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Providence Springs Charlotte NC - Fabulous New Listing! - 06/30/10 11:52 PM
Providence Springs Charlotte NC - Fabulous New Listing! South Charlotte NC – Arboretum Area - Gorgeous ranch-and-half in prestigious Providence Springs. This custom Gene Harrington built, full-brick home is located on a beautiful, quiet cul-de-sac. The home has been meticulously maintained and certainly has the ‘WOW’ factor! (Click collage below for the tour)
The oversized master suite features a large sitting area surrounded by large windows. There is a large walk-in closet and a luxurious, beautifully renovated master bath. The master bath includes tiled flooring and fully tiled double-sized shower with frameless glass enclosure. A (22 comments)
The Avenue Condominiums - New Listing Coming This Week! - 06/30/10 10:24 PM
Uptown Charlotte NC - The Avenue Condominiums - Sleek and chic! The Avenue Condominiums Charlotte NC offer a variety of floorplans and is one of the few buildings in the Uptown area that has a pool! Not just a pool but, a multitude of amenities--including a 24/7 concierge, gated parking, an onsite gym, an enormous recreation room that includes a billiards area, card tables, a huge bar and kitchen area for the residents to enjoy, flat screen TV, computer niche and outdoor fireplace with outdoor TV above the fireplace. And, don't forget about the view--it's simply incredible--it feels as though the (3 comments)
JUST LISTED - TOWNHOME IN CHARLOTTE NC REAVENCREST (BALLANTYNE AREA) - 06/27/10 11:51 AM
JUST LISTED - TOWNHOME IN CHARLOTTE NC REAVENCREST (BALLANTYNE AREA) Like-new townhome in Reavencrest! What a beautiful home! From the entrance to the upstairs, this home is in pristine condition! This end unit townhome is likely located on the best lot in the complex--plenty of green space all around; located at the end of the cul-de-sac and also features a 2-car garage. The wide foyer has gleaming hardwoods and large windows to let the sunshine in--foyer leads to the oversized greatroom. The soaring ceilings with ceiling fan and the gas log fireplace is the center of attention in this lovely open (7 comments)
THE GOLD RUSH Sprint Triathlon IS ON - Charlotte NC - 06/25/10 09:27 PM
THE GOLD RUSH Sprint Triathlon IS ON - Charlotte NC Charlotte NC - Sporting and Events - GOLD RUSH SPRINT TRIATHLON - Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center - Hosted by Charlotte Latin School
The event begins at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center (MAC) and ends at Charlotte Latin School (adjacent to the MAC in South Charlotte--just off of Providence Road)Bring your best game--either individually or as a team. If you'd just like to come cheer on the participants--be sure to register for a door prize. We have some fantastic door prizes! Proceeds from this event go (7 comments)
Uptown Charlotte NC - The AVENUE Condominiums - Market Absorption Trend - June 2010 - 06/25/10 07:36 PM
Uptown Charlotte NC - The AVENUE Condominiums - Market Absorption Trend - June 2010 Here is the June Market Absorption Trend for one of my favorite complexes in Uptown Charlotte NC - The Avenue Condominiums - Sleek, chic and oh, so FUN. The Avenue Condominiums Charlotte NC offers a variety of floorplans and one of the few buildings in the Uptown area that has its own pool! Not just a pool but, a multitude of amenities--including a 24/7 concierge, gated parking, an enormous recreation room that includes a billiards area, card tables, a huge bar and kitchen area for the residents (7 comments)
Coming Soon :: Reavencrest Charlotte NC Townhome for Sale - 06/25/10 12:32 AM
Coming Soon :: Reavencrest Charlotte NC Townhome for Sale Reavencrest is a wonderful, conveniently located neighborhood in South Charlotte just off of Rea Road. Stonecrest Mall, Ballantyne Village, and Blakeney Shopping Center are mere minutes away from Reavencrest Charlotte NC. The community is also convenient to I-485, so getting to the airport or Uptown Charlotte is quite easy. In Charlotte NC's Reavencrest, you will enjoy fantastic schools, an abundance of shopping and fine dining nearby. The Reavencrest community features a clubhouse, playground, pool and recreation area and tennis courts--you'll get the most out of the friendly neighborhood livestyle. Charlotte Mecklenburg School assignments (10 comments)
A Child's Place is an organization in Charlotte which collaborates between our community and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Their goals are to provide stable, appropriate education to homeless students, provide support services to enhance their academic success, and to provide support to the families to ensure long term stability and self sufficiency. www.aChildsPlace.org Polio Plus: In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever, undertaken by a private-sector organization. PolioPlus was the (13 comments)
South Charlotte GOLD RUSH SPRINT TRIATHLON is THIS Weekend! Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 06/21/10 07:54 PM
South Charlotte GOLD RUSH SPRINT TRIATHLON is THIS Weekend! Saturday, June 26, 2010 It's not too late to sign up for South Charlotte's first TRIATHLON! The Gold Rush Sprint Triathlon, hosted by the Rotary Club of Mecklenburg County-South features a one of a kind 500 meter Pool swim (thanks to the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center-MAC) 10-lane Olympic sized pool. The Bike and run pass through a lovely section of South Charlotte, primarily on wide neighborhood roads that roll gently alongside some of Charlotte's gorgeous golf courses. Here are a few of the details: Swim The 500 meter swim will take place (15 comments)
Charlotte NC Providence Springs - NEW LISTING Coming Soon! - 06/21/10 11:12 AM
Charlotte NC - Providence Springs - New Listing Coming Soon! As a former member of the Providence Springs Board of Directors (past-president), I watched this neighborhood develop and finally build and sell the last home in the neighborhood. Charlotte NC Providence Springs is just one of those few neighborhoods that still has that 'neighborly' feel to it. The winding streets are tree-lined and the landscaping in the neighborhood is simply unmatched in other communities in Charlotte. Frequent block parties and cookouts are sure to quickly acquaint you with your wonderful new neighbors! We developed a relationship with an adjoining neighborhood (4 comments)
Charlotte NC School Assignments - Providence Springs - 06/21/10 10:11 AM
Charlotte NC School Assignments - Providence Springs Schools are all within close proximity to Providence Springs. The public schools to which Providence Springs children are assigned for the 2010-2011 School Year are as follows:
OLDE PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Principal: Rachel McKenzie Address: 3800 Rea Road Charlotte, NC 28226 Phone: (980)343-3755 Fax: (980)343-3722 School Website : http://pages.cms.k12.nc.us/oldeprovidence/ Olde Providence Elementary offers a strong, rigorous academic program that concentrates on effective communication skills and processes. Communications skills are extended by integrating instruction across the curriculum and in the arts. The use of technology enhances academic areas and includes video production (5 comments)
South Charlotte NC Open House :: Saturday, June 19th :: 1:00 - 3:00 - 06/19/10 01:17 AM
South Charlotte NC Open House :: Saturday, June 19th :: 1:00 - 3:00 Join us for an Open House on Saturday, June 19th from 1:00 - 3:00 in South Charlotte's Hampton Oaks (across from Providence Plantation on Kuykendall). You'll be amazed at the homes that you can buy for the money in Hampton Oaks--gorgeous full, brick homes in a quiet enclave in fabulous South Charlotte. You'll love the beauty of the land and enjoy the coveted school assignments too! When it comes to all-around excellence, Hobart Smith Homes are simply unsurpassed in the building industry. Satisfied customers of Hobart Smith Homes (14 comments)
Charlotte NC :: Ballantyne :: Open House :: Saturday, June 19 :: 1:00 - 3:00 - 06/19/10 12:38 AM
Charlotte NC :: Ballantyne :: Open House :: Saturday, June 19 :: 1:00 - 3:00 Immaculate Ballantyne townhome—BEST VALUE IN THE BALLANTYNE AREA! New carpeting and fresh neutral paint in this fantastic home with open floorplan. Two master suites, oversized greatroom with gas fireplace. Greatroom leads to patio with wall of mature landscaping for privacy. Rocking chair front porch surrounded by beautiful, mature landscaping. Outside storage room for those gardening tools and bicycles. This quiet popular community is near everything Ballantyne, including GREAT SCHOOLS! LOW HOA DUES include common area and exterior maintenance, management fees, water/sewer, pool and pool house. (5 comments)
Charlotte NC Neighborhood Schools - Reavencrest - 06/17/10 01:00 AM
Charlotte NC Neighborhood Schools - Reavencrest Public School Assignments POLO RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLLocated on the winding Tom Short Road in South Charlotte, you'll find the brand new Polo Ridge Elementary School. Formerly pastures, farms and polo fields, Polo Ridge was erected to serve the southern tip of the county of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and named in honor of the history of the property. The beautiful new school houses some of the city's most experienced teachers as well as new, energetic bright faced ones! Passion and energy are high at this school with amazing parental involvement a daily 'routine' at Polo (6 comments)
Charlotte NC Market Reports - DILWORTH 06/15/2010 - 06/16/10 12:25 AM
Charlotte NC Market Reports - DILWORTH 06/15/2010 Charlotte NC - Dilworth envelopes residents and visitors 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 (12 comments)
Piper Glen Country Club Charlotte NC Are you shopping for homes in South Charlotte in a country club community? Piper Glen is one of the most popular, close-in country club communities in all of Charlotte. Within the community you'll find Piper Glen's coveted TPC (Tournament Players Club) and Heritage Group golf course. The course features a par 72, 6,853 yard course, designed by Arnold Palmer. Away from the course is a 3-tiered, 10-acre practice facility and a state-of-the-art JC video swing analysis system for perfecting your game!
Relax and reconnect with friends, family and colleagues in Piper Glen's (8 comments)
Charlotte NC Neighborhood Market Reports - Piper Glen Country Club - 06/13/10 08:57 PM
Charlotte NC Neighborhood Market Reports - Piper Glen Country Club If you're shopping for homes in South Charlotte in a country club community, Piper Glen may just be your new neighborhood. Piper Glen Country Club is one of the most popular, close-in country club communities in all of Charlotte and offers more than you can imagine.Homes for sale in Piper Glen vary in age, architecture, style and appointments. This month's Market Absorption Trend analysis for Piper Glen Charlotte NC is below. The days on the market are increased but, sellers are holding out for higher prices than in recent months. The (2 comments)
Why Get Pre-approved for a Charlotte NC Home Loan? There are a few things you can do to make the process of buying a new Charlotte NC home easier and faster. Getting pre-approved for financing is one of them. Here are four advantages of loan pre-approval: REALTORS® Take You Seriously When you walk into an agent’s office or meet an agent for the first time with pre-approved financing, the agent knows he is not going to be wasting his time showing you homes. If you do not have pre-approved financing, be prepared for agents to ask a lot of questions (5 comments)
Check If That Condo Is FHA /VA Approved! - 06/13/10 10:46 AM
Sally is SPOT-ON with this post! As I mentioned in my comment to her...yet another reason for that pre-qualification from the lender. You'll KNOW you're going FHA so, you won't even need to show those properties that don't qualify!
Via Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Relocations & Real Estate (Century 21 Liberty Homes): With the changing times in our housing market came big changes altogether for FHA and VA loan criteria. The biggest stunner was the condo/townhouse complexes that used to be FHA or VA approved; but alas no more. Don't wait until after you get into contract to get shocked that the (4 comments)
LAST DAY for Taste of Charlotte - Uptown Charlotte NC - 06/13/10 09:53 AM
LAST DAY for Taste of Charlotte - Uptown Charlotte NC Join us in Uptown Charlotte for the final day (6/13/2010) of Taste of Charlotte, Sample a variety of foods in our fabulous Uptown atmosphere. Admission is free,but, if you want to sample some of the finest food in Charlotte,attendees can purchase coins at a nominal pricefor food samples and beverages. Enjoy delicious food while you stroll along Tryon Street visiting local & national sponsors of the event. The festival offers something enjoyable for all ages! Taste of Charlotte Menu Items
Taste of Charlotte, a popular event with both the (6 comments)
Open Season on Homes for Sale in Charlotte NC – Hunting License Not Needed, but a Realtor® is HIGHLY Recommended! - 06/13/10 01:02 AM
Open Season on Homes for Sale in Charlotte NC – Hunting License Not Needed, but a Realtor® is HIGHLY Recommended! It’s open season on homes for sale in Charlotte NC, and no hunting license is needed. You might want to wear bright orange jackets if you’re a seller, though, and be SURE to hire a Realtor®. It’s a buyer’s market out there and, in this case, you want the house hunters to see you.Now, you can only take the hunting analogy so far; I don’t think you’d appreciate being hung on a wall as a trophy. You will appreciate hunters setting (9 comments)
Charlotte NC Condos and Townhomes for Sale - Reavencrest - 06/12/10 11:46 PM
Charlotte NC Condos and Townhomes for Sale - Reavencrest Coming soon! Gorgeous, pristine townhome in one of South Charlotte's sought-after complexes, Reavencrest. Located in the Ballantyne area, just beside the Blakeney Charlotte NC community, Reavencrest features lovely townhomes, a pool and community center and tennis courts. The location, just beyond the Rea Road exit off of I-485, is quite convenient.Spranning over 2,000 acres on Charlotte NC's southern edge, Ballantyne arose from farmland in the early 1990’s, and continues to grow. Ballantyne was owned and developed by the Bissell/Harris family, who also developed the SouthPark area. The residential portion of Ballantyne was (1 comments)
2027 Sharon Lane Foxcroft Charlotte NC is UNDER CONTRACT! - 06/12/10 10:21 PM
2027 Sharon Lane Foxcroft Charlotte NC is UNDER CONTRACT!The home at 2027 Sharon Lane has just gone Under Contract! Therefore, our participation in the neighborhood Open House tomorrow, Sunday June 13, 2010, has been cancelled! Our sellers are thrilled to have found wonderful buyers who absolutely love this home! Do enjoy the rest of the tour in Foxcroft tomorrow--some of the most beautiful homes in Charlotte are participating in the neighborhood Open House (that is, of course, with the exception of 2027 Sharon Lane!).
Foxcroft Charlotte NC is one of the most beautiful communities in Charlotte NC. Take our (4 comments)
Carmel Park Charlotte NC - SCHOOLS - 06/12/10 11:24 AM
Carmel Park Charlotte NC - SCHOOLS Both Public and Private Schools are within close proximity to Carmel Park Charlotte NC. The public schools to which Carmel Park children are assigned are featured below as well private school & home school information. SHARON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Principal: Catherine Phelan Address: 4330 Foxcroft Road Charlotte, NC 28211 Email Sharon School Fax: (980)343-6743 School Website : http://pages.cms.k12.nc.us/sharon/ Sharon School is best described by the words on the banner that flies in the school's lobby, “North Carolina Honor School of Excellence”. This designation, indicating school performance above 90% and all sub-groups of students making goals, was (7 comments)
Summertime Seller Tips - Tips for Selling Your Charlotte NC Home - 06/11/10 11:04 PM
Summertime Seller Tips - Tips for Selling Your Charlotte NC Home What you need to know before you sell your home…. Don't profile you, the seller - When touring a home, buyers should not be able to tell whether a young single male or an older one, a middle-aged woman, or an older couple lives there. The buyer needs to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. Neutralize your home by decluttering and removing personal photos, trinkets, refrigerator art, personal collections, etc. You're selling your home - Act like you're SELLING it - Listing your home all about (18 comments)
LAST CALL! Here's the scoop on TODAY'S REBarCamp Charlotte 2010: Join us TODAY from 8:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Charlotte (Ballantyne) Superior School of Real Estate FREE Admission! If you have never attended a Bar Camp before, you won't want to miss this one! The information and networking involved in this setting is invaluable to you for your real estate career. Bring your laptop and your smart phone and before you leave, be connected to your favorite social networks. SCHEDULE 8:15-9:15 Check- Ballantyne Village Theater Lobby 9:15 Welcome/Pitch Ideas for Sessions/Vote on Sessions10:00-10:45 Session 1 11:00-11:45 (16 comments)
Also a member of Short Sale Superstars, I see these same buyer concerns regarding the short sale process. As Susan explained so well, we all need to be diligent about instructing our clients about the short sale process. Recently, I reviewed (verbally) the entire process with a first time home buyer. She verbalized complete understanding of the process. As time has gone by (and not alot of it as short sales go!), all of that teaching has gone out the window. This explanation is a great WRITTEN summary, as we should all be giving our clients who are purchasing (16 comments)
Here's the scoop on REBarCamp Charlotte 2010: Friday, June 11th from 8:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Charlotte (Ballantyne) Superior School of Real Estate FREE Admission! What exactly is REbarcamp? From rebarcamp.com: RE Bar Camp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. REbarcamp is known as the “un”conference; the attendees select the materials that are to be discussed. Although we'll have experts available in multiple areas, the agenda is set that day, so you can decide which (25 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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