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Farren Forest is a mature affordable neighborhood in the center of Cary, NC. Farren Forest is situated off the SE Cary Parkway. Access to the neighborhood is also available through Stonehaven. Access and egress to and from the neighborhood are easy.
Raleigh and NC State University are a 15-20 minute commute. The Research Triangle Park, "RTP," is about 25 minutes. Heavy drive-time traffic can lengthen those times.
The neighborhood was developed in the mid-1980's-early 1990's. 51 pleasant classic 1.5 and two-story homes comprise Farren Forest, with home sizes ranging from 1500 to 2400 square feet. As the photos show, (5 comments)
Raleigh and North Carolina State University are an easy 20 to 25 minute commute. Cary is an easy 10 minute drive. Regional employment center, the Research Triangle Park, "RTP," is about 25 minutes. All commutes can lengthen during drive-time traffic. Click here to view currently available Active Listings in Cameron Park. Cameron Park was developed from 1999 into the early 2000's. A variety of home choices comprises Cameron Park, with low country, transitional, and traditional style homes represented, from 1900 to 3300+ square feet. See (0 comments)
See my slideshow of Dogwood Ridge on Flickr. Raleigh and North Carolina State University are an easy 20 to 25 minute commute. Cary is an easy 10 minute drive. Regional employment center, the Research Triangle Park, "RTP," is about 25 minutes. All commutes can lengthen during drive-time traffic. Dogwood Ridge was developed in the mid-1990's into the early 2000's. A variety of home choices comprises Dogwood Ridge, with townhomes, starter homes and move-up homes represented. Townhomes are in the 1400 (0 comments)
Raleigh and North Carolina State University are an easy 20 to 25 minute commute. Cary is a 10 minute drive. Major employment center, the Research Triangle Park, "RTP," is about 25 minutes. All commutes can lengthen during heavy drive-time traffic. Pearson Farms was developed in the mid-1990's to 2000's. 2-story transitional and traditional homes comprise most of Pearson Farms, with home sizes ranging from 1800 to 2600 square feet. Click here to view currently available Active Home Listings in Pearson Farms. (2 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate, "To Be Added Drive " - 10/27/07 10:28 AM
The new Triangle MLS upgrades have been very positive, and gone seamlessly, at least to my eye. One thing I really like is the standardization of streets and subdivisions. When a listing is input, the agent will have to select a street from a database of streets. Likewise with subdivisions. This will eliminate duplicative search efforts. This week I searched for "Mildew Boulevard." (Fictitious name.) Got two listings in my results. Pulled into "Mildew Boulevard," and immediately spotted another home that was not on the list. Hmmmmm. How can THAT be? I mean, Mildew Boulevard is a short street. Picked up a flyer at the house that (0 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate: When not thinking about panic-spreading media, some headlines just catch your eye. - 10/25/07 05:23 PM
Thanks to YAHOO!, Reuters, and Associated Press for the rush of pithy news! Some Neanderthals may have been redheads I don't even want to read the story. It can't get any better than that! Brain study: Sleepy, grumpy and ... primitive? Didn't need the internet to tell me that. That's why I'm married... French court blocks return of mummified Maori head But...can I get a parking ticket fixed? Looking for an excuse? Company has many For the inept. I'm a skilled do-it-yourselfer. Star Wars' Yoda gets his own stamp So-o-o, Yoda needs first-class postage? So-o-o, the Force was all hype? Poll: One-third believe in ghosts, UFOs And (7 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate: You gotta love a Rainy Night! We're celebrating! - 10/25/07 02:22 PM
Sure we have an ongoing drought in almost all of North Carolina. No doubt about it. But we've had some rain! Last night it rained hard in Raleigh,NC, and in Cary, Apex, and surrounding towns. And it has been beautifully gloomy, overcast, and drippy all day today!
Generally I like to take pretty photos with a nice blue sky to set off the subject:
But right now, a shot like this is worth its weight in gold:
Vigilante justice on the Triangle MLS? "Report a Violation" - 10/24/07 10:48 PM
Tomorrow morning should be interesting. Major changes are in store for our MLS solution. The one I talked about the other day. It has had a few tweaks and some largish additions that are having a Grand Opening Thursday Morning. My early favorite is the one-click "Report a Violation" email pane. (Pain?) Click and the "violation" is reported to the Compliance Department. Can you say "Server Crash?" I just searched a small condo community, and it shows 4 different Area/Sub-Area locations. It just isn't THAT big. Sloppy. I actually expect that MLS Members will lay off the "Report a Violation" button, living within your basic Motes (14 comments)
Cary and Raleigh, NC, Real Estate: Vender Referrals. Don't we owe it to our clients to take on some Liability? - 10/24/07 06:26 AM
How can we claim to be professionals and fiduciaries and then tell our real estate clients to go to the Yellow Pages for venders when we know capable and ethical service providers we can recommend? I started to respond to Randy Prothero's post on this topic, and got long-winded enough to build a post of my own. I am reasonably risk-adverse. I know there are pitfalls in any business. I know that foolhardiness can have painful consequences. I also like Randy's position that handing over a list may well not reduce liability, only service. But, I don't know how one can take all the liability out (13 comments)
Ridgepath is a mature neighborhood in the center of Cary, NC. Access to the neighborhood is from the SE Cary Parkway, or through Wimbledon. Access and egress to and from the neighborhood are easily accomplished.
Raleigh and North Carolina State University are an easy 15 to 20 minute commute. The Research Triangle Park, "RTP," is about 25 minutes. Both commutes can lengthen during heavy drive-time traffic. Ridgepath was developed in the mid-1980's to mid-1990's. Classic one-and-one-half and two-story homes comprise Ridgepath, with home sizes ranging from 1800 to 2900 square feet.
Typical amenities include 3 to 5 bedrooms, 2.5 or 3.5 baths, beautiful .28 to (6 comments)
Cary and Raleigh, NC, Real Estate: This drought of 2007 is for real! - 10/21/07 12:35 PM
Sweetie and I took a quick ride to Falls Lake this morning to view the lake level. Falls Lake provides drinking water to Raleigh, North Carolina, and several smaller towns who buy water from Raleigh. We know the lake is low. We have seen the photos on TV, in the newpaper, and on the internet. Nothing prepared us for the sight we beheld. Currently Falls Lake is 8.5 feet below normal level. Severe Water restrictions are in place for Raleigh and other towns. Cary, NC, has much more water in reserve, since we pull from Jordan Lake. Cary has also had year-round restrictions in place (4 comments)
Cary, NC Real Estate: Home Inspection Roofing Follies...Pipe Boots? Kick-out flashings? Oh, My! - 10/20/07 10:18 PM
So, your listing is under contract and your Buyer has sent you a North Carolina Repair Request and agreement, asking you to do some roof repairs: "Repair nail pops in shingles." Sounds simple enough. I guess. What's a "Nail Pop?" 'Replace 3 split pipe boots." Oka-a-ay. Uh-h..What the heck is a "pipe boot?" "Install kick-out flashing at rake." Sure, whatever. Is it just me or is this getting weird? "Replace split cap shingle at gable." Help! Here are a few examples of the above items. They are dramatic to make it easy to view them. They are not necessarily indicative of a home that needs a new roof, but of general (13 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate, Do you do "Animal House" Real Estate? - 10/18/07 09:42 PM
What should the relationship with a real estate agent feel like? Should a client or prospective client expect consultation... or manipulation? Pressure, or presentation of facts? Old school boiler room tactics, or the comfort of working with an agent who really cares? I prefer to work with clients on a personal basis, responding to their needs, and anticipating where that will take us. How compatible are pressing for the sale, "badgering" the client like an adversary, and working as a fiduciary? Badgering is aptly portrayed in the Johnson Auto "Tired of being Badgered?" advertising campaign that lampoons old school sales, and is currently in (7 comments)
Cary and Raleigh, NC Real Estate: Buyers' Agents...Lock it up! Turn out the lights! - 10/17/07 07:07 AM
Sometimes you focus on your Buyer, but sometimes you owe a little attention to the Seller, too. Seems to me that is the case when doing the little things like locking up and turning out the lights after showing a home. Keith and Robin Perry's post indicates how common the problem is of Buyers' Agents not locking up. Keep your eye on the ball! Focus! But it seems that every week I open a home, even a vacant home, with an unlocked front door; to the extent that I now try the front door before working the combo into the lockbox. Recently I took a man to (11 comments)
Wake County NC Real Estate: TMLS Update to allow 12 photos per listing - 10/17/07 06:25 AM
Just got my TMLS newsletter yesterday. The North Carolina Triangle Multi-List System will soon allow the Listing Agent to upload 12 photographs for every listing. We have been limited to ten photos. This will be a boon to those of us who shoot 50 to 100 photos of each home and have a hard time narrowing them down to the ten best. I hope it puts a little pressure on those NC agents who do not believe in photography. The listings with 12 photos will stand out even more when compared to those with 1 or none. Add in a couple of Real Estate Shows, (4 comments)
Raleigh, NC Real Estate: Cranes Over Raleigh! Downtown investment in condos and hotels. - 10/16/07 10:00 PM
I get a kick out of tower cranes. The fellows who operate them have responsibility for the safety of all the folks below, and much of the work depends on the teamwork and trust in fellow workers. Multi-ton components are maneuvered above the city streets, and precisely placed. Anyway, lately, Raleigh, North Carolina has been spotted with cranes as hotels and mixed-use towers are assembled. Today I thought I would catch a few and pass along for all to enjoy. Just imagine the view from the top of a tower crane that is used to assemble a 39 story high-rise building! Of the view of (2 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate, "Family Friendly" and the Fair Housing Act - 10/12/07 08:13 AM
It is a common request, for "Family friendly" neighborhoods, or amenities. Well, I can direct you to McDonalds for a Fun Meal 7 days a week. And I can show you neighborhood amenities like playgrounds and pools and the local schools, so you can see the quality of the offerings, and proximity to a home. But...is the neighborhood "Famiy Friendly?" I won't go there. The Fair Housing Logo floats into my mind. My NC Real Estate Broker's license starts to glow red in my wallet. "Protected Class" appears next on that banner floating through my mind. I'm seeing more agents use "Family Friendly" in their promotional material, and I (8 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate, "I would rather part as friends with a thousand people than work with one enemy." - 10/11/07 08:42 PM
Ever lose a Buyer at the client's request? Ever fight it? I don't mean working hard to learn what the problem is, and then trying to make it work out. I mean fighting contentiously to keep the client because you have a contract. There is sometimes resistance to signing an "Exclusive Right to Represent Buyer" agreement, and part of it is because folks are nervous about getting into something from which they can't escape if it isn't working. I tell prospective clients, "I would rather part as friends with a thousand people than work with one enemy." You will never work a longer day/week/month in real (21 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate, Treo snaps vs. Kodak Photos. Talk on the phone. Take photos with a Camera! - 10/11/07 08:18 PM
Anyone serious about selling their home might like their agent to be a little technically hooked up. I find my Treo 700WX to be priceless. I might even love my Treo. (I even put it on my desk before going to the rest room.) I like that my Treo has a camera, albeit a 1.3 megapixel snap shooter. If I see something cool, I can grab a quick shot. But, that camera doesn't qualify for real estate use. Most certainly NOT for shooting listing photos. And i'm no purist. When it comes to photography, I am a ham-and-egger with a camera in the car. I (11 comments)
Someone is going to buy a house tomorrow! Will it be your Buyer? Will it be your listing? You gotta believe, and act as you believe. It's all about attitude! (4 comments)
Cary NC Real Estate, Amazing gas main fire in Cary, 10/10/2007 - 10/10/07 04:17 PM
A backhoe operator pierced a gas main today before lunch at the intersection of Kildaire Farm and Tryon Roads in Cary, NC. Our Keller Williams Cary office is just down the street less than a quarter mile. This is one of the busiest intersections in Cary, and will be blocked off for most of the evening, and then as long as it takes to repair the road. Businesses were evacuated, and ambulances to the nearby Wake Med Cary Hospital were diverted. Traffic will be snarled all evening, as the fire continues to burn while the Gas Company attempts to install a stop (10 comments)
Family Reunion 2008: Be there! See you February 10-13! - 10/09/07 04:03 PM
Made my reservation last week for a room at the Omni, and registered for Keller Williams Family Reunion 2008. Is it too soon to get excited? Gee, I hope not. I'm really stoked already. I skipped Las Vegas this year and I felt awful the whole week, and worse when people came back all pumped up. 2008 is my turn, and I'm looking forward to Atlanta. Hoping for a full house. (2 comments)
Raleigh, NC, Real estate: Update and stage, or clean and sell it "as-is?" - 10/08/07 10:29 PM
I visited with the listing prospect in Raleigh, NC, the other day. I knew what I was going to see: an older home that hadn't been loved very much for quite a while. He had other interests. We could have made a long list of things to do to the property. Or, and this is what I did: We could plan to have the place professionally cleaned, yard given a good shot by a professional yard crew, and move it into the market. I couldn't tell him he would recoup update costs, let alone the value of his time. And he truly doesn't need the hassle of chasing contractors. So as (5 comments)
Cary, NC, Real Estate: Shabby paint work hurts the house! - 10/08/07 10:17 PM
Enough already. I went out to preview a Cary, NC, property for out-of-country Buyers tonight. It has fresh paint, new carpet, and refinished hardwood floors. All it needs is a few updates. All it needs is: fresh paint, new carpet, and refinished hardwood floors. That's right. It's messed up pretty thoroughly. The paint work is horrendous. Receptacle and switch plates were not removed, but painted around. And in some cases there is a 1/2" wide smear of paint on them. One receptacle is painted green. The plate is clean, as it must have been missing. In another place, there is an electrical receptacle and a phone jack less (4 comments)
Cary, NC, Real Estate: I shot a fax into the air. Where it landed...? - 10/07/07 10:10 PM
So we have this mighty fine offer all set to go. I call over to the listing agent in Raleigh, and a nice lady answers the phone. Me: "I have an offer to send over. Fax or email" Nice Lady: "Fax." Me: "Thanks." I have the paperwork assembled and fax it out. Toll Free number. Cool! And I think about it, and decide to email it too. Belt and suspenders approach to real estate communications. And an hour or two later, I get a call from my client. Seems some irate lady in Minneapolis just received a 17 page fax. And has to pay for it. He knows this because (9 comments)
North Carolina State Fair is upon us, October 12 --21, 2007 - 10/04/07 08:07 AM
It's time for the North Carolina State Fair to be held in Raleigh NC. At the Fairgrounds! And there is something for everyone. Whether you love to see some of the finest livestock to be found anywhere, love thrill rides, crave deep-fried health food, enjoy seeing handicrafts, lust to Whack-a-Mole, need to have your weight guessed, or just love watching a crowd on a midway, the NC State Fair is the place to be. Sights and sounds: Entertainment abounds! Demolition Derby, fireworks, bluegrass and other musical acts, a huge variety of vendors, unlimited food options, equestrian events, and the list goes on. It's one of (5 comments)
Active Rain Profiles: Are you "The Jimmy?" Third person profiles; what's up with that? - 10/03/07 10:22 PM
Have you noticed? It would seem that many folks are having their profiles professionally written. Or something. There are a LOT of profiles written in the third person, a la, Seinfeld's "The Jimmy." They occur on AR, but also on other sites, including personal Realtor home pages. " Broker Mike Jaquish is faster than a speeding bullet, and Mike Jaquish is more powerful than a locomotive. Mike Jaquish leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Yadda yadda yadda." Does that sound more euphonious, more credible, more professional, more modest, than: "I'm faster than a speeding bullet. I'm more powerful than a locomotive. I leap tall buildings (24 comments)
Apex, NC Real Estate, Kelly Glen, Affordable homes on rural wooded lots - 10/03/07 09:21 PM
Kelly Glen, on a rural ridge along Kelly Road, in Apex, NC, is a neighborhood of quality starter homes built by local custom builders in the 1990's. Homes range from 1200 to 2200 square feet and ranchers and 1.5 story homes are common. Most typical is the 3/2 home, with a few 3/2.5's and 4/2.5's. Some homes have garages. Most lots have a few mature trees, and some homes are in deep hardwood shade. Recent sales prices have been between $156,000 and $227,000. Click here to view available Active Home Listings in Kelly Glen. See all 37 photos of Kelly Glen in (2 comments)
Apex, NC Real Estate, Crockett's Ridge, Affordable value and space, in a rural setting - 10/03/07 07:50 PM
Crockett's Ridge in Apex, North Carolina is a newer subdivision in a convenient rural location. Commuting to Raleigh, or Cary is done with ease. Built by KHovnanian Homes, Crockett's Ridge features great square footage for the price to folks who need affordable space. With a new phase, new homes are available. Homes range between 1800 and 3800 square feet and sell startingin the low $200,000's, with some well above $300,000. Click to view available Active Home Listings in Crockett's Ridge.
3 to 5 bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 baths are common. Garages are a standard amenity, so a 2500 SF 4/2.5/2 is the typical home. (4 comments)
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