America’s Best Real Estate Ranking!

We’re proud to say that when you come to Premier Property Solutions, you’re truly getting the best! Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, you’ll want to work with a reputable, well known national brand backed by a team who knows the local market. You can be confident that our agents are committed to helping with all of your real estate needs as quickly as possible all while keeping in mind your best interest and market factors.

Don’t just take our word for it, the proof is in the numbers! We’re happy to announce that Premier Property Solutions was named one of the top teams in 2016 in North Carolina for number of transactions in “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” ranking!

We’re so honored to have received this ranking that truly represents our leadership, commitment and expertise in the local real estate community. Our contracts closed were 21% higher than the rest of the market. The value of our listings sold 29% faster than the average market. We also sold 19% more listings than the rest of the market.

These numbers are made possible by our amazing clients like you! We look forward to reaching our goals as 2017 continues by helping people of the Queen City and surrounding areas buy, sell and invest in residential properties. Know someone who could use our help? Send them our way because referrals help keep us continue to reach our goals.

Safety checklist: How to secure your new home

When it’s finally time to move into your new home, your ‘to do’ list can seem endless! The stress of moving is sometimes enough to leave you pulling out your hair from packing to paperwork. We know that this time can be overwhelming so we we’ve put together a few tips to help secure the safety of your new home when it’s time to move in.

The front door. Make sure your door is an exterior door built for insulation and safety. Many times people don’t think to look at the quality of their front door. It seems like it’d be a no brainer but oftentimes past owners will put an interior door up for looks. Interior doors do not protect against forced entry as well as exterior doors and they don’t have insulation, which can up your energy bills in a hurry.

Door Locks. You should change all of the locks on your house before you move in. You never know how many previous owners had copies of the keys not to mention, relatives, neighbors, and other strangers that could have been given copies as well.

Fire Alarms and Extinguishers. Make sure the fire alarms are properly installed, working, and cleaned. Three in five home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that stopped working. You should also have at least one fire extinguisher for every level of your home.

Carbon Monoxide Detector. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a scary topic. Carbon monoxide is a odorless gas with no taste. An average of 430 deaths occur each year in the United States due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dryer Vent. Lint is highly flammable which makes it easy for your dryer to spark a flame. Make sure that you check not only the little vent inside your dryer, but also the big vent from your laundry room to outside.

Escape Route. There should be two ways to exit every room. If there’s only one door, find a window. Lay out a plan for every person in the house, just in case you end up needing those newly installed fire alarms.

Windows. Window screens should only be able to be taken off from the interior of the home. Double check to make sure the screen wasn’t installed backwards. However, a screen won’t stop a thief. Make sure that there are new and updated latches on every window.

4th of July Fun Around CLT

The greater Charlotte area is the perfect place for the people that just can’t sit still. Every week there are events and activities great for those looking for some fun and this week is no exception. The city is gearing up to celebrate the ultimate summer holiday—the Fourth of July. Whether you prefer big productions or small parades, Charlotte has just what you’re looking for.

If you live close to uptown Charlotte, SkyShow is hosting a fireworks spectacular following the July 4th baseball game. Even if you don’t plan to attend the game, you can view the fireworks from Romare Bearden Park. A free street festival, including live music, rides, and food, will be set up around the park from 2-10 p.m.

Looking for something a little more outdoorsy? The National Whitewater Center is hosting a festival on the 4th of July which includes live music and a fireworks show. Or, maybe you’re looking for something a little smaller. The Coulwood Hills Community is holding a parade that begins at 9 a.m. at Coulwood Middle School. About 500 participants are expected.

If parades are your thing, but you want something more low key with a small neighborhood vibe, the Old Stone Crossing Annual 4th of July parade may be your scene. The small parade follows a short route from the Sidney Crest Avenue clubhouse beginning at 10 a.m.

Of course, both Lake Wylie and Lake Norman host celebrations for the Fourth! There are boats, regattas, and water fun for all age groups at both the Charlotte area lakes. Lake Wylie make fireworks viewable around 9 p.m. near the Buster Boyd Bridge.

Plaza Midwood hosts their 16th annual Pig Pickin’ for the fourth. The event consists of a big neighborhood crawl full of eats at all of the popular restaurants. Expect music and fun from this popular, hip spot.

The fun around Charlotte certainly doesn’t stop after the Fourth of July. There are always fun things to do around the different Charlotte neighborhoods. Give us a call anytime, we’d be happy to show you homes in a neighborhood that fits your needs year round!

Is it time to downsize?

Having a small house wasn’t all that appealing just a couple years ago, but now, smaller homes are in! Whether it’s because of environmental concerns, financial concerns, or simply just the desire for more time and freedom, people across the country are downsizing their living spaces.

The average tiny home is somewhere typically under 700 square feet and designed to meet function first. Tiny homes are stylized, modern and even breathtaking! They help cut down on living costs without cutting out comfort. Tiny Homes are self-sufficient and low cost, which makes life’s adventures that much easier.

According to a study, 68% of tiny house owners have no mortgage and 55% have more savings than the average American. Also, 89% of tiny house owners have less credit card debt than the typical American homeowner.

Living a simpler life doesn’t have to be confined to 700 square feet. Even if the idea of a tiny house doesn’t sound appealing, there are ways we can help you find homes with the efficiency, comfort and price tag of a tiny home.

Is it time to downsize your home? We’re here for all of your housing questions, whether they’re tiny or big!

Keys For A Cure: Working Together For A Great Local Cause

It’s no secret that at Premier Property Solutions, helping our clients buy, sell and invest in the Charlotte area is our passion! With a population of 842,051 people and rising, Charlotte is the second biggest city in the southeastern US yet still remains a close-knit community. There’s so much to love about CLT, especially all of our amazing local nonprofits and charities. This year, we’ve had the opportunity to team up with Joedance Film Festival to give new hope with each of our closings.

Joedance Film Festival was established in loving memory of Joe Restaino to support rare pediatric cancer research right here in our community at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Every dollar given to the nonprofit directly benefits research at Levine. One of the goals of Joedance is raise money locally and keep the money here to benefit pediatric cancer research in our community.

Premier Property Solutions is a proud sponsor of this wonderful nonprofit and we’e committed to donating a portion of every closing to a great local cause. “To have a corporate sponsor that gives perpetually makes a huge difference for a nonprofit of our size”, said Diane Restaino President of Joedance Film Festival.

The nonprofit also uses donations to fund clinical trials to help find alternatives to the harsh treatments that many pediatric cancers require. They support those affected by pediatric cancer through their Joedance Internship opportunities.

The 8th Annual Joedance Film Festival will be held August 4-5 from 8:00pm-11:00pm at Uptown Charlotte’s Historic Fourth Ward neighborhood in the 10th Street Townhomes Courtyard. If you are interested in attending or would like to make a donation, head over to their website

Pinterest & Real Estate: Tips for Success

Pinterest is one of the hottest social media networks around! It’s also an amazing tool for marketing your real estate company. In case you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it is a social media network that allows users to share and discover interests. You pin an image to your board (a board meaning a collection of pins that usually have a common theme) and it saves your ideas.

People can re-pin a pin you post. Linking back to a website creates traffic with each re-pin. Creating the right boards is an essential part your Pinterest account. Think about boards that will both define your brand and engage your target market. Include everything from local pins from around your community to home improvement and, of course, your real estate blog.

Pinterest is also helpful to your real estate team as a way to draw potential clients to your website. Pin your listings with a link back to the website so that people know that their dream home is attainable.

Infographics typically get the most re-pins, just be sure to keep it Pinterest-friendly by using attractive fonts, bright colors and appropriate Pinterest sizing. Looking for some inspiration? Check out our Pinterest account HERE

Charlotte: A Millennial Paradise

As we said last week in our blog, there are many factors that contribute to Charlotte’s booming population growth but there’s one group in particular that’s flocking to the Queen City in record numbers.

More and more millennials are calling Charlotte home and it’s easy to see why! In a recent survey by Growella, Charlotte was named the fifth best city for young people. The best part? Job openings are 27 percent better than average in this large banking hub. And, for millennials, that means a better chance of getting a job right out of school.

As if that wasn’t appealing enough, research shows that your paycheck will also take you farther in Charlotte. Wage growth is also expected to jump from 5.4% annually to 6.5% in 2018 as the city continues to flourish. Pair all of these economical factors with trendy brunch spots, locally-owned coffee shops and a fun night life scene and it’s easy to see why Charlotte is a millennial paradise!

Our agents know Charlotte inside and out and we’re here to find you the perfect spot to call home. Even if you don’t know the difference between a mortgage and paying rent, our realtors will guide you every step along the way. Let us help you become a proud homeowner in our thriving city!

Not sure how or where to start? Call Premier Property Solutions at (704) 964-8718.

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A City On The Rise

There’s no denying that Charlotte is a booming city! With a strong economy, thriving real estate market and attractive jobs, it’s no surprise that the Queen City’s population has one of the strongest urban growths out of any southern city! As the city continues to expand and the suburbs sprawl, it’s clear that there’s a demand for houses to keep up with the cities growth.

According to Zillow, the median home value in Charlotte is now $182,100 which is a 7.9% increase over the past year! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again….NOW is the best time to sell in Charlotte! If you’ve been thinking about selling, don’t wait to jump into the HOT sellers market. Selling season has just begun and we’ve already seen numerous multi-offer situations for our sellers! Let our trusted team of experienced agents help you get top dollar for your home this summer.

Not sure where to start? Give us a call today! (704) 964-8718

Support Local: Farm Fresh Carolinas

Charlotte is one of the BEST places to live because of our wonderful community. At Premier Property Solutions, we take pride in the businesses that make up the heart and soul of our great city. We’re excited to put the spotlight on local vendors through our “Support Local” segment that will feature some amazing businesses from around the Queen City.

We’re kicking things off with Farm Fresh Carolinas, a local service that delivers fresh organic and local produce to your front door. Don’t forget to use code “PPS” and enjoy $5 off your first delivery! Here’s more…

About Farm Fresh Carolinas

Farm Fresh Carolinas is excited to begin service in the Greater Charlotte, NC Metro Area.  Our company’s mission is simple; provide fresh local and organic produce directly to homes and offices at an affordable price point.  We can then not only support the local community with jobs, but also allows us to donate the excess food to those in need in the community.

How It Works

Our service offers weekly and every other week options to have Organic produce delivered.  Our customer’s have the option of selecting all vegetables, fruits, or the best of both.  We will select 5-7 vegetables and 4-6 fruits for the week and will pack the deliveries based on 4 different size selections and then have them delivered to your door on your areas delivery day.

How Are We Different

We work to purchase the best quality and in season produce harvested that week.  Unlike other services and CSA’s you often find yourself with items you don’t want or you keep receiving the same items week after week. We always look to the local farming community first but we will additionally source from outside the area in the off growing season to make sure you have a continued variety to your delivery and it allows us to make deliveries year round.

We also utilize a “No Thanks” List in which you can provides us a list of items you would like us to never send and we will make sure you receive an extra portion of an item you do love!  This way you can “Set it and forget it”.  No need to remember to go online and customize your shipment each week.  This is one of the services our busy customers love the most!

Last, but not least we hand select all of the items that go into your box.  Our rule is if it wouldn’t go into our shopping cart, it shouldn’t go to our customers.

For all of those who would like to try out Farm Fresh Carolinas please use code “PPS” for $5 off your first delivery!

Ready to get started or just want to find out more?  Visit us at www.FarmFreshCarolinas.com

5 Real Estate Terms You Should Know

Whether you’re thinking about listing your home for the first time or jumping into the hot Charlotte market, there are lots of real estate terms you’ll hear along the way! Luckily, with the help of our team at Premier Property Solutions, we’ll guide you every step of the way by answering any questions you might have. But, for those of you who like to do your homework, we’ve put together a list of 5 common real estate terms you should know before you dive into the market.

1. Mortgage– simply put, the charging of a property to a creditor as security of a debt (your home) with the understanding that the debt will be repaid in the determined amount of time at the determined rate. Basically, a mortgage is a way to use your home as collateral until you can completely pay it off. Unless you are an all cash buyer, it is a very common practice in real estate to take out a mortgage to pay for your home.

2. Appraisal– an evaluation of a property by a licensed professional to help determine the bank’s lending amount. During an appraisal, the licensed professional will estimate the value of your home based on a variety of factors such as square footage, home improvements, interior/exterior features and comparable homes in your neighborhood. If you are selling your home, your real estate agent might suggest an appraisal to better determine the listing price of your property.

3. Comparable Homes– more commonly known as “comps”, these are recently sold homes in your neighborhood that are used to determine the value of your home. The homes must have a variety of similarities to be considered a comp such as square footage and current condition. Real estate agents will use comps to help determine the best listing price for your home (seller) or, alternatively, to create a solid offer on a potential home (buyer).

4. Inspection– Once you’ve made an offer on a home and it’s been accepted, you’ll need to schedule an inspection. The inspector will evaluate the home’s condition by checking on things like the roof, foundation, HVAC system, electrical wiring and more. The inspection helps the buyer understand the true condition of the house. Once the report is submitted, the buyer will have the opportunity to negotiate repairs and or terms of the contract.

5. Closing Costs– When you purchase your first home, you can expect to pay fees. Closing costs are the fees associated with closing which include attorney and application fees just to name a few. Your real estate agent will be able to determine the exact amount you’ll owe at closing taking all of the guess work out of it!

The list of real estate vocabulary goes on and on for pages, which is why you should rely on the help of a great realtor during the process. We’re here to help you every step of the way so you can do as little or as much homework as you’d like.