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June, 2020

Chapel Hill, NC – Jodi Bakst, Broker Owner of Real Estate Experts has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS®’ [NAR’s] Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.

Bakst achieved this prestigious designation after completing topic-specific course work designed specifically for REALTORS®.  The designation courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country; ensuring designees gain comprehensive knowledge of green homes and issues of resource-efficiency in relation to real estate and home owners.

More specifically, Bakst was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of resource-efficient features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and understanding how buyer and seller preferences may be inspired by resource-efficiency.

“Living green is about making healthy choices that are also easy on your wallet. NAR Green Designees have the necessary resources and relationships to effectively work with you to find your next home or assess your next green project.” said Marc Gould, Vice President of NAR’s Green Designation.  NAR’s Green Designation was developed in response to growing consumer awareness of the benefits of resource-efficient homes and buildings. The designation helps consumers understand the positive impact of home performance and identify REALTORS® who can help them realize their green real estate and lifestyle goals.

As an NAR Green Designee, Bakst has gained the knowledge and the tools necessary to become a trusted green resource for the Triangle region.  Bakst is also working on developing North Carolina’s first 100% net zero energy neighborhood.  Array will be located in Orange County, NC.  Information about Array can be found at

For more information about Jodi Bakst please visit or e-mail [email protected]. 

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Where’s the Best Place to Live in North Carolina?

Where’s the Best Place to Live in North Carolina?

Best place to live in North Carolina

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Money magazine recently named Cary, North Carolina as the best place to live in North Carolina, and the 37th  best place to live in the US.  “Cary offers a solid school system, safe streets, healthy job opportunities – plus 39 greenway trails and a massive nature preserve,” according to Money.

The Town of Cary

SAS Headquarters in Cary, North Carolina

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The Town of Cary provides the benefits of small-town living with the perks of a thriving metropolis. The town has a median population of 155,227, which has grown approximately 64 percent since 2000.  Cary is situated between Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, offering easy access to the Raleigh Durham International Airport, NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Employers in Cary

Cary is home to major employers such as SAS, Fidelity, Verizon, MetLife, and Relias Learning, among others. According to Money magazine, jobs in Cary are expected to increase at a rate of 11.3% over the next five years.  Cary residents who commute to work in Raleigh or RTP can look forward to commute times that may be cut in half, thanks to passing the Wake Transportation Bond earlier this month.

Downtown Cary

Downtown Cary North Carolina

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Downtown Cary North Carolina

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Downtown Cary is in the midst of several major revitalization projects: the Academy Street streetscape, upgrading underground utilities and adding new benches. Cary is also working on a $5 million downtown park.

“You can start to see, but the cool part is that you can start to feel it,” said Ted Boyd, Cary’s downtown development manager. “Especially in the evenings people are walking and strolling around downtown and sitting outside grabbing a bite to eat.”

Cary Parks and Greenway

Cary also has amazing parks and outdoor spaces, with a total of 35 parks and 82 miles of greenway.  Recently, Cary was awarded the National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.  According to Doug McRainey, Cary’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, the quality of the Parks Department is a reflection of one of Cary’s major priorities. “It’s the extensiveness of our programs, our well-designed facilities and our many unique features,” for example, the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Koka Booth Amphitheater and WakeMed Soccer Park (home of the Carolina Railhawks).
“One thing people universally praise about Cary is the quality of our parks,” McRainey said. “Cary and its citizens embrace quality of life and the town makes an investment in that system.” Living in Cary is also safe and affordable, with median home prices of $319,000 and average property taxes of $3,168. All of these things are what makes Cary the best place to live in North Carolina.
There is so much more to say about Cary, and we would love to tell you all about it!  Visit Real Estate Expert’s web site to learn about the best neighborhoods in Cary NC.
Give us a call at 919-813-6449 or send us an email to  [email protected] to find out more about living in Cary, and visit our website to view current homes for sale in the area.
North Carolina Earns Top Marks in Education

North Carolina Earns Top Marks in Education


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U.S. News & World Report has released their 2016 Best High Schools list, and 15 Triangle area schools were included.

Working with Research Triangle Park-based RTI (Research Triangle Institute) International, U.S. News collected and analyzed school data based on four critera: 1. the performance of all students on state assessments in reading and mathematics; 2. the performance of disadvantaged student subgroups on these assessments; 3. the school’s graduation rate; and 4. the rates at which high school students participate in and perform well on Advanced Placement ® (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests.

The rankings include data on more than 21,500 public high schools. Across the country, public high schools were ranked and awarded as follows: Gold Medal – 2.5%; Silver Medal, 10.9%, Bronze Medal, 17.8%, and no medal, 68.8%.  Across the country, 6,218 schools received medals.

Here’s a breakdown of what the medals indicate:

  • Gold — Top 500 schools based on highest college readiness
  • Silver — High-performing schools with lower college readiness
  • Bronze — High-performing schools based on state exam performance, listed alphabetically

Raleigh Charter High School, the No. 2 North Carolina school on the list, received a Gold Medal, ranking 37th nationally among all schools and 13th nationally among charter schools.

Five other Triangle schools also earned Gold Medals:

  • Woods Charter School in Chatham County was No. 145
  • East Chapel Hill High School was No. 211
  • Carrboro High School was No. 288
  • Green Hope High School in Cary was No. 336
  • Durham School of the Arts was No. 358

Three Triangle schools received Silver Medals:

  • Franklin Academy in Wake Forest was No. 1,042
  • City of Medicine Academy in Durham was No. 1,431
  • Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City was No. 1.660

Six area schools received Bronze Medals:

  • East Wake Academy in Zebulon
  • J.D. Clement Early College in Durham
  • Johnston College Early College Academy in Smithfield
  • Princeton High in Princeton
  • Wake Early College of Health and Science in Raleigh
  • Wake STEM Early College in Raleigh

U.S. News worked with Raleigh-based RTI International to develop this year’s list, which looked at more than 28,000 public U.S. high schools.”A high school education is imperative for success in both college and a career, and a school’s graduation rate is a key indicator of whether students are being effectively prepared for both paths,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The 2016 Best High Schools rankings provide students and parents with data-driven information on public schools to help them make better-informed decisions about their education.”

For more information about Best High Schools and to view the full list of rankings, click here.

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In other news, 27 Triangle schools made The Washington Post’s 2016 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”

Once again, the top school in North Carolina was Raleigh Charter High School, which ranked No. 125 on the list of nearly 2,300 public and private high schools. Six other Triangle high schools were ranked within the top 500 nationally.

The Washington Post looked at approximately 22,000 high schools around the country, ranking them based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given divided by the number of graduates.

Additional Triangle schools that finished in the top 500:

  • East Chapel Hill High School was No. 5 in the state and No. 236 nationally
  • Woods Charter School in Chatham County was No. 6 in the state and No. 269 nationally
  • Enloe High School in Raleigh was No. 7 in the state and No. 280 nationally
  • Chapel Hill High School was No. 12 in the state and No. 394 nationally
  •  Green Hope High School in Cary was No. 13 in the state and No. 427 nationally
  • Carrboro High School was No. 14 in the state and No. 442 nationally

For the full list, click here.


Jodi Bakst Accepted As One of the10 Best Realtors in North Carolina for Client Satisfaction

Jodi Bakst Accepted As One of the10 Best Realtors in North Carolina for Client Satisfaction

10-Best-Real Estate Professionals 2016The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals has recognized the exceptional performance of North Carolina’s Real Estate Professional Jodi Bakst as 2016 10 Best Real Estate Professionals for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Real Estate Professionals in each state.  Professionals who are selected to the “10 Best”list must pass AIOREP’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOREP’s independent evaluation.  AIOREP’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves professionals’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients.  As clients should be a professional’s top priority, AIOREP places the utmost emphasis on selecting professionals who have achieved significant success in the field of Real Estate without sacrificing the service and support they provide.  Selection criteria therefore focus on professionals who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate Jodi Bakst on this achievement and we are honored to have her on a 2016 AIOREP Member.

You can contact Jodi Bakst directly at 919-697-5014 or