All posts by Tim McBrayer

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. Three small kittens rescued by one of our Raleigh real estate agents will also be available for you to adopt and call your own.

Already have the perfect pet? You can still stop by! Our real estate team will be collecting pet supply donations including food, collars, pet beds and more to support our partner organizations. With a $15 donation, you can get a professional photo taken of you and your fur-baby too!

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Hillsborough
Pet Adoption Event

Saturday, June 10 from noon to 2 p.m.

HPW Hillsborough Office
106 S. Churton Street in Hillsborough

Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

Could this be the weekend you bring home a new pet? Inviting a furry friend into your family is always exciting, but it is also something for which you should prepare.

You’ll want to be sure that your home is “pet-proofed” before their paws hit the floor. 

Pet-proofing your home
Many dogs, especially puppies, like to chew on things they find around the house. Make sure to put away shoes, hide electrical cords and pick up your kids’ toys to keep your new dog from getting them.

Consider getting a lidded trash can that isn’t easy to knock over.

Check out your indoor plants. Are they pet safe? If not, you may want to remove them completely or place them well out of reach (remember, cats climb and jump).

Pet-proofing your yard
Do you have a fenced-in yard? Take a stroll around your grounds to ensure you don’t see any holes or gaps that could become a future escape route. 

Take a look at the plants in your garden. There are many common flowers—daffodils, ivy, lilies, etc.—that are unsafe for our pets. If you have these plants in your yard and your pet will have access to them, you may want to relocate them to a new flowerbed.

Get more pet proofing tips from Coldwell Banker and, here.

Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project

Together with, Coldwell Banker has “raised the ruff” and helped more than 20,000 dogs find homes and somebody to love.

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 seek,” said Nancy Harner, senior vice president of the Relocation and Corporate Real Estate Services Division at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. “Our Relocation Division coordinates moves into this area from all over the nation for people following career opportunities at major companies like Fidelity Investments and Credit Suisse.”

DK Eyewitness Travel recognized Raleigh on a list that included the likes of Fort Worth, Texas, Atlanta, Cambridge, Mass., and Los Angeles. The travel resource reported that Raleigh is “Best for: new opportunities” saying:

Fueled by its proximity to the Research Triangle Park, where more than 200 companies (including major players IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, and Cisco) have offices, Raleigh offers one of the most vibrant job markets in the nation.

No wonder then that it’s one of America’s fastest growing cities, with a huge college base that ensures the workforce remains young and energetic – and with great restaurants, lively nightlife, and an innovative live music scene, it’s a fun place to start out, or start again.

Boasting a growing social scene laden with nationally acclaimed restaurants led award-winning chefs, popular sports teams like the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls, and enriching museums and performance centers, the Triangle region also offers an assortment of activities outside the workplace. Not to mention, the growing greenway and trail system, pristine state and public parks, large area lakes and recreation centers throughout the multi-county area.

Moving to the Triangle

Wondering if the Triangle may be for you and your family? Let’s talk.

Our award-winning Relocation and Corporate Services Division has expert agents who know this real estate market and the numerous cities and towns that make it up. You can use their expertise to build your own.

You can also find local market real estate brokers and agents who can kickstart your area house hunt.

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. They have been trained to Help People Win; let them work for you.

Make plans to visit some of our listing agents’ open houses this weekend to see the fantastic homes they represent and speak with them about your new home wants and needs. The properties spotlighted below are only a handful of the numerous homes that will be open for you to tour—access the complete list on our HPW open house website.

Featured Open Houses

312 Teague Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Sq Ft: 3,727 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, June 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.

7668 Birchmoor Way, Raleigh, NC 27616
Sq Ft: 2,775 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, June 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

 5039 Cary Glen Boulevard, Cary, NC 27519
Sq Ft: 1,900 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, June 4 from noon to 2 p.m.

109 San Miguel Place, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Sq Ft: 5,878 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 6 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Sunday, June 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

2713 Blueridge Lake Drive, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Sq Ft: 2,210 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

5814 Jomali Drive, Durham, NC 27705
Sq Ft: 6,146 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 6 (full)
Open House: Sunday, June 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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

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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.”This Tall3.png

Not only was it disappointing, it was slightly embarrassing. You never want to go through that again.

A remarkably similar situation occurs when people are buying a home. After finding the right home and negotiating the contract, they find out that they don’t measure up financially. It’s not something that anyone wants to go through if they have a choice.

Regardless of what you think you know, if you’re buying a home with a loan, you need to physically visit with a trusted mortgage professional before you get serious.

  • You’ll find out your credit score which will directly affect the mortgage rate you’ll pay.
  • You might discover blemishes on your credit that possibly can be corrected.
  • You’ll even get a pre-approval letter that you can submit with an offer which could dramatically affect your negotiations in the current competitive market.

Some rides don’t turn out to be as good as you thought they were going to be. A person certainly doesn’t want that disappointment with a lender. Contact me for a recommendation of trusted mortgage professional.

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 

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 two-car garage in Raleigh? Is Apex your favorite RTP suburb? Our top real estate agents have you covered.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston listing agents will be hosting open houses at all of the homes featured below as well as numerous others spotlighted on our HPW open house website. Make a list of the properties you like and then fit in visits in between all of the sun and fun this weekend will hold.

By the time you head back to work on Tuesday, you could be under contract for your new home!

Featured Open Houses

1104 Colehurst Crescent, Apex, NC 27502
Sq Ft: 2,431 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, May 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.

4574 W. Millstone Drive, Burlington, NC 27215
Sq Ft: 3,371 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Saturday, May 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

3116 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502
Sq Ft: 3,703 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, May 27 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

2390 Goudy Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615
Sq Ft: 2,775 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, May 27 from noon to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, May 28 from noon to 5 p.m.

5402 Beardall Street, Raleigh, NC 27616
Sq Ft: 2,564 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, May 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

2801 Ode Turner Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Sq Ft: 1,816 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, May 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

941 Sedgefield Park Lane, Cary, NC 27519
Sq Ft: 3,863 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, May 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Freedom Balloon Fest | May 26 – 29

Freedom Balloon Fest at Fuquay

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 military families and children with mobility challenges.

Best times for the balloons
Arrive early in the morning to watch the pilots take to the clouds for competitions that begin at 6:15 a.m. or show up in time to see them head back up at 6:30 p.m. for an evening adventure.

At dusk each day, around 8:30 p.m., the festival’s “Balloon Glow” will impress as pilots light up their balloons on the main field for all to enjoy.

Fun for foodies
The Freedom Balloon Fest has secured a solid food truck lineup featuring Baguetteaboutit, Cousins Maine Lobster, Buddhalicious and Kona Ice as well as numerous fair food vendors for you to frequent.

Memorial Day activities
At 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th, the festival will host its Closing Ceremony and De-Commissioning of Field of Flags. At 11:30 a.m. the Field of Flags Honor Caravan will depart with the flags on course to area military cemeteries to decorate veterans’ gravesites.

Freedom Balloon Fest event details:

Friday, May 26 through Memorial Day, Monday, May 29
Fleming Loop Park
301 Fleming Loop Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Access a schedule of daily festival events here.
Parking information and additional festival details can be found here.


Explore Fuquay-Varina

Set aside some time to explore Fuquay-Varina while you’re in town.

Committed to offering a “dash more,” the town is the perfect pairing of small-town charm and Triangle commuter convenience that is drawing in families from all over the state at a rapid pace.

There are two developing downtown districts with locally owned boutiques and restaurants worth a visit (or two!). You’ll also be impressed with the local community and the impressive new housing developments underway just beyond Main Street.

If your brief tour does the trick and you find yourself endeared to the town and its residents, you can contact our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Fuquay-Varina real estate office to gather further details about turning your visit into a permanent stay.

Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay Varina

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.16522219-250.jpg

Fannie Mae, who has loan programs with as little as three to five percent down payments, has announced changes to how student loan debt is treated that could make the difference in qualifying for a mortgage.

For the 5 million borrowers who participate in the reduced payment plans, actual payments are considered for calculating debt-to-income ratio rather than maximum payment amount.

Non-mortgage debts paid by another party for at least 12 months won’t be included in calculating debt-to-income ratio. For example, payments being made on a student loan by the parents would not be counted against the DTI ratio for the student.

These changes can make it possible for would-be buyers with student debt to get a home now instead of waiting for years. Being pre-approved by a trusted mortgage professional is the best way to confirm that these changes apply to your situation. Call today for a recommendation of a trusted mortgage professional.

Triangle Home Prices Rose in April

Top Triangle Real Estate Agents

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 prior.

“Predictably, the momentum we felt at the start of the year has begun to wane as potential sellers are weary of the diminishing housing supply,” said Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston President and COO David Jones. “With only two and half months worth of inventory available, would-be sellers are holding tight and trying to decide how to proceed. Now is the time that homeowners should lean on expert real estate agents to help guide their next steps and steer them towards a successful home buying process.”

The Triangle Business Journal reported on the Triangle Multiple Listing Service April market update referencing the 16-county region’s overall home sales stalemate of only a 0.9 percent increase in April, while highlighting unprecedented market growth in Johnston County.

In Johnston County, where home sales were still up in April, 44 percent of its active residential listings are new construction, says Laurie Howell, past president of the Johnston County Association of Realtors….

“Our county is able, because of available affordable land, to fill in the inventory gap better than the other counties,” she says. “I would also say the inventory is still affordable in Johnston County … and many new home buyers are wanting bigger lots, still an option in Johnston County, especially in neighborhoods with septic.”

The real estate market results posted for the current month will be of great interest as May is often considered the start of the summer selling season. As the end of the school year draws closer and families are more comfortable proceeding with plans to make changes and move, new listings should hit the market giving buyers more to consider in the coming months.

Do you know what your home is worth?

Buyer demand has certainly boosted home prices throughout the Triangle area over the past few months perhaps giving on-the-fence homeowners the bump they need to make their next move.

“The Triangle is widely recognized throughout the nation as a great place to live thanks to our flourishing business climate, growing cultural scene and low cost of living. People want to call this area home and will pay a premium to buy the house they want helping to grow home values,” said Jones.

Do you keep asking yourself, “What is my home worth?”? A free home estimate is only a few clicks away on our website, or even better, let us send a real estate agent out to see your house and give you a more exact idea of the market range for your home.

What's My Home Worth?

Expert Real Estate Insight

Even if you only have the slightest idea that a home sale may be in your future, you should engage with a local market real estate agent to discuss your plans.

An agent’s job is to sell houses and help their clients find new homes; they have the key insight you seek to determine what you can ask for your home, how it should be marketed and when and where you should start the hunt for your next house.

“Our real estate agents are in and out of houses each and every day. They pay close attention to their local communities and the neighborhoods that make them up. You can be assured they know how to make sound recommendations for how you should price your home to get the most money possible,” said Glenn Weeks, HPW Real Estate School instructor and real estate agent.

Interested in speaking with a trusted realtor? We have 15 sales offices and a talented team of 900+ real estate agents from as far west as Alamance County to Wayne County in the east.

Read the complete Triangle Business Journal article entitled, “Short-term hiccup or new trend? A look at Triangle home sales in April,” here.

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?

  1. Start with a real estate agent. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston team has great knowledge of the local cities and towns and are prepared to help you find the home you seek based on the specifications you share.
  1. Get your financial affairs in order. Do yourself a favor and get pre-approved before you start looking. A pre-approval will let you know what you can afford and give a seller added confidence in your offer.
  1. Act fast. Don’t delay in getting out to an area open house or home showing. With limited inventory, you probably won’t have time to wait and see as ideal homes quickly go under contract. Fortunately for you, our listing agents have scheduled open houses at some terrific homes this weekend. Check out the properties we’ve spotlighted below and then peruse our HPW open house website to see more.


Featured Triangle Open Houses

101 Silo Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Sq Ft: 6,356 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Saturday, May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.

101 Silo Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

1836 Old Evergreen Drive, Apex, NC 27502
Sq Ft: 3,935 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, May 20 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

1836 Old Evergreen Drive, Apex, NC 27502

3712 Fews Ford Lane, Durham, NC 27712
Sq Ft: 4,633 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

3712 Fews Ford Lane, Durham, NC 27712

7424 Ridge Falls Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Sq Ft: 3,700 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 5 p.m.

7424 Ridge Falls Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587

707 Birstall Drive, Cary, NC 27519
Sq Ft: 2,057 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, May 21 from noon to 2 p.m.

707 Birstall Drive, Cary, NC 27519

9910 Layla Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617
Sq Ft: 1,286 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

9910 Layla Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617

5117 Carter Street, Raleigh, NC 27612
Sq Ft: 4,098 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, May 21 from 2 to 5 p.m.

5117 Carter Street, Raleigh, NC 27612

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