December 2016

Found 5 blog entries for December 2016.

Down here in the Southeast, we're not exactly known for our great ski conditions.

Nevertheless! Charlotteans love to be outdoors, and there are actually some great skiing destinations just a short drive from Charlotte proper. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced skier, we know you'll find some fun on the slopes at one of our favorite ski trips less than four hours from town.

Sugar Mountain

Sugar Mountain is probably the most popular ski resort near Charlotte, if only because it's got the best slopes in the shortest distance. It's only a little over two hours from Charlotte and still in North Carolina, and with 21 ski runs in varying degrees of difficulty, there's something for everyone. Kids will love to tube and ice skate, and there are

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Do you know the difference between a townhouse and a condo?

The former conjures up images of rows of two-story brick apartment complexes...we've got a lot of them here in Charlotte! The latter could refer to anything from a glass box on top of an Uptown skyscraper to a hip Southend loft, right? 

Well, kinda.

The real difference in a townhome and a condo is all about semantics. 

Townhomes are actually defined by their architectural styles. Townhomes can actually either be owned or rented. Generally, a townhome is sort of like a condensed single family home. More often than not, townhomes are multiple stories, and usually the living area is on one story while the bedrooms are on the other(s). Townhomes may or may not have an attached yard space

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If you live in Charlotte, you enjoy some of the lowest property taxes of any major city in the country. 

That's great news! The property tax rates in Charlotte probably won't stay this low forever, but homeowners here have enjoyed historically affordable property taxes relative to other parts of the country, and even in North Carolina as a whole. Here's what you need to know.

Property taxes in the Charlotte area are "locally-assessed" which means they're collected by the county you live in. This holds true for all neighboring counties: Mecklenburg, Cabbarus, Iredell, Gaston, etc. If you live in Charlotte proper, you will pay both Charlotte-Mecklenburg county taxes and Charlotte city taxes as part of your overall tax bill each year. Property

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As we close in on the start of a new year, it seems that things have remained pretty consistent in the Charlotte real estate scene for much of 2016. According to the Carolina Regional Realtor Association (CRRA),"The story has remained consistent as concerns residential real estate. In year-over year comparisons, the number of homes for sale has been fewer in most communities. Meanwhile, homes are selling in fewer days and for higher prices. This hasn't always been the case, but it has occurred with enough regularity and for enough time to make it a trend for the entirety of 2016." With inventory still low and buyers still on the hunt, the sellers market doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Here is a closer look at the Charlotte market for

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Christmas is (almost) here!

We're feeling the holiday spirit here in Charlotte, and the area's got some great Christmas lights to behold. Planning on driving around and seeing some of the best? We've got you covered.

Here's where to see Charlotte's best Christmas lights in 2016.

Professional Light Displays:

McAdenville 

Known as Christmas Town USA, McAdenville is the Charlotte area's answer to the Griswolds. Every night from now until the day after Christmas, drive down I-85 and get off at the McAdenville exit...just expect to wait in a line of cars! When you're done driving down Main Street to see the rows and rows of houses all decked out with lights (for free!), be sure to stop in downtown McAdenville for hot cocoa.

Holidays at

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