Summer Fun in the Raleigh Area

SUMMER IS HERE! 

Time for trips to the beach, baseball games, cookouts, outdoor concerts, pool parties and plenty of outdoor fun!  Here are some summer fun ideas around the Raleigh area!

Open Air Tunes

There are hundreds of outdoor concerts in the Raleigh area this summer.  Check out the guide to the hottest concerts in the area.

On the Water Fun

Rent a canoe, kayak, sailboat or stand-up paddleboard and get out on the water! Check out this guide to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing and more in Raleigh, N.C.

Sailing in the Raleigh Area

Back on Land

Take advantage of the area’s abundance of parks and greenways and hit the ground running with eight of the area’s best trails to hike, bike & run.

Celebrate Independence Day!

Ready to celebrate Independence Day in a big way this year? Fireworks displays, carnival rides, live music, and other patriotic celebrations are lined up all across the Raleigh area!

Roundball Action

Whether you’re a fan of baseball or football (soccer to most) there are plenty of games to watch around the area.

Catching a Game at the Carolina Mudcats

Summer Treats

Ice Cream is our favorite summer treat and there are lots of great options around the area.  Check out some of our favorites.

Fresh Local Ice Cream

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Garner.      

Phone 919.589.3576 
Email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

Should I rent or buy a home?

Our parents’ generation considered this question a “no-brainer”!
OF COURSE, you should buy a home!
However, as Bob Dylan sang, “The times they are a-Changing . . . “ 

It is a personal choice and can be the most expensive purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. So, we have listed below just a few of the many factors to help determine what is the right choice for you.

Rent vs Buy

Financial Situation/Liquidity

Can you afford to buy a home? Approximately one in three American households rent their home, according to the most recent U.S. Census Report data. This is the highest it’s been since the early 1960s! Renting an apartment typically involves few costs other than paying the rent and utilities. Purchasing a home typically requires money for a down payment, closing costs, and maintenance.

Age and/or Stage of Life

Data shows that those just starting out and those at the end of their working years prefer to rent. They prefer to invest their money, use it for other purposes and generally desire less responsibility for yard work and repairs.

Flexibility

Today’s world has changed dramatically in just one generation. We have replaced our roots with wings and become a global civilization. It is now common for young adults to leave their hometown to pursue a career or educational opportunity far from home. Technology and flexibility in the workplace allow for employees to work from “virtually anywhere” so proximity to a business center is not important. People often don’t want to be “tied down” by home ownership.

Winning Your Dream House

Benefits to Buying a Home

Investment

Purchasing a home allows you to develop equity. Hopefully, over time, your home will not only maintain it’s value but increase in value. Real Estate will always hold some value. By owning your home, you would be able to profit from the property’s appreciation in value.

Stability

Most homeowners get a mortgage to purchase that property. Rent can fluctuate at the landlord’s discretion but the common fixed rate mortgage will remain the same over time. Also, most leases last just one year so the turnover of tenants is high, but homeowners typically stay in their home for years allowing for a more stable community.

Personalization

In a rented home, you will have to live by the landlord’s rules and regulations. This might prevent you from customizing the place to your personal liking. Owning a home allows you the freedom to decorate and design your home to a place you really wanted to live in. And the more you customize it, the more it feels like home, and the more you won’t want to leave.

What is Best for You?

What is best for me?

There is no easy answer. This is just a brief overview as everyone’s situation is different. Our local Real Estate market is constantly in motion which also has an effect on the actual costs and benefits of renting vs owning. 
Please email us at inquiries@logpondrealty.com for more information.

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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

Family Fun Around the Triangle

June is right around the corner and that means that summer is almost here! Now is the time to make plans for some summer activities.

Raleigh is filled with great family-friendly activities and is a great getaway for the entire family! From outdoor parks to kids’ museums, annual festivals to adventure courses, the Raleigh area has it all!!

Marbles Kids Museum

Your Guide to a Great Time

All of the activities outlined below are very affordable and includes both indoor and outdoor activities and are sure to entertain even the most discriminating kid!

Marble Kids Museum – At Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, play is the name of game. The museum includes many hands-on exhibits and award-winning programs. This museum knows exactly how to bring the fun.

North Carolina Museum of History – North Carolina has a fascinating history, and if you want to discover all of it in a dynamic and immersive setting, then the North Carolina Museum of History is the place to go.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – Appeal to the museum buffs in your family with a trip to the largest natural history museum in the Southeast.

Pullen Park – Pullen features a miniature train that visitors can ride, a kiddie boat ride for youngsters and paddle boats for relaxing trips around the park’s lake.

Triangle Rock Club – Boasting the highest indoor rock wall in a five-state radius, TRC features a state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility with indoor rope climbing, bouldering, and fitness classes.

Triangle Rock Club

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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

Wednesday Wind Down

Checking out some great places around the Triangle to enjoy a wind down on a Wednesday

If you are looking for some great places to “wind down” midweek, there are lots of great options around the Triangle. From wine to wellness to watching movies, there is something sure to please.

Wine Down @ Peak of the Vine 

We recently stopped by Peak of the Vine at its new location in Historic Downtown Apex. The Peak of the Vine is a unique combination of a wine lounge and wine shop. Enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of our lounge as you sip on exceptional wines from around the world; or choose your favorite bottles to take home.

On our visit, Kelly enjoyed the daily sangria special while I enjoyed a Chardonnay from Slovakia. Both were great and were a perfect way to enjoy “Wine Down Wednesday.”

The Peak also features live music, karaoke and open mic nights. If you are looking for a great place to meet with friends in Historic Downtown Apex, you should consider a visit to the Peak of the Vine.

Cheers! Wine Down Wednesday at Peak of the Vine

If wine isn’t your thing here are some other great ways to enjoy your Wednesday wind down.

Wind Down Wednesday Concert Series @ Waverly Place 

Get ready to turn up the volume on Wednesdays this summer! The Wind Down Wednesday summer concert series returns to Waverly Place.
The whole family is invited to relax and soak up the summer sun, all while listening to summertime tunes from one of the areas local bands.

Arrive early to take advantage of special offers from select Waverly Place retailers and restaurants. Then head to the Park to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase during each performance. The Waverly Place Playground, sponsored by WakeMed, will be open and ready for action for younger visitors.

Concerts start at 6:00 PM & Admission is free. Stop by the Waverly Place website for more information.

Wind Down Wednesday Concert Series @ Waverly Place

Wellness Wednesdays

The lawn on the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at North Hills is transformed into an outdoor fitness studio. These events encourage participants to “Get Your Fit On” by promoting whole-body wellness through a wide variety of fitness concepts.  

Sessions run from April to June and begin at 5:30 PM. Visit the North Hills website for more information

Wellness Wednesdays at North Hills

Wednesday Movie Night

On the first Wednesday night of the month, the Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex hosts a Wednesday Movie Night. The movies include recently released movies geared towards teens and adults.

Contact the Halle Arts Center for a complete list of movies at halleculturalartscenter@apexnc.org.

The Halle Arts Center in Historic Downtown Apex

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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 Market Stats Q1 2019

https://youtu.be/D4CtyzDi_5U
Triangle Market Report Q1 2019

Q1 2019 is in the books but the real estate market in the Triangle NC region is looking like a repeat of 2018. Many of the trends in Q1 mimicked those from the same period last year. 

What increased? Inventory growth, sale prices & days on market, while inventory within the resale market < $300,000 decreased. Historically March is the hottest month of the year in the resale market and this was true in 2019 in the below $300,000 market. 

While new home construction has helped relieve the lack of inventory in other submarkets, due to the cost of land and development costs, there are very few new construction options in the $300,000 and under market across the Triangle. 

Quarter1 also saw a welcome decrease in mortgage rates. Current buyers have a stable mortgage rate environment and this is projected to continue throughout 2019.

New Listing: Spectacular North Raleigh Condo

https://youtu.be/OId3Rb_q55Y

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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

Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream

Checking Out Ice Cream Shops Around the Triangle

Triangle residents know there are many perks to living in this amazing area. The incredible weather is often the first thing mentioned, followed by the proximity to the beach and mountains. In recent years, however, we are gaining notoriety for our food offerings as well! We hope to visit these renowned eating establishments soon but we thought we’d welcome the recent warm weather and focus on frozen treats!

We Love Ice Cream

I grew up in a town with only Dairy Queen and Baskin Robbins but the amount of establishments here is unbelievable! There are SO MANY delicious desserts available across the area! Whether you prefer a rich, Italian gelato, frozen custard mixed with candy, or just traditional homemade ice cream, fresh from the farm, we have something for everyone!

Fresh. Local Ice Cream

We stopped by Fresh. Local Ice Cream at it’s the newest location in historic downtown Apex to see if they were worth the hype. They speak the truth when they say “We provide the freshest, most delicious homemade ice cream around!” They get their ingredients fresh every week from local dairy farms, and produce the ice cream right in the store! They also have a food truck available if you’re hosting an event and want to draw a crowd!

They offer traditional flavors as well as some exciting new additions. I tried the carrot cake ice cream which is made with real carrot cake from another local favorite – La Farm Bakery in Cary! It was so good, I even got some to go so I could share with my family! The ice cream was delicious, the service was exceptional and the shop has a fun atmosphere with open windows to watch the shoppers on Salem Street!

Flavors! Flavors! Flavors!

All For the Purpose of Science

For scientific purposes, we did some research and, of course, some taste-testing 😉  and found these are the 10 Most Popular Ice Cream Shops around Raleigh. We’ve listed them in alphabetical order to be as fair as possible.  

Next time you stop at one of these locations- share with us on Instagram @logpondrealty or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LogPondRealty/


And remember- there is ALWAYS room for ice cream!

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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

Spring Home Checklist

Spring arrives on March 20th and will last for 92 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes…so, what are you waiting for? Let the home projects begin.

 

~Tori Toth

You may not have noticed but spring has arrived!  The days are definitely getting longer and as I write this article the temperature here in Raleigh is 80 degrees!  If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to plan your spring home projects.   

Many homeowners believe spring maintenance is all about the cleaning. Certainly, a good cleaning of the exterior and interior of the home is a good idea, but maintaining the systems, appliances and home structure is a must!  Here are some spring maintenance checklist items.  

Now is the Time for Spring Home Projects

Outdoor Home Projects

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.   
  • Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If the wood is showing through, and the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If the paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
  • Roof: Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits. Perform a thorough cleaning. Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls. 
  • Inspect driveways and paths.  
  • Air Conditioning. Just as you readied your furnace for fall, now is the time to make sure that air conditioning units are in good working order for the warmer months ahead. 
  • Check sprinkler and irrigation systems.  
  • Fertilize/Seed Lawn 
  • Mulch Beds 
  • Plant Spring Flowers in Pots (Front Entry/Entertaining Area) 
  • Organize Garage 
  • Clean Patio Furniture 
  • Clean Grill 

Indoor Home Projects 

Here are some ideas to refresh the inside of your home:   

  • Clean Light Fixtures 
  • Touch Up Paint + Baseboards 
  • Wash Windows/Blinds 
  • Wash/Maintain All Appliances 
  • Clean Out Closets (Seasonal Clothes) 
  • Clean Behind & Underneath ALL Furniture 
  • Add Seasonal Décor 
  • Remove Christmas Decorations:  Just noticed that we still have a couple of Christmas decoration scattered around the house!   
Taking Care of Your Home

How to Decide?

It can be difficult to prioritize your home projects.  After all, the list above is pretty extensive and spring is a great time to spend time with the family and check out all of the great things to do around the Triangle area!  Here are a couple suggestions to assist you with your spring home projects.  Start by handling any projects that can cause major damage like a leaky roof, or projects that could affect your safety in the home. Look to upgrade items that can help you save money, like replacing windows. Complete low-cost projects that make an impact, for instance, new paint before tackling the bigger projects.

Home Sweet Home

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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

Sources

Family Handyman Home Checklist 

Tori Toth Spring Home Goals 

Bob Vila Spring Home Checklist 

Home Advisor Home Checklist   

Wake County Real Estate Update – February 2019

The February real estate numbers are in for Wake County. January and February started off very slowly and most real estate followers feared the coming of a real estate slowdown.

How did we do in February? Find out here!

https://youtu.be/R8oS9i0MX_U

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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

Spring has finally Sprung!

The sun is shining! The birds are singing! The flowers are blooming! Get out there and enjoy it! There are so many Spring festivals and events all around the Triangle that we can not list them all. Support your local community and enjoy beautiful arts and crafts and delicious food and drinks at these favorites:

Southern Women’s Show

https://southernshows.com/wra
April 12 – 14 ~ North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Shop, sample and share the fun at the Triangle’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests.

Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/festivals/spring-daze-arts-and-crafts-festival
April 27 ~ Fred G Bond Metro Park
Over 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food, and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration.

Spring Daze

Brewgaloo

https://shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/

April 26-27 City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh
North Carolina’s largest craft beer festival, featuring 100 breweries, 50 food trucks and drawing 30,000 people. It was nominated as one of the top 10 beer festivals in America!

Peakfest

https://apexpeakfest.com/
May 4 ~ Historic Downtown Apex
Celebrate the Peak of Good Living with live music all day, artists of every kind (jewelry, pottery, watercolor and acrylic), entertainment for the kids, food that you would find at the fair, and so much more!

But Wait! There is more!

In addition to these annual events, we’re lucky enough to have so many other places to enjoy this beautiful season!

Take a picnic and enjoy the beauty of Sarah P. Duke Gardens https://gardens.duke.edu/

Grab some friends and enjoy an exciting baseball game at the Durham Bulls Park https://www.milb.com/durham/

Get out and explore the numerous parks, greenways, gardens, baseball and soccer fields! Please share your favorites with us at https://www.facebook.com/LogPondRealty/

Duke Cardens

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. 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 phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

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