If Yogi Berra Was Still Making Quips Today He Would Have Something to Say About Raleigh

Having just posted “The Accolades for Raleigh Keep Pouring In,” there is more. And channeling Yogi, who once famously said about someplace: “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too popular.”

And so it is that Raleigh just got some more shout outs.

California-based employment finder Glassdoor recently issued a report that ranks Raleigh as the No. 1 job market in the U.S. Its 25 Best Cities for Jobs report was based on three factors: hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction. Data sources included the U.S. Office of Management & Budget, Zillow and Glassdoor’s salary data research and company reviews.

Kansas City MO was second, Oklahoma City third, Austin fourth and Seattle fifth.

In a separate report, CoreLogic has published data showing Raleigh as the second most-active market for new home sales in the U.S., as a percentage of sales. Based on activity during 12 previous months ending January of this year, new home sales accounted for 21 percent of all the homes sold in that 12-month period. Rollout the “Builders Welcome” mat!

The Accolades for the Raleigh Triangle Keep Pouring In!

Raleigh was recently ranked as the 2nd-best city for tech job creation by Forbes magazine.

Just days earlier fDi (weird spelling but correct!), a division of Financial Times, ranked Raleigh #1 on the list of top mid-size “American cities of the future.”

This shout out came in about the same time that NerdWallet, a website that focuses on personal finances (but not just for nerds!), cited Durham as one of “America’s Greenest Cities.”

Collectively, it makes us wonder why these news and information sources apparently have all this extra time on their hands, to make up lists and rankings, instead of reporting and researching the news. We digress.

Collectively, what the accolades mean is what those of us who live and work here already know; the Triangle is a great place to work, live and play. And our future only seems brighter.

Recapping the above-mentioned accolades:
Forbes gave Raleigh a score of 39 percent, representing the percentage increase in new STEM-related jobs in the past decade (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Austin, Texas was ranked first, while San Jose, California, came in third. It’s always nice to beat Silicon Valley – at anything!

Financial Times gave the region the highest ranking for a mid-size city based on multiple factors: economic potential, human capital and lifestyle, cost effectiveness, connectivity and business friendliness. You might be interested to know that New York City was #1 for a Major city, Vancouver, Canada got the nod for Large city, Sunnyvale, CA was first among Small cities and Greenville, SC ranked first among Micro cities.

NerdWallet took a look at 150 U.S. cities and analyzed how they compared in terms of environmental quality/pollution, transportation, energy sources and housing density. Durham ranked 19 and was the only North Carolina city in the top 25.

Welcome to The Lewis Group/CORFAC International Blog!

We didn’t decide to launch our blog on Earth Day because it was Earth Day – even though it is pretty cool, when you think about it, to celebrate our only habitable planet. Rather, the date was a coincidence.

We launched the blog to coincide with our new company website. The website is built with the latest technology, called ‘responsive design,’ so that the screen adapts to the device from which the website is being viewed, beginning with hand-held phones. Our site navigates beautifully on a phone, as well as an iPad or full-size monitor.

We implemented the new site and had it built by a team of professionals to not only refresh our main marketing platform, but to address the new world of mobility. Our marketing advisors tell us that more than half of all web searches are now conducted on mobile phones, and within a couple of years, mobile search is expected to exceed 70% of all searches, regardless of the browser. And here is a little secret that should motivate everyone to rebuild their websites based on ‘responsive design”: Google announced that “mobile friendliness” would affect a company’s search rankings (you know, “search engine optimization.”) Which means your company website is less likely to get on page 1 of relevant searches, if your site is not mobile friendly.

We hope you check our blog periodically for useful news, information and short stories on the Raleigh Triangle, and particularly on doing business here in this great community. And because of our affiliation with SIOR, CCIM and CORFAC International, from time-to-time we might write about something from beyond the state line, if it is relevant to our world and the work we do in the commercial real estate services arena.