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14 Nov 2016

Killer Kitchens

What better space to prepare a delicious holiday meal and all the fixins' than a beautiful kitchen? Take a look at some of our current listings with swoon-worthy kitchens! 8403 Skye Lochs Drive, Waxhaw NC 28173 17915 Kings Point Drive, Unit I 4038 John S Raboteau Wynd 18810 Halyard Pointe Lane 12611 Ninebark Trail   1104 Overlook Ridge Road   626 E Whitaker Mill Road   8529 Bournemouth Drive   121 Ramsford Lane  ...
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16 Sep 2016

The Art of Tailgating #FlashbackFriday

It starts with passion for the game and then for the gathering of family, friends and clients. It turns out that win or lose, the tailgate is often the main event! For me, it started as a young man and my one or two pilgrimages a year to South Bend to see tailgating up close and personal. The homemade grills, the generators, the amenities and the creativity of menus had me at “Hello!” It was there that I found the first collapsible flag pole that could fly (30 feet in the air) my Panthers flag and my Notre Dame flag that my brother-in-law gave me. Through the years, my wife Robbin and I collected the tools of the trade and developed storage...
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15 Aug 2016

When bad things happen to good mortgages

You’ve qualified for a mortgage, shopped for and found the perfect home, sold your current home in under two weeks – and you’re in the week before closing on the home you are purchasing. Then you get THE CALL. There’s a problem with your loan. And you caused it. What? In today’s tighter lending environment, mortgage approvals are pending up until the final closing bell. If you do certain things between your date of application and your date of funding, your mortgage approval could be revoked. Chances are you didn’t do anything really crazy, or anything you thought was wrong. Maybe you finally decided to spring for that new car, since yours was having issues again, or decided to lease one. Besides, that new...
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1 Aug 2016

Luxury Looks on a Modest Budget

Everyone has a vision of their dream home - but for many of us, it's just a dream, because the budget simply can't make it happen. Fortunately, there are ways to incorporate custom features of luxury properties when building or renovating a home - and keep it affordable. "Every buyer has a budget. Some are bigger than others. Our job is to take their ideas and make them happen for no more than their budget," said Alan Banks, owner and chief marketing officer for Evans Coghill Homes. Many customers believe that their only options to save money are to choose less desirable materials, but that's not the case with today's forward-thinking and savvy builders. The key to making custom happen is to use a...
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27 Jul 2016

Stay in style at a State Park!

The natural beauty of the Carolinas is available to all of us through our top-rated State Park systems. Here is a rundown on staying in style once you get there. Camping Love the idea of sleeping out under the stars, roasting marshmallows and telling campfire stories? The North Carolina and South Carolina state parks combined systems have more than 6,000 campsites total. Choose your site in North Carolina, from group sites, hike-in sites, canoe-in sites, and equestrians sites (at Medoc Mountain State Park and South Mountains State Park). From standard tent and RV sites with water and electricity, to trailside sites at Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina state parks also offer a variety of camping experiences for all types of campers—from tenderfoots...
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25 Jul 2016

Is your home ready for the red carpet?

When it comes to selling your home, imagine you’re directing a Broadway play, where setting the stage plays a critical role in the story’s impact. The right scene can make a big difference to potential buyers. Just how much of a difference? According to Porch.com, home staging increases showings, helps homes sell faster and in some cases, can boost the sale price. Barbara Corcoran – the real estate mogul who regularly appears on ABC’s Shark Tank –recently told the Real Estate Staging Association that staging is no longer an option; it’s essential. “Nine out of ten buyers start their search online and without home staging, they wouldn’t even come to see the house,” said Corcoran. According to the 2015 Profile of Home Staging by...
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15 Jul 2016

Get Fresh, Get Local!

If your idea of the perfect Saturday involves perusing through rows and rows of fresh and locally grown veggies, meats, and sweet treats, then you’re in luck--because we’ve rounded up some of the best farmer’s markets in the Carolinas. Try one, or try ‘em all. Greater Charlotte/ SC Region Davidson Farmers Market 120 S Main St, Davidson, NC Open Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Home to 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100 mile radius. Vendors are available to not only provide locally grown food, but to educate consumers about nutrition and how to prepare and preserve locally grown food. The Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, and cheeses produced by sustainable or organic methods when possible. You will also...
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8 Jul 2016

The ABCs of HOAs #FlashbackFriday

If you live in a home, condo or townhome built in the last decade, there’s a good chance you have a Homeowners Association (HOA) as part of your world. HOAs usually oversee condominium buildings, townhomes, planned neighborhoods and some subdivisions, and enforce bylaws and collect fees when rules are broken or dues are unpaid. In addition to being responsible for maintaining common areas, HOAs usually set covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs). These types of rules may cover issues such as exterior paint colors, whether you can have a satellite dish, the size and type of pets permitted, etc. In single-family home areas, covenants may cover types of vehicles allowed to park on the street or in a driveway (no RVs, for example),...
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6 Jul 2016

Be inspired!

Looking for something different to do? Look no further than all around you and enjoy some of the great public art in the Carolinas. The Greater Charlotte Area Look around the streets of Charlotte and you'll find hundreds of works of art that add to Charlotte's vibrant creative scene.  Some works such as Metamorphosis, which moves, combines science and art. Other favorites include the Firebird at the entrance to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the iconic sculptures at Trade and Tryon. The Town of Davidson boasts three new public art works —The Dance of Life, Book Garden, and artist Andy Dunhill's Bouquet for Davidson. Beyond Walls in Cornelius is this year’s annual public art exhibition. The show takes place at Robbins Park,...
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