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Rain Rain . . . Hey, It's Sunny!

by Buddy Frey

I thought it was April showers bring May flowers...not this year!  What a month.  So far here in the Charlotte area, Mother Nature has sent us 6.8 inches of rain.  A normal May month for us here in the Queen City is 3.3 inches.

May has been crazy wet.  Events like Quail Hollow, Coca-Cola 500, my Golf Game and others have been delayed, postponed and cancelled due to the over abundance of rain.  This month the precipitation has come in what I call the soothing mist form, the all day drizzle and like last night, the monsoon down pour...you know, the kind of storm when you're driving and can't see 50 yards in front of you!

Year to date, we are actually 1 inch above our 18.19 average yearly precip.  Most lakes around the here are getting close to "Full Pool".  And the air quality...Good to Excellent with little to no readings on the allergy index. 

All this rain has but ended last year's drought conditions and water restrictions.  My lawn has made an almost full recovery from last season...(thank goodness for all this rain 'cause I'm not the best lawn farmer in the world).  And across the Piedmont Region...green, green, green.  I can't remember when I've seen it so lush around here. 

So I say enjoy, enjoy all this rain!  Get out there and get wet and muddy.  Hey you know "Singing in the Rain" and "Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head" (anyone else have others?) just enjoy.  A few sunny days though would be nice too  :-)

Buddy

 

 

Home Prices Inch Up A Bit In March

by Buddy Frey

Considering our unemployment situation here in the Charlotte Region, it is surprising...pleasantly surprising, to see a modest gain in housing prices. 

Of late, the area's deep housing decline has shown signs of slowing.  And while overall sale's volume is still way off, we are actually seeing signs of the decrease slowing.  March's little price hike of 0.3% marks the first housing improvement in a while. 

Nationally though, prices are still down significantly compared to 2008.  "The S&P/Chase Shiller Home Price Index (Top 20 Markets) shows Charlotte remained in 5th place in March, one of a handful of urban areas with losses less than 10% (-9.3%)."  Denver was the best of the bunch at -5.5% from March of 2008 and Phoenix ranked last at -36.0%

Persaonally, I am very optimistic as I feel at least the pulse is back.  Most of Realtors I speak to echo the same thing that the phones are beginning to ring again and sales are picking up...big improvement over even 45 days ago.  Stay cautious though and price your home competitively...we're not out of the woods yet.

If you would like a comple list of the YTY top 20 markets, please shoot me an email and I will be happy to forward!

Buddy

My Refi - What a Nightmare

by Buddy Frey

So back in January of this year my wife and I decided to try and refinance.  I had 2 MTG brokers watching rates and I was waiting for a 30 year, with zero points at 4.5%...mid month on a Friday morning I got a call from BB & T that the rate was there and did I want to lock.  Of course I said, LOCK IT...we were very excited!

Application made and fully documented, I checked in mid February to see how the loan was moving along.  I was told slowly but not to worry, they will get to it as soon as humanly possible and that they were just swamped and under manned.  OK

Now comes early March nearly 2 months later...I called to get an update.  I was told that the appraisal was finally ordered and that I would be contacted when that got back.  Appraisal comes back fine (better than expected) but now they tell me the guidelines have changed because I have a job related to the housing industry and they may not make the loan after all.  Loan officer tells me they want to see 2008 tax returns.  Not great since very few people I know in this industry actually made more in '08 than '07 

Scramble to get tax returns done and send those in.  Mid May now and I finally get an approval but now they won't allow an equity line behind it.  WOW...here's the dilemma:  do I do the refi and basically lose the equity line or do I sit tight with the mortgage that I have and keep the equity line in tact (prime -1/2).  Really don't use it but these days who knows?  May come in handy...

It's been a long frustrating road for us.  I feel like been dragged through the mud and the muck.  It's clear for sure that BB & T was at fault for this whole mess.  In the end though, we went through with the refi because the smart move was obtain the lower mortgage rate and increase our payment contribution towards principle.

I write about this only because many of the stories you hear out there are real (and I could go on about my ordeal in more detail) but the point is, banks just are not lending like they used to.  New and mostly stricter guidelines is making it tough if not impossible for a lot of people.  I just hope things loosen up soon for every one's sake.

Buddy 

 

Housing: Most Affordable In Decades!

by Buddy Frey

U.S. home prices are their most affordable in at least 18 years, according to a report released Monday.

Nearly 73% of all homes sold in the United States during the first three months of 2009 were considered affordable. That was the highest percentage ever reported by the 18-year-old Housing Opportunity Index, an analysis of markets compiled quarterly by the National Association of Homebuilders and Wells Fargo Bank.

To be deemed affordable, a family making the median national income of $64,000 must be able to buy the property and devote no more than 28% of their income toward housing costs.

Plummeting home prices were primarily responsible for sending affordability soaring from just over 60% in last three months of 2008 to 72.5% in the first quarter of 2009. Sinking interest rates also contributed to affordability. A 30-year fixed mortgage averaged less than 5% during much of the quarter, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

"Underlying the increase in affordability are lower home prices and record low interest rates," NAHB Chairman Joe Robson said in a prepared statement. "Combined with the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers, consumers are beginning to return to the marketplace."

Most affordable city

For the 15th consecutive quarter, Indianapolis led the nation's large cities (population 500,000 and up) in home affordability. The Indiana capital tops the list due to very reasonable home prices and relatively high median income: Nearly 95% of all homes sold were affordable to those earning the metro area's median income of $68,100.

On the other end of the spectrum, only 21% of the homes sold in the New York/White Plains metro area were affordable to those earning the median income of $64,800. Even there, affordability jumped seven percentage points compared with the last three months of 2008.

Rust-belt cities dominated the most affordable list, with Youngstown Ohio; Akron, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Syracuse, N.Y., all near the top. Joining New York at the bottom were: San Francisco; Los Angeles; Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y.; and Honolulu.

Several smaller cities were even more affordable than Indianapolis. In Sandusky, Ohio, about 98% of homes sold were affordable to those earning the local median income. Monroe, Mich., and the Ohio towns of Mansfield, Springfield and Canton all exceeded 95% affordability.

Less affordable small markets were led by Ocean City, N.J.; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Hanford, Calif.

Markets still slow

Despite the record affordability, both existing and new home sales are still slow. New homes have been selling at an annualized rate of 350,000 for the past few months. Existing sales have been consistently running at an annualized pace of less than 5 million units - about two/thirds the boom-years rate.

And increased affordability is not enough to drive sales quickly upward, according to Ken Goldstein, an economist and real estate analyst for the Conference Board.

"What really hurts is that people are losing their jobs now," he said. "The unemployment rate is at 9% going to 10%. That means that 90% of people still have their jobs but everyone is looking over their shoulders wondering if they're next."

As a result, there's still a double-digit inventory of homes on the market. Plus, a large proportion of recent sales have been foreclosures, homes repossessed from defaulting borrowers and put back on the market, often at fire sale prices.

Still, homebuilders are taking some heart in the improved affordability stats and other data indicating that perhaps the worst is over. Pending home sales were up slightly last month, and new home sales have risen off their bottoms.

Those trends have buoyed industry confidence slightly. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, an indicator of builder sentiment that was also released Monday, inched up two points in May to 16 after jumping five points in April.  To top of page

1st Time Home Buyer Tax Credit - The Skinny!

by Buddy Frey

For those of you who are 1st time home buyers, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorizes a tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009.  The Charlotte NC real estate market has several opportunities right now and with interest rates still near the lows, there has never been a better time to buy a home.

The following questions and answers provide basic information about the tax credit. If you have more specific questions please contact me and I will try to answer them.  I would encourage you also to consult a qualified tax advisor to see how the credit would effect your personal situation.    

  1. Who is eligible to claim the tax credit?
    First-time home buyers purchasing any kind of home—new or resale—are eligible for the tax credit. To qualify for the tax credit, a home purchase must occur on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. For the purposes of the tax credit, the purchase date is the date when closing occurs and the title to the property transfers to the home owner.
  2. What is the definition of a first-time home buyer?
    The law defines "first-time home buyer" as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. For married taxpayers, the law tests the homeownership history of both the home buyer and his/her spouse.

    For example, if you have not owned a home in the past three years but your spouse has owned a principal residence, neither you nor your spouse qualifies for the first-time home buyer tax credit. However, unmarried joint purchasers may allocate the credit amount to any buyer who qualifies as a first-time buyer, such as may occur if a parent jointly purchases a home with a son or daughter. Ownership of a vacation home or rental property not used as a principal residence does not disqualify a buyer as a first-time home buyer.
  3. How is the amount of the tax credit determined?
    The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000.
  4. Are there any income limits for claiming the tax credit?
    Yes. The income limit for single taxpayers is $75,000; the limit is $150,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. The tax credit amount is reduced for buyers with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of more than $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. The phaseout range for the tax credit program is equal to $20,000. That is, the tax credit amount is reduced to zero for taxpayers with MAGI of more than $95,000 (single) or $170,000 (married) and is reduced proportionally for taxpayers with MAGIs between these amounts.
  5. What is "modified adjusted gross income"?
    Modified adjusted gross income or MAGI is defined by the IRS. To find it, a taxpayer must first determine "adjusted gross income" or AGI. AGI is total income for a year minus certain deductions (known as "adjustments" or "above-the-line deductions"), but before itemized deductions from Schedule A or personal exemptions are subtracted. On Forms 1040 and 1040A, AGI is the last number on page 1 and first number on page 2 of the form. For Form 1040-EZ, AGI appears on line 4 (as of 2007). Note that AGI includes all forms of income including wages, salaries, interest income, dividends and capital gains.

    To determine modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), add to AGI certain amounts such as foreign income, foreign-housing deductions, student-loan deductions, IRA-contribution deductions and deductions for higher-education costs.
  6. If my modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is above the limit, do I qualify for any tax credit?
    Possibly. It depends on your income. Partial credits of less than $8,000 are available for some taxpayers whose MAGI exceeds the phaseout limits.
  7. Can you give me an example of how the partial tax credit is determined?
    Just as an example, assume that a married couple has a modified adjusted gross income of $160,000. The applicable phaseout to qualify for the tax credit is $150,000, and the couple is $10,000 over this amount. Dividing $10,000 by the phaseout range of $20,000 yields 0.5. When you subtract 0.5 from 1.0, the result is 0.5. To determine the amount of the partial first-time home buyer tax credit that is available to this couple, multiply $8,000 by 0.5. The result is $4,000.

    Here’s another example: assume that an individual home buyer has a modified adjusted gross income of $88,000. The buyer’s income exceeds $75,000 by $13,000. Dividing $13,000 by the phaseout range of $20,000 yields 0.65. When you subtract 0.65 from 1.0, the result is 0.35. Multiplying $8,000 by 0.35 shows that the buyer is eligible for a partial tax credit of $2,800.

    Please remember that these examples are intended to provide a general idea of how the tax credit might be applied in different circumstances. You should always consult your tax advisor for information relating to your specific circumstances.
  8. How is this home buyer tax credit different from the tax credit that Congress enacted in July of 2008?
    The most significant difference is that this tax credit does not have to be repaid. Because it had to be repaid, the previous "credit" was essentially an interest-free loan. This tax incentive is a true tax credit. However, home buyers must use the residence as a principal residence for at least three years or face recapture of the tax credit amount. Certain exceptions apply.
  9. How do I claim the tax credit? Do I need to complete a form or application?
    Participating in the tax credit program is easy. You claim the tax credit on your federal income tax return. Specifically, home buyers should complete IRS Form 5405 to determine their tax credit amount, and then claim this amount on Line 69 of their 1040 income tax return. No other applications or forms are required, and no pre-approval is necessary. However, you will want to be sure that you qualify for the credit under the income limits and first-time home buyer tests. Note that you cannot claim the credit on Form 5405 for an intended purchase for some future date; it must be a completed purchase.
  10. What types of homes will qualify for the tax credit?
    Any home that will be used as a principal residence will qualify for the credit. This includes single-family detached homes, attached homes like townhouses and condominiums, manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes) and houseboats. The definition of principal residence is identical to the one used to determine whether you may qualify for the $250,000 / $500,000 capital gain tax exclusion for principal residences.
  11. I read that the tax credit is "refundable." What does that mean?
    The fact that the credit is refundable means that the home buyer credit can be claimed even if the taxpayer has little or no federal income tax liability to offset. Typically this involves the government sending the taxpayer a check for a portion or even all of the amount of the refundable tax credit.

    For example, if a qualified home buyer expected, notwithstanding the tax credit, federal income tax liability of $5,000 and had tax withholding of $4,000 for the year, then without the tax credit the taxpayer would owe the IRS $1,000 on April 15th. Suppose now that the taxpayer qualified for the $8,000 home buyer tax credit. As a result, the taxpayer would receive a check for $7,000 ($8,000 minus the $1,000 owed).
  12. I purchased a home in early 2009 and have already filed to receive the $7,500 tax credit on my 2008 tax returns. How can I claim the new $8,000 tax credit instead?
    Home buyers in this situation may file an amended 2008 tax return with a 1040X form. You should consult with a tax advisor to ensure you file this return properly.
  13. Instead of buying a new home from a home builder, I hired a contractor to construct a home on a lot that I already own. Do I still qualify for the tax credit?
    Yes. For the purposes of the home buyer tax credit, a principal residence that is constructed by the home owner is treated by the tax code as having been "purchased" on the date the owner first occupies the house. In this situation, the date of first occupancy must be on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009.

    In contrast, for newly-constructed homes bought from a home builder, eligibility for the tax credit is determined by the settlement date.
  14. Can I claim the tax credit if I finance the purchase of my home under a mortgage revenue bond (MRB) program?
    Yes. The tax credit can be combined with the MRB home buyer program. Note that first-time home buyers who purchased a home in 2008 may not claim the tax credit if they are participating in an MRB program.
  15. I live in the District of Columbia. Can I claim both the Washington, D.C. first-time home buyer credit and this new credit?
    No. You can claim only one.
  16. I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I claim the tax credit?
    Maybe. Anyone who is not a nonresident alien (as defined by the IRS), who has not owned a principal residence in the previous three years and who meets the income limits test may claim the tax credit for a qualified home purchase. The IRS provides a definition of "nonresident alien" in IRS Publication 519.
  17. Is a tax credit the same as a tax deduction?
    No. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in what the taxpayer owes. That means that a taxpayer who owes $8,000 in income taxes and who receives an $8,000 tax credit would owe nothing to the IRS.

    A tax deduction is subtracted from the amount of income that is taxed. Using the same example, assume the taxpayer is in the 15 percent tax bracket and owes $8,000 in income taxes. If the taxpayer receives an $8,000 deduction, the taxpayer’s tax liability would be reduced by $1,200 (15 percent of $8,000), or lowered from $8,000 to $6,800.
  18. I bought a home in 2008. Do I qualify for this credit?
    No, but if you purchased your first home between April 9, 2008 and January 1, 2009, you may qualify for a different tax credit.
  19. Is there any way for a home buyer to access the money allocable to the credit sooner than waiting to file their 2009 tax return?
    Yes. Prospective home buyers who believe they qualify for the tax credit are permitted to reduce their income tax withholding. Reducing tax withholding (up to the amount of the credit) will enable the buyer to accumulate cash by raising his/her take home pay. This money can then be applied to the downpayment.

    Buyers should adjust their withholding amount on their W-4 via their employer or through their quarterly estimated tax payment. IRS Publication 919 contains rules and guidelines for income tax withholding. Prospective home buyers should note that if income tax withholding is reduced and the tax credit qualified purchase does not occur, then the individual would be liable for repayment to the IRS of income tax and possible interest charges and penalties.

    Further, rule changes made as part of the economic stimulus legislation allow home buyers to claim the tax credit and participate in a program financed by tax-exempt bonds. Some state housing finance agencies, such as the Missouri Housing Development Commission, have introduced programs that provide short-term credit acceleration loans that may be used to fund a downpayment. Prospective home buyers should inquire with their state housing finance agency to determine the availability of such a program in their community.

    The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) has compiled list of such programs, which can be found here.
  20. If I’m qualified for the tax credit and buy a home in 2009, can I apply the tax credit against my 2008 tax return?
    Yes. The law allows taxpayers to choose ("elect") to treat qualified home purchases in 2009 as if the purchase occurred on December 31, 2008. This means that the 2008 income limit (MAGI) applies and the election accelerates when the credit can be claimed (tax filing for 2008 returns instead of for 2009 returns). A benefit of this election is that a home buyer in 2009 will know their 2008 MAGI with certainty, thereby helping the buyer know whether the income limit will reduce their credit amount.

    Taxpayers buying a home who wish to claim it on their 2008 tax return, but who have already submitted their 2008 return to the IRS, may file an amended 2008 return claiming the tax credit. You should consult with a tax professional to determine how to arrange this.
  21. For a home purchase in 2009, can I choose whether to treat the purchase as occurring in 2008 or 2009, depending on in which year my credit amount is the largest?
    Yes. If the applicable income phaseout would reduce your home buyer tax credit amount in 2009 and a larger credit would be available using the 2008 MAGI amounts, then you can choose the year that yields the largest credit amount.

 

 

Are Charlotte Area Home Vales Holding Their Value?

by Buddy Frey

A recent article in our local newspaper The Charlotte Observer, came out with some very interesting statistics about our housing prices.  While many areas have been hit with lower prices, some regional pockets have actually gone up in price.  On average though home prices only fell 4% across the area...way better than most thought.  (See 5 year zip code stats below)

                  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/661/story/501993.html

States the Observer, "No one likes a loss, especially in the value of their home. But put your panic on pause.  The average price of homes sold last year in more than three-fourths of the area was at or above prices from 2003 through 2005. That means most people who have been in their houses a few years are likely still sitting on gains.

The Observer reviewed Carolina Multiple Listing Services' sales from 2003 to 2008 and found:  Last year, 26 of 70 area ZIP codes, or more than one-third, posted their highest prices of the six-year period.  Only seven ZIP codes posted declines for the period. In Charlotte, the University area's 28262 and northwest Mecklenburg's 28216, both pocked with foreclosures, had the biggest declines.  The region's biggest gain in the six years came in 28206, which includes part of Charlotte's Arts District, or NoDa, and the fragile Lockwood neighborhood north of uptown.   And, for 2008, Lincoln County's Iron Station led with a 49 percent hike for 28080.  Last year, the top Mecklenburg ZIP code was 28204, which includes the new Metropolitan condos and the historic Elizabeth and Cherry communities."

I believe the true decline in our market began in May of 2008.  Some believe it started as early as July/August of 2007 when Countrywide got in trouble.  I didn't see it here, maybe flat at worst.  But the truth of it is, we're haven't  bottomed hard because we never really exploded to the up side.  And historically, our home inventory is low.  Less people are putting their homes on the market and builders aren't building so that has helped as well. 

Warning!!!  When we turn around here in Charlotte, it will not be gradual.  We're the 7th largest market in the US and and over the years we have actually become a destination.  I predict we will take off big time.  Don't know exactly when but buyers...get in while the getting is good.  Sellers, hang in there. At some point, the ball will be in your court and it might be sooner than you think. 

Buddy      

    

Housing Stimuls Package to the Rescue

by Buddy Frey

If you have been watching the news this week, you may have noticed that the debate in Washington has finally turned toward real stimulus for the housing industry. As a result, many believe that we could be on the brink of a substantial turn around in the real estate market.  

Last night, the Lieberman/Isakson Amendment was included in the senate version of the Economic Stimulus Bill by a unanimous voice vote. This amendment would provide a Tax Credit to all home buyers at the rate of 10% of the sales price up to a limit of $15,000. The credit would be available for a one year period to all purchasers of primary residences.  And home mortgage rates may be heading lower...Today, the senate expects to debate Amendment 353, a proposal by Senator John Ensign (R-NV) that would provide 30 year fixed financing at a rate of about 4%, for anyone purchasing a primary residence.  This is great stuff.

If these two provisions survive in the final passage of a stimulus bill they could have a tremendous impact on our industry. If they are coupled together with provisions to ease the flow of credit and reduce foreclosures, we could see an immediate and dramatic turn-around in real estate.  Some feel that these provisions represent real economic stimulus. They will put money in the hands of millions of homeowners, increase sales, stabilize home values and add more revenues to local communities in the form of property taxes.

Why not contact your senators and representatives to let them know that you believe these provisions are essential.  You can go to the official Senate and House web sites to locate the email and phone number of your legislators.  Thanks!

Buddy

The Pony Express?

by Buddy Frey

OK, finally someone in Congress gets it...I don't need my mail delivered 6 times a week!  For that matter, probably not 5 and probably not even 4.  It's a shame that over the years the cost of a postage stamp has increased almost as fast as the amount of junk mail I receive.  I mean, when's the last time you went to the mail box with anticipation?  How about when you wanted to see if you won the Publisher Clearing House Sweepstakes!!!

I applaud the recent move to cut costs at the Postal Service.  And yes, we all need to receive our mail.  But this cost cutting should have been acted on years ago.  Instead as in other government agencies, the increases over the years have been passed on to us the the US citizen.  No surprise here right?  With e-mail, texting, facebook yourbook whatever, we just don't need mail service 6 days a week anymore. 

I say lets go to receiving our junk mail and our bills every other day.  Say M-W-F for some folks and T-TH-Sat for others.  The occasional personal letter or B-Day card will just have to wait a day.  For those who have special needs/situations, arrangements I'm sure can be made.  But for the rest of us it's just not necessary.  And what if I just have to have that letter get there tomorrow...I'll have to pay for that service as most of us do already.

Some say cutting the service of mail delivery will hurt the economy by eliminating jobs from one of the country's largest employer.  Well, it doesn't have to happen all at once, successful organizations have dealt with this before.  And, how about possibly shifting some of these resources to say our schools or maybe improving our infrastructure?  There's hundreds of programs that have been cut in the past that might now be able to benefit. 

I say make the shift and be ahead of the curve for a change.  And oh by the way...change is good!

Buddy 

   

 

Are You Still Living In A Bubble?

by Buddy Frey

I find it fascinating as we at Buddy Frey & Associates and at Keller Williams Realty here in Charlotte, NC, show that real estate in many areas is still overpriced. I think we would all agree that Charlotte area property prices have declined, yet so many homeowners (and their agents) are still living in a bubble. Their homes and condos are priced too high.

Why? Why is it so darn difficult for a seller to come to terms with the reality of what their home is worth? Why do we all view a home differently than any other investment?

What do I mean by that?

If you bought Yahoo stock at its high of $108 per share and had to sell today, you would understand that you could sell your stock for something like $10 per share. You might be disappointed to take the loss but if you HAD to sell you certainly wouldn’t price it at $20 per share — especially if you thought prices would continue to go down. You would feel lucky to sell it at $10 per share. In other words, I doubt you would tell your stock broker “I don’t care that it is only worth $10 per share today, I have over $100 invested in that stock and I need that money to pay off my credit card.” Your stock broker without hesitation (except for a quick laugh) would let you know that the market does not care how much you paid for the stock; the market does not care that you need the money you have invested to pay off your credit card. A buyer will pay the market value of that stock. They will pay the $10 per share.

And so it is with the housing market. A home is an investment. And the fundamentals of investing and economics apply. In a declining market, a buyer is always looking for the best value – they are looking for the “deal”. We accept this principal with other investments, so why is it so difficult to accept with regards to the value of our homes?

Yep. The cold reality is that buyers don’t care. They don’t care what we paid. They don’t care what we invested in our special curtains and upgraded ceiling fans. They don’t care about the time we invested in our flower garden. They don’t care we need that additional ten grand to buy our new house. They are indifferent that we are taking a loss. In any market, a buyer only cares about their situation which requires finding the best house at the lowest price. In a declining market like today, the ‘lowest’ price is the home with a ‘deal’ price attached. Bottom line: Buyers do not buy overpriced homes in a declining market.

I urge you as Charlotte area property sellers to consider your home or condo like a piece of stock on the Nasdaq. Check in with your self and make sure your identity is not wrapped up in your home. And then ask yourself, “What would a buyer pay for this investment in this market?”

Those of you who really want to sell need to ned to take a hard look at the market and make some decisions.  Spring is right around the corner and it might just be the best time this year.

Thank you to Kristinna Wise in Austin, TX for this content  :-)

Buddy

Back to Work!

by Buddy Frey

Well, the Holidays are over...the Carolina Panther laid an egg last Saturday so I guess it's time to get back to things that are really important-like work and GOLF.  Although it is a bit cold to play golf this week (18 degrees today), we often get to knock it around here in the Charlotte area during the winter months.  Temps in the mid 60's is pretty common.

Speaking of golf, if you're planning on visiting friends or family or just heading in to the area, for sure bring your clubs.  We have several championship courses to choose from and most have public access.  Many of the courses are right within their own community or subdivision.  You can actually visit the "Links" section on my web-site to get information on the different courses available.

And while you're here golfing enjoying the beautiful Carolina blue skies and inviting weather, why not check out the Charlotte NC real estate scene as well.  It's the perfect time to stop by and see what's available.  We have plenty of golf locations from Lake Norman to Ballantyne to Ft. Mill, SC and more. So give us a call...we would be happy show you around  We look forward to hearing from you! 

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