Charlotte Area Real Estate Values and Missing Zambonis

For real estate watchers in the Charlotte Area who are concerned that ongoing price increases might result in an over-inflated market situation, the HPI forecast offered reassuring news. The HPI report showed national single-family residential sales and home prices rising in October. This made it the fourth month in a row for 6%+ price rises—the longest such winning streak since June of 2014. Read more

A Message (and a Gift List) for you this Holiday Season

Years ago, President Calvin Coolidge opened his holiday season message to the American people with, “Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.” “Silent Cal” nailed it in just those few words; he was famous for that! Today, we call it a mindset—and that’s probably why this time of year it’s permissible to share such high-minded thoughts. Author Oren Arnold might have said it best when he offered this list of Christmas gift suggestions to counter to the season’s increasingly materialistic leanings... Read more

Is there a trick to selling your house quickly?

Most homeowners draw satisfaction from the pride of ownership. They are often are more individualistic—and somewhat more independent-minded—than most people. And their homes represent this mindset. But this can run counter to one of the guiding principles for success in real estate showings and open houses—namely, the art of disappearing... Read more

5 Thoughts on Choosing an Active Adult Community

The factors also make the Charlotte area an ideal place to retire, too, as the magazine also noted (#22 on the Best Places to Retire). For those aged 55+, the Charlotte region has a growing number of active adult communities. Still, choosing the best housing community to meet your needs can be daunting. Here are some of our thoughts... Read more

The Next Real Estate Tool: Augmented Reality

The Charlotte Area real estate market has seen the benefit from one type of “virtual” technology. Just click on any listing’s “virtual tour” button and a progression of two-dimensional views of the listed property parade across your laptop or phone screen. What's coming might best be described as half-way between today’s virtual tours and full virtual reality... Read more

A love-hate relationship with your homeowners insurance

Unless you are the one-in-twenty who likes legal minutiae, there a good chance you haven’t really read your homeowners or renters insurance policy. We’ve found that few people get beyond their insurance agent’s cover letter and the top page of the policy when they receive their annual renewal. Read more

How “not” to negotiate your home sale

One of the services we offer is counsel and guidance in reviewing and developing appropriate responses to offers on your Charlotte Area home. Even so, the homeowner is the ultimate decision maker. That's why we believe it's crucial for home sellers to become familiar with some practical pointers for home selling negotiations. Read more

Is it smart to pay off your mortgage early?

The vision of the day when you make that last mortgage payment is exciting. In fact, the prospect of a “free rent” future has great appeal! So, when a  financial planner argues against paying off your mortgage sooner rather than later, it makes for interesting reading... Read more