Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Raleigh Cary Real Estate Market Trends - Are the Indicators Right for You?

2014 Raleigh Cary Real Estate Market Trends

Housing recovery has increased for the 20th straight month and although this has been the trend over the last year, however home prices are expected to moderate in 2014.

According to Zillow, Raleigh-Cary in North Carolina has seen a 5.14% population growth, the unemployment rate stands at 6.8% and the home price forecast is at 2.4% and therefore Raleigh-Cary has been identified as one of the 10 hottest housing markets in  2014. Read about the other hottest markets by clicking here

Welcomemat Services, a company that sends coupons and incentives to shop local has  reported, based on various sources of information that they analyze, that within the 52 zip codes in Wake, Durham and Orange Counties, the Cary-Morrisville Zip code 27519 has proven to be the most popular with an average of 405 new residents per month! Real the full story here by Dawn Kurry of the Triangle Business Journal. 

US New home construction hit the highest percentage since February 2008. This indicates that builders are more bullish about the new home sales market. This is not only great news for the marketplace, but this will mean more jobs will be available further bolstering the US economy.

With all this positive and wonderful news, how could it not be the right time to buy | sell in Raleigh | Cary?

If you are considering an investment, I have the expertise, the team and the back up to assist you with your home purchase.

Please call me Cell: 919-800-0880 or email

Homes for Sale Raleigh

Sunday, December 22, 2013

First Night Raleigh 2014 - Downtown Raleigh Event

First Night Raleigh 2014

Come to Downtown Raleigh New Years Eve!

First Night Raleigh is one of the most revered events in Downtown Raleigh. What better way to celebrate the close of one year and ring in the new year!

First Night was created in 1990 to bring more people to downtown and create a long lasting community event that people will look forward to every year. They certainly succeeded! Each year the event gets bigger with more entertainment and venues. The event is designed around the "Four Pillars of First Night"; Celebration, Community, The New Year, and The Arts. First Night is celebrated in many towns across the country. Each community brings their own spin on the event, making it a truly local and unique experience.

2012 drew a record breaking crowd of over 80,000 people! It will be interesting to see if we can top that this year. We are definitely excited to be right in the middle of the action at 15 E Martin St!  Here is a First Night Raleigh Event Map so you can plan for Parking and the activities that will he happening throughout the day and evening.

This year you can expect even more fun filled excitement and family fun. The Children’s Celebration is scheduled from 2:00 – 6:00 PM, so you can have some family New Year's fun without the late night revelry. From a play area, to arts and crafts, music, games, carousel ride, sleigh rides and ice skating, the little ones will be worn out! Great news for the baby sitter, so the parents can go out for the rest of the evening!

Later in the evening a slew of performers will heat up various stages around town, over 100 performances in over three dozen locations across downtown Raleigh are scheduled. See the full Event Info here.

You do need to Buy a Pass for all the events, so be sure to do that in advance if possible! Children under 5 are free. There are many locations around town where you can buy passes.

With such a huge scale event with so many people, Volunteers are always needed. If you are looking for a fun way to spend the evening and help out the community, you can Volunteer at First Night Raleigh or call 919.832.8699, ext. 805.

The highlight of the evening is the dropping of the Raleigh Acorn! If you can't make it downtown, just tune into WRAL to watch all the fun live, in your PJ's.

Hope to see you there! Happy Holidays and may you have a wonderful 2014! From Lisa Southern Real Estate.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Local Agent – Local Knowledge - Raleigh, NC Real Estate Experts

Local Agent – Local Knowledge 

Raleigh, NC Real Estate Experts

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it pays to use a local agent with local knowledge. A local agent knows what’s happening in the area and has a well-established local network of people to work with such as mortgage professionals, home inspectors, home repair experts, and more.

Being local also means that the Agent will be able to analyze things like local services information (about education, schools, local amenities), local demographics, and house-price information that is relevant to the area. Local knowledge can even be as detailed as knowing about future development projects that could affect home values, upcoming zoning changes for schools, HOA's with known issues and even neighborhoods that have had potential problems that could affect you.

As a Buyer, using a local Agent with local knowledge, you can save yourself a lot of time and aggravation. Using a Buyer's Agent in NC is free to the Buyer. The Seller pays all Realtor Fees. Even homes for sale by owner (FSBO's) will often participate with a Buyer's agent and pay their fee. Your Agent can ask for you. There are a lot of details that go into buying a home from picking out the perfect place, to negotiations, to inspections, repairs all the way to closing. Having a local Agent with local knowledge, can help you avoid many pitfalls throughout the process.

Sellers greatly benefit from working with a local Agent with local knowledge. Finding an Agent who has sold homes in your area, one who is familiar with the local market and what buyers are looking for, and an Agent who has local connections for contractors and vendors, will save you time and money in the long run. Also a well connected Agent can often find you a buyer before the home is listed by marketing it to other Agents they know.

Working with a local Agent with local knowledge does not in any way imply small and parochial. Even major international property chains prefer to work with local Agents who have good knowledge of the area in which they live and operate.

Of course you need to be sure that the Realtor you choose to work with is an experienced professional, and somebody who will have your interests at heart. A good local Agent will be able to accurately assess the market in your area and how it relates to your situation.

Whether you are a buyer or a Seller, always interview Agents to find the right person for the job. A real estate transaction is a big event and needs to be handled by a professional. Ask for Testimonials too! This is a great indicator of an Agent's ability to serve your needs.

If you are looking for an experienced local Agent with local knowledge to help your buy or sell a home in the Raleigh, NC area - CONTACT US at Lisa Southern Real Estate. We have lived and worked in this area for many years representing buyers, sellers, & investors.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Downtown Raleigh News December 2013

Downtown Raleigh News December 2013

With all the changes in downtown Raleigh, it's hard to keep up. We are even undergoing changes ourselves. Our office is getting a complete remodel from the facade to the interior. The City is also remodeling what we fondly refer to as our "back yard", just behind our building as part of a downtown revitalization project of City malls.

One of our favorite past times is dining out with family and friends. If you are looking for a downtown Raleigh restaurant for a special holiday evening out, here is a list of some of the best fine dining options downtown. Downtown Raleigh Restaurants

Or if you are looking for a new hot spot, try the new Station Raleigh on Person St. Former Epic Games designer for Gears of War, Cliff Bleszinski partnered with Hibernian and Solas partners to make what he calls a "cozy, rustic watering hole." Hibernian owners are also working on a new Glenwood Ave project that will be called the Beir Garten, a two story restaurant and bar with outdoor patios.

Right down the street from our office, workers are breaking ground on the SkyHouse, a 320 unit building that will certainly change the landscape and skyline at the corner of Martin and Blount Streets. Other upcoming projects include Charter Square, at 11 stories high on the south end of Fayetteville Street as well as the mid-rise Edison Apartments on Davie Street and the 16-story Edison Office building next to SkyHouse. There are also several hotel projects in the works including a Hilton Garden Inn and a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel. Other new apartments in the works are The Lincoln, the L Building, 425 North Boylan, The Elan at Blount Street Commons.

According to the Triangle Business Journal downtown Raleigh has more than $300 million in new private building projects in the works for 2014 and 2015. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

If you have ever considered moving Inside the Beltline or investing in a property in downtown Raleigh, now is the time to get in the game. Contact us at Lisa Southern Real Estate today to learn more about the many exciting opportunities here.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

7239 Aquinas Ave - Raleigh, NC 27617

7239 Aquinas Ave - Raleigh, NC 27617

Affordable Town Home in Great Location - Why Rent?

Why throw away money in rent when you can buy? Or better yet, why not become a landlord? 

This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath town home in Mulberry Park is a great investment! With great rental potential you could live here for a couple years and then move up to your next property. That's how you build wealth in real estate. Is it an option you've never considered? Contact Us today for a personalized investment consultation. It might just be easier than you think to get started investing in real estate.

Whether you live here or rent it out, anyone would love to call this bright, open space their home. The floor plan is spacious with a cathedral ceiling in the living room adding to the airy feel. A separate dining room and and first floor master suite offer more space. Hardwood and crown molding on the first floor give a luxurious touch. 

The upgraded kitchen offers 42" cabinetry and a center island with bar overhang - a lot of kitchen space for a town home. Large secondary bedrooms and loft on the second floor create a great separation of living spaces. Perfect for roommates! 

Enjoy the outdoors on a large screened porch and patio. 

You can't beat this great location and fantastic price!

502 Alliance Circle, Cary NC 27519 - Harmony Neighborhood

502 Alliance Circle, Cary NC 27519 - Harmony Neighborhood

West Cary's Top Neighborhood

Are you looking for a HUGE yard and plenty of space to spread out and a great friendly neighborhood? If so, this is the perfect home for you!

This gorgeous 5 bedroom, 4 bath home is in the Harmony subdivision, one of West Cary's best neighborhoods. Picture perfect, this home is move in ready for you. Featuring stunning 5 inch hardwoods throughout most of 1st floor for ease of living, you will love the comfortable luxury this home offers. A separate formal dining room with coffered ceiling and wainscoting is a real show piece for entertaining. Extensive trim work throughout the home gives it a custom feel. The 1st floor bedroom with a full bath is great for in-laws and guests. But they may never want to leave!

A gleaming upgraded kitchen with cherry cabinetry, granite counter tops, custom tile back splash, under cabinet lighting, a 5 burner gas stove top and range hood will make you feel like a top chef. Get away to your own private retreat in the huge master suite with sitting area.
The completely fenced, flat backyard is like having your own private park to run free. A large patio is the perfect start to create a dream outdoor living space.

For more detailed information about this home visit:

Contact Us at Lisa Southern Real Estate today for a personal tour of the luxurious home.

If you are new to the area, here are some links for local information in this area of Cary. West Cary is highly regarded as one of the best places to raise a family in the Triangle area. The Harmony neighborhood is one of the most sought after in the West Cary area. With convenient access to all of the metro area, yet the small town charm Cary has to offer, this is the perfect place to call home. Excellent schools, plenty of parks and recreation and friendly communities are just a few of the reasons locals love this area.

Heart of Cary - Downtown Info

Contact Us today if you are considering relocating to the Raleigh metro area. 

205 Amiable Loop, Cary NC 27519 - Harmony Neighborhood

205 Amiable Loop, Cary NC 27519

Harmony - One of West Cary's Best Neighborhoods

This is the home you have been waiting to find!  You must come out and take a look at this gorgeous 6 bedroom, 4 bath home in the highly desirable Harmony neighborhood in West Cary, NC. This stunning home features a bright open floor plan with hardwood floors throughout the first floor. 

The upgraded kitchen with luxurious cherry cabinetry, black granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, a five burner gas cook top and under cabinet lighting is a chef's dream come true. Designer paint colors are used throughout the home to make it feel welcoming and stylish. This is a very comfortable yet luxurious home. Enjoy some quality time in your very own home theater room or relax next to a roaring fire.

The gorgeous large deck and screened porch overlooking a high end designer swimming pool offer resort style living year round. Imagine your next get together playing music on outdoor speakers while enjoying a refreshing beverage on your patio next to an outdoor stone fireplace. This amazing Pool Home with a basement is truly an entertainers dream home!

For more detailed information about this home visit:

Contact Us at Lisa Southern Real Estate today for a personal tour of the luxurious home.

If you are new to the area, here are some links for local information in this area of Cary. West Cary is highly regarded as one of the best places to raise a family in the Triangle area. The Harmony neighborhood is one of the most sought after in the West Cary area. With convenient access to all of the metro area, yet the small town charm Cary has to offer, this is the perfect place to call home. Excellent schools, plenty of parks and recreation and friendly communities are just a few of the reasons locals love this area.

Heart of Cary - Downtown Info

Contact Us today if you are considering relocating to the Raleigh metro area. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter Months

Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter Months

Raleigh NC and Triangle Area Home Selling Strategies

Have you ever given much thought to the best time of year for selling a home? Real Estate agents know there are selling seasons. Most people avoid selling in the winter months.

Several reasons why winter is a slower time for real estate sales are 1) no one wants to move during the holidays 2) it's the middle of a school year 3) weather hampers moving in many areas and 4) yards don't show well when they are barren.

There is little doubt that selling in winter is the least favorite time for anyone thinking of selling, but it's definitely not the worse time of year to sell with regards to getting an offer! Sometimes sellers don’t have a choice and must sell during the winter months for personal timing reasons. Winter months are actually a great time for sellers who are willing to tough it out. There is much less competition on the market for buyers to choose. And generally, those buyers who are looking during the winter months are very motivated.

Often times companies start hiring after the first of the year and people have no choice to move. People fulfill new years resolutions and find new motivation to buy a home or upsize or downsize. Parents and grandparents are often in town for the holidays to help look for a home that they may be offering down payment assistance. And generally, there are always buyers just waiting for the perfect home, not matter what time of year.

Not everybody has the luxury of being able to wait until spring or summer to sell. Sometimes selling in winter is the only option you will have. Here are some good home tips for a speedy and successful sale during the winter months.

Top Tips to Help You Sell Your House in Winter

1. It isn't as easy in winter, but you do still need to concentrate on curb appeal if you want to sell your house quickly. Ironically it can be easier this way with hardscape, outdoor furniture, planters and decor (rather than having to do an instant landscape job with lots of plants). Keep decor clean and simple and don't overdo holiday decorations. Many outdoor decor items can be found on clearance this time of year too. Invest in a new patio set or a water feature or pretty pots you can take with you to your new home.
2. Make sure your heater is serviced and working. You want your home to be warm and welcoming. Anyone who is considering buying the house will want to be sure that next winter, they too will be warm and comfortable. A gas fireplace will always add ambiance; cuddly throws on sofas and beds always complete the look.
3. Make sure that the house smells nice. Without any doubt, pet smells, smoke (both cigarettes and burnt-out fires), and any other musty odors, will count against you. Clean out ashes from the fireplace (or avoid wood burning fireplace use) and don't allow family or guests to smoke inside the house.  Get cooking. Chocolate-chip cookies, freshly baked bread, and freshly cooked pies and pastries will smell good.
4. Make sure that potential buyers visit the house during the day, when there is lots of light. BUT, be sure that your curtains and blinds are clean and your windows have been washed. Turn on lights before buyers arrive so the house shows warm and bright.
5. Add music to the ambiance you have created. Generally soft, classical music will make visitors (including potential buyers) feel at ease. Retailers use music to help sell goods in their shops; you can use music to help sell your house.
6. Add fresh flowers and a few live plants throughout the house. If everything outside is bleak and dreary, make your home feel lively and welcoming.

If you are considering selling your home, give us a call to review current market conditions in your neighborhood. It may just be a great time to sell your home.

Lisa Southern Real Estate

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dealing with Tenants when Selling a Home

Tips for Selling Investment Property

Dealing with Tenants when Selling a Home

Do you own an investment property that you are considering selling? Unlike selling a personal residence, selling an investment property has its own set of challenges if you have tenants occupying the property. 

The simplest route to take is to give the tenant notice that you will not be renewing the lease upon expiration, but this isn't always possible. You may also be able to market the property as an investment property with tenants in place. It may be very attractive to an investor to have instant income and no lag time for finding a new tenant. And your current tenant may be very happy to stay.

If you must sell with tenants in place, check your local real estate landlord tenant laws with regards to giving notice and tenant rights. Each State is different and there may also be other local regulations you must abide by. 

Work with an experienced local agent who can offer you the best information regarding the local market conditions. To minimize hassles, you want to get an offer as soon as possible to avoid months of sitting on the market and multiple showings. Your agent can guide you as to what fair market value is based on condition and other factors.

Worst case scenario, if the home is not priced to sell based on condition and other market factors and your tenant moves out, you are left holding a mortgage with no income. You have to determine if a few month's lost income is worth not having to sell the home with tenants in place.

While there are some excellent tenants, a large number of tenants tend to ignore maintenance issues, and so when it comes to selling a home with tenants in it you may find it has become rundown. This leads to the problem of having to do repairs while the tenants are still living in your house. Again, you will have to weigh the cost vs benefit of conducting repairs after the tenant moves out.

It can get even worse if tenants don’t want to move, because they can become very hostile, which can put even the most eager buyers off and hamper showings. There are also ways that very reluctant tenants can delay sales for as long as a year. 

An empty house means no income, so planning an exit strategy far in advance is the best bet. Assess your tenants willingness to cooperate, conduct a thorough inspection of the home, make repairs, plan the best time of the year to sell and the best time to inform your tenants you intend to sell.

Tips for Dealing with Tenants

Clear, honest communication is essential when you’re selling a home and dealing with tenants. Just as tenants can become hostile, landlords can seem threatening, even when they don’t intend to be. Explain what’s happening to your tenants and reassure them that their privacy won’t be exploited. For instance, make sure they know you will give them ample warning before buyers are invited to view their home. It’s usually best to choose one or more specific days and times that suit tenants. 

If you encounter hostile tenants or tenants who have destroyed the property and appear that they will make selling a challenge, and you need to sell, you may have to consider other options. You could wait until the end of their lease and then start an eviction process, which can be costly and time consuming. Or you could possibly offer them a major concession to move. It may be cheaper than eviction, although hard to swallow. You may even have to consider pricing the property attractively so a prospective buyer will be flexible with the condition of the home and the uncertainty of the tenant situation because they are getting a good deal.

One strategy for maintaining a good relationship with nice tenants is to offer some type of reward to persuade them to do their best in terms of keeping the house looking good while it is on the market, as well as being pleasant when agents and prospective buyers visit. For example you could offer them a discount on rent for maintaining a good showing condition. Or you could also offer a gift certificate for dinner for two for each month your home with tenants is on the market. 

A good landlord (which is what you should aim to be) will also be concerned about their tenants’ belongings. So suggest they keep valuables safely locked away whenever strangers are in the house. Put it in writing.

Ultimately you need to remember that while selling a home with tenants in it is challenging, for these people your investment property is their Home. It’s difficult for them too, so open communication is always the best policy.

At Lisa Southern Real Estate & Southern Group Property Management, we can guide you through the entire process of preparing your investment property for sale. If you decide it's not the right time to sell, but you don't want the hassle of being a landlord, CONTACT US, we can help. Property Management is much more affordable than you may think.

Monday, November 11, 2013

205 Amiable Loop, Cary NC - New Listing Coming Soon

205 Amiable Loop, Cary NC - New Listing Coming Soon

New Listing Coming Soon in the Sought After Harmony Neighborhood

Gorgeous executive home with over 4,500 sq ft of living space! Contact Us today for more information.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 Holiday Events in Downtown Raleigh

2013 Holiday Events in Downtown Raleigh

October, November and December are definitely some of our favorite months of the year. Especially living in North Carolina, we get to enjoy the beautiful change of seasons as the leaves put on their show and then make for piles and piles of leafy fun. Although, I have to say, we don't miss raking leaves since we moved into our downtown Raleigh loft!

Now that we are permanent residents downtown, we have been researching various ways we can become part of the community and experience true downtown Raleigh living. What better time to do that than during the holiday season?

Here are some fun upcoming events and activities we will be exploring. Hope to see you there!

Family Fun Night Spooktacular
Marbles Kids Museum
October 25- 31, 2013
Wear your costume and participate in fun Halloween themed activities.

Halloween Safe Night
NC Museum of History
October 31st from 6-9 pm for Ages 12 and under with Adult
Kids and parents trick or treat through the Story of North Carolina exhibit and collect various goodies, and tons of candy.

First Friday Gallery Walk
First Friday Holiday Schedule
November 1st and December 6, 2013 from 6-9 pm
This is a great place to do your holiday shopping and pick up something unique while supporting local artists. Make an evening of it and try one of downtown Raleigh's great restaurants.

2113 Collectors Gala
Art Space
A delightful evening of art, friends, food, music, and fun! The annual Collectors Gala benefits Artspace artists and exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach.

Holiday Open House and Family Night
Logan's One Stop Garden Shop
Open House - Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5 - 8:00 pm
Family Night - Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 5-7 pm
For the open house, enjoy an elegant evening celebrating the holidays with hors d'oeuvres, Christmas music, door prizes, and more.  Get inspired by beautiful themed trees and holiday displays. On Family Night kids will enjoy a visit with Santa, a holiday craft, treats, story time with Santa's Elves, Christmas karaoke, and other holiday activities.  Bring your camera to take a photo with Santa.

Raleigh Christmas Parade
Downtown Raleigh Parade
Saturday November 23, 2013 at 9:40am
Known as the largest Christmas Parade between Washington, DC and Atlanta and fun for the whole family.

Frosty the Snowman
Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center
November 29 to Dec 24, 2013 Various Times
Frosty, the beloved snowman, known to melt everyone’s hearts comes to life in a holiday show for the whole family.

Holiday Pops
NC Symphony
November 30, December 10 & 19, 2013
This family-friendly program features traditional Christmas carols, an audience sing-along, a visit from jolly old St. Nick and "snow" to get you in the holiday spirit.

A Colonial Christmas Open House
Joel Lane Museum House
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm
The house will be decorated with traditional greenery and will reflect the very different way in which colonists and early Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday.

Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes
Historic Oakwood
December 7 & 8, 2013 from 1 - 7 pm
Take a walk through the past this holiday season as eleven properties in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood open their doors to visitors.

New Year's Eve Celebration
First Night Raleigh
December 31, 2013 from 2pm to Midnight
Schedule of Events:
Children's Celebration 2 pm-6 pm
People's Procession 6 pm
Early Countdown with Fireworks 7 pm
Evening Performances 7 pm-11:30 pm
Main Stage Performances 6 pm to 12 midnight
Fireworks and Acorn Drop at 12 midnight

If you feel like taking a weekend getaway you have to take a trip to Asheville, NC to the Biltimore Estate during the holiday season. Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore are an unforgettable experience for the whole family. We highly recommend it.

We hope you enjoy all this season has to offer here in the Raleigh area. Let us know if there are any fun family traditions you have that we can share with everyone!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ramblewood Neighborhood - Inside the Beltline - Raleigh

Ramblewood Neighborhood - Inside the Beltline - Raleigh

Why it's a great place to live!

The Ramblewood neighborhood is just around the corner from the acclaimed North Hills district, known as “Raleigh’s Midtown”. The upscale North Hills Raleigh shopping area offers three city blocks filled with every shopping, dining and entertainment experience you desire, at your fingertips. The Annual North Hills Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony is a Raleigh tradition. The area showcases a weekend Midtown Farmers Market from April until November, free Beach Music Concerts on the Commons every Thursday from April until August, 4th of July Celebrations, art festivals, fashion shows, 5k Races, and more throughout the year. See all Events here.

There are some excellent restaurants near this neighborhood. Coquette Brasserie is a French inspired bistro with a unique offering of dishes. The Cowfish, a recent addition, has been attracting a lot of attention for their unique fusion menu of sushi and burgers. For a complete list of restaurants and shopping in the midtown area near the Ramblewood neighborhood, CLICK HERE.

This neighborhood offers great convenience to some of the areas best places to go to take in some live music, see in a move at Regal North Hills, dine at one of the area’s many great restaurants and participate in a wide variety of community events.  Situated just minutes from downtown Raleigh, with it’s own vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene, Ramblewood is a really perfect location.

And don’t forget another perk, world class golf awaits you at one of the nation’s best private clubs, Carolina Country Club.

See All Homes for Sale in Ramblewood

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Downtown Raleigh News

Downtown Raleigh News 

What's Happening in Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh is definitely on the upswing. It's not hard to see that the prospect for an improving economy have been in the works for quite a while. There are several new apartment buildings under construction as well as hotels, restaurants, condos and other improvements. Projects like these take years to plan and generally don't move forward unless there is certainty about the future. These are just some of the reasons why we believe now is the time to invest in downtown Raleigh.

Major employers are also relocating corporate office to the downtown area which is bringing more jobs. The tech sector is leading the growth.  HQ Raleigh is a unique concept where tech entrepreneurs can share work space.

The increase in employers and employees has also put a larger demand on the housing market. Downtown Raleigh Neighborhoods, Inside the Beltline, have always been desirable, but with the trend in Urban Living and the development and job growth downtown, prices are on the rise. Downtown Raleigh Real Estate, both residential and commercial have become a hot ticket. Home Search.

Here are just some of the projects underway in downtown Raleigh.

Aloft Hotel Project - Planned opening 2015, this upscale 135 room hotel will be built near the NC State bell tower area on Hillsborough St. 

LexisNexis - The company announced they are moving their Business of Law Software Solutions division from Cary to the Centennial Campus, near NC State.

Citrix - The warehouse District of downtown Raleigh in undergoing major transformations.  One of the largest projects is the new Citrix offices that will be completed in 2014.

Andrew Davidson & Co. - A New York-based analytics firm has opened a satellite office in Raleigh and will be moving into its more permanent space at the Wells Fargo Capitol Center building in mid-November.

Charter Square Office Building - An 11-story, 236,000-square-foot office building is slated to begin construction at the corner of Lenoir Street and Fayetteville Street, in the heart of Raleigh’s downtown business district. Expected completion 2015.  

New Pedestrian Malls - Landscape architects from Durham-based Lappas + Havener have been tasked with redesigning both the Exchange and Market plazas to boost pedestrian traffic and encourage businesses to take advantage of Raleigh’s outdoor space.

Union Station - Raleigh received a $10 million grant to complete its Union Station project, an Amtrak train station slated for downtown.  The project has been ongoing, with this $10 million serving as the final funding needed to complete it.

The Lincoln - Plans are to build a 224 unit apartment building called The Lincoln.  These rental units will further add to the growing popularity of living downtown.  The project is expected to break ground later this year.

Follow our Blog or Follow Us on Facebook to stay on top of what's happening in downtown Raleigh.  We live and work in downtown Raleigh and keep current on future plans.  Contact Us today if we can help you live and invest in Downtown Raleigh Real Estate.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

1300 St. Mary's - New Luxury Condos Inside the Beltline

Cameron Village Area - 1300 St. Mary's Luxury Condos

This area of downtown Raleigh is desirable because of the close proximity to shopping at Cameron Village as well as the close proximity to NC State University. With easy access to Wade Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and I440, it makes for an excellent location within the city. Tree lined streets, sidewalks and friendly neighborhoods appeal to many people seeking to live in this part of of downtown Raleigh - Inside the Beltline.

Designed by JDavis Architects and developed by White Oak Properties, 1300 St. Mary's is a beautiful addition to the neighborhood. Residents will enjoy manicured common areas, a pool with a sun deck, BBQ area, and a fitness room. The condos are located within walking distance to shopping, parks and transportation. Glenwood South, just minutes away, offers a wide variety of nightlife and restaurants. Cameron Village offers boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, a library, and grocery store - within walking distance.

One and Two Bedroom units are available on the ground floor as well and 1st and 2nd level and 3rd and 4th level units. Units will feature private balconies, optional garage and storage, hardwood floors, granite counters in kitchen, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, tile floors in bathrooms, washer/dryer hookups, and much more.

1300 St Mary's offers the best in urban living in a walkable Inside the Beltline location with easy access to all areas of the Triangle.

If you are interested in the new downtown Raleigh Luxury Condos at 1300 St. Mary's, please CONTACT US for more information.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Come to Downtown Raleigh this Fall 2013 for Some Fun Events!

Things to Do, Events, & Fun in Downtown Raleigh Fall 2013

Fall is one of our favorite times of year in NC.  What better way to get out and enjoy the weather than coming to downtown Raleigh for a fun event or weekend outing.  Even if there isn't a special event going on, come downtown for a bite to eat, have a drink, visit a museum or just take in the architecture while strolling around.  Don't forget about First Fridays held the first Friday of every month.  A great way to explore all downtown Raleigh has to offer.

Here are some upcoming events in downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh's Annual Irish Fall Music Festival, 2013

Moore Square Downtown - Saturday September 28, 2013

The Irish Festival - Featuring a diverse variety of entertainment for the whole family. Irish musicians, Irish bands, and Irish dancers will perform throughout the day. Irish and Celtic products, along with a great selection of area-produced gifts and crafts will be available for purchase. Children’s entertainment, and a wide variety of food and refreshments will be available as well.

Life in Color Raleigh Life in Color

Red Hat Amphitheater - Saturday October 5, 2013

Buy Tickets Now

After the sold out event last year, Life In Color returns to Raleigh for the Rebirth Tour! On Oct 5th, witness one of the most spectacular shows in dance music featuring world-class DJs, soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortionists, fire shows, and more. Experience Life In Color!

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

Sunday October 13, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Fayetteville St

Come downtown to enjoy the Food Truck Rodeo with over 40 trucks that have committed. There will be tables and chairs along the way for on-street seating. The City of Raleigh Museum will be open and hosting activities.

The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and Rex Healthcare Half Marathon

Sunday November 3, 2013

Registration Information

The start and finish of the marathon will be at Hillsborough Street at the Historic NC State University Bell Tower.

For more great events in Downtown Raleigh visit the Events Calendar.

Friday, September 20, 2013

When Selling Your Home - Paint Can Make All The Difference

Paint or Not – Then What Color?

A coat or two of paint can transform your home, both outside and inside. But if you’re selling your house is it a good idea to paint; and if so what paint colors should you choose?

Generally real estate agents agree that painting a home for sale is a good idea. But they also warn against taking anything but a conservative approach. While you might love bold, bright paint colors, or want to look as if you are aware of current trends in terms of paint colors, you should try and stick to neutral hues that will appeal to a larger audience. If you can choose trend-setting paint colors that are neutral, you’ll be on a winning streak.

Current Color Trends to Consider When Painting a Home for Sale

Benjamin Moore Paints suggests four exciting paint color palettes for 2013.

1. Artisan Paint Colors in this palette include off-white (Monterey white), sand (pittsfield buff) and a hazy grey (sea haze) as well as a dark charcoal grey (silhouette) and tan-type brown (satchel). The off-white and “sea haze” grey are safe if you’re a seller wanting to transform your home; the others might be a bit heavy though the buff paint color could work in a large room.
2. Urbanite Paint Colors in this color palette also range from off-white (moonlight white) to a dark hue, but blue rather than charcoal (polo blue). There’s camouflage beige (called camouflage), sparrow brown (called sparrow) and a golden color (marblehead gold) too. Camouflage and moonlight white are safe, while the darker colors may not have the same wide appeal.
3. New Traditional Relatively safe neutrals – a pearly beige (seapearl), light rock color (rocky road) and light gold (golden straw) hue – have been teamed with more adventurous dove blue (evening dove) and a dusty pink (called dusky mauve). The blue and pink aren’t safe, even if you love these paint colors.
4. Coastal These paint colors were inspired by the sea, sky and sea, but again only the off-white (simply white) and paler grey (tranquility) hues are really safe if you are painting a home for sale. While the lemon yellow (lemon sorbet) is cheerful and the grayish (van Courland blue) quite quiet, there’s no guarantee they will appeal across the board. The blue-green (Stratton blue) included in the palette is also pretty, but not if you are aiming to transform your home for somebody you don’t know.

When choosing any color, try to keep the same feeling through out the entire home.  Don't do a few rooms coastal and others beige.  Stay consistent and match the style and architecture of the home.  Keep it clean, simple and neutral.  Neutral doesn't have to be beige and boring, just consistent and soothing to the eye.

If you are considering selling and would like some expert advice before you dive in and start painting, call our Team at Lisa Southern Real Estate.  We would be happy to come out and give you some advice and options to get the greatest return on your time and money.  We also have a large list of preferred vendors who can make the job a snap and save you some money.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Strategies for Building Real Estate Equity

Strategies for Building Real Estate Equity

Investing in real estate is a great way to build wealth – if you get it right. It won’t turn you into a millionaire overnight, but if you’re looking for a strong long-term investment strategy, building real estate equity is the way to go. 
For most people, their first – and most often their best – investment is buying a house. Generally the motivation is to have a home to live in without paying rent to a third party. That’s good, except that many people aim to buy their dream home without considering its value in terms of real estate equity. In reality, your first home is likely to fall of any type of “dream home” status simply because the average first-time home buyer doesn’t have the budget to achieve their dreams first time around.
Instead, your first home should be a house that will make a good rental property in the future, allowing you to make and save money that you can use as a down payment on another house. Keep one as a rental and live in the other, and within ten years you’ll be well on your way to a good, solid nest egg. 
You Can Use Real Estate to Build Wealth
There is absolutely no doubt that a good real estate investment strategy will enable you to build wealth. By investing in rental properties, you can generate an ongoing income, and get very worthwhile tax benefits at the same time, particularly when you sell your home at a higher price than you bought it for. But most importantly, by maintaining the investment (buying again when you sell), you will build and improve your real estate equity.
Flipping property is another way to make money, but because you are simply buying and selling – and not renting out – profits are likely to be taxed as income. 
Tips to Help You Identify the Best Real Estate Equity Properties
Where and what you buy as an investment is essentially personal choice, though to develop a successful investment strategy and build wealth, you do need to have savvy. 
Generally, when accumulating real estate equity and aiming to build wealth, it’s best to look at reasonably new development areas, or neighborhoods that are being redeveloped. The best investments are those that boast a good location and are structurally sound, but look ugly and haven’t been managed well. A good location will grow your real estate equity and attract a better quality tenant, both of which are more likely to guarantee good returns on your investment. 
For investment purposes it’s makes good business sense to make a down payment of between 20 and 25 percent because it reduces exposure and short-term risk. You don’t want to pay cash – using other people’s money is good for a real estate investment strategy. But you don’t want to borrow too much of the total just in case the rental market turns. 
If you are looking for a good investment in real estate? Take a look and see what we can offer you.
Contact Southern Group Property Management for more advice on the Raleigh Rental Market.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

VIDEO - Downtown Raleigh Living

VIDEO - Downtown Raleigh Living

Watch this Video to Experience Life in Downtown Raleigh

At Lisa Southern Real Estate, we live and work in downtown Raleigh. We love being part of this growing and vibrant community. Downtown Raleigh isn't just for work anymore. More and more people are moving downtown and enjoying an exciting restaurant scene, a wide variety of events, clean and friendly neighborhoods, museums and great local shopping.

Take a look at some of the many reasons we love living and working in Downtown Raleigh.

If you would like more information about properties for sale in downtown Raleigh, contact Lisa Southern Real Estate - THE Downtown Raleigh Experts!  The downtown Raleigh real estate market is HOT. If you have been looking and haven't found the right spot, let us know.  We often know of listings before they hit the market.

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If you are looking for Rental Properties in Raleigh - visit Southern Group Property Management.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Cotton Mill - Downtown Raleigh Condos

The Cotton Mill – Downtown Raleigh Condos

The Cotton Mill was originally constructed as a textile-processing mill in the 1890’s, and in 1966, the building was converted into 50 unique condominiums. The Cotton Mill offers beautiful units with high ceilings and large windows providing natural light into the living area.  The Cotton Mill is conveniently located on Capital Boulevard with easy access to downtown Raleigh, I-440, Wade Avenue leading to I-40 and Research Triangle Park.

Living at The Cotton Mill provides residents a unique opportunity to experience the exploding vibrant city life of Downtown Raleigh. The growth in downtown Raleigh living is very exciting.  We live and work downtown and have been hearing of new housing developments, restaurants, shopping and more coming soon.

Now is the time to get in on the real estate market downtown.  If it's something you have been considering, either for investment or to get in on the new Raleigh vibe, give us a call.  We would love to share all the exciting news with you!

Due to the popularity and limited inventory of The Cotton Mill, often there are rarely listings available for sale.  If you do see an available listing, it will likely go fast!


Home Buyer Services - If you are interested in purchasing a unit in The Cotton Mill or any other area, ask us about our services for locating properties not yet on the market.  We will leave no stone unturned looking for the perfect property for you.  Downtown Raleigh Condos are a hot ticket right now.  Let us help you find the next one BEFORE anyone else does!

Home Seller Services - If you are considering selling your property in the Cotton Mill, we can help you find a buyer – likely before we list it!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Raleigh, Inside the Beltline - What Does That Really Mean?


Inside the Beltline

Homes inside the Beltline are those skirting the inside of the I-440 and I-40 forming an imaginary "belt line" around the City of Raleigh. It is made up of diverse neighborhoods, with real estate prices varying from luxury homes in the millions to condo's and town homes at a more affordable price.

There are numerous parks, greenways and country clubs with hiking and walking trails within the Raleigh Beltline, which is a huge attraction for the locals, who value the convenience of Raleigh and the business districts and yet have the feeling of open space on their doorstep.

There are wonderful restaurants and shopping inside the beltline. Business is also relocating into the beltline area - creating a great appeal for folks to move back into the inner city too.

We at Lisa Southern Real Estate are local. We have bought offices Inside the Beltline in the heart of downtown Raleigh and are renovating our home inside the beltline. We would like to assist you with your questions about living inside the belt line.

Inside the Beltline Neighborhoods

Inside the Beltline Luxury Homes

Inside the Beltline Luxury Homes

Inside the Beltline Luxury Condo's and Townhomes for Sale



Not Sure if Inside the Beltline is for you?  Let's meet and discuss your options.
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