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A beautiful view of North Carolina

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After seeing this brief video you are going to want to move to NC too!! #realestate #relocation #NorthCarolina

I made it through the first year!!!!

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I am happy to announce that I made it though my first year of real estate. I plan on celebrating by reinvesting into my business. It’s been full of experiences, both great and not so great.

I’ve learned so much in my first year and have met so many people in my life that makes this transition worth it.

First of all, I am one of the 30% that made it through. I’ve sold more than the first year average (I sold 9 homes this year and leased and additional 2, average new agent sells 3). I attest a lot of that to my stubbornness, my training, and my support system.

I’ve met some of the most awesome people: my clients. I’ve helped retirees, empty nesters, move ups, relocations, first time homebuyers, single moms, estates, and newlyweds, each with their own stories. I loved learning more about their lives and goals. I enjoyed helping them every step of the way, through their frustrations, stress and doubts. In each way they have made me a better person, teaching me valuable skills along the way.

I was fortunate to have the very best training at Keller Williams. Each morning I showed up for class, took notes, applied what I learned and got organized. Looking back, the Success Academy gave me a great foundation to build my business on. I was able to collaborate with other new agents and formulate a best practice approach to getting my name out there. It also helped me build my confidence and provided me with useful tools.

I also wouldn’t be here without the support of my family, friends, and team leader. My husband was and continues to be my rock. My boys are always on the lookout for a home for sale and don’t complain if I put them to work to mail postcards. My parents have been there every step of the way, covering for me when I needed to run out for a buyer. The rest of my family have supported me without calling me out that I was crazy for quitting a well paying job with two growing boys and taking a huge risk. I’ve met some great friends along the way whom I can share my successes and frustrations, and have bonded with. My team leader has been there for me throughout it all. Provided me with Kleenex and advice when needed, and above all kicked my fears out of my head.

I have aggressive goals for my next year and have every intent to blow them out of the water. I’ve enjoyed every step of the way and look forward to the next one, two, five years and beyond in this crazy business.

Cheers to all those who are thinking of a career in real estate. For all of the others, “How can I help you or someone you know buy, sell or invest in Real Estate?”


Country Living at its Finest!

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Immaculate home located in Wake Forest. Home is nestled behind the trees for privacy. Oversized detached 2 car garage. Large deck, covered front porch and fenced bk yd. HUGE MASTER!!! Wood burning frpl, two large living areas, kitchen loaded w/cabinets, large pantry, ceilings fans, solar light in bath, plush master bath. Paved long drive w/ parking pads. Don’t miss this!!
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Caren Fried
Keller Williams Preferred Realty


Beautiful Home in Moss Creek

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Motivated sellers! Well maintained home with tons of upgrades.  Hardwoods throughout 1st floor, bay window in both dining and breakfast rooms, 9′ ceilings, transoms, butler’s pantry, new granite C’Tops, tile backsplash, coffered ceiling in dining room, rocking chair front porch, great deck overlooking private backyrd, extra work area in garage, huge crawlspace for storage.

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Caren Fried
Keller Williams Preferred Realty


Golf Courses in the Triangle Area

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I was recently asked by a client that is looking to relocate to the Triangle which golf courses are public or private. Additionally, which of those courses have communities attached to them. While there was a lot of information about the courses themselves, many of them didn’t have the ability to see the community that was attached. I knew the big ones: Prestonwood, Briar Creek, Governors Club, Wakefield, Heritage, Hasentree, North Hills, 12 Oaks and MacGregor Downs to name a few. But what about the others? I took some time to compile a list of country clubs in the area. They are listed with membership and contact information. While this may not be an all-inclusive list, it should contain the majority of the golf courses in the Triangle and their affiliated neighborhoods. I welcome your feedback and contribution to this list.

Interested in purchasing a home in one of these beautiful communities?  Give me a call at 919-964-0732 or visit my website at


Name/Web Site City Type Phone Website
Bentwinds Fuquay Varina Private Club 919-552-5656
Brier Creek Country Club Raleigh Private 919-206-4653
Capital Golf Center Raleigh Range 919-570-6500
Carolina CC Raleigh Private 919-787-2134
Carolina Lakes Sanford Public 919-499-5421
Carolina Trace Sanford Private 919-499-5611
CC of Johnston County Smithfield Public 919-934-4544
Cedar Grove Hillsborough Public 919-732-8397
Chapel Hill CC Chapel Hill Private 919-932-2857
Chapel Ridge Pittsboro Semi-Private 919-545-2242
Croasdaile CC Durham Private 919-383-2517
Crooked Creek Fuquay Varina Semi-Private 919-557-7529
Crossings at Grove Park Durham Public 919-596-7298
Devils Ridge Holly Springs Semi-Private 919-557-6100
Duke University Durham Public 919-681-2288
Eagle Ridge Garner Public 919-661-6300
Falls Village Durham Public 919-596-4653
Finley Chapel Hill Public 919-962-2349
Garner CC Garner Private 919-772-2587
Governers Club Chapel Hill Private 919-918-7214
Hasentree Wake Forest Private 959-556-3429
Hedingham Raleigh Public 919-250-3030
Heritage Club Wake Forest Semi-Private 919-453-2020
Hidden Valley Willow Springs Semi-Private 919-639-4071
Hillandale Durham Public 919-286-4211
Hope Valley Durham Private 919-489-6565
Knights Play Apex Range & Par-3 919-303-4653
Lake Winds Rougemont Public 919-471-4653
Lakeshore Durham Public 919-596-2401
Lochmere Cary Semi-Private 919-851-0611
MacGregor Downs Cary Private 919-467-1895
Mill Creek Mebane Public 919-563-4653
North Ridge Raleigh Private 919-847-0796
Occoneechee Hillsborough Semi-Private 919-732-3435
Olde Liberty Youngsville Semi-Private 919-554-4690
Paschal Wake Forest Public 919-556-5861
Pine Hollow Clayton Public 919-553-4554
Plantation Golf Clayton Public 919-553-5247
Preserve at Jordan Lake Chapel Hill Semi-Private 919-542-5501
Prestonwood Cary Private 919-467-9601
Quail Ridge Sanford Public 919-776-6623
Raleigh CC Raleigh Private 919-231-6451
River Ridge Raleigh Semi-Private 919-661-8374
Riverwood Clayton Semi-Private 919-550-1919
Siler City CC Siler City Semi-Private 919-742-3721
Tee to Green Range Apex Range 919-362-1233
Tobacco Road Sanford Public 919-775-1940
Treyburn CC Durham Private 919-620-0055
Triangle Golf Center Raleigh Range 919-848-0231
Twin Lakes Chapel Hill Public 919-933-1024
Umstead Pines Durham Private 919.383.5511
Wakefield (TPC) Raleigh Private 919-488-5100
Wendell CC Wendell Public 919-365-7337
Wildwood Green Raleigh Semi-Private 919-846-8376
Wil-Mar Raleigh Public 919-266-1800
Zebulon CC Zebulon Semi-Private 919-269-8311


5 Tips Every Real Estate Investor Should Know

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Ever thought about buying property to renovate and flip or hold and rent?  Don’t know where to start?  Starting as a real estate investor can be a daunting task and is completely different than investing in the stock market.  Here are 10 tips to start your path as a real estate investor.

1)    Know your budget – The price of the investment property is only the beginning of the expense.  If financing, talk to a broker that is knowledgeable in investment property.  They can give you guidance in costs to obtain the loan and monthly mortgage expenses.  Make sure you have an inspection done to know what repairs need to be made and any other hidden gems (mold, insect infestation, structural damages).  Do research on tax impacts of real estate investing on both a local, state and federal level.

Determine what carrying costs will be for vacancies (utilities, home owner associations, insurance, maintenance, marketing, management fees, and mortgage costs).  Make sure to factor that into the budget.

Do your research to determine what the property would rent for.  What return are you looking for?  Make sure opportunity costs are factored into that return and get your rental rates priced right to minimize the vacancy costs.  Is the neighborhood appreciating or depreciating?

2)    Talk to other investors – Get feedback on your questions from other investors.  Many cities have investor networks that are looking to collaborate or mastermind with. Look on Facebook, Meetup or other sites to find a meeting.  If you have questions, they can be a good place to find guidance.

3)    Know the history – If buying property where a tenant is in place.  Find out more about it.  Payment history, repair requests, damages, background, lease terms.  This can affect the terms of the contract and factors into your budget and goals.

4)    Know your exit strategy – How long do you want to own and rent this property?  What are your 1, 2, 5, and 10 year horizons?  Is this a stepping stone to buying other properties?  Is this going to help with your retirement plans?  What are you going to do when you no longer want to invest?

5)    Build your team – Surround yourself with professionals that can help you throughout your journey.  Consult a Realtor, financial planner, tax specialist, mortgage broker, property manager, building inspector and attorney, among others.  Make sure they are knowledgeable with investment property.

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