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Buying a Home in 2020

Buying a Home in 2020? 12 things you should consider before diving in!

For most buyers, there are many questions that arise when buying a home, and timing is arguably one of the greatest concerns. With the ever-changing economic market, it is important to know when buying conditions are favorable, as purchasing a home in a strong market could save you thousands (or sometimes even hundreds of thousands) of dollars in the long-term.

1. Is 2020 a good year to buy a home?

Charlotte homes have been consistently appreciating over the past several years. There are a variety of factors influencing these metrics that I will delve into a bit more below, but I advise buying in 2019 if possible. Charlotte’s strong market and powerful economy will

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Things to Do in Charlotte NC

This may sound cliché, but Charlotte is truly the city that has it all. From exciting amusement parks to lush parks and botanical gardens to hilarious comedy bus tours and lively breweries, Charlotte has a wide selection of great activities for all ages. I’ll begin this list with some of the most well-known attractions that Charlotte has to offer, such as the Carowinds Amusement Park and NASCAR motor speedway, and then I’ll work my way down to some of the more local activities. Whether you’re a resident or just passing through, I have no doubt you will enjoy this great city as much as I do!

Free Things to do Inside/Outside in Charlotte:

Carowinds Amusement Park

No list of Charlotte activities would be complete without including the Carowinds!

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Moving to Charlotte, NC - What is it like Living in Charlotte?

Find out why 100+ people are moving to the Charlotte area daily!

If you're thinking of moving to Charlotte, NC you'll want to be sure to read this article in its entirety before you do. Also, feel free to contact us if you need any assistance in finding a home. There are many reasons why someone may want to move to Charlotte. Whether its a job change, a new start, better weather, the great food, and entertainment or even the affordability of the homes for sale in Charlotte makes it an attractive place to live for everyone!

This is part of the reason 100+ people are moving to the Charlotte area each day, comparatively 70+ people are moving to Raleigh, making these two NC cities some of the fastest growing in the country. This trend in 2017 should

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Moving to Concord, NC 2019

Living in Concord 

After reading this guide, I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that the word ‘concord’ means ‘harmony.’ This town truly is harmonious in every way, from its lush parks and golf courses to its warm, friendly environment. Concord boasts great restaurants, popular breweries, a flourishing art scene, fascinating history, and beautiful parks and gardens. Concord is located somewhat towards the center of the state of North Carolina, making it fairly equal distance from both the mountains and the beach. Located in Cabarrus County, Concord is in close proximity to Charlotte (approx. 25 miles) and is considered an affordable, safe, and family-friendly city.

Population

With a population of a little over 87,600 people, this

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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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