Charlotte Metro Is The Star of Emerging Tech Hubs

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Did you know that Charlotte metro recorded a greater increase in IT jobs than San Francisco’s metro area? According to RENTCafe’s analysis of the most recent BLS data, Queen City’s metro saw the most significant rise in STEM employees nationwide.

Here are a few highlights from the study: 

  • Charlotte metro is the star of emerging tech hubs. It upped its number of IT jobs by a staggering 37.5% in just 3 years (2014 – 2017), outpacing San Francisco metro, which posted a 19.5% boost.
  • Rents are rising faster than wages in the Queen City’s metro area. The income of those working in the metro’s technology sector went up by 6.8% between 2014 and 2017, but rent prices hiked even more, marking a 7.6% growth from 2016 to 2019. There is a silver lining though, Charlotte is one of the most affordable among tech hubs. Here IT salaries circle around $92,600, while it costs $1,138 on average to rent a dwelling.
  • Despite its spectacular surge in STEM workforces, Charlotte metro only holds a 4% share of techies. Though this doesn’t place the area in the top 15 largest IT hubs, the staggering growth of technology employees clearly indicates that the Queen City has now entered the big tech hub race.

You can read the full report here, as well as check out charts and tables to see how Charlotte metro is doing in comparison with both major and emerging IT hubs:

Are you interested in moving to Charlotte? Contact our Relocation Director, Catherine Pappas at (704) 661-2402 to get connected with an experienced agent.

Things to Do for St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival

Who knew Charlotte was so into St. Patrick’s Day? Here are five events to get you in touch with your Irish side.

1. St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Uptown Charlotte – Tryon Street
Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Get your spot early for the parade as it marches through Uptown Charlotte on March 16. There will be floats, pipe band music, dancers, and other entertainment. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of North Tryon and Ninth streets in Uptown Charlotte. Stick around for the festival afterwards and sample authentic Irish food and drink while you let the kids enjoy the Celtic Kid Zone.

2. St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Uptown Charlotte
Saturday, March 16 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Speaking of drinking beer, you will have plenty of opportunities for it during the 19th annual Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Since the pub crawl’s inception in 2001, it has continuously grown in size and popularity, making it the World’s Largest Pub Crawl. Check-in at The Pub Crawl Party Lot, then, follow the green-clad masses in matching event t-shirts and koozies.

3. Green River Revival
U.S. National Whitewater Center

Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host their 10th Green River Revival event. The day starts with a Color Me Green 5K Trail Run where participants will be splashed with the green dye as they run through the trails. Take a photo next to the river that will turn green as a four leaf clover at 1 p.m. Yoga, live music and plenty of beer are also on the day’s schedule of events.

4. Experience the Latta Celtic Festival

When:  March 17 and 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Rd, Huntersville

The sixth annual Latta Celtic Festival celebrates all things Celtic with live music, Viking and gunsmith weapons demonstrations, needlework training, food and OMB beers to enjoy over the holiday weekend.

5. St. Patrick’s Day in LoSo 2019
When: Saturday, March 16th 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., & Sunday, March 17th, 2019 Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Lower Southend & OMB

Join Lower Southend and OMB celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green attire, festive music, and plenty of food and drink. At OMB, relax in the Biergarten with their spring seasonal, Früh Bock, that features a slight malty sweetness with a refreshing touch of citrus aroma from its noble Bavarian hops. Year-round favorites will also be on tap including Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen & Fat Boy Baltic Porter. 1 Liter steins will also be available. Expect festive food specials and live music both days.

Catharine Pappas Named Chairperson of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council

Catharine Pappas, our relocation director at Dickens Mitchener, has been elected chairperson of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council, a group comprised of business development and relocation professionals who provide guidance on key initiatives for the global real estate community, which is comprised of 565 market-leading firms spanning six continents.

In her role as chairperson, Pappas will lead the Council, which works closely with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® management team on integral relocation, business development and lead generation programs. Council members also mentor other affiliates and serve as ambassadors for the organization’s diverse program offerings. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on the merits of their professional experience and reputation, as well as their willingness to share their expertise for the benefit of the network.

“We are so thankful to have Catharine assume the role of chairperson for this important leadership group,” said Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger, CRP. “She is highly-respected in our industry, and her expertise is matched by her enthusiasm for relocation and the LeadingRE network.”

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciate to be elected as chairman by my most esteemed colleagues” said Pappas. “The relocation space has changed enormously in the 25 years that I have lead the Relocation Department at Dickens Mitchener. It has been a very satisfying and creative career where I have been able to put my best skills to work”

Dickens Mitchener is the Charlotte representative of LeadingRE. With a global membership that spans over 70 countries, LeadingRE connects top independent firms with more than 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Dickens Mitchener provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

To learn more about our Relocation Department click here.

Three Charlotte Neighborhoods Among Top 100 Best Places to Live in America

Charlotte’s “city center,” Dilworth and Sharon Woods neighborhoods landed at No. 30, No. 35 and No. 91, respectively, on the ranking of more than 11,500 cities, towns, neighborhoods and suburbs compiled by Niche, a Pittsburgh-based research and review site that releases lists on top places to live as well as K-12 schools and colleges.

Niche’s “2019 Best Places to Live in America” ranking, is designed to provide a “comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. The 2019 Best Places to Live ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

Niche describes “city center” as a swath that extends south of Trade Street to West Summit Street, including parts of uptown, Biddleville and the Gold District — a 115-acre subdistrict of South End bounded by Morehead Street, Southwood Avenue, Graham Street and Winnifred Street. It received its highest marks for commute, health and fitness, nightlife and being good for families. Its lowest score was for cost of living, followed by public schools.

Meanwhile, Dilworth’s highest grades came in health and fitness, nightlife and being good for families. Its lowest mark was for cost of living, followed by diversity. And Sharon Woods in south Charlotte scored best in health and fitness, cost of living and being good for families. It didn’t score lower than a B+ in any category.

In addition, Providence Park in southeast Charlotte, Fourth Ward in uptown, Hembstead in southeast Charlotte, First Ward in uptown and Ballantyne West in south Charlotte claimed spots in the top 10 for North Carolina at No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Sharon Woods ranked at No. 4, behind the Raleigh suburb of Morrisville.

As for cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents, Charlotte ranked at No. 35.

The full rankings can be accessed here.

Dickens Mitchener Receives One of the Highest Honors at Agent Summit

Dickens Mitchener agents and staff traveled from Charlotte to Las Vegas to participate in 2019 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LRE) Agent Summit where our team engaged with the most distinguished and elite members in the world of luxury real estate, as well as learn, develop & discover the latest in real estate.

Our agent Joan Goode, served on a conference panel – Negotiation: Making Both Sides Feel Like Winners⁣⁣⁣.  Joan was selected with one other top agent from the entire Leading RE network of 565 firms in 70 countries. The agents focused on their top tips/best practices for smooth negotiations and making sure that both sides of the table leave feeling satisfied with the outcome.⁣⁣⁣

We are pleased to announce Dickens Mitchener received one of the highest honors for the entire LRE network, comprised of 565 real estate firms from more than 70 countries, the coveted 2018 Crown of Excellence award, and a historic 7 award nominations including: Diamond Award, Sapphire Award, Outgoing Sales Production, Equivalent Closings Sales Production, Outgoing Referral Production, RELO Direct, Inc. Direct Connection Leads Award, and the WQC Best Mobile Site for 2018. The relocation department at Dickens Mitchener is proud to accept these honors and continue to strive for excellent service and making your move as seamless as possible. Put your trust in our market-leading team to achieve your real estate dreams. The 2019 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LRE) Agent Summit in Las Vegas proved to be an invaluable and rewarding experience for Dickens Mitchener, Charlotte’s best source for residential real estate.

Now Hiring: Agent Support Position


Dickens Mitchener is a client-focused, boutique firm comprised of 100 real estate experts, with a Service Center & Marketing Team behind them who all share the goal of succeeding together. The team atmosphere makes Dickens Mitchener the perfect fit for someone looking for growth and contribution in our unique company culture.

We are looking for someone who has an interest in Real Estate and wants to grow with us. This is a Full Time position. The Agent Support team member is a key member of our marketing team.


The Agent Support role reports directly to the Office Administrator. This position is a direct link between the agent and their clients. The focus is on agent satisfaction, finished product and excellent service. There is also a heavy emphasis on marketing and advertising creation. The ideal candidate has a passion for the real estate industry, works well with deadlines, and is knowledgeable with content creation for print and digital marketing pieces.


  • Design and make brochures for listing properties
  • Create CMA covers and binders
  • Input new listings and photographs into MLS, Showing Time appointments, & website, and modify listings such as price reductions, withdrawals, or information changes in MLS
  • Create digital marketing pieces for agents (just listed flyers, Realtor® event flyers, etc.) that follow visual brand guidelines to ensure brand integrity.
  • Create custom marketing pieces for agents (postcards, print ads, market updates & neighborhood mailers, etc.)
  • Schedule agent Tours and Open Houses
  • Cover front desk duties as needed
  • All other duties as requested by Dickens Mitchener Agents

Desired Skills & Expertise:

  • 4-Year Degree from an accredited college or university (Marketing or Advertising Degree/experience preferable)
  • Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Microsoft Word, Publisher, Power Point) and Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator) and graphics.
  • Knowledge in an email marketing system, especially Constant Contact.
  • Experience in template design preferred.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment, multitask and prioritize assignments.

Rate: Salary

Why work for Dickens Mitchener?

  • Super challenging and fast-paced business
  • Big opportunities for continuing education, networking and professional growth/development
  • Supportive team members
  • Collaborative work environment

To apply, send your Resume with subject heading: “Agent Support Position” to

Animal-Loving Home Buyers Leave Decisions to Their Pets

Millennials are now leading the pack of home buyers, and the one incentive driving them to take the mortgage plunge? Their dogs.

Millennial homebuyers are having a love affair with pets – so much so that they’re often putting their furry friends’ needs at the top of their list when shopping for a home.  According to the American Pet Products Association, 73 % of millennials currently own a pet and 75% of pet-owning buyers who closed on a home this year would pass on their dream home if it wasn’t right for their animals according to a survey done by® .

Keeping pets happy appears to be a millennial priority. Owners with older pets will have concerns about stairs. More affluent buyers want a dog grooming station in the mud room. Also, being near pet-friendly restaurants and pet supply stores is a big plus, especially for young urban buyers who might not have a car.

If a home doesn’t meet the needs of their pets, those needs are non-negotiable for many home buyers, especially millennials. When home buyers do find a home that suits their pets’ needs, nearly half of Americans say that a yard is the most important feature. About one-third cited some type of outdoor space and a garage, while one-quarter want a to be in close proximity to a park.


Everybody needs love and also, everybody needs a place to live. Anyone with a dog who has rented knows that with every apartment, comes pet fees. Property managers tend to lump on fee after fee, along with tons of restrictions, if they allow pets at all.  The millennial who is ready to buy a home is sick and tired of the fees that goes along with renting with a dog. They want a place to hang their keys— and their pup’s leash — without a big fuss.

But buyer beware: If you’re purchasing a condo or an apartment, Home Ownership Associations can present similar obstacles for your pooch. Prospective home buyers with pups. make sure to check to see if an HOA is involved, and what it requires!

Are you looking to buy a new home/condo? Let us help you find the right home for you and your pet. Contact Catharine Pappas our Director of Relocation at (704) 661-2402 to put you in touch with one of our agents.


How to Be an Astute Open House Guest

Ah, the open house — a chance to wander through other people’s homes and imagine yourself knocking out walls and gut rehabbing their kitchens. This is what dreams are made of (or at least episodes of HGTV).

Going to open houses (and scheduled private showings) is one of the most exciting parts of the home-buying experience. Visiting houses allows you to assess things that you just can’t see online.

Although you can tour homes at any point in the buying process, it can be helpful to know what you’re looking for by doing some online research and talking with your agent and lender so that you can save time and give you an edge over your buying competition,

So, before you start viewing, follow these tips to get prepared.

Make It Your Job to Know Which Houses Are “Open”

There are four ways to know when a house is available for viewing:

  • Ask your agent. He or she will have details on specific properties and can keep you informed of open houses that fit your criteria.
  • Use listing websites. A number of property sites let you search active listings for upcoming open houses. On®, for instance, when searching for properties, scroll over the “Buy” tab and click the “Open Houses” link to see upcoming ones in your area.
  • Drive around. Drive through the neighborhoods you’re interested in — it’s a good way to get a sense of the area amenities — and look for open house signs.
  • Scroll social media. On Instagram, for example, you can search the hashtag #openhousecharlotte or #dickensmitchener to discover our open houses. We post about our open houses every Friday on our Facebook page (

Get There Early (and Say Hi to the Neighbors)

If you’re seriously interested in a home, show up to the open house early. That way you’ll beat the rush, and the agent showing the house (AKA the host) will have time to focus on you and your questions.

If a house seems like a match, take a walk around the neighborhood. Strike up conversations with the neighbors to get an insider’s perspective on what life in that community is really like — families, singles, what the vibe on the block is like, and whether the homeowner’s or condo association (if there is one) is easy to work with.

Ask Lots of Questions, But Avoid TMI

To make the most of your open house visits, have a list of questions in mind for the host — and take notes while you’re there, so you can keep track of what you learned.

At the same time, remember this: Your interaction with the host could be the beginning of negotiations with them. If you end up making an offer, you’ll use the information you’ve gathered to inform your bid. (They’ll also remember that you were an engaged yet courteous person, which can’t hurt your cause.)

Equally important: Oversharing could hurt your negotiating power.

Be careful about what information you share with the agent hosting the event. This person works for the seller — not you. The host can and will use stats they’ve gleaned about you to counter, reject, or accept an offer.

Now that you’ve got your answers, there’s one last thing to do: Thank the host before you go. You never know — you could be seeing them again at the negotiating table soon.

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The City of Charlotte Just Won The Gateway For Growth Award

The Queen City has just been picked by the New American Economy (NAE) and Welcoming America to receive the prestigious ‘Gateways for Growth’ award.

The award gives cities a wide range of resources to assist in developing strategies to integrate immigrants, foster economic growth, and promote inclusion for all residents. Charlotte is one of 13 cities across the country to receive the award, including:

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Charlotte, North Carolina
Flint, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lexington, Kentucky
Lowell, Massachusetts
Memphis, Tennessee
Northern Kentucky
Roanoke, Virginia
San Antonio, Texas
Toledo-Lucas County, Ohio
Wayne County, Michigan

Awardees will receive a combination of research, technical assistance, and matching grants from NAE and Welcoming America to support the development of welcoming strategies. Gateways for Growth (G4G) also serves as a network in which local communities can learn from each other and share best practices.

Some of this year’s resources given to winning cities include;

  • Customized quantitative research reports from NAE on the demographic and economic contributions immigrants make in their communities.
  • On-the-ground technical assistance from NAE and Welcoming America to help communities draft, execute, and communicate a multi-sector immigrant integration strategy.
  • Planning grants from NAE
    and Welcoming America that local partners have committed to match.

The City of Charlotte now plans on utilizing the new resources to research the economic impact of immigrants in Charlotte and work with local partner organizations to increase outreach efforts toward economic mobility.

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Are you interested in moving to Charlotte? Contact our Relocation Director, Catherine Pappas at (704) 661-2402 to get connected with an experienced agent.

7 Lessons We Learned from Marie Kondo’s Newest Netflix Series

Did you know one of the best things you can do before you put your home on the market is clearing out clutter? You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space is, not how messy it looks. So what better way to inspire you to “tidy up” than a Netflix sesh with Netflix’s new series Tidying Up with Marie KondoMarie Kondo, creator of the KonMari method and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has inspired countless people all over the world to clear the clutter and part ways with items that don’t bring a spark of joy to their lives. It’s the happiest way to get organized and *stay* organized. So if you’re ready to press play and practice the KonMari method in your own home, read up on what we’ve learned from the show to help make 2019 your tidiest year yet.

7 Lessons We Learned from Marie Kondo’s Newest Netflix Series

1. It’s about quality, not quantity. You don’t have to get rid of things just because they don’t get used often. The KonMari method isn’t a minimalist challenge; it’s about keeping things in your home that you truly treasure.

2. Organize by category. Instead of tidying up each room one-by-one, Kondo recommends splitting the organization up between three categories: clothing; books, paper, and Komodo (miscellaneous items); and sentimental pieces. Yes, sifting through a giant pile of clothes from all over your home may seem a little overwhelming, but it’s meant to feel that way so you don’t fall back into your semi-hoarding lifestyle.

3. Don’t skip over categories. Even if you don’t think you own too many items in one category, follow the order because it will sharpen your decision-making skills. By the time you’ve gone through all of your clothing and papers, you’ll be able to make easier snap decisions about the tougher sentimental pieces.

4. Display the keepers. This method isn’t about downsizing to only the everyday essentials. If it truly sparks joy, keep it! But make sure to find a way to display it in your home instead of tucked away in a drawer so you can really maximize its purpose (which is to put a smile on your face).

5. When you’re stuck on an item, ask yourself if it has fulfilled its role in your life. That gift you’ve never used, a shirt you scored on sale years ago that still has the tags attached, a sweet note from your ex… if these do not spark joy but you feel guilty about tossing, reassess the item’s purpose. If their time has truly come and gone, thank the item and let it go.

6. It’s all about the KonMari fold. While it may initially make more sense to hang most of your clothes, Kondo’s vertical fold technique ensures that everything is on display, and more importantly, easier to keep tidy. And trust, you’ll be shocked at how much more you can fit in your drawers with this method.

7. Wait until you’re finished before running to the Container Store. Wait until you’ve completely KonMari’d each category to see if you need any bins, boxes, or organizational tools. Since we almost always have way more stuff than we need, you will most likely be left with a lot more space to store your things. Kondo is a huge fan of using whatever is already around the house too, like empty shoe boxes and tins.



Are you looking to sell your home this spring and need help finding a realtor? Make sure to contact Catharine Pappas our Director of Relocation at (704) 661-2402.