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Make Your Home Stand Out With Better Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is vital when selling your home. It not only shows up when someone arrives for a showing but also in your online listing pictures. Without amazing curb appeal, your home's first impression may not be great.

First impressions are the most important thing when marketing your home!

Whether, the listing is seen on social media, online listings, or in person; if your home does not have the right curb appeal, you may loose a potential buyer that never even stepped inside to see all of your updates.

Buyers want to see a great home and curb appeal can invite them in to see your beautiful home. Here are some of the easiest and best ways to make your home stand out with great curb appeal.


The exterior of your home doesn't need to be completely repainted. However, a fresh coat of paint on the front door and a few touch ups can go a very long way.

Consider painting the mailbox or replacing it, if necessary. You can also repaint areas of the home in need of touching up to make it look great. If you have the funds or your home is in need of a fresh coat of paint, doing a full paint job on the exterior will make a pretty big difference.

Fresh paint on your fences and anything else on the exterior of your home goes a long way, too. Consider painting the garage, as well, to give your home a cohesive look.


Mowing the lawn is a start, but fresh flowers, trimmed bushes, and the right landscaping can truly transform a home. When you’re' trying to sell your home, landscaping offers one of the most affordable ways to add curb appeal. It brightens things up and helps to make your home look inviting....

Should You Sell Your Charlotte Home During the Winter?

While Charlotte Area winters are mild compared to northern cities, you may still be wondering if you should sell your home during the winter or wait until the spring. Listing your home at the right time matters, but the winter isn't a bad time to list your home for sale. In many ways, it could be a perfect time.

November and December may seem like bad months for selling, but this isn't exactly true. Buyers are still out shopping for a new home and often, there are fewer homes on the market during these months. This might be the good news you were hoping to hear.

You may be thinking about how hectic it can be to work showings and open houses into your already busy holiday plans. However, if you have a home you'd like to sell in Charlotte, there are several advantages to getting it listed now. Here are some of the benefits of selling your Charlotte home during the winter.

The Internet is 24/7/365

In today's day in age, home buyers find you online first 95% of the time. There used to be a time when you couldn't search home listings any day of the week, at any hour of the day. Today's buyers will find you when it's convenient for them and that's good news for sellers in the winter.

With good online listing pictures and a good real estate agent on your side, you'll have a great chance of selling during the winter. The internet is your friend in this situation and as long as buyers can find your home, you'll have plenty of interest, no matter the time of year.

Less Competition

The spring will bring plenty of sellers flooding the market all looking to get their homes sold. However, during the winter, the number of sellers with homes listed on the market is much lower. In fact, you'll see about 15% fewer homes listed during November...