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Charlotte Was Just Ranked As One of America’s Best Cities To Live In

Here is an article I came across on CharlotteStories that listed the best cities in America to live in today.  Out of 49 others, Charlotte is the only major city that was included. If you need more proof why, keep on reading.

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The Queen City was just ranked on 24/7 Wall St.’s list of 50 best cities to live in.

We were officially ranked as the 26th best city in America, but given the fact that we are the only major city featured on the list, you could say that we’re ranked as the #1 best major city in America (most cities on the list have a population of under 100,000 – the only other large cities were #30 Lexington, KY and #10 Raleigh, NC)

According to the official report, “24/7 Wall St. considered roughly 590 cities the U.S. Census Bureau reported as having populations of more than 65,000 in 2016. Only the top performing city in each county was considered in our ranking. Data were collected in nine major categories: crime, demography, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure.”

The Top 5 on the list include three small cities from Colorado, one from Georgia and one from Indiana, all will populations of less than 120,000.

Here’s what they had to say about the #26 city, Charlotte, NC:

“> Population: 842,029

> Median home value: $201,500

> Poverty rate: 13.4%

> Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 44.1% (top 25%)

Charlotte is one of two cities in North Carolina with populations expanding at a near nation-leading pace and are among the 50 best places to live. Charlotte’s population increased by 24.7% over the past 10 years, more than three times the U.S. growth rate and the most of any city in North Carolina other than Raleigh or Cary.

Charlotte’s rapid growth is largely supported by a prosperous economy. North Carolina was one of the first states to allow banks to operate multiple branches within a single state, a regulation that led to banks rapidly expanding throughout Charlotte and the surrounding region. Today, Charlotte is home to the headquarters of Bank of America and the East Coast operations of Wells Fargo. Financial services is one of many sectors leading employment growth in the city, which was more than double the U.S. employment growth rate from 2014 to 2016. Charlotte is also home to numerous entertainment amenities including an NFL team, an NBA team, and the Carowinds amusement park.”

To read more about Charlotte, go here: Charlotte Ranked One of America’s Best Cities to Live In

North Carolina Ranked Among The Top States for Economic Growth

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Why move to North Carolina?

Are you considering a move to the Old North State? If you are, you will certainly want to push through with that plan after hearing the great news from wallethub.com.
Wallethub is a financial site, and this year, it released a list of 2017’s Best and Worst State Economies. It ranked North Carolina as the 15th best economy among 50 states and 1 district in the country.
27 key indicators of economic performance and strength, ranging from GDP growth to start up activity to jobs in high-tech industries were used by a panel of researches.

North Carolina’s specific standings

North Carolina ranked 24th in economic activity, 11th for economic health and 12th for innovation potential.
What do all these statistics mean?
It reflects North Carolina’s current economy is in good shape and is continually growing.
Here are some reasons why you should move to (or stay)in North Carolina.

  1. Plenty of job opportunities. A growing economy means more job opportunities and this is certainly true in the Tar Heel State.

It is home to three major research universities in the cities of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill and often referred to as Research Triangle Park.
With 200 businesses and more than 50,000 employees, many young professionals are flocking to the Park.
If that’s not enough, its largest city, Charlotte, is the third largest banking center in the US. North Carolina employs thousands in the financial services’ industry and will continue to do so.

  1. An outdoor paradise. If you are a nature lover, North Carolina is your niche.

This state offers plenty of gorgeous beaches and stunning mountains.
Because this state is a nature wonderland, there are many outdoor recreational activities you can enjoy.
No matter what the season is, you’ll love it in North Carolina.

  1. Excellent educational system. This state is home to some of the best public and private schools in US.

Duke is one of the five premier universities in the country.
Aside from universities, North Carolina is also known for its great K-12 educational programs.
If you have children, you’ll find many schools in NC rank nationally.

  1. Rich in arts and culture. This state boasts of its diverse arts and culture.

Wherever you go, you’ll find evidences of its rich history.
Craft festivals, music, and art are celebrated and enjoyed in North Carolina. Southern manners include polite speech, and of course, the popular “y’all”.

  1. Food. Southern food is perhaps one of the best-loved American dishes.

In North Carolina, barbecue is served many different ways.
You can also find a diversity of restaurants which serve international cuisines.
From German cuisine to sushi bars to the best barbecues, you’ll find the right dining spot for your taste.
You get to enjoy all the amenities stated above when you move to North Carolina.
I did! I have been living in North Carolina for more than  20 years now. I love its beautiful weather, vibrant lifestyle, booming economy and warming welcome.
Are you looking for a new home? Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. I would love to help you and your family find the best home.

Which Home Remodeling Projects Have the Best Returns?

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Are you thinking of doing home improvement projects to add value to your home?

Renovating and improving your home can be an excellent way to give it a makeover. A few upgrades can also increase your chances when you want or need to sell your Charlotte NC home.

However, not all home improvements will reward you when the time comes to sell. Some will increase the value of your home, and some will actually make selling more difficult. Choose the projects that have the best financial impacts.

 

Here are the best six home remodeling projects that deliver the highest return:

1. Upgraded Landscaping

Most people would expect a major kitchen renovation to be on the top of this list.

However, if your outdoor living areas need a new look, a little upgrade can do wonders to your current landscape. Remember that a well landscaped yard is essential to adding to a home’s curb appeal.

Buyers looking for homes for sale in Charlotte will be more excited to tour a home that looks inviting on the outside.

What does a basic landscaping upgrade include?

Flowering shrubs

A 15-bart-tall deciduous tree

A flagstone walkway

Two 6-by-2 stone planters

Fresh mulch

The cost: $4,750

The return: 105% at $5,000

 

2. New Roof

Updating your home’s roof gives you the opportunity to cut cooling costs while improving curb appeal and resale value.

Roofs do need replacing eventually. If you fail to do so, the results could be very costly, including ruined walls, mold, and mildew stains.

If you notice that shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss, and gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout, then it’s time to give your home a new roof.

The cost: $7,600

The return: 105% at $8,000

 

3. Hardwood Floors

You can’t go wrong if you’re thinking of putting in wood floors. Hardwood floors are a timeless classic. They have unmatched natural beauty and go with any decor, be it modern, traditional, or country.

Hardwood flooring goes in any room. However, kitchens and basements may warrant special considerations.

The cost to refinish: $2,500

The return: 100% at $2,500

The cost to buy new: $5,500

The return: 91% at $5,000

 

4. A Patio or Deck

A nice patio or deck is a worthwhile investment because outdoor living spaces have become more desirable. When you decide to sell, your home will be more appealing to prospective buyers looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale.

The cost of a patio: $6,400

The return: 102% at $6525

The cost of a deck: $9,450

The return: 106% at $10,000

 

5. Energy- Efficient Insulation

If your home hasn’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind, it will cost more to live in your home and maintain it.

Updating your insulation can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Don’t wait until you’re forced to wear your parka indoors.

The cost: $2,100

The return: 95% at $2,000 plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs

 

6.  New Garage Door

Aside from boosting your home’s value, a new garage door also improves the safety of your home. A new garage door means it’s using newer technology.

It also helps in improving your curbside appeal. There are also many options to choose from-  a host of factory-finish colors, wood-look embossed steel, and glass window insets.

The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)

The return: 87% at $2,000

 

If you would like to learn more tips about improving your home’s value, or would like to see homes for sale in Charlotte North Carolina, visit my website at http://ShowcaseRealty.net

Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. Contact me today for all your real estate needs.

 

Source: The National Association of REALTORS®’ 2015 Remodeling Impact Report and 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features

Which Charlotte Neighborhoods Have Skyrocketing Real Estate Values

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Real estate in Charlotte NC has been positively forecasted for 2017!

In fact, Charlotte is one of the most sought after markets today. Growth and development are expected to continue at their rapid pace.

The combination of affordability, high quality of living, and an educated workforce has made Charlotte’s real estate truly promising.

Homes across the city have fully recovered from the Great Recession. Moreover, ten neighborhoods have seen their home values increase by more than 20 percent in just the past year.

The top four neighborhoods are found around Plaza Midwood and  West Charlotte is also well-represented. In these neighborhoods, you will find renovated Charlotte homes for sale at higher prices and older homes and lots for lower prices.

 

Here are the top 10 neighborhoods in Charlotte which are expected to shoot up in value:

 

1. Oak Forest

Oak Forest is a neighborhood that has a young population. Many of the residents here are young professionals. Oak Forest offers many rental opportunities for those who are still saving to buy their first home.

Year-over-year growth: 29%

Median value: $108,300

 

2. Shannon Park

Shannon Park is a peaceful neighborhood with  picturesque wide sidewalks and tree-lined driveways. This place gives off a quaint elegant feel because most of the homes in the area were built using bricks.

Year-over-year growth: 28%

Median value: $113,300

 

3. Belmont

There are many lovely styles of bungalow homes to choose from in the neighborhood of Belmont. In addition, the homes in the area feature lovely hardwood flooring. Public transportation in Belmont is also excellent.

Year-over-year growth: 28%

Median value: $128,000

 

4. Plaza-Shamrock

This neighborhood is perfect for those who  like cozy, bungalow-style homes. You can look forward to enjoying a cozy night with your family by the fire in the various homes in this area which feature real fireplaces.

Plaza-Shamrock also has a transit system that is clean, fast and efficient, making it very convenient for out-of-town visitors and residents to get around.

Year-over-year growth: 28%

Median value: $154,000

 

5) Montclaire South

Montclaire South is a peaceful neighborhood with a high number of the younger generation living in the area. Some of the residential properties in Montclaire South are ranch-style homes, which were built some time ago but still make great starter homes for young people.

Year-over-year growth: 24%

Median value: $109,200

 

6) Yorkmount

Yorkmount is another neighborhood in Charlotte with aggressively growing home values. Beautiful ranch style homes are common in the area.

Year-over-year growth: 22%

Median value: $117,500

 

7) Thomasboro-Hoskins

Thomasboro-Hoskins is a peaceful neighborhood located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Polished wood floors are common in homes around here.

Year-over-year growth: 22%

Median value: $78,600

 

8) Oaklawn

Oaklawn is a neighborhood that boasts of a clean, fast, and efficient transit system. Out-of-town visitors and residents will have no trouble getting around Oaklawn. Many residents of this area are nature lovers who prefer to commute by bike on their cyclist-friendly roadways.

Year-over-year growth: 21%

Median value: $83,800

 

 

9) Lincoln Heights

Lincoln Heights is located near an amazing transportation system that will allow you to get around with no trouble at all.

Year-over-year growth: 21%

Median value: $84,100

 

10) Ashley Park

Homes in Ashley Park are installed with  rich, textured hardwood floors. Landscaped yards are also  a common feature of the homes here.

Year-over-year growth: 20%

Median value: $91,400

 

Looking for a home for sale in Charlotte? With its attractive real estate market, you will have many properties and neighborhoods to choose from.

Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. With my many years of experience as Charlotte’s top real estate agent, I can help you find your real estate dream property.

 

How to Rebuild a Healthy Home after a Disaster

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Catastrophic events can destroy homes and cost millions of dollars in property damage.

If your Charlotte NC home has been damaged by a natural disaster — flood, fire, tornado or hurricanes -you’ll probably need to deal with repairs. There are lots of things to think about when you face the need to rebuild after a disaster.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development highlights putting people first when rebuilding damaged homes. They also remind the public to wait for proper authorities to give the go signal before returning to damaged properties.

 

Here are some tips on how to rebuild a healthy home after a disaster:

  • Always prioritize people over property. Your life and your family’s safety are far more important than whatever valuables you may own.

 

  • Don’t forget to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety bartwear and safety harnesses. Use a NIOSH-approved respirator when entering a damaged or moldy building.

 

  • Make sure to check for structural ability and hidden hazards before entering a damaged property. If possible, hire a professional home inspector to assess the structural damage to your home.

 

  • Make a plan which includes the supplies and methods you will use in rebuilding your damaged home. Create a map showing the disposal and clean-up site layout. Go over your insurance policies and disaster assistance resource and establish with your insurance agent what your policy does and does not cover.

 

  • If your home was built before 1978, assume lead-based paint and asbestos are in your property unless verified not present. Remember that disturbing such materials increases the hazard. Read this for more information on the hazards of homes built before 1978.

 

  • Go slow when pumping out water, then act fast to dry out and remove mold. Study and share the DIY Mold Removal Guidelines sheet from the Rebuild Healthy Homes guidebook.

 

  • Remove wet insulation and foam padding, even if the surface looks dry and clean. Discard all wet and moldy fibrous and open cell foam insulation.  

 

  • Control dust, capture debris and contain contaminants – with wet methods, drop cloths, debris bags, and workers trained in safe work practices.Keep children and pregnant women away from any area that might have lead dust or debris. If using power tools or sanders, a HEPA filter vacuum attachment is necessary.

 

  • Always check credentials and hire only licensed and insured contractors, Lead-Safe Certified Renovators, certified Asbestos professionals, Mold Remediation Contractors, Fire and Water Damage Restorers, and other professionals, depending on type of work needed. You may also check your state’s contractor licensing agency for lists of licensed or registered general and specialty contractors.

 

  • Restore for More than Before! If you do so, you will be rewarded with a stronger, safer, more resilient, durable, comfortable, convenient and healthy home. Install hazard-resistant materials, connectors and building systems. Make sure to include energy-saving and healthy home improvements.

 

We cannot control the types of disasters that may strike. What we can do is prepare and hope for the best.

Visit http://ShowcaseRealty.net for other helpful tips and safety reminders.

Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. I can provide you with additional information about having and restoring healthy homes.

Here’s Why Charlotte Became the Fastest Growing City in The Country Over The Past Decade

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Come and see why everyone is making the move to Charlotte!

The most recent estimates of the Census Bureau showed that Charlotte’s total population experienced one of the largest growth rates in the country among large cities over the past year.

A total of 17, 695 people relocated to the Charlotte region between July 2014 and July 2015. This places Charlotte next to Denver (18,582) and just ahead of Seattle (15,339).

For the past 10 years, a total of 888,000 people moved to the Charlotte metro area. This shows a decade-long growth rate of 59.6%, making Charlotte the fastest growing city in the country from 2004-2014.

Here are six top reasons why living in Charlotte makes perfect sense:

  1. Economics

Charlotte has one of the fastest growing economies. From 2003 to 2013, the city’s GDP saw a massive 26.9% growth. This record remains one of the fastest rates in the nation. In addition, Charlotte’s per capita GDP increased by 12.7% from 2005-2013.

Charlotte metro accounts for about 26% of North Carolina’s GDP. It is also home to 8 Fortune 500 company headquarters.

  1. Jobs

Charlotte’s economy has provided jobs for thousands of people. From 2005 to 2013, a total of 298,000 workers were added to the Charlotte metro area. The record is the fifth highest total growth among all US metro areas. During the same period, the work force increased by 39.7 %, the highest growth rate in the nation.

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Charlotte has also been adding jobs in key sectors. The following is the growth in jobs per sector from 2005 to 2013:

  •         Agriculture and Mining – 282% growth
  •         Education and Healthcare – 58.5% growth
  •         Arts, Entertainment, and Food Services – 68% growth
  •         Professional and Scientific Management – 48.5% growth
  •         Public Administration – 58% growth
  •         Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate- 18.4% growth
  1. Salaries

In addition to creating thousands of job opportunities, people have also been drawn to Charlotte because the pay is really excellent. In 2013, the median income in Charlotte was $52,051.

Salaries in Charlotte are also growing fast. From 2003-2013, Charlotte posted a 10.5% increase in income. Many citizens of Charlotte have become wealthy mainly because of Charlotte’s economic growth.  

  1. Cost of Living

The cost of living in Charlotte is lower than most comparable cities. Housing is also affordable in Charlotte. If you are planning to purchase a home in Charlotte, you will find that it is significantly easier to do so than in many comparable metro areas.

Visit //ShowcaseRealty.net and take your pick from among the available Charlotte NC homes for sale.

The median house value in Charlotte is $164,000 while the median rent is $827.

  1. Education

Charlotte is home to several good schools. One is Johnson and Wales University with 2,235 students. The university has  a $240 million endowment, a student to faculty ratio of 23:1, and a 62% graduation rate.

The University of North Carolina in Charlotte has 26,657 students and a $152 million endowment. It has a 19:1 student to faculty ratio and a 55% graduation rate. The median post graduation salary for this University is $43,000.

Queens University has 2,285 students and a $80 million endowment. It has 12:1 student to faculty ratio and a 52% graduation rate.

Davidson College has 1,788 students and a $649 million endowment. The college has 10:1 student to faculty ratio and a 52% graduation rate. It has a median post graduation salary of $42,500.

  1. Liveability

Charlotte is a safe place to live in. In fact, it has experienced fewer crimes than comparable cities. Traffic is also better here. Charlotte has a 47 minute average round trip commute time. The city also has some of the cleanest, least polluted air of any large US metropolitan area.

All in all, Charlotte is just an awesome place to live!

Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. I can provide you with additional information about the lifestyle in Charlotte. I will be more than willing to assist you in all your real estate needs.

SOLD: 3015 Remington St. Charlotte NC 28216

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