Thinking of buying a home? Start by answering these 3 questions

There are so many things to consider when it comes to buying a new home. Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking for a place to call your own or a seasoned homeowner looking for an upgrade, the list of things to consider can seem overwhelming!  Don’t stress because we’re here to help! Start by answering these 3 questions…

Where do you want to live? Narrow down the specifics of your desired location. This may seem obvious, but there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to location. If you already live in the city where you’d like to buy- this might be easier! If you are moving to an entirely new city, you may want to consider a few things. There are the easy questions like, do you want to be in the heart of the city or in the suburbs? Do you want to be close to the nightlife, quaint shops, and/or businesses? Are schools important to you? Depending on your lifestyle, there are many different aspects of location to consider.

What’s you budget? Determine how much you can comfortably pay. Are you going to take out a mortgage? If so, getting pre-approved before you start looking at homes will help avoid the let down of looking at homes that are out of your budget. Your real estate agent can help you find homes within your price rang. Think about how high you’re willing to go should you become involved in a bidding war. It’s better to plan ahead so that you don’t end up spending over what you had originally planned.

What do you really need? Evaluate your needs vs. wants. The big factors are usually things like how many bedrooms and how many bathrooms you want. Do you need a garage? How about a fenced in backyard for pets? Think about things that are ‘deal breakers’ for you and separate them from your wants like a gas range over electric or stainless steel appliances instead of all black appliances.

If you’re still overwhelmed by all of the things to consider when searching for a new home, we don’t blame you. That’s why we’re here to help! Whether you’re relocating from another state or looking for a new home within the Queen City, give us a call! We can help answer your questions so that you can land the house of your dreams

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!