SarahGray Lamm ~ Chapel Hill / Carrboro / Durham Real Estate Blog ~ Agent Outlier: OK, There IS A Downside To Living In North Carolina

OK, There IS A Downside To Living In North Carolina

So, it's official. I admit there is one thing I DO NOT like about living in North Carolina.

Tree pollen. It's absolutely everywhere. I'm not kidding. EVERYWHERE.

This is the one time of year I do not like having to be in and out of my car every five minutes. The yellow-green dust is so thick you can see it in the air and I cannot even think about how much of it I breathe in in the course of a day.

It's in the driveway...SarahGray Lamm

On the grill...SarahGray Lamm

On the woodpile...SarahGray Lamm

On the deck...SarahGray Lamm

In the bird bath...SarahGray Lamm

On my cat...SarahGray Lamm

Did I mention my poor cat....SarahGray Lamm

Thank goodness it is a short lived issue. I'll forget all about it when the azaleas are in bloom. Please excuse me now...I need to go take a shower....and rinse off my cat.


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SarahGray Lamm is a licensed, full time, residential real estate professional in the Triangle area of North Carolina with over 100,000 hours of experience. She specializes in serving the real estate needs of home sellers, home buyers and investors in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham and Northern Chatham County and is proudly associated with Allen Tate Realtors, the Carolinas #1 independent realty company.

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16 commentsSarahGray Lamm • April 07 2010 08:31PM


I sent Charita Cadenhead to your post.  She has the same problem in Birmingham, AL.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene (Power Brokers Int'l) about 4 years ago

Looks like the problem I will have in mid maythrought he end of may.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 4 years ago

Oh what we have to suffer through for those beautiful spring blooms! Ragweed gets me the worst, but that's what I have to look forward to in a few months :)

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN) about 4 years ago

Thanks Jane! Glad to know this isn't just an eastern problem...

William, seriously? In Minnesota? wow.

Lee & Carol, sadly there is a season for every allergy sufferer in the Carolinas! For me it is the mold/mildew of the winter months!

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) about 4 years ago

I moved here 2 years ago from Atlanta. Atlanta has the same problem, maybe worse. The problem is not as bad here at the beach. The only thing I can think of is because the wind blows so much that the pollen does not have a chance to build and blow out all at one time.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Crystal Coast Realty & Home Services, LLC) about 4 years ago


We are choking here in Newnan. I haven't seen this much pollen in years!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) about 4 years ago

Sarah you know it's really bad when animal come in looking like they've had a color treatment at the local salon.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 4 years ago


When I need a 4 wheel drive, or tire chains, to get through the pollen, and it is below freezing for the entire pollen season, I'm liable to head back to Pennsylvania!

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) about 4 years ago


Too funny. Heavy tree pollen is nothing to pussy foot around with. Ask your poor cat...

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Posted by Bubba Fife (Complete Property Maintenance) about 4 years ago

We have the same issue up here in Pennsylvania -- but not for a few weeks . . .

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA) about 4 years ago

Tom, I'm sure you are right about the wind at the beach...that and the kinds of trees are somewhat different!

Richard, yep...just heard it is 3 times worse this year than the last worse year (?!) in 2003!

Charita, I feel so bad for them especially when they must have to lick 10 lbs of it off themselves! there's a visual that I can totally relate to!

Bubba! Thanks for the feature...and the humor! ;-)

Richard, good luck with that. Maybe you'll need do have a little vaca down south in a few weeks!


Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) about 4 years ago

SarahGray:  Couple years back I visited Pinehurst in April.  Absolutely fell in love with the area and told Marilyn we'd have to go back together ... only not in April.  I sneezed, teared, coughed my way through my golf rounds. (I know ... poor Gene .. lol)  It was the ONLY thing I could say negative about my beautiful trip.  Otherwise, I talk about your lovely state still today ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages ( about 4 years ago

We are "eat up " here in Charlotte with our most pollenated spring in years. I'm feeling mellow yellow. A-Choo

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Claude Cross-Charlotte NC Real Estate(Homes By Cross, Inc.) ) about 4 years ago

Gene, come on back to Pinehurst in the fall...exquisite and BTW, I'm a mean golfer myself...another thing we have in common!

Claude, I'll be in Charlotte for a day in a week or so so I hope we've all gotten a rain bath by then! Yick!

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) about 4 years ago

SarahGray - I used to have the same darn problem when I lived in Flagstaff AZ amonst the pine trees.  It drove me nuts!  Just when you can have the windows open - in comes the green stuff!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 4 years ago

SarahGray:  You golf????  I definitely want to get back soon .. and as Marilyn is not a golfer ... I'd love to have you join me on the links ... MY treat!  Sounds like I might get my tush beat out there tho ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages ( about 4 years ago

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