4 essential tips after relocating to Raleigh

Posted December 5, 2016

If you’re moving to Raleigh, you’ve probably already heard about how it’s one of the fastest growing and highest-rated places to live in the country, with great food, vibrant outdoor life, and famous Southern Hospitality.

This story was written for our sponsor, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston.

If you're moving to Raleigh, you've probably already heard about how it's one of the fastest growing and highest-rated places to live in the country, with great food, vibrant outdoor life, and famous Southern Hospitality.

While moving to a new home is always exciting, relocating into a new community can be a daunting task as well. Here are some local tips for moving to Raleigh and the Triangle.

Joining the Community

The quickest and surest way to integrate into your new community is to look into joining social groups and organizations, including both official memberships or informal clubs and meetups. This will allow you, and perhaps your family, to learn the Raleigh area and meet other social individuals as well.

If you have children, civic groups like the local school's PTA can be a fantastic way to engage with your new neighbors in an important and constructive way, as well as meeting like-minded parents.

Raleigh's warm Southern weather and young culture supports a host of other social activities and organizations like running clubs, breweries, yoga classes, neighborhood bars, and adult or youth recreation and sports from baseball to disc golf.

Getting Social Online

Digital communities and social networks are a quick and easy way to meet people and learn local information in an instant.

"There are useful online networks and apps that allow homeowners to gain information about and become immersed in their new communities," said Nancy Harner, senior vice president of the Relocation and Corporate Real Estate Services Division at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. "These interactive platforms enable neighbors to make connections and share local knowledge that will help build connections and spark relationships."

The Nextdoor app is a popular tool nationwide that allows users to see updates and exclusive information for their neighborhood, including safety tips or even used items for sale. Think of it as a social network just for your area, but with invitation-only membership.

The Meetup and Facebook apps are great ways to meet other people by joining local groups, or even to find events and social gatherings to attend with your friends or neighbors. These apps can act as your concierge into the local social event calendar.

Walking Your Neighborhood

Don't be afraid to get out in your neighborhood on foot and meet your neighbors on a friendly walk.

Raleigh's famous Capital Area Greenway has over 100 miles of trails intermingled throughout the cities neighborhoods and parks, with a bike-friendly downtown too.

The Triangle area of North Carolina also boasts famous world-class Southern cuisine, barbecue, and a growing craft-beer scene that produces great events and festivals year-round.

Utilizing Your Real Estate Agent

Lastly, it never hurts to ask your local real estate agent for help. Want to know about the restaurants and shopping areas? What about the top schools? Your realtor can help ease your move into the Raleigh and greater Triangle area.

"You trusted your real estate agent to find your new home, let him help you discover your local community as well. Ask about favorite restaurants, local gyms, preferred doctors, and area activities. A good agent has deep knowledge of the neighborhoods and communities he serves, use that knowledge to support your transition," added Harner.

This story was written for our sponsor, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston.


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  • Charles Williams Feb 23, 2017
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    Number one on the list should be "buy a firearm and learn to use it". Don't get caught walking alone south of MLK or east of blount St! And stay off of millbrook too. Way too many illegal aliens and ms13 gang members.

  • Doug Bogard Feb 22, 2017
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    My suggestion would be to buy a map and study it. The beltline is a circle, nearly every road that goes through Raleigh has several names. If you like the school your child goes to, it will change next year or the year after. You are gonna need a map to figure out how to get to all the different schools your child will have to attend.

  • Pope Yam Feb 11, 2017
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    Over pay?????? You seriously must be kidding! We have the lowest teacher pay in the country, which is why they move to another state for a living wage or quit teaching and find other careers.

  • Mike Trekker Feb 10, 2017
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    Well do understand Ray, it is a nice area because we will not over pay on government services. Belated welcome, and I am glad you like the area:) That is nice to hear. Too many people move to a new area and find constant fault.

  • Ray Rivera Dec 5, 2016
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    It's a really nice area. I moved here 14 yrs ago upon retiring. It's concerning how little they pay police, fire and teachers.