Triangle Parade of Homes – Week 2

Week Two of the Triangle Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builder Association of Wake County.

The Parade of Homes is an annual, free tour that is open to the public and is the best way to view the newest homes and the newest communities throughout the Triangle. The 2018 Parade of Homes will be held on October 6-7, 12-14, 19-21.

Pines at White Oak Crossing by Toll Brothers

This week we are stopping by the Pines at White Oak Crossing by Toll Brothers. This community features award-winning home designs on wooded home sites with hundreds of options to create the home of your dreams including basements! Nestled in a great location between Jordan Lake and the Cary/ Apex area with quick access to I-540 and Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, this community is minutes from every convenience. Other Toll Brother Communities

For questions on this community or other new home communities across the Triangle, check out our website at www.logpondrealty.com or email us at inquiries@logpondrealty.com

About Log Pond Realty

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.

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.

Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer

Over the last several months, Kelly and I have worked with a number of first-time homebuyers. Being a first-time homebuyer can be tough.

The Affordability Squeeze
The Affordability Squeeze

Affordability is at an all-time low for starter homes, and it’s making things tough for prospective first-time homebuyers to cross over from renting to owning. Demand for starter homes, pushed by increases in rental rates has pushed buyer demand for starter homes.

A recent news story from Bloomberg noted that starter homes prices have past pre-recession levels and the typical first-time homebuyer needs nearly 23% of their income to afford the typical entry-level home, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

Across the Triangle area, there are a number of older neighborhoods featuring smaller, lower-priced homes that highly sought after by first time home buyers.  A few months ago, a client of mine called me about a small ranch home in a highly desirable area of Cary.  The home had been recently renovated and had many features sought by my client.  When we arrived at the home on a Saturday morning, there was a long line of real estate agents and their clients seeking to tour the home.  Ultimately, my client decided not to place an offer on that home but did find a great home in an adjacent neighborhood.

Home in Cary

 

Buying Requires Patience & an Understanding of the Market

This market requires patience!  Lots of patience and an understanding of the market. One of the things that Kelly and I do with all of our buyers is schedule a face-to-face meeting with all of our buyers before looking at a single property.  Our aim is to understand what is really important to our client.  Our second aim is to educate our clients about the market.  A huge part of our role is educating clients about the reality of this market.

A Reality Check

Once we have met with the client, we will ask them to meet with a local lender.  Reality check time!  One of our biggest tips is for our clients to meet with a lender and get pre-qualified before looking at houses.  It’s important for a first-time homebuyer, in fact, any buyer to have an understanding of what they can afford before looking at houses.

Reality Check

Last year, I had a young couple call me about a new listing in downtown Apex.  Downtown Apex is a very hot area.  Demand is very strong and prices have rapidly increased over the past many months.   My clients had been to several open houses and had fallen in love with a beautiful neighborhood close to downtown. Unfortunately, they did not qualify for their desired neighborhood.   Luckily, my clients found a great home in Fuquay-Varina that didn’t offer the central location they were looking for but did offer many of the home features that they desired.

It is important to remember that you may not be able to get everything you want in your first home and it is important to have realistic expectations.

Quick Tips

 

Here are some quick tips for the first-time homebuyer:

1) Get Pre-Approved:  As mentioned above, get pre-approved before looking at homes. Sellers typically won’t accept your offer unless it’s all cash or you have a lender’s letter saying you can get the financing you need to close the deal. Consequently, being pre-approved for a loan is crucial.

 

2) Prioritize Your Preferences: Make a list of what’s important to you and your family, whether it is location, condition, price or certain amenities, and be prepared to make sacrifices.

3) Know Your Budget

4) Be Realistic 

 

5) Act Fast: If a house is listed Monday, don’t wait until Saturday to see it.

6) Get Educated:  Being well-informed about the local housing market — including knowing the prices of recently sold homes, taxes, the school district, etc. — can give you an advantage over experienced buyers who are out of touch with the trends.

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 Buyers Agent for New Construction

Why You Need a Buyers Agent for New Home Construction

Why You Need an 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.

Getting Smart About Real Estate – How NOT to Sabotage Your Home Purchase

Congratulations!  You have just been pre-qualified with a lender and you are now a home buyer!  Here are a couple of quick tips on how NOT to sabotage your home purchase!

About Log Pond Realty 

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 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.

Getting Smart About Real Estate – Home Financing 101

Kicking off a new video series this week with tips for buying and selling a home.

If you are thinking of selling a home this spring, here are some quick tips to get your home ready for the spring selling season.

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: True Homes at the Villages of Apex.

Stylish Living in Downtown Apex

Week 6 of our new home series! This week we are hanging in Kelly’s backyard…. Well close enough!  Actually, we are in downtown Apex at the True Homes community in the Villages of Apex.  Did you know that Apex has been rated as the number 1 city in America by Money Magazine?

This townhome community, nestled in the heart of downtown Apex, offer convenience and style at a great price.  Kelly and I have our roots in Apex and this location offer the homeowner an opportunity to experience all the festivals, shops, restaurants and other amenities of this great area.

Priced from the $270’s, True Homes offers 3-4 bedroom plans ranging from 1,742 to 3,000 square feet.  In addition, they have some quick move-in opportunities for December and January closings!

Special thanks to Latisha and Damion for allowing us to stop by.  Check out the video of this wonderful community

Check out their website

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

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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.

Apex: A Must See Destination

Every Friday we face the same eternal question – what should we do this weekend?  Maybe this weekend you should put Apex in your weekend plans?

Take a few minutes to see why Apex truly is the Peak of Good Living and learn how much it’s grown since it’s early days as Log Pond, NC. “We weren’t born here, but we got here as fast as we could!”

NC Weekend: Historic Downtown Apex

The town of Apex, North Carolina, located in Wake County, has transformed itself into a must-see destination. Downtown Apex is bustling with retail shops, restaurants and even a new farmers market, but its brick facades still retain its history and old-school charm.

Posted by North Carolina Weekend on Sunday, October 22, 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.