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Two Great Opens This Weekend!

Come see us at one of these fantastic open properties!

Can’t make it out this weekend? Contact us at 704.516.3318 to set up a private showing or to learn more about one of these great family homes.

1011 Sewickley Drive  –  RECENTLY REDUCED!

Sunday, 10/5
2:00pm-4:00pm
$284,900  4BR/3BA

Renovations galore at 1011 Sewickley Drive! Three brand-new bathrooms, a brand new kitchen, refinished hardwood floors…no room in this home went untouched and the property is about to get a brand-new driveway, too. Located in the Broadmoor area of Sedgefield, this house was JUST reduced this week and won’t stay on the market long.

 

9446 Nugget Hill Road  –  RECENTLY REDUCED!

Saturday, 10/4
2:00pm-4:00pm
$240,000  4BR/2.5BA

You’re getting a ton for your money here: beautiful, private, huge lot; hardwood floors; a rec room that has its own entrance (mother-in-law suite!) This weekend only the Bainbridge neighborhood is having a group open houses with FIVE open houses at once (see the flyer below for complete details.) Come see how much home you can get for your money in Mint Hill.

Bainbridge

See you this weekend!

 

 

What’s So Great About Living in Stonehaven?

In a word: everything.

Stonehaven is situated squarely in the most desirable part of south Charlotte, close to dining, shopping, and great schools. It’s one of the most sought-after areas in the city and for good reason…few other neighborhoods offer such a feeling of community just 15 minutes outside of Uptown! Bordered by Sardis and Rama Roads, Stonehaven is an enclave for families full of large lots, stately homes, and though it’s growing fast there are still a few deals to be found.

Stonehaven is Close to Everything You Need

meridian placeWhat’s nearby? A better question is what’s not nearby. Restaurants like Thai Orchid, Eddie’s Place, and Juliana Pizza are close by with dozens more to boot. Even Carolina Cinemas just underwent a facelift and is now serving food and drinks! A five minute drive from the entire Southpark area as well as Cotswold and the Strawberry Hill shopping center (who can get enough of Fresh Market?), Stonehaven doesn’t lack for shopping, either. Imagine taking a long walk down the tree-lined McAlpine Greenway then finishing the night with a dip in one of the community pools. What about spending the evening at one of the neighborhood’s “First Friday” events, or playing tennis at one of the area’s racquet clubs? Stonehaven has an active community association that stays on top of the area’s many amenities, green spaces, and activities and the dedication shows. This is truly a great place to live.

Best of all, the nearby development called Meridian Place is expected to bring dozens of new dining options, residential units, healthcare facilities, and offices. Spread over 20 acres at Independence and Monroe Roads, the development is set to transform this part of Charlotte. The entire community is designed around transportation connectivity – the Light Rail is close – as well as accessibility to schools, commercial, and more. Stonehaven is poised to become even more desirable once the close by Meridian Place is complete.

Is This the Best Deal in Stonehaven?

One of our favorite listings, 6601 Ronda Avenue, is among the best deals left in Stonehaven. At only $260,000 for 3BR/2BA and over 2,000 square feet of living space, this home is truly a bargain. With a bonus room, vaulted ceiling with beams, and a large cul-de-sac lot, this home offers the best of Stonehaven. Privacy and accessibility, both at the same time!

Call us today to see 6601 Ronda Avenue for yourself (or click here for a video tour!) before this fantastic deal is gone. Turns out, Stonehaven is exactly the neighborhood you’ve been looking for!

Open House Roundup: August 9-10th

Come find your perfect home this weekend!

Three terrific open houses this weekend all over town. Whether you’ve been itching to live in the urban center of Charlotte, need room to roam in south Charlotte, or crave the privacy of a wooded Southpark lot, we’ve got you covered!

 

3332 mountainbrook den3332 Mountainbrook Road

Saturday, August 9th –
11:00am-1:00pm
$389,000  4BR/3BA
PRICE REDUCED!

Why should you live here?

  • Located in great CMS school district & community with swim and tennis club!
  • Upgrades galore: Carerra marble, 3 skylights, exposed brick wall, stainless, and more!
  • New roof in 2013, new hardwood floors in 2012 – fenced in yard, too!

 

2221 Mermans den2221 Mermans Road

Sunday, August 10th
2:00-4:00pm
$409,000  4BR/3.5BA

Why should you live here?

  • Immaculately cared for including fresh paint, upgraded carpet, and all-hardwood downstairs!
  • Great school district and easy access to tons of shopping, dining, and even the Siskey YMCA!
  • Tons of light with a two-story great room that includes a balcony catwalk!

 

 

517 Graham517 N. Graham Street, Unit 3B

Sunday, August 10th –  1:00pm-3:00pm
$154,000  1BR/1BA

Why should you live here?

  • Walk to Fourth Ward amenities: restaurants, bars, museums, art, and work in Uptown!
  • Totally upgraded top-floor unit with stainless, hardwood, granite, and surround sound!
  • Condo amenities include dedicated parking, gym, pool, and incredible Skyline views!

 

Got questions?
Give us a call!

704.516.3318

 

 

Featured Charlotte Neighborhood: Sardis Woods

Sardis Woods MapWant to live in south Charlotte? Consider Sardis Woods.

Bordered by McAlpine Creek, Sardis Road, and Monroe Road, Sardis Woods offers some of the best home values in south Charlotte. If you’re looking for a ranch-style home, a property on an absurdly large lot, or proximity to highways and retail, Sardis Woods is a stone worth turning over. It’s an extremely livable, community-oriented neighborhood close to Matthews and plenty of shops and restaurants and it’s highly affordable, too.

Here are a few of the best things about living in Sardis Woods.

 

Sardis Woods Home

Exceptional Home Values:

You’d be hard-pressed in Charlotte to get more home for your money than in Sardis Woods. The average home price in the neighborhood is under $200,000 and many of the homes here feature mature trees and large, fenced-in lots. Particularly if you’re hoping to establish a lifetime home, start a family, or retire, Sardis Woods provides a lot of value. It’s a great neighborhood to consider if you want to make your home your own, too – plenty of renovation opportunities are always available!

Retail and Restaurants:

Want to be close to plenty of shopping, dining, and grocery options? Sardis Woods backs up to the Galleria Shopping Center, home to a WalMart and dozens of other restaurants and stores. It’s home to the Carolina Cinemas, Charlotte Swim Academy, and plenty of quick-dinner options, too. The neighborhood itself is largely residential which means though retail’s not walkable, it’s a short drive away from all its tranquil, tree-lined streets.

McAlpine Creek ParkGreen Space:

McAlpine Creek Park, one of the best parks in Charlotte, overlaps Sardis Woods. It’s got a lake, 114-acres of green space, and even a dog park! It’s the centerpiece of this part of Charlotte and it’s nearly always teeming with families, kids, and active people. James Boyce Park, another Charlotte jewel, has a great playground, softball fields, and picnic tables for public use. There are plenty of places for a family to get outside in Sardis Woods.

Easy Commute:

Whether you work in south Charlotte, in Matthews, or even in Uptown, Sardis Woods provides an easy commute. Particularly given the expansion of Independence/Hwy 74 into a major freeway, commuting is a breeze from any part of the neighborhood. Access to 485 is less than 3 miles away and Highway 51/Pineville Matthews Road runs right under the southern tip of the area. No matter where you’re trying to get in south Charlotte, Sardis Woods has a centralized location.

 

Find out more about why Sardis Woods should be on your short list.

Call On the Move Charlotte right now to talk about your family’s options in Sardis Woods!

 

 

Fourth Ward is Uptown’s Best Kept Secret

Uptown Charlotte is the place to be if you’re looking for urban living.

There’s nothing wrong with the huge, shiny-glass apartment towers popping up all over the city but we’re pretty partial to the more residential parts of Uptown: the ones that offer all the quiet and restfulness of a neighborhood but provide easy access to restaurants, shopping and nightlife, too.

Fourth Ward is the best of both worlds.

Spreading over about 30 city blocks in the northern quadrant of Uptown, Fourth Ward is considered the most residential of all the wards. It’s oozing with charm: Victorian Homes, official historical designation, and even the three-acre Fourth Ward Park. There’s even a historical Fourth Ward Walking Tour! The neighborhood has tons of mature trees so it’s got lots of natural shade, and with sidewalks, access to public transportation, and walkability to some of Uptown’s best haunts it’s the perfect place to live. 7th street public marketWhat’s nearby? The newly-opened Fourth Ward Bread Company makes a mean breakfast and coffee (oh, and they filmed Homeland there, too!) It’s an easy few-blocks walk to Discovery Place and to Harris Teeter, too. Several watering holes, acclaimed restaurant The McNinch House, and plenty of salons and shopping are just a few steps away. The Dunhill Hotel and restaurant, nightspot Dandelion Market, and even Crave Dessert Bar are a stone’s throw away. You’re also close to the NC Music Factory, to the 7th Street Public Market, and have access to the Light Rail which is expanding by the minute! 4th ward bread co One of our favorite listings, #3B – 517 North Graham Street, is right in the middle of all the best parts of Uptown, located in the desirable Fourth Ward Square complex. Low-rise condo developments like this one keep the neighborhood feel alive and offer plenty of shade and parking, too. The complex has a fitness center, a fabulous rooftop terrace, and one of the only saltwater pools in Uptown.

517 North Graham Street, Unit 3B is a spacious 1BR/1BA condo home.

It’s got a clean, urban feel and excellent Uptown views. Immaculately cared for and freshly painted, its upgrades include everything from tile backsplash to granite to hardwoods. Stainless steel appliances, custom lighting, and a tray ceiling (did we mention it’s a top-floor unit?) make this home a can’t miss. Whether you’re a young professional, a newlywed couple, or even looking to downsize in retirement, this home is the perfect fit. We’re holding two open houses this weekend and we don’t expect this one to last long! It’s being offered for only $154,000 which is an almost unheard-of deal in this area of Charlotte. If you’re looking for convenience, walkability, and residential amenities, this is your new home! Call for more information.

Open House Times: Saturday, July 26  2:00-4:00pm Sunday, July 27  2:00-4:00pm

What Do Millennials Want in a Home?

millennialsMillennials are all over the news.

Their home ownership rates are in decline and they’re also waiting way later than the previous generation to become first-time home buyers. But that’s okay! Ignore all the scary headlines about how millennials can’t afford to buy homes and aren’t interested in property ownership. Every home buyer is different – millennial, retiree, family, bachelor – and what you need to focus on as a seller is making your home appealing to every buyer on the market.

So, what are millennials looking for in a home? Nothing you can’t offer!

Interior DesignStylish Surroundings

Millennials are more affected than other generations by dated, worn out homes. They grew up in the age of DIY and HGTV and they’re looking for rooms straight from a magazine! Some aesthetic changes to your home can go a long way to enticing this demographic: switch out brass fixtures for polished silver, get rid of musty furniture, and take down all that wallpaper. Millennials want homes that have charm and character, yes, but they also want a space that feels fresh and new.

Amenities

And no, not a neighborhood gym! This group wants in-home amenities like built-in closet systems, heated flooring, and smart thermostats and they’re willing to sacrifice space to get them. Millennials are big into efficiency and they want to make the most of the space they have. They’d rather see your formal (unused) living room turned into a media room they’ll enjoy every week and they can overlook other flaws if you’ve got a state-of-the-art kitchen.

central locationCentral Location

Okay, so the location of your home isn’t really anything you can change but it is something you and your Realtor can market to your advantage. Why not talk about the walkability of your home to the grocery store, any restaurants, and it’s proximity to the gym? You don’t have to live right in downtown to have a desirable location but you do have to tell millennials what’s nearby to get them to think outside the box. If they can see themselves living the millennial lifestyle with ease in the home they’ll be more likely to buy.

Flexible Spaces

More and more, millennials are using their homes as an extension of the rest of their lives, not just as a refuge from work. They want home offices that can one day convert to a game room and large attic spaces that could eventually be finished as a playspace. They don’t mind spending the money to customize their homes as long as the space they choose gives them options. The less defined the floor plan of a home, the more millennials are willing to make it their own.

partyEntertaining Possibilities

Millennials are really, really into entertaining. They want a home they can show off but also a home that functions as an entertainment space for their friends – from fire pits to open floor plans to pool table rooms. While Generation X before them was more concerned about family friendliness, millennials are more likely to be childless when they first buy and looking for a place to entertain. Show them how they can use your home to throw a great party and they’ll be hooked.

 

Did we miss anything?
Some of our favorite clients ever have been millennials and we just love this group’s endless energy and optimism. Don’t discount and entire generation of folks as “unlikely home buyers” but instead try to meet them where they are! You’ll be glad you did.

Call us today to talk more about marketing your home to millennials.

Charlotte Area Property Tax Rates

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How much do you know about your property tax rate?

Which North Carolina county you live in and the size of your home are just  few of the factors that help determine your tax rate. In Mecklenburg county, property taxes for the 2014 year are due on September 1st which is coming up quick! (But don’t worry, you have until January to pay them without penalty.)

Your tax rate is liable to change every year, but they usually don’t change quite that often thanks to the red tape involved. Many Charlotte residents were surprised and excited to hear earlier this year that the city plans to meet its $2.1 billion dollar budget without property tax hikes, although the rates went up about 7% last year.

Questions about your area’s specific tax rate? Take a look at this handy property tax chart from one of our preferred lenders, Melissa Messick at Movement Mortgage:

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And of course, give us a call if you’ve got more questions! We can walk you through your own property tax situation and also help you find a home in a more favorable tax district if you prefer.

We’re here to help.