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The Best of Charlotte NC Real Estate in 2011

The Best of Charlotte NC Real Estate in 2011 | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Charlotte NC real estate articles - the best of 2011 on www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com | See why our sites are the best Charlotte real estate references available!
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Census: Mecklenburg County’s Population Hits 1 Million

Census: Mecklenburg County’s Population Hits 1 Million | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
So why Mecklenburg?

Experts cited a number of factors, including an improving economy, pro sports teams, national conventions, a good climate, proximity to the beach and mountains, and a diverse social mix.

While many regions might have a couple of those qualities, the Charlotte area has all of them, said Bob Coats, the governor’s liaison to the Census Bureau.
Debe Maxwell www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com's insight:

And other parts of the state wonder why the professional sports teams selected Charlotte!  The factors cited in the article are exactly what our relocation clients tell us - as well as the low tax rates and incredibly affordable housing!

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Charlotte ranks No. 2 among fastest-growing large cities, new U.S. Census report shows - Charlotte Business Journal

Charlotte ranks No. 2 among fastest-growing large cities, new U.S. Census report shows - Charlotte Business Journal | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
The Queen City ranks No. 2 among the country's 25 largest cities for population growth between 2010 and 2013, topped only by Austin, Texas. Charlotte experienced an influx of more than 61,000 people in that three-year period, representing population growth of 8.4 percent.
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So in love with our beautiful, growing family here in Charlotte!  We know it's a great place to live and are enjoying seeing the enjoyment of those relocating to our area as well.

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Google Fiber picks Charlotte – now what?

Google Fiber picks Charlotte – now what? | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Officials from the technology giant and the city said the next step is a detailed design process, followed by a massive, sometimes disruptive construction project.
Debe Maxwell www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com's insight:

GREAT news for Charlotte!  One of 9 cities chosen - with our high demographic for technology, we were certain during the one-year wait that we would be chosen.  

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Charlotte area’s jobless rate lowest since May 2008

Charlotte area’s jobless rate lowest since May 2008 | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
The Charlotte area’s jobless rate dipped to 6.2 percent in September, its lowest level since the post-recession recovery began, new government figures show.
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Yes, I believe Charlotte's recovery process is wrapping up nicely!  Of course, being in the real estate business, we love seeing the construction-added jobs showing a 6% gain.  

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HOT Charlotte Area Home with Pool - Full Brick Ranch JUST LISTED

HOT Charlotte Area Home with Pool - Full Brick Ranch JUST LISTED | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it

-HOT Charlotte Area Home with POOL - Full Brick Ranch JUST LISTED in Matthews near the Siskey YMCA, shopping and great restaurants. Don't miss this one!

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Agent-owned full brick ranch home for sale in popular Savannah Hills Estates - don't let this one get away!!

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Best Big-City Bargains

Best Big-City Bargains | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Check out the full ranking to see if your town made the list.
Debe Maxwell www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com's insight:

Charlotte a "Big-City Bargain?"  You're darned skippy it is!  Charlotte is ranked #1 in best places to live based on economic strength, housing appreciation and pricing forecasts and livability.  Of course we may be biased but, there's no surprise here on this one!

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Charlotte Chamber - Hitachi Opens New Charlotte Ink Research and Development Center

Charlotte Chamber - Hitachi Opens New Charlotte Ink Research and Development Center | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Hitachi America, Ltd. announced today the opening of its ink research and development facility in north Charlotte. The new facility, located at 5900 Northwoods Parkway, will initially employ five people.
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This announcement brings Charlotte's new job tally THIS WEEK to nearly 4,000!  A HUGE week for the Queen City!

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IT firm Spectra Group announces 250 jobs for Charlotte

IT firm Spectra Group announces 250 jobs for Charlotte | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
A New Jersey company said Tuesday it plans 250 jobs in a new Charlotte office designed to help financial services companies comply with a growing number of regulations emerging from the financial crisis.
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More IT jobs coming to Charlotte!  With Austin and Tampa being two of the competing cities,   we are honored to be the 'up-and-coming market' in the nation that was selected.  

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Stretching your money: The best cities for high pay and low expenses

Stretching your money: The best cities for high pay and low expenses | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
It's great to get a good paying job. It's even better when you live in a city where that good paying job buys more. After all, $60,000 goes a lot further in Boise than Boston.
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It's no surprise at all that Charlotte has been named the best city in America for good salaries AND a low cost of living. Charlotte is not only a banking powerhouse, being the second-largest financial center in the country behind New York but, also a top contender in the energy sector.  With a Level I Trauma Center located in Charlotte as well, healthcare is the top employer in the region.

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Top 10 Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work in 2014 | CareerBliss

Top 10 Happiest and Unhappiest Cities to Work in 2014 | CareerBliss | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
This year, San Jose was rated the happiest city to work in, and Washington D.C. wasn’t far too behind.

These ratings come directly from hundreds of thousands...
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Charlotte NC's rank in the top 10 comes as no surprise to many Charlotteans!  The Queen City is filled with a happy work force as a result of not only a good work culture & environment but, growth opportunities and excellent working relationships with co-workers and bosses. 

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Publix set to open Wednesday in Ballantyne

Publix set to open Wednesday in Ballantyne | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Publix Super Markets is set to open its first store in North Carolina on Wednesday, as the Florida company attempts to muscle its way into the crowded Charlotte grocery scene with a foothold in Ballantyne.
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Located on Providence Road W, just off of Johnston Road, Ballantyne food shoppers are going to love the expanded prepared-food and health and wellness sections being piloted in the Charlotte area.  We're thrilled to have Publix in the Ballantyne area and coming soon to the Rock Hill and Matthews (near Siskey YMCA) areas as well!

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Publix sets plans for 11 Charlotte-area stores - Charlotte Business Journal

Publix sets plans for 11 Charlotte-area stores - Charlotte Business Journal | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Publix Super Markets Inc. looks forward to being your favorite supermarket. The...
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Publix has been busy at work remodeling the Bi-Lo store at the Ballantyne Town Center since their acquisition.   The Ballantyne Town Center, located at 11222 Providence Road West is expected to open early this year.  Great news for local residents!

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Uptown office tower sold for almost $108 million

Uptown office tower sold for almost $108 million | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
A 20-story office tower at Trade and Tryon streets uptown has been sold for just under $108 million, according to Mecklenburg County real estate records.
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Great news for the commercial market!  Charlotte is truly booming!

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Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.
The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 percent to 104.2 last month. December's figure was also revised higher to show a decline of only 1.5 percent, considerably better than a previously estimated drop of 3.7 percent.
Debe Maxwell www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com's insight:

Charlotte's numbers are even more impressive - the market is definitely a hot one and is getting even hotter!  http://www.icharlotterealestate.com/as-confidence-builds-charlotte-housing-market-gains-momentum/

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Synchrony still looking to grow in Charlotte - Charlotte Business Journal

Synchrony still looking to grow in Charlotte - Charlotte Business Journal | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) still intends to add jobs in Charlotte, despite withdrawing its request for local economic-development incentives, a company spokesman says. But he offers no details on those plans.
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More great news for Charlotte's premier zip code - 28277 (Ballantyne area).

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Charlotte Restaurant Week | Queen’s Feast 2015

Charlotte Restaurant Week | Queen’s Feast 2015 | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Charlotte Restaurant Week | Queen’s Feast 2015 | 1 week of dining at Charlotte's top restaurants for a fabulous price for a 3-course meal.
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Get those tastebuds ready!  Coming to Charlotte in January...Charlotte Restaurant Week | Queen's Feast!  124 Participating Restaurants!

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The 5 US Cities That Should Be On Your Radar

The 5 US Cities That Should Be On Your Radar | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Whether it's a revamped corner of New York or an up-and-coming Midwest town, it seems like there's always a new "hip" neighborhood or "it" city to visit. Which had us thinking about the coolest cities to visit right now.

After ...
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Lookout Atlanta!  We're on your heels!  The Queen City is touted as a Top-5 City to Keep on Your Radar and we know why!

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Charlotte Home to Sell for Top Dollar

5 Tips to Prepare Your Charlotte Home to Sell for Top Dollar | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it

5 Tips to Prepare Your Charlotte Home to Sell for Top Dollar In the Shortest Amount of Time possible.  Charlotte home buyers during fall and winter are typically relocating and are very serious buyers.  Let's get those buyers in your home now!

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Thinking of listing your Charlotte home?  Here are 5 great tips to help you prepare to list your home.

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Charlotte Chamber - Velocity Technology Solutions Relocates Headquarters to Charlotte

Charlotte Chamber - Velocity Technology Solutions Relocates Headquarters to Charlotte | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc., a global leader in cloud application hosting for enterprise and business software, announced today that it will relocate its corporate headquarters from New York City to Charlotte. Velocity recently completed the acquisition of Charlotte-based Titan Technology Partners and will move to the former Titan office space located at 2105 Water Ridge Parkway.
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More good economic news for Charlotte, courtesy of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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Sealed Air Corp. moving headquarters to Charlotte, bringing nearly 1,300 jobs

Sealed Air Corp. moving headquarters to Charlotte, bringing nearly 1,300 jobs | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Sealed Air Corp., a Fortune 500 company known for making Bubble Wrap, announced Wednesday that it will move its headquarters to Charlotte, bringing 1,262 jobs.
Debe Maxwell www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com's insight:

Great news for Charlotte's economy - the largest Fortune 500 company relocation in history, bringing Charlotte's total to eight.  With Sealed Air Corporation's headquarters relocation to Charlotte, we will be gaining 1,262 jobs.

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Austin or Bust: America's Biggest Cities Lose People to the Urban B-List

Austin or Bust: America's Biggest Cities Lose People to the Urban B-List | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it

"New Census data show second-tier cities on the rise.   I know people who have moved in recent years from Los Angeles to Charlotte, from Boston to Durham, from New York to Seattle, from the Bay Area to Denver. Thanks to new U.S. Census data, I now know I am not going crazy. The flight to second-tier cities is thriving."

Debe Maxwell www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com's insight:

Not sure I'm a fan of being called 'B-List' of metros but, was there really any doubt that Charlotte would be one of the top 5 cities to which newcomers are drawn?!

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U.S. job growth offers upbeat sign for weather-beaten economy

U.S. job growth offers upbeat sign for weather-beaten economy | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in February despite the icy weather that gripped much of the nation, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown and keeping the Federal Reserve
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The recovery process continues and Charlotte is among the leaders in the process with a bustling economy, including housing.

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Infographic: What Does A High Credit Scorer Look Like? - Banking Analytics Blog

Infographic: What Does A High Credit Scorer Look Like? - Banking Analytics Blog | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
New myFICO® research provides revealing insight into the credit profile of US consumers with the highest credit scores, specifically those with FICO® Scores of 750 and above. These FICO Score “high achievers” account for 37% of scorable consumers, or roughly 74 million individuals. The research reinforces that following responsible credit...
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Great infographic from MyFICO.com - what I've been preaching to my young adult sons for years!  It pays to be responsible when it comes to your credit.

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ACC football championship game to stay in Charlotte through 2019

ACC football championship game to stay in Charlotte through 2019 | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
The ACC’s championship football game will remain at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium for six more years, through 2019.
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More great news to continue boosting Charlotte's economy...and visibility!

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Should You Lower Your Price On Your Charlotte Home for Sale?

Should You Lower Your Price On Your Charlotte Home for Sale? | Charlotte North Carolina | Scoop.it
Should You Lower Your Price On Your Charlotte Home for Sale? Charlotte home seller tips - things that you CAN change to get your Charlotte home SOLD!
Debe Maxwell www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com's insight:

Change the aspects that you can in order to get your home sold.  If it doesn't sell and the price is the only remaining part of the equation you can change, then you simply have to lower that price.

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