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Jessica Sullivan
August 1st, 2014  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

Our knowledgeable real estate agents are often quoted and featured in the local papers. We pride ourselves on staying up to date on all the trends, hot topics, and sales volumes across the Charlotte Metro area.

Yesterday we reported that our own Katy Bradfield was quoted in the Charlotte Observer on the hot hot hot Ballantyne market. Today we bring you the next hottest and most moved to area of the city: University! Named so for it proximity to the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, the University Area is growing and changing quickly. It’s location in the city makes it easy to get to Uptown, Huntersville, Concord, and lots of entertainment opportunities.

Lisa Turley, an agent at our Lake Norman Office, lent her expertise, and one of her listings (5225 Fairvista Drive), to the Observer this week, in discussing the booming University area, and just in time for students to begin flowing back into campus!!

You can read the article, here:


University City Blooms

Article published in The Charlotte Observer's "Home/Design" Section, Saturday, July 26th


Click to download the article: University City Blossoms


Feel free to contact Lisa for more information!



Kristin Ellefson
August 1st, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment


Make sure you see this wonderful Monroe home in St. Johns Forest

MLS#: 3024728
4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


“Well maintained transitional 2 story. All the right upgrades selected from builder – hardwood floors, moldings, panelled cabinets, kitchen island, fireplace, surround sound, tile & luxury master bath, lot premium. Buyer to determine schools.”


St. John’s Forest Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in St. John’s Forest: 14
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in St. John’s Forest: $179,913

The number of closed sales in St. John's Forest has increased to 75 over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in St. John's Forest hsa increased to $156,560

The average number of days on the market for homes in St. John's Forest has decreased to 62.


There is currently a 2.2 month supply of homes for sale in St. John's Forest.



To Learn more about this listing contact Nancy Tate. To learn more about Nancy click here.

Jessica Sullivan
July 31st, 2014  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

The Charlotte Observer introduced a new special section in their Saturday paper a few months ago called Home / Design. Each week they talk about hot markets in the Charlotte, NC region, as well as home and design trends for the Charlotte area.


About Katy Bradfield

Contact Katy for more information on the article, Ballantyne, or her listings!

On July 19th, our own Katy Bradfield was interviewed for this part of the paper, discussing one of the hottest topics of the year: the Ballantyne real estate market. In June, it was reported that the zip code, 28277, the Ballantyne zip code, had the second most move-ins in the entire country. While the Charlotte market continues it’s hot streak, with prices still gaining value, there are still a lot of great homes to be had at any price range, and even in Ballantyne.


You can read the article that Katy was quoted in right here, and catch the Home/Design section every Saturday in the Charlotte Observer. Three Helen Adams Realty listings were also featured in the article, and you can get more information by clicking on the addresses: 11227 McClure Manor Drive, 14741 Rudolph Dadey Drive, and 11137 McClure Manor Drive.



Kristin Ellefson
July 31st, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment


Make sure you don't miss this great listing in The Farms at Backcreek! Click the image above to view more photos of this listing.


MLS#: 3023631
4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms


“Built in 2010-oversized Bedrooms-Trey Ceiling in dining & Master-Rocking Chair Porch & Double Deck Porch w/Master access, rare find. Fresh paint & new carpet-tons of heavy molding & wainscotting. Gourmet kitchen has center island w/pantry & tons of cabinets. 9′ ceilings on lower level. Aluminum fenced back yard & lot backs to heavy woods for privacy. Spacious loft is a great area for additional get away space. On cul-de-sac rd/wired for security. True 4 Bedroom w/Bonus loft.”


School Information for The Farms at Backcreek:

Elementary School: Newell Elementary School
Middle School: Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
High School: Vance High School


The Farms at Backcreek Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in The Farms at Back Creek: 11
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in The Farms at Backcreek: $204,175

The number of closed sales in The Farms at Backcreek has increased to 20 closed sales over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in The Farms at Back Creek has increased to $187,090

The average number of days on the market for homes in The Farms at Backcreek has decreased to 134.

The Months Supply of inventory of homes for sale has increased to 4.9.



For more information on these listings contact Bryant Stadler. To learn more about Bryant click here.

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.