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Kristin Ellefson
September 18th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

A gorgeous new construction home in Cotswold! This one is a must see! Click on the image above to view more photos of this listing.

MLS#: 3034675
3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms


NEW CONSTRUCTION. READY TO MOVE IN!! 6 new homes in Cotswold. High end finishes, open floor plans. Charm and character of what we love about the old but with all the amenities we love about the new. Gourmet kitchen, wonderful master suites, laundry rooms, patios. Fenced in yards. Front porches. 10ft ceilings down, 9 ft up. Tons of beautiful trim work. Close to great restaurants, shopping. walk to charlotte swim and tennis.


Cotswold School Information:
Elementary School:
Cotswold Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School


Cotswold Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Cotswold: 47
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Cotswold: $559,589

There were 107 closed sales in Cotswold over the last 12 month period.

The average sales price for homes in Cotswold is currently $404,756

The average number of days on the market for homes in Cotswold is 71.

There is currently a 4.2 Month supply of homes for sale in Cotswold.


For more information on this listing contact Brandon Ruby. To learn more about Brandon, click here.


Kristin Ellefson
September 17th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

When you purchase a home there are a lot of confusing acronyms thrown around whether you’re talking about the house search, the inspections, or the mortgage process. One such acronym you tend to hear often is PMI. But what is PMI? Jennie Daniels, our new Cunningham & Company Mortgage partner out of the Lake Norman Office shared some good insights on how PMI works, and what you can do to avoid it!


Private Mortgage Insurance or (PMI) is a mortgage insurance policy that protects your lender in case you default on your loan payments.  You as a borrower will pay a monthly premium based on your loan to value (LTV) and your lender is the beneficiary of your loan.  Most loans require this PMI unless you are able to provide a 20% down payment.  There are 2 types of mortgage insurance; Government and Private.  The main Government insurer is The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) which will provide up to a 96.5% LTV and the Private is for Conventional loans up to 95% LTV.  The best way to avoid PMI is to put a 20% down payment on your loan request.


A good tip for a Conventional PMI loan would be to keep track of your payments to your principal balance.  The Federal Homeowners Protection Act requires that the PMI be cancelled once the homeowner meets certain requirements and the lender must automatically cancel the PMI on your loan once you hit 78% LTV.


Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans require the insurance premium to stay on for the life of the loan.


Kristin Ellefson
September 17th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

This gorgeous home is located in a great Mountain Island Lake community. Click on the image above to read more about this listing and see more photos of the home.

MLS#: 3035062
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


Gorgeous home in The Overlook. Well maintained private spacious backyard features new custom patio w/fire pit and new custom screened porch. Huge master suite with tray ceiling and spacious master bath. Crown molding and beautiful designer colors throughout. Remodeled kitchen w/granite, SS appliances, stunning wood floors, irrigation system and immaculate landscaping.


Overlook School Information:
Elementary School:
Mountain Island Elementary School
Middle School: Bradley Middle School
High School: Hopewell High School


Overlook Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Overlook: 27
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Overlook: $556,755

There have been 22 closed sales in Overlook during the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in Overlook has decreased to $372,473

The average number of days on the market for homes in Overlook has decreased to 196.

There is currently a 10.8 month supply of homes for sale in Overlook.



For more information on this listing contact Judy Godley Webster. To learn more about Judy click here.

Kristin Ellefson
September 16th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

If you didn’t have a chance to check out the new ballpark this year during the Knights home games, now is your opportunity! Although the new stadium heard some criticism from those not excited for it to leave its location south of Charlotte, the new uptown ballpark boasted the highest attendance numbers for ANY minor league team this season with 687,715 fans attending 71 games at the 10,000-capacity ballpark, you can read more about the record setting season attendance here. If you weren’t a part of the 687,715, you still have a chance to catch a glimpse of the Knights new diggs! This weekend the new BB&T Ballpark will be playing host to the Charlotte Beerfest on Saturday September 20 from 5-9pm!

The event will feature 3 bands with headliner Blues Traveler closing out the evening from 8-9:30pm. There will also be 100 different beers available for sample throughout the event! You can get tickets here and join in all the fun. Wondering what all you can sample at beerfest, check out this awesome map and list of brewers attending. In addition to providing a fun experience for patrons the Beerfest also looks to raise awareness for Grin Kids Children’s Charity and the USO of North Carolina. Event is rain or shine, so make sure you get your tickets today!

Graphic by: Charlotte Beerfest


Kristin Ellefson
September 16th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Make sure to add this one to your must see list! Get a preview of the listing by clicking on the image above to view photos of the home.


MLS#: 3034669
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

Renovated/remodeled 4 bedroom 3 full bath plus HUGE bonus room located on one of Sedgefield’s premier streets. This home shows like a model. Has both the charm and character of Sedgefield with the space and amenities you want! Its a perfect combination of charm and functionality. Gourmet kitchen. HUGE fenced backyard with amazing landscaping. patio and deck. Minutes from uptown, East Blvd, SouthPark, Montford, and airport.


Sedgefield School Information:
Elementary School: Sedgefield Elementary School
Middle School: Sedgefield MIddle School
High School: Myers Park High School


Sedgefield Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active, single-family listings in Sedgefield: 26
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Sedgefield: $286,294

Over the last 12 months there have been 45 closed sales in Sedgefield.

The average sales price for homes in Sedgefield has increased to $320,316.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Sedgefield has decreased to 53.

There is currently a 2.8 month supply of homes for sale in Sedgefield.


For more information on this listing contact Brandon Ruby.

Kristin Ellefson
September 15th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Do you have that room in your house that you feel like no matter what, you just can’t seem to get the furniture in the right place? Maybe it’s a living room, and no matter where you put the sofa, it always seems like it might look better somewhere else, or in a bedroom you can’t seem to get all the pieces of the bedroom suite to fit just perfectly in the space, no matter the space. has shared 4 tips that will help you get any room arranged! Whether you’re just moving in, you’re prepping for showings, you just got new furniture, or you just need a change, hopefully these tips won’t leave you pushing sofas and arm chairs around the room for days trying to figure out the perfect arrangement.



Before we get into the tips, another trick you might want to consider is using a scaled room sketch to help you arrange the furniture in a less taxing way than dragging it around the room. You can sketch the room out on a piece of graph paper and then create square pieces for your furniture that you can pick up and move around the paper until you find the perfect arrangement. This will allow you to step back and take a look at the bigger picture and check for all the necessary items for a good room layout that we will talk about below. Feel like sketching might not be in your skill set? Check out these 10 apps for planning a room on Apartment Therapy! These are great tools to get you started on creating your perfect space.


1. Find a Focal Point:
Every room has a focal point, whether its a cozy fire place, a built-in storage area with lots of space to display things, or a gorgeous window, there is something in each room that you can highlight and draw attention to simply by arranging your furniture around it. Once you have selected what the focal point will be, take your largest piece of furniture and face it towards the focal point. Then, arrange all your other furniture around it, so that you don’t detract from it!


2500 Iverness Road - Click the image to see more of this home!

The gorgeous stone fireplace is set up as the focal point for this space. The furniture perfectly frames the focal point so that your eye is drawn right to it! For those listing and preparing for showings, this is a great way to highlight some of the features of your home!



2. Keep it Balanced:
You never want a space to feel heavy or lopsided or like you don’t have enough furniture to fill it, which can happen if you cluster things together with nothing to balance them on the other side. Especially if you have a large entertainment center, (or dresser for a bedroom, or sofa in a living room), you want to make sure that the furniture in the space can balance it out. If you mirror a large sofa with one small arm chair and a side table the space is going to look incomplete and it will feel really heavy on one side, but if you were to add a second chair and balance out the space a little the room will feel more full and cozy. Still not sure what layouts would be best for your space? check out these two pins: Tips for Laying Out Large Living Rooms OR Tips for laying out 100 sqft or less, to get some other great ideas for creating balance in your space.

823 Sedgefield Road - Click on the image to view more photos of this property!

The sofa and two end tables are mirrored by an oversized arm chair and a wing back chair, even though its not one continuous piece, the size and stature of these two chairs does enough to balance out the layout in the space.


3. Keep the Flow:
When you’re laying out your furniture, one of the most important things to consider is flow. How will traffic move throughout your space? You want to make sure you’re not blocking doorways or natural pathways as you’re moving furniture around or it could make the space feel small and disjointed. This is where a paper layout comes in handy. You can see where all the entrances and exits are and predict how the traffic patterns might move through the space. says to make sure to leave about “30 to 48 inches of width for major traffic routes and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones” as you’re planning your space, so keep that in mind as well!

12017 Matthew Martin Lane - Click the image above to view more of this home!

This home is mindful of the open concept and does not block the space. There is a walkway from the foyer into the living area and the sofa, although it is large, is placed to not block any of the walk way. Additionally large walkways are left from the kitchen/eating area into the living area that allow for easy transition between the two!


4. Mix and Match for Contrast.

The most interesting spaces use a variety of design elements and shapes to create an eye catching design style. Sometimes mixing sleek and modern with more traditional soft curves will create just the right amount of contrast in a space to keep it feeling warm and inviting, with with its modern appeal! Its ok to mix modern and traditional pieces, it’s what gives the space character and keeps it from looking like a sterile cold space, or an overly ornate space, it just generally tones things down!

9819 Tree Canopy Road - Click the image above to see more of this home.

This eating area features a very ornate table with large chunky legs and formal wing-back chairs, but mixing those elements with the more modern and updated pendant light with a very minimalistic curved shade, the space seems less formal than if the lighting were provided by and ornate chandelier. Also, mixing the two styles allows the focus to be on the gorgeous table, as opposed to on a fancy light fixture, which is often an attention grabber in any dining area.


So, no matter what your need, these are some great tips to help get your rooms laid out and fully functional! Still struggling with how to make it all work together? Check out our Pinterest for some great tips and tricks on getting your home decorated and organized to work best for you!



Kristin Ellefson
September 15th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

A Gorgeous Eastover home that won't last long! Click the image above to see more photos and read more about this listing.

MLS#: 3034851
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms


“Excellent condition on a quiet Eastover street. High ceilings, wide plank pine wood floors on main level, large kitchen opens to great room, wet bar, over-sized master suite. Minutes to uptown and easy walk to restaurants, shopping, and theatre.”


Eastover School Information:
Elementary School:
Eastover Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School


Eastover Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Eastover: 29
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Eastover: $1,245,120

There have been 69 closed sales in Eastover

The average sales price for homes in Eastover is $809,419.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Eastover is 99.

There is currently a 6.8 months supply of homes for sale in Eastover.


For more information on this listing contact Stan Perry.

Kristin Ellefson
September 12th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Most local markets continue to recover from a soft patch earlier this year. The macro trend is still positive; the micro trend involves more moderate pinching up and down the month-to-month timeline. This is not uncommon in a balanced market, but it’s been so long since we’ve seen one that we’re watching it with perhaps too much trepidation. Metrics to watch include inventory and prices, but also days on market, months’ supply and percent of list price received at sale. Declines in pending and closed sales activity may reflect strong decreases at lower price points and may not indicate softening demand.


New Listings in the Charlotte region decreased 4.0 percent to 4,407. Pending Sales were up 29.9 percent to 3,536. Inventory levels fell 8.6 percent to 15,395 units.Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 1.6 percent to $185,500. List to Close was down 6.8 percent to 123 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 14.3 percent to 5.2 months.


Sustained job growth, lower mortgage rates and a slow rise in the number of homes for sale appear to have unleashed at least some pent-up demand. Since housing demand relies heavily on an economy churning out good jobs, it’s encouraging to see second quarter GDP growth revised upwards to a 4.2 percent annualized rate and stronger-than-expected job growth in recent months. Further improvements are still needed by way of wage growth.

Reprinted from August 2014 CRRA Monthly Indicators


View the September 2014 On the Move on our website!




Kristin Ellefson
September 12th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

This centrally located condo is a can't miss property in uptown's First Ward neighborhood! Click the image above to read more about it and see more photos.

MLS#: 3034128
2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


Immaculate condition in excellent location. New stainless steel appliances, new carpet, and fresh interior paint throughout the property. Beautiful hardwood floors on main level and soaring ceiling in great room. Cloistered patio area and front porch. Rare attached two car garage with additional parking pad. Easy walk to uptown and newly announced 1st Ward Park.


First Ward School Information:
Elementary School:
Dilworth Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School



First Ward Real Estate Market Statitics:
Number of active Condo/Townhome listings in First Ward: 8
Average listing price for all Condo/Townhome listings in First Ward: $254,018

The number of closed sales in First Ward has increased to 20 over the last 12 month period.

The average sales price for homes in First Ward has increased to $228,919

The average number of days on the market for Condos/Townhomes in First Ward has decreased to 61

There is currently a 4.7 month supply of homes for sale in First Ward.


For more information on this listing contact Stan Perry.

Kristin Ellefson
September 11th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Lindsay Black, Randolph Road

Lindsay, an Atlanta native, moved to Charlotte after graduating from Appalachian State University in 2006. Since that time she has worked for several Charlotte corporations.  For the last five years she worked for one of the areas largest retailers, working in developing and procuring new products to design new and renovation stores.  She is eager to apply her skills in project management, negotiations, communication, analytics and problem solving to her new career in real estate. Her attention to detail and willingness to dig into every situation to find the best outcome, will ensure her clients satisfaction.As a transplant to Charlotte she understands the importance of finding the right neighborhood for the client.  She has lived in several areas of the city that will be sure to prove beneficial to her clients.




Maura Ciasulli, Lake  Norman

Maura spent her childhood in New England and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 2004, she opted for the sand-filled beaches and the many warm, sunny days of South Florida and while in Ft. Lauderdale, she completed her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with additional graduate level course work in School Counseling. Laura relocated to Charlotte to be closer to her family and Maura chose to work with Helen Adams Realty, not only because of their outstanding reputation in the Charlotte area and their quality of service, but also because of the importance the company places on building more than just a business relationship with its customers. Outside of work Maura enjoys cheering on the Red Sox’s and Patriots, running, playing golf, kayaking, swimming, and traveling!





Matt DeBoer, Ballantyne

Matt DeBoer may be new to Helen Adams Realty, but he is not new to real estate. He learned early on from his father, a real estate agent with over 30 years of experience, that only hard work, integrity and exceeding expectations forged a successful career.Matt spent over 15 years in the corporate world developing sales, marketing and negotiation skills that would eventually lead him to becoming president of a wholesale baking operation. After successfully leading that operation, Matt co-founded a sales and marketing company that was eventually purchased by a company in Charleston, South Carolina.When he is not immersed in real estate, Matt enjoys spending time with his family; his wife Tammy, and his two children Olivia and Chandler. He is a member of the Union County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, coaches youth sports, serves on the Board of Directors at Apple Baking Company and continues to wait for the Minnesota Vikings to win the Super Bowl.




Shelia DeWulf, Ballantyne

After growing up in sunny Florida and then moving to the polar opposite in Michigan, Sheila DeWulf, her husband, and three school-aged children chose to move to beautiful Charlotte for the same reason many of you have.  The mountains, the beaches, the moderate climate, the desirable schools, the superb neighborhoods and the friendly people – Charlotte has so many attractive attributes!   Having lived in several parts of the United States and relocating to new cities, Sheila understands the importance of having an empathic agent who can help you find the home of your dreams.  In addition, she has bought and sold multiple properties across the United States as an owner of an investment business. Sheila lives in Waxhaw with her family.  In her free time, she participates in a number of volunteer initiatives and church activities, travels and coaches Marvin Ridge Middle School cheerleading. If there is any free time left over, she tries to squeeze in some golf and tennis!




Amy Fraser, Lake Norman

Buying three houses within four years, all in different cities and two states, might sound unorthodox to some people, but for Amy Fraser that has been a way of life that has kept her keenly aware of the home buying process, as well as what it takes to sell a home quickly due to relocation. When her husband accepted a new job opportunity in the area, Amy left recruiting and career coaching and dove into real estate – a long time passion that now could professionally become a reality.Amy chose to affiliate with Helen Adams Realty due to their reputation in the Charlotte area, paired with strong marketing and technology usage that allows Brokers to spend more of their time providing personal high quality service to their clients.   Amy and her husband are happy to call the Lake Norman area “home”. Outside of work, Amy enjoys classes at the YMCAs surrounding Lake Norman, spending time with her husband and fur-babies, horseback riding, volleyball, and traveling to the coast.


Terri Hansley, Lake  Norman

Terri relocated from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina with her family. She is a wife of 15 years and the mother of 2 Beautiful girls Sayeeda and Hannah. Terri’s specialty is relocation, new construction and Luxury Homes (receiving numerous regional and national accolades). Terri holds a Master’s Degree from New England College with a major in Business Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn New York with a major in Marketing. Before her real estate career, Terri worked as a loan processor, mortgage underwriter and Manager in the mortgage industry. Terri knows the Real Estate business from the Beginning to the End…Terri’s interests outside of real estate include family, travel, and the community.




Emily Heffernan, Randolph Road
Emily is a relatively new addition to the beautiful Queen City along with her husband, two small children, and two fur monsters. Having lived on both coasts in the continental United States, England, and most recently the US Virgin Islands, she is well versed in the art of relocation and the intricacies that come with making a new city your own. Emily has a background in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as History and Science from Harvard University. She is a highly motivated individual whose passion for perfection has led her onto the leader board at international horse competitions and to the stage of Carnegie Hall.





Leslie Helms, Lake  Norman

As a native Charlottean, Leslie is familiar with many areas of Charlotte and the surrounding counties. She graduated high school from Calvary Christian School and then attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Leslie grew up in the Coulwood/Mountain Island Lake area of Charlotte and then lived in Harrisburg, NC while attending UNC-Charlotte. Growing up she enjoyed taking dance classes including ballet, tap, jazz and clogging which she performed competitively for 15 years.Before deciding to follow her passion for Real Estate, Leslie spent 13 years in the banking industry.  Leslie currently resides in the Mountain Island Lake area with her husband and their two daughters. She and her family are active members of Paw Creek Presbyterian Church.  Leslie enjoys vacationing at the beach, teaching clogging and spending time with her family and friends.




Welcome Back: Margaretta Leary, Randolph Road

What could be better than living in Charlotte, NC?  Out of all the cities in which we have lived – without question – Charlotte is the best!  With the experience of relocating our family so many times, I realize that critical to the success of any move is finding the right community, the right neighborhood and the right home. Essential to accomplishing that success is understanding your needs, your wants and even your dreams. My goal is to provide you with the highest degree of professionalism in the quest for your new home. Whether you’re new to Charlotte or a native, it would be a privilege to be your Realtor!




Avery Love, Ballantyne

Avery is a rare Charlotte native and has been active in the local marketplace since 1969.  He has owned four local real estate companies and enjoys an extensive database with local Realtors®. He began his career converting 17 apartment communities locally and in the Southeast to the condominium form of ownership. He then enjoyed eight years taking over foreclosed bank owned communities and restoring them to proper market conditions. He also supervised the successful sellout of those communities. He has developed eight single-family neighborhoods locally and in Atlanta, Georgia.He has had extensive experience in the new home industry, having served as Vice-President in charge of sales and marketing activities for two national and regional homebuilders.  Since the early 2000s, most of his emphasis has been with selling resale and new single-family homes, condos and townhomes as either a buyer’s agent or a listing agent.His significant experience with the local market allows him to be of special benefit to his clients… both buyers and sellers.  He is known for his work ethic and overall desire to “do the right thing” for his clients. He prides himself in making each client feel like they are his only client.



Tracy Neal, Lake Norman

Tracy is originally from Battle Creek, MI, but has lived in Lake Norman for over 20 years. She graduated with a B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State and did additional graduate studies in Business Administration at Western Carolina and UNC-Charlotte. Prior to joining Helen Adams, Tracy worked in Healthcare Sales, and enjoyed investing in Real Estate where she has experience working on large and small property remodel projects.  She and her husband are parents to 3 “furry children”  and they most recently finished up a remodeling project on a lake front property!





Anna Rhode Yuan,  President, Helen Adams International Realty

Anna Rohde Yuan serves as President of Helen Adams International Realty. She is in charge of Asia-Pacific and European Real Estate Business Development for the firm. As President of Helen Adams International Realty, Anna is responsible for the company’s International Real Estate sales business affairs in the United States, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific. Anna’s international business experience and her intimate knowledge of the cultures of Asia-Pacific and America combine to insure that each international real estate transaction combines impeccable service with a profound understanding of the real estate needs of sophisticated buyers and sellers from around the world.Anna is a true international having grown up in China and has lived over a decade in several countries across Europe including the UK, Germany, and Switzerland. She holds several degrees and diplomas from Chinese and European Universities. In 2007 Anna founded Property Management Company of London, based in London, UK.In 2010 Anna and her family relocated to the United States. Since 2012 Anna has focused on the local real estate market in Charlotte, North Carolina. She understands the unique investment opportunity now at hand to purchase residential and commercial properties in the Carolinas, and she is dedicated to securing excellent investment opportunities for her clients. Anna’s commitment to excellence is based on her drive and vision to serve and support children of families in other parts of the world who do not have the resources to obtain an education on their own.



Michelle Ivester-Rhyne Lake Norman

Michelle is a Realtor with Honesty and Integrity and a Passion for helping Home Buyers and Sellers. North Carolina is Home for Michelle, which gives her a broad knowledge of the Charlotte and Lake Norman area.Michelle has received the Strategic Pricing Specialist Designation.Michelle uses the latest in Tecnology to help her and her Clients stay on top of the Curent Market Conditions, and to Educate, and help her Clients through every step of the Buying or Selling Transaction process. Trust and Communication is key with her Client!





Lisa Turley, Lake Norman

My husband and I relocted to Charlotte area 18 years ago from New Jersey because of my husband’s job. We have 4 children – 2 (son and daughter) currently at NC State and 2 (son and daughter) at Charlotte Catholic High School. I graduated from Rider College with a degree in Journalism and worked as the Communications Director for Delaware Valley United Way for 5 years. After having my first child, I decided to be a stay at home mom for about 14 years before returning to the work force in 2006 when I began my real estate career. One of my favorite things to do is to play tennis, which I try to do at least once a week! Another activity that I truly enjoy is watching and cheering on my kids as they play sports; thought that is becoming less and less since 2 kids have already graduated!I am a huge New York Giants fan and definitely believe that my superstitious acts help them win!