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Sunday, August 31, 2014   /   by Phil Slezak

Raleigh NC Number 2 in US for 10 best cities for young professionals

No. 2: Raleigh, N.C.

MSA: Raleigh, N.C.
Population: 1,214,516
Median Salary: $56,500
Unemployment rate: 5.1%
Population with bachelor's degree: 41.7%
Cost of living index: 102.7
Avg. Yearly Job Growth (2014-2016): 3.7%
Companies with 500 employees: 1 for every 792 people
Companies with <500 employees: 1 for every 51.85 people

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Friday, June 6, 2014   /   by Phil Slezak

312,000 Properties Regain Equity in Q1 2014

CoreLogic released an analysis of residential properties in the first quarter of 2014, focusing specifically on homes with negative equity. The company found that more than 300,000 homes returned to positive equity in the quarter, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity to more than 43 million.
Negative equity, more commonly known as a home being "underwater," means borrowers owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth. The company cites declines in value, an increase in mortgage debt, or some combination of the two as factors leading to a home having negative equity.
The company's analysis found that roughly 6.3 million properties, or 12.7 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage, had negative equity as of Q1 2014. The first quarter of 2014 saw a decline from the fourth quarter of 2013, when 6.6 million homes had negative equity, or 13.4 percent.
Year-over-year, negative equity properties have declined ...

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Monday, April 28, 2014   /   by Phil Slezak

Forbes Just Voted Raleigh, NC #1 Place to Raise a Family

10 best cities to raise a family


No. 1: Raleigh, N.C.
Home base of the North Carolina State Wolfpack is one of America’s fastest growing cities of recent years, with an economic base led by banking and finance that’s pushed income levels into the upper third of America’s largest metro areas. Area public schools are generally strong, and crime is low.

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Friday, February 28, 2014   /   by Phil Slezak

Forbes: Raleigh #2 of Next Boom Town

No. 2: Raleigh, N.C.
Raleigh has experienced the second-highest overall population increase and the third-highest job growth over the past two decades in the U.S. It also ranked among those regions seeing the biggest jump in new immigrants and is the No. 1 city for families with young children. The area is a magnet for technology companies fleeing the more expensive, congested and highly regulated northeast corridor. Affordable housing and short commute times are no doubt highly attractive to recent college graduates and millennials looking to start families.
Raleigh, N. C. is growing at a healthy clip–fast enough to land  the No. 2 spot on our annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. At the nearby Research Triangle Park, more than 170 companies have outposts, including IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, Credit Suisse, and Cisco. The wider area is also home to several major universities: North Carolina State University is in Raleig ...

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Friday, February 28, 2014   /   by Phil Slezak

What You Accept, You Get


Here"s a secret I’ve discovered about millionaire and multi-millionaire entrepreneurs: they want what they do and their companies do to be right. Not 80% right. Not 90% right. Right, period. They are, therefore, very much disliked by a lot of people, and if they are “big” enough, by the media. Jobs. Bezos. Trump. Working for them, many ex-employees say, was hell. But maybe it was being incompetent in their employ that was hell.
Winning isn’t just a statistic on a spreadsheet or a bank account balance. It is the customer, Mrs. Matilda Smith, in Rockford, Illinois, getting what she asked for on her pizza or the right product in the delivered package or a human answering her call in fewer than four rings. Customer appreciation is not a once a year sale or an automated thank you e-mail. It is an authentic attitude, top-down, permeated throughout an organization, actually occurring – and measured, policed and enforced – ...

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