Dickens Mitchener Top Agent Retreat 2019

          We are so proud of our top producing agents for the 2018-2019 year! This is the largest group we’ve ever sent to retreat with 33 agents in attendance! These agents perform in the top of the Charlotte Market. To honor this incredible accomplishment, they were invited to the firm’s annual Top Agent Retreat in Charleston, South Carolina.

Our annual Top Agent Retreat is a valued tradition at Dickens Mitchener. For the second year in a row, Retreat was held on the beautiful coast of South Carolina. They stayed at the Dewberry Hotel right downtown in the thick of all of the history and excitement of Charleston. Our agents escaped from the office to spend three days focused on goal setting for the firm’s upcoming year of business. In a round table discussion, agents got the chance to share and exchange best practices that helped get them to retreat this year.  Our owner, Vicky Mitchener updated our top producers on the state of the industry and projections for 2020. Hot topics such as social media, marketing, and plans for our new website were also discussed.

While it is a time to recharge and regroup, the primary concentration was to brainstorm ways to better serve our clients. Our agents dined at some of the best restaurants in Charleston which included dinner at the Macintosh and drinks at the Dewberry’s rooftop bar overlooking Charleston at sunset.

After the 2019 Top Agent Retreat, our top performing producers came back to Charlotte full of ideas and ready to continue to serve as the best source for residential real estate!

Daylight Saving Time Checklist

Sunday, November 3rd marks the end of DaylightSaving Time for 2019. With the time change happening just twice a year, our team of experts suggest making the household duties that should occur 1-2x annually part of your DST routine, beyond simply changing the hand of the clocks. Below we outline our ten to-dos to ensure your house is setup to last through the new season before falling back this weekend.

  1. Check the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms (CO alarms can expire so check to see if any equipment needs replacing).
  2. Wash pillows and stuffed animals/toys.
  3. Clean out gutters.
  4. Change the air filters in your home.
  5. Clean window screens.
  6. Vacuum under furniture.
  7. Switch out your seasonal wardrobes to prepare for colder weather. Go a step further and put a donation pile together of items you’ve been holding onto and donate to a local charity who can repurpose the clothing item to someone in our community in need this winter.
  8. Reverse your ceiling fan’s direction to blow down to help circulate heat from the furnace.
  9. Check your First Aid Kit for expired medicine and items.
  10. Update your computer’s virus protection software.

Where to Find the Perfect Pumpkin in Charlotte

It’s pumpkin season folks – In case you haven’t set your pinterest-perfect fall porch or gotten your PSL fix just yet, we’ve got you covered! Below are our favorite patches for all your pumpkin picking this October. Plus, some fall family activities suggested by our team of local real estate experts. From all of us at Dickens Mitchener, Happy Fall Y’All!

Hall Family Farm

Corn maze, hayrides, kids activities, apple cider doughnuts (that they make into sundaes), pumpkins are $0.64/lb, open now through Halloween. Located at 10713 Providence Road West, Charlotte (10 mins from in-town)

Wise Acres

Corn pit, wagon rides, corn maze, zip lines, playgrounds, barrel train, pizza kitchen, admission is free, pumpkins are $0.69/lb, open now through November 4. Located 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail (21 mins from in-town)

Hodges Farm Pumpkin Patch

Hayrides, photo opportunities, lots of space for a picnic, haybales to climb on, pumpkins start at $5+ depending on size, open now through Halloween. Located at 3900 Rocky River Road E., Charlotte (29 mins from in-town)

Anne Springs Close Greenway

Wagon rides, mazes, corn crib, farm animals, pedal carts, horse rides, pumpkin patch, cow train, gem mining, kayaking, cornhole, $5 parking, activity passes range in price, open the last three weekends in October. Located at 2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill (32 mins from in-town)

Carrigan Farms

Hayrides through the apple orchards and pumpkin patch, apple picking, cost for hayride is $11 (includes a pumpkin or bag of apples), farm market, fresh apple cider and local honey, open now through Halloween. Located at 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville (58 mins from in-town)

The Hunter Farm

Hayrides, milk barn, petting barn (guests can feed the animals), food trucks on Saturdays, bonfires and night hayrides, picnic area, price is $9 for children and $10 for adults and includes a pumpkin. Located at 13624 Providence Road, Matthews (12 mins from in-town)

Aw Shucks Farm

Hayrides, corn maze (mini-maze for young children), animal barn, paddle boats, soda shop, old train car, haunted trail, grain bin slides, corn hold, pumpkin bowling, kids play area, tons of food options (burgers, donuts, cider, popcorn, etc), cost ranges from $8-$13 depending on age, open weekends only though November 10th. Located at 3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe (35 mins from in-town)



RELO Direct’s 2019 Corporate Account Referral Contest

This July, Relocation Director Catharine Pappas got some very exciting news — that she would be traveling to Greece come September. How? Catharine was the winner of RELO Direct’s 2019 Corporate Account Referral Contest. The Prize? A free trip to Athens, Greece to be an attendee at one of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s (LeadingRE) most renowned events, the LeadingRE Global Symposium.

The Global Symposium brings in independent real estate brokerages, much like Dickens Mitchener, from 70 countries in our affiliate network. The event gave Catharine the opportunity to connect with key network leaders who understand the value of being world-wide and globally-connected. It’s a real triumph for our relocation department and for Dickens Mitchener to represent Charlotte at this global event.

Every year The Global Symposium is hosted in different cities. The 2019 Symposium took place in the historical city of Athens, Greece. Catharine spent a lot of her time  learning what is driving key markets across the globe, learning what economic conditions are like in our affiliate member’s countries and how this might affect international buyers coming into the

US. Charlotte has seen a huge increase in transferees coming from abroad to live and work in the Queen City. In 2019, the Dickens Mitchener Relocation Department helped clients move to Charlotte from all over the globe, including clients in South America, Mexico, Singapore, The United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and France. The information that Catharine learned at the Symposium will be valuable to these transferees and their families.

For more information on our full service relocation department and on Catharine’s trip abroad, contact her today at cpappas@dickensmitchener.com.

Dickens Mitchener Staff Spotlight: Kippen Priest

Dickens Mitchener Staff Spotlight: Kippen Priest

For more than 15 years, Kippen Priest has been hard at work at Dickens Mitchener as our contract coordinator and bookkeeper. However, when she’s not in the DM office, she is devoting time to her rapidly growing business, madebykippen.

Kippen started this venture two years ago when she began experimenting with candles in search of a particular scent that she’s worn for over 25 years. She loved that oil so much that she combined her love for candles with her love of that signature scent. During her time of discovery, she was introduced to a completely new world and a creative outlet that has now evolved into something she would have never imagined.

When Kippen first began making candles, she used simple glass containers that can be found just about anywhere. In an effort to produce more unique vessels for her hand-poured candles, Kippen experimented with concrete. After much trial and error, she came to realize her vision for the brand, by utilizing concrete and custom molds, into what has been a whirlwind of creativity and success ever since. Kippen said “It has been enough pouring for people I know, and becoming a part of the local community of vendors at markets”…that was until she heard from West Elm. Beginning this Fall, madebykippen will be one of the exclusive local vendors carried in all store locations throughout the state.

Kippen hand pours each and every product out of her home in Charlotte, so no two pieces are ever the same. Madebykippen began as a one-product company that only sold soy candles. Now, less than one year after entering the market, the local artisan company has transformed into a much sought after vendor that offers dozens of hand-crafted goods, all made by Dickens Mitchener’s very own Kippen. Some of her more popular items, in addition to the signature candles, include trays, planters, and vases in a variety of different shapes, colors and sizes. Many of our agents favor her custom products for clients, open houses and especially holiday gift orders.

If you are interested in any of her products or to discover more about madebykippen visit her website at www.madebykippen.com, or follow her as the journey continues on Instagram @madebykippen

Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 5 is Now Available!

Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 5 | The contents of Dickens Mitchener Style, our regionally focused lifestyle magazine, showcases some of Charlotte’s most beautiful homes and gives readers a look at some of the wonderful things that our region has to offer. Inside we share exclusive insights from our Style team of real estate experts.

Our latest issue features thoughtfully written pieces on South End – one of the hottest urban residential destinations in Charlotte, a client spotlight on an inspiring young jazz saxophonist as she prepares for Harvard and The Berklee School of Music, a relocation success story, a conversation with the founder of Lenny Boy Brewing Company who explains how their mission goes way beyond beer and kombucha, as well as tips from our Style team of full-time agents, and much more! Contact us to receive your copy of Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 5 today.

Celebrating 3 Years In Our South Office

In 2016, Dickens Mitchener, Charlotte’s best source for residential real estate, opened a second office location to better serve its trusted clients in South Charlotte. Founded in 1991, Dickens Mitchener is an innovative and strategic family-owned business with  superior client satisfaction at its core. Since opening, we’ve opened the door for more than 750 clients in South Charlotte as a result of our second location.

This August we celebrate the new clients we’ve helped in the home buying/selling process, the growth of our company, and most importantly, the improvement of our client-focused service with three years at the conveniently located South Office.

When you choose the Dickens Mitchener team, you are putting your trust in the most talented, experienced and technologically astute Realtors® in the Charlotte region. Dickens Mitchener’s agents are full-time experts who set the region’s standard for innovative practices, client satisfaction and outstanding results. Contact your trusted neighborhood expert today!

June Top Producers Feature Nearly Half Agent Roster

Dickens Mitchener, your best source for residential real estate, is proud to share a record-breaking month for agent production with an astounding 48 agents producing $1,000,000 and above in individual sales for the month of June. That’s one agent short of half of the company’s full roster of Realtors®!

The Dickens Mitchener team is comprised of 97 full-time real estate experts who set the region’s standard for innovative practices, client satisfaction and who continue to deliver outstanding results. The agents are true neighborhood specialists with years of combined experience, using intimate community knowledge & collaborative market expertise to make your real estate dreams come true. Let your preferred Dickens Mitchener team member handle the details, no matter where the journey takes you!

What to do this Independence Day

This July 4th marks the 243th birthday for America. The Queen City is celebrating properly with activities ranging from traditional fireworks, live music, block parties and even a 5k! With the help of our team of full-time neighborhood experts, we’ve selected our top 5 events happening locally to make sure this Fourth of July is a spectacular one for all! 










U.S. National White Water Center 

For the 9th year, the US National White Water Center will host their Fourth Of July Celebration. This two day party will last from July 3rd at 9:00 Am to July 4th at 10:00 PM.  Aside from their usual tours and fun activities, there will be plenty more opportunities to get outside and be active. Some of the provided activities will include- live music, yoga classes, a stand up paddle board race, and two days of fireworks over the water. Click  here  for more information. 

The Charlotte Knights Stadium 

SkyShow Charlotte is taking over Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark starting at 2pm until 10pm. There will be fun for all ages- from interactive kids games to live music to food trucks serving food and drinks. The holiday game features our very own Charlotte Knights against the Norfolk Tides with the first pitch going out at 7:15. Following the game, there will be a firework display. The show will be synchronized with music played from inside of the stadium. The first 5,000 guests will get a small American Flag, which will be waved around during the patriotic music and fireworks display.  Click  here  for ticket pricing and event details. 

Lake Wylie 

There’s something about watching fireworks over water that makes them more beautiful. Lake Wylie is hosting their annual Fourth of July fireworks display starting at 9:30 PM. Whether you spend all day on a boat or at one of the public parks, be sure to make your way over to the Buster Boyd Bridge around dusk. There will also be seating in the Lake Wylie Plaza parking lots and surrounding restaurants. Click  here  for more information.  

Tega Cay 

If you’re looking for a never ending day of fun, make your way to Tega Cay, South Carolina. Only about 20 miles outside Charlotte’s city center, this makes for an easy day trip. There are different events happening from 9AM- 9PM. These events consist of a  land parade, log rolling & paddleboard joust, a boat parade, Carolina show ski team, splish-n-splash summer bash, a lions club fish fry, state of the city and birthday party, ending with a firework show. Click  here  for more information.  

Charlotte Firecracker 5K 

Head on over to the  Olde Providence neighborhood  on July 3rd to get your athletic on before the real party on the Fourth. They are hosting a timed 5K on a loop around the neighborhood. After the race, runners and neighbors will join together for a pool party featuring live music, food and drinks. Parking for the race will be available at Olde Providence Elementary School. The race will finish at the Windyrush Country Club pool which is about a half mile from the elementary school parking lot. Click  here  for registration information and event details.  

Vacation Bucket List: Summer Getaways

Summertime and the living is easy. One of the best things about living in Charlotte is the vast options to transform Saturday and Sunday into mini-vacations you can spend in the mountains, at the beach or somewhere in between. We polled our team of full-time real estate experts and discovered they really know how to make the most of their weekends and beat the heat! Using their insight, we’ve compiled our vacation bucket list, focusing in on Summer Getaways . Be sure to stay on the lookout for Issue 5 of Dickens Mitchener Style for additional information on these destinations, all within driving distance of the Queen City.

From the cobblestone streets and gorgeous public parks, to some of the most unique architecture of the South, Savannah is the perfect vacation destination for all ages. This sleepy southern town is a hidden gem and a true escape from the city-life with unparalleled style and history.

Only a two hour drive from Charlotte, Asheville boasts an incredible food and beer scene, with places like Wicked Weed Brewing and Curate topping our list.  Check out the Biltmore Estate for a taste of North Carolina history and 5-star views. This thriving mountain city should be on the top of everyone’s weekend destination list and is an absolute must for our team of full-time real estate experts.


A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other. Packed with slow-paced, relaxing drives revealing stunning long-range vistas, close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. This is our top pick for the outdoorsy adventure.


Greenville, SC combines the quaintness of historical downtowns of the south with stunning natural beauty and is quickly becoming a national destination. With a revitalized downtown that ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine, Greenville is a great choice for the Charlotte escape you didn’t know you needed.


A little over 3 hours from the Queen City is Charleston, SC. This city of old school southern charm is filled with rich history, well- preserved architecture, and distinguished restaurants. Be sure to take a horse drawn carriage through town to discover all there is to unveil about Charleston’s history. The surrounding beaches are also a must, if you’re looking for a retreat from the city! Our team suggests Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach.