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Kristin Ellefson
April 16th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Some people really have a knack for decorating, visualizing space, and creating that instant home-y feel, like they have been in a space for years when its only been a few weeks. Others really struggle in this area, and sometimes don’t even know where to begin. No matter which side of the fence you fall on or if you’re somewhere in between, its always nice to have a little guidance. When it comes to staging, we always talk about the importance of straightening up and ‘de-personalizing’ your space, you still want it to feel warm, welcoming and inviting, not cold and sterile, which is why adapting Real Simple’s tips for “foolproof decorating” and applying them to staging will go a long way in helping you get your space ready to list. Whether you’re struggling with furniture layout, a welcoming entry, or adding the right accessories, these tips are sure to steer you in the right direction!



  1. Palette math: Choose one color for 60 percent of the room, a second color for 30 percent, and a third color that’s brighter than the others for the remaining 10 percent.
  2. A spot to sit + mirror + table (or shelf) = instant “finished” foyer.
  3. Switch up shapes. If the bulk of your living-room furniture is boxy, choose a round coffee table, ottoman, or side tables for balance.
  4. The ideal coffee table is two-thirds as wide as the sofa and a couple of inches lower than the seats (typically 14 to 16 inches high).
  5. Instead of installing them directly above the window, hang curtains high—between the ceiling and the top of the window—and your space will feel a lot loftier. (And don’t let the bottoms pool. They should just graze the floor.)
  6. Mount a mirror opposite a window. It’s the best way to bounce light around and create the illusion of a bigger room.
  7. A rug should never float in the middle of a floor. Place it under at least the front feet of a chair, a couch, or a bed to anchor it.
  8. Throw-pillow math: two 20-inch square pillows in a matching bold pattern, one on each end of the sofa; two 16-inch pillows in a coordinating solid color, overlapping the square pillows; and one lumbar with a subtle pattern (like a pinstripe) in the middle.
  9. You’ll never mess up pattern mixing if you combine bold, large-scale prints with subtle, smaller-scale prints in complementary colors.
  10. Think in threes. Similar-sized accessories on a shelf or a table look better grouped in odd numbers. Even amounts can feel too uniform and stiff.

Tips from “10 Simple Rules to Foolproof Decorating” by Stephanie Sisco


Try these simple tricks to get your home looking fresh and professionally staged in no time! These are also great tips for making budget friendly updates in your home that will really elevate the space! These tips and tricks will have you flipping your space like a pro in no time!


Kristin Ellefson
April 15th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

This past Saturday agents at our Randolph Road location held a client shred day. As a show of appreciation for their clients agents coordinated with shred 360 to offer a free opportunity to have their document securely destroyed. The event was hosted by our agents Brandon Ruby, Jerry Smith, Mary Jane Ramsey, Kelly Blandford, Fred Holder, Cara Shields, Stan Perry, Anna Castilow, Sherrie Andrews, Shawn Knight, Eric Layne, Joel Bennett and Kari Kessell and the event was coordinated by Brandon Boyd and her son who works with Shred360. In the age of identity theft, you can never be too careful with your information, secure shredding of your documents is one way to ensure that your personal information is not getting into the wrong hands. Whether these are old tax documents, business records, or personal records, keeping your files up-to-date and purging old and out-of-date records is key in maintaining the safety of your identity. Our agent, Brandon Boyd, who helped to coordinate the event along with her son says, “With a son in the shredding business, I am very aware of the need to securely destroy tax records,  personal  and work documents with sensitive information on them. Sponsoring a Client Appreciation Day is a great way to say thank you to our clients with a meaningful event and  ”GO GREEN” as we are all trying to do. With April being tax month, we knew that everyone would be cleaning out files…so what better time that this month to have the Shred Day. The day was a huge success! Great weather, we got to visit with lots of our clients and it was fun, too! Our plan is to make this an annual event! This was our 2nd year of hosting a shred day and over the 2 years, around 125 of our clients have been able to take advantage of the event, and we’ve shredded about 9,000 lbs of paper!” With that amount of shredded waste, not only are people protecting their identities, but they are protecting the environment. The shredded paper is processed and recycled, helping to keep it out of landfills! Thank you to all the agents who help continue to make this event possible and their clients for showing continued interest! We look forward to seeing you guys again next year for shred day 2016! Check out some pictures of the event below:


Helen Adams Realty Shred Day 2015


Helen Adams Realty Shred Day 2015

Helen Adams Realty Shred Day 2015

Helen Adams Realty Shred Day 2015

Helen Adams Realty Shred Day 2015

Helen Adams Realty Shred Day 2015

Kristin Ellefson
April 14th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

If you didn’t hear, Food Truck Fridays are back in Southend! This popular spring and summer event highlights some of great variety you can find in the Charlotte food scene. If you have never been out, it’s definitely worth the trip. Every Friday from 5:00-9:00pm you can catch a large group of Charlotte’s street food vendors all in one location, which will save you time if you’ve been trying to track them down using social media! The event is held at 100 W Park Avenue in the Southend neighborhood. you can check out their facebook page weekly for an update about which vendors are going to be setting up shop for the  night. This is a great way to get out and sample a little bit of everything, check in with your old favorites, and maybe find some new “go-to” food trucks. The event will run every Friday until September 25th, so you have tons of opportunities to get out there and check it out a few times. Last week’s Food Truck Friday featured 14 different vendors selling things from BBQ to tacos, pizza, burgers, sweets and more. If you’re struggling to make a choice for your dinner option this Friday, definitely give it a try, with tons of options to please any craving, you won’t want to miss out! There are a few rules for the event, so make sure you check them out here before you head out to Southend for a night of tasty eats!



Kristin Ellefson
April 13th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

When you’re looking for a new place to stay, whether its a new home you will own, a long-term, or even a short-term rental, most people will tell you that its all about “location, location, location!” And for most house hunters thats true. Location plays a huge role in whether or not a a home will work for you and it’s not always about being the closest to all the action. Some buyers are concerned about proximity to entertainment and attractions while others are concerned about proximity to recreational areas, family friendly neighborhoods, schools and more. So, how do you know which type of neighborhood would be best for you? Well, a good place to start would be knowing all the options! HGTV Frontdoor recently posted a breakdown of all the different types of neighborhoods you might run into on your home search. Which one do you think is the best fit for you?



Kristin Ellefson
April 10th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

“All expectations in 2015 are for a healthy and energetic selling season. National stories have been highlighting an increase in new construction sales and pending sales, but national stories are not always readily applied to the local scene. All the same, if ever there was a year to list or purchase a home, wider economic factors seem to indicate that this is the one.
New Listings in the Charlotte region increased 3.9 percent to 5,527. PendingSales were up 30.2 percent to 4,491. Inventory levels fell 19.7 percent to 12,723 units. Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 9.9 percent to $189,040. List to Close was down 2.2 percent to 133 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 29.4 percent to 3.9 months.
On average, more people are employed and making more money than they were at this time last year. The jobs picture, as a whole, looks promising. Employment drives home-buying activity, so it is ever critical to watch labor statistics as a key indicator for the residential real estate market. Coupled with the mostly positive jobs picture, it is widely expected that mortgage rates will remain as they are for at least the first six months of the year.” Reprinted from March 2015 CRRA Monthly Indicators

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Kristin Ellefson
April 9th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Charlotte makes headlines again, this time as the BEST big city bargain in the US! According to Time Money, Charlotte offers the best mix of home values, big city living, and desirable areas to be ranked among the best in the US. When comparing the different cities MONEY ranked cities with 500,000+ residents based on factors including housing affordability, economic strength, home price forecasts, and livability. Once they narrowed down their list, they then went on to highlight some of the best neighborhoods in those cities where you can get the most bang for your buck in the above listed categories.


For Charlotte, those areas were Plaza Midwood and Mountain Island Lake. Wondering what got those two areas recognized? For MONEY, the big draw for Plaza Midwood was its ability to appeal to a variety of house hunters and the fact that it has a little bit of something for everyone! Additionally home prices tend to hold their value pretty well and are rather affordable considering their close proximity to uptown Charlotte! Wondering what’s avaiable in that area? Check out this search to see what might pique your interest in one of America’s best bargain areas!


If you’re thinking Mountain Island Lake might be more your scene, Mountain Island Lake offers spacious, beautiful homes, convenient to Charlotte and a recreational lake, perfect for the outdoor fanatics. The area is also rated one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the state by real estate data firm NeighborhoodScout. Interested in house hunting in the Mountain Island Lake area, here is a good place to start.


Charlotte has a lot to be proud of, from booming banking industry, to a thriving arts scene, professional sports teams and more! Our city has all the perks of living in a major metropolitan area with a price tag that is a little more purse friendly. Wondering what other cities made the list? Check out the full article here.

Kristin Ellefson
April 8th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

On the hunt for a new place to call home? If you are, HGTV frontdoor has a few tips for you that might help the buying process a little smoother. Sometimes knowing what you’re in for and keeping an open mind can make a huge difference in the way your home search pans out. From keeping your options open to working with an expert and not being afraid to get your hands a little dirty can help you score a great house at a great price. If you’re looking for some more insight into these tips or a few other tidbits of advice, check out this video to see what some industry experts have to say about searching for a home:

Kristin Ellefson
April 7th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

The Knights are ready to kick off their second season at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte! After holding the record for game attendance for their league for the 2014 season, The Charlotte Knights are gearing up for an even more exciting 2015. The Season opener is THIS THURSDAY against The  Norfolk Tides with the first pitch going out at 7:05PM. They will be bringing back some of the old fan favorites from last season including Sunbelt Sundays, with different activites and promotions each week, Friday night fireworks, thirsty Thursdays and more! You can check out the full promotion calendar here so you can plan all your nights out at the ballpark. Check out their home season schedule below then check times and purchase ticket here.

Kristin Ellefson
April 6th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Click on the image above to view more photos and read more about this listing.

MLS#: 3074223
5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Bathrooms


Gorgeous “Windsor” w/desirable 3-sty flr plan for active lifestyles & entertaining. 2-sty foyer w/grand staircase. Upgraded kitchen w/granite & large center island opens to cozy den w/fireplace. Formal LR & FR is a plus. Roomy 2nd fl offers huge MBR ste w/deluxe BA, his/her closets + bonus/ofc in ste, 3 add’t BRs w/BAs & bonus rm/5th BR w/BA. Finished 3rd fl has lrg media/rec rm + ofc w/BA. Beautiful outdoor space w/wraparound dk, screened porch & stone patio. Center Cul-de-sac lot. A must see!


Bridgehampton Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single family listings in Bridgehampton: 12
Average listing price for all active-single family listings in Bridgehampton: $548,675

There have been 12 closings over the last 12 months in Bridgehampton

The average sales price for homes in Bridgehampton is $426,802

The average number of days on the market for homes in Bridgehampton has decreased to 63.

There is currently a 3.5 month supply of homes for sale in Bridgehampton.


For more information on this listing contact Roshawn Ross Hampton

Kristin Ellefson
April 3rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

If you were thinking the tiny house movement was just a fad, you might want to take a moment to reconsider. The number of people converting to the tiny house life continues to increase every time we look at statistics, and with the increase in the number of millennials faced with student debt and a feeling that they may never be able to afford that first home, a tiny house makes that reality possible. Just in the last 10 years, the term tiny house has grown in popularity, having a 68% increase in web searches since 2003. But what is all the fuss about? A blog dedicated to tiny living called I Love Tiny Houses posted an article last year where it dug a little deeper into why this movement makes so much sense where we are today. They claimed that it wasn’t just about trends or flexibility, it was about socioeconomics and how simplified living can open up tons of opportunities, both financially and in regards to life experiences.


If you’re thinking the tiny house movement is just for people who are looking to rough it, or find an affordable way to travel with all their creature comforts, take a look at this. Tiny homes are going LUXE! With amazing finishes, beautiful locales and clever storage that you could only find in the most perfect custom home, these little luxury homes might be worth considering. They do, of course, come with the luxury price tag, which might negate the concept of simplified living that the tiny house movement is all about. Even the President is rumored to be jumping on board. There has been a lot of speculation about where the First Family is headed once he closes out his final term in office, and some sources are saying they might have their eyes set on a tiny house. But not just any tiny house, one that is eerily familiar to their Presidential digs at the white house! Talk about taking the tiny house movement to the next level! Check out some quick stats about the from The Tiny Life in the infographic below to see why people might find this lifestyle change so appealing:


What do you guys think of the tiny house movement? Do you think it provides great opportunity? Do you think it’s just a fad? Could it provide more opportunity for home ownership? Do you think it will change the way we think of housing? We want to know what you think!