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Kristin Ellefson
October 24th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Earlier this week The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) released their monthly update on the state of the housing market, nation wide. Similar to Charlotte, the numbers for September marked continued improvement in the housing market across the board, following what has been one of the best spring/fall seasons in some time! With percent increases in total existing home sales, median existing home prices, all-cash sales, things continue to look positive for the future of the housing market Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for NAR says “Economic instability overseas is leading to volatility in the stock market and is causing investors to seek safer bets, which will likely keep interest rates in upcoming weeks hovering near or below where they are now. This is welcoming news for consumers looking to buy, although they could temporarily become more cautious by less certain economic conditions.”  Other positive signs are the decrease in distressed and foreclosed home sales (down 14% from this time last year). One number that hasn’t changed much is the number of first-time home buyers in the market, hovering around 30% for the last 17 or 18 months. You can read more about the millennials and the housing market here. Check out this infographic from the National Association of Realtors that puts the national market into perspective for you:

 

Want to hear more about the national housing market? Click here to watch a video from Lawrence Yun and the National Association of Realtors® giving the full break down of all the numbers! More interested in the local market? Click here to see our monthly market update and newsletter!

 

 
Brittany Lee
October 24th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

If you're looking for a magnificent home in the Riverpointe community, this is it! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

 

MLS#: 3042791

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

Lovely, waterview home in Lake Wylie waterfront community of Riverpointe. 1 owner. Full brick. 2 sty foyer. Formals with hardwoods and heavy molding. Granite/Stainless kitchen open to Great Room. Breakfast bay. Large master with trey and updated luxury bath. Loft and bonus room. Screened in porch. deck with hottub. Fenced yard. Walk to pool, tennis and marina. Boat slip available thru HOA.

 

Riverpointe School Information:
Elementary School:
Palisades Park Elementary School
Middle School: Southwest Middle School
High School: Olympic High School

 

Riverpointe Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Riverpointe: 2
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Riverpointe: $354,900

 

 

The number of closed sales in Riverpointe has increased 100% to 16.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Riverpointe has decreased slightly more than 1% over the last year to $413,775.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Riverpointe has decreased to 94.

 

 

There is currently an 11.4 Month Supply of homes for sale in Riverpointe.

 

For more information on this listing contact Jo Butterworth. To learn more about Jo click here.

 
Kristin Ellefson
October 23rd, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

 

The Charlotte Hornets are back and this weekend you can celebrate “Buzzfest” a homecoming celebration for the team as they usher in their new season under the teams new… old name! Local residents have been excited about the chance to bring the Buzz back to Charlotte and now they can spend the entire weekend celebrating at the Carolina’s Largest indoor basketball themed festival. The Festival will be hosted by Nelly on Friday, October 24th and  Saturday the 25th, and is an all ages event that will be hosted at the Charlotte Convention Center and will feature other acts including Big & Rich, Elle Varner, The Voltage Brothers, Diggy, Nico & Vinz, and Sol Fusion. You can view the schedule of performances and purchase tickets here.

 

On Saturday at 1:00pm you can do a meet and greet with the Hornets players, and have a chance to meet Hugo and The Honeybees. In addition to meet and greets there will be a few other former NBA stars present for a little “chalk talk” and autograph session. Kids can check out the “KidsZone” which will feature tons of activities like the Ultimate Sports Dome, Basketball Shooting Station, Basketball Dribbling Station, Double Shot Basketball, Free Throw Challenge, Basketball Obstacle Challenge, Rock Wall, Hugo’s Book Bus, Digital Graffiti Wall, Pictures, Video Game Stations. When you’re ready for a break stop for a bite to eat from Hickory Tavern or Papa John’s Pizza and browse some of the newest Charlotte Hornets Merchandise. You will want to make sure you’re dressed to the nines for the offical return of the Hornets during their first regular season game on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00pm. You can view the full schedule and buy tickets here.

 
Brittany Lee
October 23rd, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

 

This beautiful house offers lots of square feet in the popular Madison Park neighborhood! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

 

MLS#: 3041658

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

 

Looking for lots of square feet to entertain and raise a family in the highly sought after neighborhood of Madison Park? Look no further than 648 Seneca Place situated on a fenced-in corner lot with huge double tier deck that leads into the 3 level home which has lots of versatile space including an almost fully finished basement with new full bath, kitchen & living room along with plenty of space for your workshop. Walk to Madison Central Park or plenty of restaurants on popular Montford Drive.

 

Madison Park School Information:
Elementary School:
Pineville Mecklenburg Elementary School
Middle School: Sedgefield Middle School
High School: Harding University High School

 

Madison Park Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Madison Park: 4
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Madison Park: $320,750

 

 

The number of closed sales in Madison Park has decreased to 119.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Madison Park has increased almost 10% over the last year to $234,373.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Madison Park has decreased to 60.

 

 

There is currently a 2.7 Month Supply of homes for sale in Madison Park.

 

For more information on this listing contact Eric Layne. To learn more about Eric click here.


 
Kristin Ellefson
October 22nd, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Lately we have posted a few articles about recuperating your renovation costs when you make home upgrades and one of the items that comes in number one on a variety of the lists is replacing your entry door with a steel door. When it comes to making exterior improvements there are a lot of things to consider, especially when you start talking about windows and doors. You want to make sure that you are making a choice that will be an upgrade in efficency, that will withstand the elements for a decent amount of time, and that will not degrade the exterior appearance of your home. Its a lot to think about when you start getting down to it, there are different materials, different seals, different styles, and more! House Logic recently posted a few consumer articles about picking the correct door for your home. They have one highlighting the pros and cons of different materials, as well as one about energy ratings for exterior doors and windows, both things that are important to consider when you are making a change, so that your homes energy efficiency is not effected. In addition to all the logistics, you also want to think about style. We’ve talked several times about updating your curb appeal to make the best first impression you can, here are some great curb appeal tips for fall! If you need a few other ideas on sprucing up your homes exterior appearance, check out our Curb Appeal Board on pinterest.

 
Brittany Lee
October 22nd, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

The seller of this stunning home in Davis Lakes is extremely motivated! Click on the image above to read more about this listing and view more photos!

 

MLS#: 3041845

5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

 

Very motivated seller! Amazing basement home with FULL LAKE views!!! Spacious & pristine! Large gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas cook-top, vegetable sink & beautiful granite counters. Wood floors throughout the formal living areas & 2-story Great Room. Enjoy the best views of the lake from the Sunroom. Master Bedroom on main with jetted tub in the luxury Bath. Upstairs has wonderful Bedroom/Bonus Room. The huge walk-out basement has a 2nd kitchen, rec area & study. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity! Bring an offer!d.

 

Davis Lake Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Davis Lake: 2
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Davis Lake: $239,500

 

 

The number of closed sales in Davis Lake has increased 53.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Davis Lake has increased more than 12% over the last year to $202,884.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Davis Lake has increased to 95.

 

 

There is currently a 4.5 Month Supply of homes for sale in Davis Lake.

 

For more information on this listing contact Anish Shah. To learn more about Anish click here.


 
Kristin Ellefson
October 21st, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Fall is in the air and the leaves are starting to change, so get out and take advantage of it this weekend! There are tons of great activities going on all over the city so if you don’t have plans, make sure to check out these events

 

  • On Saturday, October 25 from 4-7pm there will be a Fall Festival at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Southend. The Festival will have food trucks, live music, carnival games, bounce houses, trunk or treat and an appearance by the Charlotte Knights mascot, Homer!
  • The Ebenezer United Methodist Church Fall Festival, in Belmont,  is also on Saturday from 5:30-7pm with live music, Trunk or treat, food, games, giant slide, bounce house, hayrides and more!
  • The Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by Small Hands Big Art will be Saturday from 11-2pm at Small Hands Big Art off of Ardrey Kell Road. The event is free and open to the public and offers a variety of free fall art projects.
  • Saturday and Sunday at Birkdale Village patrons can catch the 4th Annual Greater Charlotte Fine Art Festival where you can see and purchase a variety of handmade goods created by artisans from all across America. A variety of styles will be shown including painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and woodworking. The event is Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm so make sure to head up to the Lake Norman area to check it out!
  • Planning a wedding? This Sunday in Mooresville you  can drop in at the Southern Flair Bridal Affair to check out tons of great local vendors for your big day. The event is free to attend but you must pre-register to be entered into the raffle for a chance to win your venue for free!

Still not sure what you’re planning for the weekend? Check out our post about the Renaissance Festival, now through November 23 OR our list of Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses and activities from previous blog posts!

 
Brittany Lee
October 21st, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

In addition to space, this beautiful home in Ardrey has plenty of character! Click on the image above to read more about this listing and view more photos!

MLS#: 30423234

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

 

Gorgeous Charleston style home in desirable Ardrey on very quiet street!  Rocking chair front porch, spacious screened rear porch, and fenced yard.  Gourmet kitchen with large island, granite, stainless steel appliances, brand new carpet, hardwoods and plantation shutters.  Master suite down, upstairs features a large 4th bedroom, bath & bonus.  Lawn maintenance included in HOA fees.  Huge loft storage in garage!  Amenities include pool, clubhouse, fitness room and amazing common areas throughout the neighborhood.

 

Ardrey School Information:
Elementary School:
Elon Park Elementary School
Middle School: Community House Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Ardrey Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Ardrey: 2
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Ardrey: $503,000

 

 

The number of closed sales in Ardrey has decreased to 19.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Ardrey has increased almost 10% over the last year to $484,953.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Ardrey has decreased to 44.

 

 

There is currently a 2.4 Month Supply of homes for sale in Ardrey.

 

 

For more information on this listing contact Tara Neperud. To learn more about Tara click here.


 
Kristin Ellefson
October 20th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Bathrooms can be a huge selling point in any home, and they can also be a deterrent. Buyers are often looking for just the right amount of space in a bathroom that needs little upgrading and hoping to find at least one tub for bathing and/or relaxing in. They also don’t want to have to do any major plumbing jobs to make the bathroom functional, and the list can really go on and on, but the great news is, you don’t have to be worried about what they might want! Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal posted an article with some results from The Home Innovation Research Labs about preferences for luxury bathroom upgrades and you might be shocked by some of the results!

 

While it’s no shocker that the bidet is no longer a hot item, some homeowners are opting for dual shower stalls as opposed to the luxurious whirlpool tubs that once dominated the upgrade requests. The survey also noted a change in where people were choosing to spend their money – meaning that they might upgrade fixtures and paint in a guest bathroom, but they choose to spend the most on areas that would be frequently used and enjoyed by the people living there on a regular basis. Waste not, want not! There has also been a noted change in design style, bathrooms have become more contemporary and “hi-tech” with features including heated floors and computerized controls for different features in the showers and bathrooms. Luxury home builder Mark Timothy of Boca Raton, FL also noticed a generational divide in renovations and new home construction with younger buyers pushing for the hi-tech upgrades that may not be as visible on the exterior while the older generations sought solely to be more lavish in their designs. Here are a few awesome bathroom ideas we love! Need more ideas? Check out our Bathroom Retreats Board on Pinterest!

 

4429 Cameron Oaks Drive - Click the image to view more photos of this listing.

This stately master bath features a sunken tub and a glass stall shower in a tile surround as well as tons of storage space and a decorative stained glass window!

 

 

635 Diana Drive - Click the image above to see more photos of this listing!

TONS of counter space, the framed mirrors give the bathroom and updated look, as well as the dark fixtures on the sinks, tub and shower. The combination of the dark rich wood with the marble tile makes this bathroom luxurious and warm!

 

 

1021 Sherringham Way - Click on the image above to view more photos of this listing.

This double shower and wrap around vanity are enough to make any buyer giddy over the master bathroom!

 

 

11227 McClure Manor Drive - Click on the image above to view more photos of this listing.

Check out this DOUBLE shower with glass surround! Enough storage and counter space to keep any homeowner happy and a jetted tub to relax after a long day at the office, talk about a retreat!

 

 

 

1822 W Queens Road - Click on the image above to view more photos of this listin.

A stand alone tub, glass shower, gorgeous tile work and custom vanities take this bathroom to a whole new level!

 
Brittany Lee
October 20th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

Looking to move into the up-and-coming Dilworth area? Click on the image above to read more about this listing and view more photos!

 

MLS#: 3041878

6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms

 

Newer construction Craftsman style home on Freedom Park! New landscaping with irrigation system. Fresh interior/exterior paint. Tankless water. Built in Fridge with high end appliances. Hardwoods on main two levels. Travertine tile in baths. Walkout basement with 9-inch ceilings. 3 car garage. Over 50 Anderson windows with stunning views of greenery. 3 balconies.

 

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

 

Dilworth Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Dilworth: 5
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Dilworth: $672,700

 

The number of closed sales in Dilworth has decreased to 176.

 

The average sales price for homes in Dilworth has increased almost 8% over the last year to $478,680.

 

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

 

There is currently a 4.9 Month Supply of homes for sale in Dilworth.

 

For more information on this listing contact Nikki Peterson. To learn more about Nikki click here.


 
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