We bought a 2000 sq ft 3 br/2ba 2 car gar home on about 3/4 of an acre, put about $25K into it and we're selling it for just over $200K. You can find many such homes if you're willing to expand your search area. Work with good, knowledeable realtors and check ALL of your options before you decide. It's a buyer's market in most of the areas in and around Raleigh, so you should get a very good deal.
I actually have a friend who lives here that was originally from Buffalo... I 'm not sure if I could handle being around that much snow :) Here, we generally don't get more than a few inches a year--but just to warn you, things basically "shut down" with snowy/icy conditions... haha. School can be cancelled sometimes with just the threat of winter weather.
After having taught in Wake Co. Public Schools for 12 years before going into real estate, I have a lot of insight into the school system. Wake Co. has pretty high standards for student achievement and the influx of new residents is adding to growth, which has to be managed by moving target groups of students at times to help balance the ratio of free and reduced lunch students in each school. Ironically, it seems that the only way to guarantee that your child will remain in the same school until they "graduate" is to have them in private school... or perhaps apply to a magnet school. You could possibly be able to find a rental home for a while in that school's attendance area, but I haven't done a search for those as of yet.
If you'd like more information on area schools, you can go to ncreportcards.org and look for schools in Wake Co. That will give you more insight into the schools. It's also a good idea to set up a tour of the schools so that you get a feel for what it's like there. We had parents do that quite often where I used to teach. You can also try http://www.greatschools.net for more info.
Please let me know if you'd like me to do a search for you. I can also provide you a list of the top appreciating subdivisions by area. Also, check out the schools & neighborhoods in Cary and Apex (which are only 10-20 min. from Raleigh).
Have a great evening! Please call me if I can help in any way.
I hope that you enjoy North Carolina as much as my family has! We have enjoyed every minute of our decision to relocate to such a friendly area. I understand how stressful a long distance move can be; especially if you have children.
However, it is important to let you know that because this is such a great place to live there is a high number of people who decide to move to Wake county. Due to this fact, we are consistantly opening new schools. I caution you against choosing your home based on a specific school, because "re-zoning" is a common experiance.
I did complete a home search for you based on your specified characteristics of Root elementary school and Daniels middle school. The price range of homes that are zoned for these 2 schools began at $279,900 and went up to 4.5 million.
I would be glad to provide you with additional information on other home options close by. Please feel free to contact me directly or through my website.
Best of luck to you and your family.
There are some really great options out here in your price range. Currently, statistics show that most homes in the Triangle that are moving quickly are in this price range. We are seeing alot of first time homebuyers taking advantage of the $8000 tax credit and mortgage rates that are at historical lows.
I'm with Fonville Morisey Realty. As for market share, we are number one in the Triangle. We also have a world-renowned relocation department . If you'd like some assistance, please don't hesitate to call me at 919-740-2451.
Unfortunately those school zones , all the properties currently on the market start at $279,000 for a 2 bdrm 2 ba condo. I have an alternative solution if you would like to contact me directly I will be happy to discuss it further.