Charlotte Real Estate Blog

How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Charlotte, NC

Congratulations on choosing to take this exciting step! Being a real estate agent is an exciting and fulfilling career, and every day offers something new.

Here at uphomes, we pride ourselves on having some of the best Realtors in the Charlotte area and each Agent started in the same place, with real estate license classes here in NC. The cost for a real estate class varies from school to school, so do your research not only on the cost but on the quality as well.

Prior to becoming a real estate agent, I strongly advise shadowing a friend or family member who is a real estate agent in Charlotte. If you do not know anyone in your personal life who is a real estate agent, reach out to an agent who is well-known in your area and request to shadow

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Things to Consider When Buying a Home in Charlotte, NC

Things To Consider When Buying a Home Charlotte

What do basketball, barbecue, and banking all have in common? The answer: Charlotte, North Carolina.

We’ll delve into each of these in more detail below, along with several other details you will want to know as you prepare to buy a home in Queen City.

Why is Charlotte nicknamed ‘Queen City’?

In 1768, Great Britain’s King George III named Charlotte, North Carolina after his wife, Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. It has since come to be nicknamed ‘Queen City’ in her honor.

The Weather

If you are not a fan of the snow, Charlotte is the city for you. There is an average of about 4 inches of snowfall per year, making the winters very manageable. On the flip side, the weather

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7 Surprising Things That Add Value to Your Home

7 Surprising Things that Add Value to your Home

If you are anything like me, you enjoy watching a home renovation process come to life through shows on HGTV or Better Homes and Gardens. Although fun to watch on television, these renovation processes can be quite daunting and aren’t always entirely necessary when trying to add value to your home. Homes here in Charlotte are the beneficiary to some strong economic growth which is helping to improve all home values and the ones that have these items below appreciate even more. Sometimes, minimal improvements will go a very long way. In this post, I uncover some details that can add value to your home – some of which may be surprising!  

Fences

When you're selling a home your curb appeal matters,

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What to Expect Moving to and Living in Concord NC

Concord, NC is a city located in Cabarrus County with just under 100,000 people living in the city. Concord was founded in 1796 and is home to some of the top tourist destinations in North Carolina including the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Mills.

The name Concord actually means “harmony” and this town lives up to its name. You get the small-town southern feel with a variety of downtown events to get to know people living in your community. Located 20 miles outside of Charlotte you have easy access to the city life and come back to feel right at home in Concord. 

So let's dive into 5 things you should know before moving to Conord:

Nature

What better way to unwind than being outdoors with friends and family! Frank Liske Park

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Credit Boosting Strategies for Prospective Home Buyers

How To Boost Your Credit Score FAST When Buying a Home

Months or even years before buying a home, prospective buyers should take a look at their credit scores and their credit history. It's especially important for first time home buyers who may not have as much of a credit history as people who have owned homes in the past. When buying a home in Charlotte, most lenders are going to want to see a score of 620 though some lenders can make it work in the high 500s.

A home borrower's credit score and report make up a big portion of their ability to qualify for a mortgage, as well as the type and possible size of mortgage they get when they do. Having a great credit score can also help you earn a better interest rate with your mortgage lender.

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WARNING: This article has been known to make your mouth water. Here are 17 of the BEST Restaurants in Charlotte North Carolina!

Our guide to the best restaurants in Charlotte is created with you in mind. While we are primarily focused on helping people find homes for sale in Charlotte we love providing value and local information.

It is hard work eating at so many great restaurants... but someone had to do it! So without further ado, here is an uphomes guide to the best restaurants in Charlotte!

If you find this guide helpful, share it with others on social media - Drop us a comment and let us know how many you have eaten at and what you think of each restaurant!

1. 5Church

Menu and Directions

Charlotte Magazine's 2018 Restaurant

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7 Common Mistakes Buyers Make When Buying a Home from Charlotte, NC Realtor - uphomes.com

  1. Searching for a home BEFORE getting approved
  2. Interviewing just one lender
  3. Not finding the right real estate team
  4. Buying with emotion vs. reason
  5. Putting all your savings on the down payment
  6. Maxing out the loan amount
  7. Not understanding the ROI of your home

A lot of first time home buyers make mistakes when they are looking for a home to buy. It happens to everyone. Very rarely do these processes run smoothly. You will come across some extremely stressful times when you are searching for a home, but don’t let them scare you! Are you moving to Charlotte, NC? We want to make sure that your move here is swift and pleasant, not stressful. Start your research by familiarizing yourself with the best neighborhoods. We have put

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Selling a Home in Charlotte 2018 Realtor Tips/Advice 

10 Realtor® Tips to Help Sell Your Home

  1. Right Price
  2. Professional Help
  3. Make Any Necessary Repairs 
  4. Hire the Right Agent
  5. Be Flexible With Showings
  6. Have Professional Pictures Taken
  7. Review Your Listing Online
  8. Respond to Offers Promptly
  9. Make the Buyer Feel Like They’ve Won 
  10. Prepare for the Move

Selling your first home is bittersweet. Chances are you made some great memories and it's time to grow into something more accommodating for your lifestyle.

There are many different angles to take when selling your home. Some sellers want to sell as quickly as possible and move into their new home. Some sellers want to be patient and wait for the best offer. Whichever seller you plan on being, we have put together a list of

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The hottest time buyers are out shopping for a new home is during the spring and summer. There are a lot of deals being put into motion and many contracts being signed. However, does that make it the best time to buy a home?

When is the Best Time to Buy a Home

The correct answer to the question 'when is the best time to buy a home?' is when you are ready. You can find great homes and investments year round. So what is the ideal time?

@ uphomes we believe the best time for buyers, especially here in Charlotte, is actually in the Fall/Winter (yes, school and weather play a factor in most places!) and here are 7 reasons why! 

  • Decreased Competition
  • Motivated Sellers
  • Home's Flaws
  • Time to think
  • Agent's Priority
  • Price Reduction
  • Less Multiple Offers

Fewer

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Buying a Home in Charlotte NC - Information for Before you Buy!

Buying a home? Here are 11 Things you Need-To-Know BEFORE doing so:

  • Location
  • Price
  • Condition
  • School Districts
  • Neighborhoods
  • New Vs. Mature
  • Mortgage Type
  • HOA Vs. No HOA
  • First Time Home Buyer
  • Storage Space
  • Home Inspection

Location when buying a home in Charlotte

Location

Location is the most important part of buying a home.

Whether you're buying a home in Charlotte, or anywhere in the world, location is going to have the largest impact on appreciation, desirability, and convenience. The price and condition of a home are two things you can change. The location is not. That is why location is able to dictate price.

Before you prioritize the criteria you're looking for in the home decide what location/s are important to you. Do you want to

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