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July
14

Kitchen Updates You'll Enjoy Using

Kitchen Updates

Once you've found your perfect home, the next step is to make it your own - starting with the kitchen. If cooking is your passion, you can up your culinary game with a few simple design ideas. There are plenty of Raleigh homes for sale with amazing kitchens to suit your needs. Here's how to take those kitchens even further.

Appliances

The right tools can help in a myriad of ways. An induction cooktop, for instance, regulates heat much more accurately than a regular stovetop, allowing for more precise temperature measurements. The appliance itself never gets hot, reducing the risk of accidental burning. Plus, it's more energy-efficient than electric or gas stoves.

You might also consider a high-speed oven. Using both convection and microwave heating, it heats better and more accurately, cutting cook times in half.

Finally, if you don't have a stand mixer, it will change your life. A good quality mixer will last for many years, providing thorough, even mixing. You can do everything from whip cream to beat meringue to knead bread dough quickly and easily without wearing out your arms. Plus, with extra attachments, you can roll out and cut your own fresh pasta, grind your own meat, and much more.

Organization

A few simple organizational improvements can help you tremendously. Install some sturdy hooks above the stovetop, on which to hang your pots and pans. This will make them easier to find and access when you need them. You can do the same for mixing spoons, spatulae, and other basic tools. For knives, consider installing a long, magnetic strip that the knives can stick to. That way, you can simply remove one when you need it and put it back in its place when it's clean.

In your cluttered cabinets, try putting in a Lazy Susan. They design them for all different purposes, from organizing herbs and spices to storing empty containers. Whatever you're using it for, a Lazy Susan lets you keep everything organized and view it at a glance, so you don't have to rummage through a lot of extra clutter to find what you need.

Also, consider installing tension rods in your cabinets. They make great customizable barriers that you can prop things like pans and cookie sheets against, rather than stacking them up. By storing things vertically, you can create more space in your cabinets and keep things more organized.

Renovation

If you're really committed to updating your kitchen, consider some renovations and remodels. Start with more shelves. A single shelf that stretches across an entire kitchen wall can provide a tremendous amount of storage for various things without taking up much extra space.

If your home doesn't have a kitchen island, you should put one in. It provides extra space for everything you need: a counter for prep work, a table for seating, plus storage beneath for pots and pans, appliances, etc.

To make cleanup simpler, cut a small hole in the kitchen island countertop, and store a trash can in the cabinet underneath. Now you have a quick and easy way to eliminate everything from eggshells to empty packaging as you cook.

These are just a few of the kitchen updates you can make in your home to make cooking easier and better. Get creative and see what other improvements you can make to help you when you cook.

If you want to find your perfect home with your dream kitchen, contact us. Our real estate agents can help you find the right space for you and ensure every room will meet your needs.

March
17

North Carolina: One of the Top States for Inbound Moves

North Carolina Inbound Moves

In the last five years, while many states are seeing a decline in growth, North Carolina surges forward. In fact, it was recently reported that North Carolina was one of the top states for inbound moves in 2020. If you're curious about why families are flocking to our state, our real estate agents will be happy to answer some of your questions. 

  1. What is North Carolina like? 
    From the majestic Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic, the terrain sweeps from the 6,684 feet of Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge to over 300 miles of pristine beaches. The famous Outer Banks are a string of barrier islands that lie to the east. Outdoor lovers will thrill to skiing in winter, surfing, and sailing in summer. Lakes and rivers offer swimming and fishing. Spectacular views await whichever direction you turn. With four distinct seasons, North Carolina enjoys mild temperatures, with average highs at around 70 degrees and lows from 56-67 degrees.  

  2. What is there to see and do? 
    With a rich history going back to Colonial America, museums and historical sites abound. The North Carolina Museum of Art houses a broad range of art worldwide, including the largest collection of Rodin sculptures in the southeastern United States. In the music scene, you can find a concert somewhere in the city nearly every day. Home of the world's largest beer garden, Raleigh offers a rich nightlife flowing with locally crafted beers to accompany world-class food. 

  3. How much does it cost to live in North Carolina? 
    Homebuyers always look at a house as an investment, probably the largest they will ever make. In North Carolina, the median listing price is $184,100, or about $115 per square foot. Raleigh homes for sale are somewhat higher, but at $315,000 median listing price is still below the national average of $346,800. The continuing high growth in population has given rise to a home appreciation of 8.5% over the last ten years. A number of factors, such as a reasonable flat tax, make the cost of living significantly lower than the rest of the country. The property tax rate is only 0.84%. 

  4. Education Opportunities? 
    Many move to North Caroline to the Research Triangle because of the educational opportunities in a variety of fields and professions. At the college level, Duke, Wake Forest, Davidson, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill top the list of the best colleges in North Carolina out of seventy-nine to choose from.

  5. How is the job market? 
    Although the unemployment rate remains high across the nation, North Carolina anticipates a decline to about 5.1% by December of 2021, with a net job increase of 245,100. With 12 of the states 14 nonagricultural sectors seeing an increase in employment, hospitality, and leisure services will lead the way. Household income averages $61,505, as compared to the national average of $57,652. North Carolina's economy focuses on banking, technology, and pharmaceuticals.  

When you consider the beautiful landscape, fantastic weather, and abundance of leisure activities, you may wish to change your question. Instead of asking why people are moving to North Carolina, you might ask why anyone is not. If you're ready to make a move, contact us to find that perfect house.  

July
25

Five Wake Forest Neighborhoods to Buy a Home

Wake Forest Neighborhoods
Searching for the perfect community to call your own, with plenty to do close to home and easy access to Raleigh? Wake Forest, NC might be just the place to find what you seek. Wake Forest was rated as one of Raleigh's best suburbs, thanks to its natural beauty, outdoor attractions, ample amenities, and fantastic food. There are plenty of great neighborhoods to choose from within the community, and our real estate agents have the details on five of the best Wake Forest neighborhoods to call home.

Welcome to Wake Forest and Our Outstanding Neighborhoods

Whether you love spending time outdoors, enjoy the arts, or simply want to live in a community with a bright future, Wake Forest homes for sale have something to offer. These five neighborhoods are examples of why Wake Forest is such a great place to live:

  1. Bishop's Grant
    Looking for a neighborhood with easy access to all that Wake Forest has to offer? Located near the NC Highway 98 Bypass, the Bishop's Grant neighborhood offers a convenient, central location. Nearby, you'll find the Wake Forest Reservoir, which is a great place to hike, fish, kayak, or enjoy a picnic with beautiful, natural scenery as your backdrop. There are plenty of great single-family homes available in this neighborhood, with prices often ranging from $300,000 to $500,000.

  2. Dansforth
    The Dansforth neighborhood in Wake Forest is a great choice for families, and anyone looking for a home in the community with a convenient location. It's easy to reach downtown Wake Forest from your home in Dansforth, and Raleigh is also just a short drive away. Residents of Dansforth and those living throughout Wake Forest have access to the excellent Wake County Public School System, which provides a quality education close to home.

  3. Heritage
    If you want a neighborhood where everything is close to home, the Heritage neighborhood may be the perfect match. Heritage is a large collection of subdivisions, with a ton of amenities located throughout the neighborhood. Residents of Heritage enjoy the local playgrounds, trails, greenways, natural spaces, and golf course, all within minutes of home. Spend a day fishing at Forgotten Pond, or travel to the Factory entertainment complex for all sorts of active family fun.

  4. Holding Village South Lake
    Holding Village is one of the newest neighborhoods on our list and a great example of what Wake Forest has to offer. This well-planned neighborhood delivers everything you need close to home, providing big city convenience without ever having to leave Wake Forest. Amenities in Holding Village will include extensive trails, a community pool, fun on the water at Holding Lake, a golf course, shopping, services, and even local schools.

  5. Olde Mill Stream
    Looking for a neighborhood close to all of the most popular spots in Wake Forest? The Olde Mill Stream neighborhood offers easy access to Historic Main Street, downtown Wake Forest, and some of the best outdoor destinations in the community. E. Carroll Joyner Park, which regularly ranks as one of the most popular in the city, is just a short walk from Olde Mill Stream. There, you'll find a ton of outdoor activities, including three miles of walking trails, an amphitheater, a community center, and a busy schedule of special events throughout the year.

Are you ready to shop for your next home in one of the many dynamic neighborhoods that Wake Forest has to offer? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Wake Forest, NC area.

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