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March 27, 2015

April HUD Agent Training Workshop

HUD Agent Training Workshop

HUD Sales Training for Real Estate Agents

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:30AM – To RSVP go to https://aprilhud.eventbrite.com

Showcase Realty is offering a free HUD Sales Training workshop for Real Estate agents in the metro Charlotte area. The HUD workshop is designed to teach Brokers the secrets to closing more HUD transactions in 2015. Nancy Braun, Owner and Broker-in-Charge of Showcase Realty and Mike Maniace, Director of HUD & REO operations will conduct the 2-hour workshop.

Agents can expect to learn:

  • The selling process to better serve their buyers
  • How to navigate the HUDHomestore.com website
  • What is a HUD Home
  • How to search for properties
  • Important updates and changes to the program

Free lunch will be provided by Movement Mortgage, co-sponsor of the event. The HUD workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:30AM at Showcase Realty’s office, located at 1430 S. Mint Street in Historic South End. Seating is limited.

To RSVP go to https://aprilhud.eventbrite.com

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March 18, 2015

HUD Home of the Week – 414 Leander

HUD Home of the Week

414 Leander Street is a very charming 1-story home in Shelby, North Carolina that is an incredible deal at only $66,800, more than 43,000 below tax value.

The home has a cozy front porch, is more than 18 hundred square feet and sits on a third of an acre with lots of mature trees. This is a 3-bedroom 2-bath home with many interior period details. It features hardwood floors, a fireplace and crown molding throughout. The home has an open kitchen, tons of natural light, a bonus room and an unfinished basement perfect for extra storage. It has easy access to HWY (74) and is close to dining and entertainment in Shelby.

For more information on how to purchase this HUD home contact Showcase Realty today at 704-997-3794 or visit our website at Showcaserealty.net

March 3, 2015

Tranquil Cabin & 40 Wooded Acres Perfect for Racecar Enthusiast or Nature Lover

310 cabin creek

Are you a nature lover looking for a home in a tranquil area? Perhaps a racecar enthusiast considering a space to house your cars? Look no further because this cabin could be exactly what you’re in the market for. This unique private retreat in the woods offers a serene and quiet place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Located on 310 Cabin Creek Road in Mooresville, NC, this cabin oasis sits on 40 acres, which includes multiple tranquil creeks that run throughout the property and an auto workshop. Not only is this home engulfed in the surrounding nature, there are also special touches that bring nature inside. You can sit out on the front porch which overlooks one of the creeks and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. Cabin Creek was built with rare Hemlock logs from North Carolina Mountains and 35 tons of stone was used in the unique stonework found in all foundations and chimney of the home. The ceilings are all oak as is the overhangs on the outside of the house.

310 Cabin Creek Rd.

310 Cabin Creek Rd.

Inside, the home offers 3 bedrooms, 3 and a quarter bathrooms – two full, one-half and one-quarter – complete with a tiered wrap-around deck.  The original rustic theme can be seen throughout the house in the stone fireplace in the living room, the warm black walnut floors, mixed with the wide board oak floors and the extinct wormy chestnut cabinetry in the kitchen. The antiqued stove offers the same rustic appeal but in a modern way (bonus: all the appliances come with the house). A mudroom is accessible when you walk in from the garage to hold all of your coats, shoes, and equipment.

Pamper yourself in the spacious master suite which includes a jetted tub, separate shower, two pedestal sinks, large closets and skylights to gaze up at the stars. All of the rooms located on the second floor come with a skylight so everyone can enjoy the view. Another additional bonus, you get to keep the antique wardrobe and postal desk located in the master suite when you move in!

Moving to the basement, you will find a third bedroom with an office area (another bonus: you get to keep the desk!), a large closet, and a full bathroom. This bedroom is also encased in concrete and steel making it the perfect storm shelter. There is also a custom built cedar sauna to lounge in when you need to relax.

310 Cabin Creek Rd.

310 Cabin Creek Rd.

Don’t be barled by cabin creek’s rustic charm, the cabin has an HVAC system, gas furnace, security system and electric panel. There is also a new wood custom Jotul fireplace insert in the stone fireplace with a custom black oak mantel that was made from the property! One great environmental factor to this cabin is it is equipped with solar power panels. This feature is going to cut back on your monthly utility expenses and the security system is connected to the panels as well.

Saving the best for last, the backyard of this house is magnificent. Off of the 240-square bart deck, you can enjoy the in-ground pool and pool house. You can spend all day exploring the 40 acres of land that are home to deer and wild turkeys. There are also two large garden areas ready for planting all of your veggies. Apple, plum, pear and peach trees are also planted in the backyard for you to enjoy.

Professional Car shop

Professional Car Shop

For the sports car enthusiast, there is a large two car garage with access to an upper finished room and pool area. The professional auto shop measures 40 x 40 and is licensed for business. The auto shop is insulated, has its own gas heaters, propane tank, 10-ton car and security system and is zoned for commercial use. It has a finished office with customer counter and linear panels with a covered lean-to on the back. The motorcycle lift located in the auto shop is negotiable. Zoning for this property is residential, forestry and commercial so there is a ton of potential to do what you want with this space. If that’s not enough, there is one more feature that is sure to please. The home also comes with a fully renovated mobile home that is currently being rented for additional income!

This unique and tranquil wooded 40 acres, with 2 homes, car enthusiast commercial workshop and multiple babbling creeks is offered at $1.6 million. For more information or to personally view the property call Nancy Braun at 704-488-3109.

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February 26, 2015

Showcase Realty Congratulates Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas

Showcase Realty Congratulates Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas


Showcase Realty is proud to announce Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas’ selection as one of 14 participants of the 2015 Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Leadership Academy. The CRRA Leadership Academy is an intense nine-month, five-stage program that focuses on goal setting, communication, business relationships, meeting management and time management.

“I am thrilled and proud of Leigh Anne and I know she will be an awesome addition to the group,” says Nancy Braun, Owner and Broker-In-Charge of Showcase Realty. “She is extremely passionate about real estate. She puts her all into every client and every transaction.”

Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas

Broker Leigh Anne Forlidas

A graduate of Charlotte Latin School and Queens College with a degree in Mathematics, Leigh Anne is a born and bred Charlottean.  Real Estate found this former Sprint Global Markets group sales executive whose personality is a natural fit for meeting new people.

“I’m truly honored and grateful to be included in the Leadership Academy,” says Leigh Anne. “I’m not only excited about the new opportunities this will give me to challenge myself; I also look forward to meeting new people and learning about ways to contribute to the program in the future.”

In addition to being the Showcase Realty agent recruiter and trainer, Leigh Anne is a licensed broker in both North and South Carolina and works tirelessly to provide her clients with the level of service that everyone buying or selling a home deserves.

The Leadership Academy identifies, inspires and mentors emerging leaders. This leadership development program is designed to guide each participant through their own self-discovery process and to teach the necessary skills to become a more positive influence within the community and the industry.

Leadership Academy participants will attend training and development retreats that focus on how to lead in a variety of situations. After the retreats are completed participants prepare for graduation where they meet as a group to reflect on their personal growth and development.

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January 15, 2015

Charlotte homes see drop in negative equity

Charlotte NC equity drop

Charlotte homes see drop in negative equity

Courtesy of the Mecklenburg TIMES

By: Roberta Fuchs January 13, 2015

The number of the Charlotte area’s mortgaged homes with negative equity fell to 6.8 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from 8.4 percent in third quarter 2013, according to CoreLogic.


The third-quarter 2014 figure rose slightly, however, from the second quarter of 2014, when 6.7 percent, or 31,652, of the homes in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord metropolitan statistical area carried negative equity. In the third quarter, that figure was 32,244 homes.


Negative equity means that borrowers owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. The situation can occur because of a decline in real estate value, an increase in mortgage debt, or a combination of both.


The CoreLogic report found that an additional 3 percent of area homeowners with a mortgage in the third quarter had near-negative equity, or less than 5 percent equity in their homes. The number of Charlotte area homes in near-negative equity decreased from the previous year, when 4.1 percent of homeowners with a mortgage had less than 5 percent equity in their properties.


The number of mortgages that were near negative equity in the second quarter of 2014 was 2.9 percent.


John Chesser, senior analyst at UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, says he believes the year-over-year decline in negative and near-negative equity reflects the steady recovery in the overall housing market, and strong growth in the local employment rate, which has boosted Charlotte-area home sales.


“The rise in negative equity during the recession was a natural consequence of the rapid drop in home values,” Chesser said. “Now, lending is tighter, so new home purchases result in a more solid equity position for purchasers and the overall rise in prices is helping reduce the negative equity situation that existing owners have been in over the last few years.”


Nancy Braun Showcase Realty
Nancy Braun
, owner and broker-in-charge of Showcase Realty in Charlotte’s South End, agrees. She attributes the drop in negative equity to a strong appreciation in housing prices, which is a reflection of the local economy.


“Plus,” she said, “We still have investors purchasing in the Charlotte-area market, which has bumped up prices as well. Low inventory is also boosting higher offers.”

Continue reading at The Mecklenburg TIMES

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January 14, 2015

Welcome New Showcase Agents!

Showcase Realty Agents


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 14, 2015 – Showcase Realty welcomes new agents to its team; Bill McCall and Tripp Ingle are the latest brokers looking forward to their new experience. Each broker is a talented asset that brings their own unique personality and attributes to the team.


Bill McCall

Bill McCall has been involved with real estate for 12 years. He specializes in single family homes and wants to optimize his use of technology and join that with his knowledge of real estate to maximize his experience at Showcase. Bill loves the dynamic environment at Showcase, as well as the flexibility real estate offers. He grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Outside of Showcase, he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.


Tripp Ingle

Tripp Ingle is a caring and honest person who brings his passion for helping people to Showcase. He has always been involved and interested in real estate. Whether it’s buying or selling, he caters to his clients, helping them have a smooth process along the way. A native to Charlotte, Tripp enjoys everything Charlotte has to offer. He spends his free time paddleboarding and wakeboarding on the lakes, working out with friends and dining at different restaurants around town.


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 www.showcaserealty.net.

December 9, 2014

Rising Star Featured in Observer

Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer home|design
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Showcase Broker Julius Green Rising Star



Julius Green, a Kansas City, Mo., native, studied business management at Longview community College, which led to a position as an assistant manager and a five-year partnership with a prominent Fortune 500 company. The role allowed him to expand his expertise in public service and eventually transition into a real estate career. As a dedicated real estate agent with showcase Realty, Green specializes in first-time homebuyers, investment properties, condominium sales and residential properties in the Charlotte market.

Green is a family man with a devotion to God, his beautiful wife and two children. He enjoys long walks in the park, reading and spending time with his family, and anything basketball-related: he’s a natural athlete and it’s one of his year-round passions.

“Very proud Julius was honored with this award. He is hard working, energetic, versatile and enjoys working in all price points and especially first-time home buyers. Slthough successful in a prior job, he made a career change due to his passion for real estate” – Nancy Braun, Owner Broker in charge, Showcase Realty

December 3, 2014

A Brief Guide On Purchasing Moving Insurance

Moving Insurance Charlotte NC

Relocating to another house, state, country or another part of the world can be difficult on you and your belongings. Even if you or your professional movers pack and handle every item you have carefully, there’s still a chance that accidents can happen resulting to breakage of some of your items. Therefore, before you plan to move, you’re encouraged to purchase a moving insurance.

Why Get A Moving Insurance?

As what is mentioned above, even if you hire the best moving company, accidents can still happen during transit of items, upon arrival or while unpacking the items. With buying a moving insurance, you know you are adequately compensated. By paying for a moving insurance, you’re assured of a 100% safe and peaceful move.

How To Purchase A Moving Insurance

When purchasing a moving insurance, you’ll need to give details on the value of each of your items because this will greatly help when if needed, you’ll settle the claim with the insurance company.

Once the move is finished and there are any damages, you need to report it immediately to the insurance company. You’ll need to file a claim and ensure that a representative of the insurance company acknowledges your claim within the 30 days so the settlement can’t be done within 120 days.

Types of Moving Insurance

Declared Value Insurance. The value of the items is based on their collective weight. A price per pound is multiplied by the total weight and the product is the value of your liability amount.

Assessed Value Insurance. This type of insurance is usually offered when the items involved are highly valuable. You will be covered based on what you have declared as the actual value of your items.

Full Protection Insurance. In this type of insurance, lost and damaged items will be replaced along with a set minimum coverage amount.

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December 3, 2014

Finding the Right Home Inspector For You

Finding the Right Home Inspector For You

You plan to buy a house, you saw one, you made an offer, the offer has been accepted and your funding is now ready. However, before you continue with the home buying process, ask yourself, are you sure your soon-to-be-home doesn’t have any major defects that will eventually cost you a lot along the way?

Therefore, you should never neglect one of the most important parts in the home buying process and that is doing a home inspection by an excellent home inspector. But how do you choose one? We’ve prepared for you some important tips to remember when choosing a home inspector.

Assess the inspector’s experience. You can do this by checking into how long he has been in the business and how many home inspections he has performed in the past. Ask about his expertise, the way he conducts the inspections, what will be included in his report, and how much he charge for his services. If possible, ask the inspector to give you a sample copy of a written report he has completed before. Remember, there is certainly no equivalent to experience as it enhances and broadens a person’s knowledge and skills in inspecting homes.

Check if the inspector is associated with a professional inspection organization. Although this won’t totally eradicate the bad options, it can help a lot in weeding out fly-by-night inspectors. But this doesn’t mean you’ll simply chose an organization, we highly recommend those professionals affiliated with groups like the National Institute of Building Inspectors, American Society of Home Inspectors, or the National Association of Home Inspectors.

Make sure the inspector has errors and omissions insurance. Your potential home inspectors should have errors and omissions insurance specifically for conducting home inspections. The purpose of the insurance is to cover mistakes of a home inspection – any flaws of a home that the inspector may have overlooked.

Ask for the type of equipment he’ll use for the home inspection. Never hire an inspector who’ll only use a flashlight throughout the inspection because he will not be able to provide you with the best and comprehensive home inspection results. There are actually now lots of sophisticated testing device today and if the inspector is serious about his job, he will invest in such delicate yet costly device to give the best services to his clients. Proper equipment will include electrical circuit analyzers, digital moisture meters, digital cameras for documentation, electronic carbon monoxide and fuel gas analyzers, along with the traditional necessary equipment.

Get feedbacks and recommendations. One of the most effective methods to get the best home inspector is to get recommendations and feedback from family or friends who have worked before with such professional. In this way, you already have an overview about his knowledge and skills. As much as possible, do not hire an inspector who’s affiliated with the seller, the seller’s agent or the agency selling the house.

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December 3, 2014

7 Ways To Cut Down Moving Costs

7 Ways To Cut Down Moving Costs

Are you moving to your new home in a few days or weeks? Your bank might feel a little bit empty right now after you’ve paid for your new home’s down payment, closing costs, brokers fees, taxes, amongst others. Because of this, you surely want save a lot of your moving expenses. Luckily, we have prepared for you 7 ways to cut down on your moving costs.

  1. Avoid peak seasons. As much as possible, avoid moving during the months of June, July and August, as these are considered expensive due to high demand. Furthermore, avoid moving at the beginning or end of the month because of the huge amount of leases due to month-end terminations.
  1. Avoid moving unnecessary items. Moving companies will charge you according to the items you’re moving and the weight of these items, therefore, if you want to cut down moving costs, don’t move unnecessary items. You can either done these items or sell them as it will even help you earn money.
  1. Use what you have for packing your things. Moving companies charge a lot on packing supplies so if you want to cut cost, make use of items that you already have like your suitcases, plastic bins, boxes, and even your sheets and linens.
  1. Ask questions. Even the most legitimate moving companies will not say all the costs of the move unless you ask them to. Therefore, if you want to get a clear picture of the total cost of the move, ask how much they’ll be charging for heavy items, repacking and the like. Furthermore, every professional mover has a cost for each of its services; know them so you can avoid them.
  1. Get at least three estimates. If you’re going to hire the services of a professional moving company, it’s recommended to get an estimation of at least three companies. In this way, you can determine if you’ve got the best deal possible.
  1. Pack your items yourself. Packing services actually makes your job easier for you, but can be costly for someone who wants to save on moving expenses. However, if you don’t want to spend on packing services, at least allow them to pack your heavy and fragile items to ensure that they are moved safely to your new home. Just remember that if you purchase an insurance for your move, the insurance will not be covering items you pack yourself.
  1. Research for some potential tax deductions. Keep all your receipts with you and consult a professional to determine if you can save from possible tax deductions. For instance, if you move to a new full-time job at least 50 miles away from your previous home, you can actually save on the cost of packing, transporting or storing your household items from next year’s tax return.

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