New Home Community Focus: Bentwind Bluffs by Massengill Builders

Week 5 of our new home series!  This week, we are staying in Fuquay-Varina and are visiting Bentwind Bluffs by Massengill Design Build, an Accomplished Second Generation Local Award Winning Home Builder.

All Brick Ranch Home

This community, priced from the mid $300’s features all-brick ranch style homes with two and three car garages or optional golf cart garage.  These homes are great!  While ar Bentwind Bluffs, we had an opportunity to tour the model home and two of their under-construction homes.  A couple of really cool features were the large-flat lots, available screened in porches and patios.  Kelly and I enjoyed soaking up some sun in the backyard.

In addition to meeting with the on-site agent, Nikki Hicks, we also had an opportunity to meet with the president of Massengill, Blake Massengill.  In one of the attached videos, Blake talks about some of the things that differentiate custom builders, like himself, from production builders.

I definitely should have brought my golf clubs for this visit because this community is adjacent to Bentwind Bluffs Golf Course!  Best of all, golf carts are allowed in the community and there is direct access to the course.  Optional Memberships are available through Bentwinds Golf and Country Club which offers Golf, Racquet, Swim, Dining and Social Memberships. For information on the Bentwinds Golf and Country Club please visit their site, website.

For information on Bentwind Bluffs, you can visit their website.

For questions on this community or other new home communities, you can message us here on our website.

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

 

 

Triangle Real Estate Market Summary: Market Rebound in October

October Market Summary – Wake County General Brokerage
New Home Community in Apex, NC

After the September real estate numbers were posted, many that follow the local real estate market feared a possible slow down ahead. The October numbers were generally robust.

While the number of showings was down 18% and overall inventory was down 2%; including a 13% decrease in resale inventory, the # of new construction homes increased by 16%.  The ability of residential home builders to rebound from the downturn of the mid-2000’s is a key element of a continued growth of the local real estate market.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly and I have been visiting many new home communities across the Triangle.  Many of the communities, especially those in the $350k – $500k price range, have identified that they have been busy with potential buyers viewing their communities.

As we enter the holiday season; one that is traditionally a slow period for home sales, it will be interesting to see if the market continues to enjoy growth.

Market Report Wake County October 2017
About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Fuquay-Varina: Come for a day or stay for a lifetime

When I first moved to the Raleigh area, someone suggested that we have

lunch at a restaurant in “Few Quay” or was is “Phew-Kay”? With a correct pronunciation of /ˈfjuːkweɪ vəˈriːnə/, (thanks, Wikipedia). Fuquay-Varina or Fuquay for short, located just 15 minutes south of Raleigh, has flourished into a vibrant, family-friendly community. Its population has doubled in the past 10 years to over 25,000 citizens making it one of the fastest growing towns in North Carolina!

Downtown Fuquay-Varina

 

Originally, visitors from near and far traveled to the quaint town that is today called Fuquay-Varina seeking the healing powers of the Fuquay Mineral Spring. With 2 beautiful downtown districts, an abundance of charm, a rich history and plenty to see and do, Fuquay-Varina offers a dash more to those seeking an adventure. AAward-winning breweries, a thriving art scene, authentic festivals, entertaining outdoor concerts, exceptional shopping and dining that is more fun than formal – you’ll find it in Fuquay-Varina!

The Story of Fuquay-Varina
Fuquay-Varina, first known as “Piney Woods,” acquired her unusual names from the fates of history. Among the early land grant

Downtown Fuquay-Varina

families were the Burts, Joneses, and Rowlands, but it was a French veteran of the Revolutionary War named William Fuquay who moved his family to the exact site, purchasing 1000 acres of Jones Land in 1805.

 

While plowing a field, circa 1858, William’s son Stephen or grandson David Crockett uncovered a mineral spring. “Taking the waters” became an attraction for people with all types of physical ailments, leading to the annual celebrations at the spring on Easter Monday and the Fourth of July. Conveniently, the early timber rail provided a ready means of transportation while hotels, catering to long-term visitors, surrounded the spring.
Varina
During the “War for Southern Independence,” a young soldier named

Ballentine, born just south of the spring, received morale-boosting letters signed with the pen name “Varina.” He later looked up the Fayetteville lady, married her and brought her to live at his homeplace. Continuing to call her Varina, he named his post office and

Balloon Festival Memorial Day Weekend

mercantile establishment across from the mineral spring for her. When two timber rail lines crossed nearby, “Varina Station” was born.

 

In the early 1900’s tobacco farmers, fleeing the Granville wilt devastating their crops, began migrating into Southern Wake County. Their “golden weed” fostered a large commercial tobacco market. Railroads flourished and traffic flowed along Main Street in Fuquay Springs and around the Broad Street station, now known simply as Varina.

Fuquay-Varina

Splash Pad

Fuquay Springs, incorporated in 1909, joined the neighboring community of Varina in 1963 as 1 municipality. Since that time, Fuquay-Varina has become one of the fastest growing small towns in North Carolina. The town with the hyphenated name and 2 historic districts has been able to successfully retain its small-town charm while successfully adding modern amenities and rewarding business opportunities that have attracted residents from all over the United States.

Links

Official Town Website

Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council

Fuquay-Varina Town Hall

Information provided by Fuquay-Varina Historical Society


About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.
We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.
We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

New Home Community Focus: Sonoma Springs by Royal Oaks

Week 4 or our new home series and we head south to Fuquay-Varina and Sonoma Springs by Royal Oaks.  Fuquay-Varina is a vibrant and growing town in southern Wake County and this community offers many amenities priced from the $280’s.

With floor plans ranging from about 2,000 to over 3,500 square feet, Sonoma Springs will have homes featuring a variety of styles including main floor master bedrooms, first-floor guest suites, three car garages, and more!

Amenities include a community pool, clubhouse, sidewalks and cul de sac lots; this is the perfect neighborhood for your growing family.

For additional information on this Royal Oaks community, stop by their website.

For questions on this community or other new home communities, you can message us here on our website.


About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.
We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.
We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Cary Is Your New Hometown, Not Home City

Cary Town Hall

Cary is located in Western Wake County, only 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh and one that is frequently ranked on many “Best Of” lists.  My first contact with Cary was in 2004.  My wife and I decided to move to the Raleigh area and we had decided that Cary would be the place that we would move our family.  When I told a friend that had some knowledge of the Raleigh area that we were moving to Cary, he looked at me with a smirk and said, “so you’re moving to the Containment Area.”

Cary has a reputation for drawing Yankees and people from other areas to its town limits.  The running joke is that Cary actually stands for “Containment Areas for Relocated Yankees.”  What attracts people from other areas is that Cary

Downtown Cary

offers a quality of life sought by many. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that Cary consistently is mentioned among the nation’s top cities, being recognized as one of the Safest Places to Live in America, Best Places to Retire and Best Places to Raise a Family in the United States.

 

Even though Cary has grown from a small town into one of the larger communities in North Carolina, Cary offers a small-town atmosphere and a proximity to Raleigh, the Research Triangle Park, and the RDU International Airport.  Cary provides a variety of enjoyable and economical recreational, sports, environmental, historical and cultural arts programs and services. Indulge yourself in the enticing, natural beauty waiting on one of the 39 greenway trails open sunrise to sunset and providing more than 70 miles of recreational amenities for walking, jogging and bicycling in a natural setting.

Links

Official Town Website

Cary Chamber of Commerce

Heart of Cary Association

Cary Arts Council

Lazy Days Festival

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.
We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.
We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

New Home Community Focus: Meadows at Southpoint

Kitchen in Model Home

Week 3 of our New Home Community Series and this week we are in Durham and we are checking out Meritage Homes at Meadows at Southpoint. Located near all the cool stuff in downtown.  This community features two-story townhomes with up to 2,653 square feet of living space, first-floor owner’s suite, gourmet kitchens, and 2-car garages. Minutes from shopping, dining, & entertainment.  Prices range from $260k to $375k.  They have several quick sales available so that you can be in before the holidays.

For additional information on this Meritage community, stop by their website.

For questions on this community or other new home communities, you can message us here on our website.


About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.
We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.
We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent for New Home Construction

So…you’ve decided to buy a new construction home!  Congratulations!!!

Here in the Triangle, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of new construction options provided by some great builders! Over the past several weeks, we have visited some new home communities across the Triangle and will continue to highlight some of the great options across our area.

When you decide to take the leap and buy a new construction home it seems so easy.  You get to customize the home from top to bottom and best of all, everything is sparkly and new!!!!

Unfortunately, building a home is not so simple or easy.  Lots can go wrong and you could wind up with a less than perfect new home.

One of the questions that you may have as a buyer is Do I Really Need a Buyer’s Agent for New Construction?  The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!!

The infographic below outlines some of the reasons why you need a buyer’s agent for new construction.

Why You Need a Buyers Agent for New Home Construction

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.
We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.
We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.

Briar Chapel by Garman Homes: More than Just a Community, More than Just a Home

Stop #2 of our New Home Community Series and this week we have stopped in at one of my favorite communities in the Triangle, Briar Chapel.  If you are looking for a lifestyle community this is one that you definitely need to check out.

Briar Chapel is ALL about the amenities!  Whether you are into exploring vast trails, parks, relaxing by the pool or pumping some iron, this community has it!

Today, our host in Janice Nesbitt with Garman Homes.  Garman is one of the builders here at Briar Chapel and has many offerings across their various collections.  In Briar Chapel, you can score a Garman Home from the $230’s in the Fresh Paint collection to the $330’s in their Southern Collection.  Janice and Kelly introduce the model home at Briar Chapel and talk about what Garman and Briar Chapel have to offer.

 


About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.
We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.
We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.


Market Summary: Slowdown or Lull?

Q 3 Real Estate Market – Cary, Apex, Morrisville
For those that follow the local real estate market, it is very apparent that the market slowed during the middle to end of September and into early October. It is unsure whether this slowdown is a temporary slowdown or a predictor of lower than anticipated fourth quarter pending and closed sales.  
Historically, home sales tend to slow in late Q3 and Q4; however, over the last two to three years home sales remained robust. Home buyers continued to be very active, even during the holiday season, driving the homes sales numbers higher. This year could be different. In fact, homes sales started to show signs of slipping back during the summer and are reflected in some of the recent sales data.
Doom & Gloom Ahead??

While no one is forecasting the “doom and gloom” real estate market of 2008 – 2010, it appears that the market is, at the least, taking some time to catch its breath and may be returning to a more normal state.


About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.