According to The Herald Sun, The Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area gained 4,600 jobs in the past year. The Durham area had the highest percentage gain of jobs in the state at 1.6% and the lowest unemployment rate at 6.6%.

A new survey by the business site Portfolio.com shows Durham is the fourth smartest city in the nation. Having large universities, which focus on research, attract a talent pool that companies are interesting in tapping into.  The Triangle area has an educated work force. 43% of adults in Durham have attained at least a bachelor's degree.  We are smarter than those 5th graders after all!

The National Board of Realtors said today that the index of pending home resales jumped a record 10% after dropping 1.8 percent in September. Low mortgage rates and reduced prices have finally helped the housing market.

Even though the recession will take years to rebound, housing should be expected to grow in 2011.  That is good news for sellers.  If you are thinking about selling, be smart and list your house with Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team. 2011 is right around the corner.