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Check out why Rolesville and Zebulon are the perfect towns for first-time buyers

It may not be inside the Beltline, but at 20 to 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh, a new home in Rolesville or Zebulon gives you the double benefit of a city lifestyle with the bonus of green country acreage. These communities are growing rapidly. With space in the city filling up fast, the outermost edges of Wake County offer a reasonably priced alternative that has plenty of room, as well as easy access to the downtown scene. Zebulon and Rolesville are small but cozy towns with neighborhoods that embrace a communal, friendly style of living. Many local neighborhoods offer pools, clubhouses and community centers — a rising trend that has new homes selling fast. First-time buyer friendly homes are coming soon to Rolesville. Just off US-401, Rolesville opens onto South Main Street, only a short walk from Main Street Park, Rolesville Diner and the local weekly farmer’s market. With surrounding greenways and lush wooded trails, it’s the perfect place for biking, jogging or a fun family venture outdoors. Within 10 minutes of Wake Forest and North Raleigh, it’s also a nice location for shopping, dining out or the weekday commute.

Eagle’s Nest in Zebulon is similar, with Little River Park and Zebulon Community Park only a stone’s throw away. US-264-adjacent, it’s easy to make the short hop over to Raleigh or Garner — but the real attraction is the
country-style living the neighborhood offers. Who needs a park when your kids can explore and enjoy your own expansive wooded back yard? With wider lots, in these communities ranch plans are an option, a style of home that gives you ground floor bedrooms, open dining and living room spaces and the possibility of a wrap-around porch. Great for new families and seniors alike, prices start from $150,000, with homes in the range of 1,500 square feet.

Zebulon’s Eagle’s Nest community has single-family homes on large sites, priced from the $150s. What really makes these homes special, is the possibilities they offer first-time buyers. Buying a house for the first
time can be a daunting process, even if you wait until you’re a little older to do it — a trend real estate agents have been noticing in recent years. With starting prices on the lower end of the suburban spectrum, these homes offer an attainable, attractive option for those dreaming of a house their kids can grow up in. First-time buyers “are the happiest buyers,” said Dan Clem, marketing director for The Jim Allen Group. “They just
seem so excited about the process and about getting a home.”

As a first time buyer, there are some important things to keep in mind. “In this market,” said Clem, “homes are selling super quickly, and often for full-price or more.” Getting pre-qualified for a home loan can make your offer stand out from the crowd. “When you find that perfect house and make an offer,” said Clem, “if you’ve already done that work and are pre-qualified, your offer is a stronger offer than somebody who hasn’t done that work.”

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