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 dickensmitchener.com.

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.”

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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 cpappas@dickensmitchener.com.

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.


Home Prices on the Rise: Charlotte Makes Another National List!

Image result for charlotte ncThe national median home price recently surpassed its pre-recession peak – Charlotte included!

According to Real Estate Daily, Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia is the 6th largest market with price appreciation since 2006. Specifically, our area had a 41.90% change in home prices from 2006-2016. To read the full article, click here.

For assistance navigating our booming real estate market, reach out to one of our experienced agents today!

Charlotte, NC skyline (Photo by Ricky W/Wikimedia)

Tips for Finding Homes for Sale in Mecklenburg County, NC

As the most populous county in North Carolina, Mecklenburg County is home to more than a million people, encompassing the city of Charlotte and outlying areas. Due to the wide range of neighborhoods in this area — both urban and rural — the task of house hunting can be a bit daunting. To help out, here are a few tips for finding homes for sale in Mecklenburg County, NC.

Determine your needs and wants first

Your first task is to decide exactly what kind of home you’re looking for. How many bedrooms/bathrooms do you need? Do you want an updated kitchen? Open floor plan? Fenced-in backyard? There’s simply no need to clutter your home search with houses that won’t work for your needs, so make a list of needs and wants, and rule out homes that obviously don’t fit.

Set your budget

We recommend getting pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before you even start house hunting, so you know how much home you can afford to buy and so you can rule out any home outside your budget. This not only simplifies the search itself — it also helps streamline the buying process once you’ve decided to make an offer on a home.

Research neighborhoods

You now know what type of house you want and how much you can afford. Now it’s time to decide where in Mecklenburg County you want to live. Do you want to live in Charlotte proper, in the suburbs or in the outlying areas? Do you have kids in school — and if so, which school systems appeal to you? Try narrowing your search to a few key neighborhoods with features you like and a selection of homes in your price range. Generally speaking, suburbs and rural areas require longer commutes, but you can often get more home for the money in those areas.

Do online listing research

These days, the Internet makes it much easier for you to have an active role in your home search. The Dickens Mitchener website has a powerful real estate search portal that allows you to narrow your search by inputting all the information based on the steps you’ve taken before now. You can search by neighborhood, by home features and by price range. This will give you at least a few home listings to get you started.

Consult an experienced agent

Ultimately, your best strategy for finding great homes for sale in Mecklenburg County, NC is to work with a real estate agent with plenty of experience and firsthand knowledge of the area. An agent can start by showing you the listings you discover online, but he/she can also uncover hidden gems you might not have known about.

When you’re ready to begin your house hunt in Mecklenburg County, Dickens Mitchener is here to help! Give us a call at 704-661-2402.

Dickens Mitchener Coat Drive Party | Monday, December 18th

This holiday season, the Dickens Mitchener team has hosted a coat drive to benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry. On Monday, December 18th at the South office, our team will celebrate the end of the coat drive from 4-6pm. This event is open to the public, so please join us and bring any new/gently used coats you may have to donate at the party.

Thank you to everyone who is participating. We hope everyone can make it! Happy Holidays from our Dickens Mitchener team!

Why Millennials Are Choosing Starter Homes in the Queen City

Anyone who has spent time in Charlotte, NC over the past few years knows that it is a popular spot for Millennials — young adults in the 18-34 age range. As the Charlotte Business Journal reports, recent research confirms that Charlotte is by far the number-one city for Millennials in America. Not only that, but the number of Millennial home buyers has shot up 45 percent in the last ten years! What is it about this city that attracts so many young adults? Why are Millennials choosing starter homes in Charlotte, NC above other cities? Here are a few reasons why.

Job opportunities

Of course, one of the primary reasons for Millennials to move is an abundance of job opportunities, as many of them are graduating college and seeking to launch their careers. Charlotte’s job market is booming, enjoying a low unemployment rate and plenty of entry-level jobs available — with the largest number of employment opportunities in the health and financial sectors. Bestplaces.net indicates the Charlotte job market is expected to grow by 42.49 percent over the next decade, so the inflow of young adults to this area isn’t likely to abate anytime soon.

Wage growth

If job availability is what causes Millennials to come to Charlotte, NC, job growth is what causes them to stay in Charlotte, including settling down, buying starter homes, starting a family, etc. The top three job sectors in Charlotte are health and social services, financial services and retail, all of which are predicted to grow considerably over the next decade. Millennials expect that the jobs they take here will provide plenty of room for growth and promotion.

Affordable homes

Jobs and wages are of little consequence if the cost of living takes it away. Despite Charlotte’s rapid growth over the past few years, the overall cost of homes in this area remains reasonable compared to other metropolitan areas—and yet, Charlotte is also just big enough to provide plenty of great shopping, dining, nightlife and other conveniences to attract the younger adult. Simply put, Millennials get more home for their money here, and an excellent quality of life to boot.

As your local real estate specialists, we at Dickens Mitchener have our finger on the pulse of this community and are well aware of the best deals for starter homes in Charlotte, NC. If you’re considering moving to Charlotte or buying your first house, we’d love to help you find the home of your dreams! Give us a call today at 704-661-2402.

Local Restaurant Hotspot: Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen

Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen is a key player in Charlotte’s local restaurant scene. Its seasonally-inspired menu includes the finest fresh ingredients from small local farmers. The rustic, yet refined interior sets the tone for an amazing dining experience. The staff here at Dickens Mitchener recently visited the SouthPark location, which even has a wall of – you guessed it- roosters, as part of the decor.

We tried several different entrees and sides during our lunch trip to Rooster’s, and everything was delicious! Highlights included the chicken wrap with artichoke, spinach and tomatoes with a side of margaux’s succotash, as well as the pastrami sandwich with swiss cheese and mustard on sliced rye with a side of fries. We can’t leave out the macaroni and cheese with parmesan cream sauce, which completely stole the show.

To experience Rooster’s for yourself, visit either of the restaurant’s Charlotte locations in SouthPark and Uptown.