Are you thinking about making a move soon? Consider the great state of North Carolina!
The Old North State is known for its sandy beaches, historic towns, and scenic forests that tourists and locals alike love to visit. But perhaps more importantly, it’s also a great place to settle down. A thriving housing market, great schools, and a wide range of affordable property options are ideal for working professionals, families, couples, and more.
If you’re not sold yet, stick around. Today, ValueBuild Homes is going to break down a few reasons to live in North Carolina along with tips for finding home builders in NC.
If you have kids or are planning on having children, you’re likely interested in where the state ranks for education. According to the U.S. News & World Report, North Carolina ranks 7th for higher education and 15th for pre-K through 12th grade. The former of these tracks education attainment, graduation rates, college debt, and tuition costs while the latter measures standardized test scores and the public graduation rate.
As you can see, North Carolina ranks high in both, meaning there are plenty of great academic opportunities in the state for children, teens, and even adults wanting to pursue higher education.
Average Cost of Living
Groceries. Utilities. Transportation. We here at ValueBuild Homes know there are a lot more costs to consider when moving than just building a home. North Carolina has a relatively average cost of living and costs like those listed above are often slightly below the national average.
Of course, this is all comparable to where you’re moving from. The northeast and west coast have a reputation for being expensive, so a move to North Carolina can be incredibly refreshing. However, some states like Mississippi and Alabama are known for having some of the most affordable living costs. Being in the middle, North Carolina is a great place if you’re looking for a coastal or suburban atmosphere at a relatively affordable cost.
In a lot of ways, North Carolina offers the best of both worlds that appeal to those who love hustle and bustle and those who want to be laid back in the wilderness or by the beach. From small towns like Mebane, to big city action, you can truly find a town or area that matches the lifestyle you seek. But no matter where you settle down in the state, chances are you’ll still be close enough to access retail shops, all the essentials, and even the larger cities in under a few hour’s time.
Hot Real Estate Market
The affordability of North Carolina is also applicable to its housing market. Zillow estimates that the average home value in North Carolina is currently $254,625, which is 17.4% higher than the past year, but still extremely low compared to other markets, such as Boston and LA.
If you ask the team at ValueBrand Homes the best part about the North Carolina housing market, they would tell you it’s the mix of existing homes and wide-open properties. Buyers have the option to purchase an existing home, maybe a fixer-upper or one that’s completely move-in ready. But if you don’t want to compromise on your dream home, you should consider purchasing land and contacting NC custom home builders to help construct your perfect forever home.
Just remember that home and land prices do vary by town and county. Areas closer to the city or the waterfront will likely cost more than somewhere more inland. The quality and size of the land will also be an important deciding factor.
Benefits of Building Your Home in North Carolina
Does the prospect of building a custom home overwhelm you? While it is a large project, it’s nothing to stress over. And in the long run, it can be better than purchasing a home that doesn’t actually meet your needs.
These are just a few of the reasons we at ValueBuild Homes believe it’s better to build than buy in North Carolina:
It makes financial sense: There’s no denying that the crazy year we’ve had has impacted supply chains. While you may have heard that prices are still high, ValueBuild Homes has had the time to adapt to these issues. Our strong relationships with vendors and suppliers alike mean that our products come on schedule at the agreed-upon price. No surprises or major delays make for a smooth and painless process.
Just like it’s better to buy (if you can afford it) than rent, building your dream home makes even more financial sense when you can be confident that your home will be built on time and within budget.
The market is right: If you’ve been holding off on buying land waiting for the market to be in its prime, there’s no time like the present! Home’s are flying off the market, but you’re not looking for a house, you’re looking for land. While the land market is by no means slow, it is easier to navigate than the super-hot housing market at the moment.
You get the home you need: Let’s face it, there’s likely not a property on the market that has everything you want and need in a forever home. When you find a house that’s “good enough” you then have to take the time and pay the extra costs into transforming it into your own. Maybe that means new paint, but more often than not it means major renovations. Home builders in North Carolina like those at ValueBuild Homes can craft the home of your dreams. And while this does take some time, at the end of the process you have a move-in ready oasis that has everything you want and need to live the life you’ve always wanted.
Ready to find NC home builders to help make your dream a reality in the Old North State? The team at ValueBuild Homes has years of experience building homes in counties across North Carolina from Henderson to Pinehurst and everywhere in between.