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Home design MORE important than price to new homebuyers

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 @ 05:07 AM

What matters most to new home buyers in the Raleigh, NC area?

Home design rated as MORE important than price (and equal to location)

According to a survey of more than 20,000 home buyers completed by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, design matters more than price when purchasing a home.

Raleigh new home design | Survey of home buyers

2012 is the second consecutive year that home shoppers rated design above price.

Today's homebuyers are more intuitive about look and feel, long-term value and personal space and are turning to custom builders like Stanton Homes to work with them to create an environment with everything just the way they want it.

In fact, the overall appeal of a new home is so important to today’s buyers that respondents even ranked home design above safety and community design, followed by accessibility and prestige.

Here’s what the survey says about the important characteristics in new homes:

Raleigh new home design features | Home Buyer Survey

 

What’s so special about today’s new home designs?

With custom design builders like Stanton Homes, it means creating living space around lifestyles, with special function rooms like huge mudrooms, family centers, and customized island kitchens, and better living flow than can be found in box homes built by the block, or older homes with closed in spaces.

Buyers who decide to build a home increasingly look for a design team that can wrap ideas into a floor plan that’s perfect for the way they live – beautiful, functional and energy saving.

New home tip: When looking at your own new home design, don’t just pick a pretty plan. Talk to the builder, and find out how much he really knows about the kind of home you have in mind. A knowledgeable builder can create your vision with a design that’s all your own – at a lower price than you might imagine.

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

Read more about the John Burns survey here.

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Raleigh and Durham are Named Leading Technology Centers of America

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 06:07 AM

America's Most High-Tech Metro Areas

Raleigh and Durham named leading technology centers of America

The "Research Triangle Park" - made up of the three corners of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill - has made national news again. This time, Raleigh and Durham were both named in the top 10 most high-tech centers of America.

Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor at The Atlantic Cities, just Raleigh, NC Technology Companiesreleased an article detailing the top 10 most high-tech metro areas in America. Silicon Valley hit number 2, following behind Seattle, WA.

North Carolina is the only state (besides California with Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and San Diego) who can boast TWO cities in the top 10 ranking.

Here are the top 10 Most High-Tech Metro Areas of America:

1. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
4. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR
5. Austin-Round Rock, TX
6. Raleigh-Cary, NC
7. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
8. Durham, NC
9. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
10. Boulder, CO

These high-tech cities were ranked with a "Technology Index Score" based on:

 - patents per capita

 - average annual patent growth

 - concentration of technology companies in an area

Technology companies with a base in the Raleigh-Cary metro

The Raleigh-Cary area is packed with technology corporations - small and large. A few companies you may recognize include:

 - SAS

 - Red Hat

 - Cisco

 - Oracle

NC State University is a huge technology center in Raleigh, NC, as well.

Technology companies with a base in the Durham metro include:

Durham has its fair share of big-name tech companies, including:

 - Talecris

 - Quintiles

The technology companies in Durham have a range of functions, from medical research to computer coding. Duke University, located in Durham, NC, is a huge information resource for the area.

Read the full Atlantic Cities article here.

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How is the Raleigh, NC Housing Market?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

How is the Raleigh, NC Housing Market?

Raleigh Home Sales Up Again - April 2012 Market Report

Raleigh New Home Sales Report

 

The April 2012 Wake County and Raleigh area market reports show the continued strength of the local housing market. 

There have been huge increases in closings in April 2012 versus April 2011, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for April 2012.

11.5% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County

Wake County closed sales are up 11.5 percent in April 2011 versus April 2012.

April 2011 - 959 Closed Sales in Wake County

April 2012 - 1,069 Closed Sales in Wake County

 

32.8% DECREASE in Total Homes For Sale in Wake County

Raleigh Housing Market Report

The total available inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh area, specifically in Wake County, has decreased from 9,264 last year to 6,224 this year.

 
Wake County is currently at a 6.7 months supply of inventory - in the lowest range it's been for about 4 years.

6 months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market.

 

Much lower than a six month supply, and Wake County will move to a "Seller's Market".

 

Raleigh New Home Sales Report

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Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

 Wake County Home Sales Report

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Raleigh Real Estate News | Home Sales Up Again in Raleigh, NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

Raleigh Housing Market Stays Strong

Home Sales Up Again in Raleigh, NC - March 2012 Market Report

The March 2012 Wake County and Raleigh area market reports show the continued strength of the local housing market. Raleigh Real Estate News | Home Sales Up Again in Raleigh, NC

There was a huge increase in closings in March 2012 versus March 2011, according to the recently released Triangle MLS Report for March 2012.

13.1% Increase in Closed Sales in Wake County

Wake County closed sales are up 13.1 percent in March 2011 versus March 2012.

March 2011 - 887 Closed Sales in Wake County

March 2012 - 1,003 Closed Sales in Wake County

11.3% DECREASE in New Listings Available in Wake County

In addition, new listings have reduced as well, which means there are fewer choices to select from.

March 2011 - 2,422 New Listings in Wake County

March 2012 - 2,149 New Listings in Wake County

33.2% DECREASE in Total Homes For Sale in Wake County

Raleigh Real Estate News | Home Sales Up Again in Raleigh, NC

 

The total available inventory of homes for sale in the Raleigh area, specifically in Wake County, has decreased from 9,051 last year to 6,049 this year.

 

 

 


Wake County is currently at a 6.6 months supply of inventory - roughly the lowest it's been for about 4 years. 6 months of supply represents neither a buyers or a sellers market. Much lower than a six month supply, and Wake County will move to a "Seller's Market".

Get the Latest Raleigh Market Reports Here

See All Area Market Reports Here


Wake County NC is located at the center of Harnett, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Franklin, and Johnston Counties.

Wake County encompasses Apex, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

 

 

Moving to Wake County: Wake County, NC New Homes Resources

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