NC Chinese Lantern Festival

November 5th, 2015

For the first time ever, the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival Cary kicks off at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre — just in time for the holiday season!

Come out November 28- December 2 from 6:30-10PM

 The Festival will include more than 20 displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights.

There will also be multiple weekend performances by Chinese artisans from Tianyu Culture, the Zigong,   Sichuan-based company presenting the Festival.

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For more information,visit Koka Booth or call (919) 462-2025.

4th Annual Downtown Cary Harvest Festival

October 16th, 2015

The Heart of Cary Association, in conjunction with the Town of Cary, will host the 4th annual

Downtown Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.

harvest festWhere is it?

It will take place in downtown Cary on Chatham Street, between

Academy Street and Harrison Avenue

What do we do?

This event will include food vendors accompanied by localentertainment acts. Kids and adults can enjoy an afternoon of fall fun with carnival games, corn hole, bounce houses, food, and entertainment! Costumes are welcome.

There will be $2 All-Access wristbands for the Bounce House and Games being sold for kids 12 and under.

For more information contact Meredith Oliver at

North Carolina State Fair

October 2nd, 2015

N.C. State Fair fans who want to save money on admission and rides can buy advance tickets at 10 retail locations in the greater Triangle area starting Thursday, October 1!

 Purchasing tickets by Oct. 15 will save $2 per adult admission ticket and $8 on each sheet of ride tickets.  Advance admission tickets cost $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Adult admission tickets for groups  of 40 or more are $6 and must be purchased during the advance-sales period. Children’s group tickets are $2 if  40 or more are purchased at one time. Ride sheets cost $10 in advance. There are several discounts available  so check it out!

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Holiday Home Tours in Raleigh, NC

November 30th, 2014

The Marks Team are Triangle Real Estate Specialists highlighting our local community and offering expert tips and advice. They have been selling homes in Wake County since 2002 and are top-producing agents at Keller Williams – Cary. 919.228.8019

Top Holiday Home Tours of 2014

If you’re like us, you LOVE holiday festivities and beautifully decorated homes. ‘Tis the Season to enjoy some of the Holiday Home Tours around the area and find the inspiration to dress your home in it’s Christmas Finest!

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The tours are annual events that feature different historical sites and homes from the community, allowing visitors to tour the inside of each house and hear a wonderful recap of the history that makes it special. 

Historic Oakwood in Raleigh

One of the most famous holiday home tours in Raleigh is the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour.

historic oakwood holiday home toursOakwood is home to some of the most beautiful Victorian architecture in Raleigh, with some of the homes dating back to the 1800s. The annual tour is your chance to explore these treasures for yourself and admire the gorgeous buildings all covered in Christmas cheer.

Feel free to take your time, you will be touring at your own pace from home to home. No guide is necessary, as there is a docent in each building to give you some of the home’s history.

Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the time of the event, which runs on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th from 1-7pm both days.

While you’re in the area, make sure stop by the Raleigh Governor’s mansion for a holiday open house and enjoy the live music and beautiful Christmas atmosphere there as well. The open house is free, and it runs from December 11th to December 14th, noon-8pm Thursday, 10am-5pm Friday, 2-8pm Saturday, and 1-4pm Sunday. 

Apex Historical Holiday Home Tour

The annual Apex Historical Holiday Home Tour is taking place on Sunday, December 7th from 1-5pm.

apex holiday home toursExperience the beautiful homes, churches, and the old train station Apex fully decorated for the holiday season. Enjoy refreshments at the Maynard-Pearson house after the tour, a great way to end a fun-filled day!

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the tour. Additional information can be found here.



Christmas Historic Home Tour in Wake Forest

Don’t miss this year’s biennial holiday home tour in Wake Forest, NC! The event takes place on Saturday, December 6th, from 1-7pm.historic-home-tour-logo-2014

This is a self-guided tour with several homes and properties open for viewing. Ticket purchase also includes free horse-drawn carriage and bicycle rickshaw rides, holiday music, and more!

 Purchase tickets in advance here or on the day of the tour. 

After the tour, visit downtown Wake Forest for their annual Christmas open-house and enjoy live music and entertainment. Complimentary refreshments will also be given out by some of the local stores, so get into the local Christmas spirit and support our small businesses!



We hope you get the chance this season to enjoy these Holiday Home Tours and learn about some of the history behind the homes and old-style Christmas decor. Maybe even find some inspiration for your own home!

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Raleigh Area Christmas Parades

November 24th, 2014

The Marks Team are Triangle Real Estate Specialists highlighting our local community and offering expert tips and advice. They have been selling homes in Wake County since 2002 and are top-producing agents at Keller Williams – Cary. 919.228.8019

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Top Raleigh Area Christmas Parades

We love the holidays and are so excited to pull out our decorations and get into the holiday spirit! There are many holiday events in the area, and Christmas Parades are no exception! The Raleigh Area Christmas Parades are free and fun for the entire family. Share the joy of the season with your local community this year with some of these upcoming parades.

The WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade was last Saturday, November 22nd at 9:40 AM. This year’s parade featured 115 different groups from around the area including local businesses, high school bands, the NC State University band, Carolina Roller Girls, and of course a special appearance by Santa Claus himself!

It is always impressive to watch the various performances, floats, and large helium balloons in this 1.2 mile parade march through some of the main streets in downtown Raleigh. As the 70th annual parade, this year’s parade was one of the biggest parades between Washington DC and Atlanta!

But what if you missed the Raleigh Parade? Don’t worry, you aren’t out of luck! Take advantage of some of the other upcoming Raleigh Area Christmas Parades, including the Apex Christmas Parade, the Holly Springs Parade, and the Cary Christmas Parade.

Grand Christmas Parade in Apex 
Saturday, December 6th at 5pm 

The Apex Rotary Club presents this year’s annual Christmas parade, featuring wonderful floats from all kinds of diverse businesses and groups around the area. You and your family can join the others lining Salem Street to catch a great view of the beautiful display passing by. Don’t forget to watch for Santa, as he comes at the end of the parade. Local vendors will be selling holiday snacks and trinkets around the area to add to the cheery atmosphere.

Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 13th at 11am 

Come on out to downtown Holly Springs to enjoy the Christmas parade down Main Street. You’ll see everything from colorful decorated floats to marching acts and dancers to horses! This event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs and the Town of Holly Springs. Watch as the paraders line up and strut down the road in their elaborate Christmas costumes to entertain the crowds gathered on either side of the road. You and your family will enjoy every minute of this unique annual holiday parade!

Cary Jaycee Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 13th at 2pm 

Downtown Cary will be bright on cheerful over the weekend, mostly thanks for the spectacular annual Christmas parade. A buzz of excitement is to be expected in the air as the paraders get ready to ride their sparkling Christmas floats down the street for your entertainment. The Cary Christmas parade has been going on for 35 consecutive years and never disappoints with involvement from several local businesses, community groups, mascots, bands, and churches.

Tips and Safety for Parade-Goers

To make sure everyone will have a great time at the parade, practice these basic safety tips when you attend.

It’s best to get to any of these parades early if you want to get a good viewing place, but also because this will help you stick together with whoever is watching alongside you. If you’re bringing your family, small children should be carried through the crowds until you find a nice spot, to avoid separation from the family.

Make sure your whole group knows where to meet up after the parade, just in case you do get separated from each other. Be careful not to get too close to the parade, because the participants won’t be expecting anyone in their path. Even when your kids get excited to see everything, remind them not to get any closer than the boundaries of the road! 

We hope you get the chance to make this holiday season a memorable one with a trip out to your local Christmas parade.

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Mortgage Rates Today at 4%: Invest in Wake County Real Estate

October 31st, 2014

The Marks Team are Triangle Real Estate Specialists highlighting our local community and offering expert tips and advice. They have been selling homes in Wake County since 2002 and are top-producing agents at Keller Williams – Cary. 919.228.8019

Take Advantage of Mortgage rates today and Find Your Dream Home in Wake County, NC

If you’ve been in the market to buy a home, then you know APR rates fluctuate all the time. Choosing to invest when rates are low could save you tens of thousands of dollars over the course of the loan.

mortgage rates today 2If you’re interested in buying a home in Wake County, there’s no better time than now to ask around. Despite expert predictions that 30-year fixed rates would continue to rise this year, they are actually doing the opposite- sitting at an annual low of 4.03% currently! Buying a home is a big decision, but with rates like these you can focus more on getting exactly what you want rather than being caught up in the costs.

Low Mortgage Rates Today 

Interest rates have fallen to the lowest point since June of 2013 recently, so now is the time to invest. Experts have been predicting a steady rise in fixed-rate APR mortgage rates, which has proven true over the last few years. In January 2014 rates sat at an uneasy 4.63% and even in mid-September, rates reached as high as 4.29%, so take advantage of the dip in rates while you can! This is a great opportunity to purchase the home of your dreams at an affordable price. North Carolina is waiting for you, but the longer you wait the more you could end up paying. 

What is an APR Mortgage Rate? 

mortgage rates today 3This term gets thrown around a lot in advertisements and informational paperwork for mortgages, but what does it actually represent? APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate, and it accounts for the interest and other fee costs you’ll pay for each year that your mortgage is active.

These rates make quite a significant difference over the long run, so although a difference of .10% may not look like a big deal it could end up meaning a huge savings or loss for you. The best part about these APR mortgage rates is that they are generally fixed for long-term loans, whereas short-term loans have the risk of fluctuating rates that might cause higher costs than you anticipated in the end. 

The 30-year fixed rate APR is hard to predict, but it has been known to make extreme jumps in the past, meaning that you shouldn’t assume the current low rate will last forever. For example, the rates on these mortgages went from 3.54% in May of 2013 all the way to 4.07% in June of 2013. That’s a whole .53% in the space of one month!

The rate on a 30-year mortgage is fixed, so whatever the rate is when you take out the mortgage you will be stuck with it until you have paid back the money you borrowed. Make sure you get the best rate while it’s available, because it could save more money than you think.

mortgage rates today 1The bottom line is this: Homes will always be for sale, but if you’re smart about the interest rates you could end up in the same place for a lot less money. Mortgage rates today are 4.03%, the lowest they have been in over a year, so invest in your ideal home in Wake County today for a more affordable price than you might find later on down the road!

Invest in Wake County Real Estate!

Wake County real estate is some of the most desirable in North Carolina. You could live anywhere from the bustling capital city of Raleigh to the beautiful, satellite suburbs around Raleigh. Friendly people, easy access to farm fresh foods, diverse events for the whole family to enjoy, and exquisite shopping are just some of the many offerings the area boasts.

Market supply will decrease as more home buyers take advantage of low rates, so act fast if you want to secure the home of your dreams in the Triangle! Mega-Agent and Team Leader Beth Marks from The Marks Team has an extensive knowledge of Wake County real estate and her team is on standby to assist with all of your real estate needs. Call 919.228.8019 or email her today!

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Durham County Real Estate Listing

October 28th, 2014

The Marks Team are Triangle Real Estate experts, highlighting our local community and offering you the latest market information. As top agents at Keller Williams – Cary, we have an extensive knowledge to assist in all your real estate needs. Contact or call 919.228.8019.

Durham County Real Estate | 5315 Middleton Road

5315 Middleton Road | Durham County Real Estate Listing


Beth Marks, leader of The Marks Team, has recently listed this beautiful single family home for sale in the established Penrith neighborhood. Located in the 27713 zip code of Durham, NC, this Durham County real estate property is listed at $210,000.

5315 Middleton Road | Durham County Real Estate Listing 2This lovely home was built in 1993 and is very well-kept. It is a two-story home with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms at 1700 square feet of living space. It sits on a large 1/3 acre wooded lot, a short walk from the community’s own Elton Lake.

When you walk in the front door, you will be welcomed by the 2-story family room with vaulted ceilings and fireplace, which opens into a formal dining room with chair rail. Large windows provide excellent natural lighting throughout this home.

5315 Middleton Road | Durham County Real Estate Listing 2The kitchen features stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher, including a breakfast area that faces the large private backyard and great deck. Entry from the attached two-car garage can also be found in the kitchen.
This Durham home includes a first-floor guest room with full bathroom– an excellent feature for the price of this home! This space could be used as an office if desired. Upstairs, you will find the master suite with vaulted ceilings and walk-in closet. The 4-piece en suite bathroom includes separate shower and soaking tub, as well as his-and-hers sinks.

5315 Middleton Road | Durham County Real Estate Listing 35315 Middleton Road is in a great location, central to RTP. The quiet and private Penrith residential neighborhood has easy access to I-40, and is only minutes from shopping and entertainment at The Streets of Southpoint. There is no HOA fee associated with this Durham County real estate listing.

It is difficult to find a home so centrally located in the Triangle that includes all of these amazing features for such an excellent price. Don’t miss this gem! Contact Beth Marks at 919.228.8019 for more information on this Durham Home for Sale.

Penrith Durham NC | About the Area

Located in the heart of the Triangle between Chapel Hill and Raleigh, the Penrith neighborhood is in a quiet residential area with easy access to I-40 and Hwy 55. The commute to Research Triangle Park (RTP) is only a 10 minute drive from home. RTP is the largest collection of research parks in the world, attracting high-tech researchers and developers from across the entire United States.

Durham NC is rich in history and culture. Native Americans lived and farmed on this land and it became part of the Great Indian Trading Post for early settlers. Prior to RTP, Durham had booming economic success in the tobacco industry. It is home to Duke University and Duke Medical Center, the Durham Bulls baseball team, and the Durham Performing Arts Center.

In recent years, the city of Durham has been undergoing major revitalization projects in it’s downtown area. New shopping, restaurants, and entertainment is allowing Durham to re-emerge as a city rich in history, economics, and culture. It’ an excellent time to invest in Durham County Real Estate!

View 5315 Middleton Rd Durham NC Listing!

For more information on Triangle homes for sale, or if you’re ready to invest in the home of your dreams, contact The Marks Team at Keller Williams Realty to get you there. We have been selling homes in the greater Raleigh area since 2002 and are Wake County real estate experts. Call 919-228-8019 or visit our website at

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Salem Village Apex NC

October 13th, 2014

The Marks Team are Triangle Real Estate Specialists highlighting our local community and offering expert tips and advice. Interested in homes for sale, your home value, selling or buying a home in the Triangle? Contact The Marks Team at Keller Williams Realty for your all of your real estate needs. 919-228-8019 Serving Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Apex, and beyond.

Community Spotlight | Salem Village Apex NC

salem village apex ncSalem Village Apex NC is a brand new community of luxury homes for sale in Wake County. Salem Village is located in the heart of charming Apex, NC, only 1.2 miles from downtown. These are world class homes in a premium location; it’s easy to see why Salem Village is of the best-selling communities in Apex!

Salem Village Apex NC is nestled among rolling hills with natural wooded homesites on tree-lined streets. The community has been carefully designed around Resource Conservation land. This protects the natural beauty and privacy surrounding Salem Village and adds even greater value to it’s appeal.

Salem Village is built by Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. They offer luxurious and innovate floor plans with extensive customization options, resulting in homes that are loaded with function, character, and timeless craftsmanship.

The homes in Salem Village offer distinctive architectural designs and include the modern luxuries you expect to find in new homes, such as:

  • Large open floor planssalem village apex nc 2
  • Spacious first-floor master retreats
  • Gourmet kitchens with large islands
  • 3rd floor game room, attic, and basement floorplans
  • Three-car garages
  • Spa-like master bathrooms
  • Stylish and innovative interiors
  • Hardwoods, Stainless Steel, Crown molding, Coffered ceilings
  • Screened porches
  • Energy-efficient appliances

Homes in Salem Village are Energy Star 3.0 certified, requiring that they meet very specific qualifications which result in energy savings up to 30% or more compared to standard existing homes.

All homes in Salem Village Apex NC offer the same level of quality craftsmanship with different floor plans and styles to accommodate many family sizes and budgets.

Salem Village Cottages Collection
Priced from the $300s. Ranging from 1,700-2,650 square feet, up to five bedrooms.
Salem Village Preserve Collection
Priced from the $310s. Elegant living space, ranging from 2,200-3,337 square feet with up to six bedrooms.
Salem Village Estates Collection
Priced from the $330s. Located on larger lots of up to 1/3 acres, ranging from 2,550-3,615 square feet with up to six bedrooms.
The Manors at Salem Village
The newest building phase in Salem Village. Luxury homes ranging from 2,800-3,759 square feet with up to seven bedrooms.

Living in Salem Village Apex NC includes resort-style amenities for residents such as a community clubhouse with kitchen, two pools, a 24-hour fitness center, picnic areas, a multi-purpose court, and a ball field.

The premiere community of Salem Village Apex NC is minutes away from shopping, dining, and entertainment. There is convenient access to several major highways including I-540, I-40, and Hwy 55.

We love Apex, NC and we’re not the only ones! Money Magazine recently ranked Apex as #9 Best Place to Live, notable for it’s small-town charm and thriving economy that offers good schools, plenty of outdoor activity, and a strong community identity. We love helping families find their dream homes here and Salem Village Apex NC is one of the best new communities to invest in!

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Twin Lakes Cary NC Townhouse for Sale

October 12th, 2014

The Marks Team are Triangle Real Estate Specialists highlighting our local community and offering expert tips and advice.  Interested in homes for sale, your home value, selling or buying a home in the Triangle? Don’t hesitate to Contact The Marks Team for all of your real estate needs. Serving areas in and around Wake County including Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Apex, and beyond. 919-228-8019 

Twin Lakes Cary NC Listing | 152 Point Comfort Lane

twin lakes cary nc listing townhouse for saleThe Marks Team have just listed a new Twin Lakes Cary NC townhouse for sale in the 27519 zip code region. This end-unit townhouse is located on Point Comfort Lane in the Twin Lakes community inspired by Martha Stewart. The list price is $200,000.

twin lakes cary nc listing townhouse for sale 4This lovely two-story Cary NC townhouse for sale was built in 2008 and the original owners have maintained this home in excellent condition. It is 1700 square feet and has 2 bedrooms and 3 full baths with a first-floor office.

This Twin Lakes Cary NC townhouse is an end-unit and receives wonderful natural light. Hardwoods are present throughout the lower level, with a large pass-through creating an open feel between the kitchen and living room.

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The eat-in kitchen features recessed lighting and 42” cabinets with pull-out drawers. French doors lead to the private covered patio with storage.

Upstairs, a huge master suite with separate sitting area and luxurious bathroom invite you to relax!

This room feels like a retreat with neutral colors, tray ceiling, and columned room divider. The master bathroom has dual vanities and separate shower and large soaking tub.

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This Twin Lakes Cary NC listing is in a great location, minutes from several shopping centers and restaurants. It is also a very short drive from RTP and the US 540-US 40 junction.

This home is in great condition… clean, modern, and move-in ready! Contact Beth Marks with The Marks Team at 919.228.8019 for more information on this Cary real estate listing.


Twin Lakes Cary NC | About the Area

Twin Lakes is a KB Homes community designed by Martha Stewart with careful attention to character and detail. Residents have access to on-site amenities including:

  • Community Clubhouse
  • Swimming Pool with on-duty lifeguard and waterslide
  • Children’s Playground
  • Tennis Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Greenway Trails

Indian Creek Greenway is 1.8 miles of paved trail at the Bedford community in Twin Lakes Cary NC. Several new greenway trails that connect with Twin Lakes are being built as part of the town’s master plan.

Cary, NC is a wonderful place to live an has received dozens of awards and accolades for being one of the safest and best places to raise a family in the United States. Money Magazine has frequently ranked Cary, NC as one of the Best Places to Live in the country. And most recently, #8 among America’s 50 Best Cities to Live (24/7 Wall Street, Sept 2014).

Cary, NC is located in western Wake County central to Raleigh and RTP.

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For more information on Cary homes for sale, or if you’re ready to invest in the home of your dreams, contact The Marks Team at Keller Williams Realty to get you there. We have been selling homes in the Triangle since 2002 and are Wake County real estate experts. Call 919-228-8019 or visit our website at

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Wake County Parade of Homes around the Corner!

September 30th, 2014

Interested in buying new construction homes in Wake County? Contact Beth D. Marks at 919.228.8019

2014 Annual Wake County Parade of Homes

wake county parade of homes 2014The annual Wake County Parade of Homes is just around the corner and this is one event you don’t want to miss! Come view new homes for sale in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and beyond. Find solutions for staging and selling your home, get new ideas to freshen up your space, or maybe even find the home of your dreams!

The 49th Annual Parade of Homes is North Carolina’s largest open house with nearly 200 new construction homes on display. The Parade is presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and will run for 3 weekends in October: October 4-5, 10-12, and 17-19, 2014 from 12-5pm, and admission is free.

The Wake County Parade of Homes is one of the largest judged home tours in the country. This is the BEST place to discover cutting-edge building and home design trends.

No matter the size of your family or the size of your budget, there are homes on display for everyone ranging from $175,000 – $1.5 million. Homes are located all throughout the Triangle:

  • 1 New Home in Angier
  • 11 New Homes in Apex
  • 28 New Homes in Cary
  • 1 New Home in Durham
  • 22 New Homes in Fuquay Varina
  • 3 New Homes in Garner
  • 11 New Homes in Holly Springs
  • 9 New Homes in Knightdale
  • 4 New Homes in Morrisville
  • 48 New Homes in Raleigh
  • 10 New Homes in Rolesville
  • 32 New Homes in Wake Forest
  • 3 New Homes in Willow Spring
  • 4 New Homes in Zebulon

Homes in the Wake County Parade of Homes are judged based on factors such as quality workmanship, floor plan, and curb appeal prior to the first open house. Each year there is an Awards Gala event at the end of the Parade where Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners are announced.

The tour is free to the public and is a great way to view the newest homes and newest communities in the Triangle. Pick up a parade book at the Home Builders Association or view homes online.

Many of the homes on display at the Parade of Homes are unfurnished but some have been professionally designed. There are options to search by city, home size, builder, community, etc– choose which homes appeal to you and plan your own personal tour around the Triangle!

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Dates and Hours

  • October 4-5 from 12-5pm
  • October 10-12 from 12-5pm
  • October 17-19 from 12-5pm

If you’d like any additional information about homes featured in the Wake County Parade of Homes, contact Beth D. Marks at 919.228.8019. The Marks Team have been selling gorgeous new homes in the Triangle since 2002 and are excited to assist you with all of your real estate needs!

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