I have worked with many families relocating to this area. I have lived in the Cary/ Raleigh area for over 30 years, and very familiar with the area. I have had buyers that did not see the home they were purchasing personally due to timing, and moved into their home after they purchased it. I took pictures and collected information and sent it to them.
Go to http://www.livingincary.com to get all the information you need about purchasing a home (there is no obligation in using this service or my website).
You can sign up for a listing alert by putting your criteria and receiving emails of listings that match your criteria. If you need demographic information about a neighborhood or want to compare two zip codes, make sure you sign up for "Market Insider". I could also set up the listing alert for you once I know your criteria. Feel free to contact me for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Azita Wilson 919-656-1439
Triangle & Coast Realty
I hope that was helpful. Good luck.
It is certainly not too early to start the dialogue and interview agents to make sure you have a good fit.
Plan on a few weeks to a month to look at homes, and 45 days from contract to ownership. Time will fly between now and July!
You are fortunate to have received responses from many fine agents here, several of whom I know personally.
Of course, I would toss my hat in the ring if you want to consider one more.
I live in Cary, and can see Apex out my back door.
Long distance home buying can be stressful, and a little effort on my part can reduce that greatly.
I already have thousands of photos of Apex and Cary neighborhoods, parks and amenities on line on my Flickr account for people to view:
Folks tell me that they are very helpful to them, helping them to see the types of housing, how close together, landscaping, etc.
I offer neighborhood and parks profiles in my Neighborhoods blog:
Each profile has photos and the neighborhood profiles have a link to homes currently available on the MLS.
Any local REALTOR can set up a home search for you on the MLS, with auto-email notification. I would be glad to do so, with search parameters you desire.
You can also search independently for homes, with no strings attached, on my No Hassle Property Search:
No agent in the Triangle offers a more in depth search function than I do, and you never have to register or give up contact information to search, unless you decide to contact me.
NC State law says an agent has to have a written Agency agreement to represent the consumer in a transaction.
Carla did a good thing, to post the Working With Real Estate Agents link, as it clarifies that point:
Here it is again, along with a SAMPLE Buyer Agency Agreement for your review:
If you elect to go with new construction, you need to know that the builder's agent on site is NOT there to represent your interests, but is representing the builder's interests. Having an advocate, a buyers agent is a wise choice, particularly if the home is under construction while you are still not living here.
One service I provide to my clients who build new homes is to visit frequently and to upload photos to that Flickr account so they can view and enjoy the progress. It also gets me onto the home site where I can visit directly with the builder or superintendent about any ongoing concerns.
Good luck with your home search and your move!
I work with a lot of people moving from other states and countries. We moved to Cary from Florida 15 years ago and love it. I'm very familar with the Apex & Cary areas amoung others. The first thing I'd do is create a personalized home search for you and the second is help you find a lender who suits your needs. I can also assist with new construction home buying should you choose that route. Below is a link for information about working with Real Estate Agents in North Carolina -
It's important you don't share your confidential information with everyone and choose the Realtor who will represent you and your best interest.
I'd be happy to schedule a phone appointment to discuss your needs and to talk about what you'll need to know when moving to this area. You can also email me direct at email@example.com. And seach for available homes on my website at http://www.carlafreund.com.
There are a lot of wonderful people here to help you. I wish you the best in choosing the Ideal Real Estate Professional and hope to speak with you soon. Take Care!