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In and around the Triangle area, there are several beautiful luxury listings available for sale. What exactly differentiates these properties from the standard market? Is it the square footage, the features, or the technology? Some would say it is all of the above. Ultimately, luxury buyers are not looking at the price tag in their search for their next dream home but the amazing amenities that come with the property. Here are the top 6 must-have features in luxury homes!

1. Indoor / Outdoor living

Indoor/outdoor living seamlessly extends your home's great room or dining quarters. This trend tends to keep cohesion in design from the interior to the exterior of your home. Typically indoor/ outdoor living has always been a primal commodity when searching for a new home. With the new normal consisting of being at your humble abode more these days, the amenity has become a necessity. What makes an outdoor living space luxurious is the ability to provide comfort through all seasons while also allotting multiple entertainment options. High-end features include retracting screened porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, and sometimes a type of water feature. This CBHPW luxury listing checks off each box on the list! With its large covered porch and a wood fireplace, the immaculate outdoor kitchen has a top-of-the-line grill station, jacuzzi, and extensive acreage for sporting events or games. One thing for sure is that you may yearn to host any occasion with this property as your next home. To view more of this listing, click here.  

2. Theatre Room 

Entertainment becomes the next level when a luxury property contains an in-home theater. The ability to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to your fingertips is a sought amenity many buyers search for when hunting for their next home. What makes an in-home theater top-notch is its ability to incorporate features similar to an actual movie theater. This includes a top-of-the-line av-system, projector, large screens, recessed lighting, and comfortable loungers. The goal of the theater room is to immerse yourself in what's on the screen, whether that be the newest megahit movie or the exciting rival sports game. The cinema room pictured above is from none other than one of our CBHPW luxury listings. This glorious in-home theater offers stadium seating, a high-tech projector, and even mimics the groovy movie theater carpet. To view more of this property, click here. 

3. Large Garages

The standard two-car garage does not cut it for luxury properties. Buyers are looking for substantial space when envisioning the housing of their precious automobiles. Typically, luxury properties have at least a 3-car garage! To any car buff, the garage is not just a space for storing your vehicle. This part of the property could be turned into a luxurious showroom, man cave, or workshop. This beautiful CBHPW luxury property comes with a three-car garage with gorgeous rustic wood garage doors. To view more of this property, click here.  

4. Intricate Ceiling Designs

Raised ceilings and other intricate ceiling styles are quite the fanbase for luxury homes. A room turns from basic to compelling when there is a ceiling feature that adds depth, sophistication, and style. In most luxury dwellings, at least one space must contain a styled ceiling. One of these rooms can be the living room, sitting room, primary bedrooms, and or dining rooms. What exactly are some styles of these ceilings? They are cathedral, tray, beamed, suspended, and coffered. One would love to have any of these exquisite designs in their home!  For example, in this CBHPW luxury listing above. The sitting room contains a beautiful coffered ceiling. The coffered ceiling consists of sunken panels accented by molding, creating a waffle-like appearance. What works well in this room is the brilliant addition of recessed lighting. For more on this property click here

5. Massive Walk-In Closets

Typically an owner of a luxury home tends to live a complete life of luxury. Meaning everything about them is high-end, like their fashion sense. Closets in a luxury home are an extension of the main room and need to boast space and means of organization. Closets these days are not just for hanging clothes. They can be an area to lounge in after using the spa bathroom or a place to put on that fashion show after shopping in the streets of London. For sure, luxury home buyers are looking for closets that encompass organization and can show off their beautiful wardrobe. In this CBHPW luxury home, the primary closet is genuinely massive. This closet incorporates different levels of custom built-in shelving and an island dresser to accommodate all buyers' attire needs. To view more of this property, click here.

6. Relaxing Spa baths

When buyers search for their next home, kitchens and bathrooms are the most focused rooms, which is why main bathrooms in luxury homes are genuinely upping the ante in their need to give that spa-like aura. Features include a jacuzzi bathtub fit for a king, a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, neutral colors, beautiful stone or tile, and lots of space for minimal clutter. In this CBHPW luxury listing, this bathroom truly exuberates comfort and relaxation. The large window allows natural light to encase the room, making the white pop against the darker grays. The unity in neutral colors creates a calming sensation. One can relax in the free-standing tub or use the shower with multi-shower heads in this bathroom. To view more, click here

When buying or selling in the luxury market, we are sure you have seen one or more of these features within the properties. To view, all of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walstons' luxury homes for sale, visit our website at


Raleigh Tech Careers

If you're shopping for a home in the best cities for growing your tech career or launching your own startup, then there are only a few American cities that make the cut... and most of them have a cost of living that will stretch even a robust personal budget to the max. Only one city can claim to be a true tech hub, while still offering a cost of living close to the national average. Raleigh, NC has one of the best tech scenes in the eastern half of the country, and an affordable cost of living to match. Our real estate agents know Raleigh, so let's take a closer look at why the city is the perfect place to launch or grow your tech career.

Raleigh, NC: A Hub for Tech Centered Careers

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Raleigh NC State Fair
Are you ready to celebrate the many things that make living in North Carolina so special? It's almost time once again for the North Carolina State Fair to visit the Raleigh area, with this year's edition of the fair looking bigger and better than ever. The NC State Fair is a family-friendly event, filled with food, rides, attractions, live performances, and a healthy dose of North Carolina hospitality. Attendance at the fair seems to rise every year, and the last few editions of the NC State Fair have each drawn more than a million visitors to the area. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the fun, with our guide to the North Carolina State Fair.

The North Carolina State Fair

Dates: October 11-21, 2018 – Gates Open at 8:00 am
Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
Admission: Tickets Available 24/7 Online or In Person on Fair Days

Rides, Attractions, and Carnival Games for All Ages

The NC State Fair features a great mix of fun and educational attractions, perfect for keeping every member of the family entertained. There will be rides for all ages at the fair, with a special focus on creating memories for the youngest members of the audience. Take a ride on the Crazy Coaster, get a birds-eye view on the Ferris Wheel, explore the Magic Maze Glass House, or try one of the dozens of fun rides around the fairgrounds. There are carnival games as well, with loads of fun prizes to be won.

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Zebulon North Carolina
Known as the "Town of Friendly People," Zebulon, NC truly delivers the quintessential American hometown experience. This is the sort of town where it's a pleasure getting to know your neighbors, and where big, local events bring the whole community together. Zebulon is located just a short drive east from the city of Raleigh, with tons of great attractions and an easy commute to other exciting communities within the Research Triangle region. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Zebulon, NC is the perfect example of an appealing North Carolina hometown.

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HPW Open Houses June 30 - July 1Raleigh has long been lauded as a great place to live, work and play. It's most recent feature on, highlights the fact that the City of Oaks is poised to be the next startup hub due to the talent and relatively low cost of living. Those of us already living in the Capital City have known for a long time what a wonderful area this is to call home.

One of the best features about Raleigh is the surrounding cities and towns that make up the greater Triangle area. In fact, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents will be hosting hundreds of open houses across Central NC this weekend. No matter the city or town you are looking to call home, or maybe you already call home, our expert, local agents are here to help. From end-unit townhouses to large executive estates, they have the homes you seek.

Go ahead and map out which homes you want to see this weekend. And while you're out driving from home to home, take a look around – this is one of the best places to live in the country.


Featured Open Houses


5314 Silver Moon Lane, Raleigh, NC 27606


Sq Ft: 1,312 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Friday, June 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.

5314 Silver Moon Lane, Raleigh, NC 27606

409 Englewood Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Sq Ft: 4,938 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 4 p.m.

409 Englewood Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

161 Townsend Drive, Clayton, NC 27527


Sq Ft: 3,140 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, July 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

161 Townsend Drive, Clayton, NC 27527

7524 Cairnesford Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587


Sq Ft: 4,016 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, July 1 from 2 to 5 p.m.

7524 Cairnesford Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587

2110 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Sq Ft: 1,740 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, July 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

2110 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

300 Old Oak Place, Hillsborough, NC 27278


Sq Ft: 2,600 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, July 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

300 Old Oak Place, Hillsborough, NC 27278

125 Comptonfield Drive, Durham, NC 27703


Sq Ft: 1,704 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, July 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

125 Comptonfield Drive, Durham, NC 27703

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Living in Garner, NC

Located just a few minutes south of Raleigh, the town of Garner, NC has long been a popular place to call home in the area. Garner has seen a surge in growth over recent years, both in terms of population and amenities available within the community. There are plenty of great Garner neighborhoods to choose from, and each has something unique to offer. Our real estate agents have all the details on nine of the top Garner neighborhoods to call home.

Nine Garner Neighborhoods You Don't Want to Miss

  1. Adam's Point
    Located just off I-40, Adam's Point is a great neighborhood to call home if you're looking for a community with easy access to shopping and entertainment. Adam's Point is just a short drive from the White Oak Shopping Center, which features all of your favorite chains in one convenient location. You'll find plenty of homes on wooded lots in Adam's Point, offering both privacy and attractive natural scenery.

  2. Chadbourne
    Looking for a centrally located neighborhood, with easy access to other nearby communities? Chadbourne offers easy access to highways 42 and 50, which make for a quick commute to Raleigh and other communities in the area. Within Chadbourne, you'll find a wide selection of custom homes with ample outdoor space, along with a community pool and tennis court.

  3. Cleveland Bluffs
    Cleveland Bluffs is a great example of the growth that Garner has seen in recent decades, with tons of amenities and beautiful homes to choose from in the community. Choose from a wide selection of floor plans to customize your home, or shop for attractive homes that are ready for you to move in right now. Cleveland Bluffs offers a community pool, fitness center, and clubhouse, so it's a great place to stay active.

  4. Clifford Grove
    Searching for a neighborhood that offers the best of both worlds? Clifford Grove is located just a short drive from downtown Raleigh and offers a ton to do outdoors close to home. The community offers more than 350 acres of parks, along with attractive homes located on generous lots.

  5. Creekside
    With home layouts and prices that will make families smile, Creekside is a popular neighborhood to call home in Garner. You'll find a diverse selection of single-family homes in the community, along with easy access to both downtown Garner and Lake Benson. Downtown Raleigh is also just a short drive from Creekside, so you'll always have something fun to do close to home.

  6. Kyndal
    Looking for homes that offer great bang for your buck in the Garner area? Kyndal offers some of the most affordable homes in Garner, and you get a ton in return for your investment when you move to this neighborhood. Explore a wide range of floor plans which include the latest amenities for your home. You'll also find a community pool and playground located close to home in Kyndal.

  7. Mason Park
    Choose from a huge selection of appealing custom floor plans in the popular Mason Park neighborhood in the Johnston County School District. Amenities include the Garner Performing Arts Center, which offers both world-class performances and opportunities for the community to get involved with the arts.

  8. Summerwind Plantation
    With easy access to all of the amenities around Garner and homes that are priced to sell, the small neighborhood of Summerwind Plantation has plenty to offer. This conveniently located community offers an easy commute to Raleigh, Clayton, and points beyond, along with ample attractions close to home.

  9. Turner Farms
    There are many fairly new neighborhoods on our list, but Turner Farms is an exception. This is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Garner and has been for many years. You'll find a mix of new construction and renovated older homes on the market in Turner Farms, with prices to fit every budget. If you're looking for a home with natural scenery, this is a great neighborhood to find it.

Are you ready to start your search for Garner homes for sale with the help of a real estate team that truly knows the community? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Garner, NC area.


Clayton NC Home
Clayton, North Carolina has seen rapid growth in recent years, and now ranks as one of the fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle. All of those new residents have plenty of reasons to love calling the community home, thanks to an appealing mix of safe streets, ample outdoor attractions, and a diverse, dynamic downtown area. Clayton, NC is also located just 15 minutes from Raleigh and provides easy access to other nearby communities in the Research Triangle. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Clayton, NC will feel like home from the moment you move to the community.

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Knightdale NC Community
Just a few miles east from the heart of downtown Raleigh, you'll find the fun, fast-growing town of Knightdale, NC. As a suburb of Raleigh and one of the fastest-growing towns in the Research Triangle, Knightdale is an exciting, dynamic place to call home. You'll find tons of local businesses within the community, ample outdoor attractions, family-friendly activities, great food, and so much more. Our real estate agents have all of the details on why Knightdale, NC is the perfect place to build something special.

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Taking a Peak at Apex, NC

From special events to daily delights, there are a ton of reasons to love calling the community of Apex, NC home. You'll find something fun to do in Apex during every season, with activities that every member of the family will enjoy. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on ten things you definitely won't want to miss in Apex, NC.

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Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
Every year, visitors and residents of Raleigh, NC head downtown for a truly unique type of rodeo, where food and fun come together for a truly unique dining experience. The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is an awesome opportunity to enjoy some of the best food that the Research Triangle has to offer, support local businesses, and learn why so many residents of the Triangle love visiting food trucks in their favorite communities. Our real estate agents have all of the details on this exciting event in Raleigh, along with a closer look at why food trucks have become such a popular part of culinary life in the community. 

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Living in Cary NC
Talk to any Cary, North Carolina local, and you'll quickly learn there are many reasons to love the community. From an excellent economy to fun, family-friendly attractions, Cary offers everything you need to live, work, and play. Our real estate agents have narrowed the list down to ten reasons why Cary, NC should be your new hometown.

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Raleigh Ranks Among Hottest Housing Markets for 2018  Don't let the cold weather fool you, Raleigh and the greater Research Triangle area are hot and getting hotter. We're talking about our local real estate markets, of course.

National real estate website Zillow just ranked the City of Oaks as the second hottest housing market in the nation. With routine reports of high demand and low inventory, a tremendous number of job opportunities, excellent quality of life, and increasing home values across the numerous counties that make up the prospering area, the top 10 designation shouldn't come as a surprise.

Raleigh quickly rose to the top of Zillow's 50-metro research list thanks to its strong population growth and a healthy 9 percent increase in average household income over the previous year. The City's close proximity to the fast-growing Research Triangle Park tech hub was another important factor thanks to the giant corporations and well-known businesses anchored there. According to one of Zillow's research analysts:   

"This list shows that just because a market is smaller or more affordable doesn't mean it isn't dynamic," said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas. "Growing cities in the Sun Belt, places like Raleigh, Charlotte and Nashville, offer plenty of opportunities healthcare and finance, while providing a less-expensive, but still-convenient, alternative to the larger and pricier markets in the Northeast."

Buy a Home in Raleigh

Think that living in or around Raleigh may be for you? We can help you find out.

Conduct Online Research

Start by taking a tour of the area on our real estate website. Read about the different parts of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all of the lauded towns in between and just beyond. Learn about area events, restaurants, and cultural offerings. Take a look at the homes available in zip codes near and far.

Request an HPW Home Valuation Estimate

What's my home worth?Would you like to know what your home is worth before you consider selling it? A home value estimate is only a few clicks away at

Not only can we give you an idea of what your home may be worth, but we are also able to provide details about recent area home sales, local market home values and more.

Hire an HPW Real Estate Agent

Our local Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Realtors are ready and willing to support you throughout your real estate journey.

No matter where you want to buy in the Triangle region, you can trust an HPW real estate expert to work hard on your behalf from "for sale" to "sold."

All of our agents are well trained and able to provide superior sales and marketing services, offer advanced knowledge and insight into the local communities and neighborhoods that interest you, and navigate a successful real estate experience.


For the second time this year, Vogue Magazine has spotlighted one of our Triangle cities on its highly-trafficked website and inside its well-read pages. 

So, whether you prefer to say "en vogue" or "in vogue," you'll be right when you're talking about living in Raleigh. 

Together with real estate website Trulia, Vogue named the City of Oaks among the top three places in the nation to buy a home in the coming year. According to Vogue:

If everyone you know seems to be moving to Raleigh, there's a reason: North Carolina's capital is often listed as one of the best places in the U.S. to live and, thanks to a booming tech industry, boasts one of the best employment markets in the country. The influx of jobs and money means the city has become pretty vibrant over the last few years—and some say the culinary scene is one of the most underrated in the country. That's thanks in part, no doubt, to 2014 James Beard Award–winner Ashley Christensen, who owns six highly acclaimed local restaurants (including Death & Taxes, Beasley's Chicken and Honey, and Poole's). Foodies will also love the 30,000-square-foot State Farmers' Market, which sells produce, meats, cheese, and specialty items from local growers and makers. To soak up the city's balmy southeast weather, take a stroll through Duke Gardens. With 55 acres of specialty gardens—including a moss garden, peony garden, and carnivorous plant garden—it's no wonder locals consider it one of the city's gems.

The study Trulia commissioned reviewed the 2017 housing market to provide forecasts for the upcoming 2018 market including buyer and seller behavior, homeownership rate predictions, and real estate market review.

Not surprisingly, Trulia's in-the-know research team revealed Raleigh to be among the top "Markets on the Move" based on job growth, low vacancy rates, affordability, inbound website searches for the city and surrounding area on, and population. Raleigh was the only North Carolina city to make the list which was whittled down from the 100 largest U.S. real estate markets.


Raleigh, A Great Place to Live

Raleigh has long been lauded as a great place to live, work and play.

From recent features on and HuffPost to Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and too-many-to-count business and lifestyle publications and websites, you can trust that our Capital City is simply that, a capital choice to call home.

Made up of a thriving downtown with an ever-growing cityscape, historic neighborhoods, established communities, and newly built homes with an abundance of retail, restaurant and cultural hotspots in between, buyers will likely find all that they seek in Raleigh.

The Triangle city's convenient location just beyond the Research Triangle Park business hub is another popular perk with big businesses like IBM, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Fidelity and Credit Suisse.


Vogue Named Durham the "Hippest City in North Carolina"

Raleigh isn't the only Triangle city to gain affection from Vogue this year—Durham felt the love as well.

This spring, the Bull City strolled away with the fantastic claim of being the "Hippest City in North Carolina" thanks to its cultural offerings, award-winning chefs and local restaurants, and must-visit hotels.

According to Vogue writer and Durham day-tripper Jennifer Rice: Durham is perhaps known first and foremost as the home to Duke University (and its famed basketball team), but it's becoming a destination for much more than just Blue Devils games. In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary scene has emerged. The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, and Durham Bulls games—where you can watch a home run while noshing on empanadas and peach cobbler with ice cream—are also noteworthy attractions.


Triangle Business Journal ranks Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston among the top family-owned businesses in the Triangle region

It's a family thing! Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston recently received a prestigious Family Business Award from the Triangle Business Journal, and we couldn't be prouder. 

"We accept this Family Business Award with great pride for the longstanding legacy the Walston family, our talented leaders and real estate team have championed throughout the years," said Founder Don Walston, who remains actively involved as chairman. "It's really something to see a dream turn into reality, and that's what we've done here and continue to do every day."

Founded by Walston in 1973, our full-service real estate firm has established a stronghold in our local communities spanning from Alamance County in the West to Wayne County in the East.

Your Local Real Estate Company

Built on an enduring commitment to Help People Win—our growing real estate team, their clients, and all neighbors living and working in the communities we serve—Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has become the largest residential real estate company in the region, the top Coldwell Banker company in the Triangle, and one of the leading realty firms in the nation. Our company has 15 local sales offices including the top relocation division in the country and more than 900 agents and professional staff.

"Our family has always taken pride in serving others to the best of our ability, and we've made certain that core mission has remained steadfast throughout the years," said Walston. "We truly consider all of our employees and agents family and strive to empower them to be the best professionals and people they can be."

Helping People Win

Three generations of Walstons have worked at the company, all with the aligned vision to do better for others. Their shared focus has not only underscored our company's successes but also led to the creation of our HPW Foundation charitable arm. Through the HPW Foundation, the company and our generous agents and staff have raised more than $1.1 million benefiting not-for-profits including:

  • Habitat for Humanity in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties
  • Me Fine Foundation
  • Meals on Wheels Association of North Carolina
  • Military Missions in Action
  • North Carolina Arts in Action
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

We also host an annual Turkeys for the Triangle program to feed military and food-insecure families during the holiday season. A collective effort of our company agents and staff and in partnership with Butterball, Turkeys for the Triangle has donated more than 32,000 turkeys and fed more than 130,000 people.


Our first Turkeys for the Triangle distribution event was a tremendous success!

Box trucks, cargo vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs lined up at our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston corporate office to collect and deliver more than 2,500 frozen turkeys to nonprofit and military organizations across the Triangle region.

It was a great day to Help People Win, a commitment our company founder and chairman and Turkeys for the Triangle founder holds near and dear.

"I'll tell you what, it's one of those things," said Don Walston. "It's hard to describe the benefit when you see someone who really appreciates what you're doing for them– it's a– I don't know how to describe it but it's a warm feeling."

Butterball, A Proud Turkeys for the Triangle Partner

Butterball partners with Turkeys for the TriangleA four-year partner of our Turkeys for the Triangle program, Butterball generously donated 1,500 of the 2,500 turkeys we handed out this week. 

"Butterball is proud to help supply the turkeys for the Thanksgiving Turkey Toss for the fourth straight year," said Kerry Doughty, company president and CEO. "Addressing the needs of the communities where our employees live and work is part of our core values of giving, and through our participation in Turkeys for the Triangle, we are able to serve families in need in the area we call home."

A Record-Breaking Donation

In front of a crowd of company volunteers and US Veterans Corps members, Walston and HPW Foundation President Matt Horton announced that Turkeys for the Triangle will add another 500 turkeys to its second holiday distribution event bringing its total Christmas donation to 1,500 birds.

With the additional birds, Turkeys for the Triangle will donate a record 4,500 turkeys to nourish neighbors this year. 


Turkeys for the Triangle Raffle Fundraiser 

We're still selling Turkeys for the Triangle raffle tickets to gather funds to support our Christmas Turkeys for the Triangle turkey donation.
Turkeys for the Triangle raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20.
Raffle prizes include:
- a one-year lease on a 2018 Lexus from Johnson Lexus of Raleigh
- a one-year Massage Envy membership
- high-value gift cards to Bailey's Fine Jewelry, Crabtree Valley Mall and Target
- a Yeti Cooler
- Carolina Hurricanes and DPAC tickets, and more.
Raffle prizes will be awarded just before Christmas at Johnson Lexus of Raleigh on Capital Boulevard; winners need not be in attendance. 
Visit to buy your raffle tickets today! 

Teresa Blasi Clayton Real Estate Broker-In-Charge

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has excitedly appointed Teresa Blasi as Associate Sales Manager and Broker-In-Charge of our Clayton real estate office located at 110 Flowers Crossroads Way, Suite 101 in Flowers Crossroads Plaza. As the leader of our only Southeast Triangle area office, Blasi will focus on service growth and expansion through real estate agent recruitment and strategic partnerships with area builders and businesses.
"Teresa is the perfect candidate for this leadership role at our Clayton office as she is as skillful in real estate as she is driven to succeed," said Bill Guy, Vice President-Managing Broker for our Garner, Fuquay-Varina, and Clayton sales offices. "A proud Clayton resident herself, she knows our Johnston County markets inside and out and continually proves to be a tremendous resource to our real estate agents and their home buyers and sellers."
Since the start of the year, our Clayton sales office has gained stronger footing in the area real estate markets posting a 10 percent increase in home and property listings combined with sharp sales volume growth of 24 percent. "With Teresa leading our office, we are well positioned to continue that momentum to gain even more market share in the spring and summer selling seasons," added Guy.

Meet Teresa Blasi, Clayton Real Estate Office Associate Manager and Broker-In-Charge 

Teresa Blasi earned her real estate license in 2010 and joined Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston as Administrative and Recruiting Director for its Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Clayton offices. She quickly proved to be an asset to our company utilizing her former experience as a multi-site small business owner to navigate her various responsibilities and support the three growing offices and real estate teams.    
"Eight years ago, my husband and I left New Jersey seeking a better life for our family, and we found it in Clayton," said Blasi. "I'm ready to grow our local real estate team to help other individuals and families learn more about this part of the Triangle—our great schools, the small-town settings, community offerings, and amenities. We know this area is on the brink of great growth and development and are excited to assemble a talented realtor team ready to showcase all that Johnston County is and will become."

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston CFO Robert WeisenbergerColdwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has proudly welcomed Robert Weisenberger as chief financial officer. Weisenberger joins our company's leadership team with more than 23 years of financial service experience. 

"Bob has an extensive background in accounting and finance for privately held firms with significant knowledge of balance sheet management, financial reporting, and compliance," said CEO Kent Hanley. "He makes a great addition to our leadership team as he brings insight from a variety of industries that align well with our company's vast portfolio of real estate service offerings."

Weisenberger will manage our company's Accounting and Finance Department and oversee accounting and reporting functions for all existing services including residential and commercial real estate, rental and property management and title insurance. He will also provide strategic financial guidance for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston's growth and expansion plans.

Meet Robert Weisenberger, CFO

Robert Weisenberger previously served as CFO at TSI Healthcare, Inc., an electronic health record and practice management firm in Chapel Hill, and Credit Risk Management Analytics, LLC, a banking and financial consulting firm in Raleigh. Prior, he held comptroller and senior finance positions at the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCDOT), with Triangle-area home builder Winstar Homes, Inc., and The Brickman Group landscaping maintenance and design firm.

Weisenberger holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville and is a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and Virginia. He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Raleigh Chapter of the Financial Executives Networking Group. An avid soccer player throughout his youth and a former college athlete at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, Weisenberger remains active playing for the Triangle Adult Soccer League. He is also currently serving as Deputy Grand Knight and will assume the Grand Knight role next summer for the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish. He and his wife Jackie and their two sons have lived in Raleigh for more than 13 years.


Coldwell Banker HPW Announces Jim Simon as VP, Business DevelopmentColdwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is proud to announce the appointment of Jim Simon as vice president of business development. Simon will work closely with our company's 15 regional sales offices to attract and recruit experienced and top producing real estate agents.

"Jim is a formidable talent in the real estate industry, and we are fortunate to have him join our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston team," said Kent Hanley, company CEO. "Throughout his numerous years with some of the nation's best-known businesses and leading real estate brands, Jim has proven his ability to take companies to the next level through successfully executed growth strategies. We're confident he will help us do the same."

Working with our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston leadership team, Simon will help streamline current agent recruitment processes and develop program enhancements to continue the company's regional expansion. His expert guidance will serve to support our sales office managers as they develop location level marketing initiatives to draw in and retain talented sales associates and teams.   

Meet Jim Simon, Vice President of Business Development

Jim Simon previously served as CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services, a division of General Motors (now Brookfield Global Relocation Services) and in senior executive positions at Cendant Mobility (now Cartus), Prudential Financial, PNC Mortgage, and William Raveis Real Estate. He was also the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, New York's largest residential real estate brokerage. He has been a consultant to numerous major private equity firms and other major corporations.

Simon holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and a master's degree in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. He is a world traveler, food enthusiast, and an award-winning author of the best-selling thrillers Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs In. He will soon release his third installment in the Death series, Death Logs Out. His family is originally from Durham, and he and his wife, Andrea, are in the process of relocating to Cary. 


The Jim Allen Group wins a Triangle Business Journal Fast 50 AwardCongratulations are in order for Jim Allen and The Jim Allen Group once again!

The outstanding 44-person real estate team just added a Triangle Business Journal Fast 50 Award to its long list of accolades that this year included being named the top Coldwell Banker team in North America with a record-breaking 1,048 sales. 

"Fast 50 is a tremendous accomplishment for our entire team, a true testament to the high quality of service they provide," said Jim Allen, a long-standing Triangle real estate veteran and Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston broker. "The Jim Allen Group has amazingly talented professionals in every department—closing, listing, marketing, administrative, management, and sales."

The TBJ selected winning companies based on an analysis conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers that counted revenue growth and profitability over three preceding years (2013-2015). According to TBJ Publisher Jason Christie, "Beyond bolstering the top-line performance and a nose for profitability, this list of companies represents the dynamic economic fabric of the Triangle."

"Jim is the hardest working person I know, and that's not just in real estate," said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston founder and chairman. "Once he sets his mind to something, he gets it done. He sets goals and surpasses them; it's the Jim Allen way. He has a masterful understanding of the industry that has allowed him to nurture his team and lead them to great successes."

The Jim Allen Group operates out of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston's flagship office on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh. Led by Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Senior Vice President and Sales Manager Susan Holbrook, the office has been recognized as the top producing Coldwell Banker real estate office in the state for the past two years.

"We're on pace to break records again in 2017 and can already see that 2018 will be more productive than ever before. We've found our stride, and we're going to make the most of it," added Allen.

The Jim Allen Group


What do you get when you combine a reasonable cost of living, a multitude of career opportunities and immense livability? Introducing the Triangle—the perfect place to live, work and play, and home to three of the five North Carolina metro areas ranked on WalletHub's 2017 Best Real Estate Markets lists.

The personal finance website rated 300 cities and towns across the nation against 21 key indicators of housing-market attractiveness. Factors considered included affordability, economic development such as job growth and unemployment rates, and real estate market trends such as average days on the market for listings, number of rental properties, and home sales.

Consider Cary

After numerous accolades bestowed on the Western Wake County town throughout the year, Cary scored a single digit place on the top 100 list, ranking fourth with high marks for housing affordability, population and job growth rates and more. Compared to towns its own size, Cary ranked even higher taking second place in WalletHub's mid-size cities category.

About Cary

Cary is a great place to call home. Named among the safest cities to raise a child by SafeWise, one of WalletHub's top recommendations for first-time home buyers, and a popular choice for millennials as reported by SmartAsset, the Triangle suburb has a lot going for it.

Want a well-developed suburban community with commuter convenience? Seeking green space and parks? Want easy access to retail centers and restaurants? On the hunt for a home in a family-friendly neighborhood? You would be wise to add Cary to your list of places to live.

Decide on Durham

The bustling Bull City of Durham was also spotlighted on WalletHub's city compilations ranking eight on the mid-size cities list and 23rd on the overall list of 100.

About Durham

Probably best known as the home of the Duke Blue Devils, Durham is known nationally for its leading medical, research and educational facilities including Duke Medicine and Duke University. You should know that the revitalized tobacco town offers much more.

Named the "Hippest City in North Carolina" by Vogue Magazine, Durham has a flourishing cultural scene accented by top-rated restaurants and bars. In its American Tobacco Historic District alone, you'll find the acclaimed Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball Team, a start-up incubator, and numerous tech businesses.

Relocate to Raleigh

Raleigh and its attractive real estate market also snagged a place on the "best of" list coming in ninth ahead of Charlotte among the large cities reviewed and 44th overall.

About Raleigh

There are only a few national "best of" lists that leave Raleigh off, and for good reason; the Capital City stacks up well against home buyers' must-haves and wants.

The city's ideal economic climate attracts companies, large and small, that bring high-paying jobs to town and the influx of professionals who follow.

Raleigh's livability is another asset that adds appeal. From miles of greenway trails and public parks to performance centers and cultural events, people of all ages and interests are bound to find something they enjoy.

"Raleigh and the greater Triangle area are experiencing rapid population growth due to the multitude of offerings within in our cities and towns," said Nancy Harner, senior vice president of the Relocation and Corporate Real Estate Services Division at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. "We have the innovative jobs professionals want, the homes they seek for their families, and a desirable costing of living that makes relocating worth their while."

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Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is growing in the Bull City!

Together with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, we cut a bright orange ribbon celebrating the grand re-opening of our Durham sales office now located near The Streets at Southpoint at 6911 Fayetteville Road, Ste. 105. Led by recently appointed Managing Broker Trish Taylor, the new location features a contemporary, collaborative business space designed to better serve agents through all stages of the home buying process.

"We are strengthening our presence in Durham to support the thriving real estate market and influx of professionals drawn to the prospering tech businesses and career opportunities available in the area," said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Founder and Chairman. "Trish has the expertise to lead our Durham real estate team to great success to help even more home buyers and sellers win in the Bull City."

The new Durham real estate office offers a modern atmosphere in an accessible, storefront setting. Featuring social gathering spaces with comfortable seating, shared computer areas for data research and desk-side meetings, and private meeting rooms, real estate agents will have the professional space they need to support their buyers and sellers.

"This new office space ensures our dynamic Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate associates will continue to provide excellent support and unparalleled service to their clients," said Taylor. "It also serves us well in partnering with even more agents and brokers in and around the Durham area to increase our presence and customer service offerings in all local neighborhoods and communities."

About Durham

A revitalized tobacco town, Durham has seen a surge of startup and tech business activity drawing professionals in from throughout the state and across the country.

Often scoring high marks on "best of" lists touting career opportunities, cultural offerings, innovation, livability and more, the Bull City is a great choice for homebuyers of all ages in all life stages.

The City's top medical, research and educational facilities like Duke Medicine and Duke University have earned national spotlight and its American Tobacco District retailers, venues and eateries continually make headlines. And, you certainly can't forget about the Durham Performing Arts Center, known as the DPAC to locals, and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to the Tampa Bay Rays' Triple-A affiliate, located in the heart of the downtown district.

Want to learn more about Durham and all that it has to offer you and your family? Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Durham real estate agents are happy to help.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Durham Real Estate Office Coldwell Banker HPW Don Walston and Trish Taylor
Coldwell Banker HPW David Jones and Wool E. Bull Coldwell Banker HPW Kent Hanley
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Durham Ribbon Cutting Coldwell Banker HPW Durham Trish Taylor and Wool E. Bull



Drum roll, please… Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is one of the Best Places to Work in the Triangle!

Our full-service real estate company brought home another Triangle Business Journal Best Places to Work award this year, and we couldn't be prouder.

"This award is a nod to every single one of our agents, staff members, and company leaders on a job well done," said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston founder and chairman. "We've been able to establish a nurturing work environment that serves to empower our team to grow their abilities and do better for themselves and their clients. We truly strive to Help People Win, starting with our own."

Best Places to Work in the Triangle

The Triangle Business Journal named 50 Triangle-based companies ranging in size from "small" to "giant" on its list this year. Companies were chosen based on an employee-survey process conducted by Quantum Workplace. The top-ranking company in each size category will be announced at a luncheon awards event in September.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has held this regional Best Places to Work distinction for numerous years as a result of its longstanding commitment to serving others well at all costs.

"We know that an investment in our real estate team is an investment in the communities and clients we serve. It's something we've always done and will always do," added Walston.

View the complete list of the TBJ's 2017 Best Places to Work here.


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