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Which Concerts are Coming to Charlotte This Fall?

While the summer concerts are winding down and they are a ton of fun, it doesn't stop with the end of summer. Charlotte has several great concerts coming to the area throughout the fall, too. If you haven't got your fix of live music yet, here are a few of the top fall concerts you can enjoy this year.

Miguel - September 6th

Miguel will be performing at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on September 6th. This R&B musician is nationally acclaimed and has become one of the top choices in the new wave of R&B talent.

Alan Jackson - September 15th

Another headlining name coming to Charlotte, Alan Jackson will be live on stage at the Spectrum Center. He was once one of the biggest names in country music and known as one of the best songwriters, as well. Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and will be performing for all in attendance on September 15th.

Portugal. The man and Chicano Batman - September 18th

The Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater will host this incredible musician. Portugal won a Grammy award from the single "Feel it Still" and will perform with The Man, which is a psychedelic indie rock act and Chicano Batman, a SoCal Latino fun quartet. This is a show you won't want to miss.

Father John Misty - September 26th

The Fillmore will host Father John Misty on September 26th in Charlotte. This is one of the biggest and most unique options coming to Charlotte. Father John Misty once toured under his given name of Josh Tillman and was also a drummer with the Fleet Foxes. Since 2012, he has been known as Father John Mistry and has been creating incredible music for all to enjoy. His latest release, "God's Favorite Customer" has already become super popular....

Top Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Learning Resources for Kids

The kids are back in school in Charlotte and having the right learning resources at your fingertips is a big deal. Libraries always have plenty of books, but they also offer learning services. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is known for offering some of the best learning resources for children. Here's a look at the top choices by age range.

For Babies, Toddlers and Preschool Students

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers several great learning resources for the younger children including:

  • StoryPlace - This bilingual website is perfect for young children. Kids can explore all types of stories, enjoy online games and activities and learn at the same time. It's in both English and Spanish
  • Active Reading Workshops - Perfect for the youngest of children, the active reading workshops including reading a book with the child instead of reading it to them. This helps children to develop vocabulary language skills and more.
  • TumbleBooks - A great choice for your children, this collection of talking picture books offers books in French and Spanish, along with English. Children can enjoy nonfiction books, puzzles, games, graphic novels, and language learning.
  • Get Set 4 K - If your child will be going into kindergarten soon, this month-by-month guide will help get them ready. It includes activities to do with your children, books to read together and plenty of tips.

For Children Age 4 and Up

While many of the library programs and resources cater to the younger children, some are still available for the children age 4 and up including:

  • Paws to Read - Perfect for children ages 5 to 11, this program allows...

Top 5 Towns Near Charlotte with a Real Main Street

Charlotte is filled with amazing neighborhoods and places to call home. From Uptown to the South End, you can choose from several amazing neighborhoods throughout the city. However, the Greater Charlotte Area also offers plenty of great towns with real Main Streets.

If you prefer the feel of a small town over an urban neighborhood, you're in luck. You can have your cake and eat it, too, when you choose one of the towns near Charlotte. Living close enough to enjoy big city amenities, while keeping the small town feel like a part of your home gives you the best of both worlds.

When you start shopping for a home in one of the Charlotte suburbs, you might be surprised at what you find. Wide sidewalks, ice cream shops, coffee cafes, fine dining restaurants and plenty of shopping will likely greet you in these downtown havens. Here are five the very best towns near Charlotte with a real Main Street.

Matthews, NC

Maybe the best suburb of Charlotte and certainly one of the top downtown areas, Matthews has so much to offer. It's filled with great places to shop, dining and plenty of entertainment. The Main Street is found right next to Stumptown Park, which is known for excellent events all year long. You can enjoy festivals and movies on the lawn as this park, along with the Food Truck Fridays event held every week.

If you want one of the very best downtown areas and Main Streets in the Charlotte area, your next home needs to be in Matthews. It's a vibrant town to call home with plenty to offer for all types of residents.

Mooresville, NC

Another great town with...

Charlotte Named as A Top City for Starting a Business

If you're an entrepreneur, relocating to Charlotte may just be the right move. It was recently named by WalletHub as one of the best large cities to start a business. After surveying 180 U.S. Cities WalletHub came to the conclusion that Charlotte belonged high on this list.

The list was compiled based on 19 different key metrics. The metrics even included the five-year survival rate for businesses and the affordability of office space. Here's why Charlotte made it onto this list from WalletHub.

Charlotte 9th Best Large City for Starting a Business

Charlotte landed in the 9th spot, which was better every other city in North Carolina, except Durham. The city was ranked as the 23rd best Business Environment, 43rd for Access to Resources and 56th for Business Costs.

Some of the major cities Charlotte beat out include:

  • Denver, CO
  • Miami, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Houston, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Nashville, TN
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • San Jose, CA
  • And many more!

Charlotte was tied for first place for the Highest Average growth for Small businesses. It tied with the following cities:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Austin, TX
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Gulfport, MS

How WalletHub Came to This Conclusion

The methodology used by WalletHub compared a total of 182 cities in the United States. This included the 150 most populated cities with at least two of the most populated cities in each state. The key factors considered were the Business Environment, Access to Resources and Business Costs. In addition, the study looked at another 16 relevant metrics...

5 Top Labor Day Festivals in Charlotte for Free

When Labor Day arrives it's a good idea to take some time away from work, catch up with family and enjoy some relaxation. Charlotte also offers several great Labor Day Festivals and many don't charge admission. If you want to enjoy a fun event, but you don't want to break the bank to get in, here are five top festivals in Charlotte you can attend for free over Labor Day Weekend.

U.S. National Whitewater Center's Labor Day Celebration

While this is an annual event and it's free, you will need to pay $6 for parking and they do charge for other activities and races. However, if you carpool or arrive without a vehicle, you can get in for free and enjoy the event for free.

Enjoy plenty of fun with Dr. Dog and Great Peacock providing live music. There will also be trail races, fireworks and plenty more for all to enjoy.

This fun festival will be held on Sunday, September 2nd from 9am to 10pm at the U.S. National White Water Center, located at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. You can also come out on September 1st for plenty of other competitions.

On September 1st, The Dry Tri - Paddle, Bike, Run will be held, along with the Aqua Rock - Deep Water Solo competition.

Fifth Annual Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship

If you love BBQ, this is the event for you. On Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day) you can enjoy this competition from 11am to 3pm with plenty of things to do and fun to enjoy. It's a free event, but they do charge for food.

Come out and enjoy plenty of live music, a mechanical bull, kids' activities and more. You can purchase tasting tickets or you can enjoy lunch at the event.

The Kosher BBQ Championship...

A Closer Look at the 7th Street Public Market

A unique shopping experience in Charlotte with plenty to offer, the 7th Street Public Market is open to everybody. It's filled with great food and drink, plenty of vendors and so much more. If you love artisanal local products, this is the place for you.

Every trip to the market is a bit different with new vendors and new products. In addition, plenty of great events come through the 7th Street Market every month making for a great experience. Here's a closer look at the market man

Vendors

Several local companies sell their good at the 7th Street Public Market. Some of the vendors you will find here include:

  • Tank's Tap
  • Rico's Acai
  • Orrman's Cheese Shop
  • Bonsai Fusion Sushi
  • Not Just Coffee
  • Pure Pizza
  • Local Loaf
  • Viva Raw
  • Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
  • And More!

New vendors are added regularly, as well.

Events at the 7th Street Public Market

Several events are held regularly at the Market including Tuesday Night Wine, Raclette Night on Thursdays and Live Music on Fridays. In addition, Fridays often include Craft Night and Wednesdays are known for events, such as Wine & Cheese Pairings and Potions & Pixels Board Game Night.

While the regular weekly events are a blast, the Market is also home to several other events including:

  • The Annual Cookie Crumble
  • Crafternoon
  • Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
  • Shop Pop-ups
  • Jazz Brunches
  • Savor 7
  • And More!

There's always something new going on at the 7th Street Public Market.

About the Market

The 7th Street Public Market is found in the very popular ...

5 Things to Know Before Buying a Historic Home in Charlotte

Even though the United States is a pretty young country, North Carolina is home to some of the oldest places found in the country. Charlotte offers several historic attractions and historic homes all throughout. Some may see these as just old houses, but others see them as the perfect dream home.

If you love the idea of living in one of the historic homes in Charlotte, you should know what you're getting into first. There are several things to understand from historical designations to local laws to preservation regulations. Here's a look at five of the things you should know before you buy a historic home in Charlotte.

Understanding the National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places will become something you get very familiar with if you're searching for a historic home in Charlotte. Whether you're looking in Myer's Park, Dilworth or Plaza Midwood, you will need to understand how the NRHP works.

The NRHP works with the local government in Charlotte to designate and help regulate buildings, historic districts, and landmarks. They make recommendations and the local government will make the final decision about how to control and protect historic areas throughout the city.

In Charlotte, most of the historical sites have already been names as historic landmarks. However, the city can ask the NRHP to make a district, building or landmark a historical place, but it's not the easiest process in the world.

As an owner of a historical property in Charlotte, it's important to understand whether your home is protected as a landmark or not....

Should I Hire an Agent When Buying a Home from a Builder?

You're ready to buy, but you don't want to buy an existing home in Charlotte. Instead, you want to buy from a builder and customize your new home to fit your needs. Should you hire a real estate agent for this transaction?

Buying from a builder may have you convinced you don't need an agent. However, the salesperson or agent working with you represents the builder and will likely try to get the best deal for the builder, not you. With new construction on the rise throughout Charlotte, it's important to know why you need a real estate agent when buying from a builder.

Advantages of Buying New Construction

When you choose to buy a new construction house in Charlotte, you'll get plenty of advantages. It's brand new with a longer warranty and will likely not have any of the logistic issues of buying from someone else. You don't have to wait for anybody to move out, but you do need an agent representing you.

While you can customize this home to fit your needs, a skilled real estate agent will ensure you get the best possible deal without any issues. Many buyers don't think about hiring an agent when buying new construction, but they really should.

Why Buyer Don't Hire an Agent for New Construction

One of the main reasons homebuyers in Charlotte don't hire an agent when buying from a builder is a misunderstanding of how that agent will be paid. They think they have to pay the commission, but this simply isn't true. A buyer's agent is paid by the seller, not the buyer of the property and this is true with new construction, too.

Another reason many don't hire an agent is their own pride. They...

Ask the Right Questions Before Buying in a Charlotte Golf Course Community

When you're considering buying a home in a Charlotte golf course community, there are some things you need to know first. Golf is a very popular sport with more than 25 million people in the United States playing every year. Even those that don't play golf may prefer to live on a golf course.

When you start considering homes for sale in golf course communities, you need to know what to look for. It's obvious that you will want to be on a good course, but there are other things to consider, as well. Here are some of the top questions you should ask if you want to live on a Charlotte golf course.

How's the Course Funded?

You may not think about this right from the get-go, but it's an important question. Often, private courses are funded by country club dues, but a public course may depend on foot traffic from golfers to survive. It's important to know the financial situation for the course, as a course struggling to survive could have a negative impact on your property values if it shuts down.

Is there a Home Owners Association?

An HOA means you will have to pay dues, which isn't that big of a deal, but something you should consider. Most golf course communities will have higher dues than other neighborhoods to cover amenities, such as the on-site restaurant, course, and clubhouse. They could also be used to help cover infrastructure and other neighborhood necessities.

Is the Community Still Under Construction?

It's not that big of a deal if a community isn't finished yet, but it's still something you should know. You should understand the phases they will be building in and consider the construction in your decision.

How Old is the Community?

Golf courses and golf course communities have changed quite a bit over the...

Which Charlotte Neighborhoods are the Most Bike-Friendly?

Charlotte is filled with bike-friendly neighborhoods. While the city itself isn't the most bike-friendly on the planet, it's working on becoming more bike-friendly. With a new bike-sharing system, several new trails and many neighborhoods becoming far more bike-friendly, it's getting better and better every year.

If you love the idea of traveling to work on your bike or you just love to ride, you need to know which Charlotte neighborhoods are the most bike-friendly. Here's a look at a few of the top choices for those looking to enjoy their bike regularly.

Davidson

It's actually a city, but a suburb of Charlotte. While you won't be commuting to Uptown by bike from Davidson, if you work in Davidson, you will probably be able to ride to work. This is one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the Charlotte area and offers a very attractive downtown with plenty of bike lanes throughout. Bike riders also enjoy the Davidson Greenway, which covers a total of six miles and runs through downtown.

South End

While South Boulevard isn't the place for bicyclists, the Charlotte Rail Trail makes the South End a very bike-friendly neighborhood in Charlotte. It's a trail that is still growing and goes along the light rail tracks. You're even allowed to take your bike onto the LYNX light rail if you want to get to Uptown or even to South Charlotte.

Plaza Midwood

Maybe the most bike-friendly neighborhood in all of Charlotte, Plaza Midwood is trendy, cool and super...

Why An Indie Firm May Be Better For Your Real Estate Career

What! 

You're going to work for who?  Never heard of them. 

Sounds really risky.  

There is no way they can offer what we do. 

We aren't perfect but we are better than the other firms.

Aren't you afraid your clients won't like working with a small brand?

These thoughts filled my mind when my Broker-In-Charge, mentor, and friend that was a rock star agent left for an indie brokerage that no one had heard of at that time.

What about you? 

Have you ever really considered a world outside of a big box firm? If not, I can understand.  That was my story for most of my career. 

You see, I began my career at a big box brokerage in Northern VA at the age of 23 sitting behind an office computer trying to help renters on Craigslist find homes. I didn't interview other firms. Why would I?  I liked being apart of the big box brand.  It felt great telling people I worked there.  

However, I was new, not producing, and overlooked.

Just before I died the new agent death I was lucky enough to connect with an indie firm, that had just partnered with a big box brand. This indie firm was new to the big box world so they still operated like a smaller shop. Culture is king for me so I was all in.

I hung around the office just to be around the team.  We were innovative, ridiculously collaborative, we had face-to-face training and not only what I call informational sessions.  We worked our butts off and only hired the right people who fit the culture.

The big box had blessed us with their exclusive tools and resources, which I never used because they always felt sub-par and I didn't love the idea of a big box owning my client's data. I went from being the rental master to a top producer in the Mid Atlantic region....

How's Life When Living in a Charlotte Active Adult Community?

An active adult community in Charlotte is exactly what it sounds like. It's meant for those ages 55 and older looking to live in a community with other adults and stay active. Often, these communities are packed with great amenities and right now, they are booming all throughout Charlotte.

The benefits of buying a house in a 55+ community in Charlotte are endless. These master-planned communities come with several amenities, neighbors just like you and no children waking you up early in the day or hogging your amenities. Let's take a closer look at how your life will be if you choose to buy a home in a Charlotte active adult community.

Well-Defined Lifestyle

The community will easily define the lifestyle for you. Homes are moderately-priced, found in great locations and offer a desirable lifestyle. You will know by the theme of the 55+ community what you're getting into. Some will cater to even older seniors, while others cater to golfers or equestrians.

The neighborhood mission statement will tell you plenty, as well. You may find 55+ communities with a mission statement to remain eco-friendly or to keep a tight-knit community. Regardless of the mission, the lifestyle will be well-defined and easy to figure out.

It Won't Be Without Children

While the point of 55+ communities is to only attract adults to own the homes, there are several types of active adult communities with different rules. It's important to know that most people over 55 years of age will have children and children that will come to visit. There may be restrictions on how long they can visit and some may not allow overnight children, but there will be children in the community.

Most active adult communities...

What Should You Do After Closing?

You've gone through the home search process, settled on the perfect house and the seller accepted your offer. Closing day is coming and it's an exciting time. Are you prepared and do you know what to do after closing?

While the home buying process can be stressful, exciting and a whirlwind of emotion, when it all comes to an end and you close on your new home; you may not know what to do. Here are some of the things you need to deal with after you close.

Prepare for Moving Day

Moving isn't always fun, even if you love the idea of moving to a new city or home. It's stressful and filled with exhausting tasks. Whether you hire a moving company to help or you plan to handle it yourself, you have a big job ahead of you.

The job gets even bigger if you're moving with pets, children or both. You will need to take some time to make sure your moving day is well planned and you're ready to go. Use checklists to help and label all boxes with the room they belong to and what's inside. If you're not sure how to handle a specific item, hire a professional or get online and get some advice.

Make sure you plan for food on the day of moving and keep everybody hydrated. Give the kids a few tasks to handle to keep them busy and make sure the pets are comfortable throughout the move.

Get the Power Turned On

The last thing you need is to get stuck in a home with no power. After closing, it's necessary to have the utilities switched into your name and it's best to do this before moving day. Moving into your new home in the dark won't be fun, so make sure you schedule the power, gas, water, internet and cable services ahead of time.

File Your Change of Address Form

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Top 5 Budget-Friendly Upgrades Before Selling

When it's time to sell your Charlotte home, a few easy and budget-friendly upgrades may be the answer. You want to sell your house for the highest possible price and as fast as possible. However, it may not be ready to be listed just the way it is today.

Even with the market favoring sellers, you still have to take specific steps to make selling your Charlotte home easier. Here are some of the best budget-friendly upgrades to consider before selling.

Paint

One of the easiest and most budget-friendly ways to lighten up a room and make your home look nice is a fresh coat of paint. While you may love the colors you have now, showing your home when it's listed for sale is best done with neutral colors. Choose a gray tone, if you don't want to use the common white or beige colors. Gray can help to make a room appear bigger.

Replace the Electrical Outlet and Light Switch Covers

Whether your outlet and switch covers are in great shape or they've seen better days, this simple little upgrade makes a difference. If your children's rooms have custom covers, switch them out for something neutral.

Depending on the color palette you've chosen for the paint, you can add a touch of class with hand brushed bronze or brushed nickel covers. You don't have to choose from the cheap plastic covers everybody uses.

This simple little upgrade can be done by the homeowner for about $3 to $5 per cover. You don't need many tools; just a simple screwdriver will do the trick.

Remove the Popcorn Ceiling

Decades ago, popcorn ceiling was all the rage. However, in today's world, it often looks dirty and it's not as easy to control cobwebs on a popcorn ceiling compared to a...