Archives: July 2013

Home Prices Keep Going Up

The S&P|Case-Shiller home price index was up 12.2% over the previous year, which represents the biggest year-over-year jump in prices since March 2006. All 20 of the markets monitored in the index had higher prices than they did in April. Prices have increased every month since June 2012 and each month the increase has been […]


New Microbrewery To Open In Holly Springs

A new brewery is headed to Holly Springs! Bombshell Beer Co. is North Carolina’s only female-owned microbrewery, and they are hoping to prove that craft beer isn’t a boys-only club. The new brewery is owned by a trio of women who have hired former Church Brew Works brewer Stephen O’Neill as the company’s head brewer. […]




Raleigh One Of The World’s Most Inventive!

Raleigh has made it to Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Inventive Cities! Raleigh joins the ranks of such cities as Munich, Seattle, San Francisco, and Stockholm as a hotbed of innovation. The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development ranks cities based on what is called “patent density”. The OECD tracks the patent applications of […]


Garner Named All-America City

  We want to congratulate the Town of Garner for being named one of 10 All-America Cities for 2013. Garner was competing against 19 other finalists to win the All-America City award, which is administered by the Denver-based National Civic League. The award recognizes citizen engagement, cross-sector collaboration, innovation, and inclusiveness; it also showcases grassroots […]


Home Builder Confidence Surges

Home builder confidence has risen to a seven-year high in June, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The index that measures builder sentiment towards the market has jumped to over 50 for the first time since April of 2006. A reading of over 50 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo index signals that more builders […]


Rent Vs. Buy

The math can be critical when trying to make decisions about homebuying vs renting. The recent rise in mortgage rates (from record lows) has indeed made buying a house a little more expensive. According to Forbes the increase from 3.4% to 3.9% on a 30-year mortgage raised the monthly payment on a $200,000 mortgage by […]


Home Prices Up 12.1% In April

Home prices rose by a record 12.1% for the year ending in April according to the S & P Case-Shiller index. From March to April of this year prices were up 2.5% for the index. All 20 cities making up the index showed positive year-over-year growth for a least 4 consecutive months. Inventory levels remain […]


Holly Springs To Get New Ballpark

The town of Holly Springs will soon be home to a new sports stadium and will partner with the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league, to provide a home ballpark for a new CPL team starting in 2015. There are plans for an 2,000-seat stadium that will host around 40 baseball games a […]