Real Estate: Lot 13 Lola Circle in Cornelius

Lola Circle Lot 13
This gorgeous view could be yours! First time this waterfront lot has been on the market. A great building lot with long range views of Lake Norman, mature trees and 119 feet of natural and sandy shoreline. Sunsets are unbelievable here! No time frame to build. Build your dream home and enjoy the stunning lake views and the treasured Cornelius location. What are you waiting for?

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It’s Small Business Saturday

Small Business Sat w logoToday is the day to shop local, shop small. Go out and support the locals! 


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Parades, Tree Lightings & Other Holiday Events – 2015

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It’s time for the holiday parades and tree lightings. If you love parades or just looking for something to get you into the holiday spirit, then take a look at all the holiday events happening around the Lake Norman area.


Birkdale Tree Ligthing – (Click on event for more details)
November 14th from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Charlotte-South End Tree Lighting – November 21st at Atherton Mill

Concord Tree Lighting – November 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Concord Christmas Parade – November 21st from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Mooresville Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 24th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Carolina Panthers Tree Lighting – November 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 26th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


Light Up Cornelius – (Click on event for more details)
November 28th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Denver Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
November 29th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Belmont Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

McAdenville – Christmas Town Festival & Tree Ligthting – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:30 pm -9:00 pm (town lights up every evening 12/1 – 12/26)

Mount Holly Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 2nd from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Fort Mill Tree Lighting – December 3rd from 6:00 pm 

Fort Mill Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 4th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Waxhaw Festival of Lights – December 4th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Denver Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Matthews Hometown Holiday Celebration – (Click on event for more details)
December 5th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Gastonia Christmas Parade – December 6th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Stanley Christmas Parade – December 9th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Huntersville Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
December 12th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Waxhaw Christmas Parade – December 13th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Real Estate Tips: Should You Buy Before Winter Hits ?

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It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting. 

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 10.5% (most pessimistic) and 25.5% (most optimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage

As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.



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Charlotte Hornets Basketball Schedule – 2015

Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 Season

Date:                              Opponent:                                        Time:
October 28th               @Miami (Heat)                                     7:30 pm

October 30th               @Atlanta (Hawks)                                8:00 pm

November 1st           Atlanta (Hawks)                                   2:00 pm

November 3rd          Chicago (Bulls)                                   7:00 pm

November 5th             @Dallas (Mavericks)                            8:30 pm      

November 7th             @San Antonio (Spurs)                         8:30 pm 

November 10th           @Minnesota (Timberwolves)               8:00 pm

November 11th         New York (Knicks)                             7:00 pm

November 13th           @Chicago (Bulls)                                 8:00 pm

November 15th         Portland (Trail Blazers)                    5:00 pm

November 17th          @New York (Knicks)                            7:30 pm

November 18th        Brooklyn (Nets)                                  7:00 pm 

November 20th        Philadelphia (76ers)                           7:00 pm

November 23rd        Sacramento (Kings)                           7:00 pm 

November 25th        Washington  (Wizards)                       7:00 pm


November 27th        Cleveland (Cavaliers)                        7:00 pm

November 29th         Milwaukee (Bucks)                             2:00 pm

December 2nd          Golden State (Warriors)                     7:00 pm

December 5th            @Chicago (Bulls)                                  8:00 pm

December 7th           Detroit (Pistons)                                  7:00 pm

December 9th           Miami (Heat)                                         7:00 pm

December 11th          @Memphis (Grizzlies)                           8:00 pm

December 12th         Boston (Celtics)                                  7:00 pm

December 16th          @Orlando (Magic)                                 7:00 pm

December 17th         Toronto (Raptors)                               7:00 pm

December 19th          @Washington (Wizards)                      7:00 pm

December 21st          @Houston (Rockets)                             8:00 pm

December 23rd         Boston (Celtics)                                  7:00 pm

December 26th         Memphis (Grizzlies)                            7:00 pm

December 28th         Los Angeles (Lakers)                          7:00 pm


December 30th         Los Angeles (Clippers)                       7:00 pm

January 1st                 @Toronto (Raptors)                              7:30 pm

January 2nd               Oklahoma City (Thunder)                  7:00 pm

January 4th                 @Golden State (Warriors)                  10:30 pm

January 6th                 @Phoenix (Suns)                                 9:00 pm

January 9th                 @Los Angeles (Clippers)                    3:30 pm

January 10th               @Denver (Nuggets)                             8:00 pm

January 13th                Atlanta (Hawks)                                    7:00 pm

January 15th               @New Orleans (Pelicans)                   8:00 pm

January 16th              Milwaukee (Bucks)                            7:00 pm

January 18th              Utah (Jazz)                                          2:00 pm

January 20th               @Oklahoma City (Thunder)                 8:00 pm

January 22nd              @Orlando (Magic)                                7:00 pm

January 23rd             New York (Knicks)                              7:00 pm

January 25th              @Sacramento (Kings)                         10:00 pm

January 27th              @Utah (Jazz)                                         9:00 pm

January 29th              @Portland (Trail Blazers)                    10:00 pm 

January 31st              @Los Angeles (Lakers)                         9:30 pm

February 3rd            Cleveland (Cavaliers)                         7:00 pm

February 5th             Miami (Heat)                                        7:00 pm

February 6th             Washington (Wizards)                        7:00 pm

February 8th             Chicago (Bulls)                                   7:00 pm

February 10th            @Indiana (Pacers)                                7:00 pm

February 19th            @Milwaukee (Bucks)                            8:00 pm

February 21st            @Brooklyn (Nets)                                 6:00 pm

February 24th            @Cleveland (Cavaliers)                       7:00 pm

February 26th            @Indiana (Pacers)                               7:00 pm

February 28th            @Atlanta (Hawks)                                3:30 pm

March 1st                  Phoenix (Suns)                                  7:00 pm

March 2nd                 @Philadelphia (76ers)                          7:00 pm

March 4th                 Indiana (Pacers)                                 7:00 pm

March 7th                 Minnesota (Timberwolves)               7:00 pm


March 9th                 New Orleans (Pelicans)                    7:00 pm

March 11th               Detroit (Pistons)                                 7:00 pm

March 12th               Houston (Rockets)                             7:00 pm

March 14th               Dallas (Mavericks)                             7:00 pm

March 16th               Orlando (Magic)                                 7:00 pm

March 17th                @Miami (Heat)                                     7:30 pm

March 19th               Denver (Nuggets)                             6:00 pm

March 21st               San Antonio (Spurs)                          7:00 pm


March 22nd               @Brooklyn (Nets)                                 7:30 pm

March 25th                @Detroit (Pistons)                               7:30 pm 

March 26th                @Milwaukee (Bucks)                           8:30 pm  

March 29th                @Philadelphia (76ers)                         7:00 pm

April 1st                     Philadelphia (76ers)                           7:00 pm

April 3rd                    @Cleveland (Cavaliers)                       3:30 pm

April 5th                    @Toronto (Raptors)                            7:30 pm   

April 6th                    @New York (Knicks)                           7:30 pm

April 8th                  Brooklyn (Nets)                                  7:00 pm

April 10th                 @Washington (Wizards)                     1:00 pm

April 11th                 @Boston (Celtics)                                7:30 pm

April 13th                Orlando (Magic)                                 8:00 pm    



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Events: Hayrides, Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches, Oh My!

Fall pumpkin - hay balesIt’s time for hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches! Below is a list of local farms around the Lake Norman area that offer one or all three.

North Carolina

1) Amazing Maize Maze in Huntersville
   
Open from October 3rd until November 1st  from 10:00 am-5:00 pm
   They offer a fun corn maze, hayrides, games & pick a pumpkin. 
   **Children 13 and older are $11  and  children 5-12 are $7.50
Address: 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078

2) Carrigan Farm in Mooresville
     Open from September 25th – November 1st from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday & Sundays
& Tuesday -Thursday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

     **$10 which includes a hayride to pumpkin patch, pumpkin, visit to the petting zoo & warm apple cider.
Address: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC 28115

3) Hodges Farm in Charlotte
    Open September 25th until October 31st from 9:00 am-Dusk.
    They offer a pumpkin patch, games and on the weekends pony rides and hayrides.
    **$5 fee for admission  Extra Cost: $5 pony rides & $5 hayride
Address: 3900 Rocky River Road Charlotte, NC 28215

4)
Patterson Farm in Mt. Ulla / China Grove (Mooresville Area)
    Open September 26th until November 6th on the weekends.
    Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm-6:00 pm
    They offer a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch & play area
    **Children 2 and under are FREE & 3-54 $9 and 55 and older $8
       Pumpkin patch express (hayride only) $4
       Extra cost: pony rides $4, corn maze $4 
Address: 10390 Caldwell Road Mt. Ulla, NC 28125

5) Regal Corn Maze in Statesville 
    Open September 26th until November 1st (weekends only)
    Fri 6:00pm-10:00pm –  Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm – Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
    They offer a corn maze, fun games, face painting, hay tunnel & more
    **Children 4 and under are FREE & 5 and older $9
Address: 347 Bell Farm Road Statesville, NC 28625


South Carolina

1) Autumn Farm & Vineyard in Gaffney 
    Open Weekends in October – Sat-Sun 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm
    Field of Scream – Fri & Sat dark-until & Sun dark-10:00 pm
    They offer pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, bounce house, games & more
   **$5 during the day & $10 for Field of Scream 
     Extra cost: pumpkin (by size), bounce house $2 , games $1 each & food
Address: 2480 Pacolet Hwy Gaffney, SC 29340

2)
Cotton Hills Farm in Chester 
   
 Open Saturdays in October from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    They offer pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm tours, animals and hayrides
    **$9 for adults, $7 for children 2-12 yrs and 1 & under are Free
       (small pumpkin included in admission fee)
   
**They also host a Farm Fair– this year it is Oct 17th and it includes all actives mentioned above plus live music and additional activities for same price
Address: 2575 Lowrys Hwy Chester, SC 29706

3)
Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill (Fall Frolic Weekends on the Greenway)
    Open October 3rd – November 1st – Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm-6:00 pm 
     They offer wagon ride to pumpkin patch, hay maze, corn maze, animals and games. 
     **Members $8, Non-Members $10 and children 4 – under Free 
       (Members of Ann Springs Close Greenway) 
Address: 1604 US Hwy 21 Fort Mill, SC 29715


Carolina Panthers Football Schedule – 2015

                               Are you ready for some football?
                                   2015-2016 Carolina Panthers Schedule 

Date:                                        Opponent:                                    Time: 
Sunday Sept. 13th                 @Jacksonville Jaguars                   1:00 pm

Sunday Sept. 20th               Houston Texans                           1:00 pm

Sunday Sept. 27th               New Orleans Saints                     1:00 pm 

Sunday Oct. 4th                    @Tampa Bay Buccaneers             1:00 pm 

Sunday Oct. 11th                  BYE Weekend

Sunday Oct. 18th                  @Seattle Seahawks                        4:05 pm 

Sunday Oct. 25th                Philadelphia Eagles                       8:30 pm 

Monday Nov. 2nd                Indianapolis Colts                          8:30 pm

Sunday Nov. 8th                 Green Bay Packers                        1:00 pm

Sunday Nov. 15th                  @Tennessee Titans                        1:00 pm  

Sunday Nov. 22nd               Washington Redskins                   1:00 pm

Thursday Nov. 26th               @Dallas Cowboys                           4:30 pm

Sunday Dec. 6th                   @New Orleans Saints                     1:00 pm

Sunday Dec. 13th                Atlanta Falcons                              1:00 pm   

Sunday Dec. 20th                 @New York Giants                           1:00 pm

Sunday Dec. 27th                 @Atlanta Falcons                             1:00 pm

Sunday Jan. 3rd                  Tampa Bay Buccaneers                1:00 pm

** Times are subject to change. 

Real Estate Tips: Did You Know It’s National Water Quality Month?

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Well it is!…August is national water quality month which makes it the perfect time to provide you with some smart water quality tips.

Below is a little list of the small things we can do to ensure a happy, healthy home.


1) If you have a well, have it tested once a year for bacteria. Since August is National Water Quality Month, now is a great time to start.

2) Help conserve water by installing a water saving showerhead and toilet.

3) Install a backflow preventer to prevent garden hose water from flowing backwards into your drinking water.

These are a few things to you can do to help keep your drinking water safe. If you additional tips you would like to share, just leave us a comment and we will add to the list.





Real Estate Tips: Have Yourself an Energy Efficient Summer

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Summer is here which means the energy bill goes up, right? It doesn’t have to! Below is a small list of things you can do to help cut some of your cost. 

1) Say no to cracks – Do you have air leaks in your home? A good way to check is to walk around your home with a lit candle or incense stick. Walk up to doors, windows & electrical outlets. If the candle flame moves or the incense smoke moves, you have a leak. Sealing the leaks is the best way to fix the problem and will help you in the Summer & Winter.

2) Conserve Water – Cut back on watering your lawn in the Summer or let it go dormant. This would help you reduce your water bill and conserve water at the same time. Think about using a natural resource – rainwater. Try setting out containers to collect rainwater to help water a flower garden or planting new trees. 

3) Get Unplugged – Did you know that your TV’s, computers, printers and other electronic devices still use power even when turned off? Well they do and the Summer time is perfect time for outdoor activities. So unplug your electronic devices and head outdoors. 

4) Your Grill – Did you know your grill uses less energy than your oven? It does and it could help reduce your energy bill too. How you ask? When you use your oven it creates heat inside your home which may trigger your AC to turn on. When you use your grill, you are outside in the fresh air and you are keeping the extra heat out. It is a win win situation! 




FREE Summer Fun Events

Looking for something to do this Summer and is easy on the wallet? McGuire Nuclear Station is ready to help. McGuire is hosting Movies@McGuire and a one day Summer Camp. 

Movies @ McGuire 

July 10th at 8:45 pm – HOME

August 14th at 8:15 pm – TBD

A wonderful way to watch a movie with family and friends. The movie is shown on 2 large screens that can be enjoyed by land or by boat. Refreshments are available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chairs.



One Day Summer Camp

August 7th from 10 am-3 pm

A fun filled day of Scientific discovery & excitement. This is a first come, first served event. To register call 980-875-5600