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Why Virtual Brokerages Are Not Netflix

No one denies that technology has completely changed the way we live.  It wasn't terribly long ago when having a PalmPilot meant you were on the cutting edge of the latest gadgets.  Now, within minutes of breaking my coffee pot, I can have one ordered that will arrive within hours.

Every industry has been shaken and the way we do business has to evolve.  You can either fight the change or embrace it head-on.  The same is true for how brokerages serve their agents and provide them the resources they need to thrive.  

To be perceived as more progressive, some newer real estate models are hailing the doom of brick and mortar real estate brokerages as an inevitable shift that they are ahead of.  They compare themselves with Netflix while contrasting brick and mortar brokerages as the Blockbusters that won't survive the shift.  

This is a great sales pitch that plays on the natural fear that comes from industry shifts in general. There is no doubt that an industry shift is taking place. They typically do when a customer's need is met in a new way and to stay in business companies are forced to evolve.  Again, think Amazon.  It wasn't online shopping the gave them the edge, it was free shipping.  For some reason, Walmart and Target have only recently jumped on board.

So, back to the sales pitch.  Is brick and mortar real estate on the way out?  

Let me start by saying that a real estate industry shift has NOTHING to do with a company having four walls.  In fact, Netflix also has a physical location where their employees work in Los Gatos, CA.  People having space to meet doesn't equate them being a relic like Blockbuster or Circuit City.  Those chains existed to advertise a product.  Brick...

Where to Celebrate the New Year in Charlotte

Right after you get done with the Christmas season, it's time to celebrate the New Year. Often, celebrating New Year's Eve gets forgotten or put off due to holiday shopping and other events. However, if you put off making your plans, you may have limited options for celebrating the New Year in Charlotte.

Make your plans now and you won't have much to worry about as 2018 comes to a close. Here are some of the best parties to enjoy ringing in the New Year in Charlotte.

Levine Museum of the New South

Found in the Uptown neighborhood of Charlotte, the Levine Museum will be providing a great New Year's Eve party to enjoy. The party will start at 9pm and the cost is $108.

This event is put on by the South Charlotte chapter of Jack and Jill of American. It's a fundraiser and provides a Harlem Nights theme. You will want to come dressed in your best flapper attire or in an ensemble from the 1920s. The night will include plenty of eating and drinking, along with dancing and more.

Tickets do include heavy appetizers from Mert's Heart & Soul, along with access to the museum and the party.

Bojangles’ Coliseum

A party held in East Charlotte, the Bojangles' Coliseum event will start at 8:30pm with a cost of $76 and up. This is a huge show and one of the most popular of the year. It will include The Avett Brothers performing for two nights and plenty more.

The Ritz Carlton

For those in the Uptown area, The Ritz Carlton may be the perfect spot for ringing in the New Year. They will have a party starting at 9pm at a cost of $44. This party will be held in their 7,000 square-foot ballroom with plenty to offer.

Tickets include passed appetizers, access to a photo booth and access to many bar stations. This will...

Great Neighborhoods Found in Davidson, NC

The Town of Davidson, NC offers plenty of great neighborhoods to enjoy. It's a wonderful town to call home with its close proximity to Charlotte. Here's a quick look at some of the top neighborhoods found in Davidson.

Davidson Woods

A beautiful community found in Davidson, Davidson Woods offers custom homes built by the best area home builders. There are still plenty of opportunities for building here, while some of the homes have already been built. The prices range from the $400s up to more than $1 million with some of the homes providing complete custom options.

Park Creek

Another great neighborhood in Davidson, Park Creek is found on the east side of the town. It's a gated community with semi-custom homes and large home sites. The prices range from about $400K up to more than $600K here.

McConnell Farms

When you want something a bit more rural, McConnell Farms if the spot for you. Many of the lots here are large and wooded with plenty of home sites still available for building. It's a short drive from Davidson and offers homes starting in the $400s.


A horse-friendly neighborhood in Davidson, Runneymede provides wooded lots and plenty of estates with horse facilities. It's just a few minutes from downtown Davidson and offers plenty of luxury throughout. Runneymede is also known for providing plenty of privacy. The homes start in the $400s, but go up to $1 million.

Woodlands at Davidson

Found right on the Davidson, Huntersville line, the Woodlands at Davidson provides larger luxury homes with plenty to offer. It's a community found just minutes from downtown Davidson and not far from Huntersville. The River Run Country Club...

Charlotte's Coziest Indoor Hangouts

Even in Charlotte, it gets a bit cold in the winter. When the cold rolls in, you may feel like finding the perfect cozy indoor spot in Charlotte is necessary. Here's a look at some of the coziest indoor hangouts all throughout Charlotte.

Trade & Lore and Salud Cerveceria

A coffeehouse and a brewery in a shared space, Trade & Lore and Salud Cerveceria are great choices for a cozy hangout in Charlotte. You can grab a cup of coffee during the day and get some work done on your laptop. Then, when the evening rolls around, you can enjoy an exciting place with some good adult beverages.

You'll want to get a beer or a glass of wine and curl up in one of the booths. Of course, you may also want to enjoy the DJ on the first of every month, along with other specialty shows here.

Trade & Lore is open from 8am to 4pm Sunday through Thursday and from 8am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Salud Cerveceria is open from 11am to 10pm Tuesday through Thursday, from 11am to 12am on Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Sunday. They are closed on Mondays.

Both are found at 3306 North Davidson Street in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte.

Dilworth Tasting Room

Those that love wine will love heading to the Dilworth Tasting Room. It's an excellent place to get a bit cozy with a bottle of wine, someone special, or just with some friends. You can enjoy the indoor areas with a modern art installation behind the bar. When it's nicer out, they also have a patio to enjoy with a secret garden.

Along with the great wine, the tasting room offers some snacks,...

Best Spots for Shopping in the Queen City

It's that time of year and finding gifts for everybody on your list isn't always easy. Instead of wasting time trying to shop online, it may be easier to head to some of the best spots for shopping in the Queen City.

While the places below are great for holiday shopping, they are also great for shopping any time of the year. Here's a look at some of the top places to shop in Charlotte when you need gifts or just want to treat yourself.

The Beehive

Found inside the Overstreet Mall, The Beehive is a great spot for local products, such as Cloister Honey products, Trapp fragrances, and David French paintings. You'll find all kinds of excellent gift choices in this quaint shop.

Along with the local products, The Beehive also carries plenty of handbags, housewares, shoes, and jewelry. They are open from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

The Map Shop

With more than 7,000 maps in stock, along with globes and other map-related items, The Map Shop is perfect for the traveler on your list. You can find all kinds of nautical charts, street maps, atlases, hiking maps, sightseeing guides and so much more. Whether you want a city map or a country mat, this is the place to go.

The Map Shop is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. They are located at 1500 East Morehead Street in the Midtown area of Charlotte.

Taylor Richards & Conger

With more than 25 years of experience, Taylor Richard & Conger or TRC provides some...

Great Neighborhoods found in Denver, NC

Denver is a town found near Charlotte and offers a great place to call home. Many homebuyers relocating to the Charlotte area are looking for a smaller town, such as Denver to settle in. Here's a look at some of the great neighborhood found in Denver, NC to choose from.


A waterfront neighborhood with plenty to offer in the Denver area, Sailview is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the town. The neighborhood offers a variety of homes with plenty of great amenities and lake access. Residents enjoy a clubhouse, picnic area, community pool, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and plenty more in Sailview.

The neighborhood is located right in the middle of Denver and very close to the newest recreational developments in the town. Homes in Sailview start around $400K and will go up to as much as $3 million.

Killian Crossing

A master-planned community with some new home sites available, Killian Crossing offers larger home sites. It's a Denver community with plenty of amenities more affordable homes ranging from $300K to more than $500K.

Norman Estates

A waterfront, gated community with plenty to offer, Norman Estates is the premier luxury community in Denver, NC. With less than 30 estates here, this is one of the most sought-after communities in the Lake Norman areas. Homes in the Norman Estates are found on the water and many top executives and professional athletes call this neighborhood home.

Norman Estates offers lake access, a community RV and trailer parking area, and a gated entry. Homes here start around $1.25...