September Events Around the Triangle

As Summer winds down and everyone gets settled back home from vacations, there is SO much to do around the Triangle! We’ve listed a few of our favorites below but this is just the tip of ALL the things you can see and do in September!

We love to share exciting events with all of our Pond Peeps so please help us out. Please tag us on FB or Insta as you enjoy all that the Triangle has to offer this month!

Hopscotch Music Festival

Downtown Raleigh – Sept. 5th-7th
More than 130 bands performing at 10 venues over three nights makes this music festival unrivaled as the largest of its kind in the area! Hopscotch is celebrating it’s 10th year in 2019 and continues to support the local scene with approximately 25% of the festival’s performers hailing from in-state!

Hopscotch is known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From a large outdoor main stage in Raleigh City Plaza to intimate club shows, the festival offers music in almost every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more—and its programming highlights this diversity each year.

Hopscotch

City of Oaks Pirate Fest

Dorothea Dix Park – Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Pirates in North Carolina are part of our culture, heritage, and history. In the late 17th-early 18th century the state government actually invited them onto North Carolina shores with their boats full of treasures. The Governor, judges and local officials were happy with the revenue this activity brought to the state.

Learn more about our early history and determine if these stories are more fact or fiction! Enjoy Pirate Crafts, Listen to a Notorious Pirate Band and More! This event is fun for all ages!

Meet Captain Blackbeard | Engage in Sword Fights | Sing Sea Chanties
Play Swashbuckling Games | Feast at Local Food Trucks |Participate in a Costume Contest

Aye! Pirates!

Apex Music Festival

Historic Downtown Apex  –  September 14th 1pm-11pm
Come out for a celebration of local music, food and drink! The festival will be held in where the original LOG POND was located ( the Saunders Street parking lot -across from the Apex Police Department). Originally known as the Apex Jazz Fest the Festival changed its name and expanded its offerings to include musicians from various genres.

Entertainment includes 120 Minutes, The Band Moves, Peak City Band, Peak City Sound, Violet Bell and more!

Free shuttle service will be provided from Calvary Chapel and Thales High School.

Apex Music Festival

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 

The Simple Truths of Real Estate: Part 2

This is the 2nd in our three-part series called the Simple Truths of Real Estate. Just like in life, there are some things in real estate that are always true; no matter the geography or the market condition.

Truth #1:  It doesn’t matter what the neighbors’ home sold for in the past

Home values are dynamic. They rise and fall with market conditions, just like a company stock on an exchange. What a house was worth five years ago, last month or even last week has no bearing on the value of a house today. This can be a difficult pill to swallow.

Truth #2:  A home is worth what a ready, willing and able buyer will pay for it. 

There are many sources that can provide an estimate of the value of your home:
1) various automated valuation prices from the national real estate sites or
2) have requested a home appraisal from a real estate appraiser or a
3) market assessment from a real estate agent
The truth is that all of these are estimates. If you ask 5 real estate agents for a valuation, chances are you will get 5 different prices. The same is you hire five separate appraisals or go on-line and request a valuation from five separate websites, chances are you are going to receive five separate valuations.

Selling a Home in 2019

 

So What is the Truth?

In short, it doesn’t matter what the homeowners think their home is worth. And it certainly doesn’t matter what the agent or owner wishes the home was worth.

Automated valuations are fun to play with and are reasonable ways to look at pricing trends, but they should never be relied on to price a home (the AVM providers will even tell you this if you’ll listen to them).

What matters is what a buyer thinks it’s worth — and what a buyer will offer on a property.  Also, if the buyer requires financing, whether a lender will approve a loan at that amount.

Making Your House Standout

A Real-World Example

Listed a ranch home in Apex a few years ago in an established neighborhood.  We received multiple offers, one of which being $13,000 above asking, all cash, no inspections, 7-day close.  In this case, we had a buyer that was willing to pay considerably over asking to be in their desired neighborhood and home. 

Wrapping Up

If you are thinking of selling, it is critical that you get multiple valuation estimates.  Shop around.  Meet with multiple agents that have successfully sold a home in your market.  Ask how they determined the valuation and what steps they will follow to market your home to potential buyers. 

Pricing is Key When Trying to Attract Homebuyers

 

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 

Fall at the Pond

Fall is coming to a close & winter is just around the corner. We have had such a great fall season helping our clients and enjoying time with family and friends. We are looking forward to a great holiday season and 2019!

 

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 Focus: Heather Glen by McKee Homes

Sun Room w/Double Sided Fireplace

Week 7 of our new home series.  This week we head to south Raleigh, just off of Ten-Ten Road, to Heather Glen by McKee Homes.  Thanks to Carolanne Savio for letting us take over the model.  I really enjoyed the double fireplace!  Great spot to read a book and relax!

This community is just minutes from downtown and features large lots with a variety of floor plans.  Prices range from the low $300s with square footage ranging from 2,225 to almost 4,000 square feet.  This model even had an outdoor fireplace!  Perfect for outdoor entertaining!

Check out the video:  http://bit.ly/2CoK6I4

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Checking Out New Home Communities: Stillwater at the Estates

 

One of Available Homes

We kicked off our new home community tour with a stop in Apex at  Stillwater at the Estates. Stillwater Estates is a luxury new home community featuring quality custom homes by Hayes Barton Homes, Legacy Custom Homes, Gray Line Builders, and Future Homes by Jim Thompson, Inc. The Estates features 106 large homesites with properties from the upper $600’s.

We had an opportunity to spend some time with Nina Golden, one of the

Beautiful Entertainment Space

on-site sales agents at Stillwater.  Nina highlighted that the model home recently won a silver award for the 2017 Wake County Parade of Homes.

She also mentioned that the community is preparing some amenities including a state-of-the-art Recreation Center featuring a Pool, Fitness Center and Multi-purpose Sports Court.

Check out the video from our visit to Stillwater at the Estates.  Feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions about this beautiful community.

 


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.

All you need to do is ask around… Holly Springs is a great place to live and work!

Holly Springs Government Complex

During the past 20 years, Holly Springs has transformed itself into one of the most attractive communities in the Triangle.  Whether it is the town’s balance of commercial and residential development, its reasonable land prices coupled with its proximity to urban centers, or its small-town charm, new residents and businesses continue to be attracted to Holly Springs.

Quality of Life

Tink Park and North Main Street Athletic Complex

All you need to do is ask around… Holly Springs is a great place to live and work. no matter your age or favorite hobby, opportunities to enjoy life are abundant in and around town.  Featuring its North Main Street Athletic Complex, which boasts a 1,800 seat multi-sport stadium, Ting Park, and is home to the Holly Springs Salamanders, a collegiate baseball team that is part of the Coastal Plain League.  The complex boats synthetic turf soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and hosts various concerts, festivals and other events.

Among the Best Cities in America

Education, public safety, and quality of life remain the most important goals for Holly Springs and it shows!! Holly Springs has won numerous awards and has received numerous honors that reflect the achievement of these goals:

Park Earns Honor from Tennis Magazine. Tennis Industry magazine named North Main Athletic Complex (now Ting Park) as the Public Park of the Year

Holly Springs Among 2016 Best Small Cities in America  WalletHub

Bloomberg Businessweek: The Best Place to Raise Kids in North Carolina

Events

The character of Holly Springs truly can be sensed at the many local events, including the downtown Christmas

Hollyfest

Parade along Main Street, the Farmers Market, and the annual fall festival, Hollyfest.  This free annual town festival includes rides and inflatables, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and games, and more!

 

Ready for Business

Holly Springs is just not a sleepy bedroom community. Holly Springs and the Research Triangle Region are very fortunate to have a diverse economic base. Our universities, health care systems, and state and local governments offer a strong and stable base, while our technology-focused private sector adds the potential for rapid expansion in employment and wages. In the past several years, Holly Springs has attracted a number of multi-national and regional businesses including; the Novartis flu vaccine manufacturing facility, Rex Healthcare, and Pierce Group Benefits.

Links

Official Town Website

Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce 

Bass Lake Park

Holly Springs Farmers Market

Bass Lake


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.