Real Estate Tips: Winterizing Your Plumbing

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November is a great month to get started on winterizing your plumbing systems. We all know that water expands as it freezes, which can cause strain on your plumbing system. Below are a few tips/precautions you can take to help save you down the road.

1) Make sure your crawl space vents are closed up tight and add extra insulation over all openings you find.

2) If your bathroom pipes run along the exterior wall, open up the door on the vanity to allow warm air inside.

3) Remove, drain and store your garden hoses.

4) Leave your kitchen sink and/or bathroom sink at a slow drip overnight when temperatures drop below 32 degrees.

5) Leave a cabinet door open under all sinks to allow heat inside.

6) NEVER thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame! Use a hair dryer, heat lamp or space heater.

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Real Estate Tips: Preparing Your Yard for Winter

Autumn-Leaves-Blowing 2015 The weather is turning colder and the days are getting shorter which means winter is on the way. So you can pack up those gardening tools until next spring, right?…Wrong! You can save yourself some time in the yard next spring if you do a few maintenance tips now.

1) Stay on top of the falling leaves. Leaves can smother your grass and to keep your lawn looking nice either rake leaves regularly or mow. If you decide to mow, make sure you use a bag to collect the clippings & shredded leaves which you can use for your garden or landscape beds.

2) Prune rose canes back to knee height, mound the base with fresh compost (about 12 inches) and cover the rosebush with shredded leaves. This will help protect the bush & roots during the colder months.

3) Mulch landscaping beds with chopped leaves or pine needles. Again, this is extra protection and helps reduce the effects of extreme temperature changes.

4) Plant spring bulbs now and your yard will come alive next spring. Examples of spring bulbs to plant are tulips, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinth to name a few.

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Real Estate: 7992 Blue Water Court – Denver, NC

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                      Click on the address for more information & pictures                           7992 Blue Water Court – Denver, NC

 Bedrooms:  4              Full Bathrooms:  2       Half Bathrooms:  1
Square Feet:  Approx. 3,200                              Lot Size: .73 of an acre

Exceptional waterfront home in Denver! Windows everywhere to help maximize the beautiful lake views. Oversized 3 car garage, large lot with great landscaping, private pier/dock with boat slip & a swimming pool. Enjoy a sunroom with lake views. Kitchen with granite top & breakfast bar. Two story great room with lake views & opens to second level. All bedrooms offer a lake view. Spacious owner’s retreat with stunning lake views & private balcony. Great location too with easy access to to major roads, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and more…

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Real Estate: Looking for Land? We’ve Got Lots For Sale

The Lee Ann Miller Team has land in all the right places! Take a look at our current lots and acreage properties. If you see something you would like more information on, please don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking the button to the right of this post or by email. 

Barfield Lot
BARFIELD LANE LOT – Over 100′ of Lake Norman Shoreline, Great Denver Location & Good Waterviews! Perfect Setting for a Basement Home on this Half Acre Lot w/Mature Trees. No Homes Directly Across from Lot. Close to Public Lake Access. Golden Opportunity to Build Your Waterfront Dream Home! Gabriel LotGABRIEL STREET LOT – Waterfront lot w/slip & pier already in place! Wooded & level lot w/building pad, nice views & priced to sale! Located on a quiet street, yet convenient location in Sherrills Ford. Pier & slip are shared w/neighbor. Build your permanent dream home or weekend get-a-way!Tayport LotTAYPORT DRIVE – Acre waterfront lot in Troutman with composite pier system including a covered deck area already in place and just waiting to be used. Wooded lot, private location & has long waterviews looking up the cove. Great swimming place at the dock.Some slope to lot, so having a basement would not be a problem. Prettiest areas of the lake and great for boating too! Close to Lake Norman State Park. The Park is a great amenity and has walking trails, public swimming, camp sites and tent sites. Greywalls Lane LotGREYWALLS LANE LOT 18 – Enjoy the privacy & wooded beauty of this 5 acre lot in prestigious Maple Grove community located in Iron Station. This lot is adjacent to & a part of the 67 acre conservancy as well as the 8 acre lake. One of only six lots that have access to the private lake & surrounding land. Lake views from the rear of this lot enhance your private estate. Close to community pool, club house & tennis courts.Riverwood LotRIVERWOOD LOT – Level, Waterfront, Acre Lot w/Beautiful Lake Views & Over 160 Ft of Shoreline! Great Mooresville Location, Wide Cove Views, & Peaceful Area. Front of Lot Left Natural for Privacy & Back of Lot is Open to Maximize the View. Older Garage on Property for Storage While Building Your Dream Home. Not Many Acre Lots Left on Lake Norman Like This! Old Well & Septic on Property but No Representation of Use or Condition. SOLDAstoria LotASTORIA PARKWAY LOT – Main Channel Views of Natural Beauty in Catawba. Beautiful Neighborhood on North End of Lake that Offers Natural & Mountain Like Scenery. Bring Your Own Builder & No Time Frame for Building. Private Boat Slip Included w/Boat Ramp. High End Homes, Peaceful Setting & Gated Community. Pinnacle Drive Lot 35PINNACLE DRIVE LOT 35 – Almost 7 acres nestled in the back of this beautiful and gated neighborhood of estate homes. Elevation of this lot makes for a dramatic setting overlooking the neighborhood! Build your dream home with no set time to build. Original prec letter was for 5BR home. Pinnacle Ridge is prestigious neighborhood composed of 100 acres of gently rolling terrain and a quiet location in East Lincoln County (Iron Station). Only a 5 minute ride to 4 lane Hwy 16 & easy access to Charlotte, the airport and more! Ridgeview Lot 2RIDGEVIEW LANE LOT 2 – Wooded, acre lot in the gated community of Pinnacle Ridge. Lot is slightly elevated so it overlooks the the beautiful & rolling terrain of the community as well as a horse farm on the back side. Bring your own builder & build your dream home today! Pinnacle Ridge is an estate community that consists of only 50 large lots on 100 acres in Iron Station. Enjoy the serenity of country living yet minutes to 4 lane Hwy 16 & easy commute to Charlotte, restaurants, schools, upscale shopping and a new outlet mall. SOLD
Hwy 16 AcreageHWY 16 – 22 +/- acres in E Lincoln county/Denver area with frontage on Hwy 16 not included but could be purchased. Seller will provide easement for ingress/egress. Part of property in E Lincoln sewer district. Railroad tracks cross rear of property & a small creek. Grassy Ridge Lot (2)GRASSY RIDGE Lot – Great 2.3 acre building lot in Denver with NO HOA dues! Wooded and quiet little street and only 5 mins to Hwy 16, shopping & restaurants. Use your own builder and no time limit for building. Acreage backs up to Verdict Ridge community. Great find & convenient location! UNDER CONTRACTNormandy Lot 12NORMANDY ROAD LOT 12 – Nice level building lot across the street from Lake Norman! Almost a half acre lot located on a quiet cul-de-sac street of lake homes & waterview homes in Denver. Wooded & has access to county water & sewer. Seller has not paid tap fees. Beatties Ford access and park is less than a half of mile from this lot. Easy access to Lake Norman! Hwy 16 to Charlotte is only 2 miles from here. Great location! UNDER CONTRACTTreetops Lot 14TREETOPS LOT 14 – Great Building Lot in Treetops! Cleared and Ready to Go. Desired Location in Lincoln County! 2,400 SF Min to Build. Water & Sewer Available-No Tap Fees Paid by Seller.Mariposa AcreageMARIPOSA ROAD – Always wanted your own piece of paradise?  Here’s your chance,  95+/- acres of beautiful old family property in Stanley. Several old out buildings remain on property & 700 FT road frontage. Leepers Creek may offer conservation options. 

You can also view this lots as well as our other listings by clicking here – View Featured Properties or by clicking on each picture above. 

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Real Estate: 19234 Coachmans Trace in Cornelius, NC

Coachmans TraceClick on the address for more information & pictures 
19234 Coachmans Trace – Cornelius, NC 28031


   Bedrooms:  4  Full Bathrooms:  2   Half Bathrooms:  1
Square Feet:  Approx. 2,100            Lot Size:  ..70 

 Great value in the beautiful tree lined streets of Glenridge! Fresh paint, new carpet, new floors in kitchen and breakfast area. Spacious great room with fireplace. Separate dining area that would work well as an office. Nice kitchen with attached breakfast area. All bedrooms on second level. Huge owners suite with trey ceiling & private bath. Generous bedroom sizes. Home could be 3BR and bonus if this better suits your lifestyle. Attached 2 car garage and nice rear yard with patio & room to play. Close to community swimming pool. Great Cornelius location! Close to everything!—Too Late! SOLD

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Real Estate: 16948 Summers Walk Blvd in Davidson, NC

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16948 Summers Walk Blvd – Davidson 28036


   Bedrooms:  2          Full Bathrooms:  2           Half Bathrooms:  1 
                      Square Feet:  1,000-1,300                            Lot Size:                                        

All brick townhome located in the Summers Walk community with Davidson location and schools. Beautiful hand scraped hardwood floors on main, fireplace in great room, kitchen that opens to dining area and a single car garage that leads to fenced courtyard. Great community amenities as well with swimming pool, clubhouse, walking trails & dog park! Close to schools, shopping, upscale shopping, restaurants & major roads. Too Late! SOLD

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Real Estate: #1 Reason to Sell Your Home NOW

Its as simple as one little word…PRICE

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring. Putting your home on the market now instead of waiting for the increased competition of the spring might make a lot of sense.

Buyers in the market during the winter months are truly motivated purchasers. They want to buy now. With limited inventory available in most markets currently, a seller will be in a great position to negotiate.

Contact The Lee Ann Miller today to get your home Sold!

Posted by the KMC Crew on January 13th 2013
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Real Estate: 5 Reasons to Sell Now

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Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand increases at that time of year. However, the fall and winter have their own advantages. Here are five reasons to sell now.

1) Only Serious Buyers Are Out

At this time of year, only those purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace. You and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere ‘lookers’. The lookers are at the mall or online doing their holiday shopping.

2) There Is Far Less Competition

Housing supply always shrinks dramatically at this time of year. The choices for buyers will be limited. Don’t wait until the spring when all the other potential sellers in your market will put their homes up for sale.

3) The Process Will Be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges of the 2013 housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks have been inundated with both purchase and refinancing loan requests. Both of these will slow in the winter cutting timelines and the frustration these delays cause both buyers and sellers.

4) There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 25% from now to 2018. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with historically low interest rates right now. There is no guarantee rates will remain at these levels in years to come.

5) It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and decide whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

You already know the answers to the questions we just asked. You have the power to take back control of the situation by pricing your home to guarantee it sells. The time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire. That is what is truly important.

Contact your favorite Lake Norman real estate team today to get your home on the market. 

Posted: 19 Nov 2013 04:00 AM PST — Written By The KCM Blog
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Real Estate Tips: Fire Safety Month- Are You Prepared?


October is Fire Safety Month!!!

    These simple tips could prevent a home fire  
  • Change your smoke detector batteries at least once a year. A good rule of thumb when you set your clocks back in the fall, change your batteries. Check to make sure the alarm works after replacing the batteries by pushing the test button.
  •  Vacuum your smoke detectors at least once a month.
  • Keep a flashlight by your bed and check it at least once a month to make sure it is working properly. Also keep one near your child’s bed  and check that one as well.
  •  Check your fire extinguisher annually if you do not have one you can get them for less than $30.00. You will want an all-purpose one and make sure it has classes A, B & C listed on it. They do expire after a time so when it gets close to the expiration date you will need to toss it and get a new one. You want to have at least 2 available one in the kitchen is essential!
  •  Create at least 2 escape routes and practice them with your family. If you have a multi-story home you want to get a portable ladder. Children get confused during fires and can get disoriented from the smoke so you want to practice with them.
  • Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires causing 36% of home fires in the US during the months of December through February.
  •  Kitchen fires comprise 34% of home fires
  •  74% of reported home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
  •  Children age 5 and under and the elderly are the most likely to die from home fire
   Fireplaces & Space Heaters          
  • If your home has a fireplace you want to have it inspected and cleaned annually by a licensed professional. This can cost you around $175-$200 for a cleaning and inspection.
  •  If you use a portable heater – it must be at least 36 inches away from ANYTHING that can burn. If it is an electric space heater check it when you bring it out in the winter for fraying or splitting wires. If the wires are damaged toss the unit and get a new one.
   Dryers and Dryer Vents  
  • Check your dryer vent at least once every 3 months and remove built up lint
  •  Clean lint from the lint filter every time you use your dryer
  •  If you have a plastic dryer hose replace it with a flexible metal one
  •  Do not use your dryer when you are not at home

Real Estate: 7455 Tallwood Drive – Denver,NC


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7455 Tallwood Drive – Denver, NC 28037

   Bedrooms:  4                           Full Bathrooms:    4                    Half Bathrooms:  1 Square Feet:  4,300-5,100                                                                 Lot Size:  1.12 Acres Beautiful lodge like home exquisite waterfront lot. Windows across the rear of home to maximize the peaceful lake views. Spacious and inviting Owner’s Suite located on main level with great lake views and luxurious bathroom. Soaring two story ceiling and a stone fireplace with custom mantel in Great Room. Great Kitchen with lots of counterspace and storage. Enjoy cooking with a view! Double screened porches and patios, enhance the entertaining features of this home. Lake views from most rooms. Hardwood floors, two fireplaces, oversized 3 car garage, private point like lot, and lots of wonderful architectural details. Located in the exceptional and gated community of Webbs Chapel Cove. Some properties that appear for sale on this website may subsequently have been sold and may no longer be available.