Spring is Springing! FOUR Amazing Opens this Weekend

Could this warm weather be any more welcome?

We don’t know about y’all but this has felt like the longest winter in history. Why not come celebrate the beginning of SPRING with us this weekend at one of our four amazing open houses? This list has something for everyone and we recommend starting your search now before the spring/summer market really becomes hectic. Click any of the addresses below for a video tour!

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10422 Woodview Circle

Saturday, March 21st from 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, March 22nd from 2pm – 4pm
$359,900  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.

Almost an acre of land!
Huge master suite
Tons of storage
Big backyard

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824 Cerretto Court

Saturday, March 21st from 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, March 22nd from 2pm – 4pm
$329,900  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.

Master on main
Private enclosed patio
Office/den space and loft area
Walk-in attic storage

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6611 Old Providence Road

Saturday, March 21st from 2pm – 4pm
$225,000  2BR/2.5BA

This two-story home has a fantastic location and access to some really great schools. Upgrades like hardwood floors in all living areas and a fabulous loft make it super liveable and ready for your personal touches! At this price and in this area, this house won’t last long so come check it out for yourself this Saturday.

Four season porch and wrap-around deck
Stainless steel appliances
Newer roof and HVAC
Tons of storage space

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8412 Ramath Drive

Saturday, March 21st from 2pm – 4pm
$97,500  3BR/2.5BA

A Stonehaven townhome for less than $100k? Believe it! With tons of room – over 1500 sq. ft. of living space – and beautiful upgrades, you have to see this one for yourself. It’s bright and open and there’s even a main-level bedroom for convenience. If you’re looking for a huge townhome with little maintenance, this is it.

Updated flooring
Private patio and storage
Vaulted ceilings
Active community with a pool!

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

704.516.3318

14 Things You Should Always Tell Your Agent

Hiring a real estate agent is a big decision.

We’ve talked before about why you need a real estate agent and given you plenty of advice about how to choose the right agent, when to sell/buy, and what the Charlotte market is like. Once you pick an agent, though, what should you discuss? Here are 14 things you should always, always tell your real estate agent whether you’re a seller or a buyer.

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  1. Be upfront about whether or not you’re planning to update any aspect of your home. Adding a porch? Fixing the gutters? Having the fireplace serviced next week? Tell your Realtor.
  2. Tell your Realtor why you want to buy or sell. Need more space? Downsizing after the kids left the nest? They need to know these things to serve you well.
  3. Are you just starting to look for homes or have you been looking for a while? How many houses have you been shown…and are you under contract with another Realtor?exhausted
  4. Likewise, sellers should disclose whether or not the home’s been listed recently (as in, anytime in the last year) and what happened. If you couldn’t get any interest, say so.
  5. Tell your agent your concerns about the area. Are you worried about the new middle school going in, or have you noticed neighbors’ homes selling for less than usual?
  6. Your agent should know about your past experience with Realtors. If you prefer to work with a team rather than a single agent, say so. If you’ve only had negative Realtor experiences, tell them why.
  7. Along the same vein, tell your agent if you have a preferred method of communication. Hate checking voicemails but read your email constantly? Let them know how best to get in touch with you.
  8. Similarly, be upfront about how often you want to stay in communication. Some clients like weekly check-ins…some prefer only to be bothered when there’s news to share.
  9. Talk to your agent about your dealbreakers, buying or selling. As a seller, do you have a bottom-line price? As a buyer, would you never consider a single-story home or a house with a pool?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  10. Your agent should know what you expect from them. If you chose them because you liked the way they marketed listings via Facebook, tell them that’s important to you.
  11. Be honest about marketing hurdles they may face. If you’re absolutely opposed to having an open house be upfront about it. If your neighborhood has outlawed For Sale signs they need to know that, too.
  12. Tell them what your #1 priority is when it comes to your transaction. Do you need to be in a new house within the month? Or is it imperative you get a certain price for your home to satisfy your mortgage debt? Knowing where they have wiggle room gives agents room to work for you.
  13. Be clear about whether you’re interviewing other Realtors, and also talk about how you plan to make your decision.
  14. Talk to your agent about mortgage issues you’re facing. If you’ve been denied pre-approval, they should know that (and they also may have some resources available to help you navigate the current problems.)

 

All real estate agents are not created equal. Every great client/Realtor relationship begins with dialogue and it’s as important for you to be as upfront and honest as you expect your agent to be. Good agents will use your honesty to more effectively, efficiently market your home.

Want to talk to a great agent about buying or selling your Charlotte home? Call us now.

 

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Snow What? FOUR Great Open Houses this Weekend!

Y’all, we know. It’s been a rough weather week.

Can you imagine anything more fun than spending the weekend finally finding your dream home? We’ve got you covered! Whether you’ve been looking for a mid-century modern in south Charlotte or a spacious family home in Matthews, your new house may be one of these gems. Come see them for yourself this Saturday and Sunday!

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10422 Woodview Circle

Sunday, March 1st from 1pm – 3pm
$369,900  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. If you’ve been looking for a big master suite, tons of storage, and a great big backyard, this is your home!
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Saturday, February 28th – 1pm – 3pm
– JUST REDUCED! –
$245,000  4BR/2.5BA

This Stonehaven gem has lots of room to spread out and tons of upgrades. Upstairs and downstairs hardwoods, triple-pane windows, and a new HVAC and water heater upstairs mean it’s low maintenance! Gorgeous kitchen with eat-in breakfast area and a generously-sized master with walk-in closet – plus a quiet location in a cul-de-sac…what more could you want?

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7101 Terrace Drive

Saturday, February 28th – 11am – 1pm
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Sunday, March 1st – 2pm – 5pm
– NEW TO MARKET! –
$364,900  4BR/2.5BA

Located in Stonehaven, this mid-century modern was architect-design and Thomasson-built. Beautifully maintained: includes everything from gorgeous hardwood floors to Ceasarstone kitchen countertops and a glass refrigerator door! With a half-acre lot and a multi-tiered deck this home is perfect for entertaining. Come see it before it’s gone!

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11510 Chestnut Hill Drive

Saturday, February 28th – 2pm – 5pm
– NEW TO MARKET! –
$445,000  4BR/2.5BA

Need space? Here it is! In addition to four nice-sized bedrooms this Matthews home has a bonus room and a second great room for entertaining. Granite, hardwoods, his-and-hers closets, and a butler’s pantry are just a few of the fabulous inside features – but wait til you see this yard! It features a multi-level deck and a koi pond with waterfall feature. See this one to believe it.

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

704.516.3318

This Month in Real Estate: February 2015

Wondering what’s going on in the real estate market right now?

The folks at Keller Williams have just released a video full of stats and facts about the real estate market in February 2015. As always, call us if you have questions about what this means for your purchase or sale!

We’re always happy to hear from you.

How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

A mortgage is a big commitment.

It’s likely one of, if not the, biggest investment you’ll ever make in your life but that doesn’t mean it has to weigh you down for decades to come. As long as your mortgage doesn’t have stipulations for an early pay-off penalty (and in some cases, even if it does) you could save yourself tens of thousands of dollars in interest by doing your best to make more payments.

Check this graphic out:

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Well…that sounds doable! We’re all about helping our clients save money everywhere they can. Call us today to talk about your best strategy for mortgaging your new home.

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.

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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!
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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.

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

704.516.3318

3 Stonehaven Open Houses This Weekend!

Time to get house shopping again!

Between the holidays and family and the kids being out of school, a lot of people may have put their home search on the backburner the last few weeks. Well Charlotte’s market hasn’t stopped moving and it’s time to get back out there and find your dream home…before someone else does! Why not come visit us at one of our 3 amazing open houses in Stonehaven this weekend, January 10-11th?

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Saturday, January 10th
2:00pm-4:00pm
– JUST REDUCED! –
$250,000  4BR/2.5BA

This Stonehaven gem has lots of room to spread out and tons of upgrades. Upstairs and downstairs hardwoods, triple-pane windows, and a new HVAC and water heater upstairs mean it’s low maintenance! Gorgeous kitchen with eat-in breakfast area and a generously-sized master with walk-in closet – plus a quiet location in a cul-de-sac…what more could you want?
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6324 Rocky Falls Road

Sunday, January 11th
2:00pm-4:00pm
– RECENT PRICE REDUCTION! –
$289,000  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.

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6201 Glenridge Road

Saturday, January 10th
AND Sunday, January 11th
2:00pm-4:00pm (both days)
$287,000  3BR/2.5BA

Mid-century moderns don’t come around too often in Stonehaven so when they do, they go fast. This large home has multiple living areas and lots of recent upgrades like new granite, paint, and ceramic tile floors. Nestled among mature trees on a very mature lot, this home is your oasis!

Got questions?
Give us a call!

704.516.3318

This Month in Real Estate: December 2014

A recap of the December 2014 real estate market from the Keller Williams team.

If you have questions about what these numbers mean for you and your home, call On the Move Charlotte today!
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You Need to Know About These Common Neighborhood Restrictions

What exactly is a neighborhood restriction? What about “CC&Rs?” And covenants?

We know, it can be confusing. In general, all these terms are used to describe rules and regulations set forth for the residents of a community by a board or HOA; the community can be a condo complex, a planned development, or an un-gated neighborhood.

A quick primer on the different kinds of regulations

Deed restrictions are the most legally binding set of rules for your property. They can cover everything from the size of property you can build to the paint color of your fence and are a written condition of your deed when you purchase the house or property.

CC&R stands for “Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions.” They’re the next most formal, permanent type of restrictions that can be applied to your land and home and are always in writing. They’re established by an HOA or a neighborhood board/association and can be amended with a neighborhood vote, which typically must be unanimous. Usually CC&Rs don’t change very often.

Rules (or ‘restrictions’) are more fluid. Rules for a neighborhood or condo/townhome development can change annually based on a simple board vote. They can even change based on the hire of a new property management company. In general, rules are not as enforceable as CC&Rs or deed restrictions and though they should be taken seriously should not greatly alter your quality of life.

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What does all this mean for home buyers?

If you’re currently on the market for a home you and your Realtor should pay close attention to any deed restrictions and/or CC&Rs that come with any particular property. CC&R documents can be long and tedious but just one page can contain a single clause that prevents you from using your property they way you’re planning. It’s important to know exactly what these documents say and give you permission to do before you buy a home as you waive your rights to appeal once you knowingly buy.

Deed restrictions are very general and usually don’t pertain as much to aesthetics as they do to land use, size, and easements. CC&Rs, however, can greatly alter the way you use your home. Here are a few common examples of CC&Rs to keep an eye out for:

  • General maintenance rules may require you mow your lawn regularly, keep shrubs off the sidewalk, or avoid building a front-yard fence. You could be fined or even evicted if you don’t follow these restrictions.
  • View obstruction is common where applicable. Since CC&Rs exist for the purpose of ensuring the whole neighborhood stays content, you may not be allowed to build anything (a wall, a shed, a garage) that obstructs your neighbors’ view.
  • Pets are a common concern. Some CC&Rs limit the number of pets you may have and also the type. If you’ve always dreamed of having a backyard chicken coop you should check the documents carefully before you buy.
  • Business and zoning conditions are also common to prevent homeowners from turning the neighborhood into a retail center. Even if you don’t plan on starting a home daycare in your house you need to know what the restrictions say in case your neighbor does.
  • Architectural review is also a consideration you should keep in mind if you’re considering remodeling in the future. The HOA may have the ability to veto your added second-story or to tell you your shutters don’t match the character of the neighborhood.

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Still have questions?

If you’re considering buying a property in a neighborhood, planned community, or townhome development it’s particularly important to work with a Realtor who can help you navigate any rules and restrictions. Buying a property is a big decision and at the very least you should be aware of exactly what you’re buying into!

Call On the Move Charlotte for more info on common Charlotte area deed restrictions, CC&Rs, and rules.