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November 30th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

Between the holiday party frenzy and the nonstop Christmas shopping, it feels good to give back during the holiday season. You don’t have to donate money in order to help; there are organizations that are willing to take new items, homemade ones, and just about every one of your no-longer-used objects lying around the house. With locations around the country, these charities work hard to help those in need not only at Christmas, but all year round! It’s also a great way to get rid of those no longer needed toys that your children have grown out of, and give them to a child who will cherish them dearly!

1. US Marines Toys for Tots

Bring New Toys, or unwrapped homemade toys to a drop off location near you!
Here’s a list of homemade gift ideas that might help you think of something different!

2. Warm Coats & Warm Hearts

Donate new or gently used coats!

3.Holiday Mail for Heros

Write a letter to your troops wishing them a happy holiday season!

4. Cell Phones For Soldiers

get rid of those old phones in junk drawers, donate them to your troops so they can call home for the holiday season!

5. Blankets of Hope

Donate blankets that will be used for veterans, wheel chairs, and shelter donations!


Be sure to look at all the welcoming charities that need your help. They all have a common mission of helping those in need while spreading the holiday cheer!


November 25th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

Winter is on the way! The colder weather is just around the corner and as frost is forming it is a good reminder to get your home ready for the temperature drop! StateFarm Insurance has put together a great list of simple things that people often forget about when the weather does make that change.


Clean your gutters… Clear debris from gutters and test downspouts for drainage to protect against water damage. This is also going to help keep things clear when ice starts to form. Frozen gutters filled with ice could be very damaging.


Trim your limbs… Dead and frozen limbs are the first to fall in bad weather! Keeping them trimmed could prevent more problems in the long run when you have to fix the damages to your roof or car caused by a falling tree/limb.


Keep air from leaking in or out… Eliminating air leaks will improve your homes comfort and efficiency. The basement and attic are the biggest contributors to air loss! Attics lets warm air out and the basement draws cold air right back in!


Check your furnace… Have your furnace professionally inspected and cleaned to reduce the risk of a breakdown and to keep the system running efficiently. If you have a fireplace, have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected and ensure that your damper opens, closes and seals tightly.


Winterize sprinklers and outdoor faucets... Remove all hoses or devices attached to outdoor spigots. Make sure that you also have your outdoor sprinkler system blown out, and drain all excess water!


For more information about winterizing your home, read the full article here provided by StateFarm insurance

November 25th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

2240 Mecklenburg Ave.

Gracious living at its best in this stunning renovation/addition on an exceptional .74-acre lot close to Charlotte Country Club. With understated elegance, versatile floorplan, great flow, custom features, and tremendous attention to detail this home feels just right with a large crowd or just a few. The master retreat with private sunroom, huge closet, and soaking tub is truly an escape. Large bedrooms, 3 large living spaces, front and rear covered porches, and warm and inviting finishes throughout. Thermador Professional series appliances, specially designed steel mantel & surround, marble bathrooms. Rare find in space and features.

For more information on this property or the Midwood area, please feel free to contact Jill Miller

November 24th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

The Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a holiday tradition in Charlotte since 1947. Over nearly seven decades, hundreds of thousands of participants, volunteers, sponsors, families and friends have centered their Thanksgiving traditions around this parade. This year will be the 69th year of the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade!


Come and enjoy fun for all ages. There will be floats, performances, matching bands, surprises and  a few celebrities!


The parade will be held November 26, 2015 at 9:30 Am. The parade will march North on Tryon Street from Stonewall Street to 9th Street. If you cant make it to the parade site, you can watch it starting at 1pm on WBTV channel 3 (CBS)


November 23rd, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

4135 Randolph Road:Virtual Tour

New Renovation/Construction in the Heart of Cotswold!Over 100′ setback from Randolph Road!Top Rated Schools. Property has motorized slide entry gate, Elegant outdoor lvng area w Fireplace, Oversized 2 car garage, Rocking Chair Front Porch w custom wood ceiling, Chef Kitchen w Gas Cooktop & Convection Oven,German Hardware bi-fold doors that open to Outdoor Living Area,Cathedral Ceiling,frameless glass shower & Italian Carrera Marble Counter.Minutes to Uptown & walk to Cotswold shops & eateries.

For more information on this property or the Cotswold area please feel free to contact Bryant Stadler



November 23rd, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

Ready to set the next trends at your Thanksgiving table? Here are a few inexpensive and creative ways to spice up your table with out breaking your holiday budget. Surely these decorations will be the talk of your table this holiday season!


White candles are in this seasons ! Add little accents to your table that won’t cost you a lot but will truly make a difference to those who are dining around your table this holiday season.

Forget the napkins, try velvet! velvet ties are a new way of controlling your silverware. They look great on your table, they’re inexpensive and it’s a fresh idea! It’s also a great way to sneak in a little pop of color!

This idea stands out as a favorite on a lot of home decoration websites. A paper table cloth! Let people doodle, or write what they’re thankful for. Leave notes for the hosts and save it for the next year! It would be a great thing to keep for the following years just to show how thankful you are that you still have great company during the holiday seasons! Also, protects your clean table cloths from pesky gravy stains! And keeps the little ones entertained for hours!

Be thankful for nature! Bring the outside, inside! Pumpkins, pine cones, or even leaves  (seen in the first photo) spray painted gold are a great way to a add elegance and value with out spending too much. They make a great conversation piece and can be used during multiple holidays!

All of these great Ideas came from a collection of various blogs! Thank you to,, and for these great ideas!

November 20th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

19878 Deer Valley Drive: Virtual Tour

This pristine condo overlooking natural area is beautiful, private AND move in ready. Vaulted ceilings, wood burning fireplace with stone surround and great deck. Upgraded kitchen with granite counters, cherry cabinets and black appliances. Fantastic split floorplan w/ two generous bedrooms, large living space and large closets and deeded parking space. This home is a true gem! Community with pool, clubhouse, fitness center, recreation area and walking trail to Birkdale.

For more information on this property, please feel free to contact Jill Miller

November 19th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

Did you know….

  • Inventory continues to shrink, with new listings in the Charlotte region decreasing year over year 3.1% to 3,998 and total inventory down 21.6% from last year.
  • Condo sales continue to improve, with a 25.5% year over year increase in sales.
  • The price range with the strongest sales year over year is $300,001 and up.
  • Year to date, the percent of original list price received sits at 95%, an increase of 1% year over year.

Find these facts interesting? Take a look at our current issue of On The Move to find more!

On the Move monthly newsletter is published by Helen Adams Realty. It features news and statistics about the real estate market in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. Click the button above to download the latest edition of our newsletter.

Newsletter Highlights

  • See year over year stats for residential closings in the Charlotte area.
  • See stats on pending sales as well as the number of new listings.
  • See figures for average days on market for homes (list to close).
  • See the number of active listings each month.
On the Move


November 19th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment

3200 Mountainbrook Road:Virtual Tour

Completely remodeled home in the desirable Mountainbrook Neighborhood. Home nestled on a flat, corner lot. Open floorplan featuring a gourmet kitchen w/granite countertops, tile backsplash, custom cabinetry & SS appl. Bathrooms have been fully updated, all natural oak hardwoods installed, roof/landscaping replaced in 2015. Addtl updates include: all electrical, light fixtures & interior doors, considerable amounts of drywall, plumbing fixtures, slate tile on screened-in porch…too much to list!

November 18th, 2015  |  |  Add a Comment