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Tips to Staging a Home

When staging a home, our first tip is to hire a professional!

Professional stagers know what appeals to the most buyers, which is what you want your home to do. Have them come through and do a consultation with you to determine what needs to be done.

A great stager will work with you to find a solution that not only showcases your home in the best light, but also works within your budget.

According to the National Association of Realtors, “A staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less. That is statistically 87% faster than non-staged homes.” Your Realtor should be able to provide you with referrals to a great stager in your neighborhood.

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3 Tips for New Home Buyer's in the Current Market

Buying a home doesn’t need to be scary or stressful!

The most important thing for New Home Buyers or First-Time Home Buyers to know, in any market, it that it’s important to find a Realtor® and a lender they trust, who are willing to take the time to educate them and walk them through the process step by step.

It’s also important in this market for buyers to get a full pre-approval from their lender and work with their Realtor® to determine what their price point means in terms of today’s market. A great agent will help them understand the current market and what it means to them in terms of competitiveness, availability of homes, and whether or not they may need to compromise on some of their wants.

Finally, it’s important for new buyers to remember that while this is a big investment decision for them, they should also enjoy the process. You only get to buy your first home once!

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A Great Self-Guided Holiday Tour Found in Uptown

You don't have to go to a Christmas event or join a group tour to enjoy Charlotte during the holiday season. If you prefer a self-guided Holiday tour, there are several great options throughout the Uptown area. Here are some of the best choices.

Before we get into the list, it's important to note that The Christmas Village was moved from Romare Bearden Park to 7th and Tryon for this year. In addition, the official Uptown Christmas Tree was moved from The Square to The Christmas Village.

The Charlotte Christmas Village

The self-guided tour options in Uptown don't get any better than the Charlotte Christmas Village. You can enjoy this area of the city from 11am to 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 11am to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday. It's closed on Monday and open through Christmas Eve for the year.

Throughout the Christmas Village, you will find plenty of vendors with all kinds of options from bratwurst to cider to fudge and so much more. You can also get your picture with Santa and visit the official Uptown Holiday Tree.

Holiday on Ice

Outdoor Ice Skateing Uptown at the Nascar Hall of Fame Plaza. 10,000 Gallons of Water have transformed the Nascar HOF Plaza into a Uptown, " Metropolitain Winter Wonderland". This is an expiernce that you do not want to miss!

The Square

Found at 100 North Tryon Street, The Square is a great choice for a self-guided tour. You can also add in Thompson Polk Park and Founders hall as they are all found at the intersection of Tryon and Trade.

Even though the Uptown Tree was moved to the Christmas Village this year, there is still a huge decorated Christmas tree at The Square. In addition, there are plenty of other decorations and it's a great...