you can find me at jamesh1647(at) yahoo.com
Betina Foreman, Realtor Austin Texas
Hope that helps. Check my website below for a fast, easy search of Asheville and Western North Carolina real estate listings.
A couple of months ago Yahoo features a piece about the top 10 real estate markets in the country and mentioned Raleigh in this elite list. These areas, at the time of the article, were pockets where property values were appreciating and homes were selling.
It may be an area for consideration.
Well you know that we are all going to be partial to our home communities. It is also going to depend on what you want.
I love being in the Triad (Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point). We have enjoyed a steady appreciation overall for years. I am actually busy with all the relocations coming into town (FedEx, Hondajet, Mack Trucks) . That on top of the normal business. Granted just like anywhere else it is a buyers market right now with homes having an average days on market of just over 90. I don't have a listing over 60 days and the two oldest are getting ready to go under contract.
Now in NC you have your major markets of Charlotte (I was born in Charlotte and have lived there off and on for years), the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham (I have lived in Raleigh also), Western NC such as Asheville (yes I have lived in Asheville twice in my professional life nice but so cold in the winter), and then the coastal areas Wilmington (visited alot but never actually lived there). Of course I have lived in Charleston, SC and Florida (west coast). So I have been around. I just really prefer Greensboro because of the fact that it is a medium sized city. Charlotte is too big for my taste and there are other factors that I have based that decision on. Raleigh is nice but higher priced. Asheville is seasonal and I was there in "91" for the blizzard that dumped 3 feet of snow and that kind of broke me of the mountains. Wilmington is nice but, not a fan of Hurricanes I was in Charleston for HUGO.
I believe everyone's inventory is up so we all have a good selection to choose from. It is just a personal preference on your part on the amenities you are looking for and what you want to spend and buy. I personally think in the Triad you can get more for you money and still have the feel of a city with a pulse. Of course anywhere in NC is a good choice.
If you like I actually have a website that will enable you to search through the entire Triad's MLS and see for yourself.
Hope this helps,