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Just Listed! 8036 Waterview Drive Belmont, NC 28012
July 12th, 2009 6:01 PM
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$135,000.00
8036 Waterview Drive

Belmont, NC 28012



Beds: 0 Rooms: 0
Baths: 0 Sq. Ft.: 0
Garage: 0 Built: 0
 

Prime wooded lot overlooking custom built homes in the quaint, gated waterfront community of River Lakes in Belmont, NC.
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Just Listed! 3950 Town Center Road Harrisburg, NC 28075
July 3rd, 2009 11:59 AM
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$109,900.00
3950 Town Center Road

Harrisburg, NC 28075



Beds: 3.0 Rooms: 0
Baths: 2.00 Sq. Ft.: 0
Garage: 0 Built: 2003
 

Move in ready 3 bedroom condo in Harrisburg. Perfect for roommate or office set up. Close to shopping, restaurants, major freeways & University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC).
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Just Listed! 6420 Windsor Gate Lane Charlotte, NC 28215
July 3rd, 2009 11:58 AM
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$48,000.00
6420 Windsor Gate Lane

Charlotte, NC 28215



Beds: 2.0 Rooms: 0
Baths: 2.00 Sq. Ft.: 0
Garage: 0 Built: 1991
 

This well-maintained, end unit condo features two master bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. Open greatroom and dining area features a stone fireplace and view of wooded backyard from the patio. New carpets, linoleum and window blinds throughout. The unit has been professionally inspected and is move-in ready. Close to shopping, restaurants.
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Charlotte, North Carolina Ranks 3rd for “Best Cities for a Fresh Start”
May 31st, 2009 5:19 PM

Charlotte, North Carolina Ranks 3rd for “Best Cities for a Fresh Start”

According to a recent list compiled by Relocation.com, Charlotte, North Carolina ranks 3rd among “best cities for a fresh start”. When I was looking for a place to relocate to over five years ago, I researched many cities and Charlotte topped my list.

I was looking for a medium-sized, yet vibrant city with affordable housing and moderate climate. Having grown up in the beautiful, but very cold city of Minneapolis and then spending almost 20 years in Houston with its squelching heat and humidity, I was ready for some middle ground.

It turns out a lot of other folks were looking for the same thing. Charlotte is a city of ‘transplants’… most anywhere you go, you’ll run into someone who is ‘not from around here’. We have our share of ‘half-backs’ which are Northerners who moved to Florida and decided to move half way back and ended up in the Carolinas. We have plenty of Northerners from such places as New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts who are looking for newer, more affordable housing and taxes along with more gentle winters. I’ve worked with many Midwesterners who find better job opportunities and milder weather as well. And then there are the Californians who can’t believe how inexpensive it is to live here… and without the excitement of major earthquakes.

I’m not surprised to see Charlotte continue to be in the top ranks of places to relocate. For those interested in starting a new life, it just may be the ticket as it was for me over five years ago.

To read the full article by Relocation.com and the criteria used in establishing the list, click here.

Charlotte, NC Relocation Specialist - Nancy Winters, Real Estate Broker - Helping individuals and families relocate to the Charlotte, North Carolina area - providing relocation and real estate services to those interested in Charlotte’s affordable housing, moderate climate and friendly people. (704) 345-5844 - Exit Realty Advantage


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Tax Credit Can Be Used for Down Payment
May 13th, 2009 4:29 PM

Tax Credit Can Be Used for Down Payment

This is great news for many of my first time buyers who have asked about the possibility of using the $8000 tax credit as a down payment!

2009 is shaping up to be a fabulous year for home buyers... with so many properties to select from, low interest rates and the tax credit for first time buyers.

Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.

Previously, most buyers wouldn't receive the funds until after they filed their tax return, and that deterred some people from using the credit. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has been calling for the change.

“We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a down payment,” Donovan says. His remarks came in an address to several thousand REALTORS® gathered Tuesday morning at "The Real Estate Summit: Advancing the U.S. Economy," at the 2009 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C..

He says FHA’s approved lenders will be permitted to “monetize” the tax credit through short-term bridge loans. This will allow eligible home buyers to access the funds immediately at the closing table.

Source: NAR 

May 12, 2009


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$8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit until December 1, 2009
April 7th, 2009 6:01 PM

$8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit until December 1, 2009


In its efforts to stimulate the economy and revive the housing market, Congress has enacted legislation providing a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time home buyers in 2009.

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance

  • The tax credit is for first-time home buyers only. For the tax credit program, the IRS defines a first-time home buyer as someone who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase.
  • The credit is available for homes purchased on or after January 1, 2009 and closed on before December 1, 2009.
  • The credit is for $8,000 or 10% of the home’s value, whichever is less.
  • The tax credit does not have to be repaid if you own your home for at least 3 years.
  • Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for the full tax credit.
  • It phases out for incomes between $75,000 to $95,000 for single and $150,000 to $170,000 for couples.
  • Taxpayers who qualify for the first-time home-buyer credit and purchase a home in 2009 before December 1 may claim the tax credit either on their 2008 tax returns due April 15 or on their 2009 tax returns next year.
  • Consult your accountant as to which option is best for you.

Visit the Federal Housing Tax Credit website for more details.


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Paying Too Many Taxes? Why Charlotte, NC Remains a Popular Relocation Destination
April 5th, 2009 10:52 AM

Paying Too Many Taxes? Why Charlotte, NC Remains a Popular Relocation Destination

A recent article by Matt Woolsey in Forbes (03/30/2009) listed the top 10 most heavily taxed states.

As a real estate broker and relocation specialist in the greater Charlotte area, I chuckled when I saw the list. So many of my relocating buyers are moving from the upper northeast which claimed 6 out of 10 spots on the list. Not only are they thrilled to leave the cold winter weather behind, they are always shocked at what their money can buy here in Charlotte. In addition to lower housing prices, they are amazed how low our property taxes are. No wonder so many northerners are heading south.

According to the article, "the 10 states with the highest taxes, including property, individual income, sales, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, motor vehicles, hunting and fishing, motor fuels, death and gift taxes, as well as insurance premiums. The per capita tax was derived by adding up all the taxes and dividing the total by the number of citizens."

1. Vermont, $3,861
2. Hawaii, $3,856
3. Connecticut, $3,596
4. Minnesota, $3,203
5. New Jersey, $3,024
6. New York, $3,019
7. Massachusetts, $2,953
8. Washington, $2,553
9. Wyoming, $2,357
10. Pennsylvania, $2,223

Source: Forbes, Matt Woolsey (03/30/2009)

About Nancy Winters- Real Estate Broker and Relocation Specialist, Charlotte, NC  - With more than twenty years of experience in teaching, entrepreneurship and public service, I enjoy putting those skills to beneficial use as a full-time licensed real estate broker in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I specialize in helping individuals and families relocate to the Charlotte area. Having moved and traveled throughout the world much of my life, I am familiar with the excitement and upheaval that comes with navigating new surroundings and a new home.

I take great pride in my clients knowing I have their best interests at heart and was awarded the 2008 FIVE STAR: "Best in Client Satisfaction" among real estate agents in Charlotte, North Carolina . I am happy to help you or anyone you know with your real estate needs. ~ (704) 345-5844


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Just Listed! 868 Ledgestone Court Tega Cay, SC 29708
April 2nd, 2009 6:34 PM
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868 Ledgestone Court

Tega Cay, SC 29708



Beds: 3.0 Rooms: 0
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Garage: 2.0 Built: 2007
 

Immaculate 3 bedroom in this beautifully designed four-plex garden home in Tega Cay, South Carolina. Private, prime lot location with storage everywhere! Maintenance free exterior living with a finished 2 car garage. HOA fee covers water, sewer, trash removal, landscaping, all exterior maintenance, heated outdoor swimming pool, clubhouse and fitness center. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants and just minutes to Lake Wylie.
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New Controversial Approach to School Evaluations May Help Families Relocating to Charlotte, NC
March 22nd, 2009 11:10 AM

New Controversial Approach to School Evaluations May Help Families Relocating to Charlotte, NC

March 22, 2009- Charlotte, NC: Families relocating to the Charlotte area are often concerned about finding the best schools for their children. Traditionally, parents could research and evaluate schools solely on state mandated test scores or drop out rates. A radical new evaluation process may provide a more useful perspective of what really happens in our classrooms.  

According to an article in The Charlotte Observer, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system (CMS) is in the process of evaluating all schools and "detailing everything from student behavior to the principals' leadership to parent involvement."  

"While the reports are produced mainly for the educators who can use them to improve, they give the public a rare, detailed description of classroom quality."

CMS's new School Quality Reviews attempts to reflect what goes on in the classroom, not just a look at overall student test scores. The goal is to help school's recognize their shortcomings, celebrate their successes and replicate great work.

According to the article, an eight-page report will eventually be generated on each school using these six measures:

  • Achievement
  • Are students making progress? Is the school getting strong students to the highest level and providing effective help for weak ones?
  • Curriculum
  • Is the school not only teaching what the state requires, but finding ways to make the lessons interesting and relevant?
  • Learning and teaching
  • Are students engaged in independent thinking, group work and high-level reasoning? Can teachers reach students with different needs?
  • Leadership
  • Do the principal and assistants have a good grasp of the schools strengths and weaknesses and a plan to improve? Are they getting the faculty, families and community to buy in?
  • Learning environment
  • Is the school safe, clean and welcoming? Do students care about succeeding and respect their teachers?
  • Parent/community involvement
  • Are parents involved and informed? Are churches, businesses or other groups working as partners?

Source: Charlotteobserver.com, New Quality Reviews at CMS go Deeper Than Test Scores, Ann Doss Helms (03/22/2009)

About Nancy Winters- Real Estate Broker and Relocation Specialist, Charlotte, NC - With more than twenty years of experience in teaching, entrepreneurship and public service, I enjoy putting those skills to beneficial use as a full-time licensed real estate broker in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I specialize in helping individuals and families relocate to the Charlotte area. Having moved and traveled throughout the world much of my life, I am familiar with the excitement and upheaval that comes with navigating new surroundings and a new home.

I take great pride in my clients knowing I have their best interests at heart and was awarded the 2008 FIVE STAR: "Best in Client Satisfaction" among real estate agents in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am happy to help you or anyone you know with your real estate needs. ~ (704) 345-5844 


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Stabilizing Housing Prices May Have Positive Effect on Charlotte, NC Real Estate Market
March 15th, 2009 1:23 PM
Stabilizing Housing Prices May Have Positive Effect on Charlotte, NC Real Estate Market
 
March 15, 2009 - Charlotte, NC: According to a recent article in BusinessWeek, housing prices are improving significantly and inventory is shrinking in markets that were hardest hit during the real estate downturn. California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan are seeing signs of improvement which is great news for the Charlotte relocation market.
 
For years, Charlotte and the Carolinas have experienced a high volume of 'transplants' coming from more expensive areas, such as California and Florida as well as colder climate cities such as the upper midwest and northeast. Recently, those wanting to move to the Charlotte area have been unable to do so because of the difficulty in selling their homes elsewhere.
 
This report suggests encouraging news that the hardest hit areas may finally be turning a corner. As these markets begin to move, they will have a positive ripple effect on real estate markets in Charlotte and the Carolinas.
 
According to the article, housing sales are improving significantly in key ZIP codes around the country where prices have moderated, according to information compiled for BusinessWeek.com by First American CoreLogic.

ZIP codes in California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada dominated the list, but there were also ZIP codes on the top 25 most-improved sales list from the suburbs around Detroit and Minneapolis and in the metro areas of Atlanta and Chicago.

Inventories are shrinking and prices are stabilizing in several markets, according to the survey. Here are the top 10 ZIP codes with improved home sales:
  1. 94533, Fairfield, Calif. (Fresno)
  2. 92376, Rialto, Calif. (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario)
  3. 91342, Slymar, Calif. (Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana)
  4. 92126, San Diego, Calif.
  5. 33914, Cape Coral, Fla. (Fort Meyers)
  6. 93065, Simi Valley, Calif. (Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura)
  7. 95123, San Jose, Calif.
  8. 85379, Surprise, Ariz. (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale)
  9. 93722, Fresno, Calif. (Madera)
  10. 95624, Elks Grove, Calif. (Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville)

Source: BusinessWeek.com, Prashant Gopal (03/05/2009)

About Nancy Winters- Real Estate Broker and Relocation Specialist, Charlotte, NC

With more than twenty years of experience in teaching, entrepreneurship and public service, I enjoy putting those skills to beneficial use as a full-time licensed real estate broker in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I specialize in helping individuals and families relocate to the Charlotte area. Having moved and traveled throughout the world much of my life, I am familiar with the excitement and upheaval that comes with navigating new surroundings and a new home.

I take great pride in my clients knowing I have their best interests at heart and was awarded the 2008 FIVE STAR: "Best in Client Satisfaction" among real estate agents in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am happy to help you or anyone you know with your real estate needs. ~ (704) 345-5844


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