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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:Home Safe Home.png

  • Everyone loves an inviting home including burglars. Make sure it looks occupied and is difficult to break in.
    • Always lock outside doors and windows even if you’re only gone for a brief time.
    • Lock gates and fences.
    • Leave lights on when you leave; consider timers to automatically control the lights.
    • Keep your garage door closed even when you’re home; don’t tempt thieves with what you have in your garage.
    • Suspend your mail and newspaper delivery when you’re out of town or get a neighbor to pick it up for you.
  • Posting that you’re out of town or away from home on social networks is like advertising your home is unprotected.
  • Equally dangerous could be allowing certain social network sites to track your location.
  • Don’t leave keys under doormats, in flowerpots or the plastic rocks; thieves know about those hiding places and even more than you can think.
  • Trim the shrubs from around your home; don’t give criminals a place to hide.
  • Use exterior motion detectors and yard lighting.
  • Have an alarm system and use it when you leave home and go to bed.
  • Put 3 ½” deck screws in door plates and door hinges.
  • Have good deadbolts on all exterior doors.
  • Exterior doors should be solid core.

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 the rooms, the available space and architectural details that may not have popped in the listing pictures.

Our real estate agents will be onsite to answer your questions and chat with you about your home buying journey. We’re confident you’ll be impressed with their knowledge of the local community and current real estate market.

Let the power of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston guide you to the house you will call home. It would be our privilege to sit with you at the closing table.

Featured Open Houses

Access a complete list of our real estate agents’ listings and open houses online to make a house-hunting plan for the weekend.

941 Sedgefield Park Lane, Cary, NC 27519
$699,900
Sq Ft: 3,863 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.


1604 Foreman Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
$395,000
Sq Ft: 2,778 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, July 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.


2421 Millstone Harbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
$550,000
Sq Ft: 3.650 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.


1301 Champion Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$400,000
Sq Ft: 2,550 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, July 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, July 30 from 2 to 5 p.m.


8636 Baybridge Wynd, Raleigh, NC 27613
$624,900
Sq Ft: 4,761 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.


5704 Lena Bunn Court, Rolesville, NC 27571
$450,000
Sq Ft: 3,242 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, July 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.


3851 Wendell Boulevard, Wendell, NC 27591
$365,000
Sq Ft: 2,568 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, July 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.


8116 Mosby Way, Willow Springs, NC 27592
$349,900
Sq Ft: 2,687 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, July 30 from 2 to 4 p.m.


6221 Heatherstone Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
$460,000
Sq Ft: 3,312 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, July 30 from 2 to 4 p.m.


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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, founder and chairman of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. “Our agents and staff are the hardest working, most talented real estate professionals in the Triangle and across the state. They are the reason we continue to lead this competitive market and will forge ahead to help even more home sellers and buyers achieve real estate success.”

REAL Trends, the trusted source for news, research and information about the real estate brokerage industry, reviews the 500 largest residential real estate brokerages each year to spotlight national success and commend local market leadership based on real estate transactions and sales volume.

The Triangle’s Top Real Estate Agency

Founded more than 40 years ago, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is a full-service real estate company with award-winning departments, offices, and agents.

We operate the leading residential relocation division in the nation and support a growing network of 15 sales offices spanning beyond the Triangle region from Alamance County all the way to Wayne County.

Led by Founder Don Walston and real estate industry veterans including CEO Kent Hanley and President and COO David Jones and in partnership with Coldwell Banker, our prospering firm has more than 900 real estate agents all well poised to help you from “for sale” to “sold.”

“We’ve set the standard for superior service by empowering our real estate team to offer the newest sales and marketing technologies to develop impactful strategies for their clients,” said Hanley. “There is great power in our Coldwell Banker brand and our local market reach that buyers and sellers can trust.”

Local Market Real Estate Agents

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has a vast footprint with highly trained real estate agents working throughout the Triangle area and beyond. Our company’s local sales offices are located in:

  • Cary
  • Chapel Hill
  • Clayton
  • Durham
  • Fuquay-Varina
  • Garner
  • Goldsboro
  • Hillsborough
  • Mebane
  • Pittsboro
  • Raleigh
    • Falls of Neuse
    • North Hills
    • Strickland Road

“More than 10 of our Triangle area suburbs just landed on a top 25 list of the best North Carolina suburbs in which to buy a home based on value, property taxes, housing costs, and trends. We have expert real estate agents ready to help buyers in every one of those growing communities. We’re positioned to Help People Win no matter the local city or town they want to call home,” added Hanley.

Learn more about Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston and the cities and towns our leading real estate team serves.

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.”26458431-250.jpg

A $25,000 investment into a mutual fund paying 5% would earn $1,250 in the first year. Alternatively, the $25,000 as a 20% down payment to purchase a $125,000 rental home appreciating 3% a year would have gone up by $3,750 or three times that of the mutual fund in the first year.

The mutual fund’s growth depends on the value of the money invested. Rental real estate benefits because a 20% down payment controls a much larger asset because you’re using “other people’s money.” Leverage allows the investor to profit not only from the amount of cash invested but from the value of the investment.

With a 20% down payment and current interest rates, a typical rental would have a positive cash flow. In ten years, the equity could be $75,000. On the other hand, the $25,000 initial investment in a mutual fund earning 5% annually would only grow to about $40,000 in the same 10 years. It would require an additional $2,700 each year to reach the same $75,000 value.

Leverage is just one of the many benefits that make rental real estate the IDEAL investment. Whether you are saving for higher education, retirement or wealth accumulation, consider rental real estate. Using single-family homes as investments are attractive because homeowners have a better understanding than many other investments and self-management is a possibility.

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 indicators, WalletHub assessed each to determine market attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life. Cary scored well, especially for affordability and real estate market rank, which evaluated market health, share of homes sold annually, building-permit activity, home price appreciation and more. Not surprisingly given its past recognitions as one of the safest places to live in the nation, Cary also snagged fifth place among the cities with the lowest property-crime rate.

“Cary has made its mark on the map as an ideal place to live in the Triangle for first-time buyers, seasoned homeowners and those seeking the perfect place to enjoy retirement,” said Beckie Hanley, branch manager of the Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Cary Office. “With a downtown revitalization plan underway and focused growth to bring in new businesses and support citizens’ requests for recreational offerings, the town is poised to be the area’s most popular suburb.”

The Town of Cary wasn’t the only Triangle location on the national list; Raleigh and Durham also made an appearance ranking 23rd and 66th, respectively. However, when reviewed by size, Raleigh took home first place on the large city list, and Durham snagged 22nd position on the mid-sized city compilation.

Consider Living in Cary

A convenient Triangle area suburb, Cary is making a name for itself among home buyers in all walks of life.

The thriving town is a short commute away from the larger Triangle cities of Raleigh and Durham and the region’s popular Research Triangle Park business center.

Numerous well-known companies call Cary home including SAS Institute, Verizon and Deutsche Bank. Local businesses and restaurants are also abundant with more and more opening in the community monthly.

Recreational offerings at area parks and cultural events and live performances hosted at the renowned Koka Booth Amphitheatre are highly anticipated and well attended throughout the year.

Popular Cary Neighborhoods

Want to live in a new home development? Seeking country club living? On the hunt for a home in an established, family-friendly neighborhood? Cary has what you want.

Home buyers will find the homes they seek in neighborhoods that suit their families in the lauded town.

“Cary has wonderful communities, new developments, and well-established neighborhoods, with homes in an array of styles, sizes, and prices,” added Hanley. “Buyers can count on our expert Cary real estate agents to help them narrow down their house hunt to find the right neighborhood and the best home for their wants and needs.”

Some popular Cary neighborhoods to consider include:

Amberly

A new home community located in West Cary, Amberly has scenic, wooded lots with home starting at 2,680 square feet with four or more bedrooms. Home buyers will appreciate the well-designed homes with large, open kitchens and unique outdoor living spaces including covered patios and screened porches.

Additionally, Amberly residents will enjoy a state-of-the-art Clubhouse with fitness center, a Junior Olympic pool and children’s play pool, a gymnasium with basketball court, outdoor kids’ playground and hiking trails that wander throughout the community.

Cary Park

The family-friendly Cary Park community offers beautiful traditional homes, townhomes, and condominiums in a convenient West Cary location. Built around a 28-acre lake, the community feature miles of paved walking and biking trails and sidewalks that connect the neighborhoods within.

Cary Park homeowners also have access to a clubhouse, pool, volleyball court, playground, picnic shelter and sports field.

Carpenter Village

Cary’s Carpenter Village is a desirable community that combines beautiful front-porch, Southern-style homes poised along tree-lined streets. The established community also offers the amenities families seek including walking trails, tennis courts, and a pool.

The community recently welcomed Franklin Park at Carpenter Village, a mixed-used development with retails shops, townhomes, and condominiums. Touting “urban living in a village setting,” the new community offers walkability that appeals to today’s home buyers.

Lochmere

Located in East Cary, Lochmere is a well-known and highly sought-after neighborhood. With homes built in the late 80s and early 90s, the established community is a draw for families in all stages of life.

With three lakes, walking and biking trails, two community pools, tennis facilities, sand volleyball courts and more, Lochmere homeowners can be as active as they like.

MacGregor Downs

Boasting half-acre homesites with mature trees and beautifully appointed homes, MacGregor Downs is a picturesque Cary country club community.

Located near the town’s center on an award-winning golf course, MacGregor Downs is known to be a place of exceptional living and convenience with condominiums starting in the $200s and extraordinary homes typically priced from the $500Ks to more than $1M.

Preston

Another of Cary’s most prestigious golf communities, Preston draws buyers from all over the Triangle and even the state. A well-established neighborhood with homes of all styles, sizes, and design—ranging from $250K to more than $2.5M—homeowners enjoy easy access to the Research Triangle Park, good schools, a community playground, private lake, and scenic golf course views.

Homeowners who join the Prestonwood Country Club can enjoy three 18-hole golf courses, nine tennis courts, three pools and a Georgian-style clubhouse with restaurant.

 

Learn more about Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston and the cities and towns our leading real estate team serves.

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 expertise that buyers and sellers demand and deserve.

With the power of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston by their side, our sales associates are leading the market in home sales and client service. You can trust them to do the same for you starting as soon as this weekend.

Our listing agents will be hosting more than 325 open houses this Saturday and Sunday from as far west as Alamance County all the way to Wayne County in the east. Consider heading out to a handful of these homes to see and tour them for yourself. An onsite visit will help you determine if you like what you see beyond the listing photos shown on your computer screen.

Featured Open Houses

Access a complete list of our real estate agents’ listings and open houses online to make a house-hunting plan for the weekend.

2220 Misskelly Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612
$450,000
Sq Ft: 3,018 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 22 from noon to 2 p.m.


304 Valleyshire Road, Durham, NC 27707
$489,900
Sq Ft: 2,835 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.


803 Shelley Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
$775,000
Sq Ft: 3,052 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.


35 Kilkee Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596
$262,000
Sq Ft: 1,947 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, July 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. and
Sunday, July 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.


2817 Pluton Place, Rolesville, NC 27571
$499,500
Sq Ft: 3,305 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, July 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 5 p.m.


2414 Mt. Sinai Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
$329,000
Sq Ft: 2,891 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 5 p.m.


120 Dumont Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278
$340,000
Sq Ft: 1,862 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.


9 Shadow Moss Place, Durham, NC 27705
$570,000
Sq Ft: 3,809 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.


10716 Golf Link Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617
$889,599
Sq Ft: 5,841 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 6 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.


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Assumptions are an Alternative

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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 loan and get a lower interest rate.

Based on projections by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the MBA and NAR, rates for the second half of 2017 and 2018 are expected to be higher. When interest rates on new mortgages are higher than the rates of assumable FHA and VA mortgages in the recent past, it becomes more advantageous to assume the existing mortgages.

FHA and VA loans originated with lower than current interest rates have great advantages for buyers and sellers.

  1. Interest rate won’t change for the qualified buyer
  2. Lower interest rate means lower payments
  3. Lower closing costs than originating a new mortgage
  4. Easier to qualify for an assumption than a new loan
  5. Lower interest rate loans amortize faster than higher ones
  6. Equity grows faster because loan is further along the amortization schedule
  7. Assumable mortgage could make the home more marketable

An Assumption Comparison can help determine the savings and financial benefits of an assumable mortgage with a lower rate.

What is a Credit Score?

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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 lenders use them to determine how likely you are to pay back a loan.

In the eyes of a lender, a high credit score indicates you are reliable, while a lower credit score means you’re less likely to make payments on time, or even pay back your loan at all. Your score will also help a lender determine the types of loan available to you and the interest rate that you will pay to borrow money.

“Today’s home buyers are impacted more than ever by their credit score,” said Doug Anderson, Lending Manager with Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas. “A credit score can affect their down payment, their interest rate, and their mortgage insurance payment; even homeowner’s insurance can be affected by a credit score.”

What is a good credit score?

A perfect credit score is 850; however, any credit score above 760 is considered to be good.

How do you establish credit?

There are five important factors when establishing credit:

Payment history
Your bill paying history is the most important factor on your credit score as it shows that you manage your money well and are likely to be a responsible borrower.

Be sure to pay all your bills on time. If you think you might be late on a payment, call your lender promptly, to determine if you may work something out to avoid penalty. 

Credit utilization
Credit utilization is the amount of money you spend compared to your available credit. For example, if your credit card has a limit of $1,000 each month and you only spend $200 each month, your credit utilization is 20 percent. Do your best to keep your credit utilization ratio under 30 percent to avoid drops in your credit score. 

Length of credit history
The length of time your credit accounts have been open and how often you’ve used those accounts determines your credit history. An account with a longstanding history will help you to establish credit and demonstrate that you are a responsible borrower. 

New credit
Lenders pay close attention to your credit activities and may lose confidence in your financial stability if you open too many credit accounts at the same time. Such concerns can lead credit-reporting agencies to issue you a lower credit score.

Credit mix
Credit mix is the variety of debt that you have taken out such as installment credit like car loans and student loans, or revolving credit like credit cards or retail accounts. This variety may indicate that the borrower can handle all different types of credit.

What is my credit score?

Interested to find out more about your credit score? You are entitled to order a free copy of your credit report from each of the major credit reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—through AnnualCreditReport.com every 12 months. AnnualCreditReport.com is the only website that is government authorized to provide you with free copies of your score.

Pleased with your credit score? Congratulations, keep up the good financial work to continue increasing your credit score.

Surprised to find a negative report and low credit score? Unfortunately, negative information on your credit report remains for a long time. Here’s the rundown:
– Late payments: 7 years from the late payment date
– Foreclosures: 7 years
– Short sales: 7 years
– Repossessions: 7 years
– Judgments: 7 years if the judgment has been paid; potentially longer if unpaid
– Tax liens: 7 years after they are paid
– Collection accounts: 7 years and 180 days from the date of delinquency on the original debt
– Bankruptcies: 10 years from the filing date; 7 years for Chapter 13 cases

How can I better my credit score?

Yes, it may take awhile, but you can fix these blemishes over time. Tips that will help you rebuild your credit include:

Check your credit report for mistakes
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, credit-reporting companies are obligated to fix any mistakes on your report.

To report a mistake, you must submit any inaccuracies in writing to each credit bureau. You’ll need to clearly identify the issue in writing, and supply documents that support your position.

Make all payments on time
Your payment history is the basis for the majority of your credit score making it critical that you pay all bills in a timely fashion to prove your reliability to lenders. 

Keep credit card balances low
Maintaining ideal credit utilization of 20 percent or less by keeping a low balance on your credit card shows lenders that you can responsibly manage your credit without spending beyond your means.

Lenders may become concerned that you are in financial trouble if you continually spend more than 30 percent of your available credit.

Protect existing credit
Don’t take scissors to your credit cards or close existing credit accounts in hopes that previous negative activities will disappear from your credit report or increase your credit score. Instead, use your established credit accounts appropriately to rebuild your credit score by managing them wisely.

Create positive credit history
Bad credit history may cause you to be denied some forms of credit, but it is possible to open a new form of credit that could help build your score.

One option to consider includes asking a family member or close friend to co-sign for a credit card or car loan. You can also apply for a secured credit card, which will require you to put up cash collateral to serve as security for your line of credit.

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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, and up-and-coming suburbs.

Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your open house visits:

Before You Go House Hunting

Remember to do your online research before you go to familiarize yourself with the home you’ll tour. Figure out area schools. Dig into the community’s retail, restaurant, and recreational offerings. Preview other area homes that have recently sold to see how they compare.

At the Open House

Once you get there, take your time. Let the listing agent lead you on a tour of the home, inside and out. Be sure to ask questions along the way and make mental notes about rooms you may want to revisit on your own.

After Your Open House Visit

Give yourself some time to walk around the neighborhood and drive around the surrounding community after you leave the open house. Consider striking up conversations with any neighbors you pass by on the sidewalk. Watch to see if the road is calm or if there is a steady flow of traffic.

Featured Open Houses

Visit our open house website for a complete list of all of the homes our HPW real estate agents will host this weekend.

108 Tuftin Drive, Durham, NC 27703
$234,900
Sq Ft: 1,491 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 15 from noon to 2 p.m.


213 Ivey Gate Lane, Garner, NC 27529
$595,000
Sq Ft: 3,800 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.


10 Weeping Beech Way, Durham, NC 27713
$315,000
Sq Ft: 2,693 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.


7325 Sparhawk Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$519,900
Sq Ft: 3,635 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.


2818 Sagebrush Lane, Durham, NC 27703
$279,900
Sq Ft: 2,695 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.


2386 Goudy Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615
$550,000
Sq Ft: 3,115 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
Sunday, July 16 from 1 to 6 p.m.


326 N. Wingate Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$399,900
Sq Ft: 2,783 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.


101 Camden Branch Drive, Cary, NC 27511
$459,900
Sq Ft: 3,604 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, July 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.


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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 streams and rivers. The towering beauties are fertilized with biosolids from the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility wastewater treatment plant and will soon be harvested to produce biodiesel.

Covering more than 50 acres, this is a bright sight you won’t want to miss. According to VisitRaleigh, this weekend is supposed to be the peak of the bloom with the flowers only lasting one or two more weeks, so don’t delay your trip. Do remember to take your smartphone or camera to snap a few pictures of the memorable scene.

You’ll also want to be sure to pay attention to the “No Trespassing” signs posted around the fencing to avoid close contact with the stabilized sludge fertilizer, copperhead snakes, bees and other safety concerns.

According to the City’s website, there are two greenway trail access points that will lead you to the spectacular sunflower display: 

Neuse River Greenway Trail

Auburn-Knightdale Access Point
2901 Auburn-Knightdale Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
*approximately 2 miles to the sunflowers

Mial Planation Access Point
6008 Mial Plantation Road, Raleigh, 27610
*approximately 1.5 miles to the sunflowers

 

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