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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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December 9, 2014

Rising Star Featured in Observer

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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

October 2, 2014

Mario’s Top 5 Reasons to Move to Charlotte

top 5 reasons to move to Charlotte NC

We’re proud at Showcase to have some of the best agents in the Charlotte area. Mario Restrepo is one of our best at Showcase, he has been a Broker/Realtor for the past 12 years and has been working with buyers and sellers in Charlotte for the last 7 years. We asked Mario why he loved the Charlotte area and what he highlights when showing homes to buyers, here’s what he had to say!

Marios Top 5 Reasons to Move to the Charlotte Area

1. North Carolina has a great climate, all seasons are represented in different parts of the state and are all in traveling distance.

2. There are so many different attractions that are in traveling distance from Charlotte, from the mountains of Asheville to the sandy shores of Wilmington it is a great place to start your family adventures from.

3. Charlotte has a ton of outdoor family oriented activities to discover: kayaking and boating on the rivers lakes and at the National White Water Center, Green ways for running jogging and walking, concerts at PNC Pavilion, and many professional sports teams to enjoy your favorite sport. Check out these fun things to do around Charlotte.

4. The city of Charlotte is constantly growing, because of the thriving economy new jobs and houses are sprouting everywhere around the area.

5. Money Magazine named Charlotte the best “Big City Bargain” and it truly is. The housing market is one of the most affordable around, from the investor to the first time home buyer, Charlotte is guaranteed to have a property for everyone.

Charlotte, The New Atlanta

Charlotte The New Atlanta

Last week The Huffington Post released an article listing “America’s Top 5 Cities To Keep On Your Radar,” with Charlotte coming in at number 3 on the list of cities. Charlotte, dubbed the new Atlanta by the author states that Charlotte is quickly catching up to one of the largest major southern cities. The article portrays Charlotte in a great light saying, “With the addition of the new BB&T Ballpark, a buzzing nightlife scene geared toward professional singles AND the return of the original Hornets team name, Charlotte is lookin’ good.” We at Showcase would have loved to see something about our thriving real estate market and our Carolina Panthers but we will accept the number three spot on the list!

Kansas City came out on top of the list recognizing their jazz, barbecue, and their affordable prices around the city. The south was also represented with Richmond in the second spot and San Diego and Minneapolis rounding out the rest of the list.


September 23, 2014

‘Money’ Magazines Best Big-City Bargains

Number 1 best place to live in America

With its annual list of “Best Places to Live in America” Money magazine lists Charlotte as its number 1 in the “big-city bargains” category. This list is was created by ranking cities with over 500,000 residents on housing affordability, economic strength, upcoming forecasts of home prices, and livability. Highlighted in the article were two well known neighborhoods in the Charlotte area, Plaza-Midwood and Mountain Island Lake. With these neighborhoods boasting easy access to the center city, Money, paints a picture of the neighborhoods in a great way.

“Just 10 minutes by car from the center of Charlotte, this artsy, bike-friendly neighborhood is an interesting mix of the gritty and the pretty: You’ll see tattoo parlors alongside antiques shops and beautiful historic architecture.” The magazine explains that Plaza-Midwood offers, “a year-round calendar of public events, including concerts, road races, and a candlelight house tour.”

The second community highlighted in the list is located 20 minutes northwest of center city Charlotte, Mountain Island Lake is “rated one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the state by real estate data firm NeighborhoodScout.” Rivaling Charlottes well known Ballantyne neighborhood, this up and coming neighborhood is being marketed as “a thrifty alternative” with many outdoor activities.

North Carolina represented well in the many lists with Cary ranking number 19 on the overall list of best places to live and Chapel Hill making number 36. Cary was also highlighted number 9 among the best places to find a job in the United States.

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September 18, 2014

Millennials on the Move to Charlotte

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Many Millenials are moving to the Charlotte area.

RealtyTrac, a real estate information company, recently analyzed data from the Census Bureau and they were able to track the migration patterns of millennials from 2007 to 2013. As you can see from the map and the information these generation y buyers are on the move to the Charlotte area with a 32 percent increase in recent years.

Daren Blomquist, Vice President of RealtyTrac, was quoted saying “The millennial generation is the key to a sustained real estate recovery. Naturally, millenials are attracted to markets with good job prospects and low unemployment but that tend to have high rental rates and high home appreciation.”

With the exponential amount of jobs being added and the establishment of major sports teams, Charlotte is becoming an appealing location for many recent college graduates to either move to or move back to.

According to a new report released this week from The Demand Institute, Millennials and Their Homes: Still Seeking the American Dream, millennials are expected to make the move to the suburbs within the next 5 years. In fact, Millennials are expected to form 8.3 million households over the next five years and by 2018 they are projected to spend $1.6 trillion on home purchases.

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September 15, 2014

Nancy Braun Speaks at the 2014 Five Star Conference

Nancy Braun Speaks at the 2014 Five Star Conference
Force Rally, Showcase Realty

Nancy will be attending the Force Rally this week!

On Sunday, September 14 Nancy Braun welcomed the Force members, asset managers, and servicers to the 2014 Five Star Conference held in Dallas, Texas. The fourth Nancy Braun Showcase realtyannual force rally is an academic and networking opportunity for agents and brokers to meet with leading lenders, servicers and asset managers. As one of the Force Advisory Board members Nancy is striving to make this year one of the best conferences yet.

Through round table discussions, panels, and keynote speeches  the force rally will educate all of its attendees with the newest information in compliance, foreclosure, investment, property management, REO and servicing.

The keynote engagement will be an exclusive Q&A with President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush which will be hosted by their daughters. Within the main expo hall will be 444 tables with different organizations that will be participating in the conference.

Check back with the Showcase twitter and Facebook for more information on where Nancy will be located and events she will be attending.

September 15, 2014

Opening Hearts, Opening Doors

The salvation army
showcase, Salvation army

Showcase Supports Salvation Army in Grant Luncheon

On September 10, the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association hosted the first annual Opening Hearts, Opening Doors Grant Luncheon to benefit the Housing Opportunity Foundation which is a charitable branch of the association. In attendance were ten local nonprofit honorees and nine Habitat for Humanity locations that would be accepting charitable donations from the foundation. One of these foundations included The Salvation Army Center for Hope which received a 2,000 dollar donation from the Housing Opportunity Foundation. The nomination, which was brought to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association by Nancy Braun, will be used “to provide assistance for a shelter diversion pilot program, which would reroute families from potentially being homeless back into housing.” This pilot program will assist the more than 6,000 men women and children that would normally be  placed into homeless shelters find housing around the Charlotte area.

The full press release can be found on the Housing Opportunity Foundation.

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September 10, 2014

4 Important Steps To Fix & Flip Success

4 Important Steps To Fix & Flip Success

4 Important Steps To Fix & Flip Success

Fixing and flipping real estate has become more and more popular. There are tons of Reality TV shows hyping the drama of flipping mistakes, contractors and unforeseen real estate nightmares.

Not to fear, tune into to this podcast of “How’s the Market: Real Estate. Real Answers” with Nancy Braun, host and owner of Showcase Realty along with by Wes Pruitt with Reliance First Capital and contractor Jim Potter with Old Towne Development Corporation to talk about the four important steps to fix and flip success.


Fix and flip means to me investing in real estate instead of investing in the stock market or your IRA, or other 401K plans. Take some of that money and diversify it and put it into dirt and some, not just land but also you know, some construction whether it’s commercial or residential. – Nancy Braun

When you take a house and turn it into a gym, and you remember you took pictures, you remember what it used to look like and you see it now, and it’s just a, you know, makes for a real satisfying endeavor. – Jim Potter

Conventional loans, Fannie Mae also has several programs available for first time homeowners as well as investors. For home improvements on properties to fix and flip, there’s a tremendous amount of opportunities, a lots of money available to do that. – Wes Pruitt

Communication is really the key. The client really needs to explain to the realtor what it is they’re looking to accomplish. That way you’re both on the same page and you can really get the best of both worlds that way. – Wes Pruitt

Budgeting is critical to the process of renovating the house that you’re gonna sell because you have a price in mind that you wanna sell that house for and you probably can’t go much higher than that. So you have to make sure that what you’re gonna spend on the house that you’re gonna buy is not gonna be certainly any more than that and you want to have a profit margin in there so you have to allow for that. – Jim Potter

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