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Kristin Ellefson
July 28th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

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Its hard to believe it has been a full year since the Charlotte Premium Outlets opened up in Steele Creek! This bustling shopping center boasts over 100 name brand stores offering savings year round! This new shopping destination is ready to celebrate having year one under its belt, and they are inviting everyone out to the party! On Saturday, from 1-5pm you can head out to the Charlotte Premium Outlets and celebrate with family- friendly activities including entertainment with Mr. Nigel and friends, balloon twisting, prize giveaways and more! Attendees will also receive photo opportunities with the Le Creuset Truckette and a chance to win a $500 Simon gift card. As part of the event, Charlotte Premium Outlets is working together with the Humane Society of Charlotte and will offer pet adoptions at the center. Families and friends will not want to miss this exciting weekend! Make sure you don’t miss out, and if you haven’t taken the opportunity to check out the outlet center, now is a great time, with all the end of season deals and steals, there’s no way you won’t find a bargain!

Kristin Ellefson
July 24th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Every year nearly 40 Americans move, and if you’re going to be part of that large statistic this year, you probably know that making all the arrangements fro your move can be a daunting task. With the summer months being the prime relocation season for most people, we thought it would be a good time to bring some tips to the table to help you make the best choices when it comes to organizing your big move! Good Housekeeping shared 3 major points to consider when planning your move, and we definitely agree that they are good things to focus on! First of all, its good to remember, like the folks at GH point out, moving is not a “one size fits all” situation, every move is different, so take time to consider these things and how they fit your situation:


  • Should you hire a moving service? This one is a huge point to consider, while a “self-move” option might be cheaper, its also important to consider your timeline, how far you are relocating, and whether or not you have enough man power to get it done! Also, as your home size grows, as well as your collection of belongings, it becomes less convenient to orchestrate a relocation than it might have been when apartment hopping in your twenties. If you think you might be able to handle portions of the project yourself, ask those questions when talking to a service provider, especially if the budget is a concern. Being honest about what you can handle and where you need help will go a long way in making your move less stressful!
  • Should you keep it? There is no time like moving time to really take a look at your belonging and lighten your load. A lot of us put things in storage or in a closet and totally forget they are there, which is why you should touch everything as you’re packing. Don’t just move boxes without opening them and knowing what you’re taking along! If you’re local to the Charlotte area, check out our Donation Resource Guide for tips on how your “de-cluttering” project can make a difference in our local community. Additionally, this is a great time to organize a garage or yard sale to make some extra cash before the big move! Remember, when moving into your new space, less is more!
  • Save on Supplies: Especially if you’re planning to DIY your move, supplies can be a huge cost. Keep an eye out for shipping boxes, or boxes from your local grocery store or big box retailer that you can save up to help with your move. Also take advantage of items that are perfect for storage and need to be moved, like suitcases, storage ottomans, etc. That aren’t too large to become exceedingly heavy if you pack other items in them for the move.

And our final tip? Organize, organize, organize!! Don’t just throw things into boxes and bags, try to organize them by room and by how soon after the move you will need them so that you can prioritize your unpacking. The more organized your boxes and bags are, the less stressful it will be to unpack and organize your new space.

Kristin Ellefson
July 23rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Home maintenance is about more than just cleaning and organizing. It also involves keeping your home and its “equipment,” if you will, in good operating condition and up to date. A key part of doing this is making informed buying decisions AND knowing the expected lifespan of the items you are purchasing, that way you can plan accordingly for making replacements, and you won’t have to skimp on quality in an emergency situation. Ever wondered how long some of those household items would last? The National Association of Realtors Styled Staged Sold blog posted this great infographic with some average lifespan ranges for some of your most common household goods! Check it out below!

Kristin Ellefson
July 22nd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

When you’re looking to beat the summer heat, one of the first things you think about is hitting up the pool, whether it’s in your neighborhood, at your friend’s house, or in your backyard, it seems like the best way to catch some relief. recently posted an article about the top 10 cities for homeowners that have a pool at the top of their must-have list! They ranked cities based on the number of single family homes with backyard pools, by percentage. While Charlotte didn’t make the list, which was comprised mostly of cities in the Southwest region of the U.S., (where you are likely to get use out of your pool for more months out of the year than some other places), our local market does have a lot to offer in that segment!


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we know for a fact that Charlotte has some breathtaking outdoor spaces, complete with the fabulous swimming pools that we are all dying to have this time of year! Check out some of these gorgeous pools, currently available around town!

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This backyard retreat is located in Waxhaw, NC and is complete with a pool & hot tub and a spacious patio area. This is the perfect space to catch a little R&R, and you don’t even have to leave the convenience of your backyard.


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This home is a Ballantyne Country Club exclusive Simonini-built custom home on private 1.3 acre cul de sac lot,  next to a park and just off the #16 fairway. This outdoor area is surrounded by a stone/paver patio,  and features an in ground pool, hot tub, fire pit,  and outdoor kitchen, perfect for all your entertainment needs.


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Looking for something a little different? This backyard pool and spa is also located in Ballantyne Country clue and features a salt water beach entry pool & connected spa with gorgeous landscaping and plenty of covered and uncovered patio space to enjoy!


Luxury heads to a whole new level with this backyard retreat! This outdoor entertainment space includes a fabulous pool, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, sun and shade terraces. Additionally, this home features a pool house with full bath & air conditioning! Perfect for a mid-summer stay-cation!


Can’t get enough of all these fabulous pools and spas? Check out more on our website!

Kristin Ellefson
July 21st, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment


Homearama is back with new innovations in home decor and technology and more! The Home Builders Association of Charlotte promises tons of exciting design ideas at this years event. Located in the Mint Hill Community of Cheval, these Homearama homes encompass the latest styles and materials for living areas, kitchen and bath design using cutting-edge, energy efficient products. Home builders include: Ullman Group – LevadeUllman Group – CamargueArcadia Homes, and New Old Custom Homes. The even started last weekend, but if you didn’t have a chance to make it out, don’t worry! The homes will be open each Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-7pm through August 2nd! Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased in advance on the Homearama website. In addition to seeing some of the areas most innovative luxury communities, you will also have the chance to enjoy food and festivities throughout the event. Make sure to make plans to attend today! This is a great way to get idea for home improvement projects, check out ideas for a new home construction, see the work of some of Charlotte’s best builders, or just oogle over the gorgeous design work! This is an event you’ll want to make sure you attend!


Kristin Ellefson
July 20th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Lisa Turley - NC & SC Broker/Realtor® Helen Adams Realty - Lake Norman Office


Helen Adams Realty  thanks Lisa Turley for her continued service to all of her clients. Some of her recent clients felt that Lisa played a huge role in helping them make their transition to Charlotte. Here is what they had to say:

Our family relocated to the Charlotte area from out of state.  We were fortunate enough to have been set up with Helen Adams realty, and most importantly, Lisa Turley as our realtor.  This was the first major move for our family and moving out of state made this experience all the more challenging for us.  Lisa was instrumental in helping make the transition as smooth as possible.  She was well in tuned to our needs and wants, and did a fantastic job of showing us homes in our price range and in neighborhoods she felt we would like.  Her knowledge of the Charlotte area, especially the school system, was extremely beneficial to us, particularly since we knew next to nothing of Charlotte.  Lisa was fun and easy to work with and talk to and her professional experience and knowledge were key as many things came up in the relocation and home buying process that we were unaware of.  Lisa went well above and beyond our expectations as a realtor- she was available 24/7 for consultation, she did whatever we asked, and was organized and on top of everything. We truly enjoyed working with her and we would highly recommend her as an agent for anyone looking to purchase a home in the greater Charlotte area.


Congratulations to Lisa  on this wonderful review, we’re so proud to have you represent Helen Adams Realty!

Kristin Ellefson
July 17th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

The curtain closes and the first half of 2015 is a finished act. Monthly market analysis helps nudge the real estate story forward for a final bow. The orchestra (consumers) and conductor (the REALTOR®) are thanked. Metropolitan operas, er, markets across the country continue to improve and further perform at peaks not seen in years. Bad memories from that one lousy show known as the Great Recession are pushed even further into the past.
New Listings in the Charlotte region increased 1.7 percent to 5,133. Pending Sales were up 26.5 percent to 4,438. Inventory levels fell 23.8 percent to 13,167 units. Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 4.5 percent to $206,089. List to Close was down 4.8 percent to 119 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 35.6 percent to 3.9 months.


Having six months of 2015 data in the books is great, but it is still just intermission at this halfway point of the year. Forecasting market trends can be as dicey as the weather, but with interest rates managing to remain low into the summer months, the outlook is promising, even if rates go up later in the year. Metrics like inventory and percent of list price received at sale are two of the better understudies to watch this year.
Reprinted from June 2015 CRRA Monthly Indicators.


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

Connie Miller - NC Broker/Realtor®

Helen Adams Realty  thanks Connie Miller for her continued service to all of her clients. Some of her recent clients had a ton of great things to say about their experience with Connie:


“I can’t say enough positive things about Connie Miller as my real estate agent!  I got her name off a sign in my Mother’s neighborhood when we were trying to sell Mom’s house.  I knew immediately that I had selected the right person to help us market Mom’s house.  Connie was so caring and willing to help with many details that made the experience of selling Mom’s house so much less stressful.  My home is not in Charlotte, and Connie went above and beyond the call of duty by meeting people at the house when I could not be there and coordinating details to get the house ready to sell.  She also stayed in touch with me and always returned calls or emails promptly.  After such a positive experience with my Mom’s house sale, I naturally contacted Connie when I was ready to sell my own house in Charlotte that I had previously leased.  Again, her personal expertise and also her willingness to consult with other agents in her firm when necessary affirmed my confidence in her abilities.  She had a well thought out plan for marketing and pricing my house, and it sold in 4 days!  She again coordinated repairs and was always cheerful and professional.  She definitely took a lot of the stress out of the house selling experience for me and I am very grateful to her.  I would HIGHLY recommend Connie to anyone who is looking for a realtor.”


Congratulations to Connie  on this wonderful review, we’re so proud to have you represent Helen Adams Realty!

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


If you’re an avid foodie, or you love exploring the Charlotte restaurant scene, OR you’re just a sucker for a good deal, then you probably won’t want to miss Queen’s Feast starting on July 17, 2015 and running through next weekend, July 26! Queen’s Feast is a celebration of all that the Charlotte culinary experts have to offer with some of the top dining locales in the city offering up a 3 course meal comprised of some of their best dishes, for between $30-$35/person. This season over 120 of the city’s best restaurants will be welcoming patrons with savory treats and irresistible deals from South Charlotte all the way up to the Lake Norman area, so make sure you get your plans coordinated to take advantage of as many delicious spots as you can! Because of the popularity of the event, reservations are recommended. You can see the full list of participating restaurants on the Queen’s Feast website and find more information about making reservations there.

July 14th, 2015  |  +Maggie Burgan  |  Add a Comment

MLS#: 3092692

3 Bedrooms, 2/1 Bathrooms

Move-in ready town home in quaint cul-de-sac neighborhood with no thru traffic. Entire home painted including moldings, ceilings & garage. New carpet throughout. Master on main with oversized walk-in closet, jetted tub, double sink & separate shower. Home has gas fireplace in Great Room. Heavy moldings & plantation shutters throughout home. Eat-in kitchen features granite countertops. Home has a separate Dining Room. Two large Bedrooms with bonus room on 2nd floor. Bonus room could be 4th Bedroom by flipping closet in an adjoining Bedroom. Enjoy a beautiful patio off the Great Room.

Villas at Ballantyne Trace School Information:
Elementary School: Endhaven
Middle School: Community House
High School: Unspecified

Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in Villas at Ballantyne Trace: 0
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Villas at Ballantyne Trace: $225,000

For more information, please contact:

Cell: 704-340-0800
Office: 704-341-0279