Mother’s Day Brunch – Our Top 5 Picks

  1. The Asbury
    A brunch spot every Southern mom will love. The Asbury offers traditional Southern cuisine, bubbles and offers a beautiful atmosphere. We suggest the sticky biscuits, because mom deserves one. This one even comes with a Mother’s day perk—every mother gets a rose!
  2. littleSpoon
    A local hotspot that our team of experts can not stop raving about. It sits in the heart of Myers Park, on Selwyn. Offering a seasonal menu, countless brunch cocktails, and a patio perfect for Sunday’s with the family—littleSpoon is the perfect way to spoil the trendy mom!
  3. Café Monte
    Perfect place for a large party—bring friends and family to this delicious locally owned café. Classic French atmosphere in the heart of South Park offers endless options that will surely make any Mom’s day! Did we mention the beignets? Get them.
  4. Brewers at 4001 Yancey
    If you’re looking for a low key Mother’s Day, this is the place for you. Not only is Brewers at 4001 Yancey in the heart Charlotte’s brewery district, but they’re offering a full fledged Buffet to celebrate moms that also includes the choice of a fun Sunday cocktail. This is our top pick for a come one come all, especially because of the outdoor patio, games, and the photo booth.
  5. 5Church
    It’s only fitting we include one upscale brunch, for the mom who deserves a real break & extravagant escape. An Uptown favorite—5Church is our most stylish option, that feels worlds away from the carpool line. We suggest making a reservation, as this is another favorite among the locals. The restaurant is known for their meats, so we’d suggest you go with either the shrimp and grits or the lamb burger. It’s worth noting that they’re going above and beyond, by giving Mom’s a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa with their brunch purchase.

 

Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 4 is Now Available!

 

 

The newest issue of Dickens Mitchener Style, our regionally focused lifestyle magazine, is here! The issue showcases some of Charlotte’s most beautiful homes, each of our exclusive listings, and gives readers a look at some of wonderful things that our region has to offer. Inside Issue 4 we share some insights from our team of real estate experts to make living here more enjoyable.

Our latest issue features stories that offer thoughtfully written pieces including a neighborhood spotlight on Weddington-Waxhaw, a terrific article on a local Dilworth teacher and Dickens Mitchener client whose greatest lesson is kindness (so much so that it landed her on The Ellen Show), and designer trends from interior designer Steve Rasnick. As always, we provide exclusive tips from our Style team of full-time agents, and much more on our growing city!

Contact us to receive your copy of Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 4 today!

#CLTin3

The Charlotte’s brewery scene is exploding with over 40 breweries calling the Queen City home. Join Dickens Mitchener Relocation Director Catharine Pappas as she explores breweries in the Charlotte area. Follow along as she talks with with Gavin Toth at Divine Barrel Brewing and Brittany Smith at Legion Brewing & find out what makes Charlotte such a brewery hot spot.

Stay tuned for more coming in the #CLTin3 series.

Welcome to Waxhaw

Charlotte – home to pro sports teams and Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, host city to this year’s NBA All-Star Game and the Republican National Convention in 2020 – is also home to rolling hills and bucolic horse farms.  Horse country isn’t inside the city proper, but historic Weddington/Waxhaw is just a short drive from the heart of Charlotte. And if the Union County area feels hundreds of miles from uptown Charlotte’s skyscrapers, it also seems decades removed from it.

Dickens Mitchener’s Broker-in-Charge Sarah Szczodrowsk’s family of four has lived in Waxhaw for nearly six years. The horse culture is part of what lured her there. She and her 7-year-old daughter are equestrians who ride several times a week. “If you’re a horse person, it’s easy to find your place here,” she said. “There’s a downtown tack shop (Waxhaw Tack Exchange) where everyone goes.” Adding to the authentic small-town feel are the downtown railroad tracks and historic footbridge overlooking it. (It’s what Dickens Mitchener Realtor®/Broker Megan Despard called “the most instagrammable spot in the Charlotte area.”) Downtown Waxhaw is brimming with antique stores, coffee shops and Mom-and-Pop restaurants. Beyond downtown, there’s plenty of sky, hills and horses.

 

 

History

During the mid-1700s, German and Scots-Irish settlers moved to the area and created their own community. Over a century later, in 1889, Waxhaw became prosperous after a railroad placed in the center of town allowed residents access to Atlanta and allowed local cotton and textile merchants to sell their products. The railroad remains in place today near Waxhaw’s Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places.



Quick Facts

  • Population: 15,147
  • Waxhaw gets its name from the Waxhaw Native American tribe that once lived in the region. Today, this entire area of the Piedmont along the North and South Carolina border is known as the Waxhaws.
  • The first gold discovered in the United States was not far from the Waxhaw city limits.
  • Living in Waxhaw means getting to know your neighbors. The town holds regular events like concerts, parades, and First Fridays, a night when businesses stay open late and people gather in town for fun activities.
  • Waxhaw has its own farmer’s market. Visitors can purchase farm-fresh meat, eggs, and seasonal produce, as well as plants, flowers, artisanal foods, and natural health and beauty products from local vendors.
  • Local professionals will enjoy the fact that Waxhaw has its own Rotary Club. It was founded in 2004.
  • Though there is some dispute about the exact location, President Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area.

Local Attractions

Waxhaw is a friendly town, and there is always something going on. It is also a business-friendly town, which means plenty of independent shops and restaurants line the streets in the historic area surrounding the railroad. Enjoy delicious food at an array of restaurants, ranging from farm-fresh Southern cuisine to authentic Italian. There are also many historic sites in the area dedicated to Andrew Jackson and the Native Americans who originally called the town home.

Dining

  • Provisions – A local, family owned business located on Waxhaw’s historic Main Street. Lisa Vigil and Ken Posko are partners with a goal to help bring local producers and consumers together in one convenient location.
  • Stacks Kitchen – Located on N. Broome Street in Waxhaw. Famous for serving breakfast all day, residents love to dine on its waffles, pancakes and omelets.
  • Bistro D’Antonio – Serves Italian inspired cuisine, all dished up in a warm and relaxed dining room with old-world touches.
  • Maxwell’s Tavern – Located on East South Main Street, Maxwell’s Tavern is a part sports bar, part family-friendly casual dining place. Its menu features something for everyone with classic favorites like burgers, pulled pork, steak, and seafood.

Shopping

  • Carolina Place – Just north of Waxhaw in Charlotte is Carolina Place. The mall is home to dozens of your favorite stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, Belk, H&M, and Victoria’s Secret. It also features several restaurants and a children’s play area.
  • Downtown Waxhaw – Not everyone loves big box stores and chains, and Downtown Waxhaw is the place to get away from that. You will find boutiques, antique shops, and independent restaurants all around the historic town. After shopping, visit the area’s iconic pedestrian bridge that goes right over the railroad tracks.
  • Grocery Stores – For your everyday shopping needs, Waxhaw is home to Harris TeeterFood Lion, and Walmart, as well as several smaller stores.

Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do

  • Waxhaw’s Farmer’s Market – Corner of Price and Church Street, 116 McDonald Street, Waxhaw. Waxhaw Famers’ Market consists of farmers and artisan vendors proudly growing and making all of their products locally. They come to the market to provide you fresh-from-the-farm goodness and their unique crafting of hand-made foods and specialty items. The Market is open EVERY Saturday 9am-12pm.

  • Museum of the Waxhalls  – To get a sense of the area’s history and enjoy a day of family fun, a visit to the Museum of the Waxhaws is a must. It serves as a memorial to Andrew Jackson, and it features several exhibits focused on the seventh president. There is also a Waxhall Indian Village, Secret Homestead, and a Heritage Garden.
  • Storefront Theatre – You don’t have to drive to Charlotte or another big city to take in a little culture. Waxhaw has its own Storefront Theatre. As of 2014 — 2015, it is in its eighth season. Some of its plays have included Country SongsWe Like Short Shorts, and The Cemetery Club.
  • Queen’s Cup Steeplechase – The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase takes place in neighboring Mineral Springs every spring at Brooklandwood. It’s a must for horse-racing enthusiasts, but it’s also a fun-filled day for people of all ages. You can pet the race horses, and there are pony rides for kids. Live music, food, tailgating, fun hats, and gorgeous flowers are all part of the atmosphere.
  • Andrew Jackson State Park – There are many parks in the Waxhaw area, but Andrew Jackson State Park in nearby Lancaster, SC is a popular one. There is a museum, living history programs, trails, a lake for fishing, and picnic and camping areas.

Real Estate Information

At the rate the Waxhaw area is growing, it is not surprise that there it so much new construction in the area. What separates the area from many others, however, is that it is quality new construction. Think 3-sided brick homes, side-entry garages, 1+-acre lots, and beautiful landscaping. The neighborhoods also offer great amenities, like pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and playgrounds.

Patio Season: 15 Fresh Places To Dine & Sip Al fresco in Charlotte

Al fresco season is almost here! Whether you’re looking for a secluded patio or prime street-side people watching, here are 15 great places you should be sipping and dining al fresco all spring and summer long.  

1. City Lights Rooftop

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City Lights is located on the 18th floor of the Le Meridien hotel. Charlotte’s newest and largest rooftop bar boasts unparalleled views paired an eclectic, street food inspired menu and hand-crafted cocktails. Dance and mingle next to the LED rooftop furniture and the weekly live music and rotating DJ roster. This is a casual fun spot to let your hair down and put your feet up to enjoy a sunset, cocktails, and bites.

2. Sycamore Brewing

Sycamore Brewing is a small, family owned craft brewery in Charlotte’s South End. The light-rail-side brewery with its inviting rustic taproom and large, string-light-filled beer garden has become a fast favorite on the Charlotte social scene. Their patio sets the stage for the ever-popular Food Truck Friday and is sure to be packed all weekend long.

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3. Dilworth Tasting Room

Located in the heart of Dilworth, this circa-1940’s style building creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the wine bars and Enotecas of Europe. They have an open air private courtyard/patio that is Charlottes premier secret garden, luxurious seating, and nearly 30 feet of mahogany, copper and steel bar from which one can partake from a bold and unique wine list focused on low-production, high-quality wines.

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4. SouthBound / Mac’s / The Music Yard

Neighbors Mac’s Speed Shop (a southern smokehouse) and SouthBound (a SoCal-inspired taco bar) are linked together by The Music Yard, a huge outdoor performance venue. The curb appeal of those three places packed with patrons creates an alluring “patio row” of sorts along the busy South Boulevard corridor. Catch a free spring music series in The Yard every Saturday in April and May .

 

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5. Barcelona Wine Bar

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6. The Suffolk Punch

Located in Southend, Suffolk Punch’s earthy feel, with dangling greenery and a glass tile backsplash behind the bar, is instantly welcoming.  The Suffolk Punch is a Brewery, Culinary Café & Taphouse, and Coffee Bar.  They serve coffee starting at 7:30 am on weekdays (9 am on the weekends,) have a unique menu with a variety of flavors, and offer over 50 beers on draft including over 20 made in house! Breakfast, lunch, dinner – brunch on weekends, wine & craft cocktails.

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7. Brewers at 4001 Yancey

Brewers at 4001 Yancey offer well-known Victory, Sixpoint and Southern Tier beer, but also brew locally inspired beers in the brew house. With an annual capacity of 10,000 barrels, the Brewers are crafting new recipes designed with the local community in mind, taking inspiration from local ingredients and trends. The chef driven menu incorporates their beers in over 90% of their recipes and each menu item can be perfectly paired with a pint.

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8. Legion Brewing South Park

Legion Brewing Company was born from the ethos that sharing good beer with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. Legion Brewing SouthPark is open 7 days a week and offers a full menu and two bars stocked with beer, wine and local spirits. You’ll find 39 at the downstairs bar, and 8 at the mezzanine bar. Popular Legion beers include Juicy Jay, Project Pils, Freedom Park and Carolina Sparkle Party.

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9. Roots Cafe

Locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted with love, Roots Cafe is a fast casual cafe experience. Grab a menu, place your order at the counter, choose your seat and the rest will be taken care of.

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10. Kid Cashew

Kid Cashew is a wood fire grill inspired by farmers, butchers and the Mediterranean. Located in Dilworth, Kid Cashew offers vegan and gluten free options. Whether enjoying $3 mimosas at brunch or $6 appetizers during happy hour, their passion is giving guests a chance to share flavors and laughter with their loved ones and friends.

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300 East has been serving the Dilworth neighborhood and greater Charlotte for 32 years. They are a family-owned and operated casual dining establishment serving a creative American-eclectic menu in a rehabbed, 1900 Victorian home. They offer lunch, dinner, cocktails & Sunday brunch!

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12. Hello, Sailor

Hello, Sailor offers a bright, sunny, casual restaurant and bar concept, open all day Tuesday – Sunday. The horseshoe-shaped bar is a main focal point in the dining room featuring beach-worthy cocktails like Cherry Lemon Sundrop Negroni Slushies and no-frills 40-ounce Miller High Life bottles. The deck along with its forthcoming tiki bar and the restaurant’s 20 dedicated boat slips are prime spots in the spring and summer time.

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Fahrenheit is situated above the Skye Condos on the 21st Floor.  With one of the best views in the Queen City, the 8,600-square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar gives guests an opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining. The spectacular bar and lounge opens up to the stunning roof area, where linear fireplaces offer ambiance to the wrap-around patio. Fahrenheit’s menu is “inventive, new American regional cuisine.” It is the chef’s dedication to using the finest and freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, along with Asian insinuations, that make this fare uniquely his own.

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A vibrant Italian restaurant in uptown Charlotte. Stroll through their inviting entrance at West 3rd street, where their warm and convivial restaurant is a meeting place for both Charlotteans and out-of-towners. Angeline’s offers a modern, Italian-influenced menu in the form of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and simple yet flavorful small plates in an energetic and comforting environment.

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Fern was designed to create a comfortable and earthy atmosphere, using reclaimed barn wood for tables and baseboards, and sourcing our ingredients from the best farms in the area. Fern focuses on plant-based and southern cuisine to create seasonal menus.

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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: www.rentcafe.com/blog/rental-market/real-estate-news/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.