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Spring Selling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Everyone knows Spring is the “best” time to sell a home.

spring houseWell, statistics actually vary from place to place but in Charlotte the spring selling season tends to be the most active and houses generally get snapped up more quickly than in other seasons. But just because spring is a good time to sell doesn’t mean there aren’t mistakes to be made. Don’t be the kind of seller that overestimates the selling power of the season and inadvertently talks yourself out of a sale.

Here are a few of the most common mistakes spring sellers make. Avoid them when you can.

Banking on the “Spring” Push

Yes, spring is generally a good time to be a seller! But if you live in one of Charlotte’s popular neighborhoods like Dilworth or Plaza Midwood you know that homes haven’t lasted long on the market for months now. In fact, bidding wars are breaking out all across town and have been since back in 2014 because inventory has been historically low. Since so many sellers wait until spring to put their homes on the market you may actually be competing with more homes now, not less…that means your dream of an overnight, all-cash, full ask offer may be out of touch with reality.

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Refusing an Open House

Open houses are one of the best things you can do to get your home sold quickly. Spring is actually one of the best times of year to hold open houses since the weather’s nice and your home’s likely to get better light. Don’t forget to consider “off” days like Saturdays or even weeknights (thanks, daylight savings time!) that might lure buyers who otherwise wouldn’t visit open houses. Foot traffic is essential to selling your home fast and for a great price so it’s important to have an open mind.

Putting Off Repairs

Another side effect of a low-inventory market is that all too many sellers leave small fixes on the table for buyers to deal with. One or two tiny home repairs usually aren’t a big deal but given the choice between a move-in-ready home and one that needs a little TLC, most buyers will take the home that’s good to go, even if it costs a bit more. NAR put out a useful fact sheet on cost vs. resale statistics last year that’s a worthwhile read if you’re selling and trying to decide how much time and money to put in. Don’t let your rush to get your home on the market “in spring” leave you listing it before it’s ready.

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Overpricing

Always a peril for sellers, overpricing can be particularly tempting in the spring season when homes are “flying off the market.” Don’t get greedy with your asking price lest you risk alienating buyers who look at a house once then immediately discount it or consider it. You don’t want to be the only house in your neighborhood that’s reducing, reducing, reducing…listen to your agent’s advice on pricing to get offers on your home within the first few weeks. They know what they’re talking about!

 

Thinking of listing your home this spring?
Give us a call to talk about the benefits and drawbacks to selling your Charlotte home right now and get more info on pricing, timeline, and why you need a great real estate agent. We’re always ready to chat!

 

 

Charlotte’s Best Spring Events

spring cltIs there any better time to live in Charlotte than the Spring?

(Answer: Nope!)

The azaleas are blooming, the birds are chirping, and after such a bad winter we’re already starting to see people out and about in droves the second the temperature hits 60. Many of the Queen City’s best events are held in the springtime thanks to the beautiful weather and extra hours of daylight. Here are just a few of our favorite.

kings drive arts walkKings Drive Arts Walk

An offshoot of Freedom Park’s Fall Festival, the Kings Drive Art Walk will be held on April 26th at 10:00am. Attendees will find local art, food, and performances all along the Greenway, one of Charlotte’s coolest outdoor features. Other spring arts festivals will be taking place over the next few months, too, including the Spring into Arts Festival in Concord (May 3rd) and the Arts in the Garden Tour at the Mint Museum (April 26th).

fort mill strawberry festivalSouth Carolina Strawberry Festival

For years, Fort Mill’s been hosting one of the premier strawberry festivals in the country. This year’s South Carolina Strawberry Festival will be held on May 2nd and 3rd and includes all kinds of fun family-friendly events. There are always a few great musical acts and, of course, all the strawberries you can eat. The Charlotte area grows some great produce, that’s for sure!

knightsSports!

We are SO excited to take in a Knights game at the brand new BB&T Ballpark in Uptown! Opening day is April 11th but there are games scheduled all throughout the spring. Charlotte’s very own Lacrosse team, the Hounds, play in Midtown all spring, too, and their games are inexpensive and highly enjoyable. Of course, you could play sports rather than watch them at one of the city’s many public parks. Tennis, golf, and volleyball are all popular around town this time of year.

freemorewest 5kFreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway

If you haven’t heard of FreeMoreWest yet, you will. It’s the combined neighborhood identity of Freedom/Morehead/West End and the area’s hosting it’s own FreeMoreWest 5K this year right on the Greenway on April 18th. There are tons of races going on in and around Charlotte this spring including the CPCC Skyline Run, the Memorial Day Trail Race at the USNWWC, and the ever-popular charity event Race to the Top where hundreds climb Duke Energy’s 50 first floors.

downtownOf course, there are plenty of individual things to get into here in Charlotte at any time:

  • Go for a a long walk through Dilworth, Elizabeth, or Myers Park to look at the beautiful trees in bloom
  • Head Uptown for an outdoor concert at the green
  • Drive to nearby King’s Mountain for a hike
  • Rent a boat for the afternoon at Lake Norman or Lake Wylie
  • Play a round of golf at one of Charlotte dozens of fantastic courses

There’s really nothing not to love about Charlotte this time of year. We’re sure your neighborhood’s got its own fun springtime activities…tell us what we missed in the comments below!

 

 

Thinking of Selling? You’re Not Alone.

Who’s thinking about selling their home?
Everyone.

Well, not everyone, but our friends at Fairway Mortgage passed along a recent Lending Tree survey that showed some surprising data.

They found that 71% of people who took the survey were considering selling their home in 2014.
That’s more than 2 out of every 3 homeowners.

Other statistics support an upswing for sellers, too…January’s new home sales hit a five-year high and existing home sales numbers are up, too. What does it all mean? Now is the time to sell. As the market sees more and more homes for sale, sellers will enjoy less benefits from a low inventory market. Essentially, the longer you wait to sell your home, the more competition you’re likely to have.

springIf you’re considering selling your home, don’t wait. Spring is the BEST time to sell your home (Did you know that over 60% of all moves take place during the summer?) Tax refund checks spur home buyers and many families hope to relocate while the kids are out of school to avoid disruption.

When you’re ready to talk more about what it means to sell your home, call Charlotte’s listing specialists, Leigh Bryant and Michelle Duyck.

 

 

Charlotte’s Best Spring and Summer Festivals

“Charlotte’s Got a Lot,” that much is for certain. One of the reasons residents and visitors from all over North Carolina love spring in Charlotte is the plethora of fun, family-friendly festivals the city has to offer this time of year. Between May and September, Charlotte, NC comes alive with events.

Check out On the Move Charlotte’s list of the city’s best spring and summer festivals and get them on your calendar today!

 

Charlotte Fair
May 3rd-12th  various times
Metrolina Expo Center

Charlotte’s Fair rivals any state fair in the nation (well, almost) and comes complete with games, rides, and all the funnel cakes you can eat! This classic American fair is a perfect family spot and ticket prices vary depending on the activities you choose. Between all the stuffed animals you can win and the 5th time on the merry-go-round, you’re going to fall in love with Charlotte here.

 

Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival
May 4th   all day
Ramsey Creek Park

Charlotte’s biggest Asian festival also includes a dragon boat race…how neat is that? Ramsey Creek is the perfect place to bring the family and take in some Asian culture. From music to food to historical dragon boat racing, the Asian festival is fun for all ages.

 

Carolina Claymatters Pottery Festival
May 11th  10;00am-4:00pm
McAlpine Creek Park (Dairy Barn)

Over 45 claymakers and potters will be in attendance at this year’s claymatters festival. It’s the perfect place to find some totally unique Carolina crafts you can’t get anywhere else.

 

Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival
May 11th  two sessions
Symphony Park, Southpark

If pottery isn’t what you had in mind, head over to gorgeous Symphony Park to try some of the area’s best beer, bourbon and of course, barbecue. Expect to wait in line a bit but know you’ll get to sample some of Charlotte’s most unique culinary offerings – washed down by stout bourbon, of course.

 

Family Festival at Historic Rosedale Plantation
May 18th   11:00am-6:00pm
Rosedale Plantation

Rosedale is one of Charlotte’s best kept antebellum homes and offers historical lessons complete with character dress all throughout the year! The spring is when the plantation really puts on a show, however, offering arts festivals and their big event, the Family Festival. Crafts, music and food will all be available to families with kids.

 

Food Lion Speed Street
May 23-25th  12:00pm-11:00pm
Uptown Charlotte

Speed Street is a Charlotte tradition! Uptown closes off many of its busiest streets for an urban festival – food trucks, vendors, and of course, live music. Speed Street leads up to the Coca Cola 600, the largest NASCAR race in Charlotte, and this year’s headliners include 90’s favorite Sister Hazel.

 

Taste of Charlotte
June 7-9th  various times
Uptown Charlotte

Taste of Charlotte has become one of the area’s preiminent food festivals. It’s a great place to sample some of Charlotte’s best restaurants and take in some music and games as well. Kids are welcome and the event goes on all weekend so it’s a perfect pit stop for lunch or dinner. Price is determined by coins purchased.

 

Summer Love Music Festival
August 10th   1:00pm-10:00pm
Area Fifteen

Summer Love Music Fest is a locally-sponsored music gathering featuring a host of local artists. Live music as well as art will be on display. Admission is $15 and goes to support local arts and musicians.

 

Yiasou Greek Festival
September 13-16th  various times
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Charlotte’s biggest and best Greek festival is held the second week of September each year. Expect delicious Greek food (Spanakopita! Feta!) along with traditional Greek dancing and crafts. This festival is 100% family friendly.

 

Festival in the Park
September 20-22nd  various times
Freedom Park

One of Charlotte’s oldest events, Festival in the Park is the biggest event held in Freedom Park each year. Dilworth’s crowning jewel comes alive with music, craft vendors, artists, and all kinds of food. Bring the dogs and the kids and check out this year’s offerings.

 

Which of Charlotte’s spring festivals are you most looking forward to?

 

 

Open House Sunday: Gorgeous Brick Ranch AND a Giveaway!

What’s better than finding your dream property during an open house? Receiving a Spring Goody Bag just for showing up!

 

Sunday, April 14th from 2:00-4:00pm, On the Move Charlotte’s newest team member Michelle Duyck is hosing an Open House in the Stonehaven Neighborhood. And the first 12 families to attend will walk away with a special gift just for touring the property!

Located in South Charlotte, 7328 Easen Court is totally updated, beautifully appointed, and competitively priced. The home has 4 bedrooms (including a master suite), 3 bathrooms, an office-wired garage, and a stunning backyard. Not only is the home’s deck large enough for hosting, the house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac which makes the property perfect for families.


Visit 7328 Easen Court this Sunday from 2-4pm. Call or email Michelle Duyck with On the Move Charlotte if you have questions about this home or other properties in Charlotte.

Is This the Best Backyard in Charlotte?

Spring weather has officially arrived in Charlotte! All over town, from Dilworth to Stonehaven, families are walking, jogging, and hosting backyard barbecues…is your backyard party-ready or is it time for an upgrade?

 

It’s been a long time since On the Move Charlotte has seen a backyard quite as special as 3511 Providence Manor Road. Recently featured in SouthPark Magazine, this gorgeous 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom property has an exterior that has to be seen to be believed.

Sitting on almost an acre of fenced-in property, 3511 Providence Manor has an award-winning screened in porch, a massive stone patio, and plenty of grass for the pets and kids to play. What better place to entertain this season?

In addition to the home’s fabulous outdoor amenities, 3511 Providence Manor has a totally updated kitchen, built-in bookcases, huge bedrooms, and even dual staircases! This is a home to build a life in with plenty of room for a growing family.

To tour 3511 Providence Manor Road or find out more about this completely unique South Charlotte property, contact Leigh Bryant at On the Move Charlotte today.