Pie Day 2015 was a Success! We Appreciate All Our Clients

pies lined on a table for Pie Day 2015 at Linda Craft & Team, REALTORSFor years now, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® has been offering Thanksgiving pies to ALL past and current clients as a way to say thank you for their business.

This process has grown over time, and this year we passed out over 700 pies to our lifelong clients!

Two of our seven values are Relationships and Service, and by treating our clients to pies we are demonstrating our values in action and paying it forward.

Relationships Make Pie Day a Success

How does our office take on such a huge project?

We work with the fantastic team at Costco making sure we place a giant order back in early October. We reach out to every single past and current client, asking them what flavor of pie they would like – apple or pumpkin. Our team gathers that data and gives Costco a final count about a week prior to Thanksgiving.

On the Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving, our team takes the Team moving trucks to Costco, loads the hot pies fresh from the oven, and unloads them at our office that afternoon, making sure the office is ready for all the visitors throughout the day on Wednesday.

Linda Craft & Team at Costco for Pie DayWe Truly Appreciate Our Clients

Pie Day is always a favorite for the team! Seeing friends we haven’t seen in a while, reconnecting for the holidays, and serving the community is important for all of us here.

Free Thanksgiving pies are just one of many additional perks of working with Linda Craft & Team to buy or sell your home.

At Linda Craft & Team, Our Clients are Our Friends

One of our greatest pleasures is being able to stay in touch with our past clients and become lifelong friends with our current clients, and we offer several free services and client appreciation events to benefit our friends and show how much we appreciate them.

But one major benefit that we offer is making your Raleigh home buying or selling process so much easier.

Whether it’s detailed Triangle area relocation information and an easy-to-use home search (or free home finder assistant) or whether it’s client reviews and a library of home selling informational videos that you want, we can provide any of the tools and data that you need to make the transition to your new home a success.

Want to find out how you can join our tight-knit group of friends and benefit from our free client services? Contact us today at 919-235-0007 or linda@lindacraft.com and we can start building a lasting relationship.

Get Involved at Friday’s 6th Annual Sound Cartel Food Drive

cans of food at a food driveLinda Craft & Team, REALTORS® will again be supporting the 6th annual Food Drive held this Friday night, November 20th at Mosaic Wine Lounge on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. Our team members will also be making donations and supporting this fantastic cause.

In addition to our team, it’s also being supported by GiGi’s Cupcakes in Brier Creek and 919 Magazine. The food collected and donations made will benefit Raleigh’s Food Bank and the Durham Rescue Mission.

If you’re out and about in Raleigh on Friday night, please stop by!

Support Your Raleigh Community with Sound Cartel

This event is organized by Sound Cartel, which is a house music group that was founded with social consciousness in mind. Marshall Jones and Nogui Aramburo (team member at Linda Craft & Team and also known as DJ Nugz on the side) have been involved in the dance music scene for more than 20 years combined.

Friends of many years, and driven by their passion for house music, they joined forces in 2009 to bring you quality music, quality DJs, and quality events. This is the sixth year in a row that they have organized this fantastic food drive.

Raleigh is a Caring Community

Sound Cartel’s annual food drive is certainly not the only opportunity to get involved in the Raleigh area. If you’re relocating to Raleigh, you’ll find countless ways that you can dedicate your time to serve your community, from volunteering at annual food drives and food banks to working with Habitat for Humanity and other local charities.

Our real estate experts are as invested in the community as you are, and can help your move to the area go smoothly by offering you an easy-to-use tool to search for your dream home and a whole library of home buying resources. Let us know how we can serve you as a future Raleigh resident — call us at 919-235-0007 or email linda@lindacraft.com; we would be happy to talk to you.

Celebrate Halloween Like a Raleigh Local

Halloween is right around the corner, but it’s not too late for you to take full advantage of the season.

Celebrate Halloween like a true Raleigh local this year by reading tales of haunted mansions, eating pumpkin-filled and pumpkin-flavored foods, and venturing to the area’s best Halloween festivities this year.

Raleigh Haunts and Halloween Treats

You’ll find information below on Ghosts of the Triangle, some tried and true fall recipes, and some tips for enjoying the season from Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®Do you have a fall favorite that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments or contact us. We would love to hear from you.  

"Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®" on pumpkin with "Ghosts of the Triangle" bookRead Tales of Ghosts and Goblins in the Triangle

It’s not truly Halloween without spooky stories to tell in the dark. To celebrate Halloween like a Raleigh local, it’s time to settle down with a cup of hot cider and a good book about local haunts.

Ghosts of the Triangle is a book written by Richard and William Jackson, highlighting a variety of historical houses that are said to be haunted in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. You can read about the tales of the Dorothea Dix campus, The Carolina Inn, and more in this page-turning book.

If you want to read tales of ghosts and goblins right now, you can find more info on the Duke Mansion and Mordecai Manor here.

Snack on Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

While you’re carving your pumpkin, keep the seeds and set them aside to eat later, and follow these recipes to create tasty snacks to help get you in the fall spirit. (Quick tip: The secret to cooking the seeds correctly is to soak them first.)

This recipe for toasted pumpkin seeds is a fantastic recipe that our real estate team members have used and have had great success with.

And here are two pumpkin recipes created by our team members. These desserts are easy and fun, and perfect for both kids and adults to make.

Spice Up Your Usual Breakfast

If you enjoy cooking breakfast, it’s easy to add “pumpkin pie spice” to your oatmeal. You can also add pumpkin puree to your pancake or waffle mix, adjusting the thickness with milk or water. And if you’re a smoothie fan, you can easily add the spice or canned puree to add the fall flavor to enjoy the season even more.

Celebrate Raleigh Life Best as a Resident

Raleigh is all about celebrating local life, from the simple fall tastes to the extravagant Halloween celebrations throughout the city. But the seasonal fun doesn’t stop for Raleigh residents!

Are you looking to live in a thriving city where every day is a celebration? Then find your new home in Raleigh. As your Raleigh real estate experts, we can help you find the best local neighborhood that offers your desired amenities, and we can even help you find your dream home.

Search for your ideal home by price or features, discover Raleigh’s best neighborhoods, or view our featured properties to find the Raleigh home that is perfect for you.

Have you found your dream home? Contact us today at 919-235-0007 or linda@lindacraft.com to schedule a showing.

The Triangle Is Your Place for Halloween Fun This Year

stack of pumpkinsIt’s that time of year again —  time to set out the pumpkins and the candy for the trick-or-treaters. Halloween will be here in just a couple of weeks.

If you’re in the Triangle and are looking for some Halloween fun, here are a few nearby options for kids and adults recommended by Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®.

Celebrate Halloween 2015, Day and Night

Below are family-friendly events that take place during the daytime, dog-friendly events including dressing your dog in costumes, and nighttime haunted forests and Zombie walks downtown for the bravest adults.

A Night of Fright in the Triangle

If you’re the type of person who loves a good scare, check out these two places in the Triangle – Panic Point in Youngsville and Clayton Fear Farm. (Here you’ll find day and night attractions, with some family-friendly options.)

Their websites contain the specifics, appropriate ages, day or evening details, and more. These attractions can be very scary, so enter with caution.

Festive Daytime Fun for the Kids

For kids in Raleigh or Durham, there are two options that include rides and gathering pumpkins.

Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville offers a hay ride and free pumpkin along with lots of fun kid-friendly activities. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham also offers a train ride, crafts, and pumpkins for riders on the Pumpkin Patch Express. Check both websites for details, times, dates, and more.

There’s also a 1-mile and 5k Monster Dash in the afternoon of October 25th, perfect for young kids or adult runners – especially in costume! The race will be held in Cameron Village in Raleigh.

Don’t Forget Fido

Dressing up the dog is very important these days. If you and your dog want to find something fun to do for Halloween, there’s a store called Unleashed in Downtown Raleigh in the City Market area that is hosting an event for your pooch.

On October 30th from 5pm to 9pm, come out to the Doggie Halloween Party by Unleashed with your dressed-up dog to mix and mingle with other pet lovers in the Raleigh area.

Zombies, Ghosts, and Goblins, Oh My!

If you’re part of the adult crowd that loves Zombies, make sure you join the Zombie Walk in Raleigh’s Moore Square on October 24th at 7pm. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

These events will be a lot of fun, especially if this is your first time visiting the Triangle.

The Triangle Is Fun During Every Season

The Triangle area offers plenty of things to do, and not just during Halloween. If you’re thinking of relocating to the Triangle area, you can become part of all of the seasonal fun all year long — there’s no place better to experience this wonderful area than as a resident.

We are your Triangle area real estate experts, and can help you find the home of your dreams. Search through our Triangle area resource center to discover the wonderful areas that make up the Triangle, or search Raleigh area homes for sale to find the perfect place for you and your family.

Have you already found your dream home in the Triangle? Contact us today at 919-235-0007 or linda@lindacraft.com and we can schedule a showing.

Race for a Cause This Saturday at the Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K

chocolate cupcake with whipped cream icing and sprinklesLinda Craft & Team, REALTORS® is a gold sponsor for Saturday’s second annual Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K to benefit Make-a-Wish of Eastern North Carolina.

The race is being held in Brier Creek on October 17th, starting at Dick’s Sporting Goods with the finish line at GiGi’s Cupcakes. Today is one of the last days you can register for Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K online, so make sure you sign up today.

We’ll have a lot of fun at this race! Kids and families are welcome, as well as serious runners. Start time is 8am and the first 1,000 finishers will get a medal along with a cupcake at the finish line – you can’t beat that!

About Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina

What is “Make-a-Wish”? The Make-a-Wish of Eastern NC is a non-profit organization with this mission:

“We grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.”

Make-A-Wish® Mission

The Eastern North Carolina chapter was founded in 1986 and serves 49 North Carolina counties east of the Orange/Alamance county line. Since its inception, the non-profit has granted over 2,900 wishes.

Have Fun and Support a Great Cause!

Come join us for the fun, music, and support a great cause. This race is a fun way to support the local community.

Are you looking for a home in Raleigh? This Saturday’s race is being held in the area around Brier Creek, a golf course community in Raleigh, where you can find events like the 5K to participate in with your neighbors.

Learn more about what life is like in Brier Creek and contact us today to talk about calling Raleigh home.

The Triangle’s Furry 5K is This Saturday

happy dog on a leashFor the second year in a row, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® is a sponsor for this Saturday’s Furry 5K event, benefiting Second Chance Pet Adoptions in Raleigh.

It’s being held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Saturday, October 10th. Everyone on our team is a pet lover and knows how important pets are in everyone’s life!

Run With Your Pup

The Furry 5K is a great event that gives you three options for participating: You can choose a timed 5K (without pets) that starts at 9am, a timed 5K with dogs starting five minutes later, or an un-timed 3K with or without pets starting at 9:35am.

It can be challenging to find a run in the Triangle where your pets can participate with you, so this is a great fit for both human and canine runners.

It’s not too late to register for this exciting event. Learn how to register on the Second Chance Pet Adoptions’ Furry 5K event site.

Join Our Team at the Furry 5K!

At last year’s event we had a professional photographer taking pictures of participants with their furry friends.

We’ll offer professional photographs again — for free — and you’ll be given your copy on site before you leave! Come join us for the fun and support a great cause.

We Are Your Triangle Real Estate Experts

We are the Triangle’s #1 Real Estate Team and are happy to help you with buying, selling, or relocating to the Triangle area. Want to explore the area? Have questions about the local real estate market? Contact us today.

Being a Tourist … In Durham

live music at the lucky strike tower in durham ncIt’s easy to be a tourist and have adventures in unfamiliar places – the beach, other states, out of the country.

It’s also easy to forget to visit all the cool and interesting things in your back yard.

The Triangle area including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill has a variety of events that will fit anyone.

Let’s see what it’s like to be a tourist in Durham.

Durham: A Triangle Tourist’s Gem

A great example of a treasure in our backyard is the American Tobacco District in Durham. It’s located right next to the Durham Bulls baseball field. If you haven’t made it to a game, you’re missing out on a great experience!

lucky strike tower and back porch concert series attendees in durham ncIn addition to the Bulls, there are free live music shows through the UNC Back Porch Series held under the Lucky Strike tower on a regular basis through the summer.

In addition, DPAC is a leading venue in the South and brings some of the best and brightest talent to the Triangle. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are amazing!

It’s Easy to Get Around Town

Sometimes the logistics of getting around can be a deterrent especially if you have young children with you, but parking is easy in the parking deck and makes it easy to access the Bulls, any restaurant in the area, DPAC, or the free concerts in the summer.

Take Time to Explore the Triangle

There’s always a new restaurant, show, sporting opportunity, street fair, community event, or family friendly venue to plug into. Take some time to be a tourist in the Triangle!

Where are your favorite Durham treasures?

The First Triangle Oktoberfest is Next Weekend!

What are your plans for next weekend? Want to celebrate German culture and support your Triangle community? Then head to Triangle Oktoberfest in Cary!

The First Annual Triangle Oktoberfest

Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre will be hosting the first annual Triangle Oktoberfest experience! This event will celebrate German beer, food, and culture in a family friendly environment. The weekend kicks off Saturday immediately after the Alzheimer’s Walk at Koka Booth.

It will be a two day event, starting on Saturday, October 3rd at noon until 10pm, and beginning again on Sunday, October 4th at noon until 6pm. Proceeds from the event will go toward both local and international causes.

Food, Beer, and Family Fun!

The event’s website has a fantastic overview of the details, schedule, and information. Of course, there will be tons of traditional German food and beer to sample as well as many activities to participate in – such as wiener dog races, German bands & dancers, inflatables for the kids. Kids six and under are free!

beer in a glass viewed from aboveAnd if adults dress the part in Bavarian attire, you can get free beer – check the event website for details.

On both days, there will be activities such as a yodeling contest, beer obstacle course for the adults, best dressed contest for both humans and dogs, and definitely awards for the best beer. You may even see one of our team members as a judge for the beer contest!

Follow along on all of the event’s social media platforms for details, updates, and fantastic pictures. Come enjoy the first annual Triangle Oktoberfest!

Relocating to Cary?

Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a popular location for Cary’s best events, including the patriotic July 4th celebration, movie screenings, and now the Triangle Oktoberfest.

If you’re relocating to Cary, come out to this great event to see what life is like in this community. Feel free to browse our website to find information and homes for sale in Cary, and talk to us today by calling 919-235-0007 or emailing linda@lindacraft.com if you want to schedule a showing.

Raleigh’s Memorial Bike Ride Supports Raleigh Police Officers

spokes on a bicycle tireLast month, Linda Craft & Team, Realtors member Brenda Miller and her husband Randy assisted in organizing the 6th annual memorial bike ride for fallen Raleigh police officers.

Brenda and Randy have been long-time supporters of various rides, both local and long distance to Washington DC, to support law enforcement officers and their families.

The Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

The Five-0 Memorial Bicycle Ride is just one of the ways that the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation helps to honor Raleigh police officers who have died in the line of duty.

You can read more about the mission of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation on their website.

A History of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

The foundation was created in 2009 by Raleigh police officers who participated in the Road to Hope bike ride to Washington DC and wanted to build a memorial in honor of their fallen comrades. That same year was the first Five-0 Memorial Bike Ride.

In April 2014, the foundation was able to raise enough support from these memorial events to unveil the Fallen Officer Memorial, honoring the eight Raleigh officers by inscribing their names on granite blocks and encouraging a moment of reflection for visitors who pass the location at the City of Raleigh municipal building.

The Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation has put on several events in addition to the memorial bike ride, including a veteran’s day golf tournament, the annual Run for Our Heroes 5K, and a “First Responders Got Talent” show.

The 6th Annual Five-0 Ride

The 6th Annual Five-0 Memorial Bicycle Ride was held in North Raleigh on August 23rd, 2015.

This was a great event to support and participate in. It has grown to at least 500 cyclists of varying experience and ages coming together in August to ride 100k (62 miles) or 50k (31 miles).

It was a very well supported event with stops every 8 miles which provided snacks, waters, and plenty of Gatorade to participants. One of our team members here at Linda Craft & Team, Realtors participated in the 50k ride. It was definitely a challenge — especially the uphill finish— but well worth it!

You can learn more about the ride and view pictures of the Five-0 Memorial Bike Ride on the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation’s Facebook page.

Supporting Our Community

We believe that supporting our Raleigh community is one of the most important things we can do as a local business, and our team members are eager to get involved in ways like Brenda Miller and her husband Randy did with helping organize the memorial bike ride.

If you want to know more about the Five-0 Memorial Bike Ride or any other events in the Raleigh area, contact us today and we can answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fun Memories at Youngsville’s Big Muddy Challenge

Kim Crup and daughters at Bug Muddy Challenge mud run
Two team members from Linda Craft & Team recently participated in the Big Muddy Challenge mud run with their children!

This family-friendly event was held in Youngsville at Hill Ridge Farms on September 6th, where kids six and older were encouraged to get muddy with their family, celebrate teamwork, and create memories together.

Here’s what our team members loved about the mud run!

Fun Times with Family and Friends

The Big Muddy Challenge is an annual event occurring twice a year in May and September, bringing friends, family, and coworkers closer together. This year, there were approximately 10 obstacles, some much muddier than the others.

Kim Crump’s Experience with Her Daughters

Kim Crump did the event with her two girls, age 12 and 7.

Sydney (12yrs) said “I didn’t expect it to be as cool as it was and the obstacles were awesome. I actually enjoyed getting really dirty and muddy.”

Ashley (7yrs) said “I thought it was awesome because it was all gooey and really deep and I got to spend time with my sister and my mom, so it was fun for me!”

Chandra Green’s Experience with Her Husband and Son

Chandra Green did the event with her husband and 6 year old son, Ethan. After a rough start with losing footing in the very slippery mud at the first obstacle, everyone recovered and finished together as a team.

It’s not a “mud run” without getting dirty!

person running through mud at a mud runNo Pressure, Just Mud

For kids (or adults) who are a little nervous about this type of event, you can pass on any obstacle that you aren’t comfortable with — you can cheer on others and support your team from the side and then move on to the next one.

Big Muddy Challenge: Great for Making Memories

It was a fantastic family event and all who participated will have great memories. Kim and Chandra are already discussing plans to attend the Big Muddy Challenge next year in the Raleigh area.

It would make a great team building activity for groups as well as for families. Bring towels, a change of clothes, and your strong will to power through! Let us know if you want to learn more about this event or similar events in the Raleigh area — we would love to share our experiences.