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Why Is It Important to Stage Your Charlotte NC Home?

In the latest episode of Charlotte Today, Nancy Braun shows how home staging can make a huge difference in your home.

If you are planning to put your Charlotte NC home on the market, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price. There are two simple rules to follow to assure a quick sale: price the home correctly, and make sure it looks amazing. Whatever the asking price, its appearance needs to be flawless. Presenting a well-cared for home creates a positive first impression.

Home staging is a practice that has become an important sales tool in recent years, and for good reason. Staging your home brings out the best features of your property and gives you a competitive advantage. In addition, staging can facilitate a quick sale and get the best possible price for your home in today’s real estate market.

Nancy and her team at Showcase Realty can provide you with an honest appraisal of what you need to do to help sell your home or put you in contact with a professional stager, if desired.

In this episode, Nancy gives a tour of a gorgeous home for sale in Providence Plantation and shows how home staging can help potential buyers walk in and envision the property as their home. She demonstrates how good furniture placement can help show off a room and makes a huge impact as a buyer walks through it. Nancy also highlights the importance of clearing clutter and de-personalizing your home without making it look deserted.

Selling your property is a serious undertaking. How your home for sale in Charlotte NC is presented and perceived should be given much importance and consideration. Take the time to properly prepare your home before listing it for sale so that you can can reduce the time on market and maximize the selling price. Call Nancy Braun today at (704) 997-3794 to get started.

Eugene Robinson: If you want to sell your home in a hurry, there certain things you could do to get the best price very fast.

Colleen Odegaard: Staging a house can make all the difference. Nancy Braun from Showcase Realty shows us. Staging a home can make all the difference when it comes time to sell your home and for top dollar. Nancy Braun from Showcase Realty has more to say on that here in the beautiful Providence Plantation neighborhood. This is one of your properties that's for sale, and you want to show us what a difference staging has made.

Nancy: Absolutely, absolutely. We're gonna take a peek inside but I just want to focus on the outside of this home. It's on over an acre and a half of land, tree lined, wooded street, one of the prettiest streets in all Providence Plantation. So let's go take a peak.

Colleen Odegaard: Nancy, I think this room is absolutely spectacular. It didn't always look like this though.

Nancy: Absolutely. It's a great room to work with though. You have the exposed beam ceilings and the vaulted ceiling, and the gorgeous fireplace. Brick all way to the ceiling. And what we did is simply just simplify it. So we took out some pieces that were specific for the current seller that really reflected their lifestyle and their travels and brought in some neutral pieces that anyone could envision their furniture in the space and made it so that you could walk around, you could easily envision an armoir on this wall, and take away some of the clutter that just makes the place feel airy and bigger.

Colleen Odegaard: Another thing that makes this home field airy and bigger is this gorgeous sunroom, I love the furniture that you put in here as part of your staging business.

Nancy: Absolutely. It's separated by this custom rock and panel that really I think makes the sun room special. And then the sun room overlooks one-and-a-half acres of gorgeous wooded property where they can see deer on a daily basis.

Colleen Odegaard: Nancy, I think this room is spectacular. It's great for people who like to entertain.

Nancy: Absolutely isn't it really special? It’s my favorite room in the house, so. It's just warm and inviting. This room, you can just envision the family just merging and watching TV together, reading a book. I just think it's terrific.

Colleen Odegaard: I love this house. I think it's special. I think it's gorgeous and the staging has made such a difference.

Nancy: Yeah, yeah, so we've brightened up this room. It had a beautiful sophisticated wallpaper on here, but we took that down and then we really neutralized the colors, so anyone can put their furniture in here and and make it a really special family room.

Colleen Odegaard: Nancy let’s show everyone this spacious master bedroom, I think this is gorgeous. Again, your staging came into play beautifully with the seating area. You can really envision what it would be like to live in this home.

Nancy: Absolutely, and this is just a beautiful sprawling ranch. 3800-plus square feet and everything on one floor. But one of the things, it's an older who built in the 80s. But look at all the rooms, they’re all big. Big walk-in closets, big everything. Every room is really spacious, and open to the beautiful nature.

Colleen Odegaard: I think the staging you've done in this home is absolutely spectacular, and that's something that you help all your clients with if they need that.

Nancy: Absolutely, absolutely. There's one person's perspective may be an interior designer or decorator, or the homeowner might want to live in a certain way, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to sell for top dollar in that way it's decorated. So we took away some of the personal items and really neutralized the home. We can come into your home and we can say, “We can replace the furniture, we can just take some of the furniture out so there's more walking traffic patterns. So you feel like there's more room for the new homeowners furniture or belongings. And we can also just help you rearrange what you have.” But color is really important too, so we give advice on that as well.

Colleen Odegaard: This backyard is spectacular with the beautiful trees on this oversized deck. I just love this house. I think it's special.

Nancy: Oh, I do too. I've always loved this house. I love selling it to these clients, and I love making it available to the new homeowners, and I think the staging is just bringing out some of the beauty of this home and making it, really feel as open as it is and all the details about the home and uniqueness about the home is really coming forward. So little things like planting red and yellow flowers makes a difference in Feng Shui. It helps sell homes, but we could do some miracles with staging So, it could be as small as moving furniture around, as big as re-furnishing your property or just taking away some things. So it's less cluttered.

Colleen Odegaard: Well, you've done an excellent job it's really beautiful. Nancy, thank you so much.

Nancy: Thank you I really enjoy showing you this gorgeous home.

Colleen Odegaard: Nancy is so good and Nancy Braun can help you with all of your home buying and selling needs. By the way that homely featured in the piece that you just saw in Providence Plantation, it is for sale. It is spectacular. I totally fell in love with that house.

Eugene Robinson: The outsides are beautiful too.

Colleen Odegaard: No, it’s cool. It’s a ranch 3800 square feet, I mean that’s big for a one-story house. I really like it. Call Nancy If you're interested in seeing it. The number 704-488-3109, 704-488-3109. Call her if you'd like to see that home or if you would like help listing your home, or staging your home. Nancy's your person.

Eugene Robinson: Indeed.

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10129 Bishops Gate Blvd Pineville NC | Home for Sale

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Immaculate ranch style home ideal for contemporary living 

Be captivated by the comfort, quality, and location provided by this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,425 square foot Pineville real estate property.

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Nestled in the heart of The Cottages at Carolina Place, a gated community for active adults, this beautiful Pineville home delivers convenience, ample space and a low maintenance quality of life, thanks to the lawn maintenance being included in the HOA.

Pineville real estate property in a gated active adult community

The Cottages at Carolina Place is a gated community designed for adults over 55 seeking to enjoy their retirement years.

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Set in the heart of Pineville, this community provides ease of access and convenience, ensuring you a comfortable lifestyle.

This home is close to the pool and clubhouse. You can drop by anytime you feel like swimming or socializing with your friends.

It is only next to Dorchester and for a minimal fee of $100, you have a choice of activities to join, facilities to use, and dining option per meal or month.

Carolina Place Malls, CSA OrthoCarolina Sportsplex, and I-485 are only minutes away from this community.

Clean lines and great spaces

Venture beyond the good-sized front lawn onto a covered front porch, great for relaxing and the best spot for your morning coffee.

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Set it up with several outdoor chairs and a table and you have an inviting outdoor living space where you can relax, read, or just hang around with your friends and talk.

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Entertaining is easy in the open plan and neutral toned great room awaiting to the left of the ample-sized foyer.

A large window lets in sunlight, bathing this room with a warm, cozy feel. Crown molding and chair railings add depth and structure to this great room where the living room and dining area shares a space.  

This room is the perfect chance to display your favorite paintings! Decorate however you like, the color palette of the room will complement any chosen furniture.

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Across the great room is a generous open plan kitchen, open to the dining area which makes food serving highly convenient.

White appliances, immaculate countertops, a breakfast bar, and plenty of updated kitchen cabinetry are waiting for you in this Pineville home for sale kitchen.

Create stunning dishes you and your loved ones will love and fill this home with delicious smells and great memories.

Enjoy peace of mind and the best of rest in the large master bedroom featuring neutral-toned walls, big windows and carpet floors.

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It also comes with an en suite bathroom with a separate shower, double vanity counters, a walk-in closet with organizer, and gorgeous light fixtures.

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This home also boasts of a laundry room so you have a space just for your laundry.

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A breezeway connects the 2-car detached garage to the house.

There is plenty of backyard space by the garage and right in the section of the breezeway.

This low-maintenance, pristine Pineville real estate property allows you to live your life to the fullest. Make it yours for ONLY $220,000.

Loving this home’s features? Call me, Nancy Braun, at 704-997-3794 and set a schedule to visit this amazing home.

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June 13, 2018

Top Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Sell Your Home

Still undecided about whether or not you should sell your home?

In the latest episode of Charlotte Today, Nancy Braun shares compelling reasons why now is the right time to put your home on the market. 

The current Charlotte real estate market heavily favors sellers. With a seller’s market, the demand for homes exceeds the available supply. It is indeed a great time to sell. With limited options, buyers are going to great lengths to win the house they want. That means your days on the market will be remarkably fewer and you might also receive multiple offers, which could drive up your home’s selling price.

Nancy also explained how the low interest rates can work to the advantage of the seller. Buyers are drawn into the market because of today’s low mortgage rates. The current low rates are causing many potential homebuyers to get moving sooner rather than later. They are aware that the longer they wait to buy, the more expensive it will be.

Nancy also noted that millennials are starting to buy homes for sale in Charlotte NC. They're looking to move from renting to homeownership. With this trend, Nancy emphasized the importance of preparing the home for sale. It’s also crucial to understand what the next generation of homebuyers are looking for in a house.

She also discussed the tax benefits that sellers can take advantage of. Internal Revenue Code Section 121 authorizes an “exclusion” for profits from home sales. The exclusion depends on whether you’re single or married.

Looking for a pro to guide you in the right direction? Nancy and her team at Showcase Realty have helped many property owners sell their homes. They are experts in handling every aspect of the sales process – from strategically marketing and showcasing your property to making sure everything’s signed, sealed, and delivered by the closing date. Call them today at (704) 997-3794.

Interview with Nancy Braun

Eugene: If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, our first guest this morning has some convincing reasons why you should take the leap.

Coleen: That's right. Welcome this morning, Nancy Braun with Showcase Realty. Nancy, great to see you as always, thanks for being here.

Nancy : Thank you. Good morning.

Coleen: Okay, so some of those are thinking about selling their home, they may wonder when is the right time. You say, now is the right time. Why is that?

Nancy: I can't even imagine in the  23 years I've been selling in real estate a better time than right now. There is just very, very little inventory so buyers are competing with other buyers to get the limited homes that are for sale, so the prices have gone up, interest rates are lower. Everything is conducive for a very strong seller's market.

Eugene: And does that cross from like $150,000 to something that's $700,000 or even more? What's the range?

Nancy: The catch is, the lower price range is flying. Just flying. You put in on the market, one day it's gone. And then anything over $500,000, it really depends upon the area. The closer into town, it's gonna be a stronger market. Further away, it's typically a slower market. It depends upon, you know, the quality of the home, but if you're contemplating selling a home in the next year or two, this would be the time, your opportunity.

Coleen: Now is the time because it'll sell. What about interest rates right now?

Nancy : They're historically low and we're still hovering around four percent and it is anticipated that they have to go up. So we know they're gonna go up, it's not if, it's when.

Coleen: And how does that benefit home sellers?

Nancy : Well, the buyers have greater buying power so if they are focused on most buyers especially under $500,000 are gonna think about "What's my monthly payment?" just like when you're buying a car. Not how much is the car but what's my monthly payment, and if it's all tied in to interest, then your interest rate is gonna dictate what price range you can buy, ultimately.

Eugene: So if we're talking about lack of inventory, does that mean that people get into bidding wars?

Nancy : Yes, totally. They have to be prepared for that. I always have conversations with my agents about how to prepare  your client to be realistic and to jump when they see the house. They really need to write the offer right then, And they need to make sure that they get the

best offer they can in because they are competing against multiple bidders.

Coleen: By the way, Nancy and her team are really good in making sure that you have the absolute best offer. I know you take a lot of care and pay a lot of attention in making your home buyer get the  house.

Nancy: That's right. It's really important to put your client in the best light, so we want an approval letter or proof of funds if it's a cash purchase, and then we do a personalized letter from the buyer to the seller. We put a nice package together with a table of contents and all the relevant information so they know they are dealing with someone very professional that's going to bring this to the closing table.

Coleen: That's very nice. Can we talk about millenials?

Eugene: Yes.

Nancy: Yes.

Coleen: Are they buying homes now? I mean, I think I've read that oh, they're just...millennials are just renting, they're not buying, but you say they are entering the Charlotte market.

Nancy: They are starting to buy. For a long time they weren't buying. You saw them renting and spending most of their income on rent and not investing into the future, but they are starting to buy and now they really jumped into the secondary market, so they're not first time home buyers, they're buying homes that are over $300,000 rather than had they done it right out of college and tried to be under $200,000.

Eugene: So they make us even more attractive. Shouldn't we be doing any contemporary renovations or any type of things to get the house prepped up for sale?

Nancy: Absolutely. A ot of people don't have vision. Buyers you take them in and there's orange wallpaper different colors that they might be turned off and you say "It's just a can of paint" They reply, "I can't deal with that"

Nancy : So the millennials they don't know how to fix things or you ...

Eugene: Is there an app for this?

Coleen: Right.

Nancy: So you know it's important to shine and it's an emotional decision for most buyers so paint is the cheapest way to make an improvement. Cleaning the home is great. Minor updates as well. It’s debatable whether they should be putting a ton of money into rehabbing the home unless you're a flipper so it really depends upon the property and your goals.

Coleen: Make it pretty and make sure it's squeaky clean .That makes a difference. How do home sellers benefit from tax advantages?

Nancy: Well, right now we still have advantages to selling the homes so that you don't have a tax on the gain from the home up to certain amounts depending upon if you're married or single. So a seller could realistically sell a home for substantially more than they paid for and not pay any taxes on those gains, so why not?

Eugene: Why not?

Nancy : In a perfect world, you'd buy a house every two years and sell and get a gain, and buy the next house because it's all tax free. Now, it depends and there are limits.

Coleen: You're so good Nancy. Thank you so much! You're offering a copy of your "Five reasons why now is the right time to sell your home" correct? Nice of you to do that. For your free copy, you can visit Go there for that free copy or you can call Nancy Braun at 704-997-3794. She's ready to help you buy or sell a home today. They are ready for you.  Nancy, thank you so much.

Eugene: Thank you, Nancy.

Nancy: Thank you.

9416 Hampton Oaks Lane Charlotte NC 28270 | Ranch Style Home

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Light-flooded turnkey ranch home in Charlotte that celebrates space and landscape

Enjoy the privacy and retreat offered by this move-in ready, executive ranch style home that showcases space and modern amenities in every space and corner.

Nestled on 1.56 acres of wooded land, this  4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, 3,748 square foot Charlotte home delivers the easy living you've been dreaming of.

You'll love its expansive front yard with mature trees, tree-lined driveway and scenic drive through its gorgeous neighborhood.

The previous owners have also ensured that this home is well-maintained. Its exteriors were painted in 2016 and the interior painted in 2017. The ceiling skylight in the breakfast room and sunroom were also replaced by the previous owners.

This real estate property offers the peace, retreat, and serenity you want, all wrapped up in a gorgeous package of space and light.

As one of the most beautiful homes in Providence Plantation, the new owners will surely appreciate all the amenities this home has.

Providence Plantation is a highly sought-after subdivision 11 miles south of uptown Charlotte.

This community is prominent for its large lot cuts, beautiful homes, excellent schools and various amenities. On top of it all, this neighborhood is known for its peace and proximity to shopping and uptown.

From this home, there are great schools, both public and private,  within a four-mile radius.

An interior that radiates warmth and elegance

Exposed bricks on the portico entrance add character to this stunning home.

Step inside the elegant front door and into an amply sized foyer flooded with natural light. High ceilings, neutral-toned walls, and skylights welcome you into this gorgeous abode.

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The polished hardwood floor enhances the warmth and elegance of this spacious interior.

To the left side of the foyer is a french door that opens to the large gourmet eat-in kitchen of this Charlotte real estate.

This kitchen is designed to impress! It features immaculate countertops, a huge center island, stainless steel appliances like the GE profile gas stove and oven bought in 2008, a pantry, and loads of storage spaces.

Under counter lights, recessed lighting and imported Italian hand-blown glass lights above add sophistication and style, creating a magazine-page worthy kitchen.

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Across the kitchen is a good-sized space for a breakfast nook. There's also a chef's built in desk at the corner, a great spot for planning meals and inspiring party-worthy meals.

Meal times become more exciting when you are surrounded by great food and the wonderful company of friends.

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For large gatherings and celebrations, the formal dining room of this home is the right space.

Large windows let light stream into this elegant dining room that can comfortably fit a six person dining table and chairs.

Past the French doors, the hallway opens to a fabulously spaced living room with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and a wood burning fireplace with a towering brick mantle.

Moroccan style panels add charm and character to this already stunning room.

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This spacious living area is a great spot for rest and relaxation. Feel your stress drain away as you enjoy the warmth of the fireplace while relaxing on the sofa.

If you love to entertain, this vast living room will easily be your guest’s favorite space.

Adjacent to the living room is a beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the private backyard. Two skylights along with the glass windows allow plenty of natural light in this room.

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This sunroom is the perfect place to entertain indoors at any season.

In spring and summer, you have a wonderful view of the thick lush foliage of the deep woods. Fall brings an array of warm colors from yellow to red, and the winter view offers a sense of calm and serenity.

More living spaces to enjoy!

Another special feature of this fantastic home for sale in Charlotte is its spacious den.

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If there is a room in this house specially designed for your guests, this is it! It features vaulted ceiling, large windows, a wood burning fireplace, and a custom full bar and sink, perfect for entertaining.

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Need a home office? This home has one, and its ready for you and your furniture. Carpet floors complement the neutral toned walls, giving you that professional office look.

A master suite with a rustic feel

Need a private sanctuary? You’ll love what this home offers.

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The master bedroom is large and has vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and a walk-in closet with California style organizers. Large windows overlook the greenery, giving you a great view every morning.

Set with the most comfortable bed, it will deliver you restful nights and great sleep.

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The master bathroom is just as lovely with its granite counters, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets.

Look forward to indulging in some self-pampering at the end of the day in this luxurious bathroom that can rival a five-star hotel.

A large deck overlooking a private backyard

A great home wouldn’t be complete without a fantastic outdoor retreat, and this Charlotte home delivers!

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This vast deck overlooks the large spacious flat backyard bordered with trees, giving you the privacy you want.

If you love having guests over, an outdoor barbecue grill would be a wonderful addition to this deck.

Host family gatherings and holiday parties on this fabulously spaced backyard.

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This Charlotte property offers the suburban haven you are looking for. Enjoy excellent location, privacy, and space for ONLY $630,000.

Don’t miss the Open House on May 5, 2018 at 2-4PM SATURDAY, and May 12, 2018 at 12-2pm SATURDAY.

This is your chance to own one of the best homes in the highly desirable Providence Plantation!

Call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794 and schedule an appointment to see this home for yourself!

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7 Home Improvements To Boost Your Home’s Selling Price

Having a fully functional and attractive home is the key to selling for top dollar.

Before putting your home on the market, you need to spruce it up in order to make the home as  appealing to buyers as possible. You have to put your best foot forward in order to gain interest and have offers coming through your door. 

Keep in mind that buyers have hundreds of Charlotte NC homes to choose from, and most are willing to pay a little extra to get a move-in ready home that in excellent condition. When potential buyers are viewing new homes for sale in Charlotte NC, you’ll want yours to be the one that stands out for the right reasons.

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I understand that you might be hesitant to spend money on home improvements right before a sale. I want to show you 7 home improvements that are absolutely worth it to boost your home's selling price!

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It can be difficult to know where to begin when you’re selling your property. You only have so much money and time to make repairs. So, what should you fix? What needs attention and what can you leave alone?

Here is where I can help you!

As the top real estate agent in Charlotte NC, I will look at your home and give you targeted advice, which will get you the best results for your circumstances.

My team and I have helped thousands of real estate clients sell their homes for top dollar, in the least amount of time. We know how to maximize your property value so you can get the best results. We’ll be able to identify which improvements you should make to your home to increase the amount it sells for.

In fact, we would like you to take advantage of our Home Enhancement Listing Program (HELP).

There will be no out of pocket expense! We will help you with renovations and repairs to get your home sold fast and for top dollar.

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Before Fixing Up Your Home

If you are planning on selling your home, it doesn't hurt to invest in your property to capitalize on its value. 

However, before fixing up a home, a smart seller will weigh the cost of proposed improvements against the home's market value after the repairs or upgrades are completed. If an upgrade won't return the investment, such an improvement might not be warranted.

Before deciding to make specific repairs before resale, take time to tour other homes for sale in the neighborhood. Take note of the condition and amenities in those homes.

Here are some improvements that will boost your home’s selling price.

Kitchen Upgrades

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If you ask any real estate expert for the top home upgrade with greatest the returns, the answer will always be the kitchen.

In fact, the kitchen is one of the areas that buyers look at closely when considering a home for sale.

The kitchen is the heart of any home and is one of the smartest spaces to invest in. The average cost of an upscale kitchen remodel is more than $80,000. A full kitchen renovation typically averages a 75% return rate.

However, if your budget is limited, you can try these ideas that will help you get a lovely kitchen for less money.

A fresh coat of paint

Paint is the fastest and the easiest way to give your kitchen a facelift for the least amount of money. You can use paint to freshen up old wood floors, to remake outdated cabinets, and to add a focal point wall to you kitchen.

Do your research

Before purchasing any item for your kitchen, search the web to compare prices. For example, if you’re thinking of getting a new counter-top, you should consider the durability and cost of the material. You should also factor in how it will harmonize with your kitchen’s decor.

You can also do quality and product comparisons by checking out

Refinish your cabinets

Refinishing your cabinets is one of the best ways to get a new look for less. You can either do the project yourself or send them out to a paint shop for a factory-finish spray coat.

Add storage with simple shelves

Don’t have enough cabinet? You can easily add storage by installing rustic wood shelves of metal brackets.

Replace knobs and pulls

Changing out the knobs or pulls on kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way to update your kitchen. Get new handles and pulls, but resist the temptation to get something too personal as they tend to get old fast.

Bathroom Updates 

A bathroom is an essential part of any home. Updating this space is one of the best ways to boost your home’s selling price. 

Today’s buyers are looking for relaxing retreats in a bathroom that feels more like a spa that just a normal bathroom. As a seller, you want your bathroom to be both functional and stylish.

A full bathroom renovation, on average, can cost up to $12,000 with 87% ROI.

Updating a bathroom can range from a full scale remodel to simply replacing certain items such as mirrors, sink and faucet, installing new lighting, and repainting.

Aside from remodeling, it is also important to make sure everything works correctly, with no leaks or damaged areas. If there are any issues, these must be addressed before focusing on other changes.

When updating your bathroom, it helps to remember the following features that usually appeal to buyers:

  • New tiles
  • Updated cabinets or fixtures
  • Brighter and more natural lighting
  • A Jacuzzi tub or steam shower in the master bath
  • Heated floors
  • Double sink
  • Shower seat a
  • Ample storage space

Watch the video below for ideas on how to give your bathroom a fresh look without breaking the bank.

Improved Landscaping

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According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, landscaping beats out all indoor projects when it comes to adding value to your home.

Aside from increasing your home’s value, landscaping is also great for the environment and has been shown to improve our health. Landscaping also helps you showcase your property in the best light possible.

According to a landscape economist, updated landscaping and lawn care can increase a home’s value by 28%, and have it sold 10% to 15% faster.

Here are simple ways you can boost your home’s selling price with landscaping improvements:

Mow and edge your lawn
Mowing and edging your lawn can make your yard look restrained and tamed, creating the appearance of lower maintenance – a popular selling point.

Add a fresh layer of mulch
Adding a fresh layer of mulch can transform a tired, dull yard and into one that looks inviting and well-manicured. New mulch is fairly inexpensive and there are a variety of shades and textures you can choose from to best fit the style of your home.

Make your porch inviting
There’s nothing quite like a cozy and inviting front porch to crank up your home’s curb appeal and entice prospective buyers. To make your porch inviting, you may add an attractive door mat, a tasteful door wreath, or even chairs or swings with comfortable, colorful cushions.

Add lighting
Landscape lighting can take the appearance of your yard to a whole new level. It can help you create a stunning landscape that can be enjoyed during the day and night. A well-lit yard is also an effective security feature!

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Plant Shrubs and Trees
A few shrubs and trees can go a long way in making your front yard look lush and inviting. They can enhance your home and garden, creating a sense of order and beauty that will last for many years. They can also be a good way to add privacy to your home and property.

Deck Addition

One surefire way to boost your home’s selling price is to add more living space. However, instead of just being an addition to your home, you can add a functional and beautiful decking. An outdoor deck extends the amount of space of a home.

A new deck will surely catch the attention of buyers who are touring your home. A deck addition that costs about $15,000 will add about about $11,000 to the asking price, for a ROI of 73 %.

A report from U.S. News shows that adding a wooden deck to a home will provide the property owner with about an 81 percent recoup of his or her investment. In addition, a deck is a fantastic selling point. As people spend more time at home, they look for more ways to enjoy their home.

Here are some benefits of adding a deck

  • Additional space to entertain and have friends over
  • A space to relax and unwind
  • Improves your homes overall square footage
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    More space to enjoy hobbies

When done professionally and with careful attention to details, you’ll have a bonus living area that’s easy to maintain all year long with all of its associated benefits. 

New Windows

Does replacing windows add value to your home? The answer is yes!

One of the first things that serious buyers check when viewing a home for the first time is the condition of the windows. This also includes the ease of operation.

Window issues are also some of the common problems that usually come up during the home inspection negotiations. With outdated windows, sellers usually have to agree to a lower sales price in order to keep the home purchase on track.

Windows are a functional update. A $10,000 expenditure on new windows can increase your home’s selling price for about $8,500, for an 85% ROI.

Here are some reasons why you should consider replacing your windows:

If your windows are already showing signs of wear and tear, buyers may find this type of visual issue distracting or even unattractive and choose to move on to another more appealing home. On the other hand, new windows can make the whole house look better.

Structurally sound windows with good locking mechanisms are an essential part of any home security plan. With modern, secure replacement windows, buyers will see your home as being much more secure than other properties on their list.

Improved Home Market Value
Smart home buyers are aware that utility rates have been rising steadily. It’s only logical that they want to ensure that any home they purchase will be affordable to heat and cool throughout their ownership.

Energy Star-compliant windows help save on heating and cooling bills all year long. When you install high-efficiency windows, you are offering prospective buyers lasting value that often translates into increased buyer interest and better offers.

Replacing the windows can help your home stand out in a crowded market. It can also raise its value before you list your home.

Keep in mind that buyers love buying houses that are not only move-in ready, but updated with modern amenities. With new windows, you can improve your home’s marketability, which in turn will help you command a higher selling price.

Garage Door Replacement

If your garage doors have seen better days, now might be the perfect time to get them replaced.

For most homes, the garage door is the largest exterior feature. It’s no surprise that garage doors can make or break your home’s first impression. By updating outdated doors with new ones, you can dramatically increase your home’s curb appeal and overall value.

Garage door replacement ranked near the top of the list of all home improvement projects as far as return on investment is concerned. A new garage door can recoup an estimated 76.9% of project costs upon resale of the home.

When replacing your garage door, it is important to find a door that complements your home’s architectural style.

Here are other reasons why replacing your garage door is a smart move:

Curb Appeal
Freshly installed garage doors add to the curb appeal of your home. It can provide eye-catching aesthetics and increase the attractiveness of your home to potential buyers.

A garage door is one of the first things prospective buyers and guests see when they pull into the driveway. If you attract them from the outside, you will surely draw them inside.

Improved Energy Efficiency
An aging, outdated, and improperly sealed garage door can be a major source of heat loss in a home. Replacing your garage doors with new ones could help you regain a portion of your investment in utility bill savings, which can also be a selling point since buyers love to save money. Look for a garage door with a high R-value for better insulation.

A new garage door with up-to-date technology appeals to buyers looking for that move-in ready home. Buyers are looking for homes that have maximized protection so a modern garage door is a valuable asset.

Watch the video below and learn how to assemble and hang a new garage door.

Siding Replacement 

The exterior of your home is a buyer’s first impression. If it is in poor condition, buyers will be turned off and won’t step inside. They’ll assume that the interior is also in need repair. That’s the reason why exterior projects tend to rank high on home remodeling lists.

One of the ways to improve the appearance of your home's exterior is by replacing the siding. On average, siding adds a 78% return at resale.

In the annual Cost vs. Value Report by the National Association of Realtors® and Remodeling magazine, new siding consistently ranks as one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects.

Here are some tips to help you with this project:

On a Budget
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices for the home’s exterior. It is cost effective and easy to maintain. It is also rot proof and termite proof. It comes in a variety of colors and is relatively easy to install.

Fiber cement siding is more expensive than vinyl siding. It is a mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose. It also imitates wood-grain remarkably. However, it is important to note that fiber cement siding is typically not a DIY job, so it’s best to leave the installation to professionals.


If you have enough budget, you can opt for more permanent materials. such as brick and stone. The most common materials are brick and stone veneers, traditional cement-based stucco and newer polymer finishes that mimic the look of stucco. They give the home’s exterior a solid appearance and high durability.

The Crux of the Matter

Selling your home for top dollar requires making some upgrades. These projects will give you the most bang for your buck when you sell your home. However, you should not overlook the nickel-and-dime stuff, like light fixtures, faucets and door knobs.

With so many homes for sale, making the right updates can give your house the edge.

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Charlotte NC, there’s only one team to get in touch with!

It’s Showcase Realty!

Look for me, Nancy Braun, or any of the more than 50 efficient and best-in-class agents.

We can help you sell your house fast, and for more!

We know what works well and we’d like to share it with you! Call us today at 704-997-3794!

February 28, 2018

Another Happy Client Reviews Showcase Realty

Another Happy Client Reviews Showcase Realty Charlotte NC Real Estate Agents

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I just want to take a moment to genuinely thank you both as well as the asset manager for your patience and understanding. There were several setbacks, but with a compassionate, responsive team such as yours, we were able to finally reach common ground and satisfaction on both ends.

Thank you again!”

– N. Wilson

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February 24, 2018

OPEN HOUSE: 8929 Driftwood Commo, Mint Hill, NC, 28227 | Home for Sale

Fabulous 2 story home in sought after community in Versage!

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! – 8929 Driftwood Commo, Mint Hill, NC, 28227 – How to be a homeowner successfully purchasing this HUD-owned home! This SATURDAY! February 24 – 11 AM – 1PM!

Homes has recently been renovated with fresh paint, new SS appliances, new flooring, HVAC repairs, roof repairs and so much more. There is a bonus room downstairs with a full bath which is perfect for a guest room. Bay windows in the breakfast room, shiny prefinished wood floors in the formal dining room and living room. Open concept floorplan! Home is ready to be moved in.


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January 25, 2018

OPEN HOUSE: 300 W 5th St Apt 229 Charlotte NC 28202 | Condo for Sale

Enjoy stunning views of uptown skyline from the lovely covered balcony! Check out this 2nd floor unit in Fifth and Poplar, one of Uptown’s most prestigious condos!

This 2 bedroom 1 bath condo features upgraded cabinets, open floorplan, wood floors, huge kitchen island with granite counters, recent upgrades include fresh paint, new carpets, new kitchen and bath faucet, new bath tub, HVAC serviced, and new ceiling fans.

Join our OPEN HOUSE event on January 25 THURSDAY, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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North Carolina is One of the Fastest Growing States in the United States

Charlotte, North Carolina

The Tar Heel State is a combination of bustling cities and natural beauty. From the states' coasts and rolling mountains to busy streets, North Carolina is by far one of the most favorite haunts.

While you can find more than 10 brilliant facts about North Carolina to be awed at, the US Census released a list of states that have the most number of growing population from 2016 to 2017. This left North Carolina immovable at number 9 as one of the contributors to The United States' population increase, and number 5 in the fastest growing population in the nation.

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Charlotte Ranked #1 Most Up-And-Coming City in America

Charlotte NC Homes

Charlotte is a city where the cosmopolitan vibe of an international hub meets the best of southern charm. A unique culture has evolved through its metro area, where residents enjoy sophisticated art, to world-class culinary delights, entertainment, sports and more. It is also the home of NASCAR and the Charlotte Motor Speedway, to the delight of many motorsports enthusiasts.

Living is affordable, the weather tis wonderful, and there is always something to do — including attending free events.

Charlotte is not just a “banking town” because Bank of America and Wells Fargo have their headquarters in the Queen City. Other major employers include Lowe’s (headquartered in Mooresville), and American Airlines. The metro area’s unemployment rate is on par with the national average, at 4.9%; and its average annual salary is slightly higher than national averages, at $48,370. Charlotte was listed as one of the best cities for job hunters on’s 2017’s Best and Worst Cities for Jobs.

A recent study conducted by Time Magazine and Yelp on the best cities in America for economic growth considered data ranging from search frequency, page visits, to how long each business has been in operation. The results, according to Time Magazine, showed that Charlotte proved the largest growth driven by the bard industry. Additional rankings for Charlotte in various industries included Shopping (#3), Restaurants (#6), Nightlife (#19), Automotive (#3), Event Planning and Services (#14), Health and Medical (#4), Active Life (#6), Home Services (#2), and Beauty and Spas (#5).

According to Yelp’s Data Editor, Carl Bialik, “This program is an ongoing effort to surface insights from Yelp’s deep data stores to help businesses succeed and to arm policymakers with the information they need to make effective change that will boost local economies.”

The data used was collected by Yelp using intricate analytics and statistics models. As the data is in real time and “current”, measuring indicators are more precise, providing far more accurate results.

With Charlotte growing at an impressive rate, and housing development increasing, my team and I at Showcase Realty are ideally positioned to assist home buyers, renters, home sellers and investors realize every real estate goal. If you’re planning on moving to or within the Charlotte Metro area, please do not hesitate to contact us for prompt and professional service.

Contact me, Nancy Braun, at or call 704-997-3794. My team and I would love to support your real estate needs.


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The average agent sells a home in 67 days while our average time for selling a home is only 43 days!

With Showcase’s proven track record of results, your home is more likely to sell for more money, in less time, and least amount of hassle!

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