3 Reasons Why the Raleigh Area is a Great Place to Relocate

Relocate To Raleigh North Carolina

There’s a lot of buzz about “Best Places to Live” flying around the internet. Without a doubt if you Google “Hottest Housing Markets” you will see Raleigh, NC positioned in the top 10 on most lists depending on what criteria is used. So a safe bet (since you are reading this blog) is that if you are looking to relocate, Raleigh is one of the places you are considering.

What’s so great about the City of Oaks? Well, let’s take a look at why Raleigh continues to be a such great value. Most of these online rankings are based on things like employment opportunities, unemployment rates, average income estimates, housing values, and population growth. Some even take a look at lifestyle factors such as outdoor recreation, restaurants and entertainment, and higher education. So what does it all mean, really?


First, You Have to Bring Home the Bacon

Work In Raleigh

Let’s get serious. First and foremost you have to pay the bills, so employment opportunities rank highest on everyone’s list when it comes to relocating. The Triangle area has a reputation worldwide as one of the most progressive, hi-tech, finance, and healthcare hubs. IBM, Cisco, SAS, and Glaxo, Fidelity Investments, Wells Fargo, Lenovo are some of the largest employers in the area. The Triangle also boasts one of the largest entrepreneurial networks in the world with a 30-year track record of successfully nurturing startup companies. These are a few reasons why the unemployment rate is 3.6% – .5% under the national average.


Second, Can I Afford a Home in the Triangle?

Can I afford a home?

Yes, housing is tight all over the country. Median home values in the Raleigh area is around $266,000 according to Forbes. So much more affordable than the western part of the country and definitely cheaper than the northeastern part of the US.

Raleigh saw an appreciation rate of 5.9% last year but that’s estimated to level off to 3.7% this year keeping prices from skyrocketing as they have in other parts of the country. With a median household income of $84,288, the American Dream of owning a home is very achievable in Raleigh and the surrounding areas.


Third, Will I Enjoy Living in the Triangle?

Fun in the park.

Well, that all depends on your tastes and interests. If you like to be outdoors, enjoy moderate temperatures most of the year, like the beach or the mountains, then you will definitely enjoy this area. Here’s a link to things to do in NC which will help you connect with area offerings.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill each house top-ranked universities – NC State University, Duke, and the University of North Carolina. So what? Well, having three college towns means loads of restaurants, entertainment, and SPORTS!!! Where else can you enjoy all the benefits of THREE major universities all within 30 minutes of each other.

Need Help Relocating?

One of the favorite things our agents love about working here is being able to help people relocate to this area. Many have lived here for years; some have lived here all their lives and they have raised their own families here. Wouldn’t a person like that be someone you would trust to share their knowledge of the area with you; helping you to find just the right neighborhood and the right home for you and your family? Give us a call and talk to one of our relocation specialists today!

Top 3 Reasons to Live in Inman Park

single-family home at Inman Park in RaleighAs Raleigh real estate experts, we know this area very well, and are still impressed with just how many amazing homes and communities that it offers to home buyers.

Each Raleigh neighborhood is different, offering everything from established to brand-new homes, condos, and townhomes, and a way of life that is distinct from every other neighborhood.

Are you relocating to Raleigh and looking for the best place to live? We invite you to discover Inman Park, one of these magnificent Raleigh neighborhoods that has your lifestyle in mind.

Why Live in Inman Park?

The best thing about Inman Park, nestled in the center of Raleigh, is truly its location, location, location. You can live in this one neighborhood through your entire lifespan, building your network and your community all in one place. There are 156 single-family custom homes of all sizes, as well as condos. It’s completely realistic to live in a small or large house or condo and move to a different home size – all in the same neighborhood.

Specifically, here are our three reasons why you should consider finding a home in Inman Park.

3. It’s Close to Everything in Raleigh

There is a greenway that connects the neighborhood to Crabtree in one direction and Shelley Lake in the other, serving as a great place to run, walk, or ride bikes. The greenway system in Raleigh has grown tremendously and connects a majority of the city.

If you enjoy golf, the Carolina Country Club is only a few miles away. Umstead Park is another great source for recreation and is only fifteen minutes away.

In addition to being close to outdoor recreation opportunities, Inman Park is also close to Rex Hospital, the beltline, Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills, and a variety of trendy restaurants on Glenwood Avenue. You have everything you want and need within easy reach of your Inman Park home.

2. It Has a Deep Sense of Community

If you’re looking for an area with neighborhood pool parties, cookouts, and holiday gatherings that’s close to everything, you have found the right place!

Inman Park’s amenities are a great way to connect with your neighbors and friends, and this neighborhood has plenty of features where you can discover its deep sense of community:

  • pool and cabana
  • neighborhood sidewalks
  • landscaped common areas
  • neighborhood social activities
  • and more!

1. It Has Your Dream Home

This neighborhood has a great location near major highways, a great array of amenities, and a great choice in homes, ranging from $300,000 to $800,000 in price for 2,500- to 5,000-square-foot homes. Inman Park is your dream Raleigh neighborhood.

Find Your Dream Home in Inman Park

Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® knows that location is one of the biggest factors in selecting a long-term home.

Are you interested in finding your new Raleigh home in this excellent neighborhood? You can see all of the current homes for sale in Inman Park or contact our team and we can help you find the property that best matches what you are looking for.

And if you have found “the one,” call 919-235-0007 or email linda@lindacraft.com to schedule your personal tour of your dream home.

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.

Raleigh NC Rated #2 for Nation’s Hotspots

Raleigh has been rated the second fastest growing city in the nation, according to CNNMoney. A combination of low costs, technical and scientific jobs, and its proximity to three major universities has boosted Raleigh’s population to 884,891 – a 63.4% increase!

It’s not hard to see why the city of Raleigh, NC has become such a sought after location. If you’re moving to the area or in the market for a Raleigh home, check out what the City of Oaks has to offer.

Things To Do in Raleigh, NC

There are plenty of attractions in Raleigh, NC for all kinds of people.

If you’re an outdoors person, the great variety of parks in Raleigh, NC is sure to please. The NC State University Raulston Arboretum and WRAL Azalea Gardens are beautiful to visit during the spring when the flowers are in bloom. The William B. Umstead State Park is also a wonderful place to go if you enjoy hiking or canoeing.

Shoppers won’t be disappointed by Raleigh’s malls and shopping centers. With ten major shopping plazas to pick from, visitors are sure to find their favorite store or boutique.

The Raleigh, NC farmer’s market, just five minutes from NC State University, offers seasonal, local produce, potted plants and baked goods.

The PNC Arena and Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts have a wide variety of entertainment including shows, plays and concerts throughout the year.

Raleigh’s Family Friendly Environment

Families new to the area are sure to be impressed by the excellent private, public and magnet schools around the city. Raleigh neighborhoods provide families the luxury of living in comfort without having to travel too far for amenities, education and fun.

If you’re looking into new homes in the Triangle area, let us know. Contact us if you would like to set up an appointment to view available houses or townhomes in Raleigh NC!