Archives: June 2013

Home Prices Up 12.1% In April

Home prices rose by a record 12.1% for the year ending in April according to the S & P Case-Shiller index. From March to April of this year prices were up 2.5% for the index. All 20 cities making up the index showed positive year-over-year growth for a least 4 consecutive months. Inventory levels remain […]

Holly Springs To Get New Ballpark

The town of Holly Springs will soon be home to a new sports stadium and will partner with the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league, to provide a home ballpark for a new CPL team starting in 2015. There are plans for an 2,000-seat stadium that will host around 40 baseball games a […]

Curbside Collection Schedule to Change

Starting the week of September 3, 2013 the City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department will implement a new route structure!  As a result, your household will have a change in your regular schedule for curbside collection.  Your assigned day of the week may change and/or your biweekly schedule for recycling collection may change.  Your […]

Rent Vs. Buy

The math can be critical when trying to make decisions about homebuying vs renting. The recent rise in mortgage rates (from record lows) has indeed made buying a house a little more expensive. According to Forbes the increase from 3.4% to 3.9% on a 30-year mortgage raised the monthly payment on a $200,000 mortgage by […]

Home Builder Confidence Surges

Home builder confidence has risen to a seven-year high in June, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The index that measures builder sentiment towards the market has jumped to over 50 for the first time since April of 2006. A reading of over 50 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo index signals that more builders […]

Garner Named All-America City

  We want to congratulate the Town of Garner for being named one of 10 All-America Cities for 2013. Garner was competing against 19 other finalists to win the All-America City award, which is administered by the Denver-based National Civic League. The award recognizes citizen engagement, cross-sector collaboration, innovation, and inclusiveness; it also showcases grassroots […]

Beat The Summer Heat And Keep Costs Down!

The thermometer has begun its creep up as we approach the hot summer months, and many of us have switched on the air conditioner to keep things cool inside. Oftentimes this comes with higher utilities costs for homeowners. The Yahoo! Shine site has some great ways to beat the summer heat and keep your costs […]

Milestone For The Triangle Housing Market

The Triangle housing market hit a milestone in May: the number of homes sold surpassed 3,000 units for the first time in five years according to the TMLS. There were almost 3,100 closings recorded at this point, putting May home sales in the Triangle up over 30% compared to the year prior. The average sale […]