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Nancy Braun Shares Home Selling Tips on Charlotte Today

Real Estate for Sale in Charlotte NC

Are you thinking of selling your Charlotte NC real estate? Get top tips from the best real estate agent in Charlotte NC!

Nancy Braun, owner and Broker-in-Charge of Showcase Realty, was recently invited as a guest in Charlotte Today, a local lifestyle and entertainment show on Channel 36 on NBC.  

She talked about the real estate market right now and how it is a great time to sell Charlotte NC homes since there are more buyers than there are homes to choose from.

Nancy also shared tried and tested tips that will help sellers get the most out of their home sale. She discussed how people tend to overlook landscaping and focus so much on the interior of the house. The truth is failing to boost your home’s curb appeal can be damaging.

Next, she explained the importance of decluttering and how essential it is to help the buyers envision their things in the home. Nancy highlighted that if you're at a point where you're not sure what to do with that particular piece of furniture, you have to remember that less is more.  

Lastly, Nancy talked about the need for keeping the entire home clean during the entire selling process.

Watch the video for more details on how to sell your home fast!

Whether you are selling your home or looking for new homes for sale in Charlotte NC or houses in Charlotte NC for rent, you know how to call. Call Nancy Braun at 704-997-3794 for more information on buying and selling Charlotte NC real estate.

On Selling Charlotte NC Real Estate

Colleen: If you've ever thought about selling your home, now's the time. It's never been a better market for sellers. I went to Showcase Realty to find out more.

Well, now is a great time to sell a home. Here to tell us more about it, is Nancy Braun with Showcase Realty. Nancy, first off, explain the state of the market right now. What's it like out there?

Nancy: The market is so spectacular. It is really a seller's market. There are more buyers than there are homes to pick from. So, we have actually only up two and a half months inventory supply in a true- even market, there would be a six-month inventory supply.

Colleen: So Nancy, you have some tips to get the most out of your home sale. What are they?

Nancy: Well, one of the things that people overlook is landscaping and they think they focus so much on the interior of the house and they don't realize that a lot can go a long way if you just, you know, prune and put some mulch down and put some beautiful flowers out, pull some weeds and- and actually add some beautiful dynamics and color to your front scape. So, I can tell when I'm driving up to a house if the buyer is gonna be interested just by their breath, how they respond to the house. And they almost make that decision before they even get in the house. So the curb appeal which is so overlooked sometimes can really be damaging. It's simple, you know, go and get some new pine needles or get some new landscaping flowers. Red and yellow is Feng Shui. It’s supposed to sell houses. So, put away your purples and the pink, you know, the pastels and do the red and yellow.

Colleen: Next up, you say declutter.

Nancy: Declutter. Yes, so. It is so critical that you try to make the home in the way a buyer will envision their things in the home. So if there's too much in the home then they can't see beyond it. A lot of people don't have vision as much as we think they do. I have clients that also say to me, “Well, you know, I don't want to paint. I don't know what color they want. Maybe they'll just paint themselves. They can replace the carpet themselves.” They don't envision that property to look the way it should look. So, a little can go a long way. I don't want anyone to really spend a lot of money renovating the home, rehabbing the kitchen. They're never gonna get a 100% back. If not, even more back. But the smaller things like paint, declutter, make sure that there's a traffic pattern. They can walk through rooms very easily without having to walk around things. And I always say, less is more. So, after I leave I say, “You know, if you're at a point where you're not sure what to do with that particular piece of furniture, less is more.”

Colleen: Good advice.

Nancy: Just remember, less is more.

Colleen: Also, keep it clean like squeaky clean pristine, right?

Nancy: It is incredible but we get used to, even myself, you get used to the little cobwebs up in the ceiling. And you don't realize that there's a little dust on your fans and your ceiling fan. And the filters need to be changed. Those things actually get noticed. So you’re a seller, you're… the buyers that come into that home, they think if you can't maintain the home, then you're not maintaining it in other ways like maintaining your furnace or maintaining your plumbing. And it's just a visual sense. If they feel like it's squeaky clean like you say, they're gonna like the house more. They're gonna feel more comfortable in the house. And so get that professional cleaner in there over and beyond yourself. And if you're tight on money, just you do the elbow grease and just make sure you're cleaning. One thing that I always think is kind of funny is people always open things. People are touchy-feely. They want that connection, right? So they go in the kitchen, they always open the microwave. Well, if you've got a dirty microwave - not that you're gonna find anything different in one person's microwave versus another person's microwave but it's like arm distance, so they open it.

Colleen: Yeah.

Nancy: So it's like, you know, go ahead and, you know, straighten out the cans in your cupboard.Clean out the refrigerator because you don't know what they're gonna open and that just goes a long way.

Colleen: Great advice. Nancy, thank you so much. Thank you for your time.

Nancy: You're welcome. Thank you for having me.

So if you're interested in selling your home or looking for home to buy, visit ShowcaseRealty.net, ShowcaseRealty.net. Or better yet, call Nancy at Showcase Realty. The number’s 704-997-3794. Again, 704-997-3794. Make sure you mention Charlotte Today. If you do, you'll receive a free copy of Nancy Braun's book, The Ultimate No Holds Barred Guide to Selling and Buying a Home in the Carolinas. Again the number’s 704-997-3794.

Which Charlotte Neighborhoods Have Skyrocketing Real Estate Values

Charlotte North Carolina Homes

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

1. Oak Forest

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

Year-over-year growth: 29%

Median value: $108,300

 

2. Shannon Park

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

Year-over-year growth: 28%

Median value: $113,300

 

3. Belmont

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

Year-over-year growth: 28%

Median value: $128,000

 

4. Plaza-Shamrock

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

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

Year-over-year growth: 28%

Median value: $154,000

 

5) Montclaire South

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

Year-over-year growth: 24%

Median value: $109,200

 

6) Yorkmount

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

Year-over-year growth: 22%

Median value: $117,500

 

7) Thomasboro-Hoskins

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

Year-over-year growth: 22%

Median value: $78,600

 

8) Oaklawn

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

Year-over-year growth: 21%

Median value: $83,800

 

 

9) Lincoln Heights

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

Year-over-year growth: 21%

Median value: $84,100

 

10) Ashley Park

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

Year-over-year growth: 20%

Median value: $91,400

 

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

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

 

How to Rebuild a Healthy Home after a Disaster

Charlotte North Carolina Homes

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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