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Charlotte NC At a Glance - 10/31/09 12:51 AM
Charlotte NC At a Glance Incorporated in 1768 and named for the wife of King George III, Charlotte has consistently redeveloped herself, growing into the largest city in North Carolina. The Queen City, as she is nicknamed, has gone from being an agrarian township to a gold town, textile center to a national banking giant. Presently, Charlotte is the second largest banking center in the United States of America second only to New York City. Visitors to the city are treated to historical attractions as well as a varied and vast range of events and recreational activities. Charlotte NC (11 comments)
5 Fabulous Things to do in Charlotte NC Friday, 10/30/2009 - 10/30/09 12:22 AM
Five Fabulous Things to Do in Charlotte NC (Friday, 10/30) Rotary Club of Meck-South When: Oct 30, 2009 @ 7:30 am Where:Charlotte NC Raintree Country Club Meck-South Rotary Club Charlotte Regional Farmers Market When: Oct 30, 2009 (8:00 am - 5 pm) Where: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market REDUCED SHAKESPEARE: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged) When: Oct 30, 2009 @ 8:00 pm Where:Charlotte NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Charlotte Bobcats vs. New York Knicks When: Oct 30th @ 7:00 pm, Charlotte, NC Where:: Time Warner Cable Arena
WILLIE NELSON AND FRIENDS When: Oct 30, 2009 @ 8:00 pm Where:Charlotte NCC Ovens (13 comments)
Same Song, Different Artist - 10/29/09 06:03 PM
Same Song, Different Artist As I was reading and commenting on a great blog post from my friend, Clint Miller, Let's Talk About What Is REALLY Wrong In Real Estate, I was reminded of many articles/posts written about a year ago regarding this same topic. The issue with agents at the time was poor communication. Back then, my pat answer was basically, those of us who give 100% to our jobs are eventually, "going to weed these wanna-be agents out of the business so, not to worry!" Today, as I look at my 'to-do' list for tomorrow, guess how many (62 comments)
Charlotte NC Relocation - Search for Homes in Charlotte NC - 10/29/09 12:51 AM
Charlotte NC Relocation - Search for Homes in Charlotte NC Tucked within the serene Southeast rests Charlotte North Carolina - a sweeping modern metropolis that boasts both urban vibrancy and simple, country charm. Known as the Queen City, Charlotte was named "Best Place to Live in America" by Relocate-America.com, on factors such as employment opportunities, crime rates and housing affordability. CNN Money also named Charlotte #7 of the 100 "Best Places to Live and Launch", due to its vibrant culture and opportunities for new business.
Charlotte NC real estate is some of the finest in the country (12 comments)
As a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, my team is privy to early news releases pertaining to the city of Charlotte and plans to expand local businesses. This information reflects directly upon the Charlotte NC housing market. Combined with data from the Charlotte NC MLS , the local economy appears to continue the trend began in 2009 Q2.
The first three quarters of 2009 showed Mecklenburg County Charlotte NC expanding 11,500 jobs which was a 15% year-over-year increase from 2008. This, during the worst recession in many years, is (11 comments)
Eastover, located just southeast of Charlotte’s Center City, formerly two dairy farms, (also formerly Myers Park Eastover), was developed by E. C. Griffith in 1927. In the Eastover Charlotte NC community, history abounds! Eastover is one of the most desired areas in Charlotte NC; the treescape in Eastover is simply breathtaking, especially in the spring when the pear trees are in bloom!
From the days of Earle Sumner Draper, the Southeastern US ‘premier’ urban planner to present day, Eastover has been the home of some of Charlotte’s most elite. From cotton brokers to bankers to attorneys, the (12 comments)
Catch the Charlotte LYNX to 3030 South--In Hip, South End Charlotte NC - 10/25/09 02:34 PM
This is truly a one-of-a-kind home that you simply must see! Just take the light rail to the New Bern Street Station. Less than a block from the station, you'll find 3030 South, Charlotte's newest live/work community in historic South End. 3030 South is like no other condo complex in South End or Uptown Charlotte NC! With garages, spacious living, location near shopping, restaurants and bars, PLUS Charlotte's new LYNX light rail is just outside your home!
Neighborhood access includes: Dilworth Harris Teeter Supermarket Dowd YMCA Park Road Shopping Center Freedom Park Healthy Home Market Dilworth (3 comments)
Is A Home Inspection Really Worth It? ....You're darn skippy it is! My friend, Lenn Harley shares valid points regarding the home inspection process in this blog. She is astutely aware that a home inspection not only protects the buyer but, everyone involved in the transaction.
Would you allow your buyers to turn down an inspection? I certainly do hope not--even new construction properties have issues. One recent example of a new construction inspection proving that the cost was worth thousands--the HVAC had been installed erroneously and supposedly, the manner in which it had been installed (5 comments)
Charlotte NC's LYNX Light Rail System - 10/24/09 02:04 AM
Charlotte NC's LYNX Light Rail System In keeping with Charlotte's cat theme (Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, CATS [Charlotte Area Transit System]), the light rail, LYNX has become our new favorite means of transportation in the city! Connectivity is key (hence the name, LYNX) in getting the city's south end transported into the city during rush hours. In November, 2007, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) began operation of the 9.6-mile LYNX Blue Line light rail, after having been under construction since February, 2005. The LYNX fleet includes sixteen Avanto light rail cars built by Siemens. The line extends from (11 comments)
Shopping for a Charlotte NC Live/Work Community? Read about South End Charlotte NC's 3030 South complex. (8 comments)
Shopping for a Charlotte NC Live/Work Community? - 10/21/09 08:41 PM
Shopping for a Charlotte NC Live/Work Community? Are you shopping for a Charlotte NC live/work community? Well, hop on the light rail and pop over to the New Bern Street Station. Less than a block from the station, you'll find 3030 South, Charlotte's newest live/work community in historic South End. 3030 South is like no other condo complex in South End or Uptown Charlotte NC! With garages, spacious living, location near shopping, restaurants and bars, PLUS Charlotte's new light rail just outside your home! 3030 South Charlotte NC is a unique blend of contemporary architecture and urban planning with focus on (13 comments)
Charlotte NC EASTOVER Market Report: September 2009 As a REALTOR®/Broker with Helen Adams Realty, I monitor local real estate statistics to keep clients informed and ahead of the real estate trends. Following, are the current real estate statistics for Mecklenburg County, Charlotte NC ZIP Code 28207, for month of September, 2009. This data includes Eastover Charlotte NC homes for sale. Note the improvement of months' supply during the last year as well as the decreased days on the market. Number of Eastover Charlotte NC Active Listings for Single Family-5 Average List Price $ 759,800 Average Square Footage 2,900 - 3,400 (5 comments)
Charlotte NC Short Sales: Foreclosure or Short Sale--What's the Difference? - 10/18/09 09:50 AM
Foreclosure or Short Sale--What's the Difference?Losing your home to foreclosure is a painful event that continues to haunt you long after your home has gone back to the bank. Your credit score is severely affected and, regrettably, most people cannot be sure that they will remain safe from foreclosure because they haven't foreseen the "unexpected." Such events as serious illness, a major accident, divorce or job loss can happen to anyone at anytime. It’s a good idea to understand the available alternatives should such devistating events occur in your life. So, what IS the difference between a foreclosure and a (25 comments)
Million Dollar Home Sales Update Charlotte NC 10/2009 - 10/17/09 07:11 AM
With only 80 homes over $1,000,000 sold in the entire city of Charlotte during the past year, million-dollar sellers are feeling the economic pinch like never before. How much can $1M buy in today's market? The answer varies quite a bit, depending upon the area of Charlotte. During the past two years, Charlotte has experienced a tumultuous million-dollar market with some areas faring better than others.Our team's main focus is on areas 4 & 5 of Charlotte. This compilation of data is from Charlotte's area 5 and specifically areas 5/3 and 5/4. This area, because of its popularity due to location (8 comments)
Virtual Staging...What a Novel Idea! - 10/15/09 05:57 PM
Virtual Staging...What a Novel Idea!What's in it for you? A quicker sale than listing/selling an unfurnished, vacant property! Some sellers simply cannot afford to furnish their vacant properties and some buyers simply cannot 'mentally picture' furnishings in a vacant home. Innovative agents are now turning to virtual staging. This process uses computer technology to add furniture and decoraor items to photos of vacant listings. The cost is approximately $250 for a few photos and the images are quite impressive. One company, Virtually Staging Properties, has nearly 1,000 photos of items which they strategically place, via computer, into YOUR photos of the vacant (85 comments)
Charlotte NC Real Estate Update SEPT 2009 - 10/15/09 07:40 AM
Charlotte NC Real Estate Update, SEPT 2009 The salability of their home on the market seems to be at the forefront of Sellers' minds during in mid-October. There are thoughts that this may be a good time to take their home off the market until the springtime when the “market improves”, but, this year, there are several reasons not to this: 1. We believe that the market will continue to improve in terms of the number of sales, but that prices will continue to soften until the rate of employment increases. 2. More people with jobs means more people can (3 comments)
Sounds like a song from the 70's, doesn't it?! (Colour My World) I guess I'm dating myself, aren't I? Anyway, I digress... Staying away from controaversial posts--mostly political--has been my personal 'policy' since starting here in the Rain. Our dear Jennifer Monroe sets the record straight about members who use this platform as a policical one or even just a place to rant! And, hey, it's okay to 'rant' but, being rude to other members while doing so, does absolutely NOTHING to put you in a positive light with other members OR the public! Don't forget that the (17 comments)
A Short Sale Contract is STILL a Contract! - 10/13/09 11:00 PM
More and more Charlotte NC homeowners are facing the decision as to how to handle the sale of their distressed properties. Many are lost in a sea of unknown or confusing information. At what point do you list your Charlotte NC home as a short sale? At what point do you submit your documents to the bank? I recently wrote a post about submitting offers to the banks--or how NOT to submit offer(s) to the banks! We submit ONE signed CONTRACT instead!Broker Bryant (Bryant Tutas) is a Florida short sale expert who shares with us his expertise on short sales (7 comments)
Is Your Short Sale or Loan Modification Being Turned Down? - 10/13/09 10:40 PM
Charlotte NC homeowners who are facing the decision as to whether or not to short sell your home (pre-foreclosure) or attempt a loan modification, this is for you! If you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth, this article by Katerina Gasset will answer alot of your questions and steer you in the right direction. Katerina is a short sale expert from FL and has been doing these for years and has sound advice as to why your short sale or loan modification has been turned down. If you're in Charlotte NC and need assistance with short sales (3 comments)
Why Are You Pricing Your HOME Like Clothing at the Mall? - 10/13/09 06:38 PM
Why Are You Pricing Your Home Like Clothing at the Mall? Sellers who really want to sell their property NOW so that they can move on, are more involved with analyzing their price point than ever before. It seems that most sellers want to price their property with something that ends in '99'--$599,000 or $599,900, etc. Here's what I ask them:"You're about to move to Raleigh and your Realtor® has set up a search for you through his/her MLS. Can you tell me what your price parameters are for that search? When you're searching online at night for homes in the (178 comments)
Adding Pictures to Your Active Rain Blog--The 20/20 Rule - 10/12/09 07:52 AM
Adding Pictures to Your Active Rain Blog--The 20/20 Rule I was teaching a blogging class at our Association recently and one of the questions was about posting your photos and clip art on your blog. "How do I keep my text/words from running into my pictures?" I explained the 20/20 rule to him. This week I received an email asking me that same question from another member. Today as I was reading a post, I noticed that the text was butting up against the bloggers clip art and thought it was time I share this simple rule with you for posting (53 comments)
Providence Springs Charlotte NC, once farmland, is a quaint neighborhood nestled between the Arboretum and Rea Road (the city-side of Highway 51). Gene Harrington & Ken Dowd (developers of other upscale neighborhoods as Berkley & Highgate), developed the sanctuary-style neighborhood, building custom homes on winding streets with flat lots, surrounded by mature trees. As you enter Providence Springs Charlotte NC, you will continue past a relatively new pre-fab development into the original neighborhood (which begins at Megington Drive) with 127 gorgeous custom and semi-custom homes.
Mere minutes from the Arboretum, just (7 comments)
Carolina Panthers--A Little History & October Update! - 10/11/09 09:30 AM
A Little Carolina Panthers History! October 26, 1993 was an historic day for Charlotte NC (and residents of both of the Carolinas) as our famed Jerry Richardson was awarded the 29th NFL franchise, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers team would be housed in Charlotte but, represent both North and South Carolina, being called the Carolina Panthers. Charlotte was a-buzz with the news and we rallied to support our newest professional sport. A former player himself, Jerry Richardson has a true passion for football. He bacame only the second NFL owner to have been a former player. To Charlotte and the Carolinas, that (13 comments)
OCTOBER: Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH and to start the month, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® announced that the foundation is distributing an unprecedented $100 million has been committed to immediate patient assistance in 2009 alone. As well, the Foundation has committed another $100 million to research scientists to establish a cure! This is the largest commitment to breast cancer research funding by a single nonprofit organization, targeting 81 universities and hospitals in 27 states and five countries, EVER! These grants represent research with the highest likelihood of producing positive results for breast cancer patients during the (12 comments)
Providence Springs Charlotte NC Schools - 10/10/09 07:43 PM
Providence Springs Charlotte NC Schools Education, one of the fundamental aspects imparting culture from generation to generation, facilitates the realization of self-potential and each individual student's latent talents. Providence Springs Charlotte NC schoolsoffer superior educational opportunities within each developmental level. With the application of theoretical and applied research relating to teaching and learning, education draws on a wide variety of disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, math, science, linguistics, economics and sociology, among many others. Charlotte NC schools consistently receive honors for their students' many successes. Providence Springs (7 comments)
The Reserve, Waxhaw's Premier Neighborhood - 10/09/09 07:40 PM
The Reserve, Waxhaw's Premier Neighborhood The Reserve, one of Waxhaw’s premier neighborhoods, is located just off New Town Road and was developed by Centex Homes. The mailing address is Waxhaw but, the property is physically located in the Marvin community of Union County.
Captivating old oak trees line the streets and the back-set of The Reserve. The development features three distinct luxury villages, including executive and estate-style homes. The large sized lots, many upgraded features that are standard, and open, spacious floorplans, are the features that sold this development out so quickly!
Your Vendors are a Reflection Upon YOU! - 10/07/09 09:45 PM
Your Vendors are a Reflection Upon YOU! As if we don't have enough trouble getting deals through these days--with short sales, lending restrictions and just plain irritated sellers (and even a few demanding buyers!), we have to deal with the age-old problem of inexperienced inspectors! Upon listing an older home, I advise (but, don't insist) the sellers get a (pre-)home inspection and attack the repair list prior to making their listing active. These smart sellers of mine recently did just that and found that they had well-maintained the property for years and there were very few items that needed to be (78 comments)
New Housing Bill Will Force Loan Modification - 10/07/09 11:33 AM
Now this is why I LOVE Active Rain! I'm not into political posts as I try to stay as far away from them as possible but, this one brought about some excellent discussion. As I commented on her post, I'm ambivalent about this--on one hand, I want to see our nation free of this housing crisis--on the other, I'm not into governmental involvement in personal or business contracts. Yes, regulations are needed but, where do we draw the line and how swiftly will the new policy be taken away should the government so choose? The comments on her post are (8 comments)
Presenting Multiple Offers to the Lender for Short Sale Approval - 10/06/09 12:03 AM
Presenting Multiple Offers to the Lender for Short Sale Approval While visiting at the NAR site regarding the new short sale designation and visiting the 'discussions' link, I found several questions relating to short sales and one, in particular caught my eye. "Can multiple offers be submitted to the lender without seller signatures or can only one offer be negotiated at a time? Can the seller sign multiple offers to submit to the bank?"Ahh, the question of the year! In Broker Bryant and Wendy Rulnick's classes (visit www.ShortSaleSuperstars.com) on short sales, we learned that we only submit one offer at a (112 comments)
BACK on the Market! 4211 Tangle Drive Cotswold Charlotte NC - 10/04/09 11:20 PM
If you're looking for a fabulous full-brick home in popular Cotswold Charlotte NC, today is your lucky day! Our buyer fell through so, this amazing deal is back on the market! Give us a call for your tour today before this one is SOLD! Cozy Ranch in Terrific Cotswold Location!! (8 comments)
Just Listed--Flat in Historic Wesley Heights Just Minutes from Uptown Charlotte - 10/02/09 11:31 PM
2br, 2ba - 'Like New' Condo with Upgrades Galore In Great Uptown Charlotte Location - JUST LISTED!Location: Walnut HillHistoric Wesley Heights flat with upgrades galore. Granite counter tops, includes a stainless steel refrigerator, beautiful solid wood cabinetry, double stainless kitchen sink, recessed lighting, hardwood floors, upgraded lighting, plumbing, and bath fixtures. One of the best views in the complex. Conveniently located, only minutes from Uptown with plenty of nearby entertainment and shopping. Located adjacent to Frazier Park too!InformationContact Information Debe Maxwell704.491.3310Contact Reply FormForward to a FriendView Other FlyersPricingPrice: $169,900.00Flexibility: NegotiableProperty Location1543 Walnut View DriveCharlotte, NC 28208View MapLinksView the Walnut Hill WebsiteVisit (13 comments)
Preston Flats Charlotte NC--2BR/2BA with a NEW PRICE! - 10/02/09 11:21 PM
2br, 2ba - Condo in Terrific Madison/SouthPark location near CATS light rail to Uptown!Location: Preston FlatsSpacious new flat near SouthPark only minutes from Uptown! Gated community, heated pool, covered parking. Loaded with upgrades! NOW FHA APPROVED! You simply can't beat the price!FeaturesBedrooms: 2Bathrooms: 2Parking Spaces: 2 covered garageYear Built: 2008Subdivision: Preston FlatsAttached on: 2 SidesGarage Size: 2School District: Charlotte Mecklenburg School SystemSquare Footage: 1193Agent Name: Debe MaxwellBroker: Helen Adams RealtyMLS #: 876670InformationContact InformationDebe Maxwell704.491.3310Contact Reply FormForward to a FriendView Other FlyersPricingPrice: $174,700.00Flexibility: NegotiableProperty Location1000 Woodlawn Road Suite 116Charlotte, NC 28209View MapLinksVisit The Preston Flats Community WebsiteVisit Our Team WebsiteVisit My Personal (1 comments)
Author Bio: Debe Maxwell is a Certified Residential Specialist in the Charlotte Metro region with a focus on the Charlotte luxury home market. My team of agents each have their own specialty areas, a benefit to anyone buying a home in Charlotte NC.
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