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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7 Best Home Warranty Plans 2018

Some of the Best Home Warranties:

  • AFC Home Club
  • Choice Home Warranty
  • American Home Shield
  • Totalprotect
  • Sears Home Warranty
  • HomeServe
  • Select Home Warranty

Your next home deserves a great home warranty and that's why we're detailing the basics on 7 of the top home warranty companies, nationwide.

The last thing a new homeowner wants to worry about after purchasing a new house is whether something will break. Sure, you have homeowners insurance to cover major disasters like fire or water damage, but what about the other parts of your house that could break down? What about your furnace? What about your electrical system? These are all vital to keeping your home up and running, and they're not covered under homeowners

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What Are The Best Neighborhoods in Raleigh, NC

The Best Neighborhoods in Raleigh, NC:

  • Oakwood (Downtown)
  • Cameron Village
  • Boylan Heights
  • Hayes Barton
  • Mordecai
  • Downtown
  • Historic South Park
  • North Hills
  • Wakefield
  • Falls River
  • Brier Creek
  • Five Points
  • Stonehenge
  • Six Forks
  • Glenwood Ave
  • Oberlin/Glenwood
  • NC State

When it comes to buying a home, Raleigh is an incredible place to plant roots. The population is growing fast and consists of just under 500,000 residents. On average, there are 40 people moving to the Raleigh area daily and the county has a net growth of nearly 70 people per day. There are significant qualities that influence the influx of people wanting to call Raleigh home. Being a hub for various technology companies, finest academic

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The Top Neighborhoods in Clayton, NC - What are They?

The Best Neighborhoods in Clayton, North Carolina!

There are many neighborhoods and homes for sale in Clayton, NC. A lot of these neighborhoods would qualify as the best in town, depending on what type of home and neighborhood you were looking for. As a resident and as a Realtor in Clayton, NC, my years have experience give me a great background on the town! For some people looking to move to Clayton, it may be a golf community or an equestrian community or a planned development with lots of amenities. Some people looking for a home in Clayton don’t want any of the above but would rather find a small subdivision with large private lots and no HOA dues. Whatever the type of subdivision you’re looking for there’s a good chance you’ll find it in

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Chapel Hill Neighborhoods

Chapel Hill, North Carolina is filled with great neighborhoods and putting together a list of 10 proved to be quite the challenge. A lot of these neighborhoods are where our friends live so we were able to generate some direct information from them. 

The Best Chapel Hill Neighborhoods in North Carolina - Check out the 10 best!

One thing to know about Chapel Hill from the beginning is that it doesn't have the posh communities like LA, Beverly Hills, or others. All neighborhoods are going to vary in both price and people, whether it's first time home buyers or C level executives. That's one of the best parts about living in Chapel Hill.

If schools or certain locations are important to you, you'll want to reach out to us directly as well will be able to tailor a search to your criteria. Without

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What are the Best Wake Forest Neighborhoods?

Wake Forest is a town located northeast of Raleigh and has been exploding with growth. One of the best parts of living in Wake Forest is the downtown area filled with local shops, restaurants, breweries and a small town charm that is sure to delight you. 

We have helped people a number of people buy and sell homes in Wake Forest and are happy to help you as well. Without further ado, let's jump into the information you're looking for, the town's best spots to live!

Best neighborhoods in Wake Forest, North Carolina - What it's like living here!

 Hasentree

Where world-class amenities meet small-town charm, Hasntree is one of the more modern neighborhoods in Wake Forest. With a country club as it's backbone and amenities for everyone, it's a place the whole family will

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17 Irresistible Restaurants in Raleigh, NC

WARNING: Your taste buds may never be the same after you try these Restaurants in Raleigh, NC!

If your mouth isn't watering yet, just wait until you see the pictures and read about each restaurant in Raleigh!

While our website is focused on real estate, and helping people find homes for sale - we love to provide value and local guides. It was a difficult task, eating at so many great local Raleigh area restaurants, but somebody had to do it!

The recipe (pun intended), for making our best Restaurants in Raleigh list, involves a commitment to high quality ingredients, customer experience, and bonus points to those restaurants who aren't afraid to stray from the status quo.

We hope you will

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2018 is here! For anyone who is considering selling their home in 2018, we are going to dive into a great list of tips that will help your home sell fast and for the greatest amount possible.

One of the first things you should do is discuss in detail your options with whoever is involved in the selling of the home. Look at the homes for sale in your neighborhood to give you a rough idea of the anticipated sales price. A lot of our local folks are shocked at the value of their home in Raleigh thanks to demand and inventory levels.

Selling Your Home in 2018 - Raleigh, North Carolina

 

10 Steps to Selling Your Home in 2018

  • Make sure you're 100% ready to Sell
  • Interview local Realtors to Help Prepare The Home
  • Improve the Home to Maximize ROI
  • Determine the RIGHT Listing Price
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FHA Loan Requirements, Guidelines, Limits, Credit Scores and Down payments!

FHA Loan Requirements: 5 Critical Facts + 17 Common FHA Questions

The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) is helping turn the American dream of homeownership into a reality. An FHA loan offers borrowers a greater opportunity at qualifying for a loan to buy a home by using a different set of requirements and guidelines that both protect lenders and give home buyers opportunity!

Table of Contents (Click each section to jump to it):

  • What is an FHA Loan?
  • What you Need to Know
  • FHA Loan Requirements
  • FHA Loan Limits
  • FHA vs. Conventional
  • Other Important FHA Tips
  • 17 Common FHA Loan Questions Answered

Without further ado, let's dive in and discuss FHA loans in detail

What is an FHA Loan?

FHA loans are often one of the

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Roof - Repair, Cost, Installation, Shingles and different materials

How Roofs Work

Thank you for stopping by to learn more about your roof! Before we dive into the article on 9 signs your roof needs repair it makes sense to give a little background on how roofs work and what their purpose is.

If you'd prefer to jump right to the article, 9 signs your roof needs repair, click here.

From sun, snow, rain, hail, the wind, debris from trees, and more, your roof protects your home. The constant beating your roof takes every day makes it one of the most important pieces of your home's structure and that's why roofing costs aren't cheap. In order to better understand how roofs work, we need to break it down into layers.

First, you will need a roof deck which is often made of plywood or oriented strand board at its

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Septic Tanks

Watch the video below to learn about how septic tanks work and click each bullet to jump to that section:

  • Septic Tank Information
  • How does a Septic Tank Work
  • Pros and Cons of Septic Tanks
  • Septic Tank Installation
  • Septic Tank Maintenance
  • Septic Tank Pumping and Cleaning
  • Septic Tank Cost

Septic Tank Information

If you have lived in a house that is connected to a municipal or county sewer system the idea of having a septic tank can seem a little daunting. It needn’t be, as a septic system is very common to find in homes all across the country. Municipal and county sewer systems only make sense when there are enough homes clustered in a certain area .Once development moves further out from the more

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