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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.

Blue Line Extension Update: High-Speed Video Tour

We just viewed the high-speed video tour of the completed light rail extension on Charlotte Stories and had to share! We love being able to see the entire light rail route in high speed, including its 11 stations and where the 4 large park-and-ride structures are located. You can watch the full video here.

The finished Blue Line is a huge step in public transportation across Charlotte. Contact your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent today for more information or to purchase a property nearby.

Rooftop Bar Spotlight: Merchant & Trade in Uptown Charlotte

 

We recently checked out Merchant & Trade, the newest rooftop bar in Uptown, and highly recommend it. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink while friends are in town for Thanksgiving.

It is located at the Kimpton Tryon Park hotel at the corner of Third and Church streets in Uptown. Its 19th floor view of the skyline, Romare Bearden Park and the Charlotte Knights’ BB&T Ballpark makes it an incredible atmosphere for a date night or a place to meet friends for a night out. In addition to a full cocktail menu, there are delicious food options if you’d like to try an appetizer or enjoy dinner while you’re there. Of the many creative cocktails on the bar menu, we’d recommend giving the Oh Clementine cocktail a try. It is just sweet enough without being syrupy, and comes garnished with a clementine wedge on the rim of the cocktail glass.

The atmosphere can’t be beat, with high-end swanky decor and comfortable lounge furniture. From the second you step onto the private elevator to take you to the rooftop, to the last sip of your custom cocktail, it will be an experience in Charlotte you’re bound to remember.

For more information or recommendations, contact Catharine Pappas at 704.661.2402 or your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent today!

      

 

Charlotte – #1 Place to Live for Those Who Work in Technology

Those who work in technology may think Silicon Valley would be the best place to live, but that’s not what a recent study by the job site Indeed found.

Our very own city of Charlotte just ranked as the #1 place to live if you work in technology and want to get the most bang for your buck!

For average salaries and more information, click here. To connect with a Dickens Mitchener agent who can help with every detail of your move, click here.

Featured Listings: Queens Road West Luminaries

Today we want to feature an exciting tradition that the residents of Queens Road West have kept annually since 1988. Placing luminaries on the median of their street on Christmas Eve is a way that the neighborhood comes together to enjoy a beautiful sight each holiday season. Below is a feature from the November Life in Myers Park publication about the tradition.

Also, please check out our amazing listing on Queens Road West for the chance to live on one of Charlotte’s most iconic streets and to partake in this annual tradition for years to come. Contact Vicky Mitchener at 704.517.0177 for more information or to schedule a private showing today!

1300 Queens Road West

Charlotte Ranks as the Highest Growth Area in the U.S.

Charlotte is in the news again for topping another national list!

Yelp has released a report that shows Charlotte as the highest growth area in the country.  This recognition was driven by Charlotte’s success in restaurants, the wider food industry, and home services.  Since Yelp’s data is current and ever-changing, it offers a real-time picture of a city or neighborhood.

For more information, click here. Our market-leading agents are standing by to help you with your move to, within or from the Queen City!

Charlotte’s Growth Tops 2017 List by WalletHub

The personal-finance website WalletHub recently named Charlotte as the second fastest growing large city in the U.S.

To determine where the most rapid local economic growth occurred over the last seven years, WalletHub’s analysts compared 515 U.S. cities across 15 key metrics. The categories range from population growth, to college-educated population growth, to unemployment rate decrease. Here’s how Charlotte stacks up in terms of economic growth (1 = Fastest-Growing and 258 = Average):

  • 41st – Population Growth
  • 134th – Median Household Income Growth
  • 17th – Job Growth
  • 125th – Poverty Rate Decrease
  • 148th – Regional GDP Growth
  • 1st – Growth in Number of Businesses
  • 35th – Working-Age Population Growth
  • 222nd – Foreclosure Rate Decrease

Charlotte ranks 20th overall and second for large-city growth. To view the full report and for more information, click here. Dickens Mitchener’s market-leading agents are available to answer all your questions and help you find your dream home in the Queen City. Contact us today to get started!