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The Triangle’s Broker Real Estate blog is an important resource for both Home Buyers and Home Sellers to stay informed on the housing market.  Get general information and local information to keep up to date on what’s new in the North Carolina Real Estate market.  Also, I provide information on current and upcoming local events, including open houses and much more.  I post regularly so bookmark this page for ongoing updates.

Roll the Repairs into the Mortgage

It’s been said that if you can find a home that has most of what you want, you should go ahead and purchase it. Many first-time buyers are using everything they have for a down payment and closing costs and would have to “live” with the less than perfect home until they can save the […]

Getting the “Right” Home

Finding the right home is still the biggest challenge buyers are faced with in today’s market as is shown in the latest Confidence Index Survey. Assuming the buyers find the “right” home with determination, perseverance and the help of a real estate professional, 88% of all transactions last year required financing to get the buyer’s […]

Start Early and Live Happily Ever-after

As storybooks go, the character is introduced, they meet their love interest, a villain thwarts their intentions, true love overcomes, they marry and live happily ever-after. It’s a very familiar formula. Similarly, there is a formula that couples follow in real life. They go to college, get a good job, rent a home, fall in […]

It’s Not Just the Tax Benefits

When the standard deduction for married couples filing jointly was increased from $12,700 to $24,000 for 2018, there was some speculation that the bloom was off the rose of homeownership. The thought was that if the tax benefits from being able to deduct the property taxes and interest was less than the standard deduction, that […]

HELOCs Becoming More Expensive

In September, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the third time in 2018 and they’re expected to go up one more time this year and three times next year. If you have a Home Equity Line of Credit, HELOC, you’re paying more to use that money and it is going to become more expensive. […]

Fast Track Rental Property

FHA allows owner-occupants to purchase up to a four-unit property with a minimum 3.5% down payment. The rent collected on three units could be used to make the payment and the owners’ pro-rata share would be less than ¼ of the payment itself. The owner-occupied unit would be considered their principal residence. The other three […]

Mortgage Free

It may be an all too common belief that a person will have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives. However, with a plan and some determination, you can be mortgage free. Planning for retirement is obviously important and many times, an activity plagued by procrastination. Some homeowners’ goal […]

How to Clean Gutters

The gutters and downspouts on your home are intended to channel rainwater away from your home and its foundation. When they’re blocked and not functioning properly they can lead to the gutters coming loose, wood rot and mildew, staining of painted surfaces, and even worse, foundation issues or water penetration into the interior of the […]

Consumer Protection from Irresponsible Mortgage Practices

Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 in response to the mortgage crisis that led to America’s Great Recession. The two parts that apply closely to homebuyers are the Ability-to-Repay (ATR) and Qualified Mortgages (QM). A Qualified Mortgage is a category of loans that have certain, more stable features that help make it more likely […]

Quick Plumbing Inspection

No one wants to waste water or money. For that reason, take a few minutes every other month to do the following inspections: Check to see if cutoff valves on sinks and toilets are working properly. Many times, builders will put individual cutoffs on supply lines to sinks and toilets. It is reasonable to expect […]

Act Decisively

Whether it is hesitation or procrastination due to uncertainty, it can cost buyers by having to pay more for both the house and the financing. This is one of those markets where most of the experts expect interest rates and prices will continue to rise through 2019. The National Association of REALTORS® reports there is […]

Reduce Refinancing Costs

There is much more than a lower rate and payment to determine whether to refinance a mortgage. Lenders try to make refinancing as attractive as possible by rolling the closing costs into the new mortgage so there isn’t any out of pocket cash required. The closing costs associated with a new loan could add several […]

Moisture & Mold

Moisture is mold’s best friend and it thrives between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit which is why it is commonly found in homes. Mold spores float in the air and can grow on virtually any substance with moisture including tile, wood, drywall, paper, carpet, and food. Moisture control and eliminating water problems are key to […]

What to Avoid Before Closing Your New Home

It’s understandable; you’re excited; you’ve found the right home, negotiated a contract, made a loan application and inspections. Closing is not that far away, and you are making plans to move and put personal touches on your new home. Even if you have an initial approval on your mortgage, little things can derail the process […]

Rising Rates Affect the Cost Too

Mortgage rates have risen 0.5% in 2018 on 30-year and 15-year fixed rate mortgages and experts expect them to continue to increase. Buyers paying attention to the market understand the relationship that inventory has on pricing; when the supply is low, the price usually goes up. Rising interest rates can affect the cost of homes […]

Home Improvements with High ROI

(Family Features)–If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you're looking to add true value to your home, it's important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment. Flooring Flooring speaks […]

Do You Have An Emergency Disaster Plan?

Don't let disaster hit you unprepared. When every moment counts, it's important to know what steps to take to keep you and your loved ones safe. Consider the following from USAGov. Here are some steps you can take to become better prepared: Download the FEMA App to get alerts and warnings about weather conditions. Receiving […]

Top Bathroom Renovation Tips That Can Add Value to Your Home

By Hannah Whittenly A bathroom can be among the top selling points in a home. Upgrading your bathroom prior to listing the home for sale may enable you to sell it at a higher price point. Here are some of ways that you can improve your bathroom and get the highest possible return on your investment: […]

How to Pick a Color for the Outside of Your Home

Deciding what color to paint your house is not like picking a new shade for your bedroom – if you’re not happy with the results, you’re either stuck with a color you don’t like for many years or you’ll have to live with the cost and time it will take to redo the job. So […]

Selling a Home? Check Your Plumbing

If you're selling your home, you're to-do list is likely stacked: find a REALTOR®, get an inspection, make needed improvements, up your curb appeal, and the list goes on. Another important facet to keep in mind before listing is to make sure your plumbing is up-to-date. "When selling a home, you're going to find each […]

Before You Leave Town…

Along with all the planning of what you’re going to do and where you’re going to stay, consider this checklist to make you feel more comfortable while you’re away from home. Ask a trusted friend to pick up your mail, newspaper and keep yard picked up to avoid an appearance of not being at home. […]

How to Use Less Water at Home

By John Voket Whether you live in a drought prone area or are simply environmentally conscious, saving water is important, and you can do so both inside and outside your home. The non-profit GRACE Communications Foundation (GRACE) developed a free Water Footprint Calculator, so consumers can see how their everyday actions – from washing dishes […]

Energy Savers that Make ‘Cents’

(Family Features)–A home that operates efficiently isn't just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year. These tips from Gary White with JCPenney Home Services can serve as areas of focus for lowering your energy bills […]

Owning Makes More Sense

When comparing the cost of owning a home to renting, there is more than the difference in house payment against the rent currently being paid. It very well could be lower than the rent but when you consider the other benefits, owning could be much lower than renting. Each mortgage payment has an amount that […]

5 Great Weekend Projects

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4 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

(Family Features)–Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it's time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a […]

TMLS 2nd Quarter Market Report

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A Word Homeowners Need to Understand

Acquisition Debt is the amount of money borrowed used to buy, build or improve a principal residence or second home. Under the new tax law, mortgages taken after 12/14/17 are limited to a combination of $750,000 on the first and second homes. The mortgage interest on this debt is tax deductible when itemizing deductions. It […]

Unexpected Expenses

It’s common for Sellers to consider offering a home warranty or protection plan to make their home more marketable. A growing number of homeowners are now purchasing this type of protection for themselves to limit the unexpected expenses of repairs and replacements. A home protection plan is a renewable service contract that covers the repair […]

Creating Cleaner Indoor Air, Today

(Family Features)–Creating more airflow is an important step to improving your indoor environment, but considerations like air quality should not be overlooked. More air is a good thing, but more clean air is better yet. Everyday home life activities such as cooking, showering, lighting candles, sleeping and doing laundry can all contribute to polluted indoor […]

Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners?

By Liz Dominguez Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers […]

Don’t Let a Killer In

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer you don’t want in your home but because it is colorless and odorless; you may not even be aware the deadly condition exists. The Center for Disease Control says more than 400 people in the U.S. die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning and over 10,000 require medical treatment each […]

The Tax Difference in Second Homes

A principal residence and a second home have some similar benefits, but they have some key tax differences. A principal residence is the primary home where you live and a second home is used mainly for personal enjoyment while limiting possible rental activity to a maximum of 14 days per year. Under the 2017 Tax […]

Take your walls from boring to brilliant!

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Keep Your Credit Card Information Safe

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Stung by a Bee? Here’s What to Do

Honeybees are an incredibly important part of our ecosystem, but unfortunately, when they feel threatened, they tend to provide a less-than-pleasant surprise. When stung by a bee, here are the steps you can take to reduce pain and inflammation, according to Thomas Arnold, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center […]

6 Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids

(Family Features)–Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time. The National Summer Learning Association estimates that kids can lose up to two months of learning during the summer, but involving kids […]

When Neighbors Don’t Seem to Care

A home that isn’t being maintained like others in the neighborhood can negatively affect your visual sense of appeal and in some extreme cases, even affect property values. It might be an overgrown yard, a fence in need of repair, excessive noise, unruly pets, paint peeling on the home or even a car or boat […]

Live in a Small Space? You Can Still Buy in Bulk!

The appeal of shopping at a warehouse store like Costco or online at Amazon is so alluring—buy in bulk, order online, save on trips to the store, enjoy discounts…the advantages are many. But if you live in a small space—like a condo, an apartment, or a diminutive home packed to the rafters with a large […]

Surviving a Relocation

Relocating to a new area can be an exciting proposition. It can also be a process that's full of stress. Here are some tips from relocation pros to help ease the strain and emphasize the positive when moving out of town: 1. Lighten your load. Getting rid of unnecessary paperwork, clothing, knickknacks and furniture is […]

How to Keep Your Hardwood Floor Clean and Shining

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Will Your Trees Survive A Storm?

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7 Safety Tips for Operating a Pressure Washer

As with any power equipment, it's important to know how to operate a pressure washer safely and correctly. Even if you've had your unit for a while, it's a good idea to refresh yourself on how to use it properly before you get started on your outdoor to-do list. 1. Dress for the task. Wear […]

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration

(Family Features)—Summer provides countless opportunities to get outside for hiking, biking and running around with friends and family; however, having fun in the sun also requires proper hydration. While staying hydrated may seem easy, healthy hydration is not always a given. For example, the water coming out of your faucet can travel through miles of […]

Fire Safety Tips For Your Family

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$1 Million: What It Buys in the U.S. Housing Market

One-million dollars is a lot of money to most of the world's population, but it's a drop in the bucket to a billionaire. The housing market in the U.S. seems to have a similar relationship with homes valued between $900,000 and $1.1 million: Some of them are sprawling estates, while others are considered middle-of-the-road homes. […]

Five Reasons To Paint Your Walls Gray

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Yes, You Can Garden With Your Littles

If you have little ones afoot, the prospects of getting much gardening done may seem slim—but if you're armed with the right strategies, you'll find that not only can you still enjoy your favorite gardening activities, you can actually engage your young children in the process as well. Not only will this make you happy […]

2018’s Hottest Backyard Amenity: Detached Living Spaces

By Liz Dominguez Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: How to Earthquake-Proof Your Home  First-Time Homebuyer? 5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Moving Company  Anatomy of a Real Estate Team   Forget a pool or a BBQ area on your deck. Something else […]

National Moving Month: Raising Fraud Awareness and Protecting Your Clients

By Liz Dominguez The internet can make the home-buying and -selling process a lot easier, but it can also add complications and introduce risk. One of the most frequently reported scams related to real estate? Illegitimate moving companies looking to swindle real estate clients out of their furniture, money, or even both.   In 2017, […]

How to Downsize in Style

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Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces

(Family Features)—Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season. Take care of textiles. Outdoor textiles often take a beating […]

Consumers Demand Improved Indoor Air Quality

By John Voket A recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS)—a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School—states that today's homeowners want to take greater action to address healthy-home issues; however, they face obstacles such as lack of trustworthy, clear, and actionable information. In a related […]

Fast and Affordable Ways to Change Your Bedroom

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Flag Protocol

The American flag is obviously a symbol of our country but it has come to remind us of every man and woman who has fought for the freedom that we enjoy. The emotions that are stirred by images of our flag can run from happiness to sadness to trust and everything in between. Most of […]

Second Guessing Price

Imagine a homeowner consulting with their agent about the price to place on their home. The agent suggests that the market data indicates that $200,000 to 210,000 would produce a quick sale by pricing it properly. The owner puts a $210,000 price on the home. The first person who looks at the home offers $205,000. […]

A Home for Tomorrow

As people near or enter retirement, one of the decisions that typically comes up is whether to sell their “big” home and buy a smaller one. If you know anyone who has been faced with that situation, selling one home and buying a smaller one may not save enough money to make it worthwhile. There […]

Assumptions May be an Alternative

For the last 25 years, most buyers have gotten a new mortgage or paid cash when purchasing a home. For a practical reason, owner-occupant buyers have another alternative: assuming a lower interest rate existing FHA or VA mortgage. In the late 80’s, both FHA and VA began requiring buyers to qualify to assume their mortgages. […]

Overlooked Recordkeeping

Homeowners are familiar that they can deduct the interest and property taxes from their income tax returns. They also understand that there is a substantial capital gains exclusion for qualified sales of up to $250,000 if single and $500,000 for married filing jointly. However, ongoing recordkeeping tends to be overlooked. New homeowners should get in […]

Costs More – Takes Longer

The one experience that homeowners can agree upon after completing a remodeling project is that it costs more and takes longer than expected. It doesn’t really matter that you researched, planned, and received multiple bids, it will, invariably, cost more and take longer than you originally anticipated. Replacing floorcovering or painting is a project that […]

Case Study – Housing Decision During Retirement

A couple is planning to tour the United States in a travel trailer during their first few years of retirement. They are going to sell their current home now and purchase another home when they finish their travels. An interesting exercise is to determine the optimum time of selling the home: now or when they’re […]

Investor/Buyer Rajesh Panicker Gives Video Testimonial

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Getting Ready to Downsize? Factors to Consider

By Nancy Kupka Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: Top 10 Questions to Ask While Touring a Rental  Report: Millennials Most Rent-Burdened Generation  Relocating: What Renters Look for in a New Neighborhood  As you age, you may decide that less is more. When […]

How to Stay Injury-Free While Gardening

For many of us, the chance to finally get out into the garden and start digging, weeding and planting is met with great enthusiasm and gusto. However, we often forget that gardening can be hard work, especially if you’re cleaning up and prepping after a harsh winter. To avoid your gardening projects coming to a […]

Buyer Clients Daniel and Gabrielle Wilt Give Video Testimonial

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The Five Top Factors That Put Your Home At Risk For a Break-In

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How Smart Home Tech Can Help You Care for Your Pets

From helping programming your thermostat to stepping up your security systems, smart home technology is enhancing the lives of homeowners more and more every day. But did you also know there are smart home features that can help you take care of your non-human family members as well? Home security and automation writer, and technology […]

Breathe Easier Inside Your Home With These Tips

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Tips for Exterior Home Painting

Looking to give the outside of your home a fresh finish? This can seriously up your curb appeal and create great ambiance before you even step foot inside. To help you get a great exterior paint job, heed this advice from Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards. – The main body color is […]

Planning The Perfect Outdoor Space

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5 Things to Check When Viewing a Home

If you're shopping for a home right now, you're likely seeing dozens of properties. While this is great news for prospective buyers, there are a handful of essential things you should be looking for when doing a walk-through. Roof. When entering or exiting the property, take a moment to look up. While you can't always […]

Wise Ways to Water Your Yard

Whether you’re in a community with watering restrictions or not, it’s common sense to look for ways to maximize efficiency when watering your lawn and gardens. Rain Bird, a supplier of irrigation products for residential, commercial, golf, and agricultural applications, offers these steps to help you use water wisely: Understand your soil. The soil type […]

Tax Refund? Spend It on Your Home

According to CNN Money, about eight out of 10 people filing their taxes this year are getting a refund, with the average amount being about $2,800. While it may be tempting to put that money toward an island getaway, an even better way to spend your tax refund is by using it to grow one […]

Waiting Period After Distressed Sale

“How long do we have to wait to qualify for another mortgage” is the question concerning people who’ve had a foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy. The loan types for the new loan will differ in amounts of time to heal credit scores based on the event. The following chart is meant to be a general […]

Waiting Will Cost More

With the first quarter of 2018 in the books, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is nearing what Freddie Mac predicted it would be in the second quarter. If this pace continues, rates will exceed the five percent mark expected by the end of the year. The Fed has had its first of an expected three […]

FHA Advantages

The Federal Housing Administration, operating under HUD, offers affordable mortgages for tens of thousands of buyers who may not qualify for other types of programs. They are popular with both first-time and repeat buyers. The 3.5% down payment is an attractive feature but there are other advantages: More tolerant for credit challenges than conventional mortgages. […]

Standard or Itemized

Taxpayers can decide each year whether to take the standard deduction or their itemized deductions when filing their personal income tax returns. Roughly, 75% of households with more than $75,000 income and most homeowners itemize their deductions. Beginning in 2018, the standard deduction, available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they own a home, is […]

How to brighten rooms in your home

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How to Keep Credit Scores High

By John Voket Did you know March is National Credit Education Month? In honor of the occasion, let’s review some of the top ways to keep your credit score soaring.   The online consumer finance platform CreditKarma.com even launched a new consumer education website for Credit Education Month to better educate consumers about credit health. […]

Prices Starting to Top Out

By Suzanne De Vita Home prices are starting to top out, with appreciation decelerating as the market moves toward a peak, according to the Buy vs. Rent Index published by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU).    "Housing markets are slowing, suggesting that we are nearing a peak in housing markets around […]

Inventory Continues to be a Challenge

In any given market, inventories fluctuate based on supply and demand considering area and price range. The National Association of REALTORS considers a balanced market to be a six-month supply of homes. If it takes longer than six months to sell, it is thought to be a buyer’s market and less than six months, a […]

Add Some Style To Your Bathroom

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7 Signs Your Contractor May Be Shady

Building a home or renovating your existing pad is no simple task. From budgeting to design and choosing the right contractor, there's a myriad of details you'll need to juggle. But when it comes to choosing the right contractor for the job, it's important to be mindful that not every contractor is reputable. Here are […]

Mortgage Rates Move on Uptrend

By RISMedia Staff Mortgage rates again moved up this week, continuing an uptrend, with the average 30-year, fixed rate at 4.43 percent, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed rate was 4.40 percent the week prior. The average 15-year, fixed rate this week is 3.90 percent, while […]

How to Upgrade Your Entryway

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Consumer Confidence Leaps

By RISMedia Staff Consumer confidence leapt in February, posting a 130.8 reading in the latest Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. The Expectations reading of the Index rose to 109.7, while the Present Situation reading rose to 162.4. January's reading was 124.3.   "Consumer confidence improved to its highest level since 2000 (Nov. 2000, […]

Your Refund Could be the Difference

One of the silver linings to filing your income tax return is finding out that you are going to receive a refund. If you happen to be one of these fortunate taxpayers, your next decision is what to do with it. With the average tax refund around $3,000, it could be the difference that makes […]

Fair Skies on Horizon

Buyers who have been concerned about what might happen to the tax laws affecting home ownership should feel more comfortable about moving forward with their decision to purchase. The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed by Congress and signed by the President continues to treat real estate as a favored investment. Whether it is […]

Historical Perspective

In 1968, mortgage rates were 8.5%. The next year, rates went down to 7%. Homeowners could buy a 15-20% larger home for the same payments if they could find someone to assume their mortgage. FHA and VA mortgages were very popular in certain price ranges and they allowed anyone to assume the mortgage regardless of […]

The “Right” Agent and the “Right” Home

Some buyers think that finding the right home is the critical part of the buying process and that is how they determine which agent to use. While it is important, there may be a broader skill set to consider when selecting your real estate professional. The most recent NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers […]

Convincing Advantages with Standard Deduction

The new tax law doubles the standard deduction and it is estimated that over 90% of taxpayers will elect to use it. However, even without considering tax benefits, homeownership has convincing advantages. Besides the personal and social reasons for owning a home, one of the most compelling is that it is cheaper. Principal reduction and […]

Lower Your Expenses without PMI

Mortgage loans for more than 80% loan-to-value typically require private mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance reimburses the lender if a borrower defaults on a loan. PMI is expensive, and homeowners should be aware of how to remove it when certain conditions have been met. A borrower can request in writing for the lender to cancel the […]

Ready for Retirement

It can be shocking to hear how many people spend more time planning their vacation or next mobile phone purchase than planning for retirement. It is hard to imagine that they are expecting Social Security will take them through their golden years. A person who has paid in the maximum each year to social security […]

Balancing Risk and Deductibles

The benefit of insurance is to transfer the risk of loss to a company in exchange for a premium. The deductible is an amount the insured pays out of pocket before the insurance starts covering the cost of the loss. The challenge is to balance the risk an insured can accept with the premium being […]

Homeowner Tax Changes

The new tax law that was signed into effect at the end of 2017 will affect all taxpayers. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the areas that could affect them which may require some planning to maximize the benefits. Some of the things that will affect most homeowners are the following: Reduces the limit on deductible […]

Surprise When Renting Your Home

Planning to go to the Masters next April 2-9th and don’t have a place to stay. Each year, there are homeowners who rent their home for a big premium during the Masters because hotels are in short supply and demand for private homes is up. Homeowners go on vacation and make tax-free income while temporary […]

Prevent False Home Security Alarms

Some police departments report as high as 98% of calls are false alarms. Not only is this an incredible waste of police resources that could be available for legitimate emergencies, it annoys neighbors, startles pets and results in expensive false alarm fees. Know your codes – entering an incorrect keypad code is a common mistake […]

ATM Safety Tips

During the holidays as throughout the year, getting cash from an ATM is normal for many people. ATM’s are available 24 hours a day and they’re located in bank branches, convenience stores, grocery stores, malls, airports, sports venues and on street corners. Unfortunately, the convenience aspect can compromise personal safety especially if you are distracted […]

Eleventh Hour Gifts Without Shopping

If you’re beginning to feel the pressure of running out of time to find the perfect gift, here are a few suggestions that may not be on their “list” but will certainly be appreciated. The gift of really listening without interrupting, daydreaming or planning your response can be exactly what people want when they have […]

Don’t Pat Yourself on the Back Just Yet

You’ve got $500,000 in liquid assets for your retirement and you’re still 15 years away. All your bills are paid; you have a small mortgage on your home; cars are paid for and great credit. Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back yet. People think more about what they’re going to do when […]

FHA is a Good Option

FHA insured mortgages serve a sector of the market that is not necessarily being met by other loan programs. Securing an 80% conventional mortgage that doesn’t require mortgage insurance may be the lowest cost of financing but if the buyer doesn’t have 20% down payment, it isn’t really an option. Securing a 100% VA loan […]

Lighting Conversion Plan

In 2007, Congress passed an energy act that required new energy-efficient standards for basic light bulbs. Standard incandescent bulbs are being phased out and eventually will be unavailable. The alternative bulbs differ considerably in price. LED bulbs are the most efficient but they also cost the most. CFLs are a less expensive alternative. Interestingly, the […]

Holiday Travels

The last thing you want if you’re traveling these holidays is to worry about someone burglarizing your home. Use this check list to add some peace of mind while you’re out of town. Ask a trusted friend – to pick up mail, newspaper and keep yard picked up to avoid an appearance of being empty. […]

Cash-In Refinance

Would someone really refinance their home and not take money out of it? Certainly, if they could get a lower rate, build equity faster and pay off the home sooner. For people with extra cash available, this can be very attractive compared to the low savings rates being paid by banks. In the example below, […]

Up-front Points to Lower the Rate

When loans are quoted by lenders, most buyers pay attention to the interest rate but not so much to the points that may be charged along with the rate. A point is one-percent of the mortgage amount and considered pre-paid interest that affects the yield on the loan. Buyers or sellers can pay points but […]

Debt Relief May Trigger Tax

The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act, originally passed in 2007, was extended three times to protect homeowners from paying income tax on debt that was relieved due to foreclosure, short sales or deed in lieu of foreclosure. The law expired on December 31, 2016 and unless it is extended again, homeowners with debt relief in 2017 […]

Indecision is Not a Decision

There could be some legitimate reasons for not buying a home but indecision is not one of them. Indecision is rooted in not having enough information to move forward to own a home or continue renting. If you keep renting, at the end of the year, you have had a place to live and a […]

Risk Rate Relationship

Regardless of what a lender quotes on mortgage rates, the actual rate a borrower pays is based on a number of variables. Lenders determine whether to loan money and at what rate based on the risk involved with the transaction. Factors that increase the risk that the loan will be repaid will proportionately increase the […]

Pre-approval is Good for Everyone

Buyer’s mortgage pre-approval is good for everyone in the transaction. It saves time, money and removes the uncertainty of knowing whether the buyer will be qualified after negotiating a contract. The direct benefits include: Looking at “Right” homes – price, size, amenities, location Find the best loan – rate, term, type Uncover credit issues early […]

Easier to Play the Game

It’s much easier to play a game when you know the rules so you can avoid mistakes that may keep you from winning. Homeownership isn’t a game but there are some rules that will protect your investment and increase your enjoyment. Most people want a home of their own to raise their family, share with […]

Protecting Your Credit

One of the “big” three credit bureaus recently announced that a massive hack has exposed the personal information of up to 143 million people. To add perspective to that statement, that is about two-thirds of American credit card holders or close to half the population of the United States. Part of protecting your credit is […]

Investing on Your Side of the Fence

The grass tends to look greener on the other side of the fence. Maybe that’s why some people invest in things they don’t understand. It has been said that the grass is just as hard to mow on the other side of the fence so stay with what your most familiar. Single-family homes used for […]

HPW Hurricane Relief Efforts

Just over a week ago, with heavy hearts for Houston and our Texas neighbors, we announced our HPW Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive. With the generosity of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team and the kind Triangle community, we were able to collect $3,600 and match it dollar-for-dollar through our HPW Foundation […]

HPW Open Houses | September 9 – 10

With Hurricane Irma making her way towards Florida this weekend, many of us will be checking our TVs and handheld devices watching the progressing storm with sincere trepidation for our Southern neighbors. The greater Triangle region is currently outside the cone of concern and will hopefully fair well with a prediction of heavy rains and […]

Cary, Durham and Raleigh are Among the Nation’s Top Real Estate Markets

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 […]

Deductible Dilemma

The purpose of insurance is to shift the risk of loss to a company in exchange for a premium. Most policies have a deductible which reduces the amount of the claim that is paid by having the insured share in the first part of the loss. In the process of managing insurance premiums, policy holders […]

HPW Open Houses | Labor Day Weekend

Don’t let the rainy forecast put a damper on the three-day Labor Day weekend that lies ahead. Yes, it may be wet out, but there will still be time to rest up, catch up and house-hunt it up on Saturday and Sunday. Start Your House Hunt First-time home buyer? We’ve got you covered. Seasoned homeowner? […]

HPW Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive—Help Us Help Texas

Our Texas neighbors need us. Will you help us help them out? At Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, we operate on the core mission of Helping People Win. From supporting our real estate team and their clients to our neighbors in need, near and far, we seek out ways to show and share compassion. […]

Your Home’s Equity Could Be the Answer

A home equity line of credit, HELOC, is a mortgage loan made to homeowners to be used on an as-needed basis. A lender, such as a bank, will approve a borrower for a specified amount based on the equity in their home and all the necessary paperwork is signed to authorize the loan. The line […]

HPW Happenings | President/COO David Jones Wins TBJ C-Suite Award

Have we mentioned we have the top real estate leadership team in the area? We do. In fact, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston President and COO David Jones was recently recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as an outstanding C-level executive. “David has been a steady and strong leader within Coldwell Banker Howard […]

Stay Connected During a Storm

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For Your To Do List: Buy a Home!

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Storm on the Way? Make Sure Your Power Tools Are Ready to Roll

From chainsaws to generators, outdoor power equipment can be critical to restoring order and safety in the aftermath of a storm. That’s why it’s critical to prepare your equipment now. Here are some steps to take from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Make a list of what may need cleaning up. Survey your property. […]

The Best Cities for Retirees to Call Home

Ask any retiree what mattered most in their search for a new home, and most will tell you location. A recent study by WalletHub ranked the top locations for soon-to-be retirees, weighing cost of living, health care, quality of life and recreation—and in a not-so-unexpected twist, the top three locations in the ranking were all […]

Look Up! Your Roof may need you.

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HPW Open Houses | August 26 – 27

Summer may be winding down, and students may be headed back to class on Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ramp up your house hunt today and schedule a weekend of open house visits. Every one of our Triangle area cities and towns has earned distinction on “best of” lists touting an array of […]

Which Value Do You Want?

What your home is worth depends on why you ask the question. It could be one value based on a purchase or sale and an entirely different value for insurance purposes. Fair market value is the price a buyer and seller can agree upon assuming both are knowledgeable, willing and unpressured by extraordinary events. This […]

Worth A Visit: Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

Forget about the dog days of summer; it’s all about the Lazy Daze of summer this weekend—the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, that is! The Town of Cary will host its 41st-annual street festival this Saturday and Sunday with more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, live music, a public art exhibit […]

Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week Starts Monday

The much-anticipated Great American Eclipse isn’t the only thing that people are looking forward to on Monday—it’s also the start of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week. Sure you have your NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses ready, but have you made your reservations yet? Starting Monday, you’ll be able to eat at some of the Capital City’s finest […]

HPW Open Houses | August 19 – 20

Beat the weekend heat by spending some time inside in the cool A/C at our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents’ open houses. It’s time to take your online house hunt to the streets and get into the homes that catch your eye. You’ll be able to see the rooms you’ve been […]

Shorter Term – More Savings

Whether you’re refinancing your current home or buying a new one, something worth considering is a 15-year loan rather than a 30-year term. The payments will be a little higher but you’ll get a lower interest rate and you’ll build equity much faster. Let’s look at an example of a $300,000 mortgage with the choice […]

Triangle Area Eclipse Events

We’re sure you’re planning to look at the sky on Monday, August 21st for a star-stellar show that is bound to impress, but have you decided just where you’ll celebrate this celestial event? Your own backyard or a business parking lot will certainly do, but there are also some area events that may be right […]

HPW Open Houses | August 12 – 13

Shopping for schools supplies this weekend? Fill your cart with pencils, notebooks, binders, and calculators and then scoot out to some area open houses to shop for your new home. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston local realtors are still listing and showing beautiful houses, condos, and townhomes in the Triangle region—perhaps one of […]

Home Energy Aware

After the mortgage payment, the largest homeowner expense is for utilities and the major component is energy. Contributing factors include air leaks, insulation, heating and cooling equipment, water heaters and lighting. Computers, monitors, TVs, cable and satellite boxes, DVRs and power adapters are spinning your electric meter even when they’re not being used. Even though […]

It’s S’Morrisville, Not Morrisville, on Friday

National S’mores Day (yum!) is Thursday, and one of our Triangle towns is taking its celebration of the sweet treat to another level. Not only will the town host a food truck rally and outdoor movie night this Friday, but it will also change its name from Morrisville to S’Morrisville. Though it will only “stick” […]

HPW Open Houses | August 5 – 6

August is upon us, and cooler fall weather may be less than two months away, but there is still time in the summer selling season for you to find your home, buyers. Do yourself a favor and step away from your online real estate search to visit area open houses tomorrow and Sunday. We’re confident […]

HPW Happenings | 2017 Best Places to Work

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, […]

Triangle Towns are Among the Safest in America

You may not have written it on your “must-have” list between an open kitchen and designated laundry room, but chances are that safety is among your top priorities for your next house and the community you will call home. Fortunately for you, buyers, the Triangle is known to have some of the safest towns and […]

Home Safe Home

Home is a place you should feel safe and secure. Sometimes, we take it for granted and unfortunately, we do need to remain vigilant about things we do that could compromise our safety. Here are a few tips to consider: Everyone loves an inviting home including burglars. Make sure it looks occupied and is difficult […]

HPW Open Houses | July 29 – 30

It’s Friday, house hunters. Time to open some doors and take some tours of the Triangle’s top real estate listings. Plan to spend some time tomorrow and Sunday visiting area open houses to see the homes that have caught your eye online. You’ll appreciate the opportunity to stroll through each to see the flow of […]

HPW Happenings | REAL Trends ranks HPW as #1 Triangle Real Estate Brokerage

Leading industry officials at REAL Trends have spoken, and Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has again been named the #1 residential real estate agency in the growing Triangle region, also ranking among the top 100 firms in the country. “We set goals, and we break goals year after year after year,” said Don Walston, […]

Other People’s Money for College

Consider the goal of funding a child’s college education in the future. If “other people’s money” in the form of a scholarship is not a possibility, there still may be another way to use some “other people’s money.” A $25,000 investment into a mutual fund paying 5% would earn $1,250 in the first year. Alternatively, […]

Cary Ranks 4th Best for First-Time Home Buyers

Thinking about dipping your toe in the homeownership pool? Cary is for you, first-time home buyers. The growing Triangle town recently earned a top five spot on WalletHub’s list of the Best Places for First-Time Home Buyers ranking fourth out of the 300 cities and towns the personal finance website reviewed. Compared against 23 key […]

HPW Open Houses | July 22 – 23

Have you figured out what type of home you want to buy? Do you know what communities you prefer? Did you make a list of your new home wants and needs yet? No matter where you are in the house hunting process, we’re here to help. All of our real estate agents have the local […]

Assumptions are an Alternative

In the late 80’s, both FHA and VA began requiring buyers to qualify to assume their mortgages. The main reason there haven’t been many assumptions in the past 25 years is that interest rates have been steadily going down and if a person has to qualify, they might as well do it on a new […]

What is a Credit Score?

Content prepared by Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston While most people know what a credit score is, many do not fully understand what factors can impact their scores. What is a credit score? Credit scores reflect your payment patterns and credit history over time, and almost all major […]

HPW Open Houses | July 15 – 16

Just like the summer heat this week, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed some homes that will take your breath away. Even better? They’re opening them up for you to tour. Spend your Saturday and Sunday hunting for your next home in the Triangle’s best neighborhoods, most popular communities, […]

Worth A Visit: Neuse River Greenway Trail

Fields of radiant sunflowers have bloomed at Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway Trail drawing attention from people all over the Triangle and even the state. A beautiful setting for a weekend stroll, run or bike ride, these must-see flowers were planted several years ago by the City of Raleigh to prevent soil erosion into the nearby […]

Family & Friends Mortgage

Anytime a lender and borrower can agree on rates and terms, it can be a good match but IRS has specific rules that govern the transaction especially when the parties are family or friends. The loan must be done in a business-like manner with a written note specifying the loan amount, interest rate, term and […]

HPW Happenings | Durham Real Estate Office Ribbon-Cutting

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 […]

What Price is the Right Price for Your Home?

Ready to sell your home? Pricing will be key in spurring the buyer activity you want to come through your front door. Yes, sellers, your home must be priced correctly, within market range, even in a popular real estate market. The Triangle Multiple Listing Services reported that area home prices continued to rise through May, […]

HPW Open Houses | July 8 – 9

All-brick houses, Craftsman-style designs, an ITB location, garden cottages, townhomes with garages, open floor plans in Clayton? Whatever type of home you seek in whichever Triangle city or town your prefer, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team can help you find it. Our local market agents are announcing new listings every […]

Down Payment Problem – Are You Sure?

There is increasing difficulty for first-time home buyers to save for their down payment as indicated in the graph. Several factors that contribute to this trend include rising rents, rising home prices, student loan debt and flat wages. Some would-be buyers feel they cannot buy a home today but a large part of those decisions […]

Fun for the Fourth

It’s time to celebrate the land that we love! Put on your most patriotic attire and get ready to usher in the Fourth with parades, festivals and an abundance of fireworks, of course! Nearly every Triangle city and town has made plans to put on a lively red, white and blue affair for residents and […]

HPW Open Houses | July 1 – 2

Which sounds would you rather hear over the next few days—the crack, boom, pop of fireworks or the jingle jangle of the keys to your new home? Both could be in your future. We may be heading into a holiday weekend, but the upcoming Fourth of July festivities and fun shouldn’t stall your house hunt. […]

Don’t Have a CLUE?

If you haven’t heard of a CLUE report, it has nothing to do with the table game searching for a murderer. It is a report showing the insurance claims on your home and car for the past five to seven years. This database is used by insurance companies to evaluate risks and determine rates. C.L.U.E. […]

The Triangle is for Adventurers

Named among the best places to live in the nation, recognized as a top tech hub and drawing applause as a happening haven for home buyers of all ages, the Triangle area has built up a long list of appealing accolades. And, its most recent acknowledgment with Raleigh ranking as the sixth most adventurous city […]

HPW Open Houses | June 24 – 25

There may be cloudy skies and rain showers headed our way this weekend, but that certainly shouldn’t put your house hunt on hold. Grab your raincoat, put on your duck boots and go find your next home! Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be happy to help you escape from […]

Summer in the Triangle

Summer has arrived! Time to eat peaches, relax by the pool, head to the beach and fire up the grill. The much-anticipated warm-weather months are also the perfect time to get to know the Triangle area better. Have you been to Jordan Lake? Taken a ride on the Pullen Park carousel? Seen the N.C. Symphony’s […]

Emergency Kit for the Car

Mickey Mantle said “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Similarly, if people planning their summer travel knew they were going to have an emergency, they would have the right things available. Only 5% of drivers carry all recommended emergency supplies in their cars. The […]

Happy Father’s Day!

Daddy, dada, grandpa, papa, uncle, buddy… no matter what you’re called, we’re thankful that you love the little ones in your life to the best of your ability. Happy Father’s Day from our family to yours! Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | June 17 – 18

Forget about ties and tools—dad really wants a new house for Father’s Day! Fortunately, our agents are more than happy to oblige his real estate request and will be hosting open houses in some of the most appealing neighborhoods in the area for him to see. From rocking-chair porches and three-story townhomes to houses on […]

HPW Happenings: 2017 Pinnacle of Excellence Awards

With much appreciation, we recently hosted our 2017 Pinnacle of Excellence Awards at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary recognizing agents and staff with 10 or more years of service with our company. We excitedly celebrated 155 agents with a combined total of more than 2,800 years of service including industry veteran Linda Powers, […]

What Can You Expect?

Businesses must treat customers fairly if they expect to do business with them again or get recommendations to their friends. Customers of stores like Nordstrom’s understand that a salesperson is an employee and represents the company. The line becomes less clear in some industries, especially ones that involve real estate. Agency is a legal relationship […]

What’s My Home Worth?

Wondering how much your home is worth? You need to rely on a real estate expert, not a computer, to get the answer you seek. Yes, a quick Google search will direct you to Zillow’s Zestimate tool or other competing home valuation sites, and yes, you can access automated price estimates from each, but chances […]

HPW Open Houses | June 10 – 11

Today is the last day of school for our Triangle area students; let it also be the first day of your summer real estate adventure. We’ve got the houses you seek in the neighborhoods where you want to live. Let our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents lead you home. From Mebane […]

Hands-Only CPR

Hands-only CPR can save lives. The American Heart Association states that “Almost 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.” Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. Check […]

HPW Happenings | Pet Adoption Event in Hillsborough on June 10

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Hillsborough real estate office is hosting a pet adoption event on Saturday to help a few furry friends find their “fur-ever” homes. In partnership with Singing Dog Farm and Spirit Canine Rescue, there will be dogs of all ages, shapes, and sizes for you to meet and adopt. […]

Get a Fresh Start in Raleigh

If a fresh start is what you’re after, Raleigh is your place. According to travel website DK Eyewitness Travel, the City of Oaks ranks third among the top 20 U.S. cities for making a fresh start. “Raleigh and the greater Triangle area offer the thriving economy, low cost of living and hospitable culture today’s professionals […]

HPW Open Houses | June 3 – 4

Is a new home what you seek? We’re here to help. It’s the HPW way. Just like you, we want only the best real estate agents representing us. You can be assured that all of our sales associates are educated on smart business practices, highly effective marketing strategies and proven expertise to ensure client success. […]

Must Be This Tall to Ride

Surely, you remember being a child at an amusement park when after having stood in line with your friends and family, waiting to get on a terrific ride, you discovered the sign that read, “you must be this tall to ride.” Not only was it disappointing, it was slightly embarrassing. You never want to go […]

Happy Memorial Day

We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that might be free. – Ronald Reagan  Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | Memorial Day Weekend

The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to unwind at the pool, on the golf course, and behind the grill. It’s also a great time to head out on the hunt for a new house. Want a townhome in a convenient Triangle community? Would you prefer a home with a […]

Freedom Balloon Fest | May 26 – 29

Hot air balloons will fill the Southwest Wake sky this Memorial Day weekend as the annual Freedom Balloon Fest kicks off Friday in Fuquay-Varina. Festival-goers will also enjoy live entertainment, musical performances, fair food and more. Produced by nonprofit Project UpLift USA, the Freedom Balloon Fest helps to raise money to support the organization’s services to […]

Would-be Buyers with Student Debt

59% of non-owners are not comfortable taking on a mortgage with their student debt according to the Aspiring Home Buyers 2017 survey. It is estimated that the college graduates have an average of $37,172 in student debt. Fannie Mae, who has loan programs with as little as three to five percent down payments, has announced […]

Triangle Home Prices Rose in April

The spring real estate market got off to an early start in January with accelerated growth leading to a 14.4 percent year-over-year increase in closed sales in March that left many wondering what April would hold. The answer? A new listings plateau that pushed average home sales prices up 8 percent compared to the year […]

HPW Open Houses | May 20 – 21

With a real estate market as hot as this week’s 90-degree weather, you need to be on the house hunting ball, buyers. It’s time to take the home buying process seriously. So, how do you buy in a seller’s market? Start with a real estate agent. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston team has […]

Got To Be NC Festival | May 19 – 21

An exciting weekend lies ahead in Raleigh at the Got To Be NC Festival hosted at the N.C. State Fairgrounds from Friday through Sunday. A down-home celebration of all things North Carolina, this annual event is free to attend and fun for all. From carnival games, farm animals and equipment to live musical acts, and […]

Good Info – Good Decisions

While low inventory is certainly challenging buyers, not having a clear understanding of mortgage financing is also causing issues. By having good information, they are able to make better decisions as well as compete favorably. Most buyers don’t realize how the mortgage rate is determined for a borrower. While annual income is important, a good […]

HPW Happenings | Fuquay-Varina Real Estate Office Ribbon-Cutting

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Fuquay-Varina real estate sales office has had a lot to celebrate recently! Not only did our Founder and Chairman Don Walston and Assistant Office Manager Amy Rogers man a set of large, shiny scissors at the office’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony, but our entire Fuquay-Varina real estate team and […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Sending love to the many “moms” in our lives and yours. May you all enjoy a beautiful weekend celebrating the special ladies in your lives. Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | May 13 – 14

Whether you already know what Triangle neighborhood you want to live in—perhaps Stillwater, North Ridge, 12 Oaks, Carlton Pointe, or Colony Woods—or are just starting to figure that out, our local real estate agents can help you find the home you want. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team has listed homes […]

Pre-Approval vs. Pre-Qualification

Content prepared by Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston You’ve probably heard the terms pre-approval and pre-qualification thrown around as you prepare to purchase a home. While they might sound alike, don’t make the mistake of believing that they are the same thing. Think of pre-qualification as the very first step […]

Reasons to Refinance

Regardless of the reason to refinance a home, the basic question to ask is: “Do you plan to live in the home long enough to recapture the cost of refinancing?” There are always expenses involved in refinancing which can be paid in cash or rolled into the new mortgage. From a strictly financial standpoint, the […]

HPW Open Houses | May 6 – 7

Have you been house hunting online only? It’s time to step away from the computer and take your home search to the streets. Take advantage of the sunshine and cooler spring weather headed our way to get out to area open houses to see the photos you’ve been perusing in person. Our Coldwell Banker Howard […]

Apex PeakFest Fun | May 6

Head to downtown Apex this Saturday to celebrate the Triangle town’s 37th-annual PeakFest with a day full of fun, food, and fellowship! Hosted by the Apex Festival Committee, PeakFest is one of the town’s oldest and largest public events. Once a small gathering in a school parking lot, the arts and crafts festival has grown […]

Indecision May Cost More

“More has been lost due to indecision than was ever lost to making the wrong decision.” Interest rates have as much effect on housing costs as price and when they are both trending upward, it can be very expensive to wait. There can be some legitimate reasons for postponing a purchase such as needing to […]

The Triangle is for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs

Seeking a new job? Want to kick-start your career? Is it time to start a new business? Raleigh and the greater Triangle area have a burgeoning business climate that supports the jobs and occupational opportunities you seek. Find a Job in the Triangle On the heels of Realtor.com’s report spotlighting the Triangle area as one […]

Seeking an Affordable Tech Hub? Consider the Triangle

You no longer need to move to the West Coast for top tech jobs and the professional advancement opportunities you seek, simply turn your attention to the Triangle. A quick look at the world-renowned Research Triangle Park and growing quantity of international and national corporations and innovative startups, it’s easy to see that the combined […]

HPW Open Houses | April 29 – 30

Are you ready to find your next home? Whether you are seeking a home in Traditions at Wake Forest, The Townes at 5401 North, Holly Glen, Stonehenge, Prestonwood or any of the fantastic neighborhoods in between, you can trust that our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents are the best at finding […]

Would-be to Should-be

Some would-be buyers have emotional reasons to own a home like having a place of their own where they can raise a family, feel safe and secure and enjoy their friends’ company. Other buyers’ dominant reasons might be financial in nature such as building equity or lowering their cost of housing. Regardless of what might […]

The Triangle is for Foodies

Always on the hunt for the best dish? Are good foods your “thing”? USA Today and Travel + Leisure magazine say that the Triangle is for you, palate pleasers. The two heavy media hitters put pen to paper—err, fingers to the keyboard—and let the food and restaurant accolades flow. USA Today declared Raleigh among the […]

HPW Open Houses | April 22 – 23

Ready to leave renting behind? On the hunt for more space? Relocating to the Triangle for work? Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have got your back. Our talented team knows this market—and the awesome cities and towns that make it up—inside and out. They are well prepared to help you […]

An Alternative to Paying Tax Today

The cartoon character Wimpy would say that he’d gladly repay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. Some real estate investors say a similar thing to Uncle Sam to be able to hold on to their proceeds from the sale of an investment and agree to pay the tax later. The benefit of a 1031 exchange […]

Stop, Drop and Roll for Me Fine Foundation on April 22nd

Have you started to spring clean and put away your winter wares yet? It’s time! Spend some evenings this week sorting through your closets, drawers and storage spaces to unearth clothes that no longer fit, houseware and seasonal items you no longer need and electronics that have been sitting idle for months. You’ll soon be […]

Happy Easter!

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HPW Open Houses | Saturday, April 15

Peter Cottontail may be hopping into town this weekend, but our sources say he won’t arrive until Sunday leaving Saturday wide open for your house hunting plans. From homes starting in the $130s to luxury properties priced at more than $1 million, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents represent a wide […]

HPW Happenings | Habitat for Humanity Home Builds

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents and staff rolled up their sleeves, grabbed hammers, nails, and paint brushes and went to work alongside Habitat For Humanity coordinators in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties to pitch in to build homes for three deserving families. Our company has participated in area Habitat for […]

Lower the Rate – Deduct the Interest

Credit card debt in America is back to levels prior to the recession. The average credit card APR is just under 16% according to CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Report. Homeowners have an advantage over renters when it comes to getting their arms around debt issues. Basic money management suggests that higher rate debt be replaced […]

Durham is in Vogue, literally

It’s not every day that an internationally recognized fashion magazine weighs in on the coolest cities in America (ahem, fashion), but it did, and Durham was the North Carolina city that caught its eye. That’s right. Durham is in Vogue—literally. The Bull City strolled away with a fantastic claim as the “Hippest City in North […]

HPW Open Houses | April 8 – 9

What are your favorite Triangle area neighborhoods? Chances are our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have homes listed in them all. With a leading network of 15 area sales offices throughout the region, our expert team is well prepared to help you find the home you seek. Take this weekend, for […]

Area Egg Hunts and Spring Celebrations

Are you getting egg-cited about Easter and spring? The warmer weather, beautiful blooms and sunny days are setting the stage for egg hunts and spring celebrations hosted in our Triangle cities and towns this weekend and next. Whether you’re seeking a grassy knoll for your children to romp and run on the hunt for hidden […]

Rentals are IDEAL

Rental homes are the IDEAL investment because they offer a higher rate of return than other investments without the volatility of the stock market. With certificates of deposit and bonds at less than 2%, people need an alternative investment that they understand and with a reasonable amount of control. In this case, IDEAL is an […]

Tips to Master Your Move

Is your home under contract? Are you knee deep in the due diligence period on the home you want to buy? If all goes well, it will soon be time to move. Start preparing now to save time later. “It typically takes between 30 and 40 days for a home to close, with some deals […]

HPW Open Houses | April 1 – 2

Forget about jests and jokes—you should spend April Fools’ Day house hunting. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team has listed some great houses that you will want to see in person. Check out the homes we’ve spotlighted below and visit our HPW open house website to access a complete list of […]

Rebuilding Your Credit Score

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Preparation Is Key for Buying or Selling Home

Whether you’re buying or selling a new home, preparing well in advance is crucial to a successful transaction. In fact, of over 13,000 U.S. residents surveyed, the number one regret for both buyers and sellers was not starting their home search or prepping their home to sell soon enough.  The Zillow Group Report on Consumer […]

Survey: Optimism About Household Finances Edges Up

Consumers are a touch more optimistic about their household finances, expecting not only their household incomes to grow, but also their household spending, according to the results of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) for February 2017. More consumers are confident they will not miss a minimum debt payment […]

10 Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers This Spring

Spring is here, and so is spring home-buying and -selling. Buyers and sellers preparing to take action this season should put those plans into play now—according to Zillow Group's Report on Consumer Housing Trends, the No. 1 regret for both buyers and sellers is "not starting their home search or prepping their home to sell […]

Stay One Step Ahead of Home Repairs

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Report: Same Old Story for Inventory

Housing inventory hit a new low in the first quarter of 2017, bottoming out from the early days of the recovery from the recession, according to Trulia's recently released quarterly Inventory and Price Watch. Supply overall fell 5.1 percent year-over-year, dragged down by an 8.7 percent decrease in starter home supply and a 7.9 percent […]

10 Easy Home Improvements to Make on Your Fixer Upper

By Cary Teller Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: Brighten Up Your Kid's Bedroom With 'Beauty and the Beast'-Inspired Décor Mortgage Credit's More Crunched Than in 2001—Here's Why Repair or Replace: Tips for Knowing Your Best Option  There is something awesome about buying […]

In Like a Lion: Spring Gets Roaring Start With High Values, Low Supply

The spring home-buying season is off to a roaring start, with home values up 7 percent and supply down 3 percent year-over-year, according to Zillow's Real Estate Market Reports for February. Competition is expected to be fierce as homebuyers chase down few listings, says Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell.   "Low inventory, strong demand […]

Save the Cost of Mortgage Insurance

During the banking crisis in the Great Recession, certain types of mortgages were unavailable that are once again being offered. Fortunately, the 80-10-10 mortgage is one of those making a reappearance and it can save borrowers a considerable amount of money. The objective of an 80-10-10 mortgage is to avoid the expense of mortgage insurance […]

The ABCs of Buying and Selling Real Estate

MLS? Listing agent? Due diligence? Pre-qual? Whether you’re trying to decide if homeownership is for you or are readying your home for a spring sale, it’s important to understand real estate-speak and the home buying process as a whole. You’ll soon be stepping into an industry filled with abbreviations, terms, and phrases that you’ll want […]

HPW Open Houses | March 25 – 26

It’s officially spring and time to get your house hunt started. Let the weekend sunshine and our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents guide the way. You may have noticed that there are more and more homes hitting the market and you’re going to want to see them soon. Take a look at the […]

HPW Happenings | 2016 Awards of Excellence

Oh, what a night! We had the great privilege of celebrating our talented team of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate brokers and agents this week at our 43rd Awards of Excellence ceremony at The Pavilions at Angus Barn. From toasting the leading Coldwell Banker real estate team in all of North America […]

Important Estate Documents

An estate plan is a collection of documents to ensure that your wishes are carried out because of death or incapacity to make decisions for yourself. Spouses, minor children, adult children, property and investments can all be factors that should motivate a person to undergo the process. Will – this document specifies the way a […]

Aging in Place? Make Sure Your Home is Ready

As more and more baby boomers opt to stay close to children and grandchildren, aging in place – or choosing to stay in your home instead of moving to a retirement community – is an increasingly popular trend. If you or your loved ones plan to remain in the family home, AARP recommends making sure […]

Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

We all know we’re “supposed” to clean for springtime. While we should ideally be cleaning our spaces well year-round, a little seasonal push can sometimes offer the motivation we need to give our home a good scrub. Below are a handful of simple spring cleaning tips from BISSELL. – Get an early start and dive […]

How to Have a More Functional Home

(Family Features)–Turning your home into the living space of your dreams takes effort and commitment, but while the weather is warm and motivation is on your side, it's time to put your visions to the test. Whether you choose to start your renovation poject on the inside or outside, for fun or for function, the […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Forget about finding a four leaf clover, let our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents be your lucky home-selling and house-hunting charms. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | March 18 – 19

With February’s home sales up 7.5 percent compared to the year prior, the Triangle real estate market is humming along into the spring selling season. And, with a below average inventory of homes on the market, it’s important for homebuyers to act quickly to secure the home they want. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and […]

Food Truck Fun

The food truck craze is alive and well in the Triangle area giving new meaning to meals on wheels. Faithful foodies follow their favorite trucks near and far to enjoy dishes served up by creative chefs in mobile kitchens. Are you a self-proclaimed food truck fanatic? Perhaps you’ve been wondering what all of your friends […]

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

U.S. taxpayers have enjoyed specific tax benefits for home ownership since personal income tax was introduced by the 16th amendment in 1913. While these benefits may not be the primary reason that motivates a person to buy a home, they are still tangible and not available to tenants. The exclusion of capital gains tax on […]

Before You Pay Cash for a Home

The National Association of REALTORS® reports in its 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers that 12% of all buyers paid cash for their home. Before paying cash for a home, a buyer should decide if they might put a loan on the home in the near future. It may affect the ability to deduct […]

Make the Most of an Open House Visit

The spring real estate market is heating up more quickly than the weather with houses hitting the market and selling at record speed. Today’s homebuyers must be primed and ready with a pre-approval letter in hand, a flexible house-hunting schedule, and the willingness to act fast on a property they like. Buyers will want to […]

HPW Open Houses | March 4 – 5

Chapel Hill? Raleigh? Durham? Garner? No matter which Triangle city or town you pick to call home, we’re selling the houses you seek. Our talented team of real estate agents will be opening the doors to some wonderful homes this weekend and would happy to host you and your family. Take advantage of these special […]

Not Available for All Buyers

Lenders regularly publish mortgage rates but they may not be available for all buyers. Imagine that the mortgage payment based on an advertised rate influenced a buyer to make an offer on a home. After negotiating a binding contract, this buyer makes a loan application and finds out that for any number of possible reasons, […]

Raleigh Named a Capital Place to Live

Thinking about a move to the Triangle? Raleigh should be on your radar. The City of Oaks just went to battle with some of the most well-known cities in the nation and walked away with a top spot on WalletHub’s list of the 2017 Best State Capitals to Live In. Claiming the eighth position on […]

HPW Happenings | The Year of the Listing

Forget the Year of the Rooster; we’ve got bigger, better plans for 2017. Let us introduce you to the Year of the Listing! That’s right, Triangle sellers, we’re equipping our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents with even more sales and marketing strategies and programs to successfully serve you from ‘for sale’ […]

HPW Open Houses | Feb. 25 – 26

Have you been waiting for new listings to hit the market to start your house hunt? Wait no more. The spring selling season is upon us and now is the time to find the home you seek. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents are working with sellers throughout the Triangle and […]

Six Reasons to Consider Rental Homes

Single-family homes offer an investor the ability to borrow large loan-to-value amounts at fixed interest rates for long terms on appreciating assets, tax advantages and reasonable control. Some of these characteristics are not available through other investments. 75-80% loan-to-value mortgages are available on most residential properties up to four units. Comparatively, the stock market allows […]

Apex Named a Suburban Hotspot

Known to be the Peak of Good Living, Apex just landed another exciting title ranking as one of “America’s Top 10 Suburban Hotspots” by Realtor.com. Our southwest Wake County suburb landed number 10 on the list and was the only North Carolina town recognized. Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said, “In recent years, rising home […]

HPW Open Houses | Feb. 18 – 19

The sun is shining, and warmer temps are only a wake-up away setting the stage for a weekend that is sure to draw the Triangle out and about. As you make plans to grab brunch outside on the patio, meet up with friends at Umstead State Park for a day in nature, or get started […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Wishing all of our super sellers, big-time buyers and cool clients a very Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope your day is filled with kindness and love. Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | Feb. 11 – 12

It has been a great week in the Triangle—70 degree days, an accolade for being one of the best places to live in the nation, and more and more homes hitting the market as spring draws closer. It’s time to house hunt. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have been busy […]

Red and Pink are for more than Valentine’s Day décor

Romantic reds and pretty pinks certainly feel the love leading up to Valentine’s Day, but recent home décor trends have proven the colors to be a favorite pick of designers and homeowners to display year-round as well. From jewel tones to pastels, these sweetheart shades have become a mainstay in today’s homes adding the perfect […]

Mortgage Loans from Relatives

Occasionally, when dealing with close relatives who might also become heirs, signing a note and handling the paperwork properly may seem like a needless effort but it could mean the difference in being able to take a legitimate interest deduction. Home mortgage interest is deductible only if the loan is a secured debt which involves […]

The Triangle is one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Trying to decide where you want to live? Move to the Triangle—it’s one of the very best places in the nation to call home. The prospering Triangle area recently claimed the seventh spot on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Places to Live in the USA list that touts the likes of Austin, […]

HPW Open Houses | Feb. 4 – 5

It’s finally Friday! Nearly time to wrap up the workday and head home for a relaxing Saturday and football-filled Sunday. As you get ready to don your favorite team’s colors and set out a serious spread of dips, chips, salsa and sammies, we hope you’ll plan to visit a few of our HPW real estate […]

Holly Springs Community Arts Festival | Now through Feb. 4

Like to support local arts? Head to Holly Springs to take part in its 5th-annual Community Arts Festival taking place now through Saturday. The fun celebration includes performances by local talent, an arts and crafts fair, a food truck rodeo, and free instructional art classes. Stroll through the Community Arts Festival’s Arts & Crafts Vendor […]

Proof of Purchase

People who experience a property loss are usually asked by their insurance company for proof of purchase which can come in the form of a receipt or current inventory of their personal belongings. Even the most organized people might find it challenging to find receipts for all the valuables in their home. If the inventory […]

HPW Open Houses | Jan. 28 – 29

Making weekend plans? Add a few open house visits to the list. The mild winter weather and sun-filled skies headed our way this Saturday and Sunday will set the stage for an ideal house hunt. Whether you’re seeking a home in one of our Triangle area suburbs or want to live in the middle of […]

Top travel destinations of 2017? Forbes says Raleigh

Feel like traveling to some of the top places in the world this year? Stay where you are. Forbes Travel Guide just added Raleigh to its list of the 12 Top Destinations of 2017. Yes, Triangle friends, the City of Oaks just took home another capital accolade for its growing food scene and charming way […]

Boomers Are Staying In-Place

There seems to have been an accepted progression for homeowners going from starter home, to gradually moving into one’s dream home, then, downsizing after becoming an empty nester and finally, into a retirement home. However, Marianne Cusato’s 2016 Aging-in-Place Report indicates that many older Americans don’t plan on following that pattern. 61% of homeowners above […]

Why you shouldn’t panic about rising mortgage interest rates

Content prepared by Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Mortgage rates have been on a fairly steady increase since the presidential election, and for the first time since 2014, rates for a 30-year-fixed-rate-mortgage averaged above 4 percent at the start of the year. In January of last year, the […]

HPW Open Houses | Jan. 21 – 22

Rain may be in the forecast this weekend, but you shouldn’t let that wash away your house hunting plans. Put on your galoshes, grab an umbrella and get ready to find your new home. You are sure to be impressed with the homes our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed. […]

HPW Happenings: CEO Kent Hanley Named on Real Estate Power List

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston CEO Kent Hanley was recently recognized on a coveted list of the top residential real estate leaders in the nation. Kent earned distinction among his peers ranking 188th on the 2017 Swanepoel Power 200 list based on his personal influence, decision-making power, our company’s industry significance and geographic reach, […]

Good Eats: Triangle Restaurant Week Returns

It’s baaack! That’s right, foodies, the Triangle Restaurant Week will return on Monday with plans to be bigger and better than ever. Celebrating its 10th year of tasty Triangle treats and dining deals, the weeklong event will run from Monday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 29 with more than 95 restaurants on its list. Foodies […]

Attracting Buyers

There is a common body of knowledge among real estate professionals that indicates that the longer a home is on the market, the lower the price will be. Many sellers discount this belief in the beginning because they feel confident their home will sell quickly. Lowering the price is the most obvious thing that can […]

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Aspire to live life well. Inspire others to do the same. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017~   Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | Jan. 14 – 15

New Year, new home! 2017 has arrived and the market is starting to rev up with new listings added each passing day. Now is the time to kick-start your house-hunting journey to find the house you seek. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston listing agents will be opening the doors to some beautiful homes […]

Millennials Choose Cary

Millennials like to call Cary home, and with its convenient location, growing downtown, and appealing lifestyle amenities, we are in full agreement. A large number of under-35 homebuyers and homeowners have sought out their space in the Triangle suburb landing it sixth on SmartAsset’s top 10 list of the places where millennials are buying homes. […]

Rent or Buy – You Pay for the House You Occupy

The ironic thing about people who think they can’t afford to buy a home for themselves, end up buying the home for their landlord. There are several facts that support this notion. Mortgages, whether held by an owner-occupant or an investor, are usually amortized so that each payment reduces the principal amount owed so that […]

Snow Day Home Improvement Projects

Stuck at home amid the slippery, icy streets? Make the most of the cold day off by powering through some easy-to-execute home improvement projects. A little elbow grease today will get sellers’ home staging efforts underway and jump start spring cleaning for the rest of us. Wipe down baseboards When was the last time you […]

Durham and Raleigh Ranked Among Most Caring Cities in America

Kindness and caring are among some of our Triangle cities’ best qualities according to WalletHub. The personal finance website recently compiled a list of 2016’s Most Caring Cities in America ranking Durham and our capital city of Raleigh among the top 25 most compassionate cities. Coming in 18th and 22nd place, respectively, Durham and Raleigh […]

Facts or Myths

“It’s impossible to get low down payment loans.” – MYTH! FHA down payments are 3.5% and VA is 0%. In some areas, there may be some 0% down payment USDA loans available. FNMA and Freddie Mac have 3% down payment programs. “It takes perfect credit to get a loan.” – MYTH! There is a relationship […]

Happy New Year!

Cheers to a new year of health, happiness and prosperity! Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

A Clutter-Free Start to 2017

Can you believe the holidays are nearly over? The most wonderful time of the year tends to be fast and furious, doesn’t it? This weekend will bring the close of 2016 and the start of all that will lie ahead in 2017. The New Year has great potential for all of us. Perhaps a new […]

“This is going to be the year”

Every year, it seems like the same things are on the list but this could be the year you really do invest in a rental home. Rents are climbing, values are solid and mortgage rates are still low for non-owner occupied properties. A $150,000 home with 20% down payments can easily have a $300 to […]

Cary Tops List of 2016 Boomtowns, Raleigh Ranks #10

Put your hands together for Cary—the growing Triangle suburb just ranked first on SmartAsset’s list of the Top 10 Boomtowns of 2016. This lead position is a big bump from Cary’s seventh place debut on the 2014 list and no-show last year. Raleigh also claimed a place on the annual index report coming in last, […]

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

From our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston family to yours…   Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

Turkeys for the Triangle | Thanks for your support!

That’s a wrap! Our 2016 Turkeys for the Triangle program is now complete with a total of 4,000 turkeys donated to feed more than 20,000 neighbors in need, military members, and veterans. We “tossed” our second and final turkey donation last week with the news that we exceeded our fundraising goal thanks to the hard […]

Raleigh Named Among the 2016 Best-Performing Cities

Raleigh just landed another strong endorsement as an ideal place live coming in sixth on the Milken Institute’s 2016 Best-Performing Cities report. This is the second year our Capital City has held that top 10 spot amid the nation’s largest metros. “This accolade comes on the heels of a November real estate market report that […]

HPW Open Houses | Dec. 17 – 18

Need a break from present wrapping and cookie baking? Go house hunting! Make the most of the surprisingly warm weather heading our way on Saturday and Sunday and go tour some Triangle homes. You’ll see some of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses featured below and you can find a full list […]

Can 0.5% Really Equal 5%?

Since the election, rates have started going up and it will have a direct effect on the cost of housing. There is a rule of thumb that a ½% change in interest is approximately equal to 5% change in price. As the interest rates go up, it will cost you more to live in the […]

Turkeys for the Triangle | Last call!

Gobble, gobble, gone! Get your Turkeys for the Triangle raffle tickets before it’s too late! Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Turkeys for the Triangle fundraiser will end on Thursday, Dec. 15 just in time for our second turkey toss donation event and much-anticipated raffle drawing on Friday, Dec. 16. Thanks to our supportive […]

NC Chinese Lantern Festival | Now through Jan. 15

The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre and nearby Symphony Lake and, boy, is it a sight to see. Bigger and brighter than ever before, the Festival has added 20 new large light displays, live cultural performances and more food trucks to its lineup. You and your little ones […]

HPW Open Houses | Dec. 10 – 11

Whether you are relocating, upgrading, downsizing, or seeking a new neighborhood, the Triangle is the place for you. Made up of numerous cities and towns—many lauded as some of the best places to live in the nation—you are sure to find a place to call home in this prospering area. Make some time this weekend […]

Time May Be Running Out

During the Great Recession, some homeowners elected to rent their home rather than sell it for less than it was worth. IRS tax code allows for a temporary rental of a principal residence without losing the exclusion of capital gain based on some specific time limits. During the five year period ending on the date […]

Raleigh and Durham Named Top Real Estate Markets for 2017

A prospering economy? Check. Vast career opportunities? Check. A low cost of living? Check. The Triangle area is an ideal place to call home and Realtor.com® agrees. The trusted real estate resource just announced its 2017 Housing Forecast spotlighting Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill among the nation’s hottest real estate markets for 2017. Realtor.com analyzed the country’s […]

Buyer Client Vicki Janzen Gives Video Testimonial

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How To Clean Your Home Before a Walkthrough

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How to Decorate for the Holidays, Hollywood Style

By Gabrielle van Welie Now that December is here, the pressure over who’s going to have the best holiday decorations is on. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: everyone else knows about the existence of Pinterest. So if you really want to win this contest, take a look at the often […]

Home Updates The Won’t Break The Bank

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2017 Forecast: Housing to Downshift as Election Realities Set In

Housing is expected to downshift next year as the post-election economy sets in, driven by a deceleration in home price growth, according to realtor.com®’s recently released 2017 housing forecast. The forecast projects home prices nationally growing at a rate of 3.9 percent, down from 2016’s 4.9 percent estimate, and an appreciation slowdown of 1 percent […]

HPW Open Houses | Dec. 3 – 4

Are you gearing up for a weekend of tree-trimming and decorating? Make sure to carve out time for your house hunt as well. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed some must-see homes. Check out the open houses we’ve spotlighted below and be sure to visit our open house website […]

Home Renovation Projects with the Best ROI

Many people are interested to know what kind of return on investment they can expect when upgrading certain items in their homes and which items they should prioritize first. This is especially relevant when selling their home or investment property.   When it comes to house sales and particular rooms, the kitchen is often the […]

Video Testimonial by Out of State Buyer Christie Smith

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What You Need To Know about Buying a Flipped Home

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Maximum Loan Limit Increase on Fannie, Freddie Mortgages Signals Healthy Market

The maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase to $424,100 for most markets in 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced, indicating health in the housing market. The increase in the baseline loan limit, the first since 2006, came only after homes regained pre-recession value, […]

New Homeowner Don’ts

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Turkeys for the Triangle | We’re still selling raffle tickets!

We may have wrapped up our Thanksgiving turkey donations, but our Turkeys for the Triangle program isn’t over–we’ve set our sights on Christmas! With a very generous donation from Garner-based Butterball, LLC and the hard work of our real estate team, we were able to donate 2,500 turkeys for Thanksgiving, and now we’re gearing up […]

Refi Applicants Discouraged by Limited Credit Access

The proportion of consumers who applied for credit and reported feeling “discouraged” by or “rejected” in their experience has clawed higher, especially among mortgage refinance applicants, in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s recently released Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) Credit Access Survey for October 2016. The finding underscores the overall sentiment of the consumers surveyed, […]

5 Pesky Mistakes New Homeowners Make

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Ask the Expert: What Are the Best Ways to Prepare for a Home Inspection?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service.    Q: What are the best ways to prepare a client for a home inspection?   A: Today, home inspections are almost universally recommended by every real estate professional. When it comes to their clients—especially first-time buyers—many are not familiar with the […]

It Isn’t Final Until It’s Funded

Mortgage approval isn’t final until it’s funded. Things can change prior to the loan being closed that can affect a pre-approval such as changes in the borrowers’ financial situation or possibly, factors beyond their control like interest rate changes. Good advice to buyers is to do nothing that can affect your credit report until the […]

One Year Later, TRID Causes Frustration

By Ken Fears, Director, Regional Economics and Housing Finance NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS TRID – TILA/RESPA, the Truth In Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act – or the “Know Before You Owe” rules which now govern the mortgage settlement process were implemented on October 3, 2015. With a year of experience under TRID […]

Fair Economic Forecast as Trump Policies Come into Focus

The U.S. economy will continue to grow—though at a “modest” rate—through the end of this year and into 2017, with President-Elect Trump’s proposed policies prompting Fannie Mae to issue a fair forecast in its recently released November 2016 Economic and Housing Outlook. Notably, the Outlook predicts shrinking housing affordability, especially if mortgage rates follow their […]

Top Tips to Become a Proactive Homeowner

We've all heard homeownership sometimes referred to as “a money pit.” Sure, homes are expensive, but there is no substitute for the sense of pride and comfort you achieve from living in a space that is truly your own. That said, it's true that from the day you move in to the day you sell […]

Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style

(Family Features)–Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift. “People often think that home improvement projects mean a complete overhaul of a room,” says Matt Muenster, a licensed contractor, designer and HGTV and DIY […]

HPW Open Houses | Nov. 26 – 27

Shop ‘til you drop today to take advantage of all of the Black Friday sales and then make plans to house hunt tomorrow and Sunday. There are great homes to see and tour all over the Triangle. From new houses in some of the area’s growing suburbs to luxury estates in established neighborhoods, our Coldwell […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gift or Inheritance – Does It Matter?

A person called into a radio talk program with a situation that was troubling to the caller and disturbing based on the potential tax liability that may have been avoided. The caller’s elderly father had deeded his home to his daughter a few years earlier because in his mind, his daughter was going to get […]

North Carolina Ranks Among Best States for Business

Our great state of North Carolina has again secured a top spot on Forbes’ list of the Best States for Business. North Carolina ranked second behind Utah and is the only state to consistently rank in the top five Best States on the list year after year. The Tar Heel State was reviewed across 40 […]

Triangle Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings

While you prep your Turkey Day dinner and make a gift list for family and friends, our Triangle cities and towns are also hard at work planning the festive holiday activities we’ve come to enjoy year after year. Lively parades and cheerful tree lighting celebrations will start taking place as soon as this weekend. We’ve […]

HPW Open Houses | Nov. 19 – 20

We know this may be a busy weekend of Thanksgiving prep for many of you, but that shouldn’t detour your house hunt. Put down the family recipes and step away from the elaborate tablescape for a few hours to visit some open houses, homebuyers. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have […]

Turkeys for the Triangle | 2,500 Turkeys Donated to Local Nonprofit and Military Organizations

It was a great day of gobbling at our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston headquarters! Our real estate team was joined by Butterball, LLC and the U.S. Veterans Corps to hand out 2,500 turkeys to more than 60 local nonprofits, active military, and veterans organizations through our first Turkeys for the Triangle distribution event. […]

It’s the Principal of the Thing

Most people think they’ll have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives but it doesn’t have to be with a plan and a little discipline. The plan is to make additional principal contributions to a fixed rate mortgage to shorten the term and save tens of thousands in interest. […]

Happy Veterans Day

We’re thankful for the numerous men and women who committed their lives to protecting our freedoms. Our appreciation is endless.   Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | Nov. 12 – 13

It’s a great day, homebuyers! The sun is shining, the air is crisp, and homes are for sale! A beautiful weekend is on the way to perfectly complement your house hunting plans. Whether this is your first foray into homeownership or you’re a seasoned buyer, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents […]

A Cost to Consider

Homeownership, part of the American Dream: a home of your own where you can feel safe, raise your family, share with your friends and enjoy life. The benefits are easily recognizable but maintenance is just as real and should be considered. Property taxes and insurance are two of the largest expenses homeowners have aside from […]

Holly Springs Named One of the Nation’s Best Small Cities

Seeking a convenient Triangle suburb to call home? Holly Springs is a good choice. Located less than 20 miles from downtown Raleigh and 23 miles from the renowned Research Triangle Park, the emerging town just ranked seventh on WalletHub’s 2016 list of the Best Small Cities in America. The financial website reviewed more than 1,250 […]

Turkeys for the Triangle | Help Us Feed Our Neighbors

With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, it’s time to firm up dinner plans, figure out side dishes, and seek out a dessert recipe sure to impress. It’s also an important time for reflection; a time to be thankful for all that we have and a time to remember those less fortunate. All of us at […]

HPW Open Houses | Nov. 5 – 6

Could this be the weekend you find your new home? You better believe it! Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents are gearing up to host open houses in nearly every Triangle city and town this weekend—go visit them. You’ll be able to tour beautiful homes in all shapes and sizes in […]

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a day with more treats than tricks! Happy Halloween from all of us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston! Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

HPW Open Houses | Oct. 29 – 30

Mother Nature will roll out the red carpet this weekend with weather perfectly suited for a house hunting adventure. Take a look at the homes we’ve spotlighted below and then visit our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open house website for a complete list of the HPW open houses available to tour this Saturday […]

Down Payment: FOUND!

Saving the down payment may be unnecessarily keeping would-be buyers from getting into a home. They may be unaware that the funds might be available. The NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reports that 81% of first-time buyers got all or part of their down payment from savings. Less than 4% said that all […]

Ghosts, Goblins and Great Halloween Fun

Hunting down a haunted house? Want to take part in a spooktacular soiree? Seeking trick-or-treating fun? The Triangle is a great place to celebrate Halloween. You will find events sure to fright and delight you and your entire family. Put on that clever costume and have a ghost of a good time! Festive Family Fun […]

Raleigh Metro is Among Best Places for Business and Careers

Where are the best places for business and careers? Forbes has spoken, and the Raleigh metro is third on their list of lauded locations. The leading news source and business magazine just released its 18th-annual Best Places for Business and Careers list, which reviewed 200 metro areas against 14 variables related to job growth, business costs, […]

HPW Open Houses | Oct. 22 – 23

Making weekend plans? Add house hunting to your list. Hit the road on Saturday and Sunday to tour open houses all throughout the Triangle area. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed must-see homes in all styles and sizes. Trust us; there are plenty of great houses for you to […]

It’s not far, if you know the way

“It’s not far, if you know the way.” What this expression implies is that you could have a long way to go if you don’t know where you’re going or how to get there. Just like reading a map, there are some definite steps that will improve your success in buying a home in today’s […]

It’s Fair Time! | Now through Oct. 23

Tasty fried food creations, live music, carnival games and rides, prized livestock, and more await you at the 2016 N.C. State Fair in Raleigh. Get your tickets and go! Managed and produced by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Fair attracts more than 800,000 people each year excited to celebrate our great […]

HPW Open Houses | Oct. 15 – 16

Hurricane Matthew may have blown your house hunt off course last weekend, but Mother Nature has redeemed herself with the weather that’s on the way for Saturday and Sunday. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed some beautiful homes and are ready to show them off. Visit our open house […]

Cool Weather Curb Appeal

The crisp fall weather has finally arrived in the Triangle. This long-awaited break from the hot summer heat and humidity is marked by pumpkin spice flavored goodies, college football, and brilliantly colored foliage that will soon fall to the ground and hinder your curb appeal. Yes, sellers, you can make a great first impression no […]

Sale of Home by Surviving Spouse

Special consideration is made by IRS for the sale of a jointly-owned principal residence after the death of a spouse. Surviving spouse may qualify to exclude up to $500,000 of gain instead of the $250,000 exclusion for single people if certain requirements are met. The sale needs to take place no more than two years […]

HPW Open Houses | Oct. 8 – 9

Rain may be in the forecast, but that doesn’t mean you should stop your house hunt. Put on your galoshes, grab your umbrella, and get out to see some homes this weekend. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be waiting to welcome you in to tour the beautiful homes they’ve […]

Rental Real Estate is Preferred Choice

Real estate is the overwhelming preferred choice by Americans as identified in a recent survey. With the Dow Jones industrial average reaching record highs, it might be expected that the stock market would be the favored choice but that wasn’t the outcome. Analysis of the report suggests that the popularity for houses could be that […]

Turkeys for the Triangle | Top 10 Reasons You Should Buy a Raffle Ticket Today!

Forget about ghost and ghouls, all we can think about are gobblers! That’s right! Our HPW Foundation 2016 Turkeys for the Triangle fundraiser is now underway. This special program is a collective effort of our company agents and staff who sell raffle tickets to raise funds to  purchase thousands of holiday turkeys to nourish our […]

Chapel Hill Ranks Among Smartest Small Towns in America

Located only a short commute from the renowned Research Triangle Park and home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it’s no surprise that our Tar Heel town scored a spot on Top Value Reviews’ list of the 20 Smartest Small Towns in America. Chapel Hill’s well-educated population secured sixth place on the […]

HPW Open Houses | Oct. 1 – 2

From featured houses on the annual Triangle Parade of Homes tour to the numerous listings our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have for you to see, this is the weekend for you, homebuyers. The 51st annual Triangle Parade of Homes kicks off Saturday with more than 250 beautiful houses open to […]

5 Property Maintenance Tips for Fall

Fall is an often overlooked season when it comes to property maintenance, but it is one the most crucial times of year to care for your landscape—ahead of winter, when the elements make it challenging to take measures for a healthy yard come spring. “While many homeowners consider spring and summer to be the time […]

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right For You?

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Rates Hold Steady for Now, Fed Action Points to Possible Hike in December

By Suzanne De Vita The Federal Reserve kept the benchmark rate unchanged on Wednesday, in a divided vote that alludes to the possibility of a hike before the end of the year.   “The Committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened but decided, for the time being, […]

5 BBQ Tips for a Low-Cal Tailgate

Football season’s here, which means meals on Sundays (and Mondays and Thursdays!) are anything but low-cal. Too many cheat days coupled with limited movement (we understand—you can’t miss a minute!) can pack on the pounds, fast. The good news is you can have a tasty tailgate, without all the calories. Swap loading up on beer, […]

Fireplace Safety Tips

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Wide Open Bluegrass | Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Get ready for some knee-slapping, foot-tapping, good music as the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival returns to Raleigh tomorrow and Saturday. This popular event offers a ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater as well as a free StreetFest with performances across seven stages and numerous activities staggered throughout downtown Raleigh.  The festival’s Main Stage event […]

When the rate goes up

It’s not “if” the rate goes up but “when” the rate goes up; it could make a big difference for some buyers. Freddie Mac predicts that mortgage rates will be at 4.5% a year from now. If buyers can afford a home with higher interest rates, it means higher payments. Higher payments might mean they […]

Cary Named Among Best Places to Live… Again

Cary recently received not just one, but two major nods from national news and real estate sources naming the Triangle town among the top places to live in the nation. Money Magazine touted the Raleigh suburb as one of the Best Places to Live in 2016 and Realtor.com added it to its list of the […]

HPW Open Houses | Sept. 24 – 25

It’s officially fall—time for football, foliage, and for sale signs. Yes, there are still great homes on the market that you need to see. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston listing agents would love to host you at their area open houses this weekend. Take a peek at the homes we’ve spotlighted below to […]

Money Magazine Names Raleigh Best Big City in the Southeast

Raleigh just scored a significant accolade from Money Magazine being named the best big city in the Southeast to call home. The national publication conducted a review of the nation’s metro areas with 300,000+ in population throughout each region of the country to determine the “hottest spots for urban dwellers now.” Consideration was given to […]

Waiting to Buy…WHY?

Some people wait to buy a home until they have 20% down payment to avoid paying the mortgage insurance which is required by lenders when the loan-to-value ratio is greater than 80%, with the exception of VA loans. To illustrate a typical situation, let’s assume that buyers have $10,000 for a down payment on a […]

HPW Open Houses | Sept. 17 – 18

The weekend forecast is rain-free making for the perfect conditions to hunt for a house. Visit our open house website to find a complete list of the HPW homes you can tour this Saturday and Sunday and check out some of them spotlighted below. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents have listed beautiful […]

SPARKcon Street Festival | Sept. 15 – 18

A creative weekend lies ahead for downtown Raleigh as the annual SPARKcon event rolls out across three city blocks. Described as a “creative potluck” of more than 200 activities and events, the multi-street festival is organized by the Visual Art Exchange and touts several creative themes including art, music, film, fashion, and more. From street-side […]

Dust-Free Home

Having a dust-free home isn’t difficult, but it takes a serious commitment and a housekeeping strategy that addresses the dust and its causes. Whether your motive is cleanliness or to eliminate the cause of some allergies and asthma symptoms, it will be worth it. Try to dust your home at least twice a week. Dust […]

Turkeys for the Triangle | Get your tickets today!

It’s turkey time, friends! That’s right, our HPW Foundation 2016 Turkeys for the Triangle program is now underway. This special program distributes thousands of holiday turkeys to more than 60 local charities and active military and veterans annually. In operation for over a decade, Turkeys for the Triangle has donated 24,000+ turkeys to anchor holiday meals […]

Hopscotch Music Festival is Here

This is the weekend for you, Triangle music lovers. Not only is the Bull Durham Blues Festival taking place in Durham tonight and tomorrow, the nationally recognized Hopscotch Music Festival has taken over downtown Raleigh. Known to be one of the most eclectic music festivals in the nation, Hopscotch draws top-tier musicians and bands to […]

HPW Open Houses | Sept. 10 – 11

Are you ready? It’s time to get that house hunt underway. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be hosting open houses all throughout the Triangle this weekend. You should go see them and the homes they’ve listed. Take a look at the HPW homes we’ve spotlighted below and visit our […]

Getting to Value

Fair market value is the price that real estate would sell for on the open market without any unusual forces being involved. The definition is relatively simple but there certainly different methods of determining what it is. A homeowner could order an appraisal before they put their home on the market but would incur the […]

Bull Durham Blues Festival | Sept. 9 – 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Hayti Heritage Center near downtown Durham will host the 29th annual Bull Durham Blues Festival this Friday and Saturday. Featuring blues, gospel, and jazz talents from the Triangle and throughout the nation, this event is a must-attend for music lovers. Get your ticket passes today to attend […]

Happy Labor Day!

Whether you’re spending the day at the beach, in the mountains, or right here in the Triangle, we hope you have a wonderful Labor Day. May it be filled with the rest and relaxation you seek. Source: Let’s Talk The Triangle

Triangle Cities Among Nation’s Best Real Estate Markets

Our Triangle trio of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham recently earned a place on WalletHub’s list of the 2016 Best Real Estate Markets. Yes, our Triangle cities and towns really are the tops. The personal finance research website analyzed more than 300 U.S. cities across 16 variables including trends in the real estate market, vacancy rates, building-permit […]

HPW Open Houses | September 3 – 4

Hermine may be headed our way, but her wind and rain will push through quickly leaving Saturday afternoon and Sunday clear for your house hunting adventure and Labor Day fun. Seeking a new house in Wake Forest? There are plenty. Want a townhome in Raleigh? Take your pick. A front-porch home in Durham? Sure thing. […]

Pay Off Your Mortgage?

Becoming debt free is as much a part of the American Dream as owning a home but there certainly can be conflicting circumstances that make the decision to pay off your mortgage early unclear. The advantages of paying off debt early is increased cash flow, less interest paid and a higher credit score. The disadvantages […]

HPW Happenings | #1 Real Estate Company in the Triangle

It’s good to be on top! Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has again earned top rank among the Triangle’s largest residential real estate agencies according to a recent report compiled by the Triangle Business Journal. Our talented real estate team closed over 7,500 transactions accounting for more than $2 billion in gross sales in […]

Three Lesser Known Tax Breaks That Will Save Homeowners Money

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Negative Equity Still Impacts Over 1 in 10 Homeowners

Both urban and suburban communities have a significant share of homeowners in negative equity five years into the recovery, according to the second quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. Nationally, 13.7 percent of homeowners in urban regions and 11.2 percent of homeowners in suburban regions are underwater.   After the housing bubble burst, nearly a third […]

Roof in Need of Post-Storm Repair? 3 Tips

(Family Features)—Roof damage brought on by a severe weather can render your home uninhabitable if it is left in disrepair. Act fast with these tips from the experts at CertainTeed Roofing. 1. Exercise caution. Do not attempt to make roof repairs unless you are qualified to do so. 2. Prepare for the insurance adjuster. Make detailed […]

Fannie and Freddie Redesign Uniform Residential Loan Application Form

By Pete Bakel Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently announced the publication of the redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), the standardized form used by borrowers to apply for a mortgage loan. This is the first substantial revision made to the form in more than 20 years and the changes will allow lenders to deliver […]

Picnicking This Weekend? 7 Safety Tips

By Barbara Pronin Summertime and picnics go hand-in-hand. Planning to bring a meal along on your next outdoor excursion? Keep in mind these safety tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Keep Hot Foods Warm – Pack hot foods in insulated containers to protect against the formation of bacteria. Discard any leftovers that […]

HPW Open Houses | August 27 – 28

This week has brought cooler temperatures, less humidity, and new real estate listings. Let’s get that house hunt underway. There are open houses scheduled all throughout the Triangle area this Saturday and Sunday. You should visit a few. Take a look at some of the homes we’ve featured below and check out a complete list […]

HPW Open Houses | August 27 – 28

This week has brought cooler temperatures, less humidity, and new real estate listings. Let’s get that house hunt underway. There are open houses scheduled all throughout the Triangle area this Saturday and Sunday. You should visit a few. Take a look at some of the homes we’ve featured below and check out a complete list […]

Two Negotiations

There are two negotiation periods in some home sales. The primary negotiation takes place when the contract is agreed upon that includes the price, closing and possession. Buyers and sellers alike feel relieved once this first round has resulted in an agreement but there may be more negotiations to come if there are contingencies for […]

Two Negotiations

There are two negotiation periods in some home sales. The primary negotiation takes place when the contract is agreed upon that includes the price, closing and possession. Buyers and sellers alike feel relieved once this first round has resulted in an agreement but there may be more negotiations to come if there are contingencies for […]

Moving On From A Memory-Filled Home

You’ve found a new house, a new place to call home. This is sure to be a very exciting time for you and your family—the opportunity to gain more space, join a new community, or advance your career. And, while the future looks bright for this new abode, it is quite common for a slight […]

Moving On From A Memory-Filled Home

You’ve found a new house, a new place to call home. This is sure to be a very exciting time for you and your family—the opportunity to gain more space, join a new community, or advance your career. And, while the future looks bright for this new abode, it is quite common for a slight […]

Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival | August 27 – 28

The 40th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival will take place this weekend in downtown Cary. Previously only hosted on one day each year, the street festival has been expanded to two for even more family fun! Festival-goers will enjoy strolling through more than 300 arts and crafts vendors and taking part in numerous […]

Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival | August 27 – 28

The 40th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival will take place this weekend in downtown Cary. Previously only hosted on one day each year, the street festival has been expanded to two for even more family fun! Festival-goers will enjoy strolling through more than 300 arts and crafts vendors and taking part in numerous […]

HPW Open Houses | August 20 – 21

What type of home are you seeking? A traditional colonial with brick? A craftsman-style home in a new neighborhood? A ranch layout in the suburbs? No matter what you want in your next home, our Triangle cities and towns have plenty of options to choose from. Spend this summer weekend touring area open houses to […]

HPW Open Houses | August 20 – 21

What type of home are you seeking? A traditional colonial with brick? A craftsman-style home in a new neighborhood? A ranch layout in the suburbs? No matter what you want in your next home, our Triangle cities and towns have plenty of options to choose from. Spend this summer weekend touring area open houses to […]

Apex Real Estate Market Update

Seeking up-to-date real estate information about Apex? We’ve got the scoop on the residential real estate activity in the Triangle town that offers “The Peak of Good Living.” Check out the brief market update video below to learn more about listing trends, home sales prices, and units sold in July. Interested in a different Triangle destination? […]

Triangle Cities Rank Among the 15 Best Places to Retire

It’s no surprise that many retirees like to settle down in the South, especially in our Triangle cities and towns. The warmer weather, good cost of living, and close proximity to the beach and mountains draw them to our area. Our hospitable culture quickly captures their hearts and the Triangle becomes the place they decide […]

HPW Open Houses | August 13 – 14

Still seeking a new home in the Triangle? Hit the road this weekend to visit open houses all over the prospering area. You’ll find newly built homes in amenity-filled communities, townhomes with garages, traditional brick homes, and more. We’ve spotlighted some of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses below and you can […]

Raleigh is a Top City for Young Entrepreneurs

The Capital City of Raleigh and the surrounding Triangle area recently earned another career-centric accolade being named second on MoneyRate.com’s list of the 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs. The financial and investment information website reviewed cities throughout the nation on four criteria including population growth, young adult affluence, educational attainment, and the tax environment. […]

Raleigh is a Top City for Young Entrepreneurs

The Capital City of Raleigh and the surrounding Triangle area recently earned another career-centric accolade being named second on MoneyRate.com’s list of the 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs. The financial and investment information website reviewed cities throughout the nation on four criteria including population growth, young adult affluence, educational attainment, and the tax environment. […]

Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

Imagine dining at some of the newest and hottest downtown Raleigh restaurants for a fraction of their printed menu prices. It’s happening next week. Get your Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week reservations now, Triangle foodies. For one week starting Monday, Aug. 15, you can score a seat at one (or more) of the 60 tasty restaurants […]

Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

Imagine dining at some of the newest and hottest downtown Raleigh restaurants for a fraction of their printed menu prices. It’s happening next week. Get your Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week reservations now, Triangle foodies. For one week starting Monday, Aug. 15, you can score a seat at one (or more) of the 60 tasty restaurants […]

HPW Open Houses | August 6 – 7

It’s finally Friday! The weekend lies ahead and so does your house-hunting journey. Take time this Saturday and Sunday to drive through the Triangle neighborhoods and communities that interest you. Make plans to visit open houses and tour a variety of homes to determine what you do and don’t want in your next house. If […]

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Are you trying to find something fun to do this weekend? Head to Cary for the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. Tomorrow night and all day Saturday, you can join area foodies and brewies for this popular annual event hosted at Booth Amphitheatre. There will be beer and bourbon tastings, live rock and blues music, and […]

HPW Happenings | 2016 Best Place to Work

It’s official! Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is one of the best places to work in the Triangle. But, don’t just take our word for it; take a look at the Triangle Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list for 2016. It is a tremendous honor to remain on this list year after year […]

Mortgage Applications Take a Dip

Mortgage applications decreased 1.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 15, 2016. The prior week's results included an adjustment for the July 4th holiday. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 1.3 percent […]

Consumer Spending to Drive Growth for 2016

By Katie Penote The economic growth outlook for the second half of the year remains unchanged from the prior forecast at about 2.0 percent, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s July 2016 Economic and Housing Outlook. Consumer spending is expected to drive growth for the rest of 2016 as businesses face […]

Mortgage Rates Hover over Historic Lows

Average fixed mortgage rates ticked up slightly across the board but remain near historic lows, according to the recently released Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey®(PMMS®). "Post-Brexit volatility tapered off over the last two weeks, allowing interest rates to bounce back a bit from their record and near-record lows,” says Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie […]

What Makes a Homeowner Happy?

What makes a homeowner happy? A safe community? A short commute? What about walkability? The answer is all of the above, according to HomeAdvisor.com’s recently released Homeowner Happiness Index, an industry indicator ranking the happiest cities in the nation. “A homeowner’s quality of life is more likely to be dependent on their community and access […]

Hardwood vs. Laminate: What’s Best for Your Floor?

By Barbara Pronin Wood or wood-like flooring can give your home a brand new look—warm, updated, and inviting. There are several factors to consider before making the choice. Natural hardwood flooring is more visually appealing, but is twice as expensive and far less durable than laminate lookalikes. On the other hand, laminates, like Pergo, which […]

Let the Light Shine In

Are you prepping your house to sell this summer? Of course, you know to do a deep clean of your home and de-clutter all of your rooms. But, are you aware of the importance lighting plays in the selling game? It can draw buyers in or send them straight out the door. Would you want […]

HPW Open Houses | July 30 – 31

Can you believe we’re heading into the last weekend in July? Some year-round schools have already begun and the first day for traditional schools is just a month away. Now is certainly the time for you to tour area houses to seek out the home your heart desires. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston […]

Raleigh Ranks 3rd Among the Best Large Cities to Live In

The Capital City of Raleigh just scored a big accolade landing third on a list of the best large U.S. cities to live in, merely points behind San Francisco and Seattle, Wash. The recognition comes on the heels of a June real estate market that saw Triangle home sales increase by 8 percent over the […]

HPW Open Houses | July 23 – 24

Are you counting down the hours to quitting time? The sooner the clock hits five, the sooner the weekend begins and you can get your house hunting fun on. There are a lot of open houses scheduled all around the Triangle area this Saturday and Sunday. Take a look at some of our HPW listings […]

HPW Happenings | Announcing New CEO Kent Hanley

We are excited to announce the appointment of Kent Hanley as Chief Executive Officer of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, effective August 1. With more than 30 years of real estate experience, Hanley has managed nearly every facet of the industry from working as a loan officer and a real estate sales manager, to […]

HPW Open Houses | July 16 – 17

Here comes the weekend! Two days to rest and relax, two days to hang out with family and friends, and two days to house hunt. Mortgage rates are low and the Triangle area is a great place to be a homeowner. Let’s do this, buyers! Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston listing agents have […]

We love our clients! Carowinds & Kings Dominion Discount Codes

Have we told you lately that we love you? Well, we do. All our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents are grateful for the opportunity to work with buyers and sellers throughout the Triangle and beyond. We are proud to be a part of your house hunting journies and selling experiences. It […]

Raleigh Ranks Among Top Career Cities in the Nation

Ready to start your career? Seeking new opportunities in your field? The Raleigh metro is the place to be according to a recent research study jointly commissioned by human resources consulting firm Robert Half and The Economist Intelligence Unit. Our Capital City secured fifth-place on the study’s list of the top career cities in the […]

HPW Open Houses | July 9 – 10

No matter what style or size home you seek, you’ll find what you want in the Triangle area. From townhomes with attached garages and brick houses with front porches lined with rockers to newly built homes in amenity-filled communities, there are a wide variety of homes ready and waiting for new owners. Many of these […]

HPW Happenings | 2016 Pinnacle of Excellence Awards

We recently hosted our 2016 Pinnacle of Excellence Awards to recognize agents with 10 or more years of longstanding service with our company. Hosted at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, we celebrated the induction of 19 sales associates into our Pinnacle Club bringing the total membership to 160 real estate agents ranging in […]

Happy Independence Day!

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HPW Open Houses | July 2 – 3

Are you staying in town over the holiday weekend? You’re in good company–our HPW listing agents will be around too. You should meet up at their open houses! Put on your most patriotic wear and hit the road to tour homes in our beautiful Triangle area. Scroll through some of the houses highlighted below to […]

HPW Happenings | New Hillsborough Sales Office is Now Open

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce to announce the grand opening of our new Hillsborough real estate sales office located in the heart of the town’s downtown district at 106 S. Churton Street. Replacing our first office located on West King Street, the new […]

Fun, Fireworks and the Fourth!

It’s time to celebrate our great country! Don your red, white and blue best and head out to some of these Triangle area Independence Day events for a really good time! From food truck rallies and live musical performances to parades and picnics, there is something for everyone ready to show their patriotic pride. Cary […]

Warranty Deeds vs. Quit Claim Deeds: The Difference

By Barbara Pronin Suppose someone came to you and said, “I own the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I need the cash, and I will give you the deed for $150.” You reach for your wallet, hand over the cash, and take possession of the deed. Only later, when you inform the city of […]

How to Stay Safe While on Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is the time to unwind—but that doesn’t mean we should overlook safety. Incidents can and do happen on vacations, says Jeffrey Pellegrino, member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. “Prevention is the key to avoiding accidents or illness while on vacation,” Pellegrino says. “It's important to know the level of ability […]

Staging Secrets of Model Homes

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Fannie and Freddie Prevent Nearly 3.7 Million Foreclosures

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed 49,573 foreclosure prevention actions in the first quarter of 2016, bringing the total number of foreclosure prevention actions to nearly 3.7 million since the start of the conservatorships in September 2008. These measures have helped more than 3.0 million borrowers stay in their homes, including […]

DIY Fails: Hire a Pro for These 5 Home Improvement Projects

By Nicki Escudero Consumer spending on home remodeling is outpacing the growth of the economy, according to data from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The proliferation of home improvement programs on TV and online has contributed to the DIY movement, but don't think you can do it all yourself. Realtor.com® reports that […]

Elegant Landscape Designs Can Greatly Enhance Property Value

By Lee Flynn Elegantly designed exterior landscapes can greatly enhance the appearance, curb appeal and market value of almost any home or property. Even large-scale landscaping projects can often be completed with relatively little cost and may add several thousands of dollars to the market price of a home or other property. Advanced options, such as […]

Need Roof Work? 5 Tips to Avoid Scams

Replacing or repairing a roof is a costly undertaking—one that for many homeowners has been marred by disreputable roofing contractors. To avoid roofing scams, follow these tips, courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Home & Business Safety (IBHS): 1. Research roofing contractors diligently before hiring one. Consult the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and search for […]

How to Live a Greener Life

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3 Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Make

(Family Features)—Improving your home can grow the value of your investment—if the right upgrades are made. No matter which kind of home you own, these home improvements top the list. 1. Power Backup – Natural disasters are on the rise, and expected to become more impactful in the future. Installing a standby generator system is […]

Mortgage Rates Hover at Three-Year Low

 The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.56 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending June 23, 2016, up from the last week when it averaged 3.54 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.02 percent, Freddie Mac reports.  Additionally, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.83 percent with an average 0.5 […]

HPW Open Houses | June 25 – 26

Do you know what you’re seeking, home buyers? A home in North Raleigh? A new community in Cary? An open floor plan? A sizeable yard? The best way to get what you want is to know what you want. It’s time do some research. It’s time to make a plan to visit some area open […]

May Real Estate Market Indicates Seller’s Summer

The Triangle Multiple Listing Services just released its monthly local market update highlighting real estate trends and data collected in May. The results? Home sales were up significantly over April and home prices are the highest they’ve been in the past eight years—and you thought only the weather was getting hotter! “Demand is high and […]

Home is Awesomeness

Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends. -Unknown No matter the shape, size or location of our homes, there are many things that make them awesome. Reading to our children, an afternoon nap, playing fetch with the dog, a family dinner… it’s the everyday moments our homes hold that […]

HPW Open Houses | June 18 – 19

Want to know what would make the perfect Father’s Day present? A new home! Add a few open house visits to your weekend plans and you may just be able to make it happen. Our HPW listing agents are hosting open houses in an array of neighborhoods and communities all throughout the Triangle this weekend. […]

Father’s Day Fun

While ties and tools are really great gifts, it may be fun to change things up this year as you make plans to celebrate the special fathers in your life. Whether you are celebrating your dad, your husband or your grandfather, consider taking him out and about for some local fun to make memories your […]

Raleigh-Cary Metro Employment Outlook is Strong

The Raleigh-Cary metro has a healthy job market heading into the third quarter with an employment outlook outpacing expectations for the state and the entire nation. Our growing metro area posted a net employment outlook of 23 percent compared to 21 percent for North Carolina and 15 percent for the U.S. According to a recent […]

Tori Dronzek Talks About How Her Mom Loved Her New Home Before She Passed Away

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HPW Open Houses | June 11 – 12

The sun will be out this weekend—so should you! Take time to visit a few area open houses to tour homes in different neighborhoods throughout the Triangle. There are homes of all shapes and sizes for you to see. You may just find the home of your dreams! Check out some of our HPW open […]

Triangle Towns rank among NC’s Healthiest Housing Markets

Much like the weather, our Triangle real estate market is hot. Homes are selling in record time at record prices all over the eight-county area. In fact, financial technology site SmartAsset recently reported that Morrisville, Garner, Knightdale and Holly Springs rank among the top 10 healthiest housing markets in the state. SmartAsset reviewed data from […]

It’s Triangle Restaurant Week

Get ready to grab your fork and say, “yum,” foodies—today marks the first day of Triangle Restaurant Week. One of the most popular food events in the area, Triangle Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to try the hottest restaurants around with special menu prices. From today through Sunday, June 12, you can take advantage […]

Moving Box Needs

Did you just buy a new house? Congratulations! Now, it’s time to get to work on packing up for your big move. You’ll want to start gathering old newspapers, bubble wrap, and magazines to wrap fragile items like glassware and dishes. Packaging tape is certainly a must-have and splurging on a tape dispenser will make […]

Raleigh Ranks as a Top City to Start a Career

Perfectly timed with the numerous college graduations that took place this past weekend, a recent study has named Raleigh among the very best cities in the U.S. to start a career. Conducted by personal finance research website WalletHub, the study reviewed the 150 largest U.S. cities “to determine the relative strength of their job markets […]

HPW Open Houses | May 7 – 8

The rainy weather is headed out of town later today making way for the perfect weekend to start or continue your house hunt. Use this dreary day inside to scout out the area open houses that catch your eye and make a plan to visit them. You’ll find plenty of homes open for tours on […]

Durham is a Top City for Working Moms

Durham just scored another top recognition being named among the 10 Best American Cities for Working Moms, an accolade that is certainly timely with Mother’s Day just around the corner. In a recent research report compiled by Realtor.com, the Bull City ranked eighth on a list of well-recognized U.S. cities including the likes of Orlando, […]

Buying in a Seller’s Market

The Triangle real estate market is in a unique state. While the Triangle Multiple Listing Services has collected data demonstrating a 5 percent increase in new listings in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to the same period last year, there simply aren’t enough houses on the market to satisfy buyer demand. Homes that list become […]

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