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Kristin Ellefson
March 3rd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Looking for something fun and FREE to check out in the Queen City? There are tons of great restaurants, entertainment venues, and amusements to see around town, but sometimes those things can be a little much on the wallet, so its nice to be able to get out and experience the city on a budget. If you’re free on a Thursday night, starting March 12th, Check out the NoDa FAM Rally, held at the Chop Shop (399 East 35th Street). On Thursday’s from 6-9 PM you can stop by the Chop Shop to check out different local businesses, non-profits, craftsmen, bands, food trucks and more! Each week there will be contests, new musicians and a variety of local businesses to peruse, so make sure you check it out. Find out more about it in this snippet from the Charlotte Observer Sound Bites. If you’re making plans to attend the spring kick-off, NEXT Thursday, March 12th, you can check out musical guests The Business People and Brian and Megan and these local food trucks: Yummi Banh Mi Truck, Maryland Crab Co. Llc, Taco Green-Go, The Plated Palette, Roaming Fork, SweetCakes Bakery. Make sure to stop by one week and check it all out, and remember its free to browse, so there’s no reason not to go if you’re in need of some Thursday night entertainment.

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 2nd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

 
Kristin Ellefson
March 2nd, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

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MLS#: 3065635
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

This Pristine Luxury Townhome is nestled in a Park-like setting & Ready to Move-in! Countless Upgrades include Gorgeous Hardwoods, Plantation Shutters, & Massive Moldings. Chef’s Kitchen boasts Elegant Granite, Upgraded Stainless Appliances, & Designer Light Fixtures. Lavish Owner’s Bath features Dual Vanities, Striking Granite & Designer Tile work. Home Office/Library Abundant with Built-in’s. Gated Patio with Stamped Concrete, Gas Grill, & Custom Canopy. Truly an Exquisite Example of Finery!

 

Ardrey Commons School Information:
Elementary School:
Elon Park Elementary School
Middle School: Community House Middle School
High School: Ardrey Kell High School

 

Ardrey Commons Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active condo/townhomes listed in Ardrey Commons (on the market less than 10 days): 2
Average listing price for all active condo/townhome listings in Ardrey Commons: $442,000

The number of closed sales in Ardrey Commons has decreased to 7 over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in Ardrey Commons has increased to $434,500 over the last 12 months.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Ardrey Commons has increased to 45 days over the last 12 months.

There is currently less than one month supply of homes for sale in Ardrey Commons.

 

For more information on this listing contact Joel Bennett. To learn more about Joel click here.

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

Charlotte has been named one of America’s Fastest Growing Cities, once again, by Forbes. The list was created by paring down the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the US. and comparing them on 6 standard metrics, “We considered estimated population growth for 2014 and 2015, year-over-year job growth for 2014, and 2014 gross metro product growth (in other words, the metro area’s economic growth rate). We also considered federal unemployment data. Finally, we factored in median annual pay for college-educated workers in each area, using data from Payscale.com,” says Forbes. After considering all these factors they came up with a list of the 20 fastest growing cities in the U.S. and Charlotte helps round out the top 10, coming in at number 9, down one spot from number 8 last year. You can check out the full list here, but we have included the top 10 and few statistics for you below!

 

 

1. Houston, TX
2014 Population growth rate: 1.81%
Job growth rate: 4.5%
Unemployment: 4.8%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.52%

 

2.  Austin, TX
2014 Population growth rate: 2.52%
Job growth rate: 3.14%
Unemployment: 4.13%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 4.95%

 

3. Dallas, TX
2014 Population growth rate: 1.98%
Job growth rate: 4.1%
Unemployment: 4.91%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.46%

 

4. Raleigh, NC
2014 Population growth rate: 1.86%
Job growth rate: 3.54%
Unemployment: 4.83%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.43%

 

5. Seattle, WA
2014 Population growth rate: 1.3%
Job growth rate: 3.56%
Unemployment: 4.7%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.35%

 

6. Denver, CO.
2014 Population growth rate: 1.74%
Job growth rate: 2.66%
Unemployment: 4%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.52%

 

7. San Francisco, CA
2014 Population growth rate: 0.93%
Job growth rate: 3.52%
Unemployment: 4.16%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.72%

 

8. Fort Worth, TX
2014 Population growth rate: 2.03%
Job growth rate: 2.64%
Unemployment: 4.95%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 3.4%

 

9. Charlotte, NC
2014 Population growth rate: 1.93%
Job growth rate: 3.1%
Unemployment: 5.84%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 2.95%

 

10. San Antonio, TX
2014 Population growth rate: 1.89%
Job growth rate: 3.06%
Unemployment: 4.56%
2014 Gross Metro Product Growth: 1.74%

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

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MLS#: 3065605
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms

 

“Dilworth Classic!, Built in 2004, 10ft ceilings down, 9ft ceilings up, gated driveway with 1.5 car garage, views of the uptown Charlotte skyline, 5 BR, 4 full BA, 3524 heated sq. ft. with open floor plan, Dilworth Elementary, A.G. Middle School, Myers Park High School district, Gourmet kitchen with Stainless JennAir pro gas range, Stainless GE Monogram refrigerator with water/ice access from the door, Cherry custom cabinets w/ granite countertops, abundant storage throughout the home and garage”

 

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

 

Dilworth Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new active single family listings in Dilworth (on the market less than 10 days): 4
Average listing price for all active single family listings in Dilworth: $895,085

The number of closed sales in Dilworth has increased to 200 over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in Dilworth has increased to $474,537 over the last 12 months.

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Dilworth has decreased to 56 during the last 12 months.

There is currently a 5 month supply of homes for sale in Dilworth

 

For more information on this listing contact Kevin Thompson.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
February 25th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

With the prediction of another winter storm on its way, many people are rushing out to make sure they have all the necessities in case the worst case predictions come to fruition. Most people focus on food, water, and an alternative heat source, however there are some preparations and precautions that should be taken around your house when it comes to ticking things off your pre-storm checklist. The CDC has a great resource in their preparedness checklist that will help you ensure you have all your bases covered, so if you’re wondering what additional steps you should take, this is a great place to start. FEMA also suggests that you ensure that your exterior pipes are covered and protected to help prevent freezing as much as possible, also make sure your pipes are dripping to keep the water flow moving. If your pipes DO burst make sure you know where your shut-off valve is. In addition to burst pipes some of the primary safety concerns come from alternative heat sources not being used safely. If your generator, and other alternative electricity or heat sources run on gas, DO NOT bring these items into your home, make sure they are properly ventilated and always make sure you have a fire-extinguisher on hand and that you and your family are equipped to use it. Check out this infographic below for some other tips an reminders about staying safe during winter storms!

Infographic courtesy of the CDC

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
February 25th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

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MLS#: 3053353
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

Fantastic home on very desirable cul-de-sac – beautiful yard – Hardwoods main level – updated kitchen and baths – new windows – oversized garage – bonus room with TV and study areas – great school assignments – walk to SouthPark – convenient to uptown

 

Barclay Downs School Information:
Elementary School:
Selwyn Elementary School
Middle School: Alexander Graham Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Barclay Downs Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new, active single-family listings in Barclay Downs (on the market less than 10 days): 2
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Barclay Downs: $736,205

The number of closed sales in Barclay Downs has decreased slightly over the last 12 month period.

The average sales price for homes in Barclay Downs has increased to $527.439

The average number of days on the market for homes in Barclay Downs has decreased to 37 days.

The months supply of inventory for homes in Barclay Downs has increased to a 3 month supply.

 

For more information on this listing contact Mary Jane Ramsey. To learn more about Mary Jane click here.


 
Kristin Ellefson
February 24th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

It’s that time of year again! While the weather may be wintery and cold, now is the perfect time to start planning for your spring spruce ups and the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is the perfect place to start. This is the South’s largest home and garden show and will feature building, remodeling, landscaping, gardening, home decor and more! Experts will be on hand to answer your questions and help you nail down all the specifics on how to get your home improvements done in 2015. The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show has already started and will run through this weekend, ending March 1st. The Expo is happening at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.Charlotte, NC 28205, and hours of Operation are as follows: Friday:10am-8pm Saturday:10am-7pm Sunday:10am-5pm. Wondering who all you can connect with at the expo? Check out this list of exhibitors, you could also win a $500 gift card to use while you’re shopping at the show, so make sure you register here. In addition to all the great the vendors you can check out, there will also be a display of 22 gardens and landscapes inspired by various North Carolina icons, so make sure you make plans to get out and see everything the expo has to offer. Find out more about times, tickets, and exhibitors on their website.

 

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

When you’re preparing to sell your home, there are a lot of things you need to think about, selecting a Realtor®, making updates, staging, a timeline, possibly  buying a new home, and moving all top the list. An item you shouldn’t forget? Pricing your home competitively. This element is key to having a successful sales process. The right price will attract more buyers and showings and hopefully, in turn will result in quicker offers and a closing that leave you on the positive side of the transaction. So, what is it that is so complicated about pricing? Well, the biggest thing is that there are a variety of factors to consider, no two homes are ever the same, some maybe have more square footage, some may have a larger lot, or maybe your home includes a variety of upgrades other homes on your street may not have. Maybe your location is hot right now and demand is high in your area, or its the busy season for real estate so you can ask for a higher price. There are tons of factors to consider, which is why having an agent who is familiar with homes in your area will be key to hitting the sweet spot when it comes to pricing. The experts over at Realtor.com also have some tips for making sure you price it right the first time. Here are 6 Rules to follow when you’re pricing your home:

  1. Price is King: This is one of the first things buyers will look at, “can we afford this, yes or no?” So, making sure you have priced your home competitively, too high and the best buyers might be deterred, and too low and they might wonder what is wrong.
  2. Check the Comparables: Knowing your market is a huge benefit in pricing. When you’re looking at other homes in your area for price comparison you want to make sure they have similar features and amenities, number of rooms, squarefootage, and comparable updates. This will give you the most realistic look at what buyers are willing to pay for a home like yours.
  3. Compare Fairly: If you know new construction is hot in your area, or that other locations are more desirable than your location, your price should reflect all of those factors.
  4. Know the History: Look back at historical prices, find an average for similar houses for the past 6 months as opposed to what just sold last week, this will help you balance the effect of extreme outliers or special circumstances that might causes houses to be extremely over or underpriced.
  5. Consider Special Improvements: If you have made improvements or updates to your home that are not consistent with other homes that may have sold previously, make sure you and your Realtor® discuss how that should effect the price.
  6. Supply & Demand: Know your market. If there is a shortage of listings OR an overage of listings both of those things can effect what you might get for your home, so knowing the whole picture and what to expect will allow you to make a more informed decision.

When pricing your home its important to know your numbers and do your research so that you can pull the most buyers in for showings and ultimately get the best price you can for your home. Interested in finding out more about your home’s value in today’s market? Contact one of our agents today for a complete market analysis!

 
Kristin Ellefson
February 20th, 2015  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Clutter is one of those things that can sneak up on you and sometimes you don’t even realize it’s happening until one day you look around and your counter space seems limited, your rooms feel smaller, and just in general everything feels cramped and sometimes like your rooms are bursting at the seams!

 

If someone came into your home today and said “cut the clutter,” where would you start? Most people would say things like “picking up toys” or “sorting through the mail piles,” but HGTV suggests that there may be a few things in your home that you don’t even know are causing the clutter to get even worse. If you have been checking in lately we have been providing lots of resources for getting your home neat and tidy, just in time for you to get started on that dreaded spring cleaning activity! Check out the list of a few things HGTV says you should get rid of to help “Cut the Clutter” in your home, check out the full list and more information about these items here.

 
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