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Tuesday, April 17, 2018   /   by Nancy Braun

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

Follow These Steps For A Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.2





Source: National Association of Realtors


Following are 10 tips you can use to get your home “show ready” prior to hitting the market. These easy and cost-effective ideas will help your house look its best—and help buyers visualize themselves living there. Even if you’re not currently in the market to sell, you can use these tactics to breathe new life into your existing home decor.
To get a plan customized for your particular property, give us a call to schedule a free consultation. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of the buyer preferences in ...

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Friday, March 09, 2018   /   by Marketing Team

Your Charlotte Home Buyer's Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

Spring is around the corner and the Charlotte real estate market is getting ready for some robust activity.  As you’re considering buying a home, don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially. 

If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers in North Carolina, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.

The requirements to secure a mortgage may seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. But we’ve outlined three simple steps to get you started on your path to homeownership.


Even if you’re a current homeowner in Charlotte or its surrounding areas, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance so you don’t encounter any surprises along the way. Lending requirements have become more rigorous in recent years, and changes to your credit history, debt ...

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018   /   by Nancy Braun

Real Estate 2018: What to Expect

What the 2018 Real Estate Market Outlook Means For You


As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for real estate in 2018?” 



It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners also want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is that a strong U.S. economy, coupled with low unemployment rates, is expected to drive continued real estate growth in 2018. However, changes on the horizon could significantly impact you if you plan to buy, sell or refinance this year.




HOME VALUES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE

Get ready for another strong year! U.S. home values and sales volume will continue to rise in 2018. 



Experts agree that home prices will increase in 2018, but predict a slower rate of appreciation than 2017, which clocked in at nearly 7 percent nationwide. National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts a growth rate ...

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Saturday, November 25, 2017   /   by Nancy Braun

Sell Your North Carolina Home With These 8 Trends Buyers Want

If you are selling your North Carolina home, it helps remembering that homebuyers are able to browse listings online from virtually anywhere.  Not only will you attract local residents seeking to buy a home, but also those who are moving to the South for the first time.  In either case, your focus must be on making your home for sale one that buyers don’t want to live without.

Thanks to television programs and DIY tips for on home decorating, renovation, and trends, potential homebuyers often have several “wish list” items they would like when shopping for a new home.  As they look through listings, they will find those that match their “must haves,” and sometimes their “should haves,” while other buyers may be “all-or-nothing” when it comes to finding what is essential to their needs.




Here are the top 8 features in a home for sale that buyers are looking for right now:

1. Smart home technology.  T ...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   /   by Marketing Team

Welcome Home: 10 Tips to Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Hometown Haven

How to Make Your Neighborhood A Hometown Haven
"Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are lower, kids are safer, people live longer) when neighbors know one another better.
Knowing your neighbor on a first-name basis... is a surprisingly effective first step." 
- Robert Putnam, Harvard Public Policy Professor and author of Bowling Alone



While advancements in technology have made it possible for us to connect with people from around the world, numerous studies show that it has led to a decline in face-to-face interactions.1

Places where we used to strike up casual conversations—such as a doctor’s office waiting room, bus stop or grocery line—are now filled with people looking at their smart phones, barely acknowledging those around them.

Even many families dining together or relaxing in the evenings can be caught spending more time focused on screens than each other. Is it any surprise that we’ve experienced a stead ...

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