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Kristin Ellefson
July 30th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

If you’ve been noticing a lot of hype out extreme outdoor spaces lately, you’re not alone. It seems like every design show features an awesome re-do of a backyard patio,  perfect for entertaining friends and family, additionally home deocr magazines and Pinterest are full of ideas on how to spruce up that outdoor area. We even took part in some of the craze and posted our own infographic on creating your perfect outdoor entertaining space. But, is there something more than a home decor trend? The Wall Street Journal reports that more buyers are looking for outdoor entertaining spaces these days and features like porches and patios are making a resurgence on the “must-have list”. In June, the Census Bureau reported that 63% of new single-family homes completed in 2013 had porches—up from 42% in 1993 (1). While porches might be making a comeback in the real estate market as a whole, the Luxury Home market, in particular, has seen an increase in the amount of homes with not only outdoor porches and patios, but outdoor areas that serve as additional living spaces in a home, complete with kitchens, plush furniture, and fabulous decor! The biggest draw you ask? Porches and Pergolas, which can provide shade, and a refuge from the heat create spaces that can be used year-round, despite weather conditions, if they are designed correctly. Many also say that the increase in porch desirability bodes well for the resurgence of the  friendly neighborhoods of the past, where people spend more time outside their homes, being social and less time locked up in the air conditioning watching TV. What do you think? Are you gunning for a porch or other outdoor space in your next home? Here are some porches we love in Charlotte!

This gorgeous front porch at 635 Diana Drive is inviting and warm, with a great place to sit and relax after a long day at the office, or even to sit , chat, and catch up with neighborhood friends who might stop by! Its a great place to entertain spontaneously, even if your house isn’t fit for company!



This glass enclosed patio at 5401 Colony Road is perfect for entertaining indoors, while still giving the feel of an outside space. Our Favorite feature? The windows can be opened to catch the breeze or listen to the rain without having to battle the elements!




Another great idea for an indoor/outdoor space can be found at 13837 Gran Palisades Parkway. This space is perfect with the large glass panel doors that can open to the outside for more of a porch feel, or can be closed off if its too hot or too cold. Also, check out the awesome kitchen space and outdoor heater, who wouldn’t want to spend all their spare time out there?!




Another great option at 1927 Pinewood Circle includes some covered and uncovered outdoor space, again, perfect for entertaining, grilling and enjoying the outdoors with some protection from the elements! Its also great that there can be two distinct spaces here with the division provided by the covered patio.




This wrap around screened porch at 11137 Mcclure Manor Drive has it all! An eating, space, a conversation area, fans, and a gorgeous set of french doors leading out from the home! And the ceilings are a great feature, not to mention the protection from bugs, and summer storms that are offered by the screen.


If you need more inspiration for your outdoor living spaces, check out our Outdoor Entertaining pinterest board!


Kristin Ellefson
July 30th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Don't miss a change to make this wonderful Olmsted Park home your own! Click the image above to view more photos or read more about the listing!

MLS#: 3024481
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathroms


“Two story single family house in Olmsted Park Community in Dilworth. Walk to Dilworth & Southend shops, dining, and night life. Desirable plan with all 3 bedrooms upstairs. Large master w/ walk-in closet. Updated kitchen w/ granite and stainless steel appliances. Gas fireplace, rocking chair front porch, stone patio w/ water feature. Exterior painted in 2013.”


Olmsted Park School Information:
Elementary School:
Dilworth Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School


Real Estate Market Statistics for Zipcode 28203:
Number of active single family listings in zipcode 28203: 74
Average listing price for all active listing for zipcode 28203: $ 731,852

Over the last 12 months there have been 267 closings in zipcode area 28203.

Over the last 12 months the average sales price for homes in zipcode 28203 has increased to $383,674

Over the last 12 months the number of days on the market has decreased to an average of 69 days.

There is currently a 4.4 month supply of homes for sale in zipcode area 28203.


For more information on this listing contact Libby Gonyea. To learn more about Libby click here.


Kristin Ellefson
July 29th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Are you ready to shop ’til you drop? We hope so, the Charlotte Premium Outlets are finally finished and set to have their Grand Opening this weekend. Thursday-Saturday from 10am-10pm the outlets will be ope with discounts galore and tons of giveaways you don’t want to miss out on.While the grand opening weekend boasts longer hours, typical store hours will resume on Sunday with the schedule being as follows: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.

A project that started in 2012, with a ground breaking last year has finally come to a close bringing some of the top outlet retailers to the Charlotte area. There will be over 80 different brands occupying the outlet mall located off of I-485 in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte. The outlet mall will play host to your typical factory outlet stores as well as some higher end brands looking to get in on all the shopping action. This is a great addition to the Charlotte area with Simon Property Group and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers expecting to generate over $140 million worth of annual sales, says the Charlotte Observer, in addition the outlet mall also brings  added jobs to staff the multitude of stores, this is a great addition to the Charlotte economic scene. The shopping center will maintain  just under 400,000 square feet of retail space so make sure you have your walking shoes on and get ready for a bargain hunt! This is a great addition to the Charlotte Shopping options as everyone gears up for the end of summer and back to school. If your’re wondering what you can find at the new outlet center, we’ve got you covered.


You can check out the full list of stores below, from the a local Charlotte News Source:

  • Adidas
  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Ann Taylor Factory Store
  • ASICS Outlet
  • Auntie Anne’s/Planet Smoothie
  • Banana Republic Factory Store
  • Bass
  • Bebe
  • Brooks Brothers Factory Store
  • Carter’s
  • Charleys Grilled Subs
  • Charlotte Russe
  • Chico’s
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Clarks Bostonian
  • Coach
  • Cole Haan
  • Converse
  • Crabtree & Evelyn
  • Crocs
  • Dressbarn
  • Easy Spirit
  • Eddie Bauer Outlet
  • Express Factory Outlet
  • Famous Footwear Outlet
  • Finish Line
  • Fossil
  • Fragrance Outlet
  • Francesca’s Collections
  • Gap Factory Store
  • Gold Toe
  • Great American Cookie
  • Gymboree Outlet
  • Haggar Clothing Co.
  • Hanesbrands
  • Hartstrings
  • Hot Topic
  • J.Crew
  • Janie and Jack
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Jockey
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Justice
  • Kate Spade New York
  • Kay Jewelers Outlet
  • Kitchen Collection
  • Kung Pao Wok
  • Lane Bryant Outlet
  • Le Creuset
  • Lindt Chocolate
  • Loft Outlet
  • Lucky Brand
  • Maurices
  • Michael Kors
  • Movado Company Store
  • New Balance Factory Store
  • New York & Company Outlets
  • Nine West Outlet
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Oakley Vault
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • OshKosh B’Gosh
  • Perfumania
  • Puma
  • Quiksilver
  • Rack Room Shoes
  • Reebok
  • Robert Wayne Footwear
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th
  • Samsonite
  • Seiko Company Store
  • Sketchers
  • Starbucks
  • Steve Madden
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Sunglass Warehouse
  • Swarovski
  • Talbots
  • The Body Shop
  • The Children’s Place Outlet
  • The Cosmetics Company Store
  • The Luggage Factory
  • The Uniform Outlet
  • Tilly’s
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Torrid
  • Travelpro
  • Umi Sushi
  • Under Armour
  • Vitamin World
  • Wet Seal
  • Wilsons Leather
  • White House Black Market
  • Yankee Candle
  • Zumiez



Kristin Ellefson
July 29th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

A beautiful home in Huntersville, NC neighborhood, The Hamptons. Click the image above to read more about it or view more photos.

MLS#: 3016133
4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


“Beautifully upgraded home in The Hamptons-This 4 Bed 2 1/2 Ba home has been professionally landscaped with stone fireplace/patio/pathways/porch, large entertainment area/outdoor Jacuzzi with Privacy Wall, Lush Yard, Fenced Back Yard. Fresh paint throughout; Granite Counter tops in Kitchen & Bathrooms; S/S Kitchen Appliances; New Roof 2012; Large Master Suite/Master Bath with Jetted Tub, Seamless glass shower. 2 min walk to Pool/Club House. Large 3-car garage with cabinetry. Move-In Ready.”


The Hamptons School Information:
Elementary School:
Huntersville Elementary School
Middle School: Bailey Middle School
High School: William Amos Hough High School


The Hamptons Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in The Hamptons: 11
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in The Hamptons: $449,063

The number of closed sales in The Hamptons has increased to 24 over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in The Hamptons has increased to $425,795

There is currently a 2.3 Months supply of homes for sale in The Hamptons.

The average number of days on the market for homes in The Hamptons is currently 69.


For more information on this listing contact Lavina Larsen. To learn more about Lavina, click here.

Kristin Ellefson
July 28th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Sometimes summer can break the bank when it comes to lawn care. With the summer storms, sun and heat, sometimes it feels like you’re out tending to weeds and overgrown grass multiple times a week, but all the excess lawn care can sometimes cost you! When you start thinking about spring and summer one of the most prominent images that comes to mind  is lush green lawns and beautiful blooming plants, but that at comes at a cost. Between irrigation, lawn care equipment operation costs, fertilizer, and time, sometimes maintaining the lawn seems like a tall task for both our time and our wallets. posted some great money saving tips when it comes to lawn maintenance that you may not have thought of before, and if you have, you could always use some reminding that there are extra ways to put cash back into your pockets for a little extra fun in the sun that won’t cause you too much of  headache.


1.  Service that Equipment. While it might cost you more up front, as with anything, annual maintenance will save you money in the long run. You’d hate to find out that not maintaining your mower throughout the year for $50 or $60 cost you a few hundred when you have to replace the motor or buy a new one because yours is busted.


2. Know your soil and your yard. Again, while it might be costly or time consuming up front, knowing the type of soil you have in your yard and what additional nutrients plants need to survive in your yard will help you from over or under fertilizing,  causing plants to die and increasing the cost of keeping your yard lush and green. Its also important to be aware of where sun hits your yard during different times of day, as some plants prefer direct sunlight, while others might thrive best in the early morning sun. Being knowledgeable is a great way to help you keep money in your pocket instead of burying it in your yard under all those new replacement plants!


3. Drop the Irrigation System. Irrigation systems can be really costly. Even if your monitor use to prevent over watering in the event of summer rain, the EPA still says that most irrigation systems use about 50% more water than watering with a stationary sprinkler or hose. Think about the cost savings for larger yards if you were able to cut your water consumption significantly!


4.  Keep it Concentrated. When it comes to buying weed killer and other liquid lawn care chemicals, purchasing in concentrated form is a HUGE cost savings over the length of time it takes to diminish the supply. For example, while concentrated weed killer is more expensive up front, once mixed properly it only cost $4/gallon, as opposed to $23/gallon of the “ready-to-use” spray you can purchase at your home improvement stores.






Kristin Ellefson
July 28th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment


This beautiful Waxhaw, NC estate is a must see! Click the image above to view all the wonderful upgrades this home has to offer!

MLS#: 3022729
5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Bathrooms


“Fully renovated luxury home inside the gates of Longview – Charlotte’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. 5 bed/5.5 bath with huge walk-ins and plenty of storage. Enormous kitchen with new cabinets and incredible island. 4-jet shower in master bath and jacuzzi tub. Newly landscaped front yard and a fenced in backyard with plenty of privacy. A media room w/surround, huge bonus room and a 4-CAR GARAGE! Buyers are required to apply for a social membership at time of contract.”


Longview School Information:
Elementary School:
Rea View Elementary School
Middle School: Marvin Ridge Elementary School
High School: Marvin Ridge High School


Longview Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Longview: 18
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Longview: $1,296,480


There have be 38 closed sales in Longview over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in Longview has decreased to $886,846

The average number of days on the market for homes in Longview has increased to 334.

There is currently a 10.1 month supply of homes for sale in Longview.



For more information on this listing contact Matt DeBoer, To learn more about Matt click here.

Jessica Sullivan
July 25th, 2014  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

Yesterday an article was printed in the Charlotte Observer describing how to save to buy a home. These days it seems impossible! Although we’ve covered lots of times that there are lots of loan products out there, which help you out (you don’t need 20% of the sales price to buy a home). You’ll still that 3% or 10% downpayment, which depending on your price range you are looking to buy in, could be significant.


So what can you do to cut corners in your lifestyle? We’ve all seen the figures about how much we spend on coffee!! But there are lots of large and small ways to cut your spending and save money, not just for a new home, but for anything you have a goal to purchase. Read the article above for a full list – here’s our take based on their advice.


Shopping as Entertainment:

Often we go out and shop because we are bored! Or we think that it will make us feel better. Stay out of the malls! We know that experiences with friends and family, often which can be free, are more entertainment than buying a new pair of shoes. You can also cut corners with activities that you enjoy doing that cost you money – love to see movies with friends? Arrange a movie night at home – popcorn and candy will cost a lot less, as will that rental,  instead of paying full price for movie tickets.


Limit Eating Out!

Ever think about how many lunches or dinners you eat out on a regular basis? Compare that cost to the cost to buy items in the grocery store! Those bills can add up. Limiting yourself to a specific number of restaurant visits per week or month could save you significantly.


Monitor Your Accounts, and Save Automatically:

Most people these days pay by debit cards, and don’t have a clue how much money is actually in their account. Keep those receipts and keep track of what you’re spending, you may be surprised how much the little things add up in the long run. You can also set your accounts to help you save automatically. Set up a draft that comes automatically from checking to savings each month and save without even thinking about it!


Finally, seek budgeting help:

HUD, the department of Housing and Urban Development, offers free counseling services and will do what they can to help you reach your goals of home ownership. Take a look at their website,

Jessica Sullivan
July 25th, 2014  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

306 W 10th Street - Just Listed in charlotte


306 W 10th Street, Charlotte NC 28202

Great townhome in Uptown! Click for more photos!


MLS#: 3020399

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms


“306 W. 10th Street is a charming townhome in Uptown offering Center City convenience and all the comforts of home. Nestled among the trees, this unit has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with hardwoods on the main level. Kitchen has granite, new cabinets, and new appliances. All bathrooms have new fixtures and ceramic tile. Freshly painted. New roof and deck off the dining area. One car garage. Cozy covered front porch just waiting on you!”


10th Avenue Townhomes Real Estate Information:

Number of Listings for Sale, June 2014: 0

Average Sales Price, June 2014: $287,000


closed in 10th avenue townhomes

Only 1 unit closed in this complex in June of 2014.


The average sales price for 10th Avenue Townhomes is up 21% year over year for June.


days on market for 10th avenue townhomes

The average days on market for this complex is just 49 days.


months supply of inventory for 10th avenue townhomes

Months supply is down significantly for this area.


For more information on this property, please contact the list agent, Kim Walton. To learn more about Kim, click here.


Jessica Sullivan
July 24th, 2014  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

Each year Helen Adams Realty President Jeff Adams does a forecast and review of the local and national real estate market.


This year he presented his forecast in January. Just recently, in July, he updated that presentation. This includes updates to the forecasted mortgage rates for 2014 and updated numbers both for Helen Adams sales and Charlotte regional sales.


Here’s that presentation. To see more of our forecasts, or to download this presentation, click here.



Jessica Sullivan
July 24th, 2014  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

Just Listed 105 Mandarin Drive, Mooresville, NC

105 Mandarin Drive, Mooresville, NC

Live in Mooresville, NC! Click to see more photos of this beautiful home!


MLS#: 3023322

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

“MOVE IN READY!! All Brick Custom built home! Large Oversized Chef’s kitchen. Bright Open Floor Plan for easy entertaining. Newly installed Carpet. Fresh New Paint in gorgeous neutral color. Hardwoods through out entire Main Level. Extensive Crown Moldings through out. Master with Trey ceiling. Master Bath with whirlpool tub, dual vanities, seamless shower with ceramic tile surround. Dual Stairs. Many Upgrades!! Large Flat Lot with gorgeous mature landscaping. Must See! Very Convenient location.”


School Information:

Elementary: Lake Norman

Middle School: Brawley Middle

High School: Lake Norman


Woodland Hills Real Estate Market Statistics:

Number of Homes for Sale, June 2014: 1

Average Sales Price for June, 2014: $606,333

Closed Sales in Woodland Hills, Mooresville

While closed sales are down in Woodland Hills, so is inventory.


Average Sales Price in Woodland Hills, Mooresville

The average sales price is up year over year for June, 76.5%


Days on Market in Woodland Hills, Mooresville

The days on market in Woodland Hills is down 43% to just 82 days.


Months supply of inventory in woodland hills, mooresville, nc

The months supply of inventory is down to just 1.2.


For more information on this listing contact Michelle Ivester-Rhyne. To learn more about Michelle, click here.


Michelle Ivester-Rhyne