simon will help streamline current agent recruitment processes and develop program enhancements to continue the company's regional expansion. His expert guidance will serve to support our sales office managers as they develop location level marketing initiatives to draw in and retain talented sales associates and teams.
Jim Simon previously served as CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services, a division of General Motors (now Brookfield Global Relocation Services) and in senior executive positions at Cendant Mobility (now Cartus), Prudential Financial, PNC Mortgage, and William Raveis Real Estate. He was also the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, New York's largest residential real estate brokerage. He has been a consultant to numerous major private equity firms and other major corporations.
Simon holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and a master's degree in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. He is a world traveler, food enthusiast, and an award-winning author of the best-selling thrillers Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs In. He will soon release his third installment in the Death series, Death Logs Out. His family is originally from Durham, and he and his wife, Andrea, are in the process of relocating to Cary.
Congratulations are in order for Jim Allen and The Jim Allen Group once again!
The outstanding 44-person real estate team just added a Triangle Business Journal Fast 50 Award to its long list of accolades that this year included being named the top Coldwell Banker team in North America with a record-breaking 1,048 sales.
"Fast 50 is a tremendous accomplishment for our entire team, a true testament to the high quality of service they provide," said Jim Allen, a long-standing Triangle real estate veteran and Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston broker. "The Jim Allen Group has amazingly talented professionals in every department—closing, listing, marketing, administrative, management, and sales."
The TBJ selected winning companies based on an analysis conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers that counted revenue growth and profitability over three preceding years (2013-2015). According to TBJ Publisher Jason Christie, "Beyond bolstering the top-line performance and a nose for profitability, this list of companies represents the dynamic economic fabric of the Triangle."
"Jim is the hardest working person I know, and that's not just in real estate," said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston founder and chairman. "Once he sets his mind to something, he gets it done. He sets goals and surpasses them; it's the Jim Allen way. He has a masterful understanding of the industry that has allowed him to nurture his team and lead them to great successes."
The Jim Allen Group operates out of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston's flagship office on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh. Led by Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Senior Vice President and Sales Manager Susan Holbrook, the office has been recognized as the top producing Coldwell Banker real estate office in the state for the past two years.
"We're on pace to break records again in 2017 and can already see that 2018 will be more productive than ever before. We've found our stride, and we're going to make the most of it," added Allen.
What do you get when you combine a reasonable cost of living, a multitude of career opportunities and immense livability? Introducing the Triangle—the perfect place to live, work and play, and home to three of the five North Carolina metro areas ranked on WalletHub's 2017 Best Real Estate Markets lists.
The personal finance website rated 300 cities and towns across the nation against 21 key indicators of housing-market attractiveness. Factors considered included affordability, economic development such as job growth and unemployment rates, and real estate market trends such as average days on the market for listings, number of rental properties, and home sales.
After numerous accolades bestowed on the Western Wake County town throughout the year, Cary scored a single digit place on the top 100 list, ranking fourth with high marks for housing affordability, population and job growth rates and more. Compared to towns its own size, Cary ranked even higher taking second place in WalletHub's mid-size cities category.
Cary is a great place to call home. Named among the safest cities to raise a child by SafeWise, one of WalletHub's top recommendations for first-time home buyers, and a popular choice for millennials as reported by SmartAsset, the Triangle suburb has a lot going for it.
Want a well-developed suburban community with commuter convenience? Seeking green space and parks? Want easy access to retail centers and restaurants? On the hunt for a home in a family-friendly neighborhood? You would be wise to add Cary to your list of places to live.
The bustling Bull City of Durham was also spotlighted on WalletHub's city compilations ranking eight on the mid-size cities list and 23rd on the overall list of 100.
Probably best known as the home of the Duke Blue Devils, Durham is known nationally for its leading medical, research and educational facilities including Duke Medicine and Duke University. You should know that the revitalized tobacco town offers much more.
Named the "Hippest City in North Carolina" by Vogue Magazine, Durham has a flourishing cultural scene accented by top-rated restaurants and bars. In its American Tobacco Historic District alone, you'll find the acclaimed Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball Team, a start-up incubator, and numerous tech businesses.
Raleigh and its attractive real estate market also snagged a place on the "best of" list coming in ninth ahead of Charlotte among the large cities reviewed and 44th overall.
There are only a few national "best of" lists that leave Raleigh off, and for good reason; the Capital City stacks up well against home buyers' must-haves and wants.
The city's ideal economic climate attracts companies, large and small, that bring high-paying jobs to town and the influx of professionals who follow.
Raleigh's livability is another asset that adds appeal. From miles of greenway trails and public parks to performance centers and cultural events, people of all ages and interests are bound to find something they enjoy.
"Raleigh and the greater Triangle area are experiencing rapid population growth due to the multitude of offerings within in our cities and towns," said Nancy Harner, senior vice president of the Relocation and Corporate Real Estate Services Division at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. "We have the innovative jobs professionals want, the homes they seek for their families, and a desirable costing of living that makes relocating worth their while."
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Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is growing in the Bull City!
Together with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, we cut a bright orange ribbon celebrating the grand re-opening of our Durham sales office now located near The Streets at Southpoint at 6911 Fayetteville Road, Ste. 105. Led by recently appointed Managing Broker Trish Taylor, the new location features a contemporary, collaborative business space designed to better serve agents through all stages of the home buying process.
"We are strengthening our presence in Durham to support the thriving real estate market and influx of professionals drawn to the prospering tech businesses and career opportunities available in the area," said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Founder and Chairman. "Trish has the expertise to lead our Durham real estate team to great success to help even more home buyers and sellers win in the Bull City."
The new Durham real estate office offers a modern atmosphere in an accessible, storefront setting. Featuring social gathering spaces with comfortable seating, shared computer areas for data research and desk-side meetings, and private meeting rooms, real estate agents will have the professional space they need to support their buyers and sellers.
"This new office space ensures our dynamic Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate associates will continue to provide excellent support and unparalleled service to their clients," said Taylor. "It also serves us well in partnering with even more agents and brokers in and around the Durham area to increase our presence and customer service offerings in all local neighborhoods and communities."
A revitalized tobacco town, Durham has seen a surge of startup and tech business activity drawing professionals in from throughout the state and across the country.
Often scoring high marks on "best of" lists touting career opportunities, cultural offerings, innovation, livability and more, the Bull City is a great choice for homebuyers of all ages in all life stages.
The City's top medical, research and educational facilities like Duke Medicine and Duke University have earned national spotlight and its American Tobacco District retailers, venues and eateries continually make headlines. And, you certainly can't forget about the Durham Performing Arts Center, known as the DPAC to locals, and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to the Tampa Bay Rays' Triple-A affiliate, located in the heart of the downtown district.
Want to learn more about Durham and all that it has to offer you and your family? Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Durham real estate agents are happy to help.
Drum roll, please… Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is one of the Best Places to Work in the Triangle!
Our full-service real estate company brought home another Triangle Business Journal Best Places to Work award this year, and we couldn't be prouder.
"This award is a nod to every single one of our agents, staff members, and company leaders on a job well done," said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston founder and chairman. "We've been able to establish a nurturing work environment that serves to empower our team to grow their abilities and do better for themselves and their clients. We truly strive to Help People Win, starting with our own."
The Triangle Business Journal named 50 Triangle-based companies ranging in size from "small" to "giant" on its list this year. Companies were chosen based on an employee-survey process conducted by Quantum Workplace. The top-ranking company in each size category will be announced at a luncheon awards event in September.
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has held this regional Best Places to Work distinction for numerous years as a result of its longstanding commitment to serving others well at all costs.
"We know that an investment in our real estate team is an investment in the communities and clients we serve. It's something we've always done and will always do," added Walston.
View the complete list of the TBJ's 2017 Best Places to Work here.
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