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National Whitewater Center - 07/24/09 12:48 PM
Have you been planning to make a trip to the US National Whitewater Center? Do you have so much you want to do you don't know how you will get it all done and pay for it? Check out the National Whitewater Center's AllSport Pass. The AllSport Pass allows you to play all day for one flat fee. Pick only the activities you want to do. You may choose from: rafting, climbing, flatwater kayaking, climb 2 zip, mega zip, eco caching and mountain biking. Passes are just $49 per day for adults or you may purchase a season pass for just (2 comments)
National Night Out - 07/24/09 12:14 PM
National Night Out, sponsored by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOWN WATCH, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in numerous cities, towns and villages in the United States. Over the past 26 years, National Night Out has grown to 37 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. This year will mark the 8th year of National Night Out celebration for the City of Concord. Fourteen of our neighborhoods hosted events in 2008. In addition to (2 comments)
1337 Braeburn Road in Concord, NC - 07/24/09 12:11 PM
1337 Braeburn RoadConcord, NC 28027Carriage Downs Subdivision2600-3100 square feetFour bedrooms, three full baths$399,000
Very nice brick ranch with many upgrades. Fabulous open floor plan with large master suite. Master bath is very spacious and complete with porcelain tile. Fourth bedroom could be used as office. Home on large corner lot with mature trees. Home has irrigation system. Community pool and tennis courts. (1 comments)
Is Homeownership a Good Way to Build Wealth? - 07/24/09 11:58 AM
According to the National Association of Realtors, home values appreciate 4.5 percent annually on average. The more cash you put down on your home, the higher the return on your investment as you are paying less interest over the life of your mortgage. Homeownership really is a great way to build wealth as your home appreciates moderately each year, allowing you to sell your home at an increased profit with each year that passes. It is possible to lose money on short term purchases but typically home prices rise for long term homeowners. (0 comments)
Why Should I Buy a House Now? - 07/24/09 11:52 AM
There are many factors to consider when deciding to purchase a home. Here are a few reasons why now is a good time to take the plunge into homeownership. 1. Due to the number of homes on the market, prices are lower than recent years allowing you to get more home for your money. 2. The number of homes on the market also makes it extremly likely you will find something you like without settling. 3. First time homebuyers are eligible for a tax credit up to $8,000 through the end of November. (0 comments)
How Do I Determine Where Prices are Going? - 07/24/09 11:40 AM
This is a tough question to answer but here is a good place to start One thing to consider is the months' supply of inventory of homes currently on the market. In the past, a normal market had five to six months of inventory on the market. When there was less inventory on the market, prices rose as buyers competed more often for the home they wanted. As the home inventory has grown recently, prices have dropped as sellers have tried to help their home stand out from the crowd.
Why are Home Prices Dropping? - 07/24/09 11:35 AM
From 1980-2000, home prices appreciated an average of 26.5 percent across the country. That figure skyrocketed to 89 percent appreciation between 2000-2006. Because of the unsustainable growth that occurred during the first six years of the decade, home prices are now balancing out. Though prices are currently declining, the end result will be a healthier market for the future. (0 comments)
Mamma Mia in Charlotte - 07/24/09 11:29 AM
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 30 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, (0 comments)
August Events around Town - 07/24/09 11:28 AM
Can you believe that Labor Day is just around the corner? Just a little more time to have your last bit of summer fun. Luckily, there is plenty to choose from around town in the coming month. Mamma Mia wraps up its runs at Belk Theater in Charlotte on August 2 so there are a few times left and The Color Purple is back August 25-30 . American Idol fans don't miss American Idol Live at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday August 1. Also, Rascal Flatts will perform on August 1, Coldplay on August 7, Def Leppard on August 8 (0 comments)
Kannapolis Recreation Park is Summer Full of Fun - 07/20/09 12:16 PM
Have you been to the Kannapolis Recreation Park lately? Kannapolis Recreation Park is a privately owned facility located in the Rowan County portion of Kannapolis with a summer full of fun. Whether you just want to drop in for a day or spend everyday all summer long, this place is for you. Rates a just $8 a day for those ages three and up and season memberships are available as well at extremely reasonable prices. Kannapolis Recreation Park has one GIANT swimming pool with depths up to 10 feet and two smaller wading pools for the children. There are also two (0 comments)
Buyer Motivation - 07/17/09 08:50 AM
Price declines and low interest rates are motivating millions of home buyers to shop for bargains in the most affordable housing market in 28 years, yet at the same time only one-in-ten of today's home owners say they have delayed selling their home due to those same market conditions, according to the new national Realtor.com® Homeownership Survey. Based on the Realtor.com survey, affordability is clearly driving more than two-thirds (65.2%) of potential buyers back into today's housing market. Nearly one of five prospective buyers (19.6%) say foreclosure bargains in their communities would motivate them to purchase a home, the most important (5 comments)
Day Out with Thomas - 07/17/09 08:45 AM
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, NC for Day Out with Thomas July 24-28, 30-31 and August 1-2. You will enjoy a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Tickets are just $18 for ages 2 and up. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended due to the popularity of this event. For more information, visit http://www.gsmr.com/thomas/dowt_main.html (0 comments)
Didgeridoo Down Under - 07/17/09 08:39 AM
Didgeridoo Down UnderMt. Pleasant Branch Library. 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. Learn all about the amazing land down under. Listen to various didgeridoos, aboriginal instruments that look and sound as exotic as their name. The Mt. Pleasant Branch Library is located at 8556 Cook Street in Mt. Pleasant. Call 704-436-2202 for more information or to register to attend. (0 comments)
2610 Old Ashworth Lane in Concord, NC - 07/17/09 08:32 AM
2610 Old Ashworth LaneConcord, NC 28027Laurel Park Subdivision2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath2100-2600 square feet$299,900
Notice the curb appeal from the moment you drive up to this beautifully landscaped corner lot. The popular Normandy plan features open great room/kitchen/breakfast room, large master, tons of storage, screened porch, fenced yard and much more. Gas log fireplace in great room. Central vacuum, ceramic backsplash in kitchen. Side load garage. Amenities include, tennis courts, play grounds, club house & swimming pool. (1 comments)
5640 Yorke Street NW in Concord, NC - 07/17/09 08:18 AM
5640 Yorke Street NWConcord, NC 28027Afton Village Subdivision3400-4000 square feet4 Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath$399,900
Great open floor plan with hardwood floors. Master suite on main level with two walk-in closets. Covered double balcony on front overlooking park area. Covered rear porch all great for outside enjoyment. Many extras and great details throughout this home. (0 comments)
The Producers - 07/08/09 10:15 AM
Mel Brooks' The Producers. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. Max and Leo take us on a roller coaster ride of hilarity and song as they skewer everything from double entry bookkepping to Hitler. See the show at CPCC's Halton Theater July 17-25 at various times. For more information, visit tix.cpcc.edu (3 comments)
Roger Day Live in Cabarrus County - 07/08/09 10:13 AM
Roger Day will be performing live in Cabarrus County Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15 at the Cabarrus County branch libraries. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, July 14-Village Park Amphitheater in Kannapolis from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Tuesday, July 14-Harrisburg Branch Library 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.Wednesday, July 15-Concord Branch Library 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Wednesday, July 15-Mt. Pleasant Branch Library 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (1 comments)
Cow Appreciation Day - 07/08/09 10:05 AM
Celebrate the 5th annual Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A on Friday, July 10, 2009. Visit your local Chick-fil-A dressed as a cow and receive a free meal. The restaurant will give you a free combo meal (either breakfast, lunch or dinner) if you are dressed as a cow from head to toe. If you wear partial cow attire, you will receive a free entree. For more information, visit http://www.cowappreciationday.com/_downloads/cad_faqs.pdf
Gorgeous full brick ranch on large lot. Home is well maintained with lots of freshly painted interior. Large deck on back overlooks private backyard. Three bedrooms, one full bath and one half bath. This home shows great. (1 comments)
3332 Garrett Drive in Concord, NC - 07/08/09 09:51 AM
3332 Garrett DriveConcord, NC 28027Roberta Farms Subdivision2100-2500 square feet3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath$249,900
Exceptional home in immaculate condition. Large kitchen with island, formal and informal areas, open floor plan, screened porch, patio and fenced in backyard. Large bedrooms and laundry room. Workshop space in garage. Beautifully landscaped with irrigation system. (0 comments)
250 Ikerd Drive SE in Concord, NC - 07/08/09 09:45 AM
250 Ikerd DriveConcord, NC 28025Town Creek Subdivision3600-4300 square feet5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath$489,900
This is a beautiful home located on a large wooded lot with extensive landscaping. Private fenced and terraced backyard with great patio for entertaining and relaxing. Huge rooms throughout home. Beautiful sunroom, study with spiral staircase.
Big Drop in NC Foreclosure Rate - 07/03/09 09:25 AM
Foreclosures in North Carolina fell nearly 42 percent in the first quarter of 2009 over the same period last year. North Carolina had 5,988 foreclosures in the first quarter of 2009 ranking them 36th in the nation for foreclosure filings. Across the country, foreclosure filings rose 24 percent in the same time period. (2 comments)
Pulte Homes to Purchase Centex - 07/03/09 09:21 AM
Pulte Homes is purchasing Centex Homes for $1.3 billion in stock in a deal that will create the nation's largest homebuilder. The consolidation of the two builders will combine Pulte's strength in active-adult and retirement housing with Centex's large market share of first-time homebuyers. The purchase will result in Pulte having large tracts of land in Texas and the Carolinas, two of the most resilient real estate markets and give them a presence in 29 states plus Washington, D.C. (0 comments)
Selling your home quickly - 07/03/09 09:15 AM
Cut the asking price to 10 percent to 15 percent below what comparable properties in the neighborhood are selling for. Spruce up the outside. Update the landscaping. Power-wash the exterior and paint the door. Appeal to first-time buyers. Advertise on younger consumers' favorite Web sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Hire a photographer to shoot the house with a wide-angle lens so the rooms look bigger in online photos. Price the house in the lower end of the range. A $299,000 house is in the high end of the $250,000 to $300,000 range but a $301,000 home is in the low-end (1 comments)
Housing Market to Rebound in 2012? - 07/03/09 09:10 AM
Are you tired of the housing market leading the news every night? Economists seem to think 2012 may bring stability to the housing market. Inventory of homes should be at a more normal level and prices should be stable again. Homewoners may finally start to breath a sigh of relief within the next year. Prices probably have a little further to fall before they start to rise slowly. If all of these predictions do come true, what will the news anchors talk about then? (1 comments)
The Rainmaker - 07/03/09 08:55 AM
The RainmakerA drought! A young woman doomed to spinsterhood! A Con man who can make it rain! These are the ingredients for a romantic comedy. See the sparks fly as the ever practical Lizzie and the dreamer conman Starbuck clash! See the show at CPCC's Pease Auditorium July 2-11 at various times. For more information, visit tix.cpcc.edu (0 comments)
Full Day of Fun at Carowinds - 07/03/09 08:47 AM
If you buy a Carowinds ticket for Saturday, July 4th, you are sure to get your money's worth with all that is planned for the day. There will be a salute to our nation's heroes during the national anthem, special country music performances, a swimsuit contest, live DJ music and fireworks. The first ever Miss Carowinds Swimsuit Competition will take place between 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 10:00. Carowinds is also offering an all you can eat barbecue meal including BBQ chicken, pulled pork, corn on the cob, baked beans and cole slaw from 12:00-3:00. You can (0 comments)
Fourth Fun!!! - 07/03/09 08:37 AM
Looking for a little something different to do on the Fourth? Check out Alley Cat's hot dog eating contest. Proceeds go to send care packages to United States soldiers abroad. You will have 12 minutes to eat the most hot dogs and there is $1,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Alley Cat is located on College Street in uptown Charlotte. (0 comments)
Summer Concert Series - 07/02/09 04:27 PM
Don't miss the summer concert series at The Shoppes at University Place in July. Concerts are each Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the lakeside stage. The Shoppes at University Place is located at the corner of Highway 29 and Harris Boulevard. July 2nd-Smokin' Bluz Bash July 9th-Spare Change July 16th-SwampDaWamp July 23rd-Kew West Band (Buffett Tribute Band) July 30th-Tim Clark Band You can bring a non-perishable food item each week to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. (0 comments)
Harrisburg's July 4th Celebration - 07/02/09 04:23 PM
There will be plenty to do in Harrisburg this weekend with the Fourth of July Celebration. The events start Thursday, July 2nd with the Miss July 4th Pageant at Hickory Ridge High School. On Friday, July 3rd, there will be entertainment by The Catalinas and The Fantastic Shakers. Giannini Brass Band, Da Throwback Band and Deja Vu will perform on Saturday, July 4th. There will also be amusements, a parade, a battle of the bands and fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, visit www.harrisburgjuly4th.com
Charlotte is Getting Bigger - 07/02/09 04:10 PM
Recently released census figures showed Charlotte as the nation's 23rd fastest-growing city for the year ending in July 2008 and the country's 18th-largest city overall. Charlotte passed Memphis, Tenn., in population. The Queen City has 687,456 people -- up from 570,091 at the start of the decade. New Orleans was the nation's fastest-growing city, at 8.2 percent. It now has 311,830 people, up from 210,768 in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The pre-storm population of the city was 484,674. These Census estimates are only for individual cities, and not metro areas. The six-county Charlotte metro area has a population of 1.7 million. (0 comments)
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