Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Easy Ways to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the look of the outside of a home. Since the outside of the home is the first thing any potential buyer sees, it is important to make that look as attractive as possible. Here are some simple ways to enhance your curb appeal for homes for sale in Charlotte NC.

Upgrade Your Address

There are several tasteful options when it comes to the numbers you can place on the front of your home to identify the address. A different font can provide a sleek new look at a very minimal price.

Paint the Front Door

It’s amazing how much difference a new coat of paint on your front door will make. This also provides an opportunity to add a new color and bring a little more boldness to the exterior of your home. You can even paint the accessories on the door such as the door knob and knocker.

Remember To Hide

Keep your trash containers out of sight and the same could be done for your garden hose. Those both add unnecessary clutter outside your home. Some simple lattice work can also hide your air conditioner from view. Painting your electrical box the same color as the house is also a way to hide its unsightly color. Your experienced Charlotte real estate broker can also provide you with additional helpful tips.

Buy a New Welcome Mat

Get rid of your old dirty, dingy welcome mat and spread out some color in front of your door. You can even personalize a welcome mat for a little extra charm.

Pressure Washing

Take the time to pressure wash everything in the front of your home. That includes the ground, the steps, any concrete or decking, and even the front and side of the house. It can actually make your home look much newer.

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Do a Little Yardwork

Weeds and overgrowth surrounding a home is never appealing to potential home buyers. There are plenty of sprays available to kill any and every weed on your lawn. You can also attend to them yourself with some simple yardwork. The easiest thing is to make sure your lawn is always mowed to a low level and do a little bit of edging to get a cleaner look. Planting some flowers or adding a few flower pots can usher in some appealing color.

PURE Real Estate Charlotte is a complete service that guides you through the selling or buying process with expert advice and assistance. There is a lot of competition in all the homes for sale Charlotte, NC has to offer, so it makes a difference to have a top quality real estate agent by your side. Contact PURE Real Estate today and let an experienced professional start working for you.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Why Do You Need To Use A Realtor®?

When making such an important decision as buying or selling your home, be sure to carefully weigh the pros and cons of deciding whether or not to use a licensed Realtor® / Charlotte Real Estate Broker. Using a professional broker will insure you will have the most reliable and up-to-date tools at your disposal in order to help you make these important decisions for you and your family and your particular individual situation. Below are just a few reasons why most people insist on using a real estate professional.

1.    One of the most important reasons is because a skilled real estate professional will have up to the minute property sales and market knowledge. Because of their access to their market’s MLS (Multiple Listing Service) the real estate agent can provide you with a report of recent sales of comparable homes to ensure you getting a fair and reasonable deal compared to current and historic market data.

2.    Real estate professional will negotiate for you. One of the most difficult parts of buying and selling a home is negotiating the points of the deal.  Real estate agents have the experience and the expertise in working out the most beneficial deal points for their clients when it comes to all the nuances involved in putting an offer together. Ultimately your agent will always have your best interests in mind and if/when you sign an agency agreement with your broker that relationship becomes a fiduciary responsibility to you.

3.    Real estate agents can find additional ways to find or sell homes. Many times through their relationships with other agents they can find out what homes may be coming on the market before they hit the MLS. The National Association of Realtors® studies show 82% of real estate sales, not just homes for sale in Charlotte, are the result of agent’s contacts through previous clients, friends, family and personal contacts.

4.    They coordinate and host your showings. Whether buying or selling, real estate agents can be crucial for getting open houses and showings done for you while you are busy coordinating your work or life schedule.

5.    Realtors® know how to sell homes. Prospective buyers expect professional photos and videos to promote your listing. Staging, marketing and qualifying candidates are the real estate agent’s job.

6.    Real estate agents will connect you with their trusted partners. When either buying or selling a home you will need to decipher an inspection report. The agent will help you decide which repairs will be absolutely imperative to be done before the closing. They will assist you in hiring professionals such as inspectors, lawyers, plumbers, engineers, title companies and more.

7.    Real estate agents will guide you through the paperwork. Every year, throughout the year there are continual updates of contracts, addendums, disclosures, etc. that every professional real estate agent must become familiar with by mandatory attendance at continuing education classes.

Above is only a small part of an agent’s critical due diligence. All real estate professional Realtors® must abide by a preamble Code of Ethics just as we do at PURE Real Estate.

To find out more here is the link to The Realtor® Code of Ethics: Realtor Code of Ethics and Pledge of Performance and Service

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Inexpensive Ways to Boost the Value of Your Home

When it comes time to sell your home, there are plenty of ways to boost its value without putting a major dent in your checkbook. As Charlotte Real Estate experts, the PURE Real Estate team knows which upgrades will pack the most punch, both appealing to home buyers and sellers’ wallets. Here is a look at a host of inexpensive ways to boost the value of your home.

Fresh Paint

It is amazing how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint will make in any room. All you really need to pay for is the paint. You can do the actual painting yourself as it does not require expert training. Neutral colors are best while bright colors can be a turnoff to potential buyers.

Enhance Curb Appeal

It is important to keep in mind that many people shopping homes for sale Charlotte NC will simply drive past a property before making further inquiries. This means the home’s exterior could potentially be a deal maker or a deal breaker. This is even more vital if time is a major factor for the seller of the home.

Enhancing your curb appeal does not mean you have to make over the entire exterior of your home. Do some accessorizing by adding some potted plants and a new mailbox. You can also upgrade the look of your garage door by purchasing a hardware kit that will allow you to add some accessories to spruce it up. It’s also a good idea to landscape your front yard.

Lose Clutter

Rooms will seem bigger when they are not cluttered with stuff. Take some unnecessary items out of smaller rooms as it will give them the appearance of being bigger. In smaller bathrooms, remove items like a hamper. In bedrooms, take out things like that old rocking chair which never gets used. 

Let it Shine

A clean house looks like a more spacious house. Homeowners can take that a step further by shining every fixture in the home. That means polishing every faucet, sink and fixture you can find. Upgrading fixtures can also provide a more elegant look without having to spend much money. Keeping the floors polished with a bright shine is also recommended.

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Upgrade the Bathroom

Bathrooms are a major priority for buyers and some simple upgrades can enhance their look. Buying a new toilet seat, towel rack and faucet are all inexpensive upgrades. Also, replace any broken or damaged tiles since that is a major turnoff to prospective buyers.

Mind the Kitchen

Buyers love kitchens and something simple like adding a backsplash can upgrade the entire room. Old appliances can also be upgraded without spending a fortune. Homeowners can replace them with gently-used appliances or ones from a scratch and dent store. You don’t have to buy top-end or brand new appliances to make it look good.

PURE Real Estate is ready to help homeowners get the most money for their homes in Charlotte NC. Our team of experienced realtors will walk you through every detail that comes with putting up your house for sale in Charlotte, NC.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PURE Real Estate Nominated for a Five Star Professional Award for the Third Straight Year

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For the third consecutive year, PURE Real Estate in Charlotte NC has been nominated for a prestigious Five-Star Professional Award. This award is given out annually by Five Star Professional, a research organization that recognizes that top performers in select professions. The Five Star distinction is synonymous with outstanding service and carries an elite status.

PURE Real Estate’s comprehensive approach towards real estate aims to provide five-star service to every client. That is more than just a statement, but a daily practice that has been evidenced by the Five Star Professional’s nomination for three years running.

Five Star Professional does a thorough amount of industry research as the Five Star nomination is not taken lightly. The organization also combines its efforts with regional magazines to promote the results in 45 markets located in the United States and Canada. The city of Charlotte represents one of those markets.

The award winners are then listed in these regional magazines, which is not at all a form of paid advertising. It is simply a report of that allows elite professionals to get the recognition they rightfully deserve.

The market research conducted by Five Star Professional is based a great deal on customer satisfaction, which steps to the forefront of every interaction conducted by a PURE Real Estate agent in Charlotte NC. Every customer is always treated like a top priority. PURE Real Estate has taken that integral aspect of customer service and instilled it into its everyday practices. The only way to get recognized for exemplary service is to practice it each and every day.

It is no coincidence that the mission of Five Star Professional is to assist customers when choosing a professional service. With such a wide selection of choices flooding every market, it’s good to learn who is actually the best of the best.

Five Star Professional distributes its awards to real estate agents, wealth managers, mortgage professionals, home and auto insurance professionals, and dentists. That concentrated group enables the research do be extremely thorough so that very best professionals are recognized with such a prestigious distinction.

Five Star Professional has been in existence in 2003 and is based out of Eagan, MN. Now, for the third year in a row Five Star has recognized PURE Real Estate. However, awards are not what motivates the team at PURE Real Estate. Customer satisfaction comes with providing the same high quality of service on a daily basis, something that is at the core of every interaction that occurs at PURE Real Estate.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Top Reasons to Live In Charlotte

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The city of Charlotte has so much to offer which makes buying real estate within the city a beneficial move for people from all walks of life. Here’s a look at some of the top reasons that Charlotte has become such a popular place to live.

Easy Travel

North Carolina's vast highway systems make road trips and day trips convenient with Charlotte as a great start point. Though, you would not have to go far to find a vast variety of events, activities, and attractions surrounding Charlotte NC real estate. Getting around the city has been made easy with the LYNX light rail system. Charlotte Douglas International Airport has also expanded and makes for an easy commute into the city. Driving has been made easier with the expansion of I-485, providing Charlotte with its own outer beltway.

South End Neighborhoods

The historic South End of Charlotte is a hip area that caters to the younger generation. First Fridays feature the South End Gallery Crawl and other events, making it a budding scene for the arts. Saturday morning’s then bring in a farmer’s market at the Atherton Mill complex. There is a great deal of character and always something fun to do in the South End.

Ideal Weather

The Charlotte winters are far from brutal and are actually rather moderate. The summer months generally do not get too hot while spring and fall are truly sights to see with so many beautiful nature scenes, including the famed Freedom Park.

Great Sports Scene

There is something for every sports lover in Charlotte as the Panthers have brought high levels of NFL success while the Hornets are the city’s NBA representative. NASCAR’s Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte and the city also holds major NASCAR races every year. For adventure sports enthusiasts, the city has recently added the National Whitewater Center.

Friendly People

Tourists often remark how friendly people are throughout the city of Charlotte. Manners, driving etiquette and common courtesy are on display every day in every corner of the city. You will likely notice this characteristic the first time you speak to a realtor in Charlotte North Carolina.

Quality Education

The school system from the elementary level to the secondary level is highly acclaimed in the city of Charlotte. There is also a good deal of diversity and the Huffington Post recently ranked Charlotte second on its list of 10 best cities for families to live in America.

PURE Real Estate in Charlotte North Carolina is ready to help you find the home of your dreams. Our team of experienced professionals can walk you through the entire buying or selling process and take away all your worries. Trust in our team as we offer top-quality service when it comes to Charlotte real estate.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How to Find a Home That Suits Your Lifestyle

Most homeowners wind up living in their home at least nine years before moving elsewhere. Spending that much time in one place means that buying a home should always match your lifestyle.

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For a successful match, potential homeowners should first examine their family dynamic before searching for a Charlotte home for sale. A family of four will have different needs than someone who is single. Furthermore, a retired couple will also have different needs than newlyweds who are looking to purchase their very first home.

Lifestyles are influenced by more than just an actual home. Location also plays a major role. You will have to ask what kind of amenities need to be close by and how much value do you put into the local school district? Such answers will help determine your particular lifestyle when it comes to buying a home.

Homeowners will generally look at an average of 10 homes before they decide to buy. However, looking into those homes requires more than just a walk-through. It also requires a deeper look into that location as it should be one that suits your lifestyle.

Nevertheless, traditional ways of searching for homes will not always let you know if a home is a match for your lifestyle. The most popular ways to search for a home are through a website like, but that does not tell you the whole story.

Meeting your lifestyle needs is done by matching a home with the neighborhood quality. That is always a top priority among buyers. Another important factor is the home’s proximity to one’s job. Too far of a commute every day does not make for a good lifestyle match.

Affordability is the next factor that dictates whether or not a home matches a buyer’s lifestyle. A price that is too high or too low could cause families to live above or below their means.

Another factor to consider is a home’s proximity to family and friends. This tends to be more important to buyers who have children. Moving far away from family means less opportunities for a helping hand and greater distances to travel on holidays and special occasions.

Your current situation has a lot to do with matching you with the right home, so it’s important to know your lifestyle in order to find the right home for you. 

The friendly and knowledgeable group of Charlotte realtors at PURE Real Estate is ready to find you a home that meets all your lifestyle needs. Charlotte real estate is our specialty and we can help with all the small details that come with buying or selling a home.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Latest Charlotte Real Estate News

The spring is always a busy time in the Charlotte real estate industry and that is true now more than ever. Here’s a look at some of the latest real estate headlines to hit the Charlotte area in recent weeks.

New Duplexes and Triplexes in Elizabeth

The “Towers at Mattie Rose” are coming to Elizabeth as a development company, Grandfather Homes, is planning 18 new units. These new duplexes and triplexes will start off in the low $600k range. The homes will feature 2,200 to 2,800 square feet, along with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The design will be urban and will include skyline views.

Belmont Surging

The Belmont neighborhood has recently seen a surge in the average sale price of its home, which now range between $210k and $270k. A good deal of the area’s historic homes have undergone renovations, which has resulted in new condos and single-family homes for sale in Charlotte. The neighborhood was the recipient of a recent grant, which has led to its rejuvenation and subsequent upgrade in real estate prices.

Midtown Development Being Considered

A new project was introduced by Pappas Properties that would bring 21,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 172 residential units to a 5.3 acre-site next to Pearle Street Park on Kenilworth Avenue and Greenwood Cliff Road. The city of Charlotte is considering adding a $3.9 million contribution to the project.

Renaissance Park on the Rise

Many Charlotte neighborhoods are seeing an increase in the average home value. Renaissance Park has joined that group. Last year it saw a 27% increase in the price of its homes. Now, the median value of a home in that area is now at $110,000 as the market value of its real estate is very much up and coming.

Mortgage Applications Increasing

The spring time always brings out prospective buyers and this year is no different. Through the early part of April, Charlotte lenders are reporting more than a 10% increase in mortgage applications. That trend is expected to continue through the spring as real estate in Charlotte is becoming a very sought-after commodity.

PURE Real Estate of Charlotte NC is your top resource when it comes to buying or selling a home in Charlotte. With years of experience in the Charlotte real estate industry, our qualified team of agents will point you in the right direction and make the process a whole lot easier.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

PURE Real Estate to Participate In Realtor Care Day

This year PURE Real Estate will take advantage of the opportunity to give back to the community on Realtor Care Day, which will take place on April 22nd in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.

Realtor Care Day is an opportunity for realtors to roll up their sleeves and do some actual repair work on local homes. This special day for repair will be done on the homes of families who qualify for this type of service. Those homeowners are identified with input from the regional Habitat for Humanity chapters, the City of Charlotte, along with other housing partners.

All the homeowners will be worthy recipients and are not just randomly selected. The home repairs are intended to increase the value of their homes while also providing safer, more comfortable places to live. This community project ultimately helps twenty five to thirty individual homeowners each year.

PURE Real Estate is part of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and all participants must have membership to volunteer for Realtor Care Day. This is a very important day for PURE Real Estate as it is comprised of a team of realtors who do their part in giving back to the community. The Charlotte real estate business is all about people and this charitable event provides one more way to connect with the community.

The type of work done by participating realtors will include minor construction and repair, handicapped-accessible ramp construction, gutter repair, painting, roofing and more. Realtor Care Day is actually a project of The Housing Opportunity Foundation, which works to fund affordable housing and coordinate workforce housing initiatives.

The charitable event brings together realtors and businesses from all over the Charlotte area as materials, food, tee-shirts and more are generously donated. PURE Real Estate is proud to donate both time and labor to such a worthwhile cause.

The event continues to grow as participants have increased each year, which means more deserving families are being helped in the area. A day of service can go a long way and PURE Real Estate is excited to take part in the company’s latest charitable endeavor that certainly won’t be their last. PURE Real Estate continues to stay active in the community as Charlotte residents can count on service, integrity and trust when they interact with a PURE Real Estate agent.

PURE Real Estate helps homeowners through the buying and selling process with top quality service. They have years of experience specializing in homes for sale in Charlotte NC. So, the next time you have any kind of real estate business on your agenda, contact the team of experienced professionals at PURE Real Estate.

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