April 24, 2012
In a previous post we gave you a bit of an idea of some of the many things that should be running through your mind BEFORE you start looking into home ownership. So, perhaps you've found a couple possible Charlotte dream homes, and your ready to pounce on one of them.When you're down to a few candidates, and hungry to make a decision here are some final deciding factors to think of:
Know what you MUST have and what you are willing to compromise on. While people can give you advice, only you can decide what it is that you need and what you are willing to live without or add later.When it comes to potentially renovating make sure you have your bases covered in terms of what you are allowed to do according to city ordinances. You don't want to think you can renovate something you actually cannot.
In real estate, and especially here in Charlotte, our mantra is always: location, location, location. Does the location of your new pad work with your life? How close Read more
April 18, 2012
It's all over! Tax season is finally done at least for those of us who didn't file an extension.For those lucky North and South Carolinians who are getting a tax refund, an important step is to determine what to do with the extra money. One option is to invest your tax refund in your home. Consider the options below that best fit your housing situation in order to make your tax refund work for you.
Taking advantage of today's incredibly low interest rates along with under-valued but beautiful Charlotte homes make home buying a great opportunity and a tax refund can be used toward a down payment. Typically, down payments are 3 to 20 percent of your dream home's selling price. So depending on your refund, you might have a good chunk or a nice portion. But if it isn't enough, never fear... There are a number of loan options and financing possibilities that can be tapped into as a first-time homebuyer. (Before you set out to Read more
April 10, 2012
New home-buyers are entering the Charlotte housing market everyday. For many of these folks, what to buy, when and how it all works can be troubling and mysterious issues. Of course, your Realtor should be a constant source of support, information and help but, we always encourage people to think about these few items...Be fully committed to buying a home. Be aware of what you can afford and are ready to look at the options.
Don't expect your home search to move at the speed of light! It is typical that homebuyers will see upwards of 30 houses before finding the right one. So don't get disgusted or disgruntled at the 10th! Enjoy the process! When you find the perfect home, buy it.
Do not try to go through this process alone. Find a Realtor that you trust and allow them to assist you! Not only are they experts in the housing market, but they also understand the Read more
April 1, 2012
One of the most important steps in almost every single home purchase is the inspection. It is your opportunity to work with a trained professional and find out everything about your possible purchase. Today we are going to focus on an integral part of your home and that inspection...THE ROOF. Your roof has a tough job. It is the first/best line of defense from Mother Nature. Charlotte weather is usually temperate and pleasant, but we've been hit hard by the elements on occasion. Any weakness in those defensives will cause serious damage as a result of water, hail, ice, or all of the above. So before, during and after inspection remember these rules for your roof!
Outside: Either your inspector, or both of you, should conduct a visual inspection o the roof. See if anything looks out of place, damaged, or missing: missing shingles, damaged flashing, etc. Any significant problems should be repaired immediately. Conduct similar inspections around any chimney Read more
February 27, 2012
Charlotte has seen a boom in the number of newcomers arriving in the last 20 years. Even through the worst economic downturn in recent memory, Charlotte and the surrounding areas continued to grow.
Today we find ourselves readying for another wave of relocation buyers. If you are moving to Charlotte for a job with Chiquita--or any of the other companies that have chosen to expand their businesses here, welcome! We love to be able to share our very special city with new arrivals.
There are some basics you should know before you live here that might not be completely obvious before you get here. So here it is. Charlotte is actually very near the border to South Carolina. And that means that many folks who commute to work in Charlotte everyday are South Carolinians. Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Indian Land are all towns perfect for newcomers, and South Carolina offers some great draws, including lower taxes and often-lower property costs. Schools in these towns are Read more
February 24, 2012
People choose to put their homes on the market for a variety of reasons, but in the end, the process is the same. Unfortunately for some, especially in this market, the "selling" can take quite some time.
The most important thing to remember is that you can't let things slip! Keeping the house organized, clean and tidy is a must. You never know when someone my want to see the house, and you will need to make the best possible impression.
Next, try to take the feedback from the potential buyers as possible action items. Are the bedrooms too small for one family? What can you do to make them look bigger for the next person through? Clear out some furniture. Perhaps a lighter colored paint will do the trick. These bits of information will give you an idea of what the buyers are looking for and some great hints on how to make your home that much better the next time.
In a hurry? Money will always talk. While it can be painful emotionally, and on your Read more
February 12, 2012
Relocating for a new job can be overwhelming. In addition to the stress and work that is involved in a regular move--there is the pressure of the new job responsibilities, moving away from an established support system, and the fear of the unknown.
While everyone who relocates has a unenviable task in front of them, there are a few ways to make the move run a bit smoother. Here are our top 5 relocation tips: Downsize: No matter what stage you are in your life, you probably have a few bags or boxes (or more!) of things you no longer need or want. Before you pack them up, pay someone to haul them across the country and then have to unpack them, why not just donate or throw away what you don't need or want now!
Planning Ahead will Pay Off: Moving a household can be quite a chore--and unpacking those boxes could take weeks (or more!) When you are packing, be sure to set aside a box or boxes that will get you through the first week--and Read more
February 12, 2012
When selling a home a picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes is worth tens of thousands of dollars! OR MORE!The photos posted on MLS listings consistently amaze us. Rooms with laundry baskets in the corner, beds not made, dishes in the sink...some people just can't see how these things affect the mood of a buyer. Worse yet, some people don't include enough or any photos of a home. If there is no picture of the outside of the house, it leaves a buyer wondering... "what's wrong?" and they will likely skip over this listing completely.
We take high-resolution photos and do so with a designer's eye. We work with our clients to make sure the vignettes are staged well and that there isn't anything superfluous in the photos. When possible, we take pictures of each room, the outside and the neighborhood.
Another thing to remember is that pictures can be updated. If in the course of selling your home if you clear out some furniture to make a room look bigger, Read more
February 4, 2012
Have you ever looked at your welcome mat? We sure do look at a lot of them as we go in and out of homes to show to families looking to buy a home in Charlotte.
Some welcome mats are just fine.... And others have leaves and dirt and mulch built up around them. Many are old. Many are worn. Some are... inappropriate.
Fact is, this is something that is often overlooked by the home sellers as they are frantically cleaning up for a scheduled showing. They do not think about the first impression being the front door, the mat, the doorbell... they think about the entryway... which is good. It is just not enough.
Not all buyers will get caught up by the look of a ragged welcome mat. Some won't even notice. But I can tell you from experience that those who do have a clouded view of the home from then on. Perception is reality when it comes to real estate. If a buyer thinks you are the kind of homeowner who did not pay attention to details, who doesn't Read more
February 1, 2012
Charlotte is an area with a lot of character. From city dwelling with art and restaurants a quick walk away, to the sprawling beautifully manicured suburbs to the country estates with large fenced properties Charlotte and its surrounding towns have just about something for everyone.
Even within the particular towns, you will find neighborhoods with there own personality. Finding the perfect neighborhood is just as important as finding the perfect home. When shopping for a new house, often the best place to start is by just looking at the neighborhoods.
Here are a few tips for choosing your next neighborhood: The schools Is the school district important to your family? Families with school age children will particularly want to pay attention to things like school performance and proximity first.
The lifestyle Next consider lifestyle features such as proximity to shopping, neighborhood amenities, sidewalks, parks, etc.