Archives: May 2009

New Town Home Listing in Wakefield Plantation

Great New Townhome For Sale in Wakefield Plantation in North Raleigh

I am pleased to announce my new listing at 11721 Coppergate Drive Unit #101 priced to sell at $164,000.  This gorgeous end unit town home in desirable Kingston section of Wakefield Plantation in North Raleigh is all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!  The town home features lots of natural light and upgrades including hardwoods, crown molding, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors in baths and laundry room. Over sized owners suite and master bath with dual sinks and separate garden tub and shower. Refrigerator, washer and dryer convey. Great location close to shopping, schools, US 1, Falls Lake, HWY 98 and golf!   This home is move in ready!

View a Video Tour Of This Home

Please learn more about this listing on my LiveinRaleigh.com website and to learn more about this great Wakefield Plantation Town home please contact me.

 – Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Love Those Carolina Blue Skies at Avalon Springs!

There are so many things I love about North Carolina.  No disrespect to my birth state of Maryland or my husbands birth state of New Jersey but no state for us beats North Carolina.  Many of the things we love are the obvious things like the people, climate, beaches, mountains, cost of living, Colleges and Universities, etc but then other things are the little things!  Well yesterday I was reminded of one of the little things I love about living in North Carolina – The beautiful Carolina Blue Skies!

Yesterday I was working in my new home community of Avalon Springs in Fuquay Varina and the sky looked even more amazing, more vivid and more Carolina Blue then normal.  And the few clouds that did float by looked to be the biggest, puffiest, most comfortable clouds I had ever seen.  Okay so call me cheesy but I literally stopped in my tracks, got my camera out and took a bunch of photos – lucky for you I quickly put them into a iMovie (love my Mac) so that I could share with you.  The movie probably won’t do the sky and clouds justice but you will get the “picture”.

The whole scene and day just reminded me of how much I love North Carolina and those perfect Carolina Blue Sky days!  I really enjoy sharing these type of moments and North Carolina tidbits.  If you have something you love about North Carolina – big or small – then please share it with me as I would love to hear it and I bet so would the folks who live in other parts of the country and are thinking about relocating to North Carolina!

Walking (and sharing) With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Raleigh Featured As The #2 Real Estate Market Most Likely To Rebound!

Well Raleigh is buzzing again from the great news from yesterday’s Today Show.  Raleigh was featured as the #2 real estate market most likely to rebound. In the below video from the Today Show you will hear the many things we already know about living in Raleigh and the Triangle – good companies, great weather, strong family life and affordable housing.  Whether you are looking for a change of scenery, want to get out of cold weather, just settling down after graduating college or want to live in a place where the news is positive, Raleigh and the Surrounding Triangle should be at the top of your list!  Enjoy the video and let me know if I can help you find the perfect home in Raleigh!

Walking With You Every Step Of the Way!

– Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Avalon Springs – Build With Confidence With Homes By Dickerson

Avalon Springs in Fuquay Varina, NC  –  Single family homes from $230 to mid $300s

I am very proud to be heading the sales and marketing efforts of this exclusive Homes by Dickerson community in Fuquay Varina as the community features beautiful custom homes, great prices, a neighborhood swimming pool and clubhouse, playground and walking trails and tree lined streets all in the growing area of Fuquay Varina in Wake County!  
Homes by Dickerson has been building custom dream homes for its homeowners since 1975, offering a variety of different price points and floor plans in neighborhoods throughout the Triangle.  What makes Homes By Dickerson one of the area’s best custom builders is its commitment to leading the charge on quality building techniques as shown through its Energy Star and now Green Building certifications.
With the amount of buzz we hear around the country on the importance of our environment, long term energy policies and going green there is no better place to start that movement then at home and with Homes By Dickerson you will be doing exactly that.  Please watch this Homes By Dickerson video to learn more about the benefits of Energy Star and Green Home building:

The entire Avalon Springs team would enjoy the opportunity to give you a personal tour of the neighborhood and the Homes By Dickerson houses so please contact me today to set up a meeting.  Also please click here to see all the current available homes at Avalon Springs and remember that we have lots available for great pre sale opportunities.  
I look forward to seeing you at Avalon Springs and Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!
- Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Great Time For First Time Home Buyers Here In Raleigh and the Surrounding Triangle

I get a lot of questions about the $8,0000 first time home buyers tax credit and I wanted to pass along some exciting news that came out yesterday.  The first time home buyers tax credit has been a great benefit but unfortunately like a lot of things coming from the government, not everyone has understood it.

Please see article below as YES the tax credit can be used for a down payment which is very helpful and important!  I can’t stress enough what a great buying opportunity this is for first time home buyers here in Raleigh and the Triangle as the combination of the tax credit, low interest rates and great house prices makes this the time to move into your first home.  Please contact me and let me know if I can help you in your search here in Raleigh and the Triangle as there are many great neighborhoods in the Triangle that are perfect for first time home buyers!

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Tax Credit Can Be Used for Down Payment
Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.

Previously, most buyers wouldn’t receive the funds until after they filed their tax return, and that deterred some people from using the credit. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has been calling for the change.

“We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a down payment,” Donovan says. His remarks came in an address to several thousand REALTORS® gathered Tuesday morning at “The Real Estate Summit: Advancing the U.S. Economy,” at the 2009 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

Looking To Live In A Golf Community – Look No Further Then Heritage Wake Forest!

Many of my clHeritage Golf Courseients want to see homes in a Triangle golf course community and Heritage Wake Forest many times ends up at the top of the list!  I am very familiar with and love Heritage Wake Forest as I spent two years doing on site new home sales at the award winning master planned golf community located in Wake Forest, NC.  Along with the great amenities, location (only minutes from downtown Raleigh and Research Triangle Park) and home choices from many of the Triangle’s finest builders, the #1 draw many times is the Heritage Wake Forest golf club.

Heritage Pro Shop

The semi private Heritage Wake Forest golf club is very well nestled into the framework of the homes that line the fairways and the entire community.  The Heritage Golf Course is very challenging yet fair with the design by world class architect Bob Moore of JMP Golf Design Group.  The Heritage Golf Club website states “the rolling terrain embraces the natural  characteristics of the land, winding through the Carolina pines with elevation changes, natural creeks, lakes and carefully placed pot bunkers.”  Along with the amazing course there also is a golf pro shop for all your apparel and equipment needs and a bar/resteraunt that features great food and atmosphere.

The course awards include:

  • North Carolina Magazine’s  “North Carolina’s Best New Course” in 2002
  • Rated it 4-1/2 Stars in 2004
  • Recently ranked in the Top 25 North Carolina Golf Courses
  • Top 5 in North Carolina for Leisure, Business by The North Carolina Golf Panel
  • Favorite Course in the Triangle by Executive Golf Guide

The NCGolfCommunities.com website describes Heritage Wake Forest this way:  “Heritage Wake Forest is one of the Triangle’s premier golf and modern lifestyle communities. Located near vibrant downtown Wake Forest, with its historic homes on tree-lined streets, is Heritage Wake Forest. What was once the Marshall-Stroud Dairy Farm is now a golfer’s heaven. The Award winning par-72, 6,929-yard Heritage Golf Course spreads out over 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills and features more than 100 strategically placed pot bunkers, three holes that play along winding creeks, and six holes where natural lakes come into play.”

To learn more about the Heritage Wake Forest community please visit my detailed Heritage neighborhood page and you can also see all the current available listings in Heritage Wake Forest.

I would enjoy the opportunity to personally show you around Heritage Wake Forest as it is a place I have had many new homeowners fall in love with!  Contact me today for your Heritage Wake Forest neighborhood package or to set up a time to look around – and be sure to bring those golf clubs!

Walking (and maybe even golfing) With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR

Twitter Is My Raleigh Real Estate Friend and Here Is Why!

Twitter Is Everywhere It Seams

Unless you live under a rock you are already using it, have spoken to someone using it, seen it on your local news telecast or heard it on a sports radio show – I am talking about Twitter.  I too am on Twitter or are Tweeting as who knows what the right terminology is but I think it is great and have totally embraced it.  Yes it consists of a whole lot of talking and not a lot of listening but if you go Tweeting with a plan then it should be and can be a productive tool for you and your business!

Follow Live In Raleigh On Twitter

Check out my Twitter page at twitter.com/LiveinRaleigh as feel free to follow me as I look forward to following you as well.

Why Did I Get Into Twitter

  • Great learning tool – it is amazing how much you can learn, how many good links & resources can be recommended and how much local information you can absorb in 140 characters or less.  If you follow the right people then Twitter can be a great source of quick but useful information.
  • Great networking tool – Whether it be with local Raleigh and the Triangle REALTORS or with REALTORS in other parts of the country, Twitter is a great way to network.  REALTORS rely on each other in almost every deal so having as many trusted sources in your network is never a bad thing!
  • Local Knowledge is Power – Real Estate is local and when you follow fellow Raleigh and Triangle Tweeters you will be in the know on so many local happenings – from events to sports, to business to even police reports (yes even the Raleigh police are on Twitter!) as the updates are fast, furious and many times local.
  • Technology Queen – In a place like Research Triangle Park technology is everywhere so I want to be in the know on the latest in technology, web services and social online networking and Twitter is the tool to do it.  Twitter not only helps me look savvy but helps me be savvy!
  • Promote – Twitter is another great way to promote my listingsmy neighborhoods and my services to Raleigh and the Triangle buyers, sellers and fellow REALTORS.  If 87% of real estate searches are done on the web these days then the web is where I want to be promoting!
  • Tweet Ups – Twitter has now brought the online networking offline in local networking events called Tweet Ups.  I have been to 1 local Triangle Tweet Up so far and it was great to meet how other people in a variety of industries are using Twitter.  I am looking forward to many more Tweet Ups and “in person” introductions!
  • Still learning – Okay Twitter is still pretty new and I don’t claim to be the expert.  I have learned a lot but I know I have a lot more to learn.  But that is the fun part as I am excited to be learning something new everyday – whether it be about Twitter or something I learned thanks to Twitter.  Remember I said knowledge is power and Twitter offers plenty of information!

Twitter may not be for everyone but if you have a plan and use it to your advantage it can be a great tool for your business – whatever business you may be in.  I for one love Twittering, Tweeting or whatever you call it!

Walking and Tweeting With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker