|Real Estate Agent
|Larry Tollen Durham Real Estate Expert
— My NC Homes
Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
|web Larry Tollen Durham Real Estate Expert's (lctollen) Blog
Dear Sellers... There IS a Difference"
There are three big differences when it comes to choosing a listing agent. The first is experience, how many years and how many transactions has hte agent successfully closed? How many in the past 12 months? Real Estate, and the trends for neighborhoods and the marketing strategies change OFTEN, so you want someone who is "in the game."
This leads us to number two... Honesty. Most agents tend to differ to their clients wishes when it comes to pricing, what the client wants or needs is quite honestly irrelevant. The MARKET in Durham (or Chapel Hill, or Cary) is what it is - and an experienced agent can and will accurately analyze the market data and rquire you to price accordingly. (I can't tell you how many listings I've been offered that I did not take, because I knew the seller wasn't pricing it right and I'd be wasting my time).
Finally, it's marketing. Is your agent all over the Internet? Do they know about Social Searches, and the Changes Google has made in the last 12 months? Do they spend money monthly to make sure their listings are professionally displayed (on a PC AND a Mobile Site) and given top placement on every major real estate web site? Do they hire professional photographers to shoot pictures, and create virtual tours? Will they offer you a staging consultant to help arrange your home to show it in it's most favorable light?
Most agents thing Real estate is a low overhead business and have incomes to match! It takes money to make money - and as a Top Agent in Durham, NC I both understand this, and spend accordingly.
"Dear Buyers... You are missing out if you don't look at Durham, NC for your next home!"
I admit it, I’m prejudiced. My wife and I moved here from Vermont approximately 7 years ago for no particular reason. We were fortunate enough when we arrived to be able to afford to live anywhere we choose and after looking around a good bit we choose to live not far from Duke University in Durham, and we love our adopted home.
Unlike the other areas I work in as a Realtor, Durham is a true city; it’s colorful, culturally diverse, filled with history, has an amazing arts scene and without a doubt is the culinary capital of North Carolina. From inexpensive taco and barbecue joints, Indian, Thai and vegetarian restaurants to nationally acclaimed gourmet four-star fine dining establishments and everything in-between. Durham’s restaurants are continually found on Gourmet and Bon Appetite’s list of top restaurants and hottest tables in the country. To an ex-executive chef like me this is reason enough to live here.Durham has a lot to be proud of. Duke University & Medical Center, NCCU, the Durham Bulls and Research Triangle Park, and opening later this year our new world-class state of the art Durham Performing Arts Center that will be a keystone in the downtown development. Sports, arts, music and theater, are all alive and doing well in Durham. A rapidly developing downtown area promises to soon offer ultra contemporary living options, along with the wide variety of housing opportunities presently available.Forbes, Newsweek, Money Magazine and others have recently recognized Durham as one of the best and fastest growing places for business as well as recognizing Durham as one of the top 100 cities to relocate to. There’s a great social scene that’s attractive to younger singles as well as lots of activities for families. Still need looking for a reason to move here: Durham offers some of the most affordable housing within “The Triangle” region.Durham is so large, there are several distinctive areas, each offering many types of residential and business real estate opportunities. I tend to focus on the Southwest, Center City, Midtown, Downtown and Northwestern Durham areas, which is barely half of Durham.
If you’re looking for the excitement of city living, at a reasonable price, look no further. Average homes are selling in the range of $200,000+/- but there’s something for everyone in any price range going all the way up to the multi-million dollar range. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the hottest, most desired neighborhoods for incoming residents to Duke.The truth is there’s something for everyone whatever you particular preference. And price range. I encourage you to visit my website www.bestdurhamproperties.com where you can see every property currently on the market in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and throughout the Triangle region.
You can create your own searches and there’s links to lots of other useful information. If you want to speak with me, my email and phone numbers are all listed on the site and I’d be happy to hear from you. Getting accepted in Duke University is reason enough to be excited and I think if you come and check out the area, you’ll find many more reasons as well.
Durham Neighborhoods vary widely - and these are but a FEW of the great neighborhoods here!
Woodcroft – Very Popular with Duke Residents Woodcroft is a large planned community of condos, townhomes and single family homes located in southwest Durham close to the Southpoint Mall. Condos and townhomes range from around $100,000 – $175,000 while single family homes begin in the upper $100,000’s and go up to around $325,000 with the majority in the lower $200,000 range. There are miles of walking/running/biking trails and for a nominal fee you have access to the community pool and tennis courts.
Hope Valley Farms – Adjacent to Woodcroft this is another newer planned community. Similar to Woodcroft. Townhomes and Single family homes range between $150,000 to the upper $300’s. Again there is a community center with pool etc. This development has also been extremely popular with incoming residents.
Walltown – Bike to campus from this older neighborhood sitting right off campus. Smaller older homes in a neighborhood that’s been reinventing itself over the past few years. Great location you can walk to Whole Foods, Ninth St.(Restaurant and bar central) and only minutes from downtown. Totally renovated 3 bedroom 2 bath homes are in the range of $175,000 – $250,000. If you’re willing to put in some sweat equity you can occasionally find something under $130,000. This area is right next to:
Trinity Park – Moving closer to Downtown and up in price range. Here’ you can find many younger professionals, as well as established Duke Doctors and professors. Prices for homes in this neighborhood begin around $250,000 and can easily get into the upper six figures.
Woodlake – We’re back in southwestern Durham. Great community of single family homes starting in the low $200’s and going up from there.
The Hills at Southpoint - This could be your favorite neighborhood! This quality Toll Brothers community was started in 2008. It features beautiful, high-end designs in both ranch style homes and two-story plans with houses ranging in size from 2000 to 6600 square feet.
Duke Forest - This neighborhood in Durham is built from the Thirties to the Eighties and all of the decades in between. The homes are an eclectic mix of traditional, modern, contemporary, and colonial styles mostly carved out of the wooded area that is Duke Forest. Home prices can range from under $200,000 to $800,000. Some of the homes have been completely renovated with the latest energy efficient building codes, appliances, and structual needs while others are sold as they were built.
Chancellor's Ridge - Chancellor's Ridge consists largely of single family homes iwth about fifty townhouses. Amenities include sidewalks, a pool, and lots of community events such as egg hunts, Halloween celebrations, a book club, wine nights, and movies on the lawn. The great walking, nature trail system connects the Chancellor's Ridge community to The Streets at Southpoint, one of Durham's best shopping areas.
Fairfield Subdivision - Fairfield Neighborhood in Durham is a friendly community whose $155/quarter HOA dues include the pool and tennis club. Conveniently located in south Durham, it is minutes away from the American Tobacco Trail, and Southpoint Mall. If you work in RTP, you'll have a mere 10-15 minute commute. This is a lively neighborhood with a strong Association that's always organizing activities that neighborhods can join in on! One other advantage is that this neighborhood pays county taxes while enjoying all city services.
For a more contemporary, urban lifestyle, consider condos such as The Warehouse, Brightleaf Square, Pavillions East Lofts, and others. Hip contemporary and well located all within minutes of Duke. Prices can range from the mid $100,’s up to a million. Don’t all incoming residents buy million dollar places ;-)
|Larry made the selling of our house easier than we could have possibly imagined. We interviewed several agents and decided to go with him because he was knowledgeable about the area, he was easy to work with, and he was very professional. He arranged for amazing pictures to be taken of our house. Larry priced our house perfectly, and we had multiple offers on the first day. He also remained in close contact throughout the process and did a great job managing all of the minor issues that come up when selling a house. If I had to do it all again, I would absolutely go with Larry Tollen.
|As a first-time home-buyer, new to the area, Larry was a lucky find for us. He is pragmatic, detail-oriented, professional and efficient, all while having patience and a healthy sense of humor on top. I did most of the finding of homes to visit, but as soon as we got to a property, Larry sprung into action, evaluating structural details, age of roof, HVAC, etc., so that there were no surprises later. He was very thoughtful in crafting an offer letter, concrete and practical during negotiations, and during diligence you could see how helpful it is to have an experienced, well-connected agent: he has all sorts of inspectors and contractors who love working with him and who do a great job in a timely fashion. He also did a great job negotiating repairs–very savvy about what to ask for and how to get the most out of the seller. After closing, Larry has been a veritable treasure-trove of information on contractors, landscapers, cleaning services, locksmiths, you name it. Although Larry works with a high volume of clients, sometimes I felt like he was my concierge. And my two-year-old loved him as well!
|Larry helped me purchase a home in August. I am fairly new to the area and he was extremely knowledgeable of where I should be looking. When talking with others who are in the market for homes I can’t believe how easy Larry made the entire process. He was always available to me, whether it was to talk about what I wanted in a home, to viewing homes, to any questions about the process. I would recommend Larry to anybody who is looking for a home in the Triangle area.
My office is in Chapel Hill, but most of my time is spent in Durham NC. I am privileged to be able to work and live in a great city that is revitalizing itself daily! Let Me Show you around!