Durham Real Estate Blog

A Closer Look at Durham's New Cresset Overlook Community

News about a new Stanley Martin single-family home development first started to break back in February of last year. Now, roughly, 16 months later, listings for the community have officially hit the MLS and available for buyers to scoop up. So far, here’s what we know about what’s now being called Cresset Overlook…

  • The homes in Cresset Overlook have a traditional design and will be spread out across quite, tree-lined streets. 
  • The Cresset Overlook community will be just minutes from the Durham Performing Arts Center, Brightleaf Square, and downtown Durham.
  • Stanley Martin will offer seven individual home designs with multiple options/upgrades within the community. 
  • The community...

Raleigh Listed As One of the Nation’s Most Affordable Housing Markets

Raleigh Housing Market

There’s good news if you’re planning a move to Raleigh. The city was recently named one of the nation’s most affordable housing markets.

Raleigh just gained a spot on the list of the 30 most affordable U.S. markets, as designated by RealtyHop. The online real estate website is the force behind a recently released Housing Affordability Index report.

The report takes a look at the nation’s 100 largest cities, and then ranks them based on homeownership affordability in terms of the average family. For June, Raleigh comes in at number 27 on the list, which is a 13-spot jump from its previous ranking.

It’s likely thanks...

With Durham's Luxury Market Heating Up, Here's Where Some of the Most Spectacular Homes on the Market Are Found

Luxury Homes in Durham

The luxury housing market in Durham has heated up in recent months and you’re wondering where many of the area’s priciest homes on the market are right now, here’s a closer look at just a few of those neighborhoods. 

The Hills of Rosemont 

If you’re looking for a custom-built estate with a classic architectural style and more living space than you’ll know what to do with, look no further than The Hills of Rosemont. But while the homes you’ll find in The Hills of Rosemont truly speak for themselves, buyers should definitely be prepared to pay...

Durham’s Top Neighborhoods for Searching Bungalows

Durham Bungalows

Every home buyer has at least some idea what they're looking for in a new place to live and if you're a first-time home buyer or perhaps working with a but tighter of a budget, bungalow-style homes in Durham typically offer adequete living space and a price tag that rarely breaks the bank. So, just where exactly are some of Durham's top places to find an affordable bugalow? We explore a few options below...

Old Five Points

Old Five Points allows for a generous selection of 1920s-era bungalows. The neighborhood is also just a short walk from numerous options in shopping, dining and nightlife in the Durham area.

Hillside Avenue

Another location to continue your search is...

The Triangle Area’s Top Places to Buy an Upscale Condo This Summer

Luxury Condos in Raleigh-Durham

While condo living isn't for everybody, the Triangle area isn't short on spectacular condo building and communities that truly offer all the bells and whistles. So if you're planning to be in the market for a new luxury condo this summer, here's our short list of great places to begin your search. 

Blount Street Commons - Raleigh

Located in Downtown Raleigh, Blount Street Commons offers the enjoyment of stylish condos with plenty of added extras. From open floor plans to a setting that’s just a short walk from restaurants, shops and more, Blount Street Commons is definitely worth another look this summer. 

140 West Franklin - Chapel Hill

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3 Reasons to Buy a Home at 2018 Market in Holly Springs NC

2018 Market Holly Springs

2018 Market is a charming new Lennar-built community in Holly Springs. As one of the more desirable residential developments in the entire Triangle area, here are just a few reasons why a home in the 2018 Market neighborhood may just be the perfect fit: 

2018 Market Offers a Mix of Options 

Regardless of budget or lifestyle preferences, chances are 2018 Market has something that fits your needs and wants in a new place to live. Prospective buyers will find both single-family homes and townhomes in the community, providing an incredible variety...

Should You Buy a Home or Rent During Your Residency in the Triangle?

Physician Home Loan North Carolina

To buy or to rent? That’s what Triangle area doctors in training need to decide. Before you make that choice, you'll of course need to consider your options, and also take a quick look at our short list of pros and cons below. 

Reasons to buy

A physician’s mortgage may make it easier for you to get in a new home. Oftentimes the requirements that come with traditional mortgages are waived or reduced, including minimum down payments, debt and income restrictions. Buying now can also be a good investment for your...

Why Triangle Doctors-In-Training Should Buy a Home

Physician Home Loans North Carolina

If you’re still in your residency, you need to consider whether buying a home now is the right option. After all, while money likely won’t be an issue later on, it may be right now and purchasing a home can give you an investment in your future.

A mortgage payment creates equity, and you can use that the next time you need a down payment. Making on-time payments also helps your credit history. Physician mortgage loans may help you out too, because some of the traditional mortgage requirements are waived or reduced with this type of loan....

Search Available Durham Golf Course Lots in These 2 Communities Right Now

Durham Golf Course Homesites

If you’re looking to build your dream house from the ground up but also want all the perks of living in a Durham golf course community, here’s where you need start searching available home sites…

Treyburn 

The Treyburn community is probably Durham’s most recognized golf course community. The course itself if one of the Triangle’s best, and the few vacant lots left here start around $60,000. 

Willowhaven 

The ...

The Pros & Cons of Physician Mortgages

Triangle Area Physician Mortgage

If you’re considering a physician mortgage in Triangle, or anywhere in North Carolina for that matter, there are both pros and cons. To help make it easy, we’ve narrowed down some of the top reasons to choose this type of loan, and some reasons why you may want to reconsider.

Physician Mortgage Pros

With a conventional mortgage you have to tack on private mortgage insurance if your down payment comes in at less than 20-percent of your purchase price. Most of the time it’s not required with...