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5 QUICK Ways to Get Your Home Ready To List In Today's Market!

by Mayes Harris Team

You do not have to break the bank to get your home in tiptop shape before listing it. I've come up with a list of 5 QUICK ways to get your home ready to list in today's market, and here they are!

1. Cleaning. That's right, but I'm not talking about a simple cleaning, I'm referring to a deep clean. Think Spring cleaning. You want to make sure that every window is washed and baseboards are dusted. Here's a great resource  - The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist.

2. Declutter.  Now is the time where less is really more. You don't want people to walk into your home and be overwhelmed with knick-knacks, collectibles, and personal memorabilia. These are things to pack away or donate. Of course, I have another resource for you - The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Decluttering Your Home

3. Landscaping. Your landscaping is essential as it is what will entice people to come into your home, and it lets them know if you maintain your property in a way that shows them you appreciate it. First impressions do matter, and there are little things that will make a significant impact on buyers. Check this out. Landscaping Tips That Can Help Sell Your Home

4. Small projects. We all have been known to live with certain things for so long that we don't even see them. For example, the doorknob that doesn't work anymore or the cracked tile in the kitchen or the leaky faucet. These type of things can usually be remedied by the homeowner. If buyers walk through your home and find these things, then they start to wonder what else has the homeowner neglected.

5. Call a REALTOR©. You want to call your real estate professional as soon as possible. An excellent real estate agent/broker can also help you know what you need to do to prepare your home for listing. They will know what the current competition is and how far you must go to make your home stand out.

I hope this has helped you, but do let me know if you have any questions or if you know someone interested in buying or selling in the Mecklenburg County area. I'd love to help!!

MARKET REPORT UPDATE: MECKLENBURG COUNTY'S APRIL 2019 STATS

by Mayes Harris Team

It is time once again to take a look back at yet another page on the calendar. We are going to review the Mecklenburg County market for this past April.

Let's get started with the Median Sales Price in April. If we look back at 2017, we see a median sales price of $256,375. The following year, 2018, that price increased by +7.3 percent to $275,000. In 2019, we increased again by +3.6 percent to a median sales price of $285,000 in Mecklenburg County.

Next, we are going to review the number of New Listings that came on the market in Mecklenburg County in April. We start with 2 years ago, 2017, and see that there were 1,953 new homes that came on the market. The following year, 2018, there was a decrease of -3.5 percent with 1,884 new homes coming on the market. In 2019, there was an increase of +2.6 percent with 1,933 new homes coming on the market.

 

The next statistic we will review is the April Median Days on Market. Starting in 2017, we saw 6 median days on the market and then the following year, 2018, we saw an increase of +16.7 percent with 7 median days on the market. In 2019, we increased by +57.1 percent to 11 median days on the market.

So there you have it. A quick overview of what is happening in our local market of Mecklenburg County. If you have questions or need real estate assistance than please reach out to us. We would love to help you!!

Priority Tasks When Moving In

by Mayes Harris Team

You did it. You moved into a new home you love and now you’re dreaming of how you’re going to decorate it. But before getting into all of that, there are still some other tasks that need to be at the top of your priority list.

Changing the Locks
Double check them even if you’ve been told that there are new locks installed. It’s better to take safety measures and know that no one else has keys to your home. Call in a locksmith if you want to spend a little money or it can be done yourself.

Call an Exterminator
A great exterminator can take care of any pests that have been lurking in your home.

Get the House Cleaned up
If it isn’t already, clean out the refrigerator, wipe down counters, cabinets, oven if needed, and plumbing fixtures. Prior occupants might have had pets or young children so it’s best to steam clean. This will free your floors of any junk or allergens.

Mechanical Equipment Cleaned
Getting your heating and cooling systems cleaned is crucial and make sure to get a service contract just in case it stops working suddenly.

Get some Closet Organizers
Keep in mind where everything is going to get placed so it can be accommodated in your closet space. A shelf or a coat hook can go a long way for making room for organization.

Meet the Neighbors
You want to reach out to your neighbors as soon as possible. It’s good to establish yourself within the community and you can get advice on some home repairs like which plumber to use.

Having these as priorities will help you move into a clean, working home. And then, you’re ready to move in with all your belongings and start making it yours!

Top Tips for House Hunting Online

by Mayes Harris Team

Hunting for a new home online a is a great place to start your search but
keep in mind that you don’t see everything. Real estate agents are great at
highlighting the features of a house listing online but to make the most of
your time, keep these three things in mind:

Identify your Housing Needs
Preferences are important when house searching. A house may not have
everything you want but it will have most of the things. Be realistic about
pricing and keep in mind the must-have items that will definitely be needed
because this will help narrow your search.

Stay up to Date
When you start your search, make sure you go to sites with up-to-date
Listings directly from the multiple listing service. Realtors post their most
current homes for sale through this. Many sites fail to remove Listings that
are already off the market, and this can lead to you trying to sort through
them and find the recent ones.

Pictures can be Deceiving
Photographers capture Listings at their best. They use different strategies
and tools to boost the appeal of the home like creative editing and
expensive camera equipment known for its effects. What they don’t show is
unappealing parts, like an undone bathroom or small closet.

Go See The Listing After
After you have chosen a house that’s appealing to you, schedule a showing
with your real estate agent. This is the opportunity to see every part of the
house in person and see if it’s a good fit.

Searching online is a great way to learn more about the house you’re
looking for. Even if you’re still unsure about moving, house hunting online
gives potential sellers the basic information.

Make Reservations In Mecklenburg County This Mother's Day!

by Mayes Harris Team

Mother's Day approaches and I thought I would focus this week's blog on special local places to take your mothers or the mothers to your children. Let's get started. Please note, these are non-chain restaurants and that's what I thought I would feature. 

North Harbor Club located 100 N Harbor Pl, Davidson, NC 28036. Call (704) 896-5559 to make reservations and I would reserve as soon as you can. This is a popular hot spot with the locals and the surrounding residents. They will be serving brunch on Mother's Day along with a few of their signature dishes and classic favorites. 

 

Dressler's Restaurant located at 8630 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078. Call (704) 987-1779 to make reservations and again, reserve as soon as you are able. This is yet another popular spot. It is known as an upscale steak & New American fare which is served in a refined storefront setting with a sidewalk patio.

 

131 Main has 3 different locations, but the one I'm specifically featuring is located at 17830 N. Statesville Road, Cornelius, NC 28031. This is their original location. Click here for RESERVATIONS. Here's a description taken from their website, "distinctive low country Charleston feel is obvious when you first step through the front door. The gas lamps, plank siding, outdoor dining veranda, fire pit and a full view of the open kitchen and hickory wood fire grill are warm and inviting."

 

Let's start with these 3 restaurants and build. What's your favorite local place to take Mom on Mother's Day? I would love to add to this list. 

Calling All Beer Lovers! Did You Hear D9 Brewing's Exciting News?

by Mayes Harris Team

D9 Brewing is a local Lake Norman area business which opened in 2014. It was started by 2 engineers and 1 doctor with a mission to inspire and support the community through the creation of exciting and original crafted ales. They've been awarded multiple prestigious medals in the sour and mixed-wild categories at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016-2018. Read more by visiting their website - d9brewing.com

Okay. Let's get to the reason for this blog and that is they have announced they will be opening a second location in Charlotte and bigger news than that is it will be built around a 5,000 square foot concert pavilion and beer garden!! Doesn't that sound great!

Had to share the local news with my followers! Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

Market Report Update: Mecklenburg County's March 2019 Stats

by Mayes Harris Team

It is time once again to take a look back at yet another page on the calendar. This month we begin by reviewing Mecklenburg County's March 2019 Stats.

Let's get started with the Median Sales Price in March. If we look back at 2017, we see a median sales price of $260,000. The following year, 2018, that price increased by +5.8 percent to $275,000. In 2019, we increased again by +2.7 percent to a median sales price of $282.495 in Mecklenburg County. 

Next, we are going to review the number of New Listings that came on the market in Mecklenburg County in March. We start with 2 years ago, 2017, and see that there were 2,119 new homes that came on the market. The following year, 2018, there was a decrease of -3.7 percent with 2,040 new homes coming on the market. In 2019, there was a further decrease of -9.1 percent with 1,854 new homes coming on the market.

The next statistic we will review is the March Median Days on Market. Starting in 2017, we saw 8 median days on the market and then the following year, 2018, we saw a decrease of -12.5 percent with 7 median days on the market. In 2019, we increased to 16 median days on the market. 

So there you have it. A quick overview of what is happening in our local market of Mecklenburg County. If you have questions or need real estate assistance than please reach out to us. We would love to help you!!

Learn More About The The Giving Games And Solace For The Children

by Mayes Harris Team

Recently, I shared that I had won a battle against cancer. Even though real estate is my passion, I've also turned my attention towards paying it forward even more. I've always given back through the Miracle Network and the annual school breakfasts that I host for the local schools, but now, even more, I'm concentrating on doing my part in easing others' burdens or as much as I am capable of. 

With that said, I want to introduce you to an organization known as Solace for the Children. It's an amazing organization centered on helping children in war-torn countries. As you can see, I have a very soft spot for children. My children have my heart and I look at all children as being part of my family. 

The Giving Games is a fundraiser for this organization and it will be FUN!! If you cannot participate then you might wish to contribute. Click here to do so - ClickandPledge.com

Or maybe you do wish to join in the fun. I hope to see you there. Follow the event on Facebook - The Giving Games and like the Facebook page for this organization - Solace for Children

Thank you so much for following my blog and staying connected with me. 

Buying and Selling at Same Time

by Mayes Harris Team

Either buying or selling a home can be extremely stressful, it can be even more overwhelming if one is trying to do both at the same time. The good news is that this happens all the time and by following a few simple tips, both buying and selling can be a seamless process.

Tips for Buying and Selling at the Same Time

The good news is that you’re planning to move anyway. Before you list your home for sale, why not start packing now? Take personal items and excess furnishings and pack them up and move them to storage. Not only will your home look larger and neater, but you are also getting a start on the move.

Next make sure your agent, or agents, understand the timeline and requirements. There are many standard contingencies which can protect you from owning two homes at once or none at all. Not only can the purchase of your new home be contingent on successfully closing on your current one but you can also reverse the process and ensure you find a replacement before the close as well.

Finally, get the entire family involved. Be excited about the change and create a moving plan in which everyone has a task and there is a plan for the move itself. By taking a few initial steps, moving can be fun and easy.

The Internet Can’t Replace Your Agent

by Mayes Harris Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We live in the information age; the Internet offers advice on every topic and real estate is no exception. With more and more home buyers starting their home search online, they are bombarded with advice and information – it can be easy to think that you can learn everything you need to know just by reading articles online.


The truth is your real estate agent does much more than answer your questions and open doors with a special key. A professional real estate agent will be there every step of the way. They have the experience necessary to navigate the complicated home buying process and solve common hiccups that present themselves in every real estate transaction.


Your real estate agent is a local professional. They will start by presenting themselves to the buyer’s agent as someone who will work with them to see the transaction through to a successful conclusion. They have a network of professionals who will work as a team to help you through the process. These include such professionals as lenders, title reps, escrow officers, transaction coordinators, home inspectors, contractors, and handymen, among others.


Most importantly, your agent is your ally in the home buying process. They negotiate on your behalf – armed with experience and understanding of customary charges, costs, and terms. They will ensure that the price you pay for the home is fair for the condition and neighborhood. They will negotiate repairs, if needed and make sure you are protected with the proper contingencies.


The Internet offers lots of great information, but the most important step you can take when buying a new home is hiring a local professional real estate agent. Their knowledge and expertise can’t be found by reading an article or two online.

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