Suttons Chapel Hill FMRealtyThe following contribution comes from our Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Sales Office. It’s a compilation provided by Lauren Richardson with quotes from Russ Cole, Chad Lloyd, and Aileen Zhu. Thanks for sharing a little of your community with our readers!

In Chapel Hill, we are known for having an excellent school system, free buses, great food, award winning restaurants, a vibrant downtown, successful independent businesses, an active music scene and of course all things UNC! With all of this packed into one small town, it is no surprise that Chapel Hill is consistently recognized on national lists as being a great place to live for people of all ages. In 2014 alone, Chapel Hill was ranked:

 #36 on MONEY Magazine’s “Best Places to Live

#10 on Travel & Liesure’s “Best Towns for July 4th

Top 10 for Business Insider Magazine’s list of ‘Smartest Public Colleges’

#8 on Nerd Wallet’s “Most Educated Places in America” list

Of course, we couldn’t agree more! So, we decided to ask our FM Chapel Hill REALTORS® – “What do you love the most about living in Chapel Hill?” Here is what they had to say…

 “The food, the music and all the UNC activities!” -Russ Cole

“Chapel Hill has great schools, a small town culture and is central to everything.” -Chad Lloyd

 “The excellent school system. There are so many programs and fun activities for kids!” -Aileen Zhu


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Let’s take a moment to explore some of the places unique to Chapel Hill that help make it so special…


Weathervane at Southern Season is a Chapel Hill favorite that offers “sophisticated southern fare” sourced from local ingredients and artisans. It is a wonderful place to sit outside and enjoy a meal on a nice afternoon. Afterwards, browse around the Southern Season store for all kinds of specialty food items and gifts, many of which are Chapel Hill and North Carolina focused!

Top of the Hill is a Chapel Hill institution that has it all.. Great food, an onsite brewery and outside seating with panoramic views of downtown Chapel Hill. It is the perfect place to catch a Carolina game with a lively crowd!

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Whether or not you are a college student, UNC is very much a part of living in Chapel Hill. There are countless UNC related activities to enjoy with the whole family. The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, located on the north end of campus, boasts one of the largest planetariums in the world. Right next door to the planetarium, you will find Coker Arboretum, a beautiful 100 year old garden that features many exotic plant species and is open all year round. Of course, everyone knows that Carolina basketball is synonymous with Chapel Hill! In addition to attending games at the Dean Smith Center, you can visit the Carolina Basketball Museum, which is open Monday-Saturday and free to the public! UNC’s Ackland Art Museum is also free to the public. With a collection of over 17,000 works of art and a variety of free and low-cost programs for children as well as adults, Ackland offers something for every family member to enjoy.

Live Music

The Cat’s Cradle has been bringing music to Chapel Hill since 1969. They have an excellent sound system and feature a wide variety of established as well as up and coming music acts. Cat’s Cradle is large enough to attract the big names, but small enough to offer an intimate setting. It is the only venue of its kind in the Triangle area!

If you would like to enjoy live music in a family-friendly atmosphere, Chapel Hill has you covered there as well! The historic Carolina Inn  in downtown Chapel Hill hosts Fridays on the Front Porch every week from 5-8pm. They have a seasonal picnic menu available that includes a variety of beverage options. With no cover charge or reservations required, it is an easy date night idea or a fun place to spend time outside with the kids after work!

For the Kids

Chapel Hill is known as being a wonderful place to grow up with a wide variety of activities and programs for families and children. This Scavenger Hunt based on the popular Chapel Hill children’s book Good Night Carolina will create a fun filled day for Chapel Hill residents as well as families who are getting to know the area. The hunt will take your family on a journey highlighting 37 local places of interest!  Maple View Farms is one stop along the way that offers year-round family fun including animals, ice cream, hayrides and much more! Also located in Chapel Hill is Kidzu, a hands-on children’s museum, that engages kids of various ages in learning through creative play. It is a favorite among Chapel Hill parents and children alike!

See? There’s so much to love about living in Chapel Hill…and we’ve only just covered the surface. There’s more! But, it’s your turn – what’s your favorite thing about living in Chapel Hill? Please leave a comment below!

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“What about the Dollar family’s loan? I know you mentioned from the start that there were some challenging credit issues to fix.”

The following is by Dan Shedrick, Mortgage Consultant with FM Lending based out of our Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Sales Office. He is joined by Martha Newport, Sales Associate with FM Chapel Hill. Together they take a satirical look at the difference between working with an FM Lending loan officer and another lender, especially one affiliated with a “big bank”.

With mortgage rates so low right now, it’s not only a GREAT time to buy in the Triangle; it’s also a great time to SELL your home.

Home buyers, get pre-approved for your loan by going through the process with your FM Lending Mortgage Consultant today.

Home sellers, talk to your Fonville Morisey Sales Associate to find out how much your home is worth and list it accordingly.

Either way, as 2014 comes to a close, let us help you make the best decision for you!


Fonville Morisey’s Jon Fletcher Reminds You Early Voting for 2014 Has Begun!

October 22, 2014

The following contribution is from our Jon Fletcher, Sales Associate out of our Fonville Morisey Highway 54 office in Durham. The entire post can be found on his blog at Thanks for sharing, Jon! Get Out and Vote! While voting itself can be an arduous process (the ballots are very long for this particular […]

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Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Celebrates Its Agents!

October 16, 2014

The following contribution comes from our Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Sales Office. Recently, they held an “Agent Appreciation Day” celebrating their Sales Associates and all they do for their clients and community. Kudos to all! Our Fonville Morisey Chapel Hill Sales Associates work tirelessly all year long assisting their clients with the purchase or sale […]

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REALTOR Tip: Our 3 BEST Tips for Preventing Fire in the Home

October 8, 2014

It’s National Fire Prevention Week. Educators across the country are teaching the children in their charge all kinds of tips & tricks to prevent (or escape from) fires in their homes. Some schools bring in guest speakers or even one of the BIG fire trucks from their local fire department! Fire Prevention Week began as […]

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The Annual Parade of Homes is Here!

October 1, 2014

It’s that time of year when the various associations of new home builders around our Triangle community open up several of the homes they’ve built to the public for touring. This gives the building companies of these new homes a chance to showcase their product, but it also gives future (and current) home buyers an […]

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The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s #FoodBank24 24-Hour New MediaTelethon is Here!

September 25, 2014

As a Social Media Ambassador for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina we wanted to share our excitement for their annual event – #FoodBank24. On Friday, September 26th beginning at NOON until Saturday, September 27th at NOON, the Food Bank is hosting a one of a kind telethon – a new media […]

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Triangle Housing Market Watch: Current Contracts UP 17%

September 24, 2014

Around mid-month each month of the year, data for the Triangle housing market is released giving home sellers and home buyers in the communities we serve (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas) an idea of what the market looks like. News outlets such as the News and Observer and the Triangle Business Journal report […]

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In the Community: Celebrate With The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation on October 10th at Annual Oyster Roast

September 17, 2014

The following contribution comes from our Sharon Pelt, Vice President of Career Development with the Fonville Morisey Center for Real Estate Studies who is also a member of the Board of Directors for The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation. Here she shares a little history of our State Capitol building and invites our readers to […]

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10 Tips to Keep REALTORS Safe While on the Job

September 12, 2014

The following contribution comes from our Jan Pulley, Sales Associate with the Fonville Morisey Highway 54 office in Durham. She recently attended the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® safety seminar and shares the tips she learned as part of REALTOR® Safety Month. Thanks for sharing, Jan! I struggle with a healthy dose of fear in […]

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