Jan 10

4 Reasons to Invest in Housing in Charlotte: Why 2014 will be a Great Year

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We’ve all seen the news about big investors making their way through Charlotte buying up hundreds of properties. And if you’re like me, you were left wondering, “How can I get in on the action?”

Now that the major investment companies have all but left Charlotte, some people said it was a sign that the time to buy is behind us.



Well they’re wrong!

Forbes ranked the top 20 U.S. Cities that were the best places to invest in housing in 2014; Ranking the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area No. 3!


Without these big investment companies, there is more opportunity for the rest of us to still get a great price on a new home.

The most important factor now is TIME!

As with any good deal, you need to act quickly while the prices and rates are still low to get the most bang for your buck, as they say.

This ranking reviewed the top 100 metropolitan areas using US census data. These 100 cities were then ranked on four factors: Population, home prices, home value and the local job economy.

Charlotte achieved the third spot because it has high population and job growth, and relatively low home prices that are most importantly, undervalued.

All together it makes buying a home in Charlotte a relatively low-risk investment.

The key to this ranking is the price that homes would have been without the recession and other external factors.


\As long as homes prices are below this price, then the home is undervalued, and typically a good investment.

In Charlotte, homes are 15% undervalued. That’s an average savings of over $36,000!

What this really means:

Buyers: Charlotte is one of the best places to invest in the entire country. This is because of its potential for growth and improvement, along with its low priced and undervalued homes.

Whether you are buying a home for yourself or looking for an investment property, the key is to buy now while the prices and mortgage rates are still low.

As the rates and prices gradually increase, this is fewer savings in your pocket.

If you are considering investing in Charlotte this year, please leave a comment in the section below. We welcome your thoughts on why you think it’s a great deal. And if you don’t, tell us why as well.

If you are ready to get to make the next move, click here for some of best deals hitting the market now!

Jan 01

New Year’s Resolution: A Guide on Selling Your Home in 2014

Champagne, New Year Eve, 2014, Night, Party, Gold, Showcase, Realty, Showcase Realty, Orange, Bats,Charlotte NC fall events, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC real estate, Showcase realty, Nancy BraunAfter years of declining home values, 2014 could be the year for all home sellers, especially in Charlotte, NC. So if you want to sell your home, be sure to put your best foot forward. To start, here’s a quick guide to help you sell your home in 2014.


Change your real estate agent. If your agent wasn’t able to sell your home this year, then you might need to change to another agent. Maybe, that simple change can make all the difference you need to finally sell your home because of newer strategies or approach.


Hire a professional photographer. This is considered one of the most important yet overlooked steps in property marketing. Since we live in the Internet generation, there’s a higher chance of selling your home if it is posted online or in advertisements where pictures are necessary. With the help of professional photographer, he can help make your house look great that will surely entice a lot of buyers.


Get help from home stagers or designers. Most real estate agents work with some excellent home designers and stagers so be sure to get their services too as they can help enhance the overall look and feel of your home. Although other homeowners believe that this is a waste of money, there are actually home stagers that charge per hour, which is an advantage on your part.


Screen your buyers. To save time, you need to make sure that your potential buyers are preapproved. This means that need to have their credit and employment checked to determine the amount they can borrow. This is part of your agent’s responsibility to get in touch with your buyer’s loan officers.


Have your property inspected. If your home hasn’t gone through inspection yet, then you must consider doing this now. You have to allot a few weeks or months so the inspector can assess and repair your home of its big and small problems. Remember, most buyers prefer to purchase a home that doesn’t need too much repairs.


Use other marketing options. Have you exhausted all marketing options available today? If not, then be sure to research for other possible marketing options today aside from newspaper ads or flyers. This includes using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other sites that buyers usually check. If you hired a well-experienced and reliable real estate agent, then this won’t be a problem because he should know the necessary marketing options available today.


Ready to take the next step? Showcase Realty is here to help! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the sale of your home, we can provide honest and knowledgeable answers. Showcase Realty can sell your home fast and for top top dollar. Contact us today! 704.997.3794.

Dec 26

Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Eco Friendly, Consumption, Conservation, Enviroment, Green energy, Clean, Go Green, Charlotte NC real estate, Charlotte NC investors, Charlotte NC foreclosures, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC short sales, Showcase Realty, Charlotte NC Short Sale AgentsWith the increasing number of environmental problems these days, each of us has the responsibility to do something to help save the environment. In your own simple ways, you can help through making home improvements that do not only beautify and add value to your home, but also helps conserve the environment. Below are some of these eco-friendly home improvement tips.


Monitor your electricity consumption. This is made possible through buying digital displays that allow you to monitor your electricity consumption similar to a meter in a taxi. In this way, you would be less wasteful.


Install skylights in your roof. Installing skylights helps natural sunlight in illuminating your house, especially in those pesky dark areas in your house.


Use solar panels or a miniature wind turbine. Solar heating is very useful, especially in providing basic energy within your home such as lighting and heating water. The good thing about this is it makes pure and clean energy. At the same time, you can store the energy in a battery for later use. You can also install a miniature wind turbine which can also help generate renewable energy.


Invest in low wattage light bulbs. Such kind of bulb helps save energy easily. It’s sometimes brighter than the standard light bulbs but consumes lesser energy.


Improve your roof. There had been researches conducted indicating that roof color and the types of material you use in your roof can greatly lower the temperature in attics. For instance, consider using white tiles when re-roofing as it has properties that can reduce heat gain.


Install a motion detector outside your home. Such devices help a lot in saving energy because your light fixtures will only be activated by motion sensors or a timer.


Make use of low flow showerheads. These items are a worthwhile investment because they help cut down water usage and save energy expenses.


Purchase energy-efficient appliances. Investing in such items is one of the most effective ways of saving energy. Remember, home appliances use about 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill so investing in energy-efficient appliances can help lower down your expenses. These appliances bear “Energy Star” logo which means they use 10% to 50% less energy and water than other standard models.


Save water through using certain devices. There are actually some devices you can purchase that help save water. For instance, you can use an aerator on all your household faucets to cut your annual consumption of water into half. You can also install a low-flow toilet to increase your water savings.. But aside from this, you should also do some behavioral changes that save water too.

Dec 23

Housing Market Makes a Comeback In 2013

charlotte nc real estate, charlotte nc homes for sale, showcase realty, nancy braun, charlotte nc short sale agents, charlotte nc foreclosuresWhat a difference a year makes.

Not just here in the Charlotte NC real estate market but across the country.

There are many reasons to be thankful in 2013, one of those reasons are that homes across America have gained back $2.8 trillion over the last two years ($1.9 Trillion this year alone), gaining back 44 percent of the total value that was lost during the recession.

Building on positive momentum that started in 2012 when the housing market bottomed out, 2013, with a combination of low mortgage rates, and an improving economy saw more demand and rising prices.

What does this mean for 2014?

This means that we’re finally off the bottom and headed for continued growth, however, at a slower, much more sustainable rate.

Buyers: with mortgage rates expected to rise, now is the time to start making serious moves towards purchasing a home.

Sellers: The value of your home has increased, demand is back and increasing.  This is a great combination for maximizing your homes potential, so why wait!

When it comes to your home and where you live, what are you thankful for, leave us a comment and let us know.

Also, if your looking for a great opportunity to own a home, one of our suggestions is to look into HUD homes. For a FREE guide that can help you immediately, download our HUD Homebuyers Toolkit

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If you have any questions regarding buying or selling, for example, what is my home worth?

Give us a call at 704.997.3794 or email us at officeadmin@showcaserealty.net

Happy Holidays!

Showcase Realty


Dec 20

New Year’s Eve in Charlotte


Champagne, New Year Eve, 2014, Night, Party, Gold, Showcase, Realty, Showcase Realty, Orange, Bats,Charlotte NC fall events, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC real estate, Showcase realty, Nancy BraunAre you planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Charlotte but still have no plans on where to spend it? Whether you’re looking to celebrate with your family or you want to leave your kids at home, there are actually a lot of New Year’s Eve parties happening around Charlotte. Below are some of the best events you can choose from.


Ring In 2014 With Howl At The Moon

December 31, 2013, 6 PM

Howl at the Moon Charlotte, 210 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202


This New Year’s Eve part is featuring dueling pianos rocking all your favorite hits from 2013. Join for the ultimate Charlotte NYE experience, dance, drink and howl in the New Year at ‘Howl at the Moon’!


Party Packages

Champagne Supernova – $85 per person; seating included

The Big Shot – $70 per person; seating included

Early Bird General Admission – $30 per person; standing room


To purchase these packages, you can call Michele at 704-936-4695 or email CHARLOTTEEVENTS@HOWLATTHEMOON.COM.


5Church New Year’s Eve 2014

December 31, 2013, 10 PM

5Church Restaurant, Charlotte, NC


Open bar and buffet from 10pm to 2am. DJ Stephen will be present on the Warwick Dance Floor. Champagne toast at midnight live countdown of the ball drop festive party favors. Doors will open by 10 PM.


General admission is $65. You can call 704-919-1322 for inquires or visit www.5church.com. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Levine Children’s Hospital ‘Give Here For Kids Here’.


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3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Party at VBGB

December 31, 2013, 9 PM

Vbgb Beer Hall And Garden (Nc Music Factory), Charlotte, NC


New Year’s Eve Party in Uptown Charlotte. Admission ticket is $60. Age suitability is 21 years old and up. You can call 704-333-4111 for ticket inquiries.


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NYE 2014 – The Biggest Party of the Year

December 31, 2013, 8 PM

Bar Charlotte, Charlotte, NC


Considered the biggest party of the year! Online advance ticket sales will start soon. You can contact 704-342-2557 for more details.


New Year’s Eve at Hilton Charlotte University Place

December 31, 2013 to January 1, 2014, 12:30 AM

Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, NC


Enjoy the best of New Year’s Eve traditions with their annual New Year’s Eve party featuring a lavish dinner buffet, live entertainment, four hours of open bar, champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. They also offer exclusive “Platinum Package” includes deluxe overnight accommodations for two and breakfast on New Year’s Day! Call 704-547-7444 for inquiries. Prices vary per package. Age suitability is 21 years old and above.


Dec 16

HUD Home Buyer Webinar

Webinar Education

This week on December 19th there will be a HUD Homebuyer webinar hosted by Nancy Braun, Owner of Showcase Realty, perfect for homebuyers and investors. In this Webinar we will discuss who can purchase HUD homes and when. Myth battles fact in common misconceptions about HUD homes.

Did you know?

-HUD does not provide direct financing to buyers of HUD Homes.

-Almost anyone can buy a HUD home.

– You can purchase a HUD home at a 50% discount from the original list price if you meet certain qualifications.

-You can purchase a home with just $100 down!

We will also be discussing different investment strategies and discuss a very common “Get Rich Quick” strategy made popular by TV shows.  We will also advise you on what investment properties to avoid and the realities of being an investor. You will be a LANDLORD at some point (if you want a steady income property).

Much more will be discussed at the FREE HUD Home Buyers Webinar! Attend it on Thursday December 19th at 2-3 PM! You will also receive a FREE HUD Tool Kit after the Webinar so don’t hesitate to register for the event today!  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8895772902378965762

Nov 25

Radio Show Recap: Renting Vs. Buying: Which Is Better For You?

Renting, Buying, Crossroads, Charlotte NC real estate, Charlotte NC investors, Charlotte NC foreclosures, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC short sales, Showcase Realty, Charlotte NC Short Sale AgentsDid you miss our radio show that aired live last Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM? No worries, if you missed it or want to listen again you can watch the podcast available now on ITunes and coming soon to www.charlottemarketradio.com.


Our last episode discussed one common dilemma most homeowners face and this is renting versus buying, which is better? According to Mecktimes and Trulia’s statistics, buying a house is better than renting one; specifically if you live within Charlotte, North Carolina. During the summer of 2013, buying a home was actually cheaper by 44 percent than renting. The difference between both narrowed since summer of 2012, where it was 54 percent cheaper to buy than to rent.


Furthermore, by Trulia’s estimate, the mortgage rate tipping point, when renting becomes cheaper than buying, is at 13.3 percent for Charlotte. And according to Bankrate.com, the current mortgage rates are 4.12 to 4.62.


The benefits of owning a home were also presented, here are a few:

  • When paying money towards the principal on your loan each month, you increase the percentage of your home that you own.
  • Mortgage payments remain the same with a fixed rate loan. Rent costs, however, inevitably go up.
  • You gain from the appreciation on your home. The whole house appreciates, not just your down payment.


On the other hand, the downside of renting was also discussed.

  • In renting, you do not accumulate equity. You are essentially giving away your money each month. Why are you buying your landlords home?
  • The landlord benefits from the appreciation values, not the tenant.
  • The landlord benefits from your work and improvements on a house or apartment that you rent.



For first time homebuyers, there are special lending programs you can rely on like HUD homes. If you live in Charlotte, be sure to get a certificate first from attending an 8-hour Home Buyer workshop and get up to $7,500 which you can use as down payment and closing costs.


For those who have been hurt by the economic downturn by a short sale or foreclosure; good news because you can now purchase a house in much less time because of a recent change in the rules. FHA has loosened their guidelines allowing borrowers to get a home loan in as little as 12 months after a foreclosure or short sale.


Last but not the least, the 3 most common myths of buying versus renting were also discussed, which are as follows:


Myth #1 A bigger down payment is always better


You don’t need to put 20% as down payment..


Myth # 2 You get more for your money in the suburbs


Savings from lower-cost housing often are wiped out by unexpectedly high transportation costs.


Myth #3: Renters escape property taxes


Renters don’t pay property taxes directly; any business minded landlord factors in all of their carrying costs into their rental rates so it’s like they’re paying the taxes of the landlord.


For more information and elaboration on the topics discussed, listen to our podcast.

On the next episode of our radio show, we will discuss how to get your home ready for the market. If you have any questions or clarifications, please don’t hesitate to call us at 704-440-0007. We’re always happy to answer your queries.

Nov 18

Importance of Social Media for Real Estate Agents

Couple, Smiling, Realtor, Real Estate, Happy Family, Agent, House, Showcase, Realty, Showcase Realty, Paint, Blue,Charlotte NC fall events, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC real estate, Showcase realty, Nancy BraunRegardless of the type of business you have today, social media has become a necessity for most businesses to be successful including real estate. Social media, such as, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are some of the most excellent tools you can use for marketing. But there are actually other channels you can use such as Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and more. But as a real estate agent, why should you really use social media? Here are some answers to your questions.


  1. It helps you attract buyers and sellers. Real estate agents can use social media to get more sellers and buyers as more people get to see your business advertisements. Although some real estate agents have excellent skills in offline marketing, using social media can help increase your prospective clients: making it easier for you.

Remember that approximately one billion people across the world are using at least one social media site and these are all your potential clients, you simply just need to meet them there and get their attention.

  1. Social media becomes an easy method of communicating with your potential clients. Now that most individuals are members of atleast one social media site, it’s become a great venue for you to enhance your property listings through posting high quality photos and comments. It’s also a great real-time way to communicate with your potential clients especially when they have queries.


  1. 3.      It helps you build a credible reputation. This is made possible through creating your own blog where you share valued information like advices, tips and other details that may attract or help your prospective clients. Just remember to balance the information you provide which means providing useful information while you promote your brand.


  1. 4.      Social media helps enhance your business. Once your begin using the online world and start conversations with your target audience regarding your listings, you’ll get valuable feedback and insights. In this way, you’ll know what your business lacks and you’ll be able to fix to gain more clients.


  1. 5.      Makes it easier for you to get in touch with other professionals in your industry. Real estate agents not only gain clients through social media but it also gives way to potential career opportunities. Furthermore, it’s a way for real estate agents to learn from each other, especially from the more seasoned agents.


  1. 6.      Quicker way to get referrals. Social media networks have made it easier for people to refer your business to their friends and families, who are your potential clients too.

Nov 14

How color of a room can affect you

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Does the color blue relax and calm you? Do you feel anxious when you are in a yellow room? Well, did you know that your environment has a direct effect on your emotions and your state of mind?


Although people perceive colors differently because it’s subjective, there are certain colors that have a universal effect on people. Hence, it is important that you know these effects to assist you in deciding the color of your room and other parts of your house. Below is a guide to help you out.


Red. Red has been strongly associated with anger and intensity, which is why you should avoid using this as the main color of your room. But it also stimulates a person’s energy that promotes enthusiasm and liveliness.  Hence, it’s good to choose this color for your living room or dining room as it helps draw people together and stimulates conversation.


Yellow. Yellow is a color usually associated with happiness and being cheery. Hence, it’s a perfect color for kitchens, bathrooms, and dining rooms. However, this isn’t a color you must consider for rooms because it’s likely that people will lose their temper. Babies also tend to cry more when inside a yellow room.


Blue. Blue is well-known to have a calming effect so it’s one of the best colors for a room but it should be softer shades of blue since darker shades have an opposite effect. It also helps in in bringing down blood pressure and slowing down respiration and heart rate. At the same time, warmer blues have a relaxing effect in social areas so you can also use this in family rooms, living rooms, and large kitchens.


Green. Similar to blue, the color green also has a calming effect that helps relieve stress as it relaxes them. It’s even associated with fertility so it can also be one of your choices for the bedroom. It can also be used in other parts of the house like; the kitchen, as it cools things down, the family room or the living room as it encourages relaxation, warmth, comfort and togetherness.


Orange. Orange is a color associated with enthusiasm, excitement, and energy. However, this isn’t the color you should choose for your bedrooms or social areas, but it’s a great color for your workout room. It brings out all the energy you need to do your fitness routine.


Purple. Purple is color that conveys wealth, royalty, and sophistication. It also conveys wisdom as well as spirituality. But like the color blue, you should choose the lighter versions of purpose such as lilac and lavender if you like to use this for your bedroom.


White. The good thing about white is it helps make the room appear bigger and spacious, but it also makes the room seem unfriendly. It’s also described as cold, bland and sterile which is why hospitals usually use white as it creates a sense of cleanliness and sterility.

Nov 13

Successfully Selling HUD homes: Agent workshop next week!

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Come Join Us! For FREE agent sales training on HUD Homes at our South End office. Lunch provided.

* Discover the secrets to closing more HUD transactions

* Understand the selling process to maximize your results

* Learn to navigate HUDHomesStore.com

* And Much More…

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