6 Habits of Successful Real Estate Agents

Though everyone has different ideas of success, there are a few traits and behaviors that successful real estate agents share. From mindset to organization, we’re breaking down 6 habits of today’s top real estate agents.

1. Organization. This one is at the top of the list for a good reason! Being detail oriented is essential in this line of work. Do the plants look nice…did you get the snacks for open house? Successful agents plan their day before it starts so no detail is left out.

2. Communication is key. Network and socialize daily! Opportunities, connections and clients are everywhere if you remember to look for them. Find ways to connect and engage with your target market and don’t forget to take care of past clients. After all, referrals make the world go round.

3. Value your time (and your clients). Don’t let people take advantage of your precious time (and vice versa). What is your time worth? It may help to assign a monetary value and treat each minute like it’s worth that number.

4. Put clients first. In other words, anything that will help them find that house-make it happen. If your clients are unhappy then nothing else matters. Find out their true wants and needs and be sure to provide realistic options so not to disappoint.

5. Respond to leads in a timely manner. The real estate market is very competitive and homes can move quickly. Be sure to develop a system for handling new leads so you can turn your leads into sales.


Charming Southern Neighborhoods in CLT

Charlotte is undoubtedly growing and you’ve probably noticed the modern buildings popping up all over the metro area to sustain such growth. However, even in light of its expansion, Charlotte has been able to maintain its classics southern charm. Certain neighborhoods have really managed to keep their southern charm and fully embrace it! Here’s a list of some of the most charming ‘old south’ neighborhood you’ll find in Charlotte.

Belmont, N.C. is a suburb west of Charlotte. In the heart of Belmont is their Main Street that resembles that encompasses all of the charm of the old south. Their historic downtown was settled in the 1750s and originally became the town of Belmont in 1833. Downtown Belmont was listed on the national register of historic places in 1996. Picture the essence of the quaint old south and you have Belmont, NC.

The town of Davidson, NC was founded around Davidson College in 1835. Outside of the college town, Davidson consisted of small farms and plantations. Today, it is filled with historic brick buildings, like restaurant row, and young families. The town actively works to maintain small-town character and values that it has had since it was founded.

Matthews is a bustling community has a small town vibe but never a lack of things to do. It was settled in the early 1800s and officially became the town of Matthews in the 1870s. A town of farmers, merchants, and railroad stations, Matthews has worked to keep its southern charm. Matthews hosts a year round farmer’s market, food truck Fridays, and their downtown consists of small mom and pop shops.

The Wilmore/South End area is full of charming bungalows and tree lined streets. This area was named by Southern Living one of ‘The South’s Best Comeback Neighborhoods’ and is now an area full of life!

These are only a few of the many quaint suburbs of Charlotte. If southern charm is at the top of your must-have list, then give us a call and we can help!

Online vs. Reality When it Comes to Real Estate

Online shopping is arguably one of the most convenient things about the 21st century!
You can buy clothes, furniture, and groceries without even leaving your couch. And, thanks to websites like Zillow and Realtor.com, you can even get a head start on shopping for a new home when the time comes. Unfortunately, one of the downfalls of online shopping is that sometimes things aren’t always quite as they seem and
the same is true for real estate. Ever find yourself thinking the following?
Expectation: It’s huge!
Reality: Is that a room? Or the bedroom closet…
• Wide lenses, special angles, forced perspectives can all make that master bedroom look
like it was fit for royalty. And that bathroom?! Could have easily fit a family of four online and now you can’t even shut the door.

Tip: to gain more perspective on room size, reach out to the listing agent for dimensions to give you a better perspective.
Expectation: It looks like a brand new home!
Reality: Why is the paint peeling in every single corner of this place!? And what’s that smell…
• Photoshop and editing software can erase the little flaws that might be very important to

Tip: make a list of ‘must-haves’ in your home. If you are looking for a new
construction home or turn-key property, don’t waste your time on older homes and fixer
uppers to help manage your expectations.
Expectation: The neighborhood looks so charming!
Reality: Why is there so much construction? And what’s up with that suspicious vacant lot across the street?
• Looks can certainly be deceiving. Think of it like online dating. The relationship probably won’t work out unless you have in person chemistry.

Tip: work with your agent to do your research before scheduling a showing to make sure the neighborhood works for you  because we all know that real estate is about location, location, location!
Though looking at listings online may be a good start, it’s important to work with an
agent you trust who can help you find the things on your wish list. Remember, agents have connections and resources that aren’t available though a general online search that can better help you land your dream home.

The Best Investment Neighborhoods In Charlotte

Have you ever thought about investing in real estate? If so, the growing population and strong economy make the Charlotte area an attractive choice for those looking to invest their money in real estate. Additionally, one of the most important things to consider when investing is the strength of the local market and Charlotte’s is strong! In fact, the Charlotte Business Journal reviewed thousands of zip codes across the nation to see how Charlotte compares in neighborhood quality. Here are the results…

Eleven neighborhoods in Charlotte received an A grade, 26 neighborhoods received a B, 18 received a C rating, 4 received a D, and 3 an F. Iredell County (28166) received the top grade around the Charlotte area. Following close behind in the A grade are the following communities:

• Waxhaw, Union County • Huntersville, Mecklenburg County • Denver, Lincoln County • Indian Trail, Union County • Monroe, Union County • Rockwell, Rowan County • Kershaw, Lancaster County • Statesville, Iredell County • Ballantyne, Mecklenburg County • Cornelius, Mecklenburg County.

If you’re looking for a smart buy in Charlotte, or the surrounding Charlotte area, we have you covered! We’re here to get you the best value for the best price. Contact us for more info today.

Source: Charlotte Business Journal 

5 Budget-Friendly Upkeep Ideas for Better Curb Appeal

Whether you’re looking to touch up the home you love, or you’re ready to prep your home to sell, change is always good! Especially when that change is about making a better first impression with arguably one of your biggest investments. Curb appeal doesn’t necessarily mean shelling out the big bucks; there are so many small projects that pack a big punch. Here are 5 ways you can update the appeal of your home without spending all of your money (or time).

1. Update your house number. Adding a few digits in a fancy font can do wonders for updating your entry way. Not only will it make things easier for the mail man, it will help make your home identifiable from the street in the even of future showings.

2. Paint your door. Make your home stand out with a fresh coat of paint. You’d be surprised but a little paint can go a long way. Feel free to experiment with a pop of color (remember to check your HOA rules, first). Gray houses are using bright blue, white brick is going purple, and white houses are trying yellow. With so many options, we say get fun with it!

3. Make a welcoming entry way. Adding a wreath, a sign, plants, flowers etc. are all great ways to update your entry way on a budget. Head to your local craft store and you’ll find plenty of options to help your home make a great first impression. 4. Maintain your walk way. Even if you don’t have an ideal cookie- cutter walkway, make sure the path to your front door is clearly defined. This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank by laying down a cement sidewalk. Play around with DIY stepping stones and pebbles to line your walkway on a budget.

5. Don’t forget the mailbox! Often neglected, an updated mail box can do wonders for your curb appeal. Just like your front door, this project can be as simple as using paint to touch up the colors or adding new calligraphy to the box.

Whatever curb appeal projects you decide to take on, be sure that they help make your home more inviting.

Why It’s Time To Buy In Charlotte

To rent, or to buy? An age-old question and one that should not be taken lightly. Though there are a lot of things to consider when making this big decision, it all comes down to doing the math. After all, something that takes up such a huge chunk of your monthly income deserves some careful consideration. Here are a few things to consider when deciding to rent or buy around the Queen City.

It seems like apartments are popping up around every corner in Charlotte. Everywhere you look, there’s a new complex or apartment building. Many people make the mistake in thinking that renting an apartment is the easy, cheap way to live. However, especially in Charlotte, as the population continues to increase, so does rent.

Charlotte was named the 11th fastest growing city with a 14% increase in population since 2010. That’s why it’s no surprise that rent is climbing, especially in booming neighborhoods, such as South End and Uptown. According to Apartments.com, the average rent is close to $2000 for a two bedroom apartment in South End. That’s a lot of cash!

Additionally, the Charlotte Observer recently reported that rent in Charlotte is going up faster than the national average. According to Apartments List, average rents increased 4.3 percent in Charlotte in June 2017, compared to the same month a year ago which is well above the national average increase of 2.9 percent.

As Charlotte continues to grow, now is a great time to invest! Mortgage rates are incredibly low, with monthly payments coming in sometimes more than half of rental rates. That cost can be even lower if you’re looking in neighborhoods in the surrounding Charlotte cities.

The benefits of owning a house are more than just cost efficient. You’re paying much less money for much more space and you’re putting money into something that is all your own. So, if you’re tired of watching your rent go up and the numbers in your bank account go down, give us a call.

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!