Home Prices on the Rise: Charlotte Makes Another National List!

Image result for charlotte ncThe national median home price recently surpassed its pre-recession peak – Charlotte included!

According to Real Estate Daily, Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia is the 6th largest market with price appreciation since 2006. Specifically, our area had a 41.90% change in home prices from 2006-2016. To read the full article, click here.

For assistance navigating our booming real estate market, reach out to one of our experienced agents today!

Charlotte Ballet Presents – Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte

dancing with the stars John CulbertsonCharlotte Ballet’s annual gala fundraiser – Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte – pairs stars from the community with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet. Each vote in the competition counts as one dollar raised, with proceeds benefitting Charlotte Ballet as well as the stars’ chosen charities.

This year we are excited to support John Culbertson, managing partner for Cardinal Real Estate partners LLC who will be dancing in memory of his sister Ruth Samuelson. He will be dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s Sarah Lapointe to benefit ovarian cancer research at Levine Cancer Institute.

When not doing deals or spending time with his family, you will likely find John cycling in Northern Michigan or Linville or on the Booty Loop, running with the men of F3, or skiing the steeps of Alta. As an entrepreneur and business owner, John is not afraid to take risks, including on the dance floor. Often the first one on and the last one off the dance floor at a wedding reception, John likes to think he’s a talented dancer, especially to Earth Wind and Fire. His formal dance training includes the Promenade of Charlotte, where as a middle schooler he was taught the fox trot and cha cha by the famed dance instructor, Bubba Gross.

This year the event will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Knight Theater at the Levine Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale and selling fast. Purchase here.

 The 2018 community stars, their chosen charities and their professional dance partners are:

Gene Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer for Carolinas HealthCare System, Dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s Sarah Hayes Harkins to benefit The Eugene Woods Sr. Multiple Myeloma Fund at Carolinas HealthCare Foundation.

Patty Lambert, Civic Leader, Dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s Juwan Alston to benefit Community School of the Arts.

Jennifer Green, Western Carolinas Director of Wealth Management at PNC Bank, Dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s Drew Grant to benefit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, President of Central Piedmont Community College, Dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s James Kopecky to benefit The Opportunity Scholarship Program at Central Piedmont Community College.

David Secrest, Managing Director for Barings, Dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s Elizabeth Truell to benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital.

Hurricane Matthew Home Restoration Donations Needed

As most of you remember, it was a little over a year ago when Hurricane Matthew devastated many areas of eastern North Carolina. There are many families who had no flood insurance and are still displaced. They have not been able to repair their homes so they can return to their properties.

Wayne Honeycutt in our Eastover office has agreed to help a couple of groups that are working to restore several of the properties. They are in need of kitchen and bath cabinets, tops, and fixtures. If you know of anyone who is remodeling and would like to see these items reused and repurposed, please let him know. He can take a quick look and see if they will work. If so, he can make arrangements to have them removed from the property and transported to the eastern part of the state. Hopefully this will help speed the process of restoring several properties.

The Mint Hill Fire Department donated their old kitchen when they remodeled and the group was able to finish one kitchen renovation in Eastern NC. See the pictures below! Thank you for keeping our neighbors in the Eastern part of NC in mind when you hear of a renovation this Spring.

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Charlotte, NC skyline (Photo by Ricky W/Wikimedia)

Tips for Finding Homes for Sale in Mecklenburg County, NC

As the most populous county in North Carolina, Mecklenburg County is home to more than a million people, encompassing the city of Charlotte and outlying areas. Due to the wide range of neighborhoods in this area — both urban and rural — the task of house hunting can be a bit daunting. To help out, here are a few tips for finding homes for sale in Mecklenburg County, NC.

Determine your needs and wants first

Your first task is to decide exactly what kind of home you’re looking for. How many bedrooms/bathrooms do you need? Do you want an updated kitchen? Open floor plan? Fenced-in backyard? There’s simply no need to clutter your home search with houses that won’t work for your needs, so make a list of needs and wants, and rule out homes that obviously don’t fit.

Set your budget

We recommend getting pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before you even start house hunting, so you know how much home you can afford to buy and so you can rule out any home outside your budget. This not only simplifies the search itself — it also helps streamline the buying process once you’ve decided to make an offer on a home.

Research neighborhoods

You now know what type of house you want and how much you can afford. Now it’s time to decide where in Mecklenburg County you want to live. Do you want to live in Charlotte proper, in the suburbs or in the outlying areas? Do you have kids in school — and if so, which school systems appeal to you? Try narrowing your search to a few key neighborhoods with features you like and a selection of homes in your price range. Generally speaking, suburbs and rural areas require longer commutes, but you can often get more home for the money in those areas.

Do online listing research

These days, the Internet makes it much easier for you to have an active role in your home search. The Dickens Mitchener website has a powerful real estate search portal that allows you to narrow your search by inputting all the information based on the steps you’ve taken before now. You can search by neighborhood, by home features and by price range. This will give you at least a few home listings to get you started.

Consult an experienced agent

Ultimately, your best strategy for finding great homes for sale in Mecklenburg County, NC is to work with a real estate agent with plenty of experience and firsthand knowledge of the area. An agent can start by showing you the listings you discover online, but he/she can also uncover hidden gems you might not have known about.

When you’re ready to begin your house hunt in Mecklenburg County, Dickens Mitchener is here to help! Give us a call at 704-661-2402.

Dickens Mitchener Coat Drive Party | Monday, December 18th

This holiday season, the Dickens Mitchener team has hosted a coat drive to benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry. On Monday, December 18th at the South office, our team will celebrate the end of the coat drive from 4-6pm. This event is open to the public, so please join us and bring any new/gently used coats you may have to donate at the party.

Thank you to everyone who is participating. We hope everyone can make it! Happy Holidays from our Dickens Mitchener team!

Why Millennials Are Choosing Starter Homes in the Queen City

Anyone who has spent time in Charlotte, NC over the past few years knows that it is a popular spot for Millennials — young adults in the 18-34 age range. As the Charlotte Business Journal reports, recent research confirms that Charlotte is by far the number-one city for Millennials in America. Not only that, but the number of Millennial home buyers has shot up 45 percent in the last ten years! What is it about this city that attracts so many young adults? Why are Millennials choosing starter homes in Charlotte, NC above other cities? Here are a few reasons why.

Job opportunities

Of course, one of the primary reasons for Millennials to move is an abundance of job opportunities, as many of them are graduating college and seeking to launch their careers. Charlotte’s job market is booming, enjoying a low unemployment rate and plenty of entry-level jobs available — with the largest number of employment opportunities in the health and financial sectors. Bestplaces.net indicates the Charlotte job market is expected to grow by 42.49 percent over the next decade, so the inflow of young adults to this area isn’t likely to abate anytime soon.

Wage growth

If job availability is what causes Millennials to come to Charlotte, NC, job growth is what causes them to stay in Charlotte, including settling down, buying starter homes, starting a family, etc. The top three job sectors in Charlotte are health and social services, financial services and retail, all of which are predicted to grow considerably over the next decade. Millennials expect that the jobs they take here will provide plenty of room for growth and promotion.

Affordable homes

Jobs and wages are of little consequence if the cost of living takes it away. Despite Charlotte’s rapid growth over the past few years, the overall cost of homes in this area remains reasonable compared to other metropolitan areas—and yet, Charlotte is also just big enough to provide plenty of great shopping, dining, nightlife and other conveniences to attract the younger adult. Simply put, Millennials get more home for their money here, and an excellent quality of life to boot.

As your local real estate specialists, we at Dickens Mitchener have our finger on the pulse of this community and are well aware of the best deals for starter homes in Charlotte, NC. If you’re considering moving to Charlotte or buying your first house, we’d love to help you find the home of your dreams! Give us a call today at 704-661-2402.

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Born in North Carolina: Family Dollar

Did you know that one of the most well-known discount variety stores — Family Dollar — was established in the great state of North Carolina?

Unlike other discount stores, items sold in Family Dollar are not unilaterally priced with a one dollar ceiling (depending on the item, it may cost more or less than a dollar). This allows you to find a greater selection of low-priced items at a variety of price points.

As part of Dickens Mitchener’s “Born in North Carolina” series, let’s learn more about how Charlotte-based Family Dollar became one of the nation’s most iconic bargain retail stores.

The history of Family Dollar

Founded by a 21-year-old entrepreneur named Leon Levine, Family Dollar opened its first store location on Central Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1959. Shortly after, additional stores opened their doors in South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Since then, Family Dollar has grown to be one of the largest discount and dollar stores in the United States. By the late 1980s, the brand boasted more than 1,500 stores in operation.

What Family Dollar is up to today

Currently, the company employs 60,000 employees across 8,000 store locations nationwide. While initial start-up costs for the store involved $3,000 of Levine’s own money and $3,000 from an additional partner, the company is currently valued at more than $10 billion in 2017.

After Levine retired in 2003, his son, Howard R. Levine, stepped up to take the position of CEO and Chairman — ensuring that the time-honored brand remains a family affair. In January 2015, Family Dollar merged with fellow discount retailer, Dollar Tree, though the brand still operates under the Family Dollar name and Levine holds a spot on the Dollar Tree board of directors.

Contact Dickens Mitchener today to learn more about why businesses like Family Dollar set down their roots in North Carolina.

Local Restaurant Hotspot: Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen

Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen is a key player in Charlotte’s local restaurant scene. Its seasonally-inspired menu includes the finest fresh ingredients from small local farmers. The rustic, yet refined interior sets the tone for an amazing dining experience. The staff here at Dickens Mitchener recently visited the SouthPark location, which even has a wall of – you guessed it- roosters, as part of the decor.

We tried several different entrees and sides during our lunch trip to Rooster’s, and everything was delicious! Highlights included the chicken wrap with artichoke, spinach and tomatoes with a side of margaux’s succotash, as well as the pastrami sandwich with swiss cheese and mustard on sliced rye with a side of fries. We can’t leave out the macaroni and cheese with parmesan cream sauce, which completely stole the show.

To experience Rooster’s for yourself, visit either of the restaurant’s Charlotte locations in SouthPark and Uptown.

Tryon Equestrian Center and Resort - Photo by Sugoipix/Flickr

Born in North Carolina: Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort

The city of Tryon, North Carolina is widely regarded to be the region’s equine capital — a fact that is further cemented by the recent development of Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort — a sprawling $100 million luxury resort and 1,400-acre equestrian center in Polk County.

The Center, which is slated to host the prestigious World Equestrian Games in 2018, features 10 riding arenas, stadium seating for 6,000 people, 1,000 permanent horse stalls, multiple viewing decks, and a covered riding facility. In addition to equestrian facilities, there is also a health club, pool, tennis and basketball courts, climbing walls, a mountain bike park, and other luxury health and fitness amenities.

As part of Dickens Mitchener’s “Born in North Carolina” series, let’s learn more about how the city of Tryon became one of the nation’s most important equine sporting destinations.

The horsey history of Tryon, North Carolina

Named after William Tryon, the eighth Governor of North Carolina, the city of Tryon is renowned for its active equestrian community, which dates back to the early 20th century with the founding of the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, Block House Steeplechase, and the Tryon Horse Show.

One of the most iconic testaments to the city’s love of equine creatures is Morris, a large horse toy statue that stands at the city center. First built in 1928 by Tryon Toymakers and Woodcarvers, Morris has undergone several replacements and refurbishments over the years — most recently in 2012.

In addition to the brand new Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort, the city is also home to the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, which offers a series of nature trails for riding and hiking as well as space for hosting equestrian events.

From elite Olympic athletes to hobbyist equestrians, Tryon is a must-visit location for anyone who is passionate about equestrian culture and history.

Contact Dickens Mitchener today to learn more about why businesses like Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort choose to make North Carolina their home.

Blue Line Extension Update: High-Speed Video Tour

We just viewed the high-speed video tour of the completed light rail extension on Charlotte Stories and had to share! We love being able to see the entire light rail route in high speed, including its 11 stations and where the 4 large park-and-ride structures are located. You can watch the full video here.

The finished Blue Line is a huge step in public transportation across Charlotte. Contact your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent today for more information or to purchase a property nearby.