Relocating to Raleigh in a month. I will work at multiple locations in Fuquay and South Raleigh around Timber road and hwy 50. We want a rural

Asked by Ks998, Raleigh, NC Sun Aug 15, 2010

setting with larger lot and good schools. What are the options within this location with a commute of @ 30-40 mins. We would like to stay @ 175K to 235K Thanks.

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Darrell Futr…, , Raleigh, NC
Wed Aug 25, 2010
Hi, everyone here has given some great advice, however I still believe that speaking with a local Mortgage specialist can solve alot of issues you may face. There are alot of financing options in this area and some can save you thousands of dollars, feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.
Darrell
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Matt Bossow, Agent, Clayton, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
Sorry, just read the post by another agent saying he had never helped anyone moving to the area because they wanted Johnston County schools. Apparently he hasn't looked at the trend over the last year or so because people are moving out of Wake County into Johnston County BECAUSE of the schools, not because they have low test scores or high class sizes but because the school board has had a lot of major issues. Just be sure wherever you find a house, if it's located in Wake CTY, the school isn't a year-round school unless you want that. Do your homework and you will find JCTY has the same if not better class sizes, end of grade test scores and many nationally certified teachers’(may be more then Wake by percentage) and they haven't had the school board issues Wake County has experienced over the past several years.

Matt Bossow
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Matt Bossow, Agent, Clayton, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
I would also invite you to look at Johnston County. Depending on the age your child or children, Johnston County has schools of excellence and most are schools of distinction with a very high accredited teacher rate. I think after you search you will find that for the money Johnston County is a better fit to the criteria you have given. Since most neighborhoods in Johnston County are on septic you automatically get close to 1 acre of land. Your definition of rural may be different then mine but if you want to be in a neighborhood setting for your kids to play, have land and easy access to major highways leading to Raleigh and Fuquay then JCTY may just be what you are looking for. If you stay outside the city limits of Clayton, Wilsons Mill's & others the county tax rate is only .78 with between .06 & .09 for local fire.

I specialize in working with Buyer's relocating to the area and my concentration is northern Johnston County. I'm also certified in short sales and foreclosures if you want a really good deal with instant equity. If your time frame is a month or so then I would not recommend a short sale transaction but buying a bank owned is the same as buying retail as far as contract to close.

Good luck and welcome to North Carolina.

Should you need further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me via cell phone or email.

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Meredith Ste…, , Raleigh, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
You have received lots of good info so far from your question. I am from the area you were referring to and can definitely say you will get more for your money on this side of town, if you are willing to do the commute. Sounds like you are going to be working and living on the same side of town you're looking to live though which is even better, because you won't have to worry with a big drive, plus you'll get more for your buck. Definitely check the school web sites that were listed below in Johnston and Wake counties. Both offer good schools in the location you are looking at. Also, to customize your search, let the Agent know your specific lot size as well as # of bedrooms and square footage preference so he or she can give you the best the area has to offer. There is a wide range of options as far as lot sizes in this area, so in order to meet exactly what you're looking for, you'll want to be as specific as possible. Feel free to contact me if you'd like for me to start the search for you. It would be my pleasure. Best of luck, and welcome to the area!
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Kim Woodard, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
Another area to look at is Chatham County. 7 or their 8 schools were just shown as schools of distinctions. I would be more than happy to help you search for a home. Everyone has mentioned the need for more information on distance, house size, etc. to get a proper feel of where you can get a home. Gravnilel County is just North of Wake County and is a more rural setting close to towns and priced affordably. The school sare ok but I would suggest check the http://www.freeschoolinfo.com to get a feel for it. If You would like assistance in purchasing a home feel free to give me a call. Thank You, Kim
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Brandon Will…, Agent, Cary, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
If you buy a home in that price range I can offer you between $1,750 - $2,350 cash back as well as full service buyer representation at no charge. Please contact me! Brandon.
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Tim Burrell, Agent, Raleigh, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
There are a wide range of homes to consider, and you do not have to travel 30-40 minutes in that area to be rural, because once you get south of Raleigh it gets rural. To see the choices, go to http://www.TeamForYOUrDreams.com or http://www.TimBurrell.com and you can see everything for sale. You can see all the school information at http://www.FreeSchoolinfo.com. Also, our team has buyers agents who wil give you full time representation to show you everything that has the features you like. At the same time, our team specializes in Foreclosures and Short Sales, properties where you get a great deal for your money. Because of that additional talent, we may be able to give you some special insight into the market and some better choices that may be available to you. Feel free to contact us through http://www.TimBurrell.com if we can help you.
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Mary Jo Ryan, Agent, Raleigh, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
All good advice! I would be happy to set you up on a private search engine so that you can create a personalized search for the properties that would interest you Then, when you are ready to cometo town and look at homes, you will already have some choices and ideas on what you want to see. My daughter lives in that area of town and I would be happy to show you around. In addition, I have been a real estate broker in the area for over 12 years. Feel free to contact me and we can get started!
Mary Jo Ryan
919-274-1330
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Drew Ludlow, Agent, Apex, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
Your choice to pick a home with good schools is a very common one. Many people relocate to this area based upon our school system. Perhaps it is a small bias, but I feel that more people choose Wake County schools over Johnston Co... In all my years of Real Estate, I have never helped anyone relocating here because they WANT to go to Johnston Co schools. With Wake Co, I have helped many who came to this region SPECIFICALLY for the schools.

That being said, I encourage you to research both school systems. Your criteria for a larger lot, and the price range in which you are looking will be most prevalent in Johnston County. That is not to say that you can not find the same in Wake. In fact, I have sold several this past year under $200k with sizeable yards.

I would be happy to send you listings which match your preferences, and I can even customize a search that will alert you to new listings as soon as they hit the market.

I am a resident of Southern Wake County and am very familiar with the neighorhoods and areas. Please contact me if you would like to look at a few homes.

Kind Regards,
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Reginold Jon…, Agent, Cary, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
The prior answers gave you great info regarding the schools. You will be able to consider A LOT in that price range depending on what you want as Carla stated in her response. I would also add that you don't have to go out 30 to 40 minutes from south Raleigh and Garner to get a rural setting and large lot. My definition of a rural setting is two lane roads and houses where you can SEE them but you may have to walk through the woods or down that two lane road for 4 or 5 minutes to get there!!! The key to finding what you want is to further discuss the things you desire in a rural setting and see if we can translate those things in to characteristics that we can put into an MLS search. It may take viewing a few homes to develop those items that make a rural setting but you can get what you want and you probably won't need to go too far out of the city limits.

Good luck in your search!!!
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James Oksen…, Agent, Garner, NC
Mon Aug 16, 2010
Just to add to the first reply from Carla, your criteria will also allow for you to be in the Johnston County (Clayton) area. Johnston county is in a separate school district and you may want to see what your options are in that area as well. Johnston county will also give you more choices when it comes to rural areas.Go to http://www.johnston.k12.nc.us to learn more about Johnston county schools.

Happy house hunting!
Jim
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Carla Freund, Agent, Raleigh, NC
Sun Aug 15, 2010
Dear Ks998,

Wow, you probably have a lot to choose from depending on your particular criteria. First, you need to determine your criteria such as number of bedrooms and baths, age of property, how far you want to drive, size of home, parking needs, and type of home (single family, townhome, manufactured home) etc. You may consider Willow Springs, Clayton, Garner, Knightdale and Fuquay-Varina in your search. Then you need to prioritize. You should also check the schools out at http://www.wcpss.net. You're welcome to search for homes here: http://www.carlafreund.com/search.asp Whatever you do, get a good Realtor who can give you personalized service. http://www.ncrec.state.nc.us/publications-bulletins/WorkingW…

Best of Luck! Carla
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