Lake Norman Real Estate Blog

You’re DIYing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might need is at your fingertips online, right? That and your own sterling judgment.

Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do it on your own. But you really, really shouldn’t. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need a Realtor® if you want to do it right. Here’s why.



1. They have loads of expertise

Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-arcane jargon, and your Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently.

Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms,

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Despite the regulations imposed by the Truth-in-Lending/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules and disclosure forms in October 2015, some homebuyers still say their final closing costs caught them by surprise.      When asked what surprised them about their closing costs, 31 percent of homebuyers were not surprised at all about their closing costs because their loan estimates and closing fees matched. However, 35 percent expressed surprise that their costs/fees were higher than expected while 17 percent said they hadn't expected they would be required at all.  (sidenote: how does that even happen?!)

The top five closing costs that most surprised homebuyers were:

1.         Mortgage insurance (24 percent)

2.         Bank

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When Buying, Selling and Renovating, it’s an Animal House, Say Realtors

When making decisions about buying, selling or renovating their homes, Americans, by and large, take their pets' needs into account, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®. The 2017 Animal House: Remodeling Impact report found that 81 percent of respondents said that animal-related considerations play a role when deciding on their next living situation.

"In 2016, 61 percent of U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future, so it is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to homeownership " said NAR President William E. Brown, a Realtor®

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Improving the curb appeal of your home will not only bring a smile to your face when you pull up after a long day, but it will leave you smiling all the way to the closing table. Boosting the exterior aesthetic of your home adds to your enjoyment, but also can dramatically improve the value at resale. By focusing on the three main areas of your home's exterior, you'll be proud no matter who is driving by.

Improving the driveway, garage, and walkway

In most homes, the driveway and the garage comprise a significant portion of the home's curb appeal, yet they are often overlooked by homeowners. Ensuring your driveway is in good condition and free of weeds will…
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Face it. Your home's not perfect. You may keep up with general maintenance, and perhaps you're meticulously clean. But how old is your kitchen? Do your paint colors reflect current trends? Could your living room use some updating?

When it comes to selling your home today, it's got to be perfect, or buyers will simply move on to the next option. Doing some renovations, whether that means overhauling areas that are long overdue for a facelift or making some simple changes that freshen up the place, is typical. But if you're thinking they can wait until you're ready to list your home, these 6 reasons may make you rethink that plan.


1. You get to enjoy the new stuff


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Gastonia, NC recently gave the approval for a massive new $30 million senior living community on Union Road, just north of the Catawba Creek Golf Course.

The new state-of-the-art development will include a clubhouse and fitness center. There will be health and wellness coaches and a nurse practitioner available.

Mills River, as it’s now being called, will include a three-story, 60-unit complex for people ages 55 and older.

The developer, Green Builders, chose the location due to its proximity to all the necessities that seniors need, such as food, medicine, and physician care.

The company now plans on starting construciton in a week or two, with 11 months until the building is finished.

The new development will include an exercise room,

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Insulation is one of those building products that you never see, because it is usually covered up by something else. But if you don't have enough, or if it is installed incorrectly, you're wasting energy and paying more for heating and cooling than is necessary.

There are a number of insulation products you can use to prevent energy loss. However, it is important to realize that insulation is only one part of a two-prong approach to energy efficiency. The other arm of the plan involves sealing all of the holes, cracks or openings caused by pipes, wires, chimneys or anything that creates an opening in a wall, ceiling, or most importantly, attic floor.

These openings allow interior air to escape to the unconditioned (not heated or cooled) space…
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Whether you're renovating to sell your home or just for your personal pleasure, you always want to make sure your place is in style. And as trends come and go, it's important to pay attention to the features, finishes and items that will keep your house nicely updated. Not only will this keep you feeling like you have a modern space, but it will also be appealing to buyers should you choose to move.

So if you've currently got a few of these things that are "out" for 2017 in your home or were thinking about adding them, well, you might want reconsider.

Barn doors


Barn doors were borne out of necessity, acting as a solution for those with limited space where a traditional door

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These seven tips can help you make that dream of homeownership come true in 2017.

1. Work with the right real estate agent

The guy next door or your brother's girlfriend's cousin who just got his real estate license may be hungry to get your business, but that doesn't mean he's your best bet. An experienced agent quite simply knows things that someone who is brand new probably doesn't. An experienced agent will also have important relationships in place that may be able to help buyers in every facet of the home purchase, including:

Finding houses that aren't even listed yet

Finding homes that may be slightly outside of a buyer's criteria but that are

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