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Nov. 25, 2019

Top 5 Tips to Hiring The Best Real Estate Agent In Chapel Hill

Buying a home is a big investment - the biggest in most of our lives. Whether you are buying, selling or both, taking the time to find the right real estate agent will help make your home buying/selling experience better in the long run.

In this article, we’ll go over a few tips you can use to find a qualified real estate agent, when it comes to buying or selling a home in Chapel Hill. 

1. Look For A Realtor, Not Just A Real Estate Agent

All Realtors are real estate agents – but not every real estate agent is a Realtor. To become a Realtor, a real estate agent must join the NAR (National Association of Realtors).

What’s the difference? A Realtor signs the NAR Code of Ethics, pledging to follow a comprehensive list of articles, standards and practices that establish the highest possible level of conduct for real estate agents. At Chapel Hill Realty, all of our real estate agents are Realtors.

2. Get Recommendations From Friends, Family & Colleagues

This is a great place to start if you have a lot of connections in the Chapel Hill area. Chances are that your social network can refer you to some reliable, knowledgeable real estate agents in the area. From there, you can begin narrowing down the list, and choosing the agents you believe will be the best for you.

3. Look At Online Listings, Websites & Reviews

Once you’ve gotten some referrals and recommendations, you can start looking at the online listings, websites and reviews for the Realtor you’re considering. Reading online reviews and checking out the Realtor candidate’s website is a good way to learn more about what they do – and ensure they’re a good fit for your needs.

4. Attend Open Houses To Meet The Real Estate Agent

If you’d like to meet with a real estate agent and learn more about how they work, you can go to an open house they’re hosting. Pay attention to how they behave throughout the open house. Are they polite? Knowledgeable about the home? Informative? Do they know a lot about the local market? Look for an agent who is engaged and willing to talk with you about the home – not one who is either lacking engagement or overbearing. 

5. Schedule Interviews With Your Top Candidates

Once you have a list of a few top candidates, you should schedule a sit-down interview with each one. Take this time to ask any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chapel Hill, and develop a better understanding of your candidate’s personality, qualifications and professional demeanor – and you’re sure to choose a qualified real estate agent!

Need Help? Get In Touch With Chapel Hill Realty Group!

At Chapel Hill Realty Group, our experienced Realtors specialize in buying and selling homes in Chapel Hill. Our goal is to provide a level of knowledge, responsiveness and quality service unrivaled in the Chapel Hill, NC market.

Contact us online or call (919) 740-0884 to speak with one of our Realtors and learn more about our qualifications and expertise, so that we may help you find your dream home!

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 28, 2019

Research Triangle Families Enjoy Top Ranked High Schools

The Research Triangle in North Carolina is well known for its impressive higher education institutions and robust STEM-based economy. Fewer people realize that it also has very strong primary education facilities. Families looking for homes in great neighborhoods that will give their children a strong start in life should place The Triangle high on their priority lists and we’ll tell you why.

What Is the Research Triangle?

If you live outside of this area, you may ask what exactly is The Research Triangle? It is a region in North Carolina roughly between North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These well-regarded research universities have helped make the triangular area between them a hotbed of education, research and development, and enterprise.

Research Triangle Top-Ranked High Schools

Every year, the U.S. News & World Report releases rankings of the best U.S. high schools. In 2019, over 17,000 were ranked and The Research Triangle is home to 12 of the top 1,000 in the country. That is an impressive showing for an area that only contains around 0.65% of the total U.S. population.

The highest-ranked of these schools was Raleigh Charter. It was the second-ranked school in North Carolina and the 111th highest ranked school in the country. These are a few of the other well-ranked schools in the area:

·         Woods Charter School – state ranking: 5; national ranking: 142

·         East Chapel Hill High School – state ranking: 11; national ranking: 441

·         Wake STEM Early College – state ranking: 13; national ranking: 601

·         Chapel Hill High School – state ranking: 18; national ranking: 717

·         Franklin Academy – state ranking: 20; national ranking: 762

·         Carrboro High School – state ranking: 21; national ranking: 768

·         Green Hope High School – state ranking: 23; national ranking: 793

·         Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy – state ranking: 25; national ranking: 811

·         Panther Creek High School - state ranking: 29; national ranking: 869

·         Durham School of the Arts - state ranking: 30; national ranking: 930

·         Research Triangle High School - state ranking: 31; national ranking: 999

These rankings are based on a six-factor score. The factors include college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance and graduation rate.

Having so many schools in the top 1,000 nationally is a great reflection of the education quality in The Research Triangle. Homeowners with families can feel confident that their children are going to receive a good primary education in the area.

Buying in the Research Triangle

If finding a home in a great Research Triangle school district is at the top of your list, Chapel Hill Realty Group can help. Call our team at (919) 942-4149 or visit us online to search for your dream home in a great neighborhood today! 

Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

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