charlotte real estate: Go Panthers!! - 08/25/08 01:52 AM
Just had to give a shout out to the Carolina Panthers this morning. Hopefully the guys can keep it up, it'd be nice to make it to the end like they almost did a few years ago. They definitely have as much support from Charlottefans as they ever have or will. So guys, here's some advice.... try to get along, no hitting, do your best, win as much as possible, and have fun. Good luck!

charlotte real estate: Quick driving tips for Charlotte newcomers - 08/20/08 03:05 AM
If you've just moved to Charlotte or are thinking of moving to Charlotte, here are a few quick tips to help you on the road and make your transition easier....
You must get a North Carolina drivers license within 60 days of establishing residency in the state. After the age of 20, you are required to renew your drivers license every 5 years.
After obtaining a drivers license, you are required to register your vehicle, and renew that registration every year. You also have to get your car inspected each year, or your registration and/or tags will be revoked. Inspections are … (4 comments)

charlotte real estate: New York Style Deli in Charlotte - 08/20/08 01:57 AM
Whether you're from New York or just a fan of the cuisine, Katz New York Deli in the Arboretum Office Park is as close to authentic NY deli food as you can get. I happen to work in the same office park in south Charlotte and have to admit that their Reuben quite possibly IS the best in Charlotte, as they claim. If you're in the mood for a blintz, some lox, nova, matzo ball soup, even cow tongue (which I have yet to try), Katz has it all. All kosher, all delicious, all the time. So if you're considering buying a … (1 comments)

charlotte real estate: New Dog Park in Uptown Charlotte - 08/20/08 01:26 AM
Uptown Charlotte's Third Ward district has a new dog park. Frazier Park now has a designated area for dogs weighing 20 pounds or less. You can bring your pooch over for a playdate from 6:30am til 7pm all week long, and it's free. Of course you are required to clean up after Fido and make sure he has all his vaccinations up to date.
Charlotte's other dog parks include McAlpine Creek Community Park on Monroe Rd., Reedy Creek Park on Rocky River Rd. (north Charlotte), Ramsey Creek Park on Nance Rd. in Cornelius, and William R. Davie Park on Pineville-Matthews Rd. All … (1 comments)

charlotte real estate: Charlotte Area Private Schools - 08/19/08 11:50 AM
While I've got school on the brain, I thought I'd put up a list of Charlotte private schools for current residents or people looking to buy homes in Charlotte.
Back Creek Christian Academy K-8
1827 Back Creek Church Road, Charlotte; 704-549-4101;
Carmel Christian School K-8
1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews; 704-849-9723;
Charlotte Christian School K-12
7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte; 704-366-5657;
Charlotte Country Day School K-12
1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte; 704-943-4523;
Charlotte Latin School K-12
9502 Providence Road, Charlotte; 704-846-1100;
Charlotte Preparatory School preschool-8
212 Boyce Road, Charlotte; 704-366-5994; charlotte

charlotte real estate: Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Schedule - 08/19/08 11:25 AM
With my oldest starting school this year, I figured everyone could use this helpful information. Can't believe it's next week!
Monday, Aug. 25-First day of school
Sept. 1-Labor Day
Sept. 30-Teacher workday
Nov. 3-4-Teacher workday/parent conferences
Nov. 11-Veterans Day holiday
Nov. 26-28-Thanksgiving break
Dec. 22-31-Winter break
Jan. 1-2, 2009-New Year's holiday
Jan. 19-Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 23-Teacher workday
Feb. 16-Teacher workday
March 27-Teacher workday
April 6-10-Spring break
May 25-Memorial Day holiday
June 10-Last day of school
Makeup dates-Nov. 26, Jan. 2, Feb. 16, April 6, April 7, April 8
Report card dates-Nov. 10, Feb. 2, April 3, June 10 (elementary), … (1 comments)

charlotte real estate: Appraisal Tips for Buying or Selling a Home In Charlotte - 08/18/08 02:50 AM
Buying or selling a home in Charlotte isn't as complicated as it may seem, especially when it comes to getting an appraisal. Making sure your appraiser is state certified and licensed is easy and important, whether the appraisal is ordered by you ora lender. You can find information about them online or by asking your Charlotte real estate agent. To insure you're getting a fair appraisal, hire an independent one yourself, don't let the lender choose. Getting a second opinion is completely normal too, especially if common sense tells you that the home you're wanting to buy has been over-valued. Don't be afraid … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: North Carolina- Lowest closing costs in nation. - 08/18/08 02:27 AM
A recent study done by Bankrate, Inc. has found that North Carolina has the lowest closing costs in the nation. The study proposed what the closing cost would be for buying a home in North Carolina with a 30 year fixed-rate $200,000 mortgage, and a 20% down payment. $2,650 was the average in North Carolina, with the national average being $3,118. Coming as very little of a surprise, New York has an average of $4,016.
Contact the Carolina Home Pros Team at RE/MAX Metro Realty if you have any questions about closing costs or buying a home in Charlotte.

charlotte real estate: Ballantyne has a little something for everyone. - 08/13/08 01:41 AM
If you're looking to move to Charlotte's Ballantyne area and are wondering what the heck there is to do there, you've come to the right place. There's (almost) no need to ever leave this fresh new community, as it offers everything from movies, to live music, shopping, restaurants, golfing, you name it.
The list of great restaurants is vast. Whether you're in the mood for Italian or Thai, ribs or breakfast for dinner, you really can't go wrong. As far as shopping goes, Ballantyne runs the gamut. With two, yes two, Targets, numerous boutiques for men and women, specialty stores, and … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood offers diversity and culture. - 08/11/08 05:01 AM
Located along North Davidson Street, NoDa, as the locals call it, could easily be Charlotte's official arts district. With gallery crawls every first and third Friday of each month and an increasing number of eclectic watering holes with surprisingly good food, NoDa has a little something for everyone. Located just a couple of miles from the heart of downtown Charlotte, living in NoDa provides a quick commute and easy access to the interstate, but seems far enough away from any hustle and bustle. With many of the neighborhood's bungalows getting serious face lifts, and new modern townhome and apartment construction, NoDa is a great … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: Cabarrus County Continues to Grow, Maintaining It's Charm. - 08/11/08 04:00 AM
Big time retailers Target and Lowes Home Improvement are making their way to the rapidly growing area of Cabarrus County, just north of Charlotte. With the addition of the new shopping center, more new homes are expected to follow. Concord(home to Lowes Motor Speedway and the massive shopping mecca Concord Mills), Mount Pleasant, and Harrisburg residents needn't worry that their community will become too commercial or cliche, though. A citywide 80,000 square foot restriction on retail buildings was put into effect to maintain the comfort and down-home feel of the once rural community, as well as to protect local businesses from having to deal with unfair … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: New Developments in Charlotte's First Ward. - 08/11/08 02:42 AM
If Mecklenburg County commissioners approve Daniel Levine's proposal, First Ward will be growing quite a bit more than it already has by year's end. With more and more current and future Charlotte residents looking to the advantages of living in Center City, Levine Properties has major plans for twenty acres of the hip downtown area. Anchored by at least one new UNCCharlotte classroom building, the project will include over 2,000 residential units (apartments and condos), 282.000 square feet of retail and restaurants, a much needed 2 million square feet of office space, and of course, a 1,500 car parking structure. The light rail runs directly through the … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: Shopping in South Charlotte is About to Get Even Better! - 08/07/08 03:40 AM
The area of south Charlotte known as Blakeney is about to become even more of a shopper's paradise. The popular shopping center is already home to the city's best Target (in my humble opinion), Old Navy, Marshalls/HomeGoods, Banana Republic, Harris Teeter, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, and Starbucks. Great eateries include 131 Main,Brixx Pizza, Salad Creations, McAlister's Deli, Chili's, Coldstone Creamery. Encore Bar & Bistro, and Five Guys (great fries!).
Coming soon, directly across the street will be a new shopping center with Best Buy, PetSmart, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, AT&T, DenimLounge, Just Fresh, Asian Fusion, Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, Winestore and Omaha Steaks.

charlotte real estate: Charlotte continues to top the nation in lowest office vacancy rate - 08/01/08 06:09 AM
According to Coliers International, uptown Charlotte's office market had the lowest vacancy rate of 51 business markets surveyed in the second quarter.
Charlotte's vacancy rate of 1.9% was down slightly from the 2% rate in the first quarter.
The Raleigh-Durham area had the second lowest vacancy rate at 5.8%.
The highest rate is held by Pleasanton, California with a whopping 24.7 % vacancy rate.
So as Charlotte's housing market continues to hold steady, good news for commerical real estate as well!
On the residential front, existing home sales fell 29% last month to 2734 from3,852 in June 2007, based on information … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: Small section of Dilworth disappears in shadow ofr Carolinas Healthcare System - 08/01/08 05:36 AM
Part of historic Dilworth's charm is the craftsman style bungalows and small shops and businesses that make up the community.  Well, say goodbye to a little piece of charm, as Carolinas Healthcare System edges out in an expansion plan that will reach all the way to East Boulevard.
Some of the buildings to be demolished will include those that house Caribou Coffe, Bueggers' Bagels and Cantina 1511 - all on East Boulevard.  Homes along Garden Terrace Avenue, Lombardy Circle and Fountain View Street are also being targeted for acquisition as part of the planned expansion.
There are a few holdouts that … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: Oak Island, North Carolina - 07/21/08 02:41 AM
My family, all 19 of us, and I are on day three of a weeks vacation in Oak Island, North Carolina.  It's great to be on vacation with family.  There is family here from West Virginia, Texas, Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tonight, after the sun sets, I plan on taking the boys out looking for crabs on the beach.  If you've never been crab hunting you don't know what you're missing.  We always release the crabs we catch.  =)
I've noticed that every other beach house has been for sale.  I think it would be fun owning a beach house somewhere on the … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: Charlotte's location is perfect for a road trip - 07/19/08 05:24 AM
Charlotte, North Carolina has many great things going for it - which is why so many people chose to relocate to the Queen City.  One of the best things about Charlotte is its strategic location. You can hop in your vehicle and be on the beach or the mountains in 3 hours!  Weekend trips are commonplace for Charlotteans because of its central location. 
Want to know more Charlotte, North Carolina real estate? 

charlotte real estate: I-485 Updated Construction Schedule - 04/04/08 12:38 PM
And speaking of major construction projects that will greatly ease the traffic blues for commuters once complete, here is an updated schedule for the I-485 expansion projects.  Some of the completion dates are coming up very soon!!!  If you have any other questions about the construction schedule or about Charlotte real estate feel free to send me an email 

charlotte real estate: Commuter Time Guide--This is Great!!! - 04/04/08 12:31 PM
Ah, Charlotte's fabled traffic fairy-tales. Sometimes they can be more like nightmares. Our city is expanding and growing at such a rate that roads and thoroughfares can hardly keep up. That's not to say that major plans to decrease commute times and improve our roads aren't in the works, but construction takes a long time. When looking for a home, you'll want to know how long you can expect your commute to be. It has a big impact on what you can afford or simply put up with. Here's a great guide showing average commute distances and times from different neighborhoods. We hope … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: How Our Taxes Stack Up - 04/04/08 12:23 PM
How do Charlotte's taxes and tax investments stack up when compared to the rest of the state and country? As a current or potential home owner, you'll want to know not only how much you can expect to pay, but also where your dollars go and how the city and county manage the funds to save the tax payer money while giving them the services they need and want. Here's an interesting document that gives you this exact information as you begin to look at homes or begin thinking about a move. … (0 comments)

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