One of the best places to live!

 It’s no secret that Charlotte continues to rank in the top 20 on the list of “best places to live” in the US. Charlotte is a city full of culture, business, good weather, museums breweries, professional sports, award-winning restaurants…the list goes on and on! It’s a city with a growing skyline that still maintains the charm of a southern town. For those thinking about moving to the Queen City, here are few more reasons that will have you packing your bags.

Kid Friendly. For many families, this is at the top of the list! Not only does Charlotte have a variety of children’s museums and activities like The Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, but it’s also home to some of the greatest-ranking schools in the country!

Amazing Restaurants. From high-end restaurants like Blue Restaurant & Bar to the hip and trendy spots like the 5th Street Market, Charlotte is full of great restaurants! The Queen City is also home to almost twenty breweries and has quickly become a craft beer hub. For those foodies already in Charlotte, this is a reminder that it’s restaurant week!

 Low Cost of Living. Charlotte is an affordable city and ranks below the national average for cost of living. This is great in comparison with other large cities. The below average cost of living paired with great jobs and schools makes Charlotte a desirable destination for many families.

Below average on housing. There’s one more thing to add to the list! Charlotte has an affordable housing market so you can find the home of your dreams on a budget you can afford. The Charlotte housing market is very hot and home values continue to rise (up 8% over the past year according to Zillow). The current median listing price in Charlotte is $250,00 but the median rent is pushing $1,300.

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It’s Inspection Day! Here’s What You Need To Know

You’ve accepted an offer on your home and you have one more (major) obstacle standing in your way…the home inspection! There’s often a lot of anxiety and stress associated with this process for both buyers and sellers but it’s actually a pretty straightforward procedure. Let us help you put your mind at ease by better understanding the home inspection process.

As a seller, a home inspection can sometimes feel a little intrusive but it’s important to check your emotions at the door. A licensed home inspector will preform a detailed visual inspection of your home from top to bottom. He will carefully examine the main components of your home including the foundation, roof and electrical system and provide a detailed report. A home inspector is liable to inspect the areas he has access to without taking things apart so you can stop worrying that you’ll come home to holes in your wall from checking the wiring or that your septic tank will be dug up in the back yard. 

 With that being said, there are certain things that are not usually included with a basic home inspection including features like a swimming pool inspection or a report on environmental hazards in the home like lead or radon. If you are the buyer, be sure to work with your real estate agent to completely understand what will & won’t be inspected and included on the report.

In most cases, the buyer will pay for the inspection and review the report with the inspector directly. Depending on what’s listed on the report, the buyer’s agent can go back to the seller’s agent outlining certain items they’d like to be fixed (or compensated for). This can open up another round of negotiating so close to the finish line but you’ve made it this far!

In the end, a home inspection is simply another part of selling (or buying) a home that few can avoid. Once the terms are excepted by both sides, you’ll be on your way to closing day in no time!

The Benefits of an HOA

You’ve probably heard of the term HOA before, short for homeowners’ association, especially if you’ve bought in a modern single-family development. Simply put, an HOA is the governing group put in place to ensure your development looks its best & runs smoothly. Though terms vary from HOA to HOA, here are some common benefits of buying a home with an HOA.

Amenities. Many HOAs put a large portion of their fees toward common ground maintenance and amenities like a community swimming pool, tennis courts and recreational centers. These recreational amenities are reserved for residents to enjoy as part of their fees.

Support. Your HOA is in place to help deal with common neighborhood issues. Have an issue with your neighbor’s 50-foot inflatable Christmas decoration in their front yard? Your HOA team is in place to help manage situations like these so you don’t have to get involved directly.

Neighborhood Appearance. HOA fees also help sustain the beauty of your neighborhood by keeping it well lit, clean and landscaped. The associations have rules, regulations and standards that all residents must comply with in an effort to keep the neighborhood looking its best. Depending on the HOA, there could be rules on everything from exterior paint colors the type of cars allowed in your driveway (aka commercial vehicles, large campers etc.)

These are just a few of the benefits of an HOA. It’s important to read through your association’s regulations to understand exactly what you are agreeing to with your fees.