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Kristin Ellefson
January 30th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Being in the buyers mind is always a benefit when your preparing to put your home on the market, but sometimes its hard to look at your home with a critical eye and think about things that buyers might want in general as opposed to what things YOU might want in your new home. Its also important to think about these things when you’re making changes and improvements to your home, even if you aren’t planning to sell in the next few months or even the next few years, thinking about what buyers might want down the road is always a good thing to consider. While you may really want to knock out that wall and expand your small closet into the bedroom next door to make a huge master bathroom and walk-in closet/dressing area, is that luxury really worth loosing that room? All things to consider! But, sometimes its hard to take a step back and really think about what might be beneficial in the long run, however, now you might not have to! The National Association of Realtors recently posted an article on Realtor.com about the 10 things that american buyers look for in their homes and this list might be a great place to stay if you’re wondering what will really help tick the boxes on the must-have lists when it comes time to sell!

 

 

A new report from the Demand Institute investigates what is known as the satisfaction gap in housing, where they compare current living situations to ideal living situations of consumers. They surveyed over 10,000 homeowners and renters to see what items they would most like in their ideal home and the results are in:

  1. Energy Efficiency
  2. A Renovated Home
  3. Updated Kitchens and Finishes
  4. Age-In-Place Features, which allow them to stay in the same home as they age
  5. Safe Communitites
  6. Affordability
  7. Privacy
  8. More Space
  9. Responsive Landlords
  10. A Good Investment

 

As a seller you may not be able to affect all of these items, for example you can not pick up your home and move it to the safest neighborhood to attract more buyers, but you can do some updating, even if its just small projects. Buyers are often deterred by “dollar signs” as they are looking through older homes and adding up lists of projects that need to get done, which is why its important to stay on top of keeping your home updated. Not to say that you need to gut the entire home every 5 years to stay on trend, but selecting quality, timeless materials, as you are making changes will go a long way in helping buyers see the home as the ideal space for them. These are some great options to consider if you have a budget for some home changes this year, even if its small, you could look into updating all the old brass fixtures, or replacing the linoleum in the kitchen or old carpet in some of the bedrooms. The more you can update now, the less these things will feel like a burden as you come closer to selling, and , like we said, its always great to have a leg up on the competition by knowing what buyer are looking for!

 
Brittany Lee
January 30th, 2015  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

A hidden gem in Airlie! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

 

MLS#: 3059680

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

 

Stately 2.5 story with basement; traditional full brick home on Myers Park Dr in Airlie. Live on a lake just minutes from uptwn. Neighborhood is a hidden gem! Living here is a lifestyle choice. Home is wonderful for entertaining, great flow, gracious formal and informal rms. Kitchen with fireplace & large breakfast room. 2nd fireplace in family room with 2 walls of built ins. 2 deck areas & screened porch.4 bedrooms and 3 baths on 2nd level.Office/bonus on 3rd. Roughly finished, heated & cooled basement makes a great workout room or play room.

 

28207 School Information:
Elementary School: Dilworth Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

28207 Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in 28207: 4
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in 28207: $897,475

 

 

The number of closed sales in 28207 has decreased 10% to 216.

The average sales price for homes in 28207 has decreased less than 1% over the last year to $732,739.

The average number of days on the market for homes in 28207 Has decreased from 104 to 87.

There is currently a 5.2 Month Supply of homes for sale in 28207.

 

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

 
Kristin Ellefson
January 29th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

We talk a lot about hiring the right agent to help you find a home or sell your home, but there are tons of other times when finding the right person for the job is key. When it comes to doing updates or making changes to your home, finding the correct contractor and trade-smith to complete the work and quality vendors to source the supplies are not always the easiest of tasks to complete. If you’re wondering what you can do to avoid ending up with a faulty finished product or shotty workmanship on the back end,  ”This Old House” talks about a few things you might want to do before signing on for your next big project:

 

  • Get Recommendations – Find out who your friends used, who your Realtor® recommends, who your neighbors use, etc. This Old House also recommends that you talk with building inspectors who can speak for the integrity of the work, as they are the ones grading these contractors on a routine basis.
  • Interview the prospects – Don’t just settle for the first person that is recommended to you. Look into their work, make sure they can complete the job you need, and take time to talk with a few different businesses to make sure you make the best decision for your timeline, and your budget!
  • Meet face to face: Narrow down your phone interviewees to just a few, say the top 3, that you think would be best for you to work with them meet them, in person, and discuss specifics of the project
  • Do your Due Diligence: Follow up with past clients and make sure you know what you’re getting also see if you can visit a current job site to see how things are unfolding and how the clients are feeling about the process.
  • Get an Estimate: If everything checks out with your top picks, meet with them to get estimates about your job. If you need to eliminate some based on information you found out from past clients, now is the time! Make sure you get a time as well as cost estimate for your project to make sure your timeline will work with the contractors.
  • Talk payments: Make sure to set a payment schedule you all agree on, with a deposit at contract signing and then additional payment dates throughout the project.
  • Saving isn’t everything: Don’t pick a contractor because he has the lowest price, this could mean several things, not limited to cutting corners on the work
  • Put it all in writing: From the expectations and materials, to the timeline, agreed upon price, and payment schedule. Everything should be in writing and signed by all parties. This Old House also recommends a few other items to include in your contract.

 

 

If you’re still feeling a bit weary about your options, a great place to start is the Better Business Bureau. Finding out any information you can about potential claims filed against them or bad ratings is definitely a great starting off point for eliminating some of the options from your list. Check out the BBB Resource Center to find out more information! The Better Business Bureau also provides great info like their “Dirty Dozen” profiles that show companies in the Charlotte area that have the worst ratings or the most complaints. They just released a list, which you can find here.

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

 
Brittany Lee
January 28th, 2015  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

This amazing townhome is in the popular gated community of Burning Tree! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

 

MLS#: 3058861

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

 

Highly Desirable Gated Community w/ pool & green spaces. Easy walk to restaurants & shops. Lock & Leave at its BEST!! Popular “Grand” model townhome features spacious 1st floor Master Suite: Cook’s Kitchen open to Den, Bkfast rm & private Covered Porch. Custom features thru out. High ceilings. Hrdwds up.Tile down. Media/Bonus rm w/book shelving & wet bar: Office w/desk & cabinets. Convenient storage in “step in” attic: central vac: ceiling speakers, wood blinds, neutral decor. Great floor plan.

 

Burning Tree School Information:
Elementary School: Olde Providence Elementary School
Middle School: Carmel Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Burning Tree Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Burning Tree: 1
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Burning Tree: $597,500

 

The number of closed sales in Burning Tree has increased 25% over the last year to 10.

The average sales price for homes in Burning Tree has increased almost 14% over the last year to $467,250.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Burning Tree has decreased form 103 to 93.

There is currently an 0.3 Month Supply of homes for sale in Burning Tree.

 

For more information on this listing contact Ann Wood Holladay. To learn more about Ann click here.

 
Kristin Ellefson
January 27th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, other than celebrate the fact that we didn’t get slammed with a monster snowstorm like the rest of the east coast, there are some great events coming to town that you might want to check out. Whether you’re looking for family fun or a date night out, Charlotte is offering up a variety of activities to keep you booked all weekend long.

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction:
    Whether your a fan of the sport or not, there is no denying that NASCAR is a huge part of Charlotte, from hosting 2 races a year, being home to the Hall of Fame and Museum and of course several race teams, we have lots of opportunities to celebrate the sport throughout the year. However, this weekend is a great time to celebrate some of the greats of the sport. On Friday Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tickets range from $45-$350, to purchase tickets, click here.
  • NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day:
    After the big event on Friday, NASCAR will be celebrating fans of the sport with Fan Appreciation Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where you can get free admission to check out the museum and learn more about the sport!
  • Queen City Brewers Festival:
    The Queen City Brewer’s Fest will be at the Bojangles Coliseum on January 31, 2015 and will feature over 15 of the areas local breweries, you can view the full list here. The event will feature two tasting sessions, 1-4pm and 6-9 pm and you can purchase tickets here. Tickets are $40 and the even its 21+.
  • Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus
    Head out for a night under the big top as the circus comes to town! From January 28-February 1  you can catch the animals and acrobats at the Time Warner Cable Arena, you can find information about showtimes and tickets here!
  • The Illusionist:
    Looking for something a little more far fetched than the circus? Well, The Illusionists will be in town starting January 27 for a 6 day stay at the Knight Theater in Uptown. The Illusionists features the mind boggling talents of the worlds 7 most talented illusionists, check out this site for showtimes and ticket information.
 
Brittany Lee
January 27th, 2015  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

This former model home in Meridale has a professionally landscaped yard and tons of space! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

 

MLS#: 3057901

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

You will fall in love with this stunning former model. Move-in ready,seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Professionally landscaped, in-ground irrigation,wainscot ceiling, wrap around porch. Bright open Great Room with granite surround fireplace, arched openings, formal dining with trey ceiling and bay window, beautiful kitchen with lots of granite and SS appliances, luxurious master bed and bath . 12X12 screened-in porch, lovely sun room, and many more amazing features!

 

Meridale School Information:
Elementary School: Blythe Elementary School
Middle School: J.M. Alexander Middle School
High School: North Mecklenburg High School

 

Meridale Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Meridale: 3
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Meridale: $217,731

 

The number of closed sales in Meridale has increased about 2/3 to 10.

The average sales price for homes in Meridale has increased 3.4% over the last year to $227,349.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Meridale has increased from 78 to 122.

There is currently a 3.2 Month Supply of homes for sale in Meridale.

For more information on this listing contact Evelyn McCorkle. To learn more about Evelyn click here.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
January 26th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Ever wondered how the real estate markets stack up in different areas across the state? Well The Charlotte Business Journal recently posted a list of North Carolina’s top 10 most affordable housing areas, and some of them are right in our back yard!  SmartAsset, a financial advice site,  ranked the top 10 cities in each state, based on affordability factors such as average closing costs, property taxes, homeowners’ insurance premiums and mortgage payments. After taking these into account, SmartAsset Found that the following cities were going to be the most affordable places to purchase a home this year:

  1. Knightdale
  2. Clayton
  3. Cherryville
  4. Lewisville
  5. Winterville
  6. Holly Springs
  7. Harrisburg
  8. Kings Mountain
  9. Indian Trail
  10. Garner

 

With Harrisburg and Indian Trail just a short drive from Uptown they provide access to all that Charlotte has to offer.  From shopping, dining, entertainment, and more these are great locations to check out if you’re looking for more of a suburban feel and don’t want to be right in the action of Uptown Charlotte. These homes boast a lower average sales price than most other suburban areas in Charlotte and provide a much more affordable option for housing and the most bang for your buck when it comes to all the other add-ins of purchasing a home.

 

The average sales price for homes in Harrisburg increased over the last 12 month period to $254,837

 

The average sales price for homes in Indian Trail has increased to $215,630 over the last 12 month period.

 

Wondering what housing is doing in the Charlotte market as a whole? Check out our monthly market update! Wanting to learn more about these two areas of the city? You can check out information about them, find houses for sale, and more, on the Harrisburg, and Indian Trial community pages on our website! Other Charlotte neighboring areas to make the list include Cherryville and Kings Mountain.

 

 
Brittany Lee
January 26th, 2015  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

 

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Bright’s Creek is a mountain resort that inhabits its own beautiful, lush, and green valley less than 2 hours from Charlotte. It features astounding mountaintop views, a PGA golf course, horseback riding facilities, as well as nature trails for hiking, biking, and more!

 

The community boasts a popular restaurant and club with over 150 members, 3 full-service lodges, and vacation homes. Soon, Bright’s Creek is also expected to add pools, tennis courts, tree houses, a wine tasting room, and more in the future!

 

Currently, there are only 5 homes on the market in Bright’s Creek, but that number is expected to increase as the community continues to grow.

 

 

 

If you’re interested in learning more, contact our agent, Lynne Perlmutter, who is helping to market Bright’s Creek to the Charlotte audience!

 

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

 
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