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Ryan Fitzgerald is a Raleigh area Realtor® representing buyers and sellers in the greater Triangle, North Carolina area. Ryan maintains this blog to help you learn about Real Estate. Please check back regularly, or register for our newsletter, as we continue to deliver high quality, local real estate content.

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What Does 'Under Contract' Mean in Real Estate?

What Does Under Contract Mean in Real Estate? 

You've decided to buy a home and whether it's your first home or your tenth you're likely to stumble across homes that are listed as 'under contract' on the real estate listing. Homes under contract in real estate mean there is a contract on the home and is likely either pending sale or there could be contingencies attached that will need to be fulfilled.

At some point during the house-hunting process, you've no doubt stumbled upon a listing that at first glance seems too good to be true. The photos look amazing. The house meets every last one of your specifications. The school district is great and the neighborhood has a lot to offer. Then, you look at the status and that other shoe finally has a

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How to Sell Your House Fast for Cash

Sell Your House Fast For Cash - Fast sale for cash Real Estate 

Selling a house fast for cash is easier than you think. Ensuring you're receiving top dollar is another story. If you're looking for the convenience of selling a home fast for cash you should try to solicit offers from a few different buyers. This will help to ensure the price you receive is fair for the convenience of selling your home fast for cash. There are many reasons why someone would want to sell their home in a hurry for cash from inheriting real estate to going through a divorce. Cash sales of homes have been declining in recent years, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of cash buyers still out there.

There are some serious advantages of selling your house for cash, but they come along with

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Appraisals 101: What to Expect From the Home Appraisal Process

Home Appraisal Process: What to Expect from a Home Appraisal!

Wondering what to expect from your home appraisal? We have you covered.

You've found a home you love, put down an offer you're excited about, and the closing date is fast approaching. Now it's time for the home appraisal.

The light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is close. You can practically feel the keys landing in your hand, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. But before you do there's one last factor to consider: the home appraisal.

Like making counter-offers and going through the home inspection process, the home appraisal can be a sticking point between buyer and seller. Here's what you need to know about home appraisals so that you come prepared.

What is

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7 Takeaways: What is a Deed?

What Is a Deed? Here's what you need to know about deeds in Real Estate

Many folks ask what is a deed at some point during the real estate transaction or even during a Real Estate Agents time at real estate school.

Those who are new to the real estate industry and/or are closing a transaction for the first time are often confused by the terms and jargon used in the real estate transaction process. "Deed" and "title" are two terms commonly used in the real estate industry that are often mixed up. However, despite deed and title commonly being used interchangeably, they are two very different concepts and should not be confused, as they refer to different aspects of the transaction process.  

1. What is a Deed?

A property deed is a legal document used when transferring property

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Choosing a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Choosing a Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

Thinking about selling your home but don't know where to start? Finding a great Real Estate Agent is the perfect place.

When it comes to making a home sale, the process can be even more complex than you expected. Many sellers find that figuring out the best price for their home is one of the most difficult aspects.

This doesn't have to be your experience. When it comes to selling a home, you will want the professional expertise of a real estate agent to ensure a successful sale that results in you walking away with the most money. Real Estate agents are well worth their commission!

Read on to learn all about choosing a real estate agent that will make the home selling experience as simple and

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What is the Triangle in North Carolina?

What is the Triangle in NC?

One of the most common questions we receive is 'what is the Triangle in NC?'

The Research Triangle area in North Carolina is named after the three prestigious universities of Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. These three institutions are located in the three cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, which, if connected by an imaginary line on a map would form a Triangle. This is why the area is referred to as the Triangle area of NC.

The current estimated population of the Triangle or the Research Triangle is estimated to be around 2,079,687 in the combined statistical area. This makes it the second-largest combined statistical area in North Carolina (with the first being the

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Where's the Best Pizza in Raleigh?

Where's the Best Pizza in Raleigh - 9 Best Places!

Best Pizza in Raleigh? We have you covered. We know the rules too, unfortunately, we couldn't stop at just one slice.

As a local real estate company it's part of our job to help keep you informed on the topics that matter to you most, that's why we are bringing to you 9 of the best pizza places in Raleigh!

There is an abundance of Pizza Restaurants in Raleigh who serve mouthwatering pies that can appease preferences of any kind! Stick with us while we take you on a saucy, doughy delicious quest in search of Raleigh’s best pizza restaurants! Let's begin with one of Downtown Raleigh's Best Pizza places:

Vic's Italian Restaurant

Vic's is one of the best pizza restaurants in Raleigh. Owner Mario Longo

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9 Things to Know BEFORE Your Home Appraisal

Home Appraisal - 9 Things to Know About Your Home Appraisal

Here’s what you want to know about your home appraisal and the role it plays when buying a home. 

After spending several weeks touring homes throughout Raleigh, you have finally found the home of your dreams. The seller accepts your offer and you are officially under contract and the home will be marked contingent. Your mortgage lender informs you of the next step in the process: the home appraisal. While the process may sound intimidating, there is no reason to be alarmed. A home appraisal is typically required by all mortgage lenders and is a necessary step in securing a loan to purchase a property. 

1. What is a Home Appraisal?

A home appraisal involves analyzing a home in-person and

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Best Coffee Shops in Raleigh

Best Coffee Shops in Raleigh - What are the best coffee shops in Raleigh, NC?

What are the Best Coffee Shops in Raleigh? We have you covered.

As a local real estate company that specializes in helping people buy and sell homes in Raleigh, we love bringing you all the great local content we can from brunch and restaurants to breweries to Raleigh's best coffee shops!

Although our Realtors and Real Estate Website are focused on assisting homebuyers with their move to Raleigh, we like to keep you informed on all of the good things Raleigh has to offer! If you are moving to Raleigh, reach out to one of our Raleigh Real Estate Agents and let us know how we can help with your move to the triangle!  

Looking for a Raleigh Coffee Shop? Stick with us while we take you on a caffeinated tour of the

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How Accurate is Credit Karma?

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:

What is Credit Karma?

Credit Karma is a free credit monitoring service. Credit Karma allows consumers to track their credit scores, learn about credit, and sign up for credit alerts.

Credit Karma makes money by selling advertising and allowing consumers to use its free service. Credit Karma does a great job of helping consumers learn about what impacts

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