Friday, May 16, 2008

"Raleigh is One of Those Places You Can't Leave"...

... "you always come back to".

That's how I've always felt about Raleigh and just another reason I will always call this place home. Apparently, it's a great place to come to (or never leave) if you're young, too.

According to research done by Triangle Business Journal's parent company - noted in the following TBJ article: Study: Raleigh labor market best in nation for young people - Raleigh is one of the best place to start and maintain a good life.

My favorite part of the article, are the following comments from locals (originally from here or not, they're still the locals): Souheil Al-Awar grew up in Raleigh and attended North Carolina State University's School of Design. He left in 1991 after graduating but came back in 1995 to handle his family's real estate acquisitions. He since has opened Mosquito, a downtown bar, and runs Brazeal Stone & Cabinets with his brother.

"It seems a lot of the people in the School of Design have come back," Al-Awar says. "We make fun that Raleigh is one of those places you can't leave, you always come back to."

The Triangle's diversity of industries attracts a variety of people to the area. "If one specific area is in a recession, we've got 10 other industries that are blossoming," Wolitski says.

He adds that the Triangle's abundance of new and flourishing companies, as well as an attractive nightlife, are luring more young people to the area.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Puts Raleigh on 'Recession-Proof' List

As if you needed another reason to love Raleigh, puts Raleigh on 'recession-proof' list, according to Triangle Business Journal. has included Raleigh on its list of 10 recession-proof cities in the United States.
The list, culled from the country's 50 largest metropolitan areas, cites the cities for their high job growth, rising home values and low unemployment amid a national economic downturn.

Raleigh ranks fifth on the list.

"Stable home prices and growth across the different sectors of its economy have kept Raleigh strong," says. "In the past 12 months, all industries measured by the U.S. Department of Labor have grown except for the city's small information sector."

Topping the list is Oklahoma City, Okla., followed in order by San Antonio; Austin, Texas; San Jose, Calif.; Raleigh; Salt Lake City; Houston; Seattle; Charlotte; and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas,

In compiling its rankings, looked at unemployment and expected industrial growth data through February from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It also surveyed home-price data from the National Association of Realtors and gross metropolitan product projections from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Google Now Maps Real Estate Listings!

It's been almost 5 weeks since my last post, shame on me!

This is SO big though, that I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it. According to my favorite "work smarter, not harder" website,, it looks like Google Now Maps Real Estate Listings. For a Google-addict like myself, this is FANTASTIC.

I'm going to play around today and hopefully report back in a timelier fashion than five weeks on the new addition to Google.