24 Jul 2018

10 spectacular weekend getaways within 3 hours of Charlotte, North Carolina

Getaways Near Charlotte
Even though we love living in Charlotte, a charming town between the coast and the mountains, it’s nice to get out of town and explore every now and then. Fortunately, we have access to so many incredible destinations within a three hour drive! From bustling cities to natural hot springs and picturesque small towns to national parks, there are plenty of opportunities for travel. Make it your goal this summer to visit one or two of these spectacular road trip destinations close to Charlotte and experience our area’s natural beauty, historic architecture and cultural attractions. Adventure awaits!   Lake Lure, North Carolina Photo courtesy of Liza Goodlett via The Lodge on Lake Lure Driving time from Charlotte: 2 hours Why we love it: This famous Lake...
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19 Jul 2018

11 restaurant patios you’ll want to enjoy this summer in Raleigh-Durham

Restaurant Patios in Raleigh-Durham
Regardless of what you’re craving — seafood, tapas, burgers or barbecue — you can likely find an excellent version at a nearby restaurant in Raleigh-Durham. Our area boasts a rapidly growing culinary scene, with new and exciting eateries popping up every month! Since we are lucky to have such a lengthy patio season in North Carolina, we try to seek out great restaurants with outdoor seating areas whenever we can. After all, what’s better than enjoying an excellent meal and soaking in the sunshine at the same time? Next time you’re looking to enjoy a meal al fresco, make sure to check out one of these incredible local patios. Featuring lush greenery, great views and sun-splashed settings, they should all...
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13 Jul 2018

4 ways to be a competitive buyer in a sellers’ market

Feel like looking for a home these days is akin to gearing up for battle? You’ll need thick skin and a game plan to conquer today’s real estate market. Quell the competition and declare victory over your next offer submission when you arm yourself with these four tips.   1. Get pre-approved Getting pre-approved is quite possibly the most important step you can take in the beginning of the home buying process. You should do this before you ever step foot in a Realtor’s office and before you even browse for properties online. Unlike a pre-qualification, which is traditionally an automated review of your credit report, credit score and stated application information, a pre-approval scrutinizes every aspect of your creditworthiness. A pre-approval determines exactly how much...
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