Apex Named a Suburban Hotspot

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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 prices and inventory shortages in urban centers have made affordable suburban home prices more appealing for buyers. Our analysis indicates 50% of buyers planning to purchase a home this spring indicated they preferred a home in the suburbs.”

Realtor.com’s research team reviewed the top suburbs surrounding the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas based on household growth, real estate listing activity and housing supply and demand.

The Apex/Friendship suburb ranked well across all variables reporting:
– a 25.2% increase in households over the past seven years;
– an annual increase of 14% in listing prices for the past three years; and
– an average listing time of 34 days on the market, with homes selling 25 days faster than the national average.

Want to learn more about the Town of Apex? We’ve got you covered. Get area details below and visit our website to search available Apex homes.

Offering a restored downtown with historic charm, a location convenient to the renowned Research Triangle Park and other major cities, and a close-knit community with an abundance of friendly people, Apex is a small town with big plans.

Named the #1 best place to live in America by Money Magazine, it is no wonder Apex adds new residents daily. The growing population supports a thriving business scene and developing economy with a low cost of living and the spacious, but affordable homes buyers seek. Area schools also rank among some of the very best in the Triangle area.

Strolling the downtown streets will take you back in time with refurbished storefronts that house specialty boutiques, art galleries, local coffee shops, restaurants and more. Downtown Apex also plays host to seasonal celebrations and fun festivals throughout the year including its annual PeakFest and Peak-a-Palooza. The Peak City Pig Fest is one of the area’s most notable events attracting more than 28,000 people to the heart of the town to sample award-winning barbecue, enjoy live music and stroll the city streets with friends and family.

Apex has a number of public parks and green spaces with more than 11 miles of greenway trails intersecting many along the way. With numerous playgrounds, picnic shelters and sports fields, the recreational amenities are abundant.

Halle Cultural Arts Center on North Salem Street is another draw featuring a 150-seat theater, three art galleries, and a studio classroom. Known as The Halle, residents and visitors enjoy taking in performances and movies there as well as participating in art, drama or voice classes. Visual art exhibits rotate throughout the year showcasing work by area students alongside professional pieces.

Apex is an up-and-coming Triangle town with a well-planned vision for its future, and the opportunities that lie ahead for its residents are plentiful.

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 on your yard cleanup, consider visiting some area open houses to see what has recently hit the market.

Take a look at the homes we’ve spotlighted below and visit our HPW open house website to get details on all the houses our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will open for tours this Saturday and Sunday.

213 South Bend Drive, Durham, NC 27713
$490,000
Sq Ft: 3,184 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, February 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

213 South Bend Drive, Durham, NC 27713


11 Trailing Oak Trail, Clayton, NC 27527
$219,900
Sq Ft: 2,039 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, February 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

11 Trailing Oak Trail, Clayton, NC 27527


3113 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502
$829,000
Sq Ft: 5,059 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, February 18 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, February 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

3113 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502


8609 Wapello Lane, Raleigh, NC 27613
$745,000
Sq Ft: 4,412 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, February 18 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and
Sunday, February 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

8609 Wapello Lane, Raleigh, NC 27613


165 Plantation Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596
$355,000
Sq Ft: 2,630 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, February 18 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and
Sunday, February 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

165 Plantation Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596


3905 White Kestrel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616
$319,900
Sq Ft: 3,032 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, February 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

3905 White Kestrel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616


3239 Wood Duck Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278
$659,000
Sq Ft: 3,322 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, February 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

3239 Wood Duck Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278


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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 working with their seller clients to ready some fantastic homes for you to tour. Get a sampling of the homes you can visit below and then check out our HPW open house website for a complete list of our agents’ open houses.

Our talented team has homes listed all throughout the broader Triangle area and one of them may be the perfect fit for you and your family. Best of luck on your real estate journey!

 

64 Edgewood Lane, Garner, NC 27529
$359,000
Sq Ft: 3,317 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open House: Saturday, February 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

64 Edgewood Lane, Garner, NC 27529


7412 Ridge Falls Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$675,000
Sq Ft: 4,000 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, February 11 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and
Sunday, February 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

7412 Ridge Falls Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587


103 Bart Street, Raleigh, NC 27610
$325,000
Sq Ft: 1,400 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, February 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, February 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

103 Bart Street, Raleigh, NC 27610


1015 Bookmark Trail, Durham, NC 27703
$449,327
Sq Ft: 1,951 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, February 12 from 1 to 5 p.m.

1015 Bookmark Trail, Durham, NC 27703


1992 Sinclair Trace, Burlington, NC 27215
$264,900
Sq Ft: 2,785 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1992 Sinclair Trace, Burlington, NC 27215


5015 Langley Circle, Raleigh, NC 27609
$886,499
Sq Ft: 3,705 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.

5015 Langley Circle, Raleigh, NC 27609


309 Arrundale Drive, Cary, NC 27511
$316,900
Sq Ft: 2,584 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.

309 Arrundale Drive, Cary, NC 27511


2541 Bittersweet Drive, Durham, NC 27705
$883,600
Sq Ft: 4,909 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.

2541 Bittersweet Drive, Durham, NC 27705


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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 pop of color or subtle hue to complement any room.

Interested in updating your home’s color palette to display these heart day color heroes? Here are some ideas to consider:

Fanciful Florals
One of the easiest ways to dress your home in red and pink is to bring in fresh flowers. This simple floral fix will not only add a bit of color to your rooms but also set a cheerful tone throughout.

Friendly Front Door
Greet guests with a beautifully painted front door. Choose a warm, welcoming red or wine colored paint that pairs well with the color of your siding or brick façade and shutters. You’ll be adding instant curb appeal that will leave a memorable mark on all who pass by.

Rose Gold Goodies
Believe it or not, rose gold has found its place in home décor in a big way. From picture frames and glassware to furniture and light fixtures, the metallic hue can be found everywhere in all shapes and sizes. You easily join in this pink party by adding a few unique trinkets in your built-in shelves or creating an eye-catching vignette to top your coffee or sofa table.

Artist Accents
You don’t have to paint an entire room red to introduce the color into your home—think accents and accessories instead. Toss a few burgundy throw pillows on your neutral sofa. Add artwork with cheery red colors or bold picture frames to pop against a cream wall. Paint barstools a bright shade of red to offset a white cabinet kitchen.

Soft and Subtle
Don’t think that pink is only for your daughter’s room. Select a soft, subtle shade and put it in your bedroom. Your pastel pick will offer a serene and relaxing setting and help to accentuate natural light. Aren’t sure you want pink walls? Add a blush colored paint on the ceiling.

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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.35442708-250.jpg

Home mortgage interest is deductible only if the loan is a secured debt which involves the buyer signing an instrument like a mortgage or deed of trust that makes the ownership of the home security for the debt. That instrument must then be recorded or otherwise perfected according to state or local law and the home, in case of default, must be able to satisfy the debt.

In a family situation, a parent, grandparent or other relative may decide to loan a buyer the money to purchase a home because they have it available and it isn’t earning much in certificates of deposit. They offer to loan it for a rate equal to what a conventional lender is charging but without the fees.

While it may appear to be a win-win situation, there could be problems if things are not done correctly. Even if the borrower makes the payments, they are not entitled to an interest deduction unless three criteria are met: 1) sign a debt instrument specifying the terms 2) securing and record the debt properly and 3) the home is sufficient collateral for the loan.

It would be prudent to consult with an attorney before you sign the final settlement papers to be comfortable that both buyer and the lender-relative are complying with IRS regulations. For more information, see IRS Publication 936 – Home Mortgage Interest.

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

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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, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

“Time after time, our Triangle area proves itself to be among the top places in the nation to live, establish and grow a career, and enjoy all that life has to offer,” said David Jones, President and COO for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. “This area has the sought-after jobs and a low cost of living that people want, an important combination that is nearly impossible to find in other popular metro areas.”

U.S. News & World Report’s analysts reviewed the top 100 largest metro areas in the country to present the best-of-the-best list. According to the report, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill earned an overall score of 7.2 out of 10 for the area’s desirability, value, job market, quality of life and ability to attract new residents. The area’s brimming business landscape, recreation and cultural offerings and growing restaurant and brewery scene were among the variety of factors that gave the Triangle a leg up on the competition. According to the report:

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring nearly 80 new residents a day with strong job growth and a high quality of life.

Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated. They enjoy dining out in local restaurants – many of which have earned national accolades – and gathering over craft beers in one of the region’s many microbreweries. A strong sense of community is evident, as strangers are quick to provide a friendly conversation when standing in line at the supermarket.

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill also encompass beautiful green spaces, family-friendly museums and a growing art and music scene defined by monthly gallery walks, summer concerts and music festivals like Hopscotch.

Want to learn more about the Triangle? You can access area photos and additional information about numerous cities and towns that make up this market on our HPW.com website. Our real estate agents are also great local resources and would be pleased to help you gather the details you seek to determine if the Triangle is for you.

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 agents’ open houses.

Our talented team has listed all types of homes all over the area in the neighborhoods and new home communities that are sure to have caught your eye.

Check out the open houses we’ve spotlighted below and then visit our open house website to get a complete list of the HPW homes that will be open to tour.

You never know, this weekend could end up being super for more reasons than one.

 

526 Johnson Branch Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534
$212,000
Sq Ft: 2,082 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Saturday, February 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

526 Johnson Branch Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534


3113 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502
$829,000
Sq Ft: 5,059 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, February 4 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, February 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.

3113 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502


690 Willard Drive, Creedmoor, NC 27522
$400,000
Sq Ft: 2,850 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, February 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and
Sunday, February 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

690 Willard Drive, Creedmoor, NC 27522


6421 Grassy Knoll Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616
$272,000
Sq Ft: 2,264 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, February 5 from noon to 2 p.m.

6421 Grassy Knoll Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616


5816 Vasseur Court, Rolesville, NC 27571
$479,900
Sq Ft: 3,087| Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, February 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

5816 Vasseur Court, Rolesville, NC 27571


201 Kinney Glenn Court, Durham, NC 27713
$355,000
Sq Ft: 2,771 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, February 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

201 Kinney Glenn Court, Durham, NC 27713


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Holly Springs Community Arts Festival | Now through Feb. 4

Holly Springs Community Arts Festival
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 Showcase at the Holly Springs Cultural Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to shop a variety of creations and original work presented by area artists and crafters. Some of the Triangle’s favorite food trucks will also be on-site serving up breakfast and lunch.

You can also sign your children up for acting and mime workshops, a circus camp, and watercolor painting and poetry lessons. No matter which classes they choose to take, they are sure to be inspired by the creativity they experience.

Holly Springs Community Arts Festival event details:
Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 West Ballentine Street in Holly Springs

When:
Now through Saturday, February 4

What:
Events offered daily with numerous activities scheduled on Saturday, February 4
– Arts & Crafts Vendor Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Food Truck Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Hands-on instructional arts and culture classes for children
– Holly Springs Art Council Gala from 7 to 10 p.m., get tickets here

Access a complete schedule of events here.

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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.receipts or inventory.png

Even the most organized people might find it challenging to find receipts for all the valuables in their home. If the inventory isn’t up-to-date, a homeowner might forget to add some items to the claim and may not recognize the omission for long after the claim is settled.

The inventory can serve as a guide to make sure a homeowner gets compensated for all the loss.

Photographs and videos can be adequate proof that the items belonged to the insured. A series of pictures of the different rooms, closets, cabinets and drawers are helpful. When video is used, consider commenting as it is shot and be sure to go slow enough and close enough to things becoming recorded.

For your convenience, download a Home Inventory, complete it, and save a copy off premise. Good places for your inventory could be a safety deposit box or digitally, in the cloud if you have server-based storage available like Dropbox.