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The Best Ever Show Podcast: Answering Your Clients Questions Before They Ask Them with Nancy Braun

Answering Your Clients Questions Before They Ask Them with Nancy Braun

Are you a real estate agent? Or are you a brokerage owner overseeing all the different types of revenue streams coming in? How do you identify where to put your focus to help to increase the overall profitability of your company?

“Communication – that is critical!” – Nancy Braun, Charlotte Real Estate Broker and Owner of Showcase Realty & Showcase Property Management 

In an episode of The Best Ever Show hosted by Joe Fairless, listen as Nancy Braun discusses how to answer a client’s question before they even ask them.

“Our sellers are much more educated and internet-savvy today than they were ten years ago. They go online and they wanna see that their property is marketed everywhere and they can find it online very easily. They’re checking on it, and we have an incredible team of marketing specialists that make sure that the property is plasted everywhere on the internet and has very strong SEO,” Braun said.

What is strategic marketing and how do you work with an investor?

If you’re a real estate agent and want to learn more, listen to the podcast by clicking here:

If you have any questions, you can call Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794!

Nancy Braun Earns Short Sale Seller Certification

Short Sale Specialist

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.

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

Charlotte Ranked One Of The Hottest Hipster Markets in America (Higher Than Asheville)


I came across this article on how Charlotte is one of the hipster markets in the country.  Just how did Banktown become a ‘hipster’ city, you ask? Well, with the aid of Yelp reviews and the number of ‘hipster’ businesses per area, see how our beloved city fared in this article by CharlotteStories:

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The list analyses the highest concentrations of ‘hipster’ businesses for home buyers looking to embrace indie culture, using the number of times the word ‘hipster’ is mentioned in each city’s Yelp reviews, and how many ‘hipster-type’ business per capita are in each city.

It may not be a surprise that Charlotte is now one of the most hipster markets in America, given our growing coffee scene, thriving craft breweries, hardcore disc-golf community, and our massive annual hippie festival, but what may be surprising is how high we ranked.

Charlotte came in at #15, ranking higher than Denver, Fresno, CA, and even Ashville.

We were given an overall hipster score of 93.6 and Asheville was given an 83.6 – even Greensboro made the list at #43, scoring a 79.5.® and Yelp’s Hottest Hipster Markets:

Ranking Market Yelp Hipster


Market Hotness**
1 Columbus, Ohio (43202) 90.1 99.8
2 Seattle (98122) 95.9 94.1
3 San Diego, Calif. (92104) 95.6 93.7
4 Fort Wayne, Ind. (46802) 88.2 95.7
5 Rochester, N.Y. (14620) 92.5 92.8
6 San Francisco (94117) 84.3 96.0
7 Long Beach, Calif. (90814) 93.2 90.7
8 Louisville, Ky. (40217) 97.5 87.8
9 Grand Rapids, Mich. (49506) 88.8 92.4
10 Colorado Springs, Colo. (80903) 86.8 92.9
11 Royal Oak, Mich (48067) 77.6 98.2
12 Oklahoma City, Okla. (73103) 94.9 87.8
13 Milwaukee, Wis. (53207) 96.4 85.6
14 St. Louis (63143) 75.9 96.9
15 Charlotte, N.C. (28205) 93.6 85.9
16 Minneapolis(55406) 80.7 92.7
17 Riverside, Calif. (92501) 88.6 87.0
18 Denver (80203) 93.0 85.0
19 Eugene, Ore. (97402) 82.0 90.5
20 Tampa, Fla. (33603) 99.5 80.1
21 Omaha, Neb. (68104) 91.7 85.0
22 Fresno, Calif. (93728) 84.5 88.4
23 Asheville, N.C. (28806) 83.6 88.7
24 Arlington, Mass. (02474) 68.2 97.5
25 Dallas (75208) 93.5 82.7
26 Boise, Idaho (83702) 89.1 85.2
27 Lawrence, Kan. (66044) 91.8 82.6
28 Santa Rosa, Calif. (95401) 68.6 95.8
29 Fargo, N.D. (58102) 89.3 82.7
30 Santa Clara, Calif. (95051) 65.7 94.5
31 Chico, Calif. (95928) 71.2 90.8
32 Richmond, Va. (23220) 94.1 77.9
33 Orlando, Fla. (32803) 94.5 77.4
34 Buffalo, N.Y. (14222) 83.8 83.0
35 Salt Lake City, Utah (84105) 85.6 80.8
36 Lancaster, Pa. (17603) 85.2 80.5
37 Ann Arbor, Mich. (48104) 80.4 83.1
38 Vancouver, Wash. (98660) 78.1 84.1
39 Gilbert, Ariz. (85234) 71.9 87.4
40 Akron, Ohio (44303) 98.5 73.1
41 Memphis, Tenn. (38104) 81.8 80.5
42 Sacramento, Calif. (94819) 53.1 97.1
43 Greensboro, N.C. (27403) 79.5 81.7
44 Santa Cruz, Calif. (95060) 60.6 92.6
45 Birmingham, Ala. (35222) 90.2 75.8
46 Tulsa, Okla. (74120) 87.9 76.4
47 Indianapolis, Ind. (46205) 95.3 72.6
48 Provo, Utah (84601) 82.3 78.9
49 Nashville, Tenn. (37204) 81.1 79.3
50 Alexandria, Va. (22301) 72.6 83.8

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Braun Accepted Into Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College

Braun Accepted Into Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

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.  

About Babson College

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.

About Nancy Braun and Showcase Realty

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


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Median Days on the Market Drops to 27!

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Median Days on the Market Drops to 27!The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for their monthly Confidence Index.

A key indicator of the housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners, the REALTORS® Confidence Index asks practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.

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Welcome to the New Member of Showcase Realty!

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JC Zuniga has joined Showcase Realty’s Award-Winning Agent Team!

JC has over 14 years of experience in real estate, having founded Rhino Realty Inc in South East Florida, he brings with him a wealth of experience in buying and selling real estate – with expertise in negotiation skills, marketing, stellar client services, and more.

JC holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, and Master’s in Marketing from ICESI – Colombia. With a dedicated and ethical approach to serving his real estate clients’ needs, JC’s philosophy is to be your partner REALTOR? “for every stage of your life”.

About Showcase Realty

Showcase Realty is an innovative boutique Charlotte real estate firm located at 1430 S. Mint St. in the Historic South End district. Owner and Broker-In-Charge, Nancy Braun, founded Showcase Realty in 2008 on the principles of innovation, teamwork and community mindfulness. Committed to selling homes and surpassing customers’ expectations, Showcase provides professional service, personally delivered. For more information visit

Please contact any one of our agents by calling our office at 704-997-3794. We look forward to hearing from you!

Showcase Realty Welcomes REALTOR® Phillip Stutts

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Showcase Realty is Growing!

We are so thrilled to have Phil join the Showcase Team as a REALTOR®!

Originally from the Charlotte area, Phil has earned a reputation for quick, timely and honest communication with each of his client’s needs and concerns.

Phil is driven by a commitment to excellence and customer service so that each transaction is completed with the peace of mind his clients expect.

Building one-on-one relationships with each of his clients has allowed Phil to develop this personal trust as well as a reputation for excellent service. Your objectives are his priority and can be measured by the number of satisfied clients whose trust he’s earned through a steady flow of honest, insightful communication throughout the process.

Phil’s strength as an agent comes from his ability to readily connect with his clients, understand their overall needs and confidently walks them through one of the largest and most important financial transactions they’ll ever make. He is a focused listener, insightful adviser, strong negotiator, and fierce advocate.

Phil has a diverse residential real estate background which includes Project and Property Management, Site Development, Affordable Housing Finance and Development.  He holds a MS in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Business Administration from The University of Baltimore.

Showcase Realty is excited to grow as a company with the addition of a new agent. Each new real estate agent in Charlotte NC or in the surrounding areas, brings their own personal expertise and knowledge to the table when dealing with clients.

Showcase is always looking for Charlotte’s best real estate professional to join our team and continue to build our real estate business. We specialize in luxury real estate, finding our clients their dream homes, and selling homes at the best price.

Professional service, personally delivered. Join our team today!

Charlotte Neighborhood of Eastover Ranks in Thrillist Top 10 Neighborhood in the South

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Eastover is one of "The Most Beautiful Neighborhoods in the South". created the list based on idea that "The South is loaded with some incredibly gorgeous neighborhoods filled with homes that not only tell the story of the area's history, but also show off the area's personality in high style." The rankings of the Top 10 neighborhoods in the South were based on various components including history, culture, overall layout and curb appeal to result in the list of Top 10 Most Beautiful Neighborhoods In The South.

Eastover was originally the home of dairy farms and tenant farms. Since such humble beginnings, Eastover has become one of the hottest spots to live. It has undergone significant transformations, and the suburb is now a location of high lifestyle, thanks to urban designer Earle Sumner Draper.

In the early 1920's, Eastover was designed to cater to the upper class, creating a distinct buzz and an accessibility that gave residents the ability to expand and explore with ease. Today, the streets remain decorated with Georgian and Tudor revival homes on expansive lots lined with great trees, making for an air of affluence and luxury in the area.

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There are also several historic structures in Eastover which have lended to the area's significance and affluent appeal, including the Mint Museum and quality school systems. Popular streets that both visitors and residents enjoy frequenting include Cherokee Road, Colville Road and Hempstead Place for their grandeur and elegance. Eastover is the definition of history, classic, uniqueness and luxury.

Thrillist further noted that while the area has become known for its affluence and interest, Eastover was once a Prohibition-era destination for the city's movers and shakers, and it is by their contributions to society that helped develop the prosperous neighborhood into one of the region's top spots to live.

Other communities on the list include:

Victorian Historic District - Savannah, Georgia
Garden District - New Orleans, Louisiana
Montrose - Houston, Texas
Cannonborough- Elliotborough - Charleston, South Carolina
Coconut Grove - Miami, Florida
Buckhead - Atlanta, Georgia
Mountain Brook - Birmingham, Alabama
Ocean Ridge - Palm Beach County, Florida
Glenview - Glenview, Kentucky

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There are many reasons why Charlotte is a popular location, which many have chosen to call home. If you're looking for a new place to set roots, be sure to explore these top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods to find the perfect match for your needs!

If you're looking to buy an Eastover home for sale, we have luxury homes that will meet your needs. We are confident that we will be able to assist you in selling your property. What sets us apart from the rest? We are committed to providing you with the best service that's hassle-free and successful.

Nancy Braun is the owner and broker of Showcase Realty. Nancy is also a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, having been awarded this prestigious designation, which only a chosen few are given. Questions? Do not hesitate to connect with us. Call us today at Showcase Realty at 704.997.3794.

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Charlotte, NC : Top Choice For Millennial Lifestyle and Real Estate

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Millennials are quickly migrating to Charlotte, NC as trends show that it's a top choice. The local symposium displays the pattern of young adults making their way to Charlotte for a variety of reasons.

New data from West Coast-based Apartment List supports the findings, with data showing that Charlotte has become a millennial hub. The apartment-rental site gathered and analyzed information from the U.S. census from 2005-2015, which looked at the 50 largest metro areas to find out where young Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 were deciding to live.

Charlotte, NC landed in the No.1 spot, with hardly any competition.

Charlotte, NC, Top Choice For Millennial Lifestyle and Real Estate

Within the 10-year stretch, the number of young-adults in Charlotte grew by 30%. Other cities that trailed behind Charlotte included Houston with an increase of 15% and Austin with an increase of 20%.

Decreases of young-adults were seen in Detroit, California, Los Angeles and Phoenix all with at least a 6% loss on average.

Increases in wage and population growth have generally gone hand in hand, and while Charlotte did experience a 4% drop in the median income, they were still able to entice the millennial to make the move. Recent wages, however, are shown to be strengthening locally.

Charlotte showed an increase in homeownership of about 45% for homeowners between the ages of 18 and 34 between 2005 and 2015. The national average was less, sitting at an average of 32%, decreasing by seven percentage points. Apartment List has explained that millennials may be setting their roots in Charlotte, NC where it's affordable, in comparison to other metros.

Charlotte, NC, Top Choice For Millennial Lifestyle and Real Estate

Atlanta experienced the largest decrease in millennial homeownership, going from 44% in 2005 to just 29.9% in 2015. This may be a result of the 8% decrease in inflation-adjusted incomes.

Studies point to millennial favoring locations that are walkable, with accessibility to amenities and recreation close-by. More of these young generations are moving toward metro areas in the interior portion of U.S.

Apartment List further stated that factors like good jobs and strong wage growth will be important reasons for millennials when deciding where to set down roots.

Although research shows this trend in relocation of the younger generation, the city offers something for every age group - including from millennials to baby boomers.

If you're thinking about moving to Charlotte, Showcase Realty would love to assist you with finding your dream home! Call us today at 704.997.3794 or send us a message here!

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