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

Much like Pantone® releases their color of the year each year, major paint manufacturers also release their color trend guides annually to give consumers a look at some of the hottest trends in home decor for the coming year. For 2015, Sherwin Williams. Behr Paints, and Benjamin Moore have all released color collections with four varying color palletes to help you update your homes style in the coming year. Make sure you also check out En Plaine Aire, the full Pantone Color guide for 2015 and also Check out the 2015 Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and Benjamin Moore Paints Color Trends below:

 

 

First Up, Sherwin-Williams, offering 4 palettes to fit a variety of decor options, whether you’re looking for the bright vibrant colors to fill an exciting space or your cool neutrals that have become so popular, these color trends will give you tons of options to keep your color choices up-to-date. Check out the full color guide for Sherwin-Williams and get your paint names and colors to start making some trendy updates today!

Sherwin-Williams 2015 Color Trends, click image to see full color guide book.

 

The ever-trendy Benjamin Moore Paint collections will continue to guide consumers for 2015. These collections offer the modest, yet trendy look that most home owners are looking for, with the light neutrals and splashes of color. If you’re looking for a new color for the new year, make sure to grab a few test cans of some of these colors, you can view the full Color Trend Guide for Benjamin Moore Paints here.

Benjamin Moore Paints 2015 Color Trends, click image to see full color guide book.

 

 

Still don’t see something you like? Check out these Color Trends from Behr for 2015. Offering a touch of luxury, some deep dreamy colors, and bright vibrant colors, you’re sure to find something you like within these 4 Palettes. Read up on how Behr selected these colors and their suggestions for pairing on their 2015 Color Trend Guide.

 

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

 

In case you missed it: Ballantyne, with the zip code 28277, had the second most move-ins in the entire country this past May and it is listed in the Top 5 Most Searched ZIP Codes on Realtor.com!

But why?

Well, Ballantyne is undoubtedly an upscale, luxurious area that features an abundance of amazing retailers, high-end restaurants, a large corporate park, and some of the best schools in the state! All of these things, and more, have led to the influx of new homebuyers in the area!

 

Let’s just take a look at the numbers.

 

In just one year, the average sales price for properties in Ballantyne has increased almost four percent while the average number of days that homes spent on the market decreased more than 22 percent! That’s even more impressive when you consider the 30.9% decreased from the year before! Even though prices are increasing, people are still jumping at the opportunity to get into this prestigious community.

There’s only a 2.9 months’ supply on the market in the area (down an extraordinary 46.3% from 2012!)  so if you’re hoping to get in, you’d better move quick!

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
December 19th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Ever wonder how much house is too much house, or that maybe you need more space than you originally thought? Well, Realtor.com has some great questions to ask yourself when you’re fighting the battle of the square footage. Here’s a quick little infographic you can use to help you remember if you’ve covered all your bases, and check out some of our tips from yesterday about avoiding buyers remorse.

Infographic designed by Helen Adams Realty, Information from Realtor.com

 

 
Brittany Lee
December 19th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

 

If you're looking for luxury living in Lake Wylie, this is it! Click on the image above to see more photos of this home and read more about it.

MLS#: 3040045

4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms

 

Stunning custom built hard coat stucco home on Allison Creek in Lake Wylie. Exposed beams throughout the main level, custom built cabinets with gorgeous granite tops, breathtaking water views from Master bedroom, family room, kitchen and guest bedroom. Cook’s kitchen, perfect home for entertaining. Built in gas grill on porch overlooking water. Separate garages for cars, boats. Basement featured as “man cave” in local newspaper: kitchen, bar, FP, game room, W/D ,BR, bath, sep. living quarters.

 

Allison Creek Estates Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Allison Creek Estates: 3
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Allison Creek Estates: $957,966.67

 

The number of closed sales in 29745 has increased to 367 in the last 12 months.

Homes in Myers Park are currently getting $87/Sqft, as of November 2014.

The number of homes for sale in 29745 has increase over the last 12 months to 718.

The Months Supply of Inventory for homes in 29745 has decreased to a 14.2 month supply of homes for sale.

 

 

For more information on this listing contact Renee Infinger.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
December 18th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Buyers Remorse, we’ve all heard of it, but you would think that after spending so much time looking at houses we would be well versed in picking just the right one, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes there are tons of good options, or sometimes, for whatever reason, you miss out on “the one” and then you always feel like you missed out on something better. BUT, sometimes there are just those things you don’t fully become aware of until you live in a house for a bit, and  those little things become big things, and the remorse sets in. Realtor.com recently talked about the top 9 items that cause buyers to regret their home purchase. Just remember, as you’re shopping, that you don’t want to fall for “love at first sight” take the time to find the home that will bring you the MOST things on your must have list. While you might not be able to check all the boxes, knowing what you can and cannot compromise on will go a long way to helping you avoid buyers remorse. So, what are the 9 things that most buyers regret later?

 

 

  1. Taking Lifestyle vs. Resale Value or vice versa
  2. Compromising on Size
  3. Taking a lesser number of bathrooms or bathrooms without the correct set up
  4. Number of bedrooms. Think about your future plans what WILL you need?
  5. Traffic. Have you visited the home during peak traffic hours?
  6. The Home’s “character”
  7. The Yard
  8. Pools
  9. The Little Things

 

 

Check out the full article to see what things you might be overlooking for now that you might regret later. Remember its easier to say no and keep looking than to have buyers remorse a few months after closing!

 
Brittany Lee
December 18th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

This upgraded beauty in Springbrook was recently reduced! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

MLS#: 3036528

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

Better than new ! This Fairview D plan features 9 ft ceilings on main, gas log firplace in GR, large master down, dark hardwoods on main except master and laundry/mud. 3 bedrms, 1 full bath and loft/bonus area upstairs. 42 ” kitchen cabinets, granite counter top and island, SS app/gas range. 12 x 15 deck with private view. Seller updates include, upgraded lighting, ceiling fan in master, 2 inch blinds throughout, drapes, valances, soft closers added to kit. cabs, landscaping, black alum fence

 

Springbrook School Information:
Elementary School: Greenway Park Elementary School
Middle School: McClintock Middle School
High School: East Mecklenberg High School

 

Springbrook Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active listings in Springbrook: 7
Average listing price for all active listings in Springbrook: $355,371.43

 

The percent of original list price received in Springbrook has decreased 4.6% over the last 12 months to 97.4%.

The average sales price for homes in Springbrook has increased almost 30% over the last 12 months to $369,378.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Springbrook has decreased about 38% over the last 12 months to 127 days.

The Months Supply of Homes for sale in Springbrook has increased more than 81% over the last 12 months to a 2.9 months supply of homes for sale.

For more information on this listing contact Sherrie Andrews. To learn more about Sherrie click here.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
December 17th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Do you ever have those days where you feel like your house is rebelling against you? There just doesn’t seem to be enough space in the kitchen for all your items, your closets feel like they are overflowing, you might have to convert your home office into a bedroom to accommodate your growing family. Sometimes it might just feel like it would be easier to pack up, sell the old house and move, but maybe there are solutions to your problems that you’re not thinking of. How do you know when its time to move, or just to improve? Much like the well-known HGTV show “love it or list it.” in life, sometimes there are situations that a little reorganizing and revitalizing your space can fix, and other times the space just doesn’t work for your family. Participants in the show have the luxury of having their space worked on and improved by professionals while they work with a Realtor® to find a place that could give their improved home a run for their money, but not all of us have that luxury. Realtor.com recently posted and article about some signs to look for when trying to decide the best course of action. You can read the full article here, or check out some quick questions to as yourself below!

 

Is it time to Move?

  • Know your market, How fast are homes selling in your area?
  • Does your home have the biggest features buyers are looking for?
  • Are you financially in a position to buy a new home?
  • Do you know your comps?
  • How quickly could you be prepared to move?

 

Is it time to Improve?

  • Get quotes, Can you afford to make the improvements?
  • Will they add enough value to your home to justify the cost?
  • How long will it take to make the improvements?
  • Are you willing to live in your home during a renovation?
  • Will the cost of a renovation/improvements weaken your buying power?

 

Consider the Things You can’t control:

Your current home’s school assignments, the size of your lot, the amount of traffic on your street, your commute, your access to stores and activities, and your neighborhood amenities are all things you cannot take with you and some may be things you aren’t willing to give up. Its important to consider how important these things are to your current quality of life and whether or not you can find a home that would offer similar features and still be in your price range.

 

When considering making a move or investing money into your current home, you want to make sure you weigh all your options to find the best fit for your current situation. Maybe spending a few bucks to improve some small things will help your home sell and you can find something more suitable for your lifestyle in a new home, OR maybe your home is almost paid off and investing money in the home to allow you to stay there and save longer is the perfect solution, and maybe you just fall somewhere in between. Whatever your situation, taking the time to think trough and price out all your options is going to be your best bet for making the right decision.

 
Brittany Lee
December 17th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

This amazing brick home in Brookhaven is full of elegance! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

MLS#: 3052736

6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms

 

Stunning 3 story brick/stone home in the Enclaves of Brookhaven. Reduced 100k. Beautifully landscaped fenced bkyrd, priv for entertaining. This home features hdwds, elegant curved staircase w/open foy, 2 sty GR w/fpl. Gourmet kit w/SS appl, grnte c-tops, island & gas c-top. 1st lev BR/ofc w/priv BA. 2nd lev boast MB w/priv retreat, 3 BR’s w/BA’s & bonus rm. 3rd flr has 6th BR w/priv BA, 2nd bonus rm. Antioch EL school around the corner. Fridg, W/D, media equip & pool table incld.

 

Brookhaven School Information:
Elementary School: Antioch Elementary School
Middle School: Weddington Middle School
High School: Weddington High School

 

Brookhaven Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Brookhaven: 5
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Brookhaven: $565,380

 

The number of closed sales in Brookhaven has increased more than 15% to 38.

The average sales price for homes in Brookhaven has increased 14.4% over the last year to $565,445.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Brookhaven has decreased from 85 to 59.

There is currently a 3.7 Month Supply of homes for sale in Brookhaven.

For more information on this listing contact Melanie Bona. To learn more about Melanie click here.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
December 16th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Need to add a little twinkle to your Holiday Spirit? Charlotte and the surrounding areas have some great drive through light shows and spirited residential areas you won’t want to miss this holiday season:

 

Speedway Christmas:
Saturday, November 22 – Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the Charlotte Motorspeedway!

Speedway Christmas is open 6-10pm nightly with the Christmas Village open every Thursday-Sunday. Ticket prices are Monday- Wednesday: $15 per car or minivan (max 8 people), $40 per van (max 36 people), and $140 per bus (max 57 people) when the Christmas Village is closed. and Thursday-Sunday: $20 per car or minivan (max 8 people), $50 per van (max 36 people), and $175 per bus (max 57 people) when the Christmas Village is open. You can view one of the Carolina’s largest light displays, and drive on the track at Charlotte Motorspeedway! Additionally the speedway will be hosting movie nights each weekend with the following screenings:  12/19-12/20 at 7:00PM: A Christmas Story, 12/21-12/24: Frozen, 12/26-12/27: Frozen. Speedway Christmas will be closed on Christmas Day so make sure you plan accordingly! Click here for more information and to pre-purchase your tickets.

 

Christmas Town USA:
If you love a holiday tradition, this is one you can’t pass up. For the 59th consecutive year the Mcaddenville area has been lighting up the town creating a festive light display like no other! The lights will run through Friday December 26th, and make sure you plan ahead. This Holiday attraction brings out the masses so you’ll want to make sure you arrive in plenty of time to see the lights. The lights turn off nightly (Mon-Fri) at 9:30pm and Sat-Sun at 11pm. Get directions, check out the history of Christmas Town, and more on their website!

 

Local Neighborhood Lights:
If you’re more into the DIY route, Charlotte on the Cheap has posted a list of some of the best residential light displays in the Charlotte area along with the radio stations, if the lights are set to music! With displays all over the city, there is something for everyone to see, so make sure you check out this awesome resource if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit and check out some awesome light displays!

 

 

 

 
Brittany Lee
December 16th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

This absolutely beautiful home in Providence Plantation was just listed! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

MLS#: 3051488

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

Beautiful two-story home in a great neighborhood with a voluntary homeowner association. Immaculately maintained and with great bones. Cozy loft overlooks two-story Greatroom, Master bedroom on the main floor and a spacious finished basement just perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Screened porch overlooks wooded back yard. Add your personal touch and make this home your own.

 

Providence Plantation School Information:
Elementary School: Providence Spring Elementary School
Middle School: Crestdale Middle School
High School: Providence High School

 

Providence Plantation Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single-family listings in Providence Plantation: 4
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Providence Plantation: $460,123.75

 

The number of closed sales in Providence Plantation has increased almost 5% to 87.

The average sales price for homes in Providence Plantation has decreased 3.6% over the last year to $454,928.

In the past year, the average number of days on the market for homes in Providence Plantation has decreased from 109 to 77.

There is currently a 5.5 Months Supply of homes for sale in Providence Plantation.

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

 

 
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