Living in Charlotte, NC?

Asked by Lovelyelena, Mountain Top, PA Mon Feb 21, 2011

I was looking into Charlotte, NC and I see some houses are excellent price We are looking to relocate from PA to NC my husband works as manager in a warehouse and I am dental assistant and we have two kids. How is the area Charlotte? We need good school from our kids Is this a good area to live and how is it with crime and everything else? Thank you

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Jan Teel, Agent, Matthews, NC
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Elena,

My hubby and I moved here from Pennsylvania 26 years ago. We had lived in several areas of the country before making this move. Our children were all very young when we came to the Charlotte region. We chose this area because of the nice weather and friendly people. We have been so happy with our decision.

One thing that I wasn't prepared for when we moved here was an understanding of the impact of the schools on the homes values. Certain schools have a higher performance ranking than others. Sometimes cities go through growing pains and the school systems get overloaded. Many of my clients have chosen to move their families to the outermost parts of the Charlotte region or across the county borders into Union County. Union County has excellent schools, lower property taxes, lower insurance premiums, and homes that are a great value. Other folks seek out those same amenities by slipping across the border into South Carolina. The town of Fort Mill is a very short drive from South Charlotte. The taxes on gas are about 14 cents less per gallon and there are no taxes on groceries.

If you would like a welcome package with maps and more details about our region, please feel free to give me a call and I would be happy to supply you with those items to help you in your research. I love showing off the Carolinas. If you move here I think you will find, as I have, that it is one of the greatest gifts you could give to your family.

Blessings upon you...
Jan Teel
TEEL Realty
704-641-0267 (cell)
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Nathan Wolf, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Thu Mar 31, 2011
I've helped three families from PA move this year! Let me know when you're planning a trip down so I can give you a tour! Great job market, excellent schools, great little leagues, and neighborhoods with ammenities like pools, cookouts and more! http://www.clthome.com -- call or email me when you're coming to town!
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Kat Miller, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Wed Jul 6, 2011
A prewelcome to the Charlotte area, You or your husband would need to first secure jobs in the area. Once you know job placement you can decide on commuting time you are willing to make. From there you can begin your search. i have recently placed a number of buyers in SC, and yet they are working in NC. All depends on location and wants and needs of your family. There as so many things to consider when deciding on what area works best for you. Please check out Clover SC, enjoy the tax benefits of SC yet easy commute to parts of Charlotte. I moved south from CT in 1990 and love living here.
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Ccrn123, Home Owner, Charlotte, NC
Sun Jul 3, 2011
I'm might be selling and live in a family community of Highland Creek right across the street from the elementary and junior high schools....walking distance. It's a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath with bonus room. The house sits on the 18th hole of the golf course facing the lake.... I'll know in the next few days about a job out of state: and would be interested in a rent to buy option.....The house is about two miles from Concord Mills. Cindy
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Wed Jun 29, 2011
Hi, You can visit http://www.spotcrime.com and http://www.homefair.com for in depth crime stats and area reports. Homefair has a greta comparison feature, just type in two zip codes and compare til the cows come home!

Chris
Web Reference:  http://raveis.com/chrispagli
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John Siddons…, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Mon Jun 27, 2011
Great value here in Charlotte and cost of living is relatively low. Hope you make the right move to NC!
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Nathan Wolf, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Thu Apr 21, 2011
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Dan Black, , Charlotte, NC
Wed Apr 20, 2011
Lovelyelena - Charlotte has a lot to offer all types of buyers. My wife and I moved here in 96' after visiting and friend and simply fell in love with the place. It is a growing city that I describe as a "big city with a small town feel". Compared with other metropolitan areas of this size Charlotte outperforms in a number of ways including lower crimes rates, lower jobless claims and higher initial income rates. Also, as with any large market, those numbers can vary greatly from one area to the next. Schools are great in some areas and need improvement in others. The point is, when considering Charlotte it's important to have a conversation about what your needs are and the type of environment you'd like to live in e.g. Urban, Suburban, Rural, University, etc. Each of these has it's pros and cons and need to be considered. I've worked for over 10 years in this market relocated 100's of individuals from all over the world. And here is what I can say with 100% certainty: We've always managed to find something that perfect for them! Good luck!
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Sharon Lewis, Agent, Garner, NC
Mon Mar 28, 2011
Congratulations on considering this area. I live in work in the Triangle, which is Raleigh, Durham and Chapel HIll. We are two and half hours to the ocean and to the mountains, great location. You might want to also consider this area. Here's a good link about schools
http://www.greatschools.org/
The Triangle has a healthy job market with industries , including IT,finance , banking, environmental science, pharmaceutics, and agrochem. Accolades about this area are constant from national and international sources, like BusinessWeek recently named Durham the #3 "Best City to Ride Out a Recession" in, and both Raleigh and Durham were named in the top 10 "Hottest Labor Markets" in the country by bizjournals. So before you make a move to Charlotte, also check out this area. Good luck to you.
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Mechelle Cra…, , Charlotte, NC
Wed Mar 23, 2011
Union County and Iredell County have great school systems and are close to Charlotte. I have attached a link to my website. Good luck in whatever you choose and let me know if I can help, in any way!
Web Reference:  http://www.ncrealtor4you.com
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Jim Raby, , Charlotte, NC
Thu Mar 17, 2011
Obtaining a mortgage pre-approval is the first step in the buying process. We offer this as a free service. You will not be obligated for any expense or future service. Our hopeis that you will be so pleased with the service and our attractive pricing that you will let us provide your mortgage when the time comes. Our office in in Charlotte and serves the greater metro area. I have 28+ years of experience in residential mortgage lending. I aim to make the process quick, simple and consumer friendly. Kind regards, Jim Raby, Vice President, NewBridge Bank, jim.raby@newbridgebank.com.
Web Reference:  http://rabymortgage.com
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Ceno Wilson, Other Pro, Charlotte, NC
Tue Feb 22, 2011
We are transplants to the area of about 5 years. My wife did most of the research at that time. She was spot on. The cost of living versus the median income ratio are good. The schools diversity, you have the public, the charter, the magnets and private schools to choose from. I call Charlotte, NC. the big/little city. You have all the amenities of larger cities with that small city values. I am a real estate investor. I reasearch and analyze the neighborhoods constantly. My website http://www.wilsoninvestmentproperties.com is a great resource. You can join my buyer list and list exactly what you're looking for and I will find it. I'm not a realtor.
I would also like to recommend you visit "On board neighborhood navigator" it has the area statistics by zip code just type in your browser. Also the city just released late last year a "2010 Quality Of Life Report", another great resource for insight of the great city of Charlotte, also online. If you have any questions. I would be glad to assist with anything you need.
Ceno Wilson
fwilson@wilsoninvestmentproperties.com
704-469-2843
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Gloria Fridr…, Agent, Waxhaw, NC
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Good Morning,
Glad you are considering Charlotte, NC as a possible city to relocate to. Have you ever visited here before? If not, I would suggest a trip down. While here visit some of the different areas including Union County and see what neighborhoods you most like and fit your criteria. I have many links on my website that will give you info on different towns, schools, restaurants, etc...I would be happy to answer any questions you have on the area and show you some different housing options when you come to Charlotte. If you would like for me to send you a vistor guide please contact me and I will get that out to you. Good luck in your search for a new city!
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Robin Faison, Agent, Huntersville, NC
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Lovelyelena,

As a follow-up, the health care recruiter is Lynne Nicol. You may email her at lnicol@providastaff.com. All of the websites listed below are helpful for schools. One more- greatschools.org is also good to use. For crime data, you can always google a street name to see if any recent crime has occurred on that street. You can call the police department, check the sex offender website (family watchdog something or other), and talk to the surrounding neighbors. Realtors can not fully discuss crime data because of fair housing laws.

Robin
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Lexie Longst…, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Charlotte is a great place to live! I moved here from York Pa in college and never looked back. In fact I traveled and worked in a lot of cities and Charlotte was always the best to come home to. There are just hundreds of choices living: country, city, town, or subdivision. They all offer different pluses and minuses. Different good schools or mediocre schools. Different prices and commute.
I think your first step would be to visit Charlotte and take a look around. The job market is tough here, just like all parts of the country. So that might end up being your biggest hurdle. I would suggest you rent for the first year to get the lay of the land. Then you'll be in a good position to look at buying.
Web Reference:  http://www.hiphoods.com
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Robin Faison, Agent, Huntersville, NC
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Lovelyelena,

You will like it here! Charlotte Mecklenburg schools have won many national awards. The teachers work hard to meet the needs of the children. There are many ways for parents to get involved. The housing inventory is abundant and affordable.

I suggest focusing on getting jobs here. With gas prices rising, you will want to live reasonably close to your work and school, to say nothing of the need for convenience when raising two children. One of my clients is a health care recruiter. She may be able to help you in finding job. I will check with her. For your husband, he can check with the Charlotte Observer Classified Ads to see about a job, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the surrounding counties business chambers, and also drive the industrial sections of Charlotte- Westinghouse Blvd., Graham St, North Tryon, Arrowood Dr., South Blvd. Family Dollar, Wallmart, Target appear to be doing well in this economy.

Also, I suggest that you find a capable realtor to assist you in finding a house. Money and time is well spent with the right realtor. I am happy to help you relocate here.

Wishing you success,
Robin
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dave, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Tue Feb 22, 2011
Lovelyelena,

I moved from up north to Charlotte six years ago. We chose Charlotte for amny reasons. A couple of selling points for us being from the North were the lack of snow and frigid tempatures in the winter. Being protected by the mountains to the west; we really do not get the bad weather that tends to float from west to east. Also we are far enough inland not to be affected by the coastal storms to bad. However; you are within a few hours of the mountains for skiing and a few hours from the beach. So, it is like getting the best of both worlds.

Another thing we liked was the growth of the area. Charlotte region is grwoing and home prices are very reasonable in comparison to the north. Schools here are good to excellent. Like any major city there are pockets of under performng schools. However; as a whole the area offers a lot of good educational choices. A website I used and refer people to is http://www.ncreportcards.org. It rates the indinvidual schools on reading and math in comaprison to the schools in the system, county and state.

Crimestop.com is a very good website to vierw crime statistics for the area. Another is to call the local police department. When we looked to move to the Charlotte area we chose matthews. A little suburb in the southest section of Charlotte. Depending on your price range there are a lot of good areas to chose from. I would be happy to discuss homes and neighborhoods with you based on criteria you are looking for. Feel free to call or e-mail me.
Web Reference:  http://www.davedicecco.com
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Lisa Brann, , Charlotte, NC
Mon Feb 21, 2011
I also moved from Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg ) to Charlotte. I'm sure you'd be happy with the decision as I am. There are many great suburbs of Charlotte with wonderful schools. Mint hill is my favorite place to raise children as they would go to Bain elementary followed by huntersville as my close second choice because of Torrence creek elementary. Check these out at http://WWW.cms.k12.nc.us
I would love to send you some homes in these areas. Let me know if you're interested.
Thank you, Lisa Nye
Soldbylisan@gmail.com
704-787-1556
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Rosemarie Le…, , Fort Mill, SC
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Hi Lovelyyelena,
I suggest you check out some other things as well before deciding on Charlotte. SpotCrime.com is a great way to find out what the crime rate is in Charlotte, and if you are looking for great schools, Fort Mill Sc is just 20 minutes from Charlotte, with no city 'issues' and home values that are stable, it is a good investment and a great area. I hve lived here for 14 years and raised my son in the Fort MIll Schools, and they just kept getting better and better. While there may look like a great many deals are in Charlotte, it is only a great deal if you can resell it when you need to. Charlotte has had some serious issues with the schools, and have even had to close some to meet budget. NOT a good sign. Call me if you would like any additional information on Fort Mill. Here are a few links for you to check out as well.
http://www.fortmillsc.org/Default.aspx
http://www.sciway.net/
http://maps.cmpd.org/cmpdnet/agreement.aspx?ref=map for Charlotte Police Department
http://tegacaysc.org/
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Beau Ferguson, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Hi Elena

Charlotte is a great place to live. I've lived in a number of places and moved to Charlotte '96. I'm here to stay!! The weather is great but yet you still have your seasons. Lots to do..........great prices on homes right now......and many areas with great neighborhoods and schools.
I'd be happy to help you and your family get settled here.......I love working with new people to the area. If you'd like to see a video on Charlotte go here: http://carolinahome.info/charlotte-video-tour/

I'd also be happy to send you a visitors guide if you wish........just send me your email or call me at 704-661-2678.
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Amie Gallagh…, Agent, Fort Mill, SC
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Elena,
There are some amazing deals currently in the Charlotte real estate market. Charlotte is a great place to live with so much to offer. I recommend you check out the websites below to help introduce you to Charlotte and gather a better understanding of the community. My relocation buyers are always referencing these sites, as I encourage you to do so as well.
I'm interested to know more about your move.

charlottesgotalot.com
charmeck.org
charlottechamber.com

If you have any further questions after you have visited the above websites, please give me a call.

Best,
Amie Gallagher
REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
704.661.8834
SoldByAmie@kw.com
Web Reference:  http://soldbyamie.com
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Ian Starowicz, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Mon Feb 21, 2011
Hello Lovelyelena,
I have been a part of Charlotte for almost 15 years and have seen it expand and grow in a very positive way. Most neighborhoods put a strong emphasis on social offerings, aesthetics, and sense of community. You can't just narrow down one neighborhood, but if you would like to check out my website, you may be able to find what you are looking for. Please contact me if you should need further assistance -
Web Reference:  http://www.iantegrity.com
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