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.

 

 

 

 

Keller Williams Southpark Outperforms the Charlotte MLS

…it really is that simple!

On the Move Charlotte’s home office, Keller Williams Southpark, has put together some startling statistics from May 2013 to May 2014. The stats really highlight some of the ways in which our (admittedly awesome!) KW office vastly outperforms the general Charlotte real estate market. Here are a few examples:

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  • In May 2014 the Charlotte MLS sold 19.5% fewer listing units than they did in May 2013.
  • During that same period, the Keller Williams Southpark office sold over 41% more listing units than they had in May 2013.
  • That’s a difference of 60.8% between the CMLS and KW Southpark.

 

  • During May 2014, the CMLS took nearly 2% fewer listings than they did during the same period in 2013.
  • Keller Williams Southpark took over 56% more listings in May 2014 than they did in May 2013.

 

Take a look at the whole chart here.

 

So, what is this data saying? It’s telling us that as a whole, the Charlotte real estate market has slowed down slightly between 2013-2014. On the other hand, our fabulous Keller Williams office has outperformed on nearly every metric: listings, closings, written listings, etc. We’re not slowing down anytime soon!

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What does that mean for you, our client? It means when you work with On the Move Charlotte you’re getting the best of the best. The numbers don’t lie! We’re part of one of Charlotte’s most productive offices and we think that’s worth considering.

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Call us today to find out more about how Keller Williams Southpark and On the Move Charlotte can help you meet your real estate goals. 

Who is the typical REALTOR?

realtorsThe average REALTOR may not be who you think.

Everybody knows a REALTOR or two (and in our case, about 5,000!) but really, who is the typical REALTOR?

You’ll probably be surprised just how diverse and varied the pool of REALTORs in the U.S. really is, and we’re so proud to be a part of this amazing industry! Remember, not every real estate agent is a REALTOR – only those who are members of the National Association of Realtors can claim the title.

Recently the NAR put together a profile of the typical REALTOR in 2013. Here are a few of the points we found the most interesting.

  • 82% of Realtors say they are very likely to stay in the field for at least 2 years
  • The typical Realtor has 12 years experience
  • Only 12% of Realtors have a real estate blog (like this one!) and 61% of Realtors are using social media
  • The typical agent closed 12 transactions in 2013, up from only 10 in 2011
  • The “average” Realtor is a 56-year old female who owns a home (57% are female)
  • 78% of Realtors say real estate is their only occupation
  • Realtors reported earning 21% of their business from repeat clients and 21% from referrals
  • Vehicle expenses are the #1 reported expense of Realtors
  • 86% of Realtors own their own residence

There you have it! That’s what your typical real estate agent looks like, in a nutshell, and some of those numbers might surprise you. Our biggest takeaways?

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Realtors are feeling optimistic about the industry, more so than at any point in the last two years.

 

Social media and real estate content are upward marketing trends in the industry because they help sell houses.

 

Owning is a better investment than renting, as 86% of Realtors can vouch for.

What surprised you about these stats?

It’s Time You Downloaded the My Keller Williams App!

Our happiest clients tell us they’ve been using the My Keller Williams App for months, and we can’t blame them!

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It’s hyper-local to the Charlotte market and in fact, your app can be totally customized to your home search. And yes, we know, you’ve already got the Zillow app on your phone….but when you’re ready to get serious about home shopping or selling, you need an app that’s instantly updated with pertinent, up-to-date market info. This is it!

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So, what’s so great about the Android/iOS compatible KW app?

Here are a few of the ways you can use it to up your home-search game:

  • Instantly connect with a member of the On the Move Charlotte team
  • See open houses and rental properties available
  • Use a free mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payments
  • Mark your favorite homes, make notes, and share them with your contacts

Click here to download the KW app or simply send a text that says “KW” to 87778 to try it yourself!

 

 

Another Great “Keller Williams Family Reunion” Trip in the Books!

Tired but having a blast!

Tired but having a blast!

What a whirlwind!

We (Leigh and Michelle) just got back from another successful trip to Keller Williams’ annual “Family Reunion” event, this year held in Phoenix, AZ. Every year the sessions and events get better and better and this year it was sold out early with over 10,000 thousand associates in attendance. It’s always fun to see old friends from around the country and we always learn lots of new things we can bring back to our own clients in Charlotte.

 

Here’s a quick rundown of the week’s highlights to catch you up!

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We learned that:

  • In 2013, Keller Williams added 15,000 associates. That’s astounding!
  • Sales volume was up over 30% last year within KW – to $158 billion!
  • There were KW reps from 24 countries in attendance and a new Dubai office was announced
  • In 2013, KW Cares gave associates and their families over $2.5 million in assistance, helping with everything from health-related costs to natural disasters.

 

Gary KellerWe sat in on a variety of classes and sessions designed to shore-up our industry skills. There were tons of interesting topics covered (we loved the tips on maximizing online exposure) and classes were either buyer- or listing-focused. We learned some W.O.W. customer service tips to keep our clients smiling and great thoughts on creating listings that stand out in a crowd. We’re really, really excited to implement everything we’ve learned and hit the ground running this spring with renewed focus and energy!

As Gary Keller says, “The most entrepreneurial people often first show up as troublemakers.”

 

One of our favorite things about working at KW is the company’s dedication to giving back.

This year’s event ended with an “Inspirational Brunch” featuring several amazing people:

Tim Harris and Mo at the Inspirational Brunch

Tim Harris and Mo at the Inspirational Brunch

“[KW] welcomed brothers Titus and Tobias Bass, accompanied by their mother Contessa. 11-year-old Tobias has made it his mission to push, pull and swim his older brother, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, through an Ironman Competition. We were all so moved by this young boy’s drive and determination, many made donations on site to Tobias’ cause to help him purchase the equipment needed for this race as well as potentially start a college fund for the bright young man.”

Click here for a video of the Bass brothers’ amazing story.
Also included were appearances by Gerry Nicks, a CA KW associate who’s KW training helped his paralyzed daughter afford life-changing treatment, and Tim Harris, owner of “Tim’s Place” restaurant and sufferer of down syndrome. It was truly an uplifting morning!

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All in all it was an amazing, exhausting, exhilarating few days but we’re glad to be home to our families and our Charlotte clients. That being said, we’re already counting down the days until next year’s Family Reunion in Orlando!

Things always get a little crazy at #KWFR!

Things always get a little crazy at #KWFR!

Are Union County Schools on the Verge of Redistricting?

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Union County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.

Just southeast of Charlotte, Union County has what are arguably the best public schools in the state which is much of the reason so many parents and families are flocking to the area and over 20 schools have been built since 2000 to accommodate for the growth. Unfortunately, all these new students mean big problems for the Union County school district.

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Made up of over 50 lower, middle, and high schools, Union County’s demographic growth is expected to be at least 15% between 2010-2020. For some schools in the area like much-talked-about Kensington Elementary school, growth could be closer to 70%. Kensington, built less than nine years ago, is already at about 125% of capacity and has several “mobile” classrooms. Many parents are calling it the most obvious example of the districting issues in the county.

The problem is, growth within Union County has been anything but uniform and some schools are as under crowded as others are overcrowded. The Union County school board is considering a plan that would move about 6,000 students around within the district leaving many local families more than a little upset. Although provisions in the plan call for leaving high school seniors in place, some parents say the plan is “unfair”, is going to “rip friend groups apart,” and “unfairly sending high-performing students to lower performing schools.”

union county redistrictingThe plan is particularly troubling because it affects so many of the district’s schools. Real estate values are part of the panic: homeowners whose homes feed into “better” schools are worried what might happen if redistricting changes their designation. Parents have been extremely vocal at recent public council meetings and the district promises at least one more public forum before deciding on a course of action. There are currently over 10,000 signatures on a Change.org petition to stop the redistricting of all Union County public schools.

Final plans are expected to be drawn up to deal with the overcrowding by around late April.

 

Want to know more about Union County homes and schools? Call On the Move Charlotte today to find out more.

On the Move Charlotte is Excited to Welcome Mary Sessoms to the Team!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Mary Sessoms to the On the Move Charlotte Team!

Mary SessomsMary’s primary role will be Lead Buyer’s Specialist where she’ll focus on helping our house-hunting clients find the perfect home for their needs. She looks at real estate not only as a career but as an opportunity to impact the lives of her clients, an attitude that fits right in with the rest of our agents.

Mary is known for her friendly demeanor, easy-going attitude, cooperative spirit, and tireless work ethic. Don’t be fooled by that beaming smile, however…her tenacity, intense loyalty, and keen negotiating skills make her an asset for any Charlotte buyer! She loves nothing more than helping individuals find the perfect home then ensuring they understand the buying process every step of the way.

As a native North Carolinian and UNC Chapel Hill graduate, Mary knows the Charlotte area well. She loves spending her free time with her husband Jess, their two children, and their two dogs as well as giving back locally within her church and at her childrens’ schools. A particularly fun fact about Mary is that before she got into real estate she worked for Southern Living Magazine – she’s got a great eye for design and can’t wait to help her buyers decorate after they’re all moved in!

This exciting new growth means On the Move Charlotte can continue to keep customer service our #1 priority…it’s critically important to us that all our clients are taken care of! When we say we’re your “real estate concierge”, we mean it. And as for the rest of the team, Michelle Duyck is thrilled to transition to the role of Listing Specialist while Leigh Bryant grows her role as Team Leader/Listing Specialist and Kathy Freundt continues to provide administrative support. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Mary on board!

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Are you considering buying a home, town home, or condo in the greater Charlotte area?

 

Contact Mary Sessoms at On the Move Charlotte to find out how she can help get you into the home of your dreams!

Keller Williams SouthPark Wins Award for Being the 6th Best Place to Work in Charlotte!

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We already knew KW SouthPark was a great place to work.

Now everyone else does, too!

The Charlotte Business Journal recently honored Keller Williams SouthPark as well as a list of other Charlotte companies at a sold-out event. KW SouthPark is proud to be one of only two real estate firms to make the list!

Keller Williams SouthPark was ranked the #6 best place to work in Charlotte among medium-sized companies based on employee surveys and comments.

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In their words…

“The Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards program recognizes outstanding companies whose benefits, policies and practices are among the best in the region.”

 

To find out more about careers at Keller Williams SouthPark, click here.

 

 

Reasons to Love Fall in The Queen City

Charlotte is a great place to be all year round, but fall is a particularly fabulous season to frolic in this part of NC.

 

From the chill in the morning air to the smell of Pumpkin Spice lattes, fall is just around the corner. Here are a few of On the Move Charlotte’s favorite things about autumn in the Queen City!

 

 

festival in the parkFestivals About Town

Charlotte has a ton of wonderful festivals to attend in fall:

Festival in the Park: September 20-22nd, Freedom Park
Charlotte Oktoberfest: September 28, NC Music Factory
Blues and Jazz Festival: October 3rd, Rock Hill, SC

Concerts This Fall

Lots of places in town hold fall concert series and special one-time concerts:

RiverJam Concert Series Fall Finale: October 12th, US National Whitewater Center
UNC Charlotte Fall Concert Series: Beginning September 28th

haunted millHalloween!

Halloween in Charlotte is a big occasion. Here are a few of the biggest events!

The Haunted Mill: This terrifying haunted house is open now through early November
Queen City Ghost Tours: October 20-31st in Uptown
Scarowinds: Carowinds theme park’s annual Halloween extravaganza runs through the end of October

maize mazeFamily Activities

There are lots of ways Charlotte encourages family time in fall…

Maize Maze: This massive corn maze is open now through November 2nd
Fall Butterflies at the Charlotte Nature Museum: Now through the end of fall
Pumpkin Patches: There are many patches in CLT open until early November

Races and Runs

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People in Charlotte are all about healthy outdoor activities. Here are a few of the largest runs and races in town:

Dirty Dozen Trail Race: October 12th, US National White Water Center
Rocktoberfest Half-Marathon: October 12th, Uptown
Pajama Run: November 2nd, Promenade at Providence
Thunder Road Marathon: November 16th, all over town

 

Fall is also a great time to check out open houses and make an appointment to see homes you’re interested in.

Call On the Move Charlotte today to talk about your options for buying or selling a home this fall!