Friday, June 27, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: A close look at the town of Cornelius, NC and it's attractions

Cornelius, NC - Information, attractions, and things to do!



Cornelius, NC Information Links
Town of Cornelius
Cornelius, NC Parks and Recreation
City-Data Report for Cornelius
Trulia Real Estate report for Cornelius
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
Cornelius, NC Police Department

Cornelius, NC things to do
Raceworld USA - NASCAR!
Extreme Toys Speed Park Go-Carts, Mini Golf, ect.
Ramsey Creek Park - Waterfront Park and Public Launch
Jetton Park - Waterfront Park
The Peninsula Club (Private)
Jon Hair Studio of Fine Art Monumental Sculptor
Made Made Legends Cars with history
The Tea House Restaurant with gift botique
Creative Art Exchange Gallery exhibits, classes, workshops, films, lectures, community activities

Cornelius, NC Places to Eat
Rusty Rudder Pull your boat up at the Rudder. If you come to the Lake area, you cannot afford to NOT go to the Rudder. Although The food is average, the lake environment cannot be matched! Goes from lakefront restaurant to late night hot-spot.
Midtown Sundries My favorite place to eat ON Lake Norman, food better than the Rusty Rudder, but doesn't quite have the same environment.
Galway Hooker Irish Pub - Great place to grab a drink with friends
Mac's - Great pork BBQ
Cookhouse Good Home Cooking at an unbelieveable price
RJ Gators
Acropolis Cafe and Grille
Monkey Joe's Great Place for the young one's

Cornelius, NC Late Night Entertainment
Rusty Rudder
Midtown Sundries
Galway Hooker Irish Pub
NV Nightclub & Lounge
The Double Door Inn
On the Roxx Nice little upscale Martini Bar
Crave Just opened in May 08'
Havana Social Club
Irish Cue Billiards

Location of Cornelius, NC

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See Also:
Links for Buyers
Lake Norman/Charlotte Information Links
First time homebuyers
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Blue Stone Harbor/Captains Point in Cornelius, NC

Blue Stone Harbor/Captains Point - Two beautiful communities on Lake Norman in Cornelius, NC





Blue Stone Harbor and Captains Point are strategically placed less than a mile off of I-77 at exit 28 on Knox Rd. This community is close to all that Cornelius has to offer including shopping and fine dining within a stones throw away.

Blue Stone Harbor is an established community with homes ranging from the $300's up to the $700's for waterfront location. The community also has a community boat launch and boatslips available. As far as location and price, this may be one of the best of both worlds around Lake Norman.

Click here to see the current listings in Blue Stone Harbor.


Captains Point is connected to Blue Stone Harbor and offers the same ammenities. It is a slightly upscale version of Blue Stone Harbor extending out into lake norman with home prices ranging from $300K - $1M+. Captains Point currently has a few lots available starting out in the upper 200's.


Simonini Builders currently has a few new homes under construction lakeside in this community.

Click here to see the current listings in Captains Point.

The map below shows the locations of these communities.

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See also:
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Taking a closer look at Torrence Chapel Road area.

Lake Norman Real Estate: Torrence Chapel Road and It's communitites


The Torrence Chapel road area is in a great location sqeezed between ever popular West Catawba Ave and I-77 in Cornelius, NC.

Below is a map of the Torrence Chapel Road area.

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These Torrence Chapel Road communities are in prime location on the lake and offer established neighborhoods where you can still find an affordable home on the small penninsula on the lake. Home prices in this area range from the low $200's to well over $1M. Location, Location, Location!

Bahia Bay - Cornelius, NC




Bahia Bay lies on the western side of Torrence Chapel Rd. Prices in Bahia Bay run from the lower $200's to $.6M at the time this was written. This community offers community boat access.

Current Listings in Bahia Bay.

Crown Harbor - Cornelius, NC




Crown Harbor is a beautiful waterfront community located on the eastern side of Torrence Chapel Road. It offers a diverse price in homes ranging anywhere from the $200's to well over $1M.

Current listings in Crown Harbor.

Harrogate at the Lake - Cornelius, NC




Harrogate is one of the more affordable communities in that area with most homes in the $200K range. There are many lots available in this community in the $50K range.

Current Listings in Harrogate.

Heron Harbor




Heron Harbor is a nicely placed community that runs right along an inlet on lake norman and creates "Heron Harbor". The community boasts community boat access and prices of homes run from $400K to well over $1M.

Current listings at Heron Harbor.

Torrence Chapel Estates



Torrence Chapel Estates is a middle class neighborhood on the western side of the peninsula. Home prices in this community run mostly in the $200's.

Current Listings in Torrence Chapel Estates.

Waterford Point




Waterford Point is located at the end of the peninsula and offers breathtaking views of Lake Norman. This community features lake access and home prices vary depending on off-water or waterfront.

Current listings for Waterford Point.

See also:
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Lake Norman Real Estate: Investors/Investment Properties - 1031 Tax Exchange - Exchange of Tax Liability

1031 Tax Exchange


Here are the basics of the 1031 Tax Exchange
- Allows repositioning of assets without penalty of capital gains tax
- Timing is everything, buyers must sell, identify new property, and close within strict guidelines
- Handled by title company with buyer and seller in agreement
- Only "like-kind" investment properties, principal residences do not apply
- Seller must identify replacement property within 45 days
- 180 days given to close on new property
- Title company facilitates the exchange

For more information on the 1031 tax exchange, click here.

Investment Properties 203K FHA Acquisitions and Rehab Loans


- Loan amount is on project improved value with 10% down
- Buyers can have 4 loans on properties at the same time
- Consultant investigates plans
- Buyer MUST use professional contractor
- Buyer can finance payments for 6 months if uninhabitible

Using FHA loan to purchase a HUD property
- Must be insurable - meets FHA minimum property standards with no repairs (MPS)
- Must be insurable with conditions (IC) - conditions must be satisfied
- Must be insurable with repair escrow (IE) - requires no more than 5K in repairs. Funds can be financed up to 110% of cost to repair estimate
- Uninsurable (UI) - Property only eligible for 203K financing

See also:
Lake Norman Investors: Places to search
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First time homebuyer Renovation Loan

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Investors

Lake Norman Investors - Places to start


You always see all the house flipping shows on the television and sometimes you see people make large profits, and sometimes you see people having to move into their flip or take a loss. House flipping isn't for the faint of heart and isn't for everyone. Many people make the mistake of getting in over their heads. There are many things you need to look at before you get into Real Estate Investing.

- Are you comfortable being a landlord?
- Can you handle late rents from tenants?
- Can you make small repairs or afford to maintain the property?
- Is there a current demand for rentals in your market?
- Do you have the necessary funds?

It is always recommended that Investors visit a loan officer before searching from properties and to have an ASHI Inspector inspect the house prior to purchase when possible.

Places to search for your investment property.

- Bank Owned Property's or REO's
- Sheriff's Sales/Auctions
Things to remember for Sheriff's Sales
- No RE Commissions for Agents by seller
- Properties may NOT be inspected by the buyer
- Bidding typically starts at around 2/3 the appraised value
- Normally 10% down and must be able to close within 30 days
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Auctions
Iredell County Sheriff's Sales
Lincoln County Sheriff's Sales
Catawba County Sheriff's Sales

- HUD Properties
Offers submitted online through states HUD Property Managment Firm
HUD will pay up to 5% of buyers closing cost if requested on offer
HUD

- VA Properties
Properties

- Probate Properties
Sold to settle the deceased owner's estate

See Also:
Entrepreneur - Top 10 Real Estate Businesses that are due to take off
NC Home Inspections
Charlotte/Lake Norman area Real Estate Maps
Lake Norman/Charlotte Area Homebuilders - New Construction
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
Tips for Selling your Home
Lake Norman Real Estate Info
Lake Norman/Charlotte Area Information Links

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Lake Norman Real Estate: For Investors

Lake Norman Investor Information


Investor Content


Save Money while building on your own lot
New Hybrid Homebuilding Program introduced to the Lake Norman area
Lake Norman Hybrid Homebuilding Program Links
Lake Norman Green Building 2
Saving Hundred of Thousand Building a Custom Home
NEW Lake Norman "Build it Together Program" - Get into a custom at a rock-bottom price!
Agency Relationships
Windows - Types and Energy Effeciency
1031 Tax exchange and Renovation loans
Lake Norman Investors - Places to search
NC Home Inspections
Charlotte/Lake Norman area Real Estate Maps
Lake Norman/Charlotte Area Homebuilders - New Construction
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
Tips for Selling your Home
Lake Norman Real Estate Info
Lake Norman/Charlotte Area Information Links

Monday, June 23, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Anniston in Davidson, NC - Niblock Homes

Anniston in Davidson - A beautiful Niblock Homes Community



Minutes outside of Davidson, Anniston offers many different customizable model types in this middle/upperclass neighborhood. Just miles from downtown Davidson, minutes from beautiful Lake Norman, Anniston gives you all the warm and comfort of living near the lake. The community offers many large homesites, many which are wooded.


The price range for this neighborhood is $450K - $750K with models starting around 3,000 sq. ft. There is a model on site. Niblock is a great mix if you are not sure whether to go for a Custom Builder, or a Production Builder. The product they build seems to give you the best from both worlds.

Here are the current MLS listings for this community.

Below is a map of the location of this community.

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See also:
Town of Davidson
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Shadow Creek - A gated community in Cornelius near the lake

Shadow Creek - Luxury tucked away in Cornelius, NC





Tucked just off exit 28 in Cornelius, Shadow Creek offers luxury single family homes that currently start around $900K in price. Driving through the gate, you are welcomed by a very natural setting with abundant hardwoods and a spring fed pond with a fountain. It has the feeling of living in a hidden thicket on the countryside, but is located just off Knox Rd in Cornelius within minutes of anything you could need.

Other Cornelius Area Attractions include:
-Raceworld USA
-Go-Cart racing
-Ramsey Creek Park Offers public lake access.
Jetton Park Offers a fun day on the lake.
The Rusty Rudder

There are currently no listings in the MLS for this community.

Below is a map of the location of this community.

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See also:
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Abersham of Davidson - Luxury Living in Davidson, NC

Abersham of Davidson - Live in Luxury in Davidson, NC





Just opened in June 2008, Abersham will be an upscale community consisting of 59 total lots that sit on 243 acres, 100 which are designated to be left open. You won't find any small houses in this community as the community minimum is 4,500 sq ft of heated living space. Currently the first section is available which consists of 28 lots ranging from $289K - $327K per lot. Every house in this upscale community will be well over $1M. Currently the community is advertising the Completion dates for spring 2009. No homes are currently under construction apts. must be scheduled.


Near the entrance of the community "The Gathering Barn" will be built. The gathering barn was inspired by family barn which served this farmland for many years. It will be available to residence of the community for family gatherings, community events, receptions, concerts, and relaxing.

Click on the map below to get a larger view.



Custom homebuilders in Abersham include:
Augusta Homes
Heinz II
JD North Construction Company
Marble Custom Homes
PlattnerBailey Custom Homes

Below is a map of the location of this community

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See also:
Town of Davidson
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Lake Norman Real Estate: Davidson Landing - Luxury condo living on Lake Norman

Davidson Landing - Waterfront Condos in Davidson, NC





Davidson Landing is luxury waterfront condos at their best. Situated about a 1/4 mile off of exit 30 on I-77, this community offers it all. Amenities include boat slips, pools, waterfront boardwalks and gazebos, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, walking/exercise trails, and amazing sunsets.


There are over 500 units divided over 12 seperate complexes. Also within walking distance is one of Lake Norman's favorite lakefront restaurants, The North Harbor Club. Downtown Davidson and Davidson University are within 1-2 miles.

Here are the current MLS listings for Davidson Landing.

Below is a map of the location of this community.

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See also:
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Lake Norman Real Estate: Harborside - A Ryan Homes Community in Cornelius, NC

Harborside - A Ryan Homes Community in Cornelius, NC near Lake Norman





Harborside is a Townhome community in a prime location 2 miles west on Catawaba Ave off of exit 28. Townhomes are currently starting in the upper 190's and go as large as 2,246 sq ft. The community boasts a small clubhouse and a pool to relax beside. Harborside is located directly beside Westmoreland, a David Weekley Homes single family community.


Midtown Sundries, a great place to eat waterfront on Lake Norman, is a short walk across the street. You also have a public boat launch, Ramsey Creek Park, within a mile or two of the community.

Here are the current MLS listings for Harborside.

Below is a map of the location of this community.

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See also:
Westmoreland
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Westmoreland - A David Weekly Homes Community in Cornelius, NC

Westmoreland - A David Weekly Homes Community near the lake



Westmoreland is a single family community in a prime location 2 miles west on Catawaba Ave off of exit 28. Single Family Homes are currently starting in the mid 220's and range from 1500-2850 sq ft. David Weekly homes also offers 2 different sized homesites. The community boasts a clubhouse, pool, and tot-lot. Westmoreland is located directly beside Harborside Commons, a Ryan Homes Community.


Also within a short walk is Midtown Sundries, personally one of my favorite places to dine on the lake. 2 different public boat launches are located within a few miles of this community, Blythe Landing and Ramsey Creek Park.

Here are the current MLS listings in Westmoreland.

Below is a map of the location of this community.

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See also:
Harborside
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Davidson Bay - A Ryan Homes Community in Davidson, NC near Lake Norman

Davidson Bay, A Ryan Homes Community located in Davidson, NC




Davidson Bay is a Townhome community located near downtown Davidson about 1 mile east of exit 30 on I-77. Townhomes can offer up to 2,200 sq. ft and a two car rear load garage. Currently the homes are listed starting around $200K.

Downtown Davidson is within walking distance and offers dining, shopping and Davidson University is 1/2 mile away. Roosevelt Wilson Park is also a short walk from this community. The Davidson area also boasts The North Harbor Club Restaurant and Bar which is one of the finest places to dine on the water and is located about a mile from the community.

Currently there is 1 row of townhomes under construction with a few lots available.

Here are the current MLS listings in Davidson Bay.

The map below shows the location of this community.


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See also:
Lake Norman Lakeside Dining
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Monday, June 16, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Huntersville - Gilead Ridge a Ryan Homes Community

Gilead Ridge - A Ryan Homes Community located in Huntersville near Lake Norman


Having worked for Ryan Homes as a Project Manager for 3 years in the DC and Charlotte Markets, I figured Gilead Ridge where I built about 25 houses last year, would be a good place to start. Gilead Ridge is located 3 miles west of I-77 off of exit 23 in Huntersville, NC on the southern end of Lake Norman and within 15-20 minutes of Charlotte. Ryan Homes is one of the largest production homebuilders in the Charlotte, NC market. Gilead Ridge offers a clubhouse, rec fields, pool, small waterpark, and is just a few miles from Blythe Landing (Public Boat Access). Gilead Ridge is a mixed townhomes/single family Community.



The Gilead Townhomes offer up to 2200 sq ft and offer 2 car detached garages currently starting in the high $160's. Currently there are 2 rows of about 10 townhomes under construction. There is a townhome model on site.

The Gilead Ridge Single Family Homes consist of the Charleston Collection which are currently starting in the low $180's. The Gilead Ridge Traditional Collection features larger homesites and some larger house types with up to 5 bedrooms and are currently starting in the mid $210's.

Gilead Ridge has the Fulton, Pinecliff, and Dorchester Model's on site near the entrance of the community. Email me at Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com if you would like pictures of the models. I also have pictures of a few of these models that I built last year.

Here are the current MLS listings in Gilead Ridge.

The map below show's the location of this community.


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See also:
Why do I need an agent to purchase a home?
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders

Contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Expert for more information on this post.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Do I really need an Agent to buy a home?


Why I need an Agent to purchase a home



I've been asked this question many times and here are the few answers of why you need a Real Estate Agent that is familiar with the area and process to help assist you with the largest purchase you'll make.

1) Experience

You don't have to know everything there is to know about buying real estate as long as you hire the right person. Most Agents specialize in a certain part of town or in a certain type of real estate. For example, some agents work with first time homebuyers, or the condo market or luxury homebuyers, etc. You get my drift. Pick a Agent that knows the market and earns their living working with clients in real estate. You will find that your Realtor may not know everything, but they will know where to find out any information you need.

2) Neighborhood Expert

Agents have access to all kinds of information about neighborhoods. Not only can we find comparable sales in the area to insure you are not paying too much for the home, we can usually find out what kind of upgrades those homes had and if any contracts fell through during the process. I talk to fellow Agents all the time about market trends and houses currently on the market. We can also guide you to other sources to find out crime statistics, demographics or information on schools.

3) Price Guidance and Market Conditions

Contrary to popular belief, we do not provide the suggested selling price or tell buyers what to offer. Having said that, we do have a vested interest in seeing that the house sells. We can do a market analysis and determine how long homes in the area have been on the market, what the ratios of list-to-sold prices have been or even the price per square foot if needed. All of this information will have a big impact on what you as a buyer ultimately decide to do.

4) Networking

Agents tend to have a large network of professionals they can refer that will assist you with obtaining financing, home inspections, pest control, minor repairs, etc. Typically, these are professionals with whom the agent has a history and feels comfortable recommending.

5) Negotiating Skills

Unlike most buyers and sellers, Agents can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction. We use this skill every day in a variety of situations and it's our job to maintain the level head in the deal. In addition, we are bound to keep your information confidential which enhances your negotiating position.

6) Paperwork

Take a look at any folder being carried about by an Agent. It will be somewhere between 1 inch and 3 inches thick. This folder contains all the executed contracts, amendments, disclosure statements, exhibits, termite letters, inspection reports, instructions to closing attorneys and financing information for a single transaction. One omission could land you in court or allow the deal to fall through with no consequences to the offending party.

7) Post Closing Questions

No matter how smoothly a transaction is, there may still be questions that come up weeks or months after the closing. Any Agent worth their salt will be available after closing to point you in the right direction for getting your questions answered. We do it to maintain a relationship with a good client for referrals and future business and we do it because it's the right thing to do.

Well, there you have it. Seven reasons for selecting an Agent when buying a home. Just remember that real estate is what we do all day every day.

For more information, contact your local Lake Norman Real Estate Agent!

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Friday, June 13, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Tips for Selling your Home/Staging




Tips for Selling your Home



List of things you can do to have a good showing.

1. De-Clutter!
• Pack up those knickknacks.
• Clean off everything on the kitchen counters.
• Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be
stored in a closet when not in use.
• Clean and organize closets, cupboards, and storage areas.
2. De-Personalize.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want
buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that
if yours are there! You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”
3. Rearrange/ Remove Furniture.
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Leave just enough
furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of
room to move around.
4. Make Minor Repairs.
• Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
• Patch holes in walls.
• Fix leaky faucets.
• Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
• Consider painting your walls neutral colors.
5. Make the House Sparkle!
• Wash windows inside and out.
• Clean out cobwebs.
• Clean out the refrigerator.
• Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, and light fixtures.
• Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
6. Scrutinize.
• Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want
to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
• Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how
your house will look to a buyer.
7. Check Curb Appeal.
• Mow the lawn.
• Paint faded window trim.
• Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes
a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
• Trim your bushes.
8. Stage Your Home.
• Leave all the lights on.
• Empty trash cans.
• Open blinds and curtains.
• Use air fresheners.
• Bake cookies.



For more information, contact your Lake Norman Real Estate Agent!

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Homebuilders in Lake Norman/Charlotte, NC

Lake Norman/Charlotte, NC Area Homebuilders



New Home Construction in Lake Norman/Charlotte - Please contact me if I am missing a Builder or a link is broken! (I only put up builders that have a website.)

* - Means that the builder has a strong presence or communities in the Lake Norman Area!


Production Home Builders
Atreus Homes
*Brookwood Homebuilders
*Burke Builders
*Cedar Croft Homes
Centex
Choate Construction
*Classic Carolina Homes
CP Morgan
*David Weekly Homes
*DR Horton
Eastwood Homes
Evergreen Homebuilders
*Gandy Communities
Gold Medallion Homes LLC
*Hills Communities
Hobart Smith Homes
*KB Homes
*K Hovnanian
Lennar Homes
Madison Home Builders
*Mattamy Homes
McCar Homes
*Mercedes Homes
*MI Homes
*Niblock Homes
*Orleans Homes
*Portrait Homes
Pulte Homes
Regent Homes
*Ryan Homes
*Ryland Homes
S&L Homes
*Saussy Burbank Homes
*Shea Homes
*Southhampton Home
*St Lawrence Homes
Toll Brothers
*Trotter Builders
Westport Homes
Wynsor Homes

Custom Homebuilders
Abbey Builders
Alluring Homes
America's Home Place
*Anaheim Homes
*Augusta Homes
Bell Tower Construction
*Cunnane Group
*Dienst Custom Homes
Dixie Homes
Finney Builders Inc.
G.M. Helms
Harrington and Assoc.
*Heinz II
*JD North Construction Company
Johnson Homes
J.S. Kempf and Assoc.
J.S. Testa LLC
Kathleen Custom Homes
*Kingswood Custom Homes
Kontoulas Custom Builder
*Lake Norman Signature Homes
*Legacy Builders of the Carolinas LLC
*Marble Custom Homes
*Olde North State Homes
*PlattnerBailey Custom Homes
Pope Construction Company
Potters Builders Inc.
*Provident Homes Inc.
Robert Morgan Fine Homes
Rorick Construction LLC
Segue Builders
*Simonini Builders
Southland Log Homes
South Mountain Log Homes
*Stonebridge Luxury Homes

See also:
Why do I need an Agent to purchase a home?

For Sellers

Links for Sellers

- Will be updated as content is posted.

The internet is the Real Estate way of the future
Agency Relationships
Windows - Types and Energy Effeciency
Tips for Selling your home
Lake Norman area Real Estate Guide
Real Estate Law - Fiduciary Duties of an Agent
What does it mean to be green?
Lake Norman/Charlotte Area Information Links

For Buyers

Links for Buyers

- Will be updated as content is posted.

Lake Norman area Community Information

Cornelius
Blue Stone Harbor
Captains Point
Harborside - Ryan Homes
Shadow Creek - Carlyle Properties
Torrence Chapel Road Communities (Established)
Westmoreland - David Weekly Homes

Town of Cornelius Information

Davidson
Abersham of Davidson - Many Custom Builders
Anniston - Niblock Homes
Davidson Bay - Ryan Homes
Davidson Landing - Waterfront Condos (Established Community)

Huntersville
Gilead Ridge - Ryan Homes

Mooresville

Town of Mooresville Information

Lake Norman area General Links

Save Money while building on your own lot

The internet is the real estate way of the future

Building a Custom Home in the Lake Norman Area?
Interesting Facts on Building Green
New Hybrid Homebuilding Program introduced to the Lake Norman area
Lake Norman Hybrid Homebuilding Program Links
Saving you hundreds of thousands building a Lake Norman Custom Home
Lake Norman Green Building 2
NEW Lake Norman "Build it Together Program" - Get into a custom at a rock-bottom price!
Agency Relationships
Windows - Types and Energy Effeciency
Why do I need an Agent to Purchase a Home?
Lake Norman/Charlotte Area Homebuilders
Sherrills Ford - Natural Beauty along the NW end of Lake Norman
Charlotte/Lake Norman area Real Estate Maps
North Carolina Home Inspections
Lake Norman Area Real Estate Guide
Lakeside Dining on Lake Norman
First Time Homebuyer Renovation Loan
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
New Construction and Homebuilders
Real Estate Law - Fiduciary Duties of an Agent
What does it mean to be green?
Lake Norman/Charlotte area Information Links

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: About the Author and Real Living


About the Author


My name is Jeremy Adair. I grew up in a rural area in south central Pennsylvania near the city of Carlisle, PA. I would consider myself a small town country boy considering the county I grew up in (Perry) still to this day does not have a traffic light. Through high school (West Perry HS) I played Football, Basketball, and Track where I picked up 8 varsity letters. Of course growing up an hour and a half from Penn State University, I lived it and breathed it, and eventually ended up going there for further education. I graduated from Penn State University Park, State College PA in 2002. After growing up in the country I made my way to Mechanicsburg, PA for a short period of time and then to Washington DC area where I spent 4 great years. While in DC and Charlotte I worked for Ryan Homes as a Project Manager in charge of 5 different Residential Projects with homes ranging from $250K to $700K. I moved to Cornelius, NC early in 2007. I worked at a Community called Gilead Ridge in Huntersville, NC before getting my NC Brokers License and NC General Contractors License and starting with a Company called Real Living located in Davidson, NC.

My main focus for my cleints is to provide them with excellent service and provide them all the information which will help them make the right decisions. I've seen too many times where people are represented, or not represented, and are mis-informed or do not make their decisions based on a professional viewpoint. When I work for my clients, I want them to make confident decisions based on the facts.

Every post on a community that I submit is from communities that I have been to. All the pictures you see are from my camera. My hypothesis is that if I truly understand what the community has to offer, I can better serve my cleints. Thank you and talk to you soon!

About Real Living located on beautiful Lake Norman in Davidson, NC


Currently our Real Living office in Davidson, NC is comprised of 14 agents covering the Lake Norman Area. Along with myself, Real Living believes that way of the future in Real Estate is through the world wide web, which is how you stumbled across me in the first place. Here is a link about Real Living which has information on our History, News, Giving back to the community, and our Locations.

Whether you are a buyer, or a seller, my job as your agent is to give you the best experience and transaction that you deserve for using my services. I do much of my marketing over the internet which not many realtors are in the habit of doing. Some see technology as something aggravating to learn, some see it as the way of the future!

Please contact your Real Living Lake Norman Real Estate Agent for more info at 704.315.8106.

See Also:
Lake Norman Real Estate Guide
First Time Homebuyers
The Production Homebuilding Process
What does it mean to be green?
Charlotte/Lake Norman area Information Links

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Sherrills Ford NC - Natural Beauty along the NW of Lake Norman


Sherrills Ford, NC - Real Estate News on the NW corner of Lake Norman



Sherrills Ford remains the most undeveloped area around Lake Norman, but is slated for huge growth in the next few years. North View Harbor is the anchor Waterfront Community developed by Cresent Communities, THE premier waterfront developer. The Summit at Lake Norman also offers waterfront living with lots available lots starting at $59,500.


If you like peace and quiet, Sherrills Ford may just be the place for you. Although it is a good 45 min. drive to downtown Charlotte, many are realizing the opportunity to build their dream home in the beautiful small town area. Interesting attractions in the area include the Terrell Country Store at Highway 150 and Sherrills Ford Road. This 1891 country store is filled with old-fashioned candy, homemade butter, hand-dipped ice cream and locally-made gifts.

New Fire Station in Catawba County


Other news in Sherrills Ford from the Charlotte Observer:

The Sherrills Ford Volunteer Fire Department plans to build a new fire station in the area of Catawba County it will begin serving this summer.

Sherrills Ford Fire Chief Keith Bost said his department wants to build a $600,000 station on 2.53 acres off Catawba Burris Road in Sherrills Ford.

The move follows a dispute between the Denver Volunteer Fire Department and Catawba County officials after the county announced plans to transfer Denver's fire coverage in two areas to the Sherrills Ford department.

County officials said the change would increase response times and lower the homeowner insurance ratings for residents in those areas.

To continue services in the remaining portion of Catawba County it covers, the Denver department asked the county to levy the same fire tax rate pitched for Lincoln County. The county declined the proposal, and Denver Fire Chief James Flynn said the department would stop service to Catawba County on June 30. Lena Warmack

Other Sherrills Ford Information Links:

City-Data Report
Trulia Real Estate Report
Catawba County Website
Catawba County Schools

Contact your Real Living Agent at 704.315.8106 for more information.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Monday, June 9, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Charlotte and Lake Norman area Real Estate Map

Charlotte/Lake Norman area Real Esate Maps




So how do all the real estate agents in the charlotte area narrow down the real estate search? Take a look at the map above. Although the MLS will narrow down the search to pinpoint what we're looking for, this map will give us/our clients a good place to start to plan on where they want to settle down.

Area 1-9, 42, and 99 (Uptown) are in Mecklenburg County. Of course our hotspot, the Lake Norman area has it's own map down below to make narrowing it down an easier task.

Lake Norman Real Estate Map - Area 13





Our Real Living Office in Davidson is in area 13-3 close to the Iredell border. You can also see that Lake Norman as a very large area which is located in 4 different counties (Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln, and Catawba). Areas 13-1 (Troutman area) and 13-5 (Sherrills Ford area) on the northern end of the lake are the most rural and tend to offer the more affordable housing. Area 13-2 (Mooresville area) is "Nascar City USA" and the home of Dale Earnhardt. Area 13-3 (Cornelius/Huntersville areas) tend to be the most "built up areas" and are the closest to downtown Charlotte. Every area on the lake has much to offer and home prices are in large variety.

If you have any questions about any of the Lake Norman areas, contact your Real Living Agent with questions at 704.315.8106.

Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Lake Norman Home Inspections


Charlotte/Lake Norman Area Home Inspections



Home inspectors spend hours on your home going into attics and crawling through crawl spaces inspecting the home's structural integrity, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, appliances, insulation, and ventilation. Costs range from $200 - $400 depending on the inspector and the size of the residence. According to the N.C. Licensed Home Inspectors Association ,inspectors spend hours in homes every inspection, but there is plenty of information they probably won't, or can't tell you about your new purchase. Inspectors are generalists - which means they have a broad range of knowledge over many different disciplines.

The Charlotte Observer has come up with a list of 8 other things that may possibly call for a specialist:

Termites are a major problem in the south that many people moving from up north may not know that much about. Anyone that performs structural pest control for the general public must be licensed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Anyone buying a house in this climate should have a termite inspection performed.

Radon Gas is a cancer-causing natural gas that can leak up from the ground into your home. Any home that is not properly ventilated and sits on an area that contains this gas can be a major health threat. Most developers of new construction do not test for this gas.

Fireplaces and Chimneys if not properly sealed and maintained can be an invitation for a possible water leak. A specialist can run a chimney cam down the length of the chimney to check for such problems.

Roof - inspectors will visually check a home's roof (with binoculars or a ladder), but if it is a large house or there are hard to see areas, it may be a good idea to have a roofer inspect it.

Asbestos and lead paint can be a problem in homes built before 1978. Asbestos was a form of insulation usually used around plumbing. It can be harmful if disturbed with the fibers getting into the air. This usually happens when a house is renovated. Lead paint was used prior to 1978. When buying a new purchase, the homebuyer has 10 days to test the home for lead paint. To fix this problem, the paint has to be encapsulated properly.

Mold - if you are worried about mold, hire a certified mold inspector. Some use thermal imaging and infrared scanning to find problems. The only way to control mold is to eliminate the moisture problem. Sometime even new homes have problems because they are built with wood that is wet to start and are never given a proper chance to dry.

Air and water quality is important to those that have allergies or resiratory ailments. It is always good to have clean air-ducts and test homes that come with wells.

Insulation - even though many juristictions are adding insulation inspections to their inspection lists it is always possible that a home is missing some insulation. I've seen first hand where drywall companies will remove insulation while hanging drywall so make it fit better. Insulation inspectors can use an infrared camera to look for missing insulation within walls.

Contact your Lake Norman Agent for more information!

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Jeremy Adair
Real Living - Davidson, NC
Cell: 704.315.8106
Fax: 704.892.9766
Jeremy.Adair@RealLiving.com