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Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

by Mayes Harris Team

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year. I am part of a team working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year.
But as you know, everyone wins when cancer loses, and thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.
Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.
Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.
We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!
All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.
Please visit my Web site often and tell friends who would also like to donate!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit THIS LINK to make a donation. Below is a video that describes the loss my family sustained due to Lymphoma.

Some upcoming local area events –

21st Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival: Saturday, March 18, 2017. Thousands of spectators watched Charlotte’s Twentieth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it marched through the heart of Charlotte to the sound of pipes and the cheers of the spectators lining the streets on a perfect day. The combination of flags, floats, kids, and pipe band music made everyone smile and be Irish for a day. The parade has grown to be one of Charlotte’s biggest & best.

Galway Hooker’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Block Party: Saturday, March 11, 2017, starting at noon. Entertainment including Bagpipers, Irish dancers, street food, games and more. Come on out.

St. Patrick’s Day Party: D9 Brewing Company, 11138-C Treynorth Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031 starting at 2 pm. Entertainment, food and of course, GREEN BEER. Free admission.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Downtown Mooresville on March 7, 2017 at 3 pm along Main Street from Iredell to Center Avenues in Mooresville.  

Green River Revival: March 14th. The U.S. National Whitewater Center turns green during the fifth annual Green River Revival. Live music starting at 1 pm. 

Queens Landing: St. Patrick’s Day-themed cruises around Lake Norman with Irish activities. Sightseeing 11 am and dinner 6:30 pm on March 14th.

Now for some quick St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Recipes – 

Corned Beef and Cabbage – 4.5 stars. Allrecipes. A very traditional main course on St. Patrick’s Day.

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread – 4.5 stars. Allrecipes. Had to throw this one in there as well. 

Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake – 4.5 stars. Allrecipes. They say “If you like Irish cream and chocolate, you’ll love this recipe.”

Holidays In The Lake Norman Charlotte And Surrouding Areas

by Mayes Harris Team

Christmas Services in Lake Norman and beyond 

Here is a pretty abundant list if you are looking for a place to worship this Christmas season - LINK


Christmas Lights in Lake Norman and beyond 

Zootastic Park of Lake Norman
Christmas Wonderland of Lights
Location: 385 Ostwalt Amity Road, Troutman NC 28166
Lights run from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day
Click for further details: LINK
Huntersville Christmas Lights
Unfortunately, no show in 2016. You can view past shows by clicking the following: LINK
Christmas Town USA - 1 short hour from Lake Norman
Location: McAdenville, North Carolina - WHOLE TOWN
Beware the lights end December 26th!!
Click for further details: LINK

Bring in the New Year in Lake Norman and beyond 

New Year Eve Yacht Party – Lady of the Lake
Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Location: 1459 River Highway, Mooresville, NC 28117
Pre-Party Dock Party boards at 8:30 pm
Cruise Departs from Dock at 10:30 pm
Click for further details: LINK
Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Location: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Live music provided by The Royals
BIG fireworks at midnight! Click for further details: LINK
Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012
Family-friendly featuring New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world. Live music, food trucks and carriage rides. Click for further details: LINK



by Mayes Harris Team

Memorial Day is almost here!  What are some of your traditional Memorial Day meals?   We have found a few to share with you –



Dessert First, Right? -


First Prize Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp


Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert  


Plum Pie




Next Come The Sides -


The Best Potato Salad


Picnic Marinated Summer Slaw


Strawberry Spinach Salad


Corn on the Grill




Main Course -


Cheddar Bacon Hamburger


Barbequed Ribs


Barbeque Chicken




Drinks –


Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade


Smooth Sweet Tea


Getting Into the Holiday Spirit!

by Mayes Harris Team


Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course food!  On November 20th I will be getting into the holiday spirit by holding my annual pie event!  Each year I send invitations to my current and former clients for a free Thanksgiving pie.  This event will not only be a time to reconnect with clients and friends, but to give back to people who have helped in my success. If you have received your invitation, make sure to RSVP soon!


Festival in the Park

by Mayes Harris Team

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

Check out  Festival in the Park-Charlotte's Freedom Park


Thursday September 24th- 6pm-9pm

Friday September 25th KIDS DAY 10am -1pm

Friday September 25th  1pm-9:30pm

Saturday September 26th 10am-9:30 pm

Sunday September 27th 11am-6pm




Charlotte Home Sales Continue Positive Trend

by Mayes Harris Team

People are constantly asking us what is happening in the Charlotte home market.  Well there is some good news to share, but we still have a long way to go. First the good news, Charlotte Metro Area home sales increased for the fifth month in a row indicating the market may be stabilizing.


Single family detached home closings for January 2009 were at 1001, (one of the lowest number of closings in recent years) while in June closings reached 1858 homes. While this sales activity is a positive trend, we are still in for a long recovery period and we do not anticpate returning to the highs of 2007 anytime soon.

Here are some of the trends behind the nos:

  • First time home buyers are taking advantage of the $8,000 tax credit
  • Buyers are focusing on the resell market in well established communities...where they believe it's a safe investment
  • Homes under the $250K range are seeing the greatest activity
  • Interest rates for conforming loans (Under $417K) have continued to remain low...
  • The average Charlotte home sales price has seen an uptick after several months of decline
  • The average home sold for 92.9% of list price....with higher priced homes and foreclosures seeing a greater discount

What does this mean for you as a seller or buyer?  



If you are considering buying a smaller, larger or just a different home, there is a limited window of time to take advantage of low prices and low interest rates.  If you are considering building, builders are offering some of their best prices in years due to lower material prices and labor costs.  According to a recent Wall Street Journal news article here are some things to consider:

  • Waiting for the right time can be expensive. Some buyers would have more equity today, despite falling prices, if they had bought when they were first considering it, instead of continuing to pay rent.
  • Financing is fickle. Some people who were highly qualified last year can’t find financing this year because the credit market has tightened or their personal financial situation now makes them an undesirable borrower.
  • Interest rates are headed up. If prices decline by another 10 percent, but interest rates increase by 1 percentage point, the monthly payment will be the same\Waiting for the right time can be expensive. Some buyers would have more equity today, despite falling prices, if they had bought when they were first considering it, instead of continuing to pay rent.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Douglas Heddings (07/27/2009)


If your home is currently listed or thinking about selling you will need both patience and flexibility.  Every situation is different, but in general it will take longer to sell your home than in past years.  The average days on the market (known as DOM) for June sales was 120 days.


There is a tremendous amount of inventory on the market, your homes must stand out and show well....if people can't imagine how they can live the home, then they will quickly move on to a different listing.

Finally, know your competition!  A good understanding of your home value in comparison to the rest of the market is essential.  If you have questions regarding your market value, we can assist you. 


Questions regarding your specific home or submarket?

Simple email us at and we will be glad to help. 




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