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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!

Why?

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!

Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

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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.

Housing Market Makes a Comeback In 2013

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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!

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HUD Home Buyer Webinar

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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

Importance of Social Media for Real Estate Agents

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  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.

A Brief History of Halloween

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Just like other holidays and important events, Halloween has evolved a lot since it started thousands of years ago. As one of the world’s oldest holidays, it has been celebrated today by more individuals from different parts of the world than ever before.

 

The term Halloween was originally spelled as “Hallowe’en,” which is contraction of All Hallows Eve, a term for the day before All Hallows Day, otherwise known as All Saints Day. The latter is a Catholic holiday celebrated on November 1 since the early Middle Ages where Christian saints along with martyrs are commemorated.

 

The history of Halloween originates in the ancient Celtic festival regarded as Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture. The ancient Gaels believed that, on October 31, there is an overlapping of the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead. At the same time, the deceased would come back to life and will cause havoc like sickness. Based on the prehistoric observance, Halloween used to mark the end of summer and the onset of winter where people celebrated it with sacrificial offerings, homage to the dead, feasts, and bonfires.

 

Like the Celts, the European people during that time also believed the same thing; that the spirits of the dead would came to visit the earth during Halloween. However, they feared that the spirits would hurt them or cause problems, which is why during the night they wore costumes to look like ghost and other evil creatures. They believed that by doing such, the spirits would think they’re also dead and they would remain unharmed. As the Europeans migrated to the United States, they brought such tradition with them.

 

“Trick or treat” entered the picture when there was an increasing number of Halloween pranks and mischief during the 1920s and 1930s. Schools and communities want to curb the increasing number of vandalism that’s why they encouraged the “trick or treat” concept. But the practice we do and see today where children wear costumes doing “trick or treat” started only during the mid-1940s.

 

Today, Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday next to Christmas and is the third biggest party being celebrated yearly behind New Year as well as Super Bowl Sunday. Men and women of every age now celebrates Halloween in different ways like decorating their homes, wearing odd costumes, joining parades, and more. But we all have to remember, as long as we celebrate Halloween in a safe and happy way, then there’s no problem with celebrating it in different ways.

September 2, 2013

5 Programs Every Real Estate Agent Should Use

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Using these websites and programs to their fullest potential can set you out from the crowd, and become a five star agent.

1. LinkedIn

With over 225 million members, LinkedIn is important for business. It’s a great networking tool. This is also another great place to receive recommendations. View my LinkedIn Profile.

2. Active Rain

Belonging to a real estate community outside of your office gives you access to a wealth of information. Active Rain is where agents can connect, share and learn, by reading and posting blogs, and asking and answering questions. Even if you don’t ask or answer questions, you can read about hot topics or search previously answered questions. View my Active Rain Blog.

3. DocuSign

Digital signature programs are convenient, save time, and are important in a growing paperless world. DocuSign is what we use at our Charlotte NC real estate office. We promote DocuSign as a service to our customers, because we no longer have to meet face to face to sign documents.

4. Evernote

With so many things in the mix in day to day, Evernote is a great way to store and organize current clients, past clients, leads, check lists and notes. Never drop the ball again, and free up space in your mind with extremely organized notes, categories, all in Evernote.

5. Voice Cloud

You’re not always going to be available to answer your phone, meetings, showings, other phone calls get in the way – this is when Voice Cloud is great. Voicemail to text transcription can be a life saver to filter through voicemails when you can’t answer, and help you immediately follow up with urgent calls.

 

 

4 Technology Tips Every Real Estate Agent Should Follow

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One of the best ways to get ahead in any industry is staying abreast with the latest technology. trophy; how to be the best charlotte nc real estate agent and get the most charlotte nc homes for sale

In today’s digital information age, interested buyers and sellers will look for you online before doing business with you. For them to find you, you must be online. For the best results you need to be on as many places at the same time as possible.  This can be overwhelming, and impractical. With Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and blogs, the list is never ending.

To increase your business what technologies should every real estate agent implement?

1. Smart Phone & Tablet

to be the best charlotte nc real estate agent like nancy braun at showcase realty you need a smartphone to get all the charlotte nc homes for saleSmart phones are here to stay and they are only getting smarter. If you don’t have a smart phone by now, you run the risk of looking dated and out of sync with the rest of world. If this is the only new technology you implement, take the plunge on this one.

With access to 1,000’s of apps, a smarter phone can help you connect with everyone in your sphere. There are also several options for cloud based apps, giving you access to all your documents, presentations, or flyers anywhere you are.

If you’ve already committed to a smart phone, consider purchasing a tablet. Popularity and preference of tablets over computers and laptops is growing. Imagine showing a presentation on your tablet instead of flipping through a stack of papers.

We recommend the Ipad specifically. The Windows Surface or Samsung Galaxy Tab have more options, but when you consider ease of use, right out of the box, The Ipad has a much more simplified format. This is easier for users to just grab it and go, especially users who are less tech savvy

2. LinkedInIN.fw

With over 225 million members, LinkedIn is important for business. If you’re not a fan of social media, or don’t have time for all the different platforms, at least create a profile on LinkedIn. It shows that you are in tune with the professional world, and it’s a good place to house your experience, abilities and any awards.

Because it’s a website of professional looking for professionals, LinkedIn is a great networking tool. You can use it to keep in touch with colleges, and tech savvy client will use this as a reference. This is also another great place to receive recommendations.

3. Online Communities

active rain logo. blog on this site to be the best charlotte ne real estate agent like anncy braun at showcase realty and have the most charlotte nc homes for saleOnce you have found a company with a good internal training structure, become a member of an online community.  Belonging to a real estate community outside of your office gives you access to a wealth of information.

You can join a Facebook group (Raise the Bar in Real Estate and Tech Support for Agents are the most active), become a member of a real estate blogging site like Active Rain, or join a List-Serve email list where agents ask and answer questions.  Even if you don’t ask or answer questions yourself, you can read about hot topics or search previous posts to see if your question has been answered before.

4. Be Genuine

Finally if you’re going to do any of these suggestions above, be genuine and relatable.  the best charlotte nc real estate agents are genuine like nancy braun of showcase realty who has the most charlotte nc homes for sale

Danny Mareco, Director of Marketing at Showcase Realty, advises,  “Don’t jump on the next fad just because you think you have to. People will see through that.”

If you are going to blog, provide useful information; don’t just tout your accomplishments. If you are going to create a social media profile, keep it updated.  The main focus of technology today is connection – connecting all of our tools and devices together through apps and cloud, and connecting us to each other through social and networking sites.

If you are just using it to ‘be out there’, you’re missing the point; these technologies are supposed to make life easier, not feel like a burden. That tune will ring flat in many of your clients’ ears.

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