Why Now is the Time to Upgrade Your Home—and Your Lifestyle!

A luxury living room with a fireplace.

While the rest of the real estate market is distinctly geared towards sellers—high demand and low inventory make for ever-increasing home prices—this section of the market doesn’t apply towards luxury or premium properties. In fact, the luxury home market (homes priced at $1 million and up) is a buyer’s market.

Over recent years, an influx of first-time home buyers and those seeking affordable properties has dominated the market. The demand for luxury properties is far lower.

What Does this Mean for Home Buyers?

If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your home—trade it in for something in the luxury market—now is the time to do so! In fact, if you negotiate correctly, you stand to make an amazing deal on a luxury home.

The truth is that demand for luxury homes has grown very slowly over the years. This isn’t to say that the market is taking a downturn—if anything, it is simply returning to normal.

What’s the Best Way to Upgrade My Home in the Triangle?

A huge white bathroom with a glass shower.

It all depends on what exactly you’re searching for! Raleigh, NC and the greater Triangle area are full of stunning luxury homes and premium properties. Whether you’re looking for a new construction paradise with acres of land to roam, or a unique estate-style home in a sought-after neighborhood like Five Points, Raleigh has something for you.

The real estate market here is as diverse as the population! Here at Linda Craft & Team REALTORS®, we have the resources you need to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Plus, at the end of the day, the best way to upgrade your home is to listen to your heart. What home features have you been dreaming of? What kind of home—location, amenities, design—will get you on the path to living your very best life?

These are the questions you need to answer, and our team would love to be there to help you along.

Let’s Work Together to Upgrade Your Lifestyle

Raleigh is full of opportunity. Let’s explore it together! Use our home-search tool and our free buyer resources to become better acquainted with the Raleigh real estate market–and discover your dream home today.

Have any questions? We’re just a phone call away.

List Your Home Today: The Advantage to Selling Your Home in Winter

Happy New Year! If selling your home is at the top of your resolutions list, then it’s time to get started. You don’t have to wait for warmer weather for a successful home sale. In fact, it may be a good decision to go ahead and sell your home right now!

There are many hidden benefits to selling your home in winter. Although the market has slowed down, that doesn’t mean buyer demand has! The weather cannot change the circumstances that motivate people to buy new homes, which makes every time of year great for selling your Triangle home.

Less Competition

Saleswoman presenting a new project property on digital tabletMany people believe that winter is a bad time to try and sell your home, which is why they wait until the spring or summer to list. However, the market tells us that housing inventory is low — meaning that there are not enough homes for sale in the market to satisfy buyers’ demand.

If you’ve gained substantial equity in your home over the years, it’s probably time to go ahead and list it!

Same Strong Demand

People often choose to buy a new home and move for a number of reasons that aren’t affected by the weather. Even in the winter, people accept new positions in different cities, need to downsize, or want to move closer to their loved ones.

The weather doesn’t stop them, and it shouldn’t stop you! Take advantage of the decreased inventory for a successful home sale.

A Faster Home Sale

Two professionals shaking hands.As a result of the decreased inventory, and steady demand, your home will probably sell quicker in the winter than it would in the summer! The Triangle market is competitive, no matter the time of year, so you can expect an interested buyer to act fast in putting an offer on your home.

If your goal is to sell your home before March, now is the time to act.

It’s Your Time to Move Up

If you want to sell your Triangle home in order to buy a premium or luxury home, now is the time to act! Luxury homes are in a market all their own, and the inventory for luxury homes in the Triangle continues to increase.

These conditions create a buyer’s market for luxury homes—meaning you can get a tremendous deal on a luxury home for sale in the Triangle!

Don’t Allow the Weather to Decide for You

Luxurious modern kitchen with white countertops.Why do you want to sell your home? Is it worth waiting until the weather decides to improve? Probably not!

Plus, the weather in the Triangle Region of North Carolina will continue to surprise us. In Raleigh this year, it was almost 70 degrees on the first day of the year! While the market may have slowed down a little, buyers are still just as motivated as they’ll be come spring.

Sell Your Triangle Home for Top Dollar

If you’re ready to list your home in the Triangle, then it’s time to contact Linda Craft & Team Realtors®. We have a proven track record in selling Triangle homes fast and for the most amount of money possible.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about your home-selling options in the Triangle.

Top Things Discerning Luxury Home Buyers Want

the exterior of a large brick suburban home in raleigh north carolina

Luxury home buyers are getting very smart.

This particular group of buyers are quickly becoming more discerning. They’re making wise choices about what their luxury home needs to look like, and it’s definitely affecting the way you should sell your luxury home.

Here’s what we mean:

Bigger is Not Necessarily Better!

Today’s luxury home buyers are looking at quality over quantity. They are forgoing outrageous amounts of square footage for exceptional building quality, tasteful finishing elements, unique attributes, and mindful, creative uses of space.

Number one on their list of amenities is making use of outdoor space in a way that accommodates their family’s lifestyle. That might mean:

  • a backyard pool area or tennis court
  • an outdoor living room
  • a classy bar area
  • fireplace or pit with cozy chairs
  • gourmet outdoor cooking facilities

Or it could mean all of the above. Houses with these elements tend to sell faster and for more money because of the valuable lifestyle amenities they offer.

Kitchens are Still King! 

Luxury kitchen with big windows and white granite counters.More than any other room in the house, the kitchen needs to be carefully planned to meet the needs of today’s Luxury Home Buyers. It is the heart of the home and whether or not the buyer cooks regularly, they are looking for a spacious kitchen with quality fixtures and top-of-the-line appliances. A highly functional island is a must; housing creative storage to hide small appliances as well as adequate seating.

But that’s not all. We all know everyone ends up gathering in the kitchen. It’s the place kids go after school for a snack and to have a conversation about their day. It’s where friends park themselves when they come over for a cup of coffee and a chat. Most of all, it’s where family gathers to help with Thanksgiving dinner. This area needs to include enough room for daily meals as well as comfortable space for entertaining.

Tech-Savvy Homes are the Norm, Not the Exception

There is literally an app for everything today. Being able to control elements of your home like temperature, lights, security, and entertainment from a mobile device through one app or another is a must in the luxury home market.

Buyers in this market prioritize smart home functions over custom window and wall treatments in a heartbeat.

Work-Live-Play vs. Remote and Inconvenient

Pair of hands on the steering wheel of a new car.Buyers in the Raleigh luxury market today are looking for convenience wherever they can find it to save them time and make their quality of life rich. Where buyers once looked for remote, private places to live, most are looking to reduce the travel time to activities they enjoy; dining, entertainment, shopping, and services.

It’s even more important to them that they be located close to work so the daily commute time is minimized.

Charm is in the Finish and Functionality

It’s almost like the luxury home buyer of today is looking for a house that makes common sense for their families and their lives.

They love the uniqueness of a home and are intensely attuned to details that not only add functionality but also make their home distinctive. Quality is everything; from kitchen cabinets to bathroom fixtures and even garage storage.

Price it Right from the Get Go! 

 Sometimes pricing a home in the Triangle’s luxury market defies the rules of logic. Sellers often think their home is so huge and amazing that they will place a robust price tag on them without considering how usable all that space is. A well-designed 5,000 sq. ft. home with incredible functionality is a more desirable home in this market than a 10,000 sq. ft. home with a lot of wasted space that doesn’t get lived in.

Builders who short charge on the quality and workmanship will rarely fool anyone in this market. As stated before, quality is everything and the lack of it will never do!

Choose Linda Craft & Team REALTORS

No matter what price range you’re looking at for your next home, Linda Craft & Team can provide a level of expertise that only comes with decades of experience in the Greater Raleigh market; 33 years to be exact!

We know this market and understand what home buyers want. So whether you are ready to sell your home or if you’re in the market to buy, we’re the team to give you an edge and help you achieve your real estate goals. Give us a call at 919-235-0007 or visit us at lindacraft.com.

Linda Craft & Team’s Luxury Home Highlight: Rose Hall

stone entrance sign to rose hill neighborhoodRose Hall is an exclusive residential community filled with custom designed estate homes and beautifully wooded lots off Honeycutt Road in North Raleigh.

Nestled close to the Falls Lake watershed, Rose Hall sits on protected land free from the burden of potential overpopulation and ensures a quiet and peaceful place to live.

Rest Easy in Rose Hall

Rose Hall is comprised of a total of 44 home lots, each 1 to 5 acres, and range from $700,000 to over $1 million. Homes in Rose Hall are custom built with the highest quality brick and stone by award winning architects, creating a beautifully surreal luxury atmosphere enjoyed by residents both inside and out.

City Living at County Prices

One of the many charms of Rose Hall is the secluded feel of the community, like a person a million miles away from the stresses of everyday life, yet its proximity to I-540 grants residents swift access to the Research Triangle Park, RDU Airport, and Downtown Raleigh.

a street view of the rose hall communityEven more, Rose Hall falls into the Wake County tax bracket meaning lower taxes for all.

All the convenience of big city living without any of the drawback. Who could ask for more?

Quality Education Opportunities

In addition to the plethora of activities available nearby, Rose Hall is a great place to raise a family. Wake County School system is the largest in the state and backed by multiple academic awards and achievements, firmly setting the standard for other educational system. As your child matures and enters college, the three most prominent North Carolina schools, Duke, NC State, and Carolina, are all close at hand.

Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

For over 30 years, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® have helped our clients find their perfect home in the Greater Raleigh area and our continued success led us to becoming the #1 team in the Triangle. We understand the value of great service and believe you deserve nothing but the best.

Schedule an appointment with us today at 919-235-0007 or visit our website for a complete list of our services and more!

Linda Craft & Team’s Luxury Home Highlight: Hasentree

a golf ball on a grassy green golf courseHasentree is a phenomenal resort-style luxury neighborhood located in Wake Forest. Settled on 800 acres of rolling wooded landscape overlooking a custom crafted golf course designed by the notable Tom Fazio, Hasentree is unique in that half of the luscious landscape is dedicated green space, making it an ideal destination for anyone searching for beautiful views and outdoor living, while maintaining a convenient distance to downtown Raleigh.

The Hasentree Collections

Those who enjoy the serenity of Hasentree have a number of home collections each designed by Tolls Brothers, America’s Luxury Home Builders.

The Signature Collection starts at $675,000 and are the largest home designs on the property.

The Executive Collection starts at $525,000 and is located in the larger heavily wooded or golf course areas. The Carolina Collection starts at $425,000, built with single families in mind and the Golf Villas Collection are ranch-style homes starting at $400,000.

Custom homes are also available upon request and priced at over $1 million.

yellow tennis ball on a wooden racquetHasentree Amenities

Located on this breathtaking property is a number of amenities no luxury neighborhood should go without, including an 18-hole golf course with a clubhouse, family clubhouse with exciting activities, swimming area equipped with a fun slide, 6 lighted tennis courts, fitness center, and Oak Restaurant and Tavern serving American southern cuisine, all within walking distance from each home site.

Outdoor Recreation and Recognition

Hasentree is 1 of 2 Certified Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuaries in North Carolina and is among only 21 communities within the nation to hold this designation. Residents enjoy over 25,000 acres of preserved open space in the community including areas for hiking and biking. Hasentree is also adjacent to Falls Lake, giving residents access to 12,000 acres of reservoir for swimming, kayaking, fishing, and relaxing on the sandy beaches.

Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Luxurious living requires a quality Real Estate Agent, fully knowledgeable in the workings of the community and experts in their field. At Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®, we understand the value of great service. For over 30 years, we have helped our clients find their perfect home in the Greater Raleigh area and our continued success has led us to becoming the #1 team in the Triangle.

Choosing a home is important business and no one should settle for anything but the best. Schedule an appointment with us today at 919-235-0007 or visit us at lindacraft.com for a complete list of our services and more.

Linda Craft & Team’s Luxury Home Highlight: Carlyle at Falls Lake

water and a canoe with a paddle

In North Raleigh, surrounded by the beautiful Falls Lake, is the Carlyle at Falls Lake subdivision, a wonderful place to catch a breath of fresh air from the hustle of city life and enjoy an active community, while still being close to all the places you have grown to love.

The Distinction of Carlyle at Falls Lake

Carlyle at Falls Lake is unique in that beyond the gorgeous layer of trees surrounding the subdivision is the breathtaking Falls Lake. Fortunately for residents, the Falls Lake monitoring station is also a short distance away, providing parking and trails around the lake, good for both hikers and bikers alike.

The active Homeowner’s Association at Carlyle at Falls Lake also provides residents with ample social activities throughout the year and the local club, equipped with a swimming pool and tennis court, allows residents to bask in the sun on days they are not at the Falls Lake Marina.

Lots range from 1 to 2 acres and homes are priced from $700,000 to 2 million dollars.

leaves in a lakeTucked Away, But Close at Hand

The seclusion of Carlyle at Falls Lake is tempting enough in itself, but adding in the luxury of North Raleigh amenities and you have a home that has it all. Its proximity to 540 allows residents rapid access to the excellent schools, upscale restaurants, large shopping centers, premiere golf courses, and energetic nightlife Raleigh is well known for.

RDU is also close at hand for those who travel frequently for work, or simply enjoy vacationing or housing relatives who fly in from out of town.

Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Selecting the best luxury property requires a Real Estate Agent willing to go above and beyond to meet your needs. At Linda Craft & Team, Realtors, we have spent over 30 years refining our techniques to provide our clients with a unique home-buying experience so exceptional it has made us the #1 team in the Triangle.

Our staff is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with unparalleled service and make your next dream home a reality.

Schedule an appointment with us today at 919-235-0007 or visit us online at lindacraft.com for a complete list of our services.

Linda Craft & Team’s Luxury Home Highlight: Stonemoor

neighborhood sign outside Stonemoor in Raleigh

Stonemoor is an exquisite luxury subdivision, developed by the award winning Creedmoor partners. Nestled in the watershed of North Raleigh, Stonemoor is surrounded by mature trees, manicured landscapes, and is the perfect destination for anyone looking to find a home with a community that is rich in activity.

The Appeal of Stonemoor

the community pool in North Raleigh's Stonemoor neighborhoodStonemoor is a vibrantly active community with low Homeowners Association fees. If there is a reason to celebrate, Stonemoor residents are involved. Events like spring flings, pool parties, barbeques, and the turkey bowl are annual events.

Residents also join together to aid in charitable work, creating a community that takes equal strides in playing and working together.

Other amenities within the Stonemoor community include a pool, tennis court, picnic area, and playground.

Local Quality Craftsmanship

Each home in Stonemoor has been custom designed by the elite Raleigh builders such as Bluestone, Skywater, Mark Massengill, Spectrum Homes, and Dixon Kirby; companies notorious for quality, high-end real estate.

Each of the 67 lots range from 1 to 2 acres and the homes, ranging between 4,000 and 8,000 square feet, are priced from $900,000 to 2 million dollars.

a large home situated on a cul-de-sacCity Living at County Price

Where Stonemoor’s beautiful homes and landscapes create an oasis from city life, it is located a convenient 2 mile drive from 540, granting residents swift access to the shopping centers, upscale restaurants, and nightlife they have grown to love in Raleigh.

Although Stonemoor residents pay lower county taxes compared to those from the city, Stonemoor homes are equipped with city luxuries like high speed internet, natural gas, and underground utilities.

Stonemoor residents are also a short distance away from Falls Lake, an aquatic lover’s go-to spot for boating, swimming, and hanging out on the marina.

Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Due to the popularity of Stonemoor, houses in this market area sell quickly. When time is of the essence, you need a Real Estate Agent who can act quickly and decisively to secure your new home.

The friendly and supportive Team at Linda Craft & Team, Realtors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to give you the attention your deserve for your next home purchase.

Schedule an appointment with us today at 919-235-0007 or visit us online at LindaCraft.com and experience for yourself how 30 years in real estate has made us the #1 team in the Triangle.

Linda Craft & Team’s Luxury Home Highlight: The Barony

landscaped gated entrance to The Barony neighborhood

The Barony, a private gated community in North Raleigh, is an ideal location for those seeking luxury homes and secluded living, while remaining close to the heart of city life convenience.

The Beauty of The Barony

leaves in a lakeThe Barony is an 80-acre luxury subdivision broken into 21 custom home sites. Located within The Barony is a 12-acre lake, allowing for waterfront properties hard to find in the Greater Raleigh area.

Surrounding the subdivision lays 20 acres of forest, giving residents a natural barrier from the noise and commotion of urban life.

Simply stated, The Barony has achieved perfection.

Custom Craftsmanship

Each luxurious home in The Barony is custom built, accentuating the natural beauty of each home site, ranging from 1 to 4 acres and priced at 1 to 4 million dollars. The interior lake was designed by a core of superior engineers and all land is protected to prevent overpopulation and pollution.

Secluded, Yet Convenient Living

trees in a forestAlthough residents experience the serenity and exclusion from the surrounding city, they still have the luxury of big city amenities close to their homes. Located just a few miles from 540, residents have shopping centers, upscale restaurants, premier golf courses, nightspots, and more within easy traveling distance.

Residents with children have a great selection of quality schools nearby for all ages as well as the top local universities Raleigh is known for.

Outdoor aficionados and water lovers can also enjoy Falls Lake, equipped with a beautiful marina for boating and endless hours of swimming in the summer.

Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Locating the perfect luxury property, like those found in The Barony, should be a fun and exciting time. At Linda Craft & Team, Realtors, we work around the clock to ensure your needs are met and your expectations are exceeded.

For over 30 years, we have diligently honed our techniques, offering a unique home-buying experience. Our dedication has led us to become the #1 team in the Triangle and we know if you are ready to purchase a luxury home, you deserve nothing but the best.

Schedule an appointment with us today at 919-235-0007 or visit our website for a complete list of our services and more!

3 Reasons Why Bay Leaf Farm Defines Luxury Living in North Raleigh

oak tree on a well manicured lawn“Private,” “sophisticated,” and “elegant” are words that come to mind when home buyers and homeowners think of North Raleigh’s Bay Leaf Farm community.

With lush landscaping, elaborate entrances, and estate-sized homes gracing the gated community, it’s easy to see why this neighborhood is so appealing. Here are the top 3 reasons why Bay Leaf Farm is the best luxury community in Raleigh.

3. Don’t Worry About Development

Bay Leaf Farm is a private neighborhood in North Raleigh in a protected watershed, meaning that this area will remain unaffected by encroaching development and allow for privacy, style, and elegance to remain as a top priority.

There are only 23 home sites with each one offering 2-4 acres helping to maintain the custom lifestyle and exceed your expectations.

2. North Raleigh’s Luxuries Are Close By

canoe on a lakeNorth Raleigh offers the best of everything. Bay Leaf Farm is close to Falls Lake for boating, hiking, and mountain biking, and also offers trails for horseback riding.

The proximity to Research Triangle Park and the RDU airport make it an excellent location to capitalize on our universities, industries, and travel opportunities by way of Highway 540. In addition, many private schools such as Ravenscroft and Trinity Academy are nearby, making this area home to top executives and professional athletes such as the Carolina Hurricanes.

1. Your Address is Prestigious

The most expensive homes in Wake County are found in the exclusive Bay Leaf Farm community. Home values range from $1 million to $7 million, and estates offer over 7,000 square feet of living space. Now, in addition to the prestigious address of this Raleigh luxury neighborhood, a home in Bay Leaf Farm typically offers:

  • private pool
  • 10-foot ceilings
  • butler’s pantry
  • heated floors
  • wine cellars
  • wet bar
  • home theaters
  • home office
  • formal rooms
  • outdoor living areas
  • and much more!

Bay Leaf Farm sets the standard for luxury in North Raleigh with its impressive home features.

Choose Bay Leaf Farm for Your Luxury Lifestyle

With luxury as its standard and elegance as a top priority, Bay Leaf Farm encompasses everything that you are looking for in a dream home. Experience everything this Raleigh luxury neighborhood has to offer by seeing it in person.

Search through the available homes for sale to find the luxury home that matches your unique lifestyle, and contact us today at 919-235-0007 or linda@lindacraft.com to schedule a showing.