Market on the Move: NYC vs. Wake County


My husband and I are avid travelers, so I knew that when I picked a company to work for that I had to find one with a strong national and international presence. While my company is local and independent (a huge plus for me), we are part of a network (Leading Real Estate Companies of the World) that spans the US and all over the world. The tagline “I’m local, I’m global” had me sold!

When I was planning my recent trip to New York, I couldn’t resist reaching out to a local Leading RE partner to get the inside scoop on the market there. I was quickly paired up with Ross from Stribling, who was so accommodating, informational and hospitable. While the New York and Raleigh markets are INCREDIBLY different, like… DIFFERENT, I was shocked to find how much overlap we actually had.

I knew that New York, like Raleigh, was comprised of many small, fiercely independent pockets. I loved chatting with Ross about how one street could divide two neighborhoods and the vibe was so unique that it felt like another world. It was awesome to pick his brain on how he educated buyers about all of the options and personalities of the unique areas. We discussed how we both worked with people from out of the state and country and love partnering with first-time homebuyers. We swapped tips on managing expectations and helping buyers understand tradeoffs that could find them the right home in their price range.

Before we met, we also shared our local market statistics. I know that might not be for everyone, so here is a top line view:

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New York has incredibly different taxes and stipulations that buyers and agents navigate in the city. The nerd in me hung on every word about the mansion taxes and monthly fees that accompanied many purchases. The buildings we toured were mostly condos, so the ownership types also differed greatly from what I’m used to in North Carolina.

The best part of being a part of such a robust network is meeting other people I admire and trust to help my own friends and family. The LeadingRE network is active across the country and the world, so if you ever are overwhelmed with the prospect of downsizing, diving into the real estate market or relocating, even outside the Triangle, let’s have a chat! And- if you ever think about purchasing in the New York area, please give Ross a call.

If you follow me on Instagram, you got to drool along with me as we toured a few of the most expensive units on the West Side. Now, without further ado, here are some of the properties we hit on our tour. I’d love to hear your favorites below!




Packing List: Las Vegas

Surprisingly enough, 2 out of the 3 times I have been to Vegas have been with my mom. We have forgone nights out at Coyote Ugly in favor of Cirque Du Soliel shows, hotel lobby tours, dancing to Boom Boom Pow while we pool hopped in one pieces, and eating mac and cheese while watching the Bellagio fountains.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there was a time when I wore a sparkly dress from Forever 21, enjoyed birthday cocktails with humans on stilts and tutus at a day club (yes this is a thing) and slept through dinner reservations- nearly missing our show. Both times have been equally rewarding and memory (?) filled.

Dressing comfortably when traveling with Betsy is an absolute requirement. She suffers no fools when it comes to achy feet or tight pants, because you should have thought about that before you left the house. Her rule of thumb for many trips, most especially Vegas, is “anyone can go to Vegas”. When you think about it, most of the places you travel are not the Ritz in Palm Springs. If there’s a chance you’ll see a middle-aged man drinking Bourbon in a Hello Kitty Costume who expects you to pay him for a photo (looking at you, New York, Orlando, etc.), then you can be sure you won’t stick out if you decide to tie a sensible sweatshirt around your waist.

Without further ado, here is what made it in my bag for our trip:

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Dr. Scholl’s Madison slip ons: These shoes are made of lamb wishes and butterfly kisses. They make me feel like not a regular mom, but a cool mom. They have great support and are made of nice stretchy suede. They get dirty, but I hope they never ever wear out. Ever.

Ponchos/Leggings: This outfit was on repeat all week. I swapped out pleather leggings for the evenings, and rotated different t-shirts and dressy tops for the fancier evenings. I also traded out sneakers for these low booties for our concert (because, sensibility). Vegas was mostly warm and dry but it definitely got chillier at night, so this was perfect!

MOISTURIZER: I cannot stress this enough. During our first trip, we were totally blindsided by the dry air and spent hours tearfully trekking to Lush for lotion samples. We wised up this time and packed lots of coconut oil, travel lotions and the ever-amazing Trader Joe’s Head to Toe Balm. We were also huge fans of popping by Sephora on the strip to sample the moisturizers and facial sprays.

Emergen-C: My mother and my husband are very… germ aware. My love of Emergen-C was drilled into me for many years, and multiple friends have tales of being served Emergen-C mimosas while paying me a visit. I like to steal plastic condiment containers with lids from fast food places in the airport and shake up a quick shot before and after flying.

Travel Water Bottle: These bottles are the best because they flatten out and take up very little space, but you have it handy to fill up in airports or at water fountains. It even has a little clip on it for bags or pockets!

Bucket Bag: I actually purchased mine on Amazon (mine was similar, it’s gray and has a top snap!) before our Europe trip last year. I love all the free space for water bottles, light sweaters and small purchases. It also has one zipper pocket inside where I usually stash my card holder and valuables.

I’ll share a brief recap of the mischief we got into later in the week. I’d love to know any cross-country travel essentials or hidden Vegas gems I’m missing out on!