Out of State Investors partnering to buy Good deals in Triangle Area, North Carolina

A Joint Venture called L Star noticed Triangle and Charlotte's house values slogged in the past year but compared to other states in the country which already sinked for the past 3 years.They expected the house values in Trianlge and Charlotte will rebound quickly and created $100 Million buying spree in the Triangle and Charlotte.Trianlge area including Raleigh Cary RTP area already in the spotlight by many local and international real estate investors. Right now is Good time to buy to most Real Estate investors...are you In or Out??

Hannah Chan
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Real Estate Auction in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Greater Triangle Area in North Carolina

I just back from a Lender-ordered Auction for the unsold homes and lots in Raleigh which the builder gone bankruptcy. It is surprisingly found out there are a few investors there and land developer. The lots and houses finally sold at at least 30% or more from the current market price. Of course, you need to take the risk that you only have 2 hours to preview these houses.
But all these are calculated risk and so if you know the area well and this is not a bad choice at all.

If you are interested to learn more about the real estate auction in North Carolina, please feel free to email or call me for free listings.


Hannah Chan
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Pulte Harmony Subdivision in West Cary

Pulte Harmony Subdivision located in West Cary

The Putle Harmony subdivision is one of the hottest subdivisions in West Cary.

They divided into Haromony Glen, Pointe and Reserve and the single family homes starts from $300K to $500 and up. They have a very good amenties like swimming pool, tennis court, playground and is a very well planned and built communities.

Their schools are also very good: Turner Creek Elementary, West Cary Middle and Pantner Creek High

Right now, they just released some new lots backed up by the tree in Harmony Reserve. They are all 1/2 acres lots and they are very rare in Cary cause all the new home sites in Cary are around 1/3 or 1/4 acres.

If you are interested to know more about Pulte Harmony at Cary, please feel free to contact me for more information.


China Star Fashion Show at Oct 25th 6:00 to 9:00p.m.

China Star Fashion Show 2008 Sponsored by NCCBA

NCCBA is sponsoring the first Fashion Show in Triangle area which will be held on
Date: Oct 25th, Saturday,
Time:6:00pm - 9:00pm,
Location: Fellowship Hall, Cary Church of God, 107 Quade Drive, Cary NC 27513

At the show, you will see very creative, attractive, and practical outfits-but not necessarily with the expensive brand names!
Network with people who enjoy similar interests.
Experience the taste of healthy and delicious, gourmet cuisine.
Consult with fashion, cosmetic, and beauty experts on hand to answer your questions.
Test your knowledge of fashion sense, brand names, make up, and shopping. ...There may be a big surprise waiting for you!

Admission $5/person purchased in advance $10/person at door (Members of Organizers and Co-Organizers) $20/person at door (Non-Members of organizers and Co-Organizers)

For details please check http://www.chinastaronline.com/Show/index.html

Grand Asia Market and A & C supermarket in Raleigh (Asian Grocery)

Triangle Oriental Supermarkets

Many people asked me "Where is the Asian Grocery or Supermarket in Triangle?"

There are two popular grocery stores
(1)Grand Asia Supermarket in Raleigh (Close to Cary Crossroad)
You will see Chinese food, bakery, live fish, ...e.t.c. Honestly, you will find not only Chinese food but also Thai, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Japan,...e.t.c I think you will find a good mixed of variety and you will surprise they carry so many things not only food and drinks but even shampoo, toys, oriental decoration, movies, CD...e.t.c

The second one is A&C Seafood supermarket over Garner which you will able to find a lot of oriental food, snacks, ...e.t.c
Both of them are very good in price but it really depends which you lived. If you lived over Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, ...e.t.c Grand Asia will be the one more close to you. On the other hand, if you lived in Raleigh and Garner area, you will find A&C seafood supermarket is closer than Grand Asia.

Local Chinese Organizations for business owners, scholars, professionals in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill

Chinese Social Organizations for Cary, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area

If you are doing business with China or want to get networking with the local Chinese professionals, scholars, business entreprenuers, you defintely want to check out the following groups.

Chinese American Friendship Association (CAFA) http://www.cafanc.org/

Triangle Area Chinese American Society (TACAS) http://www.nctacas.org/

Chinese Association of Science and Technology CAST-NC http://www.castnc.org/

North Carolina Chinese Business Association NCCBA http://www.nc-cba.org/

Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association http://www.dukechina.org

NCSU Chinese Students and Scholars Friendship Association http://clubs.ncsu.edu/cssfa/

UNC Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars http://www.unc.edu/student/orgs/facss/

North Carolina China Center http://ncchinacenter.org/

Cantonese and Chinese Church in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill

Local Chinese Church in Cary, Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill
If you are looking for local Chinese church in Cary, Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill area, you can click on the follwoing links and see their worship time and location.

Cary - Raleigh Chinese Christian Church (RCCC)- They have Cantonese, Mandarin and English services.
www.raleighccc.org9266 Chapel Hill RdCary, NC 27513(919) 834-3815

Raleigh - Forest Hill Baptist Church - They have preschool program started this year.
201 Dixie Trail Raleigh, NC 27607 (919)-828-6161
Durham and Chapel Hill - Chinese Christian Mission Church

4528 Bennett Memorial RoadDurham, NC 27705
Chapel Hill Chinese Christian Church

100 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Why companies still come and pick Cary and RTP area as their strategic site??

Jobs Still coming To Cary Why?? Quality of the labor pool and...

Even though we know the unemployment rate in United States is at its all time high and still company like HCL (Indian based IT companies) still pick Cary out of the final 30 locations and is planning to hire more than 500 jobs in couple years.

Companies they are still expanding like Fidelity, Siemens Inc, Epic Games, Healthways Inc, PharmaNet, Kellogg, Plygem and Singh Development..e.t.c

We defintely cannot exempt from all the financial and housing problems that happening in our country but the roots in here are so strong that once the economy drought pass away and you can able to see a much faster recovery and rebounce here than most of the other area.


K Hovnanian Homes having a Big October Sales from Now to Oct 31st

One more builders in Trianlge have a HUGE OCTOBER SALE:

You get to choose from either I of 2 options:



$0 CLOSING COST plus 50% off on all your UPGRADES on ALL PRESALES HOMES

5)Morrisville (PROVIDENCE PLACE )
6)Creedmoor (DAVENPOINT )
7)Knightdale (ROCKBRIDGE )



Wake County Pumpkin Patch Locations

The great way to celebrate our Fall is to take our kids to pick pumpkin and donkey rides. Here are a few good one and you can probably find one close to you.


-3800 Greenlevel Road West, Apex, NC 27523.
-Phone: 919-387-7352 Email: sandyjockisch@bellsouth.net.
Open: Daily during October, 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday afternoons during the month of December from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
Offers: pumpkins, gourds, gourd crafts, donkey rides on weekends, Halloween goodies. Halloween hay ride 7 days a week during the month of October. Payment: Cash, check, no credit cards.

-703 Tarboro Road - Youngsville, NC 27596.
-Phone: (919) 556-1771 Email: funonthefarm@hillridgefarms.com
-Open: 7 Days a Week 9:00am - 6:30pm 2008
- Fall Festival General Admission - $10.00
-(Fall General Admission also includes Hayride & Pumpkin!)
-Children under 2 years old are admitted FREE!
-Train Rides: $2.50; Gem Stone Panning: $6.00;
-Pony Rides: $4.00 (Sept. 13th-Nov. 9th) Weekends Only.

-3175 Benson Highway, Garner, NC, 27529
-Phone: 919-779-4765
-Open: Monday to Wednesday by appointment. Thursday 4:00 to 8:00pm, Friday 4:00 to 9:00pm, Saturday 10am to 9:00pm, and Sunday Noon to 7:00pm
-Prices: Adults $9.00, Kids 6-12 $7.00, Kids 3-5 $3.00 and Kids under 3 free with paid adult. ---New 24 Foot Super Slide.
-Children's Maze
-Rope Maze - 8,000 square feet of fun.
-Games -Miniature golf and pumpkin bowling.
-Concessions - Hot dogs, home made ice cream, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, funnel cakes, nachos, popcorn drinks and specialty coffee hot and cold with picnic area.

-274 Old Mill Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC, 27526
-Phone: (919) 552-0823 Email us at: pam@hectorscreekfarm.com
-9 acre corn maze hours: Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday by appointment
- Adults - $8.00 Children 4 to 12 - $6.00 Age 3 and under - free Group Rate - $6.00 per person $2.00 discount with military ID there is also a $1 off coupon that you can print out on their website

-8824 Poole Road, Knightdale, NC 27545
-Phone: (919) 217-0411 Email: kirkfarms@bellsouth.net
-Open: Monday to Friday 7 am-7 pm, Saturday 7 am-5 pm

Hannah Chan
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Two new Chinese and one Thai restaurants grand opening in Cary

There are two new Chinese and one Thai restaurants grand opening in Cary.
1) Bright Palace
1207 Kildaire Farm RdCary, NC 27511(919) 468-7188
It is a healthy Taiwanese-style vegetarian food at the newest restaurant Bright Palace and they are having promotion during their grand opening and is having 30% off discount on your total bills.

2)Yum Yum Thai (http://www.yumyumcuisine.com/)
1861 N. Harrison AveCary, NC 27513(919) 677-1166
Yum Yum Thai is the same owner is Thai Villa in South Hills Plaza. I personally tried this restaurant last Sunday and found the curry dishes very Yum...

3)Super Wok
1401 S.E. Maynard RoadCary, NC 27513(919)388-8338
I haven't tried that out this one but I already heard lots of good reviews for Super Wok.

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Pulte Homes -Huge Monster Sales Starting Now!!

Pulte Home is having a huge MONSTER SALES Starting Now!!

The most popular neighborhoods in the Triangle area including
1)Harmony located in Cary
2)Sutton Place located in Apex
3)Mcrimmon at the Park located in Morrisville

If you are considering any of these neighborhood and defintely contact me for more detailed information.

Hannah Chan

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M/I Home Greystones Cary October Big Sales Event

I just got notify by M/I Home Greystones that they are undergoing a Huge October Big Sales Event and here is their promotions:

Discounted Inventory pricing (big savings!)
Community specific closing costs ($5,000) with MIF NO below market financing

PRESALES will be as follows:
Community specific FREE Options
($20,000 in FREE options in the Overlook, $30,000 in FREE options in the Gabels)
Community specific closing costs with MIF ($5,000 ) BELOW MARKET RATE with MIF

If you are interested to know more about M/I Home at Greystones located in West Cary, please don't hestitate to contact me for more information.

Hannah Chan

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Seller want to retain possession after closing??

Seller want to retain possession after closing?
I just helped my buyer put an offer and the offer is accepted by the seller. My buyer got a very good deal cause the house is well maintained, taken care by the owner and the house met all my buyer's need. But the problem is the seller need two more days to move out from the house. That means my buyer will close on the house on Monday but they can only move into the house on Thursday!
Why??? The seller told us they bought a new house in a nearby subdivision and they will have a back to back closing in the same day. So, they need the money from selling their house to pay for the new home purchase.
In this case, what should you do?

Imagine what if the house burn down by fire? Who will responsible? What if the seller's moving company damaged the house while they move out??
Since my buyer really like the house and if they don't help the seller to first close their house and so the seller can move out to their new house, my buyer cannot move in.

We will sign seller possession after closing agreement and ask the closing attorney to structure the arrangement so my buyer's interests will be protected. It need to state out clearly not only the utilities and rent but also the worst case happen like someone get hurt while moving out or unexpected incidents.

Hannah Chan
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Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, RTP Real Estate in North Carolina

Housing Market is Falling??

Everyone is talking about the Real estate market is falling here. Honestly, I will tell them now is the best time to buy cause back to 3 or 4 years ago, you can never ever to negotiate with seller like you can do now. I got lots of phone calls and emails about buying all kinds investment from residential to commerical. Some of my trade up clients want to buy a basement home which they only need to pay a small difference after they sell their exisiting houses.

Also, the fundamentals here is so strong:

1)No Bubbles in Triangle- If you lived in California or other states like New York, New Jersey, Florida.....e.t.c double digit growth every year was very common back to 2001-2005. Everyone was in real estate no matter what their full time jobs were. They can be condo flipper, investor and it seems to me that you should at least owned 2 houses.

But Triangle is always like 5-6% appreciation in the past which compared to other states seems not attracting at all. We did not have lots of investors here and so the pressure from investors to unload their investments here relatively not that big compared to other states.

Strong Employment market - When you open the papers and you will see there are so many companies picked RTP, North Carolina as their strategic site. We have abundant PhD, top talents and skilled workers to hire. Many CA companies have an office in RTP would defintely understand that. More and more of their California workforce asked to relocate to North Carolina. Demand for the housing market is still strong even though I heard most of the companies had hiring freeze. Still, we expect lots of out-of-state family move here for better job and affordable housing.

Affordable Housing - If you want to find a house close to work, close to shopping, very good school and very close to airport....e.t.c I am sure you can find something like this but how much can you afford? In Triangle (Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Apex..e.t.c) You can easily find something very nice under $280K.

Excellent School - If you want to move in a good school neighborhood in some states, it will cost you at least a million to live close to the school cause the area with good schools are so expensive to afford. But you will find here if you want to live in the very school neighborhoods, you still have plenty of choices from condos, townhomes, starter homes...e.t.c.

Hannah Chan
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Fun things to do when you come to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I just have a family come down to visit before they decide to take the job offer here or not. I will highly recommend you to stop by or visit some of the places listed below.

1)Cary/Apex/Morrisville/Holly Springs -

-Bonds Park on High House Road (boat house, kids playground, duck feeding & etc),
-Green Hope Tennis Center across Green Hope Elementary School,
-Soccer Park on Chatman Street (where the professional soccer team plays),
-Regional Baseball Park in west Cary hosting regional baseball championship,
-Cary Acquatic Center with Olympic sized pool,
-Cary Towne Center (shopping mall) & Crossroads Shopping Center on Walnut Street (all big box retailers)
-Kids Together Park on Cary Parkway (name just changed),
-Beaver Creek Shopping Center on Rt 55 in Apex,
-Regency Park (lawn concerts & etc at the Amphiatheather),
-Lake Crabtree Park,
-Hopper's House, Booda Beans, Monkey Joes, Jump Zones, Planet Child
-Putt-Putt on Tryon Road (miniature golf, go-cart, arcade & etc)..e.t.c.
- Trader Joe at Cary Parkway and Kildaire Farm.

2)Durham/Hillsborough -

-South Point Mall, Museum of Life and Science (indoor and outdoor play areas, animals, butterfly house, a pond for remote sail boats, train ride; bring a stroller for the small children) ---Duke Garden and Chapel, Durham Bull Baseball park, Brightleaf square (restuarants row),
-Enloe State Park..e.t.c.

3)Chapel Hill -

-Southern Season (gourment food store),
-Franklin Street (Ben and Jerry),
-UNC Campus,
-Jordon Lake,Planetarium,
-UNC garden,
-Children museum

4)Raleigh -

-Downtown Capital,
-Museum of Natural Science,
-Museum of Art,
-Marble Kids Museum,
-Crabtree Valley Mall,
-Cameron Village (boutique shopping),
-Jasper's Place,
-Brier Creek Shopping Center,
-North Hills Malls,
-Adventure Landings (miniature golf, laser tag, go carts, video arcade & etc),
-Frankies (miniature golf, laser tag, go carts, video arcade &etc),
-Pump it Up,
-Pullen Park (Carousel and train ride),
-Umstead State Park (lake, hiking trails, camping & etc),
-Falls Lake, Farmers Market (fresh vegetables, plants and frutis),
-Flea Market at State Fairground,
-Triangle Town Center Mall,
-Raleighwood Movies ,..e.t.c
-Raleigh New Convention Center
-RBC Center

If you plan here to stay for a week or more, you can drive 2.5 hours to
-NC Zoo at Asheboro,
-NC auquarium at Pine Knolls Shore
-Willmington beach,
-Topsail beach,
-Myrtle Beach,
-Outer Banks

and 4.5 hours to the
-Baltimore Estate,
-Grandfather mountain,
-Chimney Rocks
-Blue Ridge Parkway

Hannah Chan
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Selling your house in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville and RTP area, North Carolina

We all know the good tims for seller is gone and you know how many reduced listings everyday and so if you are buyer in this market. I want to tell you it is lots of bargain out there but there are lots of bargain hunters in our market too.

Anyway, if you are trying to sell your house right now, it doesn't matter it is good time or bad time, you need to be realistic and willing to change when everyone is changing.

1)Curb appeal - Your lawn condition and landscaping sent a strong message to the potential buyer that the seller take good care of the house or not. I have a few incidents that when we stopped in front of the house and my buyer told me we can skip that house. Why?? The front yard was full of weeds and there was no sign that the seller spent anytime outside.

Buyers really like to use their imagination and based on what they see and guess how good/bad the owner is. So, if you don't have time to mowe or take care your lawn, contract out and cause it sent a Huge message to the buyer.

2)AC/Heat is OFF/ON - You cannot imagine my buyer and I went into a very nice house with basement but we all left less than 5 minutes. It was 100 degree outside and the AC was off. You can imagine how hot we were down in the basement. Also, don't turn the heat off when outside is only 10 degree

3)Smell/Taste - If you like to cook food with strong smell or your house has bad ventaliation or you smoke, please go outside the house cause the smell will soak into the carpet and it is very hard to clear the smell. You can use the reed diffuser, smoke eater or some sense candle but my best suggestion is really don't let any smell hinder your buyer.

4)Pre-inspected the house - If you already pre-inspected the house and already fixed them and is ready to move in. Even if you don't fixed and it saved your buyer couple hundred and they can just consider the repair cost. It can speed up the process and reduce the chance to re-negotiate the repair cost again and again.

5)Handyman touchup job - I will recommend if you are still compete with your builder and you may want to have a handyman to touch up most of your comestic works and fix the squeeky floor. Especially if the builder will still warantty 1 year and you will not or you can throw a AHS warranty at least make them feel better.

Hannah Chan
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Fall Events in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville and RTP area, North Carolina

If you are new to the Triangle area, these are the best fall events you don't want to miss out!!

1) Diwali: Festival of Lights

Starts: 10/11/2008 Ends: 10/11/2008

City: Koka Booth Amphitheature at Regency park (8003 Regency Parkway, Cary)
Treat yourself to a unique cultural experiences at Cary Diwali 2008. Cary Diwali pays tribute to Indian art and culture. A bazzar will offer wide variety of handicrafts, clothing, jewelry, music and food to delight the scense.
For more information, please call (919)-460-4963

2)Capital City Cheers Wine Festival
Starts: 10/25/2008 Ends: 10/25/2008
City: Raleigh, NC

Produced by: Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival
Phone: 410-769-8223
Email: afitz@mooreamarketing.com
Website: http://www.capitalcitycheers.com/

You are invited to celebrate the taste of over 100 unique, diverse and flavorful wines! The North Carolina Wineries want you to sample the essences of their best grapes while expanding your tongue's tastes. A full palette awaits your arrival! While mastering the art of wine tasting, be sure to attend our wine seminars, Gourmet Live! cooking demonstrations & shop amongst the unique artists! Don't turn down this invitation! You are guaranteed to leave the festival as our newest wine connoisseur!

Hannah Chan
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Fun things to do next week NC State Fair Oct 16-16

NC State Fair Oct 16-26 State Fairgrounds

State Fair officials announced today that country-music singer Rodney Atkins will bring his Southern charm and vocals to Dorton Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $11.50 and will go on sale online at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

If you are new to North Carolina and you defintely need to see how big the fair is!!
Go to the link and check it out yourself.

I will highly recommend you go on Thursday which is Canned Food Drive day by Food Lion. You only need to bring some canned food and you will not require to pay for the admission fee.


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Raleigh-Cary ranked No.2 in creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth

GOV. EASLEY ANNOUNCES SEVEN N.C. CITIES EARN SPOTS ON TOP 100 JOBS LISTTwo Cities Rank Among Nation's Top 10 In Creating And Sustaining New Jobs And Economic Growth.
Raleigh-Cary area rose from No. 10 to No. 2 this year and Durham jumped from 74th to 21st.
Other recognition for the economic performance of North Carolina's cities includes:

1)Chief Executive magazine named North Carolina the state with the nation's third-best business climate;
2)Pollina Real Estate Corp. named North Carolina as the No. 1 Top Pro-Business State;
3)Development Counsellors International ranked North Carolina's business climate as the second best in the nation;
4)Forbes rated North Carolina No. 4 on its 2008 list of The Best States for Business;
5)Site Selection magazine listed North Carolina as the state with the top business climate six of the last seven years.

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Raleigh-Cary is the second best cities for Job hunters

Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina is the Second Best Cities for Job Hunting"

According to the latest Best-Performing Cities survey from economic think tank the Milken Institute. More college students will go to New York or Washington after grauduation but now Raleigh-Cary is their first choice. Why?? Tech giants like IBM, Cisco Systems and SAS Institute, GlaxoSmithKline are the largest employers in the region.

In addition, Duke, NCSU and UNC-Chapel Hill combined also are the big players in the region.
If you are planning to find a job in the area or planning to move to Raleigh-Cary area, you are welcome to email me or call me for any assistance.

Good luck in your job hunting and feel free to contact me if you are planning to relocate your family to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex and Morrisville area.

Hannah Chan
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