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Kristin Ellefson
September 2nd, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

With a short week in store, the weekend is coming up fast. If you haven’t made plans yet, there are a few festivals and events that might be worth checking out! Whether you’re looking for culture, food, fitness, or arts and entertainment, there is a little bit of everything happening this weekend.

 

Charlotte Fashion Week: This celebration of fashion and design kicks off tonight and runs through September 6th. The goal of Charlotte fashion week is to to grow the hospitality and tourism in Charlotte and to support our local businesses. The Fashion Shows will showcase the latest collections from selected designers, a competition for emerging designers, as well as upcoming artists will be displaying their recyclable designs for all to see. Events run each night from 6:30 to 10pm, with the exception of the closing night on September 6th which runs 7pm to midnight. You can check out this website to learn more about the events and how you can get tickets to attend.

 

 

Yiasou Greek Festival: The Yiasou Greek festival has been a Charlotte tradition since 1978, and this weekend, its back for another year! The  Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more, and is open to the public. The festival will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (600 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203) September 4-7. The festival times are as follows: September 4th 11am – 9pm // September 5th 11am – 10pm // September 6th 11am – 10pm // September 7th 12pm – 8pm

 

 

Common Ground – Plaza Midwood  Music and Arts Festival: Looking for an opportunity to get out and support local businesses, artists, musicians, restaurants, and more? Check out Common Ground this weekend on Commonwealth Avenue in Plaza Midwood. The festival will take place from noon to 11PM on Saturday and admission is free so make sure to stop by and check it out!

 
Kristin Ellefson
September 2nd, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Don't miss this home in Colonial Village. Click on the image above to view more photos and learn more about this listing!

 

MLS#: 3030031
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

 

“3 bed 2 bath charming ranch. Looks like Pottery Barn. Just painted. Refinished hardwoods. Move in ready. Great deck that looks out to huge yard. Great location! Tax records show subdivision as Heritage Hills but commonly marked as Colonial Village.”

 

Colonial Village Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Colonial Village: 8
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Colonial Village: $207,800

The number of closed sales in Colonial Village has increased to 21.

The average sales price for homes in Colonial Village has increased to $220,724

The average number of days on the market for homes in Colonial Village has decreased to 66.

The months supply of homes for sale in Colonial Village has decreased to 1.7

 

For more information on this listing contact Brandon Ruby. To learn more about Brandon Click here.

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

Our offices will be closed today in honor of Labor Day! We will reconvene normal business hours on Tuesday, September 2 at 8:30 am! Have a happy and safe holiday.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
August 29th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

We thought so! It is, after all, the new trend in home decor. Long gone are the days of beige and cream. All the hip and chic decorators are neutralizing with cool shades of white and gray, and steering away from the warm cozy feeling of beige and earthtones. The National Association of Realtors® posted an article earlier this month stating that 58% of designers predict gray to be the fastest growing color choice for home decor in bathrooms and kitchens, as people look to update these rooms in their homes. Shades of gray and white create a contemporary clean look, that easily allows potential buyers to view  spaces as a clean slate for them to build their home in, and even if you aren’t looking to buy, these updates will bring a breath of fresh air into your living space, making it feel lighter and larger. Don’t believe us? check out these awesome spaces some of our agents have listed that have adopted this new neutral!

 

3920 Braxton Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina , click the image to see more photos!

This neutral toned living room still has all the updates, tile floors, granite counters, and stainless appliances, but the light neutral palette makes it look clean, crisp and updated! The perfect blank slate for any potential buyer.

 

 

2902 Providence View Lane, Charlotte, North Carolina, Click the image to view more photos

Even in a bathroom that might feel tight for space, the use of neutral grays and whites really lightens up the room to make it feel more spacious and airy. Also loving the texture of the mirror against a wall that is a similar color.

 

8206 Caesars Head Drive #128, Waxhaw, North Carolina, click the image to view more photos of this home.

Gray is also a great base to add fun pops of color in your space. Even though the headboard and bedding are different shades of gray, the room is brightened up with the teal accent wall and the pop of chartreuse on the bench at the end of the bed! Also, the use of neutral base allows you to easily change accent decor for a whole new look to a space without breaking the bank.

 

2823 Providence Road #134, Charlotte, North Carolina, click on the image above to view more photos of this listing.

Another example of the neutral colors providing a great base for pops of color in your decor with things that can easily be removed or changed.

 

 

Afraid to drop beige and fully commit to gray? Have no fear, there is even a color called “greige” that lives somewhere in the middle of the cool contemporary shades of white and gray and the warm, homey golden earth tones we all know! We even have a few examples of that for you, its a great way to meet in the middle and give a little update without being fully committed to the crisp look of a gray or white paint.

211 Dellwood Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina, click on the image to view more photos.

The use of neutral furniture and area rug really help to bring the home into a more updated feel, but you could easily swap the gray out for something with a little more earthtone green and it would still have that warm feel while still providing an updated blank slate for potential buyers!

4120 Cedar Point Avenue, Stallings, North Carolina , click on the image to see more photos of this home.

This bathroom is also a great look at greige. It’s a little darker than some shades we have looked at but they accent with chocolate browns to bring out the wood and make it a little more warm, so this is a great option for a neutral as well. The cabinets could easily be repainted white to make it more contemporary and a new accent color could be added to spice up the space a little, an easy fix for any potential buyer!

 

So, if you’re looking for the right color to get your home market ready, or you’re just ready to try something new, gray is the way! There are tons of different hues, from regular gray to blue gray, to greige and  more, so definitely don’t feel limited by your typical shades, there are many options out there and one that is just perfect for your space.

 
Kristin Ellefson
August 29th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

This beautiful Myers Park homes is one you won't want to miss out on. Click on the image above to see more photos and read more about this home!

 

MLS#: 3031233
4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

“Fall in love with this 1937 home, timelessly renovated & expanded in 2000. Gorgeous lot on one of city’s most desirable streets. Slate roof, high ceilings, wonderful flow, generous rm sizes & cheerful natural light. Additions incl open great rm, 2nd floor master suite, covered porch, flex room, nice laundry & powder rooms. Customized granite kitchen & renovated marble baths. 3 fireplace (2 inside, 1 out). Walk-in attic & space above carport (2002) both are excellent expansion possibilities.”

 

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

 

Myers Park Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Myers Park: 101
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Myers Park: $987,934

 

There have been 225 closed sales in Myers Park over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in Myers Park has increased to $763,349 over the last 12 months.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Myers Park is 80 days.

There is currently a 4.6 month supply of homes for sale in Myers Park.

 

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

 
Kristin Ellefson
August 28th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Christine Hotham is an agent out of our Ballantyne Office. Click on her picture to learn more about her or contact her today!

Helen Adams Realty thanks Christine Hotham for her continued service to all of her clients. Recently, one of her clients, referred to her by a previous client, was so impressed with Christine that she felt they were a perfect client/agent match! Here is what they had to say:

 

I would like to express how lucky and blessed I was to meet Christine Hotham. Though referred by my brother, we were a perfect match. Unfortunately for Christine, the selling of my house was not an easy task (part of a divorce). However, Christine demonstrated professionalism, dedication, and willingness to help me reach my goal of selling this house in order to move on with my life. As I sit here with the biggest smile on my face while I write this letter, it is all  because my “Saint Christine”. Not only did we receive an offer in 10 days, we even closed within 30 days. And now she is helping me find my new home – my new start. I am forever grateful for having Christine on my side – a true blessing!

 


Congratulations to Christine on this wonderful review, we’re so proud to have you represent Helen Adams Realty!

 
Kristin Ellefson
August 28th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

 

Add this gorgeous home to your must-see list! It won't last long! Click the image above to view more photos of this listing.

MLS#: 3030660
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

 

“Gorgeous all-brick ranch with seasonal views of Lake Twitty! Heated, in-ground sports pool has heated waterfall feature and underwater bench for year-round enjoyment! This custom home sits on nearly 1 acre and has a private fenced yard, gleaming hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, crown moldings, sunroom, large formal dining room and family room with wet bar, generous sized kitchen with center island, solid surface counters and more! NEWLY REMODELED MASTER BATH features double vanities, granite counters, jetted tub, walk-in ceramic shower with frameless door and dual master closets! Finished bonus room/bedroom over the garage with massive unfinished walk-in storage! Great neighborhood and schools! Priced to sell!”

 

Village Lake School Information:
Elementary School:
Unionville Elementary School
Middle School: Piedmont Middle School
High School: Piedmont High School

 

Village Lake Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Village Lake: 5
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Village Lake: $393,160

There have been 3 closed sales in Village Lake over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in Village Lake has increased to $352,233

The average number of days on the market for homes in Village Lake has increased to 157 days.

There is currently a 3.6 month supply of homes for sale in Village Lake.

 

For more information on this listing contact Liz Partee. To learn more about Liz, click here.

 
Kristin Ellefson
August 27th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

If you’re buying your first home, or your fourth, you know that the loan application process can be one of the more grueling steps in the process to reaching the closing table. From financial records, to understanding payments, escrow, and all the other facets of your monthly payment, this can be a really confusing process. The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article about the struggles of home buyers when it comes to knowing and understanding the borrowing process. Recently, Discover Home Loans conducted a survey of over 1,000 respondents nationwide focused on borrowers for loans not rising to Jumbo Loan levels (less than $417,000 or, in some markets, $625,500). The survey uncovered a lot of holes in the home search process when it comes to obtaining a mortgage. For example:

 

 

  • 87% of respondents had narrowed their search to a specific price range, only 52% had calculated a projected monthly payment
  • 41% of respondents had not calculated downpayment costs based on the cost of the home
  • 48% of respondents did not know how a more or less expensive home might effect their monthly payment.
  • Respondents also expressed confusion about documentation needed for loan approval
  • Additionally, some respondents were unaware that credit scores can affect your interest rates

 

 

While there is a lot of information out there, there are also a variety of resources, like Mortgage Bankers, and Real Estate Agents, or even a mortgage calculator who can help you eliminate some of the confusion regarding the loan process. Being educated and prepared is a huge step in the right direction when it comes to understanding how all the pieces work together. Additionally, Anya Martin, of the Wall Street  Journal, provided these tips for making the mortgage process more smooth:

 

“• Go beyond calculators. Meet with several potential lenders to get specific rates before shopping for a home, recommends TJ Freeborn, a mortgage professional at Discover Home Loans. “Mortgage calculators are great jumping off points, but no two consumers will have the same credit score and [are] in the same financial situation,” she adds.

• Prequalify. The prequalification process gives borrowers a chance to catch and correct problems before their dream house is on the line, Mr. Wind says. “Before the crisis, sellers had a lot more confidence that buyers could find financing because it was readily available, he adds. Now sellers are asking buyers to “get the loan and close within a reasonably short period.”

• Clarity is coming. New federal rules will replace the “good-faith estimate” document with a standardized “loan estimate” document starting Aug. 1, 2015. This new standardized summary—issued at the start of the loan process—will itemize key loan terms and estimated loan and closing costs, making it easier for borrowers to compare loans, Mr. Findlay says.”

 

These are some great tips to help you avoid stress and disappointment during the lending process. If you know what you can afford before hand and you have all your ducks in a row, you are more likely to come out on the winning side of  the process. Talk with a Realtor® or Chris Tilley, our partner at Cunningham and Company to find out more about getting qualified for your next home!

 
Kristin Ellefson
August 27th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

A wonderful listing in Robinson Woods, click the image above to view more photos of this listings.

MLS#: 3030954
4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

“Immaculate condition. Beautiful hardwood floors on main and upper level. Updated kitchen open to den area. Large master bath with double vanities, walk-in shower and soaking tub. Attractive formal areas. Large flat yard and 2 car carport.”

 

Robinson Woods School Information:
Elementary School:
Lansdowne Elementary School
Middle School: McClintock Middle School
High School: East Mecklenburg High School

 

Robinson Wood Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Robinson Wood: 5
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Robinson Wood: $399,800

The number of closed sales in Robinson Woods has decreased to 4.

The average sales price for homes in Robinson Woods has increased to $377,375

The average number of days on the market for homes in Robinson Woods has increased to 105

The months supply of inventory for homes in Robinson Woods has decreased to less than one month

For more information on this listing contact Stan Perry.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
August 26th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Labor Day weekend is just a few short days away, and if you’re looking for a little bit of entertainment to accompany your R&R, Charlotte has a few activities you might want to check out, from bar-b-cues and wine tours to festivals and more, the Queen city is full of entertainment you don’t want to miss out on this Holiday Weekend.

 

Friday, August 29, 2014:

  • Food Truck Friday – This is the last Friday to take advantage of Charlotte’s favorite food trucks all in one place! These food trucks will be gathered on the lot at the corner of Park and Camden in Historic South End. The event runs from 5PM-9PM so make sure you don’t miss your last chance for some food truck lovin’ on Friday! Read more about the event here.
  • Matthews Alive Festival- Starting Friday and running through Labor Day, the Matthews Alive Festival will be in downtown historic Matthews. The festival is dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations through music, arts and community involvement. Check out their website to get more information on hours and tickets!

 

 

Saturday, August 30, 2014:

  • Green Market Saturday – This is the last Saturday to check out Green Market Saturdays at the The 7th Street Public Market, in Uptown, for the season! The Market will be open Saturday from 8:30AM -7:00 PM. You can learn more about the 7th Street Public Market and Green Market Saturday here.
  • Yadkin Valley Labor Day Weekend Wine Tours – If you’d like a change of pace this labor day weekend check out the tour of the Shallowford Trail with the Yadkin valley Wine Tours. You will have the opportunity to check out RayLen VineyardsHanover Park VineyardWestbend Vineyards , andMisty Creek Vineyard. Tickets are $115 and you can learn more about the event here.

 

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014:

  • Labor Day Celebration at the USNWC – Celebrate Labor Day at the White Water Center with events for all ages from 9am-10PM. Admission is free for some events and you can even register paticipate in trail races, corn hole tournaments, and check out live music and a fireworks show later in the evening! Make sure you don’t miss this awesome event, check out their website to learn more about pricing and registration.

 

 

Monday, September 1, 2014:

  • Labor Day Brunch and BBQ -Stop by the 7th Street Public Market between 10am and 4pm on Labor Day to enjoy some house-marinated grilled entrees, live entertainment, slow churned ice cream, face painting, balloon art, and give-a-ways from Local Loaf. Check out their website here.
  • Labor Day in the Vineyard- Enjoy an afternoon in the Raffaldini Vineyards from 11am-5pm. The event will feature a food truck, gelato, and entertainment from a great local musician so make sure you don’t miss out! Learn more about the vineyard and event here.

 

 

 

 

 
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