Real Estate Agent myths debunked
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Welcome Home Wednesday has a whole new meaning this week! You'll feel right at home in this gorgeous listing which hits the market tomorrow! Nestled between South Park and Quail Hollow, you cannot beat the location. Gleaming hardwoods greet you and carry throughout the lower level, an upgrade by the current owners. Beautiful kitchen with SS appliances, granite countertops and white cabinetry. All stair treads have been replaced! Upstairs, find your four bedrooms--3 with brand new carpet, 1 with recently added hardwoods. Fresh, neutral paint throughout and recently painted exterior. Your backyard oasis awaits, starting with a vaulted screened in porch with new screening. Enjoy a Fall bonfire on your large deck, or grill something delicious with your attached grill with in-ground gas! The flat lot is fully fenced with a convenient tool shed in the back corner. Low HOA includes access to pool and tennis courts, solidifying this truly unbeatable opportunity. Showings start 8am Thursday!
Hurry, it won't last long!
Why is it important to work with a Realtor®?
Did you know that not all real estate agents are actually Realtors®? Some use these titles interchangeably, but they are vastly different! To carry the distinction of this trademarked title, a real estate agent must become a nationally recognized member of the National Association of Realtors®. This association serves to further protect the public by having its members adhere to a strict code of ethics, heightened professional responsibilities and display utmost respect and etiquette with all business facets. Realtors® pay additional fees and subscribe to in-depth training on how to conduct business ethically, with annual update courses. The NAR® also provides opportunities for its members to specialize in various certifications and designations so that a consumer can find a Realtor® who may match their individual needs best. These designations can cover such areas as military relocation, home staging, foreclosure expertise, and negotiations just to name a few examples. It is in the consumer’s very best interest to make sure that they are working with a licensed Realtor® who has sworn oath to take their level of fiduciary responsibilities above and beyond for every one of their clients! Fiduci-whaat? Every agent grants their client the responsibility of providing obedience, loyalty, disclosure, confidentiality, accountability and diligence. When you are working with a Realtor®, the consumer can rest assured that these responsibilities are also coveted by the highest degree of ethics in our industry! Whether you are buying or selling, be sure that your largest financial investment is held in the hands of a Realtor®!
People have been bringing plants into their spaces for a long time, but lately, the trend seems to be even more popular. In addition to enhancing our style with natural beauty, plants provide a host of other benefits: cleaner air, stress relief, increased productivity and a sense of calm to name a few. We’ve been spending a lot of time in our homes recently, and plants can make that environment more inviting, comfortable, and relaxing. These days, couldn’t we all use a little more comfort and relaxation?
Is your home missing something? A well-placed plant may be just the thing you need! Whether you are starting out with one or two desk plants, or aiming to have your own jungle, decorating with plants is a fun way to add life to your space. When deciding which plants to bring home, be sure to consider the plant’s needs:
If it seems like a lot to think about, you are right. Plants, like people, have their own needs to thrive. But don’t be afraid to take the step towards plant parenthood. Anyone can learn how to care for a plant, but sometimes it helps to have a guide- someone who takes the guesswork out of what type of soil or pot works best for a particular plant, and can make recommendations for you.
Plant Therapy offers consulting services, and will provide you with the tools and information needed to set you up for success. Under our guidance, and your capable care, your plant will thrive!
In addition to consulting, Plant Therapy offers semi-private Houseplant 101 classes and pop-up shopping. Reach out to us to arrange for us to come to your community. We also provide in-house repotting and virtual house calls.
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We are so excited for the launch of our Welcome Home Wednesday series! This 10 part series will come to you every Wednesday and cover so many fun topics. With help from our partner, Amanda Rex, we'll bring you details on Charlotte's HOT real estate market! From tips for not letting your dream home get away from you, to getting your home ready for sale, or finding the perfect neighborhood to start the next chapter of your family's story, we can't wait for you to read all that we have put together!
We also have some really AWESOME giveaways coming your way over the next 10 weeks, so be sure to subscribe to this blog and follow @clthousewives and @realtorsaurousrex so you don't miss a change at some incredible prizes!
To say you are going to LOVE Amanda would be an understatement. Not only is she the true definition of a #bossbabe, but she has such a great personality! More than anything, we are fortunate to partner with Amanda on this series because she is an EXPERT when it comes to the Charlotte Real Estate Market. If you follow Amanda on Instagram, you'll quickly see that she works 24/7 for her clients to help them find the perfect house, or get top dollar for the sale of their home. She has a true passion for real estate and serving her clients and we can't wait for you to get to know her!
ABOUT AMANDA REX
Originally from Michigan but raised in Lake Norman, she has called Charlotte and its surroundings home for over 21 years. Driven to enrich the lives of those around her, she found it a natural transition when pursuing a career in real estate. Leveraging the skill-set so passionately cultivated while in healthcare, she is committed to delivering patience, empathy, diligence and wholehearted dedication to each of her clients! As a homeowner herself, she appreciates the intimate nature of the buying and selling process and strives to make every experience the most positive experience. She shares her life with her high school sweetheart and their beloved doodle fur-babies, Lilo & Norma. Her and her husband enjoy traveling the world and immersing themselves in cultural experiences. Lifestyle photography, cooking and interior decorating are some of Amanda's favorite things. She can't wait to engage with all of you throughout this series!
LET THE FUN BEGIN: WELCOME HOME WEDNESDAY
HYDRANGEA WREATH TUTORIAL
I am so excited to share this tutorial blog with you! While obsessing over all things fall, I fell in love with a hydrangea wreath on Etsy. The problem - it was $109 plus shipping and that is just NOT in the budget right now. So, of course I had to scope out how I could do it on my own.
I found the hydrangeas for 40% off at Michaels, making them less than $5 each. You'll need 9 of them for this 18" wreath base which was about $4.50. Then I opted for the pack of 35 pieces of stem wire, about $2.50, in a dark green so it is easily hidden within the wreath. Michaels only had Christmas ribbon out so I opted for a shimmery burlap, I used a coupon to get a 25 ft roll for $6. I think it is perfect for this wreath and I'll definitely use it when I make the Christmas wreath I'm already envisioning!
So, your shopping list is:
9 hydrangeas - check them out and pick some nice full ones.
Wreath foundation (wire) 18"
Stem Wire pack of 35 precut pieces
Ribbon - at least 10 feet
Step one: make sure that you picked out full enough flowers, one for each of the 9 sections around the wreath foundation.
Step two: Cut the leaves off of the steam on each of the hydrangeas. Leave a short stem on each of the leaves, you'll use the stem later to tie the leaves to the foundation. There were two leaves on each of mine. Set the leaves aside.
Step three: Cut the flower off of the stem right where it starts to spread into separate branches of flowers.
Step four: Use the stem wire to attach the hydrangea blooms to the wreath foundation. Center the bloom in the middle of the section and use the wire to attach multiple stems to different sections of the foundation, making sure the bloom won't blow off in the wind. Repeat for all 9 blooms (see photo below for example).
Step five: You should have two leaves to go in each gap between flowers. One on the inside of the ring and one on the outside. Take the stems of two leaves and with the leaves facing opposite directions, tie the stems together with stem wire. Wrap around the stems several times from each half of the stem wire, then place against the wreath foundation and wrap the stem wire around the foundation to attach the leaves. Repeat in between all flowers (see photo below for example).
Step six: Take your ribbon and create a bow. This is NOT my strength. I youtube'd how to make a bow. Then attach the bow with stem wire. You can use the stem wire in the process of making the bow and then attach with the same wire.
Step seven: Take 2 1/2 to 3 feet of extra ribbon and loop it through the foundation just behind the center of the bow. Pull down so the middle of the ribbon is flat against the foundation. Tie a knot out of the ends then pull up on the center so it is now the top of the ribbon which you will use to hang your wreath!
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DINING TABLE CENTERPIECE
Last fall I attended a fundraiser that had such a simple but gorgeous centerpiece on each table. It was too late in the season and I couldn't find the items I needed to duplicate the centerpieces. This year, I ordered early and here we have it! These items are mostly out-of-stock online, but check your local Hobby Lobby! This look was $30 with all items on sale.
The pumpkin pictured below is about 9-10'' in diameter and the garland is 6'. I've linked a similar pumpkin below.
Plaid Table Runner
Lamb's Ear Garland
FRONT PORCH INSPO!
Our favorite front porch, fall decor trend is the layered welcome mats! You can pickup these plaid layering mats at Hobby Lobby or grab one on Amazon (just be sure to check the sizing!). We're in love with the fall mats from Kirklands to help complete the look. Our favorite "Hey There Pumpkin" mat is linked here!
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Netflix was a household name long before the quarantine, but if you weren't scraping the bottom of the streaming barrel before quarantine, it is likely you are getting close now. It's hard to invest in a new series emotionally, when you know it's since been cancelled - sadly the case for several good binge shows on the streaming service. I'm sharing my favorites, share yours in the comments below!
Selling Sunset - season 3 debuts in just over two hours and if this show isn't the definition of an emotional rollercoaster, I don't know what is. I'll let you form your own opinions about the cast, but I can assure you it has the same characters as any other reality show...the girl you'll love, the girl you'll hate and the girl you're just not sure about. This group of female real estate agents works for the Oppenheim Group in Los Angeles, CA where they literally sell their way up and down the Sunset strip and beyond. The super weird dynamic between agents and brokerage owners, including Jason's ex-girlfriend who is now married to a HOT french man will have you dropping your jaw. In addition to a not-so-healthy amount of drama, you'll also get to see the ins and outs of LA's hottest listings from $1-50 million. What had me so confused is why I had never heard of any of these woman before, being that we've never missed an episode of Million Dollar Listing and hadn't noticed any of these agents crossing paths with the famous Josh's. You'll likely recognize Heather Rae Young as HGTV's Tarek El Moussa's new fiance (peep her 8+ carat diamond ring on her IG). If you hit "add to list" on Selling Sunset, be sure you start with Season 1 so you don't miss any drama!
Sweet Magnolias - season 2 was just confirmed and thank goodness because this cute gem of a show ends season 1 with an intense cliffhanger that would leave me emotionally unstable for years to come if the show were cancelled after one season. Luckily, you'll see more of Joanna Garcia and Jamie Lynn Spears in this show about a single-mom, recently divorced from her cheating husband who knocked up his mistress/employee. It's just juicy enough, but not over the top. I watched the entire season in a day. Binge watching at its best!
Workin Moms - possibly my favorite of the Netflix original series. Based in Canada, the show follows several families with the moms having connected in a mommy and me group. It's about as real as it gets in the mom world with just enough drama to keep you entertained and funny enough to help you laugh off the real life situations of mommin' that you live through every day.
Grace & Frankie - just a really good laugh. What do you do when you're well into your years of being a senior citizen and your husband tells you he's leaving you for his male business partner of decades? You move into your beach house with the other man's woman and start a business selling adult toys for the elderly! If that doesn't have you laughing, your sense of humor might be to dull for this funny number.
Fuller House - now that the final episodes have aired, you can find out if DJ ends up with Steve or Matt as you follow DJ Tanner Fuller living in her dad's house in San Francisco, widowed and working as a Veterinarian. 90's babies rejoice!
Friends from College - do you ever get attached to an actor or actress as a character in a movie or show and can never detach them from that role? That's how I felt about seeing "Robin" from How I Met Your Mother in....well any other role. There's some interesting dynamics in this sitcom about a group of college friends, just a couple decades later.
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce - THIS one. It seems like it was cancelled and then brought back at least 3 times. Netflix keeps tricking me with "new" episodes, but I'm pretty sure there are only 5 seasons and I was too impatient to wait on Netflix to post the final season, so I found it elsewhere. This series follows Abby, an author who writes about her perfect marriage only to get divorced and have her entire brand blow up in her face. An unlikely friendships turns brings her a new business partner and a new life.
Drum roll please......GOOD GIRLS. My boyfriend is always criticizing that the show is so far fetched that it just doesn't make sense, but I think that is why this one is SO good. It's not like anything else on TV and it is in fact... on TV. Get caught up on Netflix before the new season airs this fall! Three moms rob a grocery store, get wrapped up in gang activity and bury a body....that's not even a spoiler for this hit.
Meal and grocery planning has been more difficult in the last few months than it ever has before. With needing to cook at home every single night (something totally new for us) and the difficulty to get what you want at the store, planning for the week can be a real challenge. We've been on a budget and that has taught me to take a look in the pantry and see what I already have, so I don't come home with yet another two jars of this or that. We have been so much better about making a grocery list and sticking to it - not buying items that aren't on the list. We're taking our grocery game to the next level with my custom meal and grocery planning sheet! It doesn't always work out 100%, based on what we can/can't get at the store, but we now hit the grocery store with a game plan and cut back on expenses by not picking up random things we don't need!
You can download a PDF of my planning sheet below! Tag @CLTHOUSEWIVES if you use it!
It's no surprise that National Ice Cream Day is during the hottest part of the year, but this last week has been so HOT, it's had us begging for a break! What a better way to celebrate our favorite summer treat than with DISCOUNTS! Check out this list of deals from ice cream shops right here in Charlotte:
Bruster's Real Ice Cream: Get double rewards points through Sunday.
Cold Stone Creamery: B-O-G-O creation when you place an order online, through your My Cold Stone Club Rewards account and use promo code ICECREAM.
Dairy Queen: $1 off dipped cones through Sunday. Redeemed via mobile app. Not valid on kids cones.
Insomnia Cookies: B-O-G-O cookie sandwiches.
Can't make it out for a cone? Check your local grocery store for ice cream deals!
McGalliard Park in Valdese, NC is also home to the gorgeous McGalliard Falls and our day trip destination just a few weekends ago. There are plenty of spots to take it all in or head down to the bottom of the falls. It was much busier than these photos will lead you to believe. Part of photographing these day trips has been learning to get any angle you can to capture the gorgeous scenery with no strangers photobombing.
We took the back roads and stayed off the interstate on the way out which allowed us to check out some areas we had not been through in quite a while.
The Park has a lot to offer, including restrooms and a picnic area. To reserve space under the shelter, there is a fee, so definitely look into booking that in advance if you're thinking McGalliard is your next family gathering spot. Otherwise, there are plenty of spots you can bring chairs or a blanket and set up a picnic for free, many with a view! If you're looking for a little more to do, McGalliard also offers nature trails and a volleyball court.
The upper area of the park is very walkable for anyone. To climb down to the bottom of the falls is a little steep, but not a long walk at all. The third photo in the slideshow above shows the pathway on the left down to the bottom of the falls.
We give this hour to hour-and-a-half day trip 4.5 stars!
We are travel-loving people, through and through, so this stay-at-home and quarantine order is slowing killing my soul. We've accomplished just about all of the home projects I've wanted done, I've organized about everything we own, we've purged, packed away the fall and winter clothes. I'm running out of things to do to keep myself occupied, so we've vowed to go at least every other weekend on even a little day trip to explore somewhere new.
Today, our travels led us to the day trip of all day trips, as basic as they get, a Sunflower Field in McConnells, SC. At the Draper Wildlife Management Area, you will find huge fields of Sunflowers. Despite there being probably around 80-100 people there, you're able to keep your distance and if you get a little crafty, you'll catch gorgeous photos with no other people in the background.
Some sunflowers are starting to droop and it is HOT out there. I mean, real HOT, but I highly recommend jumping in the car tomorrow, or next weekend at the latest and heading just outside of Rock Hill to this beautiful site.
It's just about an hour outside of Charlotte and we elected to take the back roads down from Mount Holly which gave us some scenery of beautiful homes and pastures through the South Carolina countryside.
You'll want to enter the Hunting and Fishing area, follow the dirt road all the way to the end where it turns into a parking lot, and the trail to the sunflowers is on the left side of the parking lot as you head in. Grab your camera and a water, because I'm not joking, it is HOT, and head up the trail of no more than 1/4 mile to the fields. There are several fields, all within eye-sight, but if you want to be on your own, be prepared to walk just a little further past the corn fields for your private spot.
When you are finished with the sunflowers, take a right out of the entrance road and go just about a mile down to Historic Brattonsville where you will find gorgeous plantation homes. The site is currently closed, due to COVID, but so worth the drive by to see even the outside of these historic buildings.
This trip was truly a photographer's dream.
We all know, there's no place like home...unless you can find a Canopy Hotel. In the middle of a global pandemic, the team at Canopy Southpark has pulled off the opening of the most glorious hotel I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. From the welcoming entrance, to the curation of all local products, and the team of Enthusiasts prepared to make you feel right at home, Canopy Southpark was designed to be the most comfortable home away from home.
After dropping your car with the valet, enter the front doors to be greeted by Enthusiasts and begin the check-in process. Shop their retail wall with all local products from small businesses around the Charlotte region. Arrive early? No problem! Canopy offers a Transfer Room where you can relax, grab a shower, change into something comfy and I can assure you that your room will be sparkling clean and ready for you soon!
Hungry? The restaurant, Fine & Fettle, is an experience of its own. Executive Chef, Daniel Wheeler, is whipping up the most delicious food that will have you coming back time and time again. Fine & Fettle is currently serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can book your reservation to guarantee a table (due to COVID).
When your room is ready, head upstairs and enjoy luxuries that you won't find just anywhere. Outfitted with filtered water stations on each floor, refrigerators in every room, conveniently-placed charging stations, and Serta mattresses you won't find anywhere else, each room is an oasis.
If you have a longer stay ahead of you, you'll enjoy a variety of rooms and suites offering plenty of space and amenities that will have you forgetting you are even in a hotel room. Book a room with a balcony to take in the gorgeous Carolina air.
Possibly the most impressive feature of all is the Dyson hair dryers located in suites and balcony rooms! That's right, leave your hair dryer at home because you can actually rely on the hotel hairdryer for the first time!
Need to get around once you've checked in? The house car will take you within a 2-mile radius and is first-come, first served. Looking to explore all that Southpark has to offer? Canopy also has bicycles available. Simply sign out at the desk and head out for a ride.
Whether you're traveling for business, or pleasure, or local and in need of meeting space, Canopy Southpark is the best of the best. Every detail thoughtfully selected from local businesses, like the Pure Intentions coffee you'll find downstairs.
The event spaces...let's just say I see many meetings and events at the Canopy in my future. No matter what size space you are in need of, Canopy has a space that can accommodate your group. The indoor/outdoor feel of their largest space will have you planning your dream wedding from the moment you walk through the door.
All of these features have us wondering what it would cost to stay at this luxury, cozy hotel, but don't worry, Canopy is budget-friendly with the average stay being between $189-219 per night.
Their motto is "We've got you covered" and by the end of the first day, you'll know why.
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I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be the new director of the Charlotte region of Housewives in the City! I'm a resident of Mount Holly and currently run the Gaston Co Region. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!