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Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

by Mayes Harris Team

A small kitchen doesn’t have to mean dark or cramped, you can maximize a small kitchen by using these clever tips. From tricking the eye to great ways to get extra storage, these easy design ideas will help you love your small kitchen.

  • Tone on Tone Colors Scheme – Trick the eye by using subtle variations of the same color palate.
  • Strategic Shelving – Add a shelf above the backsplash to add room for spices or décor; place on a wall to display glasses or dishware and gain extra storage in the process.
  • Design with an Island – If possible, open a closed off kitchen to the family or breakfast room, use an island as double duty by adding a breakfast bar on one side and sink, dishwasher and storage on the other.
  • Tile a Whole Wall – Consider making a blank wall a focal point by tiling the space floor to ceiling. Glossy tile brings interest and light to the kitchen.
  • Big Style Elements – There is no need to shy away from large fixtures simply because the space is smaller. Large retro pendant lights are a great way to not only light the space but add interest and a modern vibe to the kitchen.
  • Seek Extra Storage – There is plenty of hidden storage opportunities in most kitchens. Pull out drawers are a great way to access the recessed areas of pantries and cabinets.

Small kitchens can be just as inviting as their spacious counterparts. With a little creativity and stagecraft, your kitchen can be the heart of the home, at any size.

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall

by Mayes Harris Team

Traditional lore says that the best time to list your home for sale is spring and if it hasn’t sold by the end of summer, you’re out of luck. Along the same lines, homeowners across the country are often advised not to list in the fall and wait until after the holidays to list. The truth is that a great home will sell at any time of year and in fact there are some very good reasons to list in the fall, while everyone else is busy doing other activities.

4 Reasons to Sell this Fall

  1. Less Competition – As mentioned above, most sellers list in spring so as a seller, fall provides you less competition which increases the opportunity for buyers to view your home.
  2. Serious Buyers – Home buyers in fall often have a timeline to move before the holidays. They tend to take the home search seriously and move to write offers faster and avoid wasting time.
  3. Curb Appeal – Fall is a beautiful time of year and homes always seem cozier
  4. as the weather turns. Fall colors in the trees and the scent of baking entice buyers to feel “at home” which encourages offers.
  5. Closing is Easier – The pace of home sales slows during the fall; as such lenders can move faster and the process tends to take less time.

The last and best reason to sell this fall is that it’s the right time for you and your plans. Regardless of whether you are relocating, moving up or scaling down, if this is the right time to sell, then this is the best time to sell.

Mecklenburg County Halloween Events

by Mayes Harris Team

So much for families to do in Mecklenburg County during this Halloween season. Let's take a look at what's coming up in our area!

Halloween Costume Party & Contest
Friday, October 18th
Hunter House and Gardens
412 S Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 891-1913
Firepit reservations costs $25

On Friday October 18th you are invited to a kid’s Harry Potter Inspired Halloween Party & Movie! There will be treats for the little ones & games to play, ending the evening with a free showing of Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince on a giant 28ft outdoor movie screen! Reserve a firepit, grab a blanket, gather your ghosties & ghouls and join in! The movie is free, no outside alcohol of any kind is allowed on property. Firepit reservations are $25

Spooky Tales in the Dark
October 25, 2019 - October 26, 2019
Recurring daily
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-2312

Spooky Tales in the Dark

Experience a spooky candlelight tour in the dark at Historic Latta Plantation! For three very special evenings, they're offering spine chilling tours throughout the historic home and kitchen house; followed by hot cider and cookies fireside. Throughout the tour, guests will listen to first hand accounts of ghostly tales from present and past staff, volunteers, and visitors.

Tour dates are Friday, October 18, Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Each tour begins on the hour at either 6 pm , 7 pm, 8 pm, or 9 pm. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $20 per person. Members receive your 10% discount by calling 704-875-2312 to register or stop by the museum. We are unable to offer refunds for workshops and classes unless the session is cancelled or rescheduled.

Boatyard Beer Fest
October 19, 2019
BoatYard Eats
18418 Statesville Rd./Cornelius, NC 28031
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

1st BoatYard Beer Fest ever on Oct. 19th! Come check out some of your favorite breweries & bring the kids along for some fun kids activities!!

Halloween in Huntersville
October 19, 2019
Huntersville Recreation Center
11836 Verhoeff Drive/Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-6541
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

FREE entertainment including balloon twisters, airbrush tattoos, bounce houses, & local craft vendors. Food trucks will have food available for purchase. Come inside the rec center for Dracula dodgeball, balling with the boogieman, arts & crafts and a maze!

Halloween Egg Dash! 23,000 black and orange eggs filled with candy! Ages and timeframes:
*Ages 1-3: 4:15pm
*Ages 4-6: 4:30pm
Ages 7-9: 4:45pm
Ages 10-14: 5:00pm
*one parent/guardian per child is allowed on the field

The annual costume contest starting at 5:30pm will award one participant in each of the following categories: Cutest Baby (age 1 and under), Best Costume (ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-17), Best Superhero, Best Disney Character, Best Homemade Costume, Best Adult Costume (ages 18+), and Best Family Costume.

Halloween Havoc Costume Party!
October 19, 2019
Tropicana Sports Bar
19732 W Catawba Ave /Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 502-7629
10:00 PM to 2:00 AM

LAKE NORMAN’S Halloween Havoc Costume Party at Tropicana Sat Oct 19th 10pm till 2am.

Live Music featuring Ryan Trotti

Costume Contest!!!

No Cover & Free Parking

Fall Fest 2019 Beer Festival
October 20, 2019
Jetton Village
19818 North Cove Road/Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 663-7779
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Cornelius Drafthouse and Bottle Shop and Harvey's Cornelius are at it again.  Annual Craft Beer Fall Fest!  Can't wait to share the bands!  Also have food trucks on site, 12 breweries, Ciders, Wine and Craft Vendors.  Don't miss some of the great seasonal beers during the BEST SEASON for Craft Beer!   Combine Oktoberfest with Fall Seasonals and you can't get any better than that!    

Free to Public and portion of proceeds go to the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club to help with local children's needs as well as scholarships and leadership efforts for kids in the Lake Norman Area!  

Davidson's Halloween March
October 25, 2019
216 S Main Street
216 S Main Street/Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 892-7591
5:00 PM

The Town of Davidson will celebrate the Halloween season on Friday, October 25 starting at 5:00 p.m. with the traditional Halloween March along Main Street. Families should line up at town hall to parade along main street to receive treats from merchants and organizations.

Special thanks to the Davidson merchants and businesses for supporting this great event. We look forward to seeing you in costume!

Regular Halloween trick-or-treating around town will still take place on October 31.

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights
Carolina Renaissance Festival
October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
Recurring daily
Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Already the Carolinas' largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes the place to celebrate Halloween!  Enjoy FREE Child Admission with no coupon required for all children 12 and under.  

Children and parents alike enjoy the fun and safe trick or treating experience with free treats to be found at over 100 locations throughout the Festival Village.  And don't miss the children's Halloween Treasure Hunt with Treasure Chest filled with prizes!  Stop by the 107.9 The Link display outside the front gate to pick up your treat bags and treasure maps provided free to children each day, while supplies last.

Win Free Tickets for a Return Visit (and other prizes too)!  Children and adults are also encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes and enter the Halloween Costume Contest!  All costumes are welcome! Contest times TBD at The Haven (beyond the Edgewood Theatre) Huzzah!

In addition, a full day of regular Festival entertainment is complimented by the Knights of the Living Dead zombie jousting challenge happening three times daily throughout Halloween weekend.  And don't forget, the Festival is a great place to buy your Halloween costume or costume accessories!

Market Report Update: Mecklenburg County's September 2019 Stats

by Mayes Harris Team

We have exited Summer and now are turning the page on yet another month on the calendar. This time we begin by reviewing Mecklenburg County's September 2019 Stats.

Let's dive a little farther than this starting with the Median Sales Price in SEPTEMBER. If we look back at 2017, we see a median sales price of $230,000. The following year, 2018, that price increased by +7.3 percent to $246,750. In 2019, we increased again by +9.4 percent to a median sales price of $270,000 in Mecklenburg County.


Next, we are going to review the number of New Listings that came on the market in Mecklenburg County in SEPTEMBER. We start with 2 years ago, 2017, and see that there were 2,189 new homes that came on the market. The following year, 2018, there was a decrease of -12.4 percent with 1,918 new homes coming on the market. This year, 2019, there was an increase of -+6.3 percent with 2,039 homes coming on the market.

The next statistic we will review is the SEPTEMBER Median Days on Market. Starting in 2017, we saw 10 median days on the market and then the following year, 2018, we increased by +20 percent to 12 median days on the market. In 2019, we increased by +8.3 percent to 13 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!!

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