Charlotte, NC home prices on the rise?

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Forbes.com recently posted the top five cities where home prices will likely rise and Charlotte was one of them. This is good news but don’t expect it to happen overnight. They will likely inch, rather than fly, and not all areas will be the same.  Charlotte, NC is one of the areas where economist believe is showing an early sign of strengthening and the home prices are predicted to rise. Moody’s Economy.com provided Forbes with their housing price forecast for the country’s 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas. These are the top five (1) Atlanta, GA (2) Austin, TX (3) Baltimore, MD (4) Boston, MA & (5) Charlotte, NC.  Charlotte’s percentage change over the next five years is predicted to look like this 1 year, 2009: -8.15%, 3 year, 2009-2012: 3.54% and 5 year, 2009-2014: 12.20%. Let’s hope they are close. That’s great news for all of us.

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Forbes.com (September 18th 2009)

Charlotte Area Lake Living: Lake Wylie

                                                                       Sunset Cove                                                                                                                       Lake  Wylie                                                                                                                                                       ________________________________________________________________________________________ First created in 1904, Lake Wylie is the oldest lake on the Catawba and the first power-generating lake along the river. It’s named after Dr. W. Gil Wylie who established the Catawba Power Company, the predecessor of Duke Power. In 1924, the Catawba Hydro Station near Fort Mill, S.C., was rebuilt, increasing the area of the lake to 13,443 acres and 325 miles of shoreline. Southwest of Charlotte, Lake Wylie spans the N.C./S.C. border. With many creeks that feed into it, the lake is hailed for its excellent fishing opportunities. In fact, the lake was chosen to host the Bassmaster Classic in 2004. McDowell Park, a 1,108-acre nature preserve along the shores of Lake Wylie, houses a nature center that features rare animals and plants. Its campground offers sites equipped with a grill, water and electricity as well as primitive sites. Also part of McDowell Park, Copperhead Island offers its own boat launch., fishing pier and primitive camping site.

 

 Lake Wylie Public Access Areas   Upper Section Allen Fishing Access Area—N/A South Point Access Area—919-715-3155 Stowe Botanical Garden—704-825-4990   Lower Section Copperhead Access Area—704-588-5224 Buster Boyd Access Area—N/A McDowell Park—704-588-5224 Lake Wylie Marina—803-831-2101 River Hills Marina—803-831-7286 Carolina Crossing Marina—704-588-5463 Allison Creek Access Area—N/A Nivens Creek Access Area—N/A Ebenezer Access Area—803-366-6620 Fort Mill Access Area—N/A Lake Club Marina—803-324-2232               

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6 Tips To Help Your Home Attract Buyers

The goal is to get buyers to walk-in & feel like they are at home. This helps them visualize themselves living in your home and makes them want to buy your home because they are emotionally attached! 1) Neturalize! Yes, it sounds boring but by neutralizing your home you are helping buyers envision themselves & their belongings in, what could be, their new home. Plus, your home becomes more “move in ready” compared to your compettion. Keep in mind that some colors make rooms appear smaller than they really are. Not good when you are wanting to attract buyers! 2) Make It Shine! A clean home is a happy home. Dust regularly, empty all trash cans, wipe off countertops, wash windows, vacuum, clean carpets, wipe off blinds & wash baseboards. The more shine equals the more time a buyer may stay in your home. 3) Conceal Clutter Clear surfaces help buyers visually place their personal items in your home. A few stylish items are fine but should not devert any attention away from that surface. Notice show homes, the countertops are free from clutter to help you remember the granite or the custom cabinets. Aslo, turn rooms back to what they attended to be. For instance, if the living room has been taken over by toys-turn it back into the living room & find a new home for toys. 4) What’s That Smell? Smells can make or break your home. Try to conceal or completely remove pet beds, feeding bowls & litter boxes, if possible. Stick to the more pleasant smells of fresh baked cookies or flowers. Also, try to avoid cooking fish or cabbage. You don’t want buyers to be turned off the minute they step through the front door. And if you have to smoke, please do it outside–oh & hide the ashtrays! The purpose is to sell your home. You don’t want potential buyers to remember your home because of an unpleasant smell!  5) Less Is More! Clear out those closets. Again, look at a show home or closet brochure, hanging only a few items makes the closet look larger!  6) Crub Appeal Freshen up your landscaping. Keep your yard & hedges neatly trimmed. Keep sidewalks swept & tidy.  For a  warm welcome, add flowering plants to the front porch or a cozy chair. A great first impression is the key! Some buyers may cancel showings if the grass is tall or hedges are sloppy.

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