Deerfield Creek Neighborhood in Matthews NC


Charlotte NC is fortunate to have a number of outstanding luxury neighborhoods. One of the finest is Deerfield Creek, a joint building venture of 2 of the premiere home builders in the southeast, John Wieland and Hampshire Homes. The outstanding homes at Deerfield Creek are blend of transitional and traditional styles built on spacious tree-filled, one-third to one-half acre lots. The homes take on a look of permanence and stability with their full brick siding and impressive living spaces ranging from 3,000 to over 5,000 square feet. The spaciously functional garages were built for two or three cars.


This community was developed between 1997 and 2006. It soon became a very desirable address. Deerfield Creek enjoys the same undying popularity to this day. Much of the neighborhood’s success is due to the excellent Homeowner’s Association that has kept Deerfield Creek on course over the past decade.

As would be expected for an upscale community of homes in the $400 to $700k range, Deerfield Creek is an amenity rich development. It bills itself as a swim/tennis community, but also has a soccer field, basketball court, playgrounds and an open air cabana to keep all family member occupied and engage in this fine luxury lifestyle.

Children of Deerfield Creek residents have access to the exceptional, top ranked schools of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, which include McKee Road Elementary School, J.M. Robinson Middle School and Providence High School. The area is also home to one of the world’s largest YMCA facilities which offers many interesting programs for kids and families as well.

No neighborhood would be complete without easy access and a good selection of restaurants, upscale shopping and entertainment venues. Deerfield Creek can deliver on all 3 counts. I-485 is easily accessible as is the airport (30 minutes) and Uptown Charlotte ((30 minutes). The biggest problem facing shoppers is where to shop. They must choose from Stonecrest, Blakeney, Ballantyne Village, the Arboretum, Providence Commons and the Promenade at Providence. What a wonderful problem that can be.

Schedule a visit to Deerfield Creek. See for yourself the lifestyle possibilities the residents are raving about.

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Massey Neighborhood in Fort Mill SC


What’s holding you back? Prices on new homes have never been lower, and for certain, the same can be said about the mortgage rates. Homes at Massey in Fort Mill SC might be the best values you will ever find in the entire state of North Carolina, especially for homes that are so conveniently located to I-77, Ballantyne and South Charlotte.

The community itself is situated within a resort style environment that will allow you and your family to enjoy the incredible amenities. You can swim to your hearts delight in the Olympic size pool and splash about at the lazy river water park. When the day is done, the entire family can retire to the relaxing clubhouse for snacks and games that everyone will enjoy.

The homes at Massey are quite spacious. They afford families plenty of room to grow. They can also enjoy the acres of natural trails and pathways that wind their way through the community. You and your family will come to enjoy the beautiful homes of Massey and the low taxes of York County.

Combine that with the great lifestyle the community provides and you have a winning combination that can not be beat. As an added bit of frosting on this cake, many prospective homeowners can take advantage of the 100 percent USDA financing plan that is available now. So, what is it that is holding you back?

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Firethorne Country Club Community in Marvin NC

If you are looking for the perfect place to settle, it’s here right before your eyes. This is a place where you can pursue a new lifestyle close enough to the delights and excitement of South Charlotte NC Real Estate, yet far enough not to be involved. The community is conveniently located near I-485 and Ballantyne. It is famous for the outstanding amenities within, which include the elegant twenty two thousand square foot clubhouse and the highly acclaimed golf course designed by Tom Jackson. In addition to golf at the superbly designed course, you and your family can enjoy the swimming pools, tennis courts, water park and a complete youth complex your youngsters will enjoy.

The country club style of living here at the Firethorne Country Club Community in Marvin NC has a limited number of new John Wieland designed homes available for sale. They are set along fairway fourteen. Once you settle in you can choose from a number of suitable membership options at Firethorne that will fit your family’s lifestyle demands. The time is right. Make the best of this wonderful, but limited opportunity to enjoy a new way of living at Firethorne.


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Blakeney Real Estate Area in South Charlotte NC


You will find the 300 acre development of Blakeney just outside the community of Ballantyne. It is a newer development in this burgeoning area in South Charlotte region countryside, that has exhibited above average growth of late. It’s no wonder that Blakeney has caught the eye of the latest wave of buyers as the development sits in the midst of previous successful communities and award winning subdivisions like Ashton Grove, Auburn Place, Blakeney Greens, Blakeney Heath, Blakeney Preserve, Reavencrest, Southbrook Villas and Thornhill.Blakeney Ballantyne Charlotte NC Homes

Of concern to many is the question of location. This community is within the geo-targeted area of Charlotte NC Real Estate, to which it is linked by I-485, just north of the community.

Nearby are a multitude of first class amenities to serve the growing population. You can easily drive to the nearby Blakeney Shopping Center, occupied by numerous restaurants, upscale outdoor cafes, boutiques, retail shops, apartments and commercial office spaces.

The Blakeney Real Estate Area in South Charlotte NC is beginning to heat up and the opportunity to own a home in Blakeney has never been better.

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Springfield Neighborhood in Fort Mill SC


Just across the border from it’s neighboring northern sister state, and a mere 25 miles from the major attractions and job opportunities of Uptown Charlotte, NC is the lovely planned community of Springfield in South Carolina. It is here, where the living is easy and quaintly southern in demeanor. So near, yet so far from those events and distractions you would prefer to eliminate from your life. Here, you can choose from a multitude of desirable architectural styles for the home of your dreams. These are the primary reason why this area continues to grow. There is nothing better then a soothing, relaxed lifestyle like the one available at Springfield to complete your life.

The heart of this lifestyle community is the five acre, Orchard Park, where residents gather for planned activities that are attuned to adults as well as the children. Events that appeal to all segments are regularly scheduled and provide locals with an opportunity to mingle and enjoy one another.

All seasons here are generally soft and gentle But when the temperatures begin to climb, the pools become a point of focus for residents. Three pools offer plenty of recreational opportunities for all to enjoy.

When you venture outside the borders of Springfield, there are a host of amenities available that will suit all the needs of the residents. You will find, within easy walking distance, the Spring Hill Farmer’s Market that begins their season in spring and continues selling great produce through the growing season. The ice cream here is a must. Directly across the street is the entrance to the 2,300 acre Anne Springs Close Greenway and its 32 mile of trails that are ideally suited for hiking, riding, biking and birding. Residents are granted free membership to the Greenway area so they can explore this land preserve on their own. Land preservation and love of nature are common purposes and interests of local inhabitants.

What makes Springfield even more enjoyable and appreciated is its location relative to major freeways. I-77, I-485 and Ballantyne are only minutes away. These highways can serve as a quick and easy pathway from this rural neighborhood to the amenities, cultural opportunities and urban entertainment possibilities of the big city.

Our advice to those of you in search of a terrific housing opportunities is this: Go south, young men and women, go south to the other Carolina, where the grass is greener and the taxes lower.


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Charlotte NC Mortgages Might be Easier to Get as Wells Fargo Lowers Credit Requirements


If Wells Fargo Bank is any indication, it appears that lenders in Charlotte NC as well as in most other parts of the country are beginning to ease up on their credit requirements, at least for those loan packages to be sold to Freddie and sister, Fannie Mae. The bank is now allowing credit scores of 620, down from the 660 the score that had been in force.


This is a departure from last year’s position, when John Stumpf, the CEO of WF told investors that Washington was not clear as to the direction lenders should take with the public.

Wells Fargo played their mortgage rate game very cautiously ever since the 2008 crisis dampened the feelings of big banking, when they followed trends and tightened their credit standards rather drastically. Back then, a person needed only to have a pulse, a faint one at that, to qualify for a Charlotte NC mortgage loan.

Rivals of Wells Fargo were quick to follow suit when they almost immediately lowered their requirements. One bank in particular, the U.S division of

the Bank of Toronto lowered their down payment minimums to a market low, 3 percent down, without mortgage insurance.

The experts are still concerned about the return of easy money. However, at this stage of the game, the industry is a long way from the dangerous lending tactics of the recent past. When Dick Kovacevich remarked that it would have been a lot easier if lenders would have simply opened their vaults and let the people help themselves.

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Ballantyne Area of South Charlotte NC



From its founding in the early part of the 1990s, the Ballantyne Area of South Charlotte NC has grown into a prosperous community of residential, commercial area. Its well balanced mix of living and work opportunities has allowed the area to grow into a desirable, well planned community that continues to appeal to a large segment of the population.

The area that encompasses Ballantyne was once fertile farmland, including the land on which the upscale Ballantyne Golf Club has staked its claim. Where cows once grazed, luxury homes, elegant spas, restaurants, shops and a corporate office park now stand. Many of the executives from the Fortune 500 companies established there have now enjoy living in and around Ballantyne. Residential development is still underway as the area continues its growth.

There is much to appreciate about the community of Ballantyne. Every conceivable amenity is located within easy reach, including an impressive YMCA and a new Movie theater. There is still terrific housing to be had, ranging from affordable to luxurious — plus a good selection of elegant town houses and multi-million dollar mansions on the private gold course that are still available in this viable, upscale town of Ballantyne. Opportunities for all abound in this highly desirable and friendly North Carolina environment.

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Tips on Top Marketing Techniques:
Using Real Estate Photography to Sell Homes


A good photo can make the difference between selling a house or having a house languish on the market in Charlotte NC. This knowledge is especially important for real estate agents in a poor housing market. Prospective Charlotte NC buyers will determine whether a house is worth their time based on the pictures. A real estate agent will need to learn some good photography tips for successful home marketing.

wendy richards lake park ncAlthough Wendy Richards uses a professional real estate photographer for her Charlotte NC listings, she provides helpful hints to real estate agents taking their own pictures. Some of those photography tips include shooting in sunlight, avoiding glare, making sure to focus attention on the most attractive rooms in a home, and standing still. Other tips include making sure an agent takes photos in the order they should appear on the home listing and getting a home cleaned up and rearranged to make it more attractive. Be clear with sellers that the home is on sale, not the things inside it.

It is important to take pictures of a home’s exterior on a sunny day. Also, agents should take pictures of any part of the house during the day, but not early in the morning or late in the afternoon. This is because at these times, glare is a problem and will affect the quality of the shot.

Standing still while taking a photo will make it less susceptible to blurriness and dark spots. If a photo comes out dark or blurry it should not be used on a listing. As an agent is taking these photos they should keep in mind the order in which those photos will appear on a website. One does not need to worry about taking too many pictures. The best ones can be selected at a later point.

Sometimes sellers will not have their home arranged in the most photogenic way. In this case, an agent will want to help get the home looking nicer. Agents can do this by suggesting home owners clear off the tops of the counters, fold towels, removing items from the front of the refrigerator, and if necessary, rearranging the furniture.

It is important, however, that Charlotte NC area home owners realize their home is not being criticized. It is also important for them to recognize that the items in their home are not being judged. It is the home itself that they are selling.

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