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Durham County 2011 Property Tax Rates | New Homes Durham County NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 06, 2011 @ 13:12 PM

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Durham County NC 2011 Property Tax Guide

How much are property taxes for Durham County NC new homes? 

2011 Durham County Property Taxes | How Much Are Property Taxes in Durham County NC?


Whether you're considering relocating from the other side of the country or the other side of the Triangle, you've probably wondered what the yearly property taxes might be for your new home.

Where is Durham County located?  Durham County sits between Chatham County, Orange County, Person County, Granville County, and Wake County.

Durham serves as one of the corners of the Research Triangle Park, along with Chapel Hill and Raleigh.

When were Durham County NC property values last adjusted (assessed)?

All North Carolina counties are required to conduct a revaluation at least once every eight years. Durham County was reassessed on January 1, 2008, and the new assessed values went into affect in Summer 2008.

The chart below shows the 2011 Durham County property tax rates. If you are relocating to a home inside a town or fire district, the tax rate will generally be higher.  If your new home will be outside of town boundaries, the tax rate can be low.

The county rate gets combined with either the fire district rate or the town rate, depending on where the home for sale is located. 

2011 Durham County Property Taxes | How Much Are Property Taxes in Durham County NC?


  1. The Durham County property tax chart is not as confusing as it looks.  The tax rates are always based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price, so you'll want to look up the assessed value, or ask your agent for it. 

    1. Take the assessed value of the property.

  2. 2. Divide by 100.

  3. 3. Multiply by the combined 2011 tax rate.

  4. 4. This will give you the yearly tax amount, per 2011 fiscal year rates.



For example, Chapel Hill has a town rate of 0.494, and the Durham County property tax rate is 0.7459. 

Add the two together - the total tax rate for Chapel Hill, NC is 1.2399.


And just to give you an idea, here's a table of sample yearly tax payments for different sample assessed home values.

  2011 Durham County Property Taxes | How Much Are Property Taxes in Durham County NC?














This table gives sample property tax bills for all the cities and towns in Durham County, NC: Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Morrisville, Bahama, and more.  Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town. 


You can also visit the Durham County Property Tax page to get the most up-to-date tax tables or tax information for the City of Durham

As you can see, a City of Durham location will be the most expensive property tax location to live in Durham County, following closely by the City of Chapel Hill.

How Do I Find Out the Assessed Value of My Durham County Home?

If there's a particular home that you're considering, you can go directly to the Durham County Tax Administration Records site, type in the address, and see the assessed value of the property.  

What if the Assessed Value is Different From the Sales Price?

If there is a discrepancy between the assessed value and the asking price of the home or lot, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent to pull comps for you.  Assessed values are not always aligned well with market values, as assessments are often made several years apart. 


Want to Compare Property Taxe Rates?

Compare property tax rates in Durham County to other counties in the area here:

Alamance County Property Tax Rates 2011

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Chatham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Durham County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Franklin County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Granville County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Johnston County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Harnett County NC Property Tax Rates 2011

Raleigh Property Tax Rates 2011

Wake County NC Property Tax Rates 2011


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2011 Kitchen Trends: 7 Kitchen Trends to Watch

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 @ 13:02 PM

What's Happening in the Kitchen?

Results of the 2011 Design Trend Survey

The National Kitchen & Bath Association just revealed the results of a 2011 Marketplace design trend survey - and here's what they saw.  More than 100 kitchen and bath designers responded.

1) Keep It Simple - Shaker Style Cabinets

Shaker Cabinets | 2011 Kitchen TrendsTraditional remains the most popular kitchen cabinet style, but Shaker style cabinets came in second for the first time after rising in popularity in 2009.  Contemporary cabinets have moved to third place.  Cottage style cabinets was the only other style to register over 20%.

2) Dark and Mysterious Cabinetry

Dark finishes leaped over medium natural, glazed and white painted finishes to become the most requested finish style at the end of 2010. 

Dark finishes were used by 51% of designers polled, medium used by 48% of designers, white painted by 47% of designers, and glazed by 42% of designers.  Light natural finishes were used by 25% of designers, while colored paints were used by 29% of designers.  Glazed finishes took the biggest hit, falling 11 points.  Is this because glazes are generally the highest cost finish?

3) Entertaining with a Great Bottle of Wine

2011 Kitchen TrendsWine refrigerators are declining, but wine cabinets and storage options are abounding.  In 2009, only 39% of surveyed designers included a wine storage area in the kitchen.  At the end of 2010, 51% of designers were focusing on wine storage.

Other cabinetry options are changing too, but many are on the decline.  Tall pantries were used by 84% of designers, versus 89% in 2009.  Lazy susans fell from 90% to 78%.  Pull out racks/shelving fell from 81% to 71%.  Appliance garages also saw reduced popularity.  They were installed at some point by 36% of designers in 2009, but only 29% of designers at the end of 2010.

4) Refrigerators - Baby it's Cold in Here

What kind of refrigerator is specified most often by NKBA member designers?  French door refrigerators leaped from 67% to 78%.  Freezer-top refrigerators fell to just 8% of designers (I'm assuming not many of these designers have been in apartments!). 

5) Cooking with Induction Heat

You might want to think about that new set of pans after all - while not prevalent, induction heat cooking is growing.  Gas cooktops were specified by 76% of NKBA designers in 2009, but fell to 70% in late 2010.  Electric cooktops rose from 38% to 41%.  Induction cooktops took some of the gas cooktop share, moving from 26% to 34%.

Double wall ovens saw an increase too, specified in designs by 74% of designers, versus 68% in 2009. 

6) Lighting Up the Kitchen

Halogen lighting has reduced from 46% to 40% by this group of kitchen designers.  Incandescent lighting fell from 50% to 35%.  Halogen lighting moved from 46% to 40%.  LED (light-emitting diode) is the only lighting type that saw an increase, from 47% to 54%.  CFL's were flat.

7) Taking Out the Trash

NKBA members put a greater emphasis on trash and recycling solutions - 89% of kitchens designed during the final months of 2010 include trash and/or recycling pull-outs. 

The results of the NKBA survey represent overall trends from Canada and the United States. 

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms.

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Custom Home Tips: Love the floorplan, hate the exterior? Change it!

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 @ 12:12 PM

Making Your New Home Work Better

How to Change the Exterior of Your New Home

"The floorplan I like packs lots of usable space into less square footage.

But the exterior looks a little blah. Is there a way to keep the rooms the way they are, but change the exterior of the new home we plan to build in Raleigh?"

Home Exterior Ideas | New Home Builders in Raleigh NCBuyers looking to economize are asking for smaller new homes in Raleigh, NC. But if you’re building a custom home, there’s no reason to give it a cheap-looking exterior.

Here are some ways that new home builders in NC dress up your new home without breaking the bank.   

  • Change the roof lines. Add a dormer. Steepen the roof’s pitch. Change the slope. The result can be dramatic.
  • Add stone or brick accents.  Just a touch of additional materials can make a big impact.
  • Change the shape of the windows.  A transom, or half round window, adds personality.  Every window doesn't need to be expensive, but one centerpiece window can make a big difference.
  • Change the location of the windows. This could also have the additional benefit of providing more space for furniture where you really want it.
  • Add more windows, or remove some windows. Consider a family room that doubles as a sunroom.  Eliminate additional cost by simply moving windows from one room to another.
  • Change from a country look to a Craftsman look.  Or convert a traditional exterior to a Farmhouse.  You’ll have to see this on paper to realize how much it will change the way your new home looks. 

Home Exterior Ideas | New Home Builders in Raleigh NCNew homes in Raleigh, NC vary widely in how they’re designed, so you’ll have to check with your new home builders in NC to find out exactly how much you can vary your plan.  

Top local new home builders like Stanton Homes can tell you what your options are, just by looking at the plan you have in mind. They’ll sketch out some alternatives, at no cost, to show you how it will look.

And you won’t even have to buy the plans you have in mind for an initial evaluation – they can give you an idea from a computer screen printout or photocopy from a home plan book before you make any purchases.

If your new home builders in NC offer a free consultation like this, take advantage of the opportunity to consider all your options. When you’re ready to build, you’ll have the confidence that your new homes in Raleigh, NC will be more than just custom-built.

They’ll also be custom-designed – and you’ll have a hand in it.

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