Posts

One of Charlotte’s Premiere Luxury Homes is On the Market

You may not know it, but one of Charlotte’s most fabulous luxury homes sits quietly nestled off of Sharon Road.

001_front

The Secret of 2923 Heathmoor Lane

2923 Heathmoor Lane is a stunning example of classic traditional architecture. Located on nearly a full 1/3 acre on a private cul-de-sac lot in South Charlotte behind Saint Gabriel’s Church, the house boasts some of the most amazing custom finishes on the Charlotte real estate market. Recently listed, the home is now being offered for $1.125 million.011_stairwell

The Heathmoor is a two-story, all brick traditional with a two-car garage. Offering nearly 5,000 square feet of living space, its 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms provide enough space to live comfortable and entertain. Aside from its many unique aesthetic qualities, 2923 Heathmoor Lane is situated only minutes from Southpark, Uptown, and some of the best schools in Charlotte.

007_study

 

What’s Unique About 2923 Heathmoor Lane?

In a word: everything. It’s rare to come across a home in Charlotte priced under $1.5 million with as many custom details and finishes as Heathmoor. Its showpiece is a grand double-staircase, anchoring a gorgeous two-story open foyer. In addition to formal dining and living spaces on the main floor, visitors will find a master bedroom. Attention to detail is at every turn: from extensive crown moulding to recessed outlets to coffered ceilings. From custom woodwork to real pine paneling, no detail in this home went untouched.

028_kitchen

The kitchen at 2923 Heathmoor Lane is set up for entertaining. Beautiful granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a huge eat-in breakfast area and breakfast bar are just a few of the room’s special qualities. Transom windows let in light from the large backyard, and functional details like a wine cooler, double oven, and home control center make this room stand out.

What to Love About 2923 Heathmoor Lane

Families will love the ample den space as well as the large, flexible bonus room. Entertainers will appreciate the indoor/outdoor living and romantics will love the home’s two separate fireplaces. Everyone will love the 300+ square feet of extra unfinished storage space.

059_rear-view

Have you ever dreamed of having a private terrace? A true “cook’s kitchen?” A cozy, wood-paneled study? Now is your chance to own one of the most unique properties on the Charlotte market.

Call the On the Move Charlotte real estate team today
for a private showing of 2923 Heathmoor Lane.
704.451.3135

Tips for Ensuring a Favorable Home Appraisal

Appraisals are big business in the real estate industry, referenced by both lenders and homebuyers as a benchmark for a property’s “true” value. Recently, however, as reported by Reuters, homeowners are having a difficult time obtaining what they believe to be a fair estimate for the value of their home from California to Florida.

 

A low appraisal can impact a homeowner in several ways. In many cases, homeowners seeking a refinance are denied when a bank-ordered appraisal comes up short. Other homeowners looking to sell find resistance from the market when they list their homes above its appraised value.

If you’re going to undergo an inspection by an official licensed appraiser in the near future, here are a few suggestions for ensuring you get the very best appraisal value possible for your home.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT APPRAISER

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when ordered to get an appraisal is to choose an appraiser who doesn’t have intimate knowledge of their specific neighborhood. If you’re able to choose your own appraiser, select one who’s based no more than 10-miles away from your home and preferably living in your community. If the bank is selecting the appraiser specifically request they send a local licensee.

KEEP GOOD RECORDS

Before the appraiser ever arrives at your home, take some time to pull records concerning every upgrade or renovation you’ve made to the house. Include receipts from home improvement stores and estimates for work done on the house and before-and-after pictures, if possible. It’s also smart to reference local comparables in the neighborhood you think the appraiser should be made aware of. Ask your real estate broker to help identify three solid comps near your home and be sure they find the right hands.

CLEAN UP AND BE CONFIDENT

Just like homebuyers, appraisers are human beings and often have a hard time seeing past a home that’s cluttered, dirty, or overgrown. Present your home to an appraiser the same way you would to the open market to get the best results. Never follow the appraiser around while they’re in your home unless specifically requested – appraisers say not being allowed space to properly inspect the home is a surefire sign the owner has something to hide.

GET YOUR OWN APPRAISAL

If you’re in a situation like as a refinance where you’re forced to work with an appraiser not of your choosing, shell out a few hundred dollars and get an appraisal of your own. You’ll likely have more control over the selected licensee and can lobby against a bad appraisal with a higher one if necessary.

Don’t be afraid to get directly involved in your home appraisal. Many homeowners don’t understand that an appraisal happens with them, not to them, and may underestimate the impact pointed questions and suggestions can have on the appraisal outcome.

If you’re looking for a qualified appraiser in your area or just have questions about whether or not you need a home appraisal, call Leigh Bryant’s team at Keller Williams Southpark to speak about your options.

The Best Open House Weekend of the Year (So Far!)

The On the Move Charlotte team is hosting seven open houses this weekend. Seven!

We’ve got new homes, back-on-the-market homes, and gorgeous family homes…truly something for everyone! Come out and see us on Saturday or Sunday (or both!) and find your dream home. It’s been waiting for you.
Give us a call at 704.451.3135 for more info on these properties
or on selling your Charlotte property!

Click on any of the addresses below for a complete video tour

001_Front

7801 Park Road
brand new to the market!

Sunday, May 10th from 2pm – 4pm
$357,500  4BR/3BA

Gorgeous renovation, even better location! Custom hardwood flooring, a beautiful stone fireplace, and a huge kitchen with all-new stainless appliances and cabinets make this home a must-see. A huge fenced-in deck and lower-level rec room (complete with its own fireplace!) are all you need to make your family feel at home. And if you need a big yard? This home sits on almost a full acre! Come see this one before it’s gone!

__________________________________________________________________________________

001_Building

2514 Cranbrook Lane, #10
brand new to the market!

Saturday, May 9th from 11am – 1pm
$133,000  2BR/1BA

If your daily commute has you down, this condo’s the answer. Located in the well-maintained Villages of Eastover Glen, this home comes with access to a pool, clubhouse, and fitness center to boot! Hardwoods in the main living area, new carpet in the bedrooms, and fresh paint make this a standout. And how many condos do you find with a wood burning fireplace?

__________________________________________________________________________________

001_Front

2320 Barry Street

Saturday, May 9th, 10am – 12pm
Sunday, May 10th, 2pm – 5pm
$369,900  3BR/3BA

A newly finished bungalow, fresh to the market, located in HOT Villa Heights! Bedrooms are on main level with a large bonus/flex space on the second…beautifully renovated kitchen and baths with all the design choices you’d make yourself! Features include a soaking tub in the master, walk-in attic storage, granite kitchen island, and a huge family room + study.

__________________________________________________________________________________

001_Front

6816 Rea Croft Drive

Sunday, May 10th from 1pm – 4pm
$435,000  4BR/3.5BA

Wow…talk about SPACE! With four bedrooms (plus a bonus!) and three full baths, this all-brick South CLT charmer won’t last long. Amazing upgrades, great outdoor space, open floor plan, and a fabulous fireplace…you’ve got to see this one in person. Features include a renovated kitchen, huge screened-in porch with fireplace and a spot for an outdoor TV, and fabulous walkable location!

_____________________________________________________________________________

001_Front
824 Cerretto Court

Sunday, May 10th, 2pm – 4pm
$325,000  3BR/2.5BA

You’ll never find a townhome that lives so much like a single-family. Located in a beautiful part of Matthews (walk to downtown!), this immaculate home has over 2700 square feet of living space. Updated kitchen, master bath, and a great custom closet make this home the perfect buy. Features include a main-floor master, private enclosed patio, loft and office space, and walk-in attic storage!

__________________________________________________________________________________

002 Front 500x332 Its Open House Time! 4 Fabulous Charlotte Properties
10422 Woodview Circle

Sunday, May 10th from 1pm – 3pm
$323,900  4BR/2.5BA

This huge Quail Acres home looks brand new and offers tons of recently-renovated room to grow. Situated on almost an acre of land (.82 acres, to be exact) near new construction and great schools, this kind of property doesn’t come around often. New flooring throughout, an updated kitchen, and a large mud room are just some of its perks. Features include a HUGE lot, great big master suite, lots of storage, and a massive backyard!

__________________________________________________________________________________

Want to know more about any of these homes?
Call us today!

704.451.3135

 

 

What Blizzard? There are Open Houses to Get to!

The weather’s fine in Charlotte!

This weekend’s supposed to be chilly but there’s not a hint of snow in sight – it’s the perfect time to come to one of our two fabulous open houses in Charlotte! One of these properties is brand new to the market and they’re both priced so well they won’t be around long. Come find your dream home with On the Move Charlotte this weekend.

002_Front
10422 Woodview Circle

Saturday, Jan. 31st from 11am – 1pm
AND
Sunday, Feb. 1st from 1pm – 3pm
– JUST LISTED! –
$339,900  4BR/2.5BA

This huge Quail Acres home looks brand new and offers tons of recently-renovated room to grow. New flooring throughout, an updated kitchen, and a large mud room are just some of its perks. If you’ve been looking for a big master suite, tons or storage, and a great big backyard, this is your home!
__________________________________________________________________________________

rocky falls outside
6324 Rocky Falls Road

Sunday, January 11th
1:00pm-3:00pm
– JUST REDUCED! –
$275,000  4BR/2.5BA

This two-story charmer has hardwoods upstairs and downstairs as well as four generously sized bedrooms off the upstairs landing. Large kitchen, plantation shutters, and a walk-in attic big enough to store all your stuff…this home is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

__________________________________________________________________________________

Got questions about any of these homes?
Give us a call now!

704.516.3318

How Big of a House Do You Really Need?

mansionEverybody wants a bigger house.

Particularly if your family is currently bursting at the seams it can be tempting to start looking for a bigger home. Statistics say the average home size is actually on the rise after stagnating during the recession; the average new single-family home in America is now just over 2,700 square feet.

Question is, how big of a house do you really needBigger isn’t necessarily better when you think about some of the downsides to having a bigger home, and you could just be misusing the space you do have rather than in need of more square footage. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

Am I maximizing the space I have?

Of course you probably think you are, but are you really? Have you considered the impact a new closet shelving system would have on your storage situation and are there rooms in your home you don’t use as often as you should? Maybe you’ve got a formal living room that would actually be better used as a playroom for the kids…”highest and best use” is one of the key tenants of real estate and it applies to your home, too!

kids roomIs my situation going to change anytime soon?

Maybe you’ve got two teenagers that are making your home feel…crowded. Does it really make sense to upsize if they’re off to college in another two years? Or perhaps you work from home and feel you need more space. Is there a chance you’ll get a new job or even rent a commercial office space? Don’t buy a bigger home for the “right now,” buy one because it makes sense for the kind of life you want in 3, 5, and even 10 years.

Can I live where I want to and have a bigger home?

Location versus size is often a tough mental battle when it comes to buying a home and in some cases it’s a choice you have to make. If you love a certain neighborhood but it’s full of older, smaller homes you may have to adjust your size expectations. In some cases having a larger home may mean living farther out from a city or deeper within a neighborhood. What’s more important to you and your family is all that matters.

cleaning

Do I have time to maintain a bigger home?

Bigger houses mean more work! More dusting, more decorating, more money to run the air conditioning…with all that space comes increased responsibility and you’ve got to ask yourself if the trade off is worth it to you. For many people, it is! But don’t jump into a bigger home blindly without realizing it’s going to mean more work. It is.

 

There are plenty of reasons to buy a bigger home. Maybe you had a new baby or your mom’s moving in or perhaps you’ve just accumulated a lot of stuff over the years! There’s no bad reason to buy a bigger home, just un-thought-out ones. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before you upsize.

 

Contact On the Move Charlotte today to talk about your need for a bigger home. We can help walk you through it!

 

What Being Homeowners Means to Us…

houseThis weekend my husband and I spent hours doing yard work. Hours! When we were finished we were muddy and exhausted but as we sat on our porch swing (cold beer in hand!) we started talking about what a fun day it had been and how accomplished we felt looking at our handiwork in our very own front yard.

Seems our weekends nowadays are always spent doing “house stuff,” as we call it. The thing is, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

got the keys!

When Michelle and Leigh helped us buy our house last July we knew it was “the one” right away. It had the fireplace we’d wanted, a big open dining room, and a backyard that was just right. It ticked off all the boxes.

What we hadn’t counted on, though, was how quickly this house would feel like home. That fireplace was the centerpiece of this winter’s many, many snow days; the dining area played host to both our families as I hosted my very first Thanksgiving; George the dog is so attached to the backyard he doesn’t escape even when we leave the gate open.

We’ve made so many memories here already and there are so many more to come. Every weekend spent at Lowe’s buying towel racks and mulch is a labor of love and it’s been so much fun opening our home to so many guests, friends, parties, and family. Turns out walking to restaurants and shops in Plaza Midwood has become one of our favorite ways to spend an evening and our neighbors? They’re kind, welcoming, and they make really great baked goods, too.

So, what does being homeowners mean to us? It means we’ve got a place to put down roots and start our own family, one weekend at a time. We’re so thankful for this wonderful place to call home in a city that we love. Leigh and Michelle helped make that possible. What more could you ask for?

 – The Dundons

Can You Sell Your Home in 2 Days in This Market? (Answer: Yes.)

red lion 3It’s absolutely essential to put your best foot forward.

We fully intended to show off our new listing at 7013 Red Lion when it went active last week…but two days later it was under contract! It’s a fabulous house to begin with but the owners went above and beyond to make their home more marketable and the effort paid off.

Want to sell your house in a matter of days, not months? Here are a few tips from On the Move Charlotte for making the best impression right off the bat.

red lion 1Tip 1: Stage Your Home

If your home’s not currently occupied like Red Lion you should absolutely stage. Spending a little money to show potential buyers how to use the space goes a long way, particularly if you have rooms or a floor plan that are somewhat ambiguous. If your home’s already got furniture, pare it down! Think clean lines and simple, sparse stuff so buyers can see the bones of your home.

Tip 2: Select a Good Pricing Plan

All to many sellers want to put their home on the market at a price they know is likely unattainable. Their hope is that an interested buyer will “make an offer” and negotiations will ensue but in reality, an incorrect pricing structure may turn off potential buyers before they ever even get a chance to fall in love with your home. It’s crucial to listen to your broker’s advice about pricing your home – they know best what the market will bear and their end goal is the same as yours…to sell your home fast!

red lion 2Tip 3: Professional Photos Are a Must

One of the best things you can do for your home before you put it on the market is to work with your Realtor to have professional photos taken. They’ll present your home in its best light (literally and figuratively), show off the space, and generally make things look clean and organized. Your listing photos are the only first impression you’ll ever get to make!

Tip 4: Plan Thoughtfully

Before your home ever hits the market it’s important to have a plan. It all starts with finding the right listing agent then letting them take the reigns in terms of open houses, your online presences, and how showings and pricing will go. It’s important to have a plan for the long run as well as the short term and stick to it in case emotions or concerns pop up.

 

Leigh Bryant, Realtor®

 

 

Want more tips on how to sell your home quickly? Contact Leigh Bryant, listing specialist at On the Move Charlotte, to talk about your house.

Homes of the Week: Best Deals Under $200,000

242 Aylesbury Lane

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$162,000

front

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal in Charlotte than the split bedroom, open floor plan 242 Aylesbury. With a master suite, great backyard, and cul-de-sac lot, this home is perfect for families. Close to 485, the neighborhood even has tennis and walking trails!

Check out photos of 242 Aylesbury here:

Call Michelle Duyck today to schedule a showing of this home.

Homes of the Week: Best Deals Under $200,000

3201 Brixton Court

front

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$154,900

With an open floor plan, hardwood floors, and a private cul-de-sac lot, 3201 Brixton Court is one of Charlotte’s best deals! The one-story home is within walking distance to Methodist Home Park and a variety of restaurants and shops. Recently reduced price makes this house a steal!

Check out a gallery of 3201 Brixton Court below:

Call On the Move Charlotte now to schedule a viewing.