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If location, location, location are the three most important attributes in real estate, Creedmoor is a market waiting to happen not unlike Holly Springs and Clayton in the 1990s.

Modified: 10/22/12 10:12:13 AM

As Chapel Hill residents Simon and Nancy Vincent began working on the yard of the house they bought five years ago, they discovered a problem in the rear corner of their back yard.

Modified: 11/05/12 12:36:41 AM

When summer doldrums threaten to overtake you, don’t change your life —change your tile.

Modified: 08/08/12 09:36:40 AM

Tom Gongaware remembers when the Internet first came on the scene in the real estate business. “I think the fear started in the early ’90s,” he recalls. It didn’t help when the president of the National Association of Realtors gave a speech in the mid-1990s that “scared the bejesus out of everybody,” says Gongaware, general sales manager at Allen Tate Realtors. The speech warned that Microsoft and the Internet had crippled travel agents and real estate agents could face the same fate.

Modified: 07/16/12 09:16:04 AM

Liz Iftikhar went to an estate sale in 2009 and fell in love – not with a highboy dresser or wrought iron chaise lounge – but with the courtyard setting of the property itself.

Modified: 07/06/12 10:56:16 AM

It’s easy to miss the quaint neighborhood nestled in this bustling part of Cary. The trees form a dense canopy over the entrance. And it’s just one street, with stately brick homes built only on the left-hand side of the road. But the neighborhood comes with a cool perk; the property directly across the street belongs to each respective homeowner.

Modified: 06/29/12 12:36:06 PM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture helps people grow more than crops. Through its home loans programs, the USDA assists low- and moderate-income homebuyers to grow wealth by transitioning from renters to homeowners.

Modified: 06/25/12 03:51:01 PM

Heirloom vegetables aren’t antiques in Wesley Greene’s garden — they’re the latest thing.

Greene is a gardener at Colonial Williamsburg, and he cultivates precisely the vegetables that appeared on colonists’ tables in the 18th century. Cabbages, cucumbers and squash were luxury items that demanded careful husbandry, and although times have changed, the past is still present in Greene’s garden. He grows time-honored crops to perfection.

Modified: 06/07/12 02:42:53 PM

Eco-designer Dana Mortensen would never tell her own mother-in-law what to do, but a good part of her business involves telling other people’s parents what changes to make to be able to stay in their homes as they grow older. Once people find that perfect “location, location, location,” many are reluctant to leave, even though some features of the home may be challenging to negotiate as the homeowners age.

Modified: 05/30/12 01:37:12 PM

Astute observers have always noted that the recent demographic notion of the nuclear family living in a detached home is mostly an historical anomaly of the modern Western world, an exception to the shared living arrangements commonly found in other times and places.

Modified: 05/21/12 09:42:34 AM

In marriage, there’s compromise — and that’s never been more evident than when we look at where we live and how we use our space.

Modified: 05/14/12 03:10:55 PM

Award-winning builder Homes by Dickerson has an entry in Briar Chapel, the all-green community in Chatham County.

Modified: 05/04/12 05:51:11 PM

Before a whole-house remodel, the Goodes’ Raleigh home resembled a duplex because of this two front entrances. While homeowner Cynthia had some issues to address inside, the exterior is where she began her wish list for Barry Corbett, president of Corbett Construction Co.

Modified: 04/20/12 04:16:16 PM

In its report “10 Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2012,” Inman News ranked Raleigh-Cary housing first on the list. It’s nice being at the top.

Modified: 04/09/12 12:45:07 PM

From the stained-glass front door made of recycled movie-set wood to the river stones set in a wavy pattern in the flooring around a downstairs toilet, an Efland couple’s home is both a work of art and an exercise in green building.

Modified: 03/30/12 03:41:05 PM

Marelien Exantus’ business card says he invests in real estate. More accurately, he invests in people. A general contractor and remodeler, Exantus buys boarded up and foreclosed houses in neighborhoods close to downtown Durham that show decay. He renovates the houses and makes them available to low-income first-time homebuyers. But a couple of years ago, when lenders all but cut off low-income borrowers, the families Exantus wanted to sell to couldn’t get mortgages. He discovered another market niche: small, high-quality rooming houses.

Modified: 03/05/12 04:36:07 PM

So, thinking about selling your home? Just throw it on the market and see what happens. Wait for it. There it is—the sound of Realtors all over the Triangle coughing up their breakfast at the very idea. You’re courting disaster with that willy-nilly approach, but, unfortunately, that’s how many would-be sellers start out.

Modified: 02/24/12 11:27:53 AM

Slow market. Slow business. Slow sales. Time to sit back and chill? Not even close. Many Triangle real estate agents are working harder than ever.

Modified: 01/12/12 02:11:46 PM

George's Grant in North Raleigh is the perfect setting for this life-changing Miracle Green Home:  It started off with just a goal — a goal of wanting to give back to the community where we live, work and play and it quickly became so much more!

Modified: 12/16/11 11:44:02 AM

Architect’s last house embodies his dedication to sustainability and nature

Modified: 11/21/11 03:26:06 PM

Chapel Hill native and local builder Kurt Mueller built his family’s craftsman-style wooden porch with exposed rafters and no railings to be a welcoming feature in his home on Overland Drive in Colony Woods.

Modified: 10/20/11 03:48:31 PM

Van Fletcher, Broker/Realtor with The Allen Tate Company, expects to write 16 contracts this year in The Oaks at Fallon Park, compared to nine last year.:  Sometimes, ironically, it’s the good news that surprises us. At least that’s how the folks at Heritage Wake Forest felt when they realized the first eight months of 2011 outsold all of 2010.

Modified: 09/27/11 11:45:52 AM

The Temperance Perry Williamson House:  You come upon it suddenly as Middle Street turns into Cedar. The utterly charming antebellum Greek revival cottage appears directly in front, reminding you that people live and die, but houses can endure for centuries. Take the Temperance Perry Williamson House, for instance, an 1858 painstakingly restored home in historic Louisburg, about 32 miles north of Raleigh.

Modified: 08/23/11 10:22:18 AM

This year’s “House Beautiful” kitchen of the year, created with celebrity chef Tyler Florence, takes the heart of the home outside in a kitchen that extends outdoors in a big way. The U-shaped outdoor kitchen — set up in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center this summer — boasts a design that rivals most indoor kitchens, with its fireplace, brick oven and stainless steel appliances, all held together in gray, stacked stone. Ruth Ann Taylor, a certified kitchen and bath designer with the Pittsboro-based Cassedy & Fahrbach Design Partners, expects the magazine’s 2011 kitchen to spur a trend for more outdoor kitchens. She says she’s seen some easing off due to the economy, but outdoor kitchens actually can increase a home’s value and create differentiation in the current real estate market. To add a unique element to the kitchen, designers often will suggest auxiliary areas, like a desk; wine, wet or dry bar; or baking, laundry or media center. “Having the ability to cook outdoors is definitely a value add,” Taylor says. “I think everyone should have a grill outside at least. If they’ve got space — even if just around a grill — it’s a great, inexpensive way to increase your cooking ability in your home.”

So What’s an Outdoor Kitchen?

• An outdoor kitchen is any type of food preparation space outside. It can be as simple as a grill with table space around it or as elaborate as a full interior kitchen with a grill, cooktop, sink, refrigerator and pull-out garbage can. It can be as small as 5 or 6 feet or as large as an interior kitchen — as large as you want it to be. • An outdoor kitchen can be exposed completely or placed partially or fully under a covered space. If it’s under a covered area, it will require proper ventilation. • Outdoor kitchens can be as inexpensive as $2,000 or as high as $3...

Modified: 08/22/11 10:36:32 AM

Dramatic cathedral ceilings raised the excitement level for house-hunters Matt Thompson and Charlotte Lowson. Their Realtor, Jeanne Moyer, the first EcoBroker in Wake County, brought them down to earth. The extra-tall ceilings may look cool, but come winter, she cautioned the engaged couple, you’ll have to fill that space with heat.

Modified: 08/08/11 10:33:58 AM

When it comes to kitchen and bath design, beauty is only skin deep. Style, of course — great looking materials, appliances and fixtures in magazine-worthy traditional or contemporary expression — are the ultimate goals, in remodeling as well as new construction.

Modified: 07/26/11 10:23:44 AM

When Ed and Cecile Broadhurst contemplated moving from Raleigh to Topsail Island in 2003, Ed went first to check things out.

“We loved it down here,” says Cecile, who inherited land and a small house on the sound when her mother died in 1999. “The building business was slowing down, and we decided Ed would see if he could make a go building down here because this is where we wanted to retire.”

Modified: 07/11/11 12:38:05 PM

Everything wasn’t new and shiny 41 years ago when Rebecca Tabon and her husband bought the little two-bedroom brick house on Lansing Street. The trim needed painting and they had to go outside to get to the basement laundry room.

Modified: 06/14/11 05:34:31 PM

Remember the tragic story last year of the young Knightdale woman who was playfully pushed into a friend’s shallow pool, the last stop after a bridesmaids’ party just a month before her scheduled June wedding? That push would change Rachelle Friedman’s life forever.

Modified: 02/22/11 01:23:13 PM

Before they renovated, every time Barbara and Earl Smith wanted to take a tray of hors d’oeuvres from the kitchen to the bonus room above the detached garage, they had to go outside, walk through the breezeway to the garage and close the garage door behind them, which would then allow them to open the door to the staircase that leads to the bonus room.

Modified: 02/22/11 01:25:28 PM
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