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Elizabeth Charlotte NC - The City's New Revitalization Focus - 03/31/10 12:28 AM
Elizabeth Charlotte NC - The City's New Revitalization Focus If you're shopping for homes for sale near Uptown Charlotte NC, the Elizabeth community offers both proximity to the city (Uptown is within walking distance in most areas of Elizaeth) and historic homes with a flare of hip! Historic Elizabeth is home to two of Charlotte's major hospitals, North Carolina’s largest community college (Central Piedmont Community College) and the city’s oldest park, Independence Park. Homes for sale in Elizabeth Charlotte NC range from brick mansions to quaint bungalows and even new townhomes and condominiums. The neighborhood was home to department store magnate William Henry (17 comments)
Charlotte NC - Ballantyne Country Club Neighborhood - Convenient & Luxurious - 03/28/10 11:59 PM
Charlotte NC - Ballantyne Country Club Neighborhood - Convenient & Luxurious Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte NC is located in an ideal setting among the hills and beautiful trees of South Charlotte NC. Ballantyne Country Club’s sought-after, south Charlotte location and world-class golf course amenities has led many home buyers to this popular community. Ballantyne Country Club's close proximity to I-485, provides quick access to Uptown Charlotte NC, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and of course, world-class shopping at Charlotte's famed SouthPark Mall. Beautiful surroundings make Ballantyne Country Club an ideal retreat after a long day in the city.
Surrounding the (13 comments)
Search Charlotte NC Homes For Sale - Have it Your Way - 03/28/10 11:55 PM
Search Charlotte NC Homes For Sale - Have it Your Way... ...Including search capabilities by Neighborhood, School Assignments or by Zip Code Our 'all-inclusive' Charlotte North Carolina real estate website offers you the ability to find all the information you need to make an informed decision on your new home purchase. Experience, knowledge and customer service allows me the benefit of providing ultimate solutions to both buyers and sellers. Go ahead--put me to work for you! Buying and selling Charlotte NC homes is what I do for a living (full-time), I take it very seriously and can assist you with (2 comments)
Dilworth Charlotte NC Market Analysis 03/28/2010 - 03/28/10 11:44 AM
Dilworth Charlotte NC Market Analysis 03/28/2010 Dilworth envelopes those visiting or residing there with its tree-lined streets which front beautiful, architecturally designed homes, many with wrap-around porches. As well, quaint little shops and restaurants are all within walking distance to homes in Dilworth Charlotte NC. Local merchants offer personal attention as well as an ambiance that is simply Dilworth’s trademark. It is difficult to believe that anyone ever considered Dilworth a 'suburb' as they did in the late 1800's. Take a tour and see why Dilworth is the choice among many Uptown young professionals, retirees and families who simply adore the (5 comments)
Looking for a rural setting on the outskirts of a world-class city? Marvin Creek, located in Union County (Waxhaw), boasts rural charm and is located just minutes from Charlotte. Featuring luxurious, private, single family estate and executive homes on large lots, built by Toll Brothers, Marvin Creek offers stately architectural style and lots of amenities.
Marvin Creek homes for sale offer top-of-the line appointments and an amenity-filled neighborhood that includes 308 homes, a 6,500 square foot clubhouse with fireplace and full kitchen. Tennis courts, beach pool, (40 comments)
Fine-Tuning YOUR Business in This Changing Market - 03/26/10 11:51 PM
Tips from REtech South - #retso REtech South offered cutting edge technology tips, fantastic speakers and plenty of camaraderie! Many of the RETS classes focused on tips of the trade that proactive agents are already embracing but, there's more fine-tuning and change that we need to address in our business in 2010. At RETS, we heard from CEOs of some of the major real estate firms across the nation; some who feel that we're coming out of the housing downturn; others feel that we'll be traversing in a totally different direction than we're accustomed and feel that we are not quite out of (31 comments)
#retso - REtech South - Day 1 - The Fun Begins - 03/26/10 12:22 AM
#retso - REtech South--Day 1!What a great first day here in Atlanta at REtech South! Everywhere you turn, online friends and 'family' abound! We're learning cutting edge technology tips on blogging (and I've heard ActiveRain mentioned about 1,000 times!), video, building your business, technology tools, Facebook and Twitter--and this was just Day 1! Attendance this year is nearly doubled from that of last year and I can see why. Among my favorite speakers today were Jeff Turner (www.RealEstateShows.com), Kim Wood and Kevin Tomlinson. This evening we drinks, dinner and dancing and were able to meet up with old and (21 comments)
Carmel Park, an upscale community located right in the heart of Southpark Charlotte NC, is tucked away between Providence, Fairview and Carmel Roads. The tranquil setting features large (most over an acre) homesites, ponds, a small park area and mature hardwoods that line the streets offering a quaint, park-like setting for the gorgeous estate homes that make Carmel Park a highly sought-after community for those relocating to- or within the area. What a community this is--carpools to school, children's gatherings, adult gatherings--just simply put, a good old fashioned community. Just minutes (10 comments)
#retso - REtech South is FINALLY Here! - 03/25/10 01:08 AM
#retso - REtech South is FINALLY Here !Finally--it's been just the LONGEST year! Last year I attended the best real estate conference I had ever attended here in Atlanta, REtech South! What a treat to meet my online friends and 'family' and to learn cutting edge technology tips of the trade alongside my ActiveRain, Facebook and Twitter friends. The time has arrived for the 2010 RETS conference and the attendance this year is nearly doubled from that of last year! With 68 speakers and presentations from building a brokerage to videography like you've NEVER seen before, REtech South has it ALL!This (17 comments)
Buyer Tips: Find the Perfect Neighborhood in Charlotte NC - 03/21/10 02:37 AM
Buyer Tips: Find the Perfect Neighborhood in Charlotte NC Charlotte NC has a multitude of areas, subareas, communities, subdivisions and neighborhoods and if you're new to the area, you will quickly realize that you really do need a knowledgeable agent to guide you through the process of elimination--especially where neighborhoods are concerned! With hundreds in the area, there are so many characteristics that you MUST consider prior to purchasing a home in Charlotte NC - Finding the perfect neighborhood in Charlotte NC comes first. There are a few good sites that I recommend to my clients to learn more about the (18 comments)
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market Report - March 2010 - Written Contracts - 03/20/10 12:28 AM
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market Report - March 2010 - Written Contracts The Charlotte NC Metro 7-county* area written business for this period: 3,283 Contracts; written business during last period: 4,382 Contract; the resulting INCREASE in the number of written Contracts = 33.8%.The decrease in months of supply of inventory has also shown positive indication that our market is stabalizing. We do remain in a buyer's market in the Charlotte NC Metro market but, pricing is stabalizing and with DOM decreasing, months of supply decreasing and increased written Contracts, we're gingerly headed towards that coveted seller's market!The statistics for the Charlotte (5 comments)
Open House Charlotte NC | Thornton Oaks | Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 03/19/10 09:30 PM
Open House Charlotte NC | Thornton Oaks | Saturday, March 20, 2010 You'll be mere minutes from everything Charlotte in this customHobart Smith Home in sought-after South Charlotte neighborhood of Thornton Oaks. Great location, great schools, beautifully landscaped lot and simply gorgeous builder's home. Come visit us for an Open House in South Charlotte tomorrow from 1:00 - 3:00. This lovely builder's home boasts a fabulous gourmet kitchen with stainless and granite, wood floors, impressive custom millwork and built-ins and amazing storage. The home is located on a lush, beautifully landscaped lot near the Providence Road / Alexander (9 comments)
Coming Soon...Lovely Ranch in Prime Charlotte NC Location - 03/18/10 10:42 PM
Coming Soon...Lovely Ranch in Prime Charlotte NC Location Imagine living 2/10 mile from the Greenway...enjoy a quick trip to Starbuck’s or Trader Joe’s…You'll be mere minutes away in your new brick (3-sides) ranch home in Touchstone! Shop at your favorite shops in Stonecrest or dine in your favorite restaurants such as Firebirds or Cantina 1511. This lovely ranch boasts a fabulous renovated kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless and granite, new floor coverings, newer roof (only 5 years old), and amazing storage. The home is located on a gorgeous, private cul-de-sac lot—right in the heart of everything Charlotte.
Question: Do home buyers need the help of a Buyers Agent? Answer: You bet ! When buyers work with a real estate professional who is 100% loyal and completely committed to them, chances are that the entire home-buying process will go smoothly and with a higher level of buyer satisfaction.
Question: What is a Buyers Agent? Answer: A Buyers Agent works solely for you, the buyer, and has no legal or other responsibilities to the seller.* When working with a Buyers Agent, you have the advantage of personal representation, independent counseling, loyalty, confidentiality, and (22 comments)
St. Patrick’s Day - March 17, 2010 - Open House Tips - 03/15/10 09:17 AM
St. Patrick’s Day - March 17, 2010 - Open House Tips May your blessings out-number the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go – an Irish blessing St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time for a whole bunch of tomfoolery! It’s also the perfect time for an open house to sell those listings. Let’s get started hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Open House…I agree, that we typically advise our clients not to leave your personality all over the house you’re selling—and we mean it. That’s not to say that you can’t have a little bit of fun (17 comments)
Short Sale Q & A - This Process is Taking TOO Long, What is a Buyer to Do? - 03/14/10 11:53 AM
Short Sale Q & A - This Process is Taking TOO Long, What is a Buyer to Do? From a short sale buyer: Q - I have had a purchase agreement on a short sale property since August 14th of 2009 and I still haven't received an answer from the bank. They keep telling us we will have an answer in approximately 1 week; then a month will go by and we still hear nothing. What can I do to help move this process along as the purchaser? A -First of all, you are incredibly patient! There are several things that (45 comments)
Foxcroft Charlotte NC Open House 2027 Sharon Lane TODAY (SUN 3/14/2010) - 03/14/10 01:56 AM
Foxcroft Charlotte NC Open House 2027 Sharon Lane Charlotte NC Foxcroft - Public Open House - Sunday March 14, 2010 - 1:00 -3:00. Take the tour today of our new vintage, Foxcroft 1930’s era traditional home. This timeless traditional home as been beautifully renovated to the 2000’s era by the design of Jeanine C. DeVaney, ASID. Open floorplan with columns and archways that beckon guests to the enormous kitchen/breakfast area overlooking gorgeous backyard. The kitchen features oversized granite island with coffered ceiling and top of the line stainless steel appliances including SubZero refrigerator, Thermador 5-burner gas range and double ovens with Bosch (12 comments)
Charlotte NC PROVIDENCE SPRINGS Market Report - 03/13/2010 - 03/13/10 05:15 PM
Charlotte NC PROVIDENCE SPRINGS Market Report - 03/13/2010 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 such as Highgate), developed the sanctuary-style neighborhood, building custom homes on winding streets with flat lots, surrounded by mature trees. As you enter Providence Springs, you will continue past a relatively new 'pre-fab' development into the original neighborhood (which begins at Megington Drive) with only 127 gorgeous custom and semi-custom (custom builder spec) homes. Mere minutes from the Arboretum, only 9 miles (8 comments)
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market Report - March 2010 - Market Inventory - 03/13/10 03:50 PM
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market Report - March 2010 - Market Inventory The Charlotte NC Metro 7-county* area months of supply of inventory this period: 11.5 months; the total months of supply of inventory last period: 16.1 months; the resulting decrease in the months of supply of inventory on the market = 28.6%.The decrease in months of supply of inventory is a positive indication that our market is stabalizing. A six month supply reflects a balanced market. More than a six month supply reflects a buyer’s market and less than a six months supply reflects a seller’s market. We remain in (1 comments)
GOLD RUSH TRIATHLON | Register Today for Door Prizes! - 03/12/10 02:29 AM
GOLD RUSH TRIATHLON | Sponsored by Mecklenburg-South Rotary Club | Raffle Prizes are Coming In! As we continue to gear up for the first annual GOLD RUSH Sprint Triathlon in South Charlotte, here is a list of sponsors and the raffle prizes that they're donating - More to come! Raffle tickets may be purchased at online registration or during packet pickup. A big thank you to our sponsors! We're looking forward to a successful event for ALL!South Charlotte Sprint Triathlon AnnouncementSouth Charlotte Sprint Triathlon Press ReleaseGold Rush Triathlon RegistrationGold Rush Triathlon on Facebook
South Charlotte's First Annual Gold Rush Sprint Triathlon - 03/12/10 01:45 AM
Mecklenburg-South Rotary Club Sponsoring South Charlotte's First Annual Gold Rush Sprint Triathlon Charlotte NC - In keeping with Mecklenburg-South Rotary’s spirit of encouraging stimulating and engaging activities, the club will be sponsoring the first annual Gold Rush Sprint Triathlon. Details are as follows: WHO: Anyone, all ages; individuals or teams (if you wish to complete only one-leg of the race, you are permitted to join as a team, 2 – 3 members, each doing 1-2 legs of the race) WHAT: Gold Rush Sprint Triathlon WHEN: Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 6:30 AM WHERE: South Charlotte, beginning at the MAC (Mecklenburg Aquatic (3 comments)
How To SELECT ALL When Suggesting Fans for your Facebook Business Page - 03/11/10 08:47 AM
How To SELECT ALL When Suggesting Fans for your Facebook Business Page How many of you have tried to suggest friends for your Facebook business fan pages and had to one-by-one, click each and every one of your friends? You'll quickly find that you cannot select the first friend and scroll to the bottom, hold down the shift key and left-click your mouse, selecting that last item and have them all highlighted! Why, that would be TOO easy! What a time consuming effort to have to go through and select them one-by-one, especially if you have more than 5 friends ! (24 comments)
Alexander Graham Middle School Charlotte NC - A Tradition of Excellence Since 1922 - 03/09/10 08:25 AM
Alexander Graham Middle School Charlotte NC - A Tradition of Excellence Since 1922Since opening its doors in 1920, Alexander Graham Middle School has brought forth a legacy of academic success and is rich in local hisotry. The school campus is shared with Selwyn Elementary School and Myers Park High School and is situated on the Runnymeade side of the 120-acre picturesque property.Serving over 1,100 students, AG Middle School Charlotte NC continues to offer superior educational opportunities to its students and is served by a very active PTSA. Students in grades 6 - 8 are assigned to academic teams which include 2 (8 comments)
A Goodbye to My Favorite Lender...but, Hello to a New ActiveRain Member! - 03/08/10 09:35 AM
A Goodbye to My Favorite Lender...but, Hello to a New ActiveRain Member! Recently NC lending laws made a change that disallows lenders from working from out-of-state offices--they must have brick and mortar office space, occupied 40 hours per week within the state of North Carolina. My lender's broker is not willing to make that investment for only one of his lending staff to work out-of-state. I was devastated, to say the least! Funny story about Brian Dover, my favorite lender of all time: I had clients a few years ago who were set up with my Bank of America lender (35 comments)
Marvin Creek Waxhaw NC :: Market Report 03/05/2010 - 03/07/10 02:08 AM
Marvin Creek Waxhaw NC :: Neighborhood Market Report 03/05/2010 Marvin Creek Waxhaw NC market report 03/05/2010 reveals a stable market in this beautiful Waxhaw neighborhood. Property absorption rates in any local real estate market are usually considered the new benchmark indicators as to whether that particular market is a seller's market, a buyer's market or a neutral market. Knowing the current real estate market cycle is essential for success as either a buyer or seller. The process of calculating absorption rates for local markets is helpful to analyze the current real estate cycle and formulating a winning buying or selling strategy. (10 comments)
Charlotte NC DILWORTH Market Report 03/05/2010 - 03/06/10 09:28 AM
Charlotte NC DILWORTH Market Report 03/05/2010 Historic Dilworth, one of Charlotte's Nationally Registered historic neighborhood offers residential charm while embracing lively adaptive reuse for commerce, galleries, restaurants and entertainment. Dilworth boasts tree-lined streets fronting gorgeous, architecturally designed front-porch homes as well as quaint little shops and restaurants in a walkable neighborhood. Local merchants offer personal attention as well as an ambiance that is the Dilworth Charlotte NC hallmark. Come take a tour and see why Dilworth is the choice among many Uptown professionals. Architecture and streetscapes tell the story of Historic Dilworth--and moreover, of its recent revival with renovation and new (5 comments)
Marvin Creek, located in Union County (Waxhaw), boasts rural charm with a location that is just minutes from the city. Marvin Creek features luxurious, private, single family estate and executive homes on large lots with stately architectural style. Marvin Creek homes for sale offer top-of-the line amenities and customization by popular Toll Brothers builders.
The amenity-filled neighborhood includes a 6,500 square foot clubhouse with fireplace and full kitchen, perfect for celebrations and meetings. Tennis courts, beach pool, walking (11 comments)
If You Don't Know How to Cook, Get OUT of the Kitchen! - 03/03/10 09:07 PM
If You Don't Know How to Cook, Get OUT of the Kitchen! You see, right now, there are too many cooks in the kitchen who don't even know how to boil water! Hire a chef or go to culinary school, I say!
Annoyed? That's an UNDERSTATEMENT! Isn't there something in the Code of Ethics regarding misrepresentation? Don't agents worry about legal issues when they represent themselves as something they're not and fail miserably for their clients? I've got a short sale seller's DREAM buyer--800+ credit score, staying power, full-priced Offer who fell in love with the property! Oh, did (116 comments)
Foxcroft Charlotte NC Open House 2027 Sharon Lane - 03/02/10 12:45 AM
Foxcroft Charlotte NC Open House 2027 Sharon Lane Charlotte NC Foxcroft - Realtor® - Public Open House - Tuesday March 2, 2010 - 10:30 - 12:00. Join us for brunch at our new vintage Foxcroft 1930’s era traditional home. This timeless traditional home as been beautifully renovated to the 2000’s era by the design of Jeanine C. DeVaney, ASID. Open floorplan with columns and archways that beckon guests to the enormous kitchen/breakfast area overlooking gorgeous backyard. The kitchen features oversized granite island with coffered ceiling and top of the line stainless steel appliances including SubZero refrigerator, Thermador 5-burner gas range and (18 comments)
Elizabeth Lane Elementary School is located in the South Charlotte suburb of Matthews NC, just off of Hwy. 51 (near Providence High School). The top-ranked Charlotte NC elementary school opened its doors in 1996 and is unique in design, featuring an enclosed courtyard and large, modern classrooms. Over 900 students, representing over 30 different nationalities, attend Charlotte's premier Elizabeth Lane Elementary School. The highly qualified administrative staff leads quality teachers and specialists, along with support staff, creating a well-orchestrated educational team for all 900+ students.
An exceptional, high-tech (4 comments)
Sharon Elementary School Charlotte NC - A North Carolina School of Distinction - 03/01/10 02:20 AM
Sharon Elementary School Charlotte NC - A North Carolina School of Distinction Sharon Elementary School, located at 4330 Foxcroft Road in prestigious Foxcroft Charlotte NC offers commitment to the multiple intelligences and positive discipline theories. Following the principle that we learn in at least 8 different ways, students are given the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways at Sharon Elementary School. Coupled with positive discipline, students learn a multitude of ways to problem solve and resolve conflict as well. Grades K-5 are served at Sharon Elementary and have acess to cutting edge technology including closed circuit TV, video (12 comments)
Charlotte NC Luxury Real Estate :: Providence Country Club - 03/01/10 02:06 AM
Charlotte NC Luxury Real Estate :: Providence Country Club Providence Country Club, established in 1989, has grown to be one of the premier country clubs in the Charlotte region. Featuring an exquisite 18-hole Dan Maples designed golf course, PCC offers some of the finest recreational amenities in the area in location that is in close proximity to everything Charlotte. Tennis courts (with pro lessons available to members), 3 swimming pools (with lessons available and a very active, highly competitive swim team), and a luxurious club house with restaurant, meeting rooms and pro shop.
Lush green landscaping and mature trees envelop you (5 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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