All Posts By

Drew Ludlow

Best Tech Companies to Work for in Raleigh, NC

The 10 Best Tech Companies to Work for in Raleigh, NC

By Uncategorized No Comments

In Raleigh’s lively and diverse tech scene, talented developers can work for industry stalwarts like Cisco Systems, SAS, and IBM, innovative software companies like “Fortnite” creators Epic Games, or fast-growing startups like Republic Wireless, PrecisionHawk, and Constellation Digital Partners.

With these disruptive companies and a wealth of employee talent coming from local universities, it’s no wonder that many see the Triangle area of North Carolina as the next big tech hub.

Even with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating the move toward remote work, the human connection with fellow employees – and a workplace’s community – are still important factors when choosing your next gig.

But, with so many choices, where should a tech worker apply for a job in the Raleigh area?

We used two reputable sources – the Triangle Business Journal and Glassdoor – to curate a balanced list of the 10 best tech companies to work for in Raleigh, NC.

To be eligible for our list, a Raleigh-area tech company needed to be listed in the Triangle Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards for either 2019 or 2020. It also had to have at least five employee reviews on Glassdoor.

We ranked the tech and software companies that have been awarded by the Triangle Business Journal for two years running above the others, but the rankings are otherwise listed by highest Glassdoor ratings for Raleigh-area office locations at the time of this writing.

Read on to see where you should land your next tech job in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

1. Adwerx

Durham, NC

Providing automated digital advertising services for businesses in industries like real estate, mortgage, insurance, and financial services, Adwerx is a fasting-growing company based in Durham’s historic American Tobacco Campus. In addition to ranking highly in the Triangle Business Journal’s Best Places to Work employee surveys for two years running, Adwerx offers a fully paid medical/dental/vision plan, company-paid parking, a matching 401(k), and the freedom to work remotely.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

2. Kevel (Formerly Adzerk)

Durham, NC

Though you can probably see why Kevel recently changed its name from Adzerk based on our first company listed, its technology allows businesses to build their own custom ad platforms using APIs. Kevel has its own “Employee Bill of Rights,” which employees say is actually followed, and the company also grants unlimited paid vacation and the option to work remotely with flexible hours.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

3. Abrigo

Austin, TX (Office in Raleigh, NC)

Abrigo offers enterprise risk management software for financial institutions, and includes “love for others” among its core values. Employees receive a number of benefits, including unlimited PTO, flex schedules, employee-started wine clubs, a wellness reimbursement plan, and annual onsite biometric screening.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

4. Pendo

Raleigh, NC

Founded in 2013 by former employees of Google, Rally, Cisco, and Red Hat, Pendo offers a cloud platform that helps enterprise product teams capture usage data and user feedback. Some of the company’s employee benefits include weekly catered lunches and game nights, an open vacation policy, and 100% health benefits for employees and their families.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

5. InspectionXpert

Raleigh, NC

InspectionXpert’s software simplifies inspection processes for companies in the precision manufacturing industry and associated supply chains. Employees have raved on Glassdoor about their company’s close-knit and talented team, as well as its excellent rapport with customers.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

6. Etailinsights

Cary, NC

Connecting businesses with qualified leads in the e-commerce industry, Etailinsights has created a powerful platform for shopping cart providers, logistics and delivery companies, and marketing agencies, to name a few. The small, Cary-based company has been lauded by employees on Glassdoor for its laid-back yet hard-working culture.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

7. PrecisionLender

Charlotte, NC (Office in Cary, NC)

On the market for more than a decade and now a Q2 company, PrecisionLender’s software reveals actionable insights to bankers as they price and structure deals for their clients. The tech company has taken an Equal Pay Pledge, contributes 3% of base salaries to 401Ks, and offers eight weeks of flexible PTO.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

8. Teamworks

Durham, NC

Launched in 2004, Teamworks is a project management, help desk, and team-messaging software for university and professional athletic teams as well as organizations. Among the company’s many benefits are unlimited PTO and three months paid parental leave for new moms, as well as two weeks off for new dads.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

9. Bandwidth

Raleigh, NC

Bandwidth is an established Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) company that allows app developers to embed voice, messaging, and 911 access within their apps. The company covers 100% of medical and dental, provides 90-minute workout lunches paired with a gym membership, and institutes an email embargo during PTO so that employees can actually enjoy their vacations.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings 

10. Infinia ML

Durham, NC

Infinia ML is a fast-growing machine learning company that helps clients analyze text documents to extract relevant data, as well as audit their own machine learning models. The company’s perks include Yoga Wednesdays, a well-stocked kitchen, and a Fitbit program with incentives for being active. It also offers an employee education stipend for continued learning and time for employees to explore their own research interests.

View reviews on Glassdoor

View job openings

 

We wish you luck in finding the best Raleigh tech company for you. If you’re considering moving to Raleigh for a new job, check out the following resources for help with your relocation.

View Homes for Sale in Raleigh, NC

Guide to Buying a Home in the Triangle

List of Schools in Wake County, NC

If you’d like us to perform a custom real estate search for your needs, fill out the form below, and we’ll get back to you shortly.

    New-Construction Home for Sale in Apex, NC

    A Local’s Guide to New Homes in Apex, NC

    By Uncategorized No Comments

    With its close proximity to high-paying tech jobs in Research Triangle Park and Raleigh, a vibrant downtown, high-quality schools and relatively affordable homes, Apex, North Carolina has become one of the most popular U.S. suburbs to move to in recent years.

    A new-construction boom has accompanied that demand. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Apex issued construction permits for 2,241 housing units in 2018. Not only is that the most in the town-turned-city’s history, but also the most per capita of any city with a population above 50,000 last year.

    Homebuyers have a fast-growing list of options, but how do you find the best new home in Apex for your needs? Below we’ve highlighted 11 of the most popular new housing developments in Apex, NC.

    While there are many other new homes for sale in Apex, these neighborhoods are all conveniently located near Olive Chapel Road, which bisects much of the small city and is close to the schools. There is something for each type of buyer on this list, from new ranch homes to larger single-family homes to new townhomes.

    Abbey Run

    Homebuilder: Garman Homes

    Featuring new two-story homes available in 7 different floor plans, Abbey Run is situated close to Apex’s many shops and restaurants, just off Olive Chapel Road and close to the main freeways. Homebuyers can choose from 3 to 5 bedrooms and from 2.5 to 4 baths, and prices start at around $458,000. The new construction at Abbey Run was built by Garman Homes, which guarantees your closing date at the time of contract or they will give you $1,000 toward your closing costs.

    Arcadia West

    Homebuilder: Meritage Homes

    Located in West Apex, the new single-family homes in Arcadia West are currently available in 6 different floor plans with 2 or 3 stories and between 3 and 6 bedrooms. Home prices start at around $358,000.

    The homebuilder of Arcadia West is Meritage Homes, which has built 300 new-home communities in 9 states and prides itself on its energy-efficient floor plans and construction.

    Buckhorn Preserve

    Homebuilder: Lennar

    The new Buckhorn Preserve housing development is just a few minutes from Apex Friendship High School and the Apex Nature Park, but it will soon offer amenities of its own with two saltwater pools and a clubhouse. The new homes in Buckhorn Preserve are divided into three collections, including two-story homes with 3 bedrooms in the Sterling Collection, ranch homes with 2 bedrooms in the Garnet Collection, and ranch homes with 2 to 3 bedrooms in the Diamond Collection.

    Starting at around $340,000, Buckhorn Preserve homes are built by Lennar, which operates in 21 states and is one of the 3 largest homebuilders in the Triangle area.

    Chelsea Run

    Homebuilder: Mungo Homes

    Conveniently located near the intersection of I-64 and NC 540, Chelsea Run features new two-story, single-family homes available in 8 different floor plans. Many of the new homes incorporate stylish use of a front porch, second-story porch or both. Starting at around $380,000, these quick move-in homes range from 3 to 6 bedrooms and include from 2.5 to 4 bathrooms.

    Chelsea Run homes are built by Mungo Homes, which became part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies in late 2018.

    Deer Creek

    Homebuilder: Meritage Homes

    Built by Meritage Homes like Arcadia West, and also located in West Apex, Deer Creek offers a slightly lower price for its new two-story homes, starting at around $320,000. Available in 5 floor plans, the homes in Deer Creek are generally a bit smaller than those found in Arcadia West, topping out at 2,746 square feet and featuring 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a half bath and a 2-car garage.

    McKenzie Ridge

    Homebuilders: Meritage Homes (Park at McKenzie Ridge, Manors at McKenzie Ridge) and Baker Residential (Manors at McKenzie Ridge)

    Meritage Homes features similarly priced homes to Deer Creek in its Park at McKenzie Ridge development, as well as larger, more upscale homes starting at around $540,000 in the Manors at McKenzie Ridge. With a presence in the Carolinas and the Northeast, homebuilder Baker Residential also provides new homes for sale in the Manors, starting at around $455,000. Located in southwest Apex, the McKenzie Ridge neighborhood has spacious natural surroundings, including ponds, wetlands and a play lawn.

    Peak 502

    Homebuilder: Beazer Homes

    A reference to our city motto stating that “Apex is the peak of good living,” Peak 502 grants homebuyers access to a community pool and places them close to shops and the highways. Prices start at around $294,000 for the new townhomes and at around $400,000 for these new single-family homes in Apex. Built by Beazer Homes, which operates in 13 states, the townhomes in Peak 502 range from 3 to 4 bedrooms, while the single-family homes offer 3 to 6 bedrooms.

    Saddlebrook

    Homebuilder: Shenandoah Homes

    Built by Apex newcomer Shenandoah Homes and finished in 2017, the large new homes in Saddlebrook offer sophisticated designs complemented by surrounding ponds and greenspaces. Homes are available in three general styles, including The Churchill Series starting in the mid-$400,000s, The Belmont Series starting in the high-$400,000s, and The Buckhorn Series starting in the mid-$500,000s. Saddlebrook is located just off Olive Chapel Road in West Apex.

    Smith Farm

    Homebuilder: Lennar

    A new neighborhood full of underway amenities such as a pool with cabanas, a clubhouse, community gardens and dog parks, Smith Farm features a range of new townhomes and single-family homes built by Lennar. Homebuyers can choose from 5 collections, including townhomes in the Frazier Collection starting at around $290,000, and single-family homes priced from around $333,000 to around $507,000.

    Stillwater

    Homebuilders: Beazer Homes and Custom-Home Builders

    Stillwater is another more upscale new-home neighborhood with properties built by both Beazer Homes and a collection of custom-home builders. The Beazer homes start at around $410,000 and range from 3 to 6 bedrooms, while the custom homes are generally pricier and include 4 to 5 bedrooms. The Stillwater neighborhood offers a pool, clubhouse, fitness center and walking trail, and is situated just south of Olive Chapel Road in West Apex.

    Sweetwater

    Homebuilders: Cal-Atlantic, Lennar and Some Custom-Home Builders

    Featuring a six-lane swimming pool and a planned 45-acre commercial center, Sweetwater will soon provide a lot of living essentials within its community connected by its Creekside Greenway Trail. While the initial Townhome Collection has sold out, there are new single-family homes available in six other collections, with starting prices ranging from the $300,000s to the $700,000s.

    The homes in Sweetwater are built by Cal-Atlantic — another of the big 3 homebuilders in the area — along with Lennar and some custom builders.

    We hope you’ve found this guide helpful in your search for an ideal home in Apex. Our real estate landscape is changing quickly, and it helps to have an experienced local’s point of view. If you would like help with a custom home search, please do not hesitate to contact me, Apex Realtor Drew Ludlow, through the form below.

      Downtown Apex, NC Real Estate

      Realtor.com: Apex, NC Is Fastest-Growing Suburb in U.S.

      By Uncategorized No Comments

      In news that comes as no surprise to me, my home base of Apex, North Carolina has been named the fastest-growing suburb in America by Realtor.com.

      As an Apex REALTOR®, I have seen this growth first-hand. Great jobs in the Research Triangle have led young families to chose Apex for its close commute, historic downtown, fun festivals and events, and up-and-coming restaurants. I had the pleasure of speaking with Realtor.com for their story, as well as with the Triangle Business Journal and The News & Observer for their coverage.

      Realtor.com compiled their 10 fastest-growing suburbs list by analyzing more than 7,000 zip codes outside of cities that were still within an hour’s rush-hour commute to the nearest urban center. Apex topped the list because of its large increases in home appreciation and listings during the past three years, as well as its population growth and share of new construction in Wake County.

      The new construction in Apex, NC is booming to keep up with this country-leading growth. If you’re interested in learning more about the appeal of living here, check out my Apex homes for sale page.

       

       

       

       

      We Are Not In A Bubble!

      By Uncategorized No Comments

      Calm Down! The Real Estate Market is NOT Falling Apart

      There has been tremendous volatility in certain markets over the last few weeks (for example, the stock and currency markets). When this happens, some tend to lump all of their investments together and create an almost ‘Armageddon’ scenario where everything loses value quickly and dramatically. Real estate is an investment that can get caught up in this hysteria. Does the concern about the current housing market have merit?

      Financial advisors have been warning us for months that the stock market was ripe for a “correction.”

      Experts have been questioning the value of alternative currencies for over a year.

      In contrast, here are the opinions of three major players in the residential housing market:

      Ralph DeFranco, Chief Economist, Arch Capital Services Inc.

      “It’s premature to worry about a housing bubble. The typical warning signs – excessive debt levels, poor quality loans, exponentially increasing home prices, rising vacancy rates and/or poor affordability compared to the past, and a high number of internet searches on house flipping – are not present.”

      Liu-Down, Genworth Chief Economist

      “My thoughts on many recent discussions of ‘housing bubble’ – the bar for a housing bubble is higher than just prices being above some fundamental value. There must be widespread behavior change as well such as higher levels of fraud and speculation.”

      Fitch Report

      “US home prices are on track for a 5% nominal gain for the 4th consecutive year, returning national prices to their highest level since 2007. The growth has been driven by historically low mortgage rates and unemployment plus solid population and personal income growth rates…a meaningful correction should only be triggered by an unexpected economic shock.”

      Bottom Line

      Speculation has driven certain markets over the last year. However, it has not been speculation, but instead people’s desire for homeownership, that has driven the real estate market.

      How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment? Depending on the amount of the loan that you secure, a half of a percent (.5%) increase in interest rate can increase your monthly mortgage payment significantly. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, national home prices have appreciated 7.0% from this time last year and are predicted to be 4.2% higher next year. If both the predictions of home price and interest rate increases become reality, families would wind up paying considerably more for their next home. Bottom Line Even a small increase in interest rate can impact your family’s wealth. Let’s get together to evaluate your ability to purchase your dream home.

      Where Are Mortgage Interest Rates Headed in 2018?

      By Uncategorized No Comments

      The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.

      Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see, interest rates are projected to increase steadily over the course of the next 12 months.

       

      mortgage rate trends

      How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment?

      Depending on the amount of the loan that you secure, a half of a percent (.5%) increase in interest rate can increase your monthly mortgage payment significantly.

      According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, national home prices have appreciated 7.0% from this time last year and are predicted to be 4.2% higher next year.

      If both the predictions of home price and interest rate increases become reality, families would wind up paying considerably more for their next home.

      Bottom Line

      Even a small increase in interest rate can impact your family’s wealth. Let’s get together to evaluate your ability to purchase your dream home.

      Housing inventory

      Inventory Is Tighter Than It appears

      By Uncategorized No Comments

      The housing crisis is finally in the rearview mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. It seems that the market will continue to strengthen in 2018.

      However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory. While buyer demand looks like it will remain strong throughout the winter, supply is not keeping up.

      Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject:

      National Association of Realtors

      “Total housing inventory at the end of November dropped 7.2 percent to 1.67 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 9.7 percent lower than a year ago (1.85 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 30 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace, which is down from 4.0 months a year ago.”

      Joseph Kirchner, Senior Economist for Realtor.com

      “The increases in single-family permits and starts show that builders are planning and starting new construction projects, that’s a good thing because it will help to relieve the shortage of homes on the market.”

      Sam Khater, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic

      Inventory is tighter than it appears. It’s much lower for entry-level buyers.”

      Bottom Line

      If you are thinking of selling, now may be the time. Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price.

      « 712,000 Homes in the US Regained Equity in the Past 12 Months!

      The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

      We believe every family should feel confident when buying and selling a home.

      What truly causes a housing bubble and the inevitable crash? For the best explanation, let’s go to a person who correctly called the last housing bubble – a year before it happened. “A bubble requires both overvaluation based on fundamentals and speculation. It is natural to focus on an asset’s fundamental value, but the real key for detecting a bubble is speculation…Speculation tends to chase appreciating assets, and then speculation begets more speculation, until finally, for some reason that will become obvious to all in hindsight, the ‘bubble’ bursts. I have taken to calling the housing market a ‘bubble’.” – Bill McBride of Calculated Risk calling the bubble back in April 2005 Where do we stand today regarding speculation? There are two measurements that are used to determine the speculation in a housing market: The number of homes purchased by an investor and The number of homes being flipped (resold within a twelve-month period) As compared to 2005, investor purchases are down dramatically (from 23% to 13%) and so is flipping (from 8.2% to 5.7%). McBride explains: “There is currently some flipping activity, but this is more the normal type of flipping (buy, improve and then sell). Back in 2005, people were just buying homes and letting them sit vacant – and then selling without significant improvements. Classic speculation.” What are the experts saying about speculation in today’s market? DSNews recently ran an article which asked two economists to compare the speculation in today’s market to that in 2005-2007. Here is what they said: Dr. Eddie Seiler, Chief Housing Economist at Summit Consulting: “The speculative ‘flipping mania’ of 2006 is absent from most metro areas.” Tian Liu, Chief Economist of Genworth Mortgage Insurance: “The nature of housing demand is different as well, with more potential homeowners and far fewer speculators in the housing market compared to the 2005-2007 period.” And what does McBride, who called the last housing bubble, think about today’s real estate market? Sixty days ago, he explained: “In 2005, people were just buying homes and letting them sit vacant – and then selling without significant improvements. Classic speculation. And even more dangerous during the bubble was the excessive use of leverage (all those poor-quality loans). Currently lending standards are decent, and loan quality is excellent… I wouldn’t call house prices a bubble – and I don’t expect house prices to decline nationally like during the bust.” Bottom Line Speculation is a major element of the housing bubble formula. Right now, there are not elevated percentages of investors and house flippers. Therefore, there is not an elevated rate of speculation.

      There’s More to a Bubble Than Rising Home Prices

      By Uncategorized No Comments

      What truly causes a housing bubble and the inevitable crash? For the best explanation, let’s go to a person who correctly called the last housing bubble – a year before it happened.

      “A bubble requires both overvaluation based on fundamentals and speculation. It is natural to focus on an asset’s fundamental value, but the real key for detecting a bubble is speculation…Speculation tends to chase appreciating assets, and then speculation begets more speculation, until finally, for some reason that will become obvious to all in hindsight, the ‘bubble’ bursts.

      I have taken to calling the housing market a ‘bubble’.”

      – Bill McBride of Calculated Risk calling the bubble back in April 2005

      Where do we stand today regarding speculation?

      There are two measurements that are used to determine the speculation in a housing market:

      1. The number of homes purchased by an investor and
      2. The number of homes being flipped (resold within a twelve-month period)

      As compared to 2005, investor purchases are down dramatically (from 23% to 13%) and so is flipping (from 8.2% to 5.7%). McBride explains:

      “There is currently some flipping activity, but this is more the normal type of flipping (buy, improve and then sell). Back in 2005, people were just buying homes and letting them sit vacant – and then selling without significant improvements. Classic speculation.”

      What are the experts saying about speculation in today’s market?

      DSNews recently ran an article which asked two economists to compare the speculation in today’s market to that in 2005-2007. Here is what they said:

      Dr. Eddie Seiler, Chief Housing Economist at Summit Consulting:

      “The speculative ‘flipping mania’ of 2006 is absent from most metro areas.”

      Tian Liu, Chief Economist of Genworth Mortgage Insurance:

      “The nature of housing demand is different as well, with more potential homeowners and far fewer speculators in the housing market compared to the 2005-2007 period.”

      And what does McBride, who called the last housing bubble, think about today’s real estate market?

      Sixty days ago, he explained:

      “In 2005, people were just buying homes and letting them sit vacant – and then selling without significant improvements. Classic speculation. And even more dangerous during the bubble was the excessive use of leverage (all those poor-quality loans). Currently lending standards are decent, and loan quality is excellent…

      I wouldn’t call house prices a bubble – and I don’t expect house prices to decline nationally like during the bust.”

      Bottom Line

      Speculation is a major element of the housing bubble formula. Right now, there are not elevated percentages of investors and house flippers. Therefore, there is not an elevated rate of speculation.