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Cath, Home Buyer in Vermont

moving to Raleigh area hopefully within next year, looking for family community w/ pool and comm. center, easy commute to RTP. Kids 4 and 7, 260K.

Asked by Cath, Vermont Tue May 17, 2011

We have 2 kids, very active, would like community with sidewalks, pool, playground, community center. husband looking at job in RTP (electrical engineer-hardware). I am school teacher, so I want very good public schools for the kids. We're coming from VT and so we will probably need shade on our lot. Just had friends move to Cary, so would like to be somewhat close (0-15 minute drive). Would like 3-4 bed. and looking for more modern house in planned community. We can spend up to $260 or so and don't want to be east of the city. Any specific areas I should look at? Thank you.

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Hello Cath,
It sounds like you need to stay near Cary to be near your friends. You may want to look at Cary, Apex, Morrisville and maybe even Holly Springs. These should be about 0-15 minutes from Cary depending on where they are in Cary. The schools here are in Wake County. Some of Cary is in Chatham County. The school system is involved in a big change right now. They are looking at neighborhood schools instead of busing across the county. This should be decided in the next few months. We have year round schools as well as traditional and a few modified schedule schools. I think you will enjoy living here! We are so close to so many colleges and Universites and the Capital that there is something for everyone here. Please let me know if you would like some help with communites. I would suggest that you may want to start looking at homes about 6 months before you move to get an idea of what we have to offer in our market. The homes may not be here when you arrive, but you will get a feel for the prices and areas that interest you the most.
You may contact me at Cindy @ CindySmithHomes. com
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Dear Cath,

Our office specializes in areas west of RTP: Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Southwest Durham. The area around Southpoint Mall is close to RTP and has a lot to choose from in planned communities. Let us know if we can help.

April Grossman, Owner-Broker
(919) 260-5875
Web Reference: http://www.ShelterToday.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
Hello Cathy,

You are right about one thing....the heat will be a huge change for you.

I am from Upstate NY, moved to Raleigh 8 1/2 years ago and love it! You eventually adjust to the heat and don't really pay attention to it until the temps are over 95 :)

There are a few things different here than the NE when looking for a home, some of which I wish I knew prior to buying a home here.

Feel free to email or call me if you'd like my assistance. I work with a very small company which I love. It allows me more freedom to be myself and be honest.

Kindest Regards,

Tina G.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 17, 2011
I would love to help you. I have been in the business for over 10 years and you will be pleased of our personalized service. Please visit our website at http://www.CarolinaMaxRealty.com and see the testimonials of our buyers. Kindly give me the address of your friend who lives in Cary so I can find listings close by that I would like to send over to you. Please reply. Thank you.


Nila Kucharski
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I know the school your children will go to will play an important part in your move. Here are some great websites to help you with any questions you may have regarding school statistics.
http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/ and http://www.ncpublicschools.org/

These sites allow you to search by school or by district. You can also tell whether the school or district is Honor School of Excellence, School of Excellence, School of Distinction, School of Progress, No Recognition, and Low Performing. It also gives great statistics that show how that school/district did compared to the rest of the district and the state.

When you have found the district you want to move to, call me on my toll-free number 800-225-5947 ext. 8554, and I will be happy to register you on my website so that you will receive only homes that meet your criteria. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Brenda Porter
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Would love to help you out. I am a Realtor here in the Triangle Area with ReMax Capital. Feel free to send me an email and I can send you listing to start looking at. At that price point we should find some really nice homes. In 15 minutes you can be any where you want to be in the Triangle including the country, LOL.

Patrick Lawson
ReMax Capital
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Hello Cath,

Regarding your choices in location: here is the link to the Wake County school system site


We have year-round, & traditional calendars as well as a "magnet " school program with accelerated tracks such as I.B.

School assignment is not guaranteed in Wake County! Once you decide on the districts of interest I can send you a customized web search portal. In the meantime you can search all the local listings in my website listed below to get a feel for the subdivisions/neighborhoods.

NC Real Estate Commission mandates consumer protection In NC, basically, sellers have agents and buyers have agents. Here's the brochure:

Welcome to the Old North State! Let me know how else I can help.

Jay Music , REALTOR
Web Reference: http://www.jaymusic.info
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Hey Cath,

You have found a great area to live in! The Triangle has so much to offer! Cary has a lot of neighborhoods that would fit your criteria. Here is a link to some great properties currently available in the area. Please let me know if you have any questions about these properties or any others that you find.


Thanks Cath,
Brad Murray
Prudential YSU
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 17, 2011
Come on down and visit! There are many foreclosures that might shock you! A house in the community you'd like today may not be available next year. There are summer festivals and other attractions that will be worth a weekend of your time!
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You are more than welcome to send me an email and I would love to give you some guidance on your search. I'm a Cary resident whose fiance is a teacher in the public schools here. There are many such neighborhoods in the area and I think you'll be pleased with your choices. You may call me at the office at 919 301 8777 or simply send an email to me at travis.everette@pan-realty.com

You can also check out our property search portal on our website...it allows you to customize searches and save favorite properties. Thanks and happy hunting!
Web Reference: http://www.pan-realty.com
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Cath - $260K will be tough in Cary, but you might try Holly Springs or Apex as well, there are some very well rated schools there. Depending on what kind of "modern" you have in mind, it could be very easy or very hard. Most NC architecture can be classified as Traditional or Transitional, with a good dose of Craftsman tossed in. Best of luck on your move!
Web Reference: http://www.StantonHomes.com
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Cary is a great community and you will find what you are looking for there. You will also want to explore Morrisville, Apex and West Raleigh in my opinion if you would like to stay that close to your friends. Feel free to send me a message through Trulia and I will send you a list of communities you may want to consider based on all your needs for getting to work as well as neighborhood amenities, proximity to parks or other things that are important to you as well.

Good luck with your relocation. Gathering information early in the process will pay off greatly! Find a great agent to work with that knows the area and understands relocation and things will go even smoother.
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