Charlotte’s New Green Condo Tower Features Recycled Everything

Charlotte NC Recycled Condo Tower

Soon to join the towering skyline in Uptown Charlotte is a new residential high-rise condo development: Verde.  Construction is underway at the corner of  Caldwell and Stonewall streets Uptown of the 100 unit all green-constructed condo development. The first of it’s kind building will feature many green features that developers hope that buyers will appreciate […]

Bye Bye Square Footage Ranges in Charlotte

sq ft range

Starting in April, the CMLS (the multiple listing service that serves Realtors® in the Charlotte region) will start displaying the reported square footage of real estate listings once again. In 2008, the sitting Board of Realtors® decided to stop displaying the actual heated square footage and move to a range as a way to lessen […]

A Pre-Listing Home Inspection Can Save Sellers Money

charlotte home inspection

Home inspections are typically performed by a home buyer after the buyer and seller have agreed on terms and the home is under contract.  However, a new trend is emerging with homeowners having their home inspected prior to the home being offered for sale and it’s one that I hope will catch on. The problem […]

New Mortgage Option for North Carolina Home Buyers

North Carolina home advantage mortgage program

On February 3, 2014, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency introduced the North Carolina Home Advantage Mortgage Program.  This new mortgage program is available to North Carolina home buyers and offers an alternative to the traditional FHA and VA options.  While the program appeals to first time home buyers, move-up and second time buyers are […]

Charlotte Home Prices Continued to Rise Even as Sales Fell in January

Charlotte NC Home Sales January 2014

Home sales in Charlotte fell slightly in January 2014, down 1.5% to 804 closed sales. Comparatively, the January 2013 Charlotte housing market had 816 sales, 32% of which were to cash buyers with no financing required (263).  Last month, cash buyers accounted for 30% of all sales (248).  Given that the number of financed transactions […]

Union County Home Buyers: Beware of the Proposed Public School Reassignments

Union County Public Schools Redistricting

One of the many reasons that home buyers choose to relocate to Union County are the public schools.  Union County Public Schools are among North Carolina’s very best with 37% of Elementary, 44% of Middle, and 46% of High Schools earning the state’s highest designation: Honor Schools of Excellence.  The remaining schools have earned the […]

Your Foggy Window Panes May Be Covered Under Warranty

fogged windows

It seems that the most common item on every home inspection report is a note about the home having “foggy windows”.  Foggy windows occur when the thermal seal in a double or triple paned window has broken, allowing the argon gas between the glass to escape and moisture to form inside.  As a result, the […]

Charlotte Home Sales Surged in December – 2013 Recap

Charlotte NC Median Home Price Chart 2013

Being a Realtor® and a real estate blogger in the late 2000′s was downright miserable.  From 2008 on, every post about real estate in the Charlotte area read something like this:  “Home sales fell…prices dropped…”  Many homeowners and prospective home buyers believed it could be at least a decade before home prices would recover, stifled by […]

Pending Home Sales in Charlotte Rose 22.5% in November

Charlotte Home Sales November 2013

Pending home sales gives us a glimpse into the future of what should be ahead for us in the coming months in Charlotte.  Year-to-Date, the number of homes that received a contract in Charlotte is up 19.4% over the same period a year ago and this November set a six year high for contracts (this […]

Are Homes Selling For Tax Value in the Charlotte Area?

Charlotte Real Estate

Search through listings of homes for sale and you will find prices for each one: listed price and tax value.  List price is the price the seller is asking for the house.  In North Carolina, tax value represents the value the home is assessed at for the purposes of paying annual property taxes.  Property taxes […]

The Charlotte Luxury Housing Report – Q3 2013

Charlotte Luxury Home Report

Charlotte’s luxury home market continued to rebound in the third quarter.  In Charlotte NC, a luxury home is defined as one that is listed for sale for $500,000 or greater.  New listings increased 41.1% and closed sales increased 37.1% to 292 for the quarter.  Year-to-Date, single family luxury home sales increased 38.1% to 772 while […]

Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR®

Real Estate Agent

Make sure you choose a REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs. 1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job. 2. What […]

Charlotte Real Estate Sales Continued to Climb in October

Charlotte Home Sales October 2013

  Home sales in Charlotte continued their climb back to pre-recession levels in October.  Compared to the year prior, 13.2% more home closed and the median home price was also up 9.7%.  While the numbers were great for the month, they were below what could have been were it not for the government shutdown. In […]

Sean Melquist Joins The Charlotte House Hunter Group


Charlotte, NC – Sean Melquist has recently joined the Charlotte House Hunter Group, part of the Keller Williams® Realty Charlotte – South Park office at 5925 Carnegie Boulevard, Suite 250, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Sean has lived in the Charlotte area for five years and has been in the real […]

The Increase of All Cash Home Sales in Charlotte

Cash home sales Charlotte NC

Four letters are starting to dominate Charlotte’s entry-level housing market: C-A-S-H.  In the first 11 months of 2013, 34% of all single family home sales priced $75,000 – $200,000 were purchased by cash buyers.  This is nearly double from the same period a year ago and 3 times as many cash sales in the previous […]

Hey FSBO! Here are 5 Mistakes That Will Prevent Your Home From Selling

Bank Owned Homes Charlotte

The changes in Charlotte’s housing market has sparked a resurgence of For Sale By Owner (FSBO) listings.  After all, the market is tight, inventory is low, why not save the 7.5% commission that a real estate broker charges.  Over the last year, my team and I have sold a few FSBO listings and negotiated countless […]

The 25 Most Expensive Homes in Eastover – Charlotte

5 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Short Sale Home

Short Sale Home

From 2008 until the fall of 2012, I was one of the leading Realtors in Charlotte listing, facilitating, and closing short sale transactions.  My attorney and I educated hundreds of local real estate agents through free workshops to help educate the others on the process and pitfalls of these type of transactions.  In the fall […]

Rent vs Buy: Charlotte 28269

rent vs buy

A few years back, I started a series looking at the cost of purchasing a home vs renting a very similar model.  Today, we’re bringing back Rent vs. Buy as a recurring weekly series on that same theme.  This week, we are looking at Rent vs. Buy in the north Charlotte neighborhood of Prosperity Ridge. […]

Another Record Month For Home Prices in Charlotte

Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

September was another remarkable month for home sales in Charlotte North Carolina.  1,053 single family, townhouses, and condos closed during the month making September the fifth best month of 2013 for real estate in the city.  The last time home sales in Charlotte exceeded 1,053 in September was all the way back in 2007. The […]

The Top 25 Most Expensive Homes For Sale in Waxhaw

Waxhaw NC Homes For Sale

Waxhaw is home to some of the most expensive luxury homes in the Charlotte area.  With its charming two-lane roads, farm fields and downtown as well as award-winning schools, it’s easy to see why so many have decided to stake their claim there. While the luxury home market in Waxhaw was hit hard during the […]

The 25 Most Expensive Homes on Lake Norman

Lake Norman Homes For Sale

Lake Norman is home to some of the most expensive and unique homes in the Charlotte area.  Here are the 25 most expensive homes currently for sale on Lake Norman.

Qualify for a $15,000 Down Payment to Purchase a Home in Charlotte

Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, along with Neighborworks America and Wells Fargo Bank, is offering home buyers an opportunity to receive $15,000 toward a down payment on the purchase of their next home.  The downpayment assistance program is eligible for repeat and first time home buyers that meet certain income restrictions and are purchasing a home in […]

As Mortgage Interest Rates Go Up, Your Buying Power Goes Down

Earnest Money

At the end of August, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released their Finance Forecast for the rest of 2013 and through 2014.  If you purchased or refinanced your home at this time last year, the interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was around 3.4%.  That means that for every $1,000 mortgaged, it only […]

How Will the Government Shutdown Affect Housing?


Just a quick note this afternoon regarding the government shutdown.  For Buyers with files currently in process and Buyers writing offers now, the major hurdle as a result of the shutdown are the IRS Transcripts.  As of now, that function of the IRS was deemed non-essential so mortgage files in underwriting awaiting an IRS transcript […]

6 Things You Must Know Before Buying a New Home

new homes charlotte nc

Homebuyers love the concept of a new home.  They love the idea of customizing a plan to their tastes and the ability to pick and choosing their home’s unique style.  If you love shopping in a mall on a weekend afternoon to expand your wardrobe, you will absolutely flip over buying a new home.  However, […]

The Rise of New Homes in Charlotte

new homes charlotte nc

In the fall of 2011, I wondered if Charlotte was heading for another next housing construction boom.  At that time, home sales were starting to increase slowly and many home builders were buying up vacant parcels of land that had been abandoned or foreclosed on during the recession.  Well, slowly but surely, the rise in […]

Top 25 Most Expensive Condos in Uptown Charlotte

The Iveys Charlotte NC

Whether it’s the breathtaking views from one of the skyscraper condo towers or a tucked-away private building on Tryon Street, Charlotte’s Uptown neighborhood boasts some of the most unique and luxurious condos found anywhere in the Southeast.  Here is just a sampling of the Top 25 Most Expensive Condos for Sale in Uptown Charlotte.

Top 25 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Ballantyne


The Ballantyne area has some of the Charlotte area’s most luxurious and, as a result, most expensive homes for sale. Here’s a look at the top 25 homes currently for sale in Charlotte’s Ballantyne area.  Here’s a complete list of all the Ballantyne area homes for sale.

Who Pays the Real Estate Closing Costs?


A few months back, a friend asked me to help assist in the purchase in his very first house.  This was a cool experience since I only work with a small number of buyers a year (I mostly represent sellers) and the house he was interested in purchasing was a For Sale By Owner or […]

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