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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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Cost of Living Cary, NC

Is Cary, NC, an expensive place to live? Let's dive into the numbers around the cost of living in Cary, the average household income, typical expenses, and more!

Cary, North Carolina, is centered in the heart of the Triangle region, which is comprised of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. With abundant diversity, recreation, and employment, Cary, North Carolina, is consistently ranked among the top places to live in North Carolina.

There are many reasons why people are moving to Cary, as companies like Apple, Meta, Amazon, Google, and more set up shop in the area.

Before we dive into the cost of living, where did the town of Cary begin?

Cary, NC High school

Cary, North Carolina, was formally known as Bradford's Ordinary and was first

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Street in North Carolina where owner's have recently closed on a house.

 

Are you thinking of buying a home in North Carolina? If so, you'll want to be aware of the closing costs involved. Closing costs are the fees and expenses that you pay when you purchase a home, so it's important to know what to expect before you begin the home buying process. 

In this comprehensive guide to closing costs in North Carolina, you’ll learn exactly how much you can expect to pay and what these closing costs cover. So whether you're a first-time home buyer or an experienced seller, stay tuned, because we’re going to tell you everything you need to know. 

Table of Contents:

  • How Much Are Closing Costs?

  • Who Pays Closing Costs?

  • Title Fees

  • Home Appraisal Fee

  • Home Inspection Fee

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How to Measure The Square Footage of a House

Are you wondering how to calculate and measure square feet to figure out the square footage of a house? We have you covered in the article below with a guide on determining the total square footage of a home!

How to measure and calculate the square footage of a house

When determining how to measure the square footage of a house, it may come as a surprise that there is not a national standard for measuring residential property. For that unique reason, everyone tends to measure square footage differently.

Because established measurement standards are not in place, it is too easy to mismeasure square footage, which has happened countless times. This is what makes measuring the square footage of a house tricky in some ways. Although a standard for measuring

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Hidden Costs when Purchasing a Home

There are hidden costs when buying a home, including closing costs, insurance, or utility costs. When many buyers consider the cost of purchasing a home, the mortgage payment is typically the expense that immediately comes to mind. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced buyer, you will want to familiarize yourself with all the costs of buying a home!

Photo of a money jar with a home in the background explaining The hidden costs when buying a house

Your Real Estate Agent is not a cost to you as a buyer. This is one thing many buyers don't realize. You do not pay your Realtor as a buyer. The seller pays the listing firm. The listing firm then delivers the cooperating firm a percentage. The cooperating firm then pays the Real Estate Agent. This is how Realtors get paid.

While the mortgage

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Mold Remediation Tips and Tricks 

 Here are seven areas of your home where you can find the mold and some tips and tricks for getting rid of it!

Mold. What is it? How do you get rid of it, and why is it essential to do so? If you are currently a homeowner or looking to become one, you will likely have to deal with mold at some point in that process. 

Let's take a deeper look at mold and what you can do to prevent and treat it in your home.  

Green Mold On Tree and Orange on Wall with Light

What Exactly Is Mold? 

Mold is a fungus made up of large amounts of organisms that are outside and are very beneficial to the environment due to their ability to break down plant and animal matter. However, mold can cause you a whole slew of problems inside your home. Being a fungus, mold releases

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Millennial Homebuyers

Millennial homebuyers are on the rise, and for good reason - interest rates are still historically low. With the increase in student loan debt, frequent career shifts, and living through the 2008 housing crisis, many may consider millennials financially insecure and opposed to home ownership. However, research surprisingly points in the opposite direction.

Millennials at the brewery with drinks having a conversation

According to a 2018 Bank of America survey, the vast majority of millennials, more than 72%, consider homeownership to be their top priority. The only live event that ranked higher was retirement, at 80%. Getting married and having children fell lower on the list, at 50% and 44%, respectively. To the millennial generation, owning a home is not only a wise investment

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A family enjoying a hike near Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Raleigh isn’t called the City of Oaks for nothing. Residents enjoy everything you could want from a growing city — including great restaurants and culture — while still being able to experience North Carolina’s beautiful nature preserves and state parks. 

Get away from the city for a bit and reset this weekend. To help you with your itinerary, we’ve gathered some of our favorite hikes near Raleigh. We’re covering every difficulty level in this guide, including:

  • Easy Hikes: under two hours to complete, limited elevation gain, trails are simple to follow with no obstacles

  • Moderate Hikes: two or more hours to complete, moderate elevation gain, trails have limited obstacles such as steep hills

  • Difficult Hikes: two or

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Elderly couple listing their home as FSBO.

 

Selling your home is often a complicated process, but they’re still the few brave sellers willing to give “for sale by owner” (FSBO) a go. Saving money on commission fees or already having a seller lined up are the most popular reasons sellers might forego a realtor, but do the benefits really outweigh the costs?

For-sale-by-owner homes are sold by the homeowner without the aid of a listing agent or broker. That means the seller deals with all risks and responsibilities associated with the sale of a home — from research, pricing, home prep, marketing, negotiations, and paperwork. 

If you’re weighing the pros and cons of selling your home on your own, we’ve gathered some insightful FSBO vs. realtor statistics to help you decide whether it’s

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Real estate agent showing a home to a couple in Raleigh.

 

Buying a home means creating a space of your own. It’s independence, hosting dinner parties, planting a garden — and also a long-term financial commitment. 

If you’re ready to put down roots and take that step towards home ownership — but your savings account doesn’t agree — you need to know how to buy a house with no money. Is it even possible?If you truly lack the funds to front the down payment on your dream cape cod home, you can look at zero-money-down mortgages (yes, they exist!).

There are a lot of loan options when buying your home. To find a loan option that works for you, read on.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Apply for A USDA Loan

  2. Apply For a VA Loan If You’ve Served In The U.S Military

  3. Get An FHA Loan

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What is the Triangle in North Carolina?

One of the most common questions we receive is 'what is the Triangle in NC?'  Below we answer that and a few more common questions:

What is the Triangle in NC?

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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

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