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Market Trends: What are Homeowners Giving Up to Stay on Budget?

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 14:05 PM

When budgets get tight, what are homeowners willing to give up first?

Homebuyers are thinking through their purchases before they make a big decision on a new home.  Here are the Top 5 Things Homeowners are Willing to Do Without:


5. Green Products/Design

Don't take this category at face value. The number of new homeowners opting for Green features that focus on energy savings, cost cutting, and environmental impact reduction are actually INCREASING.

In fact, more homeowners than ever are opting for advanced HVAC heating and cooling systems, superior insulation, and approved (often through ENERGY STAR) appliances designed to conserve water and energy.Hardwood Flooring

The green products that are easier for homeowners to give up include bamboo flooring and recycled glass countertops, which are much higher cost per square foot than their popular counterparts: hardwood flooring and granite countertops.


4. Landscaping

Tight budgets have led to a "Do it Yourself" attitude. More homewoners are seeing the benefit in installing all landscaping on their own, after their closing date.



In addition to saving money on labor costs, homeowners take a lot of pride in putting some sweat equity into their new home.




3. Architecture/Design Complexity

Another feature homeowners are considRooflineering more carefully is the complexity of architecture and design. 


This includes opting for a 9/12 rather than 12/12 roof pitch, 2 rather than 5 gables, and standard windows rather than upgraded styles.


2. Finish Details

More and more homeowners are asking themselves, "Do I really need to include crown molding throughout my home, or will it have more emphasis in only one or two rooms?"

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Finish details like crown molding, wainscoting, and chair railing can take a back seat during initial home construction, with the intention of adding these special details as weekend projects.




1. Square Footage

The number one item homeowners are willing to cut back on is square footage.

Open floor plans with lots of light and convenient storage solutions are becoming more desirable. 

Homeowners often consider the efficient use of space more important than adding a 5th bedroom or an expanded bonus room.


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Raleigh Healthiest Housing Market in the Nation | New Homes Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 04, 2011 @ 10:03 AM

Raleigh NC Named Number One Healthiest Housing Market in the Nation

2011 Housing Market Growth

Raleigh continues to stand out as one of the best places in America to live, work, and retire. This time, housing market growth and lower unemployment rates demonstrate the desirability of the Raleigh area.  

Raleigh-Cary has just been named the number one healthiest housing market in the nation for 2011, according to extensive research by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence. And here's what they have to say:Raleigh Market Trends | Homebuilders Raleigh

  • 2011 Building Permits projected to increase 90% to 9,604
    • Permits already increased 85% to 8,600 in 2010
  • Permit increases are seen in both multifamily and single-family homes
  • Existing home prices rose 4% in 2010
  • Increased jobs in Raleigh lead to a lower unemployment rate, now at 8.4%


Raleigh's reputation for affordability is coupled by educational opportunities within several nationally ranked colleges and universities located in the Raleigh area.

Read more about the Raleigh-Cary housing market here.


Some of the most popular places to live near Raleigh-Cary include Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 04, 2011 @ 09:03 AM

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?


How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

Looking to add low-cost square footage to your new home or make space for a future  hobby area, game room, sports center, or guest retreat? 

Choosing a floor plan with an unfinished third floor or attic may be the answer.

One of the questions you need to ask is, what is the most cost-effective way to finish third floor or attic space?


The cost of finishing a third floor or attic space depends on several factors, including:

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

 - Home Size and Price Point

 - Roofline Style and Size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Does the floor plan include a staircase?

 - Would you want to add a bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?


Generally, the minimum cost will be about $50 per square foot.  This will include:

 - Basic lighting

 - Basic electrical outletsHow Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

 - HVAC system (which will require an additional heat pump, AC unit, and duct work - the cost for this is usually about $6,000 alone)

 - Insulation

 - Drywall

 - Paint

 - Basic required trimwork

 - Standard level carpet

It can be less cost effective to finish a smaller space, and the total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished. 

If you need to add a staircase from the second to third floor, the price tag can become much higher.

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC HomesThe expense of the project can also increase if you need to add any kind of windows or skylights. If you don't plan ahead, you will need to remove siding and roofing, reframe the structure, add the window or skylight, and replace the siding and roofing. 

The cost of adding a bathroom will vary depending on the finishes desired as well as what stage of construction the home is in. If requested at planning stage, the plumber, framers, and electricians will be able to complete all work as they are finishing the rest of the home, resulting in some savings.

A third floor can be a great space for a homeowner to finish themselves over time, with some significant labor savings.  Check with your local jurisdiction to see if any permits are required - you'll want to be able to count the area as finished square footage if you should ever want to sell your home.   

Make sure to get a full price quote before taking on what can become a major project.

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New Homes in Raleigh, NC | Custom Home Building in Raleigh NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 @ 06:10 AM

New Homes in Raleigh, NC

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The Raleigh, NC area is ranked consistently as one of the best places to live in the nation.

Home value, jobs, education and quality of life make the Research Triangle a popular destination that has spurred continual growth in businesses and new homes.




Ten steps to buying new homes in Raleigh, NC

  1. Decide whether you want new or used - consider full warranties vs potential repairs and replacements, plus energy efficiency. 
  2. Research realtors and builders before you sign up – make sure they know what you want, and can accommodate your individual preferences
  3. Think about your lifestyle – would you rather be on a lot or acreage? City or county?
  4. Consider how long you expect to live there. How permanent should your new home be?
  5. Do an Internet search, using keywords that pertain to the kinds of homes and land you’re looking for
  6. Take a trip to the area – drive around and see it for yourself
  7.  Check out schools, medical facilities, parks, recreation – all the everyday things you need
  8. Work with people you trust – from realtors to new home builders to finance professionals
  9. Make sure the new home design you choose will grow with your family
  10. Check out the immediate neighborhood – does it feel user-friendly?

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