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Old 11-01-2010, 06:29 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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I have a friend in her late 30's interested in possibly moving there and I'm trying to help. It will be she and her husband. She is looking to move to Durham or Raleigh . Work is not an issue b/c they are bringing their jobs with them. No kids, so schools don't matter. Safe neighborhoods are a priority with convenience to shopping and entertainment. She's looking for a single family home under $100K. A small house with a small yard is fine. She doesn't want to be secluded but doesn't need to be in the middle of everything, just closeby. Please recommend safe zip codes in Durham and Raleigh.

Please, only positive posts as for moving there. I've done a search on CD, but nothing as specific as her requirements.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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It's hard to go by zip codes, at least in Durham. You can see where the police have been busy on this site:
Durham Police Department

$100,000 for a house is not much. This will limit the choices more than the crime data. They should find neighborhoods with houses in their range, then look at the crime map.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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Will be difficult to find a $100K free-standing house in Raleigh that's not in a relatively higher crime area. You might be able to find an attached townhome for slightly more than $100K that's in a lower crime area.

Otherwise their chances will be better in an outlying area of Wake County.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Reiterating several things: 1) you can't really go by zip code for safety. I can think of a few where some really expensive areas and some really slum areas are in the same zip code. 2) $100K really is NOT a lot for a house here, and those houses in that price range will in fact be more likely to be in the more "shady" areas. It's all about supply and demand, and in a high-demand area like Raleigh or Durham, prices rise in the nicer areas and lower prices usually means less desirable areas.

Are they dead-set on the Triangle area? It's among the more expensive places in the state. A rural area might suit them better if their jobs are portable? They might try some smaller cities not too far from the Triangle, such as Sanford or Mebane?
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Reiterating several things: 1) you can't really go by zip code for safety. I can think of a few where some really expensive areas and some really slum areas are in the same zip code. 2) $100K really is NOT a lot for a house here, and those houses in that price range will in fact be more likely to be in the more "shady" areas. It's all about supply and demand, and in a high-demand area like Raleigh or Durham, prices rise in the nicer areas and lower prices usually means less desirable areas.

Are they dead-set on the Triangle area? It's among the more expensive places in the state. A rural area might suit them better if their jobs are portable? They might try some smaller cities not too far from the Triangle, such as Sanford or Mebane?
Agreed. That about sums up exactly what I was thinking without having to type it up.
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:17 PM
 
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I could recommend quite a few places in Apex. Why does it have to be Raleigh or Durham?
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:59 AM
 
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Again, zip codes are not the way to go in Raleigh and Durham, go by neighborhoods. Yes, you CAN find a decent, modest house for $100k. I've done it and many of my friends have as well.

I'll stick to Raleigh:

Inside the beltline, try neighborhoods like Lockwood, Windsor Park & Longview Park
South of the beltline: Cloverdale (Garner address, barely) was always a favorite and I have a couple of friends in Carolina Pines and Hertford Village
North of the beltline: There's one person on this board who would be more than happy to talk with you about Brentwood, which has houses around $100k on occasion.

These are modest homes on modest lots and have many original owners still in the neighborhood mixed with younger people and families looking for affordable housing. Use common sense, some streets are better than others, ask around, even consider going to neighborhood meetings like CAC meetings.

Feel free to ask questions.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:25 AM
 
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I've not seen any houses for $100K in Brentwood in a very long time. Homes I've seen listed recently have been $185K.

I remember seeing a ranch for $125K a while ago.

I just rechecked. There IS one, now reduced to $99,900 in Brentwood! (The street name was not familiar to me the first time I checked.) A ranch that had a fire a while ago and was rehabbed and fully met inspection. That's a good deal.



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North of the beltline: There's one person on this board who would be more than happy to talk with you about Brentwood, which has houses around $100k on occasion.

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Old 11-02-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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i'd be surprised for $100K to purchase any house in a low-crime area that did not require a ridiculous amount of work to rehab it. i'd also second that they consider more rural areas in / outside of the triangle if they have portable jobs.

also, perhaps they could join the C-D forums to ask their questions & seek info on such things? we don't bite
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:53 AM
 
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i'd be surprised for $100K to purchase any house in a low-crime area that did not require a ridiculous amount of work to rehab it. i'd also second that they consider more rural areas in / outside of the triangle if they have portable jobs.

also, perhaps they could join the C-D forums to ask their questions & seek info on such things? we don't bite
Exactly. You're going to find a lot of homes that need rehabbing in areas that may me questionable in Durham and Raleigh.

I would look in more rural areas, much of the time they will have modular double wides in that price range. In Mebane there are several listings. Mebane is safe, has a several of its own amenities, and an outlet mall that is opening this weekend. Mebane's about 20+ minutes to Durham and Chapel Hill, and about 30 to Greensboro.
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