Category: Relocation

7 Jun 2010

What Does Quality of Life Mean To You?

The long term health of a real estate market is impacted by several factors. Previously, I discussed the importance of supply and demand. Another factor that plays an equally important role is quality of life. Unlike supply and demand, quality of life is not objective.   What does it really mean?  How would you measure it?  How could it be impacted positively or negatively?

A recent survey from Portfolio answered all of these questions by comparing the performance of the country’s 67 largest metro areas in 20 statistical categories.  The highest scores went to well-rounded markets with healthy economies, moderate costs of living, light traffic, impressive housing stocks, and high powered education systems.  And…drum roll please….

Raleigh, NC ranks #1 and Charlotte, NC ranks #16.  Our only 2 qualifying metros and they are both in the top 20.

27 May 2010

City of Charlotte: Start Your Engines

On May 12, I was fortunate to attend the opening ceremonies of the NASCAR Hall of Fame It did not truly sink in until I was there, but what an amazing event to be able to say I was there!

Having attended many NASCAR races over the past 25 years, I know a little something about NASCAR and instantly recognized several drivers and others involved in the sport. One of the first was Ernie Irvan which is a name that many won’t recognize as he retired in the late 1990’s after being involved in an accident.

Opening the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. is a great honor and opportunity for the city and region. As a sport, NASCAR has a tremendously large and dedicated fan base that has been waiting years and years for something like a Hall of Fame to open. Given where many people within the industry are from and where a majority of the teams are located, Charlotte, N.C is an ideal fit. It is a great place to not only see a race but also vacation with beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountains, including the Blue Ridge and Appalachians, being only 2-3 hours away.

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