July 2022

Found 7 blog entries for July 2022.

Major Home Inspection Issues and How to Handle Repairs 

If your home inspection turns up any of these 7 major issues it could be time to negotiate some mandatory fixes with the seller before you proceed with purchasing the home. After a home inspection, issues are going to arise. If you are a first-time home buyer try not to freak out because this is why you hired a home inspector, to find the issues with the home! This gives the buyers an opportunity to negotiate some reasonable requests before purchasing the home. Some requests will be mandatory fixes or the buyer will choose to find another home.

Major Home Inspection Issues, repairs and common questions answered

If any of these major home inspection issues come back on your home inspection report you'll really want to hire experts to come in and evaluate the

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How Accurate is Credit Karma?

Is Credit Karma Accurate? A common question from people who are using the free credit monitoring service. In this article we will dive into everything you need to know about Credit Karma's accuracy, how often Credit Karma updates, how the service works, as well as what to be aware of:

How Accurate is Credit Karma?

Many people looking to buy a home will need to know their credit score and “how accurate is Credit Karma?” is one of the more common questions we receive.

Below we will give you an in-depth overview of what Credit Karma is, how accurate Credit Karma is and how often Credit Karma updates.

Let’s dive in so we can understand how accurate Credit Karma is:

1. What is Credit Karma?

Credit Karma is a free credit monitoring

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Raleigh, NC Skyline

With inflation rising 8.6% since this time last year, Americans worry about nationwide price hikes for necessities across the board. It’s tempting to jump right into a new neighborhood when you move, but you need to consider if you can afford your new lifestyle.

In this guide, we’re covering the cost of living in Raleigh, North Carolina with data from 2022 that covers prices for all major necessities. These categories give you a better idea of what you’ll need to budget to live comfortably in Raleigh.

Table of Contents:

  • Cost of Living in Raleigh

  • Income

  • Housing costs

  • Utilities

  • Food

  • Healthcare 

  • Transportation

  • Taxes

  • FAQ

Cost of Living in Raleigh

The cost of

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Apartment complex in Raleigh, NC

Apartment living is one of the most popular housing options in the United States. In fact, nearly 39 million Americans live in an apartment complex. Living in an apartment or condo building is a great choice — it saves space in cities so more people can enjoy all the benefits of a metropolitan community like Raleigh.

But while the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, are condos and apartments the same thing? The main difference between a condo vs. apartment living is that you own condos and you rent apartments. 

While there are some differences in price, amenities, and more, the question of who owns a unit is the deciding factor of whether you’d consider it an apartment or condo.

So, how can you decide what’s best for you? Let’s cover

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Home renovation tools and hard hat.


Over the past couple of years, people have been stuck at home. All that staring at the same walls has probably made many realize — it’s been a while since your home had a fresh coat of paint.

If you’re considering a home renovation, you might be looking for some insight on what other homeowners are doing. That’s why we’re rounding out some top home renovation statistics so you know what to expect from your next home improvement project. 

We’re covering home improvement, renovation, and remodeling topics so you’ve got all the information you need for your next project.


Table of Contents:

  • Home Improvement Statistics

  • Home Renovation Statistics

  • Home Remodeling Statistics


Home Improvement

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Aerial view of a neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A healthy housing market indicates a healthy national economy. In fact, it’s estimated that owner-occupied real estate accounts for over a quarter of American households’ net worth.

It’s no secret Raleigh is an up-and-coming city, but how’s the local real estate market doing? Let’s take a deep dive into emerging data in Wake County from 2022 and narrow down on key Raleigh real estate trends.

Table of Contents:

  • Raleigh Real Estate Trends

  • Real Estate Demand

  • Real Estate Supply

  • Pricing Trends

  • Raleigh Housing Market Predictions


5 Key Raleigh Real Estate Trends

2022 Raleigh real estate trends are: Raleigh is rated number one in the U.S. for homebuilding prospects, rated number two in the U.S. for overall real estate prospects, Raleigh houses spend less than half the amount of time on the market compared to 2021, houses sell for almost $5,000 less than the national median price, and over half of Raleigh residents own their home.


There’s no question Raleigh’s real estate market is booming. 1,200 experts surveyed by PwC rated the Raleigh/Durham area

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Raleigh home with a screened in patio.


 Average Screened-in Patio Cost

The cost to screen in a patio ranges from $2,000 to $2,800. It costs an average of $2 per square foot for labor and installation and $3-$5  per square foot for materials. 

If you want to build a screened-in patio from the ground up, the cost ranges from $3,000-$8,000.  

Screening a patio can help you protect your backyard oasis from pesky summer bugs and various weather conditions. In this guide, learn how to calculate the screened-in patio cost using different factors and the value it can add to your home. 

Table of Contents

  • How Much Does It Cost to Screen in a Patio? 

  • Screened-in Patio Budget Factors

  • Additional Screened-in Patio Costs To Consider

  • Screened-in Porch

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