All Blog Entries by Ryan Fitzgerald

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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Buying a Home After College

Are you a recent college graduate interested in buying a home? Even if the ink isn't dry on your diploma yet, taking on homeownership could be a good move. You can build equity and set yourself up for a bright financial future.

You'll also gain a comfortable place to decompress at the end of the workday. But the benefits — and responsibilities — don't end there. Read on to find the complete guide to buying a home as a recent college graduate!

College graduates holding their diplomas and getting ready to graduate from university while buying their first homes and overcoming the challenge of student loan debt

The Unique Challenges of Being a College Grad

When you're young, you could face some disadvantages as a homebuyer. You won't have the same work history or experience. So you'll need to take stock of your financial picture first. First-time home buyers have many advantages

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Living in Clayton, North Carolina 

Moving to Clayton, NC? Here's what you need to know about living in Clayton!

Considered the #1 Place to Live in Johnston County, Clayton is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Located close to Raleigh, living in Clayton will provide residents with a small suburban feel while having easy access to the hustle and bustle of city life in the state’s capital. Since more and more people are deciding to move to North Carolina due to employment opportunities and desirable quality of life, Clayton is a good place to call home for all ages. If you're shopping homes for sale in Raleigh you'll find there are a lot of great houses in Clayton as well with large lots and a bit less expensive!

Moving to Clayton, NC - What is life like living in Clayton North Carolina?

Not only is the

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Living in Knightdale, NC

Moving to Knightdale NC? 11 Things to Know Before you do!

Take a trip about 8 minutes from downtown Raleigh and head east towards the crossroads of I-540 and U.S. 264. Situated there is the upbeat and energetic town of Knightdale. The benefits of living in Knightdale extend far beyond the affordability of the homes for sale and we are going to break down all the pros and cons in this article Knightdale has a long history dating back almost to the 1700s. However, while having historical roots, the town feels very modern. These are some of the reasons people are moving to Knightdale, North Carolina!

Moving too Knightdale, NC - What is it like living in Knightdale, North Carolina?

History of Knightdale

Unlike other towns in the region, Knightdale was incorporated later at around 1927. However, the

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Living in Wendell, NC

Thinking about Moving to Wendell, North Carolina? Find out what it's like living here!

Wendell is an up-and-coming community consisting of private homes, local eateries, vintage buildings, and parks. The town itself gives off the vibe of having all the big city charm found in larger metropolises yet still retaining its small-town atmosphere. Raleigh and Durham, two hot spots for economic opportunity. Top that off with the Research Triangle Park that is anchored by the major research universities of Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and you're entering one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. Nestled within the enclave of it all lies the town of

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How to Workout without Leaving Home

With the current state of the world, homes are now being built with extra rooms and space so that people can work from home as well as a workout at home. From "peloton rooms" to garage gyms the covid-19 pandemic has created a dramatic need for people to be able to exercise within the convenience of their home. This is one homebuying trend that seems to coincide with the working from home trend that is creating a lot of home offices. 

With many of us spending more time working from home than ever before, exercise is more important than ever. Although gyms have mostly opened around the U.S. in light of COVID-19, many individuals may not feel comfortable working out in a mask or want to avoid paying for a gym

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What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?

When searching for a home for sale, you may have encountered a variety of different sales statuses online including contingent real estate listings. Beyond just “for sale” and “closed,” you may have also seen other common sales statuses such as “pending” or “contingent.” These phrases indicate where in the sales process the home is in. Understanding the differences between these statuses can help you identify properties that may still be available for purchase, and will help you better understand how to move forward if you’re interested in putting in an offer on any of them.

A contingency clause doesn't necessarily mean all hope is lost for prospective buyers. Different states have different laws as it

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Buying a Home As a Government Employee

Are you a government employee preparing to buy a home? The process of buying a new home may sound intimidating. With the right resources, you can ensure a successful investment and one in which you may save tens of thousands of dollars thanks to being a government employee. Let's dive into all of the home buying resources you have when working for the government!

Buying a Home as a Government Employee Benefits and the pros and cons

Our real estate company is based in the state capital of North Carolina, Raleigh. We are no stranger to helping those who work for the government find great homes and use the resources available to them! Especially if you are a first-time homebuyer.

Here is the complete guide to buying a home as a government employee!

The Unique Challenges a

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Luxury Home Buying Tips Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina

Whether you're shopping for a mansion overlooking the green on the 16th hole, waterfront home with breathtaking views, or a penthouse loft in the heart of downtown, the luxury home buying process is one you'll want to be sure to do your homework on. As a buyer shopping for high-end real estate, there are certain tips and strategies that are both similar and different to your typical home buying process. This article will give you eight tips that will help you purchase a magnificent estate at a great price, avoiding common mistakes buyers make along the way.

In this article you will learn:

  • How to buy a luxury home
  • Tips to help with the luxury buying process
  • Common mistakes buyers make
  • How high-end real estate purchases are different
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Selling home for sale by owner pros, cons - How do I sell my home for sale by owner in Raleigh, NC

How to Sell a House By Owner (FSBO)

Before selling your home for sale by owner, it's important to understand the pros and cons, what's involved, and what to expect throughout the process. The question should I sell my home for sale by owner or without a Realtor® is likely one asked by every home seller with the thought of trying to save money.

Do you really save money though when you sell by owner? Let's find out:

We have over three hundred thousand people visiting our website each month looking at homes for sale in Raleigh and almost all of them want to work with a top local Realtor®. We would imagine it's the same in most real estate markets around the country as we have found the same to be true of homes for sale in Charlotte as well.

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Living in Durham, NC

Find out why 70+ people are Moving to the Durham area Daily in 2021

Moving to Durham, NC 2017 - Reasons to Love Living in Durham, NC. Raleigh Realty - Infographic

For anyone moving to Durham, NC, or considering the move, you'll want to be sure to read this article first! 

12 Things to Know Before Moving to Durham, NC

There are so many things to do in Durham a lot of which you will find in this article. The city itself is located just west of Raleigh and north of Chapel Hill and has a population of around 275,000.

Is Durham a good place to live?

Many folks have written reviews online around living in Durham and the city was recently ranked as the 23rd best city to live in the United States by Livability. That score should only continue to improve as well since Durham is a city committed to being great and

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