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: #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: 3363 LakeShore Road S – Denver,NC


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3363 Lake Shore Road S – Denver, NC 28037

   Bedrooms:  4                           Full Bathrooms:    2                    Half Bathrooms:  1 Square Feet:  2,400-2,900                                                                 Lot Size:   .43 of Acre Great price for this full brick home in the treasured Westport area! Home updated w/granite, oil rubbed bronze hardware, marble & hardwoods. Large room sizes, elegant two-story foyer, home office on main w/half bath, level lot, circle driveway &16×22 deck. Nice open kitchen with room for breakfast area & a pantry. 4BR could be used as a bonus rm, if needed. Great home, price and location!! Too Late! SOLD

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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.

Real Estate: 21407 Rosslare Court – Cornelius,NC


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21407 Rosslare Court – Cornelius, NC 28031

   Bedrooms:  4                           Full Bathrooms:    3                    Half Bathrooms:  1 Square Feet:  3,100-3,700                                                                 Lot Size:   .56 Magnificent waterfront home in a quiet & convenient Waterford Point. 171′ of shoreline with private dock, boat slip & lift. Kitchen will please the chef of the home with high-end, commercial grade appliances, Miele coffee/expresso maker,warming drawer,steamer…it has it all! Two story Great Room with gas fireplace & lake views. Main level Owner’s Suite with great lake views & access to deck. Wonderful sunroom overlooks rear yard and lake. Private ensuite on basement level. Bonus Room currently being used as a 5th bedroom. Fabulous home and lake views from almost every room!  Too Late! SOLD

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Real Estate: 200 Hazelton Loop – Mooresville,NC


200 Hazelton Loop – Mooresville, NC 28117

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   Bedrooms:  3                           Full Bathrooms:    3                    Half Bathrooms:  0 Square Feet:  3,700-4,400                                                                 Lot Size:   .59 Fabulous Waterfront Home Under $600,000 with Full Basement and Private Pier/Dock w/Boat Slip!   Home Features 3 Bedrooms and 3 Full Bathrooms but Could Use a Room on Lake Level as 4th Bedroom. Split Bedroom Plan for Extra Privacy. Lovely Kitchen that Opens to Breakfast Area and Gathering Room with See-Thru Fireplace. High Ceilings, Lots of Windows and a Sky Light. Extra Large Deck, Screened Porch and Large Covered Patio Make Entertaining Outdoors a Breeze in This Home. Enjoy the Peaceful Lake Views and Sounds Year Round! Great Mooresville Location! Close to Shopping, Restaurants, Major Roads (I-77, Hwy 150, Hwy 73, I-40), Airports, Charlotte & More. Be Prepared to Fall in Love!  Too Late! SOLD

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Real Estate Market: The Spring Market Recovery

It is looking like the long-awaited real estate recovery has taken off!  While the past few years have presented a few challenges to sellers and buyers alike, 2012 has come out of the blocks very strong – exceeding our expectations.  According to the January report from the Carolina MLS service which serves Charlotte and the surrounding counties, the MLS closed transactions increased 9.2% January 2012 as compared with January 2011.  However, the Allen Tate Company Charlotte region closed sales increased 21.7% – our growth is more than double the overall market growth!  What does that mean for buyers and sellers?  Great news on both fronts.  For buyers, you should be feeling more confident that the economic rebound we have seen in the past six months provides job security.  You also should be pleased with the incredibly low rates for qualified buyers – hovering around 3.25% for 15-year fixed and 3.75% for a 30-year FHA loan.  If you plan to be in the house for a shorter period, 5/1 ARMs are near 2.5%.  And that’s BEFORE the tax benefits for mortgage interest deductions!  For sellers, you are seeing more buyers in the market as indicated by the increase in sales activity.  Properties placed under contract so far in 2012 is nearly 60% above 2011 numbers.  This is a very strong signal that the housing recovery is here.  A word of caution – there is quite a bit of “shadow inventory” that comes in two forms.  The reported foreclosure inventory has yet to be consumed by today’s buyers.  Additionally, many non-distressed sellers who chose to wait for the recovery may now test the market again.  As this inventory enters the market, it is not likely that we will see appreciation for the short-term.  If you are interested in what the market is like in your neighborhood, call The Lee Ann Miller Team or visit our website at  If you use our TateMap Interactive Search function, you can see what the houses in your market are listed for as well as two years of recent sales activity.  

Real Estate: 7508 Bankhead Road- Denver,NC


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7508 Bankhead Road– Denver, NC 28037

   Bedrooms:  4                           Full Bathrooms:    3                    Half Bathrooms:  0 Square Feet:  2,400-2,900                                                                 Lot Size:   1.65  Acres GREAT Waterfront home on 1.65 acres and 350 +/- FT shoreline, updated with 2 gas fireplaces, concrete floor, tile bathroom/shower, large sun porch across back of home and more. Total privacy on this rare lot with room for expansion. Master retreat w/high ceilings to maximize lake views, private deck & a spa bath. Roof new in 2006, new HVAC dual fuel HP 2009, new water heater 2009, new plumbing 2008. Beautiful views! A great getaway, second home or private retreat. You will feel like you are on vacation 365 days a year!!!! Must see these views. Too Late! SOLD

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Real Estate: 144 Lake Top Lane – Statesville,NC


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144 Lake Top Lane – Statesville, NC 28677

   Bedrooms:  3                           Full Bathrooms:    3                    Half Bathrooms:  0 Square Feet:  2,500-3,000                                                                 Lot Size:   .47 Neat and clean,waterfront ranch/basement with 2800 + sq ft. Lake views from most rooms. Spacious rec room with room for pool table & fireplace. Office space being used as a 4th BR for extra sleep space. Low maintenance exterior. Nice open views, community boat slip on next door lot. Lots of deck & patio space for outdoor enjoyment. Some furniture negotiable. Appliances remain. Great floorplan for lake living in a great little neighborhood on the lake!   Some properties that appear for sale on this website may subsequently have been sold and may no longer be available.