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July 22nd, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

Below are this week’s 12 new listings. Click a property for more information.

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11324 Ballantyne Crossing Ave., Charlotte, NC 28277 | $1,735,000 | MLS# 3197421 | Listing Courtesy of: Christine Hotham

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5620 Fairview Rd. #25, Charlotte, NC 28209 | $675,000 | MLS# 3199495 | Listing Courtesy of: Kevin Thompson

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3317 Selwyn Farms Ln., Charlotte, NC 28209 | $454,000 | MLS# 3190204 | Listing Courtesy of: Jack Marinelli

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10003 Blackstone Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078 | $400,000 | MLS# 3199409 | Listing Courtesy of: Jeff Sny

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1023 Sycamore Green Pl. #1023, Charlotte, NC 28202 | $300,000 | MLS# 3197104 | Listing Courtesy of: Kevin Thompson

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5138 Elementary View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28269 | $264,900 | MLS# 3199141 | Listing Courtesy of: Matt DeBoer

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416 Queens Rd. #2, Charlotte, NC 28207 | $249,000 | MLS# 3198724 | Listing Courtesy of: Frank Adams

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13546 Aldenbrook Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078 | $225,000 | MLS# 3196958 | Listing Courtesy of: The Godley-Elder Team

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786 Davidson St. #786, Charlotte, NC 28202 | $200,000 | MLS# 3199182 | Listing Courtesy of: Lauren Ponder Dayton

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12031 Copper Mountain Blvd. #12031, Charlotte, NC 28277 | $159,900 | MLS# 3198706 | Listing Courtesy of: Bryant Stadler

 

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253 Ranlo Ave., Gastonia, NC 28054 | $158,000 | MLS# 3199368 | Listing Courtesy of: Christy Quick

 

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9419 Vicksburg Park Ct. #9419, Charlotte, NC 28210 | $120,000 | MLS# 3198050 | Listing Courtesy of: Group Jones Realty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
July 21st, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

Charlotte’s Favorite Eve​nt on Wheels!

If you haven’t been out Plaza Midwood’s Food Truck Friday, there’s no better time than this week! Their new location behind The Light Factory has been a hit since the relocation. With booming support from the neighborhood, you will find more food trucks and plenty of variety each Friday.

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Food Truck Lineup this Friday (July 22nd):

All Star Cafe

Cheese to the Mac

Cuzzo’s Cuisine

Hiya Food Truck

KO Food Truck *^

Libretto’s Pizza *

Pita Wheel

Slow Smokin BBQ

Sophie’s Soul Food *

Sticks and Cones *^

SweetCakes

Two Chicks and a Truck *^

*=Vegetarian option available

^=Gluten Free option available



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Where: behind The Light Factory,

1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

When: 5-10pm

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Twitter: @FTFCharlotte

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July 21st, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

Charlotte offers a lot when it comes to activities and destinations that engage and excite people of all ages. Whether you are searching for educational attractions or purely looking for the fun of it, these places are definitely worth exploring!


  1. Discovery Place is where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs.
    Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more.

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    Discovery Place

  2. ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center is a one-of-a-kind youth destination located in the heart of the cultural arts district. With cutting edge services, library collections, an award winning professional theatre and innovative education programs, ImaginOn brings stories to life through extraordinary experiences that challenge, inspire and excite young minds. It was recently ranked the No. 1 children’s library in the United States by Livability.com.

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  3. Carolinas Aviation Museum is where you  go to learn about various aircrafts they have on display and the role each has played in shaping history. Sit in an actual cockpit to experience what it would have been like to fly them. Feel free to bring cameras and take photos here too! 

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    Carolinas Aviation Museum

 
July 20th, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

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The Positive Market Prevails

(Reprinted from June 2016 CRRA Monthly Indicators)

Halfway through 2016, residential real estate markets are performing as predicted at the beginning of the year. Sales and prices have been going up in most areas, while the number of homes for sale and total months’ supply of inventory have been going down. Meanwhile, many sellers have been getting a higher percentage of their asking price, and supply continues to struggle to meet demand. The message may be repetitive, but it is positive.

New Listings were up in the Charlotte region 7.7 percent to 5,579. Pending Sales increased 19.3 percent to 4,763. Inventory shrank 23.3 percent to 11,145 units.
Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 8.1 percent to $225,000. Months Supply of Homes for Sale was down 31.8 percent to 3.0 months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply. The national unemployment rate recently dropped 0.3 percent to 4.7 percent, but some states felt more of a pinch in their own figures. Similarly, the low inventory situation is showing signs of strain in markets where there are few homes for purchase. With an interest rate increase still in the cards this year, combined with the American political landscape and global economic events, a cooldown could occur by winter. Presently, however, summery growth prevails as many locales are reaching near-record prices not seen in more than a decade.


The Vitals: A Look at Charlotte’s Overall Real Estate Market

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Monthly Average 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates as reported by www.freddiemac.com

  • Comparing June of 2015 to June 2016 Charlotte’s inventory as a whole remains low, at 23.3%.
  • However, pending sales, comparing June 2015 to June 2016, stayed up at 19.3%.
  • The market inventory remains low where there are few homes available for purchase, meaning buyer demand will remain high.
  • Months supply of inventory stays at 3 for June 2016; this usually indicates the market is more favorable for the seller. A balanced market is 6 months supply of inventory.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Residential Closings for the Entire CMLS Area

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Click here to view our On the Move Monthly Newsletter.

 

 
July 19th, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment


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Things to do in Matthews, NC:

  • Matthews Food Truck Friday & Artist Showcase – A community food truck rally each Friday through August 30. Check out local food trucks and artists with while enjoying live music in Stumptown Park!
  • Matthews Summer Concert Series – Now through July 23, Stumptown Park will host a concert each Saturday from 7pm – 12am! A great way to spend a nice summer night in the park.
  • Four Mile Creek Greenway – This greenway links downtown Matthews with Squirrel Lake Park and connect neighborhoods from E. John Street to S. Trade Street. This greenway is an asphalt trail with boardwalk. This is the first greenway in the Town of Matthews.  Click here for a map.
  • Cinemark Movie Bistro Charlotte – Recently renovated, this neighborhood theatre has a cafe, bar, and luxury reclining loungers!
  • Inner Peaks – The largest, full-service indoor climbing gym in the Charlotte area. They offer customized programs for all ability levels and nearly every age!
  • Matthews Community Farmers’ Market – Open Saturday mornings year-round, this farmers’ market is a vibrant blend of fresh marketplace and community gathering spot where customers can connect with the local farmers who grow the food they buy.  You can find fresh locally grown produce, naturally raised meats, baked goods, local honey, eggs, goat cheese, chef-prepared foods, flowers, plants and farm crafts here. Live music and cooking demonstrations by top local chefs are also featured every Saturday morning during the regular season.
  • Royal Cafe & Creperie – A must-try in Matthews! This Cafe & Creperie focuses on using high quality ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible. They are much more than just a crepe shop, they also proudly serve specialty coffees that are roasted here in Charlotte with beans from around the world, and teas!

 

 
July 18th, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

While choosing the home fixes, prioritize the projects that will add the most value.  The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. What needs attention and what can you leave alone? Prepping for sale is a delicate balance between repairs along with a bit of renovation and presentation.

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Remember:

  • Structural is just as important as cosmetic
  • Give the buyers what they want–create that “wow” factor

Don’t ignore these seven areas

1.Structural and Mechanical

It might not be glamorous, but buyers are looking at big-ticket items like the age and condition of the roof, AC and heating systems, water heater, electrical panel and pipes. Not all of these have to be replaced, but if any of these components are on their last leg, you should seriously consider replacing them as these items could factor into the kind of financing the buyer is able to obtain as well as insurability of the property.

Appraisers are notorious for requiring a roof to be replaced. Replacing a roof that is at the end of its life before putting your home on the market will go a long way to solidifying buyer confidence. The last thing you want to be doing is putting on a new roof in the midst of trying to pack.

2. Exterior

How does the exterior of your home look? Is there any wood rot? When was the last time it was painted? First impressions start from the outside, and the exterior will show up in photos across a multitude of websites, etc. This is definitely an area worth spending the money.

3. Landscaping

Speaking of the exterior, how does your landscaping look? Ask yourself these questions: Are the plantings overgrown, worn or wilted? What about the ground cover? Do the planting beds need some fresh mulch, pine straw, rock, etc.? Are there any overgrown tree limbs hanging over the house or blocking the home’s view? For a relatively inexpensive investment, you can transform how your exterior looks by trimming back and freshening things up with new plants and landscaping.painting house - small

4. Cosmetic

The truth is…buyers buy with their eyes, so now is the time to go through the interior in detail. Keep an eye out for dents and dings on the walls, scratched moldings or worn paint. Now is the time to spruce up the inside with a fresh coat of paint. Pick light, neutral and on-trend colors. Choose a neutral palette that will transition well with any buyer’s furniture.

5. Kitchen

This area is always huge with buyers. Even if the buyers barely know how to boil water, they always envision themselves in the kitchen cooking and entertaining surrounded by sleek appliances and cabinetry. Here’s where you need to give them the look for less. Think new hardware on cabinets, adding or changing out a dated tile backsplash and updating appliances. Also, consider changing out counters — you might be able to find a reasonably price remnant of a granite slab.

6. Bathrooms

Simple and clean rules the day. Sprucing up your bathrooms to sell can be as simple as having the grout on the existing tile steam cleaned or regrouting where needed. Caulking, new plumbing and light fixtures along with mirrors can instantly create value.

7. Flooring

New flooring can totally transform the look of your space and give it the “wow” factor that buyers desire. If you can only afford to make the investment in one significant part of your home, consider updating the flooring. There are a ton of low-cost options to choose from that include wood plank tiles and highly upgraded laminate flooring — think wide plank, light colored or hand-scraped styles.

Adapted from Inman Article by Cara Ameer: http://www.inman.com/2016/07/18/seven-items-you-must-fix-before-putting-your-home-on-the-market/

 
July 15th, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

Renting vs. of owning definitely has its perks — there’s flexibility with changing up your location when your lease is over, there’s no need to worry about property taxes and home repairs aren’t taking up your wallet. But the one major drawback? It can be a bit challenging for renters to create a space that is truly their own while still ensuring the security deposit is waiting for them when they do leave. So we’ve gathered these easy, budget-friendly things all renters need to know in order to make their place home sweet home, and not upset the landlord along the way.

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  1. Add curtains! You didn’t choose the blinds, but you sure can hide them if you want.
  2. Turn that bookshelf into a focal point by adding patterned paper to the shelf backings, organizing your books in a creative way or painting the furniture itself, customized bookshelves can have big impact for little effort.X42R8NZAVX
  3. Put a colorful memo board in your entryway. This is a small way to incorporate color, plus give you a space for mail, grocery lists, reminders, etc.
  4. Try window boxes and as an added bonus, having plants in or near your space has been proven to amp up your productivity level.
  5. Get creative with storage! Chances are, you don’t have enough space in your apartment. But, you can slip in storage with things like bar carts, rolling kitchen islands, ottomans with hidden compartments, and bed frames with storage underneath.
  6. Add a rug. Though you can use any carpet that fits your budget, jute rugs are inexpensive, go with anything and come in nearly any size. A large rug completely covers imperfect floors (and protects them, too).
  7. Paint your furniture. Not every piece has to be a bright yellow or a bold turquoise, but that surprising pop of color on a coffee table or your kitchen chairs can make a huge difference. It’s a great alternative to painting the walls too.
  8. Change out knobs and pulls. Just because you didn’t choose the cabinetry doesn’t mean it can’t be customized to fit your style!

Adapted from Huffington Post’s article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/11/decor-ideas-rental_n_4580495.html

 
July 14th, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out, a lively place to try some craft beers, or a some delectable dishes the Queen City has you covered.

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Southern Porches

  • The Fig Tree Restaurant is a fine-dining icon in the Elizabeth neighborhood. It’s located in the Lucas House, a 1913 Craftsman-style bungalow. The signature elk chop is especially good when enjoyed on the porch with a breeze.
  • 300 East on Dilworth’s East Boulevard has been serving upscale American fare for 30 years. It started out as a large estate house, and was remodeled into a restaurant. There you can linger over dessert on the white-columned porch that wraps around the restaurant. Pastry chef Ashley Bivens Boyd is known for her confections, which resemble works of art.
  • The Duke Mansion once owned by James Buchanan Duke of Duke Energy and Duke University fame, is a treasure of the Myers Park community. The 1915 mansion is now a bed-and-breakfast. Its screened-in sleeping porches overlooking immaculately landscaped gardens are considered some of its finest amenities.

Rooftop Views

  • Whiskey Warehouse occupies most of its upper story. The covered, U-shaped bar has TVs for game-watching. The tables rimming the deck’s edge have umbrellas, so diners can enjoy streetscape views in the shade. Monday is half-priced wing night, and the weekend brings specials on mimosas, sangria and bloody marys!
  • Fahrenheit has an unrivaled Uptown view from its 21st floor post atop Skye Condos/Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown. Snapping a selfie from the balcony with a skyscraper backdrop is on every Queen City bucket list. The view’s only competition is the food—short ribs, steaks and grilled seafood—coming from the kitchen, which is led by Chef Rocco Whalen.
  • A new addition to Center City, City Lights Rooftop Bar opened in June. It stakes its claim as the city’s largest rooftop bar. Located on the 19th floor of Le Méridien Charlotte, the bar reveals 360-degree views. Fridays are DJ nights.

Enjoyable Decks

  • Thomas Street Tavern in Plaza Midwood contains an adult’s playground out back. The large deck has built-in fire pits and a second outdoor bar. Cornhole and Ping Pong are popular diversions.
  • The Carolinas HeathCare System Home Run Porch at BB&T Ballpark is one of the most energetic sections in the park. The standing-room-only porch gives Charlotte Knights fans an up-close view as balls soar over the right-field wall.
  • At Brazwells Premium Pub,  located on Montford Drive–1/3 mile entertainment strip–warm weather means draft beers, tasty bites hot off the kitchen’s grill, and tables filled with chatter and laughter on the sprawling deck. With a dockside feel, it’s surprising not to find a shoreline just beyond the deck’s railing.

Lively Patios

  • Sycamore Brewing is the place to be when the weather is nice. They have a spacious patio filled with picnic tables, a second outdoor bar slinging cold beverages, corn hole, and a platform for live music. With water bowls plentifully stocked, furry friends are welcometo lounge with you at Sycamore.
  • Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte’s first craft brewery, opened in 2009. It adheres to German standards in brewing its beer and carries that Old World theme through in its location on Yancey Road. Its patio extends out into an expansive Biergarten. The picnic tables are an ideal place to enjoy a flagship Copper amber ale and a fresh pretzel.
  • Pasta & Provisions, a Charlotte institution for more than 20 years, expanded this past winter to a second location on Park Road. The new space allows the Italian grocer and deli to serve made-to-order sandwiches, pizzas and pastas, and guests can enjoy those dishes with a glass of beer or wine on the patio.

 

Article adapted from Charlotte’s Got A Lot: http://www.charlottesgotalot.com/articles/Charlottes-Best-Porches-Patios-Decks

 
July 13th, 2016  |  +Amy Hethcote  |  Add a Comment

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5105 Pansley Drive: Virtual Tour

This luxury Townhome is absolutely stunning Located in gated Triveny Commons, near SouthPark, Ballantyne & 485. Beautiful light filled open 2 sty floor plan, move in ready, immaculate, modern & stylish, w/MBR main level. Spacious modern kitchen, oversized island w/granite, SS appl, dark hdwds 1st/2nd flrs, 2nd fl open studio, dramatic GR, walk in pantry, lg laundry. Beautifully landscaped private cov’d oversized patio w/ ample space for entertaining End unit, corner lot w/attached 2 car garage.

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Listed by:

Michelle Weeks: NC & SC Realtor/Broker

Learn more about Michelle here.

 
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July 7th, 2016  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

JUST LISTED IN WINDSOR PARK

 

4211 Seaforth Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205

 

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Just listed for sale in Charlotte.

This charming 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home is situated on a great corner lot in popular Windsor Park. With over 1300 heated square feet, it has many fantastic features including, original hardwood floors, new countertop in the kitchen, tile floors in the bathrooms, updated master bathroom with shower/tub combo with tile surround, his and her closets in the master bedroom, ceiling fans in all rooms, wood burning fireplace, fenced in backyard, and a two car carport! Living here you are conveniently located near Hwy 74, Uptown Charlotte, and the Plaza Midwood area which offers tons of restaurants, retail, and more! Get all the details on this great property by clicking here.

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Listed by:

Crystal Cox:: NC and SC Broker/Realtor

Click here to learn more about Crystal

 
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