24 Jun

Let’s do brunch

It’s Friday, the day when you firm up weekend plans between trying to finish already overdue projects at work. Which means it’s time to think about where to get your bacon fix on Saturday or Sunday morning. (Yeah, we said bacon. Sorry.) Brunch is that perfect combination of breakfast and lunch that allows you to sleep in and then pretend you’re doing something fancy your mother would approve of. Think of it as an eating version of multi-tasking, with a cocktail. Hungry yet? Here’s our favorite brunch spots throughout the Carolinas. Charlotte Area Terrace Cafe, Charlotte, NC – At Terrace Cafe, every day is Sunday, as patrons can enjoy a brunch menu each and every day they dine. Here you’ll find house specialties like...
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23 Jun

Keeping Your Cool

How many times have you opened the refrigerator door, just to see what's in there? Contrary to what your mother told you, holding the door open won't raise your electric bill significantly, but it will contribute to wear-and-tear on this important appliance. According to 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, refrigerators are the appliances with the most warranty claims each year and the second most warranty claims overall (behind HVAC). “A refrigerator is a household appliance that we use multiple times every day without even thinking about it,” said Adam McCall, manager, Allen Tate Client Relations. “But it’s one we really can’t live without for very long if something breaks.” One of the reasons that refrigerators experience a high number of breakdowns is the condenser fan...
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20 Jun

Sensational Swimming Pools: Making a Splash in Today’s Real Estate Market

The perfect complement to a hot summer day is a beaming blue pool. Take a look at some of our current listings boasting beautiful blue lagoons. Psst-don’t forget the sunscreen! 116 Nautical Point Court, Mooresville NC 28117 - Beautifully designed European style home presented as a very private 2.65 acre waterfront estate.  Perfect for entertaining, outdoor living with infinity pool, gorgeous views.  Find out more about Mooresville here. 5033 Oxfordshire Road, Waxhaw NC 28173 - Enjoy your private oasis with picturesque views, infinity pool and private pond at this custom estate located in a gated community close to Charlotte! Covered patio with fireplace! Find out more about Waxhaw here. 204 Bentwater Trail, Simpsonville SC 29680 - This beautiful home is a dream inside and out. From...
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8 Jun

Millennials … NOW is the time!

If you’re a Millennial, you’ve probably heard it from your parents until they are blue in the face – and you’re tired of them preaching to you: Why are you still renting? Allow me to join the discussion (as a friend), and share some cold, hard facts about today’s housing market. Since I am obviously appealing to your high level of intelligence and good judgment, I trust that this information will shed some new light on the situation and get you aboard the buying band wagon: Money is cheap. With good credit and steady income, you can get a 30-year mortgage for as little as 4 percent interest. Credit qualifications have eased up, making it easier to qualify for a loan. Down payments are...
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6 Jun

Don’t go it alone

Today, with a lack of inventory at all price points, there is a logic out there that a homeowner can represent themselves to sell their home because people are “knocking on their door.” First and foremost, there is a reason Realtors® are licensed and have required continuing education. Real estate professionals also spend hours of classes each month to stay on top of their game. A home is the largest investment that most of us will ever make, and we’ll turn it over every 6.2 years on average. It is not something that we do often and the stakes are very high. One mistake can cost much, much more than a marketing fee. As a seller, your home needs maximum exposure to...
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3 Jun

What the car salesman won’t tell you #FlashbackFriday

Everyone loves a new car. Whether you are replacing an existing vehicle or adding another vehicle to your household, it’s important to understand how this “new addition” affects your insurance coverage. Active auto policies have automatic coverage for a specified number of days. The number of days for automatic coverage depends on state regulations AND whether the vehicle is a new or replacement vehicle. There are also stipulations as to whether your auto policy’s automatic coverage provides liability only or full coverage (comprehensive and collision). Before you begin shopping for your dream car (or maybe soccer team transport vehicle?), it’s a good time to talk with your insurance agent about the types of coverages required and available, to make sure you are fully...
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1 Jun

Getting you to the finish line

Real estate laws vary from state to state. For home buyers and sellers who have moved here from elsewhere, that sometimes creates confusion and surprises. For example, in some states, real estate closings are not conducted by real estate attorneys. Rather, they may be done by a title insurance company or escrow agent. In North Carolina, closings are required to be conducted by attorneys who focus their practice on real estate law, and who are approved to do business with various independent title insurance companies. North Carolina has a somewhat unique system. Prior to closing, a real estate attorney conducts a title search on the property. This is to ensure the property title is “clean” – which means there are no liens or...
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