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5 Helpful Tips for Introducing a Pet to Your Home

Raleigh New Pet

If you feel your home isn't complete without a four-legged friend, you're not alone. Many homeowners have at least one pet. Whether you're thinking about getting your first pet or adding yet another to your pack, introducing a new pet requires some planning and finesse. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for bringing a new fur-buddy into your home.

  1. Get your home ready.
    Before your new four-legged friend comes home with you for the first time, make sure you have everything you need and that your home is ready for their arrival. Get all the pet supplies you need, such as food, bowls, a kennel or carrier for a larger pet or a cage if it's a small animal, and a collar and a leash if necessary. Also, be sure your home is ready to receive a new pet. Pet-proof and put anything away that could be hazardous for your new pet.

  2. Make new introductions slowly.
    Keep introductions stress-free for your pet by slowly introducing them to other household members. For a dog, meeting on a leash in a neutral area, such as outside instead of in the house, can take some of the pressure off. A new cat may need to be kept confined to a single room for a few days while getting used to the new home.

  3. Plan a quiet few days at home.
    The last thing you want is a lot of activity while you're letting a new pet adjust to unfamiliar surroundings, so keep introductions to just the immediate household for now. Remember, this is a new member of your household, so friends and family will have plenty of time to get to know them later on. For now, plan to spend a few days at home while they get to know you and their new home.

  4. Establish routines.
    These first few days at home are a good time to start establishing routines with your new pet: when mealtimes are when bedtime is, and if it's a dog, walk schedules and outdoor routines.

  5. Plan for the future.
    As you and your new pet settle in together, remember to plan for the future. For instance, if you plan to move soon, maybe you don't want to cut through that exterior wall to make a doggy door. House training is important at this point so that you keep your home in good shape, minimize repairs, and maintain the value for when you sell one day. Keep in mind things that you notice would be nice, such as a larger yard for your dog, so that you know what to look for when you start browsing Raleigh homes for sale.

Adding a pet to the family is exciting, but it may also remind you of the features you want in your next home, such as more space, a larger yard, and close proximity to parks or walking trails. If you're ready to start looking for a new home for you and your family, both two-legged and four-legged family members included, contact us today.


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.  


HPW Open Houses | October 24 - 25

Join our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents across Central North Carolina, while they host numerous open houses this weekend.  

From starter homes to luxury estates, our agents are ready to open the doors to let you get an up-close look at these properties. Start your house hunt by checking out a complete list of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses to figure out which homes you'd like to tour this weekend.

At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.


Featured Open Houses

278 Atkinson Farm Circle, Garner, NC 27529


Sq Ft: 2103 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 24 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

60 Newton Dr, Durham, NC 27707


Sq Ft: 1775 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 

Open House: Sunday, October 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

6013 Lennox Place, Wake Forest, NC 27587


Sq Ft: 4625 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 2 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 24 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

211 St Jiles Dr, Clayton, NC 27520


Sq Ft: 2700 | Beds:3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, October 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.




HPW Open Houses | August 29 - 30

School's back in session, pumpkin spice is in the air, and there are only three weeks until Fall.  But just like the remaining Summer days, our real estate market is still a hot one!

So whatever plans you may have this weekend, make sure to stay cool by visiting some of our HPW Open Houses. With the most comprehensive real estate website in the state, is the perfect place to find your dream home. Browse the numerous listings our HPW agents have on the market right now and take a virtual tour through these fantastic homes.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents know the market inside and out and are ready to help you with your next move. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our open houses now to see all of the properties available, and visit them this weekend!

We are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses.


Featured Open Houses


2001 Eagleton Circle, Raleigh, NC, 27609


Sq Ft: 2,134 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (half)

Open House: Sunday, August 30th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


607 Phar Lap Lane, Bahama, NC, 27503


Sq Ft: 3,362 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 

Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

& Sunday, August 30th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


172 Michaux Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Sq Ft: 4,318 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 4 (full) 

Open House: Sunday, August 30th, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


55 Kathleen Ct, Youngsville, NC, 27596


Sq Ft: 2,041 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 

Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

& Sunday, August 30th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


1223 Renshaw Ct, Unit 2nd Fl Right, Cary, NC, 27518


Sq Ft: 1,274 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 

Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 & Sunday, August 30th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


108 Balsam Lane, Clayton, NC, 27527


Sq Ft: 1,823 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 

Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


202 Old Franklin Grove Dr, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514


Sq Ft: 3,488 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

& Sunday, August 30th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


North Hills Tree Lighting - a Local Holiday Tradition

North Hills Tree Lighting
November and December bring fun, family-friendly events to Raleigh throughout the holiday season. Whether you're busy shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or enjoying all that your home city has to offer, the holidays feature free events that remind everyone why the city is such a great place to call home. The Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season. Our real estate agents are here to help you enjoy the holidays in Raleigh, with our guide to the Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Event: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at North Hills
Location: The Commons – 4191 Main at North Hills Street
Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Events from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission/Parking: FREE Admission

Family Fun and Free Activities in North Hills Christmas

Start your holiday season by making memories at the Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with an afternoon filled with fun activities that both kids and parents will love. The fun starts in North Hills at 3:30 pm in the Commons with everything building up to the big Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available nearby at the Main District Garage.

  • Sledding Slopes and Trackless Train Rides – Are your kids dreaming of a white Christmas? While there may not be traditional snow at the Christmas tree lighting, kids can enjoy some sledding on "Snow My Yard" sledding slopes, or take an enchanted, holiday-themed trackless train ride.

  • Bounce House, Face Painting, and More – The North Hill Christmas Tree Lighting will also feature traditional childhood favorites, including a bounce house and face-painting for the holidays. There will also be arts and crafts for kids, along with balloon twisting to create memorable holiday souvenirs.

  • Meet Santa and Watch the Lighting Ceremony – The big moment arrives at 6:00 pm when Santa comes to town for the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy Christmas carols, watch the 41-foot tree light up in gorgeous colors, and then stick around so that kids can spend some quality time with Santa Claus himself.

  • Start Your Shopping at the Vendor Village – Searching for a unique gift for someone on your holiday list? You'll find local vendors offering unique gifts, crafts at Vendor Village during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Don't miss vendors like Shepard's Way Farms, Edible Art of Raleigh, Bee Happy Essentials, Project Picturesque, and many more.

Life in North Hills

North Hills real estate is popular among Raleigh residents because the neighborhood features everything you need close to home. From fantastic shopping to fun events and cuisine from around the world, North Hills offers a dynamic lifestyle for both work and play. The Commons, the location of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, is a gathering place in the neighborhood, with outdoor green space, ample outdoor dining options, and frequent special events throughout the year.

Still searching for the perfect Raleigh home for the holidays? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Raleigh, NC area.

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