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

Are “Special Function” Rooms Back? Realtor.com seems to think so. During the housing downturn the typical thought process was that no space should go unwasted, if wasn’t a bedroom, kitchen, or living room, did it really serve any purpose at all or add any extra value to your home? Sellers were often staging home offices as additional bedrooms and minimizing the amount of space that was used creating rooms that had less day-to-day functionality. So, what does that mean now that housing recovery is on the upswing? Well, according to Realtor.com the 3 special function rooms that are in high demand these days are outdoor living areas, mudrooms, and home offices. These all become additional selling features in the home down the road, a sign that people are willing to spend a little extra on things that aren’t just the necessities, or might only have seasonal use, a great sign for housing! Realtor.com also shared a few other rooms that have been on the hot list lately: the in-home media rooms as well as in-law/guest suites. Check out some of these great specialty rooms below!

 

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The Mudroom and the drop zone are back! Check out this awesome space this designated area creates in your home to store shoes, coats, hats, bags etc. so that they don’t clutter up your main living room, usually off the garage or the most commonly used entry way, these spaces create a great way to keep all your various items organized. Have a spot for dance bags and bat bags, brief cases and bookbags, this is a great solution to all that in home clutter!

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This luxurious home office at 11227 McClure Manor Drive in Ballantyne Country Club spared no expense when it came to creating the perfect specialty space! There is no doubting this space is an office and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. While some office spaces also double as a guest room or a rec room, this stately room provides a workplace for a true professional and adds an extra bit of luxury to this home!

 

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This media room at 11137 McClure Manor Drive in Ballantyne Country Club is a great place to relax and enjoy a movie! Media rooms and home theaters are a fun addition when you have the space. With large projector screens and comfy recliners and sofas, most home theaters are even better than the real deal!

 

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Here’s an example of a bonus room turned into a place for guests at 7615 Quail Park Drive. While some homes feature lavish owner suites with great closets and luxurious bathrooms, others have the option for a dual master set up to give guests that extra feeling of comfort when they come for a stay. Some homes even feature entire levels as a part of the suite with a living area and small kitchenette, a space that could probably also double as an income suite.

 

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1021 Sherringham Way features a great outdoor living space, something that is making a huge comeback these days! Previously homeowners weren’t interested in investing funds into spaces that could only be used seasonally but as the trend of at-home entertaining begins to climb, having great indoor and outdoor spaces to entertain family and friends really can’t be beat! This one even features a fire pit for the cooler months!

 

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

 

This beautiful home in Rea Woods probably won't last long! Click on the image above to read more about this listing and view more photos.

 

MLS#: 3041993

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms

 

Fantastic Rea Woods home on a cul-de-sac with a flat driveway!! Lovely interior w/lots of hwoods, pretty moldings, & a custom stone fireplace & built-ins in a two-sty Great Room. Kitchen with center island, cherry cabs, wine rack, closet pantry & built in desk. Master Sute features a sitting room & separate multi-purpose room. Main level bathroom with full bath for guests. Enjoy outdoor living from the deck overlooking a treed backyard. Neighborhood amenities: a swimming pool, tennis courts & clubhouse. Location!

 

Rea Woods School Information:
Elementary School:
McAlpine Elementary School
Middle School: South Charlotte Middle School
High School: Mecklenburg School

 

Rea Woods Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Rea Woods: 1
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Rea Woods: $599,000

 

 

The number of closed sales in Rea Woods has decreased to 2.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Rea Woods has increased almost 8% over the last year to $502,750.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Rea Woods has decreased to 27.

 

 

There is currently a 1.4 Month Supply of homes for sale in Rea Woods.

 

For more information on this listing contact Lori Fuqua. To learn more about Lori click here.


 

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

Tina Wilson - NC Realtor® - Helen Adams Realty, Randolph Road

Helen Adams Realty is pleased to announce that Tina Wilson has decided to join our Randolph Road office as a new Real Estate Agent.


Tina brings to Helen Adams Realty a wealth of skill, experience and professionalism.  Highly motivated and committed to meeting her client’s needs, she brings a sense of ease to the complex business of Real Estate.  Tina has a refreshingly authentic and forthright work ethic.  She is sincere, organized, efficient, and excels at listening and taking care to follow through with every commitment.  Her philosophy: be nice to people, it’s good business.Read more about Tina here!

 

We are pleased Tina chose to join our team and we look forward to many years of a success with her.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
October 15th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Markets across the nation seem to be back on the recovery track after a brief pause. One of the more encouraging aspects of this renewed recovery is that new construction of single-family homes reached six-year highs in August, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Consumers are also finding more listings in their search results than they have in years. Inventory is rising in many neighborhoods as higher prices have motivated more sellers to list.

 

New Listings in the Charlotte region decreased 1.7 percent to 4,119. Pending Sales were up 28.4 percent to 3,272. Inventory levels fell 11.2 percent to 15,017 units.Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 2.9 percent to $179,000. List to Close remained flat at 129 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 17.0 percent to 5.0 months.

 

The departure of investors from the scene should benefit first-time homebuyers, but student debt and sluggish wage growth have slowed that transition. The economy is growing, but it’s growing at a slower pace than desired. Thankfully, inflation remains tame, partly enabling the Federal Reserve to keep rates low for longer, contrary to the forecasts of  most economists. Reprinted from August 2014 CRRA Monthly Indicators

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Brittany Lee
October 15th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

Click on the image above to view more photos of this must-see home in Dilworth!

MLS#: 3041363

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

660 Ideal Way! Charming bungalow in Dilworth immaculately maintained. Beautifully updated kitchen, stainless appliances, gas stove with convection oven, tile backsplash, & hardwood floors on the main level. Luxurious master suite upstairs. Living room with fireplace, dining room, 3 bedrooms, laundry room, half bath, & 1 full bath on the main level. Additional attic storage off master bathroom. Screened porch and covered porch, 1 car garage with storage above, ready to entertain your guests!

 

Randolph Park School Information:
Elementary School:
Sedgefield Elementary School
Middle School: Sedgfield Middle School
High School: Myers Park High School

 

Dilworth Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Dilworth: 52
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Dilworth: $790,288.46

 

The number of closed sales in Dilworth has decreased to 176.

 

 

The average sales price for homes in Dilworth has increased almost 8% over the last year to $478,680.

 

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Dilworth has decreased to 53.

 

 

There is currently a 4.9 Month Supply of homes for sale in Dilworth

 

For more information on this listing contact Kim Walton. To learn more about Kim click here.


 
Kristin Ellefson
October 14th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Since 1994 local Charlotte residents and people from across the Carolinas have been celebrating the Renaissance Festival in the greater Charlotte area. The Carolina Renaissance Festival has grown to be one of the largest in the US with a 22 acre village, 11 stages, and food, fun, and games for all! You can see live falconry demonstrations, knights jousting, court jesters, troubadours and tons more characters throughout the festival as well as themed rides and games throughout the village. Did you find love at the Ren Fest? You can even sign up to have your wedding performed there, or maybe just renew your vows! No matter what youre looking for, youre sure to find it during this annual festival.

 

The Renaissance Festival will be open on Saturdays and Sundays October 4 – November 23 from 10am-5:30pm (rain or shine!) The artisan Market features over 100 shops and vendors with tons of handmade items to see! If you’re planning to attend the festival parking is free but you will need tickets ($21 for adults and $11 for kids 5-12). The festival is located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 but you can find directions from a variety of different parts of town on their website.

 
Brittany Lee
October 14th, 2014  |  +Brittany Lee  |  Add a Comment

You'll find charm and character at this beautiful house in Lansdowne! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

MLS#: 3040665

5 Bedrooms, 2/2 Bathrooms

 

If you’re looking for charm and character with plenty of room to live and entertain both inside and out then look no further than 129 Wingrave Drive in the very desirable community of Lansdowne. With 5 bedrooms and plenty of updates within an open floor plan including remodeled bathrooms, recessed lighting, granite counter tops with stainless appliances including a Wolf oven and an added family room. Walk to the greenway, JCC and Providence Day all while being minutes from Southpark and Uptown.

 

Lansdowne Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Lansdowne: 9
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Lansdowne: $232,700

 

The number of closed sales in Lansdowne has decreased from 29 to 23.

 

The average sales price for homes in Lansdowne has increased almost 5% over the last year to $315,678.

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Lansdowne has decreased to 32.

 

There is currently a 1.9 Month Supply of homes for sale in Lansdowne

 

 

 

For more information on this listing contact Eric Layne. To learn more about Eric click here.


 

 
Kristin Ellefson
October 13th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

 

This new construction is not to be missed! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home or read more about it!

MLS#: 3040045

5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms

 

New Construction nearly 4,000 sq/ft Craftsman Bungalow in the Heart of Cotswold & sits on large, wooded lot. No Expenses spared! 2 bedroom, 1 bath guest suite attached. 10ft ceilings, oversized doors on main and master bedroom on Main. Custom cabinets, commercial series gas cook top with vent hood in Gourmet Kitchen. Oversized deck with pergola & stone firepit in large back yard. Espresso hardwoods, Architectural details galore & built ins.Vaulted ceiling foyer upon entrance. Per sq ft value has the competition sweating.

 

Cotswold Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Cotswold: 48
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Cotswold: $578,949.79

 

The number of closed sales in Cotswold has decreased to 105.

 

The average sales price for homes in Cotswold has increased almost 1% over the last year to $409,153.

 

The average number of days on the market for homes in Cotswold has increased to 75.

 

There is currently a 4.4 Month Supply of homes for sale in Cotswold

 

 

For more information on this listing contact Byrant Stadler. To learn more about Bryant click here.


 

 
Kristin Ellefson
October 10th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

With all the TV shows about flipping homes or buying that budget-saving “fixer upper” to create your dream house, the fixer fever is widespread these days. But as a home buyer, do you know what you’re getting into? If not, you might want to think twice before diving into an expansive (and potentially expensive) home project. While the pros on HGTV and the DIY Network make it look easy and fun to buy the dud and turn it into a stud, there is a lot more than meets the eye. Houselogic had a few tips on how to figure out if that fixer upper is really the most cost effective option for you. Below are seven things you definitely want to think about before you totally commit to the transformation, you can check out the full article with tons more tips and insights here.

  1. Know what you can do yourself.
    Simple projects you can do yourself are huge cost savers when it comes to paying contractors and crews to come onsite and complete work, so sometimes lending a helping hand can be the difference in cost of one extra upgrade you really want.
  2. Know the price/cost of repairs BEFORE you make an offer on the home.
    If you don’t know the cost it will be impossible to know upfront if this is an affordable option, especially if you are getting a loan that includes renovation costs.
  3. Know your permit costs.
    While it might be easier to just  complete the work without the proper permits, it could present problems in the long run when you sell down the road. It’s always best to have the proper permits and the work approved so you don’t get caught up in a mess!
  4. Double Check numbers on structural issues.
    The structural integrity  of your home is one of the most important things to follow-up on, especially if your home is older. Paying for the proper inspections ahead of time is money well spent and always make sure you get a few opinions, you can never be too thorough when it comes to repairing the structure.
  5. Check the cost of financing.
    As we said above, know your options, if you’re getting a mortgage and construction loan all rolled into one, what is that cost versus doing things separately, make sure you’re making the best decision financially and that you talk with an experienced mortgage lender to weigh all your options.
  6. Calculate the Fair Purchase offer.
    Consulting with a qualified Realtor® is a great way to find all the information you need to make the best and most competitive offer based on your situation.
  7. Include inspection contingencies in your offer.
    As excited as you might be about the prospect of an upcoming project house, make sure that you stay level-headed, in case the inspections come back worse than expected and you need to end your deal.

 

 

Knowing your options and consulting with the best professionals, whether they are Realtors®, Mortgage Bankers, inspectors, or engineers, can make all the difference. While the “pros” may make it looks easy as pie on TV, remember tons of things happen off camera that you never see and a large scale home remodel can often be more than meets the eye, in more ways than one. If you’re up for the challenge make sure you educate yourself and have the right team of people to keep you on track and get ready for the fun!

 

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
October 10th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Searching for a home in Concord? Make sure to add this one to your list! Click on the image above to view more photos of this home!

MLS#: 3040141

5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

 

Talk about a lot of home for the money! This home is situated comfortably in the popular master planned community of Moss Creek. Neighborhood has so many amenities including their Olympic size pool, smaller play pools, water slides, tennis, clubhouse and so much more. Slab granite in the kitchen and baths. Huge master bedroom, large bedrooms and open bonus room! Home has been updated with new paint, appliances and fixtures! This is a great opportunity!

 

Moss Creek Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Moss Creek: 18
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Moss Creek: $257,640

The number of closed sales in Moss Creek has decreased to 67.

The average sales price for homes in Moss Creek has decreased less than 1% over the last year to $204,435

The average number of days on the market for homes in Moss Creek has decreased to 54.

There is currently a 3.8 Month Supply of homes for sale in Moss Creek

 

 

For more information on this listing contact Christy Quick. To learn more about Christy click here.


 
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