Details of $2.5 Billion Renovations at Charlotte Airport

If you’ve flown in or out of the Charlotte Douglas Airport recently, you’ve probably noticed some changes to the airport. The moving sidewalk closures on your trek to Terminal E will provide you with an unexpected workout and more than 10,000 steps. We know these temporary inconveniences will provide long term payoffs for Charlotte and all of North Carolina.

The historic $2.5 billion renovation will expand the departure and arrival lanes, add a new runway, new underground walkways, new public transportation and taxi lanes, and a fully renovated interior.

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See the video below from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to see the 3D model of renovations and a play-by-play of how it will be built.




Several Great Charlotte Neighborhoods to Buy Your First Home

With its combination of gorgeous neighborhoods, friendly people, mild climate, culture-friendliness and commercial opportunities, it’s little wonder that Charlotte, NC is currently one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. If you’re thinking of buying your first home here, you’re in good company as the soaring job market is attracting plenty of young adults to this area. If you’re not yet familiar with the housing market or the individual neighborhoods here, let us introduce you to a few of the top Charlotte neighborhoods where you may want to consider buying your first home.


Located just outside Uptown, Plaza-Midwood is known for its gorgeously restored historic bungalows and brick homes as well as its eclectic urban vibe. Walk the pedestrian-friendly streets to your favorite nearby watering hole, browse the boutiques and art galleries and enjoy the finest in-town living available in the city.


Not to be confused with the city of Belmont west of the airport (also a great place to live, by the way)…the Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte is located just east of Uptown, and with is currently one of the city’s most popular up-and-coming neighborhoods. While prices are on the rise, median home values here are still at around $152,000—among the most affordable in the city—making it highly attractive for first-time buyers.


A short drive south just past the I-485 loop brings you to Ballantyne, one of South Charlotte’s most popular suburbs. Most of the homes in this neighborhood have been built within the past 20 years, and its collection of upscale shops, fantastic eateries and a PGA-ranked golf course only add to the leisurely lifestyle this neighborhood offers.


Short for “North Davidson,” the NoDa neighborhood is located just northeast of Uptown and is known as the arts and entertainment hub of the city, attracting a tight-knit blend of artists and young professionals to its walkable streets lined with funky art galleries, eclectic eateries, boutique stores, music venues, loft apartments and historic bungalows. It’s a great place for a first-time buyer to get immersed the best funky vibe this city has to offer.


Centered around one of the state’s largest upscale malls, the SouthPark neighborhood is easily one of Charlotte’s most coveted places to live, offering a variety of living situations from luxury apartments to sprawling estate homes. First-time buyers are often drawn to this neighborhood’s walkability and urban convenience.


If you’re looking to buy your first home, you can’t do better than one of these prime Charlotte neighborhoods. To learn about these and other great communities and around Charlotte, give Dickens Mitchener a call at (704) 342-1000.

Charlotte Is Named A Top City For Real Estate Investments

Forbes just announced the top 20 housing markets in the United States that are best for real estate investors and Charlotte, NC made the list!

House hunters and real estate investors can make a smart purchase in the Charlotte region where population, jobs and home prices are growing. Other top markets include Orlando, FL; Jacksonville. FL; Raleigh-Durham, NC and the Washington metropolitan area.

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Charlotte ranked at number 16 with the following stats:

Average home price: $260,473

3-year population growth: 6.0%

2-year job growth: 4.0%

1-year home price growth: 9%

3-year price growth forecast: 22%

See more of the research and read the entire article here. When you’re ready to begin your house hunt in Charlotte, NC, Dickens Mitchener is here to help! Give us a call at 704-661-2402.

Dickens Mitchener Team Serves at Room In The Inn


Dickens Mitchener team members and their families spent the evening of March 19 serving homeless neighbors at Selwyn Presbyterian Church for Room In The Inn.

Room In The Inn is a branch of the Charlotte based Urban Ministry Center that partners with local churches to host homeless neighbors overnight in the winter months.  Selwyn Presbyterian Church hosts the guests every Monday night and volunteer groups provide dinner, breakfast and a brown bag lunch for the guests along with a shower and a place to sleep.

“The most common human bond is that of sitting down with friends and sharing a meal,” said Melanie Vise, Dickens Mitchener Office Administrator. “By sharing with our homeless neighbors it gives us a chance to get out of our comfort zone and meet people you otherwise wouldn’t.”

Each year, the Dickens Mitchener team hosts a fish fry including homemade coleslaw and hush-puppies to share with the guests. Bill Williams, a long time Dickens Mitchener agent, came out of retirement for the third year in a row to continue this tradition.


Spruce Up Your Landscape This Spring

The spring real estate market is up and running in Charlotte, NC. When preparing a home to market, don’t forget to spruce up your landscape this spring. Follow the tips below to draw buyers outside, no matter the size of the yard.

Clean Up!

Start by replacing mulch, trimming trees/bushes and weeding. Address any problem areas in the lawn by adding seed or sod to bare spots.

Create An Outdoor Lounge

Creating an outdoor lounge or dining area that is an extension of the home is always a draw to a listing. Adding an umbrella or pergola is another great way to define an outdoor lounging space or dining area. Lights or a hanging lantern could easily be added to enhance the coziness. Homes that have a sense of connectivity to the outdoors are very appealing to buyers. To ensure buyers are drawn outside create the space so it is easily accessible to indoor rooms like a family room or a kitchen.  Creating an outdoor oasis can add substantial value to your home.

Don’t Forget Privacy

Buyers value privacy. Consider adding fencing, lattice, garden walls or landscaping to define the area and screen views of neighboring homes.

Decorative Options

Add A Little Rock

Jane Lemmond created a little zen garden off her deck in a weekend. She used gravel, stepping stones and a simple water feature.

A flagstone walk or patio is another great way to connect the home to the outdoor space. Lanier Landscaping in Charlotte has a great selection of stone and rock for all of your landscape projects.

Water Features Make A Splash

Adding simple water features and a hammock can be a nice touch. We would all like to nap on a hammock while listening to water sounds!

Bring the Indoors Outside

Colorful throw pillows, candles and music are simple ways to create a comfortable spot. Have space for a beverage cart or bar? Who doesn’t want to envision sitting on a deck sipping wine or a cocktail with friends or family. One of the quickest and easiest ways to enhance a deck or patio and define the space is to add a bright area rug. There are lots of inexpensive low maintenance options for outdoor rugs.  “Last year I grabbed one at World Market for $20 and it is still going strong,” comments Jane Lemmond. Adding pots with bright and or fragrant plants is always an attractive and simple way to finish off any outdoor space.

An added benefit to living in North Carolina is being able to enjoy an outdoor area almost year round. Do you have any tips to add?

Dream Home in Blowing Rock, NC: Stonecroft

Pursuitist recently featured Vicky Mitchener‘s Stonecroft listing in Blowing Rock, NC as its “Daily Dream Home.” It’s easy to see why!

This property boasts stunning 90 mile views of Grandfather Mountain, Calloway Peak, Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest. The main home, an updated 1930s English Cotswold stone estate, retains its original character, but is updated for modern living. The kitchen level features Viking appliances, open dining, dining porch, and patio. The main floor includes a large living room with beautiful stone fireplace, library, two bedrooms, a full bathroom and expansive covered porch with breathtaking views. The upper level has two bedrooms, a sitting room, a full bath, and studio. The third floor features the master with en-suite bath, ample closets, and a sitting area. The restored caretaker’s cabin serves as a guest house or income-producing property. Adjacent to private conservation land, this property qualifies for conservation easements & agricultural tax credits.

Contact Vicky Mitchener today for more information at 704.517.0177 and read the full Pursuitist article here.

Dickens Mitchener Launches Company App

Dickens Mitchener has launched a cutting-edge app that allows users to bring the power of Dickens Mitchener to their iPhone and Android.

Using the app, users are able to quickly view nearby rentals and homes for sale in seconds with just one click. They can jump to any location, including an employer, children’s schools or even other zip codes to see active listings in those areas. Then, they are able to filter the results to fit their needs. The app also allows users to easily save and share their favorite listings and searches and stay on top of market changes with notifications.

For more than two decades, Dickens Mitchener has been revolutionizing the real estate industry with its strategies on the home buying and selling process. It all began with a hunch that using basic tools like data management and marketing could simplify the client experience. The firm continues to evolve and stay current with the latest cutting-edge technologies to give its clients an advantage in the marketplace.

“The Dickens Mitchener app puts current market data at our clients’ fingertips, along with a hands-on experience throughout their home search,” says Vicky Mitchener, founder. “We’re excited about the impact this app will have on Charlotte and beyond.”

Since 1991, Dickens Mitchener has been redefining real estate throughout the Charlotte region. Committed to setting new standards for extraordinary customer service, Dickens Mitchener’s team of 95+ full-time agents uses its knowledge of market trends and innovative practices to consistently achieve client satisfaction and outstanding results. With over 6,000 available listings, Dickens Mitchener offers properties in Charlotte’s most sought-after neighborhoods, and its unique relocation team ensures that no matter where home happens to be, clients always have a neighborhood expert in their corner. Find out more at

How You Can Still Find a Deal in Charlotte’s Current Housing Market

Today we’re sharing our tips that were recently featured on Charlotte Stories for finding a deal in Charlotte’s real estate market, even as prices continue to increase and inventories remain low.

#1 Find A Well-Connected Buyer’s Agent

When real estate inventory is low, homes can often get bid up above their value, so the best deals can occasionally be found on homes that haven’t hit the market yet. Well-connected buyer’s agents are the key to finding these.

Agents who frequently co-list and network with other Realtors will be the first to hear of deals before they hit the market, and more seasoned agents will also receive more referrals and will often have their own “pocket listings” that you’ll likely be first to know about.

#2 Getting Creative With Terms

Buying a house involves more than just your purchase price. and sellers can sometimes prefer a lower-priced offer if another “term” is more important to them. The “terms” of a real estate contract include; price, earnest money, due diligence fee and time period, closing date, type of financing, inspections, etc.

“Several weeks ago, I was able to help a client purchase a home in Plaza Midwood that had four offers in the first 12 hours on market, knowing someone might come in with cash and my buyer was purchasing with a loan, I advised my client to waive their right for an appraisal and our offer won! Knowing the value and the market I knew the house was worth more than purchase price. Terms are often what can win you the deal even over price,” commented Realtor Cackie Morrow.

#3 Finding a Fixer-Upper

It’s obvious that homes needing more work can be purchased for less, but depending on the neighborhood, the type of work needed, and how significant it is, this is often where you can save the most.

You can save a ton of money in the long run on a home with major cosmetic issues and minor structural issues, compared to one with minor cosmetic issues and major structural issues.

According to Realtor Aubrey Grier, “Buying a home that needs lipstick is where a buyer can potentially find a deal. Charlotte’s current buyer wants move-in ready homes. They don’t even want to paint. It’s a huge change in trend from 10 to 15 years ago. Deals can still be found if a buyer is willing to do some work, because those homes are less desirable currently than in the past, but that is where money can be made in our market.”

Have you recently purchased a home in Charlotte? 

Do you have any other advice for new home buyers? 


North Carolina Ranked #1 State for Business in America

We’re proud to announce that North Carolina was just ranked the top state in the U.S. for business, according to a study by Forbes!

The Tar Heel state was the only state to rank among the top 20 states in all six categories – business costs, labor supply, growth prospects, quality of life and from both regulatory and economic climate perspectives.

For all the details of the study, visit Charlotte Stories for the full story.

To be connected with an agent at Dickens Mitchener or to find your home in the Greater Charlotte area, reach out to Catharine Pappas today at 704.661.2402 or

Charlotte Ranked One of Top U.S. Cities for Young Professionals

We’re excited to share that Charlotte was just ranked as one of top U.S. cities for young professionals!

With all of Charlotte’s job opportunities, entertainment, and things to do we aren’t surprised one bit. Participants in the study were asked to rate eight factors: growth opportunity, wages, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security and if they’d recommend their job to others.