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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
SouthPark Market Report - SEP 2022  SouthPark is a prestigious address that offers wonderful proximity to everything Charlotte. We have something for everyone here in this wonderful community. Read more about SouthPark neighborhoods here. Three zip codes make up the SouthPark area including 28210, 28211 and 28226. There is a small area of SouthPark (in which Barclay Downs is located) that is located in zip code 28209 (not included in this data due to skewing with the inclusion of Myers Park in the 28209 zip code). Here is the link to the Barclay Downs housing report for this month.  To pinpoint the SouthPark area by map, click the map below:   SouthPark home sales continue to reflect that our community remains a hot spot to land when moving to the Charlotte Metro area! Here are the late...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Home SOLD prices have dropped for the third consecutive month in September (based on contracts) to $440K median and we have returned to a NORMAL REAL ESTATE MARKET with the average listing taking 42 days to close per Arizona Republic real estate reporter, Catherine Reagor in an article dated today September 25, 2022. Reagor reports, "More good news for metro Phoenix homebuyers."...."Valley home prices are on track to fall again in September, after dipping in August and July. But the reprieve for buyers shut out by an overheated housing market during the past few years comes as mortgage interest rates climb to the highest level since 2008.The average rate for a 30-year mortgage climbed above 6% last week, according to Freddie Mac. That’s nearly double the rate from early January.“Higher ...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Myers Park Charlotte Real Estate Market Report SEP 2022Daily, we are asked, "So, how's the real estate market doing in Charlotte?"Quite often, we are asked specifically about our well-known, popular historic communities, including Myers Park.   Myers Park is one of Charlotte's communities that continuously stands the test of time when it comes to housing appreciation. Even as the city endured the days, weeks, months, years of The Great Recession, Myers Park was one of the neighborhoods that didn't feel the depth of depreciation/devaluation that many of the Charlotte neighborhoods experienced.  In 2022, the Myers Park real estate market is in great demand to both relocation buyers and to those moving within the area. Below is the current market snapshot of the Myers Park neighborhood.  Y...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
1 0 Vac/Ave G/Vic 135 Ste Roosevelt Corner CA 93535 Just Reduced... another vacant lot ready for the savvy investor. The seller is ready to sell, now with that said let's make a deal!!!Directions : West toward 15st W turn on Ave H head East to 140th Ste head north to Ave G and then head West.Remarks : Best priced lot in Roosevelt Corner. Ten acre parcel zoned LCA11 which is LA County A-1-1 zone (Light Agricultural, Minimum Lot Size of 1 acre) This zone is now primarily used for low-density single-family residential development, and agricultural uses remain in many parts of the County. Seller is looking for a fair offer. Seller wants it sold! All fair offers will be looked at and responded to. Sold in As is Where is status. Ave G is a paved road which is a huge plus. Close to Edwards Air...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Latta Pavilion (DILWORTH) Market Report - SEP 2022 Latta Pavilion, located at 1320 Fillmore Avenue, right in the heart of Dilworth. Latta Pavilion is nestled just off of East Boulevard, between Scott Avenue & Kenilworth Avenue.  Wonderful luxury condos range in square feet from 700 to 2,200, boasting spacious bedrooms with large walk-in closets, great storage space and great space for entertainment.  The kitchens feature upgraded cabinetry and granite countertops, maple hardwoods and high-profile lighting. Latta Pavilion offers secure, underground parking with plenty of parking for guests. Relax in the center courtyard with patios and lush landscaping. Stay in for the evening and enjoy the rooftop lounge or step out of your private retreat and into everything Dilworth! Looking for a won...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Highgrove Market Report SEP 2022 (South Charlotte)  Charlotte, NC - Highgrove Neighborhood Developed in the late 90's and completed mid-2000 by Crescent Communities, the Highgrove neighborhood is situated in the core of South Charlotte's Ballantyne Community.  Homes in the Highgrove neighborhood sell from roughly $990,000 to $1,600,000+ with heated living space in the vicinity of 3,000 and 7,000+ square feet with 2-3-car garages (generally 3-car garages). The homes in Highgrove are situated on good sized parcels, many having their own swimming pools with plenty of room to spare (in the vicinity of 0.25 and 0.6 acre lots). Built by famed local home builders such as Cyras Homes, Simonini, John R. Poore, Regal Custom Homes, Dienst Custom Homes and Kingswood, the community is not your ‘cook...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
805 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 Peachtree Lofts is an 8-story midrise Atlanta loft building located on Peachtree Street between 7th and 8th Streets along Atlanta’s Midtown Mile. Originally built in 1952, Peachtree Lofts was the location for the Department of Agriculture as well as early offices for the CDC. Redevelopment construction occurred in 1995 to convert this building to loft apartments. In 1999 the building was converted to loft condominium homes. Each of these 210 units was designed to resemble an open loft space and true to the loft design offer exposed walls, high ceilings, large windows, and exposed utilities. Peachtree Lofts offer studio, one, and two bedroom floor plans. These loft homes offer sleek urban design with open floor plans, concrete ceilings, concrete...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
560 Dutch Valley Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 The Belvedere and the Lofts at the Belvedere are located at 560 Dutch Valley Road. The community has two different styles. The Belvedere condos are more traditional condos while the newer Lofts at the Belvedere have a soft loft style. The Belvedere community consists of about 87 one and two bedroom properties. Standard features include hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, large windows, high ceilings, and walk out balconies. The Belvedere condos are a high quality product and generally sell for more than the Lofts at the Belvedere. Residents are within walking distance of Piedmont Park and several neighborhood restaurants on the east side of Piedmont Park. The Belvedere is a 4-story mid-rise located in Midtown on Dutc...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
870 Inman Village Pkwy NE Atlanta, GA 30307 870 Inman is a 4-story mid-rise located on Inman Village Parkway between Montag Circle and North Highland Avenue in the heart of Inman Park. Built in 2007, these 109 condominium homes are in the middle of one of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods, just steps from the Beltline and Krog Street Market. The 870 Inman condominiums offer one and two bedroom floor plans. The condominium homes at 870 Inman feature hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite finishes, built in iPod docking station with surround sound, 10-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and French doors that open onto a private walkout balcony. In addition, these units have great master bathrooms with granite double vanities and garden tubs with separate showers. Located in t...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
1325 & 1327 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 The Reid House is a 10-story luxury high-rise on Peachtree Street at the corner of 16th Street and Peachtree in Midtown. This Neel Reid designed building was completed in 1924 is on the register of historic landmarks in Atlanta. This building was originally known as the Garrison Apartments and these 40 luxury units were later converted to condominium homes. This stately building was meticulously renovated with the original architecture and finishes in mind. The Reid House offers one and two bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 1,100 square feet up to 3,000 square feet. Many of these condominium homes feature spacious floor plans, hardwood floors, granite finishes, custom cabinetry, custom walk-in closets, separate dining rooms, firep...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
361 17th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363 Twelve Atlantic Station is an impressive 26-story luxury highrise building located on 17th Street in the Atlantic Station district of Atlanta. Built in 2005 by the Novare Group, Twelve offers 380 units marrying the concepts of upscale in-town homes with a sophisticated Atlanta boutique hotel. For the residents of Twelve, all the amenities and indulgences of a high-end hotel are available to you. Residents can enter the guest lobby through the hotel or a separate entrance on 17th Street. Twelve Atlantic Station offers one and two bedroom floor plans ranging from 695 square feet to 2100 square feet. These condos feature granite/stainless kitchens, hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, walkout balconies, and spacious floor plans. Residents of Twelve h...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
1820 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 The Brookwood is a 19-story Atlanta luxury highrise located on Peachtree Street between 28th Street and Palisades in one of Atlanta’s most prestigious residential areas. The Brookwood sits at the border of northern Midtown and southern Buckhead areas of Atlanta. Built in 2010, this Georgian style brick high-rise has 219 spacious units. The Brookwood is Atlanta’s only high-rise condominium building constructed with an environmental focus and built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The Brookwood offers two and three bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 1,200 to 2,900 square feet. Each unit’s unique, spacious floor plan is designed by Cecconi Simore, an internationally known s...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Here is a FREE MLS Search access portal that I provide for homes for sale on the largest Arizona MLS (ARMLS) for YOU. As your Buyer's Realtor, I am pleased to help you find Arizona Homes For Sale while watching out for YOUR best interest and finding you the right home at the right price! There is no cost to you to use my services for homes listed on the MLS. Press FREE MLS Search to search for Arizona Homes and Land for sale. MLS Real Estate For Sale in Phoenix Arizona Metro- Create and Save Your own MLS Portal Press Press FREE MLS Search  for a FULL PAGE view and also you may filter the results and save to create your own searches on your FREE Arizona MLS SEARCH PORTAL Jeff Masich Describes Scottsdale and Phoenix Metro Living  Jeff Masich, REALTOR® HomeSmart discusses Scottsdale and o...
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Last week’s economic reporting included readings from the National Association of Home Builders on housing markets, and Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits issued. Data on sales of previously-owned homes were also released. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.NAHB Housing Market Index Rises in OctoberThe National Association of Home Builders reported an index reading of 85 for their Housing Market Index in October. This was the third consecutive month the HMI had a record reading and was the second consecutive month the index achieved readings over 80. Readings over 50 indicate that most home builders are confident about housing market conditions.Component readings of the Housing Market Index also rose in October. Build...
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For many people, their biggest monthly bill is their mortgage payment. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of people who are looking for ways to reduce their monthly mortgage payment. The positive news is that there are several ways to do so.By putting some of these tips to use, everyone can find a way to pay less every month on their mortgage, helping them save money for other expenses such as a new car, college expenses, or that next vacation.Shop Around Before Getting A MortgageFor those who are still in the process of buying a home, it is a great idea to shop around and see what the options are. Even though there are rates advertised in the industry, it is always a smart idea to visit multiple potential lenders and see what they are offering. Then, with mul...
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There are lots of people who have heard that one of the top ways to ensure the best mortgage rate possible is to refinance. At the same time, it is critical to make sure that this process is planned out accordingly.Therefore, there are a few steps that everyone has to follow to make sure they are able to handle the mortgage refinancing process in a smooth manner that leads to the best rate possible.Ask If A Refinance Is The Right StepThere are a lot of people who assume that a mortgage refinance is a financial win; however, it is important to keep the added costs in mind. For example, the refinancing process is going to lead to another closing. When this happens, there are going to be closing costs that must be considered.Therefore, the refinancing process could lead to a higher mortgag...
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When people are looking for a home, this is an exciting process. There is always something fun about looking at potential homes and envisioning a future there. This is a big decision. At the same time, it is just as important for people to think about how much of their money they should be spending on their mortgage. There are a few rules of thumb that people should keep in mind. The 28 Percent RuleOne of the most common rules that financial advisors and lenders are going to talk about is going to be the 28 percent rule. This rule states that people should not be spending any more than 28 percent of their pre-tax income on their monthly housing payments. This includes not only the mortgage but also any potential homeowners association fees, real estate taxes, and home insurance payments...
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Last week’s economic reporting included home price data from Case-Shiller Home Price Indices along with readings on pending home sales, new home sales, and consumer sentiment. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.Case-Shiller: August Home Prices Rise at Fastest Pace in Two YearsHome prices rose at a seasonally-adjusted annual pace of 5.70 percent in August according to Case-Shiller’s National Home Price Index. U.S. home prices rose by 4.80 percent in JulyThe Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index showed 5.20 percent year-over-year home price growth in August.Phoenix, Arizona, held first place in home price growth for the 15th consecutive month. Seattle, Washington followed with 8.50 percent year-over-year growth in home prices. San Diego, California repo...
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By Sandy Sills, Associate Broker
(Preferred Real Estate Brokers)
Fall Home Selling Checklist  Some Highlights When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. A real estate professional can help you decide what to do to make that happen. Focus on tasks that can make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal. Let’s connect so you have advice on what you may want to do to get your house ready to sell this season.
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
I was just reading an article in INC where Marc Cuban saying finding your passion does not lead to success. If you do something you do well, you will become inspired and that will generate passion.Find those inner strengths in your team then help them use their strengths create new levels of performance as their excitement and passion builds.Do you have a child who came home with report card that had A’s , B’s, and C’s? I will bet you went to those C’s and started criticizing. What about your team? Do you spend more time on underperformance and celebrating successes?We fall into the same trap in our own lives as well as with our staff and team members. Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead,...
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