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.

Found 127 blog entries published by Ryan Fitzgerald.

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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Best Breweries Raleigh NC

Don't drink and blog they said, whoops... Just kidding. So we hit a local Raleigh coffee shop, which also happens to serve Trophy's Trophy Wife Pale Ale, and crafted this blog on some of the best breweries Raleigh has to offer! We also wrote an article on the best restaurants in Raleigh (if you want to read that after!)

While we our committed to helping clients find great homes for sale in Raleigh we also LOVE to produce local content. This is a fun article to write, and we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed drinking writing it! 

With great beer comes great responsibility...

Trophy Brewing

Website and Directions

Raleigh, NC - Trophy Brewing and PizzaWith locations on Maywood, Wilmington, and Morgan, Trophy Brewing has become a staple in the Raleigh beer scene.

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11 Tips When Selling a Home for The First Time

When you search Google to learn more about selling your home for the first time you will find some good and not so good information. This article is written for those of you who are feeling a bit daunted about listing your home for sale and want to find comfort in what to expect throughout the process.

Without further ado....

11 tips when selling a home for the first time

  1. Set an appropriate listing price
  2. Ask a Realtor the best ways of preparing your home
  3. Strategize the best time to sell your house
  4. Interview a few agents
  5. Be flexible to maximize your chances
  6. Open Houses
  7. Professional Marketing Photography
  8. Review your listing online
  9. Respond promptly to offers and be transparent
  10. Let the buyers feel like they've won
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Buying a House in 2018

It's 2017 and that means it's a GREAT time to start preparing yourself for buying a house in 2018!

A lot of the people who are currently reaching out to us about buying a home, in our local market of Raleigh, are preparing themselves for a purchase in 2018. These folks are the inspiration for this article and my hope is you will be well prepared by the end of it.

In Real Estate it's not uncommon for people to keep their eye on the market long before they become serious buyers and thus we are writing a how to guide for buying a home in 2018.

Buying a house requires preparation and the more prepared you are the more confident you will be heading in. Real Estate is one of the safest investments you can make, especially if you're buying in a

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