Charlotte Named Among the Best Cities in the U.S. for Real Estate Investment in 2018


Renoviso compared Capitalization rate (CAP), job growth ranking, population growth percent and single-family home price to determine the best possible markets for real estate investment in 2018. Charlotte ranked fourth on this list.

The study sites recent growth in the city for making it an attractive place to investment in real estate. The CAP rate in Charlotte currently sits at 6.8 average. Rapid population growth and plentiful job opportunities contribute to this high CAP rate.

The study also sites that the average single family home rate comes in at an affordable $234,400, making the Queen City a profitable place to invest.

Raleigh, NC joins Charlotte, NC on this list in the number two spot, making North Carolina one of only three states with two top ten cities for investing.

Looking to invest in real estate in Charlotte? Contact the Dickens Mitchener relocation department.

Read the full Renoviso article here.

Charlotte, NC Golf Course Homes | Wells Fargo Championship Week

It’s golf season in Charlotte, North Carolina! With the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club under way, it’s no wonder that golf fans across the nation are thinking about moving to Charlotte.

The numerous golf courses in the Charlotte Metro area plus the quick drives to famous golf destinations like Pinehurst, Cashiers, and Ocean Isle, make the Queen City the perfect place for any golf lover to land.

Check out 6 listings at 6 top Golf Communities in the Charlotte area.

Quail Hollow

Set on a gorgeous landscaped lot of 1.3 acres on Quail Hollow, this 2006 home has an open floor plan perfect for entertaining.

3236 Shillington Place
Charlotte, NC 28210


Listing Agent: Jeff Murdock

Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

Enjoy the park like backyard with custom patio and fire pit overlooking the 18th tee.

11107 Persimmon Creek Drive
Mint Hill, NC 28227


Listing Agent: Meghan Connor Shelton

Ballantyne Country Club

A stunning luxury estate home on the 12th hole of Ballantyne Country Club.

14607 Rudolph Dadey Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277


Listing Agent: Lisa Whetstone

Piper Glen

Features a wet bar opening to outside living areas, backyard, pool with cabana and fire pit. Lake views and access!

6304 Glynmoor Lakes Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277


Listing Agents: Ducie Stark and Ruth Moniz

Carmel Country Club

Located on the 14th hole of Carmel Country Club golf course, this gorgeous 1965 home has been beautifully maintained and updated.

5137 Parview Drive #12
Charlotte, NC 28226


Listing Agents: Ashlee Durrance and Jeff Murdock

Club at Longview

Stunning home Offering more than 4,000 square feet of living space on the 13th hole in the Golf Cottages of Longview Golf Club.

8720 Thornbury Place #50
Waxhaw, NC 28173


Listing Agent: Kate Bruce Terrigno

Longview Lots

Build your own luxury home on the 3rd, 4th & 5th fairways of the gated & beautifully designed neighborhood.

Listing Agents: Sarah Szczodrowski and Sallie Prouty


For assistance navigating the many golf communities around Charlotte, NC, reach out to one of our experienced agents today!

Agents Serve Neighbors at Realtors® Care Day


Dickens Mitchener and Associates agents spent the day building, painting, and planting at the home of a woman in a wheel chair with COPD as a part of Realtors® Care Day.

Friday, April 20 marked the 10th anniversary of Realtors® Care Day, an initiative of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association through the Housing Opportunity Foundation. Each year, real estate agents from around the region spend the day assisting homeowners identified by local Habitat for Humanity Chapters who need exterior home repairs and adaptive and safety modifications for their homes.

“Dickens Mitchener had enough volunteers to do a house on their own this year,” said Jeff Murdock a Dickens Mitchener agent who helped coordinate the day. “We’re very fortunate that about one third of our staff was at Realtors® Care Day.”

Over 750 local Realtors® participate in this day, working on over 20 homes. Area builders, developers, painters, roofers, and home inspectors also volunteer their time to help with certain projects.

In preparation for Realtors® Care Day, agents passed out grocery bags in their neighborhoods asking for food collections for the Harvest Center of Charlotte. The Harvest Center works to create a community where individuals affected by homelessness, poverty and unemployment are empowered through transitional programs. Joan Goode, a Dickens Mitchener agent, coordinated the pick-up of the donated food and filled the truck on Realtors® Care day. Dickens Mitchener agents collected over 200 bags!

“It’s a very fulfilling experience for everyone at Dickens Mitchener”, said Murdock. “We really enjoy it!”

The next event scheduled for the Housing Opportunity Foundation is Strides for Shelter 5K Fun Run & Walk on June 23, 2018. New this year is a Couch to 5K training program that starts on April 28, 2018. Registration has started for the C25K training and the race. Join the Dickens Mitchener team here.

Dickens Mitchener’s Joan Goode Gives Back

Joan GoodeWe are so proud of our very own Realtor®/Broker Joan Goode, for being featured on the cover of the February 2018 issue of Charlotte Real Producers and with a two-page spread all about her involvement with a nonprofit organization that is near and dear to our hearts, the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association’s Housing Opportunity Foundation.

Because the availability of affordable and sustainable housing has a direct impact on a community, Joan has worked tirelessly to help create housing opportunities for our neighbors through the time and energy she has devoted to the cause for the past 11 years.

Click here to read the full article and to learn about Joan’s involvement.

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5 Tips for a Smooth Relocation to Charlotte, NC

So you’re planning a relocation to Charlotte, NC — congratulations! Whether you’re moving for work, for family or just to seek out new adventures, we can’t think of a better place to move. But even as you embark on this exciting new chapter in your life, the relocation itself may come with a lot of extra stress as you hammer out the thousands of details involved with a major move. To help ease the strain, here are 5 important tips for to help you make a smooth transition to our lovely city.

1. Get to Know the Area

If you’re still figuring out where to live in Charlotte, take some time to familiarize yourself with the area before settling on a place. This city has a diversity of great neighborhoods for every family situation, budget and lifestyle. Consider factors like school districts, work commutes and overall budget to help you decide on a few prime neighborhoods to look at for your relocation.

2. Get Organized

It sounds simple, even trite, but the very act of planning ahead can cut your stress in half. Get a notebook together and start compiling a to-do list and schedule. Put everything on the list that you can think of, from notifying utilities to scheduling the movers to putting in a change of address, to scheduling time off work before and after moving day. If you haven’t found a new place to live yet, add that to the list! But you can set up this list even before your new lodgings are established. The sooner you get organized, the easier your move will be when it comes time to check things off your list.

3. Assemble a Necessity Box

When you’re in the midst of a major move, there are few things more frustrating than trying to figure out which box you packed the stapler in, or the tape, or something else you need. Before the big day, we recommend setting up a “necessity box” with all the items you’re likely to need during the move itself — from office items to paperwork to packing tape, etc — anything you might need for your day-to-day operations while the move is in progress. This box should either stay with you in the vehicle, or it can be the last box on and the first box off the truck. Just make sure you know where it is and what’s in it.

4. Decide what Goes and what Stays

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably collected a bunch of stuff you’re not going to use anymore — stuff that is just dead weight and doesn’t need to come with you on the move. Make your move simpler and less expensive by deciding ahead of time what should be left behind. Have a yard sale, sell items on Craigslist, etc.

5. Get Help from a Relocation Specialist

When making a major move to an unfamiliar place, one of the best things you can do to ensure a smooth relocation is to enlist help from someone who is intimately familiar with the area — someone who can help you learn the city, find a place to live and coordinate next steps with you. Dickens Mitchener offers a comprehensive relocation service for both corporate and individual moves — a service that helps you coordinate all the details from departure and destination, including personalized tours, transportation, home finding services, mortgage counseling, rental assistance and even help finding services like doctors, veterinarians and plumbers! If you’re relocating to Charlotte, NC, we’d love to be the first to welcome you home and give you all the assistance you need in getting here. To learn more about our relocation services, just give us a call at (704) 661-2402.

Joan Goode, Cover Girl for February 2018 Issue of Charlotte Real Producers

We’re so proud of our very own top producer, Joan Goode, for being featured on the cover of the February 2018 issue of Charlotte Real Producers for giving back to our local community. To read the full article, click here.

If you’re thinking of selling your current home or purchasing a new home, Joan’s market knowledge and experience will put you in a position for success. Her main objective as a REALTOR® is to transform the often overwhelming home buying or selling experience into a rewarding life event that brings satisfaction and positive results.

Joan Goode is proud to be a native of North Carolina and loves getting to introduce newcomers to the state and Queen City she loves to call home. She grew up in Asheville, N.C., graduated from North Carolina State University and has lived in Charlotte for nearly 20 years. As a proud member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Goode has a rich knowledge of the south which has helped her bring years of successful selling & buying expertise to her clients.

Joan is thrilled to act as an ambassador for the Queen City and takes pride in helping her clients find the perfect neighborhood and house to call home. She has a deep understanding of Charlotte’s real estate market as well as the city’s surrounding neighborhoods including Providence Country Club, Piper Glen Country Club, Ballantyne Country Club, Longview, Foxcroft, Myers Park and Eastover.

Charlotte Real Producers is a program designed to increase brand awareness, social interactions and relationships between Charlotte’s top producing real estate agents and top affiliates. The monthly magazine highlights the top realtor teams and individuals, focusing on the top 500 producers in the Charlotte/Lake Norman market.

For more information about Dickens Mitchener, call Relocation Director Catharine Pappas at 704-661-2402.

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.

Learn More

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.