Answers to some frequently asked questions about living in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC Area.
Q: Where is the Triangle area? How did it get its name?
A: The Triangle area in North Carolina is the triangle-shaped area of land created when you draw a line on a map from Raleigh to Durham, Durham to Chapel Hill, and Chapel Hill to Raleigh. The area got the nickname “Triangle” in the 1950’s after Research Triangle Park was created. Now the title most often refers to the geographic region of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill including Cary and Apex.
Q: What is the weather like in the Triangle area?
A: Residents of the Triangle area are blessed to experience all four seasons of the year. The seasonal extremes, however, are moderate. The summers are not as hot as the South and the winters are not as cold as the North.
Q: What is the real estate market like for me right now?
A: The market is hot right now in the Triangle area. If you know the price you are able to spend on a home and you understand that many houses are being sold for above the listing price in multiple-bid situations, you will have realistic expectations for purchasing your home. Working with an expert realtor is the best way to have success in this market.
Q: I am a seller. What is the real estate market like for me right now?
A: This is a great time to be a seller! Make sure your home is in top condition so you can fetch the best price. Homes are sold very quickly and sellers often have multiple offers to choose from. When you list your home with an experienced realtor, you will be able to focus on your move while the realtor cares for the home-selling details.
Q: What are the property taxes like in the area?
A: We don’t hear much complaining about the property tax rates in the Triangle. In fact, if you are moving to the area from the Northeast, Texas, or from many Midwestern states, you will feel greatly relieved by the tax rates!
Q: How close would I be to the beach?
A: Depending on where in the Triangle you live, the ocean is a short two or three-hour drive. Wrightsville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Topsail Island are some favorites.
Q: How close would I be to the mountains?
A: Depending on where you live in the Triangle, the mountains are an easy three to four-hour drive away. Enjoy hiking, skiing, or just camping and taking in the colorful fall foliage.
Q: What is the cost of living like?
A: Compared to other areas in the U.S. that are centers for technology and research, such as San Francisco, the Triangle area is more affordable.
Q: What do people like about living in the Triangle area?
A: Especially in the past ten years, the Triangle area has been showered with awards and high rankings calling the area the best place to live, the best place to work, and among the top cities for tech jobs. But don’t think the area is all work and no play! It has also been awarded the best local food scene, best historic places, and the best area for college sports. See the full list of awards here.
Keep in mind that although the Triangle is often referred to as one area, in reality, each town and city within the Triangle has its own flavor and personality.
If you are moving to the Triangle area, I can help you find the home you are looking for. If you are selling your home in the Triangle area, I can expertly guide you through the overwhelming process of selling your home. Give me a call.