Susan Dolan

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Susan Dolan, a multi-million dollar producer, spends her days helping clients buy and sell some of Lake Norman’s most luxurious homes.


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Susan relocated from Southern California to Lake Norman in 2009, living and working in the area for the past 7 years, Susan’s become a very involved in her local community and supports various organizations and charities, on top of her list is North Lincoln High School and North Lincoln Middle School where her 3 children attend. Creating community and school spirit has been a major focus of Susan’s for the last 4 years.

North Lincoln High School Fundraising

She’s also helped North Lincoln High School raise several thousand dollars in various areas. The Technology Drive- raised over $10K for school Technology, the football drive raised more than $1700 for football items for coaches and players and Susan’s donated more than $1000 through North Lincoln Sports Boosters as well as donating to North Lincoln Middle School and being a member of both the High school and middle school PTO’s.

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Sailview Community Fundraiser

For the past three years Susan has also sponsored the Sailview Community Garage Sale.  All the proceeds raised from this event help the Sailview Social Committee raise funds and plan for community events for the children and adults throughout the year.

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Susan has been donating to the adoption events that “HATS” hosts to find animals their forever homes. Helping Animals to Survive Inc. (HATS), is a regional 501c3 that seeks to help animals in our regionto not only live, but THRIVE! They are a dynamic, dedicated and lively organization committed to helping those that cannot speak for themselves. Our organization is one of the largest in the area,running on the support and dedication of our volunteers and the generous support of business leaders within our communities. Susan in conjunction with Ivester Jackson was a leader of the pack donor for a “HATS” event on October 14th.

4762 Trails End Road
4762 Trails End Road

Visit Susan’s website to learn more about her extensive knowledge of the area schools, communities, and lifestyles, and view her most current listings.

You can also sign up to receive SUSAN’S EXCLUSIVE GUIDE TO DENVER!

1393 Winged Foot Drive
1393 Winged Foot Drive

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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


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


Or get more information directly from the listing agent here:

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The Roaring 20’s – PCF’s Annual Gala

Ivester Jackson / Christie’s International Real Estate is excited to be a gold sponsor again this year at The Peninsula Community Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “The Roaring Twenties Gala,” which will be held this weekend at The Peninsula Club at Lake Norman.

It will be a fun night filled with gangsters, silent screen stars, and flappers.

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Courtesy: The Peninsula Community Foundation

This annual fundraising gala will help raise money to support local organizations, improving the lives of those in need in our community.

Founded in 2001, The PCF slogan is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” it’s an all-volunteer organization serving North Mecklenburg County. “PCF brings people, capital, and ideas together to help local Lake Norman charities and the communities they serve.”

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Projects include; contributing money to help build Habitat homes, funding for The Ada Jenkins Center, improving the Hope House in Huntersville, and providing need-based college scholarships to students from North Mecklenburg public high schools.

This just touches on the work of PCF, they support many more charitable organizations, to learn more visit the PCF website.

Our agents are very involved in supporting our communties, you can find out more here.


The Patriot Gala – Supporting Our Military

Reed and Lori Jackson, Matthew and Elizabeth Brown - 2015 Patriot Gala
Reed and Lori Jackson, Matthew and Elizabeth Brown – 2015 Patriot Gala

We’re excited to once again support The Patriot Gala this year, coming up soon on November 5th.

Last year’s event was very patriotic as “it recognizes and values what our men and women give to our country with their selfless sacrifice and it ultimately inspires all in attendance to share some of themselves to support our military. It is an evening filled with laughter, tears and warmth.” (Patriot Military Family Foundation Website)

The highlight of the evening includes honored military speakers and guests and is a tribute to the men and women who have served from our great state of North Carolina.

This event includes a silent and live auction with everything from jewelry, wine and dine, travel, sporting events and more to bid on.

Last year four service dogs were presented to local veterans suffering from PTSD and this year four more will be awarded.

Learn more about The Patriot Gala and buy your tickets now!
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Thinking of Downsizing? Why You Should Consider the Luxury Condo Complex – Rosewood at Providence

By Dee Reid –  Agent Ivester Jackson | Christie’s

Of course you’ve driven by the majestic towers at the corner of Providence Road and Sharon Amity.

Rosewood Condos For Sale

Here’s why it’s such a wonderful move:

  • Rosewood is nestled on a 9 acre estate with over 4.5 acres of preserved wooded land.
  • Location: You are already familiar with the SouthPark area and want to stay where you know the action is without living downtown.
  • Concierge: The concierge service will greet your guests or workers, accept deliveries and packages, hold mail, handle your dry cleaning drop off or pick up, and a number of other services.
  • Security: Rosewood has underground parking that is secure. Once you are in the parking deck, you still need a fob to even get into the elevator bay.  The same security applies to the front of the building.  No one can get into the building after a certain time without passing through security, or being buzzed in.
  • Gym: State of the art gym at your disposal 24/7

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    Fitness Center
  • Maintenance: Building maintenance can come to your rescue in case of an emergency…even if you are travelling for the next month
  • Business Center: Copy machine, shredder and various other supplies make it a great standby.  You never know when your printer is going to quit working and you need to get something printed
  • Meeting/Card room: Card game?  Meet with someone?  There is a very nice room that you can use/reserve for your use.
  • Massage room: Have a masseuse that comes to you? There’s a room for that.

    Rosewood Pool
    Rosewood Pool
  • Beautiful pool with pool house, tennis courts, English Garden with fountains and walking trails
  • There is also a gourmet coffee bar, TV lounge and meeting room. There are outings and parties often which provide a great opportunity to get to know the other people in your community.
  • Every building has its own elevator bay.
  • There are two bedrooms, three and a couple of four bedrooms. Most units have 10’ ceilings, with some penthouses having 12-14’ ceilings in certain rooms.  There are terraces of various sizes and different views.
  • There is no other building in Charlotte where you can get this level of amenities.



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Dee Reid








To book a private viewing, or to make an appointment to see any of the units listed, and even a few that aren’t listed…call me at 704-281-3913 or email me at

Visit Dee Reid’s website to see all her listings.

Spotlight on Young Elites

Ivester Jackson | Christie’s Int’l Real Estate is excited to support Young Elites again this year, a local charity that’s helping young women become strong leaders.

This Thursday October 6th is their top fundraising effort of the year, “A Night to Live Your Life on Purpose Gala” at The Peninsula Club.

Courtesy: Young Elites
Courtesy: Young Elites

Young Elites helps young women prepare for a lifestyle of leadership through events and programming offered to high school girls in the Carolinas and beyond. So far 700 girls have gone through the leadership program by way of a full-scholarship.

According to the Young Elites website, “young women are taught to have VISION, INTENT, and PURPOSEthrough deliberate event scheduling that pushes high school girls in and out of their comfort zones. A unique combination of intellectual, physical, and team building challenges teaches these young women 8 game-changing leadership skills – critical thinking, emotional intelligence, fitness & wellness, identifying strengths & goals, mentorship, professionalism, service, and teamwork.”

The gala is a time to celebrate Young Elites success and it’s the primary source of fundraising to help young women.

Click here to learn more Young Elites and “A Night to Live Your Life on Purpose Gala.”


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Ivester Jackson Brokers Earn Prestigious Christie’s Luxury Certification

Leading residential real estate associates from the world’s top luxury network gathered in Washington, D.C. last week for Christie’s International Real Estate’s 2016 Luxury Specialist Conference.
Reed Jackson speaking at Christie's conference.
Reed Jackson speaking at Christie’s conference.
The two-day event, held September 22-23, gave select agents from the Christie’s International Real Estate network an opportunity to explore best practices and strategies, as well as gain competitive insights on ways to successfully maneuver in today’s ever-changing, high-end global property market. Upon completion, attendees received the designation of “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” from Christie’s Education. Fifteen elite agents from Ivester Jackson were in attendance and awarded this prestigious honor.
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Matthew Paul Brown and Cindy Castano Swannack with Christie’s Rick Moeser

Christie’s International Real Estate is the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business and the arbiter of luxury for 250 years. The invitation-only real estate network is composed of top brokerages from around the world, with more than US$118 billion in real estate transactions in 2015.

“Our unique symposium offered a concentrated focus on techniques and tactics for marketing to buyers and sellers at the ultra-high-end, all while allowing attendees to explore new ways to increase their level of service to clients through their exclusive connection to Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s,” said Dan Conn, CEO, Christie’s International Real Estate.
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The conference included a myriad of panels, seminars, and presentations by luxury experts, including Christie’s specialists, and focused on a range of topics — from selling strategies and marketing techniques to current trends in luxury goods and design. Approximately 200 professionals throughout the world took part in the conference.
“Our market leading agents networked and gained exposure to the best practices of the leading agents in the world. We’re excited to see them implement those leading concepts for our clients in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas,” said Reed Jackson, Managing Partner of Ivester Jackson.
Ivester Jackson Christie's International Real Estate in Washington D. C.
Ivester Jackson Christie’s International Real Estate in Washington D. C.
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About Christie’s International Real Estate: Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, and approximately 135 global Affiliates with 32,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries. For additional information, please
About Ivester Jackson | Christie’s International Real Estate:  Ivester Jackson is one of the Southeast’s leading boutique brokerages. An exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, Ivester Jackson’s brokers manage over 250 million dollars in luxury and investment property annually, and have successfully closed over a billion dollars in real estate transactions.

Chef for Kids’ Cancer – The Carolinas

One of the charities Ivester Jackson supports is Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and the charity is holding a special event Thursday, September 22nd in Charlotte – the 2nd annual Chef for Kids’ Cancer.cookies for kids

650 guests will gather at The Fillmore Underground to enjoy chef prepared heavy hors d’oeuvres, local bakery cookies and a live auction with “once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

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The event will raise funds for childhood cancer research and help the mission to help children battling cancer.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides annual research grants to five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers to advance the development of less toxic, more effective treatments for children battling cancer.

Cookies for Kids’ Partner Centers:

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Texas Children’s Cancer Center

Learn more About Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and Chef for Kids’ – The Carolinas.



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.

North Carolina Transportation Museum
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.

Catawba College
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

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


Renovations: New Kitchen or New Roof?

When it comes to big renovations many homeowners want to invest in a new kitchen or updated bathroom which makes sense, buyers are looking for these spaces to be modernized, and they both top the list of home renovations that pay off, with a nice return on your investment.

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But when it comes time to sell keep this in mind, if the roof is leaking or the plumbing is faulty, many buyers will have trouble moving beyond those issues.

Before focusing on granite countertops and steam showers, make sure the furnace and plumbing are in order. A new roof and windows will return 80 percent or more at resale, while siding replacement can recoup 90 percent of its cost.

Home Improvements Stand Out

Basic maintenance of a home is not the fun part, but it’s important to make sure it’s all in good order before spending the big bucks on big projects, homes with up-to-date maintenance items will stand out, compared to a home without these updates.

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Projects That Pay Off

When people are buying a home, they usually focus on kitchens and baths, and it’s something they’ll splurge for.

In a hot housing market it’s an excellent investment, a kitchen can make or break a sale. Your kitchen renovation should earn around a 70 percent return on investment, depending on features and how much you spend.

A couple things to keep in mind, don’t over personalize the space or spend more on the remodeling project than your home value can support.  Ideally you can spend between 6 and 10 percent of the total home value and get fair return.

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An updated master bath with that spa look and feel hooks many buyers; they love the clean, stylish updated bathrooms with a large shower, his and her sinks or new tub. The bathroom remodel does add value to a home and can recoup nearly 60 percent.

Low on the List

Which projects should you skip or keep low on your list? Pools rarely return their cost, a lot of buyers see them as something they’ll have to maintain and home offices, while popular with many people working from home these days do not generate a big return.