Safer home for the holidays- keep your charlotte home safe

Safer Home for the holidays

Gearing up for guests this holiday season? If so, now’s the time to ensure your home is safely prepared for company. According to the remodelers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homeowners who expect visitors, especially elderly individuals, should assess their homes for hazards, and, if necessary, increase accessibility to accommodate their needs.

“Welcoming loved ones to your home is a cherished holiday tradition,” says NAHB Remodelers Chair Robert Criner, a remodeler from Newport News, Va. “By making some simple home modifications, you can ensure that family and friends will enjoy a comfortable visit and be able to maneuver around your house without trouble this year.”

Steps to take include the following:

1. Secure rugs and carpets. Secure area rugs with non-slip pads or double-sided carpet tape so that they are snug to the floor. Temporarily remove throw rugs, including bathroom mats, to prevent guests from tripping on the edges.

2. Test stair railings. Check that stair railings inside and out are tightly fastened. Make repairs where needed.

3. Turn up the lights. Put night lights in bathrooms, the guest bedroom, hallways and in the kitchen. Make sure there is a lamp or light switch within reach of the guest bed so that your visitors can keep a light on until safely tucked in. Well-lit outdoor walkways and entrances are also important when coming or going at night.Safer home for the holidays- keep your charlotte home safe

4. Clear outdoor walkways. Rake leaves, salt for ice and shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways to prevent falls.

5. Add non-slip treads or a mat to the shower. Be sure the shower your guest will use has a non-slip floor. To enhance traction, apply non-slip strips or a suction-attached non-slip mat.

6. Offer the best seat. Choose the best seat for your guest’s comfort—not too high, not too low. A firm cushion can prevent them from sinking too low in to the seat, and arms can help a person easily get up and down.

7. De-clutter. Move objects or even furniture that a person usually has to maneuver around. Secure cords to the wall or baseboards with hooks to prevent tripping. Clear stair steps of any objects, such as shoes, books and other personal items, that tend to collect on the lower treads.

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Remodeling Tips. When remodeling, homeowners see significant returns on their investment—in fact, most feel positive about a remodeling project whether selling or staying put. But that feel-good experience can easily be marred by a negative encounter with a contractor. Hire smart and your home will be in good hands, says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List (

Hicks’ recommendations for hiring contractors include the following tips.remodeling

1. Research 5-10 potential companies to determine local reputation, as well as how well their work stands the test of time, plus if they specialize in the work you want done.

2. Obtain at least three written estimates to compare costs and timelines.

3. Verify applicable trade license, bonding and insurance status.

4. Insist on a payment schedule tied to project progress and keep at least 10 percent back until the job is complete to your satisfaction.

5. Include the payment schedule in your written contract and a termination clause that allows you to walk away easily if terms aren’t met.

Source: Angie’s List

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Revamp your space:  Packing up your children’s belongings and moving them into a college dorm or even their own apartment can be overwhelming for parents who are used to having their family close at hand. While many parents choose to keep their child’s room as is, a growing number are taking advantage of the extra space by revamping the area, turning it into something that the rest of the family can enjoy.

If you’re ready to remodel—but not sure where to start—the following ideas from the blog will help set the wheels in motion.

Whether you work from home on a daily basis or are simply looking for a space to pay bills, the addition of a home office will help keep both your home and paperwork organized. All you need to get started is a computer desk and chair, shelves, bookcases and cabinets.

If you’re looking for a new place to entertain your friends and family, a game room may be the perfect solution. From board games to dart boards and even pool tables, a game room is a great place to house any and everything you need for a night of entertaining. Don’t forget to save some space for food and beverages.

Depending on how much space you have, your game room can double as a media room. By adding a TV, surround sound, comfortable seating and even shelves to display your CDs, DVDs and books, you can create a space that fits all your needs.

For those that love a good workout, you can easily convert an empty room into an exercise room. Whether you plan on incorporating a few workout machines into the area or even yoga mats, work out DVDs and free weights, having a place to exercise at home will eliminate the need to ever set foot in a gym again.



Trumps Caribbean Mansion is For Sale

It seems that President Donald Trump has determined that he owns at least one home too many. After all, he’s now splitting most of his time between a charming old mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC, and a sprawling estate/resort/”winter White House” in Palm Beach, FL. (Where’s the love, Trump Tower?) So he’s selling one of his more remote properties: Le Chateau des Palmiers, on the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean.

The commander in chief quietly listed this 4.8-acre beachfront home on Sotheby’s International Realty last month, according to the Washington Post.

When he bought it for an undisclosed sum in 2013, he deemed the 11-bedroom, 12-bath estate “one of the greatest mansions in the world.” Although the home’s current list price is available only upon request, a person familiar with the listing revealed it is an eye-popping $28 million.

Will the real estate magnate-turned-POTUS get his price?


Donald Trump’s estate on an island in the sun

Inside Trump’s Caribbean home

There’s no denying that Le Chateau des Palmiers is one gem of a property, complete with gold drapes and crystal chandeliers that fall perfectly in line with Trump’s aesthetic. The amenities are as luxe as expected: a heated pool, fitness center, tennis court, and covered outdoor bar and billiard area. There’s also a commercial catering kitchen—ideal for a wedding or other large event.


A luxe living room featuring gold curtains, a chandelier, and a pair of tiger-print armchairs.

But even with all those amenities, some real estate agents believe the $28 million list price is on the high side for the area.

“There aren’t too many properties in St. Martin that are more than $15 to $20 million,” says Gerard Longo, principal of Mettle Property Group in New York.

In any case, a multimillion-dollar property like this isn’t likely to get snatched up by a buyer overnight.

“It is not uncommon to see properties of this size sitting on the market for a few years,” Longo says.

Scroll on to see more of Trump’s palace in paradise.


A dining room fit for a president


The POTUS could catch some serious ZZZs in this gilded master bedroom complete with a canopy and gold chandelier.


When you’re in the mood for a dip in the water, the chateau offers two options: this heated pool or the ocean just steps away.

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The five-bedroom villa on the white-sand beach at Plum Bay



charlotte real estate is expected to soar into 2018

Home Sales will Soar

Home sales are all the news. By now just about every would-be buyer out there knows there simply aren’t enough homes for sale these days to appease the hordes of competition. But despite the shortages, rising prices, and bidding wars, more homes are expected to be sold this year than in more than a decade.

In 2017, the number of sales of existing homes (which have previously been lived in) is expected to rise about 3.5%, to 5.64 million, according to the midyear forecast from the National Association of Realtors®. The group predicts that existing-home purchases will rise an additional 2.8% in 2018, to 5.8 million.

“The combination of the stock market being at record highs, 16 million new jobs created since 2010, pent-up household formation, and rising consumer confidence are giving more households the assurance and ability to purchase a home,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a statement. “However, prices are still rising too fast in many areas and are outpacing incomes.”

Sales of brand-new homes, which builders can’t seem to put up fast enough, are expected to jump 10.7%, from 560,000 in 2016 to 620,000 this year, according to NAR. They’re expected to rise an additional 8% in 2018, to 670,000 sales.

New homes are typically more expensive than existing homes, as builders must contend with shortages of land and labor, plus rising costs of materials and difficulty obtaining financing.

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The price tags of all homes are expected to keep rising. NAR predicts prices will jump 5% in 2017 and an additional 3.5% in 2018.

“As a result, buyers are compromising on the number of rooms, length of a commute, or other home qualities,” says Senior Economist Joseph Kirchner of®. “Meanwhile, builders are mostly building for the mid- to upper-price range. This mismatch in supply and demand is making affordability more acute for those with modest incomes.”

In some white-hot markets along the coasts, prices are rising by double digits because of the dearth of homes. That’s led many current homeowners who might be interested in trading up to a larger, nicer home in their area to hold off—because those homes are simply out of their price range.

Bidding wars have gotten so bad in Seattle that buyers are driving up prices 30% over asking in some cases, says local real estate broker Chris Bajuk, of HomeSmart Real Estate Associates. (Seattle prices were up 12.2% year over year in February, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Schiller report.)

“It is crazy,” Bajuk says. “There’s strong demand and lack of supply.”

Buyers are coping by putting ever-higher percentages of their incomes toward homeownership—even when it means eating at home every night and doing without new clothes or annual beach vacations. Sometimes they’re spending half of their take-home pay on housing, he says.

Others are purchasing homes farther from the city center where they work, settling for smaller homes or even purchasing residences in need of some work.

“They may need to spend more of their disposable income,” Bajuk says. “Or they may need to lower their expectations on what kind of home they get.”


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What is Daveste’ Vineyards?
Daveste’ Vineyards is proud to be the first winery in Iredell County, NC! They are conveniently located about 35 miles north of Charlotte, NC and near the intersection of I-40 and I-77. Their winery annually produces 1,500 cases of wine. They are open to the public and host a variety of events throughout the year!

Sip & Paint Party at Daveste’

Hosted by Wine and Design of Lake Norman.
Event Date:
Saturday May 27th from 3-5pmRSVP Required

Daveste’ Vineyards

Price: $40.00

Artist: Elizabeth

Tile of Painting:
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Paint Party On Wheels at Daveste’ VineyardsTo register for class click on link.
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If you do not want to pay online, please call the studio at 704.608.9257 to reserve your seat.
Wine & Design On Wheels at Daveste Vineyards.
First glass of wine or craft beer included!No artistic talent needed, we trace the canvas for you!
This is NOT a BYOB event.Class starts promptly at 3:00
Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early

Sign in, put on your apron and order yourself a glass of wine before the class starts.

Event is Rain or Shine under the covered Pavilion.

Bring your friends or significant other to a two-hour classes, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Local artist Elizabeth will guide each student with stroke-by-stroke instructions to ensure you paint your own unique masterpiece, while sharing the experience with your fellow classmates.

Thank you and we look forward to an afternoon of fun and creativity!!

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Will Ramsey Creek Beach be better this year? Officials hope so

Everyone has high hopes for a smoother sail this summer at Ramsey Creek Beach on Lake Norman.

“We learned some lessons last year and are aiming for an improved start on the front end this year,” Greg Clemmer, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation superintendent, said.

As the only public Lake Norman beach in Mecklenburg County, the Cornelius beach’s inaugural 2016 season was filled with curious beachgoers, but complicated by overcrowding, the lack of adequate pedestrian/walkway access, and delays in getting a new traffic signal installed.

Last summer, the beach attracted over 68,000 bathers, which Clemmer admits was more than they expected.

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The crowds were especially large during the first month, resulting in traffic congestion on Nantz Road approaching the park and bathers walking on the street due to unfinished pedestrian walkways.

Coupled with the delay in getting a traffic signal installed, conditions for the beach neighbors were dicey to say the least.

“We had a constant line of cars turning in our driveway because the signage for the park was inadequate,” said Roger Morris who lives on Nantz Road across from the park entrance. “Coupled with people walking down the middle of the street, it was worse than bad. …

“With the new signs and signal, we’re hoping things will be better this year.”

Park officials share that sentiment.

“We’re opening on May 20, earlier than last year, to work out any kinks prior to Memorial Day weekend,” Clemmer said. “The shuttle buses will also be running from the park and ride lot in Huntersville right from the first weekend, new signs have been installed, and we now have that traffic signal at the Nantz Road/Catawba Ave intersection, which should help immensely.”

The county has also partnered with the Cornelius Police to have security cameras installed at the beach and adjacent parking area, which are monitored 24/7 by the police. The beach parking lot had about 130 parking spaces last year, but the county re-striped the lot and grabbed some spots from the boat lot so now there are 247 parking spaces, including 29 handicapped.

However, some neighbors on Nantz Road, a residential street that ends at the lake, still have their doubts.

“My biggest concern is the traffic congestion on Nantz Road, near Catawba,” said Kim Goodrum. “The real test will come when the beach opens. However, I do think the new traffic light is an improvement.”

Goodrum also said she thought the beach would have been better situated at the county’s Jetton Park, where she says park access had greater visibility.

The cost of installing a traffic signal at the Nantz Road/Catawba Avenue intersection, the only road access to Ramsey Creek Park, was covered by Epcon Communities, which is building a group of single-family, age-restricted homes nearby. However, the signal installation became one of the biggest headaches during the beach’s first year of operation, according to Cornelius Town Commissioner Dr. Mike Miltich, who lives near the beach. “The county had originally said the light would be in by last Memorial Day, but the road had to be realigned first, which required substantial utility relocation.”

As a result, installation was put on hold and the town had to station a police officer at the intersection throughout the summer season, for which they were reimbursed by the county.

To make matters worse, when Nantz Road was realigned, it was not wide enough to accommodate a left turn lane and had to be widened again this spring. “I’m not an engineer but I could tell right away it was not wide enough for three lanes of traffic. Very frustrating to say the least,” Miltich said.

The signal finally went into full operation in April.

One issue which will not change is the unique appeal of the beach itself. Lake Norman has more miles of shoreline than the North Carolina ocean coastline, yet Ramsey Creek Beach is one of only two public beaches on the lake, the other being Lake Norman State Park 22 miles away in Troutman.

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Guardians of Ramsey Creek Beach in Cornelius aim for smoother start this season, the second year the public has access to this swimming and play spot on Lake Norman. John D. Simmons


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Staging your home to sell

If you want your home to sell fast. decorating and decluttering to “set the stage” for potential buyers should be at the top of your to-do list. Staging your home showcases its best features and helps buyers visualize their families in the space. Here are 10 tips to get you started.

  • Apply a fresh coat of paint in neutral
    colors. It’s also a good idea to remove
    outdated wallpaper as potential buyers may not
    share your design taste.
  • Open blinds and drapes to let in natural
    light. Replace or remove old blinds and clear
    your light fixtures of dust and cobwebs.
  • Make repairs where needed. Fix running
    toilets, squeaky doors, chipped paint, broken
    fixtures and anything else that will distract from the
    desirability of your home.
  • Remove all personal items and photos. You
    want a buyer to picture his or her family in the
    space, not yours. Store the kids’ toys away, too.
  • Clean inside and out. Mop, dust, vacuum,
    repeat. No one wants to move into a house
    with a moldy shower or sticky refrigerator. If you
    can’t handle the cleaning yourself, hire a company
    to do it for you.
  • Spruce up landscaping. Plant flowers, trim
    bushes, weed the garden, mow the lawn
    and fix any unsightly cracks in your driveway
    or sidewalk.colorful-garden-and-beautiful-landscape-staging-home-for-sale
  • Deel utter your space. Clean up rooms,
    closets, cabinets, drawers and bathrooms,
    especially bathrooms. Stow away your personal
    hygiene items and medications as well.
  • Remove odors. Clean and deodorize, paying
    special attention to bathrooms and places
    where pets and kids congregate. Use baking
    soda and lemon to remove sink and garbage
    disposal odors.
  • Replace worn out furniture and carpet.
    Remove any furniture that is too big for
    your space, as large pieces can make a room
    look smaller.
  • Update lighting. Dark homes can appear
    dreary. Insta lling new pendant lights and
    ceiling fan fixtures can make a big difference when
    it comes to selling your home.light fixture install


Being smart about buying a new home is just as important as being clever about selling your old one, and we are here to help. We are your Real Estate Resource. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Lake Norman, Charlotte, or surrounding areas anywhere in NC, SC, or VA. We are here to assist you! Contact Us.

why use a realtor?

Why Use a Realtor- is an excellent question.

Real estate is a big deal. For most Americans, a home is the most expensive purchase they’ll make in their lifetime. It’s a serious transaction with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved, and having proper representation is critical. Realtor representation during a real estate transaction is important for both buyers and sellers.

The Advantages of Using A Realtor

Help finding the right home, beyond square footage and baths.

Browsing online is a terrific way to start a home search — in fact, almost 90 percent of people start their home search online. But when it’s time to buy, knowing all the pros and cons of a property can help you make the right decision. Realtors live and breathe real estate, and they can share information about a home that you wouldn’t otherwise know. Your Realtor can go beyond the aesthetics and tell you important details about homes you’re considering.

Pricing and selling a home.

There are lots of sites where you can view price estimates for your home before you list it for sale, but you take a risk using them. In some markets, online estimates can be off by as much as 35 percent, and they often rely on tax records and data that can be as old as 6-12 months. Realtors know the local market, have access to the freshest sale data, and can price your house in line with the market to maximize your earnings. In 2012, sellers using an agent got $40,100 more: The median sale price for the 88 percent of sellers who worked with an agent was $215,000, versus a median sale price of $174,900 for the 9 percent of sellers who didn’t use an agent.

Complex, ever-changing real estate regulations.

Buying or selling a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary from state to state. Generally speaking, people purchase a new home every 7-10 years, and a lot can — and usually does — change between transactions. Realtors are immersed in real estate, and they must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices. Once you retain your Realtor, they put that knowledge to work for you.

Contracts and negotiations.

Finding the right home is the fun part. Then the real work begins. Today’s contracts can be 50 pages long — not counting addendums and riders. Realtors can help you navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you. Plus, when it comes to negotiation, your Realtor is your advocate and can bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation.

Lake Norman is about to get artsy!

As the north Mecklenburg and south Iredell area continues to grow, so does interest in establishing local programs for the arts. Nowhere is this more evident than in Cornelius, where residents have approved $4 million in bonds to establish a new downtown arts center.

Each of the towns — Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville and Huntersville — has an active series of programs and services tied in to appreciation of the arts. In addition, new physical facilities will soon be enhancing those efforts.

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Blue pre-fab buildings are on the property next to Police Headquarters where the Cornelius Arts Center is expected to be built.


The focus in Cornelius is on development of a Town Arts Center near Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.

The goal is to erect a new building adjacent to Police Headquarters where arts-related programs and activities can be presented. Town officials are taking this effort very seriously.

“Beyond its prominent geographic location in our Town Center, the community and cultural influence of this facility will be felt across all of Cornelius and regionally too” said Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant.

At the town’s recent budget retreat, Planning Director Wayne Herron noted the arts center will also be an eco-development magnet, facilitating additional interest in the Old Cornelius downtown area.

The town board has also approved a management contract with the Cornelius Arts and Community Center, a nonprofit organization. This will enable the center to start raising additional funds for the center as needed.

Meanwhile, property in the downtown area near town hall is being acquired for the Arts Center, including a 1.85-acre parcel next to Police Headquarters on Catawba Avenue.

Pubic art exhibitions are held at Robbins Walk, and the town has purchased sculptures to place around Cornelius. A Tawba Walks arts festival is held downtown as well.


While Davidson doesn’t have an arts center of its own, the town has perhaps the next best thing: a strong liberal arts college.

“Our town has a long history of supporting the arts in conjunction with Davidson College,” said Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming, “starting with the college’s permanent collection including Rembrandt, Picasso and Matisse found in the Cunningham Fine Arts Center and the Belk Visual Arts Center.”

Lectures, readings and performances are held year round at the Duke Family Performance Hall, and the Davidson Community Players perform at the Armor Street Theater.

One of the best known initiatives in Davidson is the summer concert series, Concerts on the Green. Throughout the summer on alternating Sunday evenings, the lawn in front of the town’s library is filled with hundreds of people enjoying the sounds from some of the best musical organizations in the Carolinas — all free of charge.


Although the town does not currently have a physical facility dedicated strictly to the arts, it does have two facilities scheduled to open in 2018.

Veterans Park in downtown Huntersville will have a stage and festival lawn, which will allow the town to offer more live music, arts festivals and performing art in the downtown area.

In addition, the town is having a new 24,000-square-foot Recreation Center built within the Huntersville Athletic Park on Verhoeff Drive. The new facility will have a multipurpose room giving the town more programming space for other art-related offerings.

In addition, the town hosts an annual music and arts festival called Hello Huntersville. The daylong event — this year on May 7 — features music and art programs along with displays by regional art vendors.


Similar to Cornelius, the town’s biggest connection to the arts is based on a yet-to-be-completed facility. Through a partnership with the Mooresville Graded School District, the town will be presenting many nationally known artists and plays at Mooresville High School’s new Performing Arts Center, which is cunder construction.

The state-of-the-art auditorium will be the biggest in the area with 1,600 seats.

“We believe the type of arts and culture this partnership will allow the town to bring in will not only provide wonderful opportunities for folks in our community, but also will have a great positive impact on our local economy,” said Stephanie Crisco, supervisor at the town’s citizens center.

Also new in Mooresville is SPARC, its community think tank. SPARC stands for Special Events, Arts, Culture.

“This volunteer committee is made of people in the community that want a say in what kinds of arts and culture are brought to Mooresville,” Crisco said. “We are looking for individuals who have a passion for the arts and bring their own ideas to the table and we can see how we can bring them to life.”

The next SPARC meeting will be held 6:30May 16 at The Charles Mack Citizen Center. Anyone interested can contact Stephanie Crisco at or by calling 704-662-3334.

Mooresville is also home to Mooresville Arts,

construction on new mooresville high school auditorium for arts and music

Construction continues on a new, 1,600-seat auditorium at Mooresville High School. Numerous art and music shows will be presented at the facility.


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