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Did you know there are over 10,000,000 swimming pools in the U.S.?

Pools are one of the most requested luxury items by homebuyers, and here in Charlotte, pools are hot. Of course, many of the area’s planned neighborhoods offer community pools to residents, and plenty of the city’s apartment, condo, and townhome complexes have pools.

Pools can be a wonderful thing! They’re great fun for kids and have a tendency to bring neighbors together. But before you jump to make an offer on a house with a pool in Charlotte (or anywhere!), there are a few things you should consider.

The Cost of a Home Pool

Home pools can be a liability. That’s not to say they’re not worth it, but they can be expensive in more ways than one. For example, most insurance

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Charlotte is a city of parks.

The Meckleburg County park system actually manages over 21,000 acres of land including more than 210 separate parks. That's a lot of green space! It makes sense, then, that Charlotte is also a city of families. The average household size in Charlotte is 2.55 people, and nearly a quarter of the city's residents have kids.

So which of Charlotte's many parks are best for kids? These parks are your best bets both for kid-friendly fun and family-friendly accommodations. 

Freedom Park (Charlotte)

You can't mention family parks in Charlotte without talking about Freedom. It's the "Central Park" of the Queen City and on any given day it's full of kids. With several different playgrounds (including one "Panther Zone"

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The United States is a relatively young country, but as one of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina is home to some of the “oldest” places in America.

Here in the Charlotte area, homeowners are often running into unplanned issues with historical designations, preservation regulations, and local laws. It can be hard to know the difference between a “historical landmark” and just an old house – we’re going to break down the basics for you so you know where to start.

If you’re buying in some of the more historic parts of Charlotte – Dilworth, Myer’s Park, Plaza Midwood – you definitely need to know what you’re walking into as you home search. Historical homes can be beautiful, but they can also come with a lot of strings attached!

The

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Spring is on the horizon which means you're about to see a lot more For Sale signs popping up.

Spring is, historically, the most prolific selling season for homeowners, and homes tend to sell even quicker than normal once the temp heats back up and the flowers are out. Maybe you've been thinking of downsizing or maybe you've decided it's time to capitalize on Charlotte's historically low inventory, but if you're going to sell, you need to prepare now.

Want to put your house on the market in a few weeks or months? Here's what you should be doing to get ready.

Start Interviewing Realtors

No, seriously. Even if you won't be ready to list your house for half a year, choosing the right seller's agent is the single most important decision

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Just outside of the thriving metropolis of Charlotte, "main street" still exists. Many of Charlotte's best suburbs are actually best-kept secrets, offering a glimpse of simpler days and southern charm. We love strolling the wide sidewalks of our favorite downtown havens, ice cream in hand, smiling at passersby and soaking one of the best parts of living in Charlotte.

Want to live in an area that still has that "Main Street" vibe? These five towns near Charlotte offer the best of both worlds.

1. Davidson, NC

We've written before about why Davidson is one of the fastest-growing areas in the Charlotte metro. Downtown Davidson is literally the picture-perfect version of southern Main Street, lined with antique stores, clothing shops, and even a

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It's one of the terms du jour in real estate right now:
Mixed-Use Development.

You have have seen it abbreviated as "MUD" and you've almost certainly seen it mentioned in the news or in your local neighborhood meeting. But what does it mean, and why do there seem to be so many popping up in Charlotte?


Birkdale Village, one of the most popular Mixed-Use Developments in the Charlotte area

In short, a Mixed-Use Development is a feature of urban development that blends commercial, residential, social, and sometimes industrial uses into one congruent area. They're generally defined as being more pedestrian-friendly than other car heavy parts of town, and the most common iteration you see nowadays is a large commercial shopping promenade topped with

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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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We know you've got a lot of options when choosing a real estate agent. 

So, what's better...selling or buying a home through a big, national brand real estate firm or going with a smaller shop? It's a fair question. Each option offers its own benefits and drawbacks, and what's right for you might not be right for your neighbor or your best friend. 

We may be a little biased, of course, but we do think it's better to go with a boutique real estate firm than a big shop. Here's why.

The Internet Has Leveled the Playing Field

Back in the day, Realtors had to work in a central office to exchange information on which listings were available, what their clients were looking for, etc. Obviously, the more agents in an office, the more information could

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It's a fair question.

The holidays are festive, they're cozy, and they're a lot of fun, but are they a bad time to list your home? In a word: No.
Despite popular belief, homes still sell well in strong markets in fall, winter, and every other season. It's true that fewer homes sell during the holiday season, but what the statistics don't tell you is that holiday-listed homes can actually sell faster and for a higher price than those listed other times of year. Here's why.

Inventory is Low

The less competition your home has, the better it will be for your bottom line. Because of the fallacy that homes don't sell well during holiday season, many homeowners wait until spring to list. That gives you a great opportunity to list and get a lot of

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