Thank you to everyone for your suggestions etc from our earlier posts. It made out trip to Raleigh so much better. We stayed at the LaQuinta in Crabtree area. Very nice, inexpensive hotel with a fairly big free breakfast. We spent the week in the area in the (100 degree heat) searching out neighborhoods, planned communities, towns and builders. There are so many nice places, including Raleigh itself. Although it doesnt seem to be a 'southern charm' area; the folks all over were so nice and hospitable. We would like to concentrate outside of the communites in established neighborhoods (to buy) as we would like more an 1/8 or 1/4 acre, and the new communites seem so crowded already. What newspapers could I subscribe to online to see the homes for sale in the area? Any other suggestions? Not ready for a realtor yet, still trying to nail down an area and a time frame....thanks again!