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How Proximity Affects Your Home Value in the Triangle

Olivia Green

Olivia is a lifetime resident to the Triangle Area and has watched the community develop into what it is now...

Olivia is a lifetime resident to the Triangle Area and has watched the community develop into what it is now...

Sep 28 4 minutes read

Location, location, location. 

You’ve definitely heard how important this is in real estate — and that's because it's true! Location is a crucial factor when it comes to the value of your home. What part of the Triangle  you are in matters, but what is physically near you can actually help or hinder your property value. We put together a list of the most important proximity factors that will increase as well as decrease your home value.

Factors that increase home value in the Triangle


Homebuyers who have children are willing to pay more for a home that is nearby reputable schools with high academic scores (like Wake County Public Schools). Being walking distance is even better! This article takes a deeper dive into why this may be.


In most cases, homes that tend to be within walking distance or a short drive from entertainment opportunities like a movie theater, golf courses, and parks usually sell for more money than homes farther away.


Homes with close proximity to grocery and shopping stores usually sell for more. According to this article, being close to a popular grocery store or a shopping mall has shown to have a 5% premium.

Outdoor Recreation

Having great scenery and access to outdoor recreation like the lakes, rivers, and parks usually increase a home’s value.

Sought-After Views

Depending on where you live in the Triangle, things like cityscapes, lakes, or golf courses tend to increase value and even help sell your home faster.  

Proximity to Airport

While being close to an airport can be noisy at times, home values that are near RDU continue to go up because of the convenience. 

Factors that decrease home value in the Triangle

Power Plants

Aside from being an eyesore, toxic emissions released from power plants will not only decrease the air quality but the value of your home, but properties located adjacent to certain kinds of facilities or infrastructure deemed undesirable.


Areas and neighborhoods with higher crime rates tend to decrease home values. This article explores some of the reasons and consequences. Raleigh recently ranked #1 on the list of safest large cities in the United States while Cary ranked #4 overall according to this article. 

Low-Rated Schools

As we said above, the top-rated schools are a big priority for some home buyers, so homes located in areas with a low-ranking or a closed down school has resulted in a lower property value.

Cemeteries & Funeral Homes

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the thought of living near a cemetery or funeral home is a bit eerie. According to, homes with a cemetery close by could be priced 12% less than homes in other nearby areas.

Bad Neighbors

You may think that your noisy neighbour is just an annoyance, but bad neighboring properties could be driving your home's value down. In fact, it could be as much as 5-10% according to this article.

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