The Raleigh market is typically the last in and first out of an economic downturn. The average list to sale price ratio is still around 97% and for the most part, homes still sell within the first 90-95 days if priced accurately. The company I work for, Fonville Morisey/Long & Foster, has the largest market share in Raleigh, Wake Co, and Triangle-wide. Price ranges under 400K move the fastest, mostly due to the fact that there was some overbuilding of new construction homes area-wide in the 450k+ category, so it will take a while for the inventory to get absorbed. In our last sales meeting, we discussed that the area is back down to a 6-month inventory as opposed to 9 mos. as it was previously. It is area specific and price range specific...some parts of Raleigh/Cary/Morrisville/Apex may have much higher inventory depending on price range. Buyers here prefer hardwoods and tile in new construction on the main floor (again, depends on price range), stainless steel appliances, and granite, quartz, or other solid surface countertops. The trend in most new construction has fixtures with nickel or oil rubbed bronze finishes...not brass. If you need a referral agent here, please feel free to give me a call or send an email. I could give more specific info if I knew the area he lived in...let me know if I can do some more "digging" for you. Have a wonderful evening!