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.
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.
Living in Raleigh means that there will always be new experiences to explore waiting close to your front door, in a city that is constantly growing. This year has seen quite a few exciting new businesses open in the city, offering food and fun for family members of all ages. There are new restaurants with healthy, locally sourced ingredients, a new coffee shop bringing flavors from around the world to Raleigh, and new studios where you can learn to create your own art. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 5 of the great new businesses to open in Raleigh this year.
Origin Hotel Raleigh – 603 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27603
Whether you're in town to shop for Raleigh homes for sale or already a resident of the city, you're sure to find something to love on the menu when you visit the new restaurant at Origin Hotel Raleigh. The menu offers a diverse selection of plant-based meals with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and protein-based meals with sustainably sourced meat. Origin Hotel Raleigh is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with brunch on weekends.
Iris Coffee Lab & Cafe – 725 Tucker St., Raleigh, NC 27603
For delicious coffee and so much more, be sure to check out the new experience at Iris Coffee Lab & Cafe. This is so much more than your average coffee shop, with a selection of expertly brewed coffee, espresso, and cold brew that you can enjoy with your breakfast or lunch. And it's not just about the coffee! This shop also stocks a lovely selection of teas, which have been aged to perfection and are ready for you to enjoy hot or cold.
Wine & Design – 510 W Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Looking for a fun, fresh way to relax and unwind with your favorite people? An art class at Wine & Design is just the thing! You can book a private party, where you'll enjoy a two-hour class directed by a local artist and create a unique piece of art to bring home. Wine & Design also has regularly scheduled classes, open to anyone, so you don't have to plan a party to enjoy some painting. There are even classes for painting with your pet and online classes that allow you to create art in your own home.
Bean Sprouts – 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
When you're in the mood for a fun family outing and a healthy meal, you'll love visiting the award-winning Bean Sprouts restaurant. This unique, kid-focused dining spot is located in the Marbles Kids Museum, so it's the perfect place to enjoy a break during your visit. Kids love all of the unique flavors on the menu, and parents are sure to love that everything is made with fresh, healthy, organic ingredients.
Sugar & Spice Kitchen – 227 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
In the mood to indulge your sweet tooth? Sugar & Spice Kitchen is a new dessert destination that fuses the flavors of India and North Carolina to create a menu of sweet treats that you won't find anywhere else. This family-run bakery offers a delectable collection of handmade pies, jams, and cakes, all created with love in Raleigh.
Ready to find your next home in a city that is always evolving to provide new experiences for your family to enjoy? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.
When you're selling your home, you want it to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Even though 67 percent of households have pets, our real estate agents know that properties that appear to be pet-free show better than those with a lot of pet supplies scattered and pets running around. Here are some things pet owners need to do before a showing to ensure their pets and home are prepared.
Have additional questions about preparing your home to sell? Contact us today for assistance!
After our REALTORS® have helped you find the perfect home among the Raleigh homes for sale, it's time to pack your boxes and plan for moving day! Moving into a new home can be time-consuming, expensive and stressful especially if you don't plan it well.
Streamline your move with this list of actionable steps you can follow to make your move more bearable.
Don't let your move add unnecessary stress! Contact us today for help finding your new home in the Triangle.
The New Year has arrived bringing with it blistery cold weather and great anticipation for all that will happen in the days and months that lie ahead.
Your 2018 resolutions may take you to the gym more often, give you the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends or set the stage for a long-awaited home sale. If the latter is on your list, now is the perfect time to begin your real estate journey; here's how:
You'll need to get your financial affairs in order before buying a home—think about your credit score, income, and savings.
Start by checking your credit to see where you stand. Are there any errors or negative information on your credit reports? If so, start fixing them now to raise your credit score before you begin hunting for a home. The higher your credit score, the more likely you are to qualify for a lower interest rate on your mortgage loan.
Determine what you can afford based on your current income and savings. Do you have enough money to purchase the home you desire? If not, are you able to revise your budget to cut spending and increase your cash reserves? You will need to demonstrate to lenders that you can afford monthly mortgage payments as well as a down payment ranging from 5 to 10 percent of the loan.
If you already know that you are well positioned financially to buy a home, do yourself a favor and get pre-approved for a mortgage. A pre-approval is a written statement from a lending institution in which the lender tentatively commits to lend a borrower, upon underwriting review, a fixed loan amount. This formal letter offers assurance to sellers that you are in good financial standing and truly able to purchase their home.
Before you start your house hunt, research the areas and neighborhoods that interest you. In short, do your due diligence.
Log on to HPW.com to take a look at the homes for sale in the communities, zip codes or school districts you've identified. Gather information about homes that have recently sold in the areas you like to get an idea of pricing for the type of home you want.
You should also begin driving around the neighborhoods you'd like to consider to get a feel for what they are like day and night. Take note of the traffic on area streets, find out how the local schools are rated, and familiarize yourself with the various conveniences in the area. A new home is what you seek, but you'll want to know all about its surroundings before you commit to buying it.
You may be tempted to seek out a home on your own, but it will serve you well to hire a professional real estate agent.
A local real estate agent will know about the communities that interest you and help you find the home you seek. They often hear about listings before they hit the market and may be able to ensure you are one of the first buyers through the door.
Your agent will be able to help you make a stronger, more compelling offer, by providing insight into what sellers are seeking. It is also a real estate agent's job to protect you during the home buying process by keeping your best interests in mind and ensuring the transaction and all paperwork are handled appropriately.