Spotlight Community – Bridge Pointe, Harrisburg, NC

Bridge Pointe is located in the heart of Harrisburg, just minutes from some of the top ranked schools in the state of North Carolina. Only 5 minutes from the major transportation of 485 for easy, hassle-free commutes to work or a quick trip to area dining, shopping and a host of other recreation amenities.   Bridge Pointe also offers its own neighborhood amenities including a clubhouse, swimming pool for relaxing during those hot summer days, a kid friendly pool for the littles ones to splash around in, basketball and tennis courts for all around family fun, a playground and so much more!  Houses in the Bridge Pointe subdivision range from around $290,000 to about $400,000+.

Bridge Pointe Community Builder(s): JPO Orleans Homes and Taylor Morrison

JP Orleans Homes            Taylor Morrison Homes

Bridge Pointe:

  • 4-6 Bedrooms
  • 3+ Baths
  • Approx. 2,500 to over 5,000 sq ft homes
  • Homes built between 2007-2016
  • Walking distance to Hickory Ridge Middle and High Schools

Bridge Pointe Amenities:

  • HOA Management Company
  • Clubhouse
  • Basketball / Tennis Courts
  • Playground
  • Swimming Pool

Bridge Pointe Schools (Subject to change please verify):

  • Harrisburg Elementary School
  • Hickory Ridge Middle School
  • Hickory Ridge High School

For more information please contact us at  704-721-7149.

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Why you should sell in 2017 AND…..why you should hire us!

Click below for a great article on why you should sell in 2017:

http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/reasons-sell-your-home-2017/?cid=smc_editorial_fb_Agents_Link

And then check out just a few of the many reasons why you should hire The Noelle Donovan Team:

  1.  We are a TEAM!  There is always someone to talk to, always someone to show your home and always someone to answer the phone.
  2. We use professional photography for all of our listings!
  3. Our online presence including realtor.com, allentate.com, IDX Broker sites and the Leading RE National/International Home Search.
  4. We believe in Open houses!  92% of all buyers find open houses to be useful during their search and home buying process. * from NAR2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
  5. We offer experience!  We have over 10 years of experience in the market!
  6. We are decorated!  We have received more than 25 awards during our careers including 2008 Rookie of the Year, 2014 Barbara Tate Legendary Service Award, 2014 and 2015 H. Allen Tate, Jr. Award and many more.
  7. We like to have fun!  We want your home selling (and buying) experience to be fun!  We love what we do and it shows!

 

 

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What does Pat Riley, CEO of The Allen Tate Companies have to say about the real estate market in the Carolinas?

 

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Whats trending in homes in 2017????

What are the newest trends in houses for 2017, you ask? Below is a list of 11 new trends from REALTOR Magazine. Hope this is helpful when deciding on what changes you should make to your home!

1. Community Gathering Spaces
Why it’s happening: The combination of more time spent on social media and at work and the fact that fewer people live near their family members has caused many to feel isolated and crave face-to-face interactions.

2. Taupe Is the New Gray
Why it’s happening: White remains the top paint color choice due to its flexibility and the fact that it comes in so many variations (PPG Paints has 80 in its inventory, according to Dee Schlotter, senior color expert). Though white has been upstaged by gray in recent years, this year many will be searching for a warmer neutral, which is why paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams named “Poised Taupe” as its 2017 Color of the Year. “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of a weathered, woodsy neutral and a sense of coziness and harmony that people seek,” says Sue Wadden, the company’s director of color marketing.

3. More Playful Homes
Why it’s happening: Americans work harder now than ever, with many delaying retirement or starting second careers, so they want their homes to be a refuge and a place to unwind.

4. Naturally Renewable, Warmer Surfaces
Why it’s happening: The pervasiveness of technology throughout homes has resulted in a corresponding yearning for more tactile surfaces and materials that convey warmth. Natural cork is a perfect expression of these needs, with the bonus of being low-maintenance.

5. Surface-Deep Energy Conservation
Why it’s happening: As energy costs continue to increase, the search is on for ways to save. Incentives to do so only increase as states and municipalities enact new, stricter energy codes. While energy-wise appliances and more efficient HVAC systems are still appealing to homeowners looking to save on their utility bills, less costly surface upgrades are gaining in popularity.

6. More Authentic, Personalized Use of Space
Why it’s happening: As home prices escalate — up 5.5 percent, according to CoreLogic Case-Shiller — and baby boomers downsize to retire or cut costs, every inch of available space counts more than ever. To make the best use of space for each resident, design professionals are zeroing in on how clients want to live rather than thinking about how people use space generically. “One size doesn’t fit all any longer,” says Mary Cook, whose eponymous Chicago-based design firm specializes in amenities, public spaces, and model home interiors.

7. The Walkable Suburb
Why it’s happening: Urban centers have long been a magnet for residents wanting to walk rather than drive to work, shopping, and entertainment. But the trend is now spreading to the suburbs where being close to a town center — and public transit into a larger city — offers similar appeal.

8. Healthier Homes
Why it’s happening: Consumers have been increasingly aware of hazardous indoor environments over the last few years, but news of the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Mich., raised awareness to a nationwide level in 2016. Homeowners are actively seeking out healthy water supplies, purifiers, and HVAC systems, along with nontoxic paints and adhesives. A newer element to this trend in 2017 will include enhanced environmental testing.

9. Shifting Hearths
Why it’s happening: The traditional log-burning fireplace has lost some appeal as homeowners realize it’s less energy-efficient and can send more particulates into the air. But there are a number of replacement options waiting in the wings.

10. Counter Options
Why it’s happening: Much like granite did, quartz and quartzite are predicted to be kitchen favorites until another material comes along. But other green laminate options are gaining in popularity, and they’re no longer just for the budget-minded consumer.

11. The Transforming Office
Why it’s happening: Regular work-from-home time among the non–self-employed population has grown by 103 percent since 2005, according to Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego–based research and consulting group focused on workplace change. Her organization estimates that number will continue to grow at between 10 percent and 20 percent a year.

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$15,000 Down Payment Assistance

Did you know about the $15,000 Down Payment Assistance Program currently offered in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties?  To find out more information and to see if you qualify call us today!

$15,000 NC Home Advantage Program

This special LIMITED TIME ONLY down payment assistance for first time homebuyers is funded through the US Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund. The five counties selected for this program were chosen to support homeownership in areas that experienced especially high rates of foreclosures during the recent recession.
General Program Overview:

$15k down payment assistance available ONLY in five counties which includes Mecklenburg County, Cabarrus County, Cumberland County, Guilford County, and Johnston County!

The $15k down payment assistance may be used on all loan types including FHA loan, Conventional loan, USDA loan, and a VA loan

These funds can NOT be combined with other NCHFA DPA programs but ok to use with NCHFA’s MCC Credit

Interest rates vary daily.  Check today’s rate at NCHFA Rate checker

Must be a First Time Homebuyer or have not owned a home in the past 3 years
Subordinate Loan Terms Include…
5 year term at 0% interest and forgiven at 20% a year in years 1-5

DPA funds may be used towards down payment, MI, pre-paids and or closing costs

DPA loan is repayable if buyer no longer occupies property, refinances, or sells before fully forgiven in five years

Property Criteria:

Property MUST be an existing home.  NEW homes or new construction homes are NOT eligible

Max sells price can not exceed $245,000

Borrower Requirements:
Credit score must be *640 or higher  (* subject to change)

First Time Homebuyers ONLY or no prior ownership within the last 36 months

TOTAL household income must not exceed the income limits.  See NCHFA income Limit Chart

Pre-purchase education certificate required. Homebuyer Education can be done online or in person

 

***If you are currently working with a real estate agent please do not consider this a solicitation. ***

 

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1250 Branson RD NW, Concord, NC – Beautiful End Unit Townhome in Oak Park!

$119,941 MLS#3142157

End unit townhome conveniently located minutes from schools, dining, shopping and airport! This spacious townhome features a large great room with fireplace, spacious master with huge walk in closet, large secondary bedroom, and tons of natural light. Tile floors in kitchen and bathrooms. Located adjacent to amenities including a pool, clubhouse and tennis courts. Easy access to I-85.


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3 Easy Ways to Keep Energy Costs Down During the Winter

Allen Tate Blog

SAVE on digital room thermostat wearing woolly hatDuring the winter months when the temperatures dip below freezing it can feel like you’re playing a never-ending game of catch up to try and keep your home warm. So rather than watch the Benjamins fly out the doors, windows, nooks and crannies of your home, follow the advice below.

Eliminate drafts

Locating and sealing energy-draining drafts in your home can save you between 10 and 20 percent on your energy bill, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And while most people assume windows and doors are the biggest draft offenders, experts warn that other elements like recessed lights, wiring holes, electrical boxes, plumbing vents and support elements in your basement and attic can be equally concerning.

Pick a windy day and carefully inspect your home from top to bottom for air leaks. Or, if you’re not feeling up to the task, call a professional to perform a home energy audit. Once you’ve identified the leaks, get to work using caulk or spray foam (depending on how large the leak is) for frames and weather stripping for doors and operable windows.

Use a programmable thermostat

Lower your energy bill by installing a programmable thermostat. Most thermostats take minutes to install and there are even some devices on the market that you can control from your smart phone.

According to energy.gov, in order to maximize savings while you snooze, set your thermostat to 56 degrees. Program your thermostat to warm up to 68 degrees about 30 minutes before you rise to take the chill out of the air.

Similarly, when you’re not home, experts recommend programming the temperature to a crisp 56 degrees. By following these guidelines, you can expect to save between 5 and 15 percent on energy costs on a yearly basis.

Install window treatments

Besides dressing up your living space, window treatments can also come in handy when it comes to keeping cool air out and warm air in during a cold snap. Use the bright yellow sphere in the sky as a free heater by keeping the blinds and curtains open during the day. Get the most out of your free heat source by closing blinds at night.

If you still notice a breeze coming from your windows, add an extra layer of fabric to the back of your curtains. Choose a darker color that will work to absorb the sun’s heat during the day. And don’t worry about the tacky factor—your shades will be open during the day, so the extra layer of fabric will blend in perfectly with the darkness while you sleep.

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Phyllis Brookshire
President, Allen Tate Realtors®
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BACK ON MARKET! 9920 SKY VISTA DR. HUNTERSVILLE, NC 28078

Do not miss out on sought-after SKYBROOK! MOTIVATED SELLER in prestigious GOLF Community!! Look no further for your BEAUTIFUL 3 bedroom 2.5 bath in highly desired golf and swim community, SKYBROOK. This home is located on a spacious corner lot. Enjoy your covered patio overlooking your luslawn. Please note included in your HOA is LAWN CARE & MAINTENANCE! Bring your buyers today!

Offered at: $239,900

MLS 3116769

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3056 CALDWELL RIDGE PARKWAY CHARLOTTE, NC 28213

This well maintained condo is located in the heart of Old Stone Crossing – an idyllic location with easy access into uptown Charlotte!  Enjoy privacy on the back deck.  Open main floor.  Spacious bedrooms with full baths connected to each.  This community offers 2 pools, a playground & tennis courts!  Come and see what Old Stone Crossing has to offer.

Offered at: $105,000

MLS 3134175

3134175

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