HOUSE OF THE DAY: 3940 Ayscough Road – Charlotte

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Our House of the Day  has undergone MANY changes since listed this Spring!

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR.  Listed @ $789,000

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Fresh, neutral paint, new wood floors in family room and upstairs, refinished wood floors down, updated master and secondary bathrooms.

Open floor plan with updated kitchen that opens to spacious screened porch.

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Huge basement that can be used as just about anything; office, media room, playroom, etc…

New Apex Energy Solutions Windows. Large cul de sac for playing!!!!Mountain like setting in back

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Small Town Charm, Big City Convenience -Salisbury, NC

By: Christy Chaffee – Broker – Ivester Jackson | Christie’s

Growing up in Salisbury, North Carolina made for a great, old fashioned childhood.  This was a town where everyone knew you, your parents, a sibling or some family member that seemed to connect everyone.

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Photo courtesy JoannaSerah – Salisbury HS

Teachers knew all of their students by name 20 years after graduation!  Not much has changed over the years, in some respects.  Salisbury still retains much of its small town roots.  The town has grown quite a bit, however, over the years.

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Photo by: Alexius Horatius

Many annual events are still trademark Salisbury entertainment.  In the spring, there is the annual Spring Celebration at Hurley Park and in the fall there is the annual Autumn Jubilee and the Octobortour, where visitors can tour many of Salisbury’s most prominent and beautiful historic homes.  The County Fair continues to bring out the masses for the week that it is in town.

Well known attractions dot the landscape as well.  Dan Nicholas Park is arguably one of the best and most entertaining public parks around.  This park boasts playgrounds, mini-golf, multipurpose fields, walking trails, paddle boats, a few amusement rides, a splash zone, a gem mining area, a reptile center and mini zoo, all in one place, with camping and picnic sites available.

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North Carolina Transportation Museum

Spencer, NC (north of Salisbury) is home to the NC Transportation Museum.  Visitors come from all over to catch a ride on Thomas the Train as well as spend a day riding the Polar Express.

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Great location!

Salisbury is an extremely convenient small town.  It is in between Charlotte and Winston Salem/Greensboro with only a 30 – 60 minute drive to any of them, providing quick access to two major airports, shopping, healthcare, NASCAR and many other attractions and activities along the way.

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Catawba College

It is also home to 2 liberal arts colleges (Catawba College and Livingstone College).  Food Lion and Cheerwine both have corporate headquarters located here.

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305 Hogan’s Valley Way

Housing costs are low with a variety of housing options.  There are several golf course neighborhoods, lakefront communities along High Rock Lake, historic homes along the downtown area and everything in between.  Crescent Golf and Country Club is one of the newest clubs in town.  This neighborhood boasts some beautiful, newer homes of varying price ranges.  Be sure to check out our listing at 305 Hogans Valley Way.  A stunner, at 5670 square feet, this home is perfect for the most discerning buyers.

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305 Hogans Valley Way – Floating Staircase

Attention to detail is seen in every corner of every room.  Call us for a private tour of this one of a kind home in the Crescent Golf and Country Club.  Quiet elegance that is mere minutes away from all that Salisbury has to offer, in the shadows of the historic and lovely Catawba College campus.

Agent Christy Chaffee
Agent Christy Chaffee

Learn more about Christy Chaffee and view her latest listings at http://christychaffee.ivesterjackson.com/.

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305 Hogans Valley Way – Great Room
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305 Hogans Valley Way – Diningroom

 


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Open House Weekend | June 25 & 26

Saturday – Lake Norman Waterfront  1 – 3 

19801 Shearwater Point Drive shearwater road, lori ivester jackson Premier Lake Norman waterfront estate – sublime sunsets and private beach paradise. Fabulous appointments & casual elegance throughout. Great room has coffered ceiling & two-way fireplace with billiards room. Professional kitchen, expansive island & vaulted lakeside breakfast area. Guest suite & private lake view office on main. Master suite has dual closets,Jacuzzi & oversized shower. Screened porch leads to a covered veranda complete with summer kitchen, stone fireplace & sundeck with hot tub.

 

Saturday in Treetops 1 – 4   Tour several homes in Treetops at Cowan’s Ford. Ivester Jackson will hold open 7858 Oak Haven Lane.  Sherry Kronjaeger Hickman, Ivester Jackson Christie's International Real Estate Gorgeous Custom 4BR 3.5 Bath in wooded Lake Norman neighborhood adjacent to Cowan’s Ford Golf Club. Gorgeous HW throughout main living areas, granite/tile in Kitchen, SS appliances. Open floorplan, 2 story GR, huge sunroom and bright breakfast area. Master BR on main level w granite/tile, large walk-in shower w frameless door. 3 BRs and bonus upstairs w 2 full baths. Lots of walk-in storage! Walk to Cowan’s Ford Golf Club where memberships are available: golf, swim & tennis.

Saturday  2 – 4  Take a tour of 4813 Eddystone Drive  Christy Chaffee, ivester jackson, christies, real estate Price has been reduced to $449,900! This home is a fabulous value for the location and square footage!! Stop by for a tour! MUST-SEE fantastic home in great location w/sought after schools. This 4/5 bedroom home is convenient to I-485 & plentiful shopping. Hardwoods on main, kitchen w/gas cooktop. Fresh paint in many rooms. Relaxing screened in porch! Don’t miss the “secret” room behind the bookcase in Master! Third floor can be used as a bedroom or bonus & has full bath. Large, flat, fenced in yard with gorgeous landscaping! Abundant Storage!

Sunday in The Peninsula 1 – 4 – visit 18912 Peninsula Pointe Drive – Ivester Jackson, Pam BoileauPam Boileau Extensively updated (in 2015) home ready for you to move in now! 3 levels of casually elegant living. Stunning 2 story entry & gathering room, 2 master suites, Chef’s kitchen w/ Wolf 5 burner stovetop, double oven, new cabinetry & custom designed/hand crafted island. Hardwoods thru out main, granite countertops in all baths/kitchens, all new bathrooms & wall-to-wall carpeting. New second kitchen on lower level opens to game room & outdoor living. Resort style pool/spa w/ fireplace. A must see!

 


Picture Perfect – Listing Photo Tips That Sell

By: Dina Sosa – Broker  – Ivester Jackson | Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

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Dina Sosa – Ivester Jackson | Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

You’ve found the perfect listing agent and now its time for photos. This element is extremely important. Your listing agent will use these photos to advertise in print, showcase in MLS, and saturate the internet.

You want your home to be Picture Perfect.

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DAY PHOTOS:

 Entire House

  •  Turn all overhead lights and lamps on
  •  Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (all incandescent or all compact fluorescent)
  •  Turn all ceiling fans off
  • Turn all TVs off
  • Turn all computer screens off
  • Open blinds and window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove as many personal photographs
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
  • Place all shoes and jackets in closets
  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, books, etc
  •  De-clutter fireplace mantel and hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)

 Dining Areas

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  • Around tables straighten all chairs and space evenly
  • Feature only one center piece on the dinning tables, fruit and flowers are nice options

 Kitchen

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  • Clear all countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, etc.
  • Leave out a max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of the refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet if they are visible

Bathrooms

 

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  • Clear countertops completely. No soaps, toothbrushes, medications, etc.
  • All toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc from the showers and bath tubs
  • Remove floor mats
  • Use only a few towels for decor

Outside

Gorgeous Outdoor Space
  • Close all garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, balls, bikes etc
  •  Turn on pool/water features
  • Remove trash cans
  • Tidy porches and outdoor furniture
TWILIGHT / DUSK PHOTOS:
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  • Turn on all interior and exterior lighting including all lamps
  • Turn on pool lights (if applicable) and turn on all water features
  •  Remove pool cleaning vacuums, nets, and tubes from pool
  • Turn on all landscape lighting. Double check the function of these prior to picture time
  • Turn on any exterior features, such as water fountains, waterfalls, etc.
  • If you have an outdoor fire feature, light the fires as they look nice burning
  • Remove covers from your outdoor furniture and grills if these items are in good condition
  • Compliment your outdoor space with decorative pillows
  • Make sure all outdoor furniture is evenly spaced and straightened
  • Open outdoor umbrellas
  • Stage your outdoor space with food or drink elements to showcase entertaining possibilities
  • Freshen your outdoor flowers and fill with colorful and lush plants
  • Do not water flowers within three hours prior to the shoot so they stay perky
  • Pick up and put away trashcans, toys, lawn equipment, and pool equipment
  • Make sure irrigation system is off. We like all surfaces to look consistent
  • Tidy up by sweeping surfaces and refreshening your mulch

10 Historic Homes for Sale in Charlotte, North Carolina

5520 Sharon View Road – Circa 1828

$3,449,000

Dating to King George ll, the William Lee House, a richly appointed country house, is a piece of 18th century Charlotte.

Ivester Jackson | Christie's Int'l Real Estate
Ivester Jackson | Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

8556 Dog Leg Road – Nationally Registered Historic Farmhouse

$3,199,000

One of the southeast’s most spectacular estates situated on 66 gated acres of rolling hills and horse pastures. (Sherrills Ford)

One of the southeast's most spectacular estates
Ivester Jackson | Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

625 Hermitage Court – Circa 1914

$2,695,000

Completely renovated 1914 Neoclassical home with amazing architectural detail. (Myers Park)

Remarks Public Remarks: Completely renovated 1914 Neoclassical home with amazing architectural detail. Prime Myers Park location, 2 blocks from Duke Mansion
Listing Courtesy of Valerie Mitchener, HM Properties

500 Hermitage Road – Circa 1915

$2,995,000

One of Charlotte’s finest homes. Light filled Tudor on a .76 acre flat, private lot. (Myers Park)

One of Charlotte's finest homes. Circa 1915. Light filled Tudor on a .76 acre flat, private lot.
Listing Courtesy of Patty Hendrix, HM Properties

 3600 Hampton Manor Drive – Circa 1951  

$2,300,000

Incredible opportunity to acquire a piece of Charlotte’s history; the original estate of Hampton Manor. (Hampton Manor)

Incredible opportunity to acquire a piece of Charlotte's history; the original estate of Hampton Manor,
Listing Courtesy of Giles Barker, Premier Sothebys International

215 Ridgewood Avenue – Circa 1935

$2,275,000

Casually elegant Don Duffy signature craftsmanship abounds in fantastic living spaces of this graciously updated estate home. (Myers Park)

Priced at Appraised Value. Casually elegant Don Duffy signature craftsmanship abounds in fantastic living spaces of this graciously updated (2010) Myers Park estate home.
Ivester Jackson | Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

 2100 The Plaza – Circa 1915

$1,095,000

Bishop John C. Kilgo House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Midwood)

2100 The Plaza
Listing Courtesy of Victoria Mitchener, Dickens Mitchener & Assoc. Inc

1418 Audubon Road – Circa 1955

$1,049,900

Completely renovated Tudor/brick home on large flat lot in Cotswold. (Cotswold)

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Listing Courtesy of Laura Sammons, HM Properties

2404 Laburnum Ave – Circa 1946

$485,000

This Chantilly home has it all,  including a beautiful Master Retreat, hardwood floors, and cooks kitchen. (Chantilly)

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Listing Courtesy of Paige Sweet, ProStead Realty

1415 Coventry – Circa 1955

$985,000

Fantastic 1.5 story remodeled Mid-Century home in the heart of Olde Cotswold. (Cotswold)

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Listing Courtesy of Scott Pridemore, Pridemore Properties


The Ultra Luxury Market, Slowing or Growing?

 

The ultra luxury category has been the scene of much debate.

There has been much private discussion in the region’s real estate community about the conditions in the ultra luxury segment above $2 million in listed value.

Conditions in the range below $1 million are fairly well documented to be highly active, with many areas seeing very competitive buying markets and limited inventory.

The ultra luxury category has been the scene of much debate however, with some luxury agents speculating of a possible slow down.

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The data points do not appear to support a “slow down” in the classic sense of lower buyer activity, in fact recent showing activity, particularly in the 2m to 2.5m range shows just the opposite. That showings in 3 of the regions key ultra luxury areas, Cornelius, Charlotte, and Mooresville, are all running ahead of last year’s March to May period, in some cases by as much as 50%.

The below chart shows the relative increases in total showings in all three areas, according to the regional MLS showing statistics for all homes in the over $2 million range.

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Ultra Luxe Showings Over 2m Last 60 Days vs 2015

While this is encouraging, it’s not the entire picture.

The chart above describes total showings, which can also be impacted by the number of homes available to look at (i.e. if there are 5 homes listed and 2 buyers, the total showings will at most 10, but if there are 20 homes yet only 2 buyers, the total showings could be 40). So it is important to also consider the average number on a per home per basis.

In all 3 areas, the average runs roughly around 2-3 showings per month, and while this year’s average per home is up slightly in all 3 areas, it indicates that while there are likely more buyers, they also have a lot of options and thus are looking at more houses per buyer. Couple this with the increased trend toward major remodel projects, tear down/build projects (particularly over 3 million in total value), and the ultra luxury market is seeing buyers look at more options, which can mean a longer cycle, spread across both resale and build options.

Ivester Jackson | Christie's Int'l Real Estate
Ivester Jackson | Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

While the re-sale residential market over 2 million is generally running at or ahead of prior year trailing “sold” numbers (8 at Lake Norman and 9 in Charlotte over the past 6 months vs lower numbers in 2015), as well as very solid “pending” numbers (9 in Charlotte and 5 at Lake Norman over 2 million), the fact that some buyers are choosing the construction option is leaving fairly competitive conditions for sellers in the resale market.

There does not appear to be any type of “slowing” in the sense of number of buyers, in fact the opposite, they just have more options than they did coming out of the recession, when banks were not loaning money for construction projects.


CarolinaMLS March home sales down slightly

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association reports on the residential real estate market in this region based on Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CarolinaMLS) data.

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CarolinaMLS March home sales were down 1.4 percent with 3,254 properties sold in March 2016 compared to 3,301 properties sold in March 2015.  Sales are up 38.8 percent compared to February 2016.

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The average sales price ($246,891) increased 2.6 percent compared to the average sales price in March 2015 ($240,711).  The median sales price ($198,000) increased 3.7 percent compared to the median sales price in March 2015 ($191,000).

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The average list price in March 2016 ($368,292) increased 28.6 percent compared to March 2015 ($286,316), bringing the percent of original list price received measure to 95.5 percent, which is an increase (1.0 percent) compared to the same period last year. Preliminary pending sales counts for the month of March 2016 totaled 4,864, an increase of 20.0 percent over last year at this time (4,054).

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2016 Association/CarolinaMLS President Maren Brisson-Kuester said, “The CarolinaMLS region, much like the nation, continues with low inventory, which has resulted in a slow start to the spring selling season. However, from a quarterly perspective the region’s home sales are on par with last spring, up 0.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015.”

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New residential listings were relatively unchanged, down 0.2 percent in March 2016 compared to March 2015.  Inventory declined 27.8 percent compared to March 2015, leaving the CarolinaMLS region with a 2.8-month supply of inventory with 10,145 properties for sale. Inventory in March is up 2.1 percent when compared to the inventory at report time in February 2016, with 210 additional properties for sale.

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March 2015’s supply was higher with 14,046 properties for sale, or 4.4 months of supply.

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The average number of days a property was on the market from the time it was listed until it closed (list to close) was 122 days, which is 7 days less time on market than March  2015.  Days on Market, the metric that accrues for “Active” and “Under Contract-Show” statuses only, totaled 69 days, which is 9 days less time on market than last March.

 


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Charlotte Market Report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association reports on the residential real estate market in this region based on Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CarolinaMLS) data.

CarolinaMLS Sales activity down 3.3 percent in November

CarolinaMLS November home sales decreased 3.3 percent with 2,439 properties sold, compared to 2,523 properties sold in November 2014.  Sales are down 20.6 percent compared to October 2015; however, year-to-date sales are up 12.4 percent with 37,254 properties sold over the past 11 months.

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The average sales price in November 2015 ($240,663) rose 5.8 percent compared to the average sales price in November 2014.  The median sales price ($197,000) was up 9.4 percent when compared to the median sales price for last November.

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Up 12.4 percent year-to-date

The average list price in November 2015 ($268,973) increased 7.4 percent compared to November 2014 ($250,455), bringing the percent of original list price received measure to 95.0 percent, which is a slight increase (1.1 percent) compared to the same period last year. Preliminary pending sales counts for the month of November totaled 3,000, an increase of 18.1 percent over the previous period when pending contracts totaled 2,540.

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New residential listings declined 4.7 percent to 3,042 in November 2015 compared to November 2014.  Inventory declined 22.5 percent compared to November 2014, leaving the CarolinaMLS region with a 3.3-month supply of inventory with 11,666 properties for sale at report time.  Inventory in November is down 5.7 percent compared to October 2015.

2015 Association/CarolinaMLS President Maren Brisson-Kuester said, “Even though the pace of sales has slowed across the region, which is typical for this time of year, overall sales for the year are up more than 12 percent, so we should finish the year on a positive note. Sales in our region are following the same trend we’re seeing nationally; however, local pending contract activity remains solid.  This means sales should remain steady moving forward into the new year.”

The average number of days a property was on the market from the time it was listed until it closed (list to close) was 115 days, compared to 124 days last November. Days on Market (DOM), the metric that accrues for “Active” and “Under Contract-Show” statuses only, totaled 62 days, compared to 71 DOM last November.