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.


25 Best New Restaurants in Charlotte: 2019

Throughout the year, Charlotte Magazine looked at the most buzzed-about openings, the most talented chefs, and the most interesting food trends. Their visits are anonymous, and each restaurant is locally owned (so no national chains). This list is   Charlotte Magazine produced is based on quality, creativity, ambience, and service, and it’s in no particular order.

Below, you’ll find restaurants that opened in the past year, that not only made Charlotte Magazines list but are also some of our agents top picks!

Fresh Catch

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Hello, Sailor
The sun reflects off Lake Norman and fills Hello, Sailor with natural light—which is ideal for the dozens of Instagram shots diners take inside this chic fish-fry restaurant. Joe and Katy Kindred’s second restaurant is nothing like Kindred or The Rusty Rudder, which once occupied this space. But while you’re eating calabash shrimp in a mid-century modern dining room with a view of the lake’s ripples, you wouldn’t want Hello, Sailor to be anything else. 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius, 704-997-5365.

Sushi Reimagined

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The flower-shaped Sakura sushi roll is the most beautiful dish on YUME’s menu, but the Sora box sushi—a square-shaped roll with tuna, eel, and avocado—packs the most flavor. And if ramen noodles are more to your liking, the vegan ramen’s spicy miso can be adjusted to suit your taste. The drink menu doesn’t offer standard domestic beers, so instead ask your server to recommend a Japanese lager or cocktail. 1508 Mint St., Ste. A, 980-858-5678

Mean to Be Shared

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Ordering a cocktail can take some time at Zeppelin, but when a smoky old fashioned comes out on a platter, the hold-up makes sense. Don’t overlook the food, though. The fried green tomato caprese is an inventive take on the Southern starter, and Notorious P.I.G. puppies put a barbecued spin on hush puppies. The sweets change periodically, but don’t skip dessert if the Krispy Kreme and brioche bread pudding is on the menu. 235 Tremont Ave. 980-209-0008.

Not Your Mama’s Pasta

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The pappardelle Bolognese and cioppino at Angeline’s are both excellent, but if you’re feeling adventurous, order a few of chef Robert Hoffman’s appetizers. The whipped ricotta with sourdough, lavender honey, and pistachio is an unexpected sweet-and-salty combo, and the lamb and pork meatballs are great for sharing. Ride the elevator to the 19th floor of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel for a nightcap from its sister cocktail bar, Merchant & Trade. 303 S. Church St., 704-445-2540.

Clean Ingredients

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Foraged isn’t a word that chef William Dissen uses lightly on the menu at Haymaker; he actually combs through North Carolina for the best fungi for his foraged mushroom toast dish. Such details make Dissen’s restaurants (including The Market Place in Asheville and Billy D’s Fried Chicken at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro) a success, even as the new guy in town. For the main course, try the roasted pork shoulder with flowering cauliflower and cider jus. 225 S. Poplar St., 704-626-6116.

Far-Reaching Flavors

La Belle Helene

French food had a moment this year, especially if the crowds at uptown’s La Belle Helene tell us anything. There’s a lot to take in at LBH: the massive, bull’s-eye chandeliers hanging above, the rotisserie chickens twirling gently on a spit, the bartenders pouring the gin-based South Side cocktail. But there’s even more to eat; try a mix of pour commencer and plats from its Parisian menu, piloted by chef Michael Rouleau. 300 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100, 704-969-2550.

Raising the Bar


Brewers at 4001 Yancey
This LoSo brewery has more than just beer. Chef Drew Ward’s menu adds Southern flair to shareable dishes like the fried pork rinds and fries topped with jalapeño gravy and bacon crumbles. The Victory pretzel and Ward’s pizzas are all made with Victory Helles beer dough. For an entrée on the lighter side, try the Power Ahead salad with your choice of kale or lentils. For something more substantial, get the 8 Days a Week fried chicken with bacon and scalloped potatoes. 4001-A Yancey Rd., 704-452-4001.


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Navigating the Charlotte Light Rail

Even though many people walk, bike or drive to work, many Charlotteans also depend on the LYNX Blue Line to make it into Uptown. Not to mention, just having the light rail makes us feel like a real city – and a city that’s becoming more sustainable every day.


Below, follow the Blue Line through the city, station by station—to see what you can do at each stop for only $2.20 per ride.

1. I-485 Station

Must-see Stops: Carolina Pavilion (Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, AMC Carolina Pavilion 22); Steak ‘n Shake

2. Sharon Road West Station

Must-see Stops: Snyder’s-Lance Factory

Did You Know? The Snyder’s-Lance business began in Charlotte after a local businessman converted a raw peanut deal that had gone awry into a prolific snack brand.

3. Arrowood Station

Must-see Stops: Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits; Tamaleria Laurita; La Catracha Restaurant

Did You Know? The Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits franchise was founded in Charlotte in 1977.

4. Archdale Station

Must-see Stops: The Burrito Factory; 500 Degrees Pizzeria; Payal Indian Groceries & Spices

5. Tyvola Station

Must-see Stops: Bill Spoon’s Barbecue; Vietnam Grille; Fordham Park

Did You Know? Bill Spoon’s Barbecue opened in 1963, making it one of Charlotte’s oldest restaurants.

6. Woodlawn Station

Must-see Stops: Three Spirits Brewery; Rountree Plantation; Arepas Grill; Beef ‘N Bottle Steakhouse

7. Scaleybark Station

Must-see Stops: Queen Park Social; Great Wagon Road Distilling Company; The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

8. New Bern Station

Must-see Stops: Triple C Brewing Co.; Lenny Boy Brewing Co.; Mac’s Speed Shop

Did You Know? At 31,000 square feet, Lenny Boy Brewing Co.’s new South Tryon Street location is 530 percent larger than its original 4,900-square-foot space on Hawkins Street.

9. East/West Station

Must-see Stops: Tupelo Honey Café; Price’s Chicken Coop; Clair De Lune boutique

Did You Know?

Comedian Jay Leno has been spotted eating fried chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop while sitting on the curb of Camden Street.

10. Bland Street Station

Must-see Stops: Elder Gallery; Futo Buta; Wooden Robot Brewery; The Brass Tap

11. Carson Station

Must-see Stops: Midnight Diner; The Unknown Brewing Co.; Charlotte Cigar Club

Did You Know? Midnight Diner is open 24/7.

12. Stonewall Station

Must-see Stops: Levine Center for the Arts; JP Charlotte/The Westin Charlotte; Bank of America Stadium

13. 3rd Street/Convention Center Station

Must-see Stops: Charlotte Convention Center; Hilton Charlotte Center City; NASCAR Hall of Fame; Amélie’s French Bakery

Did You Know? The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the world’s only sports hall of fame of its kind.

14. 7th Street Station

Must-see Stops: 7th Street Public Market; ImaginON: The Joe & Joan Martin Center; Levine Museum of the New South

15. Charlotte Transportation Center/Arena Station

Must-see Stops: The EpiCentre; Spectrum Center; The Punch Room/The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

New Light Rail Stops

1.  9th Street Station

Must-see Stops: UNC Charlotte Center City Campus; First Ward Park

Did You Know? First Ward Park is one of more than 200 parks located in the Charlotte region.

2.  Parkwood Station

Must-see Stops: Abari Game Bar; Joe’s Doughs; MoNA Gallery

3.  25th Street Station

Must-see Stops: Free Range Brewing; Amélie’s French Bakery

4.  36th Street Station

Must-see Stops: Crêpe Cellar Kitchen & Pub; Cabo Fish Taco, The Evening Muse; Hart Witzen Gallery

Did You Know? Cabo Fish Taco has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

5.  Sugar Creek Station

Must-see Stops: Public art by Chandra Cox

6.  Old Concord Road Station

Must-see Stops: North Point Shopping Center; America Deli; La Zima Bar Mexicano;

7.  Tom Hunter Station

Must-see Stops: Public art by Tom Stanley; Around the World Market; Taqueria La Casita

Did You Know? Around the World Market is a huge purveyor of Indian food, but it also carries British, African and Thai provisions.

8.  University City Boulevard Station

Must-see Stops: Public art by Jackie Chang; IKEA; Belgate Shopping Center

9.  McCullough Station

Must-see Stops: McCullough Commons: Taco Mac; University Executive Park

10. JW Clay Station

Must-see Stops: Jerry Richardson Football Stadium at UNC Charlotte; Cross Charlotte Trail; Lazeez Mediterranean Grill

Did You Know? The UNC Charlotte 49ers football program had its inaugural season in 2013 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

11. UNC Charlotte Main Campus Station

Must-see Stops: UNC Charlotte main campus; UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens; Dale F. Halton Arena


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Shop Local This Holiday Season

Looking to shop local this holiday season?  Shop personal, thoughtful, local gifts for everyone on your list from local boutiques and shops that our agents recommend to get all of your holiday shopping done with a local touch.

Eliza B’s

First on our list is a favorite among our agents! Eliza B’s specializes in monogramming and personalized gifts. Leave the wrapping to Eliza B’s, they have you covered with complimentary gift wrapping. We are OBSESSED with the gift wrapping above with Swig wine glasses & mini Prosecco bottles! Make sure you head to the Arboretum Shopping Center in South Charlotte to start your holiday gift shopping! Dickens Mitchener agents Michelle Dyman, Meghan Connor Shelton, and Heather Melton all shop this boutique!

Paper Skyscraper

Dickens Mitchener agent, Ruth Moinz, recommends shopping at Paper Skyscraper in historic Dilworth! This store is packed with gifts and goodies full of local flair, including unique coffee table books, games and toys, handbags and jewelry, glassware and funky home decor, stationary, gift wrap, and much more. No wonder Mashable called it the #1 local shop for finding the perfect holiday gift!


Moxie Mercantile

 A unique lifestyle boutique located in Historic Plaza Midwood. Moxie aims to bring a sophisticated blend of home and personal accessories to the Queen City. Product lines range from table top to purses, jewelry to bath linens.

Cotswold Marketplace

Dickens Mitchener Realtor, Kelly Catanese, loves to shop at the Cotswold Marketplace. This multi-vendor retail and design center not only can spruce up your home with holiday decor, lighting, wallpaper, & artwork but also sell local gifts and a couple of shops carry items for children and ladies – and they will gift wrap too! With more than 6o vendors selling locally made goods/items you will be sure to find a gift for everyone on your list – and maybe even yourself!




CLT find

Located at the 7th Street Public Market, CLT Find supports over 40 local makers, artists & creatives in the Charlotte Region. You can find everything from socks, soaps, toys, clothing, honey, pasta sauces, beef jerky, allergy syrups, jewelry, candles, home decor, teething rings, bug repellent, gifts, handbags, books, and more. It’s the perfect place to shop for that foodie on your list!


704 Shop

 A local, Charlotte-based lifestyle brand, blending fresh designs & classic imagery with modern graphics for a contemporary look. They sell high quality t-shirts, hats, and other apparel all representing the city of Charlotte. Panthers head coach, Ron Rivera, even rocks the shirts during his post game interviews that have made the line the top of every local + transplants list! Dickens Mitchener agent, Eve Davis thinks that their t-shirts are the perfect gift – and we think so too!


Belle Boutique

 This McAdenville boutique features brands such as Show Me Your Mumu, Twine & Twig and Voluspa candles, and is full of unique clothing and accessories. Dickens Mitchener Realtor, Meghan Connor Shelton says, ” I love shopping at Belle Boutique, her tissue paper is scented and smells like roses!” It’s the perfect place to shop for that fashionista on your list!


Creative by Nature HOME

Last but not least, Charlotte’s great retail experiences.  Family owned since their start in 1996, this business has grown from a small booth into a brick and mortar store in the Blakeney Shopping Center. Anything from gifts to decor to furniture, no matter the need or occasion you are sure to find something perfect for the holiday season.



10 Holiday Events to Check out in December

Tis the season!

The holiday season is finally upon us, and it’s the time of year families want to do something fun and spend time together. From a whole-town light display to a winter ice rink under the uptown lights, and the classic “Nutcracker” ballet, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season. Here are the ten holiday events you need to have on your December list:








Ice Skating at the NASCAR HALL OF FAME PLAZA: 

WBT and K107.9 The Link bring the annual Holiday on Ice skating rink at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, the rink is open through Jan. 6, 2019. Special events include Princess and Superhero Day on Dec. 9. Admission is $10 for all-day skating, and skate rentals are $4. Standard hours are Wednesday through Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are out.











Drive the Track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Ease onto the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a 3.5-mile loop around the track to see more than 3 million lights synced to music. Speedway Christmas is open daily Nov. 18-Dec. 31, 6-10 p.m. The Christmas Village, which includes a petting zoo, a Bethlehem village, photos with Santa and new this year: a 50-foot Ferris wheel, is open Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 18 through Dec. 31 from 6-10 p.m., and every evening Christmas week. Add in a drive-in movie experience Thursday through Sunday with the giant Speedway TV that casts favorite holiday movies. See the website for movie schedule. Tickets range in price from $20-$30 per car depending on day of week.









Attend Winterfest at Carowinds:

Carowinds comes alive with holiday spirit during WinterFest. Friends and families are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as Carowinds magically transforms their park into a winter wonderland. WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season. Festive fun and hands-on holiday activities are located throughout the park, and sweet aromas from special holiday dishes and desserts fill the midways. Plus, up to 24 of your favorite rides will be open to complete your night of memory making!

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Attend Charlotte’s Christmas Village: 

Charlotte’s Christmas Market is a new Queen City tradition! The aromas of specialty foods will drift across the village, from classic Austrian strudels, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, and glazed nuts. Visitors can also enjoy hot mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate and alcoholic-free Glühwein in a souvenir village mug! Open daily (except Mondays & Christmas eve) at 11am through Decemeber 24th 2018.








Drive through McAdenville Christmas:

This treasured tradition in the Charlotte area will open this Friday, November 30. McAdenville (also known as Christmas Town USA) is in Gaston County, a short drive from Charlotte. For more than 60 years the Christmas lights display has drawn visitors from all over Charlotte to see the hundreds of thousands of lights set the scene for holiday displays.








Visit Gingerbread Lane at the Ballantyne Hotel:

Vote for your favorite houses among the competition that lines Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge in December. The luxurious hotel holds a gingerbread house contest for professionals, amateurs and youth, and the houses are on display throughout month. Other hotel celebrations include adorning gingerbread houses and enjoying holiday afternoon tea.









Attend Weihnachtsmarkt at OMB:

Sip craft beer, shop local products and indulge in freshly baked goods at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s annual Weihnachtsmarkt. The event honors the German tradition of a Christmas market, where vendors sell goods from open-air booths. The fun-filled event runs over several weekends during the month of December in the brewery’s famous biergarten.











Pour your own Candle at the Candle Bar:

For only $35, you can  choose a vessel, select a fragrance and then measure, mix and pour to create your own candle. The temporary space, located at 1800 Camden Road, will function as a pop-up until their permanent home at the Design Center opens next spring. The Candle Bar is open Tuesday through Friday noon – 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or book online in advance to secure a spot!










Watch the Nutcracker:

Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping candy canes and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy. Complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony,. Whether it’s a treasured family tradition or you’re experiencing it for the first time, Nutcracker promises wonderful holiday memories for years to come.









Breakfast with Santa at the NASCAR HALL OF FAME: 

Santa Claus is coming to town for the fourth annual Breakfast with Santa at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This all-inclusive experience includes  breakfast, a visit and picture with Santa, crafts and reindeer games, plus much more. As an added bonus, each child ticket to Breakfast with Santa includes same-day complimentary admission to the ice rink on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Tickets: to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Breakfast with Santa are $25 per adult and $22 per child between 3 and 10 years of age. Children under 2 are free. Advance purchase required,  Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, two sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Happy Holidays!


First-time homebuyer? Here’s what you need to know

Anxiety around buying a house is common among those who have always rented. An August 2017 survey by loanDepot, found that though 52 % of renting millennials are driven to buy a home, half are anxious about the costs, and only 18% think it’s something they can financially pull off.
Below is a list of what you can expect in this complicated process of buying your first home, and how to manage it.


In the very beginning, make a list of the 10 main things you’re looking for in a home and make sure to rank them. The list could include price, location, size, renovation, views, etc. Knowing ahead of time that you are really looking to check as many of those boxes as possible but that some will need to be adjusted is important. And along the way you may very well come up with new things to add (and hopefully some to take off).


Know your credit score and make sure that there are no surprises/errors. Many people now subscribe to consumer credit reporting agencies and are given monthly updates on the status of their credit score. That is a great way to keep an eye on things.


Next, learn whether you pre-qualify for a mortgage by consulting a mortgage broker or loan officer.

The difference between the two: a loan officer works for the lending institution; a mortgage broker works as an independent agent for both you and the bank. The latter facilitates the loan process to choose the right lender and guide you through the whole process — and you give commission if the loan closes. A loan officer typically works on commission or salary provided by their institution.


Once pre-approved for a mortgage, you’ll need to have a lot of information ready to proceed with buying.

A loan officer will ask you for as pay stubs, bank statements, tax returns, and other information that documents your financial status to complete your loan application. They’ll need all this information to underwrite your mortgage — basically, to make sure you’ll be able to pay back your loan.


The next step, find a real estate agent who knows the local market. Based on your pre-qualified purchase price, the agent will work with you to help you find homes that fit your budget and your needs.


  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Check with multiple lenders before accepting an interest rate.
  • Avoid making major purchased on credit and avoid moving cash around during the process.
  • Drive by the house during multiple times of the day to get a true feel for the neighborhood, morning, noon and night.
  • Ask if the seller has any inspections or disclosures you should be aware of up front. If there are serious issues with the property, knowing that beforehand can save you a lot of time and potential emotions.

Our last tip is: HAVE FUN, this is a beautiful milestone and you’ll want to remember it in a positive light!

Are you ready to stop wasting money on rent and purchase a home? Contact our Relocation Director, Catharine Pappas at (704) 661-2402 to get connected with an experienced agent.