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A Home Buyer's Tips About Windows

by Mayes Harris Team

Single pane, double pane, thermopane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low "e" glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW - There's a lot to know!

Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this. Fogged thermal pane windows might need to be replaced if their seals are broken. New argon gas filled windows work well to insulate, while low-e coatings reduce the heat transfer for south facing rooms.

There is a lot of information available on the web, but this site seems to be one of the best ones out there. We will be happy to show you the different types of windows and glass as we show you around homes, so be sure to ask us.

Tip About Paint

by Mayes Harris Team

New paint makes the entire home smell clean and neat and can bring sellers top dollar. If your home has chipped paint, exposed wood, or surfaces that look faded, it's time for new paint. If your carpet is worn, dirty, outdated, or an unusual color or style, you might consider replacing it.

Many houses do not sell because of these problems. Don't think that buyers have more money than you to freshen up a home. They typically don't. They will simply look elsewhere for a home that needs less work.

Please let me know when you are ready to sell and I can help you prepare your home for today's market.

Homebuyer's Tip About Wiring

by Mayes Harris Team

The type of wiring in residential homes generally depends on when the home was built, where it was built and if it has been updated. In the older homes, knob and tube type wiring was the norm, replaced later by encased plastic-sheathed wiring.

In most case,s the newer plastic-sheathed wiring is copper, insulated with plastic and then wrapped with insulation and another layer of plastic for protection. Breaker boxes are another story; sometimes a well-meaning homeowner can inadvertently make things unsafe.

It is always wise to consult a reputable home inspector and even an electrician before you buy. A little homework today can save you a lot of money down the road. more on home wiring is available here.

You will spot several different types of plumbing systems in any housing market, including our own. Copper, galvanized, rigid plastic, polybutylene, and soft plastic are but a few. Certain systems are more prone to having certain problems.

A galvanized water pipe is most prone to rusting on the horizontal surfaces (such as under a floor) versus vertical surfaces (running up a wall) and it corrodes from the inside out. Some rigid plastic systems have been recalled, while others have fared very well.

The most reliable types seem to be made of copper, but again there can be issues to check: are the hangers plastic lined? Are there any lead solder joints? A good home inspector can help you identify any problem areas before you buy. There are several reputable inspectors in our area that I would be happy to refer.

Call me if you need anything.


Harrisburg July 4th Celebration
July 3-4 @ 4pm
Harrisburg Park 
704.455.5614  |

Troutman Independence Day Parade
June 30 @ 11am
Iredell County Fairgrounds
704.528.7600  |

Fireworks will begin at about 9:30 pm. 

12th Annual July 4th Celebration  
July 4 @ 10am
Birkdale Village 
704.895.8744  |  Facebook: Birkdale Village

Skyshow and Street Party 2018
July 4 @ 2pm
BB&T Ball Park
980.207.0079  |

Downtown Davidson 4th of July Celebration
July 4 @ 5:30 pm 
Downtown Davidson 
704.892.7591  |

Festivities will begin at 5:30 pm.

Celebrate America Fireworks Show
July 4 @ 9:30pm

Summer Pops: Celebrate America!
July 1 @ 8:15pm
Symphony Park (Southpark)
704.972.2000 |

Denver Fireworks Spectacular
June 30 @ 4pm
East Lincoln High School

Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Game and Fireworks Show
June 16 & July 2 @ 7 pm
Sims Legion Park
704.866.8622   | 

Firework show following the end of the game.

USNWC's 4th of July Festival
July 3-4 @ 3pm
U.S. National Whitewater Center
704.391.3900  |

A two-day celebration with firework displays at 9:30 each night. 


November Calendar of Events - Lake Norman And Surrounding Areas

by Mayes Harris Team

Billy Graham's 99th Birthday Celebration
November 7, 2017
4330 Westmont Drive/Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 401-3200
‚Äč9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
International Science Center Day
November 10, 2017
6000 Sample Road, PO Box 16443/Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-6521
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
FREE Admission for Mecklenburg County Residents with
Valid ID Regular Admission for Everyone Else
Veterans Day
November 11, 2017
Huntersville- Concord Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 766-2253
9:45 AM to 2:00 PM
Veterans Day Open House
November 11, 2017
19725 Oak Street/Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 896-8823
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Sheepdog Trials & Dog Festival
November 11, 2017 - November 12, 2017
Recurring daily
4431 Neck Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
10:00 AM
Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.
November 3, 2017 - November 12, 2017
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
307 Armour Street/Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 892-7953
Various times
$12 in advance, add $2 at door
Carolina Renaissance Festival
September 30, 2017 - November 19, 2017
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
16445 Poplar Tent Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
$25 for adults; $15 for children (5-12yrs); $22 for seniors and military
Craft Beer Fall Fest
November 12, 2017
Harvey's Cornelius
19906 North Cove Road/Cornelius, NC 28031
(980) 231-5936
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Santa Arrival Parade & Tree Lighting
November 12, 2017
8712 Lindholm Drive, Suite 206/Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 895-8744
3:00 PM
Organ at Davidson November Concert
November 13, 2017
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
100 North Main Street/Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 892-5641
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Free with donations appreciated to expand the series
Hot Rods & Hops
November 17, 2017 - December 15, 2017
Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
10228 Bailey Road/Suite 201/Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 756-4156
6:00 PM
6th Annual Light Up Cornelius
November 25, 2017
Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue/Cornelius, NC 28031
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
AmeriCarna LIVE Car Show 2017
November 25, 2017
Ingersoll Rand
800 Beaty Street/Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 897-8982
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
$5 - $150
10th Annual Community Nativity Festival
November 30, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Recurring daily
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7036 McIlwaine Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
(801) 554-3967
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

May 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report (Infographic)

by Mayes Harris Team

The May 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report infographic shows housing market trends throughout 53 metro areas. The report is based on MLS information, includes all residential properties and is not annualized.

Graduation Time

by Mayes Harris Team

I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a Brene' Brown post which made me think of the many parents who are facing this time of life with their young adult children. I wanted to share it with you in her words, not mine - 

Written by Brene' Brown

Ellen graduated from high school this past weekend. It was beautiful and hard. Emotions are complex things. I’ve been studying the relationship between thought, behavior, and emotions for close to two decades, and I learned something new on Saturday morning.
There’s a combination of joy and grief that can take your breath away. The sum of those two parts wells up inside you and holds your breath hostage until you let go of the notion that you can control the paradox and choose between joy and grief. Your breath returns only when you submit to the reality that you are caught in the grips of both delight and sorrow. Both are strong. Both are true.

In many ways, the etymology of the word “paradox” captures the heart of what it means to love. From its Greek origins, it’s the joining of two words para (contrary to) and dokein (opinion). The Latin paradoxum means “seemingly absurd but really true.”

That's how parenting has always felt to me - unbelievably true.

I’ve shared as many life lessons as I could with Ellen, AND she has always been my teacher. I’ve tried to model our family belief that it’s okay to be brave and afraid at the same time, AND our children have always been the best example of what this looks like. We have a sign by our back door that reads, “We can do hard things.” We hung it there to remind the kids that hard work, tough conversation, and emotional pain are normal and important parts of life. AND, it’s Ellen who often whispers the saying in my ear when I doubt myself.

Sometimes she’s afraid to leave for college in the fall, and I assure here that she’s ready. Sometimes I’m fighting back tears, and she’ll say, “I’m ready. It’s going to be okay.” Sometimes we cheer together. And sometimes we hold each other and weep.

Now the toughest paradox of love – letting go and holding on.

Ellen, it’s time for you to fly. It’s one of the biggest scary-and-brave moments, but don’t worry – we’ll be holding on tight. Not always to each other, but to love, courage, faith, and strength. All of the things you’ll need in the world. AND all of the things you already have.

Lake Norman and Surrounding Areas - Upcoming Events

by Mayes Harris Team

'Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival
APRIL 29, 2017 2 TO 8 PM 
Fun for the WHOLE family! Over 80 craftsman and artisans, plus food trucks, craft breweries and much more. You won't want to miss this!
Davidson Farmers Market
Recurring Every Saturday
Next to the Davidson Town Hall between Main & Jackson 
It's so great to eat fresh and locally grown food. Do try and make it out some Saturday. You won't regret it!
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
NHRA drag racing returns to zMAX Dragway for the ONLY four-wide race on the NHRA schedule. Be sure to join the fastest accelerating machines on the planet as they tackle the world’s fastest drag strip.
Decked Out 2k7TEEN
April 29, 2017 7 PM TO 10:30 PM
Parking Garage - 3rd Level
105 Gilead Road/Huntersville, NC 28078
Join LKN area teens for a TEEN night out featuring: Carnival theme, live DJ, FREE good/drinks, games and more!
So lots going on in the next few days! Enjoy!! 

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.

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