2019 Rising Stars in Real Estate Award Winners

Dickens Mitchener is proud to announce that six of our agents have been named The Charlotte Observer Home Design 2019 Rising Stars in Real Estate. They were celebrated last week with a reception in uptown Charlotte. Meet our winners below.

Charlotte Observer 2019 Rising Star

Marcy Basrawala – As a Charlotte native, Marcy offers her clients intimate knowledge about the city she’s proud to call home. In her first year since joining Dickens Mitchener, Marcy has excelled. In 2019 she’s appeared on our monthly top producer list an astounding 4 times. Her clients agree that her client-focused service and profound commitment to their satisfaction make Marcy an absolute joy to work with.

Eve Davis – Eve Davis joined Dickens Mitchener in 2018 from a competitor’s company and never looked back. While she already had an established client list, her business has excelled ever since. She offers her clients a lifetime of community knowledge as a Charlotte native, with first-hand experience in the school systems, and having lived in numerous area neighborhoods, understands which make the best fit for clients searching for their dream home. Eve is a force in the workplace whose youthful energy impacts everyone around her. The team is undoubtedly stronger with her as a member.

Juliette Lane – Juliette’s transition to a full-time broker is nothing short of inspiring. After a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse/Nurse Anesthetist, she & her husband purchased a home with one of Dickens Mitchener’s top producing agents. The experience prompted Juliette to make a career change. She stepped into her new role as a licensed broker with our firm. In her rookie year, she’s consistently appeared on our top producer list. Her professionalism and fine-tuned organizational skills are two qualities that set Juliette apart from the rest.

Eric Madara – Eric Madara is a native Charlottean who provides his clients with in-depth knowledge of Charlotte’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Eric joined Dickens Mitchener in 2019 from an area firm and has flourished with vigor in pursuit of growing his business. He is truly a full-service broker who tends to his clients equally whether they are actively buying or selling. He goes above and beyond in the pursuit of becoming a top producer. With a background in finance, Eric uses data-driven market analysis to help his clients navigate the home buying and selling process.

Jennifer Saarbach – Jennifer has had a remarkable year in sales. She loves helping her clients, both here in the Queen City and around the world via Dickens Mitchener’s global network. As a result of her tireless work, Jennifer achieved a coveted spot at our 2019 Top Agent Retreat in Charleston, SC as a first-time attendee. As a young mother of two, Jennifer is the perfect example of work-life balance and seems to excel at juggling it all, while always providing impeccable service to her clients. Her intellect raises the bar and consistently elevates the performance of all she collaborates with.

Johanna Troutman – Johana Troutman’s energetic and cheerful attitude is a delight to experience. Her impeccable aesthetic is pristine, and reflected in every real estate transaction she’s involved in. She’s devoted to the Dickens Mitchener Way of collaborative and supportive teamwork to ensure each client becomes a client for life. With a degree in Business from Queens University, Johana’s process is meticulously designed to support her clients from start to finish, every step of the way using individualized strategies and clear communication.

Congratulations to real estate’s up-and-comers, the 2019 Real Estate Rising Stars!

Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 6 is Now Available!

Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 6  | Inside the winter issue we take you Uptown to see what the pulse of Charlotte is all about. In our client spotlight, we hear from one of our clients who practiced emergency medicine as a physician and took a leap of faith to pursue her dreams as an author of medical fiction. Also inside, we take an intimate look at relocation training for our team of experts on The Light Rail system , we sat down with Mimosa Grill’s executive chef Thomas Marlow who explains their secret to quality and longevity, plus design trends from a local designer, our favorite holiday traditions, insider tips from our team of neighborhood experts, over 150 of our exclusive listings and much more!

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 the greater Charlotte area has to offer. Inside we share exclusive insights from our Style team of full-time real estate experts. Contact us to receive your copy of Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 6 today.


Charlotte’s Top 10 Holiday Events

🎵It’s the most wonderful time of the year🎵

One of our favorite times of the year is here and there are so many events to choose from in the Charlotte area to get in the holiday spirit. Whether your family is the outdoor type or likes to keep toasty indoors, there is something for everyone with our top 10 list of Charlotte holiday events.

OMB’S Annual Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market

Do you dream of visiting a town just like a Hallmark movie? This is your chance! Visit Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s annual event which opens the weekend of December 6, 2019, and runs every weekend through Christmas. The kids can enjoy the lights while parents sip on Gluhwein to keep warm. Visit the 40+ vendors to find unique gifts, eat some food and sit on Santa’s lap on Dec 6th from 4:30 pm-8 pm and again on Dec 21st from 2-5 pm. More information here.

USNWC ice skating

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Outdoor Ice Skating

Charlotte has a few places to take your fun outside this holiday season. Ice Skate uptown outside the Nascar Hall of Fame at Holiday on Ice or visit the US National Whitewater Center for the inaugural ice skating season. They have turned the upper pond into a 3 section skating rink with an Airstream in the middle serving up your favorite food and drinks. Tip: Bring the whole family and the daring can ice skate while the other family members can walk through the holiday light trail. Holiday on Ice info here. USNWC info here.

CHRISTMAS TOWN USA McAdenville, North Carolina

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View Holiday Lights

Drive around Charlotte’s neighborhoods on any given night and you will see some great light displays. But, if you want to see millions of lights in one night, visit world-famous McAdenville just off I-77 or head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for Speedway Christmas. McAdenville is also known as Christmas Town USA and the whole town has been lighting up for the holidays since 1956. Speedway Christmas will be celebrating their 10th year of drive-through lights around the speedway and you can visit the family-friendly Christmas village or watch a Christmas movie from your car on the weekends. Find more info here.

Enjoy The Nutcracker

Get into the holiday spirit by watching The Nutcracker. The performance combines the music from the Charlotte Symphony and the dancers from the Charlotte Ballet into one magical show. There are plenty of opportunities to see the sugar plum fairy dance her way through the show every weekend in December. More information here.

winterfest_tree at Carowinds

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Visit Winterfest at Carowinds

Don’t miss the nightly Wonderland Parade which features floats, performers and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Enjoy the strolling performers, ride your favorite rides and eat your favorite treats. More information can be found here.

Stroll Through Gingerbread Lane

The Ballantyne Hotel is a great destination to get in the holiday spirit! One of our favorite events is Gingerbread Lane. Local residents create a gingerbread house to display and you can then go and vote for your favorite. All donations benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital. The display will be open from December 4th-26th. More holiday events at the Ballantyne Hotel can be found here.

Drive Down Hillside Avenue

If you are a Charlotte native you definitely know about this hidden gem. This beautiful street in Myers Park is decorated every year with hanging light balls in the trees down the entire street. It is truly mesmerizing and will become your new family tradition every year.

charlotte christmas village

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Visit Charlotte’s Christmas Village

The Charlotte Christmas Village, CHRISTKINDLMARKT is back again this year at the corner of 7th and North Tryon streets. This German-inspired market features your favorite specialty foods and drinks to make you feel right at home. Visit the vendors, take a photo with Santa and enjoy holiday performances. Village hours can be found here.

See The Lights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Holidays at the Garden is also a family favorite. Walk through the garden and enjoy the beautiful light displays, roast marshmallows by the fire, listen to merry music and look out for Mrs. Claus strolling through the garden on the weekends. Learn more about this special event here.

christmas at biltmore asheville

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Christmas at Biltmore

This event is not local to Charlotte, but definitely worth the drive to see the more than 55 Christmas trees displayed throughout the home. Visit the Conservatory for beautiful holiday blooms, taste the Christmas wine at the winery and get into the holiday spirit. Bonus: If you love Downton Abbey, the exhibition is there now through April 7, 2020. Find out more here.

Happy Holidays From Dickens Mitchener!

We hope you enjoy the holidays in the Charlotte area and have some time to enjoy the magic and wonder of the season with your family and friends this year. Here’s to an amazing year.

Leadership’s Thanksgiving Favorites

Thanksgiving is a time for our friends and families to gather around the table, watch football and share a fantastic meal together in gratitude. With the holiday only days away, we asked our leadership team to share their family favorites for the famous feast. These five dishes are sure to complete your Thanksgiving menu and please all who join at your table this year. From appetizers to desserts we’ve got you covered!

Don’t Wait To List Your House

The holiday season is approaching, which means life is about to get stressful and hectic. However, if you are looking to sell your home, this could be the perfect time. There are many homeowners that decide to wait until after the holidays to put their house on the market and many who take their house off the market until after the holidays. Contrary to popular belief, waiting until after the holidays to sell your home is not always the best idea. Below are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t wait.

1-The supply of listings in the new year substantially increase (including new construction) which could cause the demand for your house to lower.

2- Relocation Buyers- Many companies hire throughout the holidays, which means they will need to relocate as soon as possible.
3- Holiday decorations- Houses look beautiful with christmas decorations and they make the house show beautifully!
4- Serious Buyers- Most people looking to purchase during the holidays are serious buyers which means they are ready to buy and move as soon as possible
5- Minimal competition- Inventory is traditionally slow during this time of the year. Below shows inventory as compared to the same time last year:

If you have been debating about selling your home or are curious about market conditions in your area, we can match you with a Dickens Mitchener agent who can help you decide the best time to list your house for sale.

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