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I am licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina and California. Charlotte, North Carolina is just a few short miles away from the South Carolina border, so a lot of real estate activity takes place between our two states. I service both states. As a former court reporter and court reporting company owner in California, I have extensive business and sales experience. I was fortunate to be able to move to Charlotte, the city of my dreams, and engage in the practice of real estate, the profession of my dreams.
As a Certified Interior Decorator, it's no wonder I was drawn to the real estate profession. I have coupled my love of real estate with my home staging activities. Let me show you what I can do to set the stage for buyers to fall in love with your home when I list it for sale! And for my buyers, I can see beyond that purple wallpaper and orange paint to help you envision how a particular home can be turned into "your home."
As a RE/MAX Executive Realty broker, I sponsor the Southpark Mall Animal Adoption Event here in Charlotte the first Saturday of each month. It is held inside the mall, usually at center court. My sponsorship donations go to the Second Chance Medical Fund which saves the lives of sick and injured animals that would otherwise be put to sleep due to a lack of money to pay for medical care and surgery for them. Many animals are adopted through my sponsorship of this event. Please visit us at the mall!
WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
WELCOME TO CHARLOTTE!
House too big? Need a smaller one? Call me at (704) 780-5592.
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Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and the 20th largest in the United States with a population of approximately 610,949 (2005 estimate). Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing cities in America.
As a major financial hub, much of its economy is driven by the city's banking industry, as well as retail.
Charlotte is the County seat of Mecklenburg County and is located in south-central North Carolina near the South Carolina border. Nicknamed The Queen City (which name it shares with Cincinnati, Ohio and Buffalo, New York), Charlotte, as well as the county containing it, was named in honor of Queen Charlotte, the German-born wife of King George III of the United Kingdom.
Loyalty to King George and his consort was "short-lived." On May 20, 1775, townsmen allegedly signed a proclamation later known as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a copy of which was allegedly sent (though never officially presented) to the Continental Congress a year later. The date of the Declaration appears on the North Carolina state flag. Eleven days later, the same townsmen met to create and endorse the Mecklenburg Resolves, a set of laws to govern the newly independent town.
Charlotte was a site of encampment for both American and British armies during the Revolutionary War, and during a series of skirmishes between British troops and Charlotteans, the village earned the lasting nickname "Hornet's Nest" from frustrated Lord General Charles Cornwallis. An ideological hotbed of revolutionary sentiment during the Revolutionary War and for some time afterwards, the legacy endures today in the nomenclature of such landmarks as Independence Boulevard, Independence High School, Independence Center, Freedom Park, Freedom Drive and the former NBA team Charlotte Hornets.
THE GOLD RUSH
In 1799, 12 year-old Conrad Reed brought home a rock weighing about 17 pounds which the family used as a bulky doorstop for three years before it was recognized by a jeweler as near solid gold. He bought it for a paltry $3.50. The first verified gold find in the fledgling United States, young Reed's discovery became the genesis of the nation's first gold rush.
Many veins of gold were found in the area throughout the 1800s and even in to the early 1900s', thus the founding of the Charlotte Mint in 1837 for minting local gold. The state of North Carolina led the nation in gold production until the California Gold Rush of 1848, although the total volume of gold mined in the Charlotte area was dwarfed by subsequent rushes.
Some locally based groups still pan for gold occasionally in local (mostly rural) streams and creeks. The Reed Gold Mine operated until 1912. The Charlotte Mint was active until 1861, when Confederate forces seized the mint at the outbreak of the Civil War. The mint was not reopened at the end of the war but the building survives today, albeit in a different location, now housing the Mint Museum of Art.
The City's First Boom came after the Civil War, as a cotton processing center and a railroad hub. The population leapt again during World War I when the U.S. Government established Camp Greene north of present-day Wilkinson Boulevard. Many soldiers and suppliers stayed after the war, launching an ascent that eventually overtook older and more established rivals along the arc of the Carolina Piedmont.
The City's Modern-Day Banking Industry achieved prominence in the 1970s and 1980s, largely under the leadership of financier Hugh McColl. McColl transformed North Carolina National Bank into a formidable national player that, through a series of aggressive acquisitions, eventually became Bank of America. Another bank, First Union, experienced similar growth and is now known as Wachovia. Today, measured by control of assets, Charlotte is the second largest banking headquarters in the United States (after New York City).
Both Bank of America and Wachovia call Charlotte home. The skyline has mushroomed in the past two decades and boasts the Bank of America Corporate Center, the tallest skyscraper between Philadelphia and Atlanta. This 60-story postmodern gothic tower, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, stands 871 feet tall and was completed in 1992.
The following Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Charlotte metropolitan area:
Bank of America
Other major companies headquartered in Charlotte include Time Warner Cable (a business unit of Fortune 500 company Time Warner), Belk, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Meineke Car Care Centers, Bojangles, Carlisle Companies, Lending Tree, Compass Group USA and Royal+SunAlliance.
Charlotte is also a major center in the U.S. motorsports industry, with NASCAR having multiple offices in and around Charlotte. Approximately 75% of the industry's employees and drivers are based within two hours of uptown Charlotte. Charlotte is also the future home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, expected to be completed in 2009.
The center city/uptown area of Charlotte has seen remarkable growth over the last decade. Numerous residential units continue to be built uptown. Many new restaurants, bars and clubs now operate in the uptown area. The growth of Charlotte and the surrounding area continues to accelerate every year.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Central Piedmont Community College
Johnson & Wales University
Johnson C. Smith University
Pfeiffer University at Charlotte
Queens University of Charlotte
Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Wake Forest University
Charlotte School of Law
The Art Institutes
University of Phoenix
ITT Technical Institute
Charlotte's Douglas International Airport is the fastest-growing major airport in the United States. The airport has handled 9300 additional passengers per day on average since the end of 2006. In the third quarter of 2006, local boardings increased by 16.5 percent over the same quarter in 2005. In the fourth quarter, they were up 14.6 percent over the same quarter a year earlier.
The growth has made the airport reconsider long-term airport expansion plans, which already include a new 9000 foot runway, the airport's fourth. The airport is building six new gates onto one wing of Concourse E, which is used by US Airways Express. They have decided to build an additional two gates with construction starting in the summer of 2007.
In the fall of 2007, the airport will begin building a 12-gate extension to the other wing of Concourse E.
The airport has also been considering building a new concourse on the site of rental car lots north of Concourse A. Though there are no firm plans yet, the recent traffic growth could fast-track those plans.
Charlotte is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers, which debuted in 1995. The Panthers play in the Bank of America Stadium located in Uptown Charlotte. The team won the 2004 NFC Championship when it beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia by a score of 14-3. In Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1, 2004, the Panthers were defeated by the New England Patriots 32-29. The Panthers have been in two other NFC Championship games: in 1996 and 2006.
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