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A look at how you can maximize your Home Buying Search by using both online options and seeing them in-person.

When searching for a new home, you’ll likely want to use every resource available to find the perfect one. Whether you’re starting online searches for listings in your desired area, or scheduling in-person visits and open houses with your Realtor®, it’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of both search styles and understand that today, the two compliment each other. 

Online house searching

Searching for listings online is a simple and convenient way to house hunt. Really, if you wanted to tour homes from the comfort of your own bed while still in your pajamas on a Sunday morning–you totally could! 

Many online

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Leave some extra money in your budget–you’ll probably need it

This probably won’t come as a shock, but buying a home is expensive. You have mortgage payments, appraisal fees, property taxes, homeowners insurance–and that’s all on top of the actual cost of the house. It can take years to save up enough money to finally purchase your dream home. The last thing you want is to spend your entire budget having completely forgotten about some of the less obvious payments you’ll have to make.

That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of the often forgotten costs associated with buying a home to better help you budget. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or in need of some home buying reminders, make sure you don’t forget any of these costs.

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Use these tips to make the transition easy as A-B-C! (Because being the new kid is hard)

Transitioning into a new school can be difficult for kids. Meeting new friends, teachers and classrooms can be intimidating and can make them feel alone or out of place. They’re experiencing a new environment, which can affect them academically, socially and mentally.

As a parent, there are things you can do to make the transition a bit easier for your kids. Keep these tips in mind to help your kids get more comfortable with their new learning environment.

1. Talk with your kids

In this time of transition, they are likely feeling a lot of stress and anxiety over being in a new place. Talk with your kids to find out what is bothering them, what their

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Be aware of these mistakes first-time home buyers commonly make.

For a first-timer, the home buying experience can be intimidating and even a little overwhelming at times (understandably so!)

You’re looking for a home you can live in and love for a good amount of time, at a price you can afford, on top of learning and understanding the entire real estate buying process–talk about stressful!

Being aware of, and doing whatever you can to avoid making these common first time home buyer mistakes, will take some of the burden off of your shoulders allowing you to enjoy the process–after all, it is pretty rewarding!

1. Not knowing what you can afford

It’s easy for a first-time home buyer to get caught up in the excitement of the house hunting

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Create a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor living space without breaking the bank.

As a homeowner, your backyard should be a place you can go to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and relax while enjoying the beautiful (almost) year-round weather we’re blessed with here in the Carolinas.

If you are less than pleased with the appearance and feel of your outdoor living space, it can make “escaping”, “relaxing”, and “enjoying” difficult. Could it be time for an upgrade?

It is easy to put off making changes to your outdoor living space until both time and money are on your side, but don’t wait!

Not only could a few updates to your backyard improve your quality of life as a homeowner, they could also increase your home’s value and

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What you can expect to happen during the closing process.

You searched and searched and finally, you found the perfect home. You make an offer and cross your fingers. Not long after, the seller accepts your offer and it’s official–not quite!

Worried? Don’t be. Allow us to explain.

What is the closing process?

The “closing process” begins when the home’s seller accepts your offer to purchase. The period between then and the actual closing date typically lasts between 30 to 60 days, during which the sale/ purchase of your home is “pending”.

You can think of closing day as the finish line. It’s the day you sign all the closing documents and forms. It’s the day you finalize all the loan paperwork and sign the new deed. It’s the day the home

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As a homeowner, you’re constantly thinking about what your home is worth–what you could get for your home if you sold it under current market conditions.

Hey, we get it! Your home was likely one of the biggest investments you’ve ever made (and will ever make) in your lifetime.

So, when you’re considering whether an expensive renovation or time-consuming project is worth it, it’s important to look at what it will do for your home’s resale value.

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What do we mean? Think about it from a buyer’s perspective.

Some rooms are going to be better options for remodeling than others–like kitchens for example! Most buyers are suckers for a newly remodeled kitchen. While landscaping improvements and fixture upgrades are also what buyers look for.

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The home search and buying process can be both exciting and a little nerve-racking. A step in the wrong direction or a simple mistake could cost you the house of your dreams–that’s a lot of pressure.

Don’t stress! We’ve put together a list of things you should avoid doing when hunting for and buying a new home. Some commonly made mistakes have cost people big time.

Avoid these common mistakes people make while searching for and buying a home.

1. DON’T mess with your credit.

Before you dive right into the house buying process, it’s important to take a step back and check your credit report.

The cleaner the report and the higher the score, the more likely you are to be preapproved for a mortgage at a low-interest rate.

A few months

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Meet Charlotte’s First Streetcar Suburb: Dilworth

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Uptown is the Charlotte neighborhood of Dilworth, a charming, white picket fenced and bungalow adorned suburb that has regrown immensely in the past decade. Now known for its trendy boutiques and restaurants which line East Boulevard, the neighborhood is one of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods.

Purchased in the 1890s by entrepreneur Edward Dilworth Latta, the hundreds of acres of property was named honoring Latta’s grandmother. The land was transformed when Latta bought a streetcar line, converted it to electric power and began selling plots of land at the end of the car’s route, extending into what has now become Uptown.


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Guide to Packing an “Open-First Box” for the First Night in your New Home

It’s your first night in your new home. You’ve worked so hard to sell, buy, pack, and move that although you’re excited to finally be in the new home, you’re also extremely exhausted and ready for a good night’s res—oh no, which box are the bed sheets in again?

Avoid the first night stress with an “Open-First Box”. Pack and very clearly label a box with first night essentials. You can get to your new home and relax knowing that everything you’ll need for the next day or two until you get settled is all in one place.

For You:

Below are a few personal items you’ll definitely want to have available to you on your first night. There will be no worse feeling than going to

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