October Events Around the Triangle Area

Summer has come and gone, and Fall is here!  Time to get ready for cooler days, colorful leaves, football, and everything pumpkin spice!  If you are looking for things to do across the Triangle area, we have some ideas for you!

 

 

NC State Fair (10/11 to 10/21)

The highlight of the October events calendar has to be the NC State Fair.  This year, it is the 151st edition and it promises to be the best one yet!  The fair offers something for everyone! From 100+ free concerts, farm exhibits, deep-fried everything to the incredible fireworks each evening. More than a million visitors walk through the gates in Raleigh every fall—don’t miss out!

The NC State Fair Runs through October

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

There are lots of great places around the Triangle to pick out that perfect pumpkin and to get lost in a haunted corn maze.  Here are some of the area’s patches.

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze – Garner.

DJ’s Berry Patch and Farm Fresh Produce – Apex

The Family Farm on Avent Ferry – Holly Springs

Hipp Farms Corn Maze and Field of Fun – Fuquay-Varina

Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm – Cary

 

DJ's Berry Patch & Farm, Apex, NC
Find the Pumpkin

Football!!

Put on your red and white, dark blue or light blue and cheer your favorite college football team!  All three local ACC teams; Duke Carolina and NC State have several home dates during the month of October.

Hockey Action Renews

The puck drops on another season for the Carolina Hurricanes as they begin their quest for the Stanley Cup.  The Hurricanes kick off their home slate on October 4th against the New York Islanders and host the Rangers, Canucks, Avalanche, Sharks, Islanders, and Bruins in October.

Bike, Hike & Run

Take advantage of ideal running and cycling weather by exploring one of the local state parks, riding trails or cycling loops.  Use any of the Raleigh area’s 180 miles of greenways—many of them connecting to attractions and letting you travel all over the destination—or numerous other miles of trails traversing through parks, and you’ll find runners getting in workouts, cyclists out for leisurely rides, parents pushing strollers and people of all ages soaking up the fresh air. Below are some of our favorite spots to seek out solitude and sun!  Here are some great destinations to check out.

Fall is a Great Time for Biking Around the Triangle

Wine!

Sip and savor chardonnays, merlots, scuppernongs and more while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging N.C.’s reputation for quality wines at the North Carolina Wine Festival at North Hills (10/27). Enjoy delicious food, the opportunity to shop local businesses and purchase wines you like by the bottle and case, all while listening to three awesome bands jamming on the main stage.

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: Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers

Looking for an active adult community?  This week, we are stopping by the Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers.  This is the only adult active community in Apex and features the best of everything in 50+ living. 

Active Lifestyle Communities

One of the fastest growing segments of the residential real estate market are so-called, “active adult”, “active lifestyle” or “50+” communities. These communities that cater to active adults looking for relaxed, stress-free single-floor homes in well-designed communities offering a variety of amenities and activities. Many of these communities offer extensive recreational center including; state-of-the-art fitness centers, club and hobby rooms, and events to grow and foster new relationships.

Throughout the Triangle area, there are a number of these communities that have popped up in recent years, attracting active adults primarily from the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic state looking for warmer weather, lower taxes and proximity to the mountains and sea coast.

Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers

Introducing Regency at White Oak Creek

This week, we are visiting Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers, the only active living community in Apex.  Featuring luxurious single-family homes and first-class amenities including grand clubhouse, pool, fitness, trails, a full-time Lifestyle Director this community offers the best of everything.

 

 

Other Adult Active Communities

If you are considering an adult active community in the Triangle area, there are lots of options available!  Here are the links to some of our favorite communities:

Carolina Arbors by Del Webb

Creekside at Bethpage

Del Webb at Traditions

Fendol Farms Manor

Regency at White Oak Creek

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel

Exercise Room at Regency at White Oak Creek by Toll Brothers

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 in writing 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.

Homebuyer Sabotage

The homebuying market is tough!  As a homebuyer, the last thing you want to do is to sabotage your home purchase.  There are several simple things that you can do to avoid homebuyer sabotage.  Follow these simple steps and you will be calling that house your home in no time. 

The Homebuying Market is Tough

The home buying market is tough!  No question.  The last several years have been tough for homebuyers.  Low inventory, high demand, rising prices, and tighter lending rules have all contributed to this market.  As a homebuyer, what can you do?

What You Can Do

We work have worked with many homebuyers; from first-time home buyers to people looking step down, step up or buy their retirement retreat. Even before we begin to look at houses, we spend some time getting to know our homebuyer and talking to them about the ins and outs of the local market.  We also talk quite a bit about the home buying process.  Even for many experienced homebuyers, the process today can be quite different from the process just a few years ago.  Our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible for our clients.

One of the things that we talk about our ways not to sabotage your own home purchase.  A few weeks ago, I highlighted three ways that a homebuyer can sabotage their home purchase.

Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels

This week, we introduce three additional ways.

 

To recap, here are 6 ways that you as a homebuyer can avoid sabotaging your home purchase.

Recap – Ways to Avoid Homebuyer Sabotage

Stay Pre-Approved:  NO new lines of credit, minimum credit card usage, no late payments.

Don’t Dilly Dally:  If you fall in love with a house, you will need to make an offer QUICKLY.

Not Placing Your Best Offer the First Time:  The risk with a low offer is that you will not only sabotage your chances of negotiating with the seller but your offer might simply be rejected outright,  without a counter, or even ignored.

Asking Too Much from the Seller:  Be careful about how much you ask for because a seller will weigh all the pros and cons, especially in a multiple offer situation, and not necessarily accept the one that was for the most money.

Nit-Picking the Home Inspection:  Focus on the important repairs!

Having Pre-Mature Buyers’ Remorse:  Once your offer has been accepted, the appraisal is done, the inspection is done, and everything is hunky-dory – STOP home-shopping!

 

Photo by PhotoMIX Ltd. from Pexels

 

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.

Summer at the Pond

Summer at the Pond is coming to a close! It has been a truly amazing summer for Kelly and I.  We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to have helped some amazing clients realize their dream of homeownership.  We have also enjoyed lots of laughs of laughs in the process.

Thank you to our clients for trusting us to help you begin a new chapter in your lives.

Thank you to our team, our friends and our families for your help and support.

We can’t get enough of these happy faces and can’t wait for the next adventure in the wild world of Real Estate!

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.

September Events Across the Triangle

September is one of my favorite times of the year!  The weather is starting to get cooler and there are lots of things to do across the area.  The month of September boasts several great events across the Triangle; from music, beer, arts, motorcycles to pirates.  Yes…Pirates!

Here is a rundown of some the events top September events across the Triangle area:

 

Hopscotch Music Festival
Sept. 6-8
Over three days, nearly 150 bands across 12 venues in downtown Raleigh, the Hopscotch Music Festival has been named one of the can’t miss music events.   Headlining acts for this year include Grizzly Bear, Miguel, MC50, Liz Phair, Vic Mensa, The Flaming Lips, Nile Rogers & Chic and more.

Hopscotch Music Festival

 

Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival
Sept. 8
The fifth annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival will take place
Saturday, Sept. 8, again at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs! This event features more than 70 breweries, nearly 20 local area food trucks and live music from many local area bands. A portion of the proceeds from Beericana goes to support the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild and other nonprofits.

Beericana

SPARKcon 2018
Sept. 13-16
SPARKcon, the totally-weird, totally-awesome creativity festival that takes over downtown Raleigh each Sept., is truly a grassroots event. The “for the people, by the people” approach uses an open-source planning process that allows more than 2,000 artists to be involved each year. Dance, fashion, music, film, food—if you can name it, you can find an event for it at the festival that spans nearly 15 city blocks.

Apex Music Festival
Sept. 15

Apex Music Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Apex Music Festival attracts thousands of fans to historic downtown Apex to enjoy live music, street vendors, food trucks, beer and wine and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Three outdoor stages and one indoor theater will host a variety of acts from local, regional and national performers from many musical genres—rock, folk, R&B, bluegrass, country and more. This year’s line up includes Shawn Mullins, Brass-A-Holics, Johnny Folsom 4, Beth Wood, David Lamotte the Johnny Orr Band and many, many more artists.

BugFest
Sept. 15
Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities at BugFest, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ annual event that lets you interact with entomologists and other scientists while learning about the fascinating world of bugs. Featuring the ever-popular Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part? The event is totally free for the expected 35,000 attendees. This year’s theme: crayfish and other crustaceans!

Centerfest Arts Festival 
Sept. 15-16
As Durham’s signature arts festival, CenterFest showcases juried visual
artists from near and far, and fills multiple stages with music, dance, and more from local performers. 

CenterfestSerious art shoppers will be dazzled by world-class ceramics, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, and everything in between – much of it from Durham and Triangle-based creators. Singers, dance troupes, choirs, bands, jugglers, magicians, and performers of every stripe will provide continuous entertainment throughout the weekend.

Kids will have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone, food vendors will keep guests fueled for fun, and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sector will be on hand connecting with the community they serve. It all takes place in the heart of Durham’s historic downtown, a hub of local businesses and foodie culture that elevates the visitor experience!

Capital City Bikefest
Sept. 21-23
The country’s largest downtown motorcycle rally, this three-day, family-friendly event featuring musical performances, parades and plenty of sweet rides is tough to miss (and impossible not to hear!) in downtown Raleigh. Bike competitions, a tattoo festival, a classic car show, food trucks and much, much more are big draws for wildly diverse crowd. See Bikefest

City of Oaks Pirate Fest
Sept. 22
Ahoy, mateys! 2018 marks 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard roamed the Carolina coast and lost his life—and his head—in a fight with British soldiers. At the City of Oaks Pirate Fest, held at the North Carolina Museum of History, you’ll learn more about the history of pirates in N.C., plus you’ll get to meet Captain Blackbeard, engage in sword fights, feast at local food trucks, participate in a costume contest, take on arts and crafts projects and more!

International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Week
Bluegrass Ramble, Sept. 25-27
29th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, Sept. 27
PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 28-29
The arrival of a toe-tappin’, banjo-strummin’ week of non-stop bluegrass in downtown Raleigh is one of the most anticipated times of the year. International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) brings their Business Conference, along with the world’s most talented bluegrass musicians, to Raleigh the last week of September.
Those musicians perform in clubs for the Bluegrass Ramble, on street corners and in hotel lobbies—anywhere they can have a jam session throughout the week.

Bluegrass Festival

The week is capped off with the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on Thurs. night, then the weekend PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, a two-day festival that sets up five stages of free music, a dance tent, a barbecue championship, tons of art vendors and more. The ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater will feature Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with a guest appearance by Patty Loveless, a special collaboration between Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines and Molly Tuttle (with guest appearances by Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens), Leftover Salmon, The Earls of Leicester presented by Jerry Douglas, The Gibson Brothers and more.

 

N.C. Pride at Night Festival and Celebration
Sept. 29
Thirty years ago, Raleigh’s first Gay Pride celebration was held on Sat., June 25, 1988. Participants, numbering more than 2,000, gathered at North Carolina State University’s Memorial Belltower on Hillsborough St. and marched to Capitol Square. On Sept. 29, 2018, participants will again honor the past and celebrate the future with a free street festival outside of Legends Nightclub, a leader in LGBT nightlife in the Raleigh area for more than 25 years. Raleigh NC Pride

Durham NC Pride Parade
The NC Pride Parade is the Tar Heel state’s annual gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered festival, taking place each year in Durham. The parade draws thousands of costumed marchers alongside decorated floats and vehicles. Additional activities include a 5k run, festival vendors, speeches, and parties taking place around the Triangle. It’s a great opportunity to support an inclusive community. Visit event website.

More Information on September events in Raleigh checkout VisitRaleigh.com

More Information on September events in Durham check out the Durham events calendar.

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.