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By Tiffany Johannes Team | Broker in Charlotte, NC
  • Sports Venues in Charlotte

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Parks & Recreation in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte  |  October 15, 2012 7:00 AM  |  1,322 views  |  No comments

    I have heard on the news recently that Charlotte’s mayor was considering entering a bid to host the Super Bowl in the near future.  This will take much coordination and cooperation between the city and the Panther’s football team.  I love Mayor Anthony Foxx’s resolve to bring a team together to make it happen!  Charlotte’s community has heart and is always looking to “make it happen” for our city!  After hosting the Democratic National Convention in September, Mayor Foxx said if he could get the Democratic National Convention to come to Charlotte, anything is possible.

     

    However, after hearing this news and smiling, I started thinking about what types of sporting activities the Charlotte area has to offer.  Most sports’ fans know about the Panthers and Bobcats, but what else is there?  Charlotte has a diverse mix of sporting activities for its citizens and guests to enjoy.  There are a huge variety of sports activities and venues in the Charlotte area.  

     

    Teams that call Charlotte “home,” cover many areas of sports and include: baseball, football, soccer, basketball, indoor football, flat track roller derby, professional wrestling, ice hockey, and rugby teams.  These teams compete at a national level, minor league, and in college leagues.  Charlotte is also considered “the hub of racing” by a great number of race fans, owners and drivers.

     

    Charlotte Motor Speedway is located in Concord, minutes from Charlotte, and there are a vast majority of race shops located within 40 miles of the city.  A staggering 73% of American Motorsports’ Employees are based within two hours of Uptown Charlotte. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is also located in Uptown Charlotte.

     

    Even though racing is very prominent in the area, there are plenty of other sports venues in and around the city.  These include golf courses like Quail Hollow, where the Wells Fargo Championship is played by the PGA.  In nearby Union County, the town of Mineral Springs host The Queens Cup Steeple Chase for horse racing fans on the last Saturday in April.  This consists of several races and even a Jack Russell terrier judging contest.  We also have the Charlotte Checkers Hockey team playing at the Time Warner Arena, and the Charlotte Roller Girls bringing back Roller Derbys at the Grady Cole Center.  Of course, I have just touched on a very few of the events the city has to offer. Digging just a little, you can pretty much find what you are looking for anywhere in the Charlotte area.  Try it…look up Rock Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Fencing…

     

    What I love about living in the Charlotte area is that if you don’t like the hustle and bustle of city life, there are quiet communities within a few minutes’ drive from any sporting event.  That is what makes Charlotte one of the most unique cities in the nation!  You can have city fun, great activities, and still live in a country setting.

     

    So if you want your sports and quiet living, check out the Charlotte area.  Then whether you are thinking of buying, selling, or financing real estate, I’d love to hear from you! … Tiffany Johannes - Help-U-Sell Buy Today – Office Ph: 704-837-0010 Email: tiffany@husbt.com or visit us on the web at www.ViewCharlotteHomesNow.com

  • Pumpkin Time in Waxhaw NC.

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Parks & Recreation in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte  |  September 11, 2012 10:47 AM  |  1,382 views  |  No comments

    It’s September, can you believe it?  It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year in Waxhaw, and now we are almost ready to greet 2013!   With that thought in mind, fall officially begins on September 22, and on that date we will have 100 days left in the year.  That really brings it all home. Doesn’t it?

     

    But even if the calendar says fall isn’t quite here yet in North Carolina, we are enjoying our first week of cooler temperatures.  The 4-H club members are getting their entries ready for the Union County Fair and there is just a different feel in the air.  So what can we look forward to this fall?  That is the wonderful thing about living in the Carolinas. You don’t have to go far to enjoy fall or the activities of the fall harvest.

     

    The apple farmers are bringing in their crops and other types of harvest are either in full swing or not far away.  Aw Shucks Farms has something for all ages - An Old Fashioned General Store, Hayride, Pumpkin Patch and Animal Barn.   But the crowning feature is the 6-acre Corn Maze.  This year it is in commemorating the Girl Scout 100-year anniversary.

     

    If you travel over to Weddington, you can enjoy The Hunter Farm learning stations, hayride, collect milk, gather eggs, and shuck corn, then watch the corn kernels being ground into meal and stirred into a batter for cornbread.  Children and adults alike can also learn and discuss how corn and other plants can be made into bio-fuels.  My daughter had a blast milking her first cow here a couple of falls ago.

     

     For a really good old pumpkin pick’n  time you can head over to Hodges Farm, where you can pick your own pumpkin, enjoy Hayrides, climb Hay Mountain, check out the farm animals, ride a pony, then get lost in the Corn Maze.  All on a sunny, fall day. What a way to enjoy the fall air with family and friends!

     

    I may be just a bit biased, but I believe there is no better place to live than in the Charlotte, NC area.  To be able to enjoy that crystal Carolina Blue sky, warm sunny days, and the fruits of the land is what I love about our area.

     

    So come to Waxhaw or Weddington, enjoy fall and do a little pumpkin pick’n, you just might find you would like to stay!  If you do, come and talk with me because whether you’re thinking of buying, selling or financing real estate, I can help and I’d love to hear from you! … Tiffany Johannes - Help-U-Sell Buy Today – Office Ph: 704-837-0010 Email: tiffany@husbt.com or visit us on the web at www.CharlotteHomeExperts.com

  • Charlotte is really in the middle of everything

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Entertainment & Nightlife in Charlotte, Parks & Recreation in Charlotte  |  August 23, 2012 5:53 PM  |  1,356 views  |  No comments

    Even though there are plenty of things to do in and around uptown Charlotte, sometimes you just have to get out of Dodge (Charlotte). When these times roll around you just have to remember that Charlotte is truly in the middle of everything! Depending on your tastes all you have to do is pick a direction and go!

     

    If you like the mountains, around 90 miles northwest you will find Asheville, where you’ll find the Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Estate and one of the weirdest and most eclectic cities in America ( affectionately named this by residents). A few more miles west will take you to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Cherokee Reservation with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. If you travel through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you will find Gatlinburg and DollyWood and many other attractions.

     

    Traveling Northeast will take you to Old Salem (Winston-Salem,) where you can find Old Salem Village that will show you how life was hundreds of years ago, when our country was still very young. Take your time, stroll among the history and enjoy finding out that life in this century really is better!

     

    South of Charlotte takes you to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah Georgia. These towns are full of history, great food and night life! Charleston has cobblestone streets and carriage rides. Savannah’s River Street has arts and crafts, live entertainment and plenty of fun for the family.

     

    Go a little farther east and you will find the ocean, and the Outerbanks,  Hilton Head Island, Bald Head Island, Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. Depending on what you want to do with your time you can lie on the beach, ride the surf, play golf, attend shows, and visit the amusement parks. This is not to mention the nightlife, restaurants, and shopping!

     

    When you live in Charlotte you have all kinds of activities to choose from, but the neat thing about living in Charlotte is that you are in the middle of all kinds of other things to do that are not far from home. That’s why we say that Charlotte is in the middle of everything! 

     

    So if you want to enjoy life, no matter which direction you choose think about moving to Charlotte, and whether you are thinking of buying, selling or financing real estate, I’d love to hear from you! … Tiffany Johannes - Help-U-Sell Buy Today – Office Ph: 704-837-0010 Email: tiffany@husbt.com or visit us on the web at www.ViewCharlotteHomesNow.com

  • Father’s Day in Charlotte

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Quality of Life in Charlotte, Parks & Recreation in Charlotte  |  June 13, 2012 8:32 AM  |  337 views  |  No comments

    In Charlotte, as anywhere in the United States, it is that time of year when we try to buy something for the man that has everything or the man we just can’t think of a present for. Too many times we go with the old stand-by of a tie or shirt and maybe change it up one year for a pair of pants. But wouldn’t it be nice to find something that would really make the day?

     

    Believe it or not there are many items that just might do that for Dad. One of those is Sports Theme Gift Baskets for Men. These baskets have themes like baseball, football, golf, hunting, fishing and racing. In keeping with each theme, the “Baskets” and their contents fit whatever you choose to give Dad. One example is the racing basket which comes in a tote that Dad can keep his snacks in when going out for the day or to the race.

     

    Speaking of snacks, along with the gift basket you might want to take Dad out for the day. The Father’s Day Brew and Q Lawn Party is going on this Sunday. Dad can enjoy a bar-be-cue plate with or without a brew along with live music and good family fun.

     

    If BBQ is not Dad’s cup of tea, maybe a day at the ball park would do the trick. The Charlotte Knights play the Syracuse Chiefs at Knight’s Stadium at 2:15 PM. If that is not enough, the Kannapolis Intimidators take on the Greensboro Grasshoppers this Sunday at 5:00 PM. Dad can cheer on his favorite team and enjoy all the popcorn and peanuts he can handle.

     

    The Charlotte area has many activities planned for Father’s Day, and there are many other gifts that you could get your father for Father’s Day. You just might have to do a little creative thinking to find them.

     

    So have a Happy Father’s Day and whether you’re thinking of buying, selling or financing real estate, I’d love to hear from you! … Tiffany Johannes - Help-U-Sell Buy Today – Office Ph: 704-837-0010 Email: tiffany@husbt.com or visit us on the web at www.CharlotteHomeExperts.com

  • Charlotte Area Single Family Home Prices

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Home Buying in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte  |  June 8, 2012 12:36 PM  |  301 views  |  No comments

    They say home is where the heart is and that statement is basically true. But what if you are still looking for that home of your heart in the Charlotte NC area? What can you expect, as far as price goes, for a good home in a market that is still in recovery?

     

    Looking at a few statistics it seems like the housing market in the Charlotte area is following the general market across the country and is leveling out. With natural fluctuations there will always be some ups and downs, but statistics show that these changes are falling into a more normal rhythm, and prices are still somewhat lower than a few years ago.

     

     A comparison of median single family home prices, gathered from Altos Research, show that in Charlotte, May’s median price is $189,000, up from April’s $187,905. The Indian Trail’s May median price is $187,995, which is up from April at $187,749. Matthews and Monroe are showing the same trend with the median May price in Matthews at $349,900, up from $261,500 in April, and Monroe’s May price at $154,900, up from April at $150,000.

     

    Comparing median prices from some things is good but comparing average prices will help to round out the picture. In Charlotte, the average price for a single family home in May was $326,917, up from $317,094 in April. Indian Trail’s average prices were close to the same over the last month with $209,417 in May, up from April at $209,078. Matthews followed this trend in May at $407,972 and in April at $326,289. The only area where the price moved down a bit was in Monroe with May average price at $204,552, down from April’s average price at $207,550.

    What all these numbers are saying is that the housing market is generally leveling out with a slow upward trend, which is all fine and good if you are a statistician. But what does it mean in English? Basically it means that if you are thinking of buying a home, now is a good time to do it. Interest rates are at rock bottom with some less than 2.5%, and we are seeing upward trends in home prices. If home buyers wait too long they will see home prices and interest rates start to climb. So, locking in a 30 year mortgage with an interest rate at even 3.0% can save a home buyer a great deal of money over the lifetime of the loan.

     

    Now with a better idea of what the single family home market looks like and whether you’re thinking of buying, selling or financing real estate, I’d love to hear from you! … Tiffany Johannes - Help-U-Sell Buy Today – Office Ph: 704-837-0010 Email: tiffany@husbt.com or visit us on the web at www.CharlotteHomeExperts.com

  • It’s Graduation time!

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Home Buying in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte  |  June 5, 2012 7:06 PM  |  307 views  |  No comments

    The month of June is a fairly active month in the Charlotte area. There are graduations, Father’s Day and many young couples are getting married. But for the most part the biggest event is the graduation, aside from the graduation party, that is.

     

    June is the month when many students graduate from some grade or another. In Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools some have already graduated and there are still others scheduled throughout the whole month of June.

     

    Graduation is a time for mixed emotions for all concerned. There is the excitement of finally getting out of school and moving on to the next chapter in your life. But also there is the unknown of what life will bring your way.

     

    For family and friends it is also mixed emotions because the person they care about has achieved a wonderful milestone in their lives, but it may mean that the loved one will be leaving the area for further schooling or a new job.

     

    Speaking of schooling, Moms and Dads in particular have the added responsibility of helping their child get into and pay for that much needed further education. Many times a graduate will choose to stay at a local college or may choose to go to school in a totally different state.

     

    But it really doesn’t matter because the thing the graduate can think of is that they have made it through a life time of learning and discipline and now they can relax and enjoy that party they will have after commencement ceremonies.

     

    The graduate may also be looking to start out on his or her own and need to find their first living space. Usually this is an apartment that suits their new lifestyle and budget. In the Charlotte area there are plenty of choices from downtown living to something a little further out. Either way they will strike out on their own and follow their dreams to whatever life has to offer.

     

    So if you are graduating and you’re thinking of renting, buying, selling or financing real estate, I’d love to hear from you! … Tiffany Johannes - Help-U-Sell Buy Today – Office Ph: 704-837-0010 Email: tiffany@husbt.com or visit us on the web at www.CharlotteHomeExperts.com

  • Summer Home Buying

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte, Investment Properties in Charlotte  |  June 1, 2012 11:54 AM  |  295 views  |  No comments

    Ok, it’s summer, it’s hot and all you want to do is go to the beach and cool off. But when you get back from the beach it’s still hot and uncomfortable. What if you could just go to your backyard and slip into a nice cool Jacuzzi or pool?

     

    You say you would love to do that but where you live is just not compatible for such things. Well, we have some suggestions for you. There are places near you where breezes blow, pools are waiting, central air cools, and you can have a nice cold beverage on your back deck. If you lived in the home pictured here, you could have all that and still be a short drive away from downtown Charlotte.

     

    It’s really not that hard. Lately, there has been a lot of talk that the market is starting to pick up and there are some signs that support this fact. One sign is that the housing market has stabilized. Home prices and interest rates are still low and starting to move up a bit. The Boulder Creek area (the above photo is a listing at Boulder Creek) has listings around $115,000 (listing price for the home listed above) and interest rates are hovering around the 2.5% mark.

     

    The Boulder Creek Community is not the only neighborhood that has listings in this price range. Communities like Indian Trail also have prime home sites for very low rates. These sites are just waiting for someone to build their dream home on them. When you add in amenities like “Sunset Music Night” and “Family Fun Day”, the price of owning a home in Indian Trail is quite affordable.

     

    Just because something is affordable it doesn’t mean that you will have to drive too far to enjoy your favorite summer activities either. The Matthews Community has just kicked off the Mecklenburg County SportsPlex building. At the new SportsPlex you will be able to enjoy soccer, lacrosse, and rugby. Contestants will also be able to have local and national tournaments at the new facility. Of course, you are not limited to the new SportsPlex as there are also plenty of other things to do in the nearby towns.

     

    But even with all the amenities, these communities still have affordable home prices that will help you be able to add those comforts you would love to have. Remember, a nice Jacuzzi or pool, large deck, and a cold drink. Sounds like a great way to enjoy activities and rest too.

     

    So whether you’re thinking of buying, selling or financing real estate, I’d love to hear from you! Tiffany Johannes - Help-U-Sell Buy Today - Office Ph: 704-837-0010 Email: tiffany@husbt.com or visit us on the web at www.CharlotteHomeExperts.com

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