Knock is in Your Neighborhood: Taking a Look at Real Estate and Living in the Triangle

Since launching our Home Trade-In program in the North Carolina Research Triangle – the area encompassing Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill – in June of 2018, Knock has already helped many residents buy and sell homes in the greater metro area. With the success and interest we received when launching in Charlotte, it was clear that Raleigh-Durham would be the perfect location to expand to. We’re excited to offer our Home Trade-In there, making it possible for residents to sell their old home and buy their next one simultaneously, with the ease and convenience that comes with Knock’s unique program. In this blog, we’ll explore the real estate landscape and living in the Triangle – as well as everything that makes it a great place for Knock and our customers to call home.

Why the Triangle?

Living in the Triangle Downtown Raleigh Skyline

Raleigh-Durham, also known as the NC Research Triangle, is the second largest metro in North Carolina, right behind Charlotte. With a population of over 2.1 million, Raleigh-Durham is a popular place to live and work. The area is best known for its research and technology roots, and is growing in popularity due to its strong job growth and quality of life. The strong job market has caused an influx of people from out of state to make the move to the Triangle; in fact, the Raleigh-Cary metro area saw an 18% population increase from 2010 to 2017, and an average 40 people move into Wake County alone every single day, with 78% coming from out of state. According to U.S. News, Raleigh-Durham is ranked #10 in Best Places to Live and #15 in Best Places to Retire, making it a great option no matter what stage of life you’re in.

The Triangle gets its name from the three major research universities in the area – North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These colleges don’t only bring in an influx of students each semester, but are great career sources for professionals in the education field. College sports are popular in this area, especially basketball, and the school rivalries make for fierce competition during the season.

Major employers in the Raleigh-Durham region include Bayer and American Airlines, as well as Burt’s Bees, Pfizer, and Verizon. And when you’re looking for leisurely entertainment, there’s plenty to do; shopping is abundant with the likes of Carolina Premium Outlets and Crabtree Valley Mall, among many others. Locals can check out museums like the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh and the Nasher Museum of Art.

When it comes to getting around, there are many transportation options in the Raleigh-Durham area. Major freeways, like I-40 and The Durham Freeway, connect you by bus or car, while the Raleigh-Durham International Airport helps get you to 62 nonstop destinations by plane.

Overall, Raleigh-Durham is a great option for people from all walks of life considering a move.

The Real Estate Market

Home in Raleigh for Sale

Raleigh-Durham has a more suburban feel than some of our other Knock markets, which are typically comprised of a busy city hub surrounded by quieter towns on the outskirts. Although you won’t experience as much of an upbeat nightlife in Raleigh-Durham, the area has a great community feel, open green spaces, and favorable warm weather throughout the year.

Because of its more laid-back suburban vibe, you’ll typically find more single-family homes than high-rises. Traditional layouts are common, but you’ll also see a fair share of historical houses, bungalows, and even new build communities. Your budget and the style of home you prefer will be factors in choosing the perfect place for you.

Current Market Trends

Raleigh-Durham’s current real estate climate is competitive; home values have gone up over 6% in the past year and are only predicted to continue rising. The average home value is around $275,000, while the median sale price is $257,000. However, with a median list price of around $339,000, it’s obvious that most sellers are pricing their homes too high, forcing them to come down on price in order to find a buyer.  

Our Knock Deals Forecast results showed that in Q1 of this year, around 61% of Raleigh homes sold at a discount; although this number is more than half of the homes in the area, many other metros in our study experienced a much higher rate of discount. The same trend was apparent in our Q2 Forecast, with Raleigh not close to the Top 10 List, but our prediction for discounts on homes in Raleigh climbed to almost 71%. If you’re looking to buy in the area, now might be a good time.

A Neighborhood Guide

Now that you have the low-down on Raleigh-Durham, we’re highlighting some of the most sought after neighborhoods in the area. Whether you are looking for a home that provides a quick commute or are interested in a certain school district, there are plenty of viable options within the Research Triangle. Along the way, we’ll give you insights and trends from our Raleigh-Durham Knockstars who know the city like the back of their hand!

Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina is the state’s capital and was founded at the end of the 18th century. When it was founded, Raleigh was nicknamed the “City of Oaks” because of its wooded areas and greenery, which are still abundant today. The city is home to three major museums, as well as the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes stadium, PNC Arena. There are shopping centers aplenty, and over 30 antique stores for those looking for vintage finds. When it comes to nightlife, you can enjoy some time on the town in several districts, like Capital District, Fayetteville Street District, and the Warehouse District. Spend some time searching for the most colorful and eye-catching murals or catch a performance at the Carolina Ballet. And Raleigh foodies can rejoice, with the recent introduction of Transfer Co. Food Hall which offers everything from burritos to oysters.

Of the area, Knockstar Jay Jordan said,

Jay Jordan LLE on Living in the Trangle
Jay Jordan
Licensed Local Expert

“The Triangle has it all! Aside from the huge tech research and medical industries here, the area features many different Colleges and Universities, tons of great shopping, and the love of the arts are shared and appreciated by many. Raleigh is at the center of it all, making it a great place to live.”

Durham

Known as the City of Medicine, USA, Durham houses over 300 medical and health-care related companies, making it a great landing place for people in those fields. Duke and North Carolina Central University are also there, along with plenty of other public and private schools. For some authentic-style barbecue, head to Bullock’s, which has been a family-run staple since 1952. For evening refreshments, you can visit one of Durham’s five breweries. In Durham, there’s no shortage of natural beauty, with recreation and nature at every turn; visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens or Eno River State Park to spend the day outdoors.

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Cary

Often referred to as a “bedroom town,” Cary residents typically commute to jobs in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill. Still, the town has a charm of its own, offering an array of festivals, recreational centers, and the largest public school system in the entire state. Lake Johnson and Lake Crabtree County Park provide bike trails and fun for the entire family, and the Koka Booth Amphitheater allows guests to enjoy the sights and sounds among nature. With over 200 dining options, you’ll never be hungry here; enjoy fresh baked artisan bread from La Farm Bakery or take a trip back in time with an orange float from Ashworth Drugs.

Knockstar Angela Kerley said,

Knockstar Angela Kerley
Transaction Manager
Angela Kerley

"Cary is a thriving community that has been nationally recognized as 'One of the Best Small Cities in America.' Living in Cary offers residents a suburban feel with convenient access to RTP, Downtown Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The historic downtown area offers a great variety of local restaurants, coffee shops, and a nearby brewery. There is also close proximity to many parks, greenways, and lakes. All of these features make Cary a very desired, diverse community!"

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina, but you can seek education in other attractions like the Ackland Art Museum, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, or North Carolina Botanical Garden. Grab Trip Advisor’s #1 burger in the country at Al’s Burger Shack or explore tons of other dining options in the town Bon Appetit named “America’s Foodiest Small Town.” Keep yourself busy along Franklin Street where you’ll find an array of bars, eateries, and retail storefronts. No matter what your interests are, you’ll find something in Chapel Hill!

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Apex

Just 12 miles southwest of the heart of Raleigh lies Apex, a sleepy town in Wake County. The downtown in Apex was deemed a historic district, with many buildings dating back to the 1800s. Southern Charm exudes from all corners of Apex, with quaint establishments like The Rusty Bucket and annual Apex Music Festival and Peak Fest that keep residents entertained. Experience casual Italian dining at Daniel’s or grab a taste of New York style pizza at Anna’s.

Knockstar Tracy Dowling said,

Tracy Dowling LLE on Living in the Triangle
Tracy Dowling
Licensed Local Expert

“The motto of Apex is ‘The Peak of Good Living’ and for many good reasons! It has small town charm but is conveniently located near three major universities and the Research Triangle Park, and is 15 miles from RDU International Airport and within 20 minutes of Raleigh, the state capital. Downtown Apex is host to award-winning restaurants, tons of boutique shopping, and fun festivals throughout the year. Highly-rated schools, plenty of housing options, a diverse population and nine city parks make this a great place to call home!”

Morrisville

Morrisville lies between Raleigh and Durham, and is a town with a heavy industry in computer technology and telecommunications. Lenovo and Oracle have large presences there, as do IBM and Microsoft. If you want to get away from the computer screen, visit one of eight recreational parks in the town. And since Morrisville is just west of RDU, you can experience runway views at RDU Observation Park. Get active at Triangle Rock Club or shop until you drop at Park West Village. Exotic Mediterranean dining can be found at Neomonde, while Southwestern flair is present at Cantina 18. Plus, you’re never too far away from the nightlife and happenings in Raleigh or Durham.

Wrapping Up Raleigh (Durham, and Chapel Hill)

The Raleigh-Durham area has a diverse Southern charm, making it a great place to call home. With quieter towns like Apex and Morrisville, and more bustling areas within Raleigh and Chapel Hill, you have a wide range of options to choose from. Although each area within the market is unique, common threads are the focus on nature and the outdoors, and dedication to the fields of research and medicine. Whether you’re already a resident there or are looking to move from another Knock market, we can help you find a home within the Raleigh-Durham metro area that will best suit your needs.

Knock is in Your Neighborhood: Taking a Look at Real Estate and Living in Dallas-Fort Worth

Knock launched our Home Trade-In program in the Lonestar State in September of 2018; we currently serve the greater Dallas and Fort Worth areas of Texas. With a housing market that has remained consistently healthy over time and an increase in employment opportunities attracting new residents, Dallas was high on Knock’s bucket list. We’re excited to now offer our Home Trade-In there, making it possible for residents to sell their old home and buy their next one simultaneously, with the ease and convenience that comes with Knock’s unique approach to real estate. In this blog, we’ll explore the housing landscape and living in Dallas-Fort Worth and its greater metro area – everything that makes it an incredible place for Knock and its customers to call home.

Why Dallas?

Living in Dallas-Fort Worth. The downtown skyline at dusk.

The city of Dallas is booming, especially in recent times; it’s on the list of the fastest growing cities in the US, as well as Inc.’s fastest growing cities with job opportunities. There are endless employment options in the greater Dallas metro, which is home to the headquarters of large companies like American Airlines, ExxonMobil, AT&T, and Fossil. And although people, especially young professionals, are migrating to the area in the pursuit of upward career paths, jobs are not the only reason to move there.

Dallas is the third most populous metro in Texas, after Houston and San Antonio. Its residents have true city pride, with fans flocking to Dallas Cowboy and Mavericks games. Dallas and its surrounding areas also give people a mixture of city and suburb. You can hit the House of Blues in the city or attend a football game under your town’s Friday night lights; it truly is a place that has it all.

The weather in Dallas is also pretty great all year round, if you can handle some heat, with winter lows staying mild around 47 degrees and summer highs reaching the 90s. The humid subtropical climate isn’t for everyone, but is attractive to those who favor warmer temperatures.

The Real Estate Market

Living in Dallas-Fort Worth home for sale in Frisco

Dallas has something for every taste, even when it comes to housing. If you’re tempted to keep it trendy, you’ll find yourself in the heart of downtown Dallas where you can purchase a townhome or condo with common amenities, like a pool to cool down in during those hot mid-July temps. High-rise buildings are aplenty in the heart of the city.

If you have your eye on a more suburban neighborhood, there's an abundance of single-family homes to choose from. The size and layout is up to you, as the greater Dallas area has many diverse options, from one story ranches to statuesque mansions.

Current Market Trends

Just like its summer climate, Dallas’ real estate market is hot. Housing costs are higher than the national average of $227,000; in Dallas, the average home will cost you around $248,000. The average home value, however, is closer to $214,000; home values have risen over 14% in the last year alone and are predicted to continue trending upward.

At the end of 2018, Dallas had a great supply of homes available, and this inventory surplus is good news for buyers in the area. Dallas also tops the list of new home construction for 2019, which means a custom home is a real possibility if you want to take that route.

For those looking to score a deal, you might be in luck. Around 70% of homes sold at a discount in Dallas in Q1 2019, according to our Knock Deals Forecast. For Q2, we predict that number will rise to almost 76%. Again, this makes it a desirable time for buyers to consider making a move within the region.

A Neighborhood Guide

Because of the Dallas metro area’s vast options when it comes to housing, we’re highlighting some of the best neighborhoods to choose from. Whether you’re a city slicker or enjoy the quieter life away from downtown, we cover it all in our neighborhood guide. Along the way, we’ll give you insights and trends from our Dallas Knockstars who know the city like the back of their hand!

Dallas

Dallas, located in northern Texas, is the ninth most populous city in the US. A flatland with a hot year-round climate, the city is known for its barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisines, thriving art scene, and major league sports teams. The city is sometimes defined by its subsections, including Central, East, and South, which are areas well-known to locals. Recognized as the largest contiguous arts district in the United States, there is no shortage of museums and performing arts centers, and the arts and culture scene thrives no matter what section of the city you’re in.

Defense, financial services, and information technology are some of the largest job sectors, and there are over 40 colleges and universities throughout the metropolitan area. A great mixture of culture and industrialism, Dallas is a hub for plenty of people both inside the metro and on the outskirts.

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Fort Worth

Fort Worth is part of the greater Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area. In history, it was used as an army outpost as well as a hub for longhorn cattle trade. Its Western heritage and traditional architecture are still apparent today. The city is home to world-class museums, boasting acclaimed institutions like The Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Several universities are located in Fort Worth, such as Texas Christian University and Texas A&M School of Law. Large corporations call it home as well, including Pier 1 Imports and Lockheed Martin. Living up to its name as the “City of Cowboys and Culture,” you can visit the largest indoor rodeo, attend a number of festivals, and take advantage of the eclectic dining scene. Plus, with different neighborhoods, including The Stockyards and Upper West Side, you can choose whether you want to live in a suburban area or active downtown.

Knockstar Dani Bunch notes,

Dani B Dallas Knockstar
Dani Bunch
Licensed Local Expert

“Fort Worth is a fast growing community.  It has everything you can expect from a fairly large city - great shops, live music, wide variety of amazing restaurants, festivals, excellent museums - and it still has a small town feel.  When looking for homes, Fort Worth has older neighborhoods with larger yards to condos downtown, so it has a little bit of everything to offer!”

Arlington

Twenty miles west of downtown Dallas lies Arlington, TX. Home of the Texas Rangers baseball team and AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play, Arlington is a hub for sports. Six Flags amusement park provides entertainment and fun for the entire family, while the Arlington Museum of Art and Parks Mall prove there is an activity for any taste. The University of Texas in Arlington is also located there, as well as plenty of public schools for kids of any age. Arlington has a suburban hometown feel, with plenty of options for purchasing a home in the area.

Knockstar Richard Wade said,

"Arlington is the entertainment capital of Texas with the Dallas Cowboys & Texas Rangers playing there, plus Six Flags Over Texas amusement park & Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park."

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Frisco

Located 25 minutes north of Dallas is the suburb of Frisco. A perfect place for sports and recreation lovers, Frisco has plenty of sports venues and professional leagues. In fact, the Dallas Cowboys’ practice center now lives there. Dubbed as Sports City USA, you can stay in shape at the Frisco Athletic Center or catch a game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. If sports aren’t your thing, don’t fear, there are plenty of other things to do in town, from the Texas Sculpture Garden to the National Videogame Museum. Dining options are aplenty, and you can find shopping centers at Preston Ridge and Frisco Square. As a suburb of Dallas, Frisco is ranked #1 as the best place to buy a house in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and even gets an A+ grade from Niche. Frisco was also named the Best Place to Live in America in 2018. If you’re looking for a great place to live just outside of the big city, Frisco could be the spot for you.  

Knockstar Brandon Eichten calls Frisco home;

Brandon E Dallas Knockstar
Brandon Eichten
Licensed Local Expert

“Frisco was the fastest growing city in the US in 2017. Frisco attracts business, startups, and sports enthusiasts alike! There really is never any reason to leave Frisco with all of the shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and commercial establishments. Live, work, and play is the idea behind Frisco and all of its long-term growth plans. Come visit and you will definitely fall in love just like so many fellow citizens!”

Flower Mound

Northwest of Dallas lies Flower Mound, a cozy town with a tight-knit feel. Many residents are employed by the local school district, Lewisville Independent. The town is also close to the DFW International Airport, making it a great location for those who love to travel; companies like Best Buy and Stryker Communications recently moved some operations to Flower Mound due to its convenient location, creating nearby job opportunities for those who call Flower Mound home. The neighborhoods in Flower Mound are sought after, and the town’s community center offers residents a place to swim and work out. Beautiful single family residences and even condos and townhomes exist here, giving you the option to choose.

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Keller

Keller, TX is a residential town with access to plenty of parks, hiking, and bike trails. Perfect for a family looking to establish hometown roots but still be in close proximity to the city, Keller gives its residents a community feel. Business districts, Old Town Keller and Keller Town Center, are home to merchants of all sorts and places to eat, drink, and be entertained. Catch a movie, have a spa day, or go grocery shopping all within the town’s limits. Homes range from small single families to large upgraded mansions, so you’ll be able to find just the place you’re looking for.

Knockstar Chris Menegay said,

Chris M Dallas Knockstar
Chris Menegay
Licensed Local Expert

“Keller is such a wonderful community to find your next home. The schools are some of the most sought after in DFW.  From first time starter homes to luxury estates, you can find what suits your needs. There are also great city amenities like the Keller Pointe for recreation including a water park, and Bear Creek Park for everything outdoors. Not to mention the Alliance Town Center, with every type of restaurant and entertainment you can imagine!”

Conclusion

The Dallas Fort-Worth area is Knock’s fifth market, and is a great place for many different people, whether you’re a young professional exploring the city or a family looking to settle down. If you choose the downtown lifestyle or a more laid-back life in the suburbs, there is a place for you to call home in the greater DFW area. Whether you’re already living in Dallas-Fort Worth or are looking to move from another Knock market, like Charlotte or Atlanta, we can help you trade-in your house for the DFW dwelling you’re dreaming of.

Knock is in Your Neighborhood: Taking a Look at Real Estate and Living in Charlotte, the Queen City

Charlotte, NC was Knock’s second market, launched shortly after the success we had in Atlanta. The Knock Home Trade-In program has already helped thousands of people living in Charlotte's greater metro area find their next home and sell an old one. With our Trade-In program, customers considering living in Charlotte can also move there from our other markets, making the transition easier for people attracted to its booming economy, eclectic culture and varied living environments.

Why Charlotte?

Charlotte Skyling at Night

Charlotte is not only the most populous city in North Carolina, but also ranks #17 out of  the largest in the entire United States. It’s known as a hub for millennials, ranked #12 in terms of the generation moving there just this year by Business Insider. The number of Charlotte residents increased significantly between 2004 and 2014, making it the fastest-growing metro area within that time frame. As of 2016, the population of people living in Charlotte was about 2.6 million.

Why has there been such an influx of people flocking to Charlotte? For starters, it’s the second largest banking center in America, with Bank of America headquartered there, along with other Fortune 500 companies like Lowe’s and Compass Group. Charlotte also boasts various colleges and universities, sports stadiums (most notably Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers), and cultural landmarks like the U.S. National Whitewater Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame. Food & Wine recognized Charlotte as an up and coming foodie destination, crediting the 2004 addition of a Johnson & Wales campus as a factor in the evolving food and drink culture.

The area’s humid subtropical climate is attractive to many, because even though all four seasons are present, winters aren’t harsh. Residing in Charlotte also affords you proximity to the mountains or the coast, depending on what type of adventure you’re looking for. Plus, when it comes to picking a place to live, you have a choice of the suburbs or the heart of the city, making the area a perfect choice for a wide range of people, from young professionals to retirees.

The Real Estate Market

Charlotte Home

Since Charlotte is such a magnet for individuals from all walks of life, especially those in the young professional stage, the real estate market is booming. The city center isn’t the only place people are looking to live, and Charlotte offers plenty of options for homeowners in surrounding suburbs and neighborhoods.

Dependent upon your lifestyle, you may choose a swankier townhome in the Uptown area, or a family-friendly residence on the outskirts of the action. Before beginning your search, consider what is most important to you, including the size of your home, nearby entertainment, and your proximity to work and school. With a variety of neighborhoods within the greater metro area, there is something for everyone, making it possible to find a home no matter what budget you’re working with.

Current Market Trends

As living in Charlotte becomes even more popular, demand for homes increases, leading to low housing inventory. And low inventory leads to higher prices. According to a recent Charlotte Observer analysis, the average sale price in Charlotte has risen 35% in the past five years. According to Ziillow, the current median home value is $225,500, a 7.7% increase since last year alone.

Our latest Knock Deals Forecast revealed, however, that 71.70% of Charlotte homes sold below their original list price in Q1 2019, with an average savings of 3.97%. We predict that in Q2, 76.41% of Charlotte homes will sell for a deal, proving that homebuyers aren’t willing to pay such high prices. Although the market is competitive, especially in the midst of the busy spring season, there is still potential to score a deal on your dream home.

A Neighborhood Guide

Are you looking to move within the Charlotte area, from one neighborhood to another? Are you looking for a new home within your current zip code? Maybe you’re moving to the Queen City from out of state. Whatever the case may be, we’re spotlighting some of the greater Charlotte area’s most popular locations. Plus, we’ll give you insights on trends and living in Charlotte from our Charlotte Knockstars who know the city like the back of their hand!

Steele Creek

A neighborhood in southwest Mecklenburg County, Steele Creek is an attractive option with plenty of development in the works. Although the southwest used to be known as cattle country, the area is seeing an influx of new builds, from apartments to single-family homes. The town of about 15,000 has a suburban feel, perfect for anyone looking to escape the city life. Plus, with close proximity to attractions like TopGolf and Charlotte Premium Outlets, there is plenty to do during your downtime.

Knockstar Colby Colson said,

Colby Colson
Licensed Local Expert

"Steele Creek is the perfect suburbia - close to the hustle of Uptown Charlotte, and minutes from your next lazy lake day on Lake Wylie! In addition to great shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation like hiking and boating, Steele Creek is also home to Carowinds Amusement Park, Charlotte Premium Outlets, and Charlotte’s one and only Top Golf! It’s hard to find an area with more bang for your buck! It’s family friendly, jam packed with fun and activities, and a perfect place to call home!"

Southpark

Just south of the heart of Charlotte lies Southpark, a retail mecca most notable for its 1.8 million square-foot mall of the same name. A complex filled with luxury shops and well-known retailers, it is the largest center of its kind in all of North Carolina, a main attraction for both residents and visitors. Aside from shopping, the neighborhood is one of the most bustling business districts in Charlotte. It also offers residents reprieve at local eateries and bars, from French bistros to sushi lounges. With affordable homes on large lots, Southpark is a great option for those who desire close proximity to both work and play.

Knockstar Tabitha Mitchell said,

Tabitha Mitchell
Licensed Local Expert

“Southpark has so much to offer. Shopping, entertainment, recreation, and relaxation are all right here. From fine dining to grabbing a bite on the go, you can’t go wrong. Being conveniently located near major highways, and minutes from Uptown and the CLT Douglas Airport, it's no wonder Southpark is such a popular place to live. Here, you can find townhomes and condos as well as beautiful single family homes. Southpark has been the heart of Charlotte and will remain that way for years to come!”

Matthews

Matthews is a suburb of Charlotte with a population of about 32,000. Once a sleepy town, it now boasts a downtown area full of unique restaurants and shopping options. Local entertainment is provided at Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts, and residents can enjoy food and revelry at Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse and Grill. Exuding a hometown feel, it’s a great place to own a home and enjoy nearby parks and recreation.

Of the neighborhood, Knockstar Montana Aydlett said,

Montana Aydlett
Licensed Local Expert

"Matthews is a super friendly, close-knit suburb that has a cute downtown area where there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, and parks. It's a great place to hang out, have dinner, and walk around enjoying the green spaces and historic areas. Schools are highly rated and it's welcoming to both families and young professionals alike with lots to do. As Charlotte continues to grow, job opportunities abound as well!"

Mint Hill

A quiet, wooded community with hometown charm, Mint Hill sits just southeast of downtown Charlotte. With its laid-back feel, residents enjoy local ice cream at Carolina Creamery and sip on specialities at Barking Duck Brewing Company. Enjoy parks, country clubs, and even the Mint Hill Historical Museum. There are plenty of public schools options, and the tight-knit community is perfect for families, couples, and young professionals alike.

Lead NC Transaction Manager Melanie Shaffer notes,

Melanie Shaffer
NC Lead Transaction Manager

"Mint Hill has so many amazing qualities! Great schools, beautiful homes, and is just 25 minutes from Uptown. Every year around Memorial Day, the city has an awesome festival called Mint Hill Madness, which everyone loves to attend. It comes complete with food trucks, live music, games, and rides and is fun for the whole family!"

Concord

Twenty miles northeast of Charlotte’s city center lies Concord, a large neighborhood with a population of about 95,000. Concord features many top tourist destinations, including NASCAR's Charlotte Motor Speedway and Sea Life, an interactive aquarium. If you’re not looking to follow the tourist crowd, there are plenty of recreational parks, sports complexes, an aquatic center, and access to Lake Fisher. With an average commute time of 27 minutes, it might be the perfect place to call home.

Huntersville

There’s no shortage of excitement in Huntersville, a suburban town 20 minutes from Uptown. A community fit for the outdoorsman, Huntersville offers much of what the city does not, including leisurely activities like golfing and relaxation on Lake Norman. Birkdale Village provides plenty of shopping options for those not interested in nature, and the Discovery Place Kids is perfect for the little ones in your life. You can even check out some local wildlife at The Carolina Raptor Center. If you’re looking for an escape from downtown Charlotte, Huntersville could be your suburban sanctuary.

According to Knockstar Dustin Davis,

Dustin Davis
Licensed Local Expert

“Huntersville truly has the best of both worlds. Great restaurants and entertainment mixed with larger homes and lots that you can’t find closer to the city. Lakefront communities and plenty of access to all that Charlotte has to offer set this booming area, just over 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, out among the rest. Whether you like to spend your weekends shopping, on the golf course, or relaxing on beautiful Lake Norman, Huntersville has top-notch options for every kind of resident out there.”

Thinking of Trading In?

These are just some of the amazing neighborhoods you can call home in the metro Charlotte area. At Knock, we’re proud to help Charlotte locals and transplants buy and sell homes easier and more efficiently. As the city’s population has grown and competition for homes increased along with it, we’re thrilled to make more competitive cash offers on behalf of families so that they beat out the competition, and get a discount off the list price.

Charlotte Knock customers testimonial
Charlotte Knock Customers Pete & Heather S.

With our Home Trade-In program, we make an all-cash offer on your new home – not only to get it at an impressive price – but to help you win bidding wars. Then, we sell your old home on the open market to find you the right buyer for the best price. It’s the perfect solution for making your next move without having to worry about the stress and uncertainty that comes with traditional home buying and selling. Whether you’re looking to upgrade or downsize, Knock can help!


Knock is in Your Neighborhood: Taking a Look at Real Estate and Living in Atlanta, Knock’s First Market

Knock began helping home buyers and sellers in Atlanta, GA in 2016, and as our first market, it holds a special place for us. Atlanta is also our largest market, and to date, we’ve helped thousands of customers find their dream homes throughout the greater metro area. Knock continues to help customers living in Atlanta buy and sell their homes with our Home Trade-In program. We’re also excited to have helped some customers move to Atlanta from our other markets like Charlotte, NC and Dallas, TX.

Why Atlanta?

A melting pot of people and culture, Atlanta truly has something for everyone. The ATL, as it is often fondly referred to as, boasts desirable weather year round and an eclectic blend of city and suburb. Offering both an intriguing history and an up-and-coming vibe, Atlanta attracts people of all walks of life. Over 5.8 million residents call the metro Atlanta area home, making it the ninth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.

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BeltLine via Beltlandia

Delta Airlines is headquartered in Atlanta, making the city a hub of transportation for people all over the globe; it’s also a major source of employment for people living in Atlanta. Despite what others might say, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is literally the world’s busiest airport. And there’s no shortage of other large, Fortune 500 companies in Atlanta, like Coca Cola, Home Depot, and UPS, just to name a few. Even the film industry has made an impact recently, with production of many big-name movies and TV shows taking place throughout the area. In fact, Atlanta is home to the largest purpose-built studio outside of Hollywood. With a booming economic landscape, it’s the perfect place to find a career and settle in. Plus, you may just come across a celebrity or two.

Aside from work and travel, the greater Atlanta area is a great choice for any homeowner. Whether you want to live quietly in the suburbs or enjoy the hustle and bustle of downtown, you can find the perfect place for your lifestyle. An abundance of parks and recreation, restaurants, museums, and sports arenas keep Atlanta buzzing all year long.

The Real Estate Market

Since Atlanta and its surrounding area is so vast, the real estate market tends to be diverse. Home buying and selling in the heart of the city, in places like downtown and Old Fourth Ward, can be competitive as they offer a quick commute to work and plenty of dining and entertainment options. Still, suburbs like Cummings are experiencing an expansion and increase in popularity, with new construction homes popping up everywhere. Some suburb-dwellers (or those in the OTP) want huge houses with multiple bedrooms, updated kitchens, and yards. These luxuries, of course, come at a heftier price.

But, you can still find a home in a desirable neighborhood on a more conservative budget. In fact, many Atlanta residents are looking to downsize, trading-in their family homes for less square-footage and lower mortgage payments. When it comes to real estate, it’s really about what you want and need for whatever phase of life you’re in.

Current Market Trends

The current median home value in Atlanta is $260,200; home values in the area have risen 12.2% in the past year alone. Just last summer, Atlanta home prices climbed nearly twice as fast as the national average, giving sellers a significant advantage. However, in recent months, the playing field has evened out. Home inventory has increased and predictions show that home values won’t rise as much as they did in 2018. All in all, Atlanta’s real estate market remains healthy.

Knock’s Home Trade-In program is advantageous to anyone looking to buy and sell in the Atlanta market, whether you’re looking for something larger, smaller, or comparable to your current residence. We are the only real estate company that enables you to move into your dream home before you even list your old house for sale, without having to pay double mortgage payments. While Knock worries about prepping your home for sale, getting it listed and sold at a competitive price, you can focus on family, school, and life in a great city like Atlanta.

A Neighborhood Guide

Interested in moving within Atlanta, whether it be in your current neighborhood or to a different side of town? Or maybe you’re relocating from another Knock market, like Phoenix or Charlotte? We highlight a few of Atlanta’s most popular areas, from the heart of downtown to the outskirts in the suburbs.

Plus, our local Atlanta Knockstars, who know the city inside and out, weigh in on the current real estate trends and what’s hot in the ATL.

Old Fourth Ward

With a downtown vibe and plenty of offerings to keep you entertained, Old Fourth Ward is the perfect place for anyone who loves an urban atmosphere. While hip and modern, with attractions like Ponce Market and the BeltLine, Old Fourth Ward is steeped in American history; Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in the area.

Although Atlanta traffic is notoriously difficult, there are plenty of transportation options to get you where you need to be. Bike along the BeltLine or catch a MARTA bus or train. Walkability in Old Fourth Ward is great as well, so you can get your extra steps in getting from point A to point B. And there’s no shortage of entertainment. Enjoy live music and dinner at Venkman’s or experience one of a kind street art during the Living Walls, the City Speaks annual conference.

Of the neighborhood, Knockstar Francine Bethune said,

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Francine Bethune Licensed Local Expert

“Old Fourth Ward is just alive with so much energy. It’s one of the best neighborhoods to live in Atlanta because there’s always so much going on. A lot of townhomes and condos are also being built, making it a desirable and popular place right now. It’s really where you want to be.”

Old Fourth Ward Atlanta

Alpharetta

Alpharetta, in Fulton County, is known as an established suburb north of downtown Atlanta. Here, there are recreational options fit for the entire family (even the four-legged members), with locations like Wills Park Recreation Center and Newtown Dream Dog Park. Seasonal farmers markets, biking trails, and live music shows keep residents entertained all year long. Plus, new establishments keep popping up, like Jekyll Brewing which boasts a rooftop patio.

Large corporations are building headquarters in the city, and some big names, like Verizon, E-Trade, and ADP have already established themselves in the area. Known as The Technology City of the South, Alpharetta might just be the perfect place to call home.

Knockstar Ashley Walter said,

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Ashley Walter
Licensed Local Expert

“Alpharetta has a cute downtown with plenty of unique shops, restaurants, and culture. You also have friendly neighborhoods and parks perfect for families; there are a lot of sports leagues and recreational events in Atlanta’s suburbs. Plus, we’re seeing more and more tech companies moving into the area, which is great for job growth. There truly is something for everyone there.”

Living in Alpharetta Atlanta

Cumming

Located in Forsyth County, Cumming is considered part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. But, about 45 miles northeast of the heart of the city, living in Cumming has a much more laid-back feel. If you don’t mind potentially having a longer commute, it may be the place for you. Nature lovers can take a hike up Sawnee Mountain or visit Lake Lanier and the Aquatics Center in the warmer months. The fairgrounds are the perfect place to enjoy events like Cumming Country Fair & Festival and Food Truck Fridays. When it comes to real estate, there is a lot of new construction popping up in the area, and the town is becoming increasingly desirable to home buyers.

According to Knockstar Rob Kim,

Rob Kim
Licensed Local Expert

“Cumming is expanding at a steady pace. People love this area because it has something for everyone. Minutes away there are new developments in South Forsyth such as Halcyon, one of the many ‘suburban mini cities’ popping up all over metro Atlanta. If you love the outdoors, Cumming provides that as well. Lake Lanier has all sorts of outdoor activities and there are so many other available activities in and around town. Want to paint the night out in the city? Atlanta is 30 mins away giving you both options to live in the suburbs and play in the city."

Living in Cumming Atlanta

Roswell

In Roswell, enjoy the quaint downtown at Canton Street where you’ll find local shops and restaurants fit for a weekend outing. With over 13 parks and 900 acres of recreational land, it’s easy to enjoy the outdoors there as well. Residents often gather for local events, like the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, which is the largest celebration of the holiday in all of Georgia. Catch get a glimpse into the town’s history at the Southern Trilogy museums or ride the historic district trolley. Roswell was chosen twice by "Atlanta Magazine" as the best place to live in the Metro Atlanta area.

According to Knockstar Stephen Freudenberg,

Stephen Freudenberg
GA & NC Market Lead

"Every third Thursday during the Spring/Summer months, they shut down Canton St in downtown Roswell to vehicle traffic and host "Alive After Five" where local residents and visitors can enjoy a really fun night out on the town. You can also enjoy a nice float down the Chattahoochee River!"

Living in Roswell Atlanta

Marietta

Marietta exudes Southern charm, especially in the town square, which was established in the early 1800s. Today, the town offers a mixture of present and past. You can experience history at the Marietta Museum of History or The Gone with the Wind Museum. The Strand Theatre, renovated back to its original layout, plays classic films perfect for movie enthusiasts. If you’re feeling more adventurous, head to Six Flags White Water or Kennesaw Mountain. Plus, you’re not far from downtown Atlanta – all you need to do is get on Interstate 285.

According to Knockstar Shelley Smith,

Shelley Smith
Licensed Local Expert

“Marietta real estate is booming with beautiful renovations around the Historic Marietta Square and new construction opportunities in East Cobb and West Cobb. The area boasts some of the  top-rated schools, fabulous shopping and restaurants and a hometown family feel. Be sure to check out the happenings on the Marietta Square each weekend. The farmers market is awesome in spring and summer!”

Living in Atlanta Marietta

Thinking of Trading-In?

These are just some of the awesome places you can call home in the greater Atlanta metro area. At Knock, we’re proud to continue to help Atlanta residents and transplants buy and sell homes easier and more efficiently.

With our Home Trade-In program, we make an all-cash offer on your new home – not only to get it at an amazing price – but to help you win bidding wars. Then, we sell your old home on the open market to find you the right buyer for the best price. It’s the perfect solution for making your next move without having to worry about the stress and uncertainty that comes with traditional home buying and selling. Whether you’re looking to upgrade or downsize, Knock can help!

Knock is in Your Neighborhood: Getting to Know Real Estate and Living in Phoenix, Knock's Newest Market

Knock began offering our Home Trade-in program in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month. As Knock’s sixth market, Phoenix is our first city in the Western half of the United States, expanding the reach of our Home Trade-In Program to help more people achieve their dream of living in Phoenix.

Why Phoenix?

Favorable year-round weather, a growing technology hub, a hot real estate market...the list goes on! The fifth-largest city in the U.S., Phoenix is famous for its desert-like atmosphere, up and coming dining scene, and booming metropolitan vibe.

Known as the Valley of the Sun (for obvious reasons), Phoenix serves as the hub for surrounding cities and towns that include Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe. The capital is just 3.4 hours south of the Grand Canyon, a 1.5 hour flight to Los Angeles, and a 1 hour flight to Las Vegas. But, with an abundance of arts, culture, and history, there’s really no reason to want to leave.

There are also plenty of opportunities to find your dream job. Phoenix is home to Fortune 500 companies like Freeport-McMoRan, Avnet, Republic Services, and Insight Enterprises. Tourism and construction are also thriving industries throughout the area; not to mention, 76,900 jobs were added in Phoenix in December alone. It comes as no surprise then that Phoenix is the third most popular city for in-migration from other areas of the country. The region is expected to grow by nearly 60% by 2030, bringing the population to more than 6 million people!

The Real Estate Market

Of course, increased population also means increased competition for homes. When you hear about Phoenix being hot, people don’t just mean the weather. Naturally, with more people moving into the area, the real estate market is heating up. As larger coastal metros become increasingly too overpriced, people are weighing their options and considering a move to a less expensive, yet still bustling city like Phoenix.

So, just how much does living in Phoenix cost? The median home sale price is currently around $260,000, above the national average of $223,900 and making it more of a seller’s market. Still, the Valley of the Sun is on the top 20 list of most affordable big cities in the U.S. (although its position has dropped in recent years.)

While this can be scary for home buyers, it’s exactly why it’s the perfect time to bring the Knock Home Trade-in to Phoenix. By making it possible for our customers to buy their next home first, we help them win bidding wars, and get an average 2% to 5% discount in the process. Because of this, Knock can help more families get into their next dream home more easily.

A Neighborhood Guide

Considering making a move, but don’t know where to start? Of course, there are many factors to consider when choosing a neighborhood in Phoenix. School system rating, proximity to major highways, family-friendliness, home style, and surrounding neighborhoods are some, but not all, of the factors that home buyers consider.

As we get introduced to the market, we wanted to take a look at some of the areas home buyers and sellers are active in. And who better to ask than our own local Knockstars, all of whom have been practicing real estate and living in Metro Phoenix for years? Read on for our neighborhood guide of some of Metro Phoenix’s hottest neighborhoods you can move to through the Knock Home Trade-in.

Uptown Phoenix

Uptown Phoenix is an up-and-coming foodie central with walkable living and something for everyone. Drawing an eclectic crowd, many inhabitants bike to work and enjoy proximity to all the bars and restaurants on the scene. Plus, the light rail runs through here, making it a great hub for transportation.

The area has established itself as one with reputable school options. So, even if you have a family of young children, it could still be the perfect area for you, especially if you’re looking to balance work and personal life.

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Christy Narsi, Licensed Local Expert

Knockstar Christy Narsi has been a Phoenix resident for over 15 years. She says, “Uptown Phoenix is the mecca of urban living, modern style, and ridiculously good restaurants to feed your inner foodie. There are still plenty of 1940's to 1960's bungalows waiting to be renovated for buyers who want their dream home within walking distance to beautiful parks and all the fun activities Phoenix has to offer!”

Midtown Phoenix

Mid-century modern vibes are aplenty in Midtown Phoenix, boasting a community that is an eclectic melting pot of local businesses and culture. The Melrose district is home to a plethora of furniture stores, trendy shops, and vegan restaurants. The historic district is also located in Midtown, with classic bungalows being rehabilitated to match a modern lifestyle while keeping their charm.

Midtown Phoenix Knock Real Estate Home Listing Mulberry Drive

Ahwatukee Foothills

Rated the #1 Best Neighborhood in the Phoenix Area by Niche, Ahwatukee Foothills is known for its family-friendly suburb style, envied views, and gorgeous landscape. In the southernmost part of the Phoenix area, Ahwatukee is unique as it is on the backside of South Mountain; it’s a haven for the outdoor enthusiast. Plus, the area boasts large corporations like Intel, GoDaddy, and many others, making it a great place to both work and live.

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Tammie Brethower, Licensed Local Expert

According to Knockstar Tammie Brethower, “Ahwatukee is a growing area and a lot of people are moving here. When it comes to real estate, prices in the East Valley are holding steady and in some areas continue to rise with demand."

Desert View

Desert View is also a great choice for anyone looking to move within the greater Phoenix area. Located in Maricopa county, there is a population of about 66,000, with most residents owning their homes. The suburb also boasts many parks for recreation purposes.

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Chandler, AZ

Chandler, AZ has great neighborhoods and quality of living, with homes that are priced right. Convenience is also a big plus, with the Chandler Fashion Center and many new businesses popping up. When it comes to your commute, Chandler is in close proximity to many major hubs, making it a great option when it comes to maintaining work life balance.

Brandon Green, Licensed Local Expert

Knockstar Brandon Green said, “Chandler is an established city with a wide variety of activities, ranging from golf to shopping. The downtown area has a mixture of historic and modern areas with upscale restaurants, locally owned shops, and public art, yet has spacious newer built homes throughout the city. Chandler has been voted as one of the most livable places in the country and is close to all major airports, making it a great choice for virtually any homebuyer.”

West of Phoenix

Even if living in Phoenix isn't for you, Knock can still help you find the perfect home just outside the metro - not to mention, where you may be able to get more bang for your buck on a new home.

There are plenty of options west of Phoenix, including Peoria, AZ and Glendale. There, you’ll find a more laid-back suburban feel. Not to mention, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners share the Peoria Sports Complex during spring training.

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Angel Johnson, Licensed Local Expert

According to Knockstar Angel Johnson, “The West of Phoenix, particularly Glendale, has a quaint downtown feel, complete with historic shops and cottage homes. If you're looking for a home with character and history, you can find it here. At the same time, there is a ton of new infrastructure being introduced - with the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium in the area and the Super Bowl coming back in 2025, there is no shortage of action on the outskirts of Phoenix.”

Tempted to Trade-in?

These are just a few of the amazing neighborhoods and attributes the multi-faceted city of Phoenix has to offer. At Knock, we’re excited to have recently launched in this evolving, eclectic city to help even more people buy and sell homes without the hassle.

With our Home Trade-In program, we make an all-cash offer on your dream home - not only to get it for a great price - but to help you win bidding wars. Then, we sell your home on the open market to find you the best buyer for the best price. It’s the perfect solution for making your next move without having to worry about the stress and uncertainty that comes with traditional home buying and selling. Whether you’re looking to upgrade or downsize, Knock can help!

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