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By focusing on innovation, attention to detail and building Diverse & Inclusive Team of professionals, Nancy provides exceptional and professional service, personally delivered to her clients. To better serve our diverse clients in Charlotte and surrounding area, Showcase expanded into six divisions: Luxury Homes, Relocation Services, Residential Homes, Investment Properties, Property Management, and Short Sale and Foreclosure Services. – STEVEN ZHENG, YELP
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Looking for the perfect present for a loved one this holiday season? We've rounded up 20 of our favorite gift ideas. And since we work in real estate, we focused on items that add enjoyment, comfort and, in some cases, major value to your home.
From music lovers to home chefs, we've got something for everyone. And we've included a range of price points to suit any budget, from under $50 to major splurge ”¦ in case you're feeling extra generous this year. We hope you find this list useful in identifying gifts your friends and family will love. And maybe some of these items will make your wish list this year, too!
Approximate Price Ranges
$ - under $50
$$ - $51 to $200
$$$ - $201 to $500
$$$$ - Splurge
LET IT SNOW
Heat things up this holiday season! Keep your loved ones cozy all winter with these gifts that add warmth and a touch of luxury.
Tabletop Fireplace - $
On cold nights, nothing beats the comfort and glow of a fire. Whether you're looking to cozy up on the couch with a good book, or enjoy a relaxing night in the backyard with family and friends, a tabletop fireplace is an easy way to light up your evening. The Regal Flame Black Utopia Tabletop Fireplace can be used indoors or outdoors, no vent required. It runs on ethanol, which can be mixed with citronella to double as a mosquito repellent for outdoor use.
Towel Warmer - $$
Who wouldn't love to wrap themselves in a warm towel when they step out of the shower on a cold morning? While heated towel racks are available in a variety of styles and price points, the Anzzi Glow 4-Bar Electric Towel Warmer in Polished Chrome is an entry level version that gets good reviews. Modern and elegant, this model plugs into a nearby outlet for easy installation and is made of rust-resistant stainless steel. Turn your daily shower into a spa-like experience!
Smart Thermostat - $$$
Now you can wake up to a warm house, even if you like it cool while you sleep. After using the Nest Learning Thermostat for a week, it will start to recognize your patterns and adjust the temperature automatically to your preferences. In its third-generation, Nest claims to pay for itself over time in energy savings. It uses sensors and your phone's location to check if you've left the house, then sets itself to an Eco Temperature. And this smart-thermostat knows when you typically get home from work and can heat things up before you return. If your schedule changes, you can even adjust the temperature remotely from your smartphone.
Radiant Floor Heating - $$$$
Radiant heating has been a popular alternative in new construction to traditional forced-air heating systems. And new technology has made it easier and less expensive to retrofit existing homes with radiant heating. According to BobVila.com, “radiant floors are heated either with electric resistance cables or hot water flowing inside tubing” beneath the floor. It's energy-efficient, effective, and doesn't blow dust and allergens around the way forced-air systems do. Not only will you love stepping onto a heated floor on a cool morning, you'll be adding value to your home, as this is an appealing upgrade to buyers when it comes time to sell.
ROCK AROUND THE TREE
It's holiday music time! Music lovers are sure to appreciate these gifts guaranteed to enhance their listening experience throughout the home.
Showerhead Speaker - $
Whether you enjoy singing in the shower, or listening to your favorite podcast, the H2oVibe Rain Showerhead Jet with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker syncs with any bluetooth-enabled device so you can stream your favorite music or other audio directly into the shower. The waterproof speaker easily detaches from the showerhead so you can bring it with you from room to room while you get dressed. And the showerhead itself features jets with three times more spray power than the average showerhead, creating a spa-like experience.
Voice Controlled Smart Speaker - $$
Smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home not only stream music on demand via voice control, they can also serve as a central hub for numerous other smart-home devices. Now you can change the channel on your TV, make a phone call, turn on your lights, set your thermostat and lock your front door, all without lifting a finger.
High-End Wireless Speaker - $$$
If you prefer a premium speaker, the Sonos Play:3 is the mid-range option in the brand's line of wireless speakers. It delivers rich and robust sound with a sleek design that can placed horizontally or vertically to fit almost any space. Sonos speakers sync with Amazon Echo and Alexa, which enable you to control the speaker with voice commands. And you can easily add additional speakers from the Sonos line for an enhanced, surround-sound experience.
Whole Home Audio System - $$$$
The sky's the limit when it comes to whole-home audio systems, and for a premium sound system you can expect to make a significant investment. Companies like Yamaha offer a wide variety of components, all designed to work in conjunction to give you a customized whole-home audio and home theater system to suit your needs.
ADD SOME SIZZLE TO THE SEASON
Home chefs will love these gifts, perfect for holiday entertaining and home cooking all year long. Not only will they bring excitement to the recipient, everyone in the family will benefit from the delicious dishes these gifts are sure to inspire!
Bread Maker - $
Warm, fresh bread can make any meal feel special. With a bread machine like this one from Hamilton Beach, you can enjoy fresh rolls, pizza dough, cakes, jams, flatbreads and croissants with minimal effort. Plus, there's a gluten-free setting, which makes this a perfect gift for anyone avoiding gluten in their diet.
Electric Smoker - $$
If you love to barbecue, the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker gives you the tenderness and flavor of smoking meat, without the hassle. The integrated meat probe alerts you when the meat reaches a predetermined internal temperature, and when it's done cooking the “warming” feature keeps your food hot until it's ready to be served.
Smart Sous-Vide Machine - $$$
Sous vide is a method of cooking in which food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch and then placed in a water bath to cook at a precise temperature. The new Mellow Smart Sous Vide Appliance hits the market this holiday season and promises to make sous vide as easy and foolproof as a slow cooker. Its built-in cooling system keeps your food cold until it's ready to be cooked ”¦ so you can stick a piece of salmon in before you leave for work, choose the time you want it to be ready, and dinner will be done when you get home.
High-End Oven Range - $$$$
To really heat things up in the kitchen, any home chef would love a new high-end range, like this 36” Dual Fuel Range with Six Burners from Sub-Zero Wolf. With ten custom cooking modes-including one for proofing dough and one for dehydrating-and a temperature probe alert, this oven makes cooking almost foolproof. And the timeless stainless steel design will enhance the beauty of any kitchen. Investing in a high-end range not only adds enjoyment to meal preparation, it's highly-desired by home buyers ”¦ something to consider if you plan to list your home within the next few years.
SPARKLE AND SHINE
Holiday lights aren't the only way to make a home sparkle. These cleaning gadgets and appliances will keep your home clean and shiny all year long ”¦ and hopefully bring some joy to the cleaning process!
Portable Deep Carpet Cleaner - $
Anyone who has pets or young children will love the convenience of a cordless and portable spot cleaner like the BISSELL SpotLifter 2X Portable Deep Carpet Cleaner. Its cleaning brush agitates soiled spots while simultaneously sucking up debris. Use it to remove small spills and stains from carpet, furniture, rugs, drapes, car seats, and other upholstered items.
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - $$
Robotic vacuum cleaners have been around for years, but new technology has made them more effective and lowered the cost significantly. The ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner provides a good mix of features and value. It offers several cleaning modes and moves easily from rugs to tile to carpet. You can also control it with your smartphone using the ECOVACS App.
Dishwasher - $$$
While a high-end dishwasher with all the bells and whistles can certainly be a good investment, there are some great values on the market for those with a more modest budget. For example, the Maytag Front Control Dishwasher gets consistently great reviews for its powerful motor that disintegrates bits of food to deliver sparkling clean dishes, even without rinsing. And its elegant exterior will upgrade the look of your kitchen ”¦ all without breaking the bank.
New Washer/Dryer - $$$$
If anything can make laundry exciting, it's a new washer and dryer with smart-technology like the Kenmore Elite Smart Washer and Dryer. Now you can start a load of laundry remotely from your smartphone to time it with your arrival home. You can also customize washer and dryer cycles and receive an alert when a cycle is complete. And with the Express cycle, you can wash and dry a small load in 45 minutes, saving you time and energy.
KEEP THE GRINCH AWAY
Nothing is more important than the safety of you and your family. Protect your loved ones-and deter intruders-with gifts that keep you and your home safe and secure.
Smart Light Bulbs - $
The Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit is a good entry-level investment in smart lighting technology. Now you can automate your lighting and control your lights from your smartphone using the Philips Hue App. Deter burglars by making it look like someone's home when you turn your lights on remotely. And stay safer by never entering a dark house again. Plus, it has several options to enhance the look and ambiance of your home lighting.
Video Doorbell - $$
Watch over your home and greet visitors from your computer or smartphone with a video-enabled doorbell, like the Ring Video Doorbell 2. Adjustable motion sensors alert you when someone is approaching your door, and live video and audio allow you to see and talk to visitors without opening the door, even if you're away from home. The best part is, they'll never know you're not home if you don't tell them.
Smart Lock - $$$
Control and monitor your locks from anywhere with a smart lock like the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. Now there's no need to leave a key under the doormat or give a copy to the housekeeper. You can activate keyless access remotely, and even lock up when they leave, all from your computer or smartphone. And no more fumbling around for your keys in the dark. Similar to keyless entry for your car, Smart Lock Pro automatically unlocks your door when you approach.
Security System - $$$$
An in-home security system is still one of the best ways to protect your home and family from intruders and alert you to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide. Some companies, like Vivint, can integrate your security system with video monitoring, a doorbell camera, smart locks, garage doors and even your thermostat. Prices vary depending on the options you select, and a monthly monitoring service is required, but a home security system can bring peace of mind knowing your family and home are protected.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
As real estate professionals, we get to visit people's homes every day and talk to buyers and sellers about their favorite features. So we have a unique insight into the elements that truly make a house special, bring joy to homeowners and add value to a home. Did we miss your favorite home-related gift? If so, we'd love to hear about it. Please share in the comments below!
If you do decide to “splurge” on a home upgrade, contact Nancy Braun, Broker-In-Charge/Owner of Showcase Realty, at (704) 997-3794, for recommendations on the best options for your particular home. Buyer expectations and preferences vary depending on price point, style of home and neighborhood. We can run a comparative market analysis to find out how the upgrade you're considering will impact the value of your home, before you make the investment.
Charlotte, NC December 7, 2017 – FORCE Advisory Council Chairperson Nancy Braun, owner and Broker-in-Charge of Showcase Realty, has earned the first and only North Carolina state specific Certified Short Sale Seller designation through Advance Mortgage Education. With well over two decades experience in the real estate and mortgage market, Braun will bring her expert knowledge of specialty markets to help short sale sellers and homeowners underwater navigate through the arduous process of short sales.
Braun states, “This North Carolina Short Sale Seller course provided updated, comprehensive and critical information to effectively represent sellers in complicated short sale transactions. I can provide a better option to sellers facing the potentially devastating effects a foreclosure can have on them and their families. It is gratifying to know that I can make a difference in my clients’ lives and help them get back on track to financial freedom.”
Advance Mortgage Education, Inc was the very first to conduct Short Sale and Loss Mitigation continuing education courses in North Carolina in 2003 stating, “We are the only education provider to have courses approved with the NC Real Estate Commission, the NC Banking Commission, and the NC State Bar. We have been providing North Carolina real estate agents, loan officers, mortgage brokers, paralegals and attorneys with Short Sale courses for the past fourteen years.”
FORCE. Creating Quality Connections.
As professional real estate agents, we understand that we are there to offer support and advice to homebuyers and homeowners. These buyers and sellers are our clients, and as such need our honest input, but also our positive reinforcements. It’s important to remain tactful and considerate.
Learn how to give constructive criticism. Instead of saying “Your home is a mess and you need to purge your stuff” – even though you might be thinking it! – turn that into “Here’s what we’ll need to do to properly stage your home so it sells faster,” and then give your clients some suggestions. That way, you are still addressing what needs to be changed, but without making the homeowners feel embarrassed or overwhelmed. They will appreciate your help, not your pointing out their faults.
Provide resources. Because your clients see you as knowledgeable, they count on you not say what’s wrong with their home, but how to make it more sellable to buyers. So instead of saying “You need to clean the walls or floor and make the place smell better,” try, “We can freshen up your home with the help of a contact I have who can do it for you – so you don’t have to.” Giving them suggestions that make their lives easier will be more appreciated, and go a long way in trusting your judgment.
Remain flexible. If you want your clients not to monopolize your time or try to reach you when it’s inconvenient, don’t say “Contact me during my office hours.” Instead, offer a range of hours when clients can expect to reach you, followed up with an assurance to cover unexpected situations that may arise – “You may reach me at or during (specify hours or range of hours), but I’m always willing to be of help to my clients.” And while you don’t have to be on-call like a doctor, let your clients know if they are trying to reach you outside of your available hours, you will do what you can to still be of help if something sudden comes up.
Redirect a misinformed client. Occasionally, your clients might say or do something that they insist is correct, when in fact you know they are misinformed. Rather than telling a client “You’re wrong. You have to follow what the contract says if you don’t want to be penalized,” say, “I know it isn’t easy to keep track of the deadlines for your contract, but they are there so both parties are protected.”
Avoid assumptions. Clients expect you to be non-judgmental, and to not make assumptions on their lifestyle. Rather than saying, “Hi there, this must be your daughter,” and risk insulting the client’s young-looking partner or other household member or acquaintance, say, “Hello, and what relation are you to (use homeowner’s name)?” to introduce yourself while asking an open-ended question and not a stereotype statement.
Keep your opinions to yourself. The time-old advice of if you don’t have anything nice to say, it’s best not to say it, is true. Your opinions are not necessarily shared by your clients, but they don’t have to know that. Remain professional as their realtor and instead of saying “This house isn’t right for you,” turn the thought around into a question to make them think, such as, “What do you think about this house?”
Be sensitive to clients’ sentimental possessions. Rather than telling sellers “You need to put away all of your family portraits,” when preparing to show their home to prospective buyers, turn that around into “I like how you’ve arranged your collection, but I think that we might need to take some of it down so buyers can consider how they would want to decorate the room according to the décor they would want in here. Would you mind taking some of it down?”
When you practice sensitivity and tact, your clients will easily work with you to make the entire experience far more pleasant. At the end of the day, the goal is to deliver excellent service with professional results.
As broker-in- charge and owner of Showcase Realty, I mentor my team of agents on all of these critical skills as they grow their real estate businesses. Knowing what it takes, I have built a company that helps nurture sales skills that really work — through support, mentorship, education and passion.
If you’d like to find out to more, email me at Nancy@ShowcaseRealty.net or call me directly at 704-488- 3109. I would love to explore the future of your real estate business with you, with no obligation. There are so many wonderful agent-focussed services that we provide at Showcase Realty that you might find helpful, valuable and beneficial.
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A short sale means selling your property for less amount than what you actually owe on your mortgage.
Now, this is not a rock bottom real estate situation, most experts say it is a lot smarter than pursuing more serious measures like foreclosure or bankruptcy. If you can’t find the relevance of this, you may be surprised to read these benefits:
You will need the advice, support, and negotiation skills of a short sale expert like Nancy Braun, Broker/Owner of Showcase Realty in Charlotte NC.
I, Nancy Braun, and my team serve as trailblazers in Charlotte, NC and I’m happy to say we set the bar when it comes to services that stand out from the rest. My team and I, who specialize in short sales as one of our areas of expertise, will not just provide you with one agent but a whole team of professionals, for a quick and faultless sale.
We do all the heavy lifting!
Not all homeowners can qualify for a short sale. Let’s check some of the guidelines so you can determine if you can take advantage of this option:
Examples of financial hardships:
As we work together, we will inevitably receive crazy and ridiculous lowball offers. The most important decision that you need to make is to “make a decision”. Do not avoid confronting the financial consequences of defaulting on your mortgage.
Consider all options available and when none of them will work, you will get the assistance that you deserve as you move forward from this chapter in your life. We’re excited to see you unfold better opportunities in the future! Check our proven track record and you’ll see we know the short sale process!
Call me, Nancy Braun, at 704-997-3794! This is the silver lining you’ve been waiting for!
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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.
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
“In June 2014 I hired Nancy Braun to sell my home in Matthews and everything from signing the listing agreement to the closing went exceptionally well. While not Nancy’s fault, a couple buyers pulled out of their offers and Nancy called me immediately to explain why they cancelled – and she reassured me to hang in there because my house would sell, and it did for full asking price! Nancy and her team are very knowledgeable, responded to my calls quickly, and were very professional. In addition to that, their system allowed me to know when the house was shown and provided prospective buyer’s feedback about my house. I’ve never seen a system like it. It kept me informed, which came in handy as I live in San Diego. Based upon my experience, I highly recommend Nancy Braun and her team!” – Metrocmj, Zillow
Find your dream home with best Charlotte NC real estate agent Nancy Braun and the Showcase Realty Team! Call (704) 997-3794 today!
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Nancy Braun, Founder and Broker-In-Charge of Showcase Realty has been accepted as a scholar in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (#10KSB) by prestigious business school Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Launched in 2009, the #10KSB program is a national curriculum created to empower small business owners with opportunities. It is geared towards promoting the value of job creation and economic stimulation through empowering small business owners with the tools they need to build stronger businesses.
“Babson College’s acceptance of my application to attend the esteemed Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, is an honor,” says Braun. “I thrive through education and cannot wait to enhance my participation in the stimulation and growth of the North Carolina and South Carolina real estate markets through the training I’m about to receive.”
Based on 10,000 Small Business’ evaluation, scholars of the Program have seen business growth within the first six months, post-graduation, through using its methods and principles. A thorough curriculum equips small business owners to lead their business with success, access capital and capitalize networks.
Braun will join hundreds of business owners representing multiple markets across the United States, its territories, and the United Kingdom. With over 850 graduates, the program has helped create over $174M in revenue, as well as over 3000 jobs.
“These higher-level skills sets that I will bring back to my real estate agent team will prove invaluable in assisting them further their business goals,” says Braun.
Babson College has participated in the #10KSB program since 2010 and boasts 250 trained faculty and staff members teaching the program at the College as well as at several community colleges throughout the United States.
The #10KSB program is a rigorous 11-week curriculum covering technology, growth, skillsets, financials, building out opportunities, leadership, growth plans, people management and relationships, negotiations, and overall implementation.
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The to p -ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.
Nancy is an award winning Broker-In-Charge / Owner of Showcase Realty LLC known for innovative and technologically-savvy marketing. Serving the NC and SC real estate markets, Showcase Realty’s offices are in Charlotte, NC, Gastonia, NC and Rock Hill, SC. Nancy and Showcase Realty LLC are nationally recognized industry leaders consistently ranking on America’s Best Real Estate Agents and RealTrends Top 1% in the country, as recognized by the Wall Street Journal. Showcase Realty is committed to selling homes and surpassing customer expectations with professional service, personally delivered. For more information visit www.Showcaserealty.net.
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