October 2018

Found 8 blog entries for October 2018.

Exploring Charlotte’s Art District, NoDa

NoDa, short for North Davidson, is Charlotte’s beloved Arts District. Voted the #1 neighborhood in Charlotte in 2017, NoDa surrounds the intersection of North Davidson Street and 36th Street.

In what used to be a booming textile village just a mile north of center city Charlotte, now stands NoDa. This melting pot of a community serves as a hotspot for families, musicians, artists, young business professionals and everyone in between.

NoDa’s unique location has become more and more sought after by people looking to reside in the outskirts of Charlotte. NoDa is one of the most highly praised communities in the Charlotte area.

The history of Noda

NoDa–previously known as North Charlotte–was once a

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Halloween is unlike any other day of the year. The costumes, the pumpkin carving–even the haunted houses–we love it all! So break out your pumpkin carving kit and your favorite scary movies because Halloween is coming up fast!

While there’s a million things to love about Halloween, trick-or-treating certainly tops the cake. Below are some tips and tricks for safe trick-or treating.

Preparing Your Home for Halloween Safety

For some of us, trick-or-treating will mean staying home and passing out candy. Some things to keep in mind are:

Don’t use burning candles

What screams “Halloween” more than a jack-o-lantern? While glowing pumpkins can make your yard look especially festive, unfortunately, they can be quite the safety hazard. Instead

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8 Tips For an Energy Efficient Home This Winter

When the winter months set in and temperatures drop to what feels like below freezing, we homeowners are grateful to have a roof over our heads. A comfortable, safe, and warm home comes at a price though–that price, of course, being high utility bills. (A cost associated with owning a home often forgotten when buying).

Fortunately, there are a few steps every homeowner can take for an energy efficient home and cheaper utility bills this winter. Stick with us, we’ve got your back (and your wallet) covered.

When you’re finished with this list, be sure to check out our Fall To-Do Fist For Southern Homeowners to further prep your home for the winter season.

1. Perform an energy audit on your

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A large purchase can seem quite daunting, especially if your credit score isn’t the best. The good news is, having a lower credit score doesn’t completely eliminate your chances of qualifying for a loan. There are plenty of options for homebuyers with low scores, high scores and all scores in between.

Set yourself up for loan success by getting your personal finances and credit score in check

When preparing to invest in a home, one thing you can do to set yourself up for success is to get your personal finances in check early on. Here’s what we recommend:

Eliminate Debt

This isn’t always easy. In fact, about 80% of Americans have some form of debt. While it may not be possible to get rid of all of your debt, minimizing it even slightly

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What Qualities Make a Good Neighbor?

Every neighborhood has a personality–some are full of socializing and parties, while some are quiet and secluded. The same things goes for neighbors too! Everyone knows those neighbors who want to know everyone else’s business. Or the family with all the crazy kids. And don’t forget about the neighbors who are so private you can hardly believe they’re there at all. Neighbors come in all different shapes and sizes and that’s what makes them so great!

But what makes a good neighbor? They say the type of company you keep can have a huge impact on your way of life. This holds true for the type of neighbors you have too. A happy neighbor equals a happy life (or something like that). In order to have good

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A Guide For Young Buyers To Understand The 2008 Mortgage Crisis

The average age of today’s first-time home buyer is 32 years old.

This means that ten years ago when the U.S economy entered into what would become the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of 1929–today’s first-time home buyer would have been in their late teens to their early twenties.

While no American can deny having seen the effects of the recession in the late 2000’s, those Americans that are now buying their first home likely don’t know or understand what caused the mortgage crisis and intern the crash of the economy.

While we want to avoid sounding like your economics professor here, we do feel it’s important that all of you young buyers out there

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Factors to Consider When Choosing The Best Community For You and Your Family 

Close your eyes and think of your perfect home…do you have it?

Now tell us. What makes it “perfect”?

An open floor plan? A farmer’s porch? His and her sinks in the master bathroom? (Oh come on now, be honest–we know that one’s a non-negotiable…)

While there are always structural elements that come to mind when you’re asked to picture your “perfect home” you should also consider the “perfect location”.  What kinds of elements does your “perfect home’s” community have?

Now you should be thinking along the lines of top rated schools, YMCA’s, and short commutes….

Now that you’re all warmed up and thinking about your preferences, here are a few things to think

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Helping You Negotiate a Fair Deal On Your Next Real Estate Purchase

Depending on what the housing market looks like, there are times when a buyer has more power than a seller and vice versa–by “power” we mean power to negotiate.

(Bare with us while we get a little technical here.)

If the amount of homes for sale in a particular market is greater than the number of buyers in that market–then generally the buyer has more power to negotiate.

If there are more buyers looking to buy in a market with fewer homes for sale–the buyer doesn’t have much power when it comes to negotiating.  

Real estate negotiation is like a game–know the game (or have a Realtor®️ who knows the game) and you’ll have a better chance of winning! Follow these tips for

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